10/3 brings you the biggest stories in Canada told by Postmedia's national network of award-winning journalists. Hosted by Dave Breakenridge, 10/3 updates twice a week.
McGill student lawsuit alleges he faced anonymous sexual assault complaint
A lawsuit out of Montreal has revealed unorthodox procedures for dealing with sexual assault allegations on campus.
A student at Montreal’s McGill University has filed a lawsuit alleging he was forced to defend allegations of sexual assault which weren’t detailed to him and from an accuser who remained anonymous.
Dave is joined by Montreal Gazette crime reporter Paul Cherry to talk about how this case was handled by a student society panel, the public actions taken against the student and how the process was overturned on appeal.
Background reading: McGill University student sues school, newspaper, associations and accuser
COVID-19 vaccines: Is the end of the pandemic in sight?
With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Canada, the lingering question that’s on a lot of peoples minds is “When the heck are we gonna get a vaccine for this thing?”
Well, some promising signs on this front as a pair of pharmaceutical companies say they have vaccines almost ready to go.
Dave is joined by National Post health reporter Sharon Kirkey to talk about why cases are on the rise in Canada, the promise shown by these vaccine developments, and the challenge of getting them distributed once they’re approved.
Erin O'Toole bets on union members voting Conservative to win the next election
Erin O’Toole could well be Canada’s next prime minister. He just needs to do something that has happened just once in the last 30 years, win a Conservative majority.
And to do that, he’s looking for voters you don’t typically see right-wing parties courting. Union members.
Dave is joined by National Post politics reporter Brian Platt to talk about why O’Toole is looking at this voter base as a way to grow support, what the pitch he’s making is, and whether this could actually pave the way to a Conservative win.
Background reading: Why Erin O'Toole is gambling on building a new, union-friendly Conservative voting coalition
The future of the Republican Party after Donald Trump
The Republicans may have lost the White House, but it doesn’t mean their party is battered and bruised.
With a conservative majority on the supreme court, and potentially retaining the Senate, the Republicans are in a good place to keep president-elect Joe Biden in check over the next four years.
But what does a Republican Party look like without Donald Trump?
Nicholas Lemann, a staff writer at The New Yorker, joins Dave to talk about what the mentality is behind Trump’s challenge of the results, how party leaders may be looking to move past this election and position themselves for the midterms in two years.
Background reading: The Republican Identity Crisis After Trump
What a Joe Biden presidency means for Canadian oil
As a candidate for U.S. president, Joe Biden talked about wanting to get the country off its dependency on oil.
But how things will actually play out under President Biden — and what this means for Canada’s energy sector — is still up in the air.
Will that stance mean less U.S. oil production, which means an opportunity for Canadian companies? Could Alberta’s oil be hit with a cross-border carbon tax? And where does a green new deal fit in?
Geoffrey Morgan, who covers energy and power for The Financial Post, joins Dave by phone to talk about the ramifications of a Biden presidency for Alberta oil, the Keystone XL pipeline and how it could force Justin Trudeau and Jason Kenney to work together for the sake of the energy sector.
The military's plan to use propaganda to influence behaviour of Canadians
The Canadian Forces is looking to set up a new propaganda arm to try to influence the behaviour of people in this country.
The proposal, revealed in documents uncovered by Postmedia, are an extension of a plan from the Chief of Defence Staff to ‘weaponize’ the military’s public affairs branch
Dave is joined by Ottawa Citizen military affairs reporter David Pugliese, who uncovered the story, to walk through what this organization would do, why they’re trying to influence Canadians’ behaviour, and what this could mean for the public perception of the forces.
Background reading: Canadian military wants to establish new organization to use propaganda, other techniques to influence Canadians