Time keeps on slippin’ slippin’

The mind is an interesting thing. I think what makes it so interesting, though, is that it isn’t JUST the mind working alone. It is your heart, your soul, your body, your home, your relationships … it all works together.

I’ve been in a bit of a slump for the past month or so. Funny enough, I’ve been going to the gym pretty much every day since the middle of January, and while I love it and the energy it brings, the rest of me/life hasn’t been coming along for the ride.

But yesterday, as if someone (that being me) flipped the proverbial switch, I seemed to reconcile it all at once and started pushing forward. And it happened as I was making a tutorial on how to use a CMS to update my organization’s website (Community Radio Fund of Canada) for our new program officer. I was imagining presenting it to the new employee when it hit me … starting next week, I’m going to have another full-time permanent employee working with me in the office.

No joke, it has been 10 years almost to the day that I have been working alone in an office. There have been temporary assistants, project coordinators, and summer students, not to mention almost countless board directors and other volunteers. But since I started the office for the NCRA on February 25, 2002, I have been working in isolation in my office. So when I started imagining orienting a new staff person, imagining walking down our little hall to talk to her about our daily goings-on, maybe chatting over lunch in the board room once in a while, … well, I started to get a bit excited.

What an excellent way to chase away those mid-February blues. On my way to work this morning, I realized I hadn’t noticed I had been in a funk. My winter was quietly slipping away and I hadn’t been paying attention. Total denial, really. But now everything feels back on track.

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Good show, C/C Radio. Good Show!

Last week, people from all across the country appeared at the CRTC hearing for their review of the campus and community radio policies. From the joint presentation of national associations (NCRA, ARC du Canada, ARCQ) to small rural stations to those that are in Canada’s largest cities, it was truly an event. I was even happy with my own presentation from the Community Radio Fund of Canada.

I was truly beaming with pride as I listened to presentation after presentation. Everyone was unique, and had different perspectives and solutions, which was very important to this process. But what blew me away was the sense of a national community. Simply amazing. It really felt like we were a sector. We were strong, open, honest, well spoken, and we made an impression with the Commission. Our messages were clear. We were together while still being individuals. Again, simply amazing.

When I started working at the NCRA in 2002, we had 17 members and no real relationships with other associations. The attendance at the NCRA’s national conferences was quite small, and there was not a lot of communication between the organization and the members (although there were individual board directors who certainly kept the lines open). In these last 8 years working at the national level, I’ve seen a lot of changes and a huge growth. Sure, I played my part in that, but it cannot be attributed to any one individual. In fact, there are so many that have played a part in this growth, I can’t even count everyone. And that was evident in what I saw last week at the hearing. So cheers to us all! And here’s to hoping that when the decision comes out we will all be dancing in the streets!

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)

June 27 edition of Groundwire now available

GroundWire is a twice-monthly dose of grassroots independent journalism from the campus community radio sector of Canada and is a project of the National Campus and Community Radio Association. This is the second bi-weekly edition of GroundWire, thanks to a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada (on a personal note, woohoo!).

The June 27, 2009 edition of GroundWire was produced by CHRY 105.5 FM in Toronto. Listen online

Presenting the June 27, 2009 Headlines: With Narration from the Women’s News Collective at CHRY 105.5 FM

  • Abousfian Abdelrazik Returns to Canada | David Koch (CKUT)
  • Adil Charkaoui’s Cross Canada Tour | David Parker (CKDU)
  • CSIS Security Certificate Update and the Case of Mohamed Harkat | Tariq Jeeroburkhan (CKUT)
  • Toronto City Workers’ Strike | Candace Mooers (CHRY)
  • Ontario Labour Actions Increase | Omme Rahemtullah (CHRY)
  • Canadian Companies Sued by Palestinian Community of Bil’in | Libby Drew (CHSR) and Chris Albinati (CKUT)

Presenting the June 27, 2009 Features:

  • The National Community Radio Conference in Montreal: A Year in Community Radio. CHRY‘s Jacky Tuinstra Harrison talks with volunteers, speakers and organizers about the future of community radio in Canada and the spirit of volunteerism at this year’s annual conference.
  • On Friday, June 19th, the National Association of Friendship Centres hosted a forum on Urban First Nations issues in Ottawa, with three candidates for the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations: Shawn Atleo, John Beaucage and Perry Bellegarde. Lisa Abel CHUO
  • With threats to form a Caledonia militia aimed against Aboriginal activists, Jesse Zimmerman of CHRY brings us voices from a counter-protest, re-asserting territorial rights for six nations indigenous peoples.

(Links updated November 2013)

March Edition of GroundWire

Here we are April already, and I am just getting around to posting this up. Oh well, it is still available, though! And the edition was produced by a station near and dear to my heart, in my old stomping grounds, CHSR in Fredericton. The March 2009 Edition of GroundWire is available for listening online!

GroundWire is a monthly dose of grassroots independent journalism from the campus community radio sector of Canada and a project of the National Campus and Community Radio Association.


  • Three Mohawk women assaulted by Canadian Border Services Agency near Cornwall attempt to press charges. Tariq Jeeroburkhan, CKUT, Montreal.
  • The Mohawk traditional council demonstrates in Ottawa, declaring First Nations rights for protecting Mother Earth are not being respected. Britt Wray, CKUT, Montreal.
  • Justice Served Cold: four defendants declare police and prison mistreatment, demanding dropped charges. David Parker, CKDU, Halifax.
  • Israeli Apartheid Week visits the Queen’s University campus in Kingston. Christopher Currie, CFRC, Kingston.

Station Report:

  • A special International Women’s Day program aired March 11th, organized by former CKLN volunteers, locked out last year. Carmelle Wilson, Toronto.


  • A former KGB officer has lost a major battle to stay in Canada. Jennifer Moreau, CJSF, Burnaby.
  • A Federal Court judge removed most of Adil Charkaoui’s current security certificate conditions. Tariq Jeeroburkhan, CKUT, Montreal.
  • Pro-choice advocates in New Brunswick are waiting on a decision for a lawsuit challenging the province’s illegal restrictions on publicly funded abortions. Carolyn Shapiro, CHSR, Fredericton.
  • In Toronto on March 7th, over one thousand women rallied and marched for good jobs for women and to speak out against the federal government’s response to the recession. Kristin Schwartz, Toronto.

The March edition of GroundWire was produced by CHSR in Fredericton. CHSR took part in a GroundWire production training at CKDU in Halifax. GroundWire will also be doing multiple trainings at the NCRC conference in Montreal, June 7 to 12, 2009.