May 05, 2020
By Zoomer Radio
Libby Znaimer is joined by John Capobianco,Senior Vice President & Senior Partner, FleishmanHillard HighRoad, Karen Stintz, Former Toronto City Councillor and current CEO of Variety Village, as well as Charles Bird, Managing Principal of Earnscliffe Strategy Group in Toronto.
It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time for our crack strategy panel! It seems that every day we hear from another group talking about falling through the cracks of COVID-19 aid. The Prime Minister just announced help for farmers, and earlier a group of small business people from Toronto’s Gay Village was asking the government to do something about the fact that their landlords were not taking up the commercial rent subsidy – but rather moving to evict people. The government is saying this is all happening so fast, they can’t forecast well enough to design a proper budget. Meanwhile, the opposition Conservatives are saying that some of the supports, notably for students, are a disincentive to letting them work. And, speaking of the Opposition, the Conservatives released the rules for their leadership race after we last met – they are not reopening the nomination process – a fact that some editorial writers are criticizing saying that the party needs a different kind of leader in the wake of the pandemic.