Episode 142: Going courting

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From land claims at the Supreme Court, to mental health and the basketball court, to courting trouble with the climate, to courting death in a new way tune in for compelling stories from the rpn.


More than 20 years ago the Tsilhqot’in Nation used blockades and court action to halt plans for clear-cut logging in the heart of their territories. B.C. Justice David Vickers ruled on that case in 2007. His ruling had widespread implications for future consultation, land title, and compensation in land claims cases across Canada. The federal government did not agree with the ruling, and appealed it. Over a decade later, the case is about to be heard at the Supreme Court of Canada. rabble.ca’s Redeye called up one of the lawyers for the Tsilhqot’in First Nation. Here is Redeye’s Lorraine Chisholm talking to David Rosenberg.


Royce White is a professional basketball player. An excellent player. He is also a person with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. The disorder has made it difficult for him to play professional basketball. He says that professional sports could not, or would not, accommodate his mental illness. In a controversial interview, White spoke out about a subtle war between the business of professional sports and the health of the players. Nathan Kalman-Lamb is an academic who writes about social inequality and sports. He says that White’s activist statement makes him the most important athlete since Muhammad Ali. rabble.ca’s Progressive Voices podcast interviewed Kalman-lamb. Here’s their conversation.

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This one is for all of Canada, except Toronto. Maybe you heard a loud groan coming from that big city. You heard it when the Chair of Toronto’s Parks and Environment committee, Councillor Norm Kelley, claimed that he didn’t accept the scientific consensus on climate change. Soon after, at a climate justice rally, rabble’s John Bonnar caught up with another city councillor, who is also an environmentalist. Gord Perks was glad to talk about the challenges facing Toronto around the climate crisis. Here’s their conversation.


Finally, we finish, as we all must, with death. More specifically, how we deal with death. Pashta Marrymoon is one person who provides alternatives to modern palliative care practices. She calls herself a “death midwife.” Marymoon spoke with Lynn Thompson on changing the death journey and began by explaining what is meant by the term “death midwife.”

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