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

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Lesley Wood, Crisis and Control: The Militarization of Protest Policing.

News Now spoke with York U prof Leslie Wood who is releasing her new book Crisis and Control: The Militarization of Protest Policing. With the militarization of police in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting and police response in Ferguson, Missouri, Wood’s book is incredibly timely. Christian Deo has that report.

Tuesday August 19, 2014 – Jane and Finch, and Yonge Love

York Community Report: We spoke to Shenikqwa Phillip and Emanuela Bringi of York University Black Students Association about a slew of issues affecting people of colour in the York community as of late, from racist xenophobic posters at York U to immigration investigations masked as vehicle safety stops. Tweet us at @Info_Yubsa or @YUBSA436 or @jfaap with #janeandfinch #immigration #cdnpoli

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Feature Report: The face of Yonge street has undergone significant changes in the last 50 years. From taverns to recordshops to strip clubs to shopping centres the street has transformed with the changing attitudes of Torontonians. A new BIA initiative called ‘Yonge Love’ is trying to connect people to new developments on Yonge providing community consultations with BIA panels. Yonge Love’s executive director Mike Garner joins us at a quarter past the hour to discuss possible new changes to Yonge street for our feature report. To learn more, please visit www.yongelove.ca or tweet us at @DowntownYonge with #yongelove 

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Wednesday August 13, 2014 – Protesting the Enbridge Line 9

Over the course of the past week a group of activists calling themselves DamLine9, occupied an Enbridge Line9 construction site in Innerkip, Ontario. A statement released on the group’s tumblr website claims that, ‘line 9 poses a danger to people animals, land and water,’ and that ‘those involved in this blockade intend to stop construction on the site indefinitely.” The occupation was eventually shut down as police arrested and charged 5 protestors. Lana Goldberg participated at the blockade as a member of DamLine9 and joined Christian Deo (@chrisjdeo) on News Now to talk about the actions, the pipeline and what comes next for pipeline activism in Canada. Tweet us at @dankellar with #DamLine9 #line9 or visit our Tumblr or Facebook.

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Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 – Disorientation Week at York, and the Toronto Palestinian Film Festival

York Community Report: Frosh week, also known as Orientation week at colleges and universities across North America has become a right-of-passage for post-secondary students. The week has come to be associated with parties, pranks and even recently sexual assaults. OPIRG York however is trying to change the conversations had at Orientation week at York University. To learn more about Disorientation week Christian Deo sat down with Volunteer coordinator at OPIRG Victoria Barnett as well as Zora – the Special Events and Program Coordinator for the summer of 2014. To learn more about OPRIG, please visit http://www.opirgyork.ca/ or tweet at @OpirgYork

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Independent Arts Report: An outdoor screening of Laila’s Birthday is scheduled for this Friday, August 8th at Christie Pitts Park in Toronto by the Toronto Palestinian Film Festival. The screening comes to the public as TPFF gears up for their annual showings in September. NEWS NOWs Christian Deo spoke with TPFF spokeswoman Dania Majid about Palestinian film, the significance of the festival and the outdoor screening. For more on the Toronto Palestinian Film Festvial, please visit http://tpff.ca/ or tweet at @TPFF

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