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.
October 28, 2020
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.
October 7, 2020
#262 Racist Vegan
Bryan Adams pulls a Morrissey, an Indigenous ceremony is broken up by the RCMP, and Ghomeshi attempts another comeback.
May 13, 2020
#259 Our Press Can’t Handle The Nova Scotia Shooting
The confluence of the pandemic, reliance on police for information, and slashed newsroom budgets means that reporting on the Nova Scotia shooting was all but doomed from the start. And a tweak to government media subsidies makes more organizations eligible for the funding.
April 22, 2020
#312 Siege On Wet’suwet’en
Unpacking the RCMP’s recent crackdown on journalists covering the conflict on Wet’suwet’en territory
February 9, 2020
#36 Fake News Election Panic
After the Mounties' massive manhunt for two murder suspects, Justin questions whether the RCMP's mandate is overstretched — and makes the case that their role in local policing should be an election issue. And with the election looming, there's a frenzy over fake news. But is it even a problem?
August 13, 2019
CRUDE #8 – Spies, Lies and Private Eyes
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.
July 23, 2019
#191 Justin Trudeau’s [Redacted] Trip To India
What does the heavily redacted – er, revised – federal report on Trudeau’s trip to India tell us about the internal machinations of the government? And what does a Supreme Court ruling about journalists’ sources mean for the profession?
December 6, 2018
#194 Live From New York, It’s CANADALAND
In it: should you fuck your Prime Minister?; Why Canadians secretly love climate change; why we love the RCMP; and a peek at the Canada of the not-too-distant future. The stage show for our book, the CANADALAND Guide to Canada.
July 31, 2017
#169 Down By Law In Yellowknife
Yellowknife crime reporter John McFadden has been getting into problems with the local police for a while now. But that won't stop him from doing his job.