Trudeau’s small business subsidy actually went to large corporations, Alberta’s budget forecasts a surplus and investment, while BC’s budget forecasts a deficit and more taxes. Also, Trudeau’s new digital services tax faces backlash from the US.

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“Can we take what we’ve learned from the past two years to make policies that aren’t devastating for small businesses? We need to find a new way forward. We can’t be asked to sacrifice and take on more debt again.” – Hannah Kovacs, a Halifax fitness gym owner, on the possibility of continuing COVID restrictions.

Duration: 55:38
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February 27th 2022 — Word of the Week: — Filed Under: , , ,

Alberta could return to balanced budgets very soon, BC’s milk container deposit impacts inflation, and Elections Canada says that 200,000 mail in ballots from 2021 were not counted. Also, Erin O’Toole is ousted as Conservative leader.

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“There are two roads open to the Conservative Party of Canada. One is the road of Randy Hillier and Derek Sloan. It is angry, negative, and extreme. It is a dead-end; one that would see the party of Confederation become the NDP of the right. The other road is to better reflect the Canada of 2022. To recognize that conservatism is organic not static and that a winning message is one of inclusion, optimism, ideas and hope.” – Outgoing Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole on his vision for the Conservative Party of Canada.

Duration: 53:22
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February 6th 2022 — Word of the Week: — Filed Under: , , , ,

Trudeau has yet to account for $600b in spending, more needs to be done to end boil water advisories, and Alberta’s deficit drops much faster than expected. Also, the CBC tells us words we shouldn’t use, while we give context on the history of those words.

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CBC Word Cloud
“Being an English speaker doesn’t entail that you necessarily know the racist etymology automatically. The fact that you said it, oblivious to the etymology, doesn’t automatically make you a bad person. As language users, we have the social responsibility to monitor the impact our utterances have on others, especially when it involves a marginalized group.” – Ai Taniguchi, a linguist and an associate language studies professor with University of Toronto Mississauga.

Duration: 50:54
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December 5th 2021 — Word of the Week: — Filed Under: , , ,

Hate crimes are on the rise in Canada, the Alberta budget sees continued support for healthcare, and another top military commander is under investigation. Also, Trudeau and his cabinet walk out on Parliament’s Uighur genocide vote.

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Duration: 47:08
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Art MacDonald

February 28th 2021 — Word of the Week: — Filed Under: , , , ,

Berkshire Hathaway pulls funding from LNG in Quebec, Alberta details its health and education plan, and the government is silent on cruise ships in the wave of coronavirus. Also, we detail the major candidates of the 2020 Conservative Party Leadership race.

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Duration: 54:52
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LNG Quebec Pipeline

We look into the results of the election on Monday leading to a hung parliament, and the growing discontent in the West known as Wexit. Also, BC implements a bill recognizing UNDRIP, and Alberta tables it’s budget forecasting a return to balance.

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Duration: 1:01:32
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2019 Western Divide

October 27th 2019 — Word of the Week: — Filed Under: , , , ,

A 21 hour Parliament session protests the Atwal cover-up by the PMO, Alberta’s budget draws criticism for its rising debt, protests at Trans Mountain result in MPs’ arrests and work delays, and an important look at data-mining on social media.

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Duration: 49:39
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Alberta’s fiscal policy is “not sustainable”, organized crime in casinos threatens BC’s economy and residents, $212,234 for a federal budget book cover by the federal government, and the wildly varying stories on Andrew Scheer and the focus on sex appeal.

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Duration: 43:46
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October 14th 2017 — Word of the Week: — Filed Under: , , , , , , ,

A First Nations band in BC refused to evacuate, the Alberta Finance Minister isn’t concerned with an interest rate hike, a survey finds 71% of Canadians disagree with the Khadr settlement, and the media ignores NDP candidates extreme views on capitalism.

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Duration: 36:34
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