A giant in every way (the Jason Nixon episode)

Stanned by Herald columnists, protected by the old boys' club, and allegedly able to disintegrate a grown horse with a single strike: on this pod Duncan and Mav Adecer delve into the wild history of Jason Kenney's second-in-command, Jason Nixon.

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Exclusive: Kenney’s corporate tax cuts are much worse than we thought

While Albertans suffer from brutal austerity corporations in Alberta will collectively pocket $4.7 billion dollars from Kenney’s corporate tax cut - at least that’s what the government of Alberta and the media is telling you. But when you dig into what these companies are telling their shareholders you find that Kenney's corporate tax is costing Albertans at least $6 billion and probably much, much more. To help us sort through this we have Angella Macewen, senior economist with the Canadian Union of Public Employees as our guest. 

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Meet the racist Liberal who stole Western Canada

Say hello to Frank Oliver, the man who tried to block black people from coming to Canada, created modern Western Canada by stealing massive amounts of land from Indigenous people and personally profited from the whole thing. Did we mention that he has schools, pools and huge swathes of Edmonton named after him? We dive into Oliver’s legacy with Jodi Calahoo-Stonehouse.

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Folks, we got him

Don Cherry is finally off the air. We run through some of his greatest hits Rock‘Em Sock‘Em style but instead of brain damage and sweet goals its racism, misogyny and climate denial. And to help us process the news of this hockey commentator cut down in his prime we turn to comedian Mav Adecer and writer and hockey dad Tej Swatch.

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We remember Canada's anti-fascist veterans

There's a group of Canadian veterans often overlooked on Remembrance Day--the brave men and women of the Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion and the International Brigades who fought the fascists in the Spanish Civil War. Kaarina Mikalson of the Canada and the Spanish Civil War Project joins us on the pod to tell us the story of Canada's original anti-fascists.

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The voice Jason Kenney doesn't want you to hear

Alberta has deliberately designed its economy to be reliant on oil and gas production--which means the international climate change crisis matters here more than almost anywhere else. But you won't hear much on that subject from Alberta's monolithic, corporate media establishment. On this special episode of the Progress Report, taped live at the University of Calgary on November 4th, we interview climate activist and former Oil Sands Advisory Group member Tzeporah Berman to understand the climate debate beyond the narrow perspective and shallow discourse we get here in Alberta.

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Edmonton's Nazi collaborator statue

Outside of the Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex in north Edmonton is a statue of Roman Shukheyvych - a Nazi collaborator who took part in the mass murder of Jews. Local activist Paula Kirman and host Duncan Kinney discuss Shukheyvych’s historical legacy with Per Anders Rudling, an expert on the Ukrainian far right.

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Emergency Budget Pod

The UCP have dropped their first budget and it's the cruel and brutal austerity they promised. Producer Jim steps out from behind the mixing board to join us as we sift through this awful budget to bring you everything you need to know.

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The Kenney Conspiracy + #elxn43 reaction

The $30 million war room. A $2.5 million public inquiry. And untold amounts of hate and fear whipped up by Jason Kenney. All based on a lie. Climate activists have not sabotaged Alberta’s economy or landlocked Alberta’s oil - in fact Alberta barely rates as a blip on the worldwide global climate activism stage. And it took Sandy Garossino to debunk it. We have her on to discuss her National Observer story and to discuss #elxn43 results. 

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Greta is coming

Greta Thunberg is coming to Alberta. And while she’s been the centrepiece of a massive youth led climate uprising no one does this work alone. There are Greta Thunbergs all over the place and we were lucky enough to speak with a couple of amazing young Alberta based climate activists in Juan Vargas of Climate Justice Edmonton and Alyssa Tonnes of Edmonton Youth for Climate this week on the podcast.  

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