Friday April 11, 2014
Madely's Top 5
5. They played with pride!
The Ottawa Senators outlasted and beat New Jersey 2-1 in a shootout on fan appreciation night at the Canadian Tire Centre before a hometown crowd of 19,270. Elsewhere, Montreal lost to the Islanders, and Toronto fell to Florida. The Senators are home to the Toronto Maple Leafs tomorrow night at 7 PM with their last game of the season on Sunday in Pittsburgh.
4. Flood warnings
With very mild weather forecast now through Monday, and rain possible Sunday and Monday, conservation authorities are warning of flood conditions from Renfrew County down through the Rideau Valley and South Nation river watersheds. Extremely thick ice after the deep winter freeze is causing many rivers and streams to back up.
3. Level crossing tampering
The announcement by federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt that she is requesting VIA and CN Rail call in both Ottawa Police and CN Rail police to investigate the ongoing problems with signals at level crossings in Barrhaven, has added weight to rumors there may be someone tampering with the signals. When asked repeatedly what information the minister has that led to her calling for a police investigation, the staffer would not clarify.
All federal departments using software vulnerable to the heartbleed bug have been ordered to immediately disable their public websites. The government’s chief information officer says to protect the privacy of Canadians the precautionary measure is in place until appropriate security patches are installed and tested.
1. Goodbye Jim Flaherty
There was an outpouring of shocked appreciation for the public service of Jim Flaherty, who died suddenly yesterday from apparent heart failure at his Byward Market condo. He had been battling a rare skin disease over the past 18 months and was taking powerful steroid medication that produced many adverse side effects, but he insisted his health was improving when he resigned as the only finance minister ever in the Harper government just three weeks ago. The sixth of eight children in a blue-collar Montreal family, Flaherty valued his time as a hockey player at only 5’ 3” in stature and credited his experience on the ice for much of his determination. He once told the Empire Club that as a lawyer he learned a lot at Princeton University and Osgoode Law School, but that he felt he learned more playing hockey, busing tables, and behind the wheel of a cab. Sometimes criticized for his populist tax measures, such as reducing the GST, and offering parents a tax break on sports for their children, he explained it's important that people believe governments can reduce their taxes. The longest serving finance minister in the G7, he was its president in 2010 after having been named Finance Minister of the Year by Euromoney magazine in 2009. Flaherty fought hard to prevent the United States and European governments from imposing a new global bank levy, instead he pushed hard for austerity measures to balance books after the 2008 to 2010 stimulus spending. He was not hesitant to lecture European countries and the United States about fiscal extravagances, and is credited with building Canada's image as the most solid economy during the economic crisis. He was stung by criticism from the conservative core that he had joined other world governments in stimulus spending and deficit financing during the crisis and was determined not to be known as Deficit Jim, intent on balancing the books and getting the government back to surplus by 2015. A feisty adversary, he was also disarming with an affable Irish wink and smile, often seen grinning or outright laughing and joking with his most strident critics, and attracting loyal affection from his political allies.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 - 580 CFRA'S GETAWAY TO AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND! Courtesy tripcentral.ca and Collette.
7:12 - Robert Fife, CTV Ottawa Bureau Chief and host of CTV News Channel's QUESTION PERIOD
7:40 - Madely's Top 5
7:45 - CFRA Reporter Stephanie Kinsella on the VIA Rail crossings
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest. You could win:
- Free registration for two people for adult recreational sports leagues at Carleton University. Sports include basketball, squash, ball hockey, soccer and ice hockey. Visit athletics.carleton.ca for more info.
8:10 - Until Friday May 16th you'll have the chance to win a BRAND NEW 2014 Porsche Boxster, courtesy of Mark Motors of Ottawa.
8:10 - Weekend Entertainment Guide
8:20 - Shelley McLean on the top nominees for the Billboard Music Awards
8:40 - Paul Le Guerrier from this weekend's Cottage and Backyard Show at the EY Centre
8:50 - Comedian Mike MacDonald. He is the host of tonight's Just For Laughs Road Show at Centrepointe Theatre
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 CTV News Anchor Graham Richardson, and former parliamentarian Barry Turner.