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Countdown to Trump Inauguration

With the upcoming inauguration of the president-elect down south, CKUT’s News Collective would like to share some thoughts from Masha, a member of Russia’s Pussy Riot.

Pussy Riot is a feminist protest punk-band-meet-art-collective that uses performance and music to disseminate their defiance. The group’s “guerilla performance” in 2012 at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow brought them international recognition and a two-year jail sentence for mocking Vladimir Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church’s support for the, then, presidential candidate.

In 2016, Pussy Riot again spoke out against the American president-elect. At the time of the interview, Trump was the Republican candidate for the 2016 Presidential election. In response to his success, two songs – “Straight Outta Pussy” and “Make America Great Again” – were released. Both their lyrics and music videos challenged his demonstrated misogyny, racism, and classism.

When asked about Trump, Masha described him as “a crazy asshole.” The interview further explores why tactics employed by feminists in the US and Canada cannot be compared with feminism’s tactics in the Russia, how the rise of Trump resembles that of Putin, and how the media can distort public opinion about struggles against the status quo.

The CKUT News Collective would like to encourage its listeners to go out and show solidarity with DC’s disruptions of Inauguration Day in Montreal.

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Living on the Streets: Toronto vs MTL

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On March the 15th, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) officially released its report Out in the Cold on the state of the Toronto shelter system . The study’s findings are based on numerous interviews with service users and workers. It points out to a shelter system in crisis, plagued by constant overcrowding, harsh living conditions and a city government unwilling to take action.

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Source: OCAP report “Out in the Cold”

CKUT reporter Chloe interviewed one of the writers of this report for a summary of the OCAP’s findings. Some of the statistics are hard to believe. For instance, 81% of the people surveyed stated that they had been denied a shelter bed because the shelters were full (see the chart above)! Equally shocking, in most shelters occupancy levels exceeded 90% every night. This is highly problematic given that  overcrowded shelters lead to a high stress environment, a poor night’s rest and health issues. Luckily, OCAP volunteers and engaged citizens are taking action against this situation. Check out this video to get an idea of the scope of the protests happening in Toronto. 

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To get a sense of the state of the shelter system in Montreal, we also interviewed Francois Boissy who is the director of operations at La Maison du Pere, one of the largest homeless shelters in the city. He points out some of the differences between the way the cities of Toronto and Montreal deal with their homeless populations.

Aside from the administrative aspect of the shelter systems of Toronto and Montreal, an important question remains: “how does it feel, for people on the ground, to experience the shelter system in both cities?” Michel, an ex-homeless man that lived on the streets for two years from 2009-2011, explained to our reporter his personal experience with Montreal shelters. In this fascinating interview he talks about the reasons why he became an itinerant in the first place, the different shelters he slept in,  food conditions and how shelter services helped him get out of the streets. We are truly grateful for his trust in sharing this story, the full interview is available for stream and download below.

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  • For the history of the Toronto shelter system click here. 
  • Find a critical (but pretty short!) analysis of the Montreal shelter system here
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Non-Status Women Haunt Justin Trudeau’s Office: “We Don’t Exist”

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This past Friday the Collective of Non-Status Women of Montreal held a public “haunting” outside of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s constituency office, right across the street from Jarry metro. Since delivering a letter to his office last November, appealing for amnesty while describing their extreme precarity as women and workers living without permanent or legal status, the women’s collective has been waiting for a response. In January 2016 they renewed this call in a press conference.

As stated in their open letter to the new Prime Minister:
We are women and mothers who live and work in the shadows, invisible and excluded. We live in precarity because of our immigration status. Our precarious status threatens our security, our liberty as women, our rights as workers, our families. We live here; we will remain here. This is our home and our children’s home. We want to live in dignity, peace and stability; we want an end to the fear that constantly tortures us.


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Open Video-Letter: “We want to live in Dignity, Security and Peace”

 

This piece was produced by news correspondent Claudia Edwards.

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26th Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre: Panel Discussion

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In commemoration of the Montreal Massacre that happened on December 6th, 1989 in École Polytechnique, CKUT’s Off the Hour hosted a panel discussion to analyze the event once again and the impact it had on the feminist movement and gun control laws.

CKUT’s Rose Woolhouse, Kateryna Gordiychuk and Emily Enhorning had a chance to speak to Maureen Bradley, a filmmaker, who produced a short documentary in 1995 titled “Refraiming the Montreal Massacre”; Rose Marie Whalley, a community radio programmer and a board member at Center for Gender Advocacy; and Kevin Vowles, a Community Engagement Manager for the White Ribbon in Toronto, that empowers men and boys to take a stand against violence directed at women and girls.

The panel tried to unveil the social circumstances within which the crime against women occurred by addressing the issues of gender violence in general and the work done to prevent it in the aftermath of the event.

Although, the speakers said that the issue receives much more acknowledgement nowadays, they emphasized the persisting facts of violence against women and girls in modern society.

83% of all police-reported domestic assaults are against women. This pattern is consistent for every province and territory across Canada.(Canadianwomen.org)

A big part of discussion was dedicated to the media portrayal at the time of the massacre and how the news reporting consequently framed the public’s reaction to the crime. Maureen Bradley, one of the speakers, produced a documentary “Reframing the Montreal Massacre” two decades ago to address this issue.

The matter of violence against women is not an issue for feminists only, but it must be recognized and acted against by all societal structures. Kevin Vowles, one of the speakers, talked about his extensive educational work with White Ribbon, an organization that teaches boys and men to react to gender violence.

What I see when engaging men and boys is that they are willing to come forward, stand up, and say something when they see violence and rape culture happening. White Ribbon encourages men and boys to move away from harmful gender norms.  When men and boys start truly getting in touch with their emotions (transcending toxic masculinity), moving away from straight anger, we can end violence against women.

– Kevin Vowles shared with CKUT after the panel discussion

Listen to an insightful discussion on the framework in which the Montreal Massacre occurred and its consequences. Rose Marie Whalley, one of the panelists, also provides a live account from the feminist demonstration held soon after the crime.

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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.

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Ahousaht Nation Resist a New Salmon Farm in BC

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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.

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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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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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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.

Did you know about this right?

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.

Did you know about this right?

“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.

Did you know about this right?

“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.

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The NDG Food Market: A New Path to Sustainability

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On Friday, June 19th, the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG) Food Depot launched a unique project in that region of Montreal – the NDG Food Market. The non-profit market is evaluated by residents of the region to be a necessary solution to a lack of affordable food options, and will contribute to better nutrition of the many low-income families in NDG.

The NDG market will be held every Friday from 2 pm till 7 pm, and will feature live music, appetizers prepared by restaurant chefs and will offer fresh produce for affordable price. All the vegetables are grown by Quebec farmers, which presents a better option than imported products found in many supermarkets.

CKUT’s Kateryna Gordiychuk talked with Nicole Fornelli, who is a member of the NDG Community Council, and Lynda Porter, the ex-President of Board of Directors of the Food Depot. They shared with us what the difficulties arose during the process of making the project happen and what their predictions are for the future of the market.

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How Much Housing Help Is There? Interview with FRAPRU’s Émilie Joly

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At the beginning of June the City of Montreal made public an emergency number that can be used by low-income families in need of home as the 1st of July Moving Day is approaching. Whereas some families do indeed qualify to be helped and given home, many households happen not to fall under the definition of a “family”, for example people living by themselves or temporarily homeless people. The program has been running for a few years having helped 26 families last year, and is expected to be even more successful in helping low-income families this summer.

CKUT’s Kateryna Gordiychuk interviewed Émilie Joly from FRAPRU (Front d’Action Populaire en Réaménagement Urbain) to get the organization’s opinion on housing rights and the City’s program in general.

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Live interview with Tingz Chak from End Immigration Decision Network

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Last week a man held in Lindsay, Ontario prison, died in mysterious conditions. Following this tragic event, the End Immigration Detention Network is asking Ontario government to cut ties with the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA).

Tingz Chak, an artist and activist for End Immigration Detention Network, was live in Off The Hour this Tuesday with CKUT’s Antoine Cadaux to bring us more about this situation.

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Bill C-24 Interview with Fuerza/Puwersa

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A year ago, when Bill C-24 “Strengthening Canadian Citizenship” was being discussed, a statement was issued by several groups, such as No One Is Illegal, Solidarity Across Borders, Fuerza/Puwersa and more. They renamed the bill the “Stealing Citizenship Act” in light of their criticism.

Lalo, member of Fuerza/Puwersa was interviewed by CKUT member Anouk Millet. He came back on the criticism and gave more insight on the impacts of the bill on immigrants, located inside or outside Canada.

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Bill C-24 Interview with BCCLA’s Executive Director

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Since it passed in June 2014, Bill C-24 “Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act” has been very controversial. Many groups have opposed the bill from the very beginning. One of them being the British Columbia Civil Liberties Associations. The organization has recently put in place a petition to stop the bill and has issued a statement in which it reaffirms its commitment to challenging this new law in the courts.

CKUT member Anouk Millet talked to Josh Paterson, BCCLA’s executive director.

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Psychologist Francoise Susset reacts to Ontario decision to ban “sexual-reorientation” therapy centers for minors

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On June 4th, Ontario has become the first Canadian province to definitely ban “cure therapies” against homosexuality for minors. These therapies will be available for adults but it will not be possible to get a refund from health care programs anymore.

These type of treatment against sexual diversity are still allowed in all others provinces across Canada, Quebec included.

CKUT’s Antoine Cadaux wanted to focus on LGBT youth issues through this decision. Here is an interview with Francoise Susset, psychologist  at the Institute for Sexual Minority Health. They discuss the conditions to create a safe society for sexual minorities and young people struggling with gender stereotypes.

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Manifestation Anti-Déportations par Solidarité Sans Frontières

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Solidarité Sans Frontières a organisé une marche dimanche 31 mai en solidarité avec les immigrants et les sans-papiers qui arrivent toujours plus nombreux au Canada. Deux groupes sont particulièrement en danger dans les prochaines semaines: les zimbabwéens et les haitiens, dont le moratoire sur les renvois a été levé lundi 1er juin. L’organisation nous dit que plus de 3500 personnes sont touchées par ces déportations, rien qu’a Montréal.

Anouk Millet a pu discuter avec Romina Hernandez, porte parole de Solidarité sans Frontières et Serge Bouchereau du Comité d’Action des Personnes sans Statut, tout deux présents a la marche. Ils nous parlent plus en détails de la situation des immigrés au Canada.

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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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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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«Solidaire pour faire échec à la guerre»

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Pour En Profonduer, Leila Lemghalef nous a cherché les commentaires d’un militant paléstinien, une citoyenne québécoise, ainsi que de Raymond Legault du Collectif Échec à la guerre lors des actions de protestations contre la participation canadienne à la troisième guerre en Irak. L’évènement du 26 octobe 2014 a été organisé par le Collectif Échec à la guerre et l’Alliance canadienne pour la paix.