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.
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In the last episode of 2017 Scott and Greg reflect on 2017. What were the issues they covered that had the most impact on them? What were the common themes that bind all the shows together (Capitalism sucks)?
Scott and Greg also talk about Radio Free Winnipeg's new schedule for 2018 and what they will be covering.
Thanks for tuning in. 2018 will be an exciting year.
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In this episode Greg and Scott talk about the debate around opening of Portage & Main in Winnipeg to pedestrians. From there they go into a wider discussion on city planning, transit, and class consciousness.
Here is an artilce on Portage & Main in the Globe & Mail
Here is the Eduardo Galeano artilce on the social and environmental cost of the private automobile talked about in the episode
A great artilce on the Winnipeg Street Car strike of 1906
On this episode we talk to Winnipeg based journalist James Wilt. James writes for Desmog Canada, Canadian Dimension, Vice Canada, Rank and File.ca.
We talked with James about his work on climate change for Desmog. James talks about covering climate change, the NDP leadership race, the hype around electric cars, and how the doom and gloom of climate science won't help us mobilize.
Check out James's writing at Desmog Canada here
James also does a Podcast which is super fun. Check it out.
James also tweets a lot
In this episode we look at leftist discourse about Syria, Venezuela and the DPRK, and the McCarthyist tendencies being invoked against anti-imperialists who defend the official enemies of empire.
We discuss how the West's anti-war movement has been stifled as a result of this lack of clear analysis.
We've been wanting to discuss Folkorama for a while now, with the recent statement issued by Folkorama to CBC in regards to the unofficial Ghanaian pavilion, now seemed like an appropriate time
In this episode Scott and Greg talk about how Folkorama presents as liberal conception of multiculturalism in Winnipeg, how at it's worst it tokenizes the communities it's trying to showcase.
In this extended episode we talk to Tyler Shipley, author of Ottawa and Empire: Canada and the Military Coup in Honduras, about his new book, and the coup he witnessed firsthand.
In his book, Shipley uses the 2009 coup in Honduras as a clear example of Canada's imperial ambitions, and argues that the Canadian state holds an independent agenda, not always beholden to its more powerful neighbour to the south.
We also discuss Canadian (left) nationalism more broadly and the need to build an opposition to it through sports and other elements of mainstream culture.
Proletarian Feminism is a Marxist approach to feminism that was brought forth by the Indian revolutionary Communist and writer, Anuradha Ghandy, in Philosophical Trends in the Feminist Movement. In her writing Ghandy examines the dominant variants of feminism, pulling the relevant elements and issuing critiques of what she see's as detrimental to the movement and women. What results is a feminism that sees the struggle against patriarchy as inherently linked to the struggle against capitalism, colonialism, imperialism, and racism, and transphobia.
In this episode we talk to Jayelyn and Elizabeth, two feminists and members of the Revolutionary Student Movement in Winnipeg, who recently organized a panel at the University of Winnipeg on Proletarian Feminism.
We also discuss the recent conversation surrounding the involvement of police officers at Pride.
Over the last several years the rhetoric around "creativity" and the "creative class" has been embraced by both governments, NGO's and many in the arts community. While creativity is positive there are deeper questions that we should ask about what this rhetoric upholds and reproduces. In this episode we explore these questions with Max Haiven. Max is the Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice at Lakehead University in Northwest Ontario and director of the ReImagining Value Action Lab (RiVAL).
For more on Max's critique of "creativity" check out this artilce.
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In this episode we talk with Aaron Maiden host and producer of The Rebel Beat podcast.
The Rebel Beat is podcast of politically radical music from across genres and continents. Greg and Scott talk to Aaron about how music has shaped his politics, how someone who is politically radical can engage with art and culture and the importance of radical politics in art.
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For this episode we replay our interview we did with Harrison Samphir from last year on the situation in Ukraine and media coverage of it. It is from last year but many of the points and information still hold true today and with the current hysteria in Canadian media over Russian interference in Canadian government it is no less pertinent.
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In this episode Scott talks to the Nation magazine's Sports Editor and host of The Edge of Sports podcast, Dave Zirin about the significance politics played in professional sports over the past year. Zirin speaks about the history of dissent in the NFL and the significance it plays in shifting social consciousness.
In this episode Scott and Greg discuss Kelly Leitch's comments about abolishing the Indian Act and her populist rhetoric, as well as how liberal identity politics co-exist with white nationalism and neo-fascism.
In this New Year's Day episode we decided to take it easy, kick back and play a few tracks to inspire the masses.
Minimum Wage Strike - David Rovics
My Favorite Mutiny - The Coup
Waiting for The Great Leap Forward - Billy Bragg
United Nations - The Nihilist Spasm Band & Joe McPhee (9:02)
Scott Neigh (@canadianlefty) is an writer, activist and radio host based in Hamilton, Ontario. Neigh hosts Talking Radical Radio, which delivers in-depth interviews with grassroots activists engaged in a broad range of social change work in communities across the country.
In this episode we bond over our shared interest in community radio. We discuss what goes in to creating a half hour talk radio program and how the grassroots media landscape has changed over time.
You can listen to Talking Radical Radio on CKUW 95.9 FM immediately following Radio Free Winnipeg, Tuesdays at 10am on 93.3 FM CFMU in Hamilton, Ontario or anytime via the Podcast feed hosted by Rabble.ca.
In this episode we play an excerpt of Yves Engler's recent talk at the University of Winnipeg about his new book A Propaganda System — How Governments, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation.
With examples of coverage of Haiti, Palestine and the natural resource industry, Engler details how the Canadian government is involved in actively shaping the public's understanding of foreign policy through one-sided mainstream media coverage.
Mother Tareka/Tarek Funk is an MC, instrumentalist, producer based in Hamilton, Ontario. His most recent record, Elephants, released under the moniker Mother Tareka and The Rebel Funktion, is a collaboration between a number of talented musicians with a background in jazz, funk, afrobeat and hip hop. Rapping in both Arabic and English, Mother Tareka, injects his lyrics with radical politics. Elephants is thematically packed with calls for social and political justice and enough catchy beats to keep your head bobbing.
In this episode we interview Tarek about the new album, his musical influences and his experience as a Syrian-Palestinian immigrant to Canada.
In this episode we discuss how settler colonialism plays out through neoliberal development projects and gentrification in Winnipeg in a conversation with geographer Owen Toews.
Toews holds a Ph.D in Human Geography from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. In 2015 he published his dissertation "Resettling the City? Settler Colonialism, Neoliberalism, and Urban Land in Winnipeg, Canada."
In this episode we look into the role that Canadian corporations and the State play in relation to Honduras. Scott and Greg speak with Grahame Russel, co-director of Rights Action, about the repression and terror activists and journalists have been subjected to since the 2009 coup and how Canada is implicated.
In this episode we look at Canada's involvement in NATO. We speak with Harrison Samphir (@), web editor of Canadian Dimension, to shed some light on Canada's recent deployment of troops to Poland and Latvia, as well as the greater conflict in Ukraine. Samphir helps sift through media coverage to illustrate how Russia has been consistently demonized by Western publications to the benefit of NATO interests in the region. We also discuss the growing wave of fascist movements in Europe and across the globe.
In this episode we talk with Brian Lorraine, a local teacher and freelance journalist about Shoal Lake 40 and how it serves as an example of the Canadian colonial past and present.
In this episode we report back from our field trip to the movies to see Star Trek Beyond. We discuss the film, our low expectation going into it, and how it compares to the rest of the franchise.
Continuing on with the topic of the Winnipeg General Strike, we interview Tom Mitchell, a retired archivist at Brandon University and co-author of When The State Trembled: How A. J. Andrews and The Citizens’ Committee Broke The Winnipeg General Strike.
Our conversation focuses on how a group of prominent Winnipeg lawyers and elites, known as the Citizens' Committee of One Thousand, conspired with the Federal government to undermine the labour movement and the strikers, and how it set the tone for how the strike would ultimately be remembered.
The 1919 Winnipeg General Strike is an event most of us learned about, at least briefly, in elementary school. In Manitoba the strike is often referenced, however abstractly, as a culminating moment in labour history. Unions and political parties, such as the NDP, are often associated with the strike, connecting their own histories and timelines back to the mass movement that reached a boiling point in the spring of 1919.
How is the General Strike remembered today? In which ways has the legacy of the strike been distorted by the factions that held power in the subsequent years? What did the labour movement look like during the inter-war period between the first and second World Wars?
We attempt to get to the heart of these questions in our interview with James Naylor, professor and labour historian at Brandon University.
In this episode we speak with author and activist, Yves Engler, about Canadian foreign policy and mineral extraction in Africa.
Engler recently wrote an article for rabble.ca contrasting the World Partnership Walk, organized by the Aga Khan Foundation Canada, against the human rights abuses committed by Canadian mining companies on the African continent.
In addition to discussing natural resources companies, we look at the Saudi arms deal, Canadian arms exports, and how it is covered by the media.