Mark Sutcliffe's Top 5
5. Pro-hockey punishment for recreation league?
It's being called a dangerous precedent. And it could have a significant impact on adult recreational hockey leagues. A 31-year-old recreational player has been sentenced to 18 months' probation. Gordon MacIsaac was convicted of aggravated assault after, what the judge decided, was a deliberate blindside hit on Drew Casterton during a non-contact game in 2012. The collision broke some of Casterton's teeth, scarred his face and caused a concussion that resulted in debilitating headaches. Criminal convictions for events that happen on the ice or field of play are very unusual. MacIsaac was ordered to pay $5,000 to Casterton and was banned from playing or coaching competitive sports during his probation.
4. You can still get mail delivery but, there's a catch
Canada Post is saying you can still get mail delivered to your house, if you get a doctor's note. The mail company is phasing out home delivery. Eventually, most Canadians will have to get their mail from community mailboxes. But residents who can't physically get to those off-site mailboxes can produce a certificate signed by a doctor and continue to receive mail at home. Canada Post says it has been consulting with residents and organizations about the changes that are coming and is trying to accommodate some of the requests to help minimize the impact of eliminating home delivery.
3. Out-of-control violence in Ferguson, Missouri
It was another violent night in a St. Louis suburb. Gunshots were fired and tear gas was used to break up a protest in Ferguson, Missouri. Officers in riot gear and military equipment were involved in tense confrontations with protesters who threw Molotov cocktails and other objects. The protesters are angry over the shooting of an unarmed black teenager, 18-year-old Michael Brown. SWAT teams moved through the area and ordered people to leave. Two reporters say they were detained by police for not clearing out quickly enough from a fast-food restaurant. Both claim they were assaulted but not seriously hurt.
2. No money in the pot for teachers
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is telling teachers there will be no new money for salary increases. Wynne spoke to the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario yesterday. She faced tough feedback from teachers during the question-and-answer session after her speech. But she said while the Liberals won the election, they didn't win the lottery so there are big financial challenges ahead. But her position could lead to tense negotiations and possible threat of labour action and even work stoppages that could affect students. Teacher contracts expire at the end of August.
1. Fatal west-end fire claims life of woman
An Ottawa woman has died trying to rescue her dog from a house fire. Fire crews were called to a townhouse on Penny Drive near Bayshore and Richmond last night at about 7:30. The fire started in one unit and eventually spread to another. Neighbours say the woman was out of the home but ran back in to save her dog and never came back out. A family has been displaced by the fire and the Salvation Army has stepped in to help them.
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