Candace Cameron Bure — Co-Host of The View, DJ Tanner on Full House & Fuller House, Finalist on Dancing With The StarsViewers watched Candace grow up as ‘D.J. Tanner’ in the beloved television series “Full House” during the show's eight-year run. After taping its final episode in 1995, “Full House” still ranks as one of the most successful series of all time. Candace is currently filming the lead in Netflix's highly anticipated new original comedy series "Fuller House", where she reprises her role as ‘D.J. Tanner.’ The much buzzed about series follows Candace (‘D.J.’) as a widow and mother of three, and when things become too much to handle, she calls in the help of her sister ‘Stephanie’ (Jodie Sweetin) and best friend ‘Kimmy Gibbler’ (Andrea Barber.) Guest appearances throughout the series include the original legacy cast members John Stamos, Bob Saget, Dave Coulier and Lori Loughlin. After finishing a three year run as her character ‘Summer Van Horn’ on ABC Family Network’s “Make It Or Break It,” Candace is Executive Producer with her production company iCandy Productions to her new hit mystery movie series AURORA TEAGARDEN on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries in which she plays the title character. The series is based on the books by New York Times Best-Selling Author Charlaine Harris. A woman of many talents, she just recently released her third book, Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction on August 1st of this year, which chronicles her journey of self discovery on season 18 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” that came by leaping out of her comfort zone. The book includes the highs and lows, the roadblocks, and the personal victories that she experienced while competing. Her first two books, Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness and Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose made her a New York Times Best-Selling Author. Candace has starred in multiple movies for Hallmark Channel including “Puppy Love,” “Moonlight & Mistletoe,” and “Let It Snow,” along with “Finding Normal,” Emmy nominated “The Heart Of Christmas” and soon to be released, “Christmas Detour.” Her most recent movie “Christmas Under Wraps” broke records becoming Hallmark's most watched telecast ever and cable’s second most-watched original movie of 2014. (Oh – and she's married to Valeri Bure who apparently used to play hockey! Their marriage endures because of Bure Family Wines!)
Petri Hawkins Byrd — Officer Byrd from Judge JudyByrd - as he’s known to friends and fans alike - graduated from High School in Brooklyn and attended Community College in the Bronx. In 1986, after being transferred from Brooklyn Family Court to Manhattan Family Court, Byrd met his future TV boss, Judge Judith Sheindlin. In 1989, Byrd received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. “Some folks graduated ‘magna cum laude’. I graduated ‘Thank you, Lordy”’! In 1990, Byrd and his family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he worked for the U.S. Marshal Service. It was in 1995, while working as a campus supervisor at a local high school that he received a call from Judge Judy, asking whether he would be interested in reuniting with her to do a TV court show. Judge Judy is currently in its seventeenth season and shows no signs of slowing down. While enjoying the role that has brought him worldwide recognition, his pursuits in theatre, commercials, voiceovers and film have also kept him busy. A published and recorded songwriter, the former Brooklynite is currently working on animation and spoken word projects, for children and adults. A staunch community activist, Byrd is the chairman of the national board for the O.K.Program,- a mentorship organization designed to address social issues confronting young African-American males. He is also a board member of Teen Center USA, a faith-based youth program. When not working on the Judge Judy Show, Byrd is a much sought after emcee and “inspirational” speaker. He’s emceed shows for Gerald Albright, Smokey Robinson, Howard Hewitt, Brian Culbertson, War, Heatwave, Norman Brown, CeCe Winans and Take 6.
Jamie Blaine — Author of Midnight Jesus: Where Struggle, Faith and Grace Collide...Jamie Blaine has worked as a DJ in dive bars, roller rinks and rock and gospel stations. He’s worked in mental hospitals and drug rehab centers. He’s made his way through college and earned a master’s degree in counselling psychology. Now he’s an unconventional, and quite accidental, psychiatric crisis interventionist whose work takes him to “the least of these”. In his book, Midnight Jesus, Jamie shares heart-wrenching and sometimes hilarious stories of the everyday people he’s met through his work as the “late- night psychiatric crisis guy”. He spends time with people who need to know God is there in their darkest hours – people dealing with secret shame, doubt, and desperation, even suicide. “I drive from jails to bridge rails, backwoods hospitals, and rundown trailer parks in the middle of the night,” Jamie says. “Meeting people on their worst days, in the worst of places. I don’t have enough grace or faith or patience to handle this job on my own, so I made a deal with Jesus that wherever I go, he rides along with me. Because the truth is, most times I don’t have a clue what to say or do. Other than show up and simply listen to whatever story a person needs to tell.”
Shannon MacKinnonShannon MacKinnon is a twenty-three year old actress, writer and commercial model. She graduated top of her class from Seneca College's Acting for Camera and Voice Program in Toronto in June 2012. Recently Shannon has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams and Premonitions. She was selected out of 5000 submissions. The book went on sale on September 22nd 2015 and is available in all bookstores. Chicken Soup sells in over 100 countries and has sold over 500 Million copies worldwide. Currently, Chicken Soup: Dreams and Premonitions is on the Bestsellers list on Amazon. Shannon's story, "Her Final Lesson" is about her best friend, Pitrice, who prematurely passed away at the age of nineteen and how Pitrice was able to guide Shannon through her dreams into living a more fulfilling life. Her message is that there is more to sleep than what we think there is. “I think God works in mysterious ways and contacts us while we’re at our more comfortable – sleeping.” So how much should we pay attention to our dreams?
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Rebecca Stephens is an independent pop/country singer-songwriter from Wasaga Beach, Canada. From a very young age, Rebecca has been perfecting her craft with a beautiful blend of her love for country music and soulful lyrics. Her music is most comparable to country new comers Kacey Musgraves & Miranda Lambert yet has a unique spin on country music that puts her sound into a category of its own. Rebecca was selected by country music icon Sara Evans as the only Canadian top five finalist in the Sing with Sara Evan’s Contest in June 2013 and ended her summer with a trip to Nashville where she experienced the heart of country music for the first time while performing in Music City. Throughout her career she's opened up for Canadian folk pop grass band The Strumbellas, The Martels, & Jillian Jensen of American Idol/X Factor. Rebecca's music has also been played on several radio stations in Ontario and has been featured on CMT Canada. Rebecca released her debut EP "There Is A Light" in the spring of 2014 which was produced by New York City based producers Ben Lionetti and Tyler Guida of IdreAM, Creative Group. The music video for the title track filmed in her hometown found its way to The Wasaga Beach Film Festival winning an award for best music video. In January 2015 Rebecca followed up her debut release with her sophmore EP "The Fight" which is quickly building a loyal fanbase from all over the world. Rebecca is currently in the midst of writing her third EP "Back in the Hollow" which is set to be released in the fall of 2015 & was busy performing in Canada during summer of 2015.
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This week on The Pub Crawl:
From New Brunswick: Dr. John Stackhouse
John Stackhouse was educated in history and religious studies at three of North America’s leading institutions: Queen’s University in Ontario (B.A., First Class Honours), Wheaton College Graduate School in Illinois (M.A., with Highest Honors), and The University of Chicago (Ph.D.). Formerly a professor of European history at Northwestern College in Iowa, a professor of religion at the University of Manitoba, and the Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology and Culture at Regent College (University of British Columbia), he now serves Crandall University in Moncton, New Brunswick, as the Samuel J. Mikolaski Professor of Religious Studies and Dean of Faculty Development. John is the author of eight books, the editor of four more, and the author of over 600 articles, book chapters, and reviews in academic publications, major newspapers, and magazines. His writings range over history, sociology, philosophy, theology, ethics, and comparative religion. He has spoken throughout North America, in the United Kingdom, and in China, India, Israel, Korea, and Malaysia. His commentary on religion and contemporary culture has been sought by major broadcast and print media as diverse as The New York Times, The Atlantic, ABC News, CBC Radio, Time, and Reader’s Digest.
From Ottawa: Dr. Janet Epp Buckingham
Janet Epp Buckingham is an associate professor at Trinity Western University and the Director of the Laurentian Leadership Centre, an Ottawa-based, live-in, extension program focusing on leadership in public policy, business and communications. Dr. Buckingham has lived and studied in England, France and South Africa. It was while studying at bible college and working with the Jubilee Centre in Cambridge, England, that she developed a passion for applying Christian principles to public policy. Dr. Buckingham served in an advocacy role as Executive Director of Christian Legal Fellowship and with the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada as general legal counsel and director, law and public policy. Cardus is is a think tank dedicated to the renewal of North American social architecture. They conduct independent and original research, produce several publications, and regularly stage events with Senior Fellows and interested constituents across Canada and the U.S.
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From British Columbia: Dr. Angus Reid
The Angus Reid Institute was founded in October 2014 by Dr. Angus Reid, Canada’s best-known and longest-practicing pollster. He’s spent more than four decades asking people what they think and feel about top social, governance and economic issues. From 1979 to 2001, he was founder and CEO of Angus Reid Group, which grew into the largest research firm in Canada, with revenues of $60 million. It was sold to Ipsos SA in 2000. From 2004 to 2013 Angus was CEO of online panel company Vision Critical. He retired from the VC board in May 2014. Angus has written numerous columns on economic, social and governance issues and well as the best-seller; “Shakedown: How the New Economy is Changing our Lives” (1996). He has a B.A. and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Manitoba, and in 1974 he received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Carleton University in Ottawa. He is the recipient of a Canada Council Doctoral Fellowship, the Entrepreneur of the Year award, and was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Legends (2010).
1/ There's only one topic this week folks – Canada's Federal Election 2015.
Of course on our show, we want to know how people of faith might be voting on Monday. What are the issues that will be swaying these communities? There's been a history of Evangelical Christians voting Conservative but are there really enough evangelicals to make any leader care about their agenda? Maybe it's the Catholics that should be pandered to? Immigrants typically vote Liberal but don't Muslims favour Conservative values? What are the “moral” issues on the table this time?
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