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5. Round 2 nears an end
The New York Rangers forced a Game 7 against Pittsburgh after beating the Penguins 3-1. Game 7 is scheduled for tomorrow night at 7 in Pittsburgh. Chicago took down Minnesota 2-1 and now lead that series 3-2. Game 6 is tomorrow night at 9 in Minnesota. Tonight it's win or go home for the Habs. Game 6 from the Bell Centre goes at 7:30. Boston leads the series 3-2. Game 5 between L.A. and Anaheim is tonight at 10 with the series tied at 2. The Ottawa 67's say that Chris Byrne won't be coach and will instead be focusing on his general manager duties and is looking for his replacement behind the bench.
4. Gas war
An Innes Road gas station operator will sell gas at a $1.09/litre for 60 minutes this afternoon. From 3-4pm today, Eddie Jeha, who operates the Stinson gas station on Innes Road, will attempt to underscore his complaint that the federal Competition Bureau is allowing predatory pricing practices by the big oil companies. He claims the big oil companies often sell gas along the Orleans stretch of Innes Road at five cents less per liter than anywhere else in Ottawa in order to drive a number of independent operators there out of business.
3. Referendum farce
Western countries, including Canada, are denouncing the east Ukrainian referendum over the weekend as a farce. The self-declared Donetsk People's Republic is claiming 89% have voted in favor of independence from the central government of Ukraine. The ballot features just one question, printed in Russian and Ukrainian, asking "Do you support the Act of State Self-rule of the Donetsk/Luhansk People's Republic?"
2. VIA shuffle
Two weeks after John Baird called for new leadership at VIA Rail, and 48 hours after Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced a six-month emergency directive over the level rail crossings in Barrhaven, VIA has a new president and CEO. In the shuffling of the deck, Yves Desjardins-Siciliano is being promoted from within the company to a five-year term replacing Steve Del Bosco, the interim president, who is going back to his former job at VIA.
1. Campaign trail
Tory leader Tim Hudak is going to cut 100,000 people from public payrolls provincially and municipally to balance the budget. Hudak is promising to cut corporate taxes by 30% in order to create job opportunities and resurrect the manufacturing sector. Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne is claiming the P.C. pledge to scrap grants for companies doing business in Ontario will end up jeopardizing jobs. NDP leader Andrea Horwath is promising $100 million for childcare. She says the measures are a simple step to ensure more affordable daycare spaces because childcare centers are at risk of closing.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 - 580 CFRA'S GETAWAY TO AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND! Courtesy tripcentral.ca and Collette.
The winner will be announced TODAY ay 8:40!
7:40 - Madely's Top 5
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest:
- A "Greely Gardening Bag"- One cubic yard bag of soil, river rock, mulch and more from Greely Sand and Gravel. Greely Sand & Gravel does it all.
- A pair of tickets to the NAC theater performance of Oil and Water on May 27th at the National Arts Centre. Tickets available at ticketmaster.ca and the NAC box office.
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 - John Robson, CFRA Commentator-at-Large, Columnist and University of Ottawa History Professor
8:40 - Grand prize draw for 580 CFRA's getaway contest - To Australia and New Zealand
Coming up today on CFRA:
Mark Sutcliffe's Chatroom - 9-10am --- A one-hour, interactive and topical program hosted by Mark Sutcliffe that lets you communicate your point of view through e-mail, phone, and by Twitter!