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The Backbench

English, News, 1 season, 177 episodes, 4 days, 17 hours
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Dig into Canadian politics from the best seats in the House with host Fatima Syed and our rotating roster of panelists from across the country - Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Jason Markusoff, Drew Brown, Emilie Nicolas, Jaskaran Sandhu, Murad Hemmadi, Leena Minifie, and Stuart Thomson. Stay on top of things through sharp commentary and incisive analysis. Drops every other Tuesday.
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Flip-Flopping on Decriminalization

When B.C. decriminalized small amounts of drugs in January 2023, it was seen as a promising weapon in the battle against the drug crisis. In May, B.C. walked that policy back, saying it caused disorder in the streets.In a similar move, Toronto tried decriminalizing, but the feds quickly shot down their attempt. So what gives? Was this year-long experiment a disaster? Was it not given enough time to flourish? To find out, Mattea Roach asked professor Gillian Kolla, journalist Andrea Woo, and former drug user and advocate Guy Felicella.Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Noor Azrieh (Producer), Sam Konnert (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)Guests: Guy Felicella, Andrea Woo, Gillian KollaBackground reading:#36 Is Canada Ready to Decriminalize Drugs?  – The BackbenchDetox beds in B.C. routinely sit empty because of staff shortages – The Globe and MailOpinion: Backtracking on drug decriminalization is politically cowardly – and illogical – The Globe and MailBritish Columbia drops decriminalization of drugs in public – The GuardianAddictions minister had ‘deep concerns’ with Toronto’s decriminalization pitch – Global NewsDecriminalization in B.C.Decriminalizing people who use drugs in B.C.Sponsors: Douglas, AG1If you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/4/202441 minutes, 46 seconds
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Stop, Students What’s That Sound

When the first group of students parked up at Columbia University, it sparked a movement that has gripped schools across the world. These encampment protests have now gripped universities across Canada- at U of T, U UOttawa, McMaster, U of C, McGill, U of A, UBC, and Dalhousie.  The encampments have sparked a debate on the legality and ethics of protests in shared spaces. We dive into the legality of the protests and we also ask why the police response looked so different across the country.To find out, Mattea Roach asked journalist Justin Ling, professor Roberta Lexier and professor James Turk. We also speak with a professor in an exclusive interview who witnessed the police action against protesters at an encampment at the University of Calgary. Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Sam Konnert (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)Guests: Justin Ling, Roberta Lexier, James L. TurkMusic credit: For What It’s Worth - Buffalo Springfield. Columbia Records (1966) Background reading:Queen’s Park and Gaza - Canadaland Wag the Doug5 people arrested following pro-Palestinian protest at University of Calgary - CBCThe Columbia Protests Made the Same Mistake the Civil Rights Movement Did - NYTWhat the backlash to student protests over Gaza is really about - VOXProtesters unsatisfied by the University of Toronto’s concessions to end encampment - Globe and MailQuebec Superior Court judge rejects McGill injunction request to remove encampment - CBCSponsors: AG1, ArticleFor a limited time, get 6 months of exclusive supporter benefits for just $2/month. Go to canadaland.com/join to become a supporter today. If you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/21/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 1 second
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Introducing Pretendians

Today we’re sharing with you a preview of the first episode of Canadaland’s newest show Pretendians.What do some of the most prominent and successful Indigenous artists, leaders and thinkers have in common? They aren’t Indigenous.  From major universities, to the halls of power, to Hollywood, there are people claiming to be Indigenous in the interest of power, money, and status. There are dozens of outrageous cases of Indigenous identity fraud that we know about, and likely thousands that we do not. So why do these so-called “Pretendians” do it? How do they pull it off? And what happens when they are exposed?  To hear more follow Pretendians in your podcast app or click here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/14/202414 minutes, 54 seconds
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Canada’s Exploited Foreign Workers Program

Temporary foreign workers are relied upon to fill the gaps in the Canadian labour market. But the system is convoluted and ripe with exploitation – all at a time when immigrants are being blamed by politicians and the public for the housing crisis.The system needs an overhaul to protect our economy and the workers that make it tick. Are immigrants really to blame for the housing crisis? What types of immigrants are the feds targeting?To find out, Mattea Roach asked lawyer Jonathon Braun, author and professor Catherine Connelly and economist Mikal Skuterud.Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Sam Konnert (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), André Proulx (Production Coordinator), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)Guests: Jonathan Braun, Catherine Connelly, Mikal SkuterudBackground reading:WORK #3 - Bitter Harvest - Commons, CanadalandWORK #4 - Reaping the Whirlwind - Commons, Canadaland#369 Stranded Servants: Nannies And Cleaners During Lockdown - CanadalandLinking immigration to the housing shortage may be missing the problem, experts say - CBC NewsCanada is scaling back temporary foreign workers. Critics say the program needs an overhaul - CBCTemporary Foreign Worker program sees 68% jump in approvals - The Globe and MailImmigration is making Canada's housing more expensive. The government was warned 2 years ago - CBCSponsors: AG1, DouglasFor a limited time, get 6 months of exclusive supporter benefits for just $2/month. Go to canadaland.com/join to become a supporter today. If you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/7/202451 minutes, 59 seconds
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Conservative Comic-Con

The Canada Strong and Free conference is one of the biggest events of the year for Canadian conservatives. The party is polling high, and this event was set to be a launching point for an upcoming wave of victories. Boris Johnson and former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott were in the house, along with premiers Danielle Smith and Blaine Higgs.It’s a strange place, where the movement grapples with big topics like climate change, housing costs and foreign policy. What are conservatives talking about? What do they disagree on? We sent our producers Aviva and Sam into the belly of the beast to find out.Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Sam Konnert (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), André Proulx (Production Coordinator), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)Background reading:Poilievre pitches ‘common-sense Canadian consensus’ at Canada Strong and Free conference, casts Trudeau as ‘illiberal’ outlier – The Hill TimesBoris Johnson tells Canadian conservatives that freedom is the key to victory - National PostPoilievre attacks Trudeau for not reading intelligence briefing notes, breaking 'with liberalism itself' - National PostSponsors: AG1, RotmanWant your audio story on CANADALAND? Submissions for the Local Correspondent Audio Contest are now open! To learn more, visit canadaland.com/audiocontest and follow @CanadaLabs on Instagram to stay in the loop. If you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/23/202442 minutes, 58 seconds
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WORK 2 - State of Emergency Rooms

We’re bringing you a special episode today from our friends at Commons. Over thirteen seasons, Commons has exposed Canada’s foundational reliance on monopolies, our addiction to real estate and the dark side of hockey. In their new season, host Arshy Mann is now dissecting the state of work in Canada to ask – how did we get here? And what can we do to fight back? Across Canada, emergency rooms have been shutting down, leaving desperate people in the lurch. And at the heart of this health care crisis, is a labour crisis.Nurses are leaving their jobs in droves, leaving hospitals understaffed and sometimes unable to carry out their most basic obligations.In this episode, we'll tell you how nursing went from a profession hailed as heroic to one in an utter state of crisis, all through the eyes of a woman who lived through it all.Featured in this episode: Nadira RossCredits: Arshy Mann (Host and Producer), Jordan Cornish (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Producer), André Proulx (Production Coordinator), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)To learn more:“How Canadian hospitals became dependent on expensive, out-of-town nurses” by Tu Thanh Ha, Kelly Grant and Stephanie Chambers in The Globe and Mail“How nursing staffing agencies are costing Ontario hospitals untold millions” by Mike Crawley in CBC News Sponsors: AG1If you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/9/202427 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Convoy Keeps Rolling

When the trucks moved out of Ottawa in 2022, our public discourse changed. Grievance politics thrived, and our political parties adapted.Supporters of the convoy splintered into different groups. They became very politically engaged in causes like the 1 Million March for Children, the Save the Children Convoy, Canadians for Truth and even a grassroots lobby group - Take Back Alberta. As the organizers' trials reach their end, we look at the movement's lingering effects. Where are the members now? Do they represent a significant part of the country? How do we address this fundamental change in discourse?  To find out, Mattea Roach asked David Fraser, a CBC Ottawa reporter who’s been covering the convoy for years, and David Moscrop, a political scientist and columnist based in Ottawa.Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Sam Konnert (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), André Proulx (Production Coordinator), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)Guests: David Moscrop, David FraserBackground reading:What is the ‘Save the Children Convoy’ and What Do They Really Believe? - Press ProgressAnti-LGBTQ+ ‘Million Man Marches’ Are Being Held Across Canada. Who is Behind Them and What Are They Really About? - Press ProgressHow Canada’s Right-Wing Pivoted From COVID-19 Conspiracies to Conspiracies About Gender in 2023 - Press ProgressWhat remains of the convoy protest one year later - The Globe and Mail2 years later, 'Freedom Movement' plans return to Parliament Hill - CBC News Freedom, politics, control and money — the many motivations of the 'Freedom Convoy '- CBCSponsors: AG1, DouglasIf you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime.Want free shipping from The Canadaland Store? Use the code discount code SPRING24 at checkout for free Canada-wide shipping on any order until March 31, 2024. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/26/202454 minutes, 55 seconds
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The Hate U Post

Richard Warman used to sue neo-nazis he found online in front of the Human Rights Commission. He used an obscure provision called Section 13, which was repealed in 2014. But it may be coming back.The long-awaited Online Harms Act includes a section allowing users to sue each other for hate speech online. Free speech advocates are worried, but some say it’s time trolls start behaving. Who gets to decide what’s hate speech? Is this the end of online hate or the start of something more sinister? To find out, Mattea Roach asked Emily Laidlaw, a Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity Law and an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary, and Richard Moon, a law professor at the University of Windsor. Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Sam Konnert (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), André Proulx (Production Coordinator) Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)Guests: Richard Moon, Emily LaidlawBackground reading:The government doubles down on censoring the internet - The HubOnline harms bill could spark 'an absolute tsunami of complaints' - National PostCarson Jerema: Don't believe the Liberals, online harms act targets free speech - National PostThe history of Section 13, the controversial hate speech law the Liberals just revived - National PostPoilievre says online harms should be punished with jail, 'not pushed off to new bureaucracy' - National Post#198 Punching Nazis... With The Law! - CanadalandSponsors: Douglas, AG1If you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/12/202450 minutes, 10 seconds
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Failing Universities 101

Canadian universities are barely scraping by. Queen’s is in a whole lot of debt, Laurentian declared insolvency in 2021, Alberta universities are slashing budgets, and McGill and Concordia are in danger over an out-of-province tuition battle. On top of it all, the international student visa cap will limit revenues for cash-strapped universities. Combined, it could have huge implications for our knowledge-based economy.How did this happen? Where do we go from here? To find out, Mattea Roach asked Simona Chiose, the former higher education reporter at the Globe and Mail, and Alex Usher, the president of Higher Education Strategy Associates.Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Sam Konnert (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), André Proulx (Production in Coordinator) Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)Guests: Alex Usher, Simona ChioseBackground reading:Ford government to provide $1 billion in funding to universities, colleges: sources - Toronto StarHe had 99.5% but still couldn't get in. How Ontario's most competitive university programs decide who makes the cut - Toronto StarMcGill, Concordia launch legal action against Quebec’s tuition hike for out-of-province students - The Globe and MailTwo post-secondary organizations express 'significant concern' over international student cap - CBC NewsSponsors: Douglas, AG1If you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/27/202444 minutes, 25 seconds
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Why Are Conservatives Obsessed With Trans People?

Alberta Premier and UCP leader Danielle Smith has unveiled what many are describing as some of the strictest anti-trans policies in the country. Shortly after, Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre, who famously stated he would lead a “mind your own damn business party,” didn’t mind his own damn business and supported Smith’s move in interfering with trans kids' access to healthcare. Why is it that conservatives are so obsessed with trans people? Mattea Roach asked Hannah Hodson, former Candidate for the Federal Conservatives, and Mel Woods, senior editor at Xtra Magazine.Host: Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor) Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)Guests: Hannah Hodson, Mel WoodsBackground reading:Alberta’s New Policies: Anti-trans, Anti-evidence from The TyeeThe cruelty and calm of Alberta's attack on trans rights from Xtra MagazineThe 1st openly trans Conservative candidate calls out party's new gender policies from the CBCAlberta premier’s pronoun policy spurs concern from law expert about vulnerable children from Global NewsPremier Smith says Alberta's gender identity policies are based on a concern about 'what will happen' from CTV NewsConservatives tell MPs not to comment on Alberta transgender policies, prioritize parental rights, internal e-mail shows from The Globe and MailSponsors: AG1, DouglasIf you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/13/202452 minutes, 54 seconds
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Could Canada Be Complicit in a ‘Plausible Genocide’?

The ICJ court ruled that Palestinians in Gaza face a “real and imminent risk” of genocide, and laid out the provisional measures Israel must take in order to prevent it. Canada has a legal duty to take steps to prevent genocide - yet their relationship to Israel may compromise their obligations to the Genocide Convention. What will it take for Canada to pivot on its special relationship with Israel? And might Canada be complicit in genocide?Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor) Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)Guests: Amanda Ghahremani, Farida Deif, Mark KerstenBackground reading:Ratification of the Genocide ConventionStatement by Minister Joly on South Africa’s case against Israel at the International Court of Justice Ruling by UN’s top court means Canada and the U.S. could be complicit in Gaza genocide from The ConversationClaims that Israel is imposing 'apartheid' on Palestinians put new pressure on Trudeau Liberals from CBC News. South Africa’s legal effort to declare Israel’s actions ‘genocidal in character’ poses dilemma for Canada from The Globe and Mail.Canada should halt weapons shipments to Israel, arms control advocate says from The Globe and Mail.International law, not history, holds the promise of protecting life in Gaza from the Toronto Star.Sponsors: Douglas, AG1If you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/30/202447 minutes, 45 seconds
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Selling Sunset, Buying Stress

Lack of investment in affordable rental units, increased financialization of housing, soaring land prices, and jacked-up mortgage rates are just some of the reasons behind the rental and housing crisis we find ourselves in. But how the hell do we get out of this crisis while still being able to sip on our $5 coffees? Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor) Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)Guests: Jen St. Denis, Tanya BurkartBackground reading:Fact Checking Poilievre’s ‘Housing Hell’ Video - The TyeeWhy Can’t We Build Like It’s the 1970s? - The TyeePeople love living in co-ops — so why did Canada kill the program? - RicochetTo solve Canada’s housing crisis, make renting great again - National ObserverHousing Hell - Pierre PoilievreSponsors: Rotman, AG1If you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/16/202445 minutes, 49 seconds
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2023 Was the Year of Political Nonsense

This year has been one hell of a political rollercoaster. Host, Mattea Roach, sits down with Riley Yesno, Nick Taylor-Vaisey, and Kyle Duggan to make sense of key political moments of this year, and to make predictions of their future implications. They unpack everything from Canada’s foreign interference problem and the controversial carbon tax, to the housing crisis and the NDP-Liberal confidence agreement. Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)Guests: Nick Taylor-Vaisey, Riley Yesno, Kyle DugganBackground reading:Secret files show CSIS worried Canada has 'no consequences' for foreign state interference – The Toronto StarCanada to pause carbon tax on home heating oil for three years –  ReutersHousing hell: How we got here and how we get out – Twitter @PierrePoilievreLiberals say pharmacare bill unlikely to pass this year, despite promise to NDP – CP24 Sponsors: oxio, Douglas If you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/26/202342 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Food Bank Industrial Complex

We’re bringing you a special episode from the Canadaland feed.  It’s the holidays, and on your TV or radio you’re inevitably hit with ads telling you that this is the season of giving - it’s time to donate to a food drive. Conservative politicians, Liberal politicians, banks, broadcasters, grocery stores: they all are united in this message. With the promotion of food banks from virtually every institution and elected official in the country, you might conclude that they are the best solution to food insecurity. Except - they’re not. Food bank use in Canada is at an all-time high, and experts, community organizers, even staff at food banks say that the growing need just shows how our government has failed to address poverty and hold corporations to account.Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Jesse Brown (Host & Publisher), Cherise Seucharan (Reporter), Tristan Capacchione (Audio and Technical Producer), Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)Sponsors: oxio, Douglas If you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/12/202346 minutes, 9 seconds
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Roots of Tension in Canada’s Israel-Palestine Discourse

In Canada, the political discourse on the news coming out of Israel and Palestine has given Backbench host, some “serious whiplash.” Discussions happening online seem extremely polarized, making it difficult to have productive and nuanced conversations. In this episode, Mattea sits down with Muhannad Ayyash, a Palestinian Professor of Sociology, and Jeremy Appel, a journalist and author, to get to the root of this contention. They unpack the role of lobby groups, the conflation of anti-semitism and anti-zionism, the role of grassroots organizing, and the rising incidents of alleged hate-motivated attacks. Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)Guests: Muhannad Ayyash, Jeremy AppelBackground reading:Lobby group pushes Canada to conflate anti-Zionism with antisemitism –  The BreachWeaponisation of anti-Semitism is bad for Palestinians – and Jews –  Al JazeeraCIJA Has Taken Nearly 25% Of MPs On Paid Trips To ‘Israel –  The Maple11 charged in hate-motivated investigation after vandalism at Toronto Indigo –  City NewsWalk-outs, sit-ins, pickets in Montreal in support of Palestinians in Gaza –  CBC NewsMosque attack victims shaken after hate-motivated assaults lead to Toronto man's arrest –  CBC NewsThese troubling times have revealed my Jewish parents were right about hate – Toronto StarSponsors: oxio, Athletic GreensIf you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/28/202338 minutes, 58 seconds
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Yukon's Path to Indigenous Self-Governance

Often underreported or ignored by national media, the unique and complex issues facing the people who call Yukon home rarely get the attention they deserve. In this LIVE TAPING Mattea Roach, Michelle Friesen, Tosh Southwick, and Carissa Waugh take part in a smart, nuanced, and engaging conversation centering the opportunities, and political and social challenges up north. But most importantly, this episode speaks to the absolute need to have tough and sometimes uncomfortable conversations about reconciliation. Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)Guests: Michelle Friesen, Tosh Southwick, Carissa WaughBackground reading:Curing the ‘colonial hangover’: how Yukon First Nations became trailblazers of Indigenous governance - The NarwhalIndigenous self-government in Yukon holds lessons for all of Canada - Policy Options'It's going to take the community': Yukon faces Canada's worst toxic drug death rate - CBC NewsUmbrella Final AgreementTogether Today for our Children TomorrowSponsors: Douglas, CanvaIf you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/14/202346 minutes, 38 seconds
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Israel, Palestine and Canadian Foreign Policy

Why did Canada abstain on an emergency resolution at the UN General Assembly calling for an “immediate, durable and sustained humanitarian truce leading to a cessation of hostilities” in Gaza? Mattea Roach, Emilie Nicolas, Ethan Cox & Murtaza Hussain will break down the past 3 weeks' worth of news in the backdrop of decades of context, and get granular about Canada's response to it all. Host: Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor/Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)Guests: Emilie Nicolas, Ethan Cox, Murtaza HussainBackground reading:Canada-Israel relationsCanada-West Bank-the Gaza Strip relationsWho governs the West Bank? Understanding Palestinian political leadership - NPRWhat is the Gaza Strip? - NPRA Canadian Politician Has Been Sacked for Calling for a Cease-Fire in Palestine - JacobinCanada’s Rejection of Amnesty’s Apartheid Report Not Based on Specific Evidence, according to ATIP request - CJPMEConservative MP Tim Uppal sorry for role in 'divisiveness' of Harper-era policies - CTV NewsThe Baffling Politics of Stephen Harper and Israel - Al JazeeraTrudeau says UN vote not a shift in Canada's 'steadfast' support of Israel - CBC NewsSponsors: Rotman, Douglas If you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases & bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live & virtual events, & more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free & accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/31/202345 minutes, 4 seconds
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Would You Listen to a Government Regulated Podcast?

When you think about film, art and creativity, government policy probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Make no mistake about it, our policy makers & politicians can crucially impact the art we make, who gets to make it, & the culture we consume. Good policy can create a thriving, diverse culture — & bad policy can destroy it.  Mattea Roach joins Matt Hatfield, Haydn Wazelle, Karen Lam, & Dennis Heaton for an unforgettable LIVE podcast taping with the Vancouver International Film Festival at the Rio Threatre. They explore the contentious Bill C-11 & its potential to disrupt the status quo, & the hot strike summer the media industry is having this year. Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor in Cheif)Guests: Matt Hatfield, Haydn Wazelle, Karen Lam, Dennis HeatonBackground reading:Bill C-11: What to know about the Online Streaming Act from The Globe and MailHow the Online Streaming Act will support Canadian content from The ConversationTaming the tech giants will cause collateral damage from Policy OptionsWriters Guild of Canada Studying Tentative WGA Deal for Precedent in Local Contract Talks from The Hollywood ReporterSponsors: DouglasIf you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/17/202350 minutes, 12 seconds
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The End of Canadaland

Support us now! Click here: canadaland.com/joinThe first episode of Canadaland was published ten years ago today. If we were to announce this is the last episode of Canadaland, no one would be surprised.Journalism in Canada is in a fight for its life. You can have an impact. Head to canadaland.com/join to become a supporter today.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/5/202316 minutes, 35 seconds
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Where Anti-Sikh Press Leads Us & Manitoba Marks the Ballot

Canada is accusing India of a state-sanctioned assassination. What does this mean for the future of Canada and India’s relationship? AND, parental rights, an opioid crisis, and the missing Indigenous women whose bodies are presumed to be in a Winnipeg landfill are front of mind in this Manitoba Provincial election. Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)Guests: Arshy Mann, Dennis Ward, Dan LettBackground reading:PCs make opposition to landfill search a central facet of campaign as Manitoba election day nears - CBC NewsManitoba's election is now the NDP's to lose - CBC NewsTrudeau accuses India in killing of Sikh leader on Canadian soil - The Globe and MailFacebook is Blocking Canadians’ Posts About the Assassination of a BC Sikh Leader. Their Posts Were Targeted by India’s Government - Press ProgressOpinion: Justin Trudeau brings Canada’s ties with India under increasing strain - The Globe and MailBaaz NewsSponsors: UWO, Athletic GreensIf you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/3/202342 minutes, 14 seconds
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Students in Strip Malls

We’re busy preparing for our upcoming live events and working away on an exciting fall season, so we’re bringing you an episode from our friends Allison Smith and Jonathan Goldsbie on Wag the Doug  – a monthly podcast that grapples with the realities of the Ford government in Ontario. They look at an issue that continues to make headlines - the international student market. Allison and Jonathan investigate how Ontario colleges have cashed in on these students and have fundamentally altered the province’s post-secondary education system. We’re hitting the road for three special live events! Canadaland Supporters get 50% off tickets to ALL events. Head to canadaland.com/events to learn more.Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)Sponsors: Rotman, Douglas If you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/19/202341 minutes, 29 seconds
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GenZ’s Political Apathy-ocalypse

The tale generally goes like this: Gen Z is disconnected, disinterested, and buried so deep into their screens that they don't care about the politics going on around them.But it's also clear that some young people are ready to ignite change if they have to. From the climate marches to the BLM protests to the Maple Spring, young people have been at the forefront of protests and disruptions for a long time. So, is the stereotype of Gen Z as disconnected and apathetic accurate, or is there something we're missing here?In this episode of The Backbench, you'll hear from young people across the country who share their perspectives on how they engage with democracy. Additionally, you'll hear a conversation between Mattea Roach and Samantha Reusch, the executive director of Apathy is Boring, to understand WHY Gen Z engages in politics in unconventional ways.Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)Guests: Samm Reid, Azaad Gill, Alex Stevenson, Jenna Inch, Tannia Vijeyenthiran, Samantha ReuschSponsors: UWO, Douglas If you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/5/202333 minutes, 43 seconds
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Backbench Catch Up

It’s summer time, and Parliament’s been out of session for 2 months. For this episode of the Backbench, host Mattea Roach is joined by an all-star panel of Riley Yesno, Emilie Nicolas, David Moscrop. With updates on stories you may have missed this summer. Did shutting down an illegal border at Roxham Road work? Have we taken any political moves on addressing foreign interference?We’ll look ahead at what you should be keeping your eye on once parliament returns. With a new cabinet on the hill, what change can we expect? How well is our Conservative Leader’s fresh new look treating him in the polls? Are there any plans whatsoever to address the cost of living crisis?Host: Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor & Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)Guests: Riley Yesno, Emilie Nicolas, David MoscropBackground reading:Months after closure of Quebec's Roxham Road, more asylum seekers arriving by airMore and more asylum seekers are coming to Canada. Is it enough to stem a global tide of refugees?Conservatives call for committee's foreign interference probe to resumeThe Lose-Lose-Lose-Lose Bill C-18 Outcome: Meta Blocking News Links on Facebook and Instagram in CanadaBehind Justin Trudeau's Cabinet shuffleConservatives launch massive ad campaign amid surge in pollsIs Trudeau to blame? Understanding the latest data behind Canada’s housing crisisSponsors: Douglas, Athletic GreensIf you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases & bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, tickets to our live events, & more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free & accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/22/202340 minutes, 34 seconds
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The Controversial Carbon Tax

Despite two catastrophic climate emergencies earlier this year, Nova Scotia has faced yet another devastating crisis - intense flash flooding. Our Scotian host, Mattea Roach, is joined by Halifax-based reporter from the National Observer, Cloe Logan to interrogate Nova Scotia’s climate emergency response. And in the wake of this climate catastrophe all eyes are on the recently implemented carbon tax in the province. Why does it seem like we’re blaming the carbon tax for all our climate related policy failures? Sign up for the Canadaland newsletterHost:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)Guests: Cloe LoganBackground reading:Use of emergency alerts under scrutiny again after Nova Scotia floodsMeteorologist says national flash flood warning system would save lives'Complacency' blamed for N.S. struggles with flooding, other climate disastersConservatives slam the carbon tax for adding to inflation, but fail to mention its rebatesHouston government pulls 'partisan' ads against carbon tax at request of election watchdogNova Scotia has spent $56,000 on ad campaign against federal carbon tax: minister - HalifaxSponsors: oxio, Douglas, Athletic GreensIf you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/8/202329 minutes, 23 seconds
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What’s Up With Canada’s Political Left?

Mattea kicks it with esteemed Backbencher and political journalist David Moscrop at a café in Ottawa to talk about the current climate in Canadian politics, the impact of social media on discourse, the state of Canada’s political left, and are we in for an election next year?Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Producer), Tony Wang (Marketing & Community Outreach Coordinator), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)Guests: David MoscropSponsors: Canva, Douglas, Athletic Greens If you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/25/202337 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Musical Voice of the Nation

When Dr. Andrea McCrady first heard the sound of the carillon, she was hooked. Her passion led her to become the first woman Dominion Carillonneur on Parliament Hill where she plays for thousands. Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at Parliament Hill and the history of this booming instrument. Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Producer), Tony Wang (Marketing & Community Outreach Coordinator), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)Guests: Andrea McCradySponsors: Oxio, Douglas, Athletic GreensIf you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/11/202326 minutes, 21 seconds
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A Conversation With Erin O’Toole

Former Conservative leader Erin O’Toole has officially stepped away from Canadian politics, leaving behind the Conservative party he called home for over a decade. O’Toole addressed parliament for the last time on June 12th 2023, warning Canadians with the polarization of politics, the dangers of algorithms (their role in political discourse) and his overarching concerns with politics in this country. In this episode, Mattea Roach is joined by Erin O’Toole to unravel the layers of his tenure as a politician. They talk about how he views the evolving landscape of Canadian conservatism, his biggest regrets in office and Mattea challenges him on some of his comments during his final parliamentary speech.Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)Guests: Erin O’TooleBackground reading:O'Toole delivers final address in House of CommonsErin O’Toole delivers final speech in ParliamentErin O’Toole warns MPs they’re on a dangerous pathSponsors: Canva, Athletic Greens, BetterHelpIf you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/27/202349 minutes, 36 seconds
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These Rights Are Precarious: A History of LGBTQ+ Liberties

It’s Pride month! So we’re taking you back to notable moments in Canada's 2SLGBTQ+ history, so we can remember the people and work that can have made Canada the place it is today. The history of LGBT rights in Canada is not as simple as pride campaigns, parades and vibrant gay villages. It’s a history of resilience, courage, and a determination to redefine what it means to be free and equal in this country. Increasingly, we can’t take these rights for granted. Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)Guest: Brenda CossmanBackground reading:TIMELINE | Same-sex rights in Canada - CBCListen: Trans scholar and activist explains why trans rights are under attack - The Conversation Remembering the 1981 Toronto bathhouse raids | Queer History - XtraTrack Two - Enough is Enough The Pussy Palace was more than the raid - XtraSponsors: Canva, Better Help, Athletic GreensIf you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/13/202333 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ctrl+Alt+Regulate: Can Canada's AI Act Save Us?

Are Canadian policy makers ready for the AI revolution? How effective are our current regulations? what should we be worried about? AND, are immigrants going to save our economy, or break it? From controversial rhetoric, a housing crisis, & more…How can we navigate this immigration conversation?Host:  Riley YesnoCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor & Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)Guests: Meagan Simpson, Nicholas Keung, David MoscropBackground reading:How will Canada regulate AI? Ottawa will figure it out later - The Globe & MailThe race to regulate artificial intelligence - The DecibelA new era of immigration politics has started in Canada - The HubNo, immigration is not some magic pill for saving the economy - The Globe & MailWhy the argument that immigration is the sole cause of soaring home prices is flawed - The Financial PostRural Ontario needs to learn cultural acceptance to stave off its own decline, study suggests - CBCSponsors: Douglas, Athletic Greens, BetterHelpCanadaland is turning 10! From May 24 - June 2, sign up for our highest level of ongoing support for only $10 a month. PLUS the first 100 signups will receive a FREE limited edition 10th Anniversary tote bag. Head to canadaland.com/join to become a supporter!You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music - included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/30/202335 minutes, 35 seconds
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Alberta’s Wildfires Meet an Even Wilder Election

A fiery election in Alberta. No, literally Alberta’s on fire this provincial election. AND, a $95 billion dollar lawsuit against the Ontario and Canadian Government challenging a lack of consent around resource extraction and the way treaty rights are upheld. This week longtime guest, first time host Riley Yesno is filling in for Mattea Roach.Host:  Riley YesnoCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)Guests: Catherine Griwkowsky, Emma Jackson, Emma McIntoshBackground reading:Party leaders walk fine line of an emergency during election campaign, Exit right: How Notley and Smith shifted Alberta's political spectrumCan you talk yourself out of power? That's the question facing Danielle Smith in Alberta's election.‘A skeleton crew’: UCP cuts led to Alberta wildfire disasterBC battles of mineral titlesAs mining fight escalates, First Nations challenge Ontario’s powerSponsors: BRYCE@100, Athletic Greens, BetterHelpIf you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/16/202336 minutes, 45 seconds
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PSAC Strike and the Future of Labour

This week host Mattea Roach is joined by Riley Yesno, Karen Restoule, and Ethan Cox to unpack the The Public Service Alliance of Canada Strike, and the increase of police involved deaths. PSAC has reached a tentative contract agreement after almost two weeks of striking against its employer – the Government of Canada. AND, there’s a sharp rise in police-involved deaths peaking in 2022. What is really going on here?Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)Guests: Riley Yesno, Karen Restoule, Ethan CoxSources:Overpaid or undervalued? Politics divides opinions of federal employees’ working conditions & compensationTrudeau says government making 'serious offers' to end public service strikeData shows that police-involved deaths in Canada are on the riseCanadian police used deadly force at record rates in 2022, new research findsParamedic tells inquest he misjudged Myles Gray's race because of severe bruising after police fightDoug Ford wants to boost police ranks by lowering the education requirements for officersSponsors: Douglas, Athletic Greens, BetterHelpIf you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases & bonus content. You’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/2/202345 minutes, 49 seconds
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Who Benefits From Public Safety?

This week Mattea Roach, is joined by Ziya Jones, Riley Yesno, and Frances Bula, to talk about public safety. A few weeks ago unhoused folks in Vancouver were met with displacement and decampment by police and bylaw officers. Who is this supposed solution meant for? AND, transgender and queer people have been facing a new wave of violent attacks globally. What kinds of protections might actually help?Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Associate Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)Guests: Ziya Jones, Riley Yesno, Frances BulaBackground reading:Vancouver police, city staff begin removing encampment on East Hastings StreetNational Housing Strategy ActOntario NDP urges legal protections for drag performancesDrag events in Canada are facing a ‘crisis’ of hate, advocate warns. What can be done?Anti-gay activists target children’s libraries and drag queen story hoursCanada’s federal budget promises anti-hate action, but can the government actually do anything?Sponsors: Athletic Greens, BetterHelpIf you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/18/202339 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Federal Budget: Betting on Clean Tech

It’s that time of the year again! Budget season… AND, the story about Chinese government influence just keeps getting even more complicated. This week Mattea Roach is joined by Murad Hemmadi, Nick Taylor-Vaisey and Stuart Thomson to unpack how the complex issue of government interference is being seized on by various parties, and how feasible Deputy PM Chrystia Freeland’s proposed budget is for this country’s future. Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Associate Producer), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)Guests: Murad Hemmadi, Nick Taylor-Vaisey, Stuart Thomson Background reading:Freeland's green economy spending aimed at competing with U.S. Inflation Reduction ActChrystia Freeland's federal budget throws new spending at inflation-weary CanadiansChapter 3: A Made-In-Canada Plan: Affordable Energy, Good Jobs, and a Growing Clean Economy | Budget 2023Highlights from the 2023 federal budget | CBC NewsSponsors: Douglas, PSAC, Athletic Greens, Images FestivalIf you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/4/202338 minutes, 57 seconds
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Welcome to The Backbench

Dig into Canadian politics from the best seats in the House. Join host Mattea Roach and our rotating roster of panelists from across the country while we engage in discussions about what is happening in Canadian politics right now, and why it matters. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/21/20232 minutes, 10 seconds
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Food Costs Soar, Banks Collapse

The Silicon Valley Bank collapsed, marking it as the biggest bank failure in the United States since the 2008 Financial Crisis. AND, our three top grocers testified at the House of Commons recently, but Canadians learned very little. This week host Mattea Roach is joined by Murad Hemmadi, Meagan Simpson, and Arshy Mann to unpack the future of the bank and tech industries, and why many Canadians are feeling the strain every time they step into a grocery store, all while grocers are making record profits. Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Producer), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)Guests: Murad Hemmadi, Meagan Simpson, Arshy MannA full list of background reading can be found on our website.Sponsors: Rotman, Bryce@100, Athletic GreensIf you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/21/202340 minutes, 19 seconds
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A Ruckus at Roxham Road

Host Mattea Roach is joined by Emilie Nicolas, Stuart Thomson and Les Perreaux to talk about the latest at Roxham Road, the irregular border crossing where thousands of asylum seekers flock to Canada. What’s bringing them here and what’s happening once they arrive?  And a subset of Google users in Canada have discovered a bunch of Canadian news mysteriously disappearing from their search results… whose fault is this, and should we be concerned? We unpack the Online News Act, Bill C-18.Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Associate Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)Guests: Emilie Nicolas, Stuart Thomson, Les PerreauxBackground reading:Canadians Fume as Migrants Surge at Their Border - New York TimesIt’s time to close the breach at Roxham Road and enforce Canada’s borders - Globe and MailNiagara Falls facing 'limits' in accommodating influx of asylum seekers, mayor says - CBC NewsRoxham: The little country road that became a big political headache for the Trudeau government - CBC NewsGoogle threatens Canada, because it can - Globe and MailThe Bill C-18 Reality: Everyone Loses When the Government Mandates Payments for Links - Michael GeistSponsors: Douglas, Bryce@100, Athletic GreensIf you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/7/202340 minutes, 26 seconds
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99 Spy Balloons & 1 Rouleau Report

Host Mattea Roach is joined by Nick Taylor-Vaisey, David Moscrop and Sandy Garossino to talk about the two objects shot down over Canada. Is this a question of national security? Or a weather monitoring program gone wrong? It’s probably not aliens, right? Also, the Rouleau Report was released shortly after RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki announced the end of her tenure. The RCMP has felt the impact of scandal after scandal, so what kind of leadership is required to move forward and build better?Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Associate Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)Guests: Nick Taylor-Vaisey, David Moscrop, Sandy GarossinoBackground reading:U.S. fighter jet shoots down ‘cylindrical object’ flying over Yukon on orders from Trudeau, BidenObjects shot out of North American skies likely not used for spying, Biden saysA hobby club in Illinois is missing a balloon. Was it shot down over Yukon?The timing of Brenda Lucki's RCMP departureAfter year of scandals, RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki announces retirementRCMP’s Brenda Lucki says she will retire next month: ‘I did my best’Sponsors: Rotman, Athletic GreensIf you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/21/202335 minutes, 4 seconds
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Bail Reform And National Reconciliation

A proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit has been reached between the federal government and 325 First Nations, which applies to Indigenous children who attended residential schools during the day—students who were left out of the 2006 residential schools settlement. This episode gets into the legal elements of this lawsuit, how we got here, and what impacts it might have going forward. And, all 13 provinces and territories are calling for “immediate action” to strengthen Canada’s bail system in the wake of the death of an Ontario Provincial Police officer in late December. What does the bail system look like in Canada? How is this specific moment being politicized?  And, what would the consequences of bail reform be?Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Associate Producer), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)Guests: Riley Yesno, Karen Restoule, Patricia BarkaskasBackground reading:Canada’s $2.8 billion settlement with Indigenous Day Scholars is a long-time coming$2.8-billion settlement reached in class action lawsuit over residential schoolsHow does Canada's bail system actually work? And where does it fall short?Premiers demand bail reform in letter to Trudeau after killing of OPP officerSponsors: Douglas, Athletic GreensIf you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/7/202330 minutes, 22 seconds
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Should Canada Intervene In Haiti?

Armed conflicts across the world are increasingly demanding the attention of Canadians and prompting the federal government to get involved. This episode, host Mattea Roach is joined by Emilie Nicolas, Arshy Mann, and Steven Chase to talk about what Canadian intervention in Haiti could and should look like, and they also tackle the existential questions we have about our military: What is the state of our military? Are we prepared to take on an expanded role? Should we?Host: Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Associate Producer), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), André Proulx (Production Coordinator), Annette Ejiofor (Managing Editor)Guests: Emilie Nicolas, Arshy Mann, Steven ChaseBackground reading:Bob Rae: Major military intervention in Haiti would not have sustainable impactAdam Zivo: Is Canada not sending its tanks to Ukraine because they're broken?Fiscal watchdog raises concern about $15-billion in unexplained military spending in 2022 federal budgetCurrent Operations and Joint Military Exercises listCanada’s military pulling back in Middle East as European, domestic needs riseEmilie Nicolas: What should Canada's involvement in Haiti look like?Sponsors: Rotman, Athletic GreensIf you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts at our store, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/24/202336 minutes, 13 seconds
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Flatlining On Healthcare

We tackle two crises facing our country – healthcare and climate change. Host Mattea Roach asks our panelists Riley Yesno, Drew Brown, and Sara Birrell about what we are doing to solve the major problems that exist in our splintered healthcare system and where we are really at when it comes to climate change policy. Does throwing money at the problem actually help?Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Associate Producer), Tristan Capachionne (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), André Proulx (Production Coordinator)Guests: Riley Yesno, Drew Brown, Sara BirrellBackground reading:HealthcareCanadian health-care systems 'strained, if not broken' | A Conversation with the Prime Minister More money is a must, but health-care delivery also needs a major rethink, doctors say CBC NewsClimate Change PolicyAn activist in office: Steven Guilbeault's first year as environment minister CBC NewsTrudeau announces $800M for Indigenous-led conservation initiatives CBC News'Just transition' bill coming in 2023, natural resources minister says CBC NewsFederal government approves controversial Bay du Nord oil project CBC NewsSponsors: Douglas, Athletic GreensIf you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/10/202344 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Backbench Live: A Year in Review

On December 14th, we brought The Backbench to you LIVE and in-person from the Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto. It was an evening of “serious” political discourse and endless laughs. Our host Mattea Roach and our expert panelists, Emilie Nicolas, David Moscrop, and Murad Hemmadi unpacked the seriously eventful year that was 2022 – from faulty infrastructure, to the Pope’s visit, to our 2023 political wish list, and more. Taking inspiration from David Moscrop's powerful questions: Show of hands....is anyone here a supporter? If you want to hear a special and hilarious extended cut of the evening, which includes Mattea’s opening conversation with “political consultant” Dan Cashgrab, also known as comedian Miguel Rivas, you can become a supporter to get access to the exclusive convo.Go to canadaland.com/join. Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Associate Producer), Tristan Capacchione  (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), André Proulx (Production Coordinator)Guests:  Emilie Nicolas, David Moscrop, Murad HemmadiIf you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/27/202247 minutes, 51 seconds
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A Matter Of Life And Death

We want to warn listeners that segment one talks about suicide and may not be suitable for all listeners. If you'd like to skip it go to 23:37. If you’re struggling with mental health please connect with a crisis responder to get help without judgment: Call 1-833-456-4566 / Text: 45645 (4 pm – midnight ET). In this episode, host Mattea Roach, and panelists, Karen Restoule, Jaskaran Sandhu, and Arshy Mann, unpack the controversial expansion for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) set to change on March 17, 2023. Also, Canada is trying to re-establish itself on the international stage after announcing its Indo-Pacific Strategy in Beautiful British Columbia. Does Canada’s future lie in the Indo-Pacific?Host:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Associate Producer), Tristan Capacchionne (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), André Proulx (Production Coordinator)Guests: Karen Restoule, Jaskaran Sandhu, Arshy MannBackground reading:Canada will soon allow medically assisted dying for mental illness. Has there been enough time to get it right? in The Globe and MailMedical experts call on government to delay expansion of MAID for mental illness in The Globe and MailCall to Action re:March 2023 MAiD Expansion by the Society of Canadian PsychiatryCanada launches Indo-Pacific Strategy to support long-term growth, prosperity, and security for Canadians by the Government of CanadaCanada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy by the Government of CanadaCanada’s Indo-Pacific strategy sees China as a ‘disruptive global power’ in The Globe in MailSIKHS WEARY OF INCREASED FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN WAKE OF CANADA’S INDO-PACIFIC STRATEGY by the World Sikh OrganizationCanada’s Indo-Pacific strategy ‘long overdue,’ shows ‘radical change’ on China: experts by Rachel Gilmore from Global NewsSponsors: Douglas, oxio, Athletic GreensIf you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/13/202239 minutes, 48 seconds
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TL;DR – Emergencies Act Inquiry

The six weeks of dramatic testimony have officially come to an end with testimony from the Prime Minister himself. Join our host, Mattea Roach, and an exceptional panel with Stuart Thomson, David Moscrop, and Sandy Garossino for a deep retrospective on Trudeau’s invocation of the Emergencies Act against the 'Freedom Convoy' this past February. Also, the Green Party has a “new” leader. Welcome back Elizabeth May. This episode Mattea and our panelists discuss the future of the Green Party. If you want to support this show go to https://canadaland.com/joinHost:  Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Associate Producer), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), André Proulx (Production Coordinator)Guests: Stuart Thomson, Sandy Garossino, David MoscropBackground reading:Racism and hate are threats to public safety. Why haven’t we heard this during the Emergencies Act inquiry? by Amira Elghawaby from the Toronto StarTrudeau 'serene' about invoking Emergencies Act, says police plan to clear protest 'wasn't a plan at all' by Catharine Tunney from CBC News'Bad humour' and short fuses: How politicians' texts played out at the Emergencies Act inquiry by Joseph Tunney from CBC NewsThe Green Party has two new leaders. Will their shared vision get the party back on its feet? by Natasha Bulowski from the National Observer Political insider breaks down Green Party of Canada co-leadership win, potential trouble ahead by Gregor Craigie from CBC NewsSponsors: Douglas, oxioIf you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/29/202241 minutes, 48 seconds
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Lost In Inflation

Financial Minister Chrystia Freeland’s mini-budget is at your service to save us from inflation. Or is it Justin-flation? This week our host, Mattea Roach, is joined by Emilie Nicolas, Murad Hemmadi, and Nick Taylor-Vaisey to talk about the effectiveness of the proposed budget, the impending recession, and the “costly-coalition.” They also tackle the increasingly common use of the notwithstanding clause—what does it mean, and should we be worried?Get tickets to The Backbench live show on December 14. Support Canadaland to get your free tickets.Host: Mattea Roach (Recorded via personal microphone. Audio quality may differ.)Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Associate Producer), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), André Proulx (Production Coordinator)Guests: Emilie Nicolas, Murad Hemmadi, Nick Taylor-VaiseyBackground reading:Highlights of the 2022 Fall Economic StatementFive things you need to know about the Liberals’ fall economic updateIn defence of the notwithstanding clause: Why Canada should hold onto itWhat Ottawa should say to the provinces: See your notwithstanding clause, raise you disallowanceThree cheers for the notwithstanding clauseSponsors: OxioIf you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/15/202245 minutes, 33 seconds
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Who's Afraid Of A Contested Election?

BC NDP leadership candidate Anjali Appadurai had the rug pulled out from under her. This week Mattea Roach is joined with Stuart Thomson, Jaskaran Sandhu, and Arno Kopecky to talk about how and why the BC-NDP ended up disqualifying Appadurai, leaving David Eby to be sworn in as Premier of British Columbia. Also, this week the backbenchers talk about the Federal handgun freeze that is supposedly the strongest action in a generation. We’ll see about that…Host: Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Associate Producer), Tristan Capacchione (Audio and Technical Producer), André Proulx (Production Coordinator)Guests: Stuart Thomson, Jaskaran Sandhu, Arno KopeckyBackground reading: Chronicle of a death foretold by Arno Kopecky in Canada’s National ObserverThe desperate disqualification of Anjali Appadurai by Avi Lewis in Canada’s National ObserverBC NDP Investigative Report by BC NDP Table OfficerFreeze on handgun sales takes effect as Liberals face criticism they interfered in the probe of Canada’s deadliest shooting by Stephanie Levitz in the Toronto StarIf you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody. You can listen ad-free on Amazon Music—included with Prime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/1/202248 minutes, 51 seconds
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Introducing our new series: Ratfucker

Meet David Wallace, political fixer. After decades in the game he says he’s getting out, telling all, and dumping his files in public. The result is the viral "Klondike Papers" theory of conspiracies, conservatives, and cults. But are the allegations true? And why is he really implicating himself, and so many others? A wild, true story.Series launches October 31st.Subscribe now (link). Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/27/202242 seconds
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Guns And Wild Roses

What is going on in the Wild Rose Country? Mattea Roach is joined by experts Catherine Griwkowksy, Emilie Nicolas, and David Moscrop. Together they unpack the implications of Alberta’s new premier's calls for more sovereignty and the possible unravelling of our beloved Canadian federalism. This week we also get into Canada’s complicated diplomatic response to the Iranian protests.Host: Mattea RoachCredits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Associate Producer), Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor & Technical Producer), André Proulx (Production Coordinator), Nathan Burley (Music)Guests: Emilie Nicolas, Catherine Griwkowsky, David MoscropBackground reading:New Alberta Premier Danielle Smith dials back sovereignty pledgeIn reversal of policy, adviser says Danielle Smith's sovereignty act would respect Supreme Court decisionsOpinion: Is Canadian federalism unravelling?GOLDSTEIN: Trudeau talks out of both sides of his mouth on IranStung by criticism, Trudeau government changes course on IranOpinion: What Canadians are getting wrong about the hijab protests in IranOpinion: Trudeau government out of touch on dealing with IranSponsors: oxioIf you value this podcast, Support us! You’ll get premium access to all our shows ad free, including early releases and bonus content. You’ll also get our exclusive newsletter, discounts on merch, tickets to our live and virtual events, and more than anything, you’ll be a part of the solution to Canada’s journalism crisis, you’ll be keeping our work free and accessible to everybody.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/18/202245 minutes, 25 seconds
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NDP - New Dental Plan

Our host Mattea Roach, tackles the “new” and “exciting” Federal dental plan with Riley Yesno, Stuart Thomson, and Nick Taylor-Vaisey. The NDP are patting themselves on the back for getting something done in Ottawa—but how much have they really accomplished here? Speaking of “new” and “exciting” we need to talk about the IRCC’s new proposed immigration pathways that seem to be recycled old ones.Links:Dental:Politico piece re: dentalImmigration:CTV piece: Migrant workers continue to call for change after death of Jamaican worker at Ontario farmToronto Star piece: Here’s Canada’s new plan to help foreign students and workers become permanent residents. Some say it isn’t nearly new enoughSponsors: Douglas, oxio, Toronto Star Podcasts Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/4/202241 minutes, 10 seconds
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Picking Apart Pierre's Populism

Our new host, Mattea Roach, ponders Poilievre’s political playbook with Riley Yesno, David Moscrop and Catherine Griwkowsky on this week’s panel episode. And you know the saying, leaders come and go. As Pierre Poilievre makes his way into the Conservative leadership, Queen Elizabeth II has left us. Is it time to crack open our constitution and jettison the monarchy once and for all? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/20/202243 minutes, 25 seconds
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Meet Mattea Roach, Our New Host! (Teaser)

We’re thrilled to announce that Mattea Roach will be hosting the brand new season of the Backbench. She’s best known for her 23-game winning streak on Jeopardy!, but Mattea also has a keen interest in politics and has a background in sexual diversity studies, political science, and women and gender studies.In this teaser episode, Mattea is joined with Backbench Producer Aviva Lessard and Associate Producer Noor Azrieh for a sneak peak at what they hope to accomplish in the new season. Support CANADALAND: https://canadaland.com/join Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/6/20224 minutes, 57 seconds
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Fatima’s Last Episode

Where are the fresh faces in Canadian politics? Today, we dive into career politicians—the good the bad, and the ugly. Plus, why can’t our various levels of government just work together? It’s time to end the federal, provincial and municipal war. Also, guest contributors join Fatima’s last episode for her last point of order segment.Panelists: Emilie Nicolas, Murad Hemmadi, Stuart ThomsonGuest Contributors: Raisa Patel, David Moscrop, Jason Markusoff Links: https://www.keenan.ca/Sponsors: Oxio, Douglas, The PeakAdditional music by Audio Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/23/202249 minutes, 15 seconds
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Leaders Who Don't Lead

In this week’s episode, we talk about what constitutes good leadership, and why our leaders are struggling to meet the moment amid a global ripple of failed democratic leadership. Plus, is provincial immigration autonomy going to save us from the 2.7 million applicant backlog? Producers note: Due to technical difficulties, Fatima's voice may sound a little different.Panelists: Drew Brown, Riley Yesno, Jaskaran SandhuSponsors: Oxio, Douglas Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/9/202238 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Catastrophe Commissioner

In this episode, Jerry DeMarco, Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, delves into the Canadian federal response to climate change, and why our response is still insufficient. DeMarco unpacks 30 years of failed climate progress and offers an analysis of our government’s actions and inactions to deal with our seemingly impending doom.Links:2022 Reports 1 to 5 of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development to the Parliament of CanadaFederal environment commissioner presents his 2022 spring reports – April 26, 2022Sponsors:Oxio, The Peak, Calm, Douglas Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/26/202242 minutes, 48 seconds
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Why Don’t Women Run For Office?

It’s 2022 and our politics remain dominated by men. We talked to three women who spent time in office to try to find out why.We’re joined by former NDP MP Peggy Nash, current NDP MP Leah Gazan, and former Vancouver city councillor Andrea Reimer. This event was organized by Between the Lines, the publisher of Peggy Nash’s book Women Winning Office: An Activist’s Guide To Getting Elected.Panelists: Peggy Nash, Leah Gazan, Andrea ReimerSponsors: Oxio, Douglas, Images Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/12/202240 minutes, 11 seconds
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All Policing Is Political

Are our policing systems broken? Today, we dive into reimagining public safety following an array of policing scandals across the country. Plus, what did our government achieve and fail to achieve in Parliament this past year?Sponsors: Images Festival, Calm, The Peak Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/28/202240 minutes, 40 seconds
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Justinflation Or Chrystia Frecession

What is happening to the Canadian economy? Stephen Gordon, director of the department of economics at Université Laval, helps unpack the ins and outs of the Bank of Canada, an institution we know little about. He talks to Fatima about the worries of a hyper-politicized economy and helps us understand how the next months under this economic turmoil will unfold.Sponsors: Oxio, 22 Murders Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/21/202228 minutes, 3 seconds
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Does Voting Have To Suck?

Could changing Canada’s electoral system solve the crisis of voter apathy? Today, we dive into electoral reform. Plus, a new bill that would give border guards wide discretion to search our phones and computers.UPDATE: After we recorded on Monday, senators on the national security and defence committee passed an amendment to Bill S-7 to replace the term "reasonable general concern" with "reasonable grounds to suspect." Read more here: https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/senate-amends-bill-that-would-create-controversial-new-standard-for-cellphone-searches-at-borderPanelists: Drew Brown, David Moscrop, Raisa PatelLinks: Read Senator Paula Simons’ op-ed about Bill S-7 in The Line: https://theline.substack.com/p/paula-simons-the-government-is-tryingSponsors: Douglas, 22 Murders, The Peak Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/14/202240 minutes, 24 seconds
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Notes From a Young Progressive Conservative

Shiv Ruparell is a young, transit-loving, urban bike advocate. He’s also a conservative, born and raised in Alberta, who has been active in politics at all levels. He talks to Fatima his view of conservative politics right now and why he remains optimistic about our political future. Sponsors: Oxio, Calm Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/7/202237 minutes, 46 seconds
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A Jason Kenney-Sized Hole

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney was one of the heavyweights of Canada’s Conservative movement. We discuss his resignation and what it might tell us about conservatism today. Plus, Canada was left out of a major Indo-Pacific trade deal. Are we losing our place on the world stage?Panelists: Catherine Griwkowksy, Murad Hemmadi, Stuart Thomson, Sponsors: Oxio, Ground News, Skipper Otto Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/31/202241 minutes, 34 seconds
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Is Canada Ready to Decriminalize Drugs?

Parliament is heading towards a vote on an NDP Private Member’s Bill that would decriminalize drug possession for personal use, among other changes to address Canada’s overdose crisis. The Liberals have also proposed a bill that would amend the Controlled Drug and Substances Act.Garth Mullins of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users has been fighting for decriminalization for a long time as he’s watched friends die and get incarcerated. He talks about these two bills and his vision for healthy drug policy in Canada. Links:Listen to Crackdown, Garth’s podcast about the drug war: https://www.crackdownpod.com/Sponsors: Oxio, The Peak, Ground News, Skipper Otto Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/24/202232 minutes, 47 seconds
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What Do Women Want? Sexual Healthcare

The abortion debate is back in Canadian politics. Our panel discusses the state of reproductive rights in Canada and what else the Government can do. Plus, a new report suggests civil servants are afraid to speak up and offer expert advice. Panelists: Leena Minifie, Emilie Nicolas and Raisa PatelLinks: Further reading on Canada’s abortion laws: https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/how-canada-came-to-have-no-federal-law-whatsoever-on-abortionA chart showing abortion access in Canada: https://www.actioncanadashr.org/resources/factsheets-guidelines/2019-09-19-access-glance-abortion-services-canadaThe full Top Of Mind report about the civil service: https://iog.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Top-of-Mind-Summary-Report-EN.pdfRead about the pointy-headed whales: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/16/arctic-mine-expansion-rejection-narwhal-canadaSponsors: 22 Murders, Oxio Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/17/202239 minutes
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Confessions Of An International Student

Shefali Mann came to Canada as an international student in 2019. She was hoping to follow the path to permanent residency, but then the pandemic happened. She has been navigating a confusing, shifting set of programs and rules ever since, while the federal government bets on international students to help ease some of Canada's labour shortages.Links:Read more about how international students are affected by these changes in the Toronto Starhttps://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2022/04/22/canada-unveils-new-measures-to-keep-international-students-from-running-out-of-status.htmlSponsors: 22 Murders, The Peak, Oxio Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/10/202231 minutes, 24 seconds
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A Generation-Defining Inquiry

The Government has launched an inquiry into the use of the Emergency Act during the Freedom Convoy. And the Canadian Armed Forces released a scathing report about racism and discrimination within its ranks. Can the culture of the military be changed?Panelists: Emilie Nicolas, Stuart Thomson and Paul Wells. Links:Read the report about racism and prejudice in the Canadian Armed Forces here.Sponsors: Oxio, 22 Murders, Ground News, The Waves Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/3/202240 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Conservative Candidating Game

Eight people are in the running for leadership of the Conservative Party, but only one will emerge victorious and get a chance to become the next Prime Minister of Canada. We're joined by Politico’s Nick Taylor-Vaisey and Backbench regular Jason Markusoff to introduce our candidates. What's their vision? What have they done? And who’s most likely to flame out publicly?Links:Subscribe to Politico’s Ottawa Playbook newsletter See the picture of teenage Patrick Brown with a Jean Charest poster on his wallAt the time of recording, Joseph Bourgault was not yet confirmed as a candidate, but he is also in the running. His website is available hereAdditional music from Audio NetworkSponsors: 22 Murders, The Peak, Ground News Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/26/202244 minutes, 29 seconds
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Can Government Fix Housing?

We dig into the first two chapters of the government’s new budget: housing and economic growth. This week’s contributors: Murad Hemmadi, Caroline Elliott, David Moscrop Links:Read Budget 2022Read Jen Gerson’s piece that Caroline mentions, “No One Is Going to Fix Housing”Sponsors: Oxio, 22 Murders, Skipper Otto, Ground News Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/19/202239 minutes, 51 seconds
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An Audience With The Pope

What does an apology mean? And what happens next? Fatima speaks to two people who were in Rome to hear the Pope’s apology to Indigenous people over the Residential School system: Norman Yak’e ula, a survivor who has been waiting for 58 years to hear these words; and Taylor Behn-Tsakoza, co-chair of the Assembly of First Nations National Youth Council, who was part of the delegation that got an audience with the Pope. Links:Watch the Pope’s full apology here: Read the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Watch the APTN video we mentioned of Taylor Behn-Tsakoza preparing to go to Rome:Sponsors: Skipper Otto, Ground News, The Peak, 22 MurdersAdditional music by Audio Network Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/12/202237 minutes, 3 seconds
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Screaming Children, Dying Planet

With deals for affordable childcare now in place across the country, we compare what each province got and discuss what this process might reveal for future programs, like pharmacare.  And we dive into the good, the bad and the ugly of the government’s Emissions Reductions Plan. This week’s contributors: Emilie Nicolas, Drew Brown, Stuart Thomson  Links:- A comparsion of childcare deals across the country.- The Emissions Reduction Plan Sponsors: Oxio, Freshbooks, The Peak Daily Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/5/202240 minutes, 54 seconds
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Justin And Jagmeet's Experiment In Democracy

Jagmeet Singh’s Chief of Staff Jennifer Howard was in the room during negotiations for the Liberal-NDP supply and confidence agreement. She breaks down how politicians can work together, even if looks like they hate each other on TV. Further Reading:“Going Inside the Room: How the Liberal-NDP Confidence Deal Happened”https://www.nationalobserver.com/2022/03/24/news/going-inside-room-how-liberal-ndp-confidence-deal-happenedSponsors: FreshBooks, The Peak Daily, Ground NewsIf you listen on Apple, subscribe to Canadaland Politics for $2.99/month for ad-free episodes of The Backbench, Wag the Doug and COMMONS:https://apple.co/3wjxaRW Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/29/202233 minutes, 4 seconds
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A Shit Ton of Energy Insecurity

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, Caroline Elliott, Murad HemmadiLinks:Shannon Proudfoot’s Maclean’s profile of Pierre Pollievre: [https://www.macleans.ca/longforms/why-is-pierre-poilievre-so-angry/]And the accompanying Q&A [https://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/pierre-poilievre-on-his-combative-style-of-politics-and-his-plans-for-canada/]Sponsors: The Peak Daily, FreshBooks, Ground News, Oxio Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/22/202240 minutes, 8 seconds
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A Conversation With Bob Rae

As escalation between Russia and Ukraine continues, what is Canada’s role in this ever-changing world? And how do conversations we have on the international stage impact our decisions here at home - and vice versa? Canada's UN Ambassador Bob Rae weighs in.Sponsors: Skipper Otto, Rotman, Ground News Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/15/202226 minutes, 17 seconds
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Teaser: We're going weekly!

For the next few months, The Backbench is going to bring you weekly episodes!Expect us to chat with those who are impacted by or impacting what’s happening in Ottawa. We want to put the people back in politics so if you're either of those categories, get in touch at [email protected]'t worry - We’ll still be bringing you the panel you’ve come to know and love.Our first episode drops next Tuesday. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/9/20221 minute, 46 seconds
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Contradictions In Conflict

As the war in Ukraine escalates and Canadian leaders head to Europe, we assess the economic and military responses so far. And despite fully grasping the severity of Russian aggression, we want to know: Why does Canada's response to conflict vary so much depending on the country?This week's contributors: Drew Brown, Caroline Elliott, Jaskaran SandhuLinks:The Narwhal's piece about Canadian players still dealing in Russian resourcesMore context on the Canadian discourse re: Sikhs written by JaskaranMore on Ottawa's decision to delay the decision on Newfoundland's Bay du Nord oil projectSponsors: Oxio, Freshbooks Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/8/202249 minutes, 1 second
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In Case of An Emergency

As the Emergencies Act passes and border blockades come down, we examine what impacts the Act and the satellite protests had domestically and internationally. And Canada decides to step up in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia - and it's unclear exactly why.This week's contributors: Murad Hemmadi, Jason Markusoff, Emilie NicolasSponsors: Rotman, The Big Story Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/22/202245 minutes, 6 seconds
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Maximum Chaos

The 2022 Freedom Convoy has taken over Ottawa, both the city and the political discourse. Why is the federal government so paralyzed by it and will it have a long-term impact on Canadian politics? And as the Conservative Party steps into the post-Erin O'Toole era, we try to figure out what "true blue" means now and whether it has Trumpian characteristics.Sponsors: Rotman & The Big Story Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/8/202243 minutes, 58 seconds
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The NDP's Progressive Struggles

People have been declaring that they have stopped donating their money and/or time to the NDP recently. Why is the NDP struggling to retain self-described progressives? What is the party's role in federal politics today?This week's contributors:Lori Idlout, NDP MP (Nunavut) Peggy Nash, Former NDP MP & Finance Critic (Parkdale-High Park, Ontario)Des Bisonnette, President of NDP EDA (Lakeland, Alberta) & Member of the Democratic Socialists of Canada Sponsors: Hot Docs Podcast Festival, Island Crime Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/25/202238 minutes, 50 seconds
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The So-Called Era Of Reconciliation

Three generations of Indigenous panelists join us this week on what The Backbench thought was the biggest story of 2021: the unmarked graves on former residential school grounds. We break format to take stock of what has been promised and repromised, the diversity of demands from Indigenous communities, and what a new "interlocutor" position can do to help with healing.Guests: Leena Minifie, Riley Yesno feat. Romeo SaganashLinks:Trudeau’s promises to Assembly of First Nations in 2015Globe and Mail piece re: interlocutorCBC's piece re: pending $40-billion settlement Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/11/202240 minutes, 33 seconds
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Economy As Entertainment?

Political showmanship about #Justinflation abound, just as the Liberal government is set to release their Fall Economic Statement this week. And it's our last episode of 2021! We offer some highlights and lowlights of the year.This week's contributors: Murad Hemmadi, Jason Markusoff, Jaskaran SandhuLinks:Since recording, Justin Trudeau has said he will not yet intervene in Quebec's Bill 21Sponsors: Rotman Negotiations Program Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/14/202142 minutes, 8 seconds
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A Bill That's Ideally Never Used

BC's emergency on top of emergency has us wondering where the federal government needs to step in. And the latest "lockdown bill" and Throne Speech reveals where our federal government is at.This week's contributors: Caroline Elliott, Leena Minifie, Stuart Thomson ft. MP Dan AlbasLinks: Did you miss the Throne Speech? Read it here.Sponsors: Rotman, Amnesty International Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/30/202139 minutes, 7 seconds
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A Cynical Guide To COP26

Support The Backbench at canadaland.com/joinPrime Minister Trudeau celebrated Canada's role at COP26 - but what is there to celebrate really? And Conservatives MPs try to start a 'civil liberties caucus' while the Liberal caucus vote not to empower themselves. This week's contributors: Caroline Elliott, Emilie Nicolas, Riley YesnoSponsors: Rotman, Amnesty International Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/16/202148 minutes, 27 seconds
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A Money Manel: Equalization & Inflation

It’s crowdfunding season at Canadaland! Please consider supporting us at canadaland.com/joinAlberta thinks it made a "powerful" statement to Ottawa this week. And the Bank of Canada says inflation is persistent, which can also be perceived as good news if you look really hard.This week's contributors: Drew Brown, Murad Hemmadi, Jason MarkusoffLinks: Trevor Tombe's tool that helped us understand equalization payments a bit betterThe Conversation's piece on equalization overhaulThe TikTok on inflation from KyneChrystia Freeland's statement about reining in COVID-19 measuresThis episode is supported by Amnesty International. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/2/202141 minutes, 51 seconds
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Two Former MPs Dish On China & Climate

It’s crowdfunding season at Canadaland! Please consider supporting us at canadaland.com/joinWe invited former MPs on because it was supposed to be the first week of Parliament. It got pushed back, but we get into what the first days of Parliament are like and what issues this government will be inheriting anyway. This week's contributors: Former MP Kenny Chiu & Former MP Catherine McKennaLinks:Kenny Chiu references this page on the BC government website on how emissions have increased in the provinceCatherine McKenna references economists Andrew Leach and Trevor Tombe who have both argued carbon pricing does reduce emissions. Follow their work here and here respectively.When we followed up with Catherine McKenna for links, she pointed us to this. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/19/202146 minutes, 17 seconds
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Truth, Reconciliation and China

Trudeau drops the first apology of his third term and has us wondering how reconciliation can go beyond symbolic actions. And as the Two Michaels make it home, what have we learned from this whole saga?This week's contributors: Joanna Chiu, Stuart Thomson, Riley YesnoLinks:Riley's piece on the spring federal budgetMore on what Land Back & Cash Back are aboutHow to order Joanna's book, "China Unbound"This episode is supported by Dispatch Coffee. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/5/202143 minutes, 53 seconds
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A Conversation With A PPC Voter

This week, we bring you something different: an in-depth chat with a People’s Party of Canada supporter. Derek Taylor emailed Fatima after she called the party racist. He agreed to an interview. Derek gets into how he heard about the party, why he supports them, and the direction the party has taken since its creation in 2018. This is the extended version of an interview featured on Canadaland.This episode is supported by Dispatch Coffee and Rotman. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/28/202143 minutes, 54 seconds
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An Unconsequential Election

At the time of recording this episode, #elxn44 literally has yielded the same number of seats (give or take several seats) for all of our federal parties. Here's a coast-to-coast-to-coast chat on what this outcome suggests and where Canadian politics goes from here.  This week's contributors: Drew Brown, Jason Markusoff, Leena Minifie, Jaskaran Sandhu, Stuart Thomson.This episode is supported by Dispatch Coffee, The Peak Daily and Rotman. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/21/202136 minutes, 32 seconds
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Fairy Tales & Picture Books

What issues did the federal leaders not speak on throughout the campaign? We get into some of them. And a look into what pandemic debts and costed platforms tell us.This week’s contributors: Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Murad Hemmadi feat. Pam PalmaterLinks:Murad’s past Maclean’s piece on why the ethnic vote isn't real;The Institute of Fiscal Studies’ assessments of NDP, Liberals, and Conservatives’ costed platforms.This episode is supported by The Peak, Aussie Hair, Rotman, and Canadian Politics Is Boring.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/14/202146 minutes, 4 seconds
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An Emergency, But First An Election

The show after Labour Day warrants a look at federal parties' commitments to workers and how they say they will grow our economy. And when it comes to climate change proposals, will voters respond to ambition or reality? This week's contributors: Caroline Elliott (Welcome!), Murad Hemmadi, and Jaskaran SandhuUPDATE: The Green Party released their platform after we recorded the episode, which includes a section on a just transition for workers via introducing a Just Transition Act before the end of 2021 that would take care of workers during the climate transition.Links:To honour Murad's point of order, here are parties' platforms:Liberal PartyConservative PartyNew Democratic PartyBloc Quebecois (en français)Green PartyMaverick PartyPeople's Party of CanadaMore on platforms' "climate sincerity" this federal electionThis episode is supported by The Peak, Aussie Hair and Dispatch Coffee. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/8/202150 minutes, 17 seconds
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Health Vs. Healthcare

The Liberals promised to inject 6-billion more dollars into our healthcare system last week, but will more money mean more healthcare? Meanwhile, regional federal parties have dropped their platforms with distinct climate plans, posing a possible threat to major parties.This week's contributors: Leena Minifie, Emilie Nicolas, Stuart ThomsonLinks:Jen Gerson's Maclean's piece on the Maverick PartyFatima & Emma MacIntosh's National Observer 2019 piece on whether politicians should be blocking votersMark McKinnon's Globe and Mail piece on Ukraine rescuing Canada-bound AfghansThis episode is supported by CIBC Aventura, Aussie Hair and The Peak. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/31/202141 minutes, 38 seconds
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Afghanistan & Affordability

Liberals scramble to respond to the crisis in Afghanistan amid the first week of campaigning. And Trudeau says he wants life to be more affordable while also suggesting it's not his job.This week's contributors: Drew Brown, Jason Markusoff, and Jaskaran SandhuLinks:Kevin Newman's piece for The LineNoah Richler's piece for The Globe and MailShout out to Srushti Gangdev for catching the graph with no axis labelsThe PPC candidate who photoshopped his head on Prince WilliamThis episode is supported by Aussie Hair, CIBC Aventura, and The Peak Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/24/202141 minutes, 1 second
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Teaser: An Election Means A Weekly Backbench

We’re now a weekly #elxn44 podcast! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/17/20212 minutes, 3 seconds
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Introducing The White Saviors

Subscribe to The White Saviors now! Series launch: August 23Over 25 years, WE built a golden brand by inspiring children to rally around their charismatic leader. But behind the scenes, employees experienced a cult-like culture and a troubling blur of charitable and commercial activities. In the aftermath of a national scandal, thousands of donors and volunteers (and dozens of ‘celebrity ambassadors’) are left wondering where the money went, and whether the savior industry creates a constant need for victims.From CANADALAND, the news company that exposed it all, this is the exclusive story of a charity that did well when it was supposed to be doing good.Subscribe to The White Saviors. Episode one drops on August 20thThis trailer contains source materials used under the Fair Dealing provisions of the Copyright Act. Sources: It Takes a ChildCraig Kielburger's Story - A Journey into Child LabourDirected by Judy JacksonProduced by Judy FilmsYoutubeThe Story of Craig Kielburgerproduced, and narrated by Sherine MansourCPACYoutubeIn Search Of CharacterLiveWire MediaElkind+Sweet Communications, Inchttps://www.livewiremedia.com/product/in-search-of-character/The Price WE PaidThe Fifth Estate/CBCInterview with Craig KielburgerCSPANCraig Kielburger NSB Speakers promotional videoYoutubeMarc Kielburger NSB Speakers promotional videoYoutubeWE Movement Youtube Channelhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm6agaIkn5aBJlLLds7P1HQMeToWe Youtube Channelhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm6agaIkn5aBJlLLds7P1HQCTV News - Kielburger brothers interview with Lisa Laflammehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_p5PRLy2osMTV Cribs: Craig Kielburger EpisodeHaddon Strategyhttps://vimeo.com/49975157 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/11/20214 minutes, 21 seconds
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Erin O'Toole Doesn't Want to Fight

With massive childcare announcements and talk of abortion access, the Liberal government seems to be focusing on women lately. Is it pre-election pandering or just good governance? And we look at the state of the Conservative Party, whose leader says he does not want an election.This week's contributors: Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Leena Minifie, Stuart ThomsonLinks:Globe and Mail piece on Jody Wilson-RaybouldMaclean's 2021 federal election guideStuart's piece about Justin Trudeau running against Jason KenneyUPDATE: Since recording the episode, the federal government has announced its commitment to support Manitoba's childcare program with $1.2-billion over the next 5 years to achieve $10-a-day childcare for kids under the age of six by 2025-26.This episode is supported by Aussie Hair, CIBC Aventura, and The Peak Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/10/202138 minutes, 46 seconds
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Border Politics

Canada looks to welcome travellers again while the future of vaccine passports remains uncertain. And two national anti-hate summits last week had us wondering what policies would actually help. This week's contributors: Emilie Nicolas, Jaskaran Sandhu, Stuart ThomsonThis episode is supported by Aussie Hair. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/27/202136 minutes, 57 seconds
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Pandering Season

More and more election season tropes have revealed themselves recently, particularly in Quebec, Alberta and Tiktok. And the mutiny against the Green Party leader Annamie Paul reaches its final stage next week - How did we get here?This week's contributors: Murad Hemmadi, Jason Markusoff, Emilie NicolasA special thank you to the Toronto Star's Alex Ballingall, whose reporting on the Green Party informed this episode.You can also listen to The Sprawl's conversation with Prime Minister Trudeau here.This episode is supported by Simplii Financial and Aussie Hair.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/13/202136 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep. 5 - A Two-Dose Election?

The spectre of a fall federal election looms large with a flurry of activity in the House, Trudeau calling Parliament toxic, and a high-profile Minister announcing she won’t run again. And further fallout after more unmarked graves were found at a residential school.This week's contributors: Drew Brown, Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Jason MarkusoffThis episode is supported by Freshbooks. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/29/202140 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep. 4 - The Politics Of Genocide: Kamloops Fallout

Federal politics scrambles to respond to the country finding more and more Indigenous children's remains near residential schools. And Prime Minister Trudeau is the "dean" of the G7 now, allegedly.This week's panelists: Leena Minifie, Jaskaran Sandhu feat. Romeo SaganashFurther reading:More on how the federal government still took Indigenous children to court on the day we recorded (Monday)The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls To Action. (CBC published on it here too)Romeo Saganash wrote more about Bill C-15 here (Follow the Bill's passage here)More on the ICC being called to investigate Kamloops hereMore on the NDP's failure to push to declare residential schools a genocide here This episode is brought to you by Dispatch CoffeeSupport the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/15/202144 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. 3 - Big Telecom, Big Quebec

A new CRTC decision - that critics say guarantees higher wireless prices - suggests that telecom giants are in control. What does Quebec trying to change the Constitution via Bill 96 mean? And host Fatima Syed breaks protocol with her own point of order.This week's panelists: Murad Hemmadi, Emilie Nicolas, & Stuart Thomson, This episode is supported by Dispatch and Freshbooks.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/1/202144 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ep. 2 - Justin Trudeau Has No Friends

The conflict of interest and ethics commissioner weighs in on the meaning of friendship; is Prime Minister Trudeau home free from WE? And the government steps into a legal battle over the Line 5 pipeline.This week's panelists: Stuart Thomson, Leena Minifie, and Jaskaran SandhuFurther reading:Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner's reports on Trudeau and MorneauThe Government of Canada's amicus brief re: Line 5This episode is supported by Freshbooks and Dispatch.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/18/202140 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep. 1 - Every Province For Itself

The third wave has shattered any remaining notion that we're all in this pandemic together. And the government commissions a new review into sexual misconduct in the military, just six years after the last one. What will it take for actual change?This week's panelists: Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Emilie Nicolas, and Drew BrownThis episode is brought to you by Freshbooks and Cullen's Foods.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/4/202140 minutes, 4 seconds
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Introducing Our New Show: The Backbench

Dig into Canadian politics from the best seats in the House.Host Fatima Syed welcomes our rotating roster of panelists from across the country: Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Jason Markusoff, Drew Brown, Emilie Nicolas, Jaskaran Sandhu, Murad Hemmadi, Leena Minifie, and Stuart Thomson. Stay on top of things through sharp commentary and incisive analysis.Drops every other Tuesday, starting May 4th.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/27/20211 minute, 34 seconds
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Ep. 77 - Mao's Love Poetry and Chinese QAnon

Meng Wenzhou was arrested two years ago today in Vancouver and now unlikely MPs are calling for her release. Meanwhile, anti-CCP camps are at odds with each other in Surrey. South China Morning Post's Vancouver correspondent Ian Young unpacks how international politics play out on Canadian soil.Further reading: Government petition calling for Meng Wanzhou's release, sponsored by Manitoba NDP MP Niki AshtonAshton's one public comment on the Winnipeg Free PressThis episode is brought to you by Beer Canada and Paradigm.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/1/202037 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ep. 76 - Biden's Clean Break

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's climate plan may seem at odds with Canada's energy sector — but there's more to consider than just pipeline politics. Senior Researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood unpacks Biden's climate plan and what it means for Canada.This episode is brought to you by Paradigm.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/17/202034 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep. 75 - What's The Point Of The NDP?

It's crowdfunding month! Support us at canadaland.com/join. It's Election Day in the U.S. As Joe Biden heads to the polls having run his presidential campaign on one of the Democratic Party's most progressive platforms yet, OPPO hosts wonder: Is having a party for “the progressive left” like the NDP the best way for such ideas to gain real traction? NDP MP for Hamilton Centre Matthew Green joins and mounts a vigorous defence of the party.More Reading: VICE: Canadian Senator Lynn Beyak Illegally Donated to Trump Reelection Using a Fake U.S. Address by Justin LingThe Ottawa Citizen: Canadian military wants to establish new organization to use propaganda, other techniques to influence Canadians by David PuglieseThis episode was brought to you by Cullen's Foods and Paradigm.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/3/202042 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep. 74 - The Pre-U.S. Election Anxiety Show

It's crowdfunding month! Support us at canadaland.com/join.An uncertain outcome in the upcoming U.S. presidential election is a real possibility that Canadians need to navigate. Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute Balkan Devlen explains why and how.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/20/202038 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. 73 - Made In Canada Without Pride

US President Donald Trump's rallying cry to a hate group warrants a review of where the Proud Boys are at today. Dr. Barbara Perry speaks on this Canadian export and to what extent they pose a threat to Canadian society and the upcoming US election.This episode is brought to you by CI Direct Investing.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/6/202038 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep. 72 - Snap Election Clapback, CERB Forever!

BC's new Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau weighs in on Premier John Horgan's snap election and ‘cynical' political calculation. And some Liberal MPs are so passionate about a basic income ahead of the throne speech that we had to bring on ‘CEO activist' Floyd Marinescu to offer his lobby group's cost-benefit analysis. This episode is brought to you by CI Direct Investing.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/22/202044 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep. 71 - Fall Political Preview

Snap election this fall? Erin O'Who? How many jobs can Chrystia Freeland have? And will the U.S. melt down in an apocalyptic civil war that will render it all meaningless? Jen and Sandy look at the season ahead. This episode is brought to you by CI Direct Investing.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/8/202040 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep. 70 - Who's Afraid Of The COVID Alert App?

Can you guess which OPPO host has downloaded the app? Citizen Lab's Christopher Parsons joins us to assuage privacy concerns and/or irrational fears about the federal government's new app to contain the coronavirus.Get in touch at [email protected] or on Twitter @OPPOcast.While OPPO is not made using supporter funds, CANADALAND's other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/11/202037 minutes, 1 second
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Ep. 69 - QAnon Comes To Canada

Cars, machinery, and now conspiracy theories. The U.S. continues its proud tradition of exports to Canada as QAnon gains traction north of the border. Marc-André Argentino joins to walk us through the origins and future of QAnon in Canada.Get in touch at [email protected] or on Twitter @OPPOcast.This episode of OPPO is brought to you by WealthBar. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND's other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/28/202043 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. 68 - Why Working Moms Are Dreading September

The pandemic has already had a disproportionate impact on women, especially those with children. But how much worse could that be if schools don’t reopen soon? Dr. Sylvia Fuller joins to explain. Get in touch at [email protected] or on Twitter @OPPOcast. This episode of OPPO is brought to you by WealthBar and Rotman School of Management. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/14/202041 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep. 67 - Everybody Else Is Abolishing The Police, So Why Can’t We?

As calls to defund continue to grow, why not imagine what Canada would look like without police? Robyn Maynard joins us to unpack the idea. Get in touch at [email protected] or on Twitter @OPPOcast. This episode of OPPO is brought to you by WealthBar. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/30/202041 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. 66 - Get Me Outta Scheer

Now that Jen has thrown out her sourdough starter, it’s time to start paying attention to the race to replace Andrew Scheer. James Moore joins us to run through the field of candidates and explain where the Conservatives stand on the eve of the first party debate. Get in touch at [email protected] or on Twitter @OPPOcast. This episode of OPPO is brought to you by WealthBar. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. CORRECTION: This episode incorrectly states that Chantel Moore was killed in an incident with the RCMP. In fact, the incident in question involved Edmunston Police. We regret the error.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/16/202041 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep. 65 - Stuck In the Middle With Meng Wanzhou

China and the US are facing off in what’s being dubbed a new Cold War. And Canada’s stuck in a tight spot. Last week, a BC judge ruled that Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s charges meet the bar of “double criminality,” which means she’s one step closer to being extradited to the US. China is not happy. To dig into what’s at stake, we’re joined by Philip Calvert, a former diplomat in China and Senior Fellow with the China Institute of the University of Alberta. Get In touch at [email protected] or on Twitter @oppocast. This episode of OPPO is brought to you by WealthBar. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND's other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter at patreon.com/canadalandSupport the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/2/202036 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep. 64 - An Epidemic Of Racism

Violent attacks on racialized people are on the rise in Canada — especially against those who look East Asian. We’re joined by reporter Joanna Chiu to discuss what happens when we conflate the actions of a government with individual people. Get in touch at [email protected] or on Twitter @OPPOcast. This episode of OPPO is brought to you by WealthBar. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/19/202041 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep. 63 - Under Cover Of Covid

What does the new ban on assault-style firearms in Canada mean? And what’s going on with the dog-whistle racism in the Conservative leadership race? Zain Velji co-hosts. Get in touch at [email protected] or on Twitter @OPPOcast. This episode of OPPO is brought to you by WealthBar. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/5/202027 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep. 62 - Why This Recession Is Hitting Women Harder

Can Canada get diaper pail-ready? We’re joined by economist Dr. Lindsay Tedds to help make sense of the long-term economic impacts this recession could have on Canada. Get in touch at [email protected] or on Twitter @OPPOcast. This episode of OPPO is brought to you by WealthBar, Audible, and HelloFresh. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/21/202041 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep. 61 - White Trash Hello Kitty

It’s everywhere. It’s all anyone’s talking about. It’s dominating headlines and social media feeds. So of course we’re going to talk about Tiger King. There’s also been plenty of erratic behaviour created by the pandemic, from volatile markets to a volatile Albertan health minister and Jen’s emergent prepper tendencies. Get in touch at [email protected] or on Twitter @OPPOcast. This episode of OPPO is brought to you by WealthBar and Audible. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/7/202030 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep. 60 - A Virus Designed To Test Society’s Weak Points

As the realities of COVID-19 begin to take hold in Canada, the strains on our society become most visible where we're most vulnerable. A veteran SARS reporter, Ian Young of The South China Morning Post joins to help put it all in perspective. Get in touch at [email protected] or on Twitter @OPPOcast. This episode of OPPO is brought to you by WealthBar and FreshBooks. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/24/202037 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. 59 - Double Trouble: Oil's Burst Bubble

What does the largest single-day drop in the price of oil in almost two decades mean for Canada’s economy? How will it affect growing frustration in Alberta? And have you washed your hands since you started reading this? Wash your hands. Get in touch at [email protected] or on Twitter @OPPOcast. This episode of OPPO is brought to you by WealthBar and FreshBooks. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/10/202027 minutes
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Introducing: Cool Mules

A new investigative series about the cocaine smuggling ring inside Vice Media. To hear episode 2 right now, subscribe to Cool Mules. Or get all six episodes ad-free for $5/month by clicking here.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/2/202035 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ep. 58 - A Seizure of Political Power In Wet'suwet'en Territory

Over the course of a week, Trudeau changed his tune from promising patience and cooperation with Wet'suwet'en land defenders, to asserting the rail blockades must be removed. Why the sudden 180? Plus, Teck withdrew its application for a $20 billion mine project. And four MPs have released the Buffalo Declaration, a manifesto demanding more respect for Alberta.  This episode is sponsored by WealthBar, FreshBooks and listeners like you. To support our work and get ad-free podcasts, go to Patreon.com/canadaland  Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/25/202038 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep. 57 - Peter MacKay's Yoga Tweet Apology Tour

The race to replace Andrew Scheer as Conservative leader is on. Who are the key players, and what issues do they face in their bid for the job? For insight, we’re joined by former Harper strategist Ken Boessenkool. Get in touch at [email protected] or on Twitter @OPPOcast. This episode of OPPO is brought to you by WealthBar and FreshBooks. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/11/202032 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep. 56 - A Huawei Executive Defends Their Record

What are Huawei's plans in Canada? How can we be sure our data is safe with them? And did they pay for the protesters outside the Meng Wangzhou hearing? We’re joined by Alykhan Velshi, Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Huawei Canada, to talk all things Huawei. Get in touch at [email protected] or on Twitter @OPPOcast. This episode of OPPO is brought to you by FreshBooks, Audible, and HelloFresh. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/28/202039 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep. 55 - Canada Gets Kicked In The Teeth

Jen Gerson and Sandy Garossino break down where exactly Canada fits amid the ongoing hostilities between Iran and the U.S., and then discuss the prospect of a royal relocation. Get in touch at [email protected] or on Twitter @OPPOcast. This episode of OPPO is brought to you by WealthBar and FreshBooks. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.  Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/16/202038 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ep. 54 - The Biggest Resignation Of The Year

Andrew “Everybody’s Second Choice” Scheer is no longer the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. OPPO unpacks the latest in Western Alienation and takes a deep dive into the most significant political resignation of the year. Get in touch at [email protected] or on Twitter @OPPOcast. This episode of OPPO is brought to you by FreshBooks, Wealthbar, and Audible. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. Additional music: Hooky with Sloane by Bird Creek Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/... Music provided by FreeMusic109 https://youtube.com/FreeMusic109 ᐧSupport the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/17/201936 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep. 53 - OPPO Goes Nuclear

By popular demand, we take a look at nuclear energy in Canada. Plus a check-in with the bubbling oil sands of resentment that is Western Alienation Corner, and OPPO’s newest segment: Andrew Scheer Leadership Deathwatch. Get in touch at [email protected] or on Twitter @OPPOcast. This episode of OPPO is brought to you by FreshBooks and Audible. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/10/201940 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep. 52 - The Guy Behind Ontario Proud

A very special interview with the person behind your least favourite meme pages, Ontario Proud and Canada Proud. Plus, an update on Canada-China relations by way of an interview with two Hong Kong pro-democracy figures.   Get in touch at [email protected] or on Twitter @OPPOcast. This episode of OPPO is brought to you by FreshBooks and Audible. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. ᐧSupport the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/3/201948 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ep. 51 - Ministry Of Pandering

We take a look at the Liberal government’s cabinet appointments, check in on the scandals and simmering resentment in Canada's "West," and read some highlights from the listener mailbag.   This episode of OPPO is brought to you by FreshBooks and WealthBar. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.   Get in touch at [email protected] or on Twitter @OPPOcast. Additional music: Hooky with Sloane by Bird CreekCreative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0https://creativecommons.org/licenses/…Music provided by FreeMusic109 https://youtube.com/FreeMusic109Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/26/201935 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. 50 - 50 Things We Want From The 43rd Parliament

For our 50th episode, we have 50 demands for the government. What's on your wish list? Email [email protected] or tweet @OPPOcast.    Support Canadaland Media at patreon.com/canadaland   This episode is sponsored by FreshBooks (freshbooks.com) and WealthBar (wealthbar.com/canadaland).   Additional music: Hooky with Sloane by Bird Creek Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/... Music provided by FreeMusic109 https://youtube.com/FreeMusic109Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/19/201945 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. 49 - Lisa Raitt’s Conservative Party Autopsy

The former deputy leader of the Conservative Party just lost her seat. She opens up about what went wrong in the election. Support Canadaland Media at patreon.com/canadaland. This episode was sponsored by Freshbooks (freshbooks.com/oppo) and Audible (audible.ca/canada). Get in touch at [email protected] or on Twitter @OPPOcast.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/12/201949 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep. 48 - Useful Losers

A look at the smaller parties' fates, a farewell to Elizabeth May, and the cabinet prediction that's giving Justin nightmares.   Get in touch at [email protected] or on Twitter/Facebook @OPPOcast. See OPPO live at the Hot Docs Podcast Festival on November 7. Buy tickets here.   Support Canadaland Media at patreon.com/canadaland.   This episode was sponsored by Freshbooks (freshbooks.com/oppo) and WealthBar (wealthbar.com/canadaland).Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/5/201942 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep. 47 - Is Scheer Done?

Jen's back! And she's kept a list of the worst election moments. Plus, will the Conservatives kick out Andrew Scheer? And what the rest of Canada needs to know about #Wexit. Get in touch at [email protected] or on Twitter and Facebook @OPPOcast. Support Canadaland Media at patreon.com/canadaland.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/29/201942 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep. 46 - About Last Night

OPPO breaks down the election results from the midst of the Liberal victory (sort of) party. Get in touch at [email protected] or on Twitter and Facebook @OPPOcast. The episode was sponsored by the new book, Highway of Tears. CORRECTION: An earlier version of this episode said that the Liberals picked up a seat in Northern Saskatchewan. That seat ended up going to the Conservatives. That detail has been removed from the show.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/22/201917 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep. 45 - We Haven't Gotten To Truth Yet

It's a special pre-election bonus OPPO! We talk about the party platforms and issues that actually matter to Indigenous peoples this election.   Guests: Ryan McMahon, comedian and host of the Thunder Bay podcast. @RMComedy   Karyn Pugliese, Nieman Journalism Fellow, former executive producer at APTN, and future journalism professor at Ryerson University. @karyn_pugliese   From the show: Read Kenneth Jackson's APTN investigation into deaths in the child welfare system here.   This episode is sponsored by Freshbooks: https://www.freshbooks.com/Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/18/201942 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep. 44 - OPPO's Big Queer Foreign Policy Extravaganza!

What do the federal parties say about LGBTQ issues? (No we're not talking about gay marriage). And uh...why is no one talking about foreign policy?   Guests: Erica Lenti, senior editor at Xtra, and National Post columnist Colby Cosh. Follow Erica at @ericalenti and find Colby @colbycosh.    Read Xtra's story on their LGBTQ2 candidate survey here. Read Canadaland's reporting on the unfounded Trudeau story rumours here.   Tell us what you think of the show! Email [email protected] or tweet @OPPOcast.   This episode was sponsored by: Audible: https://www.audible.ca/canada Freshbooks: https://www.freshbooks.com/ Highway of Tears by Jessica McDiarmid: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/548115/highway-of-tears-by-jessica-mcdiarmid/9780385687577Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/15/201946 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep. 43 - The First Official Leaders' Debate

We survived debate night! Mostly. Plus, we break down the parties' environmental platforms with energy and environmental economist Andrew Leach. Get in touch at [email protected] or on Twitter and Facebook @OPPOcast.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/8/201946 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep. 42 - Coasts With The Mosts

Why does Trudeau want an underwater tunnel to Newfoundland? Who has the biggest battle in British Columbia? OPPO goes east and west for an election view from Canada's edges.  Guests: Drew Brown, editor of The Independent, and Melanie Green, reporter for the Vancouver Star. Contact OPPO at [email protected] and on Twitter and Facebook @OPPOCast.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/1/201939 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep. 41 - Let's Talk Tech! ... And Blackface

Could all those images of Trudeau in blackface open the door for a more meaningful campaign? And we talk Canada's growing tech scene. What's it done with federal money—and what are the parties talking about now?  Murad Hemmadi, policy and tech reporter for The Logic, co-hosts.  Read his piece on the parties' election promises around innovation here.   Get in touch at [email protected] or find us on Twitter and Facebook @OPPOcast.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/24/201944 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep. 40 - A Modest Plan To Eat The Rich

The campaign is on! Finally! Who won the first Trudeau-less debate? And why the other parties should actually listen to the NDP's wealth tax plan. National Post columnist Chris Selley co-hosts.  Get in touch at [email protected] or find us on Twitter and Facebook @OPPOcast. Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/17/201942 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep. 39 - Who Has The Whitest Candidates? (It’s Not The PPC!)

How representative are the federal party candidates (so far)? We crunched the numbers. And the meth crisis was a provincial election issue in Manitoba — here's why the rest of Canada should take note.  Fatima Syed, investigate reporter with National Observer, guest hosts.  Get in touch at [email protected] or on Twitter and Facebook @OPPOcast. We relied on Global Winnipeg’s reporting on meth use in Manitoba. Read some of that coverage here: https://globalnews.ca/news/5826445/manitoba-election-meth/Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/10/201933 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep. 38 - Our House In The Middle Of An Election

Here's everything you missed in Canadian politics this summer. Plus, we talk housing with Employment Minister Patty Hajdu. And ... what's happening with the NDP?   Note: The NDP did not respond to a request for comment regarding Sid Ryan's bid for candidacy. This episode was recorded on August 29, 2019.    Get in touch at [email protected] or find us on Twitter and Facebook @OPPOcast.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/3/201932 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep. 37 - Is Jason Kenney Stoking Aberta Separatism?

Alberta's premier wants a referendum on ... what exactly? And Justin Ling wants you to calm down about climate change "muzzling." Plus, meet some intriguing candidates to keep an eye on.   P.S. OPPO has news!   Get in touch at [email protected] or find OPPO on Twitter and Facebook @OPPOcast.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/27/201938 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ep.36 - Fake News Election Panic

After the Mounties' massive manhunt for two murder suspects, Justin questions whether the RCMP's mandate is overstretched — and makes the case that their role in local policing should be an election issue.   And with an election looming, there's a frenzy over fake news. But is it even a problem? And who's being served by this idea? From the show:  The RCMP's thin red line: Is contract policing unsustainable? (Globe and Mail) Inside the impossible work of Canada’s biggest Indigenous police force (Maclean's) Twitter trolls stoked debates about immigrants and pipelines in Canada, data show (CBC News) Twitter bots boosted the trending #TrudeauMustGo hashtag (National Observer)   Support Canadaland media at patreon.com/canadalandSupport the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/13/201935 minutes, 34 seconds
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EP. 35 - How Alberta Got Weed Right

While some provinces are still trying to figure out booze, others have already gotten a good start on weed. Who’s doing sin best? Why do we keep hearing about the same four political operatives in Canada when none of them are good at winning? And unsolicited advice for who to blame next time you're woken up by a shrieking Amber Alert. This episode is brought to you by FreshBooks and The Big Story podcast. CORRECTION: We stated that cannabis is only available online in Manitoba. It is in fact available in retail stores.  Support CANADALAND at Patreon.com/canadalandSupport the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/30/201934 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep.34 - Does Québec Get A Pass On Racism?

Québec’s secularism bill is a godawful tragedy, the NDP’s platform leaves a lot to be desired, and Andrew Scheer is feeling cramped in Doug Ford’s clown car. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/16/201928 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep.33 - Don't Worry Britain, Stephen Harper Will Fix Brexit

Who should be allowed to pay for political advertising in Canada? Conservative MP and Foreign Affairs Critic Erin O’Toole explains what’s wrong with the current set of rules. And things have gotten so bad in the United Kingdom that they’ve brought in noted public relations authority Stephen Harper to help broker Brexit. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/2/201933 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep.32 - You Have No Constitutional Right To An Abortion

Who better than a pregnant woman and a gay man to walk you through access to abortion in Canada? Then, Courtney Skye, research fellow at Yellowhead Institute, explains what most people missed in the recent MMIWG report. Finally, Justin yells at Trudeau for failing the queer community. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. “Black Samba” by Juanitos is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0).Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/18/201937 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep.31 - Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott

The two most “difficult” women in Ottawa join us for an in-depth talk about policy, politics, the "most dysfunctional place" to work in the country, and that whole SNC-Lavalin thing. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/4/201950 minutes, 1 second
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Ep.30 - The Best And Worst Election Ads So Far

Grab a bowl of all-dressed Ruffles and settle in for this review of the first run of federal election ads. Then, a look at what the Green Wave means for Canada. Finally, a recap of the election in Jesse Brown's favourite province: Newfoundland and Labrador.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/21/201936 minutes, 1 second
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Ep.29 - The Case For Guns In Canada

Is the government coming to take your guns? Was scrapping the long-gun registry a mistake? Do we need stricter gun laws? Does the Liberal plan to ban handguns actually make sense? We scope out the current stock of firearm laws in Canada and take a look at what's coming down the barrel.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/7/201934 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep.28 - Provinces At War

With the election of Jason Kenney's United Conservative Party in Alberta, the national alliance of conservative premiers has gained a key member in its battle against the federal Liberals. In this episode, we take look at what's going on in Canada from coast to coast to coast.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/23/201933 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep.27 - Bozo Volcano

The Alberta election was Jason Kenney's to lose, and with bozos raining down like a nauseating Vesuvius, it looks like he just might. And in the wake of the SNC-Lavalin scandal, there are now 21 MPs who aren't members of the three major parties. How did it get this way, and what kind of influence can they wield?Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/9/201932 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep.26 - Jason Kenney's $60,000 Problem

The Alberta election is around the corner and, in characteristic fashion, it is looking bananas. And we read the federal budget so you don't have to. Plus, an update on the scandal that keeps giving. Finally, some serious news from the OPPO team.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/26/201947 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep.25 - Trudeau's OTHER Festering Scandal

What's going to be the downfall of the Trudeau administration? It might not be the scandal you're thinking of.  Then again, it might be that scandal.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/12/201931 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep.24 - Everybody Loves Raybould

Justin Ling was wrong. Listen to Jen Gerson deservedly drag him over the coals as they unpack the latest in the SNC-Lavalin scandal in this bonus episode.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/5/201927 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep.23 - This Scandal Will Live And Die In February

Was the whole SNC-Lavalin affair a big nothingburger or does it still have the potential to completely rock the Liberal government? And with dozens of trucks rolling into Ottawa, a look at all things oil in Canada.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/26/201945 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep.22 - The Political Parties' Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

It was not a good week for the main political parties in Canada. From the SNC-Lavalin affair, to the Conservative Google Ad, to the NDP's confused position on Venezuela, here's a dive into the morass.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/12/201937 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep.21 - Sino The Times

This is the most strained Canadian-Chinese relations have been in years. How did we get here? David Mulroney, former ambassador to China, and James Moore, former Minister of Industry, join OPPO to shed some light on what's going on.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/29/201933 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ep.20 - Where's Jagmeet Singh? He's On OPPO!

Where are the NDP? On OPPO, of course. Jagmeet Singh gives us the rundown on party policy, his plans to not lose a by-election and the federal one, and how he'd get along with Trump.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/15/201929 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep.19 - All I Want For Christmas Is A New Justice Minister

How could Canadian politics be better in 2019? OPPO presents our top 10 wishes for the new year.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/18/201835 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep.18 - OPPO Flop House

Zdravstvuj! OPPO turns its piercing focus on to the spectre haunting Canada in this look at the state of the left across the country.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/4/201838 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep.17 - The Fascists Are Calling From Inside The House

What is going on with conservatives across the country? And what the hell is Stephen Harper doing on the Ben Shapiro show?Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/20/201829 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep.16 - The Canadian Military's Radicalism Problem

We talk with Mack Lamoureux about the ongoing problem of the far-right in the Canadian Armed Forces and what the military is doing about it. And should David Frum have debated Steve Bannon at the Munk Debates?Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/6/201841 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep. 15 - Sure Climate Change Is Bad, But Do We Need Florida?

Well if nobody else is going to talk about the IPCC report on our impending doom, we guess we will. Justin sits down with MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, the most outspoken member of the Liberal caucus. And is Andrew Scheer really going to make us keep talking about pot?Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/23/201840 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep.14 - The Liberals Are Doing An Awful Job On Justice

A look at the state of justice in Canada, as explained by the fervour over a convicted killer's move to a healing lodge and the utter failure of the Liberals to enact judicial reform.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/9/201839 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep. 13 - CAQ-Blocked

This fall's Québec election might be a vital indicator of what's to come in federal politics. We take a deep plonge into the issues at hand, and then discuss the Governor General's scandale d'estime. Oh, and Doug Ford posed for a picture with a white supremacist.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/25/201832 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ep.12 - Weekend At Bernier's

They're baaaaack! Jen and Justin catch you up on what's been happening with NAFTA, Maxime Bernier, pipelines, and more. Also, we reveal the real author of the NY Times op-ed.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/11/201831 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep.11 - This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things: The Year In Review

The honeymoon for Trudeau's honeymoon is over. We take a look at the batshit year that was, and leave things in a light and summery mood by discussing child detention.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/26/201841 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep.10 - Why'd You NAFTA Go And Make Things So Complicated?

Who invited Donald Trump to Justin Trudeau's nice party? He arrived late and hung over, skipped meetings, vomited in the plants, hid a fish in the air ducts, left early, and then complained about it. How in all of God's green pastures could he be right about any of his trade policy? Come along with us on a journey deep into the exotic and decidedly erotic nuances of supply management. You won't regret it.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/12/201844 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep.9 - Ontario Election Spectacular!

Ford scandals! Wynne gaffes! Horwath ... is doing pretty well. We cover it all in our all-out, deep, deep, immersive, up-close, engaging, incisive, and penetrating look at how Ontario has been chewing its foot off to escape the snare of the provincial election. And since he was excluded from the formal debates, we welcome the leader of the Green Party of Ontario, Mike Schreiner, in an EXCLUSIVE* interview.   *Interview may not, in actuality, be exclusive.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/29/201845 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep.8 - Quebec Explained and Antagonizing David Frum

Everything you've ever wanted to know about Quebec. Everything. And we attempt to answer the question: what the hell is David Frum doing on OPPO?Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/15/201840 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ep.7 - Convicted Criminal, Fraudster, Financial Bandit

We tear into the Liberals' "convention," call the chaplain for NAFTA, finally solve Alberta's David Suzuki problem, and sit down with Bill Browder, the man behind the Magnitsky Act.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/1/201853 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep.6 - Decentralized Hot Mess

You've got a better shot getting a drink than information from the government's open data infrastructure, Jason Kenney goes full (okay, not full) Mel Gibson, and an interview with Jocelyn Coulon, whose new book explains what's wrong with Trudeau's foreign policy.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/17/201851 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep.5 - Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sussex Street?

Guns! Abortion! Now more OPPO than ever! Jen and Justin take on firearm legislation and the summer jobs funding attestation before asking Ontario NDP candidate Marit Stiles how her party plans on not losing in this election.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/3/201848 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep.4 - Counter-PsyOps is a Good Place to Start

Could the NDP actually win in Ontario? Will we ever reach a consensus on carbon tax vs. cap and trade? And what role will Canada play in the New Cold War?Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/19/201837 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep.3 - Oh Great, A Trade War

Trump might lead us into a trade war, Big Tobacco wants your sympathy, the federal budget misses the mark on gender equality and we get some much-needed facts on Sikh politics   Featuring Xtra reporter Arshy Mann.Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/6/201837 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep.2 - Patrick Brown Goes Full Sh**storm

Patrick Brown's apeshit strategy, Justin Trudeau promises Indigenous people a New Deal, and could Trump happen here?Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/20/201830 minutes, 33 seconds
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So about those Justin Trudeau rumours...

Jen Gerson vs. Justin Ling on the dubious Trudeau scandal buzz, the revenge of Jenni Byrne, the nation's obsession with pipelines, and the Iran protests that everyone forgot about. Support the show: https://backbench.supercast.tech/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/6/201837 minutes, 27 seconds