The boys screwed up the live broadcast of episode 058, so we got some beers and came back to do it properly. After some drunk rambling we finally get into what you’ve been waiting for: the St. John’s municipal election! Voters appeared to be seeking change, with many new faces on council, and Jonathan Galgay, Tom Hann, Ron Ellsworth, and Art Puddister out. Maggie Burton, Hope Jamieson, and Jamie Korab are some of the new additions who have no prior political experience but took their wins easily! We discuss the candidates who ran but didn’t put any effort into campaigning, and Joel doesn’t understand the logic in voting Danny Breen for mayor when Andy Well’s seemed like the better option for taxpayers. Buddy Wassisname are retiring from touring, another CONA program – medical radiography – is frigged up, students aren’t showing up for school and we watch a big brawl video with St. Peter’s Junior High students.
We start the show talking about raking leaves when you don’t have any trees, and why lawns are a conspiracy by the lawnmower industry. Basketball is coming to Mile One, people were fooled by fake news hoaxes, and Earle McCurdy steps down as NDP leader. We discuss bad driving after an absurd number of highway deaths in recent weeks, the RNC tweet a joke about a guy stuffing a chicken down his pants, and somebody is offended over the word Newfie again. We cover some municipal election stuff including missing ballots, Nick’s experience voting, our candidate picks, and how we don’t really know much about city council.
The boys start the show with a wrap up of summer and talking about how school is back. Clarenville’s municipal election is canceled, someone vandalized an election sign in a funny way, and people are comparing Andy Wells to Trump which is complete foolishness. We continue the election chat looking at some St. John’s candidates and wondering why a handful of them aren’t making any effort. We check out an inappropriate ice cream picture from a local shop, someone from the Aquaman crew was stabbed on George Street, and we debate whether or not a “soda tax” is a good idea. Food banks need help, we talk about the health benefits of Kraft Dinner, donating to charities, and we finish up talking about how Joel is doesn’t really have a heart but he wants one.
Note: Since the recording of this episode, Tracy Holmes has provided information on her platform. We will share it next time.
With the Chase The Ace winner announced, we hope to finally stop talking about it. Speaking of lineups, Nick notices that people around here love to complain about lineups. Fred Hutton is leaving VOCM for CBC Radio, and we wonder if he was allowed to have a beard on NTV. Atlantic Fest got mixed reviews and Nick explains why he really doesn’t like country music. We look at a map to figure out if people come “up” or “down” from the mainland. Night time construction downtown was very loud, we talk about wasted money on speed bumps, and then discuss Andy Wells’ campaign for mayor and hope he saves us all. U.S. politics always find their way into Canada, and so someone wants a local statue knocked down. We also find out that the statue is not John Cabot. We try to figure out why somebody had a cardboard license plate, check out some crazy details about the CNA respiratory therapy program, then sign off for another week!
Nick is back! We hear a bit about Nick’s trip, how we survived without him, and a magical Japanese beverage he brought back and got Joel drunk with. Chase The Ace didn’t go, and now it’s finally ending next week somehow. Sunrise Records is opening in St. John’s and we aren’t too confident in it succeeding. Newfoundland has a ton of bars, we’ve been drinking beer wrong, and moose are idiots. We look at some dumb stuff from the St. John’s council including a terrible roundabout, a family trying to open a restaurant getting screwed over, and a second road to Signal Hill. We end the show talking about how VOCM backpedaled on its changes and is going back to its roots of what people know and love.
Joel is solo once more in our final week before Nick returns. He starts by telling us how his hair doesn’t grow anymore, following up on Blueberry Festival, and talking about owning farm animals and living in more isolated NL areas. Chase The Ace is ending soon, Dennis O’Keefe is now running for mayor, a group of motorcycle riders screwed themselves over, and some crazy woman has been spraying them in the face. William’s Harbour voted to relocate, people are feeding foxes on a golf course, an old guy is greasing on minors and Joel wonders why nobody cares. Joel hesitantly delves into politics with a story about a “hate crime” in Gander and then a political “vigil” in Bannerman park.
Joel is solo this week, starting the show with some chat about why expensive alcohol may be good for Newfoundland. You didn’t go back in time, Andy Wells is running for mayor again, along with a feminist who doesn’t seem too serious about the whole thing. Joel wants to see Andy win! Firefighters wouldn’t help with a cabin fire on Witless Bay Line because the owners weren’t paying town taxes, and Joel explains why you should never sell your cabin. Gould’s Chase The Ace is still talk of the town, nobody picked the ace this week, but there was some controversy once again and they may even have to wrap the whole thing up early! Another person flipped their car tits-up, St. John’s is getting more roundabouts, and Joel has concerns with the Iceberg Alley concert.
Nick continues his vacation, so Travis & Susan attempt to pick up the slack this episode. We run through the past week’s news including George Street Festival, a busker starting a fire, and the giant cell phone outage. Cathy Bennett resigned, a guy is being charged in Nova Scotia for defending himself after a home invasion, and Joel wonders if loud motorcycle pipes really have any purpose as the riders say. Someone else yelled FHRITP, and CBC messed up by posting a minor’s photo. St. John’s is supposedly the 5th most bedbug infested city in Canada, the Iceberg Alley concert is returning, and we wrap up talking about how good Travis is at finding deals.
“We need to change the culture.”
A phrase commonly heard these days, usually in response to issues of little importance, raised by political correctness.
Most recently, CBC couldn’t help themselves but drum up some controversy by pointing out that, of all Newfoundland & Labrador government employees earning over $100,000 a year, 60% were men and 40% were women.
The thing that really caught my attention here, is a quote from now-former Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Cathy Bennett. When asked about the fact that, in the Department of Transportation and Works, only 14% of the workforce is female, Bennett says “You need to see cultures in workplaces change, you need to see culture around apprenticeship programs change, and those are things that we continue to work on.”
Let’s think about this. The Department of Transportation and Works handles road work and snow-clearing, running the province’s ferries, managing construction of government buildings, etc. Many of these jobs simply attract more men and fewer women. Since we are wasting our government’s time talking about these issues raised by special interest groups, can anybody provide me with a single tangible answer to the question of WHY this is a problem?
What’s wrong with accepting that women simply aren’t interested in certain professions?
Teaching and nursing are female-dominated sectors, do we also need to address gender imbalances there?
Is the Department of Transportation and Works getting 75% female applicants wishing to drive plows, but tossing those resumes in the trash in favor of hiring men? Highly unlikely.
90% of workplace fatalities are men. Do we need to change the culture around this as well?
Capitulating to political correctness is nothing but a waste of time and money. It’s in fashion for politicians to say these things, that we need to change the culture, but I’ve yet to hear a convincing argument. I’m supportive of women entering any career field they wish to. But, when the women themselves aren’t even interested in the job, let’s think more about what’s the “right thing to say” and what simply makes sense.
Nick is on vacation so Travis fills in. Travis tells us how the cops stopped him while walking home drunk, then we talk about George Street Festival, tribute bands, and the concert scene in Newfoundland. Joel explains why he’s done with Chase The Ace, a resident is mad because there’s too much traffic going to Signal Hill, and we talk about the use of ATVs and dirt bikes in Bay Roberts and around the bay. We talk about why we don’t need to “change the culture” to ensure gender balance in every workplace, non-binary birth certificates and transphobia, and fighting political correctness. For the rest of the show, Joel identifies as a woman, then we check out a missing turkey story, and Travis reports seeing a chicken on Waterford Bridge Road.