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.
Montreal, QC – CKUT’s music department is excited to announce the second instalment of our annual 3 day music series, TOTAL ECLIPSE: three nights of radical music happenings benefiting Montreal’s own CKUT 90.3FM, the most genre-bending music programming in the city. Featuring all local bands and musicians in some of the city’s freshest underground venues, the three day long party celebrates CKUT’s music programming and music blog!
Each night of TOTAL ECLIPSE (name inspired by the department’s weekly Total Eclipse of the Charts radio show) is curated and co-presented by CKUT music programmers. This time around we’ve enlisted Li’l Andy of Sunday night’s popular Country Classics hour, Nick Cabelli of Thursday’s new late night local variety show Cabelli Presente, and the cool kids of McGill U’s free form radio collective William Shatner’s Whisky Tears. Each show is $8 at the door or $15 for a series pass, which will be made available for advance purchase at CKUT (3647 University).
Tune into to CKUT 90.3FM to hear some live music piping hot through the radio waves and directly into your lovely ears from Cagibi (5490 Boulevard Saint-Laurent) where we’ll be broadcasting the Mardi Spaghetti Anniversary all-day jam, from 11-1pm.
To check out the performance schedule and get more info about Mardi Spaghetti visit this handy site.
Drop by and say hello too, whydontcha!
“Mardi Spaghetti is Montréal’s weekly improvised music series since 2008. Every Tuesday at Le Cagibi”
Thanks to Ecolibrium and Kitchen Bang Bang Law for donating all and part of their shows to the cause respectively!
P.S. If you miss the live show, be sure to check out the archives.
Tune in to All Things Mcgill for two one-hour specials on the student movement and strikes against tuition hikes.
Learn about McGill-specific mobilization and its many facets, some arguments behind tuition increases and the place
of McGill University in this province-wide movement.
On March 26 we talked to
Joel Pedneault of the SSMU and Camilla Gordillo of the currently striking Geography Departement about these and other issues affecting the student movement.
This coming Monday April 2, from 11 am to 12 pm, tune in for part two of the discussion.
New Shit will be airing a conversation between Tim Hecker and Claire Boucher - Grimes - that took place on September 24, 2011 at last years Pop Montreal music festival. It’s an interesting and illuminating chat between two very different but equally intriguing artists.
As per always, you can find CKUT on the dial at 90.3FM in Montreal or listen along on-line at ckut.ca or play the show archive after the fact. New Shit is the music department’s radio program and you can listen to it every Monday from 3-5pm.