Missing Women, Missing News PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Missing Women, Missing News book imageIn this episode of Making the Links Radio, we interview David Hugill, a PhD student in Human Geography at York University, about his recently released book, Missing Women, Missing News: Covering Crisis in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. In Missing Women, Missing News, David Hugill examines newspaper coverage of the arrest and trial of Robert Pickton, the man charged with murdering 26 street-level sex workers from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. He argues that the coverage offers a series of coherent explanations that hold particular individuals and practices accountable but largely omit, conceal, or erase the broader social and political context that renders those practices possible.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 November 2010 )
Tyranny of Rights PDF Print E-mail
Politics and Democracy
Thursday, 07 October 2010

Brewster KneenThis is an interview with Brewster Kneen on his newly released book Tyranny of Rights. In a very thought provoking way Brewster Kneen argues that the struggle around rights actually limits broader freedoms that people once enjoyed. He is a noted author of many books exposing the power of large transnational food corporations, and who benefits from the industrial food system. You can as well contact Brewster and Cathleen Kneen at

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 October 2010 )
Reflecting on the G8/G20 Protests a Month Later PDF Print E-mail
Politics and Democracy
Wednesday, 04 August 2010

 In this program, Making the Links Radio interviews Dave Vasey about the recent G8/G20 Protests in Toronto. Vasey discusses the issues protesters sought to raise, what happened at the protests, and his own story of police repression. Vasey was arrested twice in the span of four days. His story highlights concerns about both the reigning government agenda and the expanding suppression of democratic rights in Canada and across the globe.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 August 2010 )
Citizens voices from outside the G20 meetings PDF Print E-mail
Politics and Democracy
Monday, 12 July 2010

Police Forces at G20 in TorontoIn this episode, we bring you a special Making the Links program on the G-20 in Toronto. You will be hearing the voices of Saskatchewan activists who were in Toronto, including Teacher Adminstrator, Rick Sawa, Law Professor, Tim Quigley, and President of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour, Larry Hubich. They will be speaking from the frontline of where citizens were demonstrating for a fairer and more just world.

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As the dust has settled it has become clear that downtown Toronto was turned into a militarized fortress. The police force of thousands attacked and arrested over 900 people who were peacefully protesting. There is every reason to believe the confrontation with the Black Bloc was a designed provocation to justify the repression of peaceful protestors, and focus media attention on acts of vandalism instead of the real issues raised by the 25,000 people that marched peacefully in the streets of Toronto.

The G-20 meeting itself worked against the best interests of citizens throughout the world. World leaders made an agreement to cutback public services and infra structures that are so important to needs of people. Under advisement of the B-20 – the corporate leadership of the world – who attended the closed sessions of the G-20, politicians adopted a austerity plan that will bring no help to the women and children who will die preventable deaths because the leadership of the most developed nations only promised a fraction of what is needed for healthy communities. The structural adjustment pledged to by the G-20 leaders – and led by Stephen Harper – will mean more fire-sale sell offs of public services and cutbacks to social services.

Canadians should hold Prime Minister personally accountable for the unjustified force used against Canadians peacefully demonstrating – as well as the enormous 1.2 billion expenditure of the G-8 and G-20 – and the adoption of economic policy that only serves the global corporate agenda.

GASCD Remembered PDF Print E-mail
Politics and Democracy
Tuesday, 22 June 2010

In this episode we continue our retrospective series on the impact of the G8, G20 and other summits of world leaders.

In this episode of Making the Links Radio, we bring you excerpts from the GASCD. The GASCD was out together by activists, singers and other performers to show the other side of world leaders' gatherings. The project highlights the intense repression faced by civil society protesters who are challenging a corporate agenda and trying to centre the importance of poverty, world hunger, climate change, fair trade, and the elimination of the debt burden on the agenda rather than simply increased corporate power and profit.

Canada will be investing one billion dollars in the G8 and G20 summits for security against citizens. It already has a track record of shutting down  the voice of people. In a Quebec City summit of Western Hemispheric leaders around free trade in the Americas in 2001 over 5,148 rounds of tear gas and 903 rubber bullets were fired by more than 6,000 police. 463 activists were arrested. The government constructed 4 kilometers of fence, and spent 100 million dollars - the largest peace time security operation in Canadian history. Now at one billion dollars 2010, the G8 and G20 meetings will dwarf the cost of earlier peace time security operations.
What have they got to fear – citizens are telling world leaders that there is an alternative global agenda for a much fairer and just world that protects all people and the environment. That civil society world voice will be heard again in Toronto and Muskoka despite all attempts to squelch it.
And we should celebrate that beyond the intense repression of people gathering to protest injustice civil society is strong and resilent and is building a better world for all as you will hear in the following music, song and prose.

In this program, you will hear Bruce Cockburn, Jello Biafra, the Rheostatics, Propaghandi, Olu Dara, Madue Barlow, and Michael Franti.

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