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Open to Debate: Do we need prisons?

For years, researchers, activists, and both current and former prisoners have asked “Do we need prisons?” The state of correctional services in Canada and around the world–and the disparity between the theory of corrections and its practice–make this a timely and important question that reflects concerns about justice, equity, dignity, and decency. In episode 3 […]

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Open to Debate: Can we manage the climate crisis?

Climate change is the most significant threat to humankind in recorded history. Despite increasingly alarming warnings that our way of life is unsustainable—and driving us towards potential ruin—we resist the reforms necessary to save ourselves, opting instead for half-measures that seem to be too little, too late. Can we manage the climate crisis?

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Open to Debate: Can democracy survive the internet?

Democracy has survived ideological challengers, economic disruption, and even war. But can it survive the internet? In this episode, we discuss digital threats, to democratic health–from at home and abroad. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Google Play

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/Thread #56: Diplomat disputes, USMCA on hold, and Trump’s call for cheap drug imports from Canada

Host Sarah Turnbull is joined by /Thread panelists Shannon Proudfoot of Maclean’s and David Reevely of The Canadian Press. The trio discuss: the House foreign affairs committee’s decision to squash a proposed investigation into alleged pressure by the Prime Minister’s Office to filter comments by former ambassadors over the Canada-China dispute, how the delay of USMCA ratification impacts Canada, and the probability, or lack thereof, of President Trump’s plan to import cheaper pharmaceuticals from Canada to the U.S.

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/Thread #55: Butts is back but is SNC?, BoJo takes the reins, and Mueller testifies

Host Sarah Turnbull is joined by /Thread panelists Shannon Proudfoot of Maclean’s and David Reevely of The Canadian Press. The trio discuss: Gerald Butts, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s former principal secretary, joins the Liberal campaign team reigniting the SNC-Lavalin controversy, Boris Johnson gets sworn in as the UK’s new leader promising follow-through on Brexit, and former special counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the U.S. judiciary committee about his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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/Thread #54: CETA talks, Trump targets ‘The Squad’, and the obsession with FaceApp

Host Sarah Turnbull is joined by /Thread panelists Shannon Proudfoot of Maclean’s and David Reevely of The Canadian Press. The trio discuss: moving ahead with the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement at the EU summit, the reaction to President Trump’s racist tweets targeted at four Democratic congresswomen, and why everyone can’t stop talking about the app that makes users look 30 years older.

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/Thread #53: China bans Canadian meat imports, Mark Norman retires, and Democrats kick off 2020 debates

Host Sarah Turnbull is joined by /Thread panelists Shannon Proudfoot of Maclean’s and David Reevely of The Canadian Press. The trio discuss: China’s ban on Canadian meat imports after customs agents discovered fraudulent veterinarian certificates and traces of restricted feed additive in pork shipments, why Vice-Admirable Mark Norman has announced his retirement from the Canadian military, and the winners and losers from the first of two Democratic primary debates in Miami.

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/Thread #51: Ban on single-use plastics, pharmacare plan release, and Raps make history

Host Sarah Turnbull is joined by /Thread panelists Shannon Proudfoot of Maclean’s and David Reevely of The Canadian Press. The trio discuss: the federal government’s announcement to ban single-use plastics by 2021, the details of the report by the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare, led by Dr. Eric Hoskins, and the Toronto Raptors’ historic NBA finals win.

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