COVID-19 in 2024

What can we learn about the ongoing pandemic and how it’s been handled? How’s the whole global public health infrastructure, campaign for clean air, and renewed push for workplace going? Does this bode well for future pandemics and crises, and how can we learn from what’s happened so far to shape our future demands?

Zionism Sucks

Israel is on a genocidal rampage through Gaza. Team Advantage, joined by intrepid independent journalist Jeremy Appel, examine the historical roots and basic assumptions that underlie Zionism, and discuss a few light topics, like discourse-policing, denouncing Hamas, antisemitism, and settler-colonialism.

Why does Canada love Ukrainian Nazis?

In late September 2023, Canadian Parliament clapped for “Ukrainian hero” Yaroslav Hunka, who fought with the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Galician), a unit in the Nazi German military.

Why did Canada let so many Ukrainian Nazis into the country after WW2, and how did this wave of right-wing Ukrainian nationalist shape Canada’s Ukrainian diaspora? Team Advantage digs into the working-class origins of Ukrainians in Canada, Canada’s efforts at post-war anticommunism, and the Canadian government’s careful management of “multiculturalism.”

Wildfire Season Concludes

The area burned by wildfires in Canada this year exceeded 18 million hectares and burned 1,740 megatonnes of CO2, roughly three times Canada’s human-made emissions from 2022. As fire season winds down, Team Advantage examines this new, fun, half-year-long weather phenomenon, and considers the role of fossil fuels and the end of “cheap nature.” 

Further reading:
John Vaillant – Fire Weather
Edward Struzik – Firestorm: How Wildfire Will Shape Our Future
Alex Callinicos – The New Age of Catastrophe
Jason Moore – Capitalism in the Web of Life 

Clearing the Plains in 2023: Alberta’s Drug Poisoning Crisis

What link is there between pushing Indigenous people off land, into reserves, into residential schools, and into forced treatment? How are conversations about “public safety” and policing being mobilized to harm vulnerable people? How has the politicization of the opioid epidemic obscured what’s needed to address increasing drug poisoning deaths? Harm reduction advocate Euan Thomson joins Team Advantage to discuss the realities of Alberta’s drug poisoning crisis.

Follow Euan @elsthomson and subscribe to his Drug Data Decoded newsletter.

Listen to our 2020 episode on this topic with Garth Mullins and Jeremy Appel.

Mentioned in this episode is Dustin Godfrey’s video essay “Is Vancouver Dying? A definitely non-exhaustive review.” Also mentioned is a recent B.C. Federation of Labour resolution to lobby the B.C. government for safe supply.

Listeners may also be interested in a recent episode of CANADALAND’s Short Cuts that critically examines several conservative myths regarding the opioid crisis.

Can Socialists Like Hockey?

Culture wars, long-term injury, workplace violence, sexual assaults, nationalistic militarism, and the appropriation of working-class aesthetics… is it possible to like hockey from the left? Can sport unite the working class? Is hockey a serious game for serious men, or a silly game for silly people? Cass Kislenko, Tyler Shipley and Doug Nesbitt join Team Advantage to discuss Canada’s game.

Doug mentions the short film Valery’s Ankle by Brett Kashmere.

Tyler refers to the 2016 film Hello Destroyer.

Follow Cass Kislenko @redkislenko
Follow Tyler Shipley @le_shipster
Definitely don’t follow Doug Nesbitt because he’s not @standingthegaff

Take Back Alberta (from Woke Jason Kenney)

A group known as Take Back Alberta appears to have seized control over sizable parts of the United Conservative Party and secured the leadership of Danielle Smith. What is this group? What motivates them, and who are their key figures? PressProgress writer Stephen Magusiak joins Team Advantage to discuss his recent piece, Who Is ‘Take Back Alberta’ and What Do They Really Want?

Follow Stephen at @magusiak, PressProgress at @PressProgress, and sign up for the ShiftWork newsletter.

Further reading:

Take Back Alberta movement is gaining ground in the UCP, and some in the party are worried – Carrie Tait, Globe & Mail

Recession Ahead? w/ Jim Stanford

The Bank of Canada is explicitly trying to increase unemployment by raising the cost of borrowing money. Is excessive employment the cause of inflation, and if not, what are the consequences of this policy likely to be? Economist Jim Stanford joins Team Advantage to talk about profiteering, the housing market, and the potential for a recession within the next year.

Follow Jim Stanford on twitter @JimboStanford, and check out Economics for Everyone at