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The Progress Report
Weekly podcast detailing the good and the bad (mostly bad) of Alberta politics. A project of Progress Alberta.
2 days ago
Calgary/Edmonton Municipal Roundtable
The UCP have dramatically changed the rules around municipal elections in Alberta making it easier for conservatives to win and for big money to sway elections. We dissect the rule changes and the upcoming municipal horse races in Edmonton and Calgary with Romy Garrido.
7 days ago
Abolish the police (in Calgary, too)
We discuss the the organizing and struggle to end police brutality in Calgary and rural Alberta with comedian, public speaker and organizer Adora Nwofor.
1 hr 3 min
Jun 16, 2020
Abolish the police
What does society look like when community safety isn't handled by armed cops authorized to kill people? In part two of our conversation on disarming, defunding and dismantling the police with Reakash Walters and Molly Swain, we discuss the abolitionist position.
1 hr 6 min
Jun 8, 2020
Defund the police
Edmonton and Calgary spend nine times more on the police than they spend on housing the homeless or social programs. Combined the two cities spend $750 million a year on cops. We talk with Reakash Walters and Molly Swain about how to divest from police and invest in the community.
Jun 3, 2020
How a young mother and former foster kid is fighting the UCP (and winning)
The UCP are trying to snatch away financial, social and education benefits from 2100 former foster kids. It's incredibly cruel and totally needless and A.C. and her lawyer Avnish Nanda have taken the government to court and won to keep these benefits – for now. We talk about this case with Nanda and Jenn Prosser an organizer and campaigner who grew up in foster care and kinship care during the aftermath of Klein's cuts.
1 hr 7 min
May 19, 2020
Manitok. Meatpacking. Postmedia. Manifesto
We have friend of the pod Jeremy Appel on to talk about how his latest story for the Progress Report, The Manitok Manoeuvre, as well as the Sprawl getting shutout of the media bailout, the Herald caring more about "big beef days" than dead meatpacking workers and the Progress Report's transition to a full-time media organization. Show notes at www.theprogressreport.ca/jeremy_appel_manitok_meatpacking_postmedia_manifesto
1 hr 1 min
May 4, 2020
Alberta's most expendable workers
Filipinos in Alberta are bearing the brunt of COVID-19 in Alberta as outbreaks in meatpacking plants and continuing care facilities hit our province. Around 60-80% of the workers in the Cargill meatpacking plant, the largest workplace outbreak in Canada, are Filipino. And now they're feeling unfairly blamed because of the government's and even Dr. Deena Hinshaw's statements on the matter. We talk about this and the Healthcare for All campaign with Migrante Alberta director Marco Luciano. Full show notes at www.theprogressreport.ca/filipino_community_and_covid_19
Apr 27, 2020
Learn how Alberta's most incompetent pension fund manager, AIMCo, vapourized $4 billion of pensioner's and Heritage Trust Fund money and how they've shovelled more than $1.1 billion towards likely to fail oil and gas companies with more than $3 billion in environmental liabilities. Our guest this week is Greg Meeker, former chair of the Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund, and one of Alberta's most knowledgeable and outspoken commentators on pensions.
Mar 30, 2020
Emergency ep: Jason Kenney's 26,000 surprise layoffs
Jason Kenney just committed the biggest mass layoff in Alberta's history in the middle of a pandemic. It's the kind of cruel and contemptible behaviour we've come to expect. To help us process and understand the fallout from the brutal decision to fire 26,000 education workers we have Edmonton Public School Board trustee Bridget Stirling on the pod.
Mar 24, 2020
Grocery store workers are critical infrastructure
The pandemic has only just begun but the folks working overnight to stock shelves and spending exhausting days on their feet dealing with panicky, frazzled customers are absolutely essential workers. They are keeping our society together. And yet the workers at your local Safeway in Alberta have been fighting for a fair contract for months with an employer that wants to roll back wages and cut benefits for these heroes. To discuss the issues facing unionized grocery store workers in Alberta during this emergency health crisis we talk with Tom Hesse, president of UFCW 401.
Mar 18, 2020
AIMCO and Alberta's orphan well crisis
With the global economy in freefall thanks to the one-two punch of coronavirus and an oil price war we explore a very relevant subject in the months and years to come – AIMCo's investments in oil and gas companies that will likely go bankrupt and drop billions of dollars worth of environmental liabilities on the public. We have Regan Boychuk of the Alberta Liabilities Disclosure Project on to discuss the subject.
Mar 9, 2020
Jason Kenney owes us $2000
The UCP government tried to stop us from reporting on their no-good, very bad 2020 budget. They called us an advocacy organization and tried to keep us out of the media lockup. But we didn't back down, we took the government to court and won and now Jason Kenney owes us $2000. We talk with Heidi Besuijen, Progress Alberta's lawyer, about the case and Jim and Duncan break down the worst parts of the 2020 budget.
Feb 20, 2020
Reconciliation is dead and Jason Kenney helped kill it
How did reconciliation die? Arresting peaceful land defenders so a corporation could build a pipeline through unceded Indigenous territory at the end of RCMP-held assault rifles didn’t help but Jason Kenney played his part too. He stoked the flames of petronationalism for political gain and continues to use the time-tested settler tactic of divide and conquer. We get into the specifics of Kenney’s reconciliation strategy with Rob Houle. For full show notes visit https://www.theprogressreport.ca/reconciliation_is_dead_and_kenney_helped_kill_it
Feb 18, 2020
The News Boys
We talk with Scott Schmidt and Jeremy Appel of the Medicine Hat News. We learn how they carved out a space for themselves in the Alberta political discourse as two of the only members of the mainstream media willing to say that THERE! ARE! FOUR! LIGHTS! when it comes to Jason Kenney’s regime. For the full show notes, head to www.theprogressreport.ca/the_news_boys
1 hr 24 min
Feb 10, 2020
Free transit for all
Everybody's talking about it. It's the latest, best policy idea to come from the left since public healthcare and public education – it's free (and good!) public transit. We don't pay to go to the park, we don't pay to ride elevators, we don't have toll roads – so why do we pay for public transit? We already pay for most of the costs of public transit, "free" transit is just properly funding transit with public money, which we get by taxing the rich. When we eliminate fares for everyone we reduce carbon pollution, traffic and the cost of living not to mention all the positive economic effects and the reconciliation, racial justice and accessibility issues that are addressed with free transit. Can you tell we like the idea? We talk with Laura Kruse and Paige Gorsak with Free Transit Edmonton about their exciting new campaign to bring free transit to all. If you like this podcast and you want to support it go to https://www.theprogressreport.ca/patrons and become a monthly patron!…
Feb 3, 2020
From Green to orange
Progress Alberta speaks with the only person to provide even a halfway amount of drama in Alberta during the last federal election – Michael Kalmanovitch. He was the Green candidate for Edmonton-Strathcona who, just days before the federal election, threw his support behind NDP candidate Heather McPherson the only non-Conservative elected to parliament in Alberta. We talk about why he did it, what the Greens can learn from this and what's next for the Green part as Liz May steps down. Also, should Progress Report host Duncan Kinney run for leadership of the Greens? Email him at email@example.com and let him know. 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: * Green Party kicks out Edmonton Strathcona candidate after he endorses NDP * Elizabeth May resigns as Green Party leader…
Jan 27, 2020
So you want to have a general strike
Jason Kenney’s brutal class warfare on Albertans on behalf of the rich means people want to fight back. And one of the biggest tools working folks have to fight back is the general strike – but it’s not to be undertaken lightly. We talk to Sam Gindin about the lessons learned from the Days of Action in Ontario in the ‘90s fighting Mike Harris and what folks who are considering a general strike today need to to think about.
Jan 20, 2020
The Esso cover-up
Documents from the Glenbow Museum Archives show that Imperial Oil, a subsidiary of Exxon, knew about the catastrophic effects of climate change before anyone. Instead of telling the world and transforming their business they suppressed their research, started a climate denial PR war and started building dossiers and surveilling climate activists. We talk to Murtaza Hussain of the Intercept about his story on the Esso cover-up and on Iran and his investigative journalism on the Iran Cables.
Dec 9, 2019
A giant in every way (the Jason Nixon episode)
Stanned by Herald columnists, protected by the old boys' club, and allegely able to disintegrate a grown horse with a single strike: on today's pod Duncan and Mav Adecer delve into the wild history of UCP deputy house leader Jason Nixon. Further reading: * "Judge bars media from accessing video of UCP MLA Jason Nixon, siding with party lawyers" * Sundre horse shooting trial adjourned * Sundre man not guilty of threatening wildlife officer * Alberta Conservative house leader fired single mother after she complained of sexual harassment * Wildrose MLA Jason Nixon faces expulsion motion from students’ union Mav's friend Jim who's getting sued is our very own Producer Jim, and you can donate to his legal defense fund here. Support the Progress Report by becoming a patron!
Dec 5, 2019
Exclusive: Kenney’s corporate tax cuts are much worse than we thought
While Albertans suffer from brutal austerity corporations in Alberta will collectively pocket $4.7 billion dollars from Kenney’s corporate tax cut - at least that’s what the government of Alberta and the media is telling you. But when you dig into what these companies are telling their shareholders you find something else entirely. To help us sort through this we have Angella Macewen, senior economist with the Canadian Union of Public Employees. If you like our podcast and want to support it head to https://www.theprogressreport.ca/patrons and become a monthly patron! Further reading: * Labour party video on why corporate tax cuts don’t work * Darren Gee, CEO of Peyo Exploration on climate change * Calgary Oil CEO Warns Workers Alberta Could Separate From Canada If Conservatives Lose the Election * UCP’s Corporate Tax Cuts Could Let Five Companies Alone Reduce Public Revenues $4.3 Billion * CUPE: The hidden cost of corporate tax cuts * Spreadsheet – Albert…
Nov 26, 2019
21 The racist Liberal who stole Western Canada
Meet Frank Oliver, the man who tried to block black people from coming to Canada, created modern western Canada by stealing massive amounts of land from Indigenous people and personally profited from the whole thing. If you like our podcast and want to support it head to https://www.theprogressreport.ca/patrons and become a monthly patron :) Further reading: * First Nations Land Surrenders on the Prairies * Frank Oliver and the Michel Band * A tax-eating proposition : the history of the Passpasschase Indian Reserve * Details on land surrenders from the Government of Canada * No Means No: Erminskin’s Resistance to Land Surrender * Frank Oliver and infantile Edmonton * Remains of 28 First Nations people reburied after nearly 50 years in storage * Order-in-Council P.C. 1911-1324 — the Proposed Ban on Black Immigration to Canada * Paul First Nation History: Sharphead Band at Wolf Creek * The Curious Case of the 1908 Enoch Surrender * The Yards: Canad…
Nov 15, 2019
Folks, we got him
Don Cherry is finally off the air. We run through some of his greatest hits Rock‘Em Sock‘Em style but instead of brain damage and sweet goals it's racism, misogyny and climate denial. And to help us process the news of this hockey commentator cut down in his prime we turn to comedian Mav Adecer and writer and hockey dad Tej Swatch.
Nov 11, 2019
We remember Canada's anti-fascist veterans
There's a group of Canadian veterans often overlooked on Remembrance Day--the Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion who fought the fascists in the Spanish Civil War. Kaarina Mikalson of the Canada and the Spanish Civil War Project joins us on the pod to tell us the story of Canada's original anti-fascists. Further reading: * Canada and the Spanish Civil War * Quill and Quire: Generals die in bed * Jim/Jean Watts
Nov 5, 2019
The voice Jason Kenney doesn't want you to hear
Alberta has deliberately designed its economy to be reliant on oil and gas production--which means the international climate change crisis matters here more than almost anywhere else. But you won't hear much on that subject from Alberta's monolithic, corporate media establishment. On this special episode of the Progress Report, taped live at the University of Calgary on November 4th, we interview climate activist and former Oil Sands Advisory Group member Tzeporah Berman to understand the climate debate beyond the narrow perspective and shallow discourse we get here in Alberta.
1 hr 2 min
Oct 30, 2019
Edmonton's Nazi-collaborator statue
Outside of the Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex in north Edmonton is a statue of Roman Shukheyvych--a Nazi collaborator who took part in the mass murder of Jews. Local activist Paula Kirman and host Duncan Kinney discuss Shukheyvych’s historical legacy with Per Anders Rudling, an expert on the Ukrainian far right.
Oct 27, 2019
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.
Oct 25, 2019
#elxn43 reacts--and the Kenney Conspiracy
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. If you like our podcast and want to support it head to https://www.theprogressreport.ca/patrons and become a monthly patron! Further reading: * Media Matters - Targeting Tides: The Dangers of Beck's Campaign of Fear * Video: Kenney as abortion conspiracy theorist * National Observer: Data-based dismantling of Jason Kenney's foreign-funding conspiracy theory * Follow @Garossino on Twitter
1 hr 1 min
Oct 17, 2019
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 this week on the podcast. If you like our podcast and want to support it head to https://www.theprogressreport.ca/patrons and become a monthly patron! Further reading: * CBC: Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg of Sweden 'doesn't understand' Alberta, environment minister says * Daveberta: WAR ROOM ENGAGE! Kenney hires former UCP candidate Tom Olsen to run the Canadian Energy Centre * Edmonton Youth for Climate Facebook page
Oct 9, 2019
Alberta's 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. Further reading: * St. Albert Fire and Rescue Chief Suspended For Wearing Blackface At Party In 2016 * Officials apologize after staff member at Alberta Christian school appears in blackface for event * Twitter thread on how Prince Rupert made his fortune (hint: slavery) * Cheryl Foggo: My Home Is Over Jordan – Southern Alberta’s Black Pioneers * Bashir Mohamed’s Twitter thread on Calgary’s little known race riot * Canadaland: Two Centuries of Blackface in Canada * Human rights struggles of black Canadians too often overlooked. (CBC story featuring Bashir) * The Grab-A-Hoe Indians: The Can…
Oct 2, 2019
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.
1 hr 1 min
Sep 26, 2019
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's fighting the Trans Mountain pipeline and the political realities on the ground in B.C. Further reading: * Dogwood * EcoJustice throws down the gauntlet; Kenney responds with bravado; stand by legal action in 30 days * Amnesty International urges Alberta Premier Jason Kenney to abandon ‘Fight Back Strategy’ in Open Letter * EcoJustice's submission to the commissioner of the Alberta Public Inquiry Into Anti-Energy Campaigns
1 hr 8 min
Sep 19, 2019
White supremacist dumbass hour
We’re breaking 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. Further reading: Edmonton police investigating blog posts targeting LGBTQ gym Patriot Pride Canada Wide Why Are So Many White Nationalists 'Virulently Anti-LGBT'? Lyndsey Shepherd door knocking with Heather Leung How Ezra Levant’s Globe Op-ed Got Published Andy Ngo: How a Right-Wing Troll Managed to Manipulate the Mainstream Media Undercover in Patriot Prayer: Insights From a Vancouver Democrat Who's Been Working Against the Far-Right Group from the Inside Furries Got an Alt-Right Troll Banned From Their Convention Resource: Confronting White Nationalism in Schools Neo-Nazis…
Sep 11, 2019
The other 9/11
Ricardo Acuna and Sandra Azocar visit the pod to tell their stories of the CIA-backed coup by brutal Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet--the other 9/11. The one that America did. 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 Toll Pinochet forced to mount coup, Klein says Universities entangled in flap over Klein essay Review clears Klein of plagiarism allegation
Sep 4, 2019
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. Further reading Forum poll on with attitudes on socialism and capitalism Bernie Sanders democratic socialism speech transcript Bernie Sanders democratic socialism speech video Jacobin: Winning socialism is about winning freedom Isaiah Berlin: Two Concepts of Liberty Kathleen Smith’s Twitter account Srsly Wrong Podcast: Library Socialism and the Irreducible Minimum Srsly Wrong Podcast: Library Socialism and Usufruct
Aug 28, 2019
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 examine the causes of the overdose crisis and the history of civil disobedience and direct action in harm reduction in Canada as well as the latest news from the front lines in Lethbridge. Further reading More than 4,300 overdoses reversed at Alberta supervised consumption sites since 2017: Report Alberta Community Council on HIV: A Community-Based Report on Alberta's Supervised Consumption Services Effectiveness The Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs, “This Tent Saves Lives: How to Open an Overdose Prevention Site.” Keith Gerein: Restrictive agenda suggests the fix is in for Alberta's panel on safe consumption sites Crackdown…
1 hr 4 min
Aug 21, 2019
Episode 6 - Labour organizing, for normies
With guests Bruce Fafard and Saba Mossagizi In this episode we give you a look at how real union organizing works with two organizers who worked on successful certifications for two different worksites in Calgary. If you don’t know what card check or CLAC means or how to help workers build power you will by the end of the episode. Further reading: Unifor grows in Kenney’s Alberta YYC security guards win union On The Line: The Struggle of Alberta’s Packing Plant Workers Rebel Diaz - Which Side Are You On? Remix ft. Dead Prez and Rakaa Irriscience Alberta Views: A Questionable Bargain, a magazine feature on CLAC
1 hr 5 min
Aug 14, 2019
Episode 5 - White derangement theory
Faisal Khan Suri was giving his suggestions to the Justice Committee in the House of Commons on how to combat online hate when Conservative MP Michael Cooper confronted him by reading from the Christchurch shooter's deranged manifesto. We explore that moment and its fallout, and share a broader discussion on the ideology and goals behind white supremacist terrorism as well as how to defeat it. Further reading The Guardian: The 'white replacement theory' motivates alt-right killers the world over Hansard of Justice Committee meeting with Faisal Khan Suri CBC premiere of Digging in the Dirt - 9/14/19 at 7pm MP Michael Cooper disparaged 'goat herder cultures' in 2008 law class discussion, lawyers claim PressProgress: UCP Candidate Complained ‘White Supremacist Terrorists’ Are Treated Unfairly, Leaked Messages Show
1 hr 9 min
Aug 7, 2019
Episode 4 - Okieberta
Alberta has a doppleganger state down in the US but it's not the one you're thinking of--it's Oklahoma! They've got nearly the same population, same dependence on oil and gas and same reactionary conservative politics we have here in 'Berta. This week on the pod we've got a real live Okie in the flesh to talk about what can we learn from this near failed state. Also, we accidentally break some news about AIMCO divesting from private prison companies that were making money off of Trump's concentration camps.
Aug 1, 2019
Episode 3 Bonus Content: Abdul Malik on photojournalism in Alberta
More from Abdul Malik of Kino Lefter as he and Duncan chat about photojournalism in Canada. Enjoy!
Jul 31, 2019
Episode 3 - Alberta’s left wing podcast all stars team up
It’s a team up show with two of Alberta’s best left wing podcasters. Abdul Malik of Kino Lefter is on for a wide ranging chat about the rise of the Christian Right and the culture and films they produce and Kate Jacobson of the Alberta Advantage is on to break down both the terrible Calgary arena deal but also the UCP’s stunning loss in court to the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees. Links: Kino Lefter with Abdul Malik Alberta Advantage with Kate Jacobson
Jul 24, 2019
Episode 2 - "Kerry Diotte sue us bitch"
Is conservative MP Kerry Diotte a racist? You'll have to listen to find out. Bashir Mohamed and Avnish Nanda guest co-host with Duncan Kinney. We also chat about the state of play in Alberta's painfully white media and how bad they are at talking about racism, how white supremacists use free speech arguments with a clueless media and we wonder out loud why conservative MP Michael Cooper just happened to have the manifesto of the Christchurch shooter in his pocket. Further reading Kerry Diotte + racist Twitter search Gypsy immigrants should get a job first. Column by Diotte in 1997 Edmonton MP threatens legal action against Twitter users accusing him of having links to well-known racist The moral cowardice of Canadian media is leaving racism unchallenged Everyone's Canada Scott Moe and the Confederate flag
Jul 16, 2019
Episode 1 "Cruel Summer"
Shama Rangwala guest co-hosts the first episode of the Progress Report with Duncan Kinney. We discuss the Summer of Repeal/Springtime of Renewal and all of the damage done by the Kenney regime in their short few months in office. We also talk about the twin debacles that are Safe City YEG and Slum Town. Also, why does Licia Corbella hate horses so much? Further reading and listening: Bell: Drug sites no answer, says Alberta addictions boss SafeCity YEG Slum Town Corbella: Rodeo animals love what they do and wouldn't exist otherwise
Jul 4, 2019
Chronicling Alberta's descent into the conservative hellscape. A project of Progress Alberta (progressalberta.ca) Launching this July!