2013

 

P.S.T., Pickets and Plasma

On today's online program, Jim asks whether a restaurant can be too nice for the neighbourhood, moderates a debate about the unthinkable -- whether Alberta should...

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Pidgin Restaurant and Pigeon Park

A restaurant in Vancouver has drawn protests every night since it opened last month. The protestors say that Pidgin Restaurant, which is located next to...

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Ski Hill Police Presence

A new program in Alberta has got uniformed police officers out on the slopes. They're on the lookout for anyone smoking up, or boozing it...

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Suburbs vs. Cities, Boomer Health Care, Composting Toilets

Host Jim Brown and guests debate whether it's time to give up on the suburban dream, and if Boomers need to pay the freight for...

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Boomers vs. Generation Y

There's a sense out there that Baby Boomers staying longer in the workforce could be keeping jobs away from younger up-and-comers. Economist Stephen Gordon says...

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Panel audience comments on doctor-assisted suicide

Dying With Dignity recently held a talk in Calgary. We spoke to some of those in attendance about the story of one B.C. senior, and...

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Meet the Bronies of Halifax

Contributor Jackie Torrens attends a meeting of the Halifax Bronies fan club. The young men gather for picnics, and to share their appreciation for the...

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Alberta grizzlies and ranchers

It's been illegal to hunt Grizzly Bears in Alberta since 2006 and conservationists want to keep it that way. But now some hunters and ranchers...

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The right to die

When Ruth Goodman took her own life at age 91, she wasn't terminally ill and her mind was still lucid. But she wanted to make...

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Alberta Grizzly Hunt, Moonlighting Doctor, and Halifax Bronies

On our March 15th episode, Jim Brown and his guests discuss re-opening the grizzly bear hunt in Alberta, why some family doctors say they need...

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Texting in Church, Law School Protest, Ethical Shopping

On this week's show, Jim and his guests discuss a move by members of a Calgary Co-op to buy only free-range eggs and ethically-farmed pork,...

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Law school protest

Trinity Western University is a faith-based school in B.C. It has plans to open a law school, but a group law students from across the...

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Yukon loans for homebuyers

The Yukon government has begun a new program to provide low-interest loans to help home-buyers cover their down payments....

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Co-op members vote for free-range products

If the membership of a Calgary Co-op gets its way, the store will stock only free-range eggs and ethically farmed pork products. We speak with...

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Texting in church

There are some places you don't text because of safety concerns. But is there no place so sacred you won't whip out a smartphone? Today...

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What's your Classified ad story?

You know when you buy or sell a car in the online classifieds the phrase to remember is "caveat emptor." It's a wild frontier online,...

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An Easter 180

This week we bring you the story of a very personal "180": a Vancouver man who went from being a lifelong atheist, to having an...

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How should communities deal with problem pigeons?

Canadian communities like Trail, B.C., say they are besieged by pigeons. The birds and their droppings are causing trouble for home owners and businesses, and...

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Problem pigeons, Conservatives debate, A personal 180

On this week's show you'll hear an argument in favour of birth control for pigeons, the story of a man who went from being a...

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Conservatives debate: Is the PM conservative enough?

After a Conservative M.P. complained he was denied his time to speak in the House, our guests, a blogger and an activist, say they've been...

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Will another law help stop bullying?

As Manitoba considers anti-bullying legislation, there's been a lot of debate about how to define bullying, and how to balance the rights of everyone involved... Read More »

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Farmers feel the love, Anti-bullying laws, What's in a word?

On this week's show Jim and his guests debate whether a new law will actually reduce bullying, discuss why farmers are so politically popular in...

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Adventures of a Green Party Candidate in Oil Country

It's not easy being Green, at least not in Calgary Centre, a federal riding that's been Conservative/Reform territory since 1968. That didn't stop Chris Turner...

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Ontario Farmers feel the political love

Not long after she became Ontario premier, Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne put on another hat. She named herself agriculture minister and set off for farm...

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Should Body Checking be Banned in Youth Hockey?

We had quite a debate about body checking in youth hockey, and we'd like to know whether you think it belongs in the game.  We heard... Read More »

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This week: Oil sands ads, seniors' STIs, and a hunter's 180

This week Jim and his guests discuss the Alberta government's expenditure on ads about the province's oil sands, set to run in Washington. One critic...

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What slogan would you write for Alberta's oil sands?

Alberta Premier Alison Redford headed to Washington this week to talk about the province's oil sands projects with proponents and opponents of the Keystone Pipeline. ... Read More »

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Our 180 call out of the week: Born again hunter

Before he left Toronto for the deep northern woods five years ago, Rob Collette took a dim view of hunters and hunting. But this self...

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Safe sex and the modern senior

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, cases of infectious syphilis in the 60-plus age group have increased by nearly 300 percent in the... Read More »

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Would a carbon tax be the best or the worst thing for Canada?

Alberta's premier visited Washington to show support for the province's oils sands projects. As she did, discussions continued about carbon taxes on both sides of the...

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Should we stop giving grades to kids?

School boards in Camrose, Alberta, and Ridge Meadows, British Columbia, have decided to stop giving percentage grades to their students. Some experts say assigning a number... Read More »

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Drivers: How do you feel about bike lanes?

Calgary is getting its first separated bike lane. Cyclists are thrilled, but it means one less lane for traffic. No matter what city you're in,...

Can positive campaigns win an election?

It was just hours after Justin Trudeau won the leadership of the federal Liberal party that the first attack ad was launched against him. In... Read More »

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Positive campaigns, Percentage grades, and Psychedelic science

On this episode Jim speaks to a former target of attack ads who says politicians in his shoes should respond with attack ads of their...

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Did texting spoil the art of letter writing?

Lots of people choose texting and typing over handwritten letters these days. However there's a growing movement to celebrate the cursive missive, with letter-writing clubs...

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LGBT group wants to be a resource for a resource town

People are moving to resource towns like Fort McMurray, Alberta for the promise of jobs on the oil sands. We'll hear from one new resident...

Richardson's rant against winter

For much of the Canadian prairies, this is the winter that just won't let go. Winnipeggers are still waiting for the mercury to reach 5... Read More »

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Should Canadian universities be more elitist?

For generations, Canadians have looked at university education as a clear path to middle class prosperity. It's held up as an egalitarian system where everyone...

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Exclusive Universities, ayahuasca therapy, off-roaders vs. conservationists

Jim talks to an academic who says it's time for Canadian universities to be more elitist. We hear from a listener who used a hallucinogen...

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The 180 call out of the week: Ayahuasca to treat PTSD

On our April 19, 2013 episode Jim Brown looked at the therapeutic use of psychedelic drugs in Canada. Before it was illegal, LSD was used to treat alcoholism and...

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A senior speaks out. We ask if "kids these days" are really that bad?

74-year-old Florence Day of Innisfail, Alberta says she has a right to be cranky. She says she's tired of being treated like trash by young folks,...

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Are public lands for recreation or conservation?

The Alberta government is trying to create a new land use plan for the south of the province. That's got the off-road community worried it...

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Should all borders be open to all workers?

Ottawa has implemented changes to its Temporary Foreign Workers program, tightening the rules after several Canadian companies were criticized for using overseas employees.  But while... Read More »

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Is "Newfie" a four-letter word?

Okay, so we know it's not really a four-letter word, but one online entertainment service was blocking out the word in its listings (Think "Stompin'... Read More »

Does Canada need CanCon rules any more?

The CRTC is hearing arguments from some specialty channel providers that Canadian Content rules should be loosened up. They say they can no longer afford...

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The 180 call out of the week: Seniors also to blame?

On a past show we heard from a senior citizen from Innisfail, Alberta who said the disrespect and foul language of today's young people are...

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Open borders, the CanCon debate, "Newfie" not for everyone

This week Jim and his guests discuss whether workers should be able to have unrestricted access to jobs anywhere in the world, whether CanCon rules...

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Does Canada's history need an update?

The Heritage Committee in Ottawa is undertaking what it calls a thorough review of the history of Canada. Some historians say the review is needed... Read More »

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Why you should care who wins the B.C. Election

British Columbians go to the polls May 14th. The two front-running parties have very different views on issues around energy and the environment. While ultimately...

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Can you have beer league hockey, without the beer?

A company that runs ice rinks in several provinces has told beer league hockey players it won't tolerate the consumption of beer in its locker...

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Have food trucks strayed too far from their roots?

Montreal is the latest Canadian city to jump on the food truck chipwagon. From Halifax to Hamilton, the lineups for pricey perogies and gourmet tacos keep growing. But food writer and...

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Canada's Arctic: pristine preserve, or resource bonanza?

Canada takes the helm of the Arctic Council this week. As Canada's chair, Leona Aglukkaq will have the chance to push the federal government's vision...

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To go where "everyman" has gone before...

Chris Hadfield took a very populist approach to his mission at the International Space Station. He tweeted, sent pictures, teleconferenced with school kids, and even...

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Does Canada still need the Senate?

This week more details have come out about the expenses of some Canadian senators. One advocacy group has started a campaign, asking Canadians to write...

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The 180 of the Week: The chicken, the art and the professor

On this 180 Of The Week, we find out what happened when an Western college "learned some valuable lessons" about art, and chickens. The Alberta... Read More »

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This week's callback: Canadian history

On a previous show, we had a 180 Faceoff about the version of Canadian history the federal government should tell. We got a lot of...

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Would politicians be more accountable if Canada had more "Gawker-style" media?

Allegations that Toronto's mayor smoked crack were first reported on Gawker -- an American website with the tagline "Today's gossip is tomorrow's news." ... Read More »

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Environmental milestone reached: so what can you do about it?

The world has reached an environmental milestone, and it's not one anyone is happy to see. The atmospheric measurement of carbon dioxide showed levels that... Read More »

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Can you love animals, and eat them too?

A new campaign aimed at curbing Canadian consumers' meat consumption asks why we love our dogs and cats, but still eat pigs and cows. Calgary... Read More »

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The fluoride debate: where do you stand?

A number of municipalities in Canada are re-considering, or have reversed their policies about adding fluoride to their water supplies. In many cases, like in... Read More »

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Is it time to get rid of the term "Visible Minority"?

Several years ago the United Nations chastised Canada for continuing to use the term "visible minority." The term was meant to designate groups of people... Read More »

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Our 180 call back of the week: Vegetarian convert

In a previous show we heard from a contributor who objected to new ads by an animal rights group asking how we can love pets,...

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Cooper's lament revisited

Last week we heard the dilemma of a sky-diving physicist from Calgary, Michael Cooper. Like many of us, he was wondering how much impact his...

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How is Rob Ford's base of support holding up?

Recent polls show that Rob Ford's popular support among Toronto voters hasn't changed significantly since allegations he was videotaped smoking crack. For anyone outside of...

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Should Mike Duffy be in the Senate in the first place?

Senator Mike Duffy's troubles have given the Prime Minister no end of headaches. But David Bulger says Stephen Harper could have saved himself the pain...

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Our 180 call back of the week: The Legend of Grizzelda

For the last couple of weeks we've been hearing different people's opinions about eating meat, chicken, and other animals.... Read More »

Is it time to privatize Canada Post?

The Royal Mail in the United Kingdom is being privatized. It's a process being overseen by a Canadian who was once at the helm of...

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Should Canada's prostitution laws be struck down?

A case heading to the Supreme Court will examine whether it's time to strike down some of the laws about prostitution in Canada. The court...

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Is bullying getting worse?

This week Heritage Minister James Moore, along with the Prime Minister's wife Laureen Harper, attended an event to launch a new anti-bullying program. The "Beyond... Read More »

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180 Time Machine: Nancy White's Senate song

One of the things we love to do on The 180 is look back in the archives to see whether a topic that's hot today... Read More »

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Should you get to vote on whether your taxes go up?

In Manitoba there's legislation requiring a referendum on any increases to the provincial sales tax. However, the province wants to pass a bill that would... Read More »

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Could there be a King for Canada & a Queen for the Commonwealth?

As the world waits with bated breath to see whether Prince William and his wife Kate have a boy or a girl, constitutional experts say... Read More »

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Can video games be good for kids?

A Canadian researcher says despite the reputation that video games have built up for encouraging violence and contributing to childhood obesity, they can actually do...

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Our 180 call back of the week: "No mail delivery = Awesome!"

We like to call out to one listener a week who has sent us an email or a tweet about one of our stories. This...

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Do you support Quebec's medically assisted death bill?

Quebec has tabled legislation that would make it the first jurisdiction in Canada to allow gravely ill patients to choose a medically assisted death. If the... Read More »

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Should there be a deposit charged on cigarette butts?

The City of Vancouver and some of its community partners tried out a pilot project this week. It paid a fee to anyone who collected... Read More »

Should unions be required to make their finances public?

A bill before Senate this week could fundamentally change the way unions do business in Canada. Bill C-377 would require that labour groups disclose all...

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How should we deal with offenders deemed not criminally responsible?

Bill C-54 is meant to change the rules for offenders designated not criminally responsible. It would create a new category of "high risk" not criminally...

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Remember when free trade was a big deal?

Canada is in the midst of talks to create a major free trade pact with the European Union. The public response? Ho-hum. We take a...

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The slothful cyclist

You've heard all the arguments for cycling: health, freedom from traffic, and global warming. James Schwartz has another case for cycling. It's perfectly suited to...

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What should Canada's Parliament be debating this Fall*?

(* If it weren't about to be prorogued?) We've convened Rogue Parliament, to help us fill the void from our about-to-be-prorogued one. In our first... Read More »

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School funding: A private affair?

We hear from a school outside Calgary where old-fashioned fundraising no longer made the grade. They didn't have the money for the projects they wanted...

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Does the oil industry have too much say in Ottawa?

All season we'll be taking a close look at Canada's oil and gas industry from the economics of the resource extraction process, to the politics...

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Who values Quebec's proposed Charter of Values?

The Quebec government is set to table a new Charter of Values that could ban civil servants in the province from wearing religious symbols. After...

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Quebec's Charter, Oil industry influence, Rogue Parliament

We convene our first "Rogue Parliament" to fill the void from our soon-to-be-prorogued real one. Jim invites our guests to weigh in on Quebec's controversial...

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Who is to blame when cigarettes cause sickness: the smoker, or the cigarette company?

After a break for the summer, a massive civil case against Canadian tobacco manufacturers has resumed in Montreal. The cigarette companies are launching a defence... Read More »

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Should public money pay for private schools?

We continue our look at back-to-school funding problems with a debate over private education. A former Alberta Education Minister has come out saying that private...

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The 180 call out of the week: Why not refine it?

We love hearing from you, and sometimes when you reach out to us, we reach right back with a phone call. This week we heard...

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Web Extra: Would legal pot be competition for Big Tobacco, or its newest product line?

We had the chance to sit down with a cigarette company exec this week to talk about his industry. On the show, you'll hear Jim...

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Tobacco lawsuit, Public vs. private school funds, Rogue Parliament on Keystone

On this episode, Jim and his guests discuss the tobacco industry's defense strategy in a large civil lawsuit, they debate whether public money should fund...

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The 180's Rogue Parliament debates pipeline diplomacy

Joe Oliver took another trip to Washington this week to ramp up American support for the Keystone XL pipeline. It's his fifth visit the U.S. capitol since he became Natural Resources Minister. Pipeline...

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Who's afraid of the income gap?

In this excerpt Jim speaks to Terence Corcoran, editor of the Financial Post, who makes the argument that the income gap doesn't matter and that...

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We ask Joe Oliver "What if you don't win over the public?"

This week we had a chance to sit down with Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver to talk about the federal government's new push to win...

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Should energy companies pay a "worst case scenario" deposit?

The National Energy Board is reviewing a policy that would see all new energy projects in Canada's North subject to a "worst case scenario" deposit....

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Rogue Parliament: Should Marijuana be legalized?

The real Parliament has been prorogued, so we've gone rogue--convening our own Question Period. Our proxy parliamentarians are student supporters of the three mainstream parties...

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Joe Oliver, Worst case scenario funds, Legalized marijuana

On this episode, Jim asks the federal resources minister Joe Oliver what would happen if he doesn't get B.C.'s support for new pipelines; then our...

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Do we even need the legislature to sit?

The Parliament is prorogued in Ottawa. The provincial legislature is not returning for a fall session in B.C.  But with less and less formal time...

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Could he be so good in the eyes of voters, that he's bad for democracy?

Calgary's mayor, Naheed Nenshi, is so popular with voters that pollsters predict he'll be re-elected by a landslide in November. This week, a handful of...

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How far should the feds go to accommodate First Nations' pipeline concerns?

The federal government met with First Nations in British Columbia to try to win support for Enbridge's Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipelines.... Read More »

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Should students be punished for taking part in a rape chant?

Twice this month controversy erupted on Canadian campuses. At St. Mary's University in Nova Scotia and at the University of British Columbia, first year students...

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Can an industry-sponsored professorship be independent?

An appearance by Andrew Leach on our show sparked a number of questions from you, our audience. He holds the Enbridge Professorship at the University...

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First Nations and pipelines, Corporations and research, Popularity and democracy

On this episode Jim and his guests tackle the independence of industry-funded research, debate how far the federal government should go to accommodate First Nations...

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Is City Hall a place for prayer?

As the Quebec Charter of Values continues to draw criticism for its proposed ban on turbans, crucifixes and other religious symbols in the public service,... Read More »

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Are you part of the "group in the middle" on pipelines?

This week Jim Brown speaks with Ian Anderson of Kinder Morgan about politics, public perception and push back about pipelines. Find out why he says...

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Is Canada playing a "leadership role" when it comes to climate change?

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released its full report, and blames climate change on the human residents of the planet. Secretary-General Ban...

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Is the "bunny hug" an endangered species in the oil patch?

Safety is a big concern in the energy industry. But if you think oil and gas companies only worry about big things like spills and...

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Climate change, Prayer and politics, Kinder Morgan president

In this episode Jim speaks to our "Rogue Parliament" about Canada's progress on climate change, asks the president of Kinder Morgan how the public push...

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Who should refine Alberta's oil?

The leaders of Alberta's Wildrose Party and the provincial NDP have been squaring off in a series of debates across the province.  Although they are...

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Should doctors be able to prescribe heroin?

The federal government has changed the rules that allowed doctors to prescribe heroin as part of the treatment of people with long-term addictions. Our Rogue...

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What do you think about GM foods?

Greenpeace has protested the use of genetically modified organisms like "golden rice" -- a variety of rice that contains beta-carotene. It says the foods haven't...

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Should Canadians get a guaranteed minimum income?

Next week Conservative senator Hugh Segal will give a speech in front of a convention of business owners, about ways to eliminate poverty in Canada....

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Prescription heroin, Wildrose vs. NDP, Mincome revisited, GMO's

On this episode Jim Brown and his guests discuss a ban on prescribing heroin to treat people with addictions, and a proposal for a guaranteed...

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How should we choose what public art gets public money?

The Calgary mayor says the city's big blue ring is "awful."  The Vancouver mayor says he's "definitely not a fan" of the Main Street Poodle... Read More »

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Parliament's back. So what?

The speech from the throne marked the beginning of a new session of parliament after months of prorogation. We ask our Rogue Parliament panel members...

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Could oil sands development pay for other wilderness to be preserved?

While many conservationists would like to see further development of the oil sands stopped, Harvey Locke says he has a better idea: have oil companies...

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Are the Conservatives tough on crime, or "mean spirited" in their approach to corrections?

Mary Campbell retired as the Director General of  Corrections and Criminal Justice at the Department of Public Safety this past Spring. She continues to work in...

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Throne speech, Tough on crime, Public art

On this episode, Jim and his guests debate the use of public money to purchase public art, they discuss the federal government's "tough on crime"...

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Would a random draw get us a better Senate?

With all of the accusations flying back and for about who spent what, and who knew what, in the Senate expense scandal, a lot of...

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Should Canada forget about "supply management"? (Look! Cows!)

Canada's new trade agreement with Europe has been signed in principle. Even though it touts itself as a "free trade" deal, Canada's supply management system... Read More »

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Is fracking safe? This interview won't answer that question for you.

On this episode we interview David Besner. He's the interim chair of the New Brunswick Energy Institute. On the Institute's website, its mandate is articulated... Read More »

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Is the House of Commons ready for a petition about "chemtrails"?

As if there wasn't enough going on in Parliament these days, a British Columbia MP asked that the government respond to a petition demanding action...

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Randomly selected senate, Supply management, New Brunswick shale gas

In this episode Jim and his guest discuss the science and safety of fracking in New Brunswick, entertain the idea of randomly selecting Canadian senators,...

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Is the Harper government at war with science?

"The War on Science" is the title of the new book from Calgary author Chris Turner. It builds a case that the federal government, under...

Will the Conservative base stand by the party through scandal?

Prime Minister Stephen Harper probably hoped the Senate scandal would be long gone by the time the Conservative Party Convention kicks off in Calgary this...

Do academic awards hurt more than they help?

A school in Calgary has decided to stop naming students to the honours list, or giving out other academic achievement awards. School officials say its...

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Should schools send home junk food if parents pack it in their children's lunches?

Some schools have started to point out to students that bringing candy or junk food in their lunches isn't in line with attempts to eat...

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Conservative convention, war on science, no more honours list

In this episode Jim and his guests discuss the convention of the Conservative Party of Canada, they debate whether governments have the right to stop...

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Does Christmas marketing in November show disrespect to veterans?

A B.C. woman wants retailers to delay the start of their Christmas marketing and branding until after November 11th. She says all the reindeer and...

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Would the Rob Ford scandal be different if he were Mayor of Vancouver?

Charlie Smith has covered civic politics in Vancouver for more than two decades. The newspaper editor has been watching closely the reaction to the Rob...

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Can Alison Redford ever win the U.S. over on Keystone XL?

The Alberta Premier signed a framework agreement with British Columbia this week that will let considerations progress around the Northern Gateway pipeline through B.C. Next...

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Should B.C. count on natural gas to fuel its economic future?

B.C. Premier Christy Clark says Liquefied Natural Gas is the way of the future for her province's economy. So how does that square with news...

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Christmas marketing and Remembrance Day, Keystone, If Rob Ford were mayor in Vancouver

On this episode, Jim and his guests discuss the impact of early Christmas marketing on the impact of Remembrance Day, a columnist opines on whether...

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Has Rob Ford finally gone too far for the Ford Nation?

This week Mayor Ford lashed out against some of the allegations made in police documents released Wednesday. He used some very colourful language to make...

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What does Janet Holder think of the possibility her pipeline could be tolled?

Janet Holder is the face of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project in BC. The Executive Vice President of Western Access for Enbridge sat down...

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Should Churchill's troublesome bears be put in zoos?

A change in legislation means that Manitoba bears that prove to be troublesome to humans could now be put in zoos instead of being put...

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Will Bill C-4 restore balance in labour relations, or tilt the scale too far?

The federal government limited debate on Bill C-4, its omnibus budget implementation bill, to four days. Since it weighed in at 321 pages, there wasn't...

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Rob Ford, Omnibus budget bill, Polar bears

On this episode Jim's guests debate whether changes to public sector bargaining processes will tip the scales too far in the government's direction, discuss a new...

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Do we need GM crops?

Protests over "golden rice," a series of town halls across the west, and a call for a moratorium on an apple that won't brown. All...

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This Senator doesn't want to abolish the Senate....

But he does want it to be reformed, and he wants the reformation to be televised. As the Senate scandal continues to grab headlines across...

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Why do oil tankers draw so many protests?

Calgary columnist David Marsden is puzzled when he hears about protests over the possibility of increased tanker traffic off the coast of B.C. This week...

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Would lower speed limits make driving safer?

A number of cities and towns across Canada are experimenting with lower speed limits in hopes of increasing safety. We hear from one crusading commuter...

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What would Cicero say about Ford?, Monsanto and Greenpeace on GM Crops, Senate reform

On this episode Jim's guest debate the question, "Do we need GM crops?," discuss senate reform, and try to imaging what one of history's greatest...

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Should Alberta continue to allow wolf bounties?

Alberta is one of the last jurisdictions in North America to allow a bounty for wolves. Some municipalities and ranchers pay trappers up to $300 per...

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Would it be a "tragedy" if the Keystone pipeline isn't approved?

The president of energy and oil pipelines for TransCanada Corporation told an industry conference it would be a "tragedy" if the company's Keystone XL pipeline is not...

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Could economics help slow the rate of drinking and driving?

Two economics students at the University of British Columbia say they've come up with a way to help keep drunk drivers off the roads. It's a simple idea...

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Is it time to bring back "Merry Christmas?"

As Canada's grown more culturally diverse, traditional seasonal greetings have given way to more neutral salutations. For some, it's just evidence of a more inclusive... Read More »

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Time to bring back Merry Christmas?, Pipelines and public values, wolf bounties

As Canada grows more culturally diverse, schools and businesses have opted for more neutral seasonal greetings. Some Canadians - including an Ottawa Rabbi - want...

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Should we ban the practice of declawing cats?

Veterinarians in Nova Scotia recently debated whether they should ban the practice of declawing cats. The association representing the province's vets has decided to put...

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Are government apologies for historic wrongs just political "pandering"?

The British Columbia government is embarking on a public consultation process. It is planning an apology for historic discrimination against members of the province's Chinese... Read More »

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If there were a tax on pop, would you drink less of it?

A new report calls into question whether taxing pop and other sugary drinks would actually cut down on rates of obesity.... Read More »

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Why did New Brunswick's Premier address the Alberta legislature? (Hint: pipelines!)

New Brunswick Premier David Alward was recently invited to be the first sitting premier of another province to address Alberta's legislature.... Read More »

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Apology politics, Declawing cats, N.B. Premier goes to Alberta to talk about oil

On this episode Jim's guests discuss the politics of apologies, debate whether a ban is needed on the practice of de-clawing house cats, and explore...

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Is a bigger CPP, a better CPP?

Next week provincial finance ministers will meet with their federal counterpart to discuss the future of the Canada Pension Plan. One of the options is...

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Should Canadians have to "opt in" to get access to online pornography?

A Conservative Member of Parliament from Manitoba is working on a proposal that would require Canadians to declare their intention to look at online pornography... Read More »

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Should police be able to give random breathalyzer tests?

There's a private member's bill working its way through Parliament that would give police the right to administer breathalyzer tests to drivers, without cause to...

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One working mother's message for her stay at home counterparts...

Marina Adshade is a working mother. She's an economist and blogger who writes about economics and relationships. And she says she feels she's judged by...

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The 180 call out of the week: Apologies and politics

On our last show we spoke to former M.P. and former B.C. Premier Ujjal Dosanjh about a 180 he's done on the topic of government... Read More »

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Online pornography, Big CPP, CEOs paycheques

On this episode Jim Brown's guests debate the future of the Canada Pension Plan, discuss a proposal to have Canadians "opt in" to access internet...

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The 180 call out of the week: Let's end the "dreaded who is a better mom" debate.

On our last show we heard from economist and mother Marina Adshade about why she'd like to be cut a bit of slack from stay...

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What do you think about the approval (with conditions) of the Northern Gateway Pipeline?

The federal Joint Review Panel has released its report on the Northern Gateway Pipeline proposal. It has approved the application, with 209 conditions. Enbridge Canada...

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Northern Gateway Pipeline review, Random breathalyzers

On this episode Jim's guests debate the merits of the Joint Review Panel report on Northern Gateway, and talk about a proposal for random breathalyzer...

The 180's Controversial Christmas Special

The 180 is a show that tackles all sorts of prickly topics, and we enjoy nothing more than a spirited debate over the issues that...

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