We start this weeks program with James (Jim) Turk, Executive Director for the Canadian Association for University Teachers who has a lot to say about the state of science in Canada. As both an educator, and a public figure Jim has make it a priority issue to talk about what has happened to the state of publicly funded basic science in Canada since the Harper government took office in 2006. He talks about the importance of having basic research produced to base informed public policy on, as well as the lack of ability and/or motivation of the private sector to fill this role.
If you are Toronto he will also be hosting a discussion after a screening of the 5th Estate piece that grabbed headlines and attention to this issue “Silence of the Labs”. The screening and talk will be on the University of Toronto campus this Monday March 03, 2014. You can look here for more info if you are interested in attending. http://scientistsfortherighttoknow.wildapricot.org/
To see the response I wrote to Peter Phillips, one of the interviews from the original 5th Estate broadcast, check out the blog post here.
After the first break we hear from Dimitri Lascaris, partner at Siskinds Law Firm about his experience with environmental class action as well as talking about his participation and support for the divestment campaign around fossil fuels currently under way at the University of Toronto due to the hard work of Toronto 350. If you would like to hear Dimitri give a talk preceding the official submission of the petition on March 6th, 2014 click here.
Finally, Kevin Farmer talks for the last few min about the Peter Mansbridge and Rex Murphy stories about taking money from oil and gas. Mansbridge has since made a statement addressing these concerns saying that he was not paid, nor did he either endorse nor oppose the oil and gas as an issue.
To read more about this here’s a few articles on the issue:
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Happy end of February, Green Majority!
This week’s picks are both throwbacks, but they’re quality tracks with a lot of heart. Tomorrow (Saturday, March 1st, 2014) marks the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape’s (TRCC/MWAR) 40th anniversary Bowlathon. A grassroots organization that thrives on volunteer support and the annual fundraiser, it provides crisis support to survivors of sexual violence, in-person counseling, court accompaniment and support and of course, political action. As a former volunteer, it’s a group very dear to my heart. I’ve taken the calls and know how vital a link the service is for so many in the city. It also serves a group that tends to be impacted by poor transit funding and the lack of sliding scale fares that would make so much sense.
Our songs this week are powerful examples of how the arts explore social justice issues and just happen to be by fantastic Canadian artists.
“Evidence” – Tara Maclean
Tara Maclean’s an artist I’ve shared with Green Majority listeners before, and with good reason. Discovered by Nettwerk Records while singing on a ferry, she’s crafted some of the most memorable folk-pop tracks in my 15K+ iTunes collection — and that’s saying a lot, given that the bulk of her output was before 2000. Much in the vein of Suzanne Vega’s hit track “Tom’s Diner”, her early work lends itself to moments and people captured in song. “Evidence” is still one of my favourites to this day, telling of the journey towards a voice found anew.
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“Somebody Else” – Andrea Florian
I was introduced to Andrea Florian by a friend in 1999 and promptly fell head over heels in lover with her confessional folk-pop compositions. While her earlier work was more stripped and acoustic, it was her band outing somehurrygood where I felt she’d truly hit her stride. Exploring inner conflict and turmoil, love, loss and relationships, Florian possesses a gift for painting a sonic portrait. A deeply personal track, “Somebody Else” brings the listener into the world of domestic violence in a way that is heartwrenchingly intimate and yet political. She’s currently on hiatus, but you can grab her music at CDbaby (a great haven for indie music finds) and other usual places.
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