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The 10:10 AM Daily Brief with Dave Trafford
23 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
These five day work weeks are great!
Wrapping up my second Monday-Friday workweek in about four years. Up until the January 1, 2022, I'd been working 7 days a week! Today, on the 10:10AM Daily Brief: Doug Ford's pandering his way through the pandemic. Struggling to put food on the table isn't an inflation story. It's about the growing number of Canadians living on the verge of poverty. Trump and Hannity define irony! And...the things we can learn from Sunflowers!
18 minutes | Jan 20, 2022
What comes first? The end of COVID or Earth's 6th Mass Extinction Event?
Today on the 10:10AM Daily Brief, if you're looking for that glass half full of sunshine and unicorn, holding your breath for this final push through the pandemic, you might wanna sit down. A new study says Earth is in the middle of its next MASS EXTINCTION EVENT and there's no stopping it. Similarly, there appears to be no end to the B.S. spewing from the clowns running the circus at Queen's Park in Ontario. But with all that doom and gloom, I laughed out loud hearing about a robbery at one of my favourite music stores!
14 minutes | Jan 19, 2022
Welcome to the Daily Brief
I can’t believe we spent some much angst and oxygen over declaring SNOW DAYS this week instead of pivoting to online learning for all. And while the media was enthralled by pics and viz of Doug Ford helping dig cars out of the snow, I want to know who shot the video? Who took the pictures? Newsrooms aren’t asking. It’s a small thing, but that’s LAZY. The lack of context is unacceptable. I can get video vomit from any social media feed. We should expect more and better from newsrooms.
11 minutes | Dec 6, 2019
30-30 Challenge: Erin Davis "Mourning Has Broken"
She hosted a number one morning radio show in the fourth largest market in North America. Erin Davis was a long-time listener favourite at CHFI-FM in Toronto and on one morning as she was preparing to do a remote broadcast with her co-host Mike Cooper – her whole life changed. Just before the mics went live, Erin found out that her daughter Lauren had died. Erin chronicled the experience in her book MOURNING HAS BROKEN. This podcast is part of the 30-in-30 challenge. i.e., 30 shows in 30 days. Welcome to iContact!
12 minutes | Dec 5, 2019
30-30 Challenge: First Responders Suffer in Silence and Plain Sight
First responders often suffer in silence and in plain sight but still can't get the #mentalhealth support and treatment they need. I had a chance to talk to Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres CEO Shane Saltzman during my Weekend Morning Show on Newstalk 1010 about the Local Hero Support program.
13 minutes | Dec 5, 2019
30-30 Challenge: HELENE CAMPBELL - “Canada’s Double-Double”
She managed to set the world on its ear when Justin Bieber retweeted her social media shoutout about her desperate need for a double lung transplant. She underwent a successful operation in April of 2012. But, as is often the case, Helene’s body began to reject the transplanted lungs – so – 5 and a1/2 years later, she underwent a second transplant. I had a chance to check in with her in the spring of 2019 to see how she was making out.
9 minutes | Dec 4, 2019
30-30 Challenge: Are We Ready for the Subscription Economy?
We're moving from an ownership economy to a subscription economy. Are we ready for it? Tony Chapman, at Tony Chapman Reactions says it's going to hit almost every sector including groceries and automobiles. This podcast is part of the 30-in-30 challenge. i.e., 30 shows in 30 days. Welcome to iContact!
11 minutes | Dec 4, 2019
30-30 Challenge: Meet Mike Filey
Mike Filey is a local historian here in Toronto. By that I mean, he’s an historian who focuses on the history of this city and the Greater Toronto Area. Mike has published his latest book called TORONTO – SPIRIT OF PLACE. He joined me to talk about it. This podcast is part of the 30-in-30 challenge. i.e., 30 shows in 30 days. Welcome to iContact!
16 minutes | Dec 3, 2019
30-30 Challenge: Silken Laumann and her UNSINKABLE project
Increasingly, the matter of mental health has become less taboo and a topic of concerned conversation. Silken Laumann is a former Canadian Olympian who has been very public about her own mental health challenges and is now engaged in the UNSINKABLE project – a website that shares and explores the stories of Canadians who struggle with mental health and wellness every day. I had the opportunity to sit down with Silken Laumann and Maria Estrada to talk about the project and their own stories.
17 minutes | Dec 3, 2019
30-30 Challenge: Riding with the KING - Remembering B.B. King
He learned his music at the knee of a Kilmichael Mississippi pastor.He made a living as a tractor driver and guitar player.He was dubbed Beale Street Blues Boy playing clubs and bars in his early 20’sHe went on to change the sound of blues and rock and roll.He was a 1987 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fam Born Riley B. King Sept 16, 1925 He died known as the great BB King May 14, 2015. I had the great pleasure to talk to BB in the spring of 2007. This podcast is part of the 30-in-30 challenge. i.e., 30 shows in 30 days. Welcome to iContact!
11 minutes | Dec 2, 2019
30-30 Challenge: Public Transit and Public Health
What if I told you that every household in the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area - YOUR household - could save $8000 a year! Improve your health and well-being by improving the efficiencies of public transit services in the region? WOULD THAT GET YOUR ATTENTION? They’ve spent some time at the Ontario Technical University in Oshawa the need to improve our transportation services This podcast is part of the 30-in-30 challenge. i.e., 30 shows in 30 days. Welcome to iContact!
10 minutes | Dec 2, 2019
30-30 Challenge: Our Disney+ Experience
Disney is the latest media company to dive into the streaming service and it has not come without problems. At the time of this recording, it’s being reported that thousands of Disney accounts have been hacked less than a week after the service launched. They’ve had their issues, but we had a Disney+ experience we didn’t anticipate when our grand-daughter Piper watched a Disney classic for the first time.
30 minutes | Nov 28, 2019
30-30 Challenge: Mark Rodgers on the Practice of Leadership
He has dedicated a good deal of his professional life to organizations that are dedicated to making life better for the marginalized among us. He’s a leadership practitioner rather than a leadership preacher. I have had the distinct privilege to work with and for Mark Rodgers in his role as President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada. He joins us in this episode of iContact.
11 minutes | Nov 27, 2019
30-30 Challenge: November is National Diabetes Month
November may be NATIONAL PODCAST MONTH…But it’s also National Diabetes Month. It’s more than likely that you personally know someone who lives with diabetes versus knowing someone personally who is a podcast producer! This week, I had the chance to meet Rachel Moon-Kelly. She's "Mom" to an active 14 year old boy who lives with Type 1 diabetes and some of the challenges they face trying to find affordable means of monitoring his condition. This podcast is part of the 30-in-30 challenge. i.e., 30 shows in 30 days. Welcome to iContact!
11 minutes | Nov 27, 2019
30-30 Podcast Challenge: Meet Sonshine and Broccoli
Meet JUNO nominees - SONSHINE AND BROCCOLI. Great new music for the kids. They joined me in studio to talk about their new album – HUG LIFE. This podcast is part of the 30-in-30 challenge. i.e., 30 shows in 30 days. Welcome to iContact!
40 minutes | Nov 19, 2019
30-30 Challenge: Canada's Healthcare Crisis
Canada’s universal healthcare system is more than half a century old and faces increasing pressures. It already consumes about 40% of government budgets across the country and the demands are only going to increase in the coming years with an ageing population. Dr. Danielle Martin is the Exec VP at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. Dr. Martin tells iContact there's enough money in the system. But it needs to be better and more efficiently directed. She says the most effective and easiest thing to do would be to make better use of basic technology. Something as simple as a 1-800 line in British Columbia allows GPs to speak directly to a specialist while the patient is in the room. And sometimes, that’s all that’s needed. No referral. No waiting. Above all, Dr. Martin says the only way we can cure the system is to stop clinging to the "way we've always done it."
22 minutes | Nov 19, 2019
30-30 Challenge: The Big Blue Marble
Climate change and extreme weather events are top of mind in political corridors and around kitchen tables. So, Anwar Knight's new podcast is a timely discussion about the documented threats posed by climate change. Anwar explores the causes, the effects and the way each of us can mitigate the damage being done to the planet. He joined us to talk about the podcast and what pressed him to produce The Big Blue Marble
16 minutes | Nov 18, 2019
30-30 Challenge: Meet Randy Bachman
This podcast is part of the 30-in-30 challenge. i.e., 30 shows in 30 days. Welcome to iContact! He was the B in BTO and the lead guitarist in the GUESS WHO’s hey day. He is Randy Bachman. For all of his fame as a classic rock player, Bachman is also an accomplished jazz player. I had the chance to sit down with Randy Bachman to talk about his career and the music that continues to fascinate him.
11 minutes | Nov 15, 2019
30-30 Challenge: Meet "Suite" Judy Blue Eyes
This podcast is part of the 30-in-30 challenge. i.e., 30 shows in 30 days. Welcome to iContact! “Every great song has to be respected. It should be able to go anywhere and dance with anyone.” – Judy Collins. She is one of the unmistakable voices that created the Soundtrack of a generation. Judy Collins began her music career as a teenager and after nearly 60 years continues to tour the world singing her own songs but also interpreting the work of other great songwriters…. At the time of this recording, Judy Collins is 80 years old…and I had the distinct privilege of sitting down with her in studio to talk about her craft. This interview was recorded in December of 2008 at Newstalk 1010 in Toronto. FOOTNOTE: I want to tell you - her eyes are incredibly blue!
15 minutes | Nov 15, 2019
30-30 Challenge: Toronto's Tourism ROARS thanks to the Raptors
This podcast is part of a 30-in-30 challenge, i.e., 30 shows in 30 days. Welcome to iContact! It’s May 25, 2019 – the Toronto Raptors are on the march! They’re on their way to winning their first NBA championship. As great as that was for local basketball fans, the big winners were bars, restaurants, hotels and airlines who were raking in big bucks from sports tourists. I spoke to Matt Mcnama at Tourism Toronto SPOILER ALERT!! The Raptors won game six of their eastern conference battle against Milwaukee and the town went nuts. They were going to the finals and while it was great for the franchise and the fans, it was just one more opportunity for Toronto to strut its stuff in front of an international audience. Tony Chapman at Tony Chapman Reactions says the Raptors’ success is still paying dividends in earned media for Toronto
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