REAL ESTATE 8 - The Last White Rajah
Wednesday, August 4, 2021
The destruction of Borneo’s rainforests has been called the greatest environmental crime of our time. But journalists and NGOs have long alleged that one man, Abdul Taib Mahmud, has benefitted from that destruction to the tune of billions of dollars. If that’s true, it’s one of the worst acts of ... .. read more..
Introducing Our New Season: CRUDE
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Last season Commons covered corruption in Canada. This time around we're talking about Canada's relationship with the oil industry. The good, the bad, the ugly, and the weird. Support COMMONS: http://commonspodcast.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. .. read more..
CORRUPTION 10 - The Canadian Company Accused of Using Slaves Today
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Canadian companies have committed all kinds of wrongdoing abroad. But this is on a different level. One Vancouver-based company has been accused by the United Nations and Human Rights Watch of using slaves to build a mine with one of the world’s most oppressive governments. Featured in this episo... .. read more..
CORRUPTION 9 - Victoria's Secrets
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Tens of thousands of dollars in suits, luggage, magazines and mustard. An epic booze heist from the legislature. An undercover legislator exposing corruption. And a wood-splitter that’s transfixed a province. Just another day in the wild world of B.C. politics. Featured in this episode: Andrew Ma... .. read more..
CORRUPTION 8 - Hockey's Hall of Shame
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Canada is hockey crazy. But at the heart of the sport is a system of unpaid labour that scars some boys for life. And the teams and leagues are doing whatever it takes to make sure things stay exactly the way they are. Featured in this episode: Scott Wheeler (The Athletic) To learn more: “Hockey’... .. read more..
CORRUPTION 7 - The Only Canadian Imprisoned for Insider Trading
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
One of Canada's most notorious white-collar criminals speaks about his crimes. Support COMMONS: http://commonspodcast.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. .. read more..
CORRUPTION 6 - Charlottetown's Web
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
It might be small, but it when it comes to graft, Prince Edward Island plays in the big leagues: a secret off-the-books committee, conflicts of interest run amok, public records mysteriously destroyed, a provincial government doing an end-run on the Criminal Code. An inside look at PEI’s long, st... .. read more..
CORRUPTION 5 - The King of Cabbagetown
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
For twenty years, he's controlled public institutions from behind the scenes. He brags about his connections to organized crime. And he's connected to some of the most powerful people in Canada. So who is the King of Cabbagetown? This follows up on the last episode, "Papa Pump and the Small Town ... .. read more..
CORRUPTION 4 - Papa Pump and the Small Town Shakedown
Monday, November 12, 2018
In the eleven years that Marolyn Morrison was the mayor of Caledon, Ontario, she faced down deep-pocketed developers, mafia enforcers and corrupt federal officials. When millions of dollars are at stake, things get heated. To learn more: "Battleground Caledon" in Toronto Life by Kelly Pullen "Con... .. read more..
CORRUPTION 3 - The Trouble with Paradise: How Canadians Built the Offshore World
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
The Panama Papers revealed to the world just how deeply enmeshed tax havens are in the global economy. And for 100 years, Canadian banks, businessmen and politicians have worked to build that offshore system, alongside crooks, fraudsters and corrupt officials. To learn more: Treasure Islands: Unc... .. read more..
CORRUPTION 2 - How Vancouver Became A Money Laundering Paradise
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
For years, people could walk into Vancouver-area casinos with tens of thousands of dollars of suspicious cash and walk out with clean money, no questions asked. That money may be fuelling two of the biggest problems the city is facing: the housing crisis and the opiate epidemic. Support COMMONS: ... .. read more..
CORRUPTION 1 - The Most Crime-Ridden Neighbourhood In Canada
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
This season, Commons will be focusing on stories at the intersection of money, influence and politics in Canada. In this episode, we take you to what may be Canada’s most criminal neighbourhood — Toronto’s financial district. Along for the ride is investigative journalist Bruce Livesey, author of... .. read more..