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Wednesday March 29 2017 1 PM
1:00 PM TOPIC: Home Team Sports GUEST: Dan Polischuck
1:30 PM TOPIC: Recap Morning Topic TOPIC: Muslim Prayer Centre GUEST: Rania Lawendy, Organizer of the prayer centre Some Waterloo residents are speaking out after the local Muslim Association of Canada has proposed a rezoning of a property in order to build a new prayer centre. The property in the Laurelwood area, located at 510 Erbsville Road, would need to be switched from an ‘Agricultural’ zone with the City of Waterloo, to an ‘Institutional’ zone. Controversy arose after the city held an informal public meeting about the possible use of the property last May. The opposition escalated earlier this month, after a public information night was held at the nearby Sir John A. MacDonald High School. A flier is now being distributed in the area and online, with the title “This is the wrong location. Say no to 510 Erbsville Road Rezoning”. It cites reasons such as an unjustified need for another prayer centre in the area, impact on local wildlife and rush hour traffic, and the lack of transparency by the city in the application process. http://www.therecord.com/news-story/7211206-waterloo-s-muslim-prayer-centre-proposal-met-with-unreasonable-opposition/
Today at 03:36 PM
Wednesday March 29 2017 12 PM
12:00 PM TOPIC: Biohacking on the rise GUEST: Daniel Munro - Lecturer in Ethics, University of Ottawa's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs It sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but gene editing is feared as a weapon of mass destruction.  There is a new trend of DIY gene editing.  Experts fear that people without the proper education and experience, could develop and accidently release killer pathogens. http://www.macleans.ca/society/science/rise-of-the-biohackers/
12:30 PM TOPIC: Ask a lawyer GUEST: Dave Morneau - Morneau Family Law Solutions and Mediation PHONE: IN STUDIO
Today at 03:29 PM
Wednesday March 29 2017 11 AM
11:00 AM TOPIC: SickKids study shows a child is shot every day in Ontario GUEST: Tracey Wilson - Ontario Director, Chair of The Board - Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights A child or youth is shot in Ontario almost every day, according to a ground breaking study that attempted to identify at-risk groups for firearm injuries. In the study is based on government health and immigration databases. Toronto researchers found Canadian-born youth, particularly males, have higher rates of unintentional firearm injuries compared with immigrant youth.  Between 2008 and 2012 there were 355 firearm injuries a year.  A total of 1.800 firearm injuries were reported among children and  youth in the province. Canadian-born males suffer 12.4 such injuries per 100,000 people — 72 per cent higher than the 7.2 among immigrant males. https://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2017/03/27/a-young-person-is-shot-every-day-in-ontario-sick-kids-study-finds.html
11:30 AM TOPIC: Why Erin O'Toole could win the conservative nomination GUEST: John Ivison, Political Columnist, National Post. http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/john-ivison-slow-steady-otoole-makes-his-pitch-to-be-the-cpcs-consensus-candidate
Today at 03:25 PM
Wednesday March 29 2017 10 AM
10:00 AM TOPIC: Muslim Prayer Centre GUEST: Rania Lawendy, Organizer of the prayer centre Some Waterloo residents are speaking out after the local Muslim Association of Canada has proposed a rezoning of a property in order to build a new prayer centre. The property in the Laurelwood area, located at 510 Erbsville Road, would need to be switched from an ‘Agricultural’ zone with the City of Waterloo, to an ‘Institutional’ zone. Controversy arose after the city held an informal public meeting about the possible use of the property last May. The opposition escalated earlier this month, after a public information night was held at the nearby Sir John A. MacDonald High School. A flier is now being distributed in the area and online, with the title “This is the wrong location. Say no to 510 Erbsville Road Rezoning”. It cites reasons such as an unjustified need for another prayer centre in the area, impact on local wildlife and rush hour traffic, and the lack of transparency by the city in the application process. http://www.therecord.com/news-story/7211206-waterloo-s-muslim-prayer-centre-proposal-met-with-unreasonable-opposition/
10:30 AM TOPIC: Diplomats behaving badly GUEST: Cristina Howorun - Reporter, CityNews Toronto There are thousands of people living in Canada that are effectively above the law. They are ambassadors, diplomats and their staff and families.  They can speed, assault and commit other crimes without ever being punished in a Canadian court. CityNews has acquired over a year’s worth of secret reports through an Access to Information request with Global Affairs.  They found many alleged crimes including potential human trafficking, and over 60 refugee claims by foreign embassy and consulate staff and their families. http://www.citynews.ca/2017/03/27/diplomats-behaving-badly-detailing-crimes-cant-punished/
Today at 03:21 PM
Tuesday March 28 2017 1 PM
1:00pm Recap Morning Topic TOPIC: Pot legalization comes with many questions GUEST: Brian Patterson - President & CEO, The Ontario Safety League What else will come with the impending legalization of marijuana? What we do know is problems that come with legal marijuana will soon be part of Canada’s reality but what we don't is how Trudeau will deal with those problems. Brian Patterson is the President and CEO of The Ontario Safety League of Ontario and tells the Toronto Sun that "it’s like there is a rush to start up the marijuana growing companies and decide who are going to be the distributing agencies, but no wording or discussion about the effects this decision will have on health of people and their safety." Patterson hates to be a party pooper. But of all the people who were talking about this July 1, 2018 shift in Canada’s landscape, Patterson was one of the few pointing out some pretty important things. Patterson wants to see a trial period to learn what happens in real time when we live with the legalization of the drug. http://www.torontosun.com/2017/03/27/pot-legalization-comes-with-many-questions
1:30pm TOPIC: Tech Tuesday Spotlight GUEST: David Shak - Founder, Caspy (caspy.com) An overwhelming email inbox is a struggle to manage, and a local start up called Caspy is hoping to help. Caspy uses language, frequency, timing and sentiment to prioritize and manage email inboxes on your behalf—like a virtual assistant. Caspy even reminds you when you haven’t responded to important emails, helping to build relationships and keep contacts.
Mar 28, 2017, 02:50 PM
Tuesday March 28 2017 12 PM
12:00pm Rant or Rave You're up! The stage is yours. Give us a call to tell us what has you ranting or raving!
Mar 28, 2017, 02:41 PM
Tuesday March 28 2017 11 AM
11:00am TOPIC: Erbsville Road Muslim Spiritual Centre controversy GUEST: Brian Bourke - City of Waterloo Ward 2 Councillor The Muslim Association of Canada is seeking to rezone 510 Erbsville Road in Waterloo from Agriculture to Institutional. However, there's a growing concern from the community about the rezone. On Facebook, a picture with reasons why the community should "SAY NO TO 510 ERBSVILLE ROAD" has been circulating. Reasons outlined on the picture include lack of transparency from the City of Waterloo, unjustified need for this location, a temporary showcase with 75 parking spots would impact the environment of wildlife and underground water, posing potential disturbance to quiet neighbourhood living, and adding to rush hour traffic. As well, vague on future development upon rezoning applications. The Muslim Association of Canada hopes to build a new prayer centre in Waterloo. However they have run into a couple issues after some people tried to block zoning changes. Some people in our region are concerned about noise levels, traffic, and building size. Waterloo council heard the Muslim Association of Canada’s request on Monday to rezone an agricultural property at 510 Erbsville Road to institutional so it can be used as a prayer centre. Councillor Brain Bourke says while the land is zoned agricultural, that doesn’t necessarily mean its being used. http://www.570news.com/2016/05/13/muslim-association-of-canada-looks-to-build-new-prayer-centre-in-waterloo/
11:30am TOPIC: Ontario Liberals misfire over Tory leader's planned speech reveals their spray and pray strategy GUEST: David Reevely - National Post David Reevely in the National Post write that still more than a year away from the next election, the Ontario Liberals are blasting wildly away at Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown. Monday, they hit themselves instead. They've already portrayed Brown as a liar (or at least a serial B.S.er) on electricity prices, with their "Facts Still Matter in Ontario" effort. On Monday, they called him a sexist for planning to speak Wednesday at the Cambridge Club, a men-only Toronto venue. Before lunch on Monday, the Liberals sent out a copy of an invitation to this upcoming Brown speech, on “Ontario’s Affordability Crisis.” Attached were some thoughts from Indira Naidoo-Harris, Ontario’s minister for the status of women and an ex-journalist. "By choosing this men-only venue, Patrick Brown is excluding women. Women make up half of Ontario’s workforce, "Naidoo-Harris’s statement said. http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/david-reevely-ontario-liberals-misfire-over-tory-leaders-planned-speech-reveals-their-spray-and-pray-strategy
Mar 28, 2017, 01:45 PM
Tuesday March 28 2017 10 AM
10:00am TOPIC: St. Agatha School Closure GUEST: Joyce Anderson - Chair, WCDSB It’s the end of the line for St. Agatha School. The Waterloo Catholic District School Board has voted to close the school when summer arrives. It’s been on the chopping block on several occasions over the past three years, but this time trustees did not grant it a reprieve. St. Agatha has only 82 students, making it the board's smallest school. It also needs $3.4-million in repairs. Today's Record reports, current students will either attend St. Clement Catholic School in St. Clements or Holy Rosary Catholic Elementary School in Waterloo in the fall. http://www.570news.com/2017/03/28/st-agatha-school-close-summer/
10:30am TOPIC: Pot legalization comes with many questions GUEST: Brian Patterson - President & CEO, The Ontario Safety League What else will come with the impending legalization of marijuana? What we do know is problems that come with legal marijuana will soon be part of Canada’s reality but what we don't is how Trudeau will deal with those problems. Brian Patterson is the President and  CEO of The Ontario Safety League of Ontario and tells the Toronto Sun that "it’s like there is a rush to start up the marijuana growing companies and decide who are going to be the distributing agencies, but no wording or discussion about the effects this decision will have on health of people and their safety." Patterson hates to be a party pooper. But of all the people who were talking about this July 1, 2018 shift in Canada’s landscape, Patterson was one of the few pointing out some pretty important things. Patterson wants to see a trial period to learn what happens in real time when we live with the legalization of the drug. http://www.torontosun.com/2017/03/27/pot-legalization-comes-with-many-questions
Mar 28, 2017, 12:43 PM
Monday March 27 2017 12 PM 12:00 PM - Opposing Views GUEST: Shannon Dae GUEST:Rob D GUEST: Bov Vrbanic -Ghomeshi Lawyer speech cancelled http://www.therecord.com/news-story/7196716-laurier-in-uproar-after-ghomeshi-lawyer-cancelled-speech-over-safety-concerns/ -McGill professor resigns http://www.therecord.com/news-story/7205201-backlash-author-of-maclean-s-article-about-quebec-resigns-from-mcgill/ -Waterloo pay hikes http://www.570news.com/2017/03/22/pay-hike-likely-waterloo-mayor-councillors-2018/ -Budget rundown http://www.570news.com/2017/03/22/ei-premiums-sin-taxes-tax-cheat-crackdown-finance-liberal-vision/ -Were these sexist comments? https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2017/03/21/tory-mpps-coffee-comment-demeaning-to-female-engineer-says-liberal.html Mar 27, 2017, 03:33 PM
Monday March 27 2017 1 PM 1:00 PM - Guy with surname Grabher told he cannot use his surname on personalized license plate GUEST: Lorne Grabher http://www.therecord.com/news-story/7207952-nova-scotia-man-objects-after-surname-grabher-refused-as-licence-plate/ 1:30 PM - Recap Morning Topic GUEST: Jodie Emery - Marjiuana Advocate and Owner of Cannabis Culture http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/liberal-legal-marijuana-pot-1.4041902 Mar 27, 2017, 03:24 PM
Monday March 27 2017 11 AM 11:00 AM -Budget and Indigenous children GUEST: Joshua Ostroff http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/03/23/trudeau-budget-indigenous-child-welfare_n_15566988.html 11:30 AM - Report that marijuana will become legal on July 1, 2018 GUEST: Craig Jones - executive director, NORML Canada (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws in Canada) 11:45: Kitchener-Conestoga MP Harold Albrecht Mar 27, 2017, 02:15 PM
Monday March 27 2017 10 AM 10:05am GUEST: Jodie Emery - Marjiuana Advocate and former Owner of Cannabis Culture (FOR) TOPIC: Report that marijuana will become legal on July 1, 2018   10:30am GUEST: Frank Monteiro - Cambridge City Councillor TOPIC: Suggestion that multiplex may not proceed   11:05am GUEST: Joshua Ostroff - Senior Editor, Huffington Post Canada TOPIC: Budget and Indigenous children   11:30am GUEST: Craig Jones - Executive Director, NORML Canada (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws in Canada) (FOR) TOPIC: Report that marijuana will become legal on July 1, 2018   11:45am GUEST: Harold Albrecht - MP Kitchener-Conestoga (AGAINST) TOPIC: Report that marijuana will become legal on July 1, 2018   12:00pm TOPIC: Opposing Views   1:00pm GUEST: Lorne Grabher TOPIC: Alberta man upset for not being able to have surname on personalized license plate   1:30pm GUEST: Jodie Emery - Marjiuana Advocate and former Owner of Cannabis Culture (FOR) TOPIC: Recap Morning Topic   Mar 27, 2017, 01:12 PM
Friday March 24 2017 1 PM
1:00 PM TOPIC: Recap Morning Topic GUEST: Rob Leone, Assistant Professor, UWO, former MPP Cambridge North Dumfries The author of a controversial article about Quebec that appeared in Maclean’s magazine this week has stepped down from his post at McGill University. Andrew Potter said in a social media post Thursday his resignation as director of the Institute for the Study of Canada was effective immediately. Potter described Quebec in the article as a “pathologically alienated and low-trust society” with a glaring absence of solidarity. It stated the events surrounding the recent massive snowstorm that saw 300 cars stranded overnight on a major Montreal highway revealed a malaise that is “eating away at the foundations of Quebec society.” It prompted a backlash on social media and from Quebec politicians of all stripes, including Premier Philippe Couillard, who lambasted the article as deplorable and based on prejudice. The indignation reached the House of Commons where federal politicians also piled on, with a Bloc Quebecois MP describing the story as “Quebecophobia.” Potter later wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday he regretted what he called errors and exaggerations in his article and that he went too far in his description of Quebec society as alienated. http://www.therecord.com/news-story/7205201-backlash-author-of-maclean-s-article-about-quebec-resigns-from-mcgill/
1:30 PM TOPIC: The Coaches Show GUEST: Jay McKee, Head Coach Kitchener Rangers
Mar 24, 2017, 02:48 PM
Friday March 24 2017 12 PM
12:00 PM TOPIC: : In Other News GUEST:  Arlene Dowell, Senior Talk Show Producer PHONE: In Studio http://www.therecord.com/news-story/7202996-viral-video-imagines-elmo-getting-fired-over-pbs-budget-cuts/   http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/03/22/nail-salon-overweight-controversy_n_15540898.html?ir=Canada+Impact&ncid=tweetlnkcahpmg00000002   http://www.newsweek.com/trump-fan-kicked-out-bar-make-america-great-again-hat-571521   https://www.buzzfeed.com/blakemontgomery/monopoly-gets-t-rex-rubber-duck-penguin-tokens?bftw&utm_term=.hpq334v1#.qywOOA7r   http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/03/20/calgary-hockey-coin-toss_n_15497674.html?ncid=tweetlnkcahpmg00000005
12:30 PM TOPIC: Vice Sources GUEST: Patrick McGuire, Head of Content, Vice News A Vice Media reporter must give the RCMP background materials used for stories on an accused terrorist, Ontario’s top court orders. The Court of Appeal says a judge was right to decide that police must be able to investigate a serious crime. Reporter Ben Makuch, backed by various media and rights groups, had fought the production order. He argued if police use journalists to further criminal investigations, sources would be reluctant to come forward. The materials in question relate to Makuch’s stories in 2014 on a Calgary man accused of various terrorism offences. The Appeal Court agreed with a lower court judge that there is a strong public interest in the effective investigation of such serious allegations. https://news.vice.com/article/canadian-judge-orders-vice-news-journalist-to-hand-over-digital-messages
Mar 24, 2017, 02:42 PM
Friday March 24 2017 11 AM
11:00 AM TOPIC: M-103 views GUEST: Dave Korzinski, Angus Reid The House of Commons has passed a Liberal backbencher’s motion calling on federal politicians to condemn Islamophobia. The motion, known as M-103, became a matter of acrimonious debate, with opponents painting it as a slippery slope towards limiting freedom of speech and even bringing in Sharia law. Liberals and Conservatives accused one another of playing politics with the rising tide of prejudice and hate crimes facing Canadian Muslims. MPs adopted the motion by a margin of 201-91. A new public opinion poll from the Angus Reid Institute finds that, if Canadians and not their elected representatives were voting, M-103 would fail. More than four-in-ten Canadians say they would vote against the motion condemning "Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination", while fewer than three-in-ten would vote for it. This finding comes from a public split on the larger significance of anti-Muslim attitudes and discrimination in society. Half say it's not necessary for government to condemn Islamophobia, and 55 per cent say the problem of anti-Muslim sentiments in this country has been "overblown" by politicians and the media. www.angusreid.org/islamophobia-motion-103 www.angusreid.org/islamophobia-motion-103
11:30 AM TOPIC: Muslim prayer time in school GUEST:  Kirstin Rushowy,  Queen's Park Bureau, Toronto Star Muslim prayer at schools in the Peel School board has been given a provincial endorsement.  It has been a heated topic with police needed to clear out some meetings.  The province says there is no tolerance for discrimination of any kind.  At issue is a specified time for Muslim prayers in some schools. https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2017/03/23/muslim-prayers-in-schools-get-provincial-endorsement-following-intense-meeting.html
Mar 24, 2017, 02:31 PM