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Episode #148 - Olympic Obstacles
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November 14, 2018 08:33 PM PST
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We begin with a look at how the Alberta Ministry of Education is using its power to mandate compliance with GSA's in schools; is this an issue the UCP would alter if they form government?

Later a look at the failed bid for Calgary to host the Olympics in 2026; was a referendum the right move and what are the reasons for not wanting to host the games?

Finally it's.... #TrumpWatch: can the Mexican border wall find funding?

Episode #147 - Contesting Congress
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November 07, 2018 07:49 PM PST
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We begin with a discussion of Alberta MLA Robyn Luff, and her expulsion from the NDP caucus; to what extent should officials be expected to tow party line and follow their own beliefs?

Later the federal Liberals goal to reduce poverty nationwide; what are the optics?

In #TrumpWatch: the results of Midterm elections! Why are both Dems and the GOP claiming victory, and will these results affect the Trump administration in the final two years.

In the "780"- Edmonton transit, the Thunderbay Podcast, and 100th anniversary of World War I

Episode #146 - Immigration and Bolsonaro
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November 01, 2018 08:54 PM PDT
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Episode #146 begins with a discussion of a proposed new immigration policy by the federal government; is this a pre campaign announcement and will it affect how the Liberals and Conservatives approach the next election?

Later a look at Brazil's new president Jair Bolsonaro; is his election an isolated incident or part of a trend of global right wing populism? How can progressives be vigilant?

Finally in #TrumpWatch: one week before the Midterm elections. What is at stake and how could a new Congress affect his presidency?

Episode #145 - 20 Bucks a Tonne
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October 24, 2018 08:10 PM PDT
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We begin by looking at Alberta Labour Minister Christina Gray, and a potential political blunder; is this something the NDP should be concerned about, or are critics over blowing things?

Later Ottawa's plan for a Carbon tax; is this a ballot box issue? How will certain provinces react?

Finally continuing our look at key midterm election races in #TrumpWatch

Episode #144 - A "HIGH"level Showdown
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October 17, 2018 08:01 PM PDT
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We begin with a look at the historic legalization of cannabis in Canada; what are the consequences socially and politically?

Later highlighting new legislation from the federal government regarding solitary confinement in prisons; what rights should prisoners have and would a Conservative government repeal new measures for more prisoner personal interaction?

In #TrumpWatch: continuing coverage of the midterm elections for Congress, just a few weeks away.

The 780: Stephen Sondheim and the podcast Putting it Together, the anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, and acts of civil disobedience!

Episode #143 - Corrupt Cartel of Corruption
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October 10, 2018 08:34 PM PDT
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On Episode #143 we look at consultation with Indigenous peoples in Canada, and whether new legislation will have a special consultation process. Then new developments in New Brunswick following the provincial election.

Later a discussion once again of Nicolas Maduro and his authoritarian rule of Venezuela; will the death of Fernando Alban (opposition critic) grab the world's attention? How can the international community react to dictatorships?

Finally looking at the upcoming midterm election in #TrumpWatch

Episode #142 - USMCA and CAQ
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October 03, 2018 07:30 PM PDT
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We begin looking at the new version of NAFTA, the US-MEXICO-CANADA Agreement (USMCA). What were some of the concessions made and will there be lasting political consequences for Justin Trudeau?

Later discussing the results of Quebec's provincial election; what does Francois Legault's victory signal about Quebecois values?

Finally it's.... #TrumpWatch

In the "780", Nuit Blanche in Edmonton, the icon Charles Aznavour, and harm reduction strategies.

Episode #141 - Trudeau in NYC/Brixit Breakdown
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September 26, 2018 08:30 PM PDT
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We begin with a look at Justin Trudeau at the United Nations; has Canada done enough to regain a seat on the security council?
Later a look at the results of the New Brunswick provincial election, and what it says about the Westminster parliamentary system. Then Brexit troubles in the UK; can Theresa May find a solution that will please everyone?

Episode #140 - Quebec Votes & Trumpian Tariffs
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September 19, 2018 07:26 PM PDT
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Episode #140 begins with a look at Jason Kenney's recent visit to India; was he misrepresenting himself, and is it appropriate for an Opposition leader to court foreign officials?

Later a look at Quebec's provincial election on October 1. Why has immigration and the French language dominated the discourse? Is the CAQ on path to forming government?

Finally it's #TrumpWatch: Tariffs, China and the American farmer.

Episode #139 - Leadership Notwithstanding
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September 12, 2018 06:27 PM PDT
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Beginning with a discussion of federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh; low poll numbers, fundraising problems, and a lack of a commanding presence continue to plague the party. Is Singh still the right choice as leader and what can he do to turn things around as Election 2019 approaches.

Then a look at Section 33 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms: the Notwithstanding Clause. What are Ontario Premier Doug Ford's real motives for invoking it? Does he have a vendetta against the city of Toronto and can we expect this sort of climate at Queen's Park moving forward?

Finally in #TrumpWatch: the PLO and the continued shift in foreign policy. What are the real lasting consequences?

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