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AW@L Radio: 6 Glaring Issues with the Supreme Court's Line 9 Decision

Responding to the Supreme Court of Canada's rejection of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nations challenge of the National Energy Board's decision to allow the #line9 pipeline to have its flow reversed and to have the inline pressure increased—while also approving for the flow of tar sands diluted bitumen and bakken-shale fracked oil—despite a complete failure to meaningfully consult any Indigenous community potentially impacted along the pipeline’s route, David-Gray Donald analysis six of the more absurd issues plaguing this high court decision.

The bulk of this episode of AW@L radio is a reading of “6 Glaring Issues with the Supreme Court's Line 9 Decision” from the mediacoop.ca, posted by David Gray-Donald (@DgrDon). You can access the whole article here:


AW@L Radio - 2017-07-27 - Canada's Supreme Court redefines Indigenous Consultation in Line 9 Decision

The #Line9 and #SeismicBlasting decisions from the Supreme Court of Canada has come down and they are... baffling. We read a statement from Chippewas Solidarity and play audio of CoTTFN Chief Myeengun Henry responding to the decision.

We also rebroadcast the inspiring interview on Democracy now with Ruby Montoya and Jessica Reznicek, two powerful womyn who sabotaged the Dakota Access Pipeline over several months in 2016,

Climate Change Fires in BC - Indigenous Responses to Colonial Tactics

The show opens with a quick review of the upcoming supreme court decision on the lack of consultation with Chippewas of the Thames First Nation regarding the line 9 pipeline. We then shift to the climate change induced fires in BC and Indigenous defiance to evacuation orders, including Secwepemc demands for pipeline shutdowns, and Tl’etinqox defiance to evacuate despite threats from the RCMP of seizing children, and successful defense against the fire.

AW@L Radio: Challenging the "Unproductive Fictions" of #Canada150

This episode of AW@L Radio (recorded June 30, 2017), opens with a quick rant about Trudeau's massive increases to canada's military budget, and a brief chat about local ripening fruits.
For the remainder of the show, we are joined by Dr. Stephen Svenson for a discussion around #canada150 and the lingering "unproductive fictions" that deal with the establishment of this settler colonial state and which lay the foundation of racist canadian nationalism.
Throughout the discussion we swing back to the question of "what are we celebrating?" when people choose to celebrate canada.


AW@L Radio - Algonquins of Barriere Lake confront Copper One at annual general meeting in Toronto.

Loudly re-affirming their unwavering opposition to mining in their territory, members of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, confronted Copper One at the mining company's annual shareholders meeting.


AW@L Radio - March 31st - Smash The State Report

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On the March 31st 2017, edition of AW@L Radio, we kick things off with a run down of the situation at Ryerson university, where the school's president shamefully apologized to the mayor of Niagara Falls after students in the journalism program produced a short film entitled As Niagara Falls, which introduced some of the problems in the city around economic development and poverty. We read from the article on buzzfeed.com from Ismael N Daro (https://www.buzzfeed.com/ishmaeldaro/the-mayor-of-niagara-falls-is-extre...) and play the short video. The group who made the video, Mayday Pictures said the film has succeeded in sparking a much-needed conversation.

Next we go to an article from Ben Leeson from The Sudbury Star, (http://www.thesudburystar.com/2017/03/23/forest-activist-struck-and-kill...) who had the unfortunate job of relaying the news that long time activist and academic Barbara Ronson McNichol was killed after being stuck by a train. Barbara Ronson McNichol, 60, had been working to keep logging and spraying from in the Benny forest. Rest in Power Barbara!

We play a piano version of Byron's Breaks My Heart.

We return with an update on #JusticeForAbdiraman, specifically that the Ottawa police have created blue and black bracelets to wear in support of killer cop Daniel Montsion (https://www.buzzfeed.com/ishmaeldaro/ottawa-police-bracelets-montsion). We look at this disgusting campaign through the tweets of @DesmondCole who notes it is not worth looking for good cops in this badness, and that the politicians are cowering in bitterness and fear instead of confronting the issue.

Dan has a quick note to remind everyone that Marc Emery is horrible.

We read from an article from the Waterloo Chronicle outlining the racist anti-muslim backlash at the proposal to use a house in Waterloo as a Muslim prayer centre. (https://www.waterloochronicle.ca/news-story/7211206-waterloo-s-muslim-pr...)

Next up is an note about the potential transit strike in Waterloo Region which was averted at the last minute. The workers were demanding better working conditions and the end of totalitarian management schemes. Waterloo Region always has money to boost the police budget, but alway struggle to find it other places.

And finally, we end the show on a note from activist and journalist Garth Mullins (@garthmullins) who tweeted regarding the ongoing #opiodcrisis in #Vancouver. Garth shared that his friend was one of 162 overdoses in a week in Vancouver, and was thankfully saved by the administration of Naxalone.



AW@L Radio - March 24th - Resist the Rise of the Bigots

From the March 24th edition of AW@L Radio, the show starts with a run down of the events at a Peel regional school board meeting, where anti-muslim bigots ripped up a Koran and yelled at people shaming them. The meeting was then shut down, but as host dan kellar notes, the bigots have names, jobs and addresses... (check this Tamara Khandaker piece from vice, including the videos, for more - https://news.vice.com/story/the-quran-was-torn-to-shreds-at-a-raucous-school-board-meeting-in-peel-region)

After a clip of Lowkey's Ahmed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNqum-_5RhY), we speak of the protests against M-103 (a motion to study the rise in hate in Canada - specifically anti-muslim hate) and we get into a report back from the counter-demo in Kitchener, where antifa contained and outnumbered the confused members of the CCCC. While under the bogus guise of "free speech", all of the anti M-103 protestors AW@L Radio spoke with, asked if we had read the Koran.

We also note the apparent success of the #IAMWRAgainstRacialDiscrimination campaign (despite the length of the hashtag...), and hype of the antifa resistance worldwide.

"The facists already have unfettered access to the mainstream media, it is the people's job to keep the bigots off the streets and out of public places." - antifa at the counter demo at the KW anti-m-103 protest.


AW@L Radio: Updates on #Justice4Azraya and the Grassy Narrows Youth Media project.

This episode starts with a quick plea from host dan kellar to stop the march to war in Syria, including calling out Justin Trudeau for his quick support of Trump's recent bombardments, calling on NDP leadership hopefuls to clarify thier position on the attacks and on imperial wars in general, and noting that there is no verified proof of who launched the apparent chemical weapons attack in Syria.

To set a base for the rest of the episode, we then read "Racism, Violence, And Thunder Bay Reporting: An investigation of racism on Lakehead University campus and Thunder Bay’s complicity with anti-Indigeneity and systemic violence against Indigenous women" an article by Brady Coyle and Leah Ching if the Argus newspaper in Thunder Bay (http://theargus.ca/features/2017/racism-violence-and-thunder-bay-reporting/).

The rest of the episode is then spent with organiser and social justice activist Alex Hundert, who re-joins AW@L Radio to update us on several campaigns he is working on with folks from Grassy Narrows, specifically the #Justice4Azraya campaign and the Grassy Narrows Youth Media project (https://www.facebook.com/GrassyNarrowsYouth/, twitter: @GNYouthMedia). We also discuss #JusticeForDelaine and bring in discussion of systemic racism present in Kenora, Thunder Bay, and indeed, all across Canada.

The episode ends with *BONUS* content fom Alex, also discussing war (what is it good for?).


Precarity in higher learning: Neoliberalism and contract faculty contract negotiations at WLU

JANUARY 9, 2017 | As contract faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University negotiate a new contract, many in the union have recognized their struggle as a moment in the widescale resistance to neoliberal ideologies.


We call "Woo Woo" on you: free speech, bigotry, conspiracy theories and community standards

Discussion w/ activist & former co-host Alex Hundert on free speech, racism, conspiracy theories, and upholding community standards as "alt-right" white nationalists rise to power in the US and surge worldwide.


David Keith on climate change mitigation and the chemtrail conspiracy

An interview with David Keith, an award winning professor of Applied physics at Harvard University where he is leading an interdisciplinary research team who is researching global-scale geoengineering strategies to mitigate climate change, primarily stratospheric albedo modification. Keith is also a Professor of Public Policy in the Harvard Kennedy School.

We start with discussing Keith's research, which aims to reduce global temperatures through increasing the albedo of the stratosphere -- reflecting more solar radiation back into space. Along with the risks and benefits his team is investigating, Keith also points out that none of this research has left the lab setting.

In the second part of the show, we talk about the so-called "chemtrails" conspiracy theory which includes Keith's research being a part of a super secretive global scale program of some sort or another, and has led in real life to threats, vitriol, and slander being directed at the scientist.

For more on the absurdity of the chemtrails conspiracy see: How to Debunk Chemtrails and Chemtrails Conspiracy Theory.

This interview was first broadcast November 4 on AW@L radio. Tune in weekly on Fridays at 4:00 pm EST on http://soundfm.ca/listen


Discussing the "Promoting Affordable Housing Act" with MPP Catherine Fife

"We see housing as underpinning the entire health of a community"- Catherine Fife

In mid-August, the CKMS newsroom caught up with Kitchener-Waterloo NDP MPP Catherine Fife to discuss new legislation passed in the Ontario legislature -- the Promoting Affordable Housing Act. The discussion deals with implementing the act in Waterloo Region with funding and zoning options available to municipal governments including promotion of inclusionary zoning, and ending appeals to the OMB, as well as some of weaknesses in the legislations around gentrification and renters rights.

This Interview was originally aired on August 19th on CKMS Community News, a program of the CKMS newsroom at 100.3fm, SoundFM.ca in Waterloo Region. It was undertaken by Rachel Avery.


Honduras, Canada's free trade, and assassinating the opposition

Raul Burbano of Common Frontiers discusses Canada's support of the post-coup government in Honduras, including the horrific situation faced by Indigenous people and others who opposed the government.


Sing Hey! Love, Struggle, and Community with Janice Jo Lee

Kitchener based artist Janice Jo Lee joins AW@L Radio in studio for a discussion on her new album Sing Hey and the cross Canada tour she is embarking on.


podcast: Criminalisation and Harassment of LGBTQ Prisoners in Kitchener's Federal Prison.

In early November 2015, the "Being Queer Is Not Illegal" campaign was launched by prisoner solidarity group GVI Watch. The group, acting in solidarity with the prisoners held at the Grand Valley Institute (GVI), a large federal prison for woman in Kitchener Ontario, was asking people to phone into the prison after prisoner reports of surging harassment , discrimination, and criminalisation of LGBTQ prisoners by guards.
In a November 10th post on the group's webpage https://gviwatch.wordpress.com, the situation was described as:

"a recent crackdown against LGBTQ2+ prisoners and/or prisoners in relationships amongst themselves. Intimate relationships between prisoners are being attacked by a clique of guards acting without apparent direction or oversight from the Corrections Canada administration."
The post continues: "Harassment of prisoners includes throwing them in solitary as punishment for being in a relationship, threatening them with transfers to remote parts of the country, separating partners by placing them in different parts of the prison, and laying spurious institutional charges that can lead to being locked in the maximum security unit.

Most troublingly, guards have been using physical intimidation and invasions of personal space to harass prisoners who speak up against these practices. In violation of their own rules individual guards have been entering prisoners’ cells at night,with an institutional history of sexual violence and exploitation of prisoners by guards at GVI, this can only be understood as a threat."
The post goes on to describe a growing culture of impunity among guards and prison officials as the jail is without a warden and the federal prison investigator has not had his contract renewed, which GVI watch says is "leaving no one to respond to grievance reports filed by prisoners."

While the prisoners themselves have been organising on the inside, their efforts have been met with repression from the guards. GVI watch reported on November 17th that the pressure from the call-in campaign was working, with prison officials stating they would allow an LGBTQ2+ group to form among prisoners.

While, promising to continue "watching closely to ensure the prison does not go back on their word", and with a win in hand, on December 4th, GVIwatch called for an end to this phase of the call-in campaign noting that:

"The issue of the criminalization of queer prisoners is still ongoing though, so stay tuned!

-There are still prisoners in max because of this, but they’re appealing their transfer from medium
-Many prisoners have been to segregation in the past month, a disturbing trend that’s still ongoing
-Some institutional charges have been dropped against queer prisoners, reducing their daily stress, but some charges remain"
The group concluded their post: "GVI Watch is thinking about the folks inside, and hoping those who are allowed to attend the holiday Family Day event have a great day."

GVI watch also highlighted https://changeandprison.wordpress.com the re-launched blog of Nyki Kish, a prisoner at GVI, which was launched just prior to the start of the Being Queer is Not Illegal Campaign. The posts are of Nyki's experiences in the prison and her critiques of the system which holds her unjustly captive as woman innocent of the crime she was convited for. For more on Nyki's wrongful imprisonment and to find out how you can support her check http://freenyki.org/
Today AW@L Radio is grateful to present a recording of Nyki Kish reading her piece "The Criminalization of LGBTQ People in the Grand Valley Institution for Women Part I – Our Story"https://changeandprison.wordpress.com/2015/11/26/the-criminalization-of-... .

I want to thank Nyki for her courageous efforts in documenting her struggle and spreading her experiences and critiques from inside the jail, and thanks as well to those who recorded and sent AW@L Radio this powerful piece of audio.

This has been AW@L Radio, i'm your host @dankellar, thanks for listening.

LSPIRG's "I Am Not A Costume" Campaign on Cultural Appropriation

As Halloween approached, the Laurier Students Public Interest Research Group activated their "I Am Not A Costume" campaign, which included posters being put up around campus seeking to challenge students into thinking about the appropriateness and impacts of wearing stereotypical, racist, or culturally appropriative costumes while celebrating the eve. In addition to Vandalism of the posters, there was also a wave of aggressive and oppressive online backlash.

Today we speak with Mohammed Akbar, a staff member of LSPIRG, to get details about the campaign and reaction to it as well as other efforts LSPIRG is undertaking to combat racism and other oppressions on campus. Mohammad also places the "I Am Not A Costume" campaign into the larger idea of building safe(r) spaces on campus and throughout our communities and strengthening freedom of expression and debate.
For more information on the work LSPRIG does, check http://lspirg.org


The Daily GRRR! - May 1st, 2015 - Waves Through Walls: Prison Radio

Status For All!
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HEADLINES for May 1st, 2015
1. May Day 2015 - Solidarity With Workers, Status For All.
2. Canada's Jails Fail To Prepare Prisoners for Release
3. Canadian Prisons Torturing Prisoners With Solitary Confinement
4. Mumia's Health Still Critical as "Mumia Gag Law" Struck Down.
5. Don't Frack Ontario!
6. Waterloo Region Kids Are Sharing Child Porn
7. New Toronto Police Chief Defends Illegal Carding Policies
8. Hamilton Police's "ACTION" Squad-1 Under Investigation

Midway Music: Hamilton's Lee Reed with the tune No Kanada

Feature is a read of Mychal Denzel Smith's April 9th piece for thenation.com titled Abolish the Police. Instead, Let’s Have Full Social, Economic, and Political Equality.

The Daily GRRR! is on weekdays from 9-10am on 100.3fm CKMS in Waterloo, Ontario, and http://soundfm.ca on the web.

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

Opening Mumia is the piece entitled Mumia's Message to the Movement.


The Daily GRRR! - April 24th, 2015 - Waves Through Walls: Prison Radio

Down With The SPVM - ACAB!
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HEADLINES for April 24th, 2015
1. Settler Killers of Loretta Saunders Plead Guilty
2. Montreal Woman Found Guilty For Posting a Picture of Graffiti
3. Quebec Town Enacts By-law Against Insulting Local Police
4. Ayotzinapa Delegation in Quebec Testifies on the Human Rights Crisis in Mexico
5. Mining Companies To Be Targeted in Toronto
6. #DamLine9 Blockaders Emerge From Court Unrepentant
7. Enbridge Has Rough Week With Fines and Political Interference
8. Marineland Animal Defense is Dead, Long Live Marineland Animal Defense!
9. Support The Tower - Hamilton's Anarchist Social Space Needs a Ramp!

Midway Musichere is Hamilton's own Lee Reed with the tune Bad Gas

Feature a piece from PRI's Rae Ellen Bichell on the "Open Prisons" of Finland where ongoing imprisonment reforms have led to a ⅔ reduction in the prison population in the Scandinavian country.

The Daily GRRR! is on weekdays from 9-10am on 100.3fm CKMS in Waterloo, Ontario, and http://soundfm.ca on the web.

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 Daily GRRR! - April 17th, 2015 - Waves Through Walls: Prison Radio

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The Daily GRRR!
HEADLINES for April 17th, 2015
1. Harper Loses Another Supreme Court Decision As Mandatory Minimums on Gun Crimes Ruled Unconstitutional
2. Warden At Kitchener Jail Denies Media Access to Nyki Kish
3. Hospital Visiting Hours Restricted for Mother of Man Severely Beaten on First Night in Nova Scotia Jail.
4. Reading Program in New Brunswick Jail at Risk Over Funding and Access Obstacles
5. Racially Charged "Carding" Policies of Toronto Police Blasted by Ontario Human Rights Commission
6. Toronto Police Release Taser Use Statistics
7. Railway Protests Planned In Response to CN Injunction Against Anishinabe Water Ceremony

Midway Musichere is Nora Loreto with a cover of the Anti-War tune Think Again.

Interview from the DailyGRRR's Julian Ichim with Gary Thompson a labour activist and a worker at the Workers Action Centre. He speaks of the #15andFairness and #FightFor15 campaign and the April 15th Day of Action, as well as the poor labour conditions and protections in Ontario.

The Daily GRRR! is on weekdays from 9-10am on 100.3fm CKMS in Waterloo, Ontario, and http://soundfm.ca on the web.

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

Opening Mumia: Punks, Predators, and Pigs. Check prisonradio.org for more of Mumia’s podcasts.


The Daily GRRR! - April 15, 2015: Solidarity Edition

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HEADLINES for April 15, 2015
1. Irish Police Ombudsman Probe PIRA Murders
2. Raise the Minimum Wage - #FightFor15 + #15andFairness
3. Farc-EP Mourn The loss of Eduardo Galeano

Interview: Moira-Sharon Magee is a mental Health advocate and a police accountability activist. One this edition, she will be
discussing the current issues that mental health patients face in light of the Beau Baker Shooting by police in Kitchener.

The Daily GRRR! is on weekdays from 9-10am on 100.3fm CKMS in Waterloo, Ontario, and http://soundfm.ca on the web.

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



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