COMMONS - CANADALAND

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Rethinking Canada. This season we're telling you stories about the power that the police wield in this country and the lengths they're willing to go to hold on to it.

Previous seasons: RADICALS (on hiatus), CORRUPTION, CRUDE and DYNASTIES

Hosted by Arshy Mann. Produced by Arshy Mann and Jordan Cornish.

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Introducing our new season…

Stories about the power the police wield in Canada, and about the lengths they’re willing to go to hold on to it.

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THE POLICE #2 – The Secret History of the RCMP

The RCMP is one of the most famous police forces in the world — the red serge and stetson hat are practically synonymous with Canada. But that image obscures the profound power the Mounties have held throughout Canadian history. And the dark legacy of ethnic cleansing and genocide at their core.

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We Need Your Support

We want to keep doing this work. So this week we’re reflecting on the year behind us and talking about our goals for the future.

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THE POLICE #1- Julian Fantino

Julian Fantino may be the most famous cop in Canadian history, but during his rise, people critical of the police had a way of finding themselves in the crosshairs.

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Introducing our new season…

Stories about the power the police wield in Canada, and about the lengths they’re willing to go to hold on to it.

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PANDEMIC #12- The Most Dangerous Story

In the final episode in our series about the COVID-19 pandemic and the crisis in long-term care, we’re going to tell you a different kind of story. A story of hope. About how the people we treat as disposable, can have lives of joy and dignity. And about one place where they were given exactly that.

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PANDEMIC #11- It Didn’t Have To Be Like This

Four months after the first outbreak in a Canadian nursing home, over 7000 long-term residents have died of COVID-19. But if you look at the news or social media or our political debates, it seems like we’ve already moved on. Maybe that’s because it feels like this kind of tragedy was inevitable during a pandemic. It wasn’t. And we know that because in some places in Canada, politicians and public health officials made decisions that saved hundreds, if not thousands of lives.

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PANDEMIC #10- Burn It Down

Jonathan Marchand is one of the thousands of young disabled people living in long-term care. But Marchand doesn’t want to fix the system. He doesn’t think it can be reformed. Marchand is an abolitionist. For a century and a half, Canada has hidden away disabled people in institutions where they were neglected and abused. Is long-term care just the latest incarnation of this dark history?

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PANDEMIC #9- Mend the World

After a stroke left him locked in his own body, Rabbi Ronnie Cahana has found ways to lead an incredibly full life. Then the pandemic came. It swept through Quebec, leaving a trail of devastation. Today, Rabbi Cahana is one of the thousands of Quebeckers left stranded in the middle of one of the worst disasters in modern Canadian history.

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