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Local Alberta Podcast about provincial and local politics and issues. Not journalists.

    The Breakdown - Episode 3.20 - The False Narrative Around GSA’s with Maria De Leeuw

    The Breakdown - Episode 3.20 - The False Narrative Around GSA’s with Maria De Leeuw

    In the run up to the provincial election, there were a lot of straw man arguments that were deployed by a lot of political parties to keep people from talking about the actual issues that the province of Alberta was facing.

    One of the most contentious though, has to be the debate that occurred around GSA’s.

    Today, we want to revisit that debate a little.

    For those of you that are unfamiliar with what a GSA is, GSA stands for Gay Straight Alliance and they’re effectively school clubs that exist to create places where LGBTQ2S+ youth can interact with other youth, gay and straight without fear of bullying.

    The debate around GSA’s often centers around stories about kids being taken off of school property, and more.

    The source of the vast majority of these stories can be traced back largely to a court case filed by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms or the JCCF.

    The JCCF is the organization that has deeply religious roots and regularly takes up causes that they perceive infringe on freedoms, particularly religious freedoms and files lawsuits. Before the election they filed both a suit against Bill 24, and then an appeal.

    That appeal included multiple affidavits from relatively anonymous sources that had some pretty sweeping claims about goings on in GSA’s.

    The crown objected heavily to the use of these affidavits. They were self-contradictory, misleading and full of emotionally loaded language that had no bearing on their actual contents. A judge called them to be heresay and unreliable.

    But they were reported on heavily, particularly by right wing deeply religious opinion columnists.

    And from the original affidavits, they morphed into stories that pundits and politicians picked up and used.

    One of the affidavits introduced by the JCCF in their appeal on Bill 24 was one that detailed a person who attended an event where multiple speakers spoke on a variety of issues. One of those speakers spoke about her experiences volunteering to ensure that her community kids had access to a GSA.

    We are extremely proud to be able to help try and correct the record and welcome the person who presented that talk and who volunteered her time and energy to ensure that LGBTQ2S+ youth had a safe place to be who they are.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Breakdown - Episode 3.19 - Dr. Carla Peck (Part 3)

    The Breakdown - Episode 3.19 - Dr. Carla Peck (Part 3)

    Consultation (or not)! Ideology! (Dr. Carla Peck and the Curriculum - Part 3)

Since the provincial government release their new “curriculum”, there’s been no shortage of outcry, frustration and condemnation, particularly in regards to the social studies “curriculum”.

One of the UCP’s campaign promises was to “throw the NDP curriculum in the shredder” and come up with their own, but what they have produced, particularly the Social Studies curriculum has created a lot of anger and concern.

    To try and figure out how things got as bad as they are, we sat down with Dr. Carla Peck, Professor of Social Studies Education in the Department of Elementary Education at the University of Alberta.

    This episode turned into a pretty deep dive on Curriculum development, so we’re breaking it up into three parts, this is Part 3.

    As always, if you appreciate the kind of content that we’re trying to produce here at The Breakdown, please consider signing up as a monthly supporter at our patreon site at www.patreon.com/thebreakdownab, and if you’re listening to the audio version of our podcast, please consider leaving us a review and a rating and don’t forget to like and follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram all at @thebreakdownab.

    • 25 min
    The Breakdown - Episode 3.18 - Dr. Carla Peck and the Curriculum (Part 2)

    The Breakdown - Episode 3.18 - Dr. Carla Peck and the Curriculum (Part 2)

    Plagiarism! Editing on the fly! All this and so much more!

Since the provincial government release their new “curriculum”, there’s been no shortage of outcry, frustration and condemnation, particularly in regards to the social studies “curriculum”.

One of the UCP’s campaign promises was to “throw the NDP curriculum in the shredder” and come up with their own, but what they have produced, particularly the Social Studies curriculum has created a lot of anger and concern.

    To try and figure out how things got as bad as they are, we sat down with Dr. Carla Peck, Professor of Social Studies Education in the Department of Elementary Education at the University of Alberta.

    This episode turned into a pretty deep dive on Curriculum development, so we’re breaking it up into three parts, this is Part 2.

    As always, if you appreciate the kind of content that we’re trying to produce here at The Breakdown, please consider signing up as a monthly supporter at our patreon site at www.patreon.com/thebreakdownab, and if you’re listening to the audio version of our podcast, please consider leaving us a review and a rating and don’t forget to like and follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram all at @thebreakdownab.

    • 29 min
    The Breakdown - Episode 3.17 - Dr. Carla Peck and Curriculum (Part 1)

    The Breakdown - Episode 3.17 - Dr. Carla Peck and Curriculum (Part 1)

    School is in! (Part 1)

Since the provincial government released their new “curriculum”, there’s been no shortage of outcry, frustration and condemnation, particularly in regards to the social studies “curriculum”.

One of the UCP’s campaign promises was to “throw the NDP curriculum in the shredder” and come up with their own, but what they have produced, particularly the Social Studies “curriculum” has created a lot of anger and concern.

    To try and figure out how things got as bad as they are, we sat down with Dr. Carla Peck, Professor of Social Studies Education in the Department of Elementary Education at the University of Alberta.

    Our conversation turned into a pretty deep dive on Curriculum development, so we’re breaking it up into three parts, this is Part 1.

    As always, if you appreciate the kind of content that we’re trying to produce here at The Breakdown, please consider signing up as a monthly supporter at our patreon site at www.patreon.com/thebreakdownab, and if you’re listening to the audio version of our podcast, please consider leaving us a review and a rating and don’t forget to like and follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram all at @thebreakdownab.

    • 29 min
    The Breakdown - Episode 3.16 - Jennifer Sanford (Part 2)

    The Breakdown - Episode 3.16 - Jennifer Sanford (Part 2)

    Jennifer Sanford is back with a whole new season of “Conservative Like Me” dropping on April 9th!

So we decided to sit down with her to discuss the new season, the many flavours of conservatism, the state of conservatism federally and provincially and so much more that we needed to split the episode up into 2!

We hope you enjoy Part 2, where we really begin to drill down into the state of Conservatism in Alberta and Jenn extends a special invitation to the premier of Alberta!

    As always, if you appreciate the kind of content that we’re trying to produce here at The Breakdown, please consider signing up as a monthly supporter at our patreon site at www.patreon.com/thebreakdownab, and if you’re listening to the audio version of our podcast, please consider leaving us a review and a rating and don’t forget to like and follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram all at @thebreakdownab.

    • 58 min
    The Breakdown - Episode 3.15 - Jennifer Sanford (Part 1)

    The Breakdown - Episode 3.15 - Jennifer Sanford (Part 1)

    Jennifer Sanford is back with a whole new season of “Conservative Like Me” dropping on April 9th!

So we decided to sit down with her to discuss the new season, the many flavours of conservatism, the state of conservatism federally and provincially and so much more that we needed to split the episode up into 2!

We hope you enjoy Part 1!

    As always, if you appreciate the kind of content that we’re trying to produce here at The Breakdown, please consider signing up as a monthly supporter at our patreon site at www.patreon.com/thebreakdownab, and if you’re listening to the audio version of our podcast, please consider leaving us a review and a rating and don’t forget to like and follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram all at @thebreakdownab.

    • 39 min

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Tiger, Tiger

Another great interview with Jennifer. I know in my heart of hearts that she is not the only Conservative like her - someone who is willing to have a conversation and not just tell you that you are wrong for not being like her. It’s definitely a challenge to appreciate Conservatives like her when there are so many louder voices to the contrary. Thanks for this!

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