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WEB EXTRAS: Extended Interviews w/ our A-List

Here are longer versions of some of our discussions with risk-taking entrepreneurs. Anthony-Lacavera-Photo.jpg

Anthony Lacavera studied computer engineering at the University of Toronto, got his pilot's license, produced a Tennessee Williams' play in New York and London, started a charitable foundation, helped to build the new Art Gallery of Ontario, was named a "Top 40 Under 40", launched a new company to the top of multiple business rankings and forever changed the landscape of Canadian telecommunications. Now, he is the founder and CEO of WIND Mobile.

Here is his conversation with Rod Love:
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Westjet-Clive-Beddoe_350x350.jpgClive Beddoe immigrated to Canada in 1970 and less than three decades later, changed the country irrevocably when he started a new, national airline with two other local entrepreneurs. They started in Calgary, with three second-hand planes and a lot of gumption. Now, Westjet is the second largest carrier in the country with ninety aircrafts flying to seventy-one destinations across North and Central America. After many years of accolaides, Clive will be inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame this Spring in Toronto.

Here is his conversation with Rod Love:
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Rita Tsrita2.jpgang started a family business in 1976, never imagining that it would become the billion-dollar game-changer it did. As foreign students in Toronto, Rita and her sister recognized the need for affordable, easy-to-book trips to Asia from Canada. With Rita's future husband, they started Tour East Holidays. Family tragedy struck, the internet age dawned and global threats of terrorism changed everything. Still, Rita grew her company to one of the largest travel agencies in North America while managing to give back to organizations like the Royal Ontario Museum (where she sits on the board) and the Markham Music Festival (to which she donates a grand prize).

Here is her full conversation with Karin Klassen:
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WEB EXTRA: Roy Romanow on Future Health Care Costs

Thumbnail image for romanow_roy030605.jpgOne area of concern with an aging population is health care. It's the single largest expense for provincial and territorial governments. Forty-four per cent of all government spending on health care was for seniors.

Roy Romanow believes our health care system is sustainable as the populations ages.That's if we focus more money on seniors' care... and less money on acute care.

Roy Romanow was the Premier of Saskatchewan from 1991 to 2001. In 2002, he was asked by then Prime Minister, Jean Chretien, to head a Royal Commission on the future of health care in Canada. We reached Roy Romanow in our Saskatoon studio.

Here is his extended conversation with Rod Love:
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WEB EXTRA: Joe Wasylyk on Seniorpreneurs

seniorpreneur.jpegAccording to TD Economist Francis Fong, an increasing number of seniors are choosing to delay retirement and remain in the workforce.

Joe Wasylyk is a serial - and senior - entrepreneur who believes his project can help seniors better enjoy their life, and escape financial hardships in their later years. He is also the author of Encore! Encore!: Seniors (50 Plus) as Entrepreneurs: Their Time Has Come. We caught up with Joe in Edmonton.

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WEB EXTRA: Carol Baird-Krul on Retirement

retirementbook.jpgHere is an extended interview with Carol Baird-Krul, co-author of Transition to Retirement: The Uncharted Course.

You can read more about this book on the CBC Books website (click here).

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WEB EXTRA: Kevin Page on Chile

When we spoke to Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page, he'd just returned from a short trip to Chile. There, he gave a presentation on "Best Practices in Budgeting" at the OECD High-Level Parliamentary Seminar in Santiago. We asked him what he saw there, and what Canada could learn from the Chileans. Here's his answer:
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BACKTALK 6: Audience Reaction to Jobs

In this webisode, Karin and Rod open the mailbox and respond to some of your tweets, website comments and Facebook posts about our two episodes on jobs. Here's what you had to say about them:
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WEB EXTRA: Todd Hirsch on Canada's Economic Decline

Here is our extended interview with Calgary economist and author Todd Hirsch about his new book: The Boiling Frog Dilemma: Saving Canada from Economic Decline. For more on this, check out the great CBC Books feature by clicking here
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WEB EXTRAS: Three Innovators and an Inside Agent

Many people we spoke to this week had fascinating insights into Canada's "knowledge economy" but did not make it to air because of time restrictions. Among them, innovators who are fighting to bring new research into the marketplace - the vanguard of the so-called "knowledge economy" and "creative class."

Here are a few of their stories, and thoughts on how Canada can create the jobs of the future. Included in this piece is Anatoly Dobrovinsky of Gossipz in Toronto, Capt. Tony Patterson of VMT Technologies in St. John's and John Rivenell of Sage Data Solutions in Ottawa. Here are the innovators:
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Geoff Dubrow has the inside scoop on job-hunting in the knowledge economy. We asked him to deliver our "bottom line" segment, but his warm-up interview was so interesting, we had to post the whole thing. Not originally intended for broadcast, here is Dubrow with tips on finding, getting and maybe even creating your dream job. Asking questions is Associate Producer Jessica deMello. Here's your bottom line behind-the-scenes:
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WEB EXTRAS: Author and Mayors

We had some great long-form interviews this week that just could not fit into our one-hour timeslot. Here are two that we think are particularly interesting.

Gordon Pitts is the author of Stampede!: The Rise of the West and Canada's New Power Elite and a business reporter for The Globe and Mail. Here is Karin's full interview with him:
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Billy Joe MacLean is Mayor of Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia. He talks to Rod about the declining population there and how locals feel about "Fort McMoney" and other resource-booming towns in the West. Here is their full conversation:
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Naheed Nenshi, the Mayor of Calgary Alberta, has this advice for people moving to his city for work:
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BACKTALK 5: Audience Reaction to Debt

In this webisode, Karin and Rod open the mailbox and respond to some of your tweets, phone calls, website comments and Facebook posts about our episode on debt. That episode aired February 27 & March 2. Here's what you had to say about it:
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WEB EXTRA: Bob Richards on Debt Collection

Bob Richards, CEO and president of CBV Collection Services Ltd., shares his most memorable debt collection story. 
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BACKTALK 4: Audience Reaction to Productivity

In this webisode, Karin and Rod open the mailbox and respond to some of your tweets, phone calls, website comments and Facebook posts about our episode on productivity. That episode aired February 20 & 24. Here's what you had to say about it:
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BACKTALK 3: Audience Reaction to Privatization

In this webisode, Karin and Rod open the mailbox and respond to some of your tweets, phone calls, website comments and Facebook posts about our episode on privatization. That episode aired February 13 & 17. Here's what you had to say about it:
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Listen to the full episode here.

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WEB EXTRA: Larry Brown on Private Liquor Stores

Despite some positive experiences here in Alberta (including Rod Love's!) not everyone believes private alcohol sales are a good idea. Larry Brown is the national secretary-treasurer for the National Union of Public and General Employees. This is his case against privatization. 
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WEB EXTRA: Dru Stevenson on US Privatization

From food inspections to foster care, private sector takeovers seem to the sweeping across a recession-wracked USA. Dru Stevenson is an American professor of law and author of PrivatizationBlog.com; we asked him what Canada can - and should - learn from the US example. Here's Karin's full interview.
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WEB EXTRA: George Haynal on Canada v. USA

"This relationship is entirely unique in the world. It's an Inter-mestic relationship. It is both an international relationship, and a domestic one." - George Haynal

George Haynal has experienced the Canada-US border in a unique way. He served Canada for many years at DFAIT (Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade) and was the senior person responsible for Canada-US relations there at the turn of the century. He was then Acting Vice President (Corporate Banking) at the Royal Bank of Canada and has just retired from his next post, as Vice-President, Government Affairs, for Bombardier Inc.

Now, Haynal brings his public and private sector experience to the academic world. 

Here's Karin's full interview with him:
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"I can see why it's so intensely difficult and hard to accept in the oil patch that a bunch of people who have no sense of the economy or the broader interest are able to stymie something that someone once called a 'no-brainer.' Unfortunately, there are no 'no-brainers' in the United States." - George Haynal

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BACKTALK: Audience feedback & host response

In this webisode, Karin and Rod open the mailbox and respond to some of your tweets, phone calls, website comments and Facebook posts about our first two episodes.

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WEB EXTRA: Jamie McKenzie on US Education

japanese_high_school_classroom.jpgThis is why America doesn't get an "A" for education.

In US President Obama's recent State of the Nation address, he asked Americans to "imagine" a USA "that leads the world in educating its people". That would be a stretch. According to the OECD results of worldwide school rankings, the US has roughly  a 14th place average overall; they're 17th in science, and below average at 25th in math.

That's not great for what is arguably the greatest nation in the world.

So what's wrong with the US education system, and is there anything we can learn from it ?

Part of the problem, says American education consultant and author, is the business model applied to an area where it has no business. This includes the controversial No Child Left Behind legislation, merit pay for teachers and even the influence of the venerable Bill Gates. In the latest experiment, Parent Trigger Laws are taking control away from school boards, and turning it over to parents. Is this scary? Or is this the future?

Here's my interview with Jamie McKenzie.

- Karin    

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WEB EXTRA - Joel Bakan on Hockey

In his book, The Corporation: The Pathelogical Pursuit of Profit and Power, Joel Bakan argues the modern day corporation shares the same characteristics as a psychopath. His book was also turned into an award-winning documentary.

Bakan says corporate executives are legally bound to put the corporation first. That makes them behave differently. Bakan is a law professor at the University of British Columbia.

In this BONUS AUDIO, Bakan uses that great Canadian pastime, hockey, to make a point.

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