POD: I Want To Believe 101

We kick off the inaugural edition of the Red String, a monthly column from Laura Kruse on conspiracy theories and Alberta, with a bit of theory and history on conspiracy theories in Canada. From Freemasons to aliens to Q and everything in between. Also, please read Laura's story on one of our favourite conspiracy theories that isn't a conspiracy theory titled McKinsey, 🍞📈, and the UCP’s incoming evisceration of Alberta’s post-secondary system.

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Hate crimes unit investigating vandalism of Nazi collaborator war criminal statue in Edmonton

In December of 2019, the statue of Roman Shukhevych outside of the Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex was vandalized with red tape and spray-painted with the words “Nazi Scum.” According to both the Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex and B’nai Brith this act is being investigated by the Edmonton Police Service’s hate crimes unit. The Edmonton Police Service has refused to reply to inquiries from the Progress Report on this matter.

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Kenney’s 'plan' to reopen schools leaves Albertans dizzy

With 750,000 Alberta children due to head back to overcrowded classrooms during a resurging killer pandemic, now seems a great time for a pop quiz.

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McKinsey, 🍞📈, and the UCP’s incoming evisceration of Alberta’s post-secondary system

In June, Alberta’s United Conservative Party government handed management consulting firm McKinsey & Company a $3.7 million contract to comprehensively review Alberta’s post-secondary system. To understand why our post-secondary system is well on its way to being viciously ripped to shreds by the high priests of neoliberal ideology we look to Pete Buttigieg.  

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The Edmonton CFL team continues to fumble the issue of changing its racist team name

Edmonton’s CFL team has still not changed its racist team name despite pressure continuing to mount on multiple fronts. 

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Progress Report Newsletter #225: Lethbridge cops making a strong case for abolishing the police

Two Lethbridge police officers illegally surveilled NDP MLA Shannon Phillips and followed and ran checks on people she met with after an informal meeting she had at a diner when she was a cabinet minister. 

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POD: Why Bill 32 is actually good + Down the Ukrainian Nazi collaborator rabbit hole

Our guest Abdul Malik makes the case for why the UCP's new union busting bill is actually good. Plus Duncan follows up on his story about the Ukrainian Nazi collaborator war criminal statue by going down the Ukrainian Nazi collaborator rabbit hole. 

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Ex-cop: Cameras don’t stop police brutality or systemic racism

As the cries for defunding the police and investing in community supports grows, police forces are blunting these with their own attempts at reform. Edmonton police are putting video cameras in cars and the Calgary police are expanding use of body cameras. But focusing on cameras is a smoke screen that doesn’t address the systemic racism in how policing works or stop police violence. 

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Opinion: Alberta labour needs the UCP’s union busting bill

Real heads have known since the passing of Alberta’s anti-union bills 9 (lifting bans on replacement workers and more oversight over bargaining) and 21 (which delayed wage arbitration for public sector unions) that something like Bill 32 was coming

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Making child labour great again! Alberta's new labour law breaks old ground while undermining unions

Alberta’s about to Make Child Labour Great Again!

If you think this is a breakthrough, you’re probably a fast-food franchise owner.

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