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Fight Back with Libby Znaimer

Fight Back with Libby Znaimer is a live, current affairs, call-in talk show airing daily on Zoomer Radio (AM740 and FM96.7 between 12 pm and 1 pm EST). Have your say about the headlines that have you talking and get trusted, expert advice on your health, wellness and finances. Call into the show: (416) 360-0740 or 1 (866) 740-4740 or email us at fightback@zoomer.ca. You can also follow us on Twitter at @fightbacklibby.

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The Best of Fight Back - Week of April 5 2021 - Saturday Edition

The Saturday edition of the Best Fight Back, from the week that was, with Jane BrownInterviews with:- Zoomer Squad with Bill VanGorder and David Cravit on barriers to vaccination- Epidemiologist Dr. Tim Sly on the third wave and variants of concern- Michael Warner on rethinking vaccine priorities- Caron Leid, Carole Ann Alloway, and Amy Coupal on National Caregiver Day- And the best calls of the week!


10 Apr 2021

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Free For All Friday - April 9 2021

Today it's Free For All Friday when you set the tone and you decide the topics. Callers weigh in on their personal memories and thoughts about Prince Phillip on his passing at the age of 99, the COVID 19 vaccine rollout and whether or not they've received their first dose, and weighing in on the order for Ontario hospitals to cancel elective surgeries and non urgent procedures as the number of COVID patients needing ICU care continues to rise.


9 Apr 2021

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Ontario Stays Home & A Look Ahead To The Liberal Policy Convention

Jane Brown is filling in for Libby Znaimer today. She is joined by Dr. Peter Juni, Scientific Director of the province’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table followed by Dr. Alon Vaisman, infectious disease and infection control physician at University Health Network.As the new variants continue to have an edge amid the third wave and hospital ICUs reach the breaking point, Premier Doug Ford announced a 4-week province-wide stay-at-home order. That measure came into effect at 12:01 am Thursday. Meanwhile, the province is also expanding it's vaccine rollout program to adults over 18 years of age and older who live in high-risk congregate settings in COVID-19 hotspots like Toronto and Peel Region. Our medical experts weigh in on the latest.CANADIANS ARE TRAVELLING ACROSS THE BORDER TO GET THEIR COVID-19 VACCINESJane Brown is joined by Martin Firestone, President of Travel Secure Inc.It's a case of jumping the COVID-19 vaccine queue, but not here in Canada. We're talking about Canadians who are crossing the border to the U.S. to get vaccinated. Some epidemiologists have gone on record to say that they don't see this as being a moral or ethical issue as long as they drive to where the vaccine is and not fly. Meanwhile, should proof of vaccination, or a COVID-19 vaccine passport, be mandatory for travelers passing through the Canada-U.S. border in the near future?A LOOK AHEAD TO THE LIBERAL POLICY CONVENTIONJane Brown is joined by Nathaniel Erskine-Thomas, Member of Parliament for Beaches-East York and Charles Bird, Managing Principal of Earnscliffe Strategy Group in Toronto.Today: A look-ahead to the upcoming Liberal policy convention where hot button topics like universal basic income and national standards for long-term care will be debated.


8 Apr 2021

Rank #3

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Restaurants Under Lockdown & Plans To Accelerate Vaccine Rollout

Jane Brown is filling in for Libby Znaimer today. She is joined by James Rilett, Vice President Central Canada, Restaurants Canada and Tony Elenis, President and CEO of The Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA).Ontario restaurant businesses are voicing their concerns over the province's 28-day shutdown that is, once again, putting a pause on indoor and outdoor patio dining. Now, Restaurants want the Ford government to foot the $100-million cost that has come with the restrictions. Our guests weigh in on the latest call for support.ONTARIO PHARMACIES THREE POINT PLAN TO GET MORE PEOPLE VACCINATEDJane Brown is joined by Justin Bates, CEO of the Ontario Pharmacists Association and Dean Miller, the President and CEO of Whole Health Pharmacy Partners.The OPA has a three-point plan to accelerate the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the province. The plan is as follows: allow for essential workers to get inoculated at a pharmacy, have pharmacies administer the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines, and allow for pharmacists to go into the community to vaccinate high-risk populations. Our guests weigh in on the latest.DR. LAWRENCE LOH ON SCHOOL CLOSURES AND VACCINE ROLLOUT IN PEEL REGIONJane Brown is joined by Dr. Lawrence Loh, Peel Region's medical officer of health.Dr. Loh explains his decision to utilize Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act to close schools in the COVID-19 hotspot of Peel. And, he updates us on the region's vaccine rollout. Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting 3,215 cases today.


7 Apr 2021

Rank #4

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Ontario's COVID-19 Restrictions & National Caregiver Day

Jane Brown is filling in for Libby Znaimer today. She is joined by Karen Stintz,  CEO of Variety Village, John Capobianco, Senior Vice President & Senior Partner, FleishmanHillard HighRoad, and Charles Sousa, The former Minister of Finance for Ontario and Member of Provincial Parliament for Mississauga South.In the news: a number of medical officers of health from the province's COVID-19 hotspots (more specifically, Toronto, Peel and Ottawa) are calling for stricter stay-at-home orders. Meanwhile, the province is reporting 3,065 new COVID-19 cases today. And, as hospital ICUs reach capacity, members of the medical community are calling for essential workers to be prioritized in the vaccine rollout. Our panel weighs in on the latest.PART TWO: NATIONAL CAREGIVER DAYJane Brown is filling in for Libby Znaimer today. She is joined by Amy Coupal, CEO of the Ontario Caregiver Organization as well as caregivers Caron Leid and Carole Ann Alloway.Today marks National Caregiver Day. Amy describes the impact that the pandemic has generally had on caregivers. Caron, and Carole Ann share their personal stories of being caregivers. And, we hear from some of our listeners on the topic.


6 Apr 2021

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Younger Adults Are Increasingly Being Admitted To Hospitals Amid Third Wave

Jane Brown is filling in for Libby Znaimer today. She is joined by David Cravit, Vice President of Zoomer Media, Bill VanGorder, Interim Chief Policy Officer of CARP and Peter Muggeridge, Senior Editor of Zoomer Magazine.According to new data by the Institute for for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Ontario's COVID-19 hot spots also happen to be the locations where vaccine uptake rates among the elderly are the lowest. Our panel explores the various existing barriers that have made it more difficult to fully vaccinate this demographic including ethnic background. Meanwhile, the president and CEO of the Ornge air ambulance company, Dr. Homer Tien, has officially replaced Ret. Gen. Rick Hillier as the head of Ontario's COVID-19 vaccine rollout task force. Our panel weighs in on the latest.ONTARIO'S RISING COVID-19 CASES AND YOUNGER ADULTS ARE INCREASINGLY BEING ADMITTED TO THE ICUJane Brown is filling in for Libby Znaimer today. She is joined by Dr. Timothy Sly, an epidemiologist and professor at the school of Occupational and Public Health at Ryerson University followed by Dr. Michael Warner, Medical Director of Critical Care at Michael Garron Hospital.Ontario's daily cases are climbing. Today's reported number is: 2,938 cases. Yesterday, that number was even higher at 3,041 cases. Are Ontario's latest COVID-19 measures sufficient especially in light of the new variants? Meanwhile, hospitals are reporting an increase in younger adults being administered amid the third wave and it's reportedly being fuelled by the new variants. Our health experts weigh in on the latest.


5 Apr 2021

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The Best of Fight Back - Week of March 29 2021 - Sunday Edition

The Sunday edition of the Best Fight Back, from the week that was, with Jane BrownInterviews with:- Karen Hogan and Wesley Wark on the AG report on the pandemic response- The Strategy Panel with John Capobianco, Karen Stintz, and Bob Richardson on the AGs report- Dr. Alon Vaisman on NACI's Astrazeneca recommendations - Dr. Mary Reid, Michael Levit, and Marva Wisdom on rising cases of antisemitism and racism- And the best calls of the week!


4 Apr 2021

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The Best of Fight Back - Week of March 29 2021 - Saturday Edition

The Saturday edition of the Best Fight Back, from the week that was, with Jane BrownInterviews with:- Zoomer Squad with Bill VanGorder and David Cravit on immunization clinics- Ryan Imgrund and Dr. Colin Furness on rising Ontario cases- Kerry Bowman and Dr. Steve Flindall on pressure at Ontario hospital ICUs- Wolf Klassen discusses the Toronto vaccine rollout- And the best calls of the week!


3 Apr 2021

Rank #8

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LTC Restrictions, Second Dose Delays, and ICU Pressures

LONG-TERM CARE RESTRICTIONS "A VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS"Libby Znaimer is joined by Jane Meadus, Staff Lawyer and the Institutional Advocate at the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE), and Maureen Dawson who is unable to visit her mother in a long-term care home despite her being fully vaccinated. Maureen is a UNIFOR national representative.Residents of long-term care are pleading to have their restrictions eased especially since most have already been fully vaccinated. Maureen Dawson details her frustrations of not being able to visit her vaccinated mother who is an LTC resident. Her mother is dying of pancreatic cancer so this has been a particularly trying time for her. Meanwhile, the province continues to navigate a particularly intense third wave as daily case rates continue to climb.SOME CANADIANS THREATEN TO TAKE PROVINCE TO COURT OVER DELAY BETWEEN COVID-19 VACCINE DOSESLibby Znaimer is joined by Ian Cooper,  a Toronto-based technology, entertainment and sports lawyer and the owner of Cooper Media Law.Older adults are expressing their concerns over the directive by Canada's pandemic authorities to delay second vaccine doses by as long as four months even though, for example, Pfizer recommends 21 days between doses. Some are even threatening to take Canada's various levels of government to court over this including a pair of retired medical professionals in their 70's and 80's whom Ian is representing. We get the latest scoop.ONTARIO HOSPITAL ICUS CONTINUE TO FACE MOUNTING PRESSURES AMID THIRD WAVELibby Znaimer is joined by Dr. Susy Hota, Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at the University Health Network (UHN) and Dr. Amol Verma, a staff physician in General Internal Medicine at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.The province continues to navigate a particularly nasty third wave of COVID-19 as daily case rates continue to climb. Meanwhile, critical care physicians have continued to voice their concerns over mounting pressures of hospital ICUs. Our two guests both work in hospitals and give us a first-hand look at what's going on. Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting 2,557 cases of COVID19 today.


1 Apr 2021

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Auditor Genera's Report & Hatred On The Rise In Canada

Libby Znaimer is joined by Auditor General Karen Hogan followed by Wesley Wark, an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa who analyzed the risk assessments during the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak.The AG has released a scathing report on Canada`s pandemic response. Our guests weigh in on Public Health's approach from the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.Later, Libby Znaimer is joined by Michael Levitt, President and CEO of Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies, Dr. Mary Reid, an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) and Marva Wisdom, Senior Fellow at Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy focusing on equity inclusion and a founder of the Black Experience Project.Hatred towards minority groups in Canada is on the rise, the data shows. Our panel weighs in on this concerning trend, which appears to have been exacerbated amid the pandemic.


31 Mar 2021

Rank #10