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Madely's Morning Minute - Feb. 11

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Tuesday February 11, 2014


Madely`s Top 5


5. Canada on top!


Likely for the first time in this country’s Olympic history Canada currently is at the top in the medal count at Sochi. Now into the fourth day of competition Canada has nine medals, four gold, three silver and two bronze. The latest medal victories were in the women’s ski slopestyle event: a Gold for 19-year-old Dara Howell from Huntsville and a Bronze for teammate 25-year-old Kim Lamarre from Quebec City.


4. Tough sentencing for vandals needed: MP


Conservative MP David Tilson will try to convince a Senate Committee today that minimum maximum sentences are justified for anyone who vandalized a war memorial in Canada. After vandals tossed eggs at the cenotaph in his town of Orangeville, Ontario in 2008 and three people were photographed urinating on the National War Memorial here in Ottawa in 2006, Tilson introduced a private members bill calling for a mandatory $1,000 fine for a first offence, and 14 days in jail for a second offence. Senator Romeo Dallaire is opposed, saying he would rather see vandals ordered to spend a few hours listening to tales of Afghanistan veterans than face a jail term.


3. Terror suspect pleads not guilty


A London, Ontario physician on trial in Ottawa on a charge he conspired to facilitate an Al Qaeda terrorist attack on Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan and unspecified targets in Canada has pleaded not guilty. It’s expected his defence will argue he did not have full knowledge of a plot by alleged co-conspirators, who are being tried separately. Dr. Khurram Syed Sher was one of four men arrested when the RCMP said it had uncovered a terror cell that was just months away from using home-made bombs.


2. Budget Day


It’s federal budget day, with full coverage of finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s 4:00 pm speech on Rob Snow’s Afternoon Edition. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson is looking for $65 million, the federal share of funding for storm water storage tanks to prevent overflows into the Ottawa River, and hoping for a federal announcement supporting public transit. The budget is expected to show broad support for Canada’s auto industry, the key driver for Canada’s manufacturing industry. It’s also likely to announce new measures to try reduce the cross border price gap between what identical goods sell for in Canada compared to the United States.


1. Local woman killed in Mexico


An Ottawa woman, well known in Ottawa’s arts community, has been murdered along with her long time partner near Guadalajara, Mexico. 72-year-old Nina Discombe had just sold her Byward Market home and purchased a winter home in the popular lakeside town of Ajijic, Mexico. The bodies were found by the couple’s gardener. Ms. Discombe was stabbed to death with a kitchen knife, and her 84-year-old partner for the past ten years, Edward Kular from Scarborough, was beaten to death with a statue. Mexican Police say it appears to be a robbery gone wrong.



Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:


7:10 - Dan Kelly, CFIB President & CEO; and Jayson Myers, President & CEO, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Association


7:40 - Madely's Top 5


7:55 - The News Challenge Contest. You could win:

  • Dinner from Milano's - a large pizza, onion rings, zucchini sticks and a 2 litre bottle of pop!
  • A family four pack to any Ottawa 67s home game at the Canadian Tire Centre.
  • A pair of tickets to Investors Group Stars on Ice, featuring World Champion Patrick Chan and Olympic Champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, taking place at Canadian Tire Centre Sunday April 27.

All of the winners this week will be entered to win: A couple's retreat at Holtz Spa. You and your love will enjoy a couples massage and dinner at Sante Spa, just in time for Valentine's Day! Visit

8:10 - Chris Cobb, Ottawa Citizen reporter covering the trial of alleged terrorist Khurram Sher


8:40 - Paul Waldie, European Bureau Chief for The Globe and Mail in Sochi



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.




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