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Joey Coleman Returns to the Laircast

Joey Coleman may be the only citizen journalist in Canada making an impact of such magnitude. His decision to start a not-for-profit media venture is ambitious and laudable. Listen as Joey explains the hole in Hamilton media, and the journalistic and open data values that drive him. Remarkable.

John Best Laircast

John Best loves investigative journalism – the former news director for CHCH and current Editor of The Bay Observer likes the “old school” methodical hunt for the truth. And that is exactly what he is doing with the Waterfront Trust – patiently trying to uncover what exactly is behind their large operating deficits. Is there […]

Matt Cauz Laircast

TSN’s Matt Cauz is more than a sports host and producer – he is a wine connoisseur and stand-up comedian whose talent for talking and challenging me made this our most raucous laircast yet. The subjects – from why he thinks most athletes are dumb, to the truth about the Avengers, to why today’s teenagers […]

Jasper Kujavsky Laircast

Few people start off an interview listing their public failures but that is what makes lawyer and community builder Jasper Kujavsky so interesting.  He has tried and failed on projects from NHL bids to Music Hall of Fames  and wants to share what he has learned. Sports fanatic. Political watcher.  Impressionist.  An informative laircast with […]

George Ross Laircast

I didn’t expect to be so impressed by George Ross inspite of his amazing credentials. Long before he became Donald Trump’s right hand and a star of the early seasons of TV’s The Apprentice, George was a wildly successful real estate lawyer making deals for clients on properties like the Chrysler Building. A tour of […]

Fred Eisenberger Laircast

  Having Mayors in the Lair is becoming a good habit – and Mayor Fred Eisenberger does not disappoint. He is candid, at times angry at his former colleagues on Council and the Tiger Cats, still argues his positions with passion and is remarkably sage in his assessment of Hamilton’s challenges. Perhaps this Laircast will […]

Vitek Wincza Laircast

  Vitek Wincza epitomizes what it is to be a true artist. His passion for dance courses through his veins – it flows into every conversation I have ever had with him and this chat is no exception. The fact that he defected from communism and built a life on dance with the Hamilton Conservatory […]

Terry Whitehead Laircast

  This is a much funnier laircast than I would have thought possible with guy like Terry Whitehead. But this city councillor who belabors arguments to point of collective groaning was once a rock promoter with a handle on current issues that is both informative and at times controversial. And Loren Lieberman was at his […]

Graham Crawford Laircast

  As the first guest to be asked back into the Lair for more, Graham Crawford’s critical analysis of the state of Hamilton is as clever, informative and as eviscerating as ever. Graham Crawford is an enigma. He was very successful in business and remains influential as a leader on prominent boards. But Graham is […]

Susan Clairmont Laircast

You would not think this attractive, petite mom is a career crime reporter but Susan Clairmont is full of surprises – including winning Best Columnist in Canada recently. When you listen to Susan you start to understand how someone so light-hearted can survive delving into hearts of darkness every day. Her unusual approach to her […]