GroundWire | March 17, 2015 (Revised with voice-over)

Here is a revised version of this week's GroundWire. The original version has about two minutes of a French interview without a voice-over in English in the International Women's Day report, so we added a voice-over.

GroundWire | March 17, 2015

This episode of GroundWire was produced on traditional Mohawk territory by Aaron Lakoff at CKUT 90.3 FM in Montréal, Québec. A very big thanks to our hosts Tiffany Lam and Dago Hernandez and everyone who did the reports and pitched in with the editing work this week! Remember to tune in to the full-length interviews on the individual stations!

Please be advised that there is about two minutes of a French interview in the International Women's Day Report without a voice-over. We'll release a second version of this week's edition of GroundWire with a voice over on Thursday. We apologize for the inconvenience!

In this edition,


Israel Apartheid Week kicks off across the country and around the world | Aaron Lakoff, CKUT 90.3 FM in Montréal, QC

From March 9-14, students on university campuses organized events in solidarity with Palestine to raise awareness around the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Tibetian National Uprising Day also kicks off across the country and around the world | Benjamin Maine, CKXU 88.3 FM in Lethbridge, AB; Produced by Jules Andre-Brown, CiTR 101.9 FM in Vancouver, BC

On March 10, people rallied in support of the people of Tibet and their plight under Chinese occupation. Benjamin Maine interviews Tseten Drawu, Board Member at CKXU and lifelong Tibet activist.

Pan Am & Parapan Am Games Medals unveiled | Erin Bond, CHSR 97.9 FM in Fredericton, NB

The 2015 competition medals for the Pan Am & Parapan Am games were unveiled on March 3 in Toronto. Erin Bond brings us this report about the water theme of the Pan Am medals, with a specially prepared statement by Métis artist Christi Belcourt and an interview with activist Sakura Saunders, who wrote an article about how the creation of these metals has been detrimentally impacting water supplies in Indigenous communities. Tune in to to hear an extended version with an interview with Mining Morality, a group that is doing a documentary about the Pueblo Viejo Mine in the Dominican Republic.

Gabrielle Fayant wins Indspire Award for her grassroots activism work | Michele Bourque, CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa, ON

Michelle Bourque interviews Gabrielle Fayant, the recipient of a national award that recognizes the achievements of Indigenous people in a wide range of disciplines. Gabrielle is, among other things, the co-founder of Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G), a youth-led organization that inspires culture and leadership among Indigenous people.

Agricultural Bill C-18 is passed in Parliament | Michael Welch, CKUW 95.9 FM in Winnipeg, MB

CKUW in Winnipeg reports on the passage of an omnibus Bill that the National Farmers union believes will benefit major seed companies like Monsanto at the expense of small producers.


City of Montréal drops nearly 2000 charges against protestors | Antoine Cadeaux, CKUT 90.3 FM in Montréal, QC

The city of Montreal recently dropped nearly two thousand charges against protestors brought under the city's controversial P6 anti-protest bylaw.

National Day of Action against anti-terrorism Bill C-51 takes place across Canada | Produced by Michael Welch, CKUW 95.9 FM in Winnipeg, MB, with audio from Jonathan Kornelsen and Julien Cooper, CKUW 95.9 FM; Victoria Fenner, rabble podcast network in Toronto, ON, and Anouk Millet, CKUT 90.3 FM in Montréal, QC

On March 14th, people across the country rallied against Harper's proposed anti-terrorist bill.

International Women's Day takes place on March 8th | Leonie Karwath, CKUT 90.3 FM

International Women's Day is a celebration of opposition to partriarchy and sexism that took place on March 8th. Leonie Karwath brought us this report from the streets of Montréal.

National Campus and Community Radio Conference Update | Brian Cleveland, Local 107.3 FM in St. John, NB, interviewed by Ophira Horwitz from the studio at CFRC 101.9 FM in Kingston, ON, and produced by Aaron Levy from CIVL 101.7 FM in Abbotsford, BC

Hot updates on the NCRC 2015 in St. John from June 3-10, 2015, including registration information and the latest on the Saint John river cruise on the Mississippi River Boat, Voyageur II. Don't forget to join the GroundWire training track and help make a cool episode during the conference!

GroundWire | February 25, 2015 & March 3, 2015 | Homelessness Marathon Edition

This edition of GroundWire was produced by Ophira Horwitz and Cam Willis on unceded Anishinabe and Haudensaunee territories at CFRC 101.9 FM in Kingston, Ontario. It originally aired during the 2015 Canadian Homelessness Marathon, an overnight broadcast from February 25th to 26th showcasing local stories about homelessness produced by campus and community radio stations from across the country. This year, CFRC hosted the Marathon.

All of the contributions were amazing as usual, and it was really hard to cut them down to GroundWire length, so we've pulled the full interviews into their own page on the NCRA Program Exchange for easy enjoying. The references to GroundWire have been removed so they're ready to air!

Download the full-length interviews:

In this edition:

The Shawenjeagamik Aboriginal Drop-In Centre is closing | Shirley Gagnon, CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa, Ontario, with interviews by Ophira Horwitz

Shelter up North provides women with emergency services | Mia Tokiak, CFBI 97.7 FM in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut

Report from Windsor's only women's shelter | Zoran Kljajic, CJAM 99.1 FM in Windsor, Ontario

The Coldest Night of the Year raises money for the homeless | Don Maitland, CIWS 102.7 FM in Stouffville, Ontario

Public library opens its doors to homeless people | Kurt Fabisch, CKUA 94.9 FM in Edmonton, Alberta

Local DJ spearheads Valentine's Day initiative to help the homeless | Abby, CJLO 1690 AM in Montréal, Québec

Web-based mobile app gets information to the homeless | Akira Xu, CiTR 101.9 FM in Vancouver, British Columbia

Megaphone magazine empowers homeless vendors | Matt Stephanson, radio emily in Vancouver, British Columbia

Interview with Andy Edwards and Jeremy Alderson, the founders of the Canadian and American Homelessness Marathons | Ophira Horwitz

We thank our hosts Wendy Luella Perkins and Irina Skvortsova.

We also thank Brenna Owen, Brendon Willis, Ayanda Mngoma, Toni Baggos, Konstantin Prodanovic, Frieda Werden, Carly Forbes, Heather McIntyre, and John Hodson.

GroundWire | February 17, 2015

This edition was narrated by Kerri Tattuinee and Julien Cooper from occupied Anishinaabe territory, homeland of the Métis and traditional territory of the Neehiwak and the Nakota at CKUW 95.9 fm in WInnipeg, Manitoba. Headlines were written by Michael Welch from CKUW and Marilla Steuter-Martin from CJLO, and features were produced by Gunargie O'Sullivan from CFRO, Madi Schmidt from CJSF, Mina Ramos from CFRU, and Filza Naveed from CFRC.

Headlines: Responses to Winnipeg's status as the country's most racist city | Michael Welch, CKUW, Winnipeg

Bill to change the regulations that allows trans people to apply for legal change in Québec | Marilla Steuter-Martin, CJLO, Montréal


Audrey Siegl physically attacked by a police officer at #ShutDownCanada Vancouver | Gunargie O'Sullivan, CFRO, Vancouver

February 14th Annual Womens Memorial March in Downtown Eastside, Vancouver | Madi Schmidt, CJSF, Burnaby

High-school youth rally outside Ontario immigration prison on Family Day | Mina Ramos, CFRU, Guelph

Homelessness Marathon next Wednesday, February 25th | Filza Naveed, CFRC, Kingston

The GroundWire public service announcement was recorded by Leila Lemghalef with music by Common Vernacular. Listen to Common Vernacular at

We also thank Ophira Horwitz and Maegan Thomas.

GroundWire | February 2, 2015

This edition was produced by Ophira Horwitz and narrated by Will Lafrance and Ossob Hassan on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory in Ottawa. Headlines were written by Marilla Steuter-Martin from CJLO, and features were produced by Ophira Horwitz, and CKXU members Benjamin Maine and Lauren Crazybull.


Saskatchewan anti-strike law struck down | Marilla Steuter-Martin, CJLO, Montréal -- The Supreme Court abolishes a Saskatchewan law that restricts who can strike, upholding the right to strike for public sector workers.

Kinder Morgan drops lawsuit against protesters | Marilla Steuter-Martin, CJLO, Montréal -- Kinder Morgan drops its multimillion-dollar civil suit against five Burnaby Mountain protesters and is willing to pay their court costs.

World Radio Day will take place on February 13th, 2015 | Ophira Horwitz, Ottawa -- Interview with Francesco Diasio, the Secretary General of AMARC: the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, based out in Montréal.

CKXU Partnership with Lethbridge Public Library | Benjamin Maine, CKXU, Lethbridge -- CKXU partners with a local library to create a vinyl collection and listening stations at a local library.

True Contact, and audio documentary series about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women | Lauren Crazybull, CKXU, Lethbridge -- Lauren Crazybull produces a documentary series about Residential Schools and their impact, a project which grew out of the NCRA's Resonating Reconciliation series.

Music this week is by Lethbridge band Lustre Creame, and the Felice Brothers from New York. Listen to Lustre Creame at

The GroundWire public service announcement was recorded by Leila Leila lemghalef with music by Common Vernacular. Listen to Common Vernacular at

We also thank Maegan Thomas, Tom Radford, Kelly Wilson, Audrey D. Luffy, Frieda Werden, and CKCU.

GroundWire | January 19, 2015

This edition was produced by Marilla Steuter-Martin, and presented by Marilla and Saturn De Los Angeles, at CJLO on unceded Mohawk territory in Montréal.


Freezing to death on the streets of Toronto. | Victoria Xie, CKUT

Vancouver transit police report 328 people to the Canadian Border Services Agency | Konstantin Prodandanovic, CiTR


Muslim perspectives on Charlie Hebdo attacks | Marilla Steuter-Martin, CJLO; Michael Welch, CKUW, and Aaron Lakoff, CKUT

Accessibility in the Ottawa punk and DIY community | Ophira Horwitz and Rachel Wheldon, with audio recorded by Mackenzie Smedmor

Women speak out against the Dalhousie dentistry scandal | Laura Peek, CKDU, with audio recorded by the Dalhousie Student Union

Community Radio Report:

Community Radio Fund of Canada increases funding for campus and community radio stations | Marilla Steuter-Martin, CJLO and Ophira Horwitz

We thank Emily McQuarrie, Frieda Werden, Carly Forbes, Audrey D. Luffy, Leila Lemghalef, Carmella Farahbakhsh, and Ophira Horwitz.

This week we played Pizza Shark by Bonnie Doon and Where I'm Going by Boyhood. You can purchase the tracks here:

GroundWire | January 5, 2015

This edition of GroundWire was produced on Algonquin territory in Ottawa by Tom Radford, Ophira Horwitz, and Audrey D. Luffy on unceded Algonquin territory in Ottawa, and by Jessie Wins on Attawandaron territory in Guelph.

This week we bring you a special year-in-review featuring the hottest stories from 2014. Jessie Wins presented Bill C-36, Ophira Horwitz covered oil pipelines, and Audrey D. Luffy talked about missing and murdered Indigenous women.

The stories that we featured on the show were collected over the course of the year. See below for a list of stories, airdates, and download links.

Stories about Bill C-36 were by Rachel Swatek, Amelie Philipson, Maegan Thomas, Layla Lemghalef, and Carly Forbes.

Stories about pipelines were by Michael Welch, Nicky Young, and Jay Peachy.

And the stories by missing and murdered Indigenous women were by Meghan Murphy, Ophira Horwitz, and Jessie Wins.

We thank Ed von Aderkas, Jason Armstrong, and Jay Jackson for their feedback. And we thank Tom again for staying up late to produce this episode.

We erroneously say that Rachel is from CFUV, but we know that she lives in Ottawa and worked for the NCRA as the GroundWire Coordinator last summer!


Sex Workers:

June 9

Sex workers speak out against Bill C-36, The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act | Rachel Swatek, NCRA

June 23

Feature: Sex workers and advocates are speaking out against Bill C-36, the government's proposed new sex-work legislation. | Amélie Phillipson, CKUT

September 1

Headline: The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre supports PEERS senate submission opposing Bill C-36 | Maegan Thomas, CJSF

September 15

Feature: Sex Workers testify against Bill C36 in Ottawa - Layla Lemghalef, CKUT

December 22

Headline: Sex Workers rally against Bill C-36 on the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers | Carly Forbes, CILU


April 7

Feature: Indigenous resistance to the Energy East pipeline | Michael Welch, CKUW

November 10

Headline: Anti-pipeline protestors took to social media last week to post their best #KMFace following Kinder Morgan`s court case to remove protestors from their TransMountain Pipeline project site on Burnaby Mountain near Vancouver| Jay Peachy, CJSF

December 22

Headline: Protestors march to Premier Wynne's residence in Toronto to raise concerns about the Energy East pipeline | Nicky Young, Toronto Media Coop

Missing and murdered Indigenous women:

December 8

Feature: The Feminist Alliance for International Action launches a campaign to to raise awareness of two forthcoming focused on Canada's missing aboriginal women | Meghan Murphy, CJSF

November 10

Feature: Walking with Our Sisters : an art installation that honors the lives of missing and murdered indigenous women across Canada comes to Ottawa | Ophira Horwitz

October 27

Headline: The National Aboriginal Women's Summit takes place in Membertou, Nova Scotia. | Ophira Horwitz

October 13

Sisters in Spirit organized a vigil in Guelph to honor Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Jessie Winokur, CFRU

GroundWire | December 22, 2014

This episode of GroundWire was produced on Mississaugas of New Credit Territory in Toronto by Carly Forbes and Algonquin territory in Ottawa by Ophira Horwitz

Headlines: Sex Workers rally against Bill C-36 on the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers | Carly Forbes, CILU

Protestors march to Premier Wynne's residence in Toronto to raise concerns about the Energy East pipeline | Nicky Young, Toronto Media Coop

Features: Cree youth walk to Montreal to call for an end to Uranium mining in their territory | Aaron Lakoff, CKUT and Carly Forbes, CILU

Toronto community members rally in solidarity with #Blacklivesmatter | Omme-Salma Rahemtullah, CHRY

Halifax discusses options for alternative transportation | CKDU

Community Radio Report: The Scope at Ryerson celebrates a successful bid for a spot on the AM dial | Ophira Horwitz

Music this week was recorded by Aaron Lakoff. Headlines this week were written by Carly Forbes and Nicky Young. We also thank Frieda Werden and Gianna Lauren.

GroundWire is a project of the NCRA.

GroundWire | December 8, 2014

This edition of GroundWire was produced by CKUT in Montréal on unceded Mohawk Territory. It was produced in collaboration with Courtney Harrop from CJMP and Frieda Werden, the host and producer of WINGS: Women's International News Gathering Service.

This is a special edition to commemorate the École Polytechnique Massacre that occurred in Montréal on December 6, 1989, and more broadly, the ongoing violence against women that we must include when we consider the aftermath of the massacre.

Feature produced in 1989 shortly after the massacre | Frieda Werden, Beth Blackmore, Mary Laney, WINGS

Tanya Tagaq speaks about her views on violence against Inuk women and girls in her acceptance speech at the Polaris Awards | Audio contributed by Frieda Werden

Feminists take to the streets for the Take Back the Night march in Montréal | Celia Robinovitch, CKUT

The Feminist Alliance for International Action launches a campaign to to raise awareness of two forthcoming focused on Canada's missing aboriginal women | Meghan Murphy, CJSF

Report on the official commemoration activities in Montréal on December 6 | Leila Lemghalef, CKUT

We thank host Tamara Filyavich, producer Aaron Lakoff, Ophira Horwitz, and all of our contributors to this edition.

GroundWire News

This week's episode was produced on unceded Musqueam territory in Vancouver, BC at CiTR by Morgan Yee. Headlines: November 20th Transgender Day of Remembrance | Christine Kim CiTR Nisga'a Deal with Petronas | Alex Sara-Davis CiTR Burnaby Mountain Protests and Arrests | Christine Kim CiTR Protests Continue in Montreal Against "Ayotzinapa Terrorist State" | Leila Lemghalef CKUT

Features: Burnaby Mountain Protests November 17th Stand-off | David Swanson CJSF Vancouver Municipal Elections Voter Turnout | Emily Blake CiTR University of British Columbia Students Rally Against Proposed Fee Increases | Konstantin Prodanovic CiTR

Community Radio Report: NCRA Award-Winning Terry Project and The Four Pillars | Rohit Joseph CiTR Hosted by: Marko Prodanovic and Tai Grauman CiTR

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