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Longtime London, Ontario media personality Craig Needles talks about the biggest stories in the Forest City with local newsmakers and commentators.

Longtime London, Ontario media personality Craig Needles talks about the biggest stories in the Forest City with local newsmakers and commentators.

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Canada

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Longtime London, Ontario media personality Craig Needles talks about the biggest stories in the Forest City with local newsmakers and commentators.

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English


Episodes

Episode 126: Does Bill 23 actually fix housing shortages?

12/1/2022
The Ford government says Bill 23 will create more housing for a province in desperate need of it. Critics - including city councillors in London and all over the province - say all it will do is cause municipal budget carnage. AJ Wray is a PhD candidate at Western in their environment department and joins Craig for his take on the bill and talk about what could happen with Green Belt development. The Craig Needles Podcast is brought to you by Lexus of London.

Duration:00:57:52

Episode 125: The Cannons, Rob Thomson

11/29/2022
Craig chats with AJ Messier and Steven Hoffner, who directed and produced a documentary called The Cannons, about a mostly Black youth hockey team in Washington DC. It's being shown at Hyland Cinema on Saturday. Then, a conversation with Philadelphia Phillies manager Rob Thomson following their trip to the World Series and his history playing baseball in the Intercounty League. Also, Craig shares some thoughts on the passing of Bill 23. The Craig Needles Podcast is brought to you by Lexus...

Duration:00:20:57

Episode 124: Friday Round Table with Mojdeh Cox, Shobhita Sharma and Nathan Smith

11/25/2022
On the Friday Round Table, Craig welcomes activist Mojdeh Cox, along with political insiders Shobhita Sharma and Nathan Smith to the studio. They discuss Bill 23 and the impact on housing and cities in Ontario, along with overcrowded children's hospitals and the emergency act inquiry. The Craig Needles Podcast is brought to you by Lexus of London.

Duration:00:29:57

Episode 123: Prachi Srivastava on education in Ontario

11/22/2022
There won't be another strike, at least for now, but what is the state of Ontario's education system? How has the Ford-Lecce era impacted it? Dr. Prachi Srivastava is a professor in the department of education at Western University and joins Craig to discuss. The Craig Needles Podcast is brought to you by Lexus of London.

Duration:00:39:47

Episode 122: When diversity moves backfire

11/18/2022
At London City Hall on Wednesday, councillors appointed Londoners to various boards and commissions. However, the process for the London Public Library Board was unusual. Council had voted on seven members, but decided to re-vote because some members didn't like the gender breakdown of those seven members. The result? Ryan O'Hagan, who is non-binary, got removed from the board. Ryan joins Craig on the podcast to discuss what happened and why picking board members based on unknown criteria...

Duration:00:27:21

Episode 121: Friday Round Table with Shawn Lewis, Kelly Elliott and Cheryl Miller

11/11/2022
On the latest edition of the Friday Round Table, Craig is joined by London City Councillor Shawn Lewis, Thames Centre Deputy Mayor Kelly Elliott and former city councillor Cheryl Miller to talk about the top issues of the week. They talk about the ongoing negotiations between the province and CUPE, the future of education minister Stephen Lecce, the location of a casino in London and the city's proposed plan to help with homelessness this winter. The Craig Needles Podcast is brought to you...

Duration:00:31:12

Episode 120: Questions remain after Justin Bourassa’s death

11/8/2022
Over a year after Justin Bourassa's death, both the SIU and London Police internal investigations have wrapped up. But, questions still remain about the moments leading up to his death on October 28th, 2021 when he was shot by a London Police officer on Richmond Row. London Police Deputy Chief Trish McIntyre spoke to some of those questions at the London Police Services Board meeting on Monday, and on this episode of the Craig Needles Podcast, you'll hear that conversation and get Craig's...

Duration:00:40:44

Episode 119: Suze Morrison and Andrew Lokan

11/4/2022
With CUPE education workers off the job, Craig asks former MPP Suze Morrison for her take on what's happened at Queen's Park and what might be next. Then (25:59) Andrew Lokan, the board chair from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association joins the podcast to talk about the notwithstanding clause and why he thinks it's time to remove it from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Craig Needles Podcast is brought to you by Lexus of London.

Duration:00:37:16

Episode 118: CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn

11/1/2022
As the provincial government prepares to use the notwithstanding clause to force a new collective agreement on 55,000 school support staffers, CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn joins Craig on the podcast to talk about what's happened and what may happen next. The Craig Needles Podcast is brought to you by Lexus of London.

Duration:00:32:03

Episode 117: Friday Round Table with Skylar Franke, Shawn Lewis and Elizabeth Peloza

10/28/2022
It's an all-council post-election edition of the Friday Round Table. Skylar Franke, Shawn Lewis and Elizabeth Peloza joined Craig on the heels of their election victories to talk about the race, voter turnout, Londoners key priorities and more. The Craig Needles Podcast is brought to you by Lexus of London.

Duration:00:30:29

Episode 116: Susan Stevenson

10/27/2022
The Ward 4 councillor-elect joins Craig to talk about her campaign, a vote-splitting win, her past donations to the People's Party of Canada and how she hopes to see people in poverty get more assistance. The Craig Needles Podcast is brought to you by Lexus of London.

Duration:00:19:52

Episode 115: Kate Graham on voter turnout

10/25/2022
Only 25% of eligible Londoners voted in the municipal election. That was actually a middle of the pack total among Ontario cities. Why do so few people want to vote? Political scientist Kate Graham joins the podcast to share her thoughts. Then, Craig talks about the results of London's municipal election and what his biggest surprises were when the results were (slowly) coming in. The Craig Needles Podcast is brought to you by Lexus of London.

Duration:00:28:51

Episode 114: Friday Round Table with Mojdeh Cox, Cheryl Miller and Ryan Gauss

10/21/2022
On the Friday Round Table, Craig welcomes activist Mojdeh Cox, former London city councillor Cheryl Miller and political insider Ryan Gauss to the studio. They talk about policing in London in the wake of a few negative national news stories about the service, and then discuss the Ford government's plan to send parents $200 to get their kids help with math. The Craig Needles Podcast is brought to you by Lexus of London.

Duration:00:27:38

Episode 113: Long COVID research at Lawson, changes at London Police HQ

10/18/2022
London researchers have discovered some biomarkers in long COVID patients. What does that mean? Dr. Douglas Fraser of Lawson Health Research joins the podcast to discuss what this could mean for the treatment of long COVID. (Link to the story about the study here: https://blackburnnews.com/london/london-news/2022/10/13/london-researchers-say-people-long-covid-unique-blood-markers/). Then, Craig shares thoughts about Steve Williams' announcement that he'll retire from his role as Chief of...

Duration:00:20:29

Episode 112: Friday Round Table with Shawna Lewkowitz, Steve Holland and Scott Kitching

10/14/2022
Former NDP candidate Shawna Lewkowitz, CUPE Local 101 President Steve Holland and Blackburn Media news manager Scott Kitching join Craig to talk about the top issues of the week on the Friday Round Table. With ten days left until the municipal election, they talk about what may drive voter turnout and the key campaign issues, then discuss the province's ongoing negotiations with CUPE education workers (15:43), and more negative national news stories about London Police (25:46). The Craig...

Duration:00:34:58

Afternoon News, Wednesday October 12th, 2022

10/12/2022
Afternoon News, Wednesday October 12th, 2022

Duration:00:01:31

Episode 111: DT Cochrane on tax avoidance, Craig on Hockey Canada

10/11/2022
DT Cochrane did a report for Canadians 4 Tax Fairness showing big corporations are avoiding paying roughly 30-billion in taxes each year. How do they do it? How do we fix it? DT joins to discuss. Then, (20:11) Craig's thoughts on the resignations at Hockey Canada and what may be next, and a few thoughts on the municipal election as we're less than two weeks out (26:10). The Craig Needles Podcast is brought to you by Lexus of London.

Duration:00:31:11

Episode 110: Friday Round Table with Jessie Rodger, Shobhita Sharma and Cheryl Miller

10/7/2022
On the Friday Round Table, Craig talks with ANOVA Executive Director Jessie Rodger, political insider Shobhita Sharma. They talk about Pierre Poilievre's video tags, door knocking gone bad for a London City Councillor (7:30), the unfolding situation at Pillar Non-Profit Network (12:30) and the 20th anniversary of Budweiser Gardens (18:30). The Craig Needles Podcast is brought to you by Lexus of London.

Duration:00:21:07

Episode 109: Budweiser Gardens turns 20

10/4/2022
The downtown arena is 20 years old this month, and has been a massive success for London's core. Craig chats with the arena's General Manager, Brian Ohl about the anniversary, his greatest memories and shows they'd love to land. The Craig Needles Podcast is brought to you by Lexus of London.

Duration:00:21:44

Episode 108: Friday Round Table with Carol Dyck, Jared Zaifman and Dan Wylie

9/30/2022
On this edition of the Friday Round Table, Craig welcomes former Green Party candidate Carol Dyck, London Home Builders Association CEO Jared Zaifman and Classic Rock 98.1 Program Director Dan Wylie to the studio to discuss the issues of the week. They look at endorsements in the Mayoral race, election sign rules (9:25), whether events on the east coast (16:08) and what's happened at Ark Aid (23:54). The 519 Podcast is brought to you by Lexus of London.

Duration:00:33:40