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Canada was once home to a small, but mighty collective of gay and lesbian newspapers and magazines that made up a radical alternative media. Over the last few decades now-defunct publications like The Body Politic, Siren and Fab brought LGBTQ+ issues, interests and voices, to the forefront. Daily Xtra, now the country’s only remaining national queer news source, ceased print in 2015 but continues publishing online.

Despite queer people having more rights than ever before, queer media is all but disappearing. Is this solely a result of Canadian media’s general decline, or is the shift indicative of something more?

It’s also been a year since Black Lives Matter Toronto (BLMTO) halted the country’s largest Pride parade in protest, with a list of demands in tow. The action sparked a harsh months-long backlash of editorials and hot takes by mostly white, straight columnists and pundits, ruthlessly condemning BLMTO. Has coverage of LGBTQ+ issues and news by legacy media changed or improved since BLMTO’s protest?

Joining Jesse to dissect the ever-shrinking queer media and the state of representation in legacy media is Erica Lenti, editor-in-chief of THIS Magazine, Arshy Mann, reporter at Daily Xtra, and investigative crime reporter and Body Politic writer, James Dubro.

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The Toronto Star put the final nail in the coffin of Star Touch, its $20-30-million app for a device that most people don't have or use. And after praising themselves for its bold innovation, quietly laid off 30 journalists.

Meanwhile, Canada gears up this weekend for a celebration of epic proportions: Peter Mansbridge is retiring. And confederation, something something.

Finally we dig into Jonathan Kay’s Twitter mobs and how they’re killing free speech for anybody who’s not a National Post columnist.

Vice Senior writer Manisha Krishnan joins us.

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After the release of the Public Policy Forum's Shattered Media report this past winter comes the latest beg for cash to prop up the newspaper industry. This one comes in the form of a request for a subsidy totaling hundred of millions of dollars per year from News Media Canada, the umbrella advocacy organization for Canadian newspapers.

While it claims to advocate for the maintenance of local journalism, the organization shies away from supporting small, digital startups, which are often the strongest source of civic journalism in many Canadian communities.

The Trudeau government swiftly knocked down the idea of taxing Netflix and other digital endeavours to fund this bailout, though it sounds like they're ultimately in favour of finding that funding.

Bob Cox, Chair of the Board of News Media Canada as well as the publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press joins us.

 

(Producers' note: owing to a technical glitch with our telephone recording process, this interview is an amalgam of two separate interviews conducted with Bob Cox on one day.)

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Governor General David Johnston issued a mea culpa over his radio interview in which he refers to Indigenous peoples as immigrants.

Postmedia did not issue mea culpas for poorly-researched racist screeds in its Vancouver and Toronto outlets. Instead, they continue to rattle the cup in front of the federal government for bailout money.

Finally, the National Post issued a mea culpa for years of Conrad Black columns by announcing they would stop publishing their Monday edition of the paper.

 

(Producers' note: Jesse Brown would like to issue a mea culpa after misstating the name of one of the lead characters of TV sitcom Three's Company, while Short Cuts guest David Berry's mea culpa comes over misstating that 'Sufferin' Succotash' was a catchphrase of Foghorn Leghorn. It was, in fact, Sylvester the Cat.)

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Iraqi photojournalist Ali Arkady thought he was documenting the "good guys" -- the non-sectarian forces fighting Daesh for the preservation of Iraq. Instead, Arkady witnessed abuse, torture, and murder committed by the Emergency Response Division.

 After fleeing Iraq with his family, Arkady partnered with the Toronto Star and ABC News to have his work see the light. He joins Jesse Brown on the phone from an undisclosed location in Europe alongside Mitch Potter, one of the three Star reporters who helped write this essential exposé.

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Breitbart News has convinced concerned Christian families that Ontario’s new child protection laws will bring forth a queer totalitarian state, where parents opposing or denying their children’s gender identity will have them forcibly removed from their homes.

After tweeting about almost being published in Teen Vogue on June 2, Toronto-based freelance writer, Roslyn Talusan’s call-out of the magazine went viral and led to dozens of writers flooding her inbox with similar stories of being strung along after having successfully pitched personal stories and essays approved by editors of Conde Nast’s supposedly progressive, feminist magazine.

The Liberal government is moving forward with an amendment to the Criminal Code,  as a result of the Jian Ghomeshi case. The change will, for the first time, ensure that a complainant’s text messages, e-mails and video recordings with sexual content or a sexual purpose can be kept out of trials.

Freelance writer and editor at Femsplain, Roslyn Talusan joins Jesse.

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Or did we play ourselves?

This most recent Conservative leadership race highlighted a number of deficiencies in Canadian media. Namely, why did the guy with virtually no chance of ever becoming Prime Minister, who skipped debates and ran much of his campaign from Boston, receive so much more press coverage than the guy who actually won the leadership? Did media just go for the low-hanging fruit, or did we allow ourselves to be manipulated by an expert huckster?

CBC.ca's Opinion Producer Robyn Urback has some opinions of her own and joins us for the episode.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland stands up to the sole remaining global superpower like a newborn kitten taking on Galactus.

Somewhere between 10 and 5,000 freedom-loving citizens descend on Parliament Hill to rail against Trudeau, refugees, Islam, you name it. Of course, close to 10,000 attended the most recent pro-marijuana rally, proving that Canadians love pot far more than they fear Sharia law.

Finally, Scott Gilmore pens a tone-deaf piece for Macleans highlighting conditions on First Nations reservations and the solution is for the rest of us to ... care?

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McClelland & Stewart was the publishing house that, at one time, served as the home for the likes of Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Leonard Cohen and others. In 2000, under the direction of building magnate Avie Bennett, it was broken apart and sold to the University of Toronto and to Random House Canada. It's now entirely owned by a foreign company.

Elaine Dewar, author of the new book The Handover, joins us to explain the seeming sleight-of-hand that put this institution in foreign hands.

Avie Bennett died this past weekend at the age of 89.

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The Conservatives have a new, dimpled, leader, Nova Scotians have more of the same, and British Columbians have an unprecedented lefty hybrid. How effective was media coverage of these three electoral events?

Plus, Toronto Life's recent tone-deaf spurt of house porn has led to, if not riots in the streets, then at least a whole lot of snark on social media.

Journalist Katie Toth joins us.

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One cardinal rule of journalism is that reporters never accept incentives, be that meals, gifts, or - God forbid - money, from the subjects on whom they're reporting. This applies across the board except, we now know, in the travel section.

Travel writers used to diligently follow this standard but, as newspapers and magazines were increasingly unable or unwilling to foot expenses, these journalists were forced to find alternative sources to fund their trips. This meant cozying up to hotel chains, airlines, and tourism bureaus.

If travel writers are being subsidized by the tourism industry, can the readers trust the stories? Bert Archer is arguably Canada's most prolific travel writer and teaches the practice and ethics of travel writing at the University of Toronto. He believes journalists can maintain their editorial independence - but must walk a careful line.

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This week, The Guardian continued its exemplary coverage of Canadian university student unions.

Hamilton police arrest two journalists attempting to cover a traffic fatality.

And the Toronto Star wants you to trust it.

This week's Short Cuts comes to you from scenic Hamilton and the studios of CFMU. The Public Record's Joey Coleman joins Jesse and suggests new ways to report on traffic deaths, and how local newspapers need to up their game when it comes to investigative reporting.

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The Texas of the north. Racist rednecks, gun nuts, and pickup truck enthusiasts. That's the Alberta stereotype portrayed in much of the rest of Canada, but how much of that is accurate and how much is due to lazy media that falls back on clichéd tropes? After all, Alberta gave us the first big-city Muslim mayor, the first provincial cabinet with gender parity, and hell, led the charge for women's suffragism (okay, that was a century ago, but still...).

Despite the province's increasingly young and multicultural population, some still believe that the only real Albertan is a conservative Albertan. And that extends to the two men - Jason Kenney and Brian Jean - who inked a proposal to merge the Conservative and Wildrose parties last week. Are they, and their policies, reflective of a new, diverse Alberta?

Joining Omar to unpack Alberta's multifaceted conservative history is Calgary journalist and author Sydney Sharpe, whose 2016 book, Notley Nation: How Alberta's Political Upheaval Swept the Country, documented the historic 2015 provincial election which saw the NDP sweep aside the governing Tories after an unprecedented 40-plus-year run. 

Also in studio is Duncan Kinney, former journalist and current Executive Director of Progress Alberta.

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Hal Niedzviecki and Jonathan Kay have left their jobs. Steve Ladurantaye's been shifted to a lesser role at CBC. And no, we're not finished talking about this yet.

Ryan McMahon joins Jesse in Winnipeg to talk appropriation.

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When it comes to rap, where does artistic licence end and confession begin? According to prosecutors in at least 30 cases from the last decade, it starts when the artist is charged with a crime and the lyrics are parsed for clues to a case or for proof of bad character.

Many of these defendants are convicted of their crimes, but should their music be a permissible tool? What is the threshold? And does the practice intentionally or unintentionally tap into the unconscious biases of jurors with the fate of young black and indigenous men in their hands?

This roundtable discussion on the inclusion of rap as criminal evidence brings together three experts: University of California, Irvine criminologist Adam Dunbar, University of Toronto sociologist Jooyoung Lee, and lawyer Hilary Dudding, whose case, R. v. Campbell, could effect future trials in Canada.

They join guest host Omar Mouallem for the episode.

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British Columbia had an election where everybody won - or at least got an 'I Participated' ribbon.

Also, Rebel Media wades into the French election like a skunk splashing around a backyard kiddie pool.

Finally, black activist and journalist Desmond Cole takes leave from the Toronto Star after the corporation suggests they'd appreciate it if he wouldn't mind being a little less active and a lot less black.

The National Observer's Sandy Garossino joins us.

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Since the late 1990s nearly 800 children in Alberta government care have Veteran Edmonton Journal columnist Paula Simons has been shining a light on this crisis since from the start. 

In November 2016, Simons published a story that shocked the province. It was a story about a four-year-old girl named Serenity. Let down by a wide range of government and non-governmental services, Serenity was the victim of horrific abuse and neglect. 

Simons' article, Her name was Serenity. Never forget it. spurred the Notley provincial government to convene an all-party committee to investigate the multiple failings of Alberta's child welfare system.

Her tireless coverage earned Simons honourable mentions from the National Newspaper Awards and the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom.

She speaks with guest host Omar Mouallem for the episode.

 

 

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Is the media complicit in popping Harjit Sajjan's balloon?

Also, National Post columnist Christie Blatchford and her parent company, Postmedia are facing a substantial libel suit.

Finally, in the art world, what constitutes cultural appropriation and what's merely blatant plagiarism?

National Magazine Award multiple nominee and May's CANADALAND guest host Omar Mouallem joins us.

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On April 20, Toronto Star columnist and Newstalk 1010 host, Desmond Cole, gave a powerful deputation at a Toronto Police Services Board meeting. He then stood in protest, calling on the board to restrict police access to ‘carding’ data. The meeting eventually adjourned, and Cole was escorted out by police officers.

For almost five years now, Cole has been using his platform as a journalist to report on and push back against ‘carding’—which disproportionately affects Black people—by the Toronto Police.

Coleformer host of CANADALAND COMMONSjoins Jesse Brown to discuss recent criticism he’s received from fellow journalists and the public, how mainstream media has failed to highlight the damaging effects of carding, and his new CBC documentary The Skin We’re In, which explores anti-Black racism in Canada.

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The Prime Minister showed up at Vice to talk about the Liberal government's marijuana legalization plan, but is blindsided when members of the audience demanded he address the opioid overdose epidemic going on across the country.

Reporters Without Borders released their annual World Press Freedom Index this week. Canada placed 22nd. Two years ago we were in eighth place. What caused this dramatic decline?

Finally, the CBC is scoring some of that sweet Canada150 cash to commission programming it should probably already be making with the $1-billion it receives annually, and J.J. McCullough tries his hand at a nuanced comparison of Canadian and Turkish political systems, but most people just dismiss him as a crackpot.

Tom Henheffer, Executive Director of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression joins us.

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...The Chronicle Herald's Mark Lever, that's who.

After pleading poverty for nearly 16 months while his reporters, editors, and photographers are strike, he came up with the bucks to buy 28 Atlantic Canadian newspapers from the floundering Transcontinental chain. This gives his company an effective monopoly in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island.

We speak with long-time Nova Scotia journalists (and former Transcontinental reporters) Stephen Kimber and Parker Donham about the rationale behind the purchase and whether this benefits news consumers in Atlantic Canada.

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The scandals continue piling up on B.C. Premier Christy Clark's administration, yet it doesn't seem to be getting a ton of press. Maybe that's because so many of them are now working for her party.

Meanwhile, south of the border, President Trump no longer wants to 'tweak' NAFTA, but would rather stick it to our cows. Our precious, precious cows.

 

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The largest newspaper chain in Canada is in its death throes. As Postmedia staggers, bleeding, toward insolvency, we need to ask what its loss means for public discourse in Canada.

Former Postmedia stars Kady O'Malley and Stephen Maher join Jesse to try to envision a post-Postmedia future in Canadian journalism.

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Jian Ghomeshi is back and the nation breathes a collective "Ewww...really?"

Also, you know things are bad at Postmedia when even the founder of the company is awaiting his pink slip.

Plus, CBC finally gets the story of Canada right by just saying "sorry" over and over.

Freelance journalist David Berry joins us.

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Is Quebec’s media - like its culture - distinct from the rest of Canada’s? Does national media do a decent job of covering Quebec issues and news?

The Globe and Mail’s Montreal bureau chief, Les Perreaux and Laval University’s Centre for Media Studies' director, Colette Brin, set the record straight on prejudices and assumptions many ‘ugly anglos,’ like Jesse, have about the province’s media culture.

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CBC’s miniseries “The Story of Us,” is only two episodes in, but manages to upset literally everyone (except Joseph Boyden). Justin Trudeau endorses CBC’s Canada 150 fiasco--and his favourite microbrew, Labatt150.

Everyone forgets the Junos were on Sunday and Russell Peters makes a statutory rape joke.

The Globe and Mail issues Leah McLaren a gag order, following the coded memo sent out to staff. Following McGill’s brand-sensitive lead, Ryerson University issues an apology for a short documentary about poverty in Niagara Falls, made by its students.  

An access-to-information request made by VICE reveals that CSIS has been secretly watching and reporting on events at the Standing Rock pipeline protests. How freaked out should journalists be about surveillance and border crossing?

VICE Canada’s Hilary Beaumont joins Jesse.

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We're seeing a simultaneous backlash against both the media and the Jewish community. And there's a place where the two intersect.
 
Is there an over-concentration of Jews in the media? Well, yeah, probably. So?
 
We speak with Yoni Goldstein of the Canadian Jewish News, and Sam Bick and David Zinman of the Treyf podcast about Jewish media in Canada, and what its future looks like.
 
 
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A screed against Quebec's 'pathologically alienated and low-trust society' in Macleans has ignited howls of protest from Quebeckers, including from Premier Philippe Couillard and federal cabinet minister Mélanie Joly. But is it wrong?

And journalism awards season is upon us. Should we pay attention, or is this a 'Central Canadian Toronto Media Party Fucking Circle Jerk?'

The National Post's Jen Gerson joins us.

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Last month, the National Post broke a crazy story involving former staffers from Canada's deepest-pocketed media upstart, up-and-coming members of Toronto's music and modelling scenes, and an international drug cartel.

Adrian Humphreys, crime reporter for the Post, joins us to dig deep into this caper.

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Is Rebel Media's embrace of free speech leading to rampant anti-semitism and virulent racism?

Also,  Atlantic Canadian journalists are coming under fire, and the refugee influx will likely ramp up in the next few months.

Macleans Alberta correspondent Jason Markusoff joins us.

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While the majority of Conservative candidates for the federal leadership gig are pushing against Motion 103, and denying climate change, Michael Chong is trying to change the dialogue.

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George Soros, the Koch Brothers, and the Reverse Vampires™ are out to overwhelm you with a barrage of news. Is there a way to discern kernels of truth in this "chaos machine?"

Russians are apparently implicating Canada's Foreign Affairs Minster Chrystia Freeland in regards to familial ties to the Nazi regime.

Finally, which pill is Maxime Bernier gonna take?

The Toronto Star's Alex Boutilier joins Jesse.

 

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The newspaper industry in Atlantic Canada is far less than healthy. The largest-circulation paper, the Halifax Chronicle Herald, is more than 400 days into a crippling strike which sees most of its senior reporters and editors on the picket line while its replacement workers are plugging out disturbingly sub-par journalism.

Elsewhere in the area, the rest of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have almost almost all of their daily and weekly newspapers cinched up between two companies: Brunswick News (owned by the Irving family, who employs approximately one-in-five New Brunswickers), and TC Media.

Still, there are bright spots. Atlantic Canada is seeing a significant number of start-up journalism enterprises. Might there be a light at the end of the tunnel?

Jesse joins Halifax Examiner publisher and editor Tim Bousquet and University of King's College assistant professor Terra Tailleur to discuss.

This live taping was a benefit for CKDU radio in Halifax - who carries CANADALAND every Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. AST.

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Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch released a video this week that was somewhere between political platform and performance play. Also, Kevin O'Leary continues to draw a paycheque from CNBC while running for the same role. 

Finally, accusations of plagiarism are now dogging Joseph Boyden.

National Observer Associate Editor Sandy Garossino joins Jesse from Vancouver.

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In the months after Robyn Doolittle's groundbreaking series of exposés about the scandal-ridden Toronto mayor Rob Ford, she left the Toronto Star for a new investigative role at the Globe & Mail. Then, mostly, silence.

Her lack of bylines belied her hard work behind the scenes as she dug into what would become the story of the year: a 20-month investigation into police departments across Canada and their chronic underreporting of sexual assaults being filed.

Within days of the story's publication earlier this month, police departments, provincial governments, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself promised to start implementing changes into how sexual assaults were recorded.

Robyn joins us to talk about how the story got off the ground and how it will continue to be covered in the months and years to come.

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Refugees continue to stream across the Canada-U.S. border, presumably for photo-ops with smiling Canadian Mounties. Also, Milo Yiannopoulos finally finds the nail on which conservative Americans can hang him.

Finally, Rebel.Media supporters channel their inner Hunger Games' geekdom at an anti-Islam rally in Toronto.

Washington Post contributor and cartoonist J.J. McCullough joins us from Vancouver.

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Late last month the Public Policy Forum released its long-anticipated report on the state of Canadian newspapers. Somewhat unexpectedly, this was a bold and far-reaching document, exploring the changing face of media in this country.

The principal author of the paper, former Globe & Mail Editor-In-Chief Ed Greenspon, joins Jesse to dig deep into its findings.

 

Read the entire report (no, seriously, read it) here.


PMJT flew all the way to Washington, DC, for a handshake. Not sure if anything else of consequence happened while he was there. Really, the handshake was the key.

Also, CBC reports on a Syrian refugee charged with multiple counts of sexual assault, then wonders about reporting on Syrian refugees charged with multiple counts of sexual assault.

And, embracing our post-racial 21st century, Rebel Media features a regular host in blackface, claiming that only white people are bothered by it, and minstrel shows existed because, "White America revered blacks back then." No, seriously, they fucking said that.

Finally, Fake News? Schmake Schmews.

Buzzfeed News Washington correspondent Paul McLeod is our guest.

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In 2008, political pundit Don Martin penned a negative screed against former NBC wartime correspondent and at the time Alberta provincial electoral candidate Arthur Kent, aka the Scud Stud.

Convinced that Martin had violated basic journalistic ethics, Kent took him and the CanWest news chain (later Postmedia) to court for defamation of character.

Eight years later, an Alberta court ruled in Kent's favour.

What issues drove Kent to undertake such an extensive - and likely expensive - lawsuit? And what does the ruling mean for journalists in Canada?

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Rebel Media's at it again, this time  seizing on the initial narrative about the Quebec massacre's alleged 'second shooter' like a dog humping its favourite plush toy and refusing to let go.

Also, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's oft-repeated pledge to take in more refugees in light of President Trump's temporary ban on travelers from seven predominantly-Muslim countries? Great media spin, but the government's policies haven't changed.

Freelance writer Omar Mouallem joins us.

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On this episode, guest host Ashey Csanady and Vicky Mochama look at CBC's recently launched comedy portal and wonders if it's relevant and, you know, funny.

Also, a preliminary look into Shattered Mirror, the recently-released examination of the state of Canadian media from the Public Policy Forum.

Vicky Mochama is the national columnist for Metro News.

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How did Canadian media cover the mosque shooting in Quebec? With some glaring errors. Here are some handy tips the next time all hell breaks loose. 

Also, how can the Liberal government critique the U.S. government's draconian and likely unconstitutional new immigration policies without, you know, calling them out on it?

And why are the alt-right up in arms about a proposed bill to examine systemic racism and Islamophobia?

Buzzfeed News Curator Elamin Abdelmahmoud guests with Ashley Csanady while Jesse gets some much-needed rays.

 

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Yellowknife crime reporter John McFadden has been getting into problems with the local police for a while now. But that won't stop him from doing his job.

Watch the surveillance video of John getting roughed up by the sheriff at the courthouse.

Read Canadaland's coverage of John's trial for obstructing police.

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What can Harper-era journalism teach us about covering Trump? CBC Marketplace sold a white power t-shirt. The Rebel really loves manhunts. O'Leary says all his old television appearances were reality TV, including the stuff he did for CBC News.

Rachel Browne's Twitter: @rp_browne

Justin Ling's Tweets about journalism access.

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In the wake of Colten Boushie's death, Jesse discusses racial tensions in Saskatoon with panelists Betty Ann Adam (Saskatoon StarPhoenix), Rob Innes (Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan), and Mylan Tootoosis (PhD candidate, University of Saskatchewan). Recorded live at Winterruption in Cosmo Seniors Centre on January 20th, 2017.

Betty Ann Adam's Twitter: @SPBAAdam

Rob Innes's Twitter: @innes_rob

Mylan Tootoosis's Twitter: @MylanMurdo

 


Kevin O'Leary enters the Conservative leadership campaign. Christy Clark gets written up in the NYTimes for accepting $50,000 from the BC Liberals. Justin Trudeau enjoys identifying with immigrants on occasion. Dalhousie student activists pull the old bait-and-switch on JT and turn a selfie snap into a pointed policy question about Indigenous Rights.

Sandy Garossino's Twitter: @Garossino

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When reporters are more relevant as unwilling political props than as chroniclers of facts, what happens to the job of journalism? And does the US/Canada border protect us from this hall of mirrors? The New Republic's Jeet Heer on how to tell the truth in the age of Trump.

Jeet Heer's Twitter: @HeerJeet

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Buzzfeed released a dossier of compromising information about Trump, so he called Buzzfeed a "failing pile of garbage," and CNN "fake news." John Furlong has been reinstated as a UBC keynote speaker. Jon Kay's mother is an MRA supporter, so naturally he failed to disclose this in a sympathetic piece about MRAs in The Walrus.
 
Manisha Krishnan's Twitter @ManishaKrishnan
 
Ken Bensinger, Miriam Elder, and Mark Schoofs' Buzzfeed piece, "These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties To Russia" (Jan 10th 2017)
 
Tom McCarthy and Matthew Weaver's Guardian live-blogging of Trump's press conference in response to the released dossier.
 
UBC's announcement about John Furlong, "UBC reinstates John Furlong as keynote speaker" (Jan 9th 2017)
 
Jon Kay's Walrus piece, "Don't Call it Men's Rights" (Jan 6th 2017)
 
Manisha Krishnan's VICE series, "The Real Story Behind the Rise of Creep Catchers, Canada’s Vigilante Pedophile Hunters" (Jan 5th 2017)
 
Craig Offman and Nathan Vanderklippe's Globe and Mail piece, "Cash-for-access organizers sought payments that exceeded federal contribution limits" (Dec 22nd 2016)
 
Barry Cooper's Calgary Herald piece, "Cooper: British Columbia shows us what happens when we go to pot" (Jan 4th 2017)
 
Camilla Turner's Telegraph piece, "Students demand Plato, Descartes and other white philosophers be dropped from curriculum" (Jan 9th 2017)
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Misha Glouberman has been hosting Trampoline Hall, a barroom lecture series created by author Sheila Heti, for 15 years. He and Jesse are almost, but not quite, friends.

Misha's Twitter: @mishaglouberman

Trampoline Hall's Twitter: @trampolinehall

The Trampoline Hall website: http://www.trampolinehall.net/

Direct download: Ep.166_-_Misha_Glouberman.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:58pm EDT

Joseph Boyden is a celebrated, award-winning indigenous novelist - who might not actually be native. Indigenous media broke the story while mainstream media was on Christmas vacation.

Ryan McMahon's Twitter: @RMComedy and his Indigenous podcast network, @indianandcowboy

Ryan's VICE piece, "What Colour Is Your Beadwork, Joseph Boyden?" (Dec 30th, 2016)

Robert Jago's Tweets for @IndigenousXca

Jorge Barrera's APTN piece, "Author Joseph Boyden’s shape-shifting Indigenous identity" (Dec 23rd, 2016)

Robert Jago's Canadaland piece, "Things Joseph Boyden Has Claimed To Be But Is Not" (Dec 29th 2016)

Konrad Yakabuski's Globe and Mail piece, "Attacks on Joseph Boyden's identity should set off alarm bells" (originally titled "Boyden's lynching should set off alarms.") (Dec 29th 2016)

Jon Kay's Walrus piece, "Why Is Joseph Boyden’s Indigenous Identity Being Questioned?" (Dec 28th, 2016)

Wab Kinew's Globe and Mail piece, "There is room in our circle for Joseph Boyden" (Jan 3rd, 2017)

Joseph Boyden's piece, "An Open Letter To UBC: Steven Galloway’s Right To Due Process" (Nov 14th, 2016)

Hayden King's Globe and Mail piece, "Joseph Boyden, where are you from?" (Dec 28th, 2016)

Nahka Bertrand and Nickita Longman's Ricochet piece, "How Joseph Boyden’s claims to Indigeneity affect us all" (Jan 1st, 2017)

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_101_-_Joseph_Boyden-Two_Worlds_Two_Debates.mp3
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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

Direct download: Ep.165_-_The_Best_Of_The_Imposter_So_Far_pt1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:08pm EDT

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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Do politicians and foreign dignitaries have better access to health care than everyone else? A look inside CANADALAND's ongoing investigation into Ontario's VIP health care system.

Robert Hiltz's story for Canadaland will go up Monday, December 19th (7am EST) and will become available here.

Dr. Nadia Alam's Tweets with Omar Yar Khan.

Robert Hiltz's Twitter: @robert_hiltz 

Direct download: Ep.164_-_Theres_A_Hidden_VIP_Program_In_The_Health_Care_System.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 7:12pm EDT

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

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

Direct download: Ep.163_-_Edmonton_Is_Weird.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:16pm EDT

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

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_97_Cuddler_of_Democracy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:16pm EDT

Mainstream First Nations reporting usually falls into the four D's: drumming, dancing, drinking, and death. Aboriginal journalist Wawmeesh Hamilton is using everyday reporting to try and change that.

Wawmeesh Hamilton's Twitter: @Wawmeesh

Direct download: Ep.162_-_Do_First_Nations_Have_A_Free_Press.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 5:25pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 9:12pm EDT

The Government is about to change the CBC. The think-tank hired by Heritage Canada to research media solutions invited Jesse to debate the CBC about it, but only Jesse showed up, along with some former CBC brass. Jesse goes into a deep dive with panelists Sue Gardner (Wikimedia, former Senior Director of CBC.ca), Stephen Maher (iPolitics) and Rachel Nixon (Discourse Media, former Senior Director of Digital, CBC News). Moderated by Taylor Owen. Recorded live at SFU Harbour Centre on November 4th 2016.

Direct download: Ep.161_-_How_To_Save_Our_CBC.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 12:24am EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 11:09pm EDT

Fake news sites won the American election. Buzzfeed Canada's Craig Silverman discusses how bogus Facebook stories blew credible news out of the water. 

Craig's Twitter: @CraigSilverman

Direct download: Ep.160_-_People_Like_Fake_News_Better.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 6:52pm EDT

Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch is leeching off Trump's brand.

An outbreak of news coverage on Canadian racism.

The RCMP offers super-secret docs to journalists.

New Yorker, Rolling Stone & Guardian contributor Omar Mouallem co-hosts.

 

Omar Mouallem's Twitter: @Omar_AOK

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:41pm EDT

La Presse journalist Patrick Lagacé tells all about why the Montreal police spied on him and other journalists, and why the free press is under attack.

Direct download: Ep.159_-_The_Surveillance_of_Patrick_Lagace.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:01pm EDT

La Presse journalist Patrick Lagacé tells all about why the Montreal police spied on him and other journalists, and why the free press is under attack.

Direct download: Ep.159_-_The_Surveillance_of_Patrick_Lagace.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:01pm EDT

The US election results are in and oh my God no.

CSIS gets nailed for hoarding citizen metadata for years.

CBC gets into the hot take business.

VICE Canada features editor Justin Ling co-hosts.

Justin's Twitter: @Justin_Ling

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:21pm EDT

Every day at 12:36pm, Marc Weisblott sends out his "tabloid" newsletter. Is he a cultural critic? A media visionary? Or just a crank?

Direct download: Ep.158_-_Tabloid.mp3
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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

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_92_Cops_Vs_Reporters.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:27pm EDT

Justin Brake caught the nation's attention by broadcasting the peaceful protests of Muskrat Falls. And then he got served with a court injunction. What happens when journalists are treated as criminals just for doing their jobs?

Direct download: Ep.157_-_The_Occupation_of_Muskrat_Falls.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 1:20am EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 10:13pm EDT

Is solutions-based journalism the future of Canadian news? Journalist Erin Millar is bringing back in-depth investigative journalism with her company Discourse Media as an antidote to clickbait journalism and fleeting headlines.

 

Direct download: Ep.156_-_The_Media_Disruptors.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:22pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 10:35pm EDT

We lost almost half our staff this month. We need to pay better to retain our amazing team. Help us at http://patreon.com/CANADALAND and everybody but Jesse will get a raise.

Direct download: Ep.155_-_Guys_Were_Having_Some_Problems.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 2:23am EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 11:38pm EDT

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. 

 

Direct download: Ep.154_-_The_BBC__The_New_York_Times_Come_To_Canada.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:57pm EDT

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?

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_Print_Divas_and_Wankers_on_the_web.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:11pm EDT

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.

Direct download: Ep.153_-_Pipeline_Antics.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:54pm EDT

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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If you share paywalled content, does that constitute copyright infringement? Do online publications have the right to sue individuals who share their articles? Michael Geist is a law professor and expert in internet and e-commerce law.

 

Direct download: Ep.152_-_Paywall_Blackmail.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT

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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If we knew what was really happening in our First Nations communities, would we still be indifferent? Filmmaker Victoria Lean and Gchi'mnissing Anishinaabe writer and educator Hayden King discuss stereotypes, comment boards, and misrepresentation in mainstream media.

Direct download: Ep.151_-_Trained_To_Ignore_-_The_Media_and_First_Nations.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:32pm EDT

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 no stopping the downward spiral of the news media. So what happens next, and how can we get there quicker? Writer, filmmaker, and social entrepreneur Ian Gill is the author of No News is Bad News: Canada’s Media Collapse―and What Comes Next. 

 
Direct download: Ep.150_-_The_News_Is_Dead_So_What_Comes_Next.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:21pm EDT

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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Last winter, Canadaland invited journalists to The Revue Cinema in Toronto to discuss the movies that made them want to become journalists. Deadline USA taught Michael Enright how to tie his infamous bowtie. Shattered Glass terrified Robyn Doolittle when she was still in J-school and warned her about the slippery slope of journalistic ethics.Special appearance by Jeet Heer, editor at The New Republic magazine.

Direct download: Ep.148_-_Canadaland_at_the_Movies.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:50pm EDT

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

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_83_Oh_God_Fine_Lets_Talk_About_Israel.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:10pm EDT

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.

Direct download: Ep.148_-_What_The_Hell_Happened_At_The_Toronto_Star.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:21pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 9:31pm EDT

Canada's tech sector is hemorrhaging talent. Between tax credits, targeted R&D programs, and Trudeau's cheerleading, can we stop the bleeding? Earlier this summer, thirty Canadian bankers, industry leaders, and entrepreneurs got together a cottage in the Muskokas to figure out how to "fix" the tech industry. Angel investor, entrepreneur, and lawyer Dan Debow was there.

Direct download: Ep.147_-_Why_Johnny_Cant_Innovate-Canadas_Tech_Sector.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 7:09pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 11:02pm EDT

Justin Trudeau's administration has asked a think tank to research this very question: should taxpayers provide a safety net for a news business in free-fall? The think tank is headed by former Globe and Mail Editor in Chief Edward Greenspon, who discusses (and defends?) the idea of a news biz bail-out.

 

Direct download: Ep.146_-_Should_The_Government_Bail_Out_The_News_Business.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 4:17pm EDT

Canada is a generic, blank slate for American television production. Dozens of shows are filmed here and slapped with American license plates and street names. Media scholar Karen Burrows discusses the impact on our power as media consumers.

Direct download: Ep.145_-_Why_You_Cant_Set-a_TV_Show_in_Canada.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 4:34pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 10:14pm EDT

John Furlong has been accused of abusing dozens of First Nations children when he was a teacher in Burns Lake in the 1960s. Journalist Laura Robinson told this story and ended up on the wrong side of a defamation lawsuit.

Last week, the Assembly of First Nations put forward a resolution to pressure the federal government and the RCMP for a full new investigation into the allegations. Meanwhile, Furlong is continuing to rehabilitate his image, recently tasked with helping Calgary bid for the 2026 Olympics.

John Furlong’s accusers are asking the federal government to listen to them. But why is Furlong's voice so much louder?

Direct download: Ep.144_-_Follow_Up_John_Furlong.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:57pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 7:26am EDT

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.  

Direct download: Ep.143_-_Monica_Heisey.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:27pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 10:24pm EDT

Kathryn Borel reveals new details about the Jian Ghomeshi case. 

Direct download: Ep.142_-_Kathryn_Borel.mp3
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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