Ontario’s troubled Liberal party has tapped a potential interim leader, now that outgoing premier Kathleen Wynne has resigned as Liberal leader after the party’s dismal showing in last week’s election. The Liberal caucus has unanimously endorsed Ottawa South member of the legislature John Fraser as interim leader. Their selection will be voted on over the next 24 hours by party executive members and riding association presidents.
Charles Armstrong has entered the Russel Township Mayoral Race. He will challenge incumbent Mayor Pierre Leroux for the head seat at the Russell Township council in this fall’s municipal election. Armstrong is a retired member of the Canadian Armed Forces, a former member of the Royal Canadian Engineers, who has lived with his family in Russell Township since 1991. He has been a regular attendee to the visitor’s gallery at township council meetings for the past six years and also sat on the recreation and environmental advisory committees for several years.
Police in Ottawa say there have been more than 16-hundred thefts from vehicles in the city since the beginning of the year. Investigators say suspects are either opening unlocked car doors or breaking windows in the rash of thefts. They say over half of the reported incidents occurred in thedowntown area. Police are reminding residents to remove anything of value from their vehicle, and lock the doors and trunk.
The Ottawa River Festival will run from June 28 to 30. This annual festival features outdoor activities in the five municipalities along the river – Rockland, Lefaivre, L’Orignal, Hawkesbury and Chute-à-Blondeau. Festival regional coordinator Annie Grenier says the vision of the festival is to give a chance to those who do not live near the river to discover it. The organizers expect some 10,000 and 15,000 visitors throughout the weekend.