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Kingston, Brockville area could see a repeat of 2017 flooding

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Communities along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River are being warned to brace for flooding as bad as 2017 by the end of May or early June.

The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA), which covers an area roughly from Napanee to Brockville, issued an updated statement Friday for areas along the waterways that were placed under a flood warning earlier this month.

The CRCA said that according to the water level forecast issued May 16 by the International Lake Ontario St. Lawrence River Board (ILOSLRB), there’s now a 50 per cent chance that levels will reach or exceed the highs of 2017 within two weeks.

A peak of approximately 75.9 metres above sea level is expected to occur in early June, with higher levels possible with more rain.

An updated provincial flood watch statement, issued by the Surface Water Monitoring Centre of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry on May 10, remains in effect.

Approaching 2017 peak

The water levels measured Saturday on the upper part of the St. Lawrence River from Kingston to near Iroquois, Ont., were at 75.76 metres above sea level — about 73 centimetres above average, said Jacob Bruxer, the ILOSLRB’s Canadian regulation representative.

That’s also a mere 12 centimetres beneath the peak level observed in May 2017, Bruxer said.

That year, high water levels led to submerged and damaged docks, boathouses and boat ramps. They eroded shorelines, caused flooding around homes and cottages in a few locations, and closed roads.

“Within one to two weeks time we could be looking at reaching those 2017 levels,” said Bruxer on Sunday.

“When levels are this high, they can increase the risk of damages — especially during storms and wind events.”

The CRCA advises people to contact their local municipality if they need help. Residents can find information on where to get sandbags here.

Flooding and erosion damage from high waves are possible during periods of strong winds, and the CRCA is urging residents to pay close attention to forecasts for approaching storms with high winds from the southeast, south or southwest.

Environment Canada is predicting a chance of showers for both Kingston and Brockville Monday, with more rain possible later in the week.

Where to get sandbags in Kingston

Property owners are also reminded to turn off electricity to buildings or structures in flood-prone or low-lying areas and to move gasoline and other chemicals to higher ground. Shoreline work will require a permit from the CRCA. 

The CRCA flood warning statement will remain in effect until June 12 unless it’s updated earlier.

The City of Kingston doesn’t expect widespread flooding, but it is advising residents in flood-prone areas along the shoreline to keep a close eye on the forecast and take necessary steps to protect their homes.

People who need sandbags in Kingston can call the city at 613-546-0000. The city has sand and sandbags available for pick-up at 875 Innovation Dr.

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Record one million job losses in March: StatCan

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OTTAWA — More than one million Canadians lost their jobs in the month of March, Statistics Canada is reporting. The unemployment rate has also climbed to 7.8 per cent, up from 2.2 percentage points since February.

Canada’s national statistics agency released its monthly Labour Force Survey on Thursday, using March 15 to 21 as the sample week – a time when the government began enforcing strict guidelines around social gatherings and called on non-essential businesses to close up shop.

The first snapshot of job loss since COVID-19 began taking a toll on the Canadian economy shows 1.1 million out of work since the prior sample period and a consequent decrease in the employment rate – the lowest since April 1997. The most job losses occurred in the private sector and among people aged 15-24.

The number of people who were unemployed increased by 413,000, resulting in the largest one-month increase in Canada’s unemployment rate on record and takes the economy back to a state last seen in October, 2010.

“Almost all of the increase in unemployment was due to temporary layoffs, meaning that workers expected to return to their job within six months,” reads the findings.

The agency included three new indicators, on top of the usual criteria, to better reflect the impact of COVID-19 on employment across the country.

The survey, for example, excludes the more commonly observed reasons for absent workers — such as vacation, weather, parental leave or a strike or lockout — to better isolate the pandemic’s effect.

They looked at: people who are employed but were out of a job during the reference week, people who are employed but worked less than half their usual hours, and people who are unemployed but would like a job.

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Employee at Ottawa’s Amazon Fulfillment Centre tests positive for COVID-19

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OTTAWA — An employee who works at Amazon’s fulfillment centre on Boundary Road in Ottawa’s east-end has tested positive for COVID-19.

Amazon says it learned on April 3 that an associate tested positive for novel coronavirus and is currently in isolation. The employee last worked at the fulfillment centre on March 19.

Two employees told CTV News Ottawa that management informed all employees about the positive test in a text message over the weekend.

In a statement to CTV News Ottawa, Amazon spokesperson Jen Crowcroft wrote “we are supporting the individual who is recovering. We are following guidelines from health officials and medical experts, and are taking extreme measures to ensure the safety of employees at our site.”

The statement also says that Amazon has taken steps to further protect their employees.

“We have also implemented proactive measures at our facilities to protect employees including increased cleaning at all facilities, maintaining social distance in the FC.”

CTV News Ottawa asked Amazon about the timeline between when the company found out about the positive COVID-19 case and when employees were notified.

In a separate email to CTV News Ottawa, Crowcroft said “all associates of our Boundary Road fulfillment centre in Ottawa were notified within 24 hours of learning of the positive COVID-19 case.”

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Ottawa facing silent spring as festivals, events cancelled

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This is shaping up to be Ottawa’s silent spring — and summer’s sounding pretty bleak, too — as more and more concerts, festivals and other annual events are cancelled in the wake of measures meant to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The province has already banned gatherings of more than five people, and on Monday officials announced city parks, facilities and services will remain shut down until the end of June, nor will any event permits be issued until at least that time.

“This leaves us with no choice but to cancel the festival this year,” Ottawa Jazz Festival artistic director Petr Cancura confirmed Monday.

This was to be the festival’s 40th anniversary, and organizers announced the lineup for the June 19-July 1 event the day after Ottawa’s first confirmed case of COVID-19. 

The Toronto and Montreal jazz festivals had already pulled the plug because of similar restrictions in their cities, so Cancura said the writing was on the wall.

“We have a few contingency plans to keep connecting with our audience and working with our artists,” Cancura said.

People holding tickets to the 2020 festival can ask for a refund or exchange for a 2021 pass.

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