Friday April 25, 2014
Mark Sutcliffe fills in for Steve Madely
Madely's Top 5
5. Taser talk
The chair of the Ottawa Police Services Board says he supports a plan to expand the number of tasers used by officers. Councillor Eli El-Chantiry said yesterday he hopes the board will support the proposal from the police service to purchase as many as 100 tasers next year. He says staff have provided sufficient evidence to support the proposal.
4. Sex offender data to become public
You should be allowed to know how many registered sex offenders are living in your neighbourhood. That’s the unanimous decision of the Supreme Court. Ontario’s information and privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian described it as a victory for openness and transparency. She said, “I’m hoping this will lead the government, perhaps kicking and screaming, to a more open-government mindset.” The ruling is the conclusion of a long legal battle between Cavoukian and the provincial government over whether or not the number of sex offenders living in each postal code area should be disclosed to the public.
3. Robocall investigation ends
There is no evidence of a widespread campaign to deceive voters using robocalls in the last federal election. After a long investigation, Elections Canada has concluded that the evidence they gathered does not support the existence of a conspiracy to interfere with the voting process. Basically there’s no evidence that there was widespread fraud and that thousands of voters across the country were deliberately deceived into going to the wrong polling station. And there will be no charges.
2. Food services barred from temporary foreign worker program
The federal government will not allow any more restaurants to use the temporary foreign worker program. Employment Minister Jason Kenney made the announcement yesterday after a series of allegations that the program was being abused and costing Canadians their jobs. Kenney said previous efforts to sanction restaurants that didn’t follow the rules did not go far enough. Some restaurants complained about a lack of consultation and notice. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business said it might cause some restaurants to teeter on the brink of survival.
1. Senate reform day
We’ll find out today what the Supreme Court thinks about Stephen Harper’s plans to reform the Senate. It’s being described as a historic ruling. The Court will decide today whether the federal government can change the senate without the consent of the provinces, or if consent is required, and how many provinces have to be on board. Harper wants to have the power to impose term limits, create elections for senate candidates or even abolish the Senate altogether.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 - 580 CFRA'S GETAWAY TO AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND! Courtesy tripcentral.ca and Collette.
7:12 - Mark Kennedy, Parliamentary Bureau Chief, The Ottawa Citizen
7:40 - Mark’s Top 5
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest. You could win:
- A Free family pass for the Ottawa Train Expo at the EY Centre this Saturday or Sunday; doors open at 10 and the passes include admission for 2 adults and up to 3 children
- Free registration for two people for adult recreational sports leagues at Carleton University. Sports include basketball, squash, ball hockey, soccer and hockey. Visit athletics.carleton.ca for more info.
- Two passes to 'Activate' Ottawa 2014, Ottawa's Health and Fitness Expo at the EY Centre May 3rd and 4th.
All of our winners this week will be entered to win: A $300 gift certificate from J.A. Laporte Flowers & Nursery. J.A. Laporte, the door to every gardener's dream! 12-11 Old Montreal Road and online at laportegardens.com
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.
8:12 - Weekend Entertainment Guide
8:40 - Kurt Browning. He’s performing in this Sunday afternoon's "Investors Group Stars on Ice".
8:50 - Adam Golberg is living with MS and a top fundraiser for this Sunday morning's MS Walk at Tunney's Pasture
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!