Mark's Top 5
5. New cancer lab in Ottawa
The Ottawa Hospital has attracted a star recruit to launch a new lab that it says will help diagnose and treat cancer. The hospital has raised half of the $3 million it needs to open a new molecular oncology diagnostics laboratory. The lab will treat and study the genetics of cancer. The Ottawa Hospital says the presence of a lab in Ottawa could cut the wait time to days. To run the lab, the hospital has attracted Dr. Bryan Lo from a biotechnology firm in San Francisco.
4. Obama talks politics
U.S. President Barack Obama has taken the unusual step of commenting on the political campaigns of two of his potential successors. In an interview with the New Yorker magazine, Obama suggested he was surprised that Vice-President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would consider putting themselves through a grueling campaign. He said, "I think that, for both Joe and for Hillary, they've already accomplished an awful lot in their lives. The question is, do they, at this phase in their lives, want to go through the pretty undignifying process of running all over again." Obama did say he thought Biden would make a superb president.
3. Khadr wants to talk to us
Omar Khadr wants to talk directly to the media for the first time. A year ago, Khadr was being held at a facility in Edmonton. He wrote a letter to the warden that suggests he wants to tell his story directly to Canadians and that he blames his father for the circumstances that led to him being convicted of war crimes including murder. Khadr wrote, "Much of the Canadian public's impression of me comes from certain comments made by members of my family, which are untrue. I was a child when I was placed in harm's way by my father."
2. Will P.M. testify at Duffy's trial?
Prime Minister Stephen Harper does not intend to testify at Mike Duffy's trial. Harper's spokesman said yesterday the prime minister doesn't have any useful information to offer in the case. Some experts say it's likely that Harper will be called to testify, but he could invoke parliamentary privilege to avoid appearing at the trial.
1. Demonstration on the Hill
Protesters carrying the flags of Palestine and Hamas demonstrated on Parliament Hill yesterday demanding an end to Israel's military action in Gaza. The presence of a Hamas flag caused a reaction on social media and from the Jewish Federation of Ottawa. Canada has declared Hamas a terrorist organization. But the man carrying the flag said he thought of it as a Muslim flag and that it was a symbol for more than just Hamas. The protesters were met briefly by a pro-Israel group.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 - In London, Globe and Mail's European correspondent Mark MacKinnon on "Why Putin can't back down"
7:40 - Mark's Top 5
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest. You could win:
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8 - 9 - Mark Kennedy, Ottawa Citizen Parliamentary Bureau Chief
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.