The Progress Report
Weekly podcast detailing the good and the bad (mostly bad) of Alberta politics. A project of Progress Alberta.
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.
info_outline Defund the police 06/08/2020
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.
info_outline How a young mother and former foster kid is fighting the UCP (and winning) 06/03/2020
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.
info_outline Manitok. Meatpacking. Postmedia. Manifesto 05/19/2020
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
info_outline Alberta's most expendable workers 05/04/2020
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. 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
info_outline AIMCO WTF 04/27/2020
AIMCO WTF 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.
info_outline Emergency ep: Jason Kenney's 26,000 surprise layoffs 03/31/2020
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.
info_outline Grocery store workers are critical infrastructure 03/24/2020
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.
info_outline AIMCO and Alberta's orphan well crisis 03/18/2020
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.
info_outline Jason Kenney owes us $2000 03/09/2020
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.
info_outline Reconciliation is dead and Jason Kenney helped kill it 02/20/2020
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.
info_outline The News Boys 02/18/2020
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
info_outline Free transit for all 02/10/2020
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 talk with Laura Kruse and Paige Gorsak two campaigners and organizers with Free Transit Edmonton about their exciting new campaign to bring free transit to all.