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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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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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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.
Topics: CBSA, Border, sanctuary, schools, New, Westminster, migrant, surveillance, policy, undocumented
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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 1884, the Canadian government banned the Haida potlatch. But Haida elders kept the knowledge of the ceremony alive until the ban was lifted. In 1969, a potlatch was held to honour the raising of the first totem pole in 80 years, carved by Robert Davidson. Sara Florence Davidson co-wrote Potlatch as Pedagogy with her father to show how Haida traditions can be brought into present-day classrooms. She joins us in our studio to talk about the process of writing the book – and tells the story...
Topics: potlatch, Haida, pedagogy, education, ceremony, Davidson, carver, totem, Indigenous, art, culture
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The Yellowhead Institute is a First Nation-led research centre based at Ryerson University. They produced a Red Paper in 2019 about land back, the project of reclaiming Indigenous jurisdiction and breathing life into rights and responsibilities. Executive director Hayden King and Matthew Norris of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives discuss the concept of land back in a conversation recorded on December 2.
Topics: land, back, Indigenous, jurisdiction, consent, Yellowhead, CCPA, duty, rights, First, Nations
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The City of Vancouver 2022 budget complete with a 6.35% tax increase and rezoning for rentals dominated the mainstream civic media these last two weeks. Slipping under the radar were two other important policy and funding initiatives addressing climate change and social infrastructure. Ian Mass joins us with his City Beat report. 
Topics: police, budget, taxes, climate, change, housing, community, rental, levy, Vancouver, council
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Back in the early 1970s, children from the Raymur housing project in Strathcona were forced to cross train tracks on their way to their elementary school.  After months of petitioning for a safe crossing, a group of mothers made their voices heard by blockading the tracks. Carmen Pollard’s short film, Militant Mother, tells the story. We speak with Carolyn Jerome, one of the mothers who stood in front of the trains. 
Topics: militant, mother, Raymur, train, blockade, school, crossing, direct, action, Vancouver
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When you look at Canada as a whole, 71% of Canadians are fully vaccinated. But if you look at individual provinces, the numbers vary quite a bit. Here in BC, we’re currently at 73% of the total population. In Alberta, it’s more like 64%. Although vaccine passports and other incentives have prompted some to get vaccinated, many people are still hesitant. To find out what’s behind this reluctance, we’ve contacted Taylor Lambert. He is the Alberta politics reporter for The Sprawl.
Topics: vaccines, Alberta, politics, hesitancy, conspiracy theories, vaccination, rates, case, counts,...
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A year into the pandemic, it’s clear that any recovery plan has to include public investment in child care. The Canadian child care sector was fragmented and under-funded before the pandemic and it’s just gotten worse. A new study by David Macdonald and Martha Friendly of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives surveyed child care providers in 37 Canadian cities and found staggering differences in how much parents pay for child care fees across the country. We talk with Iglika Ivanova,...
Topics: economy, pandemic, inequality, women, workforce, child, care, parents, labour, affordable,...
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Judging by the constant stream of news reports of standoffs and confrontations, it’s apparent that Canada’s reconciliation project has gone off the rails.  Standoff is the title of a new book of essays by lawyer and historian Bruce McIvor. In it, he examines why reconciliation is failing and what needs to be done to fix it. Bruce McIvor is a member of the Manitoba Metis Federation and a partner at First People’s Law. He represents First Nations across Canada from Wet’suwet’en...
Topics: standoff, reconciliation, Indigenous, Canada, federal, provincial, law, court, Wet’suwet’en,...
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Yves Engler is a Montreal-based activist, author and critic of Canadian politics.  He just came out with his eleventh book “We Stand on Guard for Whom? A People’s History of the Canadian Military.  In the book, he presents a history of the Canadian military from the perspective of its victims.   The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace and the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute sponsored an online launch for the book last month. In this podcast, Yves Engler’s presentation from that...
Topics: military, Canadian, victims, war, peace-keeping, weapons, fighter, jets. Yves, Engler, history,...
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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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In July 2017, residents of a suburban development in Markham, Ontario  awoke to find a giant chrome replica of a cow called Charity facing their homes. The residents had never been consulted about the installation and  quickly rose in opposition to the  sculpture.  The interactive documentary, Charity, looks at the controversy and the bureaucratic processes involved. It raises questions about the role of public art. We speak with Ryan Ferko, one of the documentary’s creators.
Topics: public, art, Charity, sculpture, installation, Ontario, giant, interactive, web, NFB
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In its last set of meetings before a summer break, Vancouver City Council adopted an equity framework that identifies three sources of systemic inequity in the city: colonialism, White supremacy and ableism. Ian Mass tells how council intends to implement its new equity framework in this week’s City Beat report.
Topics: equity, municipal, White, supremacy, ableism, colonialism, Handydart, Translink, youth, housing
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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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The Site C dam would flood 83 kilometres of the Peace River, putting wildlife habitat, agricultural land and First Nations heritage site under hundreds of metres of water. Joe Foy is a long-time opponent of the dam project. He is National Campaign Director of the Wilderness Committee. 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: BC Hydro, electricity generation, environment, First Nations, fracking, LNG, power, site c dam
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On April 23, the Supreme Court of Canada recognized the existence of the Sinixt people in south-eastern BC, 65 years after they were declared extinct by the federal government. The ruling is the end of a long legal battle for the Sinixt and for Richard Desautel of Washington State who, in 2010, shot and killed an elk in the traditional territory of the Sinixt to challenge the extinction claim. We talk with the lawyer for the Sinixt, Mark Underhill.
Topics: Sinixt, Columbia, River, extinct, rights, Indigenous, territory, traditional, colonialism, Desautel
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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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The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation of Clayoquot Sound declared their first tribal park in 1984. Now there are four tribal parks in Tla-o-qui-aht territory and the model is being adopted elsewhere. Saya Masso is Natural Resource Manager for the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation. 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: First Nations, tribal parks, Tla-o-qui-aht, aboriginal title, Clayoqout Sound, mining, land claims
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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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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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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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In May, the federal government added plastic manufactured items to the toxic substances list of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. Campaigners to ban single-use plastic say this is an important first step in reducing the amount of plastic garbage in the environment. Laura Yates is Oceans & Plastics Campaigner with Greenpeace.
Topics: ban, CEPA, federal, environment, ocean, plastics, waste, single-use, toxic
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In 2017,  El Salvador became the first country in the world to pass a comprehensive law banning on metals mining nationwide. The vote was the result of a 12-year struggle by small farmers and their allies to protect the waters of the Lempa River from the impact of gold mining. Robin Broad and John Cavanagh tell this incredible story in their new book The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved A Country From Corporate Greed. We speak with John Cavanagh.
Topics: Salvador, metal, gold, mining, ban, water, defenders, corporations, court, damages, Canada
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The 360 Riot Walk is a multilingual interactive tour which invites participants to trace a layered history of labour politics, anti-Asian racism, and community resistance in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The tour has 13 stops between Gassy Jack and Oppenheimer Park. We speak with artist Henry Tsang, creator of the 360 Riot Walk.
Topics: art, racism, anti-Asian, history, riots, labour, politics, Downtown, Eastside, Powell, Street,...
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Research over the past 15 years shows that climate change has drastically amplified the conditions that help wildfires ignite and spread. Simon Donner is a climate scientist and professor of geography at the University of British Columbia. He discusses the factors that led to the catastrophic wildfires in the western United States.
Topics: climate, change, forest, fires, drought, heat, weather, science, wildfires, California
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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 March, Vancouver City Council unanimously passed a motion to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, UNDRIP, in Vancouver. To find out what this means for the three host nations, Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-waututh, urban Indigenous people and the City of Vancouver, we speak with Alexander Dirksen, co-vice chair of the City’s Urban Indigenous Peoples’ Advisory Committee.  
Topics: UNDRIP, UN, Indigenous, rights, municipal, Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-waututh, urban, equality,...
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The pandemic has brought into focus the urgent need for a public health that serves everyone in the community, including those who have traditionally been marginalized. A new book by Zena Sharman asks what health care could look like if queer folks had access safe, appropriate and compassionate medical care. Zena Sharman is a writer, speaker, strategist and LGBTQ+ health advocate. Her new book is called The Care We Dream Of. 
Topics: trans, health, care, queer, LGBTQ+, disability, transformative
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On April 26, the Vancouver School Board voted to end its school liaison officer program. Meenakshi Mannoe is Criminalization & Policing Campaigner at Pivot Legal Society and was involved in the fight to remove police from school. She joins us to talk about her concerns with the motion the Vancouver School Board passed and what’s next for the campaign to remove police from schools. 
Topics: police, liaison, program, Vancouver, VSB, school, defund, Black, racism, Indigenous, criminalization
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A new book brings together the voices of sex workers, activists and researchers to explore sex work laws, policy and rights in Canada. The book asks readers to question both personal and legislative assumptions about this industry. Tamara O’Doherty is a criminology lecturer at Simon Fraser University, activist and contributing author to Red Light Labour.
Topics: sex, work, industry, trafficking, legislation, sexual, services, decriminalization
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Rick McGowan is with the Metrotown Residents Association, a group that is concerned about the loss of hundreds of low-rise walk-ups in Burnaby. He says the new NDP government should call an immediate halt to the demolition of purpose-built rental housing throughout Metro Vancouver and bring in an affordable housing strategy to protect low-income renters. Check out our website for more information about Redeye. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.
Topics: homelessness, affordable housing, Metrotown, Vancouver, low-income
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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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Canadian supermarkets throw out tons of unsold food every day. A common misunderstanding is that this food is rotten and useless. The truth is that most food thrown out is edible. Greenpeace is calling on supermarkets to reform their practices. They would like to see the big chains commit to a zero edible food waste target. We talk with Ann Foo, a volunteer with Go Zero Food Waste. 
Topics: food, waste, surplus, groceries, zero, supermarkets, Canada, edible, dumpster-diving
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Non-unionized workers in BC have no paid sick leave rights under the Employment Standards Act. Guaranteed paid sick time for all workers crept a step closer in May with the announcement of a temporary three-day paid sick policy but it’s set to run out at the end of this year. We talk with David Fairey, labour economist and co-chair of the BC Employment Standards Coalition.
Topics: sick, pay, Covid-19, pandemic, employment, standards, BC, worker, permanent, paid, labour, economy
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Members of The Thingery will soon be able to borrow anything from ski equipment to tents to bocci ball sets from their local depot.  These lending libraries of things will be housed in shipping containers located on neighbourhood streets around the Lower Mainland. Chris Diplock founded Vancouver’s tool library. He joins us to talk about his latest project in cooperative use of resources.
Topics: Thingery, tool library, cooperatives, Vancouver, shared resources
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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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The official story sees Canada as a shining beacon spreading its enlightened code of ethics through a dark world. Richard Sanders says we believe this because we’re suffering from the Canada Syndrome, a mass delusion rooted in the early years of settler colonialism. Richard Sanders is editor of Press for Conversion, the recently revived magazine from the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade. He speaks with Redeye host James Mainguy. Check out our  website for more information about Redeye....
Topics: Canada, settler colonialism, racism, imperialism, Christian values, occupation, ethnic cleansing,...
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Author Mike Berners-Lee figured out the carbon footprint of more than a hundred things from sending an email or installing solar panels to starting a war. His goal is to give us a carbon instinct which we can use to make a reasonable guesstimate about anything and everything. Mike Berners-Lee 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: carbon footprint, environment, climate change, greenhouse gases, food
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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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Sanctions are crippling the efforts of aid workers in Syria as the country faces a humanitarian catastrophe, according to a recent UN report leaked to Rania Khalek of the Electronic Intifada. Rani Khalek 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: Syria, aid, sanctions, US, EU, aid, Russia, proxy war, Assad
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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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Sociologist Elizabeth Comack interviewed nearly 80 Aboriginal people in Winnipeg in her research for this book. They reported experiences that were overwhelmingly negative. In Racialized Police, she undertakes a comprehensive analysis of how race is constructed and functions in day-to-day policing in Canada. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular updates. 
Topics: police, racism, First Nations, Aboriginal people, colonialism, Winnipeg, racial profiling
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Securitization in the political context refers to the viewing of broad spheres of society through a security lens. Muslims in Canada have been the focus of sustained attention from the RCMP and CSIS in the 18 years since the World Trade Center attacks. Fahad Ahmed is documenting the impact of this trend on the Muslim community at a time when it faces its own threats from right-wing violence. Fahad Ahmed is a PhD candidate at the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University.
Topics: Muslims, racism, Islamophobia, discrimination, terrorism, right-wing, security, RCMP, CSIS
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A Freedom of Information request by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has revealed that BC Hydro is very concerned about the earthquake risk posed by fracking operations close to the Peace Canyon dam and the Site C dam construction site. Ben Parfitt a resource policy analyst with the CCPA. He shares some of the findings from hundreds of pages of emails, memos, and handwritten meeting notes.
Topics: fracking, earthquakes, dam, Peace, River, Site, C, CCPA, BC, Hydro, oil, gas, industry, permits
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BC has crown corporations for housing, hydro, transit and a number of other key sectors. Now a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Zero Waste BC is calling for a crown corporation to take on the challenge of recycling. This is just one of a number of key proposals in “A Zero Waste Agenda for BC”. We speak with Sue Maxwell, a sustainability consultant with Ecoinspire Planning Services and one of the authors of the report. 
Topics: zero, waste, recycling, garbage, repair, incinerators, food, consumption
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The provincial NDP government was elected in 2017 with a platform that called for a re-think of BC’s logging of old growth forests.  Now, more than two years after the election, the government is continuing to allow old growth logging while promoting a public consultation process that has no timeline and no guaranteed action. We speak with Andrea Inness of the Ancient Forest Alliance.
Topics: forestry, crisis, forests, logging, old-growth, consultation, exports, consultation, protection,...
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As many B.C. regions experience severe drought, municipalities and First Nations are calling for the government to stop issuing groundwater extraction licences to commercial bottling companies. The province is currently sitting on at least eight permit applications for water-bottling operations, one of which concerns the town of Golden in the Rocky Mountains. Annette Lutterman is an ecologist and a resident of Golden.
Topics: water-bottling, licences, moratorium, municipalities, First, Nations, aquifer, groundwater, drought
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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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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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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.
Topics: racism, Haiti, Dominican, Republic, Hispaniola, Caribbean, expulsion, statelessness
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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 Guatemala, a trial is underway in the case of 183 civilians who were disappeared or murdered in Guatemala City in the 1980s.  A military intelligence document known as the Diario Militar, or Military Diary, is being used as evidence of the systematic terrorism carried out by high-ranking military officials and others. Twelve men are now accused of crimes against humanity. We speak with Wendy Mendez, whose mother was disappeared in 1984. 
Topics: Guatemala, death, squads, military, diary, dossier, disappeared, murder, human, rights, impunity
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A new documentary has its premiere this week in Vancouver. The Shadow of Gold reveals the impact of gold mining and the gold trade on our economy, environment and conflicts. We speak with Canadian producer and director Robert Lang about the effects of our obsession with this talisman of wealth and power on people from the Democratic Republic of Congo to the Amazon and China.
Topics: Shadow, gold, documentary, DRC, conflict, mining, environment, mercury, tailings, mining, China,...
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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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The privatization of Mexico’s oil and gas resources in 2013 has allowed US and Canadian energy companies access to the market south of the US border. But companies like Sempra Energy and TransCanada are facing resistance from the Yaqui and Otomi people over pipelines crossing the US-Mexican border and infringing on indigenous land rights. We speak with Steve Horn, a freelance investigative journalist based in San Diego. 
Topics: oil and gas industry, TransCanada, pipelines, Indigenous resistance, Mexico
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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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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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While Canada and the provinces are running up deficits to help people survive the current financial crisis, cities operate by different rules. City Beat’s Ian Mass joins us to discuss the challenges facing Vancouver and other Lower Mainland cities and how they plan to cope. 
Topics: city, beat, municipal, services, property, tax, community, finances, coronavirus, pandemic, covid-19
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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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Vancouver City Council has worked hard this past year to establish priorities to address climate change, Indigenous reconciliation, and tenant protection for people living in single-room occupancy hotels. The problem is, without money these changes won’t happen. Redeye collective member Ian Mass joins us to talk about the upcoming debate on the 2022 city budget in his regular City Beat report.  
Topics: budget, Vancouver, city, council, SROs, Indigenous, reconciliation, climate, crisis, change, tax,...
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Vancouver City Council approved rezoning applications for two new housing projects spearheaded by local Indigenous societies, despite neighbourhood opposition. Council also looked at how they could support reconciliation, bring in paid sick leave and protect West End residents from homophobic street preachers. All this, and more, in today’s City Beat with Ian Mass. 
Topics: Indigenous, social, housing, development, reconcialiation, Hogan’s, Alley, sick, leave, REITs,...
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There are more than 100 housing co-ops in Vancouver, the majority located on land leased from the City of Vancouver. Many of these leases are expiring over the next decade and the City and the Co-op Housing Federation have been talking about what to do for the last 5 years. Council will make a decision this week. This and more in Redeye’s regular City Beat report with Ian Mass.
Topics: co-ops, housing, city, beat, cooperative, leases, Trutch, renaming, CHF, density
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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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Last month Canada was rejected for the second consecutive time in its bid for a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council, losing to Norway and Ireland.  Now many organizations and activists are pushing for a formal and democratic review of Canadian foreign policy. James Mainguy speaks with Tamara Lorincz, who is a member of the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute.
Topics: foreign, policy, UN, Security, Council, Canada, Norway, Ireland, seat, review, defeat
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The police killing of George Floyd ignited a global uprising against police violence and created a space for anti-racist voices to be heard. One idea that has gained traction as a result is that of defunding the police and investing in other programs to deliver safety and security. Sandy Hudson co-founded Black Lives Matter Toronto and is vice-chair of the Black Legal Action Centre. She’s currently a UCLA law student. Sandy Hudson joins us to talk about what defunding the police could look...
Topics: defund, police, violence, brutality, Black, killings, social, justice, safety, security, systemic,...
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The 2021 Federal Budget promised to support people living in Indigenous communities, and allocate over $18 billion over the next five years to improve the quality of life and create new opportunities. Riley Yesno says as “historic and unprecedented” as this Budget may be, that does not mean it is sufficient. Riley Yesno is a queer Anishinaabe writer, researcher, and public speaker from Eabametoong First Nation. She is currently a Canadian Journalism Foundation Fellow, and a Yellowhead...
Topics: budget, federal, Indigenous, inequity, health, housing, infrastructure, MMIWG, reconciliation, water
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In May last year, the Alberta government cancelled blanket environmental protections that had been in place since the 1970s, paving the way for foreign mining companies to operate open-pit coalmines in the eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains. We talk with Toby Malloy of the National Farmers Union.
Topics: coal, mining, open-pit, Alberta, UCP, Kenney, Rockies, water, pollution, farmers, ranchers
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A planning commission of First Nations and government reps said most of this pristine wilderness should be protected from development. Last month the government stood this agreement on its head. Gillian Cracknell of Canadian Parks and Wilderness – Yukon Territory 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: Peel River Watershed, First Nations, wilderness, Yukon Territory, mining, resource development
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Fossil fuels are now being extracted with more unconventional and more dangerous techniques. A new film looks at the rise of extreme energy and envisages the path towards a post-growth economy. David Lavallee is the director and producer of To the Ends of the Earth. He 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: fossil fuels, peak oil, tar sands, oil and gas, extraction, mining, climate change, global warming,...
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For 27 years, thousands of Indigenous people and campesinos in Ecuador's Amazon have been fighting Chevron, seeking compensation for the contamination of their land by oil extraction activities. Paul Paz y Miño of Amazon Watch joins us to talk about the twists and turns of their long fight for justice. 
Topics: Amazon, Ecuador, oil, contamination, pollution, Texaco, Chevron, Indigenous, energy, court
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Carmen Rodriguez is an internationally acclaimed Chilean-Canadian author, educator and journalist. Her new novel, Atacama, is set against the backdrop of Chile in the first half of the twentieth century and Europe during the Spanish Civil War. It is both a sweeping historical novel and gripping tale of personal drama. Carmen Rodriguez joins us to talk about the book.
Topics: Chile, Atacama, Spain, fascism, historical, novel, drama, communism, Rodriguez
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On March 31, the PEI government said they would start providing local access for abortions by the end of 2016. The change in policy was the result of a legal challenge by Abortion Access Now PEI. Colleen MacQuarrie has been organizing in earnest to repatriate care in 2010. She is co-founder of Abortion Access Now PEI. She s peaks 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: PEI, abortion, anti-choice, women, health, feminism, access, legal challenge
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In mid-September, vaccine protesters entered three schools in Salmon Arm to deliver notices of Vaccine Liability, bogus legal documents based on the ideology of the Freemen-on-the-Land. To find out more about this anti-government movement and its links to white nationalism, we contacted Edwin Hodge. He’s a lecturer in the Sociology Department at the University of Victoria who researches extremism and white supremacist activism in North American societies. 
Topics: white, nationalism, supremacy, vaccine, freemen-on-the-land, sovereign, citizens, anti-vax,...
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The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says we should re-imagine Canada Post and use its existing network to connect Canadians as part of a green and just recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic. We talk with Kate Holowatiuk about the vision they have developed - Delivering Community Power.
Topics: post, office, Canada, infrastructure, Covid-19, pandemic, recovery, economy, banking, Internet,...