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Gerard Ryle is the director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, who are behind the Paradise Papers, the Panama Papers and other similar investigations.

Major revelations are continuing to come out of the Paradise Papers in Canada and around the world.

One prominent columnist dismissed the whole thing as "another cheap shot at the wealthy," while other people are asking why this story isn't causing riots in the streets.

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A Master's student was reprimanded for showing her students a public TV clip of psychology professor/YouTuber Jordan Peterson explaining why he refuses to use people's preferred pronouns. Now the whole country's stuck talking about it.

Steve Paikin staged a debate about whether Canada is keeping Indigenous people in crisis, with guests who believe things like North American settlers were more advanced than Indigenous people and that Indigenous people should just assimilate.

The Peterborough Examiner published the real name of a sex worker, as well as the street they live on, in their coverage of a protest. 

Alex Verman co-hosts.

Alex's Twitter: @misgenders

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Reporters Anna Merlan and Madeleine Davies were investigating and writing about Louis CK well before the New York Times story came out. And they faced a lot of criticism for it. 

They join Jesse to talk about the line between rumour and news, and whether standards have changed around reporting on sexual misconduct in the post-Weinstein world.

Madeleine Davies is a senior writer for Jezebel.

Anna Merlan is a senior reporter at Gizmodo Media's Special Projects Desk.


Bill Morneau tries to turn down the heat through tales of his spicy past, CBC takes a stand for landlord rights and Jagmeet Singh tries out some slam poetry.

 

COMMONS co-host Hadiya Roderique joins Jesse.

 

Hadiya's Twitter: @deeroderique

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Is local media doomed? We speak to three entrepreneurs who are making a go of it with three very different models.

 

Dave Bidini publishes the West End Phoenix, a recently-launched, print-only monthly newspaper that covers west Toronto.

 

Jeff Elgie is the CEO of Village Media, a digital-only company that provides hyper-local news to nine small communities, mostly in Ontario.

 

Jeremy Klaszus is the founder and editor of The Sprawl, a Calgary news site that practices "pop-up journalism."

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CBC's flagship TV newscast The National is revamped with a four-host format and released into the world.

The Paradise Papers reveal what the Toronto Star calls a "worldwide shadow economy worth trillions of dollars." But the Financial Post's Terence Corcoran thinks the whole thing is just "another cheap shot at the wealthy." Find extensive reporting on the leak at The Star and the CBC.

A white photographer at a concert refuses to listen to Polaris Prize winner Lido Pimentia's calls to make space for brown girls. Some crucial details are missing from the initial reporting.

Freelance reporter Sarah Hagi co-hosts.

Sarah's Twitter: @geekylonglegs

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“Objectivity for the sake of objectivity often means make sure that the powerful always get their say. And sometimes Caesar shouldn’t have his say. Sometimes the truth is just true.”

 

As a foreign war correspondent, Jeremy Scahill revealed secret military campaigns in Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia that resulted in congressional investigations. His books Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army and Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield were widely celebrated and he could have gotten a high-profile job in mainstream media. But instead, he became a founding editor of The Intercept, a news outlet dedicated to "fearless, adversarial journalism." He hosts their podcast, Intercepted.

 

Jeremy Scahill talks about excoriating mainstream networks on their own platforms, who Canada is killing overseas and why he hopes the media is learning lessons right now that they will carry beyond Trump.

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A series of media scoops have shown that some politicians are actually rich people who want to keep their money.

Bernie Sanders comes to Canada to tell us about our healthcare system.

The government has been debating the so-called Ghomeshi rules, new legislation that would change how sexual assault cases are dealt with in court.

BuzzFeed News Washington correspondent Paul McLeod co-hosts.

Paul's Twitter: @pdmcleod

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Adam Gopnik lived out a certain Canadian fantasy. He left the country and became a prominent New York intellectual. He writes about the move in his new book, At the Stranger's Gate.

Gopnik is now a staff writer at the New Yorker, where he writes about Canada — like in this profile of Michael Ignatieff or the recent piece, "We Could Have Been Canada."

He talks about how New York has changed, whether it still has anything to offer to dreamy exiles, and the bright side of Canada being run by a small pool of political elites. Jesse tries to keep up.

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Quebec passes a racist law.

A bunch of media outlets ran a story that used video manipulation and questionable translation to make it look like an imam was calling for the slaughter of Jews. After he lost his job, his reputation was ruined and there were hateful protests at his mosque, Toronto Star --who ran the original story-- exposed the dangerous flaws of the early reporting.

Student leader Masuma Khan faced censure from Dalhousie University for a vulgar, anti-Canada 150 Facebook post and some of the usual free speech purists are conspicuously silent.

And we address listener questions about a weird story in Fast Company about Casper and the online mattress industry.

Massey journalism fellow Naheed Mustafa co-hosts.

Naheed's Twitter: @NaheedMustafa

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The Conservative Party leader walked away from a scrum when pressed about his campaign manager working in far right media company The Rebel's office during his campaign. 

 

We look at the language around Gord Downie's death.

 

And there are a lot of unanswered questions in the story of freed hostage Joshua Boyle.

 

Freelancer and former VICE reporter Justin Ling co-hosts.

Justin's Twitter: @justin_ling


An "unprecedented national collaboration" between The National Observer, Global, The Toronto Star and more exposes the dangers of sour gas in Saskatchewan. But as OurSask.ca points out, they forgot to mention the CBC broke the story two years ago. 

 

The Globe and Mail pillories the Liberals' tax plan.

 

CBC journalists find creative ways to criticize the CBC.

 

The National Post's Jen Gerson co-hosts.

 

Jen's Twitter: @jengerson

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Co-host Omar Mouallem lives in the Edmonton neighbourhood where the terror attack took place over the weekend. He discusses what he saw in the news versus what he saw in real life.

On Jagmeet Singh's first interview with CBC's Power and Politics as the NDP's leader, Terry Milewski takes the opportunity to grill him about the Air India bomber.

The takes are in for the Government's #DigiCanCon plan, AKA The Netflix Deal, to revamp the Canadian content industry.

 

Omar's Twitter: @omar_aok

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When we found out the Trudeau Government was selling armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, despite their terrible human rights record, there was little public debate. When a professor launched a bid to stop the deal, the Federal Court rejected it, saying there was no proof that the vehicles were being used against Saudi citizens. 

 

Then this summer, videos surfaced that appeared to show that Ontario-made combat vehicles were in fact being deployed against Saudi civilians. That news barely made a splash.

 

The Globe and Mail's Steven Chase has been following this story closely - and is one of few reporters who have been covering it at all. You can read all of his reporting at the Globe and Mail.


This American Life ponders the question:Is Gavin McInnes actually racist? We help them find the answer.

 

The Globe and Mail launches a project to teach kids about media manipulation... through media manipulation.

 

Freelancer David Berry co-hosts. 

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Michael Enright got Jesse his first job in radio. He was also CANADALAND’s first ever guest, drinking bourbon and talking sh*t about the Canadian media. For our 200th show, he’s back to talk about how the media has changed since that day... and how Air Canada ended up publicly denouncing him on Twitter.

 

Michael hosts a show on CBC Radio called The Sunday Edition. Jesse used to work there.

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For one week every year, the Canadian press transforms into movie industry experts. Our newspapers run glossy red carpet photos of Hollywood stars and stories about which movies penned distribution deals with who. But is any of this actually good for Toronto or Canada's film industry?

 

Norm Wilner has been covering the Toronto International Film Festival for 30 years. As a film critic at NOW Magazine, he's seen it grow into the monster it's become.

 

 

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Who thought we'd have a Nazi problem in 2017? Richard Warman did. Years before the current "Should I punch a Nazi" debate took off, he was taking neo-Nazis to court.

 

As a human rights lawyer, Richard Warman went on mission to take down neo-Nazis using our legal system. He filed more complaints for online hate speech than any other Canadian -- and was hugely successful.

 

But in the process, he got on the bad side of a lot of the media.

 

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A growing list of contributors and politicians are cutting ties with far right website The Rebel after their coverage of the white nationalist protest in Charlottesville. Meanwhile, "Rebel commander" Ezra Levant wants to distance himself from the alt-right, claiming he's just learned it's a racist movement. 

 

Chronicle Herald workers are back in the newsroom after a year and a half on strike, working alongside those who crossed the picket line to fill the paper with some seriously sh*tty journalism.

 

Reporter Maggie Rahr co-hosts. 

Maggie's Twitter: @MaggieRahr

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When the vitriol started to fly over Omar Khadr's $10.5 million settlement and apology from the government, Michelle Shephard got frustrated with just how much people were getting the basic facts wrong.

As national security reporter for the Toronto Star, author of the book Guantanamo's Child and co-director of the documentary of the same name, she's been the top reporter on Khadr's story for the past 15 years.

She speaks to guest host Omar Mouallem about how Khadr's public image has evolved over the years and what the media and the public continues to get wrong about the story.

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Journalist Evan Balgord has been covering fringe right groups like the Proud Boys, Soldiers of Odin, and the Three Percenters for the better part of the past year. He joins the COMMONS team to discuss the ongoing street protests and what’s driving these groups’ discontent.

 

CANADALAND will be back on Monday.

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With resistance to Canada150, Indigenous women calling out a reporter at a press conference, and the Proud Boys disrupting a Mi'kmaq ceremony in Halifax, the way people talk about our colonial history is changing. While Indigenous people demand respect, journalists like the National Post's John Robson think the insults are just too much.

 

NDP MP Romeo Saganash plagiarized co-host Erica Violet Lee's work in an op-ed for the Globe and Mail.

 

With Omar Khadr reportedly getting an apology and a settlement of $10.5 million from the Canadian government after nearly a decade in Guantanamo Bay, politicians are twisting the narrative, and a columnist wonders why Khadr can't just move on.

 

Erica's blog: Moontime Warrior

Erica's Twitter: @ericavioletlee

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Something special to announce today, new show on Thursday. 

Link discussed: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-canadaland-guide-to-canada/9781501150630-item.html?ref=item_page%3avariation
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While Jesse is on vacation, here’s a compilation of The Imposter’s best bits to date. Listen to pt. 1 here.

Tanya Tagaq is an Inuk throat singer. Her new album, Retribution, came out October 21st on Six Shooter Records. @Tagaq

Lauren Strapagiel is the social news editor for Buzzfeed News Canada. She’s written for the National Post, Montreal Gazette, and the Edmonton Journal. @LaurenStrapa

Allan King’s 1967 documentary Warrendale is recognized as a groundbreaking documentary about a Toronto group home for “emotionally disturbed” kids. Andrew Moir looks into the lasting impact of the film on its subjects’ lives. You can watch the whole movie online.

Nicholas Godfrey the man behind Amazon reviewer Mister Quickly. The Observer called his character “One of the Great Wits of Our Time.” Read Mister Quickly’s reviews here.

Matt Johnson is an acclaimed filmmaker, actor, and enfant terrible behind the cult webseries-turned-Viceland show, nirvanna the band the show with co-conspirator @JayMcCarol. He has a real knack for sneaking around; his upcoming film Operation Avalanche was shot inside NASA without their permission, and most of his body of work deals with real people who aren’t acting. Operation Avalanche will be in theatres on September 16th.


Music on this episode:

"Sexe Machin / Sex Machine" by Jef Elise Barbara, a Montreal synth pop musician who first began performing as Jef and the Holograms. Jef recently released their 7″ on Montreal label, Fixture Records. Listen to Sexe Machin / Sex Machine.

"Paradise" by Daniel Caesar, a Toronto-based singer-songwriter. His EP Pilgrim’s Paradise was primarily recorded in family living room of producer Jordan Evans. Listen to Paradise by Daniel Caesar featuring BADBADNOTGOOD and Sean Leon.

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Jesse is on break, here's what The Imposter has been up to:

Lido Pimienta is a singer, songwriter, and visual artist from Baranquilla, Colombia. Her highly-anticipated follow up album, La Papessa has been artfully remixed, and can be listened to here. @LidoPimienta

Geoff Siskind is a documentary filmmaker and Storage Wars Canada showrunner. @GeoffSiskind

Rap Master Maurice will revenge rap Jonathan Goldstein or any of your other enemies for $17. If you want a friendly rap, it’ll cost you more. 

Esie Mensah is a dancer and choreographer who has worked with a range of recording artists including Janelle Monae, Nelly Furtado, Jully Black and Shawn Desman. She’s the director of The Black Stars; a coalition of afro-influenced dancers that mixes traditional with contemporary movement, and she teaches classes at City Dance Corps. Here’s Esie on Season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance. @EsieMensah

 

Music on this episode:

"La Capacidad (Kaleema Remix)" from Lido Pimienta's LA PAPESSA Remixes Volume 1. Listen to the album on Soundcloud.

“Mary Poppins’ Pockets” from New Fries’ album More. Find their music on Bandcamp.

 

The Imposter is hosted by Aliya Pabani and produced by Kevin Sexton. Follow us on Twitter: @IMPSTR/@Aliyabani. Our website is canadalandshow.com
Send pitches to: kevin@canadalandshow.com

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Should politicians be allowed to talk about fundraising in the House of Commons? 

CBC's The Current is providing helpful tips for women to succeed in the workplace, including how not to cry. 

A generic white man has been robbing banks in downtown Toronto and the police aren't quite sure how to describe a criminal they can't racially profile.

Jen Gerson's Twitter: @JenGerson

Read producer Katie's response to The Current here: @KatieJensen

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Journalist Haley Jarmain received death threats at a Rebel rally, and Ezra Levant doesn't believe her.

Should we rethink political journalism in the post-truth era? Read Colin's argument here.

Article Magazine founder & Macleans writer Colin Horgan co-hosts.

Colin's Twitter: @CFHorgan

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Suburbs frozen in the 1950s. Progressives in the middle of oil country. A city coming to grips with a diversifying population and the clashes that ensue. Jesse explores the eccentricities of Edmonton, past and present, with panelists Sheila Pratt (Edmonton Journal), Chris Chang-Yen Phillips (CJSR 88.5 FM, Edmonton's 4th historian laureate), and Tristin Hopper (National Post). Recorded live at Edmonton Lit Fest in the Metro Cinema on October 17th 2016.

Sheila Pratt's Twitter: @SheilaMPratt

Chris Chang-Yen Phillips's Twitter: @CJSR

Tristin Hopper's Twitter: @TristinHopper

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Protestors in Edmonton opposed to Rachel Notley's carbon tax borrow the Trump chant, "Lock Her Up."

The Liberals may be abandoning campaign promises, but they do have a fun quiz on electoral reform.

Toronto Life has a feature article on reporter Raveena Aulakh's suicide.

Metro Edmonton columnist Danielle Paradis co-hosts.

Danielle's Twitter: @DaniParadis

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Does it matter that Trudeau said nice things about late dictator Fidel Castro?

 

The RCMP is trying to change the public image of digital surveillance. Meanwhile, reporters from CBC and the Toronto Star are defending their story about the RCMP's case for better digital data collection. 

 

The CBC has now joined the calls for an ad-free CBC. Here's their proposal.

 

VICE News Canadian features editor Justin Ling co-hosts.

 

Justin's Twitter: @JustinLing

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Co-host Sheila Heti removed her name from a letter that caused turmoil in the CanLit community. The letter, signed by 88 prominent authors, asked UBC to review the firing of author Steven Galloway. He has been accused of sexual assault, though it's not clear if that's what he was fired for.

Consultations on the future of the CBC are wrapping up. If you want an #AdfreeCBC or have any other input, you can visit this website to have your say until Friday, November 25th: http://www.canadiancontentconsultations.ca/

Sheila's website is sheilaheti.net

Since this podcast was recorded, Steven Galloway has released a statement, which you can read about here:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/steven-galloway-ubc-firing/article33004493/

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Montreal police tracked the phone of La Presse reporter Patrick Lagacé, who has been critical of the force in the past.

The Heritage Ministry bumbles along in its inquiry into the future of media.

CBC defends their choice to run opinions, skirting the issue of online ads.

National Post reporter Ashley Csanady co-hosts.

Ashley's Twitter: @AshleyCsanady

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has relaunched with a "tighter focus," hosted by CBC insider Tom Power, after Shad was recently ousted.

Jesse responds to critics of his polemic in The Guardian, "Think Canada is a progressive paradise? That's mooseshit."

Lawyer and freelance journalist Dee Roderique co-hosts.

Dee's Twitter: @deeroderique

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Journalists from Ezra Levant's website The Rebel were denied accreditation for a United Nations climate conference. The UN says it's because they're an "advocacy media" outlet.

Guy Laurence, the CEO of one of Canada's biggest media outlets, gets the axe.

National Post reporter Tristin Hopper co-hosts.

Tristin's twitter: @TristinHopper

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Talk radio host Ian Power of CKNW feels unwelcomed by visible minorities. In a recent interview, he demanded Globe and Mail's Denise Balkissoon tell him why.

A CBC story about the Liberal government's record on revoking citizenship has been getting flack.

Manisha Krishnan, senior writer at VICE Canada, co-hosts.

Manisha's Twitter: @ManishaKrishnan

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The BBC, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Bloomberg: all of them are putting more resources into Canada at the exact same time that the Canadian media is cutting back like never before.Jessica Murphy, head of the BBC's new Canadian bureau and the New York Times' Canada correspondent Ian Austen discuss the influx. 

 

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Maclean's is going from weekly to monthly, as Rogers Media scales back its print magazines. Co-host Paul Wells of the Toronto Star spent a long time working for Maclean's. He joins Jesse to talk about whether this is just smart business or the beginning of a slow death--and why it matters.

A few high profile journalists (including Paul) are leaving Twitter. Where does the platform stand and is it necessary to a modern journalist?

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When Jean Charest was a paid agent of an energy company he had a secret meeting with the government pipeline regulator, who then lied about it. Mike De Souza reported it all for the National Observer. He and his publisher talk about their independent investigation.

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Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente offers a half-assed apology to Newfoundland and also still has a job for some reason. Minister Maryam Monsef is being questioned over her birthplace. Canadian streaming service Shomi is giving up the battle.

Vice columnist and CBC Newfoundland contributor Drew Brown (no relation to Jesse) co-hosts.

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Justin goes to New York, where the fawning coverage continues.

It's another rough week at The Walrus, with a controversy over owl sex and a story getting challenged by its sources.

BuzzFeed's Ishmael Daro co-hosts.

Ishmael's twitter: 

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Things are looking bad for Canada's biggest newspaper. The Toronto Star is letting people go, ads are creeping into stories and they're selling their own brand of coffee. Plus, they recently ran a dangerously misleading front page headline about immigration.

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly admits the cultural system is broken, but claims Canadian content is great.

Freelance journalist and former Liberal speechwriter Colin Horgan co-hosts.

Colin's twitter: @cfhorgan

 

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There's already speculation about who will replace Peter Mansbridge at The National, but the bigger question may be how relevant CBC's top anchor job is anymore.

The CRTC loosened the rules about how to define Canadian TV. Now they're reviewing skinny basic TV packages. Is Canada's traditional TV industry coming to an end?

Media writer Steve Faguy co-hosts.

Steve's Twitter: @fagstein

Read our piece on Mansbridge's salary.

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We delve into the discussion about Israel and the Canadian media after Postmedia pulled down an editorial about BDS and the Green Party.

Canadian Press published a bad story about extremist literature in Canadian Mosques, based solely on a flawed, self-published study. Read VICE's takedown of that piece here.

And is it okay for MP Michelle Rempel to shame comedian Mark Critch over a joke?

COMMONS hosts Vicky and Supriya join Jesse.

Supriya's Twitter: @supriyadwivedi

Vicky's Twitter: @vmochama

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Answers to some of the questions about reporter Raveena Aulakh's suicide. How much did the Toronto Star know about its "toxic" workplace and what did they do about it? Financial Post reporter Sean Craig shares the findings of his investigation.

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Was the Tragically Hip's final show the ultimate Canadian experience? And what was the value of finally seeing the Rob Ford crack video?

 

Freelance journalist and author Stephen Marche co-hosts. 

 

Stephen Marche's Twitter: @StephenMarche

 

Read Stephen Marche's piece New Yorker piece on the Tragically Hip here:
http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/watching-canadas-biggest-rock-band-say-a-dramatic-goodbye

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Justin Trudeau’s nipples are all over the place. The Toronto Star invests in a digital strategy by laying off journalists and IT workers.

 

The National Post’s Jen Gerson co-hosts.

 

Read Jen’s piece on the Prime Minister and his nipples here:

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/jen-gerson-hot-take-on-a-shirtless-trudeau-or-why-we-seem-to-be-obsessed-with-our-leaders-midriff

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How do we process the mass murders, terrorist attacks, police killing Black people, police being murdered, instability in the Middle East and Trump’s fascist rhetoric? Are we living through a major moment in history?

 

Quebec comedian Mike Ward is forced to pay for an illegal joke.

 

The Ottawa Citizen informs us that we need not worry about white privilege. Read that column here: http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/denley-is-canada-really-dominated-by-white-privilege

 

Freelancer Omar Mouallem co-hosts.

 

Omar’s Twitter: @omar_aok

 

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SHORT CUTS is off today.

 

If you want something to listen to, check out our new arts & culture show, The Imposter: http://www.canadalandshow.com/imp

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Baroness Von Sketch, CBC's new sketch show, is funny. What happened? Jesse asks Baroness writer, author, and standup comedian Monica Heisey about what went right and what may be changing in Canadian comedy.  

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News anchors around the country are dutifully explaining Pokemon Go to the Canadian public. Co-host Matt Braga gets frustrated at Access to Information requests. And a look at the state of investigative journalism in Canada.

Matt's Twitter: @MattBraga

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The pundits been out in full force, opining over Black Lives Matter's sit-in that disrupted the Toronto Pride Parade.

With The Guardian's Canada Week, bromantic 3 Amigos coverage and viral videos about the Liberals, is the press being critical enough of our government?

Freelance journalist Septembre Anderson co-hosts.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:06pm EDT

Meet Aliya Pabani, the (new) host of The Imposter. Then, Jen Gerson Co-Hosts. 

Topics: Brexit, Jesse attends a semi-secret news-boss meeting, and Amanda Todd

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:10pm EDT

The National Post’s Ashley Csanady co-hosts.

With serial TV host George Stroumboulopoulos leaving Hockey Night in Canada, Jesse and Ashley discuss Canadian media’s obsession with keeping established stars on air. After the cancellation of her show DNTO, Sook-Yin Lee will be hosting a CBC summer series. And Evan Solomon is moving back to TV after being fired from CBC's Power and Politics around this time last year.

Plus, how objective should--and can--the CBC be?

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:15pm EDT

Response to the mass shooting in Orlando, John Ivison's terrible column and a split at the National Magazine Awards.

Erica Lenti, deputy editor of Torontoist, co-hosts.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:31pm EDT

Hodan Nalayeh, founder of IntegrationTV, co-hosts.

 

A reporter at the Toronto Star has died by suicide, which caused the paper's union to call for an official, third-party investigation. Jesse and Hodan discuss how the Star and other media handled Raveena Aulakh's death. 

 

VICE’s documentary This Is Dixon investigates whether gangs are a myth in a Toronto community. But Hodan and other members of the Somali community say they’re just perpetuating stereotypes.

 

The Chinese Foreign Minister berated a Canadian reporter for asking about human rights in China.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:19pm EDT

The Toronto Star joins in the long media tradition of terrifying parents.

Reporters keep getting this one thing wrong in weed coverage.

The Conservatives kick back for the press to see, while a big question arises from the Liberal convention.

Chris Selley, columnist for the National Post, co-hosts.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:03pm EDT

 

Was #elbowgate overblown by the press or is it their duty to focus so much on this unusual incident whether or not people want to hear it? 

 

Do we have to take Kevin O'Leary seriously now that he's considering running for leadership of the Conservative Party?

What a big opera conspiracy theory reveals about arts coverage in Canada.

Author and pundit Paul Wells co-hosts.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:37pm EDT

RCMP officers spied on journalists without authorization.

 

Postmedia’s CEO Paul Godfrey wants the government to prop up newspapers.

 

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau said something surprising in an interview and people went bananas.

 

Plus, we introduce a new segment called (maybe) “Duly Noted.” If you have a better name, please tell us.

 

Freelance journalist Omar Mouallem co-hosts.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:23pm EDT

The damage to Fort McMurray was devastating, but much of the city remains standing. National and international media outlets, including us, exaggerated and got stuff wrong.

 

Vincent McDermott and Cullen Bird from Fort McMurray Today were turned to for reliable local news. They talk about the national and international coverage of the wildfire, the role of social media in getting information out and balancing the needs of locals with the curiosity of the rest of the world.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:54pm EDT

Fort McMurray has been devastated by fire. Jesse and BuzzFeed Canada's Paul McLeod look at the conversation that's followed.

VICE was given exlusive access to Justin Trudeau on his visit to Shoal Lake 40. Other media, including Aboriginal People's Television Network, were barred.

Paul's Twitter: @pdmcleod

Sponsors:  ShipStation / FreshBooks

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:26pm EDT

Margaret Wente is still employed by the Globe and Mail, despite being a serial plagiarist. 

 

The attention on Senator Mike Duffy’s trial distracted from the fact that we still don’t have a good idea of what happened. We're in a similar situation with Jian Ghomeshi, whose accusers continue to step forward.

 

The National Post’s Jen Gerson co-hosts.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:26pm EDT

Co-host Lezlie Lowe quit her columnist job at the Chronicle Herald because of the paper's shoddy reporting alleging refugee violence in a schoolyard.

Trudeau goes viral with his quantum computing explanation.

With the Leap Manifesto, Canada's pundits have taken a sudden interest in giving advice to the NDP.

Lezlie's Twitter: @lezlielowe

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:06pm EDT

The CBC messed up the Panama Papers.

 

The Liberals turn out to be behind the Saudi arms deal and Global Affairs goes on damage control.

 

The Chronicle Herald, with its staff on strike, publishes a shoddy story about menacing child refugees. 

 

The media looks at the Attawapiskat suicide crisis.

 

BuzzFeed Canada's social news editor Ishmael Daro co-hosts.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:07pm EDT

Guest host Scaachi Koul is joined by Islamic Monthly's Davide Mastracci.

The Financial Post thinks the release of the Panama Papers is overblown, but has advice if your offshore tax haven is outed.

The Walrus's Jonathan Kay makes the case that the Left is the enemy of the poor.

And Davide recounts how a piece he wrote led to Toronto Star's Heather Mallick calling herself "practically transgender" when it comes of race.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:33pm EDT

Anne Kington, author and senior writer at Maclean's, co-hosts.

Anne and Jesse talk about the Ghomeshi verdict, the judge's ruling and the way the press handled it.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:45pm EDT

Author and Esquire columnist Stephen Marche co-hosts.

 

CBC is getting rid of anonymous comments. The public broadcaster is also getting a bunch of money back, but they’re short on commitments to re-invest in news. Stephen and Jesse look at Rob Ford's media legacy and the response to his death. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:50pm EDT

Postmedia is for sale. Toronto Star's publisher John Cruikshank is stepping down. The CBC is getting a bunch of money and no one knows how they'll spend it. 

The National Post's Jen Gerson co-hosts.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:58pm EDT

As Wab Kinew campaigns in Manitoba, the media has seized on his misogynistic rap lyrics from the past. A reporter for The Rebel claims she was doused in pee and the story only gets stupider the closer you look. And have we reached peak Justin Trudeau?

The National Post's Ashley Csanady co-hosts.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:33pm EDT

Americans are threatening to come to Canada if Trump becomes president. And the Canadian media is reporting on the American media checking us out. Vice reporter Ben Makuch is in court, trying to keep his notes away from the RCMP. Vice is going to cable with VICELAND. The skinny basic packages offered by cable companies are awful.

Buzzfeed Canada's Ishmael Daro co-hosts.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:40pm EDT

BuzzFeed's Scaachi Koul solicited essays from women and people of colour, inciting internet rage that drove her off Twitter. A government arts agency refuses to tell the public where their money is going. And should CTV have reported on Patrick Brazeau's suicide attempt?

 

Jeet Heer, senior editor the New Republic, co-hosts. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:06pm EDT

Music critic Chandler Levack co-hosts. 

 

Journalists from The Rebel were kicked out of the Alberta legislature.

The Grammys are over and everyone wants you to know which Canadians won. 

Statistics say way less people are consuming news.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:38pm EDT

Jen Gerson of the National Post co-hosts.

Jen and Jesse talk about why Canadian media has so many boots on the ground to report on U.S. politics. Why we can't leave American coverage to Americans?

As the Ghomeshi trial continues, reporters make mistakes in court and the Twitter eggs come out in full force. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:31am EDT

NOT SORRY writer Vicky Mochama co-hosts.

 

Vicky and Jesse talk about the reporting in the first week of Jian Ghomeshi’s sexual assault trial. Journalists fail to understand Vicky's satire. Jesse recounts how he embarrassed himself in an exchange with Peter Mansbridge.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:28pm EDT

BuzzFeed’s Scaachi Koul returns to yell at Jesse. 

 

Today's topics: Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey and Torstar Chair John Honderich use their platforms to insult each other. Toronto police officer James Forcillo is found guilty of the attempted murder of Sammy Yatim. Gregory Alan Elliott is found not guilty of criminally harassing Stephanie Guthrie and Heather Reilly on Twitter.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:39pm EDT

The New York Times declares Canada is hip, while the Prime Minister's wife breaks into song. Three men are cast into suspicion by the press for taking video at a mall. Job losses continue at Postmedia after President and CEO Paul Godfrey emails the wrong guy about a secret meeting. Omar Mouallem returns as co-host.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:17pm EDT

Postmedia plans cuts as their advertising plummets. The CBC's James Cudmore joins the Department of National Defence after reporting on leaks from that same department. And are we having the right conversations about Canada's arms deal with Saudi Arabia? 

 

National Post's Jen Gerson co-hosts.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:29pm EDT

In this candid conversation from Egypt, Fahmy discusses the Canadian government’s mishandling of his case in more detail than he has previously offered.

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Support CANADALAND here: http://patreon.com/CANADALAND

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:37pm EDT

InfoNews Kelowna's managing editor Marshall Jones on Stephen Harper's pointless photo op and Ezra Levant's feud with Catherine Porter.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:54pm EDT

Macleans Magazine's Paul Wells on #CPCJesus and recent federal attack ads.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:21am EDT

Scaachi Koul lambasts Jesse for errors made in reporting on sexism at The Globe and Mail. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:36am EDT

The Guardian's John Barber on Cape Breton's Mother Canada statue, the RCMP Musical Ride, and Kory Teneycke's accidental proclaimation.

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Freelance writer John Semley on the Toronto Star's Charleston headline and Laura Robinson's ongoing defamation suit against John Furlong.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:15pm EDT

Freelance writer Denise Balkissoon on Laura Robinson's defamation suit against John Furlong and the CBC's flip-flopping headline following Glenn Greenwald's takedown of a Sunday Times report. 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:31am EDT

VICE reporter Hilary Beaumont on the Evan Solomon flame-out and the RCMP's secret, sealed court document that may contain allegations of RCMP wrongdoing and personal information about Stephen Harper's family. 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:13am EDT

Freelance journalist Adrian MacNair on the horny press, the RCMP's release of 18 missing seconds of the Michael Zehaf-Bibeau video, and the whitewashing of CBC's Omar Khadr documentary.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:15pm EDT

Jesse on White Pine Pictures's cancelled documentary about Kathleen Wynne, and La Presse journalist Isabelle Hachey on foreign correspondent François Bugingo.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:23pm EDT

The National Post's Jen Gerson on the victory of the NDP, the victory of Bill C-51, and the failure (says she!) of Jesse's logic. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:17pm EDT

The Irving Family of New Brunswick own more land than anyone in the world except for royalty and the Pope. How do they use their media monopoly to further their interests? What happens to those who try to compete with them? Author Jacques Poitras, media activist Tracy Glynn, web videographer Charles Theriault and Green Party MLA David Coon discuss the Irvings, recorded live at St.Thomas University. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:12pm EDT

Veteran journalist John Barber has written a fire-breathing, bridge-burning polemic on the state of Canada's newspapers, including The Globe and Mail, where he spent most of his career. He explains why he had to say it. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:29pm EDT

Globe and Mail video game critic Peter Nowak on the "fucking nonsense" of the gaming press. 

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