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Burnaby & Mount Pleasant Community Voices
CJSF speaks to North Burnaby & Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood houses (and more!)
This week Hanna Petersen brings us voices from the North Burnaby Community Fair, while Nathalie Lopez talks to members of the community at the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood house!
Behind Bars, Behind the Mic
CJSF & Letters for the Inside (Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group)
This week's Community Forum features a Prisoner Justice Day (August 10) special from 2013, a collaboration of CJSF and Letters for the Inside, a research project that benefits prisoner education.
To learn more about the program, here is an interview from 2014 with then coordinator Lisa Orton.
Grand Marshalls of the Dyke March & the Pride Parade
Cicely Belle (Black Lives Matter); Danny Ramadan (Syrian activist)
Today on the show, we bring you stories from two community gatherings - the Dyke March and the Pride Parade.
First up, interviews with Cicely Belle of Black Lives Matter Vancouver (who were the Grand Marshal of the Dyke March) and with attendees. Also from the Dyke March, performances by poet Dia Davina and winner of the CBC Searchlight Competition, Desiree Dawson. Thank you to Hillary Kaplan for recordings and interviews!
In the second half, Maegan talks to Danny Ramadan, Grand Marshal off the Pride Parade 2016, activist, writer and educator, staff at Qmunity, and subject of 10,579KM: A Queer Journey from Damascus to Vancouver: upcoming film at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival.
with David Ng and Kira Yee
Love Intersections (loveintersections.com) is a blog and video series which explores and celebrates intersections within the LGBTQ community with a focus on race, culture, love, and relationships (and food).
We talk to David Ng about the project and Pride, hear his thoughts on some of our fave entries in the series, including their most recent entry on Black Lives Matter, and learn about what's next (VQFF, Diverse Appetites).
Plus, we go in depth with one subject Kira Yee, a soft spoken pillar of strength, who participated in the project. She talks about the challenges, lessons and joys of becoming herself and the intersections she lives. Yee is also an advocate through Theatre for Living, PeerNet BC, Vancouver Parks & Rec Board committees, and TransCare BC. She is the Trans Care BC Pride Coordinator, so find her at QMUNITY July 31 to learn more about the project and get swag to show your trans pride and solidarity.
Indian Summer Festival
plus Afrofuturism, from the archives
Gurpreet hosts this week, bringing you content from the Indian Summer festival. http://indiansummerfest.ca/
Kurdish Women Warriors
Kurdish history, music, culture and freedom fighting.
produced by Beyan Farshi, hosted by Maegan Thomas, originally aired during Int'l Human Rights Day.
The Kurds, a non-Arab, non-Iranian and non-Turkish people, originated in the Middle East, inhabited historically the region surrounding the Zagros Mountains area in the Middle East, known as Kurdistan (The Land of the Kurds). They speak their own language and due to linguistic, archaeological and mythological evidences, Kurds are considered by historians as a branch of the Indo-European families.
The UN Declaration of Human Rights declares rights to national identity, while the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples outlines rights of people native to a land to certain rights. And yet, many peoples including the Kurdish find themselves oppressed and dispersed.
In commemoration of Int'l Human Rights Day and the incredible work they do, we highlight Kurdistan and their struggle for peace, freedom and cultural recognition - specifically the struggle by some incredible Kurdish Women.
This episode includes audio from "Women Warriors of Kurdistan" A public panel discussion with Hanna Böhman & Nissy Koye
more event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/987138338017634
full audio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSXAtb9C4Sg
just the Bohman interview: https://soundcloud.com/cjsfradio/hanna-bohman-kurdish-women-warrior
If you enjoyed the music check out:
more from Beyan Farshi (now off air) https://soundcloud.com/cjsfradio/sets/talking-life-in-literature
this episode of Wandering Rhythms (Mondays 12): Rings Around Kurdistan
1. Yalda Abbasi – “Le Yare”, meaning my beloved one. Yhe song tells the story of displacement, oppression and torture. And she is sad because her beloved one has been killed!
2. Hasan Zeerak – “Hewri Lar” – Hewri is a Kurdish women’s hat decorated with jewelry. The song is about his lover who wears Hewri. In the next part of the song he complains about being homeless and without country and also about life being unfair and unjust.
3. Hani Mojtahedee – She is singing in Kurdish Hewrami dialect, mixes classic with jazz and rap music. This song calls “Chemsiyagel” – meaning “ Black eyes”, is a folkloric song.
4. Shivan Parwar – “ Sarhildan Jiyana” meaning “Life is uprising, or Uprising is life”.
5. Nasir Razazee – “Delalo hastawa” – meaning “Rise my brother” – is about the Kurdish prominent leader Dr. Qasimloo, who was assassinated by Iranian government in 1989 in Wien.
Arts & Mental Health
Sound Therapy Radio Live at SFU's Pub (April 2015) Sarah and Her Good Bad Luck live at CJSF (March 2015)
Featured in this week, two sets of work on Art & Mental Health with:
Sound Therapy Radio Night Live at SFU's Pub (April 2015)
Sarah and Her Good Bad Luck Live at CJSF (March 2015)
In the first half, excerpts from the Sound Therapy Radio Night April 7, 2015 at SFU Highland Pub in Burnaby. Live performance by locals https://soundcloud.com/ivythepulse
Featuring interviews with:
- Dr. Pierre Leichner, former Psychiatrist turned artist from Gallery Gachet (gachet.org)
- Tanya Miller from HIFIVE an on-campus mental health movement
- Liticia Gardner from the radical mental health collective at SFPIRG (sfpirg.ca)
In the second half, excerpts from IntraVenus March 25, 2015, live in the booth with Sarah Jickling and her Good Bad Luck. Sarah Jickling, Vancouver based indie pop artist has had a whirlwind year, and is in the midst of recording a new solo album as 'Sarah and her Good Bad Luck'. She chatted about transitioning from being in the Oh Wells to life as a solo performer, mental illness, and how she writes such great pop songs. http://www.sarahsgoodbadluck.com/
Check out the full hour with Sarah here:
originally aired April 2015
Sounds from Cannabis Day; History of O Canada!
In celebration of Canada Day July 1, we have from the Frida Werden (Spoken Word Coord 2003-2014) archives:
In 2003 Frieda Werden was a new Vancouverite and the mainstream celebration of "Cannabis Day" was a surprise. In celebration of the continuing and ever-developing relationship with marijuana in Vancouver, here is a collection of sounds and voices from her visit to Cannabis Day over a decade ago.
Then, Frieda Werden highlights some of the versions and historical moments of Canada's national anthem.
For all the music in full: https://soundcloud.com/cjsfradio/o-canada-a-history
Development, Density, Dollars: What do residents get?
a City Conversation from SFU Public Square
A regularly-heard Vancouver refrain is that greedy developers are destroying our city’s vaunted quality of life, and that politicians are in their (deep) pockets. Then again, developers say that the city’s demands for contributions in return for project approvals drive up their costs and raise housing prices for all. And recently, there have been claims that all developer contributions are going to an affordable housing fund, resulting in shortages of parks, day care centres and other public amenities.
What’s the truth? What public projects are funded by new developments? Are the city’s priorities your priorities? Is Vancouver losing the balance of development and public amenities that have made it so famously livable? Are development charges helping to make living here unaffordable? To frame these issues, we’re pleased to have Councillor George Affleck and Councillor Geoff Meggs.
Students, Teachers, and the TPP
Today the public affairs team highlights:
BC Rally for Student Education May 28 2016
One local teacher's perspectives on the effects of funding cuts on the Public Education System;
Effects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Education
Asian Heritage Month, BC Student's Association and Punjabi Women's Access t
Ken McAteer, Beverly Nann, Dakota McGovern, Prab Chahil
Ken McAteer and Beverly Nann join our host Chanel Klein for a live interview about ExplorASIAN and Asian Heritage Month. Dakota McGovern from the BC Student's Association speaks to CJSF producer Gurpreet Kambo about education in BC and the upcoming rally at the Vancouver Art Gallery. CJSF's Maegan Thomas touches base with University of Ottawa student Prab Chahil about her research about Punjabi women's access to abortion.
Living Wage, Electoral Reform and Kinder Morgan
Nevada Cope, Katelynn Northam, Andy Yeh
Today on Community Forum we will be joining Nevada Cope, owner and chef of Vancouver’s newest living wage restaurant called Ritual. CJSF correspondent Laura Scheck speaks with Katelynn Northam, the front-runner for LeadNow’s proportional representation campaign. We’ll also be hearing from Andy Yeh, about the Taiwanese Chrildren’s folk festival. Gurpreet Kambo interviews Jacub, the young activist who was arrested at the Kinder Morgan protest on Burnaby Mountain in 2014.
The Future of Transportation & Urban Infrastructure
Following on last week’s episode, which was based around the possibility of the upcoming transit strike, today’s episode is also transportation themed, though with a bit of a broader focus. We aren’t just talking about the possibility of a transit strike, but also about the future of transportation and urban infrastructure in Vancouver and in big cities around the world. Heavy stuff.
We have three stories for you today. The first is with Angela MacDougall from Vancouver’s Battered Women’s Support Services regarding concerns related to domestic violence and the new Compass card. The second is with John Calimente, a transportation planner, on how Vancouver compares to other cities in public transportation, and the future of it in the region. The third is an event at SFU focusing on the history of the development of the city of Burnaby and where those trends might be leading in the future.
Transit Workers' Strike?
Last week, Metro Vancouver transit operators and maintenance workers from Coast Mountain Bus Company voted 98% in favour of striking in order to obtain collective bargaining agreements, including wage increases and improved working conditions. With this vote, we may be seeing a strike action and an interruption in transit services (however, they have stated striking is a last-resort).
CJSF producer Gurpreet Kambo spoke with Nathan Woods, the president of UNIFOR, the union representing public transit workers in Metro Vancouver.
We also spoke to some community and CJSF members, Grant & Magnus, about their memories of the last transit-workers strike in Vancouver in 2001. They recalled for us their experiences of those historic 4 months.
National Day of Mourning & International Workers' Day
Catherine Brady; Deena Ladd; Stephen Portman
Today’s episode is themed around Labour. Labour has always been an element of society that has been both crucial and controversial. While the prominence of labour unions has declined significantly, in the 19th and 20th century, they were extremely important in advocating for many of the political and social equities that we enjoy today: things such as the 8 hour workday, the 40 hour workweek, overtime pay, the right to strike, equal pay for women and minorities, and banning child labour, among many others that we often take for granted today.
April 28th is the National Day of Mourning, and May 1st is International Worker’s Day, or ‘Mayday’, Both of these days are meant to remember workers and celebrate the achievements of the labour movement.
On today’s episode, we hear from Catherine Brady, a woman working in the forestry industry who is campaigning for work and safety gear specifically tailored for women in trades. We also hear interviews with Deena Ladd and Stephen Portman, who both presented at last year’s labour advocacy event “Workers in Action: Exploring Workers Centres Across Canada”, an event hosted at SFU’s Harbour Centre location by the BC Employment Standards Coalition, the BC Federation of Labour and the Hospital Employees’ Union. We will also be hearing from attendees at the event, sharing their ideas about labour and advocacy in Canada.
Attawapiska Occupation & Indigenous Food Security
live interviews, contributions from Jay Peachy & Noel Thomas, CKUT
On April 18th, protesters began occupying the Vancouver Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada office (INAC) in solidarity with Attawapiskat after the community declared a state of emergency over multiple Indigenous youth suicides. People have been occupying the INAC offices around Canada, starting in Toronto and moving to Regina, Vancouver, and more.
Featured on the show today:
Jay Peachy (Sound Therapy Radio & TV) speaks w/ Antoinette Smith outside Vancouver INAC Sit-in
Chrisse Olman and Jerrilyn Webster (aka JB the First Lady), two women occupying the Vancouver INAC office at 1138 Melville Street, where they are currently on their 3rd day of occupying the space.
and from Noel Thomas (freelance radio producer affiliated with CKUT Radio McGill Montreal), a recorded interview concerning food security and indigenous communities in Canada's northern regions.
For more coverage of these issues check out these various sources:
Site C Dam
Sage Birley, Kenta Otani and Tina Loo
Community Forum explores the issues surrounding the Site C Dam in the Peace River Valley. CJSF host Chanel Klein joins BC farmer Sage Birley in a live phone interview. Environmentalist Kenta Otani weighs in at the Site C protest taking place in front of BC Hydro's downtown Vancouver office. Tina Loo is a Professor of History at the University of British Columbia, where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Environmental History. In 2008, she spoke about the potential risk and benefits of the then-theoretical Site C Dam, and the socio-political mindset that fuelled dam-building and other environmentally destructive projects.
World Health Day
Psychedelics & Health; Concussions in Children's Sports
Today is World Health Day and on this week's episode of Community Forum, we are talking with two different health specialists, Dr. Mark Haden of MAPS Canada and Dr. Robert Cantu, author of 'Concussion and Our Kids'.
Mark Haden, adjunct professor in UBC's School of Population & Public Health and Chair of the Board at MAPS Canada, discusses the history of psychedelic use in regards to community-building and health and well-being. Mark also speaks on contemporary research around therapeutic use of psychedelics.
(Check out MAPS' "Blotter Art" Fundraiser with Dr. Gabor Maté May 19th: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/maps-canada-blotter-art-fundraiser-with-dr-gabor-mate-registration-22983225446)
Also, from a 2012 interview on Radio Curious, Dr. Robert Cantu discusses the major health issue of concussions in children's sports.
Vancouver the Lonely
Today's episode was themed around loneliness and social isolation in Vancouver. The segments include:
- Streeters with people on the UBC Vancouver campus on loneliness
- Tips from CJSF producer Chanel Klein on making friends and moving to a new city
- An interview with an international student, Rohan Soni on the experience of moving to Vancouver
- An interview with Ali Sauder about loneliness as a stay-at-home mother
Housing in BC Pt. II
Today on community forum we have decided to continue on the topic of housing since is such a hot topic here in the lower-mainland.
Today we will first be speaking with Andrew Sakamodo from the Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre (TRAC). We’ll also be hearing from a local collectivehousing resident, Ben Tannenbaum from the Beehive Collective, as well as two women who are now living in Vancouver’s first co-housing development, Ericka Stephens-Rennie and Taryn Griffiths. Lastly we’ll hear from our resident real estate expert and CJSF producer, Chanel Klein, on the issue of shadow flipping here in Vancouver.
Live-interview with Joyce Residents Association, Pre-recorded interview with Teresa Dettling on the rally for affordable student housing
This week's Community Forum host Gurpreet Kambo started us off with a round table where Channel Klein, Laura Scheck and Nathalie Lopez discussed how the housing crisis affects them in their every day lives.
Live-interview with Joyce Residents Association
Next there was a live interview with Chanel Ly who has lived in Renfrew-Collingwood and is a core organizer of the Joyce Area Residents Association.The Joyce Area Residents Association (JARA) started in direct response to the City's plans to re-zone and develop all around Joyce Station. They advocate for language accessibility because the area is 73% ESL, working class and made up of mostly immigrant families. The group holds community events to engage their neighbours and hear concerns about the plans.
We also had a pre-recorded interview with Teresa Dettling on the rally for affordable student housing.
Teresa Dettling is a former resident of SFU’s graduate student housing, Louis Riel House, which grad students and their families were evicted from last year, despite protest.
International Women's Day Episode
Girls Rock Camp, Women in Film, Memorializing sex workers
This week's episode was themed around International Women's Day, which was on Tuesday March 8th, 2016. The episode featured interviews with:
Luey from Girls Rock Camp Vancouver, an annual summer camp for girls that teaches them playing instruments, songwriting, and other great things that go into being a rockstar
Sarah Kalil the president of the Vancouver Chapter of Women in film and Television an organization that advocates for women in screen-based media,
and a talk from UBC Professor Becki Ross who spoke at an event called “Never Forgotten: Memorializing Sex Workers Expelled From Vancouver’s West End”. In this talk, she explored the mass displacement of sex workers, most of whom were trans women and women of colour, from the West End to the much more dangerous area of East Vancouver.
BC Budget 2016
Today's episode was themed around the recently tabled 2016 BC budget. There were interviews with Rick Turner of the BC Health Coalition, Paul Gilbert of the BC Disability Caucus and Jean Swanson, a local anti-poverty activist.