The Big Five Podcast

The Big Five Podcast

The Big Five podcast is an excellent way to get caught up on the top stories impacting Montrealers on a daily basis. Host Elias Makos, veteran commentator Trudie Mason, and their guests, debate and inform.

Episodes

May 18, 2022 23 min

Elias Makos is joined Dr. Vardit Ravitsky, Professor of Bioethics at the University of Montreal and President of the International Association of Bioethics and Egbert Gaye, founder and editor of Montreal Community Contact.

  • Legault is insisting anyone saying access to healthcare or social services will be affected by Bill 96 is wrong
  • Families of victims of Ukrainian jetliner PS752 are calling for a soccer match between Canada and Ira...
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    Elias Makos is joined by Jimmy Zoubris, special advisor to the Mayor and Justine McIntyre, former Montreal City Councilor and Consultant at Espace Strategies.

  • Montreal was founded today in 1642 and it will cost at least $28 million more to renovate Montreal’s City Hall
  • Federal cabinet minister Steven Guilbeault says he’ll intervene if the Quebec government doesn't protect the... caribou population.
  • The Leafs were officially boote...
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    Elias Makos starts the week off with Paul Gott, Lead singer and guitarist for Montreal Punk Rock band the Ripcordz and a journalism professor at Concordia, and Lionel Perez, Former city councilor and leader of the Official Opposition at Montreal City Hall.

  • Thousands turned up this weekend to march against Bill 96… What now?
  • Dominique Anglade has tweaked the Liberal position on Bill 21
  • The PQ wants to temporarily cap gas prices at $1....
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    Elias Makos ends off the week with David Heurtel, Former Quebec liberal cabinet minister and analyst and Justine McIntyre, former Montreal City Councilor and Consultant at Espace Strategies.

  • There’s a big rally planned for tomorrow at 10 departing from Dawson College. How important is this demonstration tomorrow? 
  • Montreal's major English-language broadcasters have invited Quebec’s five main political parties to a debate on Sept...
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    Elias Makos is joined by Jonathan Kalles, Senior Consultant at McMillan Vantage Policy Group, and former advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Caroline Codsi, Founder & Chief Equity Officer, Women in Governance.

  • Quebec will accept a record of 100,000 immigrants in 2022
  • Simons’ new store in the West Island is stirring up some controversy: Signs in the store are French-only.
  • Conservative debate recap time!
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    May 11, 2022 23 min

    Elias Makos welcomes in Jimmy Zoubris, special advisor to the Mayor and Anne Lagace-Dowson, political analyst.

  • The Habs won the draft lottery yesterday, could this be the start of a Stanley Cup winning team? 
  • Montreal is already the second-densest city in North America. Should we force off-island areas to densify?  
  • In the final stretch before Bill 96,’s adoption, the final pleas to stop it are falling on deaf ears
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    Elias Makos is joined by Lea Streliski, Best-selling author, comedian and columnist, and Meeker Guerrier, Weekend News Anchor at Noovo host and a commentator at RDS.

  • A teenage soccer referee at a children’s soccer game was punched in the face by an irate spectator over the weekend
  • Liberal MP Shafqat Ali is in hot water after participating in house proceedings via video chat from a bathroom 
  • Michelle Setlakwe, who will be running in P...
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    Elias Makos starts the week off with Egbert Gaye, founder and editor of Montreal Community Contact and Political analyst Karim Boulos.

  • New requirements in Bill 96 that would require francisation for all companies with at least 25 employees
  • Pierre Arcand is the 11th Liberal in a caucus of 27 MNAs to announce their departure
  • What if Quebec actually fared better during the pandemic than we thought?
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    Elias finishes off the week with panelists David Heurtel, Former Quebec liberal cabinet minister and political analyst and Dan Delmar, Co-founder of the PR & content firm TNKR Media and Co-host of Today's Entrepreneur, Saturdays at noon on CJAD 800. 

  • Drama at the Conservative leadership debate
  • What’s your take on the hullabaloo surrounding Governor General Mary Simon’s visit with the Premier?
  • Quebec’s new plan for more hockey...
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    Elias Makos joined by Caroline Codsi, Founder & Chief Equity Officer, Women in Governance and Justine McIntyre, former Montreal City Councilor and Consultant at Espace Strategies.

  • Will the potential reversal of Roe v Wade affect Canadian politics?
  • Conservative leadership hopefuls are squaring off in an unofficial debate tonight
  • Residents of Nantucket, Massachusetts, have approved a measure allowing women to go topless at all town...
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    Elias Makos is joined by Jonathan Kalles, Senior Consultant at McMillan Vantage Policy Group and former advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Dr. Vardit Ravitsky, Professor of Bioethics at the University of Montreal and President of the International Association of Bioethics.

  • All signs point to interim public health director Dr. Luc Boileau removing mask mandates (outside of public transport and healthcare) as of May 14
  • Amaz...
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    Elias Makos welcomes in Egbert Gaye, founder and editor of Montreal Community Contact and Political analyst Karim Boulos. 

  • The REM is changing, yet again
  • According to a leaked draft opinion, Roe V. Wade is about to be overturned
  • Our neighbours to the west move here in large numbers, so which city is better? Toronto or Montreal?
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    Elias Makos begins the week with Meeker Guerrier, Weekend News Anchor at Noovo host and a commentator at RDS and Jimmy Zoubris, special advisor to the Mayor.

  • With the cost of living what it is, is that high enough? What should minimum wage be?
  • A Montreal police officer is under investigation after a video posted to TikTok showed him pushing a homeless man
  • Can anyone stop Pierre Poilievre?
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    Elias Makos is joined by David Heurtel, Former Quebec liberal cabinet minister and analyst  and Dan Delmar, Co-founder of the PR & content firm TNKR Media and Co-host of Today's Entrepreneur, Saturdays at noon on CJAD.

     - Pierre Poilievre has hired the team behind “Canada Proud” to boost his party’s online presence

     - The “Rolling Thunder” rally is starting later today in Ottawa

     - Journal de Montréal makes note of a distur...

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    Elias Makos' guests include Caroline Codsi, Founder & Chief Equity Officer, Women in Governance and Anne Lagace-Dowson, political analyst.

    - Are the Quebec Liberals finally growing a backbone?   

    - Francois Legault cracks a really bad joke in the Assembly

    -  65% of Quebecers aged 18-24 want pet-friendly workplaces, should you be able to bring fluffy to your cubicle? 

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    Elias Makos welcomes in Meeker Guerrier, Weekend News Anchor at Noovo host and a commentator at RDS and Lea Streliski, Best-selling author, comedian and columnist.

     - Francois Legault says policies from the two new political parties in Quebec would turn the province “into Louisiana”

     - Bill 96 is changing… again

     - Montreal is getting a 50,000-pound stainless steel ring

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    Elias Makos' panel includes Lionel Perez, Former city councilor and leader of the Official Opposition at Montreal City Hall and Justine McIntyre, former Montreal City Councilor and Consultant at Espace Strategies.

  • Anglo rights leader Colin Standish is launching how own political party
  • Language complaints to the OQLF have never been higher
  • It’s official, the world’s richest man now owns Twitter
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    Elias Makos is joined by Egbert Gaye, founder and editor of Montreal Community Contact and Jonathan Kalles, Senior Consultant at McMillan Vantage Policy Group, and former advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

  • 60% Quebecers support more privatisation
  • The Dominique Anglade “Reconnect with people she has never connected with” tour continues
  • Looks like Twitter is going to accept Elon Musk’s offer. Is this a good thing?
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    April 22, 2022 21 min

    Elias Makos is joined by former Montreal Canadien and TSN 690 play-by-play analyst Sergio Momesso, David Heurtel, Former Quebec liberal cabinet minister and analyst and Dan Delmar, Quebec-based political commentator, a former journalist and newspaper columnist, and the co-founder of TNKR Media.

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    Elias Makos welcomes in Caroline Codsi, Founder & Chief Equity Officer, Women in Governance and Political analyst Karim Boulos.

     -  The latest poll is out this morning, and shows the CAQ holding strong with 44% of the vote

     - Should billionaires exist? 

     - If Air Canada’s Michael Rousseau has to speak French… Why doesn’t Carey Price?

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