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(Détours) Bordel en tout genre
Sat, 02 Mar 2024 08:05:45 GMT

Dans sa nouvelle autobiograhie, la professeure en droit transféminine Florence Ashley, théorise l’academic smut ou smut therapy comme la thérapie par l'écriture érotique. Gender/Fucking: the Pleasures and Politics of Living in a Gendered Body met en lumière le bordel de l'existence humaine à travers le récit de Florence - ses expériences romantiques, sexuelles, sa transition et des vérités qui sont beaucoup plus grandes qu’iel qui s'étendent à la jeune communauté trans actuelle. 

Les nouvelles politiques d'identité de genre annoncées en Alberta mélangent le droit des enfants avec le droit des parents dans un contexte où les corps et esprits des personnes trans sont déjà sous contrôle social, familial, politique, médical et juridique, et leur sentiment le plus profond par rapport à leur identité, constamment délégitimisé.

Animation : Emilie Nicolas

Générique : Laetitia Dogbe (Production), Tristan Capacchione (Production technique), André Proulx (Coordonnateur à la production), Karyn Pugliese (Rédactrice en chef) 

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(Short Cuts) The VICE Guide to Losing $5.7 Billion
Thu, 29 Feb 2024 05:00:33 GMT

Vice Media was once valued at 5.7 billion dollars - This week it closed its doors. One final episode of the podcast Cyber was released to give listeners a peek into what was going on at Vice. The staff knew something was amiss when the quality of the snacks began to deteriorate. 

The Liberals tabled Bill C-63 to take aim at online hate. If this new bill comes into force it could make some online hate speech punishable by life in prison. 

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: James Nicholson (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Justin Ling

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State of Emergency in Pikwakanagan
Mon, 26 Feb 2024 08:05:55 GMT

The Pikwakanagan First Nation seemed to be doing well - it has a good economy, high graduation rate, it has been revitalizing its culture, the books are tight. But things have gotten bad in the last five years. Pikwakanagan is not immune to the troubles infiltrating the towns surrounding it. 

Late last year, Chief Greg Sarazin declared a State of Emergency over Opioids in the small rural community, just 150 kilometers from Ottawa. When a crisis hits a city like Belleville it makes headlines, but First Nations are not getting attention, or all the help they need to fight addiction. They are relying, in many ways, on their own devices. 

There were at least five overdoses last year in a community with only 250 adults; that’s 1 in 50 people. Even more people must be using. But it's not just about those on reserve. When you count the cousins, the kids and the other family members living away, there have been dozens.  What happened, and what is the community doing to try and stem the crisis. 

Host: Karyn Pugliese 

Credits: Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer)

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(Short Cuts) The Oliphant in the Room
Thu, 22 Feb 2024 06:21:51 GMT

Liberal MP Rob Oliphant was caught being critical of the Trudeau government’s policy on the Gaza war in a leaked phone call with a constituent. He is the parliamentary secretary to the foreign affairs minister and says he’s considering quitting. First announced in the 2018 Federal Budget the Local Journalism Initiative (LJI) has given 50 million dollars to help underserved communities maintain local media… This funding is set to expire at the end of March. 

Host: Jonathan Goldsbie

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Allison Smith

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A Long Shot For Gaza
Mon, 19 Feb 2024 08:05:34 GMT

Dr. Ayman Oweida he’s doing everything he can to help his family survive. But he hears the bombs getting closer when speaking to them on the phone. 

The eyewitness of Aunt Fatimah, who says she is the sole survivor of an attack by the IDF, has lead Oweida to sign onto a coalition asking the Canadian government to cease arms exports to Israel. 

It might not save his family - but it might do something. 

Host: Jesse Brown 

Credits: Cherise Seucharan (Reporter), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Jonathan Goldsbie (News Editor), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

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(Détours) Yara El-Ghadban : le deuil, mais aussi les rêves
Sat, 17 Feb 2024 08:05:25 GMT

Selon Yara El-Ghadban, romancière et éditrice montréalaise d’origine palestinienne, le rêve est un acte révolutionnaire. Dans cet épisode, Emilie invite Yara à partager des extraits de son ouvrage Les racistes n'ont jamais vu la mer, coécrit avec Rodney Saint-Éloi. Au cours de cette discussion franche, l’expression artistique, le deuil, et l’espoir s'entremêlent. 

According to Yara El-Ghadban, a Montreal novelist and editor of Palestinian origin, dreaming is a revolutionary act. In this episode, Emilie invites Yara to share excerpts from her book Les racistes n'ont jamais vu la mer, co-written with Rodney Saint-Éloi. Over the course of this candid discussion, artistic expression, grief, and hope coalesce.

Animation : Emilie Nicolas

Générique : Nancy Pettinicchio (Production), Tristan Capacchione (Production technique), Karyn Pugliese (Rédactrice en chef)

Coanimation : Yara El-Ghadban

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(Short Cuts) For Whom Bell Trolls
Thu, 15 Feb 2024 05:00:31 GMT

Is radio not a viable business anymore? Bell Media said this in a release in the wake of massive layoffs. And Pierre Poilievre is waging a bizarre battle with the media … including the (controversial) Canadian Press.

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), André Proulx (Production Coordinator), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Jon Pole

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Introducing CanadaLabs – a hub for the next generation of audio journalists! To learn more, including how to apply to the Audio Journalism Fellowship Program or submit to our first short-form audio contest, visit canadaland.com/canadalabs

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Can Porn's Business Model Save The News Industry?
Mon, 12 Feb 2024 08:05:58 GMT

After Max Krangle left Big Tobacco he went to work for the porn business. Jesse and Max explore whether the business lessons learned in porn, one of the world’s most successful enterprises, can apply to journalism, one of the world’s most vulnerable industries.

Host: Jesse Brown 

Credits: Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Jonathan Goldsbie (News Editor), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

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(Short Cuts) No Sex Please, We’re Albertan
Thu, 08 Feb 2024 05:00:14 GMT

The Alberta Premier has a UCP leadership election this year, and apparently she needs transphobic voter support more than she cares about keeping the government out of classrooms and kids’ pronouns. And invitations for Nazis, cancellations for Jews - we analyze the shameful takedown of NDP MLA Selina Robinson and try to figure out where exactly the line for cancellable offence is.

Correction (Feb. 8, 2024): This episode originally described Susan Kim as a member of British Columbia’s Legislative Assembly, suggested that Premier David Eby allowed her to continue in her role after she apologized for casting doubt on the use of sexual violence by Hamas. Kim is in fact a Victoria city councillor who added her name to a late-October open letter that made reference to “the unverified accusation that Palestinians were guilty of sexual violence.” While Municipal Affairs Minister Anne Kang called on Kim to apologize (which she subsequently did), and declined to call for Kim’s resignation, Premier Eby himself did not weigh in.

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Jess Schmidt (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Rachel Matlow

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Tent Cities, Karaoke And Birthday Cake
Mon, 05 Feb 2024 08:05:24 GMT

Two journalists, Kathleen Martens and Brandi Morin, have been closely following the ongoing crises faced by unhoused people, largely Indigenous, in so-called “tent cities”. They have been documenting the political and police action to remove the encampments. In Brandi’s case, she was arrested for doing her work as a journalist, which brought the eyes of the world on her. But the story isn’t about Brandi, it’s about the people she has been speaking with. 

Editor-in-chief Karyn Pugliese sits down with Kathleen and Brandi to talk about the people they have met, their experiences, and what some of the causes of homelessness are for them.

Have tent cities and homelessness become the new normal?

Host: Jesse Brown 

Credits: Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Featured guests: Kathleen Martens, Brandi Morin

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(Détours) Nous, les autres et Toula
Sat, 03 Feb 2024 08:05:32 GMT

En début de semaine, la chroniqueuse Toula Drimonis a vu la publication en français de son livre "Nous, les autres", suite au succès de la version originale anglaise en 2022. Fille d'immigrants grecs, l'auteure partage son vécu ainsi que celui des immigrants d'autres horizons au sein de la société québécoise. Dans un contexte où les débats sur l'immigration retournent à l'avant-scène de l'actualité, Toula se joint à Emilie pour évoquer les risques liés à l'attribution de la crise du logement à l'immigration. Parallèlement, alors que les immigrantes sont surreprésentées dans des maisons d’hébergement du Québec, leurs voix sont-elles entendues dans le paysage médiatique actuel ?

AVERTISSEMENT : Dans la deuxième partie de cet épisode, nous discutons de violence à caractère sexuelle et de violence basée sur le genre. Si vous êtes à la recherche de soutien, le lien suivant vous dirigera vers des ressources à travers le Canada : https://canadianwomen.org/fr/vous-cherchez-un-soutien/

Earlier this week, columnist Toula Drimonis saw the publication in French of her book "Nous, les autres", following the success of the original English version in 2022. As the daughter of Greek immigrants, she shares her experiences and those of immigrants from other backgrounds within Quebec society. With debates on immigration once again taking centre stage in the news, Toula joins Emilie in discussing the risks of associating the housing crisis solely with an increase in immigration. And while immigrant women are over-represented Quebec shelters, are their voices heard in today's media landscape?

WARNING: In the second half of the episode, the co-hosts discuss sexual violence and gender-based violence. If you are seeking support, the following link will direct you to resources across Canada: https://canadianwomen.org/support-services/

Animation : Emilie Nicolas

Générique : Nancy Pettinicchio, Tristan Capacchione, Karyn Pugliese

Coanimation : Toula Drimonis

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(Short Cuts) Internet Censorship (Taylor's Version)
Thu, 01 Feb 2024 05:00:34 GMT

How much information should the public get when it comes to the motivations of a suspected shooter attacking a government building? And the new global order of internet governance that applies only to Taylor Swift - unpacking AI-generated deep fake porn. 

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Mattea Roach

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An Elegy To Snark
Mon, 29 Jan 2024 08:05:53 GMT

Every social media platform prizes something different. With Instagram, it’s aesthetics. On TikTok, it’s theatre-kid energy. And with Twitter, it was information and wit, conveyed via the written word.

Jonathan Goldsbie is very good at Twitter. But Twitter is no longer Twitter.

Every platform gradually withers — but since Elon Musk purchased it, the site’s ongoing transformation into the very worst version of itself has been by design.

So what’s a person like Goldsbie to do, when confronted with the prospect of terminal, destructive decline? What happens when X spots a mark?

Host: Jesse Brown 

Credits: Jonathan Goldsbie (News Editor), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

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(Short Cuts) The Missing Piece for International Students
Thu, 25 Jan 2024 05:14:24 GMT

From cash cows to scapegoats, has there been a change in how we talk about international students? And how Canada’s provincial governments have, one by one, told the Canada Border Services Agency that they no longer want a role in a system decried as inhumane.

Clarification: Canadaland would like to clarify there are other requirements to maintain a permanent residency in Canada. One such example is a residency requirement. While there are some exceptions, individuals generally need to have spent at least 730 days (the equivalent of two years) in Canada over the previous five years.

Host: Jonathan Goldsbie

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Damilola Onime

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Why Government Is Addicted to Cigarettes
Mon, 22 Jan 2024 08:05:51 GMT

For years Canadian media has been saying that Canada is a world leader in regulating big tobacco and is a global success story when it comes to weaning the public off of cigarettes. 

Last week there were headlines about the decline of tobacco use in Canada — according to the World Health Organization stats that say we are beating just about every country when it comes to convincing people to kick the habit. 

Given the tone and the content of news coverage on Canada's anti-smoking effort, and you might have the idea that: 

  • Big Tobacco is in serious business trouble... unless vaping saves them
  • The Canadian government doesn't want anyone to smoke
  • Public Health Canada is getting ready to ban cigarettes entirely, first to young Canadians, and eventually to everyone. 

According to Max Krangle, a lawyer who worked for Big Tobacco companies like RJ Reynolds for 12 years, you would be wrong. He says the cigarette business is more profitable than ever and that government regulations are the reason why. 

Correction: In a previous edition of this episode, the guest Max Krangle said that, to account for tobacco revenue loss, income tax would have to increase by 10%. Host Jesse Brown, misinterpreted this and asked if that would mean that tobacco revenue accounts for 10% of total tax revenue. Krangle mistakenly agreed. That exchange has been removed.

Host: Jesse Brown 

Credits: Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

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(Détours) Foncer dans le mur
Sat, 20 Jan 2024 08:05:35 GMT

AVERTISSEMENT : Dans la deuxième partie de cet épisode, nous discutons de violence à caractère sexuelle et de violence basée sur le genre. Si vous êtes à la recherche de soutien, le lien suivant vous dirigera vers des ressources à travers le Canada : https://canadianwomen.org/fr/vous-cherchez-un-soutien/

Dans cet épisode spécial de début d'année, Vanessa Destiné, chroniqueuse et animatrice, se joint à Emilie pour discuter des sujets marquants de janvier. Elles abordent les conséquences de prendre position (ou de rester silencieux) sur le génocide en Palestine, ainsi que l'état du star système dans le milieu du cinéma et de la télévision en France et au Québec. À l’approche des élections américaines, Emilie et Vanessa partagent leurs prédictions pour 2024.

CONTENT WARNING: In the second half of the episode, the co-hosts discuss sexual violence and gender-based violence. If you are seeking support, the following link will direct you to resources across Canada: https://canadianwomen.org/support-services/

In this special episode to kick off the new year, columnist Vanessa Destiné joins Emilie to discuss key issues in the media this January. The co-hosts discuss the consequences of taking a stand (or remaining silent) on the genocide in Palestine, as well as the state of the star system in film and television in France and Quebec. With the upcoming American elections in mind, Emilie and Vanessa share their predictions for 2024.

Animation : Emilie Nicolas

Générique : Nancy Pettinicchio (Production), Tristan Capacchione (Production technique), Karyn Pugliese (Rédactrice en chef)

Coanimation : Vanessa Destiné

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(Short Cuts) What Celebrity Chef Mary Berg Did
Thu, 18 Jan 2024 05:00:11 GMT

I know you want to read about what celebrity chef Mary Berg did, but DON’T click on the link - it’s clickbait! And Trump is back in a big way. Did we learn anything from the last time?

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Sandy Garossino

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The Dangers Of Dumb AI
Mon, 15 Jan 2024 08:05:41 GMT

Activist Esra’a Al-Shafei has gone to extreme lengths to keep her image offline. But one day that privacy was breached — or so she thought. 

Her story is just one of many of the real life impacts of our development and use of artificial intelligence. 

Can Canada create a guardrail good enough to protect us — and our data — from these kinds of harms? Or have we passed the point of no return? 

Host: Jesse Brown 

Credits: Cherise Seucharan (Reporter), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

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(Short Cuts) Burning Down the Jewish Deli Is Not Kosher
Thu, 11 Jan 2024 05:00:05 GMT

Canada’s major newspapers take a stance on antisemitic attacks happening in Toronto. And PM Justin Trudeau heads to the beach. 

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Phoebe Maltz Bovy

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A War In Our Newsrooms
Mon, 08 Jan 2024 08:05:55 GMT

For newsrooms across the country, covering the war with Israel and Palestine has been tremendously difficult. Tensions are high, emotions are very fragile, and resources are at record lows. Today, we're going to try to give you some idea of just what it has been like for journalists to work under these conditions.

Canadaland Editor-in-Chief, Karyn Pugliese, sits down with Dave Seglins, a CBC journalist who spent 25 years as a frontline reporter and investigative journalist. After experiencing work-related PTSD, he's purposed himself as a champion of well-being in the newsroom. She also speaks with Brent Jolly, the president of the Canadian Association of Journalists, about what he's hearing from reporters across the country. 

Host: Jesse Brown 

Credits: Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Further reading: 

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(Détours) Redéfinir la famille traditionnelle
Sat, 06 Jan 2024 05:00:19 GMT


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(Short Cuts) Who’s Behind A Fake Trudeau Sex Scandal?
Thu, 04 Jan 2024 05:01:06 GMT

There’s a really popular Canadian politics YouTube channel with hundreds of anti-Trudeau videos. Something seemed a little fishy though. Jesse, Jonathan, and Karyn start pulling at a thread that ultimately takes their search to the other side of the world.

There’s a video on YouTube titled “Trudeau’s Alleged AFFAIR with Minister of AFFAIRS” that baselessly suggests the prime minister’s marriage fell apart due to a dalliance with a member of his cabinet. It has 473,903 views.

It’s the biggest hit for a channel called Street Politics Canada that, for more than a year, has been churning out anti-Trudeau content day after day. Street Politics claims to be an “independent news organization” based in Canada that is “clear and upfront” about their biases — but who are they, and why haven’t we heard of them before?

Credits: Jesse Brown (Host & Publisher), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief), Jonathan Goldsbie (News Editor), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor & Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor, Podcasts)

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Yukon's Path to Indigenous Self-Governance
Mon, 01 Jan 2024 05:00:00 GMT

Often underreported or ignored by national media, the unique and complex issues facing the people who call Yukon home rarely get the attention they deserve. In this LIVE TAPING Mattea Roach, Michelle Friesen, Tosh Southwick, and Carissa Waugh take part in a smart, nuanced, and engaging conversation centering the opportunities, and political and social challenges up north. But most importantly, this episode speaks to the absolute need to have tough and sometimes uncomfortable conversations about reconciliation. 

Host: Mattea Roach

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guests: Michelle Friesen, Tosh Southwick, Carissa Waugh

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(Short Cuts) MKUltra
Thu, 28 Dec 2023 05:00:40 GMT

In the 1960s and 70s, there was a fear that cult leaders were brainwashing young people into joining their new, strange movements. But is it even possible to “brainwash” anyone?

At a psychiatric hospital in Montreal, one mad scientist, with the help of the CIA, tried to find out.

Featured in this episode: Alison Steel, Lisa Ellenwood

To learn more:

Brainwashed by Michelle Shephard, Lisa Ellenwood & Chris Oke on CBC Podcasts

The Search for the Manchurian Candidate: The CIA and Mind Control by John Marks

Father, Son and CIA by Harvey Weinstein

MK Ultra: CIA mind control program in Canada by CBC’s The Fifth Estate

“Federal government quietly compensates daughter of brainwashing experiments victim” by Elizabeth Thompson in CBC News

Credits: Arshy Mann (Host & Producer), Jordan Cornish (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

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Christmas In The Newsroom
Mon, 25 Dec 2023 05:00:33 GMT

Stories of big news breaking when everyone else is on vacation

People might take holidays, but the news doesn’t. For your holiday listening needs, here are stories from reporters who have worked Christmas in their newsrooms. It’s the good, the bad and the funny.

A Canadaland tradition, now updated with a new story.

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Bruce Thomson (Producer) Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor) Jonathan Goldsbie (News Editor), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

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(Détours) Crise après crise
Sat, 23 Dec 2023 05:00:53 GMT

Dans ce dernier épisode de l'année, Emilie Nicolas co-anime avec Aurélie Lanctôt, chroniqueuse au Devoir et doctorante à l'Université McGill. Revenant sur un été marqué par des feux de forêt records, les co-animatrices s'interrogent sur le paradoxe entre les effets de plus en plus tangibles des changements climatiques et l'absence inquiétante d'action politique de la part de nos gouvernements fédéral et provinciaux. Alors que les grèves se poursuivent dans le secteur public québécois, le gouvernement caquiste changera-t-il son ton lors des négociations en cours ?

In this final episode of the year, Emilie Nicolas co-hosts with Aurélie Lanctôt, columnist for Le Devoir and doctoral student at McGill University. Looking back on a summer marked by record forest fires, the co-hosts reflect on the paradox between the increasingly tangible effects of climate change and the disturbing lack of political action on the part of our federal and provincial governments. As strikes continue in Quebec's public sector, will the CAQ government change its tone during ongoing negotiations?

Animation : Emilie Nicolas

Générique : Nancy Pettinicchio (Production), Caleb Thompson (Production technique), Karyn Pugliese (Rédactrice en chef)

Co-animation : Aurélie Lanctôt

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(Short Cuts) Rising Hate and Sweet Google Money
Thu, 21 Dec 2023 05:00:10 GMT

Islamophobia and antisemitism are on the rise in Canada - but if there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that teenagers becoming radicalized and making homemade bombs is not okay. 

Plus, the latest on how Bill C-18 the Online News Act continues to screw over independent media…this time with Google’s $100 million exemption pie for Canadian broadcasters to scrap over.

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Jess Schmidt (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Jan Wong

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Drunk Uncle Holiday Argument Simulator
Mon, 18 Dec 2023 05:00:13 GMT

We asked people to call Jesse and argue about… whatever, in the true spirit of this festive season.

A return for a second listen to this evergreen Holiday Season special from 2020. Featuring CBC Radiohost Piya Chattopadhyay, newsletter maker Marc Weisblott, journalist Kareem Shaheen, Maureen from Calgary, Simon from Toronto and so many more….

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(Short Cuts) Blurred Faces and the 24-Hour Frenzy of Shohei Ohtani
Thu, 14 Dec 2023 06:04:57 GMT

With so much going on in the world, how could we possibly cover it all on one Short Cuts? By breaking it up into digestible chunks of varying levels of importance, that’s how!

Jonathan and Karyn reteam for an all–Duly Noted edition of Short Cuts, spanning everything from the National Post’s somehow-even-more-conservative-than-before coverage of Israel to that one baseball man who people thought was on his way to Toronto but wasn’t. And did a whistleblower actually deliver anonymous, in-person testimony to Parliament this week? Sort of!

Host: Jonathan Goldsie

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Karyn Pugliese

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The Journalists’ Psychiatrist
Mon, 11 Dec 2023 05:00:53 GMT

Usually when Canadaland does a story on reporters in conflict we’re talking to a reporter who has had boots on the ground, someone who’s dodged bullets in hot zones and has the scars and the PTSD to prove it. But not this time. This time we’re speaking with Anthony Feinstein a professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He specializes in the psychological distress of journalists. He treats journalists as patients, and he does research into the kind of psychological trauma that commonly afflicts them. In fact, he created the field of study focused on psychological trauma in journalists - it simply did not exist before him. 

Host: Jesse Brown 

Guest: Anthony Feinstein, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.

Credits: Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Jonathan Goldsbie (News Editor), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

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(Détours) Catherine Dorion, celle qui dérange
Sat, 09 Dec 2023 08:05:58 GMT

À la suite de son mandat de députée de Québec solidaire à l'Assemblée nationale de 2018 à 2022, Catherine Dorion s'est lancée dans l'écriture d'un livre. Paru le 13 novembre dernier, Les têtes brûlées : Carnets d'espoir punk raconte l'attention médiatique qui a entouré Catherine durant son mandat. L’ex-députée se joint à Émilie, qui a elle aussi grandi dans la région de Québec, pour réfléchir à l'influence des médias – en particulier de la radio-poubelle – non seulement sur la politique provinciale, mais aussi sur la vie quotidienne de divers groupes marginalisés. Un échange sincère entre deux femmes de Québec qui dérangent.

Following her mandate as a Québec solidaire Member of National Assembly from 2018 to 2022, Catherine Dorion set out to write a book. Released on November 13, Les têtes brûlées : Carnets d'espoir punk recounts the media attention that surrounded Catherine during her mandate. Catherine joins Emilie, who also grew up in the Quebec City region, to reflect on the influence of the media – and more specifically of trash-radio – not only on provincial politics but also on the everyday lives of various marginalized groups. A heartfelt exchange between two Québec City women who disrupt the status quo.

Animation: Emilie Nicolas

Générique: Nancy Pettinicchio (Production), Tristan Capacchione (Production technique), Karyn Pugliese (Rédactrice en chef)

Coanimation: Catherine Dorion

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David Suzuki — The CANADALAND Interview
Sat, 09 Dec 2023 08:05:07 GMT

David Suzuki spent decades of his life sounding the alarm about environmental destruction, as host of the CBC TV show The Nature of Things and other radio programs. When he looks at the world today, he’s frustrated. “We haven’t done a goddamn thing about the issues being raised,” he tells Jesse.

He also talks about the failures of Capitalism, the people who have tried to take him down, and his concerns with the state of discourse today.

This conversation was recorded in September, 2023

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(Short Cuts) Newspocalypse Now
Thu, 07 Dec 2023 05:00:55 GMT

CBC makes huge cuts - with plans to eliminate 600 positions. Is it time for a good hard look in the mirror to figure out what its future could look like? And Pierre Poilievre turns to documentary film to explain the housing crisis. 

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Paul Wells

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How Canada Became An International Joke
Mon, 04 Dec 2023 08:05:15 GMT
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this episode contained characterizations of slain Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar that Canadaland has been unable to independently verify, and as such have been removed.

To put it lightly, Canada’s relations with India and China have lately been a mess, with allegations of assassination, retaliation, interference, and spying. And that was before a recent Globe report raised new questions about why China detained the “Michaels,” and before U.S. prosecutors charged an Indian national in a “murder-for-hire conspiracy” apparently connected to the killing of a Sikh activist in Surrey. 

Today’s conversation with Sam Cooper, the reporter who broke the story about alleged Chinese interference in Canadian elections, will take you inside the mess — and help make sense of it.

Host: Jesse Brown 

Credits: Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Jonathan Goldsbie (News Editor), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

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Margaret Atwood — The CANADALAND Interview
Sat, 02 Dec 2023 08:05:19 GMT

Margaret Atwood returns to talk about getting in trouble, being treated in the media as some sort of prophet, and whether there are times when authoritarianism could in fact help us solve major problems. 

This conversation was recorded in September, 2023

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(Short Cuts) Danielle Smith’s Edge of Sovereignty
Thu, 30 Nov 2023 05:22:15 GMT

Danielle Smith’s Sovereignty Act is like trying to get away with amending the Constitution via a hastily-scrawled Post-it note, flimsily affixed while no one’s looking. Spare a thought for the poor Alberta reporters who have to explain that, on top of their normal work of attempting to make energy policy engaging.

And if 10 years is a long time in the life of a digital media company, how do we describe 20 for an indie magazine?

The Narwhal’s Drew Anderson co-hosts.

Host: Jonathan Goldsbie

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Drew Anderson

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Is Jesse a Zionist? (editorial)
Wed, 29 Nov 2023 08:00:55 GMT

Canadaland publisher Jesse Brown has been asked to stop talking about antisemitism. 

He's also been asked whether he will denounce Israel, or if he is in fact a Zionist. 

In this opinion piece, Jesse tries to clear things up once and for all. 



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How Flacks Spin Hacks
Mon, 27 Nov 2023 08:05:44 GMT

Journalists report the news. They hear about a story, write it up, verify the facts, and then hit “publish”. 

But, occasionally a story comes in from someone else and then they, more or less, just hit “publish”.

Public relations professionals are master spin doctors. They know how to get the story they want to tell, which may or may not be true (or at least not the full truth), published in major newspapers and sites across the country.

Everyone does this: governments, corporations, institutions, police departments, and so on. And as the number of journalists in the country continues its slow decline, the number of people working in PR has increased by nearly eight times in the past thirty years. With that disparity, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to verify and dedicate time to every story that comes in.

Journalist Cecil Rosner sits down with Jesse and Karyn for a rich discussion about the power that PR firms can hold in setting the narrative in what the public should think and believe.

Host: Jesse Brown 

Credits: Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Jonathan Goldsbie (News Editor), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Further reading: 

Clarification (December 12, 2023): In the conversation, host Jesse Brown remarks that he’s “never read a story from PressProgress that would embarrass or contradict the agenda of the NDP,” adding, “Maybe they can correct me on that.” Taking Jesse up on this offer, PressProgress editor Luke LeBrun draws our attention to five stories critical of policies from British Columbia’s NDP government, and, stressing the outlet’s journalistic independence, notes they have “no rules forbidding our journalists from criticizing the NDP or any requirement that they must dogmatically align with the NDP’s policies or messaging on anything.”

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(Détours) Militer en tant que personne alliée
Sat, 25 Nov 2023 08:10:08 GMT

Une mobilisation citoyenne à grande échelle a lieu au Canada pour inciter le gouvernement Trudeau à demander un cessez-le-feu entre Israël et la Palestine. Jonathan McPhedran Waitzer se joint à Emilie pour discuter de la place des personnes alliées au sein des mouvements sociaux, soulignant particulièrement le rôle des personnes juives solidaires avec le peuple palestinien. Dans un deuxième temps, Jonathan, membre de l'équipe d'organisation nationale de Ressources en mouvement, met en lumière cette communauté de jeunes disposant de privilèges de classe qui luttent pour des changements systémiques au Canada. 

Protestors have taken to the streets across Canada to urge the Trudeau government to call for a ceasefire between Israel and Palestine. Jonathan McPhedran Waitzer joins Emilie to discuss the place of allies within social movements, highlighting the role of Jewish people in solidarity with the Palestinian people. Jonathan, a member of Resources Movement’s national organizing team, highlights the community of young people with class privilege who are fighting for systemic change in Canada.

Animation: Emilie Nicolas

Générique: Nancy Pettinicchio (Production), Tristan Capacchione (Production technique), Karyn Pugliese (Rédactrice en chef)

Coanimation: Jonathan McPhedran Waitzer

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Rick Mercer — The CANADALAND Interview
Sat, 25 Nov 2023 08:05:35 GMT

Rick Mercer started his career as a media critic of sorts. He broke into the national consciousness with a one man show taking on an establishment journalist, called Show Me the Button: I'll Push It (or Charles Lynch Must Die). He talks to Jesse about his path from angry young outsider to palling around with politicians on TV. He also talks about developing his pioneering blend of news and comedy in This Hour Has 22 Minutes and The Mercer Report, why he wouldn’t do Talking to Americans in the Youtube age, and why political satire in Canada is far friendlier than its American counterpart. 

This conversation was recorded in September, 2023

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(Short Cuts) Secondhand News From Gaza
Thu, 23 Nov 2023 05:00:57 GMT

As news breaks of a temporary ceasefire in Gaza, Emilie Nicolas and Mattea Roach discuss anti-Palestinian media bias in media as well as look at the deaths of over 50 journalists in the region. They also talk about dwindling faith in Canadian media as more layoffs rock the industry. 

Host: Emilie Nicolas

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Mattea Roach

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Thunder Bay: Post-Mortem, Part 2
Mon, 20 Nov 2023 08:05:00 GMT

Ryan McMahon and Jon Thompson team up with Cherise Seucharan for the conclusion to Post Mortem, a two-episode dive into the connection between the police, the coroners, and the canary in a coal mine for death investigations across the province.

Host: Jesse Brown 

Credits: Jon Thompson (Reporter), Cherise Seucharan (Reporter), Ryan McMahon (Reporter), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

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(Short Cuts) The Jeffrey Epsteins of Canada
Thu, 16 Nov 2023 05:00:41 GMT

As sexual assault convictions stack up for Peter Nygard, another alleged predator is walking free in Montreal. And an Ontario teacher under fire for teaching about socialist economics - in his economics class.

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Jan Wong

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The Newfoundlander: Chapter 3
Tue, 14 Nov 2023 08:05:16 GMT

What defines someone’s national identity? Is it a drop of blood from a distant relative? Is it living in a community? Is it being accepted by that community as a member? Do we approach that question differently if we have Italian ancestry versus Indigenous ancestry?

Justin continues his conversations with Qalipu leaders, community members, and distant relatives in his search to understand what it means to be Mi’kmaq, whether it’s right to claim a Mi’kmaq identity, and what he should tell his kids about who they really are.

Host: Justin Brake

Credits: Justin Brake (Writer & Reporter), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Special Thanks: Kelly Russell and Pigeon Inlet Productions for the use of Emile Benoit’s music, Diane's Happiness, David's Reel

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Thunder Bay: Post-Mortem, Part 1
Mon, 13 Nov 2023 08:05:00 GMT

For over five years, Canadaland has been investigating Thunder Bay, Ontario. Specifically, we have been trying to figure out why there were so many unanswered questions around the deaths of Indigenous people in this one Ontario town.

We have looked at the cops. The schools. The courts. The  government. The people in the town itself. But we never looked at the coroners and the forensic pathologists who are a central part of death investigations. And once we started to do so, freedom of information requests and leaked reports pointed to even greater problems with how deaths are investigated, that could span the entire province. 

And so we went back to Thunder Bay.

Host: Jesse Brown 

Credits: Cherise Seucharan (Reporter), Jon Thompson (Reporter), Ryan McMahon (Reporter), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

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(Détours) Les jeunes et les symptômes de la violence
Sat, 11 Nov 2023 08:05:04 GMT

Un nouveau documentaire, Ados et armés, traite de la question de l’usage croissant des armes à feu chez les adolescents québécois. Le film donne la chance aux adolescents concernés de parler pour eux-mêmes. Le réalisateur du film, Fabrice Vil, se joint à nous pour parler des problèmes systémiques qui nous ont amenés ici. Nous parlons aussi de racisme dans le sport, suite à une histoire dans Le Droit concernant le traitement choquant infligé à deux joueurs racisés dans une ligue de hockey jeunesse à Gatineau.

A new documentary, Ados et armés, digs into the issue of rising gun use among Quebec teens, giving the affected teens a chance to speak about it in their own voices. The director, Fabrice Vil, joins us to talk about the systemic problems behind this issue. We also talk about racism in sports, following a shocking story in Le Droit about the treatment of two racialized players in a youth hockey league in Gatineau. 

Animation: Emilie Nicolas

Générique: Nancy Pettinicchio (Production), Kevin Sexton (Production), Tristan Capacchione (Production technique), Karyn Pugliese (Rédactrice en chef)

Coanimation: Fabrice Vil

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Who really runs the Canadaland newsroom?
Fri, 10 Nov 2023 08:30:55 GMT

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You’ve heard a lot from Jesse this crowdfunding campaign, it's time for Editor in Chief Karyn Pugliese (Pabàmàdiz) to share her vision for Canadaland.

Karyn has seen journalism change Canada before, knows that it actually can make a difference in the conversations we have in this country, and in our democracy.

We are in the final days of our 10th anniversary crowdfunding campaign. Support from listeners like you has never been more vital.

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(Short Cuts) A Liberal Plot Against Trudeau?
Thu, 09 Nov 2023 05:00:18 GMT

The new refrain in the press gallery is that Trudeau has got to go. How seriously should we take this? And the world of deep fakes has come for Canadian news anchors. Glen McGregor co-hosts. 

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Glen McGregor

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The Newfoundlander: Chapter 2
Tue, 07 Nov 2023 08:05:10 GMT

This is chapter 2 of a mini series. To listen to all episodes, become a supporter at https://canadaland.com/join

When Newfoundland joined Canada as the tenth province in 1949, both the new province and the federal government neglected to mention in their terms of union that any indigenous people lived there. That meant Canada had no legal obligations to Mi’kmaq or Innu under the Indian Act. So First Nations peoples there were left out.

Over the decades, Mi’kmaq on the island fought for official recognition. Following the creation of Miawpukek First Nation (Conne River) in the early 1980s, the federal government finally agreed in the 2000s to recognize Mi’lkmaq in Central and Western Newfoundland, The Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation was formed. More than 100,000 people applied to join the new band, leading many to question the authenticity of those claims. 

Justin speaks with experts and Qalipu community leaders to figure out how the community defines who is or isn’t Mi’kmaq. He wants to know because he and his family enrolled with Qalipu, but as Justin learned more about his ancestry, he began to question whether that claim was legitimate.

And if that claim wasn’t legitimate, what would that mean for the thousands of other Qalipu members? 

Host: Justin Brake

Credits: Justin Brake (Writer & Reporter), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

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The Aquanaut
Mon, 06 Nov 2023 08:05:14 GMT

Jill Heinerth is one of the most accomplished aquanauts in the world. With over 8500 dives, she is hired by some of the most notable names in film and television, from David Suzuki, to James Cameron. 

But her life isn’t all about shooting epic underwater scenes for the big screen, a lot of her life is doing research in underwater caves, looking at organisms that few have ever seen before. She does this as part of scientific research that leads to groundbreaking medical discoveries, with applications for AIDS, breast cancer, and even COVID. 

These dives are dangerous though, and each time she goes under, could be her last.

Host: Jesse Brown 

Credits: Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

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(Short Cuts) Buffy Sainte-Marie: Coincidence or Likely Stories?
Thu, 02 Nov 2023 04:00:19 GMT

It was impossible to look away once CBC released the story and Fifth Estate documentary questioning Buffy Sainte-Marie’s Indigenous identity. How well did the CBC do in its reporting? And an update on the Greenbelt scandal under Doug Ford - including an RCMP investigation. Kim Wheeler co-hosts.  

Host: Jonathan Goldsbie

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Kim Wheeler

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The Newfoundlander: Chapter 1
Mon, 30 Oct 2023 07:05:30 GMT

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In 2001, 9/11 forced airplanes from all over the world to suddenly land in Newfoundland. As communities responded to the crisis and welcomed people into their homes, there was a chance encounter between a Rabbi from England and an elderly person from Gander, Newfoundland: Edward Brake, grandfather of reporter Justin Brake.

Edward told the Rabbi that he was a Holocaust survivor and had suppressed his Jewish identity his whole life. But now, he said, it was time to share his story before it was lost forever. 

How could the entire Brake family be unaware of this history? If the story is true, what does that mean for Justin? Justin sets off on a quest, speaking to family and digging through provincial archives in search of answers.

Host: Jesse Brown 

Credits: Justin Brake (Writer & Reporter), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

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The news cycle doesn’t care about our plans
Sun, 29 Oct 2023 07:30:47 GMT

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We are way off our target for our crowdfunding goal this year. When we launched our campaign a few weeks ago, we had the best launch day ever.

And then a war broke out…. 

We have so many really exciting stories to report and plans for the coming year to tell you about, and our ability to move on them depends on your support right now.

New signups have slowed down substantially, but there is still time.  

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(Détours) Les frais de scolarité et les solitudes
Sat, 28 Oct 2023 07:05:47 GMT

Le gouvernement caquiste du Québec a récemment proposé une nouvelle mesure qui, selon le premier ministre François Legault, protégera la langue française. Cette mesure consiste à augmenter les frais de scolarité pour les personnes non-québécoises souhaitant étudier dans une université au Québec. Comme cette hausse aurait certainement un impact sur les universités anglophones qui accueillent un grand nombre d’étudiant.es de l'extérieur de la province, les médias à travers le pays ont rapidement exprimé leur inquiétude. Andrew Parkin, directeur général de l'Environics Institute, se joint à Emilie pour discuter de la façon dont cette nouvelle mesure influence la perception du Québec par le reste du Canada. Andrew nous offre également un aperçu d'une nouvelle enquête par l’Environics Institute et l’Initiative du Siècle qui démontre que les attitudes envers l'immigration sont en train de changer parmi les Canadiens. 

Quebec's CAQ government recently proposed a new measure which, according to Premier François Legault, will protect the French language. The measure involves raising tuition fees for non-Quebecers wishing to study at a university in Quebec. As this increase would certainly have an impact on English-language universities, which welcome a large number of students from outside the province, media outlets across the country were quick to express their concern. Andrew Parkin, Executive Director of the Environics Institute, joins Emilie to discuss how this new measure affects the rest of Canada's perception of Quebec. Andrew also provides an overview of a new study by the Environics Institute and the Century Initiative, which shows that attitudes towards immigration are changing among Canadians.

Animation: Emilie Nicolas

Générique: Nancy Pettinicchio (Production), Tristan Capacchione (Production technique), Karyn Pugliese (Rédactrice en chef)

Coanimation: Andrew Parkin

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(Short Cuts) An Apple a Day Gets Pierre Airplay
Thu, 26 Oct 2023 04:00:00 GMT

Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre goes international by chomping on an apple. And journalist Tim Bousquet could face jail time for articles he published about a murder trial in Nova Scotia. 

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Tim Bousquet

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Alive At Ten
Mon, 23 Oct 2023 07:05:32 GMT

At ten years old, the Canadaland network has had its share of successes: investigative journalism, powerful accountability interviews, thoughtful analysis, critique of the media when it’s at its worst, and telling the weird, often untold stories about Canada. 

It has also had a few misses, like hiring the voice actor for Lisa Simpson to advertise for the company.

Today’s episode features a few segments from the recent live show at the Hot Docs Podcast Festival, with hosts Mattea Roach, Jonathan Goldsbie, Allison Smith, Karyn Pugliese, Arshy Mann, and popular Short Cuts co-host Jan Wong interviews Jesse Brown.

Host: Jesse Brown 

Credits: Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Special Thanks: Crystal MacDonell, Michael Robinson, Patrick McKenna and the rest of the Hot Docs team who helped coordinate the event. 

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(Short Cuts) Stumbling Through the Fog of War
Thu, 19 Oct 2023 04:38:29 GMT

As the conflict in Gaza and Israel continues to escalate, Pacinthe Mattar sits down with Jonathan to consider the ways in which narratives are shaped, journalists are obstructed, and parameters of discussion get enforced.

They also look at the RCMP’s response to photojournalist Amber Bracken’s wrongful-arrest lawsuit, which somehow finds a new way to wring controversy from the term “occupation.”

Correction: A previous version of this episode featured claims of an altercation between an alleged Israeli police officer and Arabic-speaking reporter, elements of which Canadaland has since not been able to verify.

Clarification (Nov. 6, 2023): Further clarification has been added to our web post.

Host: Jonathan Goldsbie

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Pacinthe Mattar

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How Connie Walker Won
Mon, 16 Oct 2023 07:05:17 GMT

Award-winning podcaster Connie Walker joins Jesse in studio to talk about the problems and racism she faced at the CBC, including the pushback she received when trying to tell stories about Indigenous women. 

But that racism and pushback didn’t deter her. During her time at the CBC, she created what is now known as CBC Indigenous. She also created the hit podcast series Missing & Murdered which, despite its success, was canceled after two seasons. She remains committed to telling those stories, making sure that they are more than just footnotes in Canadian history, with her work on the series Stolen, at Gimlet Media, for which she recently won a Pulitzer Prize and a Peabody award.

Host: Jesse Brown 

Credits: Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

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(Détours) Le conflit israélo-palestinien dans les médias avec Michel Cormier
Sat, 14 Oct 2023 07:05:00 GMT

L’Israël et le Hamas sont au centre de l’attention des médias du monde entier à la suite de l’escalade du conflit israélo-palestinien la fin de semaine dernière. Michel Cormier, ancien correspondant international et ancien directeur général de l'information à Radio-Canada, se joint à Émilie pour discuter de la couverture médiatique d’enjeux particulièrement sensibles.  Que doivent garder à l’esprit les journalistes pour assurer une couverture juste et éthique ? Suite à plusieurs années à s’immerger dans des villes telles que Moscou, Paris et Pékin, Michel réfléchit à l’impact de ses correspondances internationales sur sa propre vision du monde. 

Israel and Hamas are the focus of worldwide media attention following last weekend's escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Michel Cormier, former foreign correspondent and former Executive Director of News and Current Affairs at Radio-Canada, joins Emilie to discuss media coverage of particularly sensitive issues. What should journalists keep in mind to ensure fair and ethical coverage? After immersing himself in cities such as Moscow, Paris and Beijing for several years, Michel reflects on the impact of his role as a foreign correspondent on his own worldview.

Animation: Emilie Nicolas

Générique: Nancy Pettinicchio (Production), Tristan Capacchione (Production technique), Karyn Pugliese (Rédactrice en chef)

Coanimation: Michel Cormier

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(Short Cuts) The Worst Week (So Far)
Thu, 12 Oct 2023 04:00:51 GMT

Journalism in Canada is fighting for it's life. Support Canadaland now.

The violence that erupted in Israel and Gaza this past weekend has spawned a hurricane of misinformation. So, we’re fact-checking some of the early claims and posts about this war of the words from here in Canada. Plus, having the conversation you can’t have - we continue to explore the topic of empathy, Palestine, and Israel in a double-header episode to give it the attention it deserves.

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Jess Schmidt (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Emilie Nicolas

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Who’s Behind a Fake Trudeau Sex Scandal?
Tue, 10 Oct 2023 07:05:15 GMT

Journalism in Canada is fighting for its life. Support Canadaland now.

There’s a video on YouTube titled “Trudeau’s Alleged AFFAIR with Minister of AFFAIRS” that baselessly suggests the Prime Minister’s marriage fell apart due to a dalliance with a member of his cabinet. It has nearly half a million views.

It’s the biggest hit for a channel called Street Politics Canada that, for more than a year, has been churning out anti-Trudeau content day after day. Street Politics claims to be an “independent news organization” based in Canada that is “clear and upfront” about their biases — but who are they, and why haven’t we heard of them before?

On this week’s CANADALAND, host Jesse Brown, editor-in-chief Karyn Pugliese, and news editor Jonathan Goldsbie start pulling at a thread that ultimately takes their search to the other side of the world.

Host: Jesse Brown 

Credits: Jonathan Goldsbie (News Editor), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

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The End of Canadaland
Thu, 05 Oct 2023 07:50:20 GMT

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(Short Cuts) Elon Musk Saves Canadian Podcasts!
Thu, 05 Oct 2023 04:00:40 GMT

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Elon Musk accused Justin Trudeau of “trying to crush free speech in Canada.” The jab was prompted by Bill C-11, the Online Streaming Act, which creates new regulations for online creators in Canada. So what does the law actually say? And what’s behind this growing international movement of painting Trudeau as a tyrant?

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Kevin Sexton (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Sabrina Maddeaux

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Radical Reconciliation
Mon, 02 Oct 2023 07:05:14 GMT

In 2016, a 56 year old Saskatchewan farmer named Gerald Stanley shot an unarmed 22 year-old Indigenous trespasser named Coulten Boushie in the back of the head. Stanley was acquitted of murder in 2018 — and nobody was happy.

Indigenous people considered the verdict proof positive of racial bias in the courts and a tacit declaration of open season on Indigenous people, including hunters, who take their lives in their hands when they exercise their treaty rights to access land.

Meanwhile, rural settlers in Saskatchewan formed a facebook group called Farmers with Firearms to protest slow RCMP response times to what they considered a growing epidemic of rural crime. 8500 people joined, and the comment section was filled with anti-Indigenous rhetoric and vows to exercise vigilante justice on anyone who sets foot on their property.

How do these two seemingly irreconcilable groups… reconcile?

Some Saskatchewan farmers and Indigenous hunters are trying to figure that out. As you might expect, reconciliation isn’t always easy.

Freelance reporter Kerry Benjoe brings you this true story from Saskatchewan, on this National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Host: Jesse Brown 

Credits: Kerry Benjoe (Reporter), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

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(Détours) Diplomatie en crise
Sat, 30 Sep 2023 07:05:26 GMT

La tension monte entre le Canada et l'Inde après que Justin Trudeau a accusé le gouvernement indien d'avoir joué un rôle dans l'assassinat du leader sikh Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Maïka Sondarjee rejoint Emilie pour discuter des angles morts des médias dans la couverture de cette accusation et des réactions qui s'ensuivent. Ce n'est pas la première histoire controversée impliquant le Canada et ses relations internationales dernièrement. Quelle est la réputation internationale actuelle du Canada ?

Tension rises between Canada and India after Justin Trudeau accused the Indian government of playing a role in the assassination of Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Maïka Sondarjee joins Emilie to discuss the media's blind spots in covering this accusation and the reactions that followed. This isn't the first controversial story involving Canada and its international relations in recent news. What is Canada's current international reputation?

Animation: Emilie Nicolas

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(Short Cuts) Springtime for Hitler in Ottawa
Thu, 28 Sep 2023 04:00:45 GMT

A “Ukrainian who served in Nazi unit” was applauded in Canadian Parliament - let’s just call a Nazi a Nazi. And history is repeating itself in the “parental rights” movement. 

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Andrea Houston

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Foreign Influence: How Castro and a Belgian Brought Violent Revolution to Quebec
Mon, 25 Sep 2023 07:05:19 GMT

This week’s show features Chris Oliveros, publisher and founder of Montreal’s Drawn and Quarterly, one of the most respected publishing houses for comic book literature in the world.

Chris has brought to the world books from authors like Robert Crumb, Julie Doucet, Chris Ware, Kate Beaton, Chester Brown and Dan Clowes. 

But eight years ago Chris left his job as publisher at D&Q to write and draw his own comic - his first in almost 30 years. It's called “Are You Willing to Die For The Cause,” a work of journalism that tells the largely forgotten story of the real origins of the FLQ -  the militant, violent Quebec separatist group that changed Canadian history forever. 

Host: Jesse Brown 

Credits: Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

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(Short Cuts) No Going Back With India
Thu, 21 Sep 2023 04:00:31 GMT

If it weren’t for the Globe and Mail, would Prime Minister Trudeau have publicly accused India of being involved in the killing of Hardeep Nijjar? And Canada loses 70 newspapers as Metroland ends their print circulation. 

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Shree Paradkar

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A Wine Critic Spills All
Mon, 18 Sep 2023 07:05:56 GMT

André Proulx is a wine writer who has worked for Newstalk 1010, CTV News, Quench Magazine, and Toronto Life. As dollars in traditional media disappear for journalists, it’s getting harder and harder to make money writing lifestyle content — including wine writing. In today’s landscape, is one of Canada’s most influential wine writers double-dipping, taking money from both The Toronto Star - and the people who represent the wines she’s reviewing?

To discuss the current landscape of wine writing André spoke with Chris Waters, wine writer for the Globe and Mail, and Rick VanSickle of Wines in Niagara. To explain how wine sales with the LCBO works he spoke with Ben Hardy of Vintage Selector wines, tech experts Carmi Levy and Dan Spearin, and media lawyer Miro Oballa. 

Host: Jesse Brown 

Credits: André Proulx (Reporter), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

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(Détours) Rima Elkouri : 25 ans de nuances
Sat, 16 Sep 2023 07:05:47 GMT

Le 10 septembre 2001, Rima Elkouri devient chroniqueuse au journal La Presse. Le 11 septembre 2001, elle devient chroniqueuse arabe. Rima se joint à Emilie pour réfléchir aux histoires nécessaires et nuancées qu'elle écrit depuis les 25 dernières années. Puis, dix ans après la présentation de la Charte des valeurs québécoises à l’Assemblée nationale, est-ce qu’il y a eu une évolution dans les médias québécois sur le sujet de la laïcité ? 

On September 10, 2001, Rima Elkouri became a columnist for La Presse. On September 11, 2001, she became an Arab columnist. Rima joins Emilie to reflect on the necessary and nuanced stories she has written over the course of the past 25 years. And ten years after the Parti québécois presented the Quebec Charter of Values to the National Assembly, has the subject of secularism evolved in Quebec media?

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(Short Cuts) Cirque du Pierre Poilievre
Thu, 14 Sep 2023 04:00:50 GMT

Oh what a circus, oh what a show, as a newly reenergized Conservative Party of Canada holds its first convention with Pierre Poilievre as leader. Under this tent, everyone from anti-trans activists to British aristocrats are apparently welcome, because nothing says “populism” like telling people you know what’s best for them.

And as the strike at TVOntario creeps toward month two, we anxiously await Polkaroo’s show of solidarity.

Jacobin’s Luke Savage joins Jonathan on Short Cuts.

Host: Jonathan Goldsbie

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Luke Savage

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How To Save Canada
Mon, 11 Sep 2023 07:05:05 GMT

Rob Goodman was a congressional staffer in the US and as a rising authoritarian movement brought America to the brink of a coup, he did what all Americans threaten to do when they are fed up with their country: he moved to Canada. Now an Assistant Professor in the department of Politics and Public Administration at Toronto Metropolitan University, he has an urgent warning for his adopted country.

Jesse sits down with Rob to talk about his new book, “Not Here: Why American Democracy Is Eroding and How Canada Can Protect Itself.”

Host: Jesse Brown 

Credits: Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

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(Short Cuts) Mr. X, Mr. Ford, Mr. Mutton
Thu, 07 Sep 2023 04:00:02 GMT

We’re beginning to see the consequences of the Greenbelt scandal. Why does Premier Ford refuse to take accountability?  As the trial for the convoy organizers begins, Tamara Lich’s cult of personality is ramping up in the press. 

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Alan S. Hale

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Chantal Hébert
Mon, 04 Sep 2023 07:05:14 GMT

This episode originally aired on May 3, 2015

It’s possible that Chantal Hébert’s journalism once held Canada together. She joins Jesse for a discussion about what’s appropriate in political news coverage, and what (if anything) needs to change.

Host: Jesse Brown 

Credits: Cassidy Villebrun-Buracas (Associate Producer), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

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(Détours) Redéfinir la famille traditionnelle
Sat, 02 Sep 2023 07:05:40 GMT

Le modèle familial traditionnel est en pleine évolution. Comment l'adoption internationale s’inscrit-elle dans les conversations actuelles autour de la parentalité ? Emilie invite Amandine Gay pour discuter de son travail en tant que cinéaste, autrice et militante qui lutte pour les personnes adoptées et, plus précisément, pour leur prise de parole. Emilie et Amandine réfléchissent à la manière dont le racisme est abordé (ou effacé!) en France. Peut-on mieux comprendre la société québécoise en déchiffrant la politique française ?

The traditional family model is in the midst of evolution. How does international adoption fit into current conversations surrounding parenthood? Emilie invites Amandine Gay to discuss her work as a filmmaker, author, and activist fighting for adoptees and, more specifically, for their voices. Emilie and Amandine reflect on how racism is addressed (or how it is erased!) in France. Can we better understand Quebec society by examining French politics?

Animation: Emilie Nicolas

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(Short Cuts) Parents, Peterson and the Pronoun Panic
Thu, 31 Aug 2023 04:00:31 GMT

With more provinces jumping aboard the prejudiced pronoun panic, Jesse and Karyn pick apart the misleading narratives that are helping fuel it.

They also shine light on a legal battle the Toronto Star has quietly been waging to protect a confidential source.

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Karyn Pugliese

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Stock Buybacks: How Grocers Eat Themselves
Mon, 28 Aug 2023 07:05:31 GMT

In the past several years, Loblaws, Metro and Empire have spent billions on their own stock - And at a time of food price inflation and grocery workers on strike. 

Why are they doing it? And why do some economists say stock buybacks should be abolished? 

Featured in this episode: 

William Lazonick, professor emeritus of economics at University of Massachusetts

Jim Stanford, director of the Centre for Future Work

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Host: Jesse Brown 

Credits: Cherise Seucharan (Reporter), Jonathan Goldsbie (News Editor), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

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(Short Cuts) Yellowknife’s Cabin Radio Fever
Thu, 24 Aug 2023 04:00:02 GMT

With Canadians in the North and West fleeing their homes to escape the encroaching infernos, wouldn’t it be great if there were places online they could congregate to share news? 

Ollie Williams of Yellowknife’s Cabin Radio joins Jonathan to examine how the wildfire evacuations in the Northwest Territories have offered a (surprisingly encouraging!) glimpse into our post-social-media future.

Also: How many CRTC commissioners does it take to reject an application for a broadcast license? They won’t say!

Host: Jonathan Goldsbie

Credits: Kattie Laur (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Ollie Williams

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Is The Foreign Interference Scandal Overblown?
Mon, 21 Aug 2023 07:05:32 GMT

After months of national coverage, we still don't really know.

Today we're going to hear from a senior journalist, about his skepticism regarding Foreign Interference. We're going to hear an editorial, an opinion - but a reported opinion and an informed one. Bruce Livesey knows about which he speaks - he knows about the specific newsrooms of which he speaks, because he used to work for both of them. He was an investigative reporter for both of the news organizations that have been reporting leaked CSIS documents - The Globe and Mail and Global News.

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Bruce Livesey (Additional Reporting), Jonathan Goldsbie (News Editor), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

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(Détours) Rentrée scolaire féministe
Sat, 19 Aug 2023 07:05:18 GMT

AVERTISSEMENT : Dans cet épisode, nous discutons de violence à caractère sexuelle et de violence basée sur le genre, y compris la violence impliquant des mineurs. Si vous êtes à la recherche de soutien, le lien suivant vous dirigera vers des ressources à travers le Canada : https://canadianwomen.org/fr/vous-cherchez-un-soutien/

Alors que le mouvement #MoiAussi battait son plein en 2017, le gouvernement du Québec adoptait une loi-cadre qui vise à prévenir et combattre les violences sexuelles dans les cégeps et les universités. Emilie invite Léa Clermont-Dion pour discuter de l’impact de cette loi-cadre, ainsi que des efforts militants et politiques pour mettre en place une telle loi dans les institutions préscolaire, primaire et secondaire. Auteure et chercheure universitaire, Léa explore également les questions féministes par le biais du cinéma. Emilie et Léa abordent le sujet difficile de la cyberviolence en discutant du film documentaire co-réalisé par Léa, Je vous salue salope : La misogynie au temps du numérique

CONTENT WARNING: In this episode, the co-hosts discuss sexual violence and gender-based violence, including violence involving minors. If you are seeking support, the following link will direct you to resources across Canada: https://canadianwomen.org/support-services/ 

While the #MeToo movement was in full swing in 2017, the Quebec government adopted a framework law aimed at preventing and combating sexual violence in CEGEPs and universities. Emilie invites Léa Clermont-Dion to discuss the impact of this framework law, as well as the activist and political efforts to implement such a law in preschools, elementary schools, and high schools. An author and academic researcher, Léa also explores feminist issues through filmmaking. Emilie and Léa tackle the difficult subject of cyber-violence by discussing the documentary film co-directed by Léa, Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age.

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(Short Cuts) Pierre Don’t Care
Thu, 17 Aug 2023 04:00:41 GMT

Does Pierre Poilievre touting conspiracy theories count as news? And will the revelations about Doug Ford’s development of the Greenbelt amount to anything?

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Nora Loreto

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Podcasting In Cubaland
Mon, 14 Aug 2023 07:05:50 GMT

In Cuba wide public access to the internet is only a few years old. The press is still severely restricted by the government. But there is something of a small podcast boom taking shape in the country.

So in a country where the press is under constant threat of intimidation, interrogation, and being jailed, how do you make a podcast that can challenge the government? 

Today we talk to Cuban podcaster Camilo Condis.

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Jonathan Goldsbie (News Editor), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

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(Short Cuts) What’s-a Meta with Canadian News?
Thu, 10 Aug 2023 04:00:36 GMT

With Meta making good on its threat to expunge news from Facebook and Instagram, Canada’s publishers and broadcasters pin their hopes on the Competition Bureau to set things right. (We’re doomed?)

And when the Liberals promised to plant 2 billion trees, they probably weren’t betting that anyone would actually try to keep count.

The Narwhal’s Mike De Souza joins Jonathan on Short Cuts.

Host: Jonathan Goldsbie

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Mike De Souza

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The Interrogation Of Jesse Brown
Mon, 07 Aug 2023 07:05:51 GMT

Jesse Brown might think himself quite the question master, but today the tables have turned and our guest host, the Jonathan Torrens, investigates the inner workings of this show's host. Is it possible to be too cynical?  

Featured in this episode: Jonathan Torrens, actor, performer and writer best known for his beef with Jesse Brown and hosting shows like Street Cents, Jonovision and his role in Trailer Park Boys; Jesse Brown, early guest on Jonovision (and, I guess, the publisher of the Canadaland podcast network). 

Credits: Jonathan Goldsbie (News Editor), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Sarah Lawryniuk (Former Senior Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

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(Détours) Tik Tok autochtone
Sat, 05 Aug 2023 07:05:05 GMT

Xavier Watso, militant et créateur de contenu abénaki, se joint à Emilie pour discuter de l’évolution de la participation des personnes autochtones dans les médias québécois. Ayant récemment démissionné à la suite à 16 ans d’enseignement en art dramatique dans une école secondaire, Xavier nous partage également ses réflexions sur l’état actuel du système scolaire. Est-ce qu’il y a un écart entre la manière dont les médias couvrent le système éducatif au Québec et la réalité ou est-ce que les écoles s’écroulent pour de vrai ?

Xavier Watso, Abenaki activist and content creator, joins Emilie to discuss the evolution of the participation of Indigenous people in Quebec media. Having recently left his job as a high school drama teacher after 16 years, Xavier also shares his thoughts on the current state of the school system. Is there a gap between the media portrayal of the education system in Quebec and reality, or are schools really falling apart?

Animation: Emilie Nicolas

Générique: Nancy Pettinicchio (Production), Tristan Capacchione (Production technique), Karyn Pugliese (Rédactrice en chef)

Coanimation: Xavier Watso

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(Short Cuts) Hang the Grocer
Thu, 03 Aug 2023 04:00:29 GMT

Grocers sure are making it easy for us to be mad at them. And a serial killer, a landfill, and an all-too real metaphor playing out in Winnipeg. Plus Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau are calling it splits - and it’s probably all we’re going to hear about for the next while. 

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Karyn Pugliese

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Refugee Crisis On A Street Corner
Mon, 31 Jul 2023 07:05:00 GMT

What does Toronto’s response to the refugee crisis actually look like on the ground? 

Just across the street from the Canadaland office, a crisis unfolded: dozens of asylum seekers camping out as they were unable to get space in city shelters. Some had been there for weeks. 

After the federal government and the city both pledged that more support would be given to the asylum seekers, many were still there -  being helped by a tenuous system of volunteers, donated goods, religious outreach and good samaritans.

Join reporter Cherise Seucharan and Editor in Chief Karyn Pugliese as they follow asylum seekers at 129 Peter Street as they search for a place to spend the night. 

Credits: Jesse Brown, Host & Publisher, Cherise Seucharan, Reporter, Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

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(Short Cuts) The Blame Game: Reckoning With Anti-Racism Training
Thu, 27 Jul 2023 04:00:36 GMT

When anti-racism training goes wrong. Really, really wrong. How should the media talk about diversity, equity and inclusion responsibly? 

And, Canada has its very own James Bond and its retired RCMP Officer, Bill Majcher. Only, Majcher was arrested this week and Canadian media has barely scratched the surface when it comes to answering, “who is this guy?”.

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Kattie Laur (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

Guest: Jan Wong

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The Truth About Polkaroo
Mon, 24 Jul 2023 07:05:07 GMT

Our news editor, Jonathan Goldsbie, ventured out to find his inner Polkaroo by way of an exhibit on the history of Canadian children’s television programming at Toronto’s Myseum. As he’d heard rumours that our publisher Jesse Brown and intrepid reporter Cherise Seucharan were actually children themselves, once upon a time, he invited them along.

Skinnamarinky dinky dink,

Skinnamarinky doo,

Now you can listen too! 

Host: Jonathan Goldsbie

Credits: Jonathan Goldsbie (News Editor), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Featured in this episode: Ed Conroy Toronto-based cultural historian, archivist and online video producer. He is the Founder of Retrontario.com

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(Détours) La queer Acadie de Xavier Gould
Sat, 22 Jul 2023 07:05:30 GMT

Originaire de Shediac au Nouveau-Brunswick, Xavier Gould nous partage des extraits de son tout premier livre des fleurs comme moi, un recueil de poésie témoignant de son vécu en tant que jeune personne queer en Acadie. Au courant de cette discussion avec Emilie, Xavier partage ses réflexions autour de la transidentité, l’humour et la langue. Ensemble, elles se demandent : quel impact a eu la montée des conservatismes transphobes sur les communautés queer rurales au Canada ?

Originally from Shediac, New Brunswick, Xavier Gould shares excerpts from their first book, des fleurs comme moi, a collection of poems about their experiences as a young queer person in Acadia. In this discussion with Emilie, Xavier shares her thoughts on trans identity, humour and language. Together, they ask: how has the recent rise of transphobic conservatisms impacted queer rural communities in Canada?

Animation: Emilie Nicolas

Générique: Nancy Pettinicchio (Production), Tristan Capacchione (Production technique), Karyn Pugliese (Rédactrice en chef)

Coanimation: Xavier Gould

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(Short Cuts) Canada: Your New Home On The Streets
Thu, 20 Jul 2023 04:00:23 GMT

Canada created a new pathway to permanent residency for a large number of Ukrainian refugees, as a group of asylum claimants from other countries were sleeping in the streets of Toronto. We discuss the political calculations involved in supporting displaced people. We also try to make sense of the ups and downs of the Bank of Canada.

Host: Erica Ifill

Credits: Kevin Sexton (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

Guest: Nicholas Keung

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The CANADALAND Guide To Navigator
Mon, 17 Jul 2023 07:06:44 GMT

“When you can’t afford to lose” is not just Navigator’s trademarked slogan; it’s also its core business proposition. Although it offers a range of services, from market research to communications, Navigator is best known as the firm to which Canada’s rich and powerful turn when facing a crisis that could cost them that wealth and power.

Its highest-profile clients have included Michael Bryant and Jian Ghomeshi. More recently, it’s been a player in the controversies around Hockey Canada, the Special Rapporteur on Foreign Interference, and the Ottawa Police response to the convoy occupation. Bit by bit, we’ve gotten more insight into the work they do behind the scenes to — as one observer once put it to the Toronto Star — change your perceptions without you even knowing it.

On today’s episode, host Jesse Brown and news editor Jonathan Goldsbie offer a primer on the company that’s been a common thread running through many of the biggest Canadian news stories of the past 15 years.

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Jonathan Goldsbie (News Editor), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

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(Short Cuts) CBC Crypto Spoof, Danielle Smith Gets a Win and More
Thu, 13 Jul 2023 04:00:43 GMT

The Trudeau government won’t back down on Bill C-18 – except now they are. We also talk about the crypto crime that never happened, a threatening cop, Danielle Smith’s ‘vindication’ and updates to the Burns Lake Tribunal Hearing.

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guest: Dani Paradis

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Ukraine vs Press Freedom
Mon, 10 Jul 2023 07:05:52 GMT

Last month the Globe and Mail reported that Anton Skyba, their photojournalist in Ukraine, applied to the Ukrainian government to have his press credentials renewed - and was denied. Ukrainian security services accused him of holding a Russian passport, demanded that he take a lie-detector test, and questioned whether his work as a journalist was aligned with Ukraine’s “national interests.”

It was not an isolated incident. 

Last year, Ukrainian Security - the SBU - sent a list of names to their friends in the FBI. The SBU explained that it was a list of people who they suspected of spreading “fear and disinformation” about Ukraine through their Twitter accounts.  They asked the FBI to get Twitter to remove these peoples’ accounts - to censor them. One of the names on that list was Aaron Mate, a Canadian journalist who works for the website GrayZone.

Skyba and Mate talk to Canadaland about the state of press freedom in war-torn Ukraine.

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Sarah Lawrynuik (Reporter), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor in Chief)

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(Détours) Proprios solidaires
Sat, 08 Jul 2023 07:05:38 GMT

Le 9 juin dernier, la ministre responsable de l’habitation au Québec propose le projet de loi 31 qui, entre autres amendements, vise à permettre aux propriétaires de refuser une cession de bail sans motif sérieux. La cession de bail étant un outil important au Québec pour prévenir les augmentations de loyers déraisonnables, cette proposition du gouvernement caquiste a suscité un débat sur le droit au logement et la réalité des locataires. Emilie et Nora Loreto, co-animatrices de l’épisode, discutent également du meutre d’un adolescent franco-algérien par un policier à Nanterre, France lors d’un contrôle routier. Est-ce que les conversations politiques et médiatiques autour de la violence policière en France résonnent au Canada ?

On June 9, Quebec's housing minister proposed Bill 31, which, among other amendments, would allow landlords to refuse a lease transfer without serious grounds. As lease transfers are an important tool in Quebec to prevent unreasonable rent increases, this proposal by the CAQ government has sparked a debate on housing rights and the reality of tenants. Emilie and episode co-host Nora Loreto also discuss the killing of a Franco-Algerian teenager by a police officer in Nanterre, France. Are there parallels between the political and media conversations around police violence in France and in Canada?

Animation: Emilie Nicolas

Générique: Nancy Pettinicchio (Productrice), Tristan Capacchione (Producteur technique)

Coanimation: Nora Loreto

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(Short Cuts) Google, Interrupted
Thu, 06 Jul 2023 04:00:30 GMT

Google and Meta respond to Bill C-18 by threatening to block Canadian news. And the first woman to head up the Assembly of First Nations is out after just two years, due to some combination of any or all of her own alleged misconduct, a conspiracy to depose her, and/or run-of-the-mill misogyny. 

Host: Jonathan Goldsbie

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

Guest: Karyn Pugliese

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WTF, Marc Maron Is Moving To Canada?
Mon, 03 Jul 2023 07:05:21 GMT

Marc joins Jesse for a conversation about his plans to emigrate to Vancouver and the differences between Canada and the U.S. when it comes to fascism, comedy, and Jews.

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(Short Cuts) PostStar Royco
Thu, 29 Jun 2023 04:00:35 GMT

Toronto Star owner Nordstar and Postmedia are in talks to merge - a death knell to Canadian print media. Jesse and co-host Jaskaran Sandhu unpack the killing of Sikh community leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey - possibly at the hands of the Indian government. AND an expose of alleged misbehaviour at a middle school in Brampton.

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

Guest: Jaskaran Sandhu

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A House Divided, Again: BC's Housing Scandal
Mon, 26 Jun 2023 07:05:14 GMT

Vancouver’s SROs are home to some of the most vulnerable people in the province, and some of the most challenging housing to run. So when Atira Women’s Resource Society stepped up to run several buildings, concerns that the CEO was in a relationship with the CEO of BC Housing, the provincial corporation in charge of that housing, were dismissed. 

In the years that followed, there was growing concern about the conditions of the SROs, and why Atira’s portfolio kept growing.

Recently an explosive report released by third party investigators Ernst and Young revealed the truth. 

This week’s episode by Cherise Seucharan looks at how a problem ignored for over a decade, came to light.

Featured in this episode: Jen St Denis, reporter at The Tyee; Frances Bula, reporter, The Globe and Mail.

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Cherise Seucharan (Reporter), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

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(Détours) Parler de la Chine, sans peur
Sat, 24 Jun 2023 07:05:27 GMT

Avec May Chiu (coordinatrice de la Table ronde du Quartier chinois de Montréal et membre de l’Association des Chinois progressistes du Québec), Emilie se penche sur l’impact de l’actualité des derniers mois sur la communauté chinoise du Canada. Quels sont les impacts sur le terrain des enquêtes journalistiques du printemps sur l’ingérence de Beijing au pays ? La diversité des points de vue chez les Canadiens d’origine chinoise a-t-elle sa place dans les médias ? Comment protéger la démocratie canadienne contre l’ingérence étrangère sans stigmatiser toute une diaspora ?

With May Chiu (coordinator of the Montreal Chinatown Roundtable and member of the Association of Progressive Chinese Quebeckers), Emilie examines the impact of the news of recent months on the Chinese community in Canada. What are the impacts on the ground of last spring's journalistic investigations into Beijing's interference in the country? Does the diversity of views among Chinese Canadians have a place in the media? How can we protect Canadian democracy against foreign interference without stigmatizing an entire diaspora?

Animation: Emilie Nicolas

Générique: Tristan Capacchione (Producteur)

Coanimation: Mei Chiu

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(Short Cuts) We All Died In a Tiny Submarine
Thu, 22 Jun 2023 04:00:49 GMT

Do the billionaires on the missing Titan submarine deserve sympathy or scorn? While Canada and the US pull out all the stops to find it, days before, a boat off the coast of Greece capsized, killing 300, with minimal international attention. And we get into the behind-the-scenes of the CTV layoffs at Bell Media.  

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

Guest: Ethan Cox

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Mystery Brain Disease Cases Quadruple, Says New Brunswick Doctor
Mon, 19 Jun 2023 07:05:29 GMT

It was in the winter of 2021 that the world first became aware of a mounting number of patients being seen in New Brunswick with unusual neurological symptoms. A year later, the Government of New Brunswick released a report dismissing the entire issue, claiming there was never a cluster of patients to begin with.

CANADALAND has obtained thousands and thousands of pages of internal documents that take us behind the scenes of that investigation that once caught the attention of the nation, before being dropped like a hot potato. 

In this update to the story Dr. Marrero reveals new theories on the disease’s origins and the fact that his caseload has quadrupled to over 200 since our last report on the story.

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Sarah Lawrynuik (Reporter), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

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(Short Cuts) Transphobia: The Right Finds Another Target
Thu, 15 Jun 2023 04:00:14 GMT

After weeks of navigating accusations of conflict, special rapporteur David Johnston finally ran aground. If you’re trying to persuade people of your unimpeachable independence, maybe don’t hire a communications firm that’s connected to everyone?

And, ah crap, the far right is fixated on queer people again.

The Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo co-hosts.

Host: Jonathan Goldsbie

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

Guest: Cheri DiNovo

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The Rise and Fall of BuzzFeed News
Mon, 12 Jun 2023 07:05:33 GMT

In the mid-2010s, BuzzFeed News seemed like the most exciting place in media: an almost cloyingly whimsical carnival of abundance where journalists were actually happy. At a time when everything else appeared to be crumbling, it burst with hope and possibility.

Last month, after just a few years of layoffs and withering, it shut down for good.

And if the quick life and death of BuzzFeed News represented the whole past, present, and future of media collapsed into a single decade, then BuzzFeed Canada was a micocosm of that, living fast and dying young in just a fraction of the time.

Today, BuzzFeed Canada founding editor Craig Silverman (now with ProPublica) and longtime writer Elamin Abdelmahmoud (now with CBC Radio) sit down with Canadaland news editor Jonathan Goldsbie to look at how this strange thing got built up so fast, and what it was like on the inside as it rapidly slipped away

Host: Jonathan Goldsbie

Credits: Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Noor Azrieh (Associate Producer)

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(Détours) Les femmes, leurs voix, et la haine
Sat, 10 Jun 2023 07:05:03 GMT

Avec France-Isabelle Langlois (directrice générale d’Amnistie internationale Canada francophone) et Maïka Sondarjee (professeure adjointe à l’Université d’Ottawa, cofondatrice de Femmes expertes et auteure), Emilie se penche sur la haine (en ligne) à laquelle les femmes s’exposent de plus en plus lorsqu’elles prennent la parole publiquement sur les enjeux qui leur tiennent à cœur. Pourquoi est-ce que l’arène publique devient de plus en plus violente ? Comment les femmes se sont-elles adaptées et comment résistent-elles ? Et qu’est-ce qui peut être fait pour venir à bout de cette violence ?

Cette conversation a été enregistrée au Centre PHI à Montréal, le 8 juin 2023. Merci à l’équipe du Centre PHI.

Emilie is joined by France-Isabelle Langlois (Executive Director of Amnesty International Canada Francophone) and Maïka Sondarjee (assistant professor at the University of Ottawa, co-founder of Femmes Expertes and author) to discuss (online) hatred women are increasingly exposed to when they speak out publicly on the issues that matter to them. Why is the public arena becoming increasingly violent? How have women been coping, and resisting? And what can be done to put an end to this violence?

This conversation was recorded live at the PHI Centre in Montreal on June 8, 2023. Thank you to the team at the PHI Centre for their help with this event.

Animation: Emilie Nicolas

Générique: Tristan Capacchione (Producteur)

Coanimation: France-Isabelle Langlois, Maïka Sondarjee

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(Short Cuts) It’s BBQ Season in Canada!
Thu, 08 Jun 2023 04:00:44 GMT

Wildfires are coming at us from all sides. How can local reporters get at the root issues? And the implementation of Quebec's language law municipalities making fun of the new rules. Tim Bousquet co-hosts. 

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

Guest: Tim Bousquet

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Crime Pays, If You're A Journalist
Mon, 05 Jun 2023 07:05:59 GMT

There's no beat more likely to get you an audience and a paycheck. It's trend-proof and recession-proof. Yes, true crime is freakishly popular right now, but it was never unpopular. Audiences have been showing up for gangster stories and murder stories and heist stories and scam stories steadily, for at least a hundred years, and probably a lot longer. It's big business.

But it’s a business that can come with a personal cost for its practitioners. How can you dig into the darkest parts of the human psyche, the most notorious crimes, and not feel guilty?

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

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(Short Cuts) Little Reich On The Prairie
Thu, 01 Jun 2023 04:00:56 GMT

Despite Danielle Smith’s involvement in numerous scandals, she won a majority in Alberta’s election. Albertan Dani Paradis helps us understand why. And senior citizen sex shows, sex toy exhibits and art by Bryan Adams - you may not like it, but you’ve been paying for them, taxpayer! Well, no more. 

Host: Jesse Brown

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Guest: Dani Paradis

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How To Save News Media From Our Tech Overlords
Mon, 29 May 2023 07:05:44 GMT

Big tech critic Cory Doctorow lays out a four-part plan to save the news media from big tech’s stranglehold.

The plan: create a comprehensive new privacy law, open up the app stores to true competition, return to the internet’s founding principle of true end to end delivery, and finally, splinter Meta and Google into smaller independent competing companies.

Would it work? How close are we to any of this?

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

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HOCKEY 1 - The Best Game You Can Name
Sat, 27 May 2023 07:05:14 GMT

Hockey is a hell of a lot of fun. But right now, the sport is going through a reckoning. Allegations of racism, corruption, sexual misconduct and so much more are rocking the game to its core.

But the truth is that in Canada, hockey is more than just a sport. It’s a civic religion, with a billion dollar business attached to it.

Over the next seven episodes, COMMONS will be digging into the cult of hockey, scrutinizing its doctrines and exposing its secrets.

Featured in this episode: Ian Kennedy (The Hockey News)

Editor’s Note: a different version of this episode was published on the subscriber-only feed of Commons. No inaccuracies were found in the original version, changes were made by the Editor in Chief for storytelling purposes.

To learn more:

“How a Toronto hockey league turns kids’ joy into an $8.8m cash cow” by Ian Kennedy and Nathan Kalman-Lamb in The Guardian

“Aliu says GTHL rejected organization that would have assured spots for BIPOC players” by Rick Westhead in TSN

“Prospective buyer says he was coached to skirt GTHL’s rules on organization sales” by Rick Westhead in TSN

“Rinks of dreams: The Little One had style” by Bruce Lowitt in The Tampa Bay Times

Credits: Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

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(Short Cuts) What, Me Inquiry?
Thu, 25 May 2023 04:00:17 GMT

The Special Rapporteur is back with a hotly anticipated release - No Public Inquiry! David Johnston made his decision – rage and frustration ensued. And the Toronto Mayoral race heats up with Olivia Chow leading the polls. 

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

Guest: Jan Wong

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How Canadaland Works
Wed, 24 May 2023 07:30:57 GMT

The odds were stacked against us, but here we are. This year Canadaland turns ten. To mark the occasion, Canadaland Founder and Publisher, Jesse Brown, shares why he started a podcast and how that morphed into a thriving media company. Jesse reflects on the impact our journalism has and continues to have, why the work the team does is more important than ever, and how our supporters have enabled it all.

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News Tropes And Moral Panic
Mon, 22 May 2023 07:05:40 GMT

While the press of today might not be reporting on aliens with the same fervour, many of the tropes from those days are still alive and well in modern-day journalism. 

Stories about how no one wants to work anymore, or how technology is killing the art of conversation, have been told for over 130 years… and counting. 

What are the tropes that keep coming back again and again? And are we really so different from the hysterical, partisan press of yesteryear? 

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Cherise Seucharan (Reporter), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

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(Détours) Les deux conservatismes
Sat, 20 May 2023 07:05:31 GMT

Des feux de forêt font rage en Alberta alors qu’une élection provinciale est en cours. Emilie discute de l’état du conservatisme en Alberta, mais aussi la nouvelle génération d’intellectuels conservateurs au Québec avec Frédéric Boily, auteur et professeur de sciences politiques au Campus Saint-Jean de l’Université de l’Alberta.

While forest fires rage in Alberta, a provincial election campaign is underway. Emilie discusses the state of conservatism in Alberta, as well as the new generation of conservative intellectuals in Quebec with Frederic Boily, author and Professor of Political Science at the Saint-Jean Campus at the University of Alberta.

Animation: Emilie Nicolas

Générique: Tristan Capacchione (Producteur)

Coanimation: Frédéric Boily

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(Short Cuts) Poilievre on Drugs
Thu, 18 May 2023 04:00:34 GMT

Jesse Brown and co-host Manisha Krishnan dismantle a 10,000 word piece in the National Post claiming safe supply programs are killing people and fuelling a new opioid crisis. And three cheers for the new Canadian passport! 

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

Guest: Manisha Krishnan

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(canadaLANDBACK) Hearts And Minds
Mon, 15 May 2023 07:05:05 GMT

canadaLANDBACK is a co-production by Canada’s National Observer and Canadaland.

Host Karyn Pugliese, producer Kim Wheeler, contributors Trina Roache and Cara McKenna reflect on the season, and — wait for it — Karyn and Jesse argue about whether or not journalism can change the hearts and minds of people. 

Contributors: Trina Roache, Cara McKenna, Jesse Brown 

Host: Karyn Pugliese, editor-in-chief, Canada’s National Observer

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(Short Cuts) We Need to Talk About Kevin Vuong
Thu, 11 May 2023 04:05:47 GMT

Amidst escalating tensions between Canada and China, an independent MP thinks he’s found the shadowy hand manipulating his fate. If a person asserts there’s been a plot against them but can’t offer any proof, does that count as a literal conspiracy theory?

And has this government ever met a poorly-conceived policy for media regulation it didn’t like? Well, it has now!

PressProgress editor Luke LeBrun joins Jonathan on Short Cuts.

Host: Jonathan Goldsbie

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

Guest: Luke LeBrun

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Blackberry The Phone The Podcast
Mon, 08 May 2023 07:05:17 GMT

For nearly a decade, Research in Motion was the global leader in smartphones with its iconic QWERTY-keyboard-having Blackberry. Through a mix of guerilla marketing and an unexpected boost in sales after 9/11, the rather simplistic email device was transferring some of the world’s most closely guarded secrets, from government officials, business leaders, and celebrities through some servers in Waterloo, Ontario. 

What was the cause of its demise? The iPhone? Google? Hubris? 

Jesse chats with Cherise and Jonathan about his interview with Sean Silcoff, co-author of Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry, also written by Jacquie McNish. The book is also the source material for the new film by Matt Johnson, Blackberry, starring Glenn Howerton and Jay Baruchel, which releases on May 12, 2023.

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Cherise Seucharan (Reporter), Jonathan Goldsbie (News Editor), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

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(Short Cuts) Death of the Viral News Site
Thu, 04 May 2023 04:00:17 GMT

BuzzFeed is going bust and Vice is headed for bankruptcy - is it the end of viral news sites? And the press has been reporting for years the name of a prominent and powerful man accused of abusing Indigenous children - but now it’s illegal for us to do so. 

Host: Jesse Brown

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Guest: Karyn Pugliese

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Terry O'Reilly's Had It With Ads
Mon, 01 May 2023 07:05:36 GMT

Ads are everywhere in our life and they seem to keep creeping into more and more places. Movies, games, sponsored “news” content, and of course, the digital tracking that follows your every online move to sell you something you’ve already bought. (You know, you can never have enough washing machines.)

For eighteen years, Terry O’Reilly has been studying and explaining human nature through the lens of advertising. His first show, called O'Reilly on Advertising, started on CBC in 2005 followed by The Age of Persuasion in 2006, and since 2011 it continues as both radio show and podcast, by the name Under the Influence, on his own network, Apostrophe.

Jesse sits down to talk with Terry about all things advertising, podcasting, and why some people want to touch their favourite radio show hosts.

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

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(Short Cuts) Fox News Gets Tucker’d Out
Thu, 27 Apr 2023 04:45:56 GMT

From his perch at the top of the far-right ecosystem, Tucker Carlson regularly soaked up stories from Canada and half-jokingly called for forcible regime change here. But when it comes to demagogues who suddenly find themselves with time on their hands, even the half-jokes might merit another look.

And speaking of people who managed to maintain a mainstream platform long after their views took dark, paranoid turns, Toronto Sun columnist Tarek Fatah passed away.

APTN’s Dani Paradis joins Jonathan to talk about both.

Host: Jonathan Goldsbie

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

Guest: Dani Paradis

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Escaping America
Mon, 24 Apr 2023 07:05:06 GMT

The recent expansion of the Safe Third Country Agreement — which started as a 9/11 era deal that Canada negotiated in order to exert more control over immigration levels — prohibits asylum seekers from entering at unofficial ports of entry. 

The agreement allows Canada to share responsibility for asylum seekers with the US, because the US is “safe” for refugees. 

But there are years of documented evidence suggesting the US is not actually safe, including two Supreme Court rulings, reports from international human rights organizations, and data on the detainment and deportation of asylum seekers. 

So why have we ignored it? 

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Cherise Seucharan (Reporter), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

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(Détours) Robots vs Humanité
Sat, 22 Apr 2023 07:05:33 GMT

Deux lettres ouvertes ont été publiées récemment. Une appelle à la prudence avec la recherche en intelligence artificielle, l’autre à une accélération de sa législation par le gouvernement fédéral, via le projet de loi C-27. Montréal rassemble certains des meilleurs chercheurs mondiaux en IA. Aujourd'hui, Emilie s'entretient avec Benjamin Prud'homme, directeur exécutif de IA pour l'Humanité - Mila, l'Institut québécois d'intelligence artificielle. Ensemble, ils démystifie les enjeux éthiques et les dangers qui nous guettent, et réfléchissent au rôle des journalistes scientifiques dans le contexte. 

Two open letters have been published recently. One calls for caution with AI research, the other for an acceleration of the federal government’s legislation around AI, C-27. Montreal is home to some of the world’s leading researchers in AI. Today, Emilie speaks with Benjamin Prud’homme, Executive Director for AI for Humanity at Mila, the Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute. Together, they break down the ethical issues and the dangers that could arise, and discuss the role of scientific journalists in this context.

Animation: Emilie Nicolas

Générique: Tristan Capacchione (Producteur)

Coanimation: Benjamin Prud'homme

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(Short Cuts) CBC Is in a Fight for Its Life
Thu, 20 Apr 2023 04:00:17 GMT

We’re talking the CBC leaving Twitter after being labeled “government-funded media”, while Pierre Poilievre thanks Elon Musk for what he was already going to do. The real losers here are the Canadian public. 

And Barry Hertz’s Globe and Mail takedown of the 11th Canadian Screen Awards - a cringe-y, dull, and insulting showcase of what not to do when highlighting Canadian productions. 

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Ren Bangert (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

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(canadaLANDBACK) Canada Is Hoarding The Land
Mon, 17 Apr 2023 07:05:25 GMT

canadaLANDBACK is a co-production by Canada’s National Observer and Canadaland.

The landback movement isn’t just about getting land back. It’s more than that. It’s a reclamation of culture too. 

We take a deeper dive into Indigenous versus Canadian law, examine how Canada is hoarding land.

Our guests are Métis artist, activist and thinker Christi Belcourt and Anishinaabe artist and knowledge keeper Issac Murdoch, who took land back and established the culture camp Nimkii Aazhibikong.

Onaman Collective is formed by artists Christi Belcourt and Isaac Murdoch https://onamancollective.com/who-we-are/

Check out other CNO podcasts, including Hot Politics available on Apple Podcasts and wherever you listen to your favourite podcasts.

Host: Karyn Pugliese

Credits: Karyn Pugliese (Producer), Kim Wheeler (Producer), Beverly Andrews (Additional Research)

Featured guests: Christi Belcourt, Issac Murdoch

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(Short Cuts) How to (Remotely) Blow Up a Pipeline
Thu, 13 Apr 2023 07:05:05 GMT

From Minecraft to statecraft, Jacobin’s Luke Savage joins Jonathan to chart the bizarre course of a U.S. intelligence leak with potentially explosive implications for Canada. And seemingly inspired by the Musk-fragrant “Twitter Files,” a Conservative MP went on a fishing expedition for examples of the Canadian government over-policing social media. Does turning up a single really solid instance count as a success?

Host: Jonathan Goldsbie

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

Guest: Luke Savage

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Cursed Rabbits
Mon, 10 Apr 2023 07:05:57 GMT

The University of Victoria campus used to be overrun with rabbits. It now has few, if any, rabbits.

So what happened to them? Where did they go?

Whatever you’re thinking, you’re probably correct.

Andrew Hynes and Amanda Watland take us down one of Canada’s strangest rabbit holes. Happy Easter!

Produced by Andrew Hynes and Mary Decker, a version of this episode was originally presented on CFUV’s U in the Ring podcast on August 1 and 8, 2019.

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Jonathan Goldsbie (News Editor), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

Featured guests: Judith Lavoie, Laura Lee Shaw, Sorelle Saidman, Barbara Smith, Georgeanne Lenham

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(Short Cuts) Danielle Smith’s ‘Perfect’ Phone Call
Thu, 06 Apr 2023 07:05:49 GMT

A story about criminal charges, a potential lawsuit against the press, leaked tape suggesting a huge overreach of power — could a certain populist politician have finally gone too far?  We’re talking about Alberta Premier Danielle Smith.

And enough is enough in Quebec — a defiant open letter in Le Devoir demanding an end to the toxicity in political discourse, signed by hundreds of scholars and writers. 

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

Guest: Emilie Nicolas

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How To Catch Your Online Tormentor
Mon, 03 Apr 2023 07:05:13 GMT

Jody Vance has dealt with harassment for most of her career as a broadcast journalist, but starting in 2015 one of her harassers was different, constantly sending hateful, vile emails. When COVID hit, the problem only got worse as the harasser started targeting more of her guests and B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. Who was this person and how do you bring an anonymous online tormentor to justice? 

On March 10, 2023, after seven years of vitriolic emails, Jody finally had her day in court and faced her harasser. 

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Tristan Capacchione (Reporter, Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Jonathan Goldsbie (News Editor), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

Featured guests: Jody Vance, Jesse Miller, Erica Ifill

Special thanks to Sandy Garossino, columnist at the National Observer

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(Short Cuts) The Han Dong Situation is Bad Either Way
Thu, 30 Mar 2023 04:00:12 GMT

Either Beijing has corrupted our democracy at the highest level or agents in the Canadian security apparatus are subverting the PMO by illegally leaking information that's either mistaken, exaggerated or both. Both scenarios are troubling. And the national crime spree that we can’t legally talk much about - youth crime & reporting bans.

Host: Jesse Brown

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Guest: Joanna Chiu

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The Plan To Block All Canadian News
Mon, 27 Mar 2023 07:05:32 GMT

If news can’t be searched for on Google or shared on Facebook, is it even really online? Bill C-18, the Online News Act, is currently before the senate. Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez says that this Bill will help save small newsrooms and local journalism outlets by giving them the power to negotiate with tech giants, deals for payment of news content that is shared on their platforms.

But Meta and Google’s response has been simple: they just won’t allow Canadian news on their platforms. In March, Google ran a test where one million Canadians could no longer see results for Canadian news searches. At the Canada Strong & Free conference in Ottawa last week, Meta said they would also disallow sharing of anything that looks like news on their sites, like Facebook and Instagram. 

Last year, Canadaland and a group of other independent news publishers formed a consortium to lobby the government on this Bill. Today, Jesse sits down again with Senator Paula Simons, as Publisher of Canadaland, to discuss the Bill and not just his own issues with it, but hers too.

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

Featured guests: Paula Simons

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(Short Cuts) Stormy Days For Donald Trump
Thu, 23 Mar 2023 07:05:00 GMT

The Toronto Star’s Allan Woods joins Jonathan to look at the prospect of Trump fundraising off a mugshot, and how a Montreal fire might finally accomplish what years of journalism and advocacy have not, pushing authorities there to take action against illegal Airbnbs.

Host: Jonathan Goldsbie

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

Guest: Allan Woods

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This is CANADALAND
Mon, 20 Mar 2023 07:45:42 GMT

The best newspaper in Canada is a podcast.

Every Monday, we bring you original reporting on the most interesting story in the country. Every Thursday, we bring you analysis of the Canadian media.



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The Senator Fighting Bill C-11
Mon, 20 Mar 2023 07:05:25 GMT

Last month, the Senate proposed twenty six amendments to Bill C-11, the Online Streaming Act, and the Heritage Minister rejected eight. One of those rejected amendments was proposed by Senators Paula Simons and Julie Miville-Dechêne. Its rejection may have a huge impact on many digital-first creators. Jesse sits down with Senator Simons to talk about the bill, this amendment in particular, and what the Senate can do in situations like this.

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

Featured guests: Paula Simons

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(Short Cuts) The Fall Of Silicon Valley Bank, For Dummies
Thu, 16 Mar 2023 07:05:30 GMT

Co-host Sean Silcoff walks us through the Silicon Valley Bank collapse and what it might mean for Canadians. And the Supreme Court Judge who mysteriously went missing from the bench for weeks and the alleged misconduct unearthed by journalists. 

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

Guest: Sean Silcoff

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(canadaLANDBACK) They Did Not Break Us
Mon, 13 Mar 2023 07:05:40 GMT

canadaLANDBACK is a co-production by Canada’s National Observer and Canadaland.

Landback is not just about returning real estate.

It is about Indigenous people reclaiming who we are and making ourselves whole again.

An elder once told me that he believed residential schools were designed to hurt women, because "They knew that when you break the hearts of our women, you break the strength of our nations."

That story and other teachings tell us that women are central and even sacred to our communities. This episode looks at how women are reclaiming their role as mothers, teachers, leaders, and sacred beings, despite everything colonialism has thrown at them. 

This is not a story of hope, so much as it is a story of resilience and courage. 

In this episode of landback we interview three women, whose stories intersect; Terri Brown, a former chief of the Tahltan First Nation in British Columbia, and former president of the Native Women’s Association (NWAC); Dr. Beverly Jacobs, Mohawk, Six Nations, is the Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Relations and Outreach at the University of Windsor and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, who is also a former President of NWAC; Tori Cress Ojibway and Pottawattami, G’Chimnissing is a land and water defender. 

Music “Dare to Dream” by Brandi Morin

Please be warned this episode contains stories of violence, sexual assault and mentions the name and decribes some actions of a serial killer in B.C. 

Host/Producer: Karyn Pugliese 

Producer: Kim Wheeler

This episode contained research by Beverly Andrews.

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(Détours) Bon Cop, Bad Cop : Paul Wells sur le convoi de la liberté
Sat, 11 Mar 2023 08:05:33 GMT

À l'automne dernier, le journaliste politique Paul Wells a assisté à l'enquête publique sur l'utilisation de la loi sur les mesures d'urgence lors du convoi de la liberté de 2022. Avec comme point de référence un chapitre du prochain livre de Paul sur le sujet, Paul et Emilie discutent de la réaction policière aux manifestations, et plus précisément du rôle des équipes de liaison. Puis quel serait l’impact du projet de loi C-18 sur les nouvelles en ligne sur le journalisme canadien ?

Last fall, political journalist Paul Wells attended the public inquiry into the use of the Emergencies Act during the 2022 Freedom Convoy. With a chapter from Paul's upcoming book on the subject as a reference point, Paul and Emilie discuss the police response to the protests, specifically the role of police liaison teams. And what impact would online news legislation Bill C-18 really have on Canadian journalism?

Animation : Emilie Nicolas

Générique : Nancy Pettinicchio (Production), Tristan Capacchione (Production technique)

Co-animation : Paul Wells

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(Short Cuts) Is China Trudeau's Last Scandal?
Thu, 09 Mar 2023 05:00:49 GMT

The story about Chinese interference in our elections continues to evolve and the opposition leader has seized on it. Prime Minister Trudeau has now called for two probes despite specific calls for a public inquest - could this be the scandal that breaks him? And a conspiracy theory facilitated by Chat GPT. Arshy Mann co-hosts. 

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

Guest: Arshy Mann

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Scams And Slime: C-11 And The Future Of CanCon
Mon, 06 Mar 2023 08:05:22 GMT

Bill C-11, the Online Streaming Act, has been a long-time coming. After initially being proposed in 2021 as Bill C-10, it is in the final stage of becoming law. The bill would regulate online video streamers, forcing them to contribute towards the Canadian Content system and promote “CanCon” on their platforms, like traditional Canadian broadcasters do. Online-only creators have fears it would impact their livelihood.

Most Canadians aren’t even watching CanCon, will this Bill change that? Will it make CanCon better? Can a system that was built for traditional film and TV, be made to work for an increasingly online, global market?

Audio Editor and Technical Producer Tristan Capacchione sits down with Canadian filmmakers to talk all about the “CanCon” system and the problems they’ve experienced with it.

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Tristan Capacchione (Reporter, Audio Editor, and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

Featured guests: Matt Johnson, Andrew Chung, Marc Almon, Valerie Creighton, Miki “Xwater” Ljuljdurovic

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(Short Cuts) Ukraine’s Night Train to the Front Lines
Thu, 02 Mar 2023 06:06:34 GMT

As we cross the one-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, former Canadaland producer Sarah Lawrynuik returns to Short Cuts to talk with Jonathan about why she became a freelance war correspondent, taking night trains to the front lines.

They also look at China’s reported interference in Canada’s elections & why our institutions tend to throw up their hands the moment they encounter even slightly sophisticated malfeasance.

Host: Jonathan Goldsbie

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor & Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

Guest: Sarah Lawrynuik

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Donors To BIPOC Retreat Feel It Was A "Scam"
Mon, 27 Feb 2023 08:05:08 GMT

There aren’t a lot of dedicated spaces for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour in Nova Scotia. One community group wanted to change that.

They decided to create a cottage retreat for BIPOC in Birchtown, Nova Scotia, a site of significant Black history. It would be owned and run by the community, a place where they could rest, relax and have access to nature. They raised money through donations and memberships. 

But now some of the organizers of Buy Black Birchtown are speaking out, saying they were promised a safe space for the community - but instead were betrayed. 

Clarification: Shekara Grant became involved with Buy Black Birchtown via the Change is Brewing Collective in early 2021, not in 2020 as some listeners may have concluded.

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Cherise Seucharan (Reporter), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor & Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

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(Short Cuts) Pierre, Take The L
Thu, 23 Feb 2023 05:00:11 GMT

Rouleau has rolled out his verdict and Prime Minister Trudeau is vindicated. What precedent does this set? And a look at how anti-trans rhetoric manifests in the Canadian media landscape - we’re looking at you National Post. Ziya Jones co-hosts

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

Guest: Ziya Jones

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Why We Need Guns
Mon, 20 Feb 2023 08:05:15 GMT

Ian Runkle, firearms lawyer, makes the pro-gun case to Jesse, following a political victory for gun rights advocates. 

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(Détours) Mauvais Québécois
Sat, 18 Feb 2023 08:05:43 GMT

La notion du Québec bashing a provoqué un déferlement de réactions dans les médias en français et en anglais suite à la nomination d'Amira Elghawaby comme représentante spéciale dans la lutte contre l'islamophobie. Puis quel est le lien entre les anglophones du Québec et les francophones dans le reste du pays face à la réforme de la Loi sur les langues officielles ? Émilie Nicolas anime cet épisode de Détours avec Frédéric Bérard.

The notion of Quebec bashing provoked an outpouring of reactions in both French and English media following the appointment of Amira Elghawaby as special representative in the fight against Islamophobia. And what is the link between anglophones in Quebec and francophones in the rest of the country regarding the reform of the Official Languages Act? Émilie Nicolas hosts this episode of Détours with Frédéric Bérard.

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Martin Leclerc : La torture, le viol et l’humiliation dans un aréna près de chez vous

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(Short Cuts) John Tory and His Sin City
Thu, 16 Feb 2023 05:00:08 GMT

A tasting menu of scandals from Ontario’s municipal and provincial governments, with a newsroom scandal thrown in for kicks. And Fuck the Police - legally! The Narwhal sues the RCMP. Lisa Taylor co-hosts. 

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

Guest: Lisa Taylor

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One Rich Man Won't Save Journalism
Mon, 13 Feb 2023 08:05:24 GMT

Andrew Wilkinson and former media editor-in-chief Farhan Mohamed founded Overstoy Media Group (OMG) on the promise of revitalizing local news. But after the firing of four star journalists on January 30th, Mohamed admits the company was losing money on hard journalism - and that moving to a ”community” focus would save them.

Current and former staff have expressed concern at the direction of the company - and some allege that OMG executives tried to interfere in editorial content. They paint a picture of a workplace where failed expectations of growth often lead to layoffs.

Cherise Seucharan and Jonathan Goldsbie examine the fallout at OMG, and what it means for journalism, hopeful tech millionaires, and the state of democracy overall.    

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(Thunder Bay) Chapter 1: There Is A Town In North Ontario
Sat, 11 Feb 2023 08:05:11 GMT

Canadaland’s first TV series premieres next Friday, February 17, 2023 on CRAVE. Based on our work for the hit podcast series Thunder Bay, Ryan McMahon returns to the eponymous city to tell the ongoing story in north Ontario.

Locals call it Murder Bay. It might be the most dangerous city for Indigenous youth in the world. But to others, it’s their white nirvana.

Host Ryan McMahon wants to know – not who killed all those kids, but what killed them. This is Thunder Bay.

Host: Ryan McMahon

Credits: Jesse Brown (Writer & Producer), Ryan McMahon (Writer), Brigitte Noel (Additional Research), David Crosbie (Reporting Assistance), Jolene Banning (Reporting Assistance), Cris Derkson (Music), Chaundra Bulucon (Sound Design & Mixing), Kevin Sexton (Managing Editor)

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(Short Cuts) How The Westons Won
Thu, 09 Feb 2023 08:05:21 GMT

Following the melting of the No Name price freeze, Loblaw had a bit of its own public meltdown. Meanwhile, the country’s largest newspaper chain continues its own perpetual self-dissolution, leaving damp puddles where once stood proud big-city dailies.

Host: Jonathan Goldsbie

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

Guest: Vass Bednar

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(canadaLANDBACK) Hacks, Flacks and #Landback
Mon, 06 Feb 2023 08:05:04 GMT

canadaLANDBACK is a co-production of Canada’s National Observer and Canadaland.

Since 2019 five journalists have been arrested at land defenses, several others have been detained or threatened with arrest - why?

Host Karyn Pugliese believes the answer is to be found in two land defenses that unfolded in the 1990s. 

Kanesatake

Gustafsen Lake

Of all the things journalists have to cover in Indigenous communities, land actions are the most complicated, involving a tangle of history and relationships journalists trip into unprepared. 

Landback movements question Canada’s legitimacy as a nation, and its character as a champion of human rights. 

How the media understood and told these stories mattered.  

State violence as a response to a human rights issue is indefensible, but it is a justified response to a criminal matter.

So what are land defenses? 

Is the state enforcing the rule of law against armed terrorists?

Or is Canada using violence to crush human rights defenders? 

This episode is not about the land defenses themselves - but about the emergence of a public relations war to control the story the media tells.

Host/Producer: Karyn Pugliese, editor-in-chief, Canada’s National Observer

Producer: Kim Wheeler

Additional research and support for this episode Beverly Andrews and Cara McKenna. 

See the RCMP's full statement here.

For information on sources and sounds used in this episode, visit the CANADALAND website

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(Short Cuts) Don't Call Quebec Racist, They're Sensitive About It
Thu, 02 Feb 2023 08:05:20 GMT

Quebec’s overblown backlash to the appointment of Amira Elghawaby as special representative on combatting Islamophobia in response to her analysis of a poll from back in 2019. And is the government telling us to only drink two alcoholic beverages a week? Sarah Hagi co-hosts. 

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

Guest: Sarah Hagi

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Big Trouble with Meddling China
Mon, 30 Jan 2023 08:05:15 GMT

The Chinese state has infiltrated Canadian democracy at all levels, according to a bombshell report from investigative reporter Sam Cooper of Global News. But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has issued a stern denial, throwing cold water on the story. Who's telling the truth? And exactly what is Beijing up to in Canada? Sam Cooper explains his work. 

Further reading:

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(Short Cuts) The Indulgent Consultant
Thu, 26 Jan 2023 08:05:01 GMT

McKinsey is on everyone’s lips, but it’s just one of the many consulting firms the government is spending millions on. And as the provinces and federal government battle it out when it comes to healthcare, whose side are we supposed to be on? Nora Loreto co-hosts.

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

Guest: Nora Loreto

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Medical Lies From The Maritimes
Mon, 23 Jan 2023 08:05:41 GMT

It was in the winter of 2021 that the world first became aware of a mounting number of patients being seen in New Brunswick with unusual neurological symptoms. A year later, the Government of New Brunswick released a report dismissing the entire issue, claiming there was never a cluster of patients to begin with.

CANADALAND has obtained thousands and thousands of pages of internal documents that take us behind the scenes of that investigation that once caught the attention of the nation, before being dropped like a hot potato. 

Read more about CANADALAND’s investigation here.

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Sarah Lawrynuik (Freelance Reporter), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

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(Détours) Attention : Contient de la sensibilité au trauma
Sat, 21 Jan 2023 08:05:16 GMT

Le chemin Roxham, un passage frontalier irrégulier au Québec, a fait l'objet d'une attention médiatique considérable ce mois-ci suite au décès de Fritznel Richard. Puis lors de la couverture de sujets sensibles comme la migration, que doivent garder en tête les journalistes en matière de traumavertissements ? Émilie Nicolas anime cet épisode de Détours avec Lela Savić. 

Roxham Road, an irregular border crossing in Quebec, received considerable media attention this month following the death of Fritznel Richard. And when covering sensitive issues such as migration, what should journalists keep in mind in regards to trigger warnings? Emilie Nicolas hosts this episode of Détours with Lela Savić. 

Liens : 

La Presse : Une traversée en pleine tempête

Radio-Canada : À l’ombre de Roxham, des migrants font le chemin inverse

Le Devoir : Avertissement: ce traumavertissement ne fonctionne pas

Le Devoir : Petite histoire des traumavertissements

Le Devoir : Attention: ce musée contient des traces d'histoire

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(Short Cuts) Liars, Deniers and Bears, Oh My!
Thu, 19 Jan 2023 08:00:42 GMT

And the Financial Post’s polar bear “expert” has some questionable associations in her past and a tendency to downplay climate change. Matt Gurney co-hosts. 

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), André Proulx (Production Coordinator), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)

Guest: Matt Gurney

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WTF, Marc Maron Is Moving To Canada?
Mon, 16 Jan 2023 08:05:56 GMT

Marc joins Jesse for a conversation about his plans to emigrate to Vancouver and the differences between Canada and the U.S. when it comes to fascism, comedy, and Jews. 

Further reading:

Marc interviews Lorne Michaels: http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episodes/episode_653_-_lorne_michaels

Jesse interviews Hart Pomerantz: https://www.canadaland.com/podcast/hart-pomerantz/

The late, great Mike MacDonald, Canadian comedian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Xpl9ClEpcY

Gavin McInnes' failed standup career https://censored.tv/watch/shows/free-shit/episode/brotherhood-of-the-traveling-rants

No-one ever wrote a good rock song about Vancouver, including Nazareth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-k-qAtZPWg

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(Short Cuts) G.I. Justin
Thu, 12 Jan 2023 08:05:39 GMT

Is PM Trudeau a stealth warmonger? Co-host David Pugliese explains why it is so difficult to wrap one’s head around military spending. And Jordan Peterson’s latest drama over a banal request from the College of Psychologists of Ontario’s request for social media training after complaints over inappropriate tweets.

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), André Proulx (Production Coordinator)

Guest: David Pugliese

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Black Celebs vs "Jewish Media"
Mon, 09 Jan 2023 08:30:54 GMT

Kanye West, Dave Chappelle and Kyrie Irving have breathed new life into the antisemitic trope that Jews control the media. Is Jew-hatred from Black cultural icons more dangerous than the usual bigotry? And why is it so difficult for Jewish and Black communities to hear each other when it comes to racism? Emilie Nicolas joins Jesse to lay out a framework for better conversations. 

Further reading:

Blacks and Jews, Again. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/20/opinion/kyrie-irving-kanye-west-antisemitism.html

Kanye says 'Jewish Zionists' control the media, Jews own the Black voice. https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/antisemitism/article-719843

What to Know About Irving’s Antisemitic Movie Post and the Fallout. https://www.nytimes.com/article/kyrie-irving-antisemitic.html

Jon Stewart Defends Dave Chappelle’s Controversial SNL Monologue. https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2022/11/jon-stewart-defends-dave-chappelle-controversial-snl-monologue

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(Short Cuts) We Need A Name For This Awards Show
Thu, 05 Jan 2023 08:05:07 GMT

The Shorties! Or Cutties! Or Shortcuttys! A special awards show highlighting variably consequential media weirdness from the year past. Dani Paradis co-hosts.

Further reading:

Host: Jonathan Goldsbie

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), André Proulx (Production Coordinator)

Guest: Dani Paradis

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(CANADALANDBACK) Do You Hear The Children Sing?
Mon, 02 Jan 2023 08:05:32 GMT

canadaLANDBACK is a co-production by Canada’s National Observer and Canadaland.

Land claims can take generations to settle. Sometimes communities lose patience, sometimes development forces them to take a stand or risk losing their land forever. Barricades have become a familiar scene in Canada. 

The land issue is rarely settled when barricades come down. Instead the community is left with court cases,  post traumatic stress, and unresolved human rights issues.

Some of those people are children.. 

There is a saying I told you about last time: we get the grandchildren we deserve.

We raised this generation together Canada, your people and mine. 

Who did these children become?

This is their episode.  

In the first half of this episode, we’ll introduce you to three people who survived land conflicts.

In the second half, they share their experiences with each other as they meet for the first time. 

Please be warned: This episode contains two descriptions of violence against children. 

Host/Producer: Karyn Pugliese 

Producer: Kim Wheeler

This episode contained reporting by Trina Roache

Check out other CNO podcasts, including Hot Politics available on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to your favourite podcasts.

In this podcast: interviews with  Tracey Deer,  Alabama Bressette, Curtis Bartibogue.

Tracy Deer’s film Beans is available on Prime Video. 

Alabama Bressette is a co-author of Our Long Struggle for Home: The Ipperwash by Aazhoodenaang Enjibaajig



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COMMONS: Against the WIND
Thu, 29 Dec 2022 08:05:41 GMT

This episode was originally aired on December 7, 2022

WIND Mobile, now known as Freedom, was a small company that tried to break through Canada’s telecom oligopoly. It did not have an easy ride. 

WIND faced numerous hurdles from regulators, it was subjected to dirty tricks from the telecom oligopoly, and was eventually sold to Shaw. But it also helped lower cell phone rates and brought in unlimited data and U.S. roaming, changing the wireless market permanently.

This is the inside story of WIND Mobile, from the people who were there.

Featured in this episode: Simon Lockie, Brice Scheschuk, Tony Clement

To learn more

“Why can’t TTC riders use their cellphones on the subway? Ask Bell, Rogers or Telus” in The Toronto Star by Lex Harvey

“Wind Mobile backer regrets Canadian launch” in CBC News 

“Globalive offers $3.75-billion to buy Freedom Mobile” in The Globe and Mail by Alexandra Posadzki

Credits: Arshy Mann (Host and Producer), Jordan Cornish (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Associate Producer), André Proulx (Production Coordinator)

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Sarah Polley’s Secret Life
Mon, 26 Dec 2022 08:05:51 GMT

Sarah Polley has come forward with memories of a violent sexual encounter with Jian Ghomeshi when she was 16. But why is the press tongue-tied about describing the alleged violence? Sarah sits down with Jesse to discuss how to safely run towards danger, and whether it’s even possible to ethically use child labour in the production of TV and film.

This episode was originally aired on March 14, 2022

Host:  Jesse Brown

Credits: Sarah Lawrynuik (Former Senior Producer), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Kieran Oudshoorn (Former Managing Editor)

Guest: Sarah Polley

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(Short Cuts) God Save the Tweets
Thu, 22 Dec 2022 08:00:11 GMT

Why Twitter should be run more like a newsroom and a look at the Twitter Files. And the latest in CTV’s Lisa LaFlamme story and who was left out of the narrative. Jan Wong co-hosts. 

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), André Proulx (Production Coordinator)

Guest: Jan Wong

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Christmas In The Newsroom
Mon, 19 Dec 2022 08:05:13 GMT

People might take holidays, but the news doesn't. For your holiday listening needs, here are stories from reporters who have worked Christmas in their newsrooms. It's the good, the bad and the funny. 

A Canadaland tradition, now updated with a new story. 

Host:  Jesse Brown

Credits: Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer)

Sponsors: Oxio, Rakuten, Freshbooks, Article

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(Short Cuts) Trauma-informed Journalism: A Choice and a Voice
Thu, 15 Dec 2022 08:00:03 GMT
Former crime reporter Tamara Cherry — who now works as a specialist-for-hire on trauma-informed practices — joins Jonathan Goldsbie to consider what allegations swirling around Leah McLaren’s memoir have taught us about what could be called “trauma-indifferent” writing. They also look at how publication bans on the identities of victims can sometimes serve to re-victimize them, and how Canada seems to be on the verge of finally addressing that.This episode contains discussions of sexual assault.

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The Taking of Wood Buffalo
Mon, 12 Dec 2022 08:05:06 GMT

The largest National Park in Canada is Wood Buffalo, currently celebrating its 100th anniversary. But the people who inhabited it for thousands of years before that want it back. Brandi Morin travels to Wood Buffalo (and to Fort MacMurray and to Fort Chipewyan) to tell the real story of the Dene, the Cree, and the land they were expelled from to make way for Wood Buffalo National Park. 

Further reading:

Wood Buffalo National Park: an Untold Story. An account from Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation.

http://acfn.woodbuffaloexpulsion.ca/

Wood Buffalo and the American Bison: Get to Know This Place and an Amazing Animal. (Doc Planet documentary referenced in this episode.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsxQKVfIxzE

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(Short Cuts) Happiness Is A Banned Gun
Thu, 08 Dec 2022 08:05:14 GMT

Hunters are mad about the new big list of guns to be banned by the Liberals - but why should we care if it helps reduce gun violence? And the not so credible Blacklock’s reporter’s story about being evicted from the Press Gallery. Grant LaFleche co-hosts. 

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Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), André Proulx (Production Coordinator)

Guest: Grant LaFleche

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The Food Bank Industrial Complex
Mon, 05 Dec 2022 08:05:16 GMT

It’s the holidays, and on your TV or radio you’re inevitably hit with ads telling you that this is the season of giving - it’s time to donate to a food drive. Conservative politicians, Liberal politicians, banks, broadcasters, grocery stores: they all are united in this message.

With the promotion of food banks from virtually every institution and elected official in the country, you might conclude that they are the best solution to food insecurity.

Except - they’re not. Food bank use in Canada is at an all-time high, and experts, community organizers, even staff at food banks say that the growing need just shows how our government has failed to address poverty and hold corporations to account. 

In this episode: 

Kitty Raman Costa, Executive Director, Parkdale Community Food Bank

Dr. Valerie Tarasuk, Principal Investigator at PROOF, University of Toronto.

Jade Guthrie, Community Learning and Engagement Manager, FoodShare

Professor Dennis Raphael of York’s School of Health Policy and Management

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(Détours) Tribunal médiatique
Sat, 03 Dec 2022 08:05:00 GMT

AVERTISSEMENT : Dans cet épisode, nous discutons de violence à caractère sexuelle et de violence basée sur le genre. Si vous êtes à la recherche de soutien, le lien suivant vous dirigera vers des ressources à travers le Canada : https://canadianwomen.org/fr/vous-cherchez-un-soutien/

Dans le cadre des 12 jours d'action contre la violence faite aux femmes, cet épisode revient sur la couverture médiatique actuelle au Québec autour de la dénonciation de violence à caractère sexuelle. Quel rôle jouent les journalistes dans l'accompagnement d'une personne victime ou survivante qui choisit de dénoncer ? Emilie Nicolas anime cet épisode de Détours avec Sophie Gagnon.

CONTENT WARNING: In this episode, the co-hosts discuss sexual violence and gender-based violence. If you are seeking support, the following link will direct you to resources across Canada: https://canadianwomen.org/support-services/

As part of the 12 Days of Action Against Gendered Violence, this episode looks at the current media coverage in Quebec around the reporting of sexual violence. What role do journalists play in supporting a victim or survivor who chooses to speak out? Emilie Nicolas hosts this episode of Détours with Sophie Gagnon.

Liens : 

Isabelle Hachey dans La Presse : Des cicatrices et des regrets

Lettre de Sophie Gagnon et Léa Clermont-Dion dans La Presse

The Walrus sur Tamara Thermitus

Commanditaire : Oxio

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(Short Cuts) Hoisted On Their Own Qatar
Thu, 01 Dec 2022 08:05:12 GMT

The potential hypocrisies of condemning human rights abuses in Qatar during the FIFA World Cup. And the increasing difficulty of writing critically about Israel. Shree Paradkar co-hosts.

Host: Jonathan Goldsbie

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), André Proulx (Production Coordinator), Cassidy Villebrun-Buracas(Associate Producer)

Guest: Shree Paradkar

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Cops, Lies, And Videotape
Mon, 28 Nov 2022 08:05:38 GMT

*A note to listeners: Today’s episode deals with sexual violence inflicted on Indigenous minors and won’t be suitable for all listeners.

In 2006, RCMP Const. Joseph Kohut kicked down the door to his ex’s home in Prince George, B.C., and left with certain belongings. His ex said that one of the things Kohut took was a videotape showing him sexually harassing an underage Indigenous girl. Kohut had already been investigated for sexual misconduct after a local judge pled guilty to sexually assaulting several Indigenous minors. Kohut’s ex, also a Mountie, reported the alleged theft of evidence. So what happened next? Reporter Jessica McDiarmid tells the story of 16-years of entropy and indifference within the RCMP. 

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer)

Guest: Jessica McDiarmid

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(Short Cuts) Poilievre's Toxic Lie About Safe Supply
Thu, 24 Nov 2022 08:05:11 GMT

Poilievre's toxic lie about safe supply. And the confusing and contradictory CSIS intelligence on China and the Freedom Convoy. Garth Mullins co hosts.

Host: Jesse Brown

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Guest: Garth Mullins

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(CANADALANDBACK) Reclamation At Stoney Point - Part Two
Mon, 21 Nov 2022 08:05:47 GMT

In part two: After a peaceful reclamation of the army base built on their land in 1993, elders of Stoney Point lead a movement to take back Ipperwash Provincial Park, which was also part of their original land and contained a burial ground. Racism and political interference turned a peaceful movement into a violent act of state aggression on September 6, 1995. This episode recalls the events of that night, and examines the fallout in the 28 years since, asking if reconciliation will ever be possible for the people of Stoney Point.

In this podcast: interviews include Bonnie Bressette, Caroline “Cully” George, Pierre George, Kevin Simon, Claudette Bressette, Alabama Bressette, and Donald Worme. 

The episode is in memory of Anthony “Dudley” George.

Deep thanks to Heather Menzies editor, and Kerry Kilmartin publisher of “Our Long Struggle for Home: The Ipperwash” by Aazhoodenaang Enjibaajig 

Host: Karyn Pugliese

Credits: Karyn Pugliese (Producer), Kim Wheeler (Producer) 

Research for this episode included:

Sound in this podcast included:

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(Short Cuts) Trudeau's Dismissive Chinese Dad
Thu, 17 Nov 2022 08:05:24 GMT

The tense relationship between Canada and China after allegations of interference in our federal election. And do we need a mask mandate to prevent mask laziness and save our kids? Steven Zhou co-hosts.  

Host:  Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), André Proulx (Production Coordinator)

Guest: Steven Zhou

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Ratfucker Chapter Three: The Trojan Horse
Mon, 14 Nov 2022 08:05:21 GMT

Thanks to David Wallace and Richard Marsh, the Klondike Papers blew up online - and nothing garnered more attention than Wallace’s claim that there was a plot to get rid of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 

Could it be true? Cherise and Jesse try to get to the bottom of what actually happened, and in doing so discover a complex network of Brethren business with extensive political connections around the globe. 

Written and reported by Jesse Brown and Cherise Seucharan

Audio editing and sound design by Tristan Capacchione

Original music by Nathan Burley

Additional music by Audio Network

Editorial Assistance by Sarah Lawrynuik

Executive Producer, Jesse Brown

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(Détours) Option nucléaire
Sat, 12 Nov 2022 08:05:45 GMT

Le calcul politique de Doug Ford se retourne contre lui alors que les Ontarien.nes démontrent leur soutien aux travailleurs et travailleuses de l'éducation suite à la tentative du gouvernement provincial d'empêcher une grève historique. Puis quelle est la conversation entourant le bilinguisme au Nouveau-Brunswick suite à la nomination controversée de Kris Austin au Comité de révision de la Loi sur les langues officielles ? Emilie Nicolas anime cet épisode de Détours avec Stéphanie Chouinard.

English: Doug Ford's political maneuvering backfires as Ontarians show their support for education workers after the provincial government tried to prevent a historic strike. And what is the conversation surrounding bilingualism in New Brunswick following the controversial appointment of Kris Austin to the Official Languages Act review committee? Emilie Nicolas hosts this épisode of Détours with Stéphanie Chouinard.

Liens : 

Poll: 6 of 10 Ontarians blame Ford government for labour disruptions

Chantal Hébert sur la loi 28 en Ontario

Andrew Coyne sur la loi 28 en Ontario

François Gravel : Démissionnez, M. Higgs

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Correction : L'épisode a été modifiée pour corriger une erreur factuelle. Les travailleurs et travailleuses de l'éducation en Ontario revendiquent une augmentation de salaire de 3,25 $ l’heure et non pas une augmentation de 11% par année sur trois ans.

Correction: This episode has been edited to correct a factual error. Education workers in Ontario are demanding a wage increase of $3.25 per hour, not an 11% increase per year over three years. 



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(Short Cuts) Never Gonna Give (Twitter) Up
Thu, 10 Nov 2022 08:00:40 GMT

Unpacking the changes at Twitter and how chaos is Elon Musk's product. And what would it take for Canadians to change their mind on the use of the Emergencies Act? Douglas Soltys co-hosts.  

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio and Technical Producer), André Proulx (Production Coordinator)

Guest: Douglas Soltys

Further reading: 

Protected Duffins Creek wetland in Ontario has been damaged The Narwhal

Editorial: Conservatives cozy up to biased Facebook National Post

Millions Following Emergencies Act Commission. Most are Concluding Ottawa Had No Better Choice Abacus Poll

Was the Emergencies Act necessary? Globe and Mail

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Ratfucker Chapter Two: The Brethren
Mon, 07 Nov 2022 08:05:05 GMT

Richard Marsh was born into the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church. He got out of the group he calls a cult and has made it his mission to expose the Brethren for their alleged abuses. Now he’s on the run from Brethren members who’ve been searching for him for years. The man hired to hunt Marsh down? David Wallace. 

Written and reported by Jesse Brown and Cherise Seucharan

Audio editing and sound design by Tristan Capacchione

Original music by Nathan Burley

Additional music by Audio Network

Editorial Assistance by Sarah Lawrynuik

Executive Producer, Jesse Brown 

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(Short Cuts) Hate Crimes Against Nazis
Thu, 03 Nov 2022 07:05:34 GMT

The curious case of a journalist charged with the vandalism of a Nazi statue. And the first order of business for 10 newly elected politicians in Hamilton is to boycott the local newspaper. Jeremy Appel co-hosts. 

Host:  Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Tristan Capacchione (Audio and Technical Producer), André Proulx (Production Coordinator)

Guest: Jeremy Appel

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Ratfucker
Mon, 31 Oct 2022 07:05:19 GMT

Meet David Wallace, political fixer and dirty tricks operative. 

After a career in the shadows, he’s turned whistleblower, leaking his files and sparking a conspiracy theory. 

But why? And can he be trusted?

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Written and reported by Jesse Brown and Cherise Seucharan

Audio editing and sound design by Tristan Capacchione

Original music by Nathan Burley

Additional music by Audio Network

Editorial Assistance by Sarah Lawrynuik

Executive Producer, Jesse Brown

Update (January 15, 2024) On October 31, 2022, Canadaland published an article and podcast prompting legal action by Shane and Edith Wenzel, which has now been resolved. Canadaland accepts that there exists no evidence that Shane or Edith Wenzel were aware of or knowingly contributed to a plan to deceive and entrap Mayor Nenshi.

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(Short Cuts) Southern Exposure: Featuring Cenk Uygur
Thu, 27 Oct 2022 07:05:00 GMT

Like the next-piece box in Tetris, the United States often offers a preview of political trends that will soon come to Canada. So with dozens of 2020-election deniers set to be elected to Congress next month, what does that bode for our own near future?

The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur joins Jonathan Goldsbie to chew over that and also why the right seems to have a structural advantage in the media.

Host: Jonathan Goldsbie

Credits: Kattie Laur (Producer) Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor & Technical Producer) André Proulx (Production Coordinator) SoCalled (Music)

Guest: Cenk Uygur

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(CANADALANDBACK) Reclamation At Stoney Point - Part One
Mon, 24 Oct 2022 07:05:33 GMT

What began as a peaceful land reclamation would turn into one of the most terrifying acts of violence and state force against unarmed people in Canada.

In part one: Bonnie Bressette was only 5 years old when a truck came to Stoney Point, and she watched as her house was loaded up onto the truck to be taken away. Her father explained the government was taking their land to build an army base, but promised to return it after the war. Legally, the government had to. They didn’t.

In episode one we hear from three generations of Stoney Pointers of how every system failed them. They explain their longing to rebuild their community and what led them to take over a military base in 1993. 

The story of Stoney Point is, in many ways unique, but in many ways it is the story of every land action: unresolved, intergenerational, highly politicized by Canada, that leads to confrontations between protestors and heavily armed police. The story sets up to ask, why have these scenes become so acceptable in Canada, and is there a way out?

In this podcast: interviews include Bonnie Bressette, Caroline “Cully” George, Pierre George, Kevin Simon. 

The episode is in memory of Anthony “Dudley” George.

Host: Karyn Pugliese

Credits: Karyn Pugliese (Producer), Kim Wheeler (Producer) 

Stoney Pointers full story in their own words:

Research for this episode included:

Sound in this podcast included:

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(Short Cuts) Low Blow, Loblaws!
Thu, 20 Oct 2022 07:00:45 GMT

Loblaws takes the heat over a tone-deaf price freeze. And the unprecedented, unjustified, and perhaps unnecessary federal government power grab that nobody cares about. Our very own Arshy Mann co-hosts. 

Host: Jesse Brown

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer) Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor & Technical Producer) André Proulx (Production Coordinator) SoCalled (Music)

Guest: Arshy Mann

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Hark! A Migrant (Worker)
Mon, 17 Oct 2022 07:05:07 GMT

Kate Beaton has written the best book about the oil sands, ever. It's a nonfiction comic book called Ducks, and it's about class in Canada as much as it's about anything. She talks with Jesse about what it's like to be a migrant worker in your own country. 

Ducks (link)

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(Short Cuts) A Star Is Torn
Thu, 13 Oct 2022 07:05:00 GMT

A controversial comment about Burqas in a Toronto Star column crossed the editorial line. And business drama at this Toronto paper. Jonathan Goldsbie hosts with co-host Sarah Hagi.

Host: Jonathan Goldsbie

Credits: Aviva Lessard - Producer, Tristan Capacchione - Audio Editor & Technical Producer, André Proulx - Production Coordinator

Guest: Sarah Hagi

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Salvaging The Beachcombers
Mon, 10 Oct 2022 07:05:52 GMT

The Beachcombers was a wildly long-running series, by any measure. With 387 episodes, the CBC dramedy had more installments than CSI, and five times as many as Schitt’s Creek. For nearly two decades, it was just always there — until one day it wasn’t. Since the last episode aired in 1990, The Beachcombers has largely been forgotten, its title reduced to a punchline.

But there’s one place that can’t forget. Producer Sophie Woodrooffe pays a visit to Gibsons, BC, the town that takes The Beachcombers more than a little seriously.

Link: Coasters, Sophie Woodrooffe’s upcoming podcast miniseries about BC’s Sunshine Coast, for which this episode was originally created.

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(Détours) Défaillance du système (selon quelques intellectuels)
Sat, 08 Oct 2022 07:05:52 GMT

Élection après élection, la réforme du mode de scrutin devient le sujet chaud, malgré que le premier ministre du Québec considère que la question n'intéresse personne, à part quelques intellectuels. Et pourquoi la pénurie d'enseignants reste-t-elle un enjeu grave dans tout le pays ? Emilie Nicolas anime cet épisode de Détours avec Nicolas Rouleau.

English: Election after election, electoral reform becomes the hot topic, despite the fact that the Premier of Quebec considers the issue to be of interest to nobody except for a few intellectuals. And why does the teacher shortage remain a serious problem across the country? Emilie Nicolas hosts this episode of Détours with Nicolas Rouleau.

Liens : 

Shari Graydon sur la parité de genre en politique

Une caricature jugée islamophobe publiée dans l’Acadie Nouvelle dérange 

La goutte qui a fait démissionner Anne-Marie par Patrick Lagacé

Katherine Brulotte sur la pénurie d'enseignants

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(Short Cuts) Quebec Election Pop Quiz
Thu, 06 Oct 2022 07:00:35 GMT

Emilie Nicolas and Toula Drimonis break down the Quebec election for those outside of the Quebec bubble. And is the CBC changing their Journalistic Standards and Practices or is this just part of the rumour mill?

Links:

  • Seema Reza on the Joy of Being (Completely) Alone
  • The Guardian article re: Car culture
  • La Presse article re: Objectivity at the CBC
  • National Post piece re: Objectivity at the CBC
  • Le Devoir article re: Malaise at Radio Canada


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Crimes Against Nature
Mon, 03 Oct 2022 07:05:13 GMT

Jesse sits down with Lyndsie Bourgon, author of “Tree Thieves: Crime and Survival in North America's Woods” to discuss the dark world of tree poaching in British Columbia. Hidden infrared cameras, park law enforcement, and… forest courts? 

Links: 

Tree Thieves – Greystone books

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(Short Cuts) Shocking Revelations On The Saskatchewan Stabbings
Thu, 29 Sep 2022 07:05:14 GMT

There have been major developments in the Saskatchewan stabbing story, but most journalists have moved on - except for Global reporter Ashleigh Stewart. And why do reporters try to elicit emotional responses from victims of natural disasters? Ashleigh Stewart co-hosts. 

Links:

  • Global News Exclusive re: Saskatchewan stabbing
  • Global News piece re: Ukraine's liberated eastern villages
  • Interview on CBC's The Current re: Hurricane Fiona

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CTV Workers On Workplace Abuse
Mon, 26 Sep 2022 07:05:01 GMT

Correction: A previous version of this story indicated former CTV News employee Erin Paul died due to an overdose after her dismissal. Though she did die in Nov. 2020 at the age of 49, her sister stated that was not her cause of death.

Lisa LaFlamme was but one CTV News employee. Dozens more speak to us about a toxic workplace where abuse, bullying, and burnout have allegedly been normal. This culture comes from a deliberate corporate plan. In one case, the consequences may have been fatal. 

Links

(Toronto Star) Inside the massive Bell Media downsizing that pushed out Lisa LaFlamme 

https://www.thestar.com/business/2022/09/09/a-cut-too-far-lisa-laflammes-ouster-was-just-the-latest-in-a-long-string-of-departures-from-bell-media-the-cost-cutting-worked-well-until-it-didnt.html

Bell Executive Who Fired Lisa LaFlamme Interfered With CTV News Coverage, Says Colleague

https://www.canadaland.com/bell-executive-who-fired-lisa-laflamme-interfered-with-ctv-news-coverage-says-colleague/

“It was very well-sequenced” – Bell Executives Face Angry Staff Over LaFlamme Ousting

https://www.canadaland.com/it-was-very-well-sequenced-bell-executives-face-angry-staff-over-laflamme-ousting/

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(Short Cuts) Bots Have Feelings Too
Thu, 22 Sep 2022 07:05:34 GMT

A recent encounter between Pierre Poilievre and David Akin of Global News demonstrates the tactics politicians have been using to avoid accountability. And how the popular #TrudeauMustGo campaign is being dismissed as bots and treated as if it doesn't exist. Nora Loreto co-hosts. 

Links:

  • Video of David Akin and Pierre Poilievre
  • CBC Manitoba piece re: Homelessness
  • Dean Blundell piece re: #TrudeauMustGo
  • National Post piece re: Trudeau's divisivenese

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The True Story Of Sasquatch
Mon, 19 Sep 2022 07:05:49 GMT

Every pop culture reference to Sasquatch or Bigfoot can be traced to one Macleans Magazine article from 1929, written by Indian Agent J.W. Burns, who stole the story of Sas’qets, a core part of Sto:lo cultural identity for thousands of years. Robert Jago is a Sto:lo writer and Sasquatch enthusiast who set out to take Sasquatch back. But the process of cultural appropriation turns out to be more complicated than passing a physical object back and forth, and Jago tells a unique story of how the Sts’ailes people kept their culture alive in the face of genocide, by appropriating appropriation.

Links:

Macleans, 1929: Introducing B. C.’s Hairy Giants 

https://archive.macleans.ca/article/1929/4/1/introducing-b-cs-hairy-giants

Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre, by Max Brooks

https://www.amazon.ca/Devolution-Firsthand-Account-Sasquatch-Massacre/dp/1984826786

The Sasquatch, the Fire and the Cedar Baskets by Joseph (Tony) Dandurand

https://www.amazon.ca/Sasquatch-Fire-Cedar-Baskets/dp/0889713766

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(Détours) Royalement impolies
Sat, 17 Sep 2022 07:05:02 GMT

Suite au décès de la reine Elizabeth II, de nombreux journalistes soulignent les qualités admirables de la reine, alors que d'autres mettent la politesse de côté pour appeler à une réflexion plus critique autour de la monarchie. Puis comment les médias francophones couvrent-ils les sujets de l'immigration et de la langue française dans le premier débat de la campagne électorale au Québec ? Emilie Nicolas anime cet épisode de Détours avec Maïka Sondarjee.

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, many journalists spotlighted her admirable qualities, while others put politeness aside to call for a more critical reflection on the monarchy. And how is francophone media covering immigration and the French language following the first debate of the Quebec election campaign? Emilie Nicolas hosts this episode of Détours with Maïka Sondarjee.

Liens :

La reine du Canada, vue du Québec par Jean-François Nadeau

La reine était nue par Patrick Lagacé

No, I do not mourn the Queen par Shree Paradkar

Quel «dérapage»? par Christian Rioux

L’avenir du français au Québec par Jean-Benoît Nadeau

Le choix de François Legault par Paul Wells

Pour en finir avec le déclin de la langue française par Jean-Benoît Nadeau

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(Short Cuts) Our Royals, Our Elves
Thu, 15 Sep 2022 07:05:00 GMT

Canadians have greeted the death of Elizabeth II with a mix of sadness and ambivalence, hostility and indifference. Film writer Will Sloan joins Jonathan Goldsbie to look at how media has grappled with evolving attitudes toward the monarchy, and how it’s covered the rare sort of development that’s both wholly inevitable and the biggest breaking news in the world.

They also go deep on a cartoon elf.

Links:

  • CBC interview with author Lawrence Hill
  • Toronto Sun piece re: Woke haters
  • Courrier Laval piece re: PQ candidate and porn video
  • The Soulmates in the Gift of the Light (1991) video
  • Will Sloan's viral tweet

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The McAfee Virus
Mon, 12 Sep 2022 07:00:00 GMT

A new Netflix documentary documents the violent life and death of John McAfee, a silicon valley magnate who became a murder suspect and the target of an international manhunt. But ten years after it all went down, do we actually know what happened? Rocco Castoro was the young editor in chief of VICE News who embedded with McAfee during his wild run from the law. He tries to set the record straight, and clear his own reputation. 

Links: 

Running With The Devil (Netflix) https://www.netflix.com/tudum/articles/who-is-john-mcafee-running-with-the-devil

‘This is really shady and low’: Netflix’s John McAfee documentary attacked by people who appeared in it https://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-is-really-shady-and-low-netflixs-john-mcafee-documentary-attacked-by-those-who-appeared-in-it-11661943486

The Knows - Rocco Castoro's news site  https://www.theknows.net/

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(Short Cuts) A Manhunt in the Prairies
Thu, 08 Sep 2022 07:00:00 GMT

An on-the-ground account of what it has been like to cover the Saskatchewan stabbing spree. And the end of Kiwi Farms after a Canadian Twitch streamer was swatted in London, Ontario. Zak Vescera co-hosts. 

Links:

  • National Post Opinion piece re: RCMP response to stabbing
  • Toronto Sun Opinion piece re: Progressive theories driving criminal justice
  • Globe and Mail piece re: RCMP reform
  • Global News piece re: RCMP Alert system
  • CBC piece re: Saskatchewan social service

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Bruce McCulloch
Mon, 05 Sep 2022 07:05:12 GMT

Squirrel toupee guy, Bobby from Bobby versus Satan, cabbage head, the little guy who picks fights at the bar and won’t stay down, or the flying pig. These are just some of the memorable characters that Bruce McCulloch portrayed on Kids in the Hall. 

This week we chat with Bruce about the beginning of Kids in the Hall from the gritty streets of Edmonton to the state of Canadian comedy, the CBC, TallBoyz, working with Lorne Michael.

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(Short Cuts) LaFlamme Wars
Thu, 01 Sep 2022 07:05:00 GMT

The Lisa LaFlamme story continues to smolder in the headlines. And Canada turns into a denunciation nation when it comes to weighing in on Chrystia Freeland's verbal attack. Priya Sam co-hosts. 

Links:

  • Globe and Mail piece re: Open letter in support of LaFlamme
  • Globe and Mail piece re: Bell Media Formal Review Process
  • National Observer piece re: NAJA barring the New York Times from its conference
  • Pitchfork piece re: Allegations against Arcade Fire's Win Butler

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Updates On Nuclear Waste, A Bond Villain, And Starbucks Unions
Mon, 29 Aug 2022 07:05:00 GMT

After we turn off our microphones, here at CANADALAND, it would be great to think we brought you the definitive version of the story. But what actually happens is that life keeps on rolling and stories continue to add new chapters. Three stories CANADALAND originally brought you in 2021 and 2022 demanded that we publish an update.


First, the latest from the two communities that might soon be home to all of Canada's high-grade nuclear waste. Second, we check in on Ari Ben-Menashe and what the international lobbyist-for-hire has been up to since he began repping Myanmar's military junta in 2021. And lastly, we bring you an update on Starbucks' unionization that is more of a mea culpa than a new development but adds to the story we originally told you all the same. 

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(Short Cuts) The End Of NOW
Thu, 25 Aug 2022 07:05:00 GMT

The remaining staff at Toronto’s NOW Magazine haven’t gotten a regular paycheque in months. But as the beloved alt-weekly disintegrated around them, they kept on putting out issues. Norm Wilner, who spent 14 years as NOW’s film writer, joins former colleague Jonathan Goldsbie on Short Cuts to consider the slow decay of a publication that served as the city’s internet, before the internet was a thing. They also look at the Toronto Star’s successful battle to overturn a strange publication ban masking the identity of an upper-crust private school.

Links:

  • Radheyan Simonpillai’s thread about the final NOW masthead
  • The (likely) final print issue of NOW
  • Toronto Star story from earlier this year about NOW’s demise
  • Toronto Star story about lawsuit against Upper Canada CollegeOntario Court of Appeal decision in P1 v. XYZ School

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Is New Brunswick Covering Up A Deadly Brain Disease?
Mon, 22 Aug 2022 07:05:00 GMT

Dozens of people in New Brunswick have reported mysterious neurological symptoms over the past two years. People as young as 18 are experiencing full-blown dementia. Is there a single cause for these reported illnesses? The government has previously said they believed there was. Now, they have said there is no single cause. This week, we revisit a mystery we originally told you in January 2022. 

Featured in this episode: Leyland Cecco, the Guardian's Canadian correspondent; Stacie Quigley Cormier, step mother of Gabrielle Cormier who began experiencing dementia-type symptoms at the age of 20.

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(Short Cuts) Keeping LaFlamme Alive
Thu, 18 Aug 2022 07:05:00 GMT

What's really behind Lisa LaFlamme's abrupt departure from CTV National News? And John Derringer's years of alleged workplace abuse at Toronto's Q107 and the straw that broke the camel's back for ending his show. Teri Hart co-hosts. 

Links:

  • Lisa LaFlamme's video on Twitter
  • The Hill Times piece re: journalists receiving online hate
  • The Toronto Star's piece re: allegations against Derringer
  • Jennifer Valentyne's video
  • Jacqui Delaney's interview on Toronto Mike'd

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Sh*tty Cities
Mon, 15 Aug 2022 07:05:00 GMT

Cities and cars and a climate crisis, oh my! For the past 70 years, urban design in Canada has been centred around the car. Cities have started making changes, but are they doing enough to meet Canada’s climate goals?

Featured in this episode: Dr. Edda Bild, postdoctoral fellow at McGill University and lead soundscape researcher for Sounds in the City. Jason Slaughter, creator of the YouTube channel Not Just Bikes. Brent Toderian, city planner and urbanist at TODERIAN UrbanWORKS.

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(Détours) De pape en flic
Sat, 13 Aug 2022 07:05:00 GMT

Avertissement : contenu lié aux pensionnats et à la colonisation

La visite du pape pour la présentation d’excuses aux peuples autochtones a provoqué diverses réflexions autour de l’histoire du catholicisme au Québec. Puis quelle est la conversation autour de la violence armée au Canada ? Emilie Nicolas anime cet épisode de Détours avec Christopher Curtis.

Content warning : residential schools and colonization

English: The Pope's visit to apologize to Indigenous peoples provoked various reflections on the history of Catholicism in Quebec. And how is the media talking about gun violence in Canada? Emilie Nicolas hosts this episode of Détours with Christopher Curtis. 

Liens : 

Archive Radio-Canada : Visite du pape en 1984

La démesure langagière du pape François par Joseph Facal

Tweet Guy A. Lepage

Tweet Jean-François Lisée

La fille sur la photo par Rima Elkouri

Tuerie en N.-É. : impression d’ingérence politique

Valérie Plante réagit aux incidents de violence armée

La police : plus une solution qu'un problème par Joseph Facal

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(Short Cuts) Healthcare In Crisis
Thu, 11 Aug 2022 07:05:00 GMT

How many ways must healthcare break down before you can call it “collapsed”? And how can journalists be better supported when they receive threatening hate mail? Moira Wyton co-hosts with Jonathan Goldsbie.

Links:

  • CBC piece re: 'unprecedented' strain on health care
  • Global news piece re: not unprecedented health care system
  • Toronto Sun Opinion piece Brian Lilley
  • Globe and Mail piece re: BC researchers excluded from drug decriminalization review
  • CAJ's Poisoned Well report
  • The musical Tell Tale Harbour

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The Interrogation Of Jesse Brown
Mon, 08 Aug 2022 07:05:00 GMT

Jesse Brown might think himself quite the question master, but today the tables have turned and our guest host, the Jonathan Torrens, investigates the inner workings of this show's host. Is it possible to be too cynical?  

Featured in this episode: Jonathan Torrens, actor, performer and writer best known for his beef with Jesse Brown and hosting shows like Street Cents, Jonovision and his role in Trailer Park Boys; Jesse Brown, early guest on Jonovision (and, I guess, the publisher of the Canadaland podcast network).

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(Short Cuts) Hockey Blight In Canada
Thu, 04 Aug 2022 07:05:00 GMT

The dam has broken on hockey's toxic culture. And a new BC Supreme Court ruling threatens confidential sources. Laura Robinson co-hosts.

Links:

  • Globe and Mail piece re: victim coming forward
  • CBC piece re: Alleged sexual assault in St. John's
  • Biv piece re: BC Supreme Court ruling on confidentiality

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Jody Porter And A Complicated Legacy
Mon, 01 Aug 2022 07:05:00 GMT

Jody Porter worked for CBC in Thunder Bay for more than two decades. Her work on the injustices faced by Indigenous people in Northwestern Ontario from Grassy Narrows to Thunder Bay was cited in many hearings and reports including the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. And yet, she viewed her work with a very critical lens toward the end of her life after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

In July, Jody succumbed to cancer and died at the age of 50. We are re-airing a conversation Jesse had with Jody in November 2020 during the Brayden Bushby trial.

Featured in this episode: Jody Porter, senior reporter at CBC News

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(Short Cuts) Pope? Nope.
Thu, 28 Jul 2022 07:05:00 GMT

The media actually did a pretty good job of covering the Pope's apology. And Wendy Mesley's re-branding as a woman of ill repute. Karyn Pugliese co-hosts.

Links:

  • Canada's National Observer piece by Thaiorénióhté Dan David re: Papal apology
  • Canada's National Observer piece by Matteo Cimellaro re: Papal apology
  • Globe and Mail Opinion piece by Tanya Talaga re: Papal apology
  • The Tyee piece by Cindy Blackstock re: sexual abuse
  • APTN investigation re: French priest
  • National Post piece re: Wendy Mesley

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Cindy Blackstock's Long Game
Mon, 25 Jul 2022 07:05:00 GMT

So many people encounter injustice and accept it as the way things are. Others refuse to accept the status quo and will not rest until those injustices are done away with. Cindy Blackstock is one of the latter. This is the story of how her work resulted in the largest financial compensation settlement the Canadian government has ever made because of the systemic neglect of First Nations' children in the child welfare system over the course of decades. A report from Danielle Paradis.

Featured in this episode: Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada; Alanis Obomsawin, documentarian.

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(Short Cuts) Hot Off The Press
Thu, 21 Jul 2022 07:05:00 GMT

Our changing perception of the Nova Scotia mass shooter's partner Lisa Banfield. And thwarting the apocalypse through journalism. Sarah Lawrynuik co-hosts. 

Links:

  • Halifax Examiner piece re: The witchification of Lisa Banfield
  • Globe and Mail Opinion piece re: Lisa Banfield
  • CBC piece re: European heat wave
  • J Source article by Sarah on reporting on extreme weather

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Pardon My French
Mon, 18 Jul 2022 07:05:00 GMT

When a CBC host used the N-word in pre-production meetings, she was taken off the air. When the French arm of the public broadcaster, Radio-Canada, had a program just months later where the N-word was used four times in both languages, the broadcaster dismissed charges that there was anything wrong with the program. That is, until the CRTC stepped in and said an apology was in order. 

Why two different responses at the same company in two languages? And why does the 1968 book by Pierre Vallières always seem to be at the heart of the controversy?

Featured in this episode: Emilie Nicolas, host of Canadaland's French-language show Détours and columnist at Le Devoir

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(Short Cuts) Wet Hot Antitrust Summer
Thu, 14 Jul 2022 07:05:00 GMT

Three telecoms in a trench coat and other Canadian oligopolies. And we need a new playbook when it comes to engaging with Pierre Poilievre. Vass Bednar co-hosts

Links:

  • CBC piece re: Rogers outage and the need for greater oversight
  • Toronto Star piece re: Supermarket price hikes
  • National Observer piece re: Trudeau greeted by throngs of admirers
  • Tyee piece re: The Forever Plague and the response
  • Slate article re: The Forever Plague
  • Global piece re: Pierre Poilievre

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CPC F*ckery
Mon, 11 Jul 2022 07:05:00 GMT

Patrick Brown was disqualified from the Conservative Leadership race. He's denied allegations filed by a whistleblower that he was knowingly mismanaging how campaign staff were being paid. He's vowed to appeal the disqualification decision. But in the meantime, what would this move mean for Canadian politics? Does it mean a Pierre Poilievre coronation?

Canadians are known for voting parties out of office, not into office. Which means after the Liberals have been in power for seven years and we're looking to be on the cusp of a recession, the person who leads the Conservative party next could easily be Canada's next prime minister.

Featured in this episode: Jen Gerson, co-founder of The Line.

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(Détours) Le coût de l’expression
Sat, 09 Jul 2022 07:05:00 GMT

Plus d’une cinquantaine de têtes d’affiches de Radio-Canada contestent la décision du CRTC concernant l’utilisation du ‘mot en n’ sur l’émission radiophonique Le 15-18 en août 2020. Puis dans le climat politique actuel, quelle est la conversation autour des fêtes nationales dans les médias ? Emilie Nicolas anime cet épisode de Détours avec Vanessa Destiné.

English: More than 50 well-established Radio-Canada employees disagree with the CRTC's decision regarding the use of the 'n-word' on the radio show Le 15-18 in August 2020. And considering the current political climate, what does the media conversation surrounding national holidays look like? Emilie Nicolas hosts this episode of Détours with Vanessa Destiné. 

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Alain Gravel sur Puisqu'il faut se lever

Chronique d'Isabelle Hachey sur Verushka Lieutenant-Duval

Vanessa Destiné dans Le Devoir

Lettre des têtes d'affiches de Radio-Canada

Dossier du New York Times sur l'Haïti

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(Short Cuts) Lucy and Linda's Law
Thu, 07 Jul 2022 07:05:00 GMT

A Supreme Court decision that hasn't gotten much attention in Canada. And the National Post is calling for an end to the bullying of reporters, meanwhile its own columnists are attacking their own. Jan Wong co-hosts.

Links:

  • Globe and Mail Opinion piece by Elizabeth Sheehy
  • Globe and Mail Opinion piece by Frank Addario and Matthew Gourlay
  • Globe and Mail obituary of Irving Abella
  • National Post piece from the Editor in Chief

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Enormous Fires Everywhere
Mon, 04 Jul 2022 07:05:00 GMT

Raging wildfires are now a normal part of summertime in Canada. Climate change comes at you fast, but the impact of these fires is far from equal across different regions. Those most likely to have to flee their homes are Indigenous people, and this disproportionate risk is only growing. The number of evacuees from First Nation reserves doubled over the last decade. Producer Sarah Lawrynuik travels to a remote Manitoba community to look at what fire has done to one community, and examines the implications for tens of thousands of other people in the years to come.

Further Reading:

Social science research on Indigenous wildfire management in the 21st century and future research needs (Amy Cardinal Christianson) – https://www.publish.csiro.au/WF/pdf/WF13048

Indigenous fire teams in Sask. aim for bigger role after B.C. blazes – https://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/indigenous-fire-teams-in-sask-aim-for-bigger-role-after-b-c-blazes

U of S prof studies impact of fire evacuations on First Nations (2015) – https://www.ckom.com/2015/07/17/u-of-s-prof-studies-impact-of-fire-evacuations-on-first-nations/

From the Ashes: Reimagining Fire Safety and Emergency Management in Indigenous Communities: https://www.ourcommons.ca/Content/Committee/421/INAN/Reports/RP9990811/inanrp15/inanrp15-e.pdf

The art of fire: reviving the Indigenous craft of cultural burning: https://thenarwhal.ca/indigenous-cultural-burning/

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(Short Cuts) You Don't "Both Sides" Human Rights
Thu, 30 Jun 2022 07:05:00 GMT

In covering the end of widespread reproductive freedom in the United States, the CBC goes the both-sides route. At what point should something be considered a human-rights issue and no longer subject to debate?

And the Convoy — or at least something similar — is set to rematerialize in Ottawa. What has the media learned since last time, and are we any closer to putting our finger on a diffuse movement that’s very different to different people? Jonathan Goldsbie fills in for Jesse and Rachel Cairns co-hosts. 

Links:

  • CBC's the Current segment re: Roe v. Wade
  • Dr. Jennifer Gunter Tweet re: appearance on CBC
  • Stephanie Gray Google Talk
  • MPP Bhutila Karpoche Tweet re: Evictions
  • Jonathan Goldsbie's Tweet re: Toronto Councilor
  • The Conversation piece re: Roe v. Wade
  • National Post piece re: Freedom Convoy
  • Vice piece re: Freedom Convoy
  • The Tyee piece re: Freedom Convoy

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Education: What Is It Good For?
Mon, 27 Jun 2022 07:05:00 GMT

Universities across Alberta have experienced huge funding cuts over the last three years. Come fall, students will be paying for that with huge tuition increases (some as high as 104%). But these changes are bigger than just dollars and cents, they beg the question: What is the point of getting a post-secondary education?

Freelance journalist Oumar Salifou reports on the impacts seen in Alberta and host Jesse Brown interviews Alberta's minister of higher education. 

Featured in this episode: Anita Cardinal, law student at the University of Alberta; Reginald Wiebe, assistant professor of English at Concordia University of Edmonton; Dave Lamont, a caretaker at the University of Calgary; Brenda Austin-Smith, president of the Canadian Association of University Teachers; Demetrios Nicolaides, Alberta's minister of higher education 

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(Short Cuts) Imperfect Behaviour
Thu, 23 Jun 2022 07:40:48 GMT

A scandal in Canada's sacred sport. And can journalists do more to unpack the crypto craze and crash? Emilie Nicolas fills in for Jesse and Julian McKenzie co-hosts. 

Links:

  • TSN piece re: Hockey Canada 
  • CBC story re: freezing Hockey Canada Assets
  • Rick Westhead interview with Kyle Beach
  • LA Time piece re: Amy Kaufman
  • Globe and Mail piece re: bitcoin

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The Dubious Botanist
Mon, 20 Jun 2022 07:05:00 GMT

A Canadian scientist wanted to demonstrate how he could use DNA barcoding to distinguish between different strains of cannabis; a pretty valuable thing to be able to do during the weed marketing gold rush.

To prove it, he just took a graph of U.S. arrest data, changed the title, and said 'here, here's my evidence.'

He did a lot more than that. And it might have all gone unnoticed, if not for some meddlesome researchers. Senior producer Sarah Lawrynuik gets into it.

Featured in this episode: Charles Piller, investigative journalist for Science Magazine; Ken Thompson, post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University; Paul Hebert, director of the University of Guelph's Centre for Biodiversity Genomics

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(Short Cuts) Correction? Recession? Celebration!
Thu, 16 Jun 2022 07:05:00 GMT

In the midst of a climate crisis, why do we continue to report business news as usual? And is Minister Mendicino being mendacious over the Emergencies Act when he says police advised the government to invoke it? John Woodside, climate reporter for Canada's National Observer co-hosts. 

Links:

  • Globe and Mail piece re: Ambitious oil emissions
  • National Post piece re: anti-oil agenda and affordable food
  • CP24 piece re: Toronto Police Service

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The Baristas Vs. Starbucks
Mon, 13 Jun 2022 07:05:00 GMT

Of the more than 1,400 Starbucks stores in Canada, only a single location in Victoria, B.C. has a union. One former barista spoke to Canadaland about the working conditions that led baristas to organize for better protections - and how the flurry of anti-union messaging from Starbucks HQ was still not enough to deter the workers. 

But companies across Canada and the U.S. have been employing these types of tactics for decades to prevent their workers from unionizing: including persistent messaging, hiring third-party crisis management firms, and even shuttering stores completely. 

Do these new unionized workers stand a chance? Cherise Seucharan reports. 

Featured in this episode: Izzy Adachi, former Starbucks worker; Pablo Guerra, organizer with United Steelworkers; Mitch Thompson, journalist; David J. Doorey, professor of labour law at York University

Correction: An earlier version of this episode incorrectly identified the Victoria Starbucks location as the first location in Canada to unionize. While it is currently the only location that is unionized there were a number of stores that unionized in the ‘90s and 2000s. These locations are no longer unionized for a number of different reasons.

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(Détours) La chimère canadienne
Sat, 11 Jun 2022 07:05:00 GMT

Devenir propriétaire d'une maison n'est désormais plus qu'une chimère pour toute une génération de Canadien‧ne‧s. Et qu'est-ce qui s'est passé avec la couverture médiatique de l'élection ontarienne ? Emilie Nicolas anime cet épisode de Détours avec Émilie Gougeon Pelletier.

English: Owning a home is now no more than a pipe dream for a whole generation of Canadians. And what happened with the Ontario election media coverage? Emilie Nicolas hosts this episode of Détours with Émilie Gougeon Pelletier. 

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Radio-Canada sur la viabilité financière des grandes villes

Tweet NTV Kenya sur la variole simienne

Global News sur les dépenses du parti Libéral en Ontario

Sondage Radio-Canada sur les priorités des Franco-Ontarien‧ne‧s

Le Devoir sur l'absence de chef bilingue en Ontario

Le Devoir sur le désintérêt des Ontarien‧ne‧s pour la politique provinciale

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(Short Cuts) The Youtuber Uprising
Thu, 09 Jun 2022 07:05:00 GMT

Finding misinformation in the Quebec government's misinformation campaign on Bill 96. And why Tiktokers are speaking out against Bill C-11. Lela Savić co-hosts. 

Links:

  • CBC article re: Bill 96
  • Globe and Mail Opinion piece re: Bill 96
  • Washington post Opinion piece re: Bill 96
  • New York Times piece re: Bill 96
  • CBC piece re: Jacob Hoggard

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Digging For Doubt
Mon, 06 Jun 2022 07:05:00 GMT

Ostensibly the idea was to do media criticism. That is what the article in the National Post, The Year Of The Graves, set out to do; to hold the press to account and to correct errors that occurred in the reporting of the discoveries of unmarked graves at former Indigenous residential schools.

But that was not its impact.

Featured in this episode: Terry Glavin, author of Year Of The Graves and National Post columnist; Karyn Pugliese, executive editor at National Observer; Robert Jago, freelance writer and entrepreneur.

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(Short Cuts) Reckoning With Reckoning
Thu, 02 Jun 2022 07:05:00 GMT

Denials of the unmarked graves at residential school sites push through to the mainstream. And a new report shows that journalists' mental health is in jeopardy. Dani Paradis co-hosts. 

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Sea Wolves, Oil Snakes
Mon, 30 May 2022 07:05:00 GMT

A field report from coast Salish territory on the irreconcilable conflict between the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project. There are 73 remaining Southern Resident Killer Whales in existence. The Tsleil-Waututh Nation consider the survival of these orcas and the survival of their people to be the same thing. The government insists a compromise can be met. The Tsleil-Waututh reject this notion, and many are prepared to die in defense of their "wolves of the sea". Brandi Morin reports.

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(Short Cuts) Doug Ford Because We Hate Ourselves
Thu, 26 May 2022 07:05:00 GMT

A glowing opinion piece about Doug Ford has us wondering how he miraculously overturned his sinking approval ratings. And why Jesse can't report on the Online News Act anymore. Stephen Maher co-hosts. 

Links:

  • Toronto Star Opinion piece re: Doug Ford
  • Globe and Mail piece re: Gas prices and Doug Ford
  • IndigiNews Open Letter
  • Globe and Mail Opinion piece re: RCMP

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The Weird History Of Vancouver’s Italian Press
Mon, 23 May 2022 07:05:00 GMT

Sometimes investigative journalism begins with an anonymous tip. Sometimes it begins with an access to information request for secret government documents. In this case, Marcello Di Cintio started his investigation because he had an article reprinted without permission. But the story he walked away with in the end was so much better than he could have imagined. 

Featured in this episode: Marcello Di Cintio, Calgary-based journalist and author.

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(Short Cuts) Pierre World Order
Thu, 19 May 2022 07:05:00 GMT

The many, many opinion pieces on why Pierre Poilievre shouldn't fire the head of the Bank of Canada. And why some Canadians insist on bragging about how we're better than America while ignoring the hate being brewed here. Ryan Thorpe co-hosts.

Links:

  • Campbell Clark Globe and Mail Opinion piece re: WEF conspiracy
  • Andrew Coyne Globe and Mail Opinion piece re: Pierre Poilievre 
  • Halifax Examiner piece re: Portapique mass shooting
  • Fox News piece re: Jordan Peterson departing Twitter
  • Blog TO piece re: Simu Liu's Juno speech
  • Bashir Mohamed Tweet re: Vancouver Sun replacement theory

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Medusa
Mon, 16 May 2022 07:05:00 GMT

Operation Medusa has become the most celebrated battle in recent Canadian history. It was hailed as a stroke of military genius that may have vanquished the Taliban once and for all.

But the soldiers and commanders who were on the ground in 2006 have a different story to tell. A rushed battle. Flawed intelligence. And generals putting political considerations ahead of Canadian lives.

And even though Canada had defeated the Taliban on the battlefield, that didn't mean they were winning the war.

Featured in this episode: Cpl. Sean Teal, Canadian Armed Forces; Bruce Moncur, veterans advocate and former reservist; Lt.-Gen. Omer Lavoie, Canadian Armed Forces; Adnan R. Khan, journalist and contributing editor at Maclean's; Eugene Lang, fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute

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(Détours) La plus belle langue (après le cri)
Sat, 14 May 2022 07:05:00 GMT

Des chefs de plusieurs nations autochtones s'opposent à l'adoption de la loi 96 au Québec, une loi qui, parmi d'autres conséquences, aura un impact sur les personnes nécessitant des services publics dans une langue autre que le français. Et est-ce qu'il y a une différence entre la façon dont les médias francophones et anglophones couvrent la course à la chefferie du Parti conservateur ? Emilie Nicolas anime le tout premier épisode de Détours avec Romeo Saganash.

English: Leaders from several Indigenous nations oppose the adoption of Bill 96 in Quebec, a law that, among other consequences, will have an impact on people requiring public services in a language other than French. And is there a difference between the way the French and English media are covering the Conservative leadership race? Emilie Nicolas hosts the very first episode of Détours with Romeo Saganash.

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(Short Cuts) The Last Hoser
Thu, 12 May 2022 07:05:00 GMT

The canucksploitation is egregious in Mike Myer's new Netflix show the Pentaverate. And the chairman of Post Media absolutely had to write an opinion piece in the National Post defending Patrick Brown. Jesse's back in the saddle and Mel Woods co-hosts.  

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Abortion Rights In Canada Didn’t Come Easy
Mon, 09 May 2022 07:05:00 GMT

With the seemingly imminent repeal of Roe v. Wade in the United States, it's time to refamiliarize ourselves with Canada's long fought history for abortion access. And explore how that story is anything but ancient history, with one provincial ban being overturned as recently as four years ago.  Today's episode features just a few of the people who have been on the frontlines of that fight as well as a historian who studies nothing but reproductive justice.  

Featured in this episode: Christabelle Sethna, professor in the Feminist and Gender Studies Faculty of Social Sciences University of Ottawa; Deb Miller, retired family lawyer and abortion access advocate; Colleen MacQuarrie, professor of psychology at the University of Prince Edward Island and abortion access advocate; Autumn Reinhardt-Simpson, PhD candidate at the University of Alberta and abortion doula.

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(Short Cuts) Tragedy To Our South, Unfinished Business At Home
Thu, 05 May 2022 07:05:00 GMT

With the imminent upheaval of abortion rights to the south, Canada's media reflects on the state of things here at home. And going by headlines, you'd think Canada's ban on gay men giving blood was repealed - but you'd be only somewhat correct. Jeopardy! champ Mattea Roach joins Canadaland news editor Jonathan Goldsbie to look at rights, laws, and how the media mediates our understanding of both. 

Links:

  • Toronto Star piece re: Abortion access in Canada
  • Toronto Sun piece re: Kinsella on overturning Roe v. Wade
  • Xtra piece re: New blood donation policy
  • Vice piece re: Gay blood donation ban

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Prairie Poop Bots, Floods And Water Shortages
Mon, 02 May 2022 07:05:00 GMT

Did you know during a recent storm the City of Winnipeg released 60 million litres of raw sewage into the Red River? Did you know the City of Morden, Manitoba almost ran out of potable water during the extreme drought last summer?

Climate change has already started wreaking havoc on the water systems of the Prairies and that is having substantial impacts on cities across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and adapting is going to cost Canadians billions. This week, senior producer Sarah Lawrynuik will explain why.

Featured in this episode: Brandon Burley, mayor of Morden; Santokh Randhawa, deputy city manager of Morden; Bill Buhay, associate professor at the University of Winnipeg; Frank Frigo, City of Calgary water resources engineer; Dave Sauchyn, the director of the Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative (PARC); Raven Sharma, manager of utilities for the City of Selkirk; Duane Nicol, chief administrative officer for the City of Selkirk; Saman Razavi, associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan.

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(Short Cuts) The Tweets Hereafter
Thu, 28 Apr 2022 07:05:00 GMT

You can probably guess why this one is about Twitter, but why does Short Cuts talk about it so very often? Also, what is the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, and why do we not talk about it more?

Gawker's Sarah Hagi joins Canadaland news editor Jonathan Goldsbie to see how much fun they can have in Jesse's absence.

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The Ad Money Fuelling Fake News
Mon, 25 Apr 2022 07:05:00 GMT

The digital advertising industry is worth billions, but many companies don't actually know where their ad dollars end up. Programmatic ad exchanges and other third-party platforms have enabled companies to buy ads without the hassle of going to each seller. But in doing so, these ad exchanges have opened the door for fake news and disinformation sites to profit. As reporter Cherise Seucharan finds out, it has become easier and easier for these sites to proliferate, while real news websites lose out. 

Featured in this episode:

Nandini Jammi and Claire Atkin, co-founders of Check My Ads; Augustine Fou, anti-ad fraud consultant; Danny Rogers, co-founder and executive director at The Global Disinformation Index

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(Short Cuts) Pierre Poilievre: The Anti-Trudeau
Thu, 21 Apr 2022 07:05:00 GMT

How Pierre Poilievre cultivated his attack-dog charm. And should we care about what the new CEO of the Toronto Star tweets? Jen Gerson co-hosts. 

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(CANADALANDBACK) Landback, Then What?
Mon, 18 Apr 2022 07:05:00 GMT

Is it Indigenous stewardship ownership or is it becoming just another holographic bumper sticker? What does Landback mean to you, and to your nations and homelands? And is there room for settlers in this movement? This is the first episode of a new 6-episode podcast called CANADALANDBACK! 

In it, we talk about what Landback means, we host our first round table discussion and take you inside a land-based education program. 

Featured in this episode is: Kahsenniyo Williams, Jada-Gabrielle Pape, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Philip Brass, Sol Mamakwa, Piyeshiw Crane, Zacchary Fontaine, Kyla Lesage, Molly Swain, Chelsea Vowel, Maureen Googoo, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Inti Nemoga Stout, Riley Yesno, Autumn LaRose-Smith, Sam Achineepineskum, Jessica Johns, Willie Ermine and Gordie Liske and Randy Baillargeon. 

We would also like to thank: Rachael Michael, Rick Harp, Jordan Koe, Patricia Johnson-Castle, Dani Paradis, and Dani Lanoutte. 

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Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning https://www.dechinta.ca/ 

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(Short Cuts) Greasy Alberta
Thu, 14 Apr 2022 07:05:00 GMT

Welcome to AlbertaLand, where it's cold and greasy. And how the media is bored with the sixth wave. Dani Paradis co-hosts. 

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Google And Facebook To The Rescue: Canadian News Gets On Big Tech’s Payroll
Mon, 11 Apr 2022 07:05:00 GMT

Canada is two years into a news media bailout that was lobbied hard for by the country's newspapers. As it turns out the money that's flowed has had uneven impacts on the industry. And last week the Online News Act was tabled that will mandate tech companies - like Google and Facebook - to pay news companies compensation for posting their content on their sites.

Will this expansion of government news aid inflame disparities? Will it help an industry in crisis? Are we destined for a media landscape where government approvals are the only way to survive?

Featured in this episode: Colette Brin, journalism professor at Université Laval; Tim Bousquet, editor-in-chief of the Halifax Examiner; Emma Gilchrist, editor-in-chief of the Narwhal

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(Short Cuts) The Ukraine War Correspondent In Edmonton
Thu, 07 Apr 2022 07:05:00 GMT

Fact-checking the war in Ukraine. And the ‘Pay Me for Clickbait Act' - sorry, the ‘Online News Act.' Olena Goncharova co-hosts. 

Links:

  • Front Burner episode re: war crimes in Bucha
  • Radio-Canada piece re: long-term care homes in Quebec
  • CBC Power and Politics interview with Pablo Rodriguez
  • CTV Power Play interview with Pablo Rodriguez

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"We Are Not The Journalism Police" – An Interview With The Journalism Police
Mon, 04 Apr 2022 07:05:00 GMT

Canada is two years into a news media bailout that Trudeau cabinet ministers promised would be conducted with the utmost transparency. Instead, the process and which outlets are getting funding (and how much) is information that has been veiled in secrecy. 

What's more is that in order to apply for these government bailout programs, one must first pass the (also secretive) litmus test for whether or not it is worthy of being deemed a Qualified Canadian Journalism Organization (QCJO).

This week, we speak to the chair of the board who helps make these decisions. 

Featured in this episode: Colette Brin, journalism professor at Université Laval

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(Short Cuts) We Will Never Know The Truth About Portapique
Thu, 31 Mar 2022 07:05:00 GMT

The public inquest into the Portapique massacre is far from revealing. Will we ever get the answers to the many, many questions still remaining? And journalists are being blocked from covering events at the Indigenous delegations' visit to the Vatican.  Paul Palango co-hosts. 

Links:

  • Paul Palango's book: 22 Murders Investigating the Massacres, Cover-Up and Obstacles to Justice in Nova Scotia
  • Brandi Morin's video on Twitter
  • Vatican News story re: Indigenous delegation

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#MeToo On Trial
Mon, 28 Mar 2022 07:05:00 GMT

In 2015, award-winning author and (former) UBC professor Steven Galloway became the target of a social media storm after an allegation was leveled that he had sexually assaulted a student. An allegation, Galloway has denied ever since.

But at the time, a number of both staff and students at UBC came out publicly in support of the accuser. In turn, Galloway sued them for defamation. Defendants include 20 people who tweeted, commented, or spoke about the allegations. In one case, the individual being sued simply reviewed an art show, and never even printed Galloway's name.

Many of these defendants said this defamation suit is meant to silence sexual assault survivors, so they filed a SLAPP suit in response. Some were dismissed by a judge, others weren't. And which were and which weren't leads to all kinds of questions about how the legal process deals with sexual assault allegations. Meanwhile, Galloway says the SLAPP suit has delayed his ability to clear his name by years.

Is this case a path to justice for a CanLit star who was ruined by an online mob? Or does this represent the silencing of survivors and the #metoo movement? 

Featured in this episode: David Wotherspoon, partner at Dentons; Hilary Young, law professor, University of New Brunswick; Glynnis Kirchmeier, defendant.

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(Short Cuts) The Best Politics Show In Canada
Thu, 24 Mar 2022 07:05:00 GMT

Short Cuts is off this week, so instead we bring you our latest episode of the best politics show in Canada, The Backbench. As nations around the world cut off business with Russia, can Canada help fill the international demand for oil and gas? More importantly, should we? And the pandemic caused unprecedented government spending, as well as shifting priorities on everything from work to healthcare. How will that all play out in the upcoming budget?

This week's contributors: Jason Markusoff, Caroline Elliott, Murad Hemmadi 

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Nasty Dumps And The Success Of BlogTO
Mon, 21 Mar 2022 07:05:00 GMT

So many journalists would look down their noses and sneer at the likes of BlogTO, Narcity, MTL Blog or any of the similar media companies that have populated the Canadian landscape over the last decade. But while companies that pride themselves on hard news are struggling to find a funding model that works, BlogTO just sold for $15 million.  

Featured in this episode: Tim Shore, Founder of BlogTO

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(Short Cuts) I Would Do Anything For Ukraine (But I Won’t Do That)
Thu, 17 Mar 2022 07:05:00 GMT

Canadian MPs wax poetic about how President Zelensky inspires them… but is that really going to change anything? And how defamation lawsuits help cover up the truth and keep journalists silent. Jan Wong co-hosts. 

Links:

  • CBC Reporter Travis Dhanraj's video asking a question to Chrystia Freeland and Melanie Joly
  • President Zelensky's address to Canadian Parliament
  • Prime Minister Trudeau's promo video
  • CBC piece re: Manifesting a house
  • Globe & Mail opinion piece by Doug Saunders

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Sarah Polley's Secret Life
Mon, 14 Mar 2022 08:05:00 GMT

Sarah Polley has come forward with memories of a violent sexual encounter with Jian Ghomeshi when she was 16. But why is the press tongue-tied about describing the alleged violence? Sarah sits down with Jesse to discuss how to safely run towards danger, and whether it's even possible to ethically use child labour in the production of TV and film.

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(Short Cuts) Patrick Brown Settles For Less
Thu, 10 Mar 2022 08:05:00 GMT

Patrick Brown has had his name cleared - according to an anonymous source. And the media loves a good war story. Karen Geier co-hosts. 

Links:

  • CTV News piece re: Patrick Brown with update
  • National Post piece re: Patrick Brown
  • National Post piece re: GiveSendGo and Freedom Convoy fundraising
  • Haaretz piece re: Stephen Bandera
  • CBC piece re: Chrystia Freeland holding black-and-red scarf
  • Le Devoir piece re: Serhii Filimonov

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Russia's Weapons Of Mass Deception
Mon, 07 Mar 2022 08:05:00 GMT

Canadaland doesn't have a foreign bureau, so we can't bring you the latest on the ground conflict in Ukraine. What we can do is show you another side of the conflict that has deeply influenced this ground invasion: the information war.  This week, we take a deep-dive into the inner workings of Russia's information chaos machine and how its use in Ukraine laid the groundwork for what was to come in other countries, including - you guessed it: Canada. We also get a first-hand look at how the information war has led to the rise of cyber sleuths, like our friend James. (Not his real name.) 

Featured in this episode: Alya Shandra, editor-in-chief of Euromaidan Press, Douglas Selvage, a senior research fellow at the Institute for History, Humboldt University (Berlin); Aaron Erlich, assistant professor at McGill University.

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(Short Cuts) In Our Feelings About Ukraine
Thu, 03 Mar 2022 08:05:00 GMT

Why do stories coming out of Ukraine feel different from other wartime coverage? And we look at the uneven media treatment of those who are impacted by war. Our French-language correspondent Emilie Nicolas and senior producer Sarah Lawrynuik co-host in Jesse's absence.

Links: 

  • Sarah's recent piece in the Winnipeg Free Press
  • Emilie's recent piece in Le Devoir
  • Davide Mastracci writes in Passage about a glaring omission by the media

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Ottawa Cops: Rapes, Lies, And A Lawsuit Against The Press
Mon, 28 Feb 2022 08:05:00 GMT

Long before Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly stepped down amidst criticism that the force had failed to stop the convoy occupation, there was trouble brewing within the Ottawa Police Service.

Officer misconduct, sexual harassment, abuse, and violent behaviour, has been a pattern within the OPS for years. 

Dan Donovan, publisher of Ottawa Life magazine, knows these cases well, and he's currently being sued by Sloly himself, for publishing an article titled 'Rapes and lies—the cancerous misconduct at the Ottawa Police Service'.

Donovan sat down with reporter Cherise Seucharan to discuss the case, as well as recently a leaked video of Sloly being questioned about his conduct when he was a staff inspector with the Toronto Police Service.

Featured in this episode: Dan Donovan, Publisher & Managing Editor of Ottawa Life magazine

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(Short Cuts) A Kinder Gentler Machine Gun Hand
Thu, 24 Feb 2022 08:05:00 GMT

Overcorrecting an overstatement creates confusion; how nice were the police in Ottawa really? And the emergency is over! Though the media seemed to suggest there wasn't really one anyways. Managing Editor at Ottawa Lookout Robert Hiltz co-hosts.

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  • Robert duly noted this piece in Passage 

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"How I Ended Up Supporting The Convoy"
Mon, 21 Feb 2022 08:05:00 GMT

There's a lot of chaos and division in Canada right now. Beyond the people who got arrested in Ottawa over the past few days, there are thousands more Canadians who have financially supported the Freedom Convoy or been rooting for them from afar.

In this episode, the CANADALAND team reaches out to regular everyday people who support the Convoy to ask about who they are, how they ended up supporting the Convoy and what they think about the racist and dangerous aspects of the movement. 

This is not a scientific survey, we did not do a poll. These three people are not necessarily representative of everybody else who supports this movement, but we've got to start somewhere.

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(Short Cuts) Freedom Is Un-Canadian
Thu, 17 Feb 2022 08:05:00 GMT

The kinder, gentler Emergencies Act should not be underestimated. And framing the convoy as foreign-funded and US-inspired does more harm than good. Writer Nora Loreto co-hosts.

UPDATE: An earlier version of this episode included a partial comment without proper context. The comment has been removed.


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  • Nora's piece in Passage that she took heat for
  • Jimmy Thomson's tweets

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Will You Be My Ex? Canada's Broken Divorce System
Mon, 14 Feb 2022 08:05:00 GMT

This week's episode is bursting your love bubble by digging into the dark side of love. You'll hear four personal stories that show, with increasing intensity, just how broken Canada's divorce system is. People who were held hostage for years by a slow-moving process that sent them hurdling into debt. 

And beyond that, we rarely talk about divorce as a life or death situation, but it certainly can be. 

Senior producer Sarah Lawrynuik brings you this one.

For people who are living with family violence, don't struggle alone. Here is a list of resources available to you in your area. Or the Assaulted Women's Helpline is 1-866-863-0511.

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(Short Cuts) Wrong 2: Wrong Harder
Thu, 10 Feb 2022 08:05:00 GMT

Angry, bias-confirming echo chambers seem evident this week when it comes to the Freedom Convoy. And "a Toronto star at the Toronto Star" dies this week and Jesse dares to speak ill—or at least some truth—of the dead. Maclean's senior writer Paul Wells co-hosts. 
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  • News editor Jonathan Goldsbie's tweet re: Faith Goldy's face during the land acknowledgement

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Inside Thunder Bay's Police
Mon, 07 Feb 2022 08:05:00 GMT

CANADALAND has spent a lot of time in Thunder Bay exploring the deep-rooted racism in the city and the stories of Indigenous people who live there, not to mention the stories of the Indigenous people who have died there. 

In 2018, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director released the Broken Trust report, concluding that Thunder Bay's police service was a home for systemic racism. The civilian oversight board and the police force executive leadership was cleared and new people were brought in. But the outcome of the staffing changes and all the reports - at least to this point - is not a success story. The cycle of denial has continued.

This story is reported by Thunder Bay-based journalist and producer on the Thunder Bay series, Jon Thompson.

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(Short Cuts) Honk If You're Horny (For Freedom)
Thu, 03 Feb 2022 08:05:00 GMT

The media may have missed the Freedom Convoy plot yet again. And as several Canadian artists pull their music from the platform, Spotify wades into publisher territory as they work towards content advisories for select podcasts. National Observer columnist Sandy Garossino co-hosts.

UPDATE: This episode says there's been a vacuum of information on Canadian truckers stuck at the Alberta-Montana border at Coutts, AB. Since recording this episode, journalists have reported that one lane has opened in each direction.

UPDATE 2 (Feb 9, 2022): In this episode, Jesse referenced a clip where a protester asked another attendee whether they were a white supremacist to which they responded yes. Jesse says that this was the moment the first protester was made aware that they were among extremists and he hoped they would up and leave. Since publishing, it has been brought to our attention that the person who said they were a white supremacist was likely a person of colour and they may have been joking. 

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Dead Willies
Mon, 31 Jan 2022 08:05:00 GMT

It's a story about deception, coverups, and some say, about murder. This is a story about Groundhog Day. The true story of Wiarton Willie.

CANADALAND Editor Jonathan Goldsbie digs into the shell game of dead groundhogs that spans decades. 

Featured in this episode: Liam Casey, a reporter/editor in the Ontario bureau for the Canadian Press; Frank Gunn, a national photographer for the Canadian Press

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(Short Cuts) Truck Nutz
Thu, 27 Jan 2022 08:05:00 GMT

How many anti-vax trucker convoys were there?! And people are making the case to break up the CBC again.
Canadaland contributing editor Danielle Paradis cohosts. 
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The Plan To Turn My Hometown Into A Nuclear Waste Dump
Mon, 24 Jan 2022 08:05:00 GMT

Canada has a nuclear problem... a nuclear waste problem. Since the dawn of nuclear power technology, solutions to waste have all been remarkably temporary given the longevity of the danger the material presents. 

For decades, the hunt for a solution has spanned across provinces — even across countries. But the hope is that by 2023 Canada will have found a home - and permanent solution - for all of the country's nuclear waste.

This endeavor is pitting neighbour against neighbour — community against community. And the stakes are high for the future of the nuclear industry.

CANADALAND senior producer Sarah Lawrynuik ventures to Northwestern Ontario to bring you this story.

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(Short Cuts) Fordman And The Tiny Shovel
Thu, 20 Jan 2022 08:05:00 GMT

The hunger for stories about Toronto's snow backfires. And when a story is about a hostage situation at a synagogue, why is there reluctance to call it antisemitism?

Canadaland contributing editor Danielle Paradis co-hosts.

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Is New Brunswick Covering Up A Deadly Brain Disease?
Mon, 17 Jan 2022 08:05:00 GMT

There's a mystery disease that's plaguing people in New Brunswick. It starts with some muscle pain or spasms, before basic tasks like reading become impossible. For many, the disease progresses to full-blown dementia. For patients and families, government response has proven to be lackluster and desperation and frustration is taking hold as the search for answers drags on.

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(Short Cuts) Rebel Nurses
Thu, 13 Jan 2022 08:05:00 GMT

Healthcare workers against pandemic restrictions tell on themselves by suing for libel. And two Haitian journalists die reporting for a Montreal online radio station. 

Columnist Emilie Nicolas co-hosts. 

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Is The CBC So Woke It's Broke?
Mon, 10 Jan 2022 08:05:00 GMT

A CBC employee resigned from the public broadcaster because she says it's become too woke.


The article she wrote about her departure has caused quite the buzz since it dropped. The National Post put it on the front page of the paper. Fox News, America reporter Glenn Greenwald, the British Daily Mail, and Canada's Leader of the Opposition Erin O'Toole have all wanted a piece of this story.


But who the heck is the author, Tara Henley? And is any of this criticism warranted? Or is it a feeding frenzy for conservatives who are eager to jump on the "defund the CBC" bandwagon?


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(Short Cuts) Variant Positions
Thu, 06 Jan 2022 08:05:00 GMT

Publishing record COVID case counts might not be that helpful anymore. And a woman quits the CBC to start her own thing and Jesse isn't sure how to feel about it. 
Writer Nora Loreto co-hosts.


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Updates On Pretendians, Porn, And Being Priced Out Of Life
Mon, 03 Jan 2022 08:05:00 GMT

After we turn off our microphones, here at CANADALAND, it would be great to think we brought you the definitive version of the story. But what actually happens is that life keeps on rolling and stories continue to add new chapters.

Three stories CANADALAND originally aired in 2021 demanded that we add another chapter to the story we told.

First, the case of pretendians and how Indigenous identity has been co-opted by people who are not, in fact, Indigenous.

Second, the story of MindGeek, Canada's largest tech company, that is known the world over for its porn platforms, like Porn Hub. When last we left the company, they were under a fair amount of scrutiny...

And lastly, in October, we brought you the story of Madeline who was considering medically-assisted death once she ran out of money for the expensive treatments she needed to manage her life-long disease. What ever happened to her?

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(Short Cuts Presents) Life And Death In Asbestos, QC
Thu, 30 Dec 2021 08:05:00 GMT

Short Cuts is off this week, so we are sharing an absolutely shocking story from Commons' current season on mining in Canada. 

For a century, Canada was one of the world's leading exporters of asbestos, most of it mined from the small town of Asbestos, Quebec. But during that time, governments and corporations in Canada did everything they could to hide the fact that asbestos is deadly.

They went to extraordinary lengths — secret organ smuggling, corporate-supervised police torture — to keep the ugly truth from the world.

Today, there's no longer a town called Asbestos, QC. But more people than ever are dying from what was mined out of the ground there. 

Featured in this episode: Heidi von Palleske, Jessica van Horssen, Tavia Grant (The Globe and Mail)


To learn more:

A Town Called Asbestos: Environmental Contamination, Health, and Resilience in a Resource Community by Jessica van Horssen

“No Safe Use: The Canadian Asbestos Epidemic” by Tavia Grant in The Globe and Mail

“Asbestos: Canada's Dirty Secret” by CBC's Fifth Estate

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Christmas In The Newsroom
Mon, 27 Dec 2021 08:05:00 GMT

People might take holidays, but the news doesn't. The best, worst, and funniest stories from reporters working Christmas in the newsroom.

This might be an earth-shattering concept... but the CANADALAND team is taking a week off for the holidays. The office is closed. No one is here. However, in newsrooms across the country, that is not the case. For your holidays listening needs, here are stories from reporters who have worked Christmas in their newsrooms. It's the good, the bad and the funny. 

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(Short Cuts) Bad News For People Who Hate Good News
Thu, 23 Dec 2021 08:05:00 GMT

Justin Trudeau tells-all in his revealing year-end interview, oh wait, he just stuck to the same old talking points. And yes, we're still going on about Omicron. Data journalist David Weisz co-hosts. 

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The Duty To Sh*t Disturb
Mon, 20 Dec 2021 08:05:00 GMT

He's the academic expert people love to hate. But he considers stirring the pot his moral duty. This week, CANADALAND brings you a profile of Amir Attaran.

Amir Attaran might not be a name you know off the top of your head, but if you listen or read Canadian media, you've definitely come across him before.

He is a professor at both the University of Ottawa law school and also its School of Epidemiology and Public Health. He's got a PhD in immunology from Oxford, along with a law degree from UBC.

Attaran has been a real sh*t disturber throughout the pandemic, criticizing all levels of government for their public health responses, but he liked stirring the pot long before COVID-19 reared its head. He makes the case that it is his duty.

The Prime Minister scolded him. Twitter deplatformed him. Journalists have largely stopped calling him… Well, that is, except for us. 

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(Short Cuts) Erring on the Side of Panic
Thu, 16 Dec 2021 08:05:00 GMT

The media is scaring the bejesus out of us about the Omicron variant, but being on perpetual high alert can backfire. And the case against feeding the hungry. Writer, activist and podcaster Nora Loreto co-hosts. 

Links:

  • Toronto Star piece re: Omicron
  • Blacklocks Reporter piece re: Minister Anita Anand's husband
  • National Post: Capitalist Manifesto
  • Toronto Star piece re: Food Banks
  • Nora Loreto's book, Spin Doctors: How Media and Politicians Misdiagnosed the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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The Tyranny Of Convenience
Mon, 13 Dec 2021 08:05:00 GMT

March 16, the day the restaurants died. Or did they? Food industry writer, Corey Mintz, dissects what COVID-19 and the rise of third-party delivery apps have meant for the industry and our culture surrounding food.

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(Short Cuts) Diversity In Indigenous Opinions
Thu, 09 Dec 2021 08:05:00 GMT

The Indigenous delegation headed to the Vatican was canceled and the media seems most focused on a papal apology. And is coverage of the Ring of Fire simply echoing the Conservative party lines? Ryan McMahon sits in for Jesse this week with co-host Pam Palmater.

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Jailed for Journalism: Amber & Michael Speak Out
Mon, 06 Dec 2021 08:05:00 GMT

Amber Bracken and Michael Toledano are freelance journalists who were arrested by RCMP officers on the morning of Nov. 19, 2021 while they were covering the demonstrations of Wet'suwet'en people and hereditary chiefs against the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline. 


The standoff on unceded territory was the top news story of 2020, until the pandemic hit. But since then, coverage has waned and in-depth looks have largely been left to freelancers and smaller independent news outlets that have fewer resources to fight charges in court.


If the state police lock up members of the press for doing their jobs, can we really call Canada's media a free press?


Amber Bracken and Michael Toledano join Jesse to dig into it.


Further reading: 

RCMP arrest journalists, matriarchs and land defenders following Gidimt'en eviction of Coastal GasLink, The Narwhal

Video footage shows RCMP Wet'suwet'en raid, Michael Toledano for CBC News

RCMP tracked photojournalist Amber Bracken in active investigations database, The Narwhal

Amber Bracken honoured by Canadian Association of Journalists for Wet'suwet'en coverage, (June 2020) The Narwhal

Canada's Supreme Court recognizes Wet'suwet'en law. So how is Coastal GasLink moving ahead?, National Observer

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(Short Cuts) News You Can't Use
Thu, 02 Dec 2021 08:05:00 GMT

The latest COVID variant offers mixed messaging about the severity of the virus. And an obituary to memorialize an alleged murderer does not sit right with Jesse and at least one of our listeners. Veteran journalist and freelance obituary writer Fred Langan co-hosts. 
Links:

  • Daniel Schlafman's death notice can be found here
  • Radio-Canada's piece re: their deaths (French)
  • Global News' report re: their deaths

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The Rise of 6ixBuzz and the Death of Debby Parkway
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 08:05:00 GMT

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Did an Instagram account kill a vulnerable teenager? 6ixBuzz has unparalleled clout in Toronto with young audiences and it used that influence to make "Debby Gang" or "Debby Parkway" (real name Alexis Matos) a certain brand of local celebrity — the kind that is repeatedly filmed when spotted on the street, and is then is the subject of mockery and scorn.

When Alexis Matos died of an apparent fentanyl overdose, hundreds immediately blamed 6ixBuzz and called for its cancellation. But is what 6ixBuzz does any different than how traditional media exposes and exploits people?

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(Short Cuts) Stop Arresting Journalists
Thu, 25 Nov 2021 08:05:00 GMT

The struggle against Coastal Gaslink was bigger news this week because journalists got arrested. And even CBC can't seem to avoid the wrath of covering WE Charity. Canadaland contributing editor Danielle Paradis co-hosts. 

Links:

  • A rare Editor's Note from the CBC on covering WE Charity
  • Since the time of recording, the CBC posted on Facebook saying Michael Toledano had been commissioned by CBC's The Passionate Eye to film a documentary at the time of his arrest.

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Deep Rot in the RCMP
Mon, 22 Nov 2021 08:05:00 GMT

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Failure to protect hundreds of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Violent arrests at Wet'suwet'en and Fairy Creek. And now, Portapique. In recent years, controversy has hounded Canada's storied national police force. Reporter Jane Gerster has made it her mission to understand why these problems are happening, and she says that the Mounties  -  which originated as a paramilitary force to defend Canada's interests in the West -  must grapple with the nature of the institution if they can ever hope to be reformed. 

Further reading:

Jane Gerster's latest piece in the Walrus, “The Dark Side of the RCMP,”

Jane Gerster's story in Vice about Kystle Knott

CBC's Mounties on Duty: A History of the RCMP

The RCMP is Broken by Stephen Maher

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(Short Cuts) Rain, Rain, Marie Henein
Thu, 18 Nov 2021 08:05:00 GMT

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As British Columbia assesses the damage from the downpour, what is the media's role when disaster strikes? And Jian Ghomeshi's lawyer is back in the news over a controversy but is Jesse too close to the story to critique it? National Observer columnist Sandy Garossino co-hosts. 

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The Most Monotonous Emergency, Ever
Mon, 15 Nov 2021 08:05:00 GMT

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On the heels of COP26, Jesse heads back to school as he and his new senior producer, Sarah Lawrynuik, duke it out over whether climate change is either a) boring or b) the most exciting story ever told. Sarah takes Jesse through the psychological factors at play, the history, the politics and the morality of the climate crisis, while making her case for the latter. Will Canadaland move forward with stories about climate change? Listen to find out.

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(Short Cuts) Can Desmond Cole Be Cancelled?
Thu, 11 Nov 2021 08:05:00 GMT

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A veteran Black columnist at The Star calls out Desmond Cole's activism out of nowhere. And CBC officially closes the comment section on Facebook. Writer Ish Aderonmu co-hosts.
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  • Ish's award-winning piece in Toronto Life
  • The Toronto Star column from Royson James discussed in segment 1 (paywalled) 
  • Kate Dubinski's piece on the call for more investment into legal aid
  • David Pugliese's piece in The Ottawa Citizen on Canadian officials who met with neo-Nazis in Ukraine
  • CBC's announcement on closing Facebook comments

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Millennial Mobsters
Mon, 08 Nov 2021 08:05:00 GMT

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A new breed of hyper-connected, steroid-abusing, gender-bending, "entitled" thugs are changing the landscape of organized crime in Canada, according to veteran crime reporters Peter Edwards and Luis Najera. Also, the Mexican Cartels are here with them. 

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The Wolfpack, by Peter Edwards and Luis Najera

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(Short Cuts) The Right To Be Awful
Thu, 04 Nov 2021 07:05:00 GMT

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The 'saying-stuff business' gets some clarity from different courts regarding what one can and cannot express online; the results may surprise you. And former prime minister Jean Chrétien gets the media to let him off the hook for his involvement with residential schools for a brief moment. 


Columnist and Canadaland's French-language correspondent Emilie Nicolas co-hosts. 

Links:

  • Full Tout le monde en parle Jean Chrétien segment here (14~ min mark for the discussion re: residential schools);
  • Full Tout le monde en parle author Michel Jean segment here (where Jean challenges some of Chrétien's comments at 3:30~);

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The Rogers Family Compact
Mon, 01 Nov 2021 07:05:00 GMT

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Who are the Rogers family? How did they get so powerful? Why have they turned against one another? And what does it matter? 


We've spent a week immersed in Rogers history to bring you this unofficial narrative of Canada's telecom overlords. 


Further reading:
Kelly Pullen's 2014 story in Toronto Life on the "ruthless" power struggle at Rogers: https://torontolife.com/from-the-archives/edward-rogers-the-man-who-would-be-king/

Ted Rogers' last interview, with Alan Gregg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9B-hlNXKYZ0

Ted Rogers' Anniversary novelty song: https://vimeo.com/95189390

The Globe and Mail's best (and perhaps only) headline about a significant butt-dial: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-rogers-ceo-joe-natale-learned-of-edward-rogerss-plan-to-oust-him/

Ted Rogers' Autobiography, "Relentless" - https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00E7S2P9A

High Wire Act: Ted Rogers and the Empire that Debt Built, by Caroline Van Hasselt : https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B003E8AJRE

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(Short Cuts) Transploitation
Thu, 28 Oct 2021 07:05:00 GMT

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Anti-trans narratives found its way into three different media organizations this past week. And everybody appears to hate Rogers - even the Rogers. Staff Writer at Xtra Magazine Mel Woods co-hosts.

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The High Cost Of Living
Mon, 25 Oct 2021 07:05:00 GMT

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Right now there are people who are choosing medically assisted death, because they don't have enough money to get the care they need to live with dignity.

Changes to Canada's medical assistance in dying (MAiD), combined with lack of supports and poverty-level benefits for disabled and chronically ill people have resulted in people seeking assisted death because they can't afford to live.

Madeline, a BC woman who describes herself as being on a “death clock”, is one of many Canadians facing that choice. And legislators are now pushing for a further expansion of MAiD - while disability supports remain unchanged.

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(Short Cuts) Vax Test Dummies
Thu, 21 Oct 2021 07:05:00 GMT

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Asking how much fuel in drinking water is safe is just not the right question. And mannequins in the ICU beds of a CBC story sparks a fact check from Reuters. Ryan McMahon cohosts.

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Enormous Fires Everywhere
Mon, 18 Oct 2021 07:05:00 GMT

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Raging wildfires are now a normal part of summertime in Canada. Climate change comes at you fast, but the impact of these fires is far from equal across different regions. Those most likely to have to flee their homes are Indigenous people, and this disproportionate risk is only growing. The number of evacuees from First Nation reserves doubled over the last decade. Producer Sarah Lawrynuik travels to a remote Manitoba community to look at what fire has done to one community, and examines the implications for tens of thousands of other people in the years to come. 

Further Reading:

Social science research on Indigenous wildfire management in the 21st century and future research needs (Amy Cardinal Christianson) - https://www.publish.csiro.au/WF/pdf/WF13048

Indigenous fire teams in Sask. aim for bigger role after B.C. blazes - https://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/indigenous-fire-teams-in-sask-aim-for-bigger-role-after-b-c-blazes

U of S prof studies impact of fire evacuations on First Nations (2015) - https://www.ckom.com/2015/07/17/u-of-s-prof-studies-impact-of-fire-evacuations-on-first-nations/

From the Ashes: Reimagining Fire Safety and Emergency Management in Indigenous Communities: https://www.ourcommons.ca/Content/Committee/421/INAN/Reports/RP9990811/inanrp15/inanrp15-e.pdf 

The art of fire: reviving the Indigenous craft of cultural burning: https://thenarwhal.ca/indigenous-cultural-burning/

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(Short Cuts) Fine Dining Struggles
Thu, 14 Oct 2021 07:05:00 GMT

The woes of fancy restaurants across Canada have been percolating - Who are we supposed to relate to? And the saga of the New York Times hit podcast comes to a close. Writer and restaurant-owner Jen Agg co-hosts. 
Links:

  • Globe and Mail's piece on Canadian fine dining struggling
  • Financial Post's piece about Mark McEwan 
  • Chris Nuttall-Smith's Toronto Life piece on the fall of the Buca Empire
  • New York Times' Ian Austen on Shehroze Chaudhry's dropped charges

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Mommy, Where Does COVID Come From, Part Two
Mon, 11 Oct 2021 07:05:00 GMT

Virologist Angela Rasmussen listened to a recent Canadaland about the origins of COVID-19 and says we had it all wrong. Today she walks Jesse through the science and explains why the lab-leak theory remains highly improbable, what she feels previous guest Elaine Dewar got wrong, and how journalists should cover science during a pandemic and otherwise. 


Further Reading: The origins of SARS-CoV-2: A critical review, by Dr. Angela Rasmussen, et al. 

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(Short Cuts) Truth and Recreation Day
Thu, 07 Oct 2021 07:05:00 GMT

Jesse was not on board with #CdnMediaFailed when it came to the story on Trudeau in Tofino. And attacks on journalists might be more of a Canadian problem than we care to admit. CBC Managing Editor of Investigative Karyn Pugliese cohosts.
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Is the PPC racist?
Mon, 04 Oct 2021 07:05:00 GMT

It's a question that has dogged the PPC since its inception. A question that leader Maxime Bernier blasted journalists for even coming close to asking.

One People's Party supporter spoke to our Backbench host Fatima Syed on why he believed the party was not racist, just like he wasn't. He is one of over 800,000 Canadians who just voted for the PPC in the last election. Surely, they can't all be racist either?

In our attempt to answer that question, we found a startling string of connections between the PPC and white supremacist groups - and evidence that suggests the party is being used by these groups to accomplish their own goals.


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(Short Cuts) Michaelmania
Thu, 30 Sep 2021 07:05:00 GMT

The release of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig shows what China really thinks about Canada. And Maxime Bernier asks his followers to "play dirty" with reporters. Jan Wong co-hosts.

Watch the Waipa District Council finance and corporate committee Zoom meeting here

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Mommy, Where Does COVID Come From?
Mon, 27 Sep 2021 07:05:00 GMT

The lab-leak theory has more evidence supporting it than ever before. Journalist Elaine Dewar has written a new book documenting little-known scientific evidence and acts of deception and obfuscation from Chinese, American, and Canadian officials. So what exactly were they all trying to hide?


Further reading:


On the Origin of the Deadliest Pandemic in 100 Years

Globe and Mail: Chinese Major-General worked with fired scientist at Canada's top infectious disease lab

Vanity Fair: The Lab-Leak Theory: Inside the Fight to Uncover COVID-19's Origins

The Intercept: Leaked Grant Proposal Details High-Risk Coronavirus Research

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(Short Cuts) Norm Macdonald Called Me a Motherf*cker
Thu, 23 Sep 2021 07:05:00 GMT

We look back on the coverage of an absolutely underwhelming, demoralizing election. And we contend with a troubling aspect of Norm Macdonald's legacy.


CANADALAND contributing editor Danielle Paradis co-hosts.


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Violence At Fairy Creek
Mon, 20 Sep 2021 07:05:00 GMT

There's a video from the Fairy Creek anti-logging demonstrations on Vancouver Island that shows police unleashing pepper spray at close range onto a crowd of activists. At one point, an RCMP officer rips the masks off of two women, shown clearly on the tape. Other witnesses from the scene allege even worse - that officers were kicking and dragging activists, and aiming pepper spray into their mouth, eyes and private areas. 

As reporter Cherise Seucharan finds out, the avenues available to the public to hold RCMP accountable don't seem to be working when it comes to these reports of escalating police violence at Fairy Creek. The courts, the police complaints system, and even the media have not been able to stop RCMP from acting in ways that have been condemned by experts, civil rights lawyers and by the RCMP's own watchdog. 

Is it possible to police the police at Fairy Creek? 

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(Short Cuts) We Get What We Deserve
Thu, 16 Sep 2021 07:05:00 GMT

Trudeau is getting upset and it seems to be working for him. And the English leaders' debate was widely derided. Was it deserved?

Vice senior editor Manisha Krishnan co-hosts.

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Gagged By Law
Mon, 13 Sep 2021 07:05:00 GMT

Non-disclosure agreements are incredibly common. But they protect abusers, and block journalism. They are also, as it turns out, often unenforceable. Zelda Perkins, who blew the whistle on Harvey Weinstein, has joined forces with law professor Julie Macfarlane to launch a global campaign against NDAs, called Can't Buy My Silence. 


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(Short Cuts) Semen Retention Soldiers
Thu, 09 Sep 2021 07:05:00 GMT

After protestors threw gravel at the Prime Minister during a campaign stop, we ask: has this gotten too much coverage, or not enough? And we scrutinize a budding conspiracy about Michael Spavor, the Canadian entrepreneur detained in China. 


Writer and National Observer columnist Sandy Garossino co-hosts.


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Canadian Politics Don't Have To Suck
Mon, 06 Sep 2021 07:05:00 GMT

With the election coming in two weeks, Jesse sits down for an interview with Tiffany Lam, producer of The Backbench, to discuss what kind of politics show her and Fatima are making and how a politics show can be fun, accessible and nutritious. 

The interview is followed by the most recent episode of The Backbench. Subscribe to The Backbench to be informed about the important issues of this election.

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The Liberals promised to inject 6-billion more dollars into our healthcare system last week, but will more money mean more healthcare? Meanwhile, regional federal parties have dropped their platforms with distinct climate plans, posing a possible threat to major parties.

This week's contributors: Leena MinifieEmilie NicolasStuart Thomson

Links:

  • Jen Gerson's Maclean's piece on the Maverick Party
  • Fatima & Emma MacIntosh's National Observer 2019 piece on whether politicians should be blocking voters
  • Mark McKinnon's Globe and Mail piece on Ukraine rescuing Canada-bound Afghans

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(Short Cuts) Angry Idiots, Explained
Thu, 02 Sep 2021 07:05:00 GMT

Many journalists are condemning the unruly protestors following Trudeau on the campaign trail. But is that our role? And co-host Jen Agg talks about how she became the centre of a major story after dealing with her own unruly protestors at her restaurants.


Jen Agg is a restaurateur and author of I Hear She's a Real Bitch.


Here's her Twitter thread that got the attention of the media.


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Canada's International Cash Cows
Mon, 30 Aug 2021 07:05:00 GMT

Last year there were 540,000 international students in Canada according to Immigrations Refugees and Citizenship Canada, IRCC. Many of these students came to Canada with one goal - permanent residency. Our producer, Damilola Onime, herself a former international student, shares the story of how the international education industry is run in Canada. The story of how these students, because of their ambition for greener pastures are exploited by the government, the schools the attend, recruitments agents and every other party involved in their temporary resident to permanent resident journey. 

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(Short Cuts) Chopped And O'Tooled
Thu, 26 Aug 2021 07:05:00 GMT

Twitter became the centre of the election this week when they put a "manipulated media” tag on one of Chrystia Freeland's tweets, which contained an edited video of Conservative leader Erin O'Toole. And is science journalism at a crisis point in Canada? An analysis finds Canada's biggest newspapers gave about half as much coverage to the IPCC's major recent climate report as US ones did.

Fatima Syed hosts with Sean Holman as co-host


Further Reading:


The Tyee: When Dire Climate News Came, Canada's Front Pages Crumpled
Politico on the political connections at Twitter
Chrystia Freeland's edited video of Erin O'Toole and the full video


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The White Saviors Ep. 1 - The Children’s Crusade
Mon, 23 Aug 2021 07:05:00 GMT

Craig Kielburger was the Greta Thunberg of the 90s – a 12 year-old kid from the suburbs who dreamed of freeing the world's children from slavery. His activism made him famous, and he was endorsed by Oprah, the Pope, the Queen, and the Clintons. His campaign became a global movement and a powerful brand. 

But right from the start, there were uncomfortable questions about money and exploitation. Decades later, it all came crashing down. But the seeds of WE's self-destruction were planted right from the start…

Official responses from WE:

According to the WE Organization: neither the WE Organization nor Marc or Craig Kielburger have ever been investigated by a law enforcement agency, currently or in the past.

The WE Organization maintains that all financial transactions between its various entities, both charitable and for-profit, have followed all applicable laws.

In his libel claim against Saturday Night Magazine: Craig Kielburger said that the article was false and led people to wrongly believe he was keeping the money for himself. According to a reported statement by a Free the Children accountant, donations made prior to the organization becoming a registered charity were deposited in a separate bank account, and the group was being run as a charity pending Revenue Canada's approval of its application.

2018 investigation:

https://www.canadaland.com/all-of-wes-answers-to-canadaland-and-letters-from-their-lawyers/

2019 investigation:

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/21044335-we-responses-to-canadaland-2019?responsive=1&title=1

Further reading:

Canadaland's reporting on WE Charity: https://www.canadaland.com/?s=we+charity

The WE Charity story, according to WE: 

https://www.we.org/en-CA/about-we/we-charity/our-story

WE.org Transparency page:

https://www.we.org/en-CA/transparency-reporting/we-charity

WE.org Financials page:

https://www.we.org/en-CA/about-we/we-charity/governance/

ME to WE Transparency page:

https://www.we.org/en-CA/transparency-reporting/me-to-we

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(Short Cuts) Abandoning Afghanistan
Thu, 19 Aug 2021 07:05:00 GMT

Recent stories about Canada's role in the War in Afghanistan fall short. And if Justin Trudeau is Veruca Salt, who then is Erin O'Toole? Photojournalist and author Paul Watson co-hosts.

Links:

  • Paul's LA Times story from embedding with Ghazni Talibs
  • Paul's LA Times story on Afghanistan's pipeline plans

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Shad’s Hip-Hop Evolution
Mon, 16 Aug 2021 07:05:00 GMT

Shad's Hip-Hop Evolution is an incredible piece of journalism that nobody is talking about.


Hip-Hop Evolution is a remarkable piece of journalism and an exhaustive look at the history of hip-hop. It's also made by a group of Canadians. Rapper and broadcaster Shad, director Darby Wheeler, and writer Rodrigo Bascuñán join to talk about their award-winning documentary series. 

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(This episode was originally published October 6, 2019)

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(Short Cuts) Election Fever, Please Intubate
Thu, 12 Aug 2021 07:05:00 GMT

Co-host Pauls Wells may be the only person aside from Trudeau who wants an election right now. We look ahead to the campaign and debates to come. WE is back in the news. And The Rebel has another defamation case dismissed.

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Introducing The White Saviors
Wed, 11 Aug 2021 07:05:00 GMT

Subscribe to The White Saviors now! Series launch: August 23


Over 25 years, WE built a golden brand by inspiring children to rally around their charismatic leader. But behind the scenes, employees experienced a cult-like culture and a troubling blur of charitable and commercial activities. In the aftermath of a national scandal, thousands of donors and volunteers (and dozens of ‘celebrity ambassadors') are left wondering where the money went, and whether the savior industry creates a constant need for victims.

From CANADALAND, the news company that exposed it all, this is the exclusive story of a charity that did well when it was supposed to be doing good.Subscribe to The White Saviors. Episode one drops on August 20th

This trailer contains source materials used under the Fair Dealing provisions of the Copyright Act. 

Sources: 

It Takes a Child

Craig Kielburger's Story - A Journey into Child Labour

Directed by Judy Jackson

Produced by Judy Films

Youtube

The Story of Craig Kielburger

produced, and narrated by Sherine Mansour

CPAC

Youtube

In Search Of Character

LiveWire Media

Elkind+Sweet Communications, Inc

https://www.livewiremedia.com/product/in-search-of-character/

The Price WE Paid

The Fifth Estate/CBC

Interview with Craig Kielburger

CSPAN

Craig Kielburger NSB Speakers promotional video

Youtube

Marc Kielburger NSB Speakers promotional video

Youtube

WE Movement Youtube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm6agaIkn5aBJlLLds7P1HQ

MeToWe Youtube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm6agaIkn5aBJlLLds7P1HQ

CTV News - Kielburger brothers interview with Lisa Laflamme

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_p5PRLy2os

MTV Cribs: Craig Kielburger Episode

Haddon Strategy

https://vimeo.com/49975157

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