Madely's Top 5
5. REDBLACKS wheel and deal
The Ottawa REDBLACKS traded the first overall pick at the CFL Draft to Calgary for centre Jon Gott. Ottawa moved back into the first round by dealing QB Kevin Glenn to BC for the 5th pick, and then flipped their first and second round picks with the Montreal Allouettes. They then went on to select Antoine Pruneau with the fourth overall pick. In the NHL, the New York Rangers are moving on to the Eastern Conference finals after beating Pittsburgh 2-1 in game seven. Chicago also advanced to the next round by beating Minnesota 2-1 in OT. Tonight it's Game 7 between the Habs and Bruins from Boston, puck drop at 7pm. Game 6 between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings is tonight with the Ducks leading 3-2.
4. Mortgage rate drop
Mortgage rates in Canada have dropped below 2% for the first time ever. Investors Group is offering a floating rate loan that takes the effective rate down to 1.99%, a 1% discount off the prime rate. Now that's for a short, and some would say risky, 36-month term, shorter than the deep discounted five-year fixed rate mortgage which is running around 3% or slightly below. Competitors are likely to bring down their rates as well.
3. Finding the kidnapped girls
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has acknowledged Canadians have joined an international effort to free almost 300 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram. The United States is now flying reconnaissance aircraft over northern Nigeria. Israel, Britain, France and China have also sent teams to Nigeria. After initially saying there would be no negotiations with the Islamic terrorist group, the Nigerian government now says it is open to possible negotiations.
2. Harkat decision today
The Supreme Court will rule on the fate of terror suspect Mohamed Harkat in Ottawa today. He was taken into custody in December 2002 on suspicion of being an Al Qaeda sleeper agent. The former gas station and pizza delivery man still lives in the national capital with his wife. Last year an electronic tracking bracelet was removed from his ankle by authorities. He's also been given more freedom to travel but can't leave the country.
1. Where are the sex offenders?
Ottawa Police are hopeful that the release of the number of registered sex offenders on a per-postal-code basis won't drive some sex offenders further underground. Police say they currently have a 97% compliance rate. There were only six area codes which don't have a registered sex offender living within the boundary. The database does not disclose exact addresses or names. A chart accompanying the Ottawa Sun story today shows K0A with the highest number of sex offenders at 65 followed by K1K and K1L.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
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 - Don Martin, Host of CTV News Channel'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.
Today's Lunch Bunch lineup:
Today on Rick Gibbons' Lunch Bunch, Rick is joined by CFRA's Rob Snow, and Parliamentary and Defence correspondent for the Canadian Press, Murray Brewster.