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The Alex Pierson Show

English, News, 1 season, 3924 episodes, 8 hours, 12 minutes
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ON Point with Alex Pierson is an in-depth, no-nonsense look at the stories making headlines. Alex has 20 years in the field, and behind an anchor desk.and is known and respected for her tough reporting style and accountability. Join the daily conversation with ON Point with Alex Pierson and never miss an important story again.
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Suspicious Senators & Concerning Connections

We have at least 2 Senators in Canada who have questionable ties to the Chinese government, and how are rumoured to be some of the names mentioned in the NSICOP report on foreign interference. So if that's the case, why is a group of concerned activists warning the federal government to approach this investigation with a level of caution? Alex Pierson had the same question, so we went to the source. She speaks with Cheuk Kwan, the co-chair of the Toronto Association for Democracy in Canada about why he and his colleagues and associates in other organizations wrote this letter to the Foreign Interference Commissioner, and what it really means. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/20/202410 minutes, 14 seconds
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IRGC Listed As Terrorists, Mortgage Frauds & Chinese Tariffs

On this episode of the Alex Pierson Show Podcast we first get to celebrate the fact that after almost a decade, the federal government has FINALLY designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC) as a terrorist organization. But why now? Could there be an alternative motive? Alex turns to Kaveh Shahrooz, a human rights lawyer and Iranian-Canadian on why this change is so important, but why he believes the liberals decided to do it now. GUEST: Kaveh Shahrooz, Human Rights Lawyer X(Formerly Twitter): @kshahrooz Next, more information has come to light in a case that involved a double murder/suicide...but it turns out to be much more sensational and sinister in nature. Reports suggest that the shooter was the victim of mortgage fraud that left his life savings decimated, and he lashed out on the people who committed the scam. Just how common is mortgage fraud and why didn't the police arrest the known fraudster? Ron Butler is a broker with Butler Mortgage and exposes the seedy underbelly of the mortgage world, and how this crime sadly was able to happen. GUEST: Ron Butler, Broker with Butler Mortgage X(Formerly Twitter): @ronmortgageguy Finally, after Premier Ford tweeted that he's urging the federal government to impose tariffs on Chinese vehicles, Alex gets a leader in Canada's automotive world, Flavio Volpe who is also the President of the Automotive Parts Manufacturer's Association on what this actually means and how it could be done. GUEST: Flavio Volpe, President of the Automotive Parts Manufacturer's Association X(Formerly Twitter): @FlavioVolpe1 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/20/202428 minutes, 47 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: ''Hopes and dreams,'' Liberal MP's will spend the summer talking to voters

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss Liberal MP's will spend the summer talking to voters ''about their hopes and dreams,'' Government House Leader Steven Mackinnon said yesterday, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says she routinely shares password-protected news stories. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/20/202410 minutes, 34 seconds
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Heat Dome Harvests, Ring of Fire Roads & Strict Rules For Rover

On this episode of the Alex Pierson Podcast, Alex first start off talking to some of the forgotten heroes in Canada...our farmers. Dusty Zamecnik is the General Manager of EZ Grow Farms in Norfolk County and mainly deals with propagating strawberries for larger farms or distribution centres. Alex and Dusty discuss how these heat waves affect his crop yield, and what he and members of his industry are forced to do in order to adapt to our extreme weather GUEST: Dusty Zamecnik - General Manager of EZ Grow Farms X(formerly Twitter): @Dustyzam Next, after Premier Ford announced that his government had reached an agreement with Indigenous groups to start building roads in Northern Ontario, host Alex Pierson asks a question that's plagued this province for decades...does this mean the Ring of Fire can finally be developed? To get the answers, Alex speaks with Heather Exner-Pirot the director of natural resources, energy and the environment as well as a Sr. Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. Heather breaks down why the Ring of Fire has taken so long to see any progress, and why this mineral rich region is not only beneficial for Ontario, but for Canada as a whole! GUEST: Heather Exner-Pirot - Sr. Fellow & Director of Natural Resources, Energy & Environment with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute X(formerly Twitter): @ExnerPirot And Finally, Alex speaks with a Basset Hound Breeder, Trina Gallop about the new changes coming to crossing the border with your dog. The new CDC rules could deeply affect the bottom line of breeders, show dogs and even those who just want to travel. Trina tells Alex how her industry is still reeling from this information, how it will affect her business and what the Canadian Kennel Club is doing to combat this. GUEST: Trina Gallop - Basset Hound Breeder X(formerly Twitter): @tgallop Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/19/202432 minutes, 36 seconds
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Is Free Speech Really Free, How Hot Is Too Hot & AI Learning From Us!

On this episode of The Alex Pierson Podcast, we first start off with free speech. After a group of law students signed an open petition against Israel, they are now starting to understand why free speech isn't free from repercussions. Alex speaks with Robyn Doolittle, an investigative reporter with the Globe And Mail who has been covering this issue and helps to explain why the letter was first penned, and why some of these students thought they would be safe. GUEST: Robyn Doolittle - Reporter with the Globe & Mail X(formerly Twitter): @robyndoolittle Next, Alex sits with a landlord and board member of the Small Ownership Landlords of Ontario (SOLO), Varun Sriskanda about new proposed bylaws coming to Toronto which could force landlords to ensure ALL units have A/C in extreme heat. Varun tells Alex that all landlords are not the same, and this bylaw could cause rents to skyrocket...or landlords to leave the city. GUEST: Varun Sriskanda - Member of the Small Ownership Landlords of Ontario X(formerly twitter): @VarunSriskanda And finally, Alex speaks with the former vice chair of the CRTC and current Sr. Fellow with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Peter Menzies about why big tech are able to circumvent the Online News Act and freely access Canadian news. Peter explains why our tech laws are decades behind, and how this could hurt the news industry even further. GUEST: Peter Menzies - Sr. Fellow w/ MLI & former Vice-Chair of the CRTC X(formerly twitter): @Pagmenzies Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/18/202431 minutes, 30 seconds
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The TDSB: Ignoring History and Propelling Hate

A new change coming to the TDSB is designed to combat rising hate...but focuses on "anti-Palestinian Racism" while underscoring rising anti-Semitism. Why is this the case, especially when the TDSB is unable to properly define what anti-Palestinian racism even is? Our host Alec Pierson is joined by a Toronto-based lawyer and also a concerned parent, Ian Cooper. Ian tells Alex his serious concerns, and why he believes the TDSB needs to abandon this plan ASAP. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/18/202412 minutes, 47 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: Trudeau says foreign interference affects all parties, contradicting NDP leader Singh

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss Trudeau appeared on CBC and seemed rather confused by comments Jagmeet Singh said that no one in the NDP caucus is a concern. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/18/202411 minutes, 17 seconds
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Images Of Terror Fill McGill Encampment

Posters have recently been seen at McGill University advertising a "summer camp" that would teach Solidarity for Palestine human rights...but the images and messaging are seen as both extremist, violent and even hate-fueled....so how are they allowed to remain up and why aren't they being investigated for terror? Alex Pierson has these same questions and turns to Warren Kinsella, the President of Daisy Group who's been following these encampments since they first took root. Alex and Warren discuss how vile these posters are, how shameful it is that the university is doing so little to address them and why the authorities need to be investigating posters such as these ASAP. GUEST: Warren Kinsella, former strategist for PM Jean Chretien & the president of the Daisy Group X(Formerly Twitter): @kinsellawarren Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/17/202411 minutes, 4 seconds
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Are Final Exams Still Necessary, What's The New Tool To Fight Auto-Theft & Should We Privatize The LCBO?

On this episode of The Alex Pierson Podcast, we first start out talking about high schools, and if students really benefit from taking final exams to apply to post-secondary schools. There is a growing argument to ditch them completely, but how will that help the students? Alex Pierson speaks with Paige MacPherson, the associate director of education policy at the Fraser Institute who explains why students need to learn about being tested and failing before getting into the real world. Next, after Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown revealed Ontario's first "mobile x-ray" to check shipping containers for stolen vehicles, Alex Pierson has an important question that needs answering...why do we only have one...and why in Ontario? To help make sense of it all, Alex speaks with Bryan Gast a former OPP Officer and the current VP of Investigative Services at Equite Association. Bryan helps to explain just how useful this tool is, and how it ties in with the new National Auto Theft Plan. And finally, Alex talks about the one thing many people in this province have been asking for years now...should we consider privatizing the LCBO considering another strike is likely to happen? Aaron Wudrick is the Director of Domestic Policy at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and is well-versed in this issue. Will it be good, or bad for taxpayers? Would privatizing the LCBO increase or decrease liquor selections? Tune in to find out all the answers. GUEST: Paige MacPherson, The Associate Director of Education Policy at the Fraser Institute X(formerly Twitter): @paigemacp GUEST: Bryan Gast, VP of Investigative Services at Equite Association LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryan-gast-cfe-0a80ba161/?originalSubdomain=ca GUEST: Aaron Wudrick, Director of Domestic Policy at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. X(formerly Twitter): @awudrick Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/17/202430 minutes, 50 seconds
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AI On Duty: How A Virtual Lifeguard Can Save Lives

Alex has the pleasure of speaking with one of the leading minds of the next generation, 13-year-old Evan Budz, whose Science Fair project can save hundreds if not thousands of lives a year. Alex and Evan talk about why and how he designed, programmed and invented a virtual lifeguard imaging program to alert users if someone is drowning in the pool! So sit back and enjoy, the Alex Pierson Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/14/202412 minutes, 26 seconds
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Greenwashing Carbon Tax & Saving Lives With Science Fairs

On this episode of the Alex Pierson Show Podcast, our host Alex Pierson first starts off speaking with a political columnist with the Toronto Sun, Brian Lilley. They talk about his recent piece on how the Trudeau liberals' own data on the carbon tax shows that it actually hurts the economy instead of helping it, and why this is just another major reason to completely cut the contentious tax. And after that, Alex has the pleasure of speaking with one of the leading minds of the next generation, 13-year-old Evan Budz, whose Science Fair project can save hundreds if not thousands of lives a year. Alex and Evan talk about why and how he designed, programmed and invented a virtual lifeguard imaging program to alert users if someone is drowning in the pool! So sit back and enjoy, the Alex Pierson Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/14/202425 minutes, 2 seconds
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Building Up Arctic Defence & Rebuilding St. Anne's Anglican Church

On this episode of The Alex Pierson Podcast, Alex first turns her attention to the Arctic Circle after Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly announced that she is in the process of crafting a new Arctic foreign policy. But why is she doing this now, do we really need to improve Arctic security and which 2 nations is she working with that make this a historic moment? Well, Alex turns to Marcus Kolga, a Sr. Fellow at Macdonald-Laurier Institute Centre for Advancing Canada’s Interests Abroad and Director of DisInfoWatch. Marcus breaks down which nation is threatening Arctic stability and why this policy needs to be figured out ASAP. And finally, after a devastating fire completely destroyed St. Anne's Anglican Church in the heart of Toronto, Alex speaks with the parish priest, Reverand Don Beyers. Just a few days after the fire a GoFundMe was started to help raise $1 million to get the rebuilding process underway. LEGEND: Marcus Kolga - 0:13 Rev. Don Beyers - 10:43 Marcus Kolga, Sr. Fellow with the Macdonald-Laurier Institutes' Centre for Advancing Canada's Interests Abroad & Director of "DisInfo Watch" Social Media: https://x.com/kolga Website: https://macdonaldlaurier.ca/cm-expert/marcus-kolga/ Website: https://disinfowatch.org/ Reverand Don Beyers - Parish Priest of St. Anne's Anglican Church GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/stannesfire Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/13/202422 minutes, 17 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: Senator Upset By Security Bill

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss - Liberal appointee Senator Yuen Pau Woo (B.C.) yesterday said he feared Canadians in “regular contact with a foreign state agent” will be targeted under a new security bill. Woo earlier reacted angrily when asked by reporters if he was a Chinese Communist Party agent. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/13/202410 minutes, 49 seconds
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Rising Mortgage Delinquencies, New Use For AI, Why May Got First Read & Suspended For Your Beliefs

Welcome to The Alex Pierson Show Podcast! The place where you can catch all the stories and interviews you might've missed when they first aired. On this episode, Alex first starts off focusing in on the crisis that is rising debt and delinquent mortgage payments, which passed over $ 1 billion for the first time in the province's history! Ron helps to break down why he believes this is just the start of a very major problem, and why he belives the Capital Gains Tax will literally only make things worse. Next, in light of Apple announcing it will incorporate ChatGPT and other AI into its IOS Alex sits down with media and tech consultant Mohit Rajhans with ThinkStart.ca. Mohit and Alex explore just what this AI is supposed to improve, and what you might be sacrificing for it...and hint hint...it might be A LOT more than you bargained for. Afterwards, after Green co-leader Elizabeth May read the unredacted NSICOP report and said "She wasn't worried about MPs committing treason" many people are confused as to why she was able to read this before other opposition parties. So we can all learn why, Alex speaks with the Parliamentary Reporter for the National Post, Catherine Lévesque. Catherine breaks down why May was able to read the report first, who else is acquiring security clearance and when the public MIGHT expect some answers. And finally, Alex speaks with a Guelph professor who has been suspended for publically supporting Israel and denouncing Hamas, Paul Finlayson. He shares why he was suspended from teaching at Guelph-Humber, and his upcoming legal battle Legend: Ron Butler (0:13) Mohit Rajhans (7:04) Catherine Lévesque (14:04) Paul Finlayson (22:46) Ron Butler, Broker with Butler Mortgage X(twitter): @ronmortgageguy Website: https://www.butlermortgage.ca/about-us/ Mohit Rajhans, Tech and media consultant with ThinkStart.ca X(twitter):@mohitsmovies website: https://www.thinkstart.ca/about-mohit Catherine Lévesque, Parliamentary Reporter for National Post X(twitter): @CathLvesque website: https://nationalpost.com/author/calevesque/ Paul Finlayson, Guelph Professor Suspended for Denouncing Hamas LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-finlayson-2b54822/ website: https://www.freedomtoffend.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/12/202435 minutes, 38 seconds
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Are Teachers in Toronto Taking Too Many Sick Days?

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has a problem....well a few problems. But this one is about teachers taking more sick days on average than any other board in the province! But this can't just be teachers getting sick over 20 days a year, so what's fueling this? And how is it affecting the student's education? Host Alex Pierson speaks with Paige McPherson, the Associate director of education policy at the Fraser Institute who helps break down what the possible reasons for this are and if it's truly hurting the future generations' education. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/11/202411 minutes, 8 seconds
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"Safer Supply" Leading To More Danger For The Youth

A new report using data provided by CAMH has revealed that a growing number of the youth in Ontario have been getting access to "safer supply", which in turn is leading to many other mental and physical problems. Host Alex Pierson knows this to be a very serious issue, and brings on the expert to help make sense of it all. Adam Zivo is a columnist for PostMedia and the Director of the Canadian Centre for Responsible Drug Policy and has been covering the issues of decriminalization and safer supply for years. He and Alex discuss how this evidence is somewhat expected but completely unacceptable, and why we need to abandon the safer supply program completely. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/11/20249 minutes, 28 seconds
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Have The Libs Finally Opened Their Eyes To Colluding MPs?

After giving a bunch of excuses and deflections, the federal liberal government has finally agreed to allow MPs accused of colluding with foreign governments to be investigated by the Commissioner of the Foreign Interference Inquiry. But will this be enough to address foreign interference, and why did our federal Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc say proudly that he wouldn't be the one to list the names publically? Our host Alex Pierson wanted the same answers and turned to a former Sr. manager and Intelligence officer with CSIS, Michel Juneau-Katsutya. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/11/202412 minutes, 53 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: A third of Canadians will be foreign-born by 2041 based on current immigration trends

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss Canadian-born residents would become a minority in Toronto, Foreign-born residents account for 23 percent of Canada’s population, “by far the highest of the G7 countries. this proportion could reach 32 percent by 2041 or one in three Canadian. We have made a conscious decision to be an open country and a country that needs to grow,” Marc Miller said in a March interview. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/11/20249 minutes, 20 seconds
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Fire In Church Major Loss For Canadian History

After a devastating fire quickly consumed and destroyed St. Anne's Anglican Church, many are still reeling about how major this loss is. Not only for those who frequented the house of worship, but also for those who have a love for architecture, classic Canadian painters, and love true Canadian history. To try and get a grasp of how major this loss is, host Alex Pierson is joined by Canadian historian, and the Yukon University chair of the Indigenous governance program, Ken Coates. Ken tells Alex why the Group of Seven Frescos were so unique in the world, but also reminds her that these houses of worship are just buildings, it's the people who truly matter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/10/202411 minutes, 15 seconds
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Canadian Billionaire Charged With Historic Sexual Assault

Now infamous business mogul Frank Stronach has been charged with allegations of sexual assault dating all the way back to the 1980s. At 91 years old, why is this case being kicked off now, and what is the likelihood he will be convicted or even face jail time? Host Alex Pierson is joined by Criminal defence lawyer Ari Goldkind who explains why this case is in the criminal courts instead of civil, why the vague term "sexual assault" is used instead of rape, and ultimately how he belives this case will go. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/10/20248 minutes, 17 seconds
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Hostages Thought Dead Rescued From Hamas Captivity!

4 hostages who were abducted by Hamas after the horrific attack on October 7th were just rescued by Israeli forces! But, this was very far from a simple rescue mission because it actually involved some members of the media helping Hamas forces! To help keep the story clear, host Alex Pierson is joined by (ret'd) Commander Dan O'Shea, a former NAVY Seal and trained hostage negotiator who helps us understand why this rescue was so complex and as described by IDF forces "a hair's breadth between success and failure" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/10/202410 minutes, 10 seconds
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Did The City Plan For The Gardiner Gridlock At All?

A new study from GeoTab Intelligent Transportation Systems revealed that since the Gardiner construction started, Torontonians are spending over 250% more time stuck on commutes! But if this is the case, did Toronto not plan for it, or seek any data on how this construction would affect the city? Host Alex Pierson needs these questions answered, and turns to the source, Mike Branch the VP of Data and Analytics with GeoTab ITS. Mike explains why he was never approached by the city for this data, why his company performed the study and if things will improve or just continue to get worse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/10/20249 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Race For Mayor In Mississauga Is On!

The polls are open and Mississauga residents are voting for their new mayor, but just how tight is the race and how many people are expected to vote? Steve Cormwell, city hall reporter with the Mississauga News joins host Alex Pierson to help layout the playing field, and whos looking like their in front of the pack. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/10/20249 minutes, 28 seconds
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Bare Booty On A Bicycle!

Have you ever been riding your bike and thought "This would be better naked"? Well, that's only a small part of the reason that Gene Dare is putting together the 20th Toronto Naked Bike Ride and he bares it all for our host Alex Pierson including what he's trying to draw attention to, some of the weirdest things he's seen over the years and how anyone who wants to be naked, ride a bike and protest should get involved. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/7/202412 minutes, 5 seconds
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Growing Calls To "Release The Names"!

Every day more and more Canadians are calling for the federal government to release the names of the MPs accused of colluding with foreign Powers. And one of those names joins our host Alex Pierson to explain his position better. Michael Kempa is an associate professor of Criminology at the University of Ottawa and recently penned an opinion piece on why withholding these identities does nothing to better Canada, but also greatly harms our own democracy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/7/202415 minutes, 56 seconds
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Can A New Store Survive The "Bermuda Triangle" of The Eaton's Centre?

A new company out of Quebec is planning to expand into Toronto, and one of the locations was previously a Nordstrom, Sears, Eaton's and even a Target. So if all these big names all failed in the exact same retail space...does Simon's really stand a chance? So to get some clarification on this, Alex Pierson brings on Marvin Ryder, a professor at the DeGroote School of Business out of McMaster University who helps us understand why this location has had such a tough time, and what kind of chance Simon's really has. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/7/202410 minutes, 24 seconds
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Are People Stealing Golf Carts Instead of Cars?

Car theft is nothing new in Ontario, but what about golf cart thefts? Yes, it's a very real thing for golf courses in Ontario and is only continuing to grow in its occurrences. Is this kid's pulling pranks, or could this be something more sinister? Host Alex Pierson asks this very same question to the Regional Director of Central Ontario of the National Golf Course Owners Association, Blair Breen. Blair tells Alex that with dozens of carts being stolen at a time from courses all across the province, it's hard to imagine this is anything but a coordinated crime ring. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/7/20249 minutes, 24 seconds
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Will Slowing Down The Border Affect Our Economy?

It's looking like the Canadian Border Service Agency will be taking its "Work-to-rule" action and slowing down all progress on the border. But aside from maybe affecting your vacation time, how could this possibly hurt our economy? Host Alex Pierson speaks with Dennis Darby, the president of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters who is very worried about how this will slow down necessary deliveries of parts and goods, and hurt Canadian industries. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/7/20247 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ford Plays Musical Chairs With His Cabinet

Just hours after Queens Park rose for their summer break, Premier Doug Ford surprised the province with an unexpected cabinet shuffle. Is this a sign of an impending election in the fall when MPPs return? Our host Alex Pierson asks this very question to Adrienne Batra, the Editor-In-Chief of the Toronto Sun if she believes he's shoring up his ministers, or if this shakeup was for another reason. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/7/202410 minutes, 14 seconds
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Why Is Our Government Protecting Identities Of People Working With Foreign Governments?

As the fallout of Parliamentarians colluding with foreign governments continues to fall, the Conservatives are calling for their identities to be made public. And so, host Alex Pierson decides to speak with the man leading the calls, the shadow minister of Foreign Affairs and the MP for Wellington-Halton Hills, Michael Chong. Mr. Chong and Alex break down why the conservatives find it such a major problem these people's identities are being protected, and what his party plans to do about it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/6/202413 minutes, 16 seconds
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One Man's Quest To Immortalize The Words of A Dying Breed: Our WWII Veterans

On the 80th anniversary of D-Day, one of the most pivotal moments of the 2nd World War, host Alex Pierson is joined by someone who wants to make sure the stories of our veterans are forever remembered. Eric Brunt, a videographer and documentarian has a goal to interview, document and properly archive the stories of Canada's few remaining WWII veterans. A goal that is extremely important, but also has a very tight deadline as the veterans are all either entering or surpassing 100 years of age. Alex and Eric talk about why he chose to take on this increasingly time-sensitive task, how he got these veterans to open up about the darkest times in their lives and why all Canadians can benefit from hearing their stories. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/6/202411 minutes, 16 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: ArriveCan Files Were Deleted

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss about a former ArriveCan manager that yesterday acknowledged he deleted numerous emails but called it an unfortunate computer error. Minh Doan, former chief information officer for the Canada Border Services Agency, suffered a memory lapse when confronted with one surviving text in which he told a co-worker he “can’t throw Ministers under the bus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/6/202410 minutes, 46 seconds
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Green Slush Fund Slashed!

After AG Karen Hogan's scathing report highlighting that Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) not only allowed programs that had nothing to do with green technology but also paid copious amounts of money to this same program to do absolutely nothing it was supposed to do! Host Alex Pierson was flabergasted this even existed, so she turned to The Federal Director of the Canadian Taxpayer Federation Franco Terrazzano, who is beyond excited the AG is investigating this fund...which he calls worse than the ArriveCan failure! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/5/20248 minutes, 7 seconds
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Safe Supply Fueling The Black Market

After years of warnings and rumours, there is now proof that the illicit market is using BC's safe supply to further fuel their profits! Host Alex Pierson talks with Adam Zivo, the director of the Centre for Responsible Drug Policy who has been vocally warning about this for years. Adam tells Alex about a young man he spoke with who decided to come forward and help put the pieces in place, and revealed the problem is much worse than previously believed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/5/202412 minutes, 20 seconds
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Could some MPs Be Guilty Of Treason?

After it got revealed that multiple MPs and other government officials were either wittingly or unwittingly helping foreign governments intervene in our democratic process, the Liberals have said they won't reveal who the alleged culprits are. But...shouldn't this be considered treason? Well, Host Alex Pierson had the exact same question and turned to Duff Conacher, the co-founder of Democracy Watch & the Democracy Education Network who helps break down just what qualifies as treason, and why Canadians SHOULD know who was involved in these reports. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/5/202410 minutes, 45 seconds
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The First Drop In Interest Rates In over 4 Years!

For the first time since the start of the Pandemic, the Bank of Canada has just dropped interest rates by 0.25 basepoints from 5% down to 4.75%! But what kind of relief can this actually provide Canadians? Well, host Alex Pierson turns to one of the best people to turn to with this, Dr. Ian Lee an Associate Professor at Sprott School of Business at Carleton University. Dr. Lee breaks down that this relief will be very minimally felt by most Canadians, and it will be a few years yet before real relief is felt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/5/20249 minutes, 27 seconds
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Is Peace Possible With People Who Don't Follow Rules?

As the war in Gaza continues, pressure for a ceasefire continues to be poured onto the Israeli government...but how could that work with Hamas, who aren't known for peace or following the rules? Host Alex Pierson is joined by LT. COL. (RET.) Jonathan Conricus, Sr Fellow at FDD, former IDF spokesperson, & shield Communications. Lt. Col. Conricus tells Alex just how complex the situation is, and how a ceasefire would work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/4/202412 minutes, 40 seconds
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Are Canadian MPs Helping Foreign Agents??

A startling intelligence report has sighted that multiple MPs, MPP and city councillors have been either "wittingly or otherwise" helping foreign agents interfere in our democratic process and that the Liberal government has done very little to quell this major issue. Which the PM previously denied and even suggested media reports on the alleged interference were "wrong". Turns out it was basically right on the money, and now Host Alex Pierson is joined by the Sr. Parliamentary Reporter for The Globe & Mail Steven Chase, who has followed this since the start. Steven and Alex discuss how widespread this problem could be, who some of the alleged individuals could be, and what is being done to close this major intelligence and national security gap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/4/20249 minutes, 52 seconds
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Two Parents Drive To Get Justice For The Death Of Their Daughter

Years after the death of their daughter Danielle, Chris and Clariss Moore drove over 500 km from Toronto To D.C. to tell the U.S. Department of Justice they are still seeking justice, and are calling for the executives of Boeing to be jailed. Host Alex Pierson speaks with both Chris and Clariss on why they refuse to ever fly in a plane again, how long they've been fighting for justice and what they hope to accomplish. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/4/20249 minutes, 32 seconds
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CRTC Sets Its Sights On Streaming Services

The Canadian Radio-Television & Telecommunications Commission...better known as the CRTC has directed foreign streamers like Netflix and Spotify to pay 5 per cent of their annual revenue to help support Canadian media and other content. But considering how Meta took the news when this direction was given to them, should we be excited or worried about this? Host Alex Pierson speaks with Mohit Rajhans, a tech and media consultant with ThinkStart.ca about what he believes this could do to Canada's entertainment landscape, and why it might not actually help make anything better. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/4/20247 minutes, 50 seconds
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Toronto Could Come To A Halt If TTC Strikes On Friday!

As the deadline draws closer every day, it's looking more and more like thousands of TTC workers could be hitting the picket line on June 7th as a deal with the TTC has yet to be locked in. Could over 2 million daily riders be left without transportation? Host Alex Pierson is joined by the president of ATU Local 113, the union representing the TTC workers, Marvin Alfred. Marvin explains why the negotiations haven't been successful yet, why the workers feel they need to protest and what it could mean for the City of Toronto. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/4/20249 minutes, 27 seconds
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He survived having an arrow shot right through his head– The deer who would become known around the world as Carrot the miracle deer

Carrot was just a young white tailed buck back in 2020. It was a miracle when the arrow was removed and Carrot survived, but he went on to have his own family and would be seen regularly visiting the locals in Kenora.  He would also regularly visit, with his offspring, the woman who saved his life and brought us the magic story of Carrot. Lee Anne Carver found this boy through her work as a wilderness photographer. And fought to save him, knowing that he’d always be wild, and now sadly reports that her beloved Carrot had been found dead. Alex is joined by Lee Anne Carver, wildlife photographer, Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/3/202411 minutes, 40 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: Subscriptions And Passwords

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss password-sharing. If you buy a subscription, are you entitled to share your password? Just one subscription allows anybody to view Blacklock content without any payment if they have the password. Maybe it won't matter for the tech giants, but for independent media outlets will be a problem. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/3/202412 minutes, 24 seconds
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''I'm concerned and I'm disappointed,'' The concerns on breast cancer screening.

The announcement on breast screening goes against all of our beliefs. The Health Minister says decision not to lower Canadian breast cancer screening age prompts review. Host Alex Pierson speaks with Dr. Jean Seely, Professor of Medicine in the Department of Radiology at the University of Ottawa, Head of the Breast Imaging Section at the Ottawa Hospital. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/31/202411 minutes, 22 seconds
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Alex Pierson is joined by Pierre Poilievre to discuss housing & drug decriminalization

Why is Toronto the worst housing bubble in Canada? We have the fewest homes per capita. There's a major disconnect. Host Alex Pierson is joined by Pierre Poilievre, Leader of the Conservative Party to discuss home building, decriminalization, drug activists, and comments Doug Ford made earlier this week. All that and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/31/202412 minutes, 56 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: Freeland denied spending is out of control; Have you lost control?

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss a federal judge dismissing two Arrive Can executives to quash an investigator's report that alleged criminal wrongdoing, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland yesterday denied spending is out of control, and Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard, a Liberal appointee, yesterday said cabinet must apologize for what she called Canada's involvement in the transatlantic slave trade. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/30/20248 minutes, 48 seconds
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Toronto Adding More Bike Lanes?? Say It Ain't So!

The city of Toronto is planning on building more bike lanes, but this time along Avenue Road! And as expected, the outrage is only growing. But is this actually a bad idea? To get a handle on it, Host Alex Pierson speaks with an avid biker, Trevor Townsend, who is also the founder of the "Keep Toronto Moving" on why he believes this bike lane will cause much more pain than pleasure for all involved. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/29/202411 minutes, 28 seconds
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More Changes Coming To The TDSB

It's already been a big year for changes in the TDSB, but after the resignation of their current director of education, even more of a shakeup is coming. Host Alex Pierson is joined by TDSB Trustee for Ward 12 Dr. Weidong Pei to help explain this transition, and what major motions are being introduced by the board to hopefully help make schools more about education and less about politics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/29/202410 minutes, 26 seconds
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Has The Encampment Become Too Entrenched To be Removed?

Yet another line drawn in the sand has been clearly crossed. After the University of Toronto warned faculty to not get involved, over 60 faculty members directly aligned themselves with the pro-Palestine encampment. Will this encampment be cleared out before convocation ceremonies begin? What will it take to get the campus clear of these protesters? To answer these questions and more, host Alex Pierson is joined by Warren Kinsella, the president of the Daisy Group and a former political strategist for Jean Chretien. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/29/202410 minutes, 40 seconds
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New Money For Housing And New Languages At Queen's Park

In an early morning announcement, the federal and provincial governments of Ontario announced they reached an agreement which will see $375 million in federal funding sent right to the province. And in another major first, Queen's Park has just officially allowed a new language to be spoken in the legislature! Host Alex Pierson is joined by the man involved in both of these stories,  Provincial Minister of Municipal Affairs, Housing, Minister of Legislative Affairs & Government House Leader Paul Calandra. Minister Calandra tells Alex why this deal with the feds means a big win for the province, how it can help get houses built, and why he helped MPP Sol Mamakwa gain the right to speak his mother tongue in Queen's Park. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/28/20249 minutes, 36 seconds
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Could More Refugees From Gaza Be A Security Risk For Canada?

Federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Mark Miller announced that Canada will be increasing its cap on refugees from Gaza. But there are concerns that many of these people may be loyal to Hamas, so could this be a risk our intelligence agencies or authorities are worried about? Host Alex Pierson is joined by Phil Gurski, CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk, former CSIS Sr. Strategic Analyst on Terrorism. Phil tells Alex that this is something many are concerned about, and why the Liberal gov't may want to rethink its immigration policy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/28/202410 minutes, 38 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: Freeland calling on Capital Gains Tax debate June 25th

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss Immigration Minister Marc Miller yesterday said he wants no votes from friends of Israel who equate criticism with anti-Semitism, ''I don't want their vote,'' Miller told the Commons immigration committee, Cabinet Ministers have been ''drinking wine and schnapps'' with Jewish diplomats in Ottawa instead of condemning Israeli war crimes. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/28/202412 minutes, 8 seconds
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''We have to think about what's U of T's property,'' Protestors aren't moving

The protestors at U of T aren't moving. Today, lawyers are going into court to file an injunction. Next week is graduation week and the encampments need to be removed. Host Alex Pierson speaks with Ryan O'Connor, Partner at Toronto-based Zayouna Law Firm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/27/20248 minutes, 33 seconds
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Shooting at a Jewish elementary school; everyday occurrences happening in Jewish communities

A Jewish girl school in North York was the target of a shooting. We have seen nothing from Olivia Chow and Myron Demkiw and this is fueling hate even more in Jewish communities. Actions speak more than words. Host Alex Pierson speaks with Rabbi Yaacov Vidal, Principal of the Bais Chaya Mushka Girls Elementary School. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/27/202411 minutes, 1 second
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Held Hostage For Over 7 Months...Her Father Is Begging For Her Release

A video was recently released showing 5 hostages being held by Hamas who were initially taken after a terror attack in October. One father saw that his daughter was still alive in the tape and is praying for her return, but questions if she's even still safe. Host Alex Pierson is joined by this father, Shlomi Berger, the father of Agam Berger, as he shares what is the most painful experience in his life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/23/202410 minutes, 32 seconds
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Would A Congestion Fee Help or Hurt Toronto?

Traffic and congestion have built to insane levels in the past few years in Toronto...but could forcing drivers to pay a congestion charge not only address congestion, but also put some much-needed money in the city coffers? Host Alex Pierson is joined by Jennifer Keesmaat, the Founder of the Keesmaat group and the former chief city planner for Toronto. Jennifer is in favour of introducing this charge and its benefits, while Alex remains unconvinced. Take a listen to see who you would agree with. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/23/202411 minutes, 31 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: What's keeping Canada's Chief Bank Inspector up at night?

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss Federal aid worth more than a half billion annually reduced the ''point-in-time count of homeless persons by about 6,000 people.'' Canada's chief bank inspector yesterday said the interest rate shocks on mortgage renewals remain a top risk, Housing Minister Sean Fraser yesterday said critics must ''not interfere''' in his plan to build 3.9 million homes. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/23/202411 minutes, 51 seconds
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Hot Enough For Ya? It Is For Many Workers

In Ontario, there are regulations in place to ensure a workplace cannot be too cold, but what about when its too hot? Well, guest host Anthony Furey had the same question and asked someone leading the charge to change the books in Ontario, the official opposition critic for Climate Change, NDP MPP Peter Tabuns, who explains why his party believes now more than ever this needs to be laid out in law. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/22/20249 minutes, 12 seconds
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New Name, New Sign, Waste Of Money?

The city of Toronto is moving forward with its renaming and rebranding of Yonge-Dundas Square to Sankofa Square, and its going to at least cost a few hundred thousand dollars if everything goes right...and much more if there are any delays. Is this really a good use of city funds, especially since we know just how broke Toronto really is? Guest host Anthony Furey is joined by a member of the "Downtown Concerned Citizens Organization" Dana McKiel, who breaks down just how dissatisfied Torontonians are with the rebrand, and why these funds could easily be used for something much more substantial and needed. Then, Anthony and Dana open up the phone lines and answer some questions from listeners on the issue. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/22/202416 minutes, 31 seconds
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Pass Or Fail, Capital Gains Is Coming To Canadians

After weeks of uncertainty, Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland has announced that her party will be tabling the Capital Gains Tax motion before the house rises for summer break. She also has said that regardless if it is passed into law, the 2024 budget has said it will come into effect on June 25th. Is that right, and is it really the hill the Liberals want to die on? To get answers to this and more, guest host Anthony Furey turns to the CEO of BetaKit, Siri Agrell who has a firm understanding of this motion, and who it will be effecting. SIRI AGRELL: Siri Agrell LinkedIn Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/22/20246 minutes, 48 seconds
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Organized Crime, Illegal Gambling and a City Bureaucrat: Toronto Crime Story

Occasionally a crime is committed in Toronto that has all the makings of a Hollywood movie, and this is no exception. Guest Host Anthony Furey speaks with The Toronto Star City Hall Bureau Chief David Rider about a story he just broke, in which a former long-time bureaucrat for the City of Toronto was arrested and charged for his alleged connection to an illegal gambling ring operated by a Hell's Angel's hitman! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/22/20249 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ottawa Rolls Out National Framework To Tackle Auto-Theft

In a weird move, the federal government announced a new framework to tackle rising auto theft across the country...but only did so on a Monday when much of the country was not working or watching the news. What could've been the reason for this, and what is new that we haven't heard before? Guest host Anthony Furey will not only help you understand but is also joined by Hank Idsigna who is a former Toronto Police Investigator as well as the 640 CFIQ crime specialist. Anthony asks Hank just why it's so hard to keep people's vehicles safe, why certain brands are being targeted over others and when Canadians can expect to wake up and not find their cars and trucks stolen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/21/202411 minutes, 51 seconds
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Could The Death Of Iran's President Signal Changes To The Middle East?

Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi and other Iranian officials were killed after their helicopter crashed over the weekend, leaving many to wonder just what kind of ramifications could come from this. Guest host Anthony Furey had these same questions and is joined by Kaveh Shahrooz, a Lawyer and Toronto-based Human Rights Activist who is extremely versed in the Iranian regime. Kaveh and Anthony discuss what the atmosphere in Iran is right now, why Kaveh believes that this will not bring any serious changes to Iranian politics and who the former Iranian foreign minister blames for this crash. Kaveh Shahrooz Social Media: Kaveh Shahrooz - X Account Kaveh Shahrooz - LinkedIn Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/21/202411 minutes, 17 seconds
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Inflation Rates Are Dropping...But Will It Help Your Mortgage?

New Bank of Canada inflation numbers were finally released, and show that across the country inflation is getting back to manageable levels. But with millions lined up to renegotiate their mortgage payments soon, will it be enough to keep people from foreclosure? Guest host Anthony Furey is joined by Dr. Ian Lee, an associate Professor at Sprott School of Business at Carleton University, who has a strong grasp of the real estate and financial markets. Dr. Lee helps to explain how this was an expected move from the Bank of Canada, how it could affect mortgages and ultimately how it could help Canadians save money. Dr. Ian Lee Social Media Accounts Dr. Ian lee - Carleton University, Sprott School of Business Dr. Ian Lee - X account Dr. Ian lee - LinkedIn Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/21/20248 minutes, 45 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: Licensed cannabis dealers want tax breaks so they can compete with the black market

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss a third of marijuana users still buy from black market dealers who offer better product, price and service, says in-house Department of Public Safety research, Federal prisons this summer will begin buying full body scanners five years after Parliament approved their use. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/21/20247 minutes, 17 seconds
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''Our concern goes out to Pleterski's victims,'' Durham Police speak on ''Crypto King''

Aiden Pleterski ''Crypto King'' is arrested and charged and Durham Police classify this as the largest fraud investigation that they've seen in that region. He is...arrested on bail. Host Alex Pierson speaks with Norman Groot, founder and managing Lawyer of Investigation Council PC. This is an 18 month investigation. Is this a sense of relief or anger? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/17/202411 minutes, 23 seconds
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''Summer break on gas tax.'' One on one with Pierre Poilievre

''Let's axe the gas tax during the summer.'' Given with what Canadians are going through, let's axe the gas tax from Victoria Day long weekend and all the way up to Labour Day weekend. Host Alex Pierson speaks with Pierre Poilievre, Leader of the Opposition Party of Canada. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/17/20249 minutes, 55 seconds
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Canada's "Crypto King" Arrested...But What About The Victims?

Canada's infamous "crypto king" Aiden Pleterski was just arrested! This is yet another major player in the crypto field who turned out to be misusing funds...but just how prevalent is this issue? Greg Gard, the Principal Investigator and Business Development Consultant for Investigative Solutions Network, and a former Toronto Police officer completely understands this issue, and helps our host Alex Pierson not only get a better grasp of the crypto world...but also why its so volatile for investors. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/16/202411 minutes, 4 seconds
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Train Daddy Has Solutions For The TTC

Once again, the TTC is in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, especially in light of the exclusive Global News Coverage of the 4 times hydraulic fluids spilt onto line 2...but the public was never made aware. Is there an ongoing PR crisis at the TTC? Who better to help host Alex Pierson answer that question other than the internationally respected "Train Daddy" A.K.A. Andy Byford, the Former Commissioner of Transport for London, TTC, New York Metro, Sydney RailCo, & now works with Amtrak. Byford tells Alex that when he was the TTC commissioner, he made sure to be public-facing and always be truthful with the public...a lesson that the current leadership could take a page from. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/16/202411 minutes, 45 seconds
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A Chat With Toronto's Top Doctor: Retirement, Decriminalization & Lockdowns

Toronto's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa has announced that she will be stepping down from her position at the end of the year, just as the province heats up its battle with the city to do away with decriminalization. Where does this leave the city, our medical community and ultimately...you. Host Alex Pierson asks all these questions to Dr. de Villa herself, including the one many Torontonians may have themselves...does she have any regrets? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/16/202412 minutes, 16 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: $9.00 ''racism and sexism'' tour by Park Canada

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss Parks Canada on Saturday is reopening John A. Macdonald's historic Kingston, Ont.home with ''racism and sexism'' tours and admission is only 9 bucks, an ArriveCan executive yesterday admitted to drinking and dining with contractors in breach of ethics rules but said he never talked about money, Liberal MPs yesterday opposed disclosure of payments to pharmaceutical companies for ''safe supply'' opioids. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/16/202411 minutes, 9 seconds
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A New EV Plant Coming To Ontario, But Will The Jobs Stay?

Yet another EV production facility is being developed in Ontario that will the first of its kind in the country! But considering we've seen promised jobs literally given to people outside the country, many are wondering if this facility will actually be a good investment. To help our host Alex Pierson make sense of it all, she is joined by Aaron Wudrick, the director of domestic policy at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. Aaron breaks down the cost for the average taxpayer and why this time the jobs better stay. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/15/202410 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ontario Introduces New Impaired Driving Laws...What Are Your Rights?

Shortly after Ontario releases new laws aimed at curbing auto theft, the province has also just announced new driving laws that will target the rising problem of people driving intoxicated. But will it actually address anything or is it just political lip service? Criminal Lawyer Ari Goldkind joins host Alex Pierson to help talk about how the law has been altered, why the province believes its necessary, & if will really help at all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/15/202410 minutes, 24 seconds
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Chow No-Show For Flag Raising Ceremony

On the day when we celebrate Israel's independence, Toronto Mayor Oliva Chow decided that the ceremony was "too divisive" and that she would not be attending. But was this the right move? Host Alex Pierson speaks with Toronto City Councillor for York Centre James Pasternak, who was present at the ceremony. Alex and James discuss how long it was known Mayor Chow would not be attending, and why councillor Pasternak tried to convince her it was worth the appearance. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/14/202410 minutes, 5 seconds
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A Big Win For Taxi's Could Mean Changes Coming To Rideshare Programs

An Ottawa judge has ruled his city failed to protect the Taxi industry when Uber rideshares were brought in....and awarded $215 Million in damages to the class-action lawsuit for the cabbies. Could we see a similar ruling come in Toronto? Host Alex Pierson asks this question to Kristine Hubbard, the operations manager with Beck Taxi who has been following this case for quite some time. Kristine tells Alex that this is a watershed moment for the Taxi industry, and why Toronto might want to keep this ruling in mind. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/14/20248 minutes, 50 seconds
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New Driving Laws and Uber Costs

The province of Ontario just introduced new legislation that would see people convicted of auto theft have their license suspended for 10 years, and potentially even for life if caught multiple times. But will this really do anything to address the criminal element? And what is this new personalized pricing system that Uber is using...will it be at all good for the riders? To get these answers, host Alex Pierson is joined by Lauren O'Neil, an anchor and reporter with AM 640 who was at this press conference. Lauren not only breaks down what the province is introducing but also how Uber's pricing system may be an invasion of privacy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/14/20249 minutes, 36 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: Sobering up to the thought that online gambling was a good idea

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss the Senate two years after it legalized bookmarking will reopen committee hearing on the harms of online gambling, a Senate committee has laded in the midst of a threatened lawsuit after it distributed links to a video alleging sadistic abuse of animals at a Canadian theme park, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office yesterday falsely claimed Canada ''was among the first countries to recognize Israel's Independence'' in 1984. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/14/20249 minutes, 53 seconds
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Is A Rejected Development In Hamilton A Good Thing?

A proposed 18-20 storey residential tower that was set to be put up in Stoney Creek has just been rejected by the Ontario Land Tribunal. Is this a sign of NIMBYism in Hamilton, or could this actually be beneficial to all residents in the area? Host Alex Pierson is joined by Hamilton City Councillor for Ward 5 Matt Francis to help explain that this is not the start of a bad thing, but a move that will improve the area for all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/13/202410 minutes, 32 seconds
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Did Canadian Politicians Get Caught Up In A "Honey Pot"?

Investigative Reporter Sam Cooper has uncovered evidence that Canadian politicians may have been exposed to a PRC blackmail ring that involved a palatial Mansion in Markham, an illegal casino and brothel. The stuff of movies. He joins our host Alex Pierson to help refresh this major story that happened over 4 years ago, and who may have been targeted. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/13/202414 minutes, 29 seconds
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Another Shock Coming To Our Supply Chain

There is a threat of a major strike that could deeply affect Canada's supply chain...and in turn, places further tarnish this country's reputation as a reliable trading partner. Host Alex Peirson is joined by Sylvain Charlebois, the Director of the agi-food analytics lab at Dalhousie University and who also wrote a Toronto Sun article highlighting this very issue, and why we need to make sure the strike doesn't happen. For our wallets...as well as help rebuild Canada's reputation on the global stage. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/13/202410 minutes, 19 seconds
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How School Boards Are Failing Students In The Name of "Inclusion"

A policy in place within the Toronto District School Board that allows specialized programs to only admit students through a lottery system may be facing provincial review very soon. But what is this system, and why do so many students and parents find it a problem? Hot Alex Pierson is joined by Bethany Bergman, a member of the group called Concerned-Parents-4-Arts-TDSB, whose own children have been deeply affected by this flawed program, and who is pushing for its complete elimination. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/13/20249 minutes, 27 seconds
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Canada Remembers A Journalism Legend: Rex Murphy

He was famous for being witty, outspoken, a little crass and extremely intelligent. Rex Murphy embodied what quite a few consider as all the best traits a journalist should have. After his sudden passing, host Alex Pierson speaks with a long-time friend of Rex, Catherine Swift, who is also the President of the Coalition of Concerned Manufacturers & Business. Catherine pulls back the veil and shares some of her favourite memories of this Canadian Icon, and how he was always able to bring a smile to her face. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/10/20249 minutes, 16 seconds
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Has America Turned Its Back On Israel?

U.S. President Biden has announced the States will be withholding a much-needed shipment of munitions to Israel in light of the growing Palestinian humanitarian crisis in Gaza. But some question if this was done for human rights, or to sway voters to the democrats. Host Alex Pierson asked the very same question and was joined by Christian Leupretcht, a professor at the Royal Military College and Queen's University as well as a Sr. Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. Christian helps break down the geo-politics at play, and if this move by the U.S. could have lasting, and long-term ramifications. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/10/202410 minutes, 13 seconds
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Should Hate Be Excused If It's For "Comedy"

A video circulating online of a Pro-Palestinian protestor yelling at a Jewish sr. citizen has just developed a new wrinkle....the protestor is actually a stand-up comedian who says he finds hate funny. But is that really an excuse, or could this man be considered a threat? Phil Gurski, the CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk and a former CSIS Sr. analyst joins host Alex Pierson to help explain what counts as hate speech, and if this comedian could be considered a threat by authorities. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/10/202412 minutes, 51 seconds
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Toronto's Getting A New Basketball Team, But Will Fans Go?

We've just been told that Toronto is in the running for a new WNBA team and will be playing at the Cocoa-Cola Stadium. But that area is a bit of a dead zone for fans, so is it going to be a draw? To get these answers and more, host Alex Pierson turns to Jennifer Van Der Valk the Sr. VP of communications & marketing for the Toronto Board of Trade. Jennifer lays out how excited the city is to begin building up Exhibition Place to be more pedestrian-friendly, and the many benefits it can bring the city. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/10/20248 minutes, 57 seconds
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Could There Be An Issue With Election Integrity In Ontario?

In a surprising tweet, Sabrina Maddeaux, who was campaigning for the Conservative nomination to run for MP for Aurora-Oak Ridge-Richmond Hill announced that she is immediately suspending her campaign due to issues with the integrity of the election process. How serious is this issue, whats being done about it and how could it affect you? To get those answers and more host Alex Pierson is joined by Chris Chapin, the managing principal of Upstream Strategy Group, who helps to make sense of this complex and disturbing issue. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/9/20249 minutes, 7 seconds
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Canada Finally Recognizes The IRGC As A Terrorists!

After YEARS of debates in the House of Commons, the federal government finally unanimously agreed to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp as a terrorist group. But is this really something, or just some lip service? Salma Sima, who spent time imprisoned by the IRGC previously joins host Alex Pierson to expose just how dangerous this corp is, and why Canada needs to do more ASAP. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/9/202410 minutes, 30 seconds
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Can We Really Protect Our Youth From A.I.?

A.I.- generated deepfakes are spreading across Canada, and disturbingly is helping to fuel child exploitation and pornography...can this wave be slowed? To get a better handle on this issue, host Alex Pierson is joined by Bill McGarry, the director of Cyber Investigations for Investivative Solutions Network Inc. (ISN) who also served as a Toronto Police officer for over 30 years. Bill breaks down to Alex just how fast the technology is advancing, and tactics police are using to attempt to keep up. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/9/202410 minutes, 41 seconds
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Are Protestors Harassing Sr. Citizens?

The pro-Palestinian protest has been on University of Toronto property for the better part of a week with no signs of leaving...and new video evidence on social media shows members harassing Jewish Sr. citizens who live in the area. Host Alex Pierson is joined by Jamie Kirzner Robert, the Sr. Director of policy and advocacy with the Simon Wiesenthal Center Canada to help break down just how toxic this encampment has become, and how it affects not only the school but also the residents nearby. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/9/20248 minutes, 21 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: Summer of discontent

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss Federal Union excettives yesterday protested a Treasury Board order that teleworking emplyees return to their job sites at least three days weekly, the Department of Immigration is phasing out costly hotel subsidies to shelter illegal immigrant and refugees, and the Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations yesterday confirmed it spent millions to uncover the ''heartbreaking truth'' of unmarked graves. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/9/20249 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Teddy Awards 2024: The Biggest Wasters In Government

It's the time of the year when the Canadian Taxpayers Federation presents its Teddy Awards, an annual award ceremony for the year's biggest "wasters" in the government. Host Alex Pierson is joined by Franco Terrazzano, the federal director of the Canadian Taxpayer Federation to lay out who's the top winner...or loser....depending on how you view it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/8/202411 minutes, 56 seconds
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A New Student Union To Help Protect Jewish Rights

As the encampments and protests continue to flourish on post-secondary campuses, a new student union has risen up to better protect and amplify Jewish voices. Host Alex Pierson is joined by Nati Pressmann, a student at Queen's University and the founder of the Canadian Union of Jewish Students who explains why she felt the formation of the CUJS was more important than previously, and why this has been in the works even before the tragic events of October 7th. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/8/20249 minutes, 37 seconds
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Beef Explained: Drake vs. Kendrick Lamar

As police continue to investigate a shooting outside of Drake's $100-million mansion, many are questioning what connection (if any) it could have to the ongoing feud with LA rapper Kendrick Lamar. To get some answers, host Alex Pierson is joined by Howard Professor Tia Tyree who has studied rap feuds over the years, and can help explain why this current feud is so intense, and if more violence is expected to come. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/8/202410 minutes, 14 seconds
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Should We Be Shipping Refugees Out of The City?

The city of Toronto has announced that it will be looking into "shipping" refugees from the city core to Vaughn when our shelters become more full...but is this really a good move...and how much will it cost taxpayers. To answer these questions and more, host Alex Pierson is joined by Toronto City Councillor Parthi Kandavel who helps to make sense of why the city is pushing for this. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/7/20247 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Conflict Continues: Israel Moves Into Rafah

The Israel Defense Force has moved for a ground invasion of Rafah, driving hundreds of thousands out of the region, but we know that it has become increasingly difficult to see through this new fog of war. So to help make sense of what's actually happening, host Alex Pierson is joined by Dan O'Shea a retired Navy SEAL. He established and served as the Coordinator of the Hostage Working Group US Embassy. Dan helps to explain why Israel has taken this new offensive, what it could mean for the wider conflict and how Israel's allies are responding. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/7/202411 minutes, 49 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: Ethics regarding Minister Randy Boissonnault just stinks

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss Federal agencies from the Privy Council to the RCMP have used Chinese surveillance cameras banned in the U.S as a security risk, Employment Minister Randy Boissonnault yesterday under heated questioning refused to say how much he has collected from and Alberta holding company while serving in Cabinet, room and board for illegal immigrants is costing an average $224 per day, new data shows. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/7/202410 minutes, 47 seconds
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Assassins Arrested For Killing Sikh Canadian Activist

After months of uncertainty, the RCMP recently arrested three suspects on a student visa for their participation of the assassination of Canadian-Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Host Alex Pierson speaks with Dan Stanton, the former executive manager in CSIS & current Director of the National Security Program at UofOttawa, who elaborates that this may not be the last arrests we see like this, and how serious foreign agents in Canada really is. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/6/202410 minutes, 46 seconds
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Why Holocaust Remembrance Day Is More Important Than Ever

It's Yom HaShoah, or the Jewish Holocaust Remembrance Day, and in light of still growing levels of anti-semitism in this country host Alex Pierson feels it's more important than almost any time in history. To help explain why this day is so important, Alex is joined by Marilyn Sinclair, the founder of Liberation75, a holocaust education organization who easily helps breakdown what's happening around the world, and why it's reminiscent of a time we promised would happen "Never again" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/6/202411 minutes, 26 seconds
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Foreign Interference Report: What Was Answered And Remaining Questions

A report on foreign interference was released, but did it actually reveal anything? Did it answer why the Liberals chose not to warn MPs they were targeted? To help make sense of this dense and highly important report, host Alex Pierson is joined by the founder of "The Bureau" Sam Cooper, who's been following this situation since it was first reported on. Sam helps dissect what was in the report, what it highlights and once again, what questions remain unanswered. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/6/202410 minutes, 9 seconds
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Are More Canadians Buying Guns In Light Of Rising Crime?

A viral video from a recent Toronto Police Board meeting shows a citizen saying that members of his community are buying more guns than ever, but is this really the case? To get to the bottom of this, host Alex Pierson is joined by the VP of Public Relations for the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights, Tracy Wilson, who not only says this is actually happening, but that the CCFR is seeing record numbers of new PAL licenses and gun purchases. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/2/202410 minutes, 3 seconds
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University Encampments And The Fear Of The "Lone Wolf"

As more and more post-secondary institutions are seeing protests and encampments increase, host Alex Pierson is joined by a former CSIS intelligence officer, Michel Juneau-Katsuya. Michel and Alex discuss the worries that come with these protests, and why Michel says the intelligence community is on the alert for what they consider the "lone wolf" which could bring these encampments to even more dangerous levels. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/2/202411 minutes, 42 seconds
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Blacklock's Check-In: Freeland Hiking Debt Ceiling...Again

Host Alex Pierson is joined by Tom Korski, the managing editor of Blacklock's Reporter for his regular feature segment to explore the stories that may slip under the radar, but are extremely important to this country. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/2/202412 minutes, 27 seconds
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Air Canada Caves To Critics Complaints

Host Alex Pierson is joined by John Gradek, head of McGill University's aviation management program to talk about Air Canada suspending a new fee for seat selection only days after rolling it out. Why, well it looks like we complained enough, but is it going to make air travel any cheaper. Listen in to find out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/1/202410 minutes, 37 seconds
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Is It "Wack" To Get Expelled From The House of Commons?

In an exchange that is quickly becoming viral, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre was expelled from the House of Commons the other day for referring the Prime Minister Trudeau as a "wacko"...but is that really unparliamentary language? Host Alex Pierson is joined by Lisa Raitt, Vice-Chair of Global Investment Banking at CIBC and former Conservative MP to discuss how chaotic question period can get at times, and if this was really worth being expelled over. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/1/202412 minutes, 32 seconds
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No Warning Of Spies!

It's come to light that many conservative and liberal MP's were targeted by Chinese-afiliated hackers, and the federal government chose not to warn them. But why? Host Alex Pierson calls for answers with one of the affected MPs, Garnett Genuis, MP for Sherwood Park & the shadow minister for International Development who also wants to know why he wasn't warned, and what else MPs weren't told. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/1/202410 minutes, 8 seconds
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Hate Growing Within Post Secondary Institutions

As more and more universities and colleges deal with increasingly antisemitic protests, host Alex Pierson is joined by Warren Kinsella, President of Daisy Group, and former political strategist for Jean Chretien. They compare what we are seeing in the US to what's happening in Canada, and why certain schools are now doing what they can to keep them from spiralling out of control. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/1/20249 minutes, 46 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: Friends in high places

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss Parliament's Procurement Ombudsman testifies today on favouritism in federal contracting to McKinsey & Company, a consulting firm formerly led by a friend of Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, customs offices warn of another ArriveCan-style fiasco with a Canada Border Services Agency plan to digitize $32 billion in yearly tariff collections, few young Canadians are enthusiastic about joining the army, navy or air force, says in-house research by the Department of National Defense. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/30/202410 minutes, 8 seconds
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Rogers has sold NHL rights to Amazon Prime

Starting in the fall if you want to watch Monday night hockey games, you'll only be able to watch by streaming. These are big moves from conventional sports broadcast coverage. What does this all mean and how will people react? Host Alex Pierson speaks with Taylor McKee, Assistant Professor in Sports Management at Brock University Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/29/20248 minutes, 38 seconds
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''Request to health Canada to amend the exemption of controlled drugs and substances act,'' British Columbia Premier David Eby says.

British Columbia is going forward with the reversal of drugs and substances. Growing crime and drug use has taken over BC, with the highest overdose rates. Will Toronto follow through? Host Alex Pierson speaks with Adam Zivo, Director of the Canadian Centre for Responsible Drug Use. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/29/202411 minutes, 6 seconds
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The National Dental Plan Still Has Dentists Worried

The National Dental Plan that was announced by the Liberal government is set to roll out in about a month, but if that's the case why are Dentists all across this country still ringing alarm bells that this plan has A LOT of problems? Host Alex Pierson is joined by Dr. Jenny Doerksen, the President of the Alberta Dental Association to talk about why dentists all across Canada are still warning this deal is not great for them, and what it could mean for millions looking for a dentist Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/29/202410 minutes, 45 seconds
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''We're looking for benefited improvement.'' Marvin Alfred says as the Union voting in favour of strike vote

The union that represents thousands of TTC workers voted in favour of strike. The impact of this strike could paralyze Toronto. Host Alex Pierson speaks with Stuart Green, TTC Media Relations. What are the numbers at the table and what are we looking at as a whole? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/29/20247 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ontario Is Banning Distractions In Schools, But Is It Enough?

Ontario's Education Minister Stephen Lecce gave a rare Sunday announcement that his administration will be banning Vapes from all schools, and putting extreme limitations on cell phone use for all students. But many wonder if this will have the desired effect, and if it really goes far enough. Host Alex Pierson is joined by Paul Davis, Founder of the Social Network Safety to talk about why this move is a great start, but why more needs to be done if we truly wish to see positive changes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/29/202410 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Repo Men Are Coming, Do You Know Where Your Car Is?

More and more Canadians are struggling to make car payments, and because of that repo men are busier than ever! Host Alex Pierson speaks with Kirk Robinson, Owner and Operator of Robinson Automotive about how serious this rise in repossessions is across Canada, and why you should NEVER miss a car or loan repayment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/29/20249 minutes, 38 seconds
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No=Go For Lifting Ban on Keffiyeh

In light of yet another vote in Queen's Park on the ongoing ban of the Keffiyeh, host Alex Pierson was joined by PC MPP for Nepean Lisa MacLeod, who was one of the PC voices against lifting the ban Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/26/20248 minutes, 48 seconds
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A Lawsuit Launched Against Toronto Metropolitan University Over Hate

In light of a recent lawsuit being launched against Toronto Metropolitian University by one of its students, host Alex Pierson is joined by David Rosenfeld, a partner in Koski Minsky's Class Action Department, and also represents the plaintiff, Nicole Szweras about why she felt she had to go through with this. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/26/202411 minutes, 37 seconds
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Will We Ever Get A Good EV Deal In This Country?

After the announcement of a major Honda EV production plant being built in Ontario, many are questioning if this will actually be beneficial to Canadians. To address this and help make sense host Alex Pierson is joined by Franco Terrazzano, the federal director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation to ask the important question...did we really invest billions for a project without guarantees that the jobs would be for Canadians? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/26/202410 minutes, 6 seconds
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Why We Likely Won't Get An Apology From Ford or Demkiw

We are still dealing with the blowback from the Umar Zameer trial ending in a not-guilty verdict. There are increased calls for Premier Doug Ford and Toronto Police Chief Myron Demkiw to apologize for comments made surrounding the trial. But will they? Host Alex Pierson is joined by Lorne Honickman, a lawyer and expert in defamation law on why the premier and the chief will likely never give a full, blunt apology, and what other legal hurdles could be coming down the pike. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/26/202411 minutes, 27 seconds
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Putting Drake In His Place From Beyond the Grave

The estate of rapper Tupac Shakur sent a scathing cease-and-desist letter to Canadian rapper Drake, after 2pacs voice as cloned using AI and released in Drakes new song. Host Alex Pierson is joined by publicist and music commentator Eric Alper about why this legal scuffle could have major and lasting ramifications to the future of the entire music industry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/26/202410 minutes, 16 seconds
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Keffiyeh's In The Legislature: The Problem Persists

Independent MPP Sarah Jama refused to remove her Keffiyeh in Ontario's Legislative Assembly, leading to her being banned from participating. Host Alex Pierson is joined by Rahim Mohamed, a political columnist National Post, The Line, and the Calgary Herald on why MPP Jama is clearly making this a political issue, and why we shouldn't even humour it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/26/202411 minutes, 12 seconds
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US Bans Tiktok, Trudeau Dances Around The Question And Singh Wants back In

The US has just officially banned TikTok from being used in the country, and now many are wondering if Canada will follow suit. To help make sense of this, host Dani Stover is joined by David Shipley, CEO of Beauceron Security on why the US made this move, and why Canada continues to drag its feet on it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/25/20248 minutes, 18 seconds
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Without Knowing Our History, How Can We Expect The Youth To Be Any Better?

A new study out of the Fraser Institute highlights that all students in Ontario between Kindergarten and grade 12 are not being taught enough history, especially Canadian history. To discuss how serious this is, host Alex Pierson is joined by James Cowan, a volunteer with the Canadian Institute for Historical Education about the importance of knowing one's history...and how this ignorance can be fueling the rise of hate in this country Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/25/20248 minutes, 56 seconds
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EV's For All, And Taxpayer Money For Honda

The federal and provincial governments announced a joint project to expand Honda EV production in Ontario...but who would this benefit...and is it actually good for the province? To answer this and more host Alex Pierson is joined by Aaron Wudrick, Director of domestic policy at Macdonald-Laurier Institute who can very simply lay it out...that no it really isn't. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/25/202411 minutes, 4 seconds
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Is This A Good Time To Sell Your Cottage....Or A Better Time To Buy One?

With the Capital Gains Tax having many worried, there has been a recent surge in listings in Ontario's cottage country as people are attempting to unload these properties before the tax comes into effect...but is that even a good idea? Could first-time homebuyers take advantage of this market? Host Alex Pierson is joined by Ron Butler, a broker with Butler Mortgage to discuss why this surge has happened, and what this could mean for cottage country. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/24/20247 minutes, 38 seconds
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Should We Be Worried About Mixed Frozen & Fresh Beef?

A recent social media post of a grocery store in Ottawa is circulating showing a picture of a sign warning the beef is mixed "fresh and frozen beef"! Is that even healthy? Host Alex Pierson is joined by Sylvain Charlebois, the Director of the Agri-Food Analytics Lab as well as a professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University. As a respected authority in food safety and food issues at large, professor Charlebois breaks down why its not recommended to re-freeze thawed beef, and if this is something that's even safe for consumers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/24/20248 minutes, 57 seconds
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Are Carjacking Victims Being Targetted Multiple Times?!?

Insurance companies are reporting anecdotal instances of victims of carjacking being targeted multiple times by thieves...and to address this issue host Alex Pierson is joined by Bryan Gast a former Ontario Provincial Police officer and the Vice-President of Investigative Services at Equite Association about how this could be affecting the cost of insurance...and what you can do to protect yourself Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/24/20248 minutes, 9 seconds
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How Important Are Plainclothes Police Officers To Solving Cases?

Host Alex Pierson is joined by Dave Perry, a former Toronto Police Detective and founding chairman on Investigative Solutions Network. In light of Toronto Police Chief Myron Demkiw calling for an internal review of plainclothes police officer policies, Dave breaks down the inherent purpose to plainclothes and undercover officers and why some modernization isn't such a bad thing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/23/202411 minutes
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Could Police Chief Myron Demkiw Calling For Review Reopen Hundreds of Closed Cases?

Host Alex Pierson is joined by Ari Goldkind, a criminal defence lawyer who operates out of Toronto about Toronto Police CHief Myron Demkiw calling for an internal review of plainclothes officer policies, and what this could mean for the legal system at large. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/23/202410 minutes, 53 seconds
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A New Tax Could Be Targetting The Middle Class

Host Alex Pierson is joined by Jake Fuss, the director of fiscal studies at the Fraser Institute to talk about a new study that will effect many working families right across Canada, The Marginal Effective Tax Rate. Jake breaks down how those who earn between $30K - $60K could see a major tax hike coming their way...and what it could mean for their economic future Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/23/20248 minutes, 39 seconds
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Another Pass On Keffiyeh's in Queens Park

Host Alex Pierson is joined by Brian Lilley, the political columnist for the Toronto Sun about his recent article in the Sun talking about how the by-election in Milton is being dominated by Israel and Gaza and not on local issues like it should. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/23/20247 minutes, 27 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: Chrystia Freeland Doesn't Have a TV?

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss: Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland yesterday said it “would be just wrong for me to comment” on a Parliament Hill protest celebrating the October 7 killing and kidnapping of Jews in Israel including eight Canadians. A police investigation of the demonstration is underway. Cabinet’s decriminalization of cocaine in British Columbia sets possession limits “too low” and doesn’t allow addicts to buy in bulk, says a federal report. Researchers advocated more generous possession limits from the current 2.5 grams. Cabinet’s decision to defer a steep increase in capital gains taxes for two months was “surprising to say the least,” says Budget Officer Yves Giroux. MPs called the deferral a ploy for pre-election boosts in tax revenues. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/23/202410 minutes, 24 seconds
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Could The Future Of EVs In Ontario Still Be Secure?

Host Alex Pierson is joined by Greg Layson, the digital and mobile editor of Automotive News Canada about the exciting breaking news that Honda could be establishing new factories to push for more EV production in this province, making it one of the biggest in the province! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/22/20249 minutes, 34 seconds
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Has Toronto Just Been Handing Out Multimillion-Dollar Contracts To One Bidder?

Host Alex Pierson is joined by Catherine Swift, the president of the Coalition of Concerned Manufacturers and Businesses of Canada. It has come to light that the city of Toronto has routinely given multimillion-dollar contracts out to a single bidder...highlighting that not only could some vendors be given special treatment but also that the city is not keeping a tight eye on its coffers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/22/20249 minutes, 8 seconds
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Umar Zameer Acquitted On All Charges...And Somehow Still Thankful to Canada

Host Alex Pierson is joined by the lawyer for Umar Zameer, Nader R. Hasan who is also a criminal and constitutional lawyer and Partner with Stockwoods LLP. After the jury fully acquitted Mr. Zameer of all charges, his lawyer Nader joins Alex to talk about why he believes the jury came to this verdict, and if there could be more legal action for Mr. Zameer in the near future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/22/202410 minutes, 19 seconds
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Trudeau Finally Denounces Protests...But Is It Enough?

Host Alex Pierson is joined by Warren Kinsella, the president and CEO of the Daisy Group as well as the former special advisor to Prime Minister Jean Chretien about Prime Minister Trudeau FINALLY denouncing the increasingly hate-filled anti-Israel protests...but was this enough...or just another case of far too little far too late? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/22/202410 minutes, 7 seconds
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Boeing: A Tale Of Safety Concerns and Whistleblowing

Host Alex Pierson is joined by Robert A. Clifford, co-founded and Sr. Partner with Clifford Law Offices out of Chicago to talk about the Boeing whistleblower coming forward and saying that he believes that all 787 Dreamline planes need to be grounded ASAP due to security and safety concerns. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/18/202412 minutes, 38 seconds
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A Capital Gains Tax Chases The Doctors Away

Host Alex Pierson is joined by family and public health physician Dr. David Edward-Ooi Poon about the recently announced Capital Gains Tax and how it will not only target the wealthiest in this country, but also the most essential like doctors, lawyers and even auto mechanics. Find out who this will touch, and how serious it can be. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/18/202410 minutes, 48 seconds
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Could Renters Be Forced To Pay The CRA If Their Landlord Is A Non-Resident?

Host Alex Pierson is joined by Davelle Morrison, a broker with Bosley Real Estate Ltd to help explain a little-known law for tenants of a non-resident landlord. Not only can it be difficult for Tenants to deal with a landlord who's mainly not in the Country...but could end up costing thousands of dollars and a massive headache. Listen in to learn what this law is, because ignorance of this law will not be accepted by the courts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/18/202411 minutes, 46 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: Kristian Firth shamed. A historical, sweetheart deal and a member of the bar!

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss Millionaire ArriveCan supplier Kristian Firth yesterday named name of federal managers he met over meals and drinks to discuss lucrative contracts, Cabinet has '' a lot of details that we need to work out'' in it latest housing plan, Housing Minister Sean Fraser said yesterday. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/18/202411 minutes, 56 seconds
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''90,000 of pure gold was recovered,'' Deputy Chief Nick Milinovich speaks on the Pearson Heist

''This investigation has had a tremendous amount of resources devoted in order to identify the people involved in it.'' One year ago, you heard about the gold heist bust! Host Alex Pierson speaks with Patrick Brown, Mayor of Brampton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/17/20248 minutes, 49 seconds
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''Trudeau hid his family fortune in a trust fund,'' Capital Gains Announcement in budget

We didn't get the wealth tax but we did get the capital gains boosted up in the budget announcement. Host Alex Pierson speaks with Ian Lee, Associate Professor at the Sprott School of Business. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/17/202412 minutes, 10 seconds
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Pearson Heist; ''Container of gold was loaded into the suspects truck.''

Today marks one year of the Pearson Airport gold heist. Numerous levels of policing are on this and 9 people were arrested, 3 warrants are active and 65 guns were seized. This is the 6th largest gold heist in Canadian history but the biggest in this country. All of these accused are on bail. Host Alex Pierson speaks with Hank Insigna, 640 Toronto Crime Specialist and Former Police Inspector. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/17/202410 minutes, 41 seconds
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Safety in AI systems; Protecting victims of ''deep fake porn''

Is there any urgency to protect victims of AI? The Federal Government announced 50 million dollars in the AI safety institute as a part of the budget. We have to protect the victims of ''deep fake porn'' in Canada. London, UK is doing it but why can't we? Host Alex Pierson speaks with Mohit Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/17/20248 minutes, 53 seconds
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''Please take the win,'' Melanie Joly telling Israel to walk away

We are waiting for Israel's response to Iran's missile attack, Joly tells Israel to ''take the win.'' This is an organization that causes major risk to Iranian people and it's also a national security risk in Canada. They're a terror organization. Host Alex Pierson speaks with Kaveh Shahrooz, Lawyer and Toronto-based Human Rights Activists Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/16/202411 minutes, 2 seconds
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Nakba Day; A controversial day added to the school board calendar

Peel District School Board is calling for celebration of Nakba Day. Peel says they value diversity in communities but Nakba day is celebrating the eradication of Israel. Stephen Lecce says that schools need to ''get back to basics.'' How did this start? Host Alex Pierson speaks with Brian Lilley, Political Columnist for the Toronto Sun. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/16/20249 minutes, 55 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: Cabinet's ''safe supply'' drug policy is prompting public disorder

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss Cabinet's ''safe supply'' drug policy is prompting public disorder, a Liberal MP yesterday told the Commons health committee, Rideau Hall yesterday had no comment after Governor General Mary Simon Personally hosted a conference in support of a bill before Parliament, C-63 An Act To Enact The Online Harms Act, a third of dairy farmers received direct subsidies under a 2017 trade pact, says a Department of Agriculture audit. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/16/202411 minutes, 39 seconds
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Big plans for Black Bull Tavern! Good news; Queen street historic pub not shutting down for good

Let the legacy live one! New owner buys Queen street's Black Bull Tavern, a historic part of Toronto that was set to close for good just a few weeks ago. Host Alex Pierson speaks with Mitch MacDougall, director operations for the Score Pub Group. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/15/20248 minutes, 17 seconds
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Tesla to layoff 10% of its Global work force because of slow sales

How stable is green energy? Tesla is set to layoff 10% of its Global work force because of slow sales. Id we want to convince people to buy these cars and to go green, what do we need to do? Host Alex Pierson speaks with Greg Layson, digital and mobile editor of automotive news Canada. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/15/202411 minutes, 23 seconds
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''I never read the David Morrison memo to my recollection,'' David Vigneault says he made numerous warnings

Who said what and when? That part of the inquiry is over but now we wait for the reports. David Vigneault is credible with what he says, ''this is something I have said a number of times in public and private and I can say in confidence this is something that has been conveyed to the Prime Minister.'' Host Alex Pierson speaks with Charles Burton, Senior fellow, Synopsis/Partner, Charles Burton and Associates. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/15/202411 minutes, 35 seconds
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''We will continue to work to stabilize the situation,'' EU President speaking on Iran targeting Israel

''We will continue to work to stabilize the situation,'' EU President speaking on Iran targeting Israel. It's a historic time and WWIII is trending online. Never thought we'd see the day. What will happen next? Host Alex Pierson speaks with Richard Goldberg, former director for Countering Iranian Weapons of Mass Destruction. When or will Israel respond to this? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/15/202412 minutes, 33 seconds
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What's the cost of compassion? Study finds massive rise in drug deaths

What's the cost of compassion? There's been a massive rise in drug deaths because we have normalized opioids and made it easier for people to get them. Host Alex Pierson speaks with Adam Zivo, director of the Canadian Centre for responsible drug policy. The opioid crisis is crippling and we need a solution. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/15/202411 minutes, 6 seconds
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Car jacking headlines; thirteen, sixteen and eleven year old caught in Brampton

Peel Police commenting on the latest car jacking headline; sixteen, thirteen and eleven year old. What are these kids doing? Given the violence and escalation of crime, do we need to be doing something different? Host Alex Pierson speaks with Ron Chizner, nomination candidate for the Conservative Party of Canada in Oakville East & Former Police Officer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/12/202412 minutes, 42 seconds
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Countries top court says it won't bother to hear documents of Paul Bernadro

Back in 2023, a court ruled that Bernardo's privacy matters more so the request to hear documents were denied. This decision came to be after Paul Bernardo was moved to a medium facility. Our hearts go out to the French and Mahaffy families. Host Alex Pierson speaks with Tim Danson, Trial and Appellate Lawyer for Danson Recht LLP (Lawyer and legal counsel for the families of Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/12/202412 minutes, 5 seconds
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''I didn't read the memo,'' Trudeau testifying at the inquiry

''I didn't get the memo.'' CSIS briefed the Prime Minister's office 34 times between 2018 and 2022. There's been clear evidence of Chinese Interference but Trudeau does not see this as a concern. Host Alex Pierson speaks with Phil Gurski, President/CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk, former CSIS Sr. Strategic Analyst on Terrorism Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/12/202410 minutes, 46 seconds
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''From the very beginning we knew things we needed to know about,'' PM's Chinese Interference inquiry testimony

''We suddenly had access to a sophisticated and excellent national security apparatus so from the very beginning we knew there were things we needed to know about.'' Justin Trudeau testifies to Chinese Interference Inquiry. Guest host Stephanie Smyth speaks with Stephen Ledrew, Past President of the Liberal Party of Canada, lawyer, and host of the Youtube Channel ''The LeDrew Three-Minute Interview.'' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/11/202412 minutes, 50 seconds
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''People are on the streets so let's do something.'' Will we ever find a solution to housing?

Encampments are more than doubling in the city since March. It's a stressful and sad issue. Guest host Stephanie Smyth speaks with Lorraine Lam, an outreach worker with Shelter and Housing Justice Network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/11/20249 minutes, 6 seconds
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Passing of OJ Simpson; Succumbed to his battle with cancer

The passing of OJ Simpson was announced today. Simpson passed away from prostate cancer in Las Vegas. As we remember, what are you left with? Guest host Stephanie Smyth chats with Taylor McKee, Assistant Professor in Sports Management at Brock University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/11/20249 minutes, 34 seconds
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Bank of Canada announced to keep their key lending rate at 5%

The Bank of Canada has decided to keep the key overnight lending rate at 5%. It'll continue to watch signs of slowing inflation. Guest host Stephanie Smyth is joined by Ian Lee, Associate Professor at Sprott School of Business at Carleton University. Inflation is not at the targeted 2% Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/10/20249 minutes, 30 seconds
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''They really bully you and pressure you into that decision.'' The effects of Bill 7 in LTC homes.

''They just wanted to get him out...that's how we felt.'' $400 hospital fine and people refuse to pay. Bill 7 is a law that was passed in the Fall of 2022 by Doug Ford in an effort to open up much needed hospital space. Patients who are discharged from hospitals but need a long term care bed and don't have one yet. Guest host Stephanie Smyth is joined by Laura Tamblynn Watts, President and CEO of CanAge. How often are we seeing this happen? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/10/202410 minutes, 1 second
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''I look forward to taking questions next week'', PM Trudeau testifies to foreign interference today

''I look forward to taking questions next week.'' Justin Trudeau is set to testify when it comes to Chinese Interference today. The ultimate question is, who will he be throwing under the bus? Guest host Stephanie Smyth is joined by Stephen Ledrew, past president of the Liberal Party of Canada, lawyer, and host of the Youtube channel ''The LeDrew Three-Minute Interview.'' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/10/20249 minutes, 26 seconds
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''Councilors can do what they want, it's their right,'' Mayor Olivia Chow responds to letter.

Mayor Olivia Chow finally responds to the letter 6 councils signed off on. ''Councilors can do what they want, it's their right.'' Host Alex Pierson speaks with Jon Reid, President of Toronto Police Association. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/9/20249 minutes, 47 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: The walls are caving in; Katie Telford testifies today on Chinese Interference

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss Chinese Interference. Katie Telford will be testifying today. ''CSIS saying 34 times between 2018 and 2022, they were briefed.'' The walls are caving in. This isn't a political problem, this is a felony. You can't intimated voters to win an election. This was done for the Liberal Party. They always knew. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/9/202411 minutes, 37 seconds
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Citizen's advocacy group calls for resignation of two city councillors from Toronto Police Services Board

Alex Pierson speaks with Dana McKiel, Downtown Concerned Citizens Organization, about why his group is calling for the immediate resignations of two city councillors from the Toronto Police Services Board. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/5/20248 minutes, 24 seconds
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'Where is the Mayor?': Six councillors sign letter questioning police handling of protests in Toronto

Alex Pierson speaks with Brad Bradford, Toronto City Councillor for Beaches - East York, about the letter signed by six of his council colleagues regarding Torontonian's freedom of assembly and police handling of protesters. It was just a week ago when Councillor Bradford called for 'safety zones' around places of worship due to the rise in antisemitism. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/5/202412 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ford delays start of electric vehicle production at Oakville, Ont. plant

Alex Pierson speaks with Greg Layson, Mobile and Digital Editor of Auto News Canada, about why Ford Motor Co. is delaying the start of electric vehicle production at its plant in Oakville, Ont., by two years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/4/202410 minutes, 47 seconds
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Is declaring a state of emergency ahead of the solar eclipse unlawful?

Alex Pierson speaks with Christine Van Geyn, Litigation Director at The Canadian Constitution Foundation, about why declaring a state of emergency for the upcoming solar eclipse is an unnecessary invocation of the act. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/4/202411 minutes, 9 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: ''The Government doesn't seem to care,'' Kenny Chiu testified at China inquiry

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss the China inquiry, Senior Liberal Party managers attended MP Han Dong's 2019 nomination meeting deemed a target of Chinese agents, according to documents released yesterday by the Commission on Foreign Interference. ''Party brass from Ottawa were at the nomination vote,'' one eye witness said in sworn statement.'' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/4/202410 minutes, 19 seconds
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IDF strike which killed 7 aid workers in Gaza leads to calls for Israel to be held accountable

Alex Pierson speaks with Dan O’Shea, former Navy SEAL commander who served as the coordinator for the hostage working group at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad now Senior Advisor with Stony Lonesome Group, about the Israeli airstrike that killed seven World Central Kitchen aid workers, including Canadian-American Jacob Flickinger. How does a mistake like this happen? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/4/202413 minutes, 5 seconds
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Tesla waives $16K fee allowing drivers to use self-driving feature, experts warn against using it

Alex Pierson peaks with Sam Abuelsamid, Principal at Guidehouse Analytics and expert in EV’s and autonomous vehicles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/3/20249 minutes, 41 seconds
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Foreign interference inquiry: What did we learn from Toronto MP Han Dong's testimony?

Alex Pierson speaks with Margaret McCuaig Johnston, a former senior government official who worked on China issues and now Senior Fellow at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, about what we've learned from the public inquiry into foreign interference. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/3/202411 minutes, 45 seconds
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Can we get back to a place of civility and kindness in Canada?

Alex Pierson speaks with Art Eggleton, former mayor of Toronto (1980 to 1991), about his joint letter with other former politicians, academics, religious leaders and advocates, calling on Canadian political leaders to address the rise of incivility. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/3/202411 minutes, 39 seconds
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Blacklocks Check:''We have nothing to do with Chinese Interference''; Han Dong is testifying

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss Chinese interference. Federal investigators waited years to look into allegations a 2021 Liberal candidate benefited from in thousands of undisclosed donations from friends of China, records show. This is the week the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers and other senior officials are set to testify over a two week period. Federal election monitors never caught any Chinese agents despite numerous tips but instead spent four years prosecuting Rebel News Network for improper signage, the China inquiry was told. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/2/20249 minutes, 36 seconds
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'It's not rocket science': Upcoming Solar Eclipse not as dangerous as portrayed

Alex Pierson speaks with Dr. Pierre Chastenay, astronomer and professor at the University of Quebec in Montreal, about the hysteria around the upcoming Solar Eclipse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/2/202410 minutes, 50 seconds
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Canadians waste approx. 1.3 meals a day - how can we get consumers to change?

Alex Pierson speaks with Josh Domingues, Founder of Flashfood, a mobile marketplace that connects surplus food from grocery stores directly to its community at great prices. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/2/202410 minutes, 57 seconds
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Pierson & Poilievre Speak Carbon Tax

Alex Pierson spoke with Pierre Poilievre, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, about the new carbon tax. Is this the right thing to do, or should we axe it? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/1/202410 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ontario’s top doctor calling for restrictions on legal substances, decriminalization

Alex Pierson speaks with Adam Zivo, Founder and Director of Centre for Responsible Drug Policy, about Ontario’s top doctor recommending Ontario decriminalize simple possession of unregulated drugs for personal use and make safer supply accessible to reduce the number of people in the province dying from preventable opioid overdoses each year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/1/202411 minutes
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Solar eclipse: State of emergency declared in Niagara Region

Alex Piersons peaks with Jim Diodati, Mayor of Niagara Falls, Ontario. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/1/202411 minutes, 17 seconds
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Toronto police make arrests during weekend protest, draw criticism from demonstrators

Alex Pierson speaks with Jon Reid, President of the Toronto Police Association, about Pro-Palestinian groups alleging Toronto Police officers are enforcing rules selectively at organized protests after seven people were arrested and at least three charged during a demonstration on Saturday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/1/202410 minutes, 46 seconds
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'It's just getting worse': Security companies offering neighbourhood patrols to combat auto theft

Alex Pierson speaks with Tom Doyle, vice president of Operations and Investigations for Corporate Protection & Investigation Services. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/1/202411 minutes, 50 seconds
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Introducing... Crime Beat | Out of the dark

In the summer of 2006, a young Calgary woman was on top of the world. She had a supportive family, amazing friends and a great job. But life as she knew it came to an abrupt stop in the middle of the night on August 6, 2006. In this episode, Global News senior crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares details of a violent attack- a story that’s every woman’s worst fear. www.calgarycrimestoppers.org - reference case # 06274598 https://newsroom.calgary.ca/sexual-assault-case-from-2006-has-new-lead/ Contact: Instagram: @nancy.hixt Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/ Email: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/30/202438 minutes, 52 seconds
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'This isn't going to do anything': 4 Ontario school boards sue Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat & TikTok

Alex Pierson speaks with Paul Davis, Online Safety and Social Media Educator, about four of Ontario's largest school boards $4 billion lawsuit against major social media companies, alleging their products have rewired how children think, behave and learn and that educators and schools have been left to “manage the fallout.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/28/202410 minutes, 58 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: Trudeau says ''Premiers are misleading''

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss the carbon tax. Justin Trudeau calls premiers ''misleading,'' Cabinet must cancel a planned 23 percent increase in the carbon tax, Chinese emigres yesterday pleaded with China inquiry to counter harassment campaigns targeting dissidents in Canada, a committee majority passed MP Chong's motion that it ''undertake a study of the matters revealed in the Winnipeg lab documents with the border concerns they represent in relation to Canada's national security as well as the obstacle encountered in obtaining these documents.'' All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/28/20248 minutes, 19 seconds
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4 Ontario school boards sue Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat and TikTok

Alex Pierson speaks with Rachel Chernos Lin, TDSB Chair, about why the TDSB and three other of Ontario’s largest school boards are suing the parent companies of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/28/202410 minutes, 41 seconds
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Trudeau proposes new reforms for renters amid housing crunch

Alex Pierson speaks with Eric Lombardi, Founder of More Neighbours Toronto, about the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's announcement of a 'renters bill of rights' and what that means for those wanting to get in the housing market. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/28/202411 minutes, 24 seconds
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Hamilton’s Horwath to use ‘strong mayor powers’ to develop housing over Stoney Creek parking lots

Alex Pierson speaks with Hamilton, Ontario Mayor Andrea Horwath. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/28/202412 minutes, 34 seconds
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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ properties raided amid sex trafficking allegations

Alex Pierson speaks with Kelli Williams, Co-host of Beyond the Blinds, a pop culture podcast that deep dives into Hollywood’s seedy underbelly, about what was revealed in the Diddy Court Docs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/27/202411 minutes, 52 seconds
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'The worst sound is silence': What happens when a ship goes dark?

Alex Pireson speaks with Sal Mercogliano, Maritime historian with Campbell University and former merchant mariner and host of ‘What's Going On With Shipping?’ on YouTube, about a cargo ship that lost power and rammed into a major bridge in Baltimore early Tuesday, destroying the span in a matter of seconds and plunging it into the river in a terrifying collapse that could disrupt a vital shipping port for months. Six people are missing and presumed dead. But what happens onboard the ship when everything goes dark? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/27/202411 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ford government tables most expensive budget in Ontario’s history

Alex Pierson speaks with Ontario's Finance Minister, Peter Bethlenfalvy, about the Ford government's most expensive budget in Ontario's history, with a $214.5 billion spending package that runs a deeper-than-expected deficit this year amid economic uncertainty. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/27/202412 minutes, 15 seconds
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Baltimore bridge collapse: What we know so far

Alex Pierson speaks with Ed Norris, former police commissioner in Baltimore, former commander of Maryland State Police, now hosts the morning show on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/26/202411 minutes, 14 seconds
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UN security council demand for a ceasefire rejected by Hamas - where does this leave Israel?

Alex Pierson speaks with Richard Goldberg, Senior Adviser at The Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/26/202411 minutes, 10 seconds
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1 year since tragic death of 16-year-old Gabriel Magalhaes at Keele Station - is the TTC any safer?

Alex Pierson speaks with Shelagh Pizey-Allen, executive director of transit advocacy group TTCRiders, about TTC safety - if there's been improvements since the tragic death of 16-year-old Gabriel Magalhaes. On March 26, 2023, Magalhaes was heading home after spending time at the Eaton Centre with friends when he was fatally stabbed at a subway station in what Toronto police have said was an “unprovoked” attack. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/26/20248 minutes, 1 second
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Blacklocks Check: China inquiry opens public investigation tomorrow

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss the China inquiry opening tomorrow for a public investigation from Elections Canada officers who downplayed complaints of meddling by foreign agents, MP Barrett said Parliament must find out who tipped off GC Strategies to sole-sourced contracts and approved payments of lucrative commissions despite irregularities like missing invoices. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/26/202411 minutes, 9 seconds
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Baltimore bridge collapse: How this will impact the auto industry

A container ship rammed into a major bridge in Baltimore early Tuesday, causing it to snap in a few places and plunge into the river below. Several vehicles fell into the chilly waters, and rescuers were initially searching for at least seven people. This tragic situation will not only impact the lives of many, but also the economy. This port handles imports and exports for major automakers and will have a huge impact on the industry. Alex Pierson speaks with Flavio Volpe, head of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers'​ Association. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/26/20249 minutes, 43 seconds
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PPSN: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

To take a look into the recent protests in Toronto Alex Pierson had a chat with Shimon Fogel, CEI of The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/25/202411 minutes, 32 seconds
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Is Canada's maple syrup reserve at risk?

Alex Pierson speaks with Ray Bonenberg of Mapleside Sugar Bush near Pembroke, Ontario and former president of the International Maple Syrup Institute. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/25/20248 minutes, 42 seconds
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Moscow attack: US, Canada had warned Russia of imminent terrorism risk prior to shooting

Alex Pierson speaks with Phil Gurski, President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting, former CSIS Analyst. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/25/202412 minutes, 4 seconds
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Condos used to be a great option for first-time homebuyers to get into the market - how that's changing

Alex Pierson speaks with Brendon Cowans, VP of Business Development and Sales Representative at Property.ca Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/25/202410 minutes, 13 seconds
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Pierre Poilievre joins Alex Pierson for a conversation of all things Canadians are concerned about

Host Alex Pierson is joined by Pierre Poilievre, Leader of the Conservative Party, to discuss the carbon tax debate, housing, car thefts in Canada and inflation. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/22/202415 minutes, 14 seconds
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''Fight the denial.'' Tons of misinformation when it comes to October 7th tragic events

There is a lot of denial and ''fog of war.'' There's a volunteer first responder group from Israel and their plan is to meet with Ottawa officials and share what they saw when Hamas massacred up to 1,400 people. Host Alex Pierson speaks with Irene Nurith Cohn, Volunteer with ZAKA, a national, non-governmental emergency victim recovery organization in Israel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/21/202412 minutes, 3 seconds
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Car thefts drop around 38% in Brampton; A pilot project seeing success

Brampton is seeing positive results from the auto theft reduction pilot. Car thefts have dropped around 38% in areas. Host Alex Pierson speaks with Patrick Brown, Mayor of Brampton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/21/20247 minutes, 13 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: ''I have been told the Government is corrupt,'' Liberal MP compares Canada to Afghanistan

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss Cabinet spending more money collecting an equity tax on vacant, foreign-owned property than it raises in tax revenue, records show, it's ''fairly common'' for federal employees to moonlight as contractors, says a former Department of National Defense employee who worked as ArriveCan supplier, Canadians who think Ottawa's corrupt should ''take a look at Afghanistan,'' the parliamentary secretary for foreign affairs says. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/21/202412 minutes, 49 seconds
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Meet Toronto's modern-day Barbie Girl

Alex Pierson speaks with Léah Fugère, a Toronto woman who’s turned her apartment into a Barbie dreamhouse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/20/20248 minutes, 53 seconds
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'I'm taking time': MP Anthony Housefather reflecting on future with Liberals after Middle East motion

Alex Pierson speaks with Anthony Housefather, Liberal MP for Mont Royal in Montreal, about his future with the Liberal Party. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/20/202411 minutes, 28 seconds
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'It's not right': Hamilton theatre postpones Jewish film festival due to security concerns

Alex Pierson speaks with Gustavo Rymberg, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Hamilton, about Playhouse Cinema postponing the Hamilton Jewish Federation due to 'security concerns'. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/20/202410 minutes, 37 seconds
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'Where are the politicians?': Why police are not to blame for rise in carjackings

Alex Pierson speaks with Calvin Chrustie, senior partner with the security and intelligence advisory firm Critical Risk Team, who 32 years with the RCMP in the intelligence and investigational world of transnational national organized crime, specializing in kidnaps, extortion, money laundering, and other forms of ‘crimes in action’ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/19/202412 minutes, 29 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: "Our cell phone bills are getting cheaper"

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss our cell phone bills. Apparently, they are getting cheaper! That’s what we are supposed to believe according to the CEO of Rogers who, along with other telecom bosses, were called to testify at a house of commons committee to explain why the prices are going up. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/19/20249 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ontario woman seeks justice in brutal slaying of pet emu, worries for family’s safety

Alex Pierson speaks with Shannon McCarrell, Fisherville, Ontario woman whose pet emu McTavish was killed overnight. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/19/202410 minutes, 49 seconds
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Canada's inflation rate down but what does that mean for interest rates?

Alex Pierson speaks with Ron Butler, Mortgage Broker with Butler Mortgage, to break down the latest inflation numbers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/19/202410 minutes, 12 seconds
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'Congestion ruins our chances': Stretch of Gardiner Expressway reducing to 2 lanes in both directions for 3 years

Alex Pierson speaks with Giles Gherson, President and CEO of Toronto Region Board of Trade, about the cost of construction has on Toronto's downtown recovery. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/19/20249 minutes, 30 seconds
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Where is Princess Kate? Retracted Royal picture fuels speculation, conspiracy theories

Alex Pierson speaks with Dr. Terry Flynn, Graduate Director and Associate Professor, Master of Communications Management at McMaster University, about Buckingham Palace's PR failure. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/18/202410 minutes, 35 seconds
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GED test ending March 31st - adults to face barriers trying to get high school diploma

Alex Pierson speaks with Barbara McFater, CEO of Pathway to Possibilities, an adult education and employment site that offers GED preparation. The GED is a certificate of high school equivalency available to those over 18 who have not completed four years of secondary education. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/18/202412 minutes
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City of Vaughan to crack down on protests outside places of worship

Alex Pierson speaks with Vaughan Mayor Steven Del Duca about taking steps to crack down on where protests and demonstrations are being held in his community. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/18/202411 minutes, 31 seconds
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'Ecological trainwreck': Canada's wild boar population booming, posing new threats to U.S.

Alex Pierson speaks with Dr. Ryan Brook, Saskatchewan agriculture and BioResources professor and wild pig expert, about how Canada's wild boar population poses a threat to our U.S. neighbours. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/15/202410 minutes, 42 seconds
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Haiti's lack of governance has been an issue since 2016 - can a new government take control?

Alex Pierson speaks with Gilles Rivard, former Ambassador of Canada to Haiti. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/15/202410 minutes, 13 seconds
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'What message does this send?': Canada's foreign affairs minister, MP facing backlash after meeting with Palestinian President

Alex Pierson speaks with Vivian Bercovici, former Ambassador of Canada to Israel, about foreign affairs minister Melanie Joly and MP Ya'ara Saks, meeting and posing for a photo with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/15/202411 minutes, 51 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: What a performance Kristian Firth gave in the house committee yesterday.

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss a lead in ArriveCan. A supplier yesterday acknowledged, and he had a business partner become a millionaire under lucrative federal contracts, the Insolvent Saltwire Network newspaper chain, largest in Atlantic Canada, pocketed taxpayer subsidies while failing to pay its taxes, court records show. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/14/202415 minutes, 36 seconds
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MLA Selina Robinson quits NDP caucus, claiming antisemitism, ‘double standard’

Alex Pierson speaks with Selina Robinson, Member of the Legislative Assembly, Former B.C. minister of post-secondary education, who recently resigned from the B.C. NDP caucus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/14/202413 minutes, 16 seconds
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''Empathy has it's limits,'' Doc's Leather feels the impact of ''harm reduction.''

''Everyday, we have somebody in coming to steal.'' Host, Alex Pierson speaks with Doc Von Litchenberg, owner of Doc's Leather about the impacts of safe supply and harm reduction at his business. Businesses are trying to keep their lights on and to make ends meet. Nobody feels safe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/13/202412 minutes, 23 seconds
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Two music losses yesterday; Eric Carmen & Karl Wallinger

A very sad day for the music industry with the loss of Eric Carmen and Karl Wallinger. Host, Alex Pierson speaks Eric Alper, music publicist. The two reflect on the great memories and songs from these legends. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/12/20249 minutes, 45 seconds
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Haiti in crisis: How to regain control in a country taken over by gangs

Alex Pierson speaks with Peter Mackay, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Minister of National Defence, and Minister of Foreign Affairs under Prime Minister Stephen Harper, about how to get control of a collapsed country under gang-rule. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/12/202412 minutes, 41 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: ''Canada is now a world leader of stolen cars abroad''

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss organized crime in Canadian Ports, says an RCMP report, Canada's chief bank inspector, yesterday issued a directive ordering bankers to begin assessing mortgage holders at risk of default ''effective immediately,'' Canadian medicare is so bad people consider it frightening, says in-house research by the Department of Health. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/12/202411 minutes, 50 seconds
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''Leave beer alone, eh?'' Trudeau government is reversing course.

The Trudeau government is reversing course when it comes to placing tax on beer. Host, Alex Pierson speaks with Kelly Higginson, President of Restaurants Canada. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/11/20246 minutes, 27 seconds
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''Today, I'm announcing that Canada's funding for UNRWA will resume.'' Our government takes a U-Turn

Today, I'm announcing that Canada's funding for UNRWA will resume.'' The latest allegations are that staff was involved in the October 7th massacre. Host, Alex Pierson speaks with Dalia Al Aqidi, Senior Fellow Centre for security policy Washington, Counter extremism expert and a current congressional candidate running against IIhan Omar. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/11/202412 minutes, 29 seconds
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A massive Community Living shortfall; 4,000 people STILL on the waitlist

This 75-year-old organization is facing a massive problem. How is it that Community Living is in so much trouble? 4,000 people are on the waitlist. What could be the solution? Host, Alex Pierson speaks with Brad Saunders, CEO of Community Living Toronto, and Susan Silma, sister of Robert who waited 36 years to get into the supportive living program. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/11/202417 minutes, 56 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: ''Arrive-scam'' promotes public cynicism

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss Liberal MP Iqra Khalid (Mississauga-Erin Mills, Ont.) yesterday told the Commons public accounts committee, Interest rates are high enough, Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem said yesterday, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland's current deficit will be 16 percent higher than forecast, the Budget Office says. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/7/202411 minutes, 34 seconds
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'What happened?': Nashville plane crash kills 5 Canadians

Alex Pierson speaks with Mike Doiron, pilot and president of Doiron Aviation Consulting, about the single-engine plane that crashed alongside a highway west of downtown Nashville on Monday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/7/202413 minutes, 58 seconds
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Toronto removing pre-amalgamation symbols, honouring city's commitment to 'truth, justice and reconciliation'

Alex Pierson speaks with James Cowan, life-long Toronto resident with a passion for history, and volunteer with the Canadian Institute for Historical Education. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/6/202410 minutes, 25 seconds
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Luka Magnotta transfer was flagged twice to then-minister’s office: CSC

Alex Pierson speaks with Frank Caputo, MP for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo. Associate Shadow Minister of Justice & Attorney General. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/6/202410 minutes, 41 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: ''Made rent more expensive.'' Government stopped the first time home buyers program

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss the Liberal and New Democrat MP's yesterday by a 6 to 4 vote blocked and ethics committee probe of why cabinet concealed a report into Chinese securty breaches at the National Microbiology Laboratory, Corporate landlords have ''made rent more expensive,'' a federal auditors are investigating millions in payments through a Crown bank, Export Development Canada, to manage a pandemic relief program. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/5/202411 minutes, 51 seconds
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One of the biggest lies out there, ''Israeli Women were not the victims of rapes & violence

Host Alex Pierson speaks with Ruth Halperin-Kaddari, Professor and distinguished global advocate for women's rights, and she can speak to the horrific acts of sexual and gender-based violence inflicted by Hamas on October 7th. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/4/202411 minutes, 27 seconds
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Body Shop Canada files for bankruptcy protection, plans restructuring

Alex Pierson speaks with Bruce Winder, Retail Analyst and author ‘RETAIL Before, During & After COVID-19’, about the Body Shop Canada closing 33 of its stores and halting its e-commerce operations as it seeks to restructure under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/4/20247 minutes, 53 seconds
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'Doomed from the start': First-time homebuyer incentive program ending

Alex Pierson speaks with mortgage broker Run Butler about Canada’s housing agency ending the first-time homebuyer incentive program. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the deadline for new or updated submissions to the program is midnight eastern time on March 21. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/4/202411 minutes, 17 seconds
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Toronto city councillors to study Hamilton's anti-renoviction bylaw

Alex Pierson speaks with Varun Sriskanda, Member of the board of directors for the small ownership landlords of Ontario and Real Estate law expert. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/1/202411 minutes, 17 seconds
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Toronto artist, community come together to make boring street pole into LEGO masterpiece

Alex Pierson speaks with Martin Reis, a Toronto-based multi-media artist behind the LEGO-pole project in Harbord Village. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/1/202410 minutes, 34 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: Mark Holland gets ''chewed'' alive. Who hires these people?

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg and all the security risks, Treasury Board President Anita Anand yesterday said ArriveCan contracts ''did not cross my desk'' when she was Minister of Public Works responsible for federal contracting, the Freedom Convoy posed a ''risk of serous violence''that justified emergency measures, says Attorney General Arif Virani. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/29/202412 minutes, 8 seconds
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Burger joint Wendy's going to experiment with 'dynamic pricing' in 2025 - how will consumers react?

Alex Pierson speaks with David Soberman, Professor of Marketing and the Canadian National Chair of Strategic Marketing with the Rotman School of Management, about Wendy's preparing to test 'dynamic pricing' in 2025 - this is when the price of a product fluctuates according to demand - like we've seen with Uber prices in rush hour or when there's transit outages. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/27/202410 minutes, 56 seconds
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'Not parking against people': Hamilton council backs down on affordable housing build after local businesses speak up

Alex Pierson speaks with Daniel Trombetta, Local business owner, about what led to Hamilton city council's decision to reject a plan to build 67 new affordable units on two city-owned parking lots. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/27/202411 minutes
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Blacklocks Check: ''Where's the beef?''

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss the Canadian Human Rights Commission faces international naming and shaming after mistreating Black employees, Conservative MP Kelly McCauley (Edmonton West) has obtained a rare House order compelling two reluctant ArriveCan witnesses to testify or to be taken into custody. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/27/20249 minutes, 6 seconds
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'Nothing is going to change': Liberals introduce Online Harms Bill aimed at protecting children

Alex Pierson speaks with online safety and social media educator Paul Davis about the Liberals online harms bill, which proposes sweeping reforms focused on protecting children online - but will it work? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/27/202420 minutes
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New polling finds Ontarians think they're really good at driving - but are they?

Alex Pierson speaks with Dan Arnold, chief strategy officer at Pollara, about new polling that found Ontarians are VERY confident in their driving abilities. However, data from the OPP say driving in the province has only gotten more dangerous. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/26/20249 minutes, 1 second
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PM Trudeau says online harms bill is about protecting kids - but will it harp down on freedom of expression?

Alex Pierson speaks with Dr. Brett Caraway, Associate Professor with the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology at the University of Toronto, about the long-promised online harms legislation, which the Liberals say is focused on primarily protecting children on the internet and not focused on restricting expression. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/26/202410 minutes, 18 seconds
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NDP and Liberals come to an agreement on pharmacare - but is it sustainable?

Alex Pierson speaks with Kristen Watt, Pharmacist and owner of Kristen’s Pharmacy in Southampton, Ontario, about her concerns with the pharmacare deal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/26/202412 minutes, 43 seconds
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More are turning to TikTok for news content as papers shut down, newsrooms get cut - but is it a legitimate source for news?

Alex Pierson speaks with Dr. Nicole Blanchett, an associate professor at Toronto Metropolitan University's School of Journalism and a former producer with CityTV. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/23/202412 minutes, 1 second
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A second asylum seeker has died after waiting hours for shelter space in Peel Region - what needs to change?

Alex Pierson speaks with Kizito Musabimana, executive director of the Rwandan Canadian Healing Centre, about the tragic passing of another African migrant seeking shelter in Peel Region. Ms. Delphina Ngigi was a refugee claimant and widow with four children, who are back home in Kenya. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/23/202411 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ford government to give Ontario universities, colleges funding boost - but what do we get for our investment?

Alex Pierson speaks with Dr. David Haskell, associate professor at Wilfrid Laurier University and a social scientist, Senior Fellow with the Aristotle Foundation for Public Policy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/23/202410 minutes, 57 seconds
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City councillor won't take family on transit following viral TikTok warning about safety on TTC

Alex Pierson speaks with Karen Stintz, former city councillor and Chair of the TTC, about safety concerns on the TTC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/23/20248 minutes, 25 seconds
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Lynx Air to cease operations Monday, files for creditor protection

Alex Pierson speaks with Duncan Dee, former chief operating officer at Air Canada, about how Lynx Air says its final flights will take place on Sunday as the company files for creditor protection, less than two years after the low-cost airline took to the skies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/23/202411 minutes, 48 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: ''Breach of trust by Governed officials,'' ArriveCan scandal continues

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss the Department of Public Works has ''sufficient suspicion'' of wrongdoing in ArriveCan contracting, a manager testified yesterday, Cabinet is shelving a long-threatened bill to regulate truth and disinformation on the internet, Housing Minister Sean Fraser has launched national fundraising but yesterday would not comment on whether he is campaigning to lead the Liberal Party. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/22/202411 minutes, 26 seconds
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Two random shootings in Jane & Driftwood leaving residents on edge

Alex Pierson speaks with Marcell Wilson, a former street gang member and co-founder of the non-profit One By One Movement, about two random shootings leaving residents in Toronto's Jane & Driftwood area on edge. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/22/202410 minutes, 32 seconds
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Is Canada's military ready to respond should it be called upon?

Alex Pierson speaks with Dr. Christian Leuprecht, Professor at Royal Military College of Canada, expert on security and defence and author of 'Security. Cooperation. Governance,' about Canada's lack of defence spending. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/21/202411 minutes, 36 seconds
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Conservatives eye subpoena threat for firm in ArriveCan controversy

Alex Pierson speaks with Michael Barrett, MP for  Leeds - Grenville - Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, and Conservative ethics critic, about the ongoing ArriveCAN scandal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/21/202411 minutes, 33 seconds
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Uncovering UNWRA: When did the agency lose its way?

Alex Pierson speaks with Hillel Neurer, an international human rights lawyer and Executive Director of United Nations Watch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/21/202414 minutes, 55 seconds
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Why isn't the government meeting with child care operators to help the $10-a-day program succeed?

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2/20/202410 minutes, 35 seconds
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'Stop the emotion of hate': Canadian woman disinvited from speaking at event due to past Israeli military service

Alex Pierson speaks with Leah Goldstein, Canadian and 1st woman to win a grueling 3,000-mile bike race across the United States, about being disinvited as a speaker at the Ottawa International Women's day event due to serving with the Israel Defense Forces three decades ago. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/20/202412 minutes, 14 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: ''Where is this phantom 10 dollar daycare?''

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss Finance Minster Chrystia Freeland by cabinet order has granted herself authority to increase federal borrowing this fiscal year to a record $517 billion, the Commons government operations committee has ordered a ten-year audit of all federal payments to a contractor implicated in ArriveCan irregularities. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/20/202411 minutes, 54 seconds
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Inflation slowed sharply to 2.9% in January thanks to gas prices

Host Alex Pierson speaks with Moshe Lander, Economist with Concordia University, about how the annual rate of inflation across the country eased half a percentage point in January thanks largely to lower gas prices, according to Statistics Canada. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/20/20248 minutes, 41 seconds
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Canadians are relocating to Alberta - what's behind the movement?

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Nadine Faule, a realtor who specializes in helping clients relocate to Calgary. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/16/20249 minutes, 24 seconds
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Do diversity workshops reduce prejudice? One researcher finds they make increase it

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Mike Ramsay, Trustee with the Waterloo Region District School Board, who’s worked on government DEI initiatives. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/16/202411 minutes, 24 seconds
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Alexei Navalny, fierce Putin critic and jailed opposition leader, has died.

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Marcus Kolga, Senior Fellow Macdonald-Laurier Centre for Advancing Canada's Interests Abroad, about Alexei Navalny, the fiercest critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Navalny died in prison Friday, according to international media reports citing Russian prison officials. Navalny's allies decried his December prison transfer to the Arctic Circle as yet another attempt to force him into silence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/16/20249 minutes, 48 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: Who recieved a quarter of a billion dollars to do no work?

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss Federal departments suspending all work with an Ontario contractor implicated in ArriveCan irregularities, the Government Leader in the Senate said yesterday, Canada Border Services Agency President can't account for the disappearance of federal documents used in sweetheart contracting under the $59.5 million ArriveCan program. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/15/202410 minutes, 59 seconds
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Loblaws goes after Toronto-based artist for his 'Roblaw$' t-shirts

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Christopher Lambe, Toronto-based artist behind parody shirts targeting large corporations, including Loblaws. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/15/20249 minutes, 14 seconds
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Mayor Chow, City Council approve Toronto police $20M budget increase

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Toronto Police Chief Myron Demkiw following City Council approving Toronto Police's $20-million boost for its 2024 operating budget. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/15/202411 minutes, 6 seconds
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'I lost it': Quebec father considering legal action against teacher who listed his son's artwork for sale

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Joel DeBellefeuille, Quebec father whose son’s artwork was listed for sale online by his teacher. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/14/20249 minutes, 49 seconds
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''My car was shaking, sputtering and within 15 mins, it died.'' Fuel diluted with water

Host Alex Pierson speaks with Laci Frazier, a Guelph woman, who filled her car up at a Guelph gas station only to find out the gas had been diluted with water. A class action lawsuit could be in the works. How prevalent is this? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/13/20247 minutes, 47 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: Sweetheart agreements with Arrivecan

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss Arrivecan. MP's will issue subpoenas compelling committee from reluctant Arrivecan witness, the commons yesterday by a 173 to 150 vote demanded cabinet revise current record immigration quotas within 100 days, Catherine Tait, $497,000-a year CEO of the CBC, ran up more than $119,000 in expenses at the same time the network complained of ''immense pressure'' on its finances. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/13/202413 minutes, 5 seconds
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Why this doctor says Alberta's right to prohibit transgender procedures for children

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with endocrinologist Dr. Roy Eappen about Alberta moving to prohibit transgender procedures for children. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/12/202411 minutes, 43 seconds
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Is Taylor Swift behind the boost in NFL viewership?

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Eric Smallwood, President of Apex Marketing Group, Inc., about the 'Taylor Swift Effect' on NFL ratings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/12/20249 minutes, 46 seconds
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'I'm in the dark': antisemitic graffiti found in TDSB school, parents not notified

Alex Pierson speaks with Carly Cohen, a Toronto parent whose daughter discovered antisemitic graffiti in her school's bathroom in December. Cohen's concerned with the rise in hate in TDSB schools and the school board's new policy that doesn't notify parents when hate happens. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/8/202410 minutes, 20 seconds
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Government records show ArriveCAN execs got $340,000 in bonuses

Alex Pierson speaks with Franco Terrazzano, Federal Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) about how federal health executives responsible for the ArriveCAN app received $340,000 in bonuses. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/8/20249 minutes, 54 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: ''Scary secret report,'' Arrive can controversy

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to speak about only a third of Canadians rate news media trustworthy and balanced, says in-house CRTC research, federal program to let hundreds of Gazans into Canada has no expanded to thousands, Immigration Minister Marc Miller told reporters yesterday, Cabinet should suspend the carbon tax on farmers, food processors and retailers, the Commons agriculture committee was told. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/8/202410 minutes, 22 seconds
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'It's getting worse': Former Belleville mayor on drug crisis after rash of overdoses

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Mitch Panciuk, former mayor of Belleville, Ontario. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/8/202411 minutes, 15 seconds
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Gina Carano sues Disney over ‘Mandalorian’ firing, with Elon Musk’s help

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with lawyer Lorne Honickman about actor and former MMA fighter Gina Carano suing the Walt Disney Co. and Lucasfilm over her 2021 firing from The Mandalorian with support from Elon Musk and the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/8/202411 minutes, 31 seconds
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Conservative Leader Poilievre wants X-rays to curb auto theft

Alex Pierson speaks with Pierre Poilievre, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/6/202410 minutes, 4 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: Mediocre & an expensive Government

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss a federal homeless relief program that paid millions to consultants, documents show, the Department of Foreign Affairs reprimanded 56 employees for wrongdoing last year, according to new records, Cabinet is rejecting an all-party demand for more public accounting of Governor General Mary Simon's expenses, and China inquiry documents confirm by ex-Conservative MP Kenny Chiu (Steveston-Richmond East, B.C) that he was likely targeted by Communist Party agents in the 2021 campaign. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/6/202413 minutes, 7 seconds
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'It's a sellers market': Greater Toronto housing market tightens as home sales surge 37% in January

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Frank Leo, Broker, Frank Leo and Associates, about how Greater Toronto home sales soared 37 per cent last month compared with the same month a year ago as lower borrowing costs associated with fixed-rate mortgages lured some buyers back to the market. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/6/20246 minutes, 59 seconds
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StatCan report finds more than 15% of immigrants have left Canada within 20 years - but why?

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Cassandra Fultz, Founder and Senior Consultant at Doherty-Fultz Immigration, about more than 15 per cent of immigrants who came to Canada from 1982 to 2017 ended up leaving the country within 20 years of their admission, according to a new study from Statistics Canada. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/5/202411 minutes, 41 seconds
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2018 World Junior investigation: Why charges of sexual assault can no longer be swept under the rug

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Dr. Jennifer Walinga, Rower, Olympian, Researcher on Culture and Leadership Through Sport and Professor at Royal Roads University, about the culture change needed at Hockey Canada. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/5/202415 minutes, 52 seconds
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'Hard to get out': Parts of Cape Breton under state of emergency, 100+ cm of snow possible

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Dr. Monika Dutt, a family physician and Cape Breton resident, about having to hunker down as a powerful winter storm covers Nova Scotia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/5/20248 minutes, 36 seconds
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Toronto police to make “very difficult choices” following city budget reveal

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Toronto Police Chief Myron Demkiw following the unveiling of Mayor Chow's version of the 2024 city budget. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/2/202411 minutes, 36 seconds
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Jurors in coroner’s inquest into death of Sammy Yatim issue 63 recommendations

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Hank Idsinga, 640 Toronto Crime Specialist and Former Toronto Police Inspector, about how jurors in a coroner’s inquest into the death of a teen shot by a Toronto police officer more than a decade ago issued dozens of recommendations in an effort to prevent similar deaths in the future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/2/202411 minutes, 7 seconds
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'I'll be fighting all the way': Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow unveils budget and city tax increase

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Stephen Holyday, City Councillor for Ward 2 - Etobicoke Centre, about Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow unveiling her version of the city’s 2024 budget, shaving one per cent off the proposed tax increase and appearing to end speculation she could forge ahead with blaming further tax increases on the federal government. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/1/202411 minutes, 51 seconds
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What you need to know about 'riskier mortgages' being offered by the major banks

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with mortgage broker Ron Butler about concerns with fixed-payment variable mortgages. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/1/20249 minutes, 15 seconds
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Toronto District School Board votes to cancel classes on day of solar eclipse

Guest host Anthony speaks with Dr. Elaina Hyde, Physics and Astronomy Professor at York University and director of the Allan Eye Carswell Observatory, about the TDSB approving a staff recommendation of changing the date of an upcoming PA day to coincide with a rare solar eclipse set to rise above parts of Canada. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/1/20248 minutes, 41 seconds
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Head of CBC tells committee executives doesn't get “so-called bonuses” but isn’t ruling out “incentive pay

Guest hosts Anthony Furey and Ana Bailao speak with Jeffrey Dvorkin, Author, "Trusting the News in a Digital Age" former head of the journalism program at the University of Toronto-Scarborough and former CBC Radio executive, about the head of CBC not ruling out executive bonuses - despite announcing 800 job cuts to address financial strains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/31/202411 minutes, 55 seconds
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Feds invest $121M to combat auto theft and gun violence in Ontario - will money solve the issue?

Guest hosts Anthony Furey and Ana Bailao speak with Patrick Brown, Mayor of Brampton, about how cracking down on auto theft starts performing more screenings on shopping containers at Canadian ports of entry, where stolen cars are often transported from to be sold in other countries. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/31/20249 minutes, 59 seconds
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Tom Korski - Blacklock's Reporter Check-in - Tuesday, January 30th, 2024

The Department of Foreign Affairs says it suspected Chinese agents used WeChat to meddle in the 2021 federal campaign but didn’t act since the media platform wouldn’t take questions. WeChat is owned by a Shenzhen conglomerate. Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklock's Reporter joins guest host Anthony Furey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/30/20248 minutes
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Canada "not ready" to expand MAiD for mental health: minister

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Alistair MacGregor, B.C. NDP MP and one of the vice-chairs of the Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying, about the expected expansion of medical assistance in dying (MAiD) to people whose sole condition is mental illness has been put on hold, following a joint parliamentary committee report found fundamental issues have not been resolved. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/30/202410 minutes, 2 seconds
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Minister to make announcement amidst Pickering Nuclear Power Station future questions

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Dr. Chris Keefer, President of Canadians for Nuclear Energy, about the province's plans for refurbishing the Pickering nuclear plant. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/30/202411 minutes, 39 seconds
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Six ServiceOntario outlets to move into Staples on Feb. 1, three more later this year

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Todd McCarthy, Ontario’s Minister of Public and Business Service Delivery, about the province announcing that six ServiceOntario locations will be moving into Staples Canada retail stores starting Thursday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/30/202412 minutes, 8 seconds
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Canadian music icon Joni Mitchell to make Grammy Awards performance debut

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Eric Alper, music publicist and commentator, about Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell making her Grammy Awards performance debut February 4th. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/30/20247 minutes, 18 seconds
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'We're definitely not ready for it': Psychiatrist calling for a pause, revisit of MAID policy

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Dr. Sonu Gaind, head of the psychiatry department at Sunnybrook Hospital, about the need for revisiting the expansion of medical assistance in dying to include mental illness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/29/202412 minutes, 9 seconds
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'We're asking for answers': GTA teacher's aide lost her job following sexual assault claims - judge found the allegations to be 'untrue'

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Ashley Jansen, a former teacher’s aide in the GTA, who was accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old student - about having her life thrown upside down - even though the allegations weren't true. Alan Richter, lawyer representing Mrs. Jansen, also joins the conversation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/29/202417 minutes, 47 seconds
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Has the legal cannabis market reached its peak?

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Bradley Poulos, Expert in cannabis business, lecturer in entrepreneurship at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Toronto Metropolitan University and author of the Small Business Operators Manual.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/29/20249 minutes, 1 second
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What's driving the increase in cancer cases for those under 50?

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Dr. Shady Ashamalla, surgical oncologist and colorectal surgeon at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, about an alarming trend in younger people getting diagnosed with cancer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/26/20246 minutes, 30 seconds
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India now included in Canada's probe into election interference

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Phil Gurski, President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting, former CSIS Analyst, about Canada including India in it's probe into election interference. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/26/20249 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ontario preparing ‘back to basics’ curriculum for kindergarten - including coding

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Charlotte Nurse, Director of Programs at the not-for-profit, Canada Learning Code, about the province extending their “back to basics” curriculum push to kindergarten. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/26/20248 minutes, 38 seconds
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Tom Korski - Blacklock's Reporter Check-in - Thursday, January 25th, 2024

Federal auditors are summoned today to a hearing of the Commons public accounts committee regarding the costly ArriveCan program. MPs by a 173 to 149 vote ordered a special audit of ArriveCan after learning sweetheart contracts paid millions to sole-sourced suppliers. Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklock's Reporter joins guest host Anthony Furey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/25/20247 minutes, 46 seconds
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Deadline for expanding medical assistance in dying to include mental illness approaching - but who's behind MAiD?

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Dr. Shawn Whatley, practicing physician and past President of the Ontario Medical Association and author of “When Politics Comes Before Patients: Why and How Canadian Medicare is Failing", about whether Canada is ready to expand medical assistance in dying (MAiD), despite a looming deadline. The federal government is weighing whether to expand MAiD to people whose sole reason for seeking the procedure is a mental disorder. But who makes up the group lobbying for the expansion? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/25/202410 minutes, 57 seconds
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London police will address media Feb. 5th regarding five 2018 World Juniors connected to alleged sexual assault - why the wait?

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Hank Idsinga, 640 Toronto Crime Specialist and Former Toronto Police Inspector, about the five members of Canada’s 2018 World Juniors hockey team that have been told to surrender to police and are set to face charges in relation to an alleged group sexual assault in London, Ont. Police say they'll address the media about the investigation on February 5th - why does the public have to wait that long for answers? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/25/202410 minutes, 37 seconds
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What is a 'forever mortgage' and how can you avoid getting stuck with one?

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Ron Butler, Mortgage Broker with Butler Mortgage, about Canada's financial regulator warning that fixed-payment variable mortgages could leave homeowners with a 'forever mortgage'. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/25/20248 minutes, 8 seconds
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Numerous freaky airline headlines lately, including missing bolts from wings, nose wheels falling off - what's going on?

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Duncan Dee, former Chief Operating Officer for Air Canada. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/24/202412 minutes, 44 seconds
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Use of Emergencies Act during Freedom Convoy protest violated Charter rights - what happens next?

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Christine van Geyn, Litigation Director at The Canadian Constitution Foundation. The case was brought forward by the Canadian Constitution Foundation along with other groups and individuals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/24/202410 minutes, 54 seconds
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How safe are our schools? North York parents raise concerns

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Dr. Weidong Pei, TDSB Trustee for Ward 12, Willowdale, about safety concerns he's hearing from parents. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/24/20248 minutes, 39 seconds
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Dry January is drawing to a close but wait, just as you return to drinking you learn the price of beer is set to rise!

The problem is there may be a lot of extra tax coming in the spring. A federal beer tax hike kicks in April 1. This is a Canadian catastrophe. CJ Hélie, President of Beer Canada joins guest host Anthony Furey to explain what would this mean to those that are craving that first beer after a dry month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/23/20247 minutes, 11 seconds
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Canada Post selling off parts of its business - is it enough to save it?

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Dr. Ian Lee, Associate Professor with the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University, who’s been researching Canada Post’s decline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/23/202410 minutes, 23 seconds
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Is it time the province created regulatory framework for short-term rentals?

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Shelby Ch'ng, Thunder Bay city councillor, about the need for more regulatory framework around short-term rentals. Councillor Ch'ng has been lobbying the province to do so to help municipalities get a better handle on short-term rentals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/23/202411 minutes, 52 seconds
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Tom Korski - Blacklock's Reporter Check-in - Tuesday, January 23th, 2024

Canadians are resigned to unhappy experiences with their internet service provider, says in-house CRTC research. Relatively few switched companies since they considered all services to be equally mediocre, wrote researchers. Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklock's Reporter joins guest host Anthony Furey to explain why internet users are hopeless and more stories from Canada's current affairs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/23/202411 minutes
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'Playing chicken with the taxpayer's money': Torontonians speak out against proposed city budget

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Dana McKiel of The Downtown Concerned Citizens Organization, about city budget consultations and why residents don't want to see cuts to the police budget. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/23/202418 minutes, 19 seconds
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Controversial drug site opens its doors to concerned neighbours - is this just to revamp their image?

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Derek Finkle, journalist who lives across the South Riverdale Community Health Centre, a supervised consumption site that's been plagued with issues. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/22/202417 minutes, 25 seconds
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TTC board can stop the renaming of Dundas stations - but will they?

Guest host Anthony Furey speaks with Jennifer Dundas, former reporter on a mission to set the record straight regarding her distant relative, Henry Dundas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/22/202414 minutes, 2 seconds
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Netanyahu rejects US, Canada push for Palestinian state after Gaza conflict

Alex Pierson speaks with Vivian Bercovici, Former Ambassador of Canada to Israel, about why a two-state solution is a non-starter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/19/202416 minutes, 49 seconds
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Toronto man who dedicated his life to helping homeless killed in rooming house fire

Alex Pierson speaks with Mark Richardson, pro-bono technical lead for data-visualization and analytics on for HousingNowTO.com, a civic tech project where volunteers work to develop robust tools to improve citizen engagement around civic challenges like affordable-housing development and rapid housing solutions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/19/202411 minutes, 20 seconds
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Report from U.S. think tank finds Canada a 'safe haven' for transnational crime including money laundering

Alex Pierson speaks with Dr. Christian Leuprecht, Professor at Royal Military College of Canada, expert on security & defence and author of 'Dirty Money: Financial Crime in Canada'. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/19/20248 minutes, 45 seconds
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Tim Horton's location in Oshawa closes for in-person dining due to safety concerns - what's going on?

Alex Pierson speaks with John Gray, Oshawa City Councillor for Ward 5, about a Tim Horton's in his ward that has closed to in-person dining due to ongoing safety concerns with drug use and violence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/19/202410 minutes, 24 seconds
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Blacklocks Check: A federal consultant who boasted to clients that he had a secret contact in Chrystia Freeland’s office yesterday testified he made it all up

Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter joined Alex Pierson to discuss, 1) The Commons ethics committee yesterday by a 7 to 3 vote rejected Opposition requests for internal emails regarding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s latest 84 k sun holiday 2)A federal consultant who boasted to clients that he had a secret contact in Chrystia Freeland’s office yesterday testified he made it all up.  3) The husband of Liberal MP Lisa Hepfner (Hamilton Mountain, Ont.) must repay pandemic relief cheques improperly claimed under the CERB program. \ 4) A Canadian Armed Forces program to recruit immigrants has seen only 77 applicants successfully enlist to date, says a briefing note for Defence Minister Bill Blair.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/18/20248 minutes, 49 seconds
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CEBA repayment deadline is here: Will this Toronto business bounce back?

Alex Pierson speaks with Krishna Gaudel, owner of The Namaste Brewery and Masala Guys, about having to repay his CEBA loan (an interest-free loan given out by the federal government during the pandemic) and how it'll impact his business. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/18/20249 minutes, 54 seconds
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Why naturopaths in B.C. are lobbying the government for the right to prescribe 'safer supply'

Alex Pierson speaks with Adam Zivo, columnist with National Post, about naturopaths in British Columbia lobbying the government for the right to prescribe 'safer supply' drugs along with traditional addiction medications such as methadone and Suboxone. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/18/20249 minutes, 24 seconds
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'We're going to bring fun back': How Toronto's trying to make nightlife cool again

Alex Pierson speaks with Paul Ainslie, Toronto Councillor for Scarborough Guildwood and the city’s official ‘night economy champion’, about the city hosting a first-of-its-kind townhall meeting for residents and businesses to weigh in on new rules surrounding late-night establishments. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/17/202410 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ford government failed to meet its own housing targets in 2023 - What's the holdup?

Alex Pierson speaks with Ron Butler, Mortgage Broker with Butler Mortgage, about how the Ontario government failed to meet its own housing target in 2023, putting the province further behind in its goal of building 1.5 million homes by 2031. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/17/20248 minutes, 58 seconds
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Blacklocks Check; Human rights atrocities in the green supply chain

Host Alex Pierson speaks with Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter, about the Prime Minister's vacation and why it wasn't ethical, the controversy about the ArriveCan app and their contracts, and why all the cries for Yemen? And what's going on with climate change? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/16/20248 minutes, 47 seconds
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Grocery giant Loblaws pushing Ford government to change cannabis retail rules

Alex Pierson speaks with Brad Poulos, Expert in cannabis business, lecturer in entrepreneurship at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Toronto Metropolitan University and author of 'The Small Business Operators Manual'. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/16/202411 minutes, 5 seconds
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'This can't be a shakedown': Liberal MP speaks out against Mayor Chow blaming feds for budget shortfalls

Alex Pierson speaks with Yvan Baker, Liberal MP for Etobicoke Centre, about his concerns with Toronto mayor Olivia Chow blaming the federal government for its budget shortfalls. Mayor Chow and Toronto's budget chief warned that if the Trudeau government doesn’t cough up an extra $250 million to help the city with housing, homelessness and refugees by Jan. 26, that residents will face an additional 6% tax hike on their property taxes, totaling 16.5 per cent. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/16/20248 minutes, 51 seconds
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'We're going very strong': Why the DVD market is here to stay

Alex Pierson speaks with Brendan Whelton, film producer and manager at Bay Street Video at Bay and Bloor in Toronto. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/12/20248 minutes, 27 seconds
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Wake Up, You Could Lose Your Teen to Suicide: New book explores hardship, the path forward for parents dealing with teens with mental health struggles

Alex Pierson speaks with Chris Coulter, senior advisor with the ‘How Are You Feeling’ program and author of his recently published book, ‘Wake Up, You Could Lose Your Teen to Suicide’. Chris lost his 14-year-old daughter Maddie to suicide in 2015. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/12/20249 minutes, 12 seconds
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One on one with Toronto's Police Chief: demonstrations on Avenue Road bridge are no more

Alex Pierson speaks with Toronto Police Chief Myron Demkiw about the growing tensions in the city over a pro-Palestinian demonstration held several times on the Avenue Road bridge over Highway 401. The police force said Thursday that demonstrations would no longer be allowed on the bridge and people would be “arrested if necessary.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/12/20248 minutes, 53 seconds
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Blacklocks Check; Biggest telecom takeover

Host Alex Pierson speaks with Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter, about Cabinet's ''safe supply'' drug policy has had minimal impacts despite costing more than $820 million, says a health development report, a majority of Canadians, 81 percent nationwide, had some type of prescription drug insurance typically through work, new Statistics Canada shows, and groceries are so expensive Canada's poverty rate is expected to rise this spring. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/11/20249 minutes, 7 seconds
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B.C. parents won't be notified if their kids prescribed 'safe' supply

Alex Pierson speaks with National Post columnist Adam Zivo about his latest research into safe supply. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/11/202411 minutes, 49 seconds
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'Officers are frustrated': Police needed more support following coffee delivery to protesters

Alex Pierson speaks with Jon Reid, President of the Toronto Police Association, about the blowback officers faced for delivering coffee to pro-Palestinian protesters. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/11/202410 minutes, 20 seconds
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'Here we go again': United finds loose bolts on Boeing 737 Max 9s after Alaska Airlines incident

Alex Pierson speaks with Bob Clifford, lawyer and partner at Clifford law offices - Mr. Clifford represents the families killed on Boeing Max flights. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/9/202411 minutes, 9 seconds
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Blacklocks Check; Giving the benefit of the doubt into foreign interference

Host Alex Pierson speaks with Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter, about New Democrat MP Jenny Kwan (Vancouver East) will be a target of Communist Chinese agents ''for her entire life,'' the CRTC yesterday dismissed a request from MP's that it ban state-run Chinese propaganda from its approved distribution list of cable and satellite programming in Canada, the Bank of Canada has quietly taken steps to control a ''digital Canadian dollar'' despite public claims it has no interest of cable and satellite programming in Canada. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/9/202411 minutes, 33 seconds
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'We're not going to relent': Lawyer on Canadian universities facing class action lawsuits for failing to protect Jewish students

Alex Pierson speaks with Sandra Zisckind, managing partner at Diamond and Diamond, about McMaster University and its student union facing a multi-million dollar class action lawsuit over alleged antisemitism on campus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/9/20248 minutes, 59 seconds
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Blacklocks Check; ''Ask ourselves what we did to fight climate change''

Host Alex Pierson speaks with Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter, about Finance Minister Chystia Freeland billed thousands for limousines and taxis in Toronto despite claims she relied on her climate-friendly bicycle and public transit, Canada continues to pay million in foreign aid to China records show, Canadians don't need cabinet's help in safely using the internet, says in-house Privy Council research. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/4/20247 minutes, 51 seconds
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Who's signing up to be a mall cop given the increase in theft & armed robberies?

Alex Pierson speaks with Nayomie Spence-Lees, National Client Services Manager for Blackbird Security. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/22/20239 minutes, 42 seconds
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Guelph reporter allegedly detained, camera seized while on scene of fatal collision

Alex Pierson speaks with Richard Vivian, Senior Reporter and Assistant Editor at Guelph Today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/22/20239 minutes, 24 seconds
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Would you open up your home to a total stranger?

Alex Pierson speaks with Dean DiPietro, London, Ontario man who opened up his family's home to a man experiencing homelessness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/21/20238 minutes, 38 seconds
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Blacklocks Check; 2023 year end wrap up!

Host Alex Pierson speaks with Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter, about a Toronto developer Toni Varone, a longtime Liberal Donor and organizer with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's 2013 leadership campaign, yesterday was named a senator, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault used misleading data and inaccurate generalizations in defending cabinet's electric car mandate. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/21/202317 minutes, 56 seconds
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This 80-year-old is still working and doesn't know when he'll be able to retire - and he's not alone

Alex Pierson speaks with Bill VanGorder, chief education and advocacy officer at the Canadian Association of Retired Persons. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/21/202311 minutes, 39 seconds
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Why is the Canadian government handing over money to China for Chinese-made EVs?

Alex Pierson speaks with Flavio Volpe, president of the Auto Parts Manufacturers’ Association. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/20/202310 minutes, 8 seconds
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Is the the Christmas fruit cake still a thing? This baker says traditional dessert is thriving

Alex Pierson speaks with John Stam, co-owner of Nick the Dutch baker in Notre-Dame, New Brunswick. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/20/202311 minutes, 53 seconds
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Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre drawing huge support from young Indigenous voters - will this hurt PM Trudeau?

Alex Pierson speaks with Jennifer Laewetz, policy analyst and strategist at Warshield. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/20/20236 minutes, 59 seconds
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Canada has blown way past immigration numbers that were already breaking records. - is the system working?

Alex Pierson speaks with  Mikal Skuterud, Professor of Economics at the University of Waterloo and Director of the Canadian Labour Economics Forum and fellow and resident at the C.D. Howe Institute. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/20/202312 minutes, 24 seconds
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Why this urban planner says it's time Toronto allows businesses to operate in laneways

Alex Pierson speaks with Blair Scorgie, a partner at Sajecki Planning and Urban Planner. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/20/202310 minutes, 31 seconds
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Canada to require all new cars be zero emissions by 2035 - will 'range anxiety' still be a concern?

Alex Pierson speaks with Ken Bokor, Producer and host of the EV Revolution Show on YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/19/202312 minutes, 29 seconds
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Blacklocks Check; Canada faces ''increased perceptions of corruption''

Host Alex Pierson speaks with Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter, about the Canadian National Railway that lost millions and suffered ''irreparable harm'' due to anti-Israel protests on its freight lines, more than a third of Canadians say they lack confidence in the youth criminal justice system, Canada faces ''increased perceptions of corruption.'' All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/19/20239 minutes, 48 seconds
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What's happened to policing? Why aren't officers making arrests when protesters utter threats?

Alex Pierson speaks with Andy Brooke, a retired RCMP officer, about an exchange between a demonstrator and another person during a pro-Palestinian demonstration in front of fashion retailer Zara at Toronto's Eaton Centre. In a video shared online, a few Toronto police officers can be seen standing nearby. One of the protesters can be heard saying 'I'll put you six feet deep' but wasn't arrested - why not? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/19/202310 minutes, 35 seconds
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A Year in Review with Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre

Alex Pierson speaks with Pierre Poilievre, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, about a range of issues, including the federal government's announcement of requiring all new vehicles be zero emissions by 2035 - will Poilievre keep that mandate in place? Have a listen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/19/202310 minutes, 42 seconds
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RCMP arrest Ottawa youth in alleged terror plot targeting Jewish community

Alex Pierson speaks with Phil Gurski, President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting, former CSIS Analyst and author of ‘The Threat From Within: Recognizing Al Qaeda-Inspired Radicalization and Terrorism in the West' about the RCMP charging an Ottawa youth with terrorism for allegedly plotting an attack against the Jewish community. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/18/202311 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ottawa set to announce that new cars must be zero emissions by 2035

Alex Pierson speaks with Brian Kingston, president and CEO of Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association, about the expected announcement from the federal government that all new cars will have to be zero emissions by 2035. Ottawa is set to unveil new regulations in the latest example of countries around the world pushing for electrification. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/18/20238 minutes, 53 seconds
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“I’ll put you six feet deep": Why aren't Toronto police arresting protesters uttering threats?

Alex Pierson speaks with Jon Reid, President of the Toronto Police Association. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/18/20238 minutes, 38 seconds
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Two thirds of Toronto youth are behind violent carjackings - why?

Alex Pierson speaks with Ron Chhinzer, Former Toronto Police Service and Peel Regional Police Service officer and gang prevention expert. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/15/20238 minutes, 55 seconds
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Is new home construction grinding to a halt in Ontario?

Alex Pierson speaks with mortgage broker Ron Butler about new home construction in Ontario coming to a halt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/14/20238 minutes, 52 seconds
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Blacklocks Check; Twitter ''influencers'' getting paid by Department of Health

Host Alex Pierson speaks with Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter, about middle class Canadians being disappointed with the cabinet's ''Strong Middle Class'' budget, says in-house Privy Council research, the Department of Health had paid Twitter 'influencers'' more than $680,000 since 2021, records show, whistleblowers are asking MP's to publicly release hundreds of pages of documents detailing insider dealing at a taxpayer-funding foundation. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/14/20239 minutes, 22 seconds
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UN General Assembly overwhelming supports a ceasefire in Gaza - but will Israel agree to one?

Alex Pierson speaks with Yaron Deckel, Regional Director to Canada of the Jewish Agency, now based in Toronto. Yaron was also a longtime journalist in Israel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/13/202311 minutes, 11 seconds
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Canada votes in favour of ceasefire in Gaza at United Nations

Alex Pierson speaks with Bob Rae, Representative of Canada to the United Nations, about Canada voting in favour of a resolution in the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that calls for an “immediate humanitarian ceasefire” in Gaza and the immediate release of all hostages. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/13/20239 minutes, 58 seconds
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New Dental plan program comes with a massive price tag, but will this help?

Host Alex Pierson speaks with Lori Gallant, owner of Smile 4 Me Dental Hygiene in Pickering about the Governments new dental plan announcement. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/12/20239 minutes, 26 seconds
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Why are members of the LGBTQ+ community supporting Hamas - the terror regime that would be the first to kill them?

Alex Pierson speaks with Jonathan Elkhoury, an Israeli Lebanese Christian leader in Israel’s LGBTQ+ community, offering a unique viewpoint on the issues facing his community in the Middle East - including Gaza and West Bank - and his experience as a refugee from Lebanon in Israel, and how Israel accepted him with open arms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/12/202312 minutes
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Blacklocks Check-In: A billion tax dollars for refugees; Canadians are losing patience

Host Alex Pierson speaks with Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter, about Liberal MP Greg Fergus (Hull-Aylmer, Que.), first Black Speaker of the Commons, is now the first Speaker since Confederation to be summoned for cross-examination by MP's, free hotel rooms and meals for refugee applicants and illegal immigrants cost $769 million this year, says the Department of Immigration. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/12/20238 minutes, 57 seconds
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Liberals to revive ‘war-time housing’ blueprints in bid to speed up builds

Alex Pierson speaks with Mike Moffatt, Founding director of PLACE Centre at the Smart Prosperity Institute, about the federal government reviving a Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation program to provide standardized housing blueprints to builders, nearly 80 years after it was first brought in. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/12/202310 minutes, 45 seconds
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Will beer be sold in Ontario convenience stores? Craft brewers sure hope so

Host Alex Pierson speaks with Adin Wener, co-founder and head of sales at Henderson Brewery. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/11/20238 minutes, 41 seconds
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''What's up with the traffic in Toronto?'' Adelaide Street West being temporarily shut down

Host Alex Pierson speaks with Giles Gherson, President and CEO Toronto Region Board of Trade. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/11/20238 minutes, 45 seconds
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Details of new federal dental insurance plan coming, sources say

Alex Pierson speaks with Dr. Brock Nicolucci, President of the Ontario Dental Association, about details of a new federal dental insurance plan being unveiled today that will provide benefits directly to eligible Canadian residents. Government officials say the new program will be phased in slowly over 2024. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/11/20239 minutes, 9 seconds
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Calgary Mayor will not participate in annual menorah lighting citing event’s ‘political intentions’

Alex Pierson speaks with Rahim Mohamed, a political columnist based in Calgary. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/8/202311 minutes, 41 seconds
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''Merry Swiftmas everyone'' Illinois man decorates his home with only Taylor Swift decorations

Host Alex Pierson speaks with Brian Scott, Illinois man who decorated his home with only Taylor Swift decorations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/8/20239 minutes, 19 seconds
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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer; It's a Canadian thing!

Host Alex Pierson speaks with Craig Baird, host of Canadian history Ehx podcast about the history of Rudolph. The classic movie is Canadian made! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/8/20238 minutes, 1 second
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UN report gives Canada 'C' grade for flight safety oversight

Alex Pierson speaks with Duncan Dee, Former Air Canada chief operating officer, responsible for the safety system at Air Canada. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/8/202310 minutes, 27 seconds
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Warnings are front and center; will interference affect our election?

Host Alex Pierson speaks with Steve Chase, Senior Parliament Reporter for the Globe and Mail about the warnings we've been given with interference. We need to get our cyber securities on track. How will this affect our election? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/7/202310 minutes, 58 seconds
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Food prices set to rise in 2024, report says. How much more will Canadians spend on groceries?

Alex Pierson speaks with John Keogh, Founder and Managing Principal of Shantalla, McGill Center for the Convergence of Health and Economics, about the annual food price report and how Canadians are reducing how much they spend on groceries, either by reducing the quantity or quality of food they purchase. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/7/202310 minutes, 22 seconds
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Blacklocks Check-In: Do we need a task force to protect religious freedoms; is this where we are in 2023?

Host Alex Pierson speaks with Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter, about Cabinet must establish a federal task force to protect religious freedoms, the Commons justice committee yesterday wrote in a report to Parliament, Cabinet has no plan to solve the housing crisis, the CEO of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation said yesterday. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/7/202310 minutes, 54 seconds
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Is the carbon tax an election issue? This farmer thinks so - it's costing him $173K this year alone

Alex Pierson speaks with Mike Medeiros, co-owner of Carleton Mushroom Farms in south Ottawa, about the financial impact the carbon tax has on his business - and how those costs trickle down to the consumer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/7/202311 minutes, 4 seconds
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Report: Canadian waitlist deaths at 5-year high

Alex Pierson speaks with Colin Craig, President of SecondStreet.org, about the number of Canadians dying on health care waiting lists for surgery or diagnostic scans is at a five-year high, according to new research from Second Street. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/6/202310 minutes, 26 seconds
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Promises to Hazel McCallion; Bonnie Crombie had to take a stand

Host Alex Pierson speaks with Warren Kinsella, was special assistant to Jean Chretien, and currently CEO of Daisy Group crisis communications frim, about the major wedge when it comes to Peel Region. What does Bonnie Crombie do now? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/6/20238 minutes, 58 seconds
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''71% of Canadians want to prioritize money on healthcare'' Does the government even care?

Host Alex Pierson speaks with Colin Craig, President of Second Street dot org, about the number of Canadians dying on health care waiting lists for surgeries and diagnostics Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/6/202310 minutes, 28 seconds
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Breaking up Peel Region could result in a shortage of paramedics.

Alex Pierson speaks with Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown about how the dismantling of Peel Region could leave that whole area with a shortage of paramedics.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/5/20236 minutes, 44 seconds
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'Holding on as long as I can': Meet Queen Street's last vendor

Alex Pierson speaks with Sheryl Genser, who’s dubbed herself the last vendor on Queen Street. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/5/202310 minutes, 10 seconds
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Uber files legal challenge against Toronto driver cap in escalating battle

Alex Pierson speaks with Giles Gherson, President and CEO of Toronto Region Board of Trade, about ridesharing giant Uber asking an Ontario court to throw out a bylaw that capped the number of its drivers allowed to operate in Toronto. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/5/20239 minutes, 4 seconds
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Puppy Mills; What's taking so long to get legislation?

Host Alex Pierson speaks with Camille Labchuk, Lawyer, Executive Director of Animal Rights Justice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/5/202310 minutes, 20 seconds
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Blacklocks Check-In: Greg Fergus' apologizes; it goes horribly wrong

Host Alex Pierson speaks with Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter, about Greg Fergus facing censure with only nine weeks on the job since he admitted to participating in a Liberal Party function in a breach of a rule that he remains impartial while holding the $287,400 - a year speakership, Independent MP Han Dong says allegations have made him ''the face of Chinese interference'' in federal elections. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/5/20239 minutes, 39 seconds
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'I want to fight for myself, other girls': U.S. high schooler accused of using AI to create nude images of classmates

Alex Pierson speaks with Dorota Mani, a New Jersey woman and mother to 14-year-old Francesca who fell victim to deepfake images. Dorota's daughter has created a website and set up a charity aiming to help AI victims. Learn more here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/5/202310 minutes, 22 seconds
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'Law falls flat': Ontario government takes aim at puppy mills in new legislation

Alex Pierson speaks with Camille Labchuk, lawyer and executive director of Animal Rights Justice, about Ontario introducing new rules that will supposedly crack down on large and unethical dog breeding operations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/5/202310 minutes, 20 seconds
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''Investors own more than 50% of Toronto's condos'' Driving up housing costs

There are nothing but uncertainties in real estate and in the condo market. Investors own more than 50% of Toronto's condo's, which drive up costs. Host Alex Pierson speaks with John Pasalis, president of real estate brokerage Realosophy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/4/20238 minutes, 28 seconds
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New survey finds many Canadians have difficulty trusting media - why?

Alex Pierson speaks with Jeffrey Dvorkin, Author of "Trusting the News in a Digital Age" former journalism director at the University of Toronto-Scarborough. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/4/202310 minutes, 22 seconds
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COP28 climate summit: What are leaders saying about nuclear power?

Alex Pierson speaks with Dr. Chris Keefer, President of Canadians for Nuclear Energy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/4/20238 minutes, 52 seconds
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Chiefs of Ontario asks for judicial review of carbon price regime

Alex Pierson speaks with Abram Benedict, Grand Chief for the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, a Haudenosaunee community located on the Canada-U.S. border, about why Canada needs to fix what they call a “discriminatory” carbon price system. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/1/20237 minutes, 30 seconds
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Anti-Israel protesters flood Peel District School Board meeting - where does it end?

Alex Pierson speaks with Noah Shack, Vice President of Countering Antisemitism & Hate at UJA Federation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/1/202310 minutes, 37 seconds
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'Hope you can live with the silence': Former harm reduction worker speaks out on safe injection gone wrong

Alex Pierson speaks with Tara, a former staff member at the South Riverdale Community Health Centre and Derek Finkle, an independent journalist who lives beside the South Riverdale Community Health Centre. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/1/202318 minutes, 12 seconds
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How will Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre provide relief for Canadians?

Alex Pierson speaks with Conservative Party Leader Pierre Poilievre about a number of issues - including GDP numbers, concerns of high food costs ahead of the holiday season and bail reform. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/1/202310 minutes, 13 seconds
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The passing of Shane MacGowan of The Pogues

Host Alex Pierson speaks with Eric Alper, freelance music publicist and lifelong musicaholic about the passing of Shane MacGowan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/30/20237 minutes, 49 seconds
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Toronto man reunites with his niece, siblings and mother after 51-days of captivity

Alex Pierson speaks with Aharon Brodutch, Toronto man whose family was held hostage by Hamas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/30/202310 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ontario unveils new legislation that would make it easier for victims of crime to sue their offenders for emotional distress

Host Alex Pierson speaks with criminal defence lawyer Joseph Neuberger about new legislation that would make it easier for victims of crime to sue their offenders for emotional distress,. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/30/20238 minutes, 30 seconds
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Canada rolls out new 988 suicide crisis helpline. Here’s how it works

Alex Pierson speaks with Dr. Allison Crawford, Chief Medical Officer of 9-8-8: Suicide Crisis Helpline and a psychiatrist at CAMH. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/30/202310 minutes, 8 seconds
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Blacklocks Check-In: ''So called Chinese police stations'' Admitting there's a problem is a good first step

Host Alex Pierson speaks with Tom Korski, Managing Editor of Blacklocks Reporter, about the Commons committee yesterday acknowledged the Chinese Communist Party operated ''police service stations'' in Canada, the House Affairs committee yesterday rejected an investigation of Liberal Party records concerning Independent MP Han Dong (Don Valley North, Ont), Parliament must protect Canadian Jews from hatemongers, Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet said yesterday. All this and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/30/202310 minutes
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U.S. indictment on alleged Sikh assassination plot makes link to Nijjar murder

Alex Pierson speaks with Phil Gurski, President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting, former CSIS Analyst, about an Indian national facing murder-for-hire charges in a case of what American law enforcement are calling an attempt “to assassinate a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil,” with an alleged connection to an employee of the Indian government. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/30/20239 minutes, 18 seconds
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Canada’s economy keeps its head above ‘recession waters’ — for now

Alex Pierson speaks with Dr. Ian Lee, Associate Professor at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University, about the latest GDP numbers and how it impacts you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/30/20239 minutes, 10 seconds
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'You can smell the hate': What it's like to be an Israeli soldier in Gaza

640 Toronto host Alex Pierson speaks with Noy Leyb, Canadian man, NYC tech company owner, who returned to Israel to fight against Hamas in Gaza. Visit Noy's Instagram to learn more. Click here to donate to Noy's unit - your contributions will go directly to his unit for combat gear. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/30/202310 minutes, 2 seconds
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'An accidental win': Canada comes to deal with Google on Online News Act

Alex Pierson speaks with Dr. Brett Caraway, Associate Professor with the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology  at the University of Toronto, about the Online News Act - and what this deal means for consumers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/29/20238 minutes, 11 seconds
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'Learning loss is real': New report highlights education gap is not closing, but continuing

Alex Pierson speaks with Dr. Paul Bennett, director of the Schoolhouse Institute and adjunct professor of education at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/29/202310 minutes, 11 seconds
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New polling finds 67% of Canadians say taking in 500K permanent residents a year too high

Host Alex Pierson speaks with Dr. Eddie Sheppard, Vice President of Abacus Data, about new polling that suggests shifting attitudes on Canada's immigration policy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/29/202310 minutes, 56 seconds
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IDF looking into Hamas claim that 10-month old hostage Kfir and 2 family members dead

Alex Pierson speaks with Lt. Col Peter Lerner, an Israel Defence Forces Spokesperson for the latest on the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas and whether there's any truth to Hamas claims of the Bibas family (10-month old Kfir, 4-year-old Ariel and their mother Shiri) are dead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/29/202311 minutes, 27 seconds
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Fire breaks out at encampment near Fort York National Historic site - how can we prevent fires at these sites?

Alex Pierson speaks with Jim Jessop, Deputy Fire Chief for Toronto Fire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/29/202310 minutes, 47 seconds
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Blacklocks Check-In: Liberal MP'S opposed public disclosure on electric auto battery manufacturers