Episode 56 July 10th 2013
Hosts & Guests
Topic – #Ldnwest byelection
Candidate Background and transparency.
What are the voters in London West looking for.
What makes a byelection different from a regular one?
Nathon’s Blog The forest for the Trees
Topic: The Media and the Viewpoint
Is reporting on this by election fair and even – do we hear about all the parties?
Are the “scandals” really scandals or a way to drum up interest and drive sales?
What is the responsibility of the media in a democracy – even a small democracy like London?
Is the media responsible for the cynicism we have with politics or is it only the politicians? Or are we all to blame?
Topic Three – Youth in trouble
Growing number of young Londoners on the street – http://www.lfpress.com/2013/07/08/growing-number-of-young-londoners-on-the-street
By Randy Richmond, The London Free Press
Monday, July 8, 2013 10:58:26 EDT PM
Signs of a potential crisis include:
One downtown agency is reporting a 62% increase in visits from youths seeking meals and other essentials.
Another agency reports seeing young people with far more complex and chronic problems than even a few years ago, and double the number of outreach workers wouldn’t satisfy the demand for help.
A third agency also is reporting an increased demand for food, and an increased plea from schools seeking help with troubled students and violence.
19,000: Rough number of visits for food and other essentials at Youth Action Centre, increase of 62%
3,000: People aged 12-25 getting help at Intercommunity Health Centre
This story generated 175 comments – many of them telling these youth to pull themselves up and go to work. Is this a realistic answer?
What is the responsibility of the family of the youth in these situations?
Are we “coddling” our youth ?
Why is this happening now in London?
Topic Four – Egyptians in London stage rally against deposed president
London Community News
Topic 5 – London’s jobless rate drops to 9.2%
9.2% — London’s unemployment rate finally dips
By Hank Daniszewski, The London Free Press
Friday, July 5, 2013 7:59:54 EDT PM
London area unemployment rate for this year:
June 2013 versus June 2012
Unemployment: 9.2% versus 8.5%
Participation rate: 64.5% versus 65.8%
Labour force: 270,600 versus 273,800