The strikes have ended in the Ottawa-Gatineau region but another strike by some 800 Canada Post workers went into effect at just after midnight in the Ontario cities of Kitchener and Waterloo. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says the latest job action comes as the two sides continue to look for common ground after 10 months of failed negotiations. The strike at the Kitchener-Waterloo local comes a day after CUP-W called for a national overtime ban, meaning postal workers can refuse to work beyond their normal eight-hour days.
A coroner’s jury investigating the deaths of four people who fell through the cracks of Ontario’s patchwork 9-1-1 system is recommending that one agency oversee the service. The jury made 27 recommendations yesterday following a three-week inquest into the deaths of a woman in Kemptville and three people near Sudbury. Many of the recommendations are highly technical, including that all emergency services should be using compatible dispatch systems by 2023. The jury also wants staff in the 9-1-1 centre to be alerted if there’s a delay in dispatching help to an emergency
Developer Brigil has submitted an application to build four new high rises, the highest of which would reach 32 storeys along the Ottawa River in Orléans at its Petrie’s Landing development where one high rise exits and another is currently under construction. The company is saying that the fact that they are close to a future light rail station would warrant the extra height for the highest tower.
Hydro One is reporting a power outage in Alfred and Plantagnet affecting 1,514 customers. The cause is under investigation and power is estimated to be restored by 8:45 be restored. As we head into the first weekend of November, much of the country will turn their clocks back an hour on Sunday morning. The 2 a-m turn back marks the end of Daylight Saving Time and the return of Standard Time. If you ever get confused on which way to turn the clock, just remember “spring ahead,” “fall back.”
Keep in mind that in Clarence Rockland the winter parking ban takes effect November 14 until April 1st for parking on the street between 1 am and 7 am.