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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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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Thursday April 24th, 2014-Eileen Fischer, The Fair Elections Act and GRAN


York Connection Report: Fakiha Baig speaks with Schulich School of Business marketing Professor Eileen Fischer about her recently published study in the Consumer Research Journal. They discuss why markets are not supplied with more plus sized clothing when they are in such high demand. They also speak about an online movement called ‘fat-sionistas’ and what they are doing to conquer this problem. For for information please take a look at the Journal of Consumer Research for January of 2013.

Feature Report: News Nows Maggie Reid speaks with Professor Paul Thomas in Manitoba about the Fair Elections Act and what is not so fair about it. They discuss some of the problems with the governing party in Canada changing such fundamental aspects of our democratic process without having meaningful consultations with the electorate.

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/


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 www.plusone.org

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 http://househippo.net


Tuesday April 15th, 2014-Decolonizing Anti-Racism, YUBSA and Three Colours and a Canvas

York Community Report: Leana Lattanzio speaks with Sara Rodrigues who is one of the organizers of the event called Decolonizing Anti-Racism. They discuss the event and the Strategies of Critique organization. The Decolonizing Anti-Racism event happened at York University from April 14th-15th. For more information please take a look at http://www.strategiesofcritique.wordpress.com.

Feature Report: Leana Lattanzio and Haseena Manek are joined live in studio with Emanuela Bringi and Shanequa Phillips of the York United Black Students Alliance. They discuss racial profiling and carding of black students on campus with the recent increase of police presence on the York campus following the shooting. For more information follow them on Twitter @YUBSA436 or visit their office on the 4th floor of the student center at York University in room 436.

Independent Arts and Culture Report: Hailee Ingleton spoke with Ritika Anand who is the producer of the film Three Colours and a Canvas. They talk about her film and her work as part of her ongoing Toronto artist series. To get more information please visit http://www.threecoloursandacanvas.com