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John Gormley Live

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Show Notes


October 21st, 2014

8:30 a.m.– Canada has won an important battle in an ongoing trade dispute with the United States over meat labeling laws that have hurt the beef and pork industries. The World Trade Organization has ruled that U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules discriminate against exports from Canada and Mexico. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the U.S. likely isn’t done fighting yet. Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

9:00 a.m.– The Hour of the Big Stories.. Open Session.

10:00 a.m.- Last week on Ask the Premier, Premier Brad Wall said the government will consider allowing Saskatchewan people to pay for private MRI scans in order to reduce MRI wait times. An ideological debate on health care has now broken out.Dr. Paul Babyn, the Department Head of Medical Imaging for the Saskatoon Health Region and U of S says paying may reduce wait times, but there are others ways to do so as well. How can MRI wait times be reduced? Dr. Paul Babyn, Department Head of Medical Imaging for the Saskatoon Health Region and the University of Saskatchewan.

10:30 a.m.- The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, a Health Canada-funded organization wants the federal government to include alcohol in its $570-million National Anti-Drug Strategy. Is alcohol worse than illegal drugs?

11:00 a.m.– Companies such as Facebook and Apple are paying for their female employees eggs to be frozen so they can focus on their career and have their children later on in life. Medical ethicist Margaret Somerville says this is a great example of the commercialization of reproduction and she says in this case, nature should not be displaced by social considerations. Is it right for employers to pay for women to freeze their eggs? Margaret Somerville, Founding Director of the McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law.

11:30 a.m.- This year’s latest Halloween costume craze is the gear worn by those dealing with Ebola: Haz-mat suits. Some say the suits are offensive and insensitive since people are dying of the disease. The Huffington Post has come out with a list of all possibly offensive costumes saying “Ignorance is Spooky.” The costumes include hobos, First Nations, and fat people, to name a few. Are there some Halloween costumes that are just too offensive?

12:00 p.m.– The Canadian Federation of Independent Business has kicked off Small Business Week by release their annual report of Canada’s top entrepreneurial communities. Saskatoon and Regina both made the top 10, coming in at numbers 3 and 4 respectively. What is giving Saskatchewan a continued competitive edge? Marilyn Braun Pollon. Vice President, Prairie and Agri-business.

About John Gormley Live

John Gormley Live has been a staple of News Talk Radio from its beginning. Each weekday morning between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., John Gormley Live is the place where Saskatchewan comes to talk.

John is a former Saskatchewan Member of Parliament and a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Law. The insight he brings to the stories that Saskatchewan is talking about has made him one of this province’s most influential people, a recognition he received from Saskatchewan Business Magazine. 

But John’s not all business. Each week, his callers fill the phone lines to provide their Rider Prognostications and to try to become Saskatchewan’s Smartest Radio Listener. Others want to vent during Bugs Day or hear John’s Heroes and Zeroes. They also get their chance to set the agenda of the John Gormley Live during the Ultimate Open Lines.

In addition to his radio show, John writes a popular weekly column for the StarPhoenix in Saskatoon and the Leader Post in Regina. As a speaker at conventions, John entertains the crowds on topics ranging from politics to pop culture. Meanwhile, at the University of Saskatchewan, political science students have benefited from his lectures.

John recently added author to his list of credentials as an authority on Saskatchewan interests. John’s book Left Out: Saskatchewan’s NDP and the Relentless Pursuit of Mediocrity is not just about provincial politics, but an attitude John says took hold in Saskatchewan for far too long.

As a radio host, listeners have to come to expect that John Gormley will provoke opinions while getting to the bottom of the story.