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


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On January 2, a B.C. Supreme Court judge granted three mushroom pickers an injunction against the Sunshine Coast Community Forest. The injunction halts logging in the Chanterelle Forest until the cutting permit can be reviewed by the courts. Ross Muirhead is one of the mushroom pickers and long-time activist with Elphinstone Logging Focus.
Topics: Sechelt, Chanterelle Forest, logging, Elphinstone, Roosevelt Elk
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Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin tackle the issue of food waste in a film about what happened when they stopped buying groceries for six months and survived exclusively on discarded food. In this interview, Jen Rustemeyer explains the myriad reasons that gets thrown away. Jen Rustemeyer speaks with Redeye host Esther Hsieh. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.   
Topics: food, food waste, agriculture, poverty, economics, food labelling, farming
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On Sept 6, the B.C. Supreme Court began hearing Cambie Surgeries Corp’s constitutional challenge to the Medicare Protection Act. Colleen Fuller says the case poses a grave threat to our health care system. Colleen Fuller is a research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. She speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: Brian Day, Cambie Surgeries Corp, health care, privatization, wait times, Medicare, extra-billing,...
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Dionne Bunsha is an award winning journalist and humanitarian author. She’s the author of Scarred: Experiments with Violence in Gujarat. She spoke in Vancouver on February 28 at the launch of Global Discontents, a new book of interviews between David Barsamian and Noam Chomsky.
Topics: India, Modi, Hindu, nationalism, BJP, fascism, Muslims, violence, racism
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Annabel Soutar is a playwright who brings a journalistic awareness to her theatre production, with the dialogue taken verbatim from interviews and news stories. Her latest play is Seeds and it looks at the court battle between canola farmer Percy Schmeiser and the agribusiness giant Monsanto. Seeds is playing around Vancouver, starting January 19. Annabel Soutar speaks with Redeye host James Mainguy. Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our ...
Topics: Monsanto, GMOs, canola, Supreme Court, Canada, Saskatchewan, Percy Schmeiser, Seeds, theatre
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Canada’s drug prices are the fourth highest in the developed world. New guidelines aimed at lowering prescription drug prices have been in process for more than 2 years, and have met with intense pressure by the industry lobby group, Innovative Medicines Canada. Dr. Joel Lexchin examines the lies and half-truths put out by IMC. Lexchin is Professor Emeritus of Health Policy and Management at York University. 
Topics: IMC, lobby, group, drug, policy, Canada, prices, guidelines, Big, Pharma, pharmaceutical, industry,...
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The United States, Canada and Mexico are currently renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. Manuel Perez Rocha argues that NAFTA has devastated the economy and the environment in Mexico. He says Mexican workers would cheer the demise of the agreement. Manuel Perez Rocha is an associate fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies.
Topics: Mexico, NAFTA, economy, food security, environment
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Of all of the processes that are reshaping cities today, gentrification is probably one of the most misunderstood. In her new book, Gentrification is Inevitable and Other Lies, Leslie Kern addresses seven of the myths about gentrification and exposes the ideologies that make it seem like a natural and desirable process. Leslie Kern is associate professor of geography and environment and women's and gender studies at Mount Allison University, in Sackville, New Brunswick. She joins us to talk...
Topics: gentrification, cities, class, race, gender, taste, food, culture, colonization, urban, planning,...
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Agriculture Canada recently launched consultations on a model that would make the ancient practice of freely saving and reusing seed illegal.  The proposed royalty scheme would force farmers to pay millions of dollars to seed companies every year and make the ancient practice of freely saving and reusing seed illegal. We speak with Ian Robson, Manitoba regional coordinator for the National Farmers Union.
Topics: seeds, royalties, Monsanto, GMO, farmers, agriculture, food, security, NFU
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Ian Mass joins us with City Beat to talk about Indigenous-led supportive housing, a business-friendly mayor, fires in Downtown Eastside hotels, the demise of Vancouver’s Renter Office and increasing the supply of renewable energy.
Topics: City, Beat, Indigenous-led, supportive, housing, Renter, Office, business-friendly, fires, DTES,...
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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 in Vancouver recently as part of a cross-country tour talking about his book. He joined us in our studio for a lively and engaging conversation about the realities that Black people face every day in Canada. 
Topics: Black, people, Canada, racism, schools, Lives, Matter, gay, pride, police, education, prison,...
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There has been a rapid increase in Canadian university tuition fees, creating a barrier for low-income students and widening the gap between privileged students and those who struggle to pay for their studies. Grace Barakat is a sessional lecturer at the University of Toronto. She talks with us about how changes in the cost of tuition are having an impact on Canadian students and their futures.
Topics: tuition, fees, university, college, post-secondary, gap, costs, privilege, students, professional,...
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Dying on the Streets finds that homeless people die at a young age of both of trauma and disease. The report’s author Sean Condon argues these deaths are preventable. The report was released by Megaphone, a magazine sold on the streets of Vancouver and Victoria by homeless and low-income vendors. Sean Condon is executive director of Megaphone. He speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for...
Topics: homelessness, housing, low-income, deaths, mortality, public health, megaphone
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The Reconciliation Manifesto: Recovering the Land, Rebuilding the Economy has just been published by Lorimer Books. It is Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ron Derrickson’s second book, completed in the months before Arthur Manuel’s death in January 2017. Ska7cis Manuel joins us to talk about what Canada needs for true reconciliation to become a reality.   Check out our website for more information about Redeye. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.
Topics: Reconciliation Manifesto, Arthur Manuel, Indigenous rights, colonialism
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In April 2020, a group of academics in the Netherlands wrote a manifesto for a post-pandemic recovery. It proposed an approach to building economies where green and socially valuable sectors were promoted, and harmful industries like oil and gas, and even advertising, were demoted. This fledgling movement is called Degrowth. Now a new book helps bring the ideas of degrowth out for discussion. The book is The Future Is Degrowth: A Guide to a World beyond Capitalism. We speak with one of the...
Topics: degrowth, capitalism, green, just, recovery, fair, economics, fossil, fuels, social, policy
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We spoke with Anishinaabe comedian and media maker Ryan McMahon when he was in Vancouver to give the keynote speech for Media Democracy Day. One of of his recent projects is the documentary Colonization Road with filmmaker Michelle St. John. Ryan McMahon speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams. Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: stand up, comic, comedy, First Nations, Aboriginal, Colonization Road, reconciliation, podcast, Red...
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In the new feature film Unarchived, co-directors Hayley Gray and Elad Tzadok highlight community archives across British Columbia. Their film reveals just some of what has been erased from the official record and challenges larger institutions to re-examine narratives that don’t reflect the totality of our shared experience. Unarchived has its world premiere Sept 30 at VIFF. We speak with Hayley Gray and Elad Tzadok.
Topics: history, archives, community, erasure, official, records, institutions, VIFF, documentary, NFB,...
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In his book, Don’t Even Think About It, long-time British environmental activist George Marshall explores the psychological mechanisms that lead to people refusing to take climate change seriously. Redeye caught up with George Marshall on his way to New York for the major climate change actions of September 22 and 21. George Marshall speaks with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular...
Topics: climate change, environment, global warming, climate change denial, weather, mobilization
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There is a new global elite who control our economic future. In his new book, former Project Censored director and media monitoring sociologist Peter Phillips unveils who these players are. The book includes such power players as Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Jamie Dimon, and Warren Buffett. We speak with Peter Phillips about the transnational capitalist class.
Topics: elite, capital, capitalism, growth, power, economy, media, global, giants, wealth, transnational,...
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Over-representation of Indigenous peoples in the criminal justice system is an ongoing crisis in Canada. In B.C., the First Nations Justice Council is implementing a strategy to bring down the number of people who become involved with the criminal justice system. Mitch Walker is with the First Nations Justice Council and he joins us today to talk about this strategy and more specifically, Gladue reports, which can play a pivotal role in this new approach.
Topics: Indigenous, justice, system, criminal, jail, over-representation, First, Nations, racism, systemic,...
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A new report by Amnesty International raises the alarm over increased risks to Indigenous women in the Peace River region. Craig Benjamin says violence is so pervasive it has become normalized. He is one of the authors of Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Gender, Indigenous Rights and Energy Development in Northeastern B.C. Craig Benjamin speaks with Redeye host James Mainguy. Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.  ...
Topics: violence against women, Peace region, resource extraction, oil and gas industry, Fort St. John,...
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British Columbians will look back at the summer of 2021 as the one where the climate emergency really hit home. First, there was the heat dome, then months of evacuation orders and wildfire smoke across the province. If it hadn’t been for the cooler wetter weather in August, this year would have set a new record for the number of hectares burned. Now that the rains have set in, it’s a good time to look back at the wildfire season. We speak with Marc Lee, senior economist at the Canadian...
Topics: fire, forest, British, Columbia, BC, heat, dome, climate, change, crisis, wildfire, smoke, season
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There has been a rapid increase in Canadian university tuition fees, creating a barrier for low-income students and widening the gap between privileged students and those who struggle to pay for their studies. Grace Barakat is a sessional lecturer at the University of Toronto. She talks with us about how changes in the cost of tuition are having an impact on Canadian students and their futures.
Topics: tuition, fees, university, college, post-secondary, gap, costs, privilege, students, professional,...
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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.
Topics: cycling, walking, pedestrians, safety, road, users, vulnerable, laws, Motor, Vehicle, Act, HUB
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After emerging from years of brutal dictatorship, the Haitian people dreamed of a democracy that would serve the poor and bring an end to impunity. Between 1991 and 2004, Haitians elected a succession of governments committed to realizing this dream. The pro-democracy movement’s efforts were ultimately derailed by powerful local elites and their allies in the international community, including Canada. Haiti Betrayed was written, directed and produced by Elaine Briere.
Topics: Haiti, democracy, coup, elites, Canada, complicity, United, States, military, Aristide, kidnapped,...
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Traditional mariachi musicians wear black suits with silver buttons down the pant legs and they’re all men. But women have been involved in mariachi music for decades. Leonor Xochitl Pérez has spent 17 years researching the role of women in mariachi music. She’s also a mariachi musician herself. Leonor Xochitl Pérez will be in Vancouver in March with an exhibition on the role of women in mariachi. She speaks with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm. Check out our  website  for more...
Topics: women, musicians, mariachi, mexico, chicana, culture, feminism
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The UN Biodiversity Conference in  Montreal – COP 15 – starts in December. Countries from around the world are expected to agree on a biodiversity framework. The federal government has called on the provinces and territories to help meet the key goal of the biodiversity conference: to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030 and achieve its full recovery by 2050. However, a new independent audit by biologist Jared Hobbs highlights huge legal gaps driving species extinction in B.C. We...
Topics: biodiversity, habitat, destruction, mapping, loss, species, risk, resource, extraction, COP15,...
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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...
Topics: police, abolition, Canada, disarm, defund, dismantle, prison, sex, work, criminalization, power
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By 9:43am on January 3, many of the 100 highest-paid CEOs in Canada had made as much money as the average Canadian worker makes in a year, close to $59,000.  New data from 2021 shows that top CEOs broke every compensation record on the books that year. We speak with David Macdonald, author of Breakfast of Champions, a new report on CEO pay.
Topics: income, wealth, inequality, CEO, pay, gap, tax, corporate, Canada, stock, option, marginal, rate,...
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Under Canada’s Indian Act, prior to 1985, a woman who married a non-Indigenous man lost her Indian status, and risked being evicted from her reserve. A new documentary tells the story of a Mohawk woman who lost her status and fought for more than two decades to get it back and end sex discrimination under the Indian Act. We speak with Mohawk writer and director Courtney Montour.
Topics: Indian, Act, sex, discrimination, status, marriage, Mohawk, Kahnawake
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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, Waldron examines the connections between the social determinants of health, environmental racism and police violence. 
Topics: racism, environment, social, justice, police, violence, dispossession, Black, Indigenous, health,...
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According to a recent study, outbreaks of infectious diseases are more likely in areas that have been stripped of their forest cover or land that is used for monoculture plantations. The study, published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science, suggests epidemics are likely to increase as biodiversity declines. We speak with Claire Lajaunie, researcher with the National Institute of Health and Medical Research in France.
Topics: deforestation, epidemics, disease, zoonotic, vector-borne, monoculture, palm, oil, plantation,...
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A school district on Vancouver Island has responded to one of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action with a unique resource called Learning with Syeyutsus.  Developed in collaboration with UBC Press and their authors, it’s a free, curated speaker series featuring respected authors at the forefront of Indigenous topics. We speak with Scott Saywell, District Superintendent for Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools, and Ricki Bartlett, Director of Instruction for Indigenous...
Topics: Indigenous, reconciliation, call, action, TRC, Nanaimo, Ladysmith, UBC, authors, schools, education
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A national pharmacare program would save the health care system billions and improve the health of the 1 in 10 Canadians who can’t afford the medication they are prescribed. A new report commissioned by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions says we need to start planning for a national program now. Linda Silas is president of the CFNU. She speaks with Redeye host James Mainguy.   Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for...
Topics: prescriptions, pharmacare, health care, drugs, private insurance, pharmaceutical companies, CFNU,...
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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 Curran says municipalities are uniquely placed to make a big impact during the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. 
Topics: renewable, energy, fossil, fuels, municipalities, Vancouver, Victoria, transportation, bicycles,...
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The most recent analysis by the New York-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis shows an additional $320 million in new subsidies was given in the first six months of this year to finance the already highly-subsidized Trans Mountain Pipeline, calling into question the economic feasibility of the expansion project. We talk with Tom Sanzillo, co-author of the report.
Topics: TMX, Trans, Mountain, pipeline, finances, subsidies, Canadian, government, tax, economics
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Emergence: Out of the Shadows is a feature length film is about the strengths and struggles of gay and lesbian South Asian people in Metro Vancouver. For Kayden, Jag, and Amar, awakening to and expressing their sexuality within conservative South Asian families was a lonely and terrifying experience - and yet they emerged. The film showed at Kdocs Film Festival in early October. We speak with producer Alex Sangha.
Topics: gay, lesbian, queer, South, Asian, Vancouver, homophobia, tradition, sexuality, conservative
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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 was little evidence of a city crackdown. We talk with organizer Christy Brett to find out what happened that day.
Topics: tent, city, homelessness, housing, SROs, parks, Oppenheimer, eviction, Vancouver
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On Jan 18, Nunavut Independent Television made history when it launched Canada’s first all-Inuit Inuktut TV channel. Uvagut TV is the first Indigenous–language channel in Canada. Lucy Tulugarjuk is chair and executive director of Nunavut Independent Television. She’s also director of the Inuit-language children’s film, Tia and Piujuq. Lucy Tulugarjuk speaks with us two days after Uvagut TV goes on the air.
Topics: Inuit, Inuktitut, NITV, IBC, television, media, culture, arts, North, Arctic, film
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Socialist Kshama Sawant ran for a seat of city council in Seattle with a campaign promise to introduce a minimum wage of $15, more than double the federal rate. She spoke Sept 27 at a COPE party fundraiser in Vancouver. She explained how she got elected and went on to fulfill her most important campaign promise. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: Seattle, city council, socialism, Socialist Alternative, Kshama Sawant, minimum wage, labour,...
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City Beat reporter Ian Mass joins us with his regular City Beat report to talk about the year ahead in politics for Vancouver City Council and Metro Vancouver, from police and public safety to affordable housing and budget shortfalls.
Topics: City, Beat, Vancouver, municipal, politics, affordable, housing, budget, shortfalls, school,...
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It is clear that the Covid-19 pandemic has drastically reduced transit ridership, and that rebuilding rider confidence will be challenging. Councillor Jean Swanson has a motion before Vancouver City Council specifically focused on preserving bus ridership, which makes up over 60% of transit trips in Metro Vancouver. Redeye collective member and City Beat commentator Ian Mass joins us to talk about all the goings on at Vancouver City Hall and beyond.
Topics: bus, transit, ridership, Fraserlands, community, centre, West, End, development, construction,...
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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 region in the next few years. He also talks about a newly-released discussion paper on the future of cooperative housing in Vancouver.
Topics: City, Beat, housing, density, Squamish, development, expropriation, climate, action, cooperative,...
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Three independent filmmakers embarked on a creative collaboration with women in prison and advocates. The result is the documentary Conviction.  It envisions alternatives to prison through the eyes of women behind bars and those fighting on the front lines of the decarceration movement. We speak with director Teresa MacInnes.
Topics: prison, women, incarceration, prisoners, film, documentary, conviction, justice, abolition
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Access to COVID-19 vaccines worldwide shows a stark divide between rich and poor countries. In May, people living in G7 countries were 77 times more likely to be offered a vaccine than those living in the world’s poorest countries.  David Adler is a political economist who argues that it is time to end the patent stranglehold on Covid-19 vaccines and to transform the for-profit system of intellectual property that impedes the provision of all life-saving drugs.
Topics: patents, drugs, profit, TRIPS, WTO, waiver, vaccines, Covid-19, patent, intellectual, property
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British Columbia is awash in housing announcements and plans. A rental protection fund designed to thwart real estate investment trusts, one stop shopping for provincial housing permits, a refreshed 10-year housing supply plan, a promised BC Builds plan and a brand new housing ministry. Economist Alex Hemingway joins us to help us figure out if all these plans will change the game on housing in BC.
Topics: housing, British, Columbia, Eby, supply, BC, builds, rental, protection, REITs, permits,...
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The Organization of American States played a critical role in the coup that ousted Bolivian president Evo Morales. The US-dominated organization has yet to produce evidence of fraud in the recent presidential election, yet Morales was forced to resign on November 10 and fled to Mexico. Joe Emersberger is a political analyst and author of a recent article in Counterpunch analysing the coup. 
Topics: Bolivia, Morales, coup, military, OAS, Canada, right-wing, president, Indigenous, mining,...
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Kristen Henry was on hunger strike outside BC Hydro offices on Dunsmuir Street for 19 days. She was taken to hospital on March 31after her heart rate became dangerously slow. She has since ended her hunger strike. We speak with Peace River Valley farmer Sage Birley about the impact of Kristen Henry’s action and the fight against the project to flood the Peace River. Sage Birley speaks with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm. Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on...
Topics: Kristen Henry, hunger strike, BC Hydro, Site C dam, Peace River Valley, First Nations, climate...
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A report on Peoples Climate March in Vancouver. Speakers include Helesia Luke of Green Jobs BC, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip and Kanahus and Mayuk Manuel from the Secwepemc Nation.   Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.      
Topics: climate, justice, jobs, mobilization, organizing
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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.
Topics: Indigenous, theatre, women, violence, healing, Spiderwoman, arts, Nipissing
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In November, the federal government tabled legislation that makes net-zero emissions by 2050 a legally-binding target. While this is being seen as a positive first step, Canada has missed every single emission-reduction target it has ever set.  Anna Johnston of West Coast Environment Law says that changes are needed for the law to show true climate leadership.  We spoke with her last month.
Topics: net, zero, energy, climate, crisis, policy, renewables, emissions, Canada, legislation, targets
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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 award-winning documentary Radiance of Resistance which profiles these two remarkable girls. The film is playing in Vancouver on Tuesday April 10.  In this episode, a conversation with Jesse Roberts.
Topics: Ahed Tamimi, BDS, Israeli occupation, West Bank, resistance
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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 illness upstream. Last November, the BC NDP made a commitment to fully-fund 20 new community health centres in BC. So far, that funding has not come on stream. Colleen Fuller is on the board of the BC Association of Community Health Centres.
Topics: community, health, centres, REACH, healthcare, doctors, medical, fee-for-service, BC, Canada
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Michael Andersen understands why small business owners are nervous about changes in the street outside their store windows. But he says they have nothing to fear, and much to gain, from bike lanes. Michael Andersen is co-author of the report, Protected Bike Lanes Mean Business, and staff writer for the PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project.  Michael Andersen speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams. Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page...
Topics: bike lanes, cyclists, city infrastructure, green lanes, small business, economy
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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 City Council at the age of 65. Veronica Strong-Boag is a feminist historian and professor of history and gender studies at the University of Victoria.
Topics: suffragist, feminism, pacifism, CCF, justice, education, housing, municipal, gender, studies,...
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After Katrina, residents of New Orleans were scattered across 44 states. 10 years later, many African Americans have not be able to return. Monique Harden says disaster profiteering is to blame. Monique Harden is an attorney with Advocates for Environmental Human Rights in New Orleans. She speaks with Redeye host James Mainguy. Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: new orleans, katrina, gentrification, racial discrimination, housing, disaster, profiteering
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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 facility in Kitimat.  A large portion of the 670 km route is slated to go through Wet'suwet'en traditional territory. We recorded Chief Smogelgem speaking to a Vancouver audience on April 3.
Topics: Indigenous, pipeline, land, defender, gas, oil, industry, environment, fracking, direct, action,...
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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 staff is back before Council with a proposed planning process.  Our City Beat reporter Ian Mass was listening attentively to all of the coded political language embedded in discussion of the proposed plan. Ian Mass talks with Redeye host...
Topics: city, beat, planning, process, Vancouver, council, neighbourhood
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On June 17, the digital publication The Narwhal hosted an online event to look at meaningful solutions to the crisis of old-growth logging. Sarah Cox is BC investigative reporter for the Narwhal. She interviews Garry Merkel, a registered professional forester from the Tahltan Nation and co-chair of BC’s old-growth strategic review panel. We’d like to thank The Narwhal for permission to broadcast this interview. 
Topics: BC, British, Columbia, forests, old-growth, logging, review, forestry, Fairy, Creek, Narwhal,...
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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 are calling for the Canadian government to suspend the Safe Third Country agreement. We speak with Nadia Abu-Zahra, associate professor of international development and global studies at the University of Ottawa.
Topics: refugees, Safe, Third, Country, USA, Canada, immigration, ICE, migrants, separation, children,...
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Lawyer and activist Hasan Alam was one of the speakers Thursday June 10 in Vancover at a vigil for the Afzaal family in London, Ontario, murdered by a white supremacist on Sunday night. Hasan Alam was one of the co-founders of the Islamophobia Legal Assistance hotline in 2015.
Topics: white, supremacy, Islamophobia, Afzaal, vigil, family, racism, Muslim, Islam
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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 are struggling. Alex Hemingway argues that Vancouver needs to rethink how it calculates property taxes. 
Topics: property, tax, speculation, inequality, land, wealth, Vancouver, municipal, economics, renters,...
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Dozens of anti-wind organizations have sprung up following the imposition of large-scale renewable projects on rural communities. Community-owned power projects could turn that opposition around but they need the support of provincial governments. Saskatchewan just took a step in the wrong direction. James Wilt is a Winnipeg-based freelance journalist who frequently writes for DeSmog Canada and Vice Canada. He speaks with Redeye host Esther Hsieh.   Check out our  website for more information...
Topics: wind power, solar, renewable energy, large-scale utilities, SaskWind, Ontario, natural gas, fossil...
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One of the first pieces of business the new Vancouver City Council will deal with is a motion from newly re-elected Councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung asking council to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism and the definition’s list of examples.  City Beat reporter Ian Mass joins me to talk about that motion and other plans coming from this new city council.
Topics: IHRA, definition, anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism, Vancouver, council, ABC, Palestinian, rights,...
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City councils across the Lower Mainland are waking up from the holidays and gearing up for municipal elections scheduled for this upcoming October. In today’s episode of City Beat with Ian Mass: more money for police, a housing plan for potential homeowners priced out of the market, plus hopes that the three levels of government will cooperate to buy and operate SRO hotels as social housing. 
Topics: housing, homelessness, defund, police, SROs, drug, crisis, city, budget, affordable,...
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Migrant rights advocates estimate that 1.6M people in Canada don't have permanent resident status and at least 500,000 people are undocumented. Both groups could have problems getting the vaccine. Last week, the Migrant Rights Network sent a letter signed by more than 250 organizations calling on the prime ministers and provincial and territorial leaders to make sure that vaccines are available for everyone in Canada, regardless of immigration status. We speak with Dr. Danyaal Raza of Canadian...
Topics: vaccine, access, equal, migrant, undocumented, Covid-19, frontline, essential, health, care, CBSA
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When governments try to protect the environment or promote the local economy, free trade agreements allow companies to sue for billions of dollars for lost profits. Murray Dobbin is an author and journalist. He writes a regular column for the online magazine The Tyee. Murray Dobbin speaks with Redeye host Sean Mullen about the impact free trade agreements have on local autonomy. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular...
Topics: free trade, NAFTA, CETA, corporations, economy, environment, trade agreements
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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: survivor testimonies at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and representations of Indigenous people by artists such as Kent Monkman.
Topics: Indigenous, reconciliation, media, culture, communications
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In March of this year, Québec senator Rosa Galvez tabled Bill S-243, the Climate Aligned Finance Act. Her bill aims to hold governments and financial institutions to account for their actions, and halt the widespread financial backing of fossil fuels. We speak about the bill with Bruce Campbell, Senior Fellow at Toronto Metropolitan University's Centre for Free Expression.  
Topics: banks, financial, institutions, climate, crisis, fossil, fuels, carbon, targets, COP27
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When food banks first appeared in Canada almost 30 years ago, there was a vigorous public debate about them. Now they are a familiar institution and food poverty has gotten worse. Graham Riches wrote Food Banks and the Welfare Crisis in 1986. He has just co-edited the second edition of First World Hunger Revisited: Food Charity or the Right to Food? Graham Riches is former director of the School of Social Work at UBC. He speaks with Redeye host James Mainguy. Check out our  website  for more...
Topics: food banks, food charity, welfare rates, poverty, crisis, hunger, right to food
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This summer more than 30 public pianos re-appeared in Vancouver parks, inviting passers-by to sit down and play for a while. Two of the most recent additions to the program were painted by Rose L Williams and Cat L’Hirondelle of Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture. Rose came into our studios to talk about the challenges and delights of participating in Pianos on the Street. Check out our website for more information about Redeye. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.
Topics: music, arts, Pianos on the Street, Vancouver, Kickstart
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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 is. So far, no-one has been appointed. We speak with Catherine Coumins, research coordinator and Asia-Pacific program coordinator at MiningWatch Canada.
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Two years ago, Environment and Climate Change Canada came out with a report saying that Canada is warming at more than double the global rate. Despite this, Canada increased its emissions more than any other G7 country since it signed the Paris Agreement.  At the same time, Canada’s largest public pension plan has increased its shares in fossil fuel companies. A recent report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives looks at the fossil fuel portion of the investment portfolios of...
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Tsqelmucwilc is the story of the children who survived the Kamloops Indian Residential School. It is based on the 1988 book Resistance and Renewal, a groundbreaking history of the school - and the first book on residential schools ever published in Canada. The new book has contributions by Garry Gottfriedson, Randy Fred and the KIRS Survivors. We speak with author Celia Haig-Brown. 
Topics: residential, school, survivors, Kamploops, Tsqelmucwilc, resistance, renewal, reckoning,...
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The federal government set a tougher target for reducing domestic emissions in 2020 yet the full extent of Canada’s contribution to the climate crisis remains hidden from view. Fraser Thomson is a lawyer at Ecojustice whose work focuses on the impact of fossil fuel operations on communities and the environment. He talks with us about the oil, gas and coal emissions generated by Canadian energy exports.
Topics: fossil, fuels, oil, gas, coal, exports, emissions, domestic, Canada, climate, crisis, environment