Mark's Top 5
5. Clean up the Capital!
The CEO of the National Capital Commission says we need to clean up the city before the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017. Mark Kristmanson told a Citizen editorial board meeting yesterday that the capital needs to be picture-perfect in 2017. And he said that means everyone from individual homeowners to the federal government has to do its part. He said the city was pristine in 1967 for the centennial celebrations and it doesn’t feel that way today.
4. None of the above
More than 31,000 voters declined their ballots in last week’s election, the highest number since 1975. It’s 13 times the number who declined their ballots in 2011. It’s one way of saying you don’t like the choices in the election. There were also thousands of ballots that were rejected or unmarked. Both numbers were also up significantly from 2011. There was more publicity around declining your ballot in this campaign. There were a few websites promoting it and Steve Paikin, the moderator of the only leaders’ debate, suggested it as an option to voters at the end of the telecast.
3. Child porn ring busted
Five children have been rescued from sexual abuse after a cross-country child-exploitation investigation. The RCMP announced yesterday that more than a million images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children have been seized and more than 150 individuals have been arrested or are under investigation. The Canada-wide operation involved more than 40 police agencies and led to 343 criminal charges including sexual assault, luring, and the possession and distribution of child pornography.
2. Inmates claim abuse
Five inmates are suing the provincial government, saying they were ordered to strip and then were beaten by guards at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre. The inmates include one who was convicted of manslaughter in a stabbing death, an arsonist who burned down a shopping plaza and a dangerous offender who carjacked the widow of constable Eric Czapnik. They say that during a lockdown two years ago, masked guards with batons and shields entered their cells. They claim the guards handcuffed them, punched, kicked or struck them in the face and body and that their heads hit the walls or the floor. The claims have not been proven in court. Each man is asking for $700,000 in damages.
1. Temp. foreign workers program changes
Changes are coming today to the controversial temporary foreign workers program. CTV News is reporting that Employment Minister Jason Kenney and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander will announce this afternoon a cap on the number of low-wage workers coming into Canada and heavy fines for employers who break the rules. The fee charged to use the program may go up dramatically. And there will also be more inspections of how businesses are using the program. Sources told CTV that the cap will reduce the number of low-wage jobs from 30,000 to 15,000.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 - Environment Canada's Senior Climatologist David Phillips
7:40 - Mark's Top 5
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest:
- A pair of tickets to "Over the Hedge", a country garden tour this weekend June 21-22. A fundraiser to help bring a national botanical garden to Ottawa. (Visit canadensisgarden.ca for more info.)
- A free rack of ribs at Ottawa Ribfest on Sparks Street! Head down to Sparks Street this Wednesday to Sunday to try out ribs from ribbers from all over North America. Visit cfra.com for more chances to win!
- A pair of tickets to an evening with the extraordinary Al Pacino on June 26th at the National Arts Centre. PLUS a meet and greet with Al Pacino himself.
8:10 - Your Weekend Entertainment Guide
8:20 - Shelley McLean highlights this weekend's Ottawa Fringe Festival and Dragon Boat Festival
8:40 - Petr Cancura, Program Manager, TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival
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!