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5. Suspended for life
NBA executives and players are praising the league's decision to impose a lifetime suspension and a $2.5-million fine on Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The league has also said it will try to force Sterling to sell the team, something he has said he will not do. The mayor of Sacramento, former NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson, said, "I hope that every bigot in this country sees what happened to Mr. Sterling and recognizes that if he can fall, so can you."
4. Junk ban at daycares
There will be no more juice, cupcakes, popsicles or birthday cakes at childcare centres run by the city of Ottawa. Daycare staff are being discouraged from using food or drinks as rewards and encouraged to celebrate birthdays and special occasions with activities rather than food. Staff will also be asked to encourage children to eat their vegetables and get them moving.
3. Senate reform in province's hands: Harper
The prime minister says the provinces should come forward with proposals to reform or abolish the Senate. During Question Period yesterday, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair asked Stephen Harper whether his plans to reform or abolish the Senate "has vanished" following the Supreme Court ruling on Friday. Harper replied, "If the provinces believe as I do that there should be reform, they should bring forward those reforms forthwith. If they don't believe that, they should bring forward amendments to abolish the Senate."
2. Blame game
VIA Rail is blaming OC Transpo drivers for the recent failure of two crossing devices. In a news release yesterday, VIA says the drivers failed to stop at the stop line last Friday and again on Monday. VIA says the lights were flashing at Fallowfield Road, indicating a train was approaching. Despite that, VIA maintains, that on Monday, a bus stopped beyond the stop line and under the gate as the gate was being lowered. That caused damage to the gate and triggered the fail-safe mode which means the period with flashing lights and bells ringing is extended, according to VIA.
1. Taxes up?
We're getting a glimpse into tomorrow's Ontario budget. According to a leaked document, the budget will increase taxes in a number of areas. One report says people earning more than $150,000 a year will face higher income taxes. The document says the Liberals will phase in a four-cent-per-litre tax hike on aviation fuel over four years. And there will also be higher taxes on tobacco. All of this is to raise the $29 billion the Liberals have promised to spend on public transit and infrastructure over the next 10 years.
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 - The new president of the Ontario Medical Association, Dr. Ved Tandan
7:40 - Mark's Top 5
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest. You could win:
- A pair of passes for Friday admission to Ottawa Comiccon at the EY Centre May 9th to 11th. Visit ottawacomiccon.com for more info.
- A pair of tickets to see the Pennsylvania Ballet's Coppelia at the NAC Saturday.
All of our winners this week will be entered to win: A Tempur-Pedic proven cool queen size mattress valued at $899. See the Tempur-pedic beds at Ottawa Brandsource Home Furnishings and visit the Sleep Experience Boutique. For more details go to ottawabrandsource.ca
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 - 9 - Don Martin, Host of CTV's Power Play
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.