Mark's Top 5
5. Canada continues tennis domination
Yesterday, for the first time ever, two Canadians met in the final of a men's tennis tournament. There were fans waving Canadian flags and wearing red and white throughout the stands as Milos Raonic defeated Vasek Pospisil 6-1, 6-4 at the Citi Open final in Washington. There was more good news from the Citi Open on the weekend: Gabriela Dabrowski from Ottawa won her first career WTA title at the Citi Open on Saturday. The Rogers Cup begins in Toronto and Montreal with Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard each getting ready to play before their hometown.
4. Another Ottawa shooting
The guns and gangs unit is investigating after a taxi passenger was shot and wounded early yesterday morning in the east end. The shooting is the 24th reported in Ottawa this year. Police say shots were fired from a vehicle at a stationary taxi outside a strip club at about 2:30 yesterday morning. A passenger in the taxi was struck in the back. He was taken to hospital but his injuries are not considered life-threatening. Another passenger and the driver of the taxi were not injured.
3. Gang up on Canada
One hundred and forty members of Congress in the United States have signed a letter arguing that Canada should be frozen out of a major global trade deal unless we start opening up our dairy and poultry markets. The Democratic and Republican members of Congress argue in a letter to US President Barack Obama that unless Canada makes concessions on agriculture, we should be excluded from talks about the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
2. Israel relents
There are signs that Israel's mission in Gaza may be winding down. Israel withdrew most of its ground troops from the area yesterday after saying it had destroyed most of the tunnels used by Hamas. An Israeli military spokesman said the tunnel network has gone from being a huge threat to a minimal one. But heavy fighting has continued in parts of Gaza. At least 10 people were killed and 35 wounded in what UN and Palestinian officials said was an Israeli airstrike near a UN shelter.
1. Over cut?
The federal government has cut more public service jobs than it originally planned. That's according to an analysis reported in the Globe and Mail this morning. In 2012, the government said it planned to eliminate 19,200 jobs over three years. More recently, Treasury Board said it had eliminated 19,900 positions, just a bit higher than the original target. But according to the review in the Globe, data from the Treasury Board shows that from 2011 to 2014 the size of the federal public service dropped by 25,214 people. That's six thousand more than originally announced.
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