All eight mayors on United Counties Prescott-Russell council have given unanimous approval on a resolution to hire Colliers Project Leaders of Ottawa as project manager for the new Prescott-Russell Residence construction project. The company is already familiar with the counties’ plan for building a new regional seniors’ retirement and long-term care facility as the company was hired last year to help determine whether to renovate the existing Prescott-Russell Residence in Hawkesbury or construct a new building. The acquired land is on Spence Street in Hawkesbury close to both the fire station and hospital. The proposed new PR Residence building design would include 78 additional beds with construction to start in the summer of 2020 and tenants moving in by the fall of 2022.
A wandering moose has slowed down the morning commute on the Queensway in Ottawa’s west-end since just before 6:30 this morning. Ottawa Police, OPP and Ministry of Natural Resources vehicles have boxed in the moose with its vehicles along the median between Pinecrest and Highway 416. The Ministry of Natural Resources was called in. OPP closed the Queensway in both directions in the area as an MNR officer sedated the moose. Video from the scene appeared to show the moose’s right front leg was injured.
An electrical fault is believed to be the cause of yesterday’s dramatic early morning blaze at a Vars car auction yard that destroyed or damaged a dozen vehicles. Firefighters were called to the large ADESA auction lot on Burton Rd. at about 4 in the morning. Firefighters took about an hour to contain and control the fire. There were no reported injuries. The Ottawa police arson unit has determined the fire was likely accidental.
The Quebec government has announced new funding for Parc Oméga in Montebello to build more overnight accommodations and launch a nighttime walking tour. The wildlife park will receive $3.25 million toward the upgrades. Parc Oméga is also looking at creating an Indigenous-themed trail. Last year the park welcome more than 270,00 visitors .
A new campaign is bringing together governments, non-government organizations and food retailers to tackle the food habits of Canadians — and the mountains of food they waste. “Love Food Hate Waste” is being launched to offer tips on food storage, meal planning and smarter shopping habits to help citizens avoid buying what they won’t eat. A 2017 study suggested 63 per cent of food that is thrown out is still edible, costing the average Canadian household more than 11-hundred-dollars each year — which amounts to 140 kilograms of food per household annually.