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August 5, 2021 - Long-Term Care Crisis; Dr. Joe Vipond; Billions of Bird Deaths Annually

August 5, 2021 - Long-Term Care Crisis; Dr. Joe Vipond; Billions of Bird Deaths Annually

August 5, 2021

11:08 | Dr. Vivian Stamatopoulos explains how the worst humanitarian crisis to hit long-term care facilities has happened during COVID-19 and only limited changes have been made to address the unsafe conditions. 

55:56 | Emergency physician Dr. Joe Vipond discusses the dangerous direction he believes the Alberta government is going with its approach to removing pandemic health measures.

1:41:47 | The Audubon Society's Bird-friendly Communities Director Dr. John Rowden addresses how buildings kill 600 million birds in the US every year. He offers us ways to help keep our winged neighbours safe around houses and workplaces. 

2:09:08 | #EatYourWords presented by Prairie Catering
With the Canadian Women's Soccer Team beating the US squad in the Olympic semi-finals, the American star Megan Rapinoe laments she never thought she'd lose to her northern neighbours.

August 4, 2021 - Timothy Caulfield on Infomedic amid Pandemic; COVID Stress Syndrome; MP Jim Carr

August 4, 2021 - Timothy Caulfield on Infomedic amid Pandemic; COVID Stress Syndrome; MP Jim Carr

August 4, 2021

15:45 | Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, best-selling author, and Netflix show host Timothy Caulfield explains ways to vaccinate against misinformation during the pandemic.

1:05:54 | University of British Columbia professor and clinical psychologist Dr. Steven Taylor on the emerging Pandemic Stress Syndrome and efforts to treat psychopathology in pandemics now and into the future.

1:30:45 | Special Representative for the Prairies Minister Jim Carr on how he hopes to works himself out of a job and that the next federal election will see the Liberals securing seats in Alberta and Saskatchewan. 

2:08:57 | #MyJasper Memories | Hiking - Ryan shares some of his favourite trails to trek throughout Jasper National Park.
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August 3, 2021 - Supriya Dwivedi; Keep or Scrap Daylight Savings Time; Indigenous Fire Stewardship

August 3, 2021 - Supriya Dwivedi; Keep or Scrap Daylight Savings Time; Indigenous Fire Stewardship

August 3, 2021

11:17 | Political commentator Supriya Dwivedi asks Ryan to explain Alberta to her as the current provincial government plans to remove almost all public health measures during the pandemic. Plus an exploration of the federal political landscape including the Green Party's internal conflicts.

48:45 | Hotchkiss Brain Institute's Dr. Michael Antle unpacks the health, safety, and economic implications of altering Daylight Savings Time in Alberta—a decision to be put in front of residents during a fall referendum.

1:22:12 | Ryan reviews Real Talkers' responses to the latest Question of the Week about renewable energy, presented in partnership with Y Station. 

1:37:03 | Fire Research Scientist Dr. Amy Cardinal Christianson with Canadian Forest Service shares the rich Indigenous history of working with and understanding fire and how this traditional knowledge can be utilized to better manage land.

2:15:08  | Ryan announces the winner of the Real Talk Net Zero Solar Giveaway courtesy of Kuby Energy, during #PositiveReflections. Receiving a full solar system, complete with installation is the Winnifred Steward Association!

Trash Talk - July 30, 2021

Trash Talk - July 30, 2021

July 31, 2021

Ryan rolls out the best rants of the week, as submitted to talk@ryanjespersen.com. Buckle up for another edition of Trash Talk, presented by Local Waste.

July 30, 2021 - Wildfire Smoke & Health; Indigenous Items in Museums; Drs on AB Lifting COVID Rules

July 30, 2021 - Wildfire Smoke & Health; Indigenous Items in Museums; Drs on AB Lifting COVID Rules

July 30, 2021

11:54 | BC Centre for Disease Control's Environmental Health Services' Scientific Director Dr. Sarah Henderson explains how wildfire smoke impacts human health.

54:47 | University of Alberta's Faculty of Native Studies' Chelsea Vowel addresses the use of Indigenous materials in museums and how it can be extremely disrespectful. 

1:26:03 | Two Alberta-based physicians Dr. Shazma Mithani and Dr. Darren Markland on dire healthcare implications of the UCP government cancelling COVID-19 restrictions.

2:08:29 | #TrashTalk presented by Local Waste

July 29, 2021 - AB halts COVID Rules; MB Reconciliation; Fairy Creek Media vs. RCMP; Bi-Polar Hike

July 29, 2021 - AB halts COVID Rules; MB Reconciliation; Fairy Creek Media vs. RCMP; Bi-Polar Hike

July 29, 2021

16:05 | #EatYourWords presented by Prairie Catering
Manitoba's new Indigenous and reconciliation and northern affairs minister,  Dr. Alan Lagimodiere is confronted by Manitoba opposition leader Wab Kinew for erroneous claims about residential schools. 

20:17 | Award-winning author David A. Robertson unpacks how Manitoba's premier Brian Pallister is harming the fragile relationship between Indigenous people and the provincial government. 

1:03:39 | Managing editor of Capital Daily in Victoria, BC, Jimmy Thomson explains the importance of taking the RCMP to court (and winning!) to ensure access to the contested Fairy Creek old-growth forest on Vancouver Island.  

1:28:17 | Fairy Creek protester Nikki Ford speaks directly from the blockade, offering insight on the day to day challenges and successes. 

1:40:53 | Six friends will join Scott Walker to hike Banff's Tunnel Mountain Trail for 24 hours straight this weekend. Scott shares his personal journey living with bi-polar disorder and how the annual hike helps boost mental health awareness.

1:55:16 | Dr. Ubaka Ogbogu raises the alarm on the UCP government cancelling all public health measures during the pandemic.

July 28, 2021 - Farming amid Severe Drought; Defending Forestry Practices; Indigenization

July 28, 2021 - Farming amid Severe Drought; Defending Forestry Practices; Indigenization

July 28, 2021

13:54 | Ryder Lee with Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association and Alberta Federation of Agriculture's Lynn Jacobson explain the compounding and widespread effects of severe drought across the Prairie provinces.

56:42 | Alberta Forest Products Association's Brock Mulligan defends forestry practices and the polices in place, following our interview with Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society on the UCP government handed over forest management (July 21, 2021 episode). 

1:18:00 | #MyJasper Memories | Canoeing - Ryan shares the many picturesque locales for paddling throughout Jasper National Park.
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1:32:19 | University of Calgary's vice-provost of Indigenous Engagement Dr. Michael Hart on Indigenization and the value to integrating Indigenous ways of being and knowing into educational programs and workplaces.

July 27, 2021 - Intelligent City Winnipeg; Election Lawn Sign Effectiveness; Sweating as Superpower

July 27, 2021 - Intelligent City Winnipeg; Election Lawn Sign Effectiveness; Sweating as Superpower

July 27, 2021

10:05 | Winnipeg is shortlisted as one of the seven most intelligent communities across the globe by Intelligent Community Forum. Economic Development Winnipeg CEO Dayna Spiring explains why Manitoba's capital city is one of the finalists amongst Moscow, Russia, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil and Townsville, Australia. 

38:02 | Columbia University political science prof Dr. Donald Green unpacks persuasion tactics used in political campaigns and if election lawn signs actually work. 

1:29:24 | Author Sarah Everts shares about her new book, The Joy of Sweat: The Strange Science of Perspiration and the surprising, weird and gross facts she learned while researching why humans perspire.

2:19:49 | Turns out Real Talkers love their pets. We review the results from our Question of the Week presented in partnership with Y Station.

July 26, 2021 - Allan Inquiry farce; Toronto Homeless Camps; AI to Fight Wildfire; Baby Banff Bison

July 26, 2021 - Allan Inquiry farce; Toronto Homeless Camps; AI to Fight Wildfire; Baby Banff Bison

July 26, 2021

3:30 | National Observer journalist Sandy Garossino evaluates the leaked Allan Inquiry’s draft report and how the UCP government will attempt to leverage the faulty investigation.

19:11 | Toronto Inner City Health Associates' Medical Director Dr. Andrew Bond explains how police repeatedly deploy disproportionate use of force to evict people from homeless encampments and how houselessness could be better addressed in one of Canada's largest cities.

45:53 | The Real Talk team riffs on the clickbait Globe & Mail story covering pick-up trucks, which Alberta's premier attempted to make a divisive and distracting topic appealing to his base.

1:09:33 | After a serious parachuting accident, Cole Rosentreter retired from the military and harnessed his combat experience to build technology for emergency response management, including wildfires. 
He shares how his Sturgeon County company Pegasus Imagery designs, manufactures and deploys drones to deliver real-time data to combat floods, fires and other disasters. 

1:45:25 | Banff National Park's Bison Reintroduction Manager Karsten Heuer explains the significance of successfully re-introduced bison into the Alberta backcountry after their 140-year absence. The herd has welcomed 16 new calves this year helping the large animals to continue to positively shape the ecosystem around them.

2:14:19 | #PositiveReflections presented by Kuby Energy - the three finalists in the Real Talk FREE solar system contest are announced and Real Talkers are invited to cast their vote.

Trash Talk - July 23, 2021

Trash Talk - July 23, 2021

July 24, 2021

Ryan rolls out the best rants of the week, as submitted to talk@ryanjespersen.com. Buckle up for another edition of Trash Talk, presented by Local Waste.

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