(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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(428) Burnaby Mountain Confidential

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Kevin Farmer and myself take on the full show this week as we try out a more free form format this week (OK I just didn’t have time to book a guest) but it turned out great! The primary difference was that we had topics and no guest, but also that we were taking live twitter comments and questions, interactive woo! Let us know what you think and if there’s enough demand we will do more shows like this.


This weeks notables if you’re in Toronto (or can be) this weekend.
Brought to you by our friends over at Toronto 350 and ClimateFast:

DS_BurnabyInternational Day of Solidarity with Burnaby Mountain Protest

Call to Action!
Rally at Yonge and Dundas Square
Sunday, Nov. 30, 2PM

We are inspired by those on the frontline of Burnaby Mountain stopping pipeline giant Kinder Morgan from advancing into unceded Coast Salish Territory.

Over 50 people have been arrested in civil disobedience against the tarsands pipeline opposed by the City of Burnaby and First Nations Communities, and which would lock us all into decades more of dirty energy and out-of-control climate change.

This fight is our fight, the fight for our future, and we will not back down–because Mother Earth is Worth It! 

Join us in sending a message of hope and determination that another world is possible!. Wear black, bring signs, songs, speeches, children, grandparents, friends!
Facebook Event–Share widely!

FN_burnabyDon’t COP Out! Public Discussion on Canada’s Role in COP20/21

Monday, December 1st, 7-9PM
Friend’s House
60 Lowther St. Toronto
Facebook Event

Dec 1st marks the first day of the United Nation’s 20th “Conference of the Parties” (COP), convening world leaders in Lima, Peru to address climate change.

Come learn about the role of international agreements in mitigating climate change, Canada’s past performance and how pressuring our leaders to make meaningful commitments at the crucial COP21 in Paris next year.


Also in case you missed it: Elizabeth May asking if we’re still living in a democracy in Canada, must read!

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This weeks Music:

Sarah McLachlan “Touch” & “Solsbury Hill”

Spacing Out

This weeks feature is an interview with Matthew Blackett, founder of Spacing Magazine – Canada’s premier urban space publication as part of our Toronto Talks Transit series. Matt speaks about the supposed ‘War on the Car’, the idea of complete streets and how to go about planning a transit friendly city.

Our round-table this week focuses on the issue of activism. In the theme of our ‘super-mayor’ line of questioning in the Spacing interview, we all pretend for a moment to be ‘super-prime ministers’ and ask, what would we do differently if we actually wanted to promote civic engagement instead of squash it?

Sorry for the lackluster post with the show this week, and the delay in posting. Crazy week!

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This Weeks Music:

Down With Webster – Chills

Austra – Home

Green Majority Radio #385 – SEEDS of Salvation

SEEDSJacob Kearey-Moreland is the head gardener the Toronto Seed Library and a born farmer. He is also a self-described revolutionary, occupy’er and radical thinker. We couldn’t think of a better person to join us for a “live workshop” on how to start actually rolling out these radical ideas into the mainstream, creating an alternative to the current insidious system of power and oppression.

After introducing the Toronto Seed Library, Jabob is joined by local eco-musician GAIAISI completing a panel on how to reach the “house on the hill” we all desperately desire (but probably quietly doubt will ever exist). This is the first in a long series on this program, talking about how we are going to go around the system that is failing us, to create the future we want.

Check out an article written by Jacob 

Link to GAIAISI’s YouTube page – He also wanted to share this with you about the fur trade in Canada:  http://furbearerdefenders.com/infographic

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Green Majority Radio #373 – Getting Our Just Deserts

This week, Daryn was kidnapped by Kevin Farmer, his faithful co-host in a dastardly plot to take over the show!

Or Daryn is on a well-earned brief break… 

Either way please excuse the “bare bones” approach of the post this week!

Link to the podcast excerpted in the first half: http://www.greensocietycampaign.org/category/beyondgreenpodcast/

Link to the TED Talks from the second: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpTHi7O66pIaa

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Amber had the week off!

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