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At Canadaland, we really didn’t expect to find ourselves reporting on the WE organization again.

But then it was the focus of the biggest politics story in the country, and we obtained a recording of a strange conversation between one of its founders and a person who was then a senior employee in the group’s Kenyan operations.

Jesse sits down with our managing editor, Andrea Schmidt, to discuss what we learned - and how, while we were investigating WE, one of its lawyers had commissioned his own investigation of us.

You can read WE’s responses in full here: shorturl.at/eEGH9

And our recent article about the recording (with the full, unedited recording included) here: https://www.canadalandshow.com/crime-and-fraud-at-we-charity-in-kenya/

 

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The Globe and Mail is now 176 years old. You can read all about its accomplishments elsewhere. Writer Jamie Bradburn takes us through the paper's darker moments.

You can read Jamie Bradburn’s full article for CANADALAND here.

This episode originally aired on March 4, 2019.


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Karl Dockstader and Sean Vanderklis, co-hosts of the radio show and podcast One Dish, One Mic, join Jesse to talk about the history of policing back to John A. Macdonald, the killing of Dudley George at Ipperwash in 1995, and how it has impacted their lives as Indigenous men. Plus, Karl and Sean spoke with Senator Lillian Dyck about her call for RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki’s resignation.

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Can you really be “cancelled” if you still have a platform? A look at Margaret Wente, Wendy Mesley, and the Mulroneys. And was the Nova Scotia shooter an RCMP informant?

Desmond Cole co-hosts.

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Adrian Harewood is a news anchor at CBC Ottawa News and the host of weekly current affairs show, Our Ottawa.

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Journalists across Canada are speaking out about their experiences with racism in the newsroom. And as Wendy Mesley is suspended from hosting duties, it’s time to reevaluate the language used in news meetings.

Jan Wong co-hosts.

This episode is sponsored by FreshBooks and HelloFresh.

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

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Lord Tim Bell worked for a rogues' gallery of international clients, and co-founded one of the most powerful PR companies in history.

But it all came crashing down when leaked emails exposed Bell Pottinger’s role in fomenting unrest in South Africa to distract from the Zuma government’s corruption.

Richard Poplak and Diana Neille were on the team of journalists who obtained those leaks. Their documentary Influence chronicles the rise of weaponized advertising, and the fall of a controversial PR man.

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InfoLab imagined newspapers' transition from print to digital, creating multimedia digital news in the basement of The Hamilton Spectator back in the early '90s.

Jesse talks to its former director, journalist Wayne MacPhail, about what the InfoLab did, and why it shut down shortly after Conrad Black’s company bought the newspaper chain.

This episode originally aired on May 27, 2019.

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Dr. Cheryl Thompson is an assistant professor at Ryerson University’s School of Creative Industries, and the author of Beauty in a Box: Detangling the Roots of Canada’s Black Beauty CultureShe’s currently working on a new project about the history of blackface in Canada, and joins Jesse to tell us about her research. 

 

This episode originally aired on September 29, 2019.

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Protests have erupted around the world in response to police violence against Black people. Trump is violating the rights of his own people. Police are openly targeting and arresting journalists. Something has changed and Canadian media has failed in covering this historic moment.

Sandy Hudson, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Canada and co-host of Sandy and Nora Talk Politics, co-hosts.
 
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Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:11pm EDT

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The pandemic could be an "extinction event" for American newspapers and so their publishers want their own government bailout. Meanwhile Canadian papers want money from Google and Facebook, too. Jeff Jarvis lays out the problems with all that, and Cory Doctorow and Emily Bell suggest a better way: breaking up the tech giants.

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“My biggest fear is that not enough will change, and not enough lessons will be learned.”

Kim Campbell is a former Prime Minister of Canada, the first and only woman to hold the post to date. She lives in Vancouver.

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Torstar was just sold for $52 million, droves of people were chastised for going to the park, and Jesse opens himself up to some rare scrutiny.

Erica Ifill co-hosts.

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"I had a confrontation with someone in the line up for a grocery store... and that moment of slow honeyed ease was totally interrupted."

Kaie Kellough is a novelist, poet, sound performer and the Canadian winner of the 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize.

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“I’m going to be very careful about how much I leave my property until there’s a vaccine.”

Xanthe Vallentin is a teacher in Hamilton, Ontario, and the sister of Canadaland patron coordinator Jessica Vallentin.

 

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The child welfare system is failing Indigenous children, and APTN's Kenneth Jackson can't stop covering it. His reporting throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has given him a glimpse of what political will could do to transform it.

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"After this pandemic, we can create a new normal that's better for everyone."

 

Mumilaaq Qaqqaq is the MP for Nunavut.

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The incredibly controversial painting of Justin Trudeau, François Legault’s problem with anglophone media, and the story about Gaza that CBC disappeared.

Christopher Curtis co-hosts.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:58pm EDT

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“The job of fiction is to intrude on reality and instead we’re living in a situation where reality is intruding on the fictional.”

Omar El Akkad is the author of the novel American War and was a reporter at the Globe and Mail.

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“In the silence you start to wonder…how are we going to find each other again?”

Martha Wainwright is a singer-songwriter, who describes herself as being best known for being a bloody motherfucking asshole.

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In the face of a global pandemic, it’s hard to focus on anything else. Three journalists tell us stories that have broken on their beat that you might’ve missed, but could have far-reaching consequences.

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“Here’s Where Things Get Interesting” by Lee Rosevere

“Breathing Out” by Mid-Air Machine

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"The wild oscillations of feeling are abnormal for me."

Jesse Brown is the publisher of Canadaland.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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Bryan Adams pulls a Morrissey, an Indigenous ceremony is broken up by the RCMP, and Ghomeshi attempts another comeback.

Ryan McMahon co-hosts.

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“I never believe in going down without a fight…I’m a triple fire sign.”

Brooke Manning is the owner of Likely General, a store and gallery space in Toronto.

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“Hugs feel like they’re going to be euphoric.”

Weyni Mengesha is the artistic director of Soulpepper Theatre Company in Toronto.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

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Prime Minister Trudeau said naming the Nova Scotia mass shooter was giving him "the gift of infamy." Romayne Smith Fullerton investigates how different democracies cover crime, and what that reveals about our relationship to government, and to each other. 

Read more at Canadaland: "The Surprising Reason Some Countries Don't Publish The Names Of Accused Persons"

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 12:32am EDT

"I fucking hate Zooming... and having to look at my own face."

John Semley is a writer and author who splits his time between Toronto and Philadelphia. But mostly Toronto these days.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

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When police searched journalists’ offices in the Alberta legislature, we wondered how government reporters were faring in the age of COVID-19. And after securing millions from the federal government, Canada’s big newspaper chains are finding new ways to ask for more money.

Allison Smith co-hosts.

This episode is sponsored by WealthBar and Article.

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"I guess like a positive abnormal and unusual thing I did was propose to my girlfriend, which was pretty cool."

 

Jaren Kerr is an editor at Yahoo Finance Canada. He is also the former deputy news editor of CANADALAND Media.

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"I think I may have had coronavirus."

Martin Lukacs is a journalist and author based in Montreal.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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Kenny Hotz achieved fame as the co-star of Kenny vs. Spenny, one of Canada’s most successful TV shows. The comedy series, built around a competition between two supposed friends and the crude humiliation of the loser, premiered on the CBC in 2003. It was cancelled after just one season, but was then picked up in the U.S. and became an international sensation. It’s been a decade since the last episode of Kenny vs. Spenny went to air, and Hotz reflects on the legacy of the show, the nature of his own success, and the possibility of a reboot, in what turned out to be a revealing discussion. 

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"Pushing for a world where we accept the risks of having a body... That's where we need to go."

Kai Cheng Thom is a writer and performer based in Toronto.

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The more we learn about the shooting in Nova Scotia, the worse it becomes. And did the star-studded Stronger Together COVID-19 special show us anything but how completely anachronistic celebrity has become during this pandemic? Seriously. Did anyone watch it?

Tim Bousquet co-hosts.

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"I want my friends and family to be safe from this"

BJ Snowden is an American musician who has written many songs about Canada

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"I like to remind people the chances of getting infected by somebody walking or running by you outside—  they're virtually nil"

André Picard is a health reporter and columnist at The Globe and Mail.

 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

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Journalists across Canada tell us how Covid-19 has changed how they bring us the news.

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“Reverie (small theme)” by _ghost

“Night Owl” by Broke For Free

“Clean Soul” by Kevin MacLeod

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"It'll probably be like a mega-hedonistic orgy after this."

Chris Locke is a comedian in Toronto. He has a new podcast called "Happy Good."

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

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The confluence of the pandemic, reliance on police for information, and slashed newsroom budgets means that reporting on the Nova Scotia shooting was all but doomed from the start. And a tweak to government media subsidies makes more organizations eligible for the funding.

Tim Bousquet co-hosts.

This episode is sponsored by WealthBar and HelloFresh.

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

“This virus is a bitch, for sure.”

Tanya Talaga is the author of Seven Fallen Feathers and All Our Relations. She is also a former health reporter at the Toronto Star.

 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

"I’m helping other people to be safe."

Surinder Mann is a cleaner who lives in North Delta, BC, and is also the mother of COMMONS' host, Arshy Mann.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

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When journalist Eva Holland lost her mom, she went on a quest to understand the science behind her phobias, and conquer them. In her book, Nerve: A Personal Journey Through the Science of Fear, we learn why and how we are afraid, and why we don't want to live without fear. 

This episode is brought to you by You&Yours Financial, VOX, and The New Yorker.

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

"My ten-year old got his first octopus all by himself"

Severn Cullis-Suzuki is a writer, television host, and a board member of the David Suzuki Foundation. She lives in Haida Gwaii.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 5:52pm EDT

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Do the same rules apply to Justin Trudeau and Andrew Scheer as to the rest of us? Do the rules matter any more? Could this finally be the end of conspiracy theories?

Nora Loreto co-hosts.

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"If we are looking like we are one of the girls just dancing having fun, it's probably performative"

Brad Allen and Andrés Sierra are two of the co-founders of Club Quarantine, a nightly queer party that meets on the video-conferencing platform Zoom. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:29am EDT

"I do participate in society."

Kate Beaton is an excellent cartoonist. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:58am EDT

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The Deplorables that surrounded the Trump presidential campaign have all but disappeared from the mainstream web, but New Yorker writer Andrew Marantz says it's the ideology of Silicon Valley that allowed them to prosper, and what catapulted them to fame remains.

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For weeks, we’ve all been trying to flatten the curve. But how do we measure our success if the numbers informing that curve aren’t reliable? And how do the big newspaper chains justify taking government wage subsidies at the same time as laying off staff?

Chris Selley co-hosts.

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"I got scolded by the deputy mayor of Los Angeles for not including Funyuns in my tweet"

Choose wisely:
https://twitter.com/_Matty_H_/status/1246596389607530496

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"This is the death of neoliberalism."

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

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Reporter Justin Ling speaks with prisoners across Canada terrified of COVID-19 sweeping through the prison population. 

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Additional music:  "Contention" "Scenery," and "Dark Alleys" by Kai Engel, "Unanswered Questions" by Kevin MacLeod, and "Cylinder Five" by Chris Zabriskie.

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"When this is all over, I never want to Zoom again."

David Sax's new book is coming out in the midst of a pandemic. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 7:36am EDT

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Has the messaging about whether to wear a face mask been contradictory? How do you report on sports in a world without them? And a roundup of the bad COVID-19 coverage from the last week.

Morgan Campbell co-hosts.

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

“I have been obsessed with virtual reality”

Robert Jago is a writer and head of an education firm. He lives in Montreal.

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"I've been watching old NBA games and breaking them down on Instagram Live."

Shad is an artist and host of Hip Hop Evolution, available on Netflix.

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Our first ever call-in show. From Quebec to British Columbia to Nunavut to Brooklyn, Coronavirus has disrupted the lives of Canadaland listeners. Here's what they have to say. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:25pm EDT

"Put on normal clothes, remember to stretch... That doesn't help. You're still in the prison of your own mind."
 
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COVID-19 coverage continues, for the most part, to be even-handed. But that’s not why you listen to this podcast. A look at what’s going wrong in Canadian reporting, as well as the personal and economic impact the pandemic is having on newsrooms.

Jan Wong co-hosts.

This episode is sponsored by PolicyMe, Audible, Article, and WealthBar.

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

"If it really goes down, I can always shoot a moose."

We're doing a call-in show! If you want to vent to Jesse about your living situation, call 844-929-1331 on Wednesday March 25th, from 4-6pm EST.

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"My life is never exactly normal. But it's normal for me."

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:42pm EDT

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Independent movie theatres were in trouble before COVID-19 became a global pandemic, and now even the industry giants like Cineplex are taking a hit. Eric Veillette, programming director at Toronto’s Revue Cinema, joins to unpack the ongoing distribution conflict between rep cinemas and Cineplex. Also, Jesse Wente, Exec-Dir. of the Indigenous Screen Office, joins to talk about what COVID-19 means for movie theatres and whether or not it's curtains for the movie exhibition industry. 

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"So they told us music is free, so it's all about the shows now. You gotta make the shows, you gotta sell things at the shows. Now we don't have shows."

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Mental Health resources for the COVID-19 Pandemic: 

https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-health-and-covid-19

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:02am EDT

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In a time like this, we’re so flooded with information that good, quality journalism matters more than ever. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t stuff to make fun of. Plus, how are newsrooms coping with the realities of a contagious virus?

Jesse Hirsh co-hosts.

Go to supportcfuv.ca

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Restaurateur Jen Agg just wants to get home.

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

What feels most weird right now? Doing normal things. 

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We are facing an unprecedented shutdown of services and businesses across the country. Health columnist Andre Picard was an early voice calling for Canada to “shut it down” in the pages of the Globe and Mail. He talks to us about how COVID-19 compares to other epidemics he’s covered, the media coverage so far and why he was pushing for social distancing before the government embraced it.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 12:59am EDT

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As COVID-19 is declared a global pandemic, how are Canadian media handling the coverage? And what opportunities can moments of crisis provide for a shift in business reporting?

Garth Mullins co-hosts.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 12:47am EDT

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Is The New York Times a model for success in the news business, or a monolithic news brand that's crushing the competition? Former BuzzFeed News editor-in-chief Ben Smith just started his media columnist at the Times. And his first column is titled: "Why the Success of The New York Times May Be Bad News for Journalism"

 

This episode is sponsored by WealthBar, SquareSpace, and Historica Canada.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:09pm EDT

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A front-page story tells us that Canada is broken. Is it, or is this exactly how the country was designed to work? And, as a senior editor leaves the CBC, our national broadcaster pivots to audience.

Anita Li co-hosts.

Read the Martin Lukacs thread on "outside agitators."

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:28pm EDT

In 2015, five young people were arrested for smuggling cocaine into Australia. They had a common connection: Slava P, a music editor at VICE Canada. At the time of the bust, Slava was silent. But years later, he decided to sit down and tell us everything. CANADALAND senior producer Kasia Mychajlowycz has turned those conversations, and subsequent reporting, into our new investigative series, Cool Mules. Kasia talks with Jesse about how the story came together, the ethics of giving Slava a platform and what it all says about the media.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:42pm EDT

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Do journalists need to be protestors to get better access to Wet'suwet'en solidarity actions? Plus, the Teck Frontier oilsands mine withdraws its application and who the media is blaming will shock you - or not. Media Indigena's Rick Harp co-hosts from Winnipeg.

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In a rare interview, Nardwuar talks about his career, his techniques, his reputation and what keeps him going after more than 30 years of blowing minds.

 

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Jason Kenney’s War Room sets its sights on that white whale of fake news: The New York Times. And as protests spread, reporting on Wet’suwet’en remains fairly feeble.

Jeremy Klaszus co-hosts.

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Nardwuar the Human Serviette is one of the biggest media personalities to come out of Canada. He’s a prolific interviewer with a knack for shocking his guests by bringing up little-known personal details about their lives during interviews. He’s an absurd figure beloved by hip hop stars. He’s a punk from Vancouver who has 100s of millions of views on YouTube but still does his weekly community radio show. This is his story as told by the people who know him best. 

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Jordan Peterson’s familial PR team, Christie Blatchford’s legacy, Ezra Levant’s civil disobedience, and the campaign to discredit national protests.

Nora Loreto co-hosts.

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Last week, the RCMP arrested six people for obstruction on Wet’suwet’en territory. They then threatened to arrest the journalists who were there covering the ongoing conflict between protestors and police. In response, the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) stated “we remind the BC RCMP that Canada is not a police state. Police do not have the right to control what is published.” CAJ president and former Executive Director of News for APTN Karyn Pugliese joins.

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The Heritage Minister doesn't seem to understand his own plan for regulating the internet (or not), so we break it down for you. And a group that doesn't exist just ran a major political ad campaign in the country's top newspapers. 

The National Post's Chris Selley co-hosts.

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Conflict and controversy as Gavin McInnes and others remember Voice of Montreal, a government-subsidized community newspaper in the 90s that grew into a global brand.

This episode originally aired on February 3, 2014. 

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Have we learned anything about reporting on viruses since SARS? And what can a new documentary about Idle No More teach us about our present state of reconciliation?

Ryan McMahon guest hosts, and Rick Harp co-hosts.

Watch "The Power Was With Us" on APTN.

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Every year, Bell shines the spotlight on mental health for Let’s Talk Day. So we’re taking a look at their prison phone contract, which advocates say exacerbate mental health problems for inmates.

Featuring Souheil Benslimane, coordinator and co-founder of the Jail Accountability and Information Line and co-author of a report that calls Bell’s contract with with Ontario prisons "predatory."

Read the viral Twitter thread from the Toronto Prisoners’ Rights Project that inspired this episode.


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What was up with those "protesters" outside Meng Wanzhou's extradition hearing? And could monarchical migration have an impact on privacy in Canadian media?

Bob Mackin co-hosts.

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The CBC wants to play by the same rules that govern digital platforms like Netflix and Amazon. No rules at all. Daniel Bernhard, the executive director of the advocacy group, Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, joins to talk about how our public broadcaster should serve Canadians. 

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We examine the controversy around stating a plain fact about flight 752. Then, a Royal welcome.
 
With co-host Nora Loreto.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Watson resigned from the Toronto Star in 2015 when they banned him from reporting on a story. We spoke to him at the time, while he was still working on getting it published elsewhere. The story has since come out and won a National Magazine Award. We follow up to figure out what he knew that the Toronto Star didn't want him to publish. During the conversation, a new story emerges about mental health in the newsroom. 

Paul writes extensively about his years as a war correspondent and his mental health struggles in his 2007 memoir Where War Lives. His latest book is Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition.

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We’ve heard so much from south of the border about Iran, but how are Canadian media treating this conflict? And The Fifth Estate delivers some spurious reporting on “Birth Tourism” and Antifa.

Kaveh Shahrooz co-hosts.

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For more than half a year, protesters in Hong Kong have clashed with police. Legacy media organizations in Canada have covered the protests, but a big part of the conversation is taking place somewhere else. Producer Tiffany Lam reports on a disruption at Hong Kong protest zine exhibit in Toronto and wonders how much Canadian media adopts Chinese Community Party lines.  

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Additional music:

Unanswered Questions” by Kevin Macleod, “Western Shores” by Philipp Weigl, and “Drop of Water in the Ocean” by Broke for Free,  adapted.

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This episode originally aired on August 12, 2019.

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. 

Click through for a list of crisis centres serving all provinces and territories in Canada.

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The Sahotas are Vancouver’s most notorious slumlords. For decades they’ve let their buildings rot, leaving their tenants to live in filth and desolation. But the Sahotas are not like any other dynasty you’ve ever heard of. Their story is far stranger, and far darker, than anything you can imagine.

Featured in this episode: Jen St. Denis, Christopher Cheung (The Tyee), Sam Dharmapala

To learn more:

“For low-income residents in Vancouver, a different kind of real estate crisis” by Wendy Stueck and Mike Hager in The Globe and Mail

“’Out-of-control’ SROs: Everyone wants to help, but no one seems to have the tools” by Denise Ryan in The Vancouver Sun

“Room 821” by Crackdown

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I Am A Man Who Will Fight For You Honor” by Chris Zabriskie, adapted. 

Unanswered Questions” by Kevin Macleod, adapted.

This episode originally aired on November 27, 2019.

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This episode originally aired on December 23, 2018.

We reached out to Canadian journalists to get their stories about spending the holidays at work. Newsrooms have fewer staff this time of year, but that doesn't mean that the news stops. Check out these stories of big news breaking while everyone else is on vacation.

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Earlier this month, Toronto’s alt-weekly NOW Magazine was sold to Media Central. Former co-owner and founder of NOW, Michael Hollett, joins to talk about the rise and fall of Canada’s alt-weekly magazines, running ads from sex workers, and his feud with the Toronto Star.   


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Everyone knows that Andrew Scheer resigned because of his tuition scandal; what this podcast presupposes is: maybe he didn’t? And the manufactured outrage surrounding Jody Wilson-Raybould’s office.

Hadiya Roderique co-hosts.

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Last week, Canadaland’s new team published a story about how The Globe and Mail’s management repeatedly campaigned the Prime Minister’s office for research-and-development funding and tax law changes that could benefit the paper’s owners. Paul Adams, associate professor at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and former senior political correspondent for the Globe, joins to help unpack the story. 

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A look inside Jordan Peterson’s new social media platform, which bans photos, memes, and emojis in the name of anti-censorship! Also, The Toronto Star turns to public shaming. Freelancer John Semley co-hosts.

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A couple of examples of The Star articles we are referencing here and here.

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Canada’s media organizations are reluctant to release their diversity stats. But Asmaa Malik and Sonya Fatah from Ryerson’s School of Journalism found a way to compile 21 years' worth of diversity statistics by looking at Canada’s columnists. They join to discuss their research.  

CORRECTION: The show notes originally misspelled Asmaa Malik's last name. We regret the error.

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Leaked audio from a NATO summit reveals Trudeau’s totally reasonable reaction to Trump. Did an Edmonton school board try to shut down a radio interview advocating for a student? The Globe and Mail’s China coverage is... inconsistent.

Bashir Mohamed co-hosts.

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This episode originally aired on October 12, 2014.

Cartoonist Kate Beaton is an exemplary weirdo. Her webcomic about Canadian historical figures and literary ephemera has gained a global following of one million monthly readers. She has published an acclaimed book and her work has appeared in The New Yorker, but she still is largely a self-published online creator. Jesse tries to learn her secrets.

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More details have emerged about Warren Kinsella’s secret work to expose Maxime Bernier as a racist. And what’s at stake as the CBC renegotiates its licence to broadcast in Canada?

Steve Faguy co-hosts.

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Documentary filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins and talks about how the media continues to misrepresent Indigenous people. 

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Torstar announced the closure of five papers across Canada, CBC tried to consolidate broadcasts across its radio stations in the North, and Don Cherry returned with an expertly produced podcast.

Taryn Grant co-hosts.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:48pm EDT

A conversation about the similarities between journalism and porn becomes a tense disagreement about online shaming. Jon Ronson, journalist and author of The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare at Goats, talks about his recent podcast The Last Days of August, which examines the death of a Canadian-born porn star who was publicly shamed on Twitter.

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