Mark's Top 5
5. World Cup nears final
We will find out one of the participants in the World Cup final today. Host country Brazil will play Germany in the first semifinal match at 4:00. Tomorrow at the same time Argentina will play the Netherlands. The final is Sunday.
4. Library talk resumes
The quest for a new downtown public library has been relaunched. At a meeting last night, the library board voted to start a new process to replace the existing main branch. The difference this time is that the library is looking for a private partner. The library has looked at a few options to renovate its existing facility but the cost ranges from $40 million to $70 million. Instead, the board is looking for a partner to build a mixed-use facility on a new site.
3. Still missing
The person of interest in the disappearance of three people in Calgary is expected to be back in court tomorrow. Douglas Garland appeared in court briefly by video link yesterday. His appearances this week are in relation to another matter. But while he is held in custody, police continue to search the property where he and his elderly parents live, looking for clues to the disappearance of five-year-old Nathan O'Brien and his grandparents Alvin and Kathryn Liknes.
2. Orgaworld boondoggle?
City councillor Rick Chiarelli says city staff misled council about the green bin contract. Appearing on CFRA's Lunch Bunch, the chair of the city's audit committee said staff didn't tell the truth when they recommended the city sign a contract with Orgaworld that committed taxpayers to paying for a minimum 80,000 tonnes of organic waste regardless of how much it actually delivered to the facility. Chiarelli says staff failed to tell council the truth about how much organic waste could reasonably be expected to be diverted. He calls it a blatant disregard for taxpayers' dollars. Last week on CFRA, councillor Maria McRae said the person responsible for signing the contract no longer works for the city.
1. Bryan Murray faces cancer fight
Support is pouring in from across the community and throughout the hockey world for Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray. The Senators announced yesterday that Murray had been diagnosed with cancer and was to begin treatment immediately. The team did not specify the type of cancer and said it would be making no further comment. The statement did indicate that Murray might have to step away from his duties while receiving treatment.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 - Paul Cappon, former President and CEO of the Canadian Council on Learning. A new report says the federal government needs to show "courage and leadership" in working with the provinces and industry to reverse an alarming slide in the quality of Canada's education and skills training systems.
7:40 - Mark's Top 5
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest. You could win:
- A pair of passes to the Ottawa Chamberfest Music Festival. On July 24th to August 2nd. More info at www.chamberfest.com
8:10 - Ottawa Citizen Sports Columnist Wayne Scanlan
8:50 - WWE Hall of Famer Bret "The Hitman" Hart, in town to help promote tonight's WWE SmackDown taking place at Canadian Tire Centre.
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 by Ottawa Sun Multimedia Journalist Chris Hofley, and former Ottawa Mayor Jim Durrell.