Canoe-borne bandits strike an underwater town. A new generation of wealthy lobstermen is minted. An island disappears. And hellfire engulfs a highway jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive. Just another normal day amidst Canada’s climate catastrophe. 

Featured in this episode: Catherine Griwkowsky (Alberta Today), Brendan Kennedy (Toronto Star), Keith Stewart (Greenpeace), Markus Harvey.

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To learn more:

“There will be floods” by Brendan Kennedy in the Toronto Star

“Big Oil braced for global warming while it fought regulations” by Amy Lieberman and Susanne Rust in the Los Angeles Times

“When climate change hits home” by Nick Purdon in CBC News

Additional music:

“A List of Ways to Die” by Lee Rosevere, “Night Owl” by Broke for Free, “Drop of Water in the Ocean” by Broke for Free, and “Cylinder Five” by Chris Zabriskie, adapted.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

A respected doctor put women’s health and lives in danger for money and the public almost never heard about it. Michael Lista talks about his precedent-setting Toronto Life story about an OBGYN who committed dangerous procedures without consent for years and the fight to expose him. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:02pm EDT

Is the press protecting the liberal party? And the debate about climate change somehow continues and Elections Canada suggested we might not be allowed to have it. Former crown prosecutor and National Observer journalist Sandy Garassino co-hosts.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 12:03am EDT

Over the past couple of years, a few Canadian media outlets and writers have become obsessed with trans people, painting their campaign for human rights as a menace to society. This coverage has hit a peak with the story of Jessica Yaniv, a trans woman who’s taking multiple beauticians to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal after they refused to wax to her genitals. Where did this obsession come from? And why has this particular story taken off?

Featuring journalist Mary Rogan.

Read "Growing Up Trans" by Mary Rogan in The Walrus.

Watch Mary debate Jordan Peterson on TVO's The Agenda.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:40pm EDT

More cuts at Canada's largest newspaper chain; this time to journalistic independence, open discourse, and a healthy work culture. And was the swearing, spitting Scheer supporter part of a media hoax? With freelance journalist and former National Post reporter Rebecca Tucker.
Read Sean Craig's piece about Postmedia's shift to the right here.
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Category:media/news -- posted at: 4:42pm EDT

Reporter Anna Mehler Paperny talks about her book, Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Depression in the First Person, which covers her search for answers about depression and her personal experiences.   

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

Is it time to start reporting the strange behaviour of young white men? Why do we still have columnists? And a study of Canadian media consumption shows that the real threat to media literacy is Canadian media consumption.

Paul Wells co-hosts.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 12:01am EDT

Steven Page, former frontman and founding member of Barenaked Ladies, talks about his career, why he chose to leave a beloved and wildly successful band, and the fickle realities of Canadian stardom.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

The hunt is on. Newsrooms across the country are chasing down everyone from psychiatrists to Survivorman himself to speculate on the fate of two murder suspects. And are the journalistic standards of Doug Ford's state-funded propaganda channel slipping?? We take a closer look with Wag the Doug's Allison Smith.

Listen to Allison's other Canadaland Media podcast all about Doug Ford, called Wag the Doug.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:24pm EDT