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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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Clear grounds for appeal in Colten Boushie murder trial

The jury in the Colten Boushie murder trial had ample evidence to convict Gerald Stanley of manslaughter for careless use of a firearm, according to lawyer Tom Rees. The fact that they chose instead to acquit speaks to the racism indigenous people face at all levels of the criminal justice system. Tom Rees is a Winnipeg criminal defence lawyer who has represented a large number of indigenous clients.


Housing activists say Surrey homeless warehoused in jail-like conditions

While self-contained modular housing units are being used as emergency housing around Vancouver, the municipality of Surrey is moving homeless people out of tents into repurposed construction trailers. Dave Diewert of the Alliance against Displacement says people face prison-like conditions in the new units. We speak with Dave Diewert in this episode.


Carleton students create action plan to combat sexual violence on campus

Students at Carleton formed the National Our Turn Committee after the university administration released a sexual violence policy that they felt didn’t meet student needs. The committee has released a report that reviews the sexual violence policies of over 60 universities and makes recommendations for change. We talk with Jade Cooligan Pang of Our Turn.


City Beat - Density in Vancouver's older neighbourhoods, urban design in Surrey

In City Beat today, a look at some of the milestones that changed Vancouver in 2017, and a new push to rein in urban sprawl in Surrey. Redeye’s Ian Mass brings us a report from a Vancouver Planning Commission event and from an urban design forum in Surrey.


Seth Klein says the NDP is wrong about the costs of Site C

Two weeks ago, 400 people gathered in Victoria at the Site C Accountability Summit. Several experts discussed the financial risks to BC Hydro if the project went ahead. Seth Klein is B.C director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. He says that when the decision came down, he felt compelled to address the economic fallacies in the arguments put forward by the NDP cabinet.


Bell, Rogers ask CRTC to create website-blocking system

A coalition of organizations called FairPlay Canada is asking Canada’s telecom regulator to launch a website-blocking system as a tactic to curb piracy. Bell, Rogers, the CBC and others want to see a blacklist of websites that allow people to download pirated content such as movies and TV shows. Katy Anderson of OpenMedia says the strategy is unnecessary and poses a threat to net neutrality.


Proposed changes to environmental assessment law favour oil and gas industry

Environmental groups are concerned that new environmental assessment legislation will give more power to offshore petroleum boards. Under the proposed laws, these boards would have direct input to the assessment process. We spoke with Gretchen Fitzgerald of the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club on February 3, just before the federal government announced the proposed changes to environmental assessment legislation.


VPD releases trans sensitivity training materials 6 months after FOI request

Three years ago, the BC Human Rights Tribunal found that the Vancouver Police Department had discriminated against a trans woman. The VPD was ordered to create policies to make sure officers treated trans people fairly. Once trans sensitivity training started, journalist Tessa Vikander of the Daily Xtra asked to see the materials they were using. It took six months before they complied. We speak with Tessa Vikander in this episode.


NDP plans to restrict movement of bitumen across British Columbia

Environment Minister George Heyman announced last week that the provincial government needs to study oil spill mitigation before it can allow diluted bitumen to cross the province. The regulations are aimed at the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Alberta premier Rachel Notley calls the move unconstitutional. We talk with Peter McCartney, climate campaigner at the Wilderness Committee.


Appointment of new judges brings more diversity to BC bench

Last year, a hundred new judges were appointed in courts across the province. Fifty of them were women and sixteen self-identified as either a visible minority, LGBTQ or a person with a disability. Zahra Jimale of West Coast LEAF talks about the effect these appointments could have on B.C’s justice system.


Mushroom pickers granted injunction against logging company

On January 2, a B.C. Supreme Court judge granted three mushroom pickers an injunction against the Sunshine Coast Community Forest. The injunction halts logging in the Chanterelle Forest until the cutting permit can be reviewed by the courts. Ross Muirhead is one of the mushroom pickers and long-time activist with Elphinstone Logging Focus.


Winona LaDuke on fighting pipelines, building community and growing corn

A speech by Indigenous economist and author Winona LaDuke, recorded in January in Vancouver, BC. She talks about the successful fight against a Kinder Morgan pipeline in Minnesota, the resistance at Standing Rock and her work in rural and community development on the White Earth reservation.


City Beat: Translink's 10-year plan, gentrification, pools and more

Redeye’s Ian Mass joins us with City Beat. In this episode, the fate of Translink’s 10-year plan with Burnaby mayor Derek Corrigan as the new chair of the Mayors Council; four new destination swimming pools for the Lower Mainland; and the increasing pace of gentrification in the Downtown Eastside.


Women's conference calls for end to sanctions against North Korea

On January 16, delegates from five countries participated in the Vancouver Women’s Forum on Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula. The forum was organized to coincide with the Vancouver Summit on Stability and Security on the Korean Peninsula attended by foreign ministers from 20 countries. The women condemned the current sanctions campaign and discussed strategies for a meaningful peace process on the Korean peninsula. We speak with Lyn Adamson of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace.


Hassan Diab returns to Canada after 3 years in French jail

Hassan Diab’s ordeal began more than 9 years ago when the French government said it had evidence he was involved in the 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue. He was extradited to France in 2014 and spent 3 years in solitary confinement. On January 15, he arrived back in Canada after French judges said there wasn’t enough evidence to proceed with a trial. Paul Tetrault is a retired lawyer and board member of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association.


Court ends indefinite solitary confinement in Canadian federal prisons

On January 17, the BC Supreme Court ruled that indefinite solitary confinement violates the constitutional rights of Canadian prisoners. The decision marks a huge victory in the campaign to end a practice that the UN calls torture. We speak with Jay Aubrey, a lawyer with the BC Civil Liberties Association.


NYC divests its pension funds from fossil fuels

On January 10, New York mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city would divest pension funds from fossil fuel reserve owners. The city has also filed a lawsuit against the five largest investor-owned fossil fuel companies for damages resulting from climate change. We speak with Pete Sikora from New York Communities for Change.


Why Ahed Tamimi is not a household name in the West

Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai won a Nobel Peace prize for her struggle against the oppression of young people and children. Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi is also fighting to protect people from oppression but, in her case, the oppressor is the Israeli state. Shenila Khoja-Moolji is a scholar of gender, Islam and youth studies. We speak with her about how differently Western media represents these two activist girls.


Campaign for mandatory paid sick leave for all BC workers

Many workers in the province are forced to choose between going to work sick or losing pay. For those suffering from mental illness, the lack of physical symptoms makes it even harder to justify taking time off to their employer. Mental health activist Ryan Painter says it’s time for the BC government to mandate paid sick leave for all.


Indigenous people in Mexico fighting new oil and pipelines

The privatization of Mexico’s oil and gas resources in 2013 has allowed US and Canadian energy companies access to the market south of the US border. But companies like Sempra Energy and TransCanada are facing resistance from the Yaqui and Otomi people over pipelines crossing the US-Mexican border and infringing on indigenous land rights. We speak with Steve Horn, a freelance investigative journalist based in San Diego.


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