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“This is Why” is a weekly Global News original podcast that delves into Canada’s biggest news stories with a young and curious audience in mind. Complemented by original reporting, expert interviews, social reaction, and unique storytelling, this podcast is for anyone interested in going beyond the headlines to learn more about complicated stories. CKNW Radio Producers John O’Dowd and Niki Reitmayer strive to answer difficult and sometimes controversial questions, giving their listeners unique insight into the stories that matter most to Canadians.

“This is Why” is a weekly Global News original podcast that delves into Canada’s biggest news stories with a young and curious audience in mind. Complemented by original reporting, expert interviews, social reaction, and unique storytelling, this podcast is for anyone interested in going beyond the headlines to learn more about complicated stories. CKNW Radio Producers John O’Dowd and Niki Reitmayer strive to answer difficult and sometimes controversial questions, giving their listeners unique insight into the stories that matter most to Canadians.
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“This is Why” is a weekly Global News original podcast that delves into Canada’s biggest news stories with a young and curious audience in mind. Complemented by original reporting, expert interviews, social reaction, and unique storytelling, this podcast is for anyone interested in going beyond the headlines to learn more about complicated stories. CKNW Radio Producers John O’Dowd and Niki Reitmayer strive to answer difficult and sometimes controversial questions, giving their listeners unique insight into the stories that matter most to Canadians.

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Episodes

Is access to vegan food a human rights issue?

5/24/2019
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On this episode, an Ontario firefighter alleges his human rights were violated when he was not provided sufficient vegan food while battling a massive blaze in British Columbia. However, is access to vegan food a human rights issue? If you enjoy the This is Why podcast, please take a minute to rate it on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts, tell us what you think and please tell a friend about the show. Twitter: @thisiswhy Email: thisiswhy@curiouscast.ca

Duration:00:21:49

Public transit germ advice

5/17/2019
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Niki was recently pulled aside by a transit worker and given some surprising hygiene related advice. Little did she know that she was actively spreading germs and the advice was a real eye-opener for her. Also on this episode, we celebrate the caesar's 50th birthday! If you enjoy the This is Why podcast, please take a minute to rate it on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts, tell us what you think and please tell a friend about the show. Twitter: @thisiswhy Email: thisiswhy@curiouscast.ca

Duration:00:19:53

Canada’s Wrongfully Convicted (Part 2/2)

5/10/2019
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On this week’s episode of the Global News original podcast This is Why, we hear from Canadians convicted of crimes that they did not commit, and examine some of the most high profile cases. This is the second part of a two-part series. If you enjoy the This is Why podcast, please take a minute to rate it on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts, tell us what you think and please tell a friend about the show. Twitter: @thisiswhy Email: thisiswhy@curiouscast.ca

Duration:00:26:22

Canada’s Wrongfully Convicted (Part 1/2)

5/3/2019
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On this week’s episode of the Global News original podcast This is Why, we hear from Canadians convicted of crimes that they did not commit, and examine some of the most high profile cases. If you enjoy the This is Why podcast, please take a minute to rate it on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts, tell us what you think and please tell a friend about the show. Twitter: @thisiswhy Email: thisiswhy@curiouscast.ca

Duration:00:24:34

Why Canada's gas prices will continue to rise

4/26/2019
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Gas prices across Canada show no signs of slowing down amid record highs. Earlier this month, prices went up for consumers in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick as the federal carbon tax kicked in. And in British Columbia, the price of gas is slowly inching closer to $2 a litre, resulting in some unsuspecting residents waking up to empty tanks in their vehicles. On this week’s episode of the Global News original podcast This is Why, Niki Reitmayer takes a deep dive into...

Duration:00:23:55

Canada’s obesity problem

4/19/2019
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Canada’s obesity rate has doubled since the 1970s. Around 9.3 per cent of Canadians have diabetes, according to the Canadian Diabetes Association. And about one in 12 Canadians lives with heart disease, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. At a time when there’s never been more information about how to live a healthy lifestyle, Canadians are unhealthier than ever. If you enjoy the This is Why podcast, please take a minute to rate it on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts, tell us...

Duration:00:20:20

Cycling for sobriety

4/12/2019
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A young B.C. man is celebrating his recovery from addiction and the new start in his life as an active member of society by riding his prized single-speed BMX bike across Canada from Halifax, N.S., to Victoria, BC. Mathew Fee is a recovered addict who aims to set a world record for the longest BMX ride by cycling across Canada. He will ride across the country on a single-speed BMX bike, covering approximately 6,200 kilometres in 143 days — quite literally from sea to sea. Fee was lost...

Duration:00:21:41

The truth about anti-vaxxers

4/5/2019
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When it comes to whether parents should vaccinate their children, there can be a lot of conflicting arguments to be made. Everyone has heard the myths, the studies, the "real-life" cases, but what should we believe? Well, the answer is pretty simple -- the anti-vaccination movement is wrong. According to exclusive Ipsos polling conducted for Global News, two-thirds of parents believe vaccinations are necessary but one in three still worry about side effects. And while 85 per cent of...

Duration:00:24:48

Are Trudeau's days numbered?

3/29/2019
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A recent Ipsos Reid poll shows that support for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is dwindling. And the controversies that hang over his government from public perception on pipelines, the alleged scandal involving SNC-Lavalin, to leaked government documents could continue to plague the prime minister until Canadians mark their ballots this fall. On this week’s episode of the Global News original podcast This is Why, Ottawa Bureau Chief for Global News Mercedes Stephenson sits down with Niki...

Duration:00:23:20

Hate Crime: A Disturbing Global Crisis

3/22/2019
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On Friday, March 15 a terrorist walked into two mosques and opened fire on Muslim worshippers. Investigators believe the attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand were fuelled by Islamophobia and hate. It shocked people around the world, even though the hate exists globally. But did you know that close to 300 hate groups exist in Canada and that they often go undetected? On this week’s episode of the Global News original podcast This is Why, host Niki Reitmayer sits down with former white...

Duration:00:24:53

The ‘mommy’ drinking culture

3/15/2019
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Between 2001 and 2016, the mortality rate from causes linked to alcohol climbed 26 per cent for women, compared to just five per cent for men. While it’s not clear what’s behind the rise in women drinking, there’s a growing theory that alcohol jokingly packaged as "mummy juice" could be playing a role. On this week’s episode, Niki Reitmayer sits down with CJOB morning show co-host Lauren McNabb, who has been investigating the worrisome trend. If you enjoy the This is Why podcast, please...

Duration:00:21:56

This Is Why Introduces you to Crime Beat

3/14/2019
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“Crime Beat” is a new investigative podcast series hosted by Crime Reporter Nancy Hixt. She's been covering cases for over the past 20 years and knows her hometown by the crime scenes she's been to. Journey deep inside some of Canada’s most high-profile criminal cases. Each bi-weekly episode will take you inside the story to give you details you didn't hear on the news. Here’s a sneak peek from episode 2 of the series…. and while you’re listening, search and subscribe to “Crime Beat” for...

Duration:00:12:40

Can the Catholic Church redeem itself?

3/8/2019
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On February 20th this year, an unprecedented meeting happened between Bishops and survivors of alleged clergy sexual abuse at the Vatican. Twelve survivors from around the world urged the Catholic Church to have a zero-tolerance policy for abuse. Vancouver-based Leona Huggins was also one of the 12 people at the Vatican meeting. On this week’s episode, Huggins explains how the Vatican plans to take claims seriously. If you enjoy the This is Why podcast, please take a minute to rate it on...

Duration:00:26:37

The crooked pharmaceutical industry

3/1/2019
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This past week, Global News' investigative team published an explosive investigation detailing how some pharmacists are making big bucks by scamming the Ontario Drug Benefit Program out of millions of dollars. In this week's episode, This is Why host Niki Reitmayer sits down with chief investigative correspondent Carolyn Jarvis as she explains how the scam is operating and why so few pharmacists are getting caught. If you enjoy the This is Why podcast, please take a minute to rate it on...

Duration:00:21:46

The Future of Work

2/22/2019
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With ever-advancing technologies and artificial intelligence creeping into the workforce, job security for current and future generations has never been more worrying. This week, we look at how the job market is going to evolve and how to help workers get the best possible employment opportunities in the future If you enjoy the This is Why podcast, please take a minute to rate it on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts, tell us what you think and please tell a friend about the show. Twitter:...

Duration:00:22:18

Assisted dying: The debate continues

2/15/2019
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When Audrey Parker, 57, was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer, she decided to turn to Canada’s assisted-dying law, but soon realized there was a catch: the law dictated that people approved for medically-assisted death had to be conscious and mentally sound at the moment they gave their final consent. Fearing she would be denied her wish if she eventually became incapacitated, Parker said she was forced to die sooner than she wanted to. Audrey Parker died on Nov. 1, 2018. In this...

Duration:00:22:03

Serial killers and their victims

2/8/2019
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Bruce McArthur, a 67-year-old, self-employed gardener, pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder. Most of the killings, which happened between 2010 and 2017, were described as “sexual in nature” and there were many instances cited where there was evidence of ligatures being used. In this episode of the Global News podcast This is Why, host Niki Reitmayer sits down with Mike Browne, host of the true crime podcast Dark Poutine, as they take a deeper look inside the minds of serial...

Duration:00:19:47

This Is Why Introduces you to: Russia Rising

2/4/2019
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“Russia Rising” is a new investigative podcast series hosted by Jeff Semple, the former Europe Bureau Chief for Global News. This series hopes to unravel the giant mystery behind Putin’s Russia with the help of those who know her best - Russian Trolls, Hackers, Putin Supporters, and even a former Russian K.G.B. agent. Join Jeff on the journey to unravel how Russia has gone from tenuous ally, to a potential global threat. Here’s a sneak peek from episode 2 of the series…. and while you’re...

Duration:00:13:14

Polar Vortex: Why does it happen?

2/1/2019
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A polar vortex has tens of millions of people caught in its grasp. But what exactly is a polar vortex? In this episode of the Global News podcast This is Why, Global News meteorologist Anthony Farnell chats with Niki Reitmayer and examines the cold snap that is sending shivers through the spines of a lot of people. Also, senior digital journalist for Global National, Jeff Semple, talks about his new podcast Russia Rising, as he investigates how Russian internet trolls operate and whether...

Duration:00:20:53

The RCMP: a culture of dysfunction

1/25/2019
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The RCMP’s workplace culture has been called "dysfunctional," proven to have affected their policing ability and derailed decades of attempts at reform. Can civilian oversight change that? In a new Global News investigative series, reporter Jane Gerster looks at how $200 million in taxpayer funds has been spent over 20 years due to the fallout from mismanagement of the Mounties, from sexual harassment lawsuits to federal inquiries into workplace bullying. In this episode of the Global News...

Duration:00:21:32