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Thunder Bay

13 EpisodesProduced by CANADALANDWebsite

The highest homicide rate in the country. A mayor and his wife charged with extortion. A police chief put on trial for obstruction of justice. Nine tragic deaths of Indigenous teenagers. Why does it all happen here? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

13 Episodes | 2018 - 2023


October 12th, 2018


The highest homicide and hate crime rates in the country. A mayor charged with extortion. A police chief who faced trial for obstruction of justice. …

Chapter 1 - There Is A Town In North Ontario

October 22nd, 2018


Locals call it Murder Bay.

It might be the most dangerous city for Indigenous youth in the world. But to others, it's their white nirvana.

Host Ryan McMahon wants to know - not who killed all those kids, but what killed …

Chapter 2 - Clowns

October 22nd, 2018


A dark, grainy, cellphone video leads to criminal charges against the mayor, his wife, the chief of police, and a multimillionaire lawyer turned …

Chapter 3 - Deathly Low Priority

October 29th, 2018


Nine teenagers died. There is evidence of foul play. There are suspects. There are motives. There have even been confessions. But nobody has ever …

Chapter 4 - The Ruthless Game

November 12th, 2018


Agnew Johnston was a lawyer who represented the state against criminals. But he was a criminal himself, paying underage girls for sex. His defence? Everybody in Thunder Bay is doing it, so why are you picking on me? The …

Chapter 5 - Burners

November 26th, 2018


What if Thunder Bay isn't broken?

What if it's working just as it's supposed to?

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Trailer: Return to Thunder Bay

October 19th, 2020


New stories from Thunder Bay. Coming November, 2020.

Original artwork by Blake Angeconeb and Michah Dowbak.

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Return to Thunder Bay - A Post-Truth Town

November 16th, 2020


It’s infamous as the homicide and hate crime capital of Canada. And now, Thunder Bay has been officially diagnosed as racist. 

But so what? Does knowing this mean that anything will change?

Welcome to Canada's first …

Return to Thunder Bay - It Happens Because You're Indigenous

November 30th, 2020


When a system is broken, you can work outside of it to create something new, or you can try to change it from within. But what happens when you need the system?

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Return to Thunder Bay - Criminally Responsible

December 15th, 2020


The verdict arrives in the trial that everyone’s talking about. Can there be justice? As Thunder Bay grapples with the truth about itself, people are still dying. Kids are still dying. 

So where do we go from here?

The End of Canadaland

October 5th, 2023


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The first episode of Canadaland was published ten years ago today. If we were to announce this is the …

Post-Mortem, Part 1

November 13th, 2023


For over five years, Canadaland has been investigating Thunder Bay, Ontario. Specifically, we have been trying to figure out why there were so many unanswered questions around the deaths of Indigenous people in this one …

Post-Mortem, Part 2

November 20th, 2023


Ryan McMahon and Jon Thompson team up with Cherise Seucharan for the conclusion to Post Mortem, a two-episode dive into the connection between the …

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