On Sunday February 14th of 2016, the 7th Annual Memorial March for Missing and Murdered Women took place at metro St Laurent, and was organized by the Centre for Gender Advocacy. Valentines Day was thus reimagined across the city of Montreal as a day to honour the lives of lost loved ones, and also to celebrate anti-capitalist forms of love, invisible forms of love, and a solidarity of sisterhood.
In commemoration ofthe 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 atCenter for Gender Advocacy; and Kevin Vowles, a Community Engagement Manager for theWhite 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.
The 2015 UN Climate Change conference in Paris begins this upcoming Monday. In the midst of this event the Quebec government is currently holding a controversial stance on energy transition. Many new studies, about 4000 pages long, have been made public very recently. Continued fossil fuel use in Quebec is an issue that needs wider public discussion. The Quebec government seems to be more interested in continued fossil fuel exploitation and consumption rather than using cleaner alternatives. The goal is to nearly eliminate all usage of fossil fuels by 2050.
Many public organizations, including the David Suzuki Foundation, are concerned that they have been given such short notice to provide a proper strategic environmental assessment on the usage of fossil fuels and transitioning towards cleaner alternatives. Jean-Patrick Toussaint, the spokesperson for the David Suzuki Foundation, provides some more insight on our goals for the future considering the current economical and environmental status in Quebec.
This is an ongoing assessment that will continue well after the conference in Paris. The David Suzuki Foundation, as well as other affiliated organizations, plan on furthering the discussion based on what bills will be proposed in the future at the National Assembly concerning fossil fuel exploitation and usage.
This interview was produced by Dinith Karunanayake.
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On November 10th, on the other side of the main gates of McGill university, members of the “Coalition contre le travail précaire”, the 15plus.org campaign and many other political organizations in the community of Montreal united to protest the current minimum wage in Quebec. The current minimum wage is $10.55 in Quebec and the idea is to raise that to $15 for all workers regardless of their age, race, gender, job category, or immigration status.
Julien Daigneault, from 15plus.org, was present as the first spokesperson leading the speech. Participants encouraged passers by on Sherbrooke street to sign the petition to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour as the protest went on. It’s important to note that the campaign is fairly recent in Quebec, but several states in the USA as well as Alberta have succeeded in having mimimum wage raised to $15 an hour already. Several studies have shown that $15 an hour is the required minimum wage for an individual worker living alone in Montreal to lift themselves above the poverty line and escape debt.
This report was produced by Dinith Karunanayake for CKUT Radio.
En début juillet 2015, le Secrétariat Mi’gmawei Mawiomi (SMM), représentant les trois communautés Mi’gmaq de la région de Gaspé, a lancé une poursuite judiciaire contre la compagnie Chaleur Terminals Inc. Cette poursuite judiciaire a pour but d’arrêter la construction d’un projet ferroviaire explosif d’exportation de pétrole de sables bitumineux au port de Belledune, à travers des territoires Mi’gmaq au Québec et au Nouveau-Brunswick. Les Mi’gmaqs n’ont pas approuvé ni été consultés dans ce projet.
La directrice de Consultation et d’accommodement du SMM, Tanya Barnaby, a parlé avec Emma Noradounkian, membre du collectif d’actualités à CKUT, des détails de cette plainte et des risques qu’engendrent ce projet pour les communautés Mi’gmaq du Québec et du Nouveau-Brunswick.
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?
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!”
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!