Radio Topics for June 1st

Welcome to the month of June. Mike is away this week doing real people things so it will just be me. With so much new music being released recently and with yesterday being the last day for Polaris Prize 2009-2010 eligibility I’ll be playing a larger selection of music than usual while highlighting some possible Polaris Prize nominees and some exciting new releases. As well, at 8:30 I will be joined in studio by members of the Ottawa area band The Flats. They have a show on Saturday at Zaphods and will be in studio talking about their new album and playing some tunes. As per usual we air on 93.1 CKCU FM in Ottawa and at for everyone else.

119 Buildings around Ottawa open up their doors this coming weekend for Doors Open Ottawa 2010.

A new addition to Ottawa’s weather this week: Smoke!

Calgary: The Most Eco-Friendly city in the world?

Lets try this again: Tories want MPs working over the summer to create new copyright legislation.

So if Ottawa is actually going to build the O-Train the next thing to decide is what will the stations look like?

Radio Topics for May 25th

Make the return to the weekday routine a little less painful and tune into the Tuesday Morning Special Blend with Mike and Adam. At 8:10 Mike will be speaking with  Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, the author of the new book I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey. As per usual we air on 93.1 CKCU FM in Ottawa and at for everyone else.

Ministerial staff is no longer allowed to testify at House of Commons Committees says Stephen Harper’s office.

Royal Bank in the Glebe gets firebombed…apparently for supporting the Vancouver Olympics on “stolen native land.”

In the understatement of the year, Toronto police are describing a body found encased in cement then placed in an oil drum at the bottom of Lake Ontario as “suspicious.”

CIDA said in January that Abortion was among the measures necessary to meet the ambitious maternal-health goals of the Harper Government. Bev Oda and the Harper Government ignored it.

East vs. West: Shipbuilding Edition

Greenbelt farmers say the NCC doesn’t care about them…NCC disagrees.

Deep Water Horizon continues to spew oil into the Gulf of Mexico and BP keeps screwing up.

Radio Topics for May 18th

Come celebrate Victoria Day a little early this Tuesday morning because lets face it, next Tuesday you’ll be recovering from the weekend and there won’t be much celebrating going on when Tuesday morning rolls around. At 8:10 Mike will be speaking with Marci McDonald about her new book The Armageddon Factor: The Rise of Christian Nationalism in Canada. (Reviews here and here) At 7:30 we will be speaking with frequent contributor Josh Zanin regarding the Action Sandy Hill. As per usual we air from 7-9 on 93.1 CKCU FM in Ottawa and for everyone else.

Two parties forming a coalition and behaving like adults? It certainly isn’t Canada.

A collision between a motorbike and a 16 year old cyclists results in the death of the cyclist. This coming on the heels of three cyclists death’s in Quebec.

Sheila Fraiser is denied access to audit MP’s expenses.

Opposition MPPs accuse the Ontario Liberal Party of attempting to undermine the reappointment of Provincial Ombudsperson Andre Marin.

The Museum of Nature is ready to be (re)opened to the public. Fitting that the Victoria Memorial Museum Building’s Grand Re-Opening should take place on Victoria Day Weekend.

The Oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico continues unabated however never fear… Obama is looking into it.

Streetcars on Sparks Street?

The Harper Government probably just wishes this whole abortion thing would go away… but the National March for Life and Catholic Cardinals won’t let it drop.

While the Conservatives say they will never sign a coalition deal with the Bloc Quebecois, The Canadian Alliance clearly didn’t have a problem with it.

Rogers Wireless gets slapped with a lawsuit for revealing to the plaintiffs husband that she was having an affair.

Mushkat (Bill Travis) and Mike Aube Live in Studio

On Tuesday, April 27th Adam spoke with two artists from Nova Scotia, Bill Travis (who releases music under the moniker Mushkat) and Mike Aube. They are touring Ontario and Quebec together and are in Ottawa this coming weekend. On Friday they play a show at the Clocktower Brew Pub on Bank Street, Saturday is a house concert (details given in the recording) and finally on Monday, May 3rd they are playing a show at the Rainbow Bistro in the Byward Market. The two chatted with Mike and I and played us some of the songs you can expect to hear at the show.

As well, listen for the best trumpet impersonation you will ever hear on Bill’s song “The Colours of Ernesto.”

Radio Topics for April 27th

Happy ANZAC Day for all Australians and New Zealanders out there. We are two days late but better than nothing. We have an exciting show lined up for you today. At 7:30 Adam will be speaking with Pat Moore, host of Weekend Warm-Up here on CKCU, about the upcoming Songwriters Up Close and Personal show at the NAC 4th Stage featuring Terry Tufts. Then at 8:10 Bill Travis, who releases music under the moniker of Mushkat, will be playing some tunes for us in studio with fellow Halegonian Mike Aube. They are playing a show at the Clocktower Brew Pub on may 1st and at the Rainbow on May 3rd. As per usual we air from 7-9am on CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa and for those from away.

UK Election is in full swing. TV debates, the possibility of a hung parliament and the suprising rise of Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats.

Republican Senators block financial reform bill.

Harper Government finally makes it position on its maternal health initiatives clear: No funding for abortion

First Dalton McGuinty defends the proposed changes to the Ontario sex ed. cirriculum then withdraws the changes later in the week.

The Rahim Jaffer affair just keeps getting better and better.

In campaign-style announcements the Federal Liberals announce a national food policy.

Sussex Drive claims another cyclists. Thankfully the 55 year old cyclist was not killed.

Radio Topics for April 13th

Welcome to the playoff edition of the Tuesday Morning Special Blend. The game is still the same but somehow it means more. We have a busy show lined up this week. At 8:10 Adam will be speaking with Lori Waller of Ecology Ottawa regarding their activities and their Green Policy Benchmarks for the 2010 Municipal election. Shortly after that Mike will be speaking with Dan Arnold of CalgaryGrit blogging fame about his new website Puck Probabilities. Finally at 8:30 Mike will be speaking with Stuart Robertson, the owner of the Ottawa Bus Station regarding possible redevelopment plans. As per usual we air on 93.1 CKCU FM in Ottawa and online at

Helena Guergis has a really bad week. First she gets booted from Cabinet, then Caucus, then the RCMP are asked to investigate. All while the Liberals laugh.

Afghan Detainee Hearings: Canadian Forces Chief Investigator had no idea about Federal Court ruling of 2008 which found “real and serious concerns about the protection of Afghan detainees transferred to possible torture.”

Women kicked out of a French language course in Montreal for wearing the Niqab.

Polish President Lech Kaczynski, along with 95 other members of the Polish government and Armed Forces die in a plane crash in Russia while on their way to commemorate the Katyn Massacre of 1940. Now accusations abound.

UN Climate Convention Chief Yvo De Boer finally says what everyone has been thinking; no climate deal likely for 2010.

Vimy Ridge: 93 years later.

Nova Scotia’s NDP government unveils the perfect budget (well at least perfect in the eyes of Mike and I and Worthwhile Canadian Initiatives)

Radio Topics for April 6th

Happy Easter Tuesday? I guess the limit of holidays after Easter can only extend so far. Regardless tune in to Adam and Mike this Tuesday morning. As per usual we air from 7-9am on 93.1 CKCU FM in Ottawa or on for everyone else.

It seems the story of the upcoming Ottawa mayoral race is who won’t run. Peter Hume declares that he is out.

Our current mayor wants to move Ottawa’s Greyhound Bus Station out to where the VIA Rail Station is.

While there probably won’t be a Canadian election this spring, there is certainly going to be a British one.

However if there was a spring vote on which Federal leader Canadians would like to have a beer with, Jack Layton would win. (This makes me hate democracy)

Federal MPs seek to understand the internet with Google’s help.

The US makes it very clear; they want Canada to stay in Afghanistan. But maybe Canada has something different in mind? Like the UN Mission in the Congo? Well…think again.

Not missing its chance to make something tragic into something political: Vic Toews vows to crack down on the National Parole Board in the wake of them pardoning former hockey coach Graham James.

Canada’s definition of maternal health differentiates pretty substantially from that of the US and UK.

Radio Topics for March 30th

The last Tuesday in March. Regardless of whether March goes out like a lion or a lamb tune in to Adam and Mike on the Tuesday Morning Special Blend. Between 7:30 and 8:00 Mike will be speaking with Matthew Fisher, who is Canwest’s Middle East and South Asia bureau chief and will be giving the annual Kesterton Lecture at Carleton University on Wednesday. As per usual we air from 7-9am on 93.1 CKCU Fm in Ottawa or for everyone else.

Moscow’s Metro is hit by a deadly suicide bombing. Russia promises swift retribution.

The Liberals wrap up their Canada 150 Conference with a promise to halt corporate tax cuts. All the while Robert Fowler really doesn’t have anything nice to say about either the Conservative’s or the Liberals.

Ottawa keeps getting safer and safer. Crime rates fall yet again in 2009 says Ottawa Police.

Canada hosts meeting between Arctic stakeholder but declines to invite Iceland…or Sweden…or Finland…or the Inuit.

Canada to revamp a lot of things: The Refugee Claimant Process and The Senate

The question of whether the Queen can climb 17 steps safely has become major news in Canada and Britain.

Diane Holmes halts plans to create segregated bike lane from Preston to Elgin Street.

Radio Topics for March 23rd

Welcome to Spring! Bring in the season by listening to the Tuesday Morning Special Blend. For the first time in a few weeks Mike and Adam will be present for the entire show. At 8:10 Adam will be speaking with Mack, the co-director of the new Black Box Concert Series in Ottawa. They presented their first show last Saturday night at the Irving Greenberg Theater Centre and the next show is already booked for April 18th featuring guitar player extraordinaire Don Ross.  At 8:30 Mike will be speaking with Marie Jose Houle, musician and former Tuesday Morning Special Blend Hour 3 host, regarding her current tour. As per usual we air on 93.1 CKCU FM for those in Ottawa and online at for those out of town.

Google stops cooperating with China’s draconian internet censorship policies.

House Democrats in the US pass health care legislation by the slimmest of majorities.

According to Lawrence Cannon, Gilles Duceppe compared present day Quebec Sovereigntists to WW2 resistance fighters and now everyone is demanding apologies.

The Ontario Liberals war on (legal prescription) drugs.

NRC says DND’s requirements for new search and rescue aircraft are so unacceptable that they need to rewrite the specifications.

Aurel Braun, the chairman of the board at Rights and Democracy Canada, skips out of Parliamentary Committee hearings for a second straight week.

The latest cabinet minister to have a run in with airport security is Veterans Affairs Minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn and his bottle of tequila.

The Canadian Federation of Students thinks there is a problem with racism on Ontario University Campuses.

Radio Topics for March 16th

You may wonder what is different this week and the answer is of course darkness. With the clocks having sprung forward the sun rises a little later this week. At 7:30 Adam will be speaking with Michael Peterson of the band The Flats who are playing Saturday at Irene’s. Right after the news at 8:00 Mike will be speaking with Wayne Petti of Cuff the Duke who are playing this Friday at Mavericks. As per usual we air on 93.1 CKCU FM in Ottawa and for everyone else.

TV station Imedi TV in Georgia doesn’t quite understand how to make fake invasion broadcasts…

$7 a day buys you childcare in Quebec but not childcare and religious education says Quebec Government.

Allowing for a thousand and one jokes about three and baseball, baseball does indeed return to Ottawa Stadium this summer.

Its either brilliant or crazy…City floats idea of water taxis to solve the access problem for Lansdowne Park.

Who should pay to maintain the peace and quiet?

Les Soeurs de la Visitation d’Ottawa are leaving their Richmond Road property and Ashcroft Homes wants to redevelop.

If you thought tackling the US deficit was a big problem try organizing the census.