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5. Sens tour the towns
The Ottawa Senators begin a Hometown Tour today. They'll be at the Canadian Tire in Brockville with an autograph session at 3:30 with Chris Phillips and Mark Stone on hand. The Tour then heads to the Cornwall Canadian Tire from 6-7 with Chris and Mark. They'll move through the Ottawa Valley over the next several days. Erik Karlsson met with the media and talked about the upcoming season and when asked about the captain vacancy he said, "Obviously it's something I wouldn't say no to (but) it's not something I'm going to ask for." Meantime, Sens owner Eugene Melnyk said he'll make a 'significant community announcement' today around noon with all three levels of government attending.
4. In the courts
Sexual predator, minor hockey and baseball coach, as well as scout leader, Kelly Jones is sentenced to eight years in jail for abuse against 10 young boys and a girl between 1971 and 1997. The judge ruled Jones engaged in "grooming behavior" by giving his victims beer, showing them pornography, and taking them on trips. A 25-year-old repeat drunk driver was sentenced to nearly 5 years in prison for killing 54-year-old Janet Clermont in an Innes Road crash last year. Wissam Outifrakh had a previous record of demerit points from speeding and traffic offences, including a previous crash.
3. Liberals want Trudeau security
Harper government Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney has assured Justin Trudeau that resources will be deployed to ensure his safety and that of his family if the RCMP recommends it. Liberal MPs are calling for RCMP protection after a break-in at Trudeau's Ottawa home on the weekend in which the intruder left a threatening note and several butcher knives on the floor. Meanwhile, federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose rejects the claim the federal government's marijuana awareness campaign is a political attack on the Liberal leader.
2. Ontario debt fast rising
The Fraser Institute warns that Ontario's debt load is growing faster than any other province. Ontario's debt has grown 89% since 2007. The combined federal and provincial debt in Canada now stands at $1.2 trillion, that's $35,000 for every man woman and child. Governments burn through $62 billion a year on interest payments alone at the expense of other priorities. For example, the federal government collects $29.9 billion in GST from Canadian taxpayers. That entire amount is spent on interest payments for the federal government's $688 billion debt.
1. Ferguson riots continue
More than 30 arrests were made in Ferguson, Missouri after another night of chaos. Police and many of the peaceful protesters blame outside criminals and agitators for the continuing violence. Sounds of gunfire rang out from different parts of the city. Many of those arrested came from as far away as New York and California. CNN broadcast audio from a radio interview in which an alleged friend of police officer Darren Wilson recounted the officers' side of the story. The caller said Wilson pursued Brown and his friend after an initial confrontation, ordering them to freeze. When they turned around, the caller said Brown began taunting Wilson, saying he would not arrest them, and then ran at the officer at full speed, the caller said. Wilson then began shooting. The final shot was to Brown's forehead, and the teenager fell two or three feet in front of Wilson.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 - Carleton University Professor Elliott Tepper on the Israel-Palestinians renewed truce.
7:20 - CFRA Reporter Alison Sandor. A former minor hockey and baseball coach has been sentenced to 8 years for the sexual abuse of 11 youths between 1971 and 1997.
7:40 - Madely's's Top 5
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest. You could win:
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8:10 - Economist Sean Speer, Associate Director of Fiscal Studies at the Fraser Institute. A new study, The Cost of Government Debt in Canada, examines the total amount of direct debt accumulated by the federal and provincial governments and the cost of interest payments to service this debt.
8:40 - Pollster Shachi Kurl of Angus Reid Global. Legalizing pot is OK, but not a priority for Canadians.
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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.