Mark's Top 5
A fox has become a social media darling after he was photographed sleeping on an OC Transpo bus. Transit officials say the fox sneaked onto the bus when it was parked at a garage for maintenance. That led to a hashtag of #busfox, with OC Transpo joking that its mascot was still an owl. The Ottawa Humane Society was called about the fox and sent someone to the scene but the fox jumped out a window when they approached. They were later able to corral the fox and after inspecting it, sent it back into the wild.
4. Children left in hot car
It's another apparent case of a parent leaving children in a hot vehicle. A 35-year-old Ottawa father has been charged in Vaughan after allegations that he left his young daughters in his car while he went shopping. York Regional Police received a call from a concerned citizen about two young girls, aged three and six, who were left unattended in a hot car in a parking lot on Tuesday afternoon. The temperature that day reached about 30 degrees. Police say the caller took the kids out of the car and brought them into a fitness centre, where they were assessed by paramedics at the scene.
3. Crime rate falls
For the 10th year in a row, Canada's crime rate was down last year. According to Statistics Canada, the rate of reported crime fell by 8%. There was an increase in the reporting of some offences, including extortion, child pornography, aggravated sexual assault, sexual violations against children and identity fraud. In particular, there was a 30% increase in cases of luring a child using a computer. But overall, not only was crime down but the severity of crime was down.
2. Pot push
The head of the Canadian Medical Association says he's frightened by the fact that family doctors are under increasing pressure to prescribe medical marijuana. The private companies that are licensed to produce medical marijuana are sending representatives to doctors' offices to encourage them to prescribe the drug more often.
1. Ontario vs. Canada
It's turning into a war of words between Ontario and the federal government over health care for refugee claimants. Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins said yesterday he's sending a bill for $2 million to the federal government to pay for basic medical services for refugees. Hoskins said recent cuts by the federal government are draconian and he called on the prime minister and immigration minister Chris Alexander to do the right thing by restoring benefits to refugee claimants. But Alexander shot back, accusing the Ontario government of fear mongering.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 - Anthony Moustacalis, president of the Criminal Lawyers' Association
7:40 - Mark's Top 5
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest. You could win:
- A pair of passes to the Ottawa Chamberfest music festival today to August 7th. More info at www.chamberfest.com
- A family four pack of tickets to see the Ottawa Fury FC take on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on August 9th at TD Place.
8:40 - Peter Kavanagh, a writer living in Toronto and long-time fan of deep-space science fiction. This week in the National Post he wrote "Forty five years after man first walked on the moon, a new space race is beginning to take shape".
Coming up today on CFRA:
Rob Snow's Afternoon Edition - 3p-6p --- Rob Snow's Afternoon Edition covers breaking news and updates you on what's developed in the stories you heard on the way to work this morning! From interesting short features and reporter de-briefings, to breaking business news updates, traveller's weather, interviews with newsmakers, and open phone segments to let you hear what your neighbours are saying about the biggest stories of the day.