The Forgotten Corner

Scott Schmidt, Jeremy Appel and Mo Cranker

The Forgotten Corner is a weekly podcast recorded in Medicine Hat, the 65,000-citizen hub of southeast Alberta, where people often wonder, “When will everyone just do what we want to do?”

Scott Schmidt, Jeremy Appel and Mo Cranker have a combined journalistic experience of more than 20 years, much of that spent covering news and politics in Medicine Hat. After garnering some attention through the Medicine Hat News for our willingness to criticize the provincial government, we thought a podcast would be a great way to have in-depth discussions with experts of any and all fields from across Alberta, and perhaps beyond.

All Episodes

Welcome back to the Forgotten Corner Book Club! Here is Part 3 of our look at Canada in the World: Settler Capitalism and the Colonial Imagination.Mo's recommendation this week is to watch ALL of the Heritage Minutes segments. Found here. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Dec 2

1 hr 27 min

Dr. Gosia Gasperowicz is back to talk about a potential fifth wave of COVID-19 in the province.Follow Dr. Gasperowicz on Twitter.Check out the Harbinger Media Network.Mo's song suggestion.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Nov 25

1 hr 15 min

Our first Just Us in a couple of months. Enjoy!Follow Dr. Lexier on Twitter.Check out the Harbinger Media Network.Mo's song suggestion.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Nov 18

59 min 26 sec

Newly-elected Medicine Hat councillor Alison Van Dyke joins the show this week to talk about her journey to municipal politics.Coun. Van Dyke can be found on Twitter.Harbinger Media Network.Mo's song suggestion. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

Nov 11

1 hr 12 min

Welcome to the second part of our discussion of Canada in the World: Settler Capitalism and Colonial Imagination! We recorded this one in person!Check out Harbinger.Mo's song recommendation. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Nov 4

1 hr 1 min

Medicine Hat's new mayor joins The Forgotten Corner for a lengthy discussion about who she is, where she came from, Medicine Hat, and her vision for the city.Follow Mayor Clark on Twitter.Check out the Harbinger Media Network.Mo's song suggestion.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Oct 28

1 hr 26 min

NDP MLA and health critic David Shepherd joins The Forgotten Corner this week to discuss his path to politics, and how his time as an MLA has gone.Follow David on Twitter.Check out the Harbinger Media Network.Mo's song suggestion. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

Oct 21

1 hr 20 min

Emergency doctor Paul Parks joins the show this week to give listeners an inside look at the state of Alberta's hospitals.Dr. Parks can be found on Twitter here.Check out the Harbinger Media Network.Mo's song suggestion. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

Oct 14

1 hr 11 min

Jyoti Gondek is running to be mayor of Calgary. She joins the Forgotten Corner to talk about her campaign, the race and the state of Alberta.Find out more about Jyoti here.Check out the Harbinger Media Network here.Read Scott's latest column here.Mo's song suggestion.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Oct 7

1 hr

Welcome to the first Book Club discussion about Tyler Shipley's Canada in the World. No Scott in this one, lots of Mo. Thanks to Roberta for stepping in to lead the discussion.Check out Harbinger here.Mo's song recommendation.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Sep 30

1 hr 7 min

Welcome to our LIVE interview with Duncan Kinney, who is running for the Senate.More information on Duncan's Senate run here.Check out Harbinger here.Mo's song recommendation.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Sep 24

55 min 36 sec

It has been a string of bad weeks for Medicine Hat, and things do not seem to be getting better. COVID-19 cases and deaths have drastically increased, with vaccination rates stalled. Schools are all linked to COVID-19 cases, and the hospital is pushing capacity.Check out the Harbinger Media Network.Mo's Song suggestion.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Sep 16

52 min 5 sec

We welcome Dr. Angela Grace to the show this week to talk about the proposed curriculum changes in Alberta.Check out the Harbinger Media Network.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Sep 9

1 hr 17 min

Welcome to The Forgotten Corner Book Club! In a nutshell, we are going to ever so slowly read books and talk about a new section once each month until that book is read. Use our promo code to get 20% our first book, “Canada in the World: Secular Capitalism and the Colonial Imagination,” by Tyler A. Shipley (@le_shipster).The book is described as “an accessible and empirically rich introduction to Canada’s engagements in the world since Confederation, this book charts a unique path by locating Canada’s colonial foundations at the heart of the analysis.”What’s best about our club is anyone can join and, even if you don’t participate, our discussions along the way will be well worth a listen! In this episode we outline details of the book club and how to participate in discussions. In one month’s time we will discuss the first 100 pages, so it should be a breeze to keep up!Use the hashtag #forgottenbookclub to discuss the book on Twitter with us! Visit http://www.fernwoodpublishing.ca/ and use the promo code: FCP20 to get 20% off Shipley’s book. Offer is valid until Sept. 30, 2021. Check out the Harbinger Media Network.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Sep 2

50 min 43 sec

The Forgotten Corner is honoured to welcome Migizi-Wasaa-Ewaabit (David Restoule) to the show this week. David (his “income tax” name), and Anishinaabe Ojibiwe from the Dokis First Nation in Ontario, is the Indigenous student support services specialist at Medicine Hat College.David grew up colonized, living through a “normal Catholic” life before beginning to discover his heritage and true self about 15 years ago.Now a Knowledge Keeper, Sundancer and a proud grandfather, David’s efforts to decolonize allow him to break to the cycle of indoctrinated whitewashing with his own family and beyond.Check out the Harbinger Media Network.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

Aug 26

1 hr 24 min

Dr. Roberta Lexier joins the show once again to chat about the 'labour shortage' we keep hearing about, and why it's a farce.Follow Roberta on Twitter @rlexier.Check out the Harbinger Media Network.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Aug 19

53 min 17 sec

Kim Siever is back on the Forgotten Corner to catch up with the guys.Listen to Part 1 of our chat here.Check out Kim's daily news stories.Check out the Harbinger Media Network.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

Aug 12

51 min 20 sec

Dr. Joe Vipond returns to The Forgotten Corner — on short notice and while en route to Edmonton for a noon-hour rally — to discuss the internationally criticized Alberta government plan to not only remove all public health orders of any kind, and while cases rise at never-before-seen rates, but to also cease proper testing and contract tracing by Aug. 16.Listen to his first and second episodes — Part One — Part Two.The longtime Calgary ER doc has been on the frontlines of the fight against COVID, as well as the fight against our own government and public health officials, since the pandemic arrived oh so long ago.Follow Joe on TwitterCheck out the Harbinger Media Network.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Aug 5

59 min 50 sec

Medicine Hatter Kym Porter joins the show today to talk about her life and the tragic loss that led her to become an advocate for harm reduction.Kym is a member of Mom's Stop the Harm, which "calls for an end to the failed war on drugs through evidence-based prevention, treatment and policy change. We support a harm reduction approach that is both compassionate and non-discriminatory for people who use substances," according to the MSTH website. Kym is active on Twitter and can be reached here. Check out the Harbinger Media Network.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Jul 29

1 hr 9 min

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an effect on just about everything, including our ability to concentrate on all the ways our provincial government is risking the future of Alberta. Thankfully, when the issue of coal mining in the eastern Rocky slopes or the mass closure of parks came up, Albertans responded in droves and have mounted a pushback that just might work.Becky Best-Bertwistle is a community engagement coordinator with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, an organization on the frontlines of the fight to protect our land and water. The Forgotten Corner is extremely pleased to welcome Becky to the show this week to discuss that ongoing fight and how we can help win the war. Her passion for protecting her home province is extremely contagious, and that’s something we can all actually celebrate the spread of.Follow Becky on Twitter at @bestbertwistleFollow CPAWS Southern Alberta at @cpawssabTo find out more or to take action, visit their website.Check out the Harbinger Media Network.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Jul 22

57 min 56 sec

Ryan Bartsoff and his good friend Paula Weigle shared a dream to open a cannabis business together that allowed them to being the many benefits of this versatile little plant to the people of Medicine Hat. Cancer stole that dream from Paula just as it was being realized, but Ryan continues in her honour today. Ryan, who has been a licensed grower for more than 15 years, joins The Forgotten Corner this week to talk about that dream and why it’s so important to him, plus he helps break down some of the stigma that still surrounds cannabis and why he believes we are only just now starting to tap into its true potential.Check out the Harbinger Media Network.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Jul 15

47 min 40 sec

Tyler Shandro took his family to a Canada Day event full well knowing thousands of people who hate him would be there. In this episode of Just Us, Dr. Roberta Lexier (@rlexier) joins us to talk about where the line should drawn as to when it’s appropriate to tell your political leaders what you think of them, and when it isn’t. A lot of talk revolved around his children, but as we discuss in depth in the episode, anything that “happened” to his kids in this instance is Shandro’s own fault. Period. Check out the Harbinger Media Network.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Jul 8

39 min 10 sec

Well, it’s officially the end of the pandemic and the deadly COVID-19 virus and all its variant pals are gone forever. Yeehaw, let’s have a Stampede! The only problem is none of this is true and we are still lifting all restrictions as of the airing of this episode. We think people should do what they’re allowed to do, and we don’t judge anyone who is taking the leap into full fledged ‘normalcy,’ but we can’t help but wonder if #bestsummerever is the wrong approach...Check out the Harbinger Media Network.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Jul 1

46 min 16 sec

In an important episode of Just Us, MRU’s Dr. Roberta Lexier joins our hosts to talk about the real history of Canada, as opposed to the whitewashed version most grow up learning. In the wake of at least 215 children’s remains found buried at the Kamloops Residential School, Canadians are starting to face the truth about how our country was built, and the native peoples who were eradicated in the name of colonialism.Follow Dr. Lexier on Twitter at @rlexierCheck out the Harbinger Media Network.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

Jun 24

56 min 16 sec

Listen to our chat with Markham from last year right here.We welcome the one and only Markham Hislop back to the Forgotten Corner this week to once again chat Canadian energy.Check out Markham's work here.Listen to Markham's podcast here.Follow Markham on Twitter and like their Facebook page.Check out the Harbinger Media Network.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Jun 17

44 min 9 sec

David Moscrop is a well-known political theorist, currently living in Ottawa, who writes a regular column for The Washington Post, and has been featured in Canadian publications such as Maclean’s and the Ottawa Citizen. The Forgotten Corner welcomes David to the show this week to talk about his life growing up in Peterborough and his desire to expand his horizons beyond. We talk about his first book, Too Dumb For Democracy? Why We Make Bad Political Decisions and How We Can Make Better Ones, and the systemic changes needed to develop a proper democracy. We have a few laughs, talk a little about the academic world and dice into a few current events. Follow David on Twitter at @David_MoscropRead some of David’s recent work below.Opinion: A Toronto educator is being attacked for standing up for PalestiniansOpinion: Doug Ford must ResignVisit the Harbinger Media Network for more great podcasts.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Jun 10

1 hr 25 min

Sandy Garossino is a former Crown prosecutor and regular contributor to the National Observer. The Forgotten Corner is pleased to welcome Sandy to the show this week to discuss her life, her work and her recent efforts looking into the anti-Alberta inquiry has garnered national attention.Follow her on Twitter at @GarossinoCheck out Harbinger here.*At one point in the episode, we ask Sandy about her past support for TMX. It was an on-the-spot question and she requested after that we add a note to her answer:“Indigenous land issues should be paramount. I have often said and still believe that the community benefit agreements with First Nations are far too skinny. That so little money flows to First Nations suggests too little bargaining power, and, ergo, a colonial holdover. I could not support forcing a pipeline onto an unwilling First Nations community.” — Sandy Garossino★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

Jun 3

1 hr 4 min

This week, the guys welcome Dave Cournoyer to the show to get an in-depth look at Dave, and how he became Daveberta.Dave is well known in the Alberta political world for his website, www.daveberta.ca. Check out Dave's podcast here.Follow Dave on Twitter here, and consider supporting him here.Check out the Harbinger Media Network.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

May 27

1 hr 11 min

On this week’s episode of The Forgotten Corner, Just Us, our hosts take a look at the violence in the Middle East, as Israel continues to pound Gaza with airstrikes. We also discuss the caucus divide within the United Conservatives, and the recent ousting of Cypress-Medicine Hat MLA Drew Barnes. Is a split of the right a good thing for Alberta? Check out the Harbinger Media Network.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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May 20

50 min 51 sec

On the 13th installment of our Just Us series, Scott, Jeremy and Roberta answer a handful of questions from our (wonderful) listeners.As always, Alberta politics are the main focus of the discussion. We branch off to talk about the opioid crisis, COVID — to name a couple of topics.Follow Roberta on Twitter @rlexier. Check out the Harbinger Media Network.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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May 13

57 min 43 sec

Back in early February, just days after Alberta entered into Stage One of its so-called reopening plan, we welcomed developmental biologist Dr. Gosia Gasperowicz to the show. She was sounding the alarm that lifting what few restrictions we did have would result in a massive third wave of COVID-19, especially with the incoming and growing variant strains.Well, here we are in early May and Alberta is smack in the middle of the worst wave yet and the worst current situation in North America. But don’t worry, because vaccines are here and it’ll all be over soon, right?Not so fast. Dr. Gasperowicz joins us again this week to discuss not only the catastrophe we are mired in now but why the vaccine is unlikely to be enough to end the pandemic any time soon.It’s a hard subject to discuss and/or hear these days but there has never been a more important time to stay focused on COVID-19 as right now.You can do something about it by signing onto the letter to the federal government by the Zero COVID Canada group at:https://zerocovidcanada.org/Follow Dr. Gasperowicz on Twitter at @GosiaGasperoPhDCheck out the Harbinger Media Network.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

May 6

1 hr 1 min

Blogger, union worker and former journalist David Climenhaga joins us this week to discuss the state of journalism in Alberta, as well as the decline of newspapers and why it didn’t need to happen so quickly.David also tells listeners about the famous 1999 Calgary Herald, some of the folks involved at the time, as well as the evolution of his very popular blog, Alberta Politics. Follow David on Twitter at @djclimenhagaRead his work here.Check out the Harbinger Media Network.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Apr 29

1 hr 20 min

In one of our most high-profile episodes yet, Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood MLA Janis Irwin joins our hosts. She is the opposition critic for Status of Women and LGBTQ2S+ Issues, but she is also a lifelong Albertan with a passion for a brighter future for all who live here.We talk about everything from growing up in Barrhead, to coming out as an adult and taking on issues of equality head on as an MLA. We also talk about the state of Alberta and what she would strive to see happen should her party win back the legislature in 2023.Follow Ms. Irwin on Twitter at @JanisIrwin.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Apr 22

1 hr 20 min

Three-term Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi joins The Forgotten Corner just days after announcing he will not be running again this fall.Nenshi takes listeners through his journey that led him to become one of the most well-known municipal leaders in the world. He talks about his rise to fame, the struggles of the office and what it was like lead a city like Calgary as both a person of colour and the first Muslim mayor in Canadian history.Check out the Harbinger Media Network.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

Apr 15

1 hr 21 min

The Forgotten Corner welcomes Dr. Carla Peck, a University of Alberta professor and PhD in social studies education and pedagogy, to the show this week to discuss the United Conservatives’ K-6 draft curriculum unveiled in late March. As someone who intimately understands the process behind writing a proper social studies curriculum, you’d think she would be an obvious choice to help develop one in Alberta. And she was under two previous governments... just not with the UCP. Follow Carla on Twitter at @cpeck3Read some of her analysis of the draft curriculum for social studies — here — and here.Check out the Harbinger Media Network.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Apr 8

1 hr 11 min

We are back with some of our favourite Jewish friends, this time to celebrate Passover. Scott is joined by cohost Jeremy Appel, Dr. Roberta Lexier of Mount Royal University and Daniel Moser from Alberta Jewish News to take listeners through a traditional Seder, complete with wine drinking, so grab a glass or four! Seders were created as a way for new generations of Jews to learn the story of their people from their elders, and to celebrate the renewal of the season.As we go through each step of a traditional Seder, our panelists discuss the meaning behind it, the reasons for specific traditions and how it all ties into present-day politics and the ongoing struggles for Jewish people.Follow our panellists on Twitter:@rlexier@ABJewishNews@JeremyAppel1025Check out the Harbinger Media Network.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Apr 1

1 hr 37 min

As a neuroscientist who specializes in memories, Dr. Wing Kar Li has a rare understanding of how the human mind receives and stores information. As an activist who was thrust into the spotlight of the provincial political scene in March 2020, she has a firsthand understanding of how Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro acts when he’s worked up.Wing joins The Forgotten Corner this week to talk about everything from growing up in rural Alberta after moving from Hong Kong at the age of four, and what drew her interest to the science of the mind, to her current role with Support Our Students Alberta and the importance of activism under a United Conservative government.Follow Wing on Twitter at @karliwithakay, and Support Our Students at @SOSAlbertaCheck out the Harbinger Media Network.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Mar 25

1 hr 6 min

In a bizarro world where right-wing propaganda dominates the podcast airwaves, the Harbinger Media Network was created to take a stand. Harbinger is a growing conglomerate of progressive voices spanning from coast to coast. Executive director Andre Goulet joins The Forgotten Corner this week to discuss the network’s vision, as well as some of the things listeners can expect from following the podcasts within. In true Just Us fashion, our hosts take some time at the end of the show to discuss the state of the world... more specifically this week, the state of integrity in journalism. Follow Harbinger on Twitter at @HarbingertweetsFollow Andre on Twitter at @andremarrgouletCheck out some of Harbinger’s other great pods here.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Mar 18

1 hr 8 min

Ian Hussey of the Parkland Institute joins The Forgotten Corner this week to break down some of the talking-point myths about the economy that have been ingrained into the public for decades.Are we actually helping the collective by focusing on the profits of big business at the expense of workers’ livelihood? Does “increasing productivity” mean more jobs? Are the unemployed motivated by social support to stay unemployed? Do we really spend more money than we should? Or more than we can afford?Even if you know the answer to these questions is “no,” you know governments and big media disagree. Join Ian and our hosts to break down some of these problematic narratives, and what we can do to change our economic focus, and therefore, reality.Follow the Parkland Institute on Twitter at @ParklandInstSee what they’re working on here.Check out the Harbinger Media Network.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

Mar 11

1 hr 12 min

Activist Taylor McNallie started Rural Albertans Against Racism in June of 2020 in an effort to see awareness of racial problems brought to areas of the province outside the big city. The group rebranded in October to become Inclusive Canada, but the message remains: Racism - systemic or otherwise - is still a very real problem in Alberta and Canada. McNallie joins The Forgotten Corner this week to discuss her life growing up in rural settings and the bullying and abuse she endured, as well as her turn toward activism and the decision to not sit quietly while others suffer the same environment she did. Follow Taylor on Twitter at @TaylorMadeYYCVisit Inclusive Canada, plus check out all that Taylor is involved in, by busting her link tree here:Check out everything Taylor is up to here.Check out the Harbinger Media Network.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Mar 4

1 hr 9 min

University of Calgary developmental biologist Gosia Gosperowicz joins us this week to discuss the growing concern for another COVID-19 wave, as variant strains are taking hold in Alberta and the government insists on continuing with an ill-advised reopening plan.Follow Gosia on Twitter at @GosiaGasperoPhDMore information on Gosia sounding the alarm once again.Check out the Harbinger Media Network.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Feb 25

1 hr 21 min

Join us for the second part of our conversation with the one and only Ryan Jespersen.Check out Part 1 here. Check out the Harbinger Media Network.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Feb 18

52 min 16 sec

Check out Part 2 here.Ryan Jespersen stormed onto the podcasting scene a few months ago with his daily news program, Real Talk. The show quickly became one of the most popular shows in North America, as the former longtime radio host seamlessly mixed daily live talk radio with the freedom of independent podcasting.The Forgotten Corner is pleased to welcome Ryan to the show for a two-part interview, where we learn about the lifelong Albertan and what led him to radio, plus we talk politics in Alberta, how they’ve changed over the years and what it’s like being in the media under the current United Conservatives.Follow Jespersen on Twitter at @ryanjespersen and listen to his show weekday mornings at ryanjespersen.com.Check out the Harbinger Media Network.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Feb 11

57 min 13 sec

We are back for another episode of Just Us, where Dr. Roberta Lexier of Mount Royal University joins us to answer questions from listeners. In this episode we discuss topics such as who Alberta’s most dangerous politicians are and why we chose them, and we look at the lifting of restrictions to “help the economy” just as variant strains of COVID are arriving.Check out the Harbinger Media Network.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Feb 4

56 min 30 sec

Well, you ask, you get.After being our most popular guest to date, former deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk (@LukaszukAB) is back for a much-anticipated Part 3.Join us as the longtime Alberta politician dives into a few old stories, such as the time current Premier Jason Kenney called him a “complete and utter asshole.”Thomas also discusses the unabashed cronyism going on within the UCP, breaking down the unprecedented connection between the premier and the UCP’s favourite lobby organization.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Jan 28

1 hr 25 min

Latasha Calf Robe joins The Forgotten Corner this week to discuss Alberta’s recent decision to expand coal mining on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains and the further trampling of Indigenous rights as the UCP strives for corporate profits over the health and culture of the Blackfoot people, and Albertans as a whole.Latasha offers a passionate and informative view on the current Grassy Mountain Coal Mine project in the Crowsnest Pass. As a member of the Blood Tribe, Calf Robe is fighting for her people and her culture as mining will threaten everything she holds dear. Visit the Niitsitapi Water Protectors Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/NiitsitapiWaterProtectorsRead more on the fight against the Grassy Mountain project:https://globalnews.ca/news/7471175/blood-tribe-first-nation-grassy-mountain-mine/ ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Jan 21

1 hr 4 min

Listen to Part 1 here.For Part 2 of our conversation with Dr. Joe Vipond, we spoke about COVID, of course, and what it's been like working in a hospital during a global health crisis. He also answers our questions on ventilation and how that could provide a safer way for kids to return to school.Read The Sprawl's piece on WesJet here.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Jan 16

53 min 29 sec

Listen to Part 2 here.In Part 1 of our chat with Dr. Joe Vipond, we talk about the climate crisis and his role in getting the burning of coal banned in Alberta. We also discuss the limits of being a political physician.Check out the Calgary Climate Hub.Learn more about the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Jan 14

1 hr

In a little over three years, The Sprawl, a Calgary-based independent media outlet, has grown from a “pop-up” journalism initiative started in order to cover the 2017 municipal election, to more than 1,800 crowd-funding subscribers. Simply put, Calgarians like what The Sprawl offers: truth. That support has allowed The Sprawl to grow to a core group of seven that covers a wide range of issues facing citizens of the city and the province. Editor-in-chief Jeremy Klaszus joins The Forgotten Corner to talk about his life in journalism and what led him to begin The Sprawl. We chat about the differences and similarities between independent journalism and mainstream media. And we discuss the true intentions of journalism and why we believe that has been set aside in favour of a need to always be “balanced” or “unbiased.”Follow Jeremy on TwitterFollow The Sprawl at @sprawlcalgaryVisit and become a Sprawler at The Sprawl★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Jan 7

1 hr 11 min

The idea that every story needs to be “balanced” is not one that is taught in journalism school, but once you enter the Mainstream industry, it tends to become the No. 1 requirement. But the media’s long pursuit of balance has given an equal platform to those with bad science, and the factual issues we face as a planet and a species have become topics of opinion instead of topics of action. The Forgotten Corner welcomes Dr. Roberta Lexier back to the show to talk about why this happens, and why balance has created a decades-long disservice to the public writ large. We also discuss how and why the media’s “balance” often favours one side over the other. And, at least in Alberta, that side is the extreme right.  ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

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Dec 2020

56 min 3 sec