Fresh from the birthplace of the CCF! Commentary and analysis on local and provincial politics from a left perspective.
100 Years of the Communist Party of Canada
What is the history of Canada's second-oldest political party, and how does it inform their politics today? In this in-depth examination of the Communist Party of Canada, Team Advantage serves up a broad historical overview of the Party's history, and considers what role the CPC could play in the struggle for socialism today.
Follow our guest Doug Nesbitt at @StandingTheGaff and at rankandfile.ca.
The Postwar CCF
What happened to the CCF in the post-war period? The 1940s saw the CCF soar in popularity, with the party forming official opposition in Ontario in 1943, and public opinion polls showing nationalizing industries to be widely popular among the Canadian population. How did the popularity of the CCF's positions get diffused, managed, or attacked in the years following the Second World War?
ORPHANED: Alberta's Oil and Gas Wells
What happens when a symbol of prosperity becomes one of decay? There are thousands of idle oil and gas wells stranded throughout the Canadian west, orphaned by companies that went bankrupt and refused to clean them up. These orphan wells are a symptom of an industry in crisis, with the financial and ecological burden being unfairly placed upon the public. Filmmaker Gillian McKercher joins Team Advantage to discuss her new documentary film, Orphaned.
What is ideology? How does it function? Is it something that affects only our opponents— because they're blinded by ideology, forced into believing a cult-like worldview? Could it be that ideology is also present among experts and people who consider themselves "objective," free-thinking individuals? Join Team Advantage as we explore ideology in theory, history, and practice.
Politicizing the Economy
What have you done to help The Economy today? We live in a world where growing The Economy seems to be everyone's primary concern— nurturing it, jump-starting it, stimulating it. What is this notion of The Economy anyways, and where does it come from? Team Advantage delves into the history of economic thought and explores what's hidden or obscured when we refer uncritically to this concept.
Vote Communist! with Elizabeth Rowley
Elizabeth Rowley, leader of the Communist Party of Canada, joins Team Advantage in a busy community hall in Calgary. What does the Communist Party propose in its program this election, particularly in terms of a response to the pandemic and growing inequality?
Learn more about the CPC by contacting them at info[at]cpc-pcc.ca, 416-469-2446, and communist-party.ca
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.
Lose the vocal fry
Would be easier to listen to if the host lost the shrill, vocal fry. It’s painful to listen to and hard to take seriously. Shut up.