Party Lines
Party Lines
Jan 21, 2021
Keystone goes kaputt
Play • 24 min
There’s a new president in the White House — and one of Joe Biden’s very first executive actions has a big impact on Canada. Revoking the presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline was reported as a likely priority early in the week, ruffling feathers in Ottawa and Alberta alike. But how much of a surprise was the incoming president’s move, really? And where can Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney go from here? Rosie and Elamin also have another question to ask: how are you holding up? They’ve talked about the pandemic a lot, but haven’t yet had the opportunity to dive into one of the big issues looming in the background: the toll it’s taking on everyone’s mental health, including their own. (As the two mention on this episode, there are several places you can turn to for help: find the Wellness Together Canada portal at; access Kids Help Phone's Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 686868; reach The Canada Suicide Prevention Service at 1-833-456-4566, or in Quebec via 1-866-277-3553; and learn more about the Hope for Wellness Helpline's support for Indigenous peoples at
The Docket
The Docket
Michael Spratt and Emilie Taman
Life and Death of Decriminalization
So, episode 118 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show and have already rated and reviewed the podcast - right? You should. We are trying a new format over here at the Taman/Spratt studios - a shorter podcast in your feed every two weeks - like clockwork! So on to the show… There are some positives in the government’s new justice bill - but a huge problem is the government’s response Canada’s deadly opioid epidemic. Where experts have recommended the decriminalization of drugs, the government is doubling down on diversion. First, we hear from Tanya, who lost her brother to an overdose. Her tragic story highlights some of the major problems with the government’s diversion approach to addiction. And then we talk with professor Daniel Bear about Bill C-22 and why we need to decriminalize all drugs now. Bear is a drug policy researcher and Professor of Criminal Justice at Humber College. His work focuses on drugs policy, with an emphasis on both cannabis, harm reduction, and community policing practices. He is the type of expert the government should be listening to. Remember, you can self-isolate in The Docket’s Discord chatroom.  Join the Discord channel, take part in  the ongoing chat, and listen to live recordings with this link: A huge thanks to Emond Publishing for supporting the podcast. For our listeners, Emond is offering 10% off titles in the series. Just visit and enter code docket10 at checkout. And as always, a huge thanks to my firm Abergel Goldstein & Partners who have not murdered me for editing the podcast at work!
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