Saturday was International Women’s Day. CKUT brings you an interview with Dolores Chew, who spoke about International Women’s Day activities in Montreal and about how precarity affects women. Dolores is a co-founder of the South Asian Women’s Community Centre, and a member of the Women of Diverse Origins collective.
Last week, the government of Quebec announced a new policy to which the homeless solidarity network in Quebec responded positively in most parts. CKUT spoke with Ann-Gaelle Whiteman who works at the Dahlia center that provides, accomodation, support and guidance to homeless women.
On March 6th author, translator, publisher, and Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival founding director Linda Leith spoke to a capacity audience at the Atwater Library on the life and work of Mavis Gallant. Undeniably the most fiercely independent of Canada’s pioneering women writers, Gallant’s iconic literary career spanned more than five decades. She passed away in February at age 91. Leith entitled her talk on Gallant The Writer as Rapscallion. Says Leith, “Mavis Gallant’s life was her own revolution.” Let’s listen to this excerpt from Leith’s reflections on her friend Mavis Gallant, recorded yesterday by CKUT’s Susan Fitch.
Khurshid Begum Awan has now been in sanctuary for over six months. She chose to take sanctuary in a Montreal church last August to avoid deportation back to Pakistan. Her husband was deported last year and now lives in hiding as the family has received threats. His life is constantly in danger and so would be Khurshid’s if she returns to Pakistan. Being in sanctuary is also stopping Khurshid from getting the medical care that she currently needs. This situation causes Khurshid, as well as her daughter Tahira and grandson Ali who live in Montreal a lot of daily stress. CKUT’s Amelie Phillipson met her in the Church were she as taken sanctuary.
CKUT brings you an interview with Sam and Sarah who who are organizing the tenth Israeli Apartheid Week in Montreal. The Israeli Apartheid Week will happen next week, from the 10th to the 17th of March. For more informatiom, you can visit iawmontreal.org.
The Palestinian Gaza strip has been blockaded until now by Egypt and Israel since 2007 for a so-called safetey reason. CKUT’s June Jang sat down with Ehab Lotayef to learn more about the “Gaza’s Ark” project that he and his team are organizing. Ehab Lotayef is the spokesperson for Gaza’s ark.
CKUT talked to Valerii Drotenko in Kyiv for another report of the situation in Ukraine in light of the recent Russian Military invasion of the Crimean Peninsula. We also continue our look at the Maidan Massacre that took place on February 20th in Kyiv. This report was produced by Tamara Filyavich.
CKUT brings you some information about the Hotel Dieu, a historic building currently serving as a hospital that will soon be converted. Lucia Kowaluk spoke to Off the Hour about how the building can keep being put to good use, once it no longer is a hospital. The Milton Parc Citizen Committee believes that the Hotel Dieu could become a cooperative that houses people in need, such as the homeless or the senior population.
Social housing organizations in Montreal are accusing the rental board of forcing tenants to live in outrageous rental housing conditions: when a tenant has sanitary issues in their apartment, they have to wait an average of twenty months before his complaint gets heard. Housing rights groups have called on the liberal party of Canada to make commitments in the area of social housing, and finally, tenants shed light on the government’s spendings in defense compared to its spendings in social housing, CKUT’s Amelie Phillipson went to the demonstrations and filed this report.
On February 25th, Off the Hour presented a special report following up on the February 20th Kyiv Massacre in Ukraine, that cost almost 100 people their lives, referred to as black Thursday by those who lived through it. CKUT’s own Tamara Filyavich spoke with Valerii Dorotenko, an independent media activist from Kiev. Dorotenko has been involved with the current protests for almost a year and has been running a live tv internet stream at spilno.tv. The testimony sheds some light on what happened and gives an update on the current situation.
Tamara Filyavich: So there’s so much to talk about, a lot of people here have very skewed news about what’s going on in Kyiv and Ukraine right now. Can we start by talking about the massacre last week where almost 100 people died and the death toll is still counting. What led to it and what happened?
Valerii Dorotenko: To tell exactly what has happened and what has led to it we need the investigation to be completed first. Read the rest of this entry »
CKUT brings to you an interview with Haitian human rights lawyer Mario Joseph of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux. Joseph was in Montreal last week to mark the 10 year anniversary of the Canadian-lead coup d’etait in Haiti. This interview focuses on the complicity of Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre in orchestrating the coup. At the time of the coup in 2004, Coderre was the Canadian Minister responsible for the Francophonie with the Federal Liberal government. This interview was produced by CKUT’s Stefan Christoff for Free City Radio, and it is in French.
Quebec’s Bill 52 gives doctors in the province the right to lethally inject their patients when they are physically or psychologically suffering. It doesn’t limit euthanasia to terminally ill people. The Bill targets people with disabilities, stating that a person must be in an advanced or irreversible decline in capability. As the Bill doesn’t define end of life, euthanasia will be extended to people with disabilities. The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition came out against Bill 52 in great outrage.
On December 29th, Egypt’s security forces arrested four Al Jazeera journalists in Cairo. Conditions for journalists in Egypt have become difficult since former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was removed in a coup on July 3rd, 2013. Al Jazeera consideres that these arrests and these accusations for links to the Muslim Brotehrhood, a so-called terrorist group, are a step too far in the repression of press freedom in Egypt. CKUT’s Amelie Phillipson spoke to Al Jazeera producer Jet Belgraver, as well as to two activists and to Sherif Fahmy, the brother of one of the detained journalists, and she filed this report.
Ehab Lotayef (Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy) full interview :
Jet Belgraver (Al Jazeera) full interview:
Tom Henheffer (Canadian journalists for free expression) full interview:
On December 20th 2013, Lucia Vega Jimenez killed herself under the detention of the Canadian Border Services Agency in Vancouver BC. Her death, which was kept a secret for over a month, has sparked many questions and political action in the migrant justice community. No One Is Illegal put together a petition with over 7,000 signatures demanding an independent civilian investigation in to Lucia’s death and the end of racist and anti-migrant policies from the Canadian Government. On Tuesday February 25th the BC Coroner Service called for an inquest in to Lucia Vega Jimenez’s death. Sula Greene spoke to Shireen Soofi from No One Is Illegal about what the inquest will look like in the coming year and whether significant change in the CBSA is on the horizon.
Khurshid Begum Awan has now been living in sanctuary in a Montreal church for six months to resist a deportation back to her native Pakistan. Living in sanctuary causes Khurshid, her daughter Tahira Malik and young grandson Ali immense daily stress. Back in Pakistan, her husband is constantly risking his life as the family has experienced threats and violence. The Awan Family support committe organizes monthly pickets in their support. CKUT’s Amelie Phillipson attended the last one on Thursday and brings you an update on the family’s situation.
As the debate around Bill 60, also known as the Quebec Values Charter continues, CKUT continues to bring you voices struggling against racism and xenophobia on Off the Hour. You will hear from Haroun Bouazzi of the Association of Muslims and Arabs for Secularism in Quebec.
On Tuesday, February 25th, members of Demilitarize McGill blocked access to McGill’s Shock Wave Physics Group laboratories, as an act of opposition to military research at McGill. Demilitarize McGill is a campaign organized by students and community members hoping to interrupt McGill University’s history of complicity in war and colonialist violence by ending military research at the institution. CKUT’s Amelie Philipson spoke with some of the members about this action, and also about their ongoing research concerning military research and military funding of labs at McGill University.
This interview originally broadcast on CKUT 90.3fm in Montreal and highlights the gaps in mainstream reporting and the constant focus on police narratives that dehumanize the victims. Looking specifically at the case of Jean-François Nadreau, killed in a hail of police bullets at home two winters ago, this interview details the underreported aspects of the growing number of police shootings deaths in the city.
Interview with Simon Van Vliet on policing issue and homeless by Stefan Christoff.
Stefan: We are going to be addressing the issue of police brutality and the crisis of police killings in Montreal. More specifically, we are going to be looking at the case of Jean François Nadreau, who has been killed in February 2012 by a police shooting at his home in the east end of Montreal. Just like week-end, there was a visual to commemorate the two years anniversary of his death, and this of course is taking place within the context where we see a broader spike in police killing in the city. Of course, within the last two month we saw the death of Donald Ménard, who has been killed in a rooming house in Centre-Sud (killed November 11th 2013). And more recently, Alain Magloire who has been killed close to Berry UQAM, metro station in downtown Montreal (killed February 3d 2014). Both of these people were unarmed, and so to talk about this crisis and violence taking place in the street, I am joint by a fellow independent journalist, Simon Van Vliet, contributor at CISM FM radio, good afternoon and thanks for joining us today.
CKUT brings to you an update about the12th annual Homelessness Marathon, which will be broadcast on CKUT from 5pm Wednesday until 9am Thursday, February 26th. CKUT's Carla Greene spoke with Chesley Walsh, CKUT's marathon coordinator, as well as Sheila from Radio Moon, about this national radio event.
CKUT brings you special coverage from Ukraine of Black Thursday, or the February 20th Kiev Massacre, which took the lives of almost 100 people. CKUT’s own Tamara Filyavich spoke with Valerii Dorotenko, an independent media activist from Kiev. Dorotenko has been involved with the current protests for almost a year and has been running a live tv internet stream at splino.tv. The testimony sheds some light on what happenedand gives an update on the current situation.