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We cover all of the current affairs you need to know and feature the biggest newsmakers in Canada and around the world. The show is hard-hitting, bold, surprising, and will bring you strong opinions and touching experiences. Extraordinary stories are told here.

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December 16, 2022 30 sec

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Free For All Friday features top talent across the iHeart radio talk network. Hosts from all over the country join the roundtable to discuss the five biggest stories of the week. 

This week's show is hosted by Mark Towhey and features panelists Sean Vanderklis, co-host of One Dish One Mic which airs in Niagara, London and Windsor, and Bob Richardson, senior counsel at National Public Relations and a former Ontario Liberal chief...

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Mark Towhey hosts. He takes your calls about Brittney Griner's release and speaks with Declan Hill, an investigative academic and journalist specializing in the study of organized crime, international issues, and international sports.

On today's show: 

  • Eric Alper, a publicist, music expert and radio host, on the death of the key change in music. 
  • Overhyped v. Underplayed Scott Reid, CTV News political commentator, and former...
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    Deb Hutton speaks with Mary MacDonald, World Wildlife Fund Canada’s chief conservation officer, who is at the critical COP15 biodiversity talks in Montreal. 

    On today’s show: 

  • Jill Wine-Banks, an American lawyer who was one of the prosecutors during the Watergate scandal, on the Trump Organization being found guilty on all counts of criminal tax fraud. 
  • Marit Stiles, who has just won an uncontested race to lead the Ontario NDP party...
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    Deb Hutton hosts. She speaks with a man who fell from a cruise ship and treaded water for 20 hours to survive.

    On today’s show: 

  • A conversation with James Michael Grimes, the cruise ship passenger.
  • It’s been 33 years since the Montreal massacre. We speak with Nathalie Provost, who was shot four times when a gunman stormed École Polytechnique in 1989.
  • Canada’s auditor general has released two highly anticipated reports on the governme...
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    Deb Hutton hosts. She speaks with the CEO of a tattoo studio that is offering to remove tattoos of Kanye West for free—an extension of their 'Second Chances' campaign.

    On today's show:

  • A conversation with Briony Garbett, the CEO of NAAMA, a London-based tattoo removal studio.
  • Farrah Khan, who previously worked with Girl Guides of Canada as a board member on changing the name “Brownies."
  • Food prices in Canada will cont...
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    December 2, 2022 39 min

    Free For All Friday features top talent across the iHeart radio talk network. Hosts from all over the country join the roundtable to discuss the five biggest stories of the week. 

    This week's show is hosted by Deb Hutton and features panelists Chris Holski, senior news producer at 580 CFRA in Ottawa, and Karl Dockstader, host of One Dish One Mic which airs in Niagara, London and Windsor.

    Topics:

  • Alberta premier Danielle Smith h...
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    Graham Richardson speaks with a scientist at the Alzheimer Society of Canada on an experimental Alzheimer's drug which slowed cognitive decline overall in a trial, but with major side effects for some. 

    On today’s show: 

  • A conversation with Dr. Joshua Armstrong, research scientist at the Alzheimer Society of Canada. 
  • Michael Findlay, former Canadian Senior Men’s National Team head coach and assistant coach, on Canada’s run at th...
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    Deb Hutton discusses former premier Jason Kenney’s decision to quit Alberta politics and his critical letter on the state of democracy. Then, we take your calls. 

    On today’s show: 

  • Paul Boniferro, a labour lawyer and the former Deputy Attorney General of Ontario, on the Ford government planning to appeal after an Ontario court struck down Bill 124. 
  • James Snider, vice president of science, knowledge and innovation for World Wildlife...
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    Deb Hutton speaks with a woman who alleges she faced discrimination when the Vancouver Canucks terminated her employment at the end of September. 

    On today’s show: 

  • A conversation with Rachel Doerrie, who has filed a complaint with the BC Human Rights Tribunal against the Canucks. 
  • Parliamentary budget officer Yves Giroux, who is challenging Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland’s fall economic statement.
  • Nicole Novroski, an assistan...
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    What is the significance of Canada’s long-awaited Indo-Pacific strategy? How does it address China’s ‘disruptive power’ on the global stage? Deb Hutton speaks with a former Canadian diplomat.

    On today’s show: 

  • A conversation with Ben Rowswell, director of the Global Democracy Program at the Canadian International Council and former Deputy Ambassador to Afghanistan.
  • What are the key takeaways from the Emergencies Act inquiry? We spea...
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    November 25, 2022 38 min

    Free For All Friday features top talent across the iHeart radio talk network. Hosts from all over the country join the roundtable to discuss the five biggest stories of the week. 

    This week's show is hosted by Tamara Cherry and features panelists Robert Benzie, Queen's Park Bureau Chief for the Toronto Star, and Sharan Kaur, political commentator and former Deputy Chief of Staff to Bill Morneau.

    Topics:

  • Was there anything i...
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    Tamara Cherry breaks down the key takeaways from Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland's testimony at the Public Order Emergency Commission in Ottawa. 

    On today's show: 

  • Dwayne De Rosario, a Canadian former professional soccer player, on Canada's first game in the 2022 World Cup. 
  • Overhyped v. Underplayed with Scott Reid, CTV News political commentator, and former communications director for Prime Minister Paul Martin....
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    Mike Kakuk hosts a World Cup special with a defenceman from Canada's 1986 World Cup team, the former head coach of the senior men's national team, and a soccer analyst who is in Qatar. 

    On today’s show: 

  • A conversation with Ian Bridge, defenceman from the 1986 Canada World Cup team.
  • Glen McGregor, senior political correspondent for CTV News, provides an update on the Emergencies Act inquiry. 
  • Cory Muscara, a former monk who o...
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    One week after NASA launched its long-awaited Artemis 1 flight, the program manager for the Orion spacecraft tells guest host Deb Hutton the agency plans to have humans living on the moon sooner rather than later. 

    On today’s show: 

  • Howard Hu, NASA’s Orion program manager. 
  • Chris Lewis, CTV public safety analyst and former OPP Commissioner, on Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety of Canada, testifying at the Emergencies Act in...
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    Deb Hutton hosts. She speaks with parents of twins who were born on Halloween from what may be the longest-frozen embryos to ever result in a live birth.

    On today's show: 

  • A conversation with Rachel and Philip Ridgeway, the parents of the twins.
  • Paul Boniferro, a labour lawyer and the former Deputy Attorney General of Ontario on whether educational workers should be an essential service. Then, we take your calls.
  • An Emergencies A...
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    November 18, 2022 39 min

    Free For All Friday features top talent across the iHeart radio talk network. Hosts from all over the country join the roundtable to discuss the five biggest stories of the week. 

    This week's show is hosted by Mike Kakuk and features panelists Ryan Price, news director and afternoon drive host on CFAX 1070 in Victoria, B.C, and Karen Restoule, CEO of Shared Value Solutions, BOLD Realities and Whose Land.

    Topics:

  • Are mask recomm...
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    November 17, 2022 77 min

    Researchers may have discovered a breakthrough vaccine for fentanyl. Guest host Mark Towhey speaks with the study's lead author about how this could work.

    On today’s show: 

  • A conversation with Colin Haile, a founding member of the University of Houston Drug Discovery Institute.
  • The answers to improving Canada's health-care system could be in space. Mark speaks with Dr. Dave Williams, a retired Canadian astronaut. 
  • Overhyped v...
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    Mike Kakuk hosts. He speaks with Canadian astronaut Dr. David Saint-Jacques about the historic Artemis 1 mission. 

    On today's show: 

  • A conversation with Canadian astronaut Dr. David Saint-Jacques, the most recent Canadian astronaut to fly aboard the International Space Station. 
  • Major-General (Retired) Denis Thompson on the missile strike in Poland. 
  • Siobhan Morris, Queen's Park reporter for CTV Toronto, on Ontario education ...
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    November 16, 2022 77 min

    Mark Towhey hosts. He speaks with Darrell Bricker, co-author of 'Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline,' about what Earth's population may look like by the end of the century. 

    On today's show: 

  • A conversation with Darrell Bricker, co-author of 'Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline' and CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs. 
  • Sunira Chaudhri, an employment lawyer and the founder of Workly...
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