POD: Did the police go on strike?

Luke Lebrun, the editor of Press Progress and Ottawa resident, joins the pod to talk about what he's seen first-hand during the Ottawa occupation, plus the incurious Ontarian learns about the Edmonton Police Service's refusal to enforce a court-ordered injunction. 

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Edmonton cops are the highest paid cops in Alberta

When Edmonton city council decided late last year to give the Edmonton Police Service a $1 million budget increase, rather than the $11 million it was asking for, the president of the Edmonton Police Association Michael Elliott called it a “sad and disappointing day,” alerting his social media followers to the councilors who voted for the motion.  

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Edmonton Police have a secret plane and they’re getting another

The Edmonton Police Service has a secret plane they’ve never told the public about and they are planning to purchase another one. The Edmonton Police and the Edmonton Police Commission have never disclosed what these planes do, how much they cost, or why they needed two of them nor did they respond to our questions about these planes.  

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POD: Kenney gave the anti-vaxxers everything they wanted and still lost

Lorian Hardcastle, University of Calgary law professor with a specialization in health law and health policy, joins us to discuss Jason Kenney dropping the the COVID-19 health protections to appease an illegal anti-vax blockade at the American border. 

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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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