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The Big Story

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An in-depth look at the issues, culture and personalities shaping Canada today.
Inside the secret finances behind the housing crisis

25:41 | May 3rd

It's not just the market in your city. Or your neighbourhood. Or your budget or financial situation. There's a shadowy global financial practice at work that is fuelling the housing crisis in cities around the world. And nobody knows how to stop it. ...Show More
How Facebook is Eating Our Seniors Alive

19:26 | Apr 9th

Maybe share this episode with your uncle, who posted some weird stuff last week. Or your grandma. Or your dad. Our older relatives are being fed a diet of digital lies, and it's our fault, collectively. In the middle of a big push for digital literac...Show More
Canada has a data problem

21:23 | Feb 13th

Things you might think a sophisticated first-world country would know about its citizens...we simply don't. Numbers and information that might help researchers and planners find answers and direct their efforts aren't available. Some data just isn't ...Show More
Inside the terrifying world of faulty medical implants

20:07 | Nov 30th, 2018

There are broken devices doing important jobs in the bodies of Canadians right now. We don’t know how many. We don’t know how dangerous they are. But we do know that similarly broken medical implants may have played a role in at least 1,400 deaths an...Show More
Manitoba is voting in an election. And then in another one.

0:00 | Aug 19th

On the second-to-last day possible, Manitoba's government called an election one year early. So in September, the provincial Progressive Conservatives will try to secure another mandate—and then six weeks later their federal counterparts will try to ...Show More
Microplastics are everywhere. Even in the air you breathe.

19:23 | Aug 16th

You know all those cool tiny parts that make up the universe? The invisible particles and micro-organisms and molecules that we can’t see, but play that their own crucial parts in keeping the world in harmony? Well, microplastics are just like them. ...Show More
After a month of bullets, the Prime Minister came to town…

20:00 | Aug 15th

Stop us if you've heard this one before: The gun violence epidemic in Toronto is out of control. Yes, it seems like we do this every year, and perhaps that's because the underlying issues are never given the deep attention and support from government...Show More
What’s it like to grow up in a town with only seven kids?

21:02 | Aug 14th

This is a story about the students who attend Basque Memorial, a kindergarten to grade 12 school in a tiny little place called Red Bay, Labrador. All seven of them.  They are the only kids in town. There's not enough of them to field a baseball te...Show More
What do you do when you see a murder on the internet?

18:55 | Aug 13th

Two weeks ago, four people were dead in a Markham, Ontario home. Before the police had seen the bodies, another group of people had. The alleged killer shared a potential confession as well as graphic evidence of the crimes with some acquaintances he...Show More
Should orcas have the same rights as people?

20:48 | Aug 12th

There are now 73 southern native killer whales left in the world. Three more died last week. There are now so few of them, we know them by family, and by name. When a mother carried her dead calf with her as she swam for 17 days last year, the world ...Show More
End of a manhunt: What we know. And what we might never know.

0:00 | Aug 9th

This story spanned nearly a month and crossed thousands of kilometres of Canada's wildest North. It began as a search for two missing young men. It ended with the discovery of the bodies of those same men, who were now wanted for murder. Some fact...Show More
Canada’s Best Community is…

20:10 | Aug 8th

We'll reveal what the raw numbers say in this episode. But here's the important thing: If you crunch all the stats—like, ALL the stats—you end up with an interesting place from which to start a discussion about what we value about where we live. I...Show More
You’ve been hacked. Yes, you. So what now?

22:30 | Aug 7th

If you spend basically any time online, someone's stolen your data at some point. Probably many times over. So rather than react with fear to blazing headlines on how many millions of accounts were compromised, how can we better understand and preven...Show More
The Little Canadian Town That Could (Go Carbon Neutral)

21:38 | Aug 6th

Sometime very soon, Eden Mills, Ontario, will become Canada's first carbon-neutral community. How did it happen? You might be surprised. It wasn't with millions in carbon taxes. Or through government intervention. It didn't come from a billionaire's ...Show More
Who is cottage country really for?

17:40 | Aug 2nd

It’s considered a quintessentially Canadian tradition: Pack up the car with too much food, load up on bug spray, throw a canoe on the roof rack and sit in bumper to bumper traffic until…sigh, you can finally exhale on the dock at the cottage. But loo...Show More
How a Toronto ob-gyn gamed the system and put his patients’ lives at risk

23:26 | Aug 1st

For years, Dr. Paul Shuen was a highly-respected obstetrician and gynaecological oncologist at Toronto’s North York General Hospital. He delivered more babies than a lot of his peers and enjoyed accolades from others in the cushy world of Toronto med...Show More
What does “middle class” really mean, anyway?

23:22 | Jul 31st

Are you a part of the Canadian middle class? At times, that term can feel like it’s just part of a politician’s flashy sloganeering, designed to get more votes. But the fact is, we aren’t super great at talking about class in Canada, so it isn’t any ...Show More
Will any of the federal party leaders give us something to believe in?

23:58 | Jul 30th

You know how important it is to exercise your right to vote. You want to get out there on election day and pick a leader that will make a real difference. But what if none of the candidates really speak to the issues that matter to you? What if all o...Show More
Country music has a woman problem

0:00 | Jul 29th

When you think of the great women of country music, names like Shania, Loretta, and Dolly probably come to mind. But turn on any country music radio station today, and you'll no doubt notice men getting way more airtime than women. A new report by Dr...Show More
Mosquitoes will kill us all one day. Probably.

25:35 | Jul 26th

Does it feel like the mosquitoes are worse this year? Do they bite more frequently? Are they lingering much longer than usual? None of that is good. But it's not the worse-case scenario. In Canada, at least for now, mosquitoes are a bloody nuisanc...Show More
If we can’t take the heat, how can we adapt to the kitchen?

24:10 | Jul 25th

This isn't an episode about fixing climate change. It's a story about how to live with what's happening. It doesn't matter if you disagree over why we're seeing more heat waves, higher average temperatures, and melting permafrost—it matters what we'r...Show More
We’ve been to the moon. It was great. What’s next?

24:10 | Jul 24th

The 50th anniversary of the moon landing has rekindled some of our collective wonder at putting actual human bodies on solid footing in space—but will that translate into action once the nostalgia fades? And if it does, what should our goal be? The m...Show More
Inside CAFE: The illegal pot dispensary police can’t shut down

22:10 | Jul 23rd

To be fair, they do force it closed. But then it reopens. Sometimes the very same day. So why, nine months after legalization, can police and the City of Toronto not manage to keep CAFE's dispensary doors shut? And why is it worth the monumental hass...Show More
Would you live in the City of the Future?

23:50 | Jul 22nd

How much of your privacy are you prepared to trade for ease and convenience? And before you answer this, take a look at the fine print of all the apps you've downloaded recently. But what about in the real world? In your physical space? This is th...Show More
Why impaired boating includes basically everything now

22:09 | Jul 19th

Ever enjoyed a beer while lounging on a inflatable mattress in a lake? What about while fishing in a rowboat? Chilling on a paddle board? Count yourself lucky you didn't run across a police officer in a bad mood. You could have lost your driver's lic...Show More
Why nobody wants to call it ‘stalking’…

24:19 | Jul 18th

A young woman was murdered this week, in gruesome fashion, by a man she met online. A police spokesperson said that the label of "stalking" didn't apply because "She met with him willingly." Meanwhile, thousands of women online were sharing the stori...Show More
How modern parenting became an insane competition. And how we can stop it.

22:11 | Jul 17th

Even if you don't have kids, you've seen competitive parenting. It's on your Instagram or Facebook account every single day. My kid can sit up! Mine uses a spoon! Mine can do a perfect backstroke! It's exhausting, but this is what parenting in the...Show More
Election 2019: 100 days out, what do we know?

23:27 | Jul 16th

Elections take forever, and then they sneak up on you. There are fewer than 100 days until Canada votes on Oct. 21, and the polls show a near tie between the Liberals and Conservatives. Those same polls predicted a firm Liberal second term in 2018, a...Show More
How the rise of Beyond Meat could revitalize the prairies

19:14 | Jul 15th

It's become the brand synonymous with imitation meat. It seems to arrive in a new chain every day. And the process by which it is made offers Canada a huge opportunity. Why has Beyond Meat stomped on the competition? What makes it different from o...Show More
How everyone got played by an anti-abortion movie

19:33 | Jul 12th

Unplanned opens in Canada this weekend. It's a movie that's not worth talking about...yet everyone is anyway. Why? Using controversy and the spectre of censorship to sell a piece of media goes back decades. But in recent years, it's a strategy tha...Show More
What does the world look like after we solve climate change?

22:29 | Jul 11th

It's dramatically different, but not in the ways you've likely been told. And that's the real problem. The technologies that can help us reach a zero-carbon world exist, and they're getting cheaper every day. Fossil fuel dependence is vanishing qu...Show More
A Canadian lobbying firm is meddling in Sudan’s revolution

21:48 | Jul 10th

It's will of the people against a military regime. A military regime that is, apparently, getting six million dollars worth of help from a Canadian lobbying firm. Canadians have watched for months the scenes from pro-democracy protests across th...Show More
How Roxodus nearly became Canada’s own Fyre Festival

22:35 | Jul 9th

It was going to be the biggest classic rock festival this country had ever seen. It was supposed to happen this weekend. And it died just 10 days before opening night. Now the OPP is involved and fans and vendors alike are left in the dark. This is t...Show More
It’s A Teenage Vape Land

22:20 | Jul 8th

The numbers are shocking. Among teens, the use of vape products has nearly doubled in the year since the products became legal. We don't officially know why...but you might find some clues in big, flashy, poster-sized pictures in the window of your f...Show More
How a Canadian Trump cartoon shook the continent

0:00 | Jul 5th

You've seen Michael de Adder's viral cartoon by now. It features Donald Trump callously playing golf past the bodies of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his daughter Valeria—the migrant and his daughter who drowned trying to reach America. The draw...Show More
“Playing footsies with white supremacists”: The story of a councillor’s Facebook post

0:00 | Jul 4th

When a Barrie, Ontario city councillor wrote a long post criticizing two local MPs for "playing footsies with white supremacists" he might have been expecting some pushback. But nobody thought it would end in two defamation suits, an official reprima...Show More
When the Queen dies, what happens next?

0:00 | Jul 3rd

One day,  sometime soon, the world will stop. The bells will ring and Buckingham Palace will make an announcement that hasn't been made in almost 70 years: The Queen is Dead. And what happens then? There is already a strict protocol, rehearsed in ...Show More
Feral Pigs are taking over the prairies

15:56 | Jul 2nd

It started with a few escaped imported pigs, decades ago. Now the animals are considered an invasive species, with no natural predators and they're reproducing at an alarming rate. Alberta got a handle on its rat problem by acting quickly and deci...Show More
Selfie culture is harming Canada’s parks

15:40 | Jun 28th

When you get back to nature this weekend, and stop for a pic for Instagram, take note of how many people around you are doing the same thing. Workers at Canada's parks have definitely noticed. It's not the pictures that are the problem. It's the l...Show More
Could Toronto’s fight against Ontario lead to independence?

20:58 | Jun 27th

Becoming a Charter City is not the same thing as seceding from Ontario. But it's close: A legislative move that would give the city far more control of its own governance and finances. A community meeting about the possibility last week packed a larg...Show More
Why kindness is our best hope to save the world

0:00 | Jun 26th

If you watch, or read, or listen to the news...you’re probably afraid at least some of the time. And angry the rest of it. So how do we react to that? A lot of us shut down. But that won’t fix anything.  What might fix things though, is all of us ...Show More
The Big Story Uncut: One Year of This Already?

25:19 | Jun 25th

When we launched this podcast, we didn't know if we'd last a month. Now it's been a year of big stories and we're still here. So what were the best stories of our first year? The ones you listened to the most? The topics we covered most frequently? O...Show More
It took a while, but the Conservatives have a climate plan

22:11 | Jun 24th

But...is it any good? We at the Big Story podcast are not equipped to assess a document dense with scientific jargon, but we know a noted Canadian climate scientist who absolutely is. So how does the Conservative plan stack up with the approach an...Show More
Pride is corporate now. Is it too corporate?

22:29 | Jun 21st

It began as a fight—for space, for rights, for life. Now it's a party. A really great, life-affirming party. With lots of sponsors. But has Pride in major cities like Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver become too divorced from its roots? It's a loaded ...Show More
Sharks with very sharp tweets

18:07 | Jun 20th

They crack jokes, they check one another out, they challenge stereotypes and they offer their followers a glimpse inside their everyday lives. At least as far inside as the data gleaned from their tags and published on social media can take us. The h...Show More
Pharmacare is on the table. Will anyone make it happen?

23:58 | Jun 19th

It's the missing piece of Canada's health-care puzzle. Most actual "care" in this country is covered and never refused, but millions of people still struggle to afford the medicines they're prescribed. A long-awaited set of recommendations suggests C...Show More
Stalkerware: When a phone becomes a tool of abuse

23:23 | Jun 18th

As partner abuse goes digital, a watchdog group is warning Canadians how easy it can be for an abusive spouse to install Stalkerware on a victim's phone. Much of it is specifically marketed and sold to help people surveil their partner's without cons...Show More
On Vancouver Island, trees are vanishing…

19:14 | Jun 17th

Timber Poaching is exactly what it sounds like: People entering public forests, chopping down trees and carting them off. It's not an easy way to make a buck, and it's not legal either, but some people are desperate. What's driving the spike in po...Show More
How it Began: The Kawhi Leonard Trade Revisited

18:08 | Jun 14th

The Raptors are champions! And it began last July 18, when General Manager Masai Ujiri traded his team's most beloved player. Some fans were angry. Some Raptors were angry. But Ujiri was unrepentant. The day the trade became official, we talked to Mi...Show More
Rats are taking over Toronto. The city is…studying it.

24:33 | Jun 14th

They swarm in alleys, crawl up toilets and dig through foundations. By every measure, rats are on the rise in Toronto—and in large cities around the world. The difference between Toronto and so many of those cities? Other cities take action when home...Show More
Does a single-use plastics ban make sense? Would it work?

22:09 | Jun 13th

The oceans are clogged with plastics. Our recycling system is broken. Is it time to ban them wherever we can? The Liberal government's new proposal to ban single-use plastics "as soon as 2021" could make that happen—but there's an election in the way...Show More
Doug Ford’s government has bet on booze. Is it paying off?

16:14 | Jun 12th

Ontario's laws governing the sale of alcohol are some of Canada's strictest, and Doug Ford's campaign was filled with promises to loosen them. Some of them have been delivered. Others have not. And one that's just a final proclamation from becoming l...Show More
Edmonton doesn’t want to be Oil Town anymore

20:12 | Jun 11th

Can a city change its fortunes by changing the industry its known for? Edmonton, Alberta is trying. Over the past two years, the city has launched a comprehensive strategy to attract medical research talent from around the world, by offering research...Show More
Christine Sinclair (probably) won’t play forever. So appreciate her now.

20:18 | Jun 10th

Canada's opening match at the Women's World Cup is today. And, as usual, the best player on the pitch will be Christine Sinclair. At age 36, she's still the undisputed leader of her team, one of the very best women in the world at what she does and, ...Show More
iTunes is dead, and so is an era of music history

21:31 | Jun 7th

Rip. Mix. Burn. That's how Apple sold iTunes when it debuted. They didn't intend the slogan to sound like a tacit endorsement of music piracy...but to a generation of music fans, that's what it became. Apple killed the nearly 20-year-old piece of sof...Show More
How did Canada and China end up here? How does it end?

0:00 | Jun 6th

The past six months have seen a brutal deterioration the Canada-China relationship. It all began because we did a favour for that other Superpower—the one to the south of us. Now China is using all of its levers—from detention of Canadians to trade a...Show More
Burnout syndrome is real, and getting worse

20:36 | Jun 5th

More of us than ever before are burning out at work. The rise in this kind of stress, in fact, is pronounced enough that last week the World Health Organization categorized "burnout" as an official occupational syndrome. That means no, you might not ...Show More
Dementia and assisted death in Canada

23:30 | Jun 4th

When the government passed bill C-14, allowing chronically ill patients to access assisted death, some end-of-life conversations became easier. But not all of them.  The current law in Canada does not allow patients who have been diagnosed with de...Show More
What happens when a fatal grizzly attack goes viral?

18:10 | Jun 3rd

It was a tragedy of the sort that sometimes happen in Canada's North, where communities rub up against the wild. Two people, including an infant, were dead. So was a bear. A husband who lost his family in the attack was traumatized. And then the s...Show More
The Memeing of Life

25:03 | May 31st

A famous cat died, and then we got an email. Today's episode is what happens when you follow a viral story to its logical conclusion. You'll learn where memes come from, how long they've been around, what they signify to us and how communication is c...Show More
No one died in Toronto’s last flood. That was luck.

22:07 | May 30th

The city is vulnerable to massive rainstorms. They're happening more frequently. So what's the plan? When Toronto flooded during a massive 'Ninja Storm' last August that dumped a still-unknown amount of water, it could have been much worse. And while...Show More
Superfan Nav Bhatia: A story of love and Raptors basketball

25:46 | May 29th

You've seen him sitting (OK, standing) courtside if you've ever watched a Toronto Raptors game. If you've followed the team during its historic run to the NBA Finals, you've probably heard pieces of Nav Bhatia's story. He's a Day One fan, a proud Tor...Show More
A sugar tax on drinks in Canada? Would it even work?

15:48 | May 28th

It's supposed to fight obesity, spur healthier choices, and maybe even raise some revenue. But would the tax on sugary drinks currently being floated by Liberal MPs actually accomplish those goals? Would Canadians ever support it? What, exactly, woul...Show More
A brawl for the climate change vote

24:31 | May 27th

The Green party has seen its poll numbers spike as Canadian voters focus on climate change. How will that impact the fall election? The Liberals would now like you to know they care very much about climate change. So would the NDP. If you're wonde...Show More
A baby sleeper was recalled in the U.S. after 32 deaths. Not in Canada.

21:35 | May 24th

In Canada, it's called the Rock 'N Play "Soothing Seat"—not "Sleeper"--because of our strict regulations on sleep products for infants, it's not allowed to be marketed as a "sleeper". Which also means that when the product was recalled in the United ...Show More
Canada’s election guru is a physics teacher in Montreal

21:49 | May 23rd

Philippe J. Fournier teaches physics by day and models our elections by night. Like, all night. As computer modelling of political data gathers steam around the world, Fournier created 338Canada.com to try to crunch all the numbers and predict provin...Show More
How Canada’s Anti-Abortion Movement Recruits Young People

17:02 | May 22nd

While many may think of abortion as a non-issue in Canada, the movement against it still exists… but it looks a lot different than it once did. Young people (Gen Zers to be specific) are increasingly labelling themselves as pro-life, attending anti-a...Show More
Recycling in Canada is broken. Can it be fixed?

21:52 | May 21st

You probably don't know exactly what should and should not end up in your Blue Box. But even if you did, only a staggeringly small fraction of the recyclable waste you put inside it would ever end up as a new product. What's changed in the recycli...Show More
A new look inside the Bruce McArthur investigation

26:52 | May 17th

What did the Toronto Police know? When did they know it? Crime reporter Wendy Gillis accessed court documents, and conducted extensive interviews with detectives to put together the story of an infamous investigation from the perspective of the peopl...Show More
Who is Sam Oosterhoff?

0:00 | May 16th

Meet the youngest MPP in Ontario history. He hates abortion and liberal sex-ed curriculums. He loves Dr. Suess. He parodies the Monster Mash ("We stopped the caaaaarbon tax!") in the legislature. His office calls the cops on seniors holding a "read-i...Show More
A trip inside the work camps that build Canada’s pipelines

22:41 | May 15th

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned the need for gender-based analysis of construction camps that dot remote areas of Canada's west last year, he was met with a hail of criticism for casting all men who work at those camps as potential rapis...Show More
What’s Canada without backyard hockey rinks?

0:00 | May 14th

Of all the ways climate change will impact us, this is one that will kick us right in the national pride. In order to make a good outdoor hockey rink, you need the temperature to get below freezing and stay that way consistently for a while. If you'v...Show More
What does an election look like when local news is dying?

25:45 | May 13th

This will likely be Canada's least-covered federal election in history, at least on a local level. The race to be Prime Minister will receive no shortage of analysis, but in the midst of vanishing local news outlets, what happens to the other 338 oth...Show More
How do you make social media safer?

0:00 | May 10th

Logging into a social network can be qualified as risky behaviour, in the same vein as drinking, gambling or unsafe sex. We know enough about it now to understand that it does things to our brain, and now it seems even the tech giants are acknowledgi...Show More
Food waste in Canada is staggering. But is it our fault?

18:53 | May 9th

We waste enough food every year in Canada to feed a second country. The scope of the problem has finally been measured and it's immense. But food waste is not what you probably think it is. How do we track the quantity of food we waste and, more i...Show More
Women’s hockey is at a tipping point

21:22 | May 8th

More than 200 of the best women's hockey players in the world are prepared to sit out an entire season in their quest for a unified North American league. Their colleagues feel that their absence could damage the sport. The Canadian women's league fo...Show More
How to stop a hate crime before it starts

23:01 | May 7th

Street harassment, confrontations and hate crimes are on the rise. We have the numbers and we see viral videos of these incidents every day. If you walk the streets or ride transit or shop in your city, there's a decent chance that if you're not a vi...Show More
“It was the shoes that made me realize that we were poor.”

21:21 | May 6th

By the end of the month, Payless Shoe Source will have vanished into retail history—taking more than 60 years of business, 18,000 jobs and more than 2500 combined stores in the U.S. and Canada with it into oblivion. Retail chains go out of business a...Show More
Quebec’s hijab ban: “Like a birthday present to the radicals”

18:13 | May 2nd

There’s a fight brewing in Quebec right now that has implications well beyond the provincial border, and could spark outrage around the world. Quebec’s majority provincial government plans to pass Bill 21 before the legislature breaks for holiday in ...Show More
Why you need to talk about money with your doctor

24:52 | May 1st

Does your doctor know how much money you make? Because they probably should. You’ve no doubt heard about studies linking poverty to poor health. And even if you hadn’t, it should make sense to you that the two would be naturally related.  So if th...Show More
Meet Vlad Guerrero Jr. He already owns baseball in Canada.

21:44 | Apr 30th

Sports can be cynical. The hype is almost always greater than the reality. But sometimes a kid comes along with a legendary pedigree, oodles of skill, charisma and a balance of veteran poise, raw talent and....we all forget about the many times we’ve...Show More
Is Doug Ford cutting Ontario to the bone? Or is this what voters signed up for?

20:45 | Apr 29th

There has been news of cuts to various services, ministries and program funding nearly every single day since the Ford's PC government dropped the Ontario budget two weeks ago, and the list is staggering to contemplate.  For some people, this is t...Show More
Superheroes stole Hollywood. Will they ever give it back?

25:46 | Apr 26th

When Avengers: Endgame hits theatres today, it will mark the culmination of Marvel and Disney's 11-year, 22-movie campaign aimed to utterly dominate the blockbuster box office industry. And it has been an incredibly successful campaign. But how did t...Show More
Will Alberta and B.C. go to (trade) war?

17:41 | Apr 25th

It says a lot about relations between the two provinces that even when they were both governed by the NDP, they still didn't really get along. And now, of course, Jason Kenney's United Conservative Party has taken over for Rachel Notley's party in Al...Show More
Canada’s housing market is stable. Sort of. Maybe.

23:41 | Apr 24th

Here's what the quest for home ownership in Canada can feel like: In the country's most desirable cities, it costs more than most people can afford to own a halfway decent home. In communities near those places, families pushed down the highway are d...Show More
Trudeau’s “Welcome To Canada”: Three Years Later

26:02 | Apr 23rd

In 2015, Justin Trudeau’s political brand made a virtue of Canadians welcoming, accepting and supporting refugees from around the world, and particularly from Syria. And for the most part, we have been pretty proud of that identity. We've held to it ...Show More
A polar bear, a gun and a courtroom in Nunavut

23:18 | Apr 22nd

In Canada, the polar bear is loved and feared and is a symbol of many things. They are a wonder of nature. A symbol of a changing climate. an animal to be respected and feared. But they are also, to the Inuit, food and clothing. And a revenue stream....Show More
What’s different about modern conspiracy theories?

19:15 | Apr 18th

Stories of secret meetings, shadow governments and hidden knowledge are as old as we are—but you may have noticed them taking on a more active role in public discourse in the past few years. From Alex Jones to QAnon and Pizzagate to people who insist...Show More
PEI’s election is next week. It could be historic.

21:45 | Apr 17th

How often do you pay attention to Canada's smallest province? To central and western Canada, Prince Edward Island is mostly known for the beautiful vistas the PEI tourism board broadcasts to network programming. But there's an election on the island ...Show More
Stephen Brunt on Tiger Woods: What kind of heroes do we want?

20:44 | Apr 16th

Tiger Woods is one of the world's most recognizable icons, and one of its most inscrutable. We have never known much of him, and the glimpses we saw weren't exactly portraits of a humble, charming man. Yet we've been watching him, transfixed, since h...Show More
Should We Presume Consent on Organ Donation?

18:27 | Apr 15th

Are you an organ donor? Are you sure? Because while the vast majority of Canadian say they support organ donation, when it comes to following through...somehow the paper gets lost, or the call never gets made, or the conversation with loved ones neve...Show More
Why Game of Thrones is the first and last of its kind

22:29 | Apr 12th

There will never be another television show like Game of Thrones. But there will be plenty of stories inspired by the eight-season epic that begins its last installment on Sunday night. How did this sprawling geek cult classic become blockbuster appo...Show More
Why Toronto’s transit problem never, ever gets solved

22:43 | Apr 11th

Failed transit plans are kind of a thing in Canada's largest city. If by 'thing' you mean perverse, long-running joke. Ontario Premier Doug Ford unveiled the latest one on Wednesday, and he promised it would be cheaper and faster and better than the ...Show More
How we can find common ground on climate change

26:06 | Apr 10th

Reports on the impact of a rapidly warming globe make some people depressed. They make some people angry. And they make others deny scientific research altogether. They don't make anybody hopeful...but maybe they should? Today's discussion with cl...Show More
A New Royal Baby Gives Brits A Chance To Talk About Race

22:06 | Apr 8th

Normally the reaction to a new addition to the royal family is quite predictable. When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's child enters the world this month, however, the British tabloids will have to grapple with the first hint of diversity in the roya...Show More
Humboldt: One Year Later

24:49 | Apr 5th

You might think you know the story of how Humboldt, Sask. rebuilt its shattered community after a devastating bus crash claimed 16 lives. You don't, really. There is not one story about this town, there's thousands of them. Aaron Hutchins has cove...Show More
Why are so many Canadians hungry?

20:18 | Apr 4th

Four million Canadians are facing some form of food insecurity. There are degrees, from the cliche of students stockpiling ramen noodles in advance to make sure they have enough to eat at the end of the month, to not being able to eat without relying...Show More
Will gender bias follow us to Mars and beyond?

13:58 | Apr 3rd

It was supposed to be an historic moment—the first all-female spacewalk. And then it was cancelled, for reasons that only reinforced the need for it. But space is unforgiving, and the slightest slip can be fatal, so when a second suit in a woman's si...Show More
True Lies: Canada’s Carbon Tax and You

23:05 | Apr 2nd

Did the federal carbon tax just drive up the price of gas in four provinces? It sure did, and lots of other things, too. But will you get that money back, and maybe more on top of it? Also yes. This is why you're going to hear a lot of technically-no...Show More
Canada’s seniors are becoming the new face of homelessness

19:58 | Apr 1st

They are living in limbo between the shelter system and hospitals all over Canada, especially in British Columbia. And all of them are getting older. Welcome to the corner where the housing crisis meets the opioid crisis meets the mental health crisi...Show More
How the police could be tracking your phone

21:39 | Mar 29th

It's a relatively secretive piece of technology. So secretive that authorities don't even like to admit they use it. But the police are now using it to gather data from cellphones in Canadian cities. What can they do with that data? Depends on who yo...Show More
How the Expos can finally return to Montreal

22:20 | Mar 28th

For a long time, it was a pipe dream. Then it was a faint hope. And now, fifteen years after their final game, the Expos returning to Montreal increasingly feels inevitable. How did this happen? What had to change in the city, the sport and the busin...Show More
Climate policy is about to become a hot topic. (Sorry.)

23:08 | Mar 27th

The warmer it gets this summer—both in terms of the temperature and Canada's upcoming election—the more likely we are to discuss climate change, and policy intended to combat it. In very broad strokes, the campaign angles are these: One side thinks t...Show More
Will Trudeau Liberals finally provide SNC-Lavalin clarity?

24:33 | Mar 26th

Probably not! But it's not totally up to them. Andrew Scheer's Conservatives have asked the ethics committee to open an investigation into the SNC-Lavalin affair—basically the same investigation the Liberal-controlled justice committee ended last wee...Show More
A Russian Chasing The Canadian NHL Dream to Tillsonburg

20:53 | Mar 25th

Ivan Bondarenko came to North America to play hockey six years ago. That's not too special, a bunch of kids do that every year. But Ivan kept chasing his dream through five leagues, well below the big-time, and long after the NHL became an all-but-im...Show More
How Canada flunked its first big Fake News test

23:07 | Mar 22nd

We like to think we're too smart to fall for Fake News. After all, we watched what happened to America in 2016. But we are woefully mistaken. For the past few months, a publication called the Buffalo Chronicle has been posting stories about things in...Show More
Facebook will play by Canada’s election rules. Will it matter?

22:19 | Mar 21st

Elections around the world are won and lost on social media. Ahead of Canada's 2019 federal campaign, the government took measures to introduce transparency to tech platforms hosting paid political ads. Google chose not to take part, and will sit out...Show More
Canada’s Federal Budget and You: What matters, What’s noise

21:25 | Mar 20th

The 2019 federal budget arrives a little more than six months before an election. So of course it comes with lots of shiny promises. But of all the theoretical money the Liberals handed out yesterday, what matters? To Canada? To the upcoming campaign...Show More
What To Say (And Not To Say) In The Wake Of Tragedy

21:24 | Mar 19th

"Thoughts and prayers" is basically a joke by now—especially when accompanied by nothing else. Generic statements are roundly criticized. Specific ones are picked apart. But still, when something devastating happens, politicians of all stripes, from ...Show More
What we get wrong when we talk about Asia

23:40 | Mar 18th

In case you haven't been paying attention, the geopolitical and economic future of the world increasingly belongs to Asia. With America retreating into itself, and Europe becoming more politically fractured than it has been in decades, it's the megac...Show More
Bianca Andreescu is just getting started

0:00 | Mar 15th

Meet Bianca Andreescu. She's an 18-year-old from Mississauga, Ontario. Today, she's playing tennis. For a spot in the tournament finals. That tournament is Indian Wells, one of the biggest events on tour. She just smoked a two-time grand-slam champio...Show More
Alberta’s election looms. Is Rachel Notley’s NDP already beaten?

0:00 | Mar 14th

Her party trails by double digits in the polls. Jason Kenney's UCP is united and ready to pounce. There's still no pipeline and the economy is struggling. With an Alberta election call just days away, it looks like the deck is stacked against Premier...Show More
Donation Bins kill people every year. Can’t we build better ones?

15:06 | Mar 13th

Each winter, someone desperate for warmth in Canada climbs into a clothing donation bin, and dies there. At least eight Canadians have been found dead in the bins since 2015. They're small, often packed with clothing, with little air and once you're ...Show More
How has the SNC-Lavalin scandal changed the 2019 election?

18:55 | Mar 12th

For nearly a month now, headlines have been dominated by stories of scandal and pressure and testimony, and Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government's attempt to change the narrative. Judging by the coverage, that attempt hasn't worked—but how has t...Show More
Fentanyl, heroin and more. Available for home delivery.

0:00 | Mar 11th

Canadian governments are not the only organizations selling narcotics online and delivering them via Canada Post. There are far more potent drugs than legal cannabis for sale on the dark web, and savvy users know how to order fentanyl, heroin, meth a...Show More
Where are the best and worst places to be a woman in Canada?

15:52 | Mar 8th

Every year, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives releases its report on the best and worst places to be a woman in Canada. The report looks at 26 cities and identifies areas of strength and weakness when it comes to things like the wage gap, t...Show More
How do you teach girls it’s OK to kick ass?

22:57 | Mar 7th

The world is constantly telling young girls to stay quiet. Be pretty, but please... don't speak your mind. It's this message that turns girls from confident and unapologetic kids, to timid and self-doubting teenagers. Gemma Sheehan, a former MMA figh...Show More
Mental health at work: The cost of ‘boys being boys’

0:00 | Mar 6th

What constitutes chronic mental stress in the workplace? Anxiety, depression, and PTSD stemming from years of verbal and physical abuse from coworkers? Taking a sick leave and eventually being forced to leave the job you love entirely? These are all ...Show More
Jody Wilson-Raybould: The woman in the eye of the storm

21:24 | Mar 5th

Do you know who Jody Wilson-Raybould is, beyond her starring role in the SNC-Lavalin scandal over the past month? She's one of the smartest, toughest, most accomplished women in the history of Canadian politics—so why did it take her credibility bein...Show More
“You CAN sit with us”: How to empower every woman

24:20 | Mar 4th

(All this week leading up to International Women's Day, The Big Story is featuring guest hosts leading conversations around issues of equality and sexism.) Women's empowerment events are everywhere these days. They're meant as opportunities for wo...Show More
Justin Trudeau’s Mostly Cloudy Ways

19:14 | Mar 1st

Lots of politicians are hypocrites. Some of them might even claim it's in the job description to say one thing and do another. But Justin Trudeau would never say that—not the Justin Trudeau of 2015, at least. But 2019's Justin Trudeau? Well, there's ...Show More
Why every day is a struggle for Canadian comics

22:29 | Feb 28th

"This is the dirty business of Canadian comedy; it's been going on for decades..." (UPDATE: This story has a happy ending. Late Wednesday night, Just For Laughs announced it would respect the demands of Canadian comedians, led by our guest today, ...Show More
How do you turn a profit on the end of the world?

18:35 | Feb 27th

It's not a hypothetical question. A collection of disclosures released by a U.K. nonprofit in January detailed the ways corporations are planning for the impact of climate change. Most companies are bracing for environmental hurdles that will hurt...Show More
Fighting for their lives: The Ontario battle over autism funding

0:00 | Feb 26th

The Ontario government has made dozens of changes to government priorities in the province since it rose to power last June. Many of these changes have been met with protest, and the Tories have mostly held firm through the outrage. This time, though...Show More
“I’m still coming out every day.”: The closet in 2019

21:27 | Feb 25th

You know what 'Coming Out' looks like in pop culture by now: A nervous young person comes to terms with their own sexuality and takes a brave step by announcing to the world that they’re gay—usually beginning with their immediate family. They're met ...Show More
It’s been a tough Black History Month…

0:00 | Feb 22nd

You may have noticed everyone from politicians to celebrities to newspaper editors and fashion brands apologizing for blackface. But both the criticism and the apologies lack context. Blackface is more than an offensive joke or stupid costume—and the...Show More
There are measles outbreaks in Canada. In 2019. So we have to talk.

20:33 | Feb 21st

Vaccine hesitancy is a top-10 global health threat. Kids are getting sick, and some are dying, from an illness that we should have eradicated decades ago. Children who can't be vaccinated for health reasons are at risk through no fault of their own. ...Show More
Who is Gerald Butts? And what happens now?

17:53 | Feb 20th

Canada's Prime Minister has lost his most important adviser. At the same time as he's drowning in scandal. But who is the key adviser walking out the door? Was Gerald Butts the puppet master behind the curtain, driven out by the SNC-Lavalin affair? O...Show More
How your political emotions are monetized

0:00 | Feb 19th

This is the story of one Canadian Facebook group, and the lesson it offers about what we're going to see on our social networks leading up to October's election. Canada's Yellow Vest protests are real. But not everything you see about them online is....Show More
Who feels at home in Canada’s wilderness?

0:00 | Feb 15th

The image of Canada is wrapped together with the wilderness—from lush forests to miles of prairies to Prime Ministers who grew up taking canoe trips. But not everyone grows up feeling close to nature. Sometimes that's due to location, sometimes it's ...Show More
Will this be Jagmeet Singh’s “bye” election?

0:00 | Feb 14th

On Feb. 25, the leader of Canada's New Democratic Party will either finally claim a seat on parliament or, well, bust. The Burnaby South B.C. byelection is a victory that should be fairly easy for Singh, but the past few weeks have featured some memo...Show More
Oh good! A thrilling Canadian political scandal!

23:08 | Feb 12th

It's the SNC-Lavalin Controversy for Dummies. The latest chapter in the saga is a potentially months-long ethics commissioner’s inquiry, which was announced Monday. The Prime Minister promised to cooperate. Are you not entertained?! Hyperbole asid...Show More
Inside an attempt to disrupt the opioid crisis

22:31 | Feb 11th

“If you have to drink water every day and you don’t know whether the glass you’re about to drink is going to kill you or not, you will be pretty aware of the need to test that substance.” Drugs sold on the streets today are often cut with fentanyl...Show More
If the climate can change, so can we

0:00 | Feb 8th

A new approach to the defining story of our time might help us finally develop a framework to make a difference. Now that extreme weather is the new normal, individual efforts to fight climate change can feel pointless. What good is making sure you t...Show More
What we don’t understand about Russia

22:10 | Feb 7th

Think about what you know of Russia. Is it almost exclusively in relation to other countries? Hacking US elections? Polarizing Canadians on Twitter? Working to push the UK towards Brexit? Russia is a spectre, but it's also just a country—with million...Show More
“Every boy was probably going to die”: Inside the Thai cave rescue

13:47 | Feb 6th

Part two of two. After 15 days of searching and praying and planning, a team of rescuers working to save 12 boys and their coach trapped in a flooded cave had nothing left to do but try. And so the rescue began. To the world watching on TV, it was...Show More
“Nobody felt good about option four”: Inside the Thai cave rescue

22:15 | Feb 5th

Part One of Two. The whole world watched it, but few know the intimate details of what actually happened inside Tham Luang cave, and what it was like to attempt something that seems even more insane in retrospect. Shannon Gormley spent months sitting...Show More
But is she likeable? PM Kim Campbell on the biggest catch-22 in politics

0:00 | Feb 4th

Women need to be tough to lead. They also need to be feminine. It's a fine line to walk, and very few people have done it successfully at the highest level. At least three women will seek the Democratic party's nomination for U.S. president in 2020, ...Show More
When Barbie finally comes to life, what kind of woman will she be?

21:28 | Feb 1st

The world's most iconic doll has been many things in her half-century of life. She's certainly been quite a career woman—but she's never really been a feminist icon. Will a long-awaited live-action movie change that? Should it even try to? Why has Ba...Show More
Locked up without charges. Yes, it happens in Canada.

23:11 | Jan 31st

There are people in Canada, right now, in maximum security prisons who have not been convicted of a crime. Many of them have never even been charged with one. They're being "detained" by the Canadian Border Services Agency, and it's the CBSA that dec...Show More
A serial killer pleads guilty, a city exhales

21:33 | Jan 30th

He killed eight men. There's no alleged anymore. The details are horrific. But after Bruce McArthur pleaded guilty to the murders on Tuesday, Toronto will now at least be spared a lurid, months-long trial. A statement of facts will be issued next wee...Show More
Inside the scandal that made the case for the campus press

22:36 | Jan 29th

The invoices were embarrassing: Booze, nightclubs, Airbnb's, shisha lounges and casino dinners, all billed to Ryerson students courtesy of the university's student union over the past eight months. The union says receipts are coming. Right now, there...Show More
How a Quebec program set the world standard for childcare

17:02 | Jan 28th

If you want to make it possible for families to afford downtown city living, or if you want to address the gender imbalance in the workforce, you have to figure out childcare. Most cities, or even countries, have not. But Quebec has. The province's g...Show More
Will ex-NHLers take the league’s money and go away?

0:00 | Jan 25th

The league has offered a settlement to 318 former players who were part of a dismissed class action suit that alleged it failed to disclose the dangers of head injuries. Over the next two weeks, those players have a choice: Take the money, as insuffi...Show More
The Toughest Border Crossing in Canada

21:46 | Jan 24th

Not all Canada-US border checkpoints are created equal. Some are expansive ports of entry, designed to process tens of thousands of crossings each day. Those are located on major autoroutes, often between major cities.  Others are smaller, more out ...Show More
Inside a homeless camp in a deep freeze

18:58 | Jan 23rd

Every Canadian winter is life and death for those without a place to stay. In Toronto, where a housing crisis has all but eliminated affordable apartments, even the shelter system is at the breaking point. Homeless advocates called on the city yester...Show More
Canada vs. China, explained. And what happens next.

0:00 | Jan 22nd

If the diplomatic back and forth between one of the world’s true super powers and, well, us has left you wondering what the hell is happening and where does it go from here, you’re not alone. Since it began in early December, this saga has wound its ...Show More
Behind Closed Doors: Conversion therapy in Canada

0:00 | Jan 21st

There's a spectre of conversion therapy as an aggressive hateful practice that groups and governments are moving to ban in many places across Canada. But this therapy can be more insidious than it appears on the surface, which makes it impossible to ...Show More
What can we learn from the oldest of the old?

20:18 | Jan 18th

More people are living longer than ever before. And with longer lives come more complications—loss, loneliness, illness and other things we associate with our own mortality. But there’s so much more to life than that, and if you live long enough you ...Show More
Canada’s Divide, Part II: What’s wrong with the Right?

19:42 | Jan 17th

Decades from now, historians may recall a time when there was such a thing as a “moderate conservative”. These folks believed in low taxes, and fiscal responsibility. They wanted government out of many places—businesses, regulations and, yes, bedroom...Show More
Canada’s Divide, Part I: What’s wrong with the Left?

20:26 | Jan 16th

What if you’re a Liberal, and Justin Trudeau’s insinuations about construction workers makes you feel ridiculous? What if you’re Conservative but you can’t stand the xenophobic immigration rhetoric that Andrew Scheer and company are peddling? What if...Show More
Twenty years of laughing at Toronto

19:02 | Jan 15th

This week marks the 20th anniversary of an iconic Canadian moment—that time when the mayor of Toronto called on the army to come help dig the city out of a snowstorm. If the laughter hasn’t stopped for two decades, it’s unlikely to ever go away. Toda...Show More
Canada’s reaching for the stars. Literally.

0:00 | Jan 14th

It's called a repeating fast radio burst. And we don't yet know what it means. It could be anything from aliens (really) to a highly magnetized star (more likely) to a phenomenon that gives us a glimpse of how the universe was born. We've only ever d...Show More
We’re changing the way we eat  

19:21 | Jan 11th

You might never go vegan. You might even laugh at the thought. But even if you still savour a rare steak, the numbers show that you’re eating more plants and less meat. Right now, Health Canada is rewriting the Canadian Food Guide, and in early draft...Show More
Can technology predict your break-up?

0:00 | Jan 10th

Yes, probably. But how? And why would tech companies want to do this? Simple. They already have your data, and there’s money to be made selling stuff to newly single people. The more interesting question, of course, is would you want to know the answ...Show More
Our new politics of authenticity

17:39 | Jan 9th

What does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have in common with Donald J. Trump? More than either of them would like to admit. The currency of social media is authenticity, real or even properly feigned, and both the new congresswoman from New York and the le...Show More
How the music industry protected R. Kelly. And what happens now.

17:54 | Jan 8th

The horrific allegations against R. Kelly weren’t somehow revealed when Lifetime aired its six-part documentary on the hitmaker this weekend. They were common knowledge to anyone who’d paid even a cursory amount of attention to the music industry for...Show More
How to read (and when to ignore) the polls

20:34 | Jan 7th

Every day from now until Canada’s federal election, a new poll will be released somewhere. Some will be right, some wrong, but you won’t know which until October. Some will be biased, but maybe not intentionally so. Some will be good polls that get n...Show More
Who will speak for the trees?

18:54 | Jan 4th

For the past quarter-century, Ontario’s environment has had a voice in the provincial legislature. The environment commissioner takes questions from the public, writes independent reports on how well the province is protecting its natural resources a...Show More
How do we define “death”?

17:42 | Jan 3rd

Maybe Taquisha McKitty died in September, 2017 at age 27, when she was declared brain dead after a drug overdose. Or maybe she died just three days ago, 15 months later, aged 28 when her heart finally stopped beating.  The legal fight around the Bra...Show More
Nothing you see this year is real…

18:32 | Jan 2nd

Last year, you needed to be a skilled impersonator to fake a video of a public figure. This year, that will change. And when it does, anything is possible. Will trolls flood social media with fake videos of celebrities saying embarrassing things? Wil...Show More
Why was pot illegal in the first place?

21:17 | Dec 29th, 2018

As you have no doubt heard a million times, marijuana became legal this year. And as we told you in our year-end show, not much changed. The more interesting story is how it became illegal in the first place. If you’ve heard CityNews Reporter Shauna ...Show More
Emotional Labour

19:00 | Dec 27th, 2018

It’s the conversation we weren't having, until our guest pushed it into the mainstream courtesy of a viral article. We’ve spent a lot of time over the past two years grappling with equality, the meaning of feminism, and how to create a more equal wor...Show More
A place where the travel ban doesn’t matter

18:43 | Dec 20th, 2018

The Haskell Free Library and Opera House sits on the border between Canada and the United States. You don’t need to clear customs on either side to visit. As you can imagine, that makes it a very unique place in these times. Since the Trump Adminis...Show More
A Sip of Black Tea

15:25 | Dec 18th, 2018

We’ll have a fresh Big Story Thursday. But today, we have a special guest appearance from good friend (and frequent guest) of the Big Story, Andray Domise who, along with his co-host Melayna Williams, makes up Black Tea. It's a podcast that takes imp...Show More
And the most important stories of 2018 are…

31:02 | Dec 14th, 2018

The difficulty level on this one is non-Trump. After 120+ episodes and countless other rejected ideas along the way, we invite three of our favourite guests back to pick their brains about what was the most important story of 2018—from horrific hocke...Show More
Why athletes will never shut up and dribble again

20:38 | Dec 13th, 2018

The year began with a FOX News host telling the best basketball player on the planet to "shut up and dribble". That...didn't happen. Instead, LeBron James launched a school, a production company, and a documentary series entitled "Shut Up And Dribble...Show More
Is Canada any different now that pot is legal?

0:00 | Dec 12th, 2018

October 17 was supposed to change Canada. Legalizing recreational pot marked a huge shift in the country’s justice system, tax revenues, the affairs of the federal government, provincial legislation, bylaws and dozens more aspects of policy. But is l...Show More
How ugly will Canada’s 2019 election get?

17:54 | Dec 11th, 2018

And what will it be fought on? The conservatives think they have the perfect recipe for toppling Justin Trudeau's Liberals, and they've managed to build a loose coalition at the provincial level dedicated to helping them do it. The issue is the carbo...Show More
Did Hollywood change in 2018?

0:00 | Dec 10th, 2018

How much did Black Panther matter? How about Crazy Rich Asians? You'll hear a lot about the Year of Diversity in Hollywood this month. But that's a big load for a handful of movies to shoulder. Welcome to the biggest stories of 2018. Every day this w...Show More
How deadly fentanyl builds gorgeous BC mansions

22:46 | Dec 7th, 2018

This is a story that spans the globe and touches on almost every major issue facing Canada’s westernmost province. The full scope of the criminal enterprise that brings deadly drugs to Canada is staggering, and so far police haven’t been able to stop...Show More
Canada had a year to end solitary confinement. Time’s up, and it hasn’t.

20:44 | Dec 6th, 2018

The practice of isolating prisoners without meaningful human contact violates inmates’ rights, two separate provincial courts have ruled, and Canada must change it. The government was given one year to draft and pass legislation altering the rules ar...Show More
Can we fix elections in Canada?

19:08 | Dec 5th, 2018

Wait...do they even need fixing? Well, British Columbia is voting right now on whether or not to keep their first-past-the-post election model or move to a version of proportional representation. You may recall this choice from the 2015 federal elect...Show More
Inside Toronto’s housing crisis

19:23 | Dec 4th, 2018

The average Toronto condo rents for $2,385/month. The city’s vacancy rate of 0.5 percent is at a historic low. Apartment viewings attract hundreds of people. A recent affordable housing lottery featured almost 4,000 entrants for just 75 units. Would-...Show More
Will gene editing technology change the world?

18:32 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Last week a Chinese scientist announced that he had successfully created the world’s first gene-edited babies—twin girls born from embryos altered to make them resistant to HIV. It’s a story that seems more profound the longer you spend thinking abou...Show More
You’ve seen this movie before

20:45 | Nov 29th, 2018

The Lion King is coming back to theatres. And so is Dumbo. And Spider-Man. And Rocky. And if it’s not a remake, it’s a sequel, or an adaptation. Even Margaret Atwood is, more than 30 years later, writing a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. Norm Wilner's...Show More
An upstream battle for a fish’s future

14:41 | Nov 28th, 2018

Last year they tried to save 900. Only 70 made it back. The year before that, only 32 survived. This is life for the Inner Bay of Fundy Salmon, a particular breed of Atlantic salmon that have been populating rivers around the bay for more than 10,000...Show More
What is the car of the future? And who builds it?

18:33 | Nov 27th, 2018

General Motors announced the impending closure of its Oshawa, Ontario plant yesterday, a move that will eliminate almost 3,000 jobs. In explaining its decision, the company said it was refocusing on the future of the automobile, looking at electric, ...Show More
Just how much does video evidence prove?

21:39 | Nov 26th, 2018

Reece Maxwell-Crawford ended up on the ground, screaming in pain, pinned down by transit fare inspectors and police officers. That much is horribly clear. The cellphone video footage of the scene doesn’t show us what happened before that—silent secur...Show More
When the internet comes over for a burger

20:16 | Nov 23rd, 2018

You’re going out to eat. Where do you go? You check Yelp ratings, or Uber Eats stars…or more likely, you Google the food you want and where you are, and you get a list. Best sushi in Toronto. Best bagels in Montreal. You just want the best, after all...Show More
Can we change locker room culture from the inside?

21:05 | Nov 22nd, 2018

The horrific reports from Toronto’s St. Michael’s College School have reminded us that for all the discussion outside of locker rooms about hazing, bullying and consent, there hasn’t been enough progress made on what sometimes happens in these spaces...Show More
It sounds like a horror from Canada’s past. It’s happening now.

18:18 | Nov 21st, 2018

When we learn about the ways this country has failed its indigenous people, we assume the absolute worst of them are behind us. Which is why a pending lawsuit and the tales of 60 women and counting are so disturbing. In places across the country, it’...Show More
Dogs With (Dangerous) Jobs

15:34 | Nov 20th, 2018

The fentanyl crisis is claiming thousands of lives per year, and the RCMP will take all the help it can get. The force is training its detection drugs to sniff for fentanyl—but the substance is so dangerous that even minute amounts might prove fatal ...Show More
Working from home is bad for you

0:00 | Nov 19th, 2018

No chatty cubicle mates. No stinky office microwaves. No pants, if you don’t feel like wearing ‘em. Working from home always sounds great in theory…but we’re learning that it’s not so good for us in practice. It turns out we…actually need that meanin...Show More
Can you deprogram a racist? How?

18:35 | Nov 16th, 2018

Elisa Hategan used to be a white supremacist. Then she turned against her group and brought down the neo-Nazi Heritage Front group. Today she works to help deprogram people in the same situation she once found herself in. It’s much harder than it use...Show More
Is your mall watching you?

19:52 | Nov 15th, 2018

They’re called anonymous video analytics, among other terms, and the cameras that capture them might be discreetly placed in interactive guides at your favourite shopping centre. They capture demographic data like gender, age and even whether you’re ...Show More
So a couple of eco-warriors walk into a Fort Mac bar…

20:26 | Nov 14th, 2018

You’re likely a hypocrite when it comes to climate change. Yes, you. Doesn’t really matter who you are—if you’re demonizing the ecological destruction in Canada’s tar sands from the comfort of your air-conditioned home, you’re not helping the discuss...Show More
Canada’s Olympic legacy and uncertain future

18:43 | Nov 13th, 2018

Stephen Brunt was at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary and remembers what they meant to a city pushing its way into the big leagues. He’s also covered every Olympics since then, and has seen what a millstone they’ve so often been to their host citi...Show More
A missing lawyer. A Toronto mansion. $17 million of other people’s money.

30:11 | Nov 12th, 2018

It all started with a mansion in the most exclusive neighbourhood in Toronto. It ended up as $17 million worth of alleged real estate fraud, and the key witness to the scam living with stray cats in an expat heaven of the Turkish Republic of Northern...Show More
Remember the people. Not just the numbers or battles.

19:30 | Nov 9th, 2018

This weekend marks 100 years since the First World War ended. And when we reflect, we often turn to the scale of the war—millions of people, dozens of nations, theatres spanning the globe, four-plus years of conflict—more than we reflect on the fact ...Show More
Space. The final frontier.

18:56 | Nov 8th, 2018

These are the tweets of a longtime journalist and author that sparked speculation of an alien invasion. His approximately 15-minute mission: To link together a series of factual but unrelated stories related to space in a manner that suggested ...Show More
Is life expectancy in Canada about to drop?

19:48 | Nov 7th, 2018

They’re called deaths of despair, and they’re the reason that, for the first time since the last World War, life expectancy in the United States is falling. That hasn’t quite happened in Canada yet, but in many parts of the country it has stagnated, ...Show More
When America votes today, what role will Facebook play?

19:13 | Nov 6th, 2018

There's ample evidence Facebook helped swing the 2016 US election to Donald Trump. Since then, countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, have called on CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify about what his company is doing to curb ...Show More
How will a small city handle Canada’s fastest-growing crime problem?

19:25 | Nov 5th, 2018

Wetaskiwin, Alberta has jumped up the rankings in Maclean's annual report on Canada's Most Dangerous Places. But nothing huge has suddenly changed in the small city, so what's going on? This is a story about how quickly small problems can add up to a...Show More
Who are the happiest people in Canada?

21:33 | Nov 2nd, 2018

It’s been a tough week, so today we bring you happiness. No, really—an actual episode about the study of happiness: How we define it, how we measure it, and some surprising new data that reveals which groups of Canadians are actually the happiest.  ...Show More
It’s the ugly paradox in Canada’s assisted death laws

17:27 | Nov 1st, 2018

Audrey Parker plans to end her life today. It's earlier than she'd like—but she doesn't feel she has a choice. She's terminally ill, and while she'd prefer to wait a while longer, she'll be taking a big risk if she does. The rules around assisted ...Show More
Toronto’s PATH murder: What happened underneath King Street?

18:33 | Oct 31st, 2018

It was a brutal killing that shocked downtown Toronto almost three years ago. This week, after years in the system, and several contradictory decisions, the accused was found fit to stand trial. Rohinie Bisesar’s trial will start Friday, on a count o...Show More
America is collapsing. What happens to Canada when it does?

18:18 | Oct 30th, 2018

This isn't about Donald Trump. Or at least, it's not just about him. The cracks and divisions in our southern neighbour grow deeper every day. It might have once seemed hyperbole to declare this the end of an empire, but the expert evidence is mounti...Show More
How should schools teach kids about racism?

20:18 | Oct 29th, 2018

An Ontario school board is taking a hard look right now at the use of To Kill A Mockingbird as the text that starts the race discussion. It’s old, sure, which isn’t a problem. But it’s also a book about race written by a white person, with a white pr...Show More
Why do we still buy snake oil?

19:54 | Oct 26th, 2018

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop brand hosts its first Canadian event this weekend in Vancouver. For a cool $400, attendees will learn all about how to cure what ails them with products of questionable medical efficacy—at best. This is a golden age of science,...Show More
Pot Week Bonus: Faster, Stronger…Higher?

18:14 | Oct 25th, 2018

Weed is still banned in most of the sports world, no matter its legal status in Canada. But for how much longer? In contact sports like football and hockey, what’s the justification for prescribing opioids instead of pot as painkillers? In other spor...Show More
A carbon tax or a price on pollution?

18:57 | Oct 24th, 2018

Depends on who you ask. Either way, the fight around the federal Liberals' climate change policy is shaping up to be the key battle of the 2019 election. Here’s the thing, though: Chances are you don’t actually know how you’ll be hit with it when it ...Show More
What happens if soccer’s biggest star is charged with rape?

0:00 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Detailed allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo have caused Las Vegas police to reopen an old sex assault report from 2009. The details, published in a German newspaper in late September, are disturbing. But unlike recent cases of alleged assault in o...Show More
Toronto votes today. It’s a huge mess.

0:00 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Canada’s largest city goes to the polls in an election still subject to legal challenge. Oh, and there are about half the wards the city planned for, and some people aren’t even sure which ward they live in anymore. Meanwhile, the fallout from the pr...Show More
Pot Week V: Just the FAQs

21:21 | Oct 19th, 2018

What’s it like to buy weed from the government? No, really, how easy is it if you have no knowledge and no preparation? We put Ontario’s online store to the test. And we learn a few things about the process that you should hear if you’re considering ...Show More
Pot Week IV: The Green Rush

0:00 | Oct 18th, 2018

So much for the meritocracy. When legal pot was just a hazy line on the horizon, a lot of people spent a lot of time picturing what the industry would look like. There were plenty of optimistic reports that women would dominate the cannabis industry....Show More
Pot Week III: Are you late to the weed stock party?

18:25 | Oct 17th, 2018

Time for some high finance. A few years ago, you could buy stock in emerging marijuana production companies for a couple of bucks a share. Now they’re some of the hottest investments on the market. And since recreational pot is legal—as of right now,...Show More
Pot Week II: Daddy, are you doing the weed?

16:01 | Oct 16th, 2018

Look, kids have a lot of questions—and starting tomorrow, more of them than ever before are going to be about marijuana. It’s only natural. But it won’t just be kids asking questions. In recent years, as #WineMom has become a trending hashtag, the st...Show More
Pot Week I: What happens to your local dealer?

15:42 | Oct 15th, 2018

Canadians spent $5.7 billion on marijuana last year. Nearly all of it on the black market. That's an entire industry off the books. What happens to that $5.7 billion on Wednesday, when weed becomes legal? What does the landscape look like in the days...Show More
Climate migration: Coming to a town near you

17:53 | Oct 12th, 2018

Churchill, Manitoba is smaller than it used to be. Around the world, other communities impacted by climate change are shrinking as life within them becomes more difficult and expensive to maintain. Forget the numbers and the reports. As bad as those ...Show More
I’ma let you finish, but every celebrity is political now

16:54 | Oct 11th, 2018

Today, Kanye dines with Trump. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift helps register voters for democrats. The most famous long-running feud in music has reached the top level of American politics. Nine years ago, it started with an award for best music video, now ...Show More
Are governments cashing in on gambling addiction?

0:00 | Oct 10th, 2018

Gambling addiction is a serious mental illness, but one that isn't talked much about. There have been cases of people with gambling addictions stealing money from people they know, and in more tragic cases, killing themselves. In Canada, it's estima...Show More
How do you cover controversial politicians?

17:57 | Oct 9th, 2018

One of the candidates in the race to become the next mayor of Toronto is being described as having alt-right and white nationalist views. Faith Goldy is in third place behind incumbent John Tory and former Chief City Planner Jennifer Keesmaat. It's t...Show More
Women are angry. That anger can change the world.

17:10 | Oct 5th, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh was accused of sexual misconduct. He was also nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court. Days after she testified in front of the senate, Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford was publicly mocked by President Trump. And women grow angrier and angrier. ...Show More
The Leafs have been losers forever. What happens when they finally win?

19:30 | Oct 4th, 2018

Toronto loves hockey - mostly the Maple Leafs. Canada loves hockey, but mostly hates Toronto. These facts just belong together. But now, the Leafs are a Stanley Cup favourite as the NHL season begins, and there’s more at stake here than hockey games....Show More
Does Tori Stafford’s killer belong in a healing lodge?

18:52 | Oct 3rd, 2018

The three-month-long search for nine-year-old Tori Stafford’s body in 2009 was the largest in Ontario history. When it was over, the crimes committed against the girl and the investigation and trial that followed crushed her community of Woodstock, O...Show More
Happily ever NAFTA?

16:41 | Oct 2nd, 2018

There’s a new trade deal, but what does that actually mean outside the political bubble? If you’re Canadian, how will your wallet handle the new NAFT—sorry, the new USMCA? What’s next for the industries that stood to lose or gain thousands of jobs an...Show More
Lost and found: The story of Joe Murphy

17:38 | Oct 1st, 2018

Joe Murphy was homeless this summer on the streets of Kenora, Ontario. Joe Murphy was the No. 1 pick in the 1986 NHL Draft, won a Stanley Cup in 1990 and spent 18 years as a full-time NHLer. Joe Murphy also ran through every cent he had and disappear...Show More
How do you sip from a firehose of news?

17:47 | Sep 28th, 2018

Feeling fried after a week of headlines? Stop letting the news happen to you. The way we learn about our world has changed so rapidly that we haven’t evolved to keep up, and we’re all desperately trying to keep our heads above water in an ocean of ne...Show More
A fight for the heart of Winnipeg

17:53 | Sep 27th, 2018

You’re not allowed to walk across Winnipeg’s most iconic intersection. For almost 40 years, Portage and Main has been barricaded to pedestrians. This October, through a plebiscite on the ballot in the city’s municipal election, that could change. But...Show More
Who’s allowed to joke about what?

18:45 | Sep 26th, 2018

Is it possible to be funny without offending someone? Like most other corners of the entertainment industry, comedy has been undergoing a shift at the hands of the #MeToo movement since last October. Louis CK, Jeremy Piven and Aziz Ansari are just a ...Show More
Quebec’s election is anything but normal

17:36 | Sep 25th, 2018

When the province goes to the polls next Monday, a referendum on sovereignty won't be on the table. Also, the Parti Quebecois are running a distant third, at best. And the Liberals are no shoe-in, either. There's a fresh party's populist push against...Show More
We need science for everything, so why don’t we trust it?

16:17 | Sep 24th, 2018

An annual survey by the Ontario Science Centre finds a startling contradiction among Canadians: Almost all of us believe science benefits us, and a large majority say we need it to solve the problems of the future—but a growing number of us feel thre...Show More
Welcome to Chaos Politics

17:26 | Sep 21st, 2018

When Donald Trump got elected, Canada thought it would never happen here. Then it kinda did. And it might happen again next year. There’s no high and mighty in politics anymore—around the world leaders who are shattering political norms are winning l...Show More
One month out, legal pot is a total bong show

17:55 | Sep 20th, 2018

The retail plans change province to province. So do the number of stores. The bylaws on where you can smoke pot change by municipality, and sometimes building to building. Enforcement of infractions will likely change depending on who’s doing the enf...Show More
Does the future of the NHL still include hitting?

16:52 | Sep 19th, 2018

A radical proposal from a concussion symposium this summer left us wondering as training camps open: What would the NHL look like if you removed body contact from the game? It sounds drastic, but when former bruiser and Hall-of-Famer Eric Lindros is ...Show More
Femicide is the crisis we’re all ignoring

16:20 | Sep 18th, 2018

Every month, new statistics show the staggering number of women killed by men as a result of misogyny. It’s common enough that there’s a term for this: Femicide. A recent report by the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability show...Show More
How do you get real answers from Justin Trudeau?

16:57 | Sep 17th, 2018

The past few months have not exactly been kind to Canada’s Prime Minister, so maybe he’s anxious to change the narrative heading into what should be a lively fall parliamentary session. Or maybe he just wants to chat. Either way, tonight, Justin Trud...Show More
How hockey came back to Humboldt

17:14 | Sep 14th, 2018

Five months ago, a tragic bus accident broke a team, shattered a town and transfixed the world. Somehow, less than half a year later, the Humboldt Broncos are back on the ice, and the town that loves them packed their arena this week for the team’s f...Show More
Storm’s a comin’. Again. And again.

17:56 | Sep 13th, 2018

This is a story about storms and the people who try to figure them out. A hurricane is about to slam into the Carolinas. It’s not a normal hurricane, either. Forecasts are calling Hurricane Florence potentially one of the most devastating storms sinc...Show More
Canada’s anti-abortion movement is back, with a rebrand

16:24 | Sep 12th, 2018

You may have noticed more anti-abortion protesters with their infamous graphic signs on Canadian streets recently. You may also have noticed that a vote on the issue at a recent conservative convention was….a lot closer than most people thought it wo...Show More
What happens when a town is held for Bitcoin ransom?

0:00 | Sep 11th, 2018

Cybercrime is on the rise. That may come as a shock, given what we know about technology, and all those warnings about how to spot phishing emails. But as tech savvy as you think you may be, a scammer is always aiming to be one step ahead. So how abo...Show More
How do you sell weed to women?

15:13 | Sep 10th, 2018

Patterned rolling papers, sparkly crystal pipes and eco-friendly vapes that fit in the palm of your hand—weed isn't even legal in Canada yet, but trendy paraphernalia is everywhere. And most of it is being designed with the working millennial woman i...Show More
Precarious work, work, work, work work

0:00 | Sep 7th, 2018

People under 35 don’t really talk about careers anymore. It’s not because millennials don’t have a work ethic—it’s because the notion of a career barely exist. A recent survey of 1200 young people found that just 44 percent had even managed to find s...Show More
Time NAFTA time

0:00 | Sep 6th, 2018

The US president has been threatening tariffs on Canadian cars for more than a year now. But as NAFTA talks resume, experts seem to think Donald Trump has moved closer than ever to making the threat a reality. Yet still, a man not known for his patie...Show More
Republicans burn sneakers, too

0:00 | Sep 5th, 2018

It pays these days to antagonize the US president and his fans—at least, that’s what Nike’s betting on. When the world’s foremost athletic apparel giant decided to make NFL-quarterback-turned-justice-advocate Colin Kaepernick the provocative face of ...Show More
Pot will be legal soon, but you won’t be able to buy it in this party town

11:54 | Sep 4th, 2018

In just over a month, pot will be legal across Canada. And although October 17th is a day the entire country has been anticipating for a while now, some municipalities feel that it's too soon. One of those is Gimli, Manitoba - a popular beach town ab...Show More
Buck-a-beer arrives in Ontario! Wait, now it’s almost gone! And we already know why.

0:00 | Aug 31st, 2018

Even if you don’t live in Ontario, you might have heard about cheap beer—like, really cheap beer. Buck-a-beer is back in the province - at least for now - because the Conservatives made it a promise to deliver discount suds to the masses by labour da...Show More
We know how this story ends. Or do we?

0:00 | Aug 30th, 2018

Today’s episode is only depressing if you’ve already given up hope. Sure, it’s hard to worry about the end of humanity from an air-conditioned, Bluetooth-equipped car, streaming your favourite tunes on the way to a supermarket featuring fresh produce...Show More