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A progressive take on current events. Produced by an independent media collective at Vancouver Cooperative Radio.

A progressive take on current events. Produced by an independent media collective at Vancouver Cooperative Radio.
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A progressive take on current events. Produced by an independent media collective at Vancouver Cooperative Radio.






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India descends into fascism under Hindu nationalist government

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.


Robyn Maynard on her book Policing Black Lives

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.


Urgent need for poverty reduction plan in British Columbia

In our last episode, John Clarke on the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty outlined his critique of Basic Income at a panel discussion organized by Simon Fraser University on February 27. Trish Garner was one of the panellists invited to respond to John Clarke. She is with BC Poverty Reduction and she gave the audience some context to understand the depth of poverty that exists in BC today. During her talk, she also played a video called Don’t Get Sick, produced by Omar Chu.


The danger of Basic Income in an era of neoliberalism

John Clarke is with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty. He is deeply critical of the push to implement Basic Income in the context of the current neoliberal era. He says it will not only cut benefits and depress the wages of the lowest paid workers but also threaten public housing, healthcare and education. We recorded John Clarke on February 27 here in Vancouver.


We Interrupt This Program: Indigenous Media Tactics in Canadian Culture

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.


Third-generation Peace River farmers take the long view on Site C project

Ken and Arlene Boon are living under the threat of expropriation in the Peace River farmhouse that Arlene grandfather built. Ken Boon is president of the Peace Valley Landowner Association representing 70 valley residents who would lose property to Site C’s reservoir. In this episode, we hear a talk by Ken Boon recorded at the Native Education College in Vancouver on March 26.


Farmland in Peace River valley unique in Northeastern BC

Sage Birley is a farmer in Northeastern BC, a region where crops can be hit by frost as early as August – except in the Peace River valley. Sage Birley has been active in the fight to stop the Site C dam and preserve the farmland in the Peace River valley. He spoke in Vancouver on March 26.


Supporting First Nations in their fight to preserve land and treaty rights

The Blueberry River First Nations are in B.C. Supreme Court right now, fighting to stop runaway oil and gas development in north-eastern B.C. The Prophet River and West Moberly First Nations are also in court, challenging the government’s decision to go ahead with the Site C dam. Mae Burrows is a long-time environmental and labour activist. She talks about why it’s important for non-Indigenous people to support these legal battles.


The story behind Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and the Trump campaign

The scandal involving Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, and Donald Trump's presidential campaign has roots going back to the 1960s, and the development of the Internet. We speak with Yasha Levine, author of the book Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet.


Canadian government turns blind eye to human rights violations in Honduras

Since the re-election of President Juan Orlando Hernandez, Honduran security forces have killed dozens of protestors and detained hundreds more. Jackie McVicar recently traveled to Honduras as part of an international emergency faith delegation. She currently works with United for Mining Justice.


Airbnb reaches agreement with Vancouver over short-term rental licences

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.


BC NDP goes after doctors who extra bill, takes steps to deal with waitlists

This month, the BC Supreme Court resumed hearing Dr. Brian Day’s challenge to BC’s Medicare Protection Act. He is arguing that the province’s ban on the purchase of private insurance for services already covered by the public system violates patients’ rights, and leaves them waiting months for medically necessary procedures. Meanwhile, the NDP is taking steps to reduce waitlists and go after doctors who extra bill. Colleen Fuller is a research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy...


The Wetland Project: Radio that listens in rather than broadcasts out

This coming Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day. To mark the occasion, Co-op Radio will broadcast a 24-hour recording made over the course of a whole day and night at a marsh on Saturna Island. For the second year in a row, artists Brady Marks and Mark Timmings collaborated on this soundscape. This year, Mark Timmings is presenting a piece of music he composed based on the sounds from the marsh and Brady Marks has created a visual representation of the recording.


Critical point in struggle against fish farms as 20 licences come up for renewal

Hereditary Chief Ernest Alfred from the ‘Namgis First Nation is urging people to let the provincial NDP know if they do not support open net fish farms off the British Columbia coast as 20 licences in the Broughton Archipelago come up for renewal this June. Chief Ernest Alfred is one of a group of Indigenous people who has been occupying a Norwegian fish farm on Swanson Island since August 2017.


How to read recent media coverage of Israeli killings in Gaza

Greg Shupak says corporate media is engaging in linguistic gymnastics to avoid saying that Israeli soldiers are killing unarmed demonstrators in Gaza. In this interview, he quotes a recent 30-word-long headline from the New York Times that blames Palestinians for being shot. Greg Shupak is the author of The Wrong Story: Palestine, Israel and the Media, which will out this month from OR Books.


A conversation with Indigenous storyteller T'uy'tanat Cease Wyss

Artist and ethnobotanist T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss has just been named the 2018 Indigenous storyteller in residence at the Vancouver Public Library. In a wide-ranging conversation with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm, she tells stories about her 6x-great grandmother who had two husbands at the same time, and who lived on Kanaka Ranch on Coal Harbour. T'uy'tanat Cease Wyss also talks about her name and about projects that seek to decolonize the urban environment of Vancouver.


City Beat: Vancouver's about-face on Chinatown, legacy of colonialism in New West

Redeye’s Ian Mass joins us to talk about the City of Vancouver’s newly announced new development plan for Chinatown that lines up with a push for world heritage designation for the area; and New Westminster debates how to deal with the legacy of Judge Begbie, the man who condemned six Tsilhqot'in chiefs to death in the 1860s.


Radiance of Resistance: A profile of two girls from a West Bank village

Ahed Tamimi is a Palestinian teenager, famous around the world for standing up to the Israeli occupation. Janna Ayyad is a child journalist from the same village who documents the violence she sees around her. Jesse Roberts is the director of the award-winning documentary Radiance of Resistance which profiles these two remarkable girls. The film is playing in Vancouver on Tuesday April 10. In this episode, a conversation with Jesse Roberts.


Campaign targets world's largest cruise company for its use of dirty oil

Carnival Corporation is taking advantage of the rapidly melting ice cap to run more cruises to the Arctic. Yet they still power their ships with heavy fuel oil, an industrial waste left over from the oil distillery process. Stand.Earth has launched a campaign to encourage Carnival to be a leader in the use of clean shipping technology. We speak with Kendra Ulrich of Stand.Earth.


2017 worst year in a decade for residents of downtown eastside

The Carnegie Community Action Project has just published its 10th annual housing report. It measures whether people living on a low-income can afford to continue living in their neighbourhood. Lama Mugabo is with CCAP. He explains why 2017 was the worst year for local residents since 2008.


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