CJFE Setting Ground for Montreal Police and Independent Journalists

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Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) mediated a meeting between some members of independent media and the Montreal Police on September 21st, to bridge existing disputes between the two groups. At Montreal demonstrations and rallies, the police have often been acting aggressively towards the protesters, kettling and using force on them. The journalists have been victims of attacks as well if they happened to be indistinguishable from the protesters and looked unconvincing to police.

Although members of the police portray violent accidents as simple misunderstandings, their forceful acts restrict journalists’ rights for free expression and oftentimes result in physical damage. CJFE brought the two groups together for a possibility of establishing ground rules of conduct lest further instances of brutality occur. CKUT’s Kateryna Gordiychuk talked with Tom Henheffer to find out more.

Ahousaht Nation Resist a New Salmon Farm in BC

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Credit: ecosocialistsvancouver.org

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Canadian western province British Columbia has been a popular site of salmon farms and has determinedly been targeted by many corporations wishing to occupy the land for fish extraction. Not only has this action significantly decreased the amount of fish in the sea, but it has also directly harmed communities dependant on that very supply of seafood. The Ahousaht Nation faced this problem at the end of September when a Norwegian-based corporation Cermaq attempted to establish a new farm site on their territory.

On September 21st the Ahousaht Nation made Cermaq pull anchors on the new salmon farm located north of Tofino, BC. This would be the 17th site if Ahousaht people didn’t prevent the action from happening. Such corporate developments extract the necessary means of nutrition for the nation, as well as limiting the job opportunities for the Ahousaht people, having previously promised many more.

CKUT’s Kateryna Gordiychuk spoke with Lennie John, an Ahousaht tourism business owner and the first one to notice the unsanctioned action, to find out more.

Interview with Director Mina Shum on “The Ninth Floor” Documentary, and Concordia’s Anti-Racist Movement of 1969

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In this interview we speak with Mina Shum, director of the recently released documentary “The Ninth Floor,” produced by the National Film Board of Canada, and competing in the upcoming Festival de Nouveau Cinema. The Ninth Floor delves back into the history of Concordia’s rarely talked about “Computer Riots,” forty-five years later, and features live interviews with the primarily black student protestors whom at the time had filed an official complaint about the racist practices of biology professor Perry Anderson. His rate of failures for black students was consistently high, but the administration’s weak response to the issue triggered the occupation of SGW’s ninth floor by the student protestors for almost two weeks.

The film will be screened on Friday October 9th, co-presented by Cinema Politica and the FNC.

This interview was produced by Claudia Edwards.

Undoing Silence: 10th Annual Memorial March and Vigil for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women

Invited guests give speeches and performances to memorial attendees at Square Philips.
Invited guests give speeches and performances to memorial attendees at Square Philips.

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This past Sunday was the 10th Annual Memorial March and Vigil for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Each year the event honours the missing and murdered women and girls, while drawing attention to systemic violence perpetuated by the state, police forces, and education systems against indigenous women and their communities. A demand has been made, but not met, for a public inquiry into the disappearances of these women, and last year the RCMP reported more than 1,000 indigenous women were homicide victims, while indigenous activists estimate this number is closer to 3000.

The event was organized by Missing Justice, Quebec Native Women, and the Centre for Gender Advocacy. Invited guests included: Buffalo Hat Singers, Norman Achneepineskum, Ellen Gabriel, Melissa Mollen Dupuis (Idle No More), Nakuset (Native Women’s Shelter & Urban Aboriginal Strategy Network), Rachel Deutsch (Urban Aboriginal Strategy Network), Laureanne Fontaine (Quebec Native Women), and more!

This segment was produced by Claudia Edwards.

Fall Series Preview with Cinema Politica, and In-Depth with Victoria Lean

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In this preview of Cinema Politica’s fall series, we speak with Svetla Turnin, executive director of the political activist film series, hosted every Monday evening at Concordia University. We also speak with the director of this Monday night’s film, After The Last River by Victoria Lean. The film follows local activists, community leaders and community members who are in opposition to the environmental destruction of their home, the Attawapiskat First Nation, as a result of diamond mining and other pursuits.

Concordia students can also loan or stream previously screened Cinema Politica films through the Concordia Library’s Cinema Politica Selections.

This interview was produced by Claudia Edwards.