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Canada Energy Regulator just came out with its latest long-term energy outlook. The analysis in the report shows that with even modest new climate policies, there’s no need to build the Trans Mountain and Keystone XL pipelines, undermining Prime Minister Trudeau’s position that the expansion of oil production is consistent with Canada’s climate pol…
 
At a time when the Vancouver Police department is under pressure from a broad range of activist groups and the City of Vancouver to end street checks, it has formed a new neighbourhood response team in the downtown core that could lead to an expansion of this type of police activity. We talk with Meghan McDermott of the BC Civil Liberties Associati…
 
Discover Canada is the official study guide for people who are preparing to take the Canadian citizenship test. But its portrayal of Canada is far from accurate, according to five women faculty members at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. We speak with Anne-Emanuelle Birn, Professor of Critical Development Studies and Global Health at the Uni…
 
Vancouver City Council just spent two weeks discussing the climate emergency plan they asked staff to develop last year. They heard from 75 speakers both for and against the actions recommended in the plan – and ended up passing all 37 recommendations. Ian Mass joins us on our City Beat feature with more details about the climate plan and several o…
 
A long tradition of the amateur detective exists in the mystery genre. The latest sleuth is Annick Boudreau, a clinical psychologist created by a Vancouver comedian, playwright, and novelist who based the character of Annick Boudreau, in part, on his own therapist. We speak with Charles Demers about the book, Primary Obsessions.…
 
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is reported to be the largest private foundation in the world holding almost $47 billion in assets. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Foundation has risen to a position of even greater prominence. However as a private institution, the Gates Foundation’s interests and investments remain largely hidden from public …
 
Justin Trudeau once claimed that Canada had no colonial past. A new book just out from Fernwood Press would disagree. Canada In the World looks closely at Canadian foreign policy and finds a consistent pattern of colonial conquest and capital accumulation. We speak with the book’s author, Tyler Shipley, professor of society, culture, and commerce a…
 
In this episode of TFL Talkin' Cars, Tommy and Nathan discuss the affordability of electric cars, both now and in the future. On the whole, EVs are still way too expensive for most people to afford brand new, and used examples lack the incentives that push some people into new EVs in the first place. That needs to change, and there are some players…
 
The Canadian government has announced that the final provisions of the Secure Air Travel Regulations are now in force. These new regulations modify Canada’s No Fly List regime but, according to the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, they do not address the basic problems that plague the system and continue to result in the undermining …
 
More than 150 residents of long-term care and assisted living homes have lost their lives to Covid-19. However, tens of thousands more have been deeply impacted by the loss of connection to family and loved ones. Seniors Advocate Isobel MacKenzie says there have been more calls, letters and emails on the issue of visit restrictions than any other s…
 
On October 7, a huge crowd of people gathered outside a court building in Athens. They were waiting to hear the verdict in the trial of 68 members of the far-right organization Golden Dawn. The hearing was the biggest trial of fascists since the Nazi trials at Nuremberg after WWII. The crowd in Athens erupted with joy when news emerged that the jud…
 
In this episode of TFL Talkin' Cars, Roman and Nathan discuss the latest powerhouse V8 cars from Dodge. The 2021 Dodge Durango Hellcat, Challenger SRT Super Stock and Charger Hellcat Redeye pack more than 700 (or even 800) horsepower, and is the top of the Hemi heap. But is it short lived?By TFL Studios
 
The Fraser estuary is one of the largest estuaries on the Pacific coast of North America. It is the rearing grounds for Canada’s most productive salmon runs and connects a food web that links fish, birds and marine mammals across thousands of kilometres of the North Pacific Ocean. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is proposing another massive con…
 
Over 200 scholars of 20th century authoritarianism have signed an open letter of concern about the current state of democracy. The letter was released just a couple of days before the presidential election in the United States. It states that, while democracy appeared to be flourishing everywhere in the years following the end of the Cold War, toda…
 
A constitutional test of Quebec's Bill 21 began Monday in the Quebec Superior Court in Montreal. The law, which was passed last year, prohibits public teachers, as well as government lawyers and other civil servants, from wearing religious symbols such as turbans and hijabs at work. The National Council of Canadian Muslims and the Canadian Civil Li…
 
British Columbia in known around the world for its beautiful natural scenery and abundant wildlife. But some species in BC have been dwindling. Sockeye salmon stocks plunged last year and caribou, moose and mountain sheep have also seen significant declines. A broad coalition had formed to urge the provincial government to take concrete steps to pr…
 
In this episode of TFL Talkin' Cars, Tommy and Roman discuss one of the lowest-depreciating cars around - and no, it's not the Jeep Wrangler. It is, in fact, the Toyota FJ Cruiser, which can set you back nearly as much as they cost to buy new! Here's what you need to know, and why you should consider picking one up. Or, if that's too much for your …
 
Built in the 1950s, the Little Mountain social housing complex was a key public asset in Vancouver. 13 years ago, the BC Liberals sold the housing to a private developer, Holborn Properties, in a deal shrouded in secrecy. Hundreds of people were displaced and more than 200 family homes were demolished. The residents were promised a quick return to …
 
In January 2019, Vancouver City Council unanimously approved OneCity Councillor Christine Boyle's motion declaring that we are in a global state of climate emergency and that constitutes a crisis for Vancouver. The motion went on to direct staff to prepare recommendations for ramping up the city’s climate actions in line with efforts to limit globa…
 
On October 24, Chile voted in favour of replacing its neoliberal constitution written more than 40 years ago under the military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet. 78% of people backed a new charter in a plebiscite held Sunday. Estefanía Milla-Moreno is from Santiago, Chile. She is currently a PhD candidate in forestry at the University of Br…
 
A new report on the current and future viability of the Site C dam on the Peace River was released this month in the midst of BC’s recent election campaign. Energy economist Robert McCullough concluded that the project is a net loss and will cost British Columbians well into the future. Ken Boon is president of the Peace Valley Landowners Associati…
 
If a mining company comes into a community to prospect for a mine and community members don’t want it there, they have to hit the ground running. A new book is going to make it a whole lot easier to do that. Unearthing Justice is a comprehensive guide on how to protect your community from the mining industry. We speak with author Joan Kuyek, foundi…
 
It’s 2020, and Canada is not on track to meet our greenhouse gas emissions targets. To do so, we’ll need radical systemic change to how we live and work—and fast. How can we ever achieve this? Top policy analyst and author Seth Klein reveals we can do it now because did it before during the Second World War. We speak with Seth Klein about how warti…
 
British Columbians relied heavily on a private carrier until Greyhound abandoned its BC routes in 2018, stranding thousands of highway bus users. What’s left is a dysfunctional patchwork of privately-owned bus services, private charters, taxis and local transit. A new campaign is calling for the provincial government to create a unified system that…
 
In the United States, Black and Latino pedestrians more likely to get hit by a car than white pedestrians They are less likely to own cars and more likely to take transit and walk. Plus, Black and Latino neighborhoods are passed over for safety improvements that white communities have the political clout to secure. These are some of the facts in a …
 
In this episode of TFL Talkin' Cars, Roman discusses the ins and outs of winter tires with Pirelli's Director of Quality Ian Coke. What are the differences between pure winter, all-season and "all-weather" tires, and what choices do you need to make to get the best performance from your car when the snow falls?…
 
A new report points out that women, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse people are at the forefront of Canada’s pandemic response. More than half of women workers are concentrated in occupations known as the 5Cs: caring, cashiering, catering, cleaning and clerical functions. It says women need to be centred in Canada’s economic recovery efforts going for…
 
Municipal and provincial levels of government say that their hands are tied when it comes to bringing about decriminalization of drugs in their jurisdictions. But that’s not true, according to a new report by Pivot Legal. Author Caitlin Shane says there are simple actions that non-federal levels of government can take to reduce the harms of crimina…
 
In this episode of Talkin' Cars, Roman discusses the ins and outs of the 2021 Nissan Rogue with our friend Alex Dykes from Alex on Autos. The Rogue fights in a fiercely competitive segment against the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V among several others, so is it different enough? Here's what works (and what needs some more attention)!…
 
Black Canadians are more than three times as likely as the general population to know someone who died of Covid-19. This is just one of the findings of a new online survey of several thousand Canadians about their experiences with Covid-19 since the pandemic started. The study was carried out by the Edmonton-based African Canadian Civic Engagement …
 
Research over the past 15 years shows that climate change has drastically amplified the conditions that help wildfires ignite and spread. Simon Donner is a climate scientist and professor of geography at the University of British Columbia. He discusses the factors that led to the catastrophic wildfires in the western United States.…
 
The recently released report, A New Future for Old Forests, contains 14 recommendations on how BC can better manage its endangered old-growth forests. Jens Wieting applauds the report but is concerned about the BC government’s response to it. Jens Wieting is senior forest and climate campaigner with the Sierra Club.…
 
John Ware is an iconic figure in the history of southern Alberta. He was a Black pioneer and rancher who settled in the province before the turn of the century. Born in the American South, he was already an accomplished cowboy by the time he arrived in Alberta. John Ware is the subject of a new NFB documentary now showing at the Calgary and Vancouv…
 
The prevalence of misinformation about Covid 19 is much higher on social media than in traditional news sources. A group of Canadian researchers has found that people who consume a lot of social media end up believing conspiracy theories and misinformation, and as a result do not engage in safe behaviours that prevent the spread of COVID-19. We spe…
 
Last year, the BC government expanded its wolf cull program in an attempt to protect endangered mountain caribou in the province. The adoption of this strategy was based on a study by Robert Serrouya and others at the University of Alberta. But when biologist Lee Harding went back into the data Serrouya used, he found that killing wolves had no det…
 
In this episode of TFL Talkin' Cars, Roman and Tommy take a deep dive into the brand new Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid with FCA Head of Global Propulsion Systems Micky Bly. With 375 horsepower, it's currently the most powerful Wrangler, but it also promises to be the most efficient version with pure electric driving capability.…
 
Local craft and artisanal businesses are often celebrated as an antidote to the corporatization of everyday life. Yet workers in these local enterprises say they can be toxic places to work, offering low pay and little protection from arbitrary management practices. Benjamin Anderson is a labour studies lecturer and PHD candidate at SFU. He explain…
 
The Tulsequah Chief mine is in a remote corner of northwest BC. This mixed-metals mine has been leaching contaminated water into the largest tributary of the salmon-producing Taku River for more than 60 years, and the last owner of the mine is now bankrupt. We talk with journalist Matt Simmons about the delays in getting work started on the cleanup…
 
In this episode of TFL Talkin' Cars, we're taking a deeper dive with the brand new Jeep Grand Wagoneer concept. While the actual production car won't emerge until next year, FCA Head of Design Ralph Gilles explains the decisions that went into this latest concept, including features that were inspired by the original Grand Wagoneer design from the …
 
While children are less directly affected by Covid-19, the pandemic may have long-term adverse effects on the health and well-being of children and adolescents. Dr. Michael Kobor is Canada Research Chair in Social Epigenetics and Professor in the UBC Department of Medical Genetics. He talks to us about how social factors can get “under the skin” to…
 
WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre has introduced a new text and chat app to help support survivors of sexual assault during the Covid-19 pandemic. WAVAW Connect allows survivors to contact support workers confidentially from any device. Dalya Israel and Ashley Teja of WAVAW explain how the new app works.By Redeye Collective
 
In this episode of TFL Talkin' Cars, Roman and Tommy discuss the three Korean car brands that are changing the automotive landscape: Hyundai, Kia and Genesis. The automaker has come a long way in the past decade, and these are some of the blockbuster cars that are have come to define the brands now and will continue to do so in the coming years.…
 
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