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CORRUPTION 10 - The Canadian Company Accused of Using Slaves Today

35:45 | Feb 19th

Canadian companies have committed all kinds of wrongdoing abroad. But this is on a different level. One Vancouver-based company has been accused by the United Nations and Human Rights Watch of using slaves to build a mine with one of the world’s most...Show More
CORRUPTION 8 - Hockey's Hall of Shame

30:05 | Jan 22nd

Canada is hockey crazy. But at the heart of the sport is a system of unpaid labour that scars some boys for life. And the teams and leagues are doing whatever it takes to make sure things stay exactly the way they are. Featured in this episode: Scott...Show More
CORRUPTION 7 - The Only Canadian Imprisoned for Insider Trading

28:37 | Jan 8th

One of Canada's most notorious white-collar criminals speaks about his crimes.
CRUDE 4 - Orphan Wells: Citizen Con

30:10 | May 14th

What happens when the oil wells run dry? Environmental damage, government bailouts and a scheme that some are comparing to the subprime mortgage crisis. And all of this is just the beginning. Featured in this episode: Sharon J. Riley (The Narwhal), J...Show More
CRUDE 3 - Let the Bastards Freeze in the Dark

34:12 | Apr 30th

The Alberta oil sands. It’s a cold patch of land (which we once almost nuked into oblivion) that’s become Canada’s economic engine. Governments have fought over it for decades. And now it’s one of the most controversial places on the planet. Will it ...Show More
CRUDE 2 - Bombs, Blood & the Battle of Trickle Creek

44:53 | Apr 16th

A family poisoned in their homes. Bombs going off in the night. Shots fired and inside jobs. The story of Wiebo Ludwig is There Will Be Blood come to life. So was he a man of faith facing down the full might of Big Oil? Or a terrorist with blood on h...Show More
CRUDE 1 - Smell This Town

24:13 | Apr 2nd

If you don’t understand oil, you can’t understand Canada. We take you to a place unlike anywhere else in the world, where the booms and busts all began. And find out why just a short distance away, children grow up afraid of the very air they breathe...Show More
Introducing Our New Season: CRUDE

01:41 | Mar 28th

Last season Commons covered corruption in Canada. This time around we're talking about Canada's relationship with the oil industry. The good, the bad, the ugly, and the weird.
CORRUPTION 9 - Victoria's Secrets

28:08 | Feb 5th

Tens of thousands of dollars in suits, luggage, magazines and mustard. An epic booze heist from the legislature. An undercover legislator exposing corruption. And a wood-splitter that’s transfixed a province. Just another day in the wild world of B.C...Show More
CORRUPTION 6 - Charlottetown's Web

33:26 | Dec 11th, 2018

It might be small, but it when it comes to graft, Prince Edward Island plays in the big leagues: a secret off-the-books committee, conflicts of interest run amok, public records mysteriously destroyed, a provincial government doing an end-run on the ...Show More
CORRUPTION 5 - The King of Cabbagetown

27:07 | Nov 27th, 2018

For twenty years, he's controlled public institutions from behind the scenes. He brags about his connections to organized crime. And he's connected to some of the most powerful people in Canada. So who is the King of Cabbagetown? This follows up on ...Show More
CORRUPTION 4 - Papa Pump and the Small Town Shakedown

28:34 | Nov 13th, 2018

In the eleven years that Marolyn Morrison was the mayor of Caledon, Ontario, she faced down deep-pocketed developers, mafia enforcers and corrupt federal officials. When millions of dollars are at stake, things get heated. To learn more: "Battlegroun...Show More
CORRUPTION 3 - The Trouble with Paradise: How Canadians Built the Offshore World

27:39 | Oct 30th, 2018

The Panama Papers revealed to the world just how deeply enmeshed tax havens are in the global economy. And for 100 years, Canadian banks, businessmen and politicians have worked to build that offshore system, alongside crooks, fraudsters and corrupt ...Show More
CORRUPTION 2 - How Vancouver Became A Money Laundering Paradise

25:35 | Oct 16th, 2018

For years, people could walk into Vancouver-area casinos with tens of thousands of dollars of suspicious cash and walk out with clean money, no questions asked. That money may be fuelling two of the biggest problems the city is facing: the housing cr...Show More
CORRUPTION 1 - The Most Crime-Ridden Neighbourhood In Canada

25:51 | Oct 3rd, 2018

This season, Commons will be focusing on stories at the intersection of money, influence and politics in Canada. In this episode, we take you to what may be Canada’s most criminal neighbourhood — Toronto’s financial district. Along for the ride is in...Show More
Ep. 97 - What The Hell Is A Fairness Letter?

39:13 | Jun 19th, 2018

Mohamed Waleed Taleb is stuck in Turkey. He applied to come to Canada in 2015 and was flagged under section 34 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for his pro-democracy work against the Assad regime. He's responded to the governement's conc...Show More
Ep. 96 - Canada Is Not Racist... According To The Stats

29:49 | Jun 5th, 2018

If you look at the stats, Canada has a low incidence of hate crimes, but the numbers that we rely on to tell us if we're racist or not are wrong. In this episode, we speak to journalist and  Executive Director, of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network Evan...Show More
Ep. 95 - What Do Peacekeepers Actually Do?

38:58 | May 22nd, 2018

The Liberal government announced earlier this year that it would send around 200 troops to assist in a UN peacekeeping mission in Mali. But what does "peacekeeping" look like in today's world and what do peacekeepers actually do?   In this episode, w...Show More
Ep.94 - Life In Canada Without Clean Water

30:38 | May 8th, 2018

Canada has 20 per cent of the world's freshwater and yet some Indigenous communities have not had access to clean drinking water for decades. In this episode, we speak to Rachel Arsenault a master’s student at Laurentian University's Indigenous Rela...Show More
Ep. 93 - The All-White Jury In Canada

28:41 | Apr 24th, 2018

The acquittal of Gerald Stanley in the shooting of Colten Boushie sparked outrage across Canada. The anger was further fuelled by the fact that the jury was all white, in a community that had a significant Indigenous population. After the Gerald Stan...Show More
Ep. 92 - Canadian History X

34:14 | Apr 10th, 2018

As a teen, Elisa Hategan joined Canada's most notorious and well-organized white supremacist group, the Heritage Front. She later turned on the group and helped to take them down. What can we learn from the past about how white supremacists operate t...Show More
Ep. 91 - Stories From Solitude

38:59 | Mar 27th, 2018

The final episode of our two-parter on solitary confinement in Canada. In this episode, we hear two personal stories about the impacts that solitary confinement can have. Featuring Yusuf Faqiri and Dan Parlow.
Ep. 90 - Unconstitutional Solitude

43:56 | Mar 13th, 2018

A two part series in which we explore the conditions and consequences of solitary confinement use in Canada. Featuring Chris Jackel, a correctional officer who works in a maximum security Ontario prison, and lawyer/professor Lisa Kerr.
Ep. 89 - Finding A Fix: Our Opioid Overdose Crisis

42:37 | Feb 27th, 2018

There's a well known narrative about the opioid epidemic: pharmaceutical companies and doctors over-prescribed addictive drugs on patients. But there's an important policy story here too, and we need to talk about it. Featuring longtime opiate user a...Show More
Ep. 88 - Our Mis(education): the Erasure of Blackness in Canadian Schools

43:17 | Feb 13th, 2018

Robyn Maynard is the author of Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present. We chat with Robyn about what she calls our (mis)education: Canada's amnesia to its history of slavery and segregation, and about the ways in w...Show More
A Brief Announcement

01:26 | Feb 6th, 2018

Back next week with a new episode! In the meantime, check out a new CANADALAND show, Oppo.
Ep. 87 - Unknown Road: Inside Immigration Detention

40:48 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Canada's immigration system has a human rights problem. Each year, thousands of people are indefinitely jailed in prisons without any criminal charges. Babou was one of them.   This episode features Babou Jobe and Subodh Bharati.
Ep. 86 - Throwing Shade at 2017: A Political Awards Show

26:34 | Jan 9th, 2018

We look back on some notably weird political moments of 2017 and collectively cringe. Featuring guests Tim Fontaine (of Walking Eagle News) and Scott Vrooman (of Centrism Dot Biz).
Ep 85. - Invisible Victims: The Quest for Police Accountability

41:45 | Dec 19th, 2017

Stronger police accountability is an acute need across Canada. In Ontario, recommendations for stronger police oversight are being drafted into legislation. In this episode, we explore the suspicious death of Cheyenne Fox and the ensuing (lack of) i...Show More
Ep. 84 - Invisible Victims: How Police Botched the Robert Pickton Case

40:44 | Dec 5th, 2017

"If the police don't want you to see a file, you're never gonna know it exists."   We speak with Lorimer Shenher, a former police officer who was in charge of investigating the growing number of disappearing women from Vancouver's downtown Eastside, ...Show More
Ep. 83 - No Protest is Genteel: On Antifa

40:33 | Nov 21st, 2017

Live from Vancouver: We speak with organizers Garth Mullins and Annie Ohana to unpack what it means to resist fascism in BC. Featuring Hadiya Roderique and guest host Sandy Garossino.
Ep. 82 - As If They Were Pets: The Sixties Scoop

35:21 | Nov 7th, 2017

Betty Ann Adam is a reporter with the Saskatoon Star Phoenix. She is also a survivor of the "Sixties Scoop". When she was a toddler, the Canadian government pried her from her mother's arms. She was raised by foster parents. A modern version of this ...Show More
Ep. 81 - On Niqabs & NAFTA

45:50 | Oct 24th, 2017

On this episode we speak with Hugh Segal. Segal is a former Conservative senator and was Brian Mulroney's Chief of Staff during the leadup to the passage of NAFTA in 1994. He talks about what NAFTA got right the first time around, what needs to be ch...Show More
Ep. 80 - Why We Need Higher Taxes, A Canadian Mt. Rushmore And A Population Of 100 Million

46:10 | Oct 10th, 2017

The Liberals put forth a proposal to tax the hell out of small businesses. At least that's how it's being painted by the Opposition. In reality, the proposed changes would have virtually zero impact on the majority of small business owners, but would...Show More
BONUS EPISODE -- Jagmeet Singh - The Full Interview

23:39 | Oct 3rd, 2017

On Episode 79 of Commons we spoke with three of the four NDP leadership candidates: Niki Ashton, Charlie Angus and Jagmeet Singh. These interviews were recorded before Singh's first-ballot victory on Sunday, October 1. As a bonus to Commons listen...Show More
Ep. 79 - Ashton, Angus & Singh - Oh My!

1:05:50 | Sep 26th, 2017

Three Commons hosts, three NDP leadership hopefuls, one sweltering studio. On this episode, just days before the first vote closes in the race, we speak with Niki Ashton, Jagmeet Singh and Charlie Angus about Canada-Indigenous relations, the envir...Show More
Ep. 78 - Guy Caron, Guaranteed Income And Climate Refugees

55:23 | Sep 12th, 2017

This season, the Commons team is profiling each of the four candidates vying to replace Thomas Mulcair as leader of the federal NDP. This week, we speak with Guy Caron. Also, we look at the summer political stories that evolved while we were on hi...Show More
Ep. 77 - The Rise Of The Right

35:50 | Jul 4th, 2017

On the final episode of the season, the Commons team digs into the rise of the fringe right in Canada. Journalist Evan Balgord has been covering organizations like the Proud Boys, Soldiers of Odin, and the Three Percenters for the better part of t...Show More
Ep.76 - Amy Goodman/The Constitutional Clusterf**k

1:05:04 | Jun 13th, 2017

This week we're thrilled to welcome legendary broadcast journalist Amy Goodman. Her program, Democracy Now!, was one of the few non-Indigenous media outlets to provide sustained coverage of the Standing Rock camps protesting the building of the Dakot...Show More
Ep.75 - Drink Like A Conservative

48:21 | May 30th, 2017

The dust has settled, and the Conservative Party of Canada has elected Andrew Scheer -- an anti-choice, anti-gay-marriage, anti-refugee, anti-M103 candidate -- as their new leader. As the election results trickled in, the Commons team were joined by ...Show More
Ep.74 - Cultural Appropriation Is An Inherently Political Act

52:53 | May 16th, 2017

Appropriation is the buzzword in the news this week, as a misguided editorial was followed by a white elite up in arms on social media. In the end, two prominent magazine editors were gone from their posts, and the debate about the under-representat...Show More
Ep.73 - That's Why We Live In A Democracy

55:19 | May 2nd, 2017

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the rollout of a basic income trial. The program is to be introduced in three Ontario communities this summer, including Thunder Bay. This is widely seen as compensation for living in Thunder Bay. B.C. Premie...Show More
Ep.72 - Commons Gets High

33:34 | Apr 18th, 2017

The Commons team unpacks the just-released specifics of the Trudeau government's plan to legalize cannabis. And after twenty minutes or so, all they can think about is snacks. Seriously.
Ep.71 - Being Icky Is The Job

34:31 | Apr 4th, 2017

The Liberals, according to Conservative MP Scott Reid, are trying to "ram through whatever the fuck they want." In other, vaguely sexually-themed Conservative news, Brad Trost isn't down with the "the whole gay thing," while k.d. lang asks if Jason ...Show More
Ep.70 - You Have No Rights At The Border

32:53 | Mar 21st, 2017

Having passed a second reading, the controversial bill C-23 stands to give U.S. border guards greater authority to reject, detain, or search Canadians and permanent residents trying to cross the border. Speaking of the border, a significant chunk of ...Show More
Ep.69 - "I'm Ashamed Of Myself For Being Afraid"

36:30 | Mar 8th, 2017

This week, the city of Thunder Bay, ON, agreed to implement the recommendations of an inquest that looked into the deaths of seven Indigenous students. This, despite the fact that no one from city council appeared to have attended said inquest. The c...Show More
Ep.68 - Strong Hearts To The Front

35:28 | Feb 21st, 2017

Welcome back to CANADALAND Commons! New hosts Hadiya Roderique, Ryan McMahon, and Ashley Csanady spend their first episode looking into the mostly manufactured controversy behind M103 - a motion to denounce Islamophobia and racism and a push for the...Show More
COMMONS returns!

02:09 | Feb 13th, 2017

Meet the new hosts of CANADALAND COMMONS: Hadiya Roderique, Ashley Csanady, and Ryan McMahon. New episode available Tuesday February 21 and every two weeks thereafter.   Follow the show on Twitter.
COMMONS host search

01:22 | Oct 25th, 2016

We're looking for new hosts. Please send demos (less than 4 minutes long) to: info@canadalandshow.com
A Message About the Future of COMMONS

12:21 | Oct 18th, 2016

Supriya, Vicky and publisher Jesse Brown deliver a message about the future of COMMONS. Follow @cndlndcmns for developments.
Ep.67 - A Hodge Podge of Political Hacks: Inside the War Room

31:43 | Oct 11th, 2016

Today, we go behind the scenes in Canadian politics. How do the backroom dealings in Ottawa stack up to the kind of power games we see on shows like House of Cards or the West Wing? Warren Kinsella brought the American war room model to Jean Chrétien...Show More
Ep.66 - A Hat Trick of Deceit: First Nations and the LNG Project

25:36 | Oct 4th, 2016

The Trudeau government made a lot of commitments in the last election, including improving relations with Indigenous people, fighting climate change and investing in infrastructure. Those commitments are starting to come to a head. This past week, th...Show More
Ep.65 - Drunk on Liberal Power / Kellie Leitch on Anti-Canadian Values

37:43 | Sep 27th, 2016

Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch really wants to talk about her proposal to screen out immigrants over anti-Canadian values, but takes issue with "specific questions" on the matter. But first, Bloomberg reporter Josh Wingrove drops in ...Show More
Ep.64 - Conservative Leadership Showdown Part 2: Tony Clement & Maxime Bernier

41:14 | Sep 20th, 2016

It's week two of our Conservative leader-a-thon. Today we bring you our conversations with leadership contenders Tony Clement and Maxime Bernier. Both men were longtime members of Stephen Harper's cabinet. Tony Clement says the Conservatives need to ...Show More
Ep.63 - Conservative Leadership Showdown Part 1: Michael Chong & Brad Trost

33:21 | Sep 13th, 2016

A bunch of people want to succeed Harper as leader of the Conservative Party. Whoever gets the vote won't just be gunning to be the next Prime Minister; they'll be leading the Opposition, with an aim towards keeping the government in check. Over the ...Show More
Ep.62 - When Your Councillor Spams You on Facebook

25:48 | Sep 6th, 2016

What do you do if you think a city councillor is exploiting his public platform to make money on the side? Listener Matt Alexander emailed us with this quandary. He points out that Greater Sudbury Councillor Robert Kirwan takes money from local busin...Show More
Ep.61 - When CSIS Comes Knocking pt. 2

36:31 | Aug 23rd, 2016

Earlier this summer, we spoke to Monia Mazigh about CSIS agents making unannounced visits to Muslims. Now, one of those men joins us. After studying and teaching English in Egypt, Juned Moid* was visited by CSIS agents, denied entry into the US and h...Show More
Ep.60 - MMIW: What Justice Means for a Family Member

24:38 | Aug 9th, 2016

We check in with Maggie Cywink about the upcoming inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women. Maggie’s sister Sonya Cywink was murdered over 20 years ago and the case remains unsolved. Maggie says the announcement felt like a photo op for the...Show More
Ep.59 - Canadian Police Are Racist Too

29:49 | Jul 26th, 2016

Abdirahman Abdi, a Somali man in Ottawa, is dead after witnesses say he was beaten by cops.   There’s been a lot of attention on police violence against Black people in the U.S. lately. But Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, assistant professor of sociology at the...Show More
Ep.58 - When CSIS Comes Knocking

24:27 | Jul 12th, 2016

Muslim men have been telling Monia Mazigh about getting unannounced visits from CSIS agents at home or the workplace. The intelligence agency says the conversations are voluntary, but some people are accusing them of intimidation.  Monia is the natio...Show More
Ep.57 - Buy Gold and Raisin Bran: The Brexit and Canada

32:49 | Jul 5th, 2016

Supriya and Vicky want to know what the Brexit means for us. Does a vote for the United Kingdom to leave the EU change our lives across the ocean?   Armine Yalnizyan, senior economist for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, talks about why s...Show More
Ep.56 - Naming a Genocide

26:45 | Jun 21st, 2016

The government’s declared that ISIS is committing a genocide against the Yazidi people. So what are we doing about it?   Yazidi-Canadian Dalal Abdi talks about her journey to Canada and her family's life back in Iraq and Turkey.   Liberal MP Nathanie...Show More
Ep.55 - Cheri DiNovo on How to Fix the NDP

32:51 | Jun 14th, 2016

Toronto MPP Cheri DiNovo thinks the NDP needs to return to its roots: unabashedly socialist and anti-capitalist, with an eye towards social justice and the environment. So now she's launched an unofficial leadership campaign, choosing not to pay the ...Show More
Ep.54 - This Is Not Canada: Living as a Migrant Farm Worker

27:15 | Jun 7th, 2016

“Are these… 18th century working conditions?” Gabriel Allahdua asks. Gabriel came from St. Lucia to work on a farm as part of the Temporary Foreign Worker program.  He describes the long hours, difficult working conditions and his disappointment over...Show More
Ep.53 - Celebrating Defeat: Dispatches from the Conservative Convention

25:45 | May 31st, 2016

We sent the Syrup Trap's Winnie Code to the Conservative Convention in Vancouver. She explains how the convention was a bit like an informercial and gets the official party line on whether or not Justin Trudeau is handsome. Plus, a discussion about w...Show More
Ep.52 - Are Libertarians Conservatives?

29:43 | May 17th, 2016

Matt Bufton is a proud Libertarian who does not want to be lumped in with Conservatives.   With the Conservative leadership race picking up steam, Matt, executive director of the Institute for Liberal Studies, tells us why the Conservatives don’t rep...Show More
Ep.51 - How to Make Poor People Disappear (Census Edition)

25:15 | May 10th, 2016

People lost their minds when the long form census came back, after being replaced by the voluntary National Household Survey. But why does it matter?   David Hulchanski, a professor at University of Toronto, tells us how the NHS made Canada look more...Show More
Ep.50 - Debating Same-Sex Marriage and Other Ways to Stay Irrelevant

34:44 | May 3rd, 2016

Conservatives may finally decide toembrace gay marriage at a policy convention later this month. Ormaybe not. More than a decade after same-sex marriage was legalisedin Canada, the party still defines it as a union between one manand one woman. BC’s ...Show More
Ep.49 - Can a Conservative Be a Feminist?

28:56 | Apr 26th, 2016

A Conservative MP’s op-ed about the sexism in Parliament got a lot of praise. But Sarah Beuhler saw it as hypocritical and an attempt to gain favour for a possible leadership bid. She debates with Supriya and guest co-host Jane Lytvenenko whether a C...Show More
Ep.48 - Parliament Needs More Women's Bathrooms

24:44 | Apr 19th, 2016

Guest co-host Vicky Mochama went out to the Hill to interview women about what it’s like to work in a space built for 19th century gentlemen.   In the wake of the NDP convention, the big question is whether Canada can stomach a party that’s a centi...Show More
Ep.47 - Should This Old Indian Guy Lead the Conservatives?

27:16 | Apr 12th, 2016

The fractures in the Conservative Party are showing as people jump into the leadership race.   Desmond wants to know why the Liberals flip flopped on an issue of torture. Supriya wants to get in on that sweet tax free status we've been hearing abou...Show More
Ep.46 - Tom Mulcair: Hot Prosecutor or Wet Napkin?

27:08 | Apr 5th, 2016

Jane Lytvynenko, CANADALAND’s news editor, guest co-hosts with Supriya Dwivedi.   As the NDP approaches a leadership review, Jane and Supriya try to figure out who Tom Mulcair even is.   Maclean’s Quebec Bureau Chief Martin Patriquin laughs off t...Show More
Ep.45 - Police in Canada Get Away With Killing Black People

30:44 | Mar 29th, 2016

Andrew Loku was shot and killed by police last July. But the public doesn’t know who did it.   When the Special Investigations Unit announced that the officer who killed him would not face charges, it led to a protest organised by Black Lives Matte...Show More
Ep.44 - Canada's Arms Deals: Beyond Saudi Arabia

23:09 | Mar 22nd, 2016

Canada’s arms deal with Saudi Arabia has raised a lot of controversy, but they’re not the only ones getting our weapons or weapons parts.   Supriya wants to know who else Canada is selling arms to, what oversight exists to make sure our weapons are...Show More
Ep.43 - Rogue Senators

20:50 | Mar 15th, 2016

A group of Senators says partisan activity has "seriously eroded the credibility and reputation” of their workplace. So they’ve formed a non-partisan working group to try to fix it.   Senator Diane Bellemare talks to Desmond and Supra after quittin...Show More
No Episode This Week

00:08 | Mar 8th, 2016

No new episode today. We'll be back next week.
Ep.42 - Live From U of Ottawa: Refugees Welcome, But Bad News About the Job Market...

31:32 | Mar 1st, 2016

Andray and Desmond host a live panel asking how cities are preparing refugees to fend for themselves in a year’s time and how they can get on their feet in our terrible job market.   Featuring:  Michael Qaqish, an Ottawa city councillor and the ci...Show More
Ep.41 - Legal Weed is Bad for Poor People

27:40 | Feb 23rd, 2016

Canada has had a marijuana industry for a long time. It just hasn’t always been legal. People in the business have ended up in prison, barred from crossing the border or denied future job prospects.   Now that the Liberals are planning to legalize ...Show More
Ep.40 - George Elliott Clarke: A Polyphony of Canadian Blacknesses

35:03 | Feb 16th, 2016

George Elliott Clarke has been appointed as Canada’s seventh poet laureate.    His wide-ranging conversation with Desmond touches on how working for a trailblazing black MP led him to meeting the Dalai Lama, why politicians should care about poetry...Show More
Ep.39 - Don't Let Harper Happen Here: Wab Kinew on Entering Politics

34:50 | Feb 9th, 2016

“I think it would be a real shame if we got rid of Harper at the federal level and then we brought in somebody who wants to take our province in a similar direction,” Wab Kinew tells Andray and Desmond.    Kinew is stepping into politics after year...Show More
Ep.38 - The Government Finally Admitted They Illegally Spy On Us and Nobody Cares

25:08 | Feb 2nd, 2016

Canada's electronic spy agency broke privacy laws by collecting metadata about Canadians, then sharing it with other countries. The issue was exposed in a watchdog report that was released to the public last week.  Andray and Supriya speak to Amanda...Show More
Ep.37 - Michelle Rempel on Heckling

28:24 | Jan 26th, 2016

Most workplaces discourage yelling and jeering among co-workers. But the government has their own way of doing things.   Desmond and Supriya talk to Calgary - Nose Hill Conservative MP Michelle Rempel about her experiences being heckled. They also ...Show More
Ep.36 - What Is a Post-Harper Conservative?

30:56 | Jan 19th, 2016

After the end of Harper's decade-long rule, Conservatives have to figure out what they stand for.   The next leadership race is still a long way away, but people are starting to campaign. Jim Burnett knows conservative leadership races from the ins...Show More
Ep.35 - White Men Gotta Speak On This

40:03 | Jan 12th, 2016

Former BC Premier Ujjal Dosanjh recently wrote an editorial called “The Silencing of the White Men of the West." In it, he argues that political correctness stifles powerful white men.    Editor-in-chief of The Walrus Jonathan Kay and cultural critic...Show More
Ep.34 - A senator on mischief, mutiny and men's rights

31:38 | Jan 5th, 2016

As a child, Andray was taught to look up to Anne C. Cools, the first black person to join Canada’s Senate. Born in Barbados, she spent her early life as a social worker and pioneer in the field of domestic violence before spending over three decades ...Show More
Ep.33 - Canada's Climate Game (of Thrones)

36:18 | Dec 22nd, 2015

Following the Paris agreement, Andray and Desmond speak to climate change expert Jason Thistlethwaite in a conversation touching on the “give a shit factor”, the inevitable death of the suburbs and Game of Thrones. Plus, they speak to someone who wa...Show More
Ep.32 - Families of MMIW: "What Can We Do Tomorrow?"

32:08 | Dec 15th, 2015

"What can we do tomorrow?” Maggie Cywink wants to know. "I don’t have another six months to wait for the government to meet everybody and figure it out.”  Mag’s sister Sonya Cywink was found murdered in southern Ontario in 1994. Bernadette Smith’s s...Show More
Ep.31 - Bringing Refugees To The Rockies

33:04 | Dec 8th, 2015

It’s easy to get lost in the numbers. So we look into what it takes to get a family of three refugees from Syria to the small mountain town of Jasper, Alberta. And Farah Malik, a refugee from Pakistan, talks about what it was like abandoning her home...Show More
Ep.30 - Electoral Reform, or How New Zealand Got a Rastafari MP

31:13 | Dec 1st, 2015

The Liberal government has promised to get rid of our current voting system, but they haven’t committed to what those changes will look like. By listener request, Andray and Desmond take a look at what could happen. They speak to a former political ...Show More
Ep.29 - The Beaverton

29:29 | Nov 24th, 2015

The Beaverton's satire isn't about funny accents or wacky characters. It cuts deep, skewering politicians and other media on issues like the refugee crisis and ISIS. Andray and Desmond speak to The Beaverton's editor-in-chief Luke Gordon Field about ...Show More
Ep.28 - Paris: Backlash Against Canadian Muslims?

27:24 | Nov 17th, 2015

Following the tragedy in Paris, Desmond talks to Imam Syed Soharwardy, founder of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, and Amira Elghawaby, communications director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims, about the backlash Muslims face in Cana...Show More
Ep.27 - How the Cabinet is like Wu-Tang Clan

27:17 | Nov 10th, 2015

University of New Brunswick's JP Lewis explains how the Cabinet is like Wu-Tang Clan and Buzzfeed Canada's Scaachi Koul proposes a Minister of No Bullsh*t.
Ep.26 - Losin' Ain't Easy

24:48 | Nov 3rd, 2015

The Conservative Party of Canada has fallen to Opposition status... but what does that mean? Can they actually affect politics or are they just getting ready for their next shot at government? Andray talks about that with Ray Martin, who led Alberta'...Show More
Ep.25 - Canada's 1st MP of Somali descent

38:03 | Oct 27th, 2015

Andray and Desmond talk to Liberal MP-elect Ahmed Hussen, soon to be Canada's first MP of Somali descent. They discuss the refugee crisis, diversity in Parliament, Bill C-51 and more.
Ep. 24 - Live on Election Night

42:02 | Oct 20th, 2015

Andray Domise, Desmond Cole and Supriya Dwivedi broadcast LIVE to a packed room at the Monarch Tavern in Toronto. Feat. Jesse Brown in Toronto, Jen Gerson at Harper HQ in Calgary, Drew Brown in Edmonton and Morgan Baskin in Squamish. #CL42 Warning...Show More
Ep. 23 - The Choice for Progressives

33:44 | Oct 12th, 2015

Tiffany Gooch explains why she's voting Liberal, and Luke Savage tells us why he's voting NDP. Plus, Desmond and Andray debate the value of voting.
Ep.22 - A Conservative Makes Their Case

33:13 | Oct 6th, 2015

Cartoonist and conservative commentator J.J. McCullough tells Andray and Desmond why he's voting Conservative in this election. It gets uncomfortable.
Ep.21 - What are women's issues, anyway?

28:35 | Sep 29th, 2015

Septembre Anderson and Naomi Sayers tell Desmond Cole what they think women's issues are, and what they make of how they're treated in our politics.
Ep.20 - Knock Knock

29:19 | Sep 22nd, 2015

Desmond Cole follows a Green Party candidate and his volunteers as they door-knock in the riding of Toronto-Danforth.
Ep.19 - Campaign Ads (are for grandmas)

32:57 | Sep 15th, 2015

Andray Domise and Desmond Cole talk campaign ads with Jen Gerson and Scott Matthews. Featuring a special guest appearance from Andray’s grandma.
Ep.18 - A Historic Election

31:39 | Sep 8th, 2015

We've never seen one like this before. Desmond Cole is back to talk three-way races, minority governments and party cooperation with Paul Fairie (@paulisci) and Mychaylo Prystupa (@Mychaylo). Plus, Andray Domise is reticent to embrace coalitions.
Ep.17 - Kids These Days

30:03 | Sep 1st, 2015

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

00:26 | Aug 24th, 2015

Back next week with a new episode!
Ep.16 - Survey Says!

27:06 | Aug 18th, 2015

Andray Domise and Desmond Cole talk to Kyla Ronellenfitsch from the Gandalf Group and David Coletto, the CEO of Abacus Data to help figure out political polling. When should you pay attention to a poll and why and when should you take the results wit...Show More
Ep.15 - CANADALAND: COMMONS Guide To Debates

29:33 | Aug 11th, 2015

Desmond Cole and guest host Supriya Dwivedi present The CANADALAND: COMMONS Guide To Debates.    From the zinger to the dodge, Desmond and Supriya break down what you can expect to see in the federal leader's debates this election season.
Ep.14: Cash Rules Everything Around Me

32:06 | Aug 4th, 2015

To kick off the official federal election campaign, Desmond Cole and Andray Domise talk to Harold Jansen and Gerry Nicholls about campaign financing, party fundraising, and why this campaign is set to be the longest in modern Canadian history.
Ep.13 - Migrant Detention

29:05 | Jul 28th, 2015

Desmond Cole and Andray Domise talk about the Canadian government's detention of migrants, many of whom have committed no crime, with Renu Mandhane and Syed Hussan.
Ep.12 - Debts and Deficits

31:59 | Jul 21st, 2015

Andray Domise and guest host Supriya Dwivedi talk government debt, recessions and the Balanced Budget Act with Mike Moffatt of the Mowat Centre, and Aaron Wudrick of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
Ep.11 - Can I Kick It?

24:33 | Jul 14th, 2015

Desmond Cole and Andray Domise talk election fraud, Justin Trudeau, and the TRC.
Ep.10 - Diversity or tokenism?

25:41 | Jul 7th, 2015

Rachel Décoste joims to talk diversity quotas, tokenism and equity in Canadian politics.
Ep.9 - The Senate, what it do?

31:24 | Jun 30th, 2015

Paul Wells and Heather Hughson talk about what the Senate does, and whether or not it's worth hanging on to.
Ep.8 - Barbaric cultural practices

29:13 | Jun 23rd, 2015

Andray Domise, guest-host Supriya Dwivedi and Ishmael Daro talk about the Zero Tolerance For Barbaric Cultural Practices Act, the new Quebec secular legislation, and the massacre in Charleston.
Ep.7 - Crossing the floor

29:07 | Jun 16th, 2015

Andray and Desmond speak with former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith about crossing the floor from the official opposition to the governing party.
Ep.6 - Residential Schools

30:35 | Jun 9th, 2015

We haven't even begun to talk about what happened.
Ep.5 - Sex work in Canada

25:31 | Jun 2nd, 2015

Kerry Porth, Akio Maroon, Elene Lam join for a panel discussion on Bill C-36 and more.
Ep.4 - The PMO, what it is?

27:39 | May 26th, 2015

What is the Prime Minister's Office? How many people work there, who are they, and what do they all do? Just how powerful is the PMO, and is the Prime Minister responsible for what it does?
Ep.3 - Elizabeth May

28:03 | May 19th, 2015

Desmond Cole taks to Green Party leader Elizabeth May about her plans to get arrested, and more.
Ep.2 - What happened in Alberta?

29:02 | May 12th, 2015

Desmond and Andray try to understand the NDP's shocking victory. Guests: professor Melanee Thomas and writer Drew Brown.
Ep.1 - Who's in charge?

24:31 | May 5th, 2015

Is it the Prime Minister? The Governor General? The Queen? Canada's Head of State may be symbolic, but symbolic of what? Desmond Cole and Andray Domise start with the basics.
Preview #1. Series launch on May 5th

01:02 | Apr 8th, 2015

Desmond Cole & Andray Domise talk about their ambitions for their new weekly political podcast