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GroundWire | May 22, 2017

23 May 2017 - 6:24am
Radio Free Palestine, Parkdale Rent Strike, Indigenous Radio Edmonton Gathering

This episode of GroundWire was produced on Anishinabe territory in Thunder Bay, ON part of the Robinson Superior Treaty, home of the Fort William First Nation

 

Headlines

 

Mi'kmaq communities protect the Sipekne'katik River from Alton gas | Gretchen King, CKUT

Constitutionality of indefinite immigration detention heard in Canadian Federal Court | Carly Forbes, GroundWire

 

Features

 

Parkdale community members enter 4th week of rent strike | Omme-Salma Rahemtullah, GroundWire

Radio Free Palestine: A 12 hour broadcast commemorating the Nakba | Laith Marouf, CKUT

 

Community Radio Report

Highlights from the Future of First Nations, Inuit and Métis broadcasting convergence in Edmonton | Carly Forbes, GroundWire with files from http://www.indigenousradio.ca/Edmonton.php

 

Producer Carly Forbes

Hosts Courtney Harrop and Carly Forbes

Music Tiny hands by Quantum Tangled from the album Tiny Hands and How to steal a canoe by Leanne Simpson from the album f(l)ight

 

Download at groundwirenews.ca  Pitch to the next episode by Monday May 29th.

 

Chinatown: Up Against City Hall

22 May 2017 - 8:21pm

VANCOUVER -  Chinatown residents met today In preparation for hearings tomorrow (Monday) at Vancouver City Hall on yet another luxury condo project in their beleagured neighbourhood.  Up for approval is zoning for the Beedie Development Group's  massive tower project at 105 Keefer project. The Chinatown Concern Group 唐人街關注組 held rally with a panel of  seniors, low-income and immigrant residents on why  the plan should not be approved by the developer-backed Vision Vancouver mayor and council.

The rally was in preparation for a 105 Keefer Street Rezoning Public Hearing on Monday, May 23 at 5 pm at Vancouver City Hall - 453 West 12th Avenue.

Facebook event page: https://facebook.com/events/2005067619712603

Organizers are also collecting signatures at:  https://you.leadnow.ca/p/chinatown

More information at: https://chinatownconcerngroup.wordpress.com/

 

GroundWire | May 8, 2017

9 May 2017 - 11:25pm
Palestinian Dignity Strike, March for Science, Future of First Nations Métis and Inuit broadcasting

This episode of GroundWire was produced on Holmaco First Nations Territory by Volunteers at the Future of First Nations Métis and Inuit broadcasting convergence in Campbell River, BC.

 

Headlines

 

CRTC Commissioner Raj Shoan dismissed again 4 days after reinstatement following the federal court finding his initial dismissal was unfair | Omme-Salma Rahemtullah, GroundWire

 

Toronto’s Parkdale rent strike against above guideline Rent Increase applications and outstanding repair requests | Stéphane Doucet, CKUW

 

Free Speech Radio News signs off the air | Omme-Salma Rahemtullah, GroundWire

 

Features

Victoria March for Science on Earth Day | Chris Cook, CFUV

 

Montreal Protest in solidarity with Palestinian Dignity Strike | Laith Marouf, CKUT

 

Community Radio Report

 

Report on the Iqaluit regional gatherings for the Future of First Nations Métis and Inuit Broadcasting | Fanny He and Catherine Couture, CFRT

 

Music this week was led by the Homalco Nation with Devin Pielle and recorded at the www.IndigenousRadio.ca conference hosted by the Homalco First Nation radio station.

 

GroundWire thanks all of its contributors, Bill Williams and Diana Paul for hosting,  as well as Gretchen King, Courtney Harrop, and Carly Forbes.

 

The Curious Case of the BC Green Party Pundit, Gun Rights Advocate

8 May 2017 - 2:22pm

The BC Green Party okayed CJ Summers to appear as a pundit advocating for the party on a May 2nd Global News broadcast, a role he has occasionally filled since 2013.

But did the party know Summers is the founder and driving force behind Free Mind Republic, an organization working “to promote firearms rights in Canada”, which Summers launched in 2015 and which recently took to social media to praise Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidate Maxime Bernier’s stance on firearms? Or that Summers is the Director of Public Outreach for Calibre: The Canadian Firearm Magazine?

The Free Mind Republic website, which became blocked from the public on May 3rd after Summers’ affiliation with it was called out by social media group “Stop the BC Liberals”, described the group’s work as:

“Freemind Republic will work with every gun owner, business and organization in an effort to promote firearms rights in Canada. Our plan is to utilize an effective media engagement strategy to broaden the reach and impact of our community stories. Through the facilitation of a positive media relationship, firearm narratives will transition from strictly reactionary arguments to proactive positive messaging that will resonate with Canadians.”

Summers echoed this messaging in fall 2016 videos for Calibre Magazine.

Speaking by phone, he stands by his gun rights advocacy in the media, pointing to a story about firearms produced by the Canadian Press and printed in the Globe and Mail, but says his passion for that subject “is entirely separate” from his punditry for the BC Green Party and his other media appearances on Global from the years 2013 to the present. No video or text has surfaced of Summers advocating for gun rights while explicitly appearing as a BC Green Party pundit. His organization lists several gun makers as partners, but Summers says he has not received funding from these companies, and that his work with Free Mind Republic has been purely voluntary. He did not respond to an email asking if he was paid by Calibre.

“We were not aware of his gun stuff,” says BC Green Party Press Secretary Jillian Oliver by phone, adding that she had been working with the party only three months. The BC Green Party says more lenient gun laws are not part of their policy platform.

Summers, in a phone interview, says that information about his advocacy is available “on a very public platform,” including his LinkedIn and a number of websites since 2015, and that while he “never hid it from anyone, it never came up in conversation [with the BC Green Party]”. He indicates that the pundit role is unpaid, and does not represent the party in an official capacity.

As for Free Mind Republic’s supportive comments of Maxime Bernier (made on the organization's site and Facebook, both of which are now blocked from the public), Press Secretary Oliver says the party was not aware of them until they were brought to light on social media by groups such as "Stop the BC Liberals". Oliver adds that members of provincial parties can have different federal affiliations.

Summers stated shortly after in an interview that he is not a member of the federal Conservative party, never has been, and that he believes the federal Conservatives have a disastrous environmental legacy, referencing the tar sands and pollution to the Athabasca River. On his social media, Summers has denounced various tar sands pipelines once championed by the Harper Conservatives. Summers, who is currrently enrolled in an MBA program, says he knows BC Green leader Andrew Weaver from school days at the University of Victoria.

Regarding the seeming support for Bernier, Summers says he was working to survey the gun rights stances of all Conservative Party leadership candidates because the gun community skews toward that party. But, realizing his statements regarding Bernier are seen by some as an endorsement of that candidate to be the next leader of Canada, Summers says, “if I had the choice of doing it all again, I wouldn’t do it again.”

On May 3rd, press secretary Oliver said by phone that the party had instructed Summers, who appeared in media supporting the party for two years while also running the Free Mind Republic, to no longer appear as their pundit.

The next day, Summers indicated he had spoken with the party but had received no such instruction.

The provincial election campaign culminates in a vote tomorrow, May 9th.

Confronting slavery with Nevsun shareholders

3 May 2017 - 1:26pm

VANCOUVER - Protesters were on hand this morning outside the Nevsun Resources AGM. The Vancouver company is being sued in BC Supreme Court by three Eritrean workers for complicity in using slave labour at its Bisha copper mine in Eritrea.

Along with similar cases against Canadian resource extraction companies operating in Latin America, the Nevsun case could help make notorious Canadian companies legally responsible for their criminal behaviour abroad.

Today's picket outside the 4 Seasons Hotel was organized by Mining Justice Alliance, Mining Watch Canada, Freedom United and Amnesty International.

From the organizers' press release:

The north-eastern African country of Eritrea may be far away but a Vancouver-based mine’s activities there connects us and makes Canada complicit in serious labour violations.

Nevsun Resources operates in Eritrea, benefiting from its program of indefinite conscription. The system has been called a form of slave labour by the United Nations, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and others. Forty eight former workers are currently moving forward with a lawsuit against Nevsun in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, making it the first time a modern slavery case has been heard in a Canadian court.

Eritreans on Nevsun’s site will regularly work 12 hours a day, for six days a week, working for the equivalent of $30 a month, and often much less. When one worker left the work site without authorization he was imprisoned for four months.

Eritrea established a National Service program in 1995 requiring adults to undergo 18 months of military training. The program quickly transformed into indefinite conscription that often lasts for years, and sometimes for 10 to 20 years. Conscripts are rarely engaged in duties related to the military, serving, instead, as labourers in state-run industries and projects like Nevsun’s mine.

Eritrea is also currently producing an incredible number of refugees. Of a population of fewer than 6 million people, 5,000 are leaving every month. Eritreans make up a large part of the thousands of people desperately trying to reach Europe and drowning in the Mediterranean or dying along the way every year.

Nevsun Resources is complicit in this refugee crisis and profits from supporting a brutally repressive regime. The Canadian Public Pension (CPP) Investment Board is one of the company's investors, making workers paying into Canada's public pension plan all shareholders. We call on people to join us outside the venue for the Annual General Meeting where we will present a petition and make the case that the company’s investors must divest now.

Click here to sign the petition calling on Nevsun to stop profiting from slavery

miningjustice@gmail.com

778.227.8849

 

10 years later: new homeless camp, same site, same problem

28 April 2017 - 5:38pm

COAST SALISH TERRITORY  -  Homeless activists set up a new encampment in Downtown Vancouver today. The camp is on the same site where a homeless camp was held exactly 10 years ago. And despite City promises that homelessness would be over by now, it's worse than ever.

The camp is located on a vacant City of Vancouver lot by the American Hotel in the 900 block of Main Street.

Camp supporter Maria Wallstam said the camp is a reaction to the growing number of homeless people in the city and the skyrocketing death toll on the streets. More than 3,600 people were noted in the most recent homelessness count.

About a dozen tents have been set up with more people expected to join. Police, Park Rangers and City bureaucrat Tobin Postma watched from across the street with their hands in their pockets as the camp set up.

The organizers held a press conference this morning saying:

This is the “Ten Year Tent City” because10 years ago, during a visit from the then-UN Rapporteur on housing for the lead-up to the 2010 Olympics, a very similar group of homeless people and activists set up at tent city at this site to demand social housing. The central homeless leaders of that tent city have since passed away, victims of the violence and shortened life expectancies of homelessness in BC - but despite promises the lot is still empty, and homelessness in Vancouver is nearly two times what it was a decade ago.

"The major demand of the Ten Year Tent City is “Homes Not Shelters.” Most of the homeless residents of the new tent city have been recently evicted from winter-only shelters that closed two weeks after the annual homeless count, sending hundreds of residents back to the streets. But, as residents will explain, these shelters do not end homelessness, they are a form of homelessness."

The tent city is the first action of  the Alliance against Displacement's week of action against homelessness "as the new normal." The group says the new tent city calls attention to the 2017 BC election "taking during the worst housing crisis in BC's history, in the midst of skyrocketing homelessness and constant deaths."

"Long gone are the days of (Vancouver Mayor) Gregor Robertson’s unrealized promises to end homelessness. Now politicians are trying to bury the issue, making it a normal and accepted part of life in BC. We refuse to accept homelessness as the new normal."

You can still make out the ribbons tied to a chainlink fence a decade ago for the first camp on the site that spell out "Homes Now" as they flutter in the wind.

 

GroundWire | April 24, 2017

23 April 2017 - 9:48pm
Hands off Syria, Apprehension of Indigenous Children, CRTC hearing of Indigenous Radio Station Applicants

This episode of GroundWire was produced on Anishinabe territory in Thunder Bay, ON part of the Robinson Superior Treaty, home of the Fort William First Nation

 

Headlines

 

The Worsening fentanyl Crisis in Vancouver’s downtown Eastside | Omme-Salma Rahemtullah with files from Gunargie O’Sullivan, Community Access Television

 

The Walk for water begins on the shores of Lake Superior | Jayal Chung, CILU

 

Features

 

Hands Off Syria Demo in Montreal, to denounce US bombing of Syria | Yafa Marouf, CKUT

 

A discussion of ongoing child apprehension in Indigenous families and communities | Carly Forbes with files from Gunargie O’Sullivan, CFRO

 

Community Radio Report

 

The CRTC held a public hearing to hear from applicants for licenses type B Native Radio stations | Courtney Harrop, GroundWire

 

Produced and Hosted by Carly Forbes and Jayal Chung

 

GroundWire thanks all of its contributors!  Thank you also to Gretchen King and Saja Marouf

 

Music this week was Rain by Nick Sherman from the Album Knives and Wildrice

 

Download at groundwirenews.ca  Pitch to the next episode by Monday May 1st.

 

 

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!
Applications due Monday, April 24: http://www.groundwirenews.ca/kxZI0

This episode of GW was produced on unceded Mohawk Territory in Montreal at CKUT 90.3fm.

Headlines:

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

Features:

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

Music:

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!

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

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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.

 

Headlines

Community forum on police brutality in Montreal | CKUT News

 

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

Features

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.

 

Listen to GroundWire on your local community radio station or find the latest episodes on groundwirenews.ca

 

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 electromagneticprint.com 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.

Headlines:

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

Features:

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

Music:

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!

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

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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.

Headlines:

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

Features:

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

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EMAIL - groundwireprod@gmail.com  

 

 

 

 

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

Français ci-dessous

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 rabble.ca 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 info@mediacoop.ca with your ideas, stories, and suggestions and we'll respond as soon as we can.
  

 

Français 

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 rabble.ca 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.

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