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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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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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A federal government review panel has just concluded hearings on a Vancouver Fraser Port Authority proposed container terminal on Roberts Bank in the Strait of Georgia. Opponents of this expansion say the terminal’s impact is as profound as the Trans Mountain oil pipeline terminal presently being built in Burnaby. We talk with Roger Emsley of Against Port Expansion.
Topics: port, expansion, Roberts, bank, terminal, migratory, birds, wildlife, Delta, pollution, farmland
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Sharon McIvor’s grandmother was a member of the Lower Nicola Band who married a non-Indigenous man. Under Canada’s Indian Act, status was decided on the basis of male lineage and so their daughter was ineligible for registration as an Indian.  Sharon McIvor launched a landmark case to gain equality and won a sweeping legal victory in 2007.  The Canadian government continued to drag its feet. Sharon McIvor took the case to the United Nations in 2011. Canada finally ended sex-based...
Topics: Indian, Act, Canada, human, rights, UN, sex-based, discrimination, racism, Indigenous, equality,...
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Oceana Gold is demanding $300 million in compensation following the 2009 decision by the El Salvadorean government not to issue metal mining permits. The company is using the World Bank to challenge this moratorium on mining. Jen Moore is Latin America Program Coordinator for Mining Watch. She speks 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: El Salvador, mining, Canadian mining company, lawsuit, compensation, moratorium, Oceana Gold
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The City of Vancouver and Airbnb have reached an agreement that supports the implementation of Vancouver’s new short-term rental regulations.  As part of the agreement, Airbnb will require hosts in Vancouver to update their short-term rental listings to display a business licence. Karen Sawatsky completed her Master's thesis on short-term rentals. She joins us to discuss the agreement and the new regulations.
Topics: Airbnb, short-term, rentals, housing, supply, Vancouver, vacancy, rate
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John Ware is an iconic figure in the history of southern Alberta. He was a Black pioneer and rancher who settled in the province before the turn of the century. Born in the American South, he was already an accomplished cowboy by the time he arrived in Alberta. John Ware is the subject of a new NFB documentary now showing at the Calgary and Vancouver International Film Festival.
Topics: black, Alberta, racism, NFB, documentary, cowboy, history, film, Foggo, Ware
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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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Vicky Husband says that the provincial government is deliberately misleading the public about the amount of old growth left in British Columbia. She says we should distinguish between old growth and ancient forest. Vicky Husband is a veteran environmentalist and member of the Order of Canada. 
Topics: forests, ancient, old, growth, logging, trees, timber, environment, Vancouver, Island, wildlife,...
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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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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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First Nations in BC are working proactively towards re-establishing sovereignty over their territories in British Columbia. Asserting sovereignty over mining activities is a critical part of that work. A recent report by the BC First Nations Energy and Mining Council aims to provide First Nations with tools to guide the development and implementation of new ways for mining to occur on their lands. Tahltan elder Allen Edzerza was the project lead in the process that resulted in the report...
Topics: sovereignty, consent, territories, lands, British, Columbia, mining, claim, staking, mineral,...
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Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are large investment companies that own, and in most cases operate, rental apartment buildings. Housing activists say REITs result in the loss of affordable rental units and drive gentrification, in order to make the highest profit for their investors. On February 9, Vancouver city councillor Jean Swanson is bringing a motion to the council meeting that is designed to protect affordable rental housing in Vancouver. We talk with Sara Sagaii of the Vancouver...
Topics: rental, housing, apartments, affordable, REITs, real, estate, investment, Vancouver,...
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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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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.
Topics: Saudi, Arabia, Yemen, executions, mass, killings, fair, trial, Canada, weapons, war, bombing
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Parts of the U.S. have seen a huge increase in well sites over the past few years. Researchers in Pennsylvania and New York have found a correlation between well density and hospital visits, especially for heart conditions and neurological illnesses. Dr. Reynold Panettieri is professor of medicine and deputy director of the Centre of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is senior author of the study. Dr. Reynold Panettieri speaks with Redeye host Jane...
Topics: fracking, heart conditions, pennsylvania, health care use, neurological illness, hydraulic...
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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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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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Lawyer Hasan Alam says Ottawa University professor Hassan Diab, held in France without trial for two years, is one in a long list of men of Muslim or Middle Eastern descent who don’t get the benefit of the fair hearing and due process that white Canadians take for granted. Hasan Alam spoke in Vancouver three months ago.   Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Subscribe to our  podcast  on iTunes.    
Topics: Islamophobia, Muslims, Hassan Diab, Maher Arar, wrongful conviction
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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 BC government is determined to flood thousands of acres of farmland and traditional territories in the Peace River valley. A court challenge may be the only way to stop the Site C dam. RAVEN is an organization set up to raise funds for court challenges by First Nations. They are working right now to support the Treaty 8 Nations in their fight against the dam. This interview was recorded two weeks before the BC government issued permits to allow work to start on the project. Susan Smitten is...
Topics: first nations, treaty rights, land claims, aboriginal rights, bc hydro, site c dam, peace river,...
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Under Canada’s Indian Act, prior to 1985, a woman who married a non-Indigenous man lost her Indian status, and risked being evicted from her reserve. A new documentary tells the story of a Mohawk woman who lost her status and fought for more than two decades to get it back and end sex discrimination under the Indian Act. We speak with Mohawk writer and director Courtney Montour.
Topics: Indian, Act, sex, discrimination, status, marriage, Mohawk, Kahnawake
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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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45 youth in and from foster care traveled to Victoria last month to meet with ministers and MLAs.  They are calling for urgent changes to a foster care system that fully supports them only until they become adults. They want to see universal and comprehensive support for youth aging out of care. We speak with Dylan Cohen, a community organizer with Fostering Change. Cohen is an Indigenous former youth in care from Treaty One territory. 
Topics: youth, foster, care, aging, support, housing, mental, health, poverty, homelessness, child, welfare
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David Tracey’s field guide introduces us to some of specimens that make Vancouver what he calls “a paradise for trees”.  The book celebrates the incredible selection of trees nurtured by the city’s long growing season, mild winters and abundance of moisture. David Tracey speaks with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm. Check out our website for more information about Redeye. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.
Topics: environment, trees, forest, Vancouver, urban life
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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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Seven years ago, the City of Vancouver allowed a comprehensive upzoning of Chinatown that brought in rapid condo development and accelerated the demise of this historic cultural site. Activists and local residents fought back, focusing their attention of a proposed condo tower in the heart of Chinatown. They won that fight and an apology from the city for 150 years of institutionalized racism. Melody Ma is one of the young activists who is fighting to preserve the historic Chinatown which she...
Topics: Chinatown, racism, Chinese, condo, development, UNESCO, Vancouver, apology, housing, culture
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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.
Topics: IPCC, climate, crisis, adaptation, BC, Canada, emissions, oil, gas, industry, forest, fires,...
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On October 24, Chile voted in favour of replacing its neoliberal constitution written more than 40 years ago under the military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet.  78% of people backed a new charter in a plebiscite held Sunday. Estefanía Milla-Moreno is from Santiago, Chile. She is currently a PhD candidate in forestry at the University of British Columbia. 
Topics: Chile, constitution, Pinochet, Chicago, Boys, neoliberal, economy, privatization, health,...
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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. 
Topics: police, act, report, reform, defund, social, issues, systemic, racism, power, abuse, violence,...
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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.
Topics: passport, immunity, card, vaccine, Covid-19, pandemic, Canada, discrimination, health,...
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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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Hogan's Alley in Vancouver’s East End was home to much of the city’s Black community before it was demolished to make way for the Georgia Viaduct in the 1960s. More than 50 modular homes have been constructed on the land where Hogan’s Alley once stood to house predominantly Black and Indigenous people. Lama Mugabo is a member of the Hogan’s Alley Society. He talks about the housing project, the history of the neighbourhood and the systemic racism Black people faced then and now.
Topics: modular, housing, homeless, Black, Indigenous, community, Hogan’s, Alley, Strathcona, racism,...
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Last week, the federal government and First Nations leaders announced a $40 billion agreement-in-principle to compensate young people harmed by Canada’s discriminatory child welfare system. The agreement also sets aside half the money to reform the welfare system. This comes after a 15-year long fight begun by Cindy Blackstock and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. Sarah Clarke is a lawyer with Clarke Child and Family Law. She has represented the First Nations Child and Family...
Topics: First, Nations, child, welfare, settlement, reserve, family, apprehension, discrimination, racism,...
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At the end of November last year, people in Honduras voted overwhelmingly for the platform of democratic socialism put forward by Xiomara Castro. Her Libre Party was formed in the aftermath of the coup that deposed Castro’s husband, Manuel Zelaya. We talk with writer Owen Schalk about the 2009 couple and Canada’s role in Honduras during the reign of terror that followed. 
Topics: Honduras, election, Zelaya, Castro, neoliberalism, mining, Canadian, complicity, coup, democratic,...
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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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Three independent filmmakers embarked on a creative collaboration with women in prison and advocates. The result is the documentary Conviction.  It envisions alternatives to prison through the eyes of women behind bars and those fighting on the front lines of the decarceration movement. We speak with director Teresa MacInnes.
Topics: prison, women, incarceration, prisoners, film, documentary, conviction, justice, abolition
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Groundswell offers youth an alternative to mainstream business education that aims to build a network of enterprises that cooperate rather than compete. The program takes participants through a range of hard and soft skills that will equip them succeed in developing an ethical business. Reilly Yeo is a facilitator at Groundswell. 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...
Topics: business, cooperation, enterprises, ethics, community engagement, alternatives, groundswell, youth,...
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The federal government launched a wide-ranging review of its environmental assessment process in June 2016. It’s wrapping up soon but there still time to make your views known. Katherine Zmuda is a graduate student at SFU. She wrote the Sierra Club sumission to the federal EA review expert panel. Katherine Zmuda 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: environmental assessment, EA, Canada, federal government, mines, nuclear energy, nuclear waste,...
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Author and activist Robyn Maynard has written the first comprehensive account of nearly 400 years of state-sanctioned surveillance, criminalization and punishment of Black lives in Canada. In this episode, we bring you Robyn Maynard’s presentation recorded at the Vancouver launch of Policing Black Lives on March 1.
Topics: police, Black Lives Matter, racism, Canada, prisons
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The killing of four members of a Muslim family in London, Ontario two weeks ago has brought white nationalist violence to the forefront yet again. Jasmin Zine is a Professor of Sociology and Muslim Studies at Laurier University. She is lead researcher with the Canadian Islamophobia Industry Research Project. She says the ingredients for this latest tragedy have long been in the making.
Topics: Islamophobia, white, nationalism, supremacy, Muslim, racism, Canada, industry, liberal, violence
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On October 25, over a million people took to the streets of Santiago, Chile in the largest mobilization since the end of the dictatorship. President Sebastián Piñera has announced a major cabinet reshuffle and introduces a few reforms but mass protests continue. José Arias Bustamante is a forest engineer from Chile, currently doing graduate work at UBC. He speaks with us about the roots of the uprising and the goals of the movements involved in the protests.
Topics: Chile, neoliberalism, protests, repression, human, rights, privatization, austerity, dictatorship,...
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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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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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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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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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It has been 100 years since Vancouver developed a city-wide plan. That plan reserved over 70% of the city for single family residences. A century later, Vancouver has a new draft city plan. Public comment is open until April 24th and then it goes to council in June for debate. Ian Mass is here with City Beat to discuss the Vancouver plan, the capital budget, the police budget, a mansion tax, 2030 Olympics and lots more.
Topics: city, plan, 2030, Olympics, capital, budget, election, mayor, Vancouver, City, Beat, police
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Four of Vancouver’s biggest hotels are behind picket lines after workers walked out on strike 3 weeks ago. Sharon Pawa is a spokesperson with Unite Here Local 40 and James Sugden is a cook at the Hotel Georgia. They join us to talk about the issues behind this strike.
Topics: union, labour, hotels, hospitality, harassment, wages, Vancouver, strike, workload
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Josie Osborne was recently re-elected for a third term as the mayor of Tofino. Amy Lubik is a first-time Port Moody city councillor. They join us in studio to talk about the rural and urban resolutions they’re looking forward to debating at the annual Union of BC Municipalities conference taking place in Vancouver September 23 to 27. 
Topics: municipal, politics, climate, crisis, finances, progressive, housing, homelessness, poverty,...
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Dawn Paley is an independent journalist and co-founder of the Vancouver Media Coop. AK Press has just published her first book Drug War Capitalism. Dawn Paley was in Vancouver with the book last week. In this recording, you’ll hear Dawn talking about and reading from the book. You’ll also hear a true story from the drug war in Juarez writtten by Mexican photo journalist Julián Cardona and read by Juanita Sundberg. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on...
Topics: drug war, capitalism, police, national guard, corruption, paramilitaries, terror, Juarez, Mexico,...
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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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Statistics show that the lower your income, the less likely you are to have employer-paid sick days. Given that the jobs where women workers predominate don’t pay well, it’s clear that the introduction of paid sick leave would increase gender equality across the board. This March, the BC Employment Standards Coalition is calling on the provincial government to include the right to paid sick days in the Employment Standards Act. We talk with Kaitlyn Matulewicz, executive director of the...
Topics: women, feminist, low-wage, sick, paid, leave, days, labour, workers, inequality, wages, gender
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Government-sponsored refugees arriving in BC are automatically taken to a special clinic for an initial health checkup. Privately-sponsored refugees have to rely on their sponsors to find health care. The Umbrella Multicultural Health Coop runs a clinic in New Westminster, where doctors and cross-cultural health brokers work together to ensure that refugees get their health care needs met in a culturally-appropriate atmosphere. They currently have a campaign to raise funds to allow the clinic...
Topics: syria, refugees, health care, government-sponsored, privately-sponsored, medical care, british...
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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. Chief Liz Logan is the Tribal Chief for the Treaty 8 Tribal Association. She has served four terms as Chief of Fort Nelson First Nation, followed by eight years as Tribal Chief of Treaty 8 Tribal Association. She speaks here about the impacts of fracking and LNG on Treaty 8 territories in northeast BC. (part 1 of a 7-part...
Topics: Fracking, fossil fuels, Liquieifed Natural Gas, LNG, environment, British Columbia, First Nations,...
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Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson is a Haida musician, artist and lawyer who has represented the Haida Nation at the Supreme Court of Canada. She spoke at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC on Sept 14 at the launch of David Boyd’s new book, The Rights of Nature: A legal revolution that could save the world. Check out our website for more information about Redeye. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.
Topics: Haida, environment, rights of nature, Indigenous, First Nations
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Advocates say that Canada’s practice of detaining immigrants and refugees for years runs counter to both international Law and the Charter of Rights of Freedoms. They’re calling for a 90-day limit. Mac Scott is an immigration consultant and part of the legal team working with End Immigration Detention Network. 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: immigrants, refugees, hunger strike, indefinite detention, no-one is illegal, prison, detainees
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A speech by Indigenous economist and author Winona LaDuke, recorded in January in Vancouver, BC. She talks about the successful fight against a Kinder Morgan pipeline in Minnesota, the resistance at Standing Rock and her work in rural and community development on the White Earth reservation.
Topics: Winona LaDuke, economics, Indigenous, food, pipelines
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Two weeks ago Canada Post issued 72-hour lockout notice to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. But management withdrew its lockout notice when it didn’t get the backing of the Liberal government. Jennifer Savage is president of the Vancouver local of CUPW. She explains the issues at the bargaining table. Jennifer Savage 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.     
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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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Medea Benjamin of Code Pink for Peace condemns the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and says it’s aimed at derailing future efforts at diplomacy with Iran. She points out that, with Iran scheduled to have elections in June, incoming president Joe Biden has just four months to bring the United States back into the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. We talk with Medea Benjamin from Miami.
Topics: Iran, nuclear, deal, assassination, Israel, diplomacy, terrorism, sanctions, Trump, foreign,...
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Starting in 2002, BC Hydro bought too much of the wrong kind of energy, paid too much for it and did this at the behest of the provincial government.  John Calvert is the author of Liquid Gold, a book analyzing the BC Liberals’ private power agenda. He joins us in the episode to talk about the problems this policy has caused for BC Hydro and what it will mean for our electricity bills.
Topics: BC, Hydro, power, energy, privatization, private, policy, Liberals, resources, wind, renewable,...
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A coalition of organizations called FairPlay Canada is asking Canada’s telecom regulator to launch a website-blocking system as a tactic to curb piracy. Bell, Rogers, the CBC and others want to see a blacklist of websites that allow people to download pirated content such as movies and TV shows. Katy Anderson of OpenMedia says the strategy is unnecessary and poses a threat to net neutrality.
Topics: piracy, net neutrality, media, CRTC, Bell Rogers Cineplex
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Thea Cacchione is a sociologist who studies the medicalization of sex. In 2010, she testified at an FDA hearing against the approval of Flibanserin, a drug proposed to treat sexual desire disorder.  Thea Cacchione Doug King 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: female sexual interest disorder, pink viagra, even the score, sexual pharmaceuticals, FDA, side...
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Metro Vancouver city councils are setting their agendas for the next four years. Our City Beat reporter, Ian Mass, brings us details about a poverty reduction plan coming before Vancouver City Council, Jean Swanson’s motion to protect tenants from renovictions and other issues being debated in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and Surrey. 
Topics: municipal, politics, City, Beat, Vancouver, rentals, tenants, zoning, renovictions, poverty, Burnaby
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On January 2, a B.C. Supreme Court judge granted three mushroom pickers an injunction against the Sunshine Coast Community Forest. The injunction halts logging in the Chanterelle Forest until the cutting permit can be reviewed by the courts. Ross Muirhead is one of the mushroom pickers and long-time activist with Elphinstone Logging Focus.
Topics: Sechelt, Chanterelle Forest, logging, Elphinstone, Roosevelt Elk
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Since 2015, Saudi Arabia has led an attack on Yemen, already one of the poorest countries in the world. More than 14 million people have been pushed to the brink of famine as a result of the war. Saudi Arabia has been able to lead this attack largely because of U.S. support. But things are changing. We speak with Jehan Hakim of the Yemeni Alliance Committee about the significance of two bills before the House and the Senate.
Topics: Yemen, Saudi, Arabia, US, war, crimes, famine, humanitarian, crisis, Senate, House
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The United States, Canada and Mexico are currently renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. Manuel Perez Rocha argues that NAFTA has devastated the economy and the environment in Mexico. He says Mexican workers would cheer the demise of the agreement. Manuel Perez Rocha is an associate fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies.
Topics: Mexico, NAFTA, economy, food security, environment
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Almost three-quarters of the experts commenting on issues in the mainstream media are men. Shari Graydon of Informed Opinions is interested in why women routinely refuse interview requests. Graydon is an award-winning author, educator and women’s advocate with more than 20 years of experience on both sides of the microphone. She speaks with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm. Check out our  website  for more information about Redeye. Find us on Facebook and like our  page  for regular...
Topics: women, feminism, inequality, radio, TV, experts, interviews, media criticism, communications
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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 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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The Fraser estuary is one of the largest estuaries on the Pacific coast of North America. It is the rearing grounds for Canada’s most productive salmon runs and connects a food web that links fish, birds and marine mammals across thousands of kilometres of the North Pacific Ocean. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is proposing another massive container terminal on Roberts Bank in the Strait of Georgia. We speak about the project with Misty MacDuffee of the Raincoast Conservation Foundation.
Topics: fish, wildlife, orcas, migratory, birds, Roberts, Bank, Vancouver, Port, Terminal, Strait, Georgia,...
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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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After emerging from years of brutal dictatorship, the Haitian people dreamed of a democracy that would serve the poor and bring an end to impunity. Between 1991 and 2004, Haitians elected a succession of governments committed to realizing this dream. The pro-democracy movement’s efforts were ultimately derailed by powerful local elites and their allies in the international community, including Canada. Haiti Betrayed was written, directed and produced by Elaine Briere.
Topics: Haiti, democracy, coup, elites, Canada, complicity, United, States, military, Aristide, kidnapped,...
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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 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