Two Canadian banks are in cleanup mode after they say “fraudsters” may have accessed certain personal and financial information of up to 90-thousand customers. The Bank of Montreal says hackers — believed to be from outside Canada — contacted the bank on Sunday claiming to have the personal information of fewer than 50-thousand customers and threatened to make it public. C-I-B-C’s direct-banking brand Simplii Financial also say “fraudsters” may have electronically accessed some personal and account information for about 40-thousand of its clients. Canada’s other big banks say they have no indication they were affected.
The United Counties of Prescott and Russell is establishing an inter-municipal transit system as well as a transportation service for vulnerable individuals at a total of $2 million in provincial funding. The first subsidy of $1.5 million will allow for the creation of a minibus route offering about 20 seats and reserved wheelchair spaces, operating from Monday to Friday at fixed hours. Calls for tenders will soon be released for the hiring of a consultant who will work closely with the UCPR’s Economic Development and Tourism Office. The public will also be asked to voice its opinion on schedules and routes that would be ideal for the region. Public consultations could be held towards the end of June.
Police say they’ve identified a suspect in a shooting in Ottawa that left a man dead and a woman in hospital. Thirty-one-year-old Abdifatah Osman was killed in Sunday night’s shooting while a 23-year-old woman was injured. A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for 34-year-old Tristan Campbell of Ottawa. Police say he’s considered armed and dangerous and anyone who sees him should call 9-1-1 immediately.
An 18-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a woman who was attacked while working in a religious centre in downtown Ottawa. Police say Tyler Hikoalok made an initial court appearance today and is set to appear again by video next week. Fifty-nine-year-old Elisabeth Salm was working at the ChristianScience Reading Centre where police say she was assaulted on Thursday. She died in hospital the following day.
A state-of-the-art retirement home in Casselman is currently under construction that will create 30 new jobs of which 22 are full-time. Under construction since last September the 80-unit first phase of the residence is set to open on December 1st of this year. An expansion plan includes a second phase comprising 50 additional units.