Mark's Top 5
5. Go REDBLACKS!
The Ottawa REDBLACKS play their second game of the season tonight in Edmonton. The Eskimos are 2-0 so far this year. The game gets underway at 10:00 pm our time on TSN and TSN 1200. The REDBLACKS play their first home game one week from tonight at TD Place.
4. The pot party?
The federal Liberals may have a high-profile marijuana activist among their candidates in the next election. Jodie Emery, the wife of the so-called Prince of Pot Marc Emery, is preparing to run for the Liberals in Vancouver. The Emery's have been campaigning for legalized marijuana throughout North America. Marc Emery is about to return to Canada after spending four years in prison in the United States for selling marijuana seeds.
3. Sex-ed dilemma
An Edmonton mother says public schools shouldn't use faith-based groups to teach children sex education. Kathy Dawson says she was shocked when her daughter took part in a two-day sex education class delivered at her high school. The class was delivered by the Pregnancy Care Centre, which is affiliated with an American anti-abortion organization and advocates abstinence. Her daughter, Emily Dawson, said the course shamed girls and made them gatekeepers, suggesting that boys couldn't control their impulses.
2. It's really happening!!
Two years after it was originally supposed to happen, the Strandherd Armstrong Bridge will open tomorrow. The $48-million bridge connects Barrhaven and Riverside South. It will have eight lanes for traffic, including public transit, bicycles and sidewalks. The bridge was originally supposed to open in 2012 but the construction company that was working on the bridge went into receivership. The bridge will open tomorrow at 1:00.
1. Ontario sell-off
The Ontario government is planning to sell off some public assets in order to help balance the budget over the next few years. After delivering a pre-budget speech yesterday in Toronto, Finance Minister Charles Sousa said the government is looking at squeezing more profits from public agencies like Hydro One and the LCBO. And he said the government will look at selling off assets like its stake in General Motors that was acquired during the auto sector bailout in 2008 and real estate in the Toronto area.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 - Matthew Fisher, Postmedia's international affairs columnist. In today's National Post - "Saving the Vimy Ridge dead: Researcher trying to find bodies of 48 Canadian soldiers before land developed"
7:40 - Mark's Top 5
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest.
The first person with the right answer wins:
- A pair of passes to the Ottawa Chamberfest Music Festival. On July 24th to August 2nd. More info at www.chamberfest.com
The second person wins:
8:10 - Your Weekend Entertainment Guide
8:40 - Steve McAllister, Managing Sports Editor for Yahoo Canada, on the 2014 Brazil FIFA World Cup. The final is Sunday at afternoon at 3:00!
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!