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Sensational stories about the issues that shape our country and our lives.

COMMONS CANADALAND

    • Politics
    • 4.4 • 46 Ratings

Sensational stories about the issues that shape our country and our lives.

    THE POLICE 4 - Starlight Tours

    THE POLICE 4 - Starlight Tours

    Even as a teenager, Neil Stonechild was an inspiration to his friends. And then one day, he was found frozen to death outside of Saskatoon. He was last seen alive in the back of a police cruiser. Thirty years later, we know some of what happened to him. But we still don’t have justice. 

    Featured in this episode: Jeffrey Crowe, Donald Worme, Susanne Reber

     

    To learn more:

    Report of the Commission of Inquiry Into Matters Relating to the Death of Neil Stonechild

    Starlight Tour: The Last, Lonely Night of Neil Stonechild by Susanne Reber and Robert Renaud

    Two Worlds Colliding by Tasha Hubbard

    Officer 332 by Kaitlyn Van De Woestyne

    Additional music from Audio Network

    This episode is sponsored by Dispatch Coffee, Audible, Missing From the Village and Canadian True Crime.

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    • 59 min
    THE POLICE 3 - Dirty Tricks

    THE POLICE 3 - Dirty Tricks

    A teenage boy and his friends start robbing banks in Toronto. A future Prime Minister is deported from Montreal. A Black Panther in Baltimore goes to prison for four decades. And the RCMP is split apart by the biggest scandal in the force's history. 

    At the heart of it all is one man. He calls himself the General.

     

    Featured in this episode: Ricky Atkinson, David Austin, Robin Philpot, Lennox Farrell, Gary Cristall

     

    To learn more:

    The Life, Crimes and Hard Times of Ricky Atkinson, Leader of the Dirty Tricks Gang by Richard Atkinson with Joe Fiorito

    Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex & Security in Sixties Montreal by David Austin 

    Ninth Floor by Mina Shum 

    Marshall Law: The Life & Times of a Baltimore Black Panther by Marshall “Eddie” Conway

     

    Additional music from Audio Network

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    • 53 min
    THE POLICE 2 - The Secret History of the RCMP

    THE POLICE 2 - The Secret History of the RCMP

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    The RCMP is one of the most famous police forces in the world — the red serge and stetson hat are practically synonymous with Canada. But that image obscures the profound power the Mounties have held throughout Canadian history. And the dark legacy of ethnic cleansing and genocide at their core.

    Featured in this episode: Jean Teillet, Sean Carleton, Steve Hewitt

    To learn more:

    The North-West Is Our Mother: The Story of Louis Riel's People, the Métis Nation by Jean Teillet

    Clearing the Plains by James Daschuk

    Riding to the Rescue: The Transformation of the RCMP in Alberta and Saskatchewan by Steve Hewitt

    Additional music from Audio Network

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    • 41 min
    We Need Your Support

    We Need Your Support

    Canada is a big, interesting, and complicated place and COMMONS is committed to bringing you thoughtfully crafted and illuminating stories that will challenge everything you think you know about this country.

    This past year, we have brought you stories from all across the country. We told your stories about some of Canada’s most powerful families. We launched an emergency season to cover the COVID-19 crisis in long-term care. And right now, we’re taking a hard look at how the police operate in this country. 

    We want to keep doing this work. So this week we’re reflecting on the year behind us and talking about our goals for the future. Please consider supporting the work that we do. 

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    • 12 min
    THE POLICE 1 - Julian Fantino

    THE POLICE 1 - Julian Fantino

    Julian Fantino may be the most famous cop in Canadian history. He was the chief of four different police forces. And for decades, he was one of the most influential voices in law enforcement. But during his rise, people critical of the police had a way of finding themselves in the crosshairs. They were smeared, surveilled, intimidated and arrested.

    The police are a singularly powerful institution in this country. How far are the cops willing to go to keep it that way?

    Featured in this episode: Lennox Farrell, Jerry Amernic, Susan Eng, Derek Finkle

     

    To learn more:

    “Toronto Police Farce” by Derek Finkle in Eye Weekly

    Dudley Speaks for Me by Ngardy Conteh George

    Hogtown: The Politics of Policing by Min Sook Lee

    The Trials of London by Max Allen in CBC Ideas

    Duty: The Life of a Cop by Julian Fantino and Jerry Amernic

     

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    • 52 min
    Introducing our new season...

    Introducing our new season...

    Stories about the power that police wield in Canada, and about the lengths they’re willing to go to hold on to it. First episode drops Wednesday, October 14.

     

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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

St.Giroux ,

Excellent journalism, lackluster production

This season on corruption features the excellent investigative reporting I’ve come to expect from Canadaland and its affiliated shows, however, elements of the production make Commons an aggravating listening experience. Audio packages and soundbites fluctuate from inaudibly quiet (see: Barack Obama in the first minutes of episode 3; many of the bed music interludes), to in-the-red loud at other moments. In one single segment, around 20:00mins in ep. 3, host Arshy Mann’s voice goes from too-quiet to too-loud with no interlude. It’s a fantastic show, but the listening experience both in headphones and external speakers, is poor.

Whyitsali ,

Loved DYNASTIES!

I loved the DYNASTIES seasons so much I was sad when they ended. Informative, easy, fun listening. I always learn something new and enjoy the storytelling. As a Canadian living in the states, I love staying connected to home through this podcast.

Gishmilish ,

I always learn something new

The hosts are delightful and go in-depth on a range of current and historical topics, especially stuff relating to POCs and indigenous people in Canada, which, as an American, I can vouch for as being an area the American media doesn't really cover so well. I feel like understanding Canada is interesting in its own right, but also helps me understand the US from a new perspective. Beautifully produced and definitely wins the best theme music award, as far as I'm concerned.

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