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Dec 5, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Canadian Blood Services has signed a 15-year deal with a for-profit plasma corporation to privatize plasma collection in Canada.  BloodWatch says the paid plasma scheme goes against recommendations from the Krever Commission and would negatively affect voluntary collection efforts.  We speak with Dr. Michèle Brill-Edwards, a former senior Health Canada regulator and whistle-blower on drug and blood safety. Dr. Brill-Edwards is a long-time board member of the Canadian Health Coalition. 
Topics: blood, safety, services, Canada, Krever, Commission, collection, donors, plasma, privatization,...
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Dec 5, 2022 Redeye Collective
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People with Indian Status cards face stigma and discrimination on a daily basis when they show their cards at stores or to officials, according to a landmark study commissioned by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. The report is titled They Sigh or They Give You the Look: Discrimination and Status Card Usage. We speak with Harmony Johnson, sɛƛakəs, from the Tla’amin Nation, who is the lead author of the report. 
Topics: discrimination, racism. Indian, status, card, usage, study, survey, BC, media, identity, federal,...
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Dec 5, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Ian Mass joins us with his City Beat report, looking ahead to the 2023 budget discussion as council tries to square a 4% increase in the cost of policing with just a 5% increase in property taxes. He also talks about the Vancouver School Board vote on bringing back cops in schools, a motion to fast-track non-market housing and a plan to make Vancouver a more age-friendly city.
Topics: City, Beat, budget, 2023, cops, school, body, worn, cameras, taxes, VSB, VPD, police, liaison,...
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Nov 21, 2022 Redeye Collective
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For far too long, manufacturing giants have exploited Canadian consumers by making their products increasingly expensive and challenging to repair through restrictive warranties, software locks, and restrictions on access to spare parts and manuals, forcing people to replace their products more often. Now there’s a private member’s bill before Parliament to give consumers the ‘right to repair’. We talk about the issue and the bill with Matt Hatfield of Open Media.
Topics: electronics, repair, right, consumer, protection, devices, cell, phones, e-waste, costs, inflation,...
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Nov 20, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Roger Emsley has been watching and commenting on a Vancouver Port Authority proposal to expand the Roberts Bank coal and container terminal since 2013. Finally, after almost 10 years, the public may have the answer next month. Roger Emsley joins me to talk about the major threats to biodiversity that the project represents and the pending announcement.
Topics: Deltaport, biodiversity, port, Vancouver, expansion, biofilm, orcas, birds, coal, container,...
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Nov 20, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Jim Stanford is Director of the Centre for Future Work and is one of Canada’s best-known economic commentators. The webinar “Pick your poison: inflation, recession…or both” was organized by The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Stanford breaks down the factors that have led to current inflationary crisis and how the Bank of Canada is risking an avoidable and painful recession by just raising interest rates and not looking at the factors that got us here. We bring you his...
Topics: inflation, recession, workers, labour, wages, Bank, Canada, interest, rates, economy, crisis
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Nov 20, 2022 Redeye Collective
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The Living Wage is the hourly rate that a family of four needs to live modestly in BC. It has been calculated every year since 2008. This year’s report was released two days ago and it shows that, for the first time in a decade and a half, the living wage has significantly increased, driven by a spike in the cost of food and shelter. The rate was calculated in 22 communities across BC this year. We talk with Anastasia French, Provincial Manager of Living Wage for Families BC. 
Topics: living, wage, minimum, families, rent, food, shelter, inflation, renoviction, BC, Victoria,...
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Nov 20, 2022 Redeye Collective
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The UN Biodiversity Conference in  Montreal – COP 15 – starts in December. Countries from around the world are expected to agree on a biodiversity framework. The federal government has called on the provinces and territories to help meet the key goal of the biodiversity conference: to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030 and achieve its full recovery by 2050. However, a new independent audit by biologist Jared Hobbs highlights huge legal gaps driving species extinction in B.C. We...
Topics: biodiversity, habitat, destruction, mapping, loss, species, risk, resource, extraction, COP15,...
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Nov 20, 2022 Redeye Collective
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In March of this year, Québec senator Rosa Galvez tabled Bill S-243, the Climate Aligned Finance Act. Her bill aims to hold governments and financial institutions to account for their actions, and halt the widespread financial backing of fossil fuels. We speak about the bill with Bruce Campbell, Senior Fellow at Toronto Metropolitan University's Centre for Free Expression.  
Topics: banks, financial, institutions, climate, crisis, fossil, fuels, carbon, targets, COP27
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Nov 13, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Despite dire predictions that the pandemic would be a big blow to provincial finances, most provinces have enough funds to pay for the important programs and investments that Canadians need, according to a recent report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives national office. Here in BC, the extent of the province’s fiscal and economic latitude goes well beyond what is discussed in the national report. We speak with economist Alex Hemingway.
Topics: budget, surplus, deficit, debt, social, programs, climate, crisis, health, child, care, pandemic,...
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Nov 12, 2022 Redeye Collective
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The Superior Court of Quebec has issued a landmark decision, finding that police roadside interceptions are often based on skin colour rather than on road safety objectives. Judge Michel Yergeau ruled that the law allowing for such arbitrary detention can no longer stand. The case was brought by Joseph-Christopher Luamba, a 22 year old black Montrealer, who told the court he prepares to pull over whenever he sees a police cruiser. We speak with Laura Berger, staff lawyer with the Canadian Civil...
Topics: racial, profiling, Quebec, police, racism, prejudice, driving, CCLA, Superior, Court, roadside,...
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On November 1st, a provincial committee released their report on the toxic drug supply and overdose crisis. The report contains 37 recommendations looking at everything from BC's proposed decriminalization to treatment beds. In response, nearly 60 organizations and individuals released an open letter saying the report obscures the issue of a poisoned drug supply, and recommends nothing outside of the status quo. We speak with Caitlin Shane of Pivot Legal.
Topics: poisoned, drug, supply, toxic, overdose, crisis, decriminalization, BC, government, provincial,...
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Nov 12, 2022 Redeye Collective
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City Beat reporter Ian Mass joins us to talk about the new Vancouver City Council’s first meeting. This includes a motion to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism, Chinatown, street nurses and police, who appear to want to champion social service reform in the DTES all by themselves. 
Topics: police, DTES, Chinatown, IHRA, definition, Zionism, Israel, anti-Semitism, social, services
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Nov 6, 2022 Redeye Collective
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In February this year, the estimated cost of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project jumped by more than 70%. When the Trans Mountain Corporation announced the increase back in February, we were told that the government would spend no additional public money on the project.  A new report by independent economist Robyn Allan says this is not the case, and that the federal government is hiding the real situation from Canadians. We speak with Eugene Kung, staff lawyer with West Coast...
Topics: Trans, Mountain, pipeline, shell, corporation, financial, viability, debt, TMX, economics,...
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Nov 6, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Thousands of Ontario education workers hit picket lines on Nov 4 after the Ford government passed Bill 28, using the notwithstanding clause to deny workers the right to strike and imposing a contract on 55,000 CUPE members. We speak with Ryan Kelpin, PhD candidate in the Department of Politics at York University and research associate at the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies.
Topics: Ford, Conservative, government, Ontario, notwithstanding, clause, workers, education, CUPE, strike,...
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Nov 6, 2022 Redeye Collective
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One of the first pieces of business the new Vancouver City Council will deal with is a motion from newly re-elected Councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung asking council to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism and the definition’s list of examples.  City Beat reporter Ian Mass joins me to talk about that motion and other plans coming from this new city council.
Topics: IHRA, definition, anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism, Vancouver, council, ABC, Palestinian, rights,...
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Oct 29, 2022 Redeye Collective
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In April 2020, a group of academics in the Netherlands wrote a manifesto for a post-pandemic recovery. It proposed an approach to building economies where green and socially valuable sectors were promoted, and harmful industries like oil and gas, and even advertising, were demoted. This fledgling movement is called Degrowth. Now a new book helps bring the ideas of degrowth out for discussion. The book is The Future Is Degrowth: A Guide to a World beyond Capitalism. We speak with one of the...
Topics: degrowth, capitalism, green, just, recovery, fair, economics, fossil, fuels, social, policy
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Oct 29, 2022 Redeye Collective
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In September, Cuban citizens at home and abroad cast their ballots in a referendum on the country’s new Families Code. The Code passed by 67%, expanding legal rights for women, children and LGBTQ+ people. The new code has been described as one of the most progressive piece of social policy in the world. Owen Schalk is a writer based in Winnipeg. He was in Cuba this spring and he joins today to talk about the new Families Code. 
Topics: Families, Code, Cuba, LGBTQ+, equality, marriage, family, children, trans, rights
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Oct 29, 2022 Redeye Collective
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This week Vancouver City Council considered the final report of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Task Force. The report was developed in a partnership with Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish Nation, and Tsleil-Waututh Nation and the City of Vancouver.  The task force states that the calls to action are the first of their kind in Canada and will lead to Vancouver becoming both a national and world leader in implementing a clear strategy towards UNDRIP and...
Topics: UNDRIP, implementation, strategy, Vancouver, City, Council, Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh,...
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Oct 23, 2022 Redeye Collective
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In 2001, Dr. Norma Dunning applied to the Nunavut Beneficiary program, seeking legal recognition of her status as an Inuk woman. In the application process, she was faced with a question she could not answer, "What was your disc number?” Her new book Kinauvit: What’s Your Name is the result of two decades of research into the Eskimo Identification System and its impact on Inuit lives. It’s also a personal account of her search for her grandmother. We speak with Dr. Norma Dunning.
Topics: disc, Inuit, system, Canada, government, Nunavut, Indigenous, relocation, colonization, naming,...
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Oct 23, 2022 Redeye Collective
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A new report by Independent Jewish Voices documents in detail the reprisals, harassment and intimidation faced by Canadians who engage in scholarship and activism in the area of Palestinian human rights.  The report discusses how this chilling effect blunts and shapes the discourse around Palestinian rights and criticism of Israeli policy. We speak with report co-author, Sheryl Nestel.
Topics: Israel, Palestine, human, rights, free, speech, suppression, chilly, climate, activism,...
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Oct 23, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Municipal elections on October 15 changed the political landscape all over the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. Redeye collective member Ian Mass joins us with his City Beat report to talk about the surprises and some of the challenges facing these new municipal governments.
Topics: elections, city, municipal, Vancouver, mayor, school, board, parks, council, public, safety, housing
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Oct 15, 2022 Redeye Collective
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A massive electricity plant in Northeast England that has transitioned from coal to wood pellets claims it is creating green energy. But a protest movement in the UK, and environmentalists in BC say this is greenwashing. Now an investigation team has revealed that DRAX intends to supplement its use of wood waste and sawdust with whole trees, logged in primary forests. We speak with Ben Parfitt of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Topics: Drax, greenwashing, wood, pellets, energy, coal, fuel, electricity, logging, UK, BC, climate,...
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Oct 15, 2022 Redeye Collective
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On October 4, a parliamentary committee released a new report on facial recognition technology and artificial intelligence. The committee stopped short of recommending a ban on the use of facial recognition technology by police, a move that the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group says is critical to prevent mass surveillance of Canadians. We speak with Tim McSorley, national coordinator for ICLMG.
Topics: facial, recognition, technology, FRT, artificial, intelligence, AI, surveillance, civil, liberties,...
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Oct 12, 2022 Redeye Collective
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On September 14, Marjorie Griffin Cohen gave the 2022 Gideon Rosenbluth Memorial Lecture at an event organized by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives BC office. Her talk was titled Handle With Care: Growth through the care economy benefits people and the climate. In it, she looks at the blind spots in economic thinking that devalue the care economy and in doing so, miss opportunities for expanding the economy in a way that meets people’s needs and address the climate crisis.
Topics: care, economy, economics, growth, education, healthcare, childcare, homes, CCPA-BC
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Oct 11, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Two years ago the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute and others started a campaign to oppose Israeli military recruitment in Canada. A parliamentary petition calling on the Minister of Justice to investigate this recruitment got more than 7500 signatures but died on the order paper. In response to a follow-up petition, the Liberal government last month reiterated the illegality of foreign recruitment but declined to take action. This has prompted two individuals to initiate a private...
Topics: Israeli, recruitment, Canada, foreign, enlistment, Sar-El, military, volunteer, policy, criminal,...
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Oct 10, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Coastal Gaslink is poised to drill under Wedzin Kwa – The Morice River on the territory of the Wet’suwet’en.  Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and their allies have fought back for years against developments that threaten their land and waters.  At this critical time, they are calling for solidarity and support. We speak with Jennifer Wickham. 
Topics: Wet’suwet’en, Coastal, Gaslink, fracked, gas, pipeline, RCMP, arrests, construction, Yintah,...
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Oct 9, 2022 Redeye Collective
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In his City Beat report, Ian Mass covers the municipal races in the four Lower Mainland cities that could elect progressive councils: Surrey, Burnaby, New Westminster and Vancouver. He also attended two mayoral debates in Vancouver, one on Chinatown and one on housing and real estate issues. 
Topics: municipal, elections, Vancouver, Burnaby, New, Westminster, Surrey, housing, Chinatown,...
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Oct 4, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Private surgeries and medical imaging are big business in BC. A new report says that government policies have created a market for these clinics by signing contracts with them to deliver publicly funded services worth almost 400 million dollars over 6 years. Health policy researcher Andrew Longhurst says the provincial government needs to stop subsidizing for-profit clinics and wean BC off its growing reliance on corporate health-care delivery. We speak with Andrew Longhurst. 
Topics: health, care, public, private, for-profit, corporate, surgeries, medical, imaging, BC, clinics
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Oct 4, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Of all of the processes that are reshaping cities today, gentrification is probably one of the most misunderstood. In her new book, Gentrification is Inevitable and Other Lies, Leslie Kern addresses seven of the myths about gentrification and exposes the ideologies that make it seem like a natural and desirable process. Leslie Kern is associate professor of geography and environment and women's and gender studies at Mount Allison University, in Sackville, New Brunswick. She joins us to talk...
Topics: gentrification, cities, class, race, gender, taste, food, culture, colonization, urban, planning,...
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Tsqelmucwilc is the story of the children who survived the Kamloops Indian Residential School. It is based on the 1988 book Resistance and Renewal, a groundbreaking history of the school - and the first book on residential schools ever published in Canada. The new book has contributions by Garry Gottfriedson, Randy Fred and the KIRS Survivors. We speak with author Celia Haig-Brown. 
Topics: residential, school, survivors, Kamploops, Tsqelmucwilc, resistance, renewal, reckoning,...
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Oct 4, 2022 Redeye Collective
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An organization that advocates for BC’s children and youth says municipal governments need to take more responsibility for supporting the youngest residents of their cities. To this end, First Call has developed a toolkit for voters wanting for raise issues in the upcoming municipal elections taking place across British Columbia on October 15. We speak with Adrienne Montani, executive director of First Call.
Topics: children, youth, education, childcare, childhood, development, community, schools, elections
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Sep 24, 2022 Redeye Collective
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In 2019, the Canadian government voted in favour of a resolution on Palestinian self-determination at the United Nations General Assembly. This was a reversal of its vote for the previous 8 years. Despite this symbolic shift, Canada has continued to vote against almost every other resolution which aims to support Palestinian human rights.  A report published by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East reveals a stark disjuncture between Canada’s overall stance on Israel and the...
Topics: Palestine, UN, Canada, foreign, policy, history, resolution, Israel, self-determination, CJPME
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Sep 24, 2022 Redeye Collective
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In the new feature film Unarchived, co-directors Hayley Gray and Elad Tzadok highlight community archives across British Columbia. Their film reveals just some of what has been erased from the official record and challenges larger institutions to re-examine narratives that don’t reflect the totality of our shared experience. Unarchived has its world premiere Sept 30 at VIFF. We speak with Hayley Gray and Elad Tzadok.
Topics: history, archives, community, erasure, official, records, institutions, VIFF, documentary, NFB,...
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Sep 24, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Vancouver municipal voters will go to the polls on October 15. Electors will have to sort through 137 candidates to decide who the mayor will be, as well as city councillors, school trustees and park commissioners. To break it down a bit for us, we talk with Redeye collective member Ian Mass with his City Beat report.
Topics: municipal, election, Vancouver, candidates, parties, issues, mayor, council, park, school, board,...
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Sep 24, 2022 Redeye Collective
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In the lead-up to Vancouver’s upcoming municipal election on October 15, Women Transforming Cities has launched the Hot Pink Paper Campaign with eight policy asks for candidates in the election. These policy asks are based on months of community input from women, gender-diverse residents, and front-line organizations. Campaign lead Mahtab Laghaei joins us to talk about what they want to see candidates support.  
Topics: women, gender-diverse, Indigenous, transit, housing, policing, community
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May 14, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Precarious work was a major risk factor during the pandemic, and was implicated in the catastrophe that took place in long-term care. A report released last month in Ontario says that government inaction on workplace protections is undermining pandemic recovery. It documents how lack of workplace protections like decent wages and paid sick days has widened existing health inequities. We speak with Dr. Danyaal Raza, a family physician in Toronto and a member of the Decent Work and Health Network.
Topics: work, decent, low-paid, precarious, risk, wages, sick, pay, inequities, workplace, protections,...
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May 14, 2022 Redeye Collective
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The US Supreme Court judge is poised to overturn Roe vs. Wade. In Canada, the landmark abortion rights case is the 1988 Morgentaler ruling, which struck down the country’s abortion law as unconstitutional. But legal protection is not the same as equal access and in many parts of the country, surgical abortion is still practically unavailable. I speak with Meghan Doherty of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights.
Topics: abortion, choice, surgical, medical, access, funding, rural, urban, discrimination, undocumented,...
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May 14, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Ian Mass joins us with his final City Beat till council ramps up for the civic election in the fall. On the agenda, densification and the Broadway plan, a 100-year-old heritage building that no-one wants and a motion to end immigration detention in provincial jails.
Topics: densification, Broadway, Heather, MST, RCMP, headquarters, SRO, protection, CBSA, detainees,...
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May 10, 2022 Redeye Collective
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San Francisco has passed a law that requires landlords to bargain with renters who want to organize. The Veritas Tenants Association, whose members live in housing owned by one of the biggest private residential landlords in the city, started a rent strike in Sept 2021. The law was passed after the landlord refused to meet and negotiate with the tenants association. Lenea Maibaum is an organizer at Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco and a member of the Veritas Tenants Association.
Topics: tenants, organizing, rent, strike, San, Francisco, residential, landlord, Veritas, legislation,...
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May 10, 2022 Redeye Collective
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In 1956, the Canadian government declared the Arrow Lakes Indian Band, people of the Sinixt Nation, to be extinct. This was one in a long line of colonial attacks against an Indigenous nation whose territory encompasses a long valley that spans what is now the US-Canada border. The Sinixt were not extinct, and continue an active resistance to protect and regain their territories. A new film, Beyond Extinction: Sinixt Resurgence tells the “ongoing story of a people who reject their colonial...
Topics: Sinixt, extinction, Arrow, Lakes, colonialism, US, Canada, border, territory, Indigenous, DOXA
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May 10, 2022 Redeye Collective
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A provincial Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act in BC released its report last week with eleven recommendations that the committee says will lead to “transformational change in policing and community safety.” Meenakshi Mannoe wrote Pivot Legal’s submission to the committee, focusing on curtailing the role of police in complex social issues and eradicating systemic racism within police agencies. Meenakshi Mannoe shares her reaction to the report. 
Topics: police, act, report, reform, defund, social, issues, systemic, racism, power, abuse, violence,...
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May 10, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Flawed ideas about heroin and people who use it have shaped drug law and policy in Canada for decades. A new illustrated book by Susan Boyd traces the history of Canadian heroin regulation over two centuries. Susan Boyd is a scholar/activist and distinguished professor at the University of Victoria. She joins me today to talk about her new book Heroin: An Illustrated History. 
Topics: heroin, drug, policy, Canada, methadone, history, regulation, law, prison, harm, reduction,...
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May 10, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Northern BC is a territory roughly the size of France, but there is no public transportation system for the 200,000 people who live there. This means each family is obliged to buy and maintain at least one car or truck if they want to be able to get around. We speak with Peter Ewart, a writer and community activist based in Prince George, about the urgent need for a public bus system in rural BC.
Topics: bus, service, transit, transportation, car, truck, train, public, northern, rural, BC, community,...
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May 3, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Cycling for transportation and recreation is a climate-friendly way to move around your city. It’s affordable and healthy as well as an efficient use of urban space. But in British Columbia, cyclists are endangered every day by out-dated laws that fail to regulate and educate drivers to take care around vulnerable road users. HUB Cycling is advocating for better laws to protect people cycling and walking.  We speak with Jeff Leigh, Chair of the Regional Advisory Committee for HUB Cycling.
Topics: cycling, walking, pedestrians, safety, road, users, vulnerable, laws, Motor, Vehicle, Act, HUB
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What if BC could massively increase public investment in below-market rental housing and that investment could pay for itself? Alex Hemingway is senior economist and public finance policy analyst at the CCPA BC Office. We talk about how this idea would create thousands of low-cost rental homes with no increase in public debt.
Topics: housing, investment, non-profit, below-market, public, finance, homelessness, affordable, homes,...
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May 3, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Hollaback! began as a blog to collect stories of street harassment. Now called Right To Be, it has evolved into an organization that fights harassment in all its forms. The first training they developed was on tools to combat street harassment. They have just completed a study that shows the effectiveness of the training for participants. We speak with director of training Kelly Erickson.
Topics: street, harassment, training, bystander, intervention, anti-Asian, racism, online
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May 3, 2022 Redeye Collective
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In December 2020, a group of Black federal employees filed a proposed class-action lawsuit in the Federal Court of Canada, seeking long-term solutions to address systemic racism and discrimination in the Public Service of Canada. We speak with Nicholas Marcus Thompson, organizer and lead plaintiff in the case.
Topics: Black, class, action, public, service, Canada, systemic, racism, discrimination, promotion,...
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May 2, 2022 Redeye Collective
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The pandemic has killed an estimated 18 million people around the world, with many more dying in lower-income countries where vaccination rates remain low.  Despite this, Canada continues to oppose an IP waiver at the WTO meaning that vaccines are only available in wealthier countries. We talk with Nikolas Barry-Shaw about how the Canadian government is working with the pharma industry to preserve patents on life-saving vaccines. 
Topics: Canada, Pharma, industry, vaccine, covid-19, patents, waiver, WTO, EU, South, Africa, India,...
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Apr 26, 2022 Redeye Collective
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If it is built, the Midwest Carbon Express will be the world’s largest carbon capture and storage pipeline. It’s being developed by the Iowa-based company, Summit Carbon Solutions and faces strong opposition from a broad coalition of Indigenous communities, Iowa landowners and environmental groups. Andy Currier is the author of a new report on the Midwest Carbon Express for the Oakland Institute.
Topics: carbon, capture, pipeline, oil, enhancement, Midwest, Iowa, CO2, storage, false, climate, solution
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Apr 26, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Public safety and violent crime have become hot topics as Vancouver City Council grapples with an ever-expanding police budget. On this week’s council agenda: public safety, CCTV cameras and the police budget; an apology to the Italian community, business taxes, affordable housing and much more. We’re joined by Ian Mass with City Beat.
Topics: city, beat, CCTV, cameras, police, budget, affordable, housing, Italian, apology, mansion, tax
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Apr 26, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Earlier this month, Israeli soldiers raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, a Muslim holy site in Jerusalem. Soldiers threw teargas and stun grenades as they entered the compound and mosque, assaulting hundreds of people. Arming Apartheid is a new report by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East. It says that Canada’s arms exports to Israel have been accelerating in recent years and reached a 30-year high in 2020. We speak with lead author Michael Bueckert.
Topics: arms, weapons, sales, trade, apartheid, Canada, Israel, Gaza, human, rights, abuses, Al-Aqsa,...
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Apr 18, 2022 Redeye Collective
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While the April 7 budget did include some money for housing coops and non-profit housing, there is little to improve the situation for renters across Canada. We speak about housing and the federal budget with Ricardo Tranjan, political economist and senior researcher with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Ontario office. 
Topics: non-profit, housing, cooperatives, renters, vacancy, control, foreign, buyers, market, sector
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Apr 17, 2022 Redeye Collective
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FortisBC, the largest natural gas distributor in BC, has developed learning resources for schools, marketed as a free K-12 online curriculum developed by teachers and based on BC’s current curriculum. The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment is raising the alarm over this type of biased content in schools. We speak with Dr. Lori Adamson, an emergency room physician in Salmon Arm and parent of a child in elementary school.
Topics: fossil, fuel, oil, gas, industry, school, materials, bias, curriculum, K-12, FortisBC
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Apr 17, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Support for the police is grounded in a series of beliefs about our society – that Canadian laws are just, that the police treat everyone equally, and that without the police, communities would descend into chaos and disorder. The movement to defund the police says these beliefs are myths and imagines a world where police power is eroded and dissolved forever. Disarm, Defund, Dismantle is a new book about police abolition in Canada. I speak with editor Kevin Walby and contributor Jessica...
Topics: police, abolition, Canada, disarm, defund, dismantle, prison, sex, work, criminalization, power
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Apr 14, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Brent Eichler has been on hunger strike since March 25, calling for a public meeting with Forests Minister Katrine Conroy about the protection  of the province’s old-growth forests.  Brent has since been joined in his hunger strike by a number of other members of Save Old Growth. In addition to hunger strikes, the group also resumed its blockades of the Trans-Canada Highway at various locations in the province on Monday. We spoke with Brent Eichler last week.
Topics: hunger, strike, civil, resistance, save, old, growth, highway, blockades, forests, minister, Conroy
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Apr 12, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Hotel workers at the Hilton Metrotown in Burnaby are involved in the longest hotel lockout in British Columbia’s history. We speak with Stephanie Fung, Communications Organizer for UNITE HERE Local 40, the Union representing the workers. She’s also a member of Asian Canadian Labour Alliance.
Topics: hotel, workers, lockout, Hilton, Metrotown, labour, women, racialized, picket, line
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Apr 12, 2022 Redeye Collective
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It has been 100 years since Vancouver developed a city-wide plan. That plan reserved over 70% of the city for single family residences. A century later, Vancouver has a new draft city plan. Public comment is open until April 24th and then it goes to council in June for debate. Ian Mass is here with City Beat to discuss the Vancouver plan, the capital budget, the police budget, a mansion tax, 2030 Olympics and lots more.
Topics: city, plan, 2030, Olympics, capital, budget, election, mayor, Vancouver, City, Beat, police
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Mar 25, 2022 Redeye Collective
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At the end of February, the Social Media Lab at Ryerson University launched the Ukraine-Russia conflict misinformation dashboard. The dashboard is a website for monitoring online misinformation and disinformation about the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. It tracks debunked claims from fact-checkers from around the world. We speak about the dashboard with Professor Anatoliy Gruzd, Canada Research Chair in Privacy-Preserving Digital Technologies.
Topics: Ukraine, Russia, war, invasion, propaganda, conflict, misinformation, disinformation, dashboard
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Mar 25, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Although the municipal elections are not until October 15, Vancouver candidates are positioning themselves in advance of debates on public safety, the 2030 Winter Olympics, housing and cultural heritage, coming to City Council this upcoming week. Ian Mass joins us with his regular City Beat report.
Topics: City, Beat, housing, 2030, Olympics, municipal, elections, cultural, heritage, public, safety,...
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Mar 25, 2022 Redeye Collective
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The rapid pace of growth in Vancouver means many of the city’s small restaurants, grocery stores and other neighbourhood spaces are being lost to redevelopment. Bill Yuen is the Executive Director of Heritage Vancouver. talks about this aspect of a community’s intangible cultural heritage.
Topics: cultural, heritage, intangible, neighbourhood, grocery, stores, food, small, businesses
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Mar 25, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Ukraine’s total external government debt amounts to $54B. The country is set to pay more than $7B in debt repayments this year alone. Lenders have responded to the war and the financial crisis in Ukraine by lending even more money. The Jubilee Debt Campaign in the UK says now is the time to cancel Ukraine’s debt and allow it to spend its money on urgent humanitarian needs.
Topics: Ukraine, debt, repayments, IMF, banks, invasion, Russia, finances, government, hedge, funds
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Mar 21, 2022 Redeye Collective
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The Alberta government’s recent public inquiry into “anti-Alberta energy campaigns” was set up to find out how much money was flowing from US foundations to Canadian environment groups. The inquiry was not tasked with finding out how much foreign money was flowing into the Alberta oil patch and influencing Albertan and Canadian politics along the way. Gordon Laxer has done his own investigation. We speak with him about the report Posing As Canadian.
Topics: Alberta, Canada, Calgary, CAPP, corporations, environment, funding, foreign, petroleum, oil, gas,...
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Mar 21, 2022 Redeye Collective
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On March 12, Saudi Arabia executed 81 people, the largest mass execution in the recent history of the country.  The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned the killings and said UN monitoring indicates some of those executed were sentenced to death after trials that did not meet fair trial guarantees, and for crimes that did not meet the most serious crimes threshold, as required under international law. We speak with Ariel Gold of CODEPINK.
Topics: Saudi, Arabia, Yemen, executions, mass, killings, fair, trial, Canada, weapons, war, bombing
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Mar 21, 2022 Redeye Collective
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As the war in the Ukraine rages on, Canada is under increased pressure to re-arm. The Trudeau government response is a plan to buy 88 new fighter jets for an overall price tag of $76 billion. In response to that plan, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Canada has released a report titled Soaring: The Harms and Risks of Fighter Jets and Why Canada Must Not Buy a New Fleet.  We speak with Tamara Lorincz, author of the report.
Topics: armaments, Canada, fighter, jets, weapons, military, peace, Ukraine, war, federal
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Mar 14, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Anyone travelling on West Broadway between Main and Arbutus knows the area is a huge construction zone. The new Broadway Skytrain development, set to be finished by 2025, has created a planning process that will radically change the character of Kitsilano, Fairview and Mt. Pleasant. Ian Mass joins us to discuss this developing Broadway plan, along with a bunch of other issues, in his regular City Beat report.
Topics: Skytrain, Broadway, density, development, construction, truck, pollution, capital, plan,...
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Mar 14, 2022 Redeye Collective
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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report on Feb 28. The report says that human-induced climate change is causing dangerous and widespread disruption in nature and affecting the lives of billions of people around the world. We’ve contacted Jens Wieting of Sierra Club BC to get a Canadian perspective on the report.
Topics: IPCC, climate, crisis, adaptation, BC, Canada, emissions, oil, gas, industry, forest, fires,...
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Mar 14, 2022 Redeye Collective
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As the Russian war on Ukraine rages on, Canadian immigration minister Sean Fraser has responded with a new visa program for people fleeing that war. The program will cut red tape and allow Ukrainians to live in Canada for up to two years, with fewer restrictions and conditions to come here. While the program has been welcomed by refugee advocates, it raises questions about Canada’s response to people fleeing other war zones. We speak with long-time Vancouver immigration lawyer Zool Suleman.
Topics: Russia, attack, Ukraine, invasion, war, refugees, Canada, immigration, visa, program
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Mar 8, 2022 Redeye Collective
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In January, a subcommittee of the Halifax Board of the Police Commissioners released a report, which is Canada’s most detailed blueprint to defund, disarm, and dismantle the police. It lays out a plan for how to redirect funding from police to other organizations and pursue police accountability.  The subcommittee was chaired by Dr. El Jones, poet, journalist, activist and assistant professor of political and Canadian studies at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax. 
Topics: defund, disarm, dismantle, police, accountability, Halifax, racism, repression, Black, colonialism,...
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Mar 8, 2022 Redeye Collective
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This will be a critical year for wild salmon as all BC federal licenses for fish farms expiring this June.  British Columbia is now the only jurisdiction on the west coast of North America still allowing salmon farms. The federal government promised in 2019 to remove all open-pen salmon farms from BC waters by 2025. We speak with Dan Lewis, executive director of Clayoquot Action.
Topics: fish, farms, salmon, wild, federal, Canada, BC, licenses, open-pen, coast, pollution, environment
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Feb 19, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Tens of thousands of Canadians are asking the federal government to pause any further construction on the TMX pipeline. The Canadian government bought the project from Kinder Morgan in 2018.  The last update in 2020 revealed that the expansion cost had ballooned to $12.6B, and now Trans Mountain Corporation says it will cost $21.4B, four times the original estimate. We speak with Eugene Kung, staff lawyer at West Coast Environmental Law.
Topics: climate, construction, cost, crisis, energy, environment, indigenous, leaks, oil, overruns,...
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Feb 17, 2022 Redeye Collective
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In his newly released book Becoming Vancouver, Daniel Francis follows the evolution of the city, tracing decades of transformation, immigration and economic development. Daniel Francis speaks with Ian Mass, our City Beat producer.
Topics: Vancouver, history, Indigenous, development, racism, immigration, economic, BC
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Feb 17, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Noam Chomsky has been an anti-war, anti-capitalist activist for over 60 years and continues to call liberal elites to account for propping up unjust systems that have brought us to the brink of climate catastrophe and nuclear annihilation.  Chomsky spoke at a recent webinar organized by Canada-China Focus, a new pan-Canadian, anti-racist project promoting critical conversations and policy initiatives on Canada-China relations. Chomsky says Canada is at a crossroads on China, and we must work...
Topics: China, Canada, US, relations, trade, racism, military, war, technology, climate, catastrophe,...
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Feb 17, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Criminology Temitope Oriola says that the truckers convoy is a fascinating study in the sociology of law enforcement. Oriola is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Alberta and joint Editor-in-Chief of African Security journal. His research interests include policing, terrorism, social movements and political violence. His recent article in The Conversation talks about what the convoy reveal about the ties between politics, police and the law. 
Topics: Ottawa, truckers, convoy, protesters, police, politics, law, enforcement, sociology, social,...
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Feb 14, 2022 Redeye Collective
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The BC government has released a report on oil and gas royalties from a public consultation in November. The report showed that 77% of survey respondents wanted the government to make environmental protection its top priority in its new royalty regime. We talk with Peter McCartney, Climate Campaigner at the Wilderness Committee.
Topics: climate, royalties, consultation, oil, gas, timber, environment, protection, fracking, subsidies,...
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Feb 14, 2022 Redeye Collective
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At the end of November last year, people in Honduras voted overwhelmingly for the platform of democratic socialism put forward by Xiomara Castro. Her Libre Party was formed in the aftermath of the coup that deposed Castro’s husband, Manuel Zelaya. We talk with writer Owen Schalk about the 2009 couple and Canada’s role in Honduras during the reign of terror that followed. 
Topics: Honduras, election, Zelaya, Castro, neoliberalism, mining, Canadian, complicity, coup, democratic,...
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Feb 13, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Eighteen months ago, Vancouver City Council was enthusiastic about the idea of 100 tiny homes for the homeless. This week they heard that 10 shelter beds is all that is possible and the City will have to foot the bill. Ian Mass joins me with his City Beat report to talk about this, a debate on financial support for a challenge to Quebec’s Bill 21 and more.
Topics: housing, homelessness, shelter, Quebec, Bill, 21, SRO, maintenance, xero, carbon, climate, crisis,...
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Feb 7, 2022 Redeye Collective
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First Nations in BC are working proactively towards re-establishing sovereignty over their territories in British Columbia. Asserting sovereignty over mining activities is a critical part of that work. A recent report by the BC First Nations Energy and Mining Council aims to provide First Nations with tools to guide the development and implementation of new ways for mining to occur on their lands. Tahltan elder Allen Edzerza was the project lead in the process that resulted in the report...
Topics: sovereignty, consent, territories, lands, British, Columbia, mining, claim, staking, mineral,...
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Feb 7, 2022 Redeye Collective
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British Columbia is ahead of most North American jurisdictions with its composting and recycling programs. However, the Lower Mainland still burns at least 25% of its waste, with a plan to expand that amount. Sue Maxwell is a sustainability consultant with Ecoinspire Planning Services. She joins us to talk about the problems with this waste-to-energy expansion. 
Topics: garbage, waste, recycling, reduction, incineration, energy, sustainability, composting, Burnaby,...
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Feb 7, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Cleaning and food service workers at Simon Fraser University say their working conditions are difficult and their pay lags behind counterparts elsewhere.  Contract Worker Justice @SFU is a coalition of workers, students, faculty, and community members at SFU. They are calling on Simon Fraser University to hire these workers directly and to improve their pay and working conditions.  John Calvert is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU and he has been involved in the...
Topics: food, service, workers, contracting, out, cleaning, justice, pay, benefits, SFU, university, union
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Jan 30, 2022 Redeye Collective
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After emerging from years of brutal dictatorship, the Haitian people dreamed of a democracy that would serve the poor and bring an end to impunity. Between 1991 and 2004, Haitians elected a succession of governments committed to realizing this dream. The pro-democracy movement’s efforts were ultimately derailed by powerful local elites and their allies in the international community, including Canada. Haiti Betrayed was written, directed and produced by Elaine Briere.
Topics: Haiti, democracy, coup, elites, Canada, complicity, United, States, military, Aristide, kidnapped,...
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Jan 30, 2022 Redeye Collective
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The storming of the Capitol last year was an unprecedented moment and raised questions about the fragility of democracy in the United States. Christopher Vials joins us to discuss the rise of xenophobic right-wing populism in the U.S.  Vials is an associate professor of English at the University of Connecticut–Storrs and author of Haunted by Hitler: Liberals, the Left, and the Fight Against Fascism in the United States.
Topics: fascism, xenophobia, Trump, right-wing, far-right, democracy, coup, military, militia, Republicans,...
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Jan 30, 2022 Redeye Collective
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In 2021, communities across the province have found themselves facing unprecedented costs from forest fires, flooding and storm damage. Meanwhile, the companies who are making huge profits from fossil fuels aren’t contributing a penny to help with the impacts of climate change. Lawyer Andrew Gage says it’s long past time to make fossil fuel companies pay for the chaos they’ve helped to create.
Topics: climate, change, crisis, floods, forest, fires, storm, damage, sea, level, rise, infrastructure
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Jan 30, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Ottawa academic Hassan Diab was extradited to France 8 years ago to face terrorism charges. He spent 3 years in solitary confinement before French magistrates ruled that there wasn’t enough evidence for a trial and released him. Last year, France’s court of appeal overturned that decision. Now the French court has set a trial date for next year. We hear reaction from Tim McSorley of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group; Jo Wood of the Hassan Diab Support Committee; Alex Neve,...
Topics: Hassan, Diab, extradition, terrorism, racism, Islamophobia, Canada, Trudeau, France, trial, court
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Jan 30, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Vancouver City Council had its first meeting of the year this week and started off with a motion that got the attention of affordable housing advocates.  Depending on who you listen to, single family neighbourhoods across Vancouver are either facing their biggest threat ever or just another small step in gentle densification. Ian Mass joins us to talk about this, and a whole bunch of other Vancouver Council issues in his regular City Beat report. 
Topics: densification, council, housing, affordable, speculation, Indigenous, co-management, parks, age,...
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Jan 27, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Diet for a Small Planet was the first major cookbook to address the environmental impact of meat production. Author Frances Moore Lappé advocated for a vegetarian lifestyle out of concerns over animal-based industries and products. She also argued that world hunger is not caused by a lack of food but by ineffective food policy. Frances Moore Lappé joins us to discuss the new 50th anniversary edition of the book. 
Topics: vegetarian, vegan, food, animal, rights, hunger, agriculture, policy, environment, waste, protein,...
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Jan 27, 2022 Redeye Collective
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In British Columbia, the RCMP has a special detachment called the Community-Industry Response Group, set up to enforce injunctions and arrest land defenders blocking access to resource extraction companies. Molly Murphy is a BIPOC activist and journalist who’s experienced first-hand the violence of the RCMP at Fairy Creek. She explains what she’s found out about the background, training and tactics of the C-IRG.
Topics: RCMP, police, Indigenous, violence, injunctions, Fairy, Creek, C-IRG, logging, pipeline, gas, oil
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Jan 27, 2022 Redeye Collective
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A federal court has ruled that RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki violated her legal obligations when she took more than 3years to respond to a complaint about RCMP spying on anti-pipeline activists. In a groundbreaking decision, Justice Gagné said that the RCMP must respond to complaints within 6 months of receiving a report from the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission. We speak with Jessica Magonet, lawyer with the BC Civil Liberties Association.
Topics: BCCLA, law, RCMP, complaints, commission, CRCC, misconduct, delays, Lucki, federal, court,...
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Jan 17, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Youth radicalization is on the rise in Canada. With increasing online promotion of far right ideas, young people are exposed a lot of politically motivated misinformation that can lead them to adopt extreme views. Teachers says they feel ill-equipped to recognize the signs of radicalization or know how to effectively intervene. Dr Kawser Ahmed is spearheading an effort to provide resources for educators in Manitoba. 
Topics: far, right, radicalization, extremism, White, supremacy, education, schools, toolkit, educators,...
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Jan 17, 2022 Redeye Collective
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There was a time when the relationship between the pharmaceutical industry and Justin Trudeau was described as ‘hostile’. The industry didn’t like the PM’s suggestion that domestic drug prices were too high and should be regulated. But now Trudeau is supporting the industry in its opposition to a drug patent waiver. Nikolas Barry-Shaw is trade and privatization campaigner for the Council of Canadians. 
Topics: Big, Pharma, pharmaceutical, industry, TRIPS, patents, waiver, vaccine, apartheid, equity, Canada,...
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Jan 17, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Last week, the federal government and First Nations leaders announced a $40 billion agreement-in-principle to compensate young people harmed by Canada’s discriminatory child welfare system. The agreement also sets aside half the money to reform the welfare system. This comes after a 15-year long fight begun by Cindy Blackstock and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. Sarah Clarke is a lawyer with Clarke Child and Family Law. She has represented the First Nations Child and Family...
Topics: First, Nations, child, welfare, settlement, reserve, family, apprehension, discrimination, racism,...
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Jan 17, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Archbishop Desmond Tutu passed away on December 26 at the age of 90. For much of the 1970s and 80s, Tutu was one of the foremost critics of apartheid, the South African government’s official policy of racial segregation. After apartheid ended in the early '90s, Tutu was named chair of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This part of Tutu’s legacy is generally known. However his activism encompassed a great deal more. Bill Fletcher is the former president of TransAfrica Forum...
Topics: Desmond, Tutu, South, Africa, apartheid, racism, discrimination, nuclear, weapons, peace, Israel
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Jan 17, 2022 Redeye Collective
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City councils across the Lower Mainland are waking up from the holidays and gearing up for municipal elections scheduled for this upcoming October. In today’s episode of City Beat with Ian Mass: more money for police, a housing plan for potential homeowners priced out of the market, plus hopes that the three levels of government will cooperate to buy and operate SRO hotels as social housing. 
Topics: housing, homelessness, defund, police, SROs, drug, crisis, city, budget, affordable,...
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Jan 11, 2022 Redeye Collective
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Fossil fuel divestment campaigns started a decade ago on U.S. campuses. By 2015, fossil fuel divestment was reportedly the fastest growing divestment movement in history, and campaigns are starting to show results. Emily Lowan is currently studying at the University of Victoria and led Divest UVic’s campaign for 2 years. She joins us to discuss the successes of and barriers to student-led organizing against fossil fuel investment.
Topics: divestment, campaign, fossil, fuel, student, campus, divest, corporate, influence, boards,...
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Jan 11, 2022 Redeye Collective
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After almost two years of the pandemic and in the midst of a massive wave of Omicron infections, we are now also seeing rising inflation rates across the country. Some critics say the only answer is to cut government spending, raise interest rates and slow down the economy. Sheila Block disagrees. She’s a senior economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. We speak with her about her suggestions for a made-in-Canada solution to high inflation.
Topics: inflation, economic, economy, Canada, interest, rates, housing, food, spending, cutbacks
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Dec 20, 2021 Redeye Collective
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The pandemic has brought into focus the urgent need for a public health that serves everyone in the community, including those who have traditionally been marginalized. A new book by Zena Sharman asks what health care could look like if queer folks had access safe, appropriate and compassionate medical care. Zena Sharman is a writer, speaker, strategist and LGBTQ+ health advocate. Her new book is called The Care We Dream Of. 
Topics: trans, health, care, queer, LGBTQ+, disability, transformative
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Dec 20, 2021 Redeye Collective
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In 2017, the Elephant Hill wildfire in British Columbia burned close to 200,000 hectares throughout Secwepemcu’lecw territory. An Indigenous-led review has found there was a disregard of Indigenous fire management practices and local knowledge leading up to and during the Elephant Hill fire.  We speak with Sarah Dickson-Hoyle,  co-author of the report and a doctoral candidate in the faculty of forestry at the University of British Columbia.
Topics: land, Indigenous, jurisdiction, fire, management, practices, First, Nations, policy, forest
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Dec 20, 2021 Redeye Collective
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The City of Vancouver 2022 budget complete with a 6.35% tax increase and rezoning for rentals dominated the mainstream civic media these last two weeks. Slipping under the radar were two other important policy and funding initiatives addressing climate change and social infrastructure. Ian Mass joins us with his City Beat report. 
Topics: police, budget, taxes, climate, change, housing, community, rental, levy, Vancouver, council
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Dec 20, 2021 Redeye Collective
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In 2017, the New Westminster school board approved a sanctuary schools policy which aims to give every school-aged child in the district access to education without fear of their personal information being shared with immigration authorities. Yet, on November 30, a mother was handcuffed and detained by Canadian Border Services agents after she dropped her child off at kindergarten at a New Westminster school.  We speak with Omar Chu of Sanctuary Health.
Topics: CBSA, Border, sanctuary, schools, New, Westminster, migrant, surveillance, policy, undocumented
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Dec 17, 2021 Redeye Collective
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The Yellowhead Institute is a First Nation-led research centre based at Ryerson University. They produced a Red Paper in 2019 about land back, the project of reclaiming Indigenous jurisdiction and breathing life into rights and responsibilities. Executive director Hayden King and Matthew Norris of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives discuss the concept of land back in a conversation recorded on December 2.
Topics: land, back, Indigenous, jurisdiction, consent, Yellowhead, CCPA, duty, rights, First, Nations