International Women’s Day Hour #1

In the first hour of International Woman’s day, Maxine hosts and talks about the history on western feminism and its gaps and critiques. She is joined in the Studio with Sharline, a collective member at the Centre for Women and Trans People. Aaliya, a person who works with SAIA and SASSL. Rachelle, an OPIRG board member and facilitator for the group: Queer and Trans Womyn Without Boarders and lastly Julianne, a YUBSA board member as well as a CWPT collective member. After that an interview with Cassidy Freelove, a spoken word artist and actress who speaks about body image representation and self esteem.

International Woman’s Day Hour #2

In the second hour of international Woman’s day, Darla Goodwin speaks about indigenous feminism. Then Hailee Ingelton speaks with Sherry-Ann Baker, a local spoken word artist and we listen to many different fem-con songs throughout the hour.

International Woman’s Day Hour #3

In the third hour of international Woman’s Day, Reina Gosset, a trans activist from the Silvia- Rivera Law Project speaks about prison abolition and the criminalization of trans woman of colour. After, Joan Ruza, a coordinator from Ritten House and a prison abolitionist speaks about transformative justice. Then we listen to trans activist Janet Mock speak about the prison industrial complex.

International Women’s Day Hour #4
In the last hour of International Woman’s Day, we listen to many different types of fem com music. Then Haseena Manek speaks with a woman named Cherri Don from the Philippine Woman’s Centre.

York Community Report: Leana Lattanzio speaks with Sara Rodrigues who is one of the organizers of the event called Decolonizing Anti-Racism. They discuss the event and the Strategies of Critique organization. The Decolonizing Anti-Racism event happened at York University from April 14th-15th. For more information please take a look at http://www.strategiesofcritique.wordpress.com.

Feature Report: Leana Lattanzio and Haseena Manek are joined live in studio with Emanuela Bringi and Shanequa Phillips of the York United Black Students Alliance. They discuss racial profiling and carding of black students on campus with the recent increase of police presence on the York campus following the shooting. For more information follow them on Twitter @YUBSA436 or visit their office on the 4th floor of the student center at York University in room 436.

Independent Arts and Culture Report: Hailee Ingleton spoke with Ritika Anand who is the producer of the film Three Colours and a Canvas. They talk about her film and her work as part of her ongoing Toronto artist series. To get more information please visit http://www.threecoloursandacanvas.com

 

York Community Report: Fakiha Baig speaks with Schulich School of Business marketing Professor Eileen Fischer about her recently published study in the Consumer Research Journal. They discuss why markets are not supplied with more plus sized clothing when they are in such high demand. They also speak about an online movement and what they are doing to conquer this problem. For for information please take a look at the Journal of Consumer Research for January of 2013.

Feature Report:  Fakiha Baig speaks with Liz Rosoff who is the show runner for a clothing store in San Francisco called Betabrand. They discuss the stores marketing campaign to use women with PhD’s as their models instead of traditional model bodies that are often showcased in typical advertisements. For more information please visit http://www.betabrand.com

Independent Arts Report: Rosie Michel chats with Pat Evans, one of the co-chairs for the Grandmother’s AIDS Advocacy Network (GRAN) which advocates for policies changes in Canada that support an improved quality of life for grandmothers caring for child orphaned by AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. They discuss how this organization formed, why they chose to advocate for AIDS issues in the third world, their 2014/2015 action items and how they managed to accurately reflect their work on the needs of the African community. For more information please check out their website http://grandmothersadvocacy.org/

 

York Community Report: News Now correspondent Haseena Manek is joined by Wendy Komiotis, executive director of the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children known as METRAC. METRAC is a Toronto community based not-for-profit organization that works to prevent and eliminate violence against diverse women and youth. Many of you may know them as the organization that did the audit on York University to evaluate the ways the University is dealing with the high rates of sexual assault on campus. They will discuss sexual assault on the York campus and on other university campuses, the audit itself as well as METRAC’s recommendations. If you would like to learn more about this organization or get involved please visit http://www.metrac.org.

Feature Report: News Now’s Haseena Manek and Leana Lattanzio speak with Gerry Dunn who is the facilitator of the Stop Line 9 Toronto campaign. They talk about what line 9 is, the recent approval and risks of the line 9 plan and the stop line 9 campaign itself. For more information go to http://www.stopline9-toronto.ca

Independent Arts and Culture Report: News Now contributor Fakhia Baig spoke with Toronto photographer Colin Boyd Shafer on a project he is working on called Cosmopolis. Through this project, he is trying to photograph the world without leaving the Toronto area. They discuss the project, the participants and the portraits he takes. For more information or to get involved visit http://www.cosmopolistoronto.com 

 

York Community Report: This weeks York community report will present a clip from a recent lecture by Dr. Cornel West. This lecture was a part of the York Federation of Students Expression Against Repression speaker series. Dr. West is a philosopher, academic, activist, author and public intellectual.

Feature Report: Leana Lattanzio and Haseena Manek are joined live in studio with Rob Shirkey founder of Our Horizon. They discuss his environmental campaign called Our Horizon, the progress they have made and next steps in 2014. For more information please visit their website at http://www.ourhorizon.org

Independent Arts and Culture Report: News Nows Leana Lattanzio speaks with Katie McMillan who is the general manager of the Tangled Art and Disability Festival. They speak about how the organization got started, their success and the festival itself. For more information please visit their website http://abilitiesartsfestival.org/2014-tangled-arts-festival/

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York Community Report: Maggie Reid speaks with David Macdonald, Senior Economist for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, about the alternative federal budget released by the CCPA last month. They discuss some important issues that are not being addressed in the conservative federal budget including the growing income gap, gender inequality, defense spending and tax loopholes to name a few. For more information please visit their website at www.policyalternatives.ca

Feature Report: News Nows Rosie Michel speaks with Chanel Gallant who is a spokesperson for Maggie’s Toronto from the Sex Workers Action Project. They speak about the spike in police violence against sex workers since the Bedford case decision. For more information please visit http://maggiestoronto.ca

Independent Arts and Culture Report: Fakhia Baig speaks with Concordia University professor Mary Anne Poutanen to discuss the White Square Campaign and the current situation in Quebec. They specifically talk about the controversial proposed legislation that seeks to establish the neutrality of the state and to ban conspicuous religious symbols.

York Community Report: News Now correspondent Haseena Manek provides exerts from the press conference held by York University’s Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA). The community leaders and activists discuss restriction of free speech and demonstration on campus. For more information please visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SAIA.York

Feature Report: Haseena Manek spoke with Ihsaan Gardee who is the executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM). They discuss the recent notice initiating a libel suit against the Prime Ministers office for defamatory language. For more information please visit http://www.nccm.ca to take a look at their work and the outline for this case.

Independent Arts and Culture Report: News Now correspondent Fakiha Baig speaks with Ryerson University Professor Laurie Petrou about ‘Boys will be Boys’ which is her project that explores gender stereotypes. She talks about the sometimes inflexible means by which we often see the world, particularly with respects to gender. For more information please visit her website at http://www.breakgendermolds.com or follow her on Twitter @lauriepetrou

York Community Report: Rosie Michel speaks with Kemba King, facilitator and storyteller for the York University Black Students Alliance (YUBSA), about their weekly workshop called Beautiful We. They discuss what Kemba hopes people will take away from the workshop series and why it is important to critically confront body image issues and body shaming particularly for women of colour. For more information please visit http://yfs.ca/section/153 or email Kemba King at kembaking@gmail.com

Feature Report: News Now’s Maggie Reid speaks with Dak de Kerckhove who is a spatial ecologist, fisheries biologist and doctoral student at the University of Toronto. They discuss science policy and scientific research under the conservative government in Canada and what has been termed ‘Harper’s War on Science.’

Independent Arts and Culture Report: News Now correspondent Fakiha Baig speaks with Ryerson University Professor Laurie Petrou about ‘Boys will be Boys’ which is her project that explores gender stereotypes. She talks about the sometimes inflexible means by which we often see the world, particularly with respects to gender. For more information please visit her website at http://www.breakgendermolds.com or follow her on Twitter @lauriepetrou

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For today’s show we have two repeat interviews in our York Connect and Feature slots, however, make sure you check out our Independent Arts and Culture report.

Independent Arts and Culture:
For today’s independent arts and culture report we’re speaking to Marianne Burlew as part of our Toronto artist series exposing local artists and musicians. Find out what inspires her work!

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York Community Report: Haseena Manek speaks with The Real Sun, who is an artist, educator, community builder and activist from the Jane and Finch community. They talk about the program titled Lights, Sound ACCESS. They also discuss the ongoing community initiatives that people can be a part of and the work that they do. For more information contact sun@therealsun.com

Feature Report: PhD candidate Alex Abramovich has been investigating the experience of homeless LGBTQ youth in Canada and in the Canadian shelter system. He recently presented his thesis at the Ontario Institute of Studies and Education which News Now correspondents Haseena Manek, Leana Lattanzio and Meghan MacRae had the pleasure of attending. Listen in to his presentation! To find out more about his work please visit http://www.ilona6.com or tweet him at @ialexabramovich

Independent Arts and Culture Report: As part of the month long series on the problems and pervasiveness of rape culture, News Now talks with Hannah from FORCE rape culture which is an artistic collective that aims to interrogate rape culture through their activism. To learn more about FORCE you can visit their website at http://upsettingrapeculture.com

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York Community Report: For today’s community report we have Ashley Sing – the Art Director from the Underside collective. You can follow the Underside and their work by liking them on Facebook!

Feature Report: For the feature report we sit down with Shereen Ashman, Tyrone Smith, and Mikkalia Samuda from the Entrepreneurship Training Program Company Challenge. For more information on the work they’re doing you can check them out online at http://www.ceetoronto.com/company/challenge

Independent Arts and Culture: Quentin Vercetty joins the News Now team as the third part of our series spotlighting artists who support social issues or change through their work.

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York Community Report: News Now airs audio collected from a lecture at York University called Making the Community Accessible by David Lepofsky. David is the chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act Alliance. The series addressed students and staff alike to talk about the progress of the Ontario Disabilities Act which the government passed several years ago to make Ontario fully accessible for every citizen in the province. Are the promises more rhetorical than practical? If you would like more information follow @AODAalliance on twitter and email them to learn how you can get involved at AODAfeedback@gmail.com

Feature Report: Rosie Michel speaks with professional app developer Darren Baptiste about his new app for iPhone called Cop Watch Toronto. This app allows people to quickly upload videos about police-citizen interactions. He talks about the realities of why an app like this is, in his opinion, necessary. They discuss the abuse of police authority and violence in Toronto and how the media helps to propel stereotypes and sensationalize fatalities. To find out more information check out their website at http://nepv.org or to check out the app search Toronto Cop Watch in the Apple App Store.

Independent Arts and Culture Report: Rosie Michel chats with Pat Evans, one of the co-chairs for the Grandmother’s AIDS Advocacy Network (GRAN) which advocates for policies changes in Canada that support an improved quality of life for grandmothers caring for child orphaned by AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. They discuss how this organization formed, why they chose to advocate for AIDS issues in the third world, their 2014/2015 action items and how they managed to accurately reflect their work on the needs of the African community. For more information please check out their website http://grandmothersadvocacy.org/

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York Community Report: Haseena Manek and Leana Lattanzio are joined live in studio with York University Professor Bonita Lawrence. Professor Lawrence is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Sciences in Atkinson where she teaches Indigenous Studies. Her research and publications have focused primarily on urban, non-status and media identities, federally unrecognized aboriginal communities and indigenous injustice. For more information please visit http://www.yorku.ca/indig

Feature Report: Haseena Manek speaks with Kevin Edmonds who is a member of the Toronto Haiti Actions Committee, a writer and analyst with the North American Congress of Latin America and a PhD student at UofT. He has also travelled to and reported from Haiti. They discuss the organization, what the Toronto Haiti Action Committee does, Canada’s role and local initiatives. They also talk about Kevin’s work as a PhD student. For more information on the Toronto Haiti Actions Committee please visit their website at http://thac.ca

Independent Arts and Culture Report: Leana Lattanzio and Haseena Manek speak with Maria Olaya and Johana Martin from the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape about the representation of rape culture in the media.They discuss rape culture, rape myths and what happens to sexual assault survivors in Canada. If you would like to volunteer at the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre or find out more information please call 416-597-1171 or visit their website at http://www.trccmwar.ca (website currently under construction) or their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Toronto-Rape-Crisis-CentreMulticultural-Women-Against-Rape-TRCCMWAR/257773617856

If you or someone you know needs to call the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre Hotline dial 416-597-8808

 

York Community Report: For today’s Community Report we have York CAST’s Vanessa reporting on the upcoming York Fete event on campus.

York Feature Report: For the Feature Report today we have Dr. Monyonzwe Hamalangwa – a lawyer who filed a lawsuit against systemic racial profiling by the Ontario Police Board.

Independent Arts and Culture Report: Shari-Anne Baker – a local Toronto poet who continues our local Toronto artist series.

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York Community Report: On today’s Community Report we sit down with YORKU Sociology Professor Deborah Davidson on her work with the first digital public archive of memorial tattoos.

York Feature Report: For today’s Feature Report we have local actress and model Premika Leo and we’re talking to her about her ideologies as a female in the entertainment industry.

Independent Arts and Culture Report: For the Independent Arts and Culture Report is Normand Richmond who is a music producer we have on the show to promote African Liberation Month.

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York Community Report: On today’s Community Report we speak with Schulich School of Business Professor Dr. Fischer about how the fashion market marginalizes plus size models.

Feature Report: For today’s Feature Report we have Nia Sing of the Black Law Students Association along with a moderated panel discussion on racial profiling.

Independent Arts and Culture Report: Today we have Neuma – a local singer and spoken word artist and a continuation of our local Toronto artist series with a live performance.

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York Community Report: For today’s York Community Report, we sit down with Nyla Lalji who is a collective member of the Environmental Justice Group at York University to discuss the Enbridge Line Nine Pipe Extension. If you want to learn more about this you can visit http://www.torontopipelines.wordpress.com!

Feature Report: In today’s Feature Report, we sit down with Jaclyn Freeman to discuss Prime Minister Steven Harper’s visit to Israel and what this means for Canada’s relationship to the nation.

Independent Arts and Culture Report: In today’s Independent Arts and Culture Report we sit down with Keysha Freshh to discuss her success this year as well as her ties to African Liberation month. To follow Keysha and her success you can find her on Twitter at @KeyshaTO and online at http://www.keyshaonline.com!

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