The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Magazine for November 27, 2022

Our Sunday Politics Panel share takeaways from the Emergencies Act inquiry hearings, Dr. Baijayanta Mukhopadhyay explores how healthcare and colonization intersect, 'Sort Of' star Bilal Baig talks about their show's broad appeal, and journalist Heather Radke tells a backstory of butts.
Piya Chattopadhyay is host of The Sunday Magazine. (CBC)

This week on The Sunday Magazine with Piya Chattopadhyay:

Sunday Politics Panel: Takeaways from the Emergencies Act inquiry hearings

After six weeks of testimony, the Public Order Emergency Commission's inquiry into the federal government's use of the Emergencies Act to end last winter's convoy protests wrapped its public hearing phase on Friday, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appearing as the final witness. Toronto Star national columnist Susan Delacourt and Matt Gurney, co-founder of The Line, join Chattopadhyay to talk about the big takeaways from the testimonies, what we've learned about how government functions in the face of crisis and what – if anything – may change when Commissioner Paul Rouleau presents his final report and recommendations in February.

A family doctor on how health-care and colonization intersect

Dr. Baijayanta Mukhopadhyay says to understand modern crises in health-care, we need to take the long view... all the way back to the beginning of Canada itself. In his book Country of Poxes: Three Germs and the Taking of Territory, Dr. Mukhopadhyay examines how colonization has impacted health-care in this country, through the lenses of tuberculosis, syphilis and smallpox. He joins Chattopadhyay to discuss how Canada can move to a more equitable future when it comes to health and healing, and why he hopes his job as a fly-in doctor becomes non-existent.

The evolution of Bilal Baig and their hit show, Sort Of

When Bilal Baig's television series Sort Of debuted last fall, they had no idea what lay in store: a year of awards, a taste of the spotlight and a connection with an audience whose lives and identities are affirmed by the existence of Baig's character Sabi, a queer, non-binary millennial navigating life and love. As season two launches, Baig joins Chattopadhyay to talk about the surprise success of the show and how their life and their mission as an artist have changed as a result.

The politics behind butts are anything but peachy

Why has the human backside been at the forefront of our cultural conversations for so long? In her book Butts: A Backstory, Radiolab contributor Heather Radke examines the politics of the buttocks through the lens of race, gender and power. As she tells Chattopadhyay, our complicated relationship with the beloved – and sometimes maligned – body part reveals a bigger story about our species, our histories and ourselves.

Nedal Huoseh never meant to be a soccer agent. Now he manages Alphonso Davies

Nedal Huoseh was running an IT company and coaching his kid's soccer team in Edmonton when a young Alphonso Davies joined the squad. Now, Davies is playing for Canada in the men's World Cup and gaining fame as a player with a top European club. And Huoseh is a high-flying sports agent who represents Davies. He shares how his father's journey as a Palestinian refugee inspired him, and helped him relate to Davies, who was born in a refugee camp in Ghana before settling in Canada.


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