A strike is under way by train operators at Canadian Pacific Railway. More than three-thousand conductors and engineers at the rail giant walked off the job last night, while a second group of workers — signallers with another union — reached a tentative contract settlement and remain on the job. But the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference said it was unable to reach a deal and its workers walked out at 10 p-m Eastern time. C-P Rail has said it will use qualified management staff so trains can continue to operate. But the strike could force the railroad to shut down its freight service at a particularly bad time for grain farmers already reeling from slowed winter shipments.
Tory Leader Doug Ford and N-D-P Leader Andrea Horwath are taking their campaigns into southwestern Ontario today, while Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne will be in the Greater Toronto area. Ford is to visit Sarnia before attending an evening rally in
London. Horwath plans to make announcements in Windsor and Leamington before moving on to Sarnia and then Kitchener. Wynne will be in Thornhill, north of Toronto, then will visit a Toronto ice cream shop and later on will take to Twitter for a live
question and answer session.
A two-day hearing is over in Ottawa, but former overseas Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle will have to wait until Friday to hear whether he’ll be released on bail. Boyle is facing multiple charges, including assault, sexual assault, and unlawful confinement concerning two unidentified alleged victims. He was arrested in Ottawa in December, just two months after his American wife and their three children were freed by Pakistani forces after spending five years as hostages of a Taliban-linked group in Afghanistan.
Following a review of branch usage and costs, the Clarence-Rockland Public Library Board has made the decision to close the Clarence Creek and Saint-Pascal-Baylon branches at the end of June 2018. In order to develop a better outreach program and to reach more residents, the Clarence-Rockland Public Library will start Bookmobile visits in early 2019.
In Rockland last evening there was groundbreaking ceremony for its new fire station. The next groundbreaking ceremony is in Bourget tomorrow at 7:00 as Bourget will also be getting a new fire station.