October 20, 2016



McKenty Live with host Neil McKenty.

On today’s program, Neil is chatting with guest Charles Tempelton and the live callers.


October 18, 2016



Report from Regi.

Catharine writes:

I was fortunate indeed to be in Kingston, Ontario, for the magnificent, multi-generational celebration of Regiopolis-Notre Dame High School’s 175th anniversary this past weekend.

My husband Neil McKenty taught there as a young Jesuit in the early 50’s.  The 1954 annual yearbook shows him right in his element surrounded by the keen members of the highly-acclaimed Regi Debate Society, at ease in the book-lined, tall-shelved school library.

There’s Joe Coyle the president and Ed Koen, the vice-president, with their team who have just won a prize from radio station CKWS (Neil had won his first oratorical contest at age nine back in his hometown of Hastings.

By a stroke of luck, Rosemary Koen helped me reach her uncle Ed by phone at his home in Toronto.  We walked for an hour.  ”I can still visualize Neil after all these years.”  Ed remembers.

”He was a pretty commanding personality in the classroom.  He taught us to articulate; there was no mumbling or slurring your words, no sloppy diction.  I can still hear him pronouncing the word ”Squirrel”, exaggerating each syllable, until you could practically see the little critter scampering across the room.”

”I was a bit introverted, quite shy – having grown up on a farm 12 miles north of Kingston and gone to a one-room wooden schoolhouse.  Imagine the impact coming to Regi with its cosmopolitan student body from all over North, Central and South America, Mexico and China.  Our football quarterback, Palyeo Gutierrez was later shot with all his family in the Cuban revolution.”

”Neil understood where I was coming from and encouraged, pushed me along.  I can still remember the excitement of the Debating Society trip to Hastings, the small town where Neil had grown up.  I think we stayed at the rectory.”

”There were some real characters among the students, wild-oat types sent by their harried parents to shape up.  Jesuit discipline for 40 years when they took over the school was pretty strict.  Some of the wilder students considered it much like a penitentiary.  Any noise after lights out in the dorm immediately resulted in two hours on your knees out on the hard floor of that drafty corridor.”

”Neil taught English and History.  When I was still in grade 12, he encouraged me and others to have a shot at preparing for and trying one of the tough Grade 13 exams, to lighten our load in the last year and he spent hours tutoring us to get us through.”

”I also remember one day when he was briefly out of the classroom, a fellow sitting near me got fed p with the mess of old notes in the wooden drawer of his school-desk and set fire to it.  The whole drawer went wildly up in flames, so he simply picked it up and calmly chucked it out of the nearest window – luckily there were no repercussion that time!”


October 17, 2016


McKenty Live with host Neil McKenty.

On this episode of McKenty Live, Neil discuss aids with guest June Callwood author of the book Jim.


October 13, 2016

Exchange on CJAD with host Neil McKenty.

The Lines Are Blazing!

Neil is asking about US President Reagan.  With the live callers.

Jean P.


October 12, 2016


McKenty Live with host Neil McKenty

On today’s program, Neil is discussing municipal politics, especially in and around Montreal. With the live callers.

First aired on February 28th 1989 on CFCF 12

Jean P.


October 11, 2016


The Senior Times

Pit Stop by Neil McKenty

On the Shrivers, the Special Olympics and floor hockey.

I was enjoying a winter holiday in Palm Spins, California, when it was announced that Sargent Shriver gad died.  I met Shriver, married to President John Kennedy’s sister Eunice, in the early 70’s.  I’ll come back to that in a moment.

Mr. Shriver was the founding director of the Peace Corps, the signature success of Kennedy’s New Frontier.  He directed Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, founded Head Start, created the Jobs Corp and Legal Services for the Poor.

He served as President of the Special Olympics, which was founded by his wife.

Writing in the New York Times, Bob Herbert said that ”Mr. Shriver affected more people in a positive way than any American since Franklin Delano Roosevelt.”

When I met Mr. Shriver in 1971, he struck me as an enormously enthusiastic and energetic man.  I met him to discuss an award the Kennedys were making to Jean Vanier, the son of the former governor-general.  Mr. Vanier was being honoured by the Kennedys for his work with the mentally challenged.

My boss at the time, the Toronto philanthropist and sportsman Harry ”Red” Foster, thought it would be appropriate if Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau wrote a short statement to be delivered at the awards ceremony in Washington.

I called Mr. Trudeau’s office and he agreed to send a short statement to honour Vanier.  There was, however, one condition: The statement would be in both English and French and must be read that way.

I explained Mr. Trudeau’s condition to Mr. Shriver and he readily agreed to find someone who would be able to handle the French.

At the event, however, somebody dropped the ball.  To my exasperation, the statement did not get read in French.

I expressed my anger to Mr. Shriver.  He was upset as I was and apologized profusely.

As this was playing out, we were negotiating with Mr. Shirver’s wife, Eunice, for Canada to play a larger role in the Special Olympics.  We had a Canadian Special Olympics at Exhibition Park in Toronto and we had been invited to join the Kennedys for the first international Special Olympics in Chicago.

One of the most successful elements of our own Olympics was floor hockey.  We had convinced the National Hockey League to get behind this project and we were eager that Mrs. Shriver accept floor hockey into the American Special Olympics.

To that end, I had several meetings with Mrs. Shriver in Washington.

What a though lady she turned out to be-though in the sense she knew what she wanted and used any means to get there.  Smart, too.

I was not the only person who thought if Mrs. Shriver had been born later she might well have become the first female president of the United States.

She questioned me carefully about the suitability of floor hockey for the Special Olympics program.

I am writing this wile still in Palm Springs.  While here, I’ve talked to a number of Americans about the Obama presidency.

Most people seem all for it or all against it.  There is no middle ground.  As one of the naysayers put it: ”My husband had a job under George Bush and he lost his job under Obama.”

My own view is unchanged.  If the unemployment rate comes down one full point or more, Obama will win a second term fairly easily.  I mean, who is likely to beat him?  Michelle Bachmann, the poor person’s Sarah Palin?

Published in February 2011.

Jean P.


October 10, 2016

Exchange on CJAD with your host Neil McKenty.

The Lines Are Blazing!!

Neil asks his audience, what do you think of the future of Mr. Robert Bourassa in Quebec politics. With Robert Bourassa has a guest and the live callers.

Jean P.


October 6, 2016

McKenty Live!

This one is about house pets with guest Cynthia Drummond who works for the MTL SPCA, and the live callers.


October 5, 2016


Exchange on CJAD with your host Neil McKenty.

The Lines Are Blazing!!

Today Neil ask the question, does the mind affects our health?

Jean P.


October 4, 2016

New music video by Scott and John Griffin based on the book Polly Of Bridgewater Farm by Catharine Fleming McKenty.

Bonus footage of the author at the end.

Jean P.