Category: First Nations

[Podcast] ‘Red Zones’ and Vancouver’s Criminal Justice System

Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Photo Credit: Anonymous, via Wikimedia Commons.

Will Damon explains the rise of administration of justice offences – specifically area restrictions – and the impact on marginalized groups 

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On the podcast, Will Damon, a recent graduate of Simon Fraser University’s MA program in human geography, discusses the rise of administration of justice offences – typically breaches of bail and probation – in Canada and BC, and use of particular spatial practices in Vancouver’s criminal justice system.

Are particular criminal justice practices setting marginalized groups up to fail in the criminal justice system? And how do these practices affect how people negotiate urban neighbourhoods?

[Podcast] Approved Downtown Eastside Plan Raises Gentrification and Social Housing Concerns















Vancouver’s recently approved Downtown Eastside neighbourhood plan has raised concerns over the definition of social housing and the plan’s ability to stop – or even slow – gentrification. Low-income advocates and others expressed frustration that the significant 30-year plan was rushed through City Council.

On the podcast, we hear from low-income advocate Tamara Herman (Carnegie Community Action Project), Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson (courtesy of City Hall Watch), Green Party Councillor Adriane Carr, and urban planning/geography PhD  student and researcher Melissa Fong.

[Podcast] No Place to Go: Gentrifying Downtown Eastside Residential Hotels Increasingly Unaffordable for Low-Income Residents

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Seven hundred and thirty-one homeless people live in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) according to the City of Vancouver. Approximately 5,000 more live on the edge of homelessness in tiny Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotel rooms, with no private kitchen or bathroom, and often poor management, mice, rats, cockroaches and bedbugs. Most of these people rely on welfare and basic pension and desperately need new self contained social housing.     –Carnegie Community Action Project

The Carnegie Community Action Project’s (CCAP) 2014 hotel and housing report finds that SROs in the DTES are more expensive than ever and that fewer still are available to low-income individuals looking for rooms.

On the podcast, I speak with Rory Sutherland, who is co-author of the report, No Place to Go: Losing Affordable Housing and Community. In the conversation, Rory outlines the major findings of the report, how they know SROs are gentrifying, and the implications for homelessness if this ‘last stop’ housing stock no longer houses the low-income people that depend on it.

[Podcast] Celebration Capitalism and the Olympic Games

Capitalism_OlympicsJules Boykoff on celebration capitalism, dissent, and the Olympic Games in Vancouver, London, and Sochi

Jules Boykoff discusses the Olympics Games – prominent urban mega-event spectacles – as a form of ‘celebration capitalism’ (the complement to Naomi Klein’s disaster capitalism). He talks about celebration capitalism and political dissent in the context of the Vancouver, London, and Sochi Olympic Games.

Jules Boykoff is author of Celebration Capitalism and the Olympic Games (2013) and Activism and the Olympics: Dissent at the Games in Vancouver and London (forthcoming), “Fun at the Games: The Anti-Olympics” (New Left Review, 2011) among many other publications in both academic and popular publications. He is associate professor of politics and government at Pacific University in Oregon.

[Podcast] 2013 Year in Review

the city twitter icon - finalOver three podcasts, we revisit the year’s critical urban discussions on topics and ideas ranging from transportation along Vancouver’s Broadway corridor, the degradation of work in postindustrial urban economies, gentrification in Vancouver’s Chinatown, feminist urban futures and social movements, the making of Stanley Park, arts and cultural spaces, and much more.

In Part III of the 2013 Year in Review, former city councillor and Women Transforming Cities founder Ellen Woodsworth discusses the major issues from the past year.

Part I

Part II

Part III (featuring Ellen Woodsworth)

[Podcast] Making Stanley Park: From Colonial Legal Practices to Aboriginal Erasure

mawaniSociologist Renisa Mawani on colonial practices and the making of Stanley Park

UBC Sociology Professor Renisa Mawani traces the ways in which colonial and imperial power have historically been inscribed in the land now known as Stanley Park.

This podcast is part two of the three-part Making Stanley Park series, which critically reflects on Stanley Park’s 125th Anniversary.

It was originally broadcast on CiTR 101.9 FM on October 8, 2013. Listen to Part I and Part III of the series.

[Podcast] Making Stanley Park: Idealized Nature and Human-Environmental Relations

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Environmental historian and author Sean Kheraj traces how this tension between popular expectations of idealized nature and the volatility of complex ecosystems helped shape the landscape of one of the world’s most famous urban parks.

Kheraj’s book, Inventing Stanley Park, examines how human forces have shaped – and continue to shape – this urban environmental space. Kheraj asks us to question our understanding of the ‘nature’ of Stanley Park, and why it is important be aware of our complex relationship with the environment.

Sean Kheraj is an assistant professor in the Department of History at York University in Toronto.

[Podcast] Making Stanley Park: The Forgotten Families of Whoi Whoi, Kanaka Ranch, and Brockton Point


In the first episode of a three-part series, historian and author Jean Barman reflects on Stanley Park’s 125th Anniversary and processes of dispossession

Historian and author Jean Barman reflects on Stanley Park’s 125th Anniversary and processes of dispossession which were part of the making of Stanley Park.

Her book Stanley Park’s Secret won the 2006 City of Vancouver Book Prize.

She also situates Stanley Park within the country’s broader colonial geographies and the ongoing work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on residential schools.

[Podcast] The Colonial Past and Present: Legacies of the Residential Schools

On the program, we hear two documentaries on the legacies of the Canadian residential schools.  In the first half, Janet Rogers’ documentary looks at the multi-generational effects of the residential schools, and in the second half, Matthew Norris’ documentary asks, “Why can’t the past be the past?” The documentaries are powerful documentaries that These documentaries were produced at CFUV Radio (Victoria) and CiTR Radio (Vancouver).

These documentaries were produced as part of the National Campus and Community Radio Association‘s (NCRA) Resonating Reconciliation project which funded fund 40 community radio stations across the country to each produce a 30-minute radio documentary on the legacy of Indian Residential Schools in Canada. The project was developed by Gunargie O’Sullivan, who served as the chair of the NCRA’s Native Caucus and member of the Board of Directors.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada funded the work as part of the Commission’s mandate to acknowledge residential school experiences, impacts and consequences and create a lasting historical record with a focus on the lived experiences of former students and their families.

[Podcast] Dispatch from Rio: Brazil’s Urban Social Movement Demands Better Quality of Life

Protests in opposition to rising transit fares is part of a broader social movement demanding a better quality of urban life in Brazil. Photo courtesy Agencia Brasil, Wikimedia Commons.

Protests in opposition to rising transit fares is part of a broader social movement demanding a better quality of urban life in Brazil. Photo courtesy Agencia Brasil.

This movement has opened up a new field of possibilities and what people are fighting for is a real democratic system. This movement is forcing a dialogue.

–Professor Cecilia Mello, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

What began as protests against increases in public transit fares is part of a broader social movement challenging Brazil’s state policies, the deteriorating quality of urban life for the poor, and the highly uneven benefits derived from the country’s economic growth as the country prepares to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

On the program, we hear from Dr. Cecilia Mello, a professor of social and cultural anthropology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, about this rising urban social movement, the right to the city, and the conditions on the ground. We also discuss Brazilian cities in relation to the rural and peripheral areas of the country and indigenous land dispossession and resource extraction threatening traditional livelihoods.