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BC: The Early Edition

CBC Radio One's The Early Edition podcast features the top story of the day. Expect to hear highlights from the show's news, health, civic affairs, cultural and community coverage.

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Open-air urinals spark outrage in scenic Paris neighbourhood

'We need urinals, obviously,' says gallery manager Fabienne Bonnat, 'but not this type — not there'

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Digital heartbreak

Franklyn revokes his access to tracking his ex-wife’s whereabouts through her phone.

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Indigenous youth are standing up and speaking out

Indigenous young people are overcoming their doubts and are standing up to make their voices heard.

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August 17, 2018

BC's biggest fire rages on near Shovel Lake, and Fort St. James is preparing for the worst but hoping for the best. We speak with Mayor Rob MacDougall. * Has the wildfire situation in BC impacted your travel plans? We speak to the CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of BC Walt Judas on how this year's wildfire season has impacted tourist season around the province. * Vancouverites have spoken. 63 competitors have been eliminated and only the winner remains in our search for Vancouver's unofficial ambassador. Justin McElroy join us with the results.

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August 16, 2018

Wildfires and First Nations, joke day, APD public warning, Team China hockey team, Forests Minister Doug Donaldson, South of the Fraser, big tobacco, Camp Cloud arrests, RIP Aretha Franklin, Andrew Kurjata on fires We speak with Forests Minister Doug Donaldson about the state of emergency in place for BC as wildfires continue to burn. * The Shovel Lake Wildfire in Northern B.C. is big, and to give you a sense of it, it would stretch from Delta, to North of Vancouver, and include Richmond and Burnaby too. We hear from CBC reporter Andrew Kurjata, who is nearby in Burns Lake. * Saturday will mark exactly two months since the city of Surrey dismantled the tent city on 135A Street. We head south of the Fraser to find out how the neighbourhood has changed.

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August 15, 2018

Maybe today's wildfires aren't so "wild" after all. There's a clear explanation for their intensity: they're increasingly fuelled by human-caused climate change. We speak with ecologist Bob Gray. * The federal government is reportedly consulting with Indigenous groups about a national statutory holiday to mark the legacy of residential schools. We speak with the CEO of Reconciliation Canada Karen Joseph. * Our Metro Matters column takes a peak into some of the resolutions on the agenda for the upcoming Union of BC Municipalities. Municipal Affairs reporter Justin McElroy join us with a look at the ones sure to get people talking.

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August 14, 2018

The federal government is sending air and ground support to aid in the fight against B.C's wildfires. We hear from federal Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale. * Wondering what this smoky, orange sky means for your lungs? We speak with Michael Brauer, an expert on air quality and health impacts. * The longtime artistic director of the Vancouver Jazz Festival, Ken Pickering, is passed away last Friday. We talk to two members of our local jazz scene about Pickering's legacy.

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August 13, 2018

The statue of John A. MacDonald is coming down, and there has been a lot of buzz around this decision by Victoria City Council. We hear from two members of the Indigenous community on their thoughts about the removal of this statue. * The provincial government has asked the Liberal Party to make documents related to money laundering public. It's not clear yet whether the Liberals will agree to do this. But according to journalist Bob Mackin the only thing keeping those documents private is simply convention. * There's a lot of buzz around the film 'Crazy Rich Asians' which opens in theatres this week. But some critics say it's promoting negative stereotypes of Asians. We hear from some industry insiders about their take on this.

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August 10 ,2018

ICBC may finally get a rate model re-vamp after all. But how will this latest announcement affect the cost of your car insurance? We speak to Richard McCandless to find out. * Ottawa has announced 30 million dollars in prize money for First Nations to come up with housing solutions. Some are calling the competition insensitive, while others say solutions ARE needed for housing poor communities. Our CBC reporter Angela Sterritt has more.

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August 9, 2018

Taxpayers could be paying an extra 1.9 billion dollars for the Kinder Morgan expansion project, according to documents filed with U.S. financial regulators this week. We speak with Tom Gunton. * The City of Victoria has decided to remove a statue of John A. Macdonald from outside of city hall. We discuss the reasons and the possible ramifications of removing historical monuments with John Lutz. * She loved Taylor Swift, animals and Hot Wheels. Tributes continue to roll in for 7-year-old Aaliyah Rosa, who was killed in Langley last month. South of the Fraser reporter Jesse Johnston was at her memorial service.

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August 8, 2018

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is expected to announce he'll be running for a seat in the riding of Burnaby South. We speak with the CBC's Eric Grenier about his chances, and what's at stake. * The mayoral race in Pitt Meadows is picking up steam. Our municipal affairs reporter Justin McElroy joins us to tell us more about the who's who in the race, and what some of the big issues are for this upcoming election. * The family of Canadian veteran Joseph Allina say the system failed their son, after he committed suicide last month following struggles with PTSD. We speak with Dr. Alexandra Heber, Chief Psychiatrist of Veterans Affais Canada, about what is and isn't working when it comes to supporting veterans with PTSD.

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August 7, 2018

A wildfire burning out of control has prompted the evacuation of 77 residences in the Nanaimo region and others are on alert. We speak to board chair Bill Veenhof. We continue to follow the story of Joseph Allina, the Canadian veteran who died by suicide in front of the Seaforth Armoury in Vancouver last month. Today we hear from the National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces Ombudsman, Gary Walbourne. Seattle Times reporter Lynda V. Mapes joins us on the show to talk about the threats facing the critically endangered southern resident killer whales, as experts rush to help an ailing 4 year old calf.

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August 3, 2018

Canadian veteran Joseph Allina ended his own life in front of the Seaforth Armoury at Burrard and 1st Ave three weeks ago. Now his family is speaking out, saying more help is needed for military personel struggling with PTSD. * The Vancouver Pride parade is Sunday, and coming up on the program, we'll hear from two of this year's grand marshals. They're being recognized for sharing their stories of being indigenous and living with HIV. * a four-year-old whale from J pod is starving, and may only have days to live. We speak with NOAA Fisheries about how they hope to save it, including a possible plan to feed it fish dosed with medicine.

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August 2, 2018

Changes to the federal carbon tax policy will see polluters pay less for emissions. We discuss why the Liberal party made that change and what it means for climate change and the economy with three local MPs. * The demand for housing and cheap land is squeezing out needed industrial supply. Coming up we'll hear how one of BC's smallest First Nations has made that space and our CBC reporter Angela Sterritt takes us there. * Canada is the only G7 country without a federal inheritance tax and political scientist David Moscrop says that's bad for democracy.

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August 1, 2018

A controversial West End tower with a so-called "poor door" has been approved, after the developer was required to combine play areas. We speak with Abi Bond, the city's director of affordable housing about that. A grieving orca mother has carried her dead calf for more than a week. That has the spotlight back on the reproductive problems facing southern resident killer whales. We speak with whale biologist Deborah Giles.

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July 31, 2018

A new development proposal for downtown Vancouver has separate entrance doors AND playgrounds for the market housing and the social housing tenants. Concerns will be voiced tonight at a public hearing on the project. Angela Sterritt has more. US President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort will be in federal court today, facing bank and tax fraud charges. We'll talk about what this may mean for Robert Muller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U-S presidential election, with Anthony Gaughan, law professor from Drake University.

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July 30, 2018

The NDP's new initiative to have unionized workers on big infrastructure projects will add nearly a hundred million dollars to the Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project. We speak to BC Liberal's Labour Critic John Martin, and then get reaction from BC's Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena. It is Pride Week and we'll kick off our week of coverage today with a story about a mother and daughter whose relationship grew closer after rallying together in support of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity curriculum in Langley. That's just ahead.

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July 27, 2018

The AFN has re-elected national chief Perry Bellegarde amidst claims that the election was fraught with interference from federal minister Carolyn Bennett. We speak with Perry Bellegarde about those accusations, the AFNs relationship with the federal government. Municipalities are looking at cracking down on short-term rentals like Airbnb and Home-Away. The City of Vancouver's regulations come into full effect in September. We hear from City Councillor Melissa De Genova and Housing Advocate Rohana Rezel about their thoughts on regulations. Cannabis culture meets outdoor culture. Ash Kelly tells us how the deep roots that tie the two worlds together, and the inherent risks that some search and rescue teams are nervous about ahead of legalization.

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July 26, 2018

The Assembly of First Nations elected national Chief Perry Bellegarde to lead the organization that aims to advocate for First Nations people across Canada. We speak with Pam Palmater, Chair of Indigenous studies at Ryerson University and Scott Clark, Executive Director of the Aboriginal Life in Vancouver. The Vancouver mayoral election is on the horizon. We speak to Shauna Sylvester. If she's successful, she'll be the first female mayor and first independent candidate to win in over 100 years. Following the deadly mass shooting in Toronto, some are calling for tighter gun control in Canada. We hear from Wayne Rideout with BC's Serious and Organized Crime Initiatives about whether a gun ban makes sense.

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July 25, 2018

The race for the national chief of the Assembly of First nations is on with five candidates are vying for the top spot. There are two candidates with close BC ties, two women and one incumbent, but some Indigenous people are questing it's relevance at all. CBC's Angela Sterritt joins us for more. Vancouver has seen a big jump in trips by bicycles in the last 10 years. The city plans to invest in more separated bike lanes, but is it an issue that will be big in the municipal election? Metro Matters reporter Justin McElroy weighs in. A group of Vancouver producers started its own festival for electronic art, after finding too few spaces for women and non-binary people. We speak with Soledad Munoz, co-producer of CURRENT and a multi-disciplinary artist in her own right.

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July 24, 2018

The Vancouver Park Board has approved an audit of its colonial history and wants to apologize to local First Nations for past actions. Park Board chair Stuart Mackinnon joins us with details. Critics are upset about a proposed development in Northeast False Creek. They say it will block the view of the mountains. We speak with Ray Spaxman, a former Director of Planning with the city who put in place the view cones. Another staffer of the National Inquiry looking into missing and murdered Indigenous women has resigned. We speak with Melodie Casella, former Manager of Health at the comission whose cousin was murdered in Vancouver's downtown eastside.

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July 23, 2018

Two victims have died and 12 others are injured after a gunman opened fire in Toronto's Greek neighbourhood Sunday night. Jody Steinhauer was dining on The Danforth when the shooting began and she shares her story. When you think about housing in Burnaby, you may think of protests over so-called demo-victions, or maybe the new condo towers in Metrotown. But you likely don't think about a City Council that is all-for rental-only zoning. We speak with Jill Atkey, interim CEO of the BC Non-Profit Housing Association.

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July 20, 2018

We get an update from the CBC's Brady Strachan on the wildfires in the Okanagan Valley. The provincial government says it will bring ride hailing to BC by the fall of 2019. We get a response from Adam Olsen with the BC Green Party. It's going to get easier to travel between provinces with booze. We get reaction from a local winemaker Mark Simpson.

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July 19, 2018

The Vancouver Police Board is set to vote on proposed guidelines around how police should deal with undocumented migrants. We speak with immigration lawyer Zool Suleman who helped design the City of Vancouver's Access without Fear policy about this. The upcoming municipal election in Surrey has gone from boring to bizarre in a heartbeat. We head south of the Fraser to make sense out what has been a crazy week.

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July 18, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his cabinet ministers this morning and political scientist Hamish Telford weighs in on the changes. Today marks one year since 13-year-old Marrisa Shen was found dead in Burnaby's Central Park. Tina Lovgreen reports that still no arrests have been made in connection with her homicide. In October, non-medical marijuana will be legalized and that has municipalities working to regulate it. Our Municipal Affairs reporter Justin McElroy takes a look at how cities are handling it.

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July 17, 2018

If climate change is costing this province billions, who should pay for the devastation? Some environmental and indigenous groups are asking Premier John Horgan to make the fossil fuel companies pay. We speak with West Coast Environmental Lawyer Andrew Gage. The Lockpicker is a new film about youth bullying and depression. It's screening in Vancouver today. We hear more about it when director Randall Okita, and an expert in youth care and suicide prevention, Marnie Goldenberg. BC will have a new representative for children and youth - we speak with Jennifer Charlesworth of Victoria who will take the job in September.

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July 16, 2018

US President Donald Trump's meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin comes in the wake of the indictment of a dozen Russian military intelligence officers. We speak with Rachel Bitecofer about what may, or may not, come out of this summit. The province is allowing local governments to prohibit certain types of cannabis growing operations on ALR land - but not all. We speak with Rosy Mondin, the Co-founder of the Cannabis Trade Alliance of Canada. It smells like rotting flesh, and it's in bloom now. Margaret Gallagher joins us from the Bloedel Conservatory where people are lining up to see and smell the corpse flower, Uncle Fester.

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July 13, 2018

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in favour of the BC government this morning, denying cigarette maker Philip Morris access to millions of patients' records. We speak to Rob Cunningham, a lawyer for the Canadian Cancer Society about BC's legal fight. Greyhound is pulling its bus services out of BC and we hear how the municipalities of Squamish and Chilliwack are coping with the news. The ultimate stage is set for the World Cup as Croatia meets France on Sunday in Moscow for the championship. We welcome two superfans into studio to get pumped up for the the final.

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July 12, 2018

The NATO summit continues today in Brussels, and former US Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman weighs in on what we have seen so far and what it could mean for the future of foreign relations. Videos of a Vancouver-area family hand-feeding bears has sparked an investigation by conservation officers. We speak with Christine Miller, a bear conservationist about the danger this may pose to people. What happens if Surrey ditches the RCMP for a municipal police force? We head south of the Fraser to find out whether it's a good idea with Jesse Johnston.

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July 11, 2018

Vancouver rescue diver Erik Brown was one of the 13 divers involved in the Thailand cave rescue. We speak to him from Chiang Rai. England and Croatia face off today in World Cup action and we talk to a couple of superfans gearing up for the big game. Our Metro Matters reporter Justin McElroy looks at the issues and the candidates in the District of North Vancouver mayoral race.

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July 10, 2018

BC Ferries has plans to build five new vessels, but how much of that work will be done in this province? BC Ferries president and CEO Mark Collins joins us. Belgium's 'golden generation' of players has taken the team all the way to the semi-finals of FIFA 2018, where the Red Devils will face off against team France in a much anticipated showdown. We have two super fans here in Studio 10 to take us through what's on the line. Surrey Councillor and Surrey First mayoral candidate Tom Gill is asking whether his city has outgrown the RCMP, and if it's time to bring back a local police force. He wants to hold a referendum on it next year.

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July 9, 2018

It's been one year since the start of the worst wildfire season in British Columbia's recorded history. How are the affected communities recovering and what are their expectations for the hot, dry season ahead? We speak with Mayors Walt Cobb and Mitch Campsall. What would it take to make your community dementia-friendly? Cities such as Burnaby, New Westminster and Richmond are considering that question. We speak to Heather Cowie with the Alzheimer Society of BC and Mario Gregorio who lives with dementia.

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July 6, 2018

After three social media stars were killed in a tragic accident at Shannon Falls, we speak with adventure photographer Ted Hesser about what its like to feel the pressures of Instagram when photogrpahy is your career. A controversial report from the major junior Western Hockey League calls into question criticism from its former players. The Early Edition's Jeremy Allingham has more on the story. An advocacy group wants to raise the age children can start work in BC from 12 to 16. We speak to Adrienne Montani of First Call about how she'd like to see standards strengthened for young workers in our province.

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July 5, 2018

The City of Vancouver is considering an ambitious city-wide rezoning plan. Dan Garrison is the city's director of housing and he joins us to clarify what that plan entails. We also get reaction from Andy Yan, director of The City Program at SFU. Surrey's Mayor says children as young as ten years old are being recruited into gangs in her city. We head south of the Fraser to find out what the RCMP is doing about it.

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July 4, 2018

Enbridge is headlining today's business news with a 4.3 billion-dollar deal with Brookfield, but SFU researcher Tom Gunton says the bigger news was last week's approval of Line 3 and what that means for Trans Mountain. Our Metro Matters columnist Justin McElroy looks at how the City of Vancouver could become rezoned through what could be the last major decision made under Mayor Gregor Robertson. Mosquitos carrying the West Nile virus have been detected in Canada. Coming up, Dr. Peter Lin will join me to discuss this and how to best protect ourselves.

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July 3, 2018

Peter German's 'Dirty Money' report is raising questions about the former BC Liberal government's inaction on money laundering. Former attorney general Suzanna Anton joins us to discuss how she sees the issue. Merle Smith waited three hours for a cab that could accomodate her wheelchair. The mayor of Coquitlam, Richard Stewart, waited with her for part of that and he's upset at the local taxi company. With so few incumbents running for city council in the fall, the City of Vancouver is getting a lot of calls from citizens interested in running for office. We speak with Thoren Hudyma from Equal Voice BC about what it might take to get more women involved in municipal politics in this city.

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June 29, 2018

Gas will cost one and a half cents more per litre in Metro Vancouver by this time next year. We speak with Sumeet Gulati, a UBC economist who has researched the effects of fuel taxes about what this will mean for drivers and transit riders alike. --- Peter German's money laundering report has made waves this week, and beyond the problems with our casinos, it hints at the next frontier of the problem: real estate. We take a closer look at that when we hear from anti-corruption organization Transparency Canada International --- Three of the five victims of yesterday's newspaper shooting were connected to the University of Maryland's college of journalism. We speak with the dean of the college Lucy Dalglish.

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June 28, 2018

CBC Investigative journalist Eric Rankin has spent more than a decade covering money laundering in BC. He tells us what he found and if the latest report into dirty money in BC has any surprises. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars have been spent trying to solve Surrey's gang problem. But the violence still continues. We head South of the Fraser with Tina Lovgreen to find out which politicans kept their promises, and which ones didn't. School is nearly out for summer. Students around the province head out on summer break after today. We check in with a couple of parents to find out what kind of year it's been.

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June 27, 2018

The attorney general will reveal 48 recommendations to curb money laundering in a highly-anticipated report this morning. We get reaction from Financial crime lawyer Christina Duhaime. The U.S. government is celebrating the decision to uphold the administration's ban on citizens from promarily muslim countries. We hear from an expert in international security who says the policy will only fuel anti-US sentiment in the Middle East. The rate of suicides in the United States has been steadily going up since 1999 and it's now at the point where it's being called an epidemic. Dr. Peter Lin joins us to explain what the American Medical Association is doing about it in the United States, and what's being done here in Canada.

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June 26, 2018

We hear from two District of North Vancouver councillors about a new 18 building mix use development proposed by Darwin Properties and the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation. Can summer make a kid sweat about their body? Amy Bell is back with her latest Parental Guidance. Classically-trained tenor Jeremy Dutcher is bringing back the Wolastoqey voices of his ancestors by singing alongside 100-year old cynlinder recordings, and his album is long-listed for a Polaris prize.

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June 25, 2018

Gun violence in Surrey is once again grabbing headlines after a fatal shooting in broad daylight on Saturday afternoon in the residential Clayton Heights neighbourhood. Is having more police patrolling the community part of the solution? Surrey city council is considering a plan to round up and remove feral peacocks living in the Sullivan Heights neighbourhood. Phone scammers are getting more sophisticated, and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre says people from all walks of life fall for them. We find out what you can do to protect yourself.

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June 22, 2018

David Moscrop on an op-ed article he wrote in the Washington Post about how much he dislikes the way some international media paints Canada as though it's a utopia and a model of democracy because we have a lot of problems that need to be addressed. Three months ago, the Atira Women's Resource Society took over management of the Regent hotel with a goal of improving the living conditions in the S.R.O. Now, the building's being shut down by the city due to safety concerns. Hear reaction from Janice Abbott, CEO of the Atira Women's Resource Society. Former Vancouver South Conservative MP Wai Young is running for mayor with a new party. She's promising to build no new bike lanes unless old bike lanes are removed, free parking on Sundays, and cancelling plans to eliminate the Georgia Viaduct.

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June 21, 2018

National Indigenous Peoples Day: The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business is pushing for economic reconciliation. Hear JP Gladu, the President and CEO of the council. CBC reporter Angela Sterritt takes us into Cheam, a community with diverse views and concerns over Canada's purchase of the pipeline expansion project. CBC's Yvette Brend looks at the state of introducing new Aboriginal curriculum across the province and why some educators are nervous and others fearless.

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June 20, 2018

Immigration lawyer Leon Fresco, who has represented the American Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, on changes to immigration law to protect undocumented children. Sleep consultant Pat Byrne with some tips on how to beat the heat, while you sleep. And, after seven years in the works, the 12-storey Kettle Boffo development at Commercial and Venables has been cancelled. Hear Vancouver's city manager, Sadhu Johnston, on how the project fell through.

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June 19, 2018

Babies taken from mothers, kids detained in cages, and an ongoing debate on whether the Trump administration is acting legally. Hear Hilary Evans Cameron, a researcher at Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto and a practising refugee lawyer for a decade, on international uproar about the United States child migrant policy. Sharalyn Jordan, chair of the Rainbow Refugee Society on how the detention of more than two thousand migrant children in the United States is just further proof that the Safe Third Country agreement needs to be scrapped. And, Zenen Jaimes is an advocacy director for the Texas Civil Rights Project.

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June 18, 2018

Vancouver's police chief is defending random street checks after allegations that racial bias is resulting in unfair targeting of Indigenous and black people. Hear from Alok Mukherjee, former head of Toronto's police board. And, Vancouver Police Chief Adam Plamer responds to allegations that the force's practice of ransom street checks unfairly targets Indigenous and black people. Class Disrupted is a CBC Vancouver series exploring why the 2017-2018 school year was one of the most tumultuous in the B.C. education system. We kick off the series by looking at teacher shortages, particularly in Vancouver.

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June 15, 2018

Bill Browder has been called 'Putin Enemy #1' for his crusade for sanctions against Russia following the death of his lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky. The international banker and activist discusses corruption in Russia, sanctions, the Mueller investigation in the United States. The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled against Trinity Western University. Law Societies now have the right to refuse to accredit Trinity Western's program, over the school's "community covenant." The covenant requires students to abstain from any sex outside of heterosexual marriage. Earl Phillips is the Executive Director of the proposed law school at Trinity Western University. As well, Michael Mulligan. a Victoria lawyer, responds to the Supreme Court decision.

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June 14, 2018

Fans of the Filipino fast food chain Jollibee might soon be able to indulge their cravings for Big Yum burgers and fried chicken. Food writer Fernando Medranothe on the news that Jollibee might soon be coming to Vancouver. Jim Heiberg spent years roaming Vancouver's back alleys. The Early Edition's Margaret Gallagher has followed Jim's long journey from the streets to finally finding a home in 2014. Jim Heiberg recently passed away. Margaret looks back on Jim Heiberg's legacy. Vancouver's Making Room housing strategy will be going to council . Hear from general manager Gil Kelley.

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June 13, 2018

The Political panel discusses what it will mean if Leonard Krog runs for mayor of Nanaimo and if there's a by-election, what it could mean for the BC's current NDP-Green minority government, in power with only a two seat lead over the Liberals. FIFA will choose up to 16 host cities from the 23 candidates in the North American bid. Vancouver was initially in the mix, but B.C. backed out earlier this year. For his thoughts Mike Smyth, the political columnist for the Vancouver Province. Indigenous child welfare in B.C. has been criticised in scathing provincial reports about the disproportionate number of children in care. Reconcile This columnist Angela Sterritt takes us behind the scenes to see what is being done on the ground.

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June 12, 2018

Ann Travers, author of a new book called The Trans Generation, about the lives of trans kids, how societal perceptions are changing and what challenges remain. Romeo Dallaire talks mental health and invisible wounds, ahead of a Kettle Society fundraiser. For his thoughts on the Singapore Summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, Marius Grinius, former ambassador for Canada to North and South Korea.

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June 11, 2018

Susan Haid, assistant director of planning for Vancouver-South, on the city's role in the Little Mountain Housing project and the way forward. Jeremy Kinsman, former Canadian High Commissioner to Britain and ambassador to Russia, on the G7 meeting in Quebec. Our panel on racism looks at the increasing number of high-profile incidents of discrimination in Canada, from a racist tirade in a Denny's restaurant to shaming and trolling online.

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June 8, 2018

Ian Campbell is running for mayor under the Vision Vancouver banner. Coming up on the show, we'll ask him how he'll tackle the housing crisis in this city. Healthcare professionals will gather in Vancouver today for the third annual Overdose Action Exchange aimed at brainstorming solutions to the overdose crisis. We speak with Dr. Mark Tyndall, Executive Director the BC Centre for Disease Control, about what needs to happen next. Chef Anthony Bourdain's passing is the second celebrity death by suicide in three days. We speak with UBC clinical psychiatry professor Dr. Shaila Misri about that.

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June 7, 2018

The Little Mountain public housing saga that saw hundreds displaced has stretched on for more than a decade. But now the City of Vancouver will open 46 units of temporary modular housing on the site this fall. We speak with former NDP MLA David Chudnovsky. Vancouver regulates Airbnb, but the company is not required to remove listings that break those rules. We speak with housing advocate Rohana Rezel, who revealed those details in the city's memorandum of understanding. Dr. Maryam Zeineddin joins us for her last women's health column on our show for a refresher on what we've learned so far about the state of women's health in BC and how she thinks the province could be doing better.

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June 6, 2018

The Urban Development Institute hosts a panel discussion today about whether more housing supply would help solve Metro Vancouver's affordable housing crisis. We hear from two panelists bringing forward evidence for and against the argument more supply will help. For many, John Ashbridge was the voice of the Vancouver Canucks and a well-known voice on Vancouver radio. John passed away and we remember him with his former news colleagues John McKitrick and CBC's Karin Larsen. The campaign for electoral reform kicks off in less than a month. Should BC be moving towards a system of proportional representation? Our political panel weighs in and gives us a little preview of the debate that's likely to ensue this summer.

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June 5, 2018

The national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls just got a six-month extension, even though two years had been requested. We speak with Lorelei Williams, one of the women who testified. Can we tax our way out of the housing crisis? We ask Premier Horgan if his goverment plans to hold the line on taxes and housing. Are you ready for an empty nest? But what if you're kids refuse to fly the coop? Amy Bell is back with her latest Parental Guidance column.

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June 4, 2018

A prisoners' advocacy group is filing a human rights complaint against Correctional Service Canada, claiming that federal prisoners are being unfairly denied access to opioid addiction treatment. BC's new Rental Housing Task Force is in Maple Ridge today to launch a month of public consultations around BC on updating the province's tenancy laws. We find out what issues are expected to be addressed from task force head and Vancouver-West End MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert. We speak with Award winning author David Chariandy, who has written a new book about struggling with racism, 'I've Been Meaning to Tell You - A Letter to My Daughter.'

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June 1, 2018

The tarriff war between Canada and the US is heating up but what does this mean for us? We speak with trade expert Carlo Dade. The school year is drawing to a close, but the shortage of teachers around the province is still a problem. We find out what that could mean for the next school year from BC Teachers' Federation president Glen Hansman. Ten-thousand dollars and six months in jail are some of the penalities the province says could be handed out to trail builders found working wihtout permits on crown land. We launch our new outdoor column 'The Great Wide Open' with Ash Kelly.

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May 31, 2018

Opposition parties are attacking the Trudeau government's decision to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline project to ensure it gets built. We hear from BC MPs - Conservative MP Ed Fast, and NDP MP Nathan Cullen and Liberal MP Pamela Goldsmith-Jones. British Columbians will have the opportunity to change the way our provincial politicians are elected in a referendum this fall. We find out more about the ballot questions and the process from BC attorney general David Eby. Our women's health columnist Dr. Maryam Zeineddin looks at the latest research on Fibromyalgia and how to manage it. Women are twice as likely as men to report having the condition, which causes chronic pain and fatigue.

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May 30, 2018

Federal natural resources minister Jim Carr joins us to discuss the 4.5-billion-dollar federal purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline. We speak with constitutional lawyer Jack Woodward, who spent 25 years fighting the Tsilqot'in case in the courts. More than three thousand C-P Rail train operators went on strike overnight. We ask transportation economist Barry Prentice what that means for Vancouver.

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May 29, 2018

The Trudeau government says it plans to spend four and a half billion to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline and all of the assets of Kinder Morgan Canada. We get reaction from Premier Horgan, Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan, Chief Ernie Crey, and Reuben George.

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May 28, 2018

Should we have more incentives to encourage family doctors to offer addiction treatment? We speak with Dr. Christine Singh. The first NHL game the Vegas Golden Knights played was seven months ago. Tonight they play in the Stanley Cup finals. We look ahead to game one of that with two local sports journalists. BC Attorney General David Eby held a town hall meeting in Point Grey about a proposed school tax. Dozens of people showed up to protest outside with many heated debates between those in favour and those opposed to the new tax.

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May 25, 2018

The Squamish Nation and the City of Vancouver have each lost legal challenges to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project and we speak with lawyer Eugene Kung. Should Metro Vancouver drivers pay more based on distance or at congestion points to cut down on traffic? We ask the mayors of Maple Ridge and the District of North Vancouver. 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' star Colin Mochrie drops by to tell us how he wants to help more people study improv.

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May 24, 2018

We look at a dramatic new video from the Vancouver Police Department tells citizens what to do in an active shooter situation, BC's mental health and addictions minister Judy Darcy on Suboxone treatment, and our women's health columnist Dr. Maryam Zeineddin shares her insights on the importance of strong social connections as new research shows it can have a real impact on people's health.

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May 23, 2018

We speak with Dr. Seonaid Nolan on how BC doing with the prescription of suboxone, Mayor Derek Corrigan joins us to discuss what the BC and Alberta government sparring means for Burnaby, and Dr. Lin says people should limit skin contact with hair relaxer products because they contain hormone disruptors that are linked to increased risk of cancer.

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May 22, 2018

We're expanding the podcast! Today we speak with EMBC's Chris Duffy who updates us on the latest flooding situation in southern BC, CBC's Justin McElroy ranks NDP promises, and Amy Bell unwraps stressful kids birthday parties for her Parental Guidance column.

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