Whether Serial was your introduction to the wonderful world of podcasts, or you’ve been listening to them for years, podcasts have officially gone mainstream — some are even calling 2016 “the year of the podcast”. Amidst the hundreds and thousands of podcasts out there on iTunes and otherwise, it can be hard to find the good stuff (the fact that even an amateur can make one: boon and bane).
So here are 10 of the best Canadian law-related podcasts for your listening pleasure. Let me know your favourites in the comments!
Hull & Hull LLP’s Hull on Estates podcast
Easily Canada’s longest running legal podcast, Hull on Estates kicked off in 2006 and now has almost 500 episodes in its archives. Fodder for the podcast includes recent cases, news stories and journal articles, and of course, estate law concepts and tips.
IdeaBlawg’s Podcast of the Canadian Criminal Code
Lisa Silver covers one section of the Criminal Code of Canada per podcast, and she’ll soon hit the 50 episode mark. Each edition generally includes a overview of section’s history, major cases that consider it, and a general discussion of its significance. Transcriptions available for each episode as well.
Michael Spratt and Emilie Taman got a big boost from their insightful episode-by-episode analysis of Making a Murderer, but they were around before MaM dominated water cooler chat, and they’ve since continued to produce an informative, opinionated, and timely podcast about the legal issues that make headlines in Canada, often with a special focus on the Canadian criminal justice system.
McGill Law Journal podcasts
A few issues back, McGill Law Journal became “the first Canadian legal journal to launch a significant podcast series”. 50 episodes in, the podcast (which includes occasional episodes in French) covers issues related to the legal profession, legal education, landmark cases, and the legal aspects of current Canadian issues such as refugee rights, Aboriginal title, and senate reform.
Blaney McMurtry podcasts
Blaneys lawyers talk about a variety of legal topics, often using news stories and recent cases as their jumping off point. Recent episodes cover defamation, insurance, succession planning, and family law disputes – the podcast will be of interest to individuals and business listeners alike.
Mark Holthe’s Canadian Immigration Podcast
Holthe and his guests “offer practical advice on the latest changes to Canadian law, policy and practice” in a friendly and conversational style. As a bonus, the podcast’s website has extensive show notes that give a thorough overview of what’s discussed in each episode.
CounterTax’s Building NewLaw Podcast
Peter Aprile and Natalie Worsfold are self-described “late-late-night law firm architects” whose podcast is all about
Investor Lawyer Podcast
Real estate lawyer Barry McGuire shares tips and knowledge about the ins and outs of real estate investment. For more than 80 episodes, McGuire achieves an approach that is casual and accessible yet informative and nuanced, covering topics like rent-to-own, shadow flipping, timeshares, and tenant troubles.
Sui Generis: A Small Radio Show About the Law
Kyle Ereaux hosts this fascinating and eclectic podcast “about the quirky aspects of Canadian law and the ways in which it shapes daily life”. Recent episodes discuss the law behind secret recipes, the difference between a province and a territory, and why 100 dimes don’t equal a 10-dollar note. (Bonus points for great music, too.)
Welcome to the Food Court
Food lawyer Glenford Jameson is a thoughtful and engaging interviewer, and in this podcast, he and his guests deep-dive into the intersections of law and restaurants, food production and policy, agriculture, and beyond. Recent topics include seed security, tipping, and the fundamental act of gardening.