CANADALAND (general)

Will federal media subsidies save a dying industry or merely protract the inevitable? And how did the Anglophone press react to the Ford government’s Francophone cuts?

Brigitte Noël guest hosts, along with Martin Patriquin.

Direct download: Short_Cuts_190_Is_It_Time_To_Pull_The_Plug_On_Legacy_Media.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

After 25 years at the CBC, tech columnist Jesse Hirsh decided to risk it all. During an interview about Facebook, he turned the tables, asking why CBC continues to promote Facebook as we've seen what that company has done to undermine democracy. 


CBC refused to post the segment online, saying it violated their journalistic standards and practices. Hirsh's future with the CBC is unclear, but the incident raised a lot of questions about what you can and cannot say on our public broadcaster. 

Direct download: CANADALAND_254_An_Issue_Worth_Torching_Your_Job_Over.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:37pm EDT

Despite bringing the horrifying events at a private school in Toronto to the attention of police, the media have been getting some backlash from parents. A CBC columnist dared to call out the CBC on its Facebook practices, and Jesse makes some connections on the CANADALAND conspiracy cork board.

Bill Dunphy co-hosts.

Direct download: Short_Cuts_189_The_Medias_The_Problem.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:42pm EDT

The most controversial Maclean's cover in years, Ontario Proud's leaked fundraising documents, and Justin Trudeau becomes the latest champion of the free press. Paul Wells co-hosts.

Direct download: Short_Cuts_188_The_Paunch_Resistance.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

Debunking the Munk Debates, Tony Clement's sordid social media habits, and Ontario Proud goes national.

Ira Wells co-hosts.

Direct download: Short_Cuts_187_Member_Of_Parliament.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

The Pittsburgh synagogue shooting was the deadliest instance of anti-Semitic violence in American history. Is the kind of rhetoric that motivated the shooter here in Canada? And what's with the CBC giving investment advice for the decimation of the Amazon rainforest?
Sean Craig co-hosts.
Direct download: Short_Cuts_186_Hate_Isnt_The_Problem.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

Google's sister company, Sidewalk Labs, has partnered with every level of government to build the first-ever 'smart city' in Toronto — but with several high-profile resignations and mounting privacy concerns, will this project ever break ground?

Reporter Amanda Roth (The Logic) has spent the last eight months investigating Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto's 'smart city' plan, and has broken story after story on the tech giant's project.

David Skok is the editor-in-chief of The Logic, a new media start-up reporting on the innovation economy. He speaks with Amanda about the timeline of her reporting, how to responsibly cover big tech, and why people should be concerned by more than just potential privacy issues when it comes to this partnership. 

This episode is brought to you by Second City, Audible, and FreshBooks.

Direct download: Canadaland_250_Canadas_First_Smart_City_Is_A_Disaster.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:58am EDT

Despite mounting human rights violations and the seemingly state-sanctioned murder of a journalist, Canada continues to sell arms to Saudi Arabia. Plus, how are municipal elections in Canada supposed to compete with period pieces?

Sandy Garossino co-hosts.

Direct download: Short_Cuts_185_Our_Friend_With_A_Bone_Saw.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:38pm EDT

The debut episode of our new series, hosted by Ryan McMahon.

Episode 2 is online now, subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. 

Thunder Bay. The highest homicide and hate crime rates in the country. A mayor charged with extortion. A police chief who went to trial for obstruction of justice. Nine tragic deaths of Indigenous teenagers. 

Why does it all happen here?


Direct download: Ep._249_-_Thunder_Bay.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

The entirely credible reports of a Toronto Sun "investigative columnist" ritually sacrificing scapegoats, and the pivotal role Facebook played in the creation of video at the expense of news.

Steven Zhou co-hosts.

Direct download: Short_Cuts_184_The_Toronto_Suns_Scapegoat_Problem.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:40am EDT