Mark's Top 5
5. Amazon vs. Disney
Amazon.com has been fighting with publishers and other vendors in its quest for lower prices. Now it's battling Disney. The world's largest online retailer is refusing to allow its customers to pre-order certain movies from the Walt Disney Co., including blockbusters like Frozen. The move by Amazon is becoming familiar. The company has been trying to use its dominant position on the Internet to leverage more beneficial terms from its suppliers, especially book publishers. Amazon and Walt Disney Studios did not reveal details of their dispute, and representatives for both companies are not commenting. But it's a sign that another big fight could be developing.
4. First Nations transparency law
The Conservative government is continuing to attack Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau over his promise to repeal a new transparency law for First Nations communities. Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt said yesterday Trudeau was choosing the side of First Nations leaders who would keep "basic financial information hidden from their communities and from Canadian taxpayers." Valcourt said, "We put this legislation in place to empower community members and ensure that they are informed of their community's financial situation. The fact that Justin Trudeau would give opponents of transparency and accountability an easy way out is an affront to the community members and taxpayers this act is intended to serve."
3. LRT tunnel at 50%
The downtown tunnel may be half-finished, but we're no closer to getting funding for Phase 2 of light rail. That was the bottom line from the appearance by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne in Ottawa yesterday. She toured the construction site along with Mayor Jim Watson and other politicians and officials, even walking through a portion of the tunnel. Watson said the project was on budget and on schedule. Wynne used the opportunity to continue her campaign to have the federal government invest more money in infrastructure. Conservative MP Royal Galipeau said yesterday, "We haven't received the plan for Phase 2 yet, and when it comes, I'm sure that we'll be at the table."
2. PTSD in Canada's military
The rate of post-traumatic stress disorder among members of the Canadian Forces has nearly doubled since 2002. That's according to a new survey of thousands of soldiers. The findings once again point to the enormous mental-health challenge faced by the military after the war in Afghanistan. The initial results of the survey found that 5.3 per cent of soldiers reported experiencing PTSD in the 12 months prior to the survey, up from 2.8 per cent 11 years earlier when Statistics Canada last asked soldiers, sailors and airmen and airwomen about their mental health. The results also show 16.5 per cent reported experiencing either PTSD, depression, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence.
1. Robin Williams dead at 63
The tributes continue for Robin Williams from heartbroken fans to shocked Hollywood co-stars. Williams was known for both his frenetic comedic performances and his powerful dramatic roles. His breakthrough role was on television's Mork and Mindy. He went on to earn Academy Award nominations for Good Morning Vietnam and Dead Poets Society and won a best-supporting actor Oscar for Good Will Hunting. He also starred in comedies like Mrs. Doubtfire. Williams was found dead of an apparent suicide in his California home yesterday. People close to Williams said he had been battling from severe depression. He was 63 years old. In a statement, his wife Susan said: "This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings."
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