Ottawa girls’ lemonade stand shut down for not having permit

An Ottawa lemonade stand operated by two little girls was shut down on Sunday for not having the proper permits.

The lemonade stand, where seven-year-old Eliza Andrews and her five-year-old sister Adela were selling lemonade on Sunday, was shut down by an official from the National Capital Commission, according to a report by CBC News.

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    The girls were selling lemonade to passing cyclists on a median next to NCC-operated Colonel By Drive, a road that is closed to motorists on Sundays during the summer for “Sunday Bikedays”.

    The girls’ father, Kurtis Andrews, told CBC that although the NCC officer was polite, “I think that they need to relax a bit. I understand that they have to manage their properties but at the same time we’re talking about a five and seven-year-old raising money for camp.”

    According to the National Capital Commission Traffic and Property Regulations, “no person shall sell or offer or expose for sale any drink, goods or wares,” without written permission from the NCC.

    In an emailed statement, the NCC said it apologizes to the Andrews family for the inconvenience and met with them Monday “to see how we can support these two young entrepreneurs going forward.”

    “Given the location of the lemonade stand, the Conservation Officer acted in good faith in applying the federal land use rules in place,” wrote the NCC. “However, we believe the situation could have been handled differently. Children’s lemonade stands are a time-honoured summer tradition that contributes to a lively Capital and the NCC wants to encourage these activities whenever possible.”


Canada Post ‘extremely disappointed’ with union offer

Hope for a quick resolution to the labour battle between Canada Post and the union representing 50,000 of its workers seemed to dim on Monday as the Crown corporation released a blistering statement in response the union’s latest offer.

Canada Post said it was “extremely disappointed” in the response from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) at the bargaining table in recent days.

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“Late Friday evening, CUPW tabled offers that would add at least $1 billion in new costs over the term of a new collective agreement while rejecting the Corporation’s approach to address the long-term issues with the employee pension plan,” said a statement released Monday morning.

Canada Post also accused the union of demanding the reversal of several changes that had already been agreed to in the last round of negotiations in 2012.

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In spite of the fact that the two sides appear to remain far apart on numerous points, talks are reportedly continuing in the hopes of negotiating a deal.

Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton said the company has not given the required 72 hours’ notice of a lockout, nor has the union given notice of any job action. Both sides remain at the table and Hamilton said he hopes they can reach an agreement that is “affordable and reasonable.”

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Changes to employee pension plans have been a key sticking point. Canada Post made new contract proposals about a week ago, and the union presented a counter offer on Friday.

That offer included wage hikes and rejects Canada Post’s plan to have new employees get a pension plan that operates like an RRSP instead of the defined benefit plan for current employees that guarantees a set level of retirement benefits.

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Hamilton says Canada Post has expressed frustration over the union’s proposal, which he says “puts us in the exact opposite direction of where we need to be as a company.”

On Saturday, the union called the wage increase offer presented by Canada Post last week “an insult.”

If no deal is reached, the two sides are now in a position to either strike or begin a lockout, which could disrupt mail services to Canadians across the country as early as Thursday if a 72-hour notice is served today.

The deteriorating status of the negotiations has been aired publicly in a series of statements issued on websites and to the media over the last few weeks.

With files from the Canadian Press.


RCMP shoot at arson suspect who reportedly charged at them, SiRT investigating

RCMP say a 55-year-old man is in hospital after being shot by police officers who say they were threatened.

Authorities in the Annapolis County detachment were called to a home on Parker Mountain Road in Hillsburn, Nova Scotia, after receive reports of a man with a gun at about 1:15 a.m. Monday.

Police say they were looking for a suspect in an arson earlier that evening that burned a home and RV. Police say the homeowner’s truck was stolen as the suspect tried to flee.

The man reportedly drove toward officers in a threatening manner, at which point the officers on scene shot at him.

The suspect was arrested and taken to hospital suffering from what’s described as non-life-threatening injuries to his torso.

Neither officer was injured in the incident.

Officials say the RV at the home was intentionally set on fire, with the fire eventually spreading to the home.

The Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) has been called to lead an investigation into the matter and are currently on the scene in Hillsburn.

SiRT confirms that the only gunfire came from RCMP officers, the suspect did not return fire.

Two firearms were used by police, investigators say.

SiRT is asking anyone who may have witnessed anything related to the incident, or who have any relevant information, to contact them at 902-424-2010 or 1-855-450-2010.

With files from Natasha Pace. 

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Queen Elizabeth gets her own fashion show at Buckingham Palace

LONDON – An unprecedented peek into Queen Elizabeth‘s royal wardrobe is taking place this summer at Buckingham Palace.

As part of the monarch’s 90th birthday celebrations, the Royal Collection Trust announced Monday that visitors will be treated to a special exhibition of the queen’s outfits, entitled: “Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe.”

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The exhibition will feature a wide range of clothes from the queen’s childhood to the present day, including ball gowns and military regalia.

The display will also include the outfit designed by Angela Kelly and worn by the Queen and for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.

A total of around 150 outfits will be shown, with similar displays taking place at the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Windsor Castle.

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