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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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Mining sector's push for deregulation to blame for two major mining disasters

A new report on the collapse of the tailings dam at Mount Polley and an even more catastrophic dam failure at the Samarco mine in Brazil finds many parallels between the two events. Judith Marshall says the mining industry’s deep resistance to government regulation meant warnings were ignored and emergency procedures inadequate. Judith Marshall is an associate at the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean at York University and a recently retired educator and writer with the...


Youth in foster care in BC left to fend for themselves the day they turn 19

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.


On the ground with the caravan of asylum-seekers

A few weeks ago, thousands of asylum-seekers left Honduras heading for the US-Mexico border. People have walked and hitchhiked about 1500 kilometres so far, and they are expecting to reach the United States in about 3 weeks. Martha Pskowski is an independent journalist based in Mexico City who has spent time with the asylum-seekers in the caravan.


French court delays decision in case of Ottawa academic Hassan Diab

Hassan Diab is an Ottawa academic who was extradited to France to face terrorism charges in the 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue. He was never brought to trial, spending more than three years in detention in a French jail. French investigative judges repeatedly ordered his release only to be overturned by French prosecutors. When Diab was finally released in January this year, French prosecutors appealed his release. On October 26, the French Court of Appeal delayed a decision on the case...


Transforming Chinatown after Vancouver's apology for 150 years of racism

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...


New trade deal better than NAFTA but still deeply flawed

On October 1, Canada, the US and Mexico agreed on a new free trade to replace NAFTA. It’s called the US Mexico Canada Agreement. Sujata Dey of the Council of Canadians says the new deal is better than NAFTA but still deeply flawed. The Council of Canadians formed more than 30 years to fight the first US-Canada free trade agreement. Sujata Dey analyzes the deal for us.


A framework for ethical research in Vancouver's poorest neighbourhood

Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is amongst the most studied neighbourhood in the country. At any one time, there are dozens of research projects looking into the effects of drug use, poverty and other topics. Local residents donate a lot of time to assist researchers but often receive little or no benefit from their participation. Two local residents and a PhD student are among a group of people who have come up with a framework for ethical research in the Downtown Eastside. We speak with...


The murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and US-Saudi relations

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi Consulate in Turkey. Khashoggi was a columnist at the Washington Post and a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. We talk with Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink and author of Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the US-Saudi Connection.


Quebec to bar public servants from wearing hijab

When the Coalition Avenir Quebec was elected in Quebec this month, the new premier Francois Legault moved quickly to bar public servants from wearing religious symbols. The focus of the new law is the hijab, or headscarf, worn by Muslim women. Monia Mazigh is a writer and activist who lived in Quebec for a number of years when she first came to Canada.


Climate change: Moving from grief to action

This month the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change released its most-urgent report to date, saying that we have less than 20 years to avoid climate catastrophe. While some people sink into despair, others are spurred to action. Peter Kalmus is a climate scientist and writer, working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in California. He’s the author of the article The Best Medicine for My Climate Grief. Note: Peter Kalmus’s opinions are his own and he is not speaking on behalf of NASA, the...


Increased density unlikely to fix Vancouver's affordability crisis

In September, Vancouver councillors voted to allow duplexes everywhere in the city, as part of a plan to increase housing options. Mayor Gregor Robertson said it was a move to deal with the unaffordability of housing in Vancouver. John Rose is a geographer at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He says Vancouver’s high property values aren’t a supply problem and that this upzoning may actually make things worse.


City Beat: A round-up of election issues around the Lower Mainland

Vancouver voters go the polls next Saturday, October 20. There are many interesting races taking place in Metro Vancouver. Our City Beat reporter Ian Mass joins us to walk us through the issues in Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby and Richmond.


Global Warming and The Sweetness of Life

In their new book, Global Warming and The Sweetness of Life, co-authors Matt Hern and Am Johal claim that any question of ecology is a primarily a question of land politics and sovereignty. In order to grapple with new definitions of ecology, they set off on a road trip with cartoonist Joe Sacco to visit the tar sands of Northern Alberta. During their travels, they spoke to people about their relationships to land and extractive capitalism. Am Johal talks with us about the book.


New website maps traditional land and languages of Indigenous people

Freelance web developer Victor Temprano’s website,, began with research he was doing into resource development and pipelines in B.C. The project has expanded into a map that includes territories in North and South America, Australia and New Zealand.


Prisoners at Burnside jail in Nova Scotia launch peaceful protest

In August, prisoners at Nova Scotia’s largest correctional facility launched a peaceful protest in solidarity with striking prisoners in the United States. The Burnside prisoners also released a list of ten demands, including better healthcare, access to rehabilitation programs and visits with family members. El Jones is a poet, activist and prisoners’ rights advocate. She tells us about conditions inside Burnside and prison authorities’ response to the protest.


New documentary film explores the theory and practice of democracy

A new documentary looks at the promise and challenges of creating a society ruled by its citizens. Astra Taylor is the director of What is Democracy? In her film, she talks with activists, workers and intellectuals about what people’s power and democracy mean to them.


Media coverage of extreme weather fails to mention climate change

Last year, the organization Media Matters did a survey of news coverage of hurricanes. The survey found that major outlets almost never connect the dots between extreme weather events and climate change. We speak with Lisa Hymas, Director of the Climate and Energy Program at Media Matters.


Vancouver's red-hot real estate market widens gulf between rich and poor

We often think of inequality as marked by differences in annual income but a recent article by Alex Hemingway suggests that, in a city like Vancouver, skyrocketing property values have a much bigger impact on the widening gap between rich and poor. Alex Hemingway is an economist and public finance policy analyst with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.


Israel: Canada's human rights exception

In this wide-ranging conversation, peace activist Professor William Geimer discusses Canada’s dismal record on protesting Israel’s human rights abuses. He also talks about his book, Canada: The Case for Staying Out of Other People’s Wars. William Geimer is one of three speakers at an event titled Israel: Canada’s Human Rights Exception, to be held September 25 at Duncan United Church on Vancouver Island.


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.