Mark's Top 5
5. Open house
Neighbourhood residents were given a sneak preview of TD Place yesterday. The stadium doesn't open until next Friday, when the REDBLACKS play their first home game. But the doors were opened to residents of the Glebe, Old Ottawa South and Old Ottawa East yesterday and several of them said they were impressed. A new bike parking lot was also unveiled. It has room for more than 600 bicycles. The first REDBLACKS home game is a week from Friday and the first Fury home game is the following Sunday.
4. Arthur aftermath
They are still cleaning up and trying to restore power to thousands of people in Atlantic Canada. Tropical Storm Arthur struck New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island on the weekend, uprooting trees and knocking out power to some 250,000 homes and businesses. The winds hit as high as 140 kilometres per hour and there was torrential rain, up to 140 millimetres in some communities.
3. Sick leave talks
All of the federal public service unions are refusing to take part in any discussions with the government over plans to overhaul sick leave. According to the Ottawa Citizen, the 17 unions say any changes to how sick leave is handled should be dealt with at the bargaining table. The government is proposing a new short-term disability plan to reduce sick leave and get employees back to work sooner.
2. Lac-Megantic remembers
There were two church services yesterday in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, to mark the first anniversary of the fatal rail disaster that destroyed the centre of the town and killed 47 people. The first mass began at midnight and ended at 1:15 am, the same time that the train exploded one year earlier. Then 1,000 people marched down a path by the tracks that the fatal train took into their community. The second mass later in the day was attended by Governor General David Johnston, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and first responders from across Quebec and the United States. A monument to the victims was unveiled after the ceremony.
1. The search continues
Police are expected to resume their search of a property in Alberta today, looking for clues into the disappearance of five-year-old Nathan O'Brien and his grandparents. Police questioned and released a man yesterday. They say he is a person of interest but at this point have not identified him as a suspect and no charges have been laid. Police have been on the property since Friday, when they received a tip that a vehicle there was similar to the one seen on surveillance video around the time of the disappearance.
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