Wednesday January 29, 2014
Mark Sutcliffe in for Steve Madely
Madely's Top 5
5. Sens win!
The Senators beat Columbus 3-2 on a late goal by Jason Spezza. Stephane da Costa had the other two goals for Ottawa. It was a big win for the Senators because it brings them into a tie with the Blue Jackets. Both teams are one point out of the final wild card position but it’s a crowded race. Meanwhile, the Senators kicked Cody Ceci out of his hotel and told him to get his own place because he’ll be staying in Ottawa.
4. Keep an eye on our spies
Canada’s interim privacy commissioner says we need more oversight of Canada’s spy agencies. In a report to the House of Commons yesterday, Chantal Bernier said at a time when technology is creating more pervasive methods of surveillance, the government must ensure corresponding measures to protect the privacy of Canadians. She says the nature of security threats to Canada is changing and the government is more likely to be monitoring possible home-grown threats along with those from outside our borders. That means we have to closely examine what agencies like CSIS and the Communications Security Establishment are doing.
3. Teen pimp verdict today
We’re expecting to hear a verdict today against the girl who is accused of being the ring leader of a group of teenagers who forced others into prostitution. The girl pleaded not guilty in September. She was 15 when she was arrested about a year and a half ago. The Crown alleges she orchestrated the pimping ring and lured girls to her bedroom, forced them to strip, held them against their will and forced some of them to engage in sex acts with older men who paid her money. She's facing charges for human trafficking, child pornography, assault, sex assault and more.
2. Fantino under fire
Some Canadian veterans are calling for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino. A group of veterans travelled to Ottawa to convince the federal government not to close eight offices across the country. When they arrived on Parliament Hill, they were told Fantino had been called away and could not meet with them. Three Conservative MPs met with them instead. They listened to the concerns of veterans but did not provide any answers. Later in the day, Fantino turned up as the veterans were preparing to give a news conference and reports say an argument followed.
1. Keystone gaining traction?
The rhetoric around the Keystone pipeline decision is heating up. Last night, before and after U.S. President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, an environmental group aired an anti-pipeline ad that was harshly critical of Canada. The ad calls Keystone a Canadian sucker punch to America’s heartland and suggests the Canadian government is working with China to harm American interests. Columnist Michael den Tandt writes in Postmedia papers today that the ad is jingoistic and misleading. But he argues it’s an indicator that the environmental lobby in the US smells blood and is capitalizing on the Harper government’s bungling of the Keystone file.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 - Pierre Daigle, Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces
7:40 - Mark's Top 5
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest. Today you could win:
- A family four pack to any Ottawa 67s home game at the Canadian Tire Centre.
- A pair of tickets to Dine Wine Wintertime - a 2 1/2-hour tasting of unique and delectable offerings from the chefs of leading Ottawa Gatineau hotels - expertly paired with fine and premium wines from Canada and around the world!
- A pair of tickets to see Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt this Sunday at the National Arts Centre. They're back, with an intimate evening of acoustic songs and stories. Tickets on sale now at the NAC box office and ticketmaster.ca
8:10 - David Akin, National Bureau Chief, Sun Media
8:40 - Former US Ambassador to Canada, David H. Wilkins
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:
On today’s Rick Gibbons’ Lunch Bunch, Rick is joined by CTV Morning Live Newswriter and CFRA Weekend News Anchor, Josh Pringle, and Assistant Professor with Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business, Ian Lee.