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Listen to "The New Left Canadian Media Insurgency" on Spreaker. On a media double feature episode of Unpacking the News, host Andre Goulet welcomes Geoff Sharpe, co-founder of online advocacy org North99, to explore the rise of left/socialist media in Canada and the United States and what to expect from new Canadian Left online journal in the coming months. Plus: why Arnold Viesen can't rap and a celebration of the one year anniversary of the SNC-Lavelin scandal.

Then, Chris Markevich joins the show to discuss his epic, ambitious new podcast Left Behind: Socialism in the Age of Right Wing Populism and what listeners can anticipate hearing from the left/socialist Canadian podcasting community in 2020.

The RCMP raid of the Wet'suwet'en Coastal GasLink blockade has inspired nationwide solidarity protests and also an extremely ugly reactionary backlash. On a new episode of 49th Parahell political organizer and frequent commentator on ethnic, migration and climate issues Romy Garrido joins host Rob Rousseau to talk about the protest movements origins and the media narratives around it. Then zoomer activist Rayne Fisher-Quan recounts her experiences this week at one of Vancouver's solidarity blockades.

Hear The Insurgents, Rob's new show exploring the circus of the US Democratic primaries, wherever you get your podcasts.

Scrapping the previous NDP government's comprehensive curriculum review, Jason Kenney pledged to "get politics out of the classroom." The newly-formed Curriculum Advisory Panel, which does not include anyone who has taught in a classroom for the last 20 years, came up with some suggestions: provide "balance" when teaching lessons about climate change, and teach cursive writing. On a new episode of The Alberta Advantage Barbara Silva, communications director of Support Our Students, joins Team Advantage to talk about the state of the curriculum rewrite, and public education more broadly, in Alberta.

Everybody's talking about it: it's the latest, best policy idea to come from the left since public healthcare and public education – it's free public transit. On a new episode of the Edmonton-based Progress Report, host Duncan Kinney speaks with Laura Kruse and Paige Gorsak with Free Transit Edmonton about their exciting new campaign to bring free transit to all.

Listen to "Left Behind Special Episode: Wet'suwet'en Solidarity" on Spreaker. On a new episode of the Campbell River, BC-based Left Behind, host Chris Markevich welcomes the Green Party's Paul Manley (Member of Parliament for Nanaimo—Ladysmith) to discuss why, as the Wet'suwet'en are still being threatened on their traditional territory by the RCMP and the courts, now is the time to decide which side of history we want to be on.

On a new episode of Out of Left Field the Victoria socialists welcome progressive local city councilor Jeremy Loveday to discuss the role that municipal politics play in a broader social context, the housing crisis that many cities across the world face, public transportation, bike lanes and more.

Earlier this week, Ontario Premier Doug Ford visited Washington for a Canadian American Business Council event, where he called Bernie Sanders and democratic socialism "scary" and bad for business in both Canada and the United States and that a Donald Trump re-election was the right answer for both Canada and the USA . On a new episode of his popular YouTube show Left Politics, History and Culture academic Christo Aivalis explains why Ford--who is Canada's most unpopular Premier--does not represent the views of the more than 80% of Canadians who would choose Bernie Sanders over Trump.

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