FULCRUM Radio Show: Councillor McKenney blasts the Mayor; Heli-pad design issues at Civic; Naked mole-rats
Today on the show, Councillor Catherine McKenney opens the show from this week’s council meeting, questioning Mayor Jim Watson over his ousting of Councillors Diane Deans, Rawlson King, Carol Anne Meehan and Sandy Smallwood from the Ottawa police services board.
This week Ottawa police chief Peter Sloly resigned and the councillors were ousted over the selection of a new interim police chief, the police services board wanted to hire Matthew Torigian, a former police chief from Waterloo, who was also a former deputy solicitor general in Ontario. Torigian is also a distinguished fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto.
The Mayor and his council supporters argue that Torigian was an outsider and didn't know the city of Ottawa, his critics say, that was the point.
Our feature interview today is with Terry Chilibeck, a retired helicopter pilot and former heli-pad inspector with the Ministry of Transportation. Terry is trying to shed light on the design process for the new civic hospital’s heli-pad. He makes the case, that as our city and it’s developers continue to develop the area around Carling and Bronson with high-rises, continuously changing wind patterns will disrupt any medical-evac-chopper’s flight route.
And Emma Williams is in conversation with Dr. Matthew Pamenter, a researcher from the University of Ottawa who has been studying the hypoxic environments of naked mole-rats. Dr. Pamenter work showcases how the species uses thermogenesis to regulate its body temperature.