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5. Raptors in control
The Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 115 to 113 in a nail biter that has Toronto leading the NBA series 3-2. In the NHL, the first round of the playoffs is over. The Rangers, Wild and Kings all advanced last night. Round two gets underway tonight with the Habs and Bruins meeting in Boston at 7:30, on CBC TV. Tomorrow the Rangers go up against Pittsburgh and Minnesota against Chicago.
Still no word from the city on whether it has confirmed VIA Rail's allegations that on two occasions OC Transpo drivers failed to stop when lights were flashing at the Fallowfield Road level crossing. In one of the incidents, VIA says the bus stopped beyond the stop line, and as the gate was being lowered it was damaged. City manager Kent Kirkpatrick was to meet with VIA Rail yesterday.
3. Canadian Navy helping Ukraine
As part of NATO's military buildup in support of Ukraine, Canada is adding a Navy frigate to its military commitment in Central and Eastern Europe. This is in addition to six CF-18 fighter jets assigned to NATO training missions. The prime minister calls this part of NATO's reassurance package for Ukraine. Britain and France each sent eight fighter jets to Lithuania and Poland. United States is sending in troops from its airborne division to participate in training in Estonia.
2. Budget day in Ontario
The $90 million question is whether Ontario voters prefer the opposition parties to work with the Wynne government and pass the budget, or cause an election by defeating the budget being tabled at 4pm at Queen's Park. The $90 million is roughly what it costs to run an election. Leaks this week suggests tax increases are coming for households with incomes of over $150,000. There may also be a hike to aviation fuel taxes and higher taxes on tobacco.
1. Ford goes to rehab
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is taking an immediate one month leave of absence saying he needs help for his substance abuse or, "I know I'm going to die." There are three new tapes being shopped around to the media. The Toronto Star editor says in addition to two that are widely known to exist. One is audio in which the Mayor allegedly talks in lewd fashion about female candidates for the mayor's office, another video shows him allegedly smoking crack cocaine. There is a third, according to the Star, which would be classified as a sex tape. The Toronto Mayor has been in a downward party spiral since just before St. Patrick's Day, according to reports.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 - 580 CFRA'S GETAWAY TO AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND! Courtesy tripcentral.ca and Collette.
7:12 - Keith Leslie, Canadian Press, Queen's Park Bureau
7:40 - Mark's Top 5
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest. You could win:
- A pair of passes for Friday admission to Ottawa Comiccon at the EY Centre May 9th to 11th. Visit ottawacomiccon.com for more info.
- A pair of tickets to see the Pennsylvania Ballet's Coppelia at the NAC Saturday.
All of our winners this week will be entered to win: A Tempur-Pedic proven cool queen size mattress valued at $899. See the Tempur-pedic beds at Ottawa Brandsource Home Furnishings and visit the Sleep Experience Boutique. For more details go to ottawabrandsource.ca
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.
8:11 - Toronto Sun Columnist Joe Warmington
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.