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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 failure of the dam on the Mt Polley tailings pond led to the largest environmental disaster in BC’s history. Yet two investigations didn’t result in any sanctions against the company responsible. MiningWatch Canada has filed a private prosecution against the BC government and the Mt Polley Mining Corporation. Dan Lewis is with Clayoquot Action. He was in Williams Lake this week for the filing of the case. Dan Lewis speaks with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm. Check out our  website for...
Topics: Mount Polley, dam, mining, Clayoquot Action, tailings, Polley Lake, environment, salmon
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John Ware is an iconic figure in the history of southern Alberta. He was a Black pioneer and rancher who settled in the province before the turn of the century. Born in the American South, he was already an accomplished cowboy by the time he arrived in Alberta. John Ware is the subject of a new NFB documentary now showing at the Calgary and Vancouver International Film Festival.
Topics: black, Alberta, racism, NFB, documentary, cowboy, history, film, Foggo, Ware
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More than 1,100 people have been arrested this year for breaching a court injunction while protesting logging of old growth at Fairy Creek.  On Oct 4, protesters gathered at the BC Legislature to call on the government to take action to protect old growth, especially since its been over a year since Premier John Horgan promised to implement an independent old-growth panel’s recommendations in “totality".  We speak with Ken Wu, executive director at Endangered Ecosystems Alliance.
Topics: forests, old-growth, Fairy, Creek, logging, injunction, arrests, NDP, Horgan, panel
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In November, the federal government tabled legislation that makes net-zero emissions by 2050 a legally-binding target. While this is being seen as a positive first step, Canada has missed every single emission-reduction target it has ever set.  Anna Johnston of West Coast Environment Law says that changes are needed for the law to show true climate leadership.  We spoke with her last month.
Topics: net, zero, energy, climate, crisis, policy, renewables, emissions, Canada, legislation, targets
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There is a new global elite who control our economic future. In his new book, former Project Censored director and media monitoring sociologist Peter Phillips unveils who these players are. The book includes such power players as Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Jamie Dimon, and Warren Buffett. We speak with Peter Phillips about the transnational capitalist class.
Topics: elite, capital, capitalism, growth, power, economy, media, global, giants, wealth, transnational,...
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In 2011, the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactor in Japan experienced a triple meltdown. Japanese officials still don’t have a clear idea of what has happened inside the reactor. Gordon Edwards is President of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility. Gordon Edwards 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.    fukushima, nuclear power, meltdown, tsunami,...
Topics: fukushima, nuclear power, meltdown, tsunami, radiation, pacific, contamination, Japan, environment
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Cities in Canada are getting significantly less money from higher levels of government. At the same time, municipal governments are paying more than their share of housing, policing and water costs. Charley Beresford is executive director of the Columbia Institute. She’s the author of a new report Who’s Picking up the Tab? Charley Beresford speaks with Redeye host James Mainguy. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for...
Topics: municipalities, cities, transfer payments, waste water, housing, homelessness, water treatment,...
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South False Creek has been called one of the best-planned neighbourhoods in the world. Located between the Granville and Cambie bridges and owned by the City of Vancouver, the land is leased to 2000 housing coop, rental and strata units. These leases are expiring and the City of Vancouver wants to negotiate an entirely different relationship with this community. Redeye collective member Ian Mass joins us with his regular City Beat report.
Topics: housing, False, Creek, Vancouver, coops, rental, strata, development, density, lease
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On May 21, the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute hosted a webinar on the ways in which Canada enables Israeli apartheid. Yves Engler gave a presentation on Canada’s political support for the state of Israel, both now and historically. Yves Engler is a Montréal-based activist and author who has published 11 books including his latest House of Mirrors — Justin Trudeau’s Foreign Policy. 
Topics: Israel, Palestine, Canada, charitable, tax, deduction, policy, apartheid, political, economic,...
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A recent report by the Privacy Commissioner says that six RCMP investigations back in 2015 were in violation of the Charter because a Stingray device was used to collect mobile phone data without a warrant. The commissioner looked into the RCMP’s use of Stingrays in response to a complaint from public-interest group Open Media. David Christopher is with Open Media.     Check out our website for more information about Redeye. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.  
Topics: Stingray device, surveillance, privacy, RCMP, police
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Sharon McIvor’s grandmother was a member of the Lower Nicola Band who married a non-Indigenous man. Under Canada’s Indian Act, status was decided on the basis of male lineage and so their daughter was ineligible for registration as an Indian.  Sharon McIvor launched a landmark case to gain equality and won a sweeping legal victory in 2007.  The Canadian government continued to drag its feet. Sharon McIvor took the case to the United Nations in 2011. Canada finally ended sex-based...
Topics: Indian, Act, Canada, human, rights, UN, sex-based, discrimination, racism, Indigenous, equality,...
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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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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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In mid-March, delegates to the annual convention of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities voted to ask the federal government for expanded rights to defend their property. The National Farmers Union strongly condemned the resolution, which they say is related to charges against Gerald Stanley in the killing of a First Nations youth last summer. We speak with Rachelle Ternier of the NGU.   Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like...
Topics: First Nations, farm policy, Saskatchewan, racism, agriculture
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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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Born in 1931, Tla’amin elder Elsie Paul was raised by her grandparents on their ancestral territory just north of Powell River on the Sunshine Coast of BC. As her adult life unfolded against a backdrop of colonialism, she drew strength from the teachings she had learned. She now passes on those teachings to all who visit a new interactive book published by Ravenspace. We talk with one of the co-creators of the book, Elsie Paul’s grandson, Davis McKenzie. Read the book here:...
Topics: Sliammon, Tla’amin, history, Indigenous, BC, Elsie, Paul, Ravenspace, colonialism, racism,...
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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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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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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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Emergence: Out of the Shadows is a feature length film is about the strengths and struggles of gay and lesbian South Asian people in Metro Vancouver. For Kayden, Jag, and Amar, awakening to and expressing their sexuality within conservative South Asian families was a lonely and terrifying experience - and yet they emerged. The film showed at Kdocs Film Festival in early October. We speak with producer Alex Sangha.
Topics: gay, lesbian, queer, South, Asian, Vancouver, homophobia, tradition, sexuality, conservative
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On October 25, over a million people took to the streets of Santiago, Chile in the largest mobilization since the end of the dictatorship. President Sebastián Piñera has announced a major cabinet reshuffle and introduces a few reforms but mass protests continue. José Arias Bustamante is a forest engineer from Chile, currently doing graduate work at UBC. He speaks with us about the roots of the uprising and the goals of the movements involved in the protests.
Topics: Chile, neoliberalism, protests, repression, human, rights, privatization, austerity, dictatorship,...
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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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Statistics show that the lower your income, the less likely you are to have employer-paid sick days. Given that the jobs where women workers predominate don’t pay well, it’s clear that the introduction of paid sick leave would increase gender equality across the board. This March, the BC Employment Standards Coalition is calling on the provincial government to include the right to paid sick days in the Employment Standards Act. We talk with Kaitlyn Matulewicz, executive director of the...
Topics: women, feminist, low-wage, sick, paid, leave, days, labour, workers, inequality, wages, gender
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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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As the climate emergency advances, we need to push for a just transition for everyone. Workers in extractive industries, and the communities that depend on them, deserve solid plans to address the negative effects of the fossil fuel wind-down. Marc Lee and Seth Klein take a look at possible models in a recent post on the CCPA blog, policynote.ca. We talk with senior economist Marc Lee.
Topics: economy, fossil, fuel, wind-down, just, transition, labour, workers, extractive, industries, oil,...
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The UN Security Council currently has five temporary seats available. Canada, Ireland, and Norway are vying for two of those seats with the final vote to be held on June 17th. On May 19th, an open letter was published, calling for a “no” vote for Canada to join the Security Council. We talk with Yves Engler, one of the signatories of the letter.
Topics: Canada, UN, Security, Council, Norway, Ireland, foreign, policy, arms, trade, Israel
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Starting in 2002, BC Hydro bought too much of the wrong kind of energy, paid too much for it and did this at the behest of the provincial government.  John Calvert is the author of Liquid Gold, a book analyzing the BC Liberals’ private power agenda. He joins us in the episode to talk about the problems this policy has caused for BC Hydro and what it will mean for our electricity bills.
Topics: BC, Hydro, power, energy, privatization, private, policy, Liberals, resources, wind, renewable,...
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In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a marked rise in harassment of people who are Asian and Asian Canadian. These attacks range from verbal assaults to physical assaults. Often we’ve seen bystanders intervene to show solidarity and defend the people being targeted. Asian Americans Advocating Justice and Hollaback have partnered to offer online training in how to safely and effectively intervene. We speak with Emily May of Hollaback.
Topics: racism, attacks, assaults, harassment, Asian, Canadians, Covid-19, pandemic, witness, intervention
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Parts of the U.S. have seen a huge increase in well sites over the past few years. Researchers in Pennsylvania and New York have found a correlation between well density and hospital visits, especially for heart conditions and neurological illnesses. Dr. Reynold Panettieri is professor of medicine and deputy director of the Centre of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is senior author of the study. Dr. Reynold Panettieri speaks with Redeye host Jane...
Topics: fracking, heart conditions, pennsylvania, health care use, neurological illness, hydraulic...
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Almost three-quarters of the experts commenting on issues in the mainstream media are men. Shari Graydon of Informed Opinions is interested in why women routinely refuse interview requests. Graydon is an award-winning author, educator and women’s advocate with more than 20 years of experience on both sides of the microphone. 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...
Topics: women, feminism, inequality, radio, TV, experts, interviews, media criticism, communications
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Medea Benjamin of Code Pink for Peace condemns the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and says it’s aimed at derailing future efforts at diplomacy with Iran. She points out that, with Iran scheduled to have elections in June, incoming president Joe Biden has just four months to bring the United States back into the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. We talk with Medea Benjamin from Miami.
Topics: Iran, nuclear, deal, assassination, Israel, diplomacy, terrorism, sanctions, Trump, foreign,...
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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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Municipal and provincial levels of government say that their hands are tied when it comes to bringing about decriminalization of drugs in their jurisdictions. But that’s not true, according to a new report by Pivot Legal. Author Caitlin Shane says there are simple actions that non-federal levels of government can take to reduce the harms of criminal sanctions for drug users.
Topics: drug, decriminalization, public, health, harm, reduction, Vancouver, municipal, provincial, policy,...
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At the end of September, students from a rural teachers college were protesting in the southern Mexican State of Guererro. 57 students were arrested by police, 43 of whom were never seen again. Their bodies were found in a mass grave on November 7. Dawn Paley is a Vancouver-based journalist. She is currently a doctoral student in Puebla, Mexico. 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...
Topics: mexico, state repression, murder, complicity, student teachers, guerrero, drug gangs, police,...
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Oceana Gold is demanding $300 million in compensation following the 2009 decision by the El Salvadorean government not to issue metal mining permits. The company is using the World Bank to challenge this moratorium on mining. Jen Moore is Latin America Program Coordinator for Mining Watch. She speks 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: El Salvador, mining, Canadian mining company, lawsuit, compensation, moratorium, Oceana Gold
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A long tradition of the amateur detective exists in the mystery genre. The latest sleuth is Annick Boudreau, a clinical psychologist created by a Vancouver comedian, playwright, and novelist who based the character of Annick Boudreau, in part, on his own therapist. We speak with Charles Demers about the book, Primary Obsessions.
Topics: mystery, genre, detective, novel, Charles, Demers, comedian, Primary, Obsessions
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Lawyer Hasan Alam says Ottawa University professor Hassan Diab, held in France without trial for two years, is one in a long list of men of Muslim or Middle Eastern descent who don’t get the benefit of the fair hearing and due process that white Canadians take for granted. Hasan Alam spoke in Vancouver three months ago.   Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Subscribe to our  podcast  on iTunes.    
Topics: Islamophobia, Muslims, Hassan Diab, Maher Arar, wrongful conviction
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When Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois won the Governor General’s award for his account of the 2012 student strike in Quebec, he donated the $25,000 prize money to the fight against the Energy East pipeline. Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois talked about the mobilization against the pipeline in Quebec during a recent visit to Vancouver. We recorded his presentation on May 7 at Simon Fraser University. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular...
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Last month new provincial regulations were established to help reduce the incidents and severity of police dog bites. Pivot Legal has been gathering statistics on police dog injuries for some time. We speak with Pivot Legal lawyer Doug King for his reaction to the new regulations. Doug King 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: police dogs, injury, police, dog squad, accountability, pivot legal, regulations
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Holborn Properties bought 224 Little Mountain social housing units in 2007 with a promise to rebuild. Fourteen years later, the lot still sits empty. Activists are fighting to see the sales agreement that the BC Liberal government signed with Holborn. A government arbitrator ordered BC Housing to release the contract but Holborn continues to fight to keep it private. We catch up on what’s happening with David Chudnovsky of Community Advocates for Little Mountain.
Topics: housing, little, mountain, holborn, properties, developer, liberal, BC, social, contract
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Shortly after President Donald Trump sent federal agents to Portland, a federal judge in Portland issued a restraining order against the agents barring them from attacking journalists and legal observers. Black Lives Matter Chicago and other organizations have filed lawsuits to prevent a similar occupation of their cities. We speak with Marjorie Cohn, former president of the National Lawyers Guild in the United States.
Topics: Portland, federal, agents, Chicago, BLM, Trump, paramilitary, troops, protests, legal, lawsuit, US
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A landmark study by a research lab in Europe has shown that large-scale restoration of the Earth’s forests is the world’s most effective solution to capture carbon emissions. The Crowther Lab published its research in the journal Science in July. Dr. Jean François Bastin led the study. He is currently a researcher at Gand University in Belgium and we spoke with him from there.
Topics: climate, crisis, global, carbon, emissions, reforestation, trees, forests, capture
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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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In September, the Canadian government signalled its intention to develop nuclear power as part of its investment in clean technology companies. One aspect of the plan could see small modular reactors placed in remote communities currently powered by diesel. We discuss this new strategy with Susan O’Donnell of the Coalition for Responsible Energy Development in New Brunswick.
Topics: nuclear, power, reactors, Canada, Indigenous, SMR, federal, government, sustainable, renewable,...
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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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Cultures have always exchanged ideas with each other. But sometimes the exchanges more closely resemble theft. The IPinCH project has produced a guidebook on appropriation from First Nations cultures. The Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage is based at SFU. Solen Roth was the lead developer of the guidebook. She’s an anthropologist and PhD candidate at the University of Montreal. Solen Roth speaks with Redeye host Esther Hsieh. Check out our  website for more information about...
Topics: First Nations, culture, appropriation, ethics, intellectual property, heritage, IPinCH
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Boko Haram rose to prominence last year when they kidnapped 276 schoolgirls. They now control large areas of northeastern Nigeria. Ajamu Baraka says this rise is linked to the NATO attack on Libya. Ajamu Baraka is a fellow with the Institute for Policy Studies and editor of the Black Agenda Report. Ajamu Baraka talks 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: Boko Haram, Nigeria, Islamic state, Libya, Africa, US foreign policy
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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...
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The 4,300 unionized employees who work at the publicly-owned Hastings Park at the Pacific National Exhibition have been left out of Canada's economic recovery plan and are subsequently out of work. Vancouver City Council finally paid some attention to this issue last week. Also, in this week’s City Beat report, Ian Mass talks about housing for renters, VSB property, the Port of Vancouver and a nasty fight at Surrey Council.
Topics: City, Beat, housing, renters, PNE, Covid-19, recovery, funds, VSB, developers, Surrey, RCMP,...
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Translink is introducing a modernization plan for HandyDart, which thousands of people living with disabilities depend on for public transportation. Redeye Collective member Ian Mass joins us today with his regular City Beat report to talk about this plan, the climate emergency policy Vancouver City Council passed last year that has hit a potential roadblock and redevelopments that show us the best and worst of planning and public participation.
Topics: City, Beat, climate, emergency, planning, bureacracy, permits, public, developments, disabled,...
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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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Vancouver’s tight rental housing market has eased significantly since coronavirus-related travel restrictions brought many short-rental units back into the rental housing market. Economist Marc Lee of the BC office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says now is the time to make sure that short-term rentals are properly regulated so that renters in Vancouver aren’t squeezed out of the city.
Topics: economy, short-term, rentals, Airbnb, housing, renters, vacancy, rate, regulations, CCPA
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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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A national pharmacare program would save the health care system billions and improve the health of the 1 in 10 Canadians who can’t afford the medication they are prescribed. A new report commissioned by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions says we need to start planning for a national program now. Linda Silas is president of the CFNU. 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...
Topics: prescriptions, pharmacare, health care, drugs, private insurance, pharmaceutical companies, CFNU,...
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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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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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In  April, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that mandatory minimums for gun crimes were unconstitutional because they could result in cruel and unusual punishment. Adrienne Smith is a lawyer with Pivot Legal Society. She explains why the Supreme Court struck down the law and Pivot Legal’s interest in the case. Adrienne Smith 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: mandatory minimums, tough on crime, Stephen Harper, gun crimes, Supreme Court, Charter, Canada, Law...
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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...
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The most recent analysis by the New York-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis shows an additional $320 million in new subsidies was given in the first six months of this year to finance the already highly-subsidized Trans Mountain Pipeline, calling into question the economic feasibility of the expansion project. We talk with Tom Sanzillo, co-author of the report.
Topics: TMX, Trans, Mountain, pipeline, finances, subsidies, Canadian, government, tax, economics
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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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Sociologist Elizabeth Comack interviewed nearly 80 Aboriginal people in Winnipeg in her research for this book. They reported experiences that were overwhelmingly negative. In Racialized Police, she undertakes a comprehensive analysis of how race is constructed and functions in day-to-day policing in Canada. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates. 
Topics: police, racism, First Nations, Aboriginal people, colonialism, Winnipeg, racial profiling
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Many of the city’s poorest residents survive by street vending on Hastings Street. Now they have been moved off to back streets as part of a long campaign to move low-income people out of the area. Formerly Homeless Dave is an activist in the Downtown Eastside. 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: Downtown Eastside, gentrification, homelessness, street vending, bottle depot, Sequel 138, housing
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Professor Donald Gutstein says Stephen Harper’s policies are the result of decades of effort by a network of right-wing think tanks determined to change how governments operate. His new book traces the development of neoliberal economics during the last century and examines its expression in Canada today. The talk is introduced by Redyeye host Lorraine Chisholm. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: Stephen Harper, right-wing ideology, think tanks, neoliberalism, economics, Donald Gutstein
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Groundswell offers youth an alternative to mainstream business education that aims to build a network of enterprises that cooperate rather than compete. The program takes participants through a range of hard and soft skills that will equip them succeed in developing an ethical business. Reilly Yeo is a facilitator at Groundswell. 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...
Topics: business, cooperation, enterprises, ethics, community engagement, alternatives, groundswell, youth,...
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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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On April 23, the Supreme Court of Canada recognized the existence of the Sinixt people in south-eastern BC, 65 years after they were declared extinct by the federal government. The ruling is the end of a long legal battle for the Sinixt and for Richard Desautel of Washington State who, in 2010, shot and killed an elk in the traditional territory of the Sinixt to challenge the extinction claim. We talk with the lawyer for the Sinixt, Mark Underhill.
Topics: Sinixt, Columbia, River, extinct, rights, Indigenous, territory, traditional, colonialism, Desautel
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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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In January, the Correctional Investigator of Canada, Dr. Ivan Zinger, reported that the number of Indigenous people in prison has reached historic highs. In Alberta, a committee of the Criminal Trial Lawyer Association has called for a mass pardon for non-violent Indigenous inmates. Denise Lightning is a lawyer who sits on the Committee to Reduce Aboriginal Incarceration. She is a member of the Samson Cree Nation. She speaks with us about why so many Indigenous people are in prison and how to...
Topics: Indigenous, prisoners, Aboriginal, traditional, law, pardon, inmates, Canada, incarceration, rates,...
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Canadian supermarkets throw out tons of unsold food every day. A common misunderstanding is that this food is rotten and useless. The truth is that most food thrown out is edible. Greenpeace is calling on supermarkets to reform their practices. They would like to see the big chains commit to a zero edible food waste target. We talk with Ann Foo, a volunteer with Go Zero Food Waste. 
Topics: food, waste, surplus, groceries, zero, supermarkets, Canada, edible, dumpster-diving
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The Frontier mine was one of the largest tar sands mines ever proposed for northern Alberta. On Feb 23, Teck Resources withdrew its application for the $20 billion project, just days before the federal government was planning to deliver a decision on the project’s future. We speak with Duncan Kinney, executive director of Progress Alberta.
Topics: tar, sands, mine, Frontier, Teck, Resources, Alberta, environment, oil, energy, tailings, Kenney,...
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Three independent filmmakers embarked on a creative collaboration with women in prison and advocates. The result is the documentary Conviction.  It envisions alternatives to prison through the eyes of women behind bars and those fighting on the front lines of the decarceration movement. We speak with director Teresa MacInnes.
Topics: prison, women, incarceration, prisoners, film, documentary, conviction, justice, abolition
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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. 
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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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Two weeks ago Canada Post issued 72-hour lockout notice to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. But management withdrew its lockout notice when it didn’t get the backing of the Liberal government. Jennifer Savage is president of the Vancouver local of CUPW. She explains the issues at the bargaining table. Jennifer Savage 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: Canada Post, strike, lockout, postal workers, CUPW, collective bargaining, labour, pay equity, job...
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Last month Canada was rejected for the second consecutive time in its bid for a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council, losing to Norway and Ireland.  Now many organizations and activists are pushing for a formal and democratic review of Canadian foreign policy. James Mainguy speaks with Tamara Lorincz, who is a member of the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute.
Topics: foreign, policy, UN, Security, Council, Canada, Norway, Ireland, seat, review, defeat