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Madely's Morning Minute - August 15

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5. Tackling Hunger at TD Place

The Ottawa Redblacks will be looking for their second win of the season tonight at TD Place. They’re hosting the Edmonton Eskimos at 7:30. They lost in Edmonton earlier this year. Fans coming to the game tonight, and to the Fury soccer match on Sunday, are being encouraged to make a donation to the Ottawa Food Bank as part of the Tackle Hunger campaign.

4. To Vape or Not to Vape

If public health officials are successful in getting e-cigarettes banned, the big winners could be the tobacco companies. The debate continues over whether e-cigarettes are a safe alternative to smoking, or carry some risk themselves. Right now e-cigarettes that contain nicotine are effectively banned in Canada. Public health agencies in Ontario and BC have been warning that e-cigarettes might normalize smoking, making it seem safe, or even act as a gateway to smoking tobacco. But a report to investors in a German bank says a group of financial analysts are getting more optimistic about global tobacco companies because the threat of e-cigarettes to their sales is being curtailed by these public health initiatives. There are even some people speculating that that big tobacco companies could be funding the campaign against e-cigarettes. The notion that public health is somehow playing into the hands of the tobacco industry, however, is firmly rejected by public health officials.

3. Staffer Convicted in Robocalls Scandal

Michael Sona now faces up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000 after being convicted of trying to prevent voters from getting to the polls in the 2011 election campaign. Sona was convicted yesterday by a judge in Guelph. He’s the only person who has been charged in the robocalls scandal but the judge says he doesn’t believe Sona acted alone. Sona is a former Conservative party staff member. In April, Elections Canada closed a three-year investigation into reports of robocalls across the country, and found no evidence of an orchestrated scheme to deceive voters outside of southwestern Ontario. But the Crown prosecutor in the Sona case would not rule out more charges yesterday. Sona will be sentenced in the fall.

2. Trudeau Fires Back Over Pot

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau shot back at the Conservative government on the marijuana issue yesterday. He said the Conservatives were using taxpayers’ money for partisan purposes because Health Canada is about to launch an ad campaign on marijuana use. And he went after Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino, who claimed last month that Trudeau had been promoting marijuana use when speaking in schools. He said, "I could stand here and ask why Julian Fantino supports the drug trade, why does Julian Fantino support criminal organizations and gangs, but I’m not going to say that. What I will say instead is that we need a reasonable conversation about how best to protect our young people."

1. Correct Jobs Numbers Out Today

We’ll get a revised look at the state of the Canadian economy today. In a very unusual move, Statistics Canada is going to release the July jobs report a second time. And most economists are predicting it will look better than it did the first time. The report that was withdrawn showed Canada lost 59,700 full-time jobs in July. Observers found it particularly odd that 42,000 construction jobs were lost in July despite higher than expected housing starts that month. Economists had been predicting that something in the order of 20,000 jobs had been created, and other economic data from housing starts to retail sales suggested the overall economy was doing much better. Statistics Canada has said it is not aware of any previous occasion where it has pulled its Labour Force Survey. The only explanation it has provided is that the error was connected to a new processing system that was launched in July.  


Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:

7:10   David Sweanor, an adjunct law professor at the University of Ottawa and long-time anti-smoking advocate. He's concerned that the winner in the e-cigarette crackdown is Big Tobacco.

7:40   Mark's Top 5

7:55   The News Challenge Contest. You could win:

- A pair of passes to the National Capital Beer Festival -- it starts today and runs until Sunday at City Hall. Ontario's largest craft beer festival! Visit

- A family 4-pack of tickets to Walking with Dinosaurs, roaring in to Canadian Tire Centre August 20-24.

7:55 - 8:05  Mayor Jim Watson on today's opening of the Urban Park at Lansdowne with a big party tomorrow.

8:10   Weekend Entertainment Guide

8:20  Michael Maidment, Executive Director of the Ottawa Food Bank.

As part of Purolator Tackle Hunger Weekend, Ottawa Redblacks fans are asked to bring non-perishable food or cash donations to tonight's game. Ottawa Fury fans are asked to bring non-perishable food or cash donations to Sunday's  game. The two teams - Redblacks and Fury - have set a goal to raise the equivalent of 50,000 pounds of food; and all donations from both games will go to the Ottawa Food Bank.

8:40   Playback of Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson on today's opening of the Urban Park at Lansdowne with a big party tomorrow.


Coming up today on CFRA:

Late Night Counsell 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

It's Friday Frenzy! Host John Counsell closes out the day with the best radio trivia in the city! Think you have what it takes to be a trivia master?

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