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5. Gold For Local Wrestler!
Canada won 15 medals, including seven gold, yesterday in its best day so far at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. Stittsville wrestler Erica Wiebe was one of the gold-medal winners. Canada is in third place in the medal standings, behind Australia and England.
4. Will She or Won't She?
Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod confirms she is seriously considering running for the Progressive Conservative party leadership. Since Tim Hudak stepped down after the Conservatives lost the election in June, MacLeod has sent several signals that she is interested in the job. She said yesterday she has been approached by a number of people encouraging her to run. She said she would prefer to see a long race that extends into 2015 or possibly 2016. MacLeod and other party members from the area will be holding a public consultation on the leadership process tonight.
3. First Nations Salaries Disclosed
As part of new transparency laws, we're starting to learn the salaries of First Nations leaders. And one compensation package is already starting to raise some eyebrows. Chief John Thunder is the leader of the Buffalo Point First Nation, which has 125 members. He was charged last year with extortion, but he made almost $130,000 in salary and benefits last year. In an email to the Toronto Star, Thunder argued that his salary was a bargain because he's effectively a chief executive officer who has brought a lot of business to his community. Initial reports show that compensation for First Nation chiefs varies widely. Some are paid less than $20,000 a year, while other salaries exceed $100,000. Chiefs and councillors who have Indian status and work on reserves are not required to pay tax.
2. VIA Crossings
We now know more about the scope of the problems with VIA's crossing signals. In the months and years before the fatal OC Transpo crash last year, VIA Rail responded to more than 200 incidents involving faulty crossing signals in the area around Fallowfield Station. According to the Ottawa Citizen, the six signals in the area around Fallowfield needed repeated attention from 2009 to 2013. VIA responded to at least 223 incidents involving defective operations, including 63 at the Strandherd Drive crossing and 43 at Fallowfield Road. In the first three months after the crash there were 14 additional incidents of the signals not operating correctly. The Citizen quotes transportation experts as saying the number seems unusually high. VIA is expected to give the mayor and city officials an update on their work in mid-August.
1. Cyber Attack from China
The cyber attack on the computer systems at the National Research Council is being described as highly sophisticated and according to the federal government it was carried out by a state-sponsored organization from China. Also, the attack may have compromised the personal information of NRC employees, along with scientific and industrial trade secrets. CTV News is reporting that NRC President John McDougall spoke to employees in a conference call yesterday. He told employees that any information contained in the computers may have been compromised and that they should not connect any devices or memory sticks to their work computers. The Chinese embassy says the accusations that the government was involved in the cyber attack are groundless. But Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says he raised the issue with his counterpart in Beijing yesterday. The NRC has now embarked on a massive overhaul of its computer systems that could take up to a year.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:10 Security expert Michel Juneau-Katsuya, former CSIS intelligence officer, President and CEO of The Northgate Group
7:40 Mark's Top 5
7:55 The News Challenge Contest. You could win:
- 4 tickets to bring the family to the Glengarry Highland Games, one of North America's largest and finest highland games, this Friday and Saturday, just a short half-hour away. Info and schedule at GlengarryHighlandGames.com
- A pair of tickets to watch the Ottawa Fury FC take on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at TD Place on August 9th.
8 - 9 Mark Kennedy, Ottawa Citizen Parliamentary Bureau Chief
Coming up today on CFRA:
3:00 - 6:00 PM - Shelley Mclean hosts Rob Snow's Afternoon Edition