Skip to main content
The Great Canadian Talk Show

The Great Canadian Talk Show

By The Great Canadian Talk Show
Carrying on the tradition of investigative and citizen journalism in Winnipeg, The Great Canadian Talk Show has returned to cover the 2022 Winnipeg Civic Election. We want people to get engaged with City Hall politics!
Our coverage of the 2010 Winnipeg election on 92.9KICK-FM was lauded for providing candidates a platform to take questions and for our crew breaking important stories that raised issues onto the public agenda.
City finances and economic development, crime, public safety, and bus service are just the starting point for our questions in 2022.
Our motto: You Have The Power
Currently playing episode

07 03 2022 - Bad Week For The Forks Becomes A Civic Election Issue

The Great Canadian Talk Show

1x
Sept. 18 2022 - School Trustees Coming And Going / An Emergency Call In A Park
Episode 17 begins with Spirited Kenny lamenting the Bombers bombing out in Hamilton and then the armchair versions turn to discussing the evolution of quarterbacks as athletes since the 50's and 60's.  5:30 - Two notes about local school trustees and the school board election. One, Kevin Freedman is a candidate in Ward 5, seeking to regain his seat. The other is a sitting trustee in St. James-Assiniboia, Craig Johnson, who is retiring. Marty tells about his connection to each of them.   12:00  - A brief review of the Mayoral registration verification to Sunday evening.  15:25  - Part 2 - Opens with a reminder of Marty's coverage of the Laith Marouf federal funding scandal over at TheJ.ca.   20:00 -  A Chris D. crime story about multiple crashes near the Mint with a stolen car, where a taxi was used for a getaway. Except then the thieves came back and the cops were there. Can you imagine what that cab ride was like.  23:30 - Police Chief Danny Smyth quantified how overwhelmed the police service is, in a report tabled on Friday. A Free Press story mentioned that Smyth told the Police Board that communciations centre turnover is "the canary in the coal mine".     26:40 - Global News provided a light overview about 'what candidates have pledged towards infrastructure so far." We add some extra, heavier details including campaign planks that either admit to raising taxes if elected, or don't explain how it won't.  Transit also comes up a lot in the discussion of the Mayoral announcements last week, as does the paramedics, the dissatisfaction with the overall emergency response capacity, and the concerns of the firefighters union. We've covered the paramedic's issues with the city since KICK-FM days and still, they don't seem to be heard... 40:30 - Marty tells the story of watching emergency response in action. A firetruck was attending to a prone person, in a park in a residential neighborhood. And it seemed at the end, about a half hour from the start, well... there's gotta be a better way to deal with the kind of case that unfolded in St. Bonface.  We talk about whether any candidates have workable solutions for a case like this one - Because that was a lot of public dollars being spent, as four city responders stood there 'knowing what was going to happen', in Kenny's estimation.  56:30 - The decline of a good neighborhood, in real time this summer, gets put under the microscope in a closing rant: "The Bus Shelters Are Filthy" Area voters can't help but notice how this is putting the neighborhood seniors, medical patients, and area workers at risk. Like Marty, they're wondering whose responsibility it is to get the ball rolling on cleaning up overflowing trash cans and occupied bus shelters. This isn't a grimy industrial area, it's all around the St. Boniface Hospital.  And, as mentioned at the end of the episode, Bonus Audio: Marty on THE START Mornings @680CJOB: Discussing his column about his family's surprising collection about Queen Elizabeth II (Go to Sept. 19, select 8-9 AM, and advance to 37.00 to hear the interview with Mackling, MeGarry and McNabb! Lots of fun was had.) https://globalnews.ca/pages/audio-vault-cjob/
01:09:08
September 19, 2022
Sept. 12 2022 - Return Of The Russ / Police Chief Smyth On The Hot Seat
We open Episode 16 by talking about Marty's coverage in TheJ.ca of antisemitism in the federal government, and his upcoming story about the relationship of Queen Elizabeth II with Canada and with Manitobans. Then he offers some personal comments about his experience in Los Angeles on Sept. 11, 2001 and how the aftermath led him back to Winnipeg, noting it eventually led to meeting Spirited Kenny.  After discussing some changes to our planned coverage of the civic election, we get into the latest entrants onto the ballot - such as Sargent Ave. icon Sal Infante taking a run at Coun. Cindy Gilroy in Daniel McIntyre, turning that into a serious race.  In particular we talk about one of our favorite guests on Kick-FM and Shaw TV, former Councilor Russ Wyatt! He is once again looking to represent Transcona at City Hall and was always a big supporter of our work. Marty tosses in a few quotes from and about Russ, from the past. Part 2 31.40 - Mayoral candidates have ideas:  - Did Shaun Loney calculate 2000 trust fund housing units at $50,000 a door? He also has the idea of the city hiring people who face 'employment barriers' and what it means;  - Scott Gillingham promises to invest in roads and blasted Glen Murray for his infrastructure record, but his proposal to hire  "Chief Construction Officer' generated some banter;  - Coun. Jeff Browaty had some sobering news.Whoever becomes Mayor will be facing a $50M shortfall in the rainy day fund, (not to mention transit shortfalls) meaning scope creep and wants vs needs will factor in to opcoming council budgets.  - Rick Shone, one way or the other, was first out of the gate to echo our call months, nay years, ago - Police Chief Danny Smyth gotta go. Meanwhile police board chair Coun. Markus Chambers says the have confidence in Smyth.  - In light of that, we discuss an open letter organizing North End businesses to fight crime before it becomes a 'rough neighborhood' and they lose even MORE customers, employees, windows, and insurance coverage. "We're back to boarding up our windows" and they don't want "to go downhill."  Perhaps Chambers can square that circle, since unlike the Police Board the taxpaying North End businesses DO NOT have confidence in the Chief, or they wouldn't be in this position - the meeting doesn't even invite the cops. We discuss how the policing system under Smyth has failed businesses in Winnipeg.  - Lastly we try to figure out what really happened befoe the first lawsuit was filed in relation to the election, and try to provide some context to what went sideways at Bronx Park. When a well-intentioned community group hosts a Meet the Candidates event, a moderator can find the meeting is commandeered by candidates eyeing publicity before they know what hit them.  We wrap up by discussing the media coverage of the election this summer - shame on radio, but bigger shame on the CRTC - and how we are going to persevere to add to the analysis and coverage that's out there.  To donate or sponsor today - Email Martygoldlive@gmail.com Donate via PayPal www.paypal.me/MartyGoldMedia
01:00:52
September 14, 2022
Sept. 5 2022 - What's Missing from Mayoral Talk on Crime and Police? Plus Some Candidate News
Episode 15 is a rambling session with Marty and Spirited Kenny that kicks off with Bomber talk! And not just the close game, but the Labour Day Classic telecast. Marty compares it to the great sportscasters he knew and emulated as a teenager and says fans deserve better from the TSN broadcast booth.  7:30 - The details the media miss: The Promenade Cafe closing... where?   We noted issues coming up in this campaign that we pioneered reporting on locally in the past... for instance: 12:50 - Our old favorite, "Where was the public consultation?" The developer in River Park South missed that step. We wonder how it even got onto a Community Committee agenda. Like, how? 18:49 -  A few fun facts about St. James contender Kelly Ryback, including a remarkable AWA wrestling connection which also connected to Marty. On a serious note, Ryback also took the time to give a very smart and straightforward answer to Marty's questions about another beat we covered, used needles on our streets. He clearly pays attention. The WRHA might not be too happy with at his answer, but we were. Kenny has some good points from his time at the Downtown Watch. Part 2 28:50 - A personal message from Marty: Please read his analysis of the Laith Marouf funding scandal in the Heritage Dept., Trudeau Gov’t Hired Jew-Hater To Train Media In “Anti-Racism”. He goes over the ugly details and says that acceptance of antisemitism within governments and institutions is an alarm bell everyone must heed. 39:19 - There was a rash of new stories about a rash of bike thefts. Even Rick Shone got ripped off. One victim said nothing is safe anymore in Old St.Vital if it isn't nailed down, and a bike retailer said the only way to keep a bike safe is to lock it up- INDOORS. We discuss how crime has been normalized in this city and why voters won't tolerate it. As the current rate, 1 out of every 7 Mayoral candidates is a victim of crime during the campaign. 45:45 - A CBC article spoke with Marty's old boss Kelly Dehn (now in Winnipeg Police Service comms), who gave some insight into police press release practices. The story turned to what candidates for Mayor have said about crime and policing, but didn't state the real reason it's on their radar - the level of random senseless violence, which has spread all over the city far beyond the north end and inner city. We run thru the various statements and ideas the candidates in the story have raised. 52:30 -  Scott Gillingham wants police to revisit compiling crime data. The problem is, he won't finger police Chief Danny Smyth for not only discontinuing it but for botching the analysis of the data when it was collected. We assess the proposals of Shaun Loney, Glen Murray and a few others. Have any thus far shown leadership? We say not yet...  1:05.00 - Marty asks why no candidate has said 'I stand with victims of crime'? Bus assaults, downtown safety, bike theft - the ripple effects spread through this city. A leader has to speak to their fear and their rights BEFORE they become victims. So many teenagers charged with violent crime, who will muster the courage to ask where the adults responsible for them were? And no candidate or councilor has called out Mayor Brian Bowman, who has time to make pie-in-the-face bets about the Bomber game, but can't bring himself to speak out against the violent senseless murders this summer.  SUPPORT OUR COVERAGE - Donate via Paypal --https://www.paypal.me/MartyGoldMedia Email: Martygoldlive@gmail.com
01:28:01
September 06, 2022
Aug. 28 2022 - Rick Shone On Cops And Safety; Klein and RFO Campaign Updates
The Magic Word Is 'Starter' as Marty finally got to the bottom of the car problems! But even without getting to live events with candidates this week, we had lots to talk about in Episode 14. And as we predicted - crime, policing and public safety continue to get big attention from the Mayoral hopefuls. 2:45 - We get a couple of small corrections on the record from Episode 13 (Attn: S. Dobson and E. Duncan) 4:08 - An email from Rick Shone, running for Mayor and making a good impression along the way, is Part 1. He was responding to Spirited Kenny's remarks about police shifts in supermarkets and Shone clarifies who's paying. Kenny makes an important point about WPS officer burnout and whether taking extra special duty shifts might be adding risk instead of rest. Shone also describes his views as a small retailer of the shoplifting problem in Winnipeg which he says was made worse by lax big box stores, slams the Manitoba Liquor store "solution", and explains how he handles it at Wilderness Supply. We talk about his email and note how candidates like him and Don Woodstock have first-hand experience at street level with crime- and their ideas are worth looking at.   18:45 - Part 2 starts with a fast review of Kevin Klein's announcement this week. He would try to coordinate all the groups working on homelessness issues and try to ensure we get the best results from the grants City Council gives to them. Kenny and Marty assess that idea given the rivalries between the competing groups, and also Klein's proposal to have BIZ organizations (and the City) give entry-level jobs to recovering homeless folks.    25:38 - Robert-Falcon Ouellette took to the progressive line of "re-defining policing". His goal is to find ways to improve crime response and prevention. RFO also wants Winnipeg police training to be revised, based on ideas from the failed former police chief of the 1990s David Cassels, who walked away from the job after barely 2 years. Hear what we think of their idea for the federal government to create national training standards. We discuss how the feds are responsible for the rise in brazen criminal violence by eliminating deterrence and trial delays, and we tie it back to Shone's comments about the LCs.   34:20 - An in-progress robbery at a St. James business got no police response on Friday afternoon. The owner of Red Bomb Fireworks corresponded with Hal Anderson, who is running to replace Klein in Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood. We go over the details of how an exasperated Matt Bialek watched on security cameras - while on the line with 911 - as the criminal, who had zero fear of being caught, taunted his staff.  ******* As we enter the last half of our independent coverage of the election, we thank all of you for listening, talking with us, sending us opinions questions and tips, and helping us keep alive the spirit of citizen journalism that was pioneered on 92.9 KICK-FM and City Circus on Shaw-TV.  For those who only know of us from radio- Marty conducted a series of Shaw-TV interviews in the 2014 election, talking with prospective successors to Sam Katz for 27 minutes each.  Watch the episode with the eventual runner-up for Mayor that year, Judy Wasylycia-Leis.  https://youtu.be/hymuZfxoKfY KEEP US ON THE ROAD TO OCTOBER 26 - WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT Donate via Paypal -- https://www.paypal.me/MartyGoldMedia Email: Martygoldlive@gmail.com
40:39
August 29, 2022
Aug. 22 2022 - The RFO Interview - And Some New Council Candidates Emerge
One of the most popular interviews Marty conducted during the 2014 Winnipeg Mayoral race was with a political unknown - Robert-Falcon Ouellette. He parlayed an unexpected 3rd place finish to ride the wave of Trudeaumania Pt. 2 to Ottawa the next year. Now he's taking another shot at the Mayor's chair, and Marty spoke with him about his 'surface lot redevelopment tax' plan, and also quizzed RFO about his election campaign. We even got a bit of a scoop about an upcoming policy concept RFO is reviving from the 2014 platform. 6.40  RFO press conference - Hear his proposal to charge owners of surface lots- especially the 172 acres in downtown - a special assessment rate equal to a 4 story commercial building. He spoke about how it would improve public safety and force owners to spark a construction boom. 13.35  A short lead in to a back-and-forth with RFO 14.50  RFO's logic leads to specific questions. Marty asks the candidate if he'd include lots owned by churches like Calvary Temple in this tax assessment and whether it penalizes the church for investing in servicing their congregation. A follow-up question asks the same about Rupert Ave. surface lots that serve the major arts organizations. Hear RFO's theory of how these forced unplanned construction projects can be paid for (and it isn't private investment). 19.25  Marty followed up on the example of Calvary Temple by going to interview a surprised church official, who declined to comment directly, but did point out a major stumbling block to RFO's idea. That's not the only hurdle, as Marty and Kenny discuss. 31.55  Ouellette fields 4 questions from Marty - about his campaign, how he can emerge from the crowded field, "how good ideas should never die", and provides a message for our audience. 38.30  General discussion about the RFO Q and A and his role in the election. Part 2 45.25  A rundown of the newest candidates who will now challenge for a seat on city council. 53.30  The worst problems voters want solved are crappy city services, and random violent crime. We recap the excuse used to *not* pick up garbage at a Charleswood home, discuss the St. James home invasion where calling 911 was useless and left a young couple in fear and frustration, and point out that no surface parking lots had anything to do with the random bear-spray attack on 10 folks outside Club 200 this week. Think they have fear and trauma now? Hear how Glen Murray, of all people, is following our lead from earlier this summer and talking about the fear of crime and violence and the repeated recidivism of the perps, which we said was at the forefront of election issues. Unlike Murray, we discuss who's to blame by name, Mayor Brian Bowman - who Murray endorsed in 2018 - and Police Chief Danny Smyth.  We talk about how the next Mayor has to be honest and while supporting rehab services for some, ensure the public isn't victimized by the willfully criminal. As Marty explains: "There's no message from any of the candidates that Winnipeg will not welcome criminals." Kenny explains how he has seen the downward spiral from 5 years ago downtown. 1.07.20  We wrap up by discussing the revival of Aurora Recovery centre in Gimli. It's been taken back over by Michael Bruneau, and ask whether the next mayor should be exploring if the City can reserve 20 of the 60 new beds he's adding to the facility. TGCTS is the only place to hear extended audio of the candidates! We need your support! To donate or sponsor today - Email Martygoldlive@gmail.com Donate via PayPal www.paypal.me/MartyGoldMedia
01:18:27
August 22, 2022
Aug. 15 2022 - Klein Responds To Coun. Eadie / Glen Murray Takes Flak On 4 Fronts
We received an extensive response to the comments of Mynarski Coun. Ross Eadie about the entry of Kevin Klein to the Mayoral race-  if you want the entire reply of Coun. Klein, we can email it to you.  5.00  The response began with Klein's view of Wise Up Winnipeg driver advocate Chris Sweryda: "Chris is one of many who have tried to bring things to light... City employees, and the public, shouldn’t have to face an uphill battle to bring forward problems and suggestions and improvements, especially if they find errors in data. As Mayor of Winnipeg, taxpayers will not have to fear City Hall." He addresses Eadie's questions about how Klein would fix financing issues with ambulances and police - including by 'increased or decreased taxation', and says that the Planning Department which can drive additional revenue is underfunded. Klein asks "Wouldn't we want to increase funding to this department' - and we explain why taxpayers wouldn't. He acknowledges "There are limits to tax increases as residents may move to surrounding RMs or other provinces to find lower taxation" and asserts "I will try to end the arbitrary tax increases based on guesswork and politics." Klein also refers to reducing arson and city fuel costs.  This led to a discussion of poor planning of new neighborhoods, deficient transit services, downtown decay, and the results of what Marty says was "development for the sake of development." Then comes Part 2. 24.00  The increase in pressure on 'he who used to be Mayor', Glen Murray, came from 4 fronts last week. Whether it be his memory, his accuracy, his work history or his honesty, the other campaigns keep noticing, and even long-time lefties say 'Glen's opportunism' turns them off.   First- Scott Gillingham took Murray to task for questioning his campaign announcement about city 311 staffing and spending.  "Mr. Murray finds this odd b/c he was busy in Toronto, focused on his federal leadership ambitions in October 2020, so he may have missed the fact that cities across Canada - including Winnipeg - were fighting severe budget challenges from a global pandemic at the time... Repeatedly, Mr. Murray has campaigned as if the pandemic didn't happen." 30:50  As for Murray's failed run at the Green Party post, the Elections Commissioner sent a reply to Jenny Motkaluk's fomal complaint that her opponent has broken federal law by not filing his donor and expense returns. The OCCE replied "Electors in the City of Winnipeg may choose to use (news) reports to inform their decision-making or to request additional information or clarification from the candidate.“ She upped the ante by calling on Murray to tell voters if and when he comes under investigation. 34.30  Don Woodstock had already asked Murray to sign a pledge not to be a "habitual quitter" - again - if elected Mayor;  36.10 The Rana Bokhari camp caught Murray stretching the truth about how long he has been back in the city, and reminded voters that when he left Ontario politics, he said he was done with public life. 40.25  Hear what former NDP MLA Sharon Blady said, about Glen Murray "for some bizarre reason being treated like a returning hero." (And no one mentioned Caledon. We did.)  Then we report on why Woodstock may be on to something: an old interview revealed that Glen Murray did have a remaining political ambition in Winnipeg- but not at 510 Main Street.
01:07:15
August 16, 2022
Aug 10 2022 - Woodstock Warns: "Glen Murray Is A Habitual Quitter", Last Exit From Mayor's Office Cost Winnipeg $2M
Another mid-week edition focuses on a Mayoral candidate who speaks from the inner city, Don Woodstock. He held a press conference on Wednesday, challenging Glen Murray to sign a Winnipeg Mayoral Service Agreement promising to serve the full term - unlike his last whirl in the Mayor's chair - if elected Mayor on October 26.  3.10 Don Woodstock told the media: "Glen Murray is a habitual quiitter and Winnipeg should not trust him."  Reviewing the chronological history of Murray repeatedly getting elected and walking out before the end of his term, Woodstock reminds that the 2004 byelection cost Winnipeg taxpayers $2M. He questions why Murray left public life in 2018 for a 'dream job' at the Pembina Institute, but quit soon after. Hear how he thinks Murray might again be lured away from City Hall. "Who leaves their dream job less than a year in? Because, Glen Murray is a habitual quitter... he quit on the people of 3 cities - Winnipeg, Toronto and Calgary."  6.20  Marty explains the history behind Woodstock's talking points about Murray's career moves. He gives some background on the Caledon land development controversy that Murray inexplicably waded into, then asks Woodstock about it. 11.20  Woodstock takes off the gloves, rejecting Murray's different explanations for his apparent intimidation (as a cabinet minister) of Ontario mayor Marolyn Morrison in 2014 to help a housing developer.  "We've had our fair share of that kind of politics. Winnipegers, we should be sick and tired of it by now (and) guard ourselves from anybody who is affiliated with that kind of politics. That kind of politics have no kind of business in our city hall."  12.23  Marty details the criminal activity that victimized Morrison for opposing a developer who Murray was supporting. He believes Winnipeg is wiser and more cynical towards corruption in City Hall nowadays - and asks Woodstock about endorsements from the likes of Gail Asper. 16.40  Woodstock identifies the choice for voters: he asserts that Mayoral hopeful Coun. Scott Gillingham and both Gail Asper and Glen Murray represent "that same old big old boys club... that think they have a right to this city. They think they own us all and they turn their nose up at us." 17.47  Marty explores how Woodstock sees this race by going back to the 80's: His mentor Yoram Hamizarachi saw how 'blue ribbon panels' of elitists did anything to maintain their hold on Winnipeg. Woodstock says it hasn't changed and that's why Asper et al don't take responsibilty after they endorsed Brian Bowman 4 years ago -- yet now claim the city is dangerous and decrepit!  22.47  Woodstock explained he wasn't a "status jumper" - the difference between his previous runs for public office and Murray's. "He went for greener pastures, why? because he's a habitual quitter... which company you know, small or large, would hire somebody with Glen Murray's track record for quitting? Which one. Tell me. The answer is none."  24.15  The final segment recaps Woodstock's theme: a career politician like Glen Murray is the candidate of the elite and an old boys club, who admire his upward mobility. But Marty wonders if the "down on earth where there's needles on the boulevard" people of Winnipeg value loyalty and integrity more.  TGCTS is the only place to hear extended audio! We need your support! To donate or sponsor today - Email Martygoldlive@gmail.com Donate via PayPal www.paypal.me/MartyGoldMedia
30:44
August 12, 2022
Aug. 8 2022 - Glen Murray Should Come Clean About Caledon
Our plan to talk about those 'other' candidates took a turn on Thursday, when CBC reported that a retired Ontario small-town Mayor claims she was intimidated by Glen Murray on behalf of a housing developer in 2013. Murray wasn't a lobbyist, he was a Liberal cabinet minister in the Kathleen Wynne government. Winnipeg newspapers are ignoring this scandal, but we aren't. In Part One: 6.00 Coun. Ross Eadie (Mynarski) sent Marty his comments about the last podcast, including: "Kevin Klein has some very good platform issues mentioned in the clip you played like “the system isn’t working for you”.  But, you definitely need to follow up with Klein on the following facts related to his speech." 22.20 Listen to Don Woodstock, whose campaign for Mayor is taking him down decrepit back lanes filming piles of neglected garbage, filth, used needles and worse. Every newsroom and election candidate should pay attention to what he says about desperate families and kids living on McMicken, an actual "street". More shocking Facebook audio from his trip to 'third-world' Winnipeg soon. 30.15 Kenny asks good questions about the dousing of Police Chief Danny Smyth by a water-pitcher-wielding assailant. In Part Two:  36.55  Shocking details of years of violence and threats suffered by Caledon's then-mayor, Marolyn Morrison, in a decade-long scenerio Spirited Kenny says sounds like a crime movie. Husband thumped out, an attempted frame-up by a CRA agent, a zoning appeal hearing underway, yet newly-minted minister Glen Murray just had to meet with her, and then told their staffers to step outside. It wasn't the first time someone tried to get her alone to talk about Solmar's land, nor the first time someone had a different version of who said what.  The Black Rod reviewed the details and explained how his answers in a two-part investigative series by the Globe and Mail in 2018 are different from his words to local media today, including his lie "The Town Of Caledon" asked for the meeting, not him. Murray admits asking all staff to leave the room; we note he never sued Morrison or eastern media for claiming he threatened her with complaints he could make go away, if only...  Hear how weeks before, Murray was warned he was breaking the rules and could get fired if he was caught with a Solmar rep at the disputed site - which he was in the middle of doing, when he got the warning. Two premiers didn't recall Morrison formally complained to them about the violence and threats (2008) and about Glen Murray (2014). Solmar donated to who?? 1.13.50 - Marty has the 'Jewish grandmother' questions Gail Asper needs to ask "18 years more experience" Glen Murray about his meeting with Morrison. He left in 2006, has he changed since then? While he was away wielding power in Toronto and breaking election laws, Winnipeggers learned to use the internet and sniff out scandals (fire halls, land swaps, police stations). They also remember his reign. Murray underestimates them at his peril; just trotting out elitist supporters won't work.  Backgrounders: https://torontolife.com/city/battleground-caledon/  https://www.canadaland.com/podcast/papa-pump-and-the-small-town-shakedown/ To donate/support our work - TGCTS1@gmail.com
01:44:10
August 08, 2022
Kevin Klein Enters Race For Mayor: "The System Is Not Working For You"
On Wednesday, about 100 people gathered in Assiniboine Park to hear Councilor Kevin Klein declare he was aiming for the top spot at 510 Main Street. "The system is broken. The system is not working for you."   After winning election in 2018 as the representative for the ward of Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood, Klein spoke his mind at City Hall and established that he was no fan of the approach Mayor Brian Bowman took to Councilors or to the taxpayers. Marty Gold was at the campaign launch and in this episode, he describes who announced their endorsement of Klein at the event. He discusses some of the specific comments Klein made about public safety, and on the treatment of residents, public service unions, and community groups (like Wise Up Winnipeg) when they raise concerns to council and bureaucrats. At 5.10 - You'll hear Kevin Klein give his promise of how leadership will be delivered if he is elected - "They all want to hang on to the EPC system... (his administration) will hear the truth of what's going on on the streets of Winnipeg.... Respect, bravery, listening to learn, collaborative teamwork - that's real leadership."  He promised to establish a Council Information Officer and insisted the City needs to add more ambulances and cop cars. At 11.10 - Marty reviews Klein's remarks and sets up another short clip, where Klein mentioned an issue we had discussed in our interview with Mynarski candidate Aaron McDowell - the new North End police station. At 14.45 - Listen to why Klein maintains that that new police station is a serious misstep. He claims the construction plan is based on old standards that exceeds both the reality of how current district police stations operate, AND the ability of taxpayers to pay for. At 15.44 - Marty returns to wrap up the Klein launch coverage and touches on how this might shift support among the field on the political right. He comments on a few other candidates and on reaction to our coverage of the Probe Poll last week that placed Glen Murray in front of the pack, and reflects some views he's heard of Murray's campaign and political history. A short and fast-paced 23 minute episode! ********* ONLY TGCTS will give Mayoral and Council candidates extended airtime to introduce their campaign ideas to the voters.  We enhance democracy by bringing more information to Winnipeg voters, with rteporting the public does not get from CBC and other government-funded newsrooms.  We rely on you! Support our independent reporting today and share this podcast about the Winnipeg election.  ******** - Email Martygoldlive@gmail.com to sponsor, advertise, or donate towards our costs. YOU CAN DONATE VIA PayPal-  www.paypal.me/MartyGoldMedia * More election interviews coming soon! * 
23:21
August 04, 2022
August 1 2022 - Crime Victims Need A Voice In The Winnipeg Election
Two main topics this episode: A blog post that echoed our civic election themes about crime and public safety, and then we explain- what kind of a poll did Glen Murray 'win' anyways?  In the opening banter - rest assured this is Episode #8, not #7 as Marty said (but corrected later in the show.) The highlight (?) of Spirited Kenny's week was seeing his first local Instagram star in the flesh. Then, we quickly swing into a segment that was a pillar of our program on KICK-FM.  We built our reputation on broadcasting alternative points of view in this city, and in particular as articulated by Winnipeg political bloggers. And one of the few remaining in the city just happened to post an excellent commentary on Saturday.  At 6.40 Marty reads out John Dobbin's post, Crime and Safety in Winnipeg in 2022 Part 1 John explains why every Mayoral candidate should pay attention.  "...Being randomly attacked or being a victim of crime are probably first and foremost of concern for citizens... If people think their safety is at issue, they make different choices. It is why crime and safety blur. Perception that The Forks is safe and that crime is rare cannot only be about words but deeds." His post also addresses safety issues inside major malls, and mentions mall parking lots are seeing carjackings. He talks of other incidents around the city. Ultimately, John Dobbin hits the nail on the head: "The randomness makes anyone say: Are we safe anywhere?" Anyone wanting to be the next Mayor, has to produce their plan to turn the city around. Last weekend 3 teenagers at The Forks were bear-sprayed, and a west end bus was terrorized. We ask: who will speak for those 3 victims? And for all the rest of the victims. Crime victims need a voice in the Winnipeg election. At 23.40 there's a message from Marty we ask you all listen to.  Then: everything you wanted to know about the Probe Poll but had no one to ask. The media, with maybe one exception, is not interested in facts and context, but in headlines.  Starting at 24.30 we look behind the headlines and news reporting of "Murray Has Healthy Lead" and at the overlooked details. Probe described their poll as "a sample of convenience".  What does that mean? As you'll hear, compared to random sampling, "convenience sample has an extremely high degree of bias... it is perhaps the weakest of all of the non-probability sampling strategies".  That's the kind of Probe Research poll Glen Murray finished first in, that the media lost their minds over.  We break down the numbers, explore the biases in the response pool, and tell you why MSM poll coverage is misleading.  Did defending Canada Day shift support away from Jenny Motkaluk? Did anyone report that Probe poll respondents were not aware Glen Murray hadn't filed his financial disclosure yet and is in breach of the Canada Elections Act?  No? Hear what we think, as we wrap up with election notes. More candidate interviews coming up - We need your support! To donate or sponsor today - Email Martygoldlive@gmail.com Donate via PayPal www.paypal.me/MartyGoldMedia
01:08:55
August 01, 2022
July 26 2022 - Hear Jenny Motkaluk Reveal: Glen Murray Is Still Breaching The Canada Elections Act
In this episode, you will hear the surprising press conference where Winnipeg Mayoral candidate Jenny Motkaluk broadsided rival Glen Murray over his undisclosed unfinished business with Elections Canada.  Murray did not meet the deadline for filing expense and donor documentation after his failed 2020 try at the federal Green Party helm; Motkaluk discovered the province-hopping career politician is in breach of the Canada Elections Act requirements for transparency by campaigns. She's asked the Elections Commissioner to investigate. Our coverage and analysis is the most complete reporting of this stunning revelation you will find in Winnipeg media.  1.55 Motkaluk tells the media her campaign learned required filings were not on the Elections Canada website and that EC confirmed that Glan Murray had not filed mandatory declarations originally due April 6, 2021  JM: "Full compliance with all election laws is expected of every candidate for office in this country" 4.45 Marty sorts out details about Murray's failure to follow the election rules and sets up the media scrum  6.30 The first 3 media questions played include Marty first asking why voters should care about this issue; two other questions got more details of possible explanations for why the filing is 16 months overdue  JM: "It calls into question his integrity and whether or not he thinks the rules apply to him" 8.30 Marty recaps Motkaluk's answers and adds that it's now known a 2 month extension had been granted, then explains what Bartley Kives of CBC asks in the next audio clip from the scrum  1130 Two more questions from Kives and Motkaluk's reply about her campaign and plan to set out policy initiatives  13.00 Marty learned that yet another Green leadership candidate is in breach alongside Murray. He reviews the explanation Heather Mack gave CBC of why she couldn't file the returns for Murray: "She inferred some mysterious volunteer vapourized the records and there was no back-up? - who knew??" He analyzes how Murray blew past the extension by 13 months before entering the Mayoral race, and by not going to court to seek a further extension Murray kept his offence hidden. Also, why did EC not prosecute these Green leadership also-rans?    2150 A listener heard the previous interview with Bev Pike of the South Osborne Residents Group and lamented the treatment of citizens standing up against City Hall. "It sure doesn't seem like anyone has the balls to try and make a change", he wrote. Listen to how Jenny Motkaluk responded to that comment, and explain why she supports Winnipeg residents who are scared to risk personal attacks if they stand up for their principles - citing the reaction of haters earlier this summer to her defence of celebrating Canada Day: JM: "Being a north end girl, I don't take to bullies and I'm not afraid of people calling me names."  2338 Marty wraps up by noting Motkaluk will meet with Bev Pike on Wednesday to follow-up on the complaints we aired on the podcast; this is proof we make a difference and can get candidates to engage with our audience to earn their votes.  Please -- Support our independent reporting today - Email Martygoldlive@gmail.com  Donate via PayPal www.paypal.me/MartyGoldMedia * More election interviews coming soon! *
28:53
July 27, 2022
July 25 2022 South Osborne Rep: Next Mayor Must "Be Brave" And Fire City Planners
This week the podcast turns to voters raising serious concerns that Winnipeg needs to have fixed. The message from the South Osborne Residents' Group to those vying to win the Mayor's chair is clear:  South Osborne 'is being treated like the North End of the South End', and that has to stop.  Long-suffering homeowners of South Osborne say "Transit Oriented Development" construction has brought nothing but disruptive, ruinous results (and "Transit Oriented Crime')  BRT housing developers break construction rules, and wreck their streets City planners and enforcement officials look the other way and act as if they're on the take, and  Mayor Brian Bowman has ignored their complaints about the BRT mess from Day 1 The show starts off with a brief discussion between Marty and Spirited Kenny about the sparring between former Mayor Glen Murray and Coun. Scott Gillingham in the press and on Twitter last week, over the Executive Policy Committee and overall civic governance - lots of heat but not a lot of light, in our estimation.  Then Marty tells about deciding to follow up on a raft of email blasts sent for years to City Hall and the media from the Lord Roberts neighborhood. He took a Sunday drive through the area, saw evidence backing their complaints, and spoke with a prototypical senior citizen tending to her garden, who confirmed the area is deteriorating.  At 24.00 Marty interviews Bev Pike, coordinator of SORG. What you will hear is a clear warning - this abuse of power and process can happen to other residential areas in our city. "There needs to be a massive rehaul of the planning department" as SORG and other community groups that have dealt with city staff and appeared at city meetings and hearings "perceive corruption. When we share stories we see the developer community controls the planners." "They don’t obey city laws“ is at the root of the problem. Development rules in Our Winnipeg/complete communities (like 'not building towers at the end of an old street in a mature neighborhood') have been tossed aside. The heavy truck traffic for the massive condo builds has resulted in “the blocks closest to the pretend transitway have suffered foundation damage that’s very serious, so people are moving away.“ (And the Parking Authority is adding to thire grief.)  "This was a developer scam to build here", made worse by the Inspection division scandal - so now dangerous substandard buildings have slipped through in the name of density. Hear Bev describe the response from Mayor Brian Bowman - "NOTHING". And wait till you hear how many emails he was sent!  Her message is his successor must step up and "be brave" and "Get rid of all the planners at City Hall- they all seem to be corrupted by the developers." and claims Ottawa has learned "BRT is obsolete." Bev points to the 4000 condos already sitting on the market due to overdevelopment in the city as reason to put on the brakes. "The developers have been very rigourous in all kinds of pursuasive tactics to enable them to build this much extra." At 37.00 we review how this is one neighborhood, already challenged by increasing property crime, car thefts and break-ins, their crisis compounded by the BRT fiasco. How will a new Mayor turn that around?  To close the show we also talk about how dangerous taking a bus is; and plug the new morning hosts at CITI-FM and Power 97. Please -- Take a minute to support our independent reporting today - Email Martygoldlive@gmail.com donate via PayPal www.paypal.me/MartyGoldMedia * More election interviews coming soon! *
01:03:18
July 25, 2022
July 17 2022 - The Don Woodstock Interview: "The Public Don't Want Another Bowman"
Marty's got civics covered!! But first, he gets the lowdown from Spirited Kenny on his Blue Bomber gameday experience last Friday, when the locals edged the Calgary Stampeders to go 6-0 in the CFL West. It's a funny change of pace and provides a chance to hear Kenny talk about the stadium atmosphere, the fans, the game, and his evaluation of the team's biggest strength. At 6.00, we review how we were all over the controversy surrounding Winnipeg police chief Danny Smyth, even before Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson voiced her concerns last week. An email from Coun. Markus Chambers about our coverage and public concern leads off, then we try to recount the he said/she said between the police chief and Premier in the last few days. Smyth is pretty smug and dismissive, while claiming to be above politics.  The City Circus column published a few hours before Stefanson spoke to the police union head, explained what the MSM is missing - Smyth attends opposition party events and remarkably, the NDP has no criticism of Smyth's lax attitude to crime victims. Who exactly has been positioning themselves for 'perceived political advantage'?   At 18.20 we swing to the surprise interview we snagged with Mayoral candidate Don Woodstock. Marty had gone to cover the Keystone Party launch last Friday and Don attended to meet the public.  Hear Woodstock pull no punches: "The only reason (Gillingham) has picked up momentum is because they are trying to rig the system again... They probably would have egged (Bowman) as he walked on stage... anybody telling you they're riding his coattail and his issue and they have momentum and they have 40%, they're trying to lie to the public. The public don't want another Bowman."   "If they buddy up to the status quo the media will be nice to them and push them over the edge. And even if they don't win they get second so they can look for a job somewhere else... Rana Bakhari's looking for work, Glen Murray's looking for work, Scott Gillingham is looking for work. Outside of politics they have nothing to do."   Citing his success in business, he says 'time is money', and believes other candidates don't take business seriously. Woodstock also mentions the courts are failing Winnipeg "big time.. an inept system of courts and justice." "Win lose or draw, I'm not going to stop."  Next at 28.00 we touch on Woodstock's role as a frank-talking outsider who deals with public safety; do any of the other candidates ever drive around at 3 AM and see what's happening out there?  Then- a round of robocalls by another Mayoral candidate, Robert-Falcon Ouellette; and a segment sorting out a skirmish between Scott Gillingham and Glen Murray that flared up on Twitter.  At 33.00 hear us compare stories by CBC and the Winnipeg Sun; to us, it appears Murray was inadequately informed about a fund for immigration support the city had actually handed off to respected non-profits to handle 4 years ago. We also talk thru the 5 point program Murray has staked his campaign on, and his signaling a strongarm-style ultra-Green regime, if returned to the office he walked away from in 2004.    There's some general talk about other council candidates we are trying to line up for the show, and a follow-up to our interview with Mynarski upstart Aaron McDowell, also, why Marty agrees at least a few libraries should be open on Sunday. To end the show- hear Marty imitate how Justin Trudeau got that great new haircut!
59:35
July 18, 2022
July 10 2022 Police Chief Danny Smyth Makes Himself An Election Issue
No Rogers network crash is going to stop The Great Canadian Talk Show from telling you what you didn't know about Winnipeg police chief Danny Smyth.  At his press conference on Friday, he did everyone the favour of proving he is a major civic election issue.  Smyth spoke to the media only after feeling the heat from the police union, after Winnipeg Police Association President Moe Sabourin stated "attacks on innocent people appear to be more common" - a phrase anybody with half a brain can understand. Not the top cop, though. Despite robbery after macing after stabbing at The Forks, Danny Smyth not only said HE feels safe at the Forks- and as we explain, why wouldn't he?  -  the chief did what any politician will do when faced with their own failure.  He blamed the media.  "None of this is new", stated the guy whose career path has gone from superintendent to deputy chief and then to chief since 2012, while crime has skyrocketed on his watch. Pointedly, Smyth did not shed any light on the brutal beating of 2 newly-landed Ukrainian refugees on July 1st. Smyth could not even admit the stabbing in the neck of one of those refugees was attempted murder. A description of the suspects a week after the attack? Ferget-it.  We have a brief audio clip from the presser around 16 minutes in, so you will hear it for yourself. “I feel safe in our community,” the press reported he said. “I can’t speak for everyone’s feelings but I think we’re doing our part. The community needs to do their part. The media needs to do their part.” Luckily, doing my part back in 2019, I wrote an extensive report on the way crime had spiraled out of control, citing the cops own statistics. Wait till you hear how over the course of 5 years in just one area, property crime spiked over 90% - and ask yourselves, how much worse is St. Boniface today?  And we explain why. In fact, "none of this is new"! After all, Smyth showed how little he cared about being held accountable for fighting crime three years ago.  As he predicted, the crime rate got worse - but according to him, he is still blameless.  Already, one Mayoral candidate has called out Chief Smyth.  Don Woodstock posted on his election website: "We have a problem and it's major, despite what the Chief is reporting. We are on the street speaking with the public and people are extremely nervous.” Citing his experience owning a security company, Woodstock said, "He is not being honest with our crime situation… I am proposing that the Chief of Police should never be the spin-doctor for the administration or politicians. Our Chief was merely spinning a story because of his political appointment.” There's a lot of details- and we try to make it relatable to your own feelings and experiences with crime in this city.  To end the show, we quickly glance over council candidates recent Twitter posts - none about Smyth so far- and we talk more about the effects of the Rogers network crash on small business and just plain folk.  * Your sponsorships and donations are essential for our independent election campaign coverage. We need your support! * Please -- Email Martygoldlive@gmail.com or donate via PayPal www.paypal.me/MartyGoldMedia
52:25
July 11, 2022
07 04 2022 Aaron McDowell Takes 5 Questions About The Civic Election
'Five Questions for Candidates' kicks off with Aaron McDowell, who registered on July 4 to be a candidate in Mynarski ward, where he had done case work as an EA for over 10 years. This is a great discussion with a person who understands the ways a city does- and does not- work properly, and how that affects residents and businesses every single day.  "A meat and potatoes campaign" is how he describes the upcoming council race, addressing core issues for families and the area businesses, and explaining how a councilor has to hear out the people they will be representing.   Aaron talks about his supportive family, the challenges of the north end ward, improving the quality of life, and the neglectful attitude of city hall - council members included - towards Mynarski's issues.  He repeats what is his calling card: "My neighborhood is burning down and nobody is doing anything about it." A very animated speaker, Aaron first talks about the support of his family for his career in public service; then he describes a major campaign issue: how absentee landowners use derelict and vacant properties as "ATMs", endangering the North End where he lives and works. "And when they burn down... the adjacent properties burn down too." He outlines a solution he's worked on for six years to push through the bureaucracy, but will require the cooperation of the province. And we discussed the fact that on 92.9 KICK-FM, we spurred councilors to take action on vacant houses. Except that was 15 years ago, and he insists sterner actions are needed. The insight Aaron gained into municipal government after years inside City Hall allows him to speak clearly - and bluntly- about crime and public safety, and the failure of other levels of government to support policing - "Morale is just shot. The cops are overwhelmed".  He goes over the history of the Bowman regime eliminating pro-active policing - which Aaron believes led to a police chief saying adios. We raise the issues of courts and justice systems failing the city, and asked our standard Number 4 Question- isn't it time for the City to stand up to the Province for endangering the vulnerable in Winnipeg? Aaron gives a great answer and thumps the table addressing the sense of fear around the city from violence being caused by "the federal government and the provincial government off-loading their responsibilities onto municipalities." He fills us in on the history of the issues around the new and increasingly expensive north end police station, (and hey! who knew the bus barn across from the Matheson and Main Sals was closing?). We end off by debating how the North End gets the short end of the stick - and how that has to change. Aaron speaks of a tremendous divide between the city neighborhoods. "We are the second-tier people on this side of the tracks. We truly are." Listen to why Aaron McDowell chose to move to the area right out of high school, and why he is so attached to "what's basically been my home my entire adult life." He also promised to do an entire episode with us just on City services.  **************** YOUR DONATIONS support TGCTS podcasts, City Circus video, news columns like this - https://wam.live/city-circus-broken-city/ and more as we cover the 2022 Winnipeg election.  Please support this reporting as we bring voters real news they can use!  Donate Now at  https://www.paypal.me/MartyGoldMedia To Sponsor, Advertise or provide a News Tip: martygoldlive@gmail.com
26:06
July 07, 2022
07 03 2022 - Bad Week For The Forks Becomes A Civic Election Issue
(... bad couple of weeks, actually.) After talking about what they did on Canada Day - Marty was hosting CWE wrestling in West St. Paul and Kenny was Mr. BBQ - the discussion steered towards The Forks. The 'New Day' didn't quite work out for the government-appointed Board of Directors.  ******* The violence continued at Winnipeg's flagship gathering place the past week, with a stabbing here and a stabbing there and HEY! another stabbing over there in front of the Canadian Museum For Human Rights. CTV gave the bare-bones re-cap:  "Winnipeg police reported an attack in the parking lot on Monday night, resulting in the assault of a father and daughter." As Marty noted, one of the two victims is a visitor from out of town. Strike 1. "A few days later, police said two men with stab wounds were found outside The Forks Market on Wednesday. A woman was also treated for minor injuries." That resulted in the arrest of 4 juveniles, all girls, the latest in a string of such arrests lately. Strike 2. Then - "A Ukrainian refugee living in Winnipeg for two weeks was the victim of a Canada Day stabbing at The Forks... they were crossing the street when they bumped into another group. They attempted to turn around and apologize, but had trouble doing so because they didn’t speak the language. They then said they saw one of the men pull out bear spray... Winnipeg Police Service confirmed one man was stabbed and the other sprayed with bear mace." So the victims this week included people who live here, at least one tourist, and newly arrived refugees fleeing Russian troops? Strike 3. The kicker for those who want to lead this city is this:  "The Ukrainians are unsure where they will go or what they will do now, but feel it's unsafe here." "The couple is now calling on Winnipeggers to act more quickly to help others, and for something to be done about violent crime in the city." "For me, the reason why I'm kind of upset is because it's just embarrassing to our city, you know, and the fact that it happened to these people," said Torres. Marty and Kenny talk over the emergence of public safety - and the undeniable role of gangs of violent girls - as a key issue that the Mayoral candidates in particular will have to face questions about.  Then, we go thru the list of which candidates are registered so far- including 5 councilors seeking reelection - and we close the podcast by reiterating why independent media coverage is a critical tool for voters to be informed on the issues and know where the candidates stand.  Better leadership in the present will bring us a brighter future. Remember, You Have the Power. Support our coverage of the 2022 election by donating via paypal -- https://www.paypal.me/MartyGoldMedia  To sponsor the podcasts, or daily commentaries, or City Circus pisodes and columns on WAM.live, email Marty at TGCTS1@gmail.com
34:03
July 04, 2022
06 26 2022 - Saddle Up! There's An Election To Cover
Winnipeg's original news and public affairs podcast has returned to report on the 2022 Winnipeg civic election!  In this episode, host Marty Gold and co-pilot Spirited Kenny outline why there's a need for election and investigative reporting that goes beyond the agendas of MSM outlets in Winnipeg and brings insight and institutional memory to lsteners and voters.  They talk about the origins of TGCTS and the community-minded journalists who mentored the drive-home program on KICK-FM, and touch on the olden days of talk radio in the city like Peter Warren and TalkRadio 1290. The demise of the talk format has been at the hands of modern corporate managers who do not value the importance of breaking news as a priority, and avoid controversial subjects at all costs. (Speaking of which, we have a little bit of inside info about how the Forks has handled media inquiries about their canceling traditional Canada Day celebrations - BOOOOO) We want the public engaged and will bring thye audience as many interviews as possible with candidates - AND 3 of the crowded Mayoral field already agreed! An informed electorate is the key to the future of our city. The upcoming weekly podcasts will largely focus on the city election in conjunction with the return of City Circus video programs, through the auspices of WAM.live. City Circus video and opinion columns and TGCTS podcasts will be available on their website.  If you want to support our 2022 election coverage, please donate at paypal.me/MartyGoldMedia.  For sponsorship opportunities on TGCTS podcasts and City Circus TV, or if you have story tips - please email Marty at TGCTS1@gmail.com
25:03
June 29, 2022