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

(Robin Rowland/CP)

(Robin Rowland/CP)

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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.

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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Should more Canadians join political parties?

Should more Canadians join political parties?

Across the country, card-carrying party members are choosing their candidates for the 2015 federal election. This time around, all three major parties have promised open nominations- which means even sitting MPs, like Eve Adams and Rob Anders, must fight for the right to run again. It has led to some headline-making battles, but to the average Canadian, politics at the party level may seem like inside baseball. We speak to Ottawa-watcher Dale Smith, who says it's actually the heart of Canadian democracy, and people who only show up to vote on election day are missing out.

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Do you know your protest rights?

Do you know your protest rights?
They're being taught in Northern B.C. this week as communities prepare for the final decisions on the Northern Gateway Pipeline and other energy projects. We speak to the head of the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition, Shannon McPhail, to get her thoughts on the best lessons she picked up, and how she wants to use them to help her community.

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Would fewer people text and drive if it carried jail time?

Would fewer people text and drive if it carried jail time?
Recent stats from B.C. suggest that the number of deaths caused by distracted driving is overtaking the number caused by drunk driving. The province is considering higher fines for those caught, but one columnist says he has a "Better Idea." Ian Mulgrew suggests that distracted driving should be a criminal offence, with jail time. What do you make of the idea?

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If you send your child to a Catholic school, should they be able to opt out of everything Catholic there?

If you send your child to a Catholic school, should they be able to opt out of everything Catholic there?
A parent in Ontario has won a court case allowing his children to opt out of all the religious trappings of the Catholic school they attend. We speak to a parent who fought a similar battle to find out why parents would want to send a child to a school underpinned by a religion they don't follow.

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