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Manifestation contre le projet de loi 59 : tensions entre membres de Pegida et anti-fascistes

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Samedi 26 Septembre avait lieu au Parc Emilie Gamelin une marche silencieuse en opposition au projet de loi C-59 du gouvernement Couillard. Parmi les manifestants, des membres du groupe PEGIDA Quebec (Patriotes européens contre l’islamisation de l’Occident, en allemand) ainsi que du groupe d’extreme droite “Les Insoumis”.

Face a eux, de nombreux militants anti-fascistes, dont certains membres du Mouvement des Etudiants Revolutionnaires (MER). Encadrée par les forces de police anti-émeutes, la tension n’a cessée d’augmenter entre les opposants a la loi 59, les anti-fascistes et la police.

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McGill University Receives Notice of Seizure by Kahentinetha Horn Regarding Stolen Land

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On September 12, 2015, a Notice of Seizure was delivered to McGill University by Kahentinetha Horn of the Bear Clan, a member of the Kahnawake community. The notice outlined McGill’s use of Mohawk land that had never been sold by the Kahnawake community as well as the outstanding sum of $1.7 billion that McGill had borrowed from the Six Nations’ Trust Fund and had never repaid.

Also outlined in the notice was McGill’s violation of Kaia’nere:kowa, the Great Law of Peace that Kahentinetha abides by. The discovery of military research being conducted by McGill is explained by Kahentinetha as going in direct violation of her governing law, strong motivation in her decision to send the notice.

CKUT’s Victoria Xie spoke with Kahentinetha about the reasoning behind the notice as well as what she is hoping will happen in the future.

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Interview on Energy East pipeline impacts on Bay of Fundy with Tim Gray

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Environmental Defence is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization and recently joined forces with other environmental organizations as well as the First Nations people and citizens of St. John in order to call for a rejection of the Energy East pipeline in the Bay of Fundy, one of Canada’s greatest ecosystems.

This interview was produced by Victoria Xie.

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UQAM and Concordia Students United Against Political Threats of Expulsion

 

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On September 16th, a hundred students from UQAM and Concordia Universities, part of movement No Tribunal For Students, walked between their two universities to demonstrate their solidarity with the students threatened of expulsion by the Universities`administrations.

Following spring 2015 strikes , many students of Concordia and UQAM were charged in front of disciplinary Tribunals for disobey the Universities regulations codes. Among other things, they were charged of disruption and obstruction of university activities.

Students are claiming for the abandonment of the charges by the Universities but also to recognize the political nature of these complains.

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Expulsion et expropriation par la police mexicaine : les Mexicain(e)s Uni(e)s pour la Régularisation dénoncent la complicité du Gouvernement Canadien

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Le 4 septembre dernier, la police fédérale de l’Etat de Mesxico a expulsé violemment une famille de sa propriété en vue d’une expropriation menée par une entreprise privée. Marisol Mendez Trujillo dénonce le non-respect du préavis obligatoire de 20 jours et de la violence de la dépossession.

La famille Mendez a vécu au Canada pendant 5 ans, demandant l’asile politique en raison d’harcelement, de vol et d’extorsion de fonds. Apres sa demande d’asile refusée en 2013, la famille a été renvoyée au Mexique.

Les Mexicain(e)s Uni(e)s pour la Regularisation (MUR) dénoncent ainsi la complicité du gouvernement canadien dans cette affaire et réclament des réparations proportionnels aux préjudices physiques et moraux subis par la famille.

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McGill University accused of withholding information on Military Ties

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CKUT spoke with Cadence O’Neal, an antiwar organizers at McGill. Students claim that McGill University is displaying increasing desperation in its bid to stop students from learning about military research on campus. The McGill administration is shelling out for an expert access-to-information legal team, Raymond Doray, which is going to new lengths to block ATI requests about military research, according to a press release issued this week.

Since 2012, McGill has been in court against a group of students from Demilitarize McGill, who
have been attempting to file Access to Information requests on the university’s ties with
military contractors and weapons companies. Up until now, the university has refused to comply with the requests.

While her request was filed in her first year of university, Cadence will have graduated this year before having access to this information. The request, which pertains to thousands of emails, is being contested by McGill on the grounds that they are not official property of the university. Other students who have filed requests for McGill have also been waiting since 2012. The fact that McGill has blocked these Access to Information Requests until now leads many to suspect their deep involvement in military contracting.

In October, the students will return to court to continue to press for their requests to be honoured.

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Part 2: Our Lost Sisters in Canada

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Feminicides–the killing of women because of their gender–have been occurring for decades in both Mexico and in Canada. Why has there been so much impunity surrounding these cases and so little justice for the victims and their families? What can be done to put a stop to them, to help Mexican women and Indigenous women in Canada live their lives unthreatened and in peace, as they should in both countries? What parallels can be drawn between both t he Mexican and Canadian feminicide cases?

In this two-part documentary series, CKUT’s Emma Noradounkian seeks answers to all of these questions, and more. This is the second half of the documentary series; it delves into the cases of feminicides in Canada

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Part 1: Our Lost Sisters in Mexico

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Feminicides–the killing of women because of their gender–have been occurring for decades in both Mexico and in Canada. Why has there been so much impunity surrounding these cases and so little justice for the victims and their families? What can be done to put a stop to them, to help Mexican women and Indigenous women in Canada live their lives unthreatened and in peace, as they should in both countries? What parallels can be drawn between both the Mexican and Canadian feminicide cases?

In this two-part documentary series, CKUT’s Emma Noradounkian seeks answers to all of these questions, and more. This is the first half of the documentary series; it delves into the cases of feminicides in Mexico.

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Federal Engagements for Homeless people : On Bus Tour With The RAPSIM

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With a little over one month to go before the Canadian federal elections, the major political parties are making big promises to their electorate.The RAPSIM (“Rapsim”),a homeless advocacy group in Montreal, has struggled with several years of cuts to their federal funding. On September 10th ,the RAPSIM, along with several other organizations who work with drug users and people who suffers from mental illness (La rue des femmes, Dopamine …) went on a bus tour in three major areas impacted by these issues in the city : Berri (at Emilie Gamelin’ Square), in Hochelaga and in Atwater, at Cabot Square. The aim of the tour was to meet 3 candidates in the upcoming election: Simon Marchand, the Bloc Quebecois’ candidate in Hochelaga; Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet, NPD’ candidate in Hochelaga and Marc Garneau, liberal’ candidate in VilleMarie. CKUT’s was on the tour, and brings us this report in French.

The RAPSIM had three claims on this Bus Tour :

  • The restoration of general and Community nature of the Homelessness Partnerships Strategy , a federal program providing assistance to thousands of people in Montreal and elsewhere in Quebec;
  • A recurring increase federal support roaming $ 50 million in Quebec, starting in the 2016-2017 budget
  • A federal reinvestment in social housing

All the candidates accepted these requests, and underlined the importance of this issue in the Federal Elections.

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Au Guatemala, le peuple demande que justice soit faite pour les crimes du passe!

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Dimanche 6 septembre des elections nationales ont ete organisees au Guatemala. Une forte vague de contestations sociales a en effet pousse a la demission de plusieurs hauts fonctionnaires, et du President Otto Perez Molina, ainsi que de la vice-presidente Roxanna Baldetti. Ils sont inculpes pour fraude fiscale, corruption… Mais en plus de ces accusations, certains reclament plus de severite a l’encontre de Molina. En effet, lors de la dictature de Efrain Rios Montt en 1982-1983 (reconnu par la suite coupable de genocide et crimes de guerre), Molina etait membre de l’armee et a participe aux exactions qui menerent a la mort de plusieurs milliers de personnes, principalement d’origine Maya.

Mateo Pablo est un des principaux defenseurs de la cause ici au Canada. Depuis son arrivee, il n’a cesse de reclamer justice.

Nous l’avons rencontre pour qu’il nous commente les derniers evenements et les analyse. Il revient aussi sur son passe.

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Le RCLALQ se mobilise pour proteger les habitants du quartier Mont-Royal contre les evictions abusives.

Liliane Dufour est en attente d'une décision de la Régis du logement, son propriétaire demande l'éviction de la dame afin de faire des rénovations dans son immeuble à logement.
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A l’heure où le Plateau Mont-Royal tend à devenir un des quartiers les plus en vogue de Montréal, certains habitants voient leurs conditions de vie se compliquer. Liliane Dufour, 76 ans, s’est ainsi vu expulser de son logement alors qu’elle y habitait depuis 14 ans. Le nouveau propriétaire, une grosse compagnie, a tout simplement émis un avis d’éviction en disant vouloir faire des travaux, ce qui dans les faits n’est pour le moment absolument pas confirmé.
Le regroupement des comités logement et association de locataires de Montréal a notamment pour mission de défendre les droits des locataires, et donc de lutter contre ce type de situations.
Isabelle Monast-Landriault est une des portes paroles, et nous l’avons rencontré. Elle revient pour nous sur cette histoire, et nous parle plus généralement de la situation ici à Montréal.

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World Press Photo Montreal : Photography As A Social Weapon For The 2015 Spokesman Samian

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Samian, musician, actor but also photograph; is the spokesman of the 2015 Montreal edition of the World Press Photo. From August the 27th to September the 28th at Marche Bonsecours, the rewarded journalism photographs are exposed to raise awareness among public opinion. Montreal Edition collaborate with local organizations like OXFAM with an exposition about inequalities or Wapikoni, who works with First Nations communities to bring them formation and materiel in cinema and in music. For him, photography, as any form of art, can and will act as a social weapon.

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Parents Fight Against Austerity As School Starts In Quebec

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September 1st, is the start of the new school year. Across Quebec, students will begin packing their bags and books. But the budget cuts in education sector, the increase of class sizes, but also the expulsions and exclusions of some pupils of from their schools make this beginning of a new scholar year very challenging for many families in the province. CKUT’s Pauline Ferrari spoke with a concerned parent who is with the group Parents Against Austerity, Dominic Fontaine.

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Radio Documentary: Community Radio in the Middle East and North Africa

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CKUT’s Anna Marchese spoke with several members of the community radio movement in the Middle East and North Africa on various issues from state barriers, to the granting of FM licenses, to journalistic freedom and the future of community radio. She interviewed Francisco Diasio, the Secretary General of AMARC (World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters) on HAICA‘s (Independent High Authority for Audiovisual Communication) decision to grant Tunisia new FM licenses. CKUT then spoke to Ahmed Samih, founder of Radio Horytna, about the current radio landscape in Egypt. Finally, Anna interviewed award-winning Palestinian journalist and media activist Daoud Kuttab, founder of Amman Net, the Arab world’s first internet radio station. Mr. Kuttab discussed community radio more generally, and its role in a Post-Arab spring era. This documentary was produced by Anna Marchese and Aaron Lakoff.

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Anti-Roma Racism in Canada

 

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On Thursday, August 27, 2015, musicians and concert goers attend the second in a series called “Rock n’ Roma Against Deportations”, a fundraiser to support the struggle of Roma families facing deportation from Canada. Despite the rise in Neo-Nazi movements in countries like Hungary and Czech Republic that are openly targeting Roma, as well as a continuation of centuries of systemic and social violence against Roma throughout Europe, the Canadian government continues its own racist scapegoating of Roma communities, particularly refugees. Simone Lucas and Avi Gross-Grand interview Dafina Savic, Executive Director of Romanipe (link:https://romanipe.wordpress.com), an organization mobilizing around racism and discrimination the Roma face worldwide and in Canada.