Tuesday April 22, 2014
Mark Sutcliffe fills in for Steve Madely
Madely's Top 5
5. Foreign worker controversy
A restaurant in Saskatchewan has become the latest focal point for the issue of temporary foreign workers. The federal government said yesterday it’s investigating a pizza restaurant where two long-serving waitresses say they and two other employees lost their jobs to temporary foreign workers. The servers say they were fired last month after being told the restaurant was restructuring. One of them had been at the restaurant for 28 years. The waitresses say they were replaced by workers who had been approved by the government. A spokesman for Employment Minister Jason Kenney says the department is investigating and that no abuse of the program will be tolerated.
4. Are you better off?
The Liberal government says Ontario’s middle and lower income residents are better off now than they were 11 years ago. Consumer Services Minister Tracy MacCharles issued a progress report yesterday called the 2014 Pocketbook Initiatives Progress Report. It highlights improvements to retirement benefits, an increase in the minimum wage, a cut to auto insurance rates and breaks on tuition for middle-income and low-income families. But Progressive Conservative MPP Vic Fedeli says the report ignores a lot of government initiatives that left people with less money in their pocketbooks.
3. Herb Gray passes
Former deputy prime minister Herb Gray is being remembered as an honourable parliamentarian and a great Canadian. One of the longest serving MPs in Canadian history, Gray passed away yesterday at the age of 82. He was first elected in Windsor in 1962 and went on to win his riding 12 straight times. Gray became Canada’s first Jewish cabinet minister when he was appointed by Pierre Trudeau. He served in a number of portfolios in Liberal governments and was appointed deputy prime minister by Jean Chretien in 1997.
2. The cost of the PMO
We’re getting a glimpse into the size and cost of the Prime Minister’s Office. Postmedia reports today that during the time that Stephen Harper has been prime minister, the size of his office has ranged from 82 to 105 employees. And about $57 million in salary was paid over the period from 2006 to 2013. That works out to just over $8 million per year. In addition to that, the PMO has paid out $4.1 million in severance and separation pay to departing employees over the same period. According to government documents, anywhere from one-fifth to one-third of employees turned over each year, and some of them received both the severance pay to which they were entitled, plus a discretionary severance payment.
1. de Grood to appear in court
Matthew de Grood, the 22-year-old man accused of stabbing five people to death in Calgary, will appear in court today. It’s not clear whether he will attend the hearing in person or using closed-circuit television. But it’s possible the court will be asked to order a 30-day psychological assessment. De Grood is facing five counts of first-degree murder. Yesterday separate funerals were held for three of the victims. Another funeral will be held today and the last tomorrow. Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi was among those who paid their respects at the funerals yesterday.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 - 580 CFRA'S GETAWAY TO AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND! Courtesy tripcentral.ca and Collette.
7:40 - Mark’s Top 5
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest. You could win:
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- Two passes to 'Activate' Ottawa 2014, Ottawa's Health and Fitness Expo at the EY Centre May 3rd and 4th.
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8:10 - Until Friday May 16th you'll have the chance to win a BRAND NEW 2014 Porsche Boxster, courtesy of Mark Motors of Ottawa.
8:11 - Barry McLoughlin, President, McLoughlin Media
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.
Today’s Lunch Bunch lineup:
Today on Rick Gibbons’ Lunch Bunch Rick is joined CFRA’s Lowell Green, and retired CTV News reporter, Norman Fetterley