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5. 25 kids, 6 camp staff fall ill at summer camp
Public health officials are expected to provide an update today after more than 25 children and 6 staff members fell ill yesterday at a summer camp in Barrhaven. Six kids between the ages of five and eight were taken to hospital. It appears food poisoning may be the cause. The children and staff started feeling sick at about 3:00 yesterday. Paramedics say they all shared the same catered lunch at about 1:30 yesterday. Parents who arrived to pick up their kids from camp saw paramedics, police and fire vehicles outside the school where the camp was being held.
4. Ottawa Hospital fires worker over Duffy disclosure
3. Mandatory victim surcharge is unconstitutional, says Ottawa judge
A prominent Ottawa judge has ruled that the federal government’s mandatory victim surcharge is unconstitutional. Ontario Court Justice David Paciocco is considered one of the top legal minds in the country. He wrote a 31-page decision that $900 in surcharges applied to Shaun Michael amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. Paciocco suggested that a reasonable person would find the mandatory surcharges grossly disproportionate and outside the standards of decency. Michael is described as addicted and impoverished. He lives on an allowance of $250 per month. He committed a series of offences while he was intoxicated. He pleaded guilty to nine offences, each of which carried a $100 surcharge. Paciocco said the $900 in total surcharges was a crushing amount for Michael. "Simply put," he wrote, "Mr. Michael is being treated more harshly because of his poverty than someone who is wealthy." The federal government made the surcharge mandatory after complaints by victims groups that judges weren’t imposing the measure properly. Judges routinely waived the fee when offenders were sentenced to jail or without inquiring about their ability to pay the surcharge, which funds victim services.
2. B.C. reserve chief gets $800,000 bonus
The Kwikwetlem First Nation in British Columbia has about 80 members living in about half a dozen houses and trailers. It’s considered a small reserve. But the chief of the reserve, Ron Giesbrecht, earned $915,000 last year. That consisted of a $4,800 salary as chief. But he received a whopping $800,000 bonus for being the economic development officer for the nation. Because Giesbrecht lives on reserve, that salary is tax free. That means it’s the equivalent of a $1.6 million salary off reserve. Just for the sake of comparison, the mayor of Port Coquitlam, a nearby city of 56,000 people, makes $89,000 a year. The reserve sent out a release yesterday saying, "We understand that seeing such a large number for the Chief’s salary is disconcerting, but for the sake of clarity, we want to break it down for you." The band says the chief received 10 per cent of gross profits generated from the projects he worked on as economic development officer. But the biggest reason for the jump in revenue on the reserve was an $8.2 million transfer from the province of British Columbia. The news release says a new agreement with the chief over economic development matters was struck in April and it no longer contains the bonus.
1. 72-hour ceasefire falls 70 hours short
The ceasefire in Gaza is already in jeopardy. Hamas is saying Israeli tank fire killed four people and Israel is accusing Hamas of violating the truce. The 72-hour ceasefire was announced by US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The ceasefire was to be followed by negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian officials in Cairo on a longer-term solution. But just two hours after the ceasefire began, a Reuters photographer said Israeli tanks opened fire in southern Gaza. Hamas media reported four people were killed. An official in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said Hamas and other armed groups had "flagrantly violated the ceasefire." But the official did not elaborate. Sirens warning of rocket attacks had started near Israel’s southern border but no casualties were reported.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:40 Mark's Top 5
7:55 The News Challenge Contest. You could win:
- 4 tickets to bring the family to the Glengarry Highland Games, one of North America's largest and finest highland games, tomorrow and Saturday, just a short half-hour away. Info and schedule at www.GlengarryHighlandGames.com
- A pair of tickets to watch the Ottawa Fury FC take on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at TD Place on August 9th.
8:10 Your Weekend Entertainment Guide
8:20 Shelley McLean looks at the movies to watch for on the big screen in August with resident movie expert, Cinematic Steph.
8:40 Ottawa Citizen Sports Columnist Wayne Scanlan, on the Redblacks "Nice football team ... Maybe too nice?"
8:45 Comic Jim McNally, Co-founder of Cracking Up The Capital Comedy Festival on all this weekend. He will hosting Sunday night's The Best of Fest Show. For more info, www.crackup.ca
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