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/