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Scott Radley Show

English, News, 1 season, 1791 episodes, 4 days, 7 hours, 14 minutes
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Scott Radley is a seasoned journalist, who has written a column for over 15 years in Hamilton. He will ask questions that you want answers to. He will bring an inquisitive mind and a unique perspective to daily news that will push the boundaries in order to make people think and to challenge the norm.
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Jason Farr: Body cameras for Hamilton's police, Caring for Hamilton's homeless population, Nepotism in the NBA, Mispronouncing names/words & more

Jason Farr returns for another edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio where he and Scott discuss Hamilton's police getting body cameras, mispronouncing player names as a stadium announcer, the Herculean task of setting up a barbeque, caring for Hamilton's homeless population, an unbelievable case of nepotism in the NBA and more. Guest: Jason Farr, Host of Hammer Down with Jay & Mike and former Hamilton City Councillor
6/29/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 8 seconds
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Were Canadians not prioritized by Canada's military while pulling out of Afghanistan?

When Canada was pulling out of Afghanistan, was there a push to have the military save Afghan Sikhs before Canadians? Guest: Dr. Aurel Braun, Professor of International Relations and a Senior Member of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto
6/28/202411 minutes, 58 seconds
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Caring for Hamilton's homeless while getting tents out of parks, Did Canada's military not prioritize Canadians when pulling out of Afghanistan? & Teenage Head's Gene Champagne's first solo album "Let's Jet" is coming!

How does City Council get tents out of city parks while still taking care of the homeless population? They want to know too and are working to find that answer. Where do we stand now? Guest: Tammy Hwang, City Councillor, Ward 4, City of Hamilton - When Canada was pulling out of Afghanistan, was there a push to have the military save Afghan Sikhs before Canadians? Guest: Dr. Aurel Braun, Professor of International Relations and a Senior Member of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto - Gene Champagne hosts an album release party for his first solo album “Let’s Jet” this Saturday June 29th at 8 p.m. at the Corktown Irish Pub with special guests The Jesse James Medicine Show and Dave Pomfret. Get your tickets for $11.98 at eventbrite.ca. Guest: Gene Champagne, Drummer for Teenage Head
6/28/202441 minutes, 21 seconds
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The upcoming film that aims to tell the story of PGA golfer Payne Stewart

A film about Payne Stewart is on the horizon and it's being made by a local man from Burlington. What set Payne apart from the others on the PGA Tour and how does someone go from working in logistics to movies? Guest: Mark Sutcliffe, Film Producer
6/27/202420 minutes, 23 seconds
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The private sector's role in creating more affordable housing, Canada's population is forecasted to hit 63 million by 2073 & The upcoming film about PGA golfer Payne Stewart

The challenge that is building affordable housing is one that the public sector cannot tackle alone so how can the private sector play a larger role and what's holding them back? Guest: Vito Sgro is a former mayoral candidate and provincial candidate, former board member of Infrastructure Ontario, and political analyst - The projected future population of Canada is astronomically higher than where we are right now but how is that number determined? If we're struggling to house everyone now, how could we ever hope to house millions more? Guest: Marvin Ryder, Professor, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University - A film about Payne Stewart is on the horizon and it's being made by a local man from Burlington. What set Payne apart from the others on the PGA Tour and how does someone go from working in logistics to movies? Guest: Mark Sutcliffe, Film Producer
6/27/202445 minutes, 41 seconds
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Should some local MPs be scared by the Toronto/St. Paul by-election outcome? Has the Conservative win made Trudeau stepping down just a matter of time? & What's Connor McDavid's future following the Stanley Cup loss?

Which local MPs should be terrified by the result of the Toronto/St. Paul by-election? Also, why would Hamilton disregard a way of addressing homelessness in the city? Guest: John Best, Publisher of The Bay Observer - Keeping with the Toronto/St. Paul by-election, does the Conservative win spell an end for Justin Trudeau as leader of the Liberals? Is he ever going to step down? Guest: Kate Harrison, Vice Chair of Summa Strategies - The Florida Panthers have finally won their first Stanley Cup defeating the Edmonton Oilers. What does this mean for Connor McDavid's future? What of his refusal to come out and accept the Conn Smythe Trophy? Guest: Bubba O'Neil, Sports Anchor with CHCH and Analyst with the Ticats Audio Network
6/26/202447 minutes, 5 seconds
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All Canadians are needed to fight against hatred towards Jews, Millennials & Gen Z don't like Trudeau's proposed internet regs & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

For a world full of increased sensitivity and cancel culture, there aren't many speaking out against the calls for violence against Jews. Victoria Mancinelli has noticed this and wrote about it in the National Post saying, "It is up to all Canadians to stand against the hate directed towards Jews." Guest: Victoria Mancinelli is the Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Strategic Partnerships for the Labourers International Union of North America (LiUNA) - Generally speaking, humans dislike being restricted and this is doubly so when it comes to the internet. Believe or not, Gen Z and millennials follow this trend by opposing the internet regulation plans put forth by Justin Trudeau. Guest: Steve Mossop, Executive Vice President for Leger - Tonight, the Edmonton Oilers square off against the Florida Panthers in Game 7 for the Stanley Cup. This past weekend, the Blue Jays and Ticats both had dismal performances. With the potential for greatness on the horizon and lacklustre showings in the past, you can be sure there's plenty for Scott and Don to talk about this week! Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Back-to-Back Defending Allan Cup Champion Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
6/25/202454 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Jen McQueen: Strategies for managing homeless encampments, Reactions to stories involving pets vs people, Why celebrities can be so quirky & more

As we say goodbye to Jen McQueen, Scott welcomes her to The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio to discuss ways Hamilton can tackle homelessness encampments in the city, MPs going on summer break, weird celebrity quirks, greater response to stories involving animals vs people and more. Guest: Jen McQueen, Afternoon News Anchor, 900 CHML
6/22/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 14 seconds
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What changes could be coming to Hamilton encampment protocol? Will Hamilton's IT infrastructure be robust enough? 2024 ALS Canada Walk to End ALS is this weekend & How a decision by Google will impact you more than you think

Encampments are back in front of Hamilton City Council as the debate over what to do with them and how to manage homelessness in the city. What changes could be coming to the encampment protocol? Guest: Danielle Blake, Manager of Housing Focused Street Outreach, City of Hamilton - $5.7 million is not a small amount of money but as the City of Hamilton recovers from a ransomware attack, will it and the projected $33 million in future spending make for a sufficient IT system that's resistant to another attack? What needs to be done to ensure another malware attack doesn't impact Hamilton like this last one? Guest: Carmi Levy Technology Analyst & Journalist - The 2024 ALS Canada Walk to End ALS in Hamilton will take place on June 22nd at Confederation Park. Guest: Melissa Van Tuyl, Community Lead for the ALS Society of Canada - Peter Menzies believes that Canadian consumers are going to be paying a hefty price whether they realize it or not thanks to a decision by Google to direct a $100 million fund towards one group of media outlets vs others. What is set to play out and how dire is the situation? Guest: Peter Menzies, Senior Fellow with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Former editor-in-chief of the Calgary Herald, former vice-chair of the CRTC
6/21/202443 minutes, 39 seconds
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Is Hamilton overspending on its ransomware recovery? Who are rich people and what is their fair share? & Ipsos poll finds 68% want Trudeau to step down

The City of Hamilton has spent $5.7 million in its recovery from the ransomware attack it was hit with back in February. Is that above normal spending on this kind of thing? Guest: Tony Anscombe, Chief Security Evangelist for ESET - We often hear calls for the rich to pay their fair share but what determines if someone is "rich" and what their "fair share" is? Guest: Moshe Lander, Senior Economics Lecturer with Concordia University - Support for Justin Trudeau is approaching "rock bottom" according to an Ipsos poll that found 68% of respondents want him to step down. Guest: Peggy Nash, Former NDP Finance Critic, and author of Women Winning Office: An Activist's Guide To Getting Elected available now
6/20/202437 minutes, 35 seconds
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To grant a heritage designation or not grant a heritage designation, The fairness of criticizing the Supreme Court of Canada & Why do some cancelled celebrities get second chances but not others?

Should the City of Hamilton give the current location of Philpott Memorial Church a heritage designation? What would happen if they don't grant the designation? Are additional supports provided if it does get designated? Guest: John Best, Publisher, The Bay Observer - Is it fair for people to criticize the Supreme Court of Canada if they haven't read everything from the Supreme Court pertaining to their criticism? Guest: Jeff Manishen, Criminal Lawyer, Ross & McBride; Former Crown Attorney - When does a celebrity who's been cancelled get a second chance? Should they ever get one? Why some but not others? Guest: Elissa Freeman, Communications Strategist, PR & Pop Culture Expert
6/19/202442 minutes, 36 seconds
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What do we get out of EQAO? Is it time to replace standardized tests in school? & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

Does the EQAO actually benefit anyone in the education system? How is the current way it's implemented work and can it be tweaked to provide more accurate or simply better results? Guest: Todd White, Ward 5 & 10 Trustee, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board - Do we need to replace standardized testing to better serve students? Are we trying to change things so they sound good rather than actually doing students good? Guest: Dr. Paul Bennett, Director of School House Consulting - Excessively difficult golfing, seemingly impossible odds for the Oilers, professional teams needing to learn how to win and more are all on the docket for Sports Talk with Don Robertson. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Back-to-Back Defending Allan Cup Champion Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
6/18/202455 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Keanin Loomis: Keanin's mayoral race experience, Leading the CISC, What Hamilton needs from its city council, The importance of Father's Day & more

This week, The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio welcomes none other than Keanin Loomis to the show. There's a really decent chance that you know his name as he's been involved with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce as well as the opponent of Andrea Horwath in Hamilton's last mayoral election. Now that approximately a year and a half has passed since that election, Scott wants to get Keanin's take on what's happened so far, what Hamilton and its residents need from City Council as well as what his new position is at the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction, the importance of Father's Day and more. Guest: Keanin Loomis, President & CEO, Canadian Institute of Steel Construction & former mayoral candidate
6/15/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 37 seconds
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True orchestra immersion coming to the Brott Music Festival

Watching an orchestra perform can be a moving experience but what about experiencing an orchestra like the musicians? Your opportunity for full immersion is coming soon and it'll be right here in Hamilton at the Brott Music Festival. Guest: Tania Miller, Artistic Director & Conductor of the Brott Music Festival
6/14/20249 minutes, 57 seconds
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Deepfakes' impact on how we do politics, Truly experiencing orchestral music at Brott Music Festival & The Blue Jays are sucking yet remain in playoff contention

Deepfake ads and videos are not just coming, they're here. How could this change the way politics, among other things, is conducted going forward? Guest: Marcus Kolga, Director of DisinfoWatch.org and Senior Fellow with the Macdonald Laurier Institute - Watching an orchestra perform can be a moving experience but what about experiencing an orchestra like the musicians? Your opportunity is coming soon and it'll be right here in Hamilton at the Brott Music Festival. Guest: Tania Miller, Artistic Director & Conductor of the Brott Music Festival - Is it a good thing that the jays are this bad yet still in the playoff picture? Has baseball improved the game with so many wild cards? Guest: Steve Foxcroft, NFL official and basketball referee
6/14/202440 minutes, 1 second
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Should Hamilton be supporting homeless people from other cities? Hamilton International Airport sees some cancelled passenger flights & Why are arena tours underselling?

Is Hamilton becoming the site for other cities' homeless people? If we have superior supports, does that mean we should be supporting more than just Hamilton's unhoused? Guest: Tom Cooper, Director, Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction - How are cancelled passenger flights out of Hamilton International Airport impacting growth? YHM is a leader on the cargo side of air travel so why would WestJet cancel flights from it? Guest: Cole Horncastle, Executive Managing Director with Hamilton International Airport - Arena concerts/tours are storied and amazing to behold but it would appear they're starting to be undersold despite big name performers' presence. What's driving this decline and is it set to be a small dip or a lengthy nosedive? Guest: Eric Alper, Publicist, music commentator
6/13/202439 minutes, 42 seconds
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Frayed Relations on City Council, New Documentary about Late Fmr Mayor of Hamilton Bob Morrow. Caitlyn Clark snubbed for Team USA roster.

John Best joins us to chat about his piece in the bay observer on frayed relations on city council and much more local politics. Guest: John Best, Publisher of The Bay Observer - ‘Golden Era: The Legacy of Bob Morrow’ is the new documentary about the late, former mayor of Hamilton, by local filmmaker Scott C. Newman of White Dwarf Pictures. It is set to be premiered at the Westdale Theatre on June 16. Guest: Scott C. Newman, Hamilton filmmaker with White Dwarf Pictures and Rosemary Baptista, co-producer of this film - Bubba O'Neil and Scott get together to talk the controversy surrounding up-and-coming WNBA star Caitlyn Clark being snubbed from the Team USA roster for this summer's olympics. Guest: Bubba O'Neil, Sports Anchor with CHCH and Analyst with the Ticats Audio Network
6/12/202448 minutes, 38 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Teri Pecoskie: MPs contributing to foreign interference, Applying UltraBasic airline fees to other things, 'Naturalized' vs manicured lawns & more

On Fridays, Scott welcomes one guest for the whole show and today is no different as Teri Pecoskie, regional news editor for The Hamilton Spectator, joins the show to talk about MPs contributing to foreign interference, whether bylaw should rule in favour of "naturalized lawns" over mowing/manicured lawns, UltraBasic airline fees and if the model can be applied to other things like municipal taxes and more. Guest: Teri Pecoskie, Regional News Editor, The Hamilton Spectator
6/8/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 18 seconds
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Fixing Woodlands Park's bathroom will be expensive and lengthy, why? "Toxic leadership" causing CAF members to leave & Tiger-Cats prepare to open their season tomorrow in Calgary

The Woodlands Park bathroom rebuild is still baffling all who hear about how much it'll cost and how long it's projected to take before it's back up and running. Why is this the case? Guest: John Best, Publisher of The Bay Observer - Members of the Canadian Armed Forces are leaving due to "toxic leadership" according to their top adviser. At what level is this "toxic leadership" occurring and who is it on to fix it? What other reasons are prompting members of our military to leave? Guest: David Pugliese, Journalist with the Ottawa Citizen - The Hamilton Tiger-Cats open their season tomorrow night as they square off against the Calgary Stampeders. What's at stake this year and how will the change in coaching staff promote a different style of play? Guest: Steve Foxcroft, NFL official and basketball referee
6/7/202443 minutes, 39 seconds
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Rebuild of Hamilton’s fire-damaged Woodlands Park public washroom to finish in 2025

Some Hamilton city councillors were set aback at a committee meeting when told the million-dollar reconstruction of the torched Woodlands Park public washroom will take more than a year. Public works staffers admitted the end of 2025 forecast is based on a “worst case” scenario. Still, they confirmed visitors to a new spray pad, opening Labour Day weekend, will likely have to accept using porta-potties in place of a permanent amenity. GUESTS: Cynthia Graham, Director of Environmental Services, Public Works, City of Hamilton Indra Maharjan, Director of Corporate Facilities & Energy Management, Public Works, City of Hamilton
6/5/202419 minutes, 15 seconds
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Redesigning the home economics class, Why would rebuilding the Woodlands Park bathroom cost so much and take so long? & What does it mean for Canadian politicians to "wittingly" participate in foreign interference?

What would a modern home economics course look like to you? That's the question being asked as the now-named 'Family Studies' is set to have a revamp come its way. Guest: Lesia Hucal, Family Studies teacher at St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School and Vice President of the Ontario Family Studies & Home Economics Educators’ Association - How is it even possible for the bathroom at Woodlands Park to cost $1.3 million and a year to renovate? Surely there's a better way! Guest: Indra Maharjan, Director of Corporate Facilities, City of Hamilton Cynthia Graham, Director of Environmental Services, City of Hamilton - Canadian politicians "wittingly" participated in foreign interference? What does this mean, practically speaking? What should be done about it? Guest: Phil Gurski, President of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting, Former CSIS analyst
6/5/202445 minutes, 30 seconds
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Hamilton is on course for a ten-year high in shootings: police

6/4/20249 minutes, 30 seconds
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What's being done about Hamilton's rising gun violence? Why the drastic split in support for vs. against Canadian universities divesting from Israeli organizations? & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

What's with the rise in gun violence here in Hamilton? What's being done about it? Guest: Superintendent Marty Schulenberg, Hamilton Police Service - There's a massive split in the Canadian population's support for or against universities divesting from Israel and Israeli organizations. Why is this and how does the way we get our information impact our opinions? Guest: Jon Roe, Research Associate with Angus Reid - How might Mackenzie Hughes’ outstanding performance at the Canadian Open impact the way he’s viewed here at home? What kind of impact will referee tendencies have on the upcoming Stanley Cup final? And are you excited for this year's Grey Cup half time show? Surely, you will be after finding out who it is! This and more is on the docket for this week's edition of Sports Talk with Don Robertson. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Back-to-Back Defending Allan Cup Champion Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
6/4/202455 minutes, 32 seconds
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Elliot Tepper on Donald Trump Being Found Guilty On All Counts in Hush-Money Trial

Donald Trump has been found guilty on all counts in the hush-money trial. What are the wider implications of this and how might it impact the upcoming election? Guest: Elliot Tepper, Emeritus Professor of Political Science with Carleton University
5/31/20249 minutes, 24 seconds
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Trump found guilty on all counts, Dropping the voting age to 16 in Canada, More Ontario school boards joining lawsuit against social media platforms & the Canadian Open is happening!

Donald Trump has been found guilty on all counts in the hush-money trial. What are the wider implications of this and how might it impact the upcoming election? Guest: Elliot Tepper, Emeritus Professor of Political Science with Carleton University - In Canada, 16-year-olds are allowed to drive cars but does that mean they should also be allowed to vote in elections? Guest: Geoff Callaghan, Assistant professor of political science at the University of Windsor - The number of Ontario school boards joining a lawsuit against Meta, Snapchat & TikTok is continuing to grow but why school boards? Is this something that falls under their domain? Guest: Carrie Hughes-Grant, Head of School for Holy Name of Mary College School - The Canadian Open is going on right now and CHML is down at the course covering it all. One such reporter is our very own Rick Zamperin. Is there anything he can't/doesn't do? Guest: Rick Zamperin, Host of Good Morning Hamilton & CHML Sports Director
5/31/202445 minutes, 52 seconds
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Will Hamilton look at new taxes for residents? Is Trudeau staying around for selfish reasons? & Remembering Richard Sherman

Should Hamilton consider other avenues for making money by way of new taxes? Have Councillors looked at delaying their pet projects before introducing these? Guest: John Best, Publisher of The Bay Observer - According to a poll, it would appear that almost half of Canadians feel that Justin Trudeau is staying in power for purely selfish reasons. Guest: Muhammad Ali, Vice President with Crestview Strategies - Think of a Disney song. Chances are pretty good that song you just thought of was written by the Robert & Richard Sherman, sometimes referred to as the Sherman Brothers. Today, we received the news that Richard died at the age of 95. Guest: Eric Alper, Publicist and music commentator
5/30/202443 minutes, 3 seconds
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$357 million deal struck between feds and Ontario, Do college campuses have a double standard when treating Jews vs other groups? & Aberdeen Ave. is the worst road in Ontario

What does it mean for Ontarians now that the province and the feds have struck a deal worth $357 million? Guest: Dr. Lori Turnbull, Professor & Chair of Public & International Affairs with Dalhousie University - Why does look like a double standard has formed around the treatment of Jews on university campuses when compared with other identifiable groups? Guest: Michael Geist, Professor of Law with the University of Ottawa, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law and a member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society - Hamilton is back at the top of the list... of worst roads in Ontario. Aberdeen Avenue has taken the top spot thanks to poor maintenance, potholes and traffic congestion but should Hamiltonians be proud or embarrassed by this? Are people trying to circumvent complaining to the government by voting en masse in CAA's Worst Roads Campaign? Guest: Brian Pirvu, Government Relations Consultant for CAA South Central Ontario
5/29/202429 minutes, 17 seconds
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Encampments are returning to the forefront, Putting an age limit on social media & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

Encampments are returning to the forefront of the public consciousness but unfortunately, it's not for good reasons. How is it that the current solutions don't work for those living in the encampments nor the citizens living near the encampments? Guest: Vito Sgro, Former 2018 Mayoral Candidate - Quebec Premier François Legault has suggested the idea of putting an age limit on social media. Is it even feasible to do this? How could it benefit kids? What kind of detriment would it pose? Guest: Dr. Sandra Bosacki, Professor with the Faculty of Education and Director of the Theory of Mind in Education Lab at Brock University - The Toronto Blue Jays are still bad and it would appear that Canada isn't doing much better at the World Juniors. Will we see football players mandated to play with the additional helmet padding they use in practice? How come we haven't seen this required for kids' leagues? Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Back-to-Back Defending Allan Cup Champion Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
5/28/20241 hour, 1 minute, 2 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Steve Foxcroft: Deportation sentence for the truck driver who hit the Humbolt Broncos bus. A shocking (wrong) answer on Wheel of Fortune. Beer and wine in corner stores, and more!

NFL Chain-Gang Member and Vice President of Fluke Transport Steve Foxcroft joins Scott for the Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio this week. Among the topics discussed; Is deportation too harsh a sentence for the truck driver who hit the Humbolt Broncos bus? An embarrassing answer on Wheel of Fortune is destined to be the butt of jokes for years to come. Beer and wine are about to become available in corner stores! How do we feel about that? All this and more on the Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio. Guest: Steve Foxcroft, NFL Chain-Gang Member & Vice-President, Fluke Transport
5/25/20241 hour, 14 minutes, 55 seconds
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Hamilton's civilian appointees with access to public funds, Are the federal Liberals showing their desperation? & Why do the Blue Jays suck so much?

How does a lack of transparency influence the way committees with civilian appointees get viewed/trusted? Whether they use public funds responsibly or not, does the perspective the public have make a difference Guest: John Best, Publisher, The Bay Observer - If the federal Liberals are pulling the abortion card this far out from an election, could it be signaling severe desperation in the party? Guest: Kate Harrison, Vice Chair of Summa Strategies - The Blue Jays are hot trash, why? What needs to be done in order to fix this? Was the return of the home run jacket enough to win you over? Also, the WNBA is bringing a team to Toronto! Guest: Bubba O'Neil, Sports Anchor with CHCH and Analyst with the Ticats Audio Network
5/24/202451 minutes, 19 seconds
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Hamilton's building new homes like it's 2018... that's not good, Should for-profit companies ever offer volunteer positions? & What the future holds for FirstOntario Centre

We keep hearing that there's a housing crisis going on from every corner of society however the number of homes being built in Hamilton isn't reflecting that at all. In fact, it would appear we've regressed to the numbers seen back in 2018. Why? Guest: Richard Lyall, President of the Residential Construction Council of Ontario - Is there a fair argument that can be made in favour of volunteering for for-profit companies? Guest: Francois Cote-Vaillancourt, Assistant Professor of Business Ethics at Brock University - What does the future hold for FirstOntario Centre? How will the major renovations its undergoing shape what the venue can, and will, offer attendees, performers and athletes? Will it even keep the name 'FirstOntario Centre'? Guest: Tom Pistore, Canadian President of the Oak View Group
5/23/202441 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Adam Atkinson: Tim Hortons turns 60, The potential for new taxes in Hamilton, Humanity living on Mars, FirstOntario Centre's renovations and more

A first-timer is joining Scott for The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio this week! Adam Atkinson will be talking about the FirstOntario Centre renovations, the prospect of humanity living on Mars within 30 years, the Toronto Maple Leafs' new head coach, City Council potentially introducing new taxes on Hamiltonians, the 60th anniversary of Tim Hortons' opening and more. Guest: Adam Atkinson, Video Journalist & Weekend News Anchor, CHCH-TV
5/18/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 57 seconds
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Hamilton to offer help to clean up garbage from encampments, Divorce is too expensive for Canadians & FirstOntario Centre's major renovations have begun!

There's no question that when encampments pop up that garbage and litter follows so the City is looking to help residents and businesses with that. Scott speaks with John-Paul Danko from City Hall to dive further into how. Guest: John-Paul Danko, Councillor, Ward 8, City of Hamilton - Divorce rates are falling in Canada but not because we're getting better at marriage, it's just too expensive to live alone. Guest: Moshe Lander, Senior Economics Lecturer with Concordia University - FirstOntario Centre is undergoing some massive renovations. What does the future hold for the venue and how will it be ushered into its new form? Guest: PJ Mercanti, President of The Carmen's Group and Hamilton Urban Precinct Entertainment Group (HUPEG)
5/17/202439 minutes, 25 seconds
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Why has Pierre Poilievre visited Hamilton so much? More federal spending but it's not on you & Ontario's in trouble if EVs aren't a massive success

Pierre Poilievre has made numerous trips to Hamilton, more than expected. Could this be indicative of something larger? Guest: Larry Di Ianni, Former Mayor of Hamilton & political pundit - Though our federal government isn't great at many things there are two things it does amazingly, that's collecting taxes and spending that very same money. Today Scott's talking about the latter as more spending has been announced. Guest: Franco Terrazzano, Federal Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Ontario is making a very conscious effort to become a leader in electric vehicle manufacturing with investments to the tune of billions of dollars. Should we be doubling down on this or have we already gone too far? Guest: Dr. Robert Huish, Associate Professor with the Department of International Development Studies at Dalhousie University
5/16/202439 minutes, 24 seconds
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Hamilton's incentives for building downtown, Taking driver's licences away from car thieves & Canada Soccer has their man!

Does Hamilton need to continue offering incentives for developers to build in the downtown area? Guest: John Best, Publisher, The Bay Observer - Would taking away the driver's licence of a car thief be enough to deter would-be thieves? If someone is willing to steal a car, would they even care about having a valid licence? Guest: Richard Brennan, Former Journalist with The Toronto Star covering both Queen’s Park and Parliament Hill - Canada Soccer is making it happen! Though they are rather cash-strapped that isn't keeping them from getting the coach they want for the Men's National Team. Also, how important is it that your coach is of the same nationality as the players/team? Guest: Brendan Dunlop, Co-Founder of Canada Soccer Daily, Analyst for TSN Radio and Author of “DeRo: My Life, by Dwayne De Rosario"
5/15/202441 minutes, 58 seconds
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Hamilton's rising unemployment rate, Massive support for banning cellphones in Ontario classrooms & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

Hamilton's unemployment rate seems to be on the rise. Are we looking at this on too small a scale or are things as bad as that sounds? Guest: Marvin Ryder, Professor, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University - Our amazingly divided world has come together and agreed (mostly) on something! That would be the agreement (again, mostly) that cellphones aren't needed in Ontario classrooms. Are these numbers suspiciously high? How does Ontario's cellphone ban compare to other areas? Guest: Dom Lucyk, Communications Director with SecondStreet.org - When does playing cleverly becoming playing dirty? The NHL playoffs have seem quite a few 'iffy' moves get pulled by the players with mixed results and Scott wants to know where the line is. Also, why does it seem like the Blue Jays' head office has nothing to fear despite their team's dismal performance? Good thing he's got Don Robertson to help tackle these and more questions in this week's edition of Sports Talk with Don Robertson. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Back-to-Back Allan Cup Champion Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
5/14/202453 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Sandy Shaw: Naming things after people, The current state of politics, Teaching manners to kids & more

MPP Sandy Shaw joins Scott for this week's edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio to talk about the relationship between social media and politics, naming places/buildings after people, teaching manners to our children, 'reviving' people with AI, the current state of politics and more. Guest: Sandy Shaw, MPP for Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas
5/11/20241 hour, 10 minutes, 8 seconds
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What makes Hamilton International Airport such a big success? & Who should be the Leafs' new head coach?

Hamilton's airport is a prime example of a massive success but if people aren't using it for transport as much as Pearson, for example, how can that be so? Guest: Cole Horncastle, Executive Managing Director, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport - The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired their head coach, Sheldon Keefe. Who should replace him? Guest: Bubba O'Neil, Sports Anchor, CHCH-TV
5/10/202430 minutes, 29 seconds
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Why are kids having a hard time learning math? Does our bail system need a revamp? Mental health & small business ownership featured in 'Thrive' & 'Hidden Secrets of the Canvas', a documentary on finding the locations Group of Seven painted

Our kids are having a hard time learning math, why? Is it the way the subject is taught? Guest: Monika Ferenczy, Educational Consultant, Horizon Education Consulting - Do we need to revamp Canada's bail system or is our view of it skewed? Guest: Jeff Manishen, Criminal Lawyer, Ross & McBride; Former Crown Attorney - Hamilton is home to an amazing hot sauce company called Dawson's Hot Sauce and it's owner, Brodie Dawson, is taking part in 'Thrive', a speaker series focusing on mental health and its relation with small business ownership where one is not just surviving but thriving. Guest: Brodie Dawson, Owner & Founder, Dawson's Hot Sauce - Hidden Secrets Of The Canvas is a documentary on a Hamilton couple puts a spotlight on their unique hobby of finding the locations that inspired paintings by the Group Of Seven. Guest: Emma Waddington, Narrator of Hidden Secrets Of The Canvas & Granddaughter of Jim & Sue Waddington
5/9/202445 minutes, 48 seconds
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Why does it seem like Hamilton's identity revolves around downtown? Will Chad Kelly's suspension impact the Ticats? & Why is the Canadian dollar looking to take a nosedive?

A shooting downtown has shocked Hamiltonians and made Scott wonder why it seems almost like Hamilton's entire image is based around the downtown area. Guest: John Best, Publisher, The Bay Observer - The Toronto Argonauts's starting quarterback, Chad Kelly, has been suspended by the league. CHML's own Rick Zamperin joins the show to help shed light on the details of this case and what it could mean for the Ticats this year. Guest: Rick Zamperin, Host of Good Morning Hamilton, Assistant Program, News & Sr. Sports Director at 900 CHML - The Canadian dollar's exchange rate could be looking to take a nosedive. What are the wider implications of this if it happens? Why would it happen at all? Guest: Dr. Eric Kam, Professor of Economics with Toronto Metropolitan University
5/8/202445 minutes, 17 seconds
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Why is Ontario the angriest province in Canada? & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

Canadians are stereotyped as being kind and polite however it would appear that is anything but the case, especially in Ontario, according to a recent poll. Why are Ontarians so angry? Guest: Dan Arnold, Chief Strategy Officer, Pollara Strategic Insights - It seems like every major pro sports team in Toronto is a disappointment but is the problem the players or the coaches? Could it be both? What needs changing? These questions and more get answered in this week's edition of Sports Talk with Don Robertson. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Back-to-Back Allan Cup Champion Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
5/7/202445 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Meredith MacLeod: Complete objectivity in journalism, FirstOntario Centre's renovations, Wealthy parents forgoing large inheritances for their kids & more

This week's guest is award-winning journalist Meredith MacLeod who joins Scott for an hour of conversation that's sure to be the brightest in Hamilton (see where we get the name from?). Together they cover the renovations FirstOntario Centre is undergoing, objectivity in journalism, receiving large inheritances from wealthy parents, if protests nowadays have lost the narrative and more. Guest: Meredith MacLeod, Editor & Co-Publisher, Hamilton City Magazine
5/4/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 27 seconds
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Who can step in and turn the federal Liberals around? & How can an area with so many pro teams have so few championship wins?

If Justin Trudeau stepped down as the leader of the federal Liberals, who could step in to turn things around for the party? Guest: Stephen LeDrew, Past President of the Liberal Party of Canada, Lawyer & Host of “The LeDrew Three-Minute Interview” - How is it that this area can have so many different sports teams playing at the professional level in every major sport and yet there are so few and infrequent championship wins? This question and more gets addressed as Bubba O'Neil joins the show. Guest: Bubba O'Neil, Sports Anchor at CHCH-TV & Host of the Sportsline Podcast
5/2/202436 minutes, 26 seconds
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Hamilton's renaming debacle, Warning labels coming to every cigarette in Canada & The Rolling Stones are back on tour!

There's always something happening in Hamilton and who better to talk about those things than The Bay Observer's John Best? Guest: John Best, Publisher, The Bay Observer - Warning labels are going to be placed on each and every cigarette sold in Canada, what kind of impact will this have? Guest: Rob Cunningham, Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian Cancer Society - The Rolling Stones are heading back out on the road! This wouldn't be an unusual statement to make however the band, which was formed in 1962, currently sports members who are in their 80s. Guest: Eric Alper, Publicist, Music Commentator, Shameless Idealist
5/1/202443 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ontario to ban cellphones in classrooms & Sports Talk with Back-to-Back Allan Cup Champion, Don Robertson

Ontario is set to ban cellphones in classrooms, something that many have sought while others detest. Guest: Annie Kidder, Executive Director, People for Education - The Dundas Real McCoys are now back-to-back Allan Cup Champions! Coming off of this win, Don has graced the studio with the Allan Cup to talk about his team's win, what it might take to turn the Maple Leafs around, the performance the Blue Jays are poised to deliver this year and more. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Back-to-Back Allan Cup Champion Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
4/30/202447 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Mike Nabuurs: The value of a job, Strong Mayor Powers, Body cameras on police officers, Correctly spelling last names & more

How much is a job worth? Are we pleased with the way Strong Mayor Powers are being used? How effective are body cameras on police officers? Why can't people correctly spell your last name? These questions and more get addressed on this week's edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with guest Mike Nabuurs. Guest: Mike Nabuurs, Host of Hammer Down with Jay & Mike, PA Voice of Hamilton Tiger-Cats
4/27/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 53 seconds
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What can you do about Hamilton's pot holes? What lessons are coming out of the Umar Zameer case? & A new class joins The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Hamilton, like every city, has pot holes but is there anything we can do about it? Guests: Carolyn Ryall, Director, Transportation, and Mark Priest, District Superintendent - Roadway Maintenance, City of Hamilton - Lots of lessons are coming from the Zameer case, whether for politicians, police, including the Chief, and the public. Guest: Jeff Manishen, Criminal Lawyer, Ross & McBride; Former Crown Attorney - The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced its most recent class of inductees with names like Cher, Ozzy Osbourne, Mary J. Blige and more among them. Guest: Eric Alper, Publicist and music commentator
4/25/202443 minutes, 2 seconds
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Did City Council waste several hours debating something that's not their call? What's the response to the federal budget? & Why does coffee cost signifcantly more?

Who operates the LRT in Hamilton isn't a decision that will be made by the city council and yet they spent hours debating this very topic. Was that just wasted time? Guest: John Best, Publisher, The Bay Observer - Now that the federal budget has been announced, are we seeing a change in the polls in favour of the Liberals? What kind of response was garnered by the announcement? Guest: Dr. Lori Turnbull, Professor & Chair of Public & International Affairs with Dalhousie University - What's sparking this massive jump in the price of coffee? Do we need to keep importing coffee or can it be grown here? Guest: Dr. Sylvain Charlebois a.k.a. 'The Food Professor', Professor of Food Distribution and Policy, Director of the Agri-Food Analytics Lab, Dalhousie University
4/24/202446 minutes, 29 seconds
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When does free speech become hate speech? What's a 'halal mortgage'? & Sports Talk with Steve Foxcroft (Go, Real McCoys, Go!)

Was hate speech spouted this weekend outside of parliament? When should police step in? At what point does free speech become hate speech? Guest: Dr. Robert Huish, Associate Professor, Department of International Development Studies, Dalhousie University - The federal government has announced 'halal mortgages'. What are they and why even suggest such a thing? Guest: Ian Lee, Associate Professor, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University - Don Robertson is busy behind the bench as the Dundas Real McCoys campaign to hoist the Allan Cup again which means Scott needs to call in pinch hitter, Steve Foxcroft. Together they'll debate and revel in the highs and lows of the sports world. Guest: Steve Foxcroft, NFL Chain-Gang Member & Vice-President, Fluke Transport
4/23/202456 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Jon Wells: "Truth" vs "Opinion", The Arizona Coyotes' move to Utah, Hamilton's LRT & more

The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio implies conversation however today's guest is more than bright the way he speaks but also in the way he writes. While his future topics may be a mystery to most, the topics he covers with Scott includes the NHL playoffs, Jon's long-form journalism, the Arizona Coyotes' move to Utah, Hamilton's LRT, how "truth" is being misconstrued with "opinion", the relationship between Joe Biden's uncle and cannibals in Papua New Guinea & more. Guest: Jon Wells, Award-Winning Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator
4/20/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 25 seconds
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Are we closer to finding out who'll run Hamilton's LRT? Will Canada see a third referendum on Quebec's independence? & What's with the rise in true crime documentaries?

This afternoon, city council discussed the privatization of LRT operations at its General Issues Committee with the final analysis being presented by the LRT subcommittee. What came of it and will it have in impact on the final decision? Guest: John-Paul Danko, Councillor, Ward 8, City of Hamilton - Could Canadians find themselves voting in a third referendum on the separation of Quebec? If things keep going the way they do in the province, that might just happen. Guest: Daniel Béland, Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada - What's with the rise in true crime documentaries? Guest: Bill Brioux, television critic and author
4/18/202437 minutes, 2 seconds
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The federal budget's political and economic implications, Bill Welychka recounts his time in entertainment & Exploring Ben Johnson's legacy in Mary Ormsby's new book

The federal budget was announced today which means we can take a look at what the government plans to do with your tax money in the near future. How does it look and have any meaningful changes been made? Guest: Dr. Eric Kam, Professor of Economics with Toronto Metropolitan University - We keep with the theme of the budget but look at it from a different perspective, the political perspective and the implications on that side. Guest: Kate Harrison, Vice Chair of Summa Strategies - Since first stepping in front of MuchMusic’s national cameras in 1992, Bill Welychka has become one of Canada’s most enduring, recognizable and respected television personalities. Over the decades spent in entertainment, he's kept hearing, “You should write a book!” ​Well, that book is here. Guest: Bill Welychka, Former MuchMusic VJ and Author of “A Happy Has-been: Exciting Times And Lessons Learned By One Of Canada's Foremost Entertainment Journalists”​ - Acclaimed former Toronto Star journalist Mary Ormsby unveils a riveting exposé that transcends sports, offering a poignant exploration of fame, ambition, and an enduring quest for redemption which promises to ignite conversations and challenge perceptions surrounding one of the most controversial figures in sporting history, Ben Johnson. Guest: Mary Ormsby, Author of "World's Fastest Man* - The Incredible Life of Ben Johnson"
4/17/202454 minutes, 34 seconds
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Housing announcements with implications for LRT. Hamilton students out of school more often. & Sports talk with Don Robertson.

PM Trudeau's housing announcement contains implications for Hamilton's LRT. Also discussed, the Vrancor affordable housing proposal. Guest: John Best, Publisher of The Bay Observer. Data shows that elementary students in Hamilton are staying home from school more often since the pandemic. Guest: Annie Kidder, Executive Director of People for Education. Don Robertson joins us to talk about which cities might be getting new NHL teams (and which ones actually should), the Masters, and the upcoming Allan Cup! GUEST: Don Robertson, Owner of the Dundas Real McCoys
4/16/20241 hour, 13 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Mike Fortune: Happy National Pancake Day! Terry Fox Began The Marathon today in 1980, the Arizona Coyotes in Salt Lake city? And more

4/13/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 7 seconds
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Does Hamilton Smell Like Rotten Eggs? Did OJ Trial on TV Impact Justice System and Forge FC Season Starting Soon

Matthew Adams, Assistant Professor and GIS Program Director of Geography, Geomatics and Environment with the University of Toronto New study tracks infamous ‘rotten egg’ smell in Hamilton lower city Jeff Manishen, Criminal Lawyer, Ross & McBride; Former Crown Attorney How do televised trials impact justice? How did televising the OJ Simpson trial impact the justice system? Tristan Borges, Midfielder for Forge FC The four-time Canadian Premier League champions, Forge FC, will kick off the 2024 season this Saturday at Tim Hortons Field versus Cavalry FC. We are joined by Forge star Tristan Borges to tee up the season!
4/12/20241 hour, 13 minutes, 25 seconds
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Five weeks until the RBC Canadian Open! - PM Trudeau testifies on foreign interference. - Talking taxes on the wealthy, and the cost of the PM's Indo-Pacific trip.

The countdown to the RBC Canadian Open is officially on, with just five weeks left until the big event! Today, we're thrilled to chat with tournament director Brian Crawford, who will share some details of a major announcement. GUEST: Brian Crawford, Tournament Director of The RBC Canadian Open. Prime Minister Trudeau to testify at the foreign interference inquiry. GUEST: Dr. Robert Huish, Associate Professor with the Department of International Development Studies at Dalhousie University. Chrystia Freeland won't rule out new taxes on wealthy Canadians and corporations in the upcoming budget. GUEST: Dr. Ian Lee, Associate Professor with the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University. Examining the PM's six-day Indo-Pacific trip, and it's potential impacts on the taxpayer. It cost $2 million, including $200K in catering! GUEST: Franco Terrazzano, Federal Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
4/11/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 32 seconds
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Vito Sgro of Hamilton Council: "Have You Had Enough?" - Niagara Falls Eclipse; Not As Busy As Expected? - Blue Jays Looking Good In First Game at Renovated Rogers Centre

In an opinion piece published to the Bay Observer, Fmr Mayoral Candidate Vito Sgro asks the question he keeps hearing in regards to Hamilton Council: "Have You Had Enough?" GUEST: Vito Sgro is a former mayoral candidate and political insider People flocked to Niagara Falls to see the once-in-a-lifetime eclipse yesterday. Leading up to the event, a state of emergency was declared, expecting millions of people to arrive. Turns out, the reality is a little different. What happened? GUEST: Jim Diodati, Mayor of Niagara Falls The Blue Jays play their first game in the newly renovated Rogers Centre and looking good while doing it. GUEST: Josh Goldberg, Baseball Journalist for TheScore
4/10/202446 minutes, 34 seconds
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Transit Costs Overrun? What does this mean for the LRT? & Sports talk with Don Robertson

Government documents show concerns at Queens Park over the overrun of transit costs. What will this mean for the LRT? GUEST: John Best, Publisher of The Bay Observer  Don Robertson joins us over the phone and then in the studio thanks in part to 'Eclipse Traffic'. Lots to talk about, from the eclipse, to the Bulldogs and so much more. GUEST: Don Robertson, Owner of the Dundas Real McCoys
4/9/202450 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Graeme MacKay: The upcoming eclipse, Silly products that actually sound good, Boundary pushing when cartooning & more

Bright conversations can be sparked by many things such as cartoons and no one does better editorial cartoons than Hamilton's own Graeme MacKay. With conversations about the upcoming eclipse, the boundaries an editorial cartoonist must follow (and when they can/should be pushed), when body modification enters the realm of mental illness, April Fools' products made by companies that actually sound pretty decent and more on the docket for today, you might be getting a sneak preview at one of Graeme's upcoming cartoons without knowing it! Guest: Graeme MacKay, Editorial Cartoonist, The Hamilton Spectator
4/6/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 35 seconds
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Does a solar eclipse constitute an emergency? How you can become a reservist this weekend & What's sparking increased support for capital punishment in Canada?

Why are we seeing places like Niagara Falls declaring an emergency ahead of this Monday's solar eclipse? Is buying extra food and water really something that we need to do? How bad could it be? Guest: Nomi Claire Lazar, Full Professor in Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa and author of the book “States of Emergency in Liberal Democracies” - This weekend, the Argylls, Signallers and other military occupations in Hamilton will be holding a recruitment drive in addition to a free tattoo and more. Guest: Dr. Jean Chamberlain, Honorary Colonel, 31st Signal Regiment, Canadian Army - There appears to be rising support for capital punishment here in Canada. What's spurring this increased sentiment? Guest: Andrew Furgiuele, Criminal Defence Lawyer, Furgiuele Law
4/5/202438 minutes, 27 seconds
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Major development project proposed to be built by the Adlershot GO station, Jackson Square's viability for businesses & Teenage Head's 50th anniversary show is this Saturday!

We speak with Burlington’s mayor about a huge new development being proposed by the GO station in Aldershot that would include housing, a university campus, commercial space and a 5,000-seat arena. Guest: Marianne Meed Ward, Mayor of Burlington - Coles has announced that it'll be closing it's store in Jackson Square marking the loss of one of the original tenants. Is Jackson Square still a viable business location? Guest: Marvin Ryder, Professor with the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University - Teenage Head's 50th anniversary show is this Saturday, April 6th at Carmen’s Banquet Centre. Guests: Dave Rave & Gene Champagne of Teenage Head
4/4/202444 minutes, 13 seconds
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What's happening with the encampment in front of City Hall? Why is Canadian productivity at an "emergency" low? & Remembering Joe Flaherty

The continued fallout of Mayor Horwath's plan to use strong mayor powers, and the latest on the encampment in front of city hall. Guest: John Best, Publisher of The Bay Observer - Canada's productivity seems to be so low it's an emergency. How do we measure productivity, what's driving this drop and is there anything we can do to fix it? Guest: Moshe Lander, Senior Economics Lecturer with Concordia University - 'SCTV' alumnus Joe Flaherty passed away yesterday at the age of 82. Guest: Bill Brioux, television critic and author
4/3/202447 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ontario is prepared to force the sale of the Sir John A. Macdonald property, Many agree on their disdain for the Carbon Tax & The Blue Jays are set to start their season soon!

The province says it's prepared to force the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board to sell its Sir John A. Macdonald property. How has this been received by the HWDSB? Guest: Todd White, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Trustee for Wards 5 & 10 - It would appear that for as divided as Canada appears to be nowadays there's still something many can agree on, opposing the Carbon Tax. Guest: Kate Harrison, Vice Chair of Summa Strategies - The Blue Jays are set to start their season a lot sooner than you may realize but that is not all that's happening in the baseball world. Shohei Ohtani is in the news for less than good reasons. Guest: Mike Wilner, Baseball Columnist for the Toronto Star
3/22/202442 minutes, 9 seconds
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Andrea Horwath to meet with protesters, How would we respond to other countries if they passed resolutions about Canadian affairs? & Outrage follows Playhouse Cinema's cancellation of Hamilton Jewish Film Festival

How important is it for our politicians to actually meet with protesters? What does it say when they do? This and more is happening in Hamilton so who better to talk to than the Bay Observer's John Best? Guest: John Best, Publisher of The Bay Observer - Parliament seems to be spending lots of time arguing about stuff in other countries and what they should be doing though we haven't thought much about what our reaction would be if other countries started demanding things change here. What if other countries started passing resolutions demanding Canada make Quebec a free country or tinkering in our affairs. What would our response be? Guest: Dr. Robert Huish, Associate Professor with the Department of International Development Studies at Dalhousie University - Outrage was sparked as a result of Playhouse Cinema's decision to cancel its hosting of the Hamilton Jewish Film Festival. Why would it do this and what does it say to the Jewish community at large? Guest: Gustavo Rymberg, Chief Executive Officer of the Hamilton Jewish Federation
3/21/202443 minutes, 37 seconds
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Could new development be coming to Glanbrook? How might deepfakes disrupt our elections? & Will an EV actually save you money?

A push by developers is being made to the Ontario Land Tribunal to bring some new buildings to Glanbrook. Who makes the final decision on this kind of thing? The City? The Land Tribunal? Guest: Mark Tadeson, Councillor for Ward 11 Glanbrook - Things went sideways fast as experts ran a hypothetical election with some disruption thanks to deepfakes. How might deepfakes cause our elections to go down like never before? Guest: Carmi Levy, Technology analyst & journalist - Electric vehicles are sometimes touted as being a money-saving option when it comes to transportation but will one really do that? Sounds like the amount of driving you do coupled with where you live can make the difference. Guest: Brian Kingston, President of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association
3/20/202439 minutes, 21 seconds
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Changes to Main Street are good? Are we sure? - Who lies the most on their resume? - Hockey teams, Mike Tyson v Jake Paul, and more sports talk with Don Roberston.

Changes to Main Street and the LRT are controversial, but an op-ed by our guest challenge that notion. GUEST: Léa Ravensbergen. Assistant professor in the School of Earth, Environment and Society at McMaster University  Who lies the most on their resume? Turns out, higher degree earners do it more. Why? GUEST: Dr. Nita Chhinzer, Associate Professor of Leadership & Organizational Management with the University of Guelph A trend with hockey teams starting good and then get bad once they make the playoffs. Plus, Mike Tyson, at 57 years old, is set for a big match coming up with Jake Paul on Netflix! And so much more with Don Robertson GUEST: Don Robertson, Owner of the Dundas Real McCoys
3/19/202457 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Shiona Thompson: The literacy of college students, Protesting/camping in front of City Hall, An increase in people looking to change jobs & more

The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio excels at showcasing the brilliant people of humanity. You would truly be hard pressed to find someone more intelligent than today's guest as none other than CHML's own Shiona Thompson joins the show. She and Scott cover the literacy of college students, who the highest earning celebrity in Hollywood was last year, the encampment/protest in front of Hamilton City Hall, eating a Big Mac every day, people looking to change jobs and more. Guest: Shiona Thompson, Senior News Anchor, 900 CHML
3/16/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 56 seconds
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Brent Mackie on the Fake Toonies in Circulation

Did you know that there are fake toonies circulating in our area? You might even have one without knowing it! How can we identify these fake coins and why would someone even bother making them? Guest: Brent Mackie, Coin Collector & Counterfeit Currency Expert
3/15/202410 minutes, 30 seconds
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Fake toonies in circulation, The Supreme Court ruling's impact on sexual assault cases & What should factor into the eternal "Who's the Greatest..." debate?

Did you know that there are fake toonies circulating in our area? You might even have one without knowing it! How can we identify these fake coins and why would someone even bother making them? Guest: Brent Mackie, Coin Collector & counterfeit currency expert - Some lawyers are arguing that a ruling from the Supreme Court regarding sexual assault myths puts an unfair bias against defendants. Guest: Jeff Manishen, Criminal Lawyer, Ross & McBride; Former Crown Attorney - From the bee invasion that suspended the Indian Wells tennis tournament to the importance of championship wins in the eternal "who's the greatest..." debate, there's plenty sports talk to have and who better to do it than Bubba O'Neil? Guest: Bubba O'Neil, Birthday Boy, Sports Anchor with CHCH, Analyst with the Ticats Audio Network
3/15/202441 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ottawa school board on path for ceremonies allowing students without passing grades to participate

3/14/202410 minutes, 57 seconds
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Hamilton's paramedics aren't getting overtime post-ransomware attack, 110th Grey Cup brought millions of dollars to Hamilton & Does the Princess Kate photoshop situation even matter?

Following the ransomware attack that hit the City of Hamilton, paramedics are saying that they haven't been paid overtime. Guest: Mario Posteraro, President , OPSEU Local 256 - The 110th Grey Cup brought about $73.5 million in total economic impact according to a report. Guest: Neil Lumsden, MPP for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek and Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport - The fallout from Kate Middleton's photoshop situation seems to be getting out of hand. Is this something that even really matters or should we be taking this more seriously. Guest: Peter McNally, Professor Emeritus with School of Information and the Director of History with the McGill Project, McGill University, McGill’s ‘Royal Watcher’
3/14/202441 minutes, 21 seconds
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Where Hamilton City Council is being silent and making noise, Getting rid of high school graduation ceremonies & Should Canadian pension plans invest more in Canadian assets?

As Hamilton continues to deal with its ransomware attack, it's also seeing one of its councillors get investigated following a complaint from the Ontario Civilian Police Commission. Guest: John Best, Publisher, The Bay Observer - The Ottawa public school board is looking to include students who don't have passing grades to still take part in graduation ceremonies. Is this something that other school boards will consider or could we see it rescinded just as fast as it was brought up? Guest: Dr. Paul Bennett, Founding Director & Lead Consultant, Schoolhouse Consulting and Author, "The State of the System" & Educhatter blog - Canadian pensions don't always have the majority of their money invested in Canadian assets. Is this something that needs to change? Would Canadians benefit from a change in where this money is shored up? Guest: Dr. Ian Lee, Associate Professor with the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University
3/13/202447 minutes, 21 seconds
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Canada has averted a recession. Is that true? Sports talk and a special announcement with Don Roberston.

Senior Bank Executives are saying we've averted a recession in Canada. If true, that'd be amazing! But is it? GUEST: Eric Kam, Professor of Economics with Toronto Metropolitan University  Arizona Coyotes have a rink that can hold ~4600 people. Excited to see Joey Votto join the Blue Jays. And Don has a special announcement! GUEST: Don Robertson, Owner of the Dundas Real McCoys
3/12/202448 minutes, 10 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Jason Farr: Hamilton's response to the ransomware attack, the benefits and drawbacks of an evenly split council, Hamilton's outstanding comedians & more

This week's edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio features the City's response to the ransomware attack, if it's beneficial to have a city council who's evenly split on certain topics, the amazing comedians who've come out of Hamilton, people's desire to visit downtown and more. Guest: Jason Farr, Host of Hammer Down with Jay & Mike and former Hamilton City Councillor
3/9/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 49 seconds
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Does the Youth Criminal Justice Act need an overhaul? Can the Online Harms Act be enforced without stifling free speech? What happened to the Academy Awards? & McMaster's Women's & Men's volleyball teams are gearing up for provincial finals!

Does the early release of Selvey’s killer make a mockery of the Youth Criminal Justice Act? Is this an adequate punishment? Is there an appetite in either the legal community or government to change the Youth Criminal Justice Act? Guest: Jaime Stephenson, Criminal Defence Lawyer - How do you enforce Canada's Online Harms Act without stifling free speech? Can you? Guest: Andrew Furgiuele, Criminal Defence Lawyer with Furgiuele Law - The Academy Awards were once must-see TV but that doesn't appear to be the case anymore. What's changed and how can the awards show return to top-tier status? Guest: Elissa Freeman, PR and Pop Culture Expert - Both of McMaster's volleyball teams are preparing to play in the provincial championship tomorrow. How is Hamilton emerging as a hotbed for volleyball as Mac's teams dominate the scene? Guests: Nathan Janzen, McMaster Women’s volleyball coach Brad Douwes, McMaster Men’s volleyball coach
3/8/202452 minutes, 24 seconds
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Hamilton's response to the ransomware attack and downtown shooting, McMaster Innovation Park's major partnership, Why Hamilton's struggling with its ransomware attack response & Just For Laughs files for creditor protection

The City of Hamilton has been rather tight-lipped in regards to the ransomware attack it's been hit with. In addition to this attack, a brazen daylight shooting also occurred near one of the city's busiest intersections leaving one man dead. How do these reflect the state of things in Hamilton? Guest: John Best, Publisher, The Bay Observer - McMaster Innovation Park is making a major partnership in an effort to promote and accelerate innovation into deep tech and commercialization. Guest: Leyla Soleymani, Associate Vice-president of Research, Commercialization & Entrepreneurship with McMaster University - Hamilton's cybersecurity incident isn't unlike ones that have been dealt with by other organizations. With that being said, why is the City of Hamilton having such a hard time recovering? Guest: Carmi Levy, Technology analyst & journalist - Just For Laughs has filed for creditor protection. What does this mean for Canadian comedians as one of the world's largest comedy festivals signals for help? Guest: Eric Johnston, Hamilton based stand up comedian and author of “Run With The Bull”
3/7/202457 minutes, 22 seconds
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What happened to Hamilton's homes under $500k? Over 110k federal bureaucrats have six-figure salaries & Our relationship with obesity might not be what we think

Hamilton's housing market doesn't have much diversity when it comes to price. Where have the homes under $500,000 gone? Guest: Greg Martino, Vice President and Chief Valuation and Standards Officer for the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation - A hefty percentage of federal bureaucrats take home a six-figure salary each year. With 110,000 making that kind of money, do we have any chance of paying down the deficit? Will Franco Terrazzano ever be able to come on the show for a good reason? Unfortunately, the answer to each of those questions is likely the same. Guest: Franco Terrazzano, Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Federal Director - Obesity is something that affects over 1 billion people around the world however it's not always originating the way you might think. Guest: Dr. Deborah Sloboda, Canada Research Chair and a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, McMaster University
3/6/202438 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Mike Fortune: Hamilton's "cybersecurity incident", The Enhanced Games, Our personal hygiene habits post-pandemic, School board trustees' priorities and more

A very friendly (and good looking) guest makes his return to the show as Scott welcomes back Mike Fortune to talk about the Enhanced Games, essentially banning books from the classroom, how our personal hygiene has changed pre and post-pandemic, Hamilton's "cybersecurity incident" and the priorities our school board trustees should have. All this and more is coming up on this week's edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio. Guest: Mike Fortune, Host, The Hamilton Network, Cable 14
3/2/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 18 seconds
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The cyber attack on Hamilton City Hall, and $1.5 Million from the feds for a winter homelessness strategy.

"Too early" to assess impact of of cybersecurity breach, City of Hamilton says. Guest: Robert Falzon, Head of Engineering for Check Point Research Canada. City of Hamilton lands $1.5 million from the feds for a winter homelessness strategy. Tom Cooper, Director, Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction. Please Note: Today's show was cut short due to the death of former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.
3/1/202427 minutes, 26 seconds
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Hamilton's housing problem and what's being done about it, Canadian historians' perspective on their topic and relation to it & The problems with Google's Gemini AI

Municipal housing is on the front burner with the debate over a Stoney Creek parking lot taking centre stage. Guest: John Best, Publisher, The Bay Observer - Canadian historians are more lost than they realize according to a professor of Canadian history at Trent University. Why? How? What can be done about it? Guest: Christopher Dummitt, Professor, Canadian History, Trent University - Google appears to be playing catch-up, a state they're not used to, in the AI race. This comes both overall in the realm of AI as well as when it comes to the recent issues that have cropped up regarding its Gemini AI. Guest: Carmi Levy, Technology Analyst & Journalist
2/28/202445 minutes, 55 seconds
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Lynx Air no longer flying high. Politics in judge selections: Problem or par for the course? A very special sports anniversary and more, with Don Roberston.

Lynx Air is ceasing operations. What does that mean for Hamilton Airport? Guest: Marvin Ryder, Professor with the DeGroote School of Business and McMaster University Doug Ford continues to defend his plan to appoint "like-minded judges" in Ontario. Guest: Jeff Manishen, Criminal Lawyer, Ross & McBride, Former Crown Attorney A very special moment in sports turned 47 years old on February 25th. What was it? Find out alongside Don Robertson! GUEST: Don Robertson, Owner of the Dundas Real McCoys
2/27/20241 hour, 1 minute, 32 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Pete Dyakowski: Soupfest 2024, Hot tubs, Improving your sleep, Hamilton's political scene, Being awesome at karaoke & more

This week, none other than Pete Dyakowski joins The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio to chat about hot tubs, improving your sleep, possibly running for mayor, Pete's time competing on Jeopardy!, the key to being awesome at karaoke and more. Guest: Peter Dyakowski, former CFL offensive linesman, Jeopardy! contestant, Colour Commentator for McMaster Marauders football team & much, much more
2/24/20241 hour, 10 minutes, 55 seconds
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No housing project for Stoney Creek, Why not cut interest rates if it'll lower inflation? Auston Matthews breaks 50-goal record & Hamilton's funniest comic has been crowned!

The plan to use a parking lot in Stoney Creek as a location for housing has been shot down. Why? Guest: John-Paul Danko, Councillor, Ward 8, City of Hamilton - If, according to economists, the cost of mortgages are a contributing factor to high inflation, why aren't we seeing interest rate cuts? Guest: David Macdonald, Senior Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Though the Toronto Maple Leafs have gone for an unbelievable amount of time without a Stanley Cup, that doesn't necessarily mean the players on said team are subpar. This is especially true for Auston Matthews who's already scored 50 goals this season, breaking the record which was previously held for 28 years. Guest: Mike Stubbs, Host of London Live on 980 CFPL and London Knights play-by-play announcer - Hamilton based comedian Doug Nagy was crowned “funniest comic in Hamilton” on Wednesday night at Levity Comedy Club following a month-long contest organized by The Canadian Comedy Hall of Fame culminating in a winner-take-all show consisting of eight finalists. Guest: Doug Nagy, Hamilton-based comedian
2/23/202449 minutes, 2 seconds
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Hamilton's downtown becoming unfriendly to cars, The intense antisemitism following Oct. 7 & Are the Ticats better suited for this year's run at the Grey Cup?

Is the goal to make Hamilton's downtown unfriendly to cars and driving? It seems more and more like it each day. Guest: John Best, Publisher, The Bay Observer - What's with the intense antisemitism that's been unleashed following the Oct. 7 attack in Israel by Hamas? A Global News investigation seeks to find out. Guest: Jeff Semple, Senior Correspondent for Global National - There has been a lot of movement at the Ticats with players coming and going but are they in any better of a position for a run at the Grey Cup? Guest: Josh Smith, Co-Host of the Podskee Wee Wee Podcast, Former Journalist for 3 Down Nation
2/22/202445 minutes, 55 seconds
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McMaster's Innovation Park, Open Banking & Smartphone Addiction

What is McMaster's Innovation Park and why is there a lawsuit underway with regards to the firing of its CEO and alleged financial mismanagement? Guest: Dave Carter, Executive Director of Innovation Factory - What is open banking how could it change the way you bank? Should you adopt it? How do Canadians view their banking establishment? Guest: Dr. Ian Lee, Associate Professor with the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University - Could we someday look back on our current relationship with smartphones kind of like how we look back at cigarettes? How can addiction now be addressed? Is it the same kind of addiction? Guest: Dr. Peter Bieling, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry And Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University and a Psychologist with St. Joseph’s Hospital
2/21/202441 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Connie Smith: Interval House of Hamilton, Journalism's future, Typewriters regaining popularity, The best (or worst) ways of commemorating Valentine's Day & more

With The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio comes the assurance that you're going to get stimulating conversation from the best guests and today's guest is certainly among the best. With topics including things like the future of journalism as we know it, Connie's involvement with Interval House of Hamilton, the resurgence of the typewriter, some of the best (or potentially worst) ways to commemorate Valentine's Day and more on the docket for today, you know there's going to be serious and meaningful moments mixed with that perfect amount of fun. Guest: Connie Smith, Veteran Journalist & Officer, Interval House of Hamilton
2/17/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 19 seconds
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Hamilton has approved its budget! Is Hamilton's approved tax hike of 5.79% good for residents? How does the future of politics in Canada look? & Simoni Lawrence announces his retirement

Hamilton City Council has voted to approve its budget. Hamilton Mayor Andrea Horwath joins Scott to talk more about this means for Hamiltonians. Guest: Andrea Horwath, Mayor, City of Hamilton - Is Hamilton's approved budget something that's good for residents? Is the 5.79% increase still too much? Guest: Vito Sgro, Former mayoral candidate and political insider - A new survey has found that Canadians have a growing sense of anxiety over the economy and their finances in addition to a general distrust of politicians. What could that spell for the future of politics in Canada? Guest: Tim Powers, Chairman of Summa Strategies and Managing Director of Abacus Data - A litany of announcements have been coming out of the CFL and its teams since the start of free agency and chief among them is the news about Simoni Lawrence. Though he's retiring from the field that doesn't mean he's leaving the Ticats. Guest: Rick Zamperin, Host of the Fifth Quarter and CHML’s Sports Director
2/16/202442 minutes, 18 seconds
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A new voice is entering Hamilton's storm water fee controversy, Why are bankruptcies so prevalent in Canada? & Are the Enhanced Games a good idea?

Hamilton's storm water fee controversy has a new voice entering the fray in the form of MPP Donna Skelly. What does she have to say? Guest: Donna Skelly, MPP, Flamborough-Glanbrook - Bankruptcy is on the rise, and it's rising fast, but one of the top locations for this is Canada. Why? Guest: Dr. Eric Kam, Professor of Economics with Toronto Metropolitan University - The Enhanced Games is a sporting event that's being touted as being the 'Olympics on steroids' which in this case is quite literal as it would allow the competing athletes to use performance-enhancing drugs of all kinds. How could it change sports as we know them among many other things? Is this good? Guest: Bruce Kidd, Former Olympian and Professor Emeritus in Sport & Public Policy at the University of Toronto
2/15/202438 minutes, 29 seconds
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Automatic licence plate renewals, Productivity at home vs in the office & Blue Jays fans are less excited this year

It sounds like paying for a licence plate renewal isn't the only thing the Ontario government is stopping, now you won't have to worry about renewing it at all. Guest: Andrew Perez, Political Commentator - Are you more productive when working from home or in the office? This is a question that's been debated over and over since the dawn of the COVID-19 pandemic and it seems the verdict is in. Guest: Dr. Nita Chhinzer, Associate Professor of Leadership & Organizational Management with the University of Guelph - A survey of Blue Jays fans found an overall pessimistic outlook for the 2024 team with a diminished level of excitement. Is this simply from poor performance or does the team just need more players with good hair? Guest: Kaitlyn McGrath, Writer for The Athletic, covering the Toronto Blue Jays
2/14/202438 minutes, 38 seconds
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What's happening in Hamilton? Universal Daycare program is unraveling, and the Conservatives are jumping at it. The Big Game, Travis, Taylor, and more with Don Robertson!

Scott has been gone for a week. What’s happening in Hamilton? Municipal politics recap! GUEST: John Best, Publisher of The Bay Observer -- The unraveling of the fed's universal daycare program, and seeing the Conservatives going on the offensive. GUEST: Dr. Lori Turnbull, Professor & Chair of Public & International Affairs with Dalhousie University -- Don Robertson returns! The Superbowl last night, with Travis Kelce, Taylor Swift, and so much more! GUEST: Don Robertson, Owner of the Dundas Real McCoys
2/13/202459 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Tim Bolen: The return of McDonald's McRib, If social media's healthy for kids, Getting into television broadcasting & more

This week's edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Today features CHCH Morning Live's very own Tim Bolen. With tales of how Tim got into the television game, whether or not social media is actively bad for kids, the return of McDonald's McRib and more. Guest: Tim Bolen, Co-Host, Morning Live!, CHCH-TV
2/3/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 18 seconds
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You have higher insurance because of stolen cars, Many Canadians fear losing their job, Telling the stories of Hamilton's pro wrestling scene & The NHL All-Star Weekend is here!

We're hearing more and more about auto thefts in our area and believe it or not, that effects more than just the person whose vehicle gets stolen. How does a stolen car down the street impact you and the amount of insurance you have to pay. Guest: Elliott Silverstein, Director of Government Relations with CAA Insurance - A lot of Canadians fear losing their job with the majority saying they have next to no safety net to fall upon. Where does this fear stem from and who's actually saving for the future? Guest: Jon Roe, Research Associate with Angus Reid - There is more to professional wrestling than just musclebound men flying about a wrestling ring - there are real people behind the personas with real stories and even more real struggles. A local comedian happens to have a very personal connection to this world and aims to tell the stories of those who he knew as more than just people from the TV. Guest: Eric Johnston, Hamilton-based Standup Comedian and Actor - The NHL All-Star Weekend is happening this weekend. Are you excited? Is it even worth getting excited over? Guest: Mike Stubbs, Host of London Live on 980 CFPL and London Knights play-by-play announcer
2/2/202450 minutes, 25 seconds
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How can the City of Hamilton better use consultants to save you money? & Lawmakers' attention turns to deepfake tech following artificial porn of Taylor Swift on X

Hamilton's Ward 11 councillor, Mark Tadeson, has suggested the City studies the way it uses consultants. How could this streamline the way consultants are utilized and ultimately save you money? Guest: Mark Tadeson, Councillor, Ward 11, City of Hamilton - Deepfakes are not a new topic however the recent use of deepfake technology to produce sexually explicit content of Taylor Swift has prompted lawmakers to look closer at the tech. Guest: Carmi Levy, Technology Analyst & Journalist
2/1/202431 minutes, 34 seconds
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What's going on at Hamilton City Hall? Why do kids have so many allergies nowadays? & An unbelievable hockey card find in a Regina attic

So much is happening at Hamilton City Council from conversations about housing to consultants and Scott welcomes John Best back to the show to catch us up. Guest: John Best, Publisher, The Bay Observer - Did things like autism, ADD/ADHD and allergies to seemingly everything under the sun just pop up out of nowhere or were we just not looking for/capable of identifying it before? Dr. Jason Profetto, Director of Family Medicine and Chair of Clinical Skills and MD Admissions at McMaster University - In Regina, a box has been discovered with some unbelievably rare hockey cards. What makes these so rare and why can they sell for millions of dollars? Guest: Jason Simonds, Sports Card Specialist & Consignment Director, Heritage Auctions
1/31/202443 minutes, 57 seconds
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House of Commons back to work. Think Of The Children and Let Them Play! Swifties, Bills, and Sports with Steve Foxcroft.

House of Commons back after the holidays, what's on the agenda? Guest: Richard Brennan, Former Journalist with The Toronto Star covering both Queen’s Park and Parliament Hill   Helicopter parents might shriek, but studies show that kids NEED risky play. Guest: Dr. Mariana Brussoni is the Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership, and a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia.   No Don? We get Steve Foxcroft! Swifties, Bills, and Sports galore! Guest: Steve Foxcroft, Fluke Transport / Tri-Foxco USA
1/30/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton with Mike Fortune: The NHL's lack of goons but not punishments for dirty plays, Cellphones in the classroom, Naming Hamilton's snowplows & more

Friday evenings signal another edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio and this time Scott welcomes back Mike Fortune for conversations about cellphones in the classroom, naming Hamilton's snowplows, the NHL's ability to remove goons from the game but not consequences for playing dirty. It's time to buckle up and get ready for another wicked show. Guest: Mike Fortune, Host, The Hamilton Network, Cable 14
1/27/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 15 seconds
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A warning for Hamilton City Council, The record high cost of protecting our MPs, Research says higher police budgets don't mean lower crime rates in Canada & Star studded nominees for Canadian Comedy Hall of Fame

What would prompt a city councillor from Toronto to request an audience with Hamilton City Council? Perhaps a warning for Hamilton regarding who should run our LRT? Guest: Josh Matlow, Toronto City Councillor - We've hit a record high in the cost of protecting our members of Parliament. Why is this and is it warranted? Guest: Phil Gurski, President of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting, former CSIS analyst - Research has been done into the relation between police budgets and the rate of crime in Canadian cities. From the sound of it, an increase to one doesn't necessarily mean a decrease in the other. Guest: Melanie Seabrook, lead author on the study, and a researcher at the Upstream Lab, St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto - This year's list of nominees for the Canadian Comedy Hall of Fame is amazingly star studded with Jim Carrey, Eugene Levy and Martin Short among some of them. Guest: Shaun Majumder, Comedian and host of the Canadian Comedy Hall of Fame Gala Awards
1/26/202454 minutes, 19 seconds
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Report recommends Hamilton LRT be operated by third party contractor for 10 years

1/25/202412 minutes, 41 seconds
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Hamilton's budget debate continues, History's largest cruise ship was partly built in Hamilton, Up to 20% of watching a sports game involves gambling ads & Why shouldn't LRT be ran by a contracted operator?

The budget debate rages on for City Council as they work to lower the tax hike it'll pose to Hamiltonians. Guest: Ted McMeekin, Councillor for Ward 15 - The biggest cruise ship in history has her maiden voyage this weekend. A prominent piece of this ship was built right here in Hamilton. What part(s) was built here and what goes into constructing it? Guest: Tom Beach, President of Handling Specialty - When you watch a sports game, there's more than just the game that you're seeing. It would appear that up to 20% of your viewing involves watching advertising for gambling. Guest: Steve McAllister, Editor-in-Chief of Gaming News Canada - A staff report for the City of Hamilton suggests that a contracted operator should be chosen to run the LRT rather than the City itself. Is that in our best interest? Scott speaks with someone who vehemently disagrees. Guest: Eric Tuck, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 107
1/25/202445 minutes, 29 seconds
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Does Hamilton need $60 million in cycling infrastructure? What movies are nominated for Oscars this year? & The feds violated the Charter with the Emergencies Act in response to the trucker convoy?

Is Hamilton really in need of $60 million worth of bike lanes and cycling infrastructure? Guest: Brian Hollingworth, Transportation Planning Director, City of Hamilton - Which movies have been nominated to win Oscars and why is Barbie among them? Guest: Bill Brioux, Television Critic and Author - According to the Federal Court, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms was violated by the Feds when dealing with the trucker convoy using the Emergencies Act. Guest: Dr. Lori Turnbull, Professor & Chair of Public & International Affairs with Dalhousie University
1/24/202438 minutes, 49 seconds
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Cdn Gov to limit student visas. What does this mean?

The Canadian Gov. set to limit the amount of student visas in 2024 to 360,000. Guest: Moshe Lander, Senior Economics Lecturer with Concordia University.
1/23/202411 minutes, 7 seconds
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"Hamilton Isn't Amsterdam!" Why more bike lanes might not be the solution. Cdn Gov to limit student visas! Paying Respects for Bills fans, old school hockey stories, and more with Don Robertson.

Hamilton is pitching a $60-million plan to build more bike lanes in Hamilton, faster. Is this a bad idea? Guest: John Best, the Bay Observer   The Canadian Gov. set to limit the amount of student visas in 2024 to 360,000. Guest: Moshe Lander, Senior Economics Lecturer with Concordia University.   Cursed Franchises? Seems to be happening to the Buffalo Bills. Old School Hockey Stories and so much more. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Defending Allan Cup Champion Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
1/23/202458 minutes, 20 seconds
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How are Hamilton's transportation woes (current and future) being addressed? & Will the music industry ditch live acts for digital ones?

Moving through Hamilton is a challenge and it seems that those trips in the community are slowing down. With housing being close to the top of the biggest issues that City Council has to deal with, transportation is right up there with it. How will it be addressed? Scott asks none other than Hamilton's own John-Paul Danko. Guest: John-Paul Danko, Councillor, Ward 8, City of Hamilton - How will AI shape the way our music is created? Will the industry prefer holograms and AI over live acts? Scott knows just the person to help navigate both of these questions and the music industry as a whole. Guest: Eric Alper, Music Publicist & Commentator
1/19/202432 minutes, 43 seconds
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How well is City Council doing at lowering the impending tax hike? Are we prepared for the next pandemic if/when it comes? & The book about financial literacy that's for everyone

Hamilton City Council is continuing budget talks in an effort to lower the tax hike. How have these talks been going? Guest: John Best, Publisher, The Bay Observer - As the world leaders plan and prepare how to respond to a worldwide pandemic akin to COVID-19, there is a lot of talk as if another one on that scale is coming rather than might. Are pandemics more common than we realize? How prepared are we to act if/when it the next one comes? Guest: Dr. Dawn Bowdish, Executive Director of the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health and a Professor in the Department of Medicine with McMaster University - Financial literacy is something that's sorely lacking in our world and though the government is set to introduce kids to it as a subject in school, that doesn't mean it's something only kids can learn. Luckily enough, a book has been written to help us all on this exact topic and it's author is someone you might know. Guest: Karen Cummings, Former CHCH Reporter and Author, “The Wealthy Martian: An Out-of-this-World Guide to Financial Literacy for Parents, Teens and Other Earthlings”
1/18/202444 minutes, 40 seconds
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How could politicians help relieve tax hikes by not taking raises? Loblaws' push to sell cannabis in grocery stores & Is it time for the Maple Leafs to fire their head coach?

How can municipal politicians show their sympathy and possibly even help relieve the burden incoming tax hikes may cause? Perhaps by taking a pay cut? How about by passing on a pay raise? Guest: Jay Goldberg, Ontario Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Loblaws is pushing Ontario's government to allow the sale of cannabis in grocery stores. Is this something that's needed? Will it better serve the consumer? Guest: Mitchell Osak, CEO, Quanta Consulting Inc - The Maple Leafs are doing what fans have come to expect which is begging the question, is it time to change out their coach? Is it time for Sheldon Keefe to go? Guest: Mike Stubbs, Host, London Live, 980 CFPL & Play-by-Play Announcer, London Knights
1/17/202440 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Ron Foxcroft: Reducing Hamilton's budget, The success (or failure) of electric cars, Limiting the number of terms a politician can serve & more

Outstanding people and Fridays pair perfectly and The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio is proof of that! This week, Scott welcomes none other than Hamilton's own Ron Foxcroft to talk about reducing the tax hike that's been proposed with Hamilton's new budget, term limits for politicians, the success (or failure) of electric cars and more. Guest: Ron Foxcroft, Philanthropist, Founder & CEO, Fox 40 International Inc and Chairman, President & CEO, Fluke Transport & Basketball Referee
1/13/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 47 seconds
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Hamilton City Council wants your plan for the budget, Can the federal Liberals turn things around? & Does Steve Foxcroft like inclement weather with his sports?

Hamilton City Council is looking to hear from you about what should be done about the budget. Sitting at a whopping 14% increase has many people outraged but could Toronto's proposed increase of over 10% make our proposed increase appear better or possibly worse? Guest: Vito Sgro, Former mayoral candidate & political insider - Federal polling numbers aren't too favourable for the federal Liberals and Justin Trudeau. As things seem to trend downwards, how does this party turn things around? Guest: Kate Harrison, Vice Chair, Summa Strategies - Weather is one of those x-factors in sports that can completely change a game but does that make it more enjoyable for you, the fan? Surely it isn't any fun for the officials! Guest: Steve Foxcroft, NFL Chain-Gang Member & Vice-President, Fluke Transport
1/12/202445 minutes, 51 seconds
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Krispy Kreme is coming to Hamilton! McMaster is facing a class action lawsuit & Multi-award winning musician Colin James' upcoming concert at Fallsview Casino

Krispy Kreme is coming to Hamilton! Is this going to work or will the new location only be here for a short while? Guest: Joanne McNeish, Associate Professor of Marketing with Toronto Metropolitan University - McMaster University is facing a class action lawsuit over anti-Semitism on campus and alleged inaction towards addressing it. Guest: Sandra Zisckind, Lawyer representing the group suing McMaster - Multi-award winning, chart-topping, and multi-Platinum selling guitarist Colin James’ career spans more than 30 years, is rich in highlights, including 20 studio albums, 8 JUNO Awards, 29 Maple Blues Awards and multi-platinum record sales. He’ll be performing on January 25 at Fallsview Casino! Guest: Colin James, Award-Winning Canadian Musician
1/11/202434 minutes, 53 seconds
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How are RVs complicating Hamilton's housing crisis? How severe is anti-religious sentiment in Canada? Restaurants at risk of closing due to CEBA repayment & What do Blue Jays fans have to look forward to?

How have RVs complicated the housing crisis as people have started setting up shop with them around Hamilton? Guest: Matt Francis, Councillor for Ward 5 with the City of Hamilton - While the vast majority of Canadians agree that anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim views are problematic, it would appear that there is some disagreement over the severity. Guest: Mohammad Fadel, Full Professor of Law at the University of Toronto - There are many, many restaurants that are at risk of closing as the CEBA repayment deadline nears closer and closer. Guest: Mark von Schellwitz, Vice President of Western Canada with Restaurants Canada - The Toronto Blue Jays were poised to pick up some exceptional players however that isn't looking like it'll be the case and following the less than stellar performance from last year, what do fans have to look forward to? Guest: Josh Goldberg, Baseball Journalist for TheScore
1/10/202448 minutes, 21 seconds
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Transportation decisions loom in Hamilton for 2024. How could a public restroom be worth $500K? Hocky on the Brain: The Nylander contract, the Brantford (formerly Hamilton) Bulldogs, and more with Don Robertson.

The issue of transportation looms large for Hamilton City Council in 2024. Who will operate the LRT, and what will it cost? Should the notion of free transit still be on the table? Two-way street conversions and the consequences thereof are also discussed. Guest: John Best, the Bay Observer   Last week, a fire at Woodlands park burned down a public restroom. While, thankfully, nobody was hurt, the resulting property damage was, apparently, around $500,000! Seems like an awful lot of money for a loo. Guest: Tom Jackson, Ward 6 Councillor.   Nylander's contract has been extended. Are the Leafts paying too much to keep him? The Bulldogs are still in Brandford. Will Hamilton ever get them back? And we get to hear at least one of the hockey stories that Don's actually allowed to tell on air! All this and more on this week's edition of Sports Talk with Don Robertson. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Defending Allan Cup Champion Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
1/9/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Annette Hamm: Florida's shadow aliens, Appropriate gym attire, Keeping Christmas trees up all year and more

With the end of the work week comes another edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio and this week's guest is none other than CHCH's Annette Hamm who joins Scott to talk about shadow aliens in Florida, appropriate workout attire, the purpose of movies, Christmas trees kept up all year long and more. Guest: Annette Hamm, Co-host, Morning Live, CHCH-TV
1/6/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 5 seconds
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Hamilton-area realtors report decline in residential sales for 2023 amid high lending rates

1/5/20249 minutes, 12 seconds
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Hamilton Police Service's new community advisory panel, Universal basic income for Canadians, Facial recognition in airports & Does the PWHL have a shelf life?

The Hamilton Police Service is going to be creating a community advisory panel to help deal with race-based data. How will this work and what does it aim to accomplish? Guest: Inspector Jim Callender, Hamilton Police Service - A universal basic income for Canadians is still debated to this day and it has people divided. What is being proposed and how would it impact Canadians? Guest: Dr. Ian Lee, Associate Professor with the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University - A worldwide push to introduce facial recognition to airports as a way of speeding up wait times and increasing overall efficiency. While this may seem like a good idea, there's always a catch. Guest: Carmi Levy, Technology Analyst & Journalist - Professional women's hockey is here by way of the Professional Women's Hockey League and the fans seem to love it. Is this the women's league that will stick and stay or is there an unfortunate shelf life to people's attention and interest? Guest: Mike Stubbs, Host of London Live, 980 CFPL and London Knights play-by-play announcer
1/5/202455 minutes, 1 second
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Why aren't houses selling as soon as they're available? Is the right support available for those in encampments? Addressing people recording videos in gyms & Making history meaningful again

As interest rates bring about a decline in residential home sales, how is the real estate industry responding? Is now the time to sell or buy? Wouldn't the housing crisis we keep hearing about contribute to homes getting snatched up the moment they're available? Guest: Nicolas von Bredow, President, Realtors Association of Hamilton-Burlington - Following last night's multiple-alarm fire near a homeless encampment that razed a bathroom is calling into question if enough is being done to support those living in encampments and if what's being done is what's needed. Guest: John-Paul Danko, Councillor, Ward 8, City of Hamilton - How has the prevalence of recording videos in the gym impacted those who are in the background? Do gyms have any say in this? Is a blanket ban the answer? Guest: Barry Vincent, Owner of Lift Training & Online Fitness Coach with experience in the large chain gym industry - History is one of those topics that has fallen by the wayside in favour of subjects like math and English. An article is looking to make a change to this as an effort to "make history meaningful again". One of the biggest things that first needs to be tackled is the age old question of, "When am I ever going to use this?" Guest: Nathan Tidridge, Award-winning teacher at Waterdown District High School teaching Civics, Treaty Studies, as well as Canadian and World History
1/4/202453 minutes, 6 seconds
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Should our doctors prioritize social justice over medical expertise?

Why would any group of doctors think it's a good idea to prioritize social justice over medical expertise in our doctors? Guest: Dr. Jason Profetto, Director of Family Medicine and Chair of Clinical Skills and MD Admissions at McMaster University
1/3/202412 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton with Mike Fortune: The Airing of Grievances, Scott's infamous interview with Hermey the Elf and more

For the last episode of the year, Scott welcomes Mike Fortune back to the show. Featuring Festivus' Airing of Grievances (featuring your grievances) and a special replaying of Scott's infamous interview with Paul Soles, the voice of Hermey the Elf from the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer claymation movie, that goes sideways really fast, today's episode is the one that you don't want to miss. Guest: Mike Fortune, Host, The Hamilton Network, Cable 14
12/23/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 18 seconds
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Speaking with the first female Hon. Lt. Col. of The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, The zero-emission vehicle landscape come 2035 & Which local team will end their championship drought first?

The first female Honourary Lieutenant Colonel of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada has been welcomed into the ranks. She joins Scott to talk about how this honour was bestowed upon her, what the position requires of her and more. Guest: Hon. Lt. Col. Shendal Yalchin, The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders of Canada - How will zero-emission sales actually look when the 2035 date put forth by the federal government earlier this week roll around? Will that push prices up or down? Guest: Marvin Ryder. Associate Professor of Marketing, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University - As we look back at the year of sports performances (or lack thereof) from our local teams, it's not hard to see that things were anything but stellar. Who's going to end their championship drought first? Guest: Rick Zamperin, Host of Good Morning Hamilton & The 5th Quarter and Sports Director, 900 CHML
12/22/202336 minutes, 26 seconds
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Reviewing this year's politics in Hamilton, Are we prepared for the immigrants coming to Canada? & YouTube tops social media use by teens

To look back at a review of this year's politics in Hamilton and more, Scott welcomes Richard Brennan to the show. Guest: Richard Brennan, Former Journalist with The Toronto Star covering both Queen’s Park and Parliament Hill - Canada's population grew by 430,000 in Q3 alone. Are we prepared to support and care for these people? Guest: Moshe Lander, Senior Economics Lecturer with Concordia University - A new survey from Pew Institute of Research found that YouTube is at the top of the list when it comes to the social media platforms teens use everyday, some reporting a near-constant use. Guest: Jeffrey Gottfried, Associate Director of Research with the Pew Institute of Research
12/21/202342 minutes, 21 seconds
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How could a proposed tax put Hamilton area farmers out of work? & The tax hikes that come with the new year

As Hamilton's city council looks to add a storm water tax, farmers are raising some major red flags. The largest of all is that if implemented, this tax could put farmers out of business. Guest: Drew Spoelstra, President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture - No one likes to pay their taxes and even fewer are going to like the news that with the new year comes new tax hikes. Guest: Jay Goldberg, Ontario Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation
12/20/202326 minutes, 28 seconds
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How did HATS try to change the City's mind on a proposed tiny shelter location? Why aren't charges being pursued in a death threat case? & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

Was the Strachan Street location for a proposed tiny houses project the first choice by the Hamilton Alliance for Tiny Shelters (HATS)? It doesn't sound like it. How did they try to change the City's mind? Guest: John Best, Publisher, The Bay Observer - How is it that no charges are being pursued after a death threat was caught on camera and in front of police during a protest over the weekend? Guest: Jeff Manishen, Criminal Lawyer, Ross & McBride; Former Crown Attorney - Would you hire Burton Cummings to play your backyard... again? Would you be in favour of using replay on every single play of a sports game? Is there anything other than the Great Wall of China and the little town in every Hallmark Christmas movie with its lights on that you can see from space? These questions and more get posed to Don Robertson on this week's edition of Sports Talk with Don Robertson. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Defending Allan Cup Champion Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
12/19/202359 minutes, 59 seconds
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Market analysts ponder whether 'Wartime' home program is fit for Hamilton

12/17/20239 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Ben Straughan: Driving with manual transmissions, Mass adoption of electric vehicles, the CFL's new schedule & more

You know his voice but usually in short bursts. This time, Scott welcomes Ben to The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio to discuss driving manual cars, renaming Yonge-Dundas Square, mass-adoption of electric cars and more. Guest: Ben Straughan, Technical Producer, The Scott Radley Show
12/16/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 25 seconds
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Has Hamilton's City Council done a good job over the last year? & Why haven't we seen a new classic Christmas movie in the last 20 years?

As we cross the anniversary of Hamilton's current city council taking office, they've offered congratulations to themselves. Is it deserved? Guest: Vito Sgro, multi-time political candidate, political insider - What's with the lack of good Christmas movies? Why haven't we seen another Christmas classic come our way in the last 20 years? Guest: Bill Brioux, Television Critic and Author
12/15/202334 minutes, 2 seconds
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Why hasn't construction begun on a downtown Hamilton condo? Do Canadians even want EVs? & Should a referee ever allow the rules to be broken?

Hamilton's downtown was supposed to be seeing construction being done on a high rise condo development and yet there doesn't seem to be one where the Eaton Centre used to be. Why is that? Guest: Darryl Firsten, Vice President, IN8 Developments - As the federal government tries to push electric vehicles (EVs), it would appear Canadians are wanting them less and less. What do we want that EVs can't provide and how can that be remedied? Can it be remedied? Guest: Eric Kam, Professor of Macroeconomics, Toronto Metropolitan University - What's with certain hockey games being blocked out for viewers in Eastern Canada? When should a referee allow rules to be broken in sport and when should they be called? Is it a case by case basis exclusively? Should it only be by the book? Guest: Steve Foxcroft, NFL Chain-Gang Member, Vice-President, Fluke Transport
12/14/202345 minutes, 11 seconds
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Who should school board trustees serve? & What are the most and least loved Christmas songs?

What is the role of the school board trustee? Whom do they serve? Who should they serve? Guest: John Best, Publisher of The Bay Observer - Christmas music can be loved and hated but there are some songs that people feel more passionately about than others. What are those songs and how do they rank? Guest: Eric Alper, Publicist and Music Commentator
12/13/202336 minutes, 36 seconds
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Is There Too Much Parking In Hamilton? Ohtani's Salary Deferral and More!

Guests: Stephen LeDrew Former President Liberal Party of Canada Is this foreign interference inquiry going to be a sham? Don Robertson Owner of the Dundas Real McCoys The massive LA Dodger Ohtani contract and salary deferral, plus other stories in the world of sports
12/12/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Jeff Mahoney: Cellphones in the classroom, Restesting to keep a license after a certain age, Closing out a career & more

Conversing brightly is a requirement to find yourself on Scott Radley's The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio. The ever bright and conversational Jeff Mahoney joins Scott for this week's edition to talk about using cell phones in the classroom, retesting people to keep their driver's license after certain ages, retiring after years in the newspaper industry, how the delivery of news has changed with time and more. Guest: Jeff Mahoney, Reporter & Columnist, The Hamilton Spectator
12/9/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 34 seconds
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More government spending will yield even more debt, Who's really determining what is hate speech on our campuses? Could Shohei Ohtani actually join the Blue Jays? & Canadian Comedy Hall of Fame inducting multiple Hamiltonians

It's looking like our government is going to do more of the same, increase spending and take the deficit up to a new high. Guest: Franco Terrazzano, Federal Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Who is actually making the decisions on post-secondary campuses regarding what's hate speech? Is that same debacle being reflected in the classroom? Guest: John Bonnett, Associate Professor, Department of History, Brock University - We've been talking about the chances of Shohei Ohtani joining the Toronto Blue Jays and there's often an element of facetiousness present but could it actually happen? Guest: Mike Wilner, Baseball Columnist for the Toronto Star - The Canadian Comedy Hall of Fame will be inducting multiple Hamiltonians as part of its upcoming class with Eugene Levy and Martin Short being only some of the big names being honoured. Guest: Eric Johnston, Hamilton-based Stand Up comedian performing at the Canadian Comedy Hall of Fame festivities
12/8/202356 minutes, 30 seconds
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Entering Wild Waterworks into a public-private partnership, Increased demand for Christmas trees & Why has the the local real estate market cooled so heavily?

Would running Hamilton's Wild Waterworks as a public-private partnership be beneficial? The City will be looking into it. Guest: Matt Francis, Councillor for Ward 5 with the City of Hamilton - How does demand for Christmas trees impact tree growers around here? Are evergreens sprouting left, right and centre or do they take more work than your average tree? Guest: Jeff Beattie, Ward 10 Councillor, City of Hamilton & Owner, Winona Gardens - The local real estate market has been extremely hot for the last while but that seems to have changed completely. What's sparked this change and how is it impacting sales and how they're conducted? Guest: Nicolas von Bredow, President, Realtors Association of Hamilton-Burlington
12/7/202330 minutes, 8 seconds
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LRT's latest delay, Christine Sinclair's impact on Canadian sports, Should we teach math differently? & The Ticats have made some staffing changes

There's another delay in the seemingly never-ending LRT saga as the two-way Main Street conversion has its start date pushed back to 2026. Guest: John-Paul Danko, Councillor, Ward 8, City of Hamilton - What is the lasting impact Canadian soccer legend, Christine Sinclair, has had on the Canadian sports landscape? Guest: Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, CEO of Canadian Women & Sport - Should we teach math differently? That's the question being raised as Canadian students' math marks continue on a steep downward slide. Guest: Dr. Paul Bennett, Founding Director & Lead Consultant, Schoolhouse Consulting and Author, "The State of the System" & Educhatter blog - The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Tuesday, an updated football operations structure for the club will see Orlondo Steinauer focus on the President of Football Operations role, while Ed Hervey has been named the team’s General Manager. The club’s next Head Coach will be announced later this week. Guest: Josh Smith, Reporter for 3 Down Nation in Hamilton
12/6/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 52 seconds
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Failures the Red Hill Report points to, How many Canadian politicians attended a viewing of the recordings taken by Hamas on Oct. 7? & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

The Red Hill debacle is no secret to Hamiltonians but a report investigating the parkway and its failures is pointing to an even larger management failure. Also, Hamilton has a new City Manager but is that something the general public should worry about? Does it matter the average citizen who their city's manager, what they've done, etc? Guest: John Best, Publisher, The Bay Observer - Canada's parliamentarians and senators were invited to view video recordings taken by Hamas and security cameras during its October 7 attack. How many actually attended and what does that tell us? Guest: Kevin Vuong, MP for Spadina-Fort York - Do the Blue Jays have a legitimate chance at Shohei Ohtani? Should they even entertain the thought? Has the NHL become a 'no-hitting league'? These questions and more get covered and debated on this week's edition of Sports Talk with Don Robertson. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Allan Cup Champion Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
12/5/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Mike Fortune: Sneaking into a baseball stadium, Politicians' financial irresponsibility, Building up Hamilton's waterfront, If there's a problem with Christmas & more

With another edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio comes the return of Mike Fortune who joins Scott to talk about building up Hamilton's waterfront, sneaking into a baseball stadium, if there's a problem with Christmas, politicians' financial irresponsibility and more. Guest: Mike Fortune, Host, The Hamilton Network, Cable 14
11/25/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 54 seconds
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Why was the 'Vacant Home Tax' voted down by City Council? What's the use in questioning Christmas' prevalence? & Why aren't undergrad students pleased with their university experience?

A 'Vacant Home Tax' for Hamilton was voted down by City Council. What's wrong with this iteration of the proposed tax? Scott speaks with one of the councillors who voted against it. Guest: Matt Francis, Councillor for Ward 5 with the City of Hamilton - Christmas is being called back into question. What's wrong with it and who are the ones putting forward this notion? Do they have a point? Guest: Elissa Freeman, PR and Pop Culture Expert - The university experience that's being had by many undergraduate students seems to be less than satisfactory. What's causing this to be the case? Guest: Glenn Keeler, President of the Canadian University Survey Consortium
11/24/202339 minutes, 51 seconds
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Hamilton’s vacant homes tax voted down by council

11/24/202312 minutes, 13 seconds
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Mayor of Niagara Falls on the Rainbow Bridge explosion, The impact of if the explosion was a terrorist act, Addressing a nurse shortage while ensuring competent care for patients & Is a roster reset need for Canada's Men's Soccer Team?

A vehicle explosion at the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls closed multiple border crossings in the region. What's it like being the mayor when something like this happens in your city? Guest: Jim Diodati, Mayor of Niagara Falls - We have heard that the explosion on the Rainbow Bridge was not an act of terrorism but what if it was? How would that change things, especially in this time where tensions are extremely high. Guest: Phil Gurski, President of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting, former CSIS analyst and author of ‘When Religion Kills’ - As we face a shortage of nurses, how can it be addressed while ensuring that patients are getting the full, competent care they require? Guest: Dr. Jason Profetto, Chair of MD Admissions and Director of Family Medicine at McMaster University - How did Canada's Men's Soccer Team have a spectacular loss to Jamaica when they were expected to bowl over Jamaica? Is this just a case of the team needing a roster reset? Guest: Joe Callaghan, Journalist for The Toronto Star, The Guardian, and The Irish Examiner
11/23/202352 minutes, 32 seconds
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Improving transparency at City Council's in-camera meetings, Fall Economic Statement delivered by the feds, Could Shohei Ohtani join the Blue Jays? & How could an electric car's battery cost $50,000 to replace?

How would more transparency in Hamilton City Council's in-camera meetings impact the way they're conducted? Guest: John Best, Publisher of The Bay Observer - With the Fall Economic Statement being released today by the federal government, do we have a bright future ahead of us or are we staring down a very bumpy road? Guest: Dr. Lori Turnbull, Professor & Chair of Public & International Affairs with Dalhousie University - Accidentally changing your phone to a foreign language with a different alphabet, the best baseball player potentially coming to the Blue Jays and outrageously expensive tickets to sports games are all on the docket for today's discussion with Bubba O'Neil! Guest: Bubba O'Neil, Sports Anchor with CHCH and Analyst with the Ticats Audio Network - Electric cars are back in the news following a man from Stoney Creek being told that a replacement battery for his electric car would run about $50,000. Is this an anomaly that's going to change as we see the technology improve? Is it worth passing on this version of electric cars in favour of another style akin to the Betamax vs VHS decision that had to be made once upon a time? Guest: David Adams, President & CEO of the Global Automakers of Canada
11/22/202356 minutes, 56 seconds
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Are You Exhausted Or Burnt-out? Canadian Youth Trusting News Shared Broadly On Social Media

Have you been feeling exhausted lately? Or is this burnout? GUEST: Dr. Nita Chhinzer, Associate Professor of Leadership & Organizational Management with the University of Guelph Survey: Young Canadians are increasingly trusting news shared broadly on social media GUEST: Janine Allen, President and Partner at Kaiser & Partners 
11/17/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Sarah Jama aims to fight on, Major shift to the LRT's path through Hamilton, More than the Grey Cup is happening in the CFL & Why isn't Marvel able to crank out reliable box office hits anymore?

Hamilton-Centre MPP Sarah Jama is claiming that she's going to continue the fight against being censured and that preparations are being made for a legal fight with Doug Ford. Guest: John Best, Publisher of The Bay Observer - A major shift to the path Hamilton's proposed LRT will take has been put forward. Where will the train line be going and are the cars even capable of it? Guest: Abdul Shaikh, Director of Hamilton LRT Project Office - The CFL's Grey Cup championship is only a few days away but that isn't the only thing that's happening with the league. Guest: Josh Smith, Reporter for 3 Down Nation - Marvel's super hero movies used to make billions with each new addition to the vast universe of media however that seems to be slowing which means Marvel, and it's parent-company Disney, have an interesting challenge to face. Guest: Robert Thompson, Director of the Bleier Center For Television And Popular Culture at Syracuse University
11/16/202356 minutes, 9 seconds
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Would the end of The Beer Store be beneficial or detrimental? What is the economy teaching Gen Zs & Millennials? Why is there a CAF presence in Israel? & An arrest has been made following the death of Adam Johnson

Great names, sharp uniforms and interesting team logos are all crucial pieces of the puzzle that is building a successful sports brand but it seems like the upcoming Professional Women's Hockey League has dropped the ball on a few of those elements. How will this impact the league's launch as they make efforts to build fan bases and viewership? Also, will The Beer Store's potential end spell out disaster for beer sales in Ontario or will it be the best thing for it? Guest: Moshe Lander, Senior Economics Lecturer with Concordia University - Hard lessons are being taught to Gen Zs and Millennials as the economy plays hardball. That's the message being sent by The Food Professor, Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, who joins Scott to explain further what he means by this. Guest: Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, Professor of Food Distribution and Policy, and Director of the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University - Did you know that the Canadian military has a presence in Israel? How involved is the CAF and do what degree? Is this presence sending a message that Canada has taken a side and should they even be there to begin with? Guest: Stephen M. Saideman, Paterson Chair of International Affairs at Carleton University, and Director of the Canadian Defence and Security Network - An arrest and charge of manslaughter has been made in the wake of the death of Adam Johnson. While there are other cases of athletes entering the courtroom for actions mid-game, will this one be similar? Guest: Jeff Manishen, Criminal Lawyer, Ross & McBride; Former Crown Attorney
11/15/202352 minutes, 54 seconds
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How is the landfill smell being addressed on the Mountain? Proposed changes for Hamilton's school board trustees & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

How is an unbearable smell being emitted by a landfill on the Mountain being addressed? Guest: Donna Skelly, MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook - Why is there a proposal to change what school board trustees can say and to whom they can speak? Is it a good idea? Guest: Todd White, Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Trustee for Wards 5 & 10 - It's time for another edition of Sports Talk with Don Robertson as we get ready for the 2023 Grey Cup here in Hamilton among many other things. Guest: Don Robertson, Owner of the Dundas Real McCoys
11/14/202355 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Jason Farr: Hamilton's impending tax hike, City Council's first year in review, Recording sports games & more

The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio features Jason Farr who's done everything from sit on Hamilton's city council to host a morning radio show however his knowledge goes far beyond just those two realms. With plenty happening at home and abroad you can be sure there's no shortage of things for Scott & Jason to talk about. Guest: Jason Farr, Host of Hammer Down with Jay & Mike and former Hamilton City Councillor
11/11/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 37 seconds
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The HSR strike and it's larger implications, What are the lasting impacts of the Grey Cup and sports tourism, Freelance photographer throws CNN in hot water, Winterizing your home for free & Hollywood's actors' strike is over

Bus strike negotiations aren’t just about HSR, but 11 other unions, tax dollars and spiking city costs. Guest: Vito Sgro is a Former Mayoral candidate in 2018, and Liberal Candidate for Flamborough-Glanbrook in the 2021 election - What will be the lasting impacts of iconic sports tourism events like the Grey Cup in Hamilton 2 of 3 years? Guest: Neil Lumsden MPP for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek and Minister of Sports - How should the topic of freelance photographers be approached in the wake of CNN cutting ties with a Gaza-based photographer? Guest: Jeffrey Dvorkin, Senior Fellow at Massey College, Former Director of Journalism at the University of Toronto-Scarborough and author of “Trusting the News in a Digital Age” - Preparing your house for a Canadian winter can be extremely expensive but that doesn't mean it has to be. Guest: Corrie Morton, Energy Conservation Supervisor at Enbridge Gas - The actors' strike is over in Hollywood. Does this mean your favourite shows will be back on the air next week? Guest: Bill Brioux, television critic and author
11/10/202355 minutes, 47 seconds
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Unpacking all that Hamilton City Council is dealing with, Canadians' sympathies and opinions on the Israel-Hamas war & Can we use the wartime housing strategy to address the housing crisis?

Hamilton City Council was buy today and there's plenty to unpack from the bus driver strike to banning/limiting graphic material spread around by anti-abortionists. Guest: John Best, Publisher of The Bay Observer - As the war between Israel and Hamas rages on, Canadians share sympathies with both the side of Israeli civilians and Palestinian civilians. Polling has found interesting responses from Canadians on the conflict. Guest: Jon Roe, Research Associate with Angus Reid - We're dealing with a housing crisis but it's not the first time this kind of challenge has been faced. What if we took a page out of the wartime housing playbook and built homes like that? Guest: Frank Clayton, Senior Research Fellow with the Centre for Urban Research and Land Development at Toronto Metropolitan University
11/9/202347 minutes, 38 seconds
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Is Hamilton's living wage feasible? Witnessing the atrocities of Hamas, The Tiger-Cats' Grey Cup drought extends & Should Remembrance Day be a stat holiday in Ontario?

As Hamilton's living rate goes up, the question as to whether or not it's implementation is feasible is being brought back up. Guest: Tom Cooper, Director of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction - Having a first hand account of the atrocities committed by Hamas is something no person should ever have to endure but it's important that we know. Scott speaks with someone who has seen those horrors. GUEST: Sabrina Maddeaux, Columnist with the National Post - The Hamilton Tiger-Cats's Grey Cup drought has been extended by another year. GUEST: Steve Milton, Journalist for The Hamilton Spectator - Remembrance Day isn't a stat holiday in Ontario. Should it be made one without betraying the reason we mark the day and honour our veterans? GUEST: Nathan Tidridge, A teacher at Waterdown District High School teaching Civics, Treaty Studies, as well as Canadian and World History
11/8/202352 minutes, 33 seconds
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Can Sarah Jama weather this political storm? What's with the decline in family doctors? & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

Can Sarah Jama weather the political storm she's found herself in the middle of? Guest: John Best, Publisher of The Bay Observer - Why are we seeing a decline in the number of family doctors? How can we go about fixing this problem? Guest: Dr. Jason Profetto, Family Physician & Chair of Clinical Skills and MD Admissions with McMaster University - A lot has happened in the world of sports since Scott and Don have spoke last which means there's plenty to talk about on this week's edition of Sports Talk with Don Robertson. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Allan Cup Champion Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
10/24/20231 hour
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Fallout from MPP Sarah Jama's controversial statement on Israel, Redeveloping Stelco's land in Hamilton, The Maple Leafs' home opener & An inside look at the new documentary, 'Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe'

The Israel-Hamas conflict brought about many statements from politicians of all stripes but one, in particular, brought about extra consternation. Guest: John Best, Publisher of The Bay Observer - Efforts to redevelop some of the Stelco's land in Hamilton are underway as a master plan is being put together with the intention of submitting it within the coming months. Guest: Steven Dejonckheere, Overseeing development for Slate Asset Management on the Stelco Hamilton Land - The Maple Leafs have played their season opener as the Ticats are fighting to finish their season with a pleasing outcome. How are both teams playing and what's needed on each front? Guest: Bubba O'Neil, CHCH sports anchor and analyst with the Ticats Audio Network - A new documentary is pulling back the curtain to reveal the unbelievable amounts of kindness and genius behind the beloved kid's TV show, Mr. Dressup. Guest: Rob McCallum, Director of 'Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe'
10/13/202353 minutes, 13 seconds
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The terrorist assault on Israel, Canada's plummeting birth rate & What will the 2023-24 NHL season have in store for us?

Hamas' assault on Israel has taken the world's attention but what is there to be gained by such incomprehensibly heinous acts? Guest: Phil Gurski, President of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting, former CSIS analyst and author of ‘When Religion Kills’ - The bottom has completely fallen out when it comes to how low Canada's birthrate has dropped. What's caused this drop and how dire can the outcome be? Guest: Kate Choi, Director of the Centre for Research on Social Inequality with Western University - The 2023-24 NHL season is here! What do we have to look forward to and the age-old question is being asked again, do the Leafs have a chance this year? Guest: Mike Stubbs, Host of London Live on 980 CFPL and London Knights play-by-play announcer
10/11/202341 minutes, 6 seconds
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Stakeholders in Hamilton tiny shelters pilot to take another look at alternatives

10/10/202310 minutes, 7 seconds
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What mystery substance coated Hamilton's beach strip? Hamilton's tiny shelter pilot project is getting shelved, Why do our politicians overspend on so much? & Bo Levi Mitchell is set to return this weekend

What's coated cars, houses and pretty much everything else on Hamilton's beach strip? Residents want to know too. Guest: Sandra Snowden, Concerned beach community resident - Hamilton's tiny shelter pilot project is getting shelved. Why is this and what has the reaction been since this announcement? Guest: Victoria Mancinelli, Director of Public Relations, Marketing, Strategic Partnerships with LiUNA - In an effort to cut back on the federal government's expense, a committee has recommended several changes to the spending practices of the Governor General among others. How do things even get this severe? Guest: Franco Terrazzano, Federal Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Bo Levi Mitchell's return has been announced for this Saturday's game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He hasn't done a ton of playing this season, how might that influence his performance going forward? Guest: Rod Pedersen, Host of The Rod Pedersen Show on Game+ TV
10/7/202352 minutes, 34 seconds
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Hamilton non-profit shelter The Hub ordered to clean graffiti or face bill, city says

10/6/20238 minutes, 11 seconds
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Should Hamilton ban right turns at red lights? Why is The Hub being served a bylaw notice for graffiti of all things? & The Blue Jays got swept by the Twins... how?

Would Hamilton benefit from a ban on right turns at red lights? How enforceable would it be should a ban be implemented? Guest: Mike Field, Manager of Transportation Operations with the City of Hamilton - As the battle against homelessness rages on, why is one of the places that's actively helping the homeless being served with a bylaw notice for graffiti of all things? Guest: Jennifer Bonner, Executive Director of The Hub - The Toronto Blue Jays were swept out of the playoffs by the Minnesota Twins, bringing about the end to a historic losing streak. Guest: Mike Wilner, Baseball Columnist for the Toronto Star
10/6/202337 minutes, 11 seconds
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CRTC podcast registration garners criticism, Can we provide more mental health support despite a lack of money?, What are the best skills for job searchers? & Why would you not want to be rich and/or famous?

The federal government's decision to require podcasts that earn $10m/year register with the CRTC has garnered criticism. Are we witnessing the death of freedom of expression? Guest: Jeffrey Dvorkin, Senior Fellow at Massey College, Former Director of Journalism at the University of Toronto-Scarborough and author of “Trusting the News in a Digital Age” - There are calls to expand mental health and addiction support in Hamilton but is the money there to do it? Guest: Tammy Hwang, Councillor, Ward 4 with the City of Hamilton - What are the best skills in demand by employers nowadays & how has working from home changed the game? Guest: Tara Parry, Director with Robert Half - We have all dreamed about life with fame and fortune at some point in time. Are things as great as we might imagine or is there a darker side than what we can comprehend? Guest: Paul Berton, Editor-in-chief of The Hamilton Spectator & Author, "Misfortune and Fame: 10 Reasons You Don't Want to be Rich (or Famous)"
10/5/202349 minutes, 43 seconds
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Will condos get built on the Mountain? Why is Costco selling gold bars? & Will the Frasier reboot be any good?

How might Hamilton's traffic collision report influence future plans for the city? Will the mountain see condominiums built? Guest: John Best, Publisher of The Bay Observer - Why is Costco Canada now selling gold bars? Guest: Mark Yamada, President & CEO of PUR Investing Inc - There's a reboot of Frasier in the works, another season of Survivor is coming and the Writers' Strike has ended. Guest:  Bill Brioux, Television Critic, Journalist and Author, brioux.tv
10/4/202345 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Week in Canadian Politics and the Week in Sports with Don Robertson

Guests: Moshe Lander, Senior Economics Lecturer with Concordia University Dr. Lori Turnbull, Professor at the Faculty of Management with Dalhousie University Don Robertson, Owner of the Dundas Real McCoys
10/3/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Kathy Renwald: Hamilton's LRT, Tiny homes, Parliament's nazi debacle and more

Whether it's LRT, tiny homes, traffic in Hamilton, the federal government's nazi debacle or even drinking olive oil infused coffee, you can be sure it's going to be discussed on this week's edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with special guest, Kathy Renwald. Guest: Kathy Renwald, Freelance Journalist and former CHCH Reporter
9/30/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 37 seconds
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Hamilton's affordable housing situation, Potentially capping Hamilton's tax increases at 4%, Food Banks Canada's poverty reduction report card & Carrie Underwood announced as headliner for Grey Cup music festival

What does Hamilton's scene look like when it comes to affordable housing? Are things improving at all? Guest: Terry Cooke, President & CEO of the Hamilton Community Foundation - How did Councillor Ted McMeekin's idea to cap municipal tax increases get received by his fellow councillors? Guest: Ted McMeekin, Councillor for Ward 15 - Food Banks Canada has put out its report card on how well governments have done in the effort to reduce poverty. Unfortunately, the majority of governments received a dismal D+. Guest: Kirstin Beardsley, CEO of Food Banks Canada - Carrie Underwood has been announced as the headliner for this year's Grey Cup music festival in Hamilton. With that being said, who could possibly be playing the halftime show and should it matter if they're Canadian or not? Guest: Bubba O'Neil, CHCH sports anchor and analyst with the Ticats Audio Network
9/28/202358 minutes, 6 seconds
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Why is Hamilton's LRT being brought back up? Are Canadians souring on immigration? & The increased threats faced by Hamilton's city councillors

LRT is back in the spotlight... sort of. It was being discussed at council and from the sound of it, the price is going up. Guest: John Best, Publisher of The Bay Observer - Are Canadians' attitude towards immigration souring? Guest: Andrew Perez is a Toronto-based freelance writer, media commentator and political activist - What is the threat profile posed by Hamilton's city councillors and how should threats, real or not, get addressed? Has that threat level increased? Guest: John-Paul Danko, Councillor, Ward 8, City of Hamilton
9/27/202342 minutes, 42 seconds
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How did a WWII veteran who fought with the Nazis get into the House of Commons? How is a shortage of family doctors being addressed? & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

The Liberals are in hot water following the news that a WWII veteran who fought with the Nazis as part of the First Ukrainian Division, also known as the Waffen-SS Galicia Division or the SS 14th Waffen Division which was under Nazi-command. Guest: Kate Harrison, Vice Chair of Summa Strategies - How is a worrying shortage of family doctors being addressed and will it be enough? Also, what sets family doctors apart? Guest: Dr. Jason Profetto, Family Physician & Chair of Clinical Skills and MD Admissions with McMaster University - Don Robertson joins Scott for another edition of Sports Talk with Don Robertson where Don's ability to be the Citizen of the Year in two different provinces at the same time gets discussed along with how an MLB team can see a performance decrease despite having two of the game's best players and much more. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Allan Cup Champion Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
9/26/20231 hour, 1 minute, 10 seconds
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Doug Ford is reversing his Greenbelt land swap decision, Ontario minor league hockey is looking for more diversity & Do mass journalism layoffs threaten more than just jobs?

Doug Ford is now reversing course on the Greenbelt land swap reverse. Guest: Charlie Pinkerton, Deputy Editor of The Trillium - Ontario minor league hockey is on the search for more diversity in its team rosters. Guest: Ian Taylor, Executive Director of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association - As mass layoffs swiftly move through the journalism industry, is more at risk than just jobs? Guest: Peter Menzies, National Newspaper Award-winning journalist, Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, past Editor-in-Chief of the Calgary Herald and former Vice-Chair of the CRTC
9/22/202338 minutes, 6 seconds
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Hamilton's General Issues Committee meeting, Implications of Trudeau's murder accusation, How grade inflation can happen in the maths and sciences & Part 2 of Angus Reid's polling of Canada and the Culture Wars

The City of Hamilton saw its General Issues Committee field several topics today, many of which we've spoken about in the past. Where do things stand and what does the future hold for Hamilton? Guest: John Best, Publisher of The Bay Observer - Justin Trudeau has made serious allegations against India's government following the slaying of a Sikh leader in BC. In what position does this put Canada and more specifically, Trudeau, if India wasn't involved? What about if India was involved? Guest: Dr. Robert Huish, Associate Professor with the Department of International Development Studies at Dalhousie University - Grade inflation is something that we've come to be more aware of. While this is something we can imagine happening in a subject like the arts or literature, how could it happen in math or the sciences? Guest: Dr. Paul Bennett, Director of School House Consulting - Jon Roe returns to the show to discuss part 2 of Angus Reid's polling of Canadians in what's being called 'Canada and the Culture Wars '. Guest: Jon Roe, Research Associate with Angus Reid
9/21/202356 minutes, 12 seconds
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Hamilton's police response to violence around encampments, 17% of Canadians think food should be free, Jordan Peterson's sanctioning gets challenged by lawyers & Get ready to see TV and some of its stars like never before!

How is Hamilton's police force responding to encampments around the city and the violence that sometimes erupts around them? Guest: Inspector Frank Miscione, Hamilton Police Service - 17% of Canadians think that food is something we should be getting for free. Guest: Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, Professor of Food Distribution and Policy, and the Director of the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University - Lawyers Howard Levitt and Peter Carey of Levitt Sheikh LLP have filed for leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal the order upholding the College of Psychologists’ sanction against Dr. Jordan Peterson. Guest: Peter Carey, Partner with Levitt Sheikh LLP - Bill Brioux is bringing some of your favourite TV shows and stars to the Westdale in a way like you've never seen before! Guest: Bill Brioux, Bill Brioux, Television Critic and Author
9/20/202356 minutes, 4 seconds
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Landowners Push Back Against Greenbelt Development Criticism, an Hour with Don Robertson and More!

Guests: Ted McMeekin, Ward 15 Councillor for City of Hamilton Muhammad Ali, VP Crestview Strategies Don Robertson, Owner Dundas Real McCoys
9/19/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 1 second
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Jason Farr: Tax Increases, Tiny Homes, Encampment Meetings, First Ontario Centre Renovations and more

Scott welcomes Jason Farr to the show for this week's edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio. What a week it was in the Hammer. Lots of news to discuss including tax increases, tiny homes, the cancelled encampment meeting earlier this week, First Ontario Centre and so much more. GUEST: Jason Farr, former councilor for Ward 2 in the City of Hamilton. 
9/16/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 39 seconds
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Toronto Rock Will Play At First Ontario Centre?? Lots Of Books In School Library's Weeded Out? Cannabis Registrations Gone Down? Ok, Blue Jays Having Trouble

So the renovation timeline at First Ontario Centre might be seeing a shift? And so the Toronto Rock is set to play their entire 2023-24 season, from start to finish, in the arena. Guest: Vito Sgro is a Former Mayoral candidate in 2018, and Liberal Candidate for Flamborough-Glanbrook in the 2021 election - Books from 2008 or earlier are being removed from school shelves in the Peel District School Board thanks to what appears to be a seemingly inconsistent approach to a book weeding process implemented last spring. Guest: Nomi Claire Lazar, Full Professor in Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa and author of the book ”Out of Joint: Power, Crisis, and the Rhetoric of Time" - Since legalization, Canadian medical cannabis registrations are reported to be at the lowest level. What's going on? Are people slowly not partaking anymore? Guest: Mitchell Osak, CEO of Quanta Consulting Inc (cannabis expert) - For better or worse, let's talk about those Blue Jays Guest: Josh Goldberg, Baseball Journalist for TheScore
9/15/202356 minutes, 20 seconds
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Why is Hamilton's 2024 tax increase set to be 14.2%?! Can Ontario optimize the way it buys mundane things? & How do Canadians view the growing culture war that is our modern day?

A city report released today says an incoming tax increase in 2024 will be 14.2 per cent! Guest: Matt Francis, Councillor for Ward 5 in Hamilton - Whenever the government buys mundane things like office supplies, the price tags tend to bloat to astronomical amounts. Is there a better way to do this in a way that optimizes the process of public procurement in Ontario? Guest: Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce - As the world seems to divide ever further, a study was conducted to see how Canadians view the world and are conducting themselves as things like cancel culture gain prevalence. Guest: Jon Roe, Research Associate with Angus Reid
9/14/202338 minutes, 24 seconds
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Hamilton councillors staring at 14 per cent tax increase in budget discussions: report

9/13/202310 minutes, 54 seconds
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Are these loyalty programs actually beneficial to consumers?

What is with this growth in the number of loyalty alliances among businesses? Are consumers actually benefiting from them? Guest: Bruce Winder, Retail Analyst & Author
9/13/202310 minutes, 41 seconds
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What went wrong with the City's attempted tiny shelter meeting? Why must Poilievre reject the Conservative's transphobic policies? Is Canada too easy when sentencing or is the US too harsh? & Do we know the true story of JFK's assassination?

A meeting that was supposed to held to get public input on tiny shelters had to be cancelled which turned the already tumultuous topic into an even larger debacle. What went wrong? Guest: John Best, Publisher of The Bay Observer - There seems to be a transphobic slant that's being taken by the Conservative party and Justin Ling says it's time for Pierre Poilievre to reject those policies. GUEST: Justin Ling is a freelance investigative journalist and writes the Bug-eyed and Shameless newsletter - Is our justice system being too soft when you look at Danny Masterson’s rape crimes compared to what he would’ve got in Canada? GUEST: Jeff Manishen, Criminal Lawyer, Ross & McBride; Former Crown Attorney - A Secret Service agent who was there on the day that JFK was assassinated has broken his silence and challenged the current theories as to what happened on that fateful day. GUEST: Jason Opal, Professor in Department of History and Classical Studies with McGill University
9/13/202359 minutes, 54 seconds
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Is Doug Ford just trying to divert attention from the Greenbelt scandal? Are these loyalty programs actually beneficial to consumers? & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

Doug Ford is drawing attention to school boards in Ontario "indoctrinating" students on gender identity but could this just be him trying to divert eyes away from the Greenbelt scandal? Guest: Sabrina Nanji, Publisher of the Queen’s Park Observer - What is with this growth in the number of loyalty alliances among businesses? Are consumers actually benefiting from them? Guest: Bruce Winder, Retail Analyst & Author - After a weeks-long drought of Don Robertson, he makes his glorious return to talk about all of the big stories from the realm of sports. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Allan Cup Champion Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
9/12/202359 minutes, 5 seconds
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Greenbelt development discussions, Potential big pay increase for Canadian employees, Should Canada be attempting to curb youth energy drink consumption? & The Ticats need this next win!

An open house was held for people to voice their opinions on Greenbelt development and hundreds turned up for it. One of those people joins Scott to talk about what she thinks about the situation. Guest: Sandy Shaw, NDP MPP for Hamilton West Ancaster Dundas - Canadian employees may be getting a major boost to their paycheck next year... but will they really? Guest: Ian Lee, Associate Professor with the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University - How is Canada dealing with youth energy drink consumption? Should it be regulated? Are we already doing so and is it being done effectively? Guest: David Soberman, Canadian National Chair in Strategic Marketing with Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto - Is there anything more important than having the Ticats win their next game tomorrow? How likely is it that they will? Guest: Bubba O'Neil, Sports Anchor with CHCH and Analyst with the Ticats Audio Network
9/8/202351 minutes, 40 seconds
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Can Hamilton find new ways of raising money without costing money? Will Pierre Poilievre's early campaigning pay off? What problems stem from miscounting our population? & The NFL is getting ready to start its regular season

Hamilton City Councillor Maureen Wilson has asked staff to find some new municipal revenue streams. What does that mean? Are new taxes a foregone conclusion? Guest: John Best, Publisher of The Bay Observer - Pierre Poilievre is in full campaign mode nearly 2 years out from an election. Is this unprecedented? Guest: Dr. Lori Turnbull, Professor at the Faculty of Management with Dalhousie University - According to some economists, the under-counting of an estimated one million non-permanent residents could affect per-capita GDP but is this really the case? Guest: Moshe Lander, Senior Economics Lecturer with Concordia University - How are things looking as the NFL gets ready to start its season? Guest: Rick Zamperin, Host of Good Morning Hamilton & CHML Sports Director
9/7/202359 minutes, 52 seconds
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Will a new housing minister fix the Greenbelt debacle? Is co-owning a house a good idea? What determines if you'll get to keep working remotely? & Is there a demand for new music from The Rolling Stones?

Ontario has a new housing minister following Steve Clark's resignation yesterday. How will this shuffle change the way messaging gets sent out from the government and will there be much of a shift in the Greenbelt debacle and how it's being handled? Guest: Sabrina Nanji, Publisher of the Queen’s Park Observer - A lot of Canadians are deciding to buy homes together rather than on their own. Is co-owning a house with a parent, sibling or friend even a good idea? Guset: Karen Yolevski, Chief Operating Officer for Royal LePage - Many companies are calling employees back into the office which is being met with mixed reactions. While some love working from home, others seem to thrive while on site. How might that be what delineates your ability to work remotely vs. in person? Guest: Dr. Nita Chhinzer, Associate Professor of Leadership & Organizational Management with the University of Guelph - After 18 years, it would appear that we'll be getting new music from The Rolling Stones as they get set to release their new studio album, 'Hackney Diamonds'. As the average age of the Stones approaches 80, is there even a desire for new music from them? Guest: Lou Molinaro, Instructor at Durham College and the Harris Institute for Music
9/6/202348 minutes
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Mike Fortune: TiCat Troubles, Housing for New Canadians, Taylor Swift Mania and more

Mike Fortune returns for another edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio where he and Scott trade words about the Tiger-Cats latest fumbles, our ability to accommodate people who are new to Canada, the mad dash for Taylor Swift tickets, and more. Guest: Mike Fortune, Host, The Hamilton Network, Cable 14
8/19/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 5 seconds
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More Cdns than expected are dying in 2023

More people than expected are dying in Canada in 2023 for reasons that are not yet clear. GUEST: Dr. Dawn Bowdish, Executive Director of the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health and a Professor in the Department of Medicine with McMaster University
8/18/202312 minutes, 10 seconds
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Is Hamilton's unionized city workers' looming strike surprising? Tiger-Cats need to beat Edmonton tomorrow but is that all? & Will China's disapproval of Canada as a travel destination be problematic?

With the looming strike by the City's unionized workers, there are multiple services that may by disrupted. Should we be surprised by this? Guest: Vito Sgro is a Former Mayoral candidate in 2018, and Liberal Candidate for Flamborough-Glanbrook in the 2021 election - Tomorrow will see the Hamilton Tiger-Cats play the currently winless Edmonton Elks here in Hamilton. Short of being a game that the Ticats should win, does this game have any larger significance? Guest: Steve Milton, Journalist with The Hamilton Spectator - China snubbed Canada by excluding the country from China's list of approved travel locations. Will this make for a significant hit to Canada's travel sector or is it just the cost of pushing against the Chinese Communist Party? Guest: Dr. Robert Huish, Associate Professor with the Department of International Development Studies at Dalhousie University
8/17/202336 minutes, 38 seconds
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Did Hamilton City Council accomplish much in its lengthy meeting about homelessness? What does Ontario's financial situation look like? Hamilton's 2023 vs 2021 Grey Cup celebration & Are we misusing 'trauma' in relation to mental health?

Yesterday saw an amazingly lengthy meeting surrounding the combating of homelessness in Hamilton at Hamilton City Hall. Did councillors actually accomplish anything or merely burn a bunch of time? Guest: John Best, Publisher of The Bay Observer - What is the Government of Ontario's state when it comes to finances? We're hearing about inflation and interest rates wreaking havoc across the country, is our provincial government suffering similarly or managing rather well? Guest: Colin D’Mello, Queen’s Park Bureau Chief for Global News - Hamilton is playing host to the Grey Cup again! Since we didn't get to provide the full Grey Cup experience back in 2021 thanks to COVID, an announcement today helped clarify how 2023 will be different and it wasn't the only big announcement delivered today. Guest: Rick Zamperin, Host of Good Morning Hamilton and CHML Sports Director - Has the word 'trauma' lost its meaning? As the topic of mental health continues to gain prevalence, so too, is what can inflict injury upon our minds. Does that necessarily mean that everything negative we experience is inherently 'traumatic'? Guest: Alistair Mordey, Author of ‘How The Cult of Trauma Took Over Mental Health’
8/16/202351 minutes, 27 seconds
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Hamilton City Hall continues to debate how to combat homelessness & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

The topic of homelessness and debate surrounding how to combat it continues at Hamilton City Hall. Larry Di Ianni joins the show to talk about how this debate may change things at City Hall and if something usable may or may not come out of this. Guest: Larry Di Ianni, Former Mayor of Hamilton - After a month away from the mic, Scott Radley & Don Robertson make their return to talk about the plethora of things that have happened in the world of sports. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Allan Cup Champion Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
8/15/202344 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Lorraine Sommerfeld: A Face In The Window by Lorraine Sommerfeld, Apprehensiveness in buying EVs, Hamilton's LRT woes, How our sociability has changed and more

Scott welcomes Lorraine Sommerfeld to the show for this week's edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio. Together they cover everything from Lorraine's upcoming thriller, A Face In The Window, why many people are apprehensive about buying an electric vehicle, Hamilton's LRT woes, how our level of sociability has changed with time and more. Guest: Lorraine Sommerfeld, Auto Writer with Post Media, Motherlode column in the Hamilton Spectator and Host of the Lemon Aid Car Show on RogersTV
7/15/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 47 seconds
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What's with the rise of violence in the classroom? & How will the Ticats perform in Edmonton tonight?

Why has there been such a massive increase to the number of cases of violence in the classroom? Guest: Dr. Paul Bennett, Founding Director & Lead Researcher, Schoolhouse Institute - The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are in Edmonton tonight to play against the Elks. Though he won't be hosting the show tonight, Rick Zamperin joins Scott to talk about the Ticats' performance so far, what he's expecting to see tonight and more. Guest: Rick Zamperin, Host of Good Morning Hamilton & 5th Quarter, Senior Sports Director, Global News Radio 900 CHML
7/14/202330 minutes, 10 seconds
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Creating the sparkling wine for celebration spraying at the Toronto Indy & What's the point of Threads' existence?

With the Honda Indy in Toronto this weekend, you can be sure there's going to be some good wine sprayed in celebration. Sometimes you've got to wonder just how fancy the stuff is that the winners will be spraying each other with. As such, Scott is joined by the guy who'll be having a hand in the creation of the celebratory libations. Guest: Curtis Fielding, President, Fielding Estates Winery - Is Meta's new social media platform, Threads, going to accomplish much? Is it being aimed directly at beating Twitter at its own game or is there an ulterior motive that we're not aware of? Guest: Carmi Levy, Technology Analyst & Journalist
7/13/202331 minutes, 22 seconds
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Are these interest rate hikes designed to hurt people in order to help them? How an increase in diabetes diagnoses will make for more than just a medical burden & The Canadian musicians who'll be joining Canada's Walk of Fame

With another interest rate hike set to come, people are asking what the actual purpose of these hikes are? How does hurting people help them? Guest: Eric Kam, Professor of Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics, International Monetary Economics, Implications of Monetary Growth, Toronto Metropolitan University - The rise of diabetes across humanity is something that will cause more than just a medical impact on us but a financial one too. Guest: Dr. Greg Steinberg, Professor of Medicine, Co-Director of the Centre for Metabolism, Obesity and Diabetes Research, McMaster University - Should we take musicians at their word when they say they won't be touring anymore? Who will be joining Canada's Walk of Fame in what's being called the "Rock of Fame"? Guest: Eric Alper, Publicist and music commentator
7/12/202339 minutes, 45 seconds
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Could Hamiltonians really be looking at a 10% tax increase? How could the Conservatives win a majority but not form the government? & Don Robertson is back for more Sports Talk

Hamilton has seen some pretty large tax hikes in the past but buckle up for this next one as it's slated to be a doozie. Why is the number 10% being thrown around and could it be the minimum that City Council is looking at handing down rather than the maximum? Guest: John Paul Danko, Ward 8 Concillor, City of Hamilton - Winning the majority of the seats in a federal election doesn't necessarily mean that you form the government. If the Liberals and NDP decide to form a coalition they could take away the win from the Conservatives without actually winning. How would Canadians feel about this? Guest: Kate Harrison, Vice Chair, Summa Strategies - The boys are back together again! Scott has been covering for other shows while Don was off in Europe visiting Germany. With their return comes topics like the debate of trading a player with lots of talent potential for a more physical player, the sports venues you want to visit, crushing a star prospect to get noticed and more. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Allan Cup Champion Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
7/11/202354 minutes, 33 seconds
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What life with ALS is actually like, Did those federal byelections amount to much? & Are the Ticats going to snap their losing streak at tomorrow's home opener?

We've heard of the disease ALS and maybe even participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge but do you know what life with ALS is actually like? Scott's good friend Phil does and he joins Scott to talk about his battle with the neurodegenerative disease. Guest: Phil Serez, Scott's friend afflicted with ALS - Did those federal byelections that were just held amount to much? Both Liberals and Conservatives will claim they won but did anyone actually come out on top? Did anything even really change? Guest: Stephen LeDrew, Past President, Liberal Party of Canada, Lawyer & Host, The Ledrew 3 Minute Interview - The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are set to play their home opener tomorrow. Are they going to break their current 2-game losing streak or is it only going to grow from here? If there's anyone who can answer that question, Rick Zamperin is definitely that guy. Guest: Rick Zamperin, Senior Sports Director & Host of the 5th Quarter on 900 CHML
6/23/202342 minutes, 16 seconds
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Are Different School's Grades Equal? Is Mayor Andrea Horwath Doing a Good Job? Why Does the Hockey Hall of Fame Committee Operate Like it does? Plus More!

Guests: Aisha Mahmoud Bill Kelly
6/22/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Future of Encampments in Hamilton? The Story of the Forgotten Beatle and More!

Guests: Mike Spadafora Dan Kelly Jim Berkaenstadt
6/21/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 35 seconds
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What locations should tourists visit here in Hamilton? & Sports Talk with Steve Foxcroft

If/when you bring people to Hamilton, is there an obvious location or business that you take them to? Toronto has the CN Tower, Niagara Falls has... well Niagara Falls but what does Hamilton have? Guest: Ryan McHugh, Manager, Tourism & Events, City of Hamilton - Don Robertson is away which leaves some large shoes to fill. Thankfully, Scott knows just the guy who can fill them and you've heard his voice before, it's Steve Foxcroft! With the Tiger-Cats falling to 0-2, betting being opened up for the Special Olympics and more, you can be sure there's plenty to talk about. Guest: Steve Foxcroft, NFL Chain-Gang Member, Vice-President, Fluke Transport
6/20/202344 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Mike Nabuurs: Being the stadium voice of the Ticats, Hammer Down with Jay and Mike, Redesigning downtown Hamilton, Favourite Hamilton restaurants & more

This week's edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio features Mike Nabuurs who join Scott to talk about being the stadium announcer for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, if downtown Hamilton could someday be designed to force you onto public transit, the transfer of Paul Bernardo, what is your go to Hamilton restaurant that makes this city what it is, Mike's journey to getting his AZ licence and Hammer Down with Jay and Mike & more. Guest: Mike Nabuurs, Host of Hammer Down with Jay & Mike, PA Voice of Hamilton Tiger-Cats
6/17/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 23 seconds
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Is journalism dying or changing? Should Canada make spanking illegal? & As we near 40 million Canadians, how do we support that population?

Bell recently announced layoffs and the closing of radio stations while Mohawk College has said they won't be taking in a new class for its journalism program, questions surrounding journalism as a profession and business are coming up more than ever. Is the business dying or simply changing? Guest: Paul Berton, Editor-in-Chief, The Hamilton Spectator - Corporal punishment and spanking are things that people usually think of as something that comes with parenting rather than something that comes with the law. Currently, it's legal in Canada to spank your kids but there are calls to change that. Guest: Dr. Andrea Gonzalez, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University - Canada will be marking its 40 millionth citizen tomorrow afternoon. There's no doubt immigration benefits us all but it also brings about things that need to be considered in order to support immigrants. Guest: Dr. Usha George, Professor & Academic Director, Centre for Immigration and Settlement, Toronto Metropolitan University
6/16/202338 minutes, 46 seconds
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What's happening to Swoop Airlines? Should youth soccer referees start wearing body cams? & AI will bring back the Beatles... sort of

Hamilton's international airport has seen Swoop planes gracing it's runways but that doesn't sound like it'll be the case for much longer. Has the ultra-low-cost airline failed or is it growing into something larger? Guest: Marvin Ryder, Professor with the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University - Have things gotten so bad that youth soccer referees will need to start wearing body cameras to capture the aggressiveness of parents? It sure sounds like it. Guest: Neil Lumsden, Hamilton East-Stoney Creek MPP and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport - AI will allow us to hear new Beatles music despite the fact that two band members are dead. Is AI enough to bring back the Beatles we know and love? Guest: Alan Cross, Host of the Ongoing History of New Music
6/15/202339 minutes, 23 seconds
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How Do Businesses Small and Otherwise Deal with Shoplifting? McMaster's Cross-Country Winner and More

Guests: Ryan Mallough Max Turek and Paula Schnurr Bubba O'Neil
6/14/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 4 seconds
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When will the City of Hamilton be unable to pay employees more without a massive tax hike? & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

It seems like there's always one union or another demanding more money for its members from the City of Hamilton. The City always ends up having to capitulate to the union's demands which has led to greater and greater demands. At what point will the City be forced to raise taxes in order to raise the rate of its employees? Guest: Larry Di Ianni, Former Mayor of Hamilton - Nick Taylor is the first Canadian to win the Canadian Open in 69 years with a spectacular putt for the win. Where does that cement him in the greatest sports moments in Canadian history? The Hamilton Tiger-Cats kicked off their season this past Friday and though it wasn't the greatest performance, is there any hope that this team can win the Grey Cup at home this year? Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Allan Cup Champion Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
6/13/202346 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Mike Fortune: David Johnston's resignation, Our Governor General's effectiveness, First date etiquette and more

Mike Fortune returns for another edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio where he and Scott talk about now former Special Rapporteur David Johnston who tendered his resignation just before the start of the show, our Governor General's neutral response in the wake of monarchs' statues being defaced, first date etiquette and more. Guest: Mike Fortune, Host, The Hamilton Network, Cable 14
6/10/202348 minutes, 31 seconds
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How close are we to the financial end times? Is the longest Grey Cup drought ending this year? How legitimate are the recent claims that the US government has an intact UFO? & Our love of the shows and performers we watched as children

How close are we to the financial end times? While some are trying to make it sound sooner rather than later others seem to be convinced it's far off into the future. Where do we sit in actuality? Guest: Eric Kam, Professor of Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics, International Monetary Economics, Implications of Monetary Growth, with Toronto Metropolitan University - The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will be starting their regular season tomorrow night and with that comes the question that's on everyone's lips, is this the year? Will the Ticats win the Grey Cup and bring an end to the league's longest drought? Guest: Steve Foxcroft, NFL Chain-Gang Member, Vice-President, Fluke Transport - Could aliens not only exist but have visited Earth? Could the US government have alien technology in its possession? Someone is not only claiming that they do but this person is doing so with some serious credentials behind them. Is that enough? Guest: Chris Rutkowski, Ufologist and Science Writer - Why do we have such an affinity for the shows and performers we watched as kids? The recent passing of Commander Tom brings about a wave of nostalgia and sadness for those who grew up with him. On a somewhat unrelated note, is Bryan Cranston actually semi-retired from acting or is he just saying that? Guest: Bill Brioux, Television Critic and Author
6/9/202350 minutes, 10 seconds
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Why is Hamilton City Council choosing encampments as a topic to survey the public on? & A look inside the mind of an open-water swimmer

Hamilton City Council is surveying public opinion on what should be done in regards to encampments in Hamilton. What prompted this decision when others haven't received the same treatment? Guest: John Paul Danko, Councillor, Ward 8, City of Hamilton - Ultra marathons exist to challenge the most extreme runners and there are similar events held for the swimming world. Whether it's the English Channel or the Strait of Magellan, there are people willing to get in the water and make the crossing as a part of the open-water swimming discipline. Scott is joined by one such person who also happens to be a professor at Wilfrid Laurier University. Guest: Loren King, Open-Water Swimmer & Associate Professor, Political Theory, Wilfrid Laurier University
6/8/202333 minutes, 30 seconds
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If new info is available to David Johnston, why doesn't he want to further investigate? Do we actually understand what a 'medium-security' prison is? & What is the big news that's shaking up the golf world?

If there is information that wasn't available to David Johnston while he was creating his report, why wouldn't additional investigation be needed upon its availability? Guest: Duff Conacher, Co-Founder, Democracy Watch - The story about Paul Bernardo being moved to a medium security prison has caused an incredible uproar in Canada. Is that reaction because of a misunderstanding with what 'medium security' entails? Guest: Jeff Manishen, Criminal Lawyer, Ross & McBride; Former Crown Attorney - It's not just big news in the golf world, it's big news in the business world as a whole. What happened and why does it seem like there was a lot of people who should have known but didn't? Guest: Bubba O'Neil, Sports Anchor, CHCH-TV
6/7/202340 minutes, 30 seconds
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Is the federal government setting a dangerous precedent with these massive subsidies? How are the Hamilton Tiger-Cats looking this year? & How you can get a piece of James Comisar's amazing TV memorabilia collection

It seems like the federal government is handing out more and more money to businesses just so they set up shop here in Ontario. Why are they subsidizing the cost of these big businesses like VW and Stellantis and does it set a dangerous precedent? Guest: Dr. Ian Lee, Associate Professor with the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University - The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are continuing their preseason campaign which will bring them to Montreal tomorrow night. As we watch their progress before the season, how does the team look and could they be not only going to the Grey Cup but actually win it this time? Guest: Rick Zamperin, Host of Good Morning Hamilton, Assistant Program Director and Senior Sports Director, Global News Radio 900 CHML - There are some pretty good chances that some memorabilia from your favourite TV shows are now being held in a private collection and that very same collection is going to be putting lots up for auction tomorrow. A collection as amazing as this has to have a cool story behind it so Scott is turning to the person who knows more than anyone else about it, the owner! Guest: James Comisar, Owner, The Comisar Collection
6/2/202340 minutes, 28 seconds
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How Theatre Aquarius' new program will help the future of theatre in Canada, What would make voting more enticing to Hamiltonians & The Toronto Maple Leafs have a new GM but is it enough?

Theatre Aquarius will be introducing a massive new program that will serve as an incubator for new shows all of kinds as they go through the development and rehearsal process. How will this change theatre productions not just here in Hamilton but across the country? Guest: Kelly Straughan, Executive Director, Theatre Aquarius - Following the municipal election, the City of Hamilton had their auditor look a bit closer into the voter turnout. Surprise, surprise there wasn't a lot of voters. Why is this and how can we make it more enticing for Hamiltonians to go out and vote? Guest: Charles Brown, City Auditor, City of Hamilton - The Toronto Maple Leafs have a new GM! Who is it and why him over anyone else? Is this the move that will finally bring the Stanley Cup to Toronto? Guest: Steven Ellis, Associate Editor, Daily Faceoff
6/1/202333 minutes, 55 seconds
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The Brady Bunch house is for sale!

Chances are really good that you know The Brady Bunch and by extension, their house. What are the chances that you could own that same house? Well if you've got $5.5 million and a willingness to part with it, those chances are a lot better than many of us! Guest: Danny Brown, Principal, Luxury Estates Division & Evangelist West Coast, Compass
5/31/202314 minutes, 16 seconds
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Who is the housing market benefiting right now? The Brady Bunch house is for sale! & How is foreign interference, real or not, changing our elections?

The housing market sways from being friendly towards sellers and then buyers, where is it at now? Guest: Rob Golfi, Sales Representative, RE/MAX Escarpment Realty, The Golfi Team - Chances are really good that you know The Brady Bunch and by extension, their house. What are the chances that you could own that same house? Well if you've got $5.5 million and a willingness to part with it, those chances are a lot better than many of us! Guest: Danny Brown, Principal, Luxury Estates Division & Evangelist West Coast, Compass - As foreign interference gets investigated and foreign nations get blamed for said interference, are we finding that our elections are getting more difficult to hold without anyone claiming a problem with the process? Guest: Kate Harrison, Vice-Chair of Summa Strategies, Director of Abacus Data
5/31/202341 minutes, 48 seconds
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Why are some Hamilton neighbourhoods battling rats and what can be done about it? & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

Some neighbourhoods in Hamilton are finding that rats are getting more and more common. Where are they coming from and is there anything that can be done before they become a major established problem? Guest: Jim Miner, President, Action Pest Control Services Inc. - This week's edition of Sports Talk with Don Robertson gives you a little bit of everything from competitive high school barbequing in Texas to the future of Auston Matthews, it's got it all! Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Allan Cup Champion Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
5/30/202344 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Ben Straughan: Helping Hamilton's homeless, warning labels on bottles of alcohol, trust in who should regulate AI and more

This week's edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio features our very own Ben Straughan! With topics like helping Hamilton's homeless population, putting warning labels on bottles of alcohol, slowing traffic in the City, trusting governments with the ability to regulate AI and more, you can be sure today's episode is going to provide a little more insight into the mind behind the soundboard. Guest: Ben Straughan, Technical Producer, The Scott Radley Show, 900 CHML
5/27/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 57 seconds
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Doesn't it seem like everyone in David Johnston's investigation has also been touched by the Trudeaus? & Is the Blue Jays' season done?

Why does it seem like everyone who has touched David Johnston's foreign interference investigation has had some kind of prior relationship with the Trudeau family? Seems awfully convenient. Guest: Stephen LeDrew, Political Commentator; Host, The LeDrew Three Minute Interview & former President of the Liberal Party of Canada - Have the Blue Jays reached a point where they might as well stop trying this season? Should the Maple Leafs build a team that's more aggressive and hard-hitting in a literal sense? These questions and more get debated, discussed and possibly even answered as Bubba O'Neil joins Scott. Guest: Bubba O'Neil, Sports Anchor, CHCH-TV
5/26/202335 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Jamie West: Getting offended for others, Silly stories from the past, Donald Trump's impact on ratings, What kids want to be when they grow up & more

This week's edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio features Jamie West who joins Scott to talk about people getting offended for other groups of people, silly stories from their times in journalism, how Donald Trump impacts television viewership, the difference between career aspirations for kids in the United States vs China. and more. Guest: Jamie West, Founder & CEO, Westpro Media
5/13/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 7 seconds
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Why do Hamiltonians have such high car insurance rates? Removing Terry Fox from Canadian passports & Contradictions in the NHL playoffs

Living in Hamilton comes with many expenses and one of them puts Hamiltonians among the upper echelon of paying for car insurance. Why is this? Guest: Daniel Ivans, Insurance Expert, rates.ca - Canada's proposed redesign for our passports features a number of changes including the removal of iconic Canadian moments and people. One such person is the Canadian every Canadian knows and arguably reveres, Terry Fox. Why would anyone approve removing Terry Fox? What's it like seeing this change from a hometown perspective? Guest: Brad West, Mayor of Port Coquitlam, BC - The NHL playoffs are underway and we're seeing a lot of unusual things. Some things are for the better (like the Leafs saving their run against the Panthers) and there are some things are really contradictory. Scott turns to Bubba O'Neil to get his take on how things are going so far and what the future may hold. Guest: Bubba O'Neil, Sports Anchor, CHCH-TV
5/12/202345 minutes, 42 seconds
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What is the link between heavy cannabis use and schizophrenia in American men? What's the point of having so many consultants for Hamilton's Farmers' Market? & So many Halls of Fame, so many snubbed people

A study out of the US has found that 3 in 10 men between 21 & 30 who heavily use cannabis have developed signs of schizophrenia. What could be causing this and isn't cannabis supposed to be something that isn't addictive? Guest: Dr. James MacKillop, Director of the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research at McMaster University - The Hamilton Farmers' Market has had many consultants take a look at making changes to it. Why? What is being gained from all of these studies and do we really need them? Guest: Jason Farr, Host, Hammer Down with Jay & Mike & former Ward 2 Councillor, City of Hamilton - There are plenty Halls of Fame and with them comes a litany of snubbed people/groups. Don't believe that, take a look at the Country Hall of Fame, Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So many people should be in these halls while others shouldn't be anywhere near them and yet, here we are. Guest: Eric Alper, Publicist and Music Commentator
5/10/202346 minutes
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Would you support journalists getting barred from using confidential sources? & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

The 2023 Liberal National Convention was held this past weekend and that's where there were something peculiar suggestions put forward. Would something like reporters not being allowed to report news from undisclosed sources be something you'd support? Guest: Richard Brennan, Former Journalist with The Toronto Star covering both Queen’s Park and Parliament Hill - Would you trade the entire roster of the Toronto Maple Leafs for the roster of the Seattle Kraken, assuming you were in a position to do so? Why does it feel like the Maple Leafs are writing a WWE-grade script that puts their fans through the grinder? Should penalties in hockey be always be balanced or a bit more like other sports? These questions and more get answered in this week's edition of Sports Talk with Don Robertson. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Allan Cup Champion Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
5/9/202350 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Mike Fortune: Impactful mayors of Hamilton, Ordering a Gretzky at Tim Hortons, Distracted driving, Crowning King Charles III, Stupid criminals, New symbols for Canada & more

This week's edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio features Mike Fortune who joins Scott to talk about the crowning of King Charles III, if distracted driving is built into our cars, ordering a Gretzky at Tim Hortons, new symbols for Canada and more. Guest: Mike Fortune, Host, The Hamilton Network, Cable 14
5/6/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 47 seconds
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Will other unions follow in PSAC's footsteps of major demands? What was the CFL Draft thinking? & Should we worry about the future of our relationship with AI?

What is the likelihood that the PSAC strike will cause other unions to make demands for really large wage increases or else they'll strike? Are we at the beginning of something larger for unions as a whole? Guest: Dr. Eric Kam, Professor of macroeconomics, Monetary Economics, International Monetary Economics, Implications of Monetary Growth, with Toronto Metropolitan University - Did you watch the CFL's draft or the Toronto Maple Leafs in the playoffs? Is there a pairing that's worse than that? Was there a plan that just didn't work out or are they just oblivious? Guest: Steve Foxcroft, NFL Chain-Gang Member, Vice-President, Fluke Transport - Should we be worried about the future of AI technology and its relationship with humanity? If the man who's garnered the nickname "The Godfather of AI" mentions some concerns, perhaps we should worry a little. Guest: Dr. Ori Freiman, Post-Doctoral Fellow at McMaster University's Digital Society Lab
5/4/202342 minutes, 28 seconds
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Why does China have its sights set on Canada? Should we prepare for an anger-fueled election? & Will the writers strike have much of a meaningful impact?

Why does China seem to be focused on interfering with and influencing Canada and her people? Guest: Charles Burton, Senior Fellow with the Centre for Advancing Canada's Interests Abroad at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute - Divisiveness is clearly something that politicians are wielding to garner support for their campaigns and with an election on the horizon, should we be preparing for an aggressive and anger-fuelled race? Guest: Kate Harrison, Vice-Chair of Summa Strategies & Director of Abacus Data - Is the writers strike going to amount to much in Hollywood? Why would late night talk shows stop production due to the strike when the hosts are hired because of their supposed comedic talents and improv skills? Also, a massive collection of movie/television props, sets and memorabilia is up for grabs! Guest: Bill Brioux, Television Critic, Author & Blogger with brioux.tv
5/3/202340 minutes, 25 seconds
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Is building Hamilton's LRT going to cost 3 times what we expect? Why is a Canadian MP's family being targeted by China's government? & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

If other LRT systems are seeing the price to expand them go up by 300%, what does that mean for the price of building brand new LRT for Hamilton? Guest: Matti Siemiatycki, Director of the Infrastructure Institute & Professor of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto - Why is the family of a Canadian MP being targeted by the Chinese government and is our government effectively combating it? Guest: Duff Conacher, Co-Founder, Democracy Watch - When Monday rolls around, you know it's time to talk sports with Don Robertson. The Maple Leafs are still in the playoffs, the Florida Panther's decision to not sell tickets to people outside of the US, firing coaches and more is on the docket for today. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner of the 2023 Allan Cup Winning Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
5/2/202353 minutes, 4 seconds
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What does the expert eye see in the Toronto Maple Leafs? & If EVs are good for the environment, is the creation of their batteries good too?

The Toronto Maple Leafs have a fan base who's used to having bad things happen to the team in the playoffs. Despite this, it didn't happen last night as the Leafs came back from a 4-1 deficit to not only tie things up at 4 but win in overtime. What does the expert eye see in this team? Guest: Ric Nattress, former NHL defenceman & Stanley Cup winner - The Volkswagen battery factory that's set to be built in St. Thomas, Ontario is bringing with it a lot of applause for green energy and electric vehicles. While the vehicles themselves may not produce emissions, what kind of impact does the creation of their batteries have on the environment? Does the total environmental cost of EVs beat out vehicles with internal combustion engines? Guest: Dr. Jennifer Dunn, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Mechanical Engineering; Director, Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience & Associate Director, Northwestern-Argonne Institute of Science and Engineering
4/26/202330 minutes, 5 seconds
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Canada's tallest condo building to get built in Niagara Falls & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

Niagara Falls is going to be building the tallest residential condo building in Canada. How did they come to that decision and what kind of opposition did it face? Guest: Jim Diodati, Mayor, City of Niagara Falls - Scott is joined tonight by one of the winners of the 2023 Allan Cup. You know him, you love him and he's been here before. In fact, he's here every Monday! That's right, Don Robertson is back for more sports talk with the Dundas Real McCoys' Allan Cup win, today being the 30th anniversary of the Buffalo Sabres' May Day goal, the advantages of quickly winning a Stanley Cup playoff series vs. going all the way to Game 7 and more on the docket. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Allan Cup Champion Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
4/25/202346 minutes
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Graeme MacKay: Paying for Twitter checkmarks, Dangers of space travel, Who should be on our money & more

This week's edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio features Graeme Mackay, the outstanding editorial cartoonist for the Hamilton Spectator. Scott and Graeme discuss whether or not airlines should accommodate overweight people with regards to the size of seats, if the City of Hamilton should be in the golf business, putting King Charles III on our money, paying for Twitter, space travel & more. Guest: Graeme MacKay, Editorial Cartoonist, The Hamilton Spectator
4/22/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 40 seconds
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How could Ontario's contribution to the new VW factory impact you? Did the pandemic actually make our kids meaner? & Is there a problem with music made by AI?

The news that St. Thomas is getting a massive factory from VW got many people really excited. This doesn't mean it's coming without a catch. Ontario is going to be throwing a big chunk of change into the pot to make this happen, how will that impact everything else? Will it? Guest: Marvin Ryder, Professor with the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University - Did the pandemic cause our children to get more aggressive and less empathetic? A sociologist from right here in Ontario sure thinks so. Guest: Dr. Kaitlynn Mendes, Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair in Inequality & Gender, Western University - Is it a problem to have AI creating music from other people's music? Who owns that when it happens? Also, why would people want to buy cassettes? Are cassette players even available anymore? Guest: Eric Alper, Publicist, Music Commentator & Shameless Idealist
4/21/202341 minutes, 44 seconds
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Why is the City of Hamilton having problems with employee retention? & Is there a glimmer of hope for the Maple Leafs (even a little)?

We're hearing that the City of Hamilton is having issues with retaining staff. Is the issue simply a matter of money or is there something larger going on? Guest: John Paul Danko, Ward 8 City Councillor, City of Hamilton - The Maple Leafs have started their playoff run and it feels like the trend is getting followed rather than broken. The fans are used to it and after seeing their performance last night, is there even a glimmer of hope for the Leafs this year? Guest: Bubba O'Neil, Sports Anchor, CHCH-TV
4/20/202334 minutes, 51 seconds
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How will 155,000 striking federal workers impact our economy? Meet the new Hamilton Cardinals & Why don't we have a museum dedicated to Terry Fox?

How will 155,000 federal workers going on strike impact our economy on the large scale? Could this cause a ripple effect through to the other unions? Guest: Dr. Eric Kam, Professor of Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics, International Monetary Economics & Implications of Monetary Growth, Toronto Metropolitan University - Have you ever heard of the Hamilton Cardinals? Chances are pretty good that you might run into them soon as their new owner plans to revamp the baseball team. What does the future hold for Hamilton's second oldest sports team? Guest: Eric Spearin, Owner & Managing Partner, Hamilton Cardinals - Every Canadian knows the story of Terry Fox and his famous Marathon of Hope. Despite his immense impact on Canada's history and Canadians as a whole, there is no permanent museum commemorating him and his legacy. Luckily, there are efforts being made to fix this so Canadians can see the many artifacts from his run and bring people closer to a truly amazing story. Guest: Rob Reid, Chair of the Board, Terry Fox Centre
4/19/202338 minutes, 38 seconds
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How does the HWDSB want to change naming schools? Why does the CBC take issue with being labelled as "government funded media?" & Are the Leafs going to break their losing streak this playoff season?

The Hamilton-Wentworth District Schoolboard is making some changes to the way it names schools. What are these changes and why? Guest: Todd White, Wards 5 & 10 Trustee, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board - According to the CBC, it takes issue with being labelled as government funded media. Is this an issue that extends to any potential bias or is it merely saying that it doesn't like the fact that it receives funding by the Canadian government? Guest: Stephen LeDrew, Past President, Liberal Party of Canada; Lawyer; Media pundit; Host, The LeDrew 3 Minute Interview - Fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs have come to expect something to go wrong in the first round of playoffs which takes them out of the running. With that in mind, it's playoff time! What are the chances that this year breaks the decades-long losing streak? Guest: David Alter, Maple Leafs Reporter & Site Manager, Sports Illustrated & The Hockey News; Host, Rink Wide: Toronto & NHL Network Contributor
4/18/202337 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Annette Hamm: Beginning construction on Hamilton's LRT, Continuing to wear masks, Charging cyclists with crimes, Aging gracefully, Potential benefits from a SAT-type test, & more

On this week's edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio, Scott sits down with Annette Hamm from CHCH's Morning Live to talk about if our education system would benefit from an SAT-type test, what the point is of having gender-specific tournaments for things like chess, charging cyclists with traffic crimes, aging gracefully and more! Guest: Annette Hamm, Co-host, Morning Live, CHCH-TV
4/15/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 24 seconds
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Why might Hamilton house prices see a bump? Will Canadians see cheaper phone plans soon? & What happened to comedic cartoons?

While it's no secret that houses aren't cheap, there are some signs on the horizon that they might be getting pricier. Why is this and could it just be a seasonal thing? Guest: Judy Marsales, Broker of Record, Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd. - Canada is home to some of the most expensive phone plans on planet Earth. There's a possibility that won't be the case for much longer - assuming things go to plan. Guest: Marvin Ryder, Professor with the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University - With the recent loss of Al Jaffee, the award-winning artist behind many of Mad magazine's cartoons, Scott reminisces on the incredible impact Mad had on its readers and asks what's happened to cartoons as a medium. Guest: Robert Thompson, Founding Director, Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture, Syracuse University
4/14/202336 minutes, 46 seconds
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Can free transit in Hamilton be reasonably done? How can we mitigate losing 40% of farmers? & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

Is free public transit something that could be a reality in Hamilton someday? How would the costs to run our transit system be offset by this? Guest: Tammy Hwang, Ward 4 Councillor, City of Hamilton - We are set to see an incredible drop of 40% of farmers over the next 10 years. If people are going to leave, they are going to need to be replaced. How do you get into farming and who might we see entering the business in Ontario? Guest: Keith Carrie, President, Canadian Federation of Agriculture - Today may be Tuesday but that isn't stopping Scott from talking to Don Robertson about the Masters, Blue Jays' home opener, the curious case of Sidd Finch and more. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
4/12/202355 minutes, 13 seconds
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Revisiting the history of Pink Floyd's infamous Ivor Wynne concert, Controversial changes may be coming to Hamilton minor hockey & What's our relationship with religion?

The Pink Floyd concert that was held here in Hamilton is held in infamy with crazy stories from all around the stadium. It would appear that inside the stadium, things were super packed but not as crazy. What's the actual story here? Guest: Jon Wells, Reporter & Feature Writer, The Hamilton Spectator - A quick way to make a stir here in Canada is to talk about hockey, more specifically youth hockey. Some proposed changes to house league hockey here in Hamilton have certainly done just that. Guest: Peter Martin, Acting Chair, Hamilton Minor Hockey Council - With Easter Sunday approaching, do people celebrate this holiday for its religious significance? Why or why not? And how is religion being seen nowadays? Are people favouring organized religion over individual practice? How does that, if at all, impact our relationships? Guests: Jamie Strickland, Pastor of Discipleship Ministries, West Highland Baptist Church Gord Heath, Professor of Christian History, Centenary Chair in World Christianity, Director of Canadian Baptist Archives
4/7/202356 minutes, 45 seconds
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TD is the most shorted banking stock... what does that mean - Inconsistent alcohol dangers in studies - The Masters are underway

4/6/202341 minutes, 11 seconds
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50-Years since the FIRST cell phone-call

Dollarama is planning to open 17 new stores across Canada. They also owned 60+ stores this year. It's a boom time for discount stores right now. Guest: Bruce Winder, Retail analyst, Author of ‘Retail Before, During & After COVID-19’ - Since Trudeau was elected into office, the Cdn Fed. Gov has hired up to 80,000 new employees. This means as well that we are paying an extra $151 BILLION a year to run government then we did 2014/15 Guest: Sahir Khan. Executive Vice-President, Institute for Fiscal Studies and Democracy - Yesterday marks the 50-year anniversary of the first ever call using a cell-phone. In 50-years, we've seen so much advancement in mobile phone technology, which makes some of us remember a time before cell-phones and - in some aspects - happy with where things have gone. Guest: Carmi Levy Technology Analyst & Journalist. 
4/5/202339 minutes, 22 seconds
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Niagara Falls named best bucket-list destination! Canadian going to the moon! & Sports talk with Don Robertson

In two different surveys, Niagara Falls was named the 4th "Most Popular Bucket-list Landmark". In a separate survey, it was named the Biggest tourist trap in Canada. We talk with the Mayor of Niagara Falls about this. Guest: Jim Diodati. Mayor of Niagara Falls - This story is a "wow" moment, learning that a Canadian astronaut is going to be on the next moon mission to orbit the moon. His name is Jeremy Hansen. Guest: Jesse Rogerson. Assistant Professor in the division of Natural Science, York University - On this edition of Sports talk, Scott and Don talk E-BUGs (Emergency Back-Up Goalies), the recent controversy during this past weekend's Womens Basketball Championship. And much more... Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
4/4/202357 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Mike Fortune: Winning the lottery, Banning participation trophies, Why baseball coaches wear uniforms, People being unable to distinguish then vs. now & more

This week's edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio features Mike Fortune who joins Scott to talk about winning the lottery, banning participation trophies, actors who look creepy no matter what role they play, why baseball coaches wear uniforms and more. Guest: Mike Fortune, Host, The Hamilton Network, Cable 14
4/1/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 30 seconds
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The massive increase to Hamilton's property tax almost didn't happen & Hamilton's Heralds of Hot Sauce

The whopping 5.8% increase to Hamilton's property tax saw a vote of 10-6. Is there a positive that can be found in this? Though this budget received approval, is there something larger that can be extrapolated from the voting numbers? Guest: Matt Francis, Ward 5 Councillor, City of Hamilton - Believe it or not, multiple hot sauce companies call Hamilton home. They are alive and well with some of their sauces available all over the place and starring online in the series, Hot Ones. Scott welcomes Rick Zamperin to run the gauntlet with him along with three of the top hot sauce companies to the show to put forth some of their sauces and share their stories. Guests: Paul Casey, Founder & Owner, Cooksville Hot Sauce Kevin Stuermer, Founder & Owner, Steel City Sauce Co. Brodie Dawson, Founder & Owner, Dawson's Hot Sauce Rick Zamperin, Host, Good Morning Hamilton, 900 CHML
3/31/202346 minutes, 59 seconds
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Hamilton city council approves 5.8% tax increase for $1.07 billion operating budget

3/30/20239 minutes, 58 seconds
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Why did City Council's budget almost get rejected? Why are more students getting suspended? & Could this be the year the Blue Jays win the World Series?

Hamilton almost had a pretty monumental event occur at City Hall as Council's budget nearly didn't pass. In fact, it wouldn't have passed if only a few votes went the other way. What swayed their votes? Guest: John Paul Danko, Ward 8 Councillor, City of Hamilton - What is with the increase in the number of suspensions at our schools? Are the assaults, weapons, hate and more indicative of something larger going on? Guest: Dr. Paul Bennett, Founding Director & Lead Consultant, Schoolhouse Consulting and Author, "The State of the System" & Educhatter blog - Tomorrow marks the start of the baseball season for the Toronto Blue Jays. What are the chances that this year might be the year they go all the way and win the World Series? Guest: Mike Wilner, Baseball Columnist with the Toronto Star & Host of the Deep LF Podcast
3/30/202342 minutes, 9 seconds
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Do we benefit from the budgets announced by the province and/or feds? How do you ride every operational ride at all 12 Disney parks in 12 days & Is there a stigma attached to soap opera actors?

Two budgets released within quick succession of each other means it's the perfect time to welcome Ian Lee back to the show. Is there anything in these budgets that will benefit us without slapping us down the road? Guest: Dr. Ian Lee, Associate Professor with the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University - There are 12 Disney theme parks throughout the world which means there's a plethora of rides and attractions to experience. How long would it take to visit all of them? What about ride all of the rides? Turns out someone has come up with a definitive answer by actually doing that. He found that you can visit every Disney park and ride every operational ride all within 12 days. Now for the next question, how did he do it? Guest: Nathan Firesheets, Rode Every Operating Ride at All 12 Disney Parks in 12 Days - Soap opera actors often get a bad wrap however when there is some heat being thrown around by those in the industry, Scott turns to someone who you probably know better as Dante from General Hospital. Is there a stigma associated with soap opera actors and how are they different from those who act in movies? Guest: Dominic Zamprogna, Actor
3/29/202345 minutes, 48 seconds
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How you're paying more money for less food, How can we improve supports for immigrants? & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

Imagine getting taxed more for something and in exchange you receive less. Believe it or not, that's something you can find happening at the grocery store right now. The Food Professor is here to explain how you can pay more for less. Guest: Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, Professor of Food Distribution & Policy and Director of the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University - Many immigrants to Canada are finding that the cost of everything is much more expensive than expected. Is there anything that can be done about this and how can we prepare/support immigrants in their journey here? Guest: Sarah Wayland, Senior Project Manager for Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council - Why would the Isabella Cup be held somewhere other than a women's hockey stronghold? What should a league do about an official who seems to be flexing their muscles? When are they honestly misinterpreting something? Also, can Don name every head coach of the Maple Leafs since they last won the Stanley Cup? Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
3/28/202358 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Jason Farr & Mike Nabuurs: Hammer Down with Jay & Mike, Running the Around the Bay Road Race, Staying in a $6,000/night hotel room & more

This week's edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio features Jason Farr & Mike Nabuurs who join Scott to talk about their new upcoming project called Hammer Down with Jay & Mike which will be coming to Cable 14 and wherever you get your podcasts, running the Around the Bay Road Race, partisan politics bleeding into local politics, the federal government's handling of the story involving Trudeau's stay in a hotel room that costs $6,000 a night and more. Guests: Jason Farr, Soon-to-be Host of Hammer Down with Jay & Mike, former Hamilton City Councillor Mike Nabuurs, Soon-to-be Host of Hammer Down with Jay & Mike, PA Voice of Hamilton Tiger-Cats
3/25/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 7 seconds
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What does Ontario's latest budget mean for residents? How do Canadians feel about Canada's national security? & How did these famous musicians never have a #1 hit?

Ontario's budget has been released with some applause and groans. Scott welcomes Ian Lee on to help breakdown the budget and what it means for the residents of Ontario. Guest: Dr. Ian Lee, Associate Professor with the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University - How well has the federal government been dealing with the allegations against MP Han Dong? Are Canadians keeping up with the news surrounding the national security of Canada? Guest: Tim Powers, Chairman of Summa Strategies and Managing Director of Abacus Data - There are many popular musicians who've gone on to have very lucrative careers but that doesn't always mean that they've had songs hit the #1 spot on the charts. This list includes some incredible names who are sure to surprise you. Guest: Eric Alper, Publicist, Music Commentator & Shameless Idealist
3/24/202340 minutes, 3 seconds
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Discussing the breaking news surrounding MP Han Dong & Will the world change from the US dollar to the Chinese yuan?

Tonight's breaking news surrounding Liberal MP Han Dong's recommendation to a Chinese diplomat to delay the release of the Two Michaels came as a massive shock. Scott is joined by CHML's very own Bill Kelly to talk more about this. Guest: Bill Kelly, Host of The Bill Kelly Show, 900 CHML - There are talks about the world's economy changing away from the US dollar and moving towards the Chinese yuan. Would this cause a practical shift in the world or would it merely be symbolic? How likely is it to happen some day? Guest: Dr. Eric Kam, Professor of Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics, International Monetary Economics, Implications of Monetary Growth, with Toronto Metropolitan University
3/23/202324 minutes, 13 seconds
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Is Hamilton seeing a decline in the number of tickets from red light cameras? & Why are public servants getting performance bonuses despite poor performance?

Most people would expect the number of red light tickets to decline with time at any given intersection. As Hamilton continues to chug along with its red light camera program, is that sentiment one that's being seen? Do some areas of Hamilton see more people run red lights than others? Guest: Mike Field, Director, Transportation Operations & Maintenance, City of Hamilton - Performance bonuses are meant to serve as an incentive for employees to increase their performance. Why are we seeing public servants receiving some pretty handsome performance bonuses despite the fact that their performance has been severely lacking? Stephanie Kusie, MP for Calgary Midnapore & Shadow Minister for Treasury Board
3/22/202323 minutes, 18 seconds
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Are any other banks at risk of closing? & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

With the news of certain banks closing up shop, there are questions surrounding the remaining banks and their stability. Are some banks' fate something we can use to gauge other's? Guest: Marvin Ryder, Professor, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University - Is slap fighting even fighting? Do we need to outlaw fighting in hockey or is it getting phased out on its own? Is there a better option than shootouts to determine who wins a game? These questions and more get debated and possibly even solved this week on Sports Talk with Don Robertson. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
3/21/202349 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Lorraine Sommerfeld: What actually goes into writing a book, Who determines what is considered misinformation?, Buttons that do nothing & more

This week's edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio features Lorraine Sommerfeld who joins Scott to talk about her upcoming book, the work she's put into it thus far, buttons that seem to be connected to nothing, who should determine what is and isn't considered misinformation and more. Guest: Lorraine Sommerfeld, Auto Writer with Post Media, Motherlode column in the Hamilton Spec and Host of the Lemon Aid Car Show on RogersTV
3/18/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 43 seconds
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What's with having pointless meetings? Is it good the average Canadian doesn't know much about our supreme justices? & Is the CFL ever going to expand east?

We've all been in meetings that seem to have no point or purpose. Why have them to begin with? Would businesses be the same without them? Guest: Vijay Pereira, Professor of International & Strategic Human Capital Management, NEOMA Business School - Justice Russell Brown of the Supreme Court of Canada has found himself embroiled in a scandal but that doesn't seem to have been put him at the forefront of every conversation around the country. Actually most Canadians likely don't know that he is a judge for the Supreme Court of Canada to begin with. Is it good that Canadians aren't super aware of everything Supreme Court? Guest: Philip Slayton, Author of Mighty Judgment: How The Supreme Court of Canada Runs Your Life & former lawyer - There have been rumblings about the CFL expanding to Atlantic Canada but are we ever actually going to see it come to fruition? What needs to be done before it can even get underway properly? Guest: Bubba O'Neil, Sports Anchor, CHCH-TV
3/17/202344 minutes, 11 seconds
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Is it time for Canada to sever its ties with the monarchy? & What kind of impact will consumers see if there is another writers strike?

With the coronation of King Charles III set to happen on May 6, how do Canadians feel about the monarchy and its relationship with Canada? Does anyone actually care about the coronation? Guest: Nathan Tidridge, Teacher at Waterdown District High School & Author of six books on the Crown and its role in Canada - What happened with the NHL last night? Will we see the day that a digital overlay on players becomes a regular thing? Also, if the writers in Hollywood go on strike, will we see much of an interruption on the consumer side? Guest: Bill Brioux, Television Critic and Author, brioux.tv
3/16/202330 minutes, 42 seconds
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How does a big jump to interest rates impact our economy? & Why are vinyl records seeing such a powerful resurgence?

Interests rates continue to jump as Canadians continue to owe money. With more money going to paying down the interest on debt, what does this mean for the economy on a larger scale? Guest: Dr. Eric Kam, Professor of Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics, International Monetary Economics, Implications of Monetary Growth, Toronto Metropolitan University - For the first time in decades, vinyl record sales topped CD sales. Why has this medium for listening to music made such a resurgence? Guest: Larry Jaffee, Author of Record Store Day: The Most Improbable Comeback of the 21st Century & Journalism Lecturer, Rutgers University
3/15/202330 minutes, 31 seconds
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Why hasn't Doug Ford seen a boost or decline in popularity? & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

It would appear that the numbers haven't moved for Doug Ford in either direction despite the controversies that have been coming up for him. What's made for this to be the case and how hasn't he, or his party, slipped or gained in popularity? Guest: David Coletto, Founding Partner & CEO, Abacus Data - Should a sports league ever be allowed to publicly criticize the referees and linesmen? What should be done if they do? And Scott spent how much for tickets to a sports game? It's all coming up on Sports Talk with Don Robertson. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
3/14/202348 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Jamie West: Closing schools at the hint of snow, Hamilton's impending tax increase, Policing thought crimes & more

This week's edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio features Jamie West who joins Scott to talk about why there seems to be more weather-related school closures now versus before, the impending increase to Hamiltonians' taxes, preventing our children from learning how to overcome challenging situations and more. Guest: Jamie West, Founder & CEO, Westpro Media
3/11/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 7 seconds
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Why will Canadian MPs will be getting a fourth pay raise since the start of COVID? & A Live Aid-style concert in support of Ukraine

Canadian MPs are set to receive another pay raise pretty soon. Yes, another one. HOW? Wouldn't it be great to get a raise of about $5,000? How about a little over $10,000? Guest: Franco Terrazzano, Federal Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Would a concert like Live Aid work today? It looks like we won't have to wonder because it sounds like a lot of work is being put in for exactly that only this one will be in support of Ukraine. Guest: Eric Alper, Publicist, Music Commentator & Shameless Idealist
3/10/202329 minutes, 56 seconds
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What life might look like for the Bulldogs in Brantford, Canada's response to Chinese election interference & Why would the NHL even consider another expansion into Atlanta?

Brantford is talking about building a new 5,000-seat arena to keep the Bulldogs around. Guest: Kevin Davis, Mayor of Brantford - The latest on the Chinese election meddling and the government's response. Guest: Kate Harrison, Vice Chair, Summa Strategies -  Is the NHL REALLY thinking of putting an expansion team in Atlanta? Again? And, how will the addition of a pitch clock change baseball? Guest: Bubba O'Neil, Sports Anchor, CHCH-TV
3/9/202344 minutes, 12 seconds
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Why is Hamilton expecting such a huge jump in taxes? & 299 Queen Street West, a documentary about MuchMusic

Hamiltonians were hit with a tax increase last year and it's looking like this year will be following suit. The catch is that this year will see a much larger jump. How necessary is this increase and what will the money collected go towards? Guest: Tom Jackson, Ward 6 Councillor, City of Hamilton - A documentary about MuchMusic is set to come out. Whether you know about this staple TV channel or not, this documentary will set the stage and tell the story of the place that built many careers. Guest: Sean Menard, Director, 299 Queen Street West
3/8/202334 minutes, 31 seconds
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Can a franchise truly be cursed? If so, are the Leafs?

Guests: Trudeau just held a press conference this afternoon to address the recent news about Election meddling from China… It sure was something. Stephen LeDrew   Could some of downtown Hamilton's vacant office buildings be turned into residential? Would that even be a good idea? Judy Lam.   Sports talk with Don Robertson. Are the Leafs cursed? Also, the NHL Draft Lottery is coming up. And, John Morant in trouble for his night at the club. Don Robertson.
3/7/202355 minutes, 22 seconds
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Are We Prepared for the Advances in AI and Deepfakes?

Guests: We're getting close to hearing what the tax increase is going to be here in Hamilton. In a letter to council, the head of the Realtors' Association says Hamilton is becoming too expensive. Lou Piriano   The Jays first spring training game drew more viewers on TV than any other team's average for regular season games. Are we that great a fan base or is something else going on? Steve Foxcroft   Another very realistic deepfake is confusing people like the Joe-Rogan-Justin Trudeau one did a few days ago. Allen Mendehlson
3/2/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 4 seconds
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What does it mean if COVID really did start in a Wuhan lab? Should we inquire into election interference by China? & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

A new by the U.S. Energy Department says COVID probably did start in a Wuhan lab. What does this mean? Guest: Charles Burton, Senior Fellow, Centre for Advancing Canada's Interests Abroad at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute -  The Prime Minister says Canada will not hold an inquiry into Chinese interference in our election. Should we? Guest: Stephen LeDrew, Political Commentator; Host, The LeDrew Three Minute Interview; Former President, Liberal Party of Canada - Don Robertson is not unavailable for trade-related reasons. He's here and there's never a shortage of things to talk about in the realm of sports! Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
2/28/202354 minutes, 51 seconds
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Who stayed in a $6,000/night hotel room on the taxpayer's dime? Why are fewer immigrants becoming Canadian citizens? & Do the Tiger-Cats have a shot at the Grey Cup this season?

Sending a large delegation can make sense in certain scenarios but why would someone from the government need a hotel room that costs $6,000 a night? Even more puzzling is why the federal government is going to such lengths to try and hide who was staying in that room? Guest: Franco Terrazzano, Federal Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Becoming a Canadian citizen is the aim of many immigrants both past and present however the rate of people becoming citizens has dropped drastically. Why is that? Guest: Daniel Bernhard, CEO, Institute for Canadian Citizenship - How important is it to have the home team playing in the Grey Cup? Do the Tiger-Cats have a chance at making it to the Grey Cup with their new players? Guest: Bubba O'Neil, Sports Anchor, CHCH-TV
2/17/202351 minutes, 42 seconds
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Why do people believe the media is intentionally misleading them? Potential for big spending as the feds prepare to negotiate with 300,000 employees & The brand new documentary "Offside: The Harold Ballard Story"

A U.S. study suggests half of the people believe the media is not just biased but intentionally misleading them. How did we get here? Guest: Don Gibb, Professor Emeritus, School of Journalism, Toronto Metropolitan University - The federal government is about to start negotiating with 300,000 employees who surely all want raises. How is this going to go? Guest: Tim Powers, Chairman of Summa Strategies and Managing Director of Abacus Data  - A terrific new documentary is out about former Ticats owner (yes, he owned the Maple Leafs, too) Harold Ballard. We talk to the documentary's executive producer about both the documentary itself and Ballard's confusing life.  Guest: Michael Geddes, Executive Producer, Offside: The Harold Ballard Story
2/16/202345 minutes, 11 seconds
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The end of Hamilton's Commonwealth Games bid & How to find out if caffeine might lead to kidney damage

Hamilton's Commonwealth Games bid is something that we've heard much about over the years however it sounds like that will be coming to an end. Guest: PJ Mercanti, CEO, Carmen’s Group & President, Hamilton Urban Precinct Entertainment Group - Science now tells us coffee is terrible for some of us. The catch? We can't easily know if we're one of the ones for whom it's terrible. So enjoy your morning java... Guest: Dr. Sara Mahdavi, Researcher with the Department of Community and Family Medicine, University of Toronto
2/15/202324 minutes, 33 seconds
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Isn't it wild that we're actually shooting down UFOs? What should be done with people as they age? & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

UFO is one of those acronyms that brings about many preconceived notions. Despite this, Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO) are being identified with some frequency and now we're hearing about them being shot down. While this probably doesn't have anything to do with aliens, what does it mean? Is it a sign of something larger? Guest: Chris Rutkowski, Ufologist - A Yale professor is suggesting the solution to government overspending on the elderly in Japan is mandated euthanasia. Sounds crazy. But just a few years ago we would've said MAiD for the mentally ill would never be considered sane. Should we be concerned someone is talking about this out loud ... and he has a lot of supporters? Guest: Trudo Lemmens, Professor, Scholl Chair in Health Law and Policy, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto - How come the officials seem to ruin so many games these days? Was Rihanna the worst halftime show ever? The Blue Jays open spring training and more on this edition of Sports Talk with Don Robertson. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
2/14/202355 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Mike Fortune: People filming everything, Granting leniency to organ-donating criminals, Infusing party politics into local politics, Should we be talking about privatization in Canadian healthcare? & more

This week's edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio features Mike Fortune who joins Scott to talk about why it seems like pretty much everyone is on their phone recording everything at sporting events rather than living in the moment and watching with their eyes, if imprisoned criminals should be granted leniency for donating organs, local politicians infusing party politics into their own politics, whether the conversation of introducing a private element into Canadian healthcare should even be had and more. Guest: Mike Fortune, Host, The Hamilton Network, Cable 14
2/11/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 21 seconds
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Why do we feel some things should be free? Is a big Russian offense imminent in Ukraine? & What's the biggest Super Bowl market in Canada?

Why do we feel that we shouldn't have to pay for some things? We don't expect to receive a car for free but why do we expect to get other things for free? Guest: Marvin Ryder, Professor of Marketing, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University - Is a big buildup of Russian troops an indication that Russia will be attempting a large offensive against Ukraine? Guest: Christian Leuprecht, Professor at both the Royal Military College of Canada and Queen's University; Fellow, Macdonald Laurier Institute - The Super Bowl is only days away which means many people are going to be tuning in for more than sports. What are the big sights to see and if given the choice, would Canadians prefer to watch the Grey Cup over the Super Bowl if the two events happened at the same time? Guest: Rick Zamperin, Host, Good Morning Hamilton & Sports Director, 900 CHML
2/10/202339 minutes, 14 seconds
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What's with all the commotion at City Hall? & What does the future hold for television?

There has been a lot happening at Hamilton City Hall lately from protesters interrupting a meeting to a councillor getting ejected from another. What happened and what was it like being the Committee Chair for both of these events? Guest: Brad Clark, Ward 9 Councillor, City of Hamilton - It's no secret that streaming content has reshaped the world of entertainment especially television. What will TV look like in the next 5 years? This question was answered by several TV executives who had some interesting answers. Do they think it'll change much, if at all? Guest: Robert Thompson, Founding Director, Bleier Centre for Television and Popular Culture, Syracuse University
2/9/202333 minutes, 17 seconds
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What will happen to Hamilton's downtown during FirstOntario Centre's renovations? & What makes $1.7 million the special amount to have saved before retirement?

The Hamilton Bulldogs will be needing a new home while FirstOntario Centre gets some much needed renovations. This means that the usual patronage that many downtown businesses see will be dropping as multiple seasons will be played elsewhere in addition to the many concerts and events that get held at the arena. How big of an impact will this have on Hamilton's downtown? Guest: Ryan McHugh, Manager, Tourism & Events, City of Hamilton - The question of how much money should one have before retiring is ever present in the minds of many Canadians. An estimated number has been put out and it's astronomically high, why? What makes $1.7 million the special number that should be in a Canadian's bank account for a comfortable retirement? Guest: Thie Convery, Financial Planner & Wealth Advisor, Convery Wealth, IPC Securities Corporation
2/8/202325 minutes, 55 seconds
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Do Canadians feel like Canada's broken? How does a high school principal feel about ChatGPT? & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

Pierre Poilievre has been using the talking point of Canada being broken but do Canadians agree with that sentiment? Guest: Andrew Enns, Executive Vice-President, Central Canada, Leger - The topic of ChatGPT, an AI program capable of producing original essays and writing, has come to the forefront especially with regards to how it can impact the education system. How will educators manage the likelihood of students turning in schoolwork that's been completed by the AI program? What does a high school principal see in the program? Guest: Brian Daly, Principal, St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School - Has the NHL hit rock bottom after its dismal All-Star Skills Competition? Who are they trying to market to? What can the Hamilton Bulldogs expect to see as they prepare to temporarily move to a new home? These questions and more get answered in this week's edition of Sports Talk with Don Robertson. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
2/7/202359 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Diana Weeks: Infertility, Changing Canada's healthcare system, Is Nickelback a country band? & more

This week's edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio features none other than CHML's own Diana Weeks! She's on maternity leave right now but that doesn't mean she's keeping away from the microphone as she and Scott talk about everything from infertility to a high-ranked restaurant that doesn't exist. Guest: Diana Weeks, Mom-to-be & Afternoon News Anchor, 900 CHML
2/4/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 4 seconds
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Why is Willie Nelson nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? & Is it wise for stores to become cashless?

What has Willie Nelson done at 90 to suddenly earn a nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? And other questions from the typically puzzling annual announcement. Guest: Eric Alper, Publicist & Music Commentator - A new report says many of Canada's grocery stores will be cashless within five years. Digital currency only. Is this wise? Is this where we should be going with our financial system? Guest: Brett Scott, Author of Cloud Money
2/3/202329 minutes, 23 seconds
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What happens once interest rates are high enough to control inflation? & Are modern day sports getting too hard to referee?

Once interest rates rise enough to control inflation, do we lower them again? In other words, are we ever going back to the way things were? Guest: Dr. Eric Kam, Professor of Macroeconomics, Toronto Metropolitan University - Social media has not been kind to the NFL officials from last weekend to the point that #NFLrigged has been trending on Twitter. By most accounts, it was a mess. And it wasn't just these games. It's been a mess a lot lately. Are officials getting worse or is the job simply getting too hard? Guest: Ron Foxcroft, CEO of Fluke Transport, Creator of the FOX40 whistle, Author of ‘40 Ways of the Fox’, Member of the Order of Canada, Former Basketball Referee
2/1/202334 minutes, 35 seconds
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Why isn't the CRA going after billions of dollars sent to ineligible CERB recipients? Speaking with the police officer who stopped The Beatles' last live performance & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

Billions of dollars were sent to people and businesses who aren't eligible to receive CERB. This was known at the time and we were told it would be sorted out at a later time but now the CRA is saying that it isn't worth their time to go and collect that money that shouldn't have even been sent in the first place. Even though it's known who received the money and how much they received, where is the challenge? Guest: Duff Conacher, Co-Founder, Democracy Watch - On this day in 1969, The Beatles performed their last public performance on the roof of Apple Corps headquarters. The police were called and among the responding officers was 19-year-old Ray Dagg. He joined Scott while Scott was filling in on the Bill Kelly Show to talk about that day and what his life was like after the event. Guest: Ray Dagg, Former London Metropolitan Police Constable - Sports Talk with Don Robertson returns to talk about the Tiger-Cats' newest acquisition, remembering Bobby Hull, NHL teams tanking on purpose to get better draft picks and more. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
1/31/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Dave Woodard: TV shows that couldn't be made today, Ticats's new acquisition, Canada's relationship with Turks & Caicos, CRA not recovering billions from those who shouldn't have gotten CERB & more

This week's edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio features CHML's own Dave Woodard who joins the show to talk about everything from the CRA saying that recovering the billions of dollars that were sent to people who shouldn't have received CERB isn't worth their time to TV shows that couldn't be made today. Guest: Dave Woodard, Afternoon News Anchor, 900 CHML
1/28/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 54 seconds
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Big news for John Mulwa & Is it worth spending hundreds of millions of dollars on a few World Cup matches?

There is some big news for John Mulwa, the Kenyan refugee who is due to be deported on Saturday. His lawyer joins us to explain. Guest: Joshua Makori, Immigration Lawyer  - Should the provincial government be spending hundreds of millions of dollars on four or five World Cup soccer matches in 2026? Some are saying it's way too much for too little. Guest: Neil Lumsden, Ontario's Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport & MPP, Hamilton East—Stoney Creek
1/27/202334 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ben Hasn't Seen Many of the Greatest Movies Ever Made, You Help Fix That

We learned yesterday on the show that our poor operator, Ben, has failed miserably at watching many of the greatest movies ever made. Jaws? No. The Godfather? Nope. Titanic? Uh uh. The list goes on and on. Time to set him on the right track. What are the movies a young man needs to watch this year to catch up?
1/13/202338 minutes, 10 seconds
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When should young offenders be given adult charges? & What is it with governments and spending millions on consultants?

There have been a series of high-profile crimes recently involving kids. When should adult charges be levied? Guest: Jeff Manishen, Criminal Defence Lawyer, Ross & McBride; Former Crown Attorney - The federal government spends millions and millions of dollars on consultants. Not long ago Hamilton was being hammered for this. Considering the size of our public service, how come people in government can't do this work? Guest: Larry Di Ianni, Former Mayor of Hamilton & Lobbyist
1/13/202324 minutes, 12 seconds
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Does AI-generated writing have a place in the classroom? Will Hamiltonians' property tax go up by a lot this year? & Will the Ticats sign Bo Levi Mitchell?

Educators are worried about a new AI program that is now capable of producing essays that pass as authentic. Are we heading toward a new reality in teaching in which cheating is impossible to detect? Guest: Natalie Wexler, Education Writer & Author of The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education System—And How to Fix It - It's starting to sound like our property taxes are going to be going way up? Is this true? Guest: John Paul Danko, Ward 8 City Councilor, City of Hamilton - Are the Ticats going to sign Bo Levi Mitchell or is this delay saying otherwise? Guest: Bubba O'Neil, Sports Anchor, CHCH-TV
1/12/202346 minutes, 15 seconds
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Is There a Solution to the Provincial Dept? Upcoming Canadian Immigration, and Munro Airport's Operation

1/11/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 30 seconds
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Will Cursive Writing and Autographs Disappear? Your Favourite Autograph, Emotions in Sports and More!

GUESTS: Alvis Violo - "The Autograph Boss" What is the value of a signature now? Don Robertson - President of the Dundas Real McCoys joins Scott for his weekly hour of sports talk
1/10/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio with Tim Bolen: Winning the World Junior Championship, What to do with previously lost historical artifacts, The stability of Confederation & more

With another Friday comes another edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio! This week, Scott welcomes Tim Bolen from CHCH who is now co-hosting Morning Live! which makes him the perfect kind of person to tackle a myriad of topics. Today's docket includes the whole Meghan and Harry wanting to be the most public private citizens in the world, if Canada's win at the World Junior Championship is enough to wipe the Hockey Canada scandal out of people's minds, what you would do if you found lost Nazi treasure, how stable Confederation is and more. Guest: Tim Bolen, Co-Host, Morning Live!, CHCH-TV
1/7/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 52 seconds
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Should it be tougher to get out on bail in Canada? Following Damar Hamlin's positive signs of recovery, what should the NFL do with its standings headache? & What's going on with Canada's immigration process?

Some are calling for stricter bail conditions in the wake of the shooting of the OPP officer. Should it be tougher to get out on bail? Guest: Jaime Stephenson, Defence Lawyer; Former President, Hamilton Criminal Lawyers Association - Now that Damar Hamlin is showing positive signs of recovery, what should the NFL do with its schedule and standings headache? Guest: Steve Foxcroft, NFL Chain-Gang Member, Vice-President, Fluke Transport -  7:10 - 7:55 - Canada is opening its doors to 500,000 new immigrants this year. So why is a local man, who's carved out a life helping his community and been a model Canadian for almost a decade, being deported to Kenya? Guest: John Mulwa, Scheduled for Deportation on January 28, 2023
1/6/202345 minutes, 41 seconds
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Why hasn't Pearson Airport seen a service improvement over the last 6 months? Do people actually mean the 'prayers' part of 'thoughts and prayers'? & How didn't Celine Dion make it onto Rolling Stone's top 200 singers?

When I flew out of Pearson in June, it was a disaster. Today people are complaining it's still a disaster. How could things not be improved in half a year? Guest: Gábor Lukács, Founder, President & Coordinator, Air Passenger Rights - Whenever there's a tragedy people say they're offering 'thoughts and prayers.' So why was it so shocking to see an ESPN analyst stop his commentary and actually pray for Damar Hamlin. Do we really mean the 'prayer' part or is that a meaningless cliche? Guest: Dr. David Haskell, Associate Professor, Digital Media & Journalism and Religion & Culture, Wilfrid Laurier University - The Celineiacs are up in arms over the exclusion of their favourite chanteuse from Rolling Stone's list of the top 200 singers. What the heck makes a good singer anyway? Guest: Brian West, Afternoon Drive Host, Y108
1/5/202336 minutes, 31 seconds
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Bonus Segment - John McGrane

Pelé is a soccer player who did more than just play the beautiful game, he sparked a love for the sport of soccer in many people's hearts. Now that he's died, people are looking back on his legacy and many achievements. While some remember seeing him on their TV, a Hamilton man is remembering what it was like playing against him. Was it intimidating? Exciting? An opportunity to get an autograph right there on the pitch? Guest: John McGrane, Former Canadian Men’s Soccer Player, Member of the Canadian & Hamilton Soccer Halls of Fame and the Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame
1/4/202321 minutes, 10 seconds
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Bonus Segment - Tracy Miller

Today sees a major spike in divorce filings but why is that? Why are people choosing divorce nowadays and how much does it cost for each side to go through the process? Guest: Tracy Miller, Family Lawyer; Co-Host, Divorce Solutions Podcast
1/4/202310 minutes, 34 seconds
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Why did Damar Hamlin collapse during an NFL game? What makes people choose divorce nowadays? & What was playing against Pelé like?

One of the big sports stories that's circulating right now is Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin's collapse and subsequent hospitalization following a tackle mid-game. What happened to him and could it happen to athletes in other sports too? Guest: Dr. David Levy, Sports Medicine Practitioner; Team Physician for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for 35 years, the Toronto Rock since inception, McMaster University and Mohawk College varsity teams for over 30 years; Medical Staff for the Hamilton Bulldogs; Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame Inductee - Today sees a major spike in divorce filings but why is that? Why are people choosing divorce nowadays and how much does it cost for each side to go through the process? Guest: Tracy Miller, Family Lawyer; Co-Host, Divorce Solutions Podcast - Pelé is a soccer player who did more than just play the beautiful game, he sparked a love for the sport of soccer in many people's hearts. Now that he's died, people are looking back on his legacy and many achievements. While some remember seeing him on their TV, a Hamilton man is remembering what it was like playing against him. Was it intimidating? Exciting? An opportunity to get an autograph right there on the pitch? Guest: John McGrane, Former Canadian Men’s Soccer Player, Member of the Canadian & Hamilton Soccer Halls of Fame and the Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame
1/4/202343 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio: Debating all of the great Christmas debates with Jamie West

Scott welcomes Jamie West back to the show for this week's edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio. Together they debate of all of the great holiday topics from real or fake Christmas tree to Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays. Guest: Jamie West, Founder & CEO, Westpro Media
12/24/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 57 seconds
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Are we ready for a heavy increase in EVs? & What's happened to the new classic Christmas movies?

Canada is mandating that by 2026, 20 per cent of all new cars be electric. Are we even remotely ready for this? Guest: Tim Burrows, Manager, Electric Vehicle Society - YouTube is paying $2 billion for the rights to Sunday night football. Is this the beginning of all sports moving to streaming services? ALSO, there hasn't been a classic Christmas movie released in the past 20 years. Are we no longer festive enough? Creative enough? Joyful enough? Guest: Bill Brioux, Television Critic, Author & Founder, brioux.tv
12/23/202232 minutes, 8 seconds
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How do our worries and priorities today compare to 30 years ago? The importance of religion is dropping in all but one age group & Are you totally sick of all these gambling ads?

Two polls were taken about what matters to Canadians. One in 1992, one 30 years later in 2022. How have we changed?  Guest: Craig Worden, President & Chief Innovation Officer, Pollara Strategic Insights - The number of Canadians who consider religion important is dropping. Except one age group is surprisingly rising. Which one? Guest: David Haskell, Associate Professor, Digital Media and Journalism / Religion and Culture, Wilfrid Laurier University - Are we totally sick of those endless ads for gambling sites that fill every game we watch yet? Guest: Steve Foxcroft, NFL Chain-Gang Member, Vice-President, Fluke Transport
12/22/202243 minutes, 55 seconds
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Is telling people what to eat a step too far for UN delegates? Just how nasty is this impending storm? & Why are we seeing fewer divorces in Canada?

We've heard that the government should stay out of the nation's bedrooms but what about the nation's kitchens? It would appear that some UN delegates at the United Nations Biodiversity Conference want to tell you what to eat but why are they trying to influence your diet and should they be trying anyways? Guest: Dr. Sylvain Charlebois a.k.a. The Food Professor, Professor of Food Distribution & Policy and Director of the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University - Some really nasty weather is projected to be hitting us just before Christmas but just how bad could it be and why? Guest: Anthony Farnell, Chief Meteorologist, Global News _ Recent stats say Canadians are doing better at marriage and having fewer divorces. Are the numbers lying? Guest: Dr. Lisa Strohschein, Professor, Sociology, University of Alberta
12/21/202237 minutes, 52 seconds
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Bonus Segment - Is Putin's hold on Russia slipping?

As the war in Ukraine progresses and the Russian invasion continues to be repelled, people are starting to question Putin's hold on Russia. What are the chances that a coup is waiting to strike? Guest: Dr. Elliot Tepper, Emeritus Professor of Political Science with Carleton University
12/20/202211 minutes, 7 seconds
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Is Putin's hold on Russia slipping? Why write a book about someone who was PM for 2 months? & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

As the war in Ukraine progresses and the Russian invasion continues to be repelled, people are starting to question Putin's hold on Russia. What are the chances that a coup is waiting to strike? Guest: Dr. Elliot Tepper, Emeritus Professor of Political Science with Carleton University - Writing a book is no small. There is a lot of time that goes into the research and actual writing which means you've got to pick a topic that won't bore you nor your reader. With that in mind, why would someone want to write a book about a prime minister who was in office for a little over 2 months? Let's ask him! Guest: Steve Paikin, Host, The Agenda, TVO - When you move to a new country and its team plays against your former home country's team, who should you cheer for? If one of your players makes a really weird play that doesn't work out, do you scream at them or just go, "what were you thinking?" in the locker room? These questions and much, much more gets answered and debated in this week's edition of Sports Talk with Don Robertson. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
12/20/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 10 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio: Bringing Together Every CHML Host to Talk All Things Hamilton

The stars have aligned for this week's edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio! Scott has assembled all of CHML's announcers for a super-round table featuring Rick Zamperin of Good Morning Hamilton, Bill Kelly of The Bill Kelly Show and Scott Thompson of Hamilton Today. Together they tackle topics that range everywhere from if Bo Levi Mitchell will someday be the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' quarterback to what Hamiltonians' taxes may go up by. Buckle up for an amazing show that truly lives up to its name. Guests: Rick Zamperin, Host of Good Morning Hamilton Bill Kelly, Host of The Bill Kelly Show Scott Thompson, Host of Hamilton Today
12/17/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 56 seconds
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What can we do about students who are constantly missing school? & How can we increase people's social media literacy?

Why are we seeing so many students suffering from chronic abenteeism at school? How does this impact grades? Can we fix it or is this something that will be temporary and eventually fade away? Guest: Dr. Paul Bennett, Founding Director and Lead Researcher, Schoolhouse Institute - A joke tweet from PGA golfer Mackenzie Hughes revealed a lot about people, the most glaring of which is that many only read the first few lines before coming to a conclusion and moving on. The answer was in the tweet and yet so many didn't bother to read that far. How can we teach people to read everything before drawing a conclusion? Should this be taught early on in childhood? Can you even effectively teach critical thinking? Guest: Matthew Johnson, Director of Education, MediaSmarts
12/16/202223 minutes, 31 seconds
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Keep an eye out for the Christmas Vacation station wagon here in Hamilton! & What could happen if Michael Andlauer someday owns the Ottawa Senators?

You can see some pretty interesting things if you drive around Hamilton and among those interesting things is a certain station wagon from the movie, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. How did the current owner come to acquire such a unique vehicle and what has the public's reaction to it been? Guest: Sean Kiely, Owner, Ford Country Squire station wagon - We might someday see the owner of the Hamilton Bulldogs also become the owner of the Ottawa Senators. If that happens, will the team be coming to Hamilton? Also, could we prevent countries from building massive stadiums and then abandoning them after the one sporting event is done? Guest: Bubba O'Neil, Sports Anchor, CHCH-TV
12/15/202235 minutes, 27 seconds
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Does Harry & Meghan's schtick have a shelf life? What changes are coming to the Blue Jays? & Recounting the history of soft rock

For people who claim to want their privacy, Harry and Meghan sure do a lot to stay in the public eye. The story they keep selling is being made in all mediums possible but what do they have to sell after everyone knows their story? Do they have a shelf life? Guest: Nathan Tidridge, Waterdown high teacher and author of six books on the Crown and its role in Canada - It isn't even Christmas yet and the Blue Jays are making some pretty big moves. What could next season' Jays look like and are they poised for a World Series win? Guest: Mike Wilner, Baseball columnist and podcaster with the Toronto Star - Many music genres have had their story told but soft rock is one that's fallen by the wayside despite being a seemingly ever-present sound for many years. What place does soft rock have in our history? Guest: Eric Alper, Publicist and music commentator
12/14/202242 minutes, 37 seconds
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What stopped a recession last time and will it work this time? Should we mimic other countries' healthcare system? & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

What was done to get us out of the last recession? Are moves being made so that we go down that path and avoid this supposed recession we're heading towards? Is that even possible for us to do at the moment? Guest: Marvin Ryder, Professor of Marketing, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University - Hospital wait times are even longer than before but just how bad are they and what are other countries doing to combat this? What if we followed what Sweden and Switzerland are doing? Guest: Nadeem Esmail, Senior Fellow, Fraser Institute & Health Policy Specialist - Who holds the responsibility to pull an athlete off the field due to injury? The numbers are pointing towards a little bit of favouritism towards the Toronto Maple Leafs but is that indicative of the referees' or the players' tendencies? Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
12/13/202255 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio: New city councilors and the 'new programs vs. higher taxes' conundrum, Quebec and Alberta being treated differently, Should university be made easier?, Penalty kicks at the World Cup & more

Is university too hard? Why does it seem like the federal government is treating Quebec and Alberta differently? Will Hamiltonians be forced to pay higher taxes because the new city councilors all want new programs without getting rid of any preexisting ones? Are penalties a sufficient way of deciding the winner in games as large as World Cup matches? These questions and more get debated and answered on this week's edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio. Guest: Mike Fortune, Host, The Hamilton Network, Cable 14
12/10/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 28 seconds
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Will MPP Donna Skelly speak to Hamilton City Council about the Greenbelt? Why isn't Hamilton's housing market red hot? & Steve Foxcroft on athletes making even more money

After much consternation regarding the potential for land in the Greenbelt being sold to land developers, a request was made on Twitter to see MPPs Donna Skelly and Neil Lumsden appear before Hamilton's city council to find out more about this. Scott welcomes MPP Donna Skelly to the show to speak about exactly this. Guest: Donna Skelly, MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook - While housing markets across the country seem to be rebounding and shifting, we're being told that this is not the case here in Hamilton. Despite being an area that sees lots of people wanting to move to it, why is the housing market being seen as a cold one? Guest: Dr. Murtaza Haider, Associate Professor, Data Science and Real Estate Management, Toronto Metropolitan University - Brittney Griner is on her way back to the US, Buffalo sports fans are still being hit with a curse and more money is being paid out to athletes who are already making a ton of money (in the hundreds of millions). It's a lot to tackle which means Scott needs to bring out the big guns of Steve Foxcroft! Guest: Steve Foxcroft, NFL Chain-Gang Member, Vice-President, Fluke Transport
12/9/202246 minutes, 47 seconds
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By how much will Hamiltonians' taxes increase? & Professional hockey fighting is here

Decisions are being made at City Hall regarding how much your taxes are going to be going up (or if they will at all). How is this process coming along and how much of a hit can Hamiltonians expect this year? Guest: John Paul Danko, City Councilor for Ward 8 - Fighting has fallen by the wayside in the modern game of hockey. While this may please many, there are still those who love a good hockey fight and miss the days of enforcers and goons. Those who can't get enough of hockey fights will be delighted to hear about Ice Wars. a new fighting league that's based around hockey fights and hockey fights alone. Guest: Bryan Pedersen, Wyoming MMA Commissioner
12/8/202227 minutes, 21 seconds
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Is the federal government going to let millions of COVID-19 vaccines go bad? & Remembering Bob McGrath

When you buy millions and millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines, they only last so long before they go bad and according to Canada's Auditor-General, that's soon to be the case. Does this mean the feds are essentially flushing your tax dollars down the drain? Guest: Franco Terrazzano, Federal Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation - If you've watched Sesame Street, you've probably seen Bob McGrath's face or heard his voice. Though he passed away this week, he'll live on in the memories of everyone who enjoyed his performances for the world. Scott looks into the audio vault and pulls out an interview he did with Bob back in 2014 in celebration of the 45th anniversary of Sesame Street.
12/7/202231 minutes, 57 seconds
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Employers Getting Ghosted? Dundas Real McCoys Return and More!

Guests: Matt Francis Dan Kelly Don Robertson
12/6/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 29 seconds
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Elon Musk's Brain Chip, Free TV with Ads and Should we be Proud of Soccer Canada's Performance?

Guests: Brian Patrick Green Bill Brioux Bubba O'Neil
12/2/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 53 seconds
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Oops! CERB trying to recollect CERB money from ineligible recipients

The Federal Government is trying to collect back CERB money from recipients who it turns out weren't eligible. This sounds bad for the ones who it turns out weren't eligible, but it seems also like a good thing to return tax payer money where it belongs. Jay Goldberg. Ontario Director of the Canadian Tax Payers Federation. Crowdfunding has been a great tool for small start-ups to get off the ground. But there are also a lot of weird ones out there. Many campaigns, you would be shocked to learn have gone beyond successful. Technical producer Tom joins Scott to take a look at the weirdest and most interesting crowdfunding campaigns. Tom McKay. Technical Producer AM900 CHML.
12/1/202232 minutes, 8 seconds
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How generous are Canadians with donations? & Why do sports always get so political?

Today is Giving Tuesday! This day was created to highlight charities and how they need donations in order to help people. Are Canadians as generous as we might like to think we are? Guest: Nicole Danesi, Senior Manager of Public Relations, Canada Helps - Why does it seem like politics always find a way to seep into the sports world? Are we not able to keep the two separate? Guest: Dr. Ann Pegararo, Lang Chair In Sport Management and Director of the International Institute for Sport Business & Leadership, University of Guelph; Co-Director of the National Network for Research on Gender Equity in Canadian Sport
11/30/202230 minutes, 52 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio: Behind the scenes of Hamilton City Council, Lowering the voting age, Working on the radio early in the morning & more

This week's edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio features former Ward 2 councilor Jason Farr! As a newly minted private citizen, there's a lot that he's done and a lot still left to do. Scott and Jason chat about Jason's time on Y108's morning show, some behind the scenes from his time on Hamilton City Council and much, much more. Guest: Jason Farr, former Ward 2 councilor
11/26/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 10 seconds
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Bank of Canada losing money for the first time ever, A rocket just passed by the moon! & Remembering Börje Salming

The Bank of Canada has announced that it's losing money for the first time ever. While this generally sounds like a bad thing, is it really? What does this actually mean? Guest: Dr. Eric Kam, Professor of Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics, International Monetary Economics, Implications of Monetary Growth, with Toronto Metropolitan University - Whenever humanity has made efforts to get to the moon, there's always some sort of buzz that gets generated, this time seems to be different. Why hasn't anyone pointed out that we've sent a rocket to the moon, passing just over 100km from the lunar surface? That's incredible! Guest: Dr. Jesse Rogerson, Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies in Natural Science with York University - A major player in the history of the NHL has passed away. Börje Salming helped pave the way for European players to join the NHL and flourish as much as they have. What did he bring to the game and how is his impact still being felt today? Guest: Bubba O'Neil, Sports Anchor, CHCH-TV
11/25/202242 minutes, 22 seconds
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How did Canada perform in its first World Cup match? Start searching for meteorites! & Why is the Tim Bosma murder case back in the news?

Canada played its first match in the World Cup today against Belgium. How did we do and what is needed in order to pull out a win next time? Guest: John McGrane, former Olympic and North American Soccer League soccer player - The news that a meteor flew over the Grimsby/Vineland area and landed somewhere around here. Can you find any pieces and how big of a meteorite should you keep an eye out for? If you do find a piece, what can you do with it? Guest: Dr. Kim Tait, Mineralogy, Meteorite and Gem Curator at the Royal Ontario Museum - The Tim Bosma murder case is an infamous case in this area and it's making a return to the news cycle. Why is this and what is it saying about Canada's legal system? Guest: Jeff Manishen, Criminal Lawyer, Ross & McBride & Former Crown Attorney
11/24/202243 minutes, 25 seconds
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Trudo Lemmens on expanding eligibility for MAiD in Canada and the problems it faces

Canada is looking to expand its requirements for who's eligible for MAiD but is this needed, especially when you consider that Canada is number 1 in terms of MAiD? With the current rate of patients who are opting for and being granted MAiD, does that mean, would opening it up to the mentally ill prove to be a beneficial move? What about children? Guest: Trudo Lemmens, Professor, Scholl Chair in Health Law and Policy, University of Toronto
11/23/202225 minutes, 19 seconds
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Canada preparing for first World Cup appearance in 36 years, Should Canada expand eligibility for MAiD? & Do people still care about JFK's assassination 59 years later?

Canada is back on the world stage as it prepares for its World Cup appearance against Belgium. Scott is joined by someone who knows what it's like playing the game on the international stage. Does Canada stand a chance against the Belgians? Guest: Greg Sutton, Master Coach, Men & Women's Soccer, Concordia University; Former Professional Soccer Player - Canada is looking to expand its requirements for who's eligible for MAiD. Is this needed, especially when you consider that Canada is number 1 in terms of MAiD? With the current rate of patients who are opting for and being granted MAiD, does that mean, would opening it up to the mentally ill prove to be a beneficial move? What about children? Guest: Trudo Lemmens, Professor, Scholl Chair in Health Law and Policy, University of Toronto - Today marks the 59th anniversary of the assassination of JFK. Is there still an interest in this historical moment and why hasn't all of the documentation surrounding this event been released? Guest: Randy Owen, JFK Assassination Historian
11/23/202248 minutes, 36 seconds
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How do people feel about tiny shelters in their neighbourhood? & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

Tiny shelters are being touted as something that could help the homeless however the next issue is where do you put them. How do people feel about a proposed location here in Hamilton? Guest: Tom Cooper, Director, Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction & Board Member, Hamilton Alliance for Tiny Shelters - Could we see the World Cup get hosted by North Korea someday? Why would a sports team draft a player only to avoid playing him? Why aren't we seeing Canadian university football games on TV? What can we do to make the Grey Cup as big as the Super Bowl? Get answers to these questions and more! Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
11/22/202248 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio: Commemorating Remembrance Day, Are we witnessing the death of social media? Should airlines charge more or less based on your size? & more

The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio pairs perfectly with Lorraine Somerfeld! Scott welcomes Lorraine to the show tonight to talk about if Remembrance Day is being honoured less with time, if highly processed foods should be classified as drugs, whether or not airlines should charge more based on your size, if we're witnessing the death of social media and more. Guest: Lorraine Sommerfeld, Auto Writer with Post Media, Author of the Motherlode column in the Hamilton Spec and Host of the Lemon Aid Car Show on RogersTV
11/12/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 14 seconds
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Is there a curse on all of Buffalo's pro sports teams? & Why isn't a Canadian playing the Grey Cup's half-time show?

Is there a curse on all of Buffalo's sports teams? It seems like they haven't been able to catch a break for the longest team and this year was looking like it could be the one for the Bills until their superstar quarterback got injured. While this hasn't completely wiped their chances right off the board, it has certainly followed in the footsteps of many other unfortunate events of years and teams past. What's going on with Buffalo? Guest: Steve Foxcroft, Sports Commentator, NFL Chain Gang Member & Vice President, Fluke Transport - The CFL's Grey Cup championship game garners a lot of attention from Canadians and despite CFL football identifying heavily with all things Canadian (after all it is called the Canadian Football League) why isn't the performing artist for the half-time show a Canadian musician? Guest: Eric Alper, Publicist and Music Commentator
11/11/202234 minutes, 37 seconds
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Does a student's attractiveness impact their grades? Could we see Michael Andlauer buy the Ottawa Senators? & What's it like joining Hamilton's city council?

How does someone's attractiveness impact their grades in school? Does it make someone more likely to get good grades all throughout or is it only certain subjects? Guest: Adrian Mehic, Doctoral Student, Lund University - A lot of interest in purchasing the Ottawa Senators has been expressed and one of the names that's being thrown around is Michael Andlauer, owner of the Hamilton Bulldogs. How likely is it that he'll make the move and if he did buy the team, could the team move to Hamilton? Guest: Bruce Garrioch, Columnist, Ottawa Sun - Becoming a city councilor comes with a lot of work that a new member might not always be aware of. Scott welcomes one of Hamilton's new incoming councilors who's currently in the process of being brought up to speed before getting sworn in. What's it like so far and is it anything like the start of a new season of Survivor? Guest: Jeff Beattie, Incoming Hamilton City Councilor for Ward 10
11/10/202243 minutes, 59 seconds
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How might the US midterms impact Canada-US relations? Why would you make jewelry with semen? & Why did government employees get bonuses regardless of performance?

What can we expect to see out of the US' midterm elections? How might the outcomes impact Canada and its relationship with the United States? Guest: Dr. Laura Dawson, Executive Director, Future Border Coalition - Jewelry can be made out of many different materials but this lady has discovered you can make it out of more than just metal and gems. Try something more along the lines of breast milk or semen! Guest: Amanda Booth, Artist & Founder, Trinkets by Amanda Booth - While many of us don't love paying taxes, it's understood why we do. Unfortunately, it seems our tax dollars aren't always being funneled towards healthcare, education and roads. Lots of bonuses are being paid out to crown corporations and their employees sometimes regardless of performance! We want our taxes to pave roads and teach kids not line the pockets of people who are already excellently paid. Guest: Franco Terrazzano, Federal Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation
11/9/202245 minutes, 29 seconds
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CSIS has found China tried planting and funded people during the 2019 federal election

According to recent information from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Canada's 2019 federal election saw China covertly fund candidates associated with the Chinese Communist Party, place employees in the offices of MPs with the intent of influencing policy to benefit China and more. Scott welcomes Elliot Tepper to the show to talk about this incursion. Guest: Dr. Elliot Tepper, Emeritus Professor, Political Science, Carleton University
11/8/202211 minutes, 12 seconds
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CSIS has found China tried planting and funded people during the 2019 federal election & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

According to recent information from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Canada's 2019 federal election saw China covertly fund candidates associated with the Chinese Communist Party, place employees in the offices of MPs with the intent of influencing policy to benefit China and more. Scott welcomes Elliot Tepper to the show to talk about this incursion. Guest: Dr. Elliot Tepper, Emeritus Professor, Political Science, Carleton University - Should a sports team hire someone who was a bully when they were 14? Do referees ever favour one team over another when making a call? Is there a way to get a ref on your side? How should we feel about the Houston Astros' and their World Series win? It's all coming up on this week's edition of Sports Talk with Don Robertson. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
11/8/202249 minutes, 51 seconds
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Hamilton Day is back one year later. Is it becoming an annual tradition?

Last year around this time, the people behind Hamilton Day had brought it back after a long time without it. Now we hear it's returning this year as well, possibly becoming an annual tradition going forward. Chrystia Freeland, the Finance Minister gave her mini-budget. The good news: the federal government brought in revenues of roughly $40 BILLION more than what was projected (though most of the reason might be because of inflation). The Bad News (depending on who you ask): is sounds like the Federal govenrment might pour this right back into the market, which seems to have been the cause of our inflation problem. We talk to Dr Ian Lee more about this. The CFL announced their All-Stars list... SYKE! They announced that there was a msitake with how the list was put together, so the "All-Stars" are not All-Stars anymore.
11/4/202244 minutes, 45 seconds
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Should the Leafs Be Worth So Much? How Much is Too Much for Special Scotch?

11/3/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 25 seconds
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Possible School Stoppage Friday? The Science of Baseball and More!

11/2/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 1 second
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27-year-old going Trick-or-Treating for the first time, Hamilton's Electoral Map, & Sports talk with Don Robertson!

Some people - maybe because they haven't lived here all their live - are now adults who have NEVER experienced Halloween. A piece at The Spec: "I’m 27 years old and have never been trick or treating" by Spec Reporter Beatriz Baleeiro. She's going out trick-or-treating tonight for the first time. One week ago, we were talking about the election as the votes were coming in. One week later, we see the electoral map of Hamilton, showing where votes from various polling stations went for Mayor. What we see is a stark image of our city. Russ Powers joins us, soon-to-be out-going councilor for ward 5. It's Monday, which means we sit down with Don Robertson once again for Sports talk.
11/1/202258 minutes, 57 seconds
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Hamilton elections, Drawing Andrea Horwath, Emergencies Act & More with Graeme Mackay!

On this edition of The Scott Radley Show Podcast, we are joined for the Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio by Graeme Mackay. The outstanding editorial cartoonist for the Hamilton Spectator. We’re going to be talking about the local election, Andrea Horwath, drawing, art, free speech, and if a Prince throw his family under the bus in a memoire? Lots more on The Scott Radley Show Podcast.
10/29/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 40 seconds
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New Hamilton Council Already Having Problems. Would you sign Aaron Judge for $500 million?

Less than 72 hours after the Hamilton election was finalized (an election that was meant to change everything, get rid of the division), Councilors are already taking shots at other Hamilton politicians, including one open letter saying they will not talk to the Hamilton Spectator because of a police story that was covered, claiming it was racist. Sports talk with Bubba O'Neil! We're hearing Aaron Judge may get a contract for 10 years $500 million judge! If you own a baseball team and a few billion dollars, would you sign Aaron Judge for $500 million?
10/28/202240 minutes, 55 seconds
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How to Increase Voter Turnout in Hamilton? The Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame Inductees and Live Music Taking a Hit

10/27/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 50 seconds
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New interest rates are coming in... again. At what point does this become a problem?

We've talked about it a couple of times this year because it keeps happening. Analysts and "experts" keep raising interests and ringing alarm bells. And yet it keeps happening! Which might mean that the alarm bells don't need to be rung, or it might mean that there will come a day where if you cry wolf enough times a wolf might appear. IPSOS did a poll about Hockey Culture. 6 in 10 Canadians say they believe there is a problem with Hockey Culture. Is that the case? Is it worse than it use to be?
10/26/202230 minutes, 58 seconds
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Is a housing crash imminent? How does provincial culture impact how regions feel about each other? & Should strong mayor powers play into who'll you vote for?

Housing prices are dropping which some are celebrating while others are concerned. Could this housing market lead to a crash? Guest: Dr. Eric Kam, Professor, Macroeconomics, Toronto Metropolitan University - How do the different regions of Canada feel about each other? Do we properly understand the culture of the provinces and are they properly presented? Guest: Charles Breton, Executive Director, Centre of Excellence on the Canadian Federation - There's a likelihood that strong mayors powers will be granted to a number of municipalities in Ontario within the next term. Hamilton is one such municipality which begs the question of how that could, and if it even should, play into who you'll vote for. Guest: John Mascarin, Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP
10/21/202240 minutes, 39 seconds
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Why would anyone want to combine two different strains of COVID? & Is this the year for the Raptors or are they planning for next year's championship?

Why would anyone want to mix two different strains of COVID? Is making a more powerful variant uncommon in labs nowadays? How dangerous is it to make something like this? Guest: Dr. Ahmad Firas Khalid, Health Policy PhD graduate and Queen Elizabeth Scholar - As the Toronto Raptors begin their season, do they have a good chance at winning the championship this year or could they be working towards making next year's championship their target? Will the NFL see Tom Brady truly retire part way through the season? It looks like Tua Tagovailoa is cleared to take the field this week however after taking some incredible hits that look like they clearly led to concussions, what's changed? Is the NFL's claimed concern for players' safety valid if he gets hit and concussed again? Guest: Bubba O'Neil, Sports Anchor, CHCH-TV
10/20/202234 minutes, 37 seconds
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Is Andrea Horwath's lead enough to win Hamilton's mayoral race? & Sass Jordan is performing in Ancaster this Friday!

A poll is showing that Andrea Horwath is currently leading Hamilton's mayoral race. Is name recognition enough to win this and is she too far ahead for the second-place candidate to catch up? What else does the electorate think? Guest: Robert Martin, Data Analyst, Main Street Research - Sass Jordan is coming to Ancaster this Friday! Chances are pretty good that you've heard her name before and now you can come see her live. She's done a lot of amazing things and Scott welcomes her to the show to talk about all of this and more. Guest: Sass Jordan, Award-Winning Musician
10/19/202235 minutes, 13 seconds
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What have we learned about cannabis since legalization? Should someone's race impact a court case? & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

It's been 4 years since cannabis' legalization here in Canada. What knowledge has been gained about the drug in this time? Guest: James MacKillop, Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University & Director, Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Should someone's upbringing, race or socio-economic circumstance be brought into consideration as a factor that could influence a court case? Guest: Jeff Manishen, Former Prosecutor; Criminal Defence Counsel, Ross & McBride LLP - What's the best fan celebration in sports? Is there a more important player on a hockey team than the goalie? What does the NFL have that makes it more appealing to football fans than the CFL game? Scott welcomes Don Robertson back to the show to debate these questions and more on this weeks edition of Sports Talk with Don Robertson. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
10/18/202257 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio: Disney parks are pricing people out, Lacking A/C as grounds to cancel school, Voting for a candidate based solely on gender & more

When your Friday shows are called The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio, you need someone who's both really bright and really good at conversation and there are few comparable to the one and only Annette Hamm. She joins Scott to talk about canceling school on hot days because the building has no air conditioning, social media user slamming candidates rather than supporting others, Disney's theme parks pricing people out of visiting, voting for a candidate based solely on their gender and more. Guest: Annette Hamm, Co-Host, Morning Live, CHCH-TV
10/15/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 29 seconds
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What's the point of an inquiry into the federal government's use of the Emergencies Act? Why are we obsessed with getting new things? & Big losses get dealt to broadcast TV shows

What's the point of having an inquiry into the federal government's use of the Emergencies Act? Will anything be changed by this inquiry? Guest: Stephen LeDrew, Host, The LeDrew Three Minute Interview & Former President, Liberal Party of Canada - What's with our obsession with getting new things? A new book aims at tackling that question and how it is that we always find a way to acquire more stuff. Guest: Paul Berton, Author of "Shopomania: Our Obsession With Possession" & Editor-in-Chief, The Hamilton Spectator - All of the top TV shows except for NFL football were dealt losses over the last year which is never a good sign. Why are these viewership numbers dropping so heavily and what could it spell for the future? Guest: Robert Thompson, Founding Director, Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture & Trustee Professor, Television and Popular Culture, Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University
10/14/202239 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Maple Leafs' season opener is tonight! Were you taught how to work with money? & Speaking with a 2022 Kona Ironman Champion

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be playing their season opener tonight against the Montreal Canadiens. What can fans expect to see this year and the age old question surfaces once again, could this be the year? No, not win the Stanley Cup! Will they win a round in the playoffs? Guest: David Alter, Publisher & Reporter, Inside The Maple Leafs, SI - Were you taught about how to work with money? A Leger poll found that around 65% of Canadians said no in response to that question. Why is this? Guest: Marvin Ryder, Associate Professor of Marketing, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University - Many amazing people call Hamilton home and one such person is now a champion triathlete! She won the Women's 60-64 age category at the 2022 Kona Ironman and now she joins Scott to talk about how she is able to accomplish such an amazing feat at 60 years and what's she's planning to do next. Guest: Sharon MacKinnon, 2022 Kona Ironman F60-64 Champion
10/13/202240 minutes, 48 seconds
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Who Do We Value the Most? Do You Have a Hamilton Election Plan? Sports Talk with Don Robertson and More

10/12/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 2 seconds
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What's with the dramatic swing from seemingly no one hiring to everyone hiring? Celebrating the 1972 Tiger-Cats and Danny McManus & Happy Canadian Beer Day!

It used to be hard to find a job not too long ago however it now seems like everywhere is looking employees. What's changed and why does it seem like every business is hiring so suddenly? Guest: Dr. Wayne Lewchuk, Professor, Labour Studies, McMaster University - The Hamilton Tiger-Cats Alumni Association will be putting on a dinner tomorrow night to honour Danny McManus who'll be getting his name put up on the Wall of Honour in addition to the 1972 Tiger-Cats team who won the Grey Cup at their home stadium, the first team in the modern CFL to do so. Scott is joined by the quarterback of that team, Chuck Ealey, to talk about this and more. Guest: Chuck Ealey, Former Tiger-Cats Quarterback, 1972 Grey Cup Winner & MVP - Today is Canadian Beer Day! Is there a special way beer drinkers celebrate this? Do other people actually like those super bitter craft beers? What inspires someone to start their own brewery? Ed Madronich, of Shaun & Ed Brewing Company, joins Scott to answer these questions and more. Guest: Ed Madronich, Co-Founder, Shaun & Ed Brewing Company
10/6/202236 minutes, 46 seconds
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Mayoral Mondays: Interviews with Andrea Horwath, Keanin Loomis & Bob Bratina

These last few weeks have seen some of Hamilton's top mayoral candidates join the show to talk about their plan for Hamilton, should they be voted in, on what Scott likes to call Mayoral Monday. Hear the interviews Scott conducted with Andrea Horwath, Keanin Loomis & Bob Bratina.
10/4/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 26 seconds
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Bob Bratina's plan for Hamilton & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

Scott welcomes on one of the candidates running to be Hamilton's next mayor, Bob Bratina, to the show where they talk about his plan for Hamilton, should he be elected as mayor. Guest: Bob Bratina, Mayoral Candidate, 2022 Hamilton Municipal Election - There is no shortage of things to talk about in the world of sports this week! From the cheating allegations in competitive fishing to Mackenzie Hughes' second PGA win, Don and Scott cover it all. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
10/4/202253 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio: National Truth & Reconciliation Day & more

With another Friday evening comes another edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio, this week featuring Jamie West! Today is also National Truth & Reconciliation Day which has Scott and Jamie talking about what this day is designed to mark, if today should be a stat holiday and more in addition to the benefits and drawbacks of having inexperienced politicians, almost catching a baseball that would be worth a ton of money and what's with peoples' fascination with true crime & serial killers? Guest: Jamie West, Chief Executive Officer and Creative Director
10/1/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 57 seconds
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How do things look for Hamilton as the municipal election nears? The impact of taking over 11 years to build a LRT system & What's next for CHCH's Bob Cowan as he enters retirement?

After moderating 16 political debates, has Mike Fortune's sanity been permanently altered? How does he feel about the future of Hamilton's political scene? Guest: Mike Fortune, Host, The Hamilton Network, Cable 14 - The topic of LRT in Hamilton is enduring with many for and against but in an area of Toronto, it's actually being built. The catch is that this project began construction 11 years ago, is still underway and its deadline to be finished just came and went. If this project is still being built, how has it affected the surrounding businesses and could we see a similar thing happen here? Guest: Enzo Torrone, Chair, Fairbank Village BIA - After 21 years, CHCH's Morning Live will be needing a new co-host because Bob Cowan has announced his retirement! In fact, his last time on the air will be tomorrow morning. Scott welcomes Bob to the show to recount his time on the air and what's next. Guest: Bob Cowan, Co-Host, Morning Live, CHCH-TV
9/29/202243 minutes, 7 seconds
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Why did the feds give out so many bonuses to executives over the pandemic? How might Europe's power problems impact Canada? & What's the greatest moment in Canadian sports history?

Lots and lots of bonuses were given out to government executives even during the pandemic and yet the reasons for those bonuses are so flimsy! Bonuses are supposed to be given out for performance that is above and beyond what's expected, did the bare minimum even get achieved? What kind of message does this send to the public? Guest: Franco Terrazzano, Federal Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Many European countries have some major questions that will need answers as the weather gets colder and their main source of energy runs dry thanks to a gamble that was placed on Russian oil. While this may seem like an issue that would affect European countries, the world economy is tied together which means we could be impacted too. What would that look like and how severe could it be? Guest: Dr. Eric Kam, Professor of Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics, International Monetary Economics, Implications of Monetary Growth, Toronto Metropolitan University - As we near the 50th anniversary of Paul Henderson's goal during the 1972 Summit Series, Scott has started to wonder, what is the greatest moment in Canadian sports history? Guest: Steve Foxcroft, Sports Commentator, NFL Chain Gang Member & VP, Fluke Transportation Group
9/28/202244 minutes, 5 seconds
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Keanin Loomis' plan for Hamilton & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

Scott welcomes on one of the candidates running to be Hamilton's next mayor, Keanin Loomis, to the show where they talk about his plan for Hamilton should he be elected as mayor. Guest: Keanin Loomis, Mayoral Candidate, 2022 Hamilton Municipal Election - What injury was sustained by Tua Tagovailoa? Is the NFL's concussion protocol a sham? What makes a player one of the greats? And should you put more effort into getting into the playoffs or saving your best pitchers so you can do well in the playoffs (assuming you make it in)? These questions and more get debated and possibly even answered in this week's edition of Sports Talk with Don Robertson. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
9/27/202257 minutes, 28 seconds
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Should City Council be deciding on anything during an election? Who wants the government influencing Canadians' online viewing? & Can the Ticats recreate last week's performance?

What should happen to Hamilton's city council during a municipal election? Are small things worth settling or should it all be decided by the next council? Guest: Larry Di Ianni, Former Mayor of Hamilton - Bill C-11 wants to govern what Canadians view online by promoting Canadian content over others. Is that actually how it would work or is there something more going on? Does anyone other than the government actually something like this put in place? Guest: JJ McCullough, Political Commentator & Youtuber - The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have been performing terribly this year however their showing against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers was surprisingly great. Is this a sign of things to come or was it simply a fluke? Guest: Bubba O'Neil, Sports Anchor, CHCH-TV
9/23/202244 minutes, 23 seconds
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Are your thoughts & opinions still going to be challenged at university? & M*A*S*H turns 50 this week!

University is often something that's touted as being the bastion of debate and alternative points of view. Some research has found that may not be the case anymore as the political leanings and opinions of professors has shifted across Canada. Guest: Dr. Christopher Dummitt, Professor, Canadian History, Trent University & Podcast Host, 1867 & All That. - This week marks a big milestone for M*A*S*H but that's not the only big TV news that's happened and is happening. Scott welcomes Bill Brioux to talk about what's going on in television today. Guest: Bill Brioux, Television Critic & Author, brioux.tv
9/21/202232 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Transitioning to a cashless society, Increasingly higher tipping, The Tiger-Cats' situation and more

This week's edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio features Dave Woodard who joins Scott to talk about Australians wanting Steve Irwin on their money, the CFL and the position the Tiger-Cats find themselves in, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, transitioning to a cashless society and more. Guest: Dave Woodard, News Anchor, 900 CHML
9/17/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 11 seconds
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Do Canadians even want to stop working from home? How is government spending contributing to inflation's rise? & Pop music's recycling seems to be faster than ever

Are you preparing to start going back to work on-site or hunkering down to keep working from home? Do you even want to stop working from home? Guest: Dr. Andrew Parkin, Executive Director, Environics Institute - Why does it seem like there isn't a government nor party who has any intention of saving or cutting back on spending? Could all this spending, this time from Doug Ford, be part of what's contributing to inflation's rapid rise? Guest: Jay Goldberg, Ontario Director & Interim Atlantic Director, Canadian Taxpayer Federation - There's almost a recycling of music nowadays as entire catalogues get bought and re-released and covers are put out and sampling pulls favourite clips & obscure ones alike. How has this contributed to a lack of 'new-ness' by regurgitating popular music of the past? Guest: Eric Alper, Publicist, Music Commentator & Shameless Idealist
9/16/202241 minutes, 1 second
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Is a recession worse than inflation itself? What does the law say about the police's use of your DNA? & How does music help reconnect with dementia patients?

What is worse for us to face, a recession or inflation? That's seemingly the choice that's having to be made as the fight against inflation continues but could a third, and albeit worse, option be on the table, we get both a recession and more inflation? Guest: Dr. Eric Kam, Professor, Macroeconomics, Toronto Metropolitan University - If you voluntarily give your DNA to the police and it gets used for more than just that case, were your rights violated? Where is the line drawn and if it hasn't been drawn yet, where should it be drawn? Guest: Jeff Manishen. Former prosecutor; Criminal Defence Counsel, Ross & McBride LLP - It turns out that music is a fantastic tool for reconnecting with people who are afflicted with diseases like dementia. How does our brain interact with music and what is the response actually like in someone with dementia? Guest: Rachael Finnerty, Registered Psychotherapist, Certified Music Therapist & Music Therapy Academy Founder
9/15/202241 minutes, 24 seconds
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Have we lost the art of conversation? & Gerry Dee is coming to Hamilton

Having a conversation requires two people but it simply can't happen when one of those people is belligerent, rude and inconsiderate. Unfortunately, that's the nice way of describing how some people conduct themselves online and someone has found this to be a major hindrance to their business. How is The Conversation dealing with problematic users who make it impossible to have a conversation? Guest: Scott White, Editor-in-Chief & CEO, The Conversation Canada - Gerry Dee has found a way onto many different TV shows all while also being a stand-up comedian. As a stand-up comedian, he's taking the stage right here in Hamilton on Thursday Sept. 15! Scott welcomes him to the show to talk about the show and more. Guest: Gerry Dee, Actor & Stand-Up Comedian
9/14/202225 minutes, 27 seconds
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Andrea Horwath's plan for Hamilton & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

Scott welcomes on one of the candidates running to be Hamilton's next mayor, Andrea Horwath, to the show where they talk about her newly released plan for Hamilton. Guest: Andrea Horwath, Mayoral Candidate, 2022 Hamilton Municipal Election - Do you feed an easy pitch to a batter who's about to break a milestone? What should be done about the Montreal Canadiens' new captain who doesn't speak any french? These questions and more get answered in this weeks' edition of Sports Talk with Don Robertson. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
9/13/202255 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio: The future of the monarchy, Simplifying how governments speak, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats & more

This week's edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton Radio features none other than CHML's very own, Bill Kelly! He's worked all morning and now Scott is pulling him in to work all evening long where they talk about what the future of the monarchy may look like, simplifying the way governments and their subsidiaries speak about things, the state of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and more. Guest: Bill Kelly, Host, The Bill Kelly Show (9a-12p), 900 CHML
9/10/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 28 seconds
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Remembering the Queen and What Comes Next for the Monarchy?

The Scott Radley show for September 8th: Guests: Nathan Tidridge - Presented the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Prince of Wales in 2012. Author of Beyond Mainland, Canada's Constitutional Monarchy, and Prince Edward, Duke of Kent. Robert Finch - The Dominion Chairman of the Monarchist League of Canada. Tim Powers - Chair of Summa Strategies
9/9/20221 hour, 18 minutes, 49 seconds
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Why might we have to pay more to heat our homes? What's the wider impact of another interest rate hike from the Bank of Canada? & Should we continue enjoy entertainers' works after they're accused and/or guilty of horrendous acts?

As winter approaches, it's possible we could be seeing a massive 30% jump to the price to heat your home. This comes after an already staggering jump of 50% to the price. What's happened to all of the liquid natural gas (LNG) that's purported to be under Canada? Can't we just use that for cheap? Guest: Patrick DeHaan, Head of Petroleum Analysis, Gasbuddy.com - The Bank of Canada is set to have another hike to its interest rate which could be very threatening to jobs all over Canada in addition to the economy itself. Is a recession imminent? Guest: Dr. Ian Lee, Associate Professor, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University - When entertainers betray the image they try to project to the world, what should we do? Should a musician who's accused of horrendous acts continue to get air play on the radio? Should we continue to enjoy the works of entertainers and athletes after they are accused? What if they're found guilty? Guest: Alan Cross, Host, The Ongoing History of New Music & Creator, A Journal of Musical Things
9/8/202240 minutes, 15 seconds
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Hamilton's new 'nuisance bylaw' & Is there something wrong with the Ticats & CFL?

Hamilton will be implementing a new 'nuisance bylaw'. How does this one differ from other bylaws and laws that already exist and why is it being put forth? Guest: John Paul Danko, Ward 8 Councillor, City of Hamilton - The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have been performing terribly this year. Despite their 3 wins and 9 losses this season, they aren't completely out of the race in the East Division. Does that indicate something wrong with the league? On another note, how has the ideal NFL & CFL player changed over time to match what kind of game the leagues have been trying to go for? Guest: Steve Foxcroft, NFL Chain-Gang Member, Vice-President, Fluke Transport
9/7/202230 minutes, 54 seconds
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How much does Hamilton spend on each resident? What can be trademarked and is there a case against Rob Golfi? & Is Serena Williams the greatest tennis player of all time?

Hamilton's city budget deal with large sums of money but how much of that money is actually being spent on each Hamiltonian? How does this compare to past spending and other cities? Guest: Jason Clemens, Executive Vice President, Fraser Institute - Rob Golfi, a local real estate agent, is being sued by another agent from the US over a pose that he does in advertisements. This other agent says that Golfi is infringing on his pending trademark pose. Is there an argument that can be made here and what can actually be trademarked? What, if any, difference is there between trademarks and copyright? Guest: Rebecca Kupfer, Associate Lawyer (Trademarks, Copyright, IP Litigation), Shift Law - Is Serena Williams the greatest female tennis player of all time? What makes a network more inclined to give air time to one sporting event over another? Guest: Bubba O'Neil, Sports Anchor, CHCH-TV
8/26/202244 minutes, 53 seconds
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The impact of 1 in 5 Hamiltonians' being over 65 on the city, What should be done about athletes who fell foul of the law? & Has HGTV ruined everything to do with interior design?

When the federal government conducts a census, the findings don't get released in one big information dump, instead opting for a trickle. Some of that info trickle has been released and it would appear that 1 in 5 people in Hamilton is over the age of 65. How could that statistic impact the city and the rest of its population? Guest: Steve Buist, Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator - Roberto Alomar won't be joining in the commemoration of the Toronto Blue Jays' 30th anniversary of their 1992 World Series win. How should we deal with players who have, or are alleged to have, committed crimes? Guest: Steve Foxcroft, Sports Broadcaster, NFL Chain Gang Member, NBA Court-side Administrator, Referee & Vice-President, Fluke Transport - Has HGTV ruined home renovation? There's an undeniable 'look' that can be attributed to the many shows on the network but how has that permeated into the rest of interior design? Guest: Glen Peloso, Creative Princial, Glen Peloso Design
8/25/202244 minutes, 55 seconds
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Can taxpayers afford giving a 35% raise over 3 years to education workers? Our mental health's relationship with music & What's the big issue this municipal election will tackle?

Is a 35% raise something that the government can afford to give to education workers over the next 3 years? While a strike voting is set to take place, will either side back down? Guest: Jay Goldberg, Ontario Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation - A British study found that 85.7% of respondents feel that music is vital to maintaining their mental health. Should this be surprising to us or has the ability to bring music with us allowed it to become a much more integral part of us? Guest: Eric Alper Publicist and Music Commentator - What is this municipal election going to be about? There doesn't seem to be any one central issue that's in question - or is there? Guest: Larry Di Ianni, Host & Community Producer, Cable 14 & Former Hamilton Mayor
8/24/202243 minutes, 11 seconds
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Another strike vote is coming, who's unhappy this time? & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

Scott is back for another wonderful show to talk about the latest impending strike vote, which union this concerns and what they want this time. Scott also welcomes Don Robertson back to the show for another round of conversations about everything that's going on in the realm of sports. Guests: Laura Walton, President, CUPE's Ontario School Board Council of Unions Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
8/23/202246 minutes, 38 seconds
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Controversy in the Pacific, Why would you speak with a killer? & The mess that was Woodstock '99

Why are we hearing so much controversy surrounding Taiwan and China's anger over US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan? What is China and Taiwan's relationship like and could we see a similar situation to Russia's invasion of Ukraine? Guest: Dr. Charles Burton, Senior Fellow, Centre for Advancing Canada's Interests Abroad, Macdonald-Laurier Institute - Why would a journalist agree to speak with Dellen Millard who, along with Mark Smich, was convicted of murdering Laura Babcock and Tim Bosma? What does a killer have to gain by speaking to the media? Scott gets answers to these questions and more with the help of Adrian Humphreys. Guest: Adrian Humphreys, Reporter, National Post & Host, The Mob Reporter - There are a lot of people who look back at the original Woodstock music festival through rose coloured glasses. This was so much so that there was an attempt to do it again in 1999 for what's become infamously known as Woodstock '99. What went wrong? Was the original Woodstock really that good? Let's open our history books and take a look back in time with Alan Cross. Guest: Alan Cross, Music Historian & Host, The Ongoing History of New Music
8/3/202240 minutes, 50 seconds
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Traveling today becoming a nightmare! "Today Years Old" memes & the CFL's West Vs East

Problems at Pearson Airport have put into question convenient travel. How will this affect travel? Will it affect travel in the short term? Long term? Guest: Eric Kam Economics Professor Toronto Metropolitan University - "Today Years Old" is a meme on the internet surrounding all things you may not have known before today (e.g. "I was today years old when I learned _____"). Let's bring in technical producer Tom McKay and quiz him on things he may not have known! - There appears to be an imbalance between the West and the East of the CFL. Year after year it seems, the East division pales in comparison to the mighty West division. Why is that? Also some more with Bubba O'Neil Guest: Bubba O'Neil, Sports Anchor, CHCH-TV
7/7/202245 minutes, 25 seconds
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Are Hamilton's streets engineered for safety? What's it like having the Stanley Cup accidentally delivered to your house? & Why are jingles less common in commercials nowadays?

It seems like we keep hearing about incidents, some of which are fatal, on Hamilton's roads. Questions are starting to be raised around the safety of Hamilton's streets and if they're engineered to be safe. Guest: John Paul Danko, Ward 8 City Councillor, City of Hamilton - Many people have traveled far and wide to catch a glimpse of the Stanley Cup. Could you imagine what it would be like to look out the front window to see it being hand delivered to your house? Guest: Kit Karbler, Accidentally was delivered the Stanley Cup - Ever noticed that jingles have fallen to the wayside in commercials? There are so many that you remember and yet it seems like companies are choosing to use popular music instead of jingles nowadays. What's changed and why are these commercial jingles so effective at sticking in our minds? Guest: Juan Manuel Hernandez Chico, Student Assistant, Special Collections in Mass Media & Culture, University of Maryland Libraries
7/6/202235 minutes, 6 seconds
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Should certain Canadians get their criminal record wiped? & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

There's talk of wiping the criminal record of Canadians who were convicted of possessing cannabis back before it was legalized. Is this a good idea or is there a major component that is being overlooked? Guest: Jeff Manishen, Former prosecutor; Criminal Defence Counsel, Ross & McBride LLP - Does tennis need a 'villain'? Is there any hope for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats? These questions and more get asked and addressed on this week's edition of Sports Talk with Don Robertson. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
7/5/202244 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton with Phil Perkins: Ontario's right to disconnect legislation, Playing in controversial leagues, Signing controversial players, Getting into broadcasting & more

This week's edition of The Brightest Conversation in Hamilton features Phil Perkins who joins Scott to talk about Ontario's right to disconnect legislation, taking incredible amounts of money to play in a new controversial golf league, a football team's decision to sign a player with many lawsuits and allegations, how Phil got into broadcasting and more. Guest: Phil Perkins, Evening News Anchor, CHCH-TV
6/11/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 36 seconds
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Hamilton Bulldogs' GM wins Jim Gregory GM of the Year Award & Why is it about $670k/month for Hamilton to support 50 Ukrainian families?

The Hamilton Bulldogs' general manager, Steve Staios, has been voted as the OHL's general manager of the year. Scott welcomes Steve to the show to get his take on winning this award, the challenges of being a GM and more. Guest: Steve Staios, General Manager, Hamilton Bulldogs & Winner, Jim Gregory GM of the Year Award - The City of Hamilton is taking in and helping support 50 Ukrainian families who are fleeing the war in their country. This is unquestionably a good thing but how does the support of these families manage to total approximately $670,000 a month? Guest: Jason Farr, Ward 2 Councillor, City of Hamilton
6/10/202225 minutes, 1 second
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Dr. Erin Panda on how kids are learning to read and if it needs changing

How did you learn to read? It's a question that you probably don't think about much however the way children are learning today likely differs from how you did. Should that change back or is this more modern method superior? Does the difference help kids with reading challenges like dyslexia? Guest: Dr. Erin Panda, Assistant Professor, Department of Child and Youth Studies at Brock University & Cognitive Neuroscientist
6/9/202210 minutes, 56 seconds
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How are kids learning to read and does it need changing? How will the Hamilton Business Rally help local businesses? & Why has it been so long since a Canadian team won the Stanley Cup?

How did you learn to read? It's a question that you probably don't think about much however the way children are learning today likely differs from how you did. Should that change back or is this more modern method superior? Does the difference help kids with reading challenges like dyslexia? Guest: Dr. Erin Panda, Assistant Professor, Department of Child and Youth Studies at Brock University & Cognitive Neuroscientist - Many local Hamilton businesses are still recovering from the pandemic and the Hamilton Business Rally is here to help. Scott is joined by its creator to help explain how it benefits local businesses and how you can play a role in it. Guest: Krysta Boyer, Creator, Hamilton Business Rally - How long has it been since a Canadian hockey team has won the Stanley Cup? You might be surprised by the answer and maybe also a little suspicious. Scott discusses this and more with Bubba O'Neil. Guest: Bubba O'Neil, Sports Anchor, CHCH-TV
6/9/202244 minutes, 11 seconds
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Why is Pearson Airport such a pain to travel through? & Welcoming Survivor 42 winner, Maryanne Oketch, back to the show

Air travel was once a glamorous endeavour however it's anything but that nowadays and much less so if you find yourself going through Toronto's Pearson Airport. What makes it such a slog to get through and is this something unique to YYZ or is there a larger issue at hand? Guest: Gabor Lukacs, President, Founder and Coordinator of Air Passenger Rights - The most recent season of Survivor has come to a close and we now know who the winner is. It turns out that we spoke with her a few months ago back when Survivor was just starting up! Scott catches up with Maryanne Oketch to hear about if her intense study of Survivor strategy was put to use, what it's like to win such an iconic show and more. Guest: Maryanne Oketch, Winner of Survivor 42
6/8/202227 minutes, 30 seconds
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Possible Lime Ridge Mall Development, NHL Scouting Combine, Leafs Drafting, Bulldogs

GUESTS: Neil Lumsden Incumbent MPP, Ontario Provincial Parliament for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek Esther Pauls Ward 7 City Councillor  Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty
6/7/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 44 seconds
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Inflation on the rise, the provincial election is upon us, KISS throwing in the towel

Inflation is biting all of us. The benchmark interest rate has risen by half a point by the Bank of Canada to hopefully stimulate the economy as we did when the pandemic started. Guest: Marvin Ryder, Associate Professor of Marketing, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University - This upcoming Ontario election has seemed fairly quiet in terms of smear campaigns, hostile ads and all around negative feelings towards the opposing parties. Guest: Michael Taube. Columnist for Troy Media and Loonie Politics.  Contributor to the National Post and Washington Times.  Was a speechwriter for former Prime Minister Stephen Harper.  - KISS has announced their farewell tour, and in an interview Gene Simmons confirmed this will be the last one and then they will retire forever. The reason is "we don't think that people wanna see a bunch of old men on stage..." Guest: Eric Alper Publicist and Music Commentator 
6/2/202242 minutes, 1 second
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Did the media mess up its coverage of the unmarked graves? How? & Do we have any idea who's most likely to win the Ontario election?

An article about how journalists and the media at large has incorrectly covered the unmarked graves found throughout Canada has garnered an enormous amount of attention. What was actually said by the indigenous communities and how did that get misconstrued by the media? Guest: Terry Glavin, Ottawa Citizen & National Post columnist; Contributing Editor, Maclean's magazine; Senior Fellow, Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights - We are just days away from finding out who will be crowned Premier of Ontario. As that day nears, it seems like the polls are saying one thing while social media is saying another. Does any one party leader have an obvious lead or is it a toss up as to which party will win? Guest: Stephen LeDrew, Political Commentator; Host, The LeDrew Three Minute Interview; Former President, Liberal Party of Canada
6/1/202224 minutes, 43 seconds
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What are younger voters' priorities? & Sports Talk with Don Robertson

The ages of voters vary as do the priorities of those same voters. What kind of priorities does the younger voter have? Are they unique to young voters or are these priorities shared by many other voter demographics? Guest: Sarah Rana, Volunteer with Future Majority - This week's edition of Sports Talk with Don Robertson features an interesting position that the Hamilton Bulldogs may have found themselves in, consistency in referees' and umpires' calls, if the Maple Leafs should stay the course in the wake of getting knocked out of the playoffs' first round again and more. Guest: Don Robertson, Head Coach & Owner, Dundas Real McCoys & Broker of Record, ComChoice Realty