Festival of Friends is this weekend, COVID vaccines available for the youngest Canadians, What needs to change at Hockey Canada? and more

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Published Jul 28, 2022, 11:43 PM

The Hamilton Today Podcast with Scott Thompson:

The summer is in full swing and you know what that means: the Festival of Friends kicks off in Gage Park tomorrow for three days music, crafts, and food trucks! Hamilton’s own Monster Truck are performing, as well as Serena Ryder, Snotty Nose Rez Kids and more. Robert Rakoczy, general manager of the Festival, joins Scott for a preview. As we get more revelations about Hockey Canada, their slush fund and the numerous sexual abuse settlements that they have paid out –Scott asks ‘what needs to change in the organization, and what needs to change in the culture of Hockey?’ Scott speaks with Ian Kennedy, writer for The Hockey News. Tensions are growing over Taiwan and U.S. President Joe Biden spoke once again with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Elliot Tepper joins Scott once again to contextualize the international politics at play. The Pope during his visits and apologies has not pinned the blame for residential schooling abuse on the church itself, dodging direct blame to the church as an institution. Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard, indigenous issues expert, speaks to Scott about where The Pope should be directing his confessions. It is all coming up on the Hamilton Today Podcast.


Robert Rakoczy, General Manager of the Festival of Friends.

Ian Kennedy, Writer for The Hockey News, Analysis for Yahoo-dot-C-A Sports, Author of ‘On Account of Darkness: Shining a Light on Race in Sport’.

Russell Alexander, Family lawyer, author of the new book ‘The Zoom Divorce’

Erik Tomas. Host of Raceline Radio, heard on 900CHML.

Thomas Tenkate, Professor at the School of Occupational & Public Health with Toronto Metropolitan University University.

Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard, Director of the First Peoples House of Learning at Trent University.

Elliot Tepper, Emeritus Professor of Political Science with Carleton University.

Daniel Perry, Consultant, Summa Strategies.

Ian Lee, Associate Professor with the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University.

Phil Carpenter, Photojournalist with Global News.

Host – Scott Thompson
Content Producer – William Erskine
Technical/Podcast Producer - William Webber

Podcast Co-Producer – Ben Straughan
News Anchor – Diana Weeks
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