Joel has retired from not-drinking, so the boys are having a great time. We hear about a conversation at the store about our strong beer, and Nick brought something weird mystery item for Joel to eat and so he’s nervous. Nick tells a story with no punch line, brings in the mystery food, and Joel’s reaction may surprise you. Maple Leaf is too good for balogna and vienna sausages all of a sudden, people are getting stoned at family Christmas events, and we think everybody needs to get back to the real meaning of Christmas: getting drunk with your family and friends. Joel talks about Santa’s unfairness, the Newfoundland English School District screwed over a bunch of helpless children through Operation Christmas Child, and sushi is popular in Labrador. We end with Joel being a news anchor telling us about a baby being born in a parking lot.
Joel’s not letting himself drink until Christmas, or at least for a week, because he got completely out of hand last time. We tell that story, then move on to look at Newfoundland’s plans for the legalization of marijuana, Jim Lester winning the Mount Pearl North byelection, and Megan House’s dreams of “true love” being shattered as she was sent home from The Bachelor Canada. The newsmaker of the week is the kitchen party put off by some Newfoundlanders while waiting for a plane at the Toronto airport. It went viral and most people thought it was amazing, but not everybody felt that way. People are using harbors in NL as garbage dumps, research confirms the government is incompetent, and power bills are gonna go through the roof. We close out the show looking at the province’s new snow plow and realizing that we’d both chill out more if we were drinking.
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.
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.
We get some drinking talk out of the way and quickly move onto our newsmaker of the week: FHRITP! Somebody yelled it at a local reporter, police laid charges, and everybody has gone mad about it. We give our thoughts and get the straight facts out. That takes up the first half of the show, then we look at the Richard Gillett hunger strike and a fisherman trying to haul a door off. MUN is asking students to stop banging on campus, but we think it’s a lost cause. A restaurant says they got a bunch of fake reservations, but it turns out to be not a big deal and we wonder if it’s worthy of being in the news. Nobody can have babies in Gander, we talk about new schools, the old schools we went to, and how things got too out of hand at school dances.
Nick is drinking to celebrate the end of exams, so he talks a lot. He tells us about trying to make plans to go downtown with his class, then we wonder if downtown is becoming worse or if we’re just getting too old. There’s a new no-frills airline coming, so we talk about flying and what frills exist already. Joel is concerned about the safety of planes if we’re getting such cheap tickets. Nick had a run-in with the electronics recycling rip-off fee so we hear a bit about that and why it’s just another scam. We look over spending plans for St. John’s this year, including (wasting?) more money on bike lanes and other studies. We get an update on the Richmond Cottage heritage property and Joel explains why he hopes it gets bulldozed. Whitbourne is angry over a potential composting facility, people in Corner Brook are using their garden hoses to melt snow, and Nick accurately predicted a Signal Hill attempted murder. A victim of theft posted a funny classifieds ad, and we wrap up talking about the fish protests and hunger strike.
Kevin O’Leary was in town wearing a sealskin jacket, and we think he said one thing that lost him support from much of NL. We check out a study showing that NL has a very high rate of heavy drinking, but we think the criteria for “heavy drinker” is too low. Maybe that’s the problem here! Next, we check out another hilariously poor decision from St. John’s council who reject a 1-person business operation due to parking issues. There was a big radio shakeup when VOCM surprisingly and silently removed the open-line show Backtalk with Pete Soucy. Joel gives some insight on why this stuff happens in radio and why we’ll never get an answer. After a bit of talk about how VOCM has become terrible, we move onto the story of a runaway Corner Brook woman who went to live with Natureboy but is now coming home. We watch a video of dangerous snowmobilers, there’s a 90s concert coming to town, and we look at a new kindergarten class for adults.
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!