Thursday July 3rd, 2014-Urban Squash Toronto, Reclaim the Beautiful Game and the 2014 Asexuality Conference

York Community Report: Dani Sinnatamby speaks with Shivani Ruparell from Urban Squash Toronto. They discuss how squash has been shaping young lives in the Jane and Finch community through Urban Squash Toronto. For more information or to volunteer please visit their website at

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Feature Report: Haseena Manek and Dani Sinnatamby are join live with Holusam Silim of the Reclaim the Beautiful Game organizing collective. They discuss their efforts to engage with resistance to the corporatization of the World Cup.

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Independent Arts and Culture Report: One of the highlights of World Pride in Toronto was the 2014 Asexuality Conference. Haseena Manek speaks with Michael Dore of the Asexual Visibility and Education Network to discuss the conference.

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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 or send her an email at

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

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Monday June 23rd, 2014-YFS, Professor Kimberly Carter and the Tar Sands Healing Walk

York Community Report: News Nows Daniel Rostas speaks with Gayle McFadden who is the VP of Campaigns and Advocacy at the York Federation of Students. With Pride Week upon us, Daniel speaks to Gayle about the raising of the flag. In past years, the Rainbow flag has been raised in the York University bus loop. However this year TBLGAY, the LGBT advocacy group on campus, was informed by the York Centre for Human Rights that the flag would not be raised this year. Gayle talks about the situation and what is being done to fight it. For more information on this issue please visit TBLGAY on the Fourth floor of the student center at York University.

Feature Report: News Nows Fakiha Baig speaks with Kimberly Carter who is a Professor at the University of Toronto. They discuss the issue of rape and what makes rape a weapon of war. They also talk about the obstacles that the international community faces in regards to sentencing states and individuals who utilize systematic rape as a tactic of war.

Independent Arts and Culture Report: News Now correspondents Fakiha Baig and Daniel Rostas speak with Jesse Cardinal about the 5th annual Tar Sands Healing walk taking place on Turtle Island starting June 27th, 2014. They discuss what the walk is about, its history and the people who will be participating in the event. To find out more information or to get involved please visit their website

Thursday April 17th, 2014-Professor Joel Lexchin, CACTUS and House Hippo Press

York Community Report: News Now’s Fakiha Baig speaks with York University Professor Joel Lexchin about the lack of transparency in Health Canada’s drug approval policy. Without such transparency, doctors face several difficulties in prescribing the right medications to their patients. Professor Lexchin details the drug approval policy as it exists and argues that it is Health Canada’s responsibility to take responsibility and make a difference. To read the Journal please visit

Feature Report: Maggie Reid brings you some coverage from an event she attended through the ACTIVATE TO series. Catherine Edwards of CACTUS or the Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations gave an important talk about the state of community television in Canada, the policies surrounding community television and the function it is supposed to serve in bringing democracy to media production.

Independent Arts and Culture Report:  Rosie Michel chats with Erica Lenti and Sofie Mikhaylova who are the co-founders of the Toronto Queer-focused Printing Press, House Hippo Press. They discuss the birth of the project, the significance of small printing houses and the importance of Queer voices speaking for themselves. For more information please visit their website at


International Women’s Day on CHRY 105.5

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.