Unpacked Podcast

A microphone sitting on a briefcase with the words "Introducing Unpacked. A new podcast from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives"

"What's the best that could happen?"

Join us as we unpack some of the most complicated issues in Canadian news and current affairs. Host Stephen Hurley and guests discuss why research matters and what solutions are required for change.

Listen to "Unpacked with the CCPA" on Spreaker.


Episode 1: Canada's Re-opening. What's next?

June 11, 2021: CCPA experts David Macdonald and Katherine Scott unpack the lessons learned about inequality during the pandemic. Can we build back in a way that leaves no one behind?

Episode 2: Canada's Colour-coded Reitrement. 
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June 29, 2021: CCPA senior economist Sheila Block and Grace-Edward Galabuzi dive deep into the first-ever research in Canada on retirement security for Indigenous and racialized Canadians. Retirement security is colour coded in Canada, and public pensions play a large role for marginalized groups. How do racism and colonialism affect a person’s life course? And what policy solutions could help address poverty for Indigenous and radicalized seniors?

Episode 3: School’s Out——What’s Next?

Now that school’s out, It’s the perfect time to join us in a conversation reflecting back on education during the pandemic. How was education handled by policy makers during the pandemic? What kind of plans are in place to support educators and students in the year ahead? And will our government’s current plans be enough? CCPA experts Erika Shaker and Ricardo Tranjan break down the policy changes in education, their impact, and what we need to consider looking ahead to back-to-school season in the fall?

Episode 4: Global Vaccine Inequality

Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout had a bumpy start, but it now leads the world with the largest share of any country’s population having received first doses. Globally, the picture is much different. Vaccine inequality is rampant. What are the impacts for countries without reliable, safe and affordable access to vaccines? How should this reality affect our global pandemic response? Has Canada’s response to this challenge measured up? CCPA’s Senior Trade Researcher Stuart Trew and Siham Rayale, Oxfam Canada Scholar and Policy Specialist, unpack what it would take to ensure vaccines for all.