on the show this weekend (July 9/10)

working on a segment on the increasing danger of riding a bicycle and competing with cars/trucks for a little bit of space on the road.  I both drive and ride and yes, cyclists can be a pain in the seat … but by far the most are just folks out for a ride or using their bikes for commuting.  What’s up with the increasing worries about getting home alive, or without a stopover at the local infirmary?  We’ll talk.

Hillary Clinton’s pass from the FBI Director.  There’s so much wrong with this it should be like fingernails scraping a blackboard. We’ll cover this one.

What’s going on with political leaders quitting or attempts to heave them over the side (metaphorically), post Brexit?

A mom’s desperate battle to have her Canadian kids returned ….

and police shootings in the U.S.

some of what we’re working on for this weekend’s shows.


Some of what you’ll hear on today’s program (Sunday, July 3, ’16)

Today, one of the great Canadian adventures told by a man who spent every dollar he had to make it reality and who saw Canada like no one else has and whose message has been heard by millions of his fellow Canadians…and whose story remains totally compelling.  Chris Robertson, To the Top Canada joins me and I have a Canadian bucket list question for you.

an impromptu conversation with a 40-something individual which resulted in him suggesting the parents of my generation (boomers) should have been criminally charged with child endangerment. And why? listen in.  I’ll open the phones and you will want to comment.

Kathy’s email of last weekend continued to fire up email and online opinion and I want to find out if one week later it still resonates with you as much as it did last Saturday.  Kathy’s email reflected the populist mood which is making itself heard internationally.

The NHL UFA week and the excitement and frustration it brought with it, along with the massive amount of money spent.  Which NHL teams won and which lost?  Michael Traikos, national hockey writer for Postmedia News joins me on the excellent column and assessment of NHL winners and UFA losers he wrote.

The world is mourning the death of Elie Wiesel, the man who reminded us of the depravity of genocidal violence as perpetrated during the Holocaust.  I’ll be speaking with Michael Silverman who worked with Elie Wiesel and was himself engaged with Holocaust education for many years.

And on the issue of the federal court overturning the federal government’s approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline, Joe McFarland, news director for Corus radio’s News Talk 770 in Calgary joins me.

Some of what’s on today’s show.  Please join us.

the former Commander of Canada’s national anti terrorism unit JTF2 today

Another life-claiming terror attack over the past 24 hours in Bangladesh, following the loss of more than 40 lives at Ataturk airport in Istanbul.  Lt Colonel Steve Day (ret’d) former Commander of Canada’s national counter terrorism unit JTF2 joins me today to speak to the issue of how to counter the international and national threats of terror.

Are you looking forward to the day you’ll be legally permitted to consume cannabis recreationally?  Maybe you anticipated you’d be able to do so already, given Justin Trudeau’s promises last October during the federal election campaign.
Well, the Liberals just announced the creation of a taskforce to study legalizing and regulation of cannabis availability.
Marc and Jodie Emery, perhaps Canada’s best known supporters of legalizing cannabis join me and Jodie has formally requested her participation on the taskforce.
We’ll include your calls.  Do you believe you’ll see the day you’ll have the choice to consume cannabis recreationally and legally, sooner than later?

The Federal Court overturned a federal government decision to go ahead with building of the Northern Gateway pipeline.  The judges decided 2-1 to negate parliament.  I’ll be speaking with Mark Scholz, president of the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors today.  Mr. Scholz wrote an op-ed in the Calgary Herald in which he compares pipelines today with the nation-building of railways in the 1800’s.
It is problematic when two appointed judges halt a hugely important decision of Canada’s parliament.  We’ll include your calls.

When you sang O Canada yesterday on Canada Day, did you sing “in all thy sons command” or in “all of us command?”
Three weeks ago Chris Guyda joined us.  Chris is a Grade 11 student in Warman, Saskatchewan and he wrote a class exercise essay in which Chris challenged members of parliament who voted to change the words of our national anthem because, as some argued, “it is 2016.”  I suspect none of those members of parliament was aware of the historic significance of “in all thy sons command.”  It’s spelled out in Chris’ essay which I’ll read and then take your calls.  Will you sing “in all thy sons” … or “in all of us”…..?

And Catherine Swift and Michelle Simson join me for our weekly Beauties and the Beast half hour.  Linda Leatherdale is off today for some family celebrations.  One of the topics with Michelle and Catherine will be the Three Amigos meeting in Ottawa.  It may not be so “amigo-ish” next time the political heads of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico meet.

We’ll talk later.