Today on All Things McGill we heard Anthony Paré, Professor at the Faculty of Eduction, being interviewed about the repressive actions of the police against peaceful protesters on Novemebr 10th, 2011 at the James Administration building. To listen to the full interview click here
Radio CKUT 90.3FM condemns the repressive actions of the police and university administrators in response to the Quebec student strike.
Since the beginning of the student strike, university administrators as well as the police have used repressive tactics to silence student dissent. From locking-out students on strike, to injunctions, to banning student activists from campuses, to police brutality and arrests, university administrators and the police have made it clear that they will not tolerate political dissent, and the mass arrest of over 70 protesters at a Montreal protest against tuition hikes on April 4th , 2012 serves to prove that repression is on the rise.
Freedom of the press is also under attack. Among the protesters arrested on April 4th, a CUTV producer, Laith Marouf, was arrested, while other members of his crew were intimidated and violently pushed by the police. University administrators are also infringing on the freedom of the press. McGill University has blocked campus access to external media during student protests, and has recently prescribed disciplinary charges on two McGill Daily reporters covering the James Administration Building occupation.
As a campus-community based radio station, we must take a stand for freedom of the press, and against police brutality and political repression. Illegal arrests of members of the press cannot be tolerated. Journalists must feel safe to do their jobs, to report freely on public mobilizations without fear of university and police repression, or threat of arrest. It is a sad day for freedom of the press when members of student media are prevented from covering student events and detained.
In addition, CKUT wholeheartedly supports the Quebec Student General Strike and its demands for accessible education. CKUT stands in solidarity with all student organizers and supporters engaged in this mobilization for social justice. We applaud the students’ tireless fight against one of many austerity measures that the Quebec Government is imposing on our society. As a campus-community radio station, we support the resistance against attempts to worsen students’ and community members’ living conditions.
Scores of youth participating in the Katimavik program have passed through Radio CKUT’s doors. Like hundreds of community organizations across the country, CKUT has strong ties to Katimavik.
Radio CKUT is a non-profit, campus-community radio station based out of McGill University. CKUT’s mandate is to provide an essential educational and information service to those in the Montreal community whose needs are not met by mainstream commercial radio.
The closure of the Katimavik program does not only hurt thousands of Canadian youths, it also negatively impacts community organizations, educational centres, etc. across the nation. Katimavik is a volunteer-service program that gives youth a chance to invest in Canadian communities, and to grow into engaged citizens. Not-for-profit organizations, such as CKUT, benefit from the enthusiasm, energy and hard work of Katimavik volunteers. It is through programs such as Katimavik that we can build a united, diverse, and engaged nation.
CKUT is deeply concerned that Harper’s Conservative government has decided to cut funding to a program which offers significant support to vulnerable and marginalized groups with a focus on social services, arts and culture, sports and leisure, and poverty reduction.
All of the Katimavik participants who have spent time at CKUT have gained valuable experience – whether it be learning how to host a news show and conduct interviews, providing technical support for a radio program, or doing outreach for a project which focuses on gender and radio technology.
Funding for the Katimavik program does not make up a significant part of the government budget yet the total defunding of Katimavik is sure to have detrimental effects across Canada.
CKUT hopes to continue benefiting from the Katimavik program, and to continue offering crucial educational and training services for young Canadian volunteers invested in improving their communities and their country.
Radio CKUT has partnered with the Native Friendship Centre of Montreal on a number of projects, including the Homelessness Marathon, Aboriginal Celebrations Day, concerts, radio training and radio programming with the Inter-Tribal Youth Centre, Anti-Colonial Thanksgiving, and many more. CKUT believes that the NFCM and the ITYC are of crucial importance to the urban Aboriginal community in Montreal and is deeply concerned at this loss of funding.
Native Solidarity News addresses the importance of the Inter-Tribal Youth Centre here!
For more information, read the APTN’s coverage of the issue.
Make a difference! Here are some ways you can show your support for the NFCM and ITYC.
There will be a Day of Action Planning and Mobilization on April 5th, 2012 from 6 to 9PM at the Native Friendship Centre (St. Laurent, corner Ontario. Metro St. Laurent).
Radio CKUT’s Letter of Support
To Whom This May Concern:
Radio CKUT is a non-profit, campus-community radio station based out of McGill University. CKUT’s mandate is to provide an essential educational and information service to those in the Montreal community whose needs are not met by mainstream commercial radio. CKUT functions as a viable community resource, as does the Native Friendship Centre Montreal (NFCM).
The Immigrant Workers’ Centre presents the story of a Filipino machinist who came to Canada through the temporary foreign worker (TFW) program.
He agreed to share his story with us, from working as a machinist in a “free trade” (militarized) zone in the Philippines with a “no unions, no strikes” policy, to working as a TFW during the graveyard shift at an aerospace factory just outside of Montreal. His identity is confidential due to the precarity of his status and the threat of retribution by employers.
About the Immigrant Workers Centre: The Immigrant Workers Centre (IWC) defends the rights of immigrants in their places of work and fights for dignity, respect and justice. The IWC provides resources and referrals for immigrant workers in several languages (English, French, Spanish, Persian, Hindi, Arabic, etc). For more information visit their website.