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Quality Content Episode 27: World Press Freedom, with Shawn McCarthy

“We need to be clear-eyed about the risks, while not getting bogged down or intimidated by the threats…no freedom is absolute.” Host Alex Paterson sits down with Shawn McCarthy, national business correspondent for The Globe and Mail and president of the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom. Ahead of World Press Freedom Day on Friday […]

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/Thread 46: P.E.I. votes, Ukraine gets a celeb president, and Facebook faces more criticism

Host Sarah Turnbull is joined by /Thread panelists Shannon Proudfoot of Maclean’s, and David Reevely of The Canadian Press. The three discuss the outcome of the P.E.I. election and what it means for the upcoming federal election, why Canada was paying close attention to the Ukrainian election, and the outcome of a report released by Canada’s privacy commissioner scrutinizing Facebook’s lack of privacy guidelines.

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Explain Like I’m Five Episode 32: Cyber Security, with Stephanie MacLellan

Stephanie MacLellan, senior research associate at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, joins Sarah Turnbull to unpack cyber security. The two discuss how cyber threats have changed over the years, who monitors suspicious behaviour online in Canada, how regulations are enforced, and why we should be prepared for interference in the upcoming federal election.

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Quality Content Episode 26: ‘Too Dumb for Democracy?’ with David Moscrop

“We’re not too dumb for democracy, but we’re encouraged to be when our psychological shortcomings are exploited and because our environment encourages us to make less than ideal decisions.” Host Alex Paterson sits down with David Moscrop, political theorist and author of Too Dumb For Democracy: Why we make bad political decisions and how we […]

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/Thread 45: Alberta votes, Ontario fights carbon tax, and reflecting on the fire at Notre-Dame

Host Sarah Turnbull is joined by /Thread panelists Shannon Proudfoot of Maclean’s and David Reevely of The Canadian Press. The trio discuss: the outcome of the Alberta election and what it means for the feds, why the Ontario government is fighting back against Ottawa’s carbon tax plan, and reflecting on the devastating fire that engulfed the historic Notre-Dame Cathedral this week.

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2020 Live Episode 13: In Conversation with Senator Yuen Pau Woo

Senator Yuen Pau Woo, facilitator of the Independent Senators group (ISG), joins host Alex Paterson in the Canada 2020 event space to talk about what the ISG means for our parliamentary democracy, and how the chamber of sober second thought is working to rebuild trust with Canadians. Recorded live on March 6th, 2019.

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/Thread 44: Trudeau threatens to sue Scheer, Alberta election heats up, and Facebook bans white nationalists

Host Sarah Turnbull is joined by /Thread panelists Shannon Proudfoot of Maclean’s and David Reevely of The Canadian Press. The trio discuss: the reasons behind Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s lawsuit threat against Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, how the Alberta election is shaping up and the wedge issues at play, and Facebook’s decision to ban a handful of Canadian white nationalists.

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/Thread 43: SNC-Lavalin updates, Bill 21 reaction, and the end of the CWHL

Host Sarah Turnbull is joined by /Thread panelists Shannon Proudfoot of Maclean’s and David Reevely of The Canadian Press. The trio discuss: the latest in the SNC-Lavalin affair, including the ousting of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from the Liberal caucus; reaction to Quebec Premier François Legault’s proposed secularization bill; and saying goodbye to the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.

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