Speaking Freely represents our serious side. “As an independent immigrant-owned media company operating in a Canadian media environment dominated by giant concerns, we believe we have a public duty to our multicultural communities and the Canadian public at large to use our channels to advance public discourse of fundamental issues. Our democratic values and future depend on it, and Dr. Gomez is the ideal protagonist. He is decidedly respectful, evidence-based and uncompromising when it comes to uncovering the truth.” TLN Media Group President, Aldo Di Felice
“It is no secret that the rigid adherence to establishment narratives and the shunning of dissident and heterodox viewpoints from the left and right, is driving the growth of alternative online programming. Digital formats and platforms are creating massive audiences for independent journalists and hosts. Nonetheless, I believe that there is still an audience for a legacy news product that bucks the current corporate consensus and provides honest and intelligent discussion in the tradition of past shows of the 1970’s and 1980’s like the Shulman Files and Firing Line. Speaking Freely, seeks to fill a gap. It brings a modern sensibility to the current affairs format with entertaining debate that does not shy away from asking tough questions and provides a platform for voices rarely heard in mainstream media.” Dr. Rafael Gomez, Professor of Employment Relations at the University of Toronto
Speaking Freely examines the past, present and future of Canadian democracy and our multicultural society. Where have we come from, where are we now and where are we going? To address these questions, we interview regular citizens and experts who are willing to speak freely about the issues that matter to Canadians.
Episode topics follow:
“Is The Media Becoming the Message? – Has traditional media lost its relevance for most Canadians and does the rise of independent journalism point to a brighter future?
“Who Stands on Guard for Thee?” – In 1961, a young Canadian hero named Frances Oldham Kelsey stopped the approval of Thalidomide in the US saving thousands of lives…in Canada, however, we allowed pregnant women to take the drug. Have we learned anything since then?
“Are We Running Roughshod Over Democracy?”- How well have Canada’s democratic institutions held up during the past two years? Has the pandemic provided a convenient cover for the weakening of voter accountability and public voice?
“Never Say Never Again – The History of Internment in Canada” – As we witness the awful scenes of war and displacement in the Ukraine, did you know that during WWI Canada interned around 80,000 people, mostly Ukrainian Canadians under the authority of the War Measures Act. Many were also obliged to register as “enemy aliens” during the war. The same thing happened again during WWII to Japanese, Italian and Jewish Canadians of German descent. Who’s to say it can’t happen again?
“Inflation Nation – Is Inflation Out of Control in Canada?” – Less than a year ago we were being told by government officials that the problem with our economy was the threat of deflation. Now that gas is approaching 2 dollars a litre, housing prices are through the roof across the country, and food prices skyrocketing, does anyone doubt that we are in an inflation spiral?
“Canada’s Covid Exit Strategy – What Can Be Learned from the Past Two Years?” – The pandemic began with a simple catch phrase – “two weeks to flatten the curve”. Two years later we ask the question, have decision makers learned anything about how to handle the next public health crisis?