“Good rule to start with, if you can’t smoke tobacco wherever you are, you cannot smoke cannabis.”
Host Aaron Reynolds sits down with Anne McLellan, former deputy prime minister, cabinet minister, and chair of Canada’s task force on cannabis legalization and regulation to discuss the rollout of cannabis law in Canada.
“One way to help ensure that Canadians can make a living out of participating in the cultural sector is to ensure there’s a ready market for what they’re creating.”
Michael Geist, law professor and Canada Research Chair in Internet and eCommerce law at uOttawa, joins host Aaron Reynolds to demystify the regulations around Canadian content on television, why they exist, and what they’re supposed to achieve.
“They’ll be friendly for a couple of hours but they have a summers worth of pent up issues that they need to litigate in the House of Commons so they’re going to be as performative as they possibly can be in order to show everyone that they’re fuelled up and roaring to go.”
Dale Smith, author of The Unbroken Machine: Canada’s Democracy in Action, joins host Aaron Reynolds to explain what goes down when MPs return to Parliament Hill for the fall sitting.
“Another recommendation about another policy or another procedure – is that really going to solve this? That’s my biggest concern. I fundamentally feel that there is something more cultural at play that allowed Phoenix to happen.”
Canada’s Auditor General Michael Ferguson joins host Aaron Reynolds to explain the role of the Auditor General and what went wrong with the Phoenix pay system.
“Listen carefully to the discussion. If people speak about the poor, the needy, or if they speak about citizens in need, Canadians who are poor…it’s a very different conception of the motivation of people.”
Miles Corak, professor of economics at the graduate centre at the City University of New York, joins host Aaron Reynolds to talk about guaranteed basic income, how it works in practice, and the original objectives of the newly cancelled Ontario pilot program.
“We take it seriously in Canada… the Supreme Court of Canada has said very clearly- firearm ownership is not a right in Canada, it is a well regulated privilege… we have a very robust system of controls based on public safety, ensuring that firearms in the legal stream stay in the right hands.”
Solomon Friedman, criminal lawyer and co-author of the only textbook on Canadian gun law, joins Aaron Reynolds to demystify the regulations around buying, keeping, transporting, and using firearms in Canada.