The Progress Report
Weekly podcast detailing the good and the bad (mostly bad) of Alberta politics. A project of Progress Alberta.
info_outline Unarmed mental health crisis response saves lives and money 06/27/2022
Unarmed mental health crisis response saves lives and money Host Duncan Kinney sits down with Dr. Jamie Livingston of Saint Mary's University to discuss why UCP's wrongheaded approach to centering police in mental health care and addictions and why we need well-funded, community led, civilian-led, unarmed mental health crisis response programs yesterday.
info_outline How Edmonton city council got rolled by the police 06/22/2022
How Edmonton city council got rolled by the police Rob Houle joins host Duncan Kinney to discuss a month of police politics that saw the police and their business and UCP allies get everything they wanted with the police budget even if it took the likely withholding of vital facts about the Chinatown murder to get it.
info_outline Meet Sarah Hoyles 06/02/2022
Meet Sarah Hoyles Journalist Sarah Hoyles joins Duncan Kinney to talk about how Kenney just won't go away, her dramatic departure from Ryan Jespersen's show and the state of independent media in Alberta. If you like this podcast please support it! Go to and become a monthly patron. . Or e-transfer a donation to [email protected] Links:
info_outline Alberta's Invisible Institutions 05/25/2022
Alberta's Invisible Institutions Megan Linton, the creator and host of the stunning and incredibly well done podcast Invisible Institutions, joins host Duncan Kinney to discuss Alberta's past and present when it comes to eugenics, the Michener Centre and institutionalizing and confining people labelled as having intellectual disabilities. After a short interview with Linton that puts the podcast in context for Alberta listeners the final part of the podcast is a replay of episode five of the first season of Invisible Institutions: If you like this podcast please support it! Go to and become a monthly patron. . Or e-transfer a donation to [email protected] Links:
info_outline Police "unions" are master fearmongers and they’re scaring us to increase police budgets 05/13/2022
Police "unions" are master fearmongers and they’re scaring us to increase police budgets Writer James Wilt joins host Duncan Kinney to discuss how cop "unions" use fear and a permanent war posture to get what they want—increased police budgets.
info_outline Everything you wanted to know about pharmacare but were afraid to ask 04/29/2022
Everything you wanted to know about pharmacare but were afraid to ask Chris Parsons of the Nova Scotia Health Coalition (formerly of the Dog Island podcast) joins host Duncan Kinney to walk him through Canada's currently terrible pharmacare system, what is in the works between the Liberals and the NDP and why the struggle for pharmacare is not only winnable but absolutely key to the left staying relevant.
info_outline POD: New research on Edmonton SROs sheds more light on a harmful system 04/14/2022
POD: New research on Edmonton SROs sheds more light on a harmful system Bashir Mohamed and Alex Da Costa join host Duncan Kinney to discuss their work on the . Their research shows hows the school resource officer (SRO) program in Edmonton public schools criminalized students, got them expelled and suspended and got them started on the school to prison pipeline.
info_outline POD: How to speedrun a "Managing Unconscious Bias" class 03/31/2022
POD: How to speedrun a "Managing Unconscious Bias" class Rob Houle joins us to discuss how it's one year out from the release of a landmark report on how to actually fix the Edmonton Police and not much has happened. Instead Chief Dale McFee has introduced a host of reforms—including a mandatory "Managing Unconscious Bias" class that both Rob and I took. Listen to learn more.
info_outline What are charter schools and why is Jason Kenney so hot for them? 03/24/2022
What are charter schools and why is Jason Kenney so hot for them? POD: What are charter schools and why is Jason Kenney so hot for them? @wingkarli from @SOSAlberta joins us to discuss how charter school advocates in Alberta are copying a playbook developed in the US to destroy public education.
info_outline Jason Kenney's new radio show is mid 03/17/2022
Jason Kenney's new radio show is mid Rory Gillies of the Alberta Advantage joins host Duncan Kinney to break down Jason Kenney's painfully boring new radio show and how modern Canadian conservatism is built on the Back to the Bible Radio Hour with 'Bible' Bill Aberhart and his protege, Ernest Manning.
info_outline Dismissed complaints, "known critics" and secret planes 03/04/2022
Dismissed complaints, "known critics" and secret planes Councillor Michael Janz joins host Duncan Kinney for a frank and wide-ranging discussion on the subject of policing in Edmonton. They discuss the recently dismissed complaint levelled against Janz by the president of the police association, this business around "known critics" of police, the $4.3 new secret plane replacing the old secret plane and much more. If you like this podcast please support it! Go to and become a monthly patron. Links:
info_outline Alberta's back! on the resource rollercoaster 02/28/2022
Alberta's back! on the resource rollercoaster David Climenhaga joins host Duncan Kinney to break down what you need to know about the just released Alberta budget. They discuss creeping privatization, alleged labour shortages and most importantly for Kenney's re-election hopes—the massive windfall this government is getting from oil and gas.
info_outline Are the police on strike? 02/19/2022
Are the police 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.
info_outline Kenney gave the anti-vaxxers everything they wanted and still lost 02/12/2022
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.
info_outline The Madu Snafu 01/21/2022
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.
info_outline Omicron's toll in schools—and WTF is going on in La Crete? 01/17/2022
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.
info_outline POD: Canadian conservatives' dirty history as supporters of apartheid 01/10/2022
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.
info_outline POD: I ❤️ 🌐 Oil & Gas. Turns out the Canadian oil and gas industry is majority foreign owned 12/20/2021
POD: I ❤️ 🌐 Oil & Gas. Turns out the Canadian oil and gas industry is majority foreign owned For all the time and effort Jason Kenney, Postmedia and the oil and gas industry have put in to convincing people that evil foreign funded environmentalists have ulterior motives it turns out that the Canadian oil and gas industry is majority foreign owned. This fact has been discovered by Gordon Laxer and published in a new report titled, Posing as Canadian: How Big Foreign Oil captures Canadian energy and climate policy. Host Duncan Kinney sits down with Laxer to discuss his groundbreaking report.
info_outline D.A.R.E to resist police propaganda about fentanyl 12/07/2021
D.A.R.E to resist police propaganda about fentanyl Drug policy researcher Hilary Agro joins us to dissect the Edmonton Police's reaction to the revelation that a huge portion of their officers never carry Narcan, how the EPS spreads misinformation about fentanyl and the move by Toronto to decriminalize drug possession.
info_outline Meet the Liberal operative who blew up the Green Party 11/26/2021
Meet the Liberal operative who blew up the Green Party Duncan Kinney sits down with Noah Zatzman, former advisor to former Green Party of Canada leader Annamie Paul, for a feature interview. Zatzman blew up the Green Party of Canada by posting about how he wanted to unseat two-thirds of the party's sitting MPs for their criticism of Israel.
info_outline Jason Kenney's fossil-fuel based "reconciliaction" 11/22/2021
Jason Kenney's fossil-fuel based "reconciliaction" Molly Swain joins us as we dive into the details of Jason Kenney's fossil fuel based "reconciliaction" via the Indigenous Litigation Fund and the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation. Also child porn defender Tom Flanagan appeared on CBC Kids to argue against land back for some reason.
info_outline Corruption in the Edmonton Police Service? Part Two 11/17/2021
Corruption in the Edmonton Police Service? Part Two Detective Dan Behiels investigated Abdullah Shah for three years but no charges ended up being laid. After exhausting his options Behiels turned whistleblower on his fellow cops and turned over his entire investigation to CBC reporter Janice Johnston. In the second part of this two-part podcast Oumar Salifou of the Is This For Real podcast joins us as we dive into the details of Johnston's excellent reporting.
info_outline Corruption at the highest levels of the Edmonton Police Service? 11/09/2021
Corruption at the highest levels of the Edmonton Police Service? A detective and 11-year veteran of the Edmonton Police Service has all but ended his policing career after alleging that there is corruption within the Edmonton Police Service that is protecting one of Edmonton's most well-known criminals. Detective Dan Behiels investigated Abdullah Shah for three years but no charges ended up being laid. After exhausting his options Behiels turned whistleblower on his fellow cops.
info_outline Kenney's public inquiry has gone down in flames. What did we learn? 11/01/2021
Kenney's public inquiry has gone down in flames. What did we learn? Sandy Garossino, columnist with the National Observer, joins us to break down the lies, damn lies and statistics in the Allan Inquiry's final report.
info_outline What ever happened to defunding the police? 10/12/2021
What ever happened to defunding the police? Trent Daley and Duncan Kinney discuss the defund the police sized hole in the discourse around our municipal elections, some of the wackier school board trustee candidates out there and the incredibly disturbing Moleman case.
info_outline Happy fun time collapsing health care system 10/04/2021
Happy fun time collapsing health care system The executive director of the Friends of Medicare, Sandra Azocar, returns to the pod to discuss the state of Alberta's healthcare system and the deliberate choices by Jason Kenney and the UCP that led to this catastrophe.
info_outline Bear Clan Patrol with Judith Gale 09/24/2021
Bear Clan Patrol with Judith Gale We wash the latest federal election nonsense out of our mouth with an interview with Judith Gale, the leader of Bear Clan Patrol Beaver Hills House here in Edmonton. This group hits the streets multiple times a week to distribute food, water, clothing and harm reduction supplies to people who need it. This group is doing invaluable work during a time of crisis, learn more about what Bear Clan does and how they do it in this must-listen interview.