POD: The Madu Snafu

Oumar Salifou of the Is This For Real podcast joins us to discuss one of the most ridiculous scandals to have hit the UCP during their time in office—Justice Minister Kaycee Madu personally calling up Edmonton's chief of police after getting a $300 ticket for talking on his cell phone in a school zone.

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POD: Omicron's toll in schools and WTF is going on in La Crete

Bridget Stirling rejoins us to break down the toll Omicron is taking on our schools and to figure out what exactly is going in the least vaccinated, most anti-public health measure part of Alberta, La Crete. 

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Defund Covenant Health until they provide healthcare for all

Since 2016, 109 Albertans have had to endure a needless ambulance ride in their final days and hours on this earth because we continue to allow publicly funded Catholic hospitals and continuing care facilities to deny health care. Known as forced transfers, these 109 people account for more than five per cent of all Albertans who have accessed medical assistance in dying (MAID) since it became a part of our health care system.  

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POD: Canadian conservatives' dirty history as supporters of apartheid

The recent deaths of both Ted Byfield and Desmond Tutu has brought to light some historical amnesia on just who exactly supported apartheid South Africa and who fought against it. Michael Bueckert joins us to discuss the the many conservative journalists, politicians and activists who supported apartheid. 

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‘Layer cake of conflicts of interest’ on Calgary-Banff rail project that is asking for $30 million a year for 50 years from Alberta government

On November 27, 2021 at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, crown corporation Invest Alberta hosted an invite-only meeting of the Calgary Airport Banff Rail Working Group where the project proponents, one of them a former Invest Alberta board member, made their pitch for why the government of Alberta should give them $30 a million a year for the next 50 years. 

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Jason Kenney’s brother, who ran a youth recovery centre shut down by B.C. government, likely living and working in Alberta

Earlier this month Premier Jason Kenney told the Calgary Chamber of Commerce an anecdote he heard from a suburban developer that a hundred families a week are moving from Toronto to Calgary. The reason why he believes it? “I know because my brother is one of them, just showed up in his U-Haul, last night.” 

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Jennie Russell and Charles Rusnell’s greatest investigative journalism hits

Jennie Russell and Charles Rusnell were reporters with CBC Investigates, the award-winning investigative unit of CBC Edmonton until suddenly calling it quits on December 16, 2021. Rusnell and Russell broke stories that changed Alberta for the better. They did the kind of groundbreaking, original, investigative journalism that is so needed in today’s age. 

We take a look back at their top ten stories, in no particular order, and share their work that defined journalism in Alberta for the past decade. 

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POD: I ❤️ 🌐 Oil & Gas. Turns out the Canadian oil and gas industry is majority foreign owned

For all the time and effort Jason Kenney, Postmedia and the oil and gas industry have put in to convincing people that evil foreign funded environmentalists have ulterior motives it turns out that the Canadian oil and gas industry is majority foreign owned. This fact has been discovered by Gordon Laxer and published in a new report titled, Posing as Canadian: How Big Foreign Oil captures Canadian energy and climate policy. Host Duncan Kinney sits down with Laxer to discuss his groundbreaking report.

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Big anti-privatization win by ATU 569 shows that unions can fight the city of Edmonton and win

Members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 569 are very pleased after the City of Edmonton announced a reversal on its July 2021 decision to privatize 100 transit cleaner jobs, said ATU 569 president Steve Bradshaw. 

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I ❤️ 🌐 Oil & Gas. Canada's oil and gas industry is majority foreign owned and should be banned from influencing Canadian elections

After most Canadians vote for parties who promise climate action, they may wonder why Canada is by far the worst G-7 carbon-polluting country. While the U.S. and Japan are roughly at their 1990 emission levels, Canada’s are up 21 per cent. The EU is 25 per cent lower and Britain’s is down a remarkable 40 per cent.

To learn why Canada always breaks its climate promises I investigated the influence of Big Foreign Oil because the production of oil and gas is Canada’s greatest and fastest growing source of carbon pollution.

The report “Posing as Canadian. How Big Foreign Oil Captures Canadian energy and climate policy” was recently released and explains why.

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