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Is politics or science behind the decision to move humpback whales down the Species at Risk list?

(Jonathan Hayward/CP)

(Jonathan Hayward/CP)

The federal government is moving humpback whales down the list of Species at Risk. Many environmentalists decried the decision as an attempt to remove one of the barriers to a proposed pipeline that would increase oil tanker traffic of the West Coast. That traffic could put the whales in danger of increased collisions with the vessels. This week we hear from a marine scientist who has spoken out against the federal government's environmental decision-making in the past. She says this week's news is in fact a success story for conservation, and for scientists who have been asking to be heard.

Social License, Rats as pets, Un-schooling, IPCC recommendations

Social License, Rats as pets, Un-schooling, IPCC recommendations
In this episode Jim and his guests discuss the term"social license" and how it's being applied politically and by industry, we hear the case for overturning a ban on pet rats in Alberta, we get an economist's take on whether Canada can implement a drastic cut to carbon emissions, and we find out why some parents are turning to "un-schooling" as a way to educate their children.

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Would you vote to keep photo radar?

Would you vote to keep photo radar?
The citizens of Morinville, Alberta voted in a plebiscite on photo radar. 
The vote was held after a petition was circulated opposing the use of the system.
But the residents decided to keep photo radar after all.
We head back through the CBC archives to hear how this discussion has played out in the past, and we ended up in 1994.

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Does getting "social license" mean giving communities a veto?

Does getting
The residents of Kitimat voted against the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline in a recent plebiscite. The vote is non-binding, but some say it's a sign the project lacks social license. We hear that term a lot when it comes to the expansion of energy infrastructure, but what does it actually mean? And how is it measured?
In this episode Jim speaks to two friends from Kitimat who voted differently in the plebiscite. They discuss what the results mean to them, and how they hope they will be used to influence the future of the project. 
He then checks in with a resource industry consultant who researches social license, to see how realistic it is to require community approval for development.

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Should Alberta allow pet rats?

Should Alberta allow pet rats?
Alberta has been fighting to keep itself "rat free" for more than 60 years. The wild rats are blamed with spreading disease, contaminating crops, and damaging sewers and buildings. As a result they're hunted and destroyed by a professional rat patrol, and there's a province-wide ban on owning rats, even in cages. But now a Lethbridge rat fan says it's time to allow the critters as pets. Find out why Victoria Holec says hamsters and gerbils just don't hold a candle to the humble rat.

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Whales, Protest rights, Distracted driving

Whales, Protest rights, Distracted driving
In this episode Jim's guests debate keeping whales in captivity, they talk about preparing for protests, and they make the case for putting distracted drivers in jail.

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