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

    Is the illusion of love just as good as the real thing?

    Is the illusion of love just as good as the real thing?

    It’s never been easier to go looking for love, but actually finding it is a different story. No matter how many dating apps exist, love will always be tricky and messy and sometimes exhausting. But what if there was a way to skip all that stuff?

    Enter YouTube. Yes, YouTube. It's home to an entire community of people offering the illusion of love through ASMR videos. It's mostly just audio–usually of someone asking how your day was or what you'd like for dinner. Because it turns out, that's the kind of mundane stuff we crave.



    How have these videos become so popular? And what does that say about the increasingly lonely world we live in?



    GUEST: Michael Harris, author, essayist. You can read Michael's piece right here.

    • 22 min
    Inside the Wet’suwet’en protests

    Inside the Wet’suwet’en protests

    Many Canadians were shocked and angered this week to see photos of RCMP officers armed with rifles arresting Indigenous people for trying to protect their territory in northern British Columbia. The anger has sparked protests and blockades across the country in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en Nation hereditary chiefs, who oppose a planned natural gas pipeline. Today, an inside look at what's happening on the territory and the nationwide outcry.



    GUEST: Jesse Winter, photo journalist, @jwints



    GUEST HOST: Sarah Boesveld, @sarahboesveld

    • 24 min
    How Canada’s sex work laws put lives at risk

    How Canada’s sex work laws put lives at risk

    If things were different, 22-year-old Marylène Levesque would have known that her murderer was on day parole and had been found guilty of killing another woman years ago. She probably would have decided to not take him as a client, and she would still be alive today. But sex work laws in Canada prevent that kind of information to be known, even though it is legal to be a sex worker in this country.



    The criminalization around sex work doesn't protect sex workers–it puts them in danger. It also leads to misunderstandings about the industry. Sex work and sex trafficking are very different things. Today we discuss the damage caused when we conflate the two, why people choose to go into sex work in the first place, and what needs to change to protect them.



    GUEST: Chanelle Gallant, Director of the Migrant Sex Workers Project, @ChanelleGallant



    GUEST HOST: Sarah Boesveld, @SarahBoesveld

    • 27 min
    Where’s Canada’s worst housing crisis?

    Where’s Canada’s worst housing crisis?

    It's not in Toronto. Or Vancouver. Or even in the North. It's on a tiny little island that happens to be Canada's smallest province. How did that happen?



    You probably think of Prince Edward Island as an ideal vacation spot. But more and more people are calling it home. And as you might expect, the island's construction industry is not quite as adept at throwing up huge condos quickly as firms in bigger places. So where does that leave PEI's growing numbers of citizens living in precarious situations? Hoping the government can fix this, and fast.



    GUEST: Matt Lundy, economic reporter, The Globe and Mail

    • 18 min
    What’s driving the explosion in Lyme Disease in Canada?

    What’s driving the explosion in Lyme Disease in Canada?

    It's a disease we never expected to see with any regularity in Canada, only to realize—perhaps too late—that maybe that was dumb. 



    It’s a mistake to think of Lyme Disease as a rare illness now. Because all the data we have—and we don’t have enough—shows us that it is exploding in Canada, with numbers spiking every year. What's behind it? Why can't we properly test for it? And what do you need to know to make sure you're prepared for Spring?



    GUEST: Janet Sperling, Board Member of the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation; PhD Candidate, University of Alberta, Biological Science

    • 22 min
    An invisible epidemic of drugged drinks

    An invisible epidemic of drugged drinks

    If you're a woman, you've been warned to watch your drink. Because drink tampering happens every day in Canada—we just don't know how often, or with what, or where.



    As a country, or even province to province, we're still struggling to find a coherent strategy. And for all those warnings and awareness campaigns—unless you’ve been a victim of these drugs, you’re probably vastly underestimating the effect they can have on you, even if you make it home safely.



    GUEST: Rosa Saba, Calgary Bureau, Toronto Star

    • 19 min

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