The Breakdown

With Nate Pike

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The Breakdown - Episode 3.04 - The Calgary Climate Hub with Dr. Joe Vipod and Robert Tremblay

Jan 18, 2021

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In the last days of 2020 we recorded an interview with Dr. Joe Vipond and Robert Tremblay from the Calgary Climate Hub to discuss their campaign to work with Enmax to get them to commit to becoming a Net zero company.

The Breakdown - Episode 3.03 - The Back to back to school special!

Jan 10, 2021

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Back when we went back to school in September, there was a lot of controversy over the awarding of a contract to a company whose owner had donated to UCP Minister of Education Adrianna Lagrange’s election campaign.

The Breakdown - Episode 3.02 - Kim Siever

Jan. 10 2021

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Kim Siever has built himself a reputation as an independent news man over a variety of formats over the last several years. His focus on deep dives into empirical evidence has garnered a strong following in Alberta that reaches outside of the province across Canada.

The Breakdown -Episode 3.01 - Aloha means “Hello” and “Goodbye!”

Jan. 6 2021

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The world of Alberta politics started 2021 with a bang that was louder than any fireworks set off the night before!

 

When news started to break that multiple UCP staffers and MLA’s had been travelling inter-provincially and internationally in open defiance of travel advisories issued by their own government, things started moving fast!

The Breakdown - 3.34.3 - Year End Panel Discussion (Part 3)

Dec. 31 2020

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t’s our year end panel discussion blow out that’s so big, we had to break it up into parts! (PART 3!)

The Breakdown - 3.34.2 - Year End Panel Discussion (Part 2)

Dec. 30 2020

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t’s our year end panel discussion blow out that’s so big, we had to break it up into parts! (PART 2!)

The Breakdown - 3.34 - Year End Panel Discussion (Part 1)

Dec. 29 2020

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t’s our year end panel discussion blow out that’s so big, we had to break it up into parts! (PART 1!)

The Breakdown - Episode 2.33 - Dr. Jared Wesley

Dec. 21 2020

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Dr. Jared Wesley is a political scientist and an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta. He’s also the lead on the Common Ground Initiative, which aims to identify and define the values that drive politics in Alberta. Dr. Wesley has done extensive work to explore what Conservatism means in Alberta, and the Common Ground Initiative has done extensive work to determine how Albertans relate to politics.

Zoe Lambert Supplemental

Dec. 20 2020

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Zoe Lambert delivered a powerful speech on addiction and harm reduction as part of our International Human Rights Day Special. By popular demand, we’ve added it as a special episode!

The Breakdown - Episode 2.32 -Zoe Lambert

Dec. 18 2020

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With Jason Kenney waging an ideological war on addiction and addiction treatment methodologies as well as shutting down a supervised consumption site in one of the areas of Alberta that needs it most, we wanted to have a conversation on what addiction is and how it can potentially be managed, including the role that harm reduction services like Supervised Consumption Sites should play.

The Breakdown - International Human Rights Day Special

Dec. 10 2020

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With in person protests not really an option because of COVID 19, we teamed up with The Community YYC, albertaprotests.ca and Inclusive Canada to create a virtual protest!

The Breakdown - Episode 2.31 - Payman Parseyan

Dec. 7 2020

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Payman Parseyan is someone who has been a nomination candidate, a political candidate, a campaign manager, he’s a current UCP member and he has also been a press secretary to a minister in the UCP government.

 

Payman graciously offered to come on the show to provide an insiders perspective as to what this government is doing and why.

The Breakdown - Episode 2.30 - Emma Deady

Dec. 4 2020

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Emma Deady (pronounced Deedee) is a Calgarian who found herself facing significant boredom when the first “lockdown” occurred in Alberta. To help fill the time she started spending more time with the app TikTok.

 

It wasn’t long until Emma began to produce satirical videos heavily focused on Alberta Politics and particularly targeting the UCP government.

The Breakdown - Episode 2.29 - Kathleen Smith

Dec. 1 2020

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Kathleen Smith has been a part of Alberta’s online community since pretty much the start of online in Alberta.

 

She’s provided thoughtful and insightful online commentary in Alberta for more than 25 years and in conjunction with the “Political RND” platform is now co-hosting a podcast with the intent of reaching and engaging women in Alberta on political issues and happenings.

The Breakdown - Pop up mini podcast! - Training the trainer.

Nov. 28 2020

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Kevin Smith is a physical fitness trainer and independent gym operator.

 

With mental health at the forefront of many Albertans as the battle against COVID is coming up to almost a year. Kevin is in the progress of organizing a fundraiser he’s calling “Train the Trainer” to raise fund to support people who are struggling with mental health.

The Breakdown - Episode 2.28 - Rachel Notley

Nov. 23 2020

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We’re back with another round up episode and a very special interview!

 

There’s been a lot going on, so in this episode we catch up on a few important stories...

 

UCP MLA’s run amuck! Hail damage! Health Care cuts! A milestone for the show! Masks and more!

 

And our guest this episode is none other than Rachel Notley!

The Breakdown - Episode 2.27 - Les Landry (Got Milk?)

Nov. 18 2020

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Got Milk?

 

Les Landry is an Albertan who has relied on supports from the government to make ends meet due to his disabilities for quite some time. When the UCP Government rolled back indexing of AISH, it presented some very real financial challenges for him as many other AISH recipients.

The Breakdown - Episode 2.26 - Dr. Ubaka Ogbogu

Nov. 17 2020

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Dr. Ubaka Ogbogu is an Associate Professor in the Faculties of Law and Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the Katz Research Fellow in Health Law and Science Policy, at the University of Alberta who teaches, among other things, Public health law and policy. We caught up to him to get an accurate picture as to what Dr Hinshaw’s powers are as well as to how she might have to navigate the use of them.

The Breakdown - Episode 2.25 - Scott Harold Payne

Nov. 12 2020

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Scott Harold Payne is a writer and politcal organizer who recently wrong a series of articles called “The Bully Pulpit”. One of the most bizarre elements to come out of the Jason Kenney administration has been the advent of taxpayer funded “issues managers” whose duties apparently include, among other things, aggressively demeaning and harassing private citizens. Scott Harold Payne (@scotthpayne) wrote a series of articles on the subject of these issues managers behaviour, and also spoke to some of the victims of their tactics.