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CBC Radio Two is now rubbish in the mornings before ten. I still like Tom Allen as a host, but the “music” he is required to play is simply not worth the time of a serious national radio network. There are plenty of commercial C&W and “easy listening” stations that play this drivel already.

I have also heard that David Suzuki has been singled out for oppressive treatment by the Canadian Revenue Agency. If he dares voice an opinion that is thought to be “political” his charitable foundation will get audited – again and again. Which costs plenty just in time of staff and accountants. So I was a bit taken aback by the tone of this announcement I got by email. But I suppose by referring to “a political class” rather than “Stephen Harper” he may be on safer ground. I hope so.

Economic disasters.  Environmental collapse.  And a political class that prefers scare tactics to legitimate debate.  It seems like we’re in an intractable mess, but the world is changing for the better now.

Join David as he interviews the Canadians making good news for a change –cyclists creating new communities, economists who know that the environment is the economy, and scientists preserving Canada’s songbird heritage.

David Suzuki is guest host of CBC’s The Current this Friday.

Date: Friday, Oct. 10th
Time: 8:37 to 10:00 a.m.
Station: CBC Radio One

Here’s the program line-up:

Part One:

  • Economists Peter Victor (York University) and Jim Gaisford (University of Calgary)

Part Two:

  • Chris Carlsson, one of the founders of the Critical Mass urban cycling movement and author of Nowtopia: How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists and Vacant-Lot Gardeners are Inventing the Future Today
  • Bill McKibbon,author of Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future

Part Three:

  • Rob Butler, coordinator of the British Columbia Breeding Bird Atlas
  • Silence of the Songbirds author Bridget Stutchbury
  • Head of BirdLife International, Dr. Mike Rand
  • Courtney Humphries, author of Superdove: How the Pigeon Took Manhattan … and the World
  • Musician Sarah Harmer

Can’t listen in?  Check back later for CBC’s streaming audio archive at

Written by Stephen Rees

October 9, 2008 at 10:25 pm

Posted in Environment

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  1. I’m finding myself drawn to the new Radio 2, despite myself. And you’re unlikely to find the selection of “drivel” on commercial radio.

    David Suzuki was at the VIFF screening of Blue Gold this past Friday. He left in the middle of the Q&A, but encouraged the audience to vote with the environment in mind. He did not mention Harper or the Conservatives, so that may be another example of keeping “apolitical”.


    October 11, 2008 at 3:58 pm

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