Archives: Episodes

#747 Fordman And The Tiny Shovel

January 20, 2022

The hunger for stories about Toronto’s snow backfires. And when a story is about a hostage situation at a synagogue, why is there reluctance to call it antisemitism?

MINING #7 – Barrick and the Cruelty of Gold

January 19, 2022

Papua New Guinea is a part of the world that few Canadians ever think about. But for the people of Porgera, their lives have been shaped by the decisions of Canadian companies. 

#36 Kory & Nick: The Backroom Boys

January 19, 2022

The Toronto Sun likes to blast the “unelected” public health officials informing pandemic policy in Ontario. But who’s really calling the shots in Doug Ford’s government? Allison and Jonathan look at the sway held by pollster Nick Kouvalis and PC campaign manager Kory Teneycke. Not only are they unelected — they don’t even work there.

#746 Is New Brunswick Covering Up A Deadly Brain Disease?

January 17, 2022

There’s a mystery disease that’s plaguing people in New Brunswick. People as young as 18 are seeing the results of full-blown dementia. Desperation is taking hold for families that feel answers are still a long way away.

#745 Rebel Nurses

January 13, 2022

Healthcare workers against pandemic restrictions tell on themselves by suing for libel. And two Haitian journalists die reporting for a Montreal online radio station. 

#21 The So-Called Era Of Reconciliation

January 11, 2022

Three generations of Indigenous panelists join us this week on what The Backbench thought was the biggest story of 2021: the unmarked graves on former residential school grounds. We break format to take stock of what has been promised and repromised, the diversity of demands from Indigenous communities, and what a new “interlocutor” position can do to help with healing.

#744 Is The CBC So Woke It’s Broke?

January 10, 2022

A CBC employee resigned from the public broadcaster because she says it’s become too woke. The article she wrote about her departure has caused quite the buzz since it dropped. But who is Tara Henley? And is it all warranted?

#743 Variant Positions

January 6, 2022

Publishing record COVID case counts might not be that helpful anymore. And a woman quits the CBC to start her own thing and Jesse isn’t sure how to feel about it. 

#742 Updates On Pretendians, Porn, And Being Priced Out Of Life

January 3, 2022

After we turn off our microphones, here at CANADALAND, the story keeps going. Here are updates on three stories we originally brought you in 2021.

#258 Christmas In The Newsroom

December 27, 2021

People might take holidays, but the news doesn’t. The best, worst, and funniest stories from reporters working Christmas in the newsroom.