Earthsave’s David Steele, Amnesty International’s Craig Benjamin

Dr. David Steele is president of the non-profit Earthsave Canada, whose mission is to educate people about the health, ethical, and environmental impacts of their food and lifestyle choices.  David is a molecular biologist who retired from the Faculty of Medicine at UBC in 2013, and he shares valuable information about the connection between animal agriculture and climate change.

For 15 years Craig Benjamin’s work with Amnesty International has included research and advocacy on critical issues including missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, access to basic services in reserve communities, and the social impacts of large scale resource development projects.  Amnesty International has declared December 10th a global day of action against the Site C Dam project slated for northern BC, and Craig tells us why.
And, Chris Cook with a “What in the World” update.

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Rallying for the Earth with Eric Lescarbeau, Think Like and Animal with Leora Eisen

Eric Lescarbeau is a Vancouver based organizer with the Peoples’ Climate Convergence and a member of the International Socialists.  He explains why thousands of people will be rallying and marching (hopefully peacefully!) in Vancouver this weekend, expressing their concern about the impacts of expanded oil and gas pipelines and tankers along the coast.

Leora Eisen is a documentary filmmaker who travelled the world documenting studies and stories of animal intelligence that helps identify each animal as an individual with its own personality.  Her latest project, “Think Like an Animal,” will air on CBC’s Nature of Things Thursday November 24th.
And, Chris Cook with a “What in the World” update.

 

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Dr Richard Oppenlander and “Comfortably Unaware,” RD Vesanto Melina and the Canada Food Guide

Dr. Richard Oppenlander is an author, speaker, consultant, and advisor to U.S. Municipalities and to World Hunger Projects that are designing programs using his model of multi-dimensional sustainability.  He’s the recipient of the 2014 International Book Award and the Green Book Festival Award, his published works include Food Choice and Sustainability, and Comfortably Unaware.  Richard tells us about “global depletion” which is a much bigger concern than just climate change, and how we can all empower ourselves to live the best life possible ourselves, and for the entire planet.

Vesanto Melina is a Registered Dietician, co-author of multiple award winning books titled Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition and Becoming Vegan: Express Edition, both created with Brenda Davis who is also a Registered Dietician living in British Columbia.  Vesanto also writes a monthly column in Vancouver’s Common Ground magazine.  We talk about Health Canada’s recent announcement that they’re upgrading the Canada Food Guide, and interested in public input.
And, Chris Cook with a “What in the World” update.

 

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Former Green Party Justice Critic Dimitri Lascaris, and Victoria Foundation’s Rob Janus

Dimitri Lascaris is a lawyer called to practice in Ontario and New York State. After working in the New York and Paris offices of a major Wall Street law firm, Dimitri became a class action lawyer in Canada. His class actions practice focused on shareholder rights, environmental wrongs and human rights violations. In 2012, Canadian Lawyer Magazine named him one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada, and in 2013, Canadian Business Magazine named him one of the 50 most influential persons in Canadian business. Until recently, Dimitri was the Justice Critic in the Green Party of Canada shadow cabinet. He is the author and submitter of the Green Party of Canada’s BDS resolution.  We talk about the BDS resolution, why he wrote and supports it, what’s next in the process.

Rob Janus is Director of Communications with the Victoria Foundation, a registered charity that “connects visionary donors with causes that truly matter.”  Their 11th annual “Vital Signs” report has just been released, measuring the health of the city, and Rob explains some of its significant findings.  
Also, Chris Cook with a “What in the World” update.
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Animal Justice with Anna Pippus, Sea Shepherd Adventures with Roy Sasano, “What in the World” update with Chris Cook

Anna Pippus is a lawyer, and Director of Farmed Animal Advocacy at Animal Justice. She’s also an activist, a strategist, a writer, and a mother. We talk about about the philosophy of veganism generally, and specifically the ongoing #pigtrial where Anita Krajnc is defending herself against charges after giving water to a suffering pig on its way to slaughter. Roy Sasano volunteered as Executive Director and Communication Officer aboard the Sea Shepherd’s Farley Mowat vessel in the Sea of Cortez from the Fall of 2015-Spring 2016. Their mission was to track gill net poachers trapping the endangered Totoaba fish whose bladders are valuable on the Chinese Market. Also trapped are Vaquita Porpoises, the world’s smallest and rarest cetacean and the most endangered marine mammal in the world. And, Chris Cook with a “What in the World” update.

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Nathalie Chambers and Saving Madrona Farm and the Blenkinsop Valley, Jennifer Whiteside and the HEU’s Care (for seniors) Can’t Wait Campaign

Nathalie Chambers, from Madrona Farm, believes we’ll all be better off when we acknowledge the ways that the First Nations stewarded the land and built a fertile foundation that today supports organic and sustainable agricultural practices.  She explains some of the challenges that local farmers face as the population expands and the cities grow, and tells us how we can help.

The “Care Can’t Wait” campaign acknowledges that, with four out of five care homes in B.C. underfunded and without sufficient staffing, there’s a crisis in seniors’ care homes.  Jennifer Whiteside is HEU’s secretary-business manager and she tells us why we should care and how we can be part of the solution.

And, Chris Cook with a “What in the World” update.
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BC Health Coalition protecting public healthcare, Save Our Bus Passes rally, Migrant Workers Dignity Association and the rights of temporary foreign workers

Rick Turner, co-chair with the BC Health Coalition, talks about the current effort to privatize health services that’s before the courts, how people can get involved to protect our national health care system. Also, voices from last week’s Rally for Bus Passes for PWDs (people living with disabilities). And, Alexandra Henao from the Migrant Workers’ Dignity Association with information on the housing, working and health care conditions for the 300,000 foreign workers under the federal government’s Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program.  Recorded at CFUV Victoria on the unceded traditional lands of the Coast Salish peoples. 

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