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Canada receives “failing grade” in civil and political rights review at United Nations

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On July 7 and 8, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) reviewed Canada’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights for the first time since 2006. Two weeks later, on July 23, the UNHRC released its findings in a report, raising far more concerns and recommendations than positive legislative and institutional steps in the Harper government’s federal policies in the last decade.

Such matters of concern included the inadequateness of the federal government’s response to the prevailing issue of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls; the excessive use of force and arrests by police during the student protests in Quebec in 2012 and the G20 protests in 2010; and the possibility of human rights abuses through information-sharing under Bill C-51, the controversial Anti-terrorism Act, amongst other concerns.

CKUT’s Emma Noradounkian sat down with the Voices-Voix Coalition co-ordinator, Tim McSorley, to discuss how his Coalition was involved in this review and why he believes that it received a “failing grade.” The interview was conducted prior to July 23, the date of the release of the UNHRC’s report.

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Black Lives Matter – Toronto coalition made a ‘day of action’ to seek justice and call end to justice brutality.

Day of action, Monday 27 July.

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On Monday 27 July, the Black Lives Matter Toronto coalition held a “day of action”. The goal: call for an end to police brutality and to seek justice after the death of two black men – Jermaine Carby was shot at a traffic stop and Andrew Loky was killed in an apartment building- in the past year.

Desmond Cole, a black Toronto writer and activist, says: “This is not about people inconvenienced for one night in the highway. It’s about almost 30 years of police brutality against one community. That’s how people should view this”.

Alexandria Williams is one of the co-fondators of the Black Lives Matters Toronto coalition. We asked her about the action, and the coalition and its motivations.

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Manifestants Haïtiens, menacés de déportations, se rassemblent contre la levée du moratoire

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“Intègres et non pas intégrés”

Jeudi le 9 juillet dernier, le Comité d’action des personnes sans statut ainsi qu’une vingtaine d’Haïtiens se sont rassemblés devant les bureaux du ministère de l’immigration de la diversité et de l’inclusion à Montréal pour dénoncer la levée du moratoire en Décembre 2014. Ce moratoire empêchait la déporation des Haïtiens et Zimbabwéens. Ils risquent d’êtres renvoyés en Haïti et à Zimbabwe où la situation politique demeure problématique et les conditions de vies toujours pénibles.

Emma Noradounkian, membre du collectif d’actualités de CKUT, a discuté avec quelques manifestants  pour en apprendre plus sur le rassemblement et les raisons pour lesquelles ils manifestaient.

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Rassemblement et audience pour homme menacé de déportation, Deepan Budlakoti

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Le 13 juillet, un rassemblement et audience a eu lieu devant la Commission de l’immigration et du statut de réfugié du Canada pour Deepan Budlakoti, un jeune homme apatride né à Ottawa de parents Indiens qui travaillaient au haut-commissariat de l’Inde à Ottawa. Il y a quatre ans, après avoir été condamné pour trafic d’armes et de drogues,  le gouvernment Canadien a retiré la résidence permanente de Deepan, sous le prétexte qu’un individu né de parents avec des passeports diplomatiques, selon la loi, ne reçoit pas automatiquement sa citoyenneté. Selon Deepan, ces parents ne travaillaient plus pour l’Inde lorsqu’il est né.

Malgré n’avoir j’amais vécu en Inde, il risque se faire déporter en Inde par le gouvernement Canadien. Deepan refuse sa déportation et l’Inde refuse de lui donner une citoyenneté. Il se trouve alors dans une situation précaire, étant présentement un citoyen d’aucun pays.

Emma Noradounkian, membre du collectif d’actualités de CKUT, a discuté avec le porte-parole francophone de Deepan, Daniel Cayley-Daoust,  pour en apprendre plus sur la situation présente de Deepan et sur le rassemblement.

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Un rapport révèle l’existence d’un système de répression politique et policière au Québec

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Le 10 juin dernier, la Ligue des droits et libertés  a publié un rapport sur la situation du droit de manifester au Québec. Depuis la grève étudiante de 2012, le Québec connaît une intensification de répression politique et policière. À l’aide de chiffres et de faits tirés de groupes militants, de chercheurs, d’avocats  et de personnes arrêtées, ce rapport confirme l’existence d’un système de répression politique et policière au Québec. Il démontre qu’il y a eu 5895 manifestants arrêtés entre le 15 mars 2011 et le 8 décembre 2014 au Québec, ainsi que 1006 arrestations à  Montréal et au Québec entre le 15 mars et le 1er mai 2015, dû au profilage politique des manifestants.

Emma Noradounkian, membre du collectif d’actualités de CKUT, a discuté avec l’une des co-auteures de ce rapport, Jacinthe Poisson, pour en apprendre plus.

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Indigenous Youth Activist Deplores National Energy Board’s Decision to Grant Enbridge Line 9B

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On June 18, the Canadian government’s National Energy Board (NEB)–an independent economic regulatory agency for pipelines, power lines, and oil and gas importation–imposed further conditions on Enbridge Inc.’s controversial Line 9B pipeline reversal project, stating that it must perform hydrostatic testing along three of its segments before it officially begins shipping crude oil. The thirty-eight-year old pipeline that runs between Sarnia and Montreal was supposed to begin its operations last Fall. 

While the NEB has reported only seven oil spills, a CTV W5 investigation revealed last year that Line 9B has had at least 35 of such incidences. This aging pipeline, along with others in Ontario, continue to affect the nearby ecosystems, lands, and waters that Indigenous and other communities live and thrive on.

“It’s an industrial genocide [against Indigenous people]. These companies are on stolen land. They continue to release and spill and expand with more projects that continue to put our health at risk,” said Vanessa Gray, a member of Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia Against Pipelines, in an interview with CKUT’s Emma Noradounkian. She discussed how this project threatens Indigenous communities and ways of resisting the pipeline project and other pipelines in the province of Ontario.

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Challenging Medical Care: Interview with Anishnawbe Health Center in Toronto

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We are used to thinking about health care corresponding to Western medical treatment standards. What about all those Aboriginal communities in multi-ethnic Canada that do things the other way, how do they get treated by medical institutions? Very often other approaches to health treatment is perceived skeptically by mainstream medical institutions and there are no alternatives offered to patients wishing to be treated in other ways.

CKUT’s Kateryna Gordiychuk talked with James Carpenter, a traditional healer in Anishnawbe Health Center located in Toronto. The Anishnawbe Health Toronto is a network of medical institutions that promotes “the model of health care [which] is based on traditional practices and approaches and are reflected in the design of its programs and services”. The center’s values are built around the concept of “cultural sensitivity” and “cultural safety”, which helps the center to [honor and respect the hopes and dreams of those who first envisioned a healing center for the Aboriginal Community of Toronto”.

“Anishnawbe Health mission is to improve the health of Aboriginal population in mind, body, spirit [and] emotion, by providing traditional healing within a multidisciplinary healthcare model”.

~ James Carpenter

James provided CKUT with detailed explanations of why the center’s job is important and what kind of services it offers. He also remarked that Anishnawbe Health Toronto pays attention to a variety of social, family, economic and historic factors that influence the well-being of its patients, in addition to medical and biological symptoms present. In this way, the center recognizes the importance of cultural background of those that are treated and expresses cultural sensitivity towards the issues at hand.

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Freedom Flotilla III attacked by Israeli naval forces

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The International Freedom Flotilla Coalition has been protesting since its creation in 2010 against the Israeli siege in Gaza. On June 29th, a boat from Freedom Flotilla III was attacked by Israeli naval forces in international waters, 100 miles away from the coasts of Gaza. The crew of the “Marianne” boat was illegally detained and some are still in Israeli prison. The Canadians Robert Lovelace and Kevin Neish are, as we speak, being deported to Canada.

Ehab Lotayef, representative and member of the “Canadian Boat for Gaza” initiative, part of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition was on board of the “Rachel” boat when the Marianne got attacked. He recently returned to Canada, safe and sound, and agreed to talk to CKUT about what happened.

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Youth sit-ins at MPs’ offices all over the country

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Today July 3rd, students and youth across Canada are turning up the heat. They are demanding that politicians across the political spectrum get serious about climate change, with sit ins confirmed across the country in 7 offices happening simultaneously. In Montreal, over 20 local youth have staged sit-ins at NDP leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal Party of Canada leader Justin Trudeau’s Montreal constituency offices to call on the party leaders to commit to freeze tar sands expansion and drive a transition to a renewable energy economy in Canada.

CKUT member Anouk Millet talked with Kristen Perry, a member of the sit-in at Thomas Mulcair’s office, and Julianna Duholke, who participated to the sit-in at Justin Trudeau’s bureau.

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Report from Site: July 1 Anti-colonial Demonstration in Montreal

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July 1st in Montreal proved to be very eventful this year. A tiring Moving Day for many, for most Canadians this day is associated with celebrating Canada and its unity. The Anti-colonial Committee, however, weren’t so happy about the idea, so they held an anti-colonial demonstration in the heart of the Old Port, instead.

Comprised of 50 to 60 people, the members marched in the pouring rain and chanted “No to colonialism, no to Canada!” They encouraged the crowd  to think about the premises on which the “free Canada” was born and to be cautious about the statements that are often made about its land and peoples. They gave examples of numerous atrocities done towards the Aboriginal population of Canada, people of color and different “racial” background.

CKUT’s Kateryna Gordiychuk talked to one of the enthusiastic members of the demonstration to find out more.

To listen to a pre-demonstration prognosis of one of the Anti-colonial Committee members click HERE.

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Pre-Moving Day Live Housing Panel

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On the eve of July 1st, the Moving Day, CKUT Community News Collective got to renew a tradition of holding a Housing Panel on June 30th to inform our listeners about their housing rights as tenants and answer some of the pressing questions. Anouk Millet, Aaron Maiden and Sheila Ferrando along with Emma Noradounkian, who helped with topics research, sat down with Emilie Joly of FRAPRU, Alexandra Pierre of Project Genesis and Fred Burrill of POPIR to discuss the housing questions that are always asked, but the answers to which are hardly known by many.

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If it’s your move-in day and there are obvious problems with your apartment, you can “refuse to take a position at a dwelling”. Take pictures to prove it!

~ POPIR & Project Genesis

The panel consisted of roughly three categories such as basic rights, Régie du logement, rights in application and campaigns as well as activism. Kateryna Gordiychuk was live tweeting to get the word out for those who couldn’t listen, and to get radio-lovers and housing rights enthusiasts to participate.

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“Your lease renews automatically. Under no circumstances you have to leave your apartment. [… Moreover], the landlord is responsible for the temperature of your apartment”. Montreal’s winter doesn’t seem so scary now, huh?

~POPIR

The housing panel was not only an informative information session for everyone interested, but also a great way for CKUT News Collective to discover a potential for live-panels and in-call questions.

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“Rental contract is an agreement between a leaser and a leasee. I say, sign, and complain!”

~ FRAPRU

Read our tweets posted during the live panel HERE. We thank everyone who made the panel possible and special thanks is to our knowledgable guests!

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Le manque de couverture mediatique du sport feminin

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Avec la coupe du monde de soccer feminin sur le point de se terminer, nous avons voulu explorer un problème récurant dans le domaine sportif: l’enorme contraste entre la couverture médiatique du sport feminin et du sport masculin, et les implications sur le sport, les femmes et les athletes. Malgré des resultats extraordinaires dans beaucoup de sports différents, les equipes feminines attirent beaucoup moins l’attention que leur equivalent masculin. Nous avons voulu savoir pourquoi.

Anouk Millet, membre du collectif de nouvelles, a discuté avec Diane Guilbault, la vice presidente du groupe “Pour les Droits des Femmes” Quebec.