(484) New Years Revolutions

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New volunteer Emmay Mah hosts the show today, leading our veteran commenters Stefan Hostetter and Kevin Farmer in an analysis of what happened in 2015 in the eco-space and what we can and should be looking forward to in 2016.

The landscape has changed with regards to climate change, global trade agreements and the amount of cooperation at the global level. Is it enough? Are the changes in place sufficient? Just how hopeful is it smart to be at this point? What is left to be done? Emmay et al discusses this on this weeks show.

Hope you enjoyed your holiday! We will be back with some new volunteers to add to the roster next week.

This weeks music

Richard Kiley – Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote)The Lowest Of The Low – Salesmen, Cheats And Liars

(437) Taxpayers Can Suck It

This week we go back to 1992 to listen to one of the most famous environmental speeches in modern history, Severn Cullis-Suzuki at Rio ’92.  Has anything changed? Can it still? You can watch the video here.

Next up, we listen to a fabulous clip of Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada taking the parliamentary secretary to the minister of the environment – Colin Carrie to task for intentionally trying to mislead Canadians about our own CO2 emissions. You can watch the video here.

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Finally, the panel dissects a recent “The Agenda” with Steve Paikin episode “Carbon Commitments” that featured industry mouthpiece Candice Malcolm (Ontario Director) for the strongly suspected astroturf group , Canadian Taxpayers Federation on what could have been a serious discussion on the evolution of a federal carbon regulation system. Why does the CBC keep putting private interests and actual experts next to each other as if they we’re equally valid? Oh wait, I think Andrew Mitrovica had something to say about that

Who are they? Well here’s the entire list of their priorities for Ontario [click image to the left]… They’re just regular-old concerned taxpaying citizens… riiiiight.

This weeks music:

“Vessel” – Dan Mangan & “Half the City | Biscuits & Jam” – St. Paul and the Broken Bones

(431) Citizens Why Not?

Howdy friends! This week we take a load off by having a very relaxed show. Our main feature this week is an interview with Cheryl McNamara, Volunteer Toronto Organizer for Citizens Climate Lobby, and media coordinator for KAIROS Canada. Cheryl talks to us about what the role of lobbyists are in Canada, and the respective ability of industry and citizens to influence policy. FAIR WARNING! You might be surprised by her answer, but I urge you to have a listen. If you want to skip straight to the interview, you can watch the youtube version below.

Throughout the show we also have Kai Reimer-Watts and Nic Petrini-Woolley, one half of the local indie band Gen-Why. Kai is also deeply involved in Toronto 350, as well spearheading an upcoming DOC about Climate Change and the Peoples Climate March in NYC earlier this year. Kai and Nick grace us with their in-studio presence as well as some interesting thoughts on the state of Canadian climate activism.

Gen Why is a Toronto-based band that’s made up of 4 talented young musicians busy crafting our own distinct “music for the spirit”, with soaring vocal harmonies and instrumentals. We believe in music that deepens connection to the world around us, speaking to the great stories of the day, and weave social justice and environmental themes in with love songs, heartbreak and the hard bite of rock. Our band is as committed to the planet we live on and the people, places and communities that are a part of it as we are to our music. We play throughout the Greater Toronto Area and southern Ontario to bring quality folk-rock to great people everywhere.

We played two of their tracks on the show today, which in order are: “Bang Bang” and “This Tree”.

Livestream / download the recent album, “Still Life”: genwhy.bandcamp.com
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If you’re in Toronto in the new year, the next upcoming show is: Sunday, January 11 at the Silver Dollar, 9pm, cover $10

Also… as per Kai’s request some more “Get involved!” stuff you might be interested in:
  • Campaign “Step UP Canada!”: Launched by Toronto350.org and People’s Climate Movement, delivering a powerful public presentation to audiences all across the GTA, linking the need for local & federal action on climate with the upcoming Paris COP21, and federal election. Most importantly, we are focused on what Canadians can do to ensure our country “steps up” on climate, linking diverse actors/audiences to show how climate change really is everyone’s issue, and the issue of this upcoming election. We are looking for eager presenters to deliver this material to audiences throughout the GTA, as well as folks to help push a bold social media campaign. 
  • For information & to get involved email Kai, Creative Director of Toronto350, at kai@toronto350.org

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