Madely's Top 5
5. Habs win!
The Montreal Canadiens beat New York 3-2 in overtime for a crucial win that now has the Rangers leading the series 2-1. There are no games in the NHL tonight. Tomorrow will see Game 3 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings. That series is tied at 1 game apiece. The Jays beat the Red Sox 7-2 at Fenway Park giving Toronto a three game sweep and first place in the American League East.
4. Mayor accepts hockey tickets
The Citizen is reporting that Mayor Jim Watson accepted $870 in hockey tickets from companies with whom the city government does business. The tickets came from law firm Beament Green, consultants Ernst & Young, and telecom company Telus. Reporter David Reevely writes the Mayor accepted pairs of tickets to the company's private boxes twice, taking assistants he worked with, and once with his niece. Three city councillors also accepted gifts of tickets to sporting events. Values of tickets ranged from $340-$370.
3. Lt.-Col. Bobbitt remembered
Canadian forces Garrison Petawawa is mourning the loss of its commander. The family of Lt.-Col. Dan Bobbitt will speak later today about his death when the LAV III he was traveling in at CFB Wainwright rolled over during training exercises. Bobbitt served in a number of military roles over 25 years of service and completed multiple deployments to war zones. He served one mission in Afghanistan and two tours in Bosnia.
2. Blame the winter!
An explosion in mosquitoes is thanks to the over abundance of water pools from the melting snow. The species now infesting eastern Ontario is the Aedes mosquito. It will die off as temperatures continue to increase, to be replaced by the more troublesome Culex mosquito in late June and early July. Delayed snowmelt is also blamed, along with the province’s ban on herbicides, for this year’s bumper crop of dandelions.
1. Campaign trail
Conservative leader Tim Hudak says the province is "out of money" and he cannot promise to fund 1/3 of Mayor Jim Watson's $3 billion Phase 2 of Light Rail over the next ten years. Former Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin says the job cuts to the provincial public sector promised by Hudak won't help eliminate Ontario's $12.5 billion budget deficit, it will just drive the province deeper into the hole. NDP leader Andrea Horwath rolled out her economic plan. It calls for a 1% hike in corporate taxes but reduces the tax rate on small businesses.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 - Ian Lee, Professor, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University
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 - Weekend Entertainment Guide
8:20 - Shelley's Entertainment Feature
8:40 - CFRA's Mark Sutcliffe
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!