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Simi Sara grew up in Surrey, B.C. and spent the first 15 years of her career in television. She has been with 980 CKNW since 2010 as the host of the The Simi Sara Show, until she made her move to her new timeslot as host of Mornings with Simi.

She is the recipient of two national and three regional RTDNA awards for her editorial and commentary work. Sara has also won both the BCAB Broadcaster of Tomorrow and BCAB Performer of the Year awards. Additionally, she is the only radio personality to win the Jack Webster City Mike award for commentary.

Her show Mornings with Simi airs weekdays from 5:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. PT.

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Simi Sara grew up in Surrey, B.C. and spent the first 15 years of her career in television. She has been with 980 CKNW since 2010 as the host of the The Simi Sara Show, until she made her move to her new timeslot as host of Mornings with Simi.

She is the recipient of two national and three regional RTDNA awards for her editorial and commentary work. Sara has also won both the BCAB Broadcaster of Tomorrow and BCAB Performer of the Year awards. Additionally, she is the only radio personality to win the Jack Webster City Mike award for commentary.

Her show Mornings with Simi airs weekdays from 5:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. PT.

    Money for BC Ferries, Fewer Premature Babies being born & Largest solar project underway

    Money for BC Ferries, Fewer Premature Babies being born & Largest solar project underway

    Chapter 1: It’s been a little under a month since the BC government implemented a day-pass system for visiting some BC parks. The intention was to control the amount of foot traffic at some of these more popular locations. But now weeks into the program, how is it being received? 

    Guest: Chris Ludwig, president of the BC Mountaineering Club

    Chapter 2: Not everyone is happy about the idea of keeping liquor delivery after the pandemic restrictions are lifted.

    Chapter 3: What do you think about the government operating BC Ferries once again? It’s what the BC Green Party is proposing as a long-term solution, saying a federal bailout is just a short-term fix. 

    Guest: Rob Shaw, writer for the Vancouver Sun

    Chapter 4: A forecast model for COVID-19 progression suggests we could see a spike in the virus.

    Guest: Dr. Sally Otto, UBC Department of Zoology

    Chapter 5: Yesterday was the first day that Vancouverites were allowed to drink alcohol in a select number of public plazas. How did it go? Niki went to an event held at the Cambie & 17th plaza last night. Local historian Aaron Chapman read excerpts from his books that focus on Vancouver’s old liquor laws to a gathering of about 25 well-socially distanced people.

    Chapter 6: It’s a bizarre phenomenon - fewer babies are being born premature during the pandemic. Merilee Brockway, post-doctoral researcher at the University of Manitoba’s Azad Lab, is conducting research on what the cause of this phenomenon could be. 

    Guest: Merilee Brockway, post-doctoral researcher at the University of Manitoba’s Azad Lab

    Chapter 7: Hotel and tourism workers have officially entered Day 2 of their hunger strike, demanding the government provide their industry with much needed financial assistance and security. 

    Guest: Michelle Travis, spokesperson for Local 40

    Chapter 8: The largest ground-mount solar project in the Lower Mainland is underway at the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation’s administration building on the north shore. 

    Guest: Dennis Thomas-Whonoak, Senior Business Development Manager with Tsleil-Waututh Nation Economic Development.

    • 55 min
    View From Victoria: Masks in Schools

    View From Victoria: Masks in Schools

    View From Victoria: 

    A local look at politics from the Provincial capital.  The Vancouver Sun's Vaughn Palmer, and Global News reporter Richard Zussman join the show with their take on the day's headlines.

    • 8 min
    The last ice shelf melts, Overcrowding in the bay & helping drug addicts with recovery

    The last ice shelf melts, Overcrowding in the bay & helping drug addicts with recovery

    Chapter 1: The last fully intact ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic has collapsed, losing more than 40 per cent of its area in just two days at the end of July, researchers said on Thursday.  The Milne Ice Shelf is at the fringe of Ellesmere Island, in the sparsely populated northern Canadian territory of Nunavut.

    Guest: Luke Copland, University of Ottawa

    Chapter 2: It’s been a long time since we’ve had playoff excitement in this city...but a big win on Friday night means the Canucks are in the playoffs! The last time the Canucks made the playoffs was in 2015 (they were knocked out in the first round by the Calgary Flames). 

    Guest: Christian Aumell, host of the CJOB Sports Show

    Chapter 3: Lions Bay Beach Park was linked to recent cases of COVID-19; anyone who visited the park during the BC Day long weekend is being warned that they may have been exposed to the virus. What does Lions Bay city council want you to know before you consider visiting their small community? 

    Guest: Councillor Jamie Cunliffe, acting mayor

    Chapter 4: To help out restaurants during the pandemic, rules were changed to allow them to sell liquor with take-out orders. And this experimental plan proved to be a success. So why not keep it going after the pandemic ends?

    Guest: John Yap, Richmond MLA

    Chapter 5: As Vancouver’s drug addiction and homelessness crisis seems to worsen, it feels like nothing the government is doing is actually helping. Are there effective and proven methods for moving people away from drug use and back into normal society?

    Guest: Steve Whiteside, Chief Executive Officer - John Volken Academy

    Chapter 6: How was the back-to-school plan created?  There are reports that Vancouver trustees were not consulted on the BC restart plan. So who was? 

    Guest: Stephanie Higginson, president of the BCSTA

    Chapter 7: BC’s tourism industry needs financial assistance now! Joining us to discuss his op-ed in the Vancouver Sun on this subject is Rick Antonson, who for more than 21 years was the president and CEO of Tourism Vancouver.  

    Guest: Rick Antonson, former president & CEO of Tourism Vancouver

    • 50 min
    Controlling the spread as economies open, Homeschooling options & Not having enough vaccine in Canada

    Controlling the spread as economies open, Homeschooling options & Not having enough vaccine in Canada

    Chapter 1: Starting August 24th TransLink riders will be required to wear a face covering when they’re on a bus or train. 

    Chapter 2: BC isn’t the only place seeing a resurgence in cases of COVID-19.  As many countries around the world move forward with reopening their economy and trying to return to normal they’re facing the exact same thing. 

    Guest: Shane Woodford, Freelancer in Denmark, former CKNW

    Chapter 3: Sturgis is on this weekend in South Dakota - could this be a super spreader event?  Meanwhile, back in Canada - Walmart will require masks to be worn in the store starting on August 12. 

    Guest: Niki Reitmayer, CKNW Mornings contributor

    Chapter 4: The BC Teachers Federation has called on the government to delay the return to class until further consultation can occur, but the BC Principals and Vice Principals Association is asking for a flexible approach. 

    Guest: Darren Danyluk, President of the BC Principals and Vice Principals Association.

    Chapter 5: Everyone is in a unique position when it comes to deciding what’s best for their family during this pandemic, and a lot of parents are understandably concerned about sending their children back to school!

    Guest: Melanie Wilkins-Ho, President of the BC Home Educators’ Association.

    Chapter 6: 146 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, and we’re seeing around 40 new cases announced everyday.  If you think back to June and July, we had single digit numbers of new cases many times, and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is obviously concerned about the way things are going.

    Chapter 7: That’s Canada’s medical health officer Dr. Theresa Tam earlier this week announcing procurement agreements for two vaccines that are in development.  So how many vaccines WILL there be to go around and why hasn’t Canada secured enough for everyone?

    Guest: Amir Attaran, Professor of Law & Medicine at the University of Ottawa.

    Chapter 8: Statistics Canada published the results of the July labour force survey this morning and BC Business Council chief economist Ken Peacock is here to break out the big headlines.

    Guest: Ken Peacock, Chief Economist and Vice President at the Business Council of BC.

    Chapter 9: US President Donald Trump taking direct aim at the Canadian aluminum industry while speaking in Ohio.  Canada has said it will retaliate.

    Guest: Mike Le Couteur, Global National Parliamentary Correspondent.

    • 1 hr
    Who decides on a vaccine, The scenes at YVR & the Conservative leadership race

    Who decides on a vaccine, The scenes at YVR & the Conservative leadership race

    Chapter 1: We’re expecting the Labour Force Survey results from July tomorrow morning, and these have been a real bellwether for the economic recovery in the past couple of months.

    Guest: Brendon Bernard, Economist with Indeed.ca

    Chapter 2: Niki was in Gastown yesterday and the homelessness and drug use problems are seemingly out of control. 

    Guest: Niki Reitmayer - CKNW Mornings contributor

    Chapter 3: Who decides how a vaccine for COVID-19 will be distributed and what is that process going to look like?  We’ve learned the federal government has lined up supply deals with two major manufacturers projected to deliver a vaccine within 18 months, but what happens then?

    Guest: Dr. Catherine Hankins, Professor of Population and Public Health, McGill.

    Chapter 4: It may be quiet in the terminals but behind the scenes at YVR it’s unbelievably hectic right now. 

    Guest:  Tamara Vrooman, YVR CEO

    Chapter 5: A huge uptick in real estate sales this past month, with numbers reaching even higher than this time last year. Sales of townhomes were up over 30% in July according to the latest report from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.

    Guest: Jason Turcotte, VP of Development at Cressey Development Group.

    Chapter 6: One of the COVID-19 vaccines candidates the federal government announced they’re purchasing in the MILLIONS uses a delivery system designed by Acuitas Therapeutics here in Vancouver. 

    Guest:  Dr. Thomas Madden, President and CEO of Acuitas Therapeutics.

    Chapter 7: Conservative Leadership Candidate Erin O’Toole is one of the frontrunners in the leadership race and he joins us to talk about his vision for the party, and what it’s going to take to unseat Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the next federal election. 

    Guest: Erin O’Toole, Conservative Leadership Candidate.

    • 48 min
    View From Victoria: How will schools stay clean?

    View From Victoria: How will schools stay clean?

    View From Victoria: 

    A local look at politics from the Provincial capital.  The Vancouver Sun's Vaughn Palmer, and Global News reporter Richard Zussman join the show with their take on the day's headlines.

    • 8 min

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