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

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

    Why are we still using the ArriveCAN app? Why is it still mandatory?

    Why are we still using the ArriveCAN app? Why is it still mandatory?

    Early in the pandemic, nothing had to be perfect, governments just needed solutions. And Canada's developed the ArriveCAN app to help process returning Canadians and incoming foreigners, to ensure compliance with what were then very strict Covid protocols. It might have been messy, but it sure seemed necessary.

    Today, most of those protocols no longer exist. But ArriveCAN is still going strong. In fact, the government recently expanded the app to help modernize the border process. Which is fine...for those who want to use it. But why is it still mandatory? What do we know about the data it collects and what is done with it? And what's the danger of a government requiring citizens to use a piece of digital technology?

    GUEST: Bianca Wylie, technology expert, partner at Digital Public, co-founder of Tech Reset Canada

    • 30 min
    Will Donald Trump be indicted? If he is, what happens next?

    Will Donald Trump be indicted? If he is, what happens next?

    The former US President once said he could shoot somebody on Fifth Avenue and his supporters would never waver. After a week in which it was revealed that his Florida property was searched by the FBI in an ongoing investigation related to classified documents—including some pertaining to nuclear weapons—that statement looks prophetic. Trump's base and the Republican party have rallied around him, with escalating threats of violence against the departments conducting the investigation.

    But it does seem like the FBI and DOJ may be closing in. So what happens now? How far are we from an indictment, if one ever comes? Could a former president actually find himself under arrest? And if it does happen, what mayhem will it spark in a country that feels like a political powder keg?

    GUEST: Aaron Rupar, independent political and policy journalist, author of Public Notice

    • 24 min
    What happened when the "Queen of Canada's" followers tried to arrest the police?

    What happened when the "Queen of Canada's" followers tried to arrest the police?

    It's tempting to see Romana Didulo and her followers as a big joke. No, she's not the "Queen of Canada", or the world, so have a laugh. Why not?

    The answer to that question was on display in Peterborough, Ontario this weekend, when her followers attempted to perform citizens' arrests on members of the police force. Of course it didn't work, but things very nearly got out of hand. And if there were more people there, it might have.

    In the meantime, her followers have lost money, homes and freedom following her various directives, and it's proving difficult to help them find reality once again.

    GUEST: Kurt Phillips, founder of and former lead writer for Anti-Racist Canada, board member at the Canadian anti-hate network

    • 21 min
    Why Canadians should pay attention to the Dutch farmers protest

    Why Canadians should pay attention to the Dutch farmers protest

    It seems like a problem half a world away that doesn't concern us. But it's not. Strict new targets for fertilizer emissions have Dutch farmers fighting back, saying they will be forced to close. Canada's targets are not nearly as aggressive, but they have been poorly explained and may be badly implemented, causing a lot of fear among Canadian farmers worried they won't be able to care for their crops.

    This fear is being preyed upon by some people, who would like to stoke anger against the government, and radicalize Canadians towards their ideology. Here's what you need to understand about the difference between the emissions targets, the fear of fertilizer restrictions and the bad actors taking advantage of it.

    GUEST: Kelvin Heppner, field editor for RealAgriculture, family farmer in Manitoba

    • 24 min
    What happened in Kitsault, BC, Canada's most perfect Ghost Town?

    What happened in Kitsault, BC, Canada's most perfect Ghost Town?

    Kitsault was a mining town of 1,200 or so people in one of the most remote areas of British Columbia. It opened in 1981. It was empty by 1982. That was its first lifetime.

    Since then, however, something has happened to Kitsault. Unlike other abandoned towns, Kitsault has been maintained. First by the mining company, later by a private owner. So today it sits, almost perfectly preserved, ready for a small town's worth of people to show up and move in. Will they?

    GUEST: Justin McElroy, CBC reporter, personal Kitsault investigator

    • 18 min
    Inside the arms race to develop new psychedelic drugs

    Inside the arms race to develop new psychedelic drugs

    There's a lot of money in creating and patenting new drugs. Like, tens of billions of dollars. But the field is crowded, competitive and dominated by large pharmaceutical companies. So some new startups are looking elsewhere.

    For decades psychedelics have been illegal, taboo and largely considered the drugs of hippies. The past decade, though, has changed that, as psilocybin, ketamine and others have been increasingly used therapeutically. So now the race is on to create brand new psychedelics, that can be approved, patented and ... yup, marketed to you. Welcome to the psychedelic arms race.

    GUEST: John Semley, writer and researcher (Read John's piece in WIRED, right here.)

    • 23 min

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31 Ratings

31 Ratings

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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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I listen everyday!

This podcast is great. They give very thoughtful insight into the issues we face, and they do so in a way that’s accessible for all listeners.

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