Radio Topics, November 30th

Welcome to the end of November! We’ve got an exciting show lined up this morning: at 8:05, we’ll hear a conversation I had with General Romeo Dallaire on his new book They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children. At 8:30, we’ll hear a conversation I had with Globe and Mail columnist Christie Blatchford on her book Helpless, which looks at the Caledonia Occupation.

We’ll also look at some of the following:

By-elections! Much closer than perhaps people thought, but name recognition wins.

New Citizenship test sees failure rates rise.

Extra fees for VOD in the US?

Robert Latimer gets full parole.

Police problems update: Ottawa vs. Toronto

Apparently there are some sort of wikileaks going on.

MacLaren’s gets its patio.

Radio Topics, Nov 23rd

Happy Tuesday!

We’ve got an exciting show lined up this week. At 8:05, we’ll speak with Lorenzo Imbesi, who is chairing a conference at the School of Industrial Design titled “City? Better Life? Digital Cities, Participated Cities, City of Conflict”. At 8:30 we’ll be joined by Joseph Boyden, author of the Louis Riel/Gabriel Dumont entry in the Extraordinary Canadians series.

We’ll also touch on some of the following:

Want to see how divergent riding size is in Canada? Take a look at the by-elections.

Lansdowne update: Site plan passes Council. Alternative plan proposed, rejected. Moving the Horticulture big deal: huffing and puffing, but about what?

Ever see a 10,000% return on a yard-sale find?

Nova Scotia band teens from tanning beds

Radio Topics, November 16th

Happy Tuesday!

At 7:30, we’ll speak with the organizers behind Team Refresh about their upcoming fundraiser for CHEO at Carleton. At 8:05, we’ll speak with Dalhousie Community Association President Eric Darwin about the proposal. At 8:30, we’ll hear the conversation I had with Bill Rowe about his new memoir about his time as Danny William’s man in Ottawa.

Lots of noise about Dalton’s foreign scholarship plan.

Tim Horton’s to sponsor council swearing in.

Folk fest bailed out by Bluesfest.

Polar bear at Moscow zoo shot by sniper.

Radio Topics, November 2nd

Welcome to November! We’ll continue with our second funding drive show, while looking at some of the following. Remember: call 613-520-3920 to dial and donate!

At 8:30, I’ll speak with Jenna Misener, manager of the Memory Project at the Historica-Dominion Institute about a digitization event they are hosting on the 8th at the War Museum.

We’ll also look at some of the following:

The referendum, 15 years later. Also, Parizeau regrets quitting.

The Copyright changes go up for debate.

Rob Ford: it’s not that he doesn’t think that Panda’s aren’t adorable, they just aren’t 20 million dollars adorable.

The Harper government (kinda sorta) agrees to let Omar Khadr come back to Canada. Next year.

The Potash deal: a whole lot of trouble growing. More from John Manley.

Alcohol more dangerous than heroin. Really?

Radio Topics, October 26th

Hello all!

As you are no doubt aware, CKCU is a community run- and funded- radio station. That means that for 50 weeks a year, we provide programming catered directly to our listeners, offering things that you really can’t hear else where, provide an outlet to people that might not otherwise be heard, and generally think about out listeners first. The other two weeks? Well, we pay for the first 50. So, Happy funding drive!

We’l be doing things a little bit differently this week as a result, with a focus more on the good stuff that the station does and constant requests for you to call in and help keep the station on the air. As in years past, there’s lots of good reasons to do so, including tax receipts, donation incentives (giveaways!), and the sense of accomplishment knowing that you keep great radio on the air. Also as in years past, we’ll be offering the opportunity to donate for something malicious: for every $50 that the station raises, I’ll run up one floor of stairs at Dunton tower, live on air.

If you aren’t able to listen, head to, where you can donate with the power of the internet. Just be sure to list Tuesday Special Blend as your show of choice.

Worry not, however: we will still be doing some of the normal show stuff: at 7:30, we’ll talk with Dan Gardner about his new book Future Babble. At 8:30, I’ll chat with Jen Bond from Artscene Ottawa about their upcoming Boardlink event. We’ll also have some special guests.

In between, I’ll try to do the rundown on Ottawa’s unexpectedly-exciting election results.

Radio Topics, October 12

Happy Tuesday! I hope that everyone had a good weekend of family and Turkey!

In the second hour, we’ll hear conversations I had with Doug Saunders about his new book Arrival City and Dan Snow about his new book Death or Victory.

We’ll also touch on some of the following:

10/10/10. Apparently its a thing.

The province of Quebec decides to sole source its subway car contract, possible killing the EU free trade deal.

The Defence Minister Peter MacKay denied entry into the UAE because Canada won’t let their airline fly more frequently into the country.

Canada being left behind in the mobile revolution.

Apparently we don’t have a right to an attorney during interrogation.

Radio Topics, September 28th

Happy Tuesday!

We’ve got an exciting show lined up to take away from what seems destined to be another cold, grey morning. At 7:30, we’ll hear a conversation I had with former deputy minister of INAC Harry Swain about his new book Oka: A Political Crisis and Its Legacy. In the second hour, we’ll go municipal again. At 8, I’ll be joined by Capital Ward candidate David Chernushenko. At 8:30, we’ll be joined by Isabel Metcalfe, who is also running in Capital.

In between, I’ll touch on some of the following:

Tories oust Liberals in New Brunswick.

Ontario NDP promises to subsidize rich people’s hydro bills.

US military pilots claim aliens deactivated nuclear missiles.

Also: the UN appoints a First Contact Czar.

Two sides shooting symbols at each other: Brian Given on Gun Culture in Canada

Candice Hoeppner’s private members bill to do away with the long gun registry goes to vote today. I know everyone has been following with interest the vote counting on this over the past few weeks, watching as a dozen or so NDP MPs respect the wish of their constituents flip flop opt to change their original vote in favour of the bill. Tonight’s vote, as I’m sure others will say, is a bit strange, as voting for the motion is actually voting to keep the registry. I’m going to do the nerd thing and ask the bar to switch to CPAC to watch the action.

In any case, yesterday I had the opportunity to chat with Carleton anthropology professor Brian Given on the matter of Gun Culture in Canada. We avoided the particular strengths and weaknesses of the registry, as that’s been covered elsewhere, instead looking to bridge the gap about why there’s so much passion on either side of this, but especially on the gun owners side.

Brian expressed some reservation afterwards that he might have come off as too pro-gun (which I don’t think he did), but as a matter of perspective, his other interests include Tibetan culture and for a time he didn’t eat meat. Stereotypical gun-nut he is not, but I do think that he offered some good insight as a sort-of-outsider into the attitudes and perspectives of gun owners, something that people that don’t use guns (like myself) often don’t have and, even worse, don’t often consider.


Radio Topics, January 21

Hello All!

Welcome to the first show of the autumn. To kick it off, we’ll speak with author Terry Fallis at 8am about his new book The High Road. He’s podcasting the book, so we’ll also hear an excerpt. At 8:30, I’ll speak with Carleton Antrhopology Professor Brian Given about tomorrow’s vote on the Gun Registry. For what its worth, the registry looks to survive the vote, and the tories claim that they need a majority to do it in.

We’ll also touch on some of the following:

Is there a threat to the TSX coming?

Is there a naked scanner coming to an airport near you?

In Vitro fertilization is too expensive for Ontario.

Tories looking to test boatloads of refugees different than other applicants.

Cutthroat water heater competition turns to social media.

Karkwa win Polaris prize.

Larry O’Brien, on his Re-Election Campaign

This morning, I spoke with Mayor Larry O’Brien about his campaign for re-election. We talked about what’s he’s achieved over the past year, his financial plans, setting up a arms-length agency for OC Transpo, and E-governance. The mayor made a quick comment at the end about his ring-road proposal, which I wish I’d remember to ask about earlier.

To say that the Mayor has had a rocky term is a bit of an understatement, but he is certainly a lot more polished now than before, even when we go outside of  what I presume he would have prepared for. He laments “professional politicians” a couple of times during the interview, but in terms of the actual practice of politics he has gotten much better.

Do enjoy!