Student Strike Starts with a Big Boom

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On Saturday, thousands of people marches in Montreal to kick-off a 2 week student strike. The march is the first of a series of weekly demonstrations organized by the Comite Printemps 2015, a collective that works to unite students and workers in the anti-austerity movement. There are now over fifty student associations on strike, representing almost 50 thousand students in Quebec.

Celia Robinovitch covered the event.

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Lecture by Vandana Shiva

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Dr Vandana Shiva was at Concordia University on March 12th for a lecture about her book:

“Soil Not Oil – Climate Change, Fossil Fuels and Agriculture: The most important issue of the Century”

Dr. Vandana Shiva is an international, environmental activist and author of some 20 books. She is a member of the International Forum on Globalization, along with Ralph Nader and Jeremy Rifkin. She fights for biodiversity and the integrity of living resources such as the use of native seeds and organic farming. Dr Shiva calls the corporate patents of seeds, ‘’cultural piracy.’’ She is against plant genetic engineering and seed monopolies.

Tiffany Lam brings you the report of the lecture.

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Interview with Daniel Mendoza from Vancouver Solidarity for Ayotzinapa

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In Mexico, the families of 43 disappeared students from Ayotzinapa continue to fight for answers from the government and police.

As a reminder, last September, 43 student activists went missing in the state of Guerrero, which led to months of nation-wide protests and riots. The families continue to demand answers and justice.

Recently, Aaron Lakoff of the CKUT news collective had a chance to sit down with Daniel Mendoza of Vancouver Solidarity for Ayotzinapa, who was in Montreal to raise awareness around the situation

Daniel Mendoza is currently helping to organize a caravan of the families of the 43 through the USA and Canada this spring.

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Discrimination at the STM

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In that post we talk with Aimee Louw.

Aimee is a member of CKUT News Collective but also a disability justice activist with Accessibilize Montreal.

She was in the local media this month because of an incident of discrimination at the hands of an STM bus driver. Well, Aimee was yet again subjected to more harassment from a bus driver in NDG last week, who locked her on his bus after she asked him to lower his ramp.

We’ll talk to Aimee about her struggle against the growing discrimination and ableism at the STM.

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March 15th Demonstration against police brutality

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A report on this year’s police repression against the annual March 15th demonstration against police brutality. Once again this year, Montreal police arrested nearly 100 people shortly after last Sunday’s march began, this time under the bylaw 500.1. Journalists could’nt approach the scene without risking an arrestation.

Antoine Cadaux was at the press conference on the 18th of March where the Collective Opposed to Police Brutality and Francis Dupuis-Déri, researcher at UQAM and leader of the “Commission populaire sur la repression politique” told us more about that day.

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Day of Action Against Bill C-51 (Montreal)

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Saturday March 14th was the national day of action against Bill C-51. Across Canada, thousands of demonstrators gathered in protest against the conservative government’s proposed legislation. In Montreal, the march started in Park Jarry and finished in front of liberal candidate Justin Trudeau’s office, who favours the bill.

Several key opponents of the bill were giving speeches: NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, leader of the Green Party of Canada Daniel Green, author of Wiki versus NWO Grant Elder, Greenpeace member Fred Bleau, and the chief of the Parti Communiste du Quebec Pierre Fontaine.

Anouk Millet was covering the march.

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