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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Progress Report Episode 13: "The Prairie Slave Crop"

When something terrible and racist happens you often see well meaning folks go on about how “This isn’t us,” or “This isn’t Canada.” But when you scratch the surface and dig into the history of Canada you quickly find that’s not the case. In this episode we dig into Alberta’s not-so-secret and extremely problematic past with guest co-host Bashir Mohamed.

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Progress Report Episode 12: "The Trudeau Formula"

Justin Trudeau sucks folks. Author Martin Lukacs' recently released book The Trudeau Formula: Seduction and betrayal in an age of discontent, is a fantastically written and well reported exploration of how Justin Trudeau's style of individualized, hyper image-driven, symbolic statecraft is just a fig leaf for maintaining the status quo for Canada's rich and powerful. From Trudeau's complicity in the genocide to Yemen, to the Liberal Party's history of corruption and deep financial connections to corporate Canada, to the details on how Justin's "reconciliation" agenda was derailed by Indigenous folks this book is a must-read for when anyone tries to guilt you into "strategically" voting Liberal because the Conservatives exist. 

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Progress Report Episode 11: "Sleeping With The Energy"

Despite what Jason Kenney (and Rachel Notley) say, our neighbors in BC are not our enemies. There has been so much hype and misinformation around the pipeline debate that we reached across the Rockies to dispel some of the myths. Kai Nagata of Dogwood speaks with us about left wing populism, why he and so many other folks are fighting the Trans Mountain pipeline and the political realities on the ground in B.C.

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Progress Report Episode 10: "White Supremacist Dumbass Hour"

Guests Mack Lamoureux, Bridget Stirling and Katie Cutting break down organized white supremacy like a beat-em up side scroller – starting with the easiest baddies and moving on to the biggest and scariest villains at the end. We’ve also got a healthy dose of media criticism as we discuss the baffling decision by the Globe and Mail to platform Ezra Levant and the troubling trend of mainstream media getting played like a fiddle by Nazis.

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Progress Report Episode 9: "The other 9/11"

This week on the pod: the other 9/11. On September 11th, 1973 a fascist coup, backed by the USA, overthrew the democratically elected socialist government of Chile and installed Augusto Pinochet, a brutal and murderous dictator. Two Albertans whose families were caught up in the coup tell the story and make the connections between current Alberta politics and Chile. 

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Progress Report Episode 8: "Socialism for Wine Moms"

The stereotype is that people get more conservative as they grow older. Not so with Kathleen Smith (@kikkiplanet). We talk about how a more radical, socialist politics seems more possible now than ever and we talk about how you can introduce socialism to the boomers--because if we want a revolution we’re going to need the wine moms. 

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Progress Report Episode 7: "The Corpse Panel"

The overdose epidemic killed 2 people a day in Alberta last year. It's an emergency akin to a house on fire but instead of helping the people caught up in it Jason Kenney has frozen three planned safe consumption sites and brought in a new panel to review the "socio-economic impact" of these life-saving facilities. In this episode we bring in Petra Schulz of Moms Stop the Harm as a guest co-host to examine the causes of the overdose crisis and the history of civil disobedience and direct action in harm reduction in Canada with Garth Mullins as well as the latest news from the front lines in Lethbridge from Stacey Bourque with ARCHES

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