CFI on CHCH News Square Off Today at 5:30pm EDT
March 26, 2012
CFI’s National Communications Director Justin Trottier will appear on Hamilton-based CHCH News today at 5:30pm EDT to discuss the Bluewater District School Board decision to disallow the distribution of Gideon Bibles in class, which one parent described as an “atheist thing and they’re doing harm to the children.” He will debate Evangelical Reverand Charles McVety, President of the Canada Christian College.
If you are unable to access the channel from where you live, you should be able to watch online here
#1 marv (Guest) on Thursday March 29, 2012 at 1:04pm
I am writing in regards to these ridiculous gas prices and lack of government getting involved to keep the prices down. I know they really don’t mind these high prices due to the fact the more the gas stations charge the more revenue thru taxes the government gets thru hst and also the more the gas company makes the more revenue they collect thru their profits but if it continues we are certain to have another recession due to nobody can afford to drive thus garages car company’s and other industries will profits will drop due to nobody will have money to buy anything.
#2 Dennis (Guest) on Monday April 02, 2012 at 3:07pm
I was wondering if you guys could do a square off on employment in this area. You have a Staffing agency in this town that is taking applications for work. Over 300 people have been put on a waiting list to work for a company thats still doing job fairs. The job fair part is ok, but why are all these people not able to access work anywhere else. Randstad is putting people on a waiting list for employment and refusing to end them elsewhere as they are on a list for a certain location. No wonder unemployment and welfare is so high. These companies should be somewhat held accountable for our unemployment and welfare issues as they are keeping people from going to work at other locations. I have contacted Paul Miller and gotten nowhere with this. Would love to see the debate on this!!!
#3 Pat S (Guest) on Friday April 13, 2012 at 3:12pm
I am responding to the square off debate today regarding the Three Stooges. Liz, I am sorry to say thatyou are wrong. I am a woman and I love the three stooges. I grew up watching their shows and laughing out loud with my family. I also watched Bug Bunny and laughed as well. They are very funny and the thing to remember is that none of the slap stick comedy is meant to harm…it is simply meant to be funny and funny it really is!!
#4 Jim Mclachlan (Guest) on Saturday April 21, 2012 at 3:43pm
Mark enjoy your program. You adress issues well. I have an issue that mabye you could adress.
It is 5.30pm and I am watch CHCH News I thought. What is newsworthy in what dress to wear and what makeup to wear to a wedding got to do with the news.
I did note the anchor person was a women.
#5 Jim McLachlan (Guest) on Friday April 27, 2012 at 6:33am
Mark I write today to suggest a topic for your show.
Bell Canada(?)is now going to charge 2 dollars on the monthly bill to those who do not use email to pay their bills on line. So unfair to those who do not have a computer and those who can’t afford one or do not care to have one.
#6 Mel (Guest) on Wednesday May 09, 2012 at 2:46pm
I am so sick and tired of PRIDE complaining and crying about Rob Ford not attending. Susan G Cole from NOW Magazine had the audacity to compare the PRIDE Parade to the Canada Day Parade! Is she serious?? It is not even close!
I am a huge supporter of Gay and Lesbians and have attended the parade myself on quite a few occasions however it is NOT his or anyone elses job to attend these parades or any other parade or festival.
The gay community or at least the individuals representing the gay community are complaining way too much about this and making too big a deal of it. The mayor can’t attend every single parade or festival in the city and he doesn’t, yet the only event rep’s that complain about it are the PRIDE rep’s. All this whining every year is making me not want to support PRIDE at all. If they aren’t complaining about Rob Fords attendance they are complaining about someone else. PRIDE seriously needs to focus on more important things and shut the heck up already.
#7 Sharon (Guest) on Thursday May 24, 2012 at 3:56pm
In response to the EI changes about to be mandated by our Federal Government, I would just like to comment that the EI funds are not federal funds but rather funds that we as all Canadians who work contribute to. When laid off you are immediately hit with a two week penalty,(meaning you will not receive any funds for this period of time)and there is also a waiting period from 6-8 weeks just to see if your eligable for EI. Remember this is your money and mine, imagine if your owed the feds money. Do you believe they would be so patient waiting for you to pay them? EI is not a permenant solution it barely pays half of your regular wages and doesn’t even run a full year, it’s not welfare. What will happen with all the teachers that claim EI while enjoying their summer vacations, how will the changes affect this type of employment. You have people from other provinces coming into Ontario to work just to get the hours and return home. It seems to me that this is just another ploy for the government to download its’ problems on the most needy in our society. Remember Mike Harris and his workfare program for people on welfare. It was an unmanageable failure, but it did successfully download welfare from the province to the municipalities. And what of the politicians who will soon be enjoying their summer perhaps they should now have to apply for EI or perhaps welfare it would be easier…Thank-you Sharon
#8 Albert (Guest) on Thursday May 24, 2012 at 5:19pm
Furthering the observations of Sharon on the subject of EI. While agreeing with the comments made there are additonal ‘negatives’ accompanying this ill-conceived governemnt policy. Forcing those who are claiming EI to take a 30% cut and to travel up to an hour away from their homes puts numerous additional burdens on the ‘unemployed’. Some of these include perhaps the cost of purchasing a vehicle (if they do not have one), insurance, Valtag, maintenance and above all gasoline. At presnt day costs an hour’s drive could mean travelling around approx 200 kms per day, equal thus (at present day gas prices using an average mid-size vehicle)some $25.00 per day - some $500 per month! Worthy of note here is that 200 kms per day amounts to 1000 kms per week - a set of tires and need for vehicle servicing plus higher insurance costs for ‘excessive mileage’ are severe costs to be burdened.
There appears to be no ‘allowances’ (none that I have heard mentioned) by the governemnt for these additional expenditures.
One does not have to have a degree in math to understand that being forced into such a situation would mean (at minimum wage) a person would in actual fact be ‘losing’ immensely and put into a position that actual ‘cash in hand’ would be well below ‘minimum’ wage. I am retired and never ‘drawn’ EI but I sure as heck have no objections to the EI payment made over the years being contributed to those in need at these troublesome economic times.
Doesnt’t seem a shame to put, say, a teacher into the orchards to pick peaches all day - someone who has never been used to ‘manual labour’ who then unfortunately becomes ‘injured’ - yes we then see the ‘teacher’ going on WSIB (for sure now at a lower rate of allowance than that of a teacher)! Would appear the government have it all worked out? In their favour? Food for thought?
#9 Janice Richardson (Guest) on Friday June 01, 2012 at 3:16pm
In order to expose your commentators to reality.
Re:Mark Zuckerman not leaving a tip in Italy,I must comment.
If you had traveled in Rome,you would know that the tip is
automatically billed into your food Invoice.If you tip,on top of the
tip you are showing your ignorance of the reality of “how things
are properly done”.You would make everyone feel uncomfortable,and be laughed at.So,please be advised of the reality,of travel rules
in Italy.By speaking negatively about Mr.Zuckerman you are exposing yourself in a negative light.
#10 42Oolon (Guest) on Wednesday June 20, 2012 at 11:24am
Good luck Justin. As you are no doubt aware, McVety is one of the big Christian Nationalists. I got one of these Gideon New Testaments in grade five on the promise that I would read it. I didn’t, I started with the Old Testament and witin 2 chapters, I was an atheist.
#11 clint (Guest) on Thursday June 21, 2012 at 3:23pm
Mark,about yesterday’s segment about the 911 contraversy.You Mark have no morals and zero ethics skills and you thecall that news,well news flash Mark no one cares unless they hold the same morals and ethics as you do.I think you and people like you give society a bad name,If I were your child,I would be ashamed and imbarrassed to have you as a father,but if it makes somebody money,I guess your all for it,eh Mark.Same goes for your gay parenting segment.You need to get a job with the Natioal Enquirer.
#12 Patricia (Guest) on Monday July 02, 2012 at 5:20pm
As Liz was saying on July 2’nd show..I do agree with Liz that everything should of NOT BEING OPEN on July 1’st. The holiday was not on July 2’nd..Just because the holiday was on a Sunday this year does not make a difference as if it was on a day in the week. This is to keep the Post Office workers again…like always…
#13 John (Guest) on Friday July 06, 2012 at 3:56pm
On your discussion today about the effects of spanking I agree with the one guest that a slap on the bum will do no harm and after trying everything else maybe just the thing to get a child’s attention.
What I would like to see is a study on the effects from the current philosophy of coddling children - always given everything, never told no, God forbid they work for anything, and with helicopter parenting never allowed to make own decisions and suffer any possible consequences. Are future employers going to treat them this way - I think not.
#14 deb (guest) (Guest) on Monday July 23, 2012 at 2:39pm
WOW. Again with the gang issues. We all know that guns can be made illegal but ppl who really want them will get them anyway. Doesn’t anyone get it that once the Young Offenders Act came into play, the kids (teens) do whatever they want knowing nothing will happen to them and they won’t have to worry about criminal files following them for life. I say get rid of the YOA pronto. Throw their behinds in jail, print their names in the paper and open them up a nice fat criminal file.
#15 Peggy (Guest) on Wednesday July 25, 2012 at 3:35pm
My ire is up. I do not understand the push on selling alcohol.Does the government not care about the abuse, broken homes & deaths from drunk driving. Smoking is banned from everywhere because someone might breath it in, but if you get beat up that’s okay. Is alcohol going to be locked up like cigarettes so that under aged kids can’t see it & therefore not be tempted?By the way I am not a smoker.
#16 Jim (Guest) on Wednesday August 01, 2012 at 2:47pm
All we need is one national union who can call a national strike and cripple our economy as in Greece in a country that is the best in the world
#17 deb (Guest) on Thursday August 02, 2012 at 9:21am
agreed Jim!! as with police officers and a lot of other types of employment, the unions are no longer what they were meant to be when they were formed. they have crossed the line with what the responsibilities and duties are. now we have teachers and all other needed positions able to strike..it’s just not right
#18 Mike Kelly (Guest) on Wednesday August 15, 2012 at 6:23am
I am having a hard time with this one. A couple of weeks ago a woman was charged with careless driving for reading a book on the 401. So now Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is photographed reading while driving and admits to doing so and is told “please mr mayor get a driver” What is with the double standards?
#19 Patty Anderson (Guest) on Monday August 20, 2012 at 3:35pm
I just caught the end of that rambling fool Mark on square off this evening, stating that the swim across Lake Ontario by the courageous young girl Analees was not news worthy. I sure hope his kids weren’t listening to their father on t.v., and more important, I sure hope Analees was not listening. She is a inspiration to young people in our community, and just might get a young person to set the remote control down and go out and exercise or volunteer , it just shows you no matter what age you are, you can do whatever you set out to do. I am glad I did not change the channel because CHCH did a lovely story on the swim from the girls home town of Port Dover. Mark Hepshire made his fellow employee’s look like idiots, he thought it was not a good story, but I am grateful that the rest of the news team thought it was. Mark, be sure your kids, their friends see the story…you never know .
#20 Allan Eves (Guest) on Friday August 31, 2012 at 3:12pm
August 31,2012 Squareoff about the woman who deserted and came to Canada, reminds me of a draft dodger who came to Canada years ago, struck and killed a young boy, leaving the scene and fleeing back to the US. Canada is not a heaven for these people, and she and all others should be deported.
#21 Nancy (Guest) on Saturday September 01, 2012 at 8:32am
About you discussion of Bibles & other Religious phamphets being given out in schools, I think religion should be taken right out of schools including no prayers for any religion ( Moslems leaving class & going to a section of the school for their prayers). This would stop all this time consuming bickering. I can’t believe how many wars & life lost fighting over Religion. I’m sure whatever Higher Power any Religion believes in, is shaking their head in discuss.
#22 Diane (Guest) on Thursday October 11, 2012 at 3:14pm
I am listening to the issues with the teachers strike. The first thing they do when the contract isn’t what they want is “punish the students” take away after school activities, trips and only willing to work the “minimum”. These teachers all went to school because according to them the want to teach children. Yet teaching of any form is the first thing they stop. The more I listen to this the more discusted I get. Its like a bad divorce the students are in the middle “paying the price” Teachers (as one parent) and the government (as the other parent). Who is in the middle of a divorce, the kids (students). This has to stop. Ultimatley you became a teacher because you care about students then start showing it. Maybe the public would be willing to stand up beside you to help.
#23 John (Guest) on Wednesday October 24, 2012 at 9:28am
Re: Last nights square off about shutting down parliament. Since no meaningful work is going on by MPP’s they should be collecting EI. Lay off the NDP and conservative members.Put in a 2 week waiting period and receive your first payment within 28 days. Since the Liberal’s quit they will have to explain why they quit and put in a 6 week waiting period. Try living on that for awhile. Welcome to the real world. John from Hamilton.
#24 Kim (Guest) on Thursday October 25, 2012 at 2:47pm
That woman who spoke on behalf of anti abortion, was very annoying, why wouldn’t she consider others. You should screen your guests ahead of time. She added little to a very adult topic. She behaved like a spoiled brat.
#25 Patsy H. (Guest) on Tuesday October 30, 2012 at 3:11pm
I am a grandmother of 2 teachers (a teacher for children who do not fit in a regular classroom or have serious mental problems) I know how hard they had to work to get the degrees needed to do the job and how much it cost them to get there.
These people who have nothing nice to say about them I have a question for them….Have you got a job that pays sooooo much money that you do not need more money?
Do you know how much money it costs to pay back the loans they had to take out to get there?
Thank a teacher..you learned to read and write!!
#26 Heidi F (Guest) on Tuesday October 30, 2012 at 3:27pm
I just finished watching Square-Off, and had to sit down as I had tears in my eyes listening to what people have to say about teachers! To the man who says unions are going the way of the dodo, haven’t you figured out this is because this is what big business, and government want? Instead of fair wages, we have lost countless manufacturing jobs, in their place….jobs for minimum wage at Walmart or Tim Hortons. I am a fourth year teacher, with THOUSANDS of dollars of debt that I accumulated getting my Masters Degree. I get paid $58 000 yearly, being paid for 10 months of the year. IS this fair? Yes. Am I rich or in it for the $? No..I made $60 000 before teaching, and have been teaching for 5 years and still don’t make the same money. Is $58 000 unreasonable for someone with a Masters degree and a specialist? I don’t think so. Lazy? Come to my grade one class for just one DAY, watch me teach, watch me listen, watch me love, watch me prepare, work with parents, deal with children with no manners (parents are you doing your job)...and you will see I am anything but lazy. My family is struggling, like most Ontarians. Blame your politicians for driving away good jobs for people not as educated as I. Now we are trying to sustain education/healthcare on minimum wage? Never going to work. This is your child’s future. Bill 115 is about WAY more than money, it is about our democratic right to negotiate…if it weren’t for unions there would be few labour laws. I am happy with a pay freeze, but let’s plan a long tern solution for the problem YOUR government created.
#27 Joe Potter (Guest) on Thursday November 01, 2012 at 10:03am
Under the guise of education and health, Deficit Dalton is killing horse racing in Fort Erie. He has no memory of all his scandals, waste of tax dollars or the more than $60,000,000 per day interest we are paying on the provincial debt.
#28 Yvonne (Guest) on Thursday November 15, 2012 at 12:05pm
As I watched you show last night on Grey with envy..I laughed out loud! Remember when boys were young they would get their cars and make crashing and Zooming sounds? The little girls would actually speak! That is because Males have no imagination!! So when they grow up,still…no imagination.So when they meet a woman with confidence that knows what she wants and how she wants it…Men are intimidated.Shades of Black & Red lace is more like it!To venture and experiment with different scenarios in the bedroom doesn’t always mean to be spanked,gagged or to be hurt…Remember Pleasure starts in ones mind…Don’t be wimps out there!!! Men are not REAL men anymore,That is why There are so many LOVE SHOPS!!! So women can finally please themselves. BTW….I have a man that can handle me just fine. My saying…Stimulate my mind & my body will follow..NOW….your show is better!!
#29 J mcgregor (Guest) on Wednesday January 09, 2013 at 3:59pm
I personally have no problem with a cashier asking me if I would like to make a donation to a charity. I do find that some cashiers have a problem with it and I feel they shouldn’t be forced to do it if it bothers them to a point where they are uncomfortable. I have no problem saying no if I feel the cause is unjust or I haven’t got the available funds at the time.
#30 LESLIE A TURVEY (Guest) on Friday January 11, 2013 at 11:51am
The saying, “He is governed best who is governed least,” is being borne out by the teachers’ situation. They are governed by the province, by the school boards, by the union, and by the parents. It’s a wonder they can think straight amid all the mess.
The day is coming when Jesus Christ will return, and bring about perfect government for the entire world. May that day come soon.
#31 Ron (Guest) on Friday February 15, 2013 at 4:11pm
On Friday you had a segment on Florida’s idea to make visitor’s pay for a drivers permit.What a joke ,it cost’s enough to vacation down there. Now they want to add to the cost with a bogus charge?The lady said there could be a language problem.So we have to pay for a cop’s ignorance and or stupidity.My solution,stay home.
#32 Ron martin (Guest) on Friday February 22, 2013 at 4:08pm
Liz are you crazy that 7yr old is not paying for Pete Townsands career the parent should be smart enough to realize this was probable.They brought it on themselves by making the sign in the first place 7yr olds belong at a Justin Bebber concert not the Who.
#33 Tim (Guest) on Wednesday February 27, 2013 at 12:19am
@Rob, it’s Justin Bieber NOT Justin Bebber. Sheesh. No I don’t have his posters on my walls! My kids are another story all together.
#34 R. Mason (Guest) on Thursday March 14, 2013 at 7:43pm
Even God will not be able to save us if Canada’s Benedict Arnold’s kid becomes Prime Minister. Back in World War II I thought you were hung for treason?