The Big Five Podcast

The Big Five Podcast

The Big Five is the quintessential Montreal podcast, and the best way to get caught up on the top stories impacting the city. Every weekday, host Elias Makos and a roster of Montreal thought leaders debate and inform.

Episodes

February 27, 2024 23 mins

Elias Makos is joined by Dan Delmar, Co-founder of the PR and content firm TNKR Media, and Andrew Caddell, a town councillor in Kamouraska, columnist for the Hill Times in Ottawa and President of the Task Force on Linguistic policy.

  • Heavier sentences, more laws, more regulations, new regulatory bodies - it’s all there in the new Liberal government’s long-awaited online harms bill
  • The man who stabbed a woman 14 times in the ...
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Elias Makos kicks of the week with David Heurtel, Former Quebec liberal cabinet minister, Council at Fasken, and Bonnie Feigenbaum, Conservative Party of Quebec candidate in last provincial election and a lecturer at Concordia & McGill University.

  • Both McGill and Concordia have filed lawsuits demanding that Quebec cancel their tuition hike plans
  • Should lawyers also be social media influencers? Patrick Lagacé at La Press...
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Elias Makos caps off the week with Christina Chough, Spanish teacher and Chair of the modern languages department at Dawson College, and Political analyst Karim Boulos.

  • The debate over asylum seekers continued yesterday as Premier Francois Legault told reporters that Quebecers should have priority for subsidized daycare spots in the province before asylum seekers
  • The Quebec government will unveil its next budget on March 12...
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Elias Makos is joined by Caroline Codsi, Founder & Chief Equity Officer, Women in Governance, and Jimmy Zoubris, special advisor to the Mayor.

  • A bizarre day for Premier Francois Legault at the National Assembly. He questioned the Bloc Quebecois’ usefulness in an exchange over temporary immigration with PQ Leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon. and then performed show and tell bringing an apple, orange, and banana for a gatheri...
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Elias Makos welcomes in Paul Gott, Lead singer and guitarist for Montreal Punk Rock band the Ripcordz and a journalism professor at Concordia, and Justine McIntyre, Strategic consultant and former city councillor.

  • The Quebec government wants a billion dollars from the federal government to pay for the costs of welcoming asylum seekers
  • The Quebec Liberal Party has ramped up its efforts to scour the globe for anyone that want...
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Elias Makos is joined by Trudie Mason, Veteran Newscaster here at CJAD 800, and Andrew Caddell, a town councillor in Kamouraska, columnist for the Hill Times in Ottawa and President of the Task Force on Linguistic policy.

  • At a city council meeting last night, Mayor Valerie Plante said that French should unite us
  • Denis Coderre says he’s almost made up his mind on a run for the Quebec Liberal Party Leadership
  • They’re about t...
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Elias Makos kicks off the week with Catherine Hogan, high school teacher at Westwood Senior High in Hudson, and David Heurtel, Former Quebec liberal cabinet minister, Council at Fasken and political analyst.

  • The Quebec government held a press conference on Sunday… and some are asking what was the point of it
  • At least one in five school service centres hasn’t fired a single teacher in the last five years
  • If you thought the ...
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Elias Makos caps off the week with Christina Chough, Spanish teacher and Chair of the modern languages department at Dawson College, and Jimmy Zoubris, special advisor to the Mayor.

  • Pointe-Claire’s mayor tells Pierre Poilievre that he was “elected to slow down development.”
  • As expected, the CAQ government voted down a motion to lower Quebec’s blood alcohol limit while behind the wheel
  • Calls and email exchanges with civil s...
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Elias Makos is joined by Dan Delmar, Co-founder of the PR and content firm TNKR Media, and Raphaël Melançon, a political analyst for CTV Montreal News at 5 and president and founder of Trafalgar Strategies.

  • Turns out that GC Strategies, the company with four employees that managed to get a large slice of ArriveCan contracts, has won at least 140 contracts totaling nearly 258 million dollars from several federal departments a...
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Elias Makos welcomes in Akil Alleyne, Reporter and commentator and Manager of the GemStar Circle of Excellence Scholarship Program, and Jonathan Kalles, Senior Director at McMillan Vantage and former advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

  • Just days after the car theft summit, Quebec provincial police and specialized teams seized 53 stolen vehicles from the Port of Montreal
  • Pushing back against the rise of Paul St-Pierre ...
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Elias Makos is joined by Andrew Caddell, a town councillor in Kamouraska, columnist for the Hill Times in Ottawa and President of the Task Force on Linguistic policy, and Political analyst Karim Boulos.

  • The auditor general released a damning report into the ArriveCan app
  • Paul St-Pierre Plamondon’s Parti Québecois is proposing that first time home buyers get a rebate of 3.5 per cent off the current mortgage rate
  • Not everyon...
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Elias Makos starts off the week with David Heurtel, Former Quebec liberal cabinet minister, Council at Fasken and political analyst, and Paul Gott, Lead singer and guitarist for Montreal Punk Rock band the Ripcordz and a journalism professor at Concordia.

  • Super Bowl weekend - did you buy into the hype? 
  • Have you checked in on your dog lately? Turns out that more dogs are becoming depressed than ever and many have had to be ...
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Elias Makos caps off the week with Dan Delmar, Co-founder of the PR and content firm TNKR Media, and Jimmy Zoubris, special advisor to the Mayor.

  • François Legault came out swinging against Valerie Plante
  • Legault also says too many young people using English words think it’s ‘cool’
  • Grieving parents say they were told to pay $200 dollars to meet a Quebec minister
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Elias Makos welcomes in Sue Montgomery, former journalist and former mayor of CDN-NDG, and Anne Lagace-Dowson, political analyst.

  • Bell announced this morning that it would cut 4,800 jobs across all levels of the company. The move includes Bell Media, which will sell off 45 of its 103 regional radio stations as well
  • NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says he has put Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "on notice" 
  • Valerie Plante is speakin...
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Elias Makos is joined by Justine McIntyre, Strategic consultant and former city councillor, and Paul Gott, Lead singer and guitarist for Montreal Punk Rock band the Ripcordz and a journalism professor at Concordia.

  • A new poll shows a big jump in support for the Quebec Liberals if Denis Coderre is their leader
  • The same Léger poll shows that the Parti Québécois may have a big problem even as they sit in first place. A quarter...
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Meeker Guerrier, Weekend News Anchor at Noovo and a commentator at RDS, and Andrew Caddell, a town councillor in Kamouraska, columnist for the Hill Times in Ottawa and President of the Task Force on Linguistic policy.

  • Starting this summer Montreal’s Olympic Stadium will be closed for 4 years to undergo renovations. Quebec is set to spend $870 million for a new roof
  • Car stopped for more than 10 seconds? Better turn it off! E...
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Elias Makos makes his return and welcomes in Trudie Mason, veteran newscaster at CJAD 800, and David Heurtel, Former Quebec liberal cabinet minister, Council at Fasken and political analyst.

  • I had a kid, but the latest numbers from Statistics Canada show the country's fertility rate has plummeted to an all-time low of 1.33 children per woman in 2022
  • Tourism Minister Caroline Proulx and Olympic Park CEO Michel Labrecque will...
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David Heurtel caps off the week with Christina Chough, Spanish teacher and Chair of the modern languages department at Dawson College, Jimmy Zoubris, special advisor to the Mayor 

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David Heurtel is joined by Justine McIntyre, Strategic consultant and former city councillor, and Caroline Codsi, Founder & Chief Equity Officer, Women in Governance.

  • The CAQ has been caught up since the start of the parliamentary year in a debate on controversial methods of political financing
  • Canadians, who idolize their best hockey players – are not used to this type of legal intervention at the heart of their nation...
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David Heurtel welcomes in Dan Delmar, Co-founder of the PR and content firm TNKR Media, and Meeker Guerrier, Weekend News Anchor at Noovo and a commentator at RDS.

  • Faced with an overload of closures, the Legault government will subsidise $200 million dollars for  health services and care in small private seniors' residences
  • François Legault's return to parliament has been plagued by an increase of cases where caquist electe...
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