Madely's Top 5
5. Tornado in Ontario
There was severe weather north of Toronto yesterday. A state of emergency has been declared in the community of Angus. A tornado ripped through the area yesterday, tearing roofs off buildings and bringing down trees. At least 30 homes have lost their roofs. A few hours earlier, four golfers in Stouffville, Ontario were hit by lightning. One of the victims was not breathing and did not have a pulse, but a nurse who was nearby was able to revive him. All four men were taken to hospital. One remains in critical condition.
4. Genderless pronouns created
The Vancouver School Board has introduced three new genderless pronouns. The school board has approved a proposal to allow students to ask teachers and staff to address them by words other than he or she. The new words are xe, xem and xyr. The policy allows transgender students to opt for a genderless pronoun. But linguistic experts are already pointing out that previous attempts to insert a new word in the language have failed miserably.
3. MPP severance costs
The total cost of severance packages for departing MPPs could be almost $3 million. According to calculations by Toronto Sun columnist Christina Blizzard, there are 18 politicians who won’t be returning to Queen’s Park. An MPP with less than four years of service gets six months’ pay. If you served between four and eight years, you get one year’s pay. If you served more than eight years, you get 18 months’ pay. That means, according to Blizzard, that former Liberal attorney general John Gerretsen will receive a cheque for $273,654. Former Toronto NDP MPP Michael Prue will get $206,914.
2. Another Ottawa shooting
It’s another example of a brazen shooting in a residential Ottawa neighbourhood. The Ottawa guns and gangs unit is investigating an incident at about five o’clock yesterday afternoon in the Herongate area. Witnesses say there was a fight between two men and then as many as nine shots were fired. One man appeared to have been hit in the face. Police confirm a man is in hospital. The other is still at large. The victim in hospital is apparently not cooperating with police.
1. Northern Gateway approved
The federal government has approved the Northern Gateway pipeline, but there is still a big battle to come before it goes ahead. Already there are predictions of lengthy court battles and delays. And even in approving the pipeline, the government said Enbridge clearly has more work to do to bring First Nations communities onside. There are 209 conditions to the approval. There’s significant political opposition in British Columbia. And the two main federal opposition parties say they will scrap the project if they are elected.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
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.
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