The Vassy Kapelos Show

The Vassy Kapelos Show

The top newsmakers, political headlines, your go-to daily debrief. Vassy loves politics and she’ll make sure you do too. The Vassy Kapelos Show will keep you informed through hard-hitting interviews with the major players, entertaining analysis and debate with your favourite pundits and all the details and context you need on breaking news as it comes into our newsroom.

Episodes

January 27, 2023 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 Deb Hutton and features panelists Tamara Cherry, former crime reporter and founder of Pickup Communications, and Mike Kakuk, co-host of the Morning Drive on AM800 CKLW in Windsor.

Topics:

  • A date has been set for Trudeau t...
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    Vassy Kapelos speaks with Poland's Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, about countries sending Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. 

    On today's show: 

  • We play an exclusive interview with Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of Poland. 
  • A conversation with Heather Stefanson, Premier of Manitoba, about a health-care meeting between Canada's premiers and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 
  • The Daily Debrief panel with Robert Benzie, Mariek...
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    Vassy Kapelos speaks with Canada’s Associate Finance Minister about the economy and the prospect for a recession this year. 

    On today’s show: 

  • We play Vassy’s full conversation with Randy Boissonnault, Canada’s Associate Minister of Finance. Then, we take your calls.
  • Jimmy Jean, Vice-President and Chief Economist at Desjardins, on the Bank of Canada raising its key interest rate. 
  • The Daily Debrief panel with Scott Reid, Kory Teneyck...
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    Graham Richardson fills in for Vassy Kapelos. He speaks with a former drug addict from British Columbia who wants to open a brick-and-mortar store selling heroin, meth, cocaine, and MDMA.

    On today’s show: 

  • A conversation with Jerry Martin, who plans to sell heroin and meth from a Vancouver storefront with hopes to save lives. 
  • Lindsay May, a woman from Regina who had her dream destination wedding in Mexico cancelled multiple times w...
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    Vassy Kapelos speaks with Anita Anand, Canada's Defence Minister, about whether our country is willing to send some of its battle tanks to Ukraine — something Ukrainian President Zelenskyy has repeatedly issued pleas for.

    On today's show: 

  • We play a snippet of Vassy's conversation with Defence Minister Anita Anand. Then, retired Major-General David Fraser reacts. 
  • Kristy Hutchings, reporter with the Long Beach Press-Tele...
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    January 20, 2023 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 Deb Hutton and features panelists Tom Mulcair, CTV political analyst and former federal NDP leader, and Karen Restoule, CEO of Bold Realities & Whose Land. 

    Topics:

  • Ontario Premier Doug Ford's government is prepar...
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    Vassy Kapelos speaks with Adam Oake, a Canadian who just returned home from the front lines of the Russian invasion in Ukraine.

    On today's show: 

  • Yevheniya Kravchuk, a Ukrainian MP, on Canada facing pressure to send some of its Leopard 2 tanks.
  • Talk Science to Me with Dan Riskin, CTV science and technology specialist.
  • The Daily Debrief panel with Robert Benzie and Stephanie Levitz from the Toronto Star. 

     

  • Andy Knight, an Albert...

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    Graham Richardson, filling in for Vassy Kapelos, speaks with the wife of an Ontario man who was struggling to get around in Chile after Air Canada lost his customized wheelchair in Toronto. He was finally reunited with his wheelchair during our show. 

    On today’s show: 

  • A conversation with Kathie Hamilton, the wife of Jim Hamilton, who was in Chile for days without his wheelchair. Wendy Elliott, his step-daughter, also joins the sho...
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    Vassy Kapelos speaks with Scott Moe, Premier of Saskatchewan, about the potential for a health-care deal with the federal government. 

    On today’s show: 

  • A conversation with Scott Moe, Premier of Saskatchewan. 
  • Kendall Dilling, President of Pathways Alliance—a collaboration of companies representing approximately 95% of Canadian oil sands production—on the need to work collaboratively with governments on decarbonization.
  • Jimmy Jean, v...
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    Ontario Premier Doug Ford has unveiled a plan to expand surgeries in private clinics. Vassy Kapelos speaks with Marit Stiles, incoming leader of Ontario's New Democrats, to get her reaction.

    On today's show: 

  • We play Vassy's interview with Marco Mendicino, Public Safety Minister of Canada, about the Safe Third Country Agreement. Then, Jenny Kwan, NDP Critic for Housing, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship.
  • A conversat...
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    January 13, 2023 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 Bob Richardson, senior counsel at National Public Relations and a former Ontario Liberal chief of staff, and Chris Holski, News Editor with 580 CFRA in Ottawa.

    Topics:

  • The 'Three Amig...
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    The country's major airports and airlines are among witnesses appearing today during an emergency meeting of the House of Commons transportation committee regarding holiday travel chaos. Vassy Kapelos breaks down the key takeaways.

    On today's show: 

  • Rachel Aiello, senior digital parliamentary reporter for CTV National News, on the transport committee.
  • We play Vassy's full conversation with Congressman Brian Higgins, the ...
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    Vassy Kapelos speaks with Marc Doret, mayor of Dorval, Quebec, on taking action to maintain his city’s bilingual status.

    On today’s show: 

  • Duncan Dee, former chief operating officer at Air Canada, on air travel in our country right now and the FAA system outage that grounded flights across the U.S. this morning.
  • A conversation with Tim Houston, Premier of Nova Scotia, on the health-care system in his province. 
  • Andriy Shevchenko, for...
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    Vassy Kapelos talks with Erin McIntyre, a cousin of Allison Holthoff — the 37-year-old woman who died in a Nova Scotia hospital on New Year's Eve after waiting hours for care.

    On today’s show: 

  • We play Vassy’s full conversation with Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport of Canada, on MPs launching a special study into holiday travel chaos. 
  • Louise Blais, special advisor with the Business Council of Canada and former Canadian Amba...
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    In an exclusive interview with Vassy Kapelos, former finance minister Bill Morneau speaks about the Trudeau government's management of the economy and whether he has regrets over ethics scandals.

    On today’s show: 

  • We play Vassy’s interview with Bill Morneau, former Minister of Finance of Canada. 
  • Sylvie De Bellefeuille, a lawyer with the Quebec-based advocacy group Option consommateurs, and Ian Jack, a vice-president with CAA, o...
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    January 6, 2023 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 Deb Hutton and features panelists Elias Makos, host of The Elias Makos Show on CJAD in Montreal and Reshmi Nair, co-host of The Rush on Newstalk 1010 in Toronto.

    Topics:

  • What advice would you give Prime Minister Justin Tr...
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    Vassy Kapelos speaks with Omar Alghabra, Canada's Minister of Transport, about his conversation with Sunwing after hundreds of Canadians were stranded in Mexico and elsewhere due to the airline cancelling their flights home.

    On today's show: 

  • A conversation with Omar Alghabra, Canada's Minister of Transport. 
  • Larry Haas, former White House official, on Republican Kevin McCarthy falling short on multiple ballots for House...
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    January 4, 2023 77 min

    After hitting record numbers, immigration minister says meeting targets helps cover labour and demographic shortages. Vassy Kapelos speaks with Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

    On today's show:

  • Aaron Blake, Senior Political Reporter with The Washington Post, breaks down why Kevin McCarthy has not been voted House Speaker in the United States.

  • Patrick Gobeil, a Sunwing passenger from Prince Alber...

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    Toronto’s mayor proposes a nearly $50 million police budget increase in community safety push. Vassy Kapelos speaks with Mayor John Tory.

    On today's show:

  • Retired Lieutenant-General the Honourable Andrew Leslie, former Canadian Army Chief of Staff and MP for Orleans on the latest between Russia and Ukraine

  • Dr. Zain Chagla, an infectious diseases physician and associate professor at McMaster University, on Canada’s decision to...

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    December 30, 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 Mike Kakuk and features panelists Sharan Kaur, political strategist and former Deputy Chief of Staff to Bill Morneau, and Karl Dockstader, co-host of One Dish One Mic which airs in Niagara, London and Windsor.

    Topics:

  • Whi...
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