Mark’s Top 5
5. Downtown chase
There was a dramatic police chase through the capital yesterday afternoon that ended with a collision in front of the Supreme Court. Six people were taken to hospital as a result of the crash. The chase began when the vehicle failed to pull over at an RCMP traffic stop on the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. The driver of the suspicious vehicle raced through the intersection of Wellington and Lyon and lost control of the car. The car slammed into an RCMP SUV. The suspect car had been reported stolen a few days ago. The RCMP officer received minor injuries. One of the people in the car was rushed to the trauma centre in critical condition. The driver of the vehicle refused treatment from paramedics and was arrested at the scene.
4. Orgaworld details coming
We could soon learn the details of the city’s audit into the Orgaworld contract. The Ottawa Sun reports there’s a meeting at city hall today at which the details of the city’s arbitration process with the company will be discussed. The city announced on Friday that the arbitration into the green bin contract was over. The 20-year contract is controversial because it requires the city to pay for a minimum amount of material sent to the Orgaworld facility, regardless of how much organic waste residents actually put in their green bins.
3. Pistorius trial resumes
Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from a mental illness when he killed his girlfriend. That’s according to a panel of mental health experts who studied the Olympian over the past 30 days while his murder trial took a break. The trial resumed this morning in South Africa and the panel’s findings were submitted to the judge. According to the chief prosecutor, Pistorius was capable of appreciating the wrongfulness of his act when he shot Reeva Steenkamp through a bathroom door in his home last year.
2. Ford back to work
American late-night talk-show hosts will welcome the news. Rob Ford returns to work as Mayor of Toronto today two months after he entered rehab. Ford posed for pictures in a clothing store in Barrie yesterday. He’s planning to appear at city hall this afternoon. He’s returning to the dramatically reduced job that was constrained by city council in a vote last November. A police investigation continues and Democracy Watch has asked Toronto’s integrity commissioner to look into allegations that Ford and his brother Doug lobbied on behalf of two companies with connections to their family business.
1. By-election day
The results won’t change much in the House of Commons but they could be an early indicator of the battle between opposition parties in the next federal election. There are four federal by-elections today, including two in the key battleground of Toronto. Both Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair were campaigning in the Toronto area yesterday. One of the seats is Trinity Spadina, which Olivia Chow gave up to run for Mayor of Toronto. The other is Scarborough-Agincourt, which was held by Liberal Jim Karygiannis. He’s also running municipally this year. The other two ridings are in Alberta and are considered safe ridings for the Conservatives.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 - Pollster Sean Simpson of Ipsos Reid. Four in five (81%) Canadians 'agree' that 'Canadians should express more patriotism'
7:20 - Denise Leblanc of Canadian Heritage on Canada Day 2014
7:40 - Mark's Top 5
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