CANADALAND

CANADALAND

Canada

Hosted by Jesse Brown. New shows every Monday and Thursday.

Episodes

SHORT CUTS #116 - To Hell With Weed, We Have A Fentanyl Crisis  

The Prime Minister showed up at Vice to talk about the Liberal government's marijuana legalization plan, but is blindsided when members of the audience demanded he address the opioid overdose epidemic going on across the country.

Reporters Without Borders released their annual World Press Freedom Index this week. Canada placed 22nd. Two years ago we were in eighth place. What caused this dramatic decline?

Finally, the CBC is scoring some of that sweet Canada150 cash to commission programming it should probably already be making with the $1-billion it receives annually, and J.J. McCullough tries his hand at a nuanced comparison of Canadian and Turkish political systems, but most people just dismiss him as a crackpot.

Tom Henheffer, Executive Director of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression joins us.

Ep.180 - Who Buys A Newspaper Chain In 2017?  

...The Chronicle Herald's Mark Lever, that's who.

After pleading poverty for nearly 16 months while his reporters, editors, and photographers are strike, he came up with the bucks to buy 28 Atlantic Canadian newspapers from the floundering Transcontinental chain. This gives his company an effective monopoly in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island.

We speak with long-time Nova Scotia journalists (and former Transcontinental reporters) Stephen Kimber and Parker Donham about the rationale behind the purchase and whether this benefits news consumers in Atlantic Canada.

SHORT CUTS #114 - Trump V. Milk  

The scandals continue piling up on B.C. Premier Christy Clark's administration, yet it doesn't seem to be getting a ton of press. Maybe that's because so many of them are now working for her party.

Meanwhile, south of the border, President Trump no longer wants to 'tweak' NAFTA, but would rather stick it to our cows. Our precious, precious cows.

 

Ep.179 - Post-Postmedia  

The largest newspaper chain in Canada is in its death throes. As Postmedia staggers, bleeding, toward insolvency, we need to ask what its loss means for public discourse in Canada.

Former Postmedia stars Kady O'Malley and Stephen Maher join Jesse to try to envision a post-Postmedia future in Canadian journalism.

SHORT CUTS #114 - PariahCast  

Jian Ghomeshi is back and the nation breathes a collective "Ewww...really?"

Also, you know things are bad at Postmedia when even the founder of the company is awaiting his pink slip.

Plus, CBC finally gets the story of Canada right by just saying "sorry" over and over.

Freelance journalist David Berry joins us.

Ep.178 - The Ugly Anglo  

Is Quebec’s media - like its culture - distinct from the rest of Canada’s? Does national media do a decent job of covering Quebec issues and news?

The Globe and Mail’s Montreal bureau chief, Les Perreaux and Laval University’s Centre for Media Studies' director, Colette Brin, set the record straight on prejudices and assumptions many ‘ugly anglos,’ like Jesse, have about the province’s media culture.

SHORT CUTS #113 - Canada150: Here’s Who’s Pissed Off So Far  

CBC’s miniseries “The Story of Us,” is only two episodes in, but manages to upset literally everyone (except Joseph Boyden). Justin Trudeau endorses CBC’s Canada 150 fiasco--and his favourite microbrew, Labatt150.

Everyone forgets the Junos were on Sunday and Russell Peters makes a statutory rape joke.

The Globe and Mail issues Leah McLaren a gag order, following the coded memo sent out to staff. Following McGill’s brand-sensitive lead, Ryerson University issues an apology for a short documentary about poverty in Niagara Falls, made by its students.  

An access-to-information request made by VICE reveals that CSIS has been secretly watching and reporting on events at the Standing Rock pipeline protests. How freaked out should journalists be about surveillance and border crossing?

VICE Canada’s Hilary Beaumont joins Jesse.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Space Vs. Canada  

Something special to announce today, new show on Thursday. 

Link discussed: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-canadaland-guide-to-canada/9781501150630-item.html?ref=item_page%3avariation
Ep.177 - Being Jewish In Public  

We're seeing a simultaneous backlash against both the media and the Jewish community. And there's a place where the two intersect.   Is there an over-concentration of Jews in the media? Well, yeah, probably. So?   We speak with Yoni Goldstein of the Canadian Jewish News, and Sam Bick and David Zinman of the Treyf podcast about Jewish media in Canada, and what its future looks like.    

SHORT CUTS #112 - Quebec Is Butthurt Again  

A screed against Quebec's 'pathologically alienated and low-trust society' in Macleans has ignited howls of protest from Quebeckers, including from Premier Philippe Couillard and federal cabinet minister Mélanie Joly. But is it wrong?

And journalism awards season is upon us. Should we pay attention, or is this a 'Central Canadian Toronto Media Party Fucking Circle Jerk?'

The National Post's Jen Gerson joins us.

Ep.176 - The VICE Media Cocaine Caper  

Last month, the National Post broke a crazy story involving former staffers from Canada's deepest-pocketed media upstart, up-and-coming members of Toronto's music and modelling scenes, and an international drug cartel.

Adrian Humphreys, crime reporter for the Post, joins us to dig deep into this caper.

SHORT CUTS #111 - Rebel Media's Nazi Problem  

Is Rebel Media's embrace of free speech leading to rampant anti-semitism and virulent racism?

Also,  Atlantic Canadian journalists are coming under fire, and the refugee influx will likely ramp up in the next few months.

Macleans Alberta correspondent Jason Markusoff joins us.

Ep.175 - Michael Chong  

While the majority of Conservative candidates for the federal leadership gig are pushing against Motion 103, and denying climate change, Michael Chong is trying to change the dialogue.

SHORT CUTS #110 - CPAC And Chill  

George Soros, the Koch Brothers, and the Reverse Vampires™ are out to overwhelm you with a barrage of news. Is there a way to discern kernels of truth in this "chaos machine?"

Russians are apparently implicating Canada's Foreign Affairs Minster Chrystia Freeland in regards to familial ties to the Nazi regime.

Finally, which pill is Maxime Bernier gonna take?

The Toronto Star's Alex Boutilier joins Jesse.

 

Ep.174 -  Is Atlantic Journalism Fucked?  

The newspaper industry in Atlantic Canada is far less than healthy. The largest-circulation paper, the Halifax Chronicle Herald, is more than 400 days into a crippling strike which sees most of its senior reporters and editors on the picket line while its replacement workers are plugging out disturbingly sub-par journalism.

Elsewhere in the area, the rest of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have almost almost all of their daily and weekly newspapers cinched up between two companies: Brunswick News (owned by the Irving family, who employs approximately one-in-five New Brunswickers), and TC Media.

Still, there are bright spots. Atlantic Canada is seeing a significant number of start-up journalism enterprises. Might there be a light at the end of the tunnel?

Jesse joins Halifax Examiner publisher and editor Tim Bousquet and University of King's College assistant professor Terra Tailleur to discuss.

This live taping was a benefit for CKDU radio in Halifax - who carries CANADALAND every Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. AST.

SHORT CUTS #109 - Kellie Leitch: Tracking Bullshit In From The Barn  

Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch released a video this week that was somewhere between political platform and performance play. Also, Kevin O'Leary continues to draw a paycheque from CNBC while running for the same role. 

Finally, accusations of plagiarism are now dogging Joseph Boyden.

National Observer Associate Editor Sandy Garrosino joins Jesse from Vancouver.

Ep.173 -  Robyn Doolittle On Breaking The Story Of The Year  

In the months after Robyn Doolittle's groundbreaking series of exposés about the scandal-ridden Toronto mayor Rob Ford, she left the Toronto Star for a new investigative role at the Globe & Mail. Then, mostly, silence.

Her lack of bylines belied her hard work behind the scenes as she dug into what would become the story of the year: a 20-month investigation into police departments across Canada and their chronic underreporting of sexual assaults being filed.

Within days of the story's publication earlier this month, police departments, provincial governments, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself promised to start implementing changes into how sexual assaults were recorded.

Robyn joins us to talk about how the story got off the ground and how it will continue to be covered in the months and years to come.

SHORT CUTS #108 - I'm Done With You On This Topic  

Refugees continue to stream across the Canada-U.S. border, presumably for photo-ops with smiling Canadian Mounties. Also, Milo Yiannopoulos finally finds the nail on which conservative Americans can hang him.

Finally, Rebel.Media supporters channel their inner Hunger Games' geekdom at an anti-Islam rally in Toronto.

Washington Post contributor and cartoonist J.J. McCullough joins us from Vancouver.

Ep.172 -  Satan Vampire Zombie Bloodbath: The State Of Canadian Newspapers  

Late last month the Public Policy Forum released its long-anticipated report on the state of Canadian newspapers. Somewhat unexpectedly, this was a bold and far-reaching document, exploring the changing face of media in this country.

The principal author of the paper, former Globe & Mail Editor-In-Chief Ed Greenspon, joins Jesse to dig deep into its findings.

 

Read the entire report (no, seriously, read it) here.

SHORT CUTS #107 - The Triumph Of Joe Trudeau  

PMJT flew all the way to Washington, DC, for a handshake. Not sure if anything else of consequence happened while he was there. Really, the handshake was the key.

Also, CBC reports on a Syrian refugee charged with multiple counts of sexual assault, then wonders about reporting on Syrian refugees charged with multiple counts of sexual assault.

And, embracing our post-racial 21st century, Rebel Media features a regular host in blackface, claiming that only white people are bothered by it, and minstrel shows existed because, "White America revered blacks back then." No, seriously, they fucking said that.

Finally, Fake News? Schmake Schmews.

Buzzfeed News Washington correspondent Paul McLeod is our guest.

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