Mobilisation for Gaza Continues in Montreal

July 22, 2014 by

Protesters holding the longest Palestinian flag in the world.

Since Israel began its military assault on Gaza 2 weeks ago, Montrealers have been pouring into the streets to denounce Israel’s disregard for international law, its occupation of Palestinian land, and its apartheid system.  Over 620 Gazans have been killed and over 3,750 injured since July 8th in what Israel is calling “Operation Protective Edge”.

After Montreal’s protest of july 11th, Montrealers took again to the streets on July 16th and 19th to express their solidarity with the Palestinian people and demand the immediate end of this indiscriminate and deadly assault on Gaza. This report covers the last 2 protests.


(A special report from CKUT’s program Under The Olive Tree)
Under the Olive Tree is a Montreal-based community radio program in solidarity with Palestinians aired live every Thursday from 11am – 12 noon on CKUT 90.3 FM in Montreal and on CFRC 101.9FM in Kingston, Ontario from 4pm – 5pm.

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Montreal Mural honours the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous women

July 22, 2014 by

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This Saturday, July 19th, The Missing Justice collective and The Centre for Gender Advocacy hosted an event to celebrate the completion of a new public mural on Saint Laurent on the wall of the anarchist bookstore L’insoumise. The mural denounces the injustice against indigenous women and honours the lives of all the indigenous women who have gone missing or been murdered. The evening was full of prayer, music, speeches and a beautiful hoop dance. CKUT’s Jehane Yazami and Alice Dutrut were there.

Montrealers Protest Israel’s Deadly Assault on Gaza and Call for an End to the Illegal Israeli Apartheid Wall

July 21, 2014 by

For the third time in less than 10 days, hundreds of Montrealers took to the streets on July 19 to demand an end to Israel’s war crimes and violations of international law.  Ten years after the International Court of Justice ruled Israel’s Apartheid Wall illegal, the wall continues to divide Palestinian families, expropriate Palestinian land, and serve as a visual reminder of the system of Apartheid that Israel has instilled both within the Occupied Palestinian Territories and within Israel proper.

Protesters in the hundreds marched through the Jean Talon district demanding an end to Israel’s deadly assault on Gaza that has killed over 435 Palestinians, one third of whom were women and children, since Israel launched an offensive operation entitled “Operation Protective Edge” on July 8.

Protesters stopped in front of the G4S Montreal Office calling for its boycott and divestment. G4S is a British-Danish security company that supplies services and equipment to Israeli prisons where Palestinians are held without charge or trial in Administrative Detention and where torture against Palestinian political prisoners has been proven to be rampant.  It also supplies the full-body scanning equipment to the more than 500 checkpoints that operate along the Wall that impede Palestinian freedom of movement.  Protesters called on the Quebec Government, which holds shares in the company, to divest from it just as the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation did last month.


Protesters carrying the longest Palestinian flag in the world

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Report from Bill C36 Hearings

July 18, 2014 by
Robyn Maynard of Stella speaking at the Bill C36 hearings in Ottawa. Photo: CTV News

Robyn Maynard of Stella speaking at the Bill C36 hearings in Ottawa. Photo: CTV News

From Monday,July 7 to Thursday, July 10 the justice committee heard testimony from actors in the sex work industry to hear commentary on the proposed Bill c36, named the ‘Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act’, which would criminalize the purchase of sexual services, replacing the previous law which was struck down by the supreme court last december in the bedford case.

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Robyn Maynard, of Stella, a community group located in montreal created and run by sex workers to support sex workers, gave testimony at the hearings on Tuesday, July 8.

Chris Atchison is a Research Associate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Victoria, and is working on ‘sex, safety, and security: a study of the experiences of people who pay for sex in canada’, and gave testimony at the hearings.

Supreme Court Refuses to Protect Grassy Narrows’ Treaty 3 from Provincial and Corporate Actions

July 18, 2014 by


Members of the anti-logging blockade at Grassy Narrows First Nation quietly marked its 10th anniversary on December 2, commemorating a decade of fighting to keep logging corporations and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources off their traditional territories. (Photo: David P. Ball)

On Friday, July 11 the Supreme Court refused to recognize the role that the federal government had in protecting Grassy Narrows’ Treaty 3 from provincial and corporate actions–in this case, logging in Ontario. CKUT’s Tiffany Lam spoke with Grassy Narrows’ Chief Roger Fobister to discuss the implications of the Supreme Court decision and the government’s role in working with indigenous communities.

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6 Nations Shuts Down Line 9 Construction Site

July 18, 2014 by


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Thursday morning members of the 6 Nations community and their allies interrupted work at a Line 9 construction site to protest the building of the environmentally detrimental pipeline. After a standoff, the Enbridge workers were forced to back down and removed their equipment. Aaron and Adina spoke with 6 Nations activist Danielle Boisson about the action.


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Montréal activists hold anti-racist soccer tournament

July 18, 2014 by
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In the lead-up to the World Cup final, a group of soccer aficionados gathered to play a very different kind of game. Over the years, and most recently in its incarnation in Brazil, the FIFA World Cup has been accused of everything from neo-colonialism to racism, including by FIFA’s own anti-racism task force. In the wake of World Cup preparations in Rio de Janeiro and the way the games had played out thus far, some critics have claimed that the game of soccer itself has fundamental issues.

Activists from the Immigrant Workers Centre co-organized an anti-racist soccer tournament in the Montréal neighborhood of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. The idea was to show that a different way of playing soccer – not FIFA’s, and not the World Cup’s – was possible. Participants ranged from die-hard activists to die-hard soccer aficionados, and everywhere in-between. CKUT’s Carla Green was there.

Hundreds Gather in Montreal for the Second Time in Solidarity with Gaza

July 18, 2014 by

The Palestinian death toll continues to rise ever since Israel launched its “Operation Protective Edge” against the Gaza Strip on Tuesday July 8th.  At least 274 Gazans have been killed to date.  In response, a massive  mobilization campaign is taking place worldwide to protest against Israel’s aggression against Gazan civilians. Hundreds of Montrealers took to the streets last Friday July 11th. They marched again this week on Wednesday July 16th.  As protesters held the longest Palestinian flag in the world, they demanded an end to Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine and the Canadian Government’s complicity with Israeli war crimes, calling for citizens to boycott, divest, and sanction Israeli Apartheid.  


Protesters gathered in front of Mont-Royal Station.


Activist addressing the crowd.

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Celebration of the Completion of a Public Mural for Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women

July 18, 2014 by


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This Saturday July 19th at 6pm, the Center for Gender Advocacy is hosting a celebration for the completion of a public mural commissioned by Missing Justice. The mural, which is located on the wall of the anarchist bookstore L’insoumise, stands as a public statement to denounce and demand attention to violence against all indigenous women, and honor the lives and spirits of those who have gone missing or been found murdered. CKUT’s Alice Dutrut and Jehane Yazami talked with Alisha Mascarenhas from the Center for Gender Advocacy about the upcoming event.

Montrealers Denounce Israeli Aggression in Gaza, Push for Boycotts Against Apartheid

July 17, 2014 by

Interview with Freda Guttman live on CKUT’s Off the Hour

Photo: Rima Bkri

Photo: Rima Bkri

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Hundreds of Montrealers took to the streets again on July 16th for the second time in a week to denounce the Israeli aggression in Gaza under the so-called “Operation Protective Edge”, and to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people. The demonstration was organized by Tadamon, and called for a deepening of the campaign of Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israeli apartheid.

CKUT’s Carla Green was reporting live from the demonstration, and spoke with 80-year old artist and activist Freda Guttman. Freda reacts to Israel’s current campaign of airstrikes against the people of Gaza, and reflects on what tangible actions people in Canada can take to end the Israeli aggression and occupation.

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Émission spéciale de En profondeur sur le cyclisme à Montréal

July 15, 2014 by


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Ce lundi le 14 juillet de 17h à 18h à En profondeur, une panoplie d’invité-e-s viendront discuter en direct du parc Lafontaine des enjeux du cyclisme à Montréal. Depuis le groupe féministe queer Les vélobabes, jusqu’à l’atelier communautaire La voie libre, en passant pas Environnement jeunesse, la Coalition vélo Montréal et Une porte une vie, nous disséquerons les défis qui s’offrent aux cyclistes montréalais-e-s. Venez nous voir et partagez votre opinion!

Les invitéEs sur l’émission incluent:

Zvi Leve

Emily Hill

Pierre Rogué

Veronique Arsenau

Alain Deschamps et

Jacques Desjardins

En profondeur est diffusé ce lundi soir de 17h à 18h spécialement en direct du parc Lafontaine devant la maison des cyclistes.

Hundreds Gather in Montreal on Friday to Denounce Yet Another Israeli War on Gaza

July 14, 2014 by
(A special report from CKUT’s program Under the Olive Tree) 

Hundreds of people gathered on Friday July 11
th in downtown Montreal to demonstrate support for Palestinians and to protest against the recent assault by the Israeli Army on the Gaza Strip. Since Tuesday July 8th, over 180 Gazans have been killed by Israeli air strikes, many of whom are children and over 1,120 Palestinians wounded in what Israel is calling “Operation Protective Edge”.


Hundreds took to the streets to express their solidarity with Gaza

Emergency protests were organized around the world to denounce the brutal attack on Gaza.  Hala Marley, a member of the Montreal-based group Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU) explained that the Montreal protest was started by a citizen initiative that then drew in larger organisations from across the city.  Even though brought together by tragic events, there was a strong sense of solidarity and empowerment among the protesters as they held the longest Palestinian flag in the world covered with messages of hope and encouragement for the Palestinian people. Read the rest of this entry »

Anti-Copa, Resistance Art, and Brazil’s World Cup Struggles

July 9, 2014 by

Graffiti painted by Brazilian street artist


Anti-Copa, Resistance Art, and Brazil’s World Cup Struggles

An interview with Andalusia Knoll

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As we approach the World Cup final match, protests and discontent continue on the streets of Brazil’s cities in what is known as the “anti-copa” movement. To get a sense of what is happening on the ground, CKUT’s news collective spoke with freelance journalist Andalusia Knoll. Andalusia had been reporting on the anti-copa movement in Brazil for several weeks.

For all of her reports, check out her Twitter account @Andalalucha


Making Vancouver a Sanctuary City: An Interview With Shireen Soofi

July 8, 2014 by



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There has been a recent a push trying to make Vancouver the next sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants in North America. This policy would prevent Vancouver police and city employees from reporting an individual’s legal status to the Canada border service agency, unless that person was suspected of a crime. CKUT’s Ali Dutrut and Jehane Yazami spoke with Shireen Soofi, a member of the No One is Illegal collective based in Vancouver.

A very CSA picnic: Montreal’s Autonomous Social Centre celebrates its 5-year anniversary

June 12, 2014 by
One of the CSA's most important achievements: getting the city to give them Batiment #7 in 2011

One of the CSA’s most important achievements was to get the city to give them Batiment #7 in 2011 (photo by La Pointe Libertaire)

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Five years ago, on May 29 2009, a group of a few  hundred people occupied a disused factory near the Lachine canal. Together, they hoped to reclaim this space and transform it into an Autonomous Social Centre, a building that would represent the community spirit of Pointe Saint Charles. Pointes Saint Charles is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the borough of Le Sud Ouest in Montreal. Today, it is one of the most affected areas by gentrification in the city.
An Autonomous Social Centre is different from a community centre in that it is completely separate from the state; a space created and sustained by the people, for the people. This is exactly what activists celebrated at the end of May, when they held a picnic on the banks of the Lachine Canal. We were there to talk to a few participants who have been involved since day 1, and understand their motivations.
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The Anti Capitalist Convergence: a worldwide battle gets local

June 12, 2014 by

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As we reached the end of the Anarchist festival in Montreal last week, let’s not forget that anti-capitalism movements are still in full-swing. CLAC, a Montreal organization that regroups several anti-capitalist movements, has been involved in the fight against capitalism for several years now. This radical left organization contests economic institutions and regularly organizes demonstrations against major international meetings such as the G8, the G20, and even the F1 Grand Prix back in 2012.  CLAC organized a protest action, on June 10th, to bring attention to the problems underlying the 20th international economic forum of the Americas. What the problems can an anti-capitalist movement run into in Canada? How does the CLAC get its message across? We talked to Fred Burrill, a member of CLAC, who was at the demonstration on June 10.

Remembering the Komagata Maru

June 12, 2014 by



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May 2014 marked a century since the tragic episode of the Komagata Maru, a ship that was transporting hundreds of Indian immigrants to Vancouver, British Columbia. This story reveals the Canadian government’s history of deliberate exclusion policies. Activists in the Indian diaspora in Canada say there are many examples which show how the legacy of the Komagata Maru live on through state racism today. CKUT’s Amelie Phillipson spoke with Dolors Chew to find out more and filed this report.

Khaled Al-Qazzaz detained in Egypt for almost a year

June 12, 2014 by


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Canadian permanent resident Khaled Al Qazzaz has been illegally detained in Cairo, Egypt, since last year’s political upheaval on July 3rd. He is currently held in solitary confinement at Tora prison, one of the country’s most notorious jails. His Canadian born wife Sarah Attia stayed in Egypt until March, but has come back to Canada hoping to get help from the government in her husband’s case. CKUT’s Amelie Phillipson spoke with Sarah to find out more about Khaled’s situation and how much help she is getting from Canada.

Demonstrators March in Support of Migrant Justice

June 11, 2014 by

10307200_10152201372055945_1615779973675634822_nCKUT reports from the Anti-Deportation March, held on Saturday, May 7th, in downtown Montreal. The march was organized by the Status for All coalition, which stands in support of migrant and indigenous rights, and fights deportations, detentions and the double punishment. It was a part of the coalition’s “Anti-Deportation Days” being held throughout the first two weeks of June. Off the Hour’s Hailey MacKinnon brings us a short report from the march to learn more about the coalition’s fight for migrant justice.

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Divest McGill fights on

June 4, 2014 by
Amina Moustaqim-Barrette and other Divest McGill members during a protest in February 2014.

Amina Moustaqim-Barrette and other Divest McGill members during a protest in February 2014.














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Last Friday, May 23rd, three students and one faculty member, representing the climate justice campaign Divest McGill, met with Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University Suzanne Fortier. They discussed fossil fuel divestment for the school’s endowment. The group requested this meeting in order to gain her support and a better understanding of the principal’s stance on divestment, but Ms Fortier made it clear that this issue was not on the school’s priority list. McGill University invests in 645 publicly traded corporations. Fourteen of them are involved in the tar sands, while thirty-five others are among the world’s largest fossil fuel corporations. But in the words of Divest McGill, it is not an investment if it is wrecking the planet. We talk to Amina Moustaqim-Barrette from Divest McGill and Andre Beslisle from the Association Quebecoise de Lutte Contre la Pollution Atmospherique.


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