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In Confluence, Canada's Tech Envoy in Silicon Valley, Consul General Rana Sarkar delves into issues shaping technology and diplomacy through the lenses of Silicon Valley, Canada, and the world. Each episode, Sarkar presses critical topics with subject matter experts to gain an unrestricted, deep dive into the tech policy issues defining our times.
 
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The Bill Kelly Show Podcast w/ Shiona Thompson: Canada’s first full-scale electric vehicle manufacturing plant officially opened in southern Ontario on Monday, with the prime minister and the province’s premier saying the launch of the facility marked a national milestone. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said electric delivery vans started rolling of…
 
The Bill Kelly Show Podcast (with guest host Shiona Thompson): Lots of confusion surrounding Alberta Premiere Danielle Smith’s Alberta Sovereignty bill in regards to the powers given to cabinet. Premiere Smith has said she will change it, claiming that aspect of the bill was not intended to be a part of it. GUEST: Dr Lori Turnbull, Director of the …
 
The Bill Kelly Show Podcast: With reports of hospital emergency rooms under strain and cases of flu, RSV and COVID-19 spiking across Canada, health care has surpassed inflation as the top national issue of concern. What’s being done to solve those problems? GUEST: Cliff van der Linden, Director of the Digital Society Lab at McMaster University and …
 
The Bill Kelly Show Podcast: Ontario auditor general Bonnie Lysyk released her annual report Wednesday. We discuss some of the highlights like, highway projects, auto insurance and more! GUEST: Peter Tabuns, Interim Leader of the Ontario NDP and MPP for Toronto-Danforth - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that while he's "not looking for a fight" …
 
The Bill Kelly Show Podcast: Provincial politicians are asking the Integrity Commissioner and Auditor General to launch investigations into a massive land swap deal that would see eleven portions of the Greenbelt handed over to developers to construct new residential neighbourhoods. On Monday, Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner sent a letter to the …
 
The Bill Kelly Show Podcast: Ontario passed a housing bill Monday intended to spur development, but critics say it will lead to higher property taxes, weaken conservation authority powers, and not actually make homes more affordable. The new law is just one move among many in a flurry of recent housing changes from the Progressive Conservative gove…
 
The Bill Kelly Show Podcast: Topics Include: · Trudeau offers scathing assessment of police during occupation · Trudeau says he made the right call to use the Emergencies Act · And more…. GUEST: Dr. Lori Turnbull, Director of the School of Public Administration with Dalhousie University - On Thursday, Ontario's labour minister signed a new immigrat…
 
The Bill Kelly Show Podcast: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to close out the Public Order Emergencies Commission hearings today, when he’ll testify about his decision to invoke the Emergencies Act to clear out the “Freedom Convoy” protests earlier this year. The hearings have been underway for weeks and have heard from dozens of witnesses as …
 
The Bill Kelly Show Podcast: Topics Include: Ontario education workers to vote on new deal · Ontario NDP leadership race deadline nears · Bill 39 · And more… GUEST: Alan Hale, Queen’s Park Today - Bill 39 is called the Better Municipal Governance Act. Apparently, what the Progressive Conservative government considers good governance is allowing the…
 
The Bill Kelly Show Podcast: Ontario’s housing minister is defending his government’s plan to eliminate and reduce development charges even as municipalities warn the province its approach could significantly increase property taxes. GUEST: Marianne Meed Ward, Mayor, City of Burlington - The second trial for Peter Khill, the Binbrook man charged wi…
 
The Bill Kelly Podcast: The Emergencies Act Inquiry is wrapping up this week. What have we learned so far? & What can we expect next? GUEST: Susan Delacourt, columnist, Toronto Star - The Ontario Health Coalition has officially launched a constitutional challenge against the province’s controversial Bill 7. The law allows some discharged elderly ho…
 
The Bill Kelly Show Podcast: Topics Include: · Trudeau outside of Canada for series of International summits · Canadas relations with China · Emergencies Act Inquiry · And more… GUEST: Dr. Lori Turnbull, Director of the School of Public Administration with Dalhousie University - Union leaders in Ontario have called off a strike by education workers…
 
Shiona peaks through the windows of Queen's Park looking at the situation with CUPE, and needed improvements to the Ontario health care system. GUEST: Mike Schreiner, Leader, Ontario Green Party. - The Canadian Institute for Health Information released a report surrounding the ongoing effects of the pandmeic on the healthcare system. Showing the "i…
 
The Bill Kelly Podcast with guest host Shiona Thompson CUPE has signaled a strike for Monday following unsuccessful negotiations with the Provincial Government. Shiona gets the government perspective. GUEST: Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education for Ontario. Continuing CUPE talks, from the union's side. GUEST: Mark Hancock, National President, CUPE.…
 
The Bill Kelly Show Podcast w/ Shiona Thompson: All across Ontario people have banded together for a century or more to build up our local public hospitals. We have volunteered, fundraised and donated from our pay cheques because these are vital services for our communities. The Ford government’s plan would dismantle our local public hospitals, tak…
 
An Oakville high school teacher who made headlines around the world for wearing large prosthetic breasts to class is not likely to be subject to a dress code when on the job, according to a school board review. Images of the Oakville Trafalgar High staffer went viral on social media in September, prompting a dress code review from the Halton Distri…
 
The Bill Kelly Show Podcast: The Ontario government is expecting economic growth and job creation to slow considerably in 2023 and 2024 as the province navigates global headwinds like sticky inflation and high interest rates. Short-term uncertainty was the key theme of Ontario's 2022 fall economic statement, which was tabled in the legislature Mond…
 
The Bill Kelly Show Podcast w/ Shiona Thompson: Ontario's chief medical officer of health is "strongly recommending" that Ontarians wear masks in all indoor public settings, including in schools and in childcare settings, but stopped short of recommending a return to a mask mandate in the province. GUEST: Dr. Anna Banerji (ban-er-ji), O.Ont MD MPH …
 
The Bill Kelly Show Podcast: Warnings continue to come in across Ontario, as the triple threat of influenza, COVID-19 and RSV continue to slam our hospitals. Is it time to bring back to mask mandate? GUEST: Dr. Isaac Bogoch, Staff Physician, General Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases Associate Professor, Dept. of Medicine, University of Toro…
 
The Bill Kelly Show Podcast: A new Maru Public Opinion survey released finds that in the raging dispute and brinksmanship over a new contract, the union representing Ontario’s union representing education workers, including education assistants, custodians, and librarians, has a majority (59%) of support compared to a minority (41%) who side with t…
 
The Bill Kelly Show Podcast: The Conservatives are calling on the government to come up with a “robust plan” to counter China’s alleged foreign interference in Canada, following a Global News report that Canadian intelligence officials have warned of covert activity by Beijing during the 2019 election campaign. What do we need to do to protect ours…
 
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