The Simi Sara Show – March 6th, 2014

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

 

The Simi Sara Show

Thursday March 6th, 2014


 

12:20-12:30

ARE THE CONSERVATIVES PANDERING FOR VOTES BY RELAXING THE MARIJUANA LAWS?

 

The Conservative government is seriously considering looser marijuana laws that would allow police to ticket anyone caught with small amounts of pot instead of laying charges. Justice Minister Peter MacKay said that “the Criminal Code offences would still be available to police, but we would look at options that would give police the ability, much like the treatment of open liquor, that would allow police to ticket those types of offences.” Traditionally the Conservatives have been quite tough on crime relating to drug offences, so this move was quite surprising. What is the real motivation behind this change?

 

Phone: Tim Powers

Vice-Chairman of Summa Strategies and Conservative Commentator


 

12:35-12:45

 

MORE WITH TIM POWERS

 


 

12:45-1:00

 

Join the conversation: WHAT DO YOU THINK THE MOTIVATION BEHIND THE CHANGE IN POLICY IS? DOES IT CHANGE YOUR VIEW OF THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY?

 

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1:05-1:15

MARC MAYRAND’S TESTIMONY ON FAIR ELECTIONS ACT DISRUPTED BY VOTES

 

Canada’s chief electoral officer, Marc Mayrand, was scheduled to deliver a 90 minute speech in front of the House of Commons committee regarding the government’s sweeping proposals on elections reform. However, his time was cut short when the government House Leader Peter Van Loan announced this morning that MP’s would vote on cutting off debate on an unrelated bill during Mayrand’s allotted time. Many politicians and pundits viewed this move by the Conservatives as an attempt to silence any criticism of the Fair Election Act. Ultimately, Mayrand was able to deliver his speech, but the damage was done and many believed the move from the Conservatives to be “sleazy”. Political commentators can discuss the issue all day long, but does the voting public care about a political slight like the one delivered in the House of Common’s today?

 

Phone: Hamish Telford

Professor of Political Science at the University of Fraser Valley


 

1:15-1:30

MORE ON MARC MAYRAND AT THE HOUSE OF COMMONS


 

1:30-1:40

 

Join the conversation: ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT THE FAIR ELECTION ACT? WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT THE GOVERNMENTS ATTEMPT TO REDUCE MAYRAND’S SPEAKING TIME AT THE HOUSE OF COMMONS?

 

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1:40-2:00

DO YOU HAVE A CLUE HOW MUCH WATER YOU REALLY USE?

 

When it comes to your water consumption, do you know how much you use? According to a new study from Indiana University, Americans are quite ignorant about how much water they are using on a daily basis. Shahzeen Attari, an assistant professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, recently asked more than a thousand people to estimate how many gallons of water they use. What were their answers? How much were they off by?

 

Phone: Shahzeen Attari

Assistant Professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington

Join the conversation: HOW MUCH WATER DO YOU ESTIMATE YOU USE ON A DAILY BASIS? HOW DO YOU WORK TO CONSERVE WATER?

 

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2:05-2:15

WHAT SHOULD CASH STRAPPED PUBLIC SCHOOLS SAY WHEN CORPORATIONS COME CALLING WITH SPONSORSHIP DOLLARS?

 

As most of us are well aware, our schools are often dealing with funding shortfalls that ultimately impact the students with the school systems. So what should a cash strapped public school do when a large and wealthy corporation comes calling with sponsorship dollars to offer? Chevron is offering a new program entitled Fuel Your School which works to bring much needed money to school districts. During a Fuel Your School drive, Chevron puts posters up at gas stations in the district informing customers $1 from every purchase of 30 litres of gas or more will go towards the school projects until they reach their $200,000 fundraising goal. Some school districts were hesitant to accept their offer, but the Surrey school district did. What is their reasoning?

 

Phone: Doug Strachan

Manager of Communication Services for the Surrey School district


 

2:15-2:30

ACCEPTING CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP IS A SLIPPERY SLOPE

The Vancouver School Board was offered to be a part of the Chevron Fuel Your School program, but they declined. What were their reasons for the decline?

 

Phone: Patti Bacchus

Chair of the Vancouver School Board


 

2:30-2:40

 

Join the conversation: IS IT APPROPRIATE FOR SCHOOLS TO ACCEPT FUNDING FROM CORPORATIONS?

 

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2:40-2:50

SURREY GIVES THE HEAVE-HO TO UGLY SIGNS

 

The city of Surrey wants to beautify itself and has made changes to its sign bylaws. Why did they want to change the appearance of signs within the city?

 

Phone: Bruce Hayne

Surrey city councilor


 

2:50-3:00

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