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.

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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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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Mexican Horror Story: Legislative Elections and the Future of the Crisis-stricken Mexican State

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Mexico is in the midst of an internationally-ignored humanitarian crisis, with more than 24, 000 cases of state-perpetrated disappearances and kidnappings since 2006, and a most recent case of 43 missing students from the College of Ayotzinapa in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico.

Adding to these numbers, the lead-up to the Mexican legislative elections saw dozens of political assassinations and more than 70 kidnapping and extortion cases. Despite his and his party’s alleged complicity in these human rights violations, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) re-secured a majority in Congress in the Mexican legislative elections on June 7.

On that same day, families of the 43 missing students and other Mexicans  took to the streets in several states in Southern Mexico and burned ballot boxes, as a way of disrupting these elections that were seen by many as a referendum on Peña Nieto and his political party.

CKUT’s Emma Noradounkian spoke with Andalusia Knoll, a freelance multimedia journalist based in Mexico City, and Dagoberto Acevedo, a member of the Comité pour les droits humains en Amérique latine, to get their take on what the future holds for the Mexican state and its people.

“Egypt’s elections won’t change anything”

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CKUT sat down with Ehab Lotayef from the Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy to discuss the recent mass death sentences pronounced against accused Muslim Brotherhood supporters, and the upcoming presidential elections in Egypt.

Bill C-23, the so-called “Fair Elections Act”

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Bill C-23, the ironically named “Fair Elections Act” is a bill that will dangerously change how, and if, some Canadians can participate in our democracy. This bill suppresses voters through tactics like making voter identification harder and prohibiting Elections Canada from encouraging Canadians to vote. Diane Woloschuk (wallace-chuck) is the President of the Canadian Teacher’s Federation, representing more than 200,000 public school teachers across Canada. She spoke with Off the Hour’s Andre Goulet to discuss the threat Bill C-23 poses to democratic participation in this country, and what we can do to stop it.

Post-election talk with Benjamin Gingras from ASSE

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ASSE’s April 3rd demonstration

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On Tuesday, April 8th, Off the Hour was joined live by Benjamin Gingras, co-spokesperson from the Association pour une solidarite syndicale etudiante, or ASSE. ASSE played an important role in organizing against the proposed tuition hikes in 2012, an issue that sparked a widespread social movement that went beyond the issue of tuition hikes and brought hundreds of thousands of protesters into the street.

Benjamin Gingras from talks about the elections. After the Liberals sweeped into a majority government on April 7th, we asked Gingras what’s changed, but most of all, what hasn’t – and what’s coming next for ASSE and grassroots action in the wake of the elections.