Radio Topics for June 30th

This will be my last show for two months as I am off to Kingston until September. For my last show Mike has graciously decided to go to Washington DC and let me handel duties on my own. That means we will be playing a lot more music on the show with a focus on albums that have been Long Listed for the Polaris Music Prize. As well at 7:30 I will be speaking with Rudyard Griffiths, a co-founder of The Dominion Institute and the author of the book Who We Are: A Citizen Manifesto.

As per usual we air from 7-9am on 93.1 CKCU FM or for the internet listners.

Barrack Obama enters American culture wars by promising to eliminate the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy’ and the Defence of Marriage Act.

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Tim Hudak is the new leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party. Does this mean Common Sense Revolution 2.0?

As we do every year at around this time, Canadians find out how little we know of our past.

Ottawa cyclists want Ottawa to be more like Montreal.

Radio Topics for June 23rd

Mike is off earning money to put food on his table so it will be just myself for the first hour with Tuesday Morning Blend regular Simon Cameron joining me for the second hour. Twice the sarcasm and (roughly) half the age. Its like Mike 2.0. At 7:30 I will be speaking with Tony Dekker of the Great Lake Swimmers whose new album Lost Channels has recently been long listed for the Polaris Music Prize.  As per usual we air from 7-9am Tuesday morning on 93.1 CKCU FM in Ottawa and for those of you on the internet.

Toronto is about to become a whole lot smellier as 24 000 City of Toronto employees walked off the job, included all the garbage collectors.

Sarkozy becomes the first president in 150 years to address the French Parliament and promptly ruffels a few feathers..or burkas as the case may be.

Iran. Its a really big news story. BBC seems to have the best coverage.

Investing money in order to prevent raw sewage flowing into the Ottawa River. Sounds like a good idea.

Free Concerts during Bluesfest…and not just the noise bleed you can hear from the War Museum site.

Canadian Tech Giant Nortel is down for the count. Nokia moves in to scoop up wireless division.

Interview with Jenn Grant

On Friday, June 12th Jenn Grant played at Westfest. Prior to the show I spoke with her about her new album Echos and the process of writing and recording the follow up to her critically acclaimed album Orchestra for the Moon. If you missed her at Westfest you can catch Jenn at Bluesfest this year as well.

At the end of the interview I throw to the song “You’ll go far.” Since that doesn’t work when not listening to Mike and I live on Tuesday morning I have included a couple of videos of the song.

1) Jenn playing the song at Westfest that night.

2) A live version of the song at Verge Fm studios. The audio on this one is much better.

Radio Topics for June 16th

The countdown to my departure to Kingston for two months is on. Three weeks and counting. With Mike this being Mike’s last week before a two week break from radio, today’s show is the last chance to hear Mike and I together until September rolls around. Catch us while you can. This week I will be speaking with PEI singer/songwriter Jenn Grant at 7:30. As per usual we air on CKCU FM, 93.1 in Ottawa and for internet listeners.

Iran had an election last week and conservative hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected as president. Iranians are not happy.

Ignatieff and Harper to have a get together to see if either of them will do something to stop an election neither side says they want.

Mitel is angry at the City of Ottawa over their bid for the City’s telecom data network. Council says they will investigate.

English bands need not apply for Fete National celebrations in Montreal.

Let the debate begin. The Polaris Music Prize unveils its long list.

Ottawa decides on location for new public library

The Peter Hume Compromise: Allow Ottawa’s urban boundry to expand…but only by 220 hectares.

For the first time since 2005, the number of people applying to university went down

Radio Topics, June 9

Happy Tuesday all! We are inching closer to the official beginning of summer! Join Adam and I from 7-9am to talk about the week that was; for those from away.

At 7:45, I will be speaking with Peter Blouin, who is helping organize Ottawa‘s World Naked Bike Ride event. At 8:10, Adam will speak with Annie Langlois from the Museum of Nature on the Roundtable on water usage.

We’ll also touch on at least some of the following:

My home province (and where Adam wishes he was from) is holding a provincial election today, with every indication being that the incumbent tories will lose to the NDP.

In a push to remain relevant, the PQ announces a return to campaigning for sovereignty, albeit in steps.

Let the bad times roll: Ottawa gets 375 million in stimulus funding; its still a shame we don’t have our transit plan sorted out yet.

The federal government changes the time limits for transit drivers; only Ottawa pleased.

Down in the polls? Go after criminals. And Terrorists.

Buy America spreads; Canadian Municipalities torn in response.

Pirates, Nationalists elected to UK parliament.

Glen Breton fights to keep its name.

Playing outside is should be homework.

Radio Topics for June 2nd

Welcome to the first day of June. Hopefully June this year brings us something better than 22 days of rain. Regardless of the weather listen to Adam and Mike. At 7:30 Mike will be talking with economist Jeff Ruben about his book Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller. At 8:45 we will be talking with Kate Poirier regarding Amethyst Women’s Addiction Centre. As always, we air from 7am to 9am tomorrow on 93.1fm in Ottawa; for everyone else.

Our Governor General ate a seal heart and has created quite a stir.

Ottawa City Council votes to allow suburban sprawl as the urban boundary grows.

New Poll puts the Liberals ahead with a showdown over EI coming in the next few days thanks to the NDP.

Amidst it all the Tories want to talk about sex offenders and how to best register them.

An update on the Ontario Tories leadership race: Mike Harris can’t resist having his opinions heard While Christine Elliot is dubbed the ‘modest’ candidate by the TorStar.

Simultaneously the strangest and the saddest news story of the week. An Air France plane disappears over the Atlantic Ocean.

In what was inevitable some said, GM files for bankruptcy protection with US courts.

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