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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.

    How can we fix North American cities?

    How can we fix North American cities?

    Many North American cities are locked in a damaging cycle, whereby new suburban expansion is needed to subsidize the infrastructure costs of old development. The pattern has left many municipalities teetering on the brink of insolvency, and led to the decimation of once vibrant streetscapes to make way for unsightly, car-friendly strip malls.

    What went awry in this continent's approach to urban planning? And to the extent that it's even possible, how can we even begin to correct the mistakes of the past?

    GUEST: Jason Slaughter, Creator and Host of the Youtube channel, Not Just Bikes

    • 28 min
    How Canada's Catholic Church escaped payments to residential school survivors

    How Canada's Catholic Church escaped payments to residential school survivors

    The Canadian government thought it was an agreement on a minor part of the settlement the church owed for its part in residential schools. The church managed to convince a court that the government had agreed to waive the entire remaining amount — potentially more than $20 million. How did a legal loophole allow the church to avoid payment, and ... it has to be asked: Why didn't the Catholic Church just pay what it owed as reparations for the part it played in residential school horrors?
    GUEST: Tom Cardoso, The Globe and Mail investigations team

    • 22 min
    What would electoral reform in Canada look like?

    What would electoral reform in Canada look like?

    The Prime Minister said in the closing days of a close campaign that he was "open" to electoral reform. That came as a surprise to the millions of people who watched him break his promise on the issue after the 2015 election. But it's worth asking, as Canada's elections continue to reward parties who win fewer votes with more seats — what would equitable electoral reform look like in Canada? How could it be accomplished? Which systems offer which parties advantages? And is it even a possibility?

    GUEST: Max Fawcett, political writer and commentator

    • 24 min
    What does Canada do with reports of UFO sightings?

    What does Canada do with reports of UFO sightings?

    The Canadian government receives more credible information regarding Unidentified Flying Objects than you'd ever imagine. And you don't see much, if any, of it. Instead, it sends reports to a private citizen, in Winnipeg, who has become something of a UFO consultant for sightings across Canada. Why?

    GUEST: Daniel Otis, reporting for Vice Canada

    (Today's episode is brought to you by CBC's War of the Worlds. You can watch it right here on CBC Gem.)

    • 20 min
    How a driving instructor allegedly got away with decades of harassment and abuse

    How a driving instructor allegedly got away with decades of harassment and abuse

    Steve Wallace claims he's taught more than 25,000 people who to drive. Dozens of them say he harassed and abused them while he did so. The allegations which now date back into the 1970s came to light after one young woman, who says he harassed her during a lesson, created a social media account about it—and the victims have been sharing stories since. Now Wallace faces charges and two communities ask themselves the same questions: How did this happen? Why did nobody come forward sooner?
    GUEST: Brishti Basu, Capital Daily

    • 19 min
    How the rise and fall of Ozy illustrates what's wrong with digital media

    How the rise and fall of Ozy illustrates what's wrong with digital media

    Ozy was a digital publisher that claimed to have an audience of tens of millions. Had you ever heard of them before last week? Me neither. A New York Times expose began a flood of reporting that showed us all just how little most of us understand about ad fraud, digital media and the ecosystem that drives this multi-billion-dollar industry. From absurd claims, to impersonations, paid traffic and more, major brands stuck by Ozy and continued to invest with them. Why?
    GUEST: Craig Silverman, ProPublica, formerly of Buzzfeed News

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

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1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

Sarahthebox ,

A great Canadian podcast!

I was always listening to the NYT The Daily podcast, and it was starting to annoy me that I was consuming American news. I couldn’t find a good daily Canadian podcast until now! Thanks for making great content

da-bo ,

Perfect for people on the left or far left

This is a pretty good show to get caught up on current events, however, there’s nothing objective about the content of the discussions. It’s so left leaning and after listening to the election episodes, I’d venture to say that the host thinks the word ‘conservative’ is actually a bad word.

This guy, Jordan Heath Rawlings might have a hammer and sickle hanging in the podcast booth somewhere, probably dreaming about a socialist utopia at night.

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Great podcast

Just a good podcast if you have 30 min

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