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5. Guns and Gangs Strategy Working: Bordeleau
Police Chief Charles Bordeleau says he remains troubled about the number of gang shootings in Ottawa, but he says the police service’s strategy to combat gang violence is working. At the Police Services Board meeting last night, Bordeleau said, "We remain troubled by the brazenness of the violence in our community." But he said, "Our strategy is working. We're seeing some successes." He pointed to a shooting last week on Bank Street, after which police arrested five people, laid dozens of charges and seized several guns. So far this year there have been 22 shootings in Ottawa. Last year there were 30 in the entire year. Many of the shootings this year have happened in public areas in broad daylight.
4. Jugs Vs. Bags
There’s a major battle developing over the size of your milk container. Believe it or not, there’s an Ontario Milk Act. And Section 8 of Regulation 753 stipulates that containers of 1, 1.5, 2 or 4 litres are acceptable but a three-litre container is not. The milk you get in three bags at the grocery store adds up to four litres. But a provincial marketing board authorized Mac’s Convenience Stores to start selling 3-litre plastic milk jugs on a one-year pilot program. The Ontario Dairy Council appealed, saying it gave some processors an unfair advantage. So the issue is now going to the Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal. The Dairy Farmers argue that if consumers have the option of buying smaller quantities, they won’t buy as many of the four-litre bags and that could make prices go up. But one observer said it’s also about grocery stores using the price of milk as a loss-leader to get people into their stores. If the size of the product changes, they might stop doing that. The milk debate has spread to the faculty of Carleton University. The Ottawa Citizen quotes Steve Saideman, the Paterson Chair in International Affairs at Carleton University, who’s originally from the U.S., as saying, "It’s about this weird government regulation of stuff … don’t get it at all. There’s some sort of perverse logic about protecting the marketplace." He wrote a blog post about it last year. Another Carleton professor Frances Woolley responded by saying, "Milk bags use less materials than jugs, so are cheaper to make. Some people are willing to pay for convenience, some people aren’t."
3. Growing Fears in Ebola Outbreak
There are growing fears about the largest outbreak of Ebola in history. Liberia has now sealed its borders after 129 people have died there. In total, at least 670 people have died in Africa. Two American doctors contracted the disease while they were in Liberia. The World Health Organization is not yet recommending any travel restrictions. But at airports in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, officials are checking for signs of fever among departing passengers. Ebola is incurable and has a death rate of 90 per cent. But it doesn’t spread like the flu. It typically spreads among humans through direct contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids. The symptoms are sometimes confused with malaria, which is why close scrutiny is needed at airports and other exit points.
2. National Research Council Hit By Cyber Attacks
Chinese hackers have been trying to get into the computers of the National Research Council here in Ottawa. CTV News is reporting that the NRC was forced to shut down its computers completely yesterday to stop the cyber attacks. The threat was primarily focused on the NRC, but CTV quotes sources as saying it has wider implications because the government has converted 43 departments into a shared data service system. The NRC looks after leading-edge research related to satellite technology, space and industrial innovations and modified foods, among other areas. This is not the first time hackers from China have penetrated Canadian government computers. They have previously targeted the Finance Department, the Treasury Board, the Bank of Canada and even Parliament Hill. The U.S. government has also blamed Chinese hackers on a number of data breaches and computer intrusions. Earlier this month, the New York Times reported that Chinese hackers breached the computers of a government agency that holds federal employees’ personal information.
1. 'Prepare for a polonged campaign'
Israel is stepping up its attacks on Hamas today after prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Israeli citizens to prepare for a prolonged campaign. Despite calls for an immediate ceasefire, Israel is escalating its campaign. One rocket landed just blocks from where a CNN reporter was doing a live report this morning. The attacks destroyed the home of a top Hamas leader, damaged the offices of the Hamas TV station and other targets. A power plant was also hit and was shut down. Officials say it could take months to repair. Even before the shutdown, Gaza residents only had electricity for about three hours a day because fighting had damaged power lines. Hamas remains defiant. Leaders have said they will not stop fighting until they win international guarantees that a crippling border blockade of Gaza will be lifted.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 Steve Saideman, the Paterson Chair in International Affairs at Carleton University. Jugs or bags? The milk debate rages on at Carleton University
7:40 Mark's Top 5
7:55 The News Challenge Contest. You could win:
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8:10 Lewis MacKenzie, Major-General (Ret'd)
8:40 Andrew Radar. Mars One - a not-for-profit foundation - plans to establish a colony of humans on Mars. Andrew is on their shortlist of applicants.
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