Global Health Watch 2 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 February 2009
Glbbal Health Watch 2In this episode of Making the Links Radio, we broadcast the voices of three prominent global health activists – Maija Kages, David Sanders and Jerry Speigel who will be bringing you their perspectives about Global Health Watch 2. The recently released Global Health Watch 2 provides much needed connections in understanding the state of the world's health.

Global Health Watch comes out of the largest ever civil society mobilizations in health – the first Peoples Health Assembly, which created the Peoples Health Charter, a call to action on the root causes of ill-health and the lack of access to essential health care. The publication of Global Health Watch provided the globe with a much needed alternative world health report.

This second report, Global Health Watch 2 – following in the direction of the First Global Health Watch -  critiques both the state of global health and the inadequate global response to poor health and widening disparities.

It lays out an explicitly political understanding of the current state of health around the world  - highlighting poverty as the biggest epidemic the global public health community faces, underlining the importance of economic policy as a health issue, and emphasizing the impending and potentially cataclysmic effects of climate change on peoples health throughout the world.

It also addresses other key underlying determinants of health – access to sanitation facilities, water and food, war and conflict, the state of primary education, economic and social development of communities.

The report emphasizes not just the health needs of the poor and vulnerable people but also their relationship with the rich and powerful. Improving the situation of the world's poor cannot be achieved through aid or charity alone. Profoundly unjust and unequal power relationships need to be tackled.

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Last Updated ( Friday, 20 February 2009 )
Bali to Poznan to Copenhagen - Can We Save the Earth? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Rosa Kouri


In this episode of Making the Links Radio, Don Kossick interviews Rosa Kouri. Exploring the shifting dynamics of climate change negotiations from Bali to Poznan to Copenhagen, Kouri explores how global leaders are approaching the global threat of climate change, including the shameful record of Canadian negotiators at these talks. Rosa Kouri has been a Canadian Global Youth Delegate to the negotiations in Bali and Poznan, Poland.

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Migrant Voices PDF Print E-mail
Immigrant Rights and Advocacy
Sunday, 14 December 2008

International Migrant Rights As part of International Migrant Rights Day, December 18th, there will be radio programs and broadcasts throughout the world. In collaboration with this global movement, Making the Links Radio presents a talk by Karl Flecker speaking to the situation in Canada.

On 4 December 2000, the General Assembly, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, proclaimed 18 December International Migrants Day (resolution 55/93). On that day, in 1990, the Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (resolution 45/158).

Member States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations are invited to observe International Migrants Day through the dissemination of information on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, and through the sharing of experiences and the design of actions to ensure their protection.

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 December 2008 )
Good Crop / Bad Crop PDF Print E-mail
Food and Agriculture
Friday, 07 November 2008

book imageIn this program, Don Kossick interviews Devlin Kuyek, author of the book Good Crop / Bad Crop.

While in recent years there has been significant growth in Canadians' concerns over the origins and environmental impact of the foods they eat, knowledge of the impact of corporate control over food production is less well known. Companies such as Monsanto and Dupont have purchased control over the seed industry and are taking control over what used to be famers' exclusive domain.  

In his book, Kuyek examines the economic and environmental context of the modern seed trade in Canada. While historically seeds were public goods, seeds have been increasingly commodofied, and plant breeding is now subject to corporate priorities. Kuyek argues that farmers and citizens in Canada need to learn from the developing world, where farmers hurt by Green Revolution technologies are fighting to reclaim control over seeds, food security, and their future.

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Last Updated ( Friday, 07 November 2008 )
Vote Against Harper PDF Print E-mail
Politics and Democracy
Monday, 13 October 2008

 Not my Prime Minister


This is an announcement about the Canadian federal election care of

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For more reasons to vote against Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada, visit

Last Updated ( Monday, 13 October 2008 )
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