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October 19, 2018 - Podcast
We reached out to every single mayoral candidates and asked everyone the same four questions: Who are you?What do you think is wrong with the city of Vancouver? What's your best idea to fix it? And, we asked each for a song. Hear This Hour has 21 Candidates.
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October 18, 2018 - Podcast
What do you do if an earthquake strikes and you're in charge of the Canada line? Hear from Ronald Powell is the General Manager of the Canada Line and Teron Moore is with Ocean Networks Canada. Tom Henheffer, the executive director of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression on Jamal Khashoggi's final column. Lindsay Wong author of The Woo Woo: How I survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons and My Crazy Chinese Family.
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October 17, 2018 - Podcast
B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson shares what his party would be doing differently on three big issues burbling to the surface this week, the legalization of recreational marijuana, the speculation tax, and campaign finance rules for the municipal elections. --- Marilyn Gladu, Conservative MP for Sarnia-Lambton and the official opposition's health critic, on legalizing recreational marijuana. --- Reconcile This columnist Angela Sterritt on Kwaw-Kwaw-Apilt First Nation and how the legalization of marijuana will affect their cannabis based business.
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October 16, 2018 - Podcast
Adam Palmer, chief of the Vancouver Police Department and president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, on cannabis legalisation --- Quantum physicist Dominic Walliman explains rocket ships to 4, 5-year-olds in his Professor Astro Cats series --- Are little white lies ok or are you sending a dark message to your kids? Amy Bell is back with her latest Parental Guidance.
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October 15, 2018 - Podcast
B.C.'s legendary salmon run is well underway, but scientists warn the iconic fish faces an uncertain future.Hear Natalya Melnychuk, event manager for Salute to the Sockeye --- Our Political Panel with convenes with Amy Robichaud, a political consultant for the BC Liberal Party, Sat Harwood, Chair of the BC Green Party. And, Moe Sihota , a former BC NDP cabinet minister. They talk cannabis legalisation and the municipal election. ---- Richard Stewart, who is seeking re-election as mayor of Coquitlam does not know why he is on the Canadian Council for Faith and Family's list of anti-SOGI candidates. He's "entirely supportive of the LGBT community" and attended a pro-SOGI rally in the city square.
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October 12, 2018 - Podcast
What do Indigenous rights means in the face of a Supreme Court of Canada case that says Ottawa has no duty to consult with Indigenous people before drafting laws? Hear NDP MP Romeo Saganash. Canada's minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett responds to questions about Canada's duty to consult Indigenous people on Trans Mountain and legislation. Federal Minister of Border Security and Organised Crime Reduction Bill Blair on cannabis legalisation.
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October 11, 2018 - Podcast
We wrap up our series "Election Cycle" with a bike ride with out-going mayor Gregor Robertson. B.C.'s Minister of Transportation Claire Trevena responds to a report indicating fatalities have increased on B.C. roads where speed limits were raised in 2014. Mary Ellen Turpel Lafond, an Indigenous Canadian judge, lawyer and the inaugural director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, on the B.C. and federal government's role in the United Nations declaration that secures the rights for Indigenous people
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October 10, 2018 - Podcast
The City of Vancouver is expanding voting opportunities and adding homeless shelters and social service drop-in centres to the list of voting locations. CBC reporter Angela Sterritt caught up with Paul Hendren, the election lead with the City, at Oppenheimer Park. The United Nations scientific panel on climate change has delivered a dire warning regarding current efforts to avert catastrophic climate change. Hear Canada's minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna. Burnaby Museum is hosting a neighbourhood speaker series tonight about Oakalla prison's political prisoners and resisters. One of its most famous inmates was Leonard Peltier, an indigenous activist charged with the murders of two FBI agents in South Dakota. A Canadian legal defense team fought Peltier's extradition. Peter Grant was one of the lawyers.
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October 9, 2018 - Podcast
SubTerrain Magazine is celebrating 30 years, editor in chief Brian Kaufman shares how it all started at his kitchen table and how the magazine has grown. Been Mayor, Done That! Former Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts and former Vancouver mayor Mike Harcourt tackle the importance of mayoral debates during the election. Jill Atkey is the CEO of the BC Non-Profit Housing Association on barriers to creating more affordable housing and how to break those barriers down.
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October 5, 2018 - Podcast
Story producer Rohit Joseph on the how and why Metro Vancouver ended up with largely white city councils despite having some of the most ethnically diverse populations in the country. Richmond mayoral candidates responding to concerns that so called mega-homes are making agricultural land values soar and putting land out of the reach of farmers. Hear mayoral candidates Donald Flintoff, Roy Sakata, and current mayor Malcolm Brodie. And, Nadia Murad, one of the new winners of Nobel Peace Prize, had worked to bring more Yazidi refugees to Canada. Hear Canadian activist, Majed El Shafie, who has toured with her
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October 4, 2018 - Podcast
South of the Fraser reporter Jesse Johnston brings the story of Nina Graham, whose dedication to fitness at age 89 has created a community of healthy seniors. Haisla / Heiltsuk writer Eden Robinson on her second novel in the Trickster trilogy, Trickster Drift. And, the series Election Cycle continues with Conservative MP, and Coalition Vancouver mayoral candidate, Wai Young.
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Reconcile This Language Revitalization
Reconcile This columnist Angela Sterritt talks to Polaris Prize Winner Jeremy Dutcher, Edge of the Knife co-director Helen Haig-Brown, First People's Cultural Council's language programs manager, Aliana Parker and minister for Indigenous relations and reconciliation, Scott Fraser.
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October 3, 2018
Retired Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci has been appointed to head Indigenous consultations on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. What should that look like? We speak to Indigenous resource lawyer Merle Alexander. * On Metro Matters, we take a closer look at three of the candidates for mayor in Surrey with our municipal affairs reporter, Justin McElroy.
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October 2, 2018
Prime Minister Trudeau, BC premier John Horgan and others announced the finalizing a 40-billion-dollar LNG project for northern BC. We ask BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver for his reaction. * An investigation into suspected voter fraud in Surrey, attack ads rolling out and a little bit of name calling all show the municipal election races are starting to get a little dirty as we head into the last couple weeks of campaigning. Our Been Mayor, Done That panel weighs in on just how ugly it might get and what line should never be crossed. * Will your 'just say no' rules go up in smoke when weed becomes legal this month? Amy Bell ponders legal pot in her latest Parental Guidance.
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October 1, 2018
The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has been delayed for an FBI investigation. We speak with local sociologist Indira Prahst has been watching the case unfold. * What will the new USMCA mean for farmers, consumers... and the environment? We'll speak with Sophia Murphy, a BC-based adviser with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. * The BC Legislature is back in session and there's plenty to discuss. We've assembled our political panel to talk about the LNG investment decision and their insights into the big issues for the ledge.
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September 28, 2018 - Podcast
The legacy of Vancouver master printmaker Anna Wong from her brother Maurice Wong and co-curator Jennifer Cane of the exhibit "Anna Wong: Traveller on Two Roads". How are high end development projects shaping the communities in West Vancouver and the waterfront? Hear from mayoral candidates Christine Cassidy, and Mark Sager. And, Steve Young used to be a comedy writer on The Late Show with David Letterman. He lets us into his obsession with the industrial musical in the documentary "Bathtubs over Broadway" which is playing at VIFF.
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September 27, 2018 - Podcast
Ajay Puri, co-founder of Changemakers Vancouver, on diversity in municipal elections. Director Kim Nguyen on his feature film The Hummingbird Project about greed and the world of high-frequency trading in New York. Majed El Shafi, a human rights advocate whose organisation has been working to free Yazidi women from ISIS enslavement. In our series Election Cycle, a ride with current city councillor, and Yes Vancouver candidate, Hector Bremner.
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September 26, 2018 - Podcast
Bob Chamberlain on the VPD's report on street checks. Bruce Blair, nuclear security expert at Princeton University and a former Air Force launch control officer, on today's nuclear threat, And, our Metro Matters reporter Justin McElroy on the Richmond election.
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September 25, 2018 - Podcast
Love-Ese Chile, a Vancouver-based bio-plastics specialist and consultant on plastic waste in oceans. Been Mayor, Done That! with former Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts and former Vancouver mayor Mike Harcourt on the issue of crime. And, Vancouver author Anosh Irani's latest play tackles the harsh realities of immigrating to Canada in today's world.
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September 24,, 2018 - Podcast
Award-winning Canadian author Elizabeth Hay on her new book, All Things Consoled, A Daughter's Memoir. It paints a vivid portrait of her parents and her experience becoming their caregiver in their final days. This October is the 25th anniversary of B.C.'s first Nobel Laureate, Michael Smith. Hear Michael Smith's son Tom about the legacy of his father and the impact he's had on B.C.'s health sector. And, Catherine Tait took over as the president of the CBC earlier this summer. We'll talk to her about the challenges she's facing and what she has in store for the future of the public broadcaster.
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First Indigenous woman in Canada to own an airline
Métis pilot and entrepreneur Teara Fraser, her family and leaders in the aviation industry are celebrating her achievement of being the first ever Indigenous woman in Canada to own an airline. CBC reporter Angela Sterritt speaks to Fraser, her co-wokers and family, at the hanger at the south terminal at YVR.
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September 21, 2018
The federal government has just announced a three-part plan to proceed with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion after the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the approval of the project. We speak with Fisheries and Oceans Minister Jonathan Wilkinson. * We also speak with Kanahus Manuel, a Secwepemc mother and a member of the Tiny House Warriors who is working to stop the Trans Mountain expansion. * If you're a fan of public radio, or podcasts, you no doubt know Ira Glass. He's coming to town to share his secrets with his stage show "Seven Things I've Learned" and we speak with him.
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September 20, 2018
After an overload in public feedback over a proposal of mass rezoning that could see many single family homes turned into duplexes, council voted in favour of the idea. We speak with Vancouver's Chief planner Gil Kelly. * Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner has delivered her final State of the City address. We hear from her about the issues facing Surrey today as her time in office comes to a close. * A group of Indigenous women is headed to Washington DC next week to elevate the importance of free, prior and informed consent for Indigenous people and industry. We hear from Jacinda Mack, the lead spokesperson about how this is one of the most important issues facing BC today.
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September 19, 2018
Vancouver is considering a proposal of mass rezoning that would allow the majority of single family homes to be made into duplexes. We speak with Tom Davidoff, Professor at the Sauder School of Business at UBC. * Vision Vancouver councillor Kerry Jang joins us to explain what the city's role will be in regulating the transition of marijuana dispensaries once recreational marijuana legalization kicks in AND what kind of legacy Vision leaves behind. * With a record number of candidates, all of whom will be in a randomized order, Vancouver voters will be faced with a daunting ballot this October. Our Metro Matters reporter Justin McElroy explains the ballot and the issues it raises for voters.
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September 18, 2018
The US announced 10 per cent tariffs on about 200 billion dollars worth of goods from China. Now, China has responded with five or 10 per cent tariffs on 60 billion dollars worth of goods from the U-S. For his thoughts on this escalating trade dispute, we have reached Yuen Pau Woo, an Independent senator and a former president of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. * Been Mayor, Done That! Former Mayor of Vancouver Mike Harcourt and former Mayor of Surrey Dianne Watts weigh in on how the region's transportation issues are playing out in the election campaign so far. * You've tackled potty training - but what about training a potty mouth? Amy Bell look at kids and f***ing cursing in her latest Parental Guidance.
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September 17, 2018
Our BC political panel will discuss the latest developments on the speculation tax and what we learned from the Union of BC Municipalities. * The Ontario government is pulling out all the stops to pass its controversial bill slashing Toronto's city council by nearly half, including a rare midnight session of the legislature that went into the early hours of this morning. We speak with a UBC political scientist based in Toronto about the latest developments and what this all means for the city's elections.
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September 14, 2018 - Podcast
Hurricane Florence has now made landfall in North Carolina and millions of people in the Philippines are bracing for Super Typhoon hear from someone in the Philippines and CBC meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe. Renters respond to the province's approval of a 4.5 per cent rent increase for 2019. And, four candidates vying for City of North Vancouver mayor on how they would deal with worsening traffic congestion.
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September 13, 2018 - Podcast
Selina Robinson, B.C.'s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, .explains how her government plans to make life more affordable for British Columbians when renters face a 4.5 per cent allowable rent increase. B.C. Liberals' municipal affairs critic Todd Stone about housing affordability, rising rents, and the speculation tax. And, in our series Election Cycle we take a ride with independent candidate Shauna Sylvester.
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September 12, 2018
Ian Campbell is out of the race for mayor, and as yet there has been no replacement put forward by Vision Vancouver. What kind of impact might that have on the health of the party? We ask current Vision councillor Heather Deal. We also check in with our Metro Matters reporter to find out more. * Heart of My Heart, The Doctor Returns, and Finding Mr. Wrong, are just a few of the titles written by romance author Stella MacLean. She joins us to talk about her appointment as the VPL's newest writer in residence.
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September 11, 2018
Vision Vancouver's Ian Campbell suddenly leaves the crowded race to become mayor. What does mean for the city's upcoming election? The Globe and Mail's Frances Bula joins us. * Been Mayor, Done That! Former Mayor of Vancouver Mike Harcourt and former Mayor of Surrey Dianne Watts weigh in on concerns about low voter turnout in this year's municipal elections and what's needed to engage voters. * We know a few facts about the man charged with Marissa Shen's murder - one of them being his status as a Syrian refugee. We hear from a member of the local Syrian community and an immigration lawyer about their concerns about the perception of refugees in the aftermath of a criminal court case.
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September 10, 2018
We're reconvening our BC Political Panel for a look ahead on the big issues likely to dominate the provincial legislature this fall. * It's the first film made entirely in the Haida language and it's making its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. We speak with Graham Richard, one of the writers of the film and find out what it's like making a film in an endangered lan
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September 7, 2018
Today we are wrapping our series Beyond Beads and Bannock, an in-depth look at Indigenous Curriculum in BC schools. We speak with the Minister of education Rob Fleming about the challenges and success stories of including Indigenous perspectives in the classroom. * We're hearing from mayoral candidates around the Lower Mainland, debating a major election issue in their community. This morning Delta candidates will join us to talk about transportation issues and what they plan to do about the Massey Tunnel.
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September 6, 2018
The federal government is being sued by conservation groups who say the feds are failing in their obligation to protect an endangered species. We get a response from Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Jonathan Wilkinson about concerns over southern resident killer whales and what those concerns mean for next steps on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. * Vancouverites will choose a new mayor and so far a lot of people have thrown their hat in the ring for the job. We wanted to find the most Vancouver way to get to know each of them...a bike ride. We meet NPA candidate Ken Sim.
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September 5, 2018
A new report says BC's labour shortage is here to stay and businesses need to start making changings to face the new reality. We hear some suggestions from the Business Development Bank of Canada. * What are the next steps for the Transmountain pipeline expansion project? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke in Surrey this week and said the government is looking carefully at how to proceed. We speak with Canada's Minister of Natural Resources Amarjeet Sohi to find out what happens next. * The City of Vancouver could sell a portion of the Arbutus Corridor back to C-P Rail. The price? One dollar. Metro Matters reporter Justin McElroy breaks down the story for us.
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September 4, 2018
There's a few fresh faces looking to be elected mayor or councillor in next month's municipal election. But what will it take for them to show they have the right stuff particularly when it comes to solving big challenges like housing affordability? We're convening a new weekly segment called Been Mayor, Done That with former Mayor of Vancouver Mike Harcourt and former Mayor of Surrey Dianne Watts. * School is back and so is our Parenting Column! Amy Bell is here with a fresh new Parental Guidance.
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September 3, 2018
Today is Labour Day, or as our next guest puts it: 'Parasitic Public Sector Day.' Philip Cross gives us the case, to replace the holiday with, quote 'something worthwhile.'. We also check in with Labour Minister Harry Bains.
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August 31, 2018
Today's the deadline Donald Trump gave for Canada to join the tentative trade deal between the U-S and Mexico. Where do we stand? We speak with international trade expert Dan Ciuriak. * What should happen now that the Federal Court of Appeal has overturned the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion? We ask our a panel of local MP's to debate just that: Liberal MP Joyce Murray, Conservative MP Ed Fast and NDP MP Fin Donnelly.
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August 30, 2018
The Federal Court of Appeal has quashed the government's approvals to build the Trans Mountain expansion project, a major victory for Indigenous groups and environmentalists opposed to the $7.4-billion project. We get reaction from lawyers, mayors and professors on the decision.
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August 29, 2018
The BC NDP government has released its public accounts with a balanced budget despite concerns about BC Hydro, ICBC and this year's wildfire season. We get reaction from the BC Liberals' finance critic, Tracy Redie, who's also a former BC Hydro board member. * As Canada enters high stakes NAFTA negotiatons with the US, the Trump administration is putting pressure on Canada to make some major changes to the way our dairy, egg and poultry industy is regulated. We hear about the pros and cons of Canada's supply management system and if Canada can keep it AND champion free trade. * Critics have pointed to underfunding of BC's parks as a core reason behind overcrowding and rowdy behavior in the outsdoors. We speak with Environment Minister George Heyman about what he has planned for the future of BC's parks.
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August 28, 2018
Metro Vancouver is in dire need of more rental housing but is there enough political will to create it? We hear from two people hoping to put the conversation about rental housing at the top of the municipal election agenda. * A reprieve for Saudi medical students in Canada. Current students are expected to be allowed to finish their training here. We speak with Paul Emile Cloutier, the head of HealthCareCAN. * If you're one of the many British Columbians feeling squeezed out of the wilderness, then you know the parks are getting crowded. The question is what to do about it? BCs Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver has some ideas.
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August 27, 2018
Premier John Horgan has called the current system we use to budget for wildfire fighting 'Laughable.' So what should we do instead? We ask George Abbott, who co-authored a report on the very topic. * The Toronto Real Estate Board will now have to publish home sales data. This after the Supreme Court of Canada says it won't hear an appeal. Should that practice come to BC? We speak with real estate agent Mayur Arora.
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August 24, 2018
We have an update on the wildfire situation when we speak to Rise Johansen, the owner of the Takysie Lake Resort near Burns Lake about efforts there. * Conservative BC MP Todd Doherty resorted to name calling after fellow Conservative Quebec MP Maxime Bernier announced he was leaving the party to form his own. We take a look at how likely Bernier is to have success attracting BC candidiates before the next federal election.
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August 23, 2018
BC Premier John Horgan says BC's wildfire situation could be the "new normal". We speak with a couple of young people involved in climate activism who say this shouldn't be the new normal. They'll share their thoughts on growing anxiety over climate change and the best action to take to cope. * Should you be allowed to buy and sell handguns in this country? A Surrey mayoral hopeful is the latest politician to say no and one of his party members has quit over his comments. We head south of the Fraser for the latest.
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August 22, 2018
Debates over immigration loom large over the Liberal cabinet meeting in Nanaimo today and the Conservative convention in Halifax tomorrow. We convene a panel to unpack how identity politics may be entering the Canadian political debate. * With wildfires raging in Northern BC, Grand Chief Ed John joins us to voice his concern over disaster relief funding from the federal government. * The municipal elections are in less than two months and the race in Delta is heating up. Municipal Affairs Reporter Justin McElroy takes a look at the candidates for us.
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August 21, 2018
The president of The Canadian Association for the Environment Dr. Courtney Howard says BC's wildfire situation underscores the need to see climate change as a threat to human health. We hear from her about her research on the health impacts of wildfire smoke. * While federal Liberals meet in Nanaimo this week, we speak to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale about the growing calls for tighter gun laws. * The federal government is scrapping the family reunification lottery and increasing the number of people it is accepting. We speak with Shachi Kurl with the Angus Reid Institute about a recent poll on immigration.
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August 20, 2018
The Federal Government says the economy and the environment must be grown hand in hand. We speak with to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna about what that really means. * It's already been one week since an air quality advisory was issued for the Lower Mainland and it`s looking like things aren`t going to improve much in this week ahead. We get an update from an air quality planner with Metro Vancouver, Julie Saxton. * Smoke from wildfires has really socked in parts of our listening area. We know how it affects us physically but what about mentally? We speak with Nicola Cherry, Tri-party Chair of Occupational Health at the University of Alberta.
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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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