GroundWire | September 12, 2016

This week GroundWire is produced at CILU FM, on Fort William First Nation's Annishinabe Traditional Territory, part of the Robinson-Superior Treaty in Thunder Bay Ontario.


Montreal incarcerated workers organizing committee and the organizing committe for detained workers issue statement of solidarity with prisoners in large coordinated strike across American prisoners on the anniversary of the Attica uprising | Lindsay Nixon, CKUT

New Study finds that students who feel safe in the classroom are more attentive and efficient in the classroom | Yafa & Gabriela, CKUT

The Community Media Advocacy Centre and the Urban Alliance on Race Relations calls on Heritage Minister, Mélanie Joly to reconsider CRTC commissioner Shoan's dismissal and create equity within the CRTC | Gretchen King, CKUT

Court proceedings begin in Nelson, BC, after eight charges were laid against Executive Flight Centre and the Government of BC stemming from the Lemon creek fuel spill in 2013 | Catherine Fisher, CJLY


Pride Toronto townhall hears support for demands made by Black Lives Matter during this year's Toronto Pride |Mick Sweetman, CJRU

Live coverage of protecting wild salmon from fish farms. Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw delegates travel aboard the sea shepherd to rally support in coastal communities | Gunargie O'Sullivan, CFRO

Community Radio Report

CIBL 101.5FM in Montreal addresses station debt by changing programming and accessing new funding. | Gretchen King, CKUT

August 29 | Reconciliation, Air Quality, World Social Forum

This episode of GroundWire was produced on Mohawk traditional territory at CKUT in Montreal, hosted by Jessica Szarek and Yafa.


Protests against France's burkini ban | Lindsay Nixon, CKUT

Toronto introduces dedicated bike lanes on busy street | Mick Sweetman, CJRU

Minister of Health in Northwest Territories to investigate death of elder Hugh Papik | Lindsay Nixon, CKUT


Community members living in and around the Tla'Amin Nation speak about their experiences of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations | Zoe Ludski, CJMP

Report released on air quality in Prince George, BC | Laura Smith, CFUR

Panel on decolonization during the World Forum of Free Media at the World Social Forum in Montreal | Djenaba Dayle, CKUT

Communit Radio Report

Radio Camp at CKUW Winnipeg allows youth to be both entertained and empowered through radio | Michael Welch, CKUW

Music in this episode was by A Tribe Called Red - R.E.D. Ft. Yasiin Bey, Narcy & Black Bear and Alaclair Ensemble with Jean-Claude Van Damme (GDB) from Les maigres blancs d'Amérique du Noir (paroles).

Aug 15 | Prisoners Justice Day

This episode of GroundWire was produced at Community Radio Station CKUW 95.9FM in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Treaty One territory, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe peoples and the homeland of the Metis Nation. This episode was hosted by Rachel Dunsmore and Susan Huebert.


Vancouver mayor commits to developing 100% social housing at 58 Hastings in the downtown Eastside | Gunargie O'Sullivan, CFRO

Grassy Narrows First Nation Youth stage march in Kenora demanding clean-up of English-Wabigoon River System | Michael Welch, CKUW


Robert Gaucher provides background on the origins of Prisoner Justice Day, Cheryl James, sister of an Indigenous woman who died in custody provides a perspective | Stephane Doucet, CKUW

Increase in deaths related to the use of the synthetic opioid Fentanyl and its impacts on the Prince George community | Grant Bachand, CFUR

70% of Visa applications by Global South Delegates to the World Social Forum were denied by Canadian embassies | Djenaba Dayle, CKUT

Community Radio Report

Community radio stations across the country mark Prisoner Justice Day with special dedicated programming | Omme-Salma Rahemtullah, GroundWire

Music in this episode was by Lorenzo

Tent City Vancouver, #JusticeforAbdiRahman, CRTC dismissal of Commissioner Shoan

This episode of GroundWire was produced by volunteers at Kootenay Co-op Radio on Sinixt traditional territory in Nelson BC


Charges Laid in Lemon Creek fuel spill | Catherine Fisher, CJLY

The CBSA denies the Lakatos family's humanitarian application | Geneva Gleeson, CKUT

World Listening Day, July 18th | Catherine Fisher, CJLY


Abdirahman Abdi dies following injuring sustained during violent arrest in Ottawa | Jessica Szarek, CKUT

Tent City at 58 West Hastings St, Vancouver | Gunargie O'Sullivan, CFRO; Catherine Fisher, CJLY

Community Radio Report:

The recent dismissal of Commissioner Raj Shoan from the CRTC points to larger issues of systemic racism within the CRTC and across the media landscape in Canada | Omme-Salma Rahemtullah, GroundWire


James Keelaghan, from "A Few Simple Verse" Quatuor Bozzini, from "Still Image"

Groundwire July 19 | BLM Toronto and US solidarity, detention hunger strike, Lakatos family PR

This episode of GroundWire was produced on traditional territory of the Mohawk people at CKUT radio in Montreal, hosted by Elliott Lobel.


Tent city in Vancouver's east side to decry lack of affordable housing | Aaron Lakoff, CKUT

Negotiations between Canada Post and CUP-W | Greg McDougall, Resistance to proposed mega-dam project Site C in Northern BC | Aaron Lakoff, CKUT


Public meeting of the Ontario government's Anti-Racism Directorate | Alannah Johnson, GroundWire

Response from Black communities in Montreal to the recent police killings of Black men in the USA | Geneva Gleason, CKUT

Lakatos family escaping anti-Roma discrimination and violence in Hungary still await response to their PR application | Janna Bryson, CKUT

Immigration detainees in two Ontario prisons launch hunger strike to #EndIndefiniteDetention | Mina Ramos, CFRU

Community Radio Report campaign asks telecommunications companies to enable FM receivers in smartphones | Omme-Salma Rahemtullah

Headlines this week were written by Aaron Lakoff.

We thank all our contributors, as well as Aaron Lakoff, Carly Forbes, and Gretchen King.

July 4 | Splatsin Members Oppose Land Transfer, River Run, Community Radio Awards

This episode of GW was produced by volunteers at Kootenay Co-operative Radio on Sinixt traditional territory in Nelson BC.


Government of British Columbia's 2016 Crown Contaminated Sites Report released | Catherine Fisher, CJLY

Inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations youths | Carly Forbes, GroundWire


Walk in opposition to condominium developments on a sacred site on unceded Algonquin Territory | Matt Cicero, CKCU/OPIRG Radio

Splatsin community members opposed the transfer of land that is known to be an ancestral burial ground | Gunargie O'Sullivan, CFRO

River Run protest in support of Grassy Narrows at Queen's Park in Toronto | Stephane Doucet, CKUW

Community Radio Report

Highlighting the work and achievements of community radio volunteers and producers at this year's National Campus and Community Radio Awards | Ophira Horwitz, CFUZ

Music in this episode by Casse-Tête: A Festival of Experimental Music which takes place each June in Prince George, BC. Featured: Hunt the Circle by Alberta composer and musician Kathleen Yearwood

June 20 | Ottawa Sacred Walk, Pulse Nightclub Vigil, Save Crab Park

This episode of GroundWire was produced in part at the annual national campus and community radio conference, held this year in Ottawa on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory.

Hosted by Chanel Klein from CJSF and Ugonna Chigbo from CKUW


CRTC's new policy on community television subsidizes corporate media | Omme-Salma Rahemtullah, GroundWire

Sinkhole in downtown Ottawa | Saima Asad CJSW, Chanel Klein CJSF, Ugonna Chigbo, CKUW


Thousands of people attended a vigil in Toronto to remember the victims of Pulse Nightclub shooting | Mick Sweetman CJRU

Sacred walk in Ottawa in opposition to Zibi condo developments | Braden Alexander CKXU, Matt Sicero CKCU

Save Crab Park rally in opposition to Port expansion in Vancouver | Gunargie O'Sullivan Co-op Radio

Community Radio Report:

First Nations delegates and delegates of colour speak about the importance of diversity at the 35th annual National Campus and Community Radio Conference | Omme-Salma Rahemtullah GroundWire, Mick Sweetman CJRU, Saima Asad CJSW

Music in this episode was by A Tribe Called Red

Thanks to all our contributors and to Audrey O Breham, Carly Forbes, and CHUO

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River Run, Indigenous Death in Detention, Equity and Media Literacy

GroundWire | June 6, 2016

This week GroundWire is produced at CILU FM, on Fort William First Nation's Annishinabe Traditional Territory, part of the Robinson-Superior Treaty in Thunder Bay Ontario.


Canada extends human rights to trans people while the media stays silent about arson to the only clinic that provides gender affirming surgeries in Canada | Lindsay Nixon, CKUT

Inquest determines police shooting of Jermaine Carby during a traffic stop was a homicide | Omme-Salma Rahemtullah, GroundWire

NCRA releases a zine providing guidance for acknowledging First Nations territories | Ophira Horwitz, NCRA

Somali Communities respond to anti-black racism in Vice's "This is Dixon" | Omme-Salma Rahemtullah, GroundWire


Grassy Narrows River Run, an arts based action demanding mercury be cleaned from the community's river | Mandy Hiscocks ,CFRU and Carly Forbes, GroundWire

Indigenous prisoner dies while incarcerated at the Winnipeg Remand Centre after being denied access to seizure medication | Stéphane Doucet , CKUW

Community Media Report: Equity and media literacy at the Discoverability Summit - Gretchen King, CKUT

Hosts: Jayal Chung and Carly Forbes Music: Home to Me - N'we Jinan, Grassy Narrows Youth

Thank you to: Michael Welch and Catherine Fisher

GroundWire | May 23, 2016

This episode is brought to you by CFRU 93.3fm on Attawadoran neutral Territory at the university of Guelph and we are your hosts Mina Ramos and Jessie Winokur


Walk 4 healing in Thunder Bay, 1000 community members drummers on Sunday May 8 | Carly Forbes, GroundWire

Yet another immigration detainees dies in Edmonton | Mina Ramos, CFRU

Coroner's inquest continue in regards to the death of Jermaine Carby | Mina Ramos, CFRU

Grassy Narrows march to Toronto in June to raise awareness about water contamination l Mandy Hiscocks, CFRU

Report back from MARC conference | Omme-Salma Rahemtullah, GroundWire


Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Review by the Federal government | Mina Ramos, Jessie Winokur CFRU

Immigration detainee wins $60,000 in damages for detention conditions l Mina Ramos, Jessie Winokur CFRU

Michael Sona, convicted in robocall scandal to appeal sentence l Adam Nicholson & Scotty Hertz, CFRU

Community Radio Report:

CFRU takes radio to community with mobile studio | Bryan Webb, CFRU

Music: D'bi Young - Black Lives Matter LAL - Find Safety

Thank you to Christopher Currie, Audrey O'Breham, Savannah Clarke and Jenny Mitchell

GroundWire | May Day Episode

This episode of Groundwire was produced at Community radio station CKUW 95.9FM in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Treaty One territory, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe peoples and the homeland of the Metis Nation. This week, we bring you a special episode dedicated to MAY DAY, and issues around labour across Canada.

Headlines: Strike ended by workers at Crown Royal's Diageo plant in Gimli Manitoba | Scott Price, CKUW

Leap Manifesto at NDP convention and job creation potential in moving away from oil and gas | Mick Sweetman, CJRU

Features: May Day rally in Winnipeg | Stephane Doucette and Michael Welch, CKUW

Montreal Anti-capitalist May Day Demo | Chloe Baruffa, CKUT

Union engagement with First Nations within extractive industries | Stephane Doucette, CKUW

Labour's reaction to Tory win in Manitoba election | Michael Welch, CKUW

Community Radio Report: CKUW takes over ownership of Stylus magazine | Michael Welch, CKUW

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