Fight Back with Libby Znaimer

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Fight Back with Libby Znaimer is a live, current affairs, call-in talk show airing daily on Zoomer Radio (AM740 and FM96.7 between 12 pm and 1 pm EST). Have your say about the headlines that have you talking and get trusted, expert advice on your health, wellness and finances. Call into the show: (416) 360-0740 or 1 (866) 740-4740 or email us at fightback@zoomer.ca. You can also follow us on Twitter at @fightbacklibby.

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Ford Government Finally Addresses Health Crisis

TUNE INTO THE TOWN: THE FUTURE OF TORONTO CITY COUNCIL Libby Znaimer is joined by Lauren O'Neil, Senior News Editor of BlogTO, David Crombie, former Mayor of Toronto, and Councillor Brad Bradford (Ward 19 Beaches East York). Today: we begin with reaction to the joint health care announcement made by Ontario health minister Sylvia Jones and long-term care minister Paul Calandra which includes the plan to introduce legislation that will permit senior patients in hospitals awaiting long-term care residency to be moved to an alternative facility. And, the pledge to add an additional 6,000 healthcare workers to the province's healthcare system. Meanwhile, the registration deadline for Toronto's municipal election is tomorrow. Where are we at with that? Our panel reacts to the latest headlines. BLOGTO'S NEW FOOD EXPERT PREVIEWS THIS YEAR'S CNE FOODS Libby Znaimer is joined by BlogTO's new resident food expert, Renee Suen! She joins us a day after doing a preview of the CNE's very experimental food options coming out this year including mustard and ketchup ice cream! She tells us what was yucky and what was yummy! ONTARIO HEALTH AND LTC MINISTERS ADDRESS ONTARIO HEALTH CRISIS Libby Znaimer is joined by Donna Duncan, CEO, Ontario Long-Term Care Association and then joining in are Dr. Doris Grinspun, CEO of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) and Dr. Samir Sinha, Director of Geriatrics at Mount Sinai and the University Health Network hospitals in Toronto. As mentioned at the top of the show, Ontario health minister Sylvia Jones and Long-term care minister Paul Calandra made a join-statement this morning with a plan to address the ongoing health care challenges that the province is currently facing. But, is this announcement too little too late? Our LTC and healthcare experts weigh in on the latest to come out of Queen's Park.

52m
Aug 18
Ontario Hospitals in Crisis

Libby Znaimer is joined, first, by Dr. Michael Warner, medical director of critical care at Toronto’s Michael Garron Hospital, followed by Natalie Mehra, Executive Director of the Ontario Health Coalition, Cathryn Hoy, President of the Ontario Nurses' Association and Dr. Kashif Pirzada,  a Toronto-based Emergency Physician. Ontario hospitals continue to grapple with an ongoing crisis amid staffing shortages. And, according to a Toronto Star investigation, some hospitals are paying tons of money to hire nurses from private agencies to help alleviate the problem. Our healthcare guests weigh in on the latest news. ---- SUVS/PICKUPS POSE GREAT THREAT TO VULNERABLE ROAD USERS  Libby Znaimer is joined byAlbert Koehl, cycling and pedestrian advocate and the founder of the Toronto Community Bikeways Coalition as well as Brian Patterson, President and CEO of the Ontario Safety League. A study published in the Journal of Safety Research in June, reveals that even though SUVs and pickup trucks made up 26.1 percent of collisions with pedestrians and cyclists, they caused 44.1 percent of fatalities. Our guests weigh in on the latest. ---- STEVEN DEL DUCA RUNNING FOR MAYOR OF VAUGHAN Libby Znaimer is now joined by Steven Del Duca. Steven Del Duca is on a new mission in the world of politics: he's running for Mayor of Vaughan. His announcement comes months after he lost in the provincial election. And, he joins Andrea Horwath (another opposition leader who also lost the last election of course) in running for municipal politics.  Libby asks him about his next move. Listen live, weekdays from noon to 1, on Zoomer Radio!

50m
Aug 17
Lisa LaFlamme's Sudden Departure From CTV News

Libby Znaimer is joined by Charles Sousa, The former minister of finance for Ontario and MPP for Mississauga South, Lisa Raitt, Former Deputy Leader of Conservative Party of Canada, and Cheri DiNovo, former Ontario NDP MPP. Today: we begin the discussion about one politician who refuses to recover: Steven Del Duca. He announced that he will be running for Mayor of Vaughan. We then pivot the discussion to veteran CTV anchor Lisa Laflamme who was abruptly let go by Bell Media. The company is facing plenty of backlash for the way it handled this situation. And, they immediately announced her replacement to be long-time TV reporter Omar Sachedina. Finally, Ontario hospitals are spending millions of temporary agency nurses that are dealing with severe staffing shortages. ---- PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY OF CANADA MONITORING WASTEWATER FOR POLIO Libby Znaimer is now joined by Dr. Sameer Elsayed, A professor of infectious diseases and microbiology at Western University. In the news: The Public Health Agency of Canada will begin testing wastewater for Polio. Canada has been Polio free since 1994 and much of the credit for that goes to vaccination against it. However, there is growing concern about the deadly virus considering it still is circulating in other countries. The U.S. just reported its first case in ten years last month. But, just how worried should we be about the potential for a full on outbreak of Polio? Dr. Elsayed explains. ---- INFLATION SLOWED DOWN TO 7.6% IN JULY: STATS CAN Libby Znaimer is now joined by Moshe Lander, Senior Lecturer of Economics at Concordia University in Montreal. According to Statistics Canada, inflation slowed down to 7.6 percent amid lower gas prices.You'll remember that back in June the rate of inflation hit an almost 40 year high when it reached 8.1 percent. Listen live, weekdays from noon to 1, on Zoomer Radio!

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Aug 16
Inflation Slowed Down to 7.6% in July: Stats Can

Libby Znaimer is now joined by Moshe Lander, Senior Lecturer of Economics at Concordia University in Montreal. According to Statistics Canada, inflation slowed down to 7.6 percent amid lower gas prices.You'll remember that back in June the rate of inflation hit an almost 40 year high when it reached 8.1 percent. Listen live, weekdays from noon to 1, on Zoomer Radio!

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Aug 16
Retirement Surge & Monitoring for Polio in Wastewater

Libby Znaimer is joined by David Cravit, Vice President of ZoomerMedia, Bill VanGorder, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Policy Officer of CARP and John Wright, Executive Vice President Canada is experiencing a surge in retirement. According to Statistics Canada, as many as 300,000 Canadians retired over the last 12 months, which is a 30 percent increase from this time last year. Meanwhile, Ottawa has fulfilled its 2021 budget promise to increase Old Age Security payments permanently for residents 75 years of age and older by 10 percent. It's the first time this has happened since 1973. Our Zoomer Squad weighs in on the latest news. ---- TELECOM GIANT TELUS WANTS TO CHARGE CUSTOMERS FOR USING CREDIT CARD TO PAY BILLS Libby Znaimer is now joined by Consumer Advocate and journalist, Ellen Roseman If there's one thing that Canada's big telecom providers are good at doing, it's giving consumers a hard time and a bad deal. Millions of Canadians recently recovered after Rogers network went down for over 15 hours last month and the company did little to compensate customers for the great disruption it caused in their lives. Now, we're getting more frustrating news and this time it is with Telus. The company is asking the CRTC for permission to add a 1.5 percent surcharge to customers who pay their bills through a credit card. Telus wants to start implementing this charge by October 17th. So, what do you make of this news? Libby and Ellen discuss. ---- CANADA TO TEST WASTEWATER FOR POLIO  Libby Znaimer is now joined by Dr. Sameer Elsayed, A professor of infectious diseases and microbiology at Western University. In the news: The Public Health Agency of Canada will begin testing wastewater for Polio. Canada has been Polio free since 1994 and much of the credit for that goes to vaccination against it. However, there is growing concern about the deadly virus considering it still is circulating around the globe. The U.S., for example, just reported its first case in ten years last month. But, just how worried should we be about the potential for a full on outbreak of Polio? Dr. Elsayed explains. Listen live, weekdays from noon to 1, on Zoomer Radio!

51m
Aug 15
The Best of Fight Back - Week of August 08 2022 - Sunday Edition

The Sunday edition of the Best of Fight Back, from the week that was, with Jane Brown Interviews with: - John Mykytyshyn, Bob Richardson, and Dr. Doris Grinspun with a recap on Ontario's Throne Speech - Jean Paul Soucy on the lack of tracking data in Canada's healthcare network - Dr. Rafael Gomez on news of Unifor's election of a new leader - John Wright and Moshe Lander on polling data reflecting Canadian's attitudes towards the economy - And the best calls of the week!

26m
Aug 14
The Best of Fight Back - Week of August 08 2022 - Saturday Edition

The Saturday edition of the Best of Fight Back, from the week that was, with Jane Brown Interviews with: - The Zoomer Squad with Peter Muggeride, David Cravit, and Bill VanGorder on their predictions for Ontario's Throne Speech - Dr. Barry Pakes on the urgency for blood donations and the latest on mask mandates - Rachel Solomon on the urgency for blood donations - Simon Bartram and Karl Hale on Serena Williams' retirement announceent - And the best calls of the week!

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Aug 13
Free For All Friday

Today on Free For All Friday: plenty of nurses and retired nurses called in to weigh in on the staffing shortages that hospitals have been forced to grapple with this summer and that have led to the temporary closure of ER departments. Over the past week, Ontario's new health minister Sylvia Jones has been facing criticism for downplaying the shortage and refusing to call it a crisis. At the same time, nursing representatives like Cathryn Hoy and Doris Grinspun say the situation is desperate. Some nurses haven't taken vacations for years and nearly 1 in 4 working nurses in the province are eligible for retirement. Then there is Minister Jones' confusing comments about further privatization of Ontario's healthcare: first saying she is open to everything, then saying no it's actually innovation she's open to and not privatization while trying to reassure residents that OHIP will continue to cover healthcare services for Ontario residents. Listen live, weekdays from noon to 1, on Zoomer Radio!

51m
Aug 12
Is Privatizing In Healthcare a Good Idea in Ontario?

Libby Znaimer is joined by Lauren O'Neil, Senior News Editor of BlogTO, Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 6 York Centre) and Councillor Brad Bradford (Ward 19 Beaches East York). Today: There's plenty to talk about here in Toronto. First, we look at City Council where at least 7 Councillors are not going to be seeking re-election in October including veterans like Mike Layton, Denzil Minnan-Wong and others. So, what will the future of Toronto City Council look like? In other Toronto news, we take a closer look at the ongoing feud between cyclists and pedestrians in the city's popular High Park. And, now cyclists are expressing anger for feeling harassed by police who are cracking down on speeders in the park. And, finally, we've learned what the Ford government's strong mayoral powers will entail. ---- UNIFOR ELECTS NEW LEADER Libby Znaimer is now joined by Dr. Rafael Gomez, an associate professor of employment relations at the University of Toronto. This week: Now we turn to an historic election at Canada’s largest private sector union - UNIFOR has elected Lana Payne as its first woman national president. It comes as the organization is trying to recover from the Jerry Dias scandal - he resigned before it was revealed that he took a 50K kickback from a Covid test manufacturer for pushing their product. ---- COULD ONTARIO PRIVATIZE CERTAIN HEALTHCARE SERVICES? Libby Znaimer is now joined by Sharleen Stewart, President of SEIU Healthcare,  which represents over 60,000 health care workers in the province and NDP MPP for Nickel-Belt and health critic, France Gelinas. Ontario health minister Sylvia Jones is not ruling out the idea of privatizing certain healthcare services as a way to deal with the severe staffing shortages that have left numerous hospitals in the province with no option but to temporarily shut down their ERs this Summer. But what could that privatization look like? Listen live, weekdays from noon to 1, on Zoomer Radio!

52m
Aug 11
How Canadians Feel About the Economy

Libby Znaimer is now joined by John Wright, Executive Vice President of Maru Public Opinion, and Moshe Lander, Senior Lecturer of Economics at Concordia University in Montreal. Are you worried about your finances? According to a new poll by Yahoo Canada and Maru Public Opinion, half of us are worried about  affording the necessities. A majority (at 59 percent) believe that the country is headed towards a recession and we also think ( 53 percent ) that the Bank of Canada hiking interest rates will lead to a recession. Inflation is tracking over 8% - but there was one bit of good news out of the US today - it did not go up any more in July. Listen live, weekdays from noon to 1, on Zoomer Radio!

14m
Aug 10
How Data Can Help Fight the Healthcare Crisis

Libby Znaimer is joined by Bob Richardson, Liberal Strategist and Senior Council to National Public Relations, John Mykytyshyn, Conservative strategist and President of Bradgate Research Group as well as Dr. Doris Grinspun, CEO of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO). There are "no easy solutions to Ontario's health care and inflation challenges". That was the message in yesterday’s speech from the throne setting out the government’s agenda. It’s a far cry from the slogan they got re-elected on: the promise to “get it done.” Some stakeholders are taking comfort from the number of references to healthcare and nurses - as  an acknowledgment that they get it. And it is certainly a contrast to what we have heard from Health Minister Sylvia Jones - that this is not a crisis. Some have started to predict that this may be the beginning of the end for the Ford Tories. But where do we go from here and can we expect any improvement? ---- SEGMENT 2-CALLS FOR BETTER TRACKING OF DATA TO ADDRESS CANADA'S HEALTHCARE CRISIS Libby Znaimer is joined by Jean-Paul Soucy, a PhD student in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health Canada does not have a national system for tracking or preventing shortages of nurses and other medical workers. Experts say that’s part of the reason we are facing emergency room shutdowns and service cutbacks. There’s also  no way to track how many medical professionals are working in various specialties, or which regions they are working in. The president of the Canadian Medical Association says this is standing in the way of meaningful improvement in Canadian health care. So is part of the answer to our problems yet another federal agency? ---- CANADIANS ATTITUDES TOWARDS THE ECONOMY Libby Znaimer is now joined by John Wright, Executive Vice President of Maru Public Opinion, and Moshe Lander, Senior Lecturer of Economics at Concordia University in Montreal. Are you worried about your finances? According to a new poll by Yahoo Canada and Maru Public Opinion, half of us are worried about  affording the necessities. A majority (at 59 percent) believe that the country is headed towards a recession and we also think ( 53 percent ) that the Bank of Canada hiking interest rates will lead to a recession. Inflation is tracking over 8% - but there was one bit of good news out of the US today - it did not go up any more in July. Listen live, weekdays from noon to 1, on Zoomer Radio!

52m
Aug 10
Serena Williams Retiring From Tennis

Libby Znaimer is joined by Charles Sousa, The former minister of finance for Ontario and MPP for Mississauga South, Hugh Segal, a former Senator of Canada and Howard Hampton, former leader of the Ontario NDP. The throne speech will be read right after our show today and the big question - the only question - is will there be anything meaningful to address the crisis that is prompting multiple temporary closures in our hospital system. So far the response has been that it is not a crisis according to the health minister even if an unprecedented number of emergency wards are closing on summer weekends - a time slot that is often extremely busy. The opposition is accusing her of trying to normalize these shutdowns. And the premier’s message has been something to the effect of “trust us we are on it.” This from the people who won an election promising to “get it done.” I think there is very much the wrong time and the wrong approach. And so it will be interesting to see if we get a re-announcement of previous piecemeal measures to boost hiring or something new and comprehensive. ---- SERENA WILLIAMS ANNOUNCES SHE IS RETIRING FROM TENNIS Libby Znaimer is now joined by Simon Bartram, head coach Toronto Lawn Tennis Club. He also coaches for Tennis Canada and is working with two young women playing in the National bank Open as well as Karl Hale, Tournament Director for the National Bank Open. Tennis titan Serena Williams has announced to the world that she is retiring from her sport. The 23 grand slam singles title winner says she now wants to focus on expanding her family. Libby and guests react to the latest news and reflect on how this might change the world of tennis that has been dominated by amazing female athletes. ---- CANADA'S BLOOD DONOR SHORTAGE  Libby Znaimer is now joined by Rachel Solomon, a spokesperson for Canadian Blood Services. We are in the midst of a severe shortage of donated blood right now. According to Canadian Blood Services , there’s only 3 days worth of O+ and 3 days worth of O-, 5 days of A+, 5 days of A- and 6 days of B+ and 4 days of B-. Why did we get to this point and where are the regulars who always roll up their sleeves. Listen live, weekdays from noon to 1, on Zoomer Radio!

52m
Aug 09
Is 80 The New 60?

ZOOMER SQUAD: A LOOK AHEAD TO THE THRONE SPEECH Libby Znaimer is joined by Peter Muggeridge, Senior Editor of Zoomer Magazine and Bill VanGorder, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Policy Officer of CARP. In the news: It’s Monday! Time for our Zoomer Squad, and a rare summer sitting of the legislature. The throne speech will be read tomorrow and it’s happening amid the staffing crisis in our hospitals, especially in emergency wards. On the lighter side, the National Post has a big takeout declaring that 80 is the new 60. The Zoomer Squad doesn't think of that age as terribly old. PHARMACISTS WANT TO PRESCRIBE DRUGS SOONER Libby Znaimer is joined by Justin Bates, CEO of the Ontario Pharmacists Association. Can pharmacists help take the pressure off our overburdened health system? We know the answer is yes and the province is set to start allowing them to assess and prescribe medications for certain minor ailments beginning in January of 2023 including things like pink eye, urinary tract infections, and allergic rashes. Now pharmacists are calling on the government to expand the list of medications that can be prescribed and  to move the date up. CANADA'S SEVERE BLOOD SHORTAGE AND MASK WEARING. Libby Znaimer is joined by Dr. Barry Pakes, medical officer of health for York Region. There aren’t many mask mandates left and the remaining one seem to be coming off. This morning we learned that schoolchildren won’t be required to mask up in the fall. And here’s a concerning thing: Canadian Blood Services removed its mask mandate last month which prompted a backlash that had a lot of donors canceling their appointments and we are now in the midst of a critical blood shortage.

51m
Aug 08
The Best of Fight Back - Week of August 01 2022 - Sunday Edition

The Sunday edition of the Best of Fight Back, from the week that was, with Jane Brown Interviews with: - Dr. Kevin Smith, Dr. Doris Grinspun, and Helen Winter on staff shortages facing Ontario hospitals - Rocco Rossi on the state of the labour market - Tune into the Town with Karent Stintz, Lauren O’Neil, and David Crombie on the drama at Brampton City Hall - Michael Diamond and Janet Ecker recap the federal conservative leadership race - And the best calls of the week!

26m
Aug 07
The Best of Fight Back - Week of August 01 2022 - Saturday Edition

The Saturday edition of the Best of Fight Back, from the week that was, with Jane Brown Interviews with: - The Zoomer Squad with Peter Muggeridge, Bill VanGorder, and David Coletto on the the growing unhappiness with Justin Trudeau - Dr. Samantha Taylor explains what "greedflation" is - The Recovering Politicians, with Charles Sousa, Lisa Raitt, and Cheri DiNovo discuss what's going on with Ontario's Minister of Health - Dr. Janice Stein and Phil Gurski break down the news that Al Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri had been killed in a U.S. drone strike - And the best calls of the week!

26m
Aug 06
Free For All Friday

Today on Free For All Friday: listeners called in to weigh in on Ontario's healthcare crisis that has seen hospitals have to scale back their operations due to severe staffing shortages. Meanwhile, we heard calls about our increasingly politically divided society and we got an update from the GTAA's CEO about the situation at Pearson Airport. Listen live, weekdays from noon to 1, on Zoomer Radio!

50m
Aug 05
Acute Care During the Pandemic

Libby Znaimer is joined by Lauren O'Neil, Senior News Editor of BlogTO, Karen Stintz, CEO, Variety Village, David Crombie, Former Mayor of Toronto. Today: we start things off by placing a magnifying glass on the ongoing shenanigans in Brampton. The city's former integrity commissioner, Muneeza Sheikh, is suing Brampton and the city councillors who voted to fire her for $20M arguing that her firing was part of a conspiracy by some councillors who were not happy over previous or ongoing ethics investigations into them. It's a lawsuit that happens to have the support of the current Mayor Patrick Brown. Meanwhile, in a presser earlier this week, Brown alleged that municipal funds were used as "hush payments" in a city councillor's sexual harassment lawsuit. Here in Toronto, an integrity complaint was filed against Mayor John Tory arguing that his ties to Rogers is a conflict of interest. Finally, Toronto was just ranked the hardest city to navigate. What's up with that? THE CONSERVATIVE LEADERSHIP DEBATE: A RECAP Libby Znaimer is joined byMichael Diamond, Principal of Upstream Strategy Group and Janet Ecker, Former Ontario PC MPP. Yesterday, the third and final debate of the Conservative leadership race took place. All were in attendance except for the perceived front-runner Pierre Poilievre and Leslyn Lewis. What kind of an impact will their absence have on the overall race or even their own campaigns? Both Leslyn and Pierre were fined $50,000 for being no-shows. ---- UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO REQUIRING STUDENTS IN RESIDENCE TO HAVE THREE SHOTS Libby Znaimer is  now joined by Dr. Fahad Razak, the Scientific Director of the COVID-19 Science Advisory Table. Frontline healthcare workers have been under an unprecedented level of stress according to the scientific director of Ontario's COVID-19 science advisory table this is not just about the COVID pandemic, this is about entering the pandemic with one of the lowest amounts of capacity for acute care of any comparably wealthy country. Libby and Dr. Razak also discuss the University of Toronto’s decision to require students to at least be triple vaccinated. Will this help boost uptake among young adults as we grapple with a seventh COVID-19 wave? Listen live, weekdays from noon to 1, on Zoomer Radio!

52m
Aug 04
Ontario's Healthcare Crisis

Libby Znaimer is joined, first, by Dr. Kevin Smith, President and CEO of the University Health Network followed by Dr. Doris Grinspun, CEO of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) and Helen Winter, a registered Nurse working in the emergency department of a downtown Toronto hospital. Ontario hospitals are grappling with a staffing shortage issue and it's so bad that several of them have had to close their ER departments. According to the Ontario Nurses Association, more than 20 hospitals have had to close so far. Many of the staff shortages involve nurses and there are cases where nurses are being asked to pick up extra shifts, handle a very high patient load and are often asked to work outside their specialty. Helen Winter describes that many are leaving the profession due to burnout. She tells us that she has had to cut back on her hours and that nurses have a significant repertoire of skills that can be transferred to other higher paying jobs outside of the hospital. Today, our healthcare experts weigh in on the latest crisis plaguing our health care system. ---- THE RISE OF ANTISEMITISM AND ISLAMAPHOBIA IN CANADA  Libby Znaimer is joined by Jaime Kirzner-Roberts, Director of Policy at the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre and Canadian Senator Salma Ataullahjan. According to Statistics Canada, Canada's Jewish community faces the most amount hate crimes compared to other religious groups after seeing a 47 percent increase in police reported antisemitic crimes (487 cases reported) in 2021. Jaime weighs in on the latest data and whether Ottawa is doing enough to address the problem especially in the months following the highly publicized national summit against antisemitism that took place in July of 2021. And, the Senator weighs in on the ongoing threat of Islamophobia and attacks of hatred on the Muslim community. ---- THE STATE OF THE LABOUR MARKET Libby Znaimer is joined by Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. All of us are feeling the pinch of high inflation which recently hit 8.9%. Will salaries keep up? The average annual increase of seven major union wage settlements in March and April was 3.1%. That’s almost double the average pace of pay increases between March 2020 and January 2022. The Public Service Alliance of Canada, which represents 120,000 workers or about a third of federal employees, is demanding a pay increase of 4.5% per year. The union representing education workers has just called for 11%. Rocco weighs in on the latest regarding the labour market. Listen live, weekdays from noon to 1, on Zoomer Radio!

52m
Aug 03
Nancy Pelosi Heads To Taiwan & Al Qaeda Leader Killed

Libby Znaimer is joined by Charles Sousa, The former minister of finance for Ontario and MPP for Mississauga South, Lisa Raitt, Former Deputy Leader of Conservative Party of Canada, and Cheri DiNovo,  former Ontario NDP MPP The next federal conservative leadership debate takes place tomorrow but not many of the leadership candidates are participating in this one including perceived front runner Pierre Poilievre and also Leslyn Lewis. Another interesting development we are seeing is that a lot of the membership sign ups to the party are coming from the province of Quebec. Will this help Jean Charest? We also talk about the ongoing nursing shortage at Ontario hospitals. The concern grows as several Ontario hospitals have had to scale back their operations over staffing shortages. Finally, where is Ontario's new Health Minister Sylvia Jones? She's been criticized for not being seen or heard since being sworn in, especially at a time when the province grapples with a bad seventh wave of COVID-19 and hospitals are struggling to address staffing issues. ---- THE U.S. TAKES OUT TOP AL QAEDA LEADER: WHAT THIS MEANS Libby Znaimer is joined by Dr. Janice Stein, Founding Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto, and Phil Gurski, President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting and a  former senior strategic terrorism analyst at CSIS. Yesterday, in a televised speech, U.S. President Joe Biden confirmed that an American drone strike killed Al Qaeda leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri. Why this is important: al-Zawahiri was a key planner alongside Osama Bin Laden of the 9/11 attacks, and became Al Qaeda's leader after Bin Laden's death in 2011. Biden said: "For decades, he was the mastermind of attacks against Americans...Justice has been delivered". So, what exactly does the death of this terrorist mean for Al Qaeda moving forward and how does this change the fight against terrorism in the middle east? Meanwhile, U.S. Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, has headed to Taiwan to meet with its leaders. Will this move provoke China? Listen live, weekdays from noon to 1, on Zoomer Radio!

51m
Aug 02
The Best of Fight Back - Week of July 25 2022 - Sunday Edition

The Sunday edition of the Best of Fight Back, from the week that was, with Jane Brown Interviews with: - Tune into the Town, with David Crombie, Karen Stintz, and outgoing Toronto city councillor Mike Layton, who talked about why he is not running for re-election - Ryan Koeslag, Peggy Brekveld, and Chris Grossman on struggles that farmers are facing with a tariff on fertilizer - Steve Jelenic on the cooling of the housing market - Martin Firestone and John Gradek on Pearson being ranked as the worst airport for delays - And the best calls of the week!

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Jul 31
The Best of Fight Back - Week of July 25 2022 - Saturday Edition

The Saturday edition of the Best of Fight Back, from the week that was, with Jane Brown Interviews with: - Dr. Veldon Coburn reacts to the Pope's visit to Canada - The Zoomer Squad, with Peter Muggeridge, David Cravit, and Bill VanGorder, respond to reports that many long-term care facilities are still without air conditioning - Ben Klass breaks down the fallout that Rogers is facing at the hearings that are getting underway - The Recovering Politicians, with Charles Sousa, Lisa Raitt, and Howard Hampton, debate the importance of Stephen Harper's endorsement of Pierre Poilievre - And the best calls of the week!

25m
Jul 30
Free For All Friday: July 29 2022

Today on Free For All Friday, listeners called in with their feelings on the Pope's apology tour, the Rogers-Shaw merger, and the challengers farmers are facing. Listen live, weekdays from noon to 1, on Zoomer Radio!

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Jul 29
LTC COVID-19 Tracker Project Being Paused

TUNE INTO THE TOWN: MIKE LAYTON NOT SEEKING RE-ELECTION IN OCTOBER Marissa Lennox is filling in for Libby Znaimer today. She is joined by Karen Stintz, CEO of Variety Village, Toronto City Councillor Mike Layton of Ward 11 University-Rosedale and former Mayor David Crombie. This week: we start off by asking Mike Layton about his decision not to seek re-election in October. He becomes one of seven City councillors making the same decision. Then, we ask the panel about a complaint filed with the integrity commissioner against Mayor John Tory. Adam Chaleff who describes himself as a "progressive urbanist" filed the complaint saying: "I believe that MayorJohn Tory contravened the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act when he voted on and spoke about ending the Lake Shore Blvd. ActiveTO closure. Meanwhile, Premier Doug Ford has relisted his Etobicoke home for $400 K less. So, what does this say about the weakening housing market? And, a four year old child has died after being struck by a GO train in Mississauga on Tuesday evening. Our panel reacts to the latest news. LTC COVID-19 TRACKER PROJECT PAUSED Marissa Lennox is now joined by Dr. Samir Sinha, a geriatric specialist and research director of the Long-Term Care COVID-19 Tracker Project. The National Institute on Ageing will no longer be operating its long-term care COVID-19 tracker project despite a seventh COVID-19 wave that has seen a surge of outbreaks across LTC and retirement homes. The reason? It's because provincial/territorial governments and public health authorities are no longer providing consistent and timely data on COVID in long-term care homes. So, why is this a failure on the government's part? And, who would use this tool to guide our pandemic response? Dr. Samir Sinha weighs in on the latest. RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THIS SUMMER Marissa Lennox is now joined by Rita DeMontis, Senior National Lifestyle and Food Editor for the Toronto Sun. It's summertime, which means you and your friends and family are likely wanting to hit up restaurants to enjoy the good weather and outdoor fun! So, we've brought on a food critic who gives us recommendations for some great Toronto food establishments. We also talk about TIFF coming to town which is a time when restaurants get to really show off their menus to big crowds from all over. And, Rita weighs in on some of the ways COVID-19 has changed the culinary industry.

51m
Jul 28
Ontario Farmers Face Tariffs & Rogers Pushes Shaw Merger Deadline

ONTARIO FARMERS FACE TARIFFS ON THEIR FERTILIZER Marissa Lennox is joined by Ryan Koeslag, Executive Director of Ontario Bean Growers , Peggy Brekveld, President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture, and then engineer Chris Grossman. Today: It's been tough for farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic as it is. But, now, as Ottawa continues efforts to punish Russia for its war on Ukraine, Ontario farmers are saying that they along with consumers are the ones being punished. As of March, a tariff was put on fertilizer coming in from Russia as an example. And, Koeslag and other farmer groups are calling on Canada to reconsider such measures. Meanwhile, engineer Chris Grossman  discusses a made-in-Canada technology solution to help farmers reduce nitrous oxide and maintain usage of fertilizer to deliver the same output. THE STATE OF THE HOUSING MARKET Marissa Lennox is now joined by Steve Jelenic, Toronto Real Estate Agent with Chestnut Park Real Estate. Ontario Premier Doug Ford has relisted his Etobicoke home for $400 k less as the real estate market continues to weaken. It is now going for $2,800,888. Meanwhile, a  report from this month from Strata, a Toronto-based real estate platform, reveals that cancelled listings for condos across the GTA have increased by 643 percent. Steve weighs in on the latest news. ROGERS-SHAW MERGER BEING DELAYED Marissa Lennox is now joined by Technology analyst and journalist based in London, Ontario. As Ottawa continues to investigate the network outage at Rogers and execs at the telecom giant face questions from the House of Commons industries committee, the company delayed its deadline to finalize a merger with competitor Shaw until the end of the year. Meanwhile, the company is saying that it will spend as much as $150-million on compensation to its customers and is promising to invest billions towards strengthening the resiliency of its networks. But, is all of this enough? Carmi weighs in on the latest news.

52m
Jul 27
The Pope's Apology & Pearson Airport Flight Delays

RECOVERING POLITICIANS PANEL: THE POPE'S APOLOGY Marissa is filling in for Libby Znaimer this week. She is joined by Charles Sousa, The former minister of finance for Ontario and MPP for Mississauga South, Lisa Raitt, Former Deputy Leader of Conservative Party of Canada, and Glenn De Baeremaeker,  a former Scarborough City Councillor, and Deputy Mayor for Scarborough. This week: Stephen Harper officially endorses Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre. Also on the agenda: former Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath announces that she is running for Mayor of Hamilton-where she was born and raised. Meanwhile, Pope Francis, during his visit to Canada, said: ""I humbly beg forgiveness for the evil committed by so many Christians against the Indigenous peoples". The historic apology was given in front of thousands of Indigenous peoples, which included many residential school survivors, who congregated on Maskwacis in Alberta yesterday. Finally, Rogers CEO Tony Staffieri among other execs of the telecom giant testified in front of the House of Commons industry committee over the outage that left millions of Canadians without communication for over 15 hours earlier this month. At one point, Staffieri said that Canadians have "alternative and choice" when it comes to the marketplace. Liberal MP Nathanial Erskine Smith responded with: "you are saying that with a straight face?" PEARSON RANKED WORLD'S WORST AIRPORT FOR FLIGHT DELAYS Marissa is filling in for Libby Znaimer this week. She is joined by Martin Firestone, President, Travel Secure Inc. and John Gradek, a faculty lecturer at McGill University in Montreal and a former executive with Air Canada. This week: A new report from a flight tracking website has just ranked Pearson as the world's worst airport when it comes to flight delays. Ottawa also brought back randomized COVID-19 testing for air travelers this summer as the country grapples with a seventh wave. We also ask our experts about the ArriveCan app's ongoing problems (even after a glitch fix) and the problem obtaining Nexus these days.

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Jul 26
The Pope Comes to Canada & Rogers Hearings in Ottawa

Marissa Lennox is filling in for Libby Znaimer today. She is joined by Peter Muggeridge, Senior Editor of Zoomer Magazine and Bill VanGorder, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Policy Officer of CARP. In the news: According to the ministry of long-term care, there are still 90  homes without air conditioning  in all resident rooms. Last year, the province passed legislation that would make it mandatory for nursing homes to supply air conditioning to all resident rooms by this year. In other news, a central Toronto hospital-Toronto Western Hospital (which is part of the UHN)- came close to shutting down its ER department this weekend due to staffing shortages. Our panel weighs in on the latest. ---- THE POPE VISITS CANADA Marissa Lennox is now joined by Dr. Veldon Coburn, professor of Aboriginal Studies at the University of Ottawa. Today: The Pope arrived in Canada this Sunday for a six-day trip where he will focus on reconciliation efforts with Indigenous communities. ---- ROGERS HEARINGS IN HOUSE OF COMMONS TODAY Marissa Lennox is joined by Ben Klass, Telecom researcher and phd candidate at Carleton University The House of Commons industry committee will be having two hearings today involving Rogers officials. The hearings will pertain to the 15 hour service outage that took place earlier this month and affected millions of Canadians. Those involved in testifying today include Rogers executives, industries minister François-Philippe Champagne and members of the CRTC. So, what can we expect from that? Listen live, weekdays from noon to 1, on Zoomer Radio!

52m
Jul 25
The Best of Fight Back - Week of July 18 2022 - Sunday Edition

The Sunday edition of the Best of Fight Back, from the week that was, with Jane Brown Interviews with: - The Recovering Politicians; Charles Sousa, Lisa Raitt, and Howard Hampton; on the current state of the Federal Conservatives - Gil Penalosa in studio to discuss why he's decided to run for mayor of Toronto - Mike Layton and James Pasternak debate the necessity for "strong mayor" powers in Toronto - Dr. Blair Feltmate and Dr. Samantha Green with safety tips to consider during a heat wave - And the best calls of the week!

25m
Jul 24
The Best of Fight Back - Week of July 18 2022 - Saturday Edition

The Saturday edition of the Best of Fight Back, from the week that was, with Jane Brown Interviews with: - The Zoomer Squad with John Wright, David Cravit, and Bill VanGorder on word of a private members bill that aims to criminalize neglect in long-term care - Aleem Kanji and Christina Mitas react to Patrick Brown admitting that he is now officially out of the contest for the Federal Conservative leadership race. - Dr. Rose Zacharias and Dr. Alisa Naiman discuss the problems surrounding primary care - Sgt. Kerry Schmidt with a reminder that you still need to renew your license plate - And the best calls of the week!

25m
Jul 23
Free For All Friday: July 22 2022

Listeners call in to discuss the topic of cats on leashes and the Premier Doug Ford's desire to implement "strong mayor" powers for the mayors of both Toronto and Ottawa.

52m
Jul 22
Mayoral Powers & The Impacts of Inflation

Libby Znaimer is joined by Lauren O'Neil, Senior News Editor of BlogTO,  David Crombie, Former Mayor of Toronto and Toronto City Councillor Brad Bradford for Ward 19 Beaches-East York. This week: Premier Doug Ford is considering giving the mayors of Toronto and Ottawa "strong mayor" powers that would give them greater authority over financial matters and appointments. So, what would be the implications of that? ---- THE STATE OF  INFLATION IN CANADA Libby Znaimer is joined byBenjamin Tal, Chief Economist for CIBC. Inflation in Canada has reached a 39-year-high at 8.1 percent last month according to Statistics Canada. And, food costs went up by 8.8 percent. Benjamin explains what our economy is currently going through. THE RISING COST OF FOOD Libby Znaimer is now joined by Rose Reisman, nutritionist, author and owner of Rose Reisman Catering. As discussed earlier, food costs have gone up by 8.8 percent, which means consumers will see higher food prices at the grocery stores and when eating out at restaurants. Rose weighs in on the situation and gives ideas for healthy recipes to make this season that are affordable! Listen live, weekdays from noon to 1, on Zoomer Radio!

50m
Jul 21