The Pembroke dentist found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison for impaired and dangerous driving causing death following a 2011 fatal crash near Arnprior will be back in court today to appeal her conviction. Fifty-year-old Bryan Casey was killed when a vehicle driven by Dr. Christy Natsis crossed the centre line of Highway 17 and crashed into his truck, almost seven years ago. Today Natsis’s legal team will argue that the judge made a mistake in allowing a police officer’s expert witness testimony during the trial. The argument will be made in a Toronto courtroom. The appeal hearing is expected to take one day.
The man charged in the triple murder of three Upper Ottawa Valley women will be back in court as Basil Borutski’s trial resumes after an eight-day break. He will continue to represent himself as he stands accused of murdering 66-year-old Carol Culleton 36-year-old Anastasia Kuzyk and 48-year-old Nathalie Warmerdam on September 22nd, 2015. Today, the Crown will continue to present its case. The accused has yet to say a single word in the trial and a not guilty plea was entered by the court on his behalf.
Ontario’s college strike has been going on for more than a month but a vote that begins today and if the latest offer is accepted the faculty could be back to work as early as next week. About a half-million students have been out of the classroom since October 15th as 12,000 professors, counsellors, instructors and librarians have been on the picket lines. Talks between the council representing the province’s 24 colleges and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union broke down last week but there will be an online and phone vote beginning today and wrapping up Thursday. If the latest offer from the colleges is accepted classes could resume as early as next Tuesday.
If you haven’t had a flu shot yet you have two chances in the area this week thanks to the Renfrew County & District Health Unit. They have a clinic at the Arnprior Legion Wednesday and another Thursday at the Petawawa Legion. Both run from 3 to 6 p.m. You don’t need an appointment and there is no charge.
There’s a blood donor clinic at Garrison Petawawa today … from 1 to 4 … and again from 5:30 to 7:30. Canadian Blood Services officials say there is an urgent need for donations.
AND IN SPORTS …
Despite having their 14-game winning streak snapped on the weekend the Carleton Place Canadians remain atop the league standings. And they also sit near the top of the National Jr A rankings. The Canadians who boast an 24-2-and-2 record after 28 games remain ranked at #2 in Canada this week. The Ottawa Jr Senators are the only other CCHL team in the Top-20 sitting in 13th spot in the country. That’s up one place from last week. Carleton Place trails only Thief River Falls from Minnesota who play in the Superior International Junior Hockey League in the Thunder Bay area. They are undefeated in 17 games.
Pembroke Lumber Kings forward Matthew Barnaby has earned an Honourable Mention for the league’s Player of the Week. He had four goals and six points in two weekend games including a hat-trick against Rockland.
There are two games in the CCHL-2 tonight as the Renfrew Timberwolves are on the road in Ottawa to face the league-leading Canadians. Puck drop in that one is at 7:20. And the Whitewater Kings are in Carleton Place to face the Junior Canadians. That one gets underway at 7:30.