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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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The BC government is determined to flood thousands of acres of farmland and traditional territories in the Peace River valley. A court challenge may be the only way to stop the Site C dam. RAVEN is an organization set up to raise funds for court challenges by First Nations. They are working right now to support the Treaty 8 Nations in their fight against the dam. This interview was recorded two weeks before the BC government issued permits to allow work to start on the project. Susan Smitten is...
Topics: first nations, treaty rights, land claims, aboriginal rights, bc hydro, site c dam, peace river,...
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Dionne Bunsha is an award winning journalist and humanitarian author. She’s the author of Scarred: Experiments with Violence in Gujarat. She spoke in Vancouver on February 28 at the launch of Global Discontents, a new book of interviews between David Barsamian and Noam Chomsky.
Topics: India, Modi, Hindu, nationalism, BJP, fascism, Muslims, violence, racism
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On March 30, tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered in Gaza along the boundary fence with Israel on Saturday to mark the first anniversary of the Great March of Return. They were also marking Land Day, the annual commemoration of Israel’s lethal suppression of protests against land confiscations in the Galilee in 1976. Yara Hawari is the Palestine Policy Fellow for Al-Shabaka. She joins us live from Palestine.
Topics: Palestine, Gaza, Land, Day, protests, Israel, confiscations, occupation, siege, Return, shooting,...
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When Pedro Castillo was elected president of Peru in April 2021, he embodied the hopes of millions of rural, Black and Indigenous peoples. Following more than 18 months of opposition from Congress and the Peruvian elite, Castillo was impeached and jailed after he attempted to rule by emergency poweres. Protests against the arrest have been met with lethal force by the police and the army. As many as 50 people have been killed and over 600 wounded. Meanwhile the Canadian government has sided...
Topics: Peru, Castillo, Boluarte, coup, US, foreign, mining, interests, Canada, Lima, protests, massacre
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Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin tackle the issue of food waste in a film about what happened when they stopped buying groceries for six months and survived exclusively on discarded food. In this interview, Jen Rustemeyer explains the myriad reasons that gets thrown away. Jen Rustemeyer 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: food, food waste, agriculture, poverty, economics, food labelling, farming
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A new report by Women Transforming Cities looks at ways to speed up implementation of TRC calls to action within municipalities. As almost 80% of Indigenous people in BC live, work, and study in urban and off-reserve areas, municipalities play a big role in fostering Indigenous relations. Yet, researchers found that almost half of municipalities identified a lack of knowledge and understanding about the calls to action and saw it as a substantial challenge to implement them. Clara Prager is one...
Topics: Truth, Reconciliation, Commission, TRC, calls, action, implementation, municipalities, Indigenous,...
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British Columbia is awash in housing announcements and plans. A rental protection fund designed to thwart real estate investment trusts, one stop shopping for provincial housing permits, a refreshed 10-year housing supply plan, a promised BC Builds plan and a brand new housing ministry. Economist Alex Hemingway joins us to help us figure out if all these plans will change the game on housing in BC.
Topics: housing, British, Columbia, Eby, supply, BC, builds, rental, protection, REITs, permits,...
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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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On January 2, a B.C. Supreme Court judge granted three mushroom pickers an injunction against the Sunshine Coast Community Forest. The injunction halts logging in the Chanterelle Forest until the cutting permit can be reviewed by the courts. Ross Muirhead is one of the mushroom pickers and long-time activist with Elphinstone Logging Focus.
Topics: Sechelt, Chanterelle Forest, logging, Elphinstone, Roosevelt Elk
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The United States, Canada and Mexico are currently renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. Manuel Perez Rocha argues that NAFTA has devastated the economy and the environment in Mexico. He says Mexican workers would cheer the demise of the agreement. Manuel Perez Rocha is an associate fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies.
Topics: Mexico, NAFTA, economy, food security, environment
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A year into the pandemic, it’s clear that any recovery plan has to include public investment in child care. The Canadian child care sector was fragmented and under-funded before the pandemic and it’s just gotten worse. A new study by David Macdonald and Martha Friendly of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives surveyed child care providers in 37 Canadian cities and found staggering differences in how much parents pay for child care fees across the country. We talk with Iglika Ivanova,...
Topics: economy, pandemic, inequality, women, workforce, child, care, parents, labour, affordable,...
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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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Canada’s drug prices are the fourth highest in the developed world. New guidelines aimed at lowering prescription drug prices have been in process for more than 2 years, and have met with intense pressure by the industry lobby group, Innovative Medicines Canada. Dr. Joel Lexchin examines the lies and half-truths put out by IMC. Lexchin is Professor Emeritus of Health Policy and Management at York University. 
Topics: IMC, lobby, group, drug, policy, Canada, prices, guidelines, Big, Pharma, pharmaceutical, industry,...
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Access to COVID-19 vaccines worldwide shows a stark divide between rich and poor countries. In May, people living in G7 countries were 77 times more likely to be offered a vaccine than those living in the world’s poorest countries.  David Adler is a political economist who argues that it is time to end the patent stranglehold on Covid-19 vaccines and to transform the for-profit system of intellectual property that impedes the provision of all life-saving drugs.
Topics: patents, drugs, profit, TRIPS, WTO, waiver, vaccines, Covid-19, patent, intellectual, property
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Lawyer and activist Hasan Alam was one of the speakers Thursday June 10 in Vancover at a vigil for the Afzaal family in London, Ontario, murdered by a white supremacist on Sunday night. Hasan Alam was one of the co-founders of the Islamophobia Legal Assistance hotline in 2015.
Topics: white, supremacy, Islamophobia, Afzaal, vigil, family, racism, Muslim, Islam
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Dying on the Streets finds that homeless people die at a young age of both of trauma and disease. The report’s author Sean Condon argues these deaths are preventable. The report was released by Megaphone, a magazine sold on the streets of Vancouver and Victoria by homeless and low-income vendors. Sean Condon is executive director of Megaphone. 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...
Topics: homelessness, housing, low-income, deaths, mortality, public health, megaphone
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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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The Reconciliation Manifesto: Recovering the Land, Rebuilding the Economy has just been published by Lorimer Books. It is Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ron Derrickson’s second book, completed in the months before Arthur Manuel’s death in January 2017. Ska7cis Manuel joins us to talk about what Canada needs for true reconciliation to become a reality.   Check out our website for more information about Redeye. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.
Topics: Reconciliation Manifesto, Arthur Manuel, Indigenous rights, colonialism
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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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Ian Mass joins us with City Beat to talk about Indigenous-led supportive housing, a business-friendly mayor, fires in Downtown Eastside hotels, the demise of Vancouver’s Renter Office and increasing the supply of renewable energy.
Topics: City, Beat, Indigenous-led, supportive, housing, Renter, Office, business-friendly, fires, DTES,...
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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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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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Vancouver parks board threatens to turbocharge commercialization of parks and city council plans for urgent measures to uplift Chinatown and increased support for renters. Ian Mass has these stories and more in this week’s City Beat.
Topics: Parks, revenue, commercialization, Chinatown, revitalization, City, Beat, renters, climate, energy,...
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There has been a rapid increase in Canadian university tuition fees, creating a barrier for low-income students and widening the gap between privileged students and those who struggle to pay for their studies. Grace Barakat is a sessional lecturer at the University of Toronto. She talks with us about how changes in the cost of tuition are having an impact on Canadian students and their futures.
Topics: tuition, fees, university, college, post-secondary, gap, costs, privilege, students, professional,...
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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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Distorted Descent examines raceshifting: a social phenomenon that results in white, French descendant settlers in Canada shifting into a self-defined “Indigenous” identity. Author Darryl Leroux brings to light to how these claims to an “Indigenous” identity are then used politically to oppose actual, living Indigenous peoples and are rooted in white settler colonialism and white supremacy.
Topics: indigenous, self-indigenization, sovereignity, White, colonialism, settler, supremacy, race,...
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Agriculture Canada recently launched consultations on a model that would make the ancient practice of freely saving and reusing seed illegal.  The proposed royalty scheme would force farmers to pay millions of dollars to seed companies every year and make the ancient practice of freely saving and reusing seed illegal. We speak with Ian Robson, Manitoba regional coordinator for the National Farmers Union.
Topics: seeds, royalties, Monsanto, GMO, farmers, agriculture, food, security, NFU
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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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It is clear that the Covid-19 pandemic has drastically reduced transit ridership, and that rebuilding rider confidence will be challenging. Councillor Jean Swanson has a motion before Vancouver City Council specifically focused on preserving bus ridership, which makes up over 60% of transit trips in Metro Vancouver. Redeye collective member and City Beat commentator Ian Mass joins us to talk about all the goings on at Vancouver City Hall and beyond.
Topics: bus, transit, ridership, Fraserlands, community, centre, West, End, development, construction,...
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In the Persian Gulf alone, the U.S. military has major bases in every country except Iran. There are bases in Pakistan on one end of the region and in the Balkans on the other. David Vine is the author of the upcoming book Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World. He 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: US bases, military, occupation, war on terror, persian gulf, pakistan
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Earle Peach is the director of three Vancouver-based choral groups including the High and Lows Choir and Solidarity Notes Labour Choir. He also plays a bunch of instruments and performs with musical groups. But in his new book, Questions to the Moon, Peach says songwriting is his strongest self-identification. The book is a collection of stories and lyrics, just published by Lazara Press.
Topics: choir, singer, songwriter, musician, lyrics, autobiography, Solidarity, Notes, director, community
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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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The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation of Clayoquot Sound declared their first tribal park in 1984. Now there are four tribal parks in Tla-o-qui-aht territory and the model is being adopted elsewhere. Saya Masso is Natural Resource Manager for the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation. 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.     
Topics: First Nations, tribal parks, Tla-o-qui-aht, aboriginal title, Clayoqout Sound, mining, land claims
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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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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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BC Premier David Eby recently introduced new policies to build new homes, reduce rental vacancies and open up strata housing for renters. Dr. Elliot Rossiter says these actions alone won’t solve the housing crisis and that what’s needed is a truly progressive approach to the problem.  Elliot Rossiter is a faculty member in the Department of Philosophy at Douglas College, where he is working on a multi-year project on housing justice supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research...
Topics: housing, crisis, supply, filtering, displacement, renoviction, homelessness, under-housed,...
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The federal government set a tougher target for reducing domestic emissions in 2020 yet the full extent of Canada’s contribution to the climate crisis remains hidden from view. Fraser Thomson is a lawyer at Ecojustice whose work focuses on the impact of fossil fuel operations on communities and the environment. He talks with us about the oil, gas and coal emissions generated by Canadian energy exports.
Topics: fossil, fuels, oil, gas, coal, exports, emissions, domestic, Canada, climate, crisis, environment
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In 1884, the Canadian government banned the Haida potlatch. But Haida elders kept the knowledge of the ceremony alive until the ban was lifted. In 1969, a potlatch was held to honour the raising of the first totem pole in 80 years, carved by Robert Davidson. Sara Florence Davidson co-wrote Potlatch as Pedagogy with her father to show how Haida traditions can be brought into present-day classrooms. She joins us in our studio to talk about the process of writing the book – and tells the story...
Topics: potlatch, Haida, pedagogy, education, ceremony, Davidson, carver, totem, Indigenous, art, culture
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Yves Engler is a Montreal-based activist, author and critic of Canadian politics.  He just came out with his eleventh book “We Stand on Guard for Whom? A People’s History of the Canadian Military.  In the book, he presents a history of the Canadian military from the perspective of its victims.   The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace and the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute sponsored an online launch for the book last month. In this podcast, Yves Engler’s presentation from that...
Topics: military, Canadian, victims, war, peace-keeping, weapons, fighter, jets. Yves, Engler, history,...
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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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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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Since the Depression years, the Bank of Canada has played a critical role in recovery from financial crises. The Bank’s current bond-buying program has allowed the federal government to shore up incomes and keep our economy functioning during the pandemic. But we are facing a new age of austerity if governments take their cues from conservative voices already calling for cuts to program spending. We speak with Scott Aquanno, professor of political science at Ontario Tech University in Oshawa.
Topics: bank, Canada, economics, post-Covid, recovery, inflation, depression, recession, economy, public,...
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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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When the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was presented in Parliament in June 2015, the Commission said the residential school system was a form of cultural genocide. The Canadian government did not take that recognition any further. However, on October 27 this year, a motion calling on the government to recognize Canada's Indian residential schools as genocide passed unanimously in the House of Commons.  We speak with Leah Gazan, NDP MP for Winnipeg Centre, who...
Topics: genocide, Indian, residential, schools, truth, reconciliation, commission, cultural, federal,...
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The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup attracted millions of viewers worldwide. But now it’s over, women athletes will once again disappear from our screens. Cheryl Cooky is author of study called It’s Dude Time! In her research, she analyzed the coverage of women athletes in mainstream media, Cheryl Cooky is Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Purdue University. She speaks with Redeye host James Mainguy. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye....
Topics: FIFA, women, soccer, world cup, athletes, media, mainstream, sports, feminism
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In August 1933, members of a newly-formed Swastika Club attended a public baseball game at Toronto's Christie Pits Park featuring a mixed Jewish and Italian team. After they taunted the Jewish players, a riot broke out that led to 10,000 people fighting in the streets. Christie Pits is a new graphic novel by Winnipeg author Jamie Michaels and illustrator Doug Fedrau.  We talk with Jamie Michaels.
Topics: anti-semitism, race, riot, racism, Jewish, Christie, Pits, Hitler, Swastika, Toronto, baseball,...
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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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On November 23, the BC government released its 2022 Climate Change Accountability Report revealing that the province is on course to miss two near-term climate targets in 2025 and 2030. The government projects that it will miss the first target by 15% and the second one by at least 35%. Peter McCartney of the Wilderness Committee joins me to talk about the report and the role of LNG in preventing the province from meeting its climate commitments. 
Topics: LNG, Liquified, Natural, Gas, climate, commitments, targets, crisis, change, BC, industry,...
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By 9:43am on January 3, many of the 100 highest-paid CEOs in Canada had made as much money as the average Canadian worker makes in a year, close to $59,000.  New data from 2021 shows that top CEOs broke every compensation record on the books that year. We speak with David Macdonald, author of Breakfast of Champions, a new report on CEO pay.
Topics: income, wealth, inequality, CEO, pay, gap, tax, corporate, Canada, stock, option, marginal, rate,...
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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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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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Justin Trudeau once claimed that Canada had no colonial past. A new book just out from Fernwood Press would disagree. Canada In the World looks closely at Canadian foreign policy and finds a consistent pattern of colonial conquest and capital accumulation. We speak with the book’s author, Tyler Shipley, professor of society, culture, and commerce at Humber College.
Topics: colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, history, settler, Canada, foreign, policy
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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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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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In October, the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users conducted a survey asking homeless people about the impact of street sweeps by city workers and police. The stress of having to defend personal possessions against seizure or theft is something that homeless people around the world face on a daily basis. A research project is looking at attempts to govern the belongings of the precariously housed. We speak with Nick Blomley, Professor of Geography at Simon Fraser University and one of the...
Topics: housing, homelessness, street, precarious, possessions, belongings, eviction, poverty, theft,...
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The killing of four members of a Muslim family in London, Ontario two weeks ago has brought white nationalist violence to the forefront yet again. Jasmin Zine is a Professor of Sociology and Muslim Studies at Laurier University. She is lead researcher with the Canadian Islamophobia Industry Research Project. She says the ingredients for this latest tragedy have long been in the making.
Topics: Islamophobia, white, nationalism, supremacy, Muslim, racism, Canada, industry, liberal, violence
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When the media only reports on the failures of international climate politics, people lose hope. Shane Gunster says success stories are there and need to be told to inspire citizens to action. Shane Gunster is co-author of a recent report on the effects of climate change reporting on political engagement. 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: climate change, environment, media, activism, civic engagement
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A federal government review panel has just concluded hearings on a Vancouver Fraser Port Authority proposed container terminal on Roberts Bank in the Strait of Georgia. Opponents of this expansion say the terminal’s impact is as profound as the Trans Mountain oil pipeline terminal presently being built in Burnaby. We talk with Roger Emsley of Against Port Expansion.
Topics: port, expansion, Roberts, bank, terminal, migratory, birds, wildlife, Delta, pollution, farmland
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City Beat reporter Ian Mass joins us with his regular City Beat report to talk about the year ahead in politics for Vancouver City Council and Metro Vancouver, from police and public safety to affordable housing and budget shortfalls.
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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.
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The Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory on Ellesmere Island is scheduled to close in 2018. PEARL is one of the few high Arctic research stations in the world. Canadian scientists say it’s essential to keep the lab open to investigate critical environmental threats to the Arctic. We talk with Dan Weaver, climate scientist and spokesperson with Evidence for Democracy. Check out our website for more information about Redeye. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.  
Topics: climate change, Arctic, Canada, ozone depletion, science
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The Harper government has been forced to respond to the outcry about Bill C-51 and propose a handful of amendments. But the changes won’t satisfy the concerns of the BC Civil Liberties Association. Carmen Cheung recently addressed the Parliamentary sub-committee overseeing the bill. 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: Bill C-51, terrorism, civil liberties, threats, rights, freedoms, national security, Stephen Harper
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The Nakwaxda’xw and Gwa’sala people were forcibly removed from their homelands in 1964. Now a new film by Lisa Jackson tells the story of their relocation and of their fight to return. The film contains archival scenes of Blunden Harbour shot by Edward Curtis,  candid interviews with elders and footage from a recent journey back to the ancestral village. Colleen and Jessie Hemphill speak with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find...
Topics: First Nations, forced relocation, Kwakwaka’wakw, Kwakiutl, Indian act, British Columbia,...
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The Site C dam would flood 83 kilometres of the Peace River, putting wildlife habitat, agricultural land and First Nations heritage site under hundreds of metres of water. Joe Foy is a long-time opponent of the dam project. He is National Campaign Director of the Wilderness Committee. He 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 Hydro, electricity generation, environment, First Nations, fracking, LNG, power, site c dam
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Salt marshes in the Fraser River delta are a vital ecosystem for birds and other wildlife. But they are being squeezed between the dykes that protect farmland on one side, and sea level rise on the other. An innovative pilot project aims to protect the salt marsh so that it can, in turn, protect the low-lying land along the coast. We talk about the project with Sḵwx̱wú7mesh journalist Stephanie Wood.
Topics: salt, marsh, Vancouver, delta, Fraser, sea, level, rise, dykes, environment, global, heating,...
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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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In January 2019, Vancouver City Council unanimously approved OneCity Councillor Christine Boyle's motion declaring that we are in a global state of climate emergency and that constitutes a crisis for Vancouver. The motion went on to direct staff to prepare recommendations for ramping up the city’s climate actions in line with efforts to limit global warming to 1.5°C. On November 3rd, the largest and most comprehensive set of climate emergency recommendations will be debated by city...
Topics: climate, emergency, recommendations, road, pricing, parking, energy, retrofits, Vancouver, council,...
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With a potential vaccine against Covid-19 many months away, some governments are exploring the idea of proof-of-immunity cards for Covid-19.  Francoise Baylis says we should fight tooth and nail against proof-of-immunity cards. Francoise Baylis is University Research Professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax and co-author with Harvard molecular biologist Natalie Kofler of an opinion piece published recently on CBC online. I spoke with Francoise Baylis on May 12.
Topics: passport, immunity, card, vaccine, Covid-19, pandemic, Canada, discrimination, health,...
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The Vancouver School Boards owns billions of dollars worth of property around Vancouver, including the land that the Kingsgate Mall is located on. Some VSB trustees are considering selling off land to private developers to meet funding priorities. OneCity school board trustee Jennifer Reddy is opposed to what she calls the privatization of public land. She explains her concerns.
Topics: VSB, school, land, development, seismic, privatization, Vancouver, property
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Ian Mosby and Tracy Galloway looked at studies of famine survivors from Russia, China and the Netherlands to understand the long-term health consequences of childhood malnutrition. They say that the high rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetes among Indigenous populations is linked to the constant hunger that parents and grandparents experienced in residential schools. We speak with Ian Mosby, historian of food, health and colonialism at the University of Toronto and the University of...
Topics: residential schools, hunger, diabetes, heart disease, Indigenous people
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Desmond Cole is an activist and journalist based in Toronto. In a feature article for Toronto Life magazine several years ago, he shared his experiencing of carding, saying he’s been stopped by police over 50 times. Last month, he was in Vancouver to speak at the annual fundraising gala of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Less than 24 hours after he arrived in Vancouver, he was carded by Vancouver police. In his keynote address at the gala, Desmond Cole talks about the connection...
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On June 17, the digital publication The Narwhal hosted an online event to look at meaningful solutions to the crisis of old-growth logging. Sarah Cox is BC investigative reporter for the Narwhal. She interviews Garry Merkel, a registered professional forester from the Tahltan Nation and co-chair of BC’s old-growth strategic review panel. We’d like to thank The Narwhal for permission to broadcast this interview. 
Topics: BC, British, Columbia, forests, old-growth, logging, review, forestry, Fairy, Creek, Narwhal,...
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The Organization of American States played a critical role in the coup that ousted Bolivian president Evo Morales. The US-dominated organization has yet to produce evidence of fraud in the recent presidential election, yet Morales was forced to resign on November 10 and fled to Mexico. Joe Emersberger is a political analyst and author of a recent article in Counterpunch analysing the coup. 
Topics: Bolivia, Morales, coup, military, OAS, Canada, right-wing, president, Indigenous, mining,...
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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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LNG Pipelines: Fracked Futures and Community Resistance was organized to coincide with the LNG tradeshow and conference put on by the BC government from May 21 – 23, 2014. Chief Liz Logan is the Tribal Chief for the Treaty 8 Tribal Association. She has served four terms as Chief of Fort Nelson First Nation, followed by eight years as Tribal Chief of Treaty 8 Tribal Association. She speaks here about the impacts of fracking and LNG on Treaty 8 territories in northeast BC. (part 1 of a 7-part...
Topics: Fracking, fossil fuels, Liquieifed Natural Gas, LNG, environment, British Columbia, First Nations,...