Radio Free Winnipeg

Radio Free Winnipeg’s mission is to challenge manicured discourses and illuminate the issues and history erased in the mainstream. Radio Free Winnipeg broadcasts bi-monthly on CKUW 95.9FM from the University of Winnipeg, on Treaty One Territory. Hosted and Produced by Greg Gallinger and Scott Price.
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Sep 23, 2019

Yup this is the end.

Scott and Greg talk about why they decided to end the show and talk about what possible legacy Radio Free Winnipeg will have.

Aug 27, 2019

Scott and Greg talk with Kay the Aquanaut. Kay is a Saskatoon based rapper. Kay talks to Scott and Greg about his influences, his politics and why he continues to grind as an independent artist on the prairies.

We played two of Kay the Aquanaut songs.
89 Grey Cup off the album Spinning Blue Planet
Contemporary Woody Guthrie off the album Yeah, Riot!

Here is the video for Contemporary Woody Guthrie

If you liked what you heard check out Kay's music on bandcamp

Jul 28, 2019

We're back! Thanks for sticking with us during our hiatus.

Does Canada still suck? You better believe it does. But for our first episode in months we talk to freelance journalist and noted twitter poster James Wilt about public transit, urban planning, pedestrian deaths in Winnipeg, Uber and gentrification.

James Wilt has a book about public transit coming out soon on Between the Lines press. Be on the look out for that.

Feb 25, 2019

A jam packed show demonstrating how Canada Sucks!

First Scott and Greg talk about SNC-Lavalin and their history of war profiteers and their close relationship with the Canadian State.

Then Scott and Greg go over recent events in Haiti and how it demonstrates both Canadian Imperialism aboard but also the hypocrisy inherent in "human rights" discourse.

Last but not least Greg and Scott talk about the Yellow Vest protest in Canada and the United We Roll protest.

Music Break- (Artist) The Minutemen, (Song) Disguises, (Album) The Punch Line

Show Notes

Canada's Halliburton? SNC-Lavalin war profiteering in Iraq, Afghanistan by Anthony Fenton

Is Trudeau's Venezuela policy the Monroe Doctrine reborn? By Yves Engler

Canadian policy on Venezuela, Haiti reveals hypocrisy that media ignores by Yves Engler

Canada backs Haitian government, even as police force kills demonstrators by Yves Engler

Haiti: Weeks of Protests Demanding the Resignation of the President via the Real News Network

Indigenous rights activists confront Yellow Vests as pro-pipeline convoy reaches Ottawa via APTN News

Report from Anti-Racist Canada on the Yellow Vests and United WE Roll




Jan 28, 2019

We are back and Canada still sucks in 2019. Our first episdoe of 2019 is jam packed.

Remember that CKUW's Fundrive runs from February 8th to 15th. This is where we ask the listerns to give their pledges of money to support the station. More info here

First Scott and Greg address the recent events in Venezuela, the attempted coup and what our position should be. Anti-imperialism for the win!

Recently an indigenous man was shot and killed in Winnipeg's West End. Scott and Greg break down the reporting on it and the media apologetics for the cops.

Last Scott and Greg talk about the recent fires that have ripped through apartments in the West End and have left around 100 people displaced and without a home. They break down why there is a lack of affordable and safe housing in inner city Winnipeg, how landlords exploit that situation and how the "meth crisis" does a lot of heavy lifting to explain away these situations.

Show Notes


Canada Continues to Meddle in Venezuela's Elections

Canada on Wrong Side of Venezuela Conflict

Canada's Largest Union Sides with Maligned Venezuela President


Media reports on the Chad Williams shooting

Go Fund Me for the family of Chad Williams to pay for funeral costs

Media reports on landlords in Winnipeg's inner city and fires in apartment buildings

The Spence Neighbourhood Association is collecting donations to help people displaced from the fires. If you can help info is below.

If you, or anyone you know, was displaced from 583 Furby, 426 Maryland, or 626 Ellice, get in contact with our Housing staff to help find long-term housing, access benefits you may be entitled to, and access donations.

All are welcome; your name didn't have to be on the lease to access these resources and supports.

Stop by 615 Ellice Ave Tues, Wed, or Thurs 9am-4:30pm to speak with Housing staff or contact SNA's Housing Coordinator: 204-783-5000 ext. 106 or

Info about Tenants groups

Facebook page for the West Broadway Tenants Committee

Hamilton Tenants Solidarity Network





Dec 18, 2018

Continuing our look into Canada's role in creating the refugee crisis in Central America Scott and Greg talk to two people on the ground in Honduras and Mexico.

First you will hear from Jen Moore. Jen was the Latin America coordinator for Mining Watch Canada, with years of work with communities affected by Canadian mining in Central America, and is now based in Mexico.
We apologize for the audio of Jen's interview. We tried to clean it up as best we could.

Then you will hear from Karen Spring. Karen is a Honduras-based coordinator of the Honduras Solidarity Network, with years of working with communities affected by Canadian mining, sweatshop, and tourism investment and on other issues prompting people to flee en masse.
Check out Karen's website where she writes about the situation in Honduras

Show Notes

Here is the link to Simcoe County Honduras Rights Monitor where you can find the petition

Here is the direct link to the Petition

Here is a small and incomplete list of Canadian companies that maintain business relations in Honduras:

- Textile company Gildan Activewear (based in Montreal)
- Mining company Aura Minerals (based in Toronto)
- Investment consulting firm DAI Inc (based in Ottawa)
- Mining company Goldcorp Inc (Based in Vancouver)
- Tourism company NJOI (based in Ontario)
- Tourism company Life Vision
- Tourism company CARIVIDA
- Printing company Canadian Bank Note Limited (based in Ottawa)


Nov 29, 2018

Recently the so called "migrant crisis" in Central America has been a major topic in the news. Images of women and children being tear gassed at the US border lays bear the moral and humanitarian crisis. But what about Canada? While this news seems far away in fact the Canadian state policies in Central America have contributed much to this crisis. From supporting mining companies that poison the water and displace people from their homes. To the Canadian government legitimizing the government in Honduras that got to power via a coup.

Scott and Greg place the so called "migrant crisis" in the context of Canadian foreign policy and the moral bankruptcy of the human rights troll industrial complex. You will also hear two clips from the Radio Free Winnipeg archive that cover the the lead up and aftermath of the 2009 coup in Honduras.

For news on central America we recommend you follow the work of Sandra Cuffe

Interview with Tyler Shipley

Interview with Grahame Russel of Rights Action Network

Nov 20, 2018

In the latest episdoe exploring why Canada Sucks we talk about the recent Munk debates in Toronto where Steve Bannon debated David Frum on populism. It was probably as horrible as it sounds. Scott and Greg talk about the false framing of the debate, Peter Munk and what the Munk debates represent in Canada.

In the last half of the show Scott talk to Rachel Small, organizer with the Council of Canadians, who organized a picket line outside the debate and was one of many who were arrested.

Show Notes

Our comrades in podcasting arm, News You Can Use, did a great episdoe on Peter Munk and what a total shit bag he was.

Ricochet's investigation into White Supermacists in the UCP and Canadian conservative parties just keeps on giving

Nov 6, 2018

In the latest installment of our series on why Canada Sucks Scott and Greg talk about the CBC and urbanist boosters.

Scott and Greg talk about the cultural place that CBC occupies in Canada. On the one hand to many CBC defines what Canada is but on the other the CBC also represent the interests of the state and capital. The recent controversy over CBC's coverage of the Brazilian is the more recent example. Greg provides an of how the coverage is a window into how state and capital interests work.

Then Scott and Greg dissect the CBC Op-ed by former Winnipeg mayor Glen Murray which contained a dumbfounding amount urbanist booster pablum. Scott tries to keep his composure while talking about the ahistroical love of street cars.

Show Notes

CBC's artilce on the Brazilian election

CBC's non-apology apology for the coverage

Former Winnipeg Mayor Glen Murray's artilce about Winnipeg


Here is Owen Toews on Rank & File Prairie edition talking about Winnipeg politics

Scott's artilce on street cars in Winnipeg

Ricochet's investigative reporting on white supermacists in the Canadian armed forces



Oct 21, 2018

Continuing with our series of Why Canada Sucks we discuss the relationship between Canada and Saudi Arabia.

Scott and Greg talk to Anthony Fenton who is an expert on Canada Saudi Arabia relations. Anthony is currently working on his PHD at York U on the political economy of Canada-Saudi\Gulf states relations.

Anthony breaks down the recent diplomatic rift between Canada and Saudi Arabia, how it places in the decades long relationship between the two, what if any effect this will have on Canada's position in the Middle East and what a fighting anti-war movement could do about the arms sales.

If you are on Twitter we recommend you follow Anthony Fenton @anthonyfenton

We referenced this episdoe about how narrow the media coverage is on Canadian foreign policy

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Sep 22, 2018

We continue to talk about why Canada sucks with a focus on Winnipeg politics. We are in the midst of a civic election and well it is fairly depressing. Ohh and the NDP sat on info about lead contamination in one of the poorest parts of Winnipeg.

We talk with Kent Davies about how 2018 is the year Winnipeg has just given up and how utterly depressing electoral politics are in Winnipeg. Kent started doing Simpsons memes about Winnipeg and Manitoba politics to keep some form of sanity and has since become a go to source of comentary and satire of politics in the Keystone province.

A Perfectly Cormulent Election- Kent's Simpsons meme blog

True North Square Deal now includes affordable housing

1.200% surge in meth-related hospital visits tied to increased violence: Manitoba Nurses Union

For Bowman, winning the race could mean switching his base.

'Absolutely Floored':Resident never told of lead contamination in Point Douglas soil because NDP sat on info.

Sep 10, 2018

In the 5th episdoe of our series of why Canada Sucks we talk about the large and harmful affect Hydro has had on northern indigenous communities in Manitoba. We talk with Sadie Phoenix-Lavoie who is the community coordinator for Wa Ni Ska Tan, an alliance of hydro affected communities about the recent report about the decades of abuse associated with Manitoba Hydro projects in northern Manitoba.

Later in the show you will hear an interview with David Bighetty who completed a 1,000km walk from Leaf Rapids to call attention to the displacement of the community of Granville Lake in 2003.

We played Fire 2 the Water by Lenord Sumner. That song is off his latest album Standing in the Light

Find out more about Wa Ni Ska Tan here

'Pure Trauma': Fox Lake members stricken after hasty release of troubling report

'An open wound': Fox Lake leadership says historical sexual abuse by Hydro workers haunts residents

David Bighetty completes epic trek, calls for more action on rebuilding Granville Lake

For Background here is a artilce about the resistance to Hydro in Cross Lake Manitoba

Article that covers more of the history of the impact of Manitoba Hydro in northern Mantioba


Aug 24, 2018

In this episode we look at how Manitoba’s criminal justice system is inherently racist.

We speak with two guest, Corey Sherman, who is a human rights and aboriginal rights lawyer based in Toronto. Sherman has worked on several cases in Manitoba including the Craig McDougall inquest, in which he argued for the courts to consider the role systemic racism played in the case  

we also spoke with Bronwyn Dobchuk-Land, who holds a Master's degree in Sociology from the University of Toronto, and a PhD from the Department of Sociology at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. Dobchuk-Land has recently been focusing on crime prevention policies from the perspective of community based organizations, and how progressive policy can serve to strengthen colonial systems of oppression. She’s also a member of the prison abolition group, Bar None.  




Show Notes

Human Rights Lawyer calls for public inquiry after 5 inmate deaths

Manitoba jails busting at the seams even though crime rates contiune to fall 

Prisoners Keep dying in Winnipeg's jails

Staggering Number of indigenous people in jails is a Canadian crisis

Aug 13, 2018

Hey, well Canada still sucks but we have to do a little stop gap measure. We are working on several stories and issues but due to scheduling we still have to wait on a few things to come together. Rather than rushing content we decided to dig into our archives and replay (on CKUW) our interview with Tyler Shipley on Canada's role in the coup in Honduras and his view of Canadian Imperialism.

If you want to check out that episode you can go to itunes or check it out here

Jul 31, 2018

Scott and Greg continue with the topic Why Canada Sucks with a discussion on the links between Climate Change, racism, and imperialism.

Over the last several weeks there have been a number of racists attacks in Canada. Xenophobic rhetoric is on the rise as Canadian media play into a bogus "border crisis" narrative and the Liberals appoint Bill Blair (former police chief of Toronto who has a horrible record on civil liberties) as their new Minister of Border Security and Organized which has only emboldened the far right. 

Scott and Greg talk about all this in context of climate change and imperialism, how Canada is on the wrong side of these issues and why we are just seeing the start of refugees seeking asylum in Canada. To solve these issues we can't frame them as consumer choices but rather in political and economic choices.

Scott and Greg also talk about gentrification and the replacing of "unwanted" people and how cities are becoming unaffordable.

Show Notes

Music break brought you by Lee Reed.His latest "The Steal City" ep is all about gentrification in Hamilton. 100% of proceeds to the Hamilton Tenants Solidarity Network (HTSN) and the East Hamilton Rent Strike Defense Fund.






Jul 16, 2018

In the second episdoe in our series on Why Canada Sucks, Scott and Greg talk to historian Doug Nesbitt on why Canadian Confederation sucked. Doug goes through all the resistance to Canadian Confederation and how that legacy has created battle lines across Canada to this day. They also discuss why Canadian history being presented as bland and boring is an ideological project.

Check out Doug's work and other great reporting on the Canadian labour movement at

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Jul 2, 2018

We're back! After some time off Radio Free Winnipeg is back with a new series of shows. Our theme this time will be why Canada sucks where we will explore the many ways that Canada sucks domestically, internationally and historically.

Canadians have an overly romanticized view of themselves and as such there is a lot of myths surrounding Canada. Canadians usually frame themselves in relation to America so they either set the bar at being simply “better” than America (low bar to set) and use that as an excuse to both remain ignorant of issues in Canada and thus never challenge the status quo.

Scott and Greg talk about what they've been doing over the last month and a half and set out what they will be doing over this series.

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Show Notes

Angus Reid poll Truths of reconciliation: Canadians are deeply divided on how best to address Indigenous issues

Canadians deeply divided on Indigenous issues

Accounting for Histories: 150 Years of Canadian Maple Washing

Canada 150 is a celebration of Indigenous genocide




May 19, 2018

In the 8th and final episdoe of Radio Free Winnipeg's series on Fascism and Anti-Fascism Scott and Greg reflect on what the series accomplished, where they could have improved and what they would have changed.

Thanks for listening to the series. We will be back later in the summer with a new series of shows.

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May 6, 2018

In the 7th episdoe of Radio Free Winnipeg's series on Fascism and Anti-Fascism Scott does the show solo with Greg out of town in the big smoke (AKA Toronto).

First Scott comments on the recent "investigation" by CBC on the growth of the 3% militia in Canada. This was already reported on by Vice last year and organizers on the ground have know about the presence of the 3% for at least that long as well.

Then Scott dives into the main topic on the show, the grift of the "anti-extermism" narrative. The "anti-extermism narrative is very popular in the media with reformed Neo-Nazis and several academics perpetuating the narrative. It is a tidy narrative that not only erases the the ideology of Fascism but also creates a false equivalency between the far-right and the far-left. This not only hinders antifa but also helps to bolster the security state to criminalize left wing organizing.

Musical break for the show provided by Hearing Trees

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Apr 22, 2018

In Radio Free Winnipeg's 6th episode on Fascism and antifa Scott and Greg discuss the limits of antifa. While there have been several recent successes, ie Richard Spencer's comments not being able to hold public events, there are still limits to antifa.

While making the public cost high for Fascists when they gather or organize in public is key this still doesn't truly challenge or dismantle the racism and white supremacy at the heart of our society. How do we scale the anti-racism and anti-capitalism of antifa to a larger movement?

To start the show Scott and Greg talk about the recent events in Syria and how the left generally have "lost the plot" when it comes to offering a coherent and effective anti-war and anti-imperialism stance.

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Apr 10, 2018

In the 5th episode of our series on Fascism and Anti-Fascism Scott and Greg begin to dig into the history of anti-fascist movements, both in Europe, as well as in the context of Western Canada. 

They discuss the significance of the Spanish Civil War and how opposition to Franco's fascist movement help set the stage for contemporary anti-fascism. 

They also look at how punk rock and metal scenes were microcosms of these waves of fascist resurgence, and introduced youth to opposing fascism.

In the second half of the episode they interview longtime anti-fascist organizer from Calgary, Alberta, Jason Devine. 

Show Notes:

Advocacy in Action (Video) - Jason Devine on his 20 years of antifascist organizing.

The Philosophy of Antifa - Philosophy Tube (Video)

Antifa Worldwide: A Brief History Of International Antifascism

The Edelweiss Pirates, 1939-1945

Autonomous Antifa: From the Autonomen to Post-Antifa in Germany

Meet Antifa’s Secret Weapon Against Far-Right Extremists

Democracy in Crisis: A Glob al Antifascist Movement

“No Fascist USA!”: How Hardcore Punk Fuels the Antifa Movement

A Brief But Very Informative History of How Fascists Infiltrated Punk and Metal

How A Single Blog Post Derailed A Nationalist March



Mar 25, 2018

In Radio Free Winnipeg's 4th episode of their series on Fascism & Antifa Scott and Greg talk about the historical roots of Fascism with specific attention to Fascist groups in Canada during the 1930s.

In the second half of the episode Scott and Greg discuss the role of settler-colonialism in Canada, why liberalism can't defeat Fascism and how Fascists and racists use "free speech" to shield themselves.


In the episode Scott said that the Hyman libel act was passed in 1935 after the Battle of Old Market Square. In fact it was passed in 1934 just before the Battle of Old Market Square.

Show Notes

Running the Fascists out of Town

The Warning signs of Fascism on campus

Tracking the Alt-Right in Toronto

Twenty Five Theses on Fascism

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Mar 11, 2018

In Radio Free Winnipeg's third episode on Fascism & antifa Scott and Greg interview historian John Paul-Himka about the national narratives used by Ukrainian Nationalist groups both in Ukraine and in Canada that not only glorify war criminals and Nazi collaborators but trade in historical revisionism.

John Paul-Himka is professor emeritus at the University of Alberta

Scott and Greg discuss why the Ukrainian national myths are important both domestically and in terms of wider geo-political trends as well as discuss similar trends around the western world. Why have these nationalistic narratives become more common and why do they find a wider audience today? How do Fascist groups use these narratives to their own advantage?

Show Notes

Ukrainian-Canadian community urged confront WWII past amid controversy over monuments 

War Criminality: A Blank spot in the collective memory of Ukrainian Diaspora by John Paul-Himka

Interview from 2014 that explains about the roots that gave rise to the Ukrainian far right within historical myth making

Fascism's Face-Lift

Reflections on Anti-Communism

Article from Dovid Katz on the "double genocide theory"

In Ukraine, Ultranationalist Militia strikes fear in some quarters

Bypassing official channels, Canada's Ukrainian diaspora finances and fights a war against Russia

The US is arming and assisting Neo-Nazis In Ukraine, while congress debates prohibition

Neo-Nazi Groups recruit Britons to fight in Ukraine

The Reality of neo-Nazis in Ukraine is far from Kremlin propaganda

On Target: Canada's Warmongering in Ukraine is Dangerous

Mennonites and the Holocaust

Feb 24, 2018

Episode 2 of Radio Free Winnipeg's series on Fascism & Anti-Fascism Scott and Greg interview William Robinson on the links between Fascism and Capitalism and how the features of 21st Century Fascism differ from 20th Century Fascism.

William Robinson is a professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His work focuses on political economy, globalization, Latin America and historical materialism.

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Show Notes

Article by William Robinson in Al Jazerra that outlines the features of 21st Century Fascism

Excerpt from “Fascism Today: What it is and how to end it by” by Shane Burley via

Parts 1&2 of Monthly Review's One Question series: Is Fascism making a comeback?

Feb 9, 2018

Every February CKUW has its annual funding drive know as Fundrive.Fundrive runs from February the 9th to February the 16th. Radio Free Winnipeg's Fundrive show is on February the 11th 8-9pm.

Fundrive is where we ask listeners to pledge money to the station. This money makes up a significant portion of CKUW's budget (about a quarter) and allows CKUW to continue to broadcast.

Supporting CKUW is a great way to support Radio Free Winnipeg as without CKUW we would not have the tools to produce the show. Campus and Community radio is also a key part of building an alternative media network.

If you want to pledge you can get in contact with us on Twitter or Facebook and send us a message and we can work that out with you.

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