Ahousaht Nation Resist a New Salmon Farm in BC

Credit: ecosocialistsvancouver.org
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.

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.

Detained and Abandoned Part Two: The Canadian government’s response and Khadr’s status as a child soldier

Omar Khadr’s 40-year prison sentence was handed to him on Sunday, 31 October. In anticipation of our update on the story from Guantanamo Bay, which is set to air on Tuesday’s Off the Hour (2 November), please hav a listen to the second part of our documentary series (which aired on 29 September).

Produced by Sam Ormond and Sven Carlsson for CKUT.



Tony Navaneelan, counsel at Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Toronto
Andrea Prasow, senior counsel at Human Rights Watch
Dr. Steven Reisner, adjunct professor in Clinical Psychology, Columbia University
David Glazier, associate professor of law, Loyola University

Aside from the flawed legal system under which Omar Khadr has been charged, and the absurdity of the charges that he has now plead guilty to, there are two additional aspects to his case that are troubling.

Khadr was 15 or younger when the crimes he was tried for at Guantanamo were committed. Moreover, the prisoner Michelle Shepherd of the Toronto Star refers to as ‘Guantanamo’s child’ has been afforded no legal protection by two successive Canadian governments.

When Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) interrogators visited Khadr in 2003, their purpose was not to ensure that the conditions Khadr was held in were up to any particular standard, but rather to extract information from him that would be useful to US interrogators.

The second part of our documentary series explores the moral, legal and psychological implications of Khadr’s age at the time of his capture, and scrutinizes the response of two Canadian governments to his detainment.

Detained and Abandoned: The case of Omar Khadr

Detained and Abandoned: The case of Omar Khadr


When President George W. Bush declared war on Afghanistan in 2001, his military order stipulated that captives should “be detained, and, when tried, to be tried for violations of the laws of war and other applicable laws by military tribunals.” These tribunals would later come to be known as military commissions. Thus began the saga of Omar Khadr’s detention.

Khadr, a Canadian citizen, was severely wounded in a firefight in Afghanistan, on 27 July 2002 . Khadr, the only survivor of the raid, was captured and transferred to the US Air Base in Bagram, Afghanistan, where he was held for three months. In October 2002, he was transferred to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where his trial by military commission is now about to begin after nearly eight years of indefinite detention.

Khadr was held incommunicado at Guantanamo Bay for two years. In 2004, he was defined as an “enemy combatant” by the Combatant Status Review Board. He was first charged in 2005, three years after his detention, in acordance with President Bush’s military order establishing military commissions. Khadr was accused of murdering Sgt.CHristopher Speer, a US soldier who died in the firefight, in violation of the law of war, and was also charged with attempted murder in violation of the law of war, conspiracy, providing material support for terrorism and spying.

This two-part series explores the judicial issues brought forth by the various forms of military commissions created by the Bush and Obama administration, contextualizes them within international law and discusses the legalities of the charges against Khar in part one.

Part two, set to air 29 September, deals with the moral, legal and psychological implications of Khadr’s age and scrutinizes the Canadian government’s involvement in his detention.