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    Good Talk-October 22

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 53:12

    Lots for Chantal and Rob Russo (filling in this week for Bruce) to talk about as we preview the decisions around and the optics around the cabinet that Justin Trudeau will unveil next Tuesday.  Also, what does mandatory vaccination mean for MPs to enter the House of Commons and does it create yet another problem for Erin O'Toole?  And then, inflation, and the Alberta plebiscite.  As I said, lots to talk about!

    Braveheart Reporting

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 34:41

    Setting up camp in the Scottish Highlands for a few weeks and starting with a sense of what my first international journey since Covid was like.  Bottom line -- it wasn't that bad at all.  And then a lookahead to what is in store in terms of some special programs in the next little while, something I hope for everyone.

    Are you Thinking of Quitting Your Job?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 36:30

    The pandemic has apparently made many Americans consider quitting their jobs.  How about Canadians?  There has been a research study on exactly that question going on for the last two years and our guest today has been the person doing the researching.  All that plus an update on Scotland, The Bridge and Off The Record. 

    Good Talk - Cabinet Decisions

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 53:12

    Chantal is in Montreal, Bruce is in Scotland as we tackle three issues including should the next minister of defence, if there's to be a new one,  be a woman? Should whoever it is have military experience? All this in light of continuing allegations of sexual harassment in the military.  But we start with Quebec's decision to hold back on its plan to have started vaccine passports in the health care system --  could that have an impact across the country? 

    THE BRIDGE -- Your Turn (and mine!)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 38:16

    Some of your thoughts and questions and comments about everything from politics to Covid.  And a little bit of me explaining what its like to launch a new book.

    SMT -- The Trump Train Keeps On Rolling

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 39:52

    It's been months since we talked about Donald Trump, and maybe that's been a mistake.  Is he dumb like a fox?  Some people say he is and the media is letting him get away with a "slow moving coup".  Bruce and I have our thoughts on that.  And while we're at it, how should the Canadian media be treating Max Bernier?

    Hadfield on Shatner

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 36:59

    It's a big week in space as Star Trek becomes real if only for a few minutes.  William Shatner goes into space and The Bridge has Canada's most famous astronaut to tell us what to think about that.Also an update on hand sanitizers -- were they ever. even needed?

    Good Talk -- Are Leaders Losing Their Power?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 53:32

    The Conservative Caucus moves to be the deciders on whether their leader stays or goes.  Can that be contagious for other parties?  Chantal and Bruce have their thoughts on that.  Plus why has politics become so unattractive for potential candidates? Or has it?

    What if they held an election and nobody ran?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 37:16

    A footnote to low election turnouts.  And then, when will Alberta recover from its COVID disaster?  Can Jason Kenney survive the pandemic?  No province has escaped the COVID challenge but Alberta has had a worse time than anywhere.   Today we try to answer the question: What the heck is happening to Alberta?Guiding us through the story from Calgary is a friend of The Bridge and fellow podcaster, the CBC's Kathleen Petty of "West of Centre". 

    Good Talk - The Tofino Walk on the Beach

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 52:57

    Chantal is in Montreal and Bruce is on the road today but the talk is always clear -- and today it's more of the post-election talk as we head into October ten days clear of the vote that gave the country another Trudeau minority.  Trudeau's agenda and cabinet , O'Toole's leadership and Indigenous rights top the good talk agenda.

    Is It Time For More Stick And Less Carrot on Vaccines?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 40:16

    With vaccine rates somewhat stalled is it time for governments, businesses AND hospitals to step up their game on getting more vaccines into more arms?  Smoke Mirrors and The Truth is back with Bruce Anderson.  Also is it finally time to admit we lost the war in Afghanistan?

    Can James Bond Save The Movie Theatre Business??

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 37:03

    Canada elected 102 women to the House of Commons last week which is a new record, but it raises the question, is it enough?  Other countries do better, much better.  The executive director of Equal Voice joins the program for her perspective on all this.  Also, our tease for today, can James Bond save the movie theatre business?

    Back to the reality of the Pandemic.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 56:45

    You don't want to miss this.  A feature interview with Dr Isaac Bogoch of the University Health Network.  If you feel out of touch after weeks of politics with the pandemic this is what you need.  We cover a lot of ground here from kids, schools, teachers, boosters, attending major gatherings -- its all here with the authoritative, no-nonsense voice of Dr Bogoch.

    Good Talk -- Will The Leaders Survive?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 53:10

    All the leaders. fell short of their hopes, so will any lose their jobs.  That's the focus for Chantal and Bruce on this week's Good Talk.  

    Your Turn - The Post Election Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 45:53

    No surprise, you weren't all too happy with the campaign or the final result.  But some interesting comments and suggestions and a few questions too on this week's Your Turn.  About the vote, about the media, and that's not all.  Enjoy.

    SMT - Analyzing The Media's Campaign Performance

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 43:04

    This is another master class episode, this time on journalism in the midst of a campaign.  Bruce and I are joined by an old friend, Assistant Professor of Journalism Elly Alboim from the Carleton School of Journalism. If you care about journalism you'll want to hear this.

    A Mini Good Talk --The Morning After The Night Before

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 39:58

    So what was the point of all that?  The Liberals are back with another minority almost the mirror image of the one that wasn't good enough for them just six weeks ago.  The Conservatives get more votes, the Liberals get more seats. The NDP makes no breakthroughs and still sits in fourth place behind the Bloc. Deja vu all over again.

    The Insiders -- This Is It!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 42:48

    It's all over except for the voting and today the Insiders with their stories about what E Day can be like -- for the leaders, for the staff and for the voters.

    Good Talk - Three Days To Go

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 53:34

    Chantal and Bruce join in on where we are with just hours left in the campaign.  Is it too late for voters to change their minds?  And how does the Jason Kenney news change things if at all?

    Your Turn -- Four Days To Go

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 48:31

    From across the country and across the continent your thoughts and comments and questions about the final days of the campaign.  With four days to go the comments are like the polls, close and still deciding.  

    SMT - Five Days To Go

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 43:49

    This is a lively and important discussion with Bruce Anderson on how to prepare for Monday night's election results. And also a good back and forth about whether the coverage the People's Party is getting, or not getting, is fair or unfair.

    The Reporters - Six Days To Go

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 40:48

    How do journalists deal with the challenges of the final days of a campaign.  Spin is heavy, polls are abundant, and momentum can distort things.  Althia is on the road this week catching a few days with each of the major candidates for Prime Minister.  Rob is in the comfort of his home in Ottawa watching and analyzing things the way only he can.  Plus, today's fun fact: does incumbency help or hurt individual candidates in an election?

    The Insiders -- Strategy for the Final Seven Days

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 40:12

    It's gut-check time for all leaders during the final seven days.  What do you say, what do you do, where do you go? These may be critical decisions so how do you make them.  Our Insiders draw on their experience to give their best advice.  And today's fun fact:  just what did the last Parliament accomplish.  The facts and figures tell a story.

    Good Talk -- Ten Days To Go

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 53:53

    This week's episode of Good Talk is a master class in understanding everything from debates, the vulnerabilities of the leaders, the impact of the People's Party, and the fallout from the Quebec leader's latest pronouncements. Things don't get better than Chantal and Bruce and this is another great example.

    Your Turn - Why Bother Voting?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 44:19

    Another week of emails from you on the state of politics in Canada during this election campaign.  Questions, comments, thoughts from Canadians living at home and abroad.

    SMT - The pre-debate jitters

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 39:15

    Bruce has briefed various leaders from different parties on how to prep for the big debate nights.  He takes us inside some of those stories on today's Smoke Mirrors and The Truth. 

    Are journalists meeting the challenge of covering debates and protests?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 39:54

    Canadian political leaders have debated since 1968, but do journalists cover these election spectacles appropriately?  And how about those semi-violent protests - are they covered too much or too little?

    The Insiders -- Do Negative Ads Work?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 53:39

    We are entering the stretch run, the final two weeks, and the political ad segment of the campaign.  It really started this holiday weekend as the Liberals moved to blunt Conservative momentum. Did it work?  Does it work. Our Insiders look at that, plus the upcoming two debates this week -- and they give us the questions THEY would ask!

    Good Talk -- Debates Matter

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 52:41

    One down two to go.  The debates have begun and they matter.  Chantal and Bruce deconstruct last night's French language debate and look ahead to the next two next week.  Everything is now at stake in a very tight race.

    Your Turn on Election '21

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 45:45

    You've been writing a lot to in the last two weeks about the election campaign, and about my Arctic travels.  Today is your turn and as long-time listeners to The Bridge know, I love reading your mail.  So enjoy.

    SMT -- Polls, Pandemic and Campaign Hiccups.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 42:56

    Bruce Anderson takes a close-up look at what the polls are saying, and what they are NOT saying.  Also, how big is the pandemic as an issue and could it get bigger.  

    Should Anything Be Off The Record On The Campaign Planes And Buses?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 38:27

    Journalists Althia Raj and Rob Russo tackle some key questions about journalism: should Justin Trudeau be called "prime minister" during a campaign?; who pays for reporters' travel on campaign planes?; should reporters share the blame for bad answers from politicians?; and how about the touchy subject of what's on and what's off the record?  It's an action-packed episode you won't want to miss.

    How Considering Erin O'Toole As PM, Changes The Campaign Narrative

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 39:18

    The Insiders gather to talk about what's happening in the war rooms as we head into week three.  How does the fact people are considering Erin O'Toole as a prime minister impact the way the different parties run their campaigns? Also up for discussion:  how does momentum affect a campaign, and, what are the underlying factors than can impact the final vote.

    Good Talk -- Are The Liberals In Trouble?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 52:38

    Two weeks in to the campaign and there's a sense that the Liberals are struggling.  Are they?  Chantal Hebert and Bruce Anderson on that and a lot more.

    SMT With Bruce Anderson - Breaking Down Some Election Analytics

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 40:29

    Bruce is back, with a detailed analysis of Canadian's attitudes on a number of issues surrounding the election. It's only two weeks in but some early trends are developing.  We also look at the issue of young voters and just how much of a difference they may make this time.

    Living History In The Arctic

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 31:10

    It was a travel day at sea today as we headed south in the Arctic Ocean.  But travel days can be a chance to reflect on the history of exploration in the Arctic and there is nothing I enjoy doing more.  That plus also watching the Navy go through its drills breaking in a new vessel on its maiden northern voyage.

    On Top Of The World

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 42:48

    We may not be at the North Pole but in some ways we are at the top of the world. Grise Fjord Nunavut is Canada's most northerly residential community. It's an exciting place but one with a difficult history. I bump into an old friend who helps me tell it. And on our election update, they say leaders tours and television ads can make a difference in a campaign. How about lawn signs? You may be surprised.

    Living the dream in Canada's Arctic

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 39:57

    On our third podcast from the Arctic we meet Chief Petty Officer Ginette Seguin - her story is one you won't forget. But first a bit of history about Arctic sovereignty — how it started and where it is now.  Canada has come a long way.

    Two Arctic Election Issues That Should Relate to All Canadians.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 39:55

    On Day Two in the Arctic, The Bridge meets two fascinating residents of Pond Inlet who are directly impacted but in very different ways to climate change and Arctic sovereignty. One is a long-time hunter, the other a long-time ranger. Hear their amazing stories on today's show.

    Into the Arctic

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 40:34

    The Bridge heads to the Arctic to see two big issues first hand -- the impact of climate change, and how to handle Arctic sovereignty.  Day One is in Pond Inlet before Friday boarding HMCS Harry Dewolf, Canada's first Arctic Patrol vessel.  And we don't forget the election as we talk too about the importance of turnout.

    Good Talk

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 52:56

    Chantal Hebert and Bruce Anderson are back with the first Good Talk of the 2021 election campaign.  Topics range from the impact of a PC win provincially in Nova  Scotia, to how Premier Legault in Quebec may impact how Quebecers vote federally which could impact the final national result, to the power of visual ads whether on TV or online and what the early ones are telling us.

    Reporter's Notebook

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 44:19

    What aren't we seeing, what aren't we hearing and what aren't we discussing as we enter the third day of Canada's election campaign.  That's the focus on this first segment of the "Reporters Notebook". Veteran political journalists Rob Russo and Althia Raj give a sense of what they see ahead. And a rundown of how the papers played Sunday's election call -- an interesting look at the way the country reacted to the decision. 

    Election 2021 - The Insiders

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 42:55

    Our political insiders give us the inside story on the first 24 hours of Canada's election campaign.  What was THE moment if there was one? Did anyone make a lasting mistake? What about the questions to the leaders - were they worthy?


    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 42:09

    With news that a fourth wave is now underway in Canada, can the Trudeau government risk an election campaign in the midst of it?  Along with Bruce Anderson we weigh the possibilities.  Also the impact of climate change, child care and China on how Canadians may cast their votes.

    SMT - Will Delta Delay An Election?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 34:46

    Some good talk about polls and what you need to consider at a time when you may well be bombarded with polls.  Its another episode of Bruce Anderson and Smoke Mirrors and The Truth where we also weigh election possibilities as some may be getting cold feet about calling an election when a fourth wave seems possible.

    "A Bridge Special: The Jagmeet Singh Interview"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 52:58

    The third and final in our series of interviews with the major national political party leaders.  NDP leader Jagmeet Singh talks about everything from the pandemic to the indigenous issue, and also his request of the Governor General not to allow Justin Trudeau an election this summer.Then Chantal Hebert and Bruce Anderson offer their take on the NDP leader's comments.

    Smoke Mirrors and The Truth - Are We Fair To Anti-Vaxxers?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 42:27

    A letter to SMT prompts a description on fairness in our commentary.  Bruce Anderson and I have our thoughts on this, and the role it may play in the upcoming election.  Plus our take on the Green Party and the NDP.

    The Bridge Special: The Erin O'Toole Interview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 52:12

    The election campaign could start in less than a month, so what does Erin O'Toole stand for? The man who leads the Conservatives wants to be prime minister but what do you actually know about what he would do if you gave him the job?

    SMT - Is the Misinformation Game Crumbling?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 42:34

    That promoting vaccine misinformation have taken a big hit with some of their biggest supporters taking to the sidelines. Bruce Anderson is in his regular spot for SMT as we talk vaccine numbers, and also we look at just how big the indigenous issue could be in the upcoming election. 

    Smoke Mirrors and The Truth -- Why An Election Now?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 40:32

    Bruce Anderson joins us for the week's SMT with the topic:  the election.  Everyone is betting it will be called next month, but why?  What's the reason?  The government hasn't been defeated in Parliament so why now two years before the rules say it should be called?   And what are the issues? What's the ballot question?

    Smoke Mirrors and The Truth -- An Inspired Choice (Re-Published)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 42:34

    **Note:  This episode was originally published Wednesday, July 7.  Republishing episode due to technical issues.**Mary Simon becomes GG and there's reason to be inspired and celebrate.   Also, lots more with Bruce Anderson on polls, politics and vaccines.  And of course, radishes.

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