Happy Canada Day!
Mark's Top 5
5. Free agent day!
It’s July 1. You know what that means: Free Agent Frenzy! You might be thinking ahead to the pyrotechnic show tonight on Parliament Hill, but TSN is predicting there will be fireworks starting at noon today when NHL teams can sign eligible free agents. It’s also possible that Jason Spezza will be traded by the Senators today but we’ve said that before.
4. Ford returns
Rob Ford said he was ashamed, embarrassed and humiliated. In his first news conference, he apologized to Toronto residents and acknowledged he had a substance abuse problem about which he had previously been in denial. He said he accepts sole responsibility for his poor judgment and for his hurtful and degrading comments about other people. For the first time he admitted that his alcohol and drug use had an impact on his job as mayor. He said his commitment to living clean was unwavering. But he soon switched tracks into a campaign speech, saying he plans to continue fighting for the taxpayers of Toronto.
3. It was a tie!
The Liberals won two and the Conservatives won two of the federal by-elections yesterday. The Conservatives were re-elected in two ridings in Alberta, but their share of the vote declined. In Fort McMurray-Athabasca, the Conservatives captured less than 50% of the vote, compared to 72% in the last federal election. In the other riding, the southwestern Alberta riding of Macleod, they won by a huge margin. The Liberals were re-elected in Scarborough-Agincourt and they took Trinity-Spadina away from the NDP. That riding was held by Olivia Chow before she stepped down to run for mayor of Toronto.
2. Orgaworld contract coming
The City of Ottawa has won its arbitration case with Orgaworld. And that means we’ll soon see the results of its audit of the contract. The city’s auditor general said yesterday the audit will be released July 9. The dispute with Orgaworld has been going on for years. But now Ottawa has confirmed it has the right to include leaf and yard waste in the green bin program. The contract always said that but Orgaworld has disputed it and turned away some of the waste. In 2013, 80,000 tonnes of organic waste was sent to Orgaworld, but the company accepted only 69,000 with the rest being sent to the Trail Road waste facility.
1. Happy Canada Day!
It’s Canada Day in the nation’s capital. We will be broadcasting live from the corner of Sparks and Elgin starting at 8:00 this morning. We’ll be running through all of the events that are coming up today and getting you ready for Canada’s 147th birthday. Meanwhile, the new list of new admissions and promotions within the Order of Canada is out and one of our guests this morning is on it. Astronaut Chris Hadfield is being made an officer of the order, while comedian Rick Mercer is becoming a member. Other people on the list include director David Cronenberg and retired general John de Chastelain. Hadfield is going to join us after the news at 7:00 this morning. Governor General David Johnston will be our guest at 8:40. And at 9:05 this morning, Canadian Olympians Denny Morrison and Gilmore Junio will join us.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 - Retired astronaut Chris Hadfield and Canada Aviation and Space Museum spokesperson, Director General Stephen Quick
7:40 - Mark's Top 5
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest. You could win:
- A pair of tickets to see 'Driving Miss Daisy' next week at the Ottawa Little Theatre!
- 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 - Mark Sutcliffe and Shelley McLean LIVE from the corner of the Sparks Street Mall and Elgin Street with CFRA Reporter Alison Sandor reporting from Canada Day sites
8:00 - 9:00 - Denise Leblanc of Canadian Heritage
8:40 - Governor General David Johnston
9:05 - Olympian Speed Skaters Gilmore Junio and Denny Morrison
9:20 - Canadian R&B singer-songwriter Jully Black - Host of the Canada Day Noon Show on Parliament Hill
Coming up today on CFRA:
It’s Canada Day and CFRA is live on location from the Sparks Street Mall near Elgin St. from 8am to 5pm. Come see Mark Sutcliffe, Shelley McLean, John Counsell, Ron Corbett, and Rob Snow as they broadcast their special Canada Day shows throughout Ottawa’s biggest party of the year! CFRA reporters will also sprawl the city finding special events happening in all the corners of Ottawa.