The Jennifer Campbell Show
Tuesday July 25 2017 - 9 AM
9:00 AM TOPIC: It’s Been Six Months Since the Women’s March. What’s Happened to the Canadian Movement? GUEST: Sarah Boesveld, Senior Writer, Chatelaine It took a few tries to coax a bunch of bleary-eyed bus riders into chanting on a mid-January morning earlier this year. We were just minutes away from Washington D.C. after an all-nighter from Toronto, rubbing the cricks out of our necks from a night of upright napping. The chant also caught some of us by surprise, it’s not every day a bunch of women are encouraged to swear loudly in the street (despite all the times we may have wanted to). But by the time our Women’s March logo-emblazoned red toques merged with the sea of pink pussy hats in the streets around the U.S. Capitol building, the awkwardness faded and we cussed with fervour.
9:15 AM TOPIC: Texas school district to begin paddling as punishment School district administrators here are shopping for a couple of paddles. As part of a new policy that the Three Rivers Independent School District board approved Tuesday, the paddle, likely to be wood, will be used to administer corporal punishment when a student misbehaves at school. Corporal punishment is defined as the deliberate infliction of physical pain by hitting, paddling, spanking, slapping, or any other physical force used as a means of discipline. Trustees voted 6-0 on the motion with one member absent. The policy states only a campus’ behavior coordinator or principal can administer the disciplinary measure.
9:30 AM TOPIC: Medical schools can solve Canada's rural doctor shortage GUEST: Sandra Banner, consultant for St. George’s University relations in Canada. Fewer than half can get a same-day or next-day appointment with their family doctor, according to a recent report from the Canadian Institute of Health Information. Fifty-six per cent of Canadians have to wait more than a month to see a specialist. These statistics are a bracing reminder of the nation’s growing shortage of physicians, especially primary care doctors. More than 4.5 million Canadians lack a regular doctor. That’s nearly 15 per cent of the population. Canada’s leaders must act to reverse these shortages. Doing so will require an aggressive effort by medical schools and governments to encourage more young people to consider careers in family medicine — careers that have an outsized impact on the health of Canadians. Canada is short primary care doctors in part because graduates of Canadian medical schools are growing more reluctant to pursue careers in family medicine. Just one-third of Canadian medical graduates go into primary care.
9:45 AM TOPIC: You're a good mom, I'm a good mom. My house is never clean. Like ever. I have friends (with kids) whose houses are spotless. Are they better mothers than me? Nope. Am I a better mother than them? Nope. I work out every day. I have mom friends who don't exercise. (I mean other than running around like crazy people after their kids). Does that make either of us a better mom? Nope. I have a friend who gave birth in a pool in her living room. I pushed mine out in a hospital bed after receiving a gift from the epidural fairy. Both of us are good moms. I drink a beer or glass of wine (sometimes in front of my kids!) on occasion. I'm a good mom. My neighbor and good friend doesn't drink. Also a good mom. I'm a yeller. I have a good friend who is quiet and extremely patient. I envy her. But we are both good moms. I have friends who are super organic, chemical free, and dye free. My kids sometimes eat popsicles for breakfast. The cheap kind that are 50 for $2.00. Are either of us better than the other? Nope. I swear, but not in front of my kids. Are you a bad mom if you do? Hell no. I'm involved with my kids' school but I don't volunteer and live there every day. Are the moms who volunteer daily any better than those who never do? No. Am I incredibly grateful for the moms who volunteer every day and help the teachers? YES. Are stay-at-home moms better than working moms? NO. Are working moms better than stay-at-home moms? NO. Are married moms better than single moms? NO. Are you a better mom if you take your kids on exotic vacations? NO. Can you be a good mom if you the closest thing you get to a vacation is the park? YES. Can you be a good mom and have a super scheduled summer with lots of planned activities? Yep. What about if your summer is lazy with no plans? Yep. Do good moms let their kids watch TV? Yes. Play video games? Yes. What about if you say no? Also fine. Your choice. You're the mom. And a good one. I'm a Christian. My friend and neighbor is Muslim. Another friend practices no religion at all. WE ARE ALL GOOD MOTHERS. My other friend is gay. Her kids have TWO mothers. They are both good moms. I breastfed. My kids barely had any formula. Am I better than moms who give their kids formula? NO. So how about this? Can we all climb down off judgmental mountain for a second? And just support one another? And just say, Hey, motherhood is hard. You're doing a good job. Raising kids can knock the wind out of a person. You got this. How awesome would that be? Just a thought.
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Monday July 24 2017 - 9 AM
9:00 AM TOPIC: Sean Spicer's departure won't change a thing GUEST: Andrew MacDougall, London, England-based columnist and commentator and former director of communications to Stephen Harper After half a year of serial lying and bruising confrontations with the White House press corps, Spicer announced this afternoon he is standing down. Did he suddenly find his conscience? Haha—no. He just didn’t like the guy Donald Trump wanted to install as his boss, Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director. Here I have some sympathy for Spicer. Love him or hate him, he’s a comms guy who knows his Congress from his executive branch. Scaramucci is a Long Island entrepreneur and former Goldman Sachs investment banker with zero political experience. It’s shoving a square peg into a round, lying hole.
9:15 AM TOPIC: LPGA dress code stifles growth of women’s game, singles out certain body types Earlier this month, the LPGA released a new dress code policy that greatly restricts female athletes’ apparel choices on the golf course. Among the new rules: no leggings (unless worn under shorts or a skort), joggers, or anything with a plunging neckline. I respect and understand that golf is enveloped in tradition and that certain rules and regulations must be upheld. But as both an ambassador for golf and an advocate for the continued progress of women’s rights and equality in society, I fear that these new rules are stifling the growth of the women’s game.
9:30 AM TOPIC: Why we in the music industry to do more about artists who are struggling with mental illness, alcoholism, and drugs GUEST: Eric Alper, Freelance Music Publicist.
9:45 AM TOPIC: Helicopter Parents Are Raising Unemployable Children Helicopter parents are in the news a lot these days. These are the parents who can't stop hovering around their kids. They practically wrap them in bubble wrap, creating a cohort of young adults who struggle to function in their jobs and in their lives. Helicopter parents think that they're doing what's best for their kids but actually, they're hurting their kids' chances at success. In particular, they're ruining their kids' chances of landing a job and keeping it.
Jul 24, 2017, 08:50 AM
Friday July 21 2017 - 9 AM
9:00 AM TOPIC: Cambridge Centre braces for another blow, as Sears liquidation sales set to begin GUEST: Joanne McNeish, Professor, Retail Management, Ryerson University The ‘Everything Must Go’ sign is set to go up outside the Sears outlet at the Cambridge Centre. Liquidation sales begin Friday at the 59 Sears stores set for closure. But once sales are complete, the shopping centre will be left with no obvious new tenants — again. The closing of Sears will create a second big hole in the Cambridge Centre mall, where the former Target store still sits empty, after that retailed moved out of Canada more than two years ago. Cambridge Councillor Nicholas Ermeta says the retail apocalypse has some local shoppers worried about the future of Cambridge Centre. “A number of my constituents have raised concerns about the mall. I’ve been talking with them about what they’d like to see,” Ermeta says. “I also talk to Morguard (the mall’s owner) on a regular basis, so I’m going to be hearing what their plans are and hopefully they’ll come forward with the announcement eventually.” While that’s two big mountains the Cambridge Centre is facing, Cambridge Councillor Mike Mann thinks mall management is in a good position to climb them. “I was aware of somebody looking at Target. I’m not sure where that is anymore, but I think there will be others who are interested,” he says. “I think because of the commitment the citizens of Cambridge have to the mall, something will come of this.” Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig agrees. “I’m aware of all kinds of plans (for the space),” he says. “But I can’t tell you.”
9:15 AM TOPIC: Japan's first lady pretends not to speak English rather than chat with Donald Trump Akie Abe, first lady of Japan and wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, has spoken English many times in public, fluently, with only the slightest accent. She chatted, for example, about a shared admiration for star baseball pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka (then of the Boston Red Sox), at the White House with President George W. Bush and his wife Laura in 2007. She has chatted with Laureen Harper, had cocktails with Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, spoken to business leaders in New York, and to a Virginia elementary school audience with Michelle Obama. She has even met Donald and Melania Trump a couple of times, earlier this year at Andrews Air Force Base, followed by a weekend at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where the two men played golf.
9:30 AM TOPIC: Side-project helps Ontario campers nab sold-out campsites GUEST: Eric Karjaluoto, Camping is fun and a great family outing, but finding a place to camp can be really tough, especially when spots are snapped up months in advance. A tool has been built to help you snap up those same spots if there is a cancellation. The website, scans provincial parks in Ontario and B.C. for cancellations. Many spaces, often hundreds become available daily, when others cancel their reservation. You can go to the website, set the location, date and duration of your camping trip. The website scans the campground for you every 60, 20 or even 5 minutes. When an opening matches your parameters, they will send you a notification by text message.
9:45 AM TOPIC: U.S. man Nick Lutz received a letter from his former girlfriend; he sends it back with corrections and posts it on Twitter. A grovelling ex-girlfriend received a surprise after her letter of apology sent to her ex-boyfriend was graded by him and returned to her. US based Nick Lutz received the letter from his former flame apologising for her behaviour but he took the ultimate revenge by picking up on the mistakes in the letter in red pen and sharing it on Twitter. In the photos of the letter shared on the social media site Nick picks up on his ex-girlfriend’s handwriting and 'contradictory' argument.
Jul 21, 2017, 09:21 AM
Thursday July 20 2017 - 9 AM
9:00 AM TOPIC: From farm to table: The Working Centre and KW eco courier partner to deliver 100% emissions free, locally grown Kitchener produce to your door GUEST: Adam Kramer, Gardener Hacienda Market The Kitchener Waterloo community can now access locally grown vegetables while minimizing their carbon footprint with The Working Centre’s new partnership with KW Eco Courier and their 100% emissions-free delivery service. For six years the Hacienda Sarria Market Garden has offered Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares to the Kitchener-Waterloo community.  A weekly spread of vegetables has been made available for pickup at the Queen Street Commons Café, the Tannery, and at the Hacienda Sarria Market Garden where the produce is grown.  Now, by offering an environmentally friendly delivery service, Eco Courier and The Working Centre are excited to provide low-emission alternatives for Kitchener-Waterloo residents to get fresh local food through a convenient weekly delivery.
9:15 AM TOPIC: Syracuse teen drives to rock concert, loses car after he forgets where he parked The morning after Sunday’s Metallica concert, Gavin Strickland called his parents with a horrible confession: after driving across the Canadian border from Syracuse in the name of heavy metal, he’d lost the car. This weekend, after a day spent in Oshawa, Gavin parked his blue-green Nissan Versa Sedan somewhere on the first floor of an indoor parking garage. The garage was within an $8-cab-ride of the Rogers Centre. He just doesn’t know where. Now, three days later, his parents have enlisted the amateur scavenger-hunters of Toronto to help remedy the directional snafu of their “doofy son.” “Can’t make this up,” a Tuesday evening Craiglist posting by Eric and Michele Strickland, who reside in the U.S., reads. An $100 reward has been offered for anyone who’ll scour Toronto’s parking garages for the wayward vehicle. Ambiguous landmarks Gavin remembers nearby include a Starbucks, some construction, a “strange spiral outdoor sculpture,” and, possibly, a bank, which may or may not be RBC. The car, itself, has Florida license plates, a small Canadian flag attached to the doorframe, and a Bernie Sanders bumper sticker. Gavin’s father Eric says he bought the car for his son last year, to get to work and community college in the fall.
9:30 AM TOPIC: No hot pets campaign GUEST: Inspector Brandon James, OSPCA The summer can be a wonderful time for you and your pet. It’s also a time where you need to be careful of the dangers surrounding your animal. You can help spread the word by sharing how deadly it is to leave your pet in your vehicle. The award-winning “No Hot Pets” campaign, created by the Ontario SPCA, aims to remind pet owners of the dangers of leaving pets unattended in a vehicle during the hot summer months. Through the No Hot Pets online forum, citizens are asked to share the posters and leaflets about the dangers of leaving pets in vehicles. In addition, pet owners are asked to take the online pledge to not leave their pets in their vehicles. Lets work together this summer to spread the No Hot Pets message and save lives!
9:45 AM TOPIC: The Harmless-Sounding Phrase That Is Terrible for All Women Karen Rinaldi takes a look at a common description that reveals sexist bias. Rinaldi was talking with a friend about another friends who had a hard day at work and used some colorful language to describe his wife in front of her kids. She knew that he was basically a good guy. Basically a good guy. It occurred to Rinaldi that the common refrain, “He is basically a good guy,” confirms one of our most pervasive biases. A colleague who made a sexist remark in a meeting? Well, we think, he didn’t mean it. He’s basically a good guy. The young man who insulted his date in front of his friends? He didn’t think she would take it so personally. He’s really a good guy. What is the female equivalent to that catch phrase? There isn’t one, according to Rinaldi.
Jul 20, 2017, 09:12 AM
Wednesday July 19 2017 - 9 AM
9:00 AM TOPIC: First Canada Food Guide overhaul in a decade sees shift away from meat and dairy GUEST: Cara Rosenbloom, Registered Dietitian For the first time in a decade, Canada’s Food Guide is getting an overhaul – and it could alter what our children eat at school and daycare, how they learn about food and, ultimately, how grocery stores stock their shelves. The initial draft of the new guide places an emphasis on plant-based foods while downplaying the previous stature given to meat and dairy products.
9:15 AM TOPIC: 10 Life-Changing Tips to Make Your Home So Much Cleaner Your home is your life. If your house is a mess, that reflects negatively on you as a woman. After centuries of the patriarchy, frankly, I'm surprised you didn't know that by now. So get your act together by spring cleaning your home. Here are some very helpful tips for you to take your garbage home and turn it into something that will trap you with its expectations and thankless drudgery. Here are 10 tips to help make your home look so much cleaner.
9:30 AM TOPIC: Why Canadian airport security is exactly as useless and arbitrary as you think GUEST: Tristin Hopper, National Post The next time you see Canadian airport security confiscating a half-full bottle of Diet Coke from a confused Saskatchewan grandmother, just remember that you’re not alone in suspecting that this is an utterly flawed system to keep aircraft safe. In fact, a cadre of security experts would agree with you. “No system can perform efficiently when one is looking for a needle in a haystack by checking each straw individually,” Israeli security consultant Rafi Sela wrote in a 2010 op-ed for The New York Times. British security expert Philip Baum, meanwhile, said in a 2016 interview: “Who cares whether a passenger has a pair of scissors or a box cutter if there is no intent to use them as a weapon?”
9:45 AM TOPIC: The Harmless-Sounding Phrase That Is Terrible for All Women Karen Rinaldi takes a look at a common description that reveals sexist bias. Rinaldi was talking with a friend about another friends who had a hard day at work and used some colorful language to describe his wife in front of her kids. She knew that he was basically a good guy. Basically a good guy. It occurred to Rinaldi that the common refrain, “He is basically a good guy,” confirms one of our most pervasive biases. A colleague who made a sexist remark in a meeting? Well, we think, he didn’t mean it. He’s basically a good guy. The young man who insulted his date in front of his friends? He didn’t think she would take it so personally. He’s really a good guy. What is the female equivalent to that catch phrase? There isn’t one, according to Rinaldi.
Jul 19, 2017, 09:12 AM
Tuesday July 18 2017 - 9 AM
9:00 AM TOPIC: June home sales fall 6.7 per cent, biggest monthly decline since 2010 GUEST: Tyson Hinschberger, Planet Realty Inc. Home sales in June posted their largest monthly drop in seven years, driven by a plunge in the Greater Toronto market, the Canadian Real Estate Association said Monday, the latest evidence that a cool-down in the housing sector is taking hold. Transactions last month were down 6.7 per cent compared with May on a national basis, the third consecutive monthly decline, with the Greater Toronto Area registering a 15.1 per cent drop. Home sales are down 14.1 per cent from the record level set in March. “Changes to Ontario housing policy made in late April have clearly prompted many homebuyers in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region to take a step back and assess how the housing market absorbs the changes,” CREA chief economist Gregory Klump said in a statement. “The recent increase in interest rates could reinforce a lack of urgency to purchase or, alternatively, move some buyers off the sidelines before their pre-approved mortgage rate expires. In the meantime, some move-up buyers who previously purchased a home before first selling may become more motivated to reduce their asking price rather than carry two mortgages.”
9:15 AM TOPIC: An Australian mom is fine with swearing around her kids – some say it’s bad practice Australian mommy blogger Constance Hall wants everyone to know that she swears in front of her children – and she doesn’t care what other people think. The mom of four took to Facebook last week to share her parenting choice, explaining her reasoning behind her controversial decision to drop an F-bomb or two around her children on occasion.
9:30 AM TOPIC: Oak Bridge Academy is a newly established, non-profit alternative school in Waterloo Region for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and other learning exceptionalities. GUEST: Kathie Shaw, Director and Clinical Supervisor Waterloo Region for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and other learning exceptionalities. Oak Bridge Academy is a newly established, non-profit alternative school in Waterloo Region for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and other learning exceptionalities. An important part of our workplan involves engaging our community in the vision of Oak Bridge Academy’s educational programming and services. We are working hard to gather information about children and youth with learning exceptionalities and their families. In addition to family members, educators, health professionals, and community partners are encouraged to attend our first community focus group.
9:45 AM TOPIC: Harvard panel recommends banning fraternities and sororities A Harvard University faculty committee tasked with changing the school's policy on student social groups has proposed that undergraduates be banned from joining fraternities, sororities and similar organizations, saying that efforts to curb "pernicious behavior" by some members of such groups have failed. The proposal, released Wednesday, follows steps taken last year by Harvard president Drew Faust to stem the influence of university single-gender social organizations, or USGSOs. These groups are not recognized as Harvard organizations but nevertheless, as Faust said in a May 2016 letter to the community, "play an unmistakable and growing role in student life, in many cases enacting forms of privilege and exclusion at odds with our deepest values." The traditionally male final clubs are the oldest social clubs at Harvard, starting in the 18th century, and were seen as especially exclusionary even after some began to admit women, and female final clubs were formed.
Jul 18, 2017, 08:39 AM
Monday July 17 2017 - 9 AM
9:00 AM TOPIC: Sears Canada gets court approval to begin soliciting bids for its sale GUEST: Susan Philpott, Employment Lawyer An Ontario judge has given Sears Canada the green light to immediately proceed with reaching out to potential buyers while it’s under creditor protection. Ontario Superior Court Justice Glenn Hainey approved the motion for the sale and investor solicitation process Thursday, following hours of discussions between lawyers representing the company, its lenders and retirees and laid-off employees. According to the decision, the national retailer and its court-ordered monitor, FTI Consulting Inc., can select one or more successful bids by Oct. 25. In separate documents filed by Sears Canada’s lawyers prior to Thursday’s hearing, the retailer’s chief financial officer said it’s “crucial” to begin liquidation sales of inventory no later than July 21 and to complete them by Oct. 12. Hainey is expected to hear that motion Tuesday. Sears Canada announced in June that it planned on closing 59 locations across the country and cutting approximately 2,900 jobs as part of a restructuring under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. The department store owner wants to shutter dozens of stores in the coming weeks while it negotiates with potential buyers who might acquire some or all of the company’s remaining assets, pending court approvals.
9:15 AM TOPIC: Trump compliments French first lady on her body U.S. President Donald Trump has caught attention online after telling Brigitte Macron, the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron: “You’re in such good shape” in Paris on Thursday. A Facebook Live video, posted on the French President’s Facebook page, recorded the remarks at the Hotel des Invalides before the two men walked through the ornate crypt of the 17th century military complex where Napoleon is buried.
9:30 AM TOPIC: Chantal Heide, Canada's Dating Expert
9:45 AM TOPIC: Chantal Heide, Canada's Dating Expert
Jul 17, 2017, 09:13 AM
Friday July 14 2017 - 9 AM
9:00 AM TOPIC: CTF sends petition to Prime Minister's office about Khadr payout GUEST: Aaron Wudrick, Executive Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation The Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s (CTF) Federal Director Aaron Wudrick today delivered a petition to the Prime Minister’s Office, signed by more than 133,000 Canadians opposing the government’s decision to pay $10.5 million to Omar Khadr. “When we launched this petition just nine days ago, our hope was to convince the government to change course,” said CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick. “It was very disappointing to learn that the government quietly rushed through the payment. Regardless, it’s still vitally important that we deliver this petition, to ensure Canadians opposed this secret payment have their voice heard.”Wudrick noted that an Angus Reid survey this week showed that 71% of Canadians believe the government made the wrong decision in giving Khadr $10.5 million.  “Let there be no illusion: a large majority of Canadians don’t buy the government’s line that they had ‘no choice’ but to hand Khadr $10.5 million,” said Wudrick. “At the very least, this should serve as a cautionary tale for this and future governments about Canadians’ tolerance for dubious litigation settlements.”
9:15 AM TOPIC: Andy Murray corrects journalist's 'casual sexism' Andy Murray has corrected a journalist after he said Sam Querrey, who knocked the British player out of Wimbledon earlier, was "the first US player to reach a major semi-final since 2009". The newly-deposed Wimbledon champion reminded the reporter he was only talking about male players, as there had, of course, been considerably more success for the US on the female side of the sport. Since 2009, Serena Williams has won 12 Grand Slam tournaments. On social media, Murray was praised for refusing to allow "casual sexism", and his mother, Judy, tweeted proudly: "That's my boy."
9:30 AM TOPIC: President of Harvey Mudd University criticizes Silicon Valley's "bro culture" GUEST: Maria Klawe, President, Harvey Mudd University The President of Harvey Mudd University, Maria Klawe, has criticized the culture in some of Silicon Valley's tech companies. Klawe's eleven-year tenure as President of the Southern California University has seen great strides in gender equality, with 55% of  2016 undergraduate computer-science majors at the college being women, compared to the 2015 national average of 16%. Despite this success, Klawe has expressed reluctance in recommending that female graduates of the college seek out venture-backed companies, citing the presence of "bro culture" as well as a lack of human resources.
9:45 AM TOPIC: Listener Letters
Jul 14, 2017, 09:45 AM
Thursday July 13 2017 - 9 AM
9:00 AM TOPIC: UW student recognized for her work to improve sexual assault prevention on campuses GUEST: Sarah Wiley, Recipient of White Ribbon award Sexual assault intervention training could soon become mandatory for bar and restaurant employees. A fourth year psychology student, Sarah Wiley spent the last year lobbying at Queen’s Park for more sexual violence education and prevention initiatives geared to university students. Wiley’s work paid off when NDP MPP Peggy Sattler introducer a private member’s bill called the ‘Safe Night Out Act’, which had its first reading June 1st. If the bill is passed, it will make sexual assault awareness and intervention training part of the Smart Serve Certification. In partnership with the Ministry of the Status of Women, White Ribbon, a movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, named Wiley as a recipient of a new award. She's a recipient of the first Provincial Draw-The-Line Post-Secondary Sexual Violence Prevention Awards for her student leadership.
9:15 AM TOPIC: Julie Payette to be the next Governor General of Canada: report Astronaut Julie Payette will be Canada’s next governor general, according to a report by the CBC. The federal government is set to make the announcement Thursday outside the doors of the Senate. The 53-year-old Montrealer, who speaks six languages, was picked from 5,330 applicants in 1992 to be one of four new astronauts with the Canadian Space Agency. Payette took part in two space flights to the International Space Station and was as the CSA’s chief astronaut between 2000 and 2007. Multiple officials say that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make the announcement himself, and is expected to be flanked by the new viceregal just as Gov. Gen. David Johnston stood alongside Stephen Harper when he was tapped for the job in 2010. Sources say Trudeau informed the Queen during an audience with her last week of his recommendation to the post. Johnston’s term is set to expire in September, after Harper extended it by two years ahead of the 2015 federal election. The identity of his replacement has been a closely guarded secret in Ottawa. Traditionally, the viceregal job rotates between anglophones and francophones. Johnston, who had a long career in academia, was chosen for the position off a short list presented to Harper by an ad hoc committee of experts struck with the express task of selecting a non-partisan person with constitutional knowledge. At the time, Harper had a minority government and so who held the post of governor general was essential to maintaining the stability of government. The names of those on the selection committee weren’t published until after Johnston’s nomination, but Harper would go on to make the committee a permanent body, saying a process to ensure a non-partisan approach to appointments was important. When asked late last year how he’d pick the next governor general, Trudeau was noncommittal about what process he would use.
9:30 AM TOPIC: Some kids may be sensitive or allergic to certain sunscreen ingredients: doctors GUEST: Dr. Jennifer Beecker, National chairwoman of the Canadian Dermatology Association’s sun awareness program Its summer, the kids are out of school, and that means getting them outside — to the playground, the sports field, or lakeside at a cottage or camp. But such activities also mean exposure to the sun and the damage its penetrating rays can do to children’s tender and vulnerable skin. Dermatologists say sunscreen can be one of the best ways to protect youngsters from painful burns and subsequent DNA damage, but with recent media reports about a spate of adverse reactions, many parents may be wondering whether they should be slathering their kids with the products before sending them outdoors.
9:45 AM TOPIC: Livia Starlight, Alberta mother who killed son, sentenced to 26 months in Indigenous healing lodge An Alberta mother who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of her two-year-old son has been sentenced to spend 26 months at an Indigenous healing lodge. Livia Starlight, who is from Tsuut'ina Nation on Calgary's southwest corner, admitted in February to killing her son, Traezlin, in September 2014. At the time of Traezlin's death, Starlight was already under investigation for child abuse stemming from previous hospital admissions. According to an agreed statement of facts, Starlight, 30, was home alone with her son and three-year-old daughter at the time.
Jul 13, 2017, 09:13 AM
Wednesday July 12 2017 - 9 AM
9:00 AM TOPIC: Trump Jr. releases emails showing Russian aid for campaign GUEST: Barry Kay, WLU Political Science Professor President Donald Trump’s eldest son released an email chain Tuesday that shows him discussing plans to hear damaging information on Hillary Clinton that were described as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” The emails are the first documentary evidence of a top Trump associate knowingly engaging with what they believed to be a Russian government effort to help Trump in the 2016 election. In one of the emails to Trump Jr., the music publicist seeking to set up a meeting with a lawyer from Russia describes her as a “Russian government attorney.” Trump Jr. was deeply involved in his father’s presidential campaign. He posted the emails on Tuesday on Twitter and issued a statement describing it as an effort “to be totally transparent.” The emails with publicist Rob Goldstone show that Trump Jr. was told that the Russian government had information that could “incriminate” Clinton and her dealings with Russia. Goldstone wrote to Trump Jr. that the information “would be very useful to your father.” Goldstone was working to connect Trump Jr. to Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, who later met with Trump Jr. in New York at Trump Tower. Veselnitskaya has denied that she ever worked for the Russian government.
9:15 AM TOPIC: Unhappy at work? 7 signs you should quit your job It’s one thing to have the office blues, but it’s a whole other story to loathe your job entirely. According to a 2016 survey of 2,500 workers by recruitment firm Hays Canada, about one-half of Canadian employees say they’re unhappy at their current job. But how does one know if they’re having a bad week (or month) at work, or if it’s time to move on to greener pastures?
9:30 AM TOPIC: Toilet blogger going around the world to catch a glimpse of some of the wackiest and most beautiful toilets GUEST: Dan Schaumann, Photographer Dan Schaumann is on the hunt for the most unique, absurd and downright beautiful bathrooms in the world. The 32-year old has gone all over the world to photograph hundreds of loo’s. Toilography started out as a joke. When Schaumann first got on Instagram in 2011, he couldn’t believe how many banal or bad photos would still get hundreds of “likes.” In jest, he posted a picture of a toilet to see what kind of response it’d get.
9:45 AM TOPIC: Human rights complaint targets Ontario city’s pool policy on female toplessness An eastern Ontario city is facing a human rights complaint over its policy prohibiting women and girls 10 and older from being topless in municipal pools. Cornwall Mayor Leslie O'Shaughnessy says city councillors are discussing the issue at a closed-door meeting tonight and will be announcing their decision on whether to fight the complaint or change the policy in the coming weeks. The mayor says the woman who launched the gender discrimination complaint doesn't live in Cornwall or the surrounding region. The complaint also targets an eastern Ontario water park and seven hotel companies. The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has not yet scheduled a hearing on the matter and the full details of the complaint haven't been made public. The tribunal hears complaints concerning discrimination and harassment on the basis of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation and other grounds.
Jul 12, 2017, 11:17 AM
Tuesday July 11 2017 - 9 AM
9:00 AM TOPIC: More than 50% of Ontarians at risk for Lyme disease GUEST: Dr. Curtis Russell, Program Consultant in the enteric, zoonotic and vector-borne disease unit at Public Health Ontario As the first long weekend of the summer approaches, Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, are reminding people in Ontario to be cautious and protect themselves from tick bites, especially when participating in outdoor activities during the warm summer months. Black-legged ticks settle on grass and bushes until they attach themselves to a person or animal. Ticks can infect humans with Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases. The most effective way to prevent Lyme disease is to protect yourself and your family from a tick bite by: •Staying on marked trails, where possible •Wearing long sleeves, pants, socks, and closed shoes •Tucking pants into socks and wearing light-coloured clothing to make ticks more visible •Using insect repellent with DEET or Icaridin on clothes and exposed skin •Checking your body thoroughly for ticks after being outdoors -- prompt removal of ticks can help prevent infection.
9:15 AM TOPIC: Meet Zeerak: Sesame Street's new Afghan muppet and girl-power pal Say hello to the newest muppet on Sesame Street, Zeerak! He’s the four-year-old little brother of six-year-old Zari, a character introduced last year on Afghanistan’s version of Sesame Street, Baghch-e-Simsim (Sesame Garden). Zeerak, whose name in Afghanistan’s two official languages, Dari and Pashto, means “smart,” is making his debut this year. Zeerak’s introduction is a part of Sesame Workshop’s initiative to promote gender equality with a focus on empowering young girls in Afghanistan.
9:30 AM TOPIC: Kitchener-Conestoga MP says Pride flag should not be flown on the same pole as Canadian flag GUEST: Cait Glasson, SPECTRUM, Board Member Kitchener-Conestoga MP Harold Albrecht disagrees with the Waterloo Region District School Boards decision to fly the pride flag on the same mast as the Canadian flag.
9:45 AM TOPIC: Tennessee Man Finds Out Wife Is Kidney Donor Match with Custom Baseball Card: ‘You Want to Save My Life?’ Heather Winfree of Tennessee surprised her husband Steve Winfree with news that she’s his kidney donor match by gifting him a pack of cards — with a very special message inside.
Jul 11, 2017, 04:14 PM
Monday July 10 2017 - 9 AM
9:00 AM TOPIC: Games institute uses Virtual Reality to explore historical wrongs GUEST: Kristina Llewellyn, Associate Professor, Department of Social A university of Waterloo professor and the Games Institute is teaming up to create a virtual reality experience that will explore historical wrongs. Three people who endured years of abuse at the Nova Scotia Home for Coloured Children will see their stories come back to life. This is the first project by Digital Oral Histories for Reconciliation, a group funded by Kristina Llewellyn. Kristina was inspired by a phone call from her nephew that interviewed a survivor of the segregated residential school.
9:15 AM TOPIC: Parents who push their kids into gender exploration need to back off: Teitel News emerged this week that a baby in B.C. was issued what is believed to be the first health card in history without a gender ID. Instead of F or M, the baby’s health card reads U, shorthand, most likely, for unspecified. It may not surprise you that the baby’s parent, Kori Doty, a non-binary transgender person who uses the pronoun “they,” wishes to raise their child genderless — for now at least.
9:30 AM TOPIC: Summer health issues GUEST: Sherry Torkos, Pharmacist and author of the Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine Sherry Torkos is a pharmacist and health author based out of Niagara. Sherry will shed some light on what to do about summer health issues such as sunburn, bug bites and dehydration.
9:45 AM TOPIC: Canada's richest places 2017 A list ranking the richest places in Canada has been released, and some of the findings may surprise you. The list by Macleans is based on average net worth. It takes into account your assets, such as investments, your car, your home and even your artwork and then subtracts your debts. Not surprisingly, West Vancouver is on top with an average net worth of just over $4-million. Locally, Guelph ranks the highest at 23rd with a net worth of slightly under $1.2-million. In Waterloo Region, the townships lead the way. Woolwich is 28th at just over $1,000,000, Wellesley checks in at 57th with $820-thousand in average net worth and Wilmot is 76th at a shade under $750-thousand. Waterloo is the only one of the tri-cities to crack the top 100 with an average net worth of $710-thousand – good for 93rd on the list.
Jul 10, 2017, 04:33 PM
Friday July 7 2017 - 9 AM
9:00 AM TOPIC: Condo development near Conestoga College gets green light Kitchener City Council has approved a development with 75 two or three bedroom units in an area that has seen an increase of student housing. 50 Pinnacle Drive is near Conestoga College and is right next to a property where council recently turned down a plan to build a 172-bedroom student housing complex.
9:15 AM TOPIC: Minister Bardish Chagger heading to China with Governor General GUEST: Hon. Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small business and tourism
9:30 AM TOPIC: Minister Bardish Chagger heading to China with Governor General GUEST: Hon. Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small business and tourism
9:45 AM TOPIC: Bird banding GUEST: David Lamble, Master Bird Bander For 35 years a high school chemistry teacher, now a singer, actor and TV host in his retirement, but more importantly for us, a Master Bird Bander – one of only 100 in Canada. Since 1978 he has banded 171,759 birds of 193 species (as of this writing), but who’s counting. As David says, “I am not good at keeping track…the totals are really personal goals/achievements…banding is not a competitive sport.”
Jul 07, 2017, 05:01 PM
Thursday July 6 2017 9 AM
9:00 AM TOPIC: Building owners continue to get a tax break for having empty storefronts in Cambridge GUEST: Councillor Pam Wolf, Ward 5, City of Cambridge Councillor Pam Wolf is asking city staff to consider looking into eliminating property tax reductions for storefronts that sit empty and aren’t being occupied for more than a year. According to Councillor Wolf, buildings with empty storefronts receive a 30 to 40 per cent reduction on their property taxes with no time limit attached to that. Councillor Wolf is proposing a time limit of a year for any storefront to remain empty before taking away the tax reduction.
9:15 AM TOPIC: Next-Level Revenge Porn: AnonIB Lets Users Trade & Sell Nude Photos of Women GUEST: Laura Hensley - Staff Writer, Flare On AnonIB, a site styled after image-based bulletin board 4chan, anonymous users are uploading, trading and selling explicit images of women without their consent. The site has threads for a number of Canadian universities and colleges, including McMaster University, St. Francis Xavier University, University of Guelph, Trent University, Humber College, Carleton University, York University, Acadia University and University of Toronto. Apart from universities, there are threads for Canadian cities and even high schools—meaning there may be images of under aged girls. To put it simply, AnonIB is not a pretty place. The woman on this site often have no idea it exists, and have no idea how their images ended up on the site. Removing their image from the site can be difficult and often there is little Police or anyone can do to help them.
9:30 AM TOPIC: Giant rubber ducky making way to Owen Sound for Ontario 150 GUEST: Mayor of Owen Sound, Ian Boddy The World’s Largest Rubber Duck will soon be headed to Owen Sound. It is joining the ONTARIO 150 Tour to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday during the summer with stops in Toronto, then Owen Sound, Midland, Sault Ste. Marie, Amherstburg and Brockville. The first stop in Toronto is on Canada Day weekend, with the big duck stopping in Owen Sound July 7th to the 9th. It's all part of the ‘Maawanji’iding Festival Canadiana Owen Sound’ which runs from June 30th through July 9th. The ten-day festival includes two signature weekend events with concerts, shows, and other activities for people of all ages.
9:45 AM TOPIC: Regional Police say drug use is number one concern at Ever After Music Festival The numbers are in for this year’s Ever After Festival. 342 calls for police service. Of those 129 were drug related. There was so much drug activity that many weren’t even charged due to “overwhelming volume”. The event even included an amnesty box where concert goers could dump their drugs at the gate, which police say was overflowing. Police Chief Bryan Larkin says curbing the use of drugs at the festival is their number one concern moving forward. “So we do encourage and credit people for using the amnesty box, but it was overflowing. Which resulted in us having to keep calling on the event organizers to manage it. This is a similar trend we have seen across Ontario.” Despite all the concern around all those drugs, Larkin says hes confident the problem can be controlled in the coming years. “We had a significant operational plan in place, significant leadership in place, and I think in the end we had a successful event. The reality is because it is licensed and controlled, if we have any concerns ther is an outlet and mechanism for policing.” 35 officers were deployed to the festival this year on both Saturday and Sunday, but police say that number could increase in coming years.
Jul 06, 2017, 02:13 PM
Wednesday July 5 2017 9 AM
9:00 AM TOPIC: Kitchener beefs up neighbourhood grants GUEST: Josh Joseph, Supervisor, Neighbourhood Development Office, City of Kitchener The city has beefed up its grants to encourage "placemaking," offering six times as much money as it did last year to encourage people to liven up their neighbourhoods. As part of its new neighbourhood strategy, in 2016 Kitchener gave out nine $1,000 grants to groups for temporary placemaking efforts, including a pop-up beach party, a soccer tournament with live music and a food truck, a pollinator garden and a historical map workshop. The basic idea is that placemaking brings a neighbourhood to life by turning everyday spaces into destinations and gathering places where people want to spend time.
9:15 AM TOPIC: Health Canada testing Banana Boat sunscreen products as complaints mount A British Columbia mother says her 12-year-old son suffered burn injuries after using a Banana Boat sunscreen product. Patrizia Fitch, of Victoria, said Tuesday that her son Daniel was left with severe blisters after wearing a Banana Boat sunscreen on a school trip to a beach in the city. She says he applied the sunscreen four times and the blisters kept getting worse. Fitch says she’s reported her son’s injuries to Health Canada. A Health Canada spokeswoman says the number of complaints about the company’s products has shot up to 139 in the past two months. Renelle Briand says the agency has reviewed test results provided by the company and has not identified any problems. She says the government is now conducting its own testing of the sunscreens. The issue received public attention in May when three mothers complained that their babies suffered burn injuries after using Banana Boat sunscreen. Banana Boat Canada has previously said that its products are safe and have been approved by Health Canada.
9:30 AM TOPIC: Health unit spreading education about Opioids GUEST: Grace Bermingham, the manager of information and planning at the Region of Waterloo public health division
9:45 AM TOPIC: Foreign buyer activity in Ontario market about 5%, government says GUEST: Tyson Hinschberger, Broker, Planet Realty Inc. Newly released figures show nearly five per cent of home purchases in Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe region were made by non-residents since the Liberal government announced a foreign buyer tax. The 15-per-cent-tax is imposed on buyers in that area — stretching from the Niagara Region to Peterborough — who are not citizens, permanent residents or Canadian corporations. Despite the focus on foreign speculators, the government admitted it didn’t have good data on their role in the market, so it also required homebuyers as of April 24 to give information about their residency and citizenship status. The government says today that data collected from April 24 to May 26 show 18,282 residential and agricultural properties were bought or acquired in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region. Of those transactions, it says about 4.7 per cent of the properties were bought or acquired by people who aren’t citizens or permanent residents, and by foreign corporations. The foreign buyer tax was one part of a 16-part housing plan the government introduced as the housing market in the Toronto area and beyond saw year-over-year price increases of over 30 per cent. The Toronto Real Estate Board previously found that 4.9 per cent of transactions in the Greater Toronto Area involved foreign buyers, which it said was a minimal amount and not detrimental to the housing market. In May, home sales in the Greater Toronto Area plunged 20.3 per cent. It may be a sign that the government’s efforts to cool the market are having an effect, though some economists and realtors say any impact could be short-lived. The average selling price for all properties in May was $863,910, up from $752,100 the same month last year, according to the Toronto Real Estate Board, but that was down from $919,614 in April. The number of detached homes sold fell by 26.3 per cent in the GTA year-over year as their average selling price rose 15.6 per cent to $1,141,041. After Vancouver introduced a 15 per cent tax in foreign buyers last August its market cooled, but there are signs it is rebounding. Toronto and Vancouver are both being closely monitored in light of fears that the fallout from a possible crash in prices could have ramifications for the national economy. The Ontario government will update its numbers again in the fall. It is also establishing an expert forum on housing affordability, which will meet Wednesday and continue to do so quarterly. The tax applies to purchases made on or after April 21, though there are exemptions for refugees, foreign nationals under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, or if the property is jointly purchased with a spouse who is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, refugee or exempt under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. Rebates will be available to people who subsequently get citizenship or permanent resident status, as well as foreign nationals working in Ontario and international students.
Jul 05, 2017, 03:22 PM