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Welcome In!This is the new home for our SSN daily podcast - NOW & NEXT. Story Studio Network CEO, Erin Trafford and SSN's Chief Executive Producer Dave Trafford co-host the show, highlighting news stories of the day that are most likely to affect you and your family, you and your business, you and y… read more

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Engineering with Nature: A critical tool in the fight against climate change

December 5th, 2022


Today on Now and Next, we sit down one on one with Sarah Thorne from Decision Partners. Sarah hosts and co-produces the EWN podcast. Engineering with Nature is a U.S. Army Corp of Engineers initiative that started in …

Ontario’s Auditor General loves making headlines

December 1st, 2022


Erin lost power in Eastern Passage so it’s Dave and Becky today. They share moving day stories (just how do you get a box spring out of an apartment, anyways?) and look at Ontario’s AG report (why is she …

The corporate culture of silence continues at Corus

November 30th, 2022


The corporate culture of silence that enabled and emboldened John Derringer continues at Corus now that an external investigation into his behaviour …

What could we do with $33B? That's the cost of poverty in Ontario.

November 29th, 2022


Dave and Erin share their insight on why newsrooms seem to be behind when it comes to talking about news stories of the day.

We dip into the latest report from Feed Ontario and the numbers aren't good. More than half a …

Doug Ford's Ontario housing plan will cost municipalities billions

November 28th, 2022


Ottawa Police have no excuse to not be ready for Freedom Convoy 2.0; Convoy organizers are already planning a reunion on February 17-21 in Ottawa.How …

144 injured 43 Killed in mass shootings since Nov. 1 in the US. Happy Thanksgiving.

November 24th, 2022


Today, American Thanksgiving, Dave and Erin take a closer look at gun violence and mass shootings in the United States, and talk about how people …

Andrea Horwath's first job as Hamilton mayor is mopping up a SH*T Show

November 24th, 2022


Could Hamilton’s latest sewage spill issue make Andrea Horwath a hero? Only one person wants to run the official opposition in Ontario; Want a real …

What happens to the Media landscape when Twitter fails?

November 22nd, 2022


If Twitter fails, what’s the next step for media? World Cup protests in-game; What’s the Leaf’s brand?

Being a VJ isn’t as glamorous as you think.
Newsrooms embracing Twitter was a good idea.
Is Twitter suffering the …

It's not even Winter but they're feeling it in Buffalo; Strong Mayor powers are here; BBC Snubs the World Cup

November 21st, 2022


Buffalo got record breaking snow this weekend and there's still a month to go before Winter arrives.
The Bills Mafia are the only fans who will show up to dig their team out.
Why is everyone so worried about John Tory’s …

Swifties slam Ticketmaster and rightly so!

November 17th, 2022


Ticketmaster gets slammed by Taylor Swift Fans; G20 drama with the President of China and PM Trudeau; Salary transparency isn’t a bad thing
The concert ticket system is broken
Becky’s impressed with how one artist prices …

Ontario government refuses to address the food security crisis. Minister Fullerton is too busy.

November 16th, 2022


Ontario's Minister of Children, Community and Social Services refuses to respond to the food security crisis. NATO says missile was not a Russian attack; Hockey Canada’s hefty tab for crisis communications; Donal Trump …

Don't kid yourself. The TRUMP era ain't over

November 15th, 2022


Trump2024 will be a thing; More Canadians make the Russian “black list’; Ontario’s fall economic statement goes from surplus on Friday to deficit on …

Canada's Health Ministers Fail to Get a Grip on the Healthcare Crisis

November 14th, 2022


Ontario health officials are asking us to wear masks; Turns out Hockey Canada wasn’t very honest; Who’s Hungry? Probably your neighbour.
Time Codes: 02:00 - Pathway to the Stars was a huge succes07:44 - Ontario's …

[SPECIAL] Embedded in Kandahar

November 11th, 2022


In this episode of Now and Next, we dip into our archives to mark Remembrance Day in Canada.
We feature a documentary produced in November 2009 by Dave Trafford, Jeff Moss, and the late Christie Blatchford. It was …

[SPECIAL] The Avro Arrow Legacy

November 10th, 2022


The final installment of our Special Series - Pathway to the Stars in partnership with the Royal Canadian Air Force Foundation. 
If you've been enjoying this special podcast drop, please consider checking out …

[SPECIAL] The Sky's No Limit - Women in Aviation

November 9th, 2022


Join us for Part 3 of our Special Series this week - Pathway to the Stars. 
Over the course of November 7th-November 10th, 2022, we are exploring four stories of Canadian aviation innovation and history in partnership …

[SPECIAL] The Amelia Earhart Toronto connection

November 8th, 2022


Join us for Part 2 in our Special Series this week - Pathway to the Stars.
In this 4-part series, we explore some of the stories that are uniquely rooted in the history of the Royal Canadian Air Force and Canadian …

[SPECIAL] Who was William Barker? Canada's most decorated serviceman

November 7th, 2022


As we approach Remembrance Day, November 11th, here in Canada, we are called upon to acknowledge and honour the years of service our veterans have afforded this country and the sacrifices they made, often with their …

The National Post would have you believe an "activist" Supreme Court of Canada justifies Ontario's use of the Notwithstanding Clause (WARNIN

November 3rd, 2022


The National Post would have you believe an “activist” Supreme Court of Canada is to blame for the Education standoff in Ontario. The Post …

Quebec MNAs balk at swearing an oath to King Charles.

November 2nd, 2022


Quebec MNAs must swear an oath to the King if they want to sit in the National Assembly; Want a blue check mark on Twitter?  There’s a price for that;  Time to HIT GO!
Time Codes:
01:44 - What do you want to learn more …

Does Ford Nation think Ontario education unions will walk quietly into the night?

November 1st, 2022


The Ford government is passing legislation to force a contract on education workers. The education minister says the province is prepared to invoke the Notwithstanding clause to make it stick. How does anyone think this …

Elon Musk spread conspiracy theories within hours of taking over Twitter

October 31st, 2022


Elon Musk takes over twitter.  How did the first weekend go? The Ontario government has figured out how to prevent a strike by education workers. Doug Ford did some math on social assistance; what did he get wrong?
Time …

A FRIDAY BONUS! You want to understand how governments directly affect poverty and hunger in Canada? LISTEN HERE!

October 28th, 2022


Hello Now and Next'ers!
Following up on our (my) food security rant on our Thursday show, we thought you'd appreciate this episode from The 2030 …

We need a Food Security Emergency Act!

October 27th, 2022


Staggering new numbers about how many Canadians go hungry every day; The latest numbers from Food Banks Canada suggest there were 1.5 million food bank vists in March of 2022. New resaerch from the Daily Bread Food Bank …

Human Rights Tribunal say $20B isn't good enough to cover First Nations child welfare compensation

October 26th, 2022


The Human Rights Tribunal says $20B for First Nations child welfare compensation is still not enough;  Ontario to raise foreign home buyers tax but will it help with affordability? Probably not; The RCMP says it’s …

Voter turnout for municipal elections in Ontario is BRUTAL!

October 25th, 2022


John Tory is just one among a number of other former provincial party leaders running cities in the GTHA; Doug Ford doesn’t want to testify at the emergencies act inquiry; Has Kanye finally ticked everybody off?
Time …

It's Municipal Election Day in Ontario; Phishing scams are pretty sneaky; and Rishi Sunak will be the next UK PM

October 24th, 2022


It’s (municipal) voting day in Ontario. How bad will turnout be?  Phishing scams via text are on the rise (and this newest one is timely!)  And Liz Truss is out as Britain’s PM. That was fast!
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01:51 …

Do you know who's running in your municipal election? Danielle Smith needs to template her apology statements; Olympian slams Hockey Canada

October 20th, 2022


Engaged voters struggle to find information about municipal candidates; Who’s running Danielle Smith’s communications strategy?  Olympian Katie …

Who quits first? Danielle Smith's caucus or her staff? And kudos to CTV Ottawa for their no-frill reporting!

October 19th, 2022


Alberta Premier Danielle Smith just keeps talking and not apologizing;  Was the $54 Million on the ArriveCan App money well spent?  How to report on …

Ontario Education Workers Set A Strike Date. Will they walk? And did a Loblaw BOT answer our interview request ?

October 18th, 2022


Ontario’s education workers are given the go-ahead to walk off the job. But will they? Where have all the workers gone. Employers struggle to fill jobs. Market watchers say part of the gap's been caused by an …

Loblaw freezes prices on No-Name product. Good corporate citizen or just good PR?

October 17th, 2022


Today on NOW and NEXT:
One of Canada’s top grocery retailers weighs in on inflation; How do hospitals keep families happy while ensuring patient safety; Lots of parks but not a lot of washrooms nearby.
Time Codes:
01:40 - …

Pearson raises the Airport Improvement Fee; Alberta's Premier still thinks she's a shock jock; Alex Jones continues to mock and harass Sandy

October 13th, 2022


Pearson Airport decides this is a good time to raise user fees; Alberta’s new Premier doesn't realize she isn't hosting a talk show; Sandy Hook families awarded almost $1B.
Time Codes:
01:28 - Does Becky look for negative …

Dave has some "personal" news; Baltimore prosecutors drop the case against Adnan Syed; Rod Black says Hockey Canada's behaviour is "reprehen

October 13th, 2022


The “Serial” podcast helps prove Adnan Syed innocent. But who killed Hae Min Lee?  Hockey Canada completely implodes, can it ever recover?  Joe Biden …

Hockey Canada's Interim CEO quits; LTC homes in PEI go without power for nearly 2 weeks; Make sure you're updating your home insurance!

October 11th, 2022


Hockey Canada’s interim chair steps down while more sponsors back out.  Are people counting on a housing market crash or boom? Depends that side you’re on.  And somehow, Eastern Canada is still struggling with power …

Brands are abandoning Hockey Canada. A Conservative MP causes a "stuff" storm in the Commons. And can Europe defend against Russia without t

October 6th, 2022


Tim Horton’s pulls support from men’s hockey; Michelle Rempel Garner strikes a nerve with her ‘woke shit’ comment; Is it fair for politicians to …

How can we take Hockey Canada seriously? Ukraine drops F-bombs on Musk's peace plan; and democracy is messy by design.

October 5th, 2022


Hockey Canada tries to paint a picture of a bleak world without it; Ukraine drop F-bomb in response to Elon Musk's "peace plan"; Are we going to see …

Voter engagement is bad enough, we can't even get people to run for office! Hockey Canada needs to be blown up (yes, figuratively). And PMJT

October 4th, 2022


For 20% of Ontario municipal election races there is nobody to vote for; Hockey Canada’s problems get worse; Justin Trudeau takes the kids bungee jumping.
Time Codes:
01:51 - Who predicts this municipal election will have …

$10/day childcare is a complete FusterCluck in Ontario; How is it retailers and restaurants turn away people with service dogs? And are we r

October 3rd, 2022


The $10/day daycare plan is a real mess; Why are we still telling stories about businesses denying entry to people with guide dogs?  And are we facing a nuclear threat worse than the Cuban Missile Crisis?
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N+N The Daily Brief with Dave Trafford. September 30th is Canada's Day For Truth and Reconciliation

September 30th, 2022


Sol Mamakwa is one of many powerful voices in Canada's First Nations communities. He is an MPP in the Ontario legislature, representing the largest …

Ontario reconsiders shutdown of Pickering Nuclear plant; Nova Scotia took in a record number of new residents from across Canada; Why do we

September 29th, 2022


The Ford government considers extending the life of the Pickering Nuclear power station; Are Ontarians to blame for Nova Scotia’s power woes?; What …

What's the role of Canada's military post Fiona? Don't confuse major weather events with climate change.What's wrong with the NDP? And 50 ye

September 28th, 2022


In the wake of cleanup following Hurricane Fiona, MPs are wondering if Canada’s military should “do it all”.  The Ontario NDP isn’t impressed with …

Erin is back (on the phone!); Did Nova Scotia Power do enough to prepare for Fiona? And TRUMPISTAS say Democracy just gets in the way

September 27th, 2022


Update on the impact of Fiona; Experts say Atlantic Canada must further fortify itself against storms; We can’t understate the threat to democracy in the US.Time Codes:
02:30 - How did Erin’s trees fare in the storm?

Fiona ravages Atlantic Canada; No ballots necessary in some municipal elections; and the Eglinton Crosstown is a P3 failure

September 26th, 2022


Hurricane Fiona hits Atlantic Canada, washing away homes and knocking out power; apparently nobody is running for municipal government these days; the debate over what signals the end of the pandemic heats up again; oh …

Canada's first national triathlon coach, Barrie Shepley talks about his new book, Chasing Greatness

September 23rd, 2022


Today on the Daily Brief with Dave Trafford, Barrie Shepley, Canada's first national triathlon coach and author of Chasing Greatness talks about his journey from the GM assembly line worker in Windsor, Ontario to …

Here comes Fiona; Donald Trump's bad week; Former GG Payette didn't get the invite

September 22nd, 2022


Eastern Canada braces for Fiona.  Donald Trump’s week is about to get worse.  And former GG Julie Payette says she wasn’t invited to the Queen’s …

Arrive Can will be optional; Food prices soar while Trudeau talk food insecurity at the UN; and Entertainment media helps crack cold cases

September 21st, 2022


The ArriveCan App WILL be optional after all! Prime Minister Trudeau to talk about food security at the UN. And entertainment media are solving …

CRA chases CERB overpayments; Politicians can't make ends meet on welfare benefits; Was Justin Trudeau celebrating the Queen's life or was i

September 20th, 2022


The CRA wants its CERB money back.  But should everyone have to pay it back?  MPPs in Ontario tried to live on the “Social Assistance Diet”.  What …

Farewell to Queen Elizabeth ll; Canada prepares to ease COVID protocols for air travel; and the discovery of a mass grave in Ukraine

September 19th, 2022


Canada’s Mounties lead the Queen’s coffin on a final procession through London following her funeral. Could the ArriveCan App become optional? (And …

When is the right time to debate the monarchy and we're finding solutions to the affordable housing crisis

September 15th, 2022


The anti-monarchy discourse heats up as Not my King chants result in arrests in the UK; meantime, Ontario’s education minister is ordering school …

Do we need a national day of mourning? Trudeau fights inflation. Polievre scraps with MSM

September 14th, 2022


Do Canadians really need a whole federal statutory holiday to observe Queen Elizabeth II’s passing? And, the Liberal Government unveiled their …

Active shooter alerts, suing government over climate change and a new Little Mermaid

September 13th, 2022


Tackling these top stories - a veteran Toronto police officer killed while on his lunch in ‘ambush’; a group of teens are suing the Ontario …

The King, Poilievre, and Ukraine

September 12th, 2022


Dave and Erin tackle the death of the Queen and the misunderstood role of the modern monarchy, the landslide victory for Pierre Poilievre as new …

The King's Speech

September 9th, 2022


Friday, September 9, 2022 is the first full day of the Caroline Era. King Charles lll arrived at Buckinham Palace midday, meeting and greeting some …

Post Media columnist Brian Lilley previews the CPC leadership final ballot count

September 8th, 2022


Today on the final edition of The Daily Brief, it's all over except for the final ballot count determining who will lead the Conservative Party of …

Welcome to NOW and NEXT

September 7th, 2022


Story Studio Network CEO, Erin Trafford is in studio today to talk about our new venture - NOW & NEXT. It's the rebrand, relaunch of The Daily Brief with Dave Trafford.
Erin and Dave will co-host the show, …

We're BACK and we've got some news for you

September 6th, 2022


Hope you enjoyed what was a glorious summer in this part of the world! With the unofficial turn towards Autumn, we're launching a raft of new shows at Story Studio Network and we're beefing up The Daily Brief!
Starting …


July 22nd, 2022


Today on The Daily Brief, if we’re going to have any hope of tackling poverty, there needs to be a “floor” that provides income stability. It leads …

Who are the Forgotten Poor?

July 22nd, 2022


In this episode of the Daily Brief, we’re going to find out more about the FORGOTTEN POOR – they are working age singles who are three times more likely to live in poverty than the average Canadian.

Trapped behind the Welfare Wall

July 22nd, 2022


In this episode of The Daily Brief, we explore the WELFARE WALL. It refers to the unintended consequence of social support programs  that effectively discourages people from supplementing their pension, their welfare or …

The Rogers fiasco only underlines how critical infrastructure can fail with one click of a mouse

July 15th, 2022


To hear the official Rogers explanation, the nationwide system failure that cascaded across the country last Friday happened during a maintenance update. I'm no IT expert, but I know enough to know that maintenance …

How do we create resilience in our cyber systems?

July 15th, 2022


This week on The Daily Brief, we've hihglighted a new Story Studio Network series - 1 CLICK @ CYBER CHAOS. We did so in response to Rogers' nation-wide system failure that cut millions of people off from internet …

The Russian war in Ukraine is being called the Tik Tok War

July 14th, 2022


The Ukrainian government says Tik Tok is the social media platform of choice for the Russian propoganda offensive in Ukraine. The Washington Post says a representative from the Ukrainian Ministry of Digital …

Rogers hopes you'll be satisfied with pocket change to make up for the company's nation-wide failure

July 13th, 2022


Canada’s Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne met with the telecom CEOs and has given them pretty clear marching orders. They need to come up with a workable plan to  adopt emergency roaming, mutual assistance …

Was the Rogers failure a cyber attack?

July 11th, 2022


Millions of Canadians felt the full effect of a nation-wide system failure at Rogers. The outages affected cell, wireless, television, and internet …

Can you really be an accomplished communicator if you avoid social media?

July 4th, 2022


Today on The Daily Brief, Brian Lambie, President of Redbrick Communications says government agenices and public employees often default to avoiding …

The Toronto Region Board of Trade says "Hit GO!"

June 30th, 2022


We are still in the pandemic. We can expect more COVID cases and, by all accounts, we will see an uptick in cases come the fall. So, it ain't over. But COVID is receding. That's good news. That's allowed us to return to …

Who is under more pressure - Donald Trump or Merrick Garland?

June 29th, 2022


The latest developments at the Congressional inquiry into the January 6th attack on Capitol Hill in Washington has turned up the heat on Attorney …

Kids fleeing conflicts in Afghanistan and Ukraine get support from Kids Help Phone

June 28th, 2022


We're more than four months into the Russian war in Ukraine. It's been nearly a year since the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan. About half of …

Doug Ford's new cabinet

June 27th, 2022


We've got a newish cabinet at Queen's Park. It's version 1.5 - not quite 2.0 considering how few changes we see around the table. One exception is the announcement of Michael Ford as Minister of Citizenship and …

Building Affordable Housing in Indigenous Communities

June 23rd, 2022


Today on the Daily Brief, you're invited to be part of our series, Every Guitar Has A Story! Let us know if you've got a guitar story you want to share and we'll see if we can include you in the series. We also dive …

Are you back in the office yet? What's your future of work look like?

June 22nd, 2022


As COVID recedes, more of us are considering our new world of work.  And the conversation quickly turns to whether you'll be back in the office. Today, we talk about the lessons learned and the post COVID approach to …

Three bags of groceries cost me more than $100.

June 22nd, 2022


On this first day of Summer 2022, we face some serious challlenges. None more difficult than coping with the soaring cost of living as we stumble our …

What's going on with the $10/day daycare plan in Ontario?

June 20th, 2022


Remember all the noise from the Ontario government about getting daycare rebate cheques to families in May, after Ford Nation agreed to be part of the national daycare program? Well, no cheques in May. No cheques in …

The January 6 Committee goes Prime Time! So What?

June 10th, 2022


It was a popcorn, appointment tuning event for political wonks, (Present!:) across the United States and around the world. What would we learn about …

The 2022 Ontario Election "could be an extinction-level event for the (Liberal) party"

June 9th, 2022


All this talk about a Liberal-NDP merger in Ontario is utter nonsense. Why would the NDP waste any energy or time "merging" with the leaderless …

We've got the 50 Under 25 you should be watching

June 8th, 2022


The RCAF Foundation is honouring the next generation of aviation and aerospace innovators. Fifty students from across Canada have been named as the …

It's 50 years later and the Mount Cashel victims are still waiting for compensation

June 7th, 2022


The horrifying story that is the Mount Cashel Orphanage Scandal began nearly half a century ago when the first allegations of physical and sexual abuse were levelled at the Christian Brothers who ran the facility. This …

What the HACK? Cybercrime will cost $10.5 Trillion USD by 2025

June 6th, 2022


If it were a country, cybercrime would be the third largest economy in the world behind the United States and China. Best estimates suggest …

Ford Nation never broke a sweat. But the Liberals and NDP are in critical need of a transfusion.

June 3rd, 2022


More seats, more popular vote means four more years for Premier Doug Ford in Ontario. And he did it by staging near perfect campaign. He didn't …

It's ELECTION DAY in Ontario!

June 2nd, 2022


Bob Reid at Broadway Strategy and Communications spent time advising Mike Harris when he sat in the Premier's chair in Ontario. What's it like for the leaders and the staffers on Election Day. The campaign is over. It's …

I laughed when I read: Doug Ford broke the Star’s fact check!

June 1st, 2022


The Toronto Star says Doug Ford broke their Fact Checker because, for the most part the far and few between statements he made between May 25 and May …

Boring campaign? Traditional, mainstream media can take some of the blame.

May 31st, 2022


In this episode of The Daily Brief: Sabrina Nanji just gets on a roll over Steven Del Duca's prospects of winning his seat in Vaughan-Woodbridge when …

Just three more sleeps until Election Day

May 31st, 2022


Elections Ontario says more than a million voters cast ballots in the advance polls this month. That represents nearly 10% of all eligible voters. …

Our lead story today: A FART JOKE!

May 27th, 2022


That's what the Ontario election campaign has come to with less than a week to go before Election Day on June 2.  The Toronto Star's got its hands on …

Seven Sleep Walks To Election Day in Ontario

May 26th, 2022


We are a week away from counting the final ballot tally that will determine who will sit in the Premier's Office in Ontario.  And here's where we stand. Andrea Horwath is running to keep her job. Steven Del Duca is …

Did Victoria Day affect voting intentions in Ontario?

May 24th, 2022


Polling and seat projection numbers seem to be fluid, with less than 2 weeks to go before Election Day in Ontario. In three separate stories over the …

What does Jason Kenney's flameout say about the Conservative movement in Canada?

May 20th, 2022


It seems the United Conservative Party of Alberta's not all that united. Jason Kenney's spectacular fall from grace suggests the "big tent" approach …

Scarborough takes centre stage in the Ontario Election campaign

May 19th, 2022


Local candidates from four of the six provincial ridings in Scarborough gathered on May 18th to highlight the social and economic issues that are …

We can't afford poverty! It costs $33 billion a year in Ontario alone.

May 18th, 2022


More than one in ten adults living in Scarborough Ontario, survive month to month on a welfare cheque or the Ontario Disability Support Program. …

The Leaders' Debate didn't move the needle but the knives are out!

May 18th, 2022


The Ontario Leaders' Debate did little to change much in the campaign except reinforce expectations. First, the format was a complete failure. Thanks to the media consortium, leaders' debates have been reduced to a …

How long can governments ignore Scarborough?

May 16th, 2022


Bet you didn't know that 16% of Scarborough's popluation relies on the Ontario Disability Support Program or an Ontario Works cheque every month. It's the highest level of "working poverty" in Canada. Scarborough is …

Pierre Poilievre may well be an unintended secret weapon for Ford Nation.

May 13th, 2022


National Post columnist Kelly McParland is of the opinion that "Pierre Poilievre is too big a risk to lead the Conservatives" McParland calls …

Ford's evolved from the Bull In The China Shop campaigner to Dull Doug

May 12th, 2022


It's as if they've taken a few laps to get their legs and jockey for positioning and now the provincial parties in Ontario are preparing for the final lap bell to ring.  The party leaders are all in debate prep mode and …

The first debate of the campaign about NUTHIN' didn't amount to much

May 11th, 2022


Doug Ford was, well, Git 'er Done Doug, running to stay out of his own way. Andrea Horwath was running to be Leader of the Opposition. Steven Del Duca was running to be Premier. And everyone was wishing Mike Schreiner …

It's the Seinfeld election in Ontario. A campaign about NUTHIN'!

May 10th, 2022


There is no urgency, no call for change, no sense that any of the major parties speaks for Ontarians who are facing historic inflation rates at the pumps and in the grocery stores. COVID isn't an "issue" but the …

Cynthia Mulligan joins the Writ Race to talk about ODSP

May 9th, 2022


Not sure what happened in the party war rooms in the past few days, but all four major parties have committed to increasing the Ontario Disability …

How does our media consumption inform political campaigns?

May 9th, 2022


Media, whether it be defined as conventional, traditional, terrestrial, digital, or social, has evolved at a breathtaking pacing over the past few …

Would you be willing to pay $10 a month for dental care coverage?

May 9th, 2022


If Andrea Horwath were paying attention, she would commit to reinstating the licence plate fees to pay for her dental care plan. That $120 per plate …

The Media Ignores the issues and political parties are happy with that

May 5th, 2022


Day one of the election campaign in Ontario was distracted by the abortion debate. Two weeks ago, the Liberals made headlines promising to ban handguns across the province.

Neither issue is relevant in this campaign. …

For the RECORD: Record Albums Drop. Writs don't drop!

May 5th, 2022


Today on the DAILY BRIEF: The Writ Race in Ontario. The provincial legislature was dissolved at 4pm on May3. That makes today the first full day of …

How will affordability play in the Ontario Election Campaign?

May 3rd, 2022


Today on the DAILY BRIEF: Lindsay Broadhead, Senior Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs at the Toronto Region Board of Trade weighs in on the number one issue for Ontarians during this election period: …

We've add more major market talent to Story Studio Network

May 2nd, 2022


Story Studio Network is excited to announce Steve Cassar is joining the team as a Senior Executive Producer. Steve is a veteran broadcast journalist, leading award winning teams at CTV News in Toronto and Sportsnet. …

It's On The Ledge Friday!

May 2nd, 2022


Here's our weekly Roundtable on Ontario politics with Sabrina Nanji, Keith Leslie, John Wright and Dave Trafford. On The Ledge will go "daily" as …

What a great time to be a sports fan in Toronto!

April 28th, 2022


The Raptors are attempting to make NBA history in their playoff series with Philadelphia. Auston Matthews made history scoring his 6oth of the season. Now, the Leafs are just hoping to win a playoff series.  And the …

Government policy is directly related to the number of food bank visits in Canada

April 28th, 2022


Today on the Daily Brief: Daily Bread CEO, Neil Hetherington joins the show to talk about the number one issue facing Ontario as we head into a provincial election campaign.  The cost of living, housing and food …

The quality of your corporate culture will be the key to a success return to the office

April 26th, 2022


If traffic reports are any indication, the commute in Toronto is getting close to the long haul you were making to and from work in the before-times! …

Cyber crime will cost $10.5 trillion globally by 2025

April 26th, 2022


From phishing emails to ransomware attacks, misinformation and disinformation, it's estimated the global annual cost of cyber crimes will hit $10.5 trillion US by the year 2025.

Jeff Musson, Executive Director at Coding …

It's On The Ledge Friday!

April 22nd, 2022


Today on the Daily Brief: Is Doug Ford really buying your vote?  Have the Liberals already lost if they think a handgun ban in Ontario is going to …

How is podcasting working for Sarah Thorne at Decision Partners?

April 21st, 2022


Today on the Daily Brief, we introduce you to Sarah Thorne, President and CEO at Decision Partners.  Sarah was a co-host and producer on the first podcast series we produced at Story Studio Network. Sarah was joined by …

Happy Birthday to us! Story Studio Network is a year old today!

April 20th, 2022


It all started with a text message asking for a "quick call" and Story Studio Network was the outcome. Twelve months later, we've gone from one podcast series and three team members to 14 shows and a stable of major …

Great NEWS! Myseum Toronto is back in a neighbourhood near you!

April 19th, 2022


I'm sure many of you were face to face with friends and family this Easter weekend. In our case, we had a great chance to visit with people we have seen (save a video chat) for years thanks to COVID. That is good news …

What do you know? And how do you know it?

April 19th, 2022


All kinds of flack and full throated complaining over the appointment of Marina Glogovac as the new CEO at Torstar. It all stems from her comments …

Have you worked coffee meetings back into your work calendar?

April 13th, 2022


We are finally starting to step out into the light a little more with each passing week. We're still being cautious, many people choosing to continue wearing masks in larger gatherings. And that's not a bad thing. And …

Today on the DAILY BRIEF: We introduce you to Engineering With Nature

April 12th, 2022


We are celebrating our FIRST YEAR in business at Story Studio Network! It's been a wild and exhilarating ride since Erin and I first kicked the idea around of creating an executive production service for organizations, …

The Danforth will miss the character and quality Korry's brought to "main street" in Greektown

April 12th, 2022


After 70 years as a "clothier for gentlemen" in Toronto, Korry's will be closing its doors on the Danforth. The pandemic lockdowns surely contributed …

It's On The Ledge Friday!

April 8th, 2022


Today on the Daily Brief, the On The Ledge roundtable crew discusses Kathleen Wynne's final speech in the Ontario legislature, her legacy as the MPP for Don Valley West and as premier of the province between 2013 and …

Opening Day for MLB AND for Second Harvest in Toronto

April 8th, 2022


April 7th always has a certain historic ring in these parts. It was April 7th, 1977 when my grandfather, my dad, my brother and I sat through snow showers coming in off of Lake Ontario as we prepared to watch the FIRST …

It's time for a Wednesday rant!

April 7th, 2022


I know, I know we're seeing high community transmission of the latest Omicron variant and that's just a signal that this ain't over yet - by a long shot. AND it's also a sign that we're leearning to live with the beast. …

3.3 million Ontarians are Family Caregivers

April 5th, 2022


April 5th is Family Caregiver Day in Ontario. Quite frankly, if you are a family caregiver - every day is family caregiver day.  Based on our COVID experience in Long-term care homes, we know how important caregivers …

Did you get through April Fool's Day unscathed?

April 4th, 2022


Thought it was interesting to see how careful people were on social media this weekend, vetting posts to make sure they weren't being punked by April …

Increase in Food Bank Visits Directly Associated with Government Policies

April 1st, 2022


Not to put too fine a point on it, but we've institutionalized poverty in Canada. New research from the School of Public Policy at the University of …

Poverty costs Ontario an estimated $33 billion a year.

March 31st, 2022


How can we afford NOT to do all we can to eliminate poverty, when pre-COVID estimates suggest poverty costs the province of Ontario $33 billion every year. In this episode of the Daily Brief, we highlight the 2030 …

The Federal Conservatives in Canada should take a page out of Doug Ford's playbook

March 29th, 2022


If an election were held a year ago in Ontario, Doug Ford's Progressive Conservatives would have had their hands full holding onto government. Now, …

Are you podcast curious? Listen here!

March 28th, 2022


If you're a regulare listener to the DAILY BRIEF, you will know my daughter, Erin, and I produce abroad range of branded podcasts for companies, …

How are you doing in the no-mask-required Ontario?

March 25th, 2022


Masks are no longer mandatory in most public space in Ontario. And a week into it, some places are either no masks or all masks. I was in a couple of auto dealerships this week and nearly NO ONE wore a mask (I did). …

Today on the DAILY BRIEF: Canada's first Moot Trial in the Metaverse

March 25th, 2022


The University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law is taking mooting to the metaverse. The project was borne during the COVID pandemic, which restricted …

Today on the DAILY BRIEF - Tony Chapman says Canada needs a leadership reset

March 23rd, 2022


He's the host and producer of the weekly podcast Chatter that Matters and he's been a frewuest guest on my podcasts and radio shows over the past 10 years or so! Tony Chapman always ponders the second thing that comes …

Canada went from a minority to a majority government overnight!

March 22nd, 2022


Today on the Daily Brief, we draw the curtain back on the backroom deal between Jagmeet Singh and Justin Trudeau aimed at guaranteeing the Liberals will govern until 2025. Two questions. 1. How does this affect the CPC …

Halifax Stanfield International Airport is THE WORST!

March 21st, 2022


F-BOMB WARNING: I know you're not supposed to utter the B-word in an airport (or an "aerodome" as it's called in the BOLD lettered WARNING as you …

Wrapping up the March Break with some spring skiing in Canada

March 19th, 2022


Today on the Daily Brief, we check in with Glenn Crouter and his final installment for Season One of Head for the Hills.  We take a look ahead to see what spriing skiing will look like in Canada this year. We check in …

Today on the DAILY BRIEF - Doug Ford's approval rating spikes smartly as Ontario approaches a Spring election.

March 18th, 2022


Nova Scotia Premier Tim Huston is the most popular premier in the country with an Angus Reid approval rating of 72%! He enjoyed a 16 point spike in …

Today on the DAILY BRIEF - The exceptional work done by Habitat for Humanity Canada

March 17th, 2022


In this episode of the Daily Brief, I introduce you to two exceptional invidiuals who are Habitat for Humanity champions. First, we meet Habitat GTA homeowner Karen who was able to move her family out of an area of …

Today on the DAILY BRIEF: What is the Next Normal in this COVID era?

March 16th, 2022


The NEXT NORMAL is the podcast series that officially launched Story Studio Network. The series views the issues, systemic gaps, and highlights the opportunities and lessons we learned over the course of the pandemic.  

Today on the DAILY BRIEF - Is it possible to reduce poverty by 50% in the next 8 years?

March 15th, 2022


Today on the Daily Brief, we highlight The 2030 Project. The podcast is produced for Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto and explores the poverty reduction strategy in Canada. The federal government presented the …

Today on the DAILY BRIEF: Super Bugs are a clear and present health danger

March 14th, 2022


Two years after the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, infectious disease specialists will tell you we face a more dangerous health threat thanks to our overuse of anti-biotics and the issues around producing new drugs to …

Today on the DAILY BRIEF: Why Meaning Matters

March 13th, 2022


Happy Sunday and welcome to this bonus edition of the Daily Brief. Today we feature another one of the shows we're producing at Story Studio Network.

Why Meaning Matters is well into season 2 and in this episode we …

Today on the Daily Brief: We Head to the Hills with Glenn Crouter

March 12th, 2022


Happy Saturday and welcome to this Bonus edition of the Daily Brief.

Today, we highlight a new show we're producing at Story Studio Network - Head for the Hills with Glenn Crouter. We talk to Olympian and World Cup ski …

It's been a week of political anniversaries in Ontario

March 11th, 2022


Today on the Daily Brief, we mark the second anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic with our On The Ledge crew noting some school boards intend to …

What's going on behind those closed door NATO meetings?

March 10th, 2022


Today on the Daily Brief, as we enter the third week of the Russian war in Ukraine, Professor Christian Leuprecht from the Royal Military College in …

Today on the Daily Brief: The Words of War.

March 9th, 2022


As we make a turn into week number three of the Russian war in Ukraine, the battles are being waged on the ground, in cyber space and in the media.  Today, we're joined by Bob Reid at Broadway Strategy & …

Finally! The Summer of 2022 will be a great time to be a tourist in your own town!

March 8th, 2022


Today on the Daily Brief, FESTIVAL SEASON IS BACK! Michael Hollett is the President of NXNE and we talk about the new plans and the new look for this …

Two years of COVID and who thought the pandemic was just an Opening Act?

March 7th, 2022


Friday marks the second anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic declaration. And now, just as we seem to be preparing for the recovery phase, we face …

Barrie Mayor joins us on The Daily Brief to talk about his political prospects in the provincial election

March 4th, 2022


It's Friday and that means we highlight On The Legde - the Ontario Politics Podcast as today's edition of The Daily Brief. Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman …

Will the Russian war against Ukraine look like Afghanistan or Chechnya?

March 3rd, 2022


Today on the Daily Brief, Professor Christian Leuprecht from the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario offers insights and clarity on the lack …

The past two years have been tough but the Recovery and Reckoning phase of the pandemic may pose bigger challenges

March 2nd, 2022


Today on the Daily Brief, we welcome Toronto Region Board of Trade President and CEO, Jan De Silva to talk about the critical path to recovering econmically from the COVID-19 pandemic.

How will we accelerate the …

More than 300 thousand potential years of life were lost in one year due to preventable injuries in Canada.

March 1st, 2022


Today on the Daily Brief: Preventable injuries cost the Canadian economy $29.4 billion in a single year - $20.4 billion in direct health-care costs (70% of the total). Pam Fuselli, President and CEO at Parachute joins …

A Prayer for Ukraine

February 28th, 2022


Today on the Daily Brief, Russia's invasion of Ukraine happened quickly and most expected it the operation to end quickly. But that isn't how it's played out. These five long early and deadly days make me think we will …

Can Doug Ford really think pocket change will be a pocket book bonus for voters?

February 25th, 2022


It's Friday! That means we drop this week's version of On The Ledge into the Daily Brief feed! It's all about Ontario politics. The calendar says …

Does the Russian invasion of Ukraine put us on a path to the First World Cyber War?

February 24th, 2022


Today on the Daily Brief, Digital and Cyber Security Strategist Ritesh Kotak says the war in Ukraine may be confined on the ground but it is an international battle in cyber space. Russia use cyber attacks on Ukraine …

Putin's sending troops into Ukraine. Russia's hit by EU sanctions. Ukraine braces for all out conflict.

February 23rd, 2022


Today on the Daily Brief, the crisis in Ukraine continues to escalate. Vladimir Putin declares Ukraine to be a Russian invention to justify military …

It's 2s Day with Rod Black

February 22nd, 2022


I've set this episode of the DAILY BRIEF to drop at 2:22 on 22/2/22, which is why is TWOs Day! BTW, it last happened in 1622 and won't happen for another TWO hundred years. We celebrate this historic day by welcoming …

Today on the DAILY BRIEF - On The Ledge

February 18th, 2022


The Ontario legislature is set to get back to business next week following a 2 month recess. And there's no shortage of STUFF to get at today.

Keith …

66% of Canadians support the use of the Emergencies Act in Ottawa

February 17th, 2022


New numbers from Maru Public Opinion provide a stark and staggering insight into how Canadians view the ongoing occupation of Ottawa.

Two thirds say they agree with the use of the Emergencies Act. So the prime minister …

Trudeau's Liberals take a pounding over the Ottawa Occupation but does that help the CPC?

February 16th, 2022


What does invoking the Emergency Act really mean?

That question has not been fully answered yet that hasn't stopped all kinds of breathless reporting …

It's been easy to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics

February 16th, 2022


There are all kinds of reasons why I've ignored the Beijing Games.  First, they're in China. We shouldn't be there in the first place. Second, the 14 …

Bob Reid of "Touchdowns and Fumbles" is here to pronounce the winners and losers in the latest Freedom Convoy developments

February 14th, 2022


The Ambassador Bridge is back in business, and I think it's remarkable that local, provincial and RCMP managed to bust up the Windsor blockade …

Emergency measures are meaningless if they aren't enforced

February 11th, 2022


Today on the Daily Brief:

Founder and Editor of the Queen's Park Observer, Sabrina Nanji joins us. Get-tough plans at Queen's Park are great but …


February 11th, 2022


TODAY on the Daily Brief:

Okay. I've know Maru Blue SVP John Wright  for more than 25 years. And I have never heard or seen him so exorcized. WARNING This is an F-BOMB-CARPET-BOMB show.  Who can we TRUST in authority …

Canada's Interim Leader of the Official Opposition Got It Right

February 9th, 2022


Today on the Daily Brief: We picked apart Pierre Poilievre's puerile pitch to be PM earlier in the week (say that 10 times fast!). He displays anything BUT leadership in his flirting with the fringe of facts and cries …

Not sure the CPC wannabe leader got it right but I think Candice Bergen struck the right note in Ottawa

February 8th, 2022


Just as a preview, and for those of you who are convinced I hate freedom and conservatives, I am going to tell you why I think the Interim Leader of Her Majesty's Official Opposition "got it right" this week in Ottawa.  …

Pierre Poilievre cheerleads for the Ottawa Occupation

February 7th, 2022


Pierre Poilievre says he's running to be Canada's next prime minister, skipping right over the need for him to win the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. He's either ignoring or taking for granted the will …

Glenn Crouter's diving into the Podcast Pool!

February 4th, 2022


Excited to tell you that my radio-days colleague and friend Glenn Crouter will be bringing his Winter sports reports to Story Studio Network. He and …

How long will it be before the Progressive Conservatives and the Reform Conservatives part ways?

February 3rd, 2022


In a country where 34 per cent of the popular vote isn't enough to form a government but 33 per cent is enough, isn't it time for conservatives to …

It's GROUND HOG DAY for Conservatives in Ottawa

February 2nd, 2022


Erin O'Toole's political obit will be read by the end of the day but it was written back in October when his caucus planted an IED on  his leadership …

New Study says unintentional overdoses among 10-19 year olds in US over a 4 year period amounts to 200K lost years

February 1st, 2022


The numbers are staggering. Researchers say the "lost years" hit 1.25 million when they extend the number of unintentional ODs to those between 10 and 24. It certainly punctuated my reaction to Dopesick, the limited …

If we're making judgement calls about Rogan on Spotify, what about the convicted criminals who are also selling their wares on the platform?

January 31st, 2022


On this edition of the Daily Brief, Story Studio Network co-founder, Erin Trafford applauds the call for Spotify to reasses its values but what about …

It's a #SuckAndBlow Friday!

January 28th, 2022


Today on the Daily Brief: You wanna know why people are pissed off and angry in Canada? On the one hand we've got Ontario's top public health doc saying we need a balanced approach and we have to LIVE WITH COVID. On the …

Neil Young's standoff with Spotify only highlights how little we value musicians and artists

January 27th, 2022


I'm sure Neil Young will be just fine now that he's parted ways with Spotify. In fact, based on the way musicians, writers and producers get paid through the streaming service, Neil's Spotify revenues probably didn't …

The Anyone-Who's-Pissed-Off-Convoy rolls into Ontario

January 26th, 2022


It started out as a protest against Ottawa's demand for all cross border truckers to be double dose vaccinated. It quickly turned into an Anti-Vax venue which has been overrun by alt-right wing nuts who compare their …

Is the Canadian truckers' protest a national security threat?

January 25th, 2022


You'll be forgiven if you can't up with the Canadian truckers' protest. It's morphed from an anti-mandatory vaccine rules to anti-vax to threating to …

Are US defamation laws a shield or a cudgel?

January 24th, 2022


Today on the Daily Brief: Under "studies that tells us stuff we already know" - First Nations kids are unhealthy when they live in homes filled with …

These five day work weeks are great!

January 21st, 2022


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. …

What comes first? The end of COVID or Earth's 6th Mass Extinction Event?

January 20th, 2022


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 …

Welcome to the Daily Brief

January 19th, 2022


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 …

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