Following the Freedom Convoy occupation of 2022, the federal government has seemed pretty eager to close off Wellington Street to vehicle traffic. The City of Ottawa, meantime, has been waiting for a follow-up discussion with the Trudeau Liberals. Both sides want a clear understanding on the future of this historic Ottawa landmark. And yet, the feds have been radio-silent since the new year began. We get the latest developments from Beacon Hill-Cyrville councillor Tim Tierney.
Have you ever heard of 'zombie fires' before? Apparently, the violent flames from last summer are still smouldering, even under Canadian snow. Not only that, they are doing so at record levels. We explore further with John Davies, a Senior Wildfire Management Specialist with Forsite Consultants. But first, it’s time to address toxicity in the political arena, as we tackle today’s Question of the Day.
As the Ford government pumps the brakes on an initiative to curb alcohol thefts, we got a damning report today about this exact problem. Over a span of 3 months, right here in Canada’s Capital, at least 1,500 shoplifting incidents had been reported across all of Ottawa’s LCBO locations. Kristy Cameron digs deeper with Marty Carr, the city councillor for Alta Vista Ward and the current Vice-Chair of the Ottawa Police Services Board. On a lighter note, are you craving a trip to the local cinema this weekend? Matt Demers has got you covered with his Weekly Movie Picks! Just don’t steal any liquor or popcorn, please.
Despite colder temperatures hitting Canada’s Capital this weekend, the Rideau Canal has gone from the world’s largest skating rink to the world’s biggest puddle. And for businesses that rely on cold winter to attract customers, such as skiing hills and winter outdoor gear shops, Mother Nature’s decision to turn up the heat could cause a lot of problems. We explain further in Hour 1. Over in Gatineau, Mayor France Belisle shocked everyone on Thursday, submitting her two-weeks notice and cleaning out her office. She cited a toxic environment and the need to protect her personal health as the main reasons behind her departure from municipal politics. In fact, Gatineau’s first-ever female leader was facing death threats during her tenure at City Hall. And as former Ottawa city councillor Diane Deans tells Kristy Cameron, this toxic nature was up close and personal when the 2022 Freedom Convoy was at its worst.
Andrew Pinsent is filling in for Kristy Cameron this afternoon, reading your thoughts and analyzing your opinions on the CFRA textboard!
Today’s Question of the Day is all about food prices, and how they impact your weekly trip to the grocery store. What items did you buy in the past that are currently being left at the checkout isle? Text into the show and let us know. Meantime, as we switch gears back to the Freedom Convoy, the debate rages on as to whether or not the federal government was justified to break up the 2022 rally. At least, in the manner with which they did. According to local criminology professor Michael Kempa, one thing is clear: We need reform – and we need it now.
Andrew Pinsent is filling in for Kristy Cameron on this fine Thursday afternoon. Last weekend, the Freedom Convoy reunited to recognize the two-year anniversary of the original demonstrations on Parliament Hill. Today, Ottawa’s Police Chief has issued multiple violations against the 2024 crowd. We get a little bit of clarity from CTV’s Katelyn Wilson. Speaking of law enforcement, Law and Order Toronto debuts on TV tonight, and it hopefully won’t be featured on today’s countdown list. In this week’s Tell All Thursday, we debate which spinoffs completely missed the mark.
According to a new survey from Dalhousie University's Agri-Food Analytics Lab, Canadians’ grocery shopping habits are heavily dictated by discounts and deals. In today’s inflationary world, that trend has never been more visible. We dig deeper into the report with Janet Music from the Agri-Food Analytics Lab. Meantime, the first day of March is coming up, and it’s a day to appreciate all Canadian employees from all walks of life. What makes you feel appreciated in the workplace? Text into the show and let us know.
The warmer days of Winter are upon us, and they were previously wreaking havoc for seasonal events such as Winterlude. At the same time, these mild temperatures have been a blessing for Ottawa’s contractors, who have been able to get more work done ahead of March’s arrival. Kristy Cameron chats with John DeVries, the President and General Manager of the Ottawa Construction Association. Oh, and about that warm weather that’s on the way – it has also temporarily closed the Rideau Canal.
A trio of Ontario-based family doctors are issuing a warning to medical students across the province, especially those who are on the verge of graduating from Medical School. Their piece of advice is simple and direct: Do not start your own family medicine practice in Ontario. Dr. Sohail Gandhi recently co-authored an op-ed in The Globe and Mail, explaining why it has become ‘unsafe’ to run a family practice in this province. He joins Kristy Cameron in Hour 3. But first, it’s time to tackle today’s Question of the Day, and it’s all about teaching those who are tasked with teaching today’s students. Should the Ford government shorten Teachers College to one year, instead of the current two-year cycle? Make your voices heard and chime in on the CFRA textboard!
As our population grows and the city intensifies, there will be a growing desire and a crucial need for new housing units – minus the parking spaces. If you are building anything from scratch these days, the conversation always comes back to parking lots, and how you can attract customers on a daily basis. However, you don’t want nearby neighbourhoods to be transformed into default parking lots. And today, calls are growing for the minimum parking rules at housing projects to be axed completely. Is this the best path forward? We open the debate floor with Robert Brinker, the President of the Federation of Citizens' Associations here in Ottawa. Elsewhere in Ontario, the City of Belleville is pleading to the Ford government for financial assistance, with the hopes of building a new health hub to fight against a chaotic overdose crisis. Since then, all they’ve heard is crickets, and the Mayor of Belleville is now taking matters into his own hands.
As Ontario school boards endlessly struggle to find teachers, the Ford government is analyzing ‘every option on the table’ to help solve this critical shortage. One of those options is to reduce the level of teacher education back to one year, as opposed to the current two-year program. Is this a good idea? Kristy Cameron explores further with David Hutchison, a Brock University professor who also studies educational reform and teacher education. Meantime, the City of Ottawa is celebrating the arrival of another professional sports team. This time, it’s the newly-named Ottawa Black Bears, a National Lacrosse League franchise that is relocating from New York.
Statistics Canada says consumers are getting some relief from what is often a source of frustration. It’s not grocery bills. It’s cellphone bills. In fact, cellular-service prices plunged by 27 percent in 2023, per StatsCan’s consumer price index. And over the past five years, wireless prices have gone down by 50 percent. We dig deeper with David Soberman, a Professor of Marketing at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.
Good news, everyone! The NCC has reopened more sections of the Rideau Canal, spanning from the Pretoria Bridge to Waverly. However, the full skating surface hasn’t been available for a single day of 2024, and last year’s skating season was cancelled altogether. Can the Rideau Canal remain a Winter revenue generator, or do we need to think of other ideas? Kristy Cameron tackles today’s Question of the Day. Meantime, Ottawa Police has increased its presence outside of St. Elizabeth's Church in Carlington. This follows several disturbances over the past few weeks, the latest complaint on a laundry list of concerns from local residents.
Ontario MPPs have finally returned to Queen’s Park, as a new session of Parliament gets underway. Among the top priorities for Doug Ford’s Conservatives is the Get It Done Act, an omnibus bill that will do everything from auto-renewed licence plates to streamlining the environmental impact process. CTV’s Siobhan Morris explains further in Hour 2. Meantime, COVID-19 has given way to several working-from-home variations, and this idea has become the new norm for thousands of employees since the peak pandemic days. However, for some, it’s not the paradise they envisioned. Enter the term ‘home fever’, which a team of Carleton University researchers have been studying and exploring. How sustainable is this model? Kristy Cameron picks the brain of Farzam Sepanta, a Carleton University PhD candidate who specializes in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Before the warm weather rolls in, residents might be able to squeeze in one more day of skating on the Rideau Canal. If the 2024 skating season doesn’t resume again, that means our city will have roughly 7 days of skating time. Add that on top of last year’s non-existent season, and we have $2 million invested into a week’s worth of skating over the past 2 years. Is it time to give up on the Rideau Canal as an annual Winter attraction, or can it still be saved? CTV’s Graham Richardson delivers his two cents. Plus, researchers at the University of Ottawa have developed a new radiotracer, which can help identify how human cells are using fructose for energy. We unpack the bigger picture in Hour 1.
A handful of Canadian provinces observe Family Day as a STAT holiday, but the federal government does not. Is it time that every single portion of Canada gets aboard the bandwagon? Kristy Cameron tackles today’s Question of the Day. Meantime, we might have a scientific breakthrough on our hands, as familiar scents appear to unlock long-lost memories in people with depression. Could 'smell therapy' help these patients? We dig deeper with Kymberly Young, a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine.
Canada’s House of Commons Committee is urging Loblaw and Walmart to voluntarily sign the Grocery Code of Conduct. If they don’t, they run the risk of watching the feds legislate it without their consent. Does the government expect these giant corporations to voluntarily sign up for such regulations? We debate and discuss with the Political Heat Panel. Meantime, the City of Toronto could be launching a new website in the not-too-distant future, designed to alert members of the public to be on the lookout for dangerous dogs. It’s an idea that’s been tossed around in light of recent high-profile dog attacks. Is this an idea that our city should consider? Text into the show and let us know.
The misuse of benzodiazepines is sparking a wide range of concerns across Quebec, prompting the College of Physicians to increase its scrutiny of doctors who overprescribe them. Kristy Cameron digs deeper with Dr. Christopher Labos, a cardiologist with a degree in epidemiology. Meantime, with the Rideau Canal skating season finally resuming, Pakenham’s Sugarbush season is kicking into high-gear! It runs at Fulton’s Sugar Bush and Maple Shop until April 14, every single day from 10am to 3pm.
Ottawa Paramedics had originally planned to launch a taxi service to help transport patients to hospital, but a handful of snags have halted that plan dead in its tracks. Is this a plan you would support? Kristy Cameron tackles today’s Question of the Day. Meantime, Ottawa Fire is on track to implementing new fines against building owners, specifically those who repeatedly hold up resources due to false alarms.
Within the next 3 to 4 years, some estimates project that 10 million Canadians will be without any source of primary care. We dig deeper with Dr. Kathleen Ross, a family physician and the current President of the Canadian Medical Association. Plus, we skim through the textboard just before wrapping things up for the long weekend.
Air Canada has been ordered to compensate a B.C. man after one of its ChatBots delivered inaccurate information. John Gradek, an aviation expert and a former Air Canada executive, joins the program in Hour 2. Plus, are you craving a trip to the local cinema for Family Day? Matt Demers has got you covered with his Weekly Movie Picks!
Ottawa Paramedics say they can’t get their taxi pilot program off the ground, largely due to a myriad of issues that includes an outdated 9-1-1 system. Ottawa Paramedics Chief Pierre Poirier joins Kristy Cameron to explain further in Hour 1. Meantime, as we head into the final weekend of Winterlude, the temperatures are about to drop. Does it mean good vibes for the Rideau Canal skating season?
In Hour 1, we talked about a damning Leger poll, which revealed that nearly one-in-four Canadians have been cutting back on their medications due to higher costs. Meantime, 28 percent of respondents have had to sacrifice other necessities in order to afford their medications, ranging from a reduction in grocery spending to delayed rent payments. Is this something you’ve had to do? Kristy Cameron tackles today’s Question of the Day. Meantime, as Artificial Intelligence becomes more commonplace within Ontario’s classrooms, how can the province’s educators navigate this change? We debate and discuss with Sharon Lauricella, a Professor of Communication and Digital Media Studies at Ontario Tech University.
New York City is reportedly suing numerous social media platforms over a youth mental health crisis. Tech expert Carmi Levy joins the program in Hour 4. Plus, we take a final glance at the CFRA textboard before the show wraps up.
For the past 4 years, the Ford government has outlined a plan to get its blue licence plates off the roads. The main problem is that you can’t see the license plate numbers in pitch-black darkness, making it tougher on law enforcement to detect real-time infractions. This plan, according to the Canadian Press, is elimination through attrition. NDP MPP Jennifer French vents her frustrations in Hour 2. Plus, cities all across Canada are grappling with recruiting and retaining volunteer firefighters. We explain how Ottawa is planning to refresh today’s reinforcements.
A new Leger poll, commissioned by the Heart and Stroke Foundation alongside the Canadian Cancer Society, found that 22 percent of Canadians have been cutting back on medications. Members of this group are either splitting pills, skipping doses completely, deciding not to renew their prescriptions, or opting not to fill out their prescriptions entirely. The primary reason: High costs. And for a Manotick-based doctor, this is hitting very close to home, with some of his patients already doing this. Dr. Alykhan Abdulla joins the program in Hour 1. Meantime, a bucket of wintery fun is about to strike Canada’s Capital. CTV’s Matt Skube drops by with the latest weather forecast.
As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, Kristy Cameron and Producer Dani rank the best love declarations of all time. Well, at least on the Hollywood screen. They also sift through the textboard, reacting to your questions and comments before the 6 o’clock newscast.
The LCBO was planning to launch controlled entrances at 6 locations, with a security vestibule and an ID scanner on hand. That is, until the Ford government pulled the plug. Did this idea go too far? Should the province have given this idea a fair chance? Kristy Cameron tackles today’s Question of the Day. Plus, thousands of UBER and Lyft drivers across the country are taking a one-day break, all part of a global protest over paydays and benefits.