Rick's Top 5
5. Spezza on the move?
Ottawa Senators fans are in full trade-watch mode this morning as speculation mounts the team is poised to trade its franchise player and captain, Jason Spezza, before the weekend NHL draft. According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, four teams are talking to the Senators about Spezza. Three of those teams are in the Western Conference, including Anaheim and St. Louis. According to McKenzie, one mystery team in the Eastern Conference has entered the fray. The Sun's Bruce Garrioch says that team is likely Florida.
4. Elliott wants in
Conservative MPP and deputy leader Christine Elliott has become the first to declare her candidacy for leadership of her bruised and battered party. Her boss, Tim Hudak, didn't even have time to clean out his office before Elliott unofficially kicked off a campaign that will search for new leadership and a fresh direction for a party still licking its wounds from a disastrous provincial election.
3. Maguire enters the mayoral ring
Mike Maguire officially kicks off his campaign for mayor today, becoming the first, and so far only, challenger to the incumbent, Jim Watson. Maguire is a local businessman who isn't entirely unfamiliar to residents. He ran for mayor last time round, finishing fifth in a campaign that featured some 20 candidates. Maguire bills himself a fiscal conservative with fresh ideas on everything from transit to managing the city's finances.
2. Defibs save lives again
Two incidents in Ottawa yesterday proved once again that public access defibrillators save lives. In one case, a 58-year-old man suffered a heart attack at the RA Centre and was saved by RA staff and paramedics with the assistance of a defib. Meanwhile, paramedics responded to a second call at a sports field in the Barrhaven area last night where a quick-thinking young baseball coach sprinted to a local high school to obtain a defibrillator. The 55-year-old patient is recovering in hospital.
1. U of O extends hockey program suspension, fires coach
The University of Ottawa has fired its hockey coach and announced that a suspension of the entire varsity hockey program, that it first implemented in March, will be extended through next season, beginning this fall. The suspension follows allegations of "unacceptable behavior" that apparently include sexual assault involving some players during a February trip to Thunder Bay. University President Allan Rock said an internal review found head coach Real Paiement learned of the incidents within hours of them occurring and took his own disciplinary action but failed to notify the University of the incident, and for that reason he was fired.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 - Mike Maguire, Ottawa Mayoral Candidate in this fall's election
7:40 - Rick's Top 5
7:45 - Lawyer Lawrence Greenspon, who's representing some of the University of Ottawa hockey players
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest. You could win:
- A twosome at the Metcalfe Golf Club - 9 & 18 hole courses. Call 613-821-3673 or visit metcalfegolf.com to book your tee time
- A family four pack of tickets to the Canadian Museum of Nature. Check out the Creatures of the Light exhibit and explore Nature's Bioluminescence. Visit nature.ca
8:10 - Christine Elliott, Progressive Conservative MPP. She's announced she's is running for the leadership of the Ontario PC Party
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