Corporations, Governments and You (495)

Emmay Mah and Brenna Owen start the show off with a discussion of the weeks top news items focusing particularly on the ongoing new(ish) relationship between the USA and Canada on climate and resources issues.

In the middle section, Stefan Hostetter and Daryn Caister draw a narrative from a choice selection of other news to have a discussion about the relationship between Corporations, Shareholders, Governments and you with relation to cultural practices, who has power and why, and the rampant double standards that exist in our current system.

In the final section of the live show, we had lined up Fiona Rayher – one of the filmmakers behind the wonderful film Fractured Land which is playing at this years Water Docs Film Festival. Unfortunately, due to a technical issue beyond our control we were unable to talk to her. So we talked some more about the news we didn’t get to instead!

The film follows a Dene youth named Caleb Behn who is now a prominent activist, First Nations person and lawyer spearheading the fight against the massive oil and gas industries trying to wrest their land from them for the sake of private profit. Not only is the land being fractured, but the people in several ways leading to the name and theme of the film. It’s playing as part of the festival March 22, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Fractured Land – Film Website
Water Docs Listings

In the bonus show, Sabina Hyseni leads un in an interesting discussion about how should we go about putting limits on our impact on the environment through the lens of a recent study on pollinator deaths as a result of neonicotinoid chemicals primarily used in farming as a pesticide. We can’t possibly have NO impact (no species does or can) but seeing is our ability to affect other species and natural systems is so big, how do we go about deciding where those limits should be?

Neonicotinoids affect wildflower pollination, study finds

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Please join us on April 22nd from 6pm to 9pm at 720 Bathurst – Centre for Social Innovation – Annex for a beverage and a chat to meet and hang out with the Green Majority team, past and present and other listeners to celebrate our 500th episode! You can get your very modestly priced tickets here.

We pretty much never get to all the news we find each week, see what else we flagged as important eco-news and VOTE for things you think we should come back to with VOTE FOR THE NEWSclick here.

This Weeks Music:
Whoop-Szo “Gerry” & The Lonely Parade “Girl”

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