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    Primary Obsessions: A mystery novel by Charles Demers (encore)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 26:00

    A long tradition of the amateur detective exists in the mystery genre. The latest sleuth is Annick Boudreau, a clinical psychologist created by a Vancouver comedian, playwright, and novelist who based the character of Annick Boudreau, in part, on his own therapist. We speak with Charles Demers about the book, Primary Obsessions.

    A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency (encore)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 29:45

    It's 2022, and Canada is not on track to meet our greenhouse gas emissions targets. To do so, we'll need radical systemic change to how we live and work—and fast. How can we ever achieve this? Top policy analyst and author Seth Klein reveals we can do it now because did it before during the Second World War. In a conversation recorded in 2020, we speak with Seth Klein about how wartime thinking and community efforts can be repurposed for Canada's own Green New Deal.

    Cheryl Foggo on her documentary film about legendary Black cowboy John Ware (encore)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 20:05

    John Ware is an iconic figure in the history of southern Alberta. He was a Black pioneer and rancher who settled in the province before the turn of the century. Born in the American South, he was already an accomplished cowboy by the time he arrived in Alberta. John Ware is the subject of a NFB documentary that showed at the Calgary and Vancouver International Film Festival in September 2020.

    Digital book shares the teachings of Tla'amin elder Elsie Paul (encore)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 28:11

    Born in 1931, Tla'amin elder Elsie Paul was raised by her grandparents on their ancestral territory just north of Powell River on the Sunshine Coast of BC. As her adult life unfolded against a backdrop of colonialism, she drew strength from the teachings she had learned. She now passes on those teachings to all who visit a new interactive book published by Ravenspace. We talk with one of the co-creators of the book, Elsie Paul's grandson, Davis McKenzie in July 2020. The book is still available here: http://publications.ravenspacepublishing.org/as-i-remember-it/index

    Racism and the Black body (encore)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 26:25

    When sociologist Ingrid Waldron started teaching in the School of Nursing at Dalhousie, she says she got a lot of pushback from White student nurses who didn't understand what race had to do with health. In this wide-ranging conversation recorded in July 2020, Waldron examines the connections between the social determinants of health, environmental racism and police violence.

    Singer songwriter Eliza Gilkyson on her album 2020 (encore)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 27:27

    Eliza Gilkyson describes her album "2020" as a collection of sing-alongs, diatribes, marching songs and love letters to the Earth. We caught up with her in May 2020 at her home in Austin, Texas for an extended conversation about politics, music and the significance of the year 2020 in the United States.

    Women gain full equality under Indian Act after 143 years of discrimination (encore)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 20:34

    Sharon McIvor's grandmother was a member of the Lower Nicola Band who married a non-Indigenous man. Under Canada's Indian Act, status was decided on the basis of male lineage and so their daughter was ineligible for registration as an Indian. Sharon McIvor launched a landmark case to gain equality and won a sweeping legal victory in 2007. The Canadian government continued to drag its feet. Sharon McIvor took the case to the United Nations in 2011. Canada finally ended sex-based discrimination in the Act on August 15, 2019

    A tribute to Canadian economist and leading socialist intellectual Mel Watkins (encore)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 17:01

    Mel Watkins died in 2020 at age 87. Mel Watkins was a political economist at the University of Toronto, as well as an activist and writer. In the late 1960s, he was founder and co-leader, with James Laxer, of The Waffle, a left-wing political formation within the NDP that advocated for an “independent, socialist Canada.” Jim Stanford is author of a collection of essays on Mel Watkins' Staple Theory of Economic Growth. Jim Stanford was formerly an economist with Unifor, and is currently director of the Centre for Future Work. He joined us in April 2020 to pay tribute to his friend and mentor.

    Potlatch as Pedagogy: Learning Through Ceremony (encore)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2022 28:11

    In 1884, the Canadian government banned the Haida potlatch. But Haida elders kept the knowledge of the ceremony alive until the ban was lifted. In 1969, a potlatch was held to honour the raising of the first totem pole in 80 years, carved by Robert Davidson. Sara Florence Davidson co-wrote Potlatch as Pedagogy with her father to show how Haida traditions can be brought into present-day classrooms. She joins us in our studio to talk about the process of writing the book – and tells the story of how her father came to carve that first pole at the age of 22.

    Precarious and low-paid work a major risk factor during pandemic

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2022 13:18

    Precarious work was a major risk factor during the pandemic, and was implicated in the catastrophe that took place in long-term care. A report released last month in Ontario says that government inaction on workplace protections is undermining pandemic recovery. It documents how lack of workplace protections like decent wages and paid sick days has widened existing health inequities. We speak with Dr. Danyaal Raza, a family physician in Toronto and a member of the Decent Work and Health Network.

    BC residents in urgent need of public intercity transportation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 15:47

    Northern BC is a territory roughly the size of France, but there is no public transportation system for the 200,000 people who live there. This means each family is obliged to buy and maintain at least one car or truck if they want to be able to get around. We speak with Peter Ewart, a writer and community activist based in Prince George, about the urgent need for a public bus system in rural BC.

    Out-dated traffic laws fail to protect cyclists and pedestrians

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 17:26

    Cycling for transportation and recreation is a climate-friendly way to move around your city. It's affordable and healthy as well as an efficient use of urban space. But in British Columbia, cyclists are endangered every day by out-dated laws that fail to regulate and educate drivers to take care around vulnerable road users. HUB Cycling is advocating for better laws to protect people cycling and walking. We speak with Jeff Leigh, Chair of the Regional Advisory Committee for HUB Cycling.

    New history traces Canada's punitive approach to people who use heroin

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 14:48

    Flawed ideas about heroin and people who use it have shaped drug law and policy in Canada for decades. A new illustrated book by Susan Boyd traces the history of Canadian heroin regulation over two centuries. Susan Boyd is a scholar/activist and distinguished professor at the University of Victoria. She joins me today to talk about her new book Heroin: An Illustrated History.

    Major public investment in below-market rental housing could pay for itself

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2022 13:55

    What if BC could massively increase public investment in below-market rental housing and that investment could pay for itself? Alex Hemingway is senior economist and public finance policy analyst at the CCPA BC Office. We talk about how this idea would create thousands of low-cost rental homes with no increase in public debt.

    Urgent need to improve access to abortion for women across Canada

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 15:46

    The US Supreme Court judge is poised to overturn Roe vs. Wade. In Canada, the landmark abortion rights case is the 1988 Morgentaler ruling, which struck down the country's abortion law as unconstitutional. But legal protection is not the same as equal access and in many parts of the country, surgical abortion is still practically unavailable. I speak with Meghan Doherty of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights.

    Disarm, Defund, Dismantle: Police Abolition in Canada

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 19:51

    Support for the police is grounded in a series of beliefs about our society – that Canadian laws are just, that the police treat everyone equally, and that without the police, communities would descend into chaos and disorder. The movement to defund the police says these beliefs are myths and imagines a world where police power is eroded and dissolved forever. Disarm, Defund, Dismantle is a new book about police abolition in Canada. I speak with editor Kevin Walby and contributor Jessica Evans.

    City Beat: Densification, development and tenant protections

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 16:38

    Ian Mass joins us with his final City Beat till council ramps up for the civic election in the fall. On the agenda, densification and the Broadway plan, a 100-year-old heritage building that no-one wants and a motion to end the detention of applicants for refugee status in provincial jails.

    San Francisco passes legislation giving tenants right to organize

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2022 12:09

    San Francisco has passed a law that requires landlords to bargain with renters who want to organize. The Veritas Tenants Association, whose members live in housing owned by one of the biggest private residential landlords in the city, started a rent strike in Sept 2021. The law was passed after the landlord refused to meet and negotiate with the tenants association. Lenea Maibaum is an organizer at Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco and a member of the Veritas Tenants Association.

    Beyond Extinction: Sinixt Resurgence

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 18:06

    In 1956, the Canadian government declared the Arrow Lakes Indian Band, people of the Sinixt Nation, to be extinct. This was one in a long line of colonial attacks against an Indigenous nation whose territory encompasses a long valley that spans what is now the US-Canada border. The Sinixt were not extinct, and continue an active resistance to protect and regain their territories. A new film, Beyond Extinction: Sinixt Resurgence tells the “ongoing story of a people who reject their colonial ghost status.” The film is available online until May 15. We speak with filmmaker Ali Kazimi.

    Committee on Reforming the Police Act fails to address police power

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 13:21

    A provincial Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act in BC released its report last week with eleven recommendations that the committee says will lead to “transformational change in policing and community safety.” Meenakshi Mannoe wrote Pivot Legal's submission to the committee, focusing on curtailing the role of police in complex social issues and eradicating systemic racism within police agencies. Meenakshi Mannoe shares her reaction to the report.

    Study shows effectiveness of bystander intervention in street harassment

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 15:28

    Hollaback! began as a blog to collect stories of street harassment. Now called Right To Be, it has evolved into an organization that fights harassment in all its forms. The first training they developed was on tools to combat street harassment. They have just completed a study that shows the effectiveness of the training for participants. We speak with director of training Kelly Erickson.

    Black Class Action fights systemic racism in Public Service of Canada

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 16:15

    In December 2020, a group of Black federal employees filed a proposed class-action lawsuit in the Federal Court of Canada, seeking long-term solutions to address systemic racism and discrimination in the Public Service of Canada. We speak with Nicholas Marcus Thompson, organizer and lead plaintiff in the case.

    Documents confirm Canada's cozy relationship with pharma industry

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 17:22

    The pandemic has killed an estimated 18 million people around the world, with many more dying in lower-income countries where vaccination rates remain low. Despite this, Canada continues to oppose an IP waiver at the WTO meaning that vaccines are only available in wealthier countries. We talk with Nikolas Barry-Shaw about how the Canadian government is working with the pharma industry to preserve patents on life-saving vaccines.

    Midwest Carbon Express pipeline runs into stiff opposition in Iowa

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 11:42

    If it is built, the Midwest Carbon Express will be the world's largest carbon capture and storage pipeline. It's being developed by the Iowa-based company, Summit Carbon Solutions and faces strong opposition from a broad coalition of Indigenous communities, Iowa landowners and environmental groups. Andy Currier is the author of a new report on the Midwest Carbon Express for the Oakland Institute.

    City Beat: Apology to Italian community, CCTV cameras, taxes and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 15:42

    Public safety and violent crime have become hot topics as Vancouver City Council grapples with an ever-expanding police budget. On this week's council agenda: public safety, CCTV cameras and the police budget; an apology to the Italian community, business taxes, affordable housing and much more. We're joined by Ian Mass with City Beat.

    Canada's arms exports to Israel reached new high last year

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 15:37

    Earlier this month, Israeli soldiers raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, a Muslim holy site in Jerusalem. Soldiers threw teargas and stun grenades as they entered the compound and mosque, assaulting hundreds of people. Arming Apartheid is a new report by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East. It says that Canada's arms exports to Israel have been accelerating in recent years and reached a 30-year high in 2020. We speak with lead author Michael Bueckert.

    Physicians raise alarm about classroom materials generated by FortisBC

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 12:59

    FortisBC, the largest natural gas distributor in BC, has developed learning resources for schools, marketed as a free K-12 online curriculum developed by teachers and based on BC's current curriculum. The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment is raising the alarm over this type of biased content in schools. We speak with Dr. Lori Adamson, an emergency room physician in Salmon Arm and parent of a child in elementary school.

    No relief for renters in federal budget

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 13:19

    While the April 7 budget did include some money for housing coops and non-profit housing, there is little to improve the situation for renters across Canada. We speak about housing and the federal budget with Ricardo Tranjan, political economist and senior researcher with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' Ontario office.

    On hunger strike to save old growth forests in BC

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 9:53

    Brent Eichler has been on hunger strike since March 25, calling for a public meeting with Forests Minister Katrine Conroy about the protection of the province's old-growth forests. Brent has since been joined in his hunger strike by a number of other members of Save Old Growth. In addition to hunger strikes, the group also resumed its blockades of the Trans-Canada Highway at various locations in the province on Monday. We spoke with Brent Eichler last week.

    Hotel workers at Hilton Metrotown mark one year on the picket line

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 11:41

    Hotel workers at the Hilton Metrotown in Burnaby are involved in the longest hotel lockout in British Columbia's history. We speak with Stephanie Fung, Communications Organizer for UNITE HERE Local 40, the Union representing the workers. She's also a member of Asian Canadian Labour Alliance.

    City Beat: Vancouver's new draft city plan, capital budget and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 14:35

    It has been 100 years since Vancouver developed a city-wide plan. That plan reserved over 70% of the city for single family residences. A century later, Vancouver has a new draft city plan. Public comment is open until April 24th and then it goes to council in June for debate. Ian Mass is here with City Beat to discuss the Vancouver plan, the capital budget, the police budget, a mansion tax, 2030 Olympics and lots more.

    Foreign-owned corporations behind Canadian energy and climate policy

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 14:53

    The Alberta government's recent public inquiry into “anti-Alberta energy campaigns” was set up to find out how much money was flowing from US foundations to Canadian environment groups. The inquiry was not tasked with finding out how much foreign money was flowing into the Alberta oil patch and influencing Albertan and Canadian politics along the way. Gordon Laxer has done his own investigation. We speak with him about the report Posing As Canadian.

    Urgent need to cancel Ukraine's debt

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022 12:47

    Ukraine's total external government debt amounts to $54B. The country is set to pay more than $7B in debt repayments this year alone. Lenders have responded to the war and the financial crisis in Ukraine by lending even more money. The Jubilee Debt Campaign in the UK says now is the time to cancel Ukraine's debt and allow it to spend its money on urgent humanitarian needs.

    Ukraine-Russia conflict misinformation dashboard

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 16:32

    At the end of February, the Social Media Lab at Ryerson University launched the Ukraine-Russia conflict misinformation dashboard. The dashboard is a website for monitoring online misinformation and disinformation about the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. It tracks debunked claims from fact-checkers from around the world. We speak about the dashboard with Professor Anatoliy Gruzd, Canada Research Chair in Privacy-Preserving Digital Technologies.

    City Beat: Public safety, 2030 Winter Olympics and cultural heritage

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 13:56

    Although the municipal elections are not until October 15, Vancouver candidates are positioning themselves in advance of debates on public safety, the 2030 Winter Olympics, housing and cultural heritage, coming to City Council this upcoming week. Ian Mass joins us with his regular City Beat report.

    Small grocery stores preserve cultural heritage in neighbourhoods

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 27, 2022 10:11

    The rapid pace of growth in Vancouver means many of the city's small restaurants, grocery stores and other neighbourhood spaces are being lost to redevelopment. Bill Yuen is the Executive Director of Heritage Vancouver. talks about this aspect of a community's intangible cultural heritage.

    Why Canada should not buy a new fleet of fighter jets

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 13:17

    As the war in the Ukraine rages on, Canada is under increased pressure to re-arm. The Trudeau government response is a plan to buy 88 new fighter jets for an overall price tag of $76 billion. In response to that plan, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Canada has released a report titled Soaring: The Harms and Risks of Fighter Jets and Why Canada Must Not Buy a New Fleet. We speak with Tamara Lorincz, author of the report.

    UN condemns mass killing in Saudi Arabia and questions fairness of trials

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 20, 2022 10:01

    On March 12, Saudi Arabia executed 81 people, the largest mass execution in the recent history of the country. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned the killings and said UN monitoring indicates some of those executed were sentenced to death after trials that did not meet fair trial guarantees, and for crimes that did not meet the most serious crimes threshold, as required under international law. We speak with Ariel Gold of CODEPINK.

    City Beat: Broadway Skytrain to transform Vancouver neighbourhoods

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 15:10

    Anyone travelling on West Broadway between Main and Arbutus knows the area is a huge construction zone. The new Broadway Skytrain development, set to be finished by 2025, has created a planning process that will radically change the character of Kitsilano, Fairview and Mt. Pleasant. Ian Mass joins us to discuss this developing Broadway plan, along with a bunch of other issues, in his regular City Beat report.

    Canada one of few regions in world able to rapidly reduce emissions

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2022 15:41

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report on Feb 28. The report says that human-induced climate change is causing dangerous and widespread disruption in nature and affecting the lives of billions of people around the world. We've contacted Jens Wieting of Sierra Club BC to get a Canadian perspective on the report.

    New visa program for Ukrainians welcomed, but raises questions

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2022 15:01

    As the Russian war on Ukraine rages on, Canadian immigration minister Sean Fraser has responded with a new visa program for people fleeing that war. The program will cut red tape and allow Ukrainians to live in Canada for up to two years, with fewer restrictions and conditions to come here. While the program has been welcomed by refugee advocates, it raises questions about Canada's response to people fleeing other war zones. We speak with long-time Vancouver immigration lawyer Zool Suleman.

    Halifax releases report on how to defund, disarm, and dismantle the police

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2022 23:28

    In January, a subcommittee of the Halifax Board of the Police Commissioners released a report, which is Canada's most detailed blueprint to defund, disarm, and dismantle the police. It lays out a plan for how to redirect funding from police to other organizations and pursue police accountability. The subcommittee was chaired by Dr. El Jones, poet, journalist, activist and assistant professor of political and Canadian studies at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax.

    Open-pen fish farms continue to threaten wild salmon on BC coast

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2022 13:45

    This will be a critical year for wild salmon as all BC federal licenses for fish farms expiring this June. British Columbia is now the only jurisdiction on the west coast of North America still allowing salmon farms. The federal government promised in 2019 to remove all open-pen salmon farms from BC waters by 2025. We speak with Dan Lewis, executive director of Clayoquot Action.

    Groundbreaking cookbook Diet for a Small Planet turns 50

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2022 19:52

    Diet for a Small Planet was the first major cookbook to address the environmental impact of meat production. Author Frances Moore Lappé advocated for a vegetarian lifestyle out of concerns over animal-based industries and products. She also argued that world hunger is not caused by a lack of food but by ineffective food policy. Frances Moore Lappé joins us to discuss the new 50th anniversary edition of the book.

    Mining and the recognition of Indigenous sovereignty in British Columbia

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2022 12:18

    First Nations in BC are working proactively towards re-establishing sovereignty over their territories in British Columbia. Asserting sovereignty over mining activities is a critical part of that work. A recent report by the BC First Nations Energy and Mining Council aims to provide First Nations with tools to guide the development and implementation of new ways for mining to occur on their lands. Tahltan elder Allen Edzerza was the project lead in the process that resulted in the report Indigenous Sovereignty: Implementing Consent for Mining on Indigenous Lands.

    Becoming Vancouver: A History

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 26, 2022 22:33

    In his newly released book Becoming Vancouver, Daniel Francis follows the evolution of the city, tracing decades of transformation, immigration and economic development. Daniel Francis speaks with Ian Mass, our City Beat producer.

    Chomsky on China, Canada and the US: Work together or perish together

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2022 31:40

    Noam Chomsky has been an anti-war, anti-capitalist activist for over 60 years and continues to call liberal elites to account for propping up unjust systems that have brought us to the brink of climate catastrophe and nuclear annihilation. Chomsky spoke at a recent webinar organized by Canada-China Focus, a new pan-Canadian, anti-racist project promoting critical conversations and policy initiatives on Canada-China relations. Chomsky says Canada is at a crossroads on China, and we must work together or perish together.

    TMX to cost more than $21 billion

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2022 16:47

    Tens of thousands of Canadians are asking the federal government to pause any further construction on the TMX pipeline. The Canadian government bought the project from Kinder Morgan in 2018. The last update in 2020 revealed that the expansion cost had ballooned to $12.6B, and now Trans Mountain Corporation says it will cost $21.4B, four times the original estimate. We speak with Eugene Kung, staff lawyer at West Coast Environmental Law.

    Ottawa convoy draws on political capital most protests don't have

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 20, 2022 16:53

    Criminology Temitope Oriola says that the truckers convoy is a fascinating study in the sociology of law enforcement. Oriola is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Alberta and joint Editor-in-Chief of African Security journal. His research interests include policing, terrorism, social movements and political violence. His recent article in The Conversation talks about what the convoy reveal about the ties between politics, police and the law.

    Xiomara Castro wins Honduran presidency after 13 years of neoliberalism

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2022 14:06

    At the end of November last year, people in Honduras voted overwhelmingly for the platform of democratic socialism put forward by Xiomara Castro. Her Libre Party was formed in the aftermath of the coup that deposed Castro's husband, Manuel Zelaya. We talk with writer Owen Schalk about the 2009 couple and Canada's role in Honduras during the reign of terror that followed.

    Majority of BCers want oil and gas companies to pay higher royalties

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2022 11:27

    The BC government has released a report on oil and gas royalties from a public consultation in November. The report showed that 77% of survey respondents wanted the government to make environmental protection its top priority in its new royalty regime. We talk with Peter McCartney, Climate Campaigner at the Wilderness Committee.

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