An in-depth look at the issues, culture and personalities shaping Canada today.
Has TV reached the end of the ‘binge watch’ era?
When Disney+ launched its newest Marvel show, Loki, this week, it came with a marketing campaign: "Wednesdays (when new episodes of Loki will be released) are the new Fridays (when Disney previously released new episodes of Marvel and Star Wars shows)." The campaign means that Disney is choosing not only to release new episodes weekly, rather than all at once, they are actively using the weekly release model as a selling point.
The past year has seen a departure from the practice of 'bingable' shows that began in 2013 with Netflix's House of Cards. It's not often that disruptors eventually reject their own premise and take on the tactics of the traditional businesses they're trying to replace. But this appears to be one example of just that. We'll go inside the rise and fall of the binge watch.
GUEST: Norm Wilner, Sr. Film Writer, NOW Magazine
Islamophobia in Canada is getting worse. Will Canadians confront it?
This week, Canada's reckoning with its racist history was interrupted by its racist present. A terrorist attack in London, ON killed four members of a Muslim family and left a nine-year-old boy orphaned and injured. Are we finally past saying things like, "This kind of stuff doesn't happen in Canada"? Are we ready to shed the self-image that has been proven false so many times?
Are Canadians ready, en masse, to take it upon themselves to make this country safe and confront Islamophobia? Are politicians ready to shelve the thoughts and prayers and lead us in doing it? Because right now, things are getting worse, not better.
GUEST: Fatima Syed
Why hiring Canadians with disabilities is a competitive advantage
Lots of people, when applying for jobs, hope the people doing the hiring can see them as people, instead of as assets that can deliver value for the company. For job seekers with disabilities or neurodivergence, it's just the opposite—they wish that employers could see the real value they'll bring to the business instead of just seeing the atypical applicant they're interviewing.
So what happens when businesses make a business decision and hire these applicants? They're often rewarded handsomely and there are many examples of employers who've done this. But how can the rest of Canadian employers learn to see these hires as a competitive advantage instead of an act of charity?
GUEST: Katie Lafferty, producer on Employable Me
If Canada’s residential schools reckoning is real this time, what happens next?
There have been promises in the past. And committees, and commitments and commissions and no shortage of apologies. But in the wake of the 215 children found buried where a residential school once operated near Kamloops, there's a growing sense among Canadians that none of the past work has been enough.
Is this reckoning real? Do Indigenous peoples across the country believe it could be different this time? Will average Canadians demand better from their government? And if this time really is different, what happens next? And how horrific will real Truth and Reconciliation be when we learn all there is to learn about that not-so-distant past?
GUEST: Eva Jewell, Associate fellow at the Yellowhead Institute, Anishinaabekwe from Deshkan Ziibiing, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation
(Learn more about the Yellowhead Institute here.)
Trudeau’s Liberals promised to end the blood ban. Now they say it’s “complicated”.
The promise was pretty clear: During his first successful campaign as Liberal leader, Justin Trudeau told LGBT voters that we would end Canada's longstanding ban prohibiting men who have sex with men from donating blood. At the time, it seemed like a simple promise to keep. A few years later, he claimed it wasn't so simple.
Now, it's 2021 and Erin O'Toole is criticizing Trudeau for his failure as the Conservatives seek LGBT support. How is the blood ban still in place? When Trudeau claims his government will "follow the science" what is he referring to? Is a discriminatory approach really still necessary when technology has rapidly advanced and Canada needs blood more than ever?
GUEST: Justin Ling, investigative journalist
What happens when the media fights back in a battle with the RCMP?
Every time there's a protest, or dispute, or anything else newsworthy in rural Canada, the media shows up to cover it. And runs into the RCMP. Sometimes, nothing happens. But more often than not, access to the story becomes a story in itself, with the RCMP insisting media aren't allowed in, or offering access only to "accredited media". You can imagine where this leads, and probably guess that Indigenous journalists have born the brunt of it.
But this time, when the RCMP attempted to stop journalists from access the site of a protest against old-growth forest logging near Port Renfrew, B.C., the media went to court. What happens next will go a long way to determining who gets access to protests attempting to stop natural resource extraction in rural areas, and other contentious issues that happen far away from big cities...
GUEST: Brent Jolly, President, Canadian Association of Journalists