It's a red-letter day in the history of The Jeff Show with Jason Bryant...today is Jeff's 1 year "Fired-iversary"! It was officially one year ago when Jeff was relieved of his duties with Rogers Media which, as Jeff points out, was the best thing that's ever happened to him. He's less stressed, his work/life balance is perfect and it gave him the chance to launch the podcast. So all in all, life is pretty frigging great...
Earlier in the week, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman blew into Calgary and basically threatened (without actually saying it) that if a new arena wasn't built, the city could risk losing their beloved Flames. Of course this new arena won't come without a cost to the taxpayer...or at least that's the idea. However, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi is basically saying that city won't be bullied into the new arena by some rich lawyer from New York (the guys love that).
Jason's said it before and he says it again: "The road to Hell is paved with publicly funded arena projects".
Sean Penn says his article about El Chapo has failed. He'll be appearing on 60 Minutes on Sunday night and in the interview with Charlie Rose, he says that the intent of the interview was show how the war on drugs had failed. Penn also says in the interview that his meeting with El Chapo was NOT instrumenetal in the drug lord's meeting, as Mexican officials have claimed.
The full interview will Sunday night on 60 Minutes...
Taxi drivers have found themselves in the news lately...and not for good reasons.
STORY #1: Cab drivers in Toronto have been caught pulling quite the scam on their passengers. The scam affects people paying for their cabs with debit cards. The driver will hand their passenger a card reader that looks like any other card reader except instead of taking money, it reads card info & stores the customer's PIN. Then, the driver hands back a fake card that matches the customer's bank's card so they don't notice right away. So far, this scam has cost people over $55,000.
STORY #2: There's been a rise in the number of reports of sexual assaults by cab drivers on passengers. Just one example had a woman, who fell asleep in the back of a cab, wake up in a strange area with the driver kissing her and putting his hand down her pants. The driver was subsequently arrested and charged...but only because the victim had the wherewithal to take a photo of the cab's medallion and the driver's license (which were on display in the cab). According the NYPD, 15 rapes by cab drivers were reported in 2015...up from 10 in 2014.
STORY #3: A cab driver in Calgary was fired and fined $700 after refusing to take a passenger who had a service dog with him. Dave Balfour, who's legally blind and requires his dog McCoy to help him get around, called a cab to pick him up after a night at the pub with some friends. When the driver refused to take him and his dog - which he's not permitted to do by municipal, provincial and federal law - Balfour called the city and filed an official complaint. After reviewing the CCTV video, the city terminated the driver's employment AND fined him for the refusal.
And anytime a flight attendant is discretely handed a note, they get worried. Is it a bomb threat? A hijacking note? A creepy old guy offering you money to have sex in the bathroom? Not in this case...