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GroundWire | April 10

13 April 2017 - 6:27pm
Protesting trophy Grizzly Bear hunt, Reactions to most racist city title & Canadian extradited DEADLINE EXTENDED - Join the GW COORDINATION TEAM!
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This episode of GW was produced on unceded Mohawk Territory in Montreal at CKUT 90.3fm.


NDP Convention on leadership rules & opposing pipelines | Anna Houston, CKUW

International student views of Montreal ranking as "best student city in the world" | Emmy Landry, CKUT


Speak out in Victoria for banning British Columbia’s trophy Grizzly Bear hunting season | Chris Cook, CFUV

Residents of Winnipeg react to privilege and racism after the city declared most racist in Canada | Mahlet Cuff and Anna Sigrithur, CKUW

Canadian sociology professor Hassan Diab extradited to France on trumped-up charges of terrorism | Eva Battut + Marie Crabie, CKUT

Community Radio Report:

Members of Radio Centre-ville demonstrated against the undemocratic commercialization of its air waves | Eva Battut, CKUT


Our music in this episode is from River’s Gunna Rise by Lehzer by CKUT from a demo recorded in December 2014

Thanks to all our contributors for this week’s episode. We also thank J’Quez, Djenaba Dayle, Omme Salma-Rahemtullah, and Gretchen King.

Pitch to GroundWire!

Take part in the next episode of GroundWire! The deadline for pitches is Saturday, April 15, and final pieces are due Thursday, April 20. Check out our priority bureaus and our format here. Don't worry if your piece, or raw audio, doesn't fit our GW requirements, we can edit it!

Tune in again on April 24 for the next episode of GroundWire.

GroundWire Coordination Team



GroundWire | March 27, 2017

26 March 2017 - 2:58pm

This episode of GroundWire was produced on Anishinabe territory in Thunder Bay part of the Robinson Superior Treaty and home of the Fort William First Nation by Carly Forbes.



Community forum on police brutality in Montreal | CKUT News


Red Rising grass roots Indigenous media collective launches issue #5 in Winnipeg | Stéfane Doucet, CKUW


National Circle of ceremony and healing held in response to ongoing Indigenous youth suicide crisis | Sarah Newton, QCCR


Winnipeg students participate in 5 days for homelessness to raise money for local youth resource centre | Julian Cooper, CKUW


A discussion on the consultation process taking place regarding pipelines in Indigenous communities on the West Coast | Gunargie O’Sullivan, CFRO


Community Radio Report


Powel river hosts listening party at CJMP to celebrate local documentaries produced using the Radiometeres grant | Omme-Salma Rahemtullah with files from CJMP


GroundWire thanks all of its contributors as well as Djenaba Dayle, Courtney Harrop, Gretchen King, and Anna Sigrithur Houston.


This episode was hosted by Julian Cooper and Mahlet Cuff at CKUW in Winnipeg


Music this week: Friction by The Lytics off their 2016 album Hold On and Juniper by Begonia off her album Lady in Mind.


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Pitches for the next episode are due Monday April 3rd. 

Freedom in East Vancouver

15 March 2017 - 3:16pm
March 19 Book Launch on The Photography and Writing of Alan Fossen

Sunday, March 19, 2017

7pm at Cafe Deux Soleils in East Vancouver on Commercial Drive

Book and photos for sale, author signing. 

Kerry Coast has launched her publishing labour of love with a collection of photos and short essays by activist Alan Fossen.  

I remember Al around The (Commercial) Drive a lot in the 80s and 90s – at marches, rallies, festivals, May Day and on the street, but mainly at La Quena.  The Latin American co-op coffee house was a community beacon at a time when most activists were pretty hunkered down.  

There were still a few Marxist study groups and the annual Grovel for Peace March, but it seemed like much of the activist focus was on Latin American communities in exile. The Sixties were long over, it was Mulroney , Reagan, Thatcher and the full-on US wars  in Latin America.  Political refugees flocked here – from Chile, Guatemala, Colombia,  El Salvador. Many found some degree of relative safety, although the immigration process was brutal.

You can feel the mood in Al’s photos of graffiti from the time - Humans in captivity, 125 years of theft, Draw all you want – ya still get burnt, Capitalism is extinction – subvert or die. Wherever people came from they brought their politics with them, and that’s where much of the colour seemed to come from as well.  The photos are haunting - sparsely populated, determined.

There’s a great photo of an outdoor concert at the end of Kerry Coast’s introduction featuring a backdrop of banners from many of the active organizations of the time – Kinesis, Tools for Peace, Ecos De Mi Pueblo.  Many of the posters through the book are centred on struggles to the South.

Al’s short essays on topics including fascism, criminalization of the poor, the politics of food and racism might seem strident. They were written in the left language of the time – capitalism, imperialism, class.

The selection gives the reader a peek into that time when there were a lot of bars and shadows on activism in Vancouver. The most fascinating thread  for me was the unfolding story of La Quena's pivotal role in the activist community and its ultimate demise at the hands of Revenue Canada.


GroundWire | March 13

14 March 2017 - 1:13pm
PM Trudeau in Victoria, Port Metro Vancouver expansion, & Indigenous radio gatherings

This episode of GW was produced on Sinixt traditional territory at Kootenay Co-op Radio in Nelson, BC.


Tanker truck spill case update from the Nelson courthouse | Rachel Mackenzie, CHLY


Demonstrators respond to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent visit to Victoria BC | Chris Cook, CFUV

Local objections to a proposed expansion by Port Metro Vancouver | Catherine Fisher, CHLY, with files from Gunargie O’Sullivan, CFRO

Community Radio Report:

A report on the kickoff “Future of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Broadcasting” gathering, held this February in Winnipeg Manitoba | Gretchen King, CKUT


Our music in this episode is from Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld’s Constellation Records album: “Never Were the Way She Was”

Thanks to all our contributors for this week’s episode. We also thank Catherine Fisher, Braden Alexander,  Omme Salma-Rahemtullah, and Gretchen King.

Pitch to GroundWire!

Take part in the next episode of GroundWire! The deadline for pitches is Saturday, March 18, and final pieces are due Thursday, March 23. Check out our priority bureaus and our format here. Don't worry if your piece, or raw audio, doesn't fit our GW requirements, we can edit it!

Tune in again on March 27 for the next episode of GroundWire produced by CKUW in WInnipeg (MB)!

GroundWire Coordination Team



Fuck Trump: Vancouver welcomes Trump Tower

28 February 2017 - 8:16pm

Vancouver - Several hundred opponents of US leader Donald Trump gathered outside the garish new Trump Tower this morning. They were joined by a lot of Vancouver Police and a few trolls.

Inside, members of the Trump familty were offically opening the new luxury hotel, which many Vancouverites wish would change its name.

Another demonstration against Trump is planned for this afternoon in front of the US consulate.

GroundWire | Feb 27

27 February 2017 - 4:37pm
Sanctuary City, Workers in Halifax Commemorate Strike, Indigenous Writing and Literacy

This episode of GroundWire was produced on Haudenosaunee and Anishinabe traditional territory in Kingston by CFRC.


Have a Heart Day - a child and youth-led reconciliation event | Doug Farquhar, CFRC

Food service workers strike at the University of Toronto’s satellite campus in Scarborough | Omme-Salma Rahemtullah, GW


City of Montreal votes to become a Sanctuary City | Marie Crabie, CKUT

Chronicle Herald workers in Halifax commemorate the one year anniversary of their strike | Francella Fiallos, CKDU

Indigenous writing and literacy with Queen’s University aboriginal scholar Geraldine King | Doug Chimtig, CFRC

Community Radio Report:

A report on the commercialization of Radio Centre-ville, Canada's oldest multilingual community radio station | Gretchen King, CKUT

Thanks to all our contributors for this week’s episode. We also thank Tash Carroll, Djenaba Dayle and Courtney Harrop.

Pitch to GroundWire!

Take part in the next episode of GroundWire! The deadline for pitches is Saturday March 4, and final pieces is Thursday March 9. Check out our priority bureaus and our format here. Don't worry if your piece, or raw audio, doesn't fit our GW requirements, we can edit it!

Tune in again on March 13 for the next episode of GroundWire produced by CHLY in Nanaimo (BC)!

GroundWire Coordination Team







Rally for 160 food workers axed by SFU

25 February 2017 - 12:44am

BURNABY, BC -  Unionized cafeteria workers at Simon Fraser University are fighting for their jobs and union representation. They held a support rally this afternoon that drew more than 150 members and supporters to the main mall on the university's main Burnaby Mountain campus.

The 160 members of Unite Here! Local 40  were recently issued lay-off notices. That came after the Compass Group got the new contract for food services at SFU. Compass wants to do away with the union workers and their collective agreement.

The workers say the university has an obligation to guarantee their jobs, benefits and contract. That obligation, they say, should come in light of their many years of service to the university.  Two weeks ago, the workers delivered  petition with 1,300 student signatures to SFU President Andrew Petter.


27th Annual March for Missing and Murdered Women

15 February 2017 - 11:25am

Downtown Eastside - More than 4,000 people gathered in Vancouver yesterday in the 27th annual march for murdered and missing women. Healing ceremonies were held at several locations along the winding route through the neighbourhood where the mostly Indigneous women went missing or were found murdered. The march is held every year on Feb. 14.

Announcing new Board of Directors, and Dominion Podcast Episode #4 // Nouveau conseil d’administration, et la dernière émission du Dominion Podcast (#4)

7 February 2017 - 12:19pm

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At The Media Co-op, we’re looking forward to another year of producing powerful grassroots media, and we’re writing to you with a couple of updates to get it started.


Solitary Confinement in Canada’s Prisons: Latest Episode of the Dominion Podcast

On this episode of the Dominion Podcast, we talked about the use of solitary confinement in Canadian prisons. Listen to and share the podcast here.

We heard from Debra Parkes (Chair of Feminist Legal Studies at the Allard School of Law) about the history of solitary confinement in Canada, Alex (Federal Prison Chaplain) about what currently goes on in Quebec prisons, and former inmate Bobby Lee Worm about her experience of being held in solitary confinement for over 3 years.

The Dominion Podcast is recorded at the studios of CKUT in occupied Tio'tiah:ke (Montreal), Kanien'keha:ka territory. You can subscribe using any podcast app or follow us on Soundcloud. We release a new episode at the end of each month.

Don’t miss the other episodes: Enbridge’s Line 9, Migrant Detention and Ring of Fire: Ontario’s Tar Sands. Like The Media Co-op on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay up to date!


New Board to Lead The Media Co-op

We are thrilled to announce that a new Board of Directors was elected at our October 2016 Annual General Assembly! The board will lead the organization forward through our next phase, which we will tell you more about soon. Meet the new Media Co-op Board: 

Billie Pierre
A member of the Nlaka’Pamux nation in the southern interior of “British Columbia,” Billie first got involved in writing and publishing in 1996 when she co-founded Redwire Magazine. Its purpose was empowering and giving a voice to Native youth. Billie brings a solid understanding of sovereignty and globalization, along with good connections to land defenders and organizers in North America, to The Media Co-op Board.

Brenna Owen
Brenna is a climate justice-radio-making guest and settler in Toronto. She got her start in community radio at CFRC 101.9fm in Kingston, Ontario. In January 2016, Brenna co-founded the Built Environment, a podcast exploring climate action and community resistance to violence in Canada. 

David Gray-Donald 
David first got into journalism from his involvement in the Quebec climate movement, when he posted content to The Media Co-op because no one else was writing in English about what was happening in francophone communities. David has been a Media Co-op editor since the spring. You can see his writings for The Media Co-op here. He has also written for Briarpatch Magazine, The Tyee, and VICE.

Jon Milton
Jon has been involved in various social struggles for a few years now, with a focus on climate justice and student movement organizing, including the campaign against Energy East and fracking in Quebec’s Gaspesie region. Jon has written for and The Media Co-op. He is currently the editor of the Opinions section at The Link, a student newspaper run out of Concordia University. 

Nadia Kanji
Nadia has been a passionate participant and activist in independent media and social movements for several years. Following her time as an Assistant Editor at The Media Co-op, Nadia went on to become a producer and member of the editorial team at The Real News Network, and served as an editorial intern at The Nation Magazine. 

 Thank you for your continued support! We always love hearing from you. Send us an email at with your ideas, stories, and suggestions and we'll respond as soon as we can.



À la Coop Média, on a hâte de se remettre à la production de média populaire et puissante en 2017. Voici quelques nouveautés pour lancer le tout.


L’isolement cellulaire dans les prisons canadiennes: écoutez et partagez la dernière émission du Dominion Podcast (émission en Anglais)

Dans cette émission du Dominion Podcast nous avons abordé le recours à l'isolement cellulaire dans les prisons canadiennes.

On a parlé de l'histoire de l'isolement cellulaire au Canada avec Debra Parkes (présidente des études féministes en droit à Allard School of Law), avec Alex (aumônier de prison fédérale) de ce qui se passe dans les prisons québécoises, et aussi avec l'ex-détenue Bobby Lee Worm de son vécu d’avoir été gardé en isolement cellulaire pendant plus de trois ans.

Le Dominion Podcast est enregistré aux studios de CKUT sur le territoire occupé de Tio'tiah:ke (Montreal), qui se trouve sur le territoire Kanien'keha:ka. Inscrivez-vous avec votre application podcast ou suivez-nous sur Soundcloud.
Nous sortons une nouvelle émission à la fin de chaque mois.

Ne manquez pas les autres émissions: Enbridge’s Line 9, Migrant Detention et Ring of Fire: Ontario’s Tar Sands. Aimez la Coop Média sur Facebook et suivez nous sur Twitter pour rester à l'affût!


Un nouveau conseil d’administration dirigera la Coop Média

On est ravies de vous annoncer qu’un nouveau CA a été élu à notre assemblée générale annuelle en octobre 2016 ! Le CA dirigera notre organisme dans une prochaine phase qu’on vous annoncera sous peu. On vous présente notre nouveau CA:

Billie Pierre
Membre de la nation Nlaka’Pamux à l’Intérieur-Sud de la «Colombie-Britannique», Billie a commencé à écrire et à publier en 1996 en tant que cofondatrice de Redwire Magazine. Le but de cette publication était de faire de l’empowerment auprès des jeunes autochtones et de leur donner une voix. Billie amène au CA de la Coop Média sa grande connaissance de la souveraineté et de la mondialisation ainsi que des liens solides avec des défenseurs du territoire et des militants en Amérique du Nord.

Brenna Owen
Brenna est une faiseuse-de-radio-justice-climatique en tant qu’invité et colon à Toronto. Elle a commencé en radio à CFRC 101.9 fm à Kingston, en Ontario. En Janvier 2016, Brenna a été la cofondatrice de Built Environment, un podcast qui explore l’action climatique et la résistance communautaire à la violence au Canada.

David Gray-Donald
David a commencé à faire du journalisme à travers son implication dans le mouvement climatique au Québec, publiant du contenu sur le site de la CoopMédia parce que personne d’autre n’écrivait en anglais sur ce qui se passait dans des communautés francophones. David travail en tant que rédacteur avec la Coop depuis le printemps. Vous pouvez lire ce qu’il a écrit pour la CoopMédia ici. Il a aussi déjà été publié par Briarpatch Magazine, The Tyee, et VICE.

Jon Milton
Jon a été impliqué dans plusieurs luttes sociales depuis de nombreuses années, avec une concentration sur la justice climatique et la mobilisation du mouvement étudiant, y compris la campagne contre Énergie Est et la fracturation hydraulique dans la région québécoise de Gaspésie. Jon a déjà écrit pour et la Coop Média. Il est présentement rédacteur de la section Opinions pour The Link, un journal étudiant à l’Université Concordia.

Nadia Kanji
Nadia est une participante et militante passionnée dans le monde de média indépendante et dans les mouvements sociaux depuis plusieurs années. Après avoir travaillé en tant que Rédactrice Adjointe à la Coop Média, Nadia est devenue réalisatrice et membre de l’équipe de rédaction pour The Real News Network et a faite un stage en rédaction avec The Nation Magazine.

 Merci de votre soutien continue! On aime toujours avoir de vos nouvelles. Envoyez-nous un courriel avec vos idées, histoires, et suggestions à et nous vous répondrons dès que possible.








GroundWire | January 30

31 January 2017 - 5:59pm
Canoe of Reconciliation, Premier Christy Clark, Algonquins of Barriere Lake

This episode of GroundWire was hosted on the traditional territory of the Tla’amin Nation at CJMP and produced on traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Attawandaron, and Wendat peoples in London, Ontario by Braden Alexander


Vancouver Women’s March: Rhiannin Bennet, Nancy Trigueros, and Khelsilem | Braden Alexander, GroundWire; Suzette Cullen; Susan Mullan


Community stories and building the canoe of reconciliation | Carrie Swiggum, CJMP

Premier Christy Clark’s contentious visit to Powell River | Courtney Harrop; Zoe Ludski

Algonquins of Barriere Lake address mining concerns on their territory | Omme-Salme Rahemtullah, GroundWire; Laith Marouf


Shallow Waters - Ta’kaiya Blaney

Thanks to all our contributors for this week’s episode. We also thank Carrie Swiggum, Nola Poirer, and Roger Thorn.

Pitch to GroundWire!

Take part in the next episode of GroundWire being produced by CFUR in Prince George, BC! In advance of the upcoming Homelessness Marathon, GroundWire is seeking news about poverty and homelessness across Canada. The deadline for pitches is Saturday Feb 4, and final pieces is Thursday Feb 9. Check out our priority bureaus and our format here. Don't worry if your piece, or raw audio, doesn't fit our GW requirements, we can edit it!

Tune in again on February 13 for the next episode of GroundWire!

The Nlaka'Pamux Nation stance on Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Expansion Project on our Territory.

26 January 2017 - 11:40pm
Nlaka'Pamux Gathering Regarding Kinder Morgan's TMX Project

Press Release
January 26, 2017
Unceded Nlaka'Pamux Territory
"Merritt BC"

The Nlaka'Pamux Nation stance on Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Expansion Project on our Territory.

We as members of the Nlaka'Pamux nation, recognize Tribal Law as the highest law of the land. We are guided in our decision by our Ancestors, and seek to ensure the well being of our grandchildren and all life on our territory. Our decision is also guided by the impacts that the Trans Mountain Pipeline has on the neighbouring territories.

We were never consulted when the original Trans Mountain Pipeline was built in 1953. Kinder Morgan has never properly dealt with the ruptures and oil spills that have taken place on our territory. Currently, the federal government and Kinder Morgan are attempting to force us make our decision so they can build their project according to their schedule.

Due to this history and current actions from the Federal Government and Kinder Morgan, we will not tolerate the Trans Mountain expansion, anywhere on our Traditional Territory. In fact, we want the original Trans Mountain Pipeline to be removed completely from our territory. We wish for our concerns to be met peacefully and reasonably, but in the case that they aren't; we vow to stand up for any person from the Nlaka'Pamux nation, or any of our allies if they are criminalized or targeted in any manner, for opposing the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

We also see that all forms of fossil fuel needs to be left in Mother Earth and will work with all like-minded people to protect the land, air, water and all life.

All Our Relations




Anti Kinder Morgan TMX Panel on Nlaka'Pamux Territory,

25 January 2017 - 6:21pm

The Traditional Nlaka'Pamux Gathering in "Merritt BC", on unceded Nlaka'Pamux Territory took place on January 22, 2017. This is the guest panel featuring Jody Leon from Secwepemc Nation and Christine Jack from St'at'imc Nation speaking about the impacts of Kinder Morgan's proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project on their respective territories.

Vancouver Women's March on Trump Tower

22 January 2017 - 10:58pm

COAST SALISH TERITORY - More than 15,000 in Vancouver joined millions around the world Saturday protesting gross and garish new US President Trump. In Vancouver, the march wound its way past the gross and garish new Trump Tower downtown.

GroundWire | Jan 16

16 January 2017 - 7:42pm
In memory of Authur Manuel and sexual violence against Asian communities

This episode of GW was produced on traditional territory of the Sto:Lo nation in Abbotsford, British Columbia at CIVL 101.7FM.


-Justice for women in the Province of BC | Common Law Radio, CFRO, Vancouver’s Coop Radio;

-Charges dropped against the Enbridge Line 9 water protectors | David Gray-Donald and Jon Milton, The Media Co-op, with audio from the Dominion Podcast;

-Needed employment standards in BC | CJSF’s Gorilla Radio


-The passing of Indigenous leader and activist Arthur Manuel | Gretchen King, CKUT, with Alan Soni and Golbon Moltaji from CHUO

-Sexual violence against Asian communities at UBC and beyond | CiTR’s Gender Empowerment Collective

Community Radio Report:

-CIVL Radio’s Creative Dialogue Project


Saturday Rain by In Drift and Wild Card by Kin

Thanks to all contributors, including Common Law Radio (CFRO), David Gray-Donald and Jon Milton (The Media Co-op & Dominion Podcast), Gorilla Radio (CJSF), Gender Empowerment Collective (CiTR), Alan Soni (CHUO ), and Golbon Moltaji (CHUO)! We also thank Glen Ess, Gretchen King, and Omme-Salma Rahemtullah for this episode.

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