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


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The Liberals are looking at privatizing public assets to pay for the billions of dollars of infrastructure spending they promised. Brent Patterson says Canada Post and the CBC could be at risk, as well as highways, airports and rail lines. Brent Patterson is Political Director at the Council of Canadians. 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: asset-recycling, privatization, Trudeau, Liberal government, pension funds, public assets, CBC,...
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The BC government is spending $900 million on its CleanBC plan while continuing to push ahead with a major LNG project in Kitimat which relies on fracked gas from northeast BC. Torrance Coste of the Wilderness Committee says that BC Budget 2019 simply isn’t taking the environmental crisis seriously enough.
Topics: budget, forestry, environment, crisis, fracked, gas, LNG, fires, climate, emissions, CleanBC,...
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Black Canadians are more than three times as likely as the general population to know someone who died of Covid-19. This is just one of the findings of a new online survey of several thousand Canadians about their experiences with Covid-19 since the pandemic started. The study was carried out by the Edmonton-based African Canadian Civic Engagement Council and Innovative Research Group. Dunia Nur is president of the ACCEC. 
Topics: pandemic, Covid-19, coronavirus, racism, violence, systemic, Black, Canadians, health, race-based,...
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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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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.
Topics: work, decent, low-paid, precarious, risk, wages, sick, pay, inequities, workplace, protections,...
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The International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development claims it wants to help countries benefit from their resources in environmental and socially responsible ways. Sam Stine of the student activist group Stop the Institute disagrees. Sam Stine 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: mining, Canada, resources, environment, Guatemala, Central America, UBC
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Despite dire predictions that the pandemic would be a big blow to provincial finances, most provinces have enough funds to pay for the important programs and investments that Canadians need, according to a recent report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives national office. Here in BC, the extent of the province’s fiscal and economic latitude goes well beyond what is discussed in the national report. We speak with economist Alex Hemingway.
Topics: budget, surplus, deficit, debt, social, programs, climate, crisis, health, child, care, pandemic,...
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The only thing spreading faster than the coronavirus is misinformation about it. Social media posts with incorrect information can be shared and viewed hundreds of thousands of times a day. Mike Caulfield is a digital information literacy expert working at Washington State University. He has developed a site with a four-step process to use with Covid-19 related material to help us sort fact from fiction. We spoke with him on April 14.
Topics: fact, fiction, social, media, literacy, coronavirus, Covid-19, fake, misinformation, pandemic,...
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Overdoses have claimed more than 10,000 lives in three years in Canada. Drug users and supporters have organized a National Day of Action on the Overdose Crisis on April 16 to demand meaningful change in government policies to end the overdose tragedy. The day of action take place in 21 towns and cities across the country. We speak with David Mendes, organizer with the National Day of Action on the Overdose Crisis.  https://www.facebook.com/NationalDOA2019/
Topics: overdose, drug, users, policy, fentanyl, deaths, safe, supply, injection, national, day, action,...
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We often think of inequality as marked by differences in annual income but a recent article by Alex Hemingway suggests that, in a city like Vancouver, skyrocketing property values have a much bigger impact on the widening gap between rich and poor. Alex Hemingway is an economist and public finance policy analyst with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Topics: housing, inequality, Vancouver, property, speculation, mansion, tax, wealth
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In 2003, North America’s first legal safe injection site opened its doors in Vancouver. In 2014, Vancouver scored another first when the Crosstown Clinic began supplying medical-grade heroin to chronic drug users. Neither of these life-saving health care services would exist without the hard work and dedication of the people who appear in the pages of Travis Lupick’s new book, Fighting for Space.   Check out our website for more information about Redeye. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.
Topics: drug users, addiction, heroin, safe injection site, overdose epidemic
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The president of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs talks about his childhood and youth in a non-Native home and what happened when his father decided to come looking for him. We recorded Grand Chief Stewart Phillip on April 30. He was speaking as part of the event Go Vote For the Change You Want, organized by the Council of Canadians. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: child apprehension, residential schools, activism. aboriginal people, First Nations, stephen harper
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LNG Pipelines: Fracked Futures and Community Resistance was organized to coincide with the LNG tradeshow and conference put on by the BC government from May 21 – 23, 2014. Joyce Williams is from the Squamish First Nations and is a member of Skwomesh Action and My Sea to Sky. Skwomesh Action was formed in early this year to build an organized resistance to proposed pipeline projects and increased tanker traffic that threaten the Salish Sea. The group’s members are Squamish people from...
Topics: Fracking, fossil fuels, Liquieifed Natural Gas, LNG, environment, British Columbia, First Nations,...
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Treaty 8 Nations were before the Federal Court of Appeal in Montreal in September, saying that B.C. Hydro’s plans to flood a swath of their territory constitute an infringement of their treaty rights. Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nation 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: West Moberly, Prophet River, Treaty 8, First Nations, Site C, federal court of appeal, BC Hydro,...
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Two years ago Canada adopted a UN resolution on the treatment of prisoners commonly known as the Nelson Mandela Rules. Canada is failing to meet these standards in a number of different ways. We speak with criminal defence lawyer Michael Spratt.   Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Subscribe to our  podcast  on iTunes.    
Topics: Nelson Mandela Rules, prisons, Canada, solitary confinement, discrimination
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A remarkable new production opens next week at the Firehall Arts Centre. The Hooker Monologues will present narratives directly based on the experiences of sex workers and allies.The women involved say that it’s the first time in Canada a group of sex workers have created a theatrical work to tell their stories on their own terms. Carmen is a sex worker and one of the 10 performers in the Hooker Monologues. She speaks with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm. Check out our  website for more...
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Kathleen Belew says we should understand the Christchurch mosque killings, the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue and the U.S. Coast Guard officer’s plan to assassinate politicians as originating from the same source, the white power movement. Kathleen Belew is an assistant professor of history at the University of Chicago and author of Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America. 
Topics: Islam, Jewish, white, supremacy, power, nationalism, racism, terror, Christchurch, mosque,...
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In the past week, thousands of women have shared their experiences of rape on Twitter. The hashtag #BeenRapedNeverReported says it all. Ariana Barer talks about why it’s still so hard to report rape. Ariana Barer 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: rape, sexual assault, #BeenRapedNeverReported, violence against women, rape crisis centre, WAVAW,...
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In 2001, Dr. Norma Dunning applied to the Nunavut Beneficiary program, seeking legal recognition of her status as an Inuk woman. In the application process, she was faced with a question she could not answer, "What was your disc number?” Her new book Kinauvit: What’s Your Name is the result of two decades of research into the Eskimo Identification System and its impact on Inuit lives. It’s also a personal account of her search for her grandmother. We speak with Dr. Norma Dunning.
Topics: disc, Inuit, system, Canada, government, Nunavut, Indigenous, relocation, colonization, naming,...
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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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Vancouver City Council is at risk of slipping into divisive politics which will hinder a solution for South False Creek residents who fear eviction from their homes. Plus the push to host the 2030 Olympics, plans for the post Covid economic recovery and policy overload for City staff. We talk with our City Beat reporter, Ian Mass.
Topics: Vancouver, City, politics, False, Creek, 2030, Olympics, housing, Covid-19, recovery, economic,...
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Vancouver’s tight rental housing market has eased significantly since coronavirus-related travel restrictions brought many short-rental units back into the rental housing market. Economist Marc Lee of the BC office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says now is the time to make sure that short-term rentals are properly regulated so that renters in Vancouver aren’t squeezed out of the city.
Topics: economy, short-term, rentals, Airbnb, housing, renters, vacancy, rate, regulations, CCPA
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The National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls was one of the calls to action recommended by the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission. On June 3, the inquiry released its final report. It concluded that there are serious reasons to believe that Canada’s past and present policies towards Indigenous people amount to genocide. We speak with Heidi Matthews, assistant professor at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.
Topics: colonialism, Indigenous, genocide, reconciliation, inquiry, racism, MMIWG, TRC, law, UNDRIP
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The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has just released its 26th alternative federal budget aptly named Mission Critical: A just and equitable recovery. The goal of the budget is to ensure that the legacy of the pandemic is a publicly-led recovery that leaves no one behind. We speak with David Macdonald, senior economist with the CCPA.
Topics: pharmacare, health, care, child, mental, health, equity, recovery, budget, federal, just,...
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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.
Topics: street, harassment, training, bystander, intervention, anti-Asian, racism, online
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A constitutional test of Quebec's Bill 21 began Monday in the Quebec Superior Court in Montreal. The law, which was passed last year, prohibits public teachers, as well as government lawyers and other civil servants, from wearing religious symbols, such as turbans and hijabs, at work. The National Council of Canadian Muslims and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association are among the groups involved in the challenge. We speak with Sarah Abou-Bakr,  Quebec Advocacy Coordinator with the NCCM. 
Topics: Quebec, secularism, racism, systemic, hijab, religious, symbols, turban, court, challenge, civil,...
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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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Six months after mass worldwide protests in support of racial justice, support continues to grow for a divestment from policing and prisons.  Choosing Real Safety was collaboratively developed and authored by the Abolition Coalition and its allies.  Over 250 organizations and over 3,000 individuals have signed on to support the declaration. We speak with Kit Rothschild, Violence Prevention Coordinator at PACE society.
Topics: policing, police, prisons, abolition, violence, Black, Lives, Matter, racism, racial, justice,...
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The BC government says that fracking and the natural gas industry will not only be economically beneficial for the province but also consistent with the province’s climate action plan. Peter McCartney disagrees. McCartney is climate campaigner for the Wilderness Committee and author of the just released report Planet on Fire: Let’s End Fracking in BC.
Topics: fracking, gas, natural, industry, LNG, climate, cleanBC, energy, crisis, NDP, global
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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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In Dec 2018, intense lobbying succeeded in getting the US Senate to declare that US support for the Saudi-led war on Yemen was illegal, ushered in a fragile ceasefire. However, 16 million Yemenis are still on the brink of famine. Next week, the newly-elected US Senate will vote once again on the War Powers Resolution. We speak with Hassan El-Tayyab of Just Foreign Policy about the situation in Yemen and the importance of this second vote on the resolution.
Topics: War, Powers, Yemen, famine, resolution, Saudi, Arabia, military, United, States, US, Congress
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Freelance web developer Victor Temprano’s website, Native-Land.ca, began with research he was doing into resource development and pipelines in B.C. The project has expanded into a map that includes territories in North and South America, Australia and New Zealand. 
Topics: Indigenous, First, Nations, mapping, Native, territories, colonization, homeland, language
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Richmond, California is home to one of the largest oil refineries on the West Coast of the US. For many years, Chevron controlled municipal politics. But now a coalition of community and labour groups in Richmond has succeeded in raising minimum wage, challenging evictions and demanding fair taxation from Big Oil and Big Soda. Steve Early is a lawyer and labour activist. He’s author of Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money and the Remaking of an American City.   Check out our  website  for...
Topics: Chevron, Big Oil, community organizing, Refinery Town, labour
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Two years ago, Ottawa University sociologist Hassan Diab was extradited to France to face terrorism charges in the 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue. Renowned criminal law advocate Don Bayne says Hassan Diab is the innocent victim of a French government determined not to appear soft on terror. Don Bayne spoke about Mr. Diab's case in Vancouver on April 5.   Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.    
Topics: Hassan Diab, extradition, anti-terrorism, France, wrongful conviction
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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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From a very early age, some children know they are different from the sex category assigned to them at birth. Ann Travers spent five years talking with trans kids and their parents. Their new book, The Trans Generation, offers a rare look into what it is like to grow up as a transgender child. Ann Travers is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University.
Topics: trans, transgender, children, parents, queer, cultural, studies, kids, youth, non-binary
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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.
Topics: fish, farms, salmon, wild, federal, Canada, BC, licenses, open-pen, coast, pollution, environment
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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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In Vancouver and Victoria, the watersheds are protected from logging to ensure good water quality for city residents. But the people living in the rest of the province aren’t so lucky. Small communities around the province have discovered that timber companies are allowed to clearcut in their watersheds. Glade has been fighting logging plans by Kalesnikoff Lumber Company and Atco Wood Products that they say threatens their water supply. We speak with Heather McSwan of the Glade Watershed...
Topics: logging, water, resource, extraction, BC, NDP, forests, clearcutting, timber, environment, climate,...
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Over the past two weeks, Vancouver City Council has heard from close to 1000 people about a policy proposal designed to limit new rental apartment buildings to busy arterials and the streets nearby. Some people argue against any new rentals, others say renters should be able to live in quiet neighbourhoods too. We speak with Danny Oleksiuk, a past member of Vancouver’s Renter’s Advisory Committee and co-founder of Abundant Housing Vancouver.
Topics: housing, rentals, air, pollution, zoning, planning, neighbourhoods, Vancouver, apartment, buildings
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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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The vaccine rollout in Canada has given us the sense that there is light at the end of the tunnel. But the pandemic continues to rage, and the picture for poorer countries that aren’t first up for vaccine distribution is much bleaker.  Jason Nickerson is humanitarian affairs advisor for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières in Ottawa. He says equitable access can only be guaranteed through fundamental change to the way that lifesaving medicines and vaccines are developed and...
Topics: vaccines, Canada, access, medicines, justice, pharmaceutical, companies, pandemic, Covid-19
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Indigenous leaders and health professionals have raised concerns about the size of the construction work camps at the Site C dam project near Fort St John and the LNG Canada project near Kitimat. Dr. Warren Bell, founder of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, says the work camps pose a danger to the workers themselves, as well as local communities. We spoke with Dr. Warren Bell on April 28.
Topics: covid-19, pandemic, SiteC, LNG, Kitimat, construction, work, camps, disease, spread
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If a mining company comes into a community to prospect for a mine and community members don’t want it there, they have to hit the ground running. A new book is going to make it a whole lot easier to do that. Unearthing Justice is a comprehensive guide on how to protect your community from the mining industry. We speak with author Joan Kuyek, founding national coordinator of Mining Watch.
Topics: mining, Canada, industry, tailings, waste, toxic, pollution, colonialism, indigenous, organizing,...
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Dr Pam Palmater is an Indigenous lawyer, professor and activist. She says that the first step to reconciliation is for non-Indigenous people to educate themselves, so she’s started an online video book club to help people do just that. Pam Palmater joins us to let us know how the Reconciliation Book Club works. 
Topics: Indigenous, land, settlers, colonialism, reconciliation, education, Canada, history
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The island of Okinawa has been a military outpost for the United States since the end of World War II. Now there are plans to build new bases. Okinawan residents are resisting fiercely.   The island of Okinawa has been a military outpost for the United States since the end of World War II. Now there are plans to build new bases. Okinawan residents are resisting fiercely. Ayano Ginoza is author of a recent article in Foreign Policy in Focus about opposition to the militarization of Okinawa. She...
Topics: military occupation, Japan, Okinawa, US bases, militarization, non-violent civil disobedience
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A new play tells the story of how a group of single mothers in a social housing project in East Vancouver camped out on the train tracks to force Vancouver City Council to build a railway overpass. The play is the third in the series Untold Stories of Vancouver. The Raymur Mothers is a collaboration between playwright Bob Sarti, composer Bill Sample and director Jay Hamburger. Jay Hamburger speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find...
Topics: Raymur Mothers, direct action, Vancouver history, Bob Sarti, Theatre in the Raw, Heart of the City
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Cultures have always exchanged ideas with each other. But sometimes the exchanges more closely resemble theft. The IPinCH project has produced a guidebook on appropriation from First Nations cultures. The Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage is based at SFU. Solen Roth was the lead developer of the guidebook. She’s an anthropologist and PhD candidate at the University of Montreal. Solen Roth speaks with Redeye host Esther Hsieh. Check out our  website for more information about...
Topics: First Nations, culture, appropriation, ethics, intellectual property, heritage, IPinCH
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Media coverage of the current scandal involving the engineering firm SNC-Lavalin and Justin Trudeau has focused primarily on the Prime Minister’s Office. Largely missing from any discussion are the crimes the company is accused of committing as well as the company’s long and influential relationship with Canada’s foreign policy. We speak with Yves Engler, a Montreal-based author and activist. His most recent book is Left, Right: Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada.
Topics: SNC-Lavalin, Trudeau. Wilson-Raybould, corruption, Liberal, foreign, aid, mining, policy, PMO
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Following the unanimous passage of an NDP motion, the Canadian government has designated the Proud Boys as a terrorist entity. The move came swiftly on the heels the Trump-led white nationalist insurrection at the US Capitol. While this might seem like a big win, many progressive and anti-racist organizations are asking if putting white supremacists on the terrorist list is the right approach. We speak with BCCLA board member and lawyer Hasan Alam.
Topics: Proud, Boys, White, supremacists, racism, muslim, Islamophobia, terror, Canada, insurrection
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Roger Annis has just returned from an anti-war conference in Yalta, Crimea. He outlines the political changes in Kiev that led to the war now raging in Eastern Ukraine. Roger Annis is a writer, activist and socialist commentator. He writes at rogerannis.com and has a column on rabble.ca. Roger Annis 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: Russia, Crimea, Ukraine, war, refugees, Eastern Ukraine, natural gas, EU
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In a written submission to the National Energy Board on Monday, the BC government announced it would not support the proposal based on concerns about oil spill safety requirements. Mary Lovell says Christy Clark’s opposition is not about concern for the environment, given her plans to develop liquified natural gas in BC. Mary Lovell is an environmental activist. She speaks with Redeye host James Mainguy. Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like...
Topics: Kinder Morgan, Trans Mountain, National Energy Board, First Nations, pipelines, tar sands
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A private member’s bill to bring back the long-form census has reinvigorated discussion about the importance of statistics for effective government. Tom Henheffer is executive director of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression. Tom Henheffer 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: census, statistics, data, journalism, Stephen Harper, First Nations, poverty, unemployment, family
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Much of the commentary about the recent UK election holds that the Labour Party’s disastrous showing in Thursday’s election is the fault of leader Jeremy Corbyn. Labour Party activist and media analyst Dr Justin Schlosberg says that if you scratch below the surface, Jeremy Corbyn’s unpopularity must be seen in the context of the years-long campaign to discredit him that ramped up dramatically following the Labour Party’s success in the 2017 election.  
Topics: UK, election, Corbyn, Jeremy, Labour, Conservatives, Brexit, majority, anti-semitism, media
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Youth radicalization is on the rise in Canada. With increasing online promotion of far right ideas, young people are exposed a lot of politically motivated misinformation that can lead them to adopt extreme views. Teachers says they feel ill-equipped to recognize the signs of radicalization or know how to effectively intervene. Dr Kawser Ahmed is spearheading an effort to provide resources for educators in Manitoba. 
Topics: far, right, radicalization, extremism, White, supremacy, education, schools, toolkit, educators,...
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A new report on the current and future viability of the Site C dam on the Peace River was released this month in the midst of BC’s recent election campaign. Energy economist Robert McCullough concluded that the project is a net loss and will cost British Columbians well into the future. Ken Boon is president of the Peace Valley Landowners Association. We spoke with him about the McCullough report.
Topics: Site, C, dam, Peace, River, NDP, loss, cost, energy, BC, Hydro, Indigenous, rights, economic
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Undocumented workers and asylum seekers in Canada say the federal government’s new regularization program is deeply unfair to the hundreds of thousands of non-status workers who have being doing essential work during the Covid-19 pandemic. We speak with Mohamed Barry, an organizer with Solidarity Across Borders in Montreal. 
Topics: migrants, undocumented, asylum, seekers, Canada, Covid-19, pandemic, essential, workers,...
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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.
Topics: arms, weapons, sales, trade, apartheid, Canada, Israel, Gaza, human, rights, abuses, Al-Aqsa,...
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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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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 National Trust manages historic properties and areas of countryside in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In September, the Trust commissioned a report on connections between their properties and colonialism, including links with historic slavery. The report attracted the attention of a group of Conservative MPs who are attempting to discredit the work of the historians who produced it. We speak with Professor Corinne Fowler of the University of Leicester about the work and the attacks on...
Topics: history, UK, colonialism, slavery, Britain, England, countryside, National, Trust, education
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In 2021, communities across the province have found themselves facing unprecedented costs from forest fires, flooding and storm damage. Meanwhile, the companies who are making huge profits from fossil fuels aren’t contributing a penny to help with the impacts of climate change. Lawyer Andrew Gage says it’s long past time to make fossil fuel companies pay for the chaos they’ve helped to create.
Topics: climate, change, crisis, floods, forest, fires, storm, damage, sea, level, rise, infrastructure
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The US Supreme Court judge is poised to overturn Roe vs. Wade. In Canada, the landmark abortion rights case is the 1988 Morgentaler ruling, which struck down the country’s abortion law as unconstitutional. But legal protection is not the same as equal access and in many parts of the country, surgical abortion is still practically unavailable. I speak with Meghan Doherty of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights.
Topics: abortion, choice, surgical, medical, access, funding, rural, urban, discrimination, undocumented,...
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Local craft and artisanal businesses are often celebrated as an antidote to the corporatization of everyday life. Yet workers in these local enterprises say they can be toxic places to work, offering low pay and little protection from arbitrary management practices. Benjamin Anderson is a labour studies lecturer and PHD candidate at SFU. He explains what he’s heard from workers at local breweries, cafes and pubs.
Topics: union, labour, practices, breweries, cafes, precarious, employment, craft, local, businesses
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Karen Leven is an environmental scientist from Dawson Creek. She worked in the mining industry for 15 years and describes the disparity between environmental regulations in the mining industry versus oil and gas as like night and day. In this talk, she describes some of the problems she’s seen around her Dawson Creek home.  We recorded Karen Leven on April 3 at Voices from the Sacrifice Zone, an event organized by the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment.
Topics: regulations, wastewater, gas, oil, industry, environment, fracking, flaring, Peace, region
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When Vivian Baumann’s new landlord first tried to raise the rent, then evicted her from her West End suite, she decided to fight back, first at the Residential Tenancy Branch, then at BC Supreme Court. Jonathan Blair is a lawyer with Community Legal Assistance Society. He represented Vivian Baumann in court.
Topics: tenants, renoviction, housing, residential, hearing, BC, Supreme, Court, eviction
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105 Keefer Street is in the heart of Chinatown, an area facing the same intense development pressures as Vancouver’s downtown eastside. Plans for a 13-storey tower don’t sit well with local residents. King-mong Chan is an organizer with the Chinatown Concern Group. He says the development will displace local businesses and the Chinese seniors who depend on them. King-mong Chan speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams. Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on...
Topics: Chinatown, development, gentrification, condos, heritage, community, Vancouver, 105 Keefer
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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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Eliza Gilkyson describes her just-released album 2020 as a collection of sing-alongs, diatribes, marching songs and love letters to the Earth. We caught up with her at her home in Austin, Texas for an extended conversation about politics, music and the significance of this year in the United States.
Topics: 2020, Eliza, Gilkyson, singer, songwriter, folk, US, election, anthems, politics, progressive,...
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After 13 years of appeals and more than three years of corporate stalling, the contract laying out the terms of the sale of the Little Mountain social housing site to Holborn Properties has finally been made public. David Chudnovsky calls the terms of the contract “a sweetheart deal” for the developer. We talk with David Chudnovsky, spokesperson for Community Advocates for Little Mountain and former NDP MLA. 
Topics: Little, Mountain, housing, social, public, Holborn, developer, BC, Liberals, Coleman, contract
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Rory Brown is President of the Vancouver Secondary Teachers' Association, a local of the BCTF. He has taught in Vancouver since 1999 and witnessed firsthand the effects of years of cutbacks. Rory Brown was recorded Nov 3 at a public forum on the future of education in B.C. organized by SFU’s Institute of the Humanities and Ricochet Media. Check out our  website for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates.     
Topics: education, cutbacks, Christie Clark, British Columbia, school closures, overcrowding, underfunding,...
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When the waters of Shoal Lake were diverted to provide drinking water for the city of Winnipeg, the community of Shoal Lake 40 became an island, cut off from services and transportation. The contrast between their living conditions and those in Winnipeg inspired residents to open what they’re calling the living Musuem of Canadian Human Rights Violations. Daryl Redsky is a resident of Shoal Lake 40. He speaks with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm. Check out our  website  for more information...
Topics: human rights museum, winnipeg, shoal lake 40, human rights violations, first nations, resources,...
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A new documentary looks at the promise and challenges of creating a society ruled by its citizens. Astra Taylor is the director of What is Democracy?  In her film, she talks with activists, workers and intellectuals about what people’s power and democracy mean to them. 
Topics: democracy, political, system, citizens, documentary, art, film
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Pedestrian and cyclist fatalities in NYC have dropped sharply since the introduction of a vigorous campaign to beef up traffic enforcement. Alana Miller explains how it was done. Alana Miller is with Transportation Alternatives in New York City. 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: pedestrians, cyclists, traffic, enforcement, safety, streets, speeding, New York City,...
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In 2015, over 70 news articles were published in both corporate and public media about the nature of Enbridge Inc’s funding partnership with the University of Calgary.  UBC graduate student Kevin McCartney and UVic sociology prof Garry Gray produced this analysis as part of the Corporate Mapping Project, which investigates corporate power within the fossil fuel industry. Their paper, Big Oil U, has just been published in the Canadian Journal of Sociology. 
Topics: Enbridge, University, Calgary, Elizabeth, Cannon, sociology, corporate, media, corruption, oil,...