Tuesday February 04, 2014
Mark Sutcliffe in for Steve Madely
Madely’s Top 5
5. Dog in distress
An Ottawa man is facing animal cruelty charges after he sold an emaciated Great Dane on Kijiji. The Ottawa Humane Society says the dog, named Charlie, had not been fed properly for months and was near death. He weighed only 53 pounds when an animal that size should have weighed about 120 pounds. The man who purchased the dog immediately brought him to the Humane Society. A 32-year-old man has been charged with permitting an animal to be in distress and with failing to provide adequate food, water and medical attention.
4. Local human trafficking
According to new research, there are at least 150 women who are victims of human trafficking in Ottawa. PACT Ottawa tells the Citizen that most of the victims are domestic, meaning they are Canadian and in many cases from Ottawa. They say it's a misconception to think that human trafficking is entirely about smuggling women across borders to perform as sex slaves.
3. Veteran Affairs offices to remain closed
An opposition motion to reopen eight Veterans Affairs offices was defeated yesterday in the House of Commons. Both the prime minister and Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino joined the Conservative majority in voting against the NDP motion. It was defeated 146-117. Fantino continues to maintain that the veterans who are protesting the closing of the regional offices are being agitated by union officials who are spreading misinformation and lies.
2. Smart meter investigation
Ontario's ombudsman is about to investigate Ontario's smart meters. According to the Citizen, Andre Marin will announce today that he'll be examining Hydro One's billing practice and time-of-use meters. Problems have been uncovered because many of the machines can't transmit the data properly, especially in rural areas. That's caused big billing problems for some customers.
1. How private is our privacy?
Canada's top national security officials say there's nothing wrong with the data they've been collecting from Canadians, including tapping into their internet use in airports. The prime minister's national security adviser and the head of the Communications Security Establishment of Canada testified before a senate committee yesterday. They defended intelligence operations and denied breaching the privacy of Canadians, saying they only target foreigners in their surveillance.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 - United Way 2013 Community Campaign Co-Chairs - Barbara Crook, philanthropist and director of the Danbe Foundation, and Goldy Hyder, President, Hill+Knowlton Strategies
7:40 - Mark's Top 5
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest. Today you could win:
- Dinner from Milano's - a large pizza, onion rings, zucchini sticks and a 2 litre bottle of pop!
- A family four pack to any Ottawa 67s home game at the Canadian Tire Centre.
- A $50 gift certificate from 'The Bistro' at the Courtyard by Marriott Ottawa East. The Bistro offers a menu that's always a hit with healthy, delicious choices. Eat, drink, and connect at The Bistro.
8:10 - In Sochi, Matthew Fisher, Postmedia's international affairs columnist
Coming up today on CFRA:
Ottawa 67's Hockey on 580 CFRA! The Peterborough Petes are in town to face your Ottawa 67's at Canadian Tire Centre. The puck drops at 7:05 on CFRA!