POD: Academic Frozen Peaches

Shama Rangwala joins Duncan Kinney to discuss the students of Uleth owning Frances Widdowson, the UCP reaction and the historical context of academic free speech and how it's been weaponized by the right. 

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Despite proof that closing sites costs lives, the UCP go after another harm reduction facility—this time in Red Deer

Despite the release of a recent study showing the closure of Lethbridge’s supervised consumption site cost lives, the UCP is shutting down another similar facility, this time in Red Deer. 

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Grande Prairie petrochemical plant deal goes belly up and the UCP is MIA

A proposed $4 billion methanol plant for the Grande Prairie area that would have brought thousands of construction jobs to northern Alberta has gone belly up and it’s not the first time a big value-added petrochemical project has vanished on the UCP’s watch. 

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I was intimidated by the Edmonton Police Service at a press conference

Very rarely does a journalist in Canada have to talk to their lawyer before attending a press conference and make sure they’re available that afternoon in case you get arrested. But this is what it’s like to cover the Edmonton Police Service as a journalist who aims to hold the police accountable.  

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With the UCP's help, Edmonton's police chief is out to undermine the mayor

The expected provincial election may be this year’s big show, but adjacent to the spotlight, local power struggles continue apace.

A clear example: the muted but ongoing campaign against Edmonton’s mayor, Amarjeet Sohi.

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Not cool man. Labour board finds weed grower intimidated workers during union drive

The corporate potheads at Sundial Growers turned out not to be so mellow as Teamsters Local 987 have won an unfair labour practices complaint against the Olds, Alberta based cannabis producer and processor.

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POD: Cuckoo for cryptocurrency

Paris Marx of the Tech Won't Save Us podcast joins Duncan Kinney to explore Danielle Smith's obsession with cryptocurrency and taking Alberta out of the Canada Pension Plan. 

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Cop union VP gets political, pushes false information, calls outs city councillor and says that lack of support has hindered the police’s ability to make Calgary safe

In an undated editorial from fall 2022 in a quarterly publication from the Alberta Federation of Police Associations, Chris Young, the president of the Alberta Federation of Police Associations and a vice president with the Calgary Police Association, wrote an editorial titled “Political Leaders Need to be Responsible” where he calls out a city councillor and makes several extraordinary statements. 

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Danielle Smith is cuckoo for cryptocurrency and wants to split from the Canada Pension Plan, here’s why that should scare you

It might be a relatively harmless and money-losing affectation for a former talk radio show host turned business group lobbyist to have a mid-life conversion to the church of cryptocurrency. It becomes a lot less harmless when that person becomes the premier, can tell Alberta’s pension fund manager what to do and wants to take Alberta out of the Canada Pension Plan. 

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Smith's desperate for a scrap with the feds after Coutts scandal allegations

The Premier’s office is once again desperately twisting to get out of a scandal.

This time it’s allegations that Smith’s office was emailing and pestering Crown prosecutors to interfere with the investigations into the Coutts border blockade.

Meghan Grant and Elise von Scheel, two experienced reporters with the CBC, say that sources in the Crown prosecutor’s office told them that Smith’s people were trying to meddle. And it’s not hard to believe: Smith claimed so herself more than once, including in an interview with Rebel Media back in December, and also to real journalists on January 12.

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