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What was 2019?

Clockwise, from upper left: Jody Wilson-Raybould, Alan Mullen, Darryl Plecas, Brad West, Alex McKechnie, Justin Trudeau, John Horgan, Zhou Fengsuo.(Mackin photos)

A federal election year in Canada. Held amid a scandal involving the unapologetic Prime Minister who aimed to save SNC-Lavalin, Canada’s poster child for corruption, at the expense of the country’s first indigenous attorney general. She blew the whistle and got re-elected as an independent.

Civil rights protests in Hong Kong that spilled across the Pacific, where a suburban Vancouver mayor emerged as a voice of reason and sounded the alarm over blatant Chinese Communist Party meddling in Canadian affairs.

A bright light shone into the offices and misdeeds of the clerk and sergeant-at-arms of the British Columbia Legislature. The speaker and his chief of staff withstood a barrage of personal attacks amid their crusade to stamp-out corruption at the seat of government.

Alan Mullen (left) and Darryl Plecas, 2019 recipients of Podcast Nanaimo bar for newsmakers of the year. (Mackin)

A public inquiry struck to examine how B.C. became one of the world’s magnets for dirty money. 

And a national celebration of the Toronto Raptors historic championship.

Throughout the year, was there, chronicling history.

On this edition, hear the highlights of Podcasts from 2019, featuring Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Jody Wilson-Raybould, Tiananmen Square massacre survivor Zhou Fengsuo, Raptors’ sport science guru Alex McKechnie, B.C. Premier John Horgan, Port Coquitlam Mayor Brad West, Speaker Darryl Plecas and his chief of staff Alan Mullen.

Plus, host Bob Mackin reveals the difference-makers of 2019, the most-read stories of 2019 on and offers a commentary on the end of the decade.

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