YUTSA Coffeeshop, ISIS & Islamophobia and TTCriders

YORK COMMUNITY REPORT: The York University Tamil Students Association (YUTSA) will begin holding monthly ‘coffee-shop’ style talks on Wednesday, October 8th. The talks are aimed at creating an engaged community surrounding the Tamil diaspora at York University. Roshni Raveenthiran of YUTSA joined us on the show to talk about the coffee-shop and its theme of “Tamil Women’s Uprising Day” and the idea of revolutionary women fighting against struggle.

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FEATURE REPORT: Dr Hatem Bazian is a professor at the University of California – Berkley and in an exclusive interview spoke to News Now’s Arshia Lakhani about his thoughts on the factors leading to the rise of ISIS, how islamophobia contributes to ISIS recruiting efforts and how many muslims word-wide are responding to the brutal rule of ISIS theocracy.

Twitter: @Hatembazian


SPECIAL REPORT: Brenda Thompson of TTCriders.ca and Scarborough Transit Action joined News Now’s Christian Deo (@chrisjdeo) on the program to discuss what the riders union believes is the best solution to solving Scarborough’s transit woes. She also addresses the transit plans of the top three mayoral candidates.

Website: www.ttcriders.ca

Twitter: @ttcriders


September 8, 2014 – Rouge National Urban Park & P3s on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT

YORK COMMUNITY REPORT: York Alumnus Anna Baggio of the Wildlandsleague.org about the politics behind Canada’s first urban national park in Scarborough – Rouge National Urban Park. The
group signed a joint press release last week supporting the Ontario government’s decision to stall the transfer of rouge park land to federal jurisdiction. The province is claiming the environmental standards set out for the park by Conservatives do not match those of Ontario – an original stipulation of the transfer agreement.

Christian Deo has that report

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FEATURE REPORT: We investigate the prospect of corporate ownership of the Eglinton Cross Town LRT currently under construction across Eglinton Avenue in Toronto. The province has opened the doors to applications for companies to enter what are called Public-Private-Partnerships, or P3s. Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 advisor Bill Reno talks about the potential risks and global examples of how the privatization of public transit can be disastrous for municipalities.

Christian Deo has that report

Keep the TTC Public part 1 – Truth About Transit


Monday July 21, 2014 – Rob Ford Controversy & Coming Back Into Our Bodies, Coming Back To The Earth

Fakiha Baig speaks with emeritus York professor, Robert Drummond, on politics and government. They specifically discuss the recent Rob Ford news, including the use of the city park for what appears as a campaign event, the shirtless jogger controversy, and the welcoming of his nephew Mikey Ford into municipal politics.

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Fakiha Baig speaks with Amelia Meister about her recent workshop, titled “Coming Back To Our Bodies, Coming Back To Earth.” The workshop aims to help individuals connect with their bodies, so that they can better connect with the world around them. They discuss what it means to be present in one’s body, and its importance in becoming more effective activists, organizers, and community members.

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Wednesday July 2, 2014 – QueerStory, Energy East Pipeline, and Lola Bunz

York Community Report: Continuing our discussion about Toronto’s World Pride event this past weekend, we are joined by Michael Alstad, creative director of a new mobile app for cellphones and tablets called Queerstory. The app was released just this past week in conjunction with Toronto’s celebration of World Pride festival and highlights over 30 points of interest in the city using locative technology to take the user on a Queerstory walking tour. Visit http://www.queerstory.ca/ to download the app and learn more.

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Feature Interview: Of the many pipelines being proposed in Canada in the last few months and years, one that has managed to avoid the spotlight for some time has been TRANSCANADAs Energy East pipeline. The proposal was to reverse the flow of a natural gas pipeline to allow Alberta Tarsands bitumen to flow eastbound for ‘refinement and export in the east. Andrea Harden-Donahue, Energy and Climate justice campaigner at the Council for Canada’s joined Christian Deo on NEWS NOW to talk to us about this pipeline and what it will mean for communities and people in Canada.
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Independent Arts & Culture: Today’s independent arts features a performance from Toronto’s very own spoken word and hip hop artist Lola Bunz. Lola has blessed many a stage in Toronto and joined Hailee Ingelton to share one of her own pieces and talk about her journey as an artist. Find tracks and info here! http://www.hiphopcanada.com/2012/11/lolabunz-releases-debut-mixtape-wake-up-call-news/

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