Thursday January 30, 2014
Mark Sutcliffe in for Steve Madely
Madely's Top 5
5. Biebs in hot water, again
Justin Bieber is in more trouble with the law. Bieber is facing an assault charge in Toronto in connection with an incident that occurred one month ago. He surrendered to Toronto police last night, showing up at a downtown police station where a crowd of reporters and fans were waiting for him. He was released a few hours later. Police say in the early hours of December 30, an altercation occurred between one of the passengers of a limousine and the driver in which the driver was struck on the back of the head several times.
4. Ford in hot water, again
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is being accused of ordering a jailhouse assault on his sister’s ex-boyfriend. In a lawsuit, the former common-law spouse of Kathy Ford alleges he was told to keep his mouth shut about Rob Ford’s use of drugs and alcohol. Scott MacIntyre was viciously attacked by several prisoners in a Toronto jail almost two years ago. He suffered a broken leg, broken teeth and other injuries that required surgery. MacIntyre alleges that the attack was led by one of the former players of a football team that Ford used to coach. None of the allegations have been proven in court.
3. NCC reform?
The mayors of Ottawa and Gatineau are asking the prime minister to reform the National Capital Commission. Among their demands is for each of them to have a seat on the NCC’s board. Jim Watson and Maxime Pedneau-Jobin, the new mayor of Gatineau, say the NCC is creating relentless obstruction to Ottawa’s efforts to build a new transit system. They also criticize the NCC for a unilateral decision to close Rue Gamelin in Gatineau and for being a bad landlord on Sparks Street. And their solution is for the NCC to add an elected official from each city to the NCC board.
2. Wynne has healthy lead: poll
A new poll shows the Ontario Liberals with a significant lead and the Conservatives and NDP in a close race for second place. The Nanos survey was conducted last week. It shows Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals at 36%, Tim Hudak and the Progressive Conservatives at 28% and Andrea Horwath and the NDP at 27%. In the Nanos Leadership Index, Wynne is at 71 points, followed by Horwath at 55 points and Hudak at 49 points.
1. Liberal Senate Shakeup Confusion
There’s still a lot of confusion over the impact and significance of Justin Trudeau’s announcement about the Senate yesterday. The Liberal leader said he was removing all Liberal senators from his caucus. Trudeau said they would sit as independent senators. He said, “There are no more Liberal senators.” But the senators say they will continue to work as a group and will continue to call themselves Liberals. Some people are calling Trudeau’s move a master tactical stroke but Prime Minister Harper said, “I gather the change announced by the leader today is that unelected Liberal senators will become unelected senators who happen to be Liberal.”
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 - Barry McLoughlin of McLoughlin Media - on Justin Trudeau's strategy of removing 32 Liberal Senators from his caucus
7:40 - Mark's Top 5
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest. Today you could win:
- A family four pack to any Ottawa 67s home game at the Canadian Tire Centre.
- A pair of tickets to Dine Wine Wintertime - a 2 1/2-hour tasting of unique and delectable offerings from the chefs of leading Ottawa Gatineau hotels - expertly paired with fine and premium wines from Canada and around the world!
- A pair of tickets to see Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt this Sunday at the National Arts Centre. They're back, with an intimate evening of acoustic songs and stories. Tickets on sale now at the NAC box office and ticketmaster.ca
8:10 - Mayor Jim Watson
8:40 - Lori Turnbull, Associate Professor of Political Science at Dalhousie University. She says Justin Trudeau's Senate move is bold, but not in the spirit of reform.
Coming up today on CFRA:
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