Mark's Top 5
5. Slow down!
The number of highway deaths caused by speeding has doubled in the first half of 2014. According to the OPP, speed is the leading cause of collision fatalities on the roads it patrols, ahead of distracted and impaired driving. Speed has been a factor in 33 deaths on the roads so far this year.
4. Ottawa debt grows and grows
Under the current city council, the city's long-term debt has grown by $300 million. The debt is now $1.65 billion and it will grow by another $300 million when the first phase of light rail is completed. The city is paying about $80 million a year in interest. But city treasurer Marian Similuk says if the city doesn't take on debt, it has to pay for major projects by increasing taxes and water and sewer rates.
3. Hydro outrage
The complaints about electricity bills are continuing to pile up. Ontario ombudsman Andre Marin says he has received almost 8,000 complaints from customers and is still getting about 10 per day. He says his office has never received so many complaints about a single government organization. Customers are complaining about giant bills to compensate for months of underbilling, malfunctioning smart meters and other issues with their bills.
2. Canada stands quiet
The family of Mohamed Fahmy is lashing out at the Harper government for not doing more to condemn his conviction. Fahmy, who has dual citizenship in Canada and Egypt, is the Cairo bureau chief for the Al Jazeera English television network. On Monday he was convicted along with two other journalists for spreading false news and aiding the Muslim brotherhood. World leaders and foreign ministers immediately criticized the verdict.
1. Cabinet day
Three Ottawa-area MPPs will remain in their current portfolios as part of Premier Kathleen Wynne's new cabinet. While some major roles are being shuffled, Yasir Naqvi remains community safety minister, Madeleine Meilleur stays on as attorney general and Bob Chiarelli continues as energy minister. Naqvi also becomes house leader for the Liberals. Among the changes to the cabinet: Eric Hoskins will become health minister, Deb Matthews is being shifted to Treasury Board and Glen Murray becomes environment minister.
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