By Undecided Podcast
Tara Mahoney and Kate Reeve, two young Canadian voters, are embarking on a journey of knowledge and exploration in an effort to decide who they will vote for in upcoming Canadian elections. Follow them in a weekly podcast as they tackle election issues with experts and other young people.
Platform Roundup: What Have You Decided?
Tara and four friends break down the Green, Liberal, and NDP party platforms and talk about their voting decision for October 21. They also share the astrological charts of the four party leaders, because that is obviously a very important measure for success in any government. CORRECTION: at one point, Tara says “500 new affordable housing units” when describing the NDP platform - this is supposed to be 500,000 new housing units!! CBC Platform Comparison Tool - https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/elections/federal/2019/party-platforms/
October 20, 2019
The Green Party Platform w/ Taylor Scollon
Taylor Scollon, co-founder of North99, helps Tara to break down the Green Party platform to help you make your election decision on October 21st. Follow North99 on Twitter and Instagram to stay up today with the latest progressive news in Canada, and subscribe to their Canada Elections Podcast to get in-dept analysis on the most important issues this election. Resources: CBC Platform Comparison Tool - https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/elections/federal/2019/party-platforms/ North99 - https://north99.org/
October 18, 2019
The Liberal Platform w/ Kate McQuade
Tara and Kate McQuade, the woman behind the Marxist meme account jean.paul.fartre, review the highlights of the Liberal Party Platform. Resources: https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/elections/federal/2019/party-platforms/
October 17, 2019
The NDP Platform w/ Jasmine Smikle
Tara and Jasmine Smikle talk about Jagmeet Singh and review the highlights of the NDP platform. They are joined by special SPECIAL guest Kate Reeve, who provides the vital Gen Z perspective. Tara would like to personally apologize for the sound issues for… a majority of the epsiode… this isn’t her first pod, but it SURE sounds like it!! Resources: https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/elections/federal/2019/party-platforms/
October 16, 2019
The Conservative Platform w/ DYQWIQ
Tara and the beautiful boys of Do You Queer What I Queer dive into the highlights of the Conservative Party platform. This is part one of a five-part series which will explore each of the major party platforms in an effort to help you make your decision in the upcoming Canadian election on October 21. Resources: Where, when, how to vote: https://www.elections.ca The Conservative Party Platform: https://www.andrewscheer.ca/en/platform
October 15, 2019
Rally for Education
In this episode, Kate and Tara talk about some important news items from the last week, including the statement the Daughters of the Voice made in turning their backs on Justin Trudeau in in parliament, the upcoming Alberta election, and the new policy measures (read: cuts) Doug Ford has put in place which took effect on April 1st. Kate interviews her mother and aunt, both teachers, after the education rally on Queen's Park, and we learn about the how Ford's education cuts have put our public school system in a precarious situation.
April 11, 2019
Sexy, Sexy Carbon Pricing (feat. Mollie Anderson!)
Tara talks with guest co-host Mollie Anderson, director of communications for Canadians for Clean Prosperity, about carbon pricing, climate change, and what governments and consumers can do to reduce the impacts of global warming. They also play CFM with neoconservative policy ideas and touch on the SNC Lavalin story to give you an idea of WTF is happening there.
March 14, 2019
Canadian Healthcare & The Social Determinants of Health
Kate and Tara discuss Canadian healthcare through the lens of the recent buzz about the Ontario Progressive Conservative plan to privatize parts of the Ontario healthcare system. Guest Chaviva Manson-Singer, master’s student of public health policy at the University of Toronto, help the co-hosts talk about healthcare policy and the social determinants of health. The three also talk about the Jody Wilson-Raybould/SNC-Lavalin story, the new PC policy regarding support for children with autism, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's “Green New Deal.”
February 13, 2019
Canadian Federal Elections 101: Part II & Ford Tuition Cuts
Tara and Kate go over the second part of their “Canadian Federal Elections 101” coverage, in which they talk about the election process and how a party leader can become Primer Minister. They also talk about the recent cuts to tuition and student loans in Ontario and why they matter. For news this week, the two co-hosts talk US government shutdown, the current situation in Venezuela, the recent federal Conservative fundraising successes, and a new program encouraging rural communities to take in immigrants.
January 28, 2019
Canadian Federal Elections 101: Part I
Tara and Kate are BACK with a primer on Canadian federal elections in anticipation of October's contest for Canada's next PM! They give a quick update on the state of Canadian politics now, laugh at their own jokes, and give a taste of what's to come. HUGE thank to Aidan Mahoney who worked into the wee hours of the morning to create our new theme music! U da GOAT.
January 14, 2019
Our Formula To Help You Make Your Municipal Voting Decision ✨
Tara and Kate are here to help you navigate the b*llshit with a 6-step formula to help you easily make your decisions in your municipal election on October 22nd. The steps and episode details can also be found here: https://undecidedpodcast.com/2018/10/21/the-magical-undecided-formula-for-figuring-out-who-to-vote-for-in-your-municipal-election/
October 20, 2018
WTF is a Schoolboard Trustee lol
Tara and Kate go through the (kinda depressing sry) news items from this week, which include: Ford government sitting on $1B in cap-and-trade money: environmental commissioner says by law it can only be spent on reducing greenhouse gases, but Ford is attempting to pass legislation to circumvent this: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/doug-ford-cap-and-trade-fund-revenue-1.4841483 PCs invest 90 million into healthcare before flu season (compared to 100 million last year by Libs): https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-hospitals-to-get-90-million-to-tackle-hallway-medicine-health-minister-1.4118535 Doug Ford vows to scrap key Liberal labour reform legislation: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-doug-ford-vows-to-scrap-key-liberal-labour-reform-legislation/ Tara also sits down with Samiya Abdi, candidate for TDSB Trustee in Scarborogh-Guildwood, who helps to explain what the heck a School Board Trustee is and her vision for her ward. If you were looking for the name of the organization our friend Saad helps run, you can find it here: http://www.maxgala.com/
October 9, 2018
Tara and Kate discuss the Ford government's commitment to balancing the Ontario budget at any cost after they "discovered" that the budget deficit was greater than reported by the previous government. They talk about this phenomenon in the broader context of a trend demonstrated by right-wing governments around the world, focusing in on the United States and the Kavanagh hearing as an point of departure.
October 1, 2018
Undecided X Jennifer Keesmaat
Kate interviews Jennifer Keesmaat about her mayoral bid in the city of Toronto.
September 24, 2018
La Petite Saison: Where Do We Go From Here?
Tara and Kate discuss the impact of the Ontario election and give a sneak peak of what’s to come for the pod and the province, and how you can make change with your vote in the upcoming Ontario municipal elections on October 22nd. If you like the podcast, please consider contributing any amount to our patreon to help keep the wheels running: https://www.patreon.com/undecidedpod News resources and things we promised to link to in the episode can be found on our website at the following link (there were too many for the description character limit!): https://undecidedpodcast.com/2018/09/16/la-petite-saison-where-do-we-go-from-here/
September 16, 2018
Episode 12: Ontario Election Wrap Up
In their last episode of the season, Tara, Kate, and six other young women sit down for a glass of sangria, a run down of the highlights from the party platforms, and a discussion on their respective decisions in the Ontario election. If you are in Ontario and have yet to vote, you can find your polling station at https://www.elections.on.ca/ Resources: On declining your ballot: https://globalnews.ca/news/4225759/ontario-election-decline-to-vote/ Kathleen Wynne's concession: https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4690251 Ford's platform: https://www.ontariopc.ca/plan_for_the_people
June 4, 2018
Episode 11: Queer Issues (DYQWIQ Crossover)
Kate and Tara sit down with the hosts of 'Do You Queer What I Queer?,' a Toronto-based podcast which serves as a platform for diverse voices of politics and human interest in the LGBTQ community to educate, entertain, and expand world-views of listeners. In this crossover episode, Tara, Kate, Elliott, and Thom talk about queer issues in Ontario and what the three Ontario parties have to offer the community and its allies in the upcoming provincial election.
May 28, 2018
Episode 10: Poverty & Homelessness
On this special 10th episode, Tara and Kate chat with friend of the show Kiki Cekota about the news from Ontario politics this week, as well as the three party election platforms and how they rank in terms of the way they plan to address poverty and homelessness in this province. Tara and Kate also sit down with Jocelyn Helland, Executive Director at Eva's Initiatives for Homeless Youth in Toronto to understand the challenges facing some of our most vulnerable communities and what government can and should do help. Resources: 407 data breach story: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/pc-doug-ford-stolen-data-allegations-1.4671063 LIberals promise to end auto-insurance discrimination: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/liberals-ndp-promise-end-to-auto-insurance-ratings-by-postal-code-1.4668052 Patrick Brown book: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/brown-book-pc-ontario-1.4665677
May 22, 2018
Episode 9: Public transit
Tara and Kate chat about why public transit is a social justice and a climate justice issue and what the three provincial parties are offering in terms of investment in transit. Tara and Kate also talk with people waiting for public transit at Kipling station in Toronto about what's lacking in public transit in Toronto. Watch the livestream of the three debates from this week: Laidlaw Youth Town Hall: https://twitter.com/laidlawfdn/status/993545797848346625 CityTV Debate: http://toronto.citynews.ca/cityvote-the-debate/ Northern Debate: https://globalnews.ca/news/4202000/northern-debate-day-3-ontario-election/
May 13, 2018
Episode 8: Education
Kate interviews two teachers to get a sense of the strengths and limitations of our education system and what the three provincial parties are offering in terms of education policy in the upcoming election.
May 9, 2018
Episode 7: Feminist Policy in Ontario
Tara speaks with Toronto creative Franceta Johnson about some of what the three parties have to offer in terms of policy that helps to combat the inequality between men and women in Ontario.
April 29, 2018
Episode 6: The NDP Platform
Kate and Tara discuss the highlights of the Ontario NDP platform, including the large social spending commitments like universal dental care and pharmacare and revenue-creating measures like tax hikes for the wealthiest Ontarians and a yearly tax on foreign home owners in the GTA. Resources: NDP Platform PDF - https://www.ontariondp.ca/platform
April 22, 2018
Episode 5: Healthcare
Kate and Tara chat with two nurses who help explain the benefits & limitations of our healthcare system and what they will be looking for in election platforms in June. Resources: News from this week - "Teacher's Unions File Complaint Against the Ontario Government" (https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/04/13/payout-to-catholic-teachers-unfair-other-unions-say-in-labour-board-complaint.html) and "March Home Sales Plunge" (http://business.financialpost.com/real-estate/newsalert-number-of-canadian-home-sales-plunges-22-7-per-cent-from-last-march-2)
April 14, 2018
Episode 4: Climate Change (but not doom & gloom)
Kate and Tara discuss climate change and what the three provincial parties have committed to doing to fight it. Kate interviews John Robinson, a Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and the School of the Environment at the University of Toronto; an Honorary Professor with the Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability at The University of British Columbia; and an Adjunct Professor with the Copenhagen Business School. He explains carbon pricing and his optimistic view of how the world can combat the effects of climate change.
April 7, 2018
Episode 3: Liberal Budget
Tara and Kate sit down with 6 other young people to discuss the highlights of the provincial budget released Wednesday.
March 30, 2018
Episode 2: Housing
Tara and Kate talk to Toronto Housing Matters founder Chris Spoke about the price of housing in the province of Ontario and what we are seeing so far policy-wise from the three parties
March 23, 2018
Episode 1: The Minimum Wage
In this introductory episode, Tara and Kate talk about the new minimum wage legislation that came into effect in Ontario in January. In addition to explaining what the legislation does and how it affects Ontarians, they also describe some common criticisms of minimum wage increases. In an effort to show the way the minimum wage has changed things for Ontarians, they also speak to a few minimum wage earners and a small business owners. Resources - Data on the 2015 election youth turnout: http://abacusdata.ca/the-next-canada-politics-political-engagement-and-priorities-of-canadas-next-electoral-powerhouse-young-canadians/ Minimum wage legislation rundown: https://www.ontario.ca/page/minimum-wage-increase
March 14, 2018