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A politics show for people who hate politics.
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DYNASTIES 4 - The Rizzutos

DYNASTIES 4 - The Rizzutos

2019-11-1200:43:325

The Rizzutos are Canada’s first family of crime. For decades, they dominated Montreal’s underworld with an iron fist. With the help of corrupt politicians and police officers, the Rizzutos built one of the most fearsome and lucrative criminal enterprises this country has ever seen.  Their reign was long and bloody. But their fall, was even more gruesome. Featured in this episode: Peter Edwards (Toronto Star), Pietro Poletti  To learn more: Business or Blood: Mafia Boss Vito Rizzuto's Last War by Peter Edwards and Antonio Nicaso The Sixth Family: The Collapse of the New York Mafia and the Rise of Vito Rizzuto by Lee Lamothe and Adrian Humphreys “Death of the Don” by CBC’s The Fifth Estate   This show was brought to you by our patrons. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.  This episode is sponsored by Freshbooks, Leesa and HelloFresh. Additional music: I dunno by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: J Lang, Morusque Spheres (Hip Hop Instrumental) by Robbero (c) copyright 2013 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.  “Cylinder Five” by Chris Zabriskie, adapted. 
COMMONS Needs Your Help

COMMONS Needs Your Help

2019-10-2900:14:49

Canada is a big, interesting, and complicated place and COMMONS is committed to bringing you thoughtfully crafted and illuminating stories that will challenge everything you think you know about this country.  We make a complex scripted podcast that’s unlike anything else available in this country and cover stories from all across the nation. We want to keep doing this work, but we need your support.   This week we’re going to tell you a little bit about the work that goes into making this show and about what’s next for Canadaland. Click here to see we’re hoping to do with your support.
DYNASTIES 3 - The Fords

DYNASTIES 3 - The Fords

2019-10-1500:43:042

They call themselves the Canadian Kennedys. And they’re one of the most famous political dynasties to ever exist in this country. But the rise of the Ford family has been marred by violence and self-destruction at almost every turn. The story of the Fords is tragic — for them, for everyone who falls into their orbit, and for the people of Toronto. Featured in this episode: Jonathan Goldsbie (Canadaland). CORRECTION [Nov. 18, 2019]: We state in this episode that Rob Ford died in 2014. He died in March of 2016. We regret the error. To learn more: Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story by Robyn Doolittle The Only Average Guy: Inside the Uncommon World of Rob Ford by John Filion “The Rob Ford Story” by CBC’s The Fifth Estate This show was brought to you by our patrons. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.  This episode is sponsored by Freshbooks and Audible. Additional music: I dunno by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: J Lang, Morusque MILLENNIALS by Analog By Nature (c) copyright 2018 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Reverie (small theme) by _ghost (c) copyright 2010 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: Pitx “Unanswered Questions” by Kevin Macleod, adapted. 
DYNASTIES 2 - The Irvings

DYNASTIES 2 - The Irvings

2019-10-0100:38:302

For almost a century, the Irving family has run New Brunswick like a personal fiefdom. They own the newspapers, the industry, and, according to some, even the government. So how does a single family come to so thoroughly dominate an entire province? And what happens when that family starts to fracture and split apart at the seams? Featured in this episode: Bruce Livesey (Thieves of Bay Street). To learn more: “Are the Irvings Canada's biggest corporate welfare bums?” by Bruce Livesey in National Observer Irving vs. Irving: Canada's Feuding Billionaires and the Stories They Won't Tell by Jacques Poitras “Irving family's fortunate son explains how he fell into a dark depression, and rose again” by Erin Anderssen” in The Globe and Mail This show was brought to you by our patrons. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.  This episode is sponsored by Freshbooks and Leesa.  Additional music: I dunno by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: J Lang, Morusque “A List of Ways to Die” by Lee Rosevere, “Easy Life” by Lee Rosevere, and “Androids Always Escape” by Chris Zabriskie, adapted.
DYNASTIES 1 - The Stronachs

DYNASTIES 1 - The Stronachs

2019-09-1700:30:562

Canada is a country ruled by dynasties — political, commercial and criminal. In the first episode of our new series, we bring you the story of an eccentric, billionaire patriarch; his famous, charismatic daughter; a fire-breathing monument the size of the Statue of Liberty; and the battle over one of Canada’s great business empires.  Featured in this episode: Robert Fife (Globe and Mail). To learn more: “The $500 Million Family Feud” by Leah McLaren in Toronto Life “A Stronach Family Feud: How things fell apart between the patriarch and his heir apparent” by Barbara Shecter and Geoff Zochodne in the Financial Post “‘They stole the company’: Frank Stronach accuses daughter Belinda of betrayal” by Robert Fife in The Globe and Mail This show was brought to you by our patrons. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.  This episode is sponsored by Freshbooks and Audible. 
Our new season: DYNASTIES

Our new season: DYNASTIES

2019-09-1200:01:27

Stories about the rich and powerful families who run Canada.
Canoe-borne bandits strike an underwater town. A new generation of wealthy lobstermen is minted. An island disappears. And hellfire engulfs a highway jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive. Just another normal day amidst Canada’s climate catastrophe.  Featured in this episode: Catherine Griwkowsky (Alberta Today), Brendan Kennedy (Toronto Star), Keith Stewart (Greenpeace), Markus Harvey. To learn more: “There will be floods” by Brendan Kennedy in the Toronto Star “Big Oil braced for global warming while it fought regulations” by Amy Lieberman and Susanne Rust in the Los Angeles Times “When climate change hits home” by Nick Purdon in CBC News This show was brought to you by our patrons. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. 
Teck Resources just got approval to build the largest tar sands operation ever. The Frontier mine would have serious and permanent consequences for the local environment, Indigenous peoples and the global climate. So why haven’t you ever heard about it? Featured in this episode: Nikki Way (Pembina Institute), Kecia Kerr (Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society), Cleo Reece (Keepers of the Athabasca), Violet Cheecham Clark. To learn more: “10 things you need to know about the massive new oilsands mine that just got a green light” by Sharon J. Riley in The Narwhal “Teck's Frontier oilsands project heads to McKenna for review” by Alastair Sharp in National Observer “UN says Canada isn’t doing enough to save Wood Buffalo National Park” by Judith Lavoie in The Narwhal This show was brought to you by our patrons. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. 
Ever get the feeling someone is watching you? If you’ve been to an environmental protest recently, you might be right. Private intelligence firms, the RCMP and even Canada’s spies have all been caught collecting information on everyday Canadians speaking out against the oil industry. Featured in this episode: Ron Tremblay (Wolostoq Grand Council), Mike De Souza (National Observer), Meghan McDermott (BC Civil Liberties Association) To learn more: “Spies in our midst: RCMP and CSIS snoop on green activists” by Bruce Livesey in National Observer “The Private Intelligence Firm Keeping Tabs on Environmentalists” by Adam Federman in Mother Jones “Kinder Morgan privately eyes Trans Mountain opponents” by Alastair Sharp & Dylan Waisman in National Observer “The feds paid private eye to hunt for a journalist's sources” by Mike De Souza in National Observer Additional music: “A List of Ways to Die” by Lee Rosevere, adapted. This show was brought to you by our patrons. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.
Introducing Wag The Doug

Introducing Wag The Doug

2019-07-0900:41:421

In the past few weeks, Ontario Premier Doug Ford was loudly booed at the Raptors' victory parade, demoted a bunch of star members of his Cabinet amid sagging poll numbers and lost his Chief of Staff, who got caught up in a nepotism scandal.  Are we witnessing the downfall of a government, or is this just another month in Ontario?    If you like Wag the Doug, subscribe to hear more!
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Comments (6)

Carson Chiu

sad? LOL no justice in this world, suicidal and still doesn't kill himself like the human garbage he is *sigh*

Oct 1st
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Jon C

The Queen has power and dominion over all the commonwealth land and people. The government of Canada has special permission to excercise her powers within her mandate. The governor general is here not to ensure democracy is upheld but to ensure our laws don't infringe upon the Queens power and also as a reminder that we are her subjects and not free people. I think alot was assumed in this podcast and when incorrect things were suggested by the hosts the political expert they had just said nothing knowing damn well they were way off and pretty naïve in their assumptions.

Sep 19th
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Ryan McKay

What a fascinating and unnerving story!

Jul 21st
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William

J.J. McCullough sounds like an idiot. He is ABOOT. Not a good representative of real conservatives.

May 27th
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Joseph F

really enjoying this season, awesome job!

Dec 1st
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Carlos Valdez

mind

Feb 12th
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