Friday March 14, 2014
Madely's Top 5
5. Spezza/Sens make it right
The young man who suffers from spina bifida and is recovering from spinal surgery over St Vincent Hospital got quite a treat yesterday. If you're recall, someone smashed the window of his mom's car and stole the personally autographed picture of Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson that was signed to him. Spezza heard about this and put together a box with the Ottawa Senators logo on it. Inside was a jersey signed by the entire team with autographed photos of the captain and Erik Karlsson and a handwritten note signed ‘your friend Jason Spezza’. A devastating loss for the 67's who lost 5-3 to Barrie at the Canadian Tire Center. That drops Ottawa to ninth in the Eastern Conference with 2 games left in the season, so playoff hopes are pretty much dashed.
4. Malaysian airliner mystery deepens
ABC World News claims American investigators are certain the jet kept sending signals, so called ‘pings’ for 4 hours after the aircraft went missing. As a result, the search zone is expanding well into the Indian Ocean. The Wall Street Journal reported that there were jet engines signals being sent to the ground four hours after the transponder signals stopped. At the same time, the Wall Street Journal reporter who came up with that original story is not dismissing the highly improbable possibility the jet was commandeered and landed somewhere with the passengers being held hostage. Other experts weigh in saying it is next to impossible to imagine a jet of the size of a Boeing 777 landing somewhere without being detected.
3. Herongate shooting
Ottawa police are investigating a possible drive-by shooting in the Herongate area. The call came in just before 8 o'clock. The Guns and Gangs unit was called in. The target of the shooting is not cooperating with police. No reports of injuries and nothing yet on suspects. For a period of time an entire section of Walkley Road between Heron and Conroy was closed down by police for the investigation but it reopened last night around 10:30.
2. Natural gas bill shock coming
Enbridge Gas is applying for a 40% increase in natural gas residential rates effective 2 weeks from now. The increase only temporary according to the gas company, but doesn’t say how temporary. It’s aimed at dealing with the cold weather throughout the north east, which it says has caused a major increase in the price it pays to buy natural gas. So the average household which consumes roughly 3000 cubic meters of gas a year, and pays roughly $1000 for annual natural gas bills, would pay $400 more.
1. Wynne backs down
Premier Kathleen Wynne appears to have caved to the demands of NDP leader Andrea Horwath, reversing herself yesterday and promising no increase in the gas tax, the HST, or on middle income earners. It’s not clear yet whether the NDP will prop up her minority government again and postpone a spring election. In 2012 Premier Dalton McGuinty introduced the new Ontario Health Premium Fee, insisting it was not a tax. McGuinty also imposed a 2% surtax on the rich, which he defined as more than $500,000 income. Wynne is refusing to answer whether she would lower that threshold to 2-3 hundred thousand. She also refused to specify what taxes, tolls and fees she does plan to hike. She did vow to find a new revenue source however, saying “make no mistake” the spring budget will include ways to finance transit expansion.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 - CFRA'S GETAWAY… TO HAWAII - 580 CFRA Getaways are back! We're giving away trips for two to destinations around the globe.
This CFRA Getaway takes a winner and their guest on a Hawaiian cruise, courtesy of Expedia CruiseShipCentres, Kanata, Norwegian Cruise Lines and WestJet! It's a 7 night cruise around the Hawaiian Islands with a Balcony Cabin, economy airfare for 2 from Ottawa and most meals are included!
Listen for your name. If you hear it, you have until 7:30 to call in and be eligible to win the Grand Prize.
And keep listening all day! Names will be called during Mark Sutcliffe's Chatroom in the 9 o'clock hour, Rick Gibbons' Home Page in the 2 o'clock hour and during Rob Snow's Afternoon Edition in 4 o'clock hour.
Contest closes Friday March 28th. The Grand Prize winner will be announced live on Madely in the Morning on Monday March 31st.
7:40 - Madely's Top 5
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest. You could win:
- A pair of tickets to the Ottawa-Gatineau International Autoshow. 3 levels. 7 pavilions. 29 manufacturers. And almost 300 vehicles. March 20 - 23 at the Ottawa Convention Centre. www.autoshowottawa.com
- A pair of tickets from the NAC for its dance performance, Rodin/Claudel - March 27 to 29th.
8:10 - Weekend Entertainment Guide
8:20 - Shelley McLean on Keith Richards writing a children's book!
8:40 - Tracey Dixon, President of The Irish Society of the National Capital Region and local musician Gail Gavan on this weekend's St. Patrick Day's celebrations in Ottawa and Quyon
Coming up today on CFRA:
Rick Gibbons Homepage - 1PM-3PM --- Rick Gibbons hosts a 2-hour caller and guest-driven open line show on the hottest topics of the day. A different take, a different opinion, and a great new addition to the CFRA daily lineup!
Today’s Lunch Bunch lineup:
Today on Rick Gibbons’ Lunch Bunch, Rick is joined by CFRA City Hall reporter, Stephanie Kinsella, and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.