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WATCH: The Pipeline Dec 23, 2020. Police violence in lockdown enforcement.

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Publisher Derek Fildebrandt, news editor Dave Naylor, Ottawa bureau chief Ken Grafton and columnist Cory Morgan discuss and analyze news items of the day. 

In this episode, the violent police arrest and takedown of Ocean Wiesblatt for the crime of playing outdoor hockey was discussed. 

Are the police going too far? Is it the politicians driving this?

Should police indeed use all force possible with lockdown breakers?

SNC Lavalin, WE Charity and China were back in the news as they all have been taking pandemic subsidies. 

Well over 1000 flights have come into Canada with COVID-19 infected people on them. Can we stem that tide? 

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WATCH: Bureaucrats get raises while taxpayers suffer.

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Cory Morgan interviews Frenco Terrazzano from the Canadian Taxpayer’s Federation on the numbers discovered in a recent freedom of information request b the CTF. 

More than 7,300 Alberta bureaucrats received pay raises in 2020, according to exclusive documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

The Alberta government gave 7,384 bureaucrats pay increases in 2020, costing taxpayers $18.7 million, according to records the CTF obtained through freedom of information requests.

Pay raises for provincial bureaucrats have cost taxpayers more than $245 million since 2015, when the economic downturn in Alberta began.

Morgan and Terrazzano also discussed how recall legislation could hold politicians accountable between elections and speculated on whether the UCP will follow through on their promise for it. 

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WATCH: The Pipeline January 13, 2020. Breaking down the polls

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Publisher Derek Fildebrandt, news editor Dave Naylor, podcast editor Cory Morgan and special guest Quito Maggi from Mainstreet Public research discuss a the conclusions of a number of polls commissioned exclusively by the Western Standard.

Albertans want firings for the MLAs who vacationed while we are locked down and many want Premier Kenney’s resignation as well.

Independence is considered an option by a number of Albertans, particularly when it means all four of the Western provinces as opposed to Alberta going it alone. This is reflected in the growth in support for the still new, Wildrose Independence Party.

A majority of Albertans still support lockdowns but that support is fading.

While support for independence is on the rise, the federal Maverick Party is yet to capture it.

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WATCH: Sports columnist Roger Millions on the 2021 NHL season

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In his first broadcast appearance with the Western Standard, sports columnist Roger Millions talks to Cory Morgan about what to expect in this unique hickey season.

How are teams coping with the COVID-19 restrictions? What are the financial implications? What are gameplay implications?

Roger also speaks to his recent columns where he breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of the Winnipeg Jets and the Vancouver Canucks this season.

Millions also speaks of the Calgary Flames and what we have to look forward to.

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