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The Decibel
The Decibel
The Globe and Mail

Context is everything. Join us Monday to Friday for a Canadian daily news podcast from The Globe and Mail. Explore a story... more

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A Canadian sniper on the battle for Bakhmut, Ukraine

A Canadian sniper, whose codename is Teflon, was set up in an apartment building in the destroyed city of Bakhmut,... more

07 Feb 2023 · 19 minutes
Why investors are flocking to the daycare business

The federal government’s $30-billion pledge to bring daycare costs down to $10/day and to create 250,000 new spaces by 2026... more

06 Feb 2023 · 20 minutes
The McKinsey controversy explained

On Wednesday, Dominic Barton appeared before a parliamentary committee looking into the rise in outsourcing contracts awarded to McKinsey &... more

03 Feb 2023 · 22 minutes
B.C. decriminalizes some drug possession

As of this week, possession of 2.5 grams of some drugs in B.C. is decriminalized. The B.C. government says it... more

02 Feb 2023 · 20 minutes
Edmonton spiritual leader charged with sexual assault

John de Ruiter, a spiritual leader known for his piercing stare and who calls himself the ‘embodiment of truth’ was... more

01 Feb 2023 · 19 minutes
What the Rogers-Shaw deal could mean for your phone bill

On Monday, Rogers Communications Inc., Shaw Communications Inc. and Quebecor Inc. extended a deadline to mid-February that would finalize the... more

31 Jan 2023 · 18 minutes
What went wrong with the Liberals’ gun legislation

The Liberal government brought in Bill C-21 last May that would ban certain firearms. Amendments to the legislation have only... more

30 Jan 2023 · 20 minutes
What remains a year after the convoy protests

A year after tens of thousands of people descended on Ottawa, some in their big-rig trucks, a lot has changed.... more

27 Jan 2023 · 18 minutes
Unicorns, camels and the tech crash

To cope with the rising interest rates and higher-than-normal inflation in the economy, many tech companies are changing how they... more

26 Jan 2023 · 20 minutes
Arsenic in the air divides a small Quebec city

The residents of Rouyn-Noranda, QC have known about the arsenic emissions coming from the local smelting plant for years. More... more

25 Jan 2023 · 17 minutes
Western allies debate sending tanks to Ukraine

Ukraine wants tanks – 300 of them to be precise. President Volodymyr Zelensky believes that western battle tanks could be... more

24 Jan 2023 · 17 minutes
Why physically disciplining kids is still legal in Canada

In Canada, the criminal code allows for physical discipline of children, in certain circumstances. For almost half a century, advocates... more

23 Jan 2023 · 16 minutes
Are Alberta and BC good models for private surgery?

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced this week his government is increasing the use of private clinics for procedures like cataracts,... more

20 Jan 2023 · 21 minutes
Inside the life-or-death journey of one Venezuelan family

Over 7-million Venezuelans have left their homes since 2017, when Nicholas Maduro seized power and the state started to collapse.... more

19 Jan 2023 · 18 minutes
Canada’s new drinking guidelines

On Tuesday, Canada’s new guidelines for drinking and health were released from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Addiction... more

18 Jan 2023 · 22 minutes
What history can tell us about this economic moment

The economic forecast for 2023 is … less than rosy. Inflation is still running high. Central banks may continue to... more

17 Jan 2023 · 17 minutes
Why holiday travel chaos is the new normal

The holiday travel period was incredibly tumultuous – with passengers stranded, bags lost and thousands of flights cancelled. The airlines... more

16 Jan 2023 · 19 minutes
The hard-line plans of Israel’s new far-right government

Israel’s new far-right government is looking to overhaul the country’s justice system – going so far as seeking to create... more

13 Jan 2023 · 23 minutes
Cheap grocery apps aiming to reduce food waste

There’s a growing demand for food waste apps from both shoppers and grocers. They’ve been touted as a new way... more

12 Jan 2023 · 17 minutes
A virologist on COVID variant XBB 1.5

The XBB 1.5 variant of COVID is quickly becoming the dominant strain in the US, and we’re seeing more cases... more

11 Jan 2023 · 18 minutes
Andrew Coyne looks ahead to politics in 2023

Canada’s facing a stressed health care system, persistent inflation and a fraught geopolitical scene. Globe and Mail columnist Andrew Coyne looks... more

10 Jan 2023 · 19 minutes
Shopify's problems

Shopify began this year announcing to its workers that meetings of more than two employees were banned. Slack channels that... more

09 Jan 2023 · 16 minutes
Disaster-proof your finances for 2023

2022 was a pretty turbulent year financially, with sky-high inflation, interest rates and housing prices. So you might be looking... more

06 Jan 2023 · 19 minutes
Why the surge of COVID in China looks a lot like 2020

Since China abandoned its COVID-zero policies, the country has seen a dramatic outbreak of infections. But exactly how bad things... more

05 Jan 2023 · 18 minutes
The weight loss drug everyone’s talking about

Ozempic and other semaglutide drugs have been hailed as a very effective treatment for obesity, but shortages, affordability and doctors’... more

04 Jan 2023 · 19 minutes
How organ transplants could be changed by ... frozen frogs

Some animals survive harsh winter conditions by completely freezing and thawing in spring, like the wood frog. Researchers are looking... more

03 Jan 2023 · 16 minutes
2022: A look back on the year of the ‘freedom convoy’

What started as a protest against vaccine mandates for cross-border truck drivers turned into a catch-all occupation of pent-up pandemic... more

30 Dec 2022 · 16 minutes
As missiles fall around her, this Kharkiv citizen continues to fight disinformation

As part of our picks of the top stories of 2022, we are re-airing this episode about a woman documenting... more

29 Dec 2022 · 23 minutes
Should the Pope reverse a 500-year-old Church law?

As part of our picks of the top stories of 2022, we are re-airing this episode on the Pope’s visit... more

28 Dec 2022 · 17 minutes
If you didn’t get a big raise, you probably got a pay cut

As part of our picks of the top stories of 2022, we are re-airing this episode on inflation, which originally... more

27 Dec 2022 · 18 minutes
Move over Let It Go, we’re talking about Bruno

As part of our picks of the top stories of 2022, we are re-airing this episode about one of the... more

26 Dec 2022 · 18 minutes
What’s the holiday season without a little tradition?

Ranging from childhood phone calls, to serenading strangers, to feasting on the darkest day of the year, we explore how... more

23 Dec 2022 · 21 minutes
Short on cash and power, Ukraine faces a dark Christmas

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Washington on Wednesday. It’s his first known time outside of Ukraine since Russia invaded... more

22 Dec 2022 · 15 minutes
The YouTubers guiding immigrants in small-town Canada

Newcomers are turning to YouTube to learn about everyday life in places like Moncton NB, Kamloops B.C. or Swift Current,... more

21 Dec 2022 · 17 minutes
What we know about the mass shooting near Toronto

On Sunday evening, five residents of a high-rise condo building in Vaughan, ON were shot and killed. A 73-year-old gunman... more

20 Dec 2022 · 15 minutes
The tiny town that might vote itself out of existence

In the community of Gaultois, Newfoundland, an upcoming vote will determine whether to keep receiving government services, or take a... more

19 Dec 2022 · 17 minutes
A success story in Indigenous-led conservation

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $800-million in funding for Indigenous-led conservation efforts at COP15, the biodiversity conference happening in Montreal.... more

16 Dec 2022 · 18 minutes
FTX and Canadian crypto FOMO

Sam Bankman-Fried, the former CEO of cryptocurrency exchange FTX, was arrested in the Bahamas on Monday. U.S. prosecutors charged Bankman-Fried... more

15 Dec 2022 · 17 minutes
A promising young player, a devastating injury and Hockey Canada

Neil Doef was 17 when his life changed. As a promising young hockey player, he was competing at an international... more

14 Dec 2022 · 19 minutes
Why NASA wants to go back to the moon

With its splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, Artemis 1 marked the successful completion of the first step in... more

13 Dec 2022 · 19 minutes
A rare look inside war-torn Myanmar

Myanmar has been in a state of chaos since February 2021 when the military staged a coup following a democratic... more

12 Dec 2022 · 20 minutes
A behavioural psychologist explains why Canadians aren’t wearing masks

Healthcare systems across the country are under strain yet again, and this time children seem to be bearing the worst... more

09 Dec 2022 · 18 minutes
The billions of dollars in ineligible COVID benefits

The federal government paid $4.6-billion in COVID-19 benefits to ineligible recipients, and another $27.4-billion of payouts should be investigated to... more

08 Dec 2022 · 19 minutes
Why your groceries cost so much

Canadians have already seen the cost of groceries grow by over 10 per cent this year, and costs are expected... more

07 Dec 2022 · 16 minutes
How the Canadian justice system treats abused women

Two years ago, Helen Naslund was sentenced to eighteen years in prison for killing her husband, Miles, in 2011. They... more

06 Dec 2022 · 19 minutes
How to stop Indigenous identity fraud

Joseph Boyden. Michelle Latimer. Carrie Bourassa. There has been a growing list of people who are accused of pretending to... more

05 Dec 2022 · 18 minutes
What a more sovereign Alberta would mean for Canada

On Tuesday, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith introduced her sovereignty act, the Alberta Sovereignty Within a United Canada Act, which would... more

02 Dec 2022 · 19 minutes
A glut of office space in a hybrid work world

The office vacancy rates in two of Canada’s biggest cities – Toronto and Vancouver – have more than doubled since... more

01 Dec 2022 · 16 minutes
Zero-COVID protests break through the Great Firewall of China

Protesters in China are blaming zero-COVID policies for the deaths of 10 people in an apartment building in the city... more

30 Nov 2022 · 19 minutes
Canada’s ambitious plan to bring in 500,000 immigrants by 2025

The federal government plans to bring in 500,000 immigrants per year by 2025 – but only around 200,000 housing units... more

29 Nov 2022 · 20 minutes
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How the Canadian justice system treats abused women
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Two years ago, Helen Naslund was sentenced to eighteen years in prison for killing her husband, Miles, in 2011. They married young,... more