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CKMS News -2023-10-17- Radio Waterloo Responds to Meta’s C-18 Reaction

CKMS News – 2023-10-17- CKMS Responds to Meta’s C-18 Reaction

by: dan kellar

Waterloo – “We have not been able to engage with any of our listeners on those platforms… We’re just getting caught up in it and it is not very fair to us.” is how Radio Waterloo’s president Nat Persaud responded when asked by CKMS News about the effects of Meta’s actions which de-platformed and restricted the community radio station’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

Similar to many community radio station across the country, Radio Waterloo, also known as CKMS, started to see restrictions on Facebook posts in August, and by September the station’s Facebook posts and profile were not viewable by folks inside of Canada. In early October, Radio Waterloo’s Instagram account had the same restrictions.

Meta has introduced restrictions on their platforms in response to the Canadian government’s bill C-18, which became law in June 2023 and is on track to come into full force in December. The bill, known as the Online News Act, in part seeks to impose fees on large social media and search engine companies for allowing Canadian created news content to be shared as links on their platforms, in effect charging the internet companies for re-publishing content if they profit from the interaction through selling advertising space or collecting and selling user info.  

At this time, only Google and Meta meet the triggering guidelines of the legislation, though if other companies increase their revenues or presence in Canada, they too would have to follow the new regulations. Google has said they will implement their reaction to C-18 in December, with the delisting of news from the platform. 

For today’s show, CKMS News spoke with CKMS President Nat Persaud and CKMS News editor Bob Jonkman, who are both members of the station’s technical team, and Barry Rooke, the executive director of the National Community and Campus Radio Association.  The interviews included questions about the effects of bill C-18 on station operations, adaptations to the social media restrictions (like joining the fediverse), and ideas of the role of the government in funding community radio and local news.

For more in-depth background and analysis on Bill C-18, lawyer Michael Geist has discussed C-18 thoroughly on his website and podcast, which you can find at michaelgeist.ca/tag/c-18/

At the 2022 KW Multicultural Festival

Broadcasting Live-To-Air from the DJ booth at the KW Multicultural Festival on 25 and 26 June 2022.

CKMS at the 2022 Multicultural Festival - the booth
CKMS at the 2022 Multicultural Festival – the booth
CKMS at the 2022 Multicultural Festival - Riley Powis, Carmelo Farrugio, Joga, Nat Persaud
Riley Powis, Carmelo Farrugio, Joga, unknown, Nat Persaud
CKMS at the 2022 Multicultural Festival - Riley Powis, Carmelo Farruggio, Joga, Nat Persaud
Riley Powis, Carmelo Farruggio, Joga, unknown, Nat Persaud
CKMS at the 2022 Multicultural Festival - Nat Persaud, Carmo Farruggio, Chico, Riley Powis
Nat Persaud, Carmo Farruggio, Chico, Riley Powis
CKMS at the 2022 Multicultural Festival - Nat Persaud, Carmelo Farruggio, Riley Powis
Nat Persaud, Carmelo Farruggio, Riley Powis
CKMS at the 2022 Multicultural Festival - Carmelo Farruggio
Carmelo Farruggio
CKMS at the 2022 Multicultural Festival - Bob Jonkman, Riley Powis, Joga, Carmelo Farruggio
Bob Jonkman, Riley Powis, Joga, Carmelo Farruggio

CKMS at the 2022 Multicultural Festival - Riley's Car
Day Two of the KW Multicultural Festival – Riley brought his car! Just the right colour for a CKMS-FM logo!

And some Facebook video from Felix Ranchero:

The CKMS-FM 2022 Picnic!

On Saturday, 4 June 2022 CKMS-FM held its Volunteer Appreciation Picnic. It was a bit cool, jacket weather, so turnout was lower than expected. But those who came had good conversations, listened to good music, ate good pizza, and had a good time.

People talking to each other, most standing, one in a wheelchair, one staring off in the distance, some in the shade, some in the sun
Yasin Dewji, DJ DC, Carmelo Farruggio, Nat Persaud, Jeff Stager
People standing beside a tree, one person leaving, one person waving
Nat Persaud, Dan Kellar, Felix Ranchero, Bob Jonkman
Writing on the back of a T-Shirt for the 30th anniversary of CKMS-FM listing all the shows on CKMS-FM: Celebrating 30 years of air | 1977-2007 | CKMS FM 100.3 | Morning Drive, Carribean Spice, Central Services, Midday Magazine, Box Social, The Rock Show, PIRG Power, The First Sound, Riff Inquiry Team, Poor Folk Blues, Lets Get Lost, Royalty Rascals and Raconteurs, Forced Meditation, Stumbling Upon Moksha, Funky Planet, Bob Radio, Free Music, Brand New Sound, Santo Domingo Invila, 51%, More Dusty Than Digital, World of Chamber Music, Random Green Dots, Two Steps Back, Taking You to Work, Coffee Tea and Mama D, Making Contact, Keep'n Score, Bill's Hoedown, Non-Toxic Airwaves, Radio Thematic, Road Dog Show, Bruised Elbow, Wednesday Evening Jazz, Topic of Conversation, Vive Le Underground, Psychedelic Pete's Underground Freakout, Dawn on the Ranch, The Culture Revolution and her Sweet and Salt Alternatives, Do You Like Jazz?, Salmagundi, Concious Beats, The Anti-Dazzle Radio Show, Rehab for Meatheads, CIGI Lecture Series, The Wax Jungle, Prime Time Club Fix, Space In Your Face, Streep Hop, A Fox In The Henhouse, Safe and Sound, Sideshow Continuum, Coral FM, Sahaja Radio, Visions In Sound, Latin Behaviour, Sharkey's World, Fireball XL5, Swineherd's Dance, Strange Frequencies, Super Cool Wagon, The Pig House, Euphoric, South American Mix, Windows to Islam, So Old It's New, Mega Mix, Sabito Alegre, Destellos De America, Tone Poems, Frequent Mutilations, Lijepa Nasa, Sargam, Ecos De Espana, Ecos Portuguese, Saet Zaman, Chinese Program, Week In Review, Pressure Drop, The Paul Show, Mad Stabs, Bridge To Health, Campus Beat, Warrior Sports | CKMS 100.3 FM (logo)
DJDC shows his vintage CKMS-FM T-shirt
People talking to each other under a tree, some in shade, one person in a wheelchair
Yasin Dewji, DJ DC, Carmelo Farruggio, Nat Persaud, and Jeff Stager under the trees
People standing in a small circle talking to each other, one person sitting in a wheelchair
Yasin Dewji, Carmelo Farruggio, DJDC, Christian Shingiro, Bob Jonkman, Nat Persaud
People in a large circle talking to each other, man in a wheelchair with his back to the camera in the foreground
Mason Tikl, Cassandra, Felix Ranchero, Nat Persaud, Carmelo Farrugo
People standing under a tree, talking to each other
Mason Tikl, Cassandra, Nat Persaud, Carmelo Farruggio, Yasin Dewji, Christian Shingiro, Narendra Grover, Bob Jonkman
People posing for a group photo, one with a dog on a leash, one in a wheelchair
Narenda Grover, Jeff Stager, Yasin Dewji, Christian Shingiro, Carmelo Farruggio, Cassandra, Mason Tikl, Nat Persaud
A man holding a red water bottle speaking with a young boy, and a young girl sitting on a bicycle in the background. Lens flare over the man.
Dan Kellar and the kids
Two people posing for the camera in the shade of a tree
Narendra Grover, and Nat Persaud
People standing beside a tree talking to each other
Nat Persaud, Dan Kellar, Bob Jonkman, Carmelo Farruggio
People around a picnic table, with water bottles and pizza boxes
Christian Shingiro, Alex Smart, Carmelo Farruggio, Bob Jonkman

2020 CKMS GOLDEN MP3 AWARDS

2020 Golden MP3 Awards: Video Crown the Radio Star
Video Crown the Radio Star: 2020 – Atardecer Ranchero

Atardecer Rancher | CKMS 102.7 FM Radio Waterloo | Horario de 04:00pm - 06:00pm | Tiempo del Este | Tel: 519-884-2567

The Video Crown the Radio Star award is given to the show that best utilizes the OTF video system to support their program: Felix Ranchero of Atardecer Ranchero / Dusk On Ranch.


CKMS Golden MP3 Awards | Teamwork Transition
Teamwork Transition: 2020 – Wax Jungle & Street Hop

The Wax Jungle with a face between the wordsStreet Hop | Thursdays @ 10PM | 102.7 CKMS FM | DJ CARMELO | RADIOWATERLOO.CA (silhouette of DJ Carmelo with a cane, white on black)

The Teamwork Transition award is given to the best 1-2 seamless transition programs on CKMS: Raphael Kanai, DJ Maciek, Andre Brown, and DJDC AJ Baylee of The Wax Jungle and Carmelo Farruggio of Street Hop.


CKMS Golden MP3 Awards | SoundFM Soldier
SoundFM Soldier: 2020 – Bob, Jeff (COVID support)

The SoundFM Soldier award is given to two members who have put in a lot of work behind the scenes to keep CKMS Community Radio alive. The term “SoundFM” was once used as the name of the station as community members put in countless hours of volunteer work to keep the station alive: Bob Jonkman and Jeff Stager of the Technical Committee.


2020 Golden MP3 Awards: Sonic Boom Award
Sonic Boom Award: 2020 – Pressure Drop & Requiem for Rock


Poster: Winter Dance Party | Buddy Holly and the Crickets | Big Bopper | Ritchie Valens | Dion and the Belmonts (and much other text)

Sonic Boom is a throw-back to the old CKMS Sonic Boom awards and is awarded to the best music based program of the year: Nat Persaud of Pressure Drop and Mr. Smart of Requiem For Rock.


2020 Golden MP3 Awards: Robot Apocalypse Remote Broadcast
Robot Apocalypse Remote Broadcast: 2020 – Mano A Mano (COVID & ISO fest)

The winner of the Robot Apocalypse Remote Broadcast award is Rob McKenna of Mano A Mano.


2020 Golden MP3 Awards: Most Original Program
Most Original Program: 2020 – Klausterfokken

The Most Original Program award is given to an original program that you will not find on radio anywhere but on CKMS! Dr. Tikl of Klausterfokken.


2020 Golden MP3 Awards: Local Liaison of Canada
Local Liaison of Canada: 2020 – CKMS Newsroom

N on a coloured background

The Local Liaison of Canada award is given to a DJ who puts local stories on a national level: The winner is the CKMS Newsroom.


2020 Golden MP3 Awards: Best Graphic Material
Best Graphic Material: 2020 Rob’s Rewind

The Best Graphic Material award is given to a program that is creating the best accompanying images for their podcast or program: Rob Curwain of Rob’s Rewind.


2020 Golden MP3 Awards: FUNdraiser of the Year
FUNdraiser of the Year: 2020 – DJ Steel

The FUNdraiser Of The Year award is given to a FUN spirit during our fundraising efforts: DJ Steel.


2020 Golden MP3 Awards: Freshest Beats
Freshest Beats: 2020 – Changemakers Without Borders & Val Scheer’s Eclectic Garage

Changemakers Without Borders | with May Cooper (May Cooper next to a globe with a swirly pattern)

The Freshest Beats award is given to a great program that is in its first 3 years: May Cooper of Changemakers Without Borders and Val Scheer of Val Scheer’s Eclectic Garage.


2020 Golden MP3 Awards: Best Cultural / Culturally Diverse
Best Cultural / Culturally Diverse: 2020 – Caribbean Spice

Portrait of Narine Dat Sookram

The Best Cultural/Culturally Diverse Show is awarded to a show that either features many different cultures or represents a culture that is under-represented in the area: Narine Dat Sookram of Caribbean Spice.


2020 Golden MP3 Awards: Best Talk Focus
Best Talk Focus: 2020 – I Am Everything

The Best Talk Focus award is given to a show that has had the best talk focused programs for the year: Shyun Atøwn of I Am Everything.


2020 Golden MP3 Awards: Best LP Show
Best LP Show: 2020 – Denim Entertainment Radio

Denim Radio | Friday 8pm EST | 102.7 FM Kitchener-Waterloo | www.radiowaterloo.ca/listen | @Denim_Entertainment

The Best LP Show (LP is “Long Playing”) is awarded to the years best show that has been running for 3+ years: Cam Matthews of Denim Entertainment Radio.


2020 Golden MP3 Awards: Community Radio Award
Community Radio Award: 2020 – Community Connections

CKMS 102.7 FM Radio Waterloo | Community Connections

The Community Radio Award is given to a show that exemplifies what Community Radio is all about: Jenniefer Stronge (Executive Producer), James Jordan, Jeff Stager, Dylan Bravener, and Bob Jonkman of CKMS Community Connections.


2020 Golden MP3 Awards: DJ AdRock Memorial Award
DJ AdRock Memorial Award: 2020 – Indira Singh

The DJ AdRock Memorial Award for Exceptional DJing is given to a DJ who exemplifies the qualities of the EDJ Academy: Indira Singh of Sargam.


Raising the CKMS Banner

Last week members of the Radio Waterloo Tech and Space Committee spent their evening putting up the CKMS-FM banner over the entrance door.

The CKMS 102.7 FM Radio Waterloo banner over the doors!
The banner is hung!

Members from the Tech and Space committee raising the banner are Nat Persaud (Coordinator), Jeff Stager, Cam Matthews, and Bob Jonkman.

2019 Golden MP3 Awards

All the programmers at CKMS-FM 102.7 Radio Waterloo
Programmers at CKMS-FM 102.7 Radio Waterloo. Back L-R: Mason Tikl, Yasin Dewji, Rob McKenna, Jeff Stager, Andy Nagpal, Barbara Garrett, Cam Matthers DJ Denim); Middle L-R: Indira Singh, Nat Persaud, Rashmi Sanjay, James Jordan, Narendra Grover, Patrick Ng, Roman Pernica; Front L-R: Vin Maru, Jenniefer Stronge, Bob Jonkman, Milan Majstorovic

What a record turn out of CKMS DJ’s at the After Holiday Party! The Golden MP3 Awards took physical form! Here is the recap of the what was given out!

Nat Persaud with Rashmi Sanjay holding her Golden MP3 Award plaque
Nat Persaud and Rashmi Sanjay

The Local Liaison of Canada award is given to a DJ who puts local stories on a national level: Rashmi Sanjay, host of In Conversation with Rashmi.

James Jordan, Jenniefer Stronge, and Bob Jonkman holding their Golden MP3 Award plaques
James Jordan, Jenniefer Stronge, and Bob Jonkman

The Best Talk Focus award is given to a show that has had the best talk focused programs for the year: James Jordan, Jenniefer Stronge, and Bob Jonkman who host CKMS Community Connections.

Nat Persaud with Vin Maru holding his Golden MP3 Award plaque
Nat Persaud and Vin Maru

The Most Original Program award is given to an original program that you will not find on radio anywhere but on CKMS! The winner is Vin Maru of Tolking Cannabis.

Nat Persaud with Narendra Grover holding his Golden MP3 Award plaque
Nat Persaud and Narendra Grover

The FUNdraiser Of The Year award is given to a FUN spirit during our fundraising efforts! The winner is Narendra Grover who hosts Sur Sangeet

Nat Persaud, with Jeff Stager holding his Golden MP3 Award plaque
Nat Persaud and Jeff Stager

The Freshest Beats award is given to a great program that is in its first 3 years! The winner is Jeff Stager, host of Golden Record.

Nat Persaud holds his Golden MP3 Award plaque
Nat Persaud

Sonic Boom is a throw-back to the old CKMS Sonic Boom awards and is awarded to the best music based program of the year. The winner is Nat Persaud, hosting Pressure Drop.

Francis Claire setting up a speaker
Francis Claire

The DJ AdRock Memorial Award for Exceptional DJing is given to a DJ who exemplifies the qualities of the EDJ Academy. The winner is Francis Claire of 3 Nines Radio: Tape Tuesdays /w Francis Claire.

Riley Powis holds his Golden MP3 plaque
Riley Powis

The Teamwork Transition award is given to the best 1-2 seamless transition programs on CKMS: The winners are Chris Sherren and Riley Powis from Into The Void and The Riley Powis Show.

The Video King the Radio Star award is given to the show who best utilizes the OTF video system to support their program. The winner is Sean Bush of Reggae Patrol.

The SoundFM Soldier award is given to two members who have put in a lot of work behind the scenes to keep CKMS Community Radio alive. The term “SoundFM” was once used as the name of the station as community members put in countless hours of volunteer work to keep the station alive. The winners are Chris Sherren and Bob Jonkman, both on the Tech Committee.

The Best Cultural/Culturally Diverse show is awarded to a show the best show that either features many different cultures or represents a culture that is under represented in the area. The winner is Bassam Awwad of the Mazaj Show.

The Best LP Show (LP is “Long Playing”) is awarded to the years best show that has been running for 3+ years. The winner is Souljah Sessions.

The Community Radio Award is given to a show that exemplifies what Community Radio is all about – COMMUNITY! The winner is Narine Dat Sookram of Let’s Chit Chat With Narine Dat.

Nat Persaud and Rob McKenna

The Best Graphic Material award is given to a program who is creating the Best accompanying images for their podcast or program. The winner is Rob McKenna of Mano A Mano.