Ottawa, unfortunately, is no stranger to floods. Last year Canada's capital city and its neighbouring town Gatineau, Quebec experienced a terrible spring flood that lead to a state of emergency and mass evacuations from homes in the area.
The heavy rain has pelted the city, which is already prone to flooding, and left puddles and floods along highways, in parks and of course by the canal.
The Rideau Canal runs all the way through the city right to the downtown core. Because of the rain yesterday and today, the canal overflowed and the water spilled over the rocks and walls of the waterway affecting the paths, parks, and roadways that run on either side of the canal.
While the GTA has seen some relief from the rain today, Ottawa hasn't caught a break yet. The forecast is calling for even more downpour in the area while some Ottawa weather stations have already recorded over 100mm of rainfall.
The flooding has even begun to affect some buildings and caused events to be cancelled due to rain falling inside the buildings.
Tonight's Ottawa Docker Meetup is officially cancelled! Sorry for the inconvenience - the venue is flooding 😲https://t.co/j01yPbnQn9
Trudeau is clapping back against Doug Ford's targeted ads about tightening border restrictions to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
In a press conference on Friday, the prime minister stated that these "personal attacks" are not what Ontarians need right now. Instead, Trudeau states he will continue to work with Ford to come to a conclusion about border restrictions if Ford will get back to him.
"If the Ontario government wants to do more to restrict the volume of people coming into Ontario, we are more than happy to work with them on it," Trudeau stated.
"But it's been a week since we've received that request directly from the premier that they haven't followed up on except with personal attacks, which doesn't make sense and quite frankly won't help Ontarians."
Earlier this week, the Ontario PC Party released an ad campaign, which claimed that Trudeau's lack of border control could lead to the fourth wave of COVID-19.
Ford keeps reaching out to Trudeau
While Trudeau claims he has yet to hear back personally from Ford, the targeted ad does follow multiple letters and comments from the premier.
Back in April, both Ford and Quebec's premier François Legault sent a joint letter to Trudeau, stating that the number of international flights landing in Canada should be reduced.
After this, Ford released his own statement on May 4 asking to ban all non-essential travel and close the "quarantine loophole at land border crossings."
Ford has also used his Twitter account in an attempt to get the prime minister's attention. "In the last two weeks, we have sent the federal government 3 urgent letters requesting immediate action on the borders," he claims.
According to the province, newly eligible groups include First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals; anyone 50 and over; people with high-risk health conditions and a number of people who aren't able to work from home.
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— Ontario Ministry of Health (@Ontario Ministry of Health)1620302870.0
The province has split "workers who cannot work from home" into two groups; only the first group is eligible as of Thursday (the second group becomes eligible next week), and Group 1 includes the following:
Education staff (teachers, bus drivers, custodians and administrators)
Emergency service workers
By-law enforcement officers and food/workplace/health inspectors
Ontario is currently in the middle of Phase 2 of its vaccination plan, and the province is targeting adults living in hot spots, individuals with health issues, people who can't work from home and seniors 50 years old and over.