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Media criticism, news analysis and investigations with host Jesse Brown. The #1 Canadian podcast.

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    (Short Cuts) You Don't "Both Sides" Human Rights

    (Short Cuts) You Don't "Both Sides" Human Rights

    In covering the end of widespread reproductive freedom in the United States, the CBC goes the both-sides route. At what point should something be considered a human-rights issue and no longer subject to debate?


    And the Convoy — or at least something similar — is set to rematerialize in Ottawa. What has the media learned since last time, and are we any closer to putting our finger on a diffuse movement that’s very different to different people? Jonathan Goldsbie fills in for Jesse and Rachel Cairns co-hosts. 

    Links:
    CBC's the Current segment re: Roe v. Wade
    Dr. Jennifer Gunter Tweet re: appearance on CBC
    Stephanie Gray Google Talk
    MPP Bhutila Karpoche Tweet re: Evictions
    Jonathan Goldsbie's Tweet re: Toronto Councilor
    The Conversation piece re: Roe v. Wade
    National Post piece re: Freedom Convoy
    Vice piece re: Freedom Convoy
    The Tyee piece re: Freedom Convoy

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    • 48 min
    Education: What Is It Good For?

    Education: What Is It Good For?

    Universities across Alberta have experienced huge funding cuts over the last three years. Come fall, students will be paying for that with huge tuition increases (some as high as 104%). But these changes are bigger than just dollars and cents, they beg the question: What is the point of getting a post-secondary education?

    Freelance journalist Oumar Salifou reports on the impacts seen in Alberta and host Jesse Brown interviews Alberta's minister of higher education. 

    Featured in this episode: Anita Cardinal, law student at the University of Alberta; Reginald Wiebe, assistant professor of English at Concordia University of Edmonton; Dave Lamont, a caretaker at the University of Calgary; Brenda Austin-Smith, president of the Canadian Association of University Teachers; Demetrios Nicolaides, Alberta's minister of higher education 

    Further reading:
    Some Alberta post-secondary institutions left relatively unscathed while U of A funds slashed, new data shows, CBC News
    Post-secondary students grapple with increased tuitions as a result of provincial funding cuts to education, The Globe and Mail
    Budget 2021: Post-secondary sees further cuts, 750 job losses, The Calgary Herald
    'A turning point:' After years of cuts, Alberta budget signals growth for U of A, The Edmonton Journal

    Alberta universities voice mixed feelings about budget 2022, Global News

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    • 44 min
    (Short Cuts) Imperfect Behaviour

    (Short Cuts) Imperfect Behaviour

    A scandal in Canada's sacred sport. And can journalists do more to unpack the crypto craze and crash? Emilie Nicolas fills in for Jesse and Julian McKenzie co-hosts. 

    Links:
    TSN piece re: Hockey Canada 
    CBC story re: freezing Hockey Canada Assets
    Rick Westhead interview with Kyle Beach
    LA Time piece re: Amy Kaufman
    Globe and Mail piece re: bitcoin

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    • 46 min
    The Dubious Botanist

    The Dubious Botanist

    A Canadian scientist wanted to demonstrate how he could use DNA barcoding to distinguish between different strains of cannabis; a pretty valuable thing to be able to do during the weed marketing gold rush.

    To prove it, he just took a graph of U.S. arrest data, changed the title, and said 'here, here's my evidence.'

    He did a lot more than that. And it might have all gone unnoticed, if not for some meddlesome researchers. Senior producer Sarah Lawrynuik gets into it.

    Featured in this episode: Charles Piller, investigative journalist for Science Magazine; Ken Thompson, post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University; Paul Hebert, director of the University of Guelph's Centre for Biodiversity Genomics

    Further reading:
    Failing the test, Charles Piller, Science
    Controversial supplements researcher not guilty of misconduct, Canadian university concludes, Charles Piller, Science

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    • 40 min
    (Short Cuts) Correction? Recession? Celebration!

    (Short Cuts) Correction? Recession? Celebration!

    In the midst of a climate crisis, why do we continue to report business news as usual? And is Minister Mendicino being mendacious over the Emergencies Act when he says police advised the government to invoke it? John Woodside, climate reporter for Canada's National Observer co-hosts. 

    Links:
    Globe and Mail piece re: Ambitious oil emissions
    National Post piece re: anti-oil agenda and affordable food
    CP24 piece re: Toronto Police Service

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    • 39 min
    The Baristas Vs. Starbucks

    The Baristas Vs. Starbucks

    Of the more than 1,400 Starbucks stores in Canada, only a single location in Victoria, B.C. has a union. One former barista spoke to Canadaland about the working conditions that led baristas to organize for better protections - and how the flurry of anti-union messaging from Starbucks HQ was still not enough to deter the workers. 

    But companies across Canada and the U.S. have been employing these types of tactics for decades to prevent their workers from unionizing: including persistent messaging, hiring third-party crisis management firms, and even shuttering stores completely. 

    Do these new unionized workers stand a chance? Cherise Seucharan reports. 

    Featured in this episode: Izzy Adachi, former Starbucks worker; Pablo Guerra, organizer with United Steelworkers; Mitch Thompson, journalist; David J. Doorey, professor of labour law at York University

    Correction: An earlier version of this episode incorrectly identified the Victoria Starbucks location as the first location in Canada to unionize. While it is currently the only location that is unionized there were a number of stores that unionized in the ‘90s and 2000s. These locations are no longer unionized for a number of different reasons.

    Further reading:
    Only one Starbucks in Canada is currently unionized, and it’s in B.C. Why is Starbucks so afraid of unions?, Toronto Star
    A ‘Gen U’ of young Starbucks baristas is powering a growing push to unionize, CNBC
    LEAKED AUDIO: Amazon Union Buster Warns Workers ‘Things Could Become Worse’, Vice News
    Walmart has everything - except unions,The Walrus 
    Union-Bashing Is on the Menu at Tim Hortons, Mitchell Thompson, Jacobin

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Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
104 Ratings

104 Ratings

blkcat97 ,

Great journalism

I learn so much from this podcast. I may be from the United States but I don’t hear news like this. It would be awesome to have an equivalent to this in the United States too.

BiscoBoopBazaar42 ,

Excellent

American listener, but the journalistic integrity and quality content provided by Jesse and the rest of the crew at Canadaland are quite remarkable. Just started my membership today. Keep up the good work, folks!

mbjk987 ,

Keep up the French episodes!

Love the French language podcast episodes. As a Canadian expat who doesn’t hear French as much as I used to, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I was able to follow. Great having a non corporate bilingual source of Canadian news

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