Edmonton police chief attended UCP T-Rex derby fundraiser

On August 14, 2020 Edmonton Police Chief Dale McFee attended the first annual United Conservative Party Derby, a political fundraiser where MLAs dress up in T-Rex costumes and race each other on a horse track outside of Lacombe. This partisan activity is troubling, says one researcher and activist from Edmonton, but consistent with the chief’s record as “a conservative through and through.”

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Who watches the watchmen?

In a governing party that says things like ‘weed causes Communism’ and ‘Jason Kenney was sent to us by God,’ you really have to take it to the next level to stand out, and one cabinet minister really does go harder than anyone else—Minister of Justice Kaycee Madu.

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ASIRT’s executive director resigns, and Alberta’s police accountability system is officially broken

Susan Hughson, the long-time executive director of the police watchdog organization the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), has resigned. Greg Gudelot, the former deputy executive director of ASIRT, recently left the organization as well. Hughson is joining Alberta Justice's special prosecutions unit as a prosecutor.

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More turmoil at the AIOC as majority of board, including the board chair, is let go

The Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation has gone through another huge shakeup as a majority of the board were let go last week. Four of the organizations seven directors, including the board chair, Cody Church, are now gone.

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POD: Meet the the Liberal operative who blew up the Green Party

Duncan Kinney sits down with Noah Zatzman, former advisor to former Green Party of Canada leader Annamie Paul, for a feature interview. Zatzman blew up the Green Party of Canada by posting about how he wanted to unseat two-thirds of the party's sitting MPs for their criticism of Israel. 

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Study: 76 per cent of EPS officers never carry Narcan, despite frequent opioid poisoning deaths in EPS holding cells

No media outlet reported on the release of an investigation by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) on the opioid poisoning death of a man in Edmonton Police Service (EPS) custody in late 2018. When something gets released on Friday at 4:30 pm over the Government of Alberta email news alert system, that’s usually the point. But the report deserves more attention, because it reveals something shocking about the EPS.

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POD: Jason Kenney's fossil fuel based "reconciliaction" is just more divide and conquer

Molly Swain joins us as we dive into the details of Jason Kenney's fossil fuel based "reconciliaction" via the Indigenous Litigation Fund and the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation. Also child porn defender Tom Flanagan appeared on CBC Kids to argue against land back for some reason. 

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Corruption in the Edmonton Police Service? Part Two

A detective and 11-year veteran of the Edmonton Police Service has all but ended his policing career after alleging that there is corruption within the Edmonton Police Service that is protecting one of Edmonton's most well-known criminals. Detective Dan Behiels investigated Abdullah Shah for three years but no charges ended up being laid. After exhausting his options Behiels turned whistleblower on his fellow cops and turned over his entire investigation to CBC reporter Janice Johnston. In the second part of this two-part podcast Oumar Salifou of the Is This For Real podcast joins us as we dive into the details of Johnston's excellent reporting.

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The art of the deal

$10-a-day, publicly-subsidized child care is on the way to Alberta, finally. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Edmonton to announce it at a press conference with Jason Kenney on Monday and you could tell the Premier wasn’t feeling it.

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Turmoil at the AIOC as CEO steps down, director involved in $25 million sexual harassment lawsuit

At 4 pm last Friday afternoon a press release went out, not on the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation website (AIOC) or through the Government of Alberta news alert email list but through a service called GlobeNewswire, that the CEO of the AIOC, Alicia Dubois, was stepping down

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