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An in-depth look at the issues, culture and personalities shaping Canada today.

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An in-depth look at the issues, culture and personalities shaping Canada today.

    Police brutality is not just an American problem. What needs to happen here?

    Police brutality is not just an American problem. What needs to happen here?

    There’s a natural instinct a lot of Canadians have to look at the United States and feel better about ourselves. It’s obviously not a great look for us as a country at the best of times. And right now we’re a long long way from the best of times. 



    And anyone looking for examples of police brutality in Canada won’t have to go far. Nobody knows yet exactly what happened when Regis Korchinski-Paquet was alone with two Toronto officers last week. But she fell to her death with them there. Where does police oversight in Canada succeed or fail? What needs to actually happen to make progress, and how can it be done? What are the actual differences in process between us and the United States?



    GUEST: Asha James, human rights lawyer and partner at Falconers, LLP

    • 28 min
    How to be an ally in everyday situations

    How to be an ally in everyday situations

    The images of police killing black men or assaulting protesters are horrifying and disgusting, but they are just the most visible tip of an ugly, ugly iceberg. Before we talk about how far we'll really have to go to change a culture of police brutality, we're going to talk about what each of us, especially those with privilege, should be ready to do right now.



    Many of us won't be in harm's way on the front lines of a protest—but we also miss the many chances we have to be an ally when it can make a difference. Today, we revisit a conversation about what keeps us quiet or still when racists, sexist and homophobic acts occur in front of us, and how we can change that. Until tomorrow, stay safe and help each other out.



    GUEST: Shakil Choudhury, Anima Leadership



     

    • 22 min
    Investigating the Toronto Blessing: A beautiful mystery

    Investigating the Toronto Blessing: A beautiful mystery

    On January 20th, 1994, strange things started happening at a small Christian church in Toronto, Canada. Worshipers found themselves laughing, shaking, falling, rolling around on the ground. That was only the beginning. How did the church suddenly become one of Toronto’s ‘Top Tourist Attractions’? Was something supernatural truly happening? Did gold teeth miraculously appear in people’s mouths?



    Tara Jean Stevens was a teenager when this bizarre movement spread from Toronto to her childhood church on the other side of the country. More than 25 years later, her new podcast, Heaven Bent, searches for the truth behind the miracles and explores big questions of faith and feeling. The first episode was released today, and you can find it right here.



    GUEST: Tara Jean Stevens, host and creator of Heaven Bent

    • 20 min
    Hannah Georgas on what it’s like being a musician in the COVID-19 era

    Hannah Georgas on what it’s like being a musician in the COVID-19 era

    Imagine you're a Canadian musician about to go international. You've been working your way up the charts, year by year, with awards, acclaimed albums, and bigger and bigger tours. You've now got a new album on the way and a full European tour planned. You're ready for this to be the biggest year of your career. And it's February 2020...



    The music industry has been 'disrupted' a whole bunch of times in recent years, but never have the lives of the people who make the music and the thousands of people who make the magic happen been changed like this. When will live shows return? When would you feel comfortable at a packed concert? How do non-superstar artists survive without tour income? And how well can living room concerts replicate the intimacy of a killer live show?



    GUEST: Hannah Georgas, pop rock singer/songwriter

    • 18 min
    What’s the next disaster we need to prepare for now?

    What’s the next disaster we need to prepare for now?

    You may have heard that lots of people saw this pandemic coming. We still weren't adequately prepared. So what do we need to do now to make sure we are ready for whatever comes next?



    A pandemic is a low-probability, high-consequence events—it probably won't happen tomorrow, but it will happen eventually. Every year intelligence agencies, scientists and analysts spend a lot of time figuring out which of these events may be looming. Today's episode is about what they see right now.



    GUEST: Garrett M. Graff, Politico

    • 27 min
    What is Ontario doing wrong on COVID-19?

    What is Ontario doing wrong on COVID-19?

    New infections are up. Testing is down. Contact tracing is late. People are partying in parks. A report from members of Canada's armed forces on conditions in long-term care facilities is deeply disturbing. And just a month ago it looked like the province was headed in the right direction.



    How did things go wrong? Were they ever really right in the first place? How does Ontario get back on track and... is a second lockdown possible now?



    GUEST: Dr. David Fisman, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
756 Ratings

756 Ratings

Mr.Music-Lover ,

The big story.

Excellent podcast. I love the reasoned approach with the Canadian content. Amazing host-good questions and an empathetic approach.

tom rad ,

dece

i like it - too much virus episodes lately tho

johnnyo2k ,

Great hosts, subpar guest.

Listening to today’s show on how long we can social distance was probably for me the worst listen. You bring on “experts” who say things like we are being told that 6 feet is not enough but a second later say we don’t know enough. So tired of all these experts spitting these facts that they hear but really don’t know themselves. The longer the interview went on the more I became annoyed with the content and tone!

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