100 episodes

A politics show for people who hate politics.

COMMONS CANADALAND

    • Politics
    • 4.4, 44 Ratings

A politics show for people who hate politics.

    PANDEMIC 9 - Mend the World

    PANDEMIC 9 - Mend the World

    Support us at commonspodcast.com
     
    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

    Support us at commonspodcast.com
    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

    Support us at commonspodcast.com
    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
    PANDEMIC 6 - Northwood

    PANDEMIC 6 - Northwood

    $5/month for-adree COMMONS by clicking here.
    Over the last two months, Nova Scotians have endured tragedy upon tragedy. The worst mass murder in modern Canadian history. A helicopter crash and the death of a Snowbirds’ pilot. And all the while, COVID-19 ravaged the biggest long-term care home in Atlantic Canada.
    COMMONS: Pandemic is currently focusing on how COVID-19 is affecting long-term care in Canada.
     
    Featured in this episode: Jennifer Henderson (Halifax Examiner), Janice Keefe
    To learn more:
    “Nova Scotia's lives lost to the COVID-19 pandemic” by Taryn Grant, Cassidy Chisholm, Elizabeth Chiu and Alex Cooke in CBC Nova Scotia
    “The Northwood board has been expressing “grave concern” about double occupancy rooms for years” by Jennifer Henderson in the Halifax Examiner
    “Strang, union clash over COVID-19 concerns at Northwood” by John McPhee in The Chronicle Herald
     
    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.

    • 31 min
    PANDEMIC 5 - Shirley and Tracy

    PANDEMIC 5 - Shirley and Tracy

    Here's where you can support us: commonspodcast.com

    Tracy Rowley lost her surrogate mother to COVID-19 in a long-term care facility. But she’s determined that Shirley Egerdeen doesn’t become just another statistic. Tracy’s suing the company that runs the home. But one of the strangest things in this story is exactly who owns them.
    COMMONS: Pandemic is currently focusing on how COVID-19 is affecting long-term care in Canada.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 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.

Top Podcasts In Politics

Listeners Also Subscribed To

More by CANADALAND