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journalist and co-editor of CKMS News. host AW@L Radio. grilled cheese chef, anarchist, blockade enthusiast, "best papa ever", systems geographer, he/him. on rex's ignoramus list https://radiowaterloo.ca/news https://radiowaterloo.ca/awl-radio/

CKMS News -2024-03-31- The Free Weekly Distro fills a need and “shares the bounty”

CKMS News -2024-03-31- The Free Weekly Distro fills a need and “shares the bounty”

by: dan kellar

Waterloo – 
As the cost of living crisis continues and the effects of high housing costs remain at the forefront of many discussions, record high food prices remain an important issue.

Since the fall of 2020, LSPIRG and Martin Luther University College have run a project out of the college, called “The Free Weekly Distro“, offering free food and basic home items to anyone who needs them. While the project’s webpage states The Distro started in response to “the serious level of food insecurity that was compounded due to COVID-19 unemployment and existing services being closed”, the mutual aid effort continues weekly as food costs have continued to rise.

This show features an Interview with Tavia Weber, the Distro Program Development and Partnerships Coordinator at Luther. Weber talks about the program’s origin, the effects of the high cost of living on students, and the massive growth in the program’s use. 

CKMS News – 2024-03-22 – Responding to the effects of record high rents on women

CKMS News – 2024-03-22 – Responding to the effects of record high rents on women
by: dan kellar

Kitchener – As “record high rents” has been a recurring headline across the country over the past years, demand for social services such as food banks and housing have continued to rise.

Responding to the high costs of housing, Kitchener-Centre Green Party MPP Aislinn Clancy introduced the “Keeping People Housed Act” on March 6th, which will reintroduce rent and vacancy control on all rental units, create better regulations for renovictions, implement rules for replacing any losses of affordable housing units, and establish a task force to report on Above Guideline Rent Increases.

This show features interviews with Jennifer Breaton, the CEO of YWKW, and MPP Clancy. They discuss the effects of high rental prices on women and gender diverse folks across the region and province, and share ideas to address structural and systemic problems related to housing.  Breaton also highlights the work the YWKW does, and MPP Clancy discusses her legislation.

CKMS News – 2024-03-19 – Waterloo gears up to host the Ontario Bike Summit

2024-03-19 – Waterloo gears up to host the Ontario Bike Summit

by: dan kellar

Waterloo – Over 250 delegates are expected in Waterloo at the 15th annual Ontario Bike Summit from April 3rd to 5th. The event is organised by the province-wide cycling advocacy group Share the Road coalition.

The city’s press release stated “municipal staff and leaders from across Canada and internationally, [will] share ideas, best practices and opportunities for progress in cycling.”  The statement continues “This year’s Bike Summit theme explores Sustainability and Innovation through Cycling.” 

This show features interviews with Patrick Bergsma of Cycle WR and Christopher Hodgson, manager for Active transportation for the City of Waterloo.  They each discuss the upcoming bike summit, thoughts on the city’s progress on their active transportation and cycling networks, and ideas and actions to make streets safer for all users. Bergsma also highlights the locally developed Cycling Guide app which according to its website “create routes that prioritize cycling infrastructure or roads with less car traffic”.

 

CKMS News – 2024-03-18 – Main hurdles cleared for land donation to conservation research charity.

2024-03-18-Conservation land donation clears hurdles at Wilmot Township council.

by: dan kellar

Waterloo – The donation of the Schneider family lands in Wilmot township to the rare Charitable Research Reserve, is set to proceed after council unanimously approved changes to zoning rules and the official plan, to allow the properties to be severed and then donated.

While the Schneiders allowed public access to the lands for decades, the township’s insurance company decided that the proposed changes would require safety upgrades to infrastructure, or else risk the cancellation of their policy.    

At the March 4th meeting, insurance company vetted road safety upgrades were presented, including speed limit reductions, parking limitations, and a new 3-way stop, and staff recommended moving the project forward.

This show features interviews with the Mayor of Wilmot Township, Natasha Salonen, and the Planning Ecologist for rare, Tom Woodcock. While they focus on some different aspects of the process, both were pleased that the land donation is one step closer to completion.

CKMS News – 2024-03-17- FIRST Robotics Competition Bringing Over 1000 Youth To UW For Provincial Qualifier

2024-03-17- FIRST Robotics Competition Brining Over 1000 Youth To UW For Provincial Qualifier

Waterloo- On March 22nd and 23rd, youth-led teams from South Western Ontario will descend on the University of Waterloo to compete in the Waterloo district FIRST Robotics Competition (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a qualifying event for the provincial competition in April.

This year, 8 regional teams will join 32 other school and community teams entering their robots in competition with and against each other through a round-robin style tournament.  

This show features an interview with Professor Maud Gorbet, director of the Biomedical Engineering Program at the University of Waterloo, a long-term volunteer and member of the steering committee with Waterloo-Wellington FIRST, and a mentor on the KW based robotics team: the 2702 Rebels.  She discusses the competition, the importance of applied STEM education, and efforts to address the underrepresentation of women and non-binary folks, as well as Indigenous, Black and other racialized populations in STEM disciplines.

ACCKWA’s HIV self-testing program at risk due to non-renewal of federal funding

2024-03-04-ACCKWA’s HIV self-testing program at risk due to non-renewal of federal funding

by: dan kellar

Funding for an HIV self-testing program will not be renewed by the federal government in the 2024 budget despite the positive effects touted by front-line service organisations such as the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA).  The Public Health Agency of Canada has confirmed to CKMS News that the funding will cease at the end of March.

The national program supplied self-testing kits and provided funding for workers to assist those seeking and HIV test, including guiding folks through the proper testing process.  CATIE, an NGO focused on providing information to front line service providers in Canada called the HIV self-testing program “an important piece in overcoming hurdles and bridging the gaps between diagnosis and treatment”.

This show features an interview with Ruth Cameron, the executive director of ACCKWA, who discusses the importance of the HIV self-testing program and provides some impact data.

The music on today’s show is Daedalus Requiem, the first single from composer Erik Lankin’s, debut work “The Icarus Album”.  Check ErikLankinMusic.com for more information about the Canada Council for the Arts funded creation, and @ErikLankinMusic on youtube to watch the video. The song was shared with permission of the artist.

CKMS News – 2024-02-29 – Local petitioner challenges Canada’s UNRWA funding cuts with MP’s support

CKMS News – 2024-02-29 – Local petitioner challenges Canada’s UNWRA funding cuts with MP’s support

by: dan kellar:

In response to Israel’s allegations that 12 employees of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) approximately 30,000 workers were involved in the attacks on Israelis on October 7th 2023,  Canada immediately announced they would end funding to the agency.

Canadian officials have since admitted to CBC News that Canada has not seen any of the evidence for the claim. Additionally, Global Affairs did not respond to requests from CKMS News to explain the  decision making process for cutting funds to the largest aid agency in Palestine even as Médecins Sans Frontières says the “humanitarian crisis has reached catastrophic levels” for millions of Palestinians.

This show features an Interview with Laurel Russwurm, an Elmira resident who authored a petition on ourcommons.ca calling for Canada to reinstate funding to UNRWA, and Kitchener Center Green Party MP Mike Morrice who supports immediately reinstating funding to the humanitarian agency.

CKMS News -2024-02-14- Arming Israel Brings Increased Risk and Scrutiny To Canada and Waterloo Region

CKMS News -2024-02-14- Arming Israel Brings Increased Risk and Scrutiny To Canada

by: dan kellar

As Canada continues supplying military equipment and components to the Israeli government amidst the attacks on Palestinians, the federal government is coming under increased scrutiny. On February 1st, the Nicaraguan government announced they were initiating action against Canada, Germany, the UK, and the Netherlands at the International Court of Justice for supporting the Israeli aggression in Palestine.

While the Canadian government has repeated that the equipment sold to Israel is “non-lethal”, anti-war activists have been challenging the claim, holding protests, and along with opposition MPs, they have been calling for an arms embargo.

This show features Rachel Small of World Beyond War discussing the groups activities, and the new online map which highlights locations and production details of weapons companies involved in arming the Israeli military, including 8 locations in Waterloo Region. CKMS News also discussed accountability and transparency in the Canadian weapons industry with Kitchener-Centre Green Party MP Mike Morrice.  

CKMS News asked the ministry of International Development to confirm that the government has received letter from the Nicaraguan government regarding the initiating of actions against Canada at the ICJ for arming Israel.  John Babcock, a spokesperson for the ministry told CKMS News that “Global Affairs Canada has seen the Nicaraguan press release.”   He concluded “We are not in a position to comment further on this matter”.

CKMS News – 2024-02-07 – A Waterloo Sobeys will be served ACORN’s “Menu for Fair Food For All” as part of national protests

CKMS News – 2024-02-07 – ACORN Menu For Fair Food For All

by: dan kellar

On Saturday February 10th, the social and economic justice organisation ACORN is holding a national day of action to “Stop Grocery Giants from Price Gouging”.  In Waterloo, the regional chapter of ACORN is organising a demonstration at Sobeys on Bridgeport Ave.

In a press release ACORN claims that consolidation in the grocery industry is driving-up prices and that “Grocery giants in Canada are on their way to set a new record – $6 billion profit in 2023… [they] are now earning more than twice as much profit as they did before the COVID-19 pandemic.”

This show features an interview with Acer Bonaparte of Waterloo Region ACORN, who discusses the day of action and reviews ACORN’s “Menu of fair food for all demands.” While the office of Minister Sudds gave CKMS News an update on the school food program, Sobeys had not responded to requests for comment when this piece first aired.

CKMS News -2024-01-25- Conservation land donation road blocked by a parking lot.

CKMS News – 2024-01-25 – Conservation land donation road blocked by a parking lot

by: dan kellar
A 235 acre donation of farmland and forest in Wilmot to the rare Charitable Research Reserve is on hold over a parking lot. The Schneider family has been working on the donation since 2020 and has now reached out to regional residents to pressure township politicians to finalise the deal.

The land sits on Waterloo’s border and the family has allowed light recreational use of the forest for decades, with some trail users parking along nearby roads. Now, citing safety and liability concerns, the township is requesting a parking lot be built to accommodate future land use. However, project proponents say the request will damage sensitive areas while burdening the charity with added maintenance costs.

This show features an interview with Dr. Stephanie Sobek-Swant, the executive director of rare, along with a quote from the Schneider family’s statement, and the short comment a township representative made to CKMS News.

CKMS News -2024-01-17- Counseling program for survivors of sexual assault seeks public funding as demand exceeds government support.

2024-01-17 – Counseling program for survivors of sexual assault seeks public funding as demand exceeds government support

by; dan kellar

Ongoing disagreements between the regional and provincial government for responsibility in funding the programs which support survivors of sexual assault and gender based violence have left many of those progams chronically underfunded. In Waterloo Region, this underfunding leaves the providers of those programs pleading for donations from local residents.

In November 2023, the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region announced they had received a “transformative” donation of 250,000$ from Waterloo based millionaires Bob and Judy Astley. SASC has said the donation will “go towards a much-needed expansion of SASC’s Individual Counseling Program, which has seen unprecedented service requests in recent years.”  There are over 200 survivors on the counseling waiting list.

This show features interviews with Sara Casselman, the executive director of SASCWR, and regional councilor for Cambridge Pam Wolf. The show also includes comments provided to CKMS News by the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services.

 

CKMS News – 2024-01-05 – Council approves University of Waterloo plan to partially transform a parking lot into a 12 story student residence.

CKMS News – 2024-01-05 – Waterloo Council approves University of Waterloo plan to partially transform a parking lot into a 12 story student residence


by: dan kellar

In Waterloo’s final open city council session of 2023, site-specific by-law and zoning changes were approved to allow a new residence at the University of Waterloo. The 510 bed, twelve-story building will be constructed on the northern section of the parking lot that sits between University Ave, Seagram Drive, and the Spur Line Trail.  

First announced by the university in September of 2023, the new residence is now a collaboration with architect Diamond and Schmitt and will mainly house first year students. The University of Waterloo guarantees housing for all first year students, however, most upper-year students must compete for housing off-campus.

This show features audio from the December 11th meeting where staff presented the project, the architect spoke alongside representatives from the University of Waterloo and consultant GSP group,  and delegates proposed even more car parking lots being transformed into human living spaces.  Councilors voted unanimously for the motion.

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

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.

 

 

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

AW@L Radio – 2019-03-01 – Pop-Up Overdose Prevention In KW

Focusing on the ongoing war on drugs and the resultant public health emergency, this episode opens with the trailer for the new podcast “Crackdown” which features “Drug user activists covering the drug war as war correspondents”, and continues with an interview with organisers of a “Pop-Up Overdose Prevention Site” in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Listen here: AW@L Radio – 2019-03-01 – Pop-Up Overdose Prevention In KW

Focusing on the ongoing war on drugs and the resultant public health emergency, this episode opens with the trailer for the new podcast “Crackdown” from Vancouver based host and producer Garth Mullins which features “Drug user activists covering the drug war as war correspondents”. This monthly podcast is “about drugs, drug policy and the drug war led by drug user activists and supported by research”.

Shifting from the west coast to Waterloo region, the show continues with an interview with Kyle Wall and Julian Ichim, 2 organisers of a pop-up overdose prevention site campaign in Kitchener-Waterloo. This new campaign is has two main goals. The first is to prevent deaths of drug users by creating a place where they may more safely consume drugs. Many of the deaths triggered by fentanyl and other opioids would be avoided if the drugs were taken in a setting where someone else was present to administer naloxone and emergency breathing if needed. The second goal is to put pressure on the government in the Region Waterloo to take action to open the much needed supervised injection and consumption sites that have faced long delays in their approval and funding.

Background:

On February 28th 2019 at 5pm, members of the “Alan Ryan People’s Community Defense Brigade” organised a gathering in downtown Kitchener and marched to the Region of Waterloo headquarters to set up the first pop-up overdose prevention site in a new campaign to prevent deaths of people who use drugs, and to put pressure on the regional council who have been dragging their feet on establishing much-needed supervised consumption and injection sites.

At least 10 people died in the region in January alone from opioid overdoses, with February death toll similarly high, with at least 2 additional deaths in the final days of the month.

The group set up a tent and stocked it with necessary supplies, like clean needles, water, blankets, disposal bins, and most importantly, naloxone kits, which when administered to someone experiencing opioid induced respiratory depression, can help stabilise their breathing.  After several hours, the group packed up for the eve, announcing that they will be setting up this operation daily in different spots around the downtown until official supervised sites are established.

Today we are joined by organisers Julian Ichim and Kyle Wall To talk about the grassroots overdose prevention site campaign and the larger public health emergency brought forward by the manufactured opioid crisis.

The show closes with the song “Mutiny in Heaven” by The Birthday Party.

Show Links:

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

link to mp3 of this episode: https://archive.org/download/Awlradio-2019-03-01-PopUpOverdosePreventionInKW/aw%40lradio-2019-03-01-PopUpOverdosePreventionInKW.mp3

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