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Charlottetown’s Web

December 11, 2018

It might be small, but it when it comes to graft, Prince Edward Island plays in the big leagues. Inside PEI’s long, strange attempt to become Canada’s online gambling hub.

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The King of Cabbagetown

November 27, 2018

For two decades, he's controlled public institutions and bragged about his connections to organized crime. So who exactly is the King of Cabbagetown?

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Papa Pump and the Small Town Shakedown

November 13, 2018

In the eleven years that Marolyn Morrison was the mayor of Caledon, Ontario, she faced down deep-pocketed developers, mafia enforcers and corrupt federal officials. When millions of dollars are at stake, things get heated.

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The Trouble With Paradise: How Canadians Built The Offshore World

October 30, 2018

The Panama Papers revealed to the world just how deeply enmeshed tax havens are in the global economy. And for 100 years, Canadian banks, businessmen and politicians have worked to build that offshore system, alongside crooks, fraudsters and corrupt officials.

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How Vancouver Became a Money Laundering Paradise

October 16, 2018

For years, people could walk into Vancouver-area casinos with tens of thousands of dollars of suspicious cash and walk out with clean money, no questions asked. That money may be fuelling the city's housing crisis and opiate epidemic.

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The Most Crime-Ridden Neighbourhood In Canada

October 2, 2018

This season, Commons will be focusing on stories at the intersection of money, influence and politics in Canada. In this episode, we take you to what may be Canada’s most criminal neighbourhood — Toronto’s financial district.

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What The Hell Is A Fairness Letter?

June 19, 2018

We speak to someone who might not be let into Canada for trying to bring democracy to Syria.

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Canada Is Not Racist… According To The Stats

June 5, 2018

If you look at the stats, Canada has a low incidence of hate crimes, but the numbers that we rely on to tell us if we're racist or not are wrong.

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What Do Peacekeepers Actually Do?

May 22, 2018

The Liberal government announced that it would be sending around 200 troops to assist in a UN peacekeeping mission in Mali. But what does "peacekeeping" look like today and what do peacekeepers actually do?

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Life In Canada Without Clean Water

May 7, 2018

Canada has 20 per cent of the world's freshwater and yet some Indigenous communities across the country have not had clean drinking water for decades.

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The All-White Jury In Canada

April 24, 2018

There's a simple legal mechanism that allows lawyers to whitewash juries. A new bill proposes getting rid of it, but some lawyers are saying that will make things worse. We look back to how we got here.

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Canadian History X

April 9, 2018

As a teen, Elisa Hategan joined Canada's most notorious and well-organized white supremacist group, the Heritage Front. What can we learn from the past about how white supremacists operate today? And what do we do about all these Nazis?

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Stories From Solitude

March 27, 2018

Two stories take us inside solitary confinement cells across Canada.

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Unconstitutional Solitude

March 12, 2018

Part one of a two part series in which we explore the conditions and consequences of solitary confinement use in Canada. Featuring Chris Jackel, a correctional officer who works in a maximum security Ontario prison, and lawyer/professor Lisa Kerr.

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Finding A Fix: Our Opioid Overdose Crisis

February 27, 2018

“I tried to count up the amount of people that I knew who had died from overdose. I got to fifty, and I just had to stop. You get used to it. It’s like it becomes normal.”

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Our Mis(education): the Erasure of Blackness in Canadian Schools

February 12, 2018

"Only a few decades after slavery was abolished, you already had, in textbooks in Ontario, the removal of references of history of slavery in Canada, but still many examples of realities of slavery in the United States. This idea of identifying racism as an American phenomenon is an important part of how Canadian racism articulates itself."

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Unknown Road: Inside Immigration Detention

January 22, 2018

Each year, thousands of people are indefinitely jailed in prisons without any criminal charges. Babou was one of them.  

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Throwing Shade at 2017: A Political Awards Show

January 8, 2018

We look back on some notably weird political moments of 2017 and collectively cringe.

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Invisible Victims: The Quest for Police Accountability

December 19, 2017

"It was bad enough that I had lost my daughter. But the interaction with the police was even worse." A miniseries on policing.

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Invisible Victims: How Police Botched the Robert Pickton Case

December 5, 2017

“If the police don’t want you to see a file, you’re never gonna know it exists.” Part one of a two part series on Canada’s policing system and police accountability.

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No Protest is Genteel: On Antifa

November 21, 2017

Live from Vancouver: We speak with organizers Garth Mullins and Annie Ohana to unpack what it means to resist fascism in BC. Featuring Hadiya Roderique and guest host Sandy Garossino.

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As If They Were Pets: The Sixties Scoop

November 6, 2017

Betty Ann Adam is a reporter with the Saskatoon Star Phoenix. She is also a survivor of the “Sixties Scoop”. When she was a toddler, the Canadian government pried her from her mother’s arms. She was raised by foster parents. A modern version of this is still happening to Indigenous children across Canada.  

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Niqabs & Nafta

October 24, 2017

Quebec’s racist bill, unveiled. Plus NAFTA explained by one of its founders, former Mulroney Chief of Staff Hugh Segal. Also, Quebec passes a bill restricting religious symbols, but mostly just the kind worn by brown people. And Vancouver? Commons is headed to your burg! Support us at patreon.com/CANADALAND and see this year’s goals and rewards.

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Why We Need Higher Taxes, A Canadian Mt. Rushmore And A Population Of 100 Million

October 10, 2017

The Liberals put forth a proposal to tax the hell out of small businesses. At least that’s how it’s being painted by the Opposition. In reality, the proposed changes would have virtually zero impact on the majority of small business owners, but would focus on self-incorporated doctors. And it wouldn’t raise their taxes, per se, … Continued

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Ashton, Angus & Singh – Oh My!

September 26, 2017

Three Commons hosts, three NDP leadership hopefuls, one sweltering studio. On this episode, just days before the first vote closes in the race, we speak with Niki Ashton, Jagmeet Singh and Charlie Angus about Canada-Indigenous relations, the environment, the economy and the future of the party.

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Guy Caron, Guaranteed Income And Climate Refugees

September 12, 2017

Welcome back to a brand-new season of Commons! To kick things off, the Commons team is profiling each of the four candidates vying to replace Thomas Mulcair as leader of the federal NDP. This week, we speak with Guy Caron. Also, we look at the summer political stories that evolved while we were on hiatus: … Continued

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The Rise Of The Right

July 4, 2017

On the final episode of the season, the Commons team digs into the rise of the fringe right in Canada. Journalist Evan Balgord has been covering organizations like the Proud Boys, Soldiers of Odin, and the Three Percenters for the better part of the past year. He joins us to discuss the ongoing street protests and what’s driving … Continued

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Amy Goodman/The Constitutional Clusterf**k

June 13, 2017

This week we’re thrilled to welcome legendary broadcast journalist Amy Goodman. Her program, Democracy Now!, was one of the few non-Indigenous media outlets to provide sustained coverage of the Standing Rock camps protesting the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline. With a pro-pipeline president in the White House and a government in Ottawa that’s shown … Continued

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Drink Like A Conservative

May 30, 2017

The dust has settled, and the Conservative Party of Canada has elected Andrew Scheer — an anti-choice, anti-gay-marriage, anti-refugee, anti-M103 candidate — as their new leader. As the election results trickled in, the Commons team were joined by Conservative consultant Ginny Movat and about 50 loyal listeners at Toronto’s venerable Monarch Tavern to dissect the various … Continued

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Cultural Appropriation Is An Inherently Political Act

May 16, 2017

Appropriation is the buzzword in the news this week, as a misguided editorial was followed by a white elite up in arms on social media. In the end, two prominent magazine editors were gone from their posts, and the debate about the under-representation of non-white voices in Canadian media got significant traction. But Commons is a … Continued

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That’s Why We Live In A Democracy

May 2, 2017

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the rollout of a basic income trial. The program is to be introduced in three Ontario communities this summer, including Thunder Bay. This is widely seen as compensation for living in Thunder Bay. B.C. Premier Christy Clark gives a voter a succinct primer on democracy, while Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil trips … Continued

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Commons Gets High

April 18, 2017

The Commons team unpacks the just-released specifics of the Trudeau government’s plan to legalize cannabis. And after twenty minutes or so, all they can think about is snacks. Seriously.

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Being Icky Is The Job

April 4, 2017

The Liberals, according to Conservative MP Scott Reid, are trying to "ram through whatever the f**** they want." In other, vaguely sexually-themed Conservative news, Brad Trost isn't down with the "the whole gay thing," while k.d. lang asks if Jason Kenney might be secretly fond of it. Kellie Leitch and Senator Lynn Beyak? Just crapping on Muslims and Indigenous peoples again, respectively. Nothing sexy there.

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You Have No Rights At The Border

March 21, 2017

Having passed a second reading, the controversial bill C-23 stands to give U.S. border guards greater authority to reject, detain, or search Canadians and permanent residents trying to enter the United States. Speaking of the border, a significant chunk of our shared border with the United States comes in the form of four of the five Great … Continued

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“I’m Ashamed Of Myself For Being Afraid”

March 7, 2017

This week, the city of Thunder Bay, ON, agreed to implement the recommendations of an inquest that looked into the deaths of seven Indigenous students. This, despite the fact that no one from city council appeared to have attended said inquest. The case of a Halifax-area cab driver accused of sexually assaulting a heavily intoxicated … Continued

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Strong Hearts To The Front

February 21, 2017

Welcome back to CANADALAND Commons! New hosts Hadiya Roderique, Ryan McMahon, and Ashley Csanady spend their first episode looking into the mostly manufactured controversy behind M103 – a motion to denounce Islamophobia and racism and a push for the Canadian government to set up a committee to look into the rise of discrimination in the country. … Continued

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COMMONS returns!

February 13, 2017

  Meet the new hosts of CANADALAND COMMONS: Hadiya Roderique, Ashley Csanady, and Ryan McMahon. New episode available Tuesday February 21 and every two weeks thereafter. You can find out more about our exclusive sponsor, Wealthsimple here. Follow the show on Twitter.

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A Message About the Future of COMMONS

October 18, 2016

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A Hodge Podge Of Political Hacks: Inside The War Room

October 11, 2016

We go behind the scenes in Canadian politics with Lisa and Warren Kinsella, who share stories of Liberal war rooms and "dirty rotten lobbyists."

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A Hat Trick Of Deceit: First Nations And The LNG Project

October 4, 2016

On last week's show, Bloomberg's Josh Wingrove predicted energy projects would put an end to the Trudeau government's honeymoon. Now we have a test case.

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Drunk On Liberal Power / Kellie Leitch On Anti-Canadian Values

September 27, 2016

Conservative leadership contender Kellie Leitch calls Trudeau a "Canadian identity denier" and defends her idea of screening immigrants for their values. Plus, a look at the year ahead in Parliament.

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Conservative Leadership Showdown Part 2: Tony Clement & Maxime Bernier

September 20, 2016

Our quest to get to know all the Conservative leadership contenders continues with Tony Clement and Maxime Bernier.

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Conservative Leadership Showdown Part 1: Michael Chong & Brad Trost

September 13, 2016

Over the summer, Vicky and Supriya set out to interview all of the candidates for the leader of Conservative Party. Here are their interviews with Michael Chong and Brad Trost.

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When Your Councillor Spams You On Facebook

September 6, 2016

A listener thinks a city councillor is using his platform to make money. The councillor gets philosophical. We get to the bottom of it.

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When CSIS Comes Knocking pt. 2

August 23, 2016

Earlier this summer, we heard about CSIS agents making unannounced visits to Muslims. Now, one of those men joins us.

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MMIW: What Justice Means for a Family Member

August 9, 2016

We talk to Maggie Cywink about the upcoming inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women. Her sister Sonya Cywink was murdered over 20 years ago and the case remains unsolved.

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Canadian Police Are Racist Too

July 26, 2016

There’s been a lot of attention on police violence against Black people in the U.S. How different is Canada's policing system?

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When CSIS Comes Knocking

July 12, 2016

Vicky and Supriya talk to human rights activist Monia Mazigh about CSIS's unannounced visits to Muslim men's homes and workplaces.

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Buy Gold and Raisin Bran: The Brexit and Canada

July 5, 2016

Supriya and Vicky want to know what the Brexit means for us. Does a vote for the United Kingdom to leave the EU change our lives on this side of the ocean?

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Naming a Genocide

June 21, 2016

The government declared that ISIS is committing a genocide against Yazidis. Vicky and Supriya look into what that means for Canada's obligations.

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Cheri DiNovo on How to Fix the NDP

June 14, 2016

MPP Cheri DiNovo on why she couldn't sit back and watch the NDP make any more mistakes.

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This Is Not Canada: Living as a Migrant Farm Worker

June 6, 2016

A farm worker wants better conditions for foreign labourers, and is Trudeau bending gender norms in politics?

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Celebrating Defeat: Dispatches from the Conservative Convention

June 1, 2016

The Syrup Trap's Winnie Code checks out the Conservative Convention, where she talks to a crude button maker and interim leader Rona Ambrose.

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Are Libertarians Conservatives?

May 16, 2016

Libertarian Matt Bufton does not want to be lumped in with Conservatives; a story of a Brenna Kannick's death in remand; the NDP proposed a bill to create gender equity (nearly) on the ballot.

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How to Make Poor People Disappear (Census Edition)

May 11, 2016

Sex and the census, how the last government made poor people disappear and bailing out Bombardier.

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Debating Same-Sex Marriage and Other Ways to Stay Irrelevant

May 2, 2016

The Conservative Party is getting ready to debate same-sex marriage more than a decade after it became law. BC's Premier is getting rich off party funds. An economist on why Newfounland and Labrador are shutting down more than half their libraries. Desmond says goodbye.

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Can a Conservative Be a Feminist?

April 25, 2016

Should a politician's voting record prevent her from speaking up about sexism? Why protestors were living inside the offices of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada across the country. And Mike Duffy's acquitted. Jane Lytvenenko joins Supriya Dwivedi.

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Parliament Needs More Women’s Bathrooms

April 19, 2016

NOT SORRY writer Vicky Mochama talks to young women on Parliament Hill about the barriers they face and the work they do.

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Should This Old Indian Guy Lead the Conservatives?

April 11, 2016

Conservatives jump into the leadership race, Desmond has questions about a Liberal Party flip flop on torture and economist Lindsay Tedds tells us why the Panama Papers matter.

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Tom Mulcair: Hot Prosecutor or Wet Napkin?

April 4, 2016

Tom Mulcair's leadership review, corrupt Quebec politics and a ton of free advice on how the government can become more open.

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Police in Canada Get Away with Killing Black People

March 30, 2016

“It’s just the mindsets of the entire police force in which they don’t see us as human and if a life is lost of ours, they just don’t care."

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Canada’s Arms Deals: Beyond Saudi Arabia

March 21, 2016

Canada’s arms deal with Saudi Arabia has raised a lot of controversy, but they’re not the only ones getting our weapons or weapons parts. Supriya wants to know who else Canada is selling arms to, what oversight exists to make sure they’re being used ethically and what happens if we do see a reason to break an arms … Continued

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Rogue Senators

March 14, 2016

Senator Diane Bellemare quit the Conservative caucus, saying pressure to toe the party line is getting in the way of Senators doing their jobs.

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Live From U of Ottawa: Refugees Welcome, But Bad News About the Job Market…

February 29, 2016

When Canadian University grads work at Starbucks and immigrant doctors drive taxis, how will refugees get on their feet?

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Legal Weed is Bad for Poor People

February 22, 2016

We talk to a Liberal MP and a criminal defense lawyer about what legalisation means for the people who built the markets.

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George Elliott Clarke: A Polyphony of Canadian Blacknesses

February 15, 2016

The Parliamentary Poet Laureate talks about working for a pioneering black MP, Canada's multitude of black histories and his problem with telephone companies.

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Don’t Let Harper Happen Here: Wab Kinew on Entering Politics

February 8, 2016

Wab Kinew talks about systemic racism against Indigenous peoples in Canada and why he's turned to politics to try to make the changes he wants to see.

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Paris; Backlash Against Canadian Muslims?

February 3, 2016

Following the tragedy in Paris, Desmond talks to Imam Syed Soharwardy, founder of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, and Amira Elghawaby, communications director for the National Council of Canadian Muslims, about the backlash Canadian Muslims face when terrorist attacks carried out in the name of Islam.

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The Government Finally Admitted They Illegally Spy On Us and Nobody Cares

February 2, 2016

A watchdog report released publicly last week said CSE collected info on Canadians and gave it to other countries.

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Michelle Rempel on Heckling

January 25, 2016

Desmond and Supriya speak to Conservative MP Michelle Rempel about heckling in the House of Commons.

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What is a Post-Harper Conservative?

January 19, 2016

Conservative strategist Jim Burnett returns to answer questions like “What is a Conservative today?” and “Did you actually like Harper?" Plus, a young Conservative gives his view on the future of the party.

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White Men Gotta Speak On This

January 12, 2016

Editor-in-chief of the Walrus Jonathan Kay and cultural critic September Anderson talk about whether white men are being stifled by political correctness. Oh, and wtf is political correctness anyway?

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A Senator On Mischief, Mutiny And Men’s Rights

January 7, 2016

A difficult interview in which Senator Anne C. Cools dismisses the need to audit senators' expenses and denies that violence is a gendered problem.

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Canada’s Climate Game (of Thrones)

December 23, 2015

Andray is shamed for driving an SUV. Trudeau is shamed for brushing off young people. Desmond is shamed for not watching Game of Thrones.

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Bringing Refugees To The Rockies

December 23, 2015

We take a look at what goes into getting 3 refugees from Syria to the small mountain town of Jasper, Alberta. And a refugee from Pakistan talks about abandoning her home country.

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Families of MMIW: “What can we do tomorrow?”

December 16, 2015

Three family members of murdered or missing Indigenous women join Desmond and guest host Supriya to talk about their thoughts on the national inquiry and how they've felt let down by First Nations leaders on this issue.

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Electoral Reform, or How New Zealand Got a Rastafari MP

November 30, 2015

Andray and Desmond speak to a former New Zealand politician about the electoral reform his country went through. Conservative strategist Jim Burnett thinks it would never work in Canada.

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The Beaverton

November 24, 2015

Andray and Desmond talk about giving teeth to political satire with Luke Gordon Field, editor-in-chief of The Beaverton.

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How the Cabinet is like Wu-Tang Clan

November 9, 2015

Andray speaks to University of New Brunswick's JP Lewis and Buzzfeed Canada's Scaachi Koul about the new Liberal Cabinet. JP is full of weird analogies. Scaachi's dubious of the change to come.

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Losin’ Ain’t Easy

November 2, 2015

Andray wants to know what a party in the opposition can actually do, so he talks to Ray Martin, the former Leader of the Offiical Opposition for Alberta. He also talks about the future of the Conservative Party with Mark Warner - a candidate who was ousted in 2007 - and Tasha Kheiriddin - a conservative who's been critical of Stephen Harper.

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Canada’s 1st MP of Somali descent

October 27, 2015

Ahmed Hussen is the first Canadian of Somali descent to get elected to Parliament. He joins Andray and Desmond in studio to talk about diversity in Parliament and Liberal policies on Bill C-51, the refugee crisis and more.

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Episode #24: Live On Election Night

October 20, 2015

Andray Domise, Desmond Cole and Supriya Dwivedi broadcast 'live and loose' to a packed room at the Monarch Tavern in Toronto. Feat. Jesse Brown in Toronto, Jen Gerson at Harper HQ in Calgary, Drew Brown in Edmonton, Morgan Baskin in Squamish. Warning: there's some profanity in this episode. Check out tweets from the event at #CL42. Special thanks to RAUR for the livestream.

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The Choice for Progressives

October 14, 2015

Tiffany Gooch explains why she's voting Liberal, and Luke Savage tells us why he's voting NDP. Plus, Desmond and Andray debate the value of voting.

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Campaign Ads (are for grandmas)

October 8, 2015

Andray Domise and Desmond Cole talk campaign ads with Jen Gerson and Scott Matthews. Featuring a special guest appearance from Andray’s grandma.

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Knock Knock

October 8, 2015

Desmond Cole follows a Green Party candidate and his volunteers as they door-knock in the riding of Toronto-Danforth.

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What are women’s issues, anyway?

October 8, 2015

Septembre Anderson and Naomi Sayers tell Desmond Cole what they think women's issues are, and what they make of how they're treated in our politics.

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A Conservative Makes His Case

October 8, 2015

Cartoonist and conservative commentator J.J. McCullough tells Andray and Desmond why he's voting Conservative in this election. It gets uncomfortable.

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A Historic Election

October 7, 2015

We've never seen one like this before. Desmond Cole is back to talk three-way races, minority governments and party cooperation with Paul Fairie (@paulisci) and Mychaylo Prystupa (@Mychaylo). Plus, Andray Domise is reticent to embrace coalitions.

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Kids These Days

October 7, 2015

Andray Domise speaks with former 18-year-old mayoral candidate Morgan Baskin (@MorganBaskinTO) and Generation Squeeze founder Paul Kershaw (@GenSqueeze) about youth in politics. Don't worry. No one asks you to rock the vote.

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Survey Says!

October 7, 2015

Andray Domise and Desmond Cole talk to Kyla Ronellenfitsch from the Gandalf Group and David Coletto, the CEO of Abacus Data to help figure out political polling. When should you pay attention to a poll and why and when should you take the results with a grain of salt.

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Migrant Detention

October 7, 2015

Desmond Cole and Andray Domise talk about the Canadian government's detention of migrants, many of whom have committed no crime, with Renu Mandhane and Syed Hussan.

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Debts and Deficits

October 7, 2015

Andray Domise and guest host Supriya Dwivedi talk government debt, recessions and the Balanced Budget Act with Mike Moffatt of the Mowat Centre, and Aaron Wudrick of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

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Cash Rules Everything Around Me

October 7, 2015

To kick off the official federal election campaign, Desmond Cole and Andray Domise talk to Harold Jansen and Gerry Nicholls about campaign financing, party fundraising, and why this campaign is set to be the longest in modern Canadian history.

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The COMMONS Guide To Debates

October 7, 2015

Desmond Cole and guest host Supriya Dwivedi present The CANADALAND: COMMONS Guide To Debates. 

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Can I Kick It?

October 7, 2015

Desmond Cole and Andray Domise talk election fraud, Justin Trudeau, and the TRC.

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The Senate, What it Do?

October 7, 2015

Paul Wells and Heather Hughson talk about what the Senate does, and whether or not it's worth hanging on to.

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Barbaric Cultural Practices

October 7, 2015

Andray Domise, guest-host Supriya Dwivedi and Ishmael Daro talk about the Zero Tolerance For Barbaric Cultural Practices Act, the new Quebec secular legislation, and the massacre in Charleston.

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Diversity or Tokenism?

October 7, 2015

Rachel Décoste joins to talk diversity quotas, tokenism and equity in Canadian politics.

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Crossing the Floor

October 7, 2015

Andray and Desmond speak with former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith about crossing the floor from the official opposition to the governing party.

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Residential Schools

October 7, 2015

We haven't even begun to talk about what happened.

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The PMO, what it is?

October 7, 2015

What is the Prime Minister's Office? How many people work there, who are they, and what do they all do? Just how powerful is the PMO, and is the Prime Minister responsible for what it does?

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Elizabeth May

October 7, 2015

Desmond Cole talks to Green Party leader Elizabeth May about her plans to get arrested, and more.

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What Happened in Alberta?

October 7, 2015

Desmond and Andray try to understand the NDP's shocking victory. Guests: professor Melanee Thomas and writer Drew Brown.

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Sex Work in Canada

June 1, 2015

Kerry Porth, Akio Maroon, and Elene Lam join for a panel discussion on Bill C-36 and more.

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