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10/3: Canada Covered
10/3 brings you the biggest stories in Canada told by Postmedia's national network of award-winning journalists. Hosted by Dave Breakenridge, 10/3 updates twice a week.
1 day ago
Rape sentencing shows justice system failing survivors
The reduced sentence for an Edmonton man convicted of five sexual assaults has once again raised concerns about how Canada’s justice system handles cases of sexual violence. Matthew McKnight’s crimes warranted 16 years, the judge said, but ultimately he was handed a sentence of half that amount. Dave is joined by advocate Kristin Raworth, herself a survivor of sexual violence, to discuss why the sentence is concerning and how the justice system is failing victims.
6 days ago
Trudeau, Morneau and WE: What you need to know
What started as a controversy about ties between the prime minister’s family and a prominent Canadian charity, and a 900 million dollar government contract has turned into an ethics investigation involving Justin Trudeau and one of his senior ministers, as well as more scrutiny on the operations of WE charity. The brewing scandal came to a head last week in key testimony before a parliamentary committee. National Post political reporter Chris Nardi joins Dave to talk about what we learned from the finance committee last week, how there are still conflicting accounts about how this deal came together, and whether the PM has been able to shed any light on the matter.
Jul 28, 2020
Canada's oil industry feels pandemic pain
Canada’s oil and gas sector took a major hit as COVID-19 shut down travel and a price war cratered the cost of a barrel. But as our economy starts to grow again, things are a little more sluggish in the oilpatch. Dave talks with Calgary Herald business columnist Chris Varcoe about how the industry has rebounded, what the pandemic has done to the bottom lines of some big players, and what the outlook is for the future
Jul 22, 2020
What back to school looks like in Alberta amid COVID-19
This is the time of summer when parents are thinking about back to school. New clothes for the kids. New school supplies. Watching their children grow. But COVID-19 has added a new dimension to the back to school discussion: how to do so safely, while we’re still in the middle of a pandemic. While some provinces are still working out plans or waiting on school boards to submit theirs, Alberta laid out its guidelines this week. Dave is joined by Edmonton Journal legislature reporter Ashley Joannou to talk about what Alberta classrooms could look like come September, why the government feels there is a need to get kids back in the classroom, and how they hope to manage safety concerns.
Jul 16, 2020
Why Canada's recovery from pandemic recession depends on all of us
This episode is part of Postmedia’s Reopening Canada series, a look at how the country’s economy is recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite diving into a deep recession brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada’s economy is reopening, and showing signs of growth. Experts say while the recession was as deep as anyone can remember, it is relatively short-lived. But how long Canada will take to recover is still an open question. Dave is joined by Financial Post columnist Kevin Carmichael.
Jul 9, 2020
How Trudeau's ties to WE charity brought on a third ethics probe
What seemed like a noble program in the middle of a pandemic — a grant that would pay students for volunteer hours — has turned into a political nightmare for the prime minister. The Justin Trudeau government’s $900-million Canada Student Service Grant program was awarded to WE Charity, an organization with ties to the PM and his family members. Amid controversy, WE has pulled out of the project, but it has continued to dog Justin Trudeau. Dave is joined by National Post political reporter Christopher Nardi.
Jul 5, 2020
The slow return to flying as Canada emerges from COVID-19 lockdown
Among those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic was the air travel industry, as restrictions on movement and social distancing rules meant no one was flying. Now the economy is starting to re-open, airlines and airports are facing a struggle to coax passengers to return to the skies. Dave is joined by Financial Post reporter and Down to Business podcast host Gabe Friedman. This episode is part of Postmedia’s Reopening Canada series, a look at how the country’s economy is recovering as the COVID-19 pandemic begins to ebb.
Jun 30, 2020
Why Cronk is the drink
Who or what is a Cronk? That’s the question a university of Calgary researcher asked himself when he spotted that word in an 1880s version of a Calgary newspaper. What happened next is the best of all social media stories. Dave is joined by Paul Fairie.
Jun 26, 2020
What working from home permanently would mean for people, businesses and cities
When COVID-19 hit, many workers across the country who were able to started working from home. More than three month’s in, and for many, it be a permanent change. But the end of the office isn’t without problems. Dave is joined by Financial Post reporter Vanmala Subramaniam.
Jun 24, 2020
How gangs contribute to over policing
Amid calls for sweeping police reform in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, some have been wondering what any changes will mean for community safety? How would a reformed police respond to gang violence? Why is it important that they do? And what needs to be done to steer people from the gang lifestyle? Dave is joined by Jamil Jivani, author Why Young Men: The Dangerous Allure of Violent Movements and What We Can Do About It. Read his recent article, Stigmatize Gang Culture
Jun 19, 2020
Edmonton readies to freeze police funding: Here's how
Calls for police reform are growing louder in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, and in Canada, the debate is starting to hit city halls and provincial legislatures across the country. In Edmonton, city council is in the middle of a heated public hearing, where councillors are being told story after story of incidents of racism, and demands for action on defunding or reforming the the police service. Dave is joined Edmonton Journal city columnist Keith Gerein.
Jun 18, 2020
Liberal MP's harassment, assault arrest shrouded in secrecy
Back in April, a Liberal MP from southern Ontario was charged with a series of crimes: criminal harassment, assault and break-and-enter. But despite the serious nature of the crimes, and the stature of the man accused, the allegations weren’t uncovered until two months later. Dave BreakenridgeI is joined by National Post crime writer Adrian Humphreys who explains the allegations against the MP, why police withheld the information, and how even the highest reaches of government were kept in the dark.
Jun 16, 2020
Tim Hortons knows where you work and sleep: Here's how
Mobile ordering apps offer consumers a great deal of convenience. No lines, no fuss. But those apps are capable of tracking you and your movements with an almost creepy degree of accuracy. Dave is joined National Post Technology Reporter James McLeod about how he discovered Tim Hortons was keeping tabs on him, even when his app wasn’t on, how much detail they collected and why consumers should be wary. Background reading: How Tim Hortons knows where you sleep, work and vacation
Jun 11, 2020
The over-policing problem and why conservatives should embrace reform
As the world stands up in protest of police brutality in the wake of the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis cops, talk grows louder of the need for drastic reforms. Among the solutions being discussed are changes to drug policy, an end to street checks or carding, and pulling money from police budgets to put into better mental health and social supports. Many are calling for "defunding" the police. Dave is joined by National Post contributor Josephine Mathias and later by columnist Jesse Kline.
Jun 5, 2020
What's missing from Canada's 'unsophisticated' racism discussion
The death of George Floyd after a Minnesota police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes has led to protests all over the U.S. Protests here in Canada have also led to a discussion about systemic racism in this country. Dave is joined by the Financial Post’s Vanmala Subramaniam who discusses what that systemic racism is, why there is debate about it in Canada, and how protests sparked by George Floyd’s death could push our country to change.
Jun 2, 2020
How nursing homes could change after devastating COVID-19 deaths
The conditions at Ontario long-term care and seniors homes were laid bare in a troubling report from Canadian Forces staff who were working in the facilities to help amid the COVID-19 crisis. But those who follow the issue will tell you that these are ongoing issues in part of the health care system that doesn’t always get the attention it needs. Dave is joined by Ottawa Citizen health reporter Elizabeth Payne to talk about how COVID-19 may have made existing problems worse, and how the report, and the pandemic may force real change on long-term care in Ontario and the country.
May 28, 2020
The horrific conditions in Ontario long-term care homes
A damning report from Canadian Forces staff who were called in to help at the height of the COVID-19 outbreak has revealed horrible conditions at some Ontario long-term care facilities. The report, which focused on conditions at five Toronto-area centres, detailed cockroach infestations, inadequate nutrition, rotten food, and one instance of a resident choking to death after being fed while lying down. Ontario premier Doug Ford called it the hardest day he’s had as premier. I talk with the National Post’s Chris Selley about what the premier is proposing to do now, how COVID-19 makes this situation worse, and later we touch on the controversy about large gatherings in Toronto parks.
May 26, 2020
Terrorist charges in incel massage-parlour killing explained
The teenager who went on a stabbing rampage at a Toronto massage parlour earlier this year has been hit with terrorism-related charges. The teen’s case marks the first time terrorism charges have been laid in connection with the ideology known as incel, or involuntary celibate, a woman hating online subculture. Dave is joined by the National Post's Joseph Brean.
May 22, 2020
How masks will change how we see ourselves and others
Masks. Are you wearing one when you go out? As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, masks are likely to become a big part of day-to-day life. They can help stop the spread of the coronavirus. But how do they affect they way others see us? Or how we see ourselves? What kind of communication challenges will we have? The Montreal Gazette's Monique Beaudin and the National Post's Sharon Kirkey discuss the psychology of masks.
May 20, 2020
Why Ontario's pandemic relaunch is so important to Canada
COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted across the country, and provinces are trying to find a path back to normalcy while trying to limit the severity of a probable next wave. While cases have fallen off in some areas, Ontario is letting people out of lockdown while still seeing increases in cases. The National Post’s Richard Warnica joins Dave to talk about why Ontario is lifting restrictions now, what pitfalls they could face, and why Ontario’s recovery is so important to the rest of Canada.
May 15, 2020
COVID-19 in Montreal: All you need to know about Canada's pandemic epicentre
Montreal has been the hardest hit by COVID-19 in Canada. While the rest of Quebec begins to open up, Montreal's date has been pushed back. So why has it been so bad there? The Montreal Gazette's Monique Beaudin and Philip Authier discuss all you need to know about Canada's pandemic epicentre.
May 13, 2020
Alberta's meat plant COVID-19 outbreaks explained
Alberta has the dubious distinction of being the source of the largest single COVID-19 outbreak in North America. Roughly 1,500 cases have been linked to the Cargill beef processing plant south of Calgary. There are also several hundred cases linked to a JBS beef plant near brooks Alberta. Dave is joined by Calgary herald columnist Licia Corbella about how the virus spread, who has been affected by the outbreaks, and whether appropriate safety measures have been taken.
May 8, 2020
How COVID-19 affects kids and what it means for schools reopening
Governments in Canada are beginning to plan reopening schools. The evidence is mixed on how much children spread the virus that causes COVID-19. What would reopened schools look like and is it even possible to get children, especially small children, to stay two metres apart? The Montreal Gazette's Monique Beaudin hosts and is joined by National Post health reporter Sharon Kirkey.
May 6, 2020
What the Liberal gun ban leaves out, with Chris Selley
In the wake of the deadly shooting spree in Nova Scotia, and amid a nation-wide shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a ban on a number of assault-style weapons. The move, he says, fulfills an election promise, but there is controversy over who it targets and what is left out. National Post columnist Chris Selley joins Dave to talk about the timing of the ban, and why it may not be the public safety solution that the Liberals want it to be.
Apr 28, 2020
How 22 people were shot dead by Nova Scotia killer
We’re getting a clearer picture of what happened the night Gabriel Wortman started his killing spree in Nova Scotia. At the end of nearly 12 hours Wortman had killed 22 people before being gunned down by RCMP at a gas station north of Halifax. Dave speaks with the National Post's Christopher Nardi about what sparked the murders, how Wortman evaded detection for as long as he did and what questions remain unanswered.
Apr 24, 2020
Should immunity passports be the ticket out of COVID-19 lockdown?
People with immunity to COVID-19 could soon be in high demand. For jobs not just in health care, but in retail or restaurants. But should they be given more freedoms than the rest of us? What about the idea of immunity passports? Would this be a responsible way of reopening the economy? Or is it a dystopian nightmare? The Montreal Gazette's Monique Beaudin and the National Post's Sharon Kirkey talk about the science and ethics of using immunity as a way out of the lockdown.
Apr 22, 2020
A 'clumsy mixture of politics and science': Chris Selley on Canada's COVID-19 response
Canada has for now avoided a worst-case scenario with COVID-19. Our health-care systems are for now managing the crisis, and our social distancing efforts appear to be working at keeping cases down. But that doesn’t mean Canada’s response to the pandemic has been stellar. Dave is joined by National Post columnist Chris Selley.
Apr 21, 2020
COVID-19: How Canada could reopen
Canadians have spent the last several weeks cooped up in their homes, many unable to work, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With physical distancing measures in place as the weather warms up across the country. Many are wondering how long till we can get things back to normal. Dave talks with the National Post’s Stuart Thomson about what a roadmap to re-opening Canada would look like, how long that could take and what could potentially derail any plans.
Apr 20, 2020
At least 18 shot dead in Nova Scotia, police brace for more bodies
Canada’s worst mass shooting unfolded over the weekend in horrific fashion. A lone gunman, driving a mock police vehicle, and dressed to look like a Mountie, went on a shooting spree in rural Nova Scotia. There are at least 19 victims across 16 crime scenes, including a Mountie, a teacher, and families hunkered down in their homes due to COVID-19 measures. Today we walk through the early stages of the investigation and how the shooting unfolded.
Apr 15, 2020
COVID-19: How the Great Lockdown is causing unprecedented economic damage
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused havoc in the medical systems of countries around the world. But the social distancing measures have also landed a body blow on the global economy, with Canada seeing a spike in unemployment and a massive government bailout to those affected by the pandemic shutdown. Dave is joined by Emily Jackson who hosts our Down to Business podcast about what industries are really struggling, how the government has responded, and how long the effects could last.
Apr 9, 2020
What COVID-19 projections about death rates can tell us and what they can't
As many as 22,000 Canadians could die from COVID-19, according to federal modelling released Thursday. But how much can these models really tell us? And what are the risks of making them public? National Post health reporter Sharon Kirkey explains all you need to know about COVID-19 modelling. Its strengths and its limitations. Monique Beaudin hosts.
Apr 7, 2020
Doug Ford, COVID-19 and how the provinces are leading the pandemic fight
As health care is a provincial responsibility in Canada, much of the focus in the fight against COVID-19 has been on premiers and their health officials. And as he heads Canada’s largest province, a lot of focus has been squarely on the performance of Ontario premier Doug Ford. To the surprise of many, he is handling things quite well. Dave talks with Toronto Sun columnist Brian Lilley about how Ford has managed the public response to the pandemic, and how the crisis has forced co-operation across provincial and political lines. Plus we’ll get you up to date on the latest COVID-19 news.
Apr 4, 2020
Hunters found dead on rural road after COVID-19 layoff
The shooting deaths of Jake Sansom and Maurice Cardinal shocked many in Alberta. The pair, who had just returned from a hunting trip after Sansom was laid off from his job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, were found slain along a rural highway, with no clear reason why. Lauren Boothby from the Edmonton Journal joins Dave to talk about the investigation into the deaths of the two men.
Apr 2, 2020
COVID-19: Should you be wearing a mask?
So should you be wearing a mask? Public health officials in Canada say if you're healthy you don't need to. But, as the COVID-19 pandemic rages, people are starting to question that advice. National Post health reporter Sharon Kirkey explains all you need to know about masks. Monique Beaudin hosts.
Apr 1, 2020
Why more COVID-19 testing is crucial in getting life back to normal
Health-care officials around the world are working to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in some countries, testing is playing a big role. Dave talks to the National Post's Tom Blackwell about what countries are having success when it comes to testing, how it's helping in contain the virus, and what Canada could be doing to catch up.
Mar 27, 2020
COVID-19: Tory leadership race suspended, Trudeau boosts wage subsidy
The Conservative Party of Canada has suspended the race to replace Andrew Scheer as leader after several candidates called for a delay amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Post’s Brian Platt joins Dave to talk about why party officials came to the decision and why not everyone wanted to see it stopped. Plus, we’ll get you up to date on the latest COVID-19 news from the federal government.
Mar 26, 2020
Why a COVID-19 vaccine is a moral responsibility
There is a race on for effective treatments for COVID-19. Old malaria drugs that may or may not work are being held up as possible treatments. Researchers are busy trying to develop a vaccine, work which is all the more important after a SARS vaccine was abandoned. Guest host Monique Beaudin is joined by National Post health reporter Sharon Kirkey.
Mar 25, 2020
Up to Date: Feds approve COVID-19 aid package, announce quarantine for returning Canadians
On Wednesday, both the house of commons and the senate approved an emergency bill to get billions of dollars in aid into the hands of workers, families and businesses taking a hit because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill offers $2,000 a month for Canadians from the Canada Revenue Agency. Dave brings you up to date with the latest on COVID-19.
Mar 23, 2020
COVID-19, Canada and the Olympic circus
The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic committees announced on Sunday that Canada’s athletes would not be going to the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Team Canada feels that it doesn’t make sense to hold the games now as the world is still dealing with the global outbreak of COVID-19 and would like to see a postponement. Then on Monday, Dick Pound, a Canadian who sits on the International Olympic Committee said that a postponement is all but inevitable. Dave is joined by National Post sports columnist Scott Stinson.
Mar 19, 2020
COVID-19: Canadians should brace for months at home
Daily life in Canada has been turned upside down. Just a week ago, schools were open and people were still going to work. Much of that has changed as social distancing policies have become more aggressive across the country. It could be months before things begin returning to normal. Host Monique Beaudin is joined by National Post health reporter Sharon Kirkey.
Mar 18, 2020
Up to Date: $82 billion to stimulate economy amid COVID-19 pandemic
In the latest episode, Dave walks through some aspects of the major aid package announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday. 10/3 will have deeper coverage of COVID-19 in subsequent episodes, but we will be starting a new feature called Up to Date, bringing the latest developments to you so you can stay informed. Be sure to subscribe.
Mar 17, 2020
Canada shuts in as COVID-19 takes hold
Beginning Wednesday only Canadian citizens will be allowed to enter the country, and international flights will be restricted to just four airports. No one with symptoms of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, will be allowed into the country, regardless of citizenship. Schools are cancelled for most students across the country and workers everywhere are being told to work from home. The federal government is preparing a stimulus package to help guard against the negative economic impacts of the pandemic. Dave is joined by National Post reporter Ryan Tumilty.
Mar 12, 2020
Everything's cancelled: COVID-19 reality setting in
The coronavirus outbreak has been declared a global pandemic. More than 120,000 people worldwide have been infected. More than 4,500 have died. Entire countries have been shut down. And people everywhere are being warned to stay home if they feel sick. The NHL paused its 2019-2020 season on Thursday. Concerts, festivals and countless events have been cancelled. Grocery stores are being picked clean of supplies. Guest host Monique Beaudin is joined by National Post health reporter Sharon Kirkey.
Mar 10, 2020
Coronavirus, oil and the fallout of a price war
Oil prices already hit by coronavirus fears took a steeper dive after Saudi Arabia announced it would increase oil production and cut its prices This caused havoc for markets around the world and in Canada. Dave is joined by Calgary Herald business columnist Chris Varcoe.
Mar 6, 2020
What Jason Kenney's Erin O'Toole endorsement means
Jason Kenney endorses Erin O'Toole for Conservative party leader, possibly upending Peter MacKay's ability to run away with the tory crown. Brian Platt and Stuart Thomson talk about what Kenney's endorsement could mean for O'Toole, and the role of social conservatives as kingmakers.
Mar 4, 2020
The coronavirus fear factor
The global spread of coronavirus shows no sign of stopping. New cases crop up every day, and health organizations around the world are trying to keep up with containment as well as understanding of the disease. But are we at a point where people should panic? Dave is joined by the Edmonton Journal's David Staples to talk about what affect an outbreak can have on people's mindset, what we can to to be vigilant and why it’s important to listen to the experts.
Mar 2, 2020
Tory leadership race: All you need to know about each candidate
The first deadline to enter the Conservative leadership race has passed, and eight candidates have made the cut. Here’s what we know about each contender and whether they have a shot at staying in the race.
Feb 26, 2020
Did Huawei bring down Nortel?
In the 1990s Nortel was a darling of the Canadian tech sector, but in the 2000s it came crashing down in spectacular fashion. Was it merely a case of a failing business in the wake of the dot com bubble bursting or were there more sinister factors at play. Dave talks with the National Post’s Tom Blackwell about Nortel’s demise and whether Chinese corporate espionage played a role.
Feb 25, 2020
She's Gone: The disappearance and death of Karina Wolfe
Today we present the first episode of Postmedia's newest crime podcast, She's Gone. She's Gone tells the story of four women's lives, deaths and the criminal cases that followed. It's hosted by Bre McAdam, Saskatoon Star Phoenix criminal justice reporter, and is available on all your favourite listening platforms, like the one on which you're listening to my voice, right now. Subscribe to She's Gone today.
Feb 21, 2020
Peter MacKay tweeted what about the rail blockades?
In this week's look at the Conservative party leadership race, Brian Platt and Stuart Thomson consider the candidates' reaction to the the rail blockades. Critics say a tweet from Peter MacKay endorsed vigilantism, while Erin O'Toole released a policy that would make rail blockades illegal.
Feb 20, 2020
Why Indigenous land rights need to be addressed by Trudeau, with John Ivison
The ongoing dispute over the Coastal Gaslink pipeline and its route through First Nations land has posed a major problem for the Trudeau government. Blockades of rail lines in support of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs who oppose the project have created anger directed at a prime minister whose message has focused on communication as a solution Today national post columnist John Ivison joins me to talk about the politics of ending the blockades and whether this hurts the PM’s vision of reconciliation.
Feb 18, 2020
Why Wet’suwet’en conflict over pipeline is so difficult to solve
Blockades in support of Wet’suwet’en opposition to the coastal gas link pipeline have ground rail traffic to a halt in parts of Canada. But at the centre of it all is a camp of about 50 people in the remote B.C. wilderness. Dave is joined by APTN senior reporter Kathleen Martens about the conflict over the pipeline and why there’s not a simple answer.
Feb 17, 2020
How pipeline protesters are trying to shut down Canada
Protests in support of an Indigenous blockade in northern B.C. have snarled rail traffic across the country. The action against the Coastal Gaslink pipeline has sparked anger among pipeline supporters, and has created political chaos for the prime minister, who cancelled a planned trip to try to deal with the issue. The National Post's Tyler Dawson joins me to talk about the reasons behind the blockades, what the concerns are if they go on for a long time and whether there’s a political solution to the issue.
Feb 14, 2020
Baird out: Does anyone want to lead the Conservative party?
John Baird isn’t running for the Conservative leadership, and it’s good news for both Peter MacKay and Erin O’Toole. But is it good news for the party? National Post political reporters Stuart Thomson and Brian Platt walk you through the latest news in the Conservative leadership race in our new weekly series.
Feb 13, 2020
Trudeau under pressure over Frontier oilsands mine
A deadline is looming for the federal cabinet to make a decision on whether to approve a major oilsands project in northern Alberta. The proposed Teck frontier mine has divided opinions, with many suggesting it will hamper attempts by the Justin Trudeau government to meet its own emissions targets, while proponents say it’s in the national interest and necessary to spur economic growth. Dave talks to the National Post's Jesse Snyder about why the project is so divisive, what cabinet is saying about it, and the political ramifications of a yes or a no.
Feb 10, 2020
Why Ontario teacher strikes could get worse
Teacher strikes will hit Ontario classrooms this week amid worsening tensions between the government and the province's unions. Up to a million kids will he out of class. We look at where the two sides are at odds, whether there could be a resolution, and who is winning the support of the public.
Feb 4, 2020
Behind killer demanding transfer to prison for women
Jamie Boulachanis, a murderer who recently transitioned to a woman is demanding a Montreal judge grant her request to move to a women's penitentiary. Correctional Service Canada opposes the move and says Boulachanis poses a serious risk of escaping and is a threat to public safety if she gets out. Guest host Monique Beaudin is joined by Montreal Gazette crime reporter Paul Cherry.
Jan 31, 2020
MacKay and O'Toole to duke it out for Conservative leadership
What was once expected to be a political battle royale involving the superstars of Canada's conservative movement, has turned into a mano-a-mano matchup between two Harper-era ministers. Peter MacKay and Erin O'Toole have emerged as the early front-runners in the race to replace Andrew Scheer, who is stepping down as leader after a disappointing showing in last fall's election. Dave and John Ivison talk about how the race is shaping up now that big names have dropped out, what challenges MacKay and O'Toole could face, and whether new faces could emerge.
Jan 30, 2020
Coronavirus outbreak explained
An outbreak of coronavirus in China has ramped up fears that we're facing a crisis similar to the SARS outbreak. Cases of this virus have numbered in the thousands this year, but so far there have been just three in Canada. Today, Dave talks with National Post health reporter Sharon Kirkey about how the outbreak started, why this virus has people worried and how Canadian officials have responded.
Jan 29, 2020
How B.C. gangs are taunting rivals with murder-themed rap music
Gangs in B.C.'s Lower Mainland are turning to rap music to taunt their rivals online over bloody acts of violence. Today Vancouver Sun journalist Kim Bolan speaks to with guest host Dharm Makwana about her investigation.
Jan 27, 2020
How the Conservative party should tackle 'racism problem'
A recent Abacus Data survey found near the top of a list of negative associations with the Conservative party is "racist." Author Jamil Jivani explains why his party needs to tackle its "racism problem." In a column for the National Post Jivani argued that Conservative leadership candidates should be reflecting on how and why the party has a racism stigma, but they haven’t been.
Jan 24, 2020
50-year-old child murder solved but mystery lingers
Six-year-old Ljubica Topic was snatched in May 1971 as she played outside her Windsor home. Police discovered her lifeless remains — face and body covered in blood — early the next morning. It is a case that left a cloud over the southern Ontario city for decades. Nearly 50 years later, police say they have solved the case. Dave is joined by by Windsor Star reporter Trevor Wilhelm.
Jan 21, 2020
Convicted child killer out on bail after 36 years
After 36 years a convicted child killer is out on bail, awaiting a new trial. Tallio, then 17, pleaded guilty in 1983 to the second-degree murder of a child, but has maintained his innocence ever since. The University of B.C.’s Innocence Project began working on Tallio’s case more than 10 years ago, and his lawyers, now supported by the Legal Services Society, filed a notice of appeal in 2016. His appeal is expected to be heard later this year. Guest host Dharm Makwana is joined by Vancouver Sun reporter Dan Fumano.
Jan 16, 2020
FBI arrest alleged Canadian neo-Nazi recruiter
After former Canadian reservist Patrick Matthews was revealed to be an alleged recruiter for American neo-Nazi group The Base he disappeared. The mystery of what happened to Matthews was solved Thursday when U.S. officials announced that he had been arrested along with two other purported members of The Base, accused of building a homemade machine gun and stockpiling ammunition. Dave is joined by National Post reporter Tom Blackwell.
Jan 14, 2020
Conservative leadership race begins: Here's what to expect
The race to replace Andrew Scheer as the next Conservative leader officially kicked off Monday, and the contenders will have to come up with $300,000 to get their name on the final ballot. Entry requirements and other rules for the race were announced over the weekend and as expected, the party is raising the threshold from 2017 to try to keep the field smaller than the 13 candidates who were on that race’s final ballot. Dave is joined by National Post politics reporter Brian Platt.
Jan 10, 2020
What's next in aftermath of Iran plane crash that killed dozens of Canadians
A day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said a plane that crashed and killed 176 people, including 63 Canadians, was likely shot down by a missile, Iran is denying that theory. Dave is joined from Ottawa by National Post reporter Ryan Tumilty who explains why investigating the crash will be especially challenging, given the lack of any diplomatic relationship between Canada and Iran.
Jan 9, 2020
Plane that crashed killing dozens of Canadians likely shot down by missile
An airplane crash in Iran that killed 176 people including 63 Canadians was likely brought down by a "surface to air" missile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says. Dave is joined by Edmonton Journal reporter Dylan Short who has been covering the story. Edmonton was hit particularly hard by the crash with 27 of the dead coming from the city.
Jan 6, 2020
$2,000 for meeting minutes? How local governments ding information seekers
How easy is it to get basic information from your local government? According to an investigation by the Regina Leader-Post and the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, not as easy as you might think. The papers asked for what should be readily available information from more than 700 municipalities, and the results were somewhat lacking. Andrea Hill joins Dave to talk about the project, what kind of information they were seeking, what roadblocks they hit, and why this matters.
Dec 12, 2019
Why Jason Kenney thinks conservatives need to move beyond free markets
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney believes the future of conservatism lies in parties like Canada’s Tories moving away from promoting laissez-faire capitalism and instead embracing the growing “reform conservatism” movement in the U.S., which sees a role for government in addressing the challenges of people who have failed to get ahead even as the economy grows. Dave is joined by National Post politics reporter Stuart Thomson.
Dec 5, 2019
Cocaine smuggling former Vice editor gets nine years for recruiting drug mules
A former high-profile Vice Media music editor who recruited young musicians, models and a former Vice intern to smuggle huge loads of cocaine — hidden in their luggage — on flights to Australia was sentenced to nine years in prison, Tuesday. Dave is joined by National Post crime writer Adrian Humphreys.
Dec 4, 2019
Justin Trudeau caught joking about Trump
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other world leaders were caught on video apparently making fun of U.S. President Donal Trump. Trudeau explained he had been talking to Princess Anne, French President Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands about Trump’s announcement Tuesday that the next G7 summit in June would be held at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland, rather than the Trump National Doral golf resort in Miami. Trump called Trudeau "two-faced" in response.
Dec 3, 2019
B.C. jail guard accused of sexually abusing 200 young inmates
More than 200 former inmates have filed civil claims in court alleging they were sexually abused by retired B.C. jail guard Roderic David MacDougall over his 21-year career when they were teenagers or young men incarcerated for relatively minor crimes. The plaintiffs claim the attacks left them angry and confused, often compounding pre-existing drug and crime problems, and spiralling them into even more difficult lives. MacDougall has maintained his innocence. Guest host Dharm Makwana is joined by Vancouver Sun reporters Lori Culbert and Dan Fumano.
Dec 2, 2019
Jason Kenney riding high amid labour strife, scandal
Alberta's United Conservative Party party government is facing growing discontent from public sector worker over the potential loss of thousands of jobs. That is on top of blowback over a bill to fire Alberta's election commissioner who was investigating the UCP. But premier Jason Kenney appears to be riding high after a party convention on the weekend.
Nov 29, 2019
A 'war zone of feces' in Toronto
A man dumped a bucket of what police believe was liquefied waste — whether animal or human they aren’t yet sure — on a woman just after she left a U of T building on the south edge of campus, Monday. It was the third feces attack on a Toronto campus in four days, all pulled off, police believe, by the same man. Dave is joined by National Post reporter Richard Warnica.
Nov 26, 2019
How El Chapo's Canadian drug connections were uncovered
An undercover officer known only as "UCO Joe" infiltrated a circle of Canadian drug smugglers in 2013. Eventually, the clues led "Joe" all the way to Mexico and Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman, who in July 2019 would be sentenced to life by a Brooklyn judge for running a $14 billion empire, in the process becoming one of the world’s most notorious drug kingpins. The RCMP noticed, too, that Canadians who entered El Chapo’s orbit kept ending up dead. Brian Fitzpatrick wrote about the RCMP investigation for the National Post. He joins guest host Emily Jackson.
Nov 21, 2019
Beyond Jordan Peterson: The state of free speech on campuses
In October 2016, a University of Toronto psychology professor named Jordan Peterson gave an impassioned speech to student protesters in front of Sidney Smith Hall. The events surrounding Peterson at the time would spark a larger discussion about free speech on university campuses across Canada that continues to this day. It’s now a widely held belief that campus free speech is under threat from student protesters, campus organizations, and even university officials. Josephine Mathias produced a documentary investigation into free speech on universities. She joins Dave to talk about what she found.
Nov 19, 2019
Why legal weed companies are taking major losses
A little over a year after cannabis was legalized in Canada, companies are taking financial losses, amid sluggish sales for some products and a lack of retail space. The Financial Post's Vanmala Subramaniam joins Dave to explain how the cannabis industry went from being unable to meet demand, to have trouble moving their product. She lays out what this means for the introduction of edibles into the market.
Nov 13, 2019
Don Cherry firing brings rage, but hockey moved on long ago
Don Cherry was fired from Hockey Night in Canada after a rant criticizing "you people" who "come here" but don't wear poppies. Cherry, who refused to apologize, was no longer a relevant hockey commentator, argues Postmedia sports columnist Scott Stinson. The long-time NHL fixture refused to change as attitudes around hockey evolved.
Nov 12, 2019
How the mob and the Hells Angels conquered Montreal's underworld
Today we bring you episode 1 of the Dark North: Gangs of Montreal. It's a new true crime podcast being produced by the Montreal Gazette and Postmedia. It was pure coincidence but the Hells Angels opened their first Canadian chapter in Quebec just seven weeks before Nicolo Rizzuto took control of the Montreal Mafia. Those events in 1977-78 kickstarted a violent decades-long struggle to control the criminal underworld in Montreal. Subscribe to the Dark North on Apple Podcasts.
Nov 7, 2019
How Justin Trudeau's plans could be thwarted by minority reality, with John Ivison
A minority government means Justin Trudeau's agenda could be difficult to implement. National Post columnist John Ivison explains that unlike Stephen Harper, Trudeau may not be satisfied with the more incremental approach to governing that comes with a minority. Ivison also explains possible risks for the NDP of propping up the Liberals, the potential for growing public debt and western alienation.
Nov 5, 2019
Conservatives need to address forgotten working class: Ex-Harper advisor
Conservatives have "lost the plot" argues Sean Speer, who was an advisor to former prime minister Stephen Harper. In an essay for the National Post Speer argues that conservatives need to look beyond the policies of the past and apply conservative principles to modern problems. One problem is the transition towards a knowledge economy and the working class people left behind. Speer talks to Dave about this and other issues facing conservatives in Canada, in the wake of 2019 election.
Nov 4, 2019
Introducing The Dark North
The Dark North is a new podcast about crime in Canada. Each season will focus on a different city. Season 1 examines the struggle for control of Montreal's underworld, hosted by Montreal Gazette crime reporter Paul Cherry. Episode 1 traces how the Hells Angels and the Rizzuto crime family came to Montreal. Subscribe now on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-dark-north/id1479595886 Or at the Montreal Gazette https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/gangs-of-montreal-episode-1-how-it-began
Nov 1, 2019
Quebec puts immigrants to the values test
The Quebec government has unveiled a values test for new immigrants, but it is a watered version of what was promised during the 2018 provincial election. Drawing a sample from a pool of about 100 questions drafted by a private consulting firm hired by the government an immigrant in the qualified worker category could be asked whether women and men have the same rights in Quebec. True or false? There will be 20 questions in all. A pass is a score of 75 per cent (15 questions correct), but in the event of a fail, the person can take the test again two weeks later. Dave is joined by Montreal Gazette political reporter Philip Authier.
Oct 30, 2019
Jason Kenney, a budget and western alienation
In the wake of Justin Trudeau's return to power after the election, conservative eyes are turning to Alberta where Jason Kenney is confidently leading a right of centre of government. Kenney is benefitting, critics would say fuelling, from increasing talk of separatism and western alienation. His first budget, released days after the federal vote, has faced criticism on the left for cutting too much, but also on the right for de-indexing income taxes, which adds up, critics argue, to a tax hike. Dave is joined by National Post Alberta reporter Tyler Dawson.
Oct 29, 2019
Where Conservatives went wrong in the campaign
After an election night that saw Justin Trudeau returned with a strong minority government, federal Conservatives will be conducting a post-mortem on this campaign. They will have to consider everything from their fiscal policies, to their environmental platform, to the performance of their leader. And in each area where they stumbled, they’ll have to decide: Was the problem one of strategy, or tactics? In other words, do they need a whole new approach — or do they need to do a better job of selling their vision? Should they move to the centre or more confidently present their conservative ideas? Dave is joined by Stuart Thomson.
Oct 23, 2019
Mafia clan leader gunned down in broad daylight as Montreal gang war smoulders on
A decade-long struggle for control of Montreal's mob continues as mafia leader Andrea Scoppa was gunned down Monday. Scoppa has been described in court as the leader of a Calabrian clan operating within the Montreal Mafia. He rose up in the Rizzuto organization but his status apparently changed after the death of leader Vito Rizzuto at the end of 2013. Police sources worry that more violence is coming. Montreal Gazette crime reporter Paul Cherry joins Dave. We also debut our new true crime podcast, the Dark North. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts.
Oct 22, 2019
The Canadian election nobody won
Justin Trudeau's Liberals may have won the most seats Monday night but that doesn't mean anybody won the election. Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives failed to capitalize on Liberal scandals. Jagmeet Singh and the NDP failed to fully capitalize on a well-fought campaign by a charismatic leader. And the Trudeau Liberals were reduced to a minority government. Dave is joined by National Post reporter Stuart Thomson to break down the results.
Oct 18, 2019
Andrew Coyne on the 'terrible humiliation' Justin Trudeau faces if reduced to minority
Heading into Monday’s election, the Liberals and Conservatives are closer in the polls than any time perhaps since the 1972 election when Pierre Trudeau’s reduced to a minority government. Andrew Coyne joins Emily Jackson to break down what happens if no party wins a majority. Coyne also points out that both major parties are fear mongering about the other in final gambit to win a majority.
Oct 17, 2019
Justin Trudeau's blindspot on Quebec and Bill 21, with Brian Lilley
Justin Trudeau has offered very little opposition to Quebec's Bill 21 that would prevent people wearing visible religious attire from holding positions of authority in the civil service, such as a teacher. The Toronto Sun's Brian Lilley argues Trudeau would never give a similar pass to other provinces like Ontario and Alberta, currently governed by conservative premiers.
Oct 16, 2019
Alberta becomes the villain as Liberals in fierce fight for left-wing voters
Polls are showing that a minority government is a very real possibility, prompting increasing talk of a Liberal coalition with the NDP. To appeal to progressive voters, both parties are targeting the oil and gas industry turning Alberta into somewhat of a villain. Justin Trudeau is vulnerable to on this issue because he purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline. However, he argues that all revenues from the pipeline will be used to transition away from oil and gas while claiming he will fight Canada's conservative premiers. Dave is Joined by National Post Alberta correspondent Tyler Dawson.
Oct 14, 2019
How the Bloc Quebecois revived and made a Trudeau minority more likely
Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-François Blanchet has revived the fortunes of the separatist party in Quebec. Blanchet performed well in both the French and English debates and has aligned the federal bloc with Quebec's right leaning CAQ government. While both the Liberals and the Conservatives were both hoping to expand their seat count in the province, Blanchet's growing popularity means that is less likely. A Justin Trudeau Liberal minority is now a likely outcome after the Oct. 21 election. Maura Forrest from the National Post joins Dave.
Oct 10, 2019
The bullied life of teen stabbed 18 times while horrified mom watched
Earlier this week, 14-year old Devan Bracci-Selvey was stabbed in front of his Hamilton school while his mother watched in horror. Toronto Sun crime columnist Brad Hunter visited Hamilton and spoke with teachers and students. Bracci-Selvey was bullied constantly since the beginning of the school year. The Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School administration is being accused of being in denial over its bullying problem.
Oct 9, 2019
Andrew Coyne explains why permanent deficits are bad for Canada
None of the federal party leaders are taking deficits seriously, National Post columnist Andrew Coyne argues. Failing to put Canada's fiscal house in order means less room for spending during a recession, less wealth for future generations and an inability to make budget priorities.
Oct 8, 2019
Why election debate was the worst, with Chris Selley
Two weeks out from election day, the six major federal leaders traded blows in the campaign's only English language debate to feature Liberal leader Justin Trudeau. Conservative leader Andrew Scheer called Trudeau a "phoney" who doesn't deserve to govern Canada, while Trudeua accused his opponent of being in service to the rich. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Party leader Elizabeth May attacked both Scheer and Trudeau from the left, while People's Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier attempted to flank on the right. But, thanks to an unwieldy debate format, National Post columnist Chris Selley explains why this was one of the worst debates he has ever seen.
Oct 7, 2019
Accused incel mass killer's confession: 'I accomplished my mission'
As the trial draws nearer for the man charged with killing 10 people and injuring 16 using a rented van as a weapon, we're beginning to learn more about the accused. A video and transcript of the police interview with Alek Minassian, hours after the deadly attack offers frightening new details. Toronto Sun columnist Michele Mandel walks us through Minassian’s ties to the incel movement and how it played a role in the events of April 2018.
Oct 4, 2019
John Ivison on how Jagmeet Singh fights a better class war than Justin Trudeau
After a somewhat rocky start, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has started to recover some lost momentum. But in what polls are showing is a two-way race between the Liberals and Conservatives, expectations for the NDP are somewhat muted. Parliamentary bureau chief John Ivison walks us through how Singh has regained some steam, but how his attempts to make the election a class war could backfire.
Oct 1, 2019
Why climate change goals are almost never reached in Canada
For decades Canadian governments have been making lofty climate change commitments. And for decades, Canada has failed to meet any of these goals. Ottawa Citizen reporter Tom Spears explains why solving climate change is so hard from a technology, as well as a policy point of view.
Sep 26, 2019
A police sergeant violently assaulted a woman in custody: How the full story was uncovered
Cellblock footage shows a London police sergeant kick, punch, stomp and step on a 24-year-old woman, an unco-operative, intoxicated suspect who was cuffed, bound at the ankles and restrained by four other officers, who do nothing to stop the assault. Afterwards, the woman was charged. It was months before the truth was uncovered. London Free Press reporter Randy Richmond doggedly pursued the story for his series on the assault and the London Police Service. For today's show, Randy interviews the assault victim. Background reading: We are the Cops series PLEASE READ OUR SURVEY
Sep 24, 2019
Why the election will be won and lost in the GTA
Suburban Toronto is usually a bellwether for Canadian elections. National Post reporter Brian Platt visited ridings in Brampton and Etobicoke. He found that the NDP could be a spoiler in Brampton, thanks to Jagmeet Singh's popularity there. In Etobicoke he found voters were concerned about gun violence. In both cases, Doug Ford is only one issue among many, despite what Liberals candidates might say. PLEASE TAKE OUR SURVEY
Sep 20, 2019
Trudeau blackface scandal a tipping point for Liberals
Multiple years-old photos have emerged of Justin Trudeau wearing brownface and blackface costumes. Trudeau's persona as a progressive who stands up for minorities is being challenged as critics call him a hypocrite. The National Post's Vanmala Subramaniam joins Dave to explain how the controversy unfolded and why blackface and brownface are so offensive. PLEASE TAKE OUR SURVEY
Sep 18, 2019
Far right activist Faith Goldy a convenient smear
Both the Liberals and Conservatives have accused the other side of being associated with far right activist Faith Goldy. National Post reporter Joe Brean joins Dave to explain how Goldy skidded into the election campaign. PLEASE TAKE OUR SURVEY
Sep 16, 2019
Andrew Coyne on Trudeau, trust and cloud of SNC scandal
As the election kicked off, new details emerged related to the SNC scandal. The Justin Trudeau Liberals have refused to lift cabinet confidentiality even for the RCMP. Dave is joined by Andrew Coyne who explains how this latest development could affect the Liberals chances of re-election. PLEASE TAKE OUR SURVEY
Sep 13, 2019
Why none of the parties are really going to help you get ahead
Political parties of all stripes talk about making life more affordable for average Canadians. But will they actually focus on the reasons why wages have stagnated, and why Canada isn't as competitive as it could be? Dave is joined by National Post politics reporter Jesse Snyder. PLEASE TAKE OUR SURVEY
Sep 11, 2019
Trudeau's pre-election spending frenzy
The Liberal government’s tally stands at 4,545 spending announcements worth about $12.8 billion, for August alone. That is an unprecedented number of announcements and can tell us a lot about how the Liberals plan to focus their efforts during the election campaign. Dave is joined by National Post politics reporter Stuart Thomson. PLEASE TAKE OUR SURVEY.
Sep 10, 2019
John Ivison explains why Andrew Scheer needs a JFK moment
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is almost at the end of his four-year mandate. And as Canadians get set to head to the polls, there are lots of unanswered questions about how this election will go. Dave is joined by National Post political columnist John Ivison. PLEASE TAKE OUR SURVEY.
Sep 6, 2019
Doug Ford's education showdown with teachers and Trudeau
Ontario Premier Doug Ford is facing a looming battle with unions representing teachers and support staff in the province’s schools. And the situation may get magnified if provincial cuts become fodder for federal liberals in next month’s election. Dave is joined by Toronto Sun columnist Brian Lilley. PLEASE TAKE OUR SURVEY.
Sep 5, 2019
Kevin O'Leary and a tragedy in cottage country
It's been nearly two weeks since Kevin O'Leary was involved in a fatal boating collision. Dave is Joined by Toronto Sun crime columnist Brad Hunter who gives an update on the police investigation. PLEASE TAKE OUR SURVEY
Sep 3, 2019
Does latest Hells Angels killing mean a B.C. biker war is brewing?
Violence in Vancouver’s underworld flared up again this summer, with the death of a prominent member of the Hells Angels. Suminder Grewal, from Surrey’s Hardside chapter, was gunned down at a Starbucks drivethru last month, the second member of that chapter to be killed in less than a year. Dave is joined by Vancouver Sun crime reporter Kim Bolan. Please take our survey.
Aug 29, 2019
Carson Crimeni and the cruelty of teens online and off
How does a vulnerable teen wind up dying of an overdose, the victim of a bad trip that was filmed and broadcast on social media? Carson Cremeni died in hospital in early august after falling victim to just such a scenario. Dave is joined by National Post features writer Richard Warnica. Background: What came first, cruel intentions or an addiction to creating content?
Aug 27, 2019
The West wants out? Alberta separatism explained
Anger at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over pipelines, his carbon tax and a seeming lack of support for western issues has spurred some to start talking western separation. Depsite current separatist parties being a non-entity, and Alberta electing staunch federalist Jason Kenney in the spring, the Idea of a “Western Exit” or Wexit is catching the attention of some. Dave is joined by National Post reporter Tyler Dawson. Background reading: Is a Wexit in Alberta's future?
Aug 22, 2019
Why conversion therapy definition remains elusive
A debate has sprung up in Canada over the controversial practice of gay conversion therapy. Cities and provinces have banned it, and now there is discussion over making the practice a criminal offence. We look at why conversion therapy is seen as harmful to the LGBTQ community, what it entails, and the legal questions around a push to criminalize it. Dave is joined by Edmonton Journal reporter Liane Faulder. Background reading: Conversion therapy: controversy swirls as definitions and dimensions remain elusive
Aug 20, 2019
Justin Trudeau's pressure campaign against Jody-Wilson Raybould
A scathing report for the federal ethics commissioner has brought the SNC Lavalin scandal back into the news cycle. And with a federal election looming, it could prove problematic for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. We look at what the report says, what new we have learned and what the fallout has been in Ottawa. Dave is joined by National Post federal politics reporter Brian Platt.
Aug 15, 2019
Why Uyghur students in Canada fear for their future
China is currently facing scrutiny for its actions against protesters in Hong Kong, but that isn’t the only human rights crackdown raising concern. In the northwest province of Xijiang, millions of people from a Muslim minority group known as Uyghurs have been detained in what the government calls re-education camps and some commentators call concentration camps. Uyghur students in Canada are fearful about the fate of their families back home, and what could happen to them when they eventually have to return to their country. We look at the treatment of Uyghurs in Xijiang province, how it is affecting students here and why they are speaking out. Dave is joined by Ottawa Citizen reporter Jacob Hoytema. Background reading: Uyghur students in Canada fear for their families in China — and their futures
Aug 9, 2019
Jessica Yaniv and the human rights fight over waxing services
Should estheticians who offer services to women be allowed to refuse service to transgender women who have not yet gone through with reassignment surgery? That’s a question before the B.C. human rights tribunal, and one which has sparked controversy across the country. We look at how this case got started, why it is such a hot-button issue, and what the ramifications are. Dave is joined by National Post reporter Joseph Brean.
Aug 6, 2019
Where Trudeau went wrong in foreign policy
Canada’s image on the international stage took a big hit in 2018 with Justin Trudeau’s disastrous, much-mailgned trip to India. But it goes deeper than that, with ambassadors and diplomats worried about how Trudeau’s approach to foreign relations damaging our place in the international community. Dave is joined by National Post parliamentary bureau chief John Ivison.
Jul 31, 2019
The unending manhunt
On July 15, a young couple, Chynna Deese from North Carolina, and Lucas Fowler from Sydney, Australia, were found dead on the Alaska Highway in northern British Columbia. Four days later, the body of 64-year-old Leonard Dyck a lecturer at the University of British Columbia, was found 475 kilometres from the first crime scene. Once believed to be missing persons, 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky, both from Port Alberni, B.C., are now fugitives on the run from RCMP. Guest host Trevor Robb is joined by Vancouver Sun reporter Stephanie Ip.
Jul 30, 2019
Chiropractors adjusting newborn spines on the rise
While Australian regulators have banned chiropractors from working on babies, the practice is growing in Canada. And with some training to practice spine manipulation on babies limited to 12 hours over the course of a weekend, some in the Canadian medical community are concerned. We look at the justification for the practice, what evidence there is to support it, and what Canadian regulators have to say. Dave is joined by National Post health writer Sharon Kirkey.
Jul 25, 2019
The Conservative party effort to put a more female face forward
One of the knocks against the federal Conservative party, rightly or wrongly, is that it’s not friendly to women. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tried to play up this division with initiatives like a gender-balanced cabinet, and targeting the party of Andrew Scheer over issues like abortion. We look at how some Conservative candidates are trying to break the stereotype, what inspired them to run, and what it means to the party in this election. Dave is joined by National Post politics reporter Marie Danielle Smith.
Jul 23, 2019
Meat cleaver killer escapes and public kept in the dark
A known killer walks out of a mental health facility on a day pass. He doesn’t return and it’s believed he has fled to China. The public isn’t even told this has happened for 11 days. You’d be forgiven for asking what the heck happened here. Because it did happen in Toronto, and officials are still demanding answers. Dave is joined by Toronto Sun columnist Brian Lilley.
Jul 18, 2019
Canada's plan to fight threats to our election
With Canadians set to go to the polls this fall, the feds have unveiled plans detailing how they would respond to an attack on our democracy. Authorities in our country have watched the fallout from recent elections in countries like France and the United States and say they want to avoid any similar issues here. We look at the details of the plan, what attacks Canada could expect, and why protecting our elections is so important.
Jul 16, 2019
The Chateau Laurier and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad addition
Even in a city already filled with historic buildings, Ottawa’s Chateau Laurier hotel stands out as a favourite for many. But the national historic site has been embroiled in controversy over plans for a large addition at the back of the scenic property. Ottawa city council recently upheld a previously granted heritage permit for the addition, despite public outcry over the design. Many feel it stands out too much, or takes away from the historic look of the hotel. We look at why the addition has been so controversial, what the city’s stance is, and why the building is so important.
Jul 11, 2019
Scientists look to create human-monkey chimeras. Should we be worried?
Is humanity closer to unleashing the horror of the Planet of the Apes? That remains a nightmare scenario for the distant future, but genetic editing potentially takes us a small step closer. Dave talks to the National Post's Sharon Kirkey about how scientists are adding human stem cells to the brains of monkeys, why they’re actually doing this, and what potential ethical issues there are. Get one month of online access to the National Post free at nationalpost.com/podcasts
Jul 8, 2019
Meth makes a resurgence on the Prairies
A potent, addictive drug is making a resurgence on the Prairies, and police are on alert. Within the last couple of years, methamphetamine has once again found itself on law enforcement radar, even as police are still dealing with the opioid epidemic. We look at what cities are dealing with the issue, what police are concerned about and what the draw for users is.
Jul 4, 2019
A housing crisis worse than Toronto's
A vacancy rate that has hit rock bottom, ever-rising rents, and a back-and-forth between the city and the province over how to fix the problem. No, we’re not talking about Toronto. Or Vancouver. We’re talking about Charlottetown. The capital of PEI is dealing with a vacancy rate lower than 1 per cent, and rents in some cases have doubled. We look at what’s driving the problem, what measures people are taking to be able to afford rent, and what solutions are being looked at.
Jun 27, 2019
Andrew Scheer's Ontario problem
If you listen to the polling, as of right now Conservative leader Andrew Scheer stands a good chance of ousting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government this fall. But it’s not necessarily a clear path to victory. Dave is joined by Postmedia's Parliamentary bureau chief John Ivison.
Jun 26, 2019
Chapter 4: How the Alberta election was won and lost
We bring the fourth and final chapter in our series on how the Alberta election was won and lost. Today, Emma Graney explains how Jason Kenney was able to tap into the mood of Albertans so successfully.
Jun 25, 2019
Canada's human smuggling park
At the U.S. Canada border between B.C. and Washington, there’s a park where you can freely meander between countries so long as you don’t leave the stretch of grass. But that free movement has allegedly been exploited by a B.C. man who is accused of bringing people into the country illegally using that park. Dave is joined by National Post reporter Douglas Quan.
Jun 20, 2019
It's now illegal for new teachers to wear a hijab in Quebec
It is now illegal in Quebec for people in positions of authority to wear religious symbols on the job. Quebec’s Bill 21 looks to defend the idea secularism in the province, but critics say it targets people of specific religions, and excludes them from Quebec society.
Jun 18, 2019
Doug Ford's year in retreat
Ontario Premier Doug Ford campaigned on a slogan of For the People. A year in, has he lived up to that promise? We look at how the first year in office has gone, where the premier has succeeded and where he has stumbled. Dave is joined by National Post columnist Matt Gurney.
Jun 12, 2019
Chapter 3: How the Alberta election was won and lost
Today we bring you Chapter 3 of our series on the Alberta election. Edmonton Journal reporter Clare Clancy outlines why the NDP campaign didn't work.
Jun 11, 2019
Justin Trudeau's fight against plastic
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced steps towards a federal ban on single-use plastics on Monday. Dave is joined by National Post federal politics reporter Marie-Danielle Smith.
Jun 7, 2019
No sex please, we're millennials
We look at why millennials may not be getting busy on the regular and why that’s actually a big deal. Dave is joined by Tristin Hopper.
Jun 4, 2019
"This is genocide"
The final report from the Canadian National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was released this week. The report concluded that the deaths are the result of genocide. We look at the findings of the report, what the report calls for, and what the next steps for the country are. Dave is joined by National Post reporter Maura Forrest.
May 31, 2019
Chapter 2: How the Alberta election was won and lost
Here is Chapter 2 on our special series looking back at the Alberta election and how Jason Kenney rose to power.
May 30, 2019
The Raptors' long road to the NBA finals
The Toronto Raptors are in the NBA finals. That’s a phrase Canadian hoops fans have been waiting to hear for awhile. Since debuting in 1995, there have been years of futility, followed by years when they seemed so close, only to run into the hurdle that is LeBron James. But now, they’re four wins away from their first NBA title.
May 28, 2019
How Mark Norman and his family were affected by his legal ordeal
Vice Admiral Mark Norman was ultimately vindicated this month prosecutors dropped their breach of trust case against him. He was accused of leaking sensitive information relating to the purchase of a navy supply ship, but the Crown decided there case wasn’t strong enough to carry to trial. In the wake of his court case Mark Norman broke his silence in an interview with the Ottawa Citizen's David Pugliese.
May 27, 2019
How Trudeau's tanker ban bill almost broke the Senate
One newly appointed Senator from Alberta is getting a crash course on politics, pipelines and proper procedure. A Senate committee recently recommended the upper chamber shouldn’t approve Justin Trudeau’s tanker ban, and Senator Paula Simons’ deciding vote sure stoked controversy.
May 22, 2019
Chapter 1: How the Alberta election was won and lost
Today we’re offering you a bit of a bonus. Former federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney is part of a wave of Conservative premiers who have swept to victory in recent months. And in advance of a federal election, Kenney has been sure to use Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as a handy villain in his own electoral narrative. Today, Edmonton Journal Political reporter Emma Graney brings you the first part in a limited series taking a deeper look at Kenney’s rise to power in Alberta.
May 20, 2019
Latest Montreal Mafia shooting leads to police crackdown
Police in Quebec are promising a crackdown after a brazen mafia-related murder. Salvatore Scoppa, the brother of an alleged Montreal mafia leader was gunned down in early May at a busy Laval hotel. In the wake of that killing, and following a string of mafia hits in recent years, Laval Police are teaming up with RCMP and Quebec’s provincial police in an attempt to crack down on organized crime. Dave is joined by Montreal Gazette crime reporter Paul Cherry
May 16, 2019
One Canadian couple's terrifying time in a Chinese prison
This may sound a lot like the detention of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor late last year after Canada arrested an executive with Huawei. The two were formally arrested on May 16 and face charges related to state security. But this is the harrowing story of Canadian couple Kevin and Julia Garratt who had lived in China for 30 years before they were taken into custody. Dave is joined by Vancouver Sun reporter Lori Culbert.
May 10, 2019
Bruce McArthur: What unsealed details tell us about the serial killer
Dark new details about Canadian serial killer Bruce McArthur have been unsealed by the courts. The details come from passages within some 6,000 pages of police documents on the investigation into the deaths of eight men who went missing from Toronto’s gay village. Dave is joined by National Post investigative reporter Adrian Humphreys.
May 8, 2019
Why Mark Norman's case is so important, with Christie Blatchford
Canadian Vice Admiral Mark Norman can declare victory on the legal battlefield and return to his post. The high-ranking Royal Canadian Navy officer will not be heading to trial on a charge of breach of trust tied to allegations he leaked sensitive information about a contract to buy a navy supply ship. The case against him was dismissed in Ottawa on Wednesday. Dave is joined by National Post columnist Christie Blatchford.
May 3, 2019
Why Canada may be powerless to fight China's canola ban
Canola is big business in Canada, but for nearly two months, that business has taken a hit because of a ban on Canadian canola by China. That ban is especially hard-felt in Saskatchewan, which grows more than half of what Canada produces. The Chinese regime says it’s because of concerns over pests, but is likely part of a growing trade war that was sparked with the arrest of Huawei exec Meng Wengzhou Dave is joined by Regina Leader Post columnist Murray Mandryk.
Apr 30, 2019
What mob boss shooting says about Ontario's underworld
A reputed mob boss was left clinging to life after he was gunned down last week in Mississauga. Pat Musitano was shot four times outside his lawyers office, the latest in a number of brazen shootings tied to southern Ontario’s criminal underworld. Dave is joined Toronto Sun crime writer Brad Hunter.
Apr 25, 2019
Sex abuse allegations against high-profile coach rock track and field world
Allegations of sexual abuse have been levelled against a high-profile Canadian track and field coach. Several former athletes have claimed they were sexually abused when they were 15 and 16 years old, while being trained by Ken Porter, who coached in Edmonton in the 1970s and early ‘80s. He was recently suspended from his role as president of the Ottawa Lions track and field club pending an investigation by Athletics Canada. Dave is joined by Vancouver Sun investigative reporter Lori Culbert.
Apr 23, 2019
Huawei's charm offensive to win hearts in Canada
Chinese wireless giant Huawei has been under much scrutiny over security concerns and its ties to the Chinese government. It has launched a major charm offensive as it seeks to have its infrastructure as part of the 5G network in Canada. We look at whose minds Huawei is trying to change, how much urgency there is, and what the concerns are about the company. Dave is joined by Emily Jackson, host of Down to Business, the Financial Post's new business podcast.
Apr 22, 2019
Introducing Down to Business
Coming April 24: There hasn’t yet been a podcast dedicated to a wide range of Canadian business stories. We want to change that. Down to Business is a new podcast devoted to what you need to know about Canadian business this week in under 30 minutes. Hosted by the Financial Post's Emily Jackson. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts
Apr 18, 2019
What Kenney's election means for Alberta and the rest of Canada
Jason's Kenney United Conservative Party won a majority government in Alberta's election Tuesday, defeating the NDP. Throughout the campaign, Kenney presented a vision of Alberta under siege on all sides. The former Stephen Harper cabinet minister vowed a much more combative approach to dealing with Justin Trudeau's Liberals and anyone else he thinks is preventing Alberta oil from getting to market. Dave is joined by Edmonton Journal politics editor Sarah O'Donnell.
Apr 16, 2019
The China threat to Canada's 2019 election
Could foreign actors be trying to meddle in our federal election this fall? Could it already be happening? Why would another country want to mess with politics in polite, apologetic Canada? We look at a recent report into threats posed to our electoral process, The countries we should be worried about, and what the risk to Canada is. Dave is joined by Vancouver Sun columnist Daphne Bramham.
Apr 11, 2019
Why watching online TV is getting so very complicated
Being able to watch what you want when you want it, has helped drive the success of streaming services like Netflix and Crave. But with more services set to come online, Canadian consumers can expect a splintered market of services and more subscriptions to get all the content they want. We look at what sparked all this change, who the new players are and the looming notion of subscription fatigue. Dave is joined by Ottawa Citizen reporter Vito Pilieci.
Apr 9, 2019
The Logan Boulet effect
April 7 marked the anniversary of the death of Logan Boulet, who died a day after many of his Humboldt Broncos' teammates were killed in a crash involving the team bus. Boulet survived long enough so that he could fulfill a wish to be an organ donor, something he was inspired to do by a former trainer. We look at the motivation behind Green Shirt Day and how his parents are hoping to create a lasting legacy out of their son’s final act of giving. Dave is joined by Calgary Herald columnist Licia Corbella.
Apr 4, 2019
Quebec's plan to ban religious symbols explained
Living up to one of his key election promises, Quebec Premier Francois Legault’s government introduced its secularism bill recently. One of Bill 21’s most controversial sections deals with religious symbols, and would ban public workers in positions of authority from wearing them. We look at who the ban affects, what symbols are being banned and how some are saying they won’t follow the new rules. Dave is joined by Montreal Gazette reporter Rene Bruemmer.
Apr 1, 2019
Jody Wilson-Raybould faces Liberal caucus expulsion
Just when you think the SNC Lavalin affair might go away for the Justin Trudeau Liberals, it blows up again. Most recently, a recorded conversation was released by former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, who previously testified to the justice committee that she felt she was being in appropriately pressured to intervene in a prosecution against the Quebec based company. That conversation was between Wilson-Raybould and the now former clerk of the privy council Michael Wernick, and seems to back up her statements that she had raised the concern over this pressure, and that she felt there were threats to her cabinet position. Dave is joined by National Post federal politics reporter Brian Platt.
Mar 28, 2019
The Straz Strong story: Heartbreak and inspiration
The Humboldt Broncos bus crash last April killed 16 people and injured 13 others. While several of the survivors have returned to hockey, other members of the team have faced a long recovery. One of those players is Ryan Straschnitzki, who was paralyzed from the chest down. Over the past year, Straz has proven to be the picture of determination in the wake of devastation. Dave is Joined by Calgary Herald reporter Sammy Hudes who has authored a series called Bronco Unbroken.
Mar 26, 2019
The frustrating fight against anti-vaxxers
Just who are the people refusing to vaccinate their children? Why do they believe what they do? And why is it so hard to convince them that vaccines really do work? We look at these questions and how Ontario is trying tackle the frustrating problem of the online anti-vax campaign. Dave is joined by National Post reporters Tyler Dawson and Sharon Kirkey.
Mar 21, 2019
Alberta's kamikaze scandal crashes into Jason Kenney's campaign
Alberta's election campaign is underway. United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney appeared poised to coast to victory. But details of a scandal revolving around his 2017 leadership campaign means his character has become a major election issue. Dave is joined by Edmonton Journal legislative reporter Clare Clancy.
Mar 19, 2019
The growing global threat of white nationalism
Last Friday, a lone gunman burst in on two mosques in Christchurch new Zealand, killing 50 people and injuring 50 more. The gunman is a self-described eco-fascist who says he was inspired by other white nationalist extremists, as well as a hatred of muslims. We look at how intelligence agencies view these threats, how the shooting may change that view, and how the online community is connecting these individuals. Dave is joined by Washington Post security and intelligence reporter Shane Harris.
Mar 11, 2019
How Doug Ford fumbled hiring OPP commissioner
Ontario has a new top cop, but the process to replace the outgoing OPP commissioner was anything but smooth. Premier Doug Ford found himself in political hot water after a senior officer with ties to the Ford family was initially named the new OPP boss. We look at why the decision was so controversial, what the fallout has been, and how the Ford government can move past it. Dave is joined by Toronto Sun columnist Lorrie Goldstein.
Mar 8, 2019
Alberta's carbon tax: The most kicked political football
With an election looming in Alberta and a federal ballot on the horizon on for the fall, you're going to hear a lot about carbon taxes in the next few months. Whether it's the fight between Ontario, Saskatchewan and Ottawa or the NDP and Conservatives, the idea of the of a carbon tax is a political hot potato. Edmonton Journal reporters Janet French and Emma Graney join dave to dig into the data behind Alberta's two-year-old carbon tax.
Mar 5, 2019
How Wilson-Raybould's testimony could hit the Trudeau Liberals
Jody Wilson Raybould spoke her truth to the parliamentary justice committee, and in the process made some pretty damning allegations about the prime minister, and other high ranking officials. But what ripple effects will the former justice minister’s testimony have? We look at why the SNC Lavalin affair could be so damaging to the Liberal government, where the issue could go next, and how this could factor into the fall election. Dave is joined by National Post columnist John Ivison.
Feb 28, 2019
Jody Wilson-Raybould's epic mic drop
Bombshell allegations of political interference by top-level political staffers, and even the prime minister himself hit Parliament hill this week. Former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says she felt there were veiled threats and inappropriate political pressure from people high up in government over the prosecution of Quebec firm SNC Lavalin. We look what was revealed to the committee, how the prime minister responded, and what could happen next. Host Dave Breakenridge is joined by National Post politics reporter Brian Platt.
Feb 27, 2019
Quebec plans to reform immigration hits a speed bump
Quebec’s rookie premier, Francois Legault, promised some major immigration reforms as part of his election plan last fall. But a judge this week struck down part of a bill that would have seen 18,000 applications to a skilled workers program shredded. We look at why the judge ruled against the province, why the move was so contentious, and where Quebec is at with further reforms. Dave is joined by Montreal Gazette political reporter Philip Authier.
Feb 26, 2019
What the latest Trans Mountain pipeline approval means
People who want to see a new pipeline carrying Alberta oil to the west coast got a bit of good news last week. The National Energy Board released another ruling on the Trans Mountain project that says it’s in the national interest to get the pipe built. But how far does that get us in the process? We look at what the ruling said, what hurdles the project still faces, and what the delays say about the approval process for energy infrastructure in Canada. Dave is joined by Calgary Herald business columnist Chris Varcoe.
Feb 22, 2019
Inside the United We Roll convoy to Ottawa
Western Canadians, many of them upset with Justin Trudeau, his carbon tax and inaction on pipelines, took to the highway over the last week. The United We Roll convoy did just that, they rolled from Red Deer Alberta to Ottawa, where they stayed for a couple of days. But the movement did come with a bit of a muddled message. We look at what the convoy had hoped to accomplish, how they’re dealing with fringe elements, and what happens now that the trucks have started rolling home. Dave is joined by National Post reporter Tyler Dawson.
Feb 19, 2019
The myths and mystery of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
We have known for nearly half a century that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can harm an unborn child. But the rate of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is higher than expected, and could outpace more widely understood disorders such as autism. But because of the cause, this is a disorder that comes with a high degree of stigma, on top of the huge need for family supports. We talk with Vanessa Hrvatin, recipient of the 2018 Lang Fellowship in Journalism. We look at how great the risk of FASD is, who is most affected, and how myths and stigma complicate understanding of the disorder.
Feb 15, 2019
Justin Trudeau, the justice minister and the making of a political scandal
Months before a federal election, the Liberal government is embroiled in a potentially damaging scandal. This one surrounds a major Canadian company, SNC Lavalin, that is facing charges related to business dealings in Libya, and whether the Prime Minister’s office applied political pressure on then Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to order federal prosecutors to expedite the case in a manner that would be beneficial to the company. The ethics commissioner is now investigating and opposition parties are demanding answers. Dave is joined by National Post reporter Brian Platt.
Feb 12, 2019
Why putting money launderers in jail is so hard
When it comes to disrupting major organized crime activities, getting drugs off the streets is the easy part. For officers who are tasked with following the money, getting charges laid and getting convictions to stick is a big problem. Dave and Vancouver Sun investigative reporter Gordon Hoekstra look at how big a problem money laundering is, how criminals are trying to move that cash, and challenges faced by the police and prosecutors who are tasked with dismantling these outlaw operations.
Feb 7, 2019
Bruce McArthur was 'addicted' to killing
Admitted Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur was addicted to killing, says Toronto Sun columnist Joe Warmington. McArthur is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison for the brutal murder of eight men from Toronto's gay community. Warmington joins Dave to discuss the fallout from the case for police.
Feb 5, 2019
Why millennials really are screwed
You practically can’t go a day without stumbling along a mocking story about an industry or trend being killed by Millennials. But despite taking a lot of flack from Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers, things aren’t so peachy for those born from the early ‘80s to the late ‘90s. We look how Millennials are falling behind compared those who came before them, how that’s actually impacting society more broadly, and what they may want done to help them fix the problem. Dave is joined by Ottawa Citizen reporter Vito Pilieci.
Feb 1, 2019
Working with death haunts cop suffering PTSD
Our police and firefighters and paramedics. They’re the ones who rush to our aid when we’re hurt, or victims of crime, or our homes are burning. And that work — at crime scenes and traumatic injuries and raging infernos — places a heavy burden on those on the job. We take a look how the emotional toll cost a veteran police officer his career. Dave is joined by Windsor Star reporter Trevor Wilhelm.
Jan 30, 2019
Legal weed: 100 days later
We’re 100 days into Canada's grand legal pot experiment. And despite a lot of predictions ranging from government blunders to total chaos, is it really all that noticeable? We’ll look at how Canada has fared with legalized cannabis, how the market has grown, what challenges there are to overcome and what the future holds for marijuana in Canada. Dave is joined by Megan Henderson, executive producer of the GrowthOP.
Jan 24, 2019
El Chapo and Canada: A Mexican drug kingpin's reach
Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, the man alleged to be the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, is on trial in Brooklyn New York He is accused of running an operation that smuggled tons of drugs into the U.S., as well as into Canada. We look at what was being smuggled into Canada, how far into our country the drug operation reached, and at the men authorities allege were his connections in this country.
Jan 22, 2019
B.C. realtor fugitive pursued by private investigator, police
Obviously the sales job offered by former B.C. realtor Howard Chong was solid, as he’s accused of 10 counts of fraud. He presented himself as everything from a Chinese pop singer to a rep for a high-end investment firm, a private investigator claims. He’s also now on the lam. Dave is joined by Vancouver Sun reporter Dan Fumano.
Jan 15, 2019
Why B.C. LNG pipeline fight is so complicated
A major pipeline project saw opposition swell last week, and no, it had nothing to do with Alberta oil. A blockade against a natural gas pipeline from the Peace Country to Kitimat on the West Coast sparked arrests and rallies of support across the country. We look at who is behind the blockade, what issues they have with the project and what the dispute raises about consultations with First Nations when it comes to energy infrastructure. Dave is joined by Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer.
Jan 12, 2019
Rural crime in Alberta: Citizens on patrol
The trial of Gerald Stanley, and the arrest of Eddie Maurice brought the issue of rural crime to the forefront in 2018. Amid the discussion last year, many residents in rural communities said they were worried about an increase in property crime, and an overtaxed RCMP that may not be able to respond to calls in far-flung areas. We sat down to talk about at what drove these concerns, how police were trying to respond, and how rural residents took action.
Jan 10, 2019
Guilty plea brings relief in Humboldt Broncos tragedy
It has been nine months since the horrific crash between a semi-trailer and a bus carrying players and personnel from the Humboldt Broncos hockey team. On April 6 2018, the driver of the semi failed to yield at a stop sign along a Saskatchewan Highway and hit the team’s bus, killing 16 and injuring 13. Now, nine months later, the driver of the truck has owned up for his actions, pleading guilty to all charges. We look at why he pleaded guilty, what the reaction has been, and what penalty he could be facing. Dave is joined by Saskatoon Star Phoenix justice reporter Bre McAdam.
Jan 3, 2019
Barry and Honey Sherman killing one year on
December marked one year since the slayings of billionaires Barry and Honey Sherman, who were found dead in their North Toronto Mansion on Dec. 15, 2017. And despite a lot of interest in this case from coast to coast, it seems like there has been little movement on the investigation. We look back at the killings, what may have stalled the investigation, and where police are at in their effort to catch those responsible. Dave is joined by Toronto Sun columnist Joe Warmington.
Dec 20, 2018
The cyber threat to Canada's 2019 election
MPs and cyber security officials are worried Canada’s federal election, slated for next fall, could be at risk. Like with the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, there are fears that foreign actors could try to influence our next election using social media, or that data breaches could be weaponized for political gain. We look at what specific concerns are being raised and what’s being done in an attempt to prevent outside forces from subverting Canadian democracy. Dave is joined by National Post reporter Stuart Thomson.
Dec 14, 2018
Oil's well after Quebec Alberta pipeline spat?
Despite many similarities and a shared independent streak, Quebec and Alberta have found themselves on opposite sides in a back and forth over the idea of revamping the Energy East pipeline idea. Quebec’s premier had some harsh words for Alberta oil, Alberta’s premier responded in kind. We look at the specifics of the debate about a pipeline, what both premiers have said, and what Francois Legault brought the table for his debut at the first ministers meeting. Dave is joined by Montreal Gazette National Assembly reporter Philip Authier. Update: Quebec sources 82 per cent of its oil from North American sources, according to National Bank of Canada. A different figure was reported within the episode.
Dec 13, 2018
Should boxing be banned?
Should consenting adults be allowed to strap on a pair of leather gloves, step into the ring and beat the daylights out of each other? Is the entertainment, and payday, worth the risk of potential harm, or even death? These are questions being raised after a Quebec-based boxing champ wound up in hospital with a life-threatening brain injury. We look at the fallout from the fight, and why people want to see prize-fighting get handed a final defeat. Dave is joined by Montreal Gazette editorial pages editor Edie Austin.
Dec 12, 2018
Canada gets on China's bad side with arrest of Huawei executive
Earlier this month, a top executive for Chinese tech giant Huawei, Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver at the request of the U.S. Meng was wanted on fraud charges linked to violating sanctions against Iran. Needless to say, the Chinese government wasn’t happy, and it didn’t take long for possible retaliatory action. We look at the fallout being felt in the wake of Meng’s arrest, whether this situation could have a chilling effect on Canada-China relations, and how tied in Huawei is with Canada’s telecoms network. Dave is joined by National Post reporter Marie-Danielle Smith.
Dec 6, 2018
Secret scandal hits B.C. legislature
In Canadian politics, the legislature Clerk, Sergeant at arms and Speaker of the house aren’t often thrust into the spotlight. But in B.C. the men in those three roles have been embroiled in controversy since it was revealed that two of them have been suspended from their jobs now the subject of a secret RCMP investigation. We look at what led to the suspensions, how long this has been going on, and what it says about the structure of our legislature systems. Dave is joined is Vancouver Sun political writer Rob Shaw.
Dec 4, 2018
Alberta NDP gambles on oil production cuts
Amid a fiscal crisis caused by the low price of oil, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley took the drastic step to cut oil production. The move is seen as an attempt to shrink the difference between the price on Alberta oil and global benchmarks. We look at how industry is reacting, whether it will help Alberta’s financial picture, and how federal policy has played a role. Dave is joined by Calgary Herald business columnist Chris Varcoe.
Nov 30, 2018
What Oshawa plant closing means for Canada's car industry
General Motors announced Monday it is closing its Oshawa assembly plant, which will put nearly 3,000 people out of work. We look at what the closure means for the community and what the future holds for Canada's car manufacturing industry. Dave is joined by Financial Post reporters Emily Jackson and Geoff Zochodne.
Nov 27, 2018
Saskatchewan gun culture explained
Recent court cases on the Prairies have raised the issue of gun culture and rural crime across Canada. But for many farmers and ranchers, a firearm is not seen as a tool for self defence, but a part of the way of life out in the country. We look at what rural residents have to say about gun culture, the rural-urban divide in attitudes when it comes to firearms, and whether there are concerns about safety on the farm. Dave is joined by Regina Leader Post reporter Mark Melnychuk.
Nov 23, 2018
Canada's ghastly oil discount and what it means
The price gap on Alberta oil has hit a crisis point. Business leaders, politicians and everyday Albertans are demanding action to fix a divide that's costing the Alberta treasury and Canadian economy billions. We look at what's being done to mitigate the damage, what help Alberta is asking for from the feds, and what the Prime Minister has to say. Dave is joined by Edmonton Journal provincial affairs reporter Clare Clancy.
Nov 20, 2018
The conservative coalition against the Trudeau carbon tax
Conservative politicians across Canada are banding together to fight Justin Trudeau's carbon tax. Last month Trudeau announced that the Liberal government carbon pricing plan will include rebates for people in provinces that do not have their own plan. Dave is joined by National Post reporters Tyler Dawson and Maura Forrest to discuss the origins of the coalition of provincial politicians opposing the federal liberals, and what it may mean for next years election.
Nov 16, 2018
Jim Balsillie on why Canada lags on innovation
As the world transitions to a knowledge-based, innovation economy, Canada is lagging behind. The Financial Post has kicked off a deep look at how this trend could endanger the country’s economic well-being, and what is needed to help businesses flourish and grow. In this episode, we speak with Jim Balsillie, a leader at the heart of the innovation movement about the challenges companies face, and what role the government can play to help Canadian businesses succeed.
Nov 14, 2018
Why Calgary rejected 2026 Olympics deal
It looks like Calgary will not be in the mix to host the 2026 Olympic winter games after all. After months of back and forth, the No side won out in a city-wide plebiscite Tuesday, leaving city council little choice but to scuttle a multi-billion dollar bid. We look at how the Yes side failed to make its case, and what the no vote says about possible future bids. Dave is joined by Calgary Herald reporter Ryan Rumbolt.
Nov 9, 2018
Origins of the Last Post song of remembrance
This Sunday, Buglers or trumpeters will stand stoically at ceremonies across the country and their instruments clarion call will usher in two moments of silence. The plaintive notes of the Last Post will resonate in the hearts and minds of those paying tribute to all those who have lost their lives in service of our country. Dave is joined by Ottawa Citizen reporter Bruce Deachman to look at the origins of that familiar melody, and why it is so important.
Nov 8, 2018
El Chapo's Canadian cocaine smuggler
As the trial for Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" guzman kicks off in Brooklyn, the National Post has uncovered the story of a Canadian working as a cocaine smuggler in El Chapo's operation. Mykahylo Koretskyy, also known as Russian mike and cobra was picked up earlier this year in the dutch territory of curacao, on a 2014 u.s. indictment. Dave and reporter Brian Fitzpatrick look at what authorities claim Koretskyy is alleged to have done for El Chapo’s drug empire, his fight against extradition to the U.S., and update the situation around Guzman’s trial.
Nov 6, 2018
B.C. prof. in hot water for exposing fake journals
The suspension of a B.C. university professor is being investigated over concern his employer violated his academic freedom. Derek Pyne was suspended without pay over research into the practice of his colleagues publishing in so-called predatory academic journals. And now the Canadian association of university professors is looking into how Thomson Rivers University handled the incident. We look at what it says about academic freedom in Canada, and the rise in so-called fraudulent journals. Dave is joined by Vancouver Sun columnist Douglas Todd.
Nov 1, 2018
Anti-Semitism in Canada
A gunman walked into a Pittsburgh Synagogue last weekend and open fire, killing eight people. While the tragedy at Tree of Life horrified people across north America, many were not surprised, neither by the shooting or the fact it was celebrated by hate groups online. In the wake of Pittsburgh massacre, and the Mosque shooting in Quebec city last year, we look at what is driving hateful rhetoric online, and how we’re seeing a rise in anti-Semitism in Canada. Dave is joined by Montreal Gazette columnist Bill Brownstein.
Oct 30, 2018
Doug Ford and John Tory mending fences?
Toronto Mayor John Tory easily cruised to a second term as leader of Canada’s largest city last week. He did so amid a fight with the provincial government over a push from Ontario’s premier to shrink the size of city council in the thick of a campaign. Dave and Toronto Sun editor-in-chief Adrienne Batra look at how the mayor and the premier are looking to put that fight behind them, and how the changes to city council may help Tory after all.
Oct 26, 2018
What to expect from Vancouver's new mayor
Vancouver, a city reeling amid a housing crisis and being on the front lines of the opioid epidemic, has a new mayor. Former NDP MP Kennedy Stewart was elected last weekend as Vancouver's first independent mayor in 30 years. During the campaign he took strong positions on housing, and he has been a staunch opponent of the Trans Mountain pipeline. Dave is joined by Dan Fumano of the Vancouver Sun and Province.
Oct 25, 2018
Legal pot sellers are blowing through their supply
One week into legalized cannabis, and business is booming on the prairies. In Alberta, were retail sales are privatized, stores have been lined up out the door since opening day on Oct. 17 and the novelty hasn’t worn off. One major retailer says cannabis sales have even outpaced the company’s liquor business in some stores. Is that just the novelty factor? Or will the popularity, and product shortages, continue? Dave is joined by Calgary Herald reporter Bill Kaufmann.
Oct 23, 2018
Mark Norman case could be lose lose for Liberals
The case against Vice Admiral Mark Norman doesn’t hit court until next summer, but it caused a big ruckus in the House of Commons. Norman, the former vice chief of defence staff is charged with breach of trust for allegedly leaking information related to a shipbuilding contract. The Tories devoted much time in the house of commons to questions related to the file, and whether there was political interference on the contract from Treasury Board president Scott Brison. Dave and National Post political columnist John Ivison discuss what happened with the contract for the supply ship MV Asterix, whether it’s likely Norman will be convicted and what this says about military procurement in Canada.
Oct 18, 2018
Ranked ballot election draws all eyes to London
Other countries use it, Political parties use it, even the Oscars and the NHL awards use it. But so far, Canada has been reluctant to adopt the idea of ranked ballots for major elections. That could be changing. Dave is joined by London Free Press reporter Megan Stacey to look at how London Ontario is making the shift to ranked ballots for its upcoming municipal election, and whether it could spread elsewhere.
Oct 16, 2018
Legal cannabis: What to expect
We are down to the last 24 hours until cannabis becomes legal in Canada. But that doesn’t mean that all the smoke has cleared when it comes to retail sales and police enforcement of new laws around the black market. Dave is joined by Megan Henderson of the GrowthOp, Postmedia's cannabis news site, to look at how the legal pot landscape is shaping up.
Oct 11, 2018
Ford and Kenney team up against Trudeau's carbon tax
Two of Canada’s most prominent conservative leaders met in Calgary Friday, in front of hundreds of cheering supporters. Doug Ford and Jason Kenney had one other politician politician top of mind: Justin Trudeau and his planned carbon tax. Dave is joined by the always-animated Calgary Sun columnist Rick Bell to look at how the rally frames the debate around the federal climate plan, and what it means for elections next year.
Oct 9, 2018
$15/hour minimum wage comes to Canada
Last week, Alberta became the province with the highest minimum wage in Canada, with a bump to $15/hour. Labour groups are happy, but some businesses are feeling the pinch more than others. Dave and Edmonton Journal food reporter Liane Faulder take a look at how the restaurant industry has been faring.
Oct 4, 2018
What a CAQ victory means for Quebec and the rest of Canada
Quebec politics got turned upside down this week, with Francois Legault and his Coalition Avenir Quebec taking down the governing Liberals. Legault won on a platform of shrinking the size of government, and fixing health and education, but also limiting the number of immigrants to Quebec. Dave and Montreal Gazette politics reporter Philip Authier look at what the change in government will mean for the province, and for the relationship between Quebec and the rest of Canada.
Oct 3, 2018
You say free trade, I say Us-Ma-Ca
The U.S., Canada, and Mexico have a new agreement to replace NAFTA, but there’s still political fallout to consider. We look at how Canada fared, how the Justin Trudeau government looks in all this, and how this could change future trade agreements. Plus, we catch up on what has apparently been a turbulent first year in office for Julie Payete, Canda’s Governor General. Dave is Joined by the National Post's Marie-Danielle Smith.
Oct 2, 2018
The life behind the man charged in Edmonton truck attack
“You can ask (her) anything about me, and she will tell you.” Those handful of words are the first Abdulahi Hasan Sharif has spoken to media since Sept. 30, 2017 — the day a city police constable was run down by a car and stabbed outside an Edmonton Eskimos game and four pedestrians were later struck by a swerving U-Haul truck pursued by police. Sharif’s partner granted two interviews to Postmedia last month. Through her, a clearer picture of Sharif has emerged, one that includes trauma from his early life in Somalia and how he eventually ended up living in Canada. Dave is joined by crime reporter Jonny Wakefield. Read more: https://edmontonjournal.com/news/crime/who-is-abdulahi-hasan-sharif-one-year-later-everything-we-know-about-the-alleged-edmonton-attacker
Sep 26, 2018
Calgary 2026 Olympics bid turning into five-ring circus
When people think about sports and Alberta, there are two things that immediately come to mind: The Oilers dynasty of the 1980s, and Calgary’s appearance on the world stage as hosts of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. While it remains to be seen whether Oilers fans will get a repeat of past glory, it’s a possibility that Calgary and surrounding alpine slopes will once again host the best athletes on the snow But it’s not without controversy. We look at the debate that has a bid for the 2026 games on thin ice. Dave is joined by Calgary Herald city hall reporter Meghan Potkins.
Sep 25, 2018
Tornado takes Ottawa by surprise
A pair of tornadoes touched down in the Ottawa-Gatineau region Friday, the first time a tornado has hit a major Canadian city in decades. Homes were destroyed, people were injured, but miraculously no one has yet died from the the storm. The aftermath caused the capital to be eerily quiet on Monday. Dave is joined by Ottawa Citizen reporters Elizabeth Payne and Tom Spears.
Sep 19, 2018
NAFTA deadline looms — again
As Canada and the U.S. Negotiate NAFTA behind closed doors, at top U.S. Republican Lawmaker has publicly turned up the heat. The GOP house whip has said there is ‘growing frustration’ in Congress with what he calls Canada’s negotiating tactics. Dave and National Post reporter Tom Blackwell look at what the urgency is in the talks, and what it may take to get a deal done.
Sep 18, 2018
What Canada can learn about drugs from Portugal
The two big drug topics that are front and centre in the minds of Canadians are the coming legalization of marijuana, and the opioid crisis, which has seen thousands die of overdoses from fentanyl and other deadly drugs. Is there anything that can be learned from Portugal, which decriminalized all drugs following a wave of overdose deaths in the 1990s? Dave is joined by Vancouver Sun columnist Daphne Bramham who spent a week in Portugal for a seven-part series on drug policy.
Sep 13, 2018
NAFTA invades the Quebec election
As NAFTA talks between Canada and the U.S. roll on, suggestions grow louder that we roll back on supply management in our farming sector That has met with fierce resistance in Quebec, and the issue has become a flashpoint in that province’s ongoing election campaign. Dave and Montreal Gazette reporter Rene Bruemmer look at what’s at stake, and how the Liberal government’s fortunes hang on the outcome of these talks.
Sep 4, 2018
Trans Mountain ruling bad news for Alberta NDP
Just as construction was set to begin on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, the Federal Court of Appeal threw a wrench into the process. Dave and Edmonton Journal columnist Graham Thomson look at what the court ruling means for the future of the project, and for the future of two of its biggest backers, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.
Aug 30, 2018
Roadside marijuana testing faces court challenges
On Monday, federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould approved the Dräger DrugTest 5000, a device that will soon be available to police forces across the country to combat drug-impaired driving, as the government prepares for cannabis legalization in October. Lawyers from a Vancouver-based law firm say they are ready to challenge the usage of the newly approved saliva-screening device for marijuana in court as soon as it hits the road. Vancouver Sun reporter Behdad Mahichi joins Dave to discuss the concerns raised over roadside drug testing.
Aug 28, 2018
How Andrew Scheer bested Maxime Bernier
The Conservative Party of Canada headed to Halifax hoping for a display of unity and momentum as electioneering heats up. But outspoken Quebec MP Maxime Bernier rained on their parade in a big way, announcing he was leaving the party. Dave is joined by National Post reporter Marie-Danielle Smith, who explains the long simmering fight between leader Andrew Scheer, and his one-time opponent, and where the conservative movement goes from here.
Aug 22, 2018
Ford fight in Canada's biggest city
A war of words is waging between Ontario Premier Doug Ford, and Toronto city council. The fight, over shrinking that city’s council, to just 25 seats from a proposed 47, will spill into a courtroom later this month. Dave is joined by Toronto Sun political bureau chief Antonella Artuso to discuss what both sides are saying and how it’s more than just a fight between two levels of government.
Aug 21, 2018
The trouble with banning handguns
Since last's month's spree shooting in Toronto that left two people dead and 13 others injured, there has been renewed calls for a handgun ban in Canada. Dave is joined by National Post columnist Chris Selley, who argues why a handgun ban might not have the desired outcome of reducing gun violence in Canada.
Aug 16, 2018
Mohawk band goes its own way on selling cannabis
As the floodgates on Canada's legal cannabis market are set to open this fall, Mohawks on the Kahnawake territory near Montreal say they don't plan on submitting to outside regulation. Rather than abide by Quebec's system of government-run and taxed cannabis stores, the Kahnawake Mohawk Council will move forward with its own plan to cultivate and distribute weed on the territory. On this episode Dave is joined by Montreal Gazette reporter Christopher Curtis to discuss how the First Nation will implement its plan.
Aug 14, 2018
Tragedy in Fredericton
On Friday morning four people were shot dead in Fredericton, including two police officers. Little is known about the alleged shooter, or what might have motivated these crimes. Dave is joined by Canadian Press reporter Morgan Lowrie who covered the story from the small New Brunswick city.
Aug 9, 2018
How Canada ended up in this weird spat with Saudi Arabia
Tweets from the federal government calling on Saudi Arabia to release imprisoned political activists have landed Canada in a growing spat with the Gulf kingdom. The Saudis have expelled the Canadian ambassador, frozen new business deals, and recalled students studying in Canada. Dave is joined by National Post reporter Marie-Danielle Smith to discuss the unusual international incident.
Aug 2, 2018
Slain Canadian gangsters caught up in international drug hit
Two Canadian gangsters wound up dead weeks after they allegedly pulled the trigger killing a Turkish drug trafficker in Dubai. Dave talks to Vancouver Sun crime reporter Kim Bolan about the B.C. gang members’ involvement in the international murder plot, how they wound up dead, and how police withheld information about the case.
Jul 26, 2018
Doug Ford's Ontario makeover
It has been nearly a month since Doug Ford officially became premier of Ontario. On this episode Toronto Sun editor-in-chief Adrienne Batra joins host Dave Breakenridge. They discuss how Ford came to power despite opposition from Ontario's more established Conservatives, and how he seems intent on reversing the legacy of the previous Liberal government as quickly as possible. Dave and Adrienne also touch on Ford's relationship with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Jul 19, 2018
Canadian Holocaust denier on trial in Germany
Canadian Monika Schaefer is on trial in Germany for Holocaust denial, and has been held in jail for more than six months without bail. Edmonton Journal columnist Paula Simons joins Dave Breakenridge to discuss how the former Green Party candidate and Jasper National Park warden went from social justice warrior to hold her anti-semitic views, and why a case like this is important in 2018.
Jul 12, 2018
Accused in Humboldt Broncos crash appears in court
Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, the truck driver charged in the crash that killed 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team and injured 13 others, made his first appearance in court Tuesday. Saskatoon Star Phoenix justice reporter Bre McAdam joins host Dave Breakenridge to discuss what's next in the court process and the hurdles faced in prosecuting a case like this. Also joining Dave is Calgary Herald and Sun reporter Ryan Rumbolt to explain the Alberta government's plans to overhaul that province's training and safety requirements for truck drivers and trucking companies. Sidhu is from Calgary where the company he drove for is based.
Jul 6, 2018
29 charges in Humboldt Broncos bus crash
On Friday RCMP announced that they have laid more than two dozen charges in connection with the crash that killed 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team. Jaskirat Sidhu, a 29-year-old man from Calgary, has been charged with 16 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and 13 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm. Sidhu was arrested Friday without incident at his residence in Calgary. He was remanded and is scheduled to appear next week in Saskatchewan court. On April 6 a semi truck collided with the Humboldt Broncos bus, killing 16 people and injuring 13 others. On this episode host Dave Breakenridge is joined by Saskatoon Star Phoenix sports editor Kevin Mitchell to discuss the charges and the tragedy that led to them.
Jul 5, 2018
Groping allegation plagues Trudeau
Justin Trudeau responded on Canada Day to allegations he groped a female reporter 18 years ago at a B.C. festival by saying he doesn't remember any "negative interactions" from that time. The issue has plagued the prime minister since Frank Magazine republished a 2000 editorial from the Creston Valley Advance that accused Trudeau of "inappropriately 'handling' the reporter while she was on assignment." The National Post spoke with both the then publisher and the then editor of the small newspaper as part of its investigation into the alleged incident. On this episode of 10/3 host Dave Breakenridge is joined by Post reporters Adrian Humphreys and Marie-Danielle Smith.
Jun 28, 2018
A Trump trade war looms over the auto industry
Canada's auto industry is bracing itself in the wake of threats from U.S. president Donald Trump of steep tariffs. Windsor Star reporter Trevor Wilhelm says it would be a "nightmare" scenario. Also joining Dave Breakenridge on this episode are Financial Post reporter Naomi Powell and Detroit Free Press business writer Phoebe Wall Howard.
Jun 21, 2018
Beer trade unfree
A court has ruled Alberta’s beer taxation system is unconstitutional, and ordered restitution be paid to breweries in Ontario and Saskatchewan. We look at what sparked the ruling, and why it’s so hard to navigate policymaking around beer drinking. This week host Dave Breakenridge is joined by Edmonton Journal legislative reporter, Clare Clancy, Calgary Herald business columnist Chris Varcoe and Ottawa Citizen business reporter Vito Pilieci.
Jun 13, 2018
Ottawa Senators family fractured
Melinda Karlsson, wife of Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson, has accused the fiancee of another player of a targeted campaign of online harassment. Melinda Karlsson has filed an application for a peace bond against Monika Caryk, the longtime girlfriend of Senators forward Mike Hoffman, and Ottawa police are investigating criminal harassment allegations. On this week's episode of 10/3, host Dave Breakenridge is joined by Ottawa Citizen crime reporter Shaamini Yogaretnam, and Ottawa Sun sports columnist Don Brennan. Together they discuss the details of the allegations and what it may mean for the Ottawa Senators.
Jun 7, 2018
Trans Mountain pipeline deal done. Now what?
A deal has been made for the Trans Mountain pipeline to be purchased by the federal government. Alberta's NDP government is celebrating, but the pipeline is still far from complete. B.C.'s government as well as protesters are digging in their heels. In this episode, host Dave Breakenridge is joined by the Financial Post's Geoffrey Morgan, the Edmonton Journal's Emma Graney, and the Province in Vancouver's Mike Smyth.
Jun 6, 2018
Host Dave Breakenridge introduces 10/3, Postmedia’s Canadian current affairs podcast. The name of the show represents Canada’s provinces and territories, and each episode will bring you a closer look at some of the biggest stories in the country. We’ll be talking with the reporters on the ground, getting their insight and analysis, and giving you a better understanding of what’s going on at home and abroad. Capitalizing on a network of award winning journalists, 10/3 will touch on issues that affect us all, from the fight over the Trans Mountain pipeline, to the fallout from the Ontario election, and more.