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Your essential daily news podcast. We take you deep into the stories shaping Canada and the world. Hosted by Jayme Poisson. Every morning, Monday to Friday.

Front Burner CBC News & Politics

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    • 4.4 • 3.3K Ratings

Your essential daily news podcast. We take you deep into the stories shaping Canada and the world. Hosted by Jayme Poisson. Every morning, Monday to Friday.

    The Liberals’ pitch to regulate online harms

    The Liberals’ pitch to regulate online harms

    The Liberals originally promised a bill tackling online harms would come within 100 days of their re-election in 2021.

    Instead, Justice Minister Arif Virani tabled their new act on Monday, which aims to create a new commission and regulate content from hate, to extremism, bullying and child abuse materials.

    So did the Liberals learn lessons from a previous bill criticized for the risk of censorship? And will this current bill actually make the internet safer for children?

    CBC senior reporter Raffy Boudjikanian explains.

    • 23 min
    Law & Order Toronto and why the franchise endures

    Law & Order Toronto and why the franchise endures

    Law & Order Toronto: Criminal Intent premiered last Thursday.

    The series, adapted by CityTV, features cases that are 'ripped from headlines' from Canada's largest city, Toronto. It films in Toronto neighbourhoods and has a very Canadian cast and crew.

    It is also part of a long-running network TV franchise that premiered back in 1990, and one that seems to have weathered the changes in TV as a medium, and changes in attitudes towards police and the justice system. 

    Today, Vulture TV critic Kathryn VanArendonk on Law & Order's Toronto spinoff, and why the franchise still draws a big audience.

    • 22 min
    The Joe Biden age problem

    The Joe Biden age problem

    The debate over whether or not Joe Biden is too old to be president is getting heated.

    He has struggled to collect his thoughts, mumbled incoherently at press conferences, referenced recent conversations with long-dead politicians, and recently, had to be reminded of Hamas' name.

    It’s not a good look for any president. But it’s especially bad for the presumed Democratic nominee during an election year.

    Today, CBC Washington senior correspondent Paul Hunter explains why an 81-year-old with memory lapses might be the only option the Democrats have.

    • 25 min
    Could an ID law trigger a Pornhub blackout?

    Could an ID law trigger a Pornhub blackout?

    Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre says his party supports a bill from an independent senator that would require websites to verify users' ages before allowing them to see sexually explicit content — similar to laws recently passed in the U.K., several E.U. countries and numerous American states. But critics say the law would be disastrous for privacy and civil liberties — and industry titan Pornhub says it might force them to block Canadians from the site altogether, as they've already done in some of those other jurisdictions.

    Sam Cole — a journalist with 404 Media and the host of Front Burner's upcoming spinoff podcast, The Pornhub Empire: Understood — explains the controversy around a seemingly simple push to protect children online, and what it could mean for the future of the online porn industry.

    For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/frontburner/transcripts

    Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

    • 24 min
    Is it time for an NDP, Liberal divorce?

    Is it time for an NDP, Liberal divorce?

    On paper, the Liberals’ deal for the NDP’s support is supposed to prop up their minority government until next summer.

    But in exchange, the Liberals agreed to a bill on pharmacare, and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is threatening that the deal could be done if they miss an approaching March 1st deadline.

    So could the coming weeks see the end of the deal? Would the Liberals really risk an election right now? And did the deal deliver wins for the NDP that voters will remember?

    CBC’s chief political correspondent Rosemary Barton returns to unpack it all.

    • 21 min
    Why fast-fashion garment workers' lives are still at risk

    Why fast-fashion garment workers' lives are still at risk

     In 2013, Rana Plaza - an eight-storey garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh, killing over 11-hundred people.

    It's a tragedy that led to a lot of public anger towards the brands that made clothes there. Brands like Zara, Walmart, and Joe Fresh, owned by Loblaw. And at the time, Loblaw promised safe working conditions and fair wages.

    But ten years later has it followed through on those promises? The Fifth Estate's Mark Kelley tells guest host Daemon Fairless about the investigation.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

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3.3K Ratings

3.3K Ratings

J. Oatmon ,

Great but too USA-focused

Ths works when it covers Canada. Unfortunately the vast majority of the content is about the US, specifically Donald Trump, and the hosts and guests are not very well-versed in US issues. This problem has plagued the CBC for decades. Unfortunate.

AJ YYZ ,

Low budget. Weak host(s)

The show is low-budget. It feels rushed and lacks production quality. I also the hosts lack the intellect and experience to make this a decent podcast.

applejax78 ,

ANYONE BUT THIS HACK JAMIE!

I am critical enough to cut through the politics of the CBC to make this podcast daily listening. What I can’t stand is how the CBC has allowed this amateur hack of a host,Jamie, to return to this podcast. She instantly cheapens the integrity and diminishes any credibility of this podcast OR the CBC. She is juvenile, uneducated, unprofessional and actually unbearable to listen to. 3 minutes into the Sora episode upon her return and I am so disgusted by her I can’t finish. My dog could have better placed cues and interview skills. My dog is smarter than this moron. This was ritual listening while she was gone, I’ll miss it. PLEASE replace this novice, idiotic hack of ‘host’ with literally anyone else.

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