The Progress Report
Weekly podcast detailing the good and the bad (mostly bad) of Alberta politics. A project of Progress Alberta.
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.
info_outline Praying to the West with Omar Mouallem 09/21/2021
Praying to the West with Omar Mouallem We are joined by author Omar Mouallem for a must-listen conversation on his just released book Praying to the West: How Muslims Shaped the Americas. We chat about why it's important to not be a shithead atheist, his book lining up nearly exactly with the 20 year anniversary of 9/11 and how liberal media types just can't help themselves when it comes to excusing fascism.
info_outline Justice for Dalia 09/13/2021
Justice for Dalia Adora Nwofor, the president of Black Lives Matter YYC, joins us to discuss the case of Dalia Kafi's brutal and violent encounter with Constable Alex Dunn of the Calgary Police Service, the aftermath and what's being done to get justice for Dalia.
info_outline Life in the City of Dirty Water 09/03/2021
Life in the City of Dirty Water Clayton Thomas-Muller discusses what it's like to be on Jason Kenney's enemies list, why Indigenous climate resistance is absolutely key to effective climate action, how George Soros works for him and more details of his incredible life that you can find in his new book, Life in the City of Dirty Water. Show notes as always are available on our site—https://www.theprogressreport.ca/pod_life_in_the_city_of_dirty_water
info_outline Make this election a climate election 08/29/2021
Make this election a climate election What should you be looking for in your municipal candidates this year? Alison McIntosh and Carter Gorzitza from Climate Justice Edmonton join us to explain what you should be demanding from the local politicians at your door this fall. CJE's election toolkit is available at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WV3A6Ttmb1_V4aFrAkhsfvUhxFLgUqsX7Wkxt1WHkYw/edit?usp=sharing
info_outline Jason Kenney's Victims of Communism memorial received donations honouring fascists, Nazi collaborators 08/13/2021
Jason Kenney's Victims of Communism memorial received donations honouring fascists, Nazi collaborators The Liberal government is spending $7.5 million dollars on a Victims of Communism memorial that was started by Jason Kenney 14 years ago. Dan Boeckner of the Bottlemen podcast joins us to discuss the bipartisan consensus on the controversial monument, the news that the organization behind the monument received donations honoring fascists and Nazi collaborators who were responsible for the massacres of hundreds of thousands of people in Europe during World War 2 and much more.
info_outline Pepper spray for all! 07/29/2021
Pepper spray for all! How do we fix decades of state-sponsored, systemic anti-Muslim hate? According to Alberta's Justice Minister Kaycee Madu all we need is pepper spray. Dr. Muna Saleh and Haiqa Cheema join us to discuss the Alberta's government’s incredibly inadequate response to an epidemic of violent hate crimes against visibly Muslim women.
info_outline Happy Abolish Canada Day! 07/01/2021
Happy Abolish Canada Day! As the numbers of unmarked graves at the sites of former residential schools piles up Rob Houle returns to discuss happy and sad fireworks, what you're celebrating when you're celebrating Canada Day and we dive into the details of a couple of sites where it has long been speculated that there are mass, unmarked graves in Alberta.
info_outline Winston Churchill was a genocidal mass murderer 06/25/2021
Winston Churchill was a genocidal mass murderer A statue of Winston Churchill in Edmonton recently got an artistic re-imagining. Nisha Patel and Najib Jutt join host Duncan Kinney to talk about the racist, murderous legacy of Winston Churchill and the British Empire and what it is to be done about the statue, squares and schools named after this mass murderer.
info_outline Ontario is not sending its best 06/18/2021
Ontario is not sending its best Where did Kevin J. Johnston come from? Independent journalist Kevin Metcalf digs into the history of this infamous Ontario and relatively recent Calgary transplant who has recently been locked up for a series of increasingly dangerous and aggressive anti-lockdown stunts.
info_outline The genocide defender has logged on 06/10/2021
The genocide defender has logged on University of Manitoba history professor Sean Carleton joins us to break down Jason Kenney's long history of defending the genocidal legacy of Canada and its first prime minister John A. MacDonald, whether Canada Day is cancelled (it is) and the pros of tearing down the statues of the architects of genocide.
info_outline The Never Ending Inquiry 06/04/2021
The Never Ending Inquiry University of Calgary law professor Martin Olzsynski joins us to discuss the inquiry that never ends. Regardless of whether or not the Allan Inquiry meets its latest deadline the inquiry has been an omnishambles since it started—we break down why as well as what's going to happen with this mess.
info_outline Some of our favs may be implicated 05/31/2021
Some of our favs may be implicated York University humanities professor Shama Rangwala joins us to dissect and discuss copaganda—everything from Adorno and Althusser to Brooklyn 99 and Falcon and the Winter Soldier as well as some examples from the local media and the local cops. And while we're bringing a critical and educational lens to this pod we need to be clear, this is a no-scold zone. You can still listen to this podcast and enjoy your shows.
info_outline Maplewashing feat. Luke Savage 05/19/2021
Maplewashing feat. Luke Savage We have the originator of the term maplewashing, podcaster and Jacobin staff writer Luke Savage, on the pod to discuss the way politicians, corporations and the media sanitize and conceal Canada's violent, genocidal past and present by perpetuating the notion that Canada is somehow morally superior to other countaries.
info_outline Nora Loreto 05/11/2021
Nora Loreto Every day for the past 14 months independent journalist Nora Loreto has tallied up COVID deaths in residential care. We chat with Nora about her incredibly valuable but unpaid journalism, the long-term care disaster and the state of Canadian media. Don't miss it. If you like this podcast and you want to support it go to and become a monthly patron! Links:
info_outline Enbridge's privately funded pro-pipeline police force in Minnesota 04/27/2021
Enbridge's privately funded pro-pipeline police force in Minnesota Minnesota is often called the most Canadian state in the U.S. and given the fact a pipeline corporation is working closely with the police to arrest and harass their political opponents we're inclined to agree. Alleen Brown of the Intercept joins us to discuss how Alberta-based pipeline corporation Enbridge is funding and supplying police in Minnesota in order to quash Indigenous-led resistance to the Line 3 pipeline. If you like this podcast and you want to support it go to and become a monthly patron! Links: