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Weed reviews, hypnosis and medicine, and Gord Downie needs to step out of the Indigenous spotlight
Vancouver Magazine's senior editor explains why it's hiring a pot reviewer, neuroscientist Amir Raz explains why medical professionals should use hypnosis more often, and Clayton Thomas-Muller says while Gord Downie may have raised the profile on indigenous issues, it's time for Downie to step aside
Does fighting radicalization actually make us safer?
As the most recent incident in London reminded us, terror attacks are not always committed by those claiming to act on behalf of Islam. So why do we so often still focus anti-terror measures on preventing the radicalization of Muslim youth? Author and activist Monia Mazigh joins us to talk about what Canada should be doing to fight domestic terror.
The problem with Gord Downie's Order of Canada
Clayton Thomas-Muller loves what Gord Downie is doing to raise the profile of aboriginal issues in Canada, but he thinks it's time for Downie to step out of the spotlight. Thomas-Muller explains why, and tells us how non-Indigenous Canadians can be helpful allies.
Swimming lessons won't prevent your kid from drowning
Just because you get your kid into water early in life, doesn't mean you're protecting them from drowning. Barbara Morrongiello, Canada Research Chair in Child & Youth Injury Prevention, explains how early swimming lessons can lead to a false - and dangerous - sense of security amongst children and their parents.
Facebook activism isn't real activism
Activist and author Nora Loreto calls on her fellow activists to break up with Facebook as a tool for change.
Hypnosis in medicine: no chickens involved
Neuroscientist (and magician!) Amir Raz explains why he wants more medical professionals to put hypnosis in their toolkit.
Wanted: Weed Reviewer
Vancouver Magazine has just posted a wanted ad for its first marijuana reviewer. Editor Jessica Barrett joins us to explain why it's high time a mainstream lifestyle publication started reviewing pot, and the places that sell it.
Want to fix politics? Strengthen the parties.
Political strategist Robin Sears argues the "disruptor" quality that Trump and Macron share is one to be wary of - that really, we should be returning to a time when most citizens where involved with political parties, instead of blowing them up altogether.
Why do we name diseases the way we do?
180 producer Gavin Fisher looks into the history of disease naming, why the WHO instituted a protocol to try to improve the process, and why many feel the protocol doesn't make any more sense than the old system.
Hey Quebec, it's 2017, let me choose my name
Author Saleema Nawaz explains why she went through all of the many hoops that Quebec has set up to prevent women from taking their husbands' names. She makes a case for the laws to be amended to give women more choice.
How to fix the NEB
The federal government is now accepting public comment on a report looking at how to modernize the National Energy Board. Many of the recommendations, if accepted would change in essence of the NEB. But Lesley Matthews says the most important problem with the NEB- public trust- hasn't been addressed.
It's time to end public funding of Catholic schools
If an Ontario group gets its way, it will use a constitutional challenge to try to end public funding of Catholic schools. Charles Pascal hopes they succeed, and spur similar change in the rest of the provinces still running Catholic school systems.
Encore: Indigenous governments need to protect freedom of the press
There are now dozens of First Nations in the process of negotiating modern treaties, which will create new, hybrid democracies. Reporter Wawmeesh Hamilton says that if these new democracies are to function, journalists covering them need to have their freedoms protected and enshrined.
News about The 180
The 180 is wrapping up at the end of June.
Stop funding Catholic schools; restore trust in the NEB; and let me change my name!
This week: A former deputy minister says public funding of Catholic schools needs to stop, we hear about how public trust of the NEB can be restored through energy policy, and a Quebec-based writer describes how hard it is to change your name in that province, especially as a married woman.
Canadian troops should return to Afghanistan
This week the federal government said Canada will take on more of a leadership role on the world stage, sticking with NATO, and increasing military spending. But the PM says we will not honour requests to send troops to Afghanistan. Journalist Michael Petrou says that's the wrong decision.
Canada should go back to Afghanistan; Celine Dion is cool; and stop eating chicken!
On this week's episode of The 180: Historian and journalist, Michael Petrou says that Canada should join NATO's training mission in Afghanistan, we hear about why Celine Dion is popular again, and a vegan tells us why eating chicken is much worse than eating pork or beef.
What's wrong with a giant duck?
Columnist David Reevely says the uproar over the giant rubber ducky in Ontario is ridiculous: he says the question worth asking is whether governments should fund fun?
How Celine Dion became cool again
Music critic Carl Wilson explains why the fist-pumping, chest-thumping diva is cool with the kids these days.
This vegan would rather you eat beef or pork over chicken
After years promoting veganism, Matt Ball realised his message wasn't getting through. So he changed his approach. This week on The 180, he tells Jim Brown why he is fine with people eating pork and beef, as long as they give up chicken.
Does the internet reveal — or create — evil?
Look online and you'll find a seething mass of hatred and crime. Recently, police said they're struggling to keep up with the volume of child pornography being shared online. So, when it comes down to it, is the internet creating or just revealing evil? Mike Dover weighs in the dark side of the internet.
Getting out the homeless vote
Homeless people often face real impact from changes to social service programs - yet mobilizing the homeless to vote in elections seems to be an afterthought. PhD candidate Anna Kopec says this needs to change.
This is an intervention Canada: you're addicted to real estate
Canadians — especially in Toronto and Vancouver — know how expensive housing can get. Governments promise to intervene. But the Globe and Mail's Ian McGugan says it's all bluster: he argues we're addicted to real estate, and until we admit that, nothing will change.
Living in the North killed the vegetarian in me
Amy Lam was a Toronto-dwelling vegetarian. But when she moved to Yellowknife, her vegetarianism died. She succumbed to what she calls the "meat creep"... the slow realization that eating meat was what was best for her.