To Hell With Tolerance (513)

The Trudeau government is under fire again this week over the perceived bias of appointing someone with close ties to Kinder Morgan to a board reviewing Kinder Morgan proposals. Our Canadian pipeline coverage continues with another story about whistleblower reports of edited reports by Husky Energy (and likely others) hiding their complacency in protecting the public from spills.

After the break, we discuss some good news! A great breakthrough could be on the horizon with the technology to turn waste plastic into diesel fuel. Most people don’t realize that ocean tankers which carry much of our international trade are exempted from most climate regulations and have no fuel efficiency standards. Not only would technology like this clean up a lot of waste plastic, but potentially turn some of the worst possible energy systems on earth (diesel ship engines) to among the cleanest.

Afterwards, we play an inspirational clips from the Revolution Climate rally outside the Democratic National Convention this past week in Philadelphia. Inspiration and exciting we hope you enjoy! We played a short clip from the start but the full video (via The Young Turks) is available below.

Finally, Alex and Daryn follow the optimistic theme and talk about an article about positive traits you should try to live for 2016. While Daryn is not a fan of the flowers language (and you may or may not be either) it’s worth digging through for the actual meat and some good concepts that are worth considering.

Bonus Show!

We welcomed a surprise last min guest to the bonus show, and hopefully we will be seeing her again soon 🙂 Shaya Tajvidi joins Alex and Daryn to talk about car-sharing, solar roads and banning personal transport vehicles to some degree.

This weeks music:

Brendon Canning “Keystone Dealers” & Versa “”Sapphire”

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(486) The Climate Goes To Court

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Jeff Douglas is the VP of sales for Renoback, a Canadian company based out of Alberta who realized that there is good business to be done by doing the right thing. Renoback is a sales and trade platform for making use of the literal tons of perfectly good building materials that get thrown into the dump each year simply because previously there was nothing else to do with it. Renoback is not only diverting tons of materials from waste, but is also saving clients huge amounts of cash while also making a decent living doing the right thing. We hear from Jeff about how this works, the motivation behind it, and what if any this model means for the future of business both inside and outside the construction industry.

Learn more about Jeff Douglas here, and visit Renoback here.

In the middle of the show, Emmay Mah and Stefan Hostetter help discuss some big courtroom news in Canada this week as a series of important decisions came down with potentially huge implications for all sorts of oil infrastructure projects in Canada. We discuss the details as well as the meta-level implications.

BREAKING: First Nations win court challenge against B.C. over Enbridge pipeline

B.C. government failed to properly consult First Nations on Northern Gateway pipeline, court rules

Ontario first nation heads to Supreme Court over Enbridge’s Line 9

B.C. government formally opposes Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion

In the final section, we discuss some other items of note this week, including a followup to some of last weeks NAFTA commentary, Ontario’s new environment commissioner and the massive ‘BikeBahn’ in Germany which connects 10 cities by high-grade bike superhighway!

New NAFTA lawsuits reveal disturbing, dangerous trend

David Reevely: Meet Ontario’s radical new environment commissioner

Vote for the News

This weeks ‘vote for the news’ item, you can vote here.

Germany’s Superhighway for Bikes Offers Hope for ‘Transformative’ Transportation

This weeks music

Mo Kenney – ‘Five Years’ [David Bowie Cover] & Merchant Copy ‘Patriotic’


(428) Burnaby Mountain Confidential

Kevin Farmer
Kevin Farmer

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”