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Rebelles Montréal hosts Pro-Choice Picnic

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The feminist collective, Rebelles Montréal, held a pro-choice picnic this past Sunday to celebrate the forty year fight for the right to abortions, and raise awareness surrounding barriers still facing women who wish to obtain them. The picnic entailed speeches, workshops, quizzes and music, and reaffirmed the collective’s strong belief in women’s right to choose, both within Canada and around the world. Off The Hour’s Hailey MacKinnon brings us a report from the picnic, including interviews with Janelle LeBlanc from Le Centre des Femmes Solidaires et Engagées, Jana Tostado from the Spanish Immigrant Collective, and Veronica Crespo from Rebelles Montréal.

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First Nations National Day of Resistance organized in Ottawa and Canada-wide on May 14

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On May 14th, over a thousand people gathered in Ottawa for a Day of National Resistance organized to protest against recent government relations with First Nations people. There were also many companion events organized across the country. The protest was centered on three key issues. The first was the recent and controversial Bill C-33, or First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act. The event also protested against the Harper government’s disinclination to launch a national inquiry into the high incidence of missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada. And lastly, the event took issue with Bill C-10, or the Contraband Tobacco Act, in which the government aims to criminalize the selling, buying, or trading of tobacco without a federal excise tax stamp. Jode Kechego, who organized the event, talked to CKUT about the implications of these three issues as well as his hopes for the First Nations movement, both in its internal relations and in its relations with the government. 

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Taking bike safety in Montreal past “temporary measures”

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Following the recent death of cyclist Mathilde Blais, the city of Montreal has begun to act to improve cycling safety at underpasses. This involved painting and putting up signs at underpasses to direct cyclists to ride on the sidewalk. However, Gabrielle Anctil, a bicycle activist in Montreal, sees these measures as being only temporary solutions. Anctil organized the placing of a ghost bike to commemorate Blais’ life on May 5 at the underpass where she died. She talks to CKUT’s Una Jefferson about the state of bike safety in the city of Montreal, and what needs to be done to make sharing the road a safer proposition in the long run. Among other things, Anctil discusses noteworthy bike policy and planning that has been implemented in Amsterdam and in Idaho, and tackles the question of where responsibility should lie on a shared road. 

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The longest Palestinian flag in history is carried through Montreal

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CKUT reports from the first Palestine Peace Festival in Montreal, which took place on Sunday, May 18th. The Palestinian community of Montreal deployed and invited everyone o sign the longest Palestinian flag in history, 66 meters commemorating the 66 years of Naqba. 

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16 year old anti-mining activist murdered in Guatemala

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On May 1st, over 60 people gathered on Adelaide Street in Toronto in front of Goldcorp’s offices in celebration of Topacio Reynos’s life. Topacio was a 16 year old mining resistance activist. She was assassinated by unknown gunmen on April 13th in Guatemala. Her activism and leadership was celebrated in Guatemala by her friends, family and community members whilst back in Vacouver, Goldcorp was announcing this year’s profits at their annual shareholder meeting. CKUT’s Amelie Phillipson spoke with Rachel Small from the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network to find out more.

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“Egypt’s elections won’t change anything”

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CKUT sat down with Ehab Lotayef from the Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy to discuss the recent mass death sentences pronounced against accused Muslim Brotherhood supporters, and the upcoming presidential elections in Egypt.

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IJV says Moshe Feiglin should be banned from Canada

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CKUT’s Amelie Phillipson spoke with Sheryl Nestel from Independant Jewish Voices about Israeli Member of Knesset Moshe Feiglin’s visit to Canada. Feiglin is a close supporter of terrorist organization the Jewish Defense League. 

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IRFAN-Canada, a terrorist group?

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IRFAN, the International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy, is a non-profit organization that supplies humanitarian help to Muslim regions of the world, espacially in Gaza, the West Bank and neighbouring countries home to Palestinian refugees. IRFAN has been denominated a terrorist organization by the Harper government. Off the Hour’s Amelie Phillipson spoke with Tyler Levitan from Independant Jewish Voices to find out more.

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Status Quo for the Awan family

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The Awan family’s struggle cominues. Khurshid Begum Awan has now been in sanctuary in a Montreal church for over nine months. Off the Hour’s Amelie Phillipson brings you a report from yesterday’s street party organized by the Awan family support committe.

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Table ronde sur l’avortement

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CKUT’s french news program En Profonder hosted a panel discussion on the right to abortion in Quebec and in Canada.

Guests included:
– Veronica Crespo from Rebelles Montreal
– Sohpie de Cordes from the Federation du Quebec pour le Planning des Naissances
– Janelle LeBlanc de la Table régionale des centres de femmes de Montréal-métropolitain et Laval 
 
The Rebelles Montreal Collective is hosting a pro-choice pic-nic Place Emilie-Gamelin on Sunday, May 25th, from 11am to 1pm.
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Solidarity Across Borders raises money for Ivonne Hernandez

 

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On Saturday May 10, 2014, Solidarity Across Borders organized a brunch to raise
money for Ivonne Hernandez, a Mexican immigrant fighting to stay in Canada with
her one year-old son. Just like Ivonne, more than half a million people
in Canada live without papers today. The fundraiser attracted families
and friends in an effort to raise awareness about the problems that
immigrants face.

We talked to Ivonne, as well as Bruno, a participant and Renata, a woman who came from Hungary with her family two years ago to escape discrimination.

Please visit Justice Pour Ivonne’s website for more information.

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Non, le masculin ne l’emporte pas sur le féminin!

Éliane Viennot a publié en mars dernier aux éditions iXe un fascinant bouquin intitulé Non, le masculin ne l’emporte pas sur le féminin!. Le court livre relate la « petite hcouv.viennot_2istoire des résistances de la langue française » et met en évidence sa lente « masculinisation » à travers les siècles. Langue aujourd’hui décriée pour son sexisme, nous apprenons qu’à une certaine époque, le français était beaucoup plus neutre – et beaucoup moins tordu! Le titre du livre fait d’ailleurs référence à la très illogique règle de grammaire selon laquelle le masculin doit toujours être utilisé en priorité sur le féminin. Poussée à l’extrême, cette règle signifie qu’une foule composée de 1 homme et 99 femmes devra être décrite avec le pronom “ils”… Quant aux luttes modernes pour rendre le français moins sexiste, l’auteure démontre que les solutions linguistiques existent déjà et qu’elles se retrouvent dans la langue qui était parlée autrefois. Un charmant ouvrage qui nous fait revenir dans le passé pour nous montrer les solutions de l’avenir.

 

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Housing groups demand 1000 social housing units in Verdun

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This week, social housing rights group FRAPRU is organizing a series of actions in the lead up to the May 16th demonstration in front of the Ministry of finance in Quebec City. Yesterday, FRAPRU and the Ciizens Action Commitee of Verdun organized a gathering to demand 1000 new housings in the area. Protesters marched from the De l’Eglise metro station to minister of Economy Jacques Daoust’s office. The government official that received the written requests of social housings rights groups FRAPRU, POPIR housing committe and CACV failed to answer any questions from the protesters. Off the Hour’s Amelie Phillipson was there and brings us this report.
 
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Police repression and political profiling affecting the environmental movement?

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The Quebec Network of Environmental groups announced at the end of last month their solidarity with the people who got arrested at the October 10th demonstration against a pipeline project. CKUT’s Amelie Phillipson spoke with the network’s general coordinator Bruno Masse about how the arrests happen at the demonstration, why the Environmental groups network decied to get involved in the issue and how severe police repression is affecting the environmental movement.

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NB Pro-Choice Solidarity Rally in Montreal April 26, 2014

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Cold temperatures and pouring rain did not deter more than 30 Pro-Choice demonstrators from turning out Saturday, April 26th for a rally in Place Emile Gamelin. The rally was just one of many actions held across Canada the same day in solidarity with New Brunswick Pro-Choice, where the Morgentaler abortion clinic in Fredericton was forced to close its doors April 10th due to lack of government funding. In these highlights from the demo, recorded by CKUT’s Susan Fitch, we’re going to hear first the Reproductive Justice League Choir, then the Centre for Gender Advocacy’s Julie Michaud leading the chants, followed by words from her centre colleague Bianca Mugyenyi. We close our report with an edited version of the keynote speech, looking at abortion as a democracy issue affecting all Canadians. It was read by Montreal choice activist Lisa Sproull, and written by University of New Brunswick professor Kathleen Pye, who was a counseling volunteer at the Morgentaler clinic. Says Pye, “This [abortion] isn’t a women’s only issue. This is a social issue.” Donations are being accepted for the campaign to pressure the New Brunswick government to change its regulations and to establish reproductive health clinics. They can be made through the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada: http://www.arcc-cdac.ca/action-new-brunswick.html   For more pictures, click here.

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Report released by CCA on the state of knowledge around shale gas fracking

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On May 1st, the Canadian Council of Academies released a report titled “The Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction in Canada” under commission from the Canadian Minister of the Environment. CKUT’s Una Jefferson talked to Gretchen Fitzgerald and Heidi Verheul from the Atlantic chapter of Sierra Club Canada about the report’s findings and implications.

The report, which Gretchen Fitzgerald calls “pretty damning in terms of the lack information on what is going on in the industry,” looked at the state of knowledge of the impacts of shale gas fracking in four areas: the degradation of ground and surface water, greenhouse gas emissions, disruptive effects on communities and land, and potential adverse effects on human health.

The report can be accessed here.

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Pro-choice rally in solidarity with New Brunswick Morgentaler abortion clinic

 

 

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Cold temperatures and pouring rain did not deter more than 30 Pro-Choice demonstrators from turning out Saturday, April 26th for a rally in Place Emile Gamelin.

The rally was just one of many actions held across Canada the same day in solidarity with New Brunswick Pro-Choice, where the Morgentaler abortion clinic in Fredericton was forced to close its doors April 10th due to lack of government funding.

In these highlights from the demo, recorded by CKUT’s Susan Fitch, we’re going to hear first the Reproductive Justice League Choir, then the Centre for Gender Advocacy’s Julie Michaud leading the chants, followed by words from her centre colleague Bianca Mugyenyi [Moo-GEN-yee].

We close our report with an edited version of the keynote speech, looking at abortion as a democracy issue affecting all Canadians. It was read by Montreal choice activist Lisa Sproull, and written by University of New Brunswick professor Kathleen Pye, who was a counseling volunteer at the Morgentaler clinic. Says Pye, “This [abortion] isn’t a women’s only issue. This is a social issue.”

Donations are being accepted for the campaign to pressure the New Brunswick government to change its regulations and to establish reproductive health clinics. They can be made through the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada: http://www.arcc-cdac.ca/action-new-brunswick.html

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Repression in the Philippines: Interview with Nida Barcenas of Karapatan

Posters showing some of the many human rights defenders murdered in the Philippines. Screenshot from the website for Karapatan, the Alliance for the Advancement of People's Rights.
Posters showing some of the many human rights defenders murdered in the Philippines. Screenshot from the website for Karapatan, the Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights.

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We continue our series of reports on the repression of organized labour in the Philippines. Today’s segment features Nida Barcenas. She works for the Filipino human rights group Karapatan. She told the Canadian delegation that members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines routinely violate the human rights of peasants and human rights activists in her region. And she’s asking for the solidarity of people in Canada in the fight for human rights. Learn more about Karapatan at their website.

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Panel on community resistance to gentrification on the island of Montreal

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CKUT brings you a panel on community resistance to gentrification on the island of Montreal. Residents of several different neighborhoods met for the A Qui La Ville assembly, an initiative to begin coordinating neighborhood-based activism to fight austerity, rising rents, and the commodification of public space. You’ll hear from some of the organizers of the assembly about what their plans are for the future.

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Gaza’s Ark attaqued – A talk with Ehab Lotayef

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Gaza’s Ark is an activist boat designed to transport humanitarian and medical supplies to the occupied Gaza strip in Palestine in order to break the long-standing Israeli siege.

At 3:45 AM Gaza time on April 29th, the night guard on board Gaza’s Ark received a call to leave the boat because it was going to be attacked.

The guard left, but when nothing happened, he returned after 5 minutes. A few minutes later, a large explosion rocked the boat causing extensive damage.

The boat sank part way and is now sitting on the shallow sea floor. The guard was not injured but was taken to hospital for tests.

CKUT’s June Jang spoke with local organizer Ehab Lotayef, one of the coordinators of the Gaza Ark Initiative, to bring us more.