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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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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 is a water protector form the Secwepemc and Nuxalk peoples. She discusses the aftermath of the Mount Polley dam collapse and the need for strategies to protect water from mining and other industries on Indigenous land.
Topics: mining, water, protector, Mount, Polley, dam, pollution, tailings, Indigenous, Secwepemc, defender,...
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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 Home Kamloops and someone with lived expertise in homelessness.
Topics: migrant, workers, amnesty, undocumented, essential, care, aides, personal, Canada, status
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Ottawa academic Hassan Diab was extradited to France 8 years ago to face terrorism charges. He spent 3 years in solitary confinement before French magistrates ruled that there wasn’t enough evidence for a trial and released him. Last year, France’s court of appeal overturned that decision. Now the French court has set a trial date for next year. We hear reaction from Tim McSorley of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group; Jo Wood of the Hassan Diab Support Committee; Alex Neve,...
Topics: Hassan, Diab, extradition, terrorism, racism, Islamophobia, Canada, Trudeau, France, trial, court
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In 2017 the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons started an international movement to develop a treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons. On January 22, the treaty was endorsed by 122 countries at the United Nations. Canada was not a signatory but there is a petition to Parliament to change that. Dr. Nancy Covington is with the Canadian affiliate of the International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War. Sign the petition:...
Topics: nuclear, weapons, war, treaty, ban, abolish, United, Nations, Canada
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John Nichols is the Washington correspondent for the Nation magazine. He’s the author, with Robert McChesney, of People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy. John Nichols and Robert McChesney spoke in Vancouver in March 2016. Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.   
Topics: Robert McChesney, John Nichols, jobless economy, democracy, artificial intelligence, robotics,...
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On July 21, over 200 people are signed up to speak to a motion brought by councillor Jean Swanson calling for the police board to itemize the work officers do related to mental health, homelessness, drug use and sex work. The motion is the first step in an attempt to move funding from the VPD and into community-led harm reduction and safety initiatives. We speak with Taz Khandwani about what the motion says and what it hopes to achieve.
Topics: racism, police, violence, brutality, defund, mental, health, homelessness, VPD, Vancouver, drugs
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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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South False Creek has been called one of the best-planned neighbourhoods in the world. Located between the Granville and Cambie bridges and owned by the City of Vancouver, the land is leased to 2000 housing coop, rental and strata units. These leases are expiring and the City of Vancouver wants to negotiate an entirely different relationship with this community. Redeye collective member Ian Mass joins us with his regular City Beat report.
Topics: housing, False, Creek, Vancouver, coops, rental, strata, development, density, lease
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In October, the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users conducted a survey asking homeless people about the impact of street sweeps by city workers and police. The stress of having to defend personal possessions against seizure or theft is something that homeless people around the world face on a daily basis. A research project is looking at attempts to govern the belongings of the precariously housed. We speak with Nick Blomley, Professor of Geography at Simon Fraser University and one of the...
Topics: housing, homelessness, street, precarious, possessions, belongings, eviction, poverty, theft,...
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At the end of February, the Social Media Lab at Ryerson University launched the Ukraine-Russia conflict misinformation dashboard. The dashboard is a website for monitoring online misinformation and disinformation about the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. It tracks debunked claims from fact-checkers from around the world. We speak about the dashboard with Professor Anatoliy Gruzd, Canada Research Chair in Privacy-Preserving Digital Technologies.
Topics: Ukraine, Russia, war, invasion, propaganda, conflict, misinformation, disinformation, dashboard
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As long as Covid-19 exists anywhere in the world, it is a threat everywhere. But, in spite of our shared risk, the world’s richest countries have exercised a “me first” approach to the Covid-19 vaccine, buying up more than half the total. The People’s Vaccine Alliance says our best chance of all staying safe is to ensure a Covid-19 vaccine is available for all as a global common good. We talk with Brittany Lambert of Oxfam Canada.
Topics: vaccines, apartheid, pharmaceutical, Pharma, COVAX, doses, Covid-19, Moderna, Pfizer, TRIPS, patents
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In 1956, the Canadian government declared the Arrow Lakes Indian Band, people of the Sinixt Nation, to be extinct. This was one in a long line of colonial attacks against an Indigenous nation whose territory encompasses a long valley that spans what is now the US-Canada border. The Sinixt were not extinct, and continue an active resistance to protect and regain their territories. A new film, Beyond Extinction: Sinixt Resurgence tells the “ongoing story of a people who reject their colonial...
Topics: Sinixt, extinction, Arrow, Lakes, colonialism, US, Canada, border, territory, Indigenous, DOXA
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Shortly after President Donald Trump sent federal agents to Portland, a federal judge in Portland issued a restraining order against the agents barring them from attacking journalists and legal observers. Black Lives Matter Chicago and other organizations have filed lawsuits to prevent a similar occupation of their cities. We speak with Marjorie Cohn, former president of the National Lawyers Guild in the United States.
Topics: Portland, federal, agents, Chicago, BLM, Trump, paramilitary, troops, protests, legal, lawsuit, US
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A 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 journalism to propagandize for radicalized right causes. Sean Holman is a journalism professor at Mount Royal University in Calgary. 
Topics: journalism, fake, news, propaganda, right-wing, far-right, racism, immigration, Canada, Postmedia
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Justin Trudeau once claimed that Canada had no colonial past. A new book just out from Fernwood Press would disagree. Canada In the World looks closely at Canadian foreign policy and finds a consistent pattern of colonial conquest and capital accumulation. We speak with the book’s author, Tyler Shipley, professor of society, culture, and commerce at Humber College.
Topics: colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, history, settler, Canada, foreign, policy
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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 immigration detention in provincial jails.
Topics: densification, Broadway, Heather, MST, RCMP, headquarters, SRO, protection, CBSA, detainees,...
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Following the attack on Brussels, politicians talk about preventing more attacks and the media discuss the effect of security measures on civil liberties, but there’s little focus on why it happened. Jennifer Loewenstein is a human rights activist and faculty associate in Middle East Studies at Penn State University. 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: Brussels, suicide bombings, attacks, terrorism, Syria, ISIL, Saudi Arabia, security, European...
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In  April, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that mandatory minimums for gun crimes were unconstitutional because they could result in cruel and unusual punishment. Adrienne Smith is a lawyer with Pivot Legal Society. She explains why the Supreme Court struck down the law and Pivot Legal’s interest in the case. Adrienne Smith speaks with Redeye host James Mainguy. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.   ...
Topics: mandatory minimums, tough on crime, Stephen Harper, gun crimes, Supreme Court, Charter, Canada, Law...
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In Paris, the Canadian government committed to 1.5 degrees of warming. Yet there are no signs that Justin Trudeau is prepared to reduce tar sands production sufficiently to meet this goal.  Mitchell Beer went to Paris as a representative for the Sierra Club of Canada. He explores some of the contradictions in the agreement 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: COP21, Paris, climate conference, tar sands, pipelines, clean energy, Trudeau, 1.5 degrees
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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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Professor Donald Gutstein says Stephen Harper’s policies are the result of decades of effort by a network of right-wing think tanks determined to change how governments operate. His new book traces the development of neoliberal economics during the last century and examines its expression in Canada today. The talk is introduced by Redyeye host Lorraine Chisholm. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: Stephen Harper, right-wing ideology, think tanks, neoliberalism, economics, Donald Gutstein
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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 UN Security Council currently has five temporary seats available. Canada, Ireland, and Norway are vying for two of those seats with the final vote to be held on June 17th. On May 19th, an open letter was published, calling for a “no” vote for Canada to join the Security Council. We talk with Yves Engler, one of the signatories of the letter.
Topics: Canada, UN, Security, Council, Norway, Ireland, foreign, policy, arms, trade, Israel
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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.
Topics: bus, service, transit, transportation, car, truck, train, public, northern, rural, BC, community,...
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Vancouver City Council is back at work and one of its first tasks was to hear a motion by Vancouver Councillor Christine Boyle about a massive $3-billion expansion of a liquefied natural gas production and storage facility in the Fraser River. In City Beat today, Redeye collective member Ian Mass talks about this proposed LNG expansion, a new Climate Emergency parking program, a proposal for seniors housing and a new plan to supply safer drugs to people. 
Topics: LNG, expansion, permit, parking, seniors, housing, drug, overdose, safe, supply
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Tomekichi Homma walked into a Vancouver voting station in 1900 and asked for his name to be placed on the voters’ list.  His request was denied and the lawsuit he then launched became an epic legal battle for civil rights. Homma lost the legal battle but others took up the fight and eventually triumphed in 1947. We talk about Tomekichi Homma with Grace Eiko Thomson, former president of the National Association of Japanese Canadians
Topics: civil rights, Japanese Canadians, internment, British Columbia, racism
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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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Almost 100 years ago, the Canada, Manitoba and Ontario allowed massive flooding of the Lac Seul First Nation reserve for a hydroelectric project.  The Supreme Court of Canada has found that Canada did not seek Lac Seul First Nation’s consent to flood the lands, nor did it expropriate them under the Indian Act. In addition, the Lac Seul First Nation were never adequately compensated for their loss. We speak with Chief Clifford Bull of the Lac Seul First Nation.
Topics: Indigenous, Lac, Seul, court, compensation, flooding, Ontario, Manitoba, hydroelectric, Indian, Act
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In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a marked rise in harassment of people who are Asian and Asian Canadian. These attacks range from verbal assaults to physical assaults. Often we’ve seen bystanders intervene to show solidarity and defend the people being targeted. Asian Americans Advocating Justice and Hollaback have partnered to offer online training in how to safely and effectively intervene. We speak with Emily May of Hollaback.
Topics: racism, attacks, assaults, harassment, Asian, Canadians, Covid-19, pandemic, witness, intervention
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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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The BC government has released a report on oil and gas royalties from a public consultation in November. The report showed that 77% of survey respondents wanted the government to make environmental protection its top priority in its new royalty regime. We talk with Peter McCartney, Climate Campaigner at the Wilderness Committee.
Topics: climate, royalties, consultation, oil, gas, timber, environment, protection, fracking, subsidies,...
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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.
Topics: fossil, fuel, oil, gas, industry, school, materials, bias, curriculum, K-12, FortisBC
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Aboriginal sex worker Cindy Gladue bled to death 4 years ago in an Edmonton hotel room. Following the acquittal of the man accused of killing her, protests erupted across the country. Angela Marie MacDougall is executive director of Battered Women’s Support Services in Vancouver. She speaks with Redeye host Sean Mullen. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: murdered and missing women, aboriginal, First Nations, national inquiry, women’s memorial march,...
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Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles all declared states of emergency last year, allowing them better access to funding to tackle the homeless crisis. Vancouver and Victoria should do the same, according to Sean Condon, executive director of Megaphone Magazine. Sean Condon speaks with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: homeless, tent camp, shelters, housing, Vancouver, Victoria, state of emergency
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Arundhati Roy paid her first visit to Vancouver in early April. While she was there, Carmen Rodriguez took the opportunity to talk with her about politics, writing and resistance movements. Arundhati Roy is winner of the 1997 Man Booker prize for her novel The God of Small Things, author of many books and essays, most recently Capitalism: A Ghost Story. Carmen Rodriguez is from Chile; she’s a novelist, a poet and an activist. Her most recent book, Retribution, was a runner-up for best book in...
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Topics: arundhati roy, carmen rodriguez, politics, writing, India, Latin America, Chile, resistance...
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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...
Topics: China, Canada, US, relations, trade, racism, military, war, technology, climate, catastrophe,...
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According to a recent study, more than one and a half million child laborers were working in cocoa growing areas of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana in 2019. In a landmark human rights case, eight young men from Mali are bringing a class action suit against big chocolate companies. They managed to escape after being trafficked as children and forced to harvest cocoa in Cote D’Ivoire.  We speak with lawyer and executive director of International Rights Advocates Terry Collingsworth.
Topics: chocolate, labour, enslaved, children, trafficking, corporations, Mali, Africa, class, action,...
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The prevalence of misinformation about Covid 19 is much higher on social media than in traditional news sources. A group of Canadian researchers has found that people who consume a lot of social media end up believing conspiracy theories and misinformation, and as a result do not engage in safe behaviours that prevent the spread of COVID-19. We speak with Lisa Teichmann, a member of the research team. 
Topics: Covid-19, misconceptions, conspiracy, social, media, news, distancing, theories, research, spread,...
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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 serious complications from Covid-19. Janet Cleveland of McGill University is one of the authors of the letter. She spoke with us from Montreal on May 16.
Topics: covid-19, pandemic, workers, health, reopening, risks, Quebec. coronavirus, ethics, equity
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Born in 1931, Tla’amin elder Elsie Paul was raised by her grandparents on their ancestral territory just north of Powell River on the Sunshine Coast of BC. As her adult life unfolded against a backdrop of colonialism, she drew strength from the teachings she had learned. She now passes on those teachings to all who visit a new interactive book published by Ravenspace. We talk with one of the co-creators of the book, Elsie Paul’s grandson, Davis McKenzie. Read the book here:...
Topics: Sliammon, Tla’amin, history, Indigenous, BC, Elsie, Paul, Ravenspace, colonialism, racism,...
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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 unprecedented pressures. We speak with co-editor, Lael Parrott of UBC Okanagan and the Alpine Club of Canada. 
Topics: mountains, climate, change, environment, glaciers, treelines, animals, birds, nature
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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 across the country. Eric Doherty is an environmental and transportation consultant, currently based in Victoria.
Topics: buses, transportation, cars, transportation, Green, New, Deal, highway, trains, intercity,...
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British Columbia is ahead of most North American jurisdictions with its composting and recycling programs. However, the Lower Mainland still burns at least 25% of its waste, with a plan to expand that amount. Sue Maxwell is a sustainability consultant with Ecoinspire Planning Services. She joins us to talk about the problems with this waste-to-energy expansion. 
Topics: garbage, waste, recycling, reduction, incineration, energy, sustainability, composting, Burnaby,...
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Bike lanes, wider sidewalks and lower speed limits are some of the design features that can make a street into a space that is comfortable for all users, not just drivers. The Slow Streets research group at Simon Fraser University recently produced a report on Commercial Drive, a main street in East Vancouver. Terry Sidhu and Samuel Baron are with Slow Streets. They speak with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and...
Topics: urban planning, urban design, slow streets, complete streets, bike lanes, pedestrians, transit
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There are still hunter-gatherer groups in the Amazon who have had little or no contact with the outside world. Oil and gas exploration brings the threat of disease and catastrophic loss of life. Rebecca Spooner is a campaigner with Survival International in London, England. 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: peru, amazon, oil and gas industry, uncontacted tribes, resource extraction, disease, logging
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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 depends on migrant workers and it’s essential to regularize their status immediately. Natalie Drolet is staff lawyer and executive director of the Migrant Worker Centre. We spoke with her on May 5.
Topics: migrant, workers, amnesty, undocumented, essential, care, aides, personal, Canada, status
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Ben Parfitt says the BC government doesn’t have a good handle on how much water the major industries in the province use. He argues that we need to get that information before we can implement effective policies to encourage conservation and sound management of our water. Ben Parfitt is a resource policy analyst with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. 
Topics: water, use, fracking, meter, industry, resources, drought, NDP, economics, BC
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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 2013. She is the author of Breaching the Peace, just published by On Point Press.
Topics: Peace, River, Valley, SiteC, dam, BC, Hydro, Indigenous, First, Nations, environment, farmland
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Salt marshes in the Fraser River delta are a vital ecosystem for birds and other wildlife. But they are being squeezed between the dykes that protect farmland on one side, and sea level rise on the other. An innovative pilot project aims to protect the salt marsh so that it can, in turn, protect the low-lying land along the coast. We talk about the project with Sḵwx̱wú7mesh journalist Stephanie Wood.
Topics: salt, marsh, Vancouver, delta, Fraser, sea, level, rise, dykes, environment, global, heating,...
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Many of the city’s poorest residents survive by street vending on Hastings Street. Now they have been moved off to back streets as part of a long campaign to move low-income people out of the area. Formerly Homeless Dave is an activist in the Downtown Eastside. He speaks with Redeye host Esther Hsieh. Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: Downtown Eastside, gentrification, homelessness, street vending, bottle depot, Sequel 138, housing
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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 such as Scott Bernstein, Director of Policy with the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition. Scott Bernstein joins us to discuss the implications of this new policy.
Topics: drugs, users, fentanyl, overdose, medication, heroin, COVID-19, street, pandemic, safe, supply
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Kell Gerlings says the NDP government’s decision not to raise income assistance rates in BC is not only inhumane but also false economy. Gerlings says maintaining the status quo of poverty costs twice as much as a comprehensive poverty reduction plan. Kell Gerlings is the community organizer at Raise the Rates, a coalition of community groups working to end poverty and homelessness in BC.
Topics: BC budget, income assistance, poverty, homelessness, disability rates
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The Japanese government wants to see an end to Japan’s commitment to pacifism. Shinzo Abe has the support of the U.S. government in his moves to rebuild its military. John Feffer is director of Foreign Policy in Focus. He speaks with Redeye host Sean Mullen. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page   for regular updates.     
Topics: Japan, military, pacificism. okinawa, shinzo abe, east asia
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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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Many of the refugee policies brought in by the Harper government are still in place. Refugee advocates say Justin Trudeau has make significant changes to those policies now Donald Trump is president. Zool Suleman is an immigration lawyer in Vancouver. He speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams.   Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau, Muslims, refugees, private sponsorships, Islamophobia, Safe Third...
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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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In January, the Correctional Investigator of Canada, Dr. Ivan Zinger, reported that the number of Indigenous people in prison has reached historic highs. In Alberta, a committee of the Criminal Trial Lawyer Association has called for a mass pardon for non-violent Indigenous inmates. Denise Lightning is a lawyer who sits on the Committee to Reduce Aboriginal Incarceration. She is a member of the Samson Cree Nation. She speaks with us about why so many Indigenous people are in prison and how to...
Topics: Indigenous, prisoners, Aboriginal, traditional, law, pardon, inmates, Canada, incarceration, rates,...
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In 2008, Hassan Diab was a sociology professor at Carleton University in Ottawa when he was arrested and accused of involvement in the 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue. After a lengthy extradition hearing, in 2014, Diab was handed over to France where he was imprisoned, largely in solitary confinement, for over 3 years. In 2018, the charges were dismissed and Diab returned to Canada. But his nightmare didn’t end there. In January 2021, the French appeals court reversed the dismissal of...
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A provincial Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act in BC released its report last week with eleven recommendations that the committee says will lead to “transformational change in policing and community safety.” Meenakshi Mannoe wrote Pivot Legal’s submission to the committee, focusing on curtailing the role of police in complex social issues and eradicating systemic racism within police agencies. Meenakshi Mannoe shares her reaction to the report. 
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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.
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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.
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On June 29, the BC Supreme Court ruled that the B.C. government had breached the treaty rights of the Blueberry River First Nations. In her ruling, Justice Burke said that the province has allowed so much development in their territory that they can no longer meaningfully exercise their rights under Treaty 8. Lawyers for the Blueberry River First Nations have called the ruling a ‘complete vindication’ of the Nations’ position. Lisa Glowacki is co-counsel for the Nations.
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In January 2019, Vancouver City Council unanimously approved OneCity Councillor Christine Boyle's motion declaring that we are in a global state of climate emergency and that constitutes a crisis for Vancouver. The motion went on to direct staff to prepare recommendations for ramping up the city’s climate actions in line with efforts to limit global warming to 1.5°C. On November 3rd, the largest and most comprehensive set of climate emergency recommendations will be debated by city...
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With a potential vaccine against Covid-19 many months away, some governments are exploring the idea of proof-of-immunity cards for Covid-19.  Francoise Baylis says we should fight tooth and nail against proof-of-immunity cards. Francoise Baylis is University Research Professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax and co-author with Harvard molecular biologist Natalie Kofler of an opinion piece published recently on CBC online. I spoke with Francoise Baylis on May 12.
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The Frontier mine was one of the largest tar sands mines ever proposed for northern Alberta. On Feb 23, Teck Resources withdrew its application for the $20 billion project, just days before the federal government was planning to deliver a decision on the project’s future. We speak with Duncan Kinney, executive director of Progress Alberta.
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On March 12, Saudi Arabia executed 81 people, the largest mass execution in the recent history of the country.  The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned the killings and said UN monitoring indicates some of those executed were sentenced to death after trials that did not meet fair trial guarantees, and for crimes that did not meet the most serious crimes threshold, as required under international law. We speak with Ariel Gold of CODEPINK.
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On September 30, 1967 the first major tar sands project began in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Five decades later the tar sands industry is in decline as opposition to fossil fuel extraction mounts. Ian Hussey is a political economist with the Parkland Institute and part of the Corporate Mapping Project. He reflects on 50 years of the tar sands and the propects for a just transition.   Check out our website for more information about Redeye. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.  
Topics: tar sands, fossil fuels, pipelines, Alberta, economics, Indigenous rights
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In 2017, the New Westminster school board approved a sanctuary schools policy which aims to give every school-aged child in the district access to education without fear of their personal information being shared with immigration authorities. Yet, on November 30, a mother was handcuffed and detained by Canadian Border Services agents after she dropped her child off at kindergarten at a New Westminster school.  We speak with Omar Chu of Sanctuary Health.
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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 article on Policy Options, physician Aimée-Angélique Bouka and academic Yolande Bouka argue that Canada should be collecting better health data that looks closely at the intersecting issues of race and immigration. 
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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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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. 
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Canada has committed millions to research and development of some of the world’s most promising candidate vaccines and therapeutics to treat Covid-19. However there is no guarantee that this expenditure of public money will result in a vaccine or treatment that is affordable. Jason Nickerson is the Humanitarian Affairs Advisor for Doctors Without Borders in Ottawa. He argues that public investment should not result in high profits for private corporations.
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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 tells their story in her new film Stateless. The film is available online all week until Friday June 26 as part of the DOXA film festival. We speak with Michèle Stephenson from her home in New York.
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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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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 Edelson are with the False Creek South Neighbourhood Association. They join us to discuss the future of this area in a city where densification is the byword of the day. 
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