Swamp Line 9 Reportback, The Report of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, and “The BLK Barbie Project”

Thursday, August 1st edition:


York Connect: News Now‘s Rachelle Chau speaks with Sakura Saunders, an organizer with environmental justice group Rising Tide Toronto, about the Swamp Line 9 Reportback to discuss Enbridge’s Line 9 and tar sands resistance in Southern Ontario. Swamp Line 9 was the direct action occupation of Enbridge’s North Westover Pump Station stopping construction for the reversal of the pipeline to carry toxic diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to eastern Canada. Listen to Saunders explain the corrupt political process that allowed Enbridge’s application to pass, the disastrous environmental effects of bitumen extraction, and the likelihood of rupture and spill by the 37-year-old pipeline running along Finch Ave.

[Image via www.facebook.com/events/366336590162680]

Feature Interview: “There’s a broader issue in our society where we’re not being honest with ourselves about how we treat indigenous people in our country.”

From CHRY’s Womyn’s Word, we hear from Kim Stanton, legal director at Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), about The Report of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry in British Columbia. The report examines the police failures delaying the arrest of serial killer Robert Pickton and the missing and murdered aboriginal women in northern British Columbia along the “highway of tears.” Stanton sheds light on the problematic nature of the inquiry where community organizations with ties to the victims from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside were excluded from the process. Listen to Stanton make the case for an independent national public inquiry and how people can educate themselves on indigenous issues to work in solidarity to decolonize with aboriginal peoples. [Repeat]

[Image via www.ag.gov.bc.ca/public_inquiries…/Forsaken-ES.pdf]

Independent Arts and Culture: CHRY reporter Mel Dubé speaks to photographer Rose-Ann Bailey and sculptor Frantz Brent-Harris, the Toronto artists behind “The BLK Barbie Project”. Hosted by Black Artists’ Networks in Dialogue (BAND), the photo exhibit uses Barbie “to explore the conceptual development of the representation of beauty and body image of Black women.” Hear Brent-Harris talk about how creating the dolls led him to examine his own internalized misogyny and how Bailey tackles W. E. B. Du Bois’ concept of double consciousness with the photographs.

[Image via band-rand.com/eng/blkbarbieproject]


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