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Trump blasts Democratic 'obstruction' of border wall, as shutdown lingers

President Trump on Thursday pushed Democrats to support his demands for border security by claiming most of the workers affected by the partial government shutdown belong to their party.
 

White House, congressional Democrats see no deal on shutdown

Chances look slim for ending the partial government shutdown any time soon.
 

Trump hopes to build on political momentum from Kavanaugh confirmation in 2019

Of all the tumultuous tussles in Donald Trump's Washington  -- a government shutdown, abrupt staff departures, and the Russia probe -- none perhaps was more bitter, yet more significant, in the long-run than the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.
 

Michelle Obama beats Hillary Clinton as most admired woman in America, survey says

Former first lady Michelle Obama has nudged out fellow former first lady Hillary Clinton as the woman who Americans say they admire the most, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday.
 
Never-Nancy Democrats are risking an election backlash for flipping on their anti-Pelosi vote vow.
 

Immigration arrests increase at Salt Lake City ICE office

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Arrests of people suspected of living in the U.S. illegally have increased 24 percent in a four-state region since President Donald Trump entered office, mirroring a national trend.
 

Dining Out: Affordable, easygoing Clarendon Tavern tests the Market and strikes sweet balance

The Black Tomato's replacement scores with affordable, flavourful dishes and a fun, historically minded renovation.
 
On Monday, an emotional Tina Boileau handed out the Jonathan Pitre Award at the Ottawa Senators development camp. Prospects Brady Tkachuk and Parker Kelly were named co-winners of the award as the hardest-working players. The Senators just posted a video of the poignant moment: [protected-iframe id="4bb2f4bb553b1ba27ac02e25994a72d2-66829272-107520423" info="https://www.nhl.com/senators/video/embed/jonathan-pitre-memorial-trophy/t-277437424/c-60758003?autostart=false" width="540" height="360"] Jonathan Pitre, Boileau’s son, died in April, but not before his courageous fight against the pain of epidermolysis bullosa, an excruciatingly painful and debilitating skin disease, captured the attention of the city, the country and large parts of the hockey world. “I’m honoured,” Boileau said. “The award is bittersweet, no matter what, and seeing the video ahead of time, and then you have to present something … These kids work hard and they deserve this. I know Jonathan would by very proud of each and every one of them.” -With files from Ken Warren https://www.instagram.com/p/BkvHZ1zAyP5/?taken-by=senators
 

Yakko Takko towed: Popular Mexican food truck looking for a new home

A popular Bank Street food truck is looking for a new home after a slew of complaints from neighbouring businesses prompted Ottawa bylaw officers to tow the business on Wednesday. Yakko Takko's owner, Roberto Reyes, said he has been battling with the city all year as neighbouring businesses have complained about his truck, his music and even his two pet dogs, who like to hang out in the shade under the truck while he works. "My dogs were just chilling in the shade and bylaw came and gave me a $250 fine," he said. "Inspectors, bylaw, everybody just kept showing up." Reyes said he has a valid permit to operate the food truck. He pays the City of Ottawa, $400 for that permit. He was also renting space for his truck from a private business that owns the land at 890 Bank St., near the corner of Thornton Avenue. Food trucks must be located on private property. It was that caveat that ultimately ended up doing him in, said Reyes. The strip of grass where his truck was parked in the Glebe is actually owned by the City of Ottawa and not the person that Reyes was renting from. As a result, city officials were able to tow Yakko Takko from its location on Wednesday. "Today I got informed that my truck is being towed," he said. "They broke into it and made a mess inside." The truck was towed to the driveway of Reyes' nearby home, where it will remain until he can find a new location for the pop-up eatery. A spokeswoman for the city's bylaw and regulatory services said that an investigation into Reyes’ business found he was parked on city-owned property. She also said that Reyes may not have obtained permission from all of the businesses within 46 metres of his taco truck. Permission to setup a food truck must be granted by nearby competitors in the area. "The owner was given multiple warnings. Unfortunately, the order was not complied with and the vehicle was towed on Wednesday," said Alison Sandor a spokeswoman for Ottawa By-law. Capital Ward councillor David Chernushenko said he wouldn’t enter a war of words over who filed the complaints that ultimately led to the city’s decision to remove Yakko Takko from the property. He simply said that the city has rules that must be followed and food trucks can’t operate on city owned property. One of the issues, Chernushenko said, was that Yakko Takko appeared to be using the sidewalk as a waiting area for its clientele, which impeded foot traffic moving through the area. In his two years of operating Yakko Takko, Reyes has parked the truck in two different locations along Bank Street. Reyes said he wants to stay in the Glebe because he fell in love with the community and its people when he first moved there four years ago. He plans to try and revive Yakko Takko as soon as he can find somewhere suitable to continue slinging his tacos. "I know a lot of people here. My food is real and authentic and people love it," he said. "I've got good customers. I'm going to keep looking for private property."
 
The Ontario government has stopped changes to how police are overseen, stopped new restrictions on smoking and vaping, and held off capping the price of re-sold event tickets, in a flurry of decisions the new Progressive Conservative cabinet made last week but didn't publicize. These calls were made in the meeting of ministers Premier Doug Ford scheduled for June 29, just after the new Progressive Conservative cabinet was sworn in at Queen's Park. There might have been other such decisions that haven't been made public as well, thanks to an ordinary lag in posting these things (compounded by the Canada Day weekend) and the Tories' choice not to announce them. These are early days for the Tories, but this isn't a great beginning. All the changes the Tories put off are in laws passed when the Liberals were in power — marched through the normal process at Queen's Park and approved by majority votes. All of them came with built-in delays, which are commonly included in new laws to give everyone time to get ready for new rules: The legislature passes a bill with a line saying the lieutenant-governor (which means, in practice, the premier and cabinet) will decide when it comes into force. A decision of the premier and cabinet can be undone by the premier and cabinet, even if they aren't the same premier and cabinet, and that's what happened. Between the time the Liberal government chose June 30 as the day for changes to the Police Services Act and July 1 for the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and the Ticket Sales Act and the actual days, there was that election. The Ford cabinet did these things last Friday. There's an online repository of "orders in council," as these cabinet decisions are called, but posting them there takes 10 business days for some reason. The Ontario Gazette, the official government publication, put an edition up June 30 but it only included notices up to June 18. The online database of Ontario laws was out of date — as late as July 3, it included copies of the affected legislation with notes saying their new provisions were not yet in force but would be July 1. Finally, on Wednesday, the laws got updated with notes saying they weren't in effect after all. Holding back changes to policing were by far the biggest deal, and — to be fair — the Tories promised something like it in the spring campaign. The legislature passed the so-called Safer Ontario Act in March, shepherded by former attorney general and Ottawa MPP Yasir Naqvi. It was a sprawling bill, the result of six years of work and consultations. It expanded the powers of overseers like the Special Investigations Unit and made their work more public in an attempt to rebuild public confidence shaken by cases like the death of Abdirahman Abdi in an arrest here in Ottawa and the beating of teenager Dafonte Miller by an off-duty officer in Toronto. Nobody loved the whole package but it was an improvement over the antiquated rules it replaced. The association of Ontario police chiefs welcomed it. Police unions hate-hate-hated it. The Ottawa police union endorsed the Tories after Ford promised to re-examine it. Other police unions didn't quite go as far as an endorsement but did publish statements noting their approval of the Progressive Conservatives' views on the Safer Ontario Act — that it restricted police unfairly and made it legal for civilians to do some tasks formerly restricted to badge-holding officers. The unions were the first to know about the new government's hold on the bill, thanks to a letter Ford sent them Friday promising "a full and thorough review of the legislation." Police chiefs and their local civilian overseers got a memo from the Ministry of the Attorney General at 6:19 that night. No minister has said anything about that review publicly. Same with vaping nicotine- and cannabis-based liquids instead of smoking. The Smoke-Free Ontario Act was about to treat those substances more like liquor — restricting sales to specialty shops, for instance. Public-health authorities were solidly behind the new restrictions. "The changes to the Smoke Free Ontario Act that were set to come into effect on July 1, 2018 are being paused to give the new government the opportunity to carefully review the new regulations related to vaping. A new date for implementation has not yet been set," a health-ministry spokesman said by email Wednesday, a day after I asked whether the law had kicked in or not. And on ticket scalping, although the Tories put through most of a law passed under the Liberals that did things like outlawing automated "bots" that scoop popular tickets to events online, they held back one provision that limits markups on re-sold tickets to 50 per cent, on the grounds that it's hard to enforce. The weird thing there is that it's pretty difficult for the Ontario government to keep software running on servers in Kazakhstan from buying tickets by the truckload, whereas a StubHub or TicketExchange site unloading $50 tickets for $150 is pretty easy to spot. In the legislature last year, before Doug Ford was Tory leader and revamped what they stood for, they voted against the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and the Ticket Sales Act but didn't campaign on changing them. So those moves are more surprising. The government's not obliged to make announcements or put up ministers to give speeches. It sure would clear things up, though, especially if they're going to give heads-ups to some people and be less than conscientious about keeping official sources for what they're doing current. The premier who swears he governs for the people should make it easier for the people to know how they're being governed. This email address is being protected from spambots. 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Bollard test on Sparks Street aims to restore the 'pedestrian' mall

“The first thing we heard was to get cars off the streets. The second thing was to create more short-term parking spaces," Curry said Wednesday.
 

Rowdy teens won't prevent Barrhaven from staging annual Canada Day party, organizer vows

There may be a fence around the park and security guards checking backpacks at the entrance next year, but Barrhaven's Canada Day celebration will continue, vows volunteer organizer Darrell Bartraw. The community can't allow a bunch of teenage hooligans who threw firecrackers into the crowd this year to scare people away, says the president of Canada Day Barrhaven Inc. "They are not going to beat me." Organizers will meet next week to discuss what security measures will be added next year, he said. A fence will probably be erected if they can find money to pay for it. He doesn't want to charge admission because that would mean the community party would not be open to all. "I want families to come here and feel safe. We'll do whatever it takes to do that." Bartraw says he can't believe what transpired at Clarke Fields Park during the fireworks show this year. "I'm saddened, completely saddened, and aggravated and mad." His doctor won't be happy about his blood pressure, adds the retired justice of the peace. "I'm stressed. I work 365 days a year on this frigging thing. It's my life. It drives my wife crazy. I'm 61, I don't need this." For 38 years, Barrhaven has prided itself on staging a family oriented Canada Day, what Bartraw calls "the safe alternative" to the huge party on Parliament Hill. Bartraw can't explain why a gang of teenagers disrupted this year's event. Maybe the youths were emboldened because it was dark and they were part of an anonymous crowd, he speculates. "They aren't all bad kids. It's like pit bulls. It was a pack mentality. "A few kids lead it and the others just followed." Witnesses say a group of teenagers threw fireworks into the crowd for about half an hour. Volunteers escorted several teenagers out of the park, but the kids just came back in, says Bartraw. "It just escalated and escalated." He saw police arrest a 15-year-old who was subdued with a Taser and handcuffed. A group of about 100 teenagers surrounded three police officers trying to arrest the boy and started pushing, says Bartraw. "They were all just circling (the police) and chanting, 'Fight the police! Fight the police!' "Another young girl was trying to pull the cops off, saying, 'That's my brother!' " Police pepper sprayed the teens to get them to disperse. "Some of the kids who were screaming (at police) before were crying like babies," says Bartraw. Volunteers at the first aid tent treated about half a dozen people for burning eyes, while Ottawa paramedics said they also treated three people who were sprayed. However, Bartraw said he didn't see any fighting or weapons. "Just pushing, threatening police and anyone in authority." Some of the fireworks the teens set off were roman candle types that shot multiple sparks, according to witnesses. "One went off about 10 feet in front of us," said Eric, who didn't want his name used because he fears the teens would retaliate against his business. "A little girl got hit right in the face. She was about four. She was holding her cheek and screaming and crying. "Her dad scooped her up, and the mom picked up the other child, and they just ran." Eric said he and a few other men in the crowd began yelling at the teenagers: " 'Why do you want to be idiots? You are letting off fireworks in the middle of the crowd. There are babies here!' "A lot of us started getting really angry." His friend called 911. Several of the estimated 100 teenagers in the group challenged the bystanders to fight and kicked one man before they ran away, he said. His two children, aged four and 12, were frightened, said Eric. "My son was crying because he thought I was going to get hurt. "I was a bad kid, too, and I did stupid things," says Eric. "But nothing like that. Come on. What if a little girl loses her eye?" He won't go back to the Barrhaven Canada Day party, he says. Bartraw emphasizes that the rest of the day was lovely. There was a midway, a fun zone for kids, craft and food tents, a free breakfast for seniors, a citizenship ceremony and live bands on the main stage. The rowdy teenagers didn't show up until dark, just before the fireworks began. "I know they didn't come to see all the great shows and take part in the midway," says Bartraw with a sigh. "They were just hanging out." And he points out that several dozen other teenagers volunteered to help out during the event. "We have some great kids in this community." This email address is being protected from spambots. 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Garrioch: No Karlsson trade for teams to celebrate on Fourth of July