Reports are that a Rockland family of five — including 3 young children ages 7 and 5 and 20 months — have lost everything after a house was totally destroyed by fire on Edward Street early this morning. The family managed to get out safely according to friends. Edward was closed between Laurier and highway 17. The area should still be avoided.
Ontario’s Minister of Advanced Education says offering a tuition refund to college students following a five-week-long faculty strike is the “right thing to do.” Deb Matthews says students will have two weeks from the resumption of classes to decide if they want to continue with the fall semester, which is being condensed due to the strike. She says the province’s 24 colleges will be expected to foot the bill for the refund. Twelve-thousand college faculty members are heading back to work after the strike was ended over the weekend with back-to-work legislation.
Residents of a south-end Ottawa neighbourhood say two dogs that were left to fend for themselves in a filthy apartment have been rescued. Police officers went into the apartment today to free the dogs, after neighbours alleged the animals had been abandoned there for two weeks. The animals are now in the care of neighbours. Authorities say an investigation is underway to determine if neglect charges will be laid