This morning, I made my first visit to Vancouver Co-op Radio's snazzy new studio at 2014 Wall Street.
It was for my regular Thursday morning appearance on the Media Mornings show, which is hosted on that day by journalist David P. Ball.
It's a terrific program every weekday morning from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. for those interested in serious current affairs with strong local, national, and international coverage.
You can find it on the dial at FM 100.5.
Today, I talked about the possible entry of former Vancouver Sun managing editor Kirk LaPointe into the city's mayoral race. There's been plenty of speculation that he'll carry the banner for the NPA.
I also discussed Bill C-236, which is the Conservative government's new legislation designed to drive sex workers into the shadows, where they'll be more vulnerable to predators like Robert Pickton.
The bill smacks of Justice Minister Peter MacKay trying to suck up to social conservatives—possibly at the expense of sex workers' lives—so he'll be in a position to succeed Stephen Harper as Conservative leader.
I mentioned on Media Mornings that the legislation could be amended at the parliamentary-committee stage.
It's hard to see how the government's efforts to revive the bans on communicating in public for the sale of sex, keeping a common bawdy house, and living off the avails will survive any court challenge, given the findings of the Supreme Court of Canada that all three of these laws violate sex workers' constitutional right to security of the person.
But all of that is in the future.
This morning, I was excited that Co-op's stellar crew of broadcasters finally have a professional studio to call their own.
My only regret is the location. The host of the 8 a.m. Spanish-language El Bus de Las Siete, Ramon Flores, told me that he had to take three buses to reach the studio.
Flores added that it only took one bus for him to reach the old Downtown Eastside location on Columbia Street.