There is a winter weather travel advisory in effect for tonight. Showers are forecast to begin around 6:00 this evening, changing to flurries around 9:00 or 10:00 ending around midnight. It’s also going to get very cold overnight, with a low of minus 11 and a wind chill around minus 20.
Several search warrants executed on Monday in Clarence-Rockland, Ottawa and Gatineau resulted in the seizure of assault rifles, ammunition and drugs. Police say they have shut down an illegal weapons and drugs operation in the Ottawa area after a seven-month investigation. Police executed eight search warrants, half-a-dozen in Clarence-Rockland, including one that emptied a shipping container packed with drugs, one in Gatineau and one in Ottawa. The accused range in age from 27 to 64 The seized firearms include AK-47 and AR-15 assault rifles with high capacity magazines, a semi-automatic rifle with a bayonet, a submachine-gun, six handguns and ammunition. The most disturbing find was an AK-47 assault rifle purchased by an undercover officer in Ottawa the day before thousands of people gathered in the city for Canada Day. Officers also seized large quantities of drugs and more than $150,000 in cash. The drugs included 156,000 methamphetamine pills packed into pillow-sized clear plastic bags. Other items seized included a studded wooden club, a swastika-emblazoned butterfly knife and brass knuckles.
The United Council of Prescott-Russell has voted not to send a letter of congratulations to Valerie Plante, the first woman elected mayor of Montreal in the city’s 400 year history. The motion was presented by Hawkesbury mayor Jeanne Charlebois, but was met with resistance from the other mayors. Francois St- Amour from The Nation Municipality said the council should congratulate all newly-elected Quebec mayors, or none of them, to which Charlebois said Plante’s election may not seem important because she is a woman. UCPR Warden Gary Barton rebuked Charlebois for her remark and asked for a council vote on the request. Charlebois cast the sole vote for sending official congratulations to Mayor Plante.
The Trudeau government today will announce details of its promised changes to parental-leave rules. New mothers and fathers preparing to go on maternity and parental leave before the end of the year will be able to take more time off under new federal rules set to go into effect next month. Sources say the changes will allow new parents up to 18 months of leave around the birth of a child, but they would still only be able to collect 12 months’ worth of Employment Insurance benefits spread out over that extended time. The exact date the changes take effect is to be announced today by Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos (doo-CLOH’).