The Progress Report
Weekly podcast detailing the good and the bad (mostly bad) of Alberta politics. A project of Progress Alberta.
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:
info_outline Orphan wells, $18 billion in federal subsidies and W. Brett Wilson 04/23/2021
Orphan wells, $18 billion in federal subsidies and W. Brett Wilson Julia Levin of Environmental Defence joins us to talk about her recently released report that dives into just how much financial support the fossil fuel industry squeezes out of the federal government and we also have Jeremy Appel on to discuss his investigative deep-dive into the 16 orphan wells famous rich guy W. Brett Wilson was able to dump on the public. Would it surprise you to discover that these two are connected? Listen to the pod to find out how.
info_outline POD: GraceLife, carding, and Madu 04/15/2021
POD: GraceLife, carding, and Madu Ubaka Ogbogu, a law professor with the University of Alberta, joins us to discuss the monster Jason Kenney has created with Gracelife church, carding legislation introduced by the UCP, Justice Minister Kaycee Madu's extraordinary and now-deleted statement about him and much more.
info_outline 14 ways to make Edmonton safer for all 04/09/2021
14 ways to make Edmonton safer for all Rob Houle and Irfan Chaudhry were both a part of a task force started by the city of Edmonton as a reaction to wide-scale calls to start fixing the problem of racist, violent policing last summer. The task force's report has been submitted to council. We talk with Rob and Irfan about the report's findings, recommendations and how the only thing that really matters in the next municipal election is what a candidate is willing to do on the police budget.
info_outline The racist, white supremacist foundations of the COVID denier movement 04/01/2021
The racist, white supremacist foundations of the COVID denier movement As the third wave of COVID-19 gathers steam the anti-mask, COVID denier groups have become more violent, more emboldened and are putting people in danger. We do a deep dive on the COVID denier movement with Kurt Phillips, the formerly anonymous author of Anti-Racist Canada and a founding board member of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network.
info_outline The other multi-billion dollar Alberta government oil scandal: Crude-by-rail 03/25/2021
The other multi-billion dollar Alberta government oil scandal: Crude-by-rail Independent consultant and crude-by-rail expert Samir Kayande joins us to talk about the $2.3 billion dollars (and counting) the government of Alberta has lost on crude-by-rail. Is there a rail yard somewhere with thousands of empty rail cars? Quite possibly, the government has told us nearly nothing about this debacle. When they have told us anything about it, they've lied. We dig into this huge scandal.
info_outline Leg Day for Lefties 03/19/2021
Leg Day for Lefties How do we build working class power? How do we make the rich and powerful afraid of us instead of the other way around? We talk with Q. Anthony (formerly known as Andray Domise) a contributing editor with Maclean's and Brandon Love, co-secretary of the Toronto Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World to talk about this important question.
info_outline Public interest law, the limits of the courts and why we need to stop skipping leg day 03/12/2021
Public interest law, the limits of the courts and why we need to stop skipping leg day Human rights lawyer Avnish Nanda and labour lawyer Adam Cembrowski join us to talk about Avnish's notable public interest law cases, winning and losing in and out of court with the Alberta government as well as a wide ranging conversation on the limits of the legal system when it comes to building power for social movements and the working class.
info_outline Breezy For Mayor 03/04/2021
Breezy For Mayor Edmonton Public school board trustee Bridget Stirling and Speaking Municipally co-host Troy Pavlek join us to talk about the city council and school board elections in Edmonton coming later this year. With massive turnover coming to both institutions what are the races to keep an eye on and what kind of campaigns are we likely to see? And yes, two-thirds of the panel is on team Breezy Brian Gregg for mayor.
info_outline Technically speaking, Jason Kenney's 2021 budget "sucks ass" 03/01/2021
Technically speaking, Jason Kenney's 2021 budget "sucks ass" Duncan and Jim were in the budget media embargo and sifted through hundreds of pages of facts and figures, tables and charts, spin and counter-spin and came to this conclusion: the 2021 Alberta budget sucks ass. They break it down and get into the details in the latest Progress Report podcast.
info_outline Treaty Six Outreach, mutual aid and the anarcho-curious 02/19/2021
Treaty Six Outreach, mutual aid and the anarcho-curious Robert Miller and Tabitha from Treaty Six Outreach join us to talk about the grassroots, street outreach, mutual aid work their group does, the Edmonton Police kicking homeless people out into -30 degree weather and whether human beings are fundamentally decent or not.
info_outline Pray for Kenney but meet your neighbors with Normal Quest UNLISTED 02/12/2021
Pray for Kenney but meet your neighbors with Normal Quest UNLISTED Tyler Ogilvie and Sean Willett of the Alberta Advantage join us to discuss a Youtube video encouraging Christians everywhere to pray for Jason Kenney even though, "he's been off his game lately," as well as a project they're working on called Normal Quest. It's a simple idea that could actually save the world – if we want to win we're going to have to log off and start talking to our neighbors and coworkers like normal people. If you like this podcast and you want to support it go to and become a monthly patron! Links:
info_outline Abolish the Senate? One brave senator says no 02/05/2021
Abolish the Senate? One brave senator says no We sit down with Senator Paula Simons on what is to be done with the senate. Is it a vestigial structure from a bygone era – the coccyx of Confederation? Or is the newly reformed senate actually providing value to Canadians? Listen and find out.
info_outline The pope, the pandemic, the premier and the Christian left 01/29/2021
The pope, the pandemic, the premier and the Christian left We speak with Dean Dettloff about his recent piece on how Jason Kenney is at odds with the Pope on carbon pricing, austerity and how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. We also touch on the history and the reality of the Christian left in a wide-ranging and fascinating conversation.