How did an online subculture of lonely men inspire the murders of 10 people in Toronto?


After 10 people were killed in the Toronto van attack, a Facebook post surfaced from accused killer Alek Minassian, citing the "Incel Rebellion." Incels, or "involuntary celibates," are just one of a group of anti-feminist online subcultures that make up the "manosphere."


Xtra reporter Arshy Mann began immersing himself in the online manosphere years ago. He says we need to understand these groups and take them seriously.

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Why were some people so determined to label the Toronto van attack as Islamist? How is it that U.S. media are capable of breaking key points of developing Canadian stories before their domestic counterparts? And how do you sift through online signal noise to report accurately in the midst of a high-profile event?

Jonathan Goldsbie co-hosts.

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More than a year after their expansion into Canada, the New York Times is prospering here. And they're doing it with only three reporters. But what exactly is their goal here? And what does it mean for Canadian news and news consumers?


Catherine Porter is the Canadian bureau chief of the New York Times.

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A look at the media diet of Alexandre Bissonnette, charged with the January, 2017 terror attack at a Quebec City mosque that killed six and wounded nineteen, plus Facebook continues its Canadian outreach program.

Amira Elghawaby co-hosts.

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We talk to two Canadian journalists who are facing legal consequences --including jail time-- for doing their jobs. VICE reporter Ben Makuch is heading to the Supreme Court to try to stop the RCMP from getting access to communications he had with alleged ISIS recruit Farah Shirdon in 2014. APTN's Justin Brake, formerly of The Independent, is facing criminal charges for disobeying a court injunction while following Indigenous land protectors onto the site of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in 2016.


The outcomes of these cases could set precedents for how the press is allowed to operate.

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Media coverage of the Humboldt Broncos tragedy, a statement from the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression sets off alarms, and a fond farewell to Rick Mercer.

Tom Henheffer co-hosts.

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Richard Stursberg was the most hated CBC executive in recent history. What advice does he have for Catherine Tait, the CBC's new president? And what does he have to say about his own infamous legacy?


Correction: An earlier version of this episode stated that Richard Stursberg lost the rights to Hockey Night In Canada and that he put ads on CBC Radio 2. He did neither of those things.

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The Toronto Star goes national, the CBC finally has a female president, and Canada's left mourns the loss of one of its most stalwart intellectuals.

Laura Howells co-hosts.

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Tim Fontaine "set fire" to his journalism career last December, when he launched Walking Eagle News.

After 20 years of covering tragedy and injustice for CBC and APTN, Tim is turning his attention to criticizing and creating the news—as opposed to reporting it.

He's written about everything from Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government's poor attempts at reconciling with Indigenous peoples, to rez dogs on the verge of forming single consciousness

Tim joins Jesse from Winnipeg. 

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