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 http://www.ckut.ca/homeless.html

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

Groundwire August 14th Edition Now 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. This edition of GroundWire was supported by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and produced by CJSR in Edmonton.

In this week’s edition of GroundWire, hosts Steve and Zoe from CJSR in Edmonton deliver community radio news, with contributions from campus-community stations and volunteers across Canada.

Headlines include:

  • One-year commemoration of Fredy Villeneuva’s death at the hands of Montreal police | Aaron Lakoff CKUT
  • The case against Carleton Professor Hassan Diab| Omme Rahemtullah CHRY
  • International action against performing artists in Israel |Tariq Jeeroburkhan CKUT

Features:

  • IWW organizing against Starbucks in Quebec | Aaron Chubb CJSR
  • The case against Palestinian activist Mohammad Khatib | Chris Albinati CKUT
  • Legal aid for sex workers in Alberta | CJSR

Produced by Sam Power and the CJSR newsteam.

(Links updated November 2013)

July 31st Edition of GroundWire Now 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. This is edition of GroundWire was supported by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada.

*Presenting the July 31-August 13, 2009 Headlines*

  • Winnipeg worried over Privatized Water | Michael Elves UMFM
  • Defining Sexual Assault in Winnipeg | Michael Elves UMFM

*Presenting the Features:*

  • Mohammad Mahjoub’s Hunger Strike at Kingston Penitentiary | Usman Mushtaak CFRC
  • Olympic Update: Charter Battles for Women’s Ski Jumpers | Sam Krevia CJSR
  • Simon Fraser University Funding Mircomanaged by Government | Nina Halliday-Thompson CJSF

The July 31-August 13, 2009 edition of GroundWire was produced by UMFM in Winnipeg.

(Links updated November 2013)

Briarpatch wants to save the planet, one writer, artist, and thinker at a time

Big kudos to Briarpatch for tackling this issue! The global economy is weighing heavy on everyone, and it’s hard for many to see how to turn this into something positive. But Briarpatch is calling on the folks with the ideas. This worldwide recession can be a chance to think “about reorganizing our society and economy around conservation and community well-being rather than economic growth and short-term profit.”

From their call for submissions:

Call for submissions: Briarpatch unplugged, or, How I learned to stop destroying the planet and love the global recession (November 2013: post no longer available on their website)

“If you’ve got something to contribute to this discussion, then we want to hear from you. We are looking for articles, essays, investigative reportage, news briefs, project profiles, interviews with luminary thinkers, reviews, poetry, humour, artwork & photography that explore how we can unplug from the growth machine and cope with the global recession.

“We seek to cast a broad net in our approach, profiling initiatives in energy alternatives, housing and urban planning, transportation, job (re)training, ecological economics and much more — this is not an exhaustive list!

“Queries are due by March 23, 2009. If your query is accepted, first drafts are due by May 1, 2009. Your query should outline what ground your contribution will cover and include an estimated word count and a short writing sample.”

“On the cutting edge of Canada’s alternative media movement, Briarpatch Magazine embraces complexity, controversy, and debate, exploring political, social and environmental issues from a radical, grassroots perspective. Fiercely independent, often irreverent and never irrelevant, Briarpatch shines a light on oppressive power structures and gives voice to those working for a sustainable society built on social justice and mutual aid.”