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CKMS News – 2020-10-19 – Land Back is Here to Stay

Host: Ivan Angelovski

Since June 21, 2020 a number of indigenous people, sick of Kitchener and Waterloo charging them large amounts of money to gather in their traditional places, having to get permits and seek permission to gather on their traditional land, occupied a part of Victoria Park in Kitchener, a land reclamation known as  “Land Back Camp” or O:se Kenhionhata:tie

They are demanding four things: to waive all fees for the Indigenous communities to host events in public spaces, to give back the land in Victoria Park and Waterloo Park, that the cities create paid positions at all levels for engaging with Indigenous Peoples, and that the cities create Indigenous Advisory Committees to address racial injustice.

A photo of Shawn Johnston and Amy Smoke wearing toques with the White tee-pee of O:se Kenhionhata:tie/Land back Camp in the background.
Shawn Johnston and Amy Smoke. Photo: Ivan Angelovski

After more than 17 weeks of protest, they managed to resolve the fees problem and on Monday October 19, the city of Kitchener will be voting on establishing a team dedicated to addressing social justice issues, including Indigenous initiatives.

But that’s not going to resolve all the problems Indigenous peoples face in Waterloo Region.

On this episode we speak with Amy Smoke and Shawn Johnston from the Land Back Camp. 


This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

Check out the archived versions of  this program and other episodes on radiowaterloo.ca/news. You can  follow us on twitter @RadioWaterloo. And you can email news@radiowaterloo.ca to get in touch with comments or ideas about stories to cover.

The music was Blackroom by Moby, courtesy of mobygratis.com

CKMS News – 2020-10-15 – Police target a Black PhD candidate for arrest

Host: Ivan Angelovski

Black Lives Matter of Waterloo Region, along with other Black and African organizations in the Region, started a petition for the police to drop the charges against Irene Ekweozoh, a Waterloo based PhD candidate in law.

Ekweozoh was arrested on September 20th, after problems with her White neighbour in their apartment building.

The issues began in February, when, according to Ekweozoh and the police report, after an argument, her neighbour unleashed a dog on her and her 13 year old daughter.  The police told Ekweozoh that charges were not warranted against her neighbour in that incident.

In this episode you will hear from:
Irene Ekweozoh, PhD student targeted for arrest by Waterloo regional police, Fanis Juma an organizer with Black Lives Matter of Waterloo Region, Tapiwa Jabhama from the African Canadian Association, as well as Fidelia Otokhina and Promise O Williams from the Nigerians in the Region of Waterloo.

In a statement from the regional police service’s public relations department it was noted that “anyone with concerns about police conduct or professionalism can call to speak to a supervisor to relay their concerns or issue a formal complaint at 519-570-9777 (WRPS). Complaints about police conduct can also be filed with the Ontario Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) here: www.oiprd.on.ca.”

The Black Lives Matter Waterloo Region statement in support of Irene can be found here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScYirGQ8tOYyTppvBskF8fi3EBOyaWgpOcLC-PnhL-s3byoyQ/viewform


This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

Check out the archived versions of  this program and other episodes on radiowaterloo.ca/news. You can  follow us on twitter @RadioWaterloo. And you can email news@radiowaterloo.ca to get in touch with comments or ideas about stories to cover.

The music was Blackroom by Moby, courtesy of mobygratis.com

CKMS News – 2020-10-08 – What will happen with the calls to defund the police in Waterloo Region?

Host: Ivan Angelovski

In June this year, tens of thousands of people marched the streets of Kitchener in support for the Black Lives Matter movement, asking for change. Their most important demand was to defund the police.

With similar calls across Canada that were unsuccessful, what will happen with the police budget in Waterloo region?

In this episode we talk with Teneile Warren, local organiser and anti-racism activist, and Karen Redman, Regional Chair and chair of the Waterloo Region Police Service board.


This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

CKMS News – 2020-10-05 – Marc Lafleur of TruLocal on the equal opportunity grant for Black entrepreneurs.

Host: Ivan Angelovski

Early September the federal government announced investments of up to 221 million dollars to help Black-owned businesses.
But even before that, Black-owned businesses in Waterloo region have organized to help themselves.

Marc Lafleur is co-founder and the CEO of the Kitchener based TruLocal, a company that connects people with local farmers and provides them with locally-sourced meat products.

After Black Lives Matter protests in Canada early June, TruLocal organized what they called Equal opportunity grant, giving $5,000 to select Black-owned businesses.

The idea, as Marc Lafleur says, was to equal the playing field.


This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

CKMS News – 2020-09-07 – Doctors for Defunding Police

Host: Ivan Angelovski

On May 27, 2020, in the High Park neighbourhood in Toronto, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, a 29-year-old black-indigenous woman, ended up dead after an encounter with Toronto police. The police were originally called by her mother to try to de-escalate an unsafe mental health situation.

All of this is under several investigations, so I’m very careful with words.

One of those investigations – the one by the Special Investigations Unit, the SIU – unit that’s supposed to investigate police misconduct in Ontario, cleared all the police officers that were at the scene.

The decision sparked a new set of anti-racism protests across Canada, a series of protests started after the murder of George Floyd in the States.

Whatever the truth is, and probably only people who were in that apartment know what it is, the case goes to the list of cases in which people with mental problems ended up dead after coming across police officers in Ontario, like Ejaz Choudry, Ian Pryce, and Andrew Loku, among others.

In Toronto, an organization Doctors for defunding police started a petition, now signed by 622 Canadian doctors and health professionals, warning that policing in this country is a public health crisis and calling for a change on how this society is reacting to mental health, and other issues.

In this program, we’re talking with doctor Suzanne Shoush and medical student Semir Bulle, from the University of Toronto who started the organization.

Background:
The letter and signatories can be found here: https://doctorsfordefundingpolice.com/ and oyu can find Doctors for Defunding the Police on twitter: @DrsDefundPolice

Download audio: https://soundfm.s3.amazonaws.com/CKMSNews-202-09-07-DoctorsForDefundingThePolice.mp3

White text in all capitals on a black background reading "Wellness checks should never be a death sentence." @drsdefundpolice"
White text in all capitals on a black background reading “Wellness checks should never be a death sentence.” @drsdefundpolice”. Image courtesy of Doctors For Defunding Polcie


This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

AW@L Radio – 2020-07-03-Cheyanne Thorpe – Sir JAM Statue Protest in Baden

Listen to interview:

This is a short interview with Cheyanne Thorpe, an Indigenous woman and resident of Waterloo Region, who has been organising protests and public pressure against the placement of the Sir John A MacDonald statue in a public park in Baden Ontario. The statue, part of the “prime ministers walk” project was located in Baden with little support, after residents in Kitchener and Waterloo rejected the idea that the project be built in their cities.

In recent weeks, Cheyanne has organised sit-in protests at the statue and has spoken to town council about the negative impacts of displaying statues which honour unapologetically racist and genocidal leaders like MacDonald (the first prime minister of canada and one who led genocidal projects in an effort to eliminate Indigenous peoples, nations, and cultures). With public support for the statue removal growing, Cheyanne has vowed to continue the protests until the statue is removed and the rest of the project cancelled.

The protests against the statue has also brought out local racists and white-nationalists who have tried to intimidate protest attendees and have posted confederate and nazi imagery in the area. In addition to an old man who started to attack protest participants (before being restrained) and a small group of local teens who have participated in the intimidation attempts, known white nationalist gang “the urban infidels” have also been involved in the confrontations and intimidation. Led by the man who violently attacked Pride events in Hamilton in 2019, chris vanderweide, the infidels also had ben mills, leigh stewart, and rijah martin.

This interview took place June 27th as the sit-in was wrapping up for the day.

More information about the group organising to remove the statue:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/3087987161245025/

The petition to have the statue removed and the larger project cancelled.
https://www.change.org/p/township-of-wilmot-council-stop-the-prime-ministers-path-statue-project-4cf22acc-4779-43c3-bf55-af472071f8b9

This interview first aired on AW@L Radio on July 3rd 2020. for more AW@L Radio check: http://grandrivermc.ca

download audio: https://archive.org/download/awlradio-2020-07-03-sirjamstatuebaden/aw%40lradio-2020-07-03-sirjamStatueBaden.mp3

CKMS News – 2020-07-12 – Impacts of COVID on Poor Folks and People Who Use Drugs 2 – From the Frontlines

Host: Julian Ichim

This week we continue to examine the impact of the corona virus on homeless people and drug users. This show is the second of three shows examining this problem from different perspectives.

Today’s show we will talk to two front line workers about the impact the corona virus has on poor people and drug users, including migrant workers.

Don La Casse is a local advocate with ACCKWA, (Aids Committee of Cambridge Kitchener Waterloo Area) who has been organizing for more than 5 years in Kitchener. His activism ranges from Tent Cities outreach, to needles exchange and peer support for drug users.

Following Don we will hear from Louisa Sunshine who has helped organize the last three tent cities in Kitchener and is also part of Migrant workers Centre which defends the rights of migrants in Ontario and Quebec she will talk about the drug problem in the migrant community as well as the impact COVID has had on migrant rights and migrant drug users.

In both of these interviews the impact of the corona virus on poor people and drug users is discussed from the perspective of front line workers. In the next installment of this 3 part series interview we will talk to drug users themselves.

Download audio: https://soundfm.s3.amazonaws.com/2020-07-12-CKMSNews-CovidImpactsOnPovertyAndDrugUsers-2.mp3

This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

CKMS News – 2020-07-10 – Overdose Prevention Day – An Interview with John Stone

Host: Julian Ichim

On today’s show we will examine the importance of overdose prevention day which is June 30th. This year the issue pushed is the issue of Safe supply.

Today’s show we will talk with Jon Stone about overdose prevention and safe supply.

Jon Stone was active in all three tent cities in Kitchener over the last three years as well as the unsanctioned safe injection site. Last years Tent City practiced Safe Supply by distributing safe narcotics to addicts so that they can be safe using and participating. He is also part of Revolutionary Student Movement.

Download audio: https://soundfm.s3.amazonaws.com/2020-07-10-CKMSNews-OverdosePreventionDay-JohnStone.mp3

This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

CKMS News – 2020-06-25 – Bootstraps and Basic Income – An Interview with Hugh Segal


Host: Ivan Angelovski

With the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) program introduced to help people who lost their jobs due to COVID-19, a lot of people started to talk about whether Canada would need such a program if there was already a Universal Basic Income in place for people getting exactly into that situation.

Radio Waterloo recently published a story on Kitchener council’s initiative to urge the provincial and federal government to start talking about universal basic income (https://radiowaterloo.ca/ckms-news-2020-06-04/). In that story we aired a short excerpt from the interview with Hugh Segal, former senator who designed the Ontario Basic Income Pilot Project and who recently published a book called Bootstraps Need Boots, One Tory’s Lonely Fight to End Poverty in Canada.

Now we’re airing the entire interview with Mr. Segal explaining the thought process behind the Pilot, the benefits of universal basic income, and why he feels lonely in his fight to end poverty in this country.

Download audio: https://soundfm.s3.amazonaws.com/2020-06-25-CKMSNews-UBIAndBootstraps-AnInterviewWithHughSegal.mp3

This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

CKMS News – 2020-06-06 – Black Lives Matter KW Solidarity March

Host: Ivan Angelovski

On June 3rd 2020, 11,000 people gathered in Kitchener for the KW Solidarity March for Black Lives Matter. Demonstrators demanded justice for for Regis Korchinski-Paquet, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade, and so many other Black and Indigenous people killed by police in Canada, the US, and around the world. The demonstrators also demanded a defunding of the regional police force and an end to police officers in schools and “community policing” programs.

In this episode, you’ll hear the voices of Black people who marched, speaking about being Black in Canada.

You’ll also hear from, Selam Debs, Funke Oba from African Canadian Association, Fanis Juma, from Black Lives Matter KW, Laura Mae Lindo, MPP for Kitchener Center, Lannois Carrol-Woolery of The Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region and Ruth Cameron from The AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area, who spoke at the rally.

Download Audio: https://s3.amazonaws.com/soundfm/2020-06-05-CKMSNews-BLMDemoJune3-BlackInCanada.mp3

This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

CKMS News – 2020-06-04 -Universal Basic Income: New Support in Kitchener and Past Troubles in Canada

Host: Ivan Angelovski

On May 11 Kitchener city council endorsed a motion, proposed by councillor Bil Ioannidis, urging the provincial and federal government to start talking about universal basic income. The proposal passed with 8 to 3 which means it’s now an official document of the city of Kitchener.

Universal Basic Income in Canada has been periodically piloted since the 1960’s and the last attempt with it was in 2018, with The Ontario Basic Income Pilot during the provincial government of Kathleen Wynne.

The goal was to test whether UBI is a better way of providing social assistance to those who need it, and four thousand people from Brantford, Thunder Bay, Lindsay and Hamilton volunteered to participate in the pilot.
It didn’t end well.

In this episode, we talk with councillor Bil Ioannidis, who proposed the motion, Jessie Golem and Jodi Dean, UBI pilot participants from Hamilton, and Hugh Segal, a conservative political strategist, former senator, former Chief of Staff to Ontario Premier Bill Davis and later to Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney who designed the pilot.

Download audio: https://soundfm.s3.amazonaws.com/CKMSnews-2020-06-04-UBISupportsAndIssues-1.mp3


This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

CKMS News – 2020-05-31 – Impacts of COVID on poor folks and people who use drugs.

Host: Julian Ichim

This show will examine the impact of the corona virus on homeless people and drug users. This show will be the first of three shows examining this problem from different perspectives.

Today’s show we will talk to two street activists about the impact the corona virus has on poor people and drug users.

Ivan Stoicovic is a local organizer who has been organizing for more than 30 years in Kitchener, Toronto, and Kingston. His activism ranges from Tent Cities, to stopping the war in Yugoslavia in 1998 and he has been very vocal on the issues of poverty and homelessness working with groups ranging from OCAP, KCAP, Kitchener Tent city Coordinating committee and other anti poverty organizations to anti imperialist groups such as the Kitchener Canada Cuba Friendship organization to the Hugo Chavez Peoples Defense Brigade.

Following Ivan, we will hear from Jonathan Stone who has helped organize the last three tent cities in Kitchener and is also a member of the Revolutionary student Movement.

In both of these interviews the impact of the corona virus on poor people and drug users is discussed from the perspective of organisers impacted people.

My next episode will share some experiences and perspectives from health care workers, and in the third part of this miniseries we will hear from drug users.

Download show: https://radiowaterloo.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/2020-05-31-CKMSNews-COVIDImpactsOnPovertyAndDrugUsers.mp3

This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

CKMS News – 2020-05-26 – How Shelters are Coping with COVID19

Host: Lashaina Blair-White, @Lashainablair_w on Twitter

With the Centers for Disease Control and every news outlet, companies and some of your favourite celebrities encouraging you to stay home and practice social distancing in order to flatten the curve, I can’t help but wonder about those who aren’t so lucky. What about those who have no home to isolate in?

In this episode of CKMS News we will be exploring how volunteers, organizers and other essential workers at our local shelters are coping during this pandemic. I will speak to Elizabeth Clarke, the CEO of YW Kitchener Waterloo on what it’s like running a 24-hour shelter in the midst of a pandemic. She talks about the challenges she and her colleges as well as forging a new path made necessary by the pandemic.

I will also speak to Suzi Gursoy, a homeless activist in the Waterloo Region. Her outspokenness for the rights and wellbeing of the homeless community is not just her passion but also a reflection of her past. For many years Gursoy went without a permanent home. In this episode, she talks about her concerns for the homeless community and what challenges they face due to the lack of help, systems, and facilities.

For more information about YW Kitchener Waterloo, visit their website: https://ywkw.ca/

Download Audio: https://soundfm.s3.amazonaws.com/2020-05-20-CKMSNews-HowAreSheltersCoping.mp3

This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

CKMS News – 2020-05-14 – Bank Garnishes Government Assistance to Local Anti-Poverty Advocate

Host: Ivan Angelovski

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After receiving her social assistance last month, Regan Sunshine Brussé (@ReganBrusse), a local advocate for the poor, and currently unemployed single mother of three, looked into her bank account, to find it almost empty. Scotiabank, garnisheed the only funds she and her kids had left to handle the pandemic.

“Technically they’re in the right to be doing what they’re doing, according to our current laws.” Brussé said. After being contacted about the issue Scotia bank did return the funds to Regan’s account.

On this episode of CKMS News, we discuss impacts of COVID-19 on people who are on social assistance or otherwise have a low monthly income. We also speak about what banks and the various levels of government are doing to ease these impacts.

Along with Regan Sunshine Brussé, we speak with Laura Mae Lindo, the Kitchener Centre representative in provincial parliament and Lea Caragata, a professor of social policy at Wilfrid Laurier University.

This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

CKMS News – 2020-04-27 – Tent City for Immediate COVID-19 Response

Episode Host: Julian Ichim
Listen here: CKMS News – 2020-04-27 – Tent City for Immediate COVID-19 Response

On Today’ s show we feature a report back from the April 15th 2020 community organizing meeting in Kitchener to address the Coronavirus pandemic in respect to the homeless population, and implement immediate measures to mitigate the impacts. The meeting was held at the LOT 42 events and conference campus, and among other things, concluded with the announcement of the establishment of a tent city on the LOT 42 property.

We then speak with Nadine Green, Heather Majaury, and Ron Doyle, about the Lot lot 42 site which will be used to house people, as well as run programs that help poor people. The site includes a tent city in the court yard as well as a building with washrooms sports facilities a movie room and common area.

Nadine Green was a downtown store owner who used her store as a place to house homeless people as well as provide them with employment until the city and other forces forced her to shut down. As a result of this resistance was built and Heather Majaury came on board as an indigenous activist who found common cause with Nadine in terms of the plight of homeless people. This collaboration touched the heart of Landlord Ron Doyle who donated his property, lot 42 for Nadine, Heather and other like minded activists to use to solve the housing crisis.

Ron Doyle did this unprecedented move of donating his land as a result of the fact that the city is not doing enough around the, housing crisis and with the outbreak of Covid 19 homeless people more then ever need a place to go and if the city will not provide this space Ron took it upon himself to provide the space.

For more information on the Tent City, including ways to support it, you can visit the websites: mymothernamedmesunshine.ca/ or civichubwr.org/unsheltered-campaign/

Or on social media on twitter @UnshelteredC and on facebook and instagram at unsheltered.campaign

This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

The Irish Real Life Festival March 7-17th.

The 5th annual IRL Festival is bringing contemporary and traditional Irish culture to the Waterloo Region during the week of March 7th – 17th 2020.

The Irish Real Life Festival has 35 events happening all over Kitchener and Waterloo. Live Music, Theatre, Family events, Pub Nights, Celtic Music School, Celtic Art School and some Culinary Events.

Visit https://www.irishreallifekw.com/ for more info or for tickets.

Many FREE events and something for everyone!

Join us for music, family fun, film, dancing, theatre, Irish cuisine and more.

 

 

The CKMS newsroom is seeking freelance journalists for new program

The five positions for journalists have been filled. We thank all those who applied, and welcome our new journalists to Radio Waterloo. We’re accepting applications for the entire duration of this project; send your resume and a brief cover letter to dan@radiowaterloo.ca for future consideration.

Organisation Name: CKMS – 102.7 FM – Radio Waterloo

Job Title: Freelance journalist

Description:

The CKMS community newsroom is looking for several freelance journalists to produce local content. The program is funded with a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada until March 31 2021.

The focus of the work is here in Waterloo Region and will investigate and help explain the intersections of homelessness and displacement, poverty and mental health, and the war on drugs and safer consumption initiatives.

Candidates do not have to commit for the entire term of the project, we will be accepting applications throughout the program’s timeline to ensure flexibility.

We’re looking for dynamic journalists who care about local journalism and local issues.  

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Produce 20-30 minute edited audio pieces for broadcast with interview and analysis focusing on the intersections of homelessness and displacement, poverty and mental health, and the war on drugs and safer consumption initiatives.
  • Set up and undertake interviews for assigned or approved pieces.
  • Pitching ideas for pieces.
  • Use audio editing software to produce the piece.
  • Write up descriptions of the produced pieces for use on the CKMS website.
  • Upload the completed work to the appropriate servers.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to critically assess potential news stories and interviews ethically and efficiently.
  • Journalism training/experience and documentary production experience are assets.
  • Self-motivated and willing to initiate and complete projects.
  • Experience with audio editing software is an asset
  • Familiarity with website and social media platforms are assets.
  • Familiarity with issues of homelessness, poverty, and drug use are assets.

Compensation: Each assigned 20-30 minute audio piece will be compensated at the rate of 250$. A successful applicant can expect 1-3 assignments each month.

Closing date: The program starts immediately upon a successful application. We will be accepting applications for the entirety of the program. 

How to Apply: send resume/CV and a brief cover letter to – dan@radiowaterloo.ca

AW@L Radio -2019-12-20 – Gentrification, Racism, and The Duke Corner Store

The Duke Corner Store in downtown Kitchener has been an important neighbourhood resource for years and is now under pressure from the building’s landlord and other forces to close. This episode features an interview with Kitchener based human rights activist Julian Ichim, who has been working with Nadine as she pushes back against eviction, police harassment, and racist institutions.

 

Listen here: AW@L Radio -2019-12-20 – Gentrification, Racism, and The Duke Corner Store

The Duke Corner Store in downtown Kitchener has been an important neighbourhood resource for years and is now under pressure from the building’s landlord and other forces to close.

In October 2019, the building’s landlord tried to evict the store and its owner Nadine Green. While this first effort to evict Nadine was challenged and defeated, the landlord has since launched renewed efforts to push the Duke Corner Store out of an an increasingly gentrifying downtown area.

This episode features an interview with Kitchener based human rights activist Julian Ichim, who has been working with Nadine as she pushes back against eviction, police harassment, and racist institutions.

In the interview Julian speaks about apparent pressure from the Kitchener downtown business association and a new “ramen noodles” restaurant which is set to open in the condo building across Water St from Nadine’s store, along with information from legal documents served to Nadine from her landlord noting specifically Nadine’s “clients”.  Julian also discusses undercover police actions against Nadine, and historic targeting of Jamaican owned stores and neighbourhoods in Kitchener.

A unique feature of Nadine’s store is that not all her customers have money to buy the items she sells, or homes to return to with their goods.  For these clients, Nadine keeps a tab for items purchased, and always has an open door and a few extra chairs around. She also offers employment to some folks and always a warm smile.  Because of the welcoming nature of The Duke Corner Store, it is constantly lively, with folks chatting away and hanging out.

However, in a city trying to hide away or paint over massive economic inequalities and a housing crisis, with bright colours and gentrifiers’ cash, Nadine’s welcoming and non-discriminatory nature means her store is a target.

Finally, Julian also speaks about odd legal proceedings against Nadine, especially where a Judge agreed with Nadine’s lawyer to delay the case over until the afternoon, then after the lawyer left the room, continuing on with the proceedings, and putting forward eviction documents.  While Nadine is now appealing that decision, Julian brings up the idea of the historic Dred Scott decision from the US where “there are no rights a black (wo)man has that a white man (judge) has to respect.”.

Many in KW have reached out to help Nadine’s store continue operating and on the callout for a recent phone and email jam, The Alan Ryan People’s Community Defense Brigade states: “Nadine is an ally to street and homeless people and she provides essential services to them, sometimes even opening her store up to let people stay out of the cold in the dead of night.”

The show closes with a brand new tune called Boot Boys from KW local punks Back Breaker

https://backbreaker519.bandcamp.com/releases

To Support Nadine’s court costs, contact Udanapher@gmail.com

For more information on this issue, check https://julianichim.wordpress.com, and the facebook page for The Alan Ryan People’s Community Defence Brigade.

 

AW@L Radio – 2019-12-27 – Stacey Gomez – Supporting the Roblero Morales family

Today we speak with Stacey Gomez, a member of No One is Illegal Halifax/K’jipuktuk, and one of the many people working to support the Roblero Morales family as they struggle through the difficult process of seeking asylum and permanent residency from the Canadian state.

 

Listen here: AW@L Radio – 2019-12-27 – Stacey Gomez – Supporting the Roblero Morales family

In the spring of 2017 the Roblero Morales family crossed the border from the United States and made a refugee claim.  While the family has been welcomed by communities in Waterloo, Ontario where they have been living, the canadian government has not been as welcoming, first denying them refugee status, then, on November 2nd 2019, deporting the father in the family Daniel Roblero to Guatemala, a country where he fears for his safety.

Weeks prior to his deportation, Daniel was arrested by the Waterloo regional police while driving his children to school. The police then handed Daniel over to the canadian border agents and after hunting down the rest of the family, the canadian state detained the whole family. While Sandra and 5 of the family’s children were released within a few hours, an 18 year old son was locked away for 48 hours, while Daniel was locked in a detention centre until his deportation.

On December 19th a demonstration in support of the Roblero Morales family was held at the offices of Kitchener-Waterloo member of parliament and the minister of “diversity, youth, and inclusion”, Bardish Chagger. Concerned community members and groups such as LSPIRG, Our Time KW, and the Alliance Against Poverty participated in the action where they delivered an over-sized christmas card asking the minister to support the family and allow Daniel to return to Canada. Despite the family being separated (potentially for years), being already denied refugee status, traumatized by detention, and facing a dangerous and uncertain future, Chagger told local news outlets that the system was “fair and compassionate”.

Supporters of the Roblero Morales family have asked folks to contact Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, and their local MPs to ask them to grant the family residency and to stop their deportation.

While still waiting for their residency application under humanitarian and compassionate grounds to be decided upon, the family did receive a minor reprieve when immigration officials agreed to not deport other family members until their “pre-removal risk assessment” was resolved, a process which could take years.

 

Background story:

http://www.mediacoop.ca/newsrelease/36923

Banner drop in Halifax/K’jipuktuk on December 17th:

https://nsadvocate.org/2019/12/17/press-release-no-one-is-illegal-stages-anti-deportation-protest-at-halifax-mall/

Press Release for December 19th event:

http://www.grandrivermc.ca/news/press-release-let-them-stay201d-press-conference-holiday-action-to-halt-deportation-of-roblero-morales-family

 

To financially support the Roblero Morales family:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/roblero-family-deportation-to-guatemala

 

Other calls to action to support the Roblero Morales Family:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/no-one-is-illegal-halifaxkjipuktuk/take-action-to-stop-the-deportation-of-the-roblero-morales-family-in-kitchener-w/2627041117386020/

Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino

Phone: 613-992-6361

Email: minister@cic.gc.ca + Marco.Mendicino@parl.gc.ca

Tweet: @MarcoMendicino

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair calling him to stop the family’s removal:

Phone: 613-995-0284

Email: Bill.Blair@parl.gc.ca

Tweet: @BillBlair

CC your local MP. You can find their information here: https://www.ourcommons.ca/Members/en

If you live in Kitchener-Waterloo, contact MP Bardish Chagger (Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Youth) calling on her to raise this issue with the Ministers (as the family lives in her riding and she’s a Liberal MP)

Telephone: 519-746-1573

Email: Bardish.Chagger@parl.gc.ca

Fax: 519-746-6436

No One is Illegal Halifax:

email: noii.hfx@gmail.com

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NoOneIsIllegalHalifax/

twitter: https://twitter.com/NOII_HFX

https://facebook.com/NoOneIsIllegalNetwork/

AW@L Radio – 2019-10-04 – Continued Violent Attacks on A Kitchener Tent City

This episode features a press release from the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs demanding a CGL stop work in their territory. The remainder of the show is a discussion with Julian Ichim and Jamie on the recent attacks on tent cities in Waterloo Region as well as the opioid poisoning epidemic.

To listen to the full episode click here.

 

Today’s show starts with a quick notice about the Friends of CKMS fundraiser (radiowaterloo.ca/give), then goes into a press release from the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en who called for an immediate stop work order of for the coastal gas link project, due to the continued destruction of cultural heritage sites.

The rest of the episode is a discussion with Julian Ichim and Jamie on the epidemic of violence facing street involved folks ranging from the opioid and drug poising crisis and the links with homelessness and social based solutions.

Julian reports that the tent city they have been helping to organise was again attacked by reactionary hooligans on the night of October 2nd while a workshop was taking place at the site. Approximately 12 goons, armed with bats and knives destroyed several tents and assaulted many of the people living in the tent city, with 2 residents ending up in the hospital.  Since the assailants did not war masks, Julian was able to confirm the identity one of the attackers as local nationalist (nazi) party member gordon stewart (who is friends on facebook with white supremacist josh peyton of kitchener who is the legal surety of violent homophobe chris vanderwiede). This is the confluence of anti-anti poverty activists and anti-anti-fascists.

also noted in the show is that after years of activism from residents and Julian’s efforts, and years of delay from government, a safe consumption site will soon be open across from city hall in kitchener.
we also note that police budget goes up by millions every year (>160 million $ now) which has a significant negative impact on the ability to fund social issues.

Links:
Radio Waterloo Fundraising drive: http://radiowaterloo.ca/give

Links for Wet’suwet’en resistance:

Wet’suwet’en press release calling for stop work order against CGL: http://www.wetsuweten.com/media-centre/news/for-immediate-release-wetsuweten-hereditary-chiefs-demand-coastal-gaslink-cease-work

http://www.wetsuweten.com/files/Oct._4,_2019_CGL.pdf

Unist’ot’en resistance camp: http://unistoten.camp/

Links to Julian’s webpage:

https://julianichim.wordpress.com

Public meeting on lessons from Tent City and presentation to City Council a Success

Show Link: https://archive.org/download/unknown20191004julianichimupdatesonattacksonakitchenertentcity/unknown-2019-10-04-Julian%20Ichim%20updates%20on%20attacks%20on%20a%20Kitchener%20tent%20city-173kbps.mp3

AW@L Radio – 2019-10-04 – Continued Violent Attacks on A Kitchener Tent City

This episode features a press release from the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs demanding a CGL stop work in their territory. The remainder of the show is a discussion with Julian Ichim and Jamie on the recent attacks on tent cities in Waterloo Region as well as the opioid poisoning epidemic.

To listen to the full episode click here.

Today’s show starts with a quick notice about the Friends of CKMS fundraiser (radiowaterloo.ca/give), then goes into a press release from the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en who called for an immediate stop work order of for the coastal gas link project, due to the continued destruction of cultural heritage sites.

The rest of the episode is a discussion with Julian Ichim and Jamie on the epidemic of violence facing street involved folks ranging from the opioid and drug poising crisis and the links with homelessness and social based solutions.

Julian reports that the tent city they have been helping to organise was again attacked by reactionary hooligans on the night of October 2nd while a workshop was taking place at the site. Approximately 12 goons, armed with bats and knives destroyed several tents and assaulted many of the people living in the tent city, with 2 residents ending up in the hospital.  Since the assailants did not war masks, Julian was able to confirm the identity one of the attackers as local nationalist (nazi) party member gordon stewart (who is friends on facebook with white supremacist josh peyton of kitchener who is the legal surety of violent homophobe chris vanderwiede). This is the confluence of anti-anti poverty activists and anti-anti-fascists.

also noted in the show is that after years of activism from residents and Julian’s efforts, and years of delay from government, a safe consumption site will soon be open across from city hall in kitchener.
we also note that police budget goes up by millions every year (>160 million $ now) which has a significant negative impact on the ability to fund social issues.

Links:
Radio Waterloo Fundraising drive: http://radiowaterloo.ca/give

Links for Wet’suwet’en resistance:

Wet’suwet’en press release calling for stop work order against CGL: http://www.wetsuweten.com/media-centre/news/for-immediate-release-wetsuweten-hereditary-chiefs-demand-coastal-gaslink-cease-work

http://www.wetsuweten.com/files/Oct._4,_2019_CGL.pdf

Unist’ot’en resistance camp: http://unistoten.camp/

Links to Julian’s webpage:

https://julianichim.wordpress.com

Public meeting on lessons from Tent City and presentation to City Council a Success

Show Link: https://archive.org/download/unknown20191004julianichimupdatesonattacksonakitchenertentcity/unknown-2019-10-04-Julian%20Ichim%20updates%20on%20attacks%20on%20a%20Kitchener%20tent%20city-173kbps.mp3

AW@L Radio – 2019 08 16 – Grassy Narrows River Run 2019

On this episode of AW@L Radio you will hear voices from the 2019 Grassy Narrows River Run protest which took place June 20th 2019 in Toronto. Check out freegrassy.net for more information on the struggle against colonial violence and for justice at Grassy Narrows.

 

listen here: AW@L Radio – 2019-08-16 – Grassy Narrows River Run 2019

On June 20th 2019, Indigenous Anishinabek from Asubpeeschoseewagong, or Grassy Narrows First Nations took to the streets of Toronto to bring pressure on the federal and provincial governments to fulfill their promises of working towards justice and to build a treatment centre and home for those suffering from mercury poisoning caused through industrial pollution and government indifference.

Surrounded by hundreds of supporters from across Ontario, the demonstration started at Queen’s Park with opening comments of welcome and support from allies including the host Nisha Toomey from No One is Illegal, Sol Mamakwa of the NDP and RoseAnne Archibald, of the Chiefs of Ontario, and speeches from members of Grassy Narrows Including chief Rudy Turtle.  Then, led by youth and those suffering from mercury poisoning, a march walked away from the Ontario legislature and through the streets, stopping at the offices “Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada” (INAC). Once at the INAC building, folks from Grassy Narrows crawled on their hands and knees across Bay St to the doors of the building before collapsing to the ground in a “die-in” which then spread to the entire crowd, shutting down the area for nearly an hour.

After several more emotional and inspiring speeches, including those from from Grassy Narrows grandmother and world renowned activist Judy da Silva, Chrissy Issac (Swain) from Grassy Narrows and 3 youth that are following in her footsteps of resistance, Syed Hussan and Nisha from No One is Illegal, and Chris Benjamin from Amnesty International, the march resumed and wound through to Grange park, ending with a short closing speech and prayer from a resident of  Grassy Narrows.

This is the 5th time in the past decade the River Run has been organized and people from Grassy Narrows have traveledd the 1800km from their community to demand an end to ongoing colonial violence and environmental degradation and to seek justice for the ravages of mercury poisoning.

One of the recurring chants of the march was:  “Hey Trudeau we know what’s just, put the money in a trust! No more lies, we know what’s just, put the money in a trust!

This call to to put the promised money into a trust is part of an ongoing campaign to pressure the Trudeau government to put the funds for a mercury treatment centre and home in a trust so the money is guaranteed, despite what the federal elections bring in the fall of 2019.

Supporters of Grassy Narrows have been asked to contact the Minister of Indigenous Services (currently Seamus O’Regan) and Prime Minister Trudeau to mirror the demand that the promised money for the mercury home and treatment centre be put in a trust.

For more information on Grassy Narrows and the ongoing work being done to pressure federal and provincial governments to fulfill their promises, detoxify the river system, and build a mercury treatment centre and home see:

 

Please enjoy the episode responsibly.

https://archive.org/download/201908162019grassynarrowsriverrun/2019-08-16–2019GrassyNarrowsRiverRun.mp3

AW@L Radio – 2019-08-02 – John Hawke arrested as Awenda Park Blockade is dismantled and the Oshkimaadziig camp cabin razed

In this episode we get an update from John Hawke, an Anishinabek man from the Beausoleil First Nation and long time activist, who was arrested on July 28th 2019, after more than a month of organising a blockade and camp outside the entrance to Awenda provincial park.  We also hear from Verna Friday, who is working with John on his legal defense.

 

listen here: AW@l Radio – 2019-08-02 – John Hawke arrested as Awenda Park Blockade is dismantled and the Oshkimaadziig camp cabin razed.

John says the charges that led to his arrest were fabricated and were laid to clear him from the camp which was one part of an ongoing campaign to raise awareness about Indigenous rights and sovereignty, treaty responsibilities, and the federal policies of extinguishing Indigenous title.

In this interview, John speaks of the successes of the blockade, including meeting many local settlers who reached out to learn about the land issue and their treaty responsibilities.

John then invites his Auntie, Verna Friday of Bear Island, Lake Temagami, to discuss jurisdiction. Verna is helping John work on on the constitutional aspects of his charges and legal defense.

To support John’s legal defense, outreach efforts, and organising campaigns – send e-transfer to: ojibwayrebel@gmail.com

 

For more information visit:
https://anishinaabek.com

 

On facebook:

– Reclamation of Amik Council Fire – https://www.facebook.com/groups/388413234531990/

– Oshkimaadziig Camp – https://www.facebook.com/groups/388413234531990/

– John Hawke on facebook –  https://www.facebook.com/johnny.hawk.161

 

for more AW@L Radio check: http://grandrivermc.ca

AW@L Radio – 2019-06-21 – Oshkimaadziig camp and the National Indigenous Peoples Day blockade of Awenda Park.

listen here: MP3 – AW@L Radio – 2019-06-21 – Oshkimaadziig camp and the National Indigenous Peoples Day blockade of Awenda Park.

“Why Should we have to purchase back our stolen land with compensation that is our money anyways?” – John Hawke

In this episode we speak with John Hawke, and Indigenous man from the Beausoleil First Nation and long time activist, who on June 21st, 2019 – a day the Canadian state has proclaimed to be National Indigenous Peoples day – set up a blockade outside the entrance to Awenda provincial park as part of campaign to raise awareness for Indigenous rights and particularly land claims, treaty responsibilities, and the federal policies of extinguishing Indigenous title.

John invites people to visit the blockade and the Oshkimaadziig camp and organize resistance to colonial policies.

You can support the camp by donating donate for camp maintenance and supplies (ex.  chainsaw needs repair, camp cabin needs maintenance) – Send e-transfer to:ojibwayrebel@gmail.com

For more information visit:
https://anishinaabek.com

Go on facebook – Oshkimaadziig Camp-  https://www.facebook.com/groups/388413234531990/,  June 21 Resistance day of action: https://www.facebook.com/events/1109517545912482/

John Hawke on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/johnny.hawk.161

 

To get to: Awenda provincial park – 670 Awenda Park Rd – Tiny, Ontario. Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/a635TNxcGTqyUgHD8~160km North of Toronto.

 

Also a few seconds of byron’s “Here’s to the land” as we connected the call for the interview.

AW@L Radio – 2019-03-01 – A Toronto winter with unreliable heat, power, and water in Timbercreek owned apartments

An interview with Louisa, a person working to support residents of  103-105 West Lodge Ave in Toronto as they have faced intermittent heat, power, and water service in their apartments from at least February 2019. The two high rise apartment buildings were recently bought by the multinational asset management firm Timbercreek who have focused on evicting residents through the landlord tribunal while letting the buildings fall further into disrepair.

 

Listen to the podcast here: AW@L Radio – 2019-03-01 – A Toronto winter with unreliable heat, power, and water in Timbercreek owned apartments

In the interview we hear about frozen sewage filled pipes bursting and leaking through ceilings and walls, people stuck in unreliable elevators as power fluctuates, food spoiling in inconsistently powered fridges, and long walks up dark stairways with bottles of water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning.  Through all the issues, Timbercreek is not compensating people for their losses, while the ignore much-needed repair work and shamelessly continue to evict residents.

Louisa notes you can call the Timbercreek office in charge of rentals (647-951-5498) and demand fair treatment and fair compensation for existing tenants, ending eviction actions against tenants, and immediate repairs to the building.

 

Background information about the resistance in Toronto’s West Lodge towers:

 

Timbercreek has a history of similar behaviour through Canada and around the world. Check out this in-depth article “The battle for Heron Gate”, which looks into Timbercreek and their assault on the Heron Gate neighbourhood and community in Ottawa.

 

For more AW@L Radio, including many past shows, check out http://grandrivermc.ca