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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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Land back and the next stage of reconciliation

It’s become something of a rallying cry to move reconciliation forward, repeated from British Columbia to Ontario to New Brunswick.... more

30 Sep 2022 · 20 minutes
Parties promise to limit immigration in Quebec election

Quebec is the one province where immigration is a ballot-box issue in provincial elections. In 2018, it was one of... more

29 Sep 2022 · 17 minutes
A nuclear scientist on Russia’s threat of nuclear war

Russia has one of the largest nuclear arsenals in the world, and Russian President Vladimir Putin and those in his... more

28 Sep 2022 · 19 minutes
An Iranian woman’s death in custody sparks global protests

Protests are spreading across Iran – and the world – after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody.... more

27 Sep 2022 · 17 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

26 Sep 2022 · 19 minutes
Putin doubles down on the war in Ukraine

This week, Russian President Vladimir Putin called up 300,000 reservists in a partial mobilization for the war in Ukraine. That... more

23 Sep 2022 · 18 minutes
The good and bad of slowing inflation

Inflation is on the decline for the second straight month. New numbers from Statistics Canada show that inflation slowed to... more

22 Sep 2022 · 15 minutes
A senator sent inauthentic documents to stranded Afghans

In the final days of a chaotic government effort to rescue people from the Taliban last summer, Senator Marilou McPhedran... more

21 Sep 2022 · 19 minutes
What happened to $10-a-day daycare in Ontario?

In March, Ontario became the last jurisdiction in Canada to sign on to the national Early Learning and Child Care... more

20 Sep 2022 · 17 minutes
Soaring energy bills in the UK as winter looms

On Oct. 1, natural gas bills in the U.K. will go up by 80 per cent. Most households rely on... more

19 Sep 2022 · 17 minutes
New details emerge about the Saskatchewan stabbings

Initially, residents of James Smith Cree Nation did not want to welcome the reporters into their community following the mass... more

16 Sep 2022 · 19 minutes
Behind the scenes of the Ukrainian counteroffensive

After months of fighting the Russian invasion, Ukraine has gained significant ground in Kharkiv Oblast, a province in the northeast... more

15 Sep 2022 · 17 minutes
Why storms are more destructive now

There seem to be a lot of serious storms these days, and those storms are causing more and more damage.... more

14 Sep 2022 · 20 minutes
Fighting inflation, one grocery bill at a time

While Canada’s overall inflation is ticking down, the cost of food continues to rise. Inflation for groceries rose in July... more

13 Sep 2022 · 14 minutes
What Pierre Poilievre’s landslide victory means for Canada

In case you missed it: listen to Menaka’s conversation with columnists Robyn Urback and John Ibbitson about the Conservative Party’s... more

12 Sep 2022 · 40 minutes
The expansion of selling plasma in Canada

Plasma is a critical part of some medicines but Canada currently only gets 15 per cent of its supply from... more

12 Sep 2022 · 16 minutes
The Conservative leadership race is Poilievre’s to lose

The Conservative Party of Canada will announce a new leader on Saturday evening. This comes after more than half a... more

10 Sep 2022 · 18 minutes
Queen Elizabeth dies at 96

Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday at the age of 96. She was on the throne for 70 years, making... more

09 Sep 2022 · 24 minutes
Why sports betting ads are everywhere

A federal law banning single-sports betting was reversed last year through Bill C-218, leading to a proliferation of sports betting... more

08 Sep 2022 · 18 minutes
Grief and fear in Saskatchewan after mass stabbing

Two days after a stabbing rampage in Saskatchewan, police are still looking for Myles Sanderson, who, along with his brother... more

07 Sep 2022 · 18 minutes
Study permit delays leave international students in limbo

As of Aug. 15, nearly 170,000 study permit applications were pending with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Although plans have... more

06 Sep 2022 · 17 minutes
City Space: Supply alone won’t fix our housing crisis. Here are three other factors

If we want great cities, people from all walks of life need to be able to live in them. But... more

02 Sep 2022 · 29 minutes
A new measure of unhealthy drinking

If you have three or more alcoholic drinks in a week, you’re putting your health at risk. That’s according to... more

01 Sep 2022 · 18 minutes
A cry for kelp: How this seaweed can help fight climate change

Kelp has traditionally been harvested for food, but we’re discovering other new ways we could be using kelp as well... more

31 Aug 2022 · 17 minutes
Do sugar taxes work?

As of Sept. 1, sugar sweetened beverages like pops, iced teas and energy drinks in Newfoundland and Labrador will be... more

30 Aug 2022 · 19 minutes
Investigating the explosion that rocked a small town

An explosion rocked downtown Wheatley, Ontario last year, injuring 20 people, destroying property and terrifying residents and shaking buildings kilometres... more

29 Aug 2022 · 19 minutes
Stress Test: Returning to the office will cost you and not everyone's willing to pay

Your boss wants you back in the office, but after two years of remote work, you’re not sure you want... more

26 Aug 2022 · 30 minutes
Filling Canada’s labour gaps with migrant workers

In April, the federal government announced that it would expand Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program to allow employers to hire... more

25 Aug 2022 · 18 minutes
Zellers is back – will it survive this time?

When Hudson’s Bay Company announced last week that it’s bringing back the discount store Zellers, people flocked to social media... more

24 Aug 2022 · 19 minutes
Why Germany needs Canada’s help with its energy

Germany’s energy crisis could worsen as temperatures dip and Russia threatens to cut off the pipeline delivering natural gas to... more

23 Aug 2022 · 17 minutes
The problems with outsourcing healthcare

Dr. Alika Lafontaine is the Canadian Medical Association’s new president, and an anesthesiologist. He takes on the job at a... more

22 Aug 2022 · 17 minutes
Stress Test: Tempted to buy a home with siblings or friends? Here’s what you need to know

Most people buy homes with their partners or by themselves. But others are ditching the traditional paradigm. Today, we’re talking... more

19 Aug 2022 · 31 minutes
How a warming climate is hurting our sleep

A study from the University of Copenhagen looked at billions of records taken from sleep-tracking wristbands across 68 countries suggests... more

18 Aug 2022 · 18 minutes
Taiwan’s bargaining (micro)chip

Recent visits to Taiwan by U.S. House Rep. Nancy Pelosi and a delegation of five U.S. lawmakers earlier this week... more

17 Aug 2022 · 16 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

16 Aug 2022 · 15 minutes
Why do CEOs get paid so much?

The CEOs of the 100 largest Canadian companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange saw their compensation go up 23... more

15 Aug 2022 · 18 minutes
City Space: From tipping to farming: How we should change the way we think about food

Today we're bringing you an episode of City Space, a Globe and Mail podcast about how to make our cities... more

12 Aug 2022 · 26 minutes
The $100,000 curry chicken

With so many ups and downs in headlines and our personal lives, what often brings us together is food. Food... more

11 Aug 2022 · 20 minutes
Unearthing our love for the humble potato

Potatoes! They’re affordable, accessible, ultra-versatile, and most importantly, delicious. But a case of potato warts found on two farms in... more

10 Aug 2022 · 17 minutes
How supply chains starve us, and how to fix it

In the past two years alone, the number of severely food insecure people doubled to 276 million, according to the... more

09 Aug 2022 · 20 minutes
Octopus: friend or food?

As the global demand for octopus meat rises, a company in Spain is set to open the world’s first ever... more

08 Aug 2022 · 20 minutes
City Space: How online shopping is changing our city streets – and what comes next

With e-commerce largely replacing brick-and-mortar stores, how we shop is having real, physical effects on how our cities work. So... more

05 Aug 2022 · 30 minutes
You have Monkeypox questions. We have (some) answers.

Monkeypox cases are climbing worldwide. In July, the World Health Organization declared the virus a “Public Health Emergency of International... more

04 Aug 2022 · 18 minutes
Are we actually heading into a recession?

New GDP numbers in the U.S. have set off the latest set of worries about whether we’re heading for a... more

03 Aug 2022 · 18 minutes
Scammers are taking advantage of the overheated rental market

This year alone, rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Canada went up almost 14 per cent on average – and... more

02 Aug 2022 · 14 minutes
Stress Test: Retirement might look different for Gen Z and millennials. Here’s how to plan for it

Today we're bringing you an episode of Stress Test, a Globe and Mail podcast about personal finance, hosted by Rob Carrick... more

29 Jul 2022 · 34 minutes
Outrage over Hockey Canada’s fund to settle sexual assault claims

Hockey Canada told federal hearings Wednesday that it has paid $8.9 million since 1989 to settle 21 cases of alleged... more

28 Jul 2022 · 21 minutes
Why Canada is violating its own Russian sanctions

Canada is getting heat for granting a Montreal company an exemption from Russian sanctions. The company fixes turbines used in... more

27 Jul 2022 · 16 minutes
Why bonds might be more important than stocks

The bond market moves three times as much money as the stock market. But it’s boring. The “sure thing” with... more

26 Jul 2022 · 15 minutes
Should the Pope reverse a 500-year old Church law on his trip to Canada?

It is largely anticipated that Pope Francis will deliver another apology to Indigenous people while in Canada this week. But... more

25 Jul 2022 · 18 minutes
Stress Test: How TikTok changed the vibe of personal finance advice

Today we're bringing you an episode of Stress Test, a Globe and Mail podcast about personal finance, hosted by Rob Carrick... more

22 Jul 2022 · 28 minutes
The most important revelations from the January 6 hearings

The January 6 Committee hearings have shared several surprising revelations and explosive testimony over the last few months. To make... more

21 Jul 2022 · 21 minutes
The court case challenging Canada’s public healthcare

On Friday, B.C.’s Court of Appeal upheld a lower court’s decision that access to medical care should be based on... more

20 Jul 2022 · 19 minutes
What we learned from the Nova Scotia shooter’s spouse

More than two years after Canada’s worst mass shooting, we’ve finally heard from someone who was there at the start.... more

19 Jul 2022 · 20 minutes
Sri Lanka's crisis and its relationship with China

Sri Lanka is in crisis right now. After months of fuel, medicine and food shortages, protestors have taken to the... more

18 Jul 2022 · 20 minutes
City Space: How can cities prepare for climate change?

Today we're bringing you an episode of City Space, a Globe and Mail podcast about how to make our cities... more

15 Jul 2022 · 25 minutes
Decoding the Bank of Canada’s supersized interest rate hike

The Bank of Canada raised the benchmark interest rate by one percentage point on Wednesday. The surprise move is the... more

14 Jul 2022 · 17 minutes
Three solutions for airport chaos from a former airline exec

Things are not going well at airports around the world and Canada has taken a particularly bad turn. On Monday,... more

13 Jul 2022 · 18 minutes
The Rogers outage fallout

On Friday, Rogers’ cellphone and Internet surfaced suddenly stopped working, leaving almost 12 million Canadians disconnected. And it wasn’t just... more

12 Jul 2022 · 17 minutes
Coping with the coming COVID summer surge

Two and a half years into the COVID-19 pandemic, we may be sick of talking about it – but COVID-19... more

11 Jul 2022 · 17 minutes
City Space: Hybrid work is here to stay. What will that mean for our downtown cores?

Today we're bringing you an episode of City Space, a Globe and Mail podcast about how to make our cities... more

08 Jul 2022 · 26 minutes
What’s going on inside the Assembly of First Nations?

On Tuesday, First Nations chiefs in the Assembly of First Nations voted against continuing the suspension of National Chief RoseAnne... more

07 Jul 2022 · 19 minutes
Trudeau, the RCMP and a question of interference

Just 10 days after the 2020 Nova Scotia mass shooting where 22 people were killed, RCMP commissioner Brenda Lucki allegedly... more

06 Jul 2022 · 19 minutes
Tuberculosis in Canada? The story behind a recent outbreak

It’s often thought of as a disease from a bygone era, but in some parts of Canada, tuberculosis is still... more

05 Jul 2022 · 20 minutes
Wild boars are in Canada and it’s no joke

Adaptable, smart and invasive. No we’re not talking about humans. We’re talking about wild boars. With their populations growing and... more

04 Jul 2022 · 20 minutes
Graduating from pandemic high school

Westview Centennial Secondary School in the northwest of Toronto is celebrating the graduating class of 2022. On Thursday, about 180... more

30 Jun 2022 · 22 minutes
The fight to overturn abortion bans in the U.S.

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on Friday, abortions were immediately outlawed in several states.... more

29 Jun 2022 · 19 minutes
Hockey Canada, allegations of sexual assault and a culture of secrecy

A woman alleges she was sexually assaulted by eight Canadian Hockey League players in 2018. The public did not hear... more

28 Jun 2022 · 20 minutes
The cultural and economic force that is K-pop supergroup BTS

The superstar K-pop group BTS announced recently that they are taking a temporary break as a group and pursuing individual... more

27 Jun 2022 · 18 minutes
Celebrating Pride in small-town Canada

Today, Pride celebrations in big cities include parades and parties which attract millions of participants around the world. But for... more

24 Jun 2022 · 18 minutes
Was the Emergencies Act the right tool to use against the truckers?

Feb. 14, 2022, marked the first time the government has had to invoke the Emergencies Act. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau... more

23 Jun 2022 · 19 minutes
What to know about monkeypox’s spread

Monkeypox, an endemic disease for a number of Central and West African countries, is having its largest outbreak outside of... more

22 Jun 2022 · 21 minutes
Why protecting the Amazon can be deadly

British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira went missing in the Amazon on June 5. They are... more

21 Jun 2022 · 23 minutes
What the government can do to fix inflation

For many months now, people have been calling on the federal government to do something about skyrocketing prices. Last week,... more

20 Jun 2022 · 18 minutes
Rescuing the most vulnerable in Ukraine’s eastern region

Mykola Kuleba is the former children’s ombudsman of Ukraine and he’s now the head of an organization called Save Ukraine.... more

17 Jun 2022 · 21 minutes
Panic at the crypto

Cryptocurrencies have taken another dive this week. And this crash follows seven months of declines, even for the big names... more

16 Jun 2022 · 20 minutes
The front line defence against floods that no one’s fixing

They’re the front line in defending British Columbia from flooding – but no one can agree who’s responsible for them.... more

15 Jun 2022 · 18 minutes
Where development clashes with conservation

Ontario’s proposed Highway 413 would cut through the habitat of several species at risk in the province. Critics are concerned... more

14 Jun 2022 · 19 minutes
Divulging salaries can help shrink the pay gap

When it comes to the issue of salary gaps, some experts say one solution is to make salaries more transparent.... more

13 Jun 2022 · 15 minutes
Swan Lake and the future of ballet

Siphe November is one of the most talented ballet dancers of his generation. At just 23, he’s the National Ballet... more

10 Jun 2022 · 17 minutes
Why we can’t air condition our way out of extreme heat

Last year, a heat dome in B.C. led to the deaths of 619 people. It’s the deadliest weather event in... more

09 Jun 2022 · 16 minutes
How Boris Johnson survives scandal after scandal

Boris Johnson has been called the Teflon prime minister, because no scandal seems to stick to him. He has a... more

08 Jun 2022 · 17 minutes
Why the Nova Scotia shooter wasn't stopped by police sooner

As we learn more about Canada’s worst mass shooting, the families of the people killed are so frustrated with how... more

07 Jun 2022 · 22 minutes
Inside Canada’s music industry with rapper Cadence Weapon

You may know Rollie Pemberton by his stage name, Cadence Weapon. He’s the Edmonton-born rapper, who won the Polaris Music... more

06 Jun 2022 · 16 minutes
‘Leaving the door open’ for rehabilitating mass murderers

Canada abolished the death penalty in 1976. Now, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that it is unconstitutional for... more

03 Jun 2022 · 19 minutes
Depp v. Heard and what it means for #MeToo

On Wednesday, a jury sided with actor, Johnny Depp in his defamation case against his ex-wife, Amber Heard. The verdict... more

02 Jun 2022 · 23 minutes
Putting a federal disability benefit back on the table

On May 26, Canada’s Minister of Employment, work force Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough said the Liberal government plans... more

01 Jun 2022 · 19 minutes
Why people are hitting unsubscribe on streaming platforms

Netflix recently reported their first loss of subscribers in over a decade. In the first quarter of 2022, 200,000 accounts... more

31 May 2022 · 16 minutes
Why birds sing

Today we decided to take a bit of a reprieve and head down to a park, very early in the... more

30 May 2022 · 16 minutes
How archaeologists look for unmarked graves in Indigenous communities

It’s been one year since Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc First Nation announced they had found 215 unmarked graves at the former... more

27 May 2022 · 22 minutes
Why guns are so tied to American identity

The United States is grappling with another mass shooting. At least 19 children and two adults were killed at Robb... more

26 May 2022 · 18 minutes
How learning platforms tracked kids during online school

A new report from Human Rights Watch found that some online learning platforms are tracking children in ways they say... more

25 May 2022 · 22 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

24 May 2022 · 21 minutes
Stress Test: Is the middle class dead for millennials and Gen Z?

As a bonus episode today, we're bringing you an episode of Stress Test, a podcast about personal finance from The Globe... more

23 May 2022 · 29 minutes
Why is it so hard to unite the right in Alberta?

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he will resign as leader of the United Conservative Party following the results of his... more

20 May 2022 · 19 minutes
A journalist’s death and rising tensions in the West Bank

On May 11, a prominent Palestinian-American journalist was shot and killed in the West Bank while reporting for Al Jazeera.... more

19 May 2022 · 20 minutes
Why this year’s avian flu is much deadlier than usual

As this year’s deadly avian flu spreads from poultry to wild animals, there are reports of birds suffering from neurological... more

18 May 2022 · 18 minutes
The stock market is tumbling. A recession is probably next

Global markets are not doing well. And people are losing a lot of money. Even big technology companies like Netflix... more

17 May 2022 · 18 minutes
Why getting in to see a doctor is so hard in Canada

Universal health care is a point of pride for many Canadians, but the system has had flaws for decades. One... more

16 May 2022 · 21 minutes
The fight to end forced sterilization of Indigenous women

Indigenous women are still being forcibly sterilized in Canada. That’s one thing that Sen. Yvonne Boyer wants Canadians to know.... more

13 May 2022 · 16 minutes
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The fight to end forced sterilization of Indigenous women
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Indigenous women are still being forcibly sterilized in Canada. That’s one thing that Sen. Yvonne Boyer wants Canadians to know. The senator,... more