Nov 18, 2022 • 42M

Welcome to Sault Ste. Marie: A New Current Affairs Podcast Series

Episode 1: Why is Local News So Important?

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Welcome to Sault Ste. Marie, a monthly podcast covering current affairs in Sault Ste. Marie, ON and hosted by Dax D'Orazio. Connecting with a wide range of academic experts and local newsmakers, it delves into some of the most important social and political issues of the day. Part of the 'Breaking the Taboo' newsletter on Substack (

It’s been in development for a long time, but I’m pleased to finally launch Sault Ste. Marie, a new podcast series focused exclusively on current affairs in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

The podcast is attached to this newsletter but will have a slightly different focus. It’s less investigative (i.e. ‘deep dives’) and more current affairs. There will be a nice blend of academic experts and pundits, along with local newsmakers that can shed light on the most important social and political issues of the day.

The first episode features a fitting topic: the importance of local news.

You’ll hear from April Lindgren, Professor of Journalism at Toronto Metropolitan University, and Doug Millroy, a retired local journalist with over six decades of experience.

April provides a wonderful snapshot of the contemporary state of journalism in Canada and explains some of the challenges and opportunities at hand. Doug explains how he became a journalist and describes some of the changes in the field over the past few decades. Together, they make a strong pitch for the importance of local news.

Moving forward, you can look forward to a new podcast episode every month.

Next month, the podcast will tackle an issue that’s saturating our headlines and the public consciousness: housing affordability and homelessness.

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Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoy the conversations that follow.