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

June 21, 2024 23 mins

David Heurtel is joined by Jimmy Zoubris, Special Advisor to the Mayor and Anne Lagace-Dowson, Political Analyst on the Big 5.

  • Discussions are finally coming to life about the leadership campaign of the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ). 
  • Quebec’s health minister is predicting another ‘difficult’ summer in hospitals.
  • The Cavendish Coalition is asking Ottawa and Quebec to force the city to extend the boulevard.
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David Heurtel was joined by Caroline Codsi, Founder & Chief Equity Officer at Women in Governance and Akil Alleyne, Reporter and commentator with extensive experience analysing legal, political, and social issues and Manager of the GemStar Circle of Excellence Scholarship Program

  • Pierre Poilievre is in Quebec and yesterday he was interviewed by CTV’s Maya Johnson. He plans to use this time to drum up support as he kicks ...
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Dan Delmar was joined on The Big Five by Paul Gott, Lead singer and guitarist for Montreal Punk Rock band the Ripcordz and a journalism professor at Concordia and Neil Drabkin, a lawyer who served as federal prosecutor, who was a chief of staff in the Harper government.

  • Pierre Poilievre is in town for a major announcement
  • McGill's encampments may be coming to a close
  • The STM is cutting bus services
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David Heurtel was joined on The Big Five by Meeker Guerrier, Weekend News Anchor at Noovo and Dan Delmar, Co-founder of the PR and content firm TNKR Media.

  • The Auditor General reports showing “Insufficient financial controls”, “partial justification of expenditures”, “incomplete governance framework” 
  • Montreal's social housing is being inspected less and less...
  • The SPVM does not plan to dismantle the McGill Encampment.
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David Heurtel was joined on The Big Five by Andrew Cadell, town councillor in Kamouraska and President of the Task Force on Linguistic Policy and Akil Alleyne, Manager of the GemStar Circle of Excellence Scholarship Program.

  • The McGill University encampments set to host an 'anti Israel revolutionary' summer youth program.
  • The Municipal government creating amni golf course instead of social housing on the corner of Papineau ...
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David Heurtel is joined by Justine McIntyre, Strategic consultant and former city councillor and Dan Delmar, Co-founder of the PR and content firm TNKR Media on The Big 5.

  • Montreal gives the greenlight for the redeployment of marquees on the terraces of Peel Street.
  • François Legault is moving forward with a third highway link without public transport between Quebec and Lévis.
  • Nearly half of the rooms in Québec's newly esta...
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David Heurtel is joined by Sue Montgomery, former journalist and former mayor of CDN-NDG and political analyst Anne Lagace-Dowson.

  • The Pro-Palestinian encampment has rejected McGill’s latest proposal calling it a “laughable offer.” Further stating that they “stand firm against an administration that represses its students and funds genocide.”
  • According to a study, Canada is now the second most popular destination for asylum...
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David Heurtel welcomes back Paul Gott, Lead singer and guitarist for Montreal Punk Rock band the Ripcordz and a journalism professor at Concordia, and Jimmy Zoubris, special advisor to the Mayor.

  • The Plante administration dreams of crisscrossing the city with a gigantic tram network by 2050 so that three out of four Montrealers will have access to structuring public transportation near their homes
  • The U.S. government has ra...
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David Heurtel is joined by Neil Drabkin, ia lawyer and a political commentator who was a chief of staff in the Harper government, and Andrew Caddell, a town councillor in Kamouraska, columnist for the Hill Times in Ottawa and President of the Task Force on Linguistic policy.

  • The federal government is offering 750 million to Quebec to compensate for the costs incurred in managing the influx of asylum seekers into the province
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David Heurtel is joined by Trudie Mason - Veteran Newscaster here at CJAD 800 and Akil Alleyne, Reporter and commentator with extensive experience analysing legal, political, and social issues and Manager of the GemStar Circle of Excellence Scholarship Program on today's Big 5.

  • “Ashamed for my city” - that’s what the owner of restaurant Ferreira had to say on social media after fire prevention officers closed down her terrac...
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David Heurtel caps off the week with Gabriel Retta, Chief of Staff to the Official Opposition at Montreal City Hall, and Dan Delmar, Co-founder of the PR and content firm TNKR Media.

  • Montreal police used tear gas to disperse pro-Palestinian protesters at McGill university after they barricaded themselves in the administration building
  • Quebec's new energy bill would cap residential rate hikes at three per cent per year until...
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David Heurtel is joined by Catherine Hogan, high school teacher at Westwood Senior High in Hudson, and Anne Lagace-Dowson, political analyst.

  • The Legault government calls on English-speaking CEGEPs to "reconcile with reality" when they claim that the law on the protection of French undermines the success of Aboriginal students
  • The Montreal Immigrant Community Support Center says they cannot cope with the volume
  • France has ...
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David Heurtel is joined by Neil Drabkin, is a lawyer who served as federal prosecutor and a political commentator who was a chief of staff in the Harper government, and Paul Gott, Lead singer and guitarist for Montreal Punk Rock band the Ripcordz and a journalism professor at Concordia.

  • The CAQ gets a little bump up as we get ready for a National Assembly summer break
  • A Quebec legislature has unanimously condemned the idea ...
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David Heurtel welcomes in Anthony Koch, Former National Spokesperson for Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre and current managing principal at AK Strategies, and Jimmy Zoubris, special advisor to the Mayor.

  • The Legault government amends its bill to protect elected officials against intimidation
  • Could we be making a move towards nuclear energy?
  • Involuntarily or consciously, Canadian parliamentarians may have contributed to...
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David Heurtel is joined by Political analyst Karim Boulos, and Christina Chough, Spanish teacher and Chair of the modern languages department at Dawson College.

  • Bloc Quebecois and Conservative leaders of Quebec are outraged at the idea of making Quebec bilingual
  • Donald Trump found guilty: Canada has “nothing to add.” 
  • A ridiculous or justified restaurant charge? 
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Elias Makos caps off the week with Andrew Caddell, a town councillor in Kamouraska, columnist for the Hill Times in Ottawa and President of the Task Force on Linguistic policy, and Jonathan Kalles, Senior Director at McMillan Vantage, a national public affairs firm, and former advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

  • The Bloc Québécois is proposing to invoke the notwithstanding clause to prevent judges from dismissing cases...
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Elias Makos is joined by Meeker Guerrier, Weekend News Anchor at Noovo and a commentator at RDS, and Justine McIntyre, Strategic consultant and former city councillor.

  • Murders, stabbings and shootings in and around Montreal on Wednesday have many questioning how safe we are
  • McGill has sent a letter to the police asking for more action to prevent hate at encampment
  • The number of Canadians moving to the United States has rea...
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Elias Makos welcomes back Jimmy Zoubris, special advisor to the Mayor, and Neil Drabkin, a federal prosecutor and a political commentator who was chief of staff in the Harper government.

  • Mayor Valerie Plante says the city will impose a 120-day deadline for boroughs to issue building permits
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his goal is to make housing more affordable for younger Canadians - without bringing down home price...
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Elias Makos is joined by Dan Delmar, Co-founder of the PR and content firm TNKR Media, and Anne Lagace-Dowson, political analyst.

  • In the midst of the major housing crisis that has seen the cost of rent in Montreal soar, new data tells the story of a city that has created “endless delays” for building permits
  • Both McGill and Concordia have admitted that antisemitism on campus is a ‘significant problem.’
  • Is Montreal’s transi...
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Elias Makos starts the week off 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.

  • The Quebec political parties facing the most serious questions about their futures met over the weekend
  • And over in Québec solidaire land, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois got what h...
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