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Desmond Cole and Andray Domise want to know how their country works, why they should care and what they should do.

Desmond Cole and Andray Domise want to know how their country works, why they should care and what they should do.
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Toronto, ON

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Desmond Cole and Andray Domise want to know how their country works, why they should care and what they should do.

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@cndlndcmns

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English


Episodes

CORRUPTION 4 - Papa Pump and the Small Town Shakedown

11/12/2018
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In the eleven years that Marolyn Morrison was the mayor of Caledon, Ontario, she faced down deep-pocketed developers, mafia enforcers and corrupt federal officials. When millions of dollars are at stake, things get heated. To learn more: "Battleground Caledon" in Toronto Life by Kelly Pullen "Connected" in The Globe and Mail by Greg McArthur, Karen Howlett and Adrian Morrow "Corrupt tax auditor gets three years" in The Toronto Star by Marco Chown Oved

Duration:00:28:33

CORRUPTION 3 - The Trouble with Paradise: How Canadians Built the Offshore World

10/30/2018
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The Panama Papers revealed to the world just how deeply enmeshed tax havens are in the global economy. And for 100 years, Canadian banks, businessmen and politicians have worked to build that offshore system, alongside crooks, fraudsters and corrupt officials. To learn more: Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens by Nicholas Shaxson Canada: A New Tax Haven: How the Country That Shaped Caribbean Tax Havens is Becoming One Itself by Alain Deneault The...

Duration:00:27:43

CORRUPTION 2 - How Vancouver Became A Money Laundering Paradise

10/16/2018
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For years, people could walk into Vancouver-area casinos with tens of thousands of dollars of suspicious cash and walk out with clean money, no questions asked. That money may be fuelling two of the biggest problems the city is facing: the housing crisis and the opiate epidemic.

Duration:00:25:34

CORRUPTION 1 - The Most Crime-Ridden Neighbourhood In Canada

10/2/2018
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This season, Commons will be focusing on stories at the intersection of money, influence and politics in Canada. In this episode, we take you to what may be Canada’s most criminal neighbourhood — Toronto’s financial district. Along for the ride is investigative journalist Bruce Livesey, author of “The Thieves of Bay Street.”

Duration:00:25:50

Ep. 97 - What The Hell Is A Fairness Letter?

6/19/2018
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Mohamed Waleed Taleb is stuck in Turkey. He applied to come to Canada in 2015 and was flagged under section 34 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for his pro-democracy work against the Assad regime. He's responded to the governement's concerns and is now waiting to hear back on a final decision: will he be let into Canada, or will he be deemed "inadmissible". We spoke to Waleed about his experience. We also spoke to his lawyer Pierre Andre Theriault to better understand Waleed's...

Duration:00:39:12

Ep. 96 - Canada Is Not Racist... According To The Stats

6/5/2018
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If you look at the stats, Canada has a low incidence of hate crimes, but the numbers that we rely on to tell us if we're racist or not are wrong. In this episode, we speak to journalist and Executive Director, of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network Evan Balgord who explains why that is. Evan represented the research of Barbara Perry Professor and Undergraduate Program Director, of Criminology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Sabreena Ghaffar-Siddiqui PhD Candidate and...

Duration:00:29:48

Ep. 95 - What Do Peacekeepers Actually Do?

5/22/2018
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The Liberal government announced earlier this year that it would send around 200 troops to assist in a UN peacekeeping mission in Mali. But what does "peacekeeping" look like in today's world and what do peacekeepers actually do? In this episode, we speak to Major-General Denis Thompson (Retired) and Aisha Ahmad, an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, to answer these questions. stions.

Duration:00:38:57

Ep.94 - Life In Canada Without Clean Water

5/7/2018
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Canada has 20 per cent of the world's freshwater and yet some Indigenous communities have not had access to clean drinking water for decades. In this episode, we speak to Rachel Arsenault a master’s student at Laurentian University's Indigenous Relations program who works with Decolonizing Water an Indigenous-led community-based water monitoring initiative. We also speak with Samantha Redsky of Shoal Lake 40 First Nation .

Duration:00:30:37

Ep. 93 - The All-White Jury In Canada

4/24/2018
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The acquittal of Gerald Stanley in the shooting of Colten Boushie sparked outrage across Canada. The anger was further fuelled by the fact that the jury was all white, in a community that had a significant Indigenous population. After the Gerald Stanley verdict, the government proposed sweeping changes to the legal system in Bill C-75. The legal community has been divided on these proposed changes - some say they are an important first step to make juries more diverse, while other say they...

Duration:00:28:40

Ep. 92 - Canadian History X

4/9/2018
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As a teen, Elisa Hategan joined Canada's most notorious and well-organized white supremacist group, the Heritage Front. She later turned on the group and helped to take them down. What can we learn from the past about how white supremacists operate today? And what do we do about all these Nazis? Elisa's book about her time in the Heritage Front is called Race Traitor.

Duration:00:34:13

Ep. 91 - Stories From Solitude

3/27/2018
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The final episode of our two-parter on solitary confinement in Canada. In this episode, we hear two personal stories about the impacts that solitary confinement can have. Featuring Yusuf Faqiri and Dan Parlow.

Duration:00:38:58

Ep. 90 - Unconstitutional Solitude

3/12/2018
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A two part series in which we explore the conditions and consequences of solitary confinement use in Canada. Featuring Chris Jackel, a correctional officer who works in a maximum security Ontario prison, and lawyer/professor Lisa Kerr.

Duration:00:43:55

Ep. 89 - Finding A Fix: Our Opioid Overdose Crisis

2/27/2018
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There's a well known narrative about the opioid epidemic: pharmaceutical companies and doctors over-prescribed addictive drugs on patients. But there's an important policy story here too, and we need to talk about it. Featuring longtime opiate user and activist, Garth Mullins, and lawyer, Caitlin Shane.

Duration:00:42:36

Ep. 88 - Our Mis(education): the Erasure of Blackness in Canadian Schools

2/12/2018
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Robyn Maynard is the author of Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present. We chat with Robyn about what she calls our (mis)education: Canada's amnesia to its history of slavery and segregation, and about the ways in which Canadian classrooms are still rife with anti-black racism.

Duration:00:43:16

A Brief Announcement

2/5/2018
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Back next week with a new episode! In the meantime, check out a new CANADALAND show, Oppo.

Duration:00:01:25

Ep. 87 - Unknown Road: Inside Immigration Detention

1/22/2018
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Canada's immigration system has a human rights problem. Each year, thousands of people are indefinitely jailed in prisons without any criminal charges. Babou was one of them. This episode features Babou Jobe and Subodh Bharati.

Duration:00:40:46

Ep. 86 - Throwing Shade at 2017: A Political Awards Show

1/8/2018
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We look back on some notably weird political moments of 2017 and collectively cringe. Featuring guests Tim Fontaine (of Walking Eagle News) and Scott Vrooman (of Centrism Dot Biz).

Duration:00:26:33

Ep 85. - Invisible Victims: The Quest for Police Accountability

12/19/2017
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Stronger police accountability is an acute need across Canada. In Ontario, recommendations for stronger police oversight are being drafted into legislation. In this episode, we explore the suspicious death of Cheyenne Fox and the ensuing (lack of) investigation. We then speak to a former director of Ontario's Special Investigations Unit, Ian Scott, who takes us inside the organizations responsible for holding police accountable. The final part of our policing miniseries.

Duration:00:41:44

Ep. 84 - Invisible Victims: How Police Botched the Robert Pickton Case

12/5/2017
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"If the police don't want you to see a file, you're never gonna know it exists." We speak with Lorimer Shenher, a former police officer who was in charge of investigating the growing number of disappearing women from Vancouver's downtown Eastside, about how law enforcement overlooked a serial killer. Part one of a two part series on Canada's policing system and police accountability.

Duration:00:40:43

Ep. 83 - No Protest is Genteel: On Antifa

11/21/2017
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Live from Vancouver: We speak with organizers Garth Mullins and Annie Ohana to unpack what it means to resist fascism in BC. Featuring Hadiya Roderique and guest host Sandy Garossino.

Duration:00:40:32