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The Best of Fight Back - Week of July 19 2021 - Saturday Edition
The Saturday edition of the Best Fight Back, from the week that was, with Jane Brown
- The Zoomer Squad with David Cravit, Bill VanGorder, and Peter Muggeridge on new COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care
- Dr. Adam Kassam on the OMA's calls for mandatory vaccination of healthcare workers
- The Strategy Panel, with Karen Stintz and Charles Sousa discuss the challenges to the leadership of federal Green Party
- An exclusive interview with the federal Green Party leader Annamie Paul
- And the best calls of the week!
Free For All Friday - July 23 2021
Whatever in the news has you talking, Libby is ready to take your calls.
Should COVID vaccines be mandatory for healthcare workers? This is among the questions this week that got the phones ringing at Fight Back. Premier Doug Ford has so far said no, but he's also said he's listening to the health expert and will take his guidance from them.
And in fact, this week, the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario wrote to premier Ford and asked him to make COVID vaccinations mandatory for healthcare workers. And the head of the RNAO, Dr. Doris Greenspun, told Libby that she is always reassured by Premier Ford who says he's listening to her and taking her guidance.
There was another proposal for provincially issued vaccine passports or certificates this week, this time from members of Ontario's Science Advisory Table. In fact, the scientific director of the table Dr Peter Juni told Libby this is the way to go so that we don't get a mish mash of private businesses trying to issue vaccine passports.
And what about the U.S. border closed to Canadians for non essential travel now until at least August 21st? Is that messing with your plans, or are you waiting to head stateside anyway?
A Very Different Olympic Games & Ongoing Border Restrictions
The Tokyo Olympics are set to open officially tomorrow and, as if they were not sufficiently plagued with problems, this morning the director of the opening ceremonies was fired for inappropriate jokes about the Holocaust. Libby is joined by Canadian Olympian Dr. Jane Thornton, Dr. Michael Naraine, and Dr. Alon Vaisman to discuss the issues surrounding the Olympic Games amidst a pandemic.
Later, Ontarios COVID-19 Science Advisory Table has come out in favour of vaccine passports. The table published a 21-page brief saying vaccine certificates could be useful in reopening higher-risk settings in the province sooner, places like indoor dining, bars, gyms, and cultural and sports events.
Libby is joined by Dr. Peter Juni and he says the only way to deal with this is to make a distinction between vaccinated and unvaccinated.
Finally, yesterday the Liberal government announced that fully vaccinated Americans will be able to come here as of August 9th, but the Biden administration did not reciprocate and we will be barred from the states until at least the 21st.
Libby is joined by Rocco Rossi, and Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati to discuss the business of the border.
Annamie Paul & National Summits on Antisemitism and Islamophobia
Annamie Paul, leader of the Green Party of Canada, joins Libby Znaimer to reflect on what has arguably been the most challenging chapter of her political career. And, she tells us how the Green Party plans to fight a potential federal election in the coming months.
Later, Libby Znaimer is joined by Canadian Senator Salma Ataulahjan, Michal Schlesinger, Senior Human Rights Liaison at B'nai Brith Canada and Simon Granat, Senior Manager of Policy and Communications at The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA). Today, the Federal Liberals are hosting a National Summit on antisemitism. Tomorrow: they host one on Islamophobia. The move comes after a spike in hatred/racist incidents targeting both communities. Just last month, things turned deadly, when Nathaniel Veltman, a white, 22-year-old male ran over the Afzaal family in London Ontario, with a vehicle, killing four members. B'nai Brith says that as many as 2,610 antisemitic incidents were recorded last year. So, where do we go from here, and what do the leaders of both communities hope will be the outcome of these summits?
Finally, Libby Znaimer is joined by Doris Grinspun, CEO of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO). Together, they talk about the RNAOs call to mandate the vaccination of all healthcare workers in the province and why nurses are leaving in droves
Are You A Senior Manager Ready To Retire Amid The Pandemic?
Jane Brown is filling in for Libby Znaimer today.
First up, Jane is joined by the Strategy Panel with Karen Stintz, CEO of Variety Village, John Capobianco, Conservative strategist, Senior Vice President & Senior Partner at FleishmanHillard HighRoad, and Bob Richardson, Liberal Strategist and Senior Counsel to National Public Relations.
Sources have revealed to the press, this week, that a non-confidence vote against Green Party leader Annamie Paul as well as a party membership review has been canceled. But, now that the party's dirty laundry has been aired and a very public dispute between its leader and top brass have become evident, where do the Greens go from here and was it a smart decision to keep things the way they currently are? Meanwhile, the federal government announced that Canada will allow American travelers who are fully vaccinated to enter the country starting August 9th. However, the same policy has not been reciprocated by the Americans. Why? And, should the full vaccination of all healthcare workers be mandated? Premier Doug Ford shut down that idea this week despite groups like the Ontario Medical Association insisting that it should be a requirement. Finally, vaccine passports have been a hot topic of debate among the business community and within the context of travel. Our strategists weigh in on the latest.
Later, Jane Brown is joined by David Cravit, Vice President of Zoomer Media, Zabeen Hirji, Executive Adviser on the Future of work at Deloitte and Dr. Rick Hackett, Professor of Human Resources and Management at DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University and a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Organizational Behaviour and Human Performance, and Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association.
New research conducted by Deloitte in collaboration with LifeWorks reveals a trend of senior managers and executives of Canadian businesses who want a change due the way that COVID-19 has impacted their work-life structure. A little over half of 1,100 business leaders who were surveyed from companies including Bell Canada, and the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan indicated that they have been considering leaving their roles. Almost a quarter of those surveyed have expressed a desire to officially retire. Jane and the panel take a deep dive into just how this pandemic has pushed some leaders in the workforce to the brink and what else the research reveals.
Should Vaccinations Be Mandated For Healthcare Workers?
Jane Brown is filling in for Libby Znaimer today.
First, Jane is joined by the Zoomer Squad's David Cravit, Vice President of Zoomer Media and Chief Membership Officer at CARP, alongside Bill VanGorder,Chief Operating Officer and Chief Policy Officer of CARP, and Peter Muggeridge, Senior Editor at Zoomer Magazine to discuss news of positive tests at a Hamilton-based nursing home.
Later, Jane Brown is joined by Dr. Adam Kassam, President of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA). The Ontario Medical Association wants to see COVID-19 vaccinations be mandated for all health care workers in the province. Dr. Kassam reiterates the OMA's position on this matter.
Finally, Jane Brown is joined by Kaspar Cameron, Manager of the Filmores Gentlemen's Club in Toronto. Kaspar's establishment has been making headlines for reasons you might not have immediately thought of. As part of stage 3 of the province's economic reopening plan, he has made the decision to mandate proof of COVID-19 vaccinations for patrons of his business. All of his staff have received full vaccination. Kaspar is like many other employers who have to make a decision as to whether they will mandate such a policy as a health and safety precaution. Kaspar details why he decided proof was necessary and other ways the pandemic has forced him to change the way his business is run.
Fantastic analysis of Canadian issues
Addictive to listen to! Great interview!