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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

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 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

The #MeToo men are starting their comebacks. Who determines when they’re forgiven, and how?

0:00 | Aug 29th, 2018

It's comeback season for disgraced showbiz stars. So how are we going to handle it? On Sunday night, comedian Louis CK returned to his roots at a standup club in New York City for his first live set since he apologized for misconduct with several wom...Show More

Meet Canada’s Best Athlete. She’s 20. She’s a golfer. And she’s still getting better.

16:13 | Aug 28th, 2018

For Canadians who don't pay much attention to women's golf, this past weekend was something of a revelation. Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ontario became the first Canadian woman to capture the Canadian Women's Open in 45 years. Henderson is 20 y...Show More

“All of us need to learn to live with fire”

16:09 | Aug 27th, 2018

This year's wildfire season in British Columbia is the second worst in the province's history, behind only last year. More than 950,000 hectares of land has burned since April 1st. The situation has resulted in evacuation alerts and days of smoky ski...Show More

Bern-ing Bridges

0:00 | Aug 24th, 2018

Maxime Bernier's Twitter account took on corporeal form Thursday, as the Conservative MP and leadership runner-up announced he was leaving the party - and he wasn't kind to his former colleagues on his way out. Bernier plans to start his own party, b...Show More

Can we ban handguns in Canada? Do we even want to?

0:00 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Toronto first proposed it after July’s mass shooting. And on Monday, Montreal city council unanimously voted to request a federal ban on handguns across Canada. The Liberal government could reopen bill C-71 and make it happen. And with shootings atop...Show More

Small-town Canada is dying slowly

16:33 | Aug 22nd, 2018

"Once you lose something in a small town, you never get it back.” In rural areas across Canada, a way of life is vanishing. Populations are aging, businesses are closing for good, homes are empty, children are nowhere to be seen. Canada’s identity ...Show More

You can’t “solve” an opioid epidemic, but you can save some lives

16:39 | Aug 21st, 2018

The opioid crisis is killing more and more people in Canada every day. In Toronto recently, 7 people died over a 12-day span from suspected overdoses, prompting harm reduction activists to open an unsanctioned overdose prevention site. This comes a w...Show More

Let’s talk about your name

16:49 | Aug 20th, 2018

Whether it's weird, wonderful, or nondescript, the name you're given shapes your life more than you might think. Studies show names impact everything. When we name a child, we're trying to give him or her a story that matters. That doesn't make it ea...Show More

The only movie that matters right now

16:00 | Aug 17th, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians is the beach-read-turned-blockbuster adaptation we're familiar with, but with one huge difference. The entire cast of the film, and the director, is Asian. It's that simple, yet it hasn't been seen in Hollywood in 25 years. The film...Show More

Farm to table, with the details lost in translation

0:00 | Aug 16th, 2018

There’s a lot of talk in urban centres about what we want our food to be: free of pesticides like Roundup, non-GMO, and preferably totally organic. Oh, and fresh, shiny and beautiful, too. Outside the cities, Canada’s farmers hear this, shake their h...Show More

The Aftermath of #MeToo on Parliament Hill

17:13 | Aug 15th, 2018

Parliament Hill has certainly seen change in the six months since it was hit by the #MeToo movement – but perhaps not the kind that was anticipated. A new kind of fear has taken over. Some male politicians are afraid to take elevators alone, over the...Show More

Oh say can you Conspiracy?

18:20 | Aug 14th, 2018

Conspiracy theories may be a joke to most, but they’re real to a terrifying number of people. And they’re leaking off the internet into real life. One of the largest fires currently raging in California was allegedly started by a conspiracy theorist ...Show More

Historic change is coming to Canada’s biggest Indigenous police force

13:45 | Aug 13th, 2018

The Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS) is the largest Canadian First Nation police force, protecting 35 First Nations in northern Ontario. In 2016, after years of coping with dangerous working conditions, patrolling without partners, and broken rad...Show More

How Andrew Scheer’s secret weapon could topple Justin Trudeau’s Liberals

0:00 | Aug 10th, 2018

New majority governments in Canada tend to get re-elected the first time. It's just what happens. Justin Trudeau and the Liberals will go into the 2019 campaign as pretty big favourites. But what if they're vulnerable? Andrew Scheer and the Conservat...Show More

Are you ready for some footba—err, politics?

0:00 | Aug 9th, 2018

Tonight marks the first big evening of NFL games this summer, and it’s time for fans to wonder the same things they always wonder this time of year: Who will stay in the locker room for the anthem? Who will kneel? What will the owners do when it happ...Show More

How “Unfounded” shook the foundation of Canadian policing

0:00 | Aug 8th, 2018

In February 2017, The Globe and Mail revealed that one in five sex assault allegations in Canada was being dismissed as "unfounded" - meaning police believed no crime was committed. Since the Unfounded series was released, rates across the country ha...Show More

How do you answer this question at the U.S. border?

0:00 | Aug 7th, 2018

It's a simple question, but the answer you provide could get you banned from entering the U.S. for life. Have you ever done drugs? If you answer yes, you're sent back the other way and told to not come back. If you answer no, you better be telling th...Show More