Wednesday March 26, 2014
Madely's Top 5
5. Sens fall in Florida
The Senators could not sweep Florida, falling 3-2 to the Panthers in a shootout. The Sens have now lost 9 of the last 10 games. Meantime, the Toronto Maple Leafs hopes of a playoff spot are also fading after a 5-3 loss to St. Louis. The Leafs have now lost 6 straight and have dropped out of an Eastern Conference wildcard position. The big story in baseball is that the L.A. Dodgers have knocked the New York Yankees off the top of the biggest spenders list. The Dodgers have a projected payroll of $235 million which is $31 million more than New York's, and puts the average salary for a baseball player in the major leagues at $4 million.
4. Algonquin College/Muslim students at odds
A group of Muslim students at Algonquin College say they are not being given fair use of the schools' spirituality center. Following complaints that some Muslim students were leaving their prayer mats on the floor after using the room, College security tightened rules and installed security cameras. The president of the Muslim Students' Association says his members were busy with planned activities and prayers organized for Islam Awareness Week at other locations throughout the school and were confused by new policies. Muslims pray five times a day, and four of those prayers fall during school hours. The school says the spirituality center is a multi-faith space and insists prayer mats be removed after each use.
3. Two more cases of measles
One Ottawa adult who had been vaccinated, and a child who was not, are the latest in Ottawa to develop measles. Ottawa Public Health says hundreds of people may have been exposed to the contagious disease at west-end locations between March 18th and 21st. The locations include the Nepean Sportsplex on Woodroffe, an office building at 411 Legget Drive, Kanata, a Shoppers Drug Mart on Main St., Stittsville, a Subway at 700 March Rd., Kanata, and a Quiznos at 4048 Carling Ave, Kanata. Public Health says these are the only two known cases since the original diagnosis of two children at St. Stephen Catholic School in Stittsville. OPH is urging people to be vigilant but says there's no cause for alarm, but if you are unimmunized, have a weakened immune system, are pregnant, work in the healthcare or childcare sector, or if you had a child under the age of one with you when you visited one of those locations, you're asked to call Ottawa Public Health.
2. Possible Malaysian jet debris found
With calmer seas and more tranquil weather, the search for missing Flight 370 seems to be making headway. Satellite images from France released this morning show 122 objects in the waters of the Southern Indian Ocean near the primary search zone. One object, according to the Malaysian transportation minister, is up to 23m in length. He says at this point investigators could not tell whether the three day old satellite images are of objects from the missing jet. These latest sightings are located about 2500 km SW of Perth, Australia. Malaysia announced earlier this week that a mathematical analysis of the final known satellite signals from the plane show that it had crashed in the sea, taking the lives of all 239 people on board.
1. City: Brakes not an issue in bus/train crash
OC Transpo General Manager John Manconi, denies there was a recall on the brakes for double-decker buses around the time of the September 18th bus crash in Barrhaven that killed six people. Manconi admits Transpo was having work done on the fleet's brakes at that time, but he says it was not a safety issue. Meantime, the Transportation Safety Board's lead investigator says the flaw in the brakes on the double-decker buses is not believed to be a factor in the crash. In a letter to councillors and the transit commission released this morning, Manconi says that he made clear to the TSB that if at any time during their investigation they found any safety issue, they were to immediately notify him and he would ground the fleet as, "we would never compromise safety to the public."
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.
7:40 - Madely's Top 5
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest. You could win:
- A pair of orchestra level seats to see the progressive rock band, “YES” at the National Arts Centre on March 30.
- A pair of passes to see “Noah” at any Cineplex location while the movie is playing.
- A pair of tickets to see the Opera Lyra performance of Madama Butterfly from April 19-26 at the National Arts Centre. Tickets available at ticketmaster.ca and the NAC box office.
- A pair of tickets to the Savoy Society of Ottawa’s presentation of Gilbert & Gullivan’s Ruddygore, April 3-6th at Algonquin Commons Theatre. Tickets online at www.algonquinsa.ticketfly.com
8:10 - Your chance to win a BRAND NEW 2014 Porsche Boxster, courtesy of Mark Motors of Ottawa.
Coming up today on CFRA:
Late Night Counsell - 9p-11p --- Wednesday is Ask the Pastor Night, when John Counsell puts his 30+ years of pastoral experience to good use. It's open-line/open topic with a twist. The twist is that he answers, responds, and reacts to all questions, queries and opinions from a Biblical perspective.