Free Tarek & John Rally, Transit in Toronto & This Is My Time

Monday, October 7th:

York Community Report: Though Tarek Loubani and John Greyson have been released from detention in Cairo, they were unable to leave the country until this week. Until Tarek and John are home, News Now will continue to update the situation. Christian Deo brings audio from the Day of Concern Rally at York University for Tarek and John. Keep updated at: http://tarekandjohn.com/

Feature Interview: On today’s feature interview, News Now host Joanna Beaton interviews Herman Rosenfeld from the GTWA (Greater Toronto Worker’s Assembly) regarding their free and accessible transit initiative. Learn more at: http://www.workersassembly.ca/ and follow the GTWA on Twitter @_GTWA.

Independent Arts Report: In a radio documentary produced by the the upper-level communications class Theory & Practice of Effective Communication at York University, we hear from students and faculty about the university’s new “This Is My Time” branding campaign. From the reasons behind the campaign to its cost-effectiveness along with the problematic nature of the “Vision Exchange”, the documentary critically examines the corporate branding of universities in our neoliberal climate. Listen to what students have to say about university funds being spent on media branding in the face of growing student debt and the inadequate resources available to students on campus.

[Image via publictransport.about.comhttp://tarekandjohn.com/ and yorku-mytime.ca]

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BEST OF THE WEEK: Lindsay Detainee Strike, Free Tarek and John & ‘Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf’

Friday, October 4, 2013 – BEST OF THE WEEK:

York Community Report: News Now’s Christian Deo speaks to Dr. Craig Heron about the Day of Concern at York for Professor John Greyson and London physician Tarek Loubani on Thursday, Sept. 26th. Learn more at: http://tarekandjohn.com/ 

Feature Interview: Joanna Beaton & Meghan MacRae sat down with Syed Hussan with No One is Illegal Toronto to speak about the protest actions that nearly 200 immigration detainees in Lindsay Ontario’s Central East Correctional Centre began on Tuesday, September 18th against conditions of their detention. The detainees were recently moved from other prisons in the Greater Toronto Area, about two hours away, and have lost touch with families and legal support as a result. Learn more at http://endimmigrationdetention.wordpress.com and follow @nooneisillegal on Twitter for updates.

Independent Arts Report: Joanna Beaton & Meghan MacRae interview co-authors Saiya Miller & Liza Bley of the Sex Ed comic book “Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf”. The comic brings together a selection of personal accounts via comic art by various artists addressing sex and sexuality as well as introductory writing and drawings by the co-authors. Learn more at: http://notyourmothersmeatloafbook.com/

[images via http://tarekandjohn.com/http://endimmigrationdetention.wordpress.com and http://notyourmothersmeatloafbook.com/]

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Tarek and John Update, Cultural Appropriation & York U Tattoo Archive

Thursday, October 3rd:

York Community Report: Christian Deo speaks with Professor Justin Podur about the continuing detention of York University Professor John Greyson and London Ontario physician Tarek Loubani in Cairo, Egypt. Learn more at:  http://tarekandjohn.com/

Feature Interview: Joanna Beaton and Meghan MacRae discuss cultural appropriation in a LIVE interview with Aruna Boodram, post-Miley Cyrus’ performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. They talk about appropriation in music, culture and fashion, as well as Halloween costuming — and how to be respectful of other cultures.

Independent Arts Report: Joanna Beaton and Meghan MacRae interview York University sociology Professor Deborah Davidson, who is working on the world’s first comprehensive digital public archive of memorial tattoos. Memorial tattoos are “tattoos in remembrance or honour of a person, place, animal, relationship, event or transition in one’s life.” Follow her at @yorkutattoo or contact her at yorktattooarchive@gmail.com

[images via http://tarekandjohn.com/ & York University Tattoo Archive]

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Students Against Israeli Apartheid, Lindsay Detainee Strike Update & Yves Engler

Wednesday, October 2nd:

York Community Report: Christian Deo speaks with Students Against Israeli Apartheid about being banned from York campus, the issues of free speech around the ban, and how they’re maintaining their presence at the University this year. Follow them at Christian Deo speaks with Students Against Israeli Apartheid about being banned from York campus, the issues of free speech around the ban, and how they’re maintaining their presence at the University this year. Follow them at https://www.facebook.com/SAIA.York or @saiayork on Twitter.

Feature Interview: Christian Deo connects with Mina Ramos from Guelph Prison Radio about the protest actions that nearly 200 migrant workers in Lindsay Ontario’s Central East Correctional Centre began on Tuesday, September 18th against conditions of their detention. Some of the workers have been held for over 7 years on minor charges. Christian also speaks to Latoya Lettman, one of the relatives of the striking detainees. The detainees were recently moved from other prisons in the Greater Toronto Area, about two hours away, and have lost touch with families and legal support as a result. Learn more at http://endimmigrationdetention.wordpress.com

Independent Arts Report: Christian Deo talks with Canadian author and activist Yves Engler about Canadian foreign policy and foreign relations with Israel ahead of  his Saturday talk at Beit Zatoun House. His most recent book, ‘The Ugly Canadian’, tells the story of the Canadian government’s sabotage of international environmental efforts, totally committed to tar sands producers and a mining industry widely criticized for abuses. Learn more at: http://beitzatoun.org/event/exposing-the-ugly-canadian-a-talk-with-yves-engler/ or http://www.yvesengler.com

[images via http://endimmigrationdetention.wordpress.com, SAIA York & http://www.yvesengler.com]

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OPIRG York Open House and Black Creek Community Farm

Tuesday, October 1st:

York Community Report: Casandra London speaks to Victoria Barnett of OPIRG York about OPIRG’s activities at York and in the surrounding community, their Open House and Working Group Showcase at OPIRG on October 1st. Learn more about OPIRG’s work at York at: http://opirgyork.ca/

Feature Interview: Joanna Beaton & Meghan MacRae sat down with Syed Hussan with No One is Illegal Toronto to speak about the protest actions that nearly 200 immigration detainees in Lindsay Ontario’s Central East Correctional Centre (CECC) began on Tuesday, September 18th against conditions of their detention. The detainees were recently moved from other prisons in the Greater Toronto Area, about two hours away, and have lost touch with families and legal support as a result. Conditions at Lindsay are substantially worse for them than previously. Learn more at http://endimmigrationdetention.wordpress.com and follow @nooneisillegal on Twitter for updates.

Independent Arts Report: Casandra London interviews Cassie Weaver, graduate assistant with Black Creek Community Farm about its first growing season, and the importance of growing good organic vegetables in the community, as well as the Harvest Share food buying program. Black Creek Community Farm is an eight-acre site located on conservation land in Toronto, uniquely situated between a major urban centre and a major university. Learn more at: http://everdale.org/blackcreek/

[images via http://endimmigrationdetention.wordpress.com, OPIRG York & http://everdale.org/blackcreek/]

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