CANADALAND

Exploring Maxime Bernier's ties to the Koch Brothers, Andrew Coyne's love for the monarchy, and proof, if you needed it, that Jordan Peterson is full of shit.

Justin Ling co-hosts.

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Sara Mojtehedzadeh may very well be Canada's last full-time labour reporter.

This past fall, as the Toronto Star's work and wealth reporter, Mojtehedzadeh went undercover for a month at Fiera Foods—a factory in Toronto where a temp agency worker was recently killed.

Her month-long stint led to Undercover in Temp Nation, an explosive year-long investigation into the company. Her and Brendan Kennedy's reporting is exemplary, but its kind is nearly extinct. In a time when robust coverage of unions and 'workplace issues' is scarce, and sporadic-at-best labour stories are relegated to the business section, investigations like Mojtehedzadeh's are rare.

Guest Host Elamin Abdelmahmoud speaks with Mojtehedzadeh and the Globe and Mail's (Vancouver) longtime former labour reporter Rod Mickleburgh about how the labour beat has changed over the years, and what less coverage means for working Canadians in a time when precarious employment rules and the gig (economy) is definitely not up.

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A series of essays by men accused of sexual misconduct, in which they attempt to defend themselves, have appeared in the press lately. Jesse and co-host Anne Kingston tackle that essay in the New York Review of Books, as well as the publisher of Harper's performance on the CBC.

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Guest Host Chip Zdarsky (Spectacular Spiderman, Sex Criminals) is joined by Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) co-founder and longtime friend, Chris Butcher. They discuss the state of the Canadian comic book industry, what it's like to work for Marvel, TCAF's far-reaching influence, The Beguiling, and the void that Koyama Press' departure will create in Canadian publishing. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 6:58am EST

A look at how the Ford government's notwithstanding invocation has been covered by the press, as well as a look at the spurious media diet of the alleged Fredericton shooter.

Arshy Mann co-hosts.

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Confusion over "off the record" played a pivotal role in global affairs this past week. So — how does this oft-misunderstood agreement actually work, and why do so many powerful people continue to misuse it?

Jesse speaks with Toronto Star's Daniel Dale about his scoop on Trump's off the record comments about Canada amid NAFTA talks, and to Buzzfeed News' editor-in-chief Ben Smith about an "off the record" email Elon Musk sent to one of his reporters.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 6:21am EST

Jesse talks to Graeme Gordon about his controversial interview with former Rebel personality, current Toronto mayoral candidate, and avowed white supremacist Faith Goldy. Plus Trump's "off the record" drama with Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale.

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