A daily discussion about news, politics, and pop culture, hosted by Ryan Jespersen from Edmonton, Alberta. Real Talk streams live, weekday mornings at 8:30am MT at ryanjespersen.com.
January 19, 2021 - David Khan, Katie Morrison, Craig Snodgrass, Eric Cedillo, Puneeta McBryan
Coal mining conversations continue in Alberta, as the government announced a pause on eleven recently-granted leases in the Rocky Mountains. We check in with environmental lawyer David Khan and CPAWS conservation director (and biologist) Katie Morrison for details on what that actually means. Craig Snodgrass may be Mayor of a small town (High River), but he brought heavy artillery to our conversation around the lack of government consultation on the environmental and industry fronts. It's a must-listen interview. Dallas attorney and Southern Methodist University Law professor Eric Cedillo joins to make sense of Donald Trump's expected stream of Presidential pardons, and explain how Trump can (or cannot) influence impeachment proceedings. Puneeta McBryan, new executive director for Edmonton's Downtown Business Association discusses post-pandemic work trends, and their impact on commercial leases and the overall health of a city's core.
January 18, 2021 - Kevin Van Tighem, Andrew Leach, Martin Olszynski, Kristen van de Biezenbos
Naturalist Kevin Van Tighem, former superintendent of Banff National Park, takes us on a hike he completed over the weekend, surveying coal mining activity in Alberta's Oldman River. Energy economist Andrew Leach and environmental law professor Martin Olszynski chime in on reports President-elect Biden will cancel Keystone XL, and offer insight into the UCP's controversial Allan Inquiry into foreign attacks on Alberta oil. Law professor Kristen van de Biezenbos explains the significance of the Keystone XL story, and whether or not Alberta can recoup its recent multi-billion dollar investment. Plus, it's Monday, so that means another inspiring edition of "Positive Reflections," presented by Kuby Energy!
Trash Talk - January 15, 2021
Ryan rolls out the best rants of the week, as submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Buckle up for another edition of Trash Talk, presented by Local Waste.
January 15, 2021 - Adam O'Brien, Next 30 round table, Scientists round table
"As DC falls, Bitcoin rises," a viewer tweeted Ryan on January 6th. Bitcoin Well CEO Adam O'Brien joins for Real Talk on the popular cryptocurrency, including his take on its wild value fluctuations over the past week. This week's Real Talk Round Table takes a look at "The Next 30" movement, featuring co-founder Chad Park, Salimah Kassam, and Carman McNary. After Coal Association of Canada president (and former Alberta Environment Minister) Robin Campbell argued "Selinium is just salt" on Thursday's show, biologist John Adcock and geochemist Colton Vessey chime in on the environmental impact of open-pit coal mining in the mountains, and the challenges around environmental reclamation. Plus, per tradition, Ryan wraps up the week with another rousing edition of Trash Talk!
January 14, 2021 - Robin Campbell, Jason Doucette, Fire Chiefs, Greg Meeker, Andrew Walker
With more and more Canadians paying attention to open-pit coal mining in the Rocky Mountains, Coal Association of Canada president (and former Alberta Environment Minister) Robin Campbell argues the industry side. Jason Doucette, president of Alberta Fly Fishing and Conservation, explains why he's opposed to Alberta's coal expansion. With 9-1-1 services being consolidated across the province, Alberta fire chiefs from Red Deer, Lethbridge, and Fort McMurray lay out why they think it's a bad idea (hint: it's a matter of life and death). Former chair of the Alberta Teachers Retirement Fund Greg Meeker tells us why he's "incensed" at the United Conservative Party transferring the $18B teachers' pension to AIMCo. Sportsnet radio host Andrew Walker shares his thoughts on an "all Canadian" NHL season, and has a little fun with his vintage "Jespo Mug".
January 13, 2021 - Jason Schilling, Min. Jim Carr, Eastern Slopes coal round table, Jason Zackowski
The Alberta government broke a promise that teachers would maintain control of their pension fund, and Alberta Teachers Association president Jason Schilling has something to say about it. Minister Jim Carr is back as the Prime Minister's Special Representative to the Prairies. He takes us into his top priorities, including vaccinations and economic stimulus. Country music star Corb Lund, rancher Laura Laing, and Lougheed-era coal policy architect David Luff share their concerns around coal mining in the Rockies. Oh, and Corb treats us to an impromptu performance by candlelight. High school science teacher Jason Zackowski checks in from the science lab at Red Deer's Lindsay Thurber High School to explain how his dogs (yeah, his dogs!) Bunsen Berner and Beaker gained tens of thousands of followers on social media. Jason also takes a few minutes to blow stuff up - an integral element of any decent interview about science.