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[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] 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] Global Climate Change and Urban Policies: Do Local Strategies Matter?

jaccardMark Jaccard provides a critical look at urban climate policies and actions

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Failed efforts at the international, national and sub-national levels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have prompted some city governments to set their own greenhouse gas targets and implement policies in pursuit of these. But how can we determine the effectiveness of these policies? Are urban climate strategies just hype or potentially a significant answer to these challenges? We hear from Simon Fraser University School of Resource and Environmental Management professor and Nobel Peace Prize (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) recipient Mark Jaccard on the podcast.

[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] 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] Gender, Housing Rights, and Local Solutions to the Housing Crisis


What are local solutions to jointly addressing affordable housing, homelessness, and health? What are the gender dimensions to these issues? We explore these issues in a Vancouver context with four speakers who bring considerable experience and insight into providing safe, adequate, affordable, and gender-inclusive housing in the city.

  • Janice Abbott, CEO of Atira Women’s Resource Society and Atira Property Management Inc.
  • Janet Kreda, Manager of the Homelessness Secretariat, Metro Vancouver
  • Margot Young, Associate Professor of Law at UBC and Co-Principal Investigator of the Housing Justice Project
  • Jean Swanson, anti-poverty and anti-gentrification activist, Carnegie Community Action Project
  • Christine O’Fallon, homelessness researcher, Women Transforming Cities board member, and discussion facilitator

This discussion was recorded at the Women Transforming Cities National Conference held on May 30, 2013. The panel was called On the Streets Where We Live: Housing Rights and City-based Solutions for Women and Girls.

The BC Election and What It Means for Cities


In British Columbia, cities are literally constructs of the provincial government, given power through provincial legislation. Cities have limited taxation abilities and they derive the large majority of their revenue from property taxes. And yet they are responsible for an ever-growing array of services and infrastructure as provincial and federal governments continue to download responsibility.

Charley Beresford is executive director of the Columbia Institute and oversees the Centre for Civic Governance, an initiative of the Columbia Institute. The institute works to foster leadership for inclusive and sustainable communities that value social justice, the environment, and the local economy.

On the program, we discuss the importance of progressive provincial policy for cities across British Columbia – and Canada. We’ll be discussing the environment, jobs, and the ‘big download’ facing cities as they deal with aging infrastructure and greater responsibilities.

Please note that this program was produced before the outcome of the May 14th BC Provincial Election.



[Podcast] Taking on the Premier: BC NDP’s David Eby on Transportation, Housing, and Provincial-Municipal Relations

David-EbyThe BC NDP’s David Eby is running against BC Liberal Premier Christy Clark in the Vancouver-Point Grey riding on Vancouver’s westside in the upcoming provincial election.

We discuss  regional planning, education, housing, poverty reduction, and the importance of progressive provincial-municipal policies. In the 2011 Vancouver-Point Grey by-election, Eby came within 600 votes of Christy Clark in the seat previously held by former Premier Gordon Campbell.

David Eby is a lawyer and the former executive director of the BC Civil Liberties Association. He has also worked for Pivot Legal Society and is adjunct professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia.

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[Podcast] Leaving the City: The Gumboot Girls, Urban-Rural Migration, and the Search for Community

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In the 1970s, many women flocked to British Columbia’s north coast in search of a different lifestyle, often leaving larger cities. The port city of Prince Rupert was a resource town and the local economy was booming at the time. A recently published book, Gumboot Girls: Adventure, Love and Survival on the North Coast of British Columbia, recounts the stories of 34 women, who migrated to Prince Rupert, Haida Gwaii, and other surrounding communities on BC’s north coast. On the program, we hear from a number of the ‘Gumboot Girls’ and discuss their collective experiences of urban-rural migration, feminism, employment in a booming resource town, and the desire to build community beyond the modernist urban landscape of the 1970s.

The Vancouver book launch takes place at the People’s Co-op Books on Commercial Drive on November 30th, 2012 at 7:00pm. You can find the Gumboot Girls Facebook page here.

[Podcast] Charity vs. Justice: Unpacking the Vancouver Rent Bank

How is a billionaire mining magnate involved in Vancouver’s new rent bank?

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The City critically unpacks the recently launched Vancouver rent bank with the editors of The Mainlander. Editors Tristan Markle, Andrew Witt, and Nathan Crompton recently published an in-depth, and highly critical analysis of the rent bank. We discuss a seemingly progressive institution – the rent bank – and look at the history of who is financially involved in the program, why it matters, and if the rent bank is actually as innocent as it may seem. We look at the issue of charity versus justice in our neoliberal times, and we turn to renowned political philosopher Slavoj Zizek for some assistance in understanding the role of charity in society today.