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DYNASTIES 5 - The Sahotas
Nov 27 • 55 min
The Sahotas are Vancouver’s most notorious slumlords. For decades they’ve let their buildings rot, leaving their tenants to live in filth and desolation. But the Sahotas are not like any other dynasty you’ve ever heard of. Their story is far…
DYNASTIES 4 - The Rizzutos
Nov 12 • 43 min
The Rizzutos are Canada’s first family of crime. For decades, they dominated Montreal’s underworld with an iron fist. With the help of corrupt politicians and police officers, the Rizzutos built one of the most fearsome and lucrative criminal…
COMMONS Needs Your Help
Oct 29 • 14 min
Canada is a big, interesting, and complicated place and COMMONS is committed to bringing you thoughtfully crafted and illuminating stories that will challenge everything you think you know about this country. We make a complex scripted podcast…
DYNASTIES 3 - The Fords
Oct 15 • 43 min
They call themselves the Canadian Kennedys. And they’re one of the most famous political dynasties to ever exist in this country. But the rise of the Ford family has been marred by violence and self-destruction at almost every turn. The story of the…
DYNASTIES 2 - The Irvings
Oct 1 • 38 min
For almost a century, the Irving family has run New Brunswick like a personal fiefdom. They own the newspapers, the industry, and, according to some, even the government. So how does a single family come to so thoroughly dominate an entire province?…
DYNASTIES 1 - The Stronachs
Sep 17 • 30 min
Canada is a country ruled by dynasties — political, commercial and criminal. In the first episode of our new series, we bring you the story of an eccentric, billionaire patriarch; his famous, charismatic daughter; a fire-breathing monument the size…
Our new season: DYNASTIES
Sep 11 • 1 min
Stories about the rich and powerful families who run Canada.
CRUDE 10 - The Apocalypse is Now
Aug 20 • 34 min
Canoe-borne bandits strike an underwater town. A new generation of wealthy lobstermen is minted. An island disappears. And hellfire engulfs a highway jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive. Just another normal day amidst Canada’s…
CRUDE 9 - Tar Teck: The Final Frontier
Aug 6 • 25 min
Teck Resources just got approval to build the largest tar sands operation ever. The Frontier mine would have serious and permanent consequences for the local environment, Indigenous peoples and the global climate. So why haven’t you ever heard about…
CRUDE 8 - Spies, Lies and Private Eyes
Jul 23 • 24 min
Ever get the feeling someone is watching you? If you’ve been to an environmental protest recently, you might be right. Private intelligence firms, the RCMP and even Canada’s spies have all been caught collecting information on everyday Canadians…
Introducing Wag The Doug
Jul 8 • 41 min
In the past few weeks, Ontario Premier Doug Ford was loudly booed at the Raptors’ victory parade, demoted a bunch of star members of his Cabinet amid sagging poll numbers and lost his Chief of Staff, who got caught up in a nepotism scandal. Are…
CRUDE 7 - The Billionaire Plot to Destroy Alberta’s Economy is Totally Real!
Jun 25 • 27 min
Has Canada been a casualty of a nefarious campaign by foreign-funded radicals to landlock our country’s energy resources? Is Big Oil the victim of a vast international conspiracy? Naaaah. But there is, as always, another conspiracy afoot. …
CRUDE 6 - The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea
Jun 11 • 30 min
An unspeakable tragedy occurs off the coast of Newfoundland. But this isn’t just a story about a nautical disaster. It’s about what happens when a poor province finds immense riches just within reach. And how the promise of oil wealth can twist…
CRUDE 5 - A Town, Annihilated
May 28 • 33 min
The Lac-Mégantic rail disaster was a calamity like we’ve never seen before. The families of the victims never got justice. But the conditions that made it possible have barely changed. And the next time could be far worse. Featured in this episode:…
CRUDE 4 - Orphan Wells: Citizen Con
May 14 • 30 min
What happens when the oil wells run dry? Environmental damage, government bailouts and a scheme that some are comparing to the subprime mortgage crisis. And all of this is just the beginning. Featured in this episode: Sharon J. Riley (The Narwhal),…
CRUDE 3 - Let the Bastards Freeze in the Dark
Apr 30 • 34 min
The Alberta oil sands. It’s a cold patch of land (which we once almost nuked into oblivion) that’s become Canada’s economic engine. Governments have fought over it for decades. And now it’s one of the most controversial places on the planet….
CRUDE 2 - Bombs, Blood & the Battle of Trickle Creek
Apr 16 • 44 min
A family poisoned in their homes. Bombs going off in the night. Shots fired and inside jobs. The story of Wiebo Ludwig is There Will Be Blood come to life. So was he a man of faith facing down the full might of Big Oil? Or a terrorist with blood on…
CRUDE 1 - Smell This Town
Apr 2 • 24 min
If you don’t understand oil, you can’t understand Canada. We take you to a place unlike anywhere else in the world, where the booms and busts all began. And find out why just a short distance away, children grow up afraid of the very air they…
Introducing Our New Season: CRUDE
Mar 28 • 1 min
Last season Commons covered corruption in Canada. This time around we’re talking about Canada’s relationship with the oil industry. The good, the bad, the ugly, and the weird.
CORRUPTION 10 - The Canadian Company Accused of Using Slaves Today
Feb 19 • 35 min
Canadian companies have committed all kinds of wrongdoing abroad. But this is on a different level. One Vancouver-based company has been accused by the United Nations and Human Rights Watch of using slaves to build a mine with one of the world’s…
CORRUPTION 9 - Victoria’s Secrets
Feb 5 • 28 min
Tens of thousands of dollars in suits, luggage, magazines and mustard. An epic booze heist from the legislature. An undercover legislator exposing corruption. And a wood-splitter that’s transfixed a province. Just another day in the wild world of…
CORRUPTION 8 - Hockey’s Hall of Shame
Jan 22 • 30 min
Canada is hockey crazy. But at the heart of the sport is a system of unpaid labour that scars some boys for life. And the teams and leagues are doing whatever it takes to make sure things stay exactly the way they are. Featured in this episode: Scott…
CORRUPTION 7 - The Only Canadian Imprisoned for Insider Trading
Jan 8 • 28 min
One of Canada’s most notorious white-collar criminals speaks about his crimes.
CORRUPTION 6 - Charlottetown’s Web
Dec 11, 2018 • 33 min
It might be small, but it when it comes to graft, Prince Edward Island plays in the big leagues: a secret off-the-books committee, conflicts of interest run amok, public records mysteriously destroyed, a provincial government doing an end-run on the…
CORRUPTION 5 - The King of Cabbagetown
Nov 27, 2018 • 27 min
For twenty years, he’s controlled public institutions from behind the scenes. He brags about his connections to organized crime. And he’s connected to some of the most powerful people in Canada. So who is the King of Cabbagetown? This follows up on…
CORRUPTION 4 - Papa Pump and the Small Town Shakedown
Nov 12, 2018 • 28 min
In the eleven years that Marolyn Morrison was the mayor of Caledon, Ontario, she faced down deep-pocketed developers, mafia enforcers and corrupt federal officials. When millions of dollars are at stake, things get heated. To learn more: “Battleground…
CORRUPTION 3 - The Trouble with Paradise: How Canadians Built the Offshore World
Oct 30, 2018 • 27 min
The Panama Papers revealed to the world just how deeply enmeshed tax havens are in the global economy. And for 100 years, Canadian banks, businessmen and politicians have worked to build that offshore system, alongside crooks, fraudsters and corrupt…
CORRUPTION 2 - How Vancouver Became A Money Laundering Paradise
Oct 16, 2018 • 25 min
For years, people could walk into Vancouver-area casinos with tens of thousands of dollars of suspicious cash and walk out with clean money, no questions asked. That money may be fuelling two of the biggest problems the city is facing: the housing…
CORRUPTION 1 - The Most Crime-Ridden Neighbourhood In Canada
Oct 2, 2018 • 25 min
This season, Commons will be focusing on stories at the intersection of money, influence and politics in Canada. In this episode, we take you to what may be Canada’s most criminal neighbourhood — Toronto’s financial district. Along for the…
Ep. 97 - What The Hell Is A Fairness Letter?
Jun 19, 2018 • 39 min
Mohamed Waleed Taleb is stuck in Turkey. He applied to come to Canada in 2015 and was flagged under section 34 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for his pro-democracy work against the Assad regime. He’s responded to the governement’s…
Ep. 96 - Canada Is Not Racist… According To The Stats
Jun 5, 2018 • 29 min
If you look at the stats, Canada has a low incidence of hate crimes, but the numbers that we rely on to tell us if we’re racist or not are wrong. In this episode, we speak to journalist and Executive Director, of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network …
Ep. 95 - What Do Peacekeepers Actually Do?
May 22, 2018 • 38 min
The Liberal government announced earlier this year that it would send around 200 troops to assist in a UN peacekeeping mission in Mali. But what does “peacekeeping” look like in today’s world and what do peacekeepers actually do? In this…
Ep.94 - Life In Canada Without Clean Water
May 7, 2018 • 30 min
Canada has 20 per cent of the world’s freshwater and yet some Indigenous communities have not had access to clean drinking water for decades. In this episode, we speak to Rachel Arsenault a master’s student at Laurentian University’s Indigenous…
Ep. 93 - The All-White Jury In Canada
Apr 24, 2018 • 28 min
The acquittal of Gerald Stanley in the shooting of Colten Boushie sparked outrage across Canada. The anger was further fuelled by the fact that the jury was all white, in a community that had a significant Indigenous population. After the Gerald…
Ep. 92 - Canadian History X
Apr 9, 2018 • 34 min
As a teen, Elisa Hategan joined Canada’s most notorious and well-organized white supremacist group, the Heritage Front. She later turned on the group and helped to take them down. What can we learn from the past about how white supremacists…
Ep. 91 - Stories From Solitude
Mar 27, 2018 • 38 min
The final episode of our two-parter on solitary confinement in Canada. In this episode, we hear two personal stories about the impacts that solitary confinement can have. Featuring Yusuf Faqiri and Dan Parlow.
Ep. 90 - Unconstitutional Solitude
Mar 12, 2018 • 43 min
A two part series in which we explore the conditions and consequences of solitary confinement use in Canada. Featuring Chris Jackel, a correctional officer who works in a maximum security Ontario prison, and lawyer/professor Lisa Kerr.
Ep. 89 - Finding A Fix: Our Opioid Overdose Crisis
Feb 27, 2018 • 42 min
There’s a well known narrative about the opioid epidemic: pharmaceutical companies and doctors over-prescribed addictive drugs on patients. But there’s an important policy story here too, and we need to talk about it. Featuring longtime opiate user…
Ep. 88 - Our Mis(education): the Erasure of Blackness in Canadian Schools
Feb 12, 2018 • 43 min
Robyn Maynard is the author of Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present. We chat with Robyn about what she calls our (mis)education: Canada’s amnesia to its history of slavery and segregation, and about the ways…
A Brief Announcement
Feb 5, 2018 • 1 min
Back next week with a new episode! In the meantime, check out a new CANADALAND show, Oppo.
Ep. 87 - Unknown Road: Inside Immigration Detention
Jan 22, 2018 • 40 min
Canada’s immigration system has a human rights problem. Each year, thousands of people are indefinitely jailed in prisons without any criminal charges. Babou was one of them. This episode features Babou Jobe and Subodh Bharati.
Ep. 86 - Throwing Shade at 2017: A Political Awards Show
Jan 8, 2018 • 26 min
We look back on some notably weird political moments of 2017 and collectively cringe. Featuring guests Tim Fontaine (of Walking Eagle News) and Scott Vrooman (of Centrism Dot Biz).
Ep 85. - Invisible Victims: The Quest for Police Accountability
Dec 19, 2017 • 41 min
Stronger police accountability is an acute need across Canada. In Ontario, recommendations for stronger police oversight are being drafted into legislation. In this episode, we explore the suspicious death of Cheyenne Fox and the ensuing (lack…
Ep. 84 - Invisible Victims: How Police Botched the Robert Pickton Case
Dec 5, 2017 • 40 min
“If the police don’t want you to see a file, you’re never gonna know it exists.” We speak with Lorimer Shenher, a former police officer who was in charge of investigating the growing number of disappearing women from Vancouver’s downtown…
Ep. 83 - No Protest is Genteel: On Antifa
Nov 21, 2017 • 40 min
Live from Vancouver: We speak with organizers Garth Mullins and Annie Ohana to unpack what it means to resist fascism in BC. Featuring Hadiya Roderique and guest host Sandy Garossino.
Ep. 82 - As If They Were Pets: The Sixties Scoop
Nov 6, 2017 • 35 min
Betty Ann Adam is a reporter with the Saskatoon Star Phoenix. She is also a survivor of the “Sixties Scoop”. When she was a toddler, the Canadian government pried her from her mother’s arms. She was raised by foster parents. A modern version of this is…
Ep. 81 - On Niqabs & NAFTA
Oct 24, 2017 • 45 min
On this episode we speak with Hugh Segal. Segal is a former Conservative senator and was Brian Mulroney’s Chief of Staff during the leadup to the passage of NAFTA in 1994. He talks about what NAFTA got right the first time around, what needs to be changed…
Ep. 80 - Why We Need Higher Taxes, A Canadian Mt. Rushmore And A Population Of 100 Million
Oct 10, 2017 • 46 min
The Liberals put forth a proposal to tax the hell out of small businesses. At least that’s how it’s being painted by the Opposition. In reality, the proposed changes would have virtually zero impact on the majority of small business owners, but would…
BONUS EPISODE — Jagmeet Singh - The Full Interview
Oct 3, 2017 • 23 min
On Episode 79 of Commons we spoke with three of the four NDP leadership candidates: Niki Ashton, Charlie Angus and Jagmeet Singh. These interviews were recorded before Singh’s first-ballot victory on Sunday, October 1. As a bonus to Commons listeners, we…
Ep. 79 - Ashton, Angus & Singh - Oh My!
Sep 26, 2017 • 65 min
Three Commons hosts, three NDP leadership hopefuls, one sweltering studio. On this episode, just days before the first vote closes in the race, we speak with Niki Ashton, Jagmeet Singh and Charlie Angus about Canada-Indigenous relations, the environment,…
Ep. 78 - Guy Caron, Guaranteed Income And Climate Refugees
Sep 12, 2017 • 55 min
This season, the Commons team is profiling each of the four candidates vying to replace Thomas Mulcair as leader of the federal NDP. This week, we speak with Guy Caron. Also, we look at the summer political stories that evolved while we were on hiatus:…
Ep. 77 - The Rise Of The Right
Jul 4, 2017 • 35 min
On the final episode of the season, the Commons team digs into the rise of the fringe right in Canada. Journalist Evan Balgord has been covering organizations like the Proud Boys, Soldiers of Odin, and the Three Percenters for the better part of the past…
Ep.76 - Amy Goodman/The Constitutional Clusterf**k
Jun 13, 2017 • 65 min
This week we’re thrilled to welcome legendary broadcast journalist Amy Goodman. Her program, Democracy Now!, was one of the few non-Indigenous media outlets to provide sustained coverage of the Standing Rock camps protesting the building of the Dakota…
Ep.75 - Drink Like A Conservative
May 30, 2017 • 48 min
The dust has settled, and the Conservative Party of Canada has elected Andrew Scheer — an anti-choice, anti-gay-marriage, anti-refugee, anti-M103 candidate — as their new leader. As the election results trickled in, the Commons team were joined by…
Ep.74 - Cultural Appropriation Is An Inherently Political Act
May 16, 2017 • 52 min
Appropriation is the buzzword in the news this week, as a misguided editorial was followed by a white elite up in arms on social media. In the end, two prominent magazine editors were gone from their posts, and the debate about the…
Ep.73 - That’s Why We Live In A Democracy
May 2, 2017 • 55 min
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the rollout of a basic income trial. The program is to be introduced in three Ontario communities this summer, including Thunder Bay. This is widely seen as compensation for living in Thunder Bay. B.C….
Ep.72 - Commons Gets High
Apr 18, 2017 • 33 min
The Commons team unpacks the just-released specifics of the Trudeau government’s plan to legalize cannabis. And after twenty minutes or so, all they can think about is snacks. Seriously.
Ep.71 - Being Icky Is The Job
Apr 4, 2017 • 34 min
The Liberals, according to Conservative MP Scott Reid, are trying to “ram through whatever the fuck they want.” In other, vaguely sexually-themed Conservative news, Brad Trost isn’t down with the “the whole gay thing,” while k.d. lang asks if Jason…
Ep.70 - You Have No Rights At The Border
Mar 21, 2017 • 32 min
Having passed a second reading, the controversial bill C-23 stands to give U.S. border guards greater authority to reject, detain, or search Canadians and permanent residents trying to cross the border. Speaking of the border, a significant chunk…
Ep.69 - “I’m Ashamed Of Myself For Being Afraid”
Mar 8, 2017 • 36 min
This week, the city of Thunder Bay, ON, agreed to implement the recommendations of an inquest that looked into the deaths of seven Indigenous students. This, despite the fact that no one from city council appeared to have attended said inquest. The…
Ep.68 - Strong Hearts To The Front
Feb 21, 2017 • 35 min
Welcome back to CANADALAND Commons! New hosts Hadiya Roderique, Ryan McMahon, and Ashley Csanady spend their first episode looking into the mostly manufactured controversy behind M103 - a motion to denounce Islamophobia and racism and a push for…
COMMONS returns!
Feb 13, 2017 • 2 min
Meet the new hosts of CANADALAND COMMONS: Hadiya Roderique, Ashley Csanady, and Ryan McMahon. New episode available Tuesday February 21 and every two weeks thereafter. Follow the show on Twitter.
COMMONS host search
Oct 24, 2016 • 1 min
We’re looking for new hosts. Please send demos (less than 4 minutes long) to: [email protected]
A Message About the Future of COMMONS
Oct 17, 2016 • 12 min
Supriya, Vicky and publisher Jesse Brown deliver a message about the future of COMMONS. Follow @cndlndcmns for developments.
Ep.67 - A Hodge Podge of Political Hacks: Inside the War Room
Oct 10, 2016 • 31 min
Today, we go behind the scenes in Canadian politics. How do the backroom dealings in Ottawa stack up to the kind of power games we see on shows like House of Cards or the West Wing? Warren Kinsella brought the American war room model to…
Ep.66 - A Hat Trick of Deceit: First Nations and the LNG Project
Oct 3, 2016 • 25 min
The Trudeau government made a lot of commitments in the last election, including improving relations with Indigenous people, fighting climate change and investing in infrastructure. Those commitments are starting to come to a head. This past…
Ep.65 - Drunk on Liberal Power / Kellie Leitch on Anti-Canadian Values
Sep 26, 2016 • 37 min
Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch really wants to talk about her proposal to screen out immigrants over anti-Canadian values, but takes issue with “specific questions” on the matter. But first, Bloomberg reporter Josh Wingrove drops…
Ep.64 - Conservative Leadership Showdown Part 2: Tony Clement & Maxime Bernier
Sep 19, 2016 • 41 min
It’s week two of our Conservative leader-a-thon. Today we bring you our conversations with leadership contenders Tony Clement and Maxime Bernier. Both men were longtime members of Stephen Harper’s cabinet. Tony Clement says the Conservatives need…
Ep.63 - Conservative Leadership Showdown Part 1: Michael Chong & Brad Trost
Sep 12, 2016 • 33 min
A bunch of people want to succeed Harper as leader of the Conservative Party. Whoever gets the vote won’t just be gunning to be the next Prime Minister; they’ll be leading the Opposition, with an aim towards keeping the government in check….
Ep.62 - When Your Councillor Spams You on Facebook
Sep 5, 2016 • 25 min
What do you do if you think a city councillor is exploiting his public platform to make money on the side? Listener Matt Alexander emailed us with this quandary. He points out that Greater Sudbury Councillor Robert Kirwan…
Ep.61 - When CSIS Comes Knocking pt. 2
Aug 22, 2016 • 36 min
Earlier this summer, we spoke to Monia Mazigh about CSIS agents making unannounced visits to Muslims. Now, one of those men joins us. After studying and teaching English in Egypt, Juned Moid* was visited by CSIS agents, denied…
Ep.60 - MMIW: What Justice Means for a Family Member
Aug 8, 2016 • 24 min
We check in with Maggie Cywink about the upcoming inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women. Maggie’s sister Sonya Cywink was murdered over 20 years ago and the case remains unsolved. Maggie says the announcement felt like a…
Ep.59 - Canadian Police Are Racist Too
Jul 25, 2016 • 29 min
Abdirahman Abdi, a Somali man in Ottawa, is dead after witnesses say he was beaten by cops. There’s been a lot of attention on police violence against Black people in the U.S. lately. But Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, assistant professor of sociology…
Ep.58 - When CSIS Comes Knocking
Jul 12, 2016 • 24 min
Muslim men have been telling Monia Mazigh about getting unannounced visits from CSIS agents at home or the workplace. The intelligence agency says the conversations are voluntary, but some people are accusing them of intimidation. Monia is…
Ep.57 - Buy Gold and Raisin Bran: The Brexit and Canada
Jul 4, 2016 • 32 min
Supriya and Vicky want to know what the Brexit means for us. Does a vote for the United Kingdom to leave the EU change our lives across the ocean? Armine Yalnizyan, senior economist for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, talks about…
Ep.56 - Naming a Genocide
Jun 20, 2016 • 26 min
The government’s declared that ISIS is committing a genocide against the Yazidi people. So what are we doing about it? Yazidi-Canadian Dalal Abdi talks about her journey to Canada and her family’s life back in Iraq and Turkey….
Ep.55 - Cheri DiNovo on How to Fix the NDP
Jun 13, 2016 • 32 min
Toronto MPP Cheri DiNovo thinks the NDP needs to return to its roots: unabashedly socialist and anti-capitalist, with an eye towards social justice and the environment. So now she’s launched an unofficial leadership campaign,…
Ep.54 - This Is Not Canada: Living as a Migrant Farm Worker
Jun 6, 2016 • 27 min
“Are these… 18th century working conditions?” Gabriel Allahdua asks. Gabriel came from St. Lucia to work on a farm as part of the Temporary Foreign Worker program. He describes the long hours, difficult working conditions and his…
Ep.53 - Celebrating Defeat: Dispatches from the Conservative Convention
May 30, 2016 • 25 min
We sent the Syrup Trap’s Winnie Code to the Conservative Convention in Vancouver. She explains how the convention was a bit like an informercial and gets the official party line on whether or not Justin Trudeau is handsome….
Ep.52 - Are Libertarians Conservatives?
May 16, 2016 • 29 min
Matt Bufton is a proud Libertarian who does not want to be lumped in with Conservatives. With the Conservative leadership race picking up steam, Matt, executive director of the Institute for Liberal Studies, tells us why the Conservatives…
Ep.51 - How to Make Poor People Disappear (Census Edition)
May 9, 2016 • 25 min
People lost their minds when the long form census came back, after being replaced by the voluntary National Household Survey. But why does it matter? David Hulchanski, a professor at University of Toronto, tells us how the NHS made…
Ep.50 - Debating Same-Sex Marriage and Other Ways to Stay Irrelevant
May 2, 2016 • 34 min
Conservatives may finally decide toembrace gay marriage at a policy convention later this month. Ormaybe not. More than a decade after same-sex marriage was legalisedin Canada, the party still defines it as a union between one manand one…
Ep.49 - Can a Conservative Be a Feminist?
Apr 25, 2016 • 28 min
A Conservative MP’s op-ed about the sexism in Parliament got a lot of praise. But Sarah Beuhler saw it as hypocritical and an attempt to gain favour for a possible leadership bid. She debates with Supriya and guest co-host Jane Lytvenenko…
Ep.48 - Parliament Needs More Women’s Bathrooms
Apr 19, 2016 • 24 min
Guest co-host Vicky Mochama went out to the Hill to interview women about what it’s like to work in a space built for 19th century gentlemen. In the wake of the NDP convention, the big question is whether Canada can stomach a party…
Ep.47 - Should This Old Indian Guy Lead the Conservatives?
Apr 11, 2016 • 27 min
The fractures in the Conservative Party are showing as people jump into the leadership race. Desmond wants to know why the Liberals flip flopped on an issue of torture. Supriya wants to get in on that sweet tax free status we’ve…
Ep.46 - Tom Mulcair: Hot Prosecutor or Wet Napkin?
Apr 4, 2016 • 27 min
Jane Lytvynenko, CANADALAND’s news editor, guest co-hosts with Supriya Dwivedi. As the NDP approaches a leadership review, Jane and Supriya try to figure out who Tom Mulcair even is. Maclean’s Quebec Bureau…
Ep.45 - Police in Canada Get Away With Killing Black People
Mar 29, 2016 • 30 min
Andrew Loku was shot and killed by police last July. But the public doesn’t know who did it. When the Special Investigations Unit announced that the officer who killed him would not face charges, it led to a protest organised by Black…
Ep.44 - Canada’s Arms Deals: Beyond Saudi Arabia
Mar 21, 2016 • 23 min
Canada’s arms deal with Saudi Arabia has raised a lot of controversy, but they’re not the only ones getting our weapons or weapons parts. Supriya wants to know who else Canada is selling arms to, what oversight exists to…
Ep.43 - Rogue Senators
Mar 14, 2016 • 20 min
A group of Senators says partisan activity has “seriously eroded the credibility and reputation” of their workplace. So they’ve formed a non-partisan working group to try to fix it. Senator Diane Bellemare talks to Desmond and…
No Episode This Week
Mar 8, 2016 • 0 min
No new episode today. We’ll be back next week.
Ep.42 - Live From U of Ottawa: Refugees Welcome, But Bad News About the Job Market…
Feb 29, 2016 • 31 min
Andray and Desmond host a live panel asking how cities are preparing refugees to fend for themselves in a year’s time and how they can get on their feet in our terrible job market. Featuring: Michael Qaqish, an Ottawa…
Ep.41 - Legal Weed is Bad for Poor People
Feb 22, 2016 • 27 min
Canada has had a marijuana industry for a long time. It just hasn’t always been legal. People in the business have ended up in prison, barred from crossing the border or denied future job prospects. Now that the Liberals are planning to…
Ep.40 - George Elliott Clarke: A Polyphony of Canadian Blacknesses
Feb 15, 2016 • 35 min
George Elliott Clarke has been appointed as Canada’s seventh poet laureate. His wide-ranging conversation with Desmond touches on how working for a trailblazing black MP led him to meeting the Dalai Lama, why politicians should…
Ep.39 - Don’t Let Harper Happen Here: Wab Kinew on Entering Politics
Feb 8, 2016 • 34 min
“I think it would be a real shame if we got rid of Harper at the federal level and then we brought in somebody who wants to take our province in a similar direction,” Wab Kinew tells Andray and Desmond. Kinew is stepping…
Ep.38 - The Government Finally Admitted They Illegally Spy On Us and Nobody Cares
Feb 1, 2016 • 25 min
Canada’s electronic spy agency broke privacy laws by collecting metadata about Canadians, then sharing it with other countries. The issue was exposed in a watchdog report that was released to the public last week. Andray and Supriya…
Ep.37 - Michelle Rempel on Heckling
Jan 25, 2016 • 28 min
Most workplaces discourage yelling and jeering among co-workers. But the government has their own way of doing things. Desmond and Supriya talk to Calgary - Nose Hill Conservative MP Michelle Rempel about her experiences being…
Ep.36 - What Is a Post-Harper Conservative?
Jan 19, 2016 • 30 min
After the end of Harper’s decade-long rule, Conservatives have to figure out what they stand for. The next leadership race is still a long way away, but people are starting to campaign. Jim Burnett knows conservative leadership…
Ep.35 - White Men Gotta Speak On This
Jan 11, 2016 • 40 min
Former BC Premier Ujjal Dosanjh recently wrote an editorial called “The Silencing of the White Men of the West.” In it, he argues that political correctness stifles powerful white men. Editor-in-chief of The Walrus Jonathan…
Ep.34 - A senator on mischief, mutiny and men’s rights
Jan 4, 2016 • 31 min
As a child, Andray was taught to look up to Anne C. Cools, the first black person to join Canada’s Senate. Born in Barbados, she spent her early life as a social worker and pioneer in the field of domestic violence before spending over three…
Ep.33 - Canada’s Climate Game (of Thrones)
Dec 21, 2015 • 36 min
Following the Paris agreement, Andray and Desmond speak to climate change expert Jason Thistlethwaite in a conversation touching on the “give a shit factor”, the inevitable death of the suburbs and Game of Thrones. Plus, they speak to…