Fresh from the birthplace of the CCF! Commentary and analysis on local and provincial politics from a left perspective.
Why does Canada love Ukrainian Nazis?
In late September 2023, Canadian Parliament clapped for "Ukrainian hero" Yaroslav Hunka, who fought with the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Galician), a unit in the Nazi German military.
Why did Canada let so many Ukrainian Nazis into the country after WW2, and how did this wave of right-wing Ukrainian nationalist shape Canada's Ukrainian diaspora? Team Advantage digs into the working-class origins of Ukrainians in Canada, Canada's efforts at post-war anticommunism, and the Canadian government's careful management of "multiculturalism."
Wildfire Season Concludes
The area burned by wildfires in Canada this year exceeded 18 million hectares and burned 1,740 megatonnes of CO2, roughly three times Canada's human-made emissions from 2022. As fire season winds down, Team Advantage examines this new, fun, half-year-long weather phenomenon, and considers the role of fossil fuels and the end of "cheap nature."
John Vaillant - Fire Weather
Edward Struzik - Firestorm: How Wildfire Will Shape Our Future
Alex Callinicos - The New Age of Catastrophe
Jason Moore - Capitalism in the Web of Life
Notley Loses Again! Alberta's 2023 Election
Support this podcast! Rachel Notley led the Alberta NDP to their second major electoral defeat in Alberta's latest general election. What does this election say about Albertans and our political culture? How might we make basic social democratic values popular? How should we organize as we anticipate Premier Danielle Smith? And what's next for the Alberta NDP?
Clearing the Plains in 2023: Alberta's Drug Poisoning Crisis
Support this podcast! What link is there between pushing Indigenous people off land, into reserves, into residential schools, and into forced treatment? How are conversations about "public safety" and policing being mobilized to harm vulnerable people? How has the politicization of the opioid epidemic obscured what's needed to address increasing drug poisoning deaths? Harm reduction advocate Euan Thomson joins Team Advantage to discuss the realities of Alberta's drug poisoning crisis.
Follow Euan @elsthomson and subscribe to his Drug Data Decoded newsletter.
Listen to our 2020 episode on this topic with Garth Mullins and Jeremy Appel.
Mentioned in this episode is Dustin Godfrey's video essay "Is Vancouver Dying? A definitely non-exhaustive review." Also mentioned is a recent B.C. Federation of Labour resolution to lobby the B.C. government for safe supply.
Can Socialists Like Hockey?
Culture wars, long-term injury, workplace violence, sexual assaults, nationalistic militarism, and the appropriation of working-class aesthetics... is it possible to like hockey from the left? Can sport unite the working class? Is hockey a serious game for serious men, or a silly game for silly people? Cass Kislenko, Tyler Shipley and Doug Nesbitt join Team Advantage to discuss Canada's game.
Doug mentions the short film Valery's Ankle by Brett Kashmere.
Tyler refers to the 2016 film Hello Destroyer.
Follow Cass Kislenko @redkislenko
Follow Tyler Shipley @le_shipster
Definitely don't follow Doug Nesbitt because he's not @standingthegaff
Take Back Alberta (from Woke Jason Kenney)
A group known as Take Back Alberta appears to have seized control over sizable parts of the United Conservative Party and secured the leadership of Danielle Smith. What is this group? What motivates them, and who are their key figures? PressProgress writer Stephen Magusiak joins Team Advantage to discuss his recent piece, Who Is ‘Take Back Alberta’ and What Do They Really Want?
Follow Stephen at @magusiak, PressProgress at @PressProgress, and sign up for the ShiftWork newsletter.
Take Back Alberta movement is gaining ground in the UCP, and some in the party are worried - Carrie Tait, Globe & Mai
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½ cup all-purpose flour ¼ teaspoon paprika ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper ¼ teaspoon salt 10 chicken wings oil for deep frying ¼ cup butter ¼ cup hot sauce 1 dash ground black pepper 1 dash garlic powder In a small bowl mix together the flour, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt. Place chicken wings in a large nonporous glass dish or bowl and sprinkle flour mixture over them until they are evenly coated. Cover dish or bowl and refrigerate for 60 to 90 minutes. Heat oil in a deep fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). The oil should be just enough to cover wings entirely, an inch or so deep. Combine the butter, hot sauce, pepper and garlic powder in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir together and heat until butter is melted and mixture is well blended. Remove from heat and reserve for serving. Fry coated wings in hot oil for 10 to 15 minutes, or until parts of wings begin to turn brown. Remove from heat, place wings in serving bowl, add hot sauce mixture and stir together. Serve.
Much needed social democratic and "left-wing" media from the Canadian prairies, where such content is often drowned out by the neoliberal and libertarian hegemony.
Required Listening For Alberta Leftists
Alberta Advantage’s analysis and strength in telling the history of our province from a left perspective make it must hear stuff for anyone in Alberta who’s looking for something different.