The Boiling Point, Feb 16
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The Boiling Point, Feb 16

First off, let me apologize for not airing an audio show last night.

Lots of topics were covered in this week’s episode, and some of them were covered in a Facebook Live stream.  From the handshake felt around the world to the ongoing investigation into the Trump administration, there was no shortage of compelling material from this past week to cover.  Not only were there hot headlines, but there were historic events as well: Prime Minister Trudeau was officially received in Strasbourg for the passing of CETA by the European Parliament- the first of its kind- as an alternative to protectionist politics.  The PM had strong words for critics of the deal and a message of encouragement for supporters: “We can’t understate how important it was to get this deal right,” and “The anxiety people have towards the economy and trade — the worry that our kids won’t have access to the same jobs and opportunities that we had — can be addressed only if we ensure that trade is inclusive, so that everyone benefits.  This agreement … delivers just that.”

As well, the topic of autonomous weapons was looked at, and one Harvard student’s efforts to work with like-minded people to ban them altogether.  For any further updates, tweet to @BoilingPointRL.

Next show will be back to normal, regular audio, and most likely live stream.  Apologies for the mixup!

The Boiling Point, Feb 9
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The Boiling Point, Feb 9

Hey!

Thanks for tuning in, whether you caught the radio show, or the live stream.  Wrapping up the topics from last night, the focus was mainly on Canadian news, recapping recent events in the Great White North.  Questions asked were: “how do you feel about the Prime Minister’s performance so far?”  “how do you think the U.S. position on immigration affects Canadians as refugees are now seeking asylum within our borders?”  “what are the ethical implications of genetic engineering?”

The topics were engaging, as some of the questions asked also related to the Prime Minister’s visit to the Converge 2017 event hosted in Ottawa on Monday and Tuesday. Review of Roberta Jamieson’s address and the issues she covered, such as the opportunities that First Nations students will have after graduating University topped the list of pertinent discussion.  Breaking News coverage briefly examined the surprise appointment of Sarah Palin as the new U.S. Ambassador to Canada.

Also, some killer tunes were spun, and the playlist is below.  That’s it for this week.  Tune in next week for more coverage of exciting news!

Playlist

  1. Show You The Way – Thundercat, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins
  2. YOU’RE THE ONE – KAYTRANADA, Syd
  3. Loud – araabMUZIK, Loud Lord
  4. My G’s – Stooki Sound, Jelacee
The Boiling Point January 5: Welcome Back
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The Boiling Point January 5: Welcome Back

Welcome radio-heads!

Hope the break was rejuvenating and that you’re ready to tear into the semester.  Last year we talked about a lot of groundbreaking events, and also got the chance to examine some key issues that affect us as a student body, and also as individuals that shape society.

What impact does our perspective have on those issues?  How effective can we be in engaging our opinion?  These are the questions that have previously been addressed and will continue to frame the direction of The Boiling Point, and of course while nodding to some killer beats.

This episode focused on events that took place nearer the end of the year, and raised commentary about the effect those events have or have had on the public.  Violence shrouded the atmosphere of the latter end of 2016 with chaos erupting in the East as the Syrian crisis continued to embroil all parties involved.  As always, listeners are invited to engage the commentary by adding their thoughts or views on topics covered, and suggestions as to what could be touched on in the future.

Also included in a brief sum-up of 2016, new music was reviewed and the playlist can be seen below.  Thanks for tuning in, and see you next week!

  1. Let’s Go Crazy – Prince
  2. Young Americans – David Bowie
  3. A Report To The Shareholders: Kill Your Masters – Run The Jewels
  4. Candy Man – Baauer
  5. Choice And Consequence – Bwana
  6. James Joint (cover) –  Jarreau & Mr Carmack
  7. Terrified (Zikomo Remix) – Childish Gambino
  8. Cocaine Eighties – Autumn In June

 

News Unplugged – Friday, Nov. 27
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News Unplugged – Friday, Nov. 27

Laquan McDonald Case

Chicago Officer, Jason Van Dyke has been charged with the first-degree murder of 17-year-old Laquan MacDonald, which took place last year.

At the time of the incident, Van Dyke claimed that he had shot at MacDonald in an act of self-defense, once MacDonald had threatened police officers with a knife.

After over a year of pressure, the Chicago Police Department has released dash cam footage of the attack, exposing Van Dyke for shooting at MacDonald 16 times, even after he had collapsed, lying motionless on the ground.

Since the release of the disturbing video, Chicago civilians have taken to the streets to protest the unjust killing, as part of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. Laquan MacDonald’s death marks yet another act of police brutality against black teens in the United States, such as Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

 

Canada’s Syrian Refugee Efforts

Yesterday, Canada’s Minister of International Development made the announcement that the country will contribute an additional $100 million to aid the United Nations in their efforts to help Syrian refugees.

According to the minister, the money will be used for shelter, protection, education and health, to help the refugees meet their basic needs.

In addition, Canada has also issued 928 permanent resident visas to Syrian refugees, although it is unclear when they will be entering the country.

 

Marijuana Regulations in Ontario

For those of you who were excited about Ontario’s recent announcement to allow medical marijuana vaping in public, don’t hold your breath. Just one day after their statement, the Ontario’s Liberal government has come out to say that they will be carefully re-examining their decision.

Associate health minister, Dipika Damerla spoke on behalf of the party, stating, “We’ve heard the concerns around this regulation, and we’re going to take this feedback and see if this regulation is the best way to move forward,”

 

Donald Trump Mocks Disabled Reporter

Donald Trump is in the news once again for being offensive. This time, the Republican presidential candidate is under fire for ridiculing a journalist for NBC News with a congenital joint condition that limits the movement of his arms.  While speaking of the journalist, Serge Kovaleski Trump mocked him by contorting and jerking his arms.

The Ruderman family foundation for people with disabilities has since offered Trump sensitivity training sessions.

Yesterday, Trump tried to defend his behavior by denying that he knew anything about Kovaleski’s appearance or disorder.

 

Black Friday Comes to Canada

Black Friday – a tradition which originally started in America, is now slowly inching its way into Canada. Shopping malls and stores across Canada have been preparing for today’s black Friday sales, in an effort to attract American shoppers.

Storeowners reason that with the strength of the US dollar in comparison to ours, American shoppers could save approximately 25% on top of all the other sales.

Laurier Students Meet Their Federal Candidates
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Laurier Students Meet Their Federal Candidates

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On Wednesday, October 7th, Waterloo candidates gathered in Laurier’s concourse to debate and discuss their platforms for the upcoming federal election.

Representatives from all four parties were present: Conservative’s Peter Braid, New Democratic Party’s Diane Freeman, Liberal’s Bardish Chagger, and Green Party’s Richard Walsh.

The debate was primarily focused on student issues, with the concern of student debt playing a key role in each of the candidates’ discussion points.

 

Each party came forward with a plan of action to combat student debt. The individual candidates’ main points were as follows:

1. Chagger stated that the Liberal Party would not only increase access to student loans, but also absorb interest in the repayment time until students are earning a minimum salary of $25,000 a year.

2. In Braid’s plan, the Conservative Party would use Canada’s current Student Loans and Grants program to eliminate in-study income from loans, for students who are balancing a job while attending post-secondary education.

3. Walsh projected that by 2020, the Green Party would be able to eliminate tuition fees altogether. The party would also forgive any student debt over $10,000, contribute annually to local municipalities to hire young people, and have a guaranteed annual income.

4. Freeman proposed that the New Democratic Party would eliminate all interest on student loans over the next 7 years, help establish 40,000 new permanent internship and co-op opportunities for students, and build affordable housing for new graduates.

 

Another hot-button topic that arose during the debate was the lack of Aboriginal students entering the post-secondary sector.

All four candidates agreed that the government must work alongside Aboriginal communities to invest further in their education.

Walsh, Freeman, and Chagger noted that the current Conservative government’s cuts to Aboriginal communities must be restored in order for Aboriginal students to thrive. Braid stated that the Conservative government is prepared to assist each Indigenous community on a nation-by-nation basis.

 

To close off the debate, candidates gave a final statement to summarize their arguments.

1. In Braid’s closing statement, he emphasized that the Conservative Party is “the only choice to keep our economy strong, and taxes low”.

2. Walsh argued that the Green Party has “the vision to get our economy on track for an environmentally sustainable future”.

3. Freeman stated that her background in engineering has prepared her to invest in Waterloo with “stable funding for roads, bridges, affordable housing, and transit”.

4. Chagger closed by stressing the Liberal government’s values “compassion, inclusion, and respect for the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms”.

Each candidate brought on strong tactics to entice students and delivered key messages as to how they would deliver change within the community.

 

As the debate came to a close, students took the time to get to know the candidates before they will be placing their ballots in the upcoming voting days.

 

Canadian Favourites – February 3rd 2015
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Canadian Favourites – February 3rd 2015

First was Down With Webster from Toronto, Ontario and their songs Chills and Weekends

Second was Project 46 from Waterloo, Ontario and Vancouver, BC and their songs Reasons and Shadow Of The Day

Third was Dinosaur Bones from Toronto, Ontario and their songs NYE and Nothing Left Between The Lines

Fourth was My Son The Hurricane from St. Catherine’s, Ontario and their songs Pigeon Park and Honour Among Thieves

Fifth was Alexisonfire from St. Catherine’s, Ontario and their songs Keep It On Wax and This Could Be Anywhere In The World

Sixth was Crush Luther from Toronto, Ontario and their song Rudy and Cute Like The Movies

Seventh was FM Static from Toronto, Ontario and their song Tonight