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.

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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.

THE HEADLINES:

  • 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

THE FEATURES

  • 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.

COMMUNITY RADIO REPORT:

  • 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

THE HEADLINES:

  • 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]

FEATURES:

  • 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]

COMMUNITY RADIO REPORT:

  • 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 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.

The HEADLINES:

  • 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 FEATURES:

  • 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)

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)