An in-depth look at the issues, culture and personalities shaping Canada today.
What's in Bill 96? And why is it tearing apart Quebec's uneasy language truce?
Fights over language have always been a part of Quebec politics, and of life in the province in general. For the most part, they tend to end in a begrudging compromise, with French protected and English available but not given equal billing. A new bill about to be passed by the province's majority Coalition Avenir Quebec government is threatening to change all that.
The government says it's necessary to protect the province's official language. Everyone who isn't a native French speaker, from Indigenous people to Anglophones to new immigrants hoping to make a home in Quebec say that the bill is far too harsh and will make things like doctor-patient relationships, workplaces and institutional services far more difficult to navigate. So what's in the bill? What does it actually mean? And what happens next?
GUEST: Christopher Reynolds, Montreal-based reporter, The Canadian Press
How did Canadian politics become so nasty?
You see it most visibly when party leaders like Justin Trudeau and Jagmeet Singh are accosted outside of events. But ordinary MPs of all parties report increasing amounts of verbal abuse and threatening behaviour—both in Ottawa and their home ridings. And it's escalating.
Some veteran MPs have walked away from politics because of it. And it's quite likely this toxic climate is preventing plenty more would-be public servants from ever running for office. So how did it get this bad? And how do we fix it?
GUEST: Stephen Maher, writing in The Walrus
After 13 years, how is Uber still not turning a profit?
The secret to Uber's success was always supposed to be scale. The company subsidized rides and drivers, operating at a loss on each ride, as it grew into what is now a global behemoth. At that point, with a huge chunk of the market secured, the profits would naturally follow.
Uber is now as dominant in its sector as any company could hope for. It has scale to rival the world's biggest companies and ... its posting losses. Big losses. What happened here? And what does it say about the future of the app?
GUEST: Alison Griswold, London-based journalist, author of Oversharing
Is Canadian intelligence to blame for this man's 14 years of incarceration?
Mohamedou Ould Slahi is not a Canadian citizen. He's Mauritanian. But he did spend a few weeks in Canada, and during that time he was watched. It is that evidence gathered by Canadian authorities, he claims, that led to his eventual detention and torture, and 14 years in security facilities. Now he's suing the Canadian government for $30 million. How did a few weeks in Montreal change his life, and how much is our government to blame?
GUEST: Michelle Shephard, terrorism and human rights reporter, filmmaker and podcaster
How your own car will ruin your attempt at insurance fraud
For decades, insurance companies devoted thousands of hours and millions of dollars to complex investigations of insurance claims, trying to determine whether claimants were lying or telling the truth. Now, a would-be fraudster can concoct an elaborate excuse only to find their scheme foiled by the gadgets within the very vehicle they may be trying to get fixed.
As digital technology becomes a standard part of every car, so do tracking devices that can determine everything from the route you took, where you stopped and if you were, say, going even just a kilometre or three over the speed limit. What are the implications for drivers, and the insurance industry at large?
GUEST: Aaron Hutchins, Maclean's
The mysterious link between a murder in Thailand and a plane crash in Northern Ontario
The murder victim in Thailand was a known gangster who had spent years in and around Vancouver. One of the four men who died in the mysterious crash was wanted by Thai police for his alleged role in the killing. In between the two events is four months, multiple police investigations across the world, a second fugitive also on the run, two young pilots and dozens of unanswered questions.
Who was Gene Lahrkamp? How did he end up dead near Sioux Lookout, Ontario? Why would he have travelled to Thailand to murder a gangster? What will happen when this story begins to be told?
GUEST: Kim Bolan, crime reporter, Vancouver Sun
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As a Canadian living out of Canada I love this podcast for keeping me up to date with things going on in Canada and how things in Canada are influencing the rest of the world. Wish they did a little daily or weekly Canadian news round up at the end.
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This podcast is great. They give very thoughtful insight into the issues we face, and they do so in a way that’s accessible for all listeners.