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Madely's Morning Minute - April 17

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Thursday April 17, 2014


Madely's Top 5


Mark Sutcliffe fills in for Steve Madely


5. No tampering at VIA crossings


The Ottawa Police are saying it doesn't look like anybody tampered with the signals at seven VIA rail crossings in Barrhaven. They've found no damage to any of the rail equipment during their investigation so they're ruling out the prospect of mischief. The police were called in last week at the suggestion of federal transport minister Lisa Raitt. A VIA spokesman had said staff thought they had seen people touching the equipment.


4. Want to go to school? Get immunized!


When you send your children to school this fall, you'll have to prove they've been immunized against three additional diseases. As of this September, Ontario students must have proof that they have been vaccinated against whooping cough and meningococcal disease and for children born in 2010 or later, chickenpox. There are also updated dose requirements for tetanus, diphtheria, polio and mumps.


3. More sex assault charges coming


A soldier in Petawawa is expected to face 12 more charges in court today. Police have been investigating several new leads and speaking to a growing list of alleged sexual assault victims from over a seven-year span. They say some of the victims may not even realize they were sexually assaulted because they were drugged. Derrick Gallagher, a 31-year-old infantry soldier, has already been charged with eight counts of sexual assault and two counts of voyeurism.


2. Duffy investigation continues


We could hear within a few weeks whether or not there will be criminal charges against suspended Senator Mike Duffy. Several media reports say even though the RCMP has decided to end its investigation against Nigel Wright, it is continuing to look into Duffy's actions. And one report says there's a particular focus on Duffy's communications with Conservative Senator Irving Gerstein. Gerstein is the party's chief fundraiser.


1. Price shock


The price of energy is about to go up again. Electricity prices in Ontario are increasing by as much as 4.7% on May 1. The highest increase comes for power used during peak periods. A typical household will pay about three dollars more per month under the new rates. Meanwhile, Enbridge Gas has applied to the Ontario Energy Board for a major increase to its rates because the cold winter has left it with a shortfall of more than $650 million and it has to recover that from consumers. The result is that the average customer will pay $400 more per year. That's a 40 % increase.


Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:


7:10 - 580 CFRA'S GETAWAY TO AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND!  Courtesy and Collette.

7:12 - CFRB's Katie Franzios attended Jim Flaherty's funeral at St. James Cathedral in Toronto

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 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.


8:40 - Jeff Hunt, President of The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group


Coming up today on CFRA:


Rob Snow's Afternoon Edition - 3p-6p --- Rob Snow's Afternoon Edition covers breaking news and updates you on what's developed in the stories you heard on the way to work this morning! From interesting short features and reporter de-briefings, to breaking business news updates, traveller's weather, interviews with newsmakers, and open phone segments to let you hear what your neighbours are saying about the biggest stories of the day.

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