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Conspiracies! They're out there... and Vice Canada's Mack Lamoureux is getting to the bottom of them.

You name it, he's covered it: The Berenst(a)ein Bears. Hollow Earth Theory. Iraq Stargate...

But what happens when these twisted narratives stop being just kooky, and start getting scary? As extremist right-wing groups grow their presence in Canada, and around the world, there's a personal cost to covering conspiracists.

Mack's 8-month-long investigation into Canada's armed, anti-Islamic "patriot" group — 'the III%ers'— is alarming:

"Connected to the anti-Islam sentiment is a sense of paranoia in the group, one that is reinforced by the sharing of debunked news stories and far-right wing commentary from sites like Rebel Media or Infowars. The members of the group, like their counterparts worldwide, are distrustful of mainstream news and often stray into extreme conspiratorial territory."

Mack Lamoureux joins guest host Omar Mouallem. 

 

For more on extremist right-wing groups in Canada, check out COMMONS' deep dive from this past July.

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On coverage of the hijab cutting hate crime that never was and the job of journalists in reporting stories of sexual harassment. Naheed Mustafa joins guest host Elamin Abdelmahmoud.

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If you thought Bill C-51 was concerning, boy do we have an update for you!

Bill C-59 is the Liberal government’s national security reform bill, and it covers a lot of ground.

According to the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab’s report, the potential activities allowed by Bill C-59 are “limited only by imagination”: Mass dissemination of false information, leaking foreign documents in order to influence political and legal outcomes, large-scale denial of service attacks, interference with the electricity grid…

The report also warns that Bill C-59 contains a loophole which would allow the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) — the country’s spy agency focusing on electronic communications — to cause death or bodily harm, and to interfere with the “course of justice or democracy.” (*tugs collar* emoji)

This follow-up to Bill C-51, the Harper government’s controversial anti-terrorism Act, is making its way through parliamentary committees, but has yet to draw similar national attention or scrutiny.

But it’s not all bad. Bill C-59 also addresses institutional blindspots like lack of organizational oversight and accountability, and sheds some light onto the CSE's inner workings. Lex Gill, a researcher with Citizen Lab, says that only 3% of Canadians know what CSE is.

Gill, along with fellow researchers, outlines over 50 recommendations for amendments to Bill C-59. To learn more, see their 75-page report.

Lex Gill joins Jesse.

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Novelist and poet Zoe Whittall joins Jesse to talk creepy professors, racist letters, and predatory men. @zoewhittall

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Governments around the world are cracking down on Facebook. But not Canada's.

Forget taxes and regulations — Trudeau's Ministers are getting photo-ops and a $500,000 investment in Canada's journalism industry from Facebook.

Here's Facebook's head of Canadian public policy, Kevin Chan hosting Minister of Democratic Institutions, Karina Gould, at FB's Oct 19 launch of the Canadian Election Integrity Initiative.

So. Why scrutinize Facebook when you can partner with them?

Leaders from dozens of countries, including Germany and Australia, aren't as smitten.

Concordia communications professor Fenwick McKelvey joins Jesse.

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Canadian grocery store billionaires duped us for 14 years— Vive la gift card!!

Joshua Boyle, former Taliban hostage, faces 15 charges including sexual assault and administering a noxious drug. What did media miss in its initial welcome-home coverage?

Mayor John Tory and Toronto city staffers cite 'miscommunication' as the reason homeless people were turned away from shelters across the city (which were definitely not at capacity, alright?).

The Quebec mosque shooting took place nearly a year ago. So how is Aymen Derbali— who was shot 7 times and left paralyzed when he attempted to stop the gunman — only just being acknowledged by Canadian media?

Journalist and activist Desmond Cole joins Jesse.

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At the end of this season of The Imposter, Aliya will do a live comedy set onstage at Second City.

 

But first—she needs to learn how to tell a joke.

 

On the first episode of this harrowing journey, Aliya recalls the 1968 comedy that ruined laughter for her, phones her dad up to talk about brownface, and goes to standup school.

 

As part of our holiday programming, we're playing you the best stuff from across our network. 

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The Imposter's "I Pity The Country" sits alongside Radiolab and The Heart on Constant Listener's 8 best podcast episodes of 2017. You can read that list here:

http://constantlistener.com/best-podcasts-2017/

 

 

So this holiday, we present it to you in full.

 

It's a story featuring incredible music by Indigenous artists from the 60s, 70s and 80s that was nearly lost. And it asks the question: how do we distinguish between art and artifact?

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Over the holidays, we're presenting some of the best episodes from across CANADALAND Media.

 

"If the police don't want you to see a file, you're never gonna know it exists."

 

Lorimer Shenher, author of That Lonely Section of Hell: The Botched Investigation of a Serial Killer Who Almost Got Away, talks to COMMONS about his time with the Vancouver police, where he investigated serial killer Robert Pickton. 

 

This is part one of a two-part series on police accountability.

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Last week, billionaires Barry and Honey Sherman were found dead in their Toronto home. As we parse through language in the press like "suspicious" and "police sources," what do we know and which interests are at play?

Metro columnist and former CANADALAND employee Vicky Mochama called Lindsay Shepherd a crying white girl on CBC's Sunday politics show, infuriating an army of people who have probably never seen the show before.

True crime writer and veteran crime reporter James Dubro guest hosts.

James's twitter: @jamesdubro

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