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Episode 17, part two: the eye of the alt-right online hurricane

Nora and Sandy conclude their discussion about what it looks like when the [extreme] right chooses a target and organizes its minions to swarm. Make sure you listen to Part One first!

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Episode 17, part one: the eye of the alt-right online hurricane

Nora and Sandy talk about the news that has bombarded them both this week: that it’s never the right time and it’s never the right place to talk about systemic injustice.

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Episode 16: Ontario’s free tuition lie

Do Ontario students get free tuition? The short answer is no. In this episode, Nora and Sandy go through the long answer, which is also no, but much more passionate and funny than the short answer.

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Episode 15: fighting gentrification

Gentrification is one of the most pressing problems that currently faces the left — and yet, the left often struggles to identify, explain and effectively fight the forced displacement of poor, racialized and minority communities. Sandy and Nora explore gentrification in Toronto’s Regent Park, Weston and Eglinton West neighbourhoods to identify and argue for how...

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Episode 14: The Financial Literacy Hoax

The Ontario Liberals have announced that Grade 10 students will have new financial literacy education. Sandy and Nora ask: why? What’s missing in the curriculum that makes this a necessary promise? Or, is this a vacant and crass political promise that’s primarily meant to garner votes?

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Episode 13: Is the NDP supporting Jagmeet Singh enough?

This week, Sandy and Nora talk about how journalists have let racism take over their coverage of Jagmeet Singh, and whether or not the NDP is really doing what it must to support Singh through these attacks.

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Episode 12: Douggie F, the new leader of the Ontario PC Party

The people of the “Progressive” Conservative Party of Ontario have spoken, and Doug Ford is their leader. What does this mean for progressives, if anything? How should they respond, if at all? In this podcast, Sandy and Nora discuss this and whether or not we should even care. Spoiler Alert: we should.

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Episode 11: Post-mortem on the NDP convention

The NDP policy convention happened mid-February in Ottawa. Nora and Sandy talk about what happened, what didn’t happen, and why Palestinian solidarity remains so hard for the party apparatus to embrace.

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Episode 10: Liberal schemes redux: when the scheme intends to undermine organizing

What’s behind the Federation of Black Canadians? Sandy and Nora talk about everything they know about how the Liberals use, manipulate and influence organizations to help promote their own policies, and warn folks to be careful when an organization seems to be operating in lock-step with government.

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Episode 9: Injustice and Tina Fontaine

In this podcast, Sandy and Nora talk about the Raymond Cormier trial, his acquittal, and the racist, colonial systems at play that consistently deny justice to Indigenous women and girls, like Tina Fontaine. There can be no justice on stolen land.

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Episode 8: From Me too Us: the limits of the Me Too movement

This episode explores the Me Too movement. From Patrick Brown, to the poisonous and pervasive sexism within politics, to broader movement issues and questions, we take a tour of the state of feminism today. This issue deals with the matter with a mix of humour and anger: our best survival tools. Skip the first 15...

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Episode 7: No justice for Colten Boushie — Canada’s white supremacy problem

This episode starts off featuring Jade Tootootsis, Colten Boushie’s cousin, at a press conference following the acquittal of Gerald Stanley in Colten’s death. Jade reminds people to get organized and be mobilized to fight for justice. Sandy and Nora talk about colonialism, injustice and how nothing will change if people don’t heed Jade’s call: that...

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