The Scarlet Standard is a podcast focused on Canadian political-economy and Toronto-based political activism from an internationalist socialist perspective. We also host interviews with authors, academics, activists, and organizers on the Left. It is hosted by Bruce Kecskes and Amadeus Narbutt.

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Pharma Failure

March 6, 2021

We discuss the failure of Bill C-213 to pass its Second Reading in the House of Commons. It would have started the process of creating a national pharmacare program in Canada. Listen to audio »


Ontario’s Care Crisis /w Pat Armstrong

February 21, 2021

We continue our discussion of the crisis in long-term care homes in Ontario. This time we are joined by Dr. Pat Armstrong, Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Sociology at York University. Listen to audio »


Stock Market Pipedreams

February 8, 2021

We chat about Biden’s cancelling of the Keystone XL pipeline, as well as a socialist perspective on the GameStop stock surge and financial market ‘democratization’. Listen to audio »


Ontario’s Care Crisis /w Natalie Mehra

January 26, 2021

We are joined by Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition. We discuss the ongoing crisis in Ontario’s private long-term care system, the imminent need for paid sick days, and revisit the question of vaccine distribution. Listen to audio »


2020: Beard in Review

January 1, 2021

In this episode we explore Politico’s obsession with how Trudeau the Politics Dad grew a quarantine beard. Touching on news topics throughout the year like the Wet’suwet’en protests, CERB rollout, and the BLM uprising, this episode serves as our review of the dumpster fire that has been 2020. Listen to audio »