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Sen. Paula Simons announces new podcast

Edmonton, May 11, 2020 — Alberta Independent Sen. Paula Simons announces the launch of Alberta Unbound – a new podcast focusing on unpacking her home province’s culture and identity.

In the five-episode series, Simons sets out to debate and deconstruct some of the myths that define and bind her province.  If someone asked you to imagine a typical – or a stereotypical – Albertan, who would you picture? A rancher? A rigger? A cowboy? A construction worker? Alberta Unbound challenges five distinct, diverse Albertans to consider what it means to be Albertan in 2020 – and what they want their province to be in the future.

In this podcast, you’ll meet Dr. Jared Wesley, a professor of political science from the University of Alberta; Shannon Stubbs, the Conservative MP for the northeastern Alberta riding of Lakeland; Dr. Diana Steinhauer, the president of Yellowhead Tribal College, and an elder from the Saddle Lake Cree Nation; award-winning Edmonton journalist and author Omar Mouallem; and Doug Griffiths, a writer, economic consultant, and former Progressive Conservative provincial cabinet minister.

Come eavesdrop on their provocative discussion of Alberta identity, Alberta mythology, and Alberta’s complicated relationship with the rest of Canada.

Alberta Unbound is available for streaming on major streaming services such as Spotify, Google Play and PodBean. Clips are available upon request.

The Honourable Paula Simons was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 2018 as an Independent Senator representing Alberta. Senator Simons was born and raised in Edmonton, and attended the University of Alberta, Stanford University and the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Before joining the Senate, she spent 30 years working as a journalist – including 23 years with the Edmonton Journal, where she was an award-winning political columnist and investigative reporter. She’s also been a playwright, a podcaster, a CBC documentary producer, and a passionate amateur historian. She spends a lot of time on Twitter, @Paulatics

- Senator Paula Simons

Associated Links

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For more information:
Ameya Charnalia
Office of Senator Paula Simons | Senate of Canada
343-551-1178 | ameya.charnalia@sen.parl.gc.ca

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Alberta Unbound: What does it mean to be Albertan in 2020?

Ottawa, February 26, 2020 — Sen. Paula Simons is hosting a public panel discussion in Edmonton at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, that will feature a diverse group of Albertans to talk about Alberta’s culture and how we define it.

This panel will take the long view –an opportunity to look past the political squabbles of the moment, and take a deep, hard look at our history and our future.

The five panelists come from a wide range of backgrounds and careers. They are journalist and author Omar Mouallem, University of Alberta political scientist Jared Wesley, former Alberta PC cabinet minister Doug Griffiths, Diana Steinhauer, president of Yellowhead Tribal College, and Shannon Stubbs, Conservative MP for Lakeland.

The panel will take place at the ATB Financial Arts Barn’s Studio Theatre at 10330 84 Ave. There will be light refreshments, including bison sliders and perogies on a stick – in keeping with the cultural theme of the event. Admission is free.

The Honourable Paula Simons was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 2018 as an Independent Senator representing Alberta. Senator Simons was born and raised in Edmonton, and attended the University of Alberta, Stanford University and the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Before joining the Senate, she spent 30 years working as a journalist – including 23 years with the Edmonton Journal, where she was an award-winning political columnist and investigative reporter. She’s also been a playwright, a podcaster, a CBC documentary producer, and a passionate amateur historian. She spends a lot of time on Twitter, @Paulatics

- Senator Paula Simons

ASSOCIATED LINKS

• RSVP: https://tickets.fringetheatre.ca/performances.php?eventId=601:3287

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For more information:
Ameya Charnalia
Office of Senator Paula Simons | Senate of Canada
343-551-1178 | ameya.charnalia@sen.parl.gc.ca