Newfoundland had a crazy wind storm so we talk about the weather records, damages, and power outages. Nick tells a story about how great he felt seeing a dumb driver go off the road. Gander wants a movie theater. This leads to talking about how boring NL is and how any type of leisure business that opens is successful. Even a new boring store that opened has been blocked. We look at the success of the Brier and then move on to the guy facing charges under the medical act, and it’s weirder than anybody could have guessed. We look at some investigative journalism into a fake twitter account, a new tool library, and strikers who are going too far. We wrap up talking about St. Patrick’s festivities this weekend.
Nick is on “vacation” so naturally, we are on the beer. We start off talking about a local beer retailer and a bad experience at the NLC, and move on to an odd awkward text from mom. There’s a misleading non-story in the news about the crowd at the Brier, and we discuss how Newfoundlanders aren’t familiar with curling etiquette. Joel says to stop buying stuff from the HMV sale and we hear news that we are not getting the Sunrise records store. There’s a news about a fake doctor bagpiper. Joel celebrates women’s day, we talk about the new Salmon Fest lineup, and laugh at Gander for trying to ban Christmas. We look at a new drunk driving law and Nick doesn’t like it. There’s a guy who keeps winning big betting on sports, and a loser who we hope goes to jail for bad driving. There are millions of dollars going to Metrobus to finally make it great again. The drunk talk really comes out and we end the show talking about friendships.
We start with Joel’s final thoughts on the Snelgrove trial and the childish behaviour of protestors. Then, moving onto important issues, we get into the story about the colour of a kid’s bowling pants losing them gold and wonder how hard it is to get a pair of black pants. Government removed the word “culture” from a department name, but then added it back because some people were mad. Joel wonders why politicians talk so fake, and thinks they should all talk like Trump. A safe was ripped out of a building using a tractor, but there are many details missing from the story. We check out a high school taking cell phones during class and Nick doesn’t like it. There’s an oddly expensive method for tracking the caribou population in NL, and Joel thinks it is all a waste of money. We talk about the Brier which is in town this week, and then talk about how difficult axe throwing is. To wrap up the show we look at Glen Payette’s CBC sign-off and talk about some other local media personalities.
Jill returns as a special guest, and we spend the first part of the show breaking down the Douglas Snelgrove case and discussing all the things that come along with it, such as consent, the outrage over a Telegram headline, and Joel explains why he is predicting he will not be found guilty. We move on to some lighter topics like a parent giving their son’s Xbox away for failing exams. A building collapsed after the storm last week, a bar has had their liquor license suspended, and another bar has a secret code for if you’re uncomfortable. Newfoundland has the tiniest town in the country, and we wonder what life is like there. We debate whether the government job cuts are a good thing or not, and end talking about those dumb public pianos.
There’s a big-ass storm outside, so Nick joins us through video chat. He wasn’t prepared for the storm so he’s drinking a strange mix of whatever alcohol could be found in the house. We chat about the snow, Valentine’s Facebook posts, how the day was ruined, and Joel tells a funny Valentine’s story from back when he was still romantic. We discuss “live music” and wonder what the appeal of a dude with an acoustic guitar is. Nick talks about drunk axe-throwing, and then Joel asks what is with people who leave their curtains wide open at night for people to see in. The new fog landing system at YYT is living up to its promises, somebody flipped their car on the roof in a parking lot, and we wonder if St. John’s will finally get traffic planning right when it comes to Dannyland. Joel gives an update on jury duty, and Nick tells about some people who have asked how Joel is doing these days and we think people don’t believe that I am doing fine. Joel addresses another local group talking incorrectly about the wage gap, then we talk about 4 day work weeks and difficulty napping. We discuss the snow-clearing plan for once the storm ends and predict if the storm will close things again on Wednesday. Which is all outdated info by the time you hear it!
We do a live “storm” podcast and hope the power doesn’t go out, since it’s been so cold we had a warning that the province could be in the dark again. Joel wonders about people who can’t dance, and then sings songs from a guy who is returning to town to play a concert. We talk about when Karl Wells used to be the weatherman, and appreciate his “no stars” restaurant review. Joel shares his idea for a new restaurant but Nick doesn’t think it will work. We quickly debate the word “Newfie” and then move onto some funny news stories from here and laugh at Vancouver fighting over free road salt. NL is getting a new area code and we’re too broke to buy liquor anymore. We look at the population of some Newfoundland towns, many are shrinking, some are growing. One of the shrinking towns will surprise you! We wonder how a picture from a community with no internet got posted to the internet. Nick forces Joel to skip a topic, and then we laugh at Peter Mansbridge saying the word “cuck.” See you next week!
It’s February so Joel is drinking again and enjoying it! We talk about falling off treadmills, then Joel makes a big announcement to top last week’s announcement about quitting Twitter. He explains the reason for the decision, and then we get into the fake/misleading news that’s everywhere, even in local news. Nick talks about the sad Quebec shooting. Joel shares a personal story about being afraid to go to the can in public. We get into a story about a citizen winning a case against the city for a dumb traffic ticket, how you have to pay to volunteer at the Brier, then Jim calls and explains how much money we could save by brewing our own beer. Joel wonders if potholes can be avoided by better driving, and then we laugh at the city causing trouble for owners of heritage properties. Our health care system gets laughed at a lot, but we can’t even get simple things right like enough parking spots. Joel explains how a mom needs to deal with her kid who was bullied, then we end looking at a pro-life group for chickens and watching a training video for a chicken restaurant. CHICKEN!
Brandon joins us for the final episode before Joel is allowed to drink again. We do the inevitable and chat quickly about Trump and the “Women’s March” which wasn’t for women at all. This leads to Joel making a big announcement about Twitter and talking about how tired he is of reading crap from people on Twitter, the real fake news, such as CBC’s fake story on Marketplace. Joel got called for jury duty but thinks he won’t have to go thanks to the people who wanted him fired from his old job. Cheaper gas prices are leaving the east end and moving to Dannyland with the move of a giant store. We go through some funny local news like a pizza guy having his car stolen and a dildo thief, then talk about door to door solicitors and this leads to other scams people fall for. We wrap up the show talking about banks and lineups, and with Joel reflecting on his alcohol-free January.
Milltown GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/milltown-school-fire-rebuild
We get off to the usual rocky start, then dive into a busy show! Newfoundlanders love to talk about the weather, so we talk about recent snowfall, the risk of a big storm coming soon, grocery store panic when there’s snow forecast, a new documentary about sidewalk snow-clearing, Joel tells a story from his broadcasting days during Dark NL, and shares a new winter activity he invented. A pizza delivery man came to Joel’s place incorrectly, but we talk about keeping the pizza. We try to move off the snow topic but end up talking about a dude who stole a snowmobile, crashed it, and had to be rescued after spending a night in the woods. A restaurant in Gander was robbed but we thought they went overboard on the violence. There’s a local version of the Women’s March scheduled for Saturday and we explain why the cause is unfounded, while celebrating Trump becoming president this week. On to more bad news, we look at a new winter tourism campaign from the NL government who seem to have forgotten that we’re all too broke to afford gas or ski. We wonder why immigrants don’t stick around in Atlantic Canada, and it’s not hard to figure out! After talking about George Street and Bologna, it seems we’ve covered all our bases. Joel talks about living around seniors and then we finish up with the dude who lit 3 buildings on fire in Milltown.