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.
Chase The Ace is the talk of the province, so we share our stories after checking it out last week. We talk about the plan for attending this week and then end up talking about low pants, Nick’s credit card being stolen, cars driving into buildings, and IJ Samson school being demolished. Come From Away’s Toronto production doesn’t have any Newfoundlanders in the cast, but we aren’t interested enough to talk about it. Then Joel talks about the benefits of coffee and cold showers, and we say goodbye to Nick who’s heading on a month-long vacation.
The boys are drinking strong beer and the windows are open so you can enjoy some local Newfoundland neighborhood sounds. We hear about some other Newfoundland or not so Newfoundland things like those purple electric bug zappers and hanging a paper bag over the door. Joel expresses his frustration with flies and how stupid they are, then tells about getting a wasp nest out of his shed. We talk about tourism season and how summer makes you drink. Joel explains his night out drinking and meeting tourists, and then we wonder what’s up with dudes who can’t drink without trying to pick fights. The Bowring Park pool is open again, a mom is upset with Tim Horton’s summer camp, Joel recommends cold showers, and we analyze a driver reversing her truck through a store. There have been protests about crappy Fogo Island ferry services, and we talk about how much these ferries are costing taxpayers. Some random person is upset about the term “come from away,” and ironically, the definition fits her to a tee. Wrapping up, we talk about our plans to win Chase The Ace.
Joel is back from vacation in Ottawa with stories from the mainland about Uber, Fish & Chips, Airbnb and why he thinks Newfoundland is not really part of Canada. We have another strip club story despite Joel saying he wouldn’t go there anymore. Ontario is delivering beer and we wonder if Newfoundland could use that, or if we really need it with corner stores and taxi delivery. There’s one benefit to Newfoundland’s culture of heavy drinking, which is revealed in some new health statistics. Government is mad that nobody has car insurance, but they won’t remove the tax which made it more expensive. After mourning Corner Brook losing its Sears, we look at the Canada Day forecast and reveal our plans. Be sure to like the North of Newfoundland Facebook page for some live broadcasts this weekend.
Anti-abortion demonstrators have drawn criticism recently after holding demonstrations near some junior high and high schools around St. John’s.
While some of the demonstrations included typical signs we’re familiar with from these people, others simply showed a website, as seen in the CBC photo from demonstrators near Waterford Valley High.
These demonstrators usually receive strong criticism, and for good reason. Sling all the “what a bunch of losers” and “get a job” insults you want, that’s the great thing about free speech.
Joel starts by telling about how he was thankful to be recognized by a podcast viewer, we have our weather chit-chat, and then talk about high-school graduations and why we didn’t go to ours. There were some peaceful anti-abortion protestors near a high school and Joel doesn’t understand why everybody cares so much. After talking about some feminist and free-speech stuff, we move on to a plastic bag ban, the Outer Ring cleanup, and wondering why people toss garbage around so much. Nick talks about speed bump silliness, then we talk about cars getting stolen and wonder why anybody would leave their keys in the car or house door unlocked. Torbay & Portugal Cove-St. Phillip’s hired some extra help since the RNC patrols were not enough, which we think is a decent idea. Moving on, we look at some Craigslist missed connections to attempt some matchmaking, Nick talks about Come From Away, and then we say goodbye for another week.
Our can’t-miss “weather chit-chat” starts off the show this week. Nick wonders why cashiers aren’t saying hi to him, then Joel tells a story about a long lineup at the bank. This leads to talking about bad customer service from giant companies (like Air Canada) and how they don’t want to talk to anyone. Newfoundland has forgotten how much they dislike Paul Davis and the PC’s, so he’s leading in the polls now, but there’s not much of a choice. A new pizza chain opened here, a music venue closed, and someone wants to open a library in downtown St. John’s, although Joel thinks we should have a room full of computers and Kindles instead. The dead whale is finally gone from Outer Cove and Ravens are attacking a house, so we brainstorm ideas to get rid of them. Joel is in awe of the amazing pesticides and chemicals that are banned and shares some of his personal life after hearing a story about a prank where a guy ran nude through the Avalon Mall. We talk about growing up, following rules, school, teachers, and the early days of texting. Nick says Joel was lame years ago, and Joel things he’s compensating for it now by being a rebel. We end the show talking about Salmon Festival and the other moderately fun things to do during summer in Newfoundland.
We start the show with a few quick topics like the new conservative leader, carbon tax, Bruce Tilley not running for council, and a developer knocking down a building without asking. There’s a car auction happening and we wonder how cars just get abandoned. We hear some good news about oil, so the Newfoundland economy might improve for a while. If you’re strapped for cash, Corner Brook was giving out money in exchange for coffee cups, but we wonder if anybody exploited this. The dead whale in Outer Cove is still there and nobody knows what to do with it, although we have some ideas. We talk about the trendy new convention centre and wonder if it has burnt down, then get back to animals and how ridiculous it is that PETA wants to educate school kids on animal empathy because one student hurt a seagull, and then we talk about the baby moose that got euthanized. Knockout Kitchen chimes in with how much he loves seagulls, and shares a video of one eating a french fry. For “they’re f**king us” this week, we talk about how the reduced gas tax is a trick. There’s a big Canada 150 concert happening at Quidi Vidi and we look at the George Street Festival lineup as well. We finish by talking about a classifieds transaction gone wrong, telling about our own strange classifieds experience, and then a hazmat team investigating a mailbox.