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ON Point with Alex Pierson is an in-depth, no-nonsense look at the stories making headlines. Alex has 20 years in the field, and behind an anchor desk.and is known and respected for her tough reporting style and accountability. Join the daily conversation with ON Point with Alex Pierson and never mi…

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    Horror Film Highlights Stigma Around HIV

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2022 9:34


    It's only 20 minutes in length, but this horror film produced by Toronto's Casey House is being used to highlight the stigma associated with those who are HIV positive. Alex spoke with Joanne Simons who is the CEO of Casey House, to talk about the film, and where they've come in the way of HIV. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Will The Feds Look To Decriminalize Illegal Narcotics?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2022 9:34


    Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklock's Reporter joined us last hour to discuss how a federal drug policy is headed to “ultimately decriminalization” of illegal narcotics, a Liberal MP yesterday told the Commons health committee. Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, who attended the hearing, remained silent. Minister Bennett did not contradict MP Hanley's claim. That and more deep dive things into Ottawa with Tom. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac Singer-Songwriter, Dies At 79

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2022 9:43


    It's a sad day in the world of music as we have lost famous singer-songwriter, Christine McVie. She was well known for her role in Fleetwood Mac and helped the band write numerous hit songs, including Songbird. Eric Alper is a Music Publicist and Self Proclaimed 'Musicaholic,' and joined Alex to talk about it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Medically Assisted Death Over Seeking Support

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 10:53


    We have the most permissive euthanasia laws in the world and it's not something we should be proud of. Individuals with disabilities are wanting to acquire medically assisted death as opposed to getting the supports that our government has promised, because those supports just don't exist. Isabel Grant is a Professor Specializing in Criminal and Mental Health Law at the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia, and joined Alex to talk about the current programs in place, and what people are saying. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Metrolinx Axes Plan To Chop Trees At Osgoode Hall

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 9:17


    After a lot of pushback from the public, Metrolinx has said they will hold off on chopping down some 200 year old trees outside of Osgoode Hall in place of a metro station. Alex is joined by Eric Davies, Ecologist and PhD Candidate with the faculty of forestry at the University of Toronto. Eric breaks down the decision and also says that it might've been a good idea to chop these trees anyways. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Chinese Police Cracking Down On Covid Protests

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 10:17


    China's vast security apparatus has moved swiftly to smother mass protests that swept the country, with police patrolling streets, checking cell phones and even calling some demonstrators to warn them against a repeat. Some are saying that this carries the same weight as what we saw in Tianamen Square, but is it getting to that point yet? Kay is a Chinese student currently studying in Vancouver, and formerly worked in Shanghai as a legal professional for over a decade, and she joined Alex to talk about what we're seeing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    RCMP Investigating Chinese Interference In Canada

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 10:07


    The RCMP is investigating broad foreign interference by China in Canadian affairs, says Commissioner Brenda Lucki. She said, “In the context of the 2019 federal general election, the RCMP did not have any criminal investigations into election-related activities as there was no evidence at the time...” To help talk about it, Alex is joined by Dr. Christian Leuprecht is a Professor at the Royal Military College of Canada and Queen's University, also an Expert on Security and Defence at the McDonald Laurier Institute. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Ontario Passes Housing Bill, But There's Still More Criticism

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 10:53


    Ontario passed a housing bill Monday intended to spur development but critics say it will lead to higher property taxes, weaken conservation authority powers, and not actually make homes more affordable. Alex was joined by Matti Siemiatycki, Director of the Infrastructure Institute and Professor of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto, to talk about it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Is $135 Million Going To?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2022 10:48


    Storage of 4 mobile field hospitals will cost taxpayers more than $135 million this year, records show. Public Works Minister, Helena Jaczek, said she was "completely unaware of,” the storage costs. The storage costs follow a sole-sourced $150 million contract to SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. for field hospitals: “That is not exactly directed to preventing or treating Covid.” Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter, joined us with the details, and more deep dive stories from Ottawa. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Toronto City Council Revolts Against Strong Mayor Powers

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022 9:50


    Toronto Mayor Tory has done something he hasn't been able to do before, and that's unify the council. The caveat is that they're unified because they all oppose the new 'strong mayor' powers that Tory has gotten, which would allow him to make any decision he wants without a vote from council. Ben Spurr is the Toronto Star's City Hall Reporter, and joined Alex to breakdown what happened in the city council meeting on Thursday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Police Working To Protect Missing Persons' 'Right To Be Forgotten' Online

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022 10:38


    Toronto police are working on a way to minimize the digital footprint left behind in missing persons cases, according to a tweet from earlier this month. Can something like this be feasible when someone is missing and then found? Maureen Trask is an advocate for other families of missing loved ones, and she herself lost her son Daniel who went missing in 2011 and, who unfortunately, was found deceased three and a half years later. She joined Alex to talk about the push being made by police, and whether or not she supports it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Can Psychedelic Shops Last Much Longer In Toronto?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022 8:39


    The city says it has no plans to use its powers to shut down Toronto's only magic mushroom dispensary after a police raid earlier this month, leaving the shop still operating in a kind of grey area. We spoke with Paul Lewin, a lawyer who specializes in issues surrounding cannabis and psychedelics, about how long can a business like this can last. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    We Need To Get Past The Talking Stage About Guns In Schools

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022 9:47


    Teachers across Toronto are getting more and more concerned with coming to class given the high amounts of student violence that has been seen breaking out. Alex spoke with Marcell Wilson, Founder of the One by One Movement, and said advocates have been warning about an escalation of gun violence and ‘safe zones' being breached. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Remembering Börje Salming, The Iconic Maple Leafs Defenceman

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2022 8:02


    He was just honoured two weeks ago at a Maple Leafs home game after he revealed he was diagnosed with ALS earlier this year. Börje Salming (aka number 21) was a former Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman who remains, even in his passing, one of the Maple Leaf's greatest players. Mark Hebscher, a Former TV Broadcaster and Host of the "Hebsy On Sports" Podcast, joined Alex to talk about this hockey pioneer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Toronto Tesla Owners Can Use Self-Driving Mode Downtown

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2022 9:05


    Safety experts are concerned about the ability for Tesla drivers in Toronto to finally be able to utilize the self driving feature that has been widely used around the world. They're worried that the feature is not ready to implement in a downtown setting and that they weren't sure how the algorithm would work with so many constantly changing variables. Constable Sean Shapiro is with the Traffic Services Division of the Toronto Police, and joined Alex to discuss it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Investigation Into Veterans Affairs Staffer Who Offered Medically Assisted Death To Vets

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2022 10:15


    We spoke with Mark Meincke, former Canadian soldier and veterans advocate and host of Operation Tango Romeo, a trauma-recovery podcast for Canadian Forces members, about two more instances of a Veterans Affairs Canada employee discussing medical assistance in dying with a veteran have been discovered during an ongoing investigation into the department. Mark says this should've been a criminal investigation from the get-go. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Toronto City Council Agrees On Opposing Ford Housing Bill

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2022 9:01


    Toronto City Council has voted unanimously to demand major changes to a Doug Ford government housing bill over concerns it will cost the city $230 million annually in lost development fees, lower the supply of affordable homes, and expose potentially thousands of heritage buildings to demolition. Stephen Holyday is the Toronto City Councillor for Ward 2 - Etobicoke Centre, and he joined Alex to talk about this and the strong powers now given to Mayor John Tory. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Trudeau Says That "The Integrity Of Our Elections Was Not Compromised"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2022 11:50


    Did China interfere in our elections in 2019 and 2021? Are politicians getting paid off by the foreign nation? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been adamant in press conferences and media scrums, that he was never briefed on the matter, and that there was no known interference from China in our elections. Duff Conacher, Co-Founder of Democracy Watch & Democracy Education Network, joined Alex and noted these are public allegations, and we need disclosure on whether or not an investigation is underway. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Less Screen Time For Kids: New Doctor Guidelines Recommend

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2022 9:27


    The Canadian Paediatric Society have created updated guidelines on the use of screens for children under age 5, encouraging parents and caregivers to not only limit the amount of time preschoolers spend in front of screens but to be involved when they do. Dr. Sheri Madigan, Canada Research Chair in Determinants of Child Development at the University of Calgary, and who co-authored the study, joined Alex and spoke about how much screen time kids should be having, if at all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A Long Term Care Home Changed Its Operation And It Works

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2022 9:56


    Toronto's Lakeshore Lodge the first of Toronto's municipally-run long-term care homes to receive extra funding to make the care more resident-centred. This allows the people living there to have more choices in everything including when and what they eat, what they do, and even down to decor in the facility. Alex is joined by Sr. Sander Hitzig, a Senior Scientist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, who has been working on the implementation of the program. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Bombshell Motion Of "Suicide By Cop" In 10 Year Old Case Delays Inquest

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2022 11:35


    10 years later we still have yet to start an inquest that is years late, and now will be further delayed because the officer who killed Sammy Yatim has filed a last minute minute motion to present “evidence” that Yatim provoked the Toronto cop into killing him because he was seeking “suicide by cop.” Jon Reid is the President of the Toronto Police Association and spoke with Alex to talk about this case, as well as other important stories. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    100 Amendment To Bill C-11

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2022 10:46


    A Senate committee last night began rewriting Cabinet's latest attempt at regulating legal internet content. Members of the Senate transport and communications committee proposed 100 separate amendments to Bill C-11 An Act To Amend The Broadcasting Act. Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter, joined Alex with the details about this, and other stories related to Ottawa. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Covid Affected Social And Civic Interaction

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 8:19


    According to the Toronto Social Capital Study 2022, "The experience of the COVID-19 pandemic put communities around the world under tremendous stress. In the City of Toronto, the pandemic created widespread economic hardship, while limiting opportunities for residents to connect with family, friends, neighbours and organizations..." Sharon Avery is the President and CEO of the Toronto Foundation, and joined Alex to give us the details on it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    We Have A Problem With Project Spending In Ontario

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 8:43


    We spoke with Matti Siemiatycki, Canada Research Chair in Infrastructure Planning and Finance at the University of Toronto, about Premier Ford's Ontario Line transit project's budget ballooning towards 20-billion dollars. Matti said private-public partnerships have not performed well when it comes to civil projects. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    It's Time To Address The Healthcare Backlog

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 8:44


    We spoke with Francesca Grosso, Principal of Health Policy firm Grosso McCarthy, who says the province should be utilizing both for-profit and not-for-profit care centres to address our health backlog… but also by changing a rule that would allow for-profit centres to perform insured services. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Mendicino Mused About Seizing Life Savings

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2022 9:54


    Some Freedom Convoy protesters and supporters saw their bank accounts seized or frozen entirely as was discussed in the privy council. This is the same privy council that froze bank accounts without meeting the legal threshold – but they did it anyway because, well, it worked. Here to talk about it all is none other than Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklock's Reporter, where he helps us do the deep dive into all things Ottawa. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Op-Ed: Jewish Voices Aren't Heard When We Call Out Hate

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2022 9:28


    With anti-Semitism on the rise in the mainstream, and with celebrities, politicians, and everyday people getting called out for being part of that culture, StatsCan shows that Jews are the most targeted religious minority. Sheba Birhanu is the Associate Director of Partnerships at the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs. She's also a Canadian-Ethiopian Jewish Activist who focuses on combatting antisemitism and hate. She wrote an opinion article in The Globe and Mail, and joined Alex to talk about the article and the effects that this hate is having on the Jewish community. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    FIFA Threatens World Cup Teams Over Armbands

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2022 9:08


    FIFA has sent threats to World Cup teams after captains were seen wearing 'One Love' armbands as a way to protest the host nation (Qatar) and their human rights track record. The threats came in the way of players being yellow carded and penalized for wearing them. Dr. Mac Ross is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Supervisor of the Sport and Human Rights Lab at Western University, and joined Alex to discuss it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Highest Rate Of Gang Violence In 16 Years

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2022 11:10


    In a new report by StatsCan, 2021 saw the highest rate of gang related homicides in 16 years. We spoke with Dave Perry, 640 Toronto's Security Analyst, Former Toronto Police Officer with the homicide squad. Dave said there's a two-pronged approach to tackling violence - and government has to step up and make it happen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Trees Versus Transit: What's More Important?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2022 9:52


    Erin O'Donovan, President of the Toronto Lawyers Association, joined us after Metrolinx announced they'll go ahead with cutting down five 200-year-old-plus trees for an archeological assessment in preparation for a new station for the Ontario Line. This would be a multibillion-dollar transit project led by the provincial government. Erin says Metrolinx hasn't been willing to consider alternate locations for the project. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Trudeau Says He Wasn't Briefed

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2022 8:56


    It took two weeks after he was initially asked if he knew of any interference from China in the 2019 federal election, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has finally spoken out when asked again on Sunday, and said that he hasn't been briefed on any collusion that happened during the election or with anything involving politicians. Michael Chong is the Conservative MP for Wellington-Halton Hills and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs for the Official Opposition, and joined Alex to talk about it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Ontario MPP Backpedals Anti-Semitic Remarks

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2022 11:21


    On Sunday, Joel Harden, the Ottawa-Centre member of Ontario's provincial parliament, apologized for comments he made in a video roughly one year ago in which he said the “single greatest origin of violence in the Middle East is unquestionably the state of Israel.” Andrea Freedman is President and CEO or the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, and joined Alex to talk about the comments and the backlash that came from it. She also said that politicians should be held to account for their actions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Tory Should Reject Strong Mayor Powers: Former Mayors

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2022 9:15


    Former Toronto mayors including David Crombie, David Miller and Barbara Hall have penned a letter to Mayor John Tory asking him to reject a bill that gives him power to pass bylaws with minority support. Also known as strong mayor legislation, Bill 39 was introduced by Municipal Affairs Minister, Steve Clark, on Wednesday, allowing the mayors of Toronto and Ottawa to pass bylaws aligning with provincial priorities, “if more than one-third of council members vote in favour.” We spoke with Ben Spurr, the Toronto Star's City Hall Reporter, about this and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Challenging Elderly Patients Forced Into LTC

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2022 11:04


    We spoke with Jane Meadus, a lawyer at the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, about long-term care advocates preparing a constitutional challenge to an Ontario law that allows some discharged elderly hospital patients to be forced into a nursing home they did not choose. Jane says this comes down to a broken system - the government doesn't have preventative measures, like home care, to keep elderly out of hospital. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Controversial Changes Coming To MAiD

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2022 11:25


    Next March Canadian's will be able to use mental illness as the sole reason to request medical assistance in dying. Alex spoke to Dr. Viren Naik, Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at University of Ottawa and Medical Director of the Champlain Regional MAiD Network at The Ottawa Hospital and Greater Ottawa Region. Dr. Naik dives into what this means for Canadians and Canadian doctors. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Tech Jobs In Canada Are On The Rocks

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2022 12:09


    Layoffs at Twitter and Facebook might just be the tip of the iceberg as other tech companies have started rolling out layoffs during this recessionary period. Are they just course correcting or is there more at stake? What's the future of the tech industry in Canada look like? We asked Abdullah Snobar, executive director of the DMZ tech hub. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Bureaucrats Stand By The Freezing Of Bank Accounts

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2022 9:34


    Did the federal government need to use the Emergencies Act and freeze the bank accounts of the convoy protesters? It's all coming out during this inquiry. Alex talks with Aaron Wudrick, Director of the Domestic Policy Program for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute to clear up what happened. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Chinese-Canadians say cabinet must “stand up” to China's Communist Party

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2022 9:53


    Chinese-Canadians, in an internal Privy Council Office poll, say cabinet must “stand up” to China's Communist Party, even if it brings worsening relations. “Canada was not currently doing enough to speak out against human rights issues,” citizens of Chinese ethnicity told federal pollsters. Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklock's Reporter, joined us with the details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Chinese Business Man In Toronto Faces Foreign Interference Investigations

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2022 10:17


    Prominent businessman in Toronto's Chinese community is the subject of two separate investigations involving foreign interference, sources tell Global News. According to RCMP sources, national security investigators are also probing Wei for possible links to several properties in Toronto and Vancouver allegedly used as so-called Chinese government “police stations,” which are believed to secretly host agents from China's Ministry of Public Security (MPS.) We asked  Sam Cooper, Investigative Journalist for Global News what we know about the police stations and these investigations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Will A Police Presence Return To Schools?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2022 9:08


    After several incidents of violence in schools, including a stabbing in a school Monday. Another school lockdown Tuesday over reports of guns the mayor has called a meeting with TDSB and police. A solution would be bringing back the school resource program put in 2008, but cancelled by city council 2017, because activists forced the issue. We asked John Reid, President of the Toronto Police Association what can be done to keep our kids safe in schools? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Strong Mayor Changes Everything

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2022 10:53


    Strong mayor powers change everything. Maybe we're okay with John Tory having these powers but will we still accept this reality when the next mayor is elected whoever it my be. We talk with Ben Spurr, Reporter with Toronto Star's City Hall Bureau about the ramifications of this. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    More Canadians Relying On Charities Due To Increased Cost Of Living

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 9:08


    Food banks, charitable clothing stores, and more, are seeing more and more Canadians using their services daily. All of this is because of the extremely high cost of living we're seeing right now. What can we do to lessen the load, and what can you do to help ease the system? Let's ask Greg Thomson, Director of Research for Charity Intelligence Canada, and get his thoughts on what you can do to help. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Did Russia Fire A Missile At Poland?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 12:11


    On Tuesday, a missile crossed into Polish territory and ended up killing two civilians. This caused an emergency meeting to be called between NATO members as to whether or not they should impose Article 5. What would that mean for the war on Ukraine if it was invoked? We asked Marcus Kolga, Director of Disinfo Watch, Senior Fellow Macdonald-Laurier Institute's Centre for Advancing Canada's Interests Abroad, and Expert in Russian and Pan Pacific Issues. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Will Bars Extend Hours For World Cup?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 10:04


    After many shutdowns and closures, the World Cup offers bars and restaurants an opportunity to regain some of that lost profit by opening their doors for games that happen very early in the mornings. But will the city push for it? Rocco Mastrangelo Jr., Owner of the popular College Street soccer bar, Café Diplomatico, said the World Cup is a huge part of their business, and pushing back the hours when bars can serve alcohol would help boost sales. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Are The Kids Alright?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2022 9:34


    Are the kids really alright? New survey reveals nearly 60% of Canadians think children are worse off today than a year ago. Between education loss and poor healthcare, the kids just simply aren't alright. Sara Austin, Founder and CEO of Children First Canada, joined us to talk about a new survey that reveals nearly 60% of Canadians think children are worse off today than a year ago. Sara said kids are speaking up but is anyone listening? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Time For A New China Strategy

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2022 11:36


    We need a new strategy to deal with China and the infiltration they've made into Canada's politicians. We already heard that CSIS had told the prime minister that China had dealings in the 2019 federal election and with the G20 currently going on, will there be a new strategy tabled on how we deal with the issue? Charles Burton is a Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and a Former Counsellor at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, and spoke with Alex about it all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Violence Against Women Not Getting Better

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2022 10:52


    Durham Regional Police officers were called to a home in Oshawa on Saturday where they found a 38-year-old man and his eight-year-old daughter dead. Police are calling this a a murder-suicide without any outstanding suspects. According to the latest statistics, one woman is killed every six days as an act of violence against women in Canada. Sandra McCormack is the Executive Director of The Denise House in Durham, and joined Alex to talk about it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Don't Break The Glass Unless There's An Emergency

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2022 8:41


    We spoke with Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklock's Reporter, about how CSIS Director, David Vigneault, said “at no time” posed a threat to Canada's security, and that were no signs of foreign interference. He advised cabinet that invoking the Emergencies Act could further inflame extreme antigovernmental rhetoric. To invoke this act there has to be a threat to national security. CSIS clearly said there wasn't. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A ‘Perfect Storm' Has More Canadians Surrendering Pets

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022 10:33


    It's not just the cost of gas or groceries that's having Canadians feeling strapped for cash. It's also the cost of food and necessities for pets that's making Canadians make the decision between keeping food on the table, or keeping the pet at home. Pet adoptions skyrocketed during the pandemic so that everyone could feel some sense of connection, but now animal shelters are either close to, or at capacity for surrenders. Phil Nichols is the Chief Operating Officer at the Toronto Humane Society, and chatted with Alex about the need for support for the shelters, and individuals who own pets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    State of Emergency: Inside Canada's ER Crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022 11:02


    Turning people away, not getting tests done in time, or just long waits in general. That's the state of our hospital system right now, and it's not getting any better. Dr. Alan Drummond is a Rural Emergency Physician at Great War Memorial Hospital in Perth, Ontario, and authored a feature for Maclean's about just how bad the system is. He joined Alex to talk about it, and where we're headed now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Coroner's Inquest On Police Shooting To Begin After 10 Years

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022 9:34


    It's been ten years since Sammy Yatim was shot and killed on a streetcar by a Toronto police officer while having a mental health crisis. After all this time, we finally will get a coroner's inquest into what happened with the case. Will Sammy's family finally get retribution or will things come up cold? To talk about it, we spoke with Joseph Neuberger, a Criminal Lawyer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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