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Madely's Morning Minute - Aug. 21

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5. Cohon to step down


One of the CFL's longest serving commissioners is leaving his post. Mark Cohon will not return for a third term when his contract expires in April. Cohon is citing the return of CFL football to Ottawa as one of the major accomplishments. He joined the league in 2006 and insists there was no catalyst for his decision other than the fact he had ticked off most of the things on his to do list. A new TV deal, a new five-year collective bargaining agreement with players, and the arrival of the Ottawa REDBLACKS.


4. CMA against smoking plants


The Canadian Medical Association has voted to formally oppose the smoking of any plant substance, including marijuana. Incoming president, Dr. Chris Simpson, says smoking marijuana may be more harmful than tobacco, partly because people often take deeper longer puffs. The outgoing CMA president says smoking harms the lungs' natural cleaning and repair system and traps cancer-causing chemicals in the airways and he attributes that to any plant substance.


3. Language police go after Baird


Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is being investigated by the federal languages commissioner because of a complaint that his Twitter messages are not equally split between English and French. Baird's spokesman, Rick Ross, says the minister's personal Twitter account is just that, his personal account. The Toronto Star writes that previously some of his tweets included English only messages about the death of Robin Williams, Baird's return home from a trip, and a cup of Tim Hortons coffee.


2. Harper/Trudeau ramp up rhetoric


Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke disparagingly of the Liberal elites, and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau vowed to win a majority government in political appearances they made yesterday. As the Liberal caucus wrapped up its annual summer retreat in Alberta, Trudeau said, "The one thing we've heard across this country, everywhere we go from Canadians we meet, is that they're tired of the approach, the tone, the lack of ambition of Mr. Harper's government and they want a better government." Harper, speaking to a crowd of Conservative supporters, said of Liberals, "They're going to tell you this. Just close your eyes, dream but don't ruin it by asking any hard questions."


1. ISIL a growing threat


The Islamic State, and its terrorists, are gaining stronger attention from Western leaders. Prime Minister Harper, speaking in Chilliwack, said, "Frankly, this terrorist caliphate in our judgment represents an increasing long-term threat" to our own country. U.S. President Barack Obama revealed that American forces tried to rescue James Foley and other American hostages, but were unsuccessful. Foley is the photo journalist who was beheaded by ISIL.



Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:


7:10 - Stewart Bell, Senior National Post Reporter and author of: "Cold Terror: How Canada Nurtures and Exports Terrorism Around the World" and "The Martyr's Oath - The Apprenticeship of a Homegrown Terrorist"


7:20 - Doug MacQuarrie from the Canadian Concussion Collaborative. He is also the COO of of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. New hard-hitting recommendations by the Canadian Concussion Collaborative call for an end to the haphazard approach to current concussion management for all sports and sporting events in Canada.


7:40 - Madely's Top 5


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

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8:10 - Chris Alexander, Canada's Minister of Citizenship and Immigration


8:40 - Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent. He is urging government action for severely impaired veterans


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.


Today's Lunch Bunch lineup:


Today on Rick Gibbons' Lunch Bunch, Rick is joined by CTV Morning Live Co-Host Jeff Hopper, and Canadian Press Reporter, Terry Pedwell.


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