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63 minutes | 4 days ago
Chief McFee on tape and on the record
Chief McFee of the Edmonton Police Service answered the Progress Report's questions (kind of) on defunding the police, secret armoured vehicles, school resource officers and more. We break down his answers with Reakash Walters and Molly Swain.
37 minutes | 10 days ago
B117 is coming. We are not ready
The B117 variant of COVID-19 is hyper infectious, currently rampaging through the U.K. and Ireland and is already here in Canada. It's only a matter of time before it gets to Alberta. We talk to Dr. Gosia Gasperowicz about the super strain and what Alberta needs to do to stop it.
57 minutes | 20 days ago
Aloha means hello and goodbye
Shannon Phillips, the NDP MLA for Lethbridge West, breaks down Alohagate with us. Producer Jim Storrie joins host Duncan Kinney to wrap up the pod and gets some things off his chest about this scandal.
46 minutes | a month ago
Who benefits from the "Alberta Model"?
Jeremy Appel, the author of our recent investigative piece on the "Alberta Model" approach to the opioid crisis, joins the crew over at the Alberta Advantage crew alongside Garth Mullins, the host of Crackdown. They discuss Jeremy's piece as well as the wider sociological and ideological issues around the Alberta government's mishandling of the opioid poisoning crisis that has led to record amounts of death and destruction. If you like this podcast and you want to support it go to https://www.theprogressreport.ca/patrons and become a monthly patron! Links: The Alberta Model: Who benefits from the Alberta government’s shift away from harm reduction to abstinence-only recovery Crackdown Alberta Advantage
52 minutes | a month ago
How do you solve a problem like regular COVID-19 superspreader rallies?
Content creator king Abdul Malik joins us to talk about what is to be done about the lack of enforcement at COVID-19 superspreader rallies, Kenney's bizarre Xmas message, prominent Alberta columnists engaging in centrist fanfic and the little matter of the government of Alberta giving the NHL $4 million for a "unique partnership."
55 minutes | 2 months ago
The documentary the Calgary Police doesn't want you to see
That headline is not hyperbole, a Calgary Police officer sued to try and stop the documentary No Visible Trauma from being screened. Thankfully the filmmakers won and we have Marc Serpa Francouer and Robinder Uppal on to talk about their case as well as their documentary that examines several cases of police brutality and explores just how broken of an institution the Calgary Police Service really is.
54 minutes | 2 months ago
Mockdown analysis + literal corporate vampires coming soon
Sandra Azocar, the executive director of Friends of Medicare, joins us to analyze and breakdown Jason Kenney's new COVID restrictions as well as a recently passed bill that allows private, for-profit plasma farming operations to be set up in Alberta. If you like this podcast and you want to support it go to https://www.theprogressreport.ca/patrons and become a monthly patron! Links: What Is the Blood of a Poor Person Worth? A push in Alberta for “pay for plasma” distracts from bigger questions The Twisted Business of Donating Plasma Pay-for-plasma lobbyists showing up in lobbying registry With passing of Bill 204, UCP ideology reigns over science & evidence Blood Plasma and Poverty: Where Do Plasma Donation Centers Locate? Why Thousands of Low-Income Americans 'Donate' Their Blood Plasma to For-Profit Centers
51 minutes | 2 months ago
Dr. Hinshaw has sweeping powers to stop COVID-19 and she isn't using them
University of Calgary law professor Lorian Hardcastle joins us to talk about her controversial piece on Dr. Hinshaw and why Hinshaw needs to exercise her powers to stop the death and destruction that COVID is wreaking. We also talk about what the government of Alberta needs to do get this disaster under control If you like this podcast and you want to support it go to https://www.theprogressreport.ca/patrons and become a monthly patron! Links: Politicians are failing. Canada’s chief medical officers need to step in. Former Alberta chief medical officer of health says job involves walking political tightrope
59 minutes | 2 months ago
Alberta: This is fine
Dave Cournoyer of Daveberta fame joins us to discuss Alberta's multiple overlapping crises. We talk COVID-19, Jason Kenney's $1.7 billion dollar whoopsie, conservative connected law firms making bank and how the smart money is on Joe Biden cancelling the Keystone XL pipeline. If you like this podcast and you want to support it go to https://www.theprogressreport.ca/patrons and become a monthly patron! Links: Law firms with conservative connections doing big business under UCP government Kenney bet big on Trump and KXL – but Biden won Daveberta
45 minutes | 3 months ago
One leftie podcast network to rule them all
We speak with Andre Goulet of the Harbinger Media Network about his plans to knock Ben Shapiro and Pod Save America off the Canadian political podcast charts. We also discuss Canadaland, the future of the CBC and what's next for the Progress Report.
50 minutes | 3 months ago
Defund2Fund is getting bigger and more organized every day
We speak with Courtney Walcott and LJ Parker about their work with the Defund2Fund coalition on defunding the police in Calgary as well as psychopathic challenge coins, why so many teachers and principals think it's ok to use the n-word in school, domestic violence in the Calgary Police Service and more. If you like this podcast and you want to support it go to https://www.theprogressreport.ca/patrons and become a monthly patron! Further reading: Calgary police officer charged with domestic offences Calgary Police Service Firearms Training Unit challenge coin Longer thread on police challenge coins Students suspended over recording of Calgary school principal using N-word Hundreds of Calgary students join anti-racism walkout at Bishop McNally High School Bishop McNally students allege truck tried to hit them during anti-racism walkout 'Unbelievably inappropriate': Calgary police prohibit distribution of 'offensive' coin Defund2Fund
35 minutes | 4 months ago
Wexit Nazis fuck off
Elizabeth Simons is the co-author of a new piece published by the Canadian Anti-Hate Network on a group of young men in the Wexit movement, the Alberta Separatist Youth League, who have big political aspirations and are also extremely explicit in their anti semitic, racist, and authoritarian beliefs in leaked private chat logs.
34 minutes | 4 months ago
So you say you're an anti-racist organization? Prove it
Yodit Tesfamicael, an organizer with Students4Change and Black Women United talks with us about the work she's a part of to help improve black lives at Norquest College. An important starting point has been getting that institution to collect race-based data. Turns out you can't be an anti-racist organization if you have no idea how black people are doing. If you like this podcast and you want to support it go to https://www.theprogressreport.ca/patrons and become a monthly patron! Further reading: Edmonton Public Schools to become first Alberta board to collect race-based data NorQuest College takes steps to sustain success of black students
43 minutes | 4 months ago
Stranger Danger 2020
We have returning champion Laura Kruse on to discuss her latest Red String column. There is a huge effort going on to whitewash a dangerous and extreme right wing conspiracy theory and tens of thousands of well meaning folks are getting sucked in. And it's using child sex trafficking as the entry point. If you like this podcast and you want to support it go to https://www.theprogressreport.ca/patrons and become a monthly patron! Further reading: Stranger Danger! Stranger Danger! The Red String: #SaveTheChildren, human trafficking hysteria and the expansion of the police state Reply All #166: Country of Liars
47 minutes | 4 months ago
No more blank cheques for police
We are joined by Oumar Salifou of the Is This For Real? podcast to talk about Edmonton Police's militarized hardware show and tell, the media's poor coverage of police and the upcoming Police Act review. If you like this podcast and you want to support it go to https://www.theprogressreport.ca/patrons and become a monthly patron! Further reading: Edmonton Police show off their new armoured vehicle, drone fleet, and other militarized hardware Is This For Real? Alberta Justice Minister Kaycee Madu calls push to defund police ‘ridiculous’
55 minutes | 4 months ago
The Other 9/11
This is a re-run from September 11, 2019. We speak with Ricardo Acuna and Sandra Azocar, two Chilean refugees, to listen to their stories of the CIA-backed coup that installed brutal Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and overthrew a democratically elected socialist government on September 11, 1973. Listen and subscribe on Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts or just subscribe to the RSS feed If you like this podcast and you want to support it go to https://www.theprogressreport.ca/patrons and become a monthly patron! Further reading: CIA still refuses to reveal everything it knows about Pinochet coup in Chile Canada’s support for the right wing coup in Chile Allende’s last words to the people of Chile Documenting U.S. Role in Democracy’s Fall and Dictator’s Rise in Chile Declassified American intelligence documents on American involvement in Chilean coup Chile dictatorship victim toll bumped to 40,018 How the Chilean coup forever changed Canada's refugee policies The ‘Chicago Boys’ in Chile: Economic Freedom’s Awful TollPinochet forced to mount coup, Klein says Universities entangled in flap over Klein essay Review clears Klein of plagiarism allegation
46 minutes | 5 months ago
Progress Report host Duncan Kinney appears on the very good podcast 49th Parahell to talk about the NBA wildcat strike and what workers can learn from it, why Chrystia Freeland's Nazi collaborator grandfather matters in 2020, the Conservative Party of Canada's new leader Erin O'Toole and where the conservative movement in Canada is going.
52 minutes | 5 months ago
How to change a racist football team name
We speak with Inuk writer, professor and researcher Norma Dunning about her ultimately successful struggle to have the Edmonton CFL team change its racist and insulting team name. We also discuss Norma's powerful writing on Edmonton's actual historical relationship with the Inuit. Further reading: Edmonton’s historic relationship with the Inuit is one of death, loneliness and despair If you like this podcast and you want to support it go to https://www.theprogressreport.ca/patrons and become a monthly patron!
57 minutes | 5 months ago
I Want To Believe 101 (part 2)
We continue our conversation with Laura Kruse on conspiracy theories and Alberta. We dive into Laura's story for the Progress Report blog, McKinsey, 🍞📈, the UCP’s incoming evisceration of Alberta’s post-secondary system, and our favourite conspiracy theories. Listen and subscribe on Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts or just subscribe to the RSS feed If you like this podcast and you want to support it go to https://www.theprogressreport.ca/patrons and become a monthly patron!
65 minutes | 6 months ago
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. If you like this podcast and you want to support it go to https://www.theprogressreport.ca/patrons and become a monthly patron! Further reading: McKinsey, 🍞📈, and the UCP’s incoming evisceration of Alberta’s post-secondary system William Lyon McKenzie and Freemasonry NYMag: All Conspiracy Theories Are Connected
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