GroundWire | May 26, 2015 Indigenous Perspectives on the Environment

This episode was produced by Brenna Owen and Ophira Horwitz on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory. It features three interviews concerning Indigenous perspectives on the environment and climate change, and many interrelated issues including language, arts and culture, and food security.

Joseph LeBlanc is the Director of the Social Planning Council of Sudbury, and has worked with First Nations communities throughout Northern Ontario on various food system issues. He speaks about indigenous food insecurity from several perspectives, including a discussion on the efficacy of federal programs set up to address these issues.

Johnny Issaluk, traditional Inuit athlete, hunter, and recipient of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions towards improving the health and community well-being among Nunavutmiut. Johnny speaks about the environmental changes he has noticed in the Arctic, as well as the significance of these changes on Inuit lifestyle.

Issac Murdoch is a traditional knowledge keeper of stories and ceremonial protocol from Serpent Lake First Nation in Ontario. Six months ago, together with artists Christi Belcourt and Erin Konsmo, he formed the Onaman Collective, a group that combines art activities with traditional knowledge, youth, Elders, and language. He spoke about the work that they do to empower youth to take care of the environment and ensure the future of their communities.

We thank Noel Anthony Mano from CFRU 93.3 FM in Guelph for his contribution.

May 12, 2015: May Day, CHRY-->VIBE105, PEACH CITY-->CFUZ

This episode was produced by Ophira Horwitz and voiced by Martha Fiddler and Kevin Kakegamic in Sandy Lake First Nation, Ontario.


Bertans bounce 44 years reign of PCs for new blood NDP in Alberta - Brandon MacLeod, Peawanuck/Weenusk

Media Works, a collaboration with the NCRA, CUP, and CWA Associate Members, gets launched - Ophira Horwitz, Sandy Lake First Nation


May Day events take place in Winnipeg - Michael Welch, CKUW

CHRY-->VIBE105 - Omme-Salma Rahemtullah, CHRY

Interview with Danae Peart, CEO of VIBE105 - Cousin Awd, CJMP

Peach City-->CFUZ - Dave del Rizzo and the crew at CFUZ

The full interview by Cousin Awd from 42Fish on CJMP can be found at

GroundWire | April 27, 2015

This episode of GW was produced by CJSF90.1FM on Coast Salish Territories, including the Tsleil Waututh, Stó:l?,Skxwú7mesh and Musqueam peoples, in Burnaby by Maegan Thomas and Carly Forbes.

Headlines: Bill C-2, The Respect for communities act, has passed it's 3rd reading in the House of Commons and could prevent the opening of further safe consumption sites| Matt Grunland, CiTR with files from

As of April 26, the Teaching Support Staff Union at Simon Fraser University is on strike, beginning job action with an overtime ban. | Maegan Thomas, CJSF


Students in Halifax have been organizing against the deregulation of tuition as well as other issues affecting students including gender based violence and divestment from fossil fuels. | Jordan Roberts, CKDU

A caravan from Iguala Mexico is travelling across Canada raising awareness about the missing and disappeared students from Ayotzinapa | Delores Mora, CJSF

An injunction was filed against Grassy Narrows community member Judy DaSilva following a water ceremony by CN rail | Michael Welch, CKUW

Residents of Louis Riel house, Simon Fraser University's family housing resist eviction | Maegan Thomas with files from Gurpreet Kambo, CJSF

Community Radio Report: The pros and cons of record store day in Vancouver | Kiara Shibley and Jacob Gradowski, CJSF

GroundWire | April 14, 2015

This episode of GroundWire was produced at radio station CKUW 95.9FM in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Occupied Anishinaabe-Aking and the Homeland of the Metis. It was hosted by Dave Quanbury and Sara Arenson.

Headlines: A report on the successful campaign to prevent the port at Cacouna, Quebec from becoming a terminal for TransCanada's Energy East Pipeline |Marilla Steuter-Martin , CJLO

A report on the Saturday April 11 Climate March in Quebec City | Brenna Owen, CFRC

Features: A report on the environmental hazards associated with the development of the Energy East Pipeline route which would transform large sections of natural gas pipeline into a pipeline for diluted Tar Sands bitumen. |Jonathan Kornelsen, Adesuwa Ero, Michael Welch, Julien Cooper |CKUW

A look at what compels indigenous people to oppose and in some cases support pipeline routes, such as Energy East | Michael Welch, Julien Cooper CKUW

A report on how people living in the small rural community of Waskada, Manitoba view the impact of the oil boom on their community.| Michael Welch, Julien Cooper, CKUW

A chemical engineer explains the good and bad associated with living and working in the oil patch | Ophira Horwitz, CFRC

GroundWire| March 30, 2015

This episode of GroundWire was produced on Anishinaabe territory in Thunder Bay by Carly Forbes at CILU and co-hosted by Jayal Chung

Headlines: Haitian and Zimbabwean migrants resist deportation in Montreal after a recent policy ending the moratorium on deportations to Haiti and Zimbabwe | Antoine Cadeaux, CKUT

Quebec students mobilize against austerity measures in Montreal and protest military research at McGill | Aaron Lakoff, CKUT with audio from Aishwarya Singh and Stefan Christoff

Features: A new policy goes into effect on April1st that will lead to the deportation of thousands of migrant workers | Mina Ramos, CFRU

CUPE 3903 members speak out about why they have been on strike at York University since March 3rd | Alex Gellis, Toronto Watch the video here:

Protesters in Montreal at the March 21st demonstration speak about how austerity measures will affect them | Celia Robinovitch, CKUT

Community members in Thunder Bay gather in ceremony to honour the life of Cindy Gladue an indigenous woman whose murderer was recently acquitted | Carly Forbes, CILU

Community Radio Report: Rendez-Vous Francophonie promotes francophone culture at 9 NCRA member stations from coast to coast. | Ophira Horowitz, Ottawa

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.

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