In The News For July 26, 2018

An environmental advocacy group says the cancellation of the cap and trade program will leave Ontario with no plan to fight climate change. Environmental Defence says it’s urging the government to support the province’s current science-based pollution reduction targets. The Progressive Conservative government yesterday introduced legislation to dismantle the province’s cap-and-trade system. The bill requires the province to set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and publish a plan to fight climate change, though both could be revised down the line. The cap-and-trade system aims to lower greenhouse gas emissions by putting caps on the amount of pollution companies in certain industries can emit.



A stretch of Toronto’s Danforth Avenue was packed with mourners as the community gathered for a candlelit vigil to honour 10-year-old Julianna Kozis, and 18-year-old Reese Fallon, who were killed in Sunday’s shooting. Ontario Premier Doug Ford was among the hundreds of people who gathered for the vigil. He said it’s important for the city, province and country to stand together in the wake of the tragedy.



As the Trudeau government says Canada’s vehicle emissions standards need to become stronger, the Trump Administration is set to introduce new rules for auto emissions, essentially loosening the standards. U-S President Donald Trump is also expected to challenge California on its ability to set its own regulatory standards. Officials in Environment Minister Catherine McKenna’s office say they’re watching the U-S developments closely.



The frontman for rock band Hedley will appear in a Toronto courtroom today to face three sex-related charges. Thirty-four-year-old Jacob Hoggard was arrested in Vancouver on Monday and charged with one count of sexual interference and two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm. While acknowledging he has behaved in a way that objectifies
women, Hoggard denies ever engaging in non-consensual sex.


If you need to travel through the City of Ottawa this weekend and wanted to use the Queensway. Plan ahead because the 417 will be closed in both directions between Bronson and Carling avenues.Significant traffic impacts are expected during the closure, which is planned to start at 5 p.m. Saturday and end 11 a.m. Sunday  for the demolition of the Harmer Avenue pedestrian bridge. Several eastbound on-ramps will be closed, including those at Carling, Parkdale and Maitland avenues. Some westbound on-ramps will also be closed, including those at O’Connor, Catherine, Rochester and Lyon streets, and Parkdale Avenue.



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