15 episodes

A leftist podcast examining how the scars of capitalism are experienced in Canada's small cities and towns. Also news and stuff.
Email Michael at michaeljrspeers@hotmail.com

Struggle in the Suburbs Michael Speers

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A leftist podcast examining how the scars of capitalism are experienced in Canada's small cities and towns. Also news and stuff.
Email Michael at michaeljrspeers@hotmail.com

    Supervised Consumption Sites Save Lives ... Period!

    Supervised Consumption Sites Save Lives ... Period!

    When it comes to the fact that supervised consumption sites save lives, there really shouldn’t be any debate. But opponents - be they politicians, business owners or residents - still argue with the experts and dispute their effectiveness. On this episode, Sarah Tilley from The Gilbert Centre joins Michael Speers to discuss drug use, the intersecting issues created by capitalism and why an SCS is needed ASAP.

    • 42 min
    IHRA Working Definition Won’t Work

    IHRA Working Definition Won’t Work

    Antisemitism is on the rise, so we need to do everything we can to end it. But the fight against antisemitism must be joined to the struggle for equality and human rights for all people. On this episode, Corey Balsam from Independent Jewish Voices Canada joins Michael Speers to talk about the IHRA definition of antisemitism and why governments should say no to adopting it. Learn more at noihra.ca. Contact Barrie council by visiting https://www.barrie.ca/City%20Hall/MayorCouncil/Pages/default.aspx

    • 26 min
    Why Ranked Ballots?

    Why Ranked Ballots?

    Barrie council is currently taking a look at whether or not the city should move to a ranked ballot system. On this episode, Dave Meslin and Jennifer Van Gennip join Michael Speers to discuss why making that change is the right thing to do.

    • 33 min
    Black Lives Matter

    Black Lives Matter

    After two massive protests and days of action, Barrie and other towns and cities are ready for a revolution. But just saying Black Lives Matter isn’t enough. We are hearing a call to action, and we need to answer it. Joining Michael Speers this week is community activist Shelly Skinner. Check out her new initiative on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/653973981823404/?ref=share or through Making Change Across Simcoe County at https://www.makingchangesc.com/

    • 29 min
    Class in Session

    Class in Session

    Brandon Rhéal Amyot joins Michael Speers to talk about the concerns of students in Canada, lacklustre support initiatives, and why politicians keep ignoring the needs of students despite the broad economic benefits of their education.

    • 43 min
    What Is To Be Done? Working People and Class Consciousness in Canada

    What Is To Be Done? Working People and Class Consciousness in Canada

    As we mark another International Workers’ Day, activist and organizer Pam Frache joins Michael Speers to talk about the unity and power of workers, reform and revolution, and how socialists can connect with all working people as we journey along that path together.

    • 47 min

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