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Every week Beaverton editor-in-chief Luke Gordon Field assembles some of the country's best comedians and writers to talk, mock and riff their way through the news of the week. Then he puts their knowledge to the test in a very important quiz where the winner gets absolute nothing. Part panel show, part interview, the Beaverton Weekly Report is an hilarious look at what's going on in the world around us. It'll be just like watching CNN, only funnier and with fewer erectile dysfunction ads.
 
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Across Canada this week, groups of truckers opposed to a vaccination mandate for cross-border truck drivers have been making their way to Ottawa to protest. But as the convoy has gained momentum, others — some with violent messages — have latched onto the movement.Today, we'll first hear from Harold Jonker, a trucker leading one of the convoys to O…
 
Neil Young's music is being pulled from the streaming platform Spotify. That's after he told the platform to either remove his music, or take action on vaccine misinformation — specifically from podcast host Joe Rogan. Spotify ultimately sided with Rogan, saying Wednesday it would begin removing Young's catalogue but that it hoped he would come bac…
 
Another cold snap is moving in. But when families can’t access heat, they’re forced to find ways to bundle up indoors. Fuel for Warmth is an organization helping heat the homes of Haliburton County residents. To mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we spoke with Len Rudner, spokesperson for the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, and former Ontari…
 
They looked like a family. Four people, including a baby, were found dead in a snowy Manitoba field last Wednesday, just metres from the North Dakota border, where they were believed to be heading.Authorities believe they had been part of a larger group travelling to the United States, in temperatures that felt like –35 C. Prime Minister Justin Tru…
 
National Security expert Christian Leuprecht joined us to talk about the cyber breach at Global Affairs Canada. Bruce the Moose: In today’s Retro Replay we heard the heartwarming story of a lonely moose seeking family who finds one among Arabian horses in Eastern Ontario.Ontario is reporting new data about attendance rates in schools, marking all a…
 
For over a month now, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been embroiled in a scandal involving gatherings at 10 Downing Street while the country was under lockdown restrictions due to COVID-19. One Conservative MP has crossed the floor to the Labour Party, while another has called for his resignation, saying to Johnson in Parliament, "In the …
 
How do you recover and grow rural Ontario after the pandemic? It's one of the big topics at today's Rural Ontario Municipal Association conference. As Canadian companies continue to make plans for workers to return to the office….many are turning to hot-desking and hoteling in the workplace. What's driving the trend towards this model for offices? …
 
Need some help getting to work? Over 100 municipalities in Ontario are receiving additional funding to operate and improve local transit. Have you noticed empty shelves at the grocery store lately? Maybe you couldn't get certain fruits or vegetables? Grocery stores are blaming the shortage on lots of thingsWhile healthcare staff numbers are straine…
 
A Halifax committee tasked with defining what it means to defund the police has released its final report: a 219-page document that recommends numerous reforms and reimagines our communities' relationship with law enforcement. Last week, committee chairperson El Jones presented the report to Halifax's Board of Police Commissioners. While the docume…
 
Today, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is meeting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov after a week of escalation over the future of Ukraine.Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly was in Ukraine earlier this week, expressing Canada's support for the country. But Ottawa Citizen defence reporter David Pugliese says Canada's military actions paint a …
 
The U-S and Russia are talking in Geneva today...as Russian troops are poised at Ukraine's borders, ready to move in.Turns out switching between two different languages, protects the aging brain… and can prevent cognitive decline.A correctional centre in Penetanguishene is dealing with its fourth COVID outbreak since the start of the pandemic. It a…
 
If you've played Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, or even Candy Crush, you're among the 400 million people who play a game from Activision-Blizzard every month. On Tuesday, the company was purchased by Microsoft for $68.7 billion US. It's the biggest tech deal in history, over 15 times what Disney paid for the Star Wars franchise and LucasFilm. And…
 
Twenty-nine of Ontario’s big city mayors convened on affordable housing yesterday. There were promises of funding, reducing red tape and even the creation of a provincial affordability task force. But what does it all mean for people on the ground, looking for homes?Do you have a child who's afraid of needles? Is it delaying their vaccination? Ther…
 
A study last week from two Oregon universities has generated a lot of buzz, after findings suggested that some cannabis compounds may be able to block the SARS-CoV-2 virus from entering human cells.It adds to a growing body of research on cannabis and the coronavirus, as studies from around the world — including from Canada — have found that the ca…
 
City works departments have plenty to clean up after the big snowstorm. And some say waste pickup would be easier if residents chipped in and did their part. We checked in to see how Cornwall and Kingston are managing essential services in the wake of the big dump.Covid has had a huge impact on students and teachers across the country, and educatio…
 
As a U.S. judge has ruled a sex abuse lawsuit can proceed against Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth, who last week was stripped of his military titles and royal patronages. The lawsuit is being brought by Virginia Giuffre, who has long claimed she was sex-trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, and that she was raped by …
 
Snowmageddon hit much of Ontario yesterday... Bad news for some, like commuters...but good news for outdoor enthusiasts who are ready to make the most of the massive dump of powder. We heard from one 'slider' who's excited to make some fresh tracks.Are you cutting back on certain food items because of high prices? A new study from Farm Credit Canad…
 
On Thursday, a former Syrian colonel in Bashar al-Assad’s forces was convicted in a court in Germany for crimes against humanity. Anwar Raslan was sentenced to life in prison for overseeing the murder of at least 27 people and the torture of at least 4000 in a Damascus prison. The case marks the world’s first criminal prosecution of state-sponsored…
 
How are you feeling about children returning to the classroom today? The transition is alleviating mental health concerns surrounding online school. "Inequality Kills" is a new report from Oxfam Canada. We heard about the dangers of income inequality as it grows across the world.Today is the first day of in-person learning since the holidays. But t…
 
This week, Quebec Premier François Legault announced a new reason for people to get their jabs: His government would place a significant tax on the unvaccinated. The announcement came a day after Legault accepted the resignation of the province's public health director, Dr. Horacio Arruda — leading some to ask if this bold plan was merely a distrac…
 
Ontario has slashed some skills for the G test in order to clear backlog, like parallel parking. It comes as a relief to drivers just getting their license. But worries others. Haydn Watters heard why.Canada will need more electricity to replace fossil fuels in order to meet its 2030 climate goals. That's according to a new report from the Internat…
 
On Monday, world tennis No. 1 Novak Djokovic won a legal battle to stay in Australia and defend his title at the Australian Open — for now. The unvaccinated player's visa was revoked when he arrived at the border despite a vaccine exemption granted by Tennis Australia. His visa was ultimately reinstated but Australia’s immigration minister reserves…
 
Canada's healthcare system has been in panic mode for nearly two years now. As hospitals brace for the peak of Omicron, Dr. Ann Collins tells us what healthcare workers need to break this seemingly endless cycle. For people who already have poor self-image, all the talk about New Year's resolutions could make things worse. Jamie Feusner professor a…
 
When an anti-fascist infiltrator left The Base in 2020, he took 80 gigabytes of files with him.Those screengrabs, videos and audio detail the neo-Nazi organization from its beginnings, including around 100 hours of vetting calls with white supremacists hoping to join.Today, The Fifth Estate host Gillian Findlay guides us through that audio, the fir…
 
Cold weather doesn't always mean it's safe to go out for a skate or play a game of pond hockey. Barrie Fire Chief Cory Mainprize told us how to spot thin ice.Most Ontario colleges and universities are beginning their winter semesters online. How are schools monitoring the impact of Omicron before students return? Looks like schools are headed back …
 
After working as a nurse — in a job she loved — for more than 20 years, Nancy Halupa says she now thinks about quitting every day.The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted and exacerbated nursing shortages, and at the Toronto hospital emergency department where Halupa works, she says experienced nurses like herself are being stretched too thin. And the…
 
Ontario kids ages 5 to 11 have been slow to get their COVID-19 vaccines, but one region says they have some of the highest provincial rates of first doses among children. Kingston’s medical officer of health, Dr. Piotr Oglaza, tells us about their success. Feeling burnt out in the kitchen? Ready to throw in the tea towel? Claire Tansey shares quick…
 
The NFT market is booming in early 2022, with estimates easily surpassing a billion dollars in transactions. But hype from a die-hard community is colliding with concern for the tech’s impact.Celebrities are both boosting digital tokens and laughing at the very concept of NFTs. Projects are providing access to exclusive clubs and selling virtual la…
 
Millions of rapid tests are being promised by the Federal government, but once they're delivered -- what to do with them? Dr Anna Banerji tells us how and when to use them.COVID-related absences are up amongst paramedics in Simcoe County. We checked in with OPSEU local 303 president Cory Schepers about the impact that’s having on local emergency se…
 
For decades, First Nations children on reserves had to live with less child welfare funding than other kids in Canada.And that led to kids being taken from their communities at higher rates, often for problems that could have been solved with better supports. This week, after years of court battles, the federal government made a $40 billion promise…
 
Most COVID rapid tests recommend swabbing the nose, but some health experts say collecting a throat sample may yield more accurate results for detecting the Omicron variant. Dasantila Golemi-Kotra, a microbiologist tells us more.Winter weather presents its challenges, like staying safe behind the wheel. Colder temperatures and snow can create poten…
 
“Alcoholism is an illness, it’s not a crime and it certainly shouldn't be punishable by death.” That’s a message from Jeannette Rogers, whose son, Corey, died in police custody in Halifax in 2016. He is one of 61 people that a CBC investigation found had died after being detained for public intoxication or a related offence since 2010. In many case…
 
Washington is set to mark the one year anniversary of the Capitol riot today, but the big question is, in a divided America who is remembering what exactly? And what's the long term legacy of the shocking event? We asked political scientist Tom Schaller of the University of Maryland.A new mental health hotline for Ontario farmers is live. We heard …
 
On Jan. 6, 2021 — the same day Joe Biden’s presidential win was to be certified — an angry mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. At least four people died, dozens were injured and the country's worsening political divisions were exposed. In the days and months that followed, the events of Jan. 6 have been debat…
 
A recent report shows that online versus in-person learning affects children's perceptions of how much they matter. We talked to psychologist Dr. Khush Amaria about how parents can prioritize their children's mental health as they return to remote learning.Ontario students are back to the virtual classroom. What will another round of remote learnin…
 
The Omicron variant of COVID-19 appears to be less severe than previous variants. But it's wildly contagious, so many more people are getting it, meaning hospitalizations are going up. It was in this context on Monday that Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced a series of new measures, including shutting down indoor dining, cinemas and gyms. Social g…
 
New year, new restrictions. Ontario will return to a modified Step Two of its reopening plan just after midnight, temporarily closing indoor dining and gyms. We talked to two small busisnesses about how they plan to weather the changes.Ontario is changing its pause on back to school from two days to two weeks, as students move to online learning. W…
 
Canadians have loaded up on personal debt through more than half a century of financial crises — and it’s happening again. During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, cash from federal benefits allowed many people to pay down their credit card balances. Last year, however, huge mortgages pushed Canada’s household debt-to-income ratio back towar…
 
Most students across the province were supposed to head to back to the classroom today. We talked to the chair of the Simcoe County District School Board about the delayed return to in- person learning.Maybe your gym is closed right now. Maybe you just don't want to go. Or it's possible that you just can't find the motivation to get moving on a New…
 
We all know what pro wrestling is: scripted stories, exploding barbed wire death matches, and very real athleticism and danger. And for the last four decades, WWE has stayed in the cultural lexicon as the biggest name in the pro wrestling world. But now, a new contender is rising. All Elite Wrestling, founded in 2018 by 38-year-old Tony Khan, is ga…
 
Now that the World Junior Hockey Tournament has been cancelled because of COVID, could it be the tip of the iceberg for other sports? We talked to Greg Strong, Sports Reporter with the Canadian Press, on what he thinks.A new song by Kingston writer and poet, Steven Heighton, is encouraging us to pause and reflect as we head into the new year. We ta…
 
Why are lonely, young men a growing threat to our safety? In 2018, a Toronto man drove a van down a busy sidewalk, killing 11 people and injuring many more. He was linked to the "incel" movement, a dark online world fueled by violent misogyny, extreme isolation and perceived rejection. In the wake of the attack, Evan Mead discovers a disturbing con…
 
Following the release of Canada's updated plan to plant two billion trees, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says the program is on track to plant 30 million this year. We talked to Nature Canada about whether accelerating tree planting is the best fight against climate change.Have you had the experience of opening social media to check…
 
This episode originally aired Oct 18, 2021. Cryptocurrency traders are relying on a stablecoin — a digital cryptocurrency backed with real-world assets — with ties to a Mighty Ducks star and the co-creator of Inspector Gadget. Today, we look at the search for the supposed billions of dollars backing its value, and what a shortfall could mean for th…
 
Many might say Christmas is about food and love and family and community. We talked to food journalist Aruna Antonella Handa about her great big Calabrian Christmases growing up with two parents who were foodies.An Orillia barber is retiring after 44 years of working in the community. Eric Clark shared some of his stories on his very last day of cu…
 
For those using drugs in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Thomus Donaghy was a lifeline, committed to saving those on the brink of overdose. On the night of July 27, 2020, Donaghy, a volunteer at the Overdose Prevention Society, had just saved another life. Moments later, he lost his own.Today, the stories of two men whose lives were shaped by a city…
 
The holidays can be challenging if you've lost a loved one or have a sick family member. Hospice Quinte recently welcomed eleven newly-trained volunteers to help provide support.What were the top stories that changed pop culture in 2021? From #FreeBritney to Squid Game, Pop Chat host Elamin Abdelmahmoud walks us through an eventful year in TV, film…
 
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