The Year in Review

Alberta Story of the Year

Shane: I don't need this job': Kenney says he has to stay to keep 'lunatics' from 'trying to take over the asylum' (262)

Patrick: Is Danielle Smith's striking campaign a paper tiger? (278)

BC Story of the Year

Shane: B.C. government says it won't support 2030 Winter Olympics bid (292)

Patrick: B.C. Premier John Horgan announces he will step down (276)

Worst Covered Story by the MSM

Shane: U.S. Urges Canada to Abandon Digital Service Tax (258)

Patrick: Trudeau vows to freeze anti-mandate protesters' bank accounts (257)

Most Important Story

Shane: Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre says he is running for prime minister (256)

Patrick: Canada's inflation rate rises to 5.1% — highest since 1991 (257)

Firing Line Story of the Year

Shane: Canadian intelligence warned PM Trudeau that China covertly funded 2019 election candidates (294)

Patrick: RCMP considered whether to charge Justin Trudeau over Aga Khan trip, documents show (267)

Local Story of the Year

Alberta justice minister demands Edmonton mayor create safety plan for downtown and transit (271)

Patrick: B.C. to spend $789 million to replace Royal BC Museum (270)

Story We Didn’t Get to Cover

Shane: Scientists believed COVID leaked from Wuhan lab but feared further discussion would be harmful

Patrick: Trudeau called out for missing 'crystal clear' business case for LNG exports (283)

Fake News Story of the Year

Shane: Pierre Poilievre’s callous courting of Canada’s ‘deplorables’ (286)

Patrick: RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki tried to ‘jeopardize’ mass murder investigation to advance Trudeau’s gun control efforts (275)

Worst Government Expense of the Year

Shane: Inside the $11M renovations to the prime minister’s official country home (263)

Patrick: ArriveCan’s $54-million price tag ‘outrageous,’ tech leaders say (289)

Funniest Story

Shane: Edmonton police insist airplane is not secret — it's just not publicized (257)

Patrick: New 11-storey building in downtown Victoria could harm birds, biologist says (253)

Newsmaker of the Year

Shane: Freedom Convoy

Patrick: Pierre Poilievre

Word of the Year

Shane: Cognitive Dissonance - the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change. (251)

Patrick: Intransigence - refusal to change one's views or to agree about something. (256)

Favourite Western Context Episode

Shane: Simplifying Discourse (284)

Patrick: The Conservative Party Leadership Showcase (265)

Favourite Western Context Show Title

Shane: Lunatics Running the Asylum (262)

Patrick: An Aggregate of Controversy (252)

Quote of the Year

Shane: “Alberta’s commitment to fiscal discipline and our unrelenting focus on economic growth has helped bring about an extraordinary turnaround in our financial situation. We promised Albertans we would get our fiscal house in order and that’s exactly what we’ve done. Now, we’re paying down debt so future generations won’t have to, saving more for a rainy day, and putting more money in Albertans’ pockets.” – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney on the province’s expected $13.2b surplus. (284)

Patrick: “It is unclear whether Mr. Trudeau can be prosecuted under section 121(1)(c) of the Criminal Code, since the section has a provision which allows officials to accept benefits from individuals with government dealings, provided the official has the written consent of the head of their branch of government. An investigation and prosecution under this section may not be in the public interest if it cannot be definitely determined whether or not Mr. Trudeau can simply provide consent to himself.” RCMP Corporal Michael Kiperchuk, in a briefing note to his superiors on the conclusion of his investigation into Prime Minister Trudeau’s alleged fraud during the Aga Khan scandal. (267)

Picture of the Year

Shane: Afraid of the Truth (272)

Patrick: Nobody Knows (294)

How to Find Us

Show Data

Episode Title: 2022 in Context

Teaser: We look at 2022’s news stories, including changing BC and Alberta leadership, rising inflation, and gun control and online policies. We also go over our favourite pictures, quotes, words and episodes of the year.

Recorded Date: December 21, 2022

Release Date: December 25, 2022

Duration: 59:52

Edit Notes: Skips, pauses, noises, word finding, and water.

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