Today on Off the Hour, 5pm: Gentrification in the South-West, Quebec Values Charter Protests, and more!

Tune in to Off the Hour today from 5-6pm, produced by CKUT’s community news collective.

Featured on today’s program

-CKUT’s Matthew Brett speaks with Fred Burrill of POPIR, a housing rights organization in the St-Henri neighborhood of Montreal, about a city council meeting tonight to discuss the future of the abandoned Canada Malting factory. Private developers are seeking to tear down the old factory, and build condos in its place. We’ll hear about the fight to keep the site zoned industrial so this can’t happen.

-Montrealers took to the streets once again over the weekend in the thousands to protest against the proposed Quebec Values Charter. As part of CKUT’s ongoing and in-depth coverage of this important struggle, the news collective’s Andre Goulet was out to record some of the voices and sounds. We’ll hear that today.

-Finally, we’ll hear 2 international interviews produced by Stefan Christoff: an interview with Jose Jaime “Nonoy” Espina from The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, speaking on the struggles and state violence facing independent journalists in the Philippines.

Also an interview with Grahame Russel from Rights Action, speaking on Canadian governmental and corporate complicity with the 2009 coup d’état in Honduras.

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