‘City for Sale – Whose city? Whose development? Whose security?’

The Rad School presents:
‘City for Sale – Whose city? Whose development? Whose security?’ held Wed, Nov 10, 6:30pm, at Concordia’s School of Community and Public Affairs.

What’s happening to public space in Montreal? Rising land values and real estate are having an adverse impact on existing communities. Gentrification and mega-urban developments like the Quartier des Spectacles continue unchecked. People – especially the poor – are being displaced and bashed. Expensive condos replace affordable housing. There is more police profiling of street people, more ‘urban cleansing,’ and the security of those who work in the streets is jeopardized. Meanwhile, community concerns are being ignored. How can we stop this process and take back our city? How do we keep Montreal affordable, accessible and liveable? A panel presentation and roundtable discussion.

Facilitator Norman Nawrocki is a part-time faculty member in Concordia’s School of Community and Public Affairs and a longtime community organizer in Montreal, currently involved with saving Parc Oxygène.

Click here to download Track 1: Intro″

Velma Candyass is a teacher, choreographer and performer in the vanguard of bringing neo-burlesque and striptease classes to Montreal. Involved in street theatre and verbatim theatre activist projects, and currently active in the movement to save the Lower Main of Boulevard St Laurent, including Cafe Cleopatra.

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Stella is the Montreal community group that was created in 1995 to provide support and info to sex-workers so that they can live in safety and with dignity. Stella also educates the public about sex work, fights discrimination against sex-workers, and promotes the decriminalisation of sex work. ‘Stella favours empowerment and solidarity by and amongst sex-workers.’ Stéphanie Lareau has been working at Stella for five years as an outreach worker downtown. Anita Schoepp is an intervention streetworker with Stella for the past 7 months and has been doing streetwork in Montreal for the past 5 years.  She works mainly in the downtown area and does needle exchanges, crisis intervention, accompaniment and sex-worker rights advocacy.

Click here to download Track 3: STELLA″

John Bradley is a community organizer at the Pointe Saint-Charles Community Clinic, active in non-profit housing development and in questions of social justice in an urban setting for over thirty years (Milton–Parc, SHDM), with a particular interest in the connections between urban planning, public health, ecology and citizen empowerment.

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The Rad School is a group of Montreal community organizers and activists who present public events about diverse social justice issues. Each event offers a place to think critically about theories and practices, about what works, what doesn’t, and to develop new perspectives for our activism so that we can organize more effectively. It’s also an opportunity to meet and learn from each other.  More info:


Detained and Abandoned Part Two: The Canadian government’s response and Khadr’s status as a child soldier

Omar Khadr’s 40-year prison sentence was handed to him on Sunday, 31 October. In anticipation of our update on the story from Guantanamo Bay, which is set to air on Tuesday’s Off the Hour (2 November), please hav a listen to the second part of our documentary series (which aired on 29 September).

Produced by Sam Ormond and Sven Carlsson for CKUT.


Tony Navaneelan, counsel at Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Toronto
Andrea Prasow, senior counsel at Human Rights Watch
Dr. Steven Reisner, adjunct professor in Clinical Psychology, Columbia University
David Glazier, associate professor of law, Loyola University

Aside from the flawed legal system under which Omar Khadr has been charged, and the absurdity of the charges that he has now plead guilty to, there are two additional aspects to his case that are troubling.

Khadr was 15 or younger when the crimes he was tried for at Guantanamo were committed. Moreover, the prisoner Michelle Shepherd of the Toronto Star refers to as ‘Guantanamo’s child’ has been afforded no legal protection by two successive Canadian governments.

When Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) interrogators visited Khadr in 2003, their purpose was not to ensure that the conditions Khadr was held in were up to any particular standard, but rather to extract information from him that would be useful to US interrogators.

The second part of our documentary series explores the moral, legal and psychological implications of Khadr’s age at the time of his capture, and scrutinizes the response of two Canadian governments to his detainment.