The Province is asking Prescott-Russell paramedics to hold off on new practices of marking themselves unavailable for dispatch until they cross into Prescott-Russell territory if local paramedics are needed to bring a patient to a hospital outside of the region. This practice was to start in August, but at the request of the new provincial representatives, it’s being “tabled” for now. According to the director of emergency services for the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is especially interested in fixing the financial implications of responding to calls outside the region and that the officials taking over the file requested more time to review.
Many craft beer brewers says they won’t sacrifice quality and lower their prices to a loonie per can despite the new Progressive Conservative buck-a-beer plan. Microbrasserie Cassel Brewery says they won’t be participating in the buck-a-beer challenge. Doing so would mean selling their delicious natural beer at a terrible loss and How can a business survive while selling at a loss? Premier Doug Ford announced Tuesday the government would lower the minimum price of a bottle or can of beer with an alcohol volume below 5.6 per cent by 25 cents to one dollar.
Police say an Ottawa man is to appear in court today facing child pornography charges. Ottawa police say they began a proactive investigation on a peer-to-peer network used for sharing files in mid April. It’s alleged investigators discovered an internet address in the Ottawa area that was sharing hundreds of files of suspected child pornography. They say a 43-year-old man was arrested yesterday and charged with two counts of possession of child pornography and one count of accessing child pornography.
The provincial government says another 100-million dollars will be available to fight forest fires in the province. The new money announced yesterday by the Progressive Conservative government is on top of almost 70 million dollars in base funding to battle the blazes.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he won’t take back Canada’s criticism of Saudi Arabia over the detention of several human rights activists last week. Trudeau says while his government recognizes Saudi Arabia has made strides in how it treats people, it will not apologize for the tweet Global Affairs Canada sent Sunday that sparked a dispute with the kingdom. Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister says there is nothing to mediate, and Canada must apologize. It has since recalled thousands of Saudi students studying in Canada, moved to transfer Saudi patients out of Canadian hospitals, and barred the import of Canadian wheat.