Close-up on Canada

The podcast from the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada

MISC director Daniel Béland is joined by leading experts and policy makers for an in-depth look at the ideas and issues shaping Canada today.

Host: Daniel Béland

Producer: Blair Elliott

Theme music: Oren Ratowsky

“Close-up on Canada” is recorded in Montreal/Tiohtià:ke, on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehà:ka, a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst many First Nations. We recognize and respect the Kanien’kehà:ka as the traditional custodians of the lands and waters on which we work, study, and live.

Episode 2.1: How has immigration policy in Canada changed since WWII?

This season on “Close-up on Canada,” we are talking about immigration policy in Canada and beyond. Jennifer Elrick, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at McGill University, joins us to give some historical context to the topic.

Episode 1.5: Protecting and Revitalizing Indigenous Languages, with Noelani Arista

When it comes to maintaining, preserving, and reviving Indigenous languages, what are the main challenges that we have to address? Noelani Arista, incoming director of Indigenous Studies at McGill University, joins MISC to discuss her experience studying and working on language revitalization in Hawaii and abroad, and what Canada can learn from other countries.

Episode 1.4: The State of Homelessness in Canada, with Nick Falvo

How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected homelessness policy in Canada? Research consultant and public policy expert Nick Falvo, joins MISC to discuss how to address the problem of homelessness through policy, funding, and more.

Episode 1.3: The Future of the Official Languages Act, with Graham Fraser

How can we understand the past, and future, of Canada's official bilingualism? Graham Fraser, formerly Canada's longest serving Commissioner of Official Languages, joins MISC to discuss the ongoing debate about the history and modernization of the Official Languages Act.

Access the transcript here: PDF icon fraser_transcript.pdf

Episode 1.2: Why Canada Doesn’t Have Universal Pharmacare, with Katherine Boothe

Why don’t we have universal pharmacare in Canada, and why does that matter? Katherine Boothe (associate professor at McMaster University and member of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis) joins MISC to talk about Canada’s patchwork of public and private insurance, lack of access to affordable prescription drugs, and how to build pharmacare reform.


Episode 1.1: Canada’s COVID-19 Response, with Dr. Donald Sheppard

Is it possible to give Canada an overall COVID “grade”? Infectious disease clinician and researcher Dr. Donald Sheppard joins MISC to talk about Canada’s national response to COVID-19, his experience working through public health crises, and how we can prepare for (inevitable) future pandemics.

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