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CKMS News – 2021-03-29 – It Takes A Village

Host: Trish Holmes

On today’s show are interviews with two different types of mutual aid and one interview with a charity.

The first interview is with the local chapter of Hockey Helps the Homeless, a long-standing charitable organization that raises money on behalf of local agencies.

The second interview is with Julie Sawatzky who started the 519 Community Collective during the dark days of the pandemic.

And finally, Father Toby Collins speaks about the affordable takeout dinner service started at St Mary’s Catholic Church in downtown Kitchener. Both last two are examples mutual aid within the community.

Each interview covers how the projects function, how they came to be, important initiatives, and ways to volunteer.

A picture with text. The picture is planks of wood, tightly placed beside each other. On the top right is a plate of food salad with arugula and tomatoes. There are two wooden spoons beside the plate sitting on a gingham cloth.  in Green text in the middle of the page is "519 Community Pantries" and below that in white text is "Take what you need. Leave what you can."
Used with permission from 519 Community Pantries.

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. You can access the archives of this show on radiowaterloo.ca/news or on the national LJI website.

The music on today’s show has been ‘Fat Cartoon Jazz’ by Purple Planet Music .

The accompanying photograph was obtained from truthseeker08 on Pixabay.com.

 

CKMS News – 2021-03-25 – The KW Community Fridge is solidarity through mutual aid

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Host: Trish Holmes

In 2019,  10% of households in Waterloo Region experienced food insecurity. That’s close to 20,000 people struggling to provide food for themselves or their family, and these numbers most certainly increased during 2020. Food charities, such as the Food Bank, are underfunded and oversubscribed. Despite good efforts, hunger in our community persists. With an appreciation of the complex nature of hunger,  groups of individuals are stepping up to help their neighbours and fill in the gaps.

A group of Waterloo Region residents recently started a community fridge to facilitate access to high quality food and to reduce food waste in the area.

The KW Community Fridge sits at the back entrance of Full Circle Foods in downtown Kitchener at 3 Charles St West and is the first of its kind in this Region. We talked to Kamil Ahmed, one of the organizers, about the fridge and how it is going.

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. You can access the archives of this show on radiowaterloo.ca/news or on the national LJI website.

The music on today’s show has been ‘Fat Cartoon Jazz’ by Purple Planet Music .

 

CKMS News – 2020-12-24- Local Connections with the 2020 Indian Farmers’ Protest

Host: Shalaka Jadhav

In the last few months, infographics on the 2020 Indian farmers’ protest have been circulating across social media, with little large scale media coverage on the issue.  These are a series of ongoing protests against legislation passed by Parliament of India, led by Prime Minister Modi, in September 2020, which does away with the “mandis system”, which sets a minimum set price; this minimum set price allows for more predictable incomes for farmers, which is especially important when the impacts of climate change are already unraveling. Not only is the legislation being contested, but also the way it was pushed through, as there was no substantial consultation with the farmers unions.

These acts of farmers’ and workers’ resistance have been noted to be the largest protest in recorded history, with over 250 million farmers and workers across India going on strike against agricultural reform that leaves farmers at the mercy of corporations.  For this segment, I will be in conversation with three community members:

  • Asha Virdee, a graduate from the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Environment, who has worked locally on farms;
  • Zabeen Khamisa, a PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo studying socio-political movements through digital ethnography; and
  • Jodi Koberinski, member of the Waterloo Regional Food Systems Roundtable, and a PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo, studying commodification, and how food commons are a mechanism to develop economic structures.

Together, they will consider the importance of these farmer strikes globally, and why we need to consider the parallels and relevant to Waterloo’s regional food system.  These considerations touch ecological concerns, the interconnectedness of our food systems, and ultimately, why farmers rights are everyone’s rights.  

If you’re interested in supporting these efforts, Asha Virdee has offered up the following organizations, which are linked below:

  • Khalsa Aid, an international NGO with the aim to providing humanitarian aid in disaster areas and civil conflict zones around the world. 
  • United Sikhs, affiliated with the United Nations, is an international non-profit, non-governmental, humanitarian relief, human development and advocacy organization.
  • Sahaita.org, a non-profit organization committed to educating, supporting and uplifting the underprivileged members of society. 

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., and other stories commissioned under the Local Journalism Initiative at canada-info.ca.

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Music for this episode was courtesy of Dylan Prowse.