Mornings with Simi

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Mornings with Simi (Monday – Friday: 5.30 – 9am) helps you wake-up, reconnect, and get your day off on the right foot. Simi Sara dives into on the headlines of the day with veteran Global News anchor Gord MacDonald and contributor Raji Sohal. They help you navigate through the details of the stories, highlight essential information and share new perspectives on how the daily news affects you. Simi loves the Lower Mainland. She’s lived here her whole life and truly understands the history and challenges our communities have faced over the years. Spend your Mornings with Simi and spend the rest of your day talking about what you heard on the show.

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The Full Show: Are government interventions working, Liquor drying up & COVID restrictions impacting travel

Chapter 1: The results are not looking good as a poll shows Hockey Canada is not sitting in a favourable light with most Canadians. Guest: Shachi Kurl, President of Angus Reid Institute Chapter 2: New figures released by the BC Coroners Office show that Kelowna is heading towards its deadliest year of toxic drug overdoses. Guest: Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health & Addictions Chapter 3: Lingering COVID-19 border restrictions are having a negative impact on Simon Fraser University athletics. Guest: Theresa Hanson, SFU senior athletics and recreation director Chapter 4: The BCGEU have set up picket lines outside of liquor distribution centres across the province and it’s now impacting local restaurants and pubs. Guest: Ian Tostenson, president of the B.C. Restaurant and Foodservices Association

33m
Aug 18
Are physicists working on a time machine?

Some of the world’s brightest minds are in Vancouver this week to try to solve a question that has baffled physicists for decades. Guest: Philip Stamp, Professor of Theoretical Physics at UBC

9m
Aug 18
View From Victoria: Waiting on the Government

People in BC are waiting, and waiting, and waiting on the Premiers inflation relief. We get a local look at the top political stories with the help of Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer.

11m
Aug 18
The science of snacking & demand for pickles!

What makes a snack, flavour or food item trendy? And why is food culture leaning into the the dill pickle flavor this year? Guest: Sally Lyons Wyatt, IRI's snacking expert, Executive Vice President and Practice Leader, Client Insights, IRI.

11m
Aug 18
The Full Show: Record breaking overdose numbers, Wolves on the loose & Can Zellers make a comeback

Chapter 1: There is a lot of frustration around the operations at Pearson international airport.  How does the airline industry avoid future chaos? Guest: Duncan Dee, Former Air Canada COO, Expert of public transportation and policy. Chapter 2: (Part 1) British Columbia is on its way to once again breaking a grim record: recording more overdose deaths than ever before. Guest:  Susan Sanderson, the executive director of Realistic Success Recovery Society Chapter 3: (Part 2) British Columbia is on its way to once again breaking a grim record: recording more overdose deaths than ever before. Guest: Michael Gray, Founder/ Chairman at Fentanyl Awareness Coalition. Chapter 4: Officials and  conservation officers are still looking for at least one wolf at large following an incident at the Greater Vancouver Zoo that saw wolves escape. Guest: Chantelle Archambault Communications Director at the Vancouver Humane Society. Chapter 5: Canadian department store Zellers hopes to make a comeback next year, a decade after the discount chain shuttered most of its locations. Guest: David Ian Gray , Marketing Expert, Dig360

39m
Aug 17
Making Cents of the Markets

Making Cents of the Market: Time for Making Cents of the Markets with Lori Pinkowski. Lori Pinkowski is a Senior Portfolio Manager at Canaccord Genuity. You can contact The Pinkowski Wealth Management team directly at 604-695-LORI or visit their website at Pinkowski.ca

10m
Aug 17
View From Victoria: Government response to overdose death numbers

The daily overdose death rate in BC is now more than double what it was when the public health emergency was declared. What is the government response to the numbers? We get a local look at the top political stories with the help of Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer.

10m
Aug 17
The Full Show: Going after $10Million in Real Estate, An inappropriate offer to veteran & Incredible Salmon return recorded

Chapter 1: Richmond gym owner Paul Jin has still not been charged with any criminal offense despite a years-long police investigation and now a civil forfeiture lawsuit has been filed to go after real estate valued at $10 million. Guest: Sam Cooper, Global National Investigative Reporter. Chapter 2: Hockey Canada scored poorly in governance review even before the sexual-assault settlement controversy. Guest: Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail Senior Writer. Chapter 3: Global News has learned about a concerning case involving a veteran who was inappropriately offered medical assistance in dying by a federal government employee working for Veterans Canada. Guest: Mercedes Stephenson. Global News Ottawa Bureau Chief Chapter 4: Thousands of migrating sockeye and chinook salmon are making their way over a massive rock slide on British Columbia’s Fraser River this summer. Guest: Greg Taylor, a fishery advisor for Watershed Watch Salmon Society Chapter 5: The desire for additional road capacity for the new replacement Pattullo Bridge is once again being raised by the Surrey Board of Trade. Guest: Anita Huberman, CEO Surrey Board of Trade Chapter 6: Would a new medical school in the province help to solve the family doctor shortage in BC. Guest: David May, president of the B.C. College of Family Physicians

51m
Aug 16
View From Victoria: Pushback from the Government

The BC Government is pushing back against the BCGEU strike as it stands by its generous wage offer. We get a local look at the top political stories with the help of Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer.

11m
Aug 16
The Full Show: One year later in Afghanistan, Hurdles for Teachers & Initial job action by the BCGEU

Chapter 1: Today marks one year since the Taliban recaptured Afghanistan's capital city Kabul. By the end of August 2021, the last U.S. troops had left the country. Guest: Aurel Braun, Professor of international relations and political science at the University of Toronto Chapter 2: British Columbia Premier John Horgan has called a byelection for the Surrey South electoral district. Guest:  Dr. Hamish Telford - Associate Professor of Political Science, University of the Fraser Valley. Chapter 3: Despite an ongoing teacher shortage, new teacher graduates are still facing hurdles to get into classrooms. Guest: Clint Johnston, President, BCTF. Chapter 4: Paramedic wait times in small communities are having dire effects on members of the community. Guest: Barbara Roden, Mayor of the Village of Ashcroft. Chapter 5: We now know what initial job action the BC General Employees' Union will be taking when it enters legal strike position Guest: Stephanie Smith, President of the BCGEU. Guest: Jeff Guignard, Executive Director, ABLE BC

41m
Aug 15
Monday Morning Quarterbacks with Coach Rick Campbell

It was a 41-40 win in Calgary, so how big is it when it comes to setting the tone for division standings? Guest: Rick Campbell, Head coach of the BC Lions.

5m
Aug 15
View From Victoria: BCGEU forms picket lines

The BCGEU says it will start job action by forming picket lines at 4 BC Liquor Distribution branches across the province. We get a local look at the top political stories with the help of Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer.

10m
Aug 15
The Full Show: Solving the Healthcare Crisis, Home sales drop & Local chef is back with new restaurant

Chapter 1: After the FBI executed a search warrant on former U.S. president Donald Trump's Florida home, Attorney General Merrick Garland is now looking to make those warrants public. Guest: Reggie Cecchini, Global News Washington Correspondent. Chapter 2: The Liberals are calling for action to solve the healthcare crisis in British Columbia. Guest: Shirley Bond, BC Liberal MLA and Critic for Seniors Services & Long Term Care, and Critic for Health. Chapter 3: The number of residential homes sold in British Columbia dropped precipitously from July last year, but prices still managed to edge upward. Guest: Brendon Ogmundson, Chief Economist, BC Real Estate Association Chapter 4: Legendary Vancouver Chef Rob Feenie is back and opening a new restaurant Guest: Rob Feenie, Legendary Vancouver Chef.

36m
Aug 12
Kickin' it with the Whitecaps

After capturing a thrilling, come-from-behind win against Houston Dynamo FC last weekend, Vancouver Whitecaps FC are set to travel to California. Guest: Vanni Sartini, Head coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps.

5m
Aug 12
View From Victoria: Over 200 recommendations

There are over 200 recommendations in the legislature finance committee report. We get a local look at the top political stories with the help of Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer.

10m
Aug 12
The Full Show: Meteor shower hits it's peak, Pharmacists writing prescriptions & Tech jobs go bust

Chapter 1: Former President Donald Trump showed up for questioning under oath in New York’s civil investigation into his business practices. Guest: Linda Kenyon, CBS Reporter in Washington. Chapter 2: How making a personal connection about the Ukraine war can make people care differently about the crisis. Guest: Raji Sohal, Mornings with Simi Contributor Chapter 3: The Perseids meteor shower will be hitting its peak, so how can you see this meteor shower? And is there anything different for this year? Guest: Frédérique Baron, Astrophysicist at Université de Montréal. Chapter 4: All this week we’ve been discussing the idea of pharmacists being able to write prescriptions for chronic medication to lessen the load on family doctors. Guest: Annette Robinson, past president BC Pharmacy Association Chapter 5: Employees at all levels are losing their jobs in tech. What’s going on? Guest: CKNW Contributor Raji Sohal interviewed Ethan who just lost his job as one of the directors with a venture capital company in Vancouver and Josh O’Kane, Technology Reporter, Globe and Mail. Chapter 6: Thunderstorms and lightning are expected to continue today in multiple regions across BC. This comes as BC is already dealing with various wildfires Guest: Bobby Sekhon, Environment Canada Meteorologist.

42m
Aug 11
View From Victoria: The race for leadership becomes an actual race!

Climate activist Anjali Appadurai, one of the leaders of the Climate Emergency Unit, has thrown her hat into the ring to be the next leader of the BC NDP. We get a local look at the top political stories with the help of  Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer.

11m
Aug 11
The Full Show: Is anyone watching World Juniors?, Building communities amid climate change & Removing tents from the DTES

Chapter 1: Hockey Canada appears to be trying to salvage its World Juniors championship as the tournament gets underway in Edmonton. Guest: Dan Mason, Sports culture expert and professor of sport management at the University of Alberta. Chapter 2: If you are trying to avoid your friends and family online, WhatsApp privacy changes may be able to help you out.  Guest: Raji Sohal, Mornings with Simi Contributor Chapter 3: Building cities that are resilient to climate change has become an urgent necessity in the face of extreme weather Guest: Brent Toderian, City planner, Urbanist at TODUrbanWORKS. Former Vancouver chief planner. Chapter 4: City of Vancouver crews began removing homeless encampment tents along Hastings Street on Tuesday and it was not without chaos. Guest: Constable Tania Visitin, Media Relations Officer/ Public Affairs for the Vancouver Police Department Chapter 5: One person has died and another has been transported to the hospital following another daylight shooting in Surrey. Guest: Kim Bolan, Crime Reporter for the Vancouver Sun. Chapter 6: The removal of tents from the Downtown Eastside was done to reduce the risk of fire hazards. But what new risks come about from displacing the people who lived in those tents? Guest: Contributor Raji Sohal interviewed Stepan Wood, Canada Research Chair in Law, Society and Sustainability, Professor Allard School of Law at UBC.

46m
Aug 10
Making Cents of the Markets

Making Cents of the Market: Making Cents of the Markets with Lori Pinkowski. Lori Pinkowski is a Senior Portfolio Manager at Canaccord Genuity. You can contact The Pinkowski Wealth Management team directly at 604-695-LORI or visit their website at Pinkowski.ca

9m
Aug 10
View From Victoria: Was Telus charging patients for basic healthcare access?

The Medical services commission investigated allegations that Telus is charging patients for access to basic health needs. We get a local look at the top political stories with the help of  Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer.

10m
Aug 10
The Full Show: Stopping the spying, The history of FBI raids & Pink salmon coming home strong

Chapter 1: Is it time for the RCMP to discontinue the use of controversial spyware to access the encrypted communications of targets Guest: Brenda McPhail, Director, Privacy, Technology & Surveillance Program at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association(CCLA) Chapter 2: Could front line worker woes be mitigated if every new corporate employee worked on the front line before going to the head office? Guest: Raji Sohal, Mornings with Simi Contributor Chapter 3: FBI agents executed a search warrant at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and home in Palm Beach, Florida, according to a statement from the former U.S. president. Guest: Reggie Cecchini, Global News Washington Correspondent. Chapter 4: Has there ever been an FBI raid on a current or former US President’s home? Guest: Professor Allan J. Lichtman, American Political Historian, and author of “The Case for Impeachment”. Chapter 5: There are concerns that Vancouver's latest tent city is harming businesses and driving tourists away. Guest: Royce Chwin, president and CEO of Destination Vancouver. Chapter 6: We’ve heard from many of our listeners who are among the hundreds of thousands of BC residents without a family doctor. Many were seniors. Guest: CKNW Contributor Raji Sohal interviewed Isobel Mackenzie, B.C. Seniors Advocate Chapter 7: A good news story for BC wildlife as Pink Salmon are returning by the thousands this year. Guest: Bob Chamberlin, Chair, First Nations Wild Salmon Alliance.

56m
Aug 09
View From Victoria: What is Eby talkin' about?

David Eby is out talking and showing his support for Victoria council’s controversial missing middle initiative saying he hopes councillors support it. We get a local look at the top political stories with the help of Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer.

9m
Aug 09
The Full Show: Pharmacists as doctors, Is a safe supply actually safe? & The RCMP spying on you

Chapter 1: An interesting conversation was started over the weekend by Dr. Kevin McLeod, internal medicine specialist at Lions Gate Hospital. Guest: Dr. Kevin McLeod, Internal Medicine Specialist, Lions Gate Hospital Chapter 2: There’s an article in the New York Times about Vancouver’s safe supply. And the headline reads, “Fentanyl from the Government?” Guest: CKNW show contributor Raji Sohal interviewed Annabel Mead Chapter 3: Multiple people were sent to hospital Saturday night after a man allegedly attacked them with a machete Guest: Constable Tania Visitin, Media Relations Officer/ Public Affairs for the Vancouver Police Department Chapter 4: A parliamentary committee will begin exploring RCMP‘s use of spyware Guest: David Fraser, Privacy Lawyer & Partner at McInnes Cooper

33m
Aug 08
Monday Morning Quarterbacks with Coach Rick Campbell

It was a big 46-14 win over Edmonton with Nathan Rourke breaking his own Canadian record with 477 passing yards. Guest: Rick Campbell, Headcoach of the BC Lions.

5m
Aug 08
View From Victoria: David Eby's solutions to the Family Doctor crisis

They might be important, but they aren't necessarily the future of healthcare in BC. We get a local look at the top political stories with the help of Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer.

12m
Aug 08
Conservative leadership debate, Lengthy delays during 9-1-1 calls & Police-reported sexual assaults up 15 per cent in British Columbia

Ch. 1: Conservative leadership debate Jean Charest spent the last official debate of the federal Conservative leadership race on Wednesday stressing that his experience as a political leader is what the party needs to unite. Guest: Alex Boutilier, Global News Senior National Politics Reporter Ch. 2: Lengthy delays during 9-1-1 calls Paramedics across Canada are struggling to answer emergency calls and provide care because of staff shortages and overcrowded hospitals, with people who are calling 911 in many regions of Canada facing lengthy delays, sometimes hours long, for ambulances – and further delays once they arrive at hospitals. Guest: Troy Clifford, Provincial President of Ambulance Paramedics and Emergency Dispatchers of BC & is an active paramedic Ch. 3: Advocates say Vancouver park board blocked access to shade during heat wave A significant section in the southwest corner of CRAB park — much of the park’s shady, treed area — has been fenced off since the spring. Guest: Fiona York, CRAB Park advocate Ch. 4: Police-reported sexual assaults up 15 per cent in British Columbia A new report from Statistics Canada shows police-reported sexual assaults went up 15 per cent in British Columbia in 2021 from the prior year. The rise in sexual assaults is not specific to the province, with the national rate rising 18 per cent, according to StatCan crime data for 2021 released on Tuesday. Guest: Angela Marie MacDougall, Executive Director of Battered Women’s Support Services

32m
Aug 04
View from Victoria with Rob Shaw

John Horgan's flippant comment Wednesday at a press conference that he'll "take out an ad in the paper" if the prime minister doesn't give him more health funding, in reference to the elderly woman we talked about Monday who'd taken out an ad in the paper to find a doctor. Guest: Rob Shaw, Political Correspondent for CHEK News

10m
Aug 04
U.S. will stand by Taiwan, Electric vehicle rebate now up to $4000 & B.C. Housing CEO resigns

Ch. 1: U.S. will stand by Taiwan, Pelosi says during visit as China protests U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, meeting leaders in Taiwan despite warnings from China, said Wednesday that she and other members of Congress in a visiting delegation are showing they will not abandon their commitment to the self-governing island. Guest: Reggie Cecchini, Global News Washington Correspondent Ch. 2: Electric vehicle rebate now up to $4000 in B.C. Those with a personal income above $100,000 or households with incomes above $165,000 are no longer entitled to the discount Guest: Blair Qualey, President & CEO, NEW CAR DEALERS ASSOCIATION OF B.C. Ch. 3: B.C. Housing CEO resigns In a surprise announcement Tuesday, the CEO of BC Housing, Shayne Ramsey, announced he is retiring. In a letter posted to the organization’s website, Ramsey said it all started to change for him on May 7. He said he watched police descend on Crab Park in Vancouver after a man was fatally stabbed. His neighbour was knocked down by two people accused of the man’s murder as they ran across the park. Guest: Guy Felicella, Harm reduction advocate, overcame drug addiction Ch. 4: More on Shayne Ramsey resigning. In a surprise announcement Tuesday, the CEO of BC Housing, Shayne Ramsey, announced he is retiring. In a letter posted to the organization’s website, Ramsey said it all started to change for him on May 7. Guest: Mike Bernier, Critic for Housing; Critic for Accessibility

29m
Aug 03
Making Cents of the Markets

We’re making cents of the Markets with Lori Pinkowski, A Senior Portfolio Manager at Canaccord Genuity. - you can contact her team at 604-695-LORI or visit their website at PINKOWSKI.CA Guest: Lori Pinkowski, A Senior Portfolio Manager at Canaccord Genuity

10m
Aug 03
View from Victoria with Rob Shaw

Electric vehicle rebates & BC Housing CEO steps down Guest: Rob Shaw, Political Correspondent for CHEK News

9m
Aug 03