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5. Near collision
An Ornge helicopter almost taxied right into the landing path of an airplane at the Ottawa Airport two weeks ago. The Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident, but the Toronto Star reports that a quick-thinking air traffic controller avoided disaster by stopping the helicopter just in time. Apparently the helicopter was preparing to take off and ignored initial instructions to stop before crossing a runway. It taxied into the protected area of the runway just as a Federal Express cargo jet was preparing to land. The preliminary Transport Canada report says there was a risk of a collision when the helicopter crossed the runway stop line without stopping.
4. Hudak’s post-election caucus
Progressive Conservative MPPs say they weren’t consulted, nor were they given any advance warning of Tim Hudak’s controversial plan to cut 100,000 public-sector jobs. Hudak met with the Tory caucus yesterday for the first time since the election campaign ended. The meeting lasted more than three hours. After it was over, Hudak said he was proud of his campaign that he says put a clear alternative in front of voters. Hudak has announced he will step down when the party chooses a new leader. But at least one MPP thinks he should leave immediately. Todd Smith said the party’s renewal has to start today. Other MPPs said the job cuts came up repeatedly when they talked to constituents during the campaign.
3. Pipeline approval expected today
The federal government is expected to announce a decision on the Northern Gateway pipeline today and there are signs that suggest the project will be approved. Finance Minister Joe Oliver said yesterday that diversifying Canada’s energy markets is an obvious strategic imperative and is critical for the economy. The $6.5 billion pipeline would ship diluted bitumen from northern Alberta to Kitimat, BC. From that location the product could be shipped to customers in Asia and beyond, helping Canada diversify its customer base beyond the United States.
2. Ottawa under terror threat?
Intelligence officials are monitoring Iran as a possible terrorist threat to the Ottawa area. According to a report by Stewart Bell in the National Post, documents from the Integrated Terrorist Assessment Centre point to recent anti-Canada rhetoric from Tehran. As a result, intelligence officials have been monitoring the Islamic republic as a possible threat. And the Capital is mentioned specifically. The reports do not specify the exact nature of the threat Tehran may pose to the Ottawa region, but in the past Iran has used its proxy force, Hezbollah, to attempt attacks internationally.
1. Bus plan has residents fuming
Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar says the plan to divert buses onto Scott and Albert Streets is not going to work. Dewar spoke at an emotional community meeting last night where residents continued to express anger and frustration at the plan. Some residents were shouting and tempers boiled over. The buses will be diverted from the Transitway to Scott and Albert between 2016 and 2018, when construction takes place to convert the bus system to light rail. The city has tried to respond to the concerns by diverting some of the buses to other routes.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 - Matthew Fisher, Postmedia's international affairs columnist in Erbil, Iraq. He is just back from south of Kirkuk, near Tikrit, where this weekend's massacre took place.
7:40 - Mark's Top 5
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest:
- A pair of tickets to "Over the Hedge", a country garden tour this weekend June 21-22. A fundraiser to help bring a national botanical garden to Ottawa. (Visit canadensisgarden.ca for more info.)
- A free rack of ribs at Ottawa Ribfest on Sparks Street! Head down to Sparks Street this Wednesday to Sunday to try out ribs from ribbers from all over North America. Visit cfra.com for more chances to win!
- A pair of tickets to an evening with the extraordinary Al Pacino on June 26th at the National Arts Centre.
8:10 - Barry McLoughlin, President, McLoughlin Media - What's next for the PC Party of Ontario
Coming up today on CFRA:
The Lowell Green Show - 10a-Noon --- It's a 2 hour cruise to the "Island of Sanity" each weekday morning as Lowell Green navigates listeners through to the real issues that are affecting Ottawa.