Madely's Top 5
Mark Sutcliffe fills in for Steve Madely
5. Spurs are champs
The San Antonio Spurs won the NBA championship with a 104-87 win over Miami in Game 5 last night. The Spurs lost to the Heat in last year’s final. At the World Cup, France beat Honduras, Switzerland scored a late goal to defeat Ecuador and Argentina knocked off Bosnia. Martin Kaymer won the U.S. Open.
4. New BQ leader a feisty one
Just because the Parti Quebecois went down to defeat in the recent provincial election doesn’t mean sovereignty is off the table for some politicians. The new leader of the Bloc Quebecois is taking a hard line on independence. Mario Beaulieu said, “Our opponents have often announced the death of the independence movement. I have a surprise for them: we are returning with more determination and energy than ever." Of course, the Bloc has been reduced to four seats in the House of Commons.
3. Gas pump pain
Gas prices hit a record high in Ottawa on the weekend and they may stay inflated for the next week. The Citizen quotes former MP and industry analyst Dan McTeague as saying gas costs 12.3 cents a litre more than it did a year ago. The price hit 140.9 Saturday before dropping a penny on Sunday. McTeague says the crisis in Iraq has introduced risk into the equation so all energy prices are likely to stay high.
2. DND ignoring suicides?
We’ve been seeing evidence for some time that top brass at the Department of National Defence did not appear to be taking seriously the number of suicides of Canadian soldiers. Now there’s a report from the Canadian Press that suggests DND ignored a recommendation that would have allowed the department to address the growing backlog of investigations into suicides. In the spring of 2012, officials were told that the system could be improved by moving the investigations from an overworked agency to one less in demand. But senior officials concluded the change wasn’t necessary, even though the number of unresolved cases piled up and military families were left in the dark about circumstances that may have contributed to the deaths of soldiers.
1. World violence
There have been scenes of shocking violence in both Kenya and Iraq. Dozens of Somali extremists connected to Al-Qaeda attacked a small coastal town in Kenya yesterday as people were watching the World Cup, setting two hotels on fire and aiming automatic weapons at civilians. At least 48 people were killed. Meanwhile, in Iraq, Sunni fundamentalists are claiming they have murdered 1,700 Iraqi security forces.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 - Pollster Nik Nanos, Chairman, NANOS RESEARCH Group of Companies
7:40 - Mark's Top 5
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest:
- A pair of tickets to "Over the Hedge", a country garden tour this weekend June 21-22. A fundraiser to help bring a national botanical garden to Ottawa. (Visit canadensisgarden.ca for more info.)
- A free rack of ribs at Ottawa Ribfest on Sparks Street! Head down to Sparks Street this Wednesday to Sunday to try out ribs from ribbers from all over North America. Visit cfra.com for more chances to win!
- A pair of tickets to an evening with the extraordinary Al Pacino on June 26th at the National Arts Centre.
8 – 9 - John Robson, CFRA Commentator-at-Large, Columnist and University of Ottawa History Professor
Coming up today on CFRA:
Mark Sutcliffe's Chatroom - 9-10am --- A one-hour, interactive and topical program hosted by Mark Sutcliffe that lets you communicate your point of view through e-mail, phone, and by Twitter!