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Media criticism, news analysis and investigations with host Jesse Brown. The #1 Canadian podcast.

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    (Short Cuts) News You Can't Use

    (Short Cuts) News You Can't Use

    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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    • 30 min
    The Rise of 6ixBuzz and the Death of Debby Parkway

    The Rise of 6ixBuzz and the Death of Debby Parkway

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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?

    Further Reading:
    The Secret Life of 6ixBuzz, in Toronto Life by Nichole Jankowski
    Bullying, exploitation accusations follow death of homeless teen 'internet star', in the Toronto Sun

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    • 33 min
    (Short Cuts) Stop Arresting Journalists

    (Short Cuts) Stop Arresting Journalists

    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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    • 31 min
    Deep Rot in the RCMP

    Deep Rot in the RCMP

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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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    • 41 min
    BONUS: Fatima and Sarah talk climate

    BONUS: Fatima and Sarah talk climate

    This audio is bonus content for paying Canadaland subscribers and comes from an Instagram Live session that was hosted by Fatima Syed, host of the Canadaland network's podcast The Backbench, and Sarah Lawrynuik, senior producer of the Canadaland Monday Show.

    Both shows featured episodes this week that discussed climate change, so Fatima and Sarah got together to dig further into the issues they think matter most on this beat, and to reflect on how they tell climate stories, and how it's covered in Canadian media. They also talk about their mutual enduring love of Taylor Swift.

    Further listening:
    - The Backbench Ep. 18 A Cynical Guide to COP26
    - Canadaland Ep. 729 The Most Monotonous Emergency, Ever
    - Canadaland Ep. 721 Enormous Fires Everywhere

    As we wrap up our 2021 crowdfunding month, we also want to say a huge thank you to all of you for your support. You're the best!

    (Short Cuts) Rain, Rain, Marie Henein

    (Short Cuts) Rain, Rain, Marie Henein

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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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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
2.7K Ratings

2.7K Ratings

Cky075 ,

Good discussion, but not for all of Canada

Good podcast with lots of interesting discussion about important issues. However, I would maybe call this podcast ‘Ontarioland’ rather than Canadaland.
I’ve been listening for awhile now and not noticing much attention paid to anything going on in the rest of Canada aside from some occasional shoutouts from B.C. I think this podcast could provide valuable insight on issues going on in other provinces as well. It could be a great platform for educating Canadians on what’s going on in the rest of the country, and create greater, inclusive dialogue between regions.

Gobbli Oodigli ,

Gone downhill since pandemic

I was a regular listener before the pandemic. There were a lot of stories that the show gave greater attention to than outlets like CBC did, if they were covered at all. The show has always been left wing, but they seemed to lean hard on left wing ideology since the pandemic. Regardless of the political valence of the topic, I find every time I try to listen to an episode it’s just a lot of fumes, little substance and out of touch. I wanted to give the show time to find it’s feet again after the pandemic, but I think it’s time to pass full stop.

Caruso Haig ,

So thankful for this.

You guys do amazing work
Thanks so much.

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