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Media criticism, news analysis and investigations with host Jesse Brown. The #1 Canadian podcast.
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The lab-leak theory has more evidence supporting it than ever before. Journalist Elaine Dewar has written a new book documenting little-known scientific evidence and acts of deception and obfuscation from Chinese, American, and Canadian officials. So what exactly were they all trying to hide? Further reading: On the Origin of the Deadliest Pandemic in 100 Years Globe and Mail: Chinese Major-General worked with fired scientist at Canada’s top infectious disease lab Vanity Fair: The Lab-Leak Theory: Inside the Fight to Uncover COVID-19’s Origins The Intercept: Leaked Grant Proposal Details High-Risk Coronavirus Research   Sponsors: Douglas, PolicyMe, Squarespace Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
We look back on the coverage of an absolutely underwhelming, demoralizing election. And we contend with a troubling aspect of Norm Macdonald’s legacy. CANADALAND contributing editor Danielle Paradis co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by Dispatch Coffee, Douglas and CNN's Total Recall. *This episode included a clip from CTV election night 2019. It has been removed. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
There’s a video from the Fairy Creek anti-logging demonstrations on Vancouver Island that shows police unleashing pepper spray at close range onto a crowd of activists. At one point, an RCMP officer rips the masks off of two women, shown clearly on the tape. Other witnesses from the scene allege even worse - that officers were kicking and dragging activists, and aiming pepper spray into their mouth, eyes and private areas.  As reporter Cherise Seucharan finds out, the avenues available to the public to hold RCMP accountable don’t seem to be working when it comes to these reports of escalating police violence at Fairy Creek. The courts, the police complaints system, and even the media have not been able to stop RCMP from acting in ways that have been condemned by experts, civil rights lawyers and by the RCMP’s own watchdog.  Is it possible to police the police at Fairy Creek?  This episode is sponsored by Douglas, Squarespace, Article and CNN Total Recall. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Trudeau is getting upset and it seems to be working for him. And the English leaders' debate was widely derided. Was it deserved? Vice senior editor Manisha Krishnan co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by Douglas, PolicyMe and HelloFresh. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Gagged By Law

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Non-disclosure agreements are incredibly common. But they protect abusers, and block journalism. They are also, as it turns out, often unenforceable. Zelda Perkins, who blew the whistle on Harvey Weinstein, has joined forces with law professor Julie Macfarlane to launch a global campaign against NDAs, called Can't Buy My Silence.  Further Reading: cantbuymysilence.com Zelda Perkins on the BBC: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/entertainment-arts-42420389 Prof. Julie Macfarlane's book, Going Public: https://www.amazon.ca/Going-Public-Survivors-Journey-Action/dp/1771134755 Additional music by Audio Network Sponsors Douglas, Dispatch Coffee, Freshbooks, & Squarespace Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
After protestors threw gravel at the Prime Minister during a campaign stop, we ask: has this gotten too much coverage, or not enough? And we scrutinize a budding conspiracy about Michael Spavor, the Canadian entrepreneur detained in China.  Writer and National Observer columnist Sandy Garossino co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by Dispatch Coffee, the Emerging Digital Artists Award and PolicyMe. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
With the election coming in two weeks, Jesse sits down for an interview with Tiffany Lam, producer of The Backbench, to discuss what kind of politics show her and Fatima are making and how a politics show can be fun, accessible and nutritious.  The interview is followed by the most recent episode of The Backbench. Subscribe to The Backbench to be informed about the important issues of this election. -- The Liberals promised to inject 6-billion more dollars into our healthcare system last week, but will more money mean more healthcare? Meanwhile, regional federal parties have dropped their platforms with distinct climate plans, posing a possible threat to major parties. This week's contributors: Leena Minifie, Emilie Nicolas, Stuart Thomson Links: Jen Gerson's Maclean's piece on the Maverick Party Fatima & Emma MacIntosh's National Observer 2019 piece on whether politicians should be blocking voters Mark McKinnon's Globe and Mail piece on Ukraine rescuing Canada-bound Afghans Sponsors: PolicyMe, Squarespace, Dispatch, Article Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Many journalists are condemning the unruly protestors following Trudeau on the campaign trail. But is that our role? And co-host Jen Agg talks about how she became the centre of a major story after dealing with her own unruly protestors at her restaurants. Jen Agg is a restaurateur and author of I Hear She’s a Real Bitch. Here’s her Twitter thread that got the attention of the media. This episode is sponsored by Dispatch Coffee, The Emerging Digital Artists Award and PolicyMe. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Last year there were 540,000 international students in Canada according to Immigrations Refugees and Citizenship Canada, IRCC. Many of these students came to Canada with one goal - permanent residency. Our producer, Damilola Onime, herself a former international student, shares the story of how the international education industry is run in Canada. The story of how these students, because of their ambition for greener pastures are exploited by the government, the schools the attend, recruitments agents and every other party involved in their temporary resident to permanent resident journey.  Additional music by Audio Network Sponsors: PolicyMe and Hover Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Twitter became the centre of the election this week when they put a "manipulated media” tag on one of Chrystia Freeland’s tweets, which contained an edited video of Conservative leader Erin O’Toole. And is science journalism at a crisis point in Canada? An analysis finds Canada’s biggest newspapers gave about half as much coverage to the IPCC’s major recent climate report as US ones did. Fatima Syed hosts with Sean Holman as co-host Further Reading: The Tyee: When Dire Climate News Came, Canada’s Front Pages Crumpled Politico on the political connections at Twitter Chrystia Freeland’s edited video of Erin O'Toole and the full video This episode is brought to you by PolicyMe, FreshBooks and Squarespace. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Craig Kielburger was the Greta Thunberg of the 90s – a 12 year-old kid from the suburbs who dreamed of freeing the world’s children from slavery. His activism made him famous, and he was endorsed by Oprah, the Pope, the Queen, and the Clintons. His campaign became a global movement and a powerful brand.  But right from the start, there were uncomfortable questions about money and exploitation. Decades later, it all came crashing down. But the seeds of WE’s self-destruction were planted right from the start…   Official responses from WE: According to the WE Organization: neither the WE Organization nor Marc or Craig Kielburger have ever been investigated by a law enforcement agency, currently or in the past. The WE Organization maintains that all financial transactions between its various entities, both charitable and for-profit, have followed all applicable laws. In his libel claim against Saturday Night Magazine: Craig Kielburger said that the article was false and led people to wrongly believe he was keeping the money for himself. According to a reported statement by a Free the Children accountant, donations made prior to the organization becoming a registered charity were deposited in a separate bank account, and the group was being run as a charity pending Revenue Canada’s approval of its application.   2018 investigation: https://www.canadaland.com/all-of-wes-answers-to-canadaland-and-letters-from-their-lawyers/ 2019 investigation: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/21044335-we-responses-to-canadaland-2019?responsive=1&title=1   Further reading: Canadaland’s reporting on WE Charity: https://www.canadaland.com/?s=we+charity   The WE Charity story, according to WE:  https://www.we.org/en-CA/about-we/we-charity/our-story   WE.org Transparency page: https://www.we.org/en-CA/transparency-reporting/we-charity   WE.org Financials page: https://www.we.org/en-CA/about-we/we-charity/governance/   ME to WE Transparency page: https://www.we.org/en-CA/transparency-reporting/me-to-we   Music by Audio Network   This episode contains source materials used under the Fair Dealing provisions of the Copyright Act. Sources:   It Takes a Child Craig Kielburger’s Story – A Journey into Child Labour Directed by Judy Jackson Produced by Judy Films Youtube   The Story of Craig Kielburger produced, and narrated by Sherine Mansour CPAC Youtube   In Search Of Character LiveWire Media Elkind+Sweet Communications, Inc https://www.livewiremedia.com/product/in-search-of-character/   The Price WE Paid The Fifth Estate/CBC   Interview with Craig Kielburger CSPAN   Craig Kielburger NSB Speakers promotional video Youtube   Marc Kielburger NSB Speakers promotional video Youtube   WE Movement Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm6agaIkn5aBJlLLds7P1HQ   MeToWe Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm6agaIkn5aBJlLLds7P1HQ   CTV News – Kielburger brothers interview with Lisa Laflamme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_p5PRLy2os   MTV Cribs: Craig Kielburger Episode Haddon Strategy https://vimeo.com/49975157   Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Recent stories about Canada's role in the War in Afghanistan fall short. And if Justin Trudeau is Veruca Salt, who then is Erin O'Toole? Photojournalist and author Paul Watson co-hosts. Links: Paul's LA Times story from embedding with Ghazni Talibs Paul's LA Times story on Afghanistan's pipeline plans Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Shad's Hip-Hop Evolution is an incredible piece of journalism that nobody is talking about. Hip-Hop Evolution is a remarkable piece of journalism and an exhaustive look at the history of hip-hop. It’s also made by a group of Canadians. Rapper and broadcaster Shad, director Darby Wheeler, and writer Rodrigo Bascuñán join to talk about their award-winning documentary series.  The episode is brought to you by One Year, Policy Me, Article, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter on Patreon. (This episode was originally published October 6, 2019) Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Co-host Pauls Wells may be the only person aside from Trudeau who wants an election right now. We look ahead to the campaign and debates to come. WE is back in the news. And The Rebel has another defamation case dismissed.   Sponsors: Slate, Policy Me, Freshbooks, Hello Fresh Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Subscribe to The White Saviors now! Series launch: August 23 Over 25 years, WE built a golden brand by inspiring children to rally around their charismatic leader. But behind the scenes, employees experienced a cult-like culture and a troubling blur of charitable and commercial activities. In the aftermath of a national scandal, thousands of donors and volunteers (and dozens of ‘celebrity ambassadors’) are left wondering where the money went, and whether the savior industry creates a constant need for victims. From CANADALAND, the news company that exposed it all, this is the exclusive story of a charity that did well when it was supposed to be doing good.Subscribe to The White Saviors. Episode one drops on August 20th   This trailer contains source materials used under the Fair Dealing provisions of the Copyright Act.  Sources:    It Takes a Child Craig Kielburger's Story - A Journey into Child Labour Directed by Judy Jackson Produced by Judy Films Youtube   The Story of Craig Kielburger produced, and narrated by Sherine Mansour CPAC Youtube   In Search Of Character LiveWire Media Elkind+Sweet Communications, Inc https://www.livewiremedia.com/product/in-search-of-character/   The Price WE Paid The Fifth Estate/CBC   Interview with Craig Kielburger CSPAN   Craig Kielburger NSB Speakers promotional video Youtube   Marc Kielburger NSB Speakers promotional video Youtube   WE Movement Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm6agaIkn5aBJlLLds7P1HQ MeToWe Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm6agaIkn5aBJlLLds7P1HQ CTV News - Kielburger brothers interview with Lisa Laflamme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_p5PRLy2os MTV Cribs: Craig Kielburger Episode Haddon Strategy https://vimeo.com/49975157 Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In late 2020, FBI agents showed up at the New York home of activist and journalist Masih Alinejad, and told her that agents of the Iranian regime were plotting to kidnap her. Months later, an indictment from the US Department of Justice revealed details of the plot - including surveillance of her home and family, and a plan to take her to Venezuela by boat. But it also mentioned three people in Canada were also targets. As our reporter Cherise Seucharan finds out, many journalists and dissidents who have left countries such as Iran, China, Mexico and Pakistan for safety in Canada, have found themselves the victim of threats and intimidation by what they believe to be foreign actors. In one case, involving Pakistani activist Karima Baloch in Toronto, these threats ramped up before her unexpected death. Kiran Nazish, founding director of the Coalition for Women in Journalism,  explains how extensive these threats are, and how the Canadain government has so far failed to act to protect these dissidents.  Additional music provided by Audio Network Sponsors: Squarespace,  Unfucking The Republic podcast, and  PolicyMe Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Une journaliste scientifique a porté plainte à Radio Canada et a reçu beaucoup de haine. Et est-ce que les journalistes répondent finalement aux militants? Emilie Nicolas et Nora Loreto prennent le relais en l’absence de Jesse. En anglais: A science journalist complained to Radio-Canada and received a lot of hate for it. And are journalists finally responding to activism the way they should?  Emilie Nicolas and Nora Loreto take over in Jesse’s absence. Links/liens: The full ombudsman decision is here (en français) This episode is supported by/Cet épisode est commandité par Dispatch Coffee and/et Hover. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Teachers accused of abusing Indigenous children at Catholic schools are among us. John Furlong is quoted regularly in the press as the man leading a possible Vancouver bid for the 2030 Olympics. It's as if the people accusing him of physical and sexual abuse don't exist. Today we hear Jesse's original 2014 conversation with journalist Laura Robinson, who broke the Furlong story, and an update about all that has happened since, and why the upcoming tribunal on the case may be different. Additional Reading: Laura Robinson's original piece on Furlong in the Georgia Straight The words of (some of) Furlong's accusers Canadian Human Rights Commission complaint regarding the RCMP investigation of John Furlong    Sponsors:Squarespace, Article, Unfucking The Republic podcast Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A draft of the anti-Alberta inquiry was leaked and didn't find what it thought it would. And Facebook is partnering up with The Globe and Mail and Jesse wants in. Writer Sandy Garossino co-hosts. Links: More on the leaked draft of the Allan Inquiry A photo of the "Wanted" Mark Zuckerberg posters can be found here This episode is supported by Dispatch Coffee, Slate, and PolicyMe.  Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ryerson University (aka X University) has a Journalism department in turmoil over student grievances. As similar reckonings sweep Canada's other J-Schools, Jesse sits down with departing Ryerson Prof Karyn Pugliese and former Undergraduate Director Lisa Taylor to discuss why they both left their posts. Then, reporter Cherise Seucharan talks to Ryerson alum Sarah Krichel and student Reah Singh, an organizer of the open letter that became national news. Further Reading: A report on the crisis at Ryerson's J-School The Open Letter from Ryerson students The National Post on the Jonathan Bradley case Sponsor: Hover Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Comments (94)

Al Boucher

Where are these pigs when idiots are blocking hospital access? ACAB

Sep 20th
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Cindy Bachynski

The way you're talking about Trumps dealing with N. Korea to bring a closure to the Vietnam war and have peace between the North and South as if he was doing something nefarious.

Sep 15th
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Cindy Bachynski

Actually the FBI knew everything about Jan. 6 before it happened because the leaders of 2 of the groups, the Proud Boys and the Oath Breakers, were FBI informants and those 2 groups were the instigators of the violence on Jan. 6. Trump media coverage on CNN & MSNBC was arranged by the Clinton campaign. The Clinton campaign didn't want the news covering her primary opponent so they arranged for the 2 Democrat run propaganda outlets to show Trumps empty podium instead. It was called the Pied Piper strategy. Then they'd talk about all of Trumps positions to piss off their audience hoping people would be so repulsed by him that they'd never vote for him. They didn't even cover Clintons campaign half as often as they talked about Trump. But enough people found Hillary Clinton more repulsive than Trump and she lost. This information was in the DNC emails that were leaked to Wikileaks.

Sep 15th
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Cindy Bachynski

This "pass along the garbage" policy sounds exactly like what the Catholic church did with their pedophile priests.

Sep 15th
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William

Didn't Maxime Bernier get smacked right on the back of his head with an egg? Why is this conveniently ignored by these two.

Sep 13th
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Jeremy

Jesse, as an American listening you actually come across somewhat ignorant because as much fun as it is to laugh at the semen retention stuff, it's actually a well-worn trope not only in problematic communities such as the incels who often go on killings breeze but it also has roots in Nazi Germany. convincing young men to restrict their sexuality and masturbation is a known tactic to make them more malleable. you wouldn't think it was possible, but it's been used over and over again. The bigger point though is that if you're saying these things don't exist in Canada you're ignoring the existence of the internet.

Sep 12th
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Craig Pearce

not manipulated?! Are you two journalists? If so, I'm scared.

Aug 26th
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William

Wow, this Andrey guy sounds like a real hypocrite.

Jul 26th
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William

I'm very disappointed with this episode. How can Emilie or Danielle just make a blanket statement that Quebec and Alberta hate Canada as if it is a fact? Why would the other not correct that falsehood? There may be people that espouse separation in some provinces, and in First Nations, but that does not mean that the entire population of that area feel the same way!

Jun 28th
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Jon C

I'm for a ban on evictions if the govt pays the mortgage and expenses for the landlord. why is it only the guy who worked hard and sacrificed to invest in real estate that gets screwed. we aren't an endless pit of money. this culture of resentment towards people who did the hard work and invested is stupid and its really time we get a genuine discussion about this issue.

May 2nd
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Mark Little

l just listened to the interview with Christie Blatchford. This guy clearly doesn't understand Christie or her role as a reporter, or even how the courts work. You want to be a journalist, grow a set, keep your mouth shut and learn. She was a National treasure and you just don't appreciate it yet Jesse.

Mar 23rd
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Edward D. Johns

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Mar 5th
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kim labreche

the day I listened to this podcast I was looking at my mail, mostly fliers, however it also included a 3 section edition of this paper. There are kernels of truth in some articles however the propaganda is blatant if one opens their eyes and ears

Jan 16th
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William

Why is there never any coverage given to the elected leaders of the indigenous people, and only that of the hereditary leaders, or the RCMP?

Nov 18th
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James Knight

canadians seem unwilling to give even a lobster back, let alone land

Nov 16th
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James Knight

I have just discovered "Canadaland" and really, really enjoy listening to what , at least, seems truthful, sound investigative reporting on subjects that concern me. In general I give little credence to most media. This seems truly Canadian in my mind.

Nov 9th
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William

Sue them back Jessie.

Nov 9th
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Weather or Not

www.cfur.ca is a statiin out of unbc. i feel like a member of a secret club who applied for the license and started a radio station. CFUR-FM began with 5 watts and now has 500 wts. it was streaming over 1 yr before it was broadcast legal.

Oct 29th
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William

So Jesse's listeners write to tell him not to continually rant about a media niche topic, then he decides to make you listen to another rant about that niche topic before getting to his guest. Man, just do a separate episode on that rant, so the rest of us can just skip it on our playlists.

Oct 26th
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Craig Pearce

if you don't like it you can leave? good coverage guys lol

Oct 22nd
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