Off the Hour / May 8th, 5-6pm / Walk to Protect Grassy Narrows

Credits: Reg Clayton

Tune in to Off the Hour, your community news show on CKUT, for all the best in news from Montreal and beyond!

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Today on the show, community members in the Grassy Narrows First Nation in northern Ontario undertook a “Walk to Protect Grassy Narrows Traditional Land Use Area from Destruction” last weekend. The event, organized in part by Band Councilor Randy Fobister along with grassroots community members, was a display of ongoing resistance to industrial logging in their territory by people in Grassy Narrows. We’ll hear more from Fobister today.

Then, On June 1st, the moratorium on deportations to Haiti and Zimbabwe will come to an end. CKUT covered a few month ago the fight of these communities along with a group called the Non Status Action Comitee for a collective regularisation of the migrants that face now deportations. CKUT’s Antoine Cadaux interviewed Serge Bouchereau, one of the founders of the Comitee to get an update on this situation.

Then, we go to the West Coast, where Indigenous groups continue to resist the re-opening of the Imperial Metals Mount Polley Mine. A breach in a toxic tailings pond at Mount Polley, in northern British Columbia, last August caused one of the worst environmental disasters in Canadian history. On April 29th, an national day of action was held to prevent Imperial Metals from resuming work in the area. We’ll hear from Indigenous warrior Kanahus Manuel about the situation.

And finally, The Norwegian government has recently announced plans to transition from traditional FM analog radio to digital radio by 2017. It is the first of several European countries expected to digitize radio broadcasting. CKUT’s Anna Marchese spoke with Francesco Diasio, Secretary General of AMARC, to discuss this digitization process.

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