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Report from the Philippines: Jojit de Guzman of the Workers Assistance Centre

[audio https://ia902500.us.archive.org/28/items/CaviteReportBack/cavite%20report-back.mp3] Click here to download audio Filipino labour organizers are frequently the targets of kidnappings and assassinations. David Koch was part of a delegation of Canadian public service employees who visited the Philippines last July, as part of the International Fact-Finding Mission, to learn about these struggles. The CKUT Community News collective now brings you the […]

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Immigrant Workers Centre launches “La voix des migrants”

[audio https://ia902509.us.archive.org/10/items/VoixDesMigrantesLaunch/voix%20des%20migrant%28e%29s%20launch.mp3] Click here to download audio In local news, last week, the Immigrant Workers Centre launched their first newspaper, “La voix des migrants”. The news collective’s Jaime MacLean was at the launch in Cote-des-Neiges to bring us a report.

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Morgentaler Clinic’s impending closure

[audio https://ia902505.us.archive.org/8/items/morgentaler_mixdown/morgentaler_mixdown.mp3] Click here to download audio CKUT’s Queen Arsem-O’Malley discusses the impact of and reactions to the impending closure of the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton, New Brunswick with clinic manager Simone Liebovitch, former clinic escort Carolyn Shapiro, and activist Kathleen Curtis.

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Samaa Elibyari talks about Mr Baird’s visit to Egypt and upcoming elections

[audio https://ia601302.us.archive.org/27/items/0429LiveInterviewAboutEgyptWithSamaaElibyari/0429%20Live%20interview%20about%20Egypt%20with%20Samaa%20Elibyari.mp3] Click here to download audio Recently, the foreign affairs minister John Baird visited Egypt, and before this visit, organizations such as the Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy, the National Council of Canadian Muslims, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, as well as Amnesty International expressed concerns in open statements and letters adressed to Mr Baird. Talks […]

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Panel discussion: “Climate change, the tar sands, and pipelines”

[audio https://ia902503.us.archive.org/19/items/PanelDiscussionTarSandsAndPipelines/Panel%20discussion%20tar%20sands%20and%20pipelines.mp3] Click here to download audio On Friday, April 25th, Off the Hour was joined in studio and by phone by a panel of guests who talked about climate change, the tar sands, and pipelines. Tuesday, April 22nd marked Earth Day, and in May, dozens of citizens and community groups will be embarking on a 700 […]

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The dark side of Brazil

[audio https://ia902506.us.archive.org/26/items/0422NSNDarkSideOfBrazilInterviewWithNixiwakaYawanawa/0422%20NSN%20Dark%20side%20of%20Brazil%20-%20Interview%20with%20Nixiwaka%20Yawanawa.wav] Click here to download audio Amazon indian Nixiwaka Yawanawa from Brazil greeted the World Cup trophy on its arrival in London with a T-shirt saying “Brazil: stop destroying indians”. Doing this, Nixiwaka drew attention to Brazil’s indigenous population, highlighting that five hundred years after colonization, Brazilian Indians are still being killed for lands and resources. CKUT’s Amelie Phillipson spoke with Nixiwaka […]

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Bamboo Bicycles Beijing

[audio https://ia902502.us.archive.org/29/items/AntoniaEarthDayMixdown1/antonia%20earth%20day%20Mixdown%201.mp3] Click here to download audio CKUT brings you a story on sustainability from Beijing, China. In the midst of reports of hazardous levels of pollution and unbearable traffic in northeastern Chinese city centers, a community initiative called Bamboo Bicycles Beijing is trying to start a local conversation on sustainable urban mobility. It also seeks to […]

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Problematizing Earth Day

[audio https://ia902503.us.archive.org/35/items/AmandaLickersInterview/amanda%20lickers%20interview.mp3] Click here to download audio On Earth Day, Off the Hour was joined live by phone by Amanda Lickers indigenous media activist who talked about the implications of celebrating ‘Earth Day’ on April 22nd, and the corporatization of a day that purports to recognize the importance of climate justice.

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ICTV’s intervention against Videotron

Click here to download audio On April 22nd, the comment period will close at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on a non-compliance complaint against Videotron, a Québecor subsidiary. At stake is the status of Vidéotron’s community license for MaTV and 23 million dollars of public funds earmarked for community television in the greater Montreal […]

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Bill C-23, the so-called “Fair Elections Act”

Click here to download auio Bill C-23, the ironically named “Fair Elections Act” is a bill that will dangerously change how, and if, some Canadians can participate in our democracy. This bill suppresses voters through tactics like making voter identification harder and prohibiting Elections Canada from encouraging Canadians to vote. Diane Woloschuk (wallace-chuck) is the […]

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April 17th anti-austerity demonstration in Montreal

Click here to download audio On April 17th, CASA, the Comité d’action solidaire contre l’austerité, took to the streets in the first post-election anti-austerity demonstration in Montréal. CKUT’s Anna Marchese was at the event to provide interviews and audio from CASA’s fight for social and economic justice. 

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Deepan Budlakoti still facing deportation

Click here to download audio Deepan Budlakoti was born in Canada, but Canadian Immigration has launched deportation procedings against him. CKUT’s Carla Greene speaks with Deepan to hear about his Kafka-esque situation and what he’s doing to fight against it.

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Alain Deneault on tax heavens

[audio https://ia801909.us.archive.org/13/items/AlainDeneaultConferenceOnTaxHeavens/Alain%20Deneault%20conference%20on%20tax%20heavens.MP3] Click here to download audio During the month of April when you are hunched over your tax returns, your stomach in knots, trying to figure out how much you owe your government, consider this: 26 of the most powerful profitable Fortune 500 companies paid zero dollars in income tax between 2008 & 2012. No […]

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Montreals protest against pipelines and Tar Sands expansions

[audio https://ia601209.us.archive.org/29/items/GREENPEACEDemonstrationMixdown1/GREEN%20PEACE%20demonstration%20Mixdown%201.mp3] Click here to download audio On Friday, April 11th, indigenous and environmental groups were outside the Marriott hotel in Montreal to protest the presence of Canada’s new Minister of Environmental Resources, Greg Rickford. Rickford was in Montreal to promote the Enbridge Line 9 reversal project to bring Tar Sands oil to Montreal. 

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Cuts to non-profit organizations

[audio https://ia600701.us.archive.org/11/items/HeadAndHandsFinal/Head%20and%20Hands%20Final.mp3] Click here to download audio Recent government cuts have forced the non-profit health organization, Head and Hands, to explore other donors, mainly in the private sector. Victoria Xie sat down with Juniper Belshaw, who is the fundraising director to discuss the difficulties that the government cuts present and the importance of their program to […]

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Violence against Indian women

[audio https://ia902508.us.archive.org/5/items/JeanChapmanFinal/Jean%20Chapman%20final.mp3] Click here to download audio In India, federal elections got underway, and continue until May 16th. It is being called the world’s biggest elections. On March 18th, Jean Chapman gave a lecture on “Violence against women in contemporary India” at Simone de Beauvoir Institute. CKUT’s June Jang sat down with Chapman to discuss the origin of […]

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Temporary foreign workers and the Labour Code amendment

[audio https://ia601204.us.archive.org/11/items/TempForeignWorkersMixdown/temp%20foreign%20workers_mixdown.mp3] Click here to download audio On March 11, 2014, the Labour Code was amended to assure the freedom of association for all agricultural workers, including those who worked on small farms, thereby recognizing their right to unionize. However, Canada’s current temporary foreign worker program, as well as Quebec’s Farm recruitment agency, FERME, may still […]

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AGSEM’s drive to unionize teaching support staff

[audio https://ia601702.us.archive.org/30/items/AGSEMFinalMixdown/AGSEM%20final_mixdown.mp3] Click here to download audio CKUT’s Tyler Lawson sits down with Justin Irwin, president of the AGSEM – the union representing teaching assistants and invigilators – and Ali, a grader at McGill, about AGSEM’s drive to unionize teaching support staff and the challenges of organizing labour in an austerity economy.

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Accessibilize Montreal’s cross-Canada trip

[audio https://ia601902.us.archive.org/16/items/AccesibilizeMontreal/Accesibilize%20Montreal.mp3] Click here to download audio CKUT was joined on Wednesday, April 9th by members of Accessibilize Montreal. Accessibilize Montreal aims to challenge mainstream perceptions of disability through direct action. The Avalanche’s Aimee Louw filled us in on her cross-Canada trip to work on her documentary about disabilty justice, along with her collaborator Julien Gascon-Samson. […]

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“We can tell and we will”

[audio https://ia601204.us.archive.org/11/items/BonnieBraytonInterview/Bonnie%20Brayton%20interview.mp3] Click here to download audio In recognition of National Victims of Crime Awareness Week April 6-12, the DisAbled Women’s Network of Canada (DAWN Canada) is launching a campaign aimed at informing women with disabilities and Deaf women about their right to report abuse and to have their abusers tried in court. Entitled “We Can […]