January 12, 2017: My top 3 Ottawa Today interviews from this week

Adam Kingsbury, Team Homan Coach

Team Homan coach Adam Kingsbury joined me to talk about team’s preparation for the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in South Korea. Kingsbury has been coaching the women’s curling team for two years now but he doesn’t have a background as a professional curler like a traditional coach. His degrees in psychology are the foundation of his coaching and he helps the team understand how their behaviour and attitude on the ice affects the game. Listen here for the full interview to learn more.

Henry Giroux, McMaster University professor

McMaster University professor Henry Giroux joined me to discuss his piece in Maclean’s 'Shithole countries’: Trump uses the rhetoric of dictators. Giroux explains the important effects of language and how Trump has inpired violence and hate by the words he uses in on and offline. He believes that we need to stop undermining the importance of the language that Trump uses because it is “state terrorism”. Listen to his full analysis here

Paul Fortier, owner of Sir John’s Public House

Kingston pub owner Paul Fortier joined me to discuss why he changed the name of Sir John’s Public House to the Public House and the reaction to that decision. The building was the former law office of the first Prime Minister of Canada, but after receiving complaints due to the role Macdonald played in residential schools they changed the name. Fortier and his staff believe this is an importance opportunity to support reconciliation and the Indigenous population of Canada. Listen here for more. 

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