The True North Eager Beaver

The Eager Beaver welcomes you to join him and his friends in the Beaver Lodge for engaging and grown up conversations about the Canadian political and cultural scene.

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Peak Improvisation
<p><strong>(Recording Dates: January 28 &amp; 31, 2022)</strong></p><p>Heeeey, Kits!<br><br>It took us a little while to get our second episode of the year to you, but we appreciate your patience...<br>* * *<br>In this episode:</p><p>We’ll take a look at how the COVID situation has evolved nationally since we've last chatted.</p><p>Then we’ll have two discussions, the first about both the COVID and electoral fates of the Premiers of Canada‘s two most populous provinces,.</p><p>The second will be about the national uninvited guest who is demanding our attention while stating it has no intention of leaving.</p><p>Because we believe that “Democracy Is Something You Do”, this week we have two suggestions for you.</p><p>Agitators of the FreeDumb convoy stole food out of the mouths of the homeless, so please consider making a donation to The Shepherds of Good Hope in Ottawa, your local shelter, or to a food bank.</p><p>Agitators of the FreeDumb convoy also desecrated the statue of Terry Fox and disrespected the national Cenotaph. A donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or your local Legion would also be welcome at this time.</p><p>Finally, on a lighter note, we want to know: What is your favourite hibernation activity?</p><p>You can do that via our show’s Facebook blog page on via Twitter @TrueEager.</p><p>Of course, retweets, shares, gentle corrections, constructive criticism, compliments, tips, requests and positive reviews (if you think we deserve some stars, please rate us) are always welcome.</p><p>Until then, be kind to, and gentle with, yourselves,</p><p>Your Eager Beaver</p>
133 min
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We Should Not Be Here
<p><strong>(Recording Dates: January 11, 12, &amp; 15, 2021)</strong></p><p>Heeeey, Kits!<br><br>We're back from the Holiday break with a jam-packed episode for you.<br><br>The Omicron surge has hit hard, and society is facing a major stress test, so we've for a you an overview of the landscape with updates on testing, hospitalization and death rates, back to school, congregate living settings, treatments, and government supports.<br><br>And, because things are a bit heavy, we'll lighten it up with our readers/listeners' feedback and the cool news.</p><p>Because we believe that “Democracy Is Something You Do”, this week we have two suggestions for you:</p><p>The post-Holiday season is typically difficult for Food Banks, so if you have the ability, this is a great time to make a donation. In addition to beans, rice, and canned goods, think of atypical things to include such as flour, brown sugar, powdered milk, diapers, infant formula, margarine, cooking oils, spices, sometimes even kitchen utensils such as can openers and spatulas come in quite handy.</p><p>Also, given the COVID crunch, organizations such as The Red Cross and Hema-Québec’s blood and platelet banks could very well be low, so if you’ve got the time and inclination, consider making some time to make a donation.</p><p>Finally, we want to know: What is your favourite hibernation activity?</p><p>You can do that via our show’s Facebook blog page on via Twitter @TrueEager.</p><p>Of course, retweets, shares, gentle corrections, constructive criticism, compliments, tips, requests and positive reviews (if you think we deserve some stars, please rate us) are always welcome.<br><br>Until then, be kind to, and gentle with, yourselves,</p><p>Your Eager Beaver</p>
156 min
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Interview Project: The Reverend Michael Coren
<p>(Recording date: December 23, 2021)</p><p>The Eager Beaver Pod asks its guests if they're willing to provide an extended interview, so that we may better get to know them/what makes them tick.<br><br>When they agree, we package it together and present to you as part of this series.<br><br>This week's guest is a well-known journalist and opinion leader who, for decades, via a combination of books, television vehicles, and regular columns in both mainstream and specialty publications -- not to mention decisions he made for himself while walking his own winding Spiritual path -- has been the source (sometimes despite himself) of both great controversy and deep introspection as to the role the Church plays in society.<br><br>In the spirit of the Season, in this Interview, the Reverend Michael Coren discusses his latest book, <em>The Rebel Christ; </em>the journey of change and the price one pays (or the cost extracted) when change following a life epiphany occurs; the healing power of forgiveness, and of course; as he's perfectly willing to take a stand, there's a little politics sprinkled in.<br><br>Mr. Grizzly and I hope this one makes your Holiday a touch brighter.<br><br>A merriest of Christmases to you and all of yours, if you are celebrating (or sharing in the joy of others), and if you are not, wishing many blessing for you and those you hold dear.<br><br>Be kind to, and gentle with, yourself,<br>Your Eager Beaver</p>
68 min
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Double Stuffed and Boosted with Extra Juice!
<p><strong>(Recording Date: December 19, 2021)</strong></p><p>After two weeks away, and the Parliamentary Christmas break coming, there's LOTS to share.<br><br>We start with a Coast to Coast to Coast COVID Update, with the latest research and policy news about the Omicron wave. You won't want to miss this part to be well informed.<br><br>Then we'll touch upon a real world application of Bill 21 in the province of Québec and the shift in federal leaders' positions on it, from before recent events to after, now that consequences are no longer hypothetical.<br><br>That will be followed by a review of some Parliamentary Housekeeping: bills introduced and passed, the fall economic statement, and the issuance of Ministers' mandate letters.<br><br>And, we'll finish it all up with the star atop our tree, our readers/listeners' feedback.<br><br>Also, because we believe that “Democracy Is Something You Do”, this week we invite our Kits to do the right neighbourly thing, and donate to the Canadian Red Cross 2021 British Columbia Floods &amp; Extreme Weather Appeal between now and December 26th. For every dollar you donate, $3 will go to the Red Cross, thanks to matching by the Government of Canada and British Columbia.<br><br>Finally, we want to know: What do you wish most for the world, and for yourself, this Christmas/Holiday season?<br><br>You can do that via our show’s Facebook blog page on via Twitter @TrueEager.<br><br>As always retweets, shares, gentle corrections, constructive criticism, compliments, tips, requests and positive reviews (if you think we deserve some stars, please rate us) are always welcome.<br><br>Until then, be kind to, and gentle with, yourselves,</p><p>Your Eager Beaver</p>
124 min
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Mama Said: 'Mop Up Your Own Mess'
<p>So much content, this episode may be double-stuffed!<br><br>This week we look at various efforts at mopping up political messes along the way.<br><br>We start with a Coast to Coast to Coast COVID Update, as both Delta rises again and news about Omicron comes in fast and furious.<br><br>Then we'll touch upon a fresh start at the Green Party, muse about the real reason for fast Omicron-provoked border measures; give you backstory behind the fast tracking through the House of Commons of the bill to ban conversion therapy; take a critical look at Fiasco Tofino; and report of headway on the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision in favour of Indigenous children.<br><br>We'll then dedicate some time to the Speech from the Throne.<br><br>Of course, we'll have our listener/reader feedback and appreciation, and some cool news!<br><br>Also, because we believe that “Democracy Is Something You Do”, this week we invite our Kits to do the right neighbourly thing, and donate to the Canadian Red Cross 2021 British Columbia Floods &amp; Extreme Weather Appeal between now and December 26th. For every dollar you donate, $3 will go to the Red Cross, thanks to matching by the Government of Canada and British Columbia.<br><br>Finally, we want to know: What do you wish most for the world, and for yourself, this Christmas/Holiday season?<br><br>You can do that via our show’s Facebook blog page on via Twitter @TrueEager.<br><br>As always retweets, shares, gentle corrections, constructive criticism, compliments, tips, requests and positive reviews (if you think we deserve some stars, please rate us) are always welcome.<br><br>Until then, be kind to, and gentle with, yourselves,</p><p>Your Eager Beaver</p>
97 min
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Omicron and On, and On: A COVID Special
<p>This week, as we've been away for a bit more than two weeks and news of the Omicron variant is emerging, we are bringing you a special&nbsp;Coast to Coast to Coast COVID Round Up, to get Omicron information out to you as quickly as possible.<br><br>As always retweets, shares, gentle corrections, constructive criticism, compliments, tips, requests and positive reviews are always welcome.<br><br>Until then, be kind to, and gentle with, yourselves,</p><p>Your Eager Beaver</p>
85 min
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Interview Project: Legendary CBC Journalist Kei...
<p>The Eager Beaver Pod asks its guests if they're willing to provide an extended interview, so that we may better get to know them/what makes them tick.<br> <br> When they agree, we package it together and present to you as part of this series. This week’s guest made headlines, for all the right reasons! One of Canada’s most distinguished and reputable foreign correspondents; a journalist who would most definitely, already be in the Canadian Journalism Hall of Fame, if we had such a thing.</p><p>In this Interview Keith Boag, talks with us about healthcare in both Canada &amp; the US, the current political situation in the USA and the possible long term effects thereof. We also discuss our current rocky relationship with China, and what could be done to improve it.</p><p>Enjoy!<br> <br> Be kind to, and gentle with, yourself,<br> Your Eager Beaver</p>
87 min
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Shadow Boxing
<p><strong>(Recording Dates: November 13 &amp; 14, 2021)</strong></p><p>This week, we have no guest as there's been so much going on since the election, and this is a good time to catch up.<br><br>We have for you our Coast to Coast to Coast COVID Round Up, a quick run down of major headlines to hit since the election, an in depth-discussion about Erin O'Toole's Leadership Team and Shadow Cabinet announcement, and this week it's the return of "The Cool News!"<br><br>Also, because we believe that “Democracy Is Something You Do”, we invite our Kits to write in to tell us what is the earliest date at which you will start tolerating Christmas/Holiday music.<br><br>You can do that via our show’s Facebook blog page on via Twitter @TrueEager.<br><br>As always retweets, shares, gentle corrections, constructive criticism, compliments, tips, requests and positive reviews are always welcome.<br><br>Until then, be kind to, and gentle with, yourselves,</p><p>Your Eager Beaver</p>
79 min
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Beyond Our Borders (ft. Foreign Correspondent, ...
<p>(Recording Dates: November 4 &amp; 6, 2021)</p><p>On today’s episode…<br><br>As an election is prime time for navel gazing, now that it is over, we thought that we’d dedicate an episode looking beyond our borders to see what is happening in global affairs as they pertain to Canada, its place in the world, and its leadership on the global stage.<br><br>We have for you the return of our Coast to Coast to Coast COVID Round Up, a quick discussion about the Conservatives’ repeated attempts to claim PM Justin Trudeau’s leadership is making our standing on the international stage drop, and a very special interview with one of Canada’s most distinguished and reputable foreign correspondents; a journalist who would definitely already be in the Canadian Journalism Hall of Fame, if we had such a thing.<br> <br>Also, because we believe that “Democracy Is Something You Do”, we invite our Kits to write in to the show to let us know how you plan to mark Remembrance Day.<br><br>You can do that via our show’s Facebook blog page on via Twitter @TrueEager.<br><br>As always retweets, shares, gentle corrections, constructive criticism, compliments, tips, requests and positive reviews are always welcome<br><br>Until then, be kind to, and gentle with, yourselves,</p><p>Your Eager Beaver</p>
83 min
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Beaver Bites: And Still, Another Bite: The Cabinet
<p>Recording Dates: October 26 &amp; 28, 2021 The Eager Beaver and Mr. Grizzly discuss the composition of the first Cabinet of the current government's third term to see how it compares with our pre-announcement analysis.</p><p>After "The Eager Beaver and Mr. Grizzly discuss the composition of the first Cabinet of the current government's third term to see how it compares with our pre-announcement analysis.",<br></p><p>&nbsp;"[Read it here:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=4402341769847830&amp;id=114432661972117" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=4402341769847830&amp;id=114432661972117</a>]"</p><p><br></p><p>&nbsp;We also discuss what this Cabinet signals in terms of how activist this version of the Trudeau Government wants to be, preparing party succession, and whether the Prime Minister may be preparing his legacy. This is the eleventh... and final... installment of this format for the elections, however, we both enjoyed it so much, we just may keep Beaver Bites for informal chats during the week. Also, because we believe that “Democracy Is Something You Do”, we invite our Kits to write in to the show to share with us what is the first area of priority for which you wish to see legislation... and why. You can do that via our show’s Facebook blog page on via Twitter @TrueEager. And if you like our show, please spread/share our episodes. Until then, be kind to, and gentle with, yourselves, Your Eager Beaver.</p>
79 min
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Beaver Bites: Yet One More Bite
<p>Recording Dates: October 8 &amp; 23<br><br>The Eager Beaver and Mr. Grizzly discuss where the parties stand post-election; the good, bad, and ugly of their election campaign strategies, and; where they may go from here..<br><br>This is the tenth installment of our new format for the elections, in which we try to bring you more frequent, much less scripted, but potentially shorter episodes we call “Beaver Bites”, so that we may bring you Election 44 coverage with fewer delays.<br><br>Also, because we believe that “Democracy Is Something You Do”, we invite our Kits to write in to the show to share with us what the election was like for you.<br><br>You can do that via our show’s Facebook blog page on via Twitter @TrueEager.<br><br>Until then, be kind to, and gentle with, yourselves,</p><p>Your Eager Beaver</p>
73 min
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Beaver Bites: One Last Bite
<p>Recording Date: October 8<br><br>The Eager Beaver and Mr. Grizzly discuss interesting/trivia tidbits about the election results and about the Eager Beaver's first experience working at a polling place on election day.<br><br>Also, in this episode, we have a snippet of our extended interview with Conservative Party of Council Member Bert Chen, who was the first to publicly call for an expedited review of Erin O'Toole's leadership post-election.<br><br>Since our interview, Mr. Chen has been suspended/silenced for 60 days while a Committee "reviews" his behaviour.<br><br>This is the ninth installment of our new format for the elections, in which we try to bring you more frequent, much less scripted, but potentially shorter episodes -- yeah... that didn't quite work out... we're loquacious it seems... LOL --&nbsp;we call “Beaver Bites”, so that we may bring you Election 44 coverage with fewer delays.<br><br>Also, because we believe that “Democracy Is Something You Do”, we invite our Kits to write in to the show to share with us what the election was like for you.<br><br>You can do that via our show’s Facebook blog page on via Twitter @TrueEager.<br><br>Until then, be kind to, and gentle with, yourselves,</p><p>Your Eager Beaver</p>
59 min
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Interview Project: CPC National Council Member ...
<p>Recording date: October 9, 2021</p><p>The Eager Beaver Pod asks its guests if they're willing to provide an extended interview, so that we may better get to know them/what makes them tick.<strong><br><br></strong>When they agree, we package it together and present to you as part of this series.<strong><br><br></strong>This week's guest made headlines by being among the first to call for a post-electoral review of Conservative Party of Canada Leader Erin O'Toole's leadership... and he put his money where his mouth is by openly circulating a petition to that effect.<br><br>In this interview, Bert Chen makes his case, we talk election strategy blunders, and because we here at the TNEB believe that "Democracy is something you do", we ask him about his path to becoming a National Council member.<br><strong><br></strong>Enjoy!<strong><br><br></strong>Be kind to, and gentle with, yourself,<strong><br></strong>Your Eager Beaver</p><p>PS: Since our interview was recorded, Mr. Chen was slapped with a 60-day suspension while a Committee "reviews" his actions.</p><p><br></p>
64 min
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Beaver Bites: Election 44 - The Aftermath
A break down of the results of election 44.
53 min
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Beaver Bites: Election 44 - Who do you want to ...
<p>Our ongoing discussion about election 44.</p>
65 min
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Beaver Bites: Election 44 - A Tight Race
<p>Our on going discussion about election 44...</p>
48 min
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Beaver Bites: Election 44 - The English Langua...
<p>In this Episode we discuss the recent English Language debate.</p>
58 min
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Beaver Bites: Election 44 - Impassioned Plea
<p>In our ongoing discussion about election 44, we do a deep dive into some issues that we are passionate about, and raise concern on the direction of the nation. &nbsp;</p>
49 min
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Beaver Bites: Election 44 - Compassion
<p>Our further ongoing discussion about the upcoming Federal election.</p>
44 min
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Beaver Bites: Election 44 - The First Week Recap
<p>Off the cuff discussion about the current federal election.</p>
52 min
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Beaver Bites : Election 44 - The First Week
<p>(recording date, August 21st)<br><br>Six days into Canada’s 44th election, your intrepid duo of the Eager Beaver and Mr Grizzly share their general impressions of the election’s opening days.<br><br>This is the first in our new format for the elections, in which we try to bring you more frequent, much less scripted, but potentially shorter episodes we’ll call “Beaver Bites”, so that we may bring you Election 44 coverage with fewer delays.<br><br>Now, turns out that because we waited a few days, this episode turned out to be more of a “mouthful” than just a bite – we had a LOT to say (lol) – but hopefully we’ll be a tad more disciplined for future shows.<br><br>Also, because we believe that “Democracy Is Something You Do”, we invite our Kits to write in to the show to let us know what your election plan is to plan your vote, and what you’ll do to get more than just yourself to the polls.<br><br>You can do that via our show’s Facebook blog page on via Twitter @TrueEager.<br><br>Until then, be kind to, and gentle with, yourselves,</p><p>Your Eager Beaver</p>
72 min
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Election!
<p>(recording dates, August 14th and 17th)<br><br>On today’s episode…<br><br>It’s election time!!!<br><br>And for political junkies, this is that for which we live.<br><br>We have for you a pre-election Coast to Coast to Coast COVID Round Up, a discussion on how the table had been prepared for this election call (including a Hello/Goodbye to those who cleared the decks or joined teams in preparation), and a discussion about the state of the major parties prior to the call that also touches upon a few things that took place in the opening days.<br><br>This will be our final “regular format” show for the next while as we hope to bring you more frequent, but potentially shorter episodes we’ll call “Beaver Bites” to bring you Election 44 coverage with fewer delays.<br><br>Also, because we believe that “Democracy Is Something You Do”, we invite our Kits to write in to the show to let us know what your election plan is to plan your vote, and what you’ll do to get more than just yourself to the polls.<br><br>You can do that via our show’s Facebook blog page or via Twitter @TrueEager.<br><br>Until then, be kind to, and gentle with, yourselves,</p><p>Your Eager Beaver</p>
131 min
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Interview Project: CBC Sportscaster Devin Herou...
<p>The Eager Beaver Pod asks its guests if they're willing to provide an extended interview, so that we may better get to know them/what makes them tick.<br><br>When they agree, we package it together and present to you as part of this series.<br><br>This week's guest is one of Canada’s most gifted sports reporters and currently is in Tokyo bringing us all of the drama and glory of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.<br><br>Devin Heroux, shares with us interesting stories about his path and provides insight into not only his love for sports, but how he came into the interviewing and reporting style for which he has become cherished by Canadians..<br><br>Enjoy!<br><br>Be kind to, and gentle with, yourself,<br>Your Eager Beaver</p>
39 min
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The Pride Episode, Part 2
<p>On today’s episode… It’s still all about Pride! &nbsp;Welcome to The True North Eager Beaver Pride Episode, Part Deux: 2 Proud 2 Curious</p><p>As you likely know June was Pride Month and the 53rd anniversary of the Stonewall Riots which took place from June 28th &nbsp;to July 3rd, 1969, so we’ll be presenting a collection of rainbow-themed stories over the course of the two parts of this episode.</p><p>In this second half of the episode, we’ll have our Coast-to-Coast-to-Coast COVID update.</p><p>Our discussion this week is about why Pride Parades are still needed in 2021.</p><p>Our featured interview is with none other than the charming and gregarious CBC Sportscaster Devin Heroux, who currently is all over your screens, thanks to his Tokyo 2020 assignment</p><p>And last, but not least, this week sees the return of The Cool News!</p><p>Be kind to, and gentle with, yourselves,</p><p>Your Eager Beaver</p>
77 min
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The Pride Episode, Part 1
<p>On today’s episode… It’s all about Pride!<br><br>As you likely know June was Pride Month and the 53rd anniversary of the Stonewall Riots which took place from June 28th &nbsp;to July 3rd, 1969, so we’ll be presenting a collection of rainbow-themed stories over the course of the two parts of this episode.<br><br>In this half of the episode, our Coast-to-Coast-to-Coast COVID update is back.<br><br>Our main story is the inexplicable and nonsensical decision of the Conservative Party of Canada to hold up legislation banning conversation therapy.<br><br>In our second half we’ll have our featured interview, listener feedback, and our cool news segment.</p><p>Be kind to, and gentle with, yourselves,<br>Your Eager Beaver</p>
61 min