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The Decibel
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City Space: How Halifax’s unhoused crisis got so bad

The Globe and Mail’s City Space podcast takes on the big issues, questions and stories of urban living. What makes... more

15 Apr 2024 · 40 minutes
What we’ve learned from the foreign interference inquiry

After a spate of news stories and immense public pressure, the government of Canada established the Public Inquiry into Foreign... more

12 Apr 2024 · 23 minutes
Former health minister Jane Philpott’s plan to save health care

Long wait times and the never ending battle to connect with a healthcare professional is a reality most people know... more

11 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
Why major economies are trying to woo Vietnam

Vietnam is having a moment on the world stage. Last month, Canada sent the largest ever “Team Canada” delegation of... more

10 Apr 2024 · 18 minutes
How seafood from North Korean forced labour ends up in Canada

Where does your seafood come from? And who, along the supply chain, handled it? An investigation from the non-profit investigative... more

09 Apr 2024 · 26 minutes
The big business bet on psychedelic drugs

In the last few years, there has been an increase in research around using psychedelic drugs, like LSD and magic... more

08 Apr 2024 · 19 minutes
The deadly challenges of getting aid into Gaza

The deaths of seven World Central Kitchen humanitarian aid workers in Gaza has shone a light on the dangerous conditions... more

05 Apr 2024 · 24 minutes
School boards take on social media giants

Educators across Canada are worried about the use of cellphones – and in particular social media – in classrooms, saying... more

04 Apr 2024 · 20 minutes
Canada’s uncertain AI future

Since 2017, Canada has worked to attract the best artificial intelligence research talent in the world. But it hasn’t been... more

03 Apr 2024 · 23 minutes
Four reasons why you can’t afford housing

Buying and owning a home in Canada is an endless source of frustration. Many have been priced out, while competition... more

02 Apr 2024 · 20 minutes
What to know about the upcoming total solar eclipse

On April 8, the moon will block out the sun giving many Canadians a chance to witness a total solar... more

01 Apr 2024 · 20 minutes
How sleep affects our brains

There are few more important habits for human health than the hours we spend asleep every night. Research shows sleep... more

28 Mar 2024 · 22 minutes
Amid a housing crisis, students build tiny homes for teachers

Aspen, Colorado is a picturesque mountain town often called a snowy “playground for the rich”. Real estate is also one... more

27 Mar 2024 · 20 minutes
What you need to know about your CPP money

For most workers in Canada, there’s a chunk of money deducted from each paycheck that goes toward the Canada Pension... more

26 Mar 2024 · 20 minutes
Why single parents are struggling in Canada

The number of single parents in Canada has been steadily growing since the 1970s. Today, one in five children grow... more

25 Mar 2024 · 21 minutes
The political fight over the carbon tax

The federal price on carbon is set to increase on April 1. This tax is being criticized by many provinces... more

22 Mar 2024 · 21 minutes
Who’s left to oppose Vladimir Putin?

Russian President Vladimir Putin is one of the longest serving leaders of the country, on track to surpass the rule... more

21 Mar 2024 · 21 minutes
Why full parole was granted to a multiple murderer

The man who murdered the parents of a former NHL goalie was recently granted full parole. In 2022, a ruling... more

20 Mar 2024 · 20 minutes
The dark side of Bay Street’s hottest finance funds

Private debt funds are one of the hottest commodities in the world of investing. High rates of return and low... more

19 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
The challenge with preparing for wildfires in B.C.

Canada went through its most destructive wildfire season in 2023. Wildfire services rely on data, forestry photography and mapping as... more

18 Mar 2024 · 19 minutes
Why millennial women are so burnt out

Millennial women are feeling burnt out. The responsibilities and pressures of family, work and caregiving are piling up, amidst the lingering... more

15 Mar 2024 · 21 minutes
Where Haiti could go from here

After months of escalating violence, Haiti has descended into chaos. Criminal gangs have largely taken control of the country’s capital... more

14 Mar 2024 · 18 minutes
The ‘invisible’ opioid crisis in small towns

The dangerous effects of the opioid crisis could be distilled in a single afternoon in February: the town of Belleville,... more

13 Mar 2024 · 20 minutes
The debate around using hormone therapy for menopause

A new series published by the medical journal, The Lancet says menopause is being “over-medicalized.” It argues that treating aging... more

12 Mar 2024 · 22 minutes
Building renewables in Alberta just got a lot harder

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith announced new regulations for renewable power developments that started on March 1st. This comes after the... more

11 Mar 2024 · 21 minutes
Toxic truths about Agent Orange in Canadian military base

A recent legislative commission in Maine has questioned the 2006 Canadian investigation on the spraying of herbicides that took place... more

08 Mar 2024 · 18 minutes
Celebrated Group of Seven sketches revealed to be fakes

In 2015, the Vancouver Art Gallery believed it had made a groundbreaking acquisition. 10 sketches by Group of Seven member... more

07 Mar 2024 · 21 minutes
Why measles infections are surging again

Measles cases have been popping up all over the world, including in Canada. This highly contagious virus can be devastating... more

06 Mar 2024 · 21 minutes
Documents reveal fired scientists shared information with China

Newly released documents reveal two scientists who worked at a high-security infectious disease lab in Winnipeg provided confidential scientific information... more

05 Mar 2024 · 20 minutes
What to know about Canada’s new Pharmacare bill

The Liberal-NDP supply-and-confidence deal has passed another test. The two parties managed to table a pharmacare bill before the March... more

04 Mar 2024 · 22 minutes
Filling Canada’s trades labour shortage with high school students

There are increasing shortages in the skilled trades in Canada, and provinces and territories are desperate to get people to... more

01 Mar 2024 · 21 minutes
Why discount airlines keep going bust in Canada

On Monday, Calgary-based discount airline Lynx Air, which launched a mere two years ago, ceased operations. For customers, that means... more

29 Feb 2024 · 22 minutes
The rise in exclusive deals between insurers and pharmacies

Exclusive deals struck between insurance companies and pharmacies are increasingly drawing scrutiny from patients, pharmacists and cabinet ministers. The arrangements,... more

28 Feb 2024 · 22 minutes
The Odysseus lunar landing and a new space race

For the first time ever, a spacecraft built by a private company has landed on the moon. The robotic lander,... more

27 Feb 2024 · 20 minutes
The landmark decision on white nationalist terrorism

Since the murder of a Muslim family by a self-described white nationalist in London, Ont. in 2021, debate has raged... more

26 Feb 2024 · 20 minutes
On the ground in Kharkiv, two years into the Russian invasion

Two years ago, Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Now, with Russia on the front foot, many towns that... more

23 Feb 2024 · 21 minutes
Is Trudeau leading the Liberals to an election day shellacking?

The latest poll numbers are looking grim for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals. According to an Abacus poll... more

22 Feb 2024 · 19 minutes
Investigating Canada’s dependence on for-profit nursing

As health care across Canada struggles with staffing shortages, a Globe investigation has found that provincial use of private nursing... more

21 Feb 2024 · 23 minutes
The Federal Housing Advocate on the national encampment crisis

Canada’s first federal housing advocate released her first-ever formal review last week: Housing is a human right and that the... more

20 Feb 2024 · 22 minutes
The Alberta credit union betting on gold over government

Worried about total economic collapse because of government mismanagement? Bow Valley Credit Union might be for you. The Alberta credit... more

16 Feb 2024 · 23 minutes
Inside the power struggle over Rogers’ telecom empire

Back in the fall of 2021, Canadian news headlines were dominated by the story of the Rogers family battling for... more

15 Feb 2024 · 23 minutes
Palestinians fleeing Gaza face hurdles coming to Canada

The Israel-Hamas war has led to a growing humanitarian crisis in Gaza. In January, Canada launched a temporary program for... more

14 Feb 2024 · 18 minutes
The rising costs of pet ownership

Life has gotten expensive in a number of ways – from groceries to housing. And so too, have the costs... more

13 Feb 2024 · 22 minutes
China sets its sights on the Arctic

A new report about Chinese companies registering in Russia’s Arctic highlights China’s “no limits partnership” with Russia, and its interest... more

12 Feb 2024 · 19 minutes
Why the ‘last mile’ of inflation is the hardest

The most recent numbers show that inflation in Canada is at 3.4 per cent. Still above the 2-per-cent target, which... more

09 Feb 2024 · 21 minutes
A year of drug decriminalization in B.C.

It’s been a year since B.C. got permission to decriminalize possessing small amounts of some street drugs. At the time,... more

08 Feb 2024 · 21 minutes
Fact-checking Alberta’s new gender-affirming care policies

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith unveiled a raft of new policies last week that have healthcare professionals warning of dire consequences... more

07 Feb 2024 · 19 minutes
The U.S. states vying for cheaper drugs from Canada

In early January, Florida became the first U.S. state to get approval to import wholesale drugs from Canada. The FDA’s... more

06 Feb 2024 · 21 minutes
TD Bank’s anti-money-laundering troubles

For months now, TD Bank has been making headlines. First there was the news they were acquiring U.S.-based First Horizon... more

05 Feb 2024 · 17 minutes
Hells Angels, an Iranian drug lord and an alleged murder plot

A U.S. federal indictment is unsealed and within it are explosive allegations. According to court documents released this week, an... more

02 Feb 2024 · 20 minutes
The five pro hockey players charged with sexual assault

Five hockey players from Canada’s 2018 world junior hockey team have been charged with sexual assault in connection to an... more

01 Feb 2024 · 23 minutes
Debate around Israel-Hamas war collides with Canadian theatre

Online petitions. Angry in-person meetings. An ultimatum. These are just a few of the events that lead to a Canadian... more

31 Jan 2024 · 19 minutes
On the new frontlines of Myanmar’s civil war

Myanmar has been embroiled in a bloody civil war for nearly three years, after the military staged a coup in... more

30 Jan 2024 · 20 minutes
What you need to know about the foreign interference inquiry

The long-awaited inquiry into foreign interference begins today. The Globe and Mail’s reporting, based on top-secret CSIS documents, of sophisticated... more

29 Jan 2024 · 22 minutes
Federal Court finds Trudeau’s use of Emergencies Act unjustified

Nearly two years on, the federal government’s use of the Emergencies Act against the 2022 convoy protests is still being... more

26 Jan 2024 · 22 minutes
What’s driving property tax hikes in big cities?

Cities in Canada pay for most of the services they provide with property taxes. What homeowners are charged in property... more

25 Jan 2024 · 20 minutes
Turning the tides into renewable energy

Companies around the world are trying to harness the power of the tides to create a renewable energy source. Canada’s... more

24 Jan 2024 · 19 minutes
Invasive Group A Strep infections: what you need to know

Cases of Invasive Group A Strep infections are on the rise in Canada. It’s an illness with potentially fatal outcomes... more

23 Jan 2024 · 20 minutes
What happens when a group of hospitals get hacked

On Oct. 23, 2023, five hospitals in southwestern Ontario realized they were under attack. A cybercrime group was hacking them... more

22 Jan 2024 · 18 minutes
Baby boomers mourn a future without grandkids

Canada’s birth rate is at an almost 20-year low. People are deciding not to have kids for a variety of... more

19 Jan 2024 · 21 minutes
What’s driving Canada’s ‘population trap’?

Canada is one of the fastest growing countries in the world and in 2023, the population officially reached 40 million... more

18 Jan 2024 · 19 minutes
The repercussions and fallout from the Steven Galloway case

The case of Steven Galloway caused a firestorm when it was first made public, and it continues to this day.... more

17 Jan 2024 · 22 minutes
The promise and problems with Ontario’s Ring of Fire

Ontario’s Ring of Fire has long been believed to contain critical minerals like nickel, copper and chromite, purportedly worth tens... more

16 Jan 2024 · 20 minutes
You’re not wrong, snowy winters aren’t like they used to be

Snowy season in many parts of Canada is off to a slow start. At the end of December, fewer than... more

15 Jan 2024 · 19 minutes
Why it feels like everyone is getting sick right now

There seems to be a lot of illness going around right now. Hospitals are struggling with what the Canadian Medical... more

12 Jan 2024 · 21 minutes
South Africa takes Israel to UN court

On December 29, South Africa submitted an application with the International Court of Justice claiming that Israel’s offensive in Gaza... more

11 Jan 2024 · 19 minutes
Why Taiwan’s election tests China’s authority

Taiwan, the east Asian country of 24 million people, is ramping up to a pivotal presidential election on January 13.... more

10 Jan 2024 · 21 minutes
Hard truths about ‘gentle parenting’

There’s a conversation happening amongst parents that is drumming up a lot of controversy. It’s around the idea of gentle... more

09 Jan 2024 · 22 minutes
What’s in store for Canada’s economy in 2024

Inflation has been rising, interest rates have accelerated at record pace, and the cost of living has been weighing on... more

08 Jan 2024 · 20 minutes
New attacks threaten to push Israel-Hamas war beyond borders

Tensions in the Middle East have heightened in the last week, not just because the war in Gaza continues, but... more

05 Jan 2024 · 21 minutes
Has the promise of plant-based meats gone bust?

Plant-based meat has been touted as a way of having our steak and eating it too. The industry had grand... more

04 Jan 2024 · 18 minutes
Where grief fits into Canada’s healthcare system

There is a universal – but uncomfortable – truth about grief: We will all experience it at some point in... more

03 Jan 2024 · 20 minutes
It was a rough year for Trudeau – what will 2024 bring?

2023 was a rocky year for Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government. The country was grappling with unaffordable housing and... more

02 Jan 2024 · 21 minutes
The story of the world's most premature twins to survive

For the holidays, The Decibel is sharing their favourite stories of the year, with the producers taking you behind-the-scenes on... more

29 Dec 2023 · 28 minutes
Ford and the never-ending Ontario Place saga

For the holidays, The Decibel is sharing their favourite stories of the year, with the producers taking you behind-the-scenes on... more

28 Dec 2023 · 28 minutes
The hunt for dark matter, two kilometres under Sudbury

For the holidays, The Decibel is sharing their favourite stories of the year, with the producers taking you behind-the-scenes on... more

27 Dec 2023 · 26 minutes
Butter, sugar and a pinch of family

Food and family are often front and centre during the holidays. These two ingredients also help make up our identities... more

22 Dec 2023 · 19 minutes
A wallet was sent to The Globe with a letter from a dying man

Earlier this year, The Globe’s sports editor Jamie Ross got a peculiar package in the mail – a wallet, with... more

21 Dec 2023 · 20 minutes
The lost art of human pinsetting

The Globe’s Carrie Tait recently went to visit a bowling alley in the small town of Kimberley, British Columbia. It’s... more

20 Dec 2023 · 18 minutes
The myth and the reality of Newfoundland’s giant squids

A giant squid discovered in Newfoundland in 1873 turned what until then was a mythological creature into the scientifically named... more

19 Dec 2023 · 18 minutes
The complicated art of political cartoons, with Brian Gable

Nearly every day, The Globe published an editorial cartoon. Around 8,000 of those cartoons were drawn by Brian Gable. After... more

18 Dec 2023 · 20 minutes
The man accused of selling toxic substances used for suicide

Earlier this week, a man from Mississauga, Kenneth Law, was charged with 14 counts of second-degree murder. Police allege he... more

15 Dec 2023 · 23 minutes
What a bad back tells us about Canada’s chronic pain problem

One in five Canadians suffer from chronic pain. According to one estimate, in 2019 the direct and indirect costs of... more

14 Dec 2023 · 21 minutes
School shutdowns, hospital delays and a massive strike in Quebec

There are over a half million public-sector workers on strike in Quebec this week. This comes after an offer from... more

13 Dec 2023 · 16 minutes
Can carbon capture solve emissions problems for oil and gas?

Canada’s oil and gas industry has been facing immense pressure to reduce emissions. Last week, the federal government announced a... more

12 Dec 2023 · 19 minutes
Cervical cancer is on the rise in Canada

A recent report from the Canadian Cancer Society underlines a troubling trend: cervical cancer is on the rise and seeing... more

11 Dec 2023 · 19 minutes
Why climate change is driving up the cost of your insurance

As storms become more frequent and more severe, insurance claims for damage to homes are piling up. Disaster claims in... more

08 Dec 2023 · 23 minutes
How a Ukrainian teen fought to get her brother back from Russia

Since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February last year, there have been concerns about Ukrainian children, and the efforts... more

07 Dec 2023 · 21 minutes
Your personal finance questions answered, with Rob Carrick

Managing personal finances while navigating 2023′s economic landscape is stressful, especially for young people. Is now the time for a... more

06 Dec 2023 · 24 minutes
What Google’s deal with Canada means for the rest of the world

After a very public and heated battle with the federal government, Google has come to an agreement to support Canadian... more

05 Dec 2023 · 19 minutes
Ranking Canada’s most livable cities

Where is the most livable city in Canada? The Globe and Mail ranked more than 400 cities across the country... more

04 Dec 2023 · 21 minutes
Tensions over Israel-Hamas war and free speech on campus

On Tuesday, a walkout and rally at York University’s campus in Toronto saw 200 faculty and staff protesting the administration’s... more

01 Dec 2023 · 19 minutes
Money laundering, crypto trading and Canada’s richest man

Binance is the world’s largest crypto trading platform and its founder is the most recent crypto leader to be charged... more

30 Nov 2023 · 19 minutes
Europe’s far-right is moving into the mainstream

Last week, a far-right party and its controversial leader in the Netherlands won a surprising election victory. This comes on... more

29 Nov 2023 · 21 minutes
The historic rise of rental costs in Canada

The latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) numbers revealed what BMO’s chief economist calls the “new villain” of inflation: rent. While... more

28 Nov 2023 · 21 minutes
How an Ontario city is taking a new approach to homelessness

As the number of people experiencing homelessness grows in cities across Canada, so too have encampments – groups of people... more

27 Nov 2023 · 17 minutes
The Canadian scientist at the centre of the OpenAI drama

In the span of a week, OpenAI went from being Silicon Valley’s dominant artificial intelligence company, to teetering on the... more

24 Nov 2023 · 22 minutes
Gaza’s underground tunnels

Israel and Hamas are negotiating a four-day ceasefire which could see the release of up to 50 prisoners being held... more

23 Nov 2023 · 21 minutes
What’s behind the shakeup of Alberta’s health care system

The Alberta government has been announcing several changes coming to the province’s health care – including dismantling the health authority,... more

22 Nov 2023 · 20 minutes
A new twist in the two Michaels saga

Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig – known as the two Michaels – were both detained by Chinese authorities on December... more

21 Nov 2023 · 18 minutes
The newest nicotine product to spark old fears

Health Canada recently approved the sale of Zonnic, a nicotine pouch that you pop into your mouth. Even though its... more

20 Nov 2023 · 20 minutes
After 144 years, bringing home remains from a residential school

The Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania was the first government-run residential school in North America. Earlier this fall, the... more

17 Nov 2023 · 22 minutes
The life-or-death limbo of the Afghans who helped Canada

Many Afghans waiting to be resettled in Canada have taken refuge in Pakistan since fleeing their homes when the Taliban... more

16 Nov 2023 · 21 minutes
Qatar’s behind-the-scenes role in the Israel-Hamas war

The Israel-Hamas war is now in its sixth week and fighting is intensifying inside Gaza. On Tuesday, Palestinians trapped inside... more

15 Nov 2023 · 20 minutes
How climate change clues are frozen in glaciers

There is a glacier that sits a kilometer below the highest peak within B.C.’s border, called Combatant Col. Scientists have... more

14 Nov 2023 · 20 minutes
Quebec targets out-of-province students with big tuition hikes

The reality of Quebec’s law to protect the French language is setting in, especially for the province’s three English language... more

13 Nov 2023 · 18 minutes
Canada’s broken information laws keep history in the dark

It can be incredibly frustrating trying to get access to historical records in Canada. There are often lengthy delays and... more

10 Nov 2023 · 23 minutes
What students think about the parents’ rights movement

A movement which first gained traction in Republican States in the U.S. is taking root in Canada. “Parents’ rights” is... more

09 Nov 2023 · 21 minutes
Canada’s billion-dollar wine industry is changing. Here’s why

Weather in Canada is becoming more erratic thanks to climate change – we’re seeing cold snaps, severe thunder and hail... more

08 Nov 2023 · 20 minutes
Why the ‘lottery’ of Canadian immigration undermines the system

Canadian immigration minister Marc Miller announced the intentions of the government in its new set of targets: while the number... more

07 Nov 2023 · 22 minutes
The battle over the future of the Banff arts centre

There has been turmoil at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and it recently came to the public’s attention... more

06 Nov 2023 · 18 minutes
A ‘balance of terror’: The geopolitics of the Israel-Hamas war

Israeli tanks and troops that entered Gaza on Friday are now focusing on encircling Gaza City – the population hub... more

03 Nov 2023 · 20 minutes
Premiers attack Trudeau after carbon tax carve-out

Last week, Justin Trudeau announced an exemption for the carbon price on home-heating oil. The majority of homes that use... more

02 Nov 2023 · 21 minutes
Voices inside Gaza and Israel, in the ‘second stage’ of war

Over the weekend, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel was entering the “second stage” of the war with... more

01 Nov 2023 · 18 minutes
Who is Canada’s new Supreme Court justice?

The Supreme Court has been missing a judge ever since Russell Brown resigned in June over allegations of improper conduct.... more

31 Oct 2023 · 17 minutes
Indigo turns to a familiar face after a turbulent year

There have been a lot of challenges for Canada’s biggest book retailer, Indigo. There was a massive cyber attack. The... more

30 Oct 2023 · 21 minutes
The drama over Alberta’s plan to exit the Canada Pension Plan

Alberta has a controversial idea that is causing a stir with other provinces and the federal government: exiting the Canada... more

27 Oct 2023 · 19 minutes
Bed bugs are everywhere, here’s why

Bed bugs are pretty much everywhere. They’re being spotted in major cities like Paris, London and even Toronto now. They’ve... more

26 Oct 2023 · 19 minutes
The Rafah border crossing’s significance for Gaza

The Rafah crossing – the sole entry point between Egypt and Gaza – remains a political, diplomatic and humanitarian tinderbox.... more

25 Oct 2023 · 19 minutes
The class and cultural divides from French immersion

French immersion has become a cornerstone in Canadian education. One in 10 Canadian students are now enrolled in the program,... more

24 Oct 2023 · 17 minutes
Supreme Court sides with Alberta on federal environmental law

As Canada tries to figure out its path forward in combating climate change, the question of which level of government... more

23 Oct 2023 · 19 minutes
How AI influences the food we’re eating

Could your next favourite foods be created by a robot? While artificial intelligence has long been used in the production... more

20 Oct 2023 · 21 minutes
The threat of Hezbollah joining the Israel-Hamas war

Hezbollah, the Iran-backed militant group based in Lebanon, is seen as a serious threat to the Israel-Hamas war. There are... more

19 Oct 2023 · 20 minutes
High interest rates and The Bank of Canada, explained

With inflation still stubbornly high, it seems like interest rates could remain elevated for quite some time. And the stress... more

18 Oct 2023 · 20 minutes
The controversy over lowering the age of breast cancer screening

In Canada, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. It’s the second leading cause... more

17 Oct 2023 · 19 minutes
Inside the Israel-Gaza war zone

Warning: this episode contains descriptions of violence Hundreds of thousands of people have fled south in Gaza after Israel told 1.1... more

16 Oct 2023 · 22 minutes
The influence of the U.S. on the Israel-Hamas war

When Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7, the U.S. was among the first nations to firmly side with Israel, pledging... more

13 Oct 2023 · 21 minutes
The Decibel presents: In Her Defence

In Her Defence, a new podcast series from The Globe and Mail, tells the story of Helen Nasland, in her... more

12 Oct 2023 · 36 minutes
The problems with how government contracts get outsourced

The RCMP has begun an investigation into allegations of misconduct made by two tech entrepreneurs. Their warnings to senior officials... more

11 Oct 2023 · 19 minutes
War erupts between Israel and Hamas

Warning: This episode contains descriptions of violence On Saturday, Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group, launched one of the largest and deadliest... more

10 Oct 2023 · 18 minutes
How Canadian-made PAW Patrol took over kids’ entertainment

For over a decade now, the rescue pups of PAW Patrol have been an obsession for toddlers around the world.... more

06 Oct 2023 · 20 minutes
A dropped case and the slow reckoning of the Canadian military

The trial of Lieutenant-General Steven Whelan began in late September. Only a week later, it was over, with the case... more

05 Oct 2023 · 20 minutes
Catch and release: the revolving door of violent repeat offenders

In less than a decade, Mohammed Majidpour has racked up more than 30 offences in Vancouver. His crimes include theft,... more

04 Oct 2023 · 20 minutes
How a group of Buddhist monks bought up a chunk of PEI

Over the past few years, the Buddhist organization Bliss and Wisdom has been buying up several parcels of land in... more

03 Oct 2023 · 20 minutes
Ukrainian refugees fled to Poland. Now thousands are leaving

When Russia invaded Ukraine back in February 2022, millions of Ukrainians fled the country. Many went to the neighbouring country... more

02 Oct 2023 · 21 minutes
Can a 4 billion year-old asteroid reveal the origins of life?

A capsule from the NASA spacecraft, Osiris-REx recently landed in a Utah desert after spending seven years in space. Inside... more

29 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
A Dollarama executive, a luxury home and a World Heritage site

Saint Lucia is known for its natural beauty, but the most iconic part of the island is along its southwest... more

28 Sep 2023 · 17 minutes
Why it’s so hard to bring food prices down

The federal government has been facing intense pressure to reduce the cost of food, as food inflation remains much higher... more

27 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
Will 3.45 million new homes solve Canada’s housing crisis?

A recent report from Canada’s federal housing agency, CMHC says we need 3.45 million new homes built by 2030 in... more

26 Sep 2023 · 16 minutes
What’s behind the delays in Canada’s courts?

Canada’s judicial system is a bit of a mess right now. Cases are piling up. Staff aren’t showing up to... more

25 Sep 2023 · 21 minutes
Introducing: In Her Defence, a new true crime podcast

Follow In Her Defence wherever you get your podcasts. The first two episodes drop Tuesday, October 10th. Everyone knew bad things... more

22 Sep 2023 · 2 minutes
The view from India after allegations of killing in Canada

Canada’s relationship with India has been rocky for years, but it’s at a particular low point right now after Prime... more

22 Sep 2023 · 21 minutes
Your Ontario Greenbelt questions, answered

Ever since Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he would open up parcels of land in the environmentally protected Greenbelt, there’s... more

21 Sep 2023 · 21 minutes
Trudeau accuses India of involvement in Canadian’s murder

The murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar left Canada’s Sikh community with a lot of questions. On Monday, Prime Minister Justin... more

20 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
Coup contagion – why Africa’s had nine coups in three years

There have been nine coups in seven African countries over the past three years – some analysts have called it... more

19 Sep 2023 · 21 minutes
A Trudeau-Poilievre showdown as Parliament resumes

Parliament is back for the fall session and it returns with a surprising shift in the political dynamic. Conservative Leader,... more

18 Sep 2023 · 19 minutes
Lessons from the massive daycare E.Coli outbreak in Calgary

Hundreds of people are sick and dozens are in the hospital in Calgary, after one of Canada’s worst outbreaks of... more

15 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
A multi-billion dollar bet on natural gas

Enbridge Inc. has become North America’s largest natural gas utility after acquiring three U.S. utilities for US$9.4-billiondollars. It’s a big... more

14 Sep 2023 · 19 minutes
What you need to know about COVID this fall

The COVID-19 fall surge is upon us. But this year it’s different. Cases are rising again in Canada, reversing a... more

13 Sep 2023 · 21 minutes
Australia resolved its news standoff with Meta. Could Canada?

Most people in Canada haven’t been able to view or post news content on Facebook or Instagram for over a... more

12 Sep 2023 · 21 minutes
The first criminal trial for ‘Freedom Convoy’ leaders

Tamara Lich and Chris Barber were at the forefront of the convoy protest that rolled into Ottawa on Jan. 29,... more

11 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
How international students became big business for schools

In 2012, nine out of 10 students at Kitchener’s Conestoga College were domestic. Today, they have more international students than... more

08 Sep 2023 · 22 minutes
Canada’s wildfires dwarf emissions from all other industries

This year’s wildfire season has broken all kinds of records – including on emissions. Canada’s wildfires have doubled previous records... more

07 Sep 2023 · 21 minutes
What are schools doing to help youth mental health?

It’s back-to-school week for young people across the country. And despite bringing back full in-class learning three years since the... more

06 Sep 2023 · 18 minutes
Are small, family-run businesses dying in Canada?

Small business owners are, on average, older than the Canadian population. That means that in the next ten years 75%... more

05 Sep 2023 · 16 minutes
The dark side of collagen

Collagen supplements are marketed as a holy grail anti-aging product. Bovine collagen is made from cattle hides, and a new... more

01 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
Ford government targets school lands to build housing

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has a clear housing goal. He wants to build 1.5 million new homes in 10 years.... more

31 Aug 2023 · 19 minutes
How a former Libyan dictator’s money ended up in Canada

Moammar Gadhafi, former Libyan dictator, has had billions sitting in Canadian bank accounts for almost 12 years after his death.... more

30 Aug 2023 · 20 minutes
New details emerge about Montreal’s deadliest fire in decades

On Monday, Montreal police said the Old Montreal fire that killed seven people in March 2023 is now being treated... more

29 Aug 2023 · 20 minutes
What happens for Tibet when the Dalai Lama dies

Tibet used to be a prominent focus of international attention, but that isn’t the case anymore as less and less... more

28 Aug 2023 · 20 minutes
Why storms are more destructive now

There are a lot of serious storms these days, and those storms are causing more and more damage, as residents... more

25 Aug 2023 · 21 minutes
An ex-RCMP officer, a real estate tycoon and Operation Fox Hunt

Back in July, a former RCMP officer was charged with conducting foreign interference on behalf of China. We now know... more

24 Aug 2023 · 18 minutes
The problem with building more housing

Canada needs a lot of housing – and the Liberal government is making this a priority at their cabinet retreat... more

23 Aug 2023 · 20 minutes
What it’s like to escape from wildfires

As wildfires rage on across the country, more than 50,000 people have been forced out of their homes in Yellowknife... more

22 Aug 2023 · 16 minutes
Where’s that recession? Why it’s still too early to celebrate

Fears of a recession have been looming since the worst days of the pandemic. And as inflation continues its slow... more

21 Aug 2023 · 18 minutes
Connie Walker’s latest investigation: Her own family's history

Journalist Connie Walker has been reporting on Indigenous stories for most of her career. From missing and murdered women to... more

18 Aug 2023 · 19 minutes
A reality check on the fertility promises of egg-freezing

Elective egg freezing is on the rise in Canada. Fertility clinics pitch it as a kind of insurance policy: put... more

17 Aug 2023 · 19 minutes
Dispatch calls reveal chaos of deadly floods in Nova Scotia

In the early hours of July 22, chaos was erupting in Nova Scotia. Rain was pouring down, causing intense flooding.... more

16 Aug 2023 · 21 minutes
The unknown health impacts of cannabis smoke

It has been five years since the legalization of cannabis in Canada but we still know very little about health... more

15 Aug 2023 · 18 minutes
Ford accused of playing favourites in Greenbelt plans

On Wednesday, Ontario’s Auditor-General, Bonnie Lysyk released an investigative report into the province’s decision to open up 3,000 hectares of... more

14 Aug 2023 · 17 minutes
Why we need parasites

You’re never far from a parasite, no matter where you are. They’re responsible for illnesses like malaria that cause death... more

11 Aug 2023 · 14 minutes
The hunt for dark matter, two kilometres under Sudbury

No one really knows what dark matter is. We just think it exists. And we believe it makes up 85... more

10 Aug 2023 · 23 minutes
The evolutionary advantage of curly hair

Curly hair often gets a bad reputation for being too high maintenance but research has shown that it plays an... more

09 Aug 2023 · 19 minutes
How we search for planets that could host life

The James Webb Space Telescope has been getting some of the most detailed information and images from space since it... more

08 Aug 2023 · 20 minutes
How two Canadian women were switched at birth

In September 1969, two baby girls were born in a tiny hospital in rural Newfoundland, a few hours apart. A... more

04 Aug 2023 · 19 minutes
What we get wrong about bears

Western preconceived notions about bears being deadly have led to dire consequences for bears. But the relationship and safety around... more

03 Aug 2023 · 17 minutes
Sex abuse allegations at the Calgary Stampede

An ongoing class-action lawsuit against the Calgary Stampede alleges that for decades the organization did not properly protect children from... more

02 Aug 2023 · 22 minutes
Why ticks – and Lyme disease – are spreading further north

Ticks are awful. They can give you Lyme disease, brain swelling, and can make you allergic to red meat. And... more

01 Aug 2023 · 20 minutes
B.C. might become a haven for movie studios using AI

The ongoing actors and writers strikes in the U.S. are having huge implications for film production – including here in... more

31 Jul 2023 · 19 minutes
Why we can’t air condition our way out of extreme heat

The past three weeks on Earth have been the hottest since records began, and the effects of global warming are... more

28 Jul 2023 · 16 minutes
What Trudeau’s summer shakeup says about the Liberals’ health

On Wednesday, the Trudeau government unveiled a major cabinet shakeup. The reset comes at a time when the Liberals are... more

27 Jul 2023 · 21 minutes
‘Sound of Freedom’ becomes a controversial blockbuster hit

While conversations about movies are being dominated by ‘Barbie’ and ‘Openheimer’, another movie currently sitting in third place has become... more

26 Jul 2023 · 20 minutes
How government infighting led to a refugee crisis in Toronto

Dozens of asylum seekers have been sleeping on the streets of Downtown Toronto for weeks as a political stand-off between... more

25 Jul 2023 · 22 minutes
The people most impacted by wildfire smoke

Cities across Canada have been dealing with the impacts of wildfire smoke this year – the smoggy skies and health... more

24 Jul 2023 · 20 minutes
Inside Canada Soccer’s equal pay fight

Canada’s national women’s soccer team is protesting unequal treatment by the sport’s governing body. The players say Canada Soccer is... more

21 Jul 2023 · 20 minutes
Ozempic's effect on the body positivity movement

Ozempic and other medications for type-2 diabetes have shown to be effective treatments for obesity. But this discovery has led... more

20 Jul 2023 · 19 minutes
Why is it so important to get inflation down to two per cent?

We’re all familiar with the cycle now: Inflation is too high, so central banks keep raising interest rates. The hope... more

19 Jul 2023 · 20 minutes
Behind the rise of car thefts in Canada

Car thefts have surged in Canada, with some provinces seeing increases of 50 per cent in a year. And Canada... more

18 Jul 2023 · 19 minutes
Why NATO is back to Cold War strength

At the NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, Turkey agreed to support Sweden’s bid to join the alliance. This paves the... more

17 Jul 2023 · 20 minutes
City Space: Why are ER wait times so bad in Canadian cities?

Burning hours in an ER waiting room has long been a fact of Canada’s public health care system, but that... more

14 Jul 2023 · 26 minutes
When AI decides your pay

App-based ride-share and food delivery companies rely on algorithms that dictate speed, behaviour and the wage of gig workers resulting... more

13 Jul 2023 · 20 minutes
The surge of young people dying from opioids

The opioid epidemic is taking young lives – the number of 15-24 year olds dying from opioid overdoses tripled between... more

12 Jul 2023 · 20 minutes
Canada’s multi-billion dollar bet on the electric vehicle market

After months of negotiations, automaker Stellantis and battery maker LG Energy Solution have reached a deal with the federal and... more

11 Jul 2023 · 17 minutes
Why El Niño is a climate wild card

El Niño is back in a big way. This natural weather pattern is known to increase severe weather around the... more

10 Jul 2023 · 19 minutes
City Space: Will Canada be able to house all the immigrants it hopes to welcome by 2025?

Last year, the federal government set an ambitious new immigration target — to bring in half a million permanent residents... more

07 Jul 2023 · 29 minutes
The Nova Scotia coal miners dying of black lung

Coal mining might seem like a job of the past, but global demand for it has actually surged in the... more

06 Jul 2023 · 19 minutes
Preparing for the decline of oil and gas in Canada

Canada, alongside much of the world, has plans to become net-zero by 2050. And one of their main action-items is... more

05 Jul 2023 · 20 minutes
Inside the sparkly, hard-core world of competitive cheer

It’s sparkly, athletic and enthusiastic. But it’s grittier than you might think. Competitive cheer is a fast-growing sport in Canada... more

04 Jul 2023 · 21 minutes
Ukrainian refugee children find a new start in Canada

The Grade 8 students of St. Demetrius Catholic School are in many ways like every other class – they’re nervous... more

30 Jun 2023 · 25 minutes
Is multi-generational housing the next big trend?

Multi-generational living in your 20′s and even 30′s has become common as young adults deal with unaffordable housing rates across... more

29 Jun 2023 · 17 minutes
How a mutiny weakened Putin’s strongman image

Over the weekend, a chaotic 36 hours unfolded in the Kremlin. The Wagner Group, a team of Russian military mercenaries... more

28 Jun 2023 · 21 minutes
A $50-million fine in Canada’s bread price-fixing scandal

Over 20 years later, someone has finally paid the price for Canada’s bread-fixing scandal – other than shoppers that is.... more

27 Jun 2023 · 17 minutes
Is Canada’s waste program trash?

Many municipalities across Canada are choosing profit over the environment when it comes to waste management options. This has left... more

26 Jun 2023 · 19 minutes
Canada’s ministers are missing critical memos

Controversy followed Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendocino after he said he was unaware that notorious serial killer Paul Bernardo... more

23 Jun 2023 · 19 minutes
The altercation that led to a Supreme Court Justice resigning

Usually the news coming from Canada’s Supreme Court is about the rulings they make, not about the Justices themselves. But... more

22 Jun 2023 · 17 minutes
The sexual assault survivors fighting their own publication bans

Publication bans have become all but automatic in sexual-assault cases across Canada. These bans were put in place to protect... more

21 Jun 2023 · 19 minutes
China’s control over Canada’s very rare and important mineral

As the world races to mine more critical minerals, China has managed to capture nearly 100 per cent of the... more

20 Jun 2023 · 19 minutes
B.C. is sending thousands of cancer patients to the U.S.

British Columbia will send cancer patients across the border for radiation therapy to deal with growing wait times and backlog... more

19 Jun 2023 · 19 minutes
Secret Canada: The 'black hole' of Canada's immigration system

Canada’s immigration system is overwhelmed. Cases are backlogged and little information is being communicated to applicants. This has led to... more

16 Jun 2023 · 20 minutes
The reality of how your chocolate gets made

Chocolate may be sweet, but it comes at a steep cost. Labels that claim your favourite treat are sustainable can... more

15 Jun 2023 · 20 minutes
Here’s why millennials are drowning in debt

Canada’s household debt is really high. In fact, we outrank France, Italy, the UK and even the U.S. And while,... more

14 Jun 2023 · 18 minutes
Helping people escape the world’s harshest anti-LGBTQ laws

In late May, the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed one of the world’s harshest anti-homosexuality bills into law. It authorizes... more

13 Jun 2023 · 19 minutes
Pressure builds for public inquiry after special rapporteur quits

David Johnston resigned as the special rapporteur on Friday after looking into foreign interference in Canadian elections. The former Governor... more

12 Jun 2023 · 21 minutes
Secret Canada: The information laws governments keep breaking

When Canada first passed legislation to create its access-to-information system, it was seen as a world leader in terms of... more

09 Jun 2023 · 21 minutes
How Greece got its economic groove back

The 2007-2008 financial crisis hit countries around the world hard. But, Greece’s economy really faltered. At the peak of Greece’s... more

08 Jun 2023 · 20 minutes
Canada’s unprecedented wildfire season

A lot of Canada is on fire right now – fires are burning in nearly every province and territory and... more

07 Jun 2023 · 19 minutes
What on Earth is going on with consumer spending?

Canadians have been dealing with high inflation for two years now. But, as consumers, we keep spending. However, the picture... more

06 Jun 2023 · 18 minutes
Violence is rising in schools. How do we stop it?

The Toronto District School Board – the largest school board in the country – recently reported that more than 300... more

05 Jun 2023 · 16 minutes
A warning sign from the Big Banks of a possible recession

The six biggest banks in Canada – RBC, Scotiabank, BMO, CIBC, TD, and National Bank recently reported their second-quarter earnings.... more

02 Jun 2023 · 19 minutes
Inside Kyiv under fire ahead of the Ukrainian counteroffensive

After months of relative quiet in Kyiv, the city has been under attack this week by Russian drones and missiles.... more

01 Jun 2023 · 22 minutes
A divided Alberta: What comes next?

Alberta is a province with a long history of conservative rule. And on Monday, Danielle Smith and the UCP added... more

31 May 2023 · 19 minutes
Emergency rooms in Canada head into another tough summer

Throughout the pandemic, Canadians were warned about the potential collapse of emergency rooms. ERs were stretched to the limit, as... more

30 May 2023 · 19 minutes
The pandemic potential of avian flu

Avian influenza is getting more serious each year, as an unprecedented number of birds either succumb to the virus or... more

29 May 2023 · 18 minutes
What Turkey’s election means for the rest of the world

With a cost-of-living crisis and rampant inflation, there’s a lot on the line for Turkey in the runoff election on... more

26 May 2023 · 19 minutes
You’re not wrong, allergies are getting worse

Seasonal allergies are getting worse all across North America, in large part due to changes in pollen driven by climate... more

25 May 2023 · 18 minutes
Why there won’t be a public inquiry into Chinese interference

Former governor general David Johnston has ruled out a public inquiry into foreign interference in Canada’s elections, despite ongoing calls... more

24 May 2023 · 20 minutes
The race to regulate artificial intelligence

Whether you like it or not, AI is everywhere. It unlocks your phone through facial recognition, it manages spam emails... more

23 May 2023 · 18 minutes
Your upcoming flights might be cancelled, here’s why

Experts are anticipating another chaotic season of air travel in the coming months. Along with ongoing labour disputes, Canadian airlines... more

19 May 2023 · 17 minutes
Inside the greenhouse above the Arctic Circle

Two hundred and fifty kilometres above the Arctic Circle is a greenhouse that provides fresh local produce to its community.... more

18 May 2023 · 20 minutes
As Alberta burns, an election looms

Wildfires are raging across Alberta with early-season fires forcing thousands to evacuate their homes. Firefighters from across the country and... more

17 May 2023 · 19 minutes
Canada looks to India as ties with China fray

China is Canada’s second-largest trading partner, but tensions continue to rise between the two countries over allegations of foreign interference... more

16 May 2023 · 18 minutes
Is COVID over?

On May 5th the World Health Organization declared the end of the COVID-19 emergency. But what does that mean for... more

15 May 2023 · 19 minutes
Why BlackBerry’s rise and fall still matters

BlackBerry changed our lives when it created the world’s first commercially successful smartphone. But its dominance was disrupted and the... more

12 May 2023 · 21 minutes
The view from China on foreign interference in Canada

On Tuesday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry strongly condemned Canada’s expulsion of Chinese diplomat, Zhao Wei for allegations of foreign interference.... more

11 May 2023 · 19 minutes
Canada’s extraordinary expulsion of a Chinese diplomat

On May 8, Canada expelled Chinese diplomat Zhao Wei in response to China’s interference in Canadian politics. The extraordinary move... more

10 May 2023 · 18 minutes
The problems with the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive

In 2019, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to help millennials hoping to buy a first home with a new program,... more

09 May 2023 · 20 minutes
How ‘black swan’ events are ruining economic predictions

Economic predictions can be incredibly important for companies and governments trying to plan for the months and year ahead –... more

08 May 2023 · 20 minutes
Why Charles III won’t be the last King of Canada

On Saturday, King Charles III will be crowned in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London. This is the first... more

05 May 2023 · 18 minutes
Ford and the never-ending Ontario Place saga

When Ontario Place first opened in 1971, it was a jewel on Toronto’s waterfront showcasing modern architecture and Ontario culture.... more

04 May 2023 · 23 minutes
The missing 2 billion trees Trudeau promised

In 2021, the federal government began a project to plant two billion trees by 2031. The goal of this project... more

03 May 2023 · 23 minutes
How a new Canadian law will change what’s on your Netflix

The Online Streaming Act is officially law. Now, online streaming services such as Netflix and Spotify have to promote and... more

02 May 2023 · 20 minutes
Take Back Alberta and its mission to reshape politics

The Alberta election starts today – and one group in particular is ready for it. It’s called Take Back Alberta... more

01 May 2023 · 21 minutes
The bureaucratic mess that’s left Afghans stranded

Back in September, we told you about some Afghans trying to flee the Taliban in 2021 who had been given... more

28 Apr 2023 · 20 minutes
How grocery prices are affecting kids at school

School food programs in Canada are struggling to make ends meet right now. With the high price of food, it’s... more

27 Apr 2023 · 20 minutes
What we’re getting wrong about climate refugees

Vietnam is in the midst of a dramatic shift caused by climate change. Some of the country’s most fertile land... more

26 Apr 2023 · 18 minutes
The bloody struggle for power in Sudan

Sudan is on the brink of civil war, after fighting broke out between the country’s military and a paramilitary group,... more

25 Apr 2023 · 21 minutes
Why fewer people have confidence in childhood vaccines

Since the pandemic, confidence in childhood vaccines has decreased around the world, according to a new report by UNICEF. Before... more

24 Apr 2023 · 19 minutes
After a year of scandal, Hockey Canada gets its funding back

The federal government has restored its funding to Hockey Canada after removing it following the revelation that it settled a... more

21 Apr 2023 · 18 minutes
The start of one of the largest strikes in Canadian history

The largest public sector union in Canada went on strike on Wednesday after talks broke down with the government over... more

20 Apr 2023 · 21 minutes
Why drag performers are the new focus of U.S. culture wars

Last month, Tennessee became the first state to pass-anti drag law and thirteen other U.S. states also have bills looking... more

19 Apr 2023 · 21 minutes
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What we’re getting wrong about climate refugees
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Vietnam is in the midst of a dramatic shift caused by climate change. Some of the country’s most fertile land along the... more