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Inside CAFE: The illegal pot dispensary police can’t shut down

7/23/2019
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In today’s Big Story podcast, to be fair, they do force it closed. But then it reopens. Sometimes the very same day. So why, nine months after legalization, can police and the City of Toronto not manage to keep CAFE’s dispensary doors shut? And why is it worth the monumental hassle on the part of […]

Duration:00:22:09

Would you live in the City of the Future?

7/22/2019
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In today’s Big Story podcast, how much of your privacy are you prepared to trade for ease and convenience? And before you answer this, take a look at the fine print of all the apps you’ve downloaded recently. But what about in the real world? In your physical space? This is the debate around Toronto’s […]

Duration:00:23:49

Why impaired boating includes basically everything now

7/19/2019
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In today’s Big Story podcast, ever enjoyed a beer while lounging on a inflatable mattress in a lake? What about while fishing in a rowboat? Lounging on a paddle board? Count yourself lucky you didn’t run across a police officer in a bad mood. You could have lost your driver’s licence, or worse. A conviction […]

Duration:00:22:09

Why nobody wants to call it ‘stalking’…

7/18/2019
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In today’s Big Story podcast, a young woman was murdered this week, in gruesome fashion, by a man she met online. A police spokesperson said that the label of “stalking” didn’t apply because “She met with him willingly.” Meanwhile, thousands of women online were sharing the stories of their stalkers for the first time…and many […]

Duration:00:24:19

How modern parenting became an insane competition. And how we can stop it.

7/17/2019
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In today’s Big Story podcast, even if you don’t have kids, you’ve seen competitive parenting. It’s on your Instagram or Facebook account every single day. My kid can sit up! Mine uses a spoon! Mine can do a perfect backstroke! It’s exhausting, but this is what parenting in the age of social media has come […]

Duration:00:22:11

VicPD chief hopeful uniformed officers will return to pride parade

7/16/2019
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This week on Ask The Chief, Victoria Police Chief Del Manak shares his perspective on uniformed participation at pride events.

Duration:00:10:05

Election 2019: 100 days out, what do we know?

7/16/2019
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In today’s Big Story podcast, elections take forever, and then they sneak up on you. There are fewer than 100 days until Canada votes on Oct. 21, and the polls show a near tie between the Liberals and Conservatives. Those same polls predicted a firm Liberal second term in 2018, and had the Conservatives near […]

Duration:00:19:13

Vancouverism: New book looks at how we became a leader in city building

7/13/2019
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How did the city we know and love become the way it is and what can other places learn from it? That's the theme of a new book - Vancouverism.

Duration:00:05:33

How everyone got played by an anti-abortion movie

7/12/2019
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In today’s Big Story podcast, Unplanned opens in Canada this weekend. It’s a movie that’s not worth talking about … yet everyone is anyway. Why? Using controversy and the spectre of censorship to sell a piece of media goes back decades. But in recent years, it’s a strategy that’s been perfected by a certain kind […]

Duration:00:19:33

What does a world where we solve climate change look like?

7/11/2019
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In today’s Big Story podcast, it’s dramatically different, but not in the ways you’ve likely been told. And that’s the real problem. The technologies that can help us reach a zero-carbon world exist, and they’re getting cheaper every day. Fossil fuel dependence is vanishing quickly, too. If you examine how far we’ve come in just […]

Duration:00:22:29

The Canadian lobbying firm meddling in Sudan’s revolution

7/10/2019
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In today’s Big Story podcast, it’s will of the people against a military regime. A military regime that is, apparently, getting six million dollars worth of help from a Canadian lobbying firm. Canadians have watched for months the scenes from pro-democracy protests across the world in Sudan. They are inspiring, sometimes terrifying, and above all […]

Duration:00:21:47

How Roxodus nearly became Canada’s own Fyre Festival

7/9/2019
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In today’s Big Story podcast, it was going to be the biggest classic rock festival this country had ever seen. It was supposed to happen this weekend. And it died just 10 days before opening night. Now the OPP is involved and fans and vendors alike are left in the dark. This is the story […]

Duration:00:22:34

It’s A Teenage Vape Land

7/8/2019
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In today’s Big Story podcast, the numbers are shocking. Among teens, the use of vape products has nearly doubled in the year since the products became legal. We don’t officially know why…but you might find some clues in big, flashy, poster-sized pictures in the window of your favourite convenience store. What do we know about […]

Duration:00:22:19

The Canadian Trump cartoon that shook a continent

7/5/2019
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In today’s Big Story podcast, you’ve seen Michael de Adder’s viral cartoon by now. It features Donald Trump callously playing golf past the bodies of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his daughter Valeria—the migrant and his daughter who drowned trying to reach America. The drawing caught fire everywhere it was seen, whipped social media into […]

Duration:00:16:13

‘Playing footsies with white supremacists’: The story of a councillor’s Facebook post

7/4/2019
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In today’s Big Story podcast, when a Barrie, Ont., city councillor wrote a long post criticizing two local MPs for “playing footsies with white supremacists” he might have been expecting some pushback. But nobody thought it would end in two defamation suits, an official reprimand and a long and passionate council meeting. Keenan Aylwin’s story […]

Duration:00:24:33

When the Queen dies, what happens next?

7/3/2019
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In today’s Big Story podcast, one day, sometime soon, the world will stop. The bells will ring and Buckingham Palace will make an announcement that hasn’t been made in almost 70 years: The Queen is Dead. And what happens then? There is already a strict protocol, rehearsed in the dead of night, for the hours […]

Duration:00:22:49

Feral Pigs are taking over the prairies

7/2/2019
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In today’s Big Story podcast, it started with a few escaped imported pigs, decades ago. Now the animals are considered an invasive species, with no natural predators and they’re reproducing at an alarming rate. Alberta got a handle on its rat problem by acting quickly and decisively. Is it too late to do that here? […]

Duration:00:15:55

Selfie culture is harming Canada’s parks

6/28/2019
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In today’s Big Story podcast, when you get back to nature this weekend, and stop for a pic for Instagram, take note of how many people around you are doing the same thing. Workers at Canada’s parks have definitely noticed. It’s not the pictures that are the problem. It’s the litter and the crowds and […]

Duration:00:15:40

Could Toronto’s fight against Ontario lead to independence?

6/27/2019
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In today’s Big Story podcast, becoming a Charter City is not the same thing as seceding from Ontario. But it’s close: A legislative move that would give the city far more control of its own governance and finances. A community meeting about the possibility last week packed a large church to the bursting point and […]

Duration:00:20:57

The fight for compassion in an era of cruelty

6/26/2019
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In today’s Big Story podcast, if you watch, or read, or listen to the news…you’re probably afraid at least some of the time. And angry the rest of it. So how do we react to that? A lot of us shut down. But that won’t fix anything. What might fix things though, is all of […]

Duration:00:21:13