Wednesday April 16, 2014
Madely's Top 5
5. MacLean will return, but will Spezza?
Coach Paul MacLean will be back with the Senators next year, but both Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and general manager Bryan Murray are vague on the future of captain Jason Spezza. Melnyk said, "Jason understands what his role was, and is. He's a professional. He understands you're here today and could be gone tomorrow, or he could stay long term and be with the team for many years." The playoffs open tonight with Montreal at Tampa at 7 PM on CBC.
4. Flood threat lessens
The swollen Rideau River is at its highest level in more than five years with low lying level areas under churning water. However, the threat of higher levels of flooding appears to be subsiding. The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority says water levels will begin dropping soon, and the end is finally in sight.
3. Wright cleared by RCMP
One of the people thrown under the bus in the Senate expenses controversy has been cleared by the RCMP. The Prime Minister's former Chief of Staff, Nigel Wright, wrote a $90,000 check to Mike Duffy so the Senator could cover questioned expenses. Wright resigned his position last year after the payment, out of his own pocket, became public. The RCMP in a statement issued yesterday said "upon completion of an investigation we have concluded that the evidence gathered does not support criminal charges against Mr. Wright."
2. Ferry sinks in South Korea
293 people, most of them high school students, are missing several hours after a ferry sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast. Dozens of boats, helicopters and divers are scrambling to rescue passengers who were on the ferry traveling to a southern tourist island. It appears many were trapped inside the ferry when it sank.
1. Mass stabbing in Calgary
The University of Alberta's traditional "Bermuda Shorts Day", celebrating the last day of classes, came to a tragic end. At a house party, four young men and a young woman from 22 to 27 years of age were stabbed to death. A 22-year-old invited guest, who arrived at the house party after working the late shift at the local Safeway, grabbed a kitchen knife shortly after one in the morning and without warning targeted the victims one by one, stabbing each several times. 22-year-old Matthew Douglas De Grood was arrested after a short foot chase in which he was taken down by a police dog.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 - 580 CFRA'S GETAWAY TO AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND! Courtesy tripcentral.ca and Collette.
7:40 - Madely's Top 5
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest. You could win:
- A pair of 100-level seats to see Cher's "Dressed to Kill" concert at Canadian Tire Centre on April 26
- A pair of tickets to see the Opera Lyra performance of Madama Butterfly from April 19-26 at the National Arts Centre. Tickets available at ticketmaster.ca and the NAC box office.
8:10 - Until Friday May 16th you'll have the chance to win a BRAND NEW 2014 Porsche Boxster, courtesy of Mark Motors of Ottawa.
8 - 9 - Althia Raj, Ottawa Bureau Chief, The Huffington Post
Coming up today on CFRA:
Late Night Counsell - 9p-11p --- Wednesday is Ask the Pastor Night, when John Counsell puts his 30+ years of pastoral experience to good use. It's open-line/open topic with a twist. The twist is that he answers, responds, and reacts to all questions, queries and opinions from a Biblical perspective.