The Progress Report
Weekly podcast detailing the good and the bad (mostly bad) of Alberta politics. A project of Progress Alberta.
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.
info_outline Chief McFee on tape and on the record 01/22/2021
Chief McFee on tape and on the record Chief McFee of the Edmonton Police Service answered the Progress Report's questions (kind of) on defunding the police, secret armoured vehicles, school resource officers and more. We break down his answers with Reakash Walters and Molly Swain.
info_outline B117 is coming. We are not ready 01/16/2021
B117 is coming. We are not ready The B117 variant of COVID-19 is hyper infectious, currently rampaging through the U.K. and Ireland and is already here in Canada. It's only a matter of time before it gets to Alberta. We talk to Dr. Gosia Gasperowicz about the super strain and what Alberta needs to do to stop it.
info_outline Who benefits from the "Alberta Model"? 12/22/2020
Who benefits from the "Alberta Model"? Jeremy Appel, the author approach to the opioid crisis, joins the crew over at the Alberta Advantage crew alongside Garth Mullins, the host of Crackdown. They discuss Jeremy's piece as well as the wider sociological and ideological issues around the Alberta government's mishandling of the opioid poisoning crisis that has led to record amounts of death and destruction. If you like this podcast and you want to support it go to and become a monthly patron! Links:
info_outline How do you solve a problem like regular COVID-19 superspreader rallies? 12/16/2020
How do you solve a problem like regular COVID-19 superspreader rallies? Content creator king Abdul Malik joins us to talk about what is to be done about the lack of enforcement at COVID-19 superspreader rallies, Kenney's bizarre Xmas message, prominent Alberta columnists engaging in centrist fanfic and the little matter of the government of Alberta giving the NHL $4 million for a "unique partnership."
info_outline The documentary the Calgary Police doesn't want you to see 12/01/2020
The documentary the Calgary Police doesn't want you to see That headline is not hyperbole, a Calgary Police officer sued to try and stop the documentary No Visible Trauma from being screened. Thankfully the filmmakers won and we have Marc Serpa Francouer and Robinder Uppal on to talk about their case as well as their documentary that examines several cases of police brutality and explores just how broken of an institution the Calgary Police Service really is.
info_outline Mockdown analysis + literal corporate vampires coming soon 11/25/2020
Mockdown analysis + literal corporate vampires coming soon Sandra Azocar, the executive director of Friends of Medicare, joins us to analyze and breakdown Jason Kenney's new COVID restrictions as well as a recently passed bill that allows private, for-profit plasma farming operations to be set up in Alberta. If you like this podcast and you want to support it go to and become a monthly patron! Links:
info_outline Dr. Hinshaw has sweeping powers to stop COVID-19 and she isn't using them 11/20/2020
Dr. Hinshaw has sweeping powers to stop COVID-19 and she isn't using them University of Calgary law professor Lorian Hardcastle joins us to talk and why Hinshaw needs to exercise her powers to stop the death and destruction that COVID is wreaking. We also talk about what the government of Alberta needs to do get this disaster under control If you like this podcast and you want to support it go to and become a monthly patron! Links:
info_outline Alberta: This is fine 11/12/2020
Alberta: This is fine Dave Cournoyer of Daveberta fame joins us to discuss Alberta's multiple overlapping crises. We talk COVID-19, Jason Kenney's $1.7 billion dollar whoopsie, conservative connected law firms making bank and how the smart money is on Joe Biden cancelling the Keystone XL pipeline. If you like this podcast and you want to support it go to and become a monthly patron! Links:
info_outline One leftie podcast network to rule them all 10/30/2020
One leftie podcast network to rule them all We speak with Andre Goulet of the Harbinger Media Network about his plans to knock Ben Shapiro and Pod Save America off the Canadian political podcast charts. We also discuss Canadaland, the future of the CBC and what's next for the Progress Report.
info_outline Defund2Fund is getting bigger and more organized every day 10/20/2020
Defund2Fund is getting bigger and more organized every day We speak with Courtney Walcott and LJ Parker about their work with the Defund2Fund coalition on defunding the police in Calgary as well as psychopathic challenge coins, why so many teachers and principals think it's ok to use the n-word in school, domestic violence in the Calgary Police Service and more.
info_outline Wexit Nazis fuck off 10/08/2020
Wexit Nazis fuck off Elizabeth Simons is the co-author of a new piece published by the Canadian Anti-Hate Network on a group of young men in the Wexit movement, the Alberta Separatist Youth League, who have big political aspirations and are also extremely explicit in their anti semitic, racist, and authoritarian beliefs in leaked private chat logs.
info_outline So you say you're an anti-racist organization? Prove it 09/28/2020
So you say you're an anti-racist organization? Prove it Yodit Tesfamicael, an organizer with Students4Change and Black Women United talks with us about the work she's a part of to help improve black lives at Norquest College. An important starting point has been getting that institution to collect race-based data. Turns out you can't be an anti-racist organization if you have no idea how black people are doing. If you like this podcast and you want to support it go to and become a monthly patron! Further reading:
info_outline Stranger Danger 2020 09/22/2020
Stranger Danger 2020 We have returning champion Laura Kruse on to discuss her . There is a huge effort going on to whitewash a dangerous and extreme right wing conspiracy theory and tens of thousands of well meaning folks are getting sucked in. And it's using child sex trafficking as the entry point. If you like this podcast and you want to support it go to and become a monthly patron! Further reading:
info_outline No more blank cheques for police 09/18/2020
No more blank cheques for police We are joined by Oumar Salifou of the to talk about Edmonton Police's militarized hardware show and tell, the media's poor coverage of police and the upcoming Police Act review. If you like this podcast and you want to support it go to and become a monthly patron! Further reading:
info_outline The Other 9/11 09/11/2020
The Other 9/11 This is a re-run from September 11, 2019. We speak with Ricardo Acuna and Sandra Azocar, two Chilean refugees, to listen to their stories of the CIA-backed coup that installed brutal Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and overthrew a democratically elected socialist government on September 11, 1973. , , or just If you like this podcast and you want to support it go to and become a monthly patron! Further reading:
info_outline Wildcat 09/02/2020
Wildcat Progress Report host Duncan Kinney appears on the very good podcast 49th Parahell to talk about the NBA wildcat strike and what workers can learn from it, why Chrystia Freeland's Nazi collaborator grandfather matters in 2020, the Conservative Party of Canada's new leader Erin O'Toole and where the conservative movement in Canada is going.
info_outline How to change a racist football team name 08/24/2020
How to change a racist football team name We speak with Inuk writer, professor and researcher Norma Dunning about her ultimately successful struggle to have the Edmonton CFL team change its racist and insulting team name. We also discuss Norma's powerful writing on Edmonton's actual historical relationship with the Inuit.
info_outline I Want To Believe 101 (part 2) 08/17/2020
I Want To Believe 101 (part 2) We continue our conversation with Laura Kruse on conspiracy theories and Alberta. We dive into Laura's story for the Progress Report blog, McKinsey, 🍞📈, the UCP’s incoming evisceration of Alberta’s post-secondary system, and our favourite conspiracy theories.
info_outline I Want To Believe 101 07/27/2020
I Want To Believe 101 We kick off the inaugural edition of the Red String, a monthly column from Laura Kruse on conspiracy theories and Alberta, with a bit of theory and history on conspiracy theories in Canada. From Freemasons to aliens to Q and everything in between. Also, please read Laura's story on one of our favourite conspiracy theories that isn't a conspiracy theory titled McKinsey, 🍞📈, and the UCP’s incoming evisceration of Alberta’s post-secondary system.
info_outline Why Bill 32 is actually good + Down the Ukrainian Nazi collaborator rabbit hole 07/10/2020
Why Bill 32 is actually good + Down the Ukrainian Nazi collaborator rabbit hole Our guest Abdul Malik makes the case for why the UCP's new union busting bill is actually good. Plus Duncan follows up on his story about the Ukrainian Nazi collaborator war criminal statue by going down the Ukrainian Nazi collaborator rabbit hole.
info_outline Calgary/Edmonton Municipal Roundtable 06/30/2020
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.
info_outline Abolish the police (in Calgary, too) 06/26/2020
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. Full show notes at www.theprogressreport.ca/abolish_the_police_in_calgary
info_outline Abolish the police 06/16/2020
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.