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    DYNASTIES 9 - The Harts

    DYNASTIES 9 - The Harts

    The Harts are Canada’s first family of professional wrestling and one of the most famous dynasties the country has ever produced. And sure, wrestling is scripted.  But what happens when reality begins to invade that fiction? The story of the Harts is one of triumph and tragedy that transcends the world of pro wrestling. 
    Featured in this episode: Damian Abraham, Omar Mouallem
    To learn more:
    Wrestling With Shadows by Paul Jay
    The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling by David Shoemaker
    “The Rise and Fall of Wrestling’s Weed-Dealing, Cat-Breeding Phenom” in Rolling Stone by Omar Mouallem
     
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    Additional music:
    “Unanswered Questions” by Kevin Macleod and “Cylinder Five” by Chris Zabriskie, adapted.
     
    “I dunno” by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: J Lang, Morusque
     
    “SUNBIRDS” by BOCrew (c) copyright 2012 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: THEDEEPR / THECORNER / feat : FORENSIC /
     

    • 53 min
    DYNASTIES 8 - The Regans

    DYNASTIES 8 - The Regans

    Gerald Regan was the premier of Nova Scotia, the founder of a powerful political dynasty, and one of the most prolific sexual predators in Canadian political history. Even after his death last November, few in the establishment are willing to recognize, let alone reckon with, his crimes. 
    This episode contains graphic depictions of sexual violence and won’t be suitable for all listeners.
    Featured in this episode: Stephen Kimber, Maggie Rahr
    To learn more:
    Aphrodisiac: Sex, Politics, Power and Gerald Regan by Stephen Kimber 
    “Uncomfortable silence at Province House” in The Coast by Maggie Rahr
    “The complicated narrative of Gerald Regan” in The Chronicle Herald by Andrea Gunn
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    Additional music:
    “Clean Soul” by Kevin Macleod, “Cylinder Five” by Chris Zabriskie, and “Easy Life” by Lee Rosevere, adapted.
    "I dunno" by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: J Lang, Morusque
    "SUNBIRDS" by BOCrew (c) copyright 2012 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: THEDEEPR / THECORNER / feat : FORENSIC /

    • 45 min
    DYNASTIES 7 - The Olands

    DYNASTIES 7 - The Olands

    For 150 years, the Olands have been one of Canada’s most prominent brewing dynasties, the makers of Moosehead Beer. But in the last decade, they’ve made the news for much darker reasons. Richard Oland was murdered in 2011. And police and prosecutors believe that he was killed by his only son. 
    Featured in this episode: Greg Marquis
    To learn more:
    Truth & Honour: The Oland Family Murder Case that Shocked Canada by Greg Marquis
    Shadow of Doubt: The Trials of Dennis Oland by Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon
    “Murder and a Maritime dynasty: The Dick Oland case” in Maclean’s by  Nicholas Köhler and Tamsin McMahon.
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    This episode is sponsored by Wealthbar and Audible. 
    Additional music:
    “Clean Soul” by Kevin Macleod, “Cylinder Five” by Chris Zabriskie, and “Running Water” by Jason Shaw, adapted.
    I dunno by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: J Lang, Morusque

    • 45 min
    DYNASTIES 6 - The Desmarais

    DYNASTIES 6 - The Desmarais

    The Desmarais family is by far the most influential Canadian dynasty of the last half-century. But if you don’t live in Quebec, chances are you haven’t even heard of them. Paul Desmarais had Prime Ministers and Premiers in his pocket and billions of dollars at his disposal. He wasn’t just a Laurentian elite; he was the Laurentian emperor. 
    Featured in this episode:
    Robin Philpot (Derrière l'État Desmarais: Power)
    To learn more:
    Derrière l'État Desmarais: Power by Robin Philpot
    Rising to Power: Paul Desmarais and Power Corporation by Dave Greber
    “Chrétien and Bouchard, sitting in a (very expensive) tree” by Martin Patriquin in Macleans’
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    This episode is sponsored by Freshbooks, Leesa and Wealthbar.
    Additional music:
    I dunno by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: J Lang, Morusque
    reNovation by airtone (c) copyright 2019 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. 
    “Lee Rosevere” by A List of Ways to Die, adapted. 

    • 44 min
    DYNASTIES 5 - The Sahotas

    DYNASTIES 5 - The Sahotas

    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 stranger, and far darker, than anything you can imagine.
    Featured in this episode: Jen St. Denis, Christopher Cheung (The Tyee), Sam Dharmapala
    To learn more:
    “For low-income residents in Vancouver, a different kind of real estate crisis” by Wendy Stueck and Mike Hager in The Globe and Mail
    “'Out-of-control' SROs: Everyone wants to help, but no one seems to have the tools” by Denise Ryan in The Vancouver Sun
    “Room 821” by Crackdown
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    This episode is sponsored by Freshbooks, Audible and Wealthbar.
    Additional music:
    I dunno by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: J Lang, Morusque
    eighteen pieces (soda) by Soda (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. 
    SUNBIRDS by BOCrew (c) copyright 2012 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: THEDEEPR / THECORNER / feat : FORENSIC /
    “I Am A Man Who Will Fight For You Honor” by Chris Zabriskie, adapted. 

    • 55 min
    DYNASTIES 4 - The Rizzutos

    DYNASTIES 4 - The Rizzutos

    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 enterprises this country has ever seen.  Their reign was long and bloody. But their fall, was even more gruesome.
    Featured in this episode: Peter Edwards (Toronto Star), Pietro Poletti 
    To learn more:
    Business or Blood: Mafia Boss Vito Rizzuto's Last War by Peter Edwards and Antonio Nicaso
    The Sixth Family: The Collapse of the New York Mafia and the Rise of Vito Rizzuto by Lee Lamothe and Adrian Humphreys
    “Death of the Don” by CBC’s The Fifth Estate
     
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    This episode is sponsored by Freshbooks, Leesa and HelloFresh.
    Additional music:
    I dunno by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: J Lang, Morusque
    Spheres (Hip Hop Instrumental) by Robbero (c) copyright 2013 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. 
    “Cylinder Five” by Chris Zabriskie, adapted. 

    • 43 min

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