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The OPP has confirmed  three-year-old boy is lacking within the Orangeville, Ont., space after a van left a roadway and wound up within the Grand River as southern Ontario communities cope with flooding.

Dufferin OPP stated the kid slipped from his mom’s arms as she was getting out of the submerged van. 

Heavy rains and a deep thaw are behind the flooding and excessive water alongside rivers and streams throughout southern Ontario, with the Grand River watershed seeing the worst of the results to date.

A state of emergency was declared Wednesday in Brantford, after elements of town had been evacuated as a result of flooding alongside the Grand River.

“The degrees and top of the water are one thing that haven’t been seen on this group in a really, very very long time,” stated Brantford Mayor Chris Friel.

Boy swept away in river

Dufferin OPP stated that round 2:30 a.m. ET a feminine driver went previous a roadblock put in place due to flooding. Her van was swept into the river close to Orangeville. As the lady was exiting the car, the kid slipped out of her arms. The mom was taken to hospital. 

The depth of the fast-moving river swept the car downstream about two kilometres towards a bridge at Line 109 and Tenth Line to its resting level.

OPP Const. Paul Nancekivell advised CBC Information that “it is an ongoing police investigation.

“We’ve our OPP emergency response workforce strolling the financial institution and looking the realm.”

Downstream alerts

The flooding is predicted to worsen downstream from Brantford later at this time, in locations like Six Nations and Cayuga.

Reviews of flooding stretched throughout southern Ontario, together with London, Waterloo, Cambridge, Dunnville, St. Marys, Chatham-Kent and Orangeville.

Officers stated ice is obstructing water and forcing the heavier flows to search out methods across the jams.

In Six Nations, the elected council stated it convened its emergency officers and might be monitoring the potential for flooding.

Six Nations hearth officers visited residents alongside 744 West to Bateman and helped anybody who wished to voluntarily relocate.

Additionally they closed roads: Fourth Line from Seneca Highway to Bateman Line, and Mohawk Highway to Third Line. The council is monitoring water ranges across the Chiefswood Bridge. 

Brantford evacuation orders

In Brantford, an emergency announcement Wednesday morning famous there may be ongoing flooding within the neighbourhoods of Holmedale, Previous West Brant and Eagle Place. Anybody residing in these areas was urged to evacuate their properties.

“It is vital to remember the degrees are very a lot tied to the ice jam,” stated Grand River Conservation Authority engineering director Dwight Boyd.

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Components of Brantford, Ont., are below an evacuation order due to rising water ranges. (Annie Poulin/Radio-Canada)

“The way it erodes or releases will decide how rapidly ranges will recede.”

He stated ranges had been secure as of 11 a.m. however that they’d stay excessive by means of the day and into tomorrow.

Police are going door-to-door within the affected neighbourhoods, asking individuals to go away instantly.

“Buses can be found to assist evacuate @ Eagle Ave & Foster St., Baldwin & Erie Ave, Erie & Aberdeen Ave. These requiring shelter can go to Woodman Comm. Centre,” the tweet suggested.

Jeff Whitbread was one of many residents who left his dwelling. He advised CBC Information that the method gave the impression to be dealt with properly.

“The police and companies have been round our neighbourhood and talked to all of the residents and its very calm. It appears to be fairly properly organized.

“We’re simply going to choose up a couple of issues and head on out to a pal’s home.”

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Residents had been being relocated as a result of flooding alongside the Grand River after an ice jam upstream of Parkhill Dam despatched a surge of water downstream. (Aaron Vincent Elkain/Canadian Press)

The Grand River Conservation Authority stated Wednesday morning “an ice jam upstream of Parkhill Dam launched at roughly 2 a.m. Wednesday morning. When this ice jam launched, it despatched a surge of water downstream.”

‘You actually do not need to see anybody get harm’

The company warned the general public in a put up on its web site to train excessive warning round all water our bodies.

“Banks adjoining to rivers and creeks are very slippery presently and, when mixed with present climate situations, pose a severe hazard. Dad and mom are inspired to maintain their youngsters and pets away from all watercourses and off frozen water our bodies, which might be extraordinarily unsafe because of the warming development.”

Robert Putt, a resident within the evacuation space, stated he wakened round 2 a.m. to the sound of timber breaking and snapping. When he received up this morning the water degree had elevated by a couple of metre.

“You are hoping to not lose property or worth or have issues broken, you actually do not need to see anybody get harm,” he stated.

Putt stated he is lived in his home for nearly 30 years and has by no means seen flooding like this.

“It is a considerable amount of water and great amount of ice.”

The next faculties are closed due to the flooding:

  • Princess Elizabeth.
  • Agnes Hodge.
  •  Jean Vanier.
  • Bellview.
  • Ecole Dufferin.
  • Ste Marguerite.
  • Ste Marie.

Up to date flood warnings

The Grand River Conservation Authority up to date its flood warning Wednesday for townships and cities together with:

  • Metropolis of Cambridge
  • Township of Wilmot – New Hamburg
  • Township of North Dumfries – Ayr
  • Brant County
  • Metropolis of Brantford
  • Six Nations/Haldimand County – Caledonia
  • Haldimand County – Cayuga
  • City of Dunnville/Port Maitland
  • Township of Puslinch/Wellington County
  • City of Grand Valley / Waldemar
  • Township of Mapleton/Drayton
  • Township of Woolwich / St. Jacobs / West Montrose 

In London, the Higher Thames River Conservation Authority has issued a flood warning and town closed a number of roads as a result of rising water ranges.

The Higher Thames River Conservation Authority stated the watershed acquired 10 mm of rain since four a.m. Wednesday and one other 10 mm was forecast earlier than the tip of the day. 

Patrick Brown, who resigned as chief amid accusations of sexual misconduct, has been expelled from Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Social gathering caucus simply days earlier than the legislature is ready to renew.

Interim chief Vic Fedeli mentioned in an announcement on Friday that he had initially requested Brown to “step apart” from the caucus when he was appointed to the place late final month. 

“Earlier right now, Mr. Brown was notified that he has been faraway from the PC Caucus efficient instantly,” Fedeli mentioned. 

“The identical process was adopted when Mr. Brown eliminated Jack MacLaren from the PC Caucus.”

Brown accused of sexual misconduct

The transfer comes a day after Brown mentioned that he intends to sue CTV Information to revive his fame after the broadcaster modified components of alleged incidents that pressured him to resign because the PC chief. 

Brown, who received the management race in 2015 and steered the occasion in a unique route, is accused of sexual misconduct by two girls courting again to when he was a federal MP within the Barrie, Ont., space.

Brown “vehemently” denies the allegations. On Tuesday, the timeline of one of many girls’s allegations, first reported by CTV Information on Jan. 24, was modified.

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Brown’s identify is stripped from his workplace at Queen’s Park days after he was accused of sexual misconduct. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

The girl alleged Brown tried to pressure her to carry out oral intercourse on him at his Barrie dwelling greater than a decade in the past, after assembly him in a bar. She initially mentioned she was in highschool and underneath the authorized ingesting age on the time. 

On Tuesday, she mentioned that she was not in highschool or underneath the authorized ingesting age. 

“Within the courtroom of public opinion and among the many many journalists I’ve spoken to, these allegations at the moment are seen for what they’re — fictitious and malicious,” Brown wrote in a Fb put up on Thursday. 

The girl informed CBC Information in an announcement from her lawyer, David Butt, on Wednesday: “I stand firmly by the reality of what I mentioned about Patrick Brown’s conduct involving me.” 

She referred to the timeline distinction as “collateral particulars” and defined they “should not essential.”  

Butt added whereas these specific components can fade over time, the allegations of sexual misconduct stay an integral a part of the core story. 

“Ask anybody about an essential occasion of their life, calendar dates should not printed on the underside of these recollections like they’re on digital cameras,” he mentioned. 

“We merely have a tendency to not keep in mind when it comes to … dates and time. What we keep in mind are key occasions in relation to extra bodily components of our environment moderately than the idea of time and date.”

In the meantime, CTV Information is standing by its story. 

“Patrick Brown’s allegations relating to our reporting are false,” mentioned Bell Media spokesperson Matthew Garrow in an e mail on Wednesday.

“The 2 girls have reiterated their allegations of sexual misconduct by Patrick Brown. His assaults on our journalistic practices are groundless and unsuitable.”

Ontario PC management race underway

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The candidates battling to guide the Ontario PC occasion are Tanya Granic Allen, left, Christine Elliott, centre left, Doug Ford, centre proper, and Caroline Mulroney. (Chris Younger/Canadian Press)

The PC caucus is coping with the fallout of Brown’s departure because it works to discover a substitute months earlier than the provincial election and in one of many shortest management races ever.

Christine Elliott, Caroline Mulroney, Doug Ford and Tanya Granic Allen are in search of the occasion’s management. Tory members will choose a new chief on March 10. 

Whereas he’s not occasion chief or a member of the PC caucus, Brown stays the MPP for Simcoe North.

Questions had initially remained about Brown’s position within the occasion as there was nothing stopping him from taking his seat when the provincial legislative session begins on Tuesday.

Brown can also be formally nominated because the occasion candidate within the using of Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte. 

Fedeli has beforehand mentioned he wouldn’t signal Brown’s nomination papers as a candidate if the allegations towards him have not been cleared. Different occasion officers haven’t indicated any plan to unseat him, whereas they’ve overturned the nominations of two PC candidates in Scarborough Centre and Ottawa West-Nepean.

Caroline Mulroney will probably be formally throwing her hat into the race to guide Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives, sources with the marketing campaign advised CBC Information. 

A web-based announcement is predicted on Sunday, with an official announcement anticipated Monday. 

Mulroney, the daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney, was pegged as a contender to exchange Patrick Brown as quickly as the competition started, regardless of having by no means held political workplace. 

The 43-year-old mom of 4 has hinted she intends to run for the management, thanking those that supported her candidacy on Twitter over the weekend however stopping wanting formally asserting her plans. 

Mulroney, a lawyer who studied at New York College, was acclaimed as a Progressive Conservative candidate within the driving of York-Simcoe, north of Toronto, final August.

In 2014, she was appointed to the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority to assist oversee improvement of a $ Four-billion second border span between the 2 cities.

Mulroney additionally co-founded the Shoebox Undertaking in 2011, a non-profit that collects and distributes presents to girls who’re homeless or in danger.

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Mulroney is photographed in Ottawa, alongside accomplished shoeboxes crammed with private objects, to be given to girls in shelters over the vacation season by way of her Shoebox Undertaking initiative on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

Previous to asserting her political plans, Mulroney served as vice-president of Toronto-based BloombergSen Funding Companions, and used to work at a enterprise debt fund.

“It wasn’t her plan to hunt the management. She was very, very centered on the driving and on the neighborhood and that is the place her efforts went,” mentioned Peter Van Mortgage, a legislator with the federal Conservative Social gathering who acted as an adviser to Mulroney.

Although new to politics, Mulroney has proven herself to be hard-working and real, which has received her help in the neighborhood — even amongst those that might decide her based mostly on the household identify, Van Mortgage mentioned.

‘Intrinsic expertise of her personal’

“She has intrinsic strengths and intrinsic skills of her personal, no matter her identify could also be,” he mentioned.

“Whenever you speak about that type of identify, that is kind of the impression folks have earlier than they meet her after which once they meet her, speak to her, the response you get is, ‘Wow she is so relatable, she understands me, she will get me, she listens to me, she clearly genuinely cares,”‘ he mentioned.

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Former prime minister Brian Mulroney arrives for a charity occasion in Toronto in 2010, together with his son Mark, left, and daughter Caroline, proper. Caroline Mulroney is predicted to formally announce that she will probably be operating for Ontario PC management. (Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press)

Mulroney’s lack of political expertise will possible be her greatest problem, notably when measured in opposition to extra seasoned candidates, mentioned Kathy Brock, a coverage knowledgeable and political science professor at Queen’s College in Kingston, Ont.

Nevertheless it may additionally play in her favour, bringing some freshness to the Tories at a time the place their interim chief has vowed to filter the “rot” from the get together, Brock mentioned.

“This is without doubt one of the methods through which being extra of a newcomer to the [Progressive] Conservative get together in Ontario and Ontario politics, which may truly be a bonus, given what the Conservatives are going by way of,” the professor mentioned.

Two high-profile girls operating

“She provides a contemporary face, a contemporary really feel, and but she has … the potential to tug on skilled advisers and her personal experiences with politics from having been concerned by way of her household and associates.”

Mulroney’s entry into the race means there’ll now be two high-profile girls competing for the Tory reins, which may bolster the get together’s picture, she mentioned. Former Tory legislator Christine Elliott threw her hat within the ring final week.

“That is likely to be the kind of factor that they should recover from the incident with

[former party president Rick] Dykstra and Patrick Brown. It simply provides them a brand new focus and new power and it makes them look just a little extra present with the instances,” she mentioned.

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Mulroney will be a part of Christine Elliott because the second high-profile girl to contend for management of a the Ontario PCs after former chief Patrick Brown made a disgraced exit following sexual misconduct experiences. (Justin Tang, Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)

Brown and Dykstra resigned inside days of one another after being confronted with allegations of sexual misconduct, which they deny. The allegations haven’t been independently verified by The Canadian Press.

Toronto politician Doug Ford, brother of the town’s late former mayor Rob Ford, can be within the operating. Sources inform The Canadian Press former Postmedia government Rod Phillips can be set to enter the race inside days.

Candidates have till Feb. 16 to register, and the brand new chief will probably be introduced March 10.