The Daily GRRR! - December 5th, 2014 - Waves Through Walls: Prison Radio

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Welcome, I am your host Dan Kellar and you are listening to The Daily GRRR! Waves Through Walls: Prison Radio, on 100.3fm, CKMS in Waterloo, Ontario. Soundfm.ca on the web, today is Friday December 5th, 2014.

We are broadcasting from the centre of the Haldimand Tract, the occupied Grand River Territory of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations).

The Daily GRRR! is a project of the Grand River Media Collective; and is supported by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and CKMS.

The clip that kicked off the show is from Mumia Abu-Jamal with his piece entitled Death For A Cigarette. Check prisonradio.org for more of Mumia’s podcasts.

Today’s feature is an interview with Earyn Wheatley (@earyn604), who has been involved in the resistance to Kinder Morgan’s proposed TransMountain tar sands pipeline at #BurnabyMountain. Earyn gives a timeline of events, centers Indigenous resistance, and connects the many reasons people oppose the project. They also speak about the next steps in the opposition to the pipeline.

We will hear that interview after headlines.

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HEADLINES for December 5th, 2014
1. KW Solidarity Network Scores Win Against Corrupt Ex-Cop Turn Slumlord
2. Region Faces Huge Challenge In Fighting Homelessness Epidemic
3. Canada Continues Systemic Attack on Indigenous Women, Jail Populations Soar
4. No Justice, No Peace! Cops Killing With Impunity in The Streets
5. Canada Ends Deportation Moratorium to Haiti and Zimbabwe
6. IMF Approves 70$ Billion for Mexico Amidst Popular Uprising Against Ultra-Corrupt #DrugWarCapitalism
7. Blackberry Buys German Encryption Firm
8. Ochapowase Nation Calls Harper’s FNFTA Ultimatum Terrorism
9. Pipeline Protests Are Good For Your Health

1. KW Solidarity Network Scores Win Against Corrupt Ex-Cop Turned Slumlord
Earlier this week, WPIRG shared the news that their community partner, the KW Solidarity Network, scored decisive victories in the battle against corrupt ex-cop turned slumlord, Sheldon Cook, who was targetted by the collective after 2 tenants had reported Cook stole their rent deposits. Cook had tried to change or add lease agreements after deposits were given, then would claim them forfeit when the renters refused the modified lease conditions.

Cook, who is now in jail,following his abandonment last month of the appeal to his conviction for stealing a large quantity of drugs from the Peel Police evidence room when he worked there, quickly caved to pressure after dozens of regional residents joined the tenants in public shamings and demand readings at the ex-cop’s rental property in Kitchener and house in Cambridge.

In the press release the KW Solidarity Network notes: “Working together in solidarity, we can fight landlords and bosses, and win! We encourage tenants and workers who have experienced theft, neglect or harassment from their landlords or bosses, to get in touch.

contact@kwsolidarity.com
1-855-457-8700

2. Region Faces Huge Challenge In Fighting Homelessness Epidemic
In a scouting survey conducted earlier this week, the region of Waterloo has found they face a complex situation in meeting their goals under the canada-wide 20,000 Homes campaign. In stage 1 of the voluntary program, an extra 350 dollars given per month to 40 of the most at risk homeless people in the region to support housing costs.

The 2 day initial survey found that limiting the number to 40 will be difficult and will leave hundreds without adequate shelter or support. Of the 281 people surveyed, 45% are considered at high risk of dying on the street with almost everyone surveyed identified having mental health or substance abuse barriers, with 71% saying they had both.

The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness is one of the organisations behind the 20,000 homes movement, and Tim Richter, the president of the alliance notes "Homelessness is killing people across our country all the time… is an emergency that requires urgent and immediate action."

3. Canada Continues Systemic Attack on Indigenous Women and Men, Jail Populations Soar
A new report from the federal justice department has concluded that between 2002 and 2012, the number of indigenous women held in jail jumped 97%, now making up 34% of all prisoners in federal facilities. During that same time frame, a 34% jump in indigenous male prison population means that 22% of those incarcerated are indigenous. The Indigenous population within Canada makes up about .4% of total number of people here.

Kim Pate of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry associations said, in response to the study that the canadian justice system criminalised the already marginalised, leading to a "trajectory doesn't create a lot of hope for very positive interventions." She continued: “So one of the things we would very much like to see, in addition to accountability within the system and judicial oversight, (is) also a concerted effort to develop services in the community so individuals are prevented from being criminalized in the first place, if at all possible."

4.No Justice, No Peace! Cops Killing With Impunity in The Streets
As a New York Grand Jury refused to indict the cops who killed Eric Garner, an unarmed father of 5 who was murdered by strangulation in an event caught on camera; and as the Peel Regional Police still refuse to answer questions about the death of unarmed black man Jermaine Carby; another case of a killer cop getting off is sure to boil your blood.

As reported on AW@L Radio in 2010, a cop in Michigan killed a 7 year old black girl with his sub-machine gun while she slept on a couch in her home. The cops flashbanged the room before shooting the girl on a botched raid. Now the cop who shot the girl, Joseph Weekley, has had all his charges dropped in the manslaughter case that was brought against him as the judge could not outmaneuver a sneaky lawyer in the corrupt american legal system.

Roland Lawrence, the chairman of the Justice for Aiyana Committee, issued a statement after the court’s decision was announced.
“Surely, the death of a baby by a well-trained police force must be deemed unacceptable in a civilized society,” Lawrence said.

5. Canada Ends Deportation Moratorium to Haiti and Zimbabwe
In response to the recent announcement by the canadian government that they will resume deporting migrants back to the violence and corruption plagued states of Haiti and Zimbabwe following a years long moratorium, Solidarity Across Borders, a migrant justice network active in Montreal for the past decade, has denounced the move saying it is unacceptable that Haitian and Zimbabwean migrants living in Canada, who have been left in limbo for years are now threatened
with deportation.

In a press release, the group noted that to avoid deportation migrants without full status will have to apply with 550$ fees in hand to be considered for non-deportation and added “We reiterate our core demand of status for all: all migrants living in Canada should be regularized. By regularization, we mean an inclusive and ongoing program for all migrants to gain full and permanent residency status, as well as access to full rights and services.”

see www.solidarityacrossborders.org for more on how you can get involved in the struggle for migrant justice!

6. IMF Approves 70$ Billion for Mexico Amidst Popular Uprising Against Ultra-Corrupt #DrugWarCapitalism
Noting the “impressive strides” the authorities have made in advancing structural reforms over the past year and a half “including in the energy, telecommunications, and financial sectors, as well as anti-trust regulation, labor markets, and the education sector”, the international monetary fund has approved a 70 Billion Dollar line of credit for Mexico.

Many government and police buildings in the southern country in fortress north america has been engulfed in flames recently as a general uprising against state violence and corruption continues. Mexico’s most recent political troubles come after the disappearance of 43 teaching students from Ayotzinapa following protests where police killed 6 others.

Canada continues to deport migrants to mexico despite the ongoing state fueled drug war, and the weekly discovery of mass graves in the narco-controlled southern state of Guerrero.

7. Blackberry Buys German Encryption Firm
After ensuring the german government that they were not under any contracts or pressure to share confidential information with other governments, Waterloo based phone maker BlackBerry has been allowed to purchase german encryption software company Secusmart.

Germany has been digitally paranoid since the Edward Snowden leaks showed that the american NSA had targeted Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone.

Of course, it is unlikely BlackBerry would be allowed to tell germany that they were giving information over to the NSA, CSEC or other 5-eyes security agencies.

8. Ochapowase Nation Calls Harper’s FNFTA Ultimatum Terrorism
In defiance of new federal legislation, and in a show of sovereignty, the Ochapowase Nation has issued a strongly worded letter to the Government of Canada calling the Harper government’s First Nations Financial Transparency Act, and other recent legislation “acts of war against our being, capacities, integrity, and rights,” adding “Your legislation and laws are assimilative, genocidal and are genuine acts of extermination.”

The 13 point letter, addressed to Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Bernard Valcourt, says the Nation will not comply with bill C27 beyond providing the “department of aboriginal affairs with an audit of monies and funds received from your department only.”

The letter, signed by Tim Bear Headman of the Ochapowase Nation concludes “Finally Mr Valcourt, we demand that your assimilation-extermination-genocide action plans be destroyed and replaced with a more accurate relationship that our Treaty and Indigenous Peoples Rights represent. In that context, we have prepared appropriate nation-to-nation and fiscal agreements that are forward looking and are compatible with existing international norms and standards, and we would make ourselves available to sit and discuss as equals our objectives and solutions.”

9. Pipeline Protests Are Good For Your Health
As Kinder Morgan is refusing to pay the policing bill following their GPS coordinates screw up which led to charges being dropped against nearly 100 people who were arrested for opposing exploratory work for a tar sands pipeline through Burnaby Mountain, the project is facing further critique, this time from Physicians.

The doctors, Vanessa Brcic and Courtney Howard wrote an editorial to the Vancouver Sun linking opposition to the TransMountain pipeline project, which Kinder Morgan wants to expand, to the battle against climate change, and the growing health emergency climate change represents.

They wrote: “Acts of social mobilization such as on Burnaby Mountain will contribute to a healthier society. We have witnessed meaningful community interaction: University professors working with aboriginal groups, elders inspiring youth with their insight and experience, and active engagement of the municipality in knowledge translation. In a harmful culture of increasing social isolation, community disengagement, and lack of interdependency, democratic participation and the expression of compassion for our common future have tremendous health benefits as well.”

For more on the protests to the TransMountain tar sands pipeline stay tuned for our feature interview after the break. To ,a href=”https://careers.peopleclick.com/careerscp/client_kindermorgan/external/g...” target=”_blank”>Apply for the “Public Awareness Advisor” that Kinder Morgan is now looking to hire in Burnaby, visit the link on our webpage.

Thats all for the headlines, lets go to some
Midway Music.:Here is Kinnie Starrfeaturing Ja$e ElNino with the 3rd Installment of the Haida Raid Activist Animation Music Videos: Save Our Waters
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsDC5cNR9kc&feature=youtu.be

And we are back, you just heard Kinnie Starrfeaturing Ja$e ElNino with the 3rd Installment of the Haida Raid Activist Animation Music Videos: Save Our Waters

You are listening to Waves Through Walls edition of The Daily GRRR! Today is December 5th, 2014, my name is Dan Kellar and we are now moving into the feature portion of our broadcast.

Today’s feature is an interview with Earyn Wheatley (@earyn604), who has been involved in the resistance to Kinder Morgan’s proposed TransMountain tar sands pipeline at #BurnabyMountain. Earyn gives a timeline of events, centers Indigenous resistance, and connects the many reasons people oppose the project. They also speak about the next steps in the opposition to the pipeline.

That was an interview with Earyn Wheatley (@earyn604), who has been involved in the resistance to Kinder Morgan’s proposed TransMountain tar sands pipeline at #BurnabyMountain.
for updates on the resistance check the #BurnabyMountain hashtag on twitter, or check the facebook page

This has been the The Daily GRRR! for December 5th, 2014. We are on weekdays from 9-10am on 100.3fm CKMS in Waterloo region, and http://soundfm.ca on the web. Check out all our past shows and other Grand River Media Collective work on our webpage http://grandrivermc.ca

The Daily GRRR! is supported by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and CKMS.

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