Democracy Watch Episode March 15, 2018

Tibetan Uprising Day, Kinder Morgan Suing Activists & The Carnegie Community Action Plan's Housing Report

5:03pm - 6:00pm

After headlines from Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, Democracy Watch starts the show with a report on the Tibetan Uprising Day rally and vigil that took place in Vancouver this past Saturday. This annual event has been happening in Vancouver for decades. Democracy Watch interviews organizer Mati Bernabei of the Canada Tibet Committee and Tenzin Youdon of Students for a Free Tibet, as well as the Boston-based activist Lhadon Tethong, one of the most prominent voices in the global struggle for Tibet.

We then turn to an interview with Lama Mugabo, an organizer with the Carnegie Community Action Project, a group that champions the rights of Downtown Eastside low income residents. He discusses the group’s recently released 2017 Hotel Survey and Housing Report and what it means to defend the epicentre of Vancouver’s housing crisis.

The show ends with a report from outside the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Democracy Watch reporter Areeka Riaz interviews local activist David Mivasair, who has been using direct action tactics to cause delays in Kinder Morgan pipeline construction. Mivasair and 14 fellow activists are now being sued by the Texas oil giant for allegedly causing over $1 billion in losses.