• Toronto, TMX Broadcast Centre
  • January 19, 2012 - 19:00


Fear and Loathing at City Hall


Jerry Agar, host of Newstalk 1010's The Jerry Agar Show
Robyn Doolittle, urban affairs reporter with the Toronto Star
Marcus Gee, Toronto columnist with The Globe and Mail
Royson James, municipal affairs columnist with the Toronto Star
Jackson Proskow, municipal affairs reporter with Global Toronto

Thursday, January 19, 7:00 p.m.
TMX Broadcast Centre, Toronto

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Fear and Loathing at City Hall

Relations between the media, especially the Toronto Star, and the Mayor's office have been called everything from toxic to hostile to strained, but seldom cordial. The Mayor refuses to speak to the Star, calling its coverage unfair. Political divisions at City Hall seem entrenched, angry and personal. All this, at a time when citizens of Toronto are becoming increasingly concerned about municipal issues that impact their daily lives. Covering City Hall has seldom been more important.

Join Jerry Agar, host of The Jerry Agar Show on Newstalk 1010; Robyn Doolittle, Toronto Star urban affairs reporter;Marcus Gee, Toronto columnist for The Globe and Mail; and Royson JamesToronto Star municipal affairs columnist for this roundtable discussion.   Jackson Proskow, Global Toronto municipal affairs reporter, moderates.


JERRY AGAR Born in small-town Manitoba, Jerry started fresh out of high school doing the overnight show at CKDM, a small station in Dauphin, Manitoba. After many years as a DJ, PD and morning show host, Jerry Agar turned to talk radio in North Carolina in January 2000. Jerry has been named to Talkers Magazine's "Heavy Hundred" (an honour he shares with Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and George Noory.) He has been a "go-to" guy for Fox News. Jerry has worked for some of the biggest stations in the U.S. including WABC-New York, KMBZ-Kansas City, WPTF-North Carolina and WLS-Chicago. He is currently hosting weekends at WGN-Chicago and can be heard as the fill-in host for The G. Gordon Liddy Show which is syndicated in 160 markets by Radio America and on both Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio.

ROBYN DOOLITTLE is an urban affairs reporter with the Toronto Star covering local issues and local politics.

MARCUS GEE is Toronto columnist for The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper. Born in Toronto, he first worked as a reporter for The Province, Vancouver's morning newspaper. He spent four years in Asia in the early 1980s, the first three in Hong Kong as an editor, writer and correspondent for Asiaweek magazine, the last as a reporter for United Press International in Manila and Sydney. After returning to Canada, he worked as a foreign affairs writer at Maclean's magazine and as senior editor at the Financial Times of Canada. He joined the Globe in 1991 as an editorial writer and served as Editorial Page Editor from 2003 to 2006. His column on foreign affairs appeared on the Globe’s editorial pages for 13 years. He served as Asia-Pacific Business reporter from 2007 to 2009. He has won two National Newspaper Awards for his commentary. In 2002, Amnesty International gave him its annual John Humphrey award for human rights reporting. Among the events he has covered are the war in Kosovo, the violence in East Timor and the turmoil surrounding the overthrow of Indonesian President Suharto.

ROYSON JAMES is the municipal affairs columnist for the Toronto Star. Before becoming a columnist, he covered municipal politics as a reporter for the Star.


JACKSON PROSKOW is Global Toronto's municipal affairs reporter. Jackson began his career at Shaw TV in Calgary. After graduating university, he worked as a reporter, producer, anchor and weatherman at Global in Lethbridge, Alberta. From there it was off to Global's sister station, CHCH in Hamilton as a reporter before moving to Global Toronto. Since his move to Toronto in January 2006, Jackson has been on the front lines of the region's biggest news stories; from the arrest of 17 terrorism suspects in Toronto, an the tense land dispute in Caledonia, to the crash of Flight 3407 in Clarence Center, New York and President Barack Obama's first visit to Ottawa.