REACTION TO THE THRONE SPEECH
Jane Brown is filling in for Libby Znaimer today. She is joined by Robin Sears, a Crisis Communications Consultant and former NDP Strategist as well as Kevin Lacey, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation Director in Alberta.
Governor General Mary Simon delivered the Throne Speech in Ottawa yesterday. But, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation is critical of it saying that it “fails to prioritize debt reduction or tax relief [and that it] didn’t even mention the deficit or debt”. Meanwhile, Climate change was a major point of emphasis in the speech. Our guests weigh in on what priorities they see the government lacking and what key issues all parties should be working on together.
CANADIANS’ SHOPPING HABITS AHEAD OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON
Jane Brown is joined by Ryan Mallough, Director of Provincial Affairs (Ontario) at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) & John Wright, Executive Vice President of Maru Public Opinion.
According to data from Maru Public Opinion, nearly 1 in 4 Canadians have expressed that they will be spending less during this year’s holiday season. John breaks the numbers down for us and Ryan explains why shoppers should focus on spending local.
THE STATE OF THE PANDEMIC IN ONTARIO & HEALTH CANADA APPROVES J&J VACCINE
Jane Brown is joined by Dr. Susy Hota, Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Control Infectious Diseases Specialist University Health Network (UHN) followed by Dr. Peter Jüni, Scientific Director of the province’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table.
Ontario is currently navigating a fourth COVID-19 wave. Today, Ontario reported 591 confirmed cases of the virus and 7 additional deaths. Meanwhile, Canada’s vaccine rollout has extended to kids ages 5-11 and Health Canada approved the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week. And, we ask our health experts about the uptake of the booster shot in the province for those residents who are currently eligible for it. Also, what should families know about being COVID-19 cautious as the holidays including Hanukkah and Christmas come up.