Mark's Top 5
5. Captain-less, again
For the second year in a row, the captain of the Ottawa Senators has departed on Canada Day. Jason Spezza was traded to the Dallas Stars yesterday for three players and a draft pick. Senators general manager Bryan Murray clearly wasn’t happy with the package he got in return for Spezza, but he said he wanted to accommodate Spezza’s trade request and didn’t want to have it hanging over the team. He said because younger players are involved in the deal, time will tell whether the Senators did well in the trade.
4. Missing without a trace
The mystery surrounding the disappearance of a five-year-old boy in Alberta is deepening. On Monday, police issued an Amber Alert for Nathan O’Brien and his grandparents, Alvin and Kathryn Liknes. The boy was last seen at the grandparents’ home on Sunday night. There have been reports that the grandparents were selling off all of their property and were talking about moving to Mexico. But police say they don’t consider the grandparents suspects in the disappearance. In fact, they say there is evidence that the three did not leave the home voluntarily.
3. Israeli/Palestinian conflict flares up
There is growing tension in the West Bank after the funeral service for three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped and killed. Tens of thousands of mourners gathered at the funeral. Israel is holding Hamas responsible and is warning the militant group will pay. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held an emergency cabinet meeting yesterday amid calls for revenge. Yesterday Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian man in the West Bank. And air strikes against 34 suspected Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip continued. In response, rockets were fired by Palestinian militants into Israel.
2. Back to work
It’s a rare summer sitting of the Ontario legislature. Today, business resumes at Queen’s Park. All 107 MPPs will be sworn in today, a speaker will be chosen, and then tomorrow, the re-elected Liberals will present their Speech from the Throne. The Ontario budget will be presented on July 14. Government House Leader Yasir Naqvi said the budget will be the platform the Liberals campaigned on in last month’s election. It could be exactly the same document the Liberals tabled in May that triggered the election. Meanwhile, the Conservatives will choose an interim leader to replace Tim Hudak while they continue to plan for a leadership campaign.
1. Canada celebrates
Despite a tornado warning, the weather was mostly cooperative and thousands of people celebrated Canada Day in the nation’s capital. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said our national desire is to do what is right and good. He said Canada is a confident partner, a courageous warrior, a compassionate neighbour and the best country in the world. Clara Hughes biked onto the stage on Parliament Hill to complete her 110-day tour across Canada to raise awareness for mental health.
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