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A progressive take on current events. Produced by an independent media collective at Vancouver Cooperative Radio.


Alberta’s top court upholds First Nation challenge of tar sands mine approval
Jul 5 • 15 min
In 2018, the Alberta Energy Regulator approved an application for a 10,000-barrel-a-day tar sands project adjacent to Moose Lake. The Fort McKay nation went to court to challenge the approval and, in May, the Alberta Court of Appeal ruled in their favour.…
Vacancy rate rises as short-term rentals open up during pandemic
Jul 2 • 15 min
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…
BC Civil Liberties Association calls for end to police street checks
Jun 30 • 16 min
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…
Police actions criticized as homeless campers moved from empty lot
Jun 28 • 14 min
Vancouver police evicted homeless campers from a tent city near Crab Park in the early morning of June 16. Organizers and observers say the police moved in without due notice and did not work with local agencies to provide other housing options for the…
Sandy Hudson of BLM-Toronto on why we need to defund the police
Jun 23 • 23 min
The police killing of George Floyd ignited a global uprising against police violence and created a space for anti-racist voices to be heard. One idea that has gained traction as a result is that of defunding the police and investing in other programs to…
Michèle Stephenson on her new documentary film ‘Stateless’
Jun 21 • 21 min
In 2016, 200,000 Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent were rendered stateless overnight in an attempt to expel Black people from the Dominican Republic. Documentary filmmaker Michèle Stephenson returned to her country of birth the following year and…
Media coverage of Asian giant hornet promotes racist stereotypes
Jun 17 • 14 min
The new invasive species the Asian giant hornet has been characterized in the media as the Asian murder hornet. Christianne Wilhelmson and Gillian Der of the Georgia Strait Alliance say terms like this are deeply unscientific and serve to promote racist…
How to intervene when you witness anti-Asian/Canadian harassment
Jun 14 • 19 min
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…
Why Canada should be denied a temporary seat on the UN Security Council
Jun 11 • 25 min
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…
Canada needs to start collecting race and immigration data in healthcare
Jun 8 • 15 min
Early signs suggest that race matters, when it comes to COVID-19. In Chicago, black residents are 30 per cent of the population, but make up more than 70 per cent of COVID-19-related deaths. And yet Canada doesn’t collect race-based data. In a recent…
Working people should not be viewed as simply another resource
Jun 3 • 18 min
Over 5500 academics have signed a letter calling for the democratization of work in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The letter says that human beings should be seen as one resource among many. Simon Black is one of the co-signers of the letter. He is a…
200 organizations endorse letter calling for healthcare for everyone in Canada
Jun 1 • 15 min
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…
New coalition in Vancouver aims to rebuild a safer, healthier city for all
May 30 • 18 min
The Covid-19 crisis has disproportionately impacted communities already vulnerable because of poverty, racism and other forms of inequality. The Vancouver Just Recovery Coalition formed to advocate for a progressive, equality-focused recovery when the…
What basic income is, and is not
May 28 • 14 min
With the advent of CERB, millions of Canadians now find themselves getting a regular monthly cheque from the federal government. This has sparked renewed interest in the idea of a Universal Basic Income. On May 14, the Broadbent Institute hosted a webinar…
Conservative politicians whip up racism against Chinese people in Canada
May 26 • 14 min
Racist attacks against Chinese-Canadians are on the rise. Vancouver police said twice as many hate crimes against Asians were reported in April, compared to the previous month. Conservative MP Derek Sloan is unapologetic for having posted on social media…
Essential to protect vulnerable people as Canada reopens the economy
May 25 • 13 min
Recently, a dozen health experts in Quebec wrote an open letter calling for better measures to protect vulnerable populations as things reopen. The letter says governments need to adopt policies that will allow workers to stay home if they are at risk of…
Early reopening endangers the lives of working people
May 24 • 16 min
As the elite in the United States continue to push for a reopening of the economy, it’s the lives of working people that are at risk. Chris Brooks is a staff writer for Labor Notes and author of a recent article The Hammer and The Dance: Why Reopening Now…
Why we should fight against proof-of-immunity cards for Covid-19
May 20 • 21 min
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…
Singer songwriter Eliza Gilkyson on her new album, 2020
May 19 • 27 min
Eliza Gilkyson describes her just-released album 2020 as a collection of sing-alongs, diatribes, marching songs and love letters to the Earth. We caught up with her at her home in Austin, Texas for an extended conversation about politics, music and the…
Covid-19 pandemic has major repercussions for vulnerable youth
May 15 • 12 min
A new report by BC Coalition to End Youth Homelessness outlines how the pandemic has created urgent and pressing issues for vulnerable youth in BC and especially youth in care. We spoke in early May with Katherine McParland, executive director of A Way…
Canada should grant general amnesty for all undocumented workers
May 14 • 14 min
The Migrant Workers Centre in Vancouver has launched a campaign calling on the federal government to grant an amnesty to the thousands of undocumented workers in Canada. They say the Covid-19 crisis has exposed the extent to which the Canadian economy…
Chevron’s 27-year fight to evade clean up costs in the Ecuadorian Amazon
May 9 • 20 min
For 27 years, thousands of Indigenous people and campesinos in Ecuador’s Amazon have been fighting Chevron, seeking compensation for the contamination of their land by oil extraction activities. Paul Paz y Miño of Amazon Watch joins us to talk about the…
Inequality the real culprit behind disease outbreaks in cities, not density
May 7 • 12 min
The current Covid-19 pandemic has us questioning the relationship between the density of cities and the spread of the coronavirus. The conventional wisdom says that more people living closer together results in a deadlier outbreak. Patrick Condon of UBC’s…
Online education highlights economic inequalities among Canadian kids
May 5 • 16 min
As bricks and mortar schools shut their doors due to Covid-19, teachers scrambled to move classes online. These new digital classes have highlighted socio-economic inequalities among Canadian families as they struggle to help their kids succeed. We caught…
Large construction work camps in BC a danger to health during pandemic
May 3 • 14 min
Indigenous leaders and health professionals have raised concerns about the size of the construction work camps at the Site C dam project near Fort St John and the LNG Canada project near Kitimat. Dr. Warren Bell, founder of the Canadian Association of…
Pandemic highlights gaps in seniors care in BC
May 1 • 22 min
Andrew Longhurst and Kendra Strauss say in a recent article that the coronavirus pandemic has shown the weaknesses in the system of care for seniors in BC, saying it’s time to end profit-making in the sector. Andrew Longhurst is a research associate with…
Isolated Indigenous communities in urgent need of support in pandemic
Apr 29 • 15 min
A group of Indigenous leaders and health care professionals says the federal government must provide more resources to fight Covid-19 in Indigenous communities. They say that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis, are among the most vulnerable Canadians and the…
City Beat: Municipalities face major financial challenges during pandemic
Apr 27 • 17 min
While Canada and the provinces are running up deficits to help people survive the current financial crisis, cities operate by different rules. City Beat’s Ian Mass joins us to discuss the challenges facing Vancouver and other Lower Mainland cities and how…
Approaching social media posts like a fact checker
Apr 26 • 19 min
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…
A tribute to Canadian economist and leading socialist intellectual Mel Watkins
Apr 23 • 17 min
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…
People who use drugs finally get safe regulated supply
Apr 21 • 15 min
Prompted by the pandemic, the federal government is allowing provinces to develop a safe, regulated supply of drugs to address both the overdose crisis and the dangers of COVID-19. This radical policy change is being praised by harm reduction advocates…
Protecting temporary foreign workers on Canadian farms
Apr 19 • 16 min
On March 31, an outbreak of COVID-19 was announced in West Kelowna at the Bylands Nurseries. BC’s provincial health officer it concerned that there could be more outbreaks among temporary foreign workers — a group that advocates say is extremely…
Response to pandemic shows governments could act on climate change
Apr 17 • 13 min
The climate crisis threatens the very existence of human life on the planet, yet governments do little or nothing to fight it. In contrast, governments around the world have acted swiftly and decisively to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.…
‘Wartime’ coronavirus powers could threaten our democracy
Apr 15 • 16 min
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…
World’s oceans could be restored to former glory within 30 years
Apr 13 • 16 min
For decades, marine biologists have been chronicling the demise of ocean ecosystems and the rising threats to ocean species. But now a major new scientific review published a few days ago in the journal Nature shows how fast oceans can recover if they are…
Planning for climate justice in a zero-carbon economy
Apr 11 • 18 min
If British Columbia is going to meet its emissions targets, it’ll have to phase out its fossil fuel industries by mid-century. A new report says that a managed fossil fuel wind-down is good for climate, jobs and communities. Marc Lee is a senior economist…
Second generation Africans reflect on their lives growing up in Vancouver
Apr 10 • 24 min
People who identify as Black in Vancouver make up about 1% of the population, and it is a community that is spread out across the Metro area. For young people that often means being the only Black kid in their class, and facing discrimination and…
Better access to Internet essential for rural communities during pandemic
Apr 8 • 10 min
As the coronavirus crisis deepens, people across the country have had to shift many of their activities online. This leaves people living in rural communities and low-income Canadians scrambling as they struggle with inadequate Internet access. Rodrigo…
Wet’suwet’en take fight against fracked gas pipelines into courts
Apr 6 • 15 min
The Likhts’amisyu clan of the Wet’suwet’en has launched legal action to protect their traditional territory from fracked gas pipelines. The constitutional and charter challenges to Coastal Gaslink and other fossil projects on Wet’suwet’en territory are…
US sanctions severely hamper Iranian efforts to fight COVID-19
Apr 4 • 15 min
The coronavirus pandemic has spread to almost every country in the world. Iran has been especially hard hit and continued sanctions from the United States make it impossible for Iran to purchase the medical supplies it needs to help the Iranian people.…
Environmental degradation implicated in the spread of new pathogens
Apr 2 • 15 min
Infectious diseases have been a part of humanity since the beginning of civilization. It does seem, however, that diseases have been emerging more frequently in the past few decades. Researchers have, in fact, seen pattern between environmental…
Urgent improvements needed to federal emergency benefit in Canada
Mar 30 • 21 min
The new Emergency Benefit announced by the Ministry of Finance will be available to those directly or indirectly affected by COVID-19, including those not eligible for Employment Insurance. Pam Frache, coordinator of the Fight for $15 and Fairness in…
Need to extend OHIP win beyond current crisis
Mar 28 • 13 min
After years of advocacy by OHIP For All and other community organizations across Ontario, the Ontario government announced last week that it would expand medical coverage during the COVID-19 outbreak. The province is waiving the 3 month waiting period for…
Changing the relationship between justice system and Indigenous people
Mar 27 • 16 min
Indigenous people in BC are hoping for significant changes in how they are treated in the justice system following a new agreement between the province and the BC First Nations Justice Council. The strategy aims to reduce the number of Indigenous people…
Chileans win right to vote for a new constitution
Mar 25 • 13 min
Months of protests have forced the Chilean government to agree to a referendum on whether or not to draft a new constitution. The vote was scheduled for April but has now been postponed to October due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Claudia Paez is with…
Performing artists hard hit as venues close and tours cancel
Mar 23 • 10 min
Musicians have precarious incomes at the best of times, relying on multiple sources of income that include performing in bars, restaurants, community centres and festivals. All these gigs are now gone for the foreseeable future as public health officials…
Collective immunity could help us survive the pandemic
Mar 22 • 14 min
Social immunity, also known as collective immunity, describes the additional level of disease protection arising in social groups from collective disease defences. Malcolm Steinberg argues that this is what we need now to help us through the COVID-19…
Current surplus of billionaires harms democracy
Mar 21 • 14 min
Almost all of the wealth created since the financial crash of 2008 has gone to the richest one per cent. This has led to more, and wealthier, billionaires with very little benefit to the majority of citizens. Chuck Collins is director of the Program on…
High-quality intercity bus service a vital part of Canada’s Green New Deal
Mar 20 • 14 min
The Green New Deal aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half within 10 years. To meet this target, Eric Doherty says Canada must transform its transportation system and that transformation has to include a highway bus service to link cities and towns…
City Beat: Our regular roundup of municipal affairs around Vancouver
Mar 17 • 14 min
Vancouver and water; Burnaby and tenants; women’s health and contraception; migrant rights and the police. Ian Mass brings us a roundup of the council motions that caught his eye this week in his regular City Beat report.
Youth produce radio docs with Chinese seniors about health care
Mar 16 • 14 min
Speak My Language is new radio documentary series that explores the problems faced by five Chinese seniors trying to access health care. The documentaries were produced by youth working in collaboration with the seniors. The series is a project of the…
No-go zones for people on bail lead to revolving door of crime
Mar 15 • 13 min
Most people think of bail as simply the pledge of an amount of money. But for marginalized people, bail often comes with conditions that restrict people from entering court-designated red zones, which are often the places they usually go. Nick Blomley is…
Injunctions becoming a legal tool of political expediency
Mar 11 • 16 min
It’s a familiar story these days. Land defenders and activists blockade a road to try to prevent a pipeline or an oil terminal being built. Resource corporations go to court to get an injunction, then the RCMP move in and make arrests. Solidarity actions…
Making Vancouver safer for migrants
Mar 10 • 15 min
Community advocates are concerned that many Vancouver residents can’t access essential services without fear or risk of deportation. The fear persists despite a city policy passed nearly four years ago to ensure access to city services without fear. Two…
The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power
Mar 8 • 22 min
In his first book, The Skin We’re In, journalist and activist Desmond Cole challenges the complacency of people who believe Canada is a post-racial nation. He chronicles just one year—2017—in the struggle against racism in this country. Desmond Cole was…
Australian community broadcaster on the recent fire season
Mar 7 • 15 min
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…
How Indigenous people are reclaiming jurisdiction over the land
Mar 6 • 22 min
The Yellowhead Institute has produced what it calls a Red Paper about reclaiming Indigenous jurisdiction and breathing life into rights and responsibilities. Land Back talks about how Canada dispossesses Indigenous peoples from the land and what…
City Beat: Truck pollution, Surrey’s new police force, and more
Mar 5 • 16 min
Vancouver City Council debated a whole raft of progressive motions this past week focusing on public health, arts and culture, homelessness and the climate crisis. Ian Mass joins us with his regular City Beat report to discuss these initiatives.
Teck Resources withdraws application for Frontier tar sands mine
Mar 1 • 12 min
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…
Majority of new assisted living units for seniors private pay
Feb 27 • 14 min
A lack of public capital investment in seniors care facilities has led to the majority of new assisted living units are being built by for-profit corporations. This means low and moderate income seniors may not be able to afford this supportive housing…
Anti-poverty activists react to recent BC budget
Feb 25 • 13 min
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…
Journalists say RCMP interfered with reporting on Wet’suwet’en arrests
Feb 23 • 11 min
Journalists on Wet’suwet’en territory during the recent wave of arrests say that the RCMP went out of their way to prevent them from doing their job. Jerome Turner, a reporter for Ricochet Media, says he was detained for several hours in an area without…
Canada takes a long-overdue look at laws governing telecommunications
Feb 22 • 13 min
The Broadcasting and Telecommunications Review committee recently published a 200-page report with recommendations on everything from how to regulate new organizations to how to make companies like Netflix and Facebook incorporate more Canadian content.…
Climate change a factor in decline of bee populations
Feb 20 • 11 min
Bumblebee populations have been in sharp decline for several years, threatening the production of a wide range of fruits, vegetables and nuts. Now a new study has shown a clear link between climate change and the loss of bumblebees and other important…
Corporate media hostility ramps up as Sanders gains popularity
Feb 18 • 16 min
Senator Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire Democratic Party primary and came a very close second to Pete Buttigieg in Iowa. With Nevada coming up on Saturday, Sanders is in a strong position to win that state too. As his campaign gains momentum,…
Innovative strategy to capture and treat 90% of Vancouver’s rainwater
Feb 15 • 16 min
Like many cities around the world, Vancouver is facing serious challenges from climate change, including flooding, drought and high temperatures. An innovative new strategy was approved by city council in November. It aims to mitigate the problems of too…
City Beat: Five planning milestones in Vancouver, plus an update on coops
Feb 13 • 15 min
Ian Mass attended a panel discussion recently focusing on important planning decisions made by Vancouver City Council during their first year in power. The panel came up with the top five transformational policies that are going to shape the city and the…
Calls for a mass pardon for non-violent Indigenous inmates
Feb 12 • 23 min
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…
New film tells the story of the first Haida totem pole in almost a century
Feb 11 • 16 min
When internationally renowned Haida carver Robert Davidson was only 22 years old, he was instrumental in changing the history of his people forever. With help from his family, Davidson committed to carving the first new totem pole in Old Massett in almost…
Pro-fossil fuel materials dominate environmental curricula in classrooms
Feb 8 • 11 min
In Western Canada, where oil and gas companies dominate the economy, fossil fuel industry supporters claim that public education is pro-environment and anti-oil. But a new study that set out to assess how climate change is taught in Saskatchewan…
BC Hydro internal documents raise alarm about fracking near dams
Feb 6 • 15 min
A Freedom of Information request by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has revealed that BC Hydro is very concerned about the earthquake risk posed by fracking operations close to the Peace Canyon dam and the Site C dam construction site. Ben…
A look at what’s in the new Canada-United States-Mexico trade agreement
Feb 4 • 15 min
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…
Assessing BC government progress on promise of safe, affordable child care
Jan 31 • 13 min
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…
Book chronicles decades-long effort to undermine US democratic institutions
Jan 30 • 41 min
Nancy McLean is an award-winning historian whose latest book, Democracy in Chains, traces the anti-democratic roots of the right-wing politics now transforming the United States. Nancy McLean was the keynote speaker at the Canadian Centre for Policy…
Israel, Palestine and the Politics of Race
Jan 29 • 26 min
In their ground-breaking new book, Yasmeen Abu-Laban and Abigail Bakan argue that, what they call a mythologized exceptionalism makes it hard to challenge the racial contract that underpins the Israeli state. In this extended interview, we discuss the…
Crowd-sourced mapping tool aims to improve cycling safety worldwide
Jan 28 • 11 min
Bikemaps.org taps into information from cyclists all over the world to make biking safer for everyone. Cyclists enter their local cycling trouble spots and create an interactive map of their city. This local knowledge of cycling safety, hazards, and even…
Case law supports Wet’suwet’en in their defence of territory against pipeline
Jan 26 • 18 min
The dispute over access to Wet’suwet’en territory to build the Coastal Gaslink pipeline has resulted in a standoff between the hereditary chiefs and Premier John Horgan. Horgan has invoked “the rule of law”. But lawyer Eugene King says the BC government’s…
Progress on Truth and Reconciliation calls to action described as “glacial”
Jan 24 • 16 min
Five years after the TRC released its executive summary and 94 calls to action for reconciliation, only nine have been completed. Historian Ian Mosby started checking the status of Canada’s progress a year after the TRC report. This year, he was joined by…
City Beat: Growth plans for Metro Vancouver, fossil fuel divestment and more
Jan 20 • 18 min
Metro Vancouver is planning to accommodate another million people in the next 20 years. City Beat’s Ian Mass runs us through how the region plans to do this. Also, in this episode, pressures on SRO housing from the new St. Paul’s Hospital location and the…
Redressing historical wrongs against Japanese Canadians in BC
Jan 19 • 20 min
In November last year, the National Association of Japanese Canadians delivered a report recommending key actions to address the historic wrongs committed against Japanese Canadians. In this episode, elder and human rights campaigner Mary Kitagawa talks…
Residents of False Creek South face uncertain future as leases expire
Jan 15 • 18 min
False Creek South embodies Vancouver’s progressive planning policies of the 1960s and 1970s. Its unique mix of social housing, coops and strata units is now under threat as the majority of housing units are built on City land. Sharon Yandle and Nathan…
UN committee urges Canada to halt construction of Site C, Coastal GasLink and Trans Mountain
Jan 13 • 13 min
A United Nations committee working to end racism is urging Canada to immediately stop the construction of three major projects in BC as they do not the free, prior and informed consent of impacted Indigenous groups. The committee on the elimination of…
Low-emission food system key to addressing climate crisis and farm crisis
Jan 10 • 17 min
A new report by the Canadian Farmers Union says that farm mechanization has driven farm incomes down and greenhouse gas emissions up. NFU president Katie Ward says the only way out of the farm crisis and the climate crisis is a more diversified farm…
Study finds income inequality in Canada still gendered and racialized
Jan 8 • 10 min
Canada’s population is increasingly racialized. Unfortunately, the rapid growth in the racialized population is not being matched by a corresponding increase in economic equality, according to a new study released in December. We talk to Sheila Block, one…
Burnaby adopts robust tenant protection legislation
Jan 7 • 17 min
Tenants in Burnaby have fought hard against renoviction and demoviction. They saw their campaign rewarded in December when the City of Burnaby enacted some of strongest tenant protection legislation seen in the region. Now housing activists say Vancouver…
Massive port expansion in Delta threatens farmland, wildlife, air quality
Jan 3 • 17 min
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…
New doc explores the ideas behind the bestselling book Assholes: A Theory
Jan 1 • 20 min
In his bestselling book Assholes: A Theory, philosopher Aaron James presents a provocative theory of the asshole to explain why such people exist, especially in an age of raging narcissism and unbridled capitalism. Assholes: A Theory is a new documentary…
Indigenous artist works with community to paint massive pictographs
Dec 29, 2019 • 15 min
This summer, internationally acclaimed artist Marianne Nicolson completed a series of massive pictographs, created with more than 55 participants, in Kwakwaka’wakw territory, close to the site of contested fish farms. We speak with Marianne Nicolson about…
Recent study finds online comments surprisingly constructive
Dec 26, 2019 • 16 min
Online news outlets have been struggling for years with how to dealwith online comments. They are often sexist, racist, and sometimes just irrelevant. But a recent research study from the SFU Discourse Processing Lab found that things might not be as bad…
Distorted Descent: White Claims to Indigenous Identity
Dec 24, 2019 • 19 min
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”…
Taninli Wright’s one-woman play recounts her 1600km walk across BC
Dec 22, 2019 • 17 min
In 1997, an Indigenous mother living in Vancouver walked from Prince Rupert to Vancouver to give voice to First Nations children and other marginalized. Now an actor, she has created a powerful one-woman play telling a powerful story of transformation and…
Vancouver’s low property taxes fuel land speculation and inequality
Dec 21, 2019 • 11 min
In the last 15 years, residential land values in Vancouver have gone up by about $200 billion dollars. But this tremendous financial windfall has not been shared equally among city residents. As property owners see their personal wealth increase, renters…
City Beat: Vancouver debates how to balance budget and maintain priorities
Dec 17, 2019 • 17 min
Municipal politicians across the Metro Vancouver spent their first year in office setting priorities for the following year’s budget. In Vancouver, the first estimate from City staff back in the fall said they were looking at a 10% tax increase to fund…
Role of media campaign against Corbyn in Labour’s historic election loss
Dec 14, 2019 • 16 min
Much of the commentary about the recent UK election holds that the Labour Party’s disastrous showing in Thursday’s election is the fault of leader Jeremy Corbyn. Labour Party activist and media analyst Dr Justin Schlosberg says that if you scratch below…
A dose of reality is what’s needed to face current climate emergency
Dec 13, 2019 • 33 min
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…
NDP government continues to allow logging of BC’s old-growth forests
Dec 11, 2019 • 14 min
The provincial NDP government was elected in 2017 with a platform that called for a re-think of BC’s logging of old growth forests. Now, more than two years after the election, the government is continuing to allow old growth logging while promoting a…
Calendar captures a portrait of the rapidly changing Chinese community
Dec 7, 2019 • 10 min
2020 MAU Calendar project is an artist and community produced publication showcasing the work of local artists. This year’s calendar also highlights local organizations and businesses, and features community-contributed food recipes, poetry and…
Economic case for TMX weaker than ever, according to financial analysis
Dec 5, 2019 • 12 min
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…
Calls to rebuild Little Mountain social housing 10 years after demolition
Dec 2, 2019 • 14 min
The Little Mountain social housing community in Vancouver was once a supportive and dynamic neighbourhood. 10 years ago, more than 200 homes were demolished and residents were promised a quick return to new, modern homes. Today, a decade later, the land…
Human rights complaint against VSB over lack of response to racism in schools
Nov 28, 2019 • 13 min
Last year, a student at a Vancouver school circulated a video of himself uttering threats and hateful racial epithets against Black people. The BC Community Alliance and local parents are concerned with the lack of an adequate response to the video from…
OAS paves the way for military coup in Bolivia
Nov 26, 2019 • 15 min
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…
Dangers for Germany in the rise of the far-right party, the AFD
Nov 24, 2019 • 12 min
On October 27, the far-right Alternative für Deutschland party came second in state elections in the eastern state of Thuringia. The AFD won 23% of the vote, making gains at the expense of Angela Merkel’s centre-right CDU. Titus Molkenbur is a research…
Indigenous artist David Neel on art, culture and finding his way home
Nov 22, 2019 • 16 min
David Neel lost touch with his Kwakiutl heritage when he lost his father as a very young child. 25 years later, he was living in Texas when he saw a mask that he eventually learned had been carved by his great-grandfather. David Neel tells us how this…
Vancouver council expropriates two Downtown Eastside hotels for $1 a piece
Nov 20, 2019 • 15 min
Residents in the Balmoral and the Regent Hotel lived with deplorable conditions for years. The two hotels were owned by the Sahota family who used them as cash cows to finance real estate development. The City of Vancouver finally shut both hotels down.…
Activist says media talking nonsense about Brian Day’s challenge to Medicare
Nov 18, 2019 • 16 min
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…
British Columbia government tables historic Indigenous rights legislation
Nov 15, 2019 • 18 min
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was introduced into the BC legislature on October 24. The legislation is meant to provide a framework for the province to align its laws with the standards of the UN declaration. To…
Time to reform Canada’s unjust Extradition Act
Nov 13, 2019 • 11 min
Canadian academic Hassan Diab was extradited to France five years ago on the basis of unreliable, unsourced intelligence. He spent three years in a French jail before he was finally released and returned home to Canada. Hassan Diab and his supporters are…
White Peace Poppy ceremony commemorates all victims of war
Nov 11, 2019 • 23 min
The White Peace Poppy Campaign began in the mid-1920s as a response to growing militarism in Britain. The poppy commemorates all those who have died in war, including civilian casualties. We speak with two people who are participating in a White Poppy…
Hidden carbon costs of the US military’s drive to control fossil fuel supply
Nov 8, 2019 • 13 min
According to a new report, the US military is one of the largest polluters in history. It consumes immense amounts of fossil fuels and emits more planet-heating gases than industrialized countries such as Sweden and Portugal. Benjamin Neimark is senior…
Number of minimum wage workers in Canada doubles since 2009
Nov 6, 2019 • 23 min
A recent Statistics Canada study found that the number of people working at minimum wage jobs has doubled over the past ten years. Many minimum wage worked are aged 25 or older and an increasing number work at big companies. Armine Yalnizyan is an…
Mass uprising challenges decades of neoliberalism in Chile
Nov 4, 2019 • 13 min
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…
No Canadian political party has an adequate climate plan
Oct 31, 2019 • 16 min
Modelling of the different party promises on climate change shows none of the plans would hit targets to avoid a 1.5°C increase in global warming. Simon Donner is a professor of climatology at the University of British Columbia. He compares the climate…
A Knapsack Full of Dreams: A memoir by street nurse Cathy Crowe
Oct 29, 2019 • 13 min
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…
What the federal election results mean for progressives in Canada
Oct 27, 2019 • 15 min
When the votes were tallied on Monday night, the Liberals landed 13 seats short of a majority, with the Bloc Quebecois surging in Quebec and the NDP unable to capitalize on a strong campaign by Jagmeet Singh. Derrick O’Keefe is a long-time Vancouver…
Vancouver’s artists facing a crisis of displacement
Oct 23, 2019 • 15 min
Vancouver’s Eastside neighbourhoods have the highest concentration of artists in Canada. The city’s visual artists are, however, facing a crisis of displacement. The artists are losing their studio space to high rents, driven up by property development.…
Jason Kenney’s foreign funding conspiracy theory doesn’t hold water
Oct 21, 2019 • 14 min
The premier of Alberta is holding an inquiry into the role of foreign funding of environmental organizations that are fighting the fossil fuel industry. He’s hired a Calgary business insider to determine if groups are getting dollars from foreign donors…
Global forest restoration has potential to capture huge amounts of carbon
Oct 18, 2019 • 11 min
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…
Long-term storage only safe solution for Fukushima waste
Oct 16, 2019 • 15 min
Tokyo Electric Power Company made headlines around the world when it announced that it would have to discharge radioactive water from the ruined Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean. Paul Gunter is director of the Nuclear Oversight…
BC municipalities commit to 100% renewable energy
Oct 13, 2019 • 15 min
Vancouver, Victoria and Saanich are three municipalities that have pledged to switch to 100% renewable energy within the next 30 years. A new report by the UVic Environmental Law Centre shows how to make this goal attainable. Executive director Deborah…
Workers at four Vancouver hotels on strike after 8 months without a contract
Oct 11, 2019 • 13 min
Four of Vancouver’s biggest hotels are behind picket lines after workers walked out on strike 3 weeks ago. Sharon Pawa is a spokesperson with Unite Here Local 40 and James Sugden is a cook at the Hotel Georgia. They join us to talk about the issues behind…
“Why I joined Extinction Rebellion”
Oct 9, 2019 • 14 min
Laura Lamb is a long-time visual artist and former member of the Redeye collective. About a year ago, she closed down her art studio in order to dedicate her time to Extinction Rebellion. She joined us in studio a few days before the Oct 7 Bridge Out…
Colonialism, eugenics and the forced sterilization of Indigenous women
Oct 6, 2019 • 15 min
Aboriginal people have been systematically targeted for assimilation into Canadian society since colonization began. Residential schools and child apprehensions were used to remove children from their parents. In addition, thousands of Indigenous women…
European far right exploits symbols of Christian identity
Oct 4, 2019 • 18 min
Several themes are beginning to coalesce in European far right politics. The traditional family has to be protected. Western culture has to be protected. And Christian identity must be central. Liz Fekete is a long-time observer of the far right in…
Journalism in an age of fake news and right-wing propaganda
Oct 2, 2019 • 11 min
A recent opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun and the Province sparked public outcry for stoking the flames of anti-immigrant and anti-refugee sentiment. Sean Holman says Mark Hecht’s op-ed is just another example of Postmedia content that undermines…
City Beat: Georgia Viaduct plans, UBCM conference and an update on Oppenheimer Park
Sep 30, 2019 • 18 min
Municipal politicians from all over the province gathered in Vancouver last week for the annual conference of the Union of BC Municipalities. Our City Beat reporter Ian Mass was there and joins us in the studio to fill us in on what happened. He also…
Canada strikes for the climate tomorrow
Sep 26, 2019 • 12 min
Friday Sept 20 was the start of a week of climate action around the world, involving walkouts from schools, universities and workplaces. On Friday Sept 27, people across Canada will go on strike to call for real action on the climate emergency. We talk…
Urgent need for diplomacy between nuclear powers
Sep 24, 2019 • 17 min
Thursday September 26 is the International Day for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. Yet, tensions between the two major nuclear powers, the US and Russia, are higher now than they have been in decades. This month, the UN General Assembly opens its 74th…
Two progressive politicians give us a preview of the annual Union of BC Municipalities conference
Sep 22, 2019 • 15 min
Josie Osborne was recently re-elected for a third term as the mayor of Tofino. Amy Lubik is a first-time Port Moody city councillor. They join us in studio to talk about the rural and urban resolutions they’re looking forward to debating at the annual…
Women gain full equality under Indian Act after 143 years of discrimination
Sep 20, 2019 • 20 min
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…
Ottawa to pay compensation for inadequate child welfare system on reserve
Sep 18, 2019 • 12 min
More Indigenous children have been apprehended than ever went through the residential school children. One of the reasons for these apprehensions is the lack of adequate child and family services on reserve. On Sept 6, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal…
Whales vs energy development in the Great Bear Sea
Sep 15, 2019 • 12 min
In The Whale and The Raven, German director Mirjam Leuze explores the world of whale researchers against the backdrop of contested oil and gas development in the traditional territory of the Gitga’at First Nation in Northwest British Columbia. The film…
Appeal court to hear First Nations challenges to TMX pipeline
Sep 11, 2019 • 15 min
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…
City Beat: Oppenheimer Park tent city, Maple Ridge development and more
Sep 9, 2019 • 16 min
Ian Mass joins us with our regular City Beat. In this episode, he talks about Vancouver’s big new culture plan, Kennedy Stewart’s about to take control of the tent city at Oppenheimer Park, and a cynical move by the Maple Ridge mayor to turn 200 layoffs…
RCMP visit Montreal activist after his criticism of Liberal foreign policy
Sep 8, 2019 • 13 min
The day after Yves Engler went to a press conference to ask Marc Garneau a question about arms sales to the Saudis, two RCMP officers showed up at his Montreal home to talk with him. We speak with Yves Engler about his recent attempts to raise foreign…
Vancouver’s longest-running tent city still in place after August deadline
Sep 6, 2019 • 17 min
The tent city in Oppenheimer Park has been in place for more than a year. Recently, the Vancouver Parks Board issued an order telling residents to remove tents and structures by the evening of August 21. At the deadline, dozens of tents remained and there…
Women in prison envision alternatives to incarceration
Sep 4, 2019 • 15 min
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…
New handbook offers a practical resource for people who rely on public space
Aug 29, 2019 • 12 min
After years of hearing stories about the daily harassment faced by people who live on the street, Pivot Legal Society has created a practical resource to help people learn about and defend their rights while interacting with police. Meenakshi Mannoe joins…
Water quality in rural communities threatened by logging
Aug 27, 2019 • 11 min
In Vancouver and Victoria, the watersheds are protected from logging to ensure good water quality for city residents. But the people living in the rest of the province aren’t so lucky. Small communities around the province have discovered that timber…
Examining the competing narratives on the oil and gas industry
Aug 22, 2019 • 17 min
Over the years, the oil and gas industry has honed a populist narrative claiming that fossil fuel is good for Canadians and that those who oppose it are elites. Environmental groups and Indigenous people are developing a counter narrative that the real…
A Woman In Between: Searching for Dr Victoria Chung
Aug 15, 2019 • 18 min
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…
First Nations children most impoverished in Canada
Aug 12, 2019 • 16 min
A new report released last month says First Nations children experience the highest levels of poverty in Canada. The report finds that half of all First Nations children on-reserve live in poverty, with even higher numbers in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. We…
BC municipalities need provincial support in fight against single-use plastics
Aug 8, 2019 • 13 min
Victoria recently lost its fight to ban single-use plastics after a court challenge by the Canadian Plastic Bag Association. The BC Court of Appeal said the municipality needs permission from the provincial government. Isabelle Lefroy says it’s critical…
Viewing Canada’s past and present through the lens of Indigenous genocide
Aug 5, 2019 • 17 min
The National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls was one of the calls to action recommended by the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission. On June 3, the inquiry released its final report. It concluded that there are serious…
Impact of securitization on Muslim civil society organizations
Aug 1, 2019 • 18 min
Securitization in the political context refers to the viewing of broad spheres of society through a security lens. Muslims in Canada have been the focus of sustained attention from the RCMP and CSIS in the 18 years since the World Trade Center attacks.…
Indigenous activist starts online Reconciliation Book Club
Jul 29, 2019 • 14 min
Dr Pam Palmater is an Indigenous lawyer, professor and activist. She says that the first step to reconciliation is for non-Indigenous people to educate themselves, so she’s started an online video book club to help people do just that. Pam Palmater joins…
Low-wage workers can’t afford to rent an apartment in most Canadian cities
Jul 27, 2019 • 17 min
When people talk about housing affordability, they’re usually thinking about the high cost of buying a home. Less often mentioned are the high costs faced by the millions of Canadians who rent their homes. A new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy…
New database maps the long reach of the fossil fuel industry in Canada
Jul 25, 2019 • 13 min
The Corporate Mapping Project has just released a major report on who’s who in Canada’s fossil fuel industry. It’s called the Fossil-Power Top 50 and it’s a comprehensive listing of the most influential industry players across the country. Bill Carroll is…
Council to debate motion which critics say equates criticism of Israel with antisemitism
Jul 20, 2019 • 16 min
Next Tuesday, Vancouver City Council will debate a motion by NPA councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung called Combatting Anti-Semitism. Neil Naiman of Independent Jewish Voices of Canada is concerned that the way the motion is worded will suppress and even…
Sharp rise in violence against Indigenous and other social leaders in Colombia
Jul 18, 2019 • 12 min
In 2016, Colombia’s government signed a peace deal with the country’s main rebel group, FARC ending decades of war. But three years on, violence against political opponents is returning. Since the signing of the peace accord, over 400 social leaders have…
Vancouver embarks on an ambitious new planning process
Jul 15, 2019 • 16 min
Despite the urgency of the housing crisis, overdose emergency and accelerating climate change, the first action that the brand new Vancouver City Council took last year was a motion to develop a three year City-wide planning process. Six months later City…
Red Light Labour: Sex Work Regulation, Agency, and Resistance
Jul 7, 2019 • 16 min
A new book brings together the voices of sex workers, activists and researchers to explore sex work laws, policy and rights in Canada. The book asks readers to question both personal and legislative assumptions about this industry. Tamara O’Doherty is a…
New graphic novel tells story of Canada’s largest race riot
Jul 3, 2019 • 14 min
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…
Potlatch as Pedagogy: Learning Through Ceremony
Jun 30, 2019 • 28 min
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…
Environment scientist shocked at lack of regulation in fracking operations
Jun 26, 2019 • 11 min
Karen Leven is an environmental scientist from Dawson Creek. She worked in the mining industry for 15 years and describes the disparity between environmental regulations in the mining industry versus oil and gas as like night and day. In this talk, she…
Giants: The Global Power Elite
Jun 23, 2019 • 16 min
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…
Chief Smogelgem on Wet’suwet’en resistance to Coastal Gas Link pipeline
Jun 19, 2019 • 27 min
Hereditary Chief Smogelgem is one of two plaintiffs in a case against Coastal Gas Link to try and stop a pipeline going through Wetsu’et’en territory. The Coastal Gas Link pipeline is part of a project to move natural gas to the proposed LNG Canada…
Activists and the Surveillance State: Learning from Repression
Jun 16, 2019 • 22 min
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’.…
Early BC suffragist Laura Jamieson a life-long fighter for social justice
Jun 12, 2019 • 17 min
The Last Suffragist Standing is a new biography by Veronica Strong-Boag. The book chronicles Laura Marshall Jamieson’s life from her childhood on a subsistence farm in Ontario to her election as an MLA for the CCF in Victoria and her stint on Vancouver…
Indigenous food systems and urban foraging
Jun 9, 2019 • 12 min
Lori Snyder is a Metis herbalist and educator of wild, native and medicinal plants. Lori is currently the ‘eco-artist in residence’ at Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre where she caretakes a Medicine Wheel Garden. Lori offers various workshops on…
Innovative art and language camp connects Ojibway youth and elders
Jun 5, 2019 • 17 min
Christi Belcourt, Erin Konsmo and Isaac Murdoch formed the Onaman Collective in 2014 to help Indigenous communities, particularly youth, reclaim the richness and vibrancy of their heritage including traditional arts, with a contemporary spin. They are…
David Suzuki on how we got to the current state of climate crisis
Jun 2, 2019 • 23 min
Recently, the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment organized a tour of residents of BC’s northeast to talk about the impacts of fracking in their region. They invited scientist and environmental activist David Suzuki to start the evening…
Shaping the Future on Haida Gwaii: Life beyond Settler Colonialism
May 29, 2019 • 21 min
A new book by Joseph Weiss shows how Indigenous peoples in Canada not only continue to have a future but are at work building many different futures – for themselves and for their non-Indigenous neighbours. Joseph Weiss explores these possible futures in…
Fear, Love and Liberation in Contemporary Quebec
May 26, 2019 • 23 min
A new book by long-time Quebec activist Alexa Conradi explores the fissures and tensions in current-day Quebec society. In the book, Conradi looks critically at Quebec’s feminism, relations with Indigenous people and systemic racism. From 2006-2009, she…
UK-based housing activist on the fight for housing justice in London
May 23, 2019 • 30 min
Urban geographer Dr. Matt Wilde has been involved in struggles around housing justice for several years and has also conducted ethnographic research on precarious housing, grassroots activism and austerity governance in contemporary London. We recorded a…
Mountain caribou still face threat of extinction despite recent measures
May 20, 2019 • 15 min
The BC government has drawn up a draft partnership conservation agreement with the West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations and another one with the federal government. Rachel Plotkin says the agreements won’t save the caribou unless measures are put in…
Downtown Eastside activist talks about her experience of homelessness
May 18, 2019 • 8 min
Erica Grant was homeless for a year and a half. Now a resident of government-funded SRO housing, she also has experience with the complications and challenges of receiving social and health care support from a landlord. Erica Grant spoke recently at an…
Libby Davies reflects on her life as an activist at City Hall and in Ottawa
May 15, 2019 • 16 min
Libby Davies represented the federal riding of Vancouver East for six terms. Before that she spent 11 years as a Vancouver city councillor. Throughout her almost three decades in elected office, Libby remained committed to the issues that drew her into…
Big oil’s real agenda on climate change
May 12, 2019 • 13 min
A new report by the UK-based research group InfluenceMap reveals that major oil companies put out sophisticated climate messaging that suggests a willingness to change while keeping their investments solidly focused on fossil fuels. The report says that…
NDP tax breaks for LNG commit province to fracking and pipelines
May 10, 2019 • 16 min
The BC government has announced what it calls a new fiscal framework to support the LNG industry. This bureaucratic language about tax incentives conceals a major subsidy to foreign multinationals, and will only result in a minimal number of jobs for…
Old-growth forest near famous trail on Vancouver Island at risk of logging
May 8, 2019 • 10 min
On the southwest coast of Vancouver Island, near Juan de Fuca Park, 109 hectares of old-growth forest is about to be auctioned off to logging companies. While logging is not permitted inside the provincial park, the forest surrounding it provides a…
New documentary explores destructive impact of homophobia in sport
May 7, 2019 • 13 min
For LGBTQ athletes, coming out remains a strong taboo in both amateur and professional sports. Standing on the Line follows three athletes who have chosen to break the code of silence and stand up in support of their community. Paul Émile d’Entremont’s…
Government report finds Canada warming at twice the global average
May 1, 2019 • 12 min
A new study by federal scientists indicates that warming in Canada is about double the global average. The situation in northern Canada is even more alarming with figures showing warming at nearly triple the global average. Greg Flato is a senior…
New doc follows three Punjabi Sikh sisters in their quest for justice
Apr 28, 2019 • 15 min
Salakshana, Jeeti, and Kira Pooni suffered years of sexual assault after their older cousin moved into their Williams Lake home almost four decades ago. Baljit Sangra’s new film Because We Are Girls accompanies the Pooni sisters in the final three years…
Open-bid contracts allow global corporations to move into social care in BC
Apr 24, 2019 • 18 min
Two multinational corporations recently took 22 per cent of the money in the awarding of Work BC employment-training contracts. Shortly after that, non-profits learned that open procurement will be used to secure the next round of contracts for BC’s…
A conversation with Indigenous water protector Nuskmata Mack
Apr 21, 2019 • 14 min
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…
Unusually high incidence of rare diseases cause for concern in northeast BC
Apr 19, 2019 • 12 min
Dr. Ulrike Meyer is a family physician in Dawson Creek which lies in a region characterized by the most dramatic increase in fracking operations anywhere in the country. On April 3, Dr. Meyer was in Vancouver as part of the speaking tour Voices from the…
City Beat checks out the fight for social housing around Metro Vancouver
Apr 17, 2019 • 18 min
From Maple Ridge at one end of the spectrum to New Westminster at the other, city councils are taking radically different approaches to solving the problems facing homeless people and low-income renters. Our City Beat reporter Ian Mass looks at how city…
Safe supply of heroin essential to put an end to overdose crisis
Apr 15, 2019 • 12 min
Overdoses have claimed more than 10,000 lives in three years in Canada. Drug users and supporters have organized a National Day of Action on the Overdose Crisis on April 16 to demand meaningful change in government policies to end the overdose tragedy.…
Family seeks justice after mentally ill man dies in an Ontario jail
Apr 11, 2019 • 21 min
Yusuf Faquiri s brother Soleiman had schizophrenia. He died in December 2016 in an Ontario prison where he was being held while he waited for a bed at the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health. Faquiri’s family have launched a $14 million lawsuit…
BC’s poverty reduction strategy fails to address deep poverty
Apr 4, 2019 • 16 min
British Columbia was the only Canadian province without a poverty reduction strategy. That changed on March 18 when the BC government unveiled its new poverty reduction plan. Viveca Ellis says the new plan is a strong start but is concerned that it fails…
Israel shoots four Palestinians during protests calling for end to siege of Gaza
Apr 2, 2019 • 10 min
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…
Doug Ford attacks postsecondary education with tuition fee cuts
Mar 31, 2019 • 14 min
Tuition increases have been a major theme of neoliberal governments around the world, so it was a surprise to see the Ontario Tories apparently heading in the opposite direction when they announced a ten percent cut in fees earlier this year. But the…
Jason Kenney, Andrew Scheer and the far right
Mar 28, 2019 • 18 min
Following the Christchurch massacre, many Canadians are questioning the commitment of some Canadian politicians to an inclusive, multicultural society. In particular, Jason Kenney of the Alberta United Conservative Party and Andrew Scheer of the federal…
The long reach of SNC-Lavalin in Canadian foreign affairs
Mar 27, 2019 • 10 min
Media coverage of the current scandal involving the engineering firm SNC-Lavalin and Justin Trudeau has focused primarily on the Prime Minister’s Office. Largely missing from any discussion are the crimes the company is accused of committing as well as…
White power movement a common thread in recent terrorist attacks
Mar 25, 2019 • 15 min
Kathleen Belew says we should understand the Christchurch mosque killings, the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue and the U.S. Coast Guard officer’s plan to assassinate politicians as originating from the same source, the white power movement. Kathleen…
City Beat: Exploring the architectural style known as Vancouverism
Mar 22, 2019 • 14 min
Vancouverism describes the practice of designing higher, thinner towers to provide so-called “view corridors” while still accommodating as large a population as possible. Our City Beat reported Ian Mass attended an urban forum about Vancouverism and he…
Interactive app revisits the events related in Joy Kogawa’s 1981 novel Obasan
Mar 20, 2019 • 13 min
Acclaimed author Joy Kogawa collaborated with the Toronto tech studio Jam 3 and the NFB to tell the story of the Japanese-Canadian internment during World War II. East of the Rockies is an augmented reality experience told from the perspective of…
BC Liberal energy policy leaves Hydro customers on the hook
Mar 18, 2019 • 15 min
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…
Federal pharmacare council recommends national drug agency
Mar 16, 2019 • 11 min
Canada has a universal medicare system, but there is a big gap when it comes to ensuring people can afford the medication they need. Currently, one in four households can’t afford their prescription drugs. The Advisory Council on the Implementation of…
Developers building for-profit rentals fail to deliver on affordability
Mar 14, 2019 • 13 min
The City of Vancouver’s Rental 100 program offers substantial financial rewards for developers who build affordable rental housing. The problem is, the City’s definition of affordable puts the apartments out of the reach of anyone earning less than…
Compassion club model could stem fentanyl overdose crisis
Mar 12, 2019 • 9 min
In the 1980s and 90s, cannabis compassion clubs provided marijuana to patients who used in for medical reasons. A recent report by the BC Centre for Substance Use recommends that the same model could be used to provide drug users with an untainted supply…
Veteran planner reflects on how to make a city work for its residents
Mar 10, 2019 • 18 min
Nathan Edelson has been a community planner for almost 50 years, much of it in Vancouver. In this episode, he talks with our City Beat reporter Ian Mass about the future of community planning in Vancouver, including how best to intervene where the…
Major protests in Haiti linked to US-backed coup attempt in Venezuela
Mar 8, 2019 • 14 min
Large demonstrations have rocked several cities in Haiti over the past few weeks as citizens rise up against the government of Jovenal Moïse. The final straw was Moïse’s vote denouncing Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro at the Organization of American…
Modular housing on Union Street first step in revitalization of Hogan’s Alley
Mar 7, 2019 • 15 min
Hogan’s Alley in Vancouver’s East End was home to much of the city’s Black community before it was demolished to make way for the Georgia Viaduct in the 1960s. More than 50 modular homes have been constructed on the land where Hogan’s Alley once stood to…
New film examines impact of the gold trade on human lives and the planet
Mar 4, 2019 • 14 min
A new documentary has its premiere this week in Vancouver. The Shadow of Gold reveals the impact of gold mining and the gold trade on our economy, environment and conflicts. We speak with Canadian producer and director Robert Lang about the effects of our…
BC Budget 2019: Positive investments but more ambitious action needed
Mar 1, 2019 • 14 min
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…
Skytrain to UBC not green, not affordable, not equitable
Feb 27, 2019 • 15 min
Patrick Condon argues that the proposed UBC extension to the Broadway subway line will blow the Lower Mainland’s transportation budget and fuel massive land speculation both on the university campus and all along the subway route. Patrick Condon is a…
City Beat: Municipal governments and BC Budget 2019
Feb 25, 2019 • 16 min
The provincial government released its annual budget on Feb 19, with many implications for Lower Mainland municipalities. City Beat reporter Ian Mass brings us an overview of the potential effects for Metro Vancouver governments.
Benefits of CleanBC plan offset by emissions from LNG and fracked gas
Feb 24, 2019 • 12 min
The BC government is spending $900 million on its CleanBC plan while continuing to push ahead with a major LNG project in Kitimat which relies on fracked gas from northeast BC. Torrance Coste of the Wilderness Committee says that BC Budget 2019 simply…
City Beat: Vancouver and Burnaby city councils 100 days into their mandate
Feb 19, 2019 • 14 min
Transit, housing, the overdose crisis and more - our City Beat reporter Ian Mass takes a close look at what the mayor and council have accomplished 100 days after the election in both Burnaby and Vancouver.
Five ways BC Budget 2019 could support a poverty reduction plan
Feb 17, 2019 • 19 min
Anti-poverty activists are looking for substantial new investments in BC Budget 2019 to ensure the success of BC’s first ever poverty reduction strategy, in the works for later this spring. We speak with economist Iglika Ivanova from the BC Office of the…
White nationalists in Canada don yellow vests, protest immigration policy
Feb 15, 2019 • 18 min
While the gilet jaunes movement in France is fighting income inequality, and the high cost of living for the working class, protestors wearing yellow vests in Canada are more likely to espouse white supremacy and attack Canada’s immigration policy. Chuck…
New podcast forefronts the voices of drug users
Feb 14, 2019 • 14 min
Crackdown is a new podcast that launched at the end of January. Its mission is to bring the perspectives of drug users to the discussion about how to end the overdose crisis that has claimed thousands of lives. Activist and musician Garth Mullins is host…
New Westminster tenants win important protections from renovictions
Feb 12, 2019 • 14 min
On February 4, New Westminster city council passed a bylaw that will fine landlords who remove tenants from a building to renovate it only to significantly increase the rent on the suite once the renovations are complete. The bylaw is the first of its…
Canada continues to violate rights of migrants by not supplying health care
Feb 11, 2019 • 10 min
Feb 9 was the deadline for the Canadian government to respond to a UN Human Rights Committee ruling that Canada violated the rights of undocumented migrant Nell Toussaint by denying her essential health care. To mark Canada’s continued policy of denying…
Hate crimes against Muslims on the rise in Canada
Feb 9, 2019 • 18 min
The third of three podcasts featuring speakers recorded at an event to commemorate the second anniversary of the death of six men at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City on January 29, 2017. Kashif Ahmed serves as the chair of the National Council…
Ideological history and current-day impacts of Islamophobia
Feb 7, 2019 • 18 min
The second of a series of three talks on Islamophobia, recorded January 28 2019, at an event to commemorate the massacre of six Muslim men at a Quebec City mosque two years ago. The second speaker is Itrath Sayed, a PhD candidate at Simon Fraser…
Islamophobia Hotline provides legal support for Muslims facing discrimination
Feb 5, 2019 • 8 min
The Islamophobia Hotline was set up in 2016 to provide free confidential legal assistance to people who are discriminated against for being Muslim or perceived to be Muslim. Hotline organizers brought together a community panel to commemorate the second…
Punitive US sanctions behind collapse of Venezuelan economy
Feb 3, 2019 • 13 min
This week the US announced that it would freeze Venezuelan assets and block payments for Venezuelan oil imports. The loss of the US market is a major blow to Venezuela’s oil income. These sanctions are just the latest in a long line of penalties imposed…
Media analysis of and gas oil industry’s influence within public institutions
Jan 31, 2019 • 13 min
In 2015, over 70 news articles were published in both corporate and public media about the nature of Enbridge Inc’s funding partnership with the University of Calgary. UBC graduate student Kevin McCartney and UVic sociology prof Garry Gray produced this…
Urgent need for fully-funded community health centres in BC
Jan 25, 2019 • 14 min
Community health centres use an interdisciplinary, team-based approach to provide health-related services that allow patients to access care from a range of medical professionals. These centres are particularly successful at addressing the causes of…
UN Declaration upholds legitimacy of hereditary chiefs at the Unist’ot’en camp
Jan 23, 2019 • 14 min
On January 7, the RCMP forcibly broke up a checkpoint on the road leading to the Unist’ot’en camp near Houston following an injunction sought by Coastal GasLink. The camp and the checkpoint had been set up to protect the territory from further oil and gas…
Activist theatre group leads “stolen goods” tour of British Museum in London
Jan 18, 2019 • 12 min
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…
Yellow vest protests a response to deepening austerity policies in France
Jan 16, 2019 • 15 min
The yellow vest protests began last November following yet another rise in the tax on gasoline. But they have continued for more than two months in response to President Macron’s austerity measures that include an attack on the French health care system…
Quebec youth bring class action suit over Canadian government inaction on climate change
Jan 15, 2019 • 13 min
An environmental organization in Quebec has applied to bring a class action suit on behalf of the province’s young people against the government of Canada. The lawsuit seeks a declaration that the government’s lack of action on climate change infringes on…
British media accused of manufacturing anti-Semitism charges against Corbyn
Jan 12, 2019 • 17 min
Since becoming leader of the British Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn has been under almost constant attack by the media. After coming close to winning the general election in 2017, Corbyn and the Labour Party have been under renewed attack over charges of…
Maple Ridge seeks court order to dismantle wooden cabins at Anita Place
Jan 9, 2019 • 17 min
About 90 homeless people set up the Anita Place tent city in May 2017. The camp has been running for nearly two years despite fierce opposition from the council and residents of Maple Ridge, a city in the northeast section of Greater Vancouver. Now the…
Vancouver tenants win important protections from renovictions
Jan 7, 2019 • 17 min
Vancouver renters celebrated a major victory on December 4 when key parts of a motion to protect tenants from renovictions passed unanimously at city council. Derrick O’Keefe joins us to discuss the overall picture for renters in Vancouver and other…
New book challenges widely-held belief that Canada is a force for good in the world
Jan 5, 2019 • 52 min
Yves Engler challenges us to look at why so many Canadians believe that Canada’s contribution to international affairs is overwhelmingly positive. He tackles the nationalism of traditional Left parties like the NDP and the CCF, and asks why Canadian…
A roadmap for transitioning to 100% clean renewable energy
Jan 3, 2019 • 30 min
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…
Desmond Cole on carding, white supremacy and the Black Test
Jan 1, 2019 • 52 min
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…
Viola Desmond: Her Life and Times
Dec 30, 2018 • 27 min
In November, the Bank of Canada introduced a new $10 bill featuring the image of Viola Desmond. Viola Desmond has often been compared to Rosa Parks, the U.S. civil rights activist. But Viola Desmond’s act of defiance in a New Glasgow movie theatre in 1946…
Dissident Doctor: Catching Babies and Challenging the Medical Status Quo
Dec 27, 2018 • 22 min
Dr. Michael Klein played a vital role in placing maternity care at the heart of family medicine. He advocated for family-friendly birth practices, the re-introduction of midwifery and the elimination of routine intrusive interventions like episiotomy.…
Teck Resources seeks approval for largest tar sands mine in history
Dec 26, 2018 • 11 min
In mid-December, hearings wrapped up for a mine that is not only bigger than any other tar sands project, but also uses the older of two possible extraction technologies. The Joint Review Panel is expected to approve the mine in the upcoming months.…
Mining-affected communities still waiting for Canadian ombudsperson
Dec 20, 2018 • 14 min
Earlier this year, Canada committed to creating an ombudsperson for responsible enterprise. Eleven months later, communities affected by the harms of Canadian mining, particularly in Guatemala and Papua New Guinea, are asking where the new ombudsperson…
Major port expansion threatens critical ecosystem for migratory birds
Dec 16, 2018 • 14 min
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is going ahead with plans to build to add a second major container terminal on Roberts Bank, threatening one of the most important ecosystems on the Pacific coast. Roger Emsley says there is no justification for a new…
Canadian farmers may be forced to pay royalties to save and reuse seed
Dec 13, 2018 • 15 min
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…
Senate to vote this week on ending US support for Saudi attack on Yemen
Dec 9, 2018 • 16 min
Since 2015, Saudi Arabia has led an attack on Yemen, already one of the poorest countries in the world. More than 14 million people have been pushed to the brink of famine as a result of the war. Saudi Arabia has been able to lead this attack largely…
Alternative federal budget focuses on climate change, inequality and taxation
Dec 8, 2018 • 18 min
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…
Local taxpayers subsidize Amazon’s new HQs in New York and Virginia
Dec 5, 2018 • 12 min
After a months-long campaign involving 238 candidate cities, Amazon has announced that it will be opening two new headquarters in New York and Virginia. The company was offered more than $3 billion in tax breaks and other incentives to close the deal. We…
New report highlights the voices of survivors of sexual assault
Dec 3, 2018 • 15 min
This month, West Coast LEAF and the YWCA published a report that centered the voices of survivors of sexual assault, talking about their experiences of the barriers to reporting what happened to them. Alana Prochuk is a co-author of the report and manager…
Old-growth logging threatens orca rubbing beaches on Johnstone Strait
Nov 28, 2018 • 12 min
Environmental activists are calling for the BC government to immediately halt logging of intact old-growth areas like Schmidt Creek on Vancouver Island. They say there are very few undisturbed old-growth forests like these left and it may be too late by…
Contract faculty outnumber tenured professors at many Canadian universities
Nov 26, 2018 • 14 min
A university teaching position was once one of the most secure jobs in the country. But now faculty appointments in Canada have entered the realm of precarious labour. Last year, contract jobs in the sector accounted for the majority of all university…
Income assistance in BC stuck at $900 below the poverty line
Nov 21, 2018 • 15 min
Every year for the past 6 years, Raise the Rates has issued the Welfare Food Challenge. This year, the organization realized that they couldn’t run the challenge again because the current welfare rate leaves only $6 a week for food – and that’s not…
City Beat: A busy first week for Vancouver’s new city council
Nov 19, 2018 • 16 min
Vancouver’s new mayor and city council met for the first time this past week and they all came ready to advance their campaign promises. It was a very busy week with three full days of meetings, ten motions from individual councillors, and 140 speakers…
Three generations of Indigenous women share stories of violence and healing
Nov 17, 2018 • 13 min
Material Witness is a play about violence and healing, co-produced by New York-based Spiderwoman Theatre and Aanmitaagzi, an Indigenous arts company from Nipissing First Nation in Ontario. We speak with Sid Bobb, assistant director of Material Witness.
Journalists say Parks Canada staff and scientists not free to talk with media
Nov 16, 2018 • 9 min
Journalist Gloria Dickie requested field access to Parks Canada scientists while working on a feature article about grizzly bears, and was surprised to have her request turned down. When she asked other journalists, they reported similar challenges in…
Mining sector’s push for deregulation to blame for two major mining disasters
Nov 12, 2018 • 14 min
A new report on the collapse of the tailings dam at Mount Polley and an even more catastrophic dam failure at the Samarco mine in Brazil finds many parallels between the two events. Judith Marshall says the mining industry’s deep resistance to government…
Youth in foster care in BC left to fend for themselves the day they turn 19
Nov 10, 2018 • 13 min
45 youth in and from foster care traveled to Victoria last month to meet with ministers and MLAs. They are calling for urgent changes to a foster care system that fully supports them only until they become adults. They want to see universal and…
On the ground with the caravan of asylum-seekers
Nov 7, 2018 • 10 min
A few weeks ago, thousands of asylum-seekers left Honduras heading for the US-Mexico border. People have walked and hitchhiked about 1500 kilometres so far, and they are expecting to reach the United States in about 3 weeks. Martha Pskowski is an…
French court delays decision in case of Ottawa academic Hassan Diab
Nov 5, 2018 • 13 min
Hassan Diab is an Ottawa academic who was extradited to France to face terrorism charges in the 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue. He was never brought to trial, spending more than three years in detention in a French jail. French investigative judges…
Transforming Chinatown after Vancouver’s apology for 150 years of racism
Nov 2, 2018 • 21 min
Seven years ago, the City of Vancouver allowed a comprehensive upzoning of Chinatown that brought in rapid condo development and accelerated the demise of this historic cultural site. Activists and local residents fought back, focusing their attention of…
New trade deal better than NAFTA but still deeply flawed
Oct 31, 2018 • 19 min
On October 1, Canada, the US and Mexico agreed on a new free trade to replace NAFTA. It’s called the US Mexico Canada Agreement. Sujata Dey of the Council of Canadians says the new deal is better than NAFTA but still deeply flawed. The Council of…
A framework for ethical research in Vancouver’s poorest neighbourhood
Oct 29, 2018 • 15 min
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…
The murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and US-Saudi relations
Oct 24, 2018 • 11 min
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi Consulate in Turkey. Khashoggi was a columnist at the Washington Post and a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. We talk with Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink and author of Kingdom of…
Quebec to bar public servants from wearing hijab
Oct 23, 2018 • 15 min
When the Coalition Avenir Quebec was elected in Quebec this month, the new premier Francois Legault moved quickly to bar public servants from wearing religious symbols. The focus of the new law is the hijab, or headscarf, worn by Muslim women. Monia…
Climate change: Moving from grief to action
Oct 19, 2018 • 20 min
This month the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change released its most-urgent report to date, saying that we have less than 20 years to avoid climate catastrophe. While some people sink into despair, others are spurred to action. Peter Kalmus is a…
Increased density unlikely to fix Vancouver’s affordability crisis
Oct 17, 2018 • 15 min
In September, Vancouver councillors voted to allow duplexes everywhere in the city, as part of a plan to increase housing options. Mayor Gregor Robertson said it was a move to deal with the unaffordability of housing in Vancouver. John Rose is a…
Global Warming and The Sweetness of Life
Oct 11, 2018 • 17 min
In their new book, Global Warming and The Sweetness of Life, co-authors Matt Hern and Am Johal claim that any question of ecology is a primarily a question of land politics and sovereignty. In order to grapple with new definitions of ecology, they set off…
New website maps traditional land and languages of Indigenous people
Oct 8, 2018 • 16 min
Freelance web developer Victor Temprano’s website, Native-Land.ca, began with research he was doing into resource development and pipelines in B.C. The project has expanded into a map that includes territories in North and South America, Australia and New…
Prisoners at Burnside jail in Nova Scotia launch peaceful protest
Oct 3, 2018 • 17 min
In August, prisoners at Nova Scotia’s largest correctional facility launched a peaceful protest in solidarity with striking prisoners in the United States. The Burnside prisoners also released a list of ten demands, including better healthcare, access to…
New documentary film explores the theory and practice of democracy
Oct 1, 2018 • 16 min
A new documentary looks at the promise and challenges of creating a society ruled by its citizens. Astra Taylor is the director of What is Democracy? In her film, she talks with activists, workers and intellectuals about what people’s power and democracy…
Media coverage of extreme weather fails to mention climate change
Sep 27, 2018 • 13 min
Last year, the organization Media Matters did a survey of news coverage of hurricanes. The survey found that major outlets almost never connect the dots between extreme weather events and climate change. We speak with Lisa Hymas, Director of the Climate…
Vancouver’s red-hot real estate market widens gulf between rich and poor
Sep 24, 2018 • 10 min
We often think of inequality as marked by differences in annual income but a recent article by Alex Hemingway suggests that, in a city like Vancouver, skyrocketing property values have a much bigger impact on the widening gap between rich and poor. Alex…
Israel: Canada’s human rights exception
Sep 22, 2018 • 21 min
In this wide-ranging conversation, peace activist Professor William Geimer discusses Canada’s dismal record on protesting Israel’s human rights abuses. He also talks about his book, Canada: The Case for Staying Out of Other People’s Wars. William Geimer…
New book says climate change denial is a crime against humanity
Sep 20, 2018 • 16 min
In their recently published book Unprecedented Crime, Elizabeth Woodworth and Peter Carter say that the catastrophic climate events we are seeing today have been consistently forecast ever since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, signed by all…
US cuts all funding to United Nations agency for Palestine refugees
Sep 17, 2018 • 12 min
The United States has long been the biggest donor to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. At the beginning of September, the Trump administration announced it was cutting all funding to the agency. UNWRA is a humanitarian lifeline for Palestine…
Why federal court overturned Ottawa’s approval of Trans Mountain pipeline
Sep 13, 2018 • 17 min
On August 30, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled that the National Energy Board’s review of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion was flawed and that the federal government could not rely on it as a basis for their decision to approve the project. Elin…
Vancouver and Victoria activists join global day of action for the climate
Sep 10, 2018 • 19 min
Last Saturday, more than 850 actions took place around the world to call for real action on climate change. The actions in Vancouver and Victoria both celebrated the recent court decision on Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion and highlighted issues on a…
Inclusionary zoning bylaw in Burnaby too little too late
Sep 7, 2018 • 11 min
At the end of July, Burnaby City Council unanimously passed a motion to develop a rental only zoning bylaw. According to Mayor Derek Corrigan, the new rental housing bylaw will allow “the replacement of current rental units” in new towers. But community…
Fearless Cities movement brings radical ideas to municipal politics
Sep 4, 2018 • 19 min
Fearless Cities is a growing movement across the globe aiming to democratize municipal politics. A month ago, the first ever Fearless Cities summit in North America was held in New York City. Derrick O’Keefe is co-founder of the Vancouver Tenants’ Union…
Health professionals call for broad public health approach to tent cities
Aug 30, 2018 • 14 min
Tent cities are often closed down due to concerns over fire safety. More than 100 members of the public health community have written an open letter calling for a shift from using public health as a rationale to displace tent cities to adopting a public…
VPD “access without fear” policies create false sense of security
Aug 27, 2018 • 15 min
Immigration advocates who have led the push for Vancouver to adopt sanctuary city policies are deeply disappointed with the new guidelines announced by the Vancouver Police Department last month. They say the new policies fail to protect migrant and…
Seth Klein on how pro-rep fixes problems with current electoral system
Aug 22, 2018 • 16 min
Change is hard, says Seth Klein, and we’re always more comfortable with what we know. But, he argues, that’s no reason to stick with an electoral system that gives parties with 35% of the vote 100% of the power, or that forces us to vote against parties…
Animated feature film examines impact of Israel’s wall
Aug 15, 2018 • 13 min
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…
New film explores the lives of five gender-creative kids
Aug 11, 2018 • 15 min
In the new short film Beauty, five kids speak frankly and movingly about claiming their own sense of gender in a binary world. We speak with director Christina Willings about the kids and the film. Beauty shows Friday Aug 17 at 5pm at The Coast is…
Thomson Reuters one of ICE’s corporate collaborators
Aug 9, 2018 • 10 min
In addition to running the one of the world’s largest news and journalism wire services, the Canadian media giant Thomson Reuters is an information clearing house. It creates databases with information gathered from cell phones, credit cards, and health…
How Canadian courts interpret treaty infringement
Aug 6, 2018 • 29 min
With West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations currently in BC Supreme Court seeking an injunction to stop work on Site C, the issue of what constitutes treaty infringement is an important one to examine. In this talk recorded July 5, Professor Gordon…
Canada’s pension funds still powered by fossil fuels
Aug 4, 2018 • 15 min
The British Columbia Investment Management Corporation is the fourth largest pension fund manager in Canada. It controls more than $135 billion, including almost all of the province’s public sector pension funds. A new report has found that, at a time…
Canada’s mountains ‘sentinels for change’ in a warming climate
Aug 1, 2018 • 11 min
A new report prepared by the Alpine Club of Canada highlights the impacts of climate change on many aspects of Canada’s mountain landscapes from glaciers to treelines to ski resorts. The 2018 State of the Mountains report says mountains are experiencing…
Arts of Resistance: Politics and the Past in Latin America
Jul 30, 2018 • 23 min
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…
BC’s child workers experience high rate of injury on the job
Jul 20, 2018 • 11 min
Since 2003, British Columbia has had among the lowest standards for child labour. Children as young as 12 are allowed to work in the province for up to 7 hours a day. One of the results is that WCB injury claims among children has spiked. Helesia Luke is…
The Trans Generation: How Trans Kids (and Their Parents) are Creating a Gender Revolution
Jul 18, 2018 • 17 min
From a very early age, some children know they are different from the sex category assigned to them at birth. Ann Travers spent five years talking with trans kids and their parents. Their new book, The Trans Generation, offers a rare look into what it is…
Understanding BC’s referendum on proportional representation
Jul 15, 2018 • 16 min
Seth Klein thinks all three options on offer in BC’s upcoming electoral reform referendum are dramatically better than what we have now. In this interview, he explains the principal of proportional representation and talks about how each of the three…
Kinder Morgan protesters face jail time for civil disobedience
Jul 13, 2018 • 12 min
Since March, over 200 people have been arrested for defying an injunction to stay away from the Burnaby construction site for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The legal and financial consequences for these protesters have now increased…
Calls for end to Safe Third Country agreement between Canada and the US
Jul 11, 2018 • 12 min
For 15 years, refugees arriving at the land border between the U.S. and Canada have been refused entry to Canada on the grounds that the United States is a safe country for refugee claimants. With the current harsh climate towards migrants, many Canadians…
Activists raise the alarm about destruction of BC’s last ancient forests
Jul 6, 2018 • 13 min
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…
Black and Indigenous people more likely to be carded by VPD, data shows
Jun 29, 2018 • 12 min
Last month, in response to an FOI request, the Vancouver Police Department released data on almost 100,000 street checks from 2008 to 2017. The data shows that Black and Indigenous people are disproportionately targeted by steet checks. The Union of BC…
Roots of mass uprising against Ortega government in Nicaragua
Jun 26, 2018 • 20 min
Protests against the Ortega-Murillo began on April 12 when university students took to the streets in defence of the Indio Maíz biological reserve. Six days later, protests grew to thousands of people following Ortega’s attempt to increase social security…
Sarah Cox’s new book recounts Peace Valley residents’ stand against Site C
Jun 23, 2018 • 18 min
Breaching the Peace follows the story of the farmers and First Nations who took on BC Hydro and the provincial government in an effort to stop the flooding of their valley. Journalist Sarah Cox has been covering the fight against the Site C dam since…
New pocket guide aims to make spaces safer from harassment
Jun 19, 2018 • 17 min
Shawna Potter is the lead singer of the feminist hardcore-punk bandWar On Women. Recently, she’s been training venues of all kinds to be safer spaces for people who experience harassment. AK Press has just published her pamphlet, Making Spaces Safer. It’s…
Contempt for the poor in US drives cruel policies, says UN expert
Jun 17, 2018 • 14 min
The United States’ principal strategy for dealing with extreme poverty is to criminalize and stigmatize those in need of assistance, according to a report by Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. We speak with Philip…
BC Supreme Court rules in favour of renovicted tenant
Jun 12, 2018 • 17 min
When Vivian Baumann’s new landlord first tried to raise the rent, then evicted her from her West End suite, she decided to fight back, first at the Residential Tenancy Branch, then at BC Supreme Court. Jonathan Blair is a lawyer with Community Legal…
Justin Trudeau announces bail out of Kinder Morgan pipeline
Jun 10, 2018 • 12 min
Two weeks ago, the Trudeau government announced that it would bail out Kinder Morgan’s embattled Trans Mountain pipeline if another buyer couldn’t be found. Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the government will pay $4.5 billion for the pipeline’s…
Changing everything takes everyone: The fight for 100% clean energy
May 30, 2018 • 30 min
In this episode, Sarah Shanley Hope, executive director of The Solutions Project talks about the fight for 100% clean renewable energy in California. She addresses the common pitfalls of urgency, scarcity and saviour syndrome and asks how, as a person of…
Growing British Columbia’s cooperative sector
May 26, 2018 • 13 min
Elvy Del Bianco works with Vancity Credit Union to support cooperative partnerships. He talks about the strengths of existing cooperatives in British Columbia and discusses how to foster the growth of cooperatives into new sectors of the economy.
India descends into fascism under Hindu nationalist government
May 23, 2018 • 16 min
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…
Robyn Maynard on her book Policing Black Lives
May 20, 2018 • 31 min
Author and activist Robyn Maynard has written the first comprehensive account of nearly 400 years of state-sanctioned surveillance, criminalization and punishment of Black lives in Canada. In this episode, we bring you Robyn Maynard’s presentation…
Urgent need for poverty reduction plan in British Columbia
May 16, 2018 • 11 min
In our last episode, John Clarke on the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty outlined his critique of Basic Income at a panel discussion organized by Simon Fraser University on February 27. Trish Garner was one of the panellists invited to respond to John…
The danger of Basic Income in an era of neoliberalism
May 13, 2018 • 32 min
John Clarke is with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty. He is deeply critical of the push to implement Basic Income in the context of the current neoliberal era. He says it will not only cut benefits and depress the wages of the lowest paid workers but…
We Interrupt This Program: Indigenous Media Tactics in Canadian Culture
May 9, 2018 • 24 min
A new book tells the story of how Indigenous people are using media tactics to rewrite Canada’s national narratives from an Indigenous perspective. Authors Miranda Brady and John Kelly talk with Lorraine Chisholm about a couple of sections from the book:…
Third-generation Peace River farmers take the long view on Site C project
May 4, 2018 • 23 min
Ken and Arlene Boon are living under the threat of expropriation in the Peace River farmhouse that Arlene grandfather built. Ken Boon is president of the Peace Valley Landowner Association representing 70 valley residents who would lose property to Site…
Farmland in Peace River valley unique in Northeastern BC
May 2, 2018 • 5 min
Sage Birley is a farmer in Northeastern BC, a region where crops can be hit by frost as early as August – except in the Peace River valley. Sage Birley has been active in the fight to stop the Site C dam and preserve the farmland in the Peace River…
Supporting First Nations in their fight to preserve land and treaty rights
Apr 30, 2018 • 6 min
The Blueberry River First Nations are in B.C. Supreme Court right now, fighting to stop runaway oil and gas development in north-eastern B.C. The Prophet River and West Moberly First Nations are also in court, challenging the government’s decision to go…
The story behind Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and the Trump campaign
Apr 28, 2018 • 20 min
The scandal involving Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has roots going back to the 1960s, and the development of the Internet. We speak with Yasha Levine, author of the book Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military…
Canadian government turns blind eye to human rights violations in Honduras
Apr 26, 2018 • 15 min
Since the re-election of President Juan Orlando Hernandez, Honduran security forces have killed dozens of protestors and detained hundreds more. Jackie McVicar recently traveled to Honduras as part of an international emergency faith delegation. She…
Airbnb reaches agreement with Vancouver over short-term rental licences
Apr 24, 2018 • 14 min
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…
BC NDP goes after doctors who extra bill, takes steps to deal with waitlists
Apr 22, 2018 • 19 min
This month, the BC Supreme Court resumed hearing Dr. Brian Day’s challenge to BC’s Medicare Protection Act. He is arguing that the province’s ban on the purchase of private insurance for services already covered by the public system violates patients’…
The Wetland Project: Radio that listens in rather than broadcasts out
Apr 20, 2018 • 24 min
This coming Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day. To mark the occasion, Co-op Radio will broadcast a 24-hour recording made over the course of a whole day and night at a marsh on Saturna Island. For the second year in a row, artists Brady Marks and Mark…
How to read recent media coverage of Israeli killings in Gaza
Apr 17, 2018 • 11 min
Greg Shupak says corporate media is engaging in linguistic gymnastics to avoid saying that Israeli soldiers are killing unarmed demonstrators in Gaza. In this interview, he quotes a recent 30-word-long headline from the New York Times that blames…
A conversation with Indigenous storyteller T’uy’tanat Cease Wyss
Apr 15, 2018 • 23 min
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…
Radiance of Resistance: A profile of two girls from a West Bank village
Apr 8, 2018 • 12 min
Ahed Tamimi is a Palestinian teenager, famous around the world for standing up to the Israeli occupation. Janna Ayyad is a child journalist from the same village who documents the violence she sees around her. Jesse Roberts is the director of the…
Campaign targets world’s largest cruise company for its use of dirty oil
Apr 5, 2018 • 13 min
Carnival Corporation is taking advantage of the rapidly melting ice cap to run more cruises to the Arctic. Yet they still power their ships with heavy fuel oil, an industrial waste left over from the oil distillery process. Stand.Earth has launched a…
2017 worst year in a decade for residents of Downtown Eastside
Apr 2, 2018 • 12 min
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…
New video game explores Vancouver from perspective of trans youth
Mar 23, 2018 • 13 min
Ann Travers and a team of researchers at SFU have created a video game that allows players to experience several scenes in Vancouver through the eyes of a trans youth. Ann Travers is an associate professor of sociology at SFU and lead researcher in the…
Mexican workers would benefit from end of free trade agreement
Mar 12, 2018 • 12 min
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…
United States use of biological weapons during Korean war
Mar 9, 2018 • 16 min
In 1952, North Korea and China commissioned one of the most prestigious British scientists of the day to investigate their claim that the United States used biological weapons on the Korean population during the Korean war. The evidence that Dr Joseph…
Food banks need to change strategy in face of chronic poverty
Mar 7, 2018 • 12 min
A recent study of Greater Vancouver Food Bank users found that they don’t foresee a time when they’ll be able to make ends meet without the food bank. The findings suggest it’s time for food banks to stop seeing their role as emergency food providers and…
Interactive theatre production explores barriers to reconciliation
Mar 2, 2018 • 11 min
Theatre for Living’s play, šxʷʔam̓ət, first opened in Vancouver a year ago. šxʷʔam̓ət is a forum theatre production that asks the question: What does reconciliation mean for you? šxʷʔam̓ət is currently touring 21 communities in BC and Alberta. It comes…
Tenants bring class action lawsuit against slum landlords and city
Feb 28, 2018 • 16 min
A lawsuit by the tenants of the Regent Hotel is currently before the Appeal Court of BC as judges decide if the courts can hear it. The fact that the tenants are suing the City of Vancouver, in addition to the Sahota family who owns the Regent, may give…
A community-owned lending library of things opens in Vancouver
Feb 24, 2018 • 11 min
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…
Trudeau ends permanent residency for caregivers in move from Trump’s playbook
Feb 23, 2018 • 11 min
Foreign workers are allowed to enter Canada to care for children and people with high medical needs. Until two weeks ago, these caregivers were eligible to apply for permanent resident status once they’d worked in Canada for 24 months. In a surprise move…
Urgent need for new model in VPD approach to mental health distress
Feb 21, 2018 • 11 min
Last week, an inquest into the death of Tony Du came to a close. Tony Du had lived with schizophrenia for 25 years and had never been violent. In 2014, he was shot by a Vancouver police officer who had just arrived at an incident where Du was in distress…
Clear grounds for appeal in Colten Boushie murder trial
Feb 18, 2018 • 17 min
The jury in the Colten Boushie murder trial had ample evidence to convict Gerald Stanley of manslaughter for careless use of a firearm, according to lawyer Tom Rees. The fact that they chose instead to acquit speaks to the racism indigenous people face at…
Housing activists say Surrey homeless warehoused in jail-like conditions
Feb 17, 2018 • 13 min
While self-contained modular housing units are being used as emergency housing around Vancouver, the municipality of Surrey is moving homeless people out of tents into repurposed construction trailers. Dave Diewert of the Alliance against Displacement…
Carleton students create action plan to combat sexual violence on campus
Feb 16, 2018 • 14 min
Students at Carleton formed the National Our Turn Committee after the university administration released a sexual violence policy that they felt didn’t meet student needs. The committee has released a report that reviews the sexual violence policies of…
Seth Klein says the NDP is wrong about the costs of Site C
Feb 14, 2018 • 14 min
Two weeks ago, 400 people gathered in Victoria at the Site C Accountability Summit. Several experts discussed the financial risks to BC Hydro if the project went ahead. Seth Klein is B.C director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. He says…
Bell, Rogers ask CRTC to create website-blocking system
Feb 11, 2018 • 9 min
A coalition of organizations called FairPlay Canada is asking Canada’s telecom regulator to launch a website-blocking system as a tactic to curb piracy. Bell, Rogers, the CBC and others want to see a blacklist of websites that allow people to download…
Proposed changes to environmental assessment law favour oil and gas industry
Feb 10, 2018 • 13 min
Environmental groups are concerned that new environmental assessment legislation will give more power to offshore petroleum boards. Under the proposed laws, these boards would have direct input to the assessment process. We spoke with Gretchen Fitzgerald…
VPD releases trans sensitivity training materials 6 months after FOI request
Feb 6, 2018 • 7 min
Three years ago, the BC Human Rights Tribunal found that the Vancouver Police Department had discriminated against a trans woman. The VPD was ordered to create policies to make sure officers treated trans people fairly. Once trans sensitivity training…
NDP plans to restrict movement of bitumen across British Columbia
Feb 5, 2018 • 10 min
Environment Minister George Heyman announced last week that the provincial government needs to study oil spill mitigation before it can allow diluted bitumen to cross the province. The regulations are aimed at the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline…
Appointment of new judges brings more diversity to BC bench
Feb 3, 2018 • 12 min
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…
Winona LaDuke on fighting pipelines, building community and growing corn
Feb 1, 2018 • 43 min
A speech by Indigenous economist and author Winona LaDuke, recorded in January in Vancouver, BC. She talks about the successful fight against a Kinder Morgan pipeline in Minnesota, the resistance at Standing Rock and her work in rural and community…
City Beat: Translink’s 10-year plan, gentrification, pools and more
Jan 30, 2018 • 13 min
Redeye’s Ian Mass joins us with City Beat. In this episode, the fate of Translink’s 10-year plan with Burnaby mayor Derek Corrigan as the new chair of the Mayors Council; four new destination swimming pools for the Lower Mainland; and the increasing pace…
Women’s conference calls for end to sanctions against North Korea
Jan 28, 2018 • 14 min
On January 16, delegates from five countries participated in the Vancouver Women’s Forum on Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula. The forum was organized to coincide with the Vancouver Summit on Stability and Security on the Korean Peninsula…
Hassan Diab returns to Canada after 3 years in French jail
Jan 27, 2018 • 12 min
Hassan Diab’s ordeal began more than 9 years ago when the French government said it had evidence he was involved in the 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue. He was extradited to France in 2014 and spent 3 years in solitary confinement. On January 15, he…
Court ends indefinite solitary confinement in Canadian federal prisons
Jan 24, 2018 • 12 min
On January 17, the BC Supreme Court ruled that indefinite solitary confinement violates the constitutional rights of Canadian prisoners. The decision marks a huge victory in the campaign to end a practice that the UN calls torture. We speak with Jay…
NYC divests its pension funds from fossil fuels
Jan 23, 2018 • 14 min
On January 10, New York mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city would divest pension funds from fossil fuel reserve owners. The city has also filed a lawsuit against the five largest investor-owned fossil fuel companies for damages resulting from…
Why Ahed Tamimi is not a household name in the West
Jan 20, 2018 • 11 min
Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai won a Nobel Peace prize for her struggle against the oppression of young people and children. Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi is also fighting to protect people from oppression but, in her case, the oppressor…
Campaign for mandatory paid sick leave for all BC workers
Jan 18, 2018 • 11 min
Many workers in the province are forced to choose between going to work sick or losing pay. For those suffering from mental illness, the lack of physical symptoms makes it even harder to justify taking time off to their employer. Mental health activist…
Indigenous people in Mexico fighting new oil and pipelines
Jan 16, 2018 • 13 min
The privatization of Mexico’s oil and gas resources in 2013 has allowed US and Canadian energy companies access to the market south of the US border. But companies like Sempra Energy and TransCanada are facing resistance from the Yaqui and Otomi people…
Fighting sexual harassment in low-wage jobs
Jan 13, 2018 • 15 min
Workers in low-wage jobs are fighting back against sexual harassment. The Fair Food program of The Coalition of Immokalee Workers brought in measures that increased the safety of women farm workers. And in New York, Seattle and Hawaii, unionized workers…
Birth of a Family: The Story of Betty Ann Adam
Jan 12, 2018 • 17 min
Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie and Ben were removed from their young Dene mother’s care as part of Canada’s infamous Sixties Scoop. Tasha Hubbard’s documentary Birth of the Family documents the moment when these four siblings meet for the first time. We speak…
Canada Pension Plan investing billions of dollars in new coal plants
Jan 11, 2018 • 12 min
Despite the fact that renewable energy is now more profitable than fossil fuels, the Canada Pension Plan continues to have investments to the tune of 12 billion dollars in new coal companies. John Bennett is with Friends of the Earth Canada and author of…
Activists regularly block access to Kinder Morgan worksite
Jan 9, 2018 • 16 min
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…
People’s Coop Books faces uncertain future
Jan 7, 2018 • 14 min
The People’s Coop Bookstore is the longest-standing independent bookstore in Vancouver. After 35 years on Commercial Drive, the store is set to close its doors. Rolf Maurer is chair of the board and a long-time volunteer at the store. He talks with us…
Public libraries becoming the new social safety net
Jan 1, 2018 • 13 min
Libraries across BC are filling the gaps left by decades of funding cuts to important programs and services. In many ways, public libraries are providing a social safety net for the most marginalized people in our province—grappling with difficult…