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Posts from the CKMS Newsroom programs, community shows, and associated news sites.

The CKMS Newsroom works to provide a deeper analysis of the issues that impact our communities, than which the mainstream news sources provide.

The CKMS Newsroom is comprised of volunteers and freelance journalists. The CKMS Newsroom is organised by the Newsroom Committee:
-dan kellar (@dankellar) is the current lieutenant of news.
-Bob Jonkman is the editorial and technical expert.

From April 2020-March 2021 the CKMS Newsroom will be undertaking a “Local Journalism Initiative” project funded by the government of Canada, the Community Radio Fund of Canada, and CKMS.

The freelance journalists for the LJI project are:
LaShaina Blair-White, Shalaka Jadhav, Ivan Angelovski, Trish Holmes, Julian Ichim.

Most recent CKMS News Local Journalism Initiative stories:

  1. The logo for Organize UW.org. It is a profile drawing of a goose's head. The head is red and it has a black mortarboard on. There is a yellow circle behind the goose head and the larger background is all black. White text reading "organizeuw.org" sits below the circle. CKMS News – 2021-01-28 – On the road to unionization for academic workers at the University of Waterloo (1/28/2021) - Host: Shalaka Jadhav One of many ongoing and underlying issues that the pandemic has brought attention to includes workers rights, safety, and wages. Across various workplaces, the importance of unions in giving workers a collective voice in the workplace has amplified, and this extends to the students at an institution we may not often think … Continue reading CKMS News – 2021-01-28 – On the road to unionization for academic workers at the University of Waterloo
  2. The cover of the book "Saga Boy: My Life of Blackness and Becoming" with a young black boy with his head looking directly away from the camera, wearing a white tshirt and a golden paper crown tilted on his head. the back ground is white and the text is in black and pink. CKMS News – 2021-01-21 – Blackness and Becoming – author Antonio Michael Downing on “Saga Boy” (1/26/2021) - Host: Ivan Angelovski Eleven years after his debut novel, Molasses, and three years after winning the RBC Taylor Prize as one of Canada’s top Emerging Authors for nonfiction, Antonio Michael Downing‘s new book just came out.   It’s a memoir called Saga Boy, My Life of Blackness and Becoming, and it’s the story of searching for identity, … Continue reading CKMS News – 2021-01-21 – Blackness and Becoming – author Antonio Michael Downing on “Saga Boy”
  3. An image of "The Wheelhouse" which is described as "a new way of looking at the housing continuum. A circle is broken up into 8 zones representing 8 different ways people experience housing: From homelessness to market home ownership. CKMS News – 2020-12-28 – Waterloo Region Weekly Roundup (12/28/2020) - Host: Melissa Bowman Today’s episode has a few updates on local council and public meetings including the region’s recent public input budget session and Cambridge’s State of the City year in review video. However, the majority of today’s show focuses on the issue of affordable housing. Given the recent approval of Kitchener’s Housing For All … Continue reading CKMS News – 2020-12-28 – Waterloo Region Weekly Roundup
  4. Amy Veener, with glasses and wearing a coat, stands in front of a brown brick building, with a sign reading "ACCKWA" in black letter on the white background above a door behind her. CKMS News – 2020-12-17 – No safety net for sex workers of Waterloo Region (12/17/2020) - Host: Ivan Angelovski December 17 is the International day to end violence against sex workers. If things were normal, on that day Kitchener and Waterloo would be painted in red, with sex workers and advocates coming together, carrying red umbrellas, a symbol for sex workers rights.  Those rights are in danger even in the best … Continue reading CKMS News – 2020-12-17 – No safety net for sex workers of Waterloo Region
  5. CKMS News – 2020-12-03 – Waterloo Region Weekly Roundup (12/3/2020) - Host: Melissa Bowman In today’s segment we will look at some proposed provincial regulations that could have a huge impact on the Grand River Conservation Authority and our watershed and what Regional Council’s response is to those proposed changes. We’ll discuss what’s happening with the proposed police budget amid calls for reallocation as we dive … Continue reading CKMS News – 2020-12-03 – Waterloo Region Weekly Roundup
  6. A picture of O:se Kenhionhata:tie/Land back Camp in Victoria Park in Kitchener. Several tents form a circle around a white tee-pee. A black banner hanging on a tent reads "reconciliation is dead" in white text. CKMS News – 2020-10-19 – Land Back is Here to Stay (10/19/2020) - 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 … Continue reading CKMS News – 2020-10-19 – Land Back is Here to Stay
  7. A profile headshot of Irene Ekweozoh CKMS News – 2020-10-15 – Police target a Black PhD candidate for arrest (10/15/2020) - 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 … Continue reading CKMS News – 2020-10-15 – Police target a Black PhD candidate for arrest
  8. An image of a red cross with a resistance fist with the title "Doctors For Defunding Police CKMS News – 2020-09-07 – Doctors for Defunding Police (9/10/2020) - 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 … Continue reading CKMS News – 2020-09-07 – Doctors for Defunding Police
  9. CKMS News – 2020-08-25 – Tent encampments threatened by authorities while Waterloo Regional council approves new dorm-style shelters. (8/25/2020) - Listen here: 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 … Continue reading CKMS News – 2020-08-25 – Tent encampments threatened by authorities while Waterloo Regional council approves new dorm-style shelters.
  10. A close up of a green cabin built for the "A Better Tent City" project. CKMS News – 2020-08-03 – A Better Tent City Update and A Recent Eviction from a Shelter (8/8/2020) - A update on Lot42 (or A Better Tent City) from Jeff Willmer, and a discussion with a young single mother who was recently evicted from a support home.

All CKMS News sources:

  1. Poster for Choosing Real Safety campaign. Light green background with stylized text in pink, green, brown and black, reading "Choosing Real Safety - A Historic Declaration to Divest from Policing and Prisons and Build Safer Communities for All. On either side of "Choosing" is an illustration - on the left, two carrots, an apple and some lettuce, on the right a big tree with a house behind it. CKMS News – 2021-02-25 – Declaration to divest from policing and prisons gains traction across Canada (2/27/2021) - Host: Ivan Angelovski Over 250 organizations and over 3,000 individuals have signed onto “Choosing Real Safety: A Historic Declaration to Divest from Policing and Prisons and Build Safer Communities for All.” Signatories include UNIFOR, and a wide array of human rights and racial justice organizations across Canada who talked at the recent online conference, presenting … Continue reading CKMS News – 2021-02-25 – Declaration to divest from policing and prisons gains traction across Canada
  2. An edited screenshot of a story from the Waterloo Region newspaper "The Record". The headline is "A note to readers: Our disappearing headlines. A fire is spreading from the bottom right hand corner of the image, burning a hole in the story. CKMS News – 2021-02-22 – What’s behind the blank front pages? (2/22/2021) - Host: Ivan Angelovski Early February, frontpages of around 100 newspapers in Canada went blank, starting the campaign by News Media Canada called “Disappearing Headlines,” calling for regulation of Google and Facebook in this country. Basically, they are asking the politicians to take money from internet giants and give it to them.  Today we’re talking with … Continue reading CKMS News – 2021-02-22 – What’s behind the blank front pages?
  3. An image on a white background of the outline of a grey house, with a chromatic gauge in the roof area. The gauge going from green to red has a needle pointing to the red, and underneath the gauge in white text is the word "Costs". Above the house the words "Housing and Affordability" are in orange text. CKMS News – 2021-02-22 – Waterloo Region Weekly Roundup (2/22/2021) - Host: Melissa Bowman In this week’s episode, we will once again update on some of the affordable housing issues that local municipalities are involved in. The Region of Waterloo council shared an update about where things currently stand since approving the closure of the 5 regionally-operated children’s centres.  Also, communities that are racialized and/or marginalized … Continue reading CKMS News – 2021-02-22 – Waterloo Region Weekly Roundup
  4. A drawn poster from 50x30wr.ca with a utopian town setting. People of all races walking, on bikes, using wheelchairs, riding the LRT, gardening. There is a tipi with an Indigenous pride flag, a pond, a city scape with a windmill, a hospital, buildings with solar panels, and in the background rolling hillside with farms and windmills. CKMS News – 2021-02-18 – Engaging locally on climate action (part 2) (2/18/2021) - Host: Shalaka Jadhav Climate action is often reported and engaged with at the national and international scale, but often, the local organizing efforts are lesser known.  50×30 Waterloo Region is a grassroots, community-led campaign advocating for the need for Waterloo Region to commit to a 50 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, … Continue reading CKMS News – 2021-02-18 – Engaging locally on climate action (part 2)
  5. Featuring the character Meme Man standing in front of a picture representing the stock market followed by the caption "Stonks." CKMS News – 2021-02-15 – Explaining Reddit’s WallStreetBets (2/15/2021) - Host: Ivan Angelovski In January, a group of people, small stock market investors, members of a Reddit forum called WallStreetBets, got organized and decided to stick it to the man. That’s, at least, what this David Vs. Goliath narrative is.  However, things are not so black and white. They are mostly grey, and that’s what … Continue reading CKMS News – 2021-02-15 – Explaining Reddit’s WallStreetBets
  6. A screenshot of the tricityhiphop.ca map. On the left of the image is some details about the map with an overview of the stories. On the wider right hand side of the page is a google map with a boundary line around Waterloo Region, and place markers linking the place to important stories. CKMS News – 2021-02-11 – Interact with Tri-City Hip-Hop’s stories and places in a new online map. (2/10/2021) - Host: Ivan Angelovski Hip-Hop was part of the Tri-City Area music scene since the 1990’s. In the club called The Twist, for example, on Marsland Drive, people could hear Public Enemy, Ice-T and Vanilla Ice, along with all the local hip hop artists.  Now, many of these places, the artists, and their intersecting stories from … Continue reading CKMS News – 2021-02-11 – Interact with Tri-City Hip-Hop’s stories and places in a new online map.
  7. A headshot of Rohinton Medora against a grey textured wall. CKMS News – 2021-02-04 – CIGI’s Rohinton Medhora on Biden and Canada (2/4/2021) - Host: Ivan Angelovski Joe Biden was inaugurated on January 20th, as the new president of the United States, two weeks after violent protests in Washington, D.C.  Rohinton Medhora, the president of the Waterloo based Centre for International Governance Innovation, was watching closely events in Washington. What does the new U.S. administration mean for Canada, how will … Continue reading CKMS News – 2021-02-04 – CIGI’s Rohinton Medhora on Biden and Canada
  8. CKMS News – 2021-02-01 – Waterloo Region Weekly Roundup (2/1/2021) - Host: Melissa Bowman Last week’s episode of the Waterloo Region Weekly Round-up was left as a bit of a cliff-hanger of sorts as we looked at all of the meetings leading up to Regional Budget Day. This week’s episode dives into that budget meeting and examines where several items ended up, including the much discussed … Continue reading CKMS News – 2021-02-01 – Waterloo Region Weekly Roundup
  9. The logo for Organize UW.org. It is a profile drawing of a goose's head. The head is red and it has a black mortarboard on. There is a yellow circle behind the goose head and the larger background is all black. White text reading "organizeuw.org" sits below the circle. CKMS News – 2021-01-28 – On the road to unionization for academic workers at the University of Waterloo (1/28/2021) - Host: Shalaka Jadhav One of many ongoing and underlying issues that the pandemic has brought attention to includes workers rights, safety, and wages. Across various workplaces, the importance of unions in giving workers a collective voice in the workplace has amplified, and this extends to the students at an institution we may not often think … Continue reading CKMS News – 2021-01-28 – On the road to unionization for academic workers at the University of Waterloo
  10. The cover of the book "Saga Boy: My Life of Blackness and Becoming" with a young black boy with his head looking directly away from the camera, wearing a white tshirt and a golden paper crown tilted on his head. the back ground is white and the text is in black and pink. CKMS News – 2021-01-21 – Blackness and Becoming – author Antonio Michael Downing on “Saga Boy” (1/26/2021) - Host: Ivan Angelovski Eleven years after his debut novel, Molasses, and three years after winning the RBC Taylor Prize as one of Canada’s top Emerging Authors for nonfiction, Antonio Michael Downing‘s new book just came out.   It’s a memoir called Saga Boy, My Life of Blackness and Becoming, and it’s the story of searching for identity, … Continue reading CKMS News – 2021-01-21 – Blackness and Becoming – author Antonio Michael Downing on “Saga Boy”

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