Mark's Top 5
The World Cup is over for the host country. Brazil lost 7-1 to Germany yesterday, ending their dreams of playing in Sunday's final. The other semifinal match is today at 4:00 between Argentina and the Netherlands. The winner will join Germany in the final at 3:00 on Sunday.
4. Accountability returning to Queen's Park?
Some people will say it's a case of closing the door after the horse has left the barn. But Ontario's Liberal government says it has learned from the mistakes of the past few years. The government is bringing back the accountability and transparency act that it introduced before the election. The act increases penalties for destroying public records. So if someone in a current or future government deleted emails about a key government decision, presumably they would face more serious consequences than those who erased records about the gas plants scandal. The act also requires public officials including MPPs to post their expenses online.
3. Fill the Senate?
Some senators and provincial premiers are calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to start filling the vacancies in the senate. There are currently 11 openings in the senate, not including the three suspended senators. And six more senators will leave before the end of the year. That means about 15% of the seats will be vacant by the beginning of next year. Some senators are apparently raising concerns about how some committees will be able to operate. And some provinces and regions may be underrepresented.
2. Khadr wins appeal
The federal government is planning to appeal the latest ruling about Omar Khadr. An Alberta court has decided that Khadr should be serving a youth sentence in jail rather than spend his time in federal prison. So Khadr will be transferred to a provincial jail in Alberta. The federal government says it will apply to delay the transfer while it asks the Supreme Court to hear the case. Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said a youth sentence is not appropriate for someone who pleaded guilty to heinous crimes.
1. Orgaworld blame day
The finger pointing has already begun but we'll find out officially today the results of the audit into the city's green bin contract. City council is due to meet today and the internal audit will be released to the public. But city councillors have already been saying that the audit will reveal they were misled by staff about the agreement, which has taxpayers paying for 80,000 tonnes of organic waste each year regardless of how much is produced.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:20 - Jeff Hunt, President of The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group
7:40 - Mark's Top 5
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest. You could win:
- A pair of passes to the Ottawa Chamberfest Music Festival. On July 24th to August 2nd. More info at www.chamberfest.com
8 - 9 - David Akin, National Bureau Chief, Sun Media
Coming up today on CFRA:
Late Night Counsell - 9p-11p --- Wednesday is Ask the Pastor Night, when John Counsell puts his 30+ years of pastoral experience to good use. It's open-line/open topic with a twist. The twist is that he answers, responds, and reacts to all questions, queries and opinions from a Biblical perspective.
Today's Lunch Bunch lineup:
Today on Rick Gibbons' Lunch Bunch, Rick is joined by CFRA's Rob Snow, and Assistant Professor with Carleton University's Sprott School of Business, Ian Lee.