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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.

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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.

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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

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Programs and Barriers: Welcoming Refugees to Waterloo Region

In August 2016, CKMS News intern Lisa Irimescu created this 30 minute podcast on welcoming refugees to Waterloo Region, and the programs and barriers which impact the process.

The podcast includes interviews with a Syrian refugee, a private refugee sponsor, and two support organisations.

To download a copy of this program, and to listen to other work from CKMS News, visit the Grand River Media Collective and CKMS News

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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.

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CKMS Community News - July 29th

You're listening to CKMS 100.3 Sound FM in Waterloo Region. Robyn is with you this afternoon, and here's the weekly news round-up for Friday, July 29.

Headlines:
1. Pressure for inquest for Beau Baker; SIU under pressure
2. Redesign and Improvements for Waterloo Park
3. Zimbabwean community demonstrates
4. Condo Concerns and City Council’s request for defining bedrooms
5. Waterloo Region District School board agrees to limit students online access
6. Woolwich councillor summoned to court on alleged Elections Act violations
7. Kool-FM lays off staff in advance of format change
8. Events taking place in the K-W area this weekend include Grassroots Powwow Fundraiser
9. Food & Festivities This Weekend

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CKMS Community News - July 22

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You're listening to CKMS 100.3 Sound FM in Waterloo Region. Lisa and Robyn are with you this afternoon,  and here's the weekly news round-up for Friday, July 22.

The Scoop on Chicken Coops

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CKMS Community News - July 15th

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You're listening to CKMS 100.3 Sound FM in Waterloo Region. Lisa and Robyn are with you this afternoon, and here's the weekly news round-up for Friday, July 15.

Headlines:
1. Laurier custodial staff union demonstrate
2. Cycling Deaths Prompts the Call on Bicycle Training and Safety within the Waterloo Region
3. UW Graduate Rejected because of His Authority Resistant Culture
4. Summer Consutruction Continues
5. Waterloo Home to the World’s First Microscopic Microscope
6. Ride Co to Step in and Provide KW to Toronto Commuters with Another Option
7. Time to Get Jazzy
8. Bettering the Region through Education Reform
9. KWAG celebrates its 60th on July 16
10. A Waterloo Company Transforms Underwater Archeology

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Weekly News Roundup--July 8

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Trading the Public Sector for the Private

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On Federal Socialist Republicanism in Ireland

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A discussion with Cait Trainor on alternative models of governance in Ireland that are inclusive to all. Federal Socialist Republicanism according to Cait Trainor is an inclusive alternative to both occupation and sectarianism.

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Waterloo Regional Police: To Serve and Protect Abusers

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In this segment of KW Radio Basics, our host discusses the strange case where WRPS continuously ignores the complaints of a woman who is being stalked by her physically abusive ex, yet has no problems waking said woman up at 1:15 am to harrass said woman on behalf of her abuser. The interesting thing about said abuser is that his sister works for CAS and is an auxillary officer with the WRPS. Coincidence? Our host thinks not!!!!!

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Interview with IRPWA member Brian Murphy on recent assault by Canadian Ambassador

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This week on KW Radio Basics we talk to Brian Murphy of the IRPWA about the recent assault on his person by the Canadian Ambassador as well as a bit about his family background, the state of affairs today in Ireland and the Craigavon Two

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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.

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Justice For Beau Baker!!!!! End Police impunity!!!!!!

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This episode of KW Radio Basics we talk about police impunity. Topics explored include the murder of Beau Baker by police, as well as Waterloo Regional Police Services screening police complaints of the so called independent body overlooking policing known as the OIPRD in the case of Thornton.

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Discussion with Badee Dwaik

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Badee Dwaik, a human rights defender in Palestine sits down and talks with us about the occupation of Palestine, g4s, the Oslo agreement and the need for Palestinians to control their own destiny. Badee Dwaik is the coordinator of Human Rights Defenders, and they can be contacted at defenders.human@gmail.com

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Release Seamus Daly!!!!!!!!

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Community Discussion with Cait Trainor from Ireland about the case of Seamus Daly, wrongly imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. For more info please check www.releaseseamusdaly.com

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Community Discussion With Evalyn

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Today we have a discussion with a member of our community Evalyn who is seven and goes to Silver Heights Publics

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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.

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The 32CSM, In Defense of 1916

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On KW Radio Basics we had a discussion with Francis Mackey, chair of the 32CSM on the current state of Irish Revolutionary Republicansism. Issues discussed included the coming Centenary of the 1916 uprising.

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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.

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