The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Magazine for March 12, 2023

Susan Delacourt and Matt Gurney discuss Justin Trudeau’s decision to appoint a special rapporteur to probe allegations of election interference, we unpack the evolution of the Oscars ahead of the 95th academy awards, Helen Branswell reflects on the third anniversary of the Covid-19 pandemic, and Raymond Biesinger, and Alex Bozikovic unearth the history of memorable buildings across Canada that no longer stand.
Helen Mann is guest host of The Sunday Magazine. (Helen Mann)

This week on The Sunday Magazine with Helen Mann:

Sunday Politics Panel: How is Trudeau's response to election interference landing? 

The allegations around election interference continue to dominate the political conversation in Ottawa. But how is the story and the Prime Minister's response to it playing out in Ottawa and across the country? Journalists Susan Delacourt, national columnist for the Toronto Star, and Matt Gurney, co-founder of The Line on Substack join guest host Helen Mann to discuss Justin Trudeau's decision to appoint a special rapporteur to probe the issue as he faces continued pressure to hold a public inquiry. 

How pomp, politics and power brokers rewrote the Oscar playbook

Beyond the gowns, gossip and little gold men, audiences will be watching for much more than who wins what on Sunday's 95th Academy Awards. From last years confrontation between actor Will Smith and comedian Chris Rock to the Moonlight envelope flub, the show has a long history of drama. New Yorker writer Michael Schulman's new book is called Oscar Wars: A History of Hollywood in Gold, Sweat and Tears.  He breaks down the biggest feuds and power moves on Hollywood's big night out.

A leading reporter on infectious disease reflects on three years of covering the pandemic

Veteran health and science journalist Helen Branswell joins guest host Mann to reflect on the third anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic and the 20th anniversary of the SARS outbreak in Toronto. Branswell is widely regarded as one of the first  journalists in North America to report news of the virus, for the U.S. health website STAT. The Canadian journalist  shares her thoughts on the increasingly political nature of health reporting, why the public needs to be better informed about how science evolves, and lessons learned. 

Preserving the stories of Canada's 'lost buildings' 

In their book 305 Lost Buildings of Canada, Montreal illustrator Raymond Biesinger and Toronto architecture critic Alex Bozikovic unearth the history and meaning of memorable buildings across the country that no longer stand. From churches and warehouses to nightclubs and post offices, Biesinger and Bozikovic tell guest host Helen Mann why these buildings matter beyond their bricks and mortar, and what they reveal about the tension between preservation and progress in the push toward urban renewal.