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Madely's Top 5
5. Taser town
The Ottawa Police Services Board has approved a plan for more tasers. At last night's meeting, the board adopted a proposal from the police service to increase the number of officers approved to carry tasers and allow the police to purchase as many as 100 tasers next year. Some front-line officers will be allowed to carry the devices if they meet certain criteria. Management emphasized that training on de-escalation techniques will be provided and that a review will take place in two years.
4. Reforming themselves
At least two Conservative senators say that even if term limits are not imposed they will still step down before they are 75. Senators Linda Frum and Vern White were both appointed by Prime Minister Harper. They told the Citizen yesterday they will leave long before their mandatory retirement date.
3. Rushed National Day of Honour
Details have been announced about next week's National Day of Honour to commemorate the Afghan mission. But veterans' representatives say they are concerned about the plans and the motivation behind the event. May 9 will be a national day to recognize Canada's military commitment to Afghanistan. It was only a couple of weeks ago that the Royal Canadian Legion received a letter from Veterans Affairs asking for help in raising awareness and suggesting that legion branches host events across the country.
2. Wynne ready to trigger election
Premier Kathleen Wynne says she won't rule out triggering an election herself if she thinks the opposition won't support her budget. Wynne says she still hopes to get at least one opposition party to vote for the budget. Her speech at a Toronto gathering yesterday appeared to frame a possible election campaign. She attacked the Progressive Conservatives and the NDP. And she also announced a new 10-year, $2.5-billion jobs and prosperity fund to help companies expand and hire new employees.
1. No charges for pit bull parents
There will be no criminal charges in connection with the pit bull attack that sent a 14-month-old girl to hospital. The girl is recovering at CHEO and is likely to undergo reconstructive surgery. According to some media reports, the dog has been euthanized. But the story has brought additional scrutiny to a provincial law that prohibits anyone from owning, breeding or selling a pit bull in Ontario. Clearly, the law is not being enforced in Ottawa and other communities.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 - 580 CFRA'S GETAWAY TO AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND! Courtesy tripcentral.ca and Collette.
7:11 - Senator Vernon White
7:40 - Mark's Top 5
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest. You could win:
- A pair of passes for Friday admission to Ottawa Comiccon at the EY Centre May 9th to 11th. Visit ottawacomiccon.com for more info.
- A pair of tickets to see the Pennsylvania Ballet's Coppelia at the NAC Saturday.
All of our winners this week will be entered to win: A Tempur-Pedic proven cool queen size mattress valued at $899. See the Tempur-pedic beds at Ottawa Brandsource Home Furnishings and visit the Sleep Experience Boutique. For more details go to ottawabrandsource.ca
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.
8:40 - Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan. Authors of "Tragedy in the Commons - Former Members of Parliament Speak Out About Canada's Failing Democracy"
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.