It was a slow news week, so we drank to make up for it and make the show more entertaining. Is it too early for Christmas music? VOCM started playing all Christmas music, and on Remembrance Day, so some people are mad. Some people always get mad about Christmas music, no matter when you play it. Come From Away is going to be a movie, Matthew Good & Our Lady Peace are coming for a concert in St. John’s, and Newfoundland still is in a bad financial situation. Our liquor laws are bad, taxi companies are trying to improve their image, and St. John’s is still talking about banning plastic bags.
Joel is back from a few weeks on the mainland, and we’re drinking big time to celebrate! We chat about Ontario, how Newfoundland is unique from the rest of Canada, and then move onto some current news, but not before paying respects to John Dunsworth (aka Jim Lahey). A woman from Deer Lake is on The Bachelor Canada, Fogo & Bell Island ferry users are mad, St. John’s is trapping cats to send them to cat jail but Nick thinks it’s fake, and Joel wonders if new rules allow any dude to go into a women’s bathroom. There’s a new record store opening downtown, and MUN’s crappy SJW newspaper ran out of money and is thinking about asking for more funding from the students.
Is Thanksgiving dinner really worth the trouble? The boys start this show explaining why they don’t think it lives up to the hype. We look at a moose hunter whose moose came back to life and kicked the crap out of him, a gun scare near a Mt. Pearl school, and Boy Scouts of America is letting girls in now. In driving news, NL drivers might be too dumb for overnight construction, another drove 170km after getting in a moose accident, and police caught a driver in CBS traveling an outrageous speed through an area with kids waiting for the bus. The province has a new drivers license design, millennial entrepreneurs are moving around the bay, self-defense wins in court for a Botwood man, and we look at Newfoundland’s very first Bitcoin ATM. We end the show talking about axe throwing, drinking, and donating to support the show.
Newfoundland has a dangerous driving problem. It’s a frustration shared by anybody who drives on NL roads (except, I suppose, the guilty drivers) and you’ll never have trouble finding people eager to join in a conversation and tell the stories of all the close-encounters they’ve experienced while driving.
GST is out so Joel is on the wine! Minimum wage is up, so we take a look at the past when women got paid less than men. The newly renovated Majestic got burnt, there are consequences to poor driving, and Nick thinks the RNC is lying about bait cars. Some vegetarians were mad at Montana’s and streamed it live on Facebook. We watch the video and talk about crappy customer service jobs. Sears is closing, so we take a look back on history when we had Zellers and K-Mart. Gander has a shoplifting problem, Corner Brook residents are mad at a pizza store because of an old painting, and there are panthers in Deer Lake.
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.