News Highlights For June 22, 2018

A police watchdog investigation is underway in Gatineau after a police chase on foot ended in the death of a 28-year-old man. It happened around 1:30 a.m. Thursday on boulevard Montclair just south of the Casino du Lac-Leamy. The incident started at the Casino with a call to police about a man trying to break into cars.  It ended with the man fleeing police and being struck by someone driving by.


Six people are facing charges after the Ottawa Police Service seized four handguns and a large amount of drugs in three home raids Wednesday. In addition to the guns, police found hollow point ammunition and extended magazines. A large amount of Canadian cash was also uncovered. Drugs seized are to be submitted to Health Canada for analysis.


The United Counties of Prescott-Russell public works department has put in a request for a change to the signage bylaw that would ban election signage along county roads if approved. The issue will come up for further discussion at the regular session of counties council next week. The current UCPR bylaw does not forbid election signs along county roads, including those sections which pass through municipalities.


The Nature Conservancy of Canada says Ontario residents should be on the lookout for a dangerous plant when they’re outside this summer. The conservancy says giant hogweed is one of Canada’s most dangerous plants as it poses a real human health concern. The non-native plant grows up to six metres in height and has large clusters of white flowers at the top. Its clear, toxic sap can cause rashes, blistering, third-degree burns and even blindness if it touches the body and is then exposed
to the sun.

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