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Madely's Morning Minute - February 21

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Friday February 21, 2014


Madely's Top 5


5. Today in Sochi


Canada's Marielle Thompson won gold and Kelsey Serwa took silver in women's skicross. Canada now has 22 medals at the Games - eight gold, 10 silver and four bronze. Brad Jacobs and his rink from Sault Ste. Marie will try to defend Canada's Olympic men's curling title when they face Britain in the gold medal game today at 8:30am. Team Canada faces the U.S. in the men's hockey semifinal at noon. Valerie Maltais and Marie-Eve Drolet skate in the women's 1000-metre quarter-finals. Charle Cournoyer and Olivier Jean will represent Canada in the men's 500 quarter-finals.


4. Night Market?


Rideau-Vanier ward councillor, Mathieu Fleury, is trying to get a night market in the Byward Market for at least one night a week. The incentive for vendors might include them staying open longer in return for a reduction in their stand fees. On my travels to Cambodia and Vietnam, I saw their night markets and they're very successful. This might give a different flavour to the downtown bars where there is a concern that they have increasingly become a draw just for young people.


3. Oil sands seepage


A Canadian government report has strengthened environmentalists' arguments against the oil sands extraction techniques. The research has strongly backed suspicions that toxic chemicals from oil sands tailings ponds are leaching into groundwater and seeping into the Athabasca River. Industry acknowledges that there is seepage, with previous studies estimating it at 6.5-million litres a day from a single pond.


2. Ukraine turmoil continues


The Ukrainian President claims there is an agreement that would be signed by the opposition, but violence has flared again today in Kiev. President Viktor Yanukovich brokered a deal supposedly with European foreign ministers, although they are warning this is just a draft deal and they're not sure the opposition will agree to the terms.


1. Trudeau opens Liberal convention


In a speech reminiscent of Barack Obama's campaign based on hope, Justin Trudeau kicked off the Liberal convention in Montreal buoyed by favourable polls. He urged Liberals to fight fear with hope. The speech was heavy on rhetoric, but Liberals insist that on Saturday he will add policy in a more substantive speech touching on convention themes - middle class income stagnation, programs for young families, and government investment in infrastructure to grow the economy.




Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:


7:40 - Madely's Top 5

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

  • Dinner from Milano Pizzeria - 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 see Jakub Hruša return to the podium to conduct Eroica with the NAC Orchestra for one special evening of music on March 19th. Tickets start at just $23 and are available at the NAC box office or online at

All of our winners this week will be entered to win:

  • A weekend for 2 in Montreal including round-trip transportation courtesy of Via Rail, 2 nights hotel accommodation at the Marriott Chateau Champlain and passes to the 15th annual Montreal High Lights Festival to see Chicago in concert on Feb. 25th at Place des Arts (winner will be announced today!)


8:10 - Your Weekend Entertainment Guide


8:20 - Shelley McLean and TV Gord look at some of the shows that are back once the Olympics are over.


8:40 - Three-time Olympic medal winner, rower Silken Laumann. Her book is "Unsinkable: My Untold Story".



Coming up today on CFRA:


Rick Gibbons Homepage - 1PM-3PM --- Rick Gibbons hosts a 2-hour caller and guest-driven open line show on the hottest topics of the day. A different take, a different opinion, and a great new addition to the CFRA daily lineup!


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