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Doug Ford’s first year: From booze to boos | The Weekly with Wendy Mesley

Doug Ford’s approval rating has sunk. He’s not even campaigning for Andrew Scheer and the federal Conservatives ahead of the fall election. It’s all a big change from last summer, when Ford and the PC party won a majority government in Ontario. He was the face of populist, conservative politics in Canada. So, what happened? The Weekly investigates the limits of Ford’s populist style and rhetoric.
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Challenging how we think of gender | The Weekly with Wendy Mesley

Those who identify as trans and non-binary have become more and more visible in recent years. They’ve long been calling for more tolerance and acceptance by the wider culture. The Vatican issued a directive this month stating that gender fluidity is “nothing more than a confused concept of freedom.” The Weekly speaks to an influential non-binary activist and author about the politics of gender identification.
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The Weekly with Wendy Mesley June 23, 2019

Wendy Mesley takes you behind the headlines to reveal hidden and surprising forces shaping the news and our world.
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Doug Ford's First Year: From Booze to Boos | The Weekly with Wendy Mesley

How did Ontario's popular new Premier get so unpopular? And why what's happening in Ontario could influence the Federal Conservatives.
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'God made all of us,' says LGBTQ activist

Jacob Tobia reacts on The Weekly to a Vatican report that says children should not be taught that they can choose their gender.
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The Weekly with Wendy Mesley June 16, 2019

China's plan to increase its global influence & the Burnaby mayor's pushback against the Trans Mountain pipeline.
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The Problem with Pharmacare | YouTube and Paedophiles | The Weekly with Wendy Mesley

Why Canada has some of the world's highest drug prices and How YouTube's algorithm can make it easy for pedophiles to find more videos of children.
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How the Raptors' president built an empire | The Weekly with Wendy Mesley

The Raptors' franchise success can be traced to one man: team President Masai Ujiri. He practically transformed Toronto basketball from a hometown team into a global brand single-handedly. The first African born executive in any major North American sports franchise, Ujiri’s risk-friendly style has helped build a winning culture in Toronto. Wendy Mesley speaks to the man who helped Ujiri land his first NBA gig.
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Kenney and the oil lobby find friends in Senate | The Weekly with Wendy Mesley

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has called Bill C-69 “the no more pipelines act.” The bill is the Liberal government’s proposed law to overhaul how energy project proposals are vetted. Recently, the Senate has been lobbied by the oil industry to amend it. Other critics say that it’ll slow down businesses and kill jobs. The Weekly investigates the influence campaign behind the debate to regulate big energy.
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The Weekly with Wendy Mesley June 02, 2019

Alberta's multi-million dollar pro-pipeline campaign & how Raptors' GM Masai Ujiri transformed the Raptors into an international brand.
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The Weekly with Wendy Mesley May 26, 2019

Facial recognition is powerful tracking tool for police, but it's also raising alarms, and how did a new generation get hooked on tobacco?
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Taking big pharma to court | The Weekly with Wendy Mesley

Victims of the opioid crisis have long pointed the finger at big pharma companies for marketing opioid-based drugs to treat chronic illnesses. A doctor who became addicted to opioids is suing 28 drug companies, including industry giants like Johnson&Johnson and Purdue Pharma, for an alleged “pattern of false, reckless, and deceptive marketing.” The Weekly speaks to his lawyer about their chances of winning what could be a landmark case.
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Trump’s war whisperer John Bolton | The Weekly with Wendy Mesley

U.S. President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton has been pushing regime change in Iran for over a decade. He also pressed hard for the 2003 Iraq invasion. Is he now pressuring Trump towards another war in the Middle East? The Weekly investigates how things got so heated and what it means for the world.
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Will America go to War with Iran | Taking on Big Pharma | The Weekly with Wendy Mesley

The truth about about escalating tensions with Iran, and why a former doctor is taking on Canada's opioid drug makers in a proposed class-action lawsuit.
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How dirty money is driving up real estate prices | The Weekly with Wendy Mesley

A new report from the B.C. government reveals that more than five billion dollars in dirty money was laundered through real estate in 2018. Wendy Mesley reveals why Canada makes it so easy for criminals to sink billions of dollars into real estate. And how all this illegal money is putting the squeeze on everyone and driving Canadians deeper into debt.
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The Weekly with Wendy Mesley May 12, 2019

Wendy Mesley takes you behind the headlines to reveal hidden and surprising forces shaping the news and our world.
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Conspiracy theories are influencing votes | The Weekly with Wendy Mesley

Conspiracy theories about hot-button issues like immigration are influencing the way people vote in elections, and Canada is in the crosshairs. The Weekly’s Wendy Mesley tracked down Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie, who worked with Steve Bannon to use social media to target voters ahead of the 2016 U.S. election and the Brexit vote. Wendy investigates just how a small group of radicalized people can sway elections in a tight race.
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Caster Semenya's case ruling is discriminatory, says athlete's lawyer | The Weekly with Wendy Mesley

Olympian Caster Semenya lost a landmark legal battle with a ruling that she has to lower her natural testosterone levels or stop competing internationally. The Weekly’s Wendy Mesley speaks to Semenya’s lawyer, Carlos Sayao, who says the ruling discriminates against female runners who are genetically different. The controversial decision exposes a long history of sex-testing female athletes deemed “not woman enough.”
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The Weekly with Wendy Mesley May 05, 2019

Wendy Mesley takes you behind the headlines to reveal hidden and surprising forces shaping the news and our world.
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The dirty truth about recycling | The Weekly with Wendy Mesley

Canadians are among the world’s top producers of plastic waste, but a lot of what gets put in a blue box doesn’t actually end up getting recycled. A large portion of what people think is being recycled is sent overseas to countries such as the Philippines or Malaysia where it ends up in illegal junkwards. This week, Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte said he’d “declare war” on Canada if it doesn’t take back tonnes of garbage shipped to his country. The Weekly’s Wendy Mesley speaks to a leading environmentalist and investigates whether recycling is broken.
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Revealing the Global Garbage Trade | Taking on the Zuck | The Weekly with Wendy Mesley

The Weekly investigates why our recycling system is broken, and how your trash is fuelling the global garbage trade, and Wendy Mesley speaks to the journalist who exposed the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal.
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The Weekly with Wendy Mesley April 21, 2019

Wendy Mesley takes you behind the headlines to reveal hidden and surprising forces shaping the news and our world.
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How hate is earning money online | The Weekly with Wendy Mesley

Even though some social media platforms have cracked down on hate speech by banning some extremist groups entirely or blocking them from monetizing their content, it hasn’t prevented sites with hate content from making money. Wendy Mesley looks into how they’re earning money and whether government regulation would make a difference.
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What does Julian Assange know? | The Weekly with Wendy Mesley

As WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange faces extradition to the U.S., the world is wondering what exactly he knows and whose secrets he’s keeping. Some suspect he has information that could tie U.S. President Donald Trump to the Russians. Wendy Mesley speaks to national security lawyer Bradley Moss about what could be revealed.
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Clicks for Cash | Assange's Secrets Revealed | The Weekly with Wendy Mesley

Hate speech is nothing new, but this week Wendy Mesley investigates who is profiting off white nationalism and What secrets could Julian Assange reveal?
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Secularism bill is ‘ethnic cleansing:’ Quebec mayor | The Weekly with Wendy Mesley

Proponents of Quebec’s proposed religious symbols ban say it is necessary to protect the province’s identity. Others say the ban is discriminatory, and one mayor even calls it “ethnic cleansing.” Polls suggest most Quebecers support the idea, but a generational divide remains. Wendy Mesley talks to people on both sides of the debate.
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The Messy Truth about Quebec | Cellphone Stalkers | The Weekly with Wendy Mesley

On this episode of the Weekly, untangling who is influencing Quebec's plan to ban religious symbols and we reveal how stalkers are using apps to secretly harass and blackmail their victims.
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Investigating China's alleged influence campaign | The Weekly with Wendy Mesley

Authorities say the Chinese Communist Party is running a massive influence campaign among Chinese nationals in Canada, spreading its message and censoring dissidents. The Weekly investigates growing allegations of intimidation and harassment -- through cyberattacks, spying, and even death threats.