Madely's Top 5
5. CFL talks hit snag
The possibility of a CFL players strike looms after talks broke off in the latest bargaining session. The league has issued a letter claiming the Players’ Association bargaining team has put forward "an unrealistic proposal, which if adopted, would threaten the very existence of the CFL." The league is proposing a 12% increase in average player salaries to $93,000, with the minimum salary going to $50,000. Players want a minimum salary of $55,000, with 10% annual increases. Los Angeles destroyed Chicago 6-2 and now the series is tied 1-1. Game 3 in L.A. is set for Saturday at 8pm. Game 3 of the Habs/Rangers series goes tonight at 8 with New York leading 2-0. In the NBA, San Antonio blew out the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-77 to take a 2-0 series lead.
4. Election trail
Jobs and subsidies to manufacturers and other businesses are becoming the focus of the Ontario election campaign. Bob Chiarelli, the Liberal incumbent in Ottawa West Nepean said yesterday the Liberals have created thousands of high-tech jobs in Ottawa through investments in local businesses, and said "Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak would cancel this kind of partnering and put the local high-tech job boom at risk.” Tim Hudak visited a plastics company in Cobourg and blamed the Liberal government for doubling energy costs and helping to chase 300,000 manufacturing jobs out of the province.
3. Church vs. Trudeau
The Canadian Catholic Church has stepped up its attack on Liberal leader Justin Trudeau over his edict that Liberal candidates and MPs must agree not to vote in favor of any anti-abortion legislation. Ottawa Bishop Christian Riesbeck said if Trudeau refuses a meeting with Ottawa's Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, and continues to practice his Catholic faith in the form of receiving communion, it would be unseemly. He said, “It's the fact that he considers himself to be a devout Catholic but then adheres to, or advocates for, abortion. That is scandalous."
2. Car break-ins rampant
If your car was broken into when you're parked downtown over the long weekend, you were not alone. One break-in victim, who called police to report the theft of her laptop computer, quotes a police Sgt. she spoke to as saying there was an epidemic of car break-ins, and that 30 to 40 cars were hit on Monday in garages downtown. Police constable Ryan Pierce says the break-ins could be the work of a single individual and reminded people to never leave valuables in parked cars, certainly not in plain sight.
1. Soldier killed in training accident
The commanding officer of the 2nd Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery based in Petawawa has been killed in a training exercise at CFB Wainwright in northern Alberta. Lt.-Col. Dan Bobbitt died when a LAV III armored vehicle he was in rolled over. Four other 2 RCHA soldiers were injured in the accident, two were medically evacuated by helicopter, and their condition is fair. Two other military members were treated on base and have since been released. Lt.-Col. Dan Bobbitt joined the military in 1988 and was a highly decorated soldier, considered a rising star within the forces. He leaves behind a wife and three children.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 - Carl Hetu, Head of CNEWA (the Pope's own agency for the protection and welfare of Christians in the Near East)
7:40 - Madely's Top 5
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest. Today you could win:
- A $50 City of Ottawa recreation gift certificate to help with your New Year's resolutions. Use it for fitness memberships, swimming lessons, dance classes and more. A listing of over 1000 courses and activities is available at ottawa.ca/recreation
- Two tickets to "9 to 5: The Musical" from the Orpheus Musical Theatre Society--- a musical comedy version of the popular 80's movie---a hilarious story of friendship and revenge. At Centerpointe Theatre from May 30 to June 8.
8:10 - Senator Vernon White
8:40 – CFRA reporter Sarah Anderson
Coming up today on CFRA:
Rob Snow's Afternoon Edition - 3p-6p --- Rob Snow's Afternoon Edition covers breaking news and updates you on what's developed in the stories you heard on the way to work this morning! From interesting short features and reporter de-briefings, to breaking business news updates, traveller's weather, interviews with newsmakers, and open phone segments to let you hear what your neighbours are saying about the biggest stories of the day
Today’s Lunch Bunch lineup:
Today on Rick Gibbons’ Lunch Bunch, Rick is joined by CFRA’s Steve Madely, and Retired CTV Reporter, Norman Fetterley