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Redeye is a weekly show broadcast on Vancouver Cooperative Radio, CFRO 100.5fm. The show has been on the air for over 35 years, providing high-quality public affairs and arts programming to people looking for a progressive take on current events.


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Politicians readily adopt military terminology to talk about a robust response to a national threat. During a real war, liberal democratic order is temporarily suspended and the state extends its power to limit the population’s rights. The problem comes when the threat is over but governments are loath to give up their newly-acquired authority.  Cas Mudde joins us to discuss the responses of governments around the world to the pandemic. Cas Mudde is professor on international affairs at the...
Topics: civil, liberties, pandemic, authoritarian, coronavirus, COVID-19, democracy, power, government,...
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In Paris, the Canadian government committed to 1.5 degrees of warming. Yet there are no signs that Justin Trudeau is prepared to reduce tar sands production sufficiently to meet this goal.  Mitchell Beer went to Paris as a representative for the Sierra Club of Canada. He explores some of the contradictions in the agreement with Redeye host Jane Williams. Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: COP21, Paris, climate conference, tar sands, pipelines, clean energy, Trudeau, 1.5 degrees
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In 1914, the Komogata Maru steamed into Vancouver. For the next two months, the over 300 would-be immigrants were stranded in the harbour. Naveen Girn led a historical walking tour on July 23. He is curator of the Komagata Maru exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver. Redeye host Esther Hsieh walked along with him. Esther and Naveen discuss some of the places they visited on the tour. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular...
Topics: Komagata Maru, punjab, immigration, racism, canada, museum of vancouver, coal harbour, memorial
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105 Keefer Street is in the heart of Chinatown, an area facing the same intense development pressures as Vancouver’s downtown eastside. Plans for a 13-storey tower don’t sit well with local residents. King-mong Chan is an organizer with the Chinatown Concern Group. He says the development will displace local businesses and the Chinese seniors who depend on them. King-mong Chan speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams. Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on...
Topics: Chinatown, development, gentrification, condos, heritage, community, Vancouver, 105 Keefer
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Larry Gambone was part of the Yippie movement in Vancouver. His recent memoir No Regrets has just been published by Black Cat Press. Larry Gambone speaks about his experiences in the movement with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm. Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: counter-culture, Vancouver, Yippies, Vietnam war, anarchism, the Sixties
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The Healthcare for All National Coalition is calling on all levels of government to ensure healthcare access for everyone in Canada. Their open letter to the federal government was endorsed by more than 200 organizations, including the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Labour Congress.  Janet Cleveland is a researcher on the rights and health of refugees and non-status migrants at McGill University. She joins us again to talk about why this issue is so important.
Topics: healthcare, migrants, migration, status, undocumented, equality, students, refugees, medical,...
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The provincial government plans to kill 200 wolves this year in an attempt to protect dwindling caribou herds. Krista Roessingh says the real problem is habitat loss and human encroachment. Krista Roessingh is with Pacific Wild. She speaks with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: wolfkill, caribou, predation, wolves, environment, habitat loss, development, British Columbia
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The Carnegie Community Action Project has just published its 10th annual housing report.  It measures whether people living on a low-income can afford to continue living in their neighbourhood. Lama Mugabo is with CCAP. He explains why 2017 was the worst year for local residents since 2008.
Topics: poverty, downtown eastside, housing, homelessness, social assistance
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It took ten years for pink salmon stocks to recover, herring has still not recovered and local communities continue to suffer health and economic impacts from the oil spill. Dr. Riki Ott is a marine toxicologist and one of the first people on the scene after the disaster. She speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates. 
Topics: environment, oil spill, tankers, exxon valdez, fishing, pipelines, northern gateway
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On September 30, 1967 the first major tar sands project began in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Five decades later the tar sands industry is in decline as opposition to fossil fuel extraction mounts. Ian Hussey is a political economist with the Parkland Institute and part of the Corporate Mapping Project. He reflects on 50 years of the tar sands and the propects for a just transition.   Check out our website for more information about Redeye. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.  
Topics: tar sands, fossil fuels, pipelines, Alberta, economics, Indigenous rights
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The Little Campbell River is the most productive salmon river in the Lower Mainland relative to its size. The river is under threat from a proposed truck parking facility near its banks. Brian Coote is with the newly formed Friends of Hazelmere Campbell Valley. He speaks with Redeye host James Mainguy. Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: Little Campbell River, Surrey, truck parking, Hazelmere, environment, Langley, water
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The divide between rich and poor in British Columbia is wider than in any other province. Andrew MacLeod documents the corrosive impact of inequality in his new book. MacLeod is legislative bureau chief for the independent online magazine The Tyee, and author of the book A Better Place on Earth: The Search for Fairness in Super Unequal British Columbia.  He speaks with Redeye host Sean Mullen. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page...
Topics: British Columbia, inequality, minimum wage, poverty, income disparity, poverty, income gap
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Thousands of people are planning to converge on 24 Sussex Drive next month to welcome Canada’s new PM. They will be bearing gifts from around the country and demanding real action on climate change. There will be four days of sit-ins with hundreds prepared to risk arrest. Clayton Thomas-Muller is Indigenous Extreme Energy Campaigner with 350.org and one of the organizers of the Climate Welcome . He speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams. Check out our  website for more information about...
Topics: climate change, global warming, Paris climate conference, COP 21, civil disobedience, water, First...
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Members of The Thingery will soon be able to borrow anything from ski equipment to tents to bocci ball sets from their local depot.  These lending libraries of things will be housed in shipping containers located on neighbourhood streets around the Lower Mainland. Chris Diplock founded Vancouver’s tool library. He joins us to talk about his latest project in cooperative use of resources.
Topics: Thingery, tool library, cooperatives, Vancouver, shared resources
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Arundhati Roy paid her first visit to Vancouver in early April. While she was there, Carmen Rodriguez took the opportunity to talk with her about politics, writing and resistance movements. Arundhati Roy is winner of the 1997 Man Booker prize for her novel The God of Small Things, author of many books and essays, most recently Capitalism: A Ghost Story. Carmen Rodriguez is from Chile; she’s a novelist, a poet and an activist. Her most recent book, Retribution, was a runner-up for best book in...
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Topics: arundhati roy, carmen rodriguez, politics, writing, India, Latin America, Chile, resistance...
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A conversation with Grand Chief Stewart Phillip   On June 3, the president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs joined us to talk about the new political landscape in B.C. following the election. In this wide-ranging discussion, he speaks about the fight against the resource projects threatening First Nations land, the urgent need for real reconciliation and his hopes for an NDP/Green government.   Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Subscribe to our  podcast  on...
Topics: First Nations, Indigenous, NDP, Green Party, British Columbia
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Artist and ethnobotanist T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss has just been named the 2018 Indigenous storyteller in residence at the Vancouver Public Library. In a wide-ranging conversation with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm, she tells stories about her 6x-great grandmother who had two husbands at the same time, and who lived on Kanaka Ranch, which stretched from Coal Harbour to Lost Lagoon at the entrance to Stanley Park. T'uy'tanat Cease Wyss also talks about her name T'uy'tanat and some of her...
Topics: Indigenous history, decolonization, T'uy'tanat Cease Wyss, ethnobotany, Vancouver Public Library
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While threats to clean water affect us all, Indigenous communities have been on the front lines of defending water from industrial pollution. In BC, this takes the form of resistance to pipelines, fish farming and, most importantly, mining. Nuskmata Matt is a water protector form the Secwepemc and Nuxalk peoples. She discusses the aftermath of the Mount Polley dam collapse and the need for strategies to protect water from mining and other industries on Indigenous land.
Topics: mining, water, protector, Mount, Polley, dam, pollution, tailings, Indigenous, Secwepemc, defender,...
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William Rees is Professor Emeritus and former Director of the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning. He is a co-developer of the concept of the ecological footprint. In this extended interview, he talks about the consequences of our continued dependence on fossil fuel energy, and discusses our ability to change our economy in time to avoid climate catastrophe. 
Topics: climate, emergency, crisis, ecology, fossil, fuel, catastrophe, footprint, greenhouse, emissions
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A new report points out that women, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse people are at the forefront of Canada’s pandemic response. More than half of women workers are concentrated in occupations known as the 5Cs: caring, cashiering, catering, cleaning and clerical functions. It says women need to be centred in Canada’s economic recovery efforts going forward. A Feminist Recovery Plan for Canada is co-authored by YWCA Canada. We speak with Anjum Sultana of the YWCA.
Topics: feminist, recovery, Canada, YWCA, pandemic, women, Two-Spirit, gender-diverse, economy, jobs,...
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Marusya Borciurkiw is a Canadian filmmaker of Ukrainian descent. She traveled to Kyiv at the end of April to direct a documentary about activists in Ukraine during and after the Euromaidan revolution. She focused on the experiences of women and LGBT folk. Marusya Borciurkiw speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: ukraine, Euromaidan, feminist, LGBT, film, queer, women, activism, donetsk, kyiv
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Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is amongst the most studied neighbourhood in the country. At any one time, there are dozens of research projects looking into the effects of drug use, poverty and other topics. Local residents donate a lot of time to assist researchers but often receive little or no benefit from their participation. Two local residents and a PhD student have come up with a framework for ethical research in the Downtown Eastside. We speak with Samona Marsh, Nicolas Crier and Scott...
Topics: research, drugs, poverty, homelessness, DTES, Vancouver, urban, studies, Eastside, inequality,...
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A new radio documentary looks at the challenges facing young women when they decide to take up a trade. The program was produced by 20-year-old sound technician Mariessa Mcleod. Mariessa Mcleod speaks with Redeye host Esther Hsieh. Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: women, technology, trades, discrimination, work, youth, feminism, labour, equality
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It’s 2020, and Canada is not on track to meet our greenhouse gas emissions targets. To do so, we’ll need radical systemic change to how we live and work—and fast. How can we ever achieve this? Top policy analyst and author Seth Klein reveals we can do it now because did it before during the Second World War. We speak with Seth Klein about how wartime thinking and community efforts can be repurposed for Canada’s own Green New Deal. 
Topics: climate, crisis, change, global, environment, greenhouse, gas, emission, Green, New, Deal, Canada,...
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Nature, money, work, care, food, energy, and lives: these are the seven things that have made our world and will shape its future. In making these things cheap, modern commerce has transformed, governed, and devastated Earth. A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things is a new book by Jason Moore and Raj Patel. Jason Moore is our guest on the Redeye podcast today.
Topics: environment, labour, food, energy, money
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Cathy Crowe is one of Canada’s first street nurses and a tireless fighter for social justice. Her recently published memoir, A Knapsack Full of Dreams, offers an eye-witness account of Canada’s homelessness crisis as well as a personal narrative of her challenges and victories. We speak with Cathy Crowe about how she became a street nurse and what she learned about the health impacts of homelessness during her years caring for people in Toronto.
Topics: homelessness, housing, poverty, street, nurse, Crowe, social, justice, health, austerity, shelters
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A new trade agreement, known as CUSMA, replaced the 26-year-old North American Free Trade agreement was signed late last year.  Now it’s before the Canadian government for ratification. Scott Sinclair is senior trade researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. He takes us through the new agreement to see what’s changed.
Topics: NAFTA, CUSMA, trade, Canada, US, Mexico, health, drugs, labour, environment, investor, state,...
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Doctors at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto have been trying out a new approach to help their neediest patients. Dr. Andrew Pinto explains what it means to prescribe income for patients. Dr. Pinto speaks with Redeye host Sean Mullen. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: health care, low-income, patients, finances, primary health care, health promotion, social...
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Rory Brown is President of the Vancouver Secondary Teachers' Association, a local of the BCTF. He has taught in Vancouver since 1999 and witnessed firsthand the effects of years of cutbacks. Rory Brown was recorded Nov 3 at a public forum on the future of education in B.C. organized by SFU’s Institute of the Humanities and Ricochet Media. Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: education, cutbacks, Christie Clark, British Columbia, school closures, overcrowding, underfunding,...
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In City on Edge, Kate Bird presents striking images of the moments when people in Vancouver stood up, took to the streets, and rallied for change—or exploded in anger. Kate Bird helped manage the photograph collection at the Vancouver Sun and the Province for twenty-five years. Many of the photos in the book also appear in an exhibition of the same name at the Museum of Vancouver. Check out our website for more information about Redeye. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.  
Topics: Vancouver, protests, strikes, activism, photography
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Mark Jacobson is professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University. The focus of his research is how to transition our homes, businesses and cities to 100% clean renewable energy. Mark Jacobson was in Vancouver this past fall to give the 2018 Gideon Rosenbluth Memorial Lecture. In this podcast, we present some excerpts from his talk. 
Topics: environment, energy, renewables, clean, transition, infrastructure, housing, power, atmosphere,...
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On April 2nd, Mel Watkins died at age 87. Mel Watkins was a political economist at the University of Toronto, as well as an activist and writer. In the late 1960s, he was founder and co-leader, with James Laxer, of The Waffle, a left-wing political formation within the NDP that advocated for an “independent, socialist Canada.” Jim Stanford is author of a collection of essays on Mel Watkins’ Staple Theory of Economic Growth. Jim Stanford was formerly an economist with Unifor, and is...
Topics: Watkins, economy, political, waffle, socialist, democratic, staple, theory, Canada, nationalist
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Victoria Chung was the first Asian Canadian to earn a medical degree in Canada. An eyewitness to China’s independence struggle, she provided urgent medical care during WWII, stayed on after the 1949 revolution and became a legend in her own right. We speak with Ningping Yu and John Price, the authors of a new book that shines a light on the life of Dr Victoria Chung. 
Topics: medicine, China, revolution, Asian, Canadian, independence, biography
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BC has crown corporations for housing, hydro, transit and a number of other key sectors. Now a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Zero Waste BC is calling for a crown corporation to take on the challenge of recycling. This is just one of a number of key proposals in “A Zero Waste Agenda for BC”. We speak with Sue Maxwell, a sustainability consultant with Ecoinspire Planning Services and one of the authors of the report. 
Topics: zero, waste, recycling, garbage, repair, incinerators, food, consumption
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There’s a renaissance in radio happening in the US. The FCC has recently granted licences to thousands of new low-power FM radio stations across the country. In the Seattle area, 13 licences were granted, all to non-commercial, community groups. To talk about these new stations is Sabrina Roach. Sabrina spent the last four years working with the various groups to create the Puget Sound Community Radio Cohort. She talks with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm.
Topics: Seattle, community radio, radio, co-op radio, Pacifica
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Aboriginal sex worker Cindy Gladue bled to death 4 years ago in an Edmonton hotel room. Following the acquittal of the man accused of killing her, protests erupted across the country. Angela Marie MacDougall is executive director of Battered Women’s Support Services in Vancouver. She speaks with Redeye host Sean Mullen. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: murdered and missing women, aboriginal, First Nations, national inquiry, women’s memorial march,...
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Colleen Fuller is a long-time health policy researcher and advocate for public health care. She says the media keep saying Dr. Brian Day’s Charter challenge is about the constitutional right to reduced wait times. She disagrees. She says the case is about whether doctors have a constitutional right to bill patients. She joins us to talk about the case as final arguments begin.
Topics: health, care, public, billing, privatization, Cambie, Clinic, private, wait, times, patients,...
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In December, the theatre group BP or Not BP hosted a tour of the British Museum to highlight the appropriation of cultural artifacts from around the world, and to draw attention to the oil company BP and its sponsorship of the museum. We speak with Julia and Bo, two members of the group.
Topics: appropriation, culture, cultural, artifacts, Australia, Iraq, Assyria, sponsorship, BP, British,...
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The use of secret police and informers to undermine and disrupt activism has a long history. This new book reflects on the surveillance, harassment and infiltration directed against individuals and organisations labelled as ‘threats to national security’. We speak with Aziz Choudry, editor of the book.
Topics: surveillance, activism, police, informers, secret, national, security, infiltration, repression
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Vicky Husband says that the provincial government is deliberately misleading the public about the amount of old growth left in British Columbia. She says we should distinguish between old growth and ancient forest. Vicky Husband is a veteran environmentalist and member of the Order of Canada. 
Topics: forests, ancient, old, growth, logging, trees, timber, environment, Vancouver, Island, wildlife,...
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A group calling itself the Justin Trudeau Brigade have been blocking access to Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby terminal once or twice a week. The pipeline company is expanding the Westridge Marine Terminal to accommodate as many as 34 oil tankers a month. David Mivasair explains what the group hopes to achieve with this action.
Topics: Kinder Morgan, direct action, Justin Trudeau, pipelines, oil tankers
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On April 26, the Vancouver School Board voted to end its school liaison officer program. Meenakshi Mannoe is Criminalization & Policing Campaigner at Pivot Legal Society and was involved in the fight to remove police from school. She joins us to talk about her concerns with the motion the Vancouver School Board passed and what’s next for the campaign to remove police from schools. 
Topics: police, liaison, program, Vancouver, VSB, school, defund, Black, racism, Indigenous, criminalization
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The deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown at the hands of white police officers have ignited a national debate in the U.S. about police militarization, corruption and impunity from prosecution. Shahid Buttar is executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee. Shahid Buttar speaks with Redeye host Sean Mullen. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: police, brutality, paramilitary, excessive force, Ferguson, corruption, impunity
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After Katrina, residents of New Orleans were scattered across 44 states. 10 years later, many African Americans have not be able to return. Monique Harden says disaster profiteering is to blame. Monique Harden is an attorney with Advocates for Environmental Human Rights in New Orleans. She speaks with Redeye host James Mainguy. Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: new orleans, katrina, gentrification, racial discrimination, housing, disaster, profiteering
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Plans by a Japanese-owned company to install a new open-net fish farm in Clayoquot Sound met with opposition from local First Nations people last week. Ahousaht protestors were able to prevent Cermaq from installing the nets in their traditional territory. Bonnie Glambeck is with Clayoquot Action. She speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: fish farming, aquaculture, clayoquot sound, ahousaht first nation, salmon, environment
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The City of Vancouver and Airbnb have reached an agreement that supports the implementation of Vancouver’s new short-term rental regulations.  As part of the agreement, Airbnb will require hosts in Vancouver to update their short-term rental listings to display a business licence. Karen Sawatsky completed her Master's thesis on short-term rentals. She joins us to discuss the agreement and the new regulations.
Topics: Airbnb, short-term, rentals, housing, supply, Vancouver, vacancy, rate
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For her 50 th film, veteran Indigenous filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin heads to the northern Manitoba Cree community of Norway House. The documentary focuses on the pivotal role of the Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw school in reconnecting Cree children with their language, history and culture. Check out our website for more information about Redeye. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.
Topics: Cree Nation, education, Indigenous, First Nations, documentary
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In May last year, the Alberta government cancelled blanket environmental protections that had been in place since the 1970s, paving the way for foreign mining companies to operate open-pit coalmines in the eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains. We talk with Toby Malloy of the National Farmers Union.
Topics: coal, mining, open-pit, Alberta, UCP, Kenney, Rockies, water, pollution, farmers, ranchers
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The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has been producing an alternative federal budget for more than two decades. This year, the budget outlines priorities that focus on climate change, inequality, underfunded public services and progressive taxation. We talk with David Macdonald, a senior economist with the CCPA in Ottawa.
Topics: alternative, federal. budget, economics, taxation, climate, change, inequality, public, services
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When Chevron bought Texaco in 2001, it inherited its liability for the devastation of Amazon rain forest in the late 1960s. Now Chevron is fighting to avoid paying billions of dollars in damages. Kevin Keonig is program director for Amazon Watch in Ecuador. He talks to Redeye host Jane Williams about the twists and turns in this 50-year-old fight for compensation.  Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.   ...
Topics: amazon, texaco, chevron, drilling, oil, environment, cancer, health, pollution, water, indigenous...
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In January, the Vancouver parks department cleared a large area of blackberry in Strathcona Community Garden. The plan is to restore the site to a natural habitat for indigenous wildlife. Matthew Kemshaw is with the Environmental Youth Alliance. He speaks with Redeye host Esther Hsieh. Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates. 
Topics: environment, youth, urban, wildlife, rewilding, parks, nature
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When Nazi Germany was developing its Nuremberg Laws in the 1930s, it looked to the Jim Crow laws in the United States for inspiration. James Whitman tells the story of how Nazi lawyers paid close attention to American race policies and used them as a model to craft its anti-Jewish legislation. James Whitman is a professor of comparative and foreign law at Yale Law School.   Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Subscribe to our  podcast  on iTunes.    
Topics: Nazis, white supremacy, Jim Crow laws, racism, anti-semitism
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The prevalence of misinformation about Covid 19 is much higher on social media than in traditional news sources. A group of Canadian researchers has found that people who consume a lot of social media end up believing conspiracy theories and misinformation, and as a result do not engage in safe behaviours that prevent the spread of COVID-19. We speak with Lisa Teichmann, a member of the research team. 
Topics: Covid-19, misconceptions, conspiracy, social, media, news, distancing, theories, research, spread,...
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Teal Jones holds the tree farm licence for thousands of acres of Vancouver Island. Yet they just decided to log one of the last remaining pockets of ancient forest surrounding the centuries-old Castle Grove. Torrance Coste is with the Wilderness Committee.  He speaks with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: walbran, carmanah, old growth, ancient, forest, logging, clearcut, climate change, habitat
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In 2002, Israel began building a wall around the occupied West Bank. Seven years later, British playwright David Hare wrote a monologue examining the impact of the wall on Israelis and Palestinians. Canadian filmmaker Cam Christiansen took Hare’s monologue and crafted it into a feature-length animated film that makes its theatrical debut in Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary on August 17. We speak with Cam Christiansen.
Topics: Israel, Palestine, wall, separation, segregation, West, Bank, animation, NFB, barrier, apartheid
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Some members of the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition are celebrating what they see as measures that will help reduce poverty and inequality. Others are frustrated by inaction that leaves many people in poverty still far behind. Viveca Ellis is interim community organizer with the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition.
Topics: poverty, reduction, budget, BC, welfare, disability, rates, strategy, NDP
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Following the unanimous passage of an NDP motion, the Canadian government has designated the Proud Boys as a terrorist entity. The move came swiftly on the heels the Trump-led white nationalist insurrection at the US Capitol. While this might seem like a big win, many progressive and anti-racist organizations are asking if putting white supremacists on the terrorist list is the right approach. We speak with BCCLA board member and lawyer Hasan Alam.
Topics: Proud, Boys, White, supremacists, racism, muslim, Islamophobia, terror, Canada, insurrection
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Last week, the Federal Court of Appeal agreed to hear an appeal in six legal cases opposing the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. At the same time, they dismissed six other cases that sought to quash the approval of the pipeline. Andrea Palframan is with RAVEN, a group that raises legal defence funds to assist Indigenous people argue for their legal rights in court. She explains what to expect in the upcoming court challenges.
Topics: Indigenous, TMX, Trans, Mountain, pipeline, RAVEN, appeal, Tseil-Waututh, Coldwater, Squamish,...
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Last year, a hundred new judges were appointed in courts across the province. Fifty of them were women and sixteen self-identified as either a visible minority, LGBTQ or a person with a disability. Zahra Jimale of West Coast LEAF talks about the effect these appointments could have on B.C’s justice system.
Topics: legal system, judges, equity, women, LGBTQ
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The only thing spreading faster than the coronavirus is misinformation about it. Social media posts with incorrect information can be shared and viewed hundreds of thousands of times a day. Mike Caulfield is a digital information literacy expert working at Washington State University. He has developed a site with a four-step process to use with Covid-19 related material to help us sort fact from fiction. We spoke with him on April 14.
Topics: fact, fiction, social, media, literacy, coronavirus, Covid-19, fake, misinformation, pandemic,...
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A group of dedicated volunteers has just launched a new podcast about the arts and mental health.  When the team, led by music producer Earle Peach, got together a year ago to start planning, they had no idea how timely a mental health podcast would be in 2020. The first two episodes are up on their podcast. We speak with the host of the Art Heals Podcast, Elaine Joe.  Find Art Heals at https://arthealspodcast.podbean.com/
Topics: mental, health, podcast, art, music, arts, consumers, culture, self-help, audio
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The 360 Riot Walk is a multilingual interactive tour which invites participants to trace a layered history of labour politics, anti-Asian racism, and community resistance in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The tour has 13 stops between Gassy Jack and Oppenheimer Park. We speak with artist Henry Tsang, creator of the 360 Riot Walk.
Topics: art, racism, anti-Asian, history, riots, labour, politics, Downtown, Eastside, Powell, Street,...
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Sandeep Johal is a visual artist whose practice includes drawing, collage, textiles, and large-scale murals.  ‘What If’ is a major new exhibition of Johal’s work which opened at the Surrey Art Gallery last month. In the show, she layers her personal history with those of South Asian women she wished she knew about when she was growing up in Kelowna in 1980s. 
Topics: South, Asian, women, role, models, art, drawing, power, textiles, murals
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A new exhibit at Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology shows how communities in Latin America are using traditional art forms to express contemporary political realities.  Arts of Resistance features the work of artists from Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, El Salvador, Ecuador and Chile, with special focus on marginalized communities. Curator Laura Osorio Sunnucks examines the role of creativity during times of political turmoil.
Topics: arts, resistance, Mexico, museum, anthropology, Latin, America
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Nearly two years ago, the BC government said safe, affordable, licensed care would become the standard in the province. They launched Childcare BC to fulfill that campaign promise. Sharon Gregson is a spokesperson with the $10aDay child care campaign. She joins us to assess how the provincial government is doing so far.
Topics: child, care, $10aDay, campaign, safe, affordable, licensed, wages, early, childhood, education,...
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Audits of charitable organizations happen all the time yet the recent audits of groups such as the David Suzuki Foundation seem far from routine. Gillian McEachern says what’s different is the amount of rhetoric, attention and money that the federal government has put into auditing environmental charities over the last two years. Gillian McEachern is Campaign Director with Environmental Defence, one of the groups being audited. She speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams. Check out our ...
Topics: Canada Revenue Agency, audits, environment, charities, tar sands, ethical oil, federal government
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Young people are finding it hard to get good jobs. At the same time, the poverty rate for senior citzens is growing. Markus Moos explores the effects of austerity on the generational divide in this recent talk. Markus Moos teaches in the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo. The talk is introduced by Redeye host Jane Williams. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.   
Topics: austerity, poverty, youth, young people, unemployment, underemployment, seniors, generational...
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The last bushfire season in Australia was one of the worst on record. As of January, an area more than three times the size of Nova Scotia has been burned, with thousands of home destroyed and dozens of people killed. Graham Appleton lives in an area devastated by the fires. He broadcasts at a community radio station in the Shoalhaven area of New South Wales. He was in Vancouver to visit friends and joined us in our studio to talk about the fires.
Topics: Australia, fires, season, community, broadcaster, climate, catastrophe, crisis, drought
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The BC government imposed a contract on teachers in 2002 and again in 2012. BC Supreme Court ruled both these actions unconstitutional. Last month, the Court of Appeal overturned the 2012 decision. Jim Iker is president of the BCTF.  He speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.    teachers, education, public, private, collective bargaining, labour, worker rights, BCTF  ...
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A new, more generous child benefit for children under 18, investments in infrastructure, training and foster care but more ambitious action is still needed to help lift people out of poverty, provide housing and address the opioid crisis. We invited Iglika Ivanova back to take a look at what’s in the recent BC budget.
Topics: budget, housing, homelessness, opioid, deaths, training, education, child, benefit, poverty,...
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Kell Gerlings says the NDP government’s decision not to raise income assistance rates in BC is not only inhumane but also false economy. Gerlings says maintaining the status quo of poverty costs twice as much as a comprehensive poverty reduction plan. Kell Gerlings is the community organizer at Raise the Rates, a coalition of community groups working to end poverty and homelessness in BC.
Topics: BC budget, income assistance, poverty, homelessness, disability rates
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Street checks are when police stop someone in public to question them and record their information in a police database, outside the context of an investigation. Statistics show that Black and Indigenous people are by far the most common target of this kind of police attention. The BC Civil Liberties Association, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs and the Hogan’s Alley Society are calling for a stop to the practice. We talk with BCCLA policy lawyer Latoya Farrell about their concerns about the...
Topics: street, checks, carding, Black, Indigenous, systemic, racism, police, VPD, BCCLA, discrimination
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BC’s climate team has released an ambitious plan recommending an increase in the carbon tax, transforming buildings and transportation, and legislating a new 2030 emissions target. Karen Tam Wu is with the Pembina Institute. She speaks with Redeye host Sean Mullen. Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: BC, Christy Clark, climate leadership team, emissions, carbon tax, Pembina Institute, clean energy
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After 6 years under Christy Clark, BC lags behind other provinces in international gender equality rankings. Kendra Milne is Director of Law Reform at West Coast LEAF. They just issued their annual report card on how BC is measuring up to UN standards for women's rights.   Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Subscribe to our  podcast  on iTunes.  
Topics: women’s equality, British Columbia, housing, prisons, childcare
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British Columbia's energy minister says he has received a report on the status of the Site C dam project and will present its findings to cabinet soon.  Bruce Ralston says the report by former deputy finance minister Peter Milburn is "helpful," but he wouldn't discuss its findings until they are reviewed by the cabinet and Premier John Horgan. We talk with Rita Wong, long-time activist and opponent of the Site C dam.
Topics: Site, C, dam, Peace, river, energy, BC, Hydro, sustainable, renewable, LNG, Indigenous