Today’s state funeral for George H-W Bush will be attended by former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. The last time they were together with U-S President Donald Trump was at his inauguration in January of 2017. Recalling the funerals for Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, they will all sit together during the ceremony at Washington National Cathedral, with the exception of the younger Bush, who will be seated nearby with his family. Bush will deliver a eulogy to honour his father. Another eulogy will be delivered by former Canadian prime minister and longtime friend Brian Mulroney. The elder Bush’s remains will then be returned to Houston to lie in repose before burial tomorrow at his family plot at Texas A&M University.
Ontario’s animal welfare agency has told its frontline officers it will no longer euthanize dogs involved in attacks as required by law. In an internal memo obtained by The Canadian Press, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says inspectors and agents should hand off to police all cases in which courts have ordered the destruction of animals — including pit bulls, which are banned in the province. The document, dated October 9th, says euthanizing dogs would violate the agency’s mission, which is to provide is says is leadership on matters relating to the prevention of cruelty to animals and the promotion of animal welfare. The order days where legislation conflicts with the mission of the charity, the Ontario S-P-C-A declines to enforce such legislation. It says the only exception will be cases when the euthanization is ordered by a veterinarian and the most humane course of action for the animal.
The Bank of Canada is widely expected to leave its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 1.75 per cent at its latest update this morning, after boosting the rate by 25 basis points at its last setting in October. Economists suggest the decision could be based in part on Sunday’s announcement by the Alberta government to curtail oil production in the province starting in January to try to clear a crude storage glut that has driven western Canadian oil prices to multi-year lows. General Motors’ recently announced plan to stop allocating product to its Oshawa, assembly plant late next year also offers a downside risk to future growth.
Around 10:30 last night firefighters were called to 5330 Canotek Road in Gloucester after reports of haze from the occupant of the unit beside. Ottawa fire crews discovered heavy smoke and a working fire in the office area of the unit. The building was unoccupied at the time of the blaze and there are no reported injuries. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The Quebec Public Security Minister has said the government will be reviewing the current legislation giving power to municipalities to decide how their city restricts potentially dangerous dogs after two women from the Lanaudiere region were sent to hospital after being attacked by two dogs. The 31 and 73-year-old women suffered serious injuries. According to first reports, the dogs involved were a one-year-old pitbull and a five or six month-old Australian Shepherd.
The City of Clarence-Rockland Municipal Council has been sworn in. Mayor Guy Desjardins took the opportunity to thank Krista Simard and Jean-Marc Lalonde who chose to pursue other community projects.