Rick’s Top 5
5. Does size matter on the golf course?
An Ottawa golf course has joined a growing global experiment aimed at reversing a slide in the number of people playing golf. The Canadian Golf Course just west of Stittsville has introduced larger cups on some of its greens in an experiment designed to improve scores and hopefully keep golfers coming back. Don’t fret, golf traditionalists. Greens featuring the larger 6” cups still offer second cups on the same green of the more traditional 4.25” variety.
4. Sailor misconduct allegations
The head of Canada’s Navy has taken the rare step of ordering one of the country’s naval vessels back to port from an exercise in the Pacific over allegations of misconduct by some sailors. The Ottawa Citizen’s David Pugliese reports that Vice Admiral Mark Norman issued the message yesterday, citing three incidents involving crewmembers aboard HMCS Whitehorse. The ship was participating in a multinational naval exercise in various Pacific locations when it was ordered to return to its home port of Esquimalt, B.C.
3. Ontario budget déjà vu
Emboldened by its majority win in the recent election, the provincial Liberal government pressed ahead with a big spending budget plan yesterday, virtually identical to the short-lived spring budget that triggered the recent election. Spending will grow and so too the deficit – despite recent credit agency warnings and the growing risk of higher debt servicing charges.
Opposition parties, predictably, pounced on the budget.
2. No ceasefire
Israel announced this morning that it has accepted an Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire but warned it would strike Gaza even harder if Hamas rejected the offer. It didn’t take long for Hamas to do exactly that, saying it wasn’t worth the paper it was drafted on. The Egyptian initiated cease-fire offer called for a halt of hostilities as of this morning, followed by negotiations on easing the closure of Gaza's borders. Meantime, here in Canada, the Harper government reasserted its unwavering support for Israel.
1. Murder charges pending in Calgary
A desperate two-week search for two grandparents and a five year old grandson in Calgary took an abrupt turn for the worst yesterday when the city’s police chief announced first and second degree murder charges against a suspect. While police say the bodies of five-year-old Nathan O’Brien and his grandparents Alvin Cecil Liknes and Kathryn Faye Liknes have not been located, the evidence was sufficient to transform the search into a homicide investigation.
The suspect has not been named by police, though he has been widely identified as Douglas Garland, who police previously called a “person of interest” in the case.
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7:40 Rick's Top 5
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8:10 Premier Kathleen Wynne
8:20 Jason van Rassel, Justice and social issues reporter at the Calgary Herald.
8:40 Candice Malcolm, Ontario Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation
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