Edition #66 — Homeless in Peterborough & The Return of SNC Lavalin: Our Political Panel Asks Tough Questions

Posted August 16, 2019 — In Part 1 of this edition, 0ur political panel — Peterborough This Week journalist & former mayor Sylvia Sutherland, writer, editor & podcaster Donald Fraser, property manager & businesswoman Jenny Lanciault, campaign manager & political activist Lauren Hunter & Curve Lake First Nation Councilor & Ontario NDP Indigenous Peoples Committee Chair Sean Conway– give us the context & recent history of Peterborough’s homelessness crisis.  Our panel asks why the poor in Peterborough have been out of sight & out of mind until now.  With the sudden emergence of Tent City in Victoria Park, we can no longer ignore this very visible sign that our economic system is not working & that vulnerable citizens are being excluded.

In Part 2, 0ur political panel  looks at recent developments in the federal election campaign.  They weigh the consequences of the Ethics Commissioner’s condemnation of Justin Trudeau’s conduct over the SNC Lavalin debacle. Will this announcement hurt the Liberals?  How are the other party leaders reacting?

These podcasts were recorded on August 15th at Trent Radio.

PROGRAM SEGMENT INDEX:  To make this discussion more manageable for listeners, I’ve posted the full discussion in two parts.  Part 1 is 31 minutes long; Part 2 is 24 minutes.

Music credits — Creative Commons, non-commercial use: Guitario, Le Conquerant; LukHash, The Other Side; Borrtex, Entering; Max Waves, One More Reflection; Earth and Moon, Warmth


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