The Simi Sara Show
Wednesday April 22nd, 2015
TOP FIVE STORIES WITH GORD MACDONALD
Surrey crime forum – Last night more than 700 people showed up at a community forum held at Tamanawis Secondary School in Surrey to try to tackle the issue of gun violence after about two dozen shootings recently, one of which left 22-year-old Arun Bains dead. Speakers included Superintendent Bill Fordy, a youth outreach worker named Jesse Sahota, Mayor Linda Hepner, and other law enforcement members.
Apple Watch Security – Lots of people are wearing technology these days – like the smart watches made by Google and Apple.But what does that mean for the workplace?
Dr. Oz defends himself – Celebrity surgeon Mehmet Oz is scheduled to defend himself on “The Doctor Oz Show” against charges of quackery. A group of doctors have asked Columbia University to drop Dr. Oz from its faculty, because of his endorsement of unproven products. His television show released an excerpt of Dr. Oz’s response.
Canucks lose the Flames in game 4 – The Calgary Flames are on the verge of advancing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 11 years. With a 3-1 win Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks at Scotiabank Saddledome, the Flames have a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 Western Conference First Round series and a chance to win it in Game 5 at Rogers Arena on Thursday. Simi was online this morning checking on if tickets are still available for Thursday’s game, and there are still seats available.
Surrey crime forum – Emotions ran high at an anti-gang and guns forum in Surrey last night that drew more than seven hundred people in the wake gun violence and one death in that city in recent weeks. One father who lost his son to violence two years ago made a desperate plea to parents. Gurpreet Saran gained the attention of hundreds when he took to the mic and called for an end to the culture of silence he says is prevalent among the South Asian community who fear drawing negative attention to their families. The body of his son, Amritpal Saran, was found dumped on Colebrook Road in February 2013.
“We have to come out of the shell we are, we are not leaving those old traditions we have from India, we don’t want to be rats, we don’t want to be this, today I was sitting at Harry Bains house, and thinking that this family is also going through the same thing now.”
In studio: Gord MacDonald
MORE OF THE BIG FIVE NEWS STORIES WITH GORD MACDONALD
10:38 – 10:46
FORMER ‘GANGSTER WANNABE’ TELLS PARENTS TO REACH OUT AND ASK FOR HELP
A former “gangster wannabe” now working with at-risk kids told a packed public forum in Surrey Tuesday that parents should never be too ashamed to ask for help. Jesse Sahota said when he was just 12 or 13, he sought acceptance by acting like a “tough guy” and hanging around with the wrong people. But it was through the Surrey School District’s Wrap intervention program that Sahota turned his life around, he told more than 700 people at an anti-gang forum at Tamanawis Secondary – the school from which Sahota graduated in 2010.
AUDIO IN THE CARTWALL: Jesse Sahota – Full Speech – runs – 5.56.9
Join the conversation: IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO DISSUADE YOUTH FROM JOINING THE GANG LIFE? DO YOU THINK SURREY IS DOING ENOUGH?
Want to add in your two cents? Call the Simi Sara listener line at 604-331-2771
THE NEW FACE OF THE MARIJUANA MOVEMENT
The Marijuana movement has moved past the aged hippy and has become big business. Tweed is Canada’s first medical marijuana company trading on the TSX, and has a market cap of $111 million dollars. Where is the industry headed and are people like Marc Emery obsolete?
Mark’s primary focus at Tweed is ensuring that patients and healthcare practitioners choose Tweed as their trusted supplier of marijuana for medical purposes. He is responsible for overseeing Tweed’s medical and patient outreach strategy, keeping Tweed interesting, and advancing Tweed’s market strategy. In quiet moments, he does some legal and regulatory work as well, serving as Tweed’s Senior and Responsible Person in Charge under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations.
In lives past, Mark has served as a Senior Advisor to the Honourable Dwight Duncan, the Ontario Minister of Finance, advising the Minister on a diverse set of issues ranging from gaming policy to financial and securities market regulation. He has also worked internationally at the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as Acting Senior Policy Manager.
A graduate from the University of Waterloo in Mathematics, the University of Ottawa in Law, and the University of Cambridge in International Law, Mark has previously kept himself busy providing legal, political and strategic advice to high-profile local and international corporate clients, most recently as Counsel at the Ottawa-Washington international trade law firm of Cassidy Levy Kent.
Phone: Mark Zekulin
Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Tweed Marijuana Inc
AUDIO IN THE CARTWALL: Marc Emery – Youth Smoking And High Driving – runs – 2.04.9
HOW DO YOU CONVINCE A KID WHO’S NOT AFRAID OF GOING TO JAIL TO STAY AWAY FROM GANG LIFE?
How do you convince a kid who’s not afraid of going to jail to stay away from gang life? That’s what police face as they try to put a stop to deadly violence in Surrey.. and everywhere else. “We could always be doing better. We need to have the conversations that are important.” Sgt. Lindsey Houghton with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit says children attracted to the world of organized crime find out too late they’re also risking the lives of their loved ones. “They think it’s no big deal to sell a little bit of dope or they think it’s okay to aspire to be gang members and we all know that that’s not okay.” Houghton adds that’s why it’s important to bring reformed gangsters to schools to warn teens about the consequences of making bad choices. He’s making a presentation at a school in Pitt Meadows today.
AUDIO IN THE CARTWALL: SGT LINDSEY HOUGHTON – RUNS – 2.39.8
Houghton is now with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit
speaking with MARCELLA BERNARDO
BC NURSES UNION ANNOUNCES A NEW KIND OF ARBITRATION
Nurses at Nanaimo’s hospital are again sounding the alarm about staffing levels.
BC Nurses Union President Gayle Duteil says since a new care model was introduced two years ago, the nurse-to-patient ratio at the hospital has gone up one to eight. She says ideally, a nurse should only be responsible for about four patients, or care can suffer. She says nurses have now taken their case to an arbitrator. “This is a unique case in Canada, because it challenges the health authorities right to assign excessive numbers of patients to nurses.” She says over two dozens nurses have been replaced by care aids at the hospital.
In studio: Gayle Dutiel
President of the BC Nurses Union
AUDIO IN THE CARTWALL:
CLIP OF JESSE SAHOTA – runs – 0.18.1
LL – Mother Of Murdered Gangster – runs – 1.37.8
mother a murdered gangster called into our listener line
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The former mayor of Prince George is keeping a close eye on the turf war playing out in Surrey.
Shari Green’s city was once labelled “the most dangerous place in Canada” by Maclean’s magazine. Green says she became close friends with former Surrey mayor Dianne Watts, as both cities tackled crime problems. Green says obviously, there’s been a shift in Surrey – but doesn’t think it’s because of any lack of effort from the city or police. She says this is just the cyclical problem with drugs and gangs.
AUDIO IN THE CARTWALL:
SHARI GREEN FORMER PRINCE GEORGE MAYOR SPEAKS WITH CHARMAINE – RUNS – 5.17.3
LL – Mother Of Daughter Involved In Ganglife -runs – 1.26.0
daughter involved in gang life
how her daughter got to that point and how she got out of the gang life
WRAP UP THE HOUR
PUTTING BC TO WORK :
Real Estate Webmasters develops custom real estate websites and are projected to bring in $20M in sales by June 2015. They also employ over 170 tech staff and their CEO is quite young. What is the benefit of having younger staff? Why is their website so revolutionary?
Pre-record: Morgan Carey
CEO and Founder of Real Estate Webmasters
AUDIO IN THE CARTWALL: PBCTW SIMI AND MORGAN – runs – 9.07.3
PRISON MADE PIPER KERMAN A VOICE FOR REFORM
Piper Kerman spent a year in a U.S. federal prison for her role in an international drug smuggling ring. Upon her release, Kerman wrote the bestselling book Orange is the New Black. The book has since been adapted into a television series on Netflix, which premieres its third season on June 12. As a board member of the Women’s Prison Association, Kerman has also become an advocate for reform. Kerman will be speaking at the Unique Lives lecture series on Tuesday May 5th at the Orpheum Theatre.
Phone: Piper Kerman
Author of Orange is the New Black
Will be speaking at the Unique Lives lecture series on Tuesday May 5th at the Orpheum Theatre
AUDIO IN THE CARTWALL: Piper Kerman – TED Talk – runs – 1.05.5
MORE WITH PIPER KERMAN
AUDIO IN THE CARTWALL: Orange Is The New Black Piper Promo – runs – 0.46.5
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