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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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Loss of net neutrality in US to impact Internet users worldwide

Federal Communications Commission has scheduled a vote this coming Thursday to gut rules meant to stop broadband companies controlling what people can access for free online. Katy Anderson is a digital rights specialist at Open Media. She tells us what’s at stake for Canadians in this week’s vote.

Duration: 00:12:00

Popular uprising in Honduras has roots in 2009 coup

On the evening of the November 26 election in Honduras, opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla was firmly in the lead when the count was suddenly stopped. When counting began again the next day, Nasralla’s advantage had disappeared and incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernández went on to win the election. Steve Stewart is executive director of CoDevelopment Canada. He says the violent suppression the popular uprising that followed the elections is a result of unfinished business from the...

Duration: 00:14:50

City Beat: 2018 City of Vancouver budget, affordable housing in Burnaby

Redeye’s Ian Mass joins us to talk about what’s in the City of Vancouver’s 2018 budget. He also takes a look at the lack of new affordable housing in Burnaby and plans for modular housing units in Vancouver and Surrey.

Duration: 00:17:41

Marpole students welcome homeless people to their community

On Dec 5, a group of high school students in Marpole are organizing a welcoming rally for their new neighbours: 78 homeless people who are set to move into modular housing at the corner of 59th and Heather. Zainab Sayedain and Naia Lee talk with us about the empathy they have for homeless people and how they think their community will benefit from the new residents of the modular housing.

Duration: 00:10:17

SHINY: Challenging beauty standards for women

SHINY is a multi-disciplinary performance that explores the beauty standards forced on women in our culture. The piece explores how domestic labour, historically known as women’s work, has parallel’s in women’s work at beauty. SHINY was created by Kelly McInnes, a choreographer based in Vancouver, B.C.

Duration: 00:12:56

Youth in care have to leave foster home at 19

When a young person in foster care turns 19, they are handed all their possessions and asked to leave. They lose all the support systems they have been eligible to, and don’t have the benefit of parental support that other young people rely on in their early adult years. Rachel Malek is a member of the youth advisory circle at Fostering Change. She talks with us about the barriers facing youth aging out of care.

Duration: 00:13:56

Federal housing strategy too little too late

November 22 was National Housing Day. To mark the occasion, the federal Liberals announced a new 10-year housing strategy, saying they would build 100,000 new affordable housing units and cut chronic homelessness by half. We talk with Lama Mugabo of the Carnegie Community Action Project.

Duration: 00:13:59

Gershon Shafir on 50 years of Israeli occupation

In 1967, Israel took over the West Bank and Gaza Strip. 50 years later, Israel still controls and occupies the territories. In today’s podcast, a talk by sociology professor Gershon Shafir, recorded in Vancouver Nov 9. Gershon Shafir is author of A Half Century of Occupation.

Duration: 00:45:32

Eating for a week on $19

After paying for rent, transportation and a phone, people on social assistance have just under $19 a week to feed themselves. For the past six years, Raise the Rates have challenged people to eat for a week on that amount and then talk about their experience. Kell Gerlings is with Raise the Rates.

Duration: 00:17:38

City Beat - NE False Creek, Burrard Inlet Action plan

Redeye’s Ian Mass joins us to talk about a couple of local issues in the Lower Mainland. First, plans for Vancouver’s north-east False Creek, including the future of the Georgia Viaduct and the revitalization of Hogan’s Alley. Then, an overview of the Burrard Inlet Action Plan, released this week by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.

Duration: 00:14:55

Progressive sites see dip in traffic as tech giants react to fake news scare

As concerns about fake news grew in the wake of the 2016 U.S. elections, Google and Facebook took action to flag stories that they deemed suspect. Twitter followed suit a few months later. Julianne Tveten says, following these algorithmic changes, progressive news sources such as Democracy Now, Alternet and Common Dreams have seen a major decline in search traffic.

Duration: 00:10:32

What Can You Do by Cynthia Flood

What Can You Do is Cynthia Flood’s fifth book of short stories. Flood says that some of the characters in the stories don’t know what they want, while others do but lie to themselves. And in many stories, two people resist each other. Cynthia Flood joins us in the studio to talk about her What Can You Do.

Duration: 00:11:49

50 years of tar sands extraction

On September 30, 1967 the first major tar sands project began in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Five decades later the tar sands industry is in decline as opposition to fossil fuel extraction mounts. Ian Hussey is a political economist with the Parkland Institute and part of the Corporate Mapping Project. He reflects on 50 years of tar sands production and the propects for a just transition.

Duration: 00:13:22

UN group condemns Canada for systemic anti-black racism

In September a UN working group said it was deeply concerned by “the structural racism that lies at the core of many Canadian institutions.” Dr. Lynn Jones chairs the Nova Scotia chapter of the Global Afrikan Congress. She has worked for decades researching the history of African Canadians in Nova Scotia.

Duration: 00:11:33

The Reconciliation Manifesto by Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ron Derrickson

The Reconciliation Manifesto: Recovering the Land, Rebuilding the Economy has just been published by Lorimer Books. It is Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ron Derrickson’s second book, completed in the months before Arthur Manuel’s death in January 2017. Ska7cis Manuel joins us to talk about what the Canadian government needs to do for true reconciliation to become a reality.

Duration: 00:13:12

What the BCUC report says about the Site C dam project

The BC Utilities Commission was tasked with considering three options for Site C: continuing, suspending or terminating the project. Last week, the BCUC released their final report. International energy expert Robert McCullough takes us through what the Commission said and the nature of the decision that is before the NDP government.

Duration: 00:15:03

How a group of drug users transformed Vancouver's struggle with addiction

In 2003, North America’s first legal safe injection site opened its doors in Vancouver. In 2014, Vancouver scored another first when the Crosstown Clinic began supplying medical-grade heroin to chronic drug users. Neither of these life-saving health care services would exist without the hard work and dedication of the people who appear in the pages of Travis Lupick’s new book, Fighting for Space.

Duration: 00:14:25

Tropical forest regions now a significant source of carbon to the atmosphere

Researchers from Boston University and the Woods Hole Research Center say that so much of the Earth’s forest has been destroyed that the tropics now emit more carbon than they capture. They say there is a limited window of opportunity to reverse the trend by restoring forested areas. Wayne Walker is an associate scientist at Woods Hole Research Centre.

Duration: 00:12:15

City on Edge: A rebellious century of Vancouver protests, riots, and strikes

In City on Edge, Kate Bird presents striking images of the moments when people in Vancouver stood up, took to the streets, and rallied for change—or exploded in anger. Kate Bird helped manage the photograph collection at the Vancouver Sun and the Province for twenty-five years. Many of the photos in the book also appear in an exhibition on the same name at the Museum of Vancouver.

Duration: 00:12:54

BC Motor Vehicle Act needs major overhaul to protect cyclists

Cycling is the fastest-growing mode of transportation in Metro Vancouver but even so, only 2% of trips take place on a bike. The biggest deterrent for many would-be cyclists is fear for their safety on the roads. A group of lawyers and cycling advocates say one way to make it safer is to reform the Motor Vehicle Act. David Hays is a bike lawyer and Chair of the Road Safety Law Reform Group.

Duration: 00:14:03

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