Western Context - News from Alberta, BC, and Canada
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Join Shane and Patrick as they remove bias and sensationalism from the latest news from Canada, Alberta, British Columbia, and beyond. Delivered weekly with the context and information needed to put you on the right side of the news.
||CleanWestern Context 105 – Connecting The Dots||A BC NDP MP mulls retirement to mediate a pipeline dispute, Rachel Notley loans $440M to an invisible company, and the feds spent $12.7M on renting cars for the G7 summit. Also, corruption in the Canadian justice system questions the rule of law.||2/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWestern Context 104 – Psychological Warfare||Albertans feel the economy is worse than it is, a poll on the Nanaimo by-election is wrong by 22%, and the federal government overpaid for the Trans Mountain Pipeline. Also, we talk about the evolution of fake news on social media.||2/3/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWestern Context 103 – A Flurry of Investigations||Jason Kenney’s MP living expenses are under fire from disgruntled opponents, BC speaker Plecas reports on rampant legislature corruption, the media rushes to judgement on the Covington standoff, and ambassador to China John McCallum embarrasses Canada||1/27/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWestern Context 102 – The Politics of Racism||A criminally accused Saudi national disappears from Canada, the BC government forces 1.6M homeowners to opt out of a new tax, the Alberta NDP predicts a nasty election, and a Chinese Liberal candidate uses WeChat to ethnically discount Jagmeet Singh.||1/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWestern Context 101 – Believing in Right or Wrong||A BC Liberal candidate is subject to a witch-hunt ahead of a crucial by-election, bullying concerns stop a consultation for a proposed park in Alberta, and a First Nation blockades a natural gas pipeline. Also, the media tries to tell us right from wron||1/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWestern Context 100 – 2018 in Review||A special year end episode for all peoplekind where we cover all of the best, worst, and most interesting stories of the year, plus more! Featuring pipelines, trade agreements, elections, fake news, torn down statues, and Trudeau language difficulties.||12/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWestern Context 99 – Proportional Failure||BC’s referendum is complete as 61.3% vote to stick with FPTP, the federal government loans $1.6B to Alberta’s oil sector, and we look at Trudeau’s foreign policy failures. Also, pure fake news on the Chamber of Commerce’s support for the carbon||12/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWestern Context 98 – The War on Christmas||A First Nations group rejects Trudeau’s tanker ban, Victoria councillors want to curtail Christmas decorations for diversity, and Alberta jobs get hit by a wild StatsCan margin of error. Also, we detail the censorship scandal of Baby It’s Cold Outsi||12/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWestern Context 97 – A Glut of Ignorance||Huawei’s CFO was arrested and we look at the further impacts on Canada’s economy and 5G networks. Alberta curtailing oil production and BC’s climate plan show the contrast of the two NDP governments. Also, Trudeau tweets away $50M to impress celeb||12/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWestern Context 96 – Disruptive Doublespeak||Economic migrants are costing us almost $400M, GM is closing its auto plant in Oshawa, and Amarjeet Sohi “agrees” with pro-pipeline protestors. Also, Trudeau’s government stalls a probe into money laundering as a Liberal MP has a gambling problem.||12/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Not so neutral
I was really excited to find a local podcast that provides a critical review of news coverage. There are so many issues in Alberta that don't get adequate news coverage. Unfortunately not so much, there's a longing for the Harper days, a heavy focus on economics and a fairly obvious lack of critical analysis of the right side.
Great Podcast, Strongly Recommended for the Non-Political Junkie
Excellent podcast. This is a great first step for people who are not heavily politically engaged as well as those who just want the news without major spin. So much of the mainstream media in Canada pushes a far left spin while so much of the conservative media focuses on countering the left's narrative that there really aren't many media outlets that truly are focused on covering news and educating people in the facts. The Right Side is a great resource for those who would really like to grow their knowledge: it is great for Canadians who just want to hear news without major spin and is also great for Americans who might like to learn a little bit about their neighbours to the north.