Episodes
Published 05/23/22
Sometimes investigative journalism begins with an anonymous tip. Sometimes it begins with an access to information request for secret government documents. In this case, Marcello Di Cintio started his investigation because he had an article reprinted without permission. But the story he walked away with in the end was so much better than he could have imagined.  Featured in this episode: Marcello Di Cintio, Calgary-based journalist and author. Vancouver Public Library’s Story City project:...
Published 05/23/22
The many, many opinion pieces on why Pierre Poilievre shouldn't fire the head of the Bank of Canada. And why some Canadians insist on bragging about how we're better than America while ignoring the hate being brewed here. Ryan Thorpe co-hosts. Links: Campbell Clark Globe and Mail Opinion piece re: WEF conspiracy Andrew Coyne Globe and Mail Opinion piece re: Pierre Poilievre  Halifax Examiner piece re: Portapique mass shooting Fox News piece re: Jordan Peterson departing Twitter Blog...
Published 05/19/22
Operation Medusa has become the most celebrated battle in recent Canadian history. It was hailed as a stroke of military genius that may have vanquished the Taliban once and for all. But the soldiers and commanders who were on the ground in 2006 have a different story to tell. A rushed battle. Flawed intelligence. And generals putting political considerations ahead of Canadian lives. And even though Canada had defeated the Taliban on the battlefield, that didn’t mean they were winning the...
Published 05/16/22
Des chefs de plusieurs nations autochtones s’opposent à l’adoption de la loi 96 au Québec, une loi qui, parmi d’autres conséquences, aura un impact sur les personnes nécessitant des services publics dans une langue autre que le français. Et est-ce qu’il y a une différence entre la façon dont les médias francophones et anglophones couvrent la course à la chefferie du Parti conservateur ? Emilie Nicolas anime le tout premier épisode de Détours avec Romeo Saganash. English: Leaders from several...
Published 05/14/22
The canucksploitation is egregious in Mike Myer's new Netflix show the Pentaverate. And the chairman of Post Media absolutely had to write an opinion piece in the National Post defending Patrick Brown. Jesse's back in the saddle and Mel Woods co-hosts.   Links: Trailer for the Pentaverate Xtra piece re: Gerald Hannon tribute Canadaland statement re: Canadalandback National post opinion piece re: Paul Godfrey National post piece re: Patrick Brown Sponsors: Skipper Otto, Squarespace,...
Published 05/12/22
With the seemingly imminent repeal of Roe v. Wade in the United States, it's time to refamiliarize ourselves with Canada's long fought history for abortion access. And explore how that story is anything but ancient history, with one provincial ban being overturned as recently as four years ago.  Today's episode features just a few of the people who have been on the frontlines of that fight as well as a historian who studies nothing but reproductive justice.   Featured in this episode:...
Published 05/09/22
With the imminent upheaval of abortion rights to the south, Canada’s media reflects on the state of things here at home. And going by headlines, you’d think Canada’s ban on gay men giving blood was repealed - but you’d be only somewhat correct. Jeopardy! champ Mattea Roach joins Canadaland news editor Jonathan Goldsbie to look at rights, laws, and how the media mediates our understanding of both.  Links: Toronto Star piece re: Abortion access in Canada Toronto Sun piece re: Kinsella on...
Published 05/05/22
Did you know during a recent storm the City of Winnipeg released 60 million litres of raw sewage into the Red River? Did you know the City of Morden, Manitoba almost ran out of potable water during the extreme drought last summer? Climate change has already started wreaking havoc on the water systems of the Prairies and that is having substantial impacts on cities across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and adapting is going to cost Canadians billions. This week, senior producer Sarah...
Published 05/02/22
You can probably guess why this one is about Twitter, but why does Short Cuts talk about it so very often? Also, what is the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, and why do we not talk about it more? Gawker’s Sarah Hagi joins Canadaland news editor Jonathan Goldsbie to see how much fun they can have in Jesse’s absence. Links: New Yorker article re: New York Times memo  Toronto Sun article re: Tamara Lich's award CTV investigation re: JCCF Sponsors: The Theatre...
Published 04/28/22
The digital advertising industry is worth billions, but many companies don’t actually know where their ad dollars end up. Programmatic ad exchanges and other third-party platforms have enabled companies to buy ads without the hassle of going to each seller. But in doing so, these ad exchanges have opened the door for fake news and disinformation sites to profit. As reporter Cherise Seucharan finds out, it has become easier and easier for these sites to proliferate, while real news websites...
Published 04/25/22
How Pierre Poilievre cultivated his attack-dog charm. And should we care about what the new CEO of the Toronto Star tweets? Jen Gerson co-hosts.  Links: Pierre Poilievre's promo video Toronto Star CEO tweets CANADALAND piece re: Toronto Star owners Sponsors: PolicyMe, Squarespace, Freshbooks Support CANADALAND: https://canadaland.com/join See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 04/21/22
Is it Indigenous stewardship ownership or is it becoming just another holographic bumper sticker? What does Landback mean to you, and to your nations and homelands? And is there room for settlers in this movement? This is the first episode of a new 6-episode podcast called CANADALANDBACK!  In it, we talk about what Landback means, we host our first round table discussion and take you inside a land-based education program.  Featured in this episode is: Kahsenniyo Williams, Jada-Gabrielle...
Published 04/18/22
Welcome to AlbertaLand, where it's cold and greasy. And how the media is bored with the sixth wave. Dani Paradis co-hosts.  Links: Canadian Press article re: Jonathan Denis CBC article re: Jason Kenney CANADALAND article re: Diana Davison Robson Fletcher tweet re: National Post NFTs - see the NFTs for yourself! CANADALANDBACK Toronto Star article re: Paxlovid rollout Sponsors:Rotman, PolicyMe, Theatre Passe Muraille, Squarespace Support CANADALAND: https://canadaland.com/join See...
Published 04/14/22
Canada is two years into a news media bailout that was lobbied hard for by the country's newspapers. As it turns out the money that's flowed has had uneven impacts on the industry. And last week the Online News Act was tabled that will mandate tech companies - like Google and Facebook - to pay news companies compensation for posting their content on their sites. Will this expansion of government news aid inflame disparities? Will it help an industry in crisis? Are we destined for a media...
Published 04/11/22
Fact-checking the war in Ukraine. And the ‘Pay Me for Clickbait Act’ - sorry, the ‘Online News Act.’ Olena Goncharova co-hosts.  Links: Front Burner episode re: war crimes in Bucha Radio-Canada piece re: long-term care homes in Quebec CBC Power and Politics interview with Pablo Rodriguez CTV Power Play interview with Pablo Rodriguez Sponsors:Rotman, Squarespace, Freshbooks, Skipper Otto   Support CANADALAND: https://canadaland.com/join See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 04/07/22
Canada is two years into a news media bailout that Trudeau cabinet ministers promised would be conducted with the utmost transparency. Instead, the process and which outlets are getting funding (and how much) is information that has been veiled in secrecy.  What's more is that in order to apply for these government bailout programs, one must first pass the (also secretive) litmus test for whether or not it is worthy of being deemed a Qualified Canadian Journalism Organization (QCJO). This...
Published 04/04/22
The public inquest into the Portapique massacre is far from revealing. Will we ever get the answers to the many, many questions still remaining? And journalists are being blocked from covering events at the Indigenous delegations’ visit to the Vatican.  Paul Palango co-hosts.  Links: Paul Palango’s book: 22 Murders Investigating the Massacres, Cover-Up and Obstacles to Justice in Nova Scotia Brandi Morin’s video on Twitter Vatican News story re: Indigenous delegation Sponsors:Rotman,...
Published 03/31/22
In 2015, award-winning author and (former) UBC professor Steven Galloway became the target of a social media storm after an allegation was leveled that he had sexually assaulted a student. An allegation, Galloway has denied ever since. But at the time, a number of both staff and students at UBC came out publicly in support of the accuser. In turn, Galloway sued them for defamation. Defendants include 20 people who tweeted, commented, or spoke about the allegations. In one case, the...
Published 03/28/22
Short Cuts is off this week, so instead we bring you our latest episode of the best politics show in Canada, The Backbench. As nations around the world cut off business with Russia, can Canada help fill the international demand for oil and gas? More importantly, should we? And the pandemic caused unprecedented government spending, as well as shifting priorities on everything from work to healthcare. How will that all play out in the upcoming budget? This week’s contributors: Jason Markusoff,...
Published 03/24/22
So many journalists would look down their noses and sneer at the likes of BlogTO, Narcity, MTL Blog or any of the similar media companies that have populated the Canadian landscape over the last decade. But while companies that pride themselves on hard news are struggling to find a funding model that works, BlogTO just sold for $15 million.   Featured in this episode: Tim Shore, Founder of BlogTO Further reading: ZoomerMedia announces acquisition of blogTO, Yahoo Finance Freshdaily Lays Off...
Published 03/21/22
Canadian MPs wax poetic about how President Zelensky inspires them… but is that really going to change anything? And how defamation lawsuits help cover up the truth and keep journalists silent. Jan Wong co-hosts.    Links: CBC Reporter Travis Dhanraj’s video asking a question to Chrystia Freeland and Melanie Joly President Zelensky’s address to Canadian Parliament Prime Minister Trudeau’s promo video CBC piece re: Manifesting a house Globe & Mail opinion piece by Doug...
Published 03/17/22
Sarah Polley has come forward with memories of a violent sexual encounter with Jian Ghomeshi when she was 16. But why is the press tongue-tied about describing the alleged violence? Sarah sits down with Jesse to discuss how to safely run towards danger, and whether it's even possible to ethically use child labour in the production of TV and film. Further reading: Run Towards the Danger, Sarah Polley Sarah Polley Is OK With Oversharing, New York Times Sarah Polley breaks silence about...
Published 03/14/22
Patrick Brown has had his name cleared - according to an anonymous source. And the media loves a good war story. Karen Geier co-hosts.  Links: CTV News piece re: Patrick Brown with update National Post piece re: Patrick Brown National Post piece re: GiveSendGo and Freedom Convoy fundraising Haaretz piece re: Stephen Bandera CBC piece re: Chrystia Freeland holding black-and-red scarf Le Devoir piece re: Serhii Filimonov Sponsors: CFUV, Squarespace, Freshbooks, Skipper Otto,...
Published 03/10/22
Canadaland doesn't have a foreign bureau, so we can't bring you the latest on the ground conflict in Ukraine. What we can do is show you another side of the conflict that has deeply influenced this ground invasion: the information war.  This week, we take a deep-dive into the inner workings of Russia's information chaos machine and how its use in Ukraine laid the groundwork for what was to come in other countries, including - you guessed it: Canada. We also get a first-hand look at how the...
Published 03/07/22