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

    What happens after you expose a Neo-Nazi recruiter?

    What happens after you expose a Neo-Nazi recruiter?

    The last time we spoke to today’s guest, his reporting had just set in motion a chain of events that would end with a former Canadian army reservist in a Maryland courtroom, facing charges for allegedly planning violent terror attacks.



    What happened in the months following the exposure of Patrik Mathews as a white supremacist in Manitoba, where he was actively recruiting for a domestic terror organization known as The Base, had been a mystery. Until Mathew was arrested earlier this month, and the reporter's name turned up in court documents...



    GUEST: Ryan Thorpe, reporter, Winnipeg Free Press

    • 22 min
    Inside the hardest and least understood comeback in sports

    Inside the hardest and least understood comeback in sports

    If you ask an athlete about rehabbing a serious injury, they will tell you it's a long, complicated and frustrating process. Whether it's their knees, back, head, or shoulder–doesn’t matter. There’s a lot of work to be done and there's a process to be followed and you can’t rush it. But at least there is a process. 



    There’s another type of rehab that some of the world’s most elite athletes go through, for which there is no blueprint. There’s no real timetable. There’s not even any certainty if they’ll ever return to their previous form. It's not an upper- or lower-body injury. It's somewhere in the middle...



    GUEST: Kristina Rutherford, Sportsnet

    • 20 min
    How scared should you be when a deadly new virus emerges?

    How scared should you be when a deadly new virus emerges?

    You might feel you've seen the movie before—yet that somehow doesn't make it less terrifying. The new coronavirus emerging from China has a city on lockdown and the World Health Organization considering calling a global health emergency. So maybe the fear is warranted. But...maybe not.



    If you sit down and discuss the virus with someone who maps contagious diseases for a living—someone who studies how they spread and who helped guide Toronto through the SARS crisis in 2003—you'll know what to watch for over the next few weeks. And that's what we did, so hopefully we can all be smarter about what comes next.



    GUEST: Dr. David Fisman, epidemiologist, University of Toronto's Dalla Lanna School of Public Health

    • 22 min
    How fast fashion became a vicious and wasteful cycle

    How fast fashion became a vicious and wasteful cycle

    In order to feed the demand for new trends every season, and keep costs down to inspire continuous sales, the fashion industry needs volume. Which means it always requires new product. And if there’s new product, then there’s old product.





    And what do you think happens with old product? With perfectly good but unsold pieces of clothing that need to come off store shelves to make way for the new season? Nothing good. And we're only just starting to realize the costs that go beyond our wallet.



    GUEST: Meghan Collie, National Reporter, Global News

    • 19 min
    Inside the escalating war over Ontario’s classrooms

    Inside the escalating war over Ontario’s classrooms

    Every day this week, thousands of Ontario students will be out of school. Rotating one-day strikes will hit every school board in the province in the biggest escalation yet of a labour war that's been raging for almost six months. At issue? Class size, salaries, mandatory E-Learning, and other issues on which the teachers and the provincial government share no common ground.



    So how long can this go on? What's behind the latest tactics, both by teachers and the government? Who's winning the battle for the hearts and minds of parents across Ontario? And is there any hope of a happy ending?



    GUEST: Cynthia Mulligan, Queen's Park Reporter, CityNews

    • 18 min
    Imperial Oil ignored its own findings on climate change decades ago

    Imperial Oil ignored its own findings on climate change decades ago

    It's disturbing and infuriating. Major fossil fuel companies are alleged to have known about the science of climate change for decades. One of them–Imperial Oil, the Canadian subsidiary of ExxonMobil–did its own research in the 1960s. But instead of changing its business model, the company ignored the findings and even spent money to promote misinformation. Today a journalist tells us how the company could have been a leader in the fight against climate change, but instead decided to profit off it.



    GUEST: Murtaza Hussain, The Intercept



    GUEST HOST: Richard Southern, 680News Business Reporter

    • 19 min

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