The Foyer Project

The Foyer Project is a unique approach to youth homelessness that attempts to build up the capacity for successful independent living through specialized programming at scattered site and short-term supportive housing projects. It was launched in Edmonton on September 6th, 2013.

To find out more, we hear from Dr. Stephen Gaetz, Director of the Homelessness Research Network at York University, and Susan McGee, the CEO of Homeward Trust Edmonton about youth homelessness in Edmonton.

Marriage in the 21st Century

I, CJSR, take you, listener, to be my constant friend, my faithful partner and my love from this day forward. I offer you my solemn vow to be your faithful radio station in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, and in joy as well as in sorrow.

Is the institution of marriage still relevant today? Or is it an archaic dinosaur out of touch with our modern society? On this episode of Think, your host Warren Mulvey gathered a group of three CJSR radio producers who ponder the question: To wed, or not to wed.

Amy Goodman: The Power of Independent Media

In a world where news is increasingly dominated by a few media conglomerates and razor thin budgets, it can seem like the stories that most matter to the everyday person can go uncovered. Perhaps worse yet, the stories that do get covered are glossed over and lack substance.

Enter stage left: independent media! On this episode of Think, 'Democracy Now!' host and journalist Amy Goodman talks about the power independent media to create a better world.

Joe Clark: 'How We Lead: Canada in a Century of Change'

When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the floodgates opened; a new type of international relations began to develop. Gone were the times of singularly powerful nations shaping the political conversations. Today the world is a very different place than it was just 25 years ago.

But where does Canada fit in the puzzle? Are we leaders, or followers, supporters, or interferes?

On this week's episode of Think, Canada's 16th Prime Minister returns back to his alma mater to advocate for a new approach to Canada's foreign affairs.

Michael Geist: Inside the Fight for Digital Rights in Canada

Most of us rely on it to get through our day. We communicate through it, do research on it, shop on it, do just about everything on it. It's so omnipresent, so interwoven into our 21st century lives that it's easy to forget that it's only existed for less than 30 years. And because of its novelty, many people have argued that it's infrastructures are vulnerable to abuse - whether it be increased government surveillance, identity theft, and corporatized communications.

On this episode of Think, Dr. Michael Geist describes the grassroots rights movements that challenge the powerful interests that threaten the most intrinsic, democratic features of the world wide web.

Chris Hedges: The Myth of Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies

As a journalist Chris Hedges spent nearly two decades filing ground-breaking stories in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He spent more than 15 years as a foreign correspondent for the New York Times and in 2002 and was part of the The New York Times team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism.

Today, Hedges is a political tour-de-force, encouraging people around the world to question the underpinnings of our democratic institutions that might not be so democratic after all, and leading the charge for a more equitable society.

On this episode of Think, we travel to the 2013 Parkland Institute's Fall Conference to hear Hedges deliver his keynote address 'The Myth of Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies.'

Raj Patel: Food Cultures for Sustainability

What are you eating for dinner tonight? Raj Patel has some ideas on how to cook up a more sustainable future.

On this episode of Think, author and social activist Raj Patel speaks at the University of Alberta during International Week 2013 about the urgent need to re-evaluate our global food system, lest we face food shortages and societal unrest in the not so distant future.

Clayton Thomas-Muller: The Rise of the Native Rights Based Strategic Framework

Clayton Thomas-Muller is a internationally renowned activist, writer, and public speaker focused on indigenous self-determination and environmental justice. On this week's episode of Think, Thomas-Muller speaks about the power of people in saving Canada’s resources. The address, titled 'The Rise of the Native Rights Based Strategic Framework: Canada’s Last Best Effort to Save the Common' was delivered at the 2013 Parkland Institute Fall Conference.

Andrew Coyne: The Alarming State of Canada's Democracy

According to acclaimed journalist and political pundit Andrew Coyne, there are cracks in Canada's democratic institutions that urgently need to be fixed before they cause even further damage to our society.

“We have not become a dictatorship, but we are no longer quite a democracy,” Coyne said at this year's Faculty of Law’s Merv Leitch Q.C. Memorial Lecture series that took place at the University of Alberta. “We no longer live under the system we think we do. We have the form of a democracy, but not the substance."

On this week's episode of Think, we proudly present Andrew Coyne's lecture 'The Alarming State of Canada's Democracy' that he delivered in Edmonton, Alberta on November 4th, 2013.

Robert Fisk: Arab Awakening

What's worth fighting for in a world riddled by abuses of power, violence, and religious war? Robert Fisk has been writing about issues facing the Middle East for more than 30 years as a corespondent for The Independent. A steadfast pacifist, Fisk believes that journalism must always challenge the status quo, and always question common discourse.

This episode of CJSR's Think presents Robert Fisk's keynote lecture that he delivered in Edmonton on January 31st, 2013 as part of the University of Alberta's International Week 2013. The lecture, entitled 'Arab Awakening: Are we hearing the truth?' probes deeply into the complex problems that the world is facing as we attempt to reconcile our societal differences, and presents Fisk's perspectives on how we can begin to forge a path to global peace.

Severin Borenstein: How Realistic is a Sustainable Future?

In the face of what many experts have called the greatest threat to human existence on this planet, why aren’t tangible steps being taken to solve the problem of global warming on an institutional, macro level?

The answer, according to Dr. Severin Borenstein, is pure economics. As an expert on the economics of the energy sector and professor at the University of California Berkeley , Borenstien has been studying the hurdles that society faces when trying to reduce our carbon emissions. As it turns out, and as Borenstein explains in his keynote address that he delivered at the University of Alberta on October 26th, 2012, these challenges are a lot more formidable than you might think.

Bernard Lightman: Herbert Spencer and His Disciples

Herbert Spencer, a Victorian philosopher, biologist, and sociologist, was one of the first exponent of evolutionary theory. In his lifetime Spencer became a leading authority amongst academics of the time, and even today his ideas still retain relevance.

On this CJSR Edition Short, Dr. Bernard Lightman — a York University professor and leading expert on the tensions that arose between the scientific enterprise and religion during the 19th century — presents his keynote address focuses on the writings and evolutionary theories of Herbert Spencer.

David Suzuki: Who Needs Nature?

On this episode of the CJSR Edition, we present a feature length keynote address given by Dr. David Suzuki at the Canadian Public Health Association’s annual conference held at the Shaw Conference Center on June 12th 2012. During his speech Suzuki touches on the interconnectedness of environmental and human health, the failings of the Canadian government to enact environmental reform, and his goals for future environmental advocacy.