Friday February 14, 2014
Mark Sutcliffe in for Steve Madely
Madely's Top 5
5. Go Canada go!
The Canadian men’s hockey team will be back on the ice again at noon our time. Roberto Luongo will be in goal for Canada against Austria. The Canadians won their opening game 3-1 over Norway.
4. U.S. walloped again
There’s more winter weather on the way today but it’s nothing compared to what has been hitting the United States. There was sleet, snow and freezing rain over a wide swath of the Eastern U.S., starting in the south and carving a path up to New England. New York City was hit with more than a foot of snow, or 30 centimetres, in the past 24 hours. Other cities are dealing with freezing rain warnings. Already this morning more than 1,000 flights have been cancelled. Even train service was cancelled in some areas.
3. Veterans Affairs concerns
Senior staff at Veterans Affairs expressed concern about delivering the same level of service after closing nine offices. That’s according to internal documents obtained by Postmedia News. When the government decided two years ago that nine offices would be closed and 800 positions would be eliminated from Veterans Affairs, internal memos suggest a communications strategy was put in place to address the potential outrage. Postmedia says bureaucrats were instructed to provide pre-approved, cookie-cutter responses as requests for information came in, assuring the public the government was still committed to helping veterans and indicating that service would actually increase.
2. Income splitting on the chopping block?
The prime minister and his finance minister may not have a difference of opinion over income splitting after all. John Ivison reports in the National Post that there isn’t an internal squabble. He says they agree that income splitting should be scrapped and the money that would have paid for it will go to extending the universal child care benefit that currently gives a hundred dollars a month to families with children under six years old. Several think tanks have said that income splitting would not create significant savings for 90% of Canadian families and those that did benefit would be the wealthiest.
1. Liberals shut out
The Ontario Liberals lost both by-elections yesterday. The Progressive Conservatives hung onto the riding of Thornhill, winning that riding with 48% of the vote. The Liberals came second with 41.5%. In Niagara Falls, a riding the Liberals held for more than 10 years, the NDP won the seat, taking 39% of the vote. The Conservatives were second with 37%. The Liberals were a distant third with 19%. The results do not change the party standings in the minority parliament. Premier Kathleen Wynne called it a hard night and said, “Whatever has happened in these byelections tonight is not reflective of what’s going to happen in the general election.”
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 - Steve Madely, host of this morning's Queensway-Carleton Hospital Visonaries Breakfast
7:20 - Capital City Chorus Quartet "7th Heaven" - Bill Hawken, Brian Wilkie, Rod MacGillavry and Andre Carrier. Every year, the major fundraiser for their charities is the Singing Valentines. They go out in tuxedoed quartets across Ottawa, singing 2 love songs in the barbershop style, and deliver a card, chocolates and a rose - for $60! To Order Your Singing Valentine By Phone: Call: 613-723-SING(7464) and leave a message. The website is www.capitalcitychorus.org
7:40 - Mark's Top 5
7:45 - Majic 100's Morning Show Host Stuntman Stu in Sochi
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest. You could win:
- Dinner from Milano Pizzeria - 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 pair of tickets to Investors Group Stars on Ice, featuring World Champion Patrick Chan and Olympic Champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, taking place at Canadian Tire Centre Sunday April 27.
- 3 pairs of tickets to see Canada Roars, a musical taste of our Canadian heritage at the Algonquin Commons Theatre this Sunday
All of the winners this week will be entered to win: A couple's retreat at Holtz Spa. You and your love will enjoy a couples massage and dinner at Sante Restaurant, just in time for Valentine's Day! Visit holtzspa.com
8:10 - Weekend Entertainment Guide
8:40 - Catherine O'Grady, Director of the Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival on this weekend
8:40 - Rabbi Reuven Bulka. Kindness Week launches today!
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!