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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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How to tell stories that change the world

Doyle Canning is with Center for Story-Based Strategy. In this episode, she talks about the importance of narrative in creating social change. She cites the Black Lives Matter movement as an example of how a radically new framing of familiar events transformed perspectives about the injustices faced by black people. Doyle Canning is co-author of RE:Imagining Change, a practical guide to harness the power of stories to create social change.

Duration: 00:15:33

RCMP illegally collected mobile phone data using Stingray device

A recent report by the Privacy Commissioner says that six RCMP investigations back in 2015 were in violation of the Charter because a Stingray device was used to collect mobile phone data without a warrant. The commissioner looked into the RCMP’s use of Stingrays in response to a complaint from public-interest group Open Media. David Christopher is with Open Media.

Duration: 00:13:40

Lack of affordable housing forces more people on to streets

On March 8, more than a thousand volunteers counted people who do not have a home of their own. The 2017 Homeless Count found that homelessness had grown 30% in the three years since the last count, with significant increases among Indigenous people and seniors. Peer-Daniel Krause in with the BC Non-Profit Housing Association.

Duration: 00:16:28

Heart disease, diabetes linked to hunger in residential schools

Ian Mosby and Tracy Galloway looked at studies of famine survivors from Russia, China and the Netherlands to understand the long-term health consequences of the residential school diet. They say the high rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetes among Indigenous populations today is clearly linked to the constant hunger experienced in school. We speak with Ian Mosby, historian of food, health and colonialism at the University of Toronto and the University of Guelph.

Duration: 00:19:29

Haida artist Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson on the personhood of nature

Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson is a Haida musician, artists 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.

Duration: 00:14:44

Burnaby residents call for moratorium on demolition of rental housing

Rick McGowan of the Metrotown Residents Association 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.

Duration: 00:12:54

Kanahus Manuel on building tiny houses to defend Secwepemc land

The Tiny House Warriors have just completed the second of ten tiny houses to be placed along the route of the Kinder Morgan pipeline, which is planned to pass through 518 km of Secwepemc territory. Kanahus Manuel talks about how the tiny houses will be used to both house families and defend Indigenous land.

Duration: 00:15:54

Legislation to ban big money in politics doesn't go far enough

The BC government’s plan to bring in a per vote funding system has generated the most controversy in their proposed new legislation to ban corporate and union donations. Alex Hemingway of the CCPA points out that we already have public funding of political parties through the tax credit system. But, he says the NDP could have gone much further to level the playing field in politics. Alex Hemingway is with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Duration: 00:14:08

Alanis Obomsawin on her latest film, Our People Will Be Healed

For her 50th film, veteran Indigenous filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin heads to the northern Manitoba Cree community of Norway House. The documentary focuses on the pivotal role of the Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw school in reconnecting Cree children with their language, history and culture.

Duration: 00:17:52

Federal government to close Canada's high Arctic research station

The Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory on Ellesmere Island is scheduled to close in 2018. PEARL is one of the few high Arctic research stations in the world. Canadian scientists say it’s essential to keep the lab open to investigate critical environmental threats to the Arctic. We talk with Dan Weaver, climate scientist and spokesperson with Evidence for Democracy.

Duration: 00:16:02

Oil and gas industry rewrites BC's climate plan

In 2015, the Christy Clark government appointed a climate leadership team to draft a series of recommendations for addressing climate change. After the team’s report came out in the fall of 2015, provincial officials took it to the oil and gas industry in Calgary and allowed them to rewrite key sections of the plan. Shannon Daub is associate director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives BC office and co-director of the Corporate Mapping Project.

Duration: 00:13:44

Street pianos a canvas for local artists

This summer more than 30 public pianos re-appeared in Vancouver parks, inviting passers-by to sit down and play for a while. Two of the most recent additions to the program were painted by Rose L Williams and Cat L’Hirondelle of Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture. Rose came into our studios to talk about the challenges and delights of participating in Pianos on the Street.

Duration: 00:11:30

Thomas Berger heads up legal challenge to Kinder Morgan pipeline

In early August, the new NDP government in BC appointed Thomas Berger to lead the legal challenge against Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline. Thomas Berger is well known for championing the land rights of Indigenous people. Joe Foy of the Wilderness Committee talks about Thomas Berger’s background and the significance of his appointment to lead the fight against this project.

Duration: 00:12:57

BCUC invites public input on Site C dam

The BC Utilities Commission is asking British Columbians to share their thoughts on the Site C dam project in the Peace River valley. The BCUC will release an interim report on Sept 20 and hold the first of eleven community input sessions on Sept 23 in Vancouver. Galen Armstrong is Peace Valley Campaigner with the Sierra Club. He explains how to make sure your voice is heard.

Duration: 00:10:59

The impact of Airbnb on Canadian cities

A new report says that a small number of commercial operators are providing Airbnb with most of its revenue in Canada. David Wachsmuth is at the School of Urban Planning at McGill University and lead author of the report, Short-term Cities. He talks about the impact of Airbnb on housing markets in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal and how these cities are starting to fight back to protect rental housing for their residents.

Duration: 00:16:15

Epidemic of overdose deaths legacy of 10 years of anti-harm reduction

Jordan Westfall says the hundreds of drug overdose deaths are a legacy of Harper’s approach. Westfall is someone who formerly used opioid drugs and wrote his master’s thesis on overdose prevention. He is president of the Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs. Jordan Westfall speaks with us about how to prevent more fentanyl-related deaths.

Duration: 00:14:12

Resource development brings increased risk to Indigenous women

A new report by Amnesty International raises the alarm over increased risks to Indigenous women in the Peace River region. Craig Benjamin says violence is so pervasive it has become normalized. He is one of the authors of Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Gender, Indigenous Rights and Energy Development in Northeastern B.C.

Duration: 00:23:44

Storming The Digital Divide

PovNet was born out of a meeting of anti-poverty activists in 1997 who wanted to make the Internet accessible to all. A new comic book tells the story of this unique online resource. Penny Goldsmith is author of Storming The Digital Divide with illustrations by Kara Sievewright and with additional art by Nicole Marie Burton.

Duration: 00:13:16

Facing the Anthropocene

Geologists say that humanity’s impact on the earth has been so profound that it’s ushered in a whole new, deeply unstable, geological era, which they are calling the Anthropocene. Ian Angus is an author and editor. His most recent book is titled Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System.

Duration: 00:21:56

Ryan McMahon - Colonization Road and other stories

Anishinaabe comedian and media maker Ryan McMahon was in Vancouver in November 2016 to give the keynote speech for Media Democracy Day. One of his recent projects is the documentary Colonization Road with filmmaker Michelle St. John.

Duration: 00:16:59

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