Showing posts from December, 2009

Richard Balasko leaves Elections Manitoba - tune in to TGCTS Monday for analysis / Nov.- Dec. guest list

Thanks to all of our listeners and the followers of this blog, for making 2009 so rewarding for everyone at The Great Canadian Talk Show.

We kicked off 2009 by breaking the real story behind the actions of News Years Eve partiers rescuing a mother and her infant from a drunken carjacker on Horace Avenue, and that momentum carried on through :

- the amazing "meth caller" after a druggie suicide in a cop chase,
- our coverage of the lies by Health Minister Theresa Oswald and WRHA officials about the preventable Emergency Room death of Brian Sinclair,
- our exclusive interview with MP turned MLA Bill Blaikie,
- "breaking news story of the year" about the cover-up of the hospital negligence that contributed to the 2004 death of Gail Glesby at Health Sciences Centre,
- the whistleblower-driven expose of the 1999 NDP Election Finance scam,
- The Parking Authority and Transit's Diamond Lane policies running roughshod over Winnipeg drivers, businesses and neighbourhoo…

VJ's John and Frank the Italian Barber to meet live at 4 PM - plus story of the year/replay sched and more!

This week we are limiting our live broadcasts to Monday and Tuesday in order to enjoy some much-needed time off. But we will be ending the year with some very entertaining and informative shows, as well as excellent Best-of replays to fill out your New Years' listening.

Today, along with the usual post-Sunday quarterbacking of the NFL scores - hello, Jets fans! - by Brad Harrison on the phone and Frank the Italian Barber in the studio, we will be joined by the man behind the busiest burger counter in the city, John K from VJ's.

He's taking an afternoon from the annual winter shutdown/vacation of his Main St and Broadway shoppe to participate in TGCTS and bring greetings to the many carnivores who are already suffering withdrawals from the fries and grilled meats that VJ's is famous for. Maybe Frank can give him a little trim...

Also on Monday we will be declaring Story of the Year of Year 3 (ending Nov. 20 2009), and once again recognition will be in 2 categories: news a…

Memo to Margo Goodhand: Gordo has exposed the great divide between you and your readers

Dear Margo:

First of all, thanks for correcting the misinformation in last Tuesday's Editor's Bulletin, even if it took my unacknowledged email to get you to admit, 2 days late, that it was wrong of you to assert to your subscribers that the Manitoba Conservatives had proposed a plastic bag ban.

If only the woes of your newspaper were limited to such trivial details.

For it is also wrong for you to publish a column entitled "A question of transparency and trust for charity" on Saturday, and expect to get away with it.

This is not my message; it is the message clearly stated in the online comments from your own readers about Gordon Sinclair's innuendo-laden lecture, based on the departure of John Mohan from the helm of Siloam Mission.

December 12, 2009 at 10:52 AM

Journalism sure has changed over the years.

Reporters knew then what was on or off limits, and based on this article, you forgot that. The paper falls down another peg. What a classless thing to do.

You could le…