First Nations and LNG with Ellis Ross

May 7, 2018

Ellis Ross

First Nations and LNG

 

Liquefied natural gas, LNG, is on the horizon in British Columbia.

 

The BC government supports it, and sees LNG exports as a source of revenue and jobs.

But will LNG plants and their associated natural-gas pipelines get built? If so, when?

There are obstacles along the way, and one is First Nations participation.

 

The public is often told that First Nations in BC are opposed to energy development, that they are in agreement with environmentalists who want to stop the development of carbon fuels in the province.

 

The First Nations LNG Alliance says that perception is both exaggerated and incorrect. The alliance includes communities between the northeast of the province and Kitimat, where two major LNG facilities are in the final stages of making investment decisions.

 

The Alliance is a collective of First Nations that states its objective is to participate in, and be supportive of, sustainable and responsible LNG development in the province.

 

Above all else, they say the creation of opportunities for First Nations men and women to find employment in their communities is a top priority. So is bringing in revenue to close the economic gap between Indigenous communities and the non-Indigenous.

 

We asked former Haisla Chief Councillor, Ellis Ross, now the MLA for Skeena to join us for a Conversation That Matters to talk about why he opposed the Northern Gateway Pipeline but supports the development of LNG in BC.  

 

 

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LNG in an Age of Uncertainty

April 30, 2018

David Keane

LNG in an age of uncertainty

 

The Premier of British Columbia is standing on his head vowing to stop the increase in the flow of oil from Alberta. At the same time he is green lighting the development of LNG in his own province.

 

LNG is considered to be the clean alternative to carbon fuels and the Premier wants to see an increase in the amount of it produced in BC. When Natural Gas prices were high, the tax revenue from natural gas to the province was substantial.

 

Then, just as it seemed the industry was about to make final investment decisions in the development of large LNG processing facilities in BC, two things happened, the market for Natural Gas was flooded with new discoveries everywhere and the cost of production in BC soared.

 

As well, a host of new regulations and taxes were introduced in BC and the prospect of capitalizing on Asian demand for LNG came to an abrupt halt. The window of opportunity closed.

 

Energy experts now predict the next supply opportunity window is set to open in 2023. If BC hopes to be a participant in that market it has to decide now to either go ahead or turn its back on the market.

 

We asked David Keane, the CEO of the BC LNG Alliance to join us for a Conversation That Matters on the state of LNG in BC.

 

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Precious Metals in the Green Economy

April 26, 2018

Precious Metals in the Green Economy

 

The world is turning to green technology in an effort to reduce our impact on the environment. It is a global movement moving at different speeds in different jurisdictions. All the same, we are all moving towards an energy transition.

What is rarely discussed is our relationship with the elements that are required to build green technology. Where will these elements come from?

Interestingly, they will come from the same places we currently mine.  We will still need to extract elements from Mother Earth, the difference will be in the end use but not in the source.

Precious metals play a vital role in computing technologies and particularly in cleaning the emissions that exit the tailpipe of gas and diesel vehicles. Platinum and Palladium, for example, is a rare and precious metal that is an absolute requirement in catalytic converters.

Research is underway to determine if palladium can not only speed up the rate of battery charging but also extend the life of the charge.

With more than one billion cars on the road around the world, we sat down with platinum and palladium miner Mike Jones for a Conversation That Matters about the ongoing role of metals in the green economy.

 

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Treating Illness with Fecal Transplants: Dr Jeremy Burton

April 5, 2018

Jeremy Burton

Treating Illness with Fecal Transplants

 

What happens when your microbiome goes off the rails?

C Difficile infection is a common problem. What is C-Difficile you ask? Well it happens as a reaction to the consumption of some antibiotics. C-Diff for short, is a species of Gram-positive spore-forming bacteria accumulating in your gastrointestinal tract.

The symptoms can be diarrhoea, fever, nausea and abdominal pain.

There are a number of treatments, some work and some don’t. That’s because the bacteria may have already developed a resistance to antibiotics. That can mean a dramatic intervention may be required and one dramatic treatment option is fecal microbiota transplantation.

You’ve heard about fecal transplantation but that doesn’t mean it’s readily available. And it’s important to note it is filled with a wide range of challenges. Just as in organ transplant, there needs to be a match between the donor and the patient.

Canada has been an early adopter of this procedure and researchers are now asking if it can be applied in a number of other conditions such as diabetes and obesity. Those researchers are trying to determine if you can change the microbiome can you then change the health outcome.

We invited Dr Jeremy Burton the Deputy Director of the Canadian Centre for Human Microbiome and Probiotics to join us for a Conversation That Matters about the exciting research underway in treating your well-being by re-engineering the bacteria in your intestinal tract.

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The Diabolical Selling of Sugar to Kids (w/Mark Collison, Heart and Stroke Foundation Canada)

March 30, 2018

Does it ever seem to you that the marketing of food to kids has a sinister aura? Namely, let’s hook 'em on sugar and watch the sales skyrocket. Once you have them addicted, they’re a client for life.

You’re right – that is what’s happening, and marketers are doing it intentionally. Sugar, sugar, sugar all the time, and it has devastating lifelong health effects on children.

Heart and Stroke Canada wants the Federal Government to enact legislation that will put an end to the marketing of sugar-rich, highly processed junk foods to kids. They believe that marketing to kids is targeting a highly susceptible demographic and those should pick on someone their own size.

Of particular concern, is a bombardment technique that leads to a thing we discuss called the nag factor. What’s fueling the nag factor? Endless advertising - advertising the Stop Marketing to Kids coalition says has to be outlawed.

We asked Mark Collison of Heart and Stroke to join us for a Conversation That Matters about how the marketing of food to kids is affecting their lifelong health.

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Genomics Research in BC gets a Huge Boost w/Catalina Lopez-Correa

March 21, 2018

Catalina Lopez-Correa

Genomic Research in BC Gets a Huge Boost

 

Genomics is changing lives, it is reshaping economies and shifting health outcomes. British Columbia is at the leading edge in the implementation of genomic research and in practice.

The role of that research in BC took a big leap forward when six new projects in precision health care were awarded more than 60 million dollars in funding. Funding that helps establish British Columbia as a genomics-driven life sciences supercluster.

Precision health care is shifting the way we interact with our health, medical practitioners and the healthcare system. Utilizing genomics, we can diagnose potential health threats in advance and guide treatments that are specific to individuals like you and me.

Already, the BC Pharmacy Association is employing Pharmacogenomics to ensure you receive the right medication in the right dose at the right time. It doesn’t stop there, treatment for childhood diseases in indigenous populations and pharmacogenomics in childhood cancer treatment are two of the funded projects.

The investment is a validation of the extraordinary genomic research underway in BC.

We asked Genome BC Chief Science Officer Catalina Lopez-Correa to join us for a Conversation That Matters about how genomics is reshaping our lives.

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The Ugly Truth About Supplements

March 18, 2018

Dr David Wang

The Ugly Truth about Supplements

 

Supplements - do you take them?

If you do, it’s probably because you want to be healthier. And if you take supplements there’s a good chance you pay attention to the food you buy and eat. More and more of us are turning to organic foods because we care about what we consume.

We’re doing a good job of checking labels to determine if foods have GMO’s, what are the additives in them, what is the nutritional value of the delicious meal you’re about to eat?

But do you examine the ingredients in the supplements you’re tossing back with a smoothie? Do you have any idea what’s in those gel caps, tablets and liquids?

If you take the time to read the label and examine the elements and then do the work of understanding what they are, you might very well be shocked to learn it’s a mixed bag.

 

We asked Dr David Wang to join us for a Conversation That Matters about why you need to be just as picky about nutraceuticals as you are about the food you eat.

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Alice Nderitu - Resolving Differences Through Dialogue

March 8, 2018

Alice Wairimu Nderitu

Peace through Dialogue

 

In an armed conflict, the only path to peace is through dialogue.

As National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Perry Bellegarde points out dialogue leads to relationships and it is through relationships that we can build anything.

Alice Nderitu knows this better than anyone else. Ms Nderitu is an armed conflict mediator. She has mediated more than 90 processes that have resulted in peace agreements between parties that are at war with each other in Kenya and Nigeria.

Ms Nderitu is one of a few female peace negotiators active in Africa.

Key to her success is purposeful dialogue. Dialogue that demands preparation, time, patience concentrated effort and an open mind coupled with a fearless ability to say the things that need to be said.

We asked the Jack P Blaney Award Winner for Dialogue Alice Nderitu to join us for a Conversation That Matters about the path to peace through dialogue.

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Women: Can You Defend Yourself in a Violent Attack

March 1, 2018

Ep 180 Inspector Colleen Yee

Women’s Personal Safety

 

Did you know that assaults against women are one of the few crimes that have not decreased in Metro Vancouver? And that women are most at risk while in transit from one destination to the next or at home?

Do you know what to do? Do you know how to reduce the likelihood of being a victim? Do you know what to do if you suspect you are in trouble and then what?

It’s a question a dedicated group of female officers with the Vancouver Police have answered. Once a month they conduct a Women’s Personal Safety workshop, for free and for women only. No male instructors, no male participants.

It’s a program that will arm you with vital information that will help you survive a violent attack be it at home or when you’re out in the city.

It’s a program filled with information you’ve never heard before. Information and easy to remember and easy to execute techniques that are incredibly effective.

We invited Inspector Colleen Yee of the Vancouver Police to join us for a Conversation That Matters about strategies that allow you to survive in the presence of mortal danger.

 

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Democracy and Independent Media - Emma Gilchrist

February 22, 2018

Emma Gilchrist
Democracy and Independent Media

Some newspapers dig.
Some newspapers are a constant embarrassment to the powerful.
Some manage to be entertaining, provocative and fair all at the same time.
There are few such newspapers in Canada.

That’s from a report written in 1970’s by the Special Senate Committee on Mass Media. Were they right then, are they right now?

Mainstream media tries to report all the news that’s fit to print, but the reality is it can only cover a handful of stories and its ability to dig deep has been hampered by shrinking budgets. Enter independent media outlets that are picking up the slack by taking on issues that fall outside the columns, airwaves and screens of traditional media.

In many cases, the journalists working for these outlets are some of the most tenacious diggers in the business. They take on specific issues and they do so from a particular point of view, peeling back the layers revealing what others have missed.

In the case of Site C, it was independent media outlet DeSmog Canada that uncovered facts about the controversial hydro project that everyone else missed. Once revealed, even the New York Times repeatedly cited the tiny online publication that is managed from a dining room table in Victoria.

We invited DeSmog Canada’s Editor-in-Chief, Emma Gilchrist to join us for a Conversation That Matters about the role of independent media in a democracy.

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