Special Guests

  • L.Gen The Hon. Roméo Dallaire (Ret) — Author of They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children: The Global Quest To Eradicate The Use Of Child Soldiers
    Senator Dallaire served thirty-five years with the Canadian Armed Forces and now sits in the Canadian Senate. His Governor General's Literary Award-winning book, Shake Hands with the Devil, exposed the failures of the international community to stop the worst genocide in the twentieth century. It has been turned into an Emmy Award-winning documentary as well as a feature film; it has also been entered into evidence in war crimes tribunals trying the perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide. Senator Dallaire has received numerous honours and awards, including Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002. As a champion of human rights, his activities include work on genocide prevention, the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and the Child Soldier Initiative, which seeks to develop a conceptual base for the elimination of the use of child soldiers.

  • Michael Coren — Broadcaster, Author
    Michael Coren is host of the nightly Michael Coren Show on CTS television and is a weekly columnist, published every Saturday, with the Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg Sun and The London Free Press and in more than a dozen other daily and weekly newspapers across Canada. He is also a columnist for Women's Post, The Catholic Register, The Landowner and The Interim. He is the best-selling author of twelve books, including biographies of GK Chesterton, HG Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis. He has contributed to the Dictionary of National Biography and several other anthologies. He is published in many countries and in more than a dozen languages. In 2005 he won The Ed Murrow Award for Radio Broadcasting, in 2006 The RTNDA Radio Broadcasting Award, in 2007 the Communicator Award in Hollywood and in 2008 the Omni Award for his television show. Michael joins us today to help Drew process his month in the Middle East.

  • Frank Schaeffer — Author, Huffington Post Blogger, Uncertain Believer
    Our good friend Frank Schaeffer is back for our first show of the New Year. Frank has a problem with fundamentalist Christians, but he also has a problem with the New Atheists. And despite the obvious differences in their ideology, it's the same problem: mindsets that leave no room for questions, and even less for tolerance. In the newly released paperback edition of Patience with God, Frank offers a middle ground for those who find right-wing evangelists as distasteful as the uber-liberal lefties who mock them. Frank is one of the very few authors out there whom Drew can relate to spiritually due to their own on-again, off-again relationships with God. Frank went from helping his father, Francis Schaeffer, found the Religious Right to joining the Greek Orthodox Church and voting for Obama, and along the way he could best be described as a member in good standing of the "Church of Hopeful Uncertainty" - spirituality for the rest of us!

  • SYTGWYTS 2010 Finalists — Marshal Burnham, Curtis Legiehn & The Winner: AMY SAVIN!
    THEY'RE BAAAAACK! That's right folks, our top three finalists from last year's So You Think God Wants You To Sing contest join us LIVE in studio to perform some of their latest and greatest.

  • Kenneth Van Wyk & A. Ross Gibson — Therapists from Christian Counselling Services
    Toronto based Christian Counselling Services is a community of professionals offering counselling and psychotherapy services for people who are searching for help with psychological, emotional and/or spiritual healing, growth and change. Whether you are seeking help with anxiety, grief, depression, self image issues, interpersonal difficulties, faith and spiritual questions, trauma due to abuse or accidents, eating disorders, addictions, work problems, or just a desire for personal growth and change; today's discussion will hopefully touch on an issue close to you or a loved one.

  • Kerri Pomarolli — Comedian, Actress, Author
    That's right folks! It's time for our semi-regular visit with our favourite (and only) Hollywood Correspondent!

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    Brought to you by family lawyer Dawn Bennett. With a reputation built on Trust, Respect and Integrity, protecting your family's interests is Dawn's primary concern. Visit bennettlaw.ca today.

    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on The Counsel of Many: a mother just gave birth to a daughter who was diagnosed with Down's Syndrome and wants to know if she should be praying for God to heal her, or just resign herself to this diagnosis.

    "As a person who makes their living in ministry traveling around the world proclaiming God's glory and healing powers, my faith has recently been put on the chopping block. It's been said in times of trial faith is revealed not formed. We gave birth to the most lovely baby back in Oct. and after a perfect pregnancy we were told she was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. This in fact caused many heart, lung, muscle and other issues that caused us to basically live in the NICU for 6 weeks and take our baby home on oxygen. The Dr's said over and over she was going to be" just fine" despite her diagnosis limiting her not only mentally but physically possibly as well. She could be on oxygen when she's a teen, she could have shortened life span or eye, kidney or muscle issues. She would be able to possibly go to school but never college, work at Target but never be a manager. Her whole world has been put in a box because of a diagnosis and then all the "encouraging stories" started flooding in with how DS children can lead flourishing lives within the confines of the syndrome. I'm a believer that Jesus walked on water, raised the dead, healed the lepers, blind and deaf. Nowhere in the bible did I read "I'll heal any body part except chromosomes! That's too hard!" When my husband and I shared our journey and our full hope and expectation for our little angel to run, dance, get married and be a mommy someday the responses were sweet yet mixed. Some have said "Well she already is perfect just the way she is!" (Which means just sit back and raise her as special needs and don't expect more). Some have said "We stand with you in faith that you will have your miracle!" If my baby was born with cancer wouldn't I ask God to heal her? Diabetes? What about one leg? Where does God stop healing and why does the world think a certain diagnosis or syndrome would be too hard for God? Just because there's no pill, chemo or earthly protocol, should I stop fighting for my little girl to have the most functional, full, pain free and healthy life possible? We believe that all good gifts come from God and He gave us this gift so we would fight for her. Why are people reacting so adversely to my stand that my daughter is going to walk in total healing from Down Syndrome? Should I not be expecting God to heal her?"

  • TDMS Banter
    The beginning and the end of the show is like any good sandwich. The stuff in the middle is what it's all about - The rest is just crust! Sometimes it's worth listening to. Sometimes - not so much.