Thursday February 06, 2014
Mark Sutcliffe in for Steve Madely
Madely's Top 5
5. Games have begun
Competition is already underway at the Winter Games in Sochi. And Max Parrot of Canada, who made international headlines yesterday for calling out legendary snowboarder Shaun White, has the top spot in qualifying for the brand new sport of slopestyle. White announced yesterday he would not be competing in the event, saying he was concerned about the safety of the course. Meanwhile, Steve Stamkos will not be able to join Team Canada in the hockey tournament.
4. Backroom transit deal?
Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak says Kathleen Wynne and Andrea Horwath should come clean about their plans to pay for transit with higher taxes and tolls. Hudak says he's worried the Premier and the NDP leader are putting together a backroom deal to increase gas taxes by 10 cents a litre to pay for transit infrastructure. Transportation Minister Glen Murray said no decisions have been made on what the government calls revenue tools.
3. Border dispute
The border arrest of a retired US Army sergeant major has led to significant criticism of Canada among gun owners in the United States. Louis DiNatale and his wife were travelling from Kentucky to Vermont. He says their GPS device led them astray and they ended up at the Canadian border. They ended up crossing the Thousand Islands Bridge without realizing they were leaving the United States. DiNatale failed to declare the fact that he had a loaded handgun in the car and so he was detained for four days and now faces gun-smuggling charges.
2. Canada hurting vets: Military ombudsman
Canada's military ombudsman delivered a tough message to a Senate committee yesterday, saying the federal government and senior military leaders are discriminating against soldiers with mental illnesses and also hurting their families. Pierre Daigle says many are suffering in silence because they are worried that disclosing a mental illness might end their military careers. He also criticized the government for failing to hire mental health staff even though the money was allocated.
1. Snow budget blown away
Not surprisingly, the city went way over budget last year on snow removal. A three-day storm in December cost almost $12 million on its own and winter weather at the beginning and end of 2013 put the road maintenance budget $21.5 million over budget. The city had an unusual number of days when it had to deploy crews in 2013. It's normally around 95 but last year there were 130. So now the city is looking at ways to save money.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 - John Pepall, writer, political commentator, author of Against Reform
7:40 - Top 5
7:50 The News Challenge
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest. Today you could win:
- Dinner from Milano's - a large pizza, onion rings, zucchini sticks and a 2 litre bottle of pop!
- A family four pack to any Ottawa 67s home game at the Canadian Tire Centre.
- A $50 gift certificate from 'The Bistro' at the Courtyard by Marriott Ottawa East. The Bistro offers a menu that's always a hit with healthy, delicious choices. Eat, drink, and connect at The Bistro.
8:20 - Dr. Chamoun Chamoun, chief of cardiology, Montfort Hospital
8:40 - Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle, Author of "Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story"
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.