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A change to a 45-year-old coal policy in a province known for resource extraction has people from all walks of life up in arms. And the people are saying the government has gone too far. On this episode of This Is Why, we learn about the chang
The coronavirus pandemic has hit all of Canada but one group has been hit especially hard -- senior citizens. And through all of the waves of the pandemic, long-term and assisted living homes have been sites of outbreaks, resulting in deaths.
New variants of SARS-CoV-2 have been discovered around the world, and present new and different threats to public health. On this episode of This Is Why, we learn about the new variants and what could be done about them. Contact: Adam Toy -
With a new president entering the Oval Office on Jan. 20, 2021, a new era can begin in relations between the two countries who share the world's longest undefended border: Canada and the United States. On this episode of This Is Why, we learn
While the coronavirus pandemic rages on, the climate change crisis continues to march on as another threat to the health of people worldwide. On this episode of This Is Why, we learn about why climate change will affect the health of Canadians
The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on more than 15,000 families, taking their loved ones from this world. And COVID-19 has brought a topic to the forefront that isn't usually brought up in polite society: death. On this episode of This
Staying at home has been one of the most powerful tools in preventing the spread of COVID-19 during this pandemic. But it has contributed to a parallel mental health pandemic. On this episode of This Is Why, we look at loneliness during the pa
The coronavirus pandemic has brought up all sorts of emotions and feelings, as we all try to navigate this 'new normal.' But perhaps instead of asking 'Why is this happening?,' there are better questions to ask, like 'What can I control?' On t
The coronavirus pandemic has had millions of Canadians work from home for months. Offices in office buildings have largely sat dormant and downtowns are closer to ghost towns. But whether that is a temporary or a structural change is up for deb
One of the differences between the 1918 influenza pandemic and COVID-19 is that a majority of citizens have radios and computers they can fit in their pockets -- smartphones. And apps run on smartphones could be an important tool in the fight a
The conversation we had with Calgary-based project manager Ziad Fazel about contact tracing apps went into such detail and went longer than we usually go, so we decided to put the whole conversation into a bonus episode for you. Enjoy! See omn
With the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic raging in Canada, hospitalizations and admissions to intensive care units are at all-time highs, and that has a lot of people worried. On this episode of This Is Why, we find out what the breaki
It's not a stretch to say that the coronavirus pandemic is an historic event, but it's not without precedent. Epidemics have been a part of human history for as long as people have gathered together. So it's not uncommon to look back in order t
The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic is in Canada, with record numbers of new cases and deaths bearing that out. Except the wave hasn't hit Atlantic Canada in the same manner as the rest of the country, due to a bubble. On this episode
As the coronavirus pandemic wears on, inequalities in society are becoming clearer and clearer, like the inequalities facing women and gender-minorities. On this episode of This Is Why, we find out why women are facing challenges by the corona
As global warming continues to melt Arctic ice, the threat to the Inuit of Canada and Greenland is becoming more and more dire. And that melting is leading to one last patch of Arctic ice. On this episode of This Is Why, we find out why the la
The need to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic has driven more and more Canadians online, as we found out in an earlier episode of 'This Is Why.' And in October, Canada's privacy commissioner raised the flags around the laws around priva
With the science around the novel coronavirus changing so quickly, it's tough to determine what to follow and what to ignore. And the opportunity some charlatans are trying to seize on don't make things any easier. In this episode of This Is W
One of the most common arguments anti-mask advocates use is that mandating the use of face coverings is the government running afoul of rights and liberties. In this episode of This Is Why, we look at how civil liberties could be contravened d
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted all areas of life. Early on in the pandemic, economic activity ground to a halt and economists say Canada is in a recession. In this episode of This Is Why, we look at two areas of the country's economy t
The Canadian Emergency Response Benefit was only designed to last for 6 months. As the pandemic reaches into the seventh month, what will millions of Canadians do if they can't find a job? In this episode of This Is Why, we look at how the fed
Ride along with 25 year veteran Crime Reporter Nancy Hixt, from Global News, through some of Canada’s most high-profile criminal cases. Real People, Real Crimes, Real Journalism. Each episode takes you inside case she has worked to give you all
Athletes and social movements have had a long history -- almost as long as pro sports itself. The Undefeated created a list that goes back to 1883. But in August, all of the major professional sports in North America went dark following the sh
It's been six months since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Since then, the scientific community has focused nearly all its efforts into understanding the disease in the hopes of creating a vaccine. In the sec
It's been six months since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Since then, the scientific community has focused nearly all its efforts into understanding the disease in the hopes of creating a vaccine. In the fir
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