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Interview with Terry Audla on Walk for Reconciliation in Ottawa

This is a snapshot of a video retweeted by TRC. Over 7000 people joined them!
The picture features the Walk for Reconciliation in Ottawa, March 31, 2015. This is a snapshot of a video retweeted by TRC. Over 7000 people joined them!

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Beginning May 31 and till June 3 the Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC) is holding its closing events in Ottawa. The Committee has been working hard to raise awareness about more than 120 years of injustice and suffering that Aboriginal Peoples of Canada went through in Indian Residential Schools funded by the federal government. The Schools had been created with the purpose of assimilation of the marginalized communities to Canadian population, but instead deprived Aboriginal Children of language, cultural identity and traditions.

The closing events organized by the TRC include the Walk for Reconciliation on Sunday March 31, Education Day on June 1, Induction of Honorary Witnesses followed by other educational activities and a Report by TRC on June 2, and closing presentations on June 3.

CKUT’s Kateryna Gordiychuk had an opportunity to discuss the issue with Terry Audla, the President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami organization. TRC and Inuit Tapiirit worked side by side to make this diverse educational and cultural conference possible. Terry shared his hopes with CKUT as to the significance of the conference and the Walk for Reconciliation particularly.

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Demonstration in Montreal to protest against executions in Egypt

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On Friday, the Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy  held a demonstration  to protest against what they see as increasing injustices in Egypt.

Mohammed Morsi, the former Egyptian President, was sentenced to death on May 16th for  allegedly escaping prison during the 2011 uprising that toppled Morsi’s predecessor, Hosni Mubarak. He fell from power in 2013 after massive popular protests.

Participants at the demonstration in Montreal were flying egyptian flags and singing for peace and justice in their country of origin.

CKUT’s Antoine Cadaux was there to bring us this story.

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Migrant Sex Workers Discuss Discourses of “Anti-Trafficking”

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On May 12th, the Migrant Sex Worker’s Project and Butterfly, an Asian and migrant sex workers support network, held a forum in Toronto to discuss some of the problems with discourse of “anti-trafficking”. Following the event, CKUT’s Emily Enhorning spoke with Elene Lam, founder of Butterfly, about some of these issues.

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Anarchist Bookfair Live Broadcast

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On Saturday, May 23rd, CKUT did a live broadcast from the Anarchist Bookfair in Saint Henri, Montreal. The event gathered artists, booksellers, zinesters, distributors and groups from all over Montreal, Quebec, North America and beyond. Over the course of the weekend, they were sharing their publications and materials, most of which are hard or impossible to find at mainstream book stores. Furthermore, there was the Anarchist Film Festival, featuring alternative films and documentaries, and two themed rooms: the Autonomous Media Room led by CKUT, and the Anti-Canada room.

The live broadcast features interviews with Marianne, a member of the organization team, publishers, local and international artists and book lovers; such as Beehive Design Collective, AK Press, DIRA, On Our Own Authority Publishing, and many more. All of these punctuated by great musical breaks!

CKUT’s news coordinator Aaron Lakoff along with the radio’s members Antoine Cadaux, Anouk Millet and Anya Sivajothy, and some new faces.

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Demonstration Against Shock Treatment: Report from Site

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An important international demonstration happened in Toronto on May 16, where people gathered to protest against psychiatric electroshock treatment. It was organized by the Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault (CAPA) and happened simultaneously in over 25 cities around the world.

CKUT’s Kateryna Gordiychuk had a chance to interview Don Weitz, an insulin subcoma shock survivor before the demonstration, which you can find HERE. He shared why the protest is a historic event and what is special about it. CKUT wants to thank Aishwarya Singh for being present during the protest on May 16th and providing the materials for us, which allowed CKUT to report on its happenings.

The gathering included many shock survivors willing to tell others about their experiences, either by reading from the book or by a spoken word, to prevent further violence from electroshock activity. There was chanting and passionate cheering, which proved just how much the subject should be addressed.

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Interview with Clayton Thomas-Muller on the March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate

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A broad coalition of groups, representing hundreds of thousands of people across Canada, hosted a press conference in Toronto yesterday to announce plans for the “March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate.” The march will call for a justice-based transition to a clean-energy economy in Canada, and is expected to attract thousands of people in Toronto on July 5, on the eve of the Climate Summit of the Americas and Pan American Economic Summit.

Anouk Millet of the CKUT news collective spoke with Indigenous activist Clayton Thomas-Muller, organizer with 350.org, to bring us more.

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LGBT Rights during War in Ukraine

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What’s Up?

On May 14th Montreal had a chance to host a sneak preview of the documentary by a Toronto filmmaker Marusya Bociurkiw called “This Is Gay Propaganda: LGBT Rights and the War in Ukraine” (2015), which focuses on the consequences of Ukrainian Euromaidan Revolution in modern Ukraine and its occupied regions. The film preview and discussion were co-presented by Cinema Politica, the Concordia University Research Chair in Sexual Representation & in Documentary. They were followed by the discussion with a Ukraine human rights activist Anna Dovgopol who is knowledgable about the current perception of LGBT community in Ukraine. She is also a Gender Democracy Program Coordinator at Heinrich Boell Foundation in Kyiv, Ukraine, responsible for supporting LGBT/queer, feminist and gender initiatives.

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Hassan Diab denied bail, continues to protest his innocence in the face of terrorism charges

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Photo Credit: British Columbia Civil Liberties Association

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Hassan Diab, a former professor at the University of Ottawa, is currently imprisoned in Fleury-Merogis prison in France facing terrorism charges. Extradited to France in November of 2014, the case against Diab is built on shoddy evidence that would almost definitely not result in his conviction in the Canadian judicial system, the judge who oversaw his case has asserted. Based on this evidence, Diab was denied bail in March, but he, his loved ones, and activists continue to raise awareness of his wrongful incarceration and fight to procure his freedom. To learn more, we spoke to Donald Pratt, a member of the Hassan Diab support committee.

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Canadian government seeks to criminalize Israel boycott

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The Harper government has recently announced they want to use articles of the Criminal Code pertaining to hate propaganda in order to criminalize the boycott campaign against the state of Israel. Last year the government added national origin to the criteria for hate crimes.

Minister of Public Safety, Steven Blaney, declared in front of the UN that the Boycott Divestment Sanction campaign is a form of underlying antisemitism and that there will be no tolerance for the critics of the state of Israel.

CKUT’s Antoine Cadaux talked to Tyler Levitan, president of Independent Jewish Voices, a group active in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign against Israel to get a reaction from targeted groups.

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Demonstration Against Shock Treatment: Interview with Don Weitz

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What is it all about?

On May 16th Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault (CAPA) held a demonstration against electroshock (ECT) in Toronto. This protest occurred internationally, in 28 cities around the world, and is organized by three shock survivors: Debra Schwartzkopff, Ted Chabasinski and Mary Maddock. 

CAPA has a long history of initiating such demonstrations, including annual international ECT focused on women and the elderly. This particular protest is specifically targeting the American Psychiatric Association, which is believed to have constantly lied about shock therapy, claiming that there is no harm to the patient.

In fact, research has shown that shock always causes brain damage (Zarubenko et al., 2005), memory loss and cognitive impairment (Sackeim et al., 2007). There is also a consent issue involved, as patients are rarely (if ever) asked if they want to be treated with electroshock.

Who Are We Talking To?

The interactive interview is with Don Weitz, an insulin subcoma shock survivor, who has been an antipsychiatry activist for over 30 years. He is an active member of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty. The discussion touches upon the importance of the demonstration in Toronto and psychiatric “treatment” in general.

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Resistance to reopening of the Imperial Metals mine on Mount Polley

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Photo Credit: Warrior Publications

 

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In so-called British Columbia, Indigenous groups continue to resist the re-opening of the Imperial Metals Mount Polley Mine. A breach in a toxic tailings pond at Mount Polley last August caused one of the worst environmental disasters in Canadian history. On April 29th, an national day of action was held to prevent Imperial Metals from resuming work in the area. We’ll hear from Indigenous warrior Kanahus Manuel about the situation.

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Commemoration of the Nakba and Criminalization of the BDS campaign

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Today marks the 67th anniversary of the Palestinian “Nakba“, or “catastrophe”, when the state of Israel was created in 1948. At the time, an estimated 750 thousand Palestinians were displaced from their homes and villages.

Tonight, people are invited to gather at 8pm at Mont Royal metro for a Palestine solidarity demonstration, people are invited to come with their palestinian flags or colors.

Antoine Cadaux of CKUT spoke  with Bruce Katz, the president of PAJU, Palestinian and Jewish Unity, that organise the event to bring us more.

At the same time, Bruce Katz gave his thoughts about the shift, pushed by the Conservative government, in the Canadian Criminal Code for the hatred propaganda that criminalize the criticism of the Israeli state. They talked about the consequences of that change in BDS actions and Mr Katz’s analysis of the governement tactics.

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Digitalization radio in Norway

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The Norwegian government has recently announced plans to transition from traditional FM analog radio to digital radio by 2017.

It is the first of several European countries expected to digitize radio broadcasting.

CKUT’s Anna Marchese spoke with Francesco Diasio, Secretary General of AMARC, to discuss this digitization process.

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Entretien avec le Collectif Logement Plateau Mont-Royal

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Antoine Cadaux a recu dans En Profondeur Paule Lesperance, membre du collectif Logement Plateau Mont-Royal.

Leurs principaux objectifs sont de défendre le droit au maintien dans les lieux des locataires et de mobiliser ces derniers pour l’obtention de logement social dans le Grand Plateau.

Paule Lesperance vient presenter les actions du collectif a l’occasion du 40e anniversaire du Collectif et aussi du futur Camp pour le droit au logement organise par FRAPRU dont ils font partie.

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Entretien avec Raymond Legault du Collectif Echec a la Guerre

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Antoine Cadaux a recu dans En Profondeur Raymond Legeault, membre du collectif Echec A la Guerre.

Ce collectif est un groupe pacifiste qui s’oppose au militarisme et a l’interventionnisme militaire et bien évidemment aux conflits armées principalement menés par les forces occidentales.

Ils ont parlé des différentes affaires qui secouent l’armée canadienne mais aussi de la politique militariste du gouvernement Harper.

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Les services communautaires en santé et en aide sociale face à l’austérité

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L’austèrité semble affecter violemment les organismes communautaires de santé et d’aide sociale quebecois, de plus en plus fragilisés.

Antoine Cadaux pour CKUT a ainsi pu parler a Kim De Baene, membre de la Coalition Main Rouge et activiste communautaire dans le domaine de la santé qui nous a parlé de l’effet global des coupes mais aussi de la situation particulièrement dramatique des toxicomanes se soignant dans des centres d’intervention en dépendance.

Face a cette situation, qui coupe les allocations de 740$ par mois a 200$ par mois pour les toxicomanes desirant se soigner dans des centres d’intervention en dépendance, Antoine Cadaux a pu contacter Vincent Marcoux, président de l’Association québecoise des centres d’intervention en dépendance pour en savoir plus.

Il est nécessaire de rappeler que l’austérité tue. Vous êtes invités a consulter l’article du Monde diplomatique intitulé “Quand l’austérité tue” écrit par Sanjay Basu et David Stuckler. Les auteurs démontrent comment l’austérité en dégradant les conditions sociales et sanitaires cause des victimes massives.

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Mobilizing on Mother’s Day to Bring Daniel Home

 

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On Sunday, May 10th, 2015 which was Mother’s Day, the Bring Daniel Home committee organized a picnic to celebrate all mothers crossing borders for the sake of their children. The picnic was organized after a mother was separated from her child Daniel, as he was detained and then deported alone back to Mexico. The picnic sought to raise awareness and also help Daniel’s mother campaign to bring her son back home and get permanent status for the family.

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Grassy Narrows Walks Against Logging, Youth Group Issues Statement

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Community members in the Grassy Narrows First Nation in northern Ontario undertook a “Walk to Protect Grassy Narrows Traditional Land Use Area from Destruction” last weekend. The event, organized in part by Band Councilor Randy Fobister along with grassroots community members, was a display of ongoing resistance to industrial logging in their Territory by people in Grassy Narrows.

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Interview Comité d’action des personnes sans statuts

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Le 1er Juin, le moratorium sur les déportations vers Haiti et le Zimbabwe arrive a son terme.

CKUT a mis en lumière il y a quelques mois le combat des communautées haitiennes et zimbabweennes accompagnées du Comité d’action des personnes sans statuts pour une régularisation collective des migrants qui font face a de possible déportations.

Antoine Cadaux pour CKUT s’est entretenu avec Serge Bouchereau, l’un des membres fondateurs du Comité pour recevoir les dernières nouvelles sur la situation.

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Presenting “Speaking the Unspoken: A critical examination of McGill’s celebrated employment practices”

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Photo: Jill Bachelder, The McGill Daily
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In solidarity with the 84 people who got arrested at last week’s May Day anti-capitalist protest, 27 of whom were given criminal charges, CKUT presents to you a ~critical auditory adventure~ about McGill’s celebrated employment practices.