Why can only certain construction companies bid for projects in Hamilton? Should the government be spending $330 million on gambling advertisements? How much advertising should there be for marijuana? Would Johnny Manziel be the best player in CFL history?

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Published Dec 8, 2017, 3:42 AM

Hamilton isn't the richest of cities so the logical thing to do would be make every dollar count but that might not be the case. Construction companies bid on projects to decide which company will build a certain project but in Hamilton, if your company doesn't have some workers from one specific union, your company can't bid at all. Why is this the case and is it right? 

Guest: Brian Dijkema, Work and Economics Program Director at Cardus

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Approximately $330 million was spent on advertising for gambling by the Government of Ontario but those advertisements pulled in a couple billion dollars! While it's great that this money will go back into our economy, studies have shown that more than half of this money is coming from people with a lower income. In addition to this, some of the money being brought in has to go towards the costs of running rehabilitation programs for gambling addiction and more. What should the government spend all this money on instead of advertising for gambling?

Guest: Dr. Jeff Derevensky, Professor of Psychology at McGill University

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The government has spent a lot of money on advertising gambling to the public but what will they do once marijuana is legal? Medical studies have shown that smoking pot if you're under 25 is bad for your health but younger people, many of which are under 25, will probably be the majority of people that will be buying it. How much should the government advertise marijuana?

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The head coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, June Jones, said that if Johnny Manziel came to play in the CFL, he would be the best player in CFL history. Calling any player, "the greatest ever", puts an immense amount of pressure on that player in addition to putting a huge target on that player's back. Although Johnny Manziel played in the NFL, he didn't play in it for very long and like many players coming from the NFL, probably underestimates everything about the NFL. What do you think of Johnny Manziel?

Guest: Neil Lumsden, Athletic Director of Brock University and Hall of Fame CFL play

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