The leaders of Ontario’s three main parties took aim at one another in the first debate ahead of the provincial election. Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne and N-D-P Leader Andrea Horwath both warned that Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford will make cuts to public services if he is elected premier. Ford accused the other two leaders of taxing and spending, and said that he would save money by finding efficiencies in the provincial budget. The debate sets the stage for the race that officially begins tomorrow, with Ontarians heading to the polls June 7th.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says tests are meant to determine if a system is working — and yesterday, the new national public-alert system didn’t work properly. He expects federal, provincial and private-sector experts behind the new Alert Ready system to quickly correct “serious glitches” that caused problems in testing. A space in the coding prevented the alert from being sent to Quebec wireless devices, while in Ontario, only some — and not all — devices received the test alert. System operator Pelmorex says all Alert Ready partners are working together to investigate and rectify the failures.
Hawkesbury OPP are warning residents of a gift card scam that has recently surfaced in the area. Police say that a scam has been uncovered where someone placed false barcodes on gift cards. The barcodes are stuck onto the back of gift cards so that when one is activated, the money is deposited into a scammer’s account instead of the buyer’s gift card. If you think you’ve been the victim of a gift card scam, report it to your local police service.
Ottawa paramedics are praising construction workers at a west-end work site who rushed to save a coworker who fell on the job. Officials say the man — who was in his 60’s — suffered a serious cut to his leg in the incident yesterday afternoon. Paramedics say the man’s coworkers were able to help control the bleeding before they arrived on scene. The man was taken to the Ottawa Hospital trauma centre in stable condition.
The City of Clarence-Rockland has begun street sweeping. The crews have started in the urban area of Rockland and will then go to the villages. The sweeping continues to Thursday, May 17. And the Clarence Rockland Fire dept has lifted the Burn ban, however a permit is required for any outdoor fires.