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This a series of conversations around government policy and our rights. We are trying to report information to listeners about what is happening with government and communities

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BC Premier Media Session October 5 final

October 06, 2022 08:02 - 38 minutes - 44.4 MB

Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement in solidarity with protesters in Iran: “British Columbians and people around the world stand in solidarity with Iranians calling for gender equality, human rights and freedom. “Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman, was arrested by police on Sept. 13 in Tehran for showing her hair under her headscarf. Three days later, she was dead. “Amini’s death has sparked protests on the streets of Iran and international condemnation. Iranian wo...

PM Justin Trudeau presents awards for teaching excellence October 3 final

October 04, 2022 15:37 - 30 minutes - 35.3 MB

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau presents awards for teaching excellence at a ceremony in Ottawa. These awards honour Canadian elementary and secondary school teachers in all disciplines for educational achievements. Karina Gould (minister of families, children and social development) and Andy Filmore (parliamentary secretary to the minister of innovation, science and industry) are also in attendance.

Climaturity with Marc Cortez final

September 30, 2022 22:25 - 47 minutes - 54.8 MB

Marc Cortez is a Climate Reality Advocate and the author of the forthcoming title 'Climaturity: A Journey into the Muddy Climate Middle.' Climaturity offers a new perspective on the climate controversy through the pragmatic lens of a long-time renewable energy industry veteran.  Part science, part satire and part snark, he takes a stand against the climate panic movement.   He advocates for a transparent climate discussion where half-truths are completed, climate science limitations are put i...

Premier Horgan Press Conference final

September 17, 2022 20:50 - 43 minutes - 49.6 MB

Firefighters are not only heroes serving their community, but also husbands, wives, parents, siblings, friends and neighbours, who run toward danger while we seek safety. The physical and mental costs of this bravery are known all too well by firefighters and their loved ones. We owe them our gratitude and so much more. “B.C. firefighters have been asking for greater protection on the job and our government is listening. We are working hard to provide firefighters with better access to worke...

US Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield final

September 17, 2022 20:47 - 37 minutes - 43.1 MB

Despite consensus by key signatories on a road map to complete South Sudan’s democratic transition to elections and a new Government, the country’s humanitarian situation is more dire than ever, with increasing violence and sexual assaults, the Government struggling to fulfil terms of the peace accord, and the entire country facing devastating food insecurity, briefers told the Security Council today.

Unite Nations: Children and Education final

September 16, 2022 15:17 - 53 minutes - 60.8 MB

Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed. She will be joined by Leonardo Garnier, the Special Advisor to the Secretary-General for the Transforming Education Summit, and Stefania Giannini, UNESCO’s [United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization] Assistant Director-General for Education. They will be here to brief you on the Transforming Education Summit, which as you know, some activities are starting over the weekend. Then, immediately following that, at least at 1 p.m....

Abbotsford BC builds back stronger with new drinking water system final

September 15, 2022 02:31 - 44 minutes - 50.8 MB

Join Nathan Cullen, Minister of Municipal Affairs, as he addresses the Union of BC Municipalities. The Province is providing $62 million to the City of Abbotsford to build a new well and water-treatment system to ensure a reliable, resilient water service for more than 165,000 people in response to growing climate-related threats. “We’re creating a new, resilient water supply that will help ensure a safe water source during extreme weather events,” said Nathan Cullen, Minister of Municipal A...

Joint UN Chief & Pakistan Foreign Minister Press Conference in Islamabad

September 14, 2022 22:39 - 40 minutes - 45.9 MB

Joint press stakeout with Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations and Pakistan Foreign Minister, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, at Foreign Ministry in Islamabad https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/p...

Pierre Poilievre makes his first caucus address as Conservative leader final

September 13, 2022 02:41 - 39 minutes - 45.6 MB

Pierre Poilievre delivers an address in Ottawa at the Conservative party's first national caucus meeting since he won the leadership on September 10, 2022. The long-time MP and former cabinet minister secured 68.15 per cent of electoral points on the first ballot. The caucus meeting comes ahead of the return of Parliament on September 20. Before addressing caucus, Poilievre and his wife Anaida take a moment to celebrate their son Cruz’s first birthday.

Gilbert King Bone Valley Injustice Leo Schofield Case final

September 09, 2022 21:04 - 38 minutes - 44.3 MB

In 1987, 21-year-old guitarist Leo Schofield was pursuing his rockstar dreams when his teenage wife Michelle was found dead in a phosphate mining pit in Lakeland, Florida. Two years later, Schofield was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the murder he has always denied. Fifteen years after Schofield’s conviction, previously unidentified fingerprints from Michelle’s car matched Jeremy Scott — a troubled teen with an extensive history of violence who lived near the young couple at ...

Bank of Canada Raising Interest Rates final

September 09, 2022 07:33 - 31 minutes - 36.4 MB

The Bank of Canada today increased its target for the overnight rate to 3¼%, with the Bank Rate at 3½% and the deposit rate at 3¼%. The Bank is also continuing its policy of quantitative tightening. The global and Canadian economies are evolving broadly in line with the Bank’s July projection. The effects of COVID-19 outbreaks, ongoing supply disruptions, and the war in Ukraine continue to dampen growth and boost prices. Global inflation remains high and measures of core inflation are movin...

UN Security Council Meeting Status in Ukraine

September 08, 2022 21:35 - 2 hours - 111 MB

Recalling previous Council discussions on how the war in Ukraine is not only devastating that country but also endangering regional and global stability, she pointed out that the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons could not produce a substantive outcome after consensus was blocked because of issues related to the war. This failure is the latest example of how the conflict has affected international relations and cooperation. Urgi...

United Nations Police Force and Peace Keeping final

September 06, 2022 19:54 - 49 minutes - 56.7 MB

The UN’s Chiefs of Police Summit kicked off in New York, bringing together senior Government and police officials to deliberate on the contribution of the UN Police to sustainable peace and development. Speaking to journalists today (1 Sep) in New York, the Police Adviser and Director of the UN Police Division, Luís Carrilho, said “the Member States have been particularly interested in hearing about the United Nations police contributions to the Women Peace and Security Agenda, A4P+, includi...

Chrystia Freeland in Calagary final

September 01, 2022 22:28 - 31 minutes - 36.3 MB

n Calgary, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland holds a news conference after touring a transport facility.

Justin Trudeau announces investment in affordable housing final

August 31, 2022 15:18 - 40 minutes - 46.1 MB

“When people have a home of their own, whether they rent or they own, they are better able to invest in themselves, and invest in their communities. Our government understands that it is only by investing in people, that we can grow our economy. Tackling housing affordability is a complex problem and there is no one silver bullet, but announcements like today’s give more people a place to call home, and a real and fair chance at success.” The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada...

UN Security Council on Afghanistan final

August 31, 2022 00:12 - 1 hour - 79 MB

Restrictions on fundamental human rights and freedoms — especially for women and girls — are exacerbating the bleak humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, senior United Nations officials told the Security Council today, as members diverged over the international community’s optimal level of engagement with the Taliban in light of such repression. Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said that people in Afghanistan continue to fa...

UN global fund for education in emergencies final

August 25, 2022 20:37 - 1 hour - 75.3 MB

Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait, reflected on the progress made by the fund: “ECW’s solid results in our first five years of operation are proof of concept that we can turn the tide and empower the most marginalized girls and boys in crises with the hope, protection and opportunity of quality education.” In terms of resource accessibility, last year ECW mobilized a record-breaking $388.6 million. Total contributions to the ECW Trust Fund therefore top $1.1 billion. The rep...

World Faces Maximum Danger Secretary General Tell the UN Security Council final

August 25, 2022 15:58 - 1 hour - 76.6 MB

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the Security Council meeting on “Maintenance of International Peace and Security:  Promoting Common Security through Dialogue and Cooperation”, today in New York: Thank you for convening the Council on this essential topic. Our collective security demands that we seize every moment to forge a common understanding of the threats and challenges before us.  And most importantly, to shape united responses to them.  As the focus of ...

Unired Nation Humanitarian Day Final

August 21, 2022 16:52 - 37 minutes - 42.7 MB

**Secretary-General’s Travel Good afternoon and happy Friday to everyone. The Secretary-General has recently arrived in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, where he is set to meet the President of Moldova, Maia Sandru. Earlier today, the Secretary-General traveled to Odesa, Ukraine’s main Black Sea port, where he was greeted by Oleksandr Kubrakov, the country’s infrastructure minister. The Secretary-General boarded the M/V Kubrosli Y, a bulk carrier loading up some 10,000 metric tons of whe...

Ukraine, Afghanistan & other topics - Daily Press Briefing final

August 19, 2022 19:45 - 11 minutes - 13.6 MB

**Secretary-General’s Travel The Secretary-General is in Lviv, where he has met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The two were later joined by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for a trilateral meeting. In his remarks to the press just now, the Secretary-General reiterated that the United Nations will go on working in full solidarity with the Ukrainian people to mobilize all of our capacities and resources — alongside our national partners — to continue to provide humanita...

WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the COVID-19 media briefing final

August 18, 2022 18:49 - 1 hour - 69.3 MB

Almost 7,500 cases were reported last week, a 20% increase over the previous week, which was also 20% more than the week before. Almost all cases are being reported from Europe and the Americas, and almost all cases continue to be reported among men who have sex with men, underscoring the importance for all countries to design and deliver services and information tailored to these communities that protect health, human rights and dignity. The primary focus for all countries must be to ensur...

one year since the Taliban takeover

August 17, 2022 16:07 - 1 hour - 72.7 MB

Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

August 17, 2022 16:04 - 1 hour - 113 MB

UKRAINE I want to start off with a note and a clarification on Ukraine. As you may have seen in the past few days, there have been repeated comments by various Russian officials accusing the United Nations Secretariat of having either cancelled or blocked a visit by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. I want to clarify a few points. First, the IAEA is a specialized agency that acts in full independence in deciding how to implement its specif...

Ukraine ZAPORIZHZHIA power plant

August 12, 2022 15:15 - 50 minutes - 57.7 MB

SECRETARY-GENERAL/TRAVELS The Secretary-General has arrived in the Republic of Korea. Tomorrow he will meet President Yoon Suk Yeol, as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs. And earlier today in an interview in Ulaanbaatar he expressed his gratitude to the Government and the people of Mongolia for their hospitality and for their support for the UN’s work, as well as the country’s commitment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. ZAPORIZHZHIA In a statement this morning, the S...

United Nations South Sudan, Mali, Grains & other topics

August 11, 2022 22:14 - 1 hour - 104 MB

SOUTH SUDAN The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) joins the South Sudanese Government in expressing grave concern over reports that four officers from the rebel South Sudan People’s Movement/Army (SSPM/A) have been summarily executed in Mayom County, Unity State, in the north of the country. The executions, which took place on 7 August, were allegedly in response to a 22 July attack by the SSPM/A on the Mayom County Commissioner. Nicholas Haysom, the Secretary-General’s Special Representa...

Security Council Media Stakeout and Israel and Palestine Voilent Weekend Final 8 August 2022

August 09, 2022 14:44 - 1 hour - 114 MB

SECRETARY-GENERAL/TRIP The Secretary-General arrived in Ulaanbaatar, today – the capital of Mongolia today. This is his second stop during this current trip. As you know, Mongolia is a nuclear weapon free zone, and has also been an important interlocutor of the United Nations in relation to the situation on the Korean Peninsula. The issue of the Peninsula will come up in discussions the Secretary-General will have on his current trip. He will then go to the Republic of Korea. Earlier today in...

Deputy PM Chrystia Freeland on support for wineries and other businesses final

August 06, 2022 18:55 - 31 minutes - 36.4 MB

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland holds a news conference in Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, after touring a local winery. She discusses her government's record on helping small businesses and highlights a $166 million investment in Canada’s wine sector that was previously announced in the 2022 federal budget. Liberal MP Kody Blois (Kings–Hants) and Hanspeter Stutz (owner and president of Domaine de Grand Pré) also take part in the event.

United Nations Black Sea Grain Initiative, Syria and nuclear weapons final

August 06, 2022 18:54 - 50 minutes - 58 MB

SECRETARY-GENERAL’S TRAVEL The Secretary-General arrived in Hiroshima, in Japan, a few hours ago, where he will take part tomorrow in the Peace Memorial Ceremony. At the ceremony, he will reiterate his call on world leaders to urgently eliminate stockpiles of nuclear weapons. He will also meet a group of surviving victims of the atomic bombs, known as the hibakusha, in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Mr. Guterres will also participate in a dialogue with young activists. Later, he will move on to ...

We must show that we can put the world on a better path UN Chief final

August 05, 2022 19:19 - 25 minutes - 29.6 MB

UN chief said that “Every day we wait leads us closer to a global breakdown – both physical and political. But while the problems before us are unprecedented, they are not insurmountable.” Briefing today (4 Aug) on the progress in the implementation of recommendations contained in the report on “Our Common Agenda”, Secretary-General António Guterres said that global shocks are “unabated and growing.” “Business as usual will almost certainly guarantee a future of constant crises and devastat...

Defence Minister Anita Anand announces Canada will help train Ukrainian soldiers final

August 05, 2022 00:56 - 37 minutes - 42.4 MB

Defence Minister Anita Anand announced the plan on Thursday, saying up to 225 Canadian Armed Forces members will eventually be based in Britain for an initial period of four months. There they will work alongside counterparts from Britain, the Netherlands and New Zealand in training Ukrainian soldiers on the basics of soldiering. “Training missions like this, assisting our allies and our partners when they are under attack, is what we do,” Anand said during a virtual news conference. “It is...

Post-secondary education expanding for students on the Westshore final

August 04, 2022 20:28 - 1 hour - 83 MB

Join Premier John Horgan; Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training; Mitzi Dean, MLA for Esquimalt-Metchosin; and others for an announcement about expanding post-secondary education for students on the Westshore.

Ukraine- Global Crisis Response Group final

August 04, 2022 20:25 - 1 hour - 77 MB

Briefing by António Guterres, UN Secretary-General and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Secretary-General Rebeca Grynspan to introduce the third report of the Global Crisis Response Group. Earlier this year, the Secretary-General launched this series of reports to examine the impact of the war in Ukraine on food, fuel and finance sectors. Secretary-General António Guterres today (3 Aug) urged governments to tax oil and gas companies' “excessive profits” and said it was “im...

Ukraine, Democratic Republic of the Congo & other topics - final

August 03, 2022 16:12 - 23 minutes - 27.4 MB

SG TRIP ANNOUNCEMENT The Secretary-General will be heading to Japan, where he will take part in the Peace Memorial Ceremony in Hiroshima, held on 6 August every year. The ceremony aims to console the souls of those lost to the atomic bombing, as well as to pray for the realization of lasting world peace. The Secretary-General will honour the victims of the bombings, commemorate all victims of the second world war, and reiterate his call to world leaders to urgently eliminate stockpiles of n...

Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons- Tenth Review Conference final

August 03, 2022 16:11 - 35 minutes - 40.5 MB

Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons- Tenth Review Conference final

President of the Security Council China on Programme of work final

August 03, 2022 16:08 - 29 minutes - 33.9 MB

Hybrid press briefing by Ambassador Zhang Jun, Permanent Representative of China and President of the Security Council for August. Asked about a possible visit by the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jun said, “our position is firm. Our determination is firm. We will do whatever we can to defend our sovereignty and territorial integrity. I hope the US government officials understand that well.” Speaking today (01 Aug) in ...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi holds weekly news briefing on the Chips Bill final

July 30, 2022 02:17 - 27 minutes - 31.2 MB

Congress passes bipartisan $280 billion bill aimed at challenging China’s dominance in chip manufacturing A bill authorizing $280 billion to boost the country’s manufacturing and technological competitiveness against China is one step closer to becoming a law. The legislation, called CHIPS and Science Act,

Adopting Resolution 2647 (2022), Security Council Extends Libya Support Mission’s Mandate for Three Months final

July 29, 2022 23:17 - 1 hour - 82.7 MB

Adopting resolution 2647 (2022) (to be issued as document S/RES/2647) by a vote of 12 in favour to none against, with three abstentions (Gabon, Ghana, Kenya), the Council reiterated its decision that UNSMIL should be led by a Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Tripoli and called on the Secretary-General to promptly appoint the same. Through the text, the Council also called on the relevant Libyan institutions and authorities to implement confidence-building measures to create...

Ukraine's grain is ready to go but the mine are explosive final

July 28, 2022 00:22 - 38 minutes - 44 MB

The goal over the next four months is to get some 20 million tons of grain out of three Ukrainian sea ports blocked since Russia's Feb. 24 invasion. That provides time for about four to five large bulk carriers per day to transport grain from the ports to millions of impoverished people worldwide facing hunger.

Conservative MPs comment on N

July 27, 2022 02:50 - 40 minutes - 46.8 MB

On Parliament Hill, Conservative MPs Raquel Dancho, Stephen Ellis and Rick Perkins hold a news conference ahead of the House of Commons public safety committee's first meeting on alleged political interference in the investigation of the 2020 Nova Scotia mass shooting. The committee is examining whether former Public Safety Minister Bill Blair and the Prime Minister's Office exerted political pressure on RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki to release details about the investigation into the mass s...

Palestine: Violence must stop, Tensions mounting - Security Council Briefing | United Nations

July 27, 2022 00:03 - 49 minutes - 45.5 MB

Briefing by Lynn Hastings, Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. The Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Lynn Hastings said, “immediate steps to reverse negative trends and to support the Palestinian people are essential. The violence must stop. The tensions that have been mou...

Pope Francis delivers apology during visit to former residential school (w: English interpretation) final

July 26, 2022 15:03 - 1 hour - 77.8 MB

I humbly beg forgiveness for the evil committed by so many Christians against the Indigenous Peoples. Pope Francis

Media briefing on monkeypox with Dr Tedros final

July 25, 2022 22:43 - 56 minutes - 64.7 MB

A month ago, I convened the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations to assess whether the multi-country monkeypox outbreak represented a public health emergency of international concern. At that meeting, while differing views were expressed, the committee resolved by consensus that the outbreak did not represent a public health emergency of international concern. At the time, 3040 cases of monkeypox had been reported to WHO, from 47 countries. Since then, the outbrea...

PM Trudeau on N.S. clean power, Europe's reliance on Russian energy, Hockey Canada

July 23, 2022 21:20 - 49 minutes - 56.8 MB

In Halifax, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces an investment of up to $255 million for clean energy projects in the province. He is joined by Sean Fraser (federal minister of immigration and MP for Central Nova, Nova Scotia), Kody Blois (MP for Kings-Hants, Nova Scotia) and Chief Sidney Peters (Glooscap First Nation). The prime minister responds to questions from reporters about Canada's potential to help wean Europe off of its reliance on Russian energy and his government’s decision to ...

Yemen, Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea & other topics - UN Daily Press Briefing final

July 23, 2022 02:52 - 33 minutes - 38.3 MB

Highlights: - Secretary-General - Yemen - Lebanon - Sri Lanka Papua New Guinea - Climate/Sustainable Development Goals - World Food Programme Transport Training Centre SECRETARY-GENERAL The Secretary-General, António Guterres, will travel to Istanbul, Türkiye, this evening as part of his efforts to ensure full global access to Ukraine’s food products and Russian food and fertilizer. YEMEN The Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, has intensified his engagements with the parties to...

World report on the health of refugees & migrants & other global health issues final

July 21, 2022 17:39 - 1 hour - 80.4 MB

One in every 8 people on our planet is a refugee or migrant, and the numbers are growing. With conflicts, climate change, growing inequality, and global emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more people will be on the move. Like anyone else, refugees and migrants have the right to the highest attainable standard of health. But the health needs of refugees and migrants are often neglected or unaddressed in the countries they pass through, or settle in. They face multiple...

Children leaving armed groups need our full support to heal final

July 21, 2022 15:36 - 46 minutes - 52.8 MB

Children leaving armed groups need our full support to heal. They need medical care, to be reunited with their families, and have opportunities to learn. Most importantly, communities need to be supported to welcome them. Children leaving armed groups are seen as a threat and more work needs to be done to help people understand their needs and what they have been through. In addition to this, there is a big gap in opportunities for children and young people leaving armed groups. They need to ...

PM Trudeau on oceans protection, turbines decision, Hockey Canada final

July 20, 2022 18:46 - 33 minutes - 38.4 MB

Canadians are proud of our oceans. With the longest coastline in the world, marine and coastal areas are essential to our livelihoods and our economy right across the country. Since it was launched in 2016, the Oceans Protection Plan has strengthened protections for our coasts and wildlife, improved marine traffic and incident management, and advanced partnerships with Indigenous communities. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the next phase of Canada’s Oceans Protection Pla...

Moment for Nature, Heatwaves & other topics final

July 20, 2022 18:36 - 28 minutes - 32.4 MB

World Must Steer Humanity to Path of Living in Harmony with Planet, Says Secretary-General, at General Assembly Nature Debate

B.C. receiving over $870M in federal funding for disaster recovery amid current wildfires

July 19, 2022 02:56 - 58 minutes - 66.6 MB

Bill Blair, the federal minister of emergency preparedness, and Mike Farnworth, the British Columbia minister of public safety, speak with reporters in Vancouver. The news conference follows the fifth and final meeting of the committee of federal and B.C. ministers on disaster response and climate resilience, which was struck in November 2021 to coordinate responses to extreme weather events in the province. Minister Blair announces that the federal government will be delivering advance payme...

Columbia Peace Process update from the United Nations Security Council final

July 17, 2022 15:24 - 38 minutes - 44.6 MB

Briefing the Security Council today (14 Jul) the Special Representative for the Secretary-General in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, said that while there are reasons for encouragement, “violence continues against communities, leaders and former combatants” and called for their security to be guaranteed through the Peace Agreement. Ruiz Massieu said, “it saddens me to have to inform you about the killing of four more former combatants since the Secretary-General´s report was published two wee...