Tara Mahoney and Kate Reeve, two millennial 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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/
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/
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.
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.
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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/
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/
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
NDP Platform PDF - https://www.ontariondp.ca/platform
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.
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)
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.
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.
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