Black youth opposing gentrification and empowering community

15 February 2017 - 8:22am

On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, Scott Neigh speaks with Kyturea Jones, Payton Ashe, and Donntayia Jones. They are members of the North End Community Action Committee, a Black youth-led community group in Halifax's North End that came together around concerns about the gentrification of their neighbourhood and that has become involved in a wide range of issues focused on empowering both Black youth and the communities they live in.

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Fabienne Colas on racism, diversity and inclusion

15 February 2017 - 6:59am
Fabienne Colas on Racism, Diversity and Inclusion

Fabienne and Face2Face host David Peck talk about the Toronto Black Film Festival, racism, diversity, inclusion and making a difference in the world.


Award-winning actress, filmmaker, speaker, business owner and consultant, Fabienne Colas is the "Queen of Festivals" who created and manages seven successful festivals between Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, New York City and Port-au-Prince -- including the Montreal International Black Film Festival, which has become not only Canada's largest Black film festival, but also a key player in cultural diversity in Quebec.

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Appalled maybe, but no one should be surprised by the ugly threats against Rachel Notley

15 February 2017 - 1:06am

No one should be surprised that Alberta's NDP premier, Rachel Notley, has been subject to constant and often serious threats of violence.

New statistics from the Alberta Justice Department have revealed what everybody who's paying attention already knew: Premier Notley receives more threats of physical harm than any of her predecessors in Alberta's top political job.

She reacts with remarkable aplomb as many of the people who contribute to this problem shrug their shoulders and say, "Who? Me?"

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Blood of Extraction: Canadian Imperialism in Latin America

14 February 2017 - 9:33pm

A new book by Todd Gordon and Jeffery R. Webber examines the increasing presence of Canadian mining companies in Latin America and the environmental and human rights abuses that occur as a result. Todd Gordon is a professor of political science at York University. Todd Gordon speaks with Redeye host James Mainguy.

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What are the chances feminist Trudeau will provide Canadians with a national gender equality plan?

14 February 2017 - 7:34pm

After Harper's reign of terror on everything Canadian, Trudeau was a beacon of hope. But, that light is quickly dimming while my disillusionment grows by leaps and bounds. The self-proclaimed feminist is looking more misogynous with each passing day.

On October 19, 2016 Trudeau whipped his party to vote against NDP MP Kennedy Stewart's private member's Bill C-237, the Candidate Gender Equity Act, which would have enhanced existing financial incentives ensuring greater gender parity during federal elections.

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Government must do more to address First Nations' water woes

14 February 2017 - 6:44pm

Neskantaga First Nation in Ontario has had to boil water since 1995. "We're over 20 years already where our people haven't been able to get the water they need to drink from their taps or to bathe themselves without getting any rashes," Neskantaga Chief Wayne Moonias told CBC News in 2015. Their water issues have yet to be resolved.

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Lawsuits pile up as Kinder Morgan opponents prepare next pipeline battleground in the courts

14 February 2017 - 1:28pm
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Whales, corruption and contempt for Indigenous rights are just some of the court cases that activists hope will halt the controversial Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion project.

While the provincial and federal governments may have announced their support for Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline, opponents are continuing to strengthen their fight against the project in court.

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Annual Women's Memorial March in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

14 February 2017 - 9:48am
On February 14, the Women's Memorial March continues to honour the lives of missing and murdered women and all women’s lives lost in the Downtown Eastside. Annual Women's Memorial March in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

Populism and faux feminism: Marine Le Pen, Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau

14 February 2017 - 9:16am
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Justin Trudeau is worried about extremism entering Canada through the electoral system.

If like Canada, France had a first-past-the-post electoral system, Marine Le Pen of the extreme-right National Front would be well placed to be the next president of France. She has led the polls for months.

Instead, because France has two rounds of voting, with the second round limited to the top two finishers in the first round, Le Pen has next to no chance of winning (regardless if she finishes first or second in the first round).

Justin Trudeau arrived in Washington on Monday with a plan to help Trump polish his image with women in what was labelled the populist-meets-the-feminist summit.

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Portrait unveiling stands in for the fond official farewell former premier Dave Hancock never had from his PCs

14 February 2017 - 1:18am

The unveiling of Dave Hancock's portrait in the Legislature yesterday may have been presided over by a New Democrat Speaker and featured a speech by an NDP premier, but it had the warm family quality one might have been expected from the official farewell the former premier never really got from his own Progressive Conservative Party.

Hancock was unexpectedly elevated the premiership by his caucus colleagues at the start of the summer of the Tories' discontent -- the date when he was sworn in was March 23, 2014, immediately after the PC caucus had for all intents and purposes fired his predecessor Alison Redford.

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Women in poverty are falling into debtors' prison, reports Elizabeth Fry Society

13 February 2017 - 6:37pm

Women are going to jail in Canada, especially Indigenous women, because they are unable to pay fines for small infractions. So says the Calgary Elizabeth Fry Society. And once a woman is put into the justice system, she often runs into complications that prevent her getting out.

The situation would be much worse if it weren't for the 24 non-profit Elizabeth Fry Societies, who offer hope, counselling and practical help to women caught up in the justice system. Most of their clients are women and youth who face charges or jail time for petty crimes, crimes of poverty and survival, such as stealing food, public urination, shoplifting, panhandling or soliciting.

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Israel's response to Syrian refugee crisis has much in common with Trump's ban

13 February 2017 - 2:48pm

It is strange how supporters of Israel are responding to Donald Trump's Muslim and Syrian refugee ban. Some have applauded it, effectively acknowledging that Israel cheerleading is a right-wing cause. Others have sought to be seen taking the side of anti-racism and religious tolerance, all the while ignoring Israel's terrible treatment of Palestinian, Syrian and other refugees.

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Five ableist things I wish people would stop saying to me

13 February 2017 - 8:44am

Our society is not very good at listening to neurodivergent folks. When we're not being told we are lazy, the things we ask for are routinely ignored.

Sometimes the way that this happens is very subtle, and even the people who say they value accessibility sometimes say hurtful things when they are not paying attention. Here are some examples.

1. "You seem like you are okay" or "You seem normal"

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Leduc No. 1 and Alberta's unluckiest lucky day

13 February 2017 - 12:32am

February 13 is the 70th anniversary of the day Alberta simultaneously won the lottery and started to watch everything go to hell in a handcart. February 13...Alberta's unluckiest lucky day.

In other words, 70 years ago, with memories of the Great Depression and the Second World War still very fresh in the minds of the province's population of about 800,000 souls, Leduc No. 1, a few miles south of Edmonton, struck oil and the whole world changed.

Cars didn't have seat belts back in 1947, so no one thought to say: "Fasten your seat belts!" But by gosh, they should've!

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B.C. government's budget priorities are all out of whack

12 February 2017 - 9:12pm
Finance Minister Mike De Jong is promoting a balanced budget, but the reality is much bleaker. Dear B.C. Liberals: Your budget priorities need fixing.

Dear B.C. Liberals: Your budget priorities need fixing.

12 February 2017 - 12:22pm

Dear B.C Minister of Finance Michael De Jong,

Thank you for your voicemail message expressing your regret that I was not home to share with you my priorities for a balanced budget. Perhaps it was a good thing that I was not available for your call because I have a feeling you don’t really want to hear what I have to say about your government’s fiscal management record.

Firstly, I don't think we could even agree about the topic of our conversation since I see a balanced budget as an oxymoron, like fresh-frozen or pretty-ugly. A budget is a forecast, not a fixed entity. It's a projection that is at best an estimation of what spending will be.

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Advocates of more choice in education unite to condemn school board chair's call for more choice in education

12 February 2017 - 12:55am

Conservative politicians, their vocal supporters, private school operators, separate school system officials, charter school advocates, administrators from such institutions, and parents of home schooled children have all been chanting the mantra of "competition is good" for so long most of us can hardly remember hearing anything else.

So the reaction to Edmonton Public School Board Chair Michael Janz's suggestion last week that the public system should offer its own Roman Catholic education specialty program has been interesting, to say the least.

They hate it!

It turns out that competition is always good … except when it isn't! Who knew?

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Buying bargains for change - an interview with Bargain Jody

11 February 2017 - 6:29pm
Bargain Jody- Interview Part !

In Part One of Buying Bargains, Kelly Okamura talks with Jody Steinhauer (or Bargain Jody as she's fondly called).

They discuss the difference btween bargains and discounts, and how bargain shopping has changed from needs to fast fashion. They speak about making purchases that add value, helping people with real needs, and social corporate responsibility.

Project Winter Survival is an initiative by Engage and Change to fund 10,000 Survival Kits for the homeless and less fortunate.

This is Goodergoods' second Valentine's Day show -- listen to their first Valentine's edition - “Love and Passion”

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Trump's Muslim ban first step toward re-establishing American dominance in the Middle East

10 February 2017 - 5:29pm

Trump's executive order to ban citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from the U.S., comes in flagrant defiance of all international humanitarian laws and basic human rights. This ban is not about protecting Americans from ISIS or "Islamic extremists". Instead, Trump's policy is the first step in an economic and political strategy designed to rebuild the American Empire.

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Trudeau's do-nothing approach to electoral reform risks Canada's future

10 February 2017 - 1:44pm

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The prime minister keeps making the bizarre argument that a partly proportional electoral system would allow anti-immigration Conservative Kellie Leitch to form her own party and get seats in parliament --perhaps even hold the balance of power.

He did it again on Thursday in Iqaluit.

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