The Case of Soleiman Faqiri

"Unascertained" is a new TVO podcast that investigates the death of Soleiman Faqiri, a man suffering from schizophrenia who was found dead in his cell following an altercation with correctional officers at Ontario's Lindsay facility. Yusuf Zine, host and co-producer, joins Nam Kiwanuka to discuss the case.
April 14, 2021 - 7:56

Steve Paikin

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It was a catchphrase for Bill Davis, who recaptured a majority government for the Tories — and rarely let the opposition forget it.
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