Pentagon Is Freaking Out – Aren’t You? (511)

We start the show this week with some Canadian news. Well, it’s actually only news to some people who haven’t been paying attention.

Also, some are upset that the Green Party is OK with pipelines as long as the oil is refined in Canada… This is actually not a new position, but it’s getting some new attention and the hosts discuss.

After the break, we discuss some international news mainly US elections and politics including the lip-fluttering nonsense in the Republican draft platform.

The top story this week depends on your perspective to some degree, but the one I urge you to read most is the title article about the Pentagon’s research and utilization of this research to anticipate and control social unrest. There are two main points to glean here, firstly WHY they are suddenly so concerned with this, and secondly HOW they are going about using this information.

ALSO! In the bonus show we discuss:

This weeks music:

Selena Gomez “Kill Em With Kindness” & Auto Manic “Lose Control”

What do you think?

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Shell’s Oily Shell Game

Each week we either report on an oil spill, or pass over it in favour of even more pressing news because they just plain happen so often it’s hard to keep track of. Turn out, even these casual estimates are likely vastly underreported or swept under the rug due to the fact that oil companies themselves are responsible for reporting, and reporting how MUCH oil got spilled…. a huge factor in how much attention they get. We talk about these numbers with the help of a few news items in the first section.

In the second section, we talk about some non-oil news 🙂 A new environment commissioner report was published talking about the poor oversight Canada offers consumers with regards to personal healthcare and cosmetics. Many of these products people use every day presuming them to be safe have either never been tested, or the companies aren’t required in the first place to report whats in them. Not just from the public, but from regulators as well.

In the final section, we talk about some “good news*”, aka as usual nothing is ever just purely good 🙂 but this stuff pretty good? Maybe? We discuss…

This week’s bonus show…

we talk about ‘externalities’, long-term threats and other problems humans are just naturally bad at dealing with. Also at the end, Daryn explains why he’s been away and what this means for the future.

What do you think?

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

Politics With Courage and Life Without Plastic (493)

We start the show this week with a quick review lead by Emmay Mah of the Vancourver Declaration of Clean Growth and Climate Change released yesturday (March 3rd). While the document has all sorts of great sounding language in it, there are a few issues still with it. Top of the list is that it’s about 20 years too late for the type of ‘intent to review’ and promises to do more research that the document is filled with, the other is that it’s weak politics. Listen for our full review, and you can read the press release and documents yourself here:

Full communiqué of Canada’s First Ministers
Download the Vancouver Declaration on Clean Growth and Climate Change (pdf)

In the second section, Daryn taken on the nonsense of fake-business success, and real cartoon villain wannabe: Kevin O’Leary for his non-information attacks on Cap + Trade and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne for low-information voters. Don’t get us wrong, we aren’t blind to the issues with the Ontario Liberals, and neither do we have faith that the proposed fund will be problem free. But O’Leary has no right whatsoever to claim superiority, nor expertise on these issues. What do we get when we listen to people like O’Leary? The Flint water crisis is a perfect example of the type of corruption and economic damage caused by a regulation free, Laissez-faire economic environment that people like O’Leary propose as the solution to all our problems. In fact, it’s how we got most of them in the first place.

O’Leary calls out Wynne in open letter
Flint Water Crisis: Who Is To Blame?
Brad Wall’s dangerous addiction
Damning Flint Emails Show Snyder Could Have Called Emergency ‘at Any Time’
Energy East pipeline won’t divide Canadians, Trudeau insists

In the final section of the live show, new volunteer and correspondent Clark Barr talks to us about his mission to live a year without plastic. What does that mean, how hard it really is, and if plastics so bad what are we supposed to do about it?

For the Bonus Show, hosted by Sabina Hyseni we talk about the increased economic opportunities and consequent rush to commercialize the Arctic as vast areas of usually in-traversable ice melts back due to climate change. A 5 year old could see that this is insanity, but it happens anyways. Why? What are the risks? What do we do about it? The team discusses.

Climate change opens sensitive Arctic waters to industrial exploitation

Some other important news this week you may have missed:

Why is 2016 smashing heat records?
Leonardo DiCaprio Used Oscar Acceptance Speech To Deliver Important Message
While fossils crashed in 2015, clean energy soared
Revealed: Big Oil’s Backroom Lobby Blitz to Drill in Arctic…Again
Tax Loopholes For Rich Cost Canada $16 Billion A Year: Study
As Rivers Run Black in Peru, Indigenous Tribes Left Cleaning Big Oil’s Disaster
Mercury-blighted community of Grassy Narrows takes its case to the UN
Ikea To Use Mushroom-Based Packaging That Will Decompose In A Garden Within Weeks

This Weeks Music:

Maps “Mediocrity” & Wintersleep “Territory”

 

 

Extreme To Talk About Human Extinction? (491)

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Rich Penney, a volunteer with Zeitgeist Toronto joins us this week to talk about some of the most dangerous implications of runaway climate change. We felt it was important to circle back to this somewhat basic climate science because the face of denial has gone from Harper style ‘it’s not real/lets act like it’s not’ to Trudeau’s ‘it’s real and we should do something, just not nearly as much as the science requires’. Just because someone says they accept climate change, doesn’t mean that actually understand it nor does it mean they have any intention of actually doing what’s required to stop it.

In the second section, Stefan and Daryn move the conversation south to the US primaries, the Supreme Court challenge to Obama’s Climate Plan and then days later the death of notoriously conservative Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia… with less than a year to a presidential race and the implications for not just the USA but potentially a zero-sum win/loss scenario on climate change.

Supreme court to block Obama’s sweeping climate change plan

How Scalia’s Death Can Change The Whole Election

Bernie Sanders Is Beating EVERYONE (and why we should be terrified of Clinton being the democratic nominee)

In the final section of the live show, the hosts discuss the massive methane leak in California, Dubai’s clean energy plan and 15 years of contaminated water on First Nations land, and the indifference of the Canadian government.

Officials: California’s Enormous Methane Leak Permanently Sealed

Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 (AKA: Sell Oil, Buy Solar)

Ontario First Nation declares state of emergency after radioactive particles found in local water source

In the bonus show, Sabina and Alex lead us in a talk about how to talk about the environment, examples of social change and more about the limits of democracy. Don’t miss it!

This Weeks Music:

Peers “Ex-Teen” & Rah Rah “Chip off the Heart”

TPP as Global Economic Eugenics (489)

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Lauren Brown joins us from LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests) to talk about the organization and a new program they are offering to increase the amount of women in the forestry sector. Currently females makes up only 10% of the sector, and they’d like to change that!

To find out more about the Young Urban Forest Leaders Program with LEAF, click HERE. Applications for the program will be accepted until Sunday, March 20, 2016 by 5pm.

Our main guest this week is Gus Van Harten, associate professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and author of Investment Treaty Arbitration and Public Law. Gus walks us through just some of the may reasons that the TPP ‘trade’ deal that Canada just signed and it looking to ratify is a terrible deal for Canadians, and furthermore democracy in general everywhere.

Learn more about Gus here, and you can read a recent article by him on the TPP here.

The final section of the show, and the entire bonus show is dedicated to our crack team of hosts talking from our perspectives (with examples) of why you should be loudly opposed to the TPP. Let your local MP or MPP know right now, TPP is not good for Canada.

More reading on the TPP from recent MSM news:

Trans-Pacific Partnership hides significant health costs, according to two new studies

How TPP Helps Workers Still a Mystery, Says National Union Leader

‘Signing Does Not Equal Ratifying’: Freeland on TPP

This weeks music:

Matt Andersen “Ain’t No Sunshine” & Dante Matas “A Generous Man”

(488) 7 Reasons Rick Mercer Got EnergyEast Wrong

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The news team discusses new Canadian pipeline/environmental review announcements by the federal government. The good, bad and ugly.

Pipeline projects to face new environmental regulations

In the middle of the show, we respond to Rick Mercer (Famous Canadian Pundit/Comedian) regarding his recent video promoting Energy East and deriding Montreal for saying no to it.

Rick Mercer’s video (removed from Facebook where it was originally exclusively posted… and was removed a few days later after 75,000+ comments and 20,000 shares, and then uploaded to Youtube where it can now be found… Wonder why?)

Energy East flap shows Quebec is still viewed with contempt by many in the rest of Canada

Brad Wall provokes anti-Quebec insults over pipeline opposition

Finally we talk about solutions. Now that we are starting to have the difficult conversations we need to have, what do activists that were focused on getting people to pay attention to the issue do now? Propose solutions 🙂 and we do just that.

Why the climate movement needs a reboot

Canada has ‘responsibility to lead by example,’ UN environment chief says

Flint Water Crisis: Who Is To Blame?

This weeks music:

Toronto “Your Daddy Don’t Know” & Blue Rodeo “It Could Happen To You”