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A politics show for people who hate politics.

    PANDEMIC 11 - It Didn’t Have To Be Like This

    PANDEMIC 11 - It Didn’t Have To Be Like This

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    Four months after the first outbreak in a Canadian nursing home, over 7000 long-term residents have died of COVID-19. But if you look at the news or social media or our political debates, it seems like we’ve already moved on. Maybe that’s because it feels like this kind of tragedy was inevitable during a pandemic. It wasn’t. And we know that because in some places in Canada, politicians and public health officials made decisions that saved hundreds, if not thousands of lives.
     
    COMMONS: Pandemic is currently focusing on how COVID-19 is affecting long-term care in Canada.
    Featured in this episode: Samir Sinha, Isobel Mackenzie, Michael Schwandt, Kieran Moore
     
    To learn more:
    “If you can get your relatives out of seniors’ homes, try to do so as fast as you can” by André Picard in The Globe and Mail
    “With an early focus on seniors’ residences, Kingston has so far avoided the brunt of COVID-19” by Karen Howlett in The Globe and Mail
    Luck and timing: How B.C. has managed to avoid the worst-case COVID-19 scenario by Briar Stewart in CBC News
     
    This episode is sponsored by Rotman’s MBA Essentials Online
    “Clean Soul” by Kevin Macleod, adapted.
    Additional music from Audio Network

    • 26 min
    PANDEMIC 10 - Burn It Down

    PANDEMIC 10 - Burn It Down

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    Jonathan Marchand is one of the thousands of young disabled people living in long-term care. But Marchand doesn’t want to fix the system. He doesn’t think it can be reformed. Marchand is an abolitionist. For a century and a half, Canada has hidden away disabled people in institutions where they were neglected and abused. Is long-term care just the latest incarnation of this dark history?
     
    COMMONS: Pandemic is currently focusing on how COVID-19 is affecting long-term care in Canada.
    Featured in this episode: Jonathan Marchand, Sharon J. Riley (The Walrus), Kenneth Jackson (APTN News), Madeline Burghardt, Dustin Galer
     
    To learn more:
    “When Is a Senior No Longer Capable of Making Their Own Decisions?” by Sharon J. Riley in The Walrus
    “‘Sitting duck’: Disabled woman, 27, lives in Toronto seniors home with COVID-19 outbreak” by Kenneth Jackson in APTN News
    Working Towards Equity: Disability Rights Activism and Employment in Late Twentieth-Century by Dustin Galer
    Broken: Institutions, Families, and the Construction of Intellectual Disability by Madeline Burghardt 
    Hope Is Not a Plan
     
    This episode is sponsored by Freshbooks
    Additional music from Audio Network

    • 35 min
    PANDEMIC 9 - Mend the World

    PANDEMIC 9 - Mend the World

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    After a stroke left him locked in his own body, Rabbi Ronnie Cahana has found ways to lead an incredibly full life. Then the pandemic came. It swept through Quebec, leaving a trail of devastation. Today, Rabbi Cahana is one of the thousands of Quebeckers left stranded in the middle of one of the worst disasters in modern Canadian history.
     
    COMMONS: Pandemic is currently focusing on how COVID-19 is affecting long-term care in Canada.
    Featured in this episode: Aaron Derfel (Montreal Gazette), Tamara Sussman, Kitra Cahana, Ronnie Cahana
    To learn more:
    “Once a retirement plum for Quebec elders, nursing homes are now symbols of neglect” by Les Perreaux in The Globe and Mail
    “The incredible stupidity of not putting Dr. Joanne Liu in charge of Quebec’s response to the coronavirus” by André Noël in Ricochet
    “How Montreal's CHSLDs mirrored the Diamond Princess outbreak” by Aaron Derfel in the Montreal Gazette
     
    This episode is sponsored by Wealthbar
    Additional music from Audio Network
    “I Am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor” by Chris Zabriskie, adapted.

    • 37 min
    PANDEMIC 8 - Hunger Strike

    PANDEMIC 8 - Hunger Strike

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    Innis Ingram’s mother is his hero. But today, she’s living in one of the worst hit long-term care homes in Ontario. She has a terminal illness. Dozens and dozens of people around her have died, including her friend and roommate. And she’s had minimal human contact for three months. But even though he can’t be there with her, Innis is determined to get her the care she needs.
     
    COMMONS: Pandemic is currently focusing on how COVID-19 is affecting long-term care in Canada.
    Featured in this episode: Innis Ingram, Nathan Stall
     
    To learn more:
    “Ontario LTC whistle-blower saw many incidents of verbal abuse and forced feeding” by Jill Mahoney and Karen Howlett” in The Globe and Mail
    “It’s time to let families visit long-term care homes” by André Picard in The Globe and Mail
    “Some Ontario doctors, families worry rules for care home visits causing harm to residents” in CBC News
     
    This episode is sponsored by Freshbooks
    Additional music from Audio Network
    “Western Shores” by Philipp Weigl, adapted

    • 24 min
    BONUS: The Honest Fakery of Wrestling

    BONUS: The Honest Fakery of Wrestling

    We take a break from our PANDEMIC season with an extended interview with Damian Abraham, a guest from our episode about Canada's wrestling dynasty, The Harts. Damian explains the art of juggling the real and the fake, wrestling's dying language and how Canadians helped build World Wrestling Entertainment.

    • 7 min
    PANDEMIC 7 - The Frontline

    PANDEMIC 7 - The Frontline

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    Long-term care workers are in the vanguard in the war against COVID-19. They’re not the kinds of workers who get movies or TV shows made about them. In fact, their stories are rarely told. But not only are they battling heroically against this pandemic. They’re fighting for recognition and respect within a system built to marginalize them. 
    COMMONS: Pandemic is currently focusing on how COVID-19 is affecting long-term care in Canada.
     
    Featured in this episode: Joadel Concepcion, Joanna Bulatao, Lisa Burke, Naomi Lightman, Zaid Noorsumar
    To learn more:
    “‘We are dropping like flies,’ says Ontario home care nurse” by Zaid Noorsumar in Rank and File
    “Fear and exhaustion: Working as a PSW in long-term care during the coronavirus” by Alanna Mitchell in Maclean’s
    “Comparing Care Regimes: Worker Characteristics and Wage Penalties in the Global Care Chain” by Naomi Lightman in Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society
     
    This episode is sponsored by Freshbooks
    Additional music from Audio Network

    • 26 min

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