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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.

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_109_-_Kellie_Leitch-Tracking_Bullshit_In_From_The_Barn.mp3
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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.

Direct download: Ep.173_-__Robyn_Doolittle_On_Breaking_The_Story_Of_The_Year.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:07pm EDT

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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Category:media/news -- posted at: 1:23am EDT

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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Category:media/news -- posted at: 1:46am EDT

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?

Direct download: Ep.171_-__Dont_Fling_Mud_At_The_Scud_Stud.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 4:36am EDT

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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Category:media/news -- posted at: 6:55am EDT

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.

Direct download: Ep.170_-_Are_We_Too_Mean_to_CBC_Comedy.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:14am EDT

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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Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:11pm EDT

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.

Direct download: Ep.169_-_Down_By_Law_in_Yellowknife.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 7:27pm EDT

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.

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_104_-_Stunts_and_Manhunts.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:40pm EDT

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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Category:media/news -- posted at: 1:03am EDT

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

Direct download: Ep.167_-_Post-Truth-Fact_Check.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 7:01pm EDT

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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Category:media/news -- posted at: 2:34pm EDT

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
Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:45pm EDT

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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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

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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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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
Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:27pm EDT

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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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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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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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?

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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.

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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Category:general -- posted at: 9:19pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 11:04pm EDT

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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?

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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.  

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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. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 1:54pm EDT

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

When disaster strikes, local television matters. But does anyone actually care about small-town daily news coverage anymore? CHEK in Victoria is the last independent, employee-owned television station in North America, and Rob Germain is their news director. He defends the merits of local television.

Recorded live in Victoria in partnership with CFUV 101.9 FM and Social Media Camp 2016.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 2:56pm 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

Is the Communist Party of China influencing the Canadian-Chinese press? Journalist and paralegal Jonathan Fon joins Jesse for a discussion on the influence of Beijing.

After penning a critical piece about Liberal Cabinet MPP Michael Chan, 51.ca columnist Xin Feng started receiving death threats. Helen Wang was fired from her editorial post for the Chinese Canadian Post after publishing a critical piece by Jonathan Fon. Gao Bingchen was fired from his ten-year column at Global Chinese Press after expressing his views.

In 2010, the Globe concluded a 10-month investigation that included details of former CSIS director Richard Fadden's public statement that two anonymous provincial Crown ministers were under the influence of foreign governments. Michael Chan is currently suing the Globe and Mail for libel. Chan was asked to comment for this podcast; his statements can be found on Canadaland's website.

 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:19pm 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

Global News anchor Chris Gailus is one of British Columbia's most reknowned television broadcasters. He's won an Emmy for his work. He's also been accused of sexually harassing his former makeup artist, Dawn Koke. Dawn Koke speaks to Jesse about sexual harassment in the news business. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:45pm 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

How did the Liberals win the election? Author Susan Delacourt knows. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 3:54pm 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

Gawker has repeatedly smeared writer Stephen Marche. So why is he publicly defending Gawker in the wake of their legal battles with Hulk Hogan?

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:16pm 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

CBC Still has a bullying & harassment problem. Jesse and Jane discuss how they investigated it for their recent report, "Bullying & Harassment Claims Emerge at CBC's As It Happens, TV Sports, and HR."

 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 6:08pm 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

Live from the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, cartoonists Ted Rall, Chip Zdarsky, and sculptor Rokudenashiko talk censorship, the surprisingly subversive power of cartoons, and the dying art of comics journalism.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 6:19pm 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

When it came to Canadian arts administration, Jeff Melanson was the king. Until his messy annulment papers from frozen food heiress Eleanor McCain alleged that he left more than just administrative damage in his wake from the Canadian Ballet Company, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Banff Centre for the Arts. Anne Kingston dives deep into the hushed world of Canadian arts institutions.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 1:17am 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

Canada is making military vehicles for Saudi Arabia, despite the country's flagrant history of human rights violations. So why are the Liberals pretending this deal was inherited from the Conservatives?

Steven Chase's Twitter: @StevenChase

Steven Chase's April 20th Globe & Mail piece, "The Saudi arms deal: What we’ve learned so far, and what could happen next"

Steven Chase's 2014 Globe & Mail piece, "Ottawa touts sale of military vehicles to Saudi Arabia"

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 12:31am 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

For the past year, Desmond Cole has been the media's go-to guy whenever a story about black Canadians would come up. Now, he discusses what's to come after hosting COMMONS.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 2:13am 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

In Newfoundland and Labrador, massive numbers of workers are getting laid off. Taxes are skyrocketing. The oil industry is collapsing. Meanwhile, journalist James McLeod has independently published a Sunshine List that exposes just how cosy the province really is. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:26pm 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

What happens when three lawyers try to argue with Jesse Brown? 

Former trial lawyer Sandy Garossino, criminal defence counsel Michael Spratt, and federal prosecutor Emilie Taman talk about how the media should really report about the courts.

 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 1:28am 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

Freelance journalist Matt Braga joins Jesse to talk about spy stuff - the Panama Papers, CSIS, C-51, and Ben Makuch's ongoing battle with the RCMP. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:05pm 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

The Ethnic Aisle is a crowdfunded digital magazine tackling issues of multiculturalism, diversity, and race in Toronto and the GTA. Chantal Braganza is the managing editor at The Ethnic Aisle and a digital media producer at TVO. Guest hosted by Scaachi Koul, senior writer at Buzzfeed Canada.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:19pm 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

Meet Chandler Levack, the host of The Imposter, CANADALAND's new arts & culture show, which debuts on Wednesday April 27th.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 7:42pm 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

Jeff Melanson was the Canadian arts & culture institution's golden boy, dubbed a "rock star arts administrator," feted by the press, and offered prestigious positions at Canada's top art institutions. Until he made a royal mess during his truncated presidency at the Banff Centre. How was he allowed to get away with it for so long, and why was he rewarded for failing so hard?

David Silcox was the Globe & Mail's art critic, president of Sotheby's Canada, Arts Officer of the Canada Council, and author of several books about Canadian art.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 6:41pm 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

The media is fuelling our real estate obsession and Garth Turner, ex-Conservative MP turned real estate blogger, is pouring cold water on us.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 1:42pm 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