The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Magazine for September 18, 2022

Political panelists Susan Delacourt and Matt Gurney forecast the fall session of parliament, media guru Moses Znaimer reflects on 50 years of Citytv, peace studies professor Paul Rogers weighs in on shifts in the Ukraine war, and we look at anti-Black racism in North America with scholar Debra Thompson.
Piya Chattopadhyay is host of The Sunday Magazine. (CBC)

This week on The Sunday Magazine with Piya Chattopadhyay:

Parliament returns

Parliament resumes on Tuesday after a summer of economic and political discontent across the country. Toronto Star columnist Susan Delacourt and Matt Gurney, columnist and co-founder of The Line forecast what the fall session will look like when Pierre Poilievre takes his seat as leader of the Conservative Party and Justin Trudeau's Liberals try to tackle the affordability crisis, while keeping their governing deal with the NDP intact.

How Moses Znaimer changed Canadian media

Fifty years ago this month, Citytv came on the airwaves and changed the Canadian media landscape. Moses Znaimer was one of its co-founders. He went on to be the driving force behind MuchMusic, FashionTelevision, Bravo! and more. He now runs Zoomer Media and advocates for older Canadians. He joins Chattopadhyay to take stock of almost six decades in Canadian media, from his early days at CBC Radio to his recent acquisitions of new media properties blogTO and Daily Hive. Znaimer reflects on how he's moving forward in a rapidly changing media world, while looking back at how his roots as a refugee and early life in Montreal shaped him and his vision.

Ukraine makes huge gains, but is the war's end any closer?

After a surprise – an surprisingly effective – offensive campaign by Ukrainian troops this past week, the face of the war with Russia there has changed. But does it bring us any closer to an end of the conflict? Professor of Peace Studies Paul Rogers joins Chattopadhyay on Sunday to share his thoughts on what the most recent developments on the ground mean for the big picture, and what Canada's role might look like in the next chapter of the war in Ukraine. 

How a new monarch could find a new way forward on reconciliation

Historian and policy analyst Jordan Gray says the monarchy's unique and complex relationship with Indigenous people and people of African and Caribbean descent needs to evolve. In a reflection for The Sunday Magazine, Gray, a Canadian of Trinidadian and Mi'kmaw descent, shares his thoughts on how King Charles III can help to reconcile the colonial history he inherits – along with the Crown.

How anti-Black racism operates in Canada – and how to counter it

When it comes to anti-Black racism, it's easy to point to the obvious. Empires and oppressors. Slavery and segregation. But political scientist Debra Thompson says we need to make space for nuance. Especially when we talk about racism in Canada.  In her new book, The Long Road Home: On Blackness and Belonging, Thompson weaves her political science scholarship with personal narrative to have an honest conversation with Chattopadhyay about how race and anti-Black racism operate in Canada and the U.S.

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