Latest edition of GroundWire: Black History Month, Poverty Olympics, Homelessness

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.

February 16-28 edition: This edition of GroundWire was produced by CJSR in Edmonton, AB. An All Features Edition!

The Stories

  • Unionized faculty at the University of New Brunswick have been without a contract since June. With a media blackout in effect on negotiations at the UNB, GroundWire speaks to Sarah Ratchford, Atlantic Bureau Chief for the Canadian University Press (Anabel Khoo | CHRY Toronto)
  • In Vancouver, the 2010 Poverty Olympics featured mascots like Creepy the Cockroach and sporting events like the Welfare Hurdles,  along with a parade through the city and a torch relay dedicated to the elimination of poverty. In a week where Canadians questioned the fiscal and social costs of the Olympic Games, the protest celebrated our social Justice champions. It was also a reminder that Vancouver’s most vulnerable are losing out thanks to the Games. (Andrew Longhurst| CITR Vancouver)
  • February is Black History Month, a time for Canadians to acknowledge our country’s role in slavery, along with the ongoing problem of discrimination, says acclaimed author Afua Cooper. (Thanks to Voiceprint‘s Contact Program, with VoicePrint now known as Accessible Media Inc.)
  • Continuing our Black History Month coverage, we remember the historic struggles of black porters on Canadian railways. In this audio history, we pay tribute to their historic fight for fair wages and the right to unionize, while examining the awful legacy of racism. (Noel Thomas | CKUT Montreal)
  • Are the streets of Montreal safe from the police? The first-ever Forum against Police Violence and Impunity in Montreal is a response to escalating incidences of violence perpetrated by the city’s law enforcement. *(Candice Cascanette and David Koch | CKUT Montreal)

Community Radio Report

  • Community radio stations across Canada will turn to the streets on February 23rd, with the Eighth Annual Homelessness Marathon. This 14-hour consciousness-raising event will feature voices of poor and homeless people from across the country, as they struggle to make ends meet. Tune in at

This edition produced by CJSR in Edmonton with thanks to Sam Power and Steve Anderson. Music by Micros Armés.


GroundWire for January 19-31, 2010

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.

This edition of GroundWire was produced by CJLY in Nelson, BC.


  • Canadian corporate involvement comes to light in last year’s coup in Honduras. GroundWire speaks with Journalist Dawn Paley. (David Parker | CKDU, Halifax)
  • The Gaza Freedom March strengthens solidarity. Helga Mankovitz, a member of the group Independent Jewish Voices Canada, reflects on her participation in the March and a future for Palestine.(Christopher Currie | CFRC, Kingston)
  • Workers band together in a story unfolding now at YVR Airport in Vancouver. Here are the voices of some of the HMS Host workers who are threatened by the proposed lockout. (Frieda Werden, with support from Bea Bernhausen | CJSF, Burnaby)


  • The Safe Hybrid: Robin East, President of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians, speaks about the dangers hybrid vehicles may pose to blind and partially-sighted Canadians. (VoicePrint/Accessible Media Inc‘s Michael Slack with thanks to Paul Daniel)
  • Parliament Prorogued: Canadian Democracy is on hold as Harper’s Conservative government orders another break for Parliament. GroundWire captures the voices of Canadians from coast to coast. Emma Godmere, Ottawa Bureau Chief of the Canadian University Press reflects on the strategy of a minority government. On the West Coast, we talk to Alex Atamenenko, Member of Parliament for BC Southern Interior. Also featured are Matthew Fava and Omme Salma Rahemtullah from York University in Toronto. (Catherine Fisher and Bessie Wapp | CJLY, Nelson. With files from Omme Salma Rahemtullah | CHRY)
  • Garbage Energy: Winnipeg has big plans to turn trash into power. How will it work? GroundWire lays out the plan with Jan Oleszkiewicz, University of Manitoba Faculty of Environmental Engineering, and Winnipeg’s manager of solid wastes, Darryl Drohomerski. (Tessa Vanderhart | UMFM Winnipeg)

Community Radio Report

  • The CRTC Campus and Community Radio Hearings are upon us. NCRA Executive Director Kevin Matthews tells us what is in store at the first policy review in ten years for the community radio sector.

This edition of GroundWire produced by CJLY in Nelson, BC. With thanks to Catherine Fisher, Jacky Harrison, Frieda Werden, David Parker. Music was provided by Faith Nolan and Mary Watkins, Zeelia, Kate Reid, and Lana Bensen.

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

GroundWire Podcast for November 9-20 – Abdelkhadr Belaouni and Student Poverty

I’ve missed a couple of episodes of GroundWire. Check out their site for podcasts covering topics like: Tar Sands – Midwifery – Equity – accessibility and disability awareness – Drug addictions and children – McGill’s “Echoes of the Holocaust” – Ontario Disability Pension Plan, Autonomy of Quebec Universities – All-Woman Pharmacy’s Trans Challenge – Zellers/HBC strike – Nova Scotia Community College employees strike – CRTC’s Campus and Community Radio Policy Review – Golden Crown Hotel evictions in Vancouver

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 to listen.


In Montreal, migrant justice advocates are celebrating a significant victory this week in the case of Abdelkader Belaouni. Aaron Lakoff | CKUT

From Vancouver, perspectives on the disruption of the Victoria torch relay and where the resistance movement is headed. VanRad Collective

In Toronto, students have had enough of living below the poverty line. The Student Day of Action on November 5th saw crowds demanding lower tuition fees, as recession job losses target youth, part-time and racialized workers. Omme Salma Rahemtullah | CHRY


A recent Queen’s University report indicates medical students want more training to help them treat people with intellectual disabilities. Indeed, 93 per cent feel training in intellectual disabilities should be improved. VoicePrint/Accessible Media Inc. spoke with Dr. Philip Burge, author of the report.

November 20, 2009 marks 20 years since the U.N Convention on the Rights of the Child. Ontario youth in and from foster care got together to talk about the Convention’s goals around education and if those goals are a reality in Ontario. Jacky Harrison | CHRY, with files from the Network Community Group and the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth.

A new report, A Flawed Compass, suggests the Correctional Service of Canada is trampling on the constitutional rights of prisoners. Authors Michael Jackson and Graham Stewart, as well as former inmates and activists, warn Canada is headed down the road to more rights abuses. Dee Le Comte | CKUT

This episode was anchored by Melissa Beckford and Ian Gormly, and produced by Alissa Tutay and Jacky Tuinstra Harrison. Music by Steel.

(Links updated November 2013)

GroundWire September 25th edition available

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). This edition of GroundWire was supported by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and produced by volunteers in the studios of CJLY in Nelson, BC. Visit the GroundWire website or download it through the NCRA’s Program Exchange.


  • Omme Salma Rahemtullah (CHRY Toronto) speaks with Stephen Moses, a striking employee and the Bargaining Unit Chairperson of Canadian Auto Workers 1000, about the Zellers/HBC strike in Scarborough, Ontario
  • Catherine Fisher (CJLY Nelson) talks with Alexis Allen, President of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union about the September 22 strike vote by Nova Scotia Community College employees.

This edition includes two STATION REPORTS:


  • The VanRad Collective talk with Paulina Walton, who, along with other residents of the Golden Crown Hotel, has recently been served an eviction notice. Kim Kerr, executive director of the  Downtown Eastside Residents Association suggests this eviction has much to do with the upcoming 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.
  • Amber Hieb (CHLY Nanaimo) speaks with Paul Manly, a Nanaimo-based independent filmmaker about the SPP, and North American integration. Manly’s new film is ‘You, Me and The Spp: Trading Democracy for Corporate Rule’.

The MUSIC: The September 25th Edition of GroundWire features music by Kathleen Yearwood, The Sinuses, Rabnett 5, and Tamara.

(Links updated November 2013)