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Episode 07 - The Toronto Overdose Prevention Society w/ Sarah Ovens

Canada is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic. In 2016 there were 3,005 opioid-related deaths in Canada. In 2017 the figure jumped to 3,996. The Canadian government's response has been inadequate, which has prompted a wave of activism. We talk to Sarah Ovens, a social worker and an organizer with the Toronto Overdose Prevention Society (TOPS), about why the opioid crisis is taking place and what her organization is doing to try to address it. You can make a donation to TOPS here:...


Episode 06 - Free Public Transit w/ Herman Rosenfeld

Canadians consider healthcare to be a right — we don't think the amount of money people have should determine whether they can see a doctor. Is it possible to think of public transit as a public good? We talk to Herman Rosenfeld, a member of Free Transit Toronto, to explore the idea of free public transit.


Episode 05 - Palestine Solidarity and Freedom of Speech w/ William Robinson

Expressing solidarity with Palestine and criticizing the state of Israel can be a challenge. To explore this challenge, we talk to William Robinson about his recent book "We Will Not be Silenced: The Academic Repression of Israel's Critics."


Sneak Peak: The Sex Ed Controversy in Ontario w/ Sadia Khan

Get access to the full version of this interview by going to patreon.com/OatsForBreakfast and becoming a patron of our podcast. This extended interview builds on the discussion that took place in Episode 4. Toronto-based community organizer Sadia Khan reflects on her experience as a public-school teacher and activist to underline the importance of updating the sex-ed curriculum. She talks about why the recent sex ed curriculum reform has been so controversial, and what can be done to build...


Episode 04 - Why did minorities vote for Doug Ford? w/ Sadia Khan

The Progressive Conservatives, led by Doug Ford, attracted a great deal of support from non-white voters during the recent provincial election in Ontario. Why would minorities support a hard-right politician? We talk to Toronto-based community organizer Sadia Khan to find out.


Episode 03 - The Days of Action w/ Sam Gindin

When the Progressive Conservative government of Mike Harris came to power in Ontario in 1995 and began implementing its agenda of cuts, the labour movement decided to organize a response. The response came in the form of the Days of Action—a series of rolling political strikes that involved hundreds of thousands of workers and community members across the province. We talk to labour activist Sam Gindin about how the Days of Action came to be organized, what their impact was, and the lessons...


Episode 02 - Ford's victory and the limits of the NDP w/ Sam Gindin

The victory of Doug Ford's Progressive Conservatives in the Ontario provincial election appears to be part of a broader trend—the hard-right has been going from strength to strength around the world. We talk to the labour activist Sam Gindin about why it is now Ontario's turn to face off against the hard-right, and what can be done to challenge Ford's government. We also get into talking about the limits of the New Democratic Party.


Sneak peak: Extended interview with Alan Sears

This extended interview follows up on the discussion we had with Alan Sears in the episode on university education. You can get access to the full interview by supporting us on patreon.com/oatsforbreakfast.


Pilot Episode - University education w/ Alan Sears and Jessica Ireland

University education in Canada is becoming increasingly necessary and, at the same time, increasingly difficult to access. We look at the recent trends in higher education to try to understand what's happening. This episode features interviews with Alan Sears, who teaches in the Sociology Department at Ryerson University, and Jessica Ireland, an undergraduate student at York University.