ELECTION BC 2017: Hospitals, HEU, May Day, Environmental Health, and MLA Candidate Jordan Reichert

May Day with representatives from the HEU (Hospital Employees Union), with music and speakers on health care and labour and environment.  Raging Grannies, Carlos Flores, Bob Wilson, Bobby Arbess, Eric Nordal, and more.

Also, an interview with Jordan Reichert, independent candidate in Victoria/Beacon Hill for the 2017 provincial election.

And, a What in the World update with Chris Cook from CFUV’s Gorilla Radio.

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Election BC 2017: Migrant Workers Dignity Association and Environmental Law Centre

Alexandra Henao, representing the Migrant Workers Dignity Association, works on behalf of 30,000 documented farm workers in BC who too often work long days without holidays or benefits for little pay.  Migrant workers pay taxes, yet they are forced into conditions that would be illegal for Canadian citizens.  What is the provincial government doing to support these workers, to improve their working conditions and protect them from employers who see only profit?  Why are they not allowed to form unions and bargain for their basic human rights?

Calvin Sandborn is the legal director of the Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria.  For many years the provincial government has neglected to employ environmental assessment reviews, and the ELC is representing citizen groups who bring their concerns to the centre.  Calvin provides examples of creeks and rivers that have been polluted by abandoned mining projects, and the lack of government oversight to know or do anything to promote the cleanup of these sites.  Calvin also speaks about the government’s “systemic failure to proactively disclose key documents about the state of the environment and what government is doing to protect the environment.”

Before you vote in May, be sure to listen and read and learn, and base your decision on news that extends beyond the paid propaganda.

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Election BC 2017: Norm Farrell’s Fiscal Analysis, Bill Carroll and the Corporate Mapping Project

Originally from Powell River, schooled at UBC, and employed in accounting and small business management, Norman Farrell has overseen political commentary and opinions on his In-Sights blog since 2009.  He shares information about some of the BC Liberals’ “Faked Demand Reporting” especially as it relates to BC Hydro and the destructive industrialization of this beautiful province.

Bill Carroll has been a member of the Sociology Department at UVic since 1981, he helped establish the Interdisciplinary Program in Social Justice Studies in 2008, he’s the author of several books, and his current project is in partnership with 5 universities and 5 civil society organization – Mapping the Power of the Carbon Extractive Corporate Resource Sector.

Before you vote in May, be sure to listen and read and learn, and base your decision on news that extends beyond the paid propaganda.

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Lori Marino and the Kimmela Project, Calvin Sandborn from the Environmental Law Centre

Lori Marino is founder and executive director of the Kimmela Centre for Animal Advocacy. She’s a neuroscientist and an expert in animal behaviour and intelligence, internationally known for her work on the evolution of the brain and intelligence in dolphins and whales.  Dr. Marino speaks with us about a symposium she recently attended, “I am Not an Animal,” and the “Someone Project.”

The Environmental Law Centre, housed at the University of Victoria, envisions a British Columbia where local communities, environmental groups, and First Nations have the legal tools and resources to advocate effectively for the restoration, conservation, and protection of this province’s unique and diverse environment.  Calvin Sandborn is its legal director, and shares some information about the organization and their work.

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Dimitri Lascaris (Palestine and the BDS Survey), David Barsamian’s Alternative Radio, Alexandra Henao from Migrant Workers Dignity Association

It’s just once a year that we volunteers at CFUV university/community radio station reach out to ask for donations.  Being publicly funded keeps us commercial free, and uncensored.  We choose our own guests and we invite in-depth contemplation of important issues rarely discussed in the corporate and state sponsored media.

I joined Mehdi Najari from the Hidden News (we share a time slot at CFUV) for some short interviews with Dimitri Lascaris (Lawyer and Activist), David Barsamian (Alternative Radio), and Alexandra Henao (Migrant Workers Dignity Association) who share information about their work, and their views on why it’s so important to support independent media outlets like CFUV.

Thanks for listening!

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International Women’s Day with Bev Sellers (First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining), and Photographer Isabella La Rocca

Bev Sellars is former Chief at the Xat’sull First Nation, she’s a best selling author of They Called Me #1: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School and her most recent book is Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival. Bev is now Chair of the First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining group and she’s received national coverage after purchasing the mineral rights on Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett’s private property.

Isabella La Rocca is an award winning photographer, she’s an ecofeminist, art professor, and a board member of the Women Environmental Arts Directory. Her photo exhibits, including Fast Food and Censored Landscapes, is intended as “part of a long tradition in photography: to bring to light and find beauty in the disregarded – hidden, unconscious, commonplace, distasteful – not in the service of commerce or reportage, but with integrity, compassion, and generosity.

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New vegan food sources in Victoria – Vegan Hippie Chick Cafe and The Very Good Butchers, also Lucie from RASTA sanctuary and Chris Cook’s What in the World update

Karen Rousseau is a Vegan mom (since 2011) and she’s so convinced about the benefits of the plant based lifestyle she’s opening the Vegan Hippie Chick Cafe on Fort Street in Victoria BC in March 2017.

James Davison is a chef trained in French cuisine, he met Tania Friesen while they were working in a vegetarian restaurant.  This weekend they’re launching The Very Good Butcher shop in the Hudson building on Douglas Street, offering all kinds of plant-based alternatives for the veg curious and the local plant based community.

Lucie Cherney moved the RASTA farm sanctuary from Alberta to Chemainus BC two years ago.  We check in with Lucie to hear about some of her farm friends and how they survived a particularly cold and snowy west coast winter.

And, Chris Cook with a What in the World update.

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