Episode #102 — Trump’s Last Stand & What It Means for Canadians, Honours for Mike Harris & Disappointment for Developers

Our veteran politics panel — consultant Lauren Hunter, journalist & former mayor Sylvia Sutherland, businesswoman Jenny Lanciault, editor Donald Fraser and Curve Lake Council member Sean Conway — starts the new year by unpacking the seismic political events of the first week of January in the United States. They assess what the surprising victories for the Democrats in the January 5th run-off election in Georgia mean for the Biden administration Then they move on to an analysis of the storming of the capitol building in Washington the next day and the implications for us in Canada. We have no reason to remain smugly aloof of these toxic dynamics. The same extremism is alive and thriving in Canada. The panel also ponders the implications of the nomination of former Ontario premier Mike Harris to the Order of Ontario. In closing, the panel briefly looks at the phenomena of developers who express their displeasure with the policies of the current Peterborough City Council by withholding their projects. This panel discussion was recorded on January 7th and will be broadcast by Trent Radio on January 14th.

Pints & Politics is:

  • A discussion-based radio program all about politics from Peterborough, Canada, about 130 kms. northeast of Toronto.  In the Peterborough area, you can find us at 92.7 FM, CFFF.  Our 700-watt signal reaches an area within a radius of 40 kilometres of Peterborough. If you are not in the Peterborough area, you can also live-stream the program from the Trent Radio website.
  • An archive of Peterborough-focused podcast episodes. Our current episode is at the top of this page.
  • Before the pandemic, Pints & Politics also used to be an informal gathering of local pundits at the Garnet Pub on Hunter Street near Aylmer in downtown Peterborough every Thursday at 5:00 p.m.  The format was entirely unstructured beyond the sharing of first names.  We talked about whatever people wanted to talk about.  As we met in a public space, everything was on the record. Curious?  When the restrictions are lifted and the Garnet re-opens, join us.  You don’t have to drink beer.  Listening skills are seldom required.  Good ranting skills are essential.

Pints & Politics will be broadcasting every Thursday at 8:00 p.m. on Trent Radio at 92.7 FM.  Our next radio program will be on January 14th, 2021.  For all the past shows, go to the “Archive of all our podcasts” tab at the top of this page.

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On the radio show and in these podcasts, we explore political culture, ideas, trends, issues, electoral politics, and the practice of politics in traditional and social media, all from a Canadian perspective.  While our programs are Peterborough-focused, we also tackle provincial, national and international issues.   We discuss articles, news stories, media comments, and the latest buzz.  We talk with guests from a wide range of backgrounds and affiliations.

While we don’t shy away from taking a stand, we strive to present a diversity of opinion.

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Host: Bill Templeman