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Episode 249 – The politics of doing nothing feat. Canada

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about federal politics, who is in bigger trouble and why is the only thing that the Liberals to do to help housing affordability to eliminate GST on building new rental units.

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Episode 248 – The war in schools

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the million different regressive things happening in elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools and remind listeners that this is what happens when autonomous student organizing is weak.

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Episode 247 – Oppenheimer too white?

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about how narrowed online discourse about society and pop culture box us into meaningless conversations intended to stop us from taking action.

Episode 246 – Camp Morgan cuts to the core of Canada

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the foundations of Canada and how we are seemingly stuck in a loop of talking points that renders colonisation invisible. Plus labour! action! everywhere!

 

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Episode 245 – Are we allowed to criticize the war?

In this episide, Sandy and Nora talk about Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine and ask: are we allowed to be critical of how the West has reacted? Plus, they talk about Pierre Poilievre’s new eyes, Olivia Chow’s new faults and Canada’s new search and rescue bill for the Titan sub.

Episode 244 – How do we defeat Transphobic violence?

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the forces that create random acts of violence in the name of transmisogyny. Plus, they talk about the US Supreme Court, Google and Facebook threatening Canada with good time and we ask: is it ok to feel good about Olivia Chow?

Episode 243 – Pressure imploding the ultra rich

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about imploding at the bottom of the ocean. Plus, how media strung us along in a movie-like narrative while it couldn’t figure out what was going on in Russia with an extremely short-lived coup. The tie that binds both issues is decreasing media coverage.

Episode 242 – When is a bus accident a national tragedy?

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about why Canadians seem to only care about certain tragedies. Plus, they talk about BLM YYC, the Safe Third Country Agreement, cuts at Bell Media and victory for Indian international students.

Episode 241 – What is a social movement?

In this episode, Sandy and Nora explain what exactly a social movement is and why it has power. They also talk about the Toronto election and a bit about press freedom in Ukraine.

Episode 240 – Deconstructing Alberta’s election

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the Alberta election: authenticity, Danielle Smith and playing to people’s emotions rather than people’s brains.

Episode 239 – Canada’s royal problem

In this episode, Sandy and Nora take stock of a difficult week in American news and pose the question: what would it take for Canada to actually ditch the monarchy?

Episode 238 – Whose safety trumps whose safety?

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about what happens when there are competing safeties and one side has structural power over another side.

Episode 237 – Are we too critical? (Not us, everyone)

In this episode, Sandy and Nora ask — are we too critical? How can we avoid falling into nihilism? Plus: what about the Canadians in Sudan?

Episode 236 – What’s wrong with public broadcasting?

In this episode, Sandy and Nora ask: what is the point of public broadcasting, and how should CBC respond to attacks against it levelled by Pierre Poilievre? Probably not by quoting and featuring him extensively!

SN on Vacation — Nora x Pam Palmater

In this episode, Nora talks with Pam Palmater about writing, activism and life.

Episode 235 – Whose budget is it anyway?

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the federal budget: the winners, the losers, the cringe, the military spending, the laughter. Plus, they talk about CSIS agents sniffing around on campus and Canada’s deadly border policies.

Control and censorship in the digital age

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about how we need public interventions into the digital realm before companies like Meta and Google lock everything away from average people.

Episode 233 – The police sphincter of information

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about how police turn on and turn off the information tap however they want, leaving communities in the dark on what’s going on. They look at the Edmonton police shooting and how police downplayed certain aspects to ensure that coverage was exactly how they wanted it to be.

Episode 232 – Singh vs. Weston, Cooper vs. Joly

In this episode, Sandy and Nora deconstruct Jagmeet Singh’s stunt with Galen Weston plus we ask: is it sexist to mock a Liberal?

Episode 231 – Building capacity and being OK with failure

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about how difficult it can be to start something from scratch, especially when large, institutional NGO decide to throw money at people who have never experienced the pressures of creating something from scratch with lots of money. Plus, they talk about layoffs at Global News and a self-driving car.

Episode 230 – China and the new (old) Red Scare

In this episode, Sandy and Nora dissect the allegations made about Chinese interference in Canadian elections, and talk about the fallout that Chinese Canadians and visitors will experience. Plus, they discuss crime reporting and how inadequate it is when it’s hived off from other stories from other jurisdictions.

Episode 229 – Baby, you can call me AI

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about AI — what we should be excited by and what we should absolutely not at all be excited by.

 

Image is AI generated from: https://creator.nightcafe.studio/creation/D6fBfapAO3LNMy0S7Inx

Episode 228 – A week of politics!

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the boring to the exciting: from healthcare transfer payments to the US gleefully shooting missiles into the sky to kill aliens.

Consider donating to these charities to help folks in Turkey and Syria:

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List of groups from Canada Helps

Episode 227 – Liberals love to coopt everything

In this episode, Sandy and Nora discuss the habit of the Trudeau Liberals to coopt and defang activist movements and important days of commemoration to bolster their brand.

Here is the article on policing mentioned in the episode.

Episode 226 – Can we stop pretending policing has ever not sucked?

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about policing, again, and there is only two ways to believe that police are helpful: either you’ve never had any contact with police, or you depend on police repression to protect your wealth.

Episode 225 – The descent of media into propaganda

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about how close most media in Canada is propaganda, intended either to distract or influence how we understand power.

Episode 224 – Non-profit hell, cops out of Capoeira and jokes from the floor

In this episode, Sandy and Nora take lively questions from the audience and talk about: organizing in non-profits, dealing with cops within community groups, organizing in non-traditional workplaces.

Episode 223 – Staying radical, Anti-war and inter-generational organizing

In this episode, Sandy and Nora respond to audience questions like “what happens when you win but institutional power takes over?” and “How do we build inter-generational solidarity inside our movements?

Episode 222 – Sandy and Nora live in Vancouver

Live show recorded in Vancouver at the Maritime Labour Centre on November 29. They talk about organizing against a self-described leftwing government, Internet celebrity and why we should be skeptical of people who post for clout alone.

Episode 221 – We’re through with 2022

In this episode, Sandy and Nora look back — war in Ukraine, individualism and left wing politics, and social media as brain poison. Plus, we have many announcements to make!

Episode 220 – Theft is only good when the rich do it

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about how theft is only bad when poor people do it. Otherwise, it’s the foundation on which our economy is based. They also examine a Globe and Mail editorial that argues that shoplifting is a significant cause of inflation. Except, was this article itself shoplifted?

Episode 219 – White supremacist serial killer? It’s just not national news.

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about a serial killer preying on Indigenous women in Winnipeg, and what the lack of coverage says about Canada.

Episode 218 – The Convoy Inquiry: a narrative is juiced

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the Emergencies Act inquiry and how the narrative of what happened is spinning out in to defend its use.

Episode 217 – Who benefits from far-right hatred?

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the recent attack on a queer bar in Colorado Springs, and untangle the question: who benefits from far-right violence? Plus they discuss COP 27 and ask what it is.

Episode 216 – The trap of mask discourse

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the healthcare crisis and how focusing so closely on masks is letting people with power off the hook for their inaction. Plus, they talk about what comes after Doug Ford repealed his attack on workers bill and Remembrance Day at the Toronto Stock Exchange?

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Episode 215 – Notwithstanding a labour struggle

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about labour’s struggle against the notwithstanding clause, even though Doug Ford lost and the bill has been repealed. Plus they talk the future of Twitter and give several Freeland Watch updates.

Episode 214 – Live show in Montreal – part 2

In this episode, Sandy and Nora take audience questions and talk about the suburbs, police, online harm, neoliberalism and mutual aid.

Episode 213 – Sandy and Nora Live in Montreal – Part 1

Listen to Sandy and Nora LIVE in Montreal, recorded on October 20 in front of a jam-packed audience. They talk about individualism and isolation, and how it’s destroying social cohesion.

Part one features Sandy and Nora’s conversation. Part two will feature the Q&A.

Episode 212 – The struggle from below

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about municipal elections in Vancouver and the struggle happening in Haiti. Plus, Chrystia Freeland says something racist, protecting Canada’s international brand.

Episode 211 – War and hockey

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about Hockey Canada, and what is not allowed to be said about war in Ukraine. Plus, the Liberals do something good for international students … but promise that it’s only a temporary measure.

Episode 210 – The struggle for freedom in Iran

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the protests in Iran and around the work opposing the oppressive regime in Iran, and also how all police, really, are morality police. Plus, they talk about the Quebec election and ask: where is Chrystia Freeland?

Episode 209 – Survival and nothingness

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about hurricane Fiona, it’s devastating impact and how we need to have pre-disaster networks to help us weather any storm. Plus, we talk about the BC NDP, the Quebec election and why nothingness is critical to our happiness.

Episode 208 – Cops and extra-judicial killings

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about what happens when police kill suspects rather than taking them into custody. They also look at amber alerts, and ask: why are we OK with police having direct access to our phones?

Episode 207 – Poli-evre After

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the coronation of Pierre Poilievre and the election win of King Charles the Third. Wait, no, reverse that.

Episode 206 – Searching for power in stories of harassment

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about harassment, the far right and what is to be done all about it.

Episode 205 – Canada’s news crisis

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about how Canada’s news ecosystem is incapable of challenging power, and as a result what we learn from the news isn’t the whole story. Plus, Elizabeth May gets a two-minute mention.

The Pope, hockey and Canada’s foundation of sexualized violence

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about institutionalized sexual violence, from the Papal visit to Hockey Canada. Plus, they talk about the climate crisis and why we need to think through clandestine approaches to getting us ready for several weather.

In this episode, Sandy mentions that Trump is speaking at the Capitol this week. She misspoke and meant to say “capital” aka Washington DC.

Episode 203 – Freedom of speech for who?

In this episode, Sandy and Nora deconstruct freedom of speech in Canada and argue that we should all be concerned that it’s under tremendous attack.

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Episode 202 – Telecomaggedon

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about how incredible it is that a single communications company is responsible for basically everything. They also talk about Yesterday’s Man Patrick Brown.

Episode 201 – Why are we all falling apart?

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about how everything is going — people aren’t seemingly doing too well. They talk about the need for the left to get its shit together, to focus less on internal issues and start or continue doing anything.

Episode 200 – When the US falls, what happens to Canada?

In this episode, Sandy and Nora argue that the reluctance of anyone in power to discuss the fall of the American empire is going to come back to bite us all on the ass someday soon.

Episode 199 – Naming and blaming those responsible

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the refusal of people in power to accept blame and instead, externalize their guilt however they can. Plus, we talk about how everything in society feels to be hanging by a thread.

Episode 198 – Cops don’t know their own law

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about a new Toronto Star investigation that has found that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is regularly being violated by Canadian police.

Episode 197 – An Onterrible Election

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about what has just happened in Ontario, why voter turnout was so low and what we need to do to resist austerity. Plus, what are the lessons in other parts of Canada?

Episode 196 – Resisting goldfish takes on white supremacy

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the Buffalo shooting and how Canadians journalists have oriented around it. They call out journalists for not going deep enough into the issues and how liberal politics interact with the far right to make everything worse.

Episode 195 – The fight for abortion

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the fight for abortion in the US and what Canadian activists need to be watching for. Plus, they talk about lies and the Conservative leadership race.

Episode 194 – The Mayest of Days

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the rise in radical worker action across North America. Plus, they revisit the Disability Filibuster — this time, raising concerns about what we’ve already seen under expanded MAID.

Listen to Sandy and Nora on MAID last year: https://sandyandnora.com/episode-138-dignity-in-life-versus-dignity-in-death/

 

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Episode 193 – Hurt vs. harm: curating our organizing spaces

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about organizing and relationships: are we striving too much to curate the perfect organizing spaces? Do we have the collective skills to ensure the level of accountability we wish we could see in organizing? Plus, we talk about Rich Chiarelli, the asshole and France’s new/old president.

Please check out: Anti-war workshop recording:

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?ref=watch_permalink&v=1041515076791089

Document for anti-war coalition agendas:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Hpt-qM4-lRjSe7kAUczIhiWKAzpijej3L5XU7GZR3-U/edit?fbclid=IwAR3r3u0Aj6rQkSuOk1JCyfsK8H4jWt0RKmaJxz_Wrmc-1VHLkrFCjY_B0jE

Document for anti-war coalition committees:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Wbh6hoQRu1YnDw0awCKbAq7xXbWteD–PR0Hu-T8V6E/edit?fbclid=IwAR0BeJohWeuG9pi_Gv1mvO1VflKQSitF5ZtLLcUV5HnpDL-YpSo0tRe2i8g

Episode 192 – Making Canada Great Again

In this episode, Sandy and Nora examine Pierre Poilievre’s Conservative Leadership campaign and ask: why? What did we do to deserve this? Also, they talk about COVID again, but not that much.

Episode 191 – The NDP-Liberal pact fails its first test

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the federal budget and how much it sucks. Plus, they also talk about Palestine activism on campus, anti-Blackness within the Ontario NDP and Pierre Poilievre’s troll following.

Episode 190 – Sixth cycle of COVID hell

In this episode, Sandy and Nora examine political choices being made right now, and ask — why are Canadians so complacent? Plus, Sandy gets into Slap Discourse and Nora did a commercial for what??

Episode 189 – The Liberal-NDP alliance is very bad

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the NDP-Liberal deal that gives cover to justify pouring billions into Canada’s war aspirations. Plus, they talk about Jerry Dias and corruption at Unifor.

Episode 188 – Seeing through the propaganda

In this episode, Sandy and Nora look at propaganda, and how its playing itself out in Canadian media as we march towards war.

Episode 187 – The trouble with mutual aid

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about mutual aid and how it sometimes mirrors charity too closely. Plus: facial recognition software in Ukraine, Canada’s flexible refugee policy (all of a sudden…) and Patrick Brown’s exoneration (he creeps on 19 year olds, not 18 year olds, allegedly).

Episode 186 – An atomized, individualized left?

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the impact of neoliberalism on leftwing organizing. Plus, they talk about the economic benefits of going to war.

Episode 185 – The Slog of War

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about how leftwing people need to orient themselves around war.

Episode 181 – The #FluTruxKlan rolls into town

Sandy and Nora break down the pro-COVID Convoy and remind listeners to keep their eyes on the ball. You can watch the 5th anniversary commemoration of the shooting at the Ste-Foy mosque here, in English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu1JqGkSBSQ

Episode 179 – The best COVID-19 episode yet!

In this episode, Sandy and Nora examine the current, flame some politicians and ask the question: how do we walk the line between COVID-19 pessimism and a little bit of optimism?

Episode 178 – A 2021 look-back

In this episode Sandy and Nora look back at 2021 and ask: did we learn anything? Also, omicron.

Episode 176 – F u c k the P o l i c e

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about police violence in Quebec City, Hamilton and Wet’suwet’en and ask what it will take for people to demand and end to policing. Plus, they talk COVID variants and a peculiar CBC report.

Episode 173 – Fighting the extremes

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about how extremes are changing how we politically debate, and how deep political education and organizing are our only hope.

Episode 172 – Beyond binary thinking

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the way in which social media platforms force us into binaries, which is a disaster for leftwing organizing, which requires us to talk through nuance.

Episode transcript.

Episode 171 – Canadian media’s TERFascist love-in

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the alarming space in Canadian media that TERFascist ideas are receiving, and ask what the end game is in platforming transphobia.

Episode 169 – Confronting systemic, institutional racism

In this episode, Sandy and Nora discuss how systemic racism operates within democratic structures, and the need for renewal. They talk about the Green Party, the NDP and more broadly within the left.

You can check out Nora’s new podcast here: https://shows.acast.com/take-back-the-fight/episodes/take-back-the-fight-series-teaser

Episode 167 – Canada’s democratic deficit

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about how Canada’s democracy is in crisis and is it time for a new left political party? Plus we deconstruct the media establishment’s obsession with The Two Michaels.

Episode transcript.

Episode 166 – Fascism and the status quo

In this episode, Sandy and Nora discuss the winners and losers in #elxn44 — and what everyone needs to learn about the success of the PP party.

Episode 165 – Conspirelection debate-o-thon

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the legacy of 9/11 in Canada, and how the English-language debates reveal more about the state of Canada’s democracy than pundits and politicians will admit.

 

Episode transcript.

Episode 163 – Promises, promises, protests

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about how the election is going — and how none of the major parties are acting as if we have just surviving a global pandemic. We also talk about the ongoing struggle at Fairy Creek.

Episode transcript.

Episode 161 – All the issues they will miss in #Elxn44

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the important issues that the current federal election should cover, but near certainly will not.

 

Episode Transcript here.

Episode 160 – Can the Left do rhetoric better?

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the need for left-wingers to identify, engage with and create rhetoric. Plus, Sandy has information about Ontario police destroying documents and we talk about the BCCLA.

Episode transcript here.

Episode 159 – Is Canadian intelligence interfering in university research?

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the federal government’s recent decision to vet all scientific research funding as a matter of national intelligence agencies. Plus, they talk about tuition fees in Newfoundland and Labrador and the importance of physical space for activism and organizing.

Episode transcript.

Episode 156 – Not withstanding the carceral option

In this episode Sandy and Nora talk about crime and punishment, and why society gets nowhere when it throws people into the criminal justice system. Plus, they talk about the Notwithstanding Clause and wtf is up with the Green Party?

CW: discussion of child suicide in the second half of the episode.

Episode transcript here.

Episode 150 – TRIPS waver, CEWS grift and getting real about vaccine passports

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about COVID-19 — again — and how the world that politicians want us to think we’re living in is not the world we are living in.

Episode transcript here.

Episode 142 – How many more will die?

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about medical racism, bill C-7 passed into law and … the Queen.

You can see the Disability Filibuster here.

Episode transcript available here.

Episode 139 – the Liberals’ crime reform legislation

Last week, the Liberals introduced Bill C-22 – the Liberals’ long-awaited amendments to Canada’s criminal code. Sandy and Nora discuss the changes, how they are a mixed bag of good and bad, and how the Liberals never take seriously the concerns of Black and Indigenous communities.

Transcript available here.

Episode 137 – Canada’s terrorist list is a mistake

In this episode, Sandy and Nora explain why many on the left have been critical of the recent decision to place several new groups on Canada’s terrorist list, including the Proud Boys. The episode starts with a round-up of news we are watching this week.

Episode transcript

Episode 132 – Finding optimism at the end of 2020

In this episode, Sandy and Nora look back at 2020 and try to say so-long to 2020 with a bit of optimism and lots of anger.

Episode 130 – free tuition, UOttawa sucks and organizing the Christians

This is Part 1 of Audience Appreciation Night – Sandy and Nora take questions and comments from listeners and talk about policing, education, organizing and pacing yourself for the long haul of radical action.

You’re invited! Sandy and Nora Listener Appreciation Night

Join us on Sunday, Nov. 29 at 8:00 EST, 5:00 PST for a live video chat as we celebrate the almost end of 2020.

Get your ticket! The event link will be emailed to all ticket holders on Sunday afternoon.

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Episode 125 – Thinking big

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the need for conversations about big thinking. How can we use the pandemic to build new projects, new economies and new ways of organizing ourselves?

Correction — Nora forgot Saskatchewan at a certain point in the episode. When you catch it, you can tell yourself you won.

Episode 121 – surfing the second wave. Of anxiety.

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the second wave — how it’s being talked about, how it’s not being covered, and how we need to reject individualist narratives about what will save us. We also talk about the tragic death of Joyce Echaquon in Joliette, and how medical racism needs to be combated by government, unions and popular movements.

Video of Seth Cardinal Dodginghorse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h47zK6b6B0Y

In this episode, Nora mispronounces Atikamekw. It’s Ah-tee-ka-mik. Nora apologizes for this.

In this episode for the ambient sound of LA. That window gets closed at minute 15.

Episode 118 – pulling the forest fire alarm

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the inexplicable inaction from everyone with power to take the climate crisis seriously. It is an episode of rage and some jokes. But mostly rage.

Episode 112 – How do we know what we know?

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about how changing the way you think about the world can help you make better political predictions. By understanding how power operates, we can anticipate how power will react, and pivot our demands accordingly.

Episode 106 – ok, so what now?

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about how to seize this moment and make sure that our political demands are met. COVID-19 has changed Canada’s status quo, and already politicians are resisting calls for widespread change.

Unedited transcript can be found here.

Episode 103 – abolish the police

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about how society could abolish the police and create new services that would keep more people safe and offer more services to people who need them. Also, Sandy explains a conversation with a CBC producer.

Full transcript can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T9MH4OsPoa1c1DxcdHxS9Yq0gEWWEuxQsS4N4NttZBs/edit?usp=sharing

 

Episode 102 – a she-cession? Really?

In this episode, Sandy and Nora explore the narrative that has emerged about how the COVID-19 pandemic has hurt women in particular. They argue that recessions always hurt women and that framing this one as being somehow unique erases the racial and classed dynamic of who is most injured.

Episode 98 – policing in the fog of covid-19

In this episode, Sandy and Nora examine how police power seems to be growing unchecked while we all ride out the pandemic.

Episode 97 – Education in the time of coronavirus

In this episode, Sandy and Nora argue that the pandemic has exposed how higher education’s obsession with money has damaged its capacity to work in the public interest. Education under coronavirus: what should it look like?

Episode 93 – fighting despair in quarantine

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about our new normal, and what politicians must do to start helping Canadians weather the storm.