The world is changing every day. Now, more than ever, these questions matter. What’s happening? And why should you care? This Matters, a daily news podcast from the Toronto Star, aims to answer those questions, on important stories and ideas, every day, Monday to Friday. Hosts Adrian Cheung, Saba Eitizaz and Raju Mudhar talk to experts and newsmakers about the social, cultural, political and economic stories that shape your life.
How Amazon is remaking the modern workforce
It’s Amazon’s world and we are all just living in it. The pandemic has helped the company grow even bigger and more powerful, but at what cost? The spotlight has revealed work practices, treatment of employees, COVID outbreaks and impacts on towns and cities. Alec MacGillis, reporter for ProPublica and author of “Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America,” joins “This Matters” to discuss the tech and retail giant’s effect on society.
Talking Transit: a ‘Union Station to the east’ and Metrolinx’s power moves
Ben Spurr, The Star’s Transportation Reporter, and Robert Benzie, Queen’s Park bureau chief, bring us up to speed on four huge transit projects, including a potential new massive transit hub near Toronto’s eastern waterfront, and how Metrolinx keeps increasing its powers as it tries to build transit throughout the city.
Why Canada’s new gun bill upsets both sides of the gun control debate
Bill C-21, the controversial gun control proposal, is set for another debate next week in Canadian Parliament. The proposal, which came after the tragedy of the Nova Scotia shooting, includes a controversial buyback program of blacklisted firearms. But in a debate that is usually divisive, Bill C-21 has both gun rights and gun control advocates fuming. Neither sides see the bill as a solution to curbing gun violence. We explain why the bill is actually uniting both sides and where the buyback program may be falling short. Guest: Douglas Quan, Toronto Star reporter
‘It was a choice’: Bruce Arthur on how Ontario is mismanaging COVID’s third wave
Another lockdown, another stay-at-home order in Ontario. The third wave is hitting the province hard as COVID variants spread, the vaccination rollout buckles and a paid sick leave program remains a no-go for the Ontario government. Despite all the warnings from doctors and other medical professionals, how did we get here again? Will safety measures work this time around?
Guest: Bruce Arthur, Toronto Star columnist covering COVID-19
School’s out for COVID! School’s out for... whenever
With the April Break just days away, many schools in Ontario have shifted to remote learning in the face of rising case counts from the variants of concern which are spreading rapidly. Schools have not been a high factor in infection, and the province has insisted they are safe places for children, but after Peel Region’s Medical Officer of Health decided to shut down schools in the area, others followed suit including the Toronto District School Board. Who knows what come next? With Ontario moving to a new state of emergency starting Thursday, will this end up the start of summer vacation? Kris Rushowy, Queen’s Park bureau reporter and education for The Star, joins us to discuss how we got here and what comes next.
Behind the mask, a COVID story
The mask has become a symbol of all we’ve been through in the age of the pandemic. Amy Dempsey traced the trajectory of Toronto’s “mask life” and joins “This Matters” to talk about how a piece of cloth became both protection and a political symbol. As well, we mark the “maskiversary,” one year since the day Prime Minister Justin Trudeau advocated mask wearing and warned of “speaking moistly.”
Guest: Amy Dempsey, Toronto Star’s investigative feature writer
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Really enjoying this podcast!
Great insight and in nice short bites. A good format.
Mix it up?
Started listening to this podcast in the summer after “Wait There’s More” by Global News was cancelled. I appreciate it as a Canadian daily news show that focuses on more local issues compared to other shows that are so American-heavy. But I’m starting to struggle with half the episodes each week being about either COVID-19 or racial issues. Don’t get me wrong; both of these are massive issues that influence us all (to varying degrees) every day. But can we mix it up a bit? I’d really love to start hearing about other stories and events a few times a week. My interest decreases every time I see something about covid or racial issues every day. Other things are happening around the world as well as in our communities and they can/should be reported on as well.
Maybe I am an outliner here and most listeners WANT to hear about these same issues every day. But I’m getting more drained from what is starting to feel like repeated information.
Still a fan; I like the hosts and their perspectives on these issues are interesting. But if something doesn’t shift, I will be unsubscribing soon and just occasionally checking new episodes for anything that peaks my interest.
Interesting and insightful
Good journalism, enjoyed the episode about the roaring twenties. I like that this podcast tackles issues that i can relate to everyday issues and they bring to light topics i don’t think of normally. Thank you!