Tuesday April 01, 2014
Madely's Top 5
5. Sens fight for postseason life
The Ottawa Senators have now moved to within four points of the final wildcard spot in the NHL East with their 2-1 shootout victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Meantime the larger-than-life mascot chosen by the REDBLACKS, who was greeted with joyous cheers and high-fives on Friday by 500 children at a French elementary school in Kanata, caused irritation for some Francophone activists, and the club has been forced to make a name change. Big Joe Mufferaw will now simply be "Big Joe" in English or "Grand Jos" in French.
4. Quebec election poll shift
A new CROP poll shows a dramatic shift among Francophone voters in Quebec. Into the final days of the campaign for Monday's election, the Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) has jumped 9 percentage points since last Thursday's televised debate. The latest poll of Francophone-only voters shows the Parti Québecois at 36%, the Liberals at 29%, the CAQ at 24% and the Quebec Solidaire at 8%.
3. NATO's next step
Diplomats say NATO foreign ministers are looking at options, including stepped-up military exercises and sending more forces to eastern member states of Europe, as a show of force to Moscow. The United States and its allies have made clear they will not intervene militarily, and Ukraine, which does not belong to NATO, will not have forces placed along its borders with Crimea or Russia. However, NATO generals are reassuring anxious NATO members in Eastern Europe that they will be defended under the alliance's security umbrella.
2. Trudeau scolded, by his wife
Justin Trudeau is shrugging off criticism over dropping the f-bomb at a charity boxing match. He said, "Listen, it was fight night at the casino on Saturday night, and I found myself again in a boxing ring, and I guess I let my emotions run a little hot. But rest assured I got an awful lot of a talking-to at home from Sophie and nothing anyone else can add will be worse than that." When asked if he regretted using the foul language he said, "If you had seen the scolding that Sophie gave me, you would have wished you'd used a different adjective as well."
1. Alleged hacker axed from Liberal job
It has been revealed that Peter Faist, the alleged off-the-books hacker in Dalton McGuinty's office in February 2013, was working for the Liberal party under Kathleen Wynne right up until this past Saturday when they sent him packing amid police allegations that he was the one who accessed the premier's office hard drives in an effort to delete all emails and documents, covering up the true costs of the gas-plants scandals.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 - CFRA'S GETAWAY… TO WASHINGTON - 580 CFRA Getaways are back! We're giving away trips for two to destinations around the globe.
7:12 - Lisa MacLeod, Ontario PC Energy Critic and MPP for Nepean-Carleton
7:40 - Madely's Top 5
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest. You could win:
- A pair of tickets to Investors Group Stars on Ice, featuring world champion and Olympic medalist Patrick Chan and Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, taking place at Canadian Tire Centre Sunday April 27
All of our winners this week will be entered to win:
8:10 - Your chance to win a BRAND NEW 2014 Porsche Boxster, courtesy of Mark Motors of Ottawa.
8:12 - Ranjan Banerjee, who teaches in the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa, landed in Kabul last Wednesday. The Afghanistan election is this Saturday.
8:40 - Max Keeping and cancer survivor Pete Thompson. Pete has been involved with Relay for Ottawa since its beginning 15 years ago. He is is currently the Chair of the new Ontario Division - Relay for Life Advisory Team based in Toronto however coordinates senior leadership volunteers throughout Ontario and participates, locally, provincially, nationally and internationally at strategic planning sessions throughout Canada and the USA.
Coming up today on CFRA:
The Lowell Green Show - 10a-Noon --- It's a 2 hour cruise to the "Island of Sanity" each weekday morning as Lowell Green navigates listeners through to the real issues that are affecting Ottawa.