Mark's Top 5
5. PGA/Tennis Weekend
Lee Westwood, Ryan Palmer and Kevin Chappell have the lead after the first round of the PGA Championship in Kentucky. But British Open champion Rory McIlroy is only one shot back. Tiger Woods is still struggling. He is tied for 111th spot. Meanwhile at the Rogers Cup, Milos Raonic won his third-round match in three sets and a couple of the top seeds were knocked out, including Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka.
4. Stunt plane buzzes regatta
Transport Canada is looking into an incident on the Ottawa River after a float plane flew under the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge. On Saturday morning, members of the Ottawa Rowing Club were preparing for a regatta. They say a float plane travelled past them on the water, turned around, sped up and came right at them. It eventually lifted out of the water and took off underneath the bridge. In a statement, Transport Canada said, "Appropriate action will be taken if it is determined that a violation has occurred.
3. Senators under microscope
We're getting a sense of just how carefully the auditor general's office is looking at the expenses of senators. According to a report in the Ottawa Citizen, auditors are examining everything from the Christmas cards sent out by senators to the meetings they attended. Apparently more than one senator has been asked about Christmas cards, including one who was questioned about postage used to send three cards to the United States. One was asked for photos of an event for which travel expenses were submitted. Another was asked to prove that a lunch had taken place, even after a receipt was submitted.
2. The million dollar chief
The chief who received almost a million dollars in compensation last year says he's actually one of the lowest paid chiefs in Canada. In his first official statement since his salary and bonuses were disclosed, Ron Giesbrecht pointed out that his salary is only $4,800. But of course he also received an $800,000 bonus because he's the economic development officer for his band. The job pays him $80,000 plus a 10% commission on all new investment in the reserve. And last year he cut an $8-million deal with the British Columbia government.
1. Middle East turmoil
There is tension on at least two fronts in the Middle East today. U.S. President Barack Obama has authorized military airstrikes in Iraq. Obama said the strikes are necessary to prevent a potential act of genocide as Islamist militants continue to attack religious minorities in northern Iraq. Meanwhile, the 72-hour truce in Gaza is over and the violence has started again. Hamas fired a barrage of rockets into southern Israel soon after the ceasefire expired and Israel says it has targeted terror sites in Gaza, where there have been reports of airstrikes. Israel had said it was willing to extend the truce unconditionally but Hamas refused, insisting on more of its conditions being met in a permanent ceasefire agreement.
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