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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Wednesday June 25th, 2014-Revolutionary Literature and Arts, BCCLA and Duane Hall

York Community Report: Christian Deo speaks with Mahir Mohagehg from the Revolutionary Literature and Arts group here at York about politics within the York student body. They discuss some of the campaigns they have and what they plan to do in the future.

Feature Report: Christian Deo speaks with Michael Vonn, the policy director of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA). They discuss the lawsuit that the BCCLA is launching against the Communications Surveillance Establishment of Canada (CSEC) which comes in response to allegations of unwarranted surveillance against the Canadian public as highlighted in the Edward Snowden leaks. They talk about the CSEC and just how far their eyes can see. For more information or to take action please visit their website at http://www.bccla.org

Independent Arts and Culture Report: Hailee Ingelton airs the first episode of her Toronto artist series featuring a heartfelt spoken-word performance from Duane Hall also known as Lighthouse poetic.

Wednesday June 18th, 2014-York International Socialists, PACT and DJ Graemera

York Community Report: Hailee Ingelton and 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: Hailee Ingelton speaks with Master Chef La-toya Fagon who is a part of the PACT program. This programs serves to empower and support youth through LifeSkills Community Service Programs. She talks about an initiative that trains troubled youth to become chefs. La-Toya herself teaches these youth how to cook.

Independent Arts and Culture Report: Christian Deo and Hailee Ingelton speak with DJ Graemera of Stolen Souls to talk about the art of spinning vinyl. They also discuss his show that follows News NOW on Wednesdays.

Mike Prosserman from Unity Charity, Police Brutality in Toronto sex worker communities & poet Kemar Miller (Part 7 of Artists in Toronto)

Wednesday, August 15th 2013 Edition:

York Connection Report: News Now’s Maggie Reid speaks with York University graduate and founder of student club Unity Charity , Mike Prosserman. Unity has grown to become an organization that offers many artistic programs across Canada and aims to empower youth to channel their artistic expressions into making more positive life choices.

Feature Interview: Disclaimer – Content may contain inappropriate language. News Now Ayushi Sharman interviews Channelle, the communications coordinator from Maggies Toronto Sex Workers Project and Candy, about sex workers in Toronto and police brutality in sex worker communities.

Independent Arts Report: For Part 7 of our series of Artists in Toronto, News Now Hailee Ingleton speaks with York University Student and poet Kemar Miller, about his experience as an immigrant in Western Culture. He uses poetry as an outlet to testify the struggles of immigrants in western society.

[photos via http://libcom.org, unitycharity.com]

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