Tuesday July 8th, 2014-Olivia Chow, Babbling Feminist and Hannah Dees

York COMMUNITY Report: News Now’s Haseena Manek speaks with Mayoral Candidate Olivia Chow about the City of Toronto’s support of Pride Week and her own involvement and support of the Pride celebrations here in Toronto.

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Feature Report: Ashley Splawinski speaks with Christina Valenzuela of the feminist blog Babbling Feminists. They discuss Robin Thicke’s song “Blurred Lines” and the perpetuation of rape culture in the media. They also talk about how even songs with a catchy beat can still be problematic and even harmful. For more information please visit their blog at www.BabblingFeminist.tumblr.com

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Independent Arts and Culture Report: News Now’s Ashley Splawinski speaks with anti-capitalist, Pride attendee Hannah Dees about the increased corporatization of Pride and the harm that it causes the queer and trans community.

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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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Tuesday June 24th, 2014-York International Socialists, Dr.Marcia Sirota and the Mosaic Documentary

York Community Report: Christian Deo speak with Gukirat Bratth, a senior member of the York International Socialists. They discuss exploitation and commercialization within the world of sports as well as the major problems with the FIFA World Cup.

Feature Report: Maggie Reid speaks with Dr.Marcia Sirota, founder of the Ruthless Compassion Institute. The Ruthless Compassion Institute provides unique insight into issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and seemingly unmanagable problems in their lives. Dr. Sirota provides unique insight into the root of some of these issues and ways to deal with them that stray from the more medicalized approaches that tend to be associated with psychiatry. For more information please visit their website at http://www.marciasirotamd.com/speaking or send her an email at ruthlesscompassioninstitute@gmail.com

Independent Arts and Culture Report: In light of Pride Week, News Now would like to highlight an independent artist that explores some of these issues including gender and sexuality in his documentary Mosaic. Ashley Splavinska speaks with Marcus about his documentary and the dialogue about community. What does it mean to have a gender? Who gets to decide what a gender is? His documentary explores these questions and more. Listen in to see how Marcus came up with the idea and if he got any answers to his questions. For more information please visit their website at http://www.mosaicdocumentary.com

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