GroundWire | February 25 and March 3, 2015: Homelessness Marathon Edition

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This edition of GroundWire was produced by Ophira Horwitz and Cam Willis on unceded Anishinabe and Haudensaunee territories at CFRC 101.9 FM in Kingston, Ontario. It originally aired during the 2015 Canadian Homelessness Marathon, an overnight broadcast from February 25 to 26 showcasing local stories about homelessness produced by campus and community radio stations from across the country. This year, CFRC hosted the Marathon.

All of the contributions were amazing as usual, and it was really hard to cut them down to GroundWire length, so we've pulled the full interviews into their own page on the NCRA Program Exchange for easy enjoying. The references to GroundWire have been removed so they're ready to air!

Download the full-length interviews:

In this edition: 

The Shawenjeagamik Aboriginal Drop-In Centre is closing | Shirley Gagnon, CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa, Ontario, with interviews by Ophira Horwitz

An Indigenous homeless drop-in centre in Ottawa is closing due to a lack of funding, but the community is working hard to keep the doors open. Shirley Gagnon produced this segment featuring interviews with clients Alex and Pallo, community member Mista Wasis, and coordinator Carrie Diabo. The extended version includes recordings by Toni Baggos from a rally on Parliament Hill to save the Centre. This segment will be re-broadcast on Aboriginal CKCU every week for the month of March.

Shelter up North provides women with emergency services | Mia Tokiak, CFBI 97.7 FM in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut

The Cambridge Bay Community Wellness Centre Crisis Shelter helps women and their children get out of abusive situations. Mia Tokiak interviewed coordinator Fatu Manseri about why the shelter is important to their community.

The Welcome Centre Shelter for Women welcomes women in need | Zoran Kljajic, CJAM 99.1 FM in Windsor, Ontario

A previous resident of the Windsor's only women's shelter tells her story to CJAM's Zoran Kljajic.

The Coldest Night of the Year raises money for the homeless | Don Maitland, CIWS 102.7 FM in Stouffville, Ontario

The Coldest Night of the Year is an annual walking fundraiser that raises money for the homeless in over 80 communities in Canada. CIWS's Don Maitland interviewed Owen Alton, the Executive Director of Restore Canada, the organization that coordinates the event. They spoke about the incidence of homelessness in the York region and the precariousness of the working poor.

Public library opens its doors to homeless people | Kurt Fabisch, CKUA 94.9 FM in Edmonton, Alberta

The Edmonton Public Library welcomes homeless people instead of turning them away and provides them with resources and support. Kurt Fabisch interviewed library manager Richard Thornley and outreach worker Jared Tkachuk. The full interview will air on the CKUA arts and culture program Muse.

Local DJ spearheads Valentine's Day initiative to help the homeless | Abby, CJLO 1690 AM in Montréal, Québec

Valentine's Day doesn't just have to be about romance and flowers! DJ Rollergirl collected care packages and Valentine cards for a special event to help the homeless on Valentine's Day. This interview by Abby of Psychic City originally aired on the February 4 edition of Champions of the Local Scene on CJLO.

Web-based mobile app gets information to the homeless | Akira Xu, CiTR 101.9 FM in Vancouver, British Columbia

The Vancouver Community Network (VCN) provides free Internet as well as an innovative text-messaging system that gets information to homeless people quickly. Akira Xu interviewed Tracy Axelsson, Executive Director of VCN. This interview is available in three lengths: nine minutes 25 seconds, four minutes and two minutes. The full-length interview will air on the CiTR show News 101 this Friday.

Megaphone magazine empowers homeless vendors | Matt Stephanson, radio emily in Vancouver, British Columbia

Megaphone is a magazine sold on the streets of Vancouver and Victoria by homeless and low-income vendors. radio emily's Matt Stephanson interviewed Operations Manager Jessica Hannon live on the air on February 25.

Interview with Andy Edwards and Jeremy Alderson, the founders of the Canadian and American Homelessness Marathons | Ophira Horwitz

The Homelessness Marathon began in 1998 in Geneva, New York. On February 17, 2015, the 17th annual Homelessness Marathon took place in Sartosa, Florida. The concept moved North to Canada 13 years ago with CKUT 90.3 FM in Montréal as the host station. This interview ends with a heart-warming surprise!

We thank our hosts Wendy Luella Perkins and Irina Skvortsova.

We also thank Brenna Owen, Brendon Willis, Ayanda Mngoma, Toni Baggos, Konstantin Prodanovic, Frieda Werden, Carly Forbes, Lauren Nelson, Heather McIntyre, and John Hodson.

GroundWire is a project of the National Campus and Community Radio Association.

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