Rick's Top 5
5. World Cup winners
Some experts dub it the best soccer team ever assembled. Germany wins the World Cup in extra time, defeating Argentina and thus confirming the dominance of a German machine that crushed host Brazil 7-1 in the semi-final. Yesterday's final marked the fourth World Cup for Germany and the first victory for a European team when the event is staged in the Americas. Although Brazil was eliminated in a stunning loss in the semi-finals, it was an otherwise successful event for the host country. But will it be enough to ease jitters around the world over the country's capacity to pull off another major sporting event in just two years - The Summer Olympics.
4. New bridge opens up, old building comes down
Two events over the weekend served to demonstrate how much easier it is to knock down public infrastructure than it is to build it. On Saturday, residents of Ottawa South and just about every politician able to squeeze into a photo op assembled along the banks of the Rideau River to celebrate the official opening of the much delayed $48 million Strandherd-Armstrong bridge, a structure an enthusiastic mayor Jim Watson dubbed the Eiffel Tower on the Rideau. Meantime, it took only a few seconds and 500 kilos of dynamite to level the former home of the federal agriculture department yesterday as the Sir John Carling building near Dows Lake was reduced to rubble in only seconds in a controlled demolition, much to the delight of the hundreds of onlookers. No politicians in sight for that one.
3. 20th anniversary Bluesfest wraps up
Another successful Bluesfest is in the books for Ottawa. Over ten days, hundreds of performers and 300,000 fans turned out for the 20th annual music festival that this year featured such bluesy notables as Lady Gaga and country star Blake Shelton. For the most part the weather co-operated beautifully. Festival organizer Mark Monohan says the days are long gone when blues aficionados complained about the presence of non-blues performers and that, despite its name, the annual festival appeals to all ages and all musical tastes.
2. Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has accused Hamas of deploying human shields against an Israeli offensive designed to stop a continuing barrage of rockets from Gaza into Israel. In a statement released yesterday, Harper urged the international community to rally behind Israel. Doing otherwise, he suggested would embolden those who continue their attacks. His comments once against demonstrated unequivocal support for Israel and came while, elsewhere in the world, calls grew for a cease-fire as concerns grew over the mounting civilian death toll. Meantime, fighting showed no signs of abating. Israel briefly dispatched ground troops into Gaza to destroy a rocket launching site and expanded its list of other targets. Hamas continued to fire rockets into Israel.
1. Budget do-over day
The provincial Liberal government of Kathleen Wynne takes recycling to a new level today when it re-introduces the same provincial budget that triggered the recent provincial election. While there may be a few technical adjustments, the budget is fully expected to contain familiar big ticket promises over jobs, transit and infrastructure investments, along with higher taxes for some, and a provincial pension scheme, all while still holding to a promise to balance the books in three years. That promise stands despite a recent warning from Moody's debt rating agency lowering Ontario's credit outlook to negative and in the wake of some grim jobs numbers last week showing the province shed 34,000 jobs in June and now has an unemployment rate of 7.5%.
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7:10 Keith Leslie, Canadian Press Queen's Park Bureau
7:40 Rick's Top 5
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8 - 9 John Robson, CFRA Commentator-at-Large, Columnist and University of Ottawa History Professor
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The Chatroom with Rick Gibbons from 9 - 10am.
Rick is joined by Canadian investigative writer Paula Todd to speak about her new book 'Extreme Mean: Tolls, Bullies and Predators Online'.