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ERIC DROZD SHOW – Thursday February 9th, 2017


10:00 AMCensus growth rate numbers

GUEST: Jeff Outhit, Reporter, The Record

Canada’s latest census numbers show the country’s population reached 35.2 million in 2016, an increase of 1.7 million over 2011 — the strongest growth of all the G7 countries. Waterloo Region’s population grew by 5.5 per cent. Over 523,000 people live in the area, putting our region 10th among the country’s 35 census metropolitan areas. The population in Guelph is now at over 151,000, an increase of 7.7 per cent. It’s ranked 28th among the metropolitan areas. Calgary was the fastest-growing census metropolitan area in 2016, with a growth rate of 14.6 per cent, followed by Edmonton at 13.9 per cent and Saskatoon at 12.5 per cent. Among smaller urban areas, Sylvan Lake, Alta., posted a growth rate of 19.6 per cent, followed by Wasaga Beach/Collingwood, at 17.9 per cent and Okotoks, Alta., at 17.8 per cent. Wednesday’s release is just the first of seven portions of 2016 census data to be released by Statistics Canada over the course of 2017; the next one, to be focused on age and sex, is scheduled for May.


10:30 AM:Airport selloff

GUEST: John Ivison, political columnist, National Post

The prospect of selling off Canada’s largest airports has some telling the Liberals, this would be the smart move. The federal government owns 22 airports across the country.

The C.D. Howe Institute has done its own valuation, released Tuesday.  Author Steven Robins believes 7.2-16.6 billion dollars could be added to the ban if the 8 largest airports were sold.  Pearson along would be worth about 6 billion.  Industry insiders say this is a no brainer as airports are cash cows.



11:00 AM: Health Hour

GUEST: Lorna Vanderhaeghe


11:30 AM: Continued


12:00 PM: Bombardier Bailout

GUEST: Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation


The federal government says it will provide $372.5 million in interest-free loans to Bombardier, a move that elicited criticism even though it is far less than the transportation giant originally sought more than a year ago. The money will be handed out in installments over four years to support the Global 7000 and CSeries aircraft projects, the government said. Most of the loans would go to the Global 7000 business aircraft program, which is scheduled to go into commercial service next year. The remaining third would go to the CSeries passenger jet, which was mired in delays and cost overruns prior to entering commercial service last year.  Several federal cabinet ministers made the announcement Tuesday evening at a Bombardier facility in Montreal.  “The CSeries is an extraordinary plane,” Transport Minister Marc Garneau told a news conference.  “It started out on a piece of paper and then became the best plane in the world in its class. This is something we should all be proud about.” Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains said the money will preserve thousands of high-paying technology jobs in Ontario where the Global will be assembled and Quebec where it is completed and the CSeries is built. Last year, Bombardier  received a US$1-billion investment for the CSeries passenger jet program from the Quebec government in exchange for a 49.5-per-cent stake


12:30 PM: Tech Talk

GUEST: Daniel Bader


1:00 PM:Throwback Thursday


1:30 PM:Recap Morning Topic