Your hosts: Levon, Lynn, Marc (video of show at bottom)Listen
Arab World Festival-Montreal
This weekend marks the start of the 20th year for the Arab World Festival,/ Festival du Monde Arabe (FMA) in Montreal. The idea is to showcase elements of Arabic culture and build bridges with Canadian society.
Emily Awad, director of communications, is the spokesperson for the festival, She says at least 50 per cent of the visitors to various shows are indeed, non-Arabic. non-Muslim. There are many different types of performances, films, and discussion panel events which makes it not only entertaining, but informative as well.
Canada Election: Coalition out, but cooperation on climate, housing affordability
Levon talks about the position of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau as he resumes the office of Prime Minister, but as the head of a minority government. Excerpts of his post-election speeches are discussed along with some of the challenges he now faces.
Canada Election: Results show clear national division
The election has shown very clear and deep divisions that have resulted from the past four years of the Trudeau government. With the resurrection of the separatist Bloc Quebecois in the mostly French speaking province of Quebec, to the elimination of Liberals in the west and spectre of a growing western separatist movement. Trudeau now faces real challenges to govern as he says “for all Canadians”.
Marc spoke with political science professor Sanjay Jeram of Simon Fraser University in British Columbia
Canada Election: Climate change challenge for minority government
One of the major issues, and one likely to cause further tensions and divisions in Canada is that of climate change and policies to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.
Lynn spoke with Catherine Abreu, Executive Director of the Climate Action Network of Canada, a coalition of groups concerned about climate change.
The LINK video- via YouTube RCI channel (show starts at 1:13)