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Guelph M.P. Frank Valeriote

Royal City Rag will be back on CFRU 93.3fm this coming weekend with a busy show featuring a follow up interview with Guelph M.P. Frank Valeriote (complete with his Movember moustache) and a visit from The Working Week‘s Scotty Hertz to update us on the Wood’s Site/Downtown redevelopment plan and the 2nd Canadian Labour International Film Festival taking place at the Guelph and District Labour Council, 141 Woolwich Street, (Matrix Building, Woolwich and Eramosa) on November 28 at 2.00 p.m.

Later in the show we’ll chat by phone with Linda Beaupre Conductor and Artistic Director of the Guelph Youth Singers about their annual seasonal concert This Frosty Tide at St. George’s Anglican Church on December 4 at 7.30 p.m.

As usual we’ll wrap it all up with some great music. It promises to be a great show; you won’t want to miss it!

Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or on this website a day or so later.

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Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff was in Guelph on July 26 as part of his Liberal Express cross-country bus tour. Michael was accompanied by Guelph MP Frank Valeriote and a variety of other Liberal representatives and student members. Royal City Rag was invited along for the ride.

Part photo op and chance to discuss policy, the main goal of the trip across Canada is, according to the Liberals,  an opportunity for Canadians to meet the real Michael Ignatieff.

In Guelph, Michael visited the The Elliot Community retirement home on Metcalfe Street and the rehabilitation centre at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Westmount Road.

During the trip we were able to secure interviews with both John McCallum (MP Markham-Unionville) and our own MP Frank Valeriote.

Unfortunately, despite the fact that the goal of the tour was to show how approachable Michael Ignatieff is, we did not manage to get any personal face time. We were able to ask a question or two during what was described as a media scrum at St Joseph’s – though as there was only the Guelph Tribune, Guelph Mercury and Royal City Rag there, I’m not sure the term ‘scrum’ did justice to the interaction. Nonetheless, it was fun to be asked to join the visit. If nothing else it was good to be able to observe politicians in their natural habitat.

Michael Ignatieff, despite a reputation for being aloof (and, according to the Conservatives, an elitist) warms up considerably when he gets to chat about social justice issues and talk from personal experience. It was however disappointing not to get a real interview.

If the Federal Liberals really want to let Canadians get to know their leader they need to cut down on the stage-managed media appearances. By comparison, Guelph’s affable and outgoing MP, Frank Valeriote is a breath of fresh air… a true populist who clearly enjoys meeting people, and by his own admission, won’t leave until all questions have been asked and answered.

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Music:
Lee Harvey Osmond, The Love Of One from A Quiet Evil
Matt Andersen, Magnolia from Live At Liberty House
Divine Comedy, The National Express from Fin de Siecle
The Twang, Another Bus from Jewellery Quarter
Johnathan Richman, Your Crazy For Taking The Bus from Action Packed The Best of Jonathan Richman
The Who, Magic Bus from Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy
Frazey Ford, Lost Together from Obidiah

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Royal City Rag will be on tour with Guelph MP Frank Valeriote and Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff on Monday.

We’ll be using the Liberal Express rather than the Royal City Rag Fan bus!

We’re due to visit the The Elliot Community retirement home on Metcalfe Street at 9.30 a.m. and then we’ll be off to St. Joseph’s Hospital on Westmount Road for a tour, lunch and a roundtable discussion on Canadian health care.

We’ll also be joining in ‘the scrum’ on the bus – we’ll hopefully have a chance for a soundbite or two.

I guess we must be becoming a bit mainstream… We’ll try and keep our credibility intact by asking a difficult question or two.

Expect a full report on our return.

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Frank Valeriote In Debate

It was our great pleasure to welcome Frank Valeriote, MP for Guelph, back to Royal City Rag on February 27.

During a wide ranging conversation in the first hour, we talked about the resumation of parliamentary activities in Ottawa on March 3 after Stephen Harper’s self-serving prorogation, the upcoming budget (to be tabled by the government on March 4) and Frank’s own committee work in the agriculture and food sectors.

Its also appropriate to mention that their will be another awareness event in Guelph on March 2 with respect to the inappropriate use of prorogation to stifle parliamentary debate. 

The Guelph chapters of the Council of Canadians and Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament and Guelph Participates are encouraging people to come out to Carden Street, in front of City Hall for the “Searchlight on Democracy Walk and Talk” at 7.00 p.m. for some short speeches, followed by a short candlelight procession to Norfolk St United Church for a discussion on how we can hold the government accountable for their actions and avoid such abuses in the future.

There was an excellent panel discussion on this issue on January 2. You can check out the audio from that event including Frank Valeriote’s speech here.

Searchlight on Democracy Walk and Talk
When: Tuesday, March 2 at 7.00 p.m.
Where: City Hall – Guelph (1 Carden St.) and then to Norfolk Street United Church for presentations and a group discussion

We also had a chance to discuss the burgeoning contorversy concerning Canada’s financial aid for earthquake stricken Haiti. It seems that the aid the government is providing may be coming out of funds already earmarked for Haiti prior to the earthquake and not new funding at all. This situation needs to be watched very closely.

The Canada Haiti Action Network are screening the documentary Aristide and the Endless Revolution at the Bookshelf Cinema on Saturday March 6 at 1.00 p.m. This is a free event. A discussion about the current situation in Haiti, including financial aid from the Government of Canada, will occur after the screening.

Aristide and The Endless Revolution
When: Saturday March 6 @ 1 p.m.
Where: The Bookshelf Cinema, Quebec St, Downtown Guelph
Admission: Free (donations gratefully accepted).

Frank Valeriote can be contacted via his Gueph office, 40 Cork Street East, Guelph, N1H 2W8, 519-837-8276, 519-837-8443  or by e-mail to Valeriote.F@parl.gc.ca. While in Ottawa he may also be reached at Room 713 Confederation Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, K1A 0A6, 613-996-4758, 613-996-9922 (fax).

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You can also follow the links here to check out Frank’s previous visits to Royal City Rag in April and June 2009. He’s a great interview.

We started the second hour of the show with a personal commentary regarding the upcoming municipal election scheduled for October 25Mayor Farbridge announced her bid for re-election this week. Other candidates for mayor and council are sure to follow in short order.

Royal City Rag will continue to follow the municipal scene closely, focusing on the community issues that we believe are important as we move towards the election. Expect to hear more commentaries on the record of the current council and our hopes for the next.

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Po'Girl

Later in the second hour we talked to Alli Russell from Po’Girl. Po’Girl are in Guelph on March 9 for a show at Dublin St United Church as part of their “No Shame” tour, highlighting the serious problem of child sexual abuse.

Russell is the survivor of ten years of sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather.  She wrote the song “No Shame” in 2006 after her stepfather was released from prison . You can find it on their critically acclaimed album, Deer in the Night.

Proceeds from the tour will support Little Warriors in Canada and the National Children’s Alliance in the USA. Alli Russell will also be running the Athens, Ohio marathon, on April 11 to support these groups.

Hailing originally from Canada, Po’Girl weave a blend of musical influences, sweetness, grit & soul into a fresh and original sound. Their latest release, 2009’s Deer in the Night still includes many of the trappings of the trademark Po’ Girl sound – the echoes of speakeasy jazz, the western lament, the accordion-strapped ghosts of European folk – but it’s all delivered with a soulful clarity and depth only hinted at on previous records.

Po’Girl And The No Shame Tour To Combat Child Abuse
featuring Po’Girl (with special guest JT Nero) and Noise and the Ghost
When: March 9 at 7.30 p.m.
Where: Dublin St United Church, 68 Suffolk St W, Guelph
Tickets: $16/$20

Listen to Hour 2:

Music:
Johnny Cash, Redemption Day from American Recordings VI, Ain’t No Grave
Roseanne Cash, I’m Moving On from The List
Tony Bennett, Rags To Riches from Mob Life
Michael Buble, A Song For You from It’s time
Janis Ian, The Great Divide from Folk Is The New Black
Po’Girl, Bloom from Deer In The Night
Po’Girl, No Shame from Deer In The Night

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Frank Valeriote In Debate

We’ll be starting off Royal City Rag on Saturday February 27 with another conversation with Frank Valeriote, MP for Guelph. He’s a great interview. You definitely won’t want to miss it.

Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live on CFRU93.3fm, you can pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

We’ll be following up on all the recent intrigue surrounding Stephen Harper’s decision to shut down parliament through prorogation, Haiti earthquake relief and the current state of the Canadian economy. Frank will also update us on his own committee work and provide an update on Guelph’s impact on the national scene.

This is Frank’s third appearance on Royal City Rag. Check out his previous visits to Royal City Rag in April and June 2009.

Alli Russell

Later in the show, we’ll be catching up with Alli Russell from Po’Girl in New York. Po’Girl visit Guelph on March 9 for a show at Dublin St United Church as part of their “No Shame” tour.

Proceeds from the tour will support Little Warriors in Canada and the National Children’s Alliance in the USA. Alli Russell will also be running the Athens, Ohio marathon, on April 11 to support these groups.

Russell is the survivor of ten years of sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather.  She wrote the song “No Shame” in 2006 after her stepfather was released from prison . You can find it on their critically acclaimed album, Deer in the Night.

Hailing originally from Canada, Po’Girl weave a blend of musical influences, sweetness, grit & soul into a fresh and original sound. Their latest release, 2009’s Deer in the Night still includes many of the trappings of the trademark Po’ Girl sound – the echoes of speakeasy jazz, the western lament, the accordion-strapped ghosts of European folk – but it’s all delivered with a soulful clarity and depth only hinted at on previous records.

They recently released a live album, Po’ Girl Live that captures the energy and spirit of the live show. Po’Girl also spent part of January recording new album “Follow Your Bliss” in Chicago, IL. “Follow Your Bliss” will be released in Europe in May and in North America in June.

Po’Girl And The No Shame Tour To Combat Child Abuse
featuring Po’Girl (with special guest JT Nero) and Noise and the Ghost
When: March 9 at 7.30 p.m.
Where: Dublin St United Church, 68 Suffolk St W, Guelph
Tickets: $16/$20

As always, we’ll wrap it all up with some cool music…

Royal City Rag, Saturdays 7-9 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm, Guelph’s Campus Community Radio Station.

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Frank Valeriote

Guelph MP Frank Valeriote will be back on Royal City Rag this coming Saturday, February 27 between 7.15 – 8.00 a.m.

We’ll be catching up on all the goings on in Ottawa, including the recent intrigue around prorogation, Haiti earthquake relief and the current state of the Canadian economy. Frank will also update us on his own committee work as well as provide an update on Guelph’s impact on the national scene.

This is Frank’s third appearance on Royal City Rag. Check out his previous visits to Royal City Rag in April and June 2009.

If you have questions you’d like us to ask Frank, we’d love to hear from you.  Please send them to info@royalcityrag.ca.

Royal City Rag, Saturdays from 7-9 a.m. on CFRU 93.3 fm, Guelph’s Campus and Community Radio Station. Listen live on CFRU 93.3fm, or, after the fact, via the website. If it happens in Guelph you’ll hear about it on Royal City Rag!

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Saturday’s Perogies not Proroguing rally in Guelph on Saturday January 23 was a huge success.

More than 350 Guelphites attended the event organised by the Guelph Chapter of the Council of Canadians, the Guelph Chapter of Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament and the Canadian Union of Public Employees. Far more than the 200 people the organisers had expected to turn up.

The rally was not only an opportunity to register opposition to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to shut down parliament but also allowed those present  to educate themselves on the fragile state of our democracy.

Stephen Harper’s cynical decision to stifle debate is far more than just a storm in a teacup on the internet. There are a great many Canadians who are deeply troubled about an excessive concentration of arbitrarily-exercised power in the office of Prime Minister. 

Even analysts who normally support the actions of Canada’s right wing government believe that Stephen Harper has seriously miscalculated the mood of the nation. Quite clearly, Canadians really do care about this issue.

As Tom Flanagan, former chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, said on January 12 in a panel interview on CBC Television’s ‘Power & Politics’ with Evan Solomon, “Everybody knows that Parliament was prorogued in order to shut down the Afghan inquiry, and the trouble is that the government doesn’t want to explain why that was necessary,” adding “instead of having an adult defence of it, the government comes up with these childish talking points. So then you try and backfill with other stuff that doesn’t make much sense either. So it’s a self-created problem.”

Left to Right: Jim Profit, Phil Allt and Byron Sheldrick

Many of those present attended the, standing room only, panel discussion at Knox Church featuring Guelph MP Frank Valeriote, Accessibility Advocate/Writer Susan Wheeler, University of Guelph Political Science Professor Byron Sheldrick, History professor/former NDP candidate Phil Allt and Father Jim Profit from the Ignatius Jesuit Centre. The panel discussion was moderated by Rev. John Lawson.

Susan Wheeler with Frank Valeriote MP

Frank Valeriote gave an excellent speech on parliamentary democracy while the panelists provided a lot of food for thought. There was also an excellent question and answer session.

It really was a wonderful session and a great primer on the problems currently afflicting our parliamentary democracy. Definitely worth a listen if you missed it.

Listen to Frank Valeriote’s Speech:

Listen to the Panelists Comments:

Listen to the Question & Answer Session:

The urgent need for parliamentary procedure reform will be discussed in a lecture on February 8 featuring Dr. Ned Franks, Professor Emeritus at Queen’s University. Professor Franks, who has been frequently quoted in recent editorials on the prorogation issue, will present a lecture on “The State of Parliamentary Democracy in Canada”.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Council of Canadians – Guelph Chapter, the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph and the Central Students Association. The lecture will be held at the University of Guelph’s War Memorial Hall at 7.30 p.m.

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