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The first Federal budget in more than two years promises big spending to get Canada back on the road to recovery. The Liberals have said the pandemic has exposed some glaring gaps between the “have” and “have nots”. $100 million in new spending, with a focus on a National Childcare Program, eventually getting to $10 a day. It also comes heavy with …
 
The numbers in the proposed 2021 Federal Budget are jaw dropping in their scope. The Liberals unveiled their plan for getting Canadians out of the pandemic and on the road to economic recovery. Will it lead to a federal election? More than $100 billion in new spending for job creation, business support, and the jewel in the crown, a $30 billion inv…
 
The leaves are bursting from their buds. Early season flowers are starting to bloom, and in the minds of some Canadians, it is time for a spring federal election. Will we see one? Canada remains in the grip of the 3 rd wave of the pandemic as case numbers rise and lockdowns become the norm. We haven’t been to the polls as a nation since 2019 when t…
 
Imagine an election campaign full of ideas, thoughtful debate, some respectful to-and -fro, without going to the lowest common denominator. Perhaps, that would engage more voters to turn out at the polls. Section 91 of the Canada Election Act aimed to take the misinformation and innuendo out of election campaigns. It could bring charges against a p…
 
It’s said minority parliaments last, on average, about 18 months before voters are called back to the ballot box. We are rapidly approaching 18 months since the Liberals won a minority election. Is it time to head back to the polls? It was October 2019 when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Grits won 157 seats and a minority government. Little …
 
After more than a year of physical distancing, quarantine and lockdowns in the Covid pandemic, vaccine passports are seen as something to bring us together...or divide us even more. GUESTS: Lori Turnbull Director School of Public Administration at Dalhousie University Marcus Kolga Founder Disinfowatch.org / Sr.Fellow MacDonald-Laurier Institute Fra…
 
PUBLISHED: 22/01/2021 Honesty in politics. It’s something voters want and look for. Considering the vitriol and abuse in the last few elections, it would be refreshing to have more. Last year, the federal government introduced Section 91 of the Canada Elections Act. Those against the law feel it brings a “chill” to political discourse. On the other…
 
PUBLISHED: 19/02/2021 We’ve passed the one year mark of the pandemic this week in Canada. Economically, the country has been savaged by the lockdowns to curb the spread, in particular now that there are more contagious variants. Vaccines are being distributed giving many the impression that we are out of the woods, but the economic recovery will be…
 
Is there anything else that fires up Canadians more than gun legislation? There is no middle ground. Both sides of the debate are entrenched in their views. Almost one year ago, one of the worst shooting attacks on Canadian soil saw 22 people killed in Nova Scotia over a 16 hour period. The guns in question were illegal in this country originating …
 
PUBLISHED: 05/03/2021 The tug of war over language is again pulling in two different directions in Canada. Who will win? The Prime Minister has said he is concerned about the decline in the use of French in Quebec. While it may appear there are fewer French speaking people in Quebec, the same holds true for English. Anytime language becomes an issu…
 
PUBLISHED: 26/02/2021 Is there anything else that fires up Canadians more than gun legislation? There is no middle ground. Both sides of the debate are entrenched in their views. Almost two years ago, one of the worst shooting attacks on Canadian soil saw 22 people killed in Nova Scotia over a 16 hour period. The guns in question were illegal in th…
 
With less than a year before the 2022 Beijing Olympics, there is a growing chorus of voices calling for a boycott of the next Winter Games. Will it happen? Boycotts aren’t new when it comes to the Olympiad. Western nation’s boycotted the 1980 Moscow Games. The ’76 Games in Montreal were also boycotted. The collateral damage in a boycott are the ath…
 
PUBLISHED: 19/02/2021 Artificial intelligence. The emergence of the technology which allows machines to perform tasks that usually require human intelligence. What could go wrong? Many of us were twigged to the notion of artificial intelligence with the investigation into Cambridge Analytica and it’s impact on the election. While artificial intelli…
 
The first variant case to arrive in Canada was on Boxing Day. They had not travelled but came in contact with people from the UK. So much for staying in your bubble. Last week we asked viewers if they sympathized for Canadian travelers facing these new airline restrictions. Their response: 65.1% - Said Yes 33.4% - Said No 1.5% - are Unsure…
 
PUBLISHED: 12/02/2021 With less than a year before the 2022 Beijing Olympics, there is a growing chorus of voices calling for a boycott of the next Winter Games. Will it happen? Canada has two citizens in Chinese custody on trumped up charges. They have been in custody for over two years. Many raised eyes have been looking at China over its human r…
 
Transparency. As we have seen since the beginning of the pandemic, the truth gets hidden behind public image. When COVID-19 made it’s way to North America, the truth seemed to be opaque. Initially, Canada's Public Health Agency it didn’t want the public to start hoarding masks and making it more difficult to protect those on the front line - so it …
 
PUBLISHED: 22/01/2021 The first variant case to arrive in Canada was on Boxing Day. They had not travelled but came in contact with people from the UK. So much for staying in your bubble. There will be very little friendliness in Canadian skies as the Federal Government has brought in new air travel restrictions to the Caribbean and Mexico. For tho…
 
Canada-US Relations over the last four years have been unpredictable at best. Now, there is a new leader in the White House with a very full plate of issues to deal with. Our economies are tightly linked; we share many of the same interests and issues. With Joe Biden now in the White House, there appears more room for collaboration on key files.…
 
10 months into the Covid 19 pandemic, and cases continue to rise across the country. A vaccine was supposed to bring this to an end, but the rollout has been hampered and political leaders are pointing the finger of blame at each other. According to the Federal Government, Canada has secured 80 million doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, enou…
 
PUBLISHED: 22/01/2021 With the inauguration of America’s 46th President, Joe Biden has the opportunity to bring fresh air to the Canada-USA relationship. What exactly will that relationship look like? ———————————— GUESTS: Maryscott “Scotty” Greenwood - CEO at Canadian American Business Council - https://cabc.co/contact/ Dr. Bill Anderson - Director…
 
Democratic institutions in America have been questioned and attacked since the Trump Administration took office. In his final weeks of Presidency, a full-blown riot stormed through the doors of Capitol Hill on January 6th, incited by the President himeself. Despite being impeached for a second time for causing an insurrection and being banned from …
 
PUBLISHED: 15/01/2021 10 months into the Covid 19 pandemic, and cases continue to rise across the country. A vaccine was supposed to bring this to an end, but the rollout has been hampered and political leaders are pointing the finger of blame at each other. As we are in Ontario’s second lockdown, we are coming to you from a remote location and pra…
 
Canadians got a snapshot of the country’s finances in the Fall Economic Update, and it comes splashed in red ink. How rough will the financial waters be for Canada as we head into winter in the second wave of the pandemic? The COVID pandemic and its effects are the target in Minister Freeland’s update. Government revenues are down as the feds get s…
 
PUBLISHED: 05/12/2020 Canadians got a snapshot of the country’s finances in the Fall Economic Update, and it comes splashed in red ink. The COVID pandemic and its effects are the focus in Minister Freeland’s update. Government revenues are down as the feds get set for another round of spending to navigate through the second wave, piling Canada’s de…
 
Youth is the hope of our future according to Jose Rizal. How are they enduring this pandemic? We’ve been locked down or under restrictions since March, and while youth are dealing with the stresses that come with the pandemic, it seems to have opened their eyes to other issues facing society. Mental health concerns, financial worries and the recove…
 
PUBLISHED: 28/11/2020 The report card is in from Ontario’s Auditor General on the province’s environment policies. The marks are low for Doug Ford’s Ontario. Late last week, Bonnie Lysick released several reports painting a picture that lacked transparency from the government. The AG’s mandate is to review financial issues and public transparency f…
 
Tonight's Panel: Ian Culbert, Executive Director Canadian Public Health Agency Elise Legault, Policy and Advocacy Manager ONE Dr.Jason Nickerson, Humanitarian Affairs Advisor Doctors Without Borders The world has watched and waited for a COVID-19 vaccine. Could it be here by the end of the year? Three vaccines are now showing potential - and Canada…
 
PUBLISHED: 21/11/2020 Youth is the hope of our future according to Jose Rizal. How are they enduring this pandemic? We’ve been locked down or under restrictions since March, and while youth are dealing with the stresses that come with the pandemic, it seems to have opened their eyes to other issues facing society. Mental health concerns, financial …
 
Emma Briant Visiting Research Associate in Human Rights at Bard College @EmmaLBriant David J Bercuson Professor of Military and Diplomatic History at University of Calgary @UCalgary Marcus Kolga - Senior Fellow at MacDonald Laurier Institute and Founder of Disinfowatch @kolga @MLInstitute @DisinfoW Dave Scanlon - Retired Navy Captain and Former Sen…
 
PUBLISHED: 11/13/2020 The world has watched and waited for a COVID-19 vaccine. Could it be here by the end of the year? This week, Pfizer announced some promising if not spectacular results from their testing of a vaccine - one that Canada has pre-ordered 20 million of. This vaccine requires two shots. so that 20 million only covers 10 million peop…
 
PUBLISHED: 07/11/2020 A Canadian Military operation has recently been brought to light - one that has been using propaganda and technology to influence Canadians. The Defence Strategic Communication Group is part of plan that has not been approved by the Minister of National Defence, and is currently under investigation concerning the data it colle…
 
PUBLISHED: 31/10/2020 It has to be one of the most pivotal elections in US history as Americans go to the polls on November 3rd. What will be the impact on Canada-US Relations? The countdown is on to determining the next President of the United States. Donald Trump’s unpredictability and protectionist bents rubbed many leaders the wrong way. The US…
 
PUBLISHED: 23/10/2020 Tensions are running high in Nova Scotia as a conflict between commercial lobster fishers and Indigenous communities. When will the violence end? Parliament held an emergency debate earlier this week following the vandalism and destruction of Indigenous fishing boat, van and traps. At issue is the Mi’kmaq ability to start thei…
 
PUBLISHED: 23/10/2020 Fear is coursing through long-term care homes in Canada as the country slips into the second wave of the pandemic. Will it be as fatal as the first wave? During the first wave of Covid about 8 in 10 deaths from the virus were in long-term care. In late spring, the federal government called in the military to help with homes de…
 
Are we about to see the same lockdowns we enduring in Spring in response to COVID’s second-wave? The number of Covid cases is on the rise in Canada as the provinces struggle with hot spots. Quebec has gone into Red Alert and ordered residents in three hotspots not to socialize outside their household. Medical experts are advising against severe loc…
 
PUBLISHED: 17/10/2020 The need for rapid Covid testing is crucial to flattening this curve. When will they be available? Ottawa and Toronto are coping with more lockdowns, and several areas in Quebec are in the same situation. The federal government has announced the purchase of almost 8 million rapid tests. It was aiming to conduct 200 thousand a …
 
PUBLISHED: 24/07/2020 Long on promises and short on details. The Throne Speech makes promises but will it see the light of day? The Covid 19 pandemic took centre stage along with promises of lots of spending. Extensions of programs and an overhaul of Employment Insurance to help those in the contract and gig economy. With the support of the NDP to …
 
PUBLISHED: 03/10/2020 Are we about to see the same lockdowns enduring in Spring in response to COVID’s second-wave? The number of Covid cases is on the rise in Canada as the provinces struggle with hot spots. Quebec has gone into Red Alert and ordered residents in three hotspots not to socialize outside their household. Medical experts are advising…
 
PUBLISHED: 24/07/2020 Long on promises and short on details. The Throne Speech makes promises but will it see the light of day? The Covid 19 pandemic took centre stage along with promises of lots of spending. Extensions of programs and an overhaul of Employment Insurance to help those in the contract and gig economy. With the support of the NDP to …
 
PUBLISHED: 19/09/2020 A Throne Speech is on the horizon for Canadians. Will it mean a new direction for the country or a trip to the ballot box? The gnashing of teeth was apparent when the Liberals pulled the plug on Parliament, proroguing until September 23rd. Opposition members accuse the Grits of ducking the investigations into the WE Scandal. T…
 
PUBLISHED: 29/08/2020 University students in Canada have been back to class for at least a week - but what's changed as a result of the pandemic? Colleges and universities are shifting to more of an online model with a few options for smaller in person learning. Not all students can afford to B-Y-O-D(evice), and internet connection may be another h…
 
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