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






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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

Vancouver Tree Book invites us to explore the city's urban forest

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.

Duration: 00:17:43

Japanese officials debate dumping Fukushima waste water into ocean

Over the past 3 years, the Tokyo Electric Power Company has been pumping water nonstop through the three Fukushima reactors to cool melted fuel that remains too radioactive to remove. Japanese officials are debating whether it would be possible to dilute this water and dump it into the ocean. We talk with Gordon Edwards, president of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility.

Duration: 00:19:38

Study suggests regulator turning blind eye to unauthorized dams in BC

Ben Parfitt describes the discovery of large number of unauthorized dams in BC’s northeast as evidence of a regulatory breakdown in the province. The dams, many of which have been built on First Nations land, are being used to impound water for fracking operations. Ben Parfitt is a resource policy analyst with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Duration: 00:13:43

UN adopts new treaty to ban use of nuclear weapons

Ray Acheson argues that the recent UN treaty to prohibit the development and use of nuclear weapons is hugely significant, despite the non-participation of countries with nuclear arms. Ray Acheson is director of Reaching Critical Will, the disarmament program of the Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom.

Duration: 00:12:43

Worrying gaps in new Liberal privacy bill

In the face of widespread concerns over Harper’s Bill C-51, the Liberal government promised to repeal parts of the legislation. Last month, they introduced Bill C-59. David Christopher of Open Media says there are still worrying gaps in the new bill when it comes to protecting our privacy.

Duration: 00:15:46

Health care activists call for Vancouver to become sanctuary city

Sanctuary Health advocates for undocumented workers and is calling for Vancouver to become a sanctuary city. We speak with Sarah St. John of Sanctuary Health.

Duration: 00:14:04

Children target of gang violence in Central America

The number of children fleeing violence in Central America is skyrocketing due to the increase of gang activity in the region. Thousands end up in Mexico, unable to go to school or get work, and at risk of further exploitation. Azadeh Namjeedi of the UNHCR joins us to talk about what is needed to protect these children.

Duration: 00:10:00

$100 increase in welfare won't make a dent in poverty rates

Rents in Vancouver are so high and welfare rates so low that the recent $100 increase means people still only have $20 a week to spend on food. We talk with Bill Hopwood of Raise the Rates about what a real poverty reduction strategy would look like.

Duration: 00:15:10

First Nations call for more control, funding to fight wildfires

In early July, the Tsilhqot’in people on the Anaham Reserve ignored a provincial evacuation order and stayed to fight the fires surrounding their homes themselves. Nicole Schabus says Indigenous communities face a slower response time to wildfire because reserves are federally funded while firefighting is a provincial responsibility. Nicole Schabus is Assistant Professor of Law at Thomson Rivers University in Kamloops and wife of the late Arthur Manuel.

Duration: 00:12:51

Women seriously harmed by overuse of solitary confinement

The BC Civil Liberties Association and the John Howard Society are challenging the use of solitary confinement in Canada’s prisons. West Coast LEAF is an intervenor in the case, arguing that women in general and Indigenous women in particular suffer serious harm from solitary confinement. We speak with West Coast LEAF Director of Litigation Raji Mangat.

Duration: 00:19:03

Neoliberalism fades as wave of populism sweeps Europe

Ingo Schmidt argues that we're not so much seeing a shift in politics from right to left, but rather that populism is replacing the old neoliberal orthodoxy of recent decades. Ingo Schmidt currently teaches Labour Studies at Athabasca University. He's also an organizer with the World Peace Forum Society in Vancouver and a columnist for a socialist monthly paper back in his native Germany.

Duration: 00:13:58

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