TUNE INTO THE TOWN: HOUSE PURCHASES HAVE GONE DOWN
Libby Znaimer is joined by Lauren O’Neil, Senior News Editor of BlogTO, David Crombie, Former Mayor of Toronto, and Councillor James Pasternak of Ward 6 York Centre.
In the news: Statistics Canada released a report showing that home ownership dropped 66.5 percent last year. The higher cost of homes has led more people to pivot towards renting. Meanwhile, here in Toronto, the TTC announced that it will be closing 8 subway stations over the weekend, which will no doubt be inconvenient to commuters. And, Pearson International Airport has been given a terrible rating for its overall customer satisfaction (are we surprised?) Finally, cyclists in the city are mad after a popular member of their community was sent to hospital after crashing over a speed bump. Our panel weighs in on the latest.
THE LATEST ON THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR AND PUTIN’S SETBACKS
Libby Znaimer is joined by Dr. Paul Goode, McMillan Chair in Russian Studies at Carleton University and Phil Wasielewski, a 2022 Templeton Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.
In the news: Amid a series of setbacks in his war against Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced a partial military mobilization this week. He also sent a very threatening message to the West that “it’s not a bluff” when it comes to nuclear weapons and blames the West for using the threat of such weapons to blackmail his country. Meanwhile, U.S. President Joe Biden, in a speech at the UN, said that Russia violated the UN’s charter. Our experts weigh in on the heightened tensions and what has been happening on the ground lately in Ukraine.
DEATH OF IRAN WOMAN OVER HIJAB SPARKS GLOBAL PROTESTS
Libby Znaimer is now joined by Hadi Ghaemi, Executive Director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran.
Protests in both Iran and around the world were sparked by the death of a young woman who died last week in police custody. She was arrested by the so-called morality police for the way she was wearing her hijab. The 22-year-old was arrested on Sept. 13 and was then taken to hospital after she allegedly had a heart attack. Iranian women have been cutting their hair shorter in protest. Hadi explains Iran’s historical treatment of its women and whether he sees the current civil unrest as a catalyst for change in the country.