GroundWire | September 1, 2014

This week GroundWire was produced on unceded Coast Salish Territory  at CJSF in Burnaby by Maegan Thomas.

Headlines: Comments from Maude Barlow shed light on recent leak of the CETA agreement | Maegan Thomas, CJSF with files from Frieda Werden Students organize against the dissemination of racist propaganda and York Univeristy | Haseena Manek, CHRY The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre supports PEERS senate submission opposing Bill C-36 | Maegan Thomas, CJSF An Alternative Media Movement Assembly took place at the People's Social Forum in Ottawa | Gretchen King, CKUT

Features: Kinnie Starr, artist, and Caleb Behn, a BC Environmental and Sustainability lawyer from the E Cho Dene/Dunne Za Nations, speak out against fracking | Shelley Gummeson, CFBX Vancouver's Oppenheimer Park Tent City occupation continues to draw attention to failure of city to provide housing | Maegan Thomas, CJSF In July Unist'ot'en hosted a summer action camp; an excerpt from an upcoming documentary | Liz McArthur, CFUV

Community Radio Report Voices from CJSF's Kids Camp | Maegan Thomas, CJSF Thank you to contributors: Maegan Thomas, Gretchen King, Shelley Gummeson, Liz McArthur and Haseena Manek We also Thank: Omme-Salma Rahemtulla, Carly Forbes, Ophira Horowitz, Rachel Swatek, Frieda Werden and Peggy Lam

GroundWire | August 18, 2014

This week GroundWire was produced on unceded Algonquin Territory at CHUO in Ottawa Ontario. Cette émission de GroundWire était produite sur les territoires Algonquin non cédée à CHUO à Ottawa

Hosted by: Veronique Hynes and Rachel Swatek


The Secwepemc Women Warrior Society protests Imperial Metals mines at Toronto Stock Exchange (La « Secwepemc Women Warrior Society» protestaient les mines d'Imperial Metals à la Bourse de Toronto). | Sarah Newton, WhiStle Radio

Les organisateurs du forum social de peuple s'attendre a rassemblé 10 000 militant à Ottawa du 21 a 24 Aout. | Rachel Swatek, NCRA avec des fichier du PSF. Traduite par Olivier Charbonneau

Organizers of the People's Social Forum expect to bring 10,000 activists to Ottawa, August 21-24. | Rachel Swatek, NCRA with files from the PSF


Une entrevu avec une manifestante de l'oléoduc « Line 9 » d'Enbridge à Oxford, Ontario. (an interview with a protestor of Enbridge's Line 9 pipeline in Oxford Ontario). | Ophira Horwitz

A recap of Prisoner's Justice Day at CFRC Kingston (un résumé de la journée pour la justice des prisonniers à CFRC Kingston). | Brenna Owen, CFRC

Resistance to the Jumbo Glacier Resort in British Columbia (des critiques du développement d'un nouveau complexe touristique en Colombie-Britannique). | Catherine Fisher, CJLY

Community Radio Report:

Méli-Mélo, l'émission de radio hebdomadaire de l'association des francophones des Kootenays Ouest, enregistrée à CJLY à Nelson, promouvoir un nouveau projet pour partager l'histoire francophone. (Méli-Mélo, a weekly radio show produced by the francophone association of the west Kootenays at CJLY is promoting a new project to share francophone history). | Lyne Chartier, CJLY

GroundWire thanks: Olivier Charbonneau, Veronique Hynes and Rachel Swatek

GroundWire | August 4, 2014

This week GroundWire was produced on traditional Anishinaabe and Metis territory at CKUW in Winnipeg Manitoba.

Hosted by: Raegan Hedley and Mathew Joseph


The Canadian Civil Liberties Association releases new report criticising pretrial detention and the bail system in Canada. | Catherine Fisher CJLY

The United Nations High Commission for Human Rights says Canada should release a man detained for eight years over immigration violations. | Sarah Newton, WhiStle Radio

A traditional indigenous Copper Breaking ceremony on Parliament Hill| Rachel Swatek , NCRA


Rallies take place across Canada to mourn the more than 1360 people who have died in Gaza and put pressure on Israel to prevent future massacres. | Aaron Lakoff, CKUT

Winnipeg Fringe Festival performer Theresa Thompson talks about reactions to her role in the play "Lies of a Promiscuous Woman" | Anna Sigrithur and Jen Unwin, CKUW

A BC woman who was charged for her refusal to complete the 2011 short-form census. | Courtney Harrop, CJMP

Community Radio Report:

A look at the 6th annual Prisoners' Justice Day at CFRC in Kingston, Ontario | Brenna Owen, CFRC

GroundWire thanks: Victoria King, Rheal Gautier, Eric Giannuzzi and Rachel Swatek

GroundWire | July 21, 2014

This episode of GroundWire was produced on traditional Mohawk territory at CKUT in Montreal by Aaron Lakoff.

Hosted by: Jehane Yazami of CKUT.


Grassy Narrows First Nation continues fight for land rights after a loss at the Supreme Court of Canada | Tiffany Lam, CKUT

A Palestine solidarity rally in Montreal | Aaron Lakoff and Under the Olive Tree, CKUT

The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Process allows Glacier Resorts Ltd to "self report" on compliance with 195 legally binding conditions | Catherine Fisher, CJLY


Indigenous activists in Elsipogtog, New Brunswick protest shale gas extraction and call for a common strategy to defend water in the province.| Heidi Griffin and Michael Freeman, CHMA

An anti-racist soccer tournament in Montreal | Carla Green, CKUT

Non-profit organizations Sustainable Kingston and Hearthmakers Energy Cooperative are collaborating to encourage local businesses to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions | Brenna Owen, CFRC

Community Radio Report:

Celebrating the 28th anniversary of the National Campus and Community Radio Association with founding board member Pat Nagle and the NCRA's Penny Clarke. | Rachel Swatek, NCRA

GroundWire thanks: Sawssan Kadoura, Katherine Garven, Aaron Lakoff, and Rachel Swatek

GroundWire | July 7, 2014

This episode of GroundWire was produced at CHRW in London, Ontario by Ed von Aderkas.

Hosted by: Emily Stewart and Julian Uzielli of CHRW.


Canadian Tarek Loubani, who was imprisoned in Egypt last summer, says his country should take a stronger stance against the sentencing of Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy in Egypt. | Julian Uzielli, CHRW

Migrant justice group, No One is Illegal protests changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program | Mina Ramos, CFRU

The Tsilhqotin First Nation win a landmark land claim case at the Supreme Court of Canada | Courtney Harrop, CJMP

The BC Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors, supported by the Pivot Legal Society argued to British Columbia's Supreme Court that a number of city bylaws in Abbotsford, BC are unconstitutional, because they prevent access to safe shelter for homeless Canadians. | Catherine Fisher, CJLY

Highlights from Toronto World Pride. | Ed von Aderkas, CHRW


Analysis of the British Columbia Teachers Federation strike.| Maegan Thomas, CJSF and Andy Longhurst, CiTR

A feature interview with feminist activist David Futrelle, who writes the popular gender equity blog: We Hunted the Mammoth. | Angie St. Mars and Jen Unwin, CKUW

Community Radio Report:

A feature interview with Devin Pielle, the new First Nations Language Coordinator at CJMP in Powell River, British Columbia. | Rachel Swatek, NCRA

Music: "That's Okay" by Roland Prevost, off his album "One in Breath." "Sheltered" by Metro4, off their album "Day One."

GroundWire thanks: Ed von Aderkas, Andy Longhurst, Emily Stewart, Julian Uzielli and Rachel Swatek

GroundWire | June 23, 2014

This edition of GroundWire was produced on unceded Algonquin territory at CHUO in Ottawa by Rachel Swatek.

Headlines: Toronto City Council voted and approved implementation steps to insure accessible survices to people who don't have full immigration status. | Amélie Phillipson CKUT

Thousands are reported homeless after a village near Barrick Gold's Porgera gold mine in Papua New Guinea was burned. | Amélie Phillipson CKUT

The government of British Columbia asked the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency to substitute a federal environmental review of a contentious mining proposal in the Monashee mountain range with a single provincial review. | Catherine Fisher CJLY

A report on opposition to the Northern Gateway Pipeline, approved with 209 conditions by the federal government on June 17,2014. | Catherine Fisher CJLY and Gunargie O'Sullivan CFRO


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

GroundWire kicked off a summer celebrating Pride celebrations across Canada in Kingston Ontario | Brenna Owen CFRC

Community Radio Report:

Nuxalk Radio 91.1 FM launched in Bella Coola, BC on June 21, to broadcast and promote the Nuxalk language. Rachel Swatek sat down with Banshie Hanuse from the brand new station.| Rachel Swatek NCRA

Hosted by: Benjamin Miller CHUO and Rachel Swatek NCRA. Music by: The Shing Shing Regime, Clean Kuts Originalz. We also Thank: Carly Forbes, Olivier Charbonneau, Joel Ladouceur and Erin Flynn.

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GroundWire June 9, 2014 | NCRC Edition

This episode of GroundWire was produced on Unceded Coast Salish Territory at CFUV in Victoria, British Columbia by Carly Forbes.

Hosted by: Jana Juniper Gee from CFUV and Elisabeth Jaeger from CKTZ


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

Reflections and celebrations of the Resonating Reconciliation project | Carly Forbes, CILU

The source of the Windsor hum has been identified | Julian Uzielli, CHRW

BC MLA kicked out of the provincial legislature for speaking against Bill 24 | Courtney Harrop and Karen Skadsheim, CJMP


Immigration detainees are boycotting their detention review hearings in three Ontario maximum security prisons | Mina Ramos, CFRU

Abortion access in Eastern Canada further restricted following the closure of the Morgentaler clinic in Fredericton | Louis Zatzman, CHMA

A live report from the Red Jam Slam at the NCRC in Victoria | Alicia Williams, CIVL

Community Radio Report:

Highlights of the 2014 National Campus and Community Radio Conference | Frieda Werden, WINGS and Ed von Aderkas, CHRW

We also thank: Gretchen King, Maegan Thomas, and Nina Halliday-Thompson

GroundWire May 19, 2014

This episode of GroundWire was produced on Unceded Coast Salish Territory at CJSF in Burnaby BC.

Headlines: -National Campus and Community Radio Conference preview, featuring Robyn Spilker, conference coordinator at CFUV (produced by Maegan Thomas, CJSF);

-Supreme Court Upholds Security Certificate Regime, featuring Carmen Chung, senior counsel, BC Civil Liberties Assoc. (produced by Frieda Werden, CJSF);

-Shawn Atleo resigns as National Chief of Assembly of First Nations, featuring former Vice Chief Bill Wilson (interviewed by Gunargie O'Sullivan, CFRO), and William Lindsey, director, Simon Fraser University's Office of Aboriginal Peoples (produced by Maegan Thomas).

Features: -Two Canadians, Journalist Mohamed Fahmy and Khaled Al Qazzaz are detained in Egypt during the elections and descent in increasingly criminalized. - Sources are Ehab Lotayef and Samaa Elibyari from ECCD, and Sarah Sattia, the wife of Khaled Al Qazzaz. (produced by Amelie Phillipson of CKUT)

-BC Apology for Anti-Chinese Discrimination, featuring BC Premier Christy Clark, and Sid Tan, community media producer and activist (produced by Frieda Werden of CJSF)

-Mothers Against Borders, featuring Ivonne Hernandez, mother facing deporation; Solidarity Across Borders member Bruneau; unnamed Solidarity Across Borders organizer; immigrant mother, Renate.(produced by Clementine Koenig of CKUT)

Community Radio Report: -3rd Annual Record Store Day, featuring Maegan Thomas and Jesse Wentzloff from CJSF; Ben Frith, operator at Neptune Records; and Narduar, radio personality from CITR)

Program Narrator: Nina Halliday-Thompson, CJSF. Groundwire Series Coordinator, Carly Forbes.

GroundWire | May 5, 2014

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This episode of GroundWire was produced on Traditional Mohawk Territory in Montreal at CKUT



Moratorium on Temporary Foreign Workers in Food Service industry further marginalizes migrant workers | Carly Forbes, CILU


BC advocate for children and youth makes recommendations to extend the age that youth remain in foster care | Ross Henry, CJSF


Jose Figueroa speaks at the Guelph May Day dinner via skype from sanctuary in Langley, BC | MaryCarl Guiao, Migrant Matters Radio



This year's May Day in Winnipeg marked the 95th anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike | Julien Cooper, Chuck Girard and Michael Welch, CKUW


An in depth look at the corruption of politicians and the consultation process for fracking in Eslipogtog First Nations territory | Miles Howe, Halifax Media Coop


May Day in Montreal is met with heavy police repression during the annual anti-capitalist march | Amelie Phillipson, Aaron Lakoff, CKUT


Community Radio Report:

Avalanche, a disability justice radio program on CKUT is fundraising to make their programming accessible to the deaf community | Aaron Lakoff, CKUT


Music by:

Emrical and Ought

GroundWire | April 22, 2014


This episode of GroundWire was produced by Catherine Fisher at CJLY on Sinixt ancestral territory, in Nelson, BC



Maritime energy association briefing shut down by Mi'kmaq women| Sula Sidnell-Greene, CKUT

Christine Hemmingway settles with Corrections BC for failing to provide adequate healthcare | Yasmeen, Prison Radio CKUT

Montreal's green spaces are being neglected and at risk of disappearing | Amelie Phillipson, CKUT



Montreal residents demonstrate against austerity following recent Quebec elections | Amelie Phillipson, CKUT

BC representative for children and youth discusses the importance of access to community and culture for Aboriginal children and her recent report titled “when talk trumped services”| Gunargie O'Sullivan & Woody Morrison, Vancouver Co-op radio, Carly Forbes, CILU

The expiration of the Canada Health Accord and a national movement calling for a new accord | Frieda Werden, CJSF

Music by:

Buffy Sainte-Marie and Miriam Pearl


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