Mark's Top 5
5. Redskins lose trademark
It’s a largely symbolic move but it puts more pressure on the Washington Redskins to change their name. Yesterday the U.S. Patent Office cancelled the Redskins’ trademarks. The team says it’s going to appeal, but it’s another step in an increasing campaign to have the NFL team move away from what many people consider a racist nickname. Nothing changes until all appeals are completed, but if the ruling is upheld it means the Redskins could continue to use the name but would no longer be able to block others from profiting from it.
4. D-Day photo banners stolen
Two large photo banners honouring Canadian soldiers who took part in D-Day have been stolen from in front of the French embassy. The banners were attached to the fence in front of the embassy, which is next to the prime minister’s residence on Sussex Drive. Security footage shows the banners were removed by two men and a young woman who drove up in a black pickup truck Tuesday afternoon. The banners were part of a display on the embassy's fence made from photographs of Canadian soldiers landing in Normandy on D-Day.
3. Trudeau speaks on abortion, again
Justin Trudeau has clarified his party’s position on abortion once again. Yesterday we told you about how a newspaper in Prince Edward Island had quoted Liberal MP Lawrence MacAulay as saying he would vote with his conscience on the issue. MacAulay is one of a handful of current Liberal MPs who are in favour of putting limits on abortion. Yesterday Trudeau was asked about that and said that all Liberals will have to vote pro-choice in the future. He said current MPs who have anti-abortion views will still be allowed to run for the party and will not have to go through the vetting process facing new candidates. But once they’re elected, they’ll have to vote with the party on the issue.
2. Hudak to step down early
Tim Hudak is stepping down as Progressive Conservative leader earlier than he planned. After what the Toronto Star describes as a caucus revolt, Hudak will not stay on until a new leader is chosen. Instead, he will resign as of July 2. Apparently about half the Conservative caucus told Hudak they want him gone immediately, but at first Hudak resisted. The Star says he told the meeting on Monday that he didn’t care if every single MPP wanted him gone immediately, he would stay on. The Star quotes Tory sources as saying that the campaign team was so proud of its plan to cut 100,000 jobs from the public service, they were actually considering naming some of the people who would be fired.
1. Training mishap severely injures first responders
Two Ottawa paramedics are in very serious condition at an Ottawa hospital this morning after an explosion yesterday at a training exercise. One other paramedic and two police officers were also injured and taken to hospital. The emergency officials were taking part in an exercise at an abandoned house on March Road in Kanata. It was a forced-entry exercise that involved explosives. According to reports, a ball of fire sent hot gas into the faces of the two paramedics. The chief of the paramedics, Anthony DiMonte, said the two men suffered second-degree burns on their hands, the backs of their legs and others areas of their bodies.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 - John Bennett, National Program Director, Sierra Club Canada Foundation. On the approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline he says "It's a decision that could define our times. We are witnessing the final stages of a protracted wrestling match between our future and our past."
7:40 - Mark's Top 5
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest:
- A pair of tickets to "Over the Hedge", a country garden tour this weekend June 21-22. A fundraiser to help bring a national botanical garden to Ottawa. (Visit canadensisgarden.ca for more info.)
- A free rack of ribs at Ottawa Ribfest on Sparks Street! Head down to Sparks Street this Wednesday to Sunday to try out ribs from ribbers from all over North America. Visit cfra.com for more chances to win!
- A pair of tickets to an evening with the extraordinary Al Pacino on June 26th at the National Arts Centre.
*** Tomorrow, you could win a meet and greet with Al Pacino himself!
8:40 - Former Conservative MP Patrick Boyer. He has written a new book, Our Scandalous Senate, a comprehensive look at the ongoing Senate expense scandal.
Coming up today on CFRA:
Rob Snow's Afternoon Edition - 3p-6p --- Rob Snow's Afternoon Edition covers breaking news and updates you on what's developed in the stories you heard on the way to work this morning! From interesting short features and reporter de-briefings, to breaking business news updates, traveller's weather, interviews with newsmakers, and open phone segments to let you hear what your neighbours are saying about the biggest stories of the day.
Today's Lunch Bunch lineup:
Today on Rick Gibbons’ Lunch Bunch, Rick is joined by CFRA’s Lowell Green, and Ottawa Sun City Hall Journalist, Jon Willing.