Changing the Canvas Campaign PDF Print E-mail
Immigrant Rights and Advocacy
Wednesday, 04 June 2008

CLC Changing the CanvasThis program features an interview with Karl Flecker, Anti Racism and  Human Rights Director of the Canadian Labour Congress. Karl is the co-ordinator of the Changing the Canvas project of the Canadian Labour Congress. In this program, Karl speaks about the Changing the Canvas project and the situation of immigrant workers in Canada. Changing the Canvas gathers contemporary stories of struggle and strategies for change to better integrate immigrants into the Canadian labour force with equity and dignity.

Changing the Canvas presents stories and voices from community groups, unions, faith groups, workers, employers and individuals. Making the links radio has been a proud participant in the Changing the Canvas project, broadcasting some of these stories.

In this interview Karl also talks about the need for effective compliance, enforcement, and monitoring mechanisms to protect the rights of migrant workers. He speaks of how people are making a difference with the union movement connecting to the immigrant community and vice versa as people fight together for common social and economic rights.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 June 2008 )
Losing a Legend: Utah Philips PDF Print E-mail
Art and Activism
Friday, 30 May 2008

Folk hero and veteran activist Utah Phillips (1935-2008) has passed away. In remembrance of his contribution and commitment Making the Links Radio is featuring a past two part series by Peter Garden. We introduce these programs with a letter from Peter remembering Utah and his influence.

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 Utah Phillips

Dear friends,

I am very sad to pass on this news.  Folk singer Utah Phillips has passed away.

I don’t have many heroes in life but Utah Phillips was one of them.  His connection to and depth of understanding of the social movements of the United States and Canada was simply astounding.  He wove humor, courage and compassion into his songs and stories, bringing the history of working people and those on the margins alive for generations of people like myself who might not have otherwise heard those stories.  He enabled thousands of people to remember that we are part of a long history of struggle and that our connection to that struggle is important and necessary in a day and age that divides us and destroys community.  He has reminded me on so many occasions that solidarity and mutual aid should be at the centre of our movements and that the more often we remember that, the stronger we are together and the happier we will be as human beings.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Utah, in the summer of 2001 at the Vancouver Folk Festival I believe, for a radio show I was working on called Making the Links.  It was one of the best interviews I ever conducted.  Utah had so many interesting insights and wonderful stories to tell that I was completely captivated and wished that the interview would go on forever.  It was made even better by the fact that I thought that the interview wouldn’t happen as Utah was about 45 minutes late after a set Utah had performed on a side stage.  I was about to give up on the interview when I heard singing from the next tent.  It was Utah and a handful of other folks singers serenading the kitchen staff with IWW songs.  I had a big smile pasted across my face.  Soon after he showed up for the interview and gave me a good chunk of his time.  I will always remember that.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 June 2008 )
Oxfam on Heath, Education, Water and Sanitation as Rights PDF Print E-mail
Human Rights
Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Oxfam LogoIn this program Making the Links Radio's Don Kossick interviews Oxfam's Bill Hyne about their campaigns to fight poverty. Hyne argues that to end poverty people need access to public services, such as health, education, water and sanitation. This services need to be recognized as essential rights for all.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 May 2008 )
Local Resource Control in Northern Saskatchewan PDF Print E-mail
Indigenous Issues
Tuesday, 06 May 2008

Northern SaskatchewanIn this program Don Kossick interviews Jonathan Fono, a fisherperson from Dore Lake Saskatchewan. Fono tells the story of how  aboriginal communities have fought against state and corporate interests to gain some control of the natural resources of Northern Saskatchewan. He brings in fish from Dore Lake on a regular basis to the Saskatoon Farmers Market and describes how he created a vibrant local enterprise making direct food links between northern and southern Saskatchewan. 

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 May 2008 )
Aiding and Abetting Refugees in Canada PDF Print E-mail
Immigrant Rights and Advocacy
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Aid and AbetIn this program Making the Links Radio's Don Kossick talks with Janet Dench of the Canadian Council for Refugees about their work. Challenging government restrictions on helping refugees the Canadian Council for Refugees  are currently working on their Proud to Aid and Abet Refugees campaign. The campaign seeks to change the law so that it is no longer a crime to help refugees.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 January 2008 )
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