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The Heard Podcast

48 EpisodesProduced by MLA David ShepherdWebsite

Welcome to The Heard, a weekly podcast with MLA David Shepherd looking at how the decisions made under the Alberta Legislature dome, connecting with the issues that matter to you.

48 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

The "Best Summer Ever"

May 12th, 2021


Join MLA David Shepherd as he sits down with MLA Kathleen Ganley to discuss the recent events in Alberta including the government house shut down, the covid 19 variants getting out of hand and dissent within the UCP …

Season 2 Episode 13 - Can I Afford Post-Secondary?

April 26th, 2021


Join MLA David Shepherd and MLA David Eggen as they get into the steep tuition hikes students will be facing next fall.

Season 2 Episode 12 - Symbols Mean Something

March 29th, 2021


Join MLA David Shepherd Critic for Health with special guest Thomas Dang MLS for Infrastructure. They talk about the "Freedom Rally", symbols of hate …

Season 2 Episode 11 - Where Are My Supports?

March 19th, 2021


Host David Shepherd sits down with Deron Bilous to talk about the governments new budget 2021. Keep up to date with the latest news from the Legislature!

Season 2 Episode 10 - The Future Is In Your Hands Alberta

February 17th, 2021


In this episode David Shepherd is joined by MLA Richard Feehan - Critic for Indigenous Relations and the chair of our committee on our Alberta's Future economic proposals. They discuss growing pressure on the UCP after …

Season 2 Episode 9 - Get To Know Black History in Alberta

February 9th, 2021


Join David Shepherd as he interviews Black folks in Alberta. Elmer Edwards - Was born in Amber Valley and grew up just north of Edmonton, and Mario …

Baby, It's Coal Outside

January 27th, 2021


In this episode David Shepherd talks with Environment Critic Marlin Schmidt. They discuss transparent plan for covid19 variants, UCP MLA Pat Rehn not being held accountable for inappropriate expenses, the UCP coal …

Season 2 Episode 7- Alohagate

January 19th, 2021


MLA David Shepherd sits down with MLA Heather Sweet to talk about the jet setting some of the UCP MLAs did over the break. 

Season 2 Episode 6 - Decisions, decisions

December 17th, 2020


Join David Shepherd and MLA Sarah Hoffman Critic for Education as they delve through another week of UCP blunders and misses. 

Season 2 Episode 5 - Past The Tipping Point

December 8th, 2020


On The Heard this week we have special guest MLA Janis Irwin critic for Women and LGBTQ Issues sitting with David Shepherd discussing the ever-growing COVID-19 problem and the governments failure to act. 

Season 2 Episode 4 - Leaving Alberta's Money On The Table

December 2nd, 2020


On this episode David Shepherd is joined by MLA Christina Gray the Labour & Immigration Critic. This week we dive into where has Kenney been hiding? , how does this province not yet have a mask mandate? , and Bill …

Season 2 Episode 3 - Where's the Leadership?

November 24th, 2020


Join MLA Critic for Health David Shepherd recapping a week in the legislature, and answering some listener questions.

Season 2 Episode 2 -Downloading Costs on Albertans

November 10th, 2020


Join MLA David Shepherd as he and MLA Rod Loyola discuss the week in session. They go into separatism, Kenney speeding up his failed corporate …

Season 2 Episode 1 - We're Back

November 4th, 2020


Join MLA David Shepherd for his second season of The Heard. This season starts with Rakhi Pancholi and a discussion on what is happening in the …

Episode 34: The Bills Keep Coming

July 22nd, 2020


This week David chats with MLA Christina Gray about the changes proposed by the UCP that directly effect your pension.  He also delves into a new child care report and we hear the speech of Jesse Drwiega, winner of the …

Episode 33: Dude! Where's My Doctor?

July 17th, 2020


This week David sits down with Dr. Lorian Hardcastle to discuss in detail the UCP’s move to profit-centred, American-style healthcare. Dr. Hardcastle …

Episode 32 - What About This Deal Is Fair?

July 6th, 2020


This week David Shepherd breaks down what defunding the police actually means,  UCP Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer dismissal of concerns about a …

Episode 31: Hands Off My Pension

June 22nd, 2020


In this latest installment of The Heard, we’re talking about May job numbers, business support from the UCP, Kenney's wage subsidy and his current plans for our hard earned pensions. Special guest segment with Chrisitna …

Episode 30 - Black Lives Matter

June 12th, 2020


On this week's episode of The Heard, David Shepherd is joined by local activist/influencer Camille Maclean, Abdul Majid, a social worker living in …

Episode 29 - Our Parks Are Not Your Construction Site

June 5th, 2020


Parks are important. Parks are our solace. They are our getaway and they hold a special place in so many Albertans hearts. This episode David …

Episode 28 - State of the Arts

May 27th, 2020


On this week's episode of David chats  with s Nicole Goehring, NDP MLA  and critic for the culture and Shannon McNally, the Artistic Director of the …

Episode 27 - An Urgent Conversation

May 19th, 2020


This week we talk about Alberta's roller coaster of a reopening. Rachel Notley then joins David for an urgent conversation with an Alberta doctor …

Episode 26 - Are We Ready To Reopen?

May 11th, 2020


On this week's episode of The Heard we discuss testing the government's new TraceTogether app with a few questionable details, as well as delving into Alberta “reopening” and how scary that can be for those of us who …

Episode 25 - I Told You So...

May 5th, 2020


On this week's episode we’re talking rental support and banning evictions.  Our guests this week include MLA Lorne Dach from Critic for Agriculture …

Episode 24 - Where Is My PPE?

April 23rd, 2020


This week, David talks about the challenges facing post-secondary students, the government’s failure to protect workers from the COVID-19 outbreak at the Cargill meat processing plan, and the latest on issues of …

Episode 23 - To Business or Not to Business

April 15th, 2020


This week we’re talking about the economic challenges our province is facing during the pandemic and some of what Albertans are facing.  We cover …

Episode 22 -The Isolation Episode

April 3rd, 2020


On this week's episode, David delves into what’s going on in healthcare and what that means for folks as we get through this pandemic all from the …

Episode 21 - Corona & Cuts

March 22nd, 2020


On this week's episode David is joined by co-host MLA Heather Sweet as they discuss budget, cuts and corona. Later, they have a conversation with an ER Dr. Darren Markland covering all the need to know information on …

Episode 20 - A Fiscal Fairytale

March 14th, 2020


This week, David Shepard is joined with fellow MLA Rakhi Pancholi. We’re talking big government moves this week, touching on drop in oil price, …

Episode 19 - All Pain and No Gain

March 2nd, 2020


This week, David and his guest MLA Christina Gray break down some initial thoughts on Jason Kenney's  2020 budget. Also, an Edmonton emergency room doctor talks about how the budget will impact people needing care.

Episode 18 - Hands Off Our Health Care

February 22nd, 2020


This week we focus on women’s health and are joined by Women's Issues Critic Janis Irwin and 2 other women who tell their stories on how Jason Kenney’s cuts to Alberta health care have affected them. This episode also …

Episode 17 - So We Got a Letter...

February 15th, 2020


In this episode we dig into mounting frustrations about how the government is and isn’t supporting Albertans. David speaks to the mother of a fifth …

Episode 16 - Cuts, Costs & Community

February 8th, 2020


This week David is talking AHS review, UCP changes to AISH and how this is hurting folks with disabilities, and Black History month. 
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Episode 15 - Jobs, Economy, Pipelines

January 25th, 2020


Jason Kenney and the UCP ran on a simple message - Jobs. Economy. Pipeline. But 9 months into their first term, Alberta is losing jobs and facing slower economic growth than previously expected. In this week's episode, …

Episode 14 - Consult Your Physician

January 18th, 2020


On the podcast this week, David chats with two patients with auto-immune diseases who take us through the UCP governement's changes to the use of biosimilars as a treatment method. Later he speaks with Dr. Vitesh …

Episode 13 - Climate, Climate, Climate

January 11th, 2020


We're back! This week David speaks with MLA Marlin Schmidt, NDP Opposition Environment and Parks Critic, and Dr. Audrey Reid, Climate Scientist and University of Alberta instructor as they break down everything you need …

Episode 12 - A Session in Review

December 14th, 2019


Join David Shepherd for our last episode of the season, as he looks back at the fall session with special guests, MLA Kathleen Ganley and MLA Heather …

Episode 11 - A Patient, A Nurse, and A Doctor

December 6th, 2019


This week, David sits down with three people at different intersections of the Alberta health care system. Marilyn Kontz, a woman with Crohn's disease who talks about how detrimental the UCP's changes will be on her …

Episode 10 - The Whites of Their Eyes

November 29th, 2019


Our host is away this week, but we managed to find two great guest hosts in Shannon Phillips and Thomas Dang, who were more than willing to talk …

Episode 9 - Nice Investigation You Have There... Shame if Something Happened to It

November 23rd, 2019


After a very busy week in the Legislature, David sits down with Christina Gray for a candid conversation about the NDP Leader's ejection from the House and the UCP's highly controversial decision to fire Alberta's …

Episode 8 - This Budget Is Bad For Your Health

November 16th, 2019


This week, we dig into what's happening to our public health care system with Nicole Heron, a nurse with extensive experience in addictions and harm …

Episode 7 - Thrown Under the Omnibus

November 1st, 2019


This week, we brought in a mother, retired teacher and university student to hear their emotional reactions to the UCP's budget. Plus, David unpacks two especially large pieces of omnibus legislation introduced in the …

Episode 6 - The Cost of Kenney

October 26th, 2019


It's been an incredibly busy week in Alberta politics, from the Federal election to Jason Kenney dropping his first budget. We took time to speak to …

Episode 5 - Sapporo is an Alberta Beer

October 19th, 2019


This week we dig in to what's happening in the world of tech in our province with former Minister of Economic Development and Trade Deron Bilous and entrepreneur and advocate Ashlyn Bernier. Plus, we talk about how …

Episode 4 - Questions about Questions

October 11th, 2019


The Alberta Legislature is back in session, and you had some questions. David sat down with two new MLAs for a candid chat about all the debate …

Episode 3 - I Was Promised a Puppy

October 4th, 2019


The way to Rachel Notley’s heart? Puppies. On this week’s episode she talks with Dave about music, being a honey badger, and why the heck she ran for office in the first place.

Episode 2 - Dollars and Sense

September 27th, 2019


Jobs and the economy is top of mind for many Albertans, so this week we talk to Lethbridge-West MLA Shannon Phillips and NDP Finance Critic about the upcoming budget and what we’ve been hearing at Alberta’s NDP budget …

Episode 1 - Back to School

September 17th, 2019


In the inaugural episode of The Heard Podcast, NDP MLA David Shepherd talks all things education with his guests, Education Critic, MLA Sarah …

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