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CKUT correspondent Claudia Edwards spoke with a queer Muslim refugee from Iran about his personal experiences with cyberbullying, and with xenophobia, Islamophobia and homophobia while living in Canada. The difficulties that come with the integration process, along with the services and kinds of support that would help to better serve the refugee community, are also explored.
Justin Trudeau’s Montreal office (529 rue Jarry Est) was the venue for a demonstration under the banner of Solidarity Across Boarders.
“Ouvrez les frontières!” chanted attendees as a marching band played and people danced. Hot chocolate was served for all on the chilly Sunday afternoon of December 13th.
Amidst the fanfare, the demonstration was a serious call to the nascent Liberal government and their current stance on immigration and non-status workers living in Canada.
In light of Canada’s current acceptance of Syrian refugees, Solidarity Across Boarders is urging the government to take their immigration policies a step further. This includes the regularization of current non-status people who are working without documentation, further relaxation of immigration laws, and a halt to the arrest and detaining of already vulnerable individuals.
The rally was also held to denounce racism, in particular islamophobia that has contributed further resistance to immigration.
After a public address was made (some of which can be heard above), the rally marched over to rue Saint-Denis and down to Jean-Talon.
Among the speakers were representatives in support of non-status women living in Canada, and Mexicans united for regularisation.
For more information on their campaigns, or to get involved, please visit Solidarity Across Boarders
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.
This interview was produced by Claudia Edwards.