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 2.5: Canada on a global scale: immigration policy in Europe

Terri Givens, Professor of Political Science at McGill University, joins us to talk about the immigration debate in Europe, the rise of the far right, and what it means for us in Canada.


Episode 2.4: How similar are Canada and the US when it comes to immigration policy?

Irene Bloemraad. Professor of Sociology and the Thomas Garden Barnes Chair of Canadian Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, joins us to talk about Canadian and US immigration policy—how the two countries differ, where they overlap, and what they can learn from each other.


Episode 2.3: Quebec’s immigration policy challenges / Les défis de politique d'immigration au Québec

Mireille Paquet, associate professor of political science at Concordia University and the Concordia Research Chair on the Politics of Immigration, joins us to discuss immigration policy in Quebec and intergovernmental relations over immigration across Canada. / Mireille Paquet, professeure agrégée de sciences politiques à l'Université Concordia et Chaire de recherche Concordia sur les politiques de l'immigration, se joint à nous pour parler de la politique d'immigration au Québec et des relations intergouvernementales en matière d'immigration à travers le Canada.

Episode 2.2: Care work, activism, and migration policy

Ethel Tungohan, Canada Research Chair in Canadian Migration Policy, Impacts and Activism and Associate Professor of Politics and Social Science at York University, joins us to talk about how immigration policy affects migrant workers and the role of organizing and activism when it comes to policy decisions.

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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