GroundWire | March 17, 2015: Bill C-51, Tibetian National Uprising Day

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This episode of GroundWire was produced on traditional Mohawk territory by Ophira Horwitz and Aaron Lakoff at CKUT 90.3 FM in Montréal, Québec. A very big thanks to our hosts Tiffany Lam and Dago Hernandez and everyone who did the reports and pitched in with the editing work this week! Don't forget to tune into the individual stations to hear the full-length interviews!

Please be advised that there is about two minutes of a French interview in the International Women's Day Report without an English voice-over. We apologize for the inconvenience!

In this edition:


Israel Apartheid Week kicks off across the country and around the world | Aaron Lakoff, CKUT 90.3 FM in Montréal, QC

From March 9-14, students on university campuses organized events in solidarity with Palestine to raise awareness around the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Tibetian National Uprising Day also kicks off across the country and around the world | Benjamin Maine, CKXU 88.3 FM in Lethbridge, Atla.; Produced by Jules Andre-Brown, CiTR 101.9 FM in Vancouver, B.C.

On March 10, people rallied in support of the people of Tibet and their plight under Chinese occupation. Benjamin Maine interviews Tseten Drawu, CKXU Board Member and lifelong Tibet activist. Check out the full interview on the News Hour this coming Sunday from 5-6 PM MDT on CKXU 88.3 FM or listen online!

Pan Am and Parapan Am Games Medals unveiled | Erin Bond, CHSR 97.9 FM in Fredericton, N.B.

The 2015 competition medals for the Pan Am and Parapan Am games were unveiled on March 3 in Toronto. Erin Bond brings us this report about the water theme of the Pan Am medals, with a specially prepared statement by Métis artist Christi Belcourt and an interview with activist Sakura Saunders, who wrote an article about how the creation of these medals has been detrimentally impacting water supplies in Indigenous communities. Tune in to to hear an extended version with an interview with Mining Morality, a group that is doing a documentary about the Pueblo Viejo Mine in the Dominican Republic.

Gabrielle Fayant wins Indspire Award for her grassroots activism work | Michele Bourque, CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa, Ont.

Michelle Bourque interviews Gabrielle Fayant, the recipient of a national award that recognizes the achievements of Indigenous people in a wide range of disciplines. Gabrielle is, among other things, the co-founder of Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G), a youth-led organization that inspires culture and leadership among Indigenous people. Tune in to hear the full interview on Aboriginal CKCU on 93.1 FM in Ottawa or online on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. EST!

Agricultural Bill C-18 is passed in Parliament | Michael Welch, CKUW 95.9 FM in Winnipeg, MB 

CKUW reports on the passage of an omnibus bill that the National Farmers union believes will benefit major seed companies like Monsanto at the expense of small producers.


City of Montréal drops nearly 2000 charges against protestors | Antoine Cadeaux, CKUT 90.3 FM in Montréal, Que.

The city of Montreal recently dropped nearly 2,000 charges against protesters brought under the city's controversial P6 anti-protest bylaw. 

National Day of Action against anti-terrorism Bill C-51 takes place across Canada | Produced by Michael Welch, CKUW 95.9 FM in Winnipeg, MB, with audio from Jonathan Kornelsen and Julien Cooper, CKUW 95.9 FM; Victoria Fenner, rabble podcast network in Toronto, ON, and Anouk Millet, CKUT 90.3 FM in Montréal, QC 

On March 14, people across the country rallied against Harper's proposed anti-terrorist bill. Listen to Victoria Fenner's soundwalk through the crowd in Toronto on the rabble podcast network.

International Women's Day takes place on March 8 | Leonie Karwath, CKUT 90.3 FM 

International Women's Day is a celebration of opposition to partriarchy and sexism that took place on March 8. Leonie Karwath brought us this report from the streets of Montréal.

Community Radio Report:

National Campus and Community Radio Conference Update | Brian Cleveland, Local 107.3 FM in Saint John, NB, interviewed by Ophira Horwitz from the studio at CFRC 101.9 FM in Kingston, Ont., and produced by Aaron Levy, CIVL 101.7 FM in Abbotsford, B.C.

Updates on an amazing radio conference in Saint John from June 3-10, 2015, including registration information and the latest on the Saint John river cruise on the Mississippi River Boat, Voyageur II. Don't forget to join the GroundWire training track and help make a cool episode during the conference! 

We thank Maggie Reid, Carly Forbes, and Frieda Werden.

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

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