We rant about politics in Canada and local politics in Peterborough, Ontario. Open discussion. All welcome
Episode # 103 — Steve Guthrie on local news media, the current stories & what might be coming next
Steve Guthrie is a videographer and media professional who has just retired from 41 years with Global CHEX TV in Peterborough. Steve shares his experience with the progression of technologies in his career, what it takes to thrive in a small-market media environment and his thoughts about the current news world as it affects local media. He also looks at current political issues, pandemic management and what we might see in mainstream media in the future as we move into a post-pandemic world. He offers advice for aspiring journalists and reflects on the impact of the Internet on the role of the news media in our lives. This interview was recorded on January 15th, 2021.
Episode #102 — Trump’s Last Stand & What It Means for Canadians, Honours for Mike Harris & Disappointment for Developers
Our veteran politics panel — consultant Lauren Hunter, journalist & former mayor Sylvia Sutherland, businesswoman Jenny Lanciault, editor Donald Fraser and Curve Lake Council member Sean Conway — starts the new year by unpacking the seismic political events of the first week of January in the United States. They assess what the surprising victories for the Democrats in the January 5th run-off election in Georgia mean for the Biden administration Then they move on to an analysis of the storming of the capitol building in Washington the next day and the implications for us in Canada. We have no reason to remain smugly aloof of these toxic dynamics. The same extremism is alive and thriving in Canada. The panel also ponders the implications of the nomination of former Ontario premier Mike Harris to the Order of Ontario. In closing, the panel briefly looks at the phenomena of developers who express their displeasure with the policies of the current Peterborough City Council by withholding their projects. This panel discussion was recorded on January 7, 2021.
Episode #101 — What should Peterborough’s City Council focus on before the 2022 election?
Peterborough’s mayor and current City Council have 23 months left in their mandate before the next municipal election in October of 2022. What should Council’s main priorities be as their mandate winds down? What should they be sure to get done? Our guest panel from across the city representing a wide cross-section of interests and sectors weighs in: Jonathan Bennett of Laridae Consulting (non-profits), Kate Story, writer & theatre artist (arts community), Cheryl Lyon of Transition Town (housing & urban planning), Kaia Martin, student (youth & environmental activist), Paul Bennett of the Downtown Business Improvement Area & builder, business owner & planner (housing & urban planning) and Ian Attridge, lawyer, university instructor (finance & community engagement).
Our panel wants this Council to tackle the immediate problems facing our community with an eye to both short-term effectiveness and long-term wisdom. Topics considered include affordable housing, housing supply at all levels, urban intensification, suburban sprawl, public transit, how to invigorate downtown, the survival of the arts community, environmental restoration, and business recovery. This panel discussion was recorded on November 17th and broadcast by Trent Radio on November 26th.
Episode #100 — Trump or Biden? Our politics panel debriefs the U.S. election
Our politics panel — Sean Conway, Jenny Lanciault, Sylvia Sutherland & Tim Etherington — take a look back at the historic US election — still undecided as of this date of posting, November 5th. Are the polls ever to be trusted again? How did the candidates manage to attract the huge numbers of voters who came out to support them? What mistakes did the campaigns make? Why did the Democrats lose so heavily in the House? What will happen between now and Inauguration Day? If Biden wins, what will he be able to accomplish? What motivated Trump’s voters? Will all the votes be counted? Who has the clearest path to victory? And what to make of the acute divides across American society? What lessons can Canadians draw from this election?
Episode #99 — The debate that wasn’t & the election that may be: Our politics panel takes a last look at the US election campaign
Our local politics panellists — businesswoman Jenny Lanciault, journalist & former mayor of Peterborough Sylvia Sutherland and math teacher Tim Etherington– give their assessments of the September 29th Trump vs. Biden debate. What do the current polls mean? Is the middle-class turning against Trump? Will Trump’s branding of Biden as ‘sleepy Joe’ have any effect on voters? Apart from not saying anything of substance, what does Biden have to do to maintain his lead? Are traditional conservative voters shifting to the Democrats? What may happen if Biden does not win decisively? What are Trump’s strategies for retaining power even if he loses both the popular vote and the Electoral College vote? Will the Democrats be able to get out their vote? Is the vaunted Republican base cracking? In 2016, those who didn’t like either presidential candidate broke 60% to 40% for Trump. This time, those same disaffected voters may vote overwhelmingly for Biden. Is Trump even concerned about the election results? Or is his end game really all about the manipulative power machinations he could orchestrate during the interregnum period between the November 3rd election and the January 20th inauguration? This panel discussion was recorded online on October 1st and broadcast on Trent Radio on October 8th.
Episode #98 — Meanwhile, back in Canada: Our politics panel takes a break from the looming US election to look at what is going on at home
Long-time politics panellists Sean Conway and Lauren Hunter catch us up on the political goings-on in Ottawa and in the provincial capitals while the rest of the known universe continues with its obsession about Trump vs. Biden. While we have been gorging on US political news, we learn that several provinces are going to the polls soon — BC, Saskatchewan and perhaps Ontario and the outcomes could shape federal-provincial relations for the next few years. Also, it appears that the federal Liberals may hold onto their minority government longer than was initially anticipated thanks to the support of the NDP. In exchange, Canadians are getting progressive legislation that would have been not possible just a few short years ago. The NDP managed to persuade the Liberals to expand federal sick leave and implement a more generous income support program for unemployed workers. In exchange, the NDP supported the Throne Speech, thereby saving the country from a fall election. This discussion was recorded on Sept. 30th and broadcast on Trent Radio on Thursday, Oct. 8th.