Saudi Arabia Smarter Than Canada? (499)

This week was our Spring Fundraiser at CIUT 89.5FM, but we still managed to make a proper show! The podcast here posted has all the ‘call in now!’ stuff cut out and we did an extended after-show to make it back to full-length but the result is some occasionally choppiness so please excuse. That aside, it was a great show and we think you’ll love it!

The post for this weeks show will be a bit brief due to the hectic-ness, but here’s all the links you’ll need to follow along.

News Items

Brief additional transition music ‘RetroFuture’ provided royalty-free by incomptech

Angela Bischoff from the OCAA joins us at the top of the show to discuss some news and also talk about the complete waste of money (not to mention HUGE public safety hazard) Pickering Nuclear plant. Learn more about their campaign here.

Tim Nash – The Sustainable Economist joins us later in the program to preview his spot next week about the most recent Renewable Investment Scoreboard Report (sneak preview.. it tops $7 Billion this year). Learn more about Tim and check out his investment blog here.

Back to our regular format next week!


Please join us NEXT FRIDAY 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 NEWS – click here.

This Weeks Music:

MAUNE “Burn This” & Minotaurs “Gold Lush Lady”

What do you think?

Let us know what you think of what we discussed in the bonus show! Click here to find us on social media, leave us a phone message to play on air or send us an email!

(471) Ironman VS Harperman

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Chris White is the campaign coordinator for the ‘Harperman‘ crowd-fund campaign, supporting up-until-today on paid-leave Environment Canada scientist who is also a folk musician in his spare time. Tony Turner is still unable to talk to the media, but Chris gave us an update on the Harperman story (including that Tony has just retired) and a brief talk about the importance of the song, and the issues it raises in this election.

Learn more about ‘Harperman’ and Tony Turner here.

In the second half of the show, long-time economics and green/ethical investment correspondent Tim Nash joins us today to talk about the election, Tesla/Tony Stark (Elon Musk) and the importance of battery technology to the renewable revolution.

Learn more about Tim, and check out his blog article on this topic here.

In the last section, Stefan leads us in a brief discussion of a few of these news items, but make sure you let us know what you want us to cover so we can make more time to talk about this items! Vote for the news, now in democracy flavour.

Stefan’s picks for this week:

Shell abandons Alaska Arctic drilling

‘Fair’ Elections Act could disenfranchise half a million voters, says elections expert

Carbon X Prize

This weeks top news:

To vote for this weeks news click here.

First Nations take Harper government to court over Northern Gateway – just days from election

There may be flowing water on Mars. But is there intelligent life on Earth?

World leaders unveil their vision for a ‘Green New World’ as Paris talks loom

Notley hints at straying from federal NDP on climate change cap-and-trade proposal

Potentially scandalous probe into muzzled scientists not likely out by Oct.19

Elon Musk Gives Indian Prime Minister Tour of Tesla Factory, Talks Battery Storage and Solar

TransCanada slashing a fifth of senior staff jobs; warns of more cuts

NEW: “Texts with Dave”

We’re doing an extended show after the radio show for our podcast audience so we can wrap up our thoughts from the broadcast (there’s never enough time!). So we keep going on a hand-held recorder a few min. The after show is called “Texts with Dave” because Dave (Stefan’s brother) always texts Stefan live while we’re on air with weird questions. Now we can answer them.

*Warning* The after-show includes some colourful language not found on the radio broadcast, listener discretion advised.

You can listen here to this weeks episode (5 min) and as of Nov 20th it will be included in the podcast stream as part of the same upload as the main show.

Listen here: Texts With Dave (2) Oct 2nd

This weeks music!

‘Harperman’ LIVE outside Queen’s Park & Frazy Ford “Done”

Please check out our Climate Cartoons Series!

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(454) Can We Survive Capitalism?

-Image is Charles Derber- 

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First up is Derek Angove, Director of Processing and Resource Management for the city of Toronto talking about how our recycling programs works. Derek and Daryn discuss some common misconceptions about the program including misunderstandings about what can and can’t be recycled, what recycling actually means and some new additions to the program and finally the role of the program in the cities overall budget.

To learn more about the recycling program in Toronto, check out Waste Wizard!

In the second half, Journalist Krystyna Henke speaks with American author and sociologist Charles Derber. He has a new book out, The Disinherited Majority. Building on the recent work of French economist Thomas Piketty, Derber makes a case for re-examining capitalism in the face of widening global inequity and ecological destruction. An activist himself, Derber encourages people to take individual and collective action.

For more information about Charles Derber, see below:

This weeks second song was requested by a friend of the show Alexander Knight, you can request your own Canadian song by contacting us here and also you should follow @alexanderknight for more good social cause news and commentary.

This weeks music…

The Tower of Dudes “Hibernation” & David Wilcox “Do The Bear Cat”

(440) Fit Enough to Survive the Future?

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Dr. Bob Willard
Dr. Bob Willard

One of our best shows in a while without a doubt. The main portion of today’s show features an interview with Dr. Bob Willard, speaker and author of several books on the topic of business sustainability. This topic is to some a tired one, businesses speak of sustainability frequently but few of them speak about sustainability in a way that actually matches up to the physical limits of our planet. Dr. Willard is not one of them. Easily one of our favorite guests we’ve had on in quite some time, I can’t recommend this interview enough.

Please check out Dr. Willard’s personal website:

and the website for the Future Fit Business Benchmark:

Dave Meslin
Dave Meslin

In a complete surprise, local Toronto celebrity and professional “rabble rouser”, democracy and citizen empowerment agent Dave Meslin just happened to be standing outside the studio during the show. During the final music break I ran out and grabbed him to say a few words about his new project “100 Remedies for Democracy”.

You can read more about Dave Meslin here:

and check out the website for the project here:

If you haven’t seen it already, please make sure you watch our 2-min cartoon pilot “Climate Cartoons” Episode 1: What is a Carbon Budget. Like what you see? We’re crowd-funding support to continue the series and target high-school students. Even $1 can help, click here to learn more.

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This weeks music…

“Sissyneck” – Beck & “Chamber of Reflection” – Mac DeMarco

(438) The Business of People

Brad Zarnett
Brad Zarnett

Brad Zarnett, founder and president of the Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series begins this weeks show with a post-op on last nights event. The topic was Corporate CSR and more generally a discussion of what role big companies and Bay St. have in being a part of the solution.

In addition to an interesting presentation by some big name speakers including Ian McPherson, Martin Grosskopf and Julie Desjardins the event featured a lively Q&A session among the presenters and the attendees that ran well overtime with lots of spirited questions and debate. To learn more or sign-up to get a notification of the next event click here.

Prof David Foot
Prof David Foot

The main feature of this episode is an interview with the award winning teacher, author professor emeritus of economics at the University of Toronto David Foot. A highly sought after speaker on demographics and the economic implications there-of. David talks to us about a new UN study on population trends that includes new data points which bucks the trend of previous reports that predicted the global population to stabilize around 9.5 billion people. David talks to us about the new studies prediction that we could actually see 12 billion plus people on planet earth by the end of the century, and what the implications of this might be for both the economy and the environment.

We have to cut the interview a bit short, despite all of it being amazing. To watch/listen to the full interview with Professor Foot click here. If you already heard the radio show, and want to just hear the rest of the interview you can click here to pick it up where the radio show left off.

Finally, Stefan and I talk a bit about the interview, as well as promote a special event next week where I will be sitting down in a CIUT special event to talk to Canadaland journalist Jesse Brown, recently famous for breaking the Jian Ghomeshi story, as well as a series of apparent scandals at the CBC. We will be talking about the changing landscape of journalist in Canada and in 2015. You can attend live and participate in the Q&A by clicking here (this show won’t be a TGM episode so you won’t see it here).

Carbon3We also made a special announcement about some exciting new ANIMATED video’s we’ve been working on! They haven’t been released yet, but you can make sure you find out as soon as we do by either subscribing to our YouTube channel or signing up for our mailing list.

This weeks music:

to be updated soon….

(414) Prairies and Tundra

Tim Nash

We start this weeks show with and update from our resident economics expert Tim Nash – The Sustainable Economist on the state of global investment in green infrastructure and market trends. Tim was also teasing the preliminary findings of his global green investment report, which he will return to discuss in a few weeks.

You can find out more about Tim Nash here:

Ian Toews

Our feature interview is with award winning documentary film maker Ian Toews about his upcoming film Grasslands which follows Ian as he explores the diversity, history and culture of Canada’s prairies. The film covers the perspectives of conversationists, First Nations and ranchers on the changing nature of this calm and diverse expanse in the middle of our great country. 

You can find out more about the film and Ian Toews here:

Finally Kevin wraps up the show with a pithy piece on methane, referring to newly discovered holes in Siberia. You can check out our video coverage of this new story here:

Join us for North America’s (and possibly the worlds) largest climate rally ever! Busses and accommodation are organized and affordable, come make history with us! Learn more here:

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Click here for our NationBuilder page featuring our new video project!

Listen with the player above, or right-click (save link as) to download: Prairies and Tundra

Feature Image (home page) credit to: Édouard Hue

This weeks Music: 

Joni Mitchell: Big Yellow Taxi & Barry McGuire: Even of Destruction

(405) Make Money The Ethical Way

Tim Nash is our feature interview this week with a clip from our recent video interview with him, which you can watch here. Tim is also known by his superhero name, The Sustainable Economist! Tim helps people understand how to invest their money ethically and sustainably. How can we do that? Especially when no one has a solid definition of sustainable? We’ll that’s the first thing I asked him!



We also talk a bit about our headlines which are now being done in full video, which you can see here.

We also talk about the recently announced approval (with 209 conditions) of the northern gateway pipeline.

Right off the bat, we also talk to Dr. Peter Carter a 20 year veteran climate scientist, and expert reviewer for the 5th Assessment Synthesis Report of the IPCC. In our brief chat, Dr. Carter talks about his experience as well as mentions an event he will be presenting at this weekend. If you are free and in the Toronto are on Sunday June 20th please join him.

Climate EMERGENCY Countdown Event (Toronto):

From the dire warnings of the IPCC and other reports, to the imperative for an EMERGENCY ACTION agreement at the 2015 Paris Climate Summit (via New York City and Lima 2014).

Presentations, videos, Q&A, FREE admission, snacks, refreshments.

Sunday, June 22, 1pm to 5pm (view map)
Metro Hall, 55 John St (King & John), room 308, Toronto
Contact Glenn MacIntosh: info(at), 416 861 1303.

Facebook event page

Please join us for an informative afternoon of frank, heartfelt presentations on the climate change EMERGENCY that will convey vital facts and insights about the latest dire reports and the life-or-extinction urgency to mobilize ahead of critical, fast-approaching international climate negotiation summits this September (in New York City) and December (in Lima, Peru).

With our new members page we are offering members-only bonus content for supporting us!

Click here view the members page.

Listen with the player above, or right-click (save link as) to download: Make Money The Ethical Way

This Weeks Music:

Devils Eyes – Buck 65