Category Archives: CKMS Community News

CKMS News – 2020-10-31 – UW professor Dr. Kathy Hoghart discusses the police budget

Host: Ivan Angelovski

As the Waterloo Region’s Police board is discussing the next police budget, Radio Waterloo sat with Dr. Kathy Hoghart, an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work in University of Waterloo, and former advisor to police chief Brian Larkin, on issues of race.

The discussion covers the widespread calls to reallocate police budget money into other services that can more competently do the work the police have been tasked with, and issues of systemic racism within the WRPS and policing generally.  

In the last few months the police board received several reports that clearly show the police bias against black and indigenous people. While board members were surprised by those reports, Dr. Hoghart wasn’t surprised at all.

 

Dr. Kathy Hoghart’s UW bio-page:
https://uwaterloo.ca/school-of-social-work/people-profiles/kathy-hogarth

Dr. Kathy Hoghart’s twitter:
https://twitter.com/radicalprodigal


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.

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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.

CKMS News – 2020-08-25 – Tent encampments threatened by authorities while Waterloo Regional council approves new dorm-style shelters.

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Host: Trish Holmes

UPDATE: The encampment at Victoria and Weber has been dismantled. The residents did not find a suitable arrangement that could house all of them.

This half hour examines the Waterloo Region Council meeting on August 11 where housing advocates commented on the Region’s new men’s shelter plan and presented some of the homeless and unsheltered communities’ biggest challenges. Then we speak with Lesley Crompton, a local anti-homelessness advocate for a more in-depth analysis of the issues raised at the meeting.

At the recent Waterloo Regional Council meeting, Council approved two dorm-style shelters with 24-hour access and supports in an unusually long meeting during which Region staff presented the Emergency Shelter Planning Update followed by short presentations by five housing advocates.

Each speaker advocated for specific areas of need in the unsheltered communities and the shelter system. This included

*stressing the need for more transition housing and more permanent affordable housing; decriminalizing homelessness;

*considering a human rights approach to obtaining zero homelessness;

*lowering specific barriers and reforming shelters generally  in partnership with a variety of communities, including the homeless themselves; and

*providing basic amenities, such as water and sanitation for encampments and more Lot42-style housing communities.

Each delegate agreed that more spaces need to be made available and more work needs to be done to get people into permanent housing.

Download Audio: https://soundfm.s3.amazonaws.com/CKMSNews-2020-08-11-WRC-MeetingEmergencyMensShelters.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 – 2020-08-03 – A Better Tent City Update and A Recent Eviction from a Shelter

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Host: Trish Holmes

This episode begins with a chat with Jeff Willmer who gives us an update on the “A Better Tent City” project at Lot42 in Kitchener.

The second half of the show is a story about a recent eviction from an emergency shelter. In the last week of July, during which the province of Ontario continued an emergency order due to the COVID-19 crisis, Monica Place in Cambridge gave a young single mother, Emma, and her one-year-old child 48 hours notice to move off their premises with little explanation. The unusual move was precipitated by a post on a local Facebook group page, in which a woman asserted that Emma left her child in 35-degree heat while she was smoking. Emma maintains the child was not in danger, she was not acting in anyway illegally or neglectfully.  When contacted, Monica House confirmed the eviction but would not comment further.

Download Audio: https://soundfm.s3.amazonaws.com/CKMSNews-2020-08-03-EvictionAndAnABTCUpdate.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 – 2020-07-12 – 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://radiowaterloo.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/2020-06-05-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 – 2020-05-25 – Increasing Housing Affordability by Increasing Housing Density: An Interview with WR YIMBY

Host: Trish Holmes

Waterloo Region Yes In My Backyard (WR YIMBY) is advocating to increase housing density and in doing so they hope to increase affordable housing supply in Waterloo Region.

WR YIMBY co-founder Martin Asling speaks to us about the principles that drive YIMBY’s advocacy, the affordable housing and housing density challenges specific to Waterloo Region and how the response to the current COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated that solutions can be found.

 

The references Martin mentions:

Conor Dougherty –  Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America (2020) https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/585765/golden-gates-by-conor-dougherty/9780525560210

Richard Rothstein – The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (2017) https://www.epi.org/publication/the-color-of-law-a-forgotten-history-of-how-our-government-segregated-america/

WR YIMBY Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/Waterloo-Region-Yes-in-My-Backyard-2256614188002363/about/

download audio: https://soundfm.s3.amazonaws.com/YIMBY-CKMS-interview-May25–1.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 – 2020-05-14 – 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 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

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Logo for the KW Multicultural Centre. White background with a basic outline illustration in gold of a dove with a maple leaf in its mouth on the left of the image. taking up 1/3 of the space. In the remaining 2/3ds of the space, in purple text reads "Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre." CKMS News – 2021-07-30 – The Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre announces new location download audio Host: Krista Henry After 15 years on King Street West in Kitchener’s downtown core, the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre announced its new location. The 54-year old organization will be moving to 715 Fischer-Hamilton Road after construction is completed. The Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre – known to many for its annual festival in Victoria Park – … Continue reading CKMS News – 2021-07-30 – The Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre announces new location
A poster from a demo reading "United Against Islamophobia" with three hands reaching up from the bottom of the poster. CKMS News – 2021-07-19 – Cambridge’s Baitul Mosque hatefully ransacked download audio Host: Namish Modi This piece features interviews with Baitul Mosque volunteer Nabeel Rana, Cambridge mayor Kathryn McGarry and Coalition of Muslim Women KW President Sarah Shafiq.  The mosque in the Galt area of Cambridge was severely vandalized this week in an act of hate, and Rana estimates the damage at about $15,000 to … Continue reading CKMS News – 2021-07-19 – Cambridge’s Baitul Mosque hatefully ransacked
Picture of the front of the Waterloo Region museum. Greenery and grass at the bottom and blue sky above, the multicoloured wall panels with the word "MUSEUM" in multicoloured panels. CKMS News – 2021-07-15 – Impacts on tourism from COVID19 and the start of recovery in Waterloo Region download audio Host: Namish Modi This piece features an interview with Explore Waterloo Region CEO Minto Schneider. In the interview, we touch on how hard the tourism sector has been affected throughout the past 17 months and the COVID-19 pandemic.  Several hospitality and tourism places, like museums and theme parks haven’t been fully open for … Continue reading CKMS News – 2021-07-15 – Impacts on tourism from COVID19 and the start of recovery in Waterloo Region
A picutre of Goudies Lane in Kitchener. On the left a lamppost with a sign for Goudies Lane. on the right Goudies Lane is sandwiched between the grey brick building to one side and the red/brown building to the other. A "do not enter" (red circle with a white line through it) is on a post in the middle of the entrance to the Lane. CKMS NEWS – 2021-07-09 – On the Myth of Revitalized Urban Spaces: Considering the Case of Goudies Lane download audio Host: Shalaka Jadhav Robyn Burns and Lisbeth A. Berbary are academic workers in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo.  In early 2021, they published their article “Placemaking as Unmaking: Settler Colonialism, Gentrification, and the Myth of “Revitalized” Urban Spaces”, taking up the example of Goudies Lane, a … Continue reading CKMS NEWS – 2021-07-09 – On the Myth of Revitalized Urban Spaces: Considering the Case of Goudies Lane
People sitting in the park and listening to Cheyanne Thorpe discuss the negative impacts of the Sir John A MacDonald statue, which stands behind her. CKMS News – 2021-07-08 – Final recommendations for controversial Prime Ministers’ path project in Baden download audio Host: Namish Modi This piece features an interview with Guy Freedman, president of the First People’s Group, who consulted on the Prime Minister’s Path in Baden. The interview took place on July 5.  The group released its recommendations on June 30 in preparation for a Special Council meeting for the Township of Wilmot … Continue reading CKMS News – 2021-07-08 – Final recommendations for controversial Prime Ministers’ path project in Baden
On a light blue background with "WRWR 15" at the top in lightgray text with a red outline, the poster for the episode continues in red text off to the side "We discuss:" then in a green-blue text centered below the main title "Regional Council: Climate Action Plan; Housing Updates; and Child Care Plan CKMS News -2021-07-02- Waterloo Region Weekly Roundup download audio Host: Melissa Bowman Today’s Waterloo Region Weekly Roundup episode focuses on the June 22nd Region of Waterloo council meeting. This was a rather full agenda as it was the last council meeting prior to the summer break. Topics discussed at this meeting included the Climate Action Plan, several housing projects, and an update … Continue reading CKMS News -2021-07-02- Waterloo Region Weekly Roundup
Event poster with "May 8th Day of Action - Transform Wilmot" at the top with a sun with a rainbow of rays and black and brown swooshes. To the right "Calls to Action". Below that "Show up and help us launch an anti-racist vision & strategy for Wilmot. - Classify white supremacy as a public health risk. - Ensure transparency and systemic change in Prim Ministers' Path Consultation. - Stand in solidarity with ReallocateWR, O:se Kenhionhata:tie - Land Back, - Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council, & Unsheltered Campaign." At the bottom right is an illustration of a white megaphone. CKMS News – 2021-06-27 – Ongoing anti-racism work in Baden download audio Host: Namish Modi This piece features an interview with Township of Wilmot council member Cheryl Gordijk. Gordijk speaks about the anti-racism rally which took place in Wilmot in early May, as well as the presence of hateful posters plastered around the township recently. After this interview, the person who was allegedly responsible for … Continue reading CKMS News – 2021-06-27 – Ongoing anti-racism work in Baden

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