Alberta Premier Jason Kenney in Washington to talk North American energy security

WATCH ABOVE: Premier Jason Kenney will take off for Washington, DC this weekend, to push high-ranking members of congress on Canadian energy. He wants to see more Alberta oil flowing south. Tom Vernon reports.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is in Washington in an effort to convince Capitol Hill lawmakers that his province is their best bet for North American energy security.

Kenney is meeting with journalists Monday in advance of his testimony Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

That hearing, to explore the “energy and minerals” partnership between Canada and the U.S., will also feature virtual testimony from Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney to address U.S. Senate energy committee

Nathalie Camden, Quebec’s deputy minister of mines, and Electricity Canada president Francis Bradley are also scheduled to testify.

Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage and Environment Minister Jason Nixon are part of Kenney’s delegation.

Tuesday’s hearing comes at the invitation of the committee’s chairman, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin — a moderate Democrat and a critical swing vote in the evenly divided Senate — who paid a high-profile visit to Alberta last month.

Kenney has long been a vocal champion of the role Alberta plays as a reliable and trustworthy source of energy to the U.S., a message he believes resonates even more since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began in February.

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U.S. Senator Joe Manchin visiting Alberta to discuss energy security

And Manchin has proven a valuable ally, as a vocal critic of U.S. President Joe Biden’s Day 1 decision to cancel the controversial Keystone XL pipeline expansion between Alberta’s oilsands and refineries on the Gulf Coast.

“The Keystone XL pipeline is something we should have never abandoned. Now we wish we hadn’t,” Manchin said during his visit.

The White House, meanwhile, has repeatedly rejected the idea that allowing the project to go ahead would have eased the pressure on gasoline prices in the U.S., which have spiked due to rampant inflation and widespread international bans on the import of Russian energy.

But Kenney’s visit this week may have as much to do with turbulent domestic politics in Alberta as with the shifting global geopolitical landscape.

Kenney returns home Wednesday, when he will learn the results of a United Conservative Party vote on whether he should continue as leader and premier.

Just last week, he rejected “unequivocally, period, full stop” the idea of calling an election a full year ahead of schedule in hopes of restoring a measure of party unity and maintaining his grip on power.

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The governing party has been roiled by bitter infighting in recent months, including public criticism of Kenney from within his own caucus, that will culminate Wednesday in the results of the leadership review.

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Guelph man charged with impaired driving and drug offences after found asleep in car: police

Police say a 68-year-old Guelph man is facing impaired driving and drug-related charges.

They said officers were called to the area of Silvercreek Parkway and Paisley Road on Sunday just after 6 p.m., where they found a man slumped over the steering wheel inside of a running vehicle.

The man was reportedly woken up and arrested before officers searched his car.

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Driver facing impaired charge also suspected of peddling cocaine, Guelph police say

While searching the vehicle, police said they found small amounts of suspected cocaine and meth, among other drugs.

They said officers also found ecstasy and Xanax, in addition to more than $1,100 in cash.

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The accused has been charged with impaired operation, possessing a controlled substance and possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

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Ontario party leaders set to square off at election debate Monday night

WATCH ABOVE: Ten days into the Ontario election campaign and the parties are trying to spotlight their efforts to make your life more affordable. As Alan Carter reports, one party is hoping to swipe seats away from the NDP.

The leaders of Ontario’s four main political parties are set to face off at a televised debate this evening.

Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca and Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner will all be participating.

The debate, set to get underway at 6:30 p.m., will be held at TVO in midtown Toronto and will be streamed by Global News on this page.

900 CHML will also carry live audio of the debate here.

The four leaders squared off last week at a debate focused on issues specific to northern Ontario, an event organized by the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities.

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The consortium of regional broadcasters that organized tonight’s debate says the event is open to parties running candidates in “all or almost all” of the province’s ridings.

The rules ensure Del Duca’s participation after the Liberals were forced to drop a handful of nominees last week and now have candidates running in 122 of 124 ridings.

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Quebec reports 5 COVID-19 deaths as hospitalizations take small dip

Quebec was the first province in Canada to impose a mask mandate after the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and on Saturday, after two years, it became the last province to allow residents to go maskless in most indoor public places.

Quebec recorded five new deaths and a small drop in hospital numbers Monday as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Hospitalizations related to the health crisis totaled 1,611, a decrease of 11. This comes after 64 admissions and 75 discharges in the last day.

The number of people being treated for the disease in intensive care units stood at 51, a drop of four.

The daily tally shows 457 new novel coronavirus cases, though this isn’t an accurate representation of the situation since PCR testing is off limits to most of the population.

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The province administered 9,529 tests at government-run testing sites on Saturday, the most recent day for which that information is available.

Officials say the results of 172 additional rapid tests were declared by Quebecers in the latest update, including 139 positive results.

The COVID-19 immunization campaign gave 5,076 doses of the vaccine in a 24-hour period for more than 19.7 million to date.

Meanwhile, 5,331 health-care workers were off the job for pandemic-related reasons.

Quebec has recorded 1,058,066 official cases and 15,284 deaths over the course of the health crisis.

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'Brace for impact': Gas prices rise to more than $2 a litre across Ontario 

Many Ontario drivers are now paying more than $2 per litre for gasoline, a record high for most cities across the province.

On Sunday, cities including Toronto, Ottawa, London and Hamilton experienced more pain at the pumps as gasoline prices ranged an average of $2.07 per litre.

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But according to the Canadian gas price prediction website Gaswizard.ca, the increase won’t stop there.

Predictions indicate that prices will continue to rise into the Victoria Day long weekend, expected to reach $2.10 per litre for most Ontario cities.

The higher prices come in part because of supply chain disruptions following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as well as high demand due to the re-opening of the economy.

“Summer demand is right around the corner,” said Dan McTeague, president of Canadians for Affordable Energy.

“My guess is that we’re going to be going anywhere from five to as much as 15 cents a litre higher on certain days between now and the beginning of September,” McTeague said. “So brace for impact.”

While gas prices continue to spike, so too have “gas-and-dash” incidents across Canada.

“This time last year, the average prices for London, Ont., were about $1.26 per litre,” McTeague said. “The dramatic rise is having a rather telling impact.”

“It may be time for governments to look at ways in which they can alleviate the burden, including backing off on things like carbon taxes and HST.”

Gaswizard.ca predicts the following increases in gas prices for these major Ontario cities for Tuesday, May 17:

Toronto, Hamilton, Mississauga, Waterloo, Brampton, and Windsor: $2.08 per litre for regular; $2.37 per litre for diesel.

Ottawa: $2.08 per litre for regular; $2.34 per litre for diesel.

London: $2.07 per litre for regular; $2.37 per litre for diesel.

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Canadian home prices saw 1st monthly decline in two years last month

Governments across Canada are trying new tactics to stifle the ever-growing housing costs in the country. Ross Lord reports that while there are signs the market is cooling, the pressure on governments to act is leading to some regrettable decisions.

The Canadian Real Estate Association says the pace of home sales fell in April as mortgage rates moved higher.

The association says the number of homes sold in April was down 25.7 per cent compared with April 2021 when it set a record for the month.

On a month-over-month basis, sales in April were down 12.6 per cent compared with March.

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CREA chair Jill Oudil says that following a record-breaking couple of years, housing markets in many parts of Canada have cooled off pretty sharply over the last two months, in line with a jump in interest rates and buyer fatigue.

CREA says the number of newly listed homes was down 2.2 per cent on a month-over-month basis in April.

The actual national average home price was a little over $746,000 in April, up 7.4 per cent from the same month last year. But benchmark home prices fell 0.6 per cent in April, the first monthly decline in two years.

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Police investigate sexual assault in Preston area of Cambridge

Waterloo Regional Police are continuing to investigate an assault that was reported in Cambridge early Friday.

The assault was reported in the area around Linden and Rosebrugh avenues in Preston at around 2:30 a.m.

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Police say the victim was assaulted by a male who then ran away from the scene.

They would later announce that officers had been provided with additional information that suggests the incident was a sexual assault.

They say the victim was left with non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the incident.

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Men from Ontario, Florida killed in multi-vehicle collision in Cambridge

 

Police are asking anyone with information to call 519-570-9777 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Ontario COVID numbers: 1,122 people in hospital, 159 in intensive care

WATCH ABOVE: Off with the mask: Quebec becomes last province to lift COVID-19 masking health order.

Ontario is reporting 1,122 people in hospital with COVID on Monday, with 159 in intensive care.

This is up by 98 for hospitalizations and an increase of eight for ICUs since the previous day, though officials noted not all hospitals reported updated figures due to the weekend.

Last Monday, there were 1,213 hospitalizations with 201 in ICU.

According to latest data for hospitalizations from the weekend, 61 per cent were admitted for other reasons but tested positive for COVID-19. For those in ICUs, 35 per cent were admitted for other reasons.

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Ontario COVID cases, deaths, vaccinations, recoveries, testing

Meanwhile, Ontario also reported 1,061 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday, though that is an underestimate of the true widespread transmission of the virus due to PCR testing eligibility. The provincial case total now stands at 1,276,116.

The death toll in the province has risen to 13,072 from the previous day as two new virus-related deaths were added.

There are a total of 1,255,239 recoveries, which is around 97 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 1,394 from the previous day.

The province administered 6,019 doses in the last day.

The government said 8,132 tests were processed in the previous 24 hours. There are 3,805 tests currently under investigation.

Data on vaccination rates and test positivity was not immediately available “due to technical difficulties” the province noted.

 

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Peterborough police seek 2 missing girls

Peterborough police are asking for the public’s help in locating two missing girls.

According to the Peterborough Police Service, the two girls — Tayla Zwanepol, 12 and Odessa Broderick, 10 — were last seen about 8:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 15.

“Police and family are concerned for their well being,” police stated.

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Search continues for missing Port Hope, Ont. woman

No other details were provided.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Peterborough Police Service at 705-876-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.stopcrimehere.ca

More to come

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Woman found with 'suspicious' injuries in New Hamburg: police

Waterloo Regional Police continue to investigate after a woman was found with “suspicious” injuries in Wilmot Township last week.

According to police, emergency services were called to Peel Street and Bleams Road in New Hamburg on Thursday at around 10 a.m.

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Police found a woman with serious injuries which officers believe to be suspicious.

Paramedics took the woman to an area hospital for treatment.

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Fire causes $50,000 damage to New Hamburg garage

Police are asking anyone with information to call 519-570-9777 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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