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

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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 first in a series of reports by David from the International Fact-Finding Mission. You’ll hear from was Jojit de Guzman of the Workers Assistance Centre in Rosario, Cavite province, the Philippines. For more information on the Workers Assistance Centre, visit WACphilippines.com. Or search for Workers Assistance Centre on Facebook.

Immigrant Workers Centre launches “La voix des migrants”

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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.

Morgentaler Clinic’s impending closure

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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.

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

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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 with the so-called Egyptian “Interim government”
that resulted from last year’s military coup could be constructed as an endorsment of the human rights violations that have occured over the past few months in Egypt. CKUT’s Amelie Phillipson spoke with Samaa Elibyari, a member of the Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy, and also the former host of CKUT’s Arab and Muslim affairs show Caravan. 

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

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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 kilometer walk across Quebec to denounce oil and gas pipelines. The action is called the People’s March for Mother Earth, and will begin May 10th in Cacouna, in the lower St-Laurent region, make its way through dozens of communities including Montreal, before ending in Kanehsatake’s Mohawk community around June 14th. Along the way they will be sharing and educating communities about the impacts of major proposed pipelines such as Enbridge’s Line 9B, and Transcanada’s Energy East.

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This panel featured:

Jesse Kerr – Jesse is one of the organizers for Peoples for Mother Earth, and one of the individuals walking the whole 34 days.  Jesse is originally from British Columbia where they were involved in numerous protests and demonstrations for the environment and specifically against Enbridge and the northern gateway pipeline.

Audrey Yank – Audrey is a climate justice organizers with the groups Climate justice Montreal and la Coalition Vigilance Oléoducs.

Patrick Bonin – Patrick is with Greenpeace Quebec, who have been engaging in actions and campaigns against the Alberta Tar sands for several years.

Vanessa Gray, a youth activist from the Aamjiwnaang First Nations reserve near Sarnia, in what is known as Ontario’s “chemical valley”. She is a tireless activist for First Nation’s land defense, and against Enbridge’s Line 9 reversal proposal.

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The dark side of Brazil

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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 to find out more about how Indians are being treated in Brazil and how the World Cup can draw attention to them.

 

Bamboo Bicycles Beijing

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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 empower community members by offering hands-on workshops on how to build their own means of transportation – bamboo bicycles. Speaking to Tiffany Lam is Antonia Burchard-Levine, a McGill East Asian Studies and International Development Studies graduate from December 2012, one of the team members hoping to spearhead this initiative.