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5. TD Place gets a workout
It didn't have the dramatic finish of Friday night's first REDBLACKS home game, but the Ottawa Fury did set a league record for attendance with almost 15,000 people at TD Place yesterday. The Fury lost 1-nil to the New York Cosmos. Meanwhile, Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group says the opening weekend at TD Place was a learning experience. There were a few growing pains, including bank machines that didn't work, a concession stand that closed because of a blockage in a drain pipe and running out of food in some concession areas.
4. Vimy Ridge Bridge?
A group of veterans is calling for the new Strandherd-Armstrong bridge to be named after the battle of Vimy Ridge. The Royal Canadian Legion branches in Manotick and Barrhaven are suggesting the change, which would invoke one of Canada's greatest military victories and one of the country's most defining moments. The three-day battle in northern France was a significant but costly win. More than 3,500 Canadians were killed and 7,000 wounded. The 100th anniversary of the battle is coming up in 2017.
3. U of O facing heat
The University of Ottawa has faced sharp criticism from donors, parents, alumni and other members of the public over its suspension of the men's hockey team. According to documents obtained by the Ottawa Citizen, the university has received hundreds of emails from people criticizing the action. They call the suspension narrow-minded, a knee-jerk reaction and unfair to players on the team. But others said the university should have acted more quickly and needs to do more to prevent sexual assault and violence. And there are some supportive emails as well.
2. More bloodshed in Gaza
It's another deadly day in Gaza. Israeli forces have killed at least 10 Palestinian militants today, bringing the death toll from the conflict past 500. Yesterday was the bloodiest day so far, with 65 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers killed. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the ground assault will continue "as long as necessary" to prevent Hamas militants from firing rockets at Israel. The U.N. Security Council is calling for an immediate ceasefire.
1. Putin under pressure
There is growing pressure from the international community on Russian President Vladimir Putin to address the situation at the crash site in Ukraine. The rebels who control the area apparently retrieved more bodies this morning, but they have piled almost 200 bodies from the downed jet into four refrigerated boxcars yesterday and cranes were seen at the crash site moving large chunks of the plane. Western leaders said this amounts to tampering with the site.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 - The latest breaking news from CNN in Gaza and Ukraine
7:20 - Michelle Desrochers, the mother of 11 year old Bryce Desrochers who inspired a project to build the first ever baseball diamond and playground for children with special needs in Ottawa. Bryce has cerebral palsy. Also in studio, Rosemary Thompson, Miracle League of Ottawa volunteer
7:40 - Mark's Top 5
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest. You could win:
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8 - 9 - John Robson, CFRA Commentator-at-Large, Columnist and University of Ottawa History Professor
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