In The News Highlights For Clarence-Rockland This June 13, 2018

Ontario’s Liberal party says it has started the process to pick an interim leader. Kathleen Wynne resigned as leader last week after the party was reduced to seven seats in the provincial legislature. Party president Brian Johns says he has informed the party executive that an interim leader will be selected within the coming days. An interim leader is selected by a vote of the party caucus, presidents of riding associations without an elected Liberal legislator, and party executive members.

 

The federal government has unveiled its plan to bolster Canada’s defences against nefarious online attacks and cybercrime. But it’s also acknowledging a shortage of skilled cyber-warriors to meet the country’s protection needs. Armed with over 500-million dollars in new funding over five years, Ottawa’s newly released cybersecurity strategy lays out a range of initiatives as digital technology plays an increasingly important role in day-to-day life. R-C-M-P say police services nationwide received 24-thousand reports of cybercrimes in 2016 — a 58-per-cent increase over the previous two years.

 

Ontario’s police watchdog is investigating an incident in a community southwest of Ottawa that left a homeowner and two O-P-P officers injured. Members of the Lanark County O-P-P detachment went to a home in Almonte yesterday to follow up on an investigation. It’s alleged that the officers were confronted by an aggressive dog, and both of them sustained injuries. The homeowner also sustained a non-life threatening injury during the incident. The O-P-P notified the Special Investigations Unit, and police say they can release no further information now that the S-I-U is investigating.

 

U-S President Donald Trump’s triumphant assertions about the success of Tuesday’s Singapore summit with North Korea’s leader are being met with skepticism and outright derision from some critics. They’re seizing on the contradiction between Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal that took 18 months of talks, and his willingness to accept vague pledges from Kim Jong Un. White House officials stress that the summit in Singapore was the beginning of a process and not its end.

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