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GroundWire: March 30 - April 12 Edition

Mobilizing to stop the raids on women's shelters, tracking feminism, and de-funding pro-Palestinian human rights groups

by GroundWire Dominion Stories

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HEADLINES:

Low-income B.C residents lose access to Lawline and see their access to Legal Aid cut severely. (Catherine Fisher | CJLY in Nelson, B.C)

On a Winnipeg website an offensive ad for "native extraction" has been removed, but leaves aboriginal groups calling for a recognition of racism in the city. (Sarah Petz | UMFM in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with files from the Canadian University Press)

Activists who are disabled are speaking out against the Paralympics, despite the fact that Olympic Resistance Network is not protesting against the Paralympic Games (Cam Wells | CJAM in Windsor, ON, with files from Vancouver Media Co-op)

FEATURES:

Several days after the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) raided a women's shelter in Toronto, over 100 people gathered at the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre for an emergency community meeting, calling for a moratorium on CBSA raids. CHRY reporter Candace Mooers talks to Fariah Chowdhury, Shelter Sanctuary Status, Anna Willats, George Brown Assaulted Women and Children's Counselor Advocate Programme, and Deborah Singh, Toronto Rape Crisis Centre - Multicultural Women Against Rape.

Tracking Feminism: Writer/feminist/political activist Judy Rebick speaks out. She was president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women in the early 1990s, founder of the online publication, Rabble.ca, and author of the book, Ten Thousand Roses: The Making of a Feminist Revolution. Thanks to Paul Daniel and Catherine Macdonald | Voiceprint's Contact Program.

A chill has come over Canada's human rights and aid community. Following the recent turmoil at Rights and Democracy, an organization created by Parliament, two other organizations have been targeted for de-funding: KAIROS, an ecumenical network, and Alternatives, an NGO. GroundWire spoke with Mary Corkery and Warren Allmand who say any criticism of the conservative government agenda is being stifled. But a new website, rightsanddemocracymovement.org, is mobilizing supporters of Rights and Democracy. Tim Groves has the story from Toronto.

COMMUNITY RADIO REPORT:

Alternative Media groups in Toronto hold a benefit to support a media centre at the G8 and G20 protests (R.J Reilly of the Dailyplanet.com)

Women on the Line looks back on over 30 years of Farm Radio International (Rachel O'Connell, Community Radio Network Australia)

This edition of GroundWire produced by CHRY 105.5 FM in Toronto.
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Music by Amai Kuda and Bob Wiseman

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