GoundWire Year-end edition and From the Ground (2010 Games)

I’ve missed a couple of great GroundWire releases. Check them out for yourself! (Links updated November 2013)

GroundWire is a twice-monthly dose of grassroots, independent journalism from the campus-community radio sector of Canada. It is a project of the National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA). Visit the GroundWire website or download it through the NCRA’s Program Exchange.

GroundWire 2010 Games: From the Ground

In this Special Edition, GroundWire journalists across Canada examine the social, political and economic costs of the 2010 Games.

Mega-events like the Olympics are full of images of amateur sports, personal achievement, and national unity. But voices against the Olympics tell a different story; one of expropriation of land, homelessness, unequal development, and debt. These voices have put a spotlight on social cleansing, government and corporate surveillance, criminalizing dissent, and corruption.


  • From Montreal – Have the Olympic Games become the largest vehicle for muzzling free speech? | David Koch | CKUT
  • From Windsor – Ontario Paralympic representatives talk about funding, support and issues of equality for Paralympic athletes as they prepare for March 2010. | Cam Wells | CJAM
  • From Vancouver – The hosts of Latin Waves on CJSF bring us their interview with Phil Lagood, from 2010 Watch, and his tabulation of Olympic costs thus far. | Stuart and Sylvia Richardson | CJSF
  • From Toronto – On November 19th, an Industrial Inquiry was ordered after recent pressure from the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the Olympics (VANOC) forced CUPE ambulance workers back to work in time for the Vancouver Olympics. | Ashkon Hobooti | CHRY


  • From Athens, Greece – Matthew Fava of CHRY talks with Erikos, who illustrates the fallout of the Athens Games. And in Toronto Joeita Gupta talks with Matthew about Toronto’s recent opposition to the now-successful PanAm Games bid.
  • From Halifax – First Nations voices discuss the appropriation of aboriginal culture and the plans for disrupting the 2010 Olympics . David Parker talks with Native activists Ange Sterrit, Dustin Johnson, Kanahus Pellkey and Gord Hill.


  • Smithers Community Radio Society, BC, breaks down what it takes to start a station from scratch. | Alissa Tutay | CHRY

Technical Production: Michael Elves | UMFM in Winnipeg. Music by: Joey Only Outlaw Band, Sound Resistance Radio, Talkin’ 2010 Armageddon

GroundWire year-end edition! Jan 4-18 – Reflecting on 2009


  • Virtually all media were shut out of the meeting of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) in November, as the organization adopted policies making it harder for locals to leave the federation. [Emma Godmere, Canadian University Press-Ottawa/Jacky Tuinstra Harrison, CHRY-Toronto]
  • Opponents of the 2010 winter games have claimed success in efforts to disrupt the Olympic torch relay, as it moved through urban centres and aboriginal communities. [Aaron Lakoff, CKUT-Montreal]
  • In Vancouver, Lu’s Pharmacy has emerged as the first in North America to serve women exclusively, but transgendered people have objected to the pharmacy’s definition of “woman.” [Glayzee de Franca and Frieda Werden, CJSF-Burnaby]
  • At the close of 2009, unionized workers remain locked-out of their jobs by management at several businesses in the Province of Quebec in a year marked by rising unemployment. [David Tacium/David Koch, CKUT-Montreal]


  • Confronting violent and repressive immigration and border policies, activists won a series of victories in 2009. Groundwire looks back on the cases of Abdelkader Belaouni, Abousfian Abdelrazik, and Adil Charkaoui. [Courtney Kirkby with files from Stefan Christoff, David Koch, and No One Is Illegal Radio, CKUT-Montreal]
  • Athletics, personal achievement and national unity, or a herald of displacement, dept, and repression of dissent? In the lead-up to the 2010 Olympic Games, Groundwire reviews the unofficial version of the story so far. [Jacky Tuinstra Harrison, CHRY-Toronto]


  • Kevin Shaw explores the global hybrid sounds of Indo Caribbean and Greek radio, as the new generation reinvents cultural programming. [CHRY Toronto]

Hosted by Aaron Lakoff and Anabel Khoo Technical production by Aaron Lakoff, Anabel Khoo and David Koch [CKUT-Montreal]. Music by Rafeef Ziadah


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