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An in-depth look at the issues, culture and personalities shaping Canada today.

    Paydirt E1: It's not easy being green

    Paydirt E1: It's not easy being green

    In 2022, the Doug Ford government opened parts of Ontario’s protected Greenbelt for housing development, touching off a massive political scandal. But long before that, tensions over the green space outside of Toronto had been quietly simmering for nearly two decades.

    What is the Greenbelt? How did it end up becoming such a flashpoint for fights over the housing crisis and the climate crisis? And who stood to benefit when the Ford government tore it up after 20 years?

    • 39 min
    Island Crime S6 E1: Soft

    Island Crime S6 E1: Soft

    On Saturday's we normally drop the newest episode of In this Economy?! in the feed, but this week we wanted to spotlight another Frequency Podcast Network production that we thought you'd enjoy. Here's the first episode of the sixth season of Laura Palmer's acclaimed show, Island Crime, and we think it might be best one yet.



    For three decades, Rhonda has wondered why someone killed her high school friend Kimberly Gallup. Kimberly was a girl who loved the Kansas City Chiefs and Bon Jovi. Her death has a lasting impact on all who knew her.

    • 46 min
    How the cops cracked the $24M Pearson gold heist

    How the cops cracked the $24M Pearson gold heist

    This is one that even the police say will be a Netflix miniseries someday. On April 17, 2023, more than $20 million in gold was stolen from Pearson airport in Toronto. Nobody was hurt, and the crooks got away. It was one of those kinds of thefts. You can picture the scene in your head.

    Exactly one year later though, police announced arrests, including those of two Air Canada employees, making clear they believe it was at least partly an inside job. How did the crooks pull off the initial caper? How did the cops catch them? What happened to the gold, and who will play whom in the adaptation?

    GUEST: Andy Takagi, reporter, The Toronto Star

    • 16 min
    Can Canada really build 3.9 million homes by 2031?

    Can Canada really build 3.9 million homes by 2031?

    By far the biggest part of the federal budget is an ambitious plan that the Liberal government claims will not only hit the targeted estimate of homes Canada needs, but will blow right past it. You'd be forgiven some skepticism, since the Prime Minister stated less than a year ago that housing "isn't a primary federal responsibility." A lot has changed since then, especially the government's polling numbers.

    But politics aside, what's in this plan? How exactly does the government think it can hit its targets? What does one of the country's leading housing policy analysts think of those solutions? What's in this plan that will or won't solve the housing crisis in the next decade? And what's in it to help people afford homes right now?

    GUEST: Mike Moffatt, Senior Director of Policy and Innovation at the Smart Prosperity Institute; Assistant Professor in the Business, Economics and Public Policy group at Ivey Business School, Western University

    • 24 min
    What the federal budget means for you

    What the federal budget means for you

    In the weeks leading up to Tuesday's budget announcement, the federal government has been hammering a message that this document would make life more affordable for Canadians.

    Does it accomplish that? What's in here that will matter to your wallet in the months to come? What takes aim at trying to bring down the cost of living over the next several years? And who's going to end up paying for all this?

    GUEST: Jim Stanford, economist and Director of The Centre for Future Work

    • 21 min
    Could Naheed Nenshi cause an NDP divorce?

    Could Naheed Nenshi cause an NDP divorce?

    The former Calgary mayor is beloved by many in the province. He might well be the favourite in the race to succeed Rachel Notley as leader of the Alberta NDP. But he's never really been involved with the party, and his trademark 'purple' comes from blending Liberal red and Conservative blue. No orange in sight.But his campaign will force some fascinating questions onto the party, both in Alberta and nationally. Questions that have been bubbling just below the surface for the past couple of elections, and are making insiders wonder about the future of a unified national NDP...

    GUEST: Graham Thomson, Alberta-based political analyst

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

MemYesThatsRightMem ,

Excellent journalism!

Im an Australian living in NYC who recently started working for the Canadian Government, so to be conscientious I looked for Canadian news podcasts to keep up to date with all things Canada. The Big Story is a great podcast that gives in depth looks at relevant and important Canadian issues. It has also introduced me to Rob Ford, a person I had never heard of prior to the Gravy Train series. For the last month I have been eagerly awaiting The Gravy Train each week - what a brilliantly reported, jaw-dropping saga!! Great stuff.

Nizar.Bekai ,

This Canadian Life

Absolutely adore this podcast. There’s something so powerful about hearing stories regarding the everyday lives of people. Of particular note, the episodes focusing on marginalized communities (recent few about different Indigenous groups for example) are especially potent and really stay with you for a long time. Can’t wait to see how this podcast grows and develops over time.

tjrock85 ,

Great great great

As a Canadian living out of Canada I love this podcast for keeping me up to date with things going on in Canada and how things in Canada are influencing the rest of the world. Wish they did a little daily or weekly Canadian news round up at the end.

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