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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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New book says climate change denial is a crime against humanity

In their recently published book Unprecedented Crime, Elizabeth Woodworth and Peter Carter say that the catastrophic climate events we are seeing today have been consistently forecast ever since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, signed by all governments back in 1990. They examine the failure of corporations, governments, and especially the media to report or act on the climate emergency. We speak with Elizabeth Woodworth.


US cuts all funding to United Nations agency for Palestine refugees

The United States has long been the biggest donor to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. At the beginning of September, the Trump administration announced it was cutting all funding to the agency. UNWRA is a humanitarian lifeline for Palestine refugees in the Middle East, providing food aid, education and health services for millions of people. We speak with Elizabeth Campbell, director of UNWRA USA.


Why federal court overturned Ottawa's approval of Trans Mountain pipeline

On August 30, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled that the National Energy Board’s review of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion was flawed and that the federal government could not rely on it as a basis for their decision to approve the project. Elin Sigurdson represented the Upper Nicola Band at the hearing. She explains why the federal court made this ruling.


Vancouver and Victoria activists join global day of action for the climate

Last Saturday, more than 850 actions took place around the world to call for real action on climate change. The actions in Vancouver and Victoria both celebrated the recent court decision on Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion and highlighted issues on a local level. We speak with Shirley Samples of Climate Convergence in Vancouver and Sue Andrews with Rise and Resist in Victoria.


Inclusionary zoning bylaw in Burnaby too little too late

At the end of July, Burnaby City Council unanimously passed a motion to develop a rental only zoning bylaw. According to Mayor Derek Corrigan, the new rental housing bylaw will allow “the replacement of current rental units” in new towers. But community activists fighting the loss of rental housing say it is too little, too late. We speak with Emily Luba of Alliance Against Displacement.


Fearless Cities movement brings radical ideas to municipal politics

Fearless Cities is a growing movement across the globe aiming to democratize municipal politics. A month ago, the first ever Fearless Cities summit in North America was held in New York City. Derrick O’Keefe is co-founder of the Vancouver Tenants’ Union and a COPE candidate in Vancouver’s upcoming municipal election. He was in New York for the summit.


Health professionals call for broad public health approach to tent cities

Tent cities are often closed down due to concerns over fire safety. More than 100 members of the public health community have written an open letter calling for a shift from using public health as a rationale to displace tent cities to adopting a public health approach to reduce safety concerns. Professor Bernie Pauly is a professor of nursing at the University of Victoria’s Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research.


VPD “access without fear” policies create false sense of security

Immigration advocates who have led the push for Vancouver to adopt sanctuary city policies are deeply disappointed with the new guidelines announced by the Vancouver Police Department last month. They say the new policies fail to protect migrant and refugee communities from crime. Worse still, they create a false sense of security about reporting crimes to the police. Alejandra Lopez Bravo is with Sanctuary Health Vancouver.


Seth Klein on how pro-rep fixes problems with current electoral system

Change is hard, says Seth Klein, and we’re always more comfortable with what we know. But, he argues, that’s no reason to stick with an electoral system that gives parties with 35% of the vote 100% of the power, or that forces us to vote against parties we don’t like instead of for parties we do. Seth Klein joins us for a second conversation about BC’s upcoming referendum on electoral reform.


Update on Treaty 8 injunction application against Site C dam

The West Moberly First Nations have been in BC Supreme Court since July 23 seeking an injunction to halt work on the Site C dam. They want to see construction stopped until the courts can rule on whether or not the dam constitutes treaty infringement. Sarah Cox is author of Breaching the Peace. She has been following the court case closely.


Animated feature film examines impact of Israel's wall

In 2002, Israel began building a wall around the occupied West Bank. Seven years later, British playwright David Hare wrote a monologue examining the impact of the wall on Israelis and Palestinians. Canadian filmmaker Cam Christiansen took Hare’s monologue and crafted it into a feature-length animated film that makes its theatrical debut in Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary on August 17. We speak with Cam Christiansen.


City Beat: Mayoral races heat up in Vancouver and Burnaby

Redeye’s Ian Mass joins us to talk about who’s who in the wide-open race for mayor in Vancouver and about a campaign to unseat long-time Burnaby mayor Derek Corrigan.


New film explores the lives of five gender-creative kids

In the new short film Beauty, five kids speak frankly and movingly about claiming their own sense of gender in a binary world. We speak with director Christina Willings about the kids and the film. Beauty shows Friday Aug 17 at 5pm at The Coast is Genderqueer, part of the 2018 Vancouver Queer Film Festival.


Thomson Reuters one of ICE's corporate collaborators

In addition to running the one of the world’s largest news and journalism wire services, the Canadian media giant Thomson Reuters is an information clearing house. It creates databases with information gathered from cell phones, credit cards, and health records to name but a few. The data is then sold to law enforcement agencies such as the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. Tracy Rosenberg thinks Canadians should be aware of this. She is with Media Alliance, a San...


How Canadian courts interpret treaty infringement

With West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations currently in BC Supreme Court seeking an injunction to stop work on Site C, the issue of what constitutes treaty infringement is an important one to examine. In this talk recorded July 5, Professor Gordon Christie of UBC looks at how Canadian courts have interpreted the nature of the Crown’s obligations on treaty land.


Canada's pension funds still powered by fossil fuels

The British Columbia Investment Management Corporation is the fourth largest pension fund manager in Canada. It controls more than $135 billion, including almost all of the province’s public sector pension funds. A new report has found that, at a time when the financial risks and societal harms posed by climate change are mounting, the BCI is increasing its oil and gas holdings. We talk with James Rowe, associate professor at the University of Victoria and one of the authors of the report.


Canada's mountains 'sentinels for change' in a warming climate

A new report prepared by the Alpine Club of Canada highlights the impacts of climate change on many aspects of Canada’s mountain landscapes from glaciers to treelines to ski resorts. The 2018 State of the Mountains report says mountains are experiencing unprecedented pressures. We speak with co-editor, Lael Parrott who is with both UBC Okanagan and the Alpine Club of Canada.


Arts of Resistance: Politics and the Past in Latin America

A new exhibit at Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology shows how communities in Latin America are using traditional art forms to express contemporary political realities. Arts of Resistance features the work of artists from Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, El Salvador, Ecuador and Chile, with special focus on marginalized communities. Curator Laura Osorio Sunnucks examines the role of creativity during times of political turmoil.


López Obrador's ambitious progressive agenda for Mexico

Mexico’s president-elect won a huge majority on July 1, gaining more support than any president since Mexico’s transition to democracy nearly 20 years ago. His core promises were immensely popular with voters: to end corruption, reduce violence and address Mexico’s poverty. Christy Thornton is an assistant professor of sociology and Latin American studies at Johns Hopkins University. She was in Mexico during the election as an election observer for the Scholars and Citizens Network for...


BC's child workers experience high rate of injury on the job

Since 2003, British Columbia has had among the lowest standards for child labour. Children as young as 12 are allowed to work in the province for up to 7 hours a day. One of the results is that WCB injury claims among children has spiked. Helesia Luke is with First Call, the BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition.