June 24: Guest artist Anna Atkinson; Tamara Kowalska and Windsor Youth Centre; Jae Muzzin and G20 aftermath

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Anna Atkinson: at the 4:15 mark.

We had special musical guest Anna Atkinson, a Windsor native now living in Toronto, who is on her “mooniture” CD release tour.

Anna performing in the studio (Photo: Paul Chislett)

Anna Atkinson is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and composer, currently living in Toronto. For her Windsor stop she played at MacKenzie Hall at 8PM.

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Also, Anna is an on-stage musician in the current production of The Grapes of Wrath at Stratford’s Avon Theatre.

Anna performed two songs in the studio including the title track to her CD, “mooniture”.

Tamara Kowalska and the Windsor Youth Centre

16:43:  Tamara Kowalska and partner George Bozanich will open The Windsor Youth Centre on Wyandotte between Hall and Moy. We spoke to Tamara about the efforts to get the centre up and running by September and how people can get involved:

From the brochure

We all know that homelessness and hunger are growing problems here in Windsor and Essex County. Some of our youth face these problems daily and that is the reason for the windsor youth centre.

 The WYC aims to be a place where the immediate needs of homeless and at-risk youth are met. A hot meal, clothing, info, laundry and showers, computers and a safe place to hang out from 5-10pm every night is what the WYC is about. We realize that this is only a first step toward addressing the needs of youth in our community.

Though the WYC is an initiative of the United Church in Windsor and Essex County, we know we need the support of the larger community to address the long term needs of youth.

We take possession of the space in August and we’ll open in September. If you’re interested in cleaning, painting, fundraising, cooking, driving, working with kids or just finding out more about the WYC, see you at one of the meetings.

If you know of anyone else who might be interested please pass this message along and if you’d rather not here from us in the future, there’s a link for that at the top of the page.

Mission Statement: The Centre will serve the basic and immediate needs of homeless and at-risk youth in a safe and friendly atmosphere while engendering a feeling of community which is the basis for positive change and growth.

Philosophy: The Centre will operate under the guidelines of sincerity and service in order to generate feelings of trust, responsibility, and community membership between the staff, volunteers and youth.

Jae Muzzin and the G20 one year later

34:44: About one year ago to the day (June 26-27) the G20 group of global rulers was in Toronto. Many social justice, anti-capitalist, anti-authoritarian groups along with many unions organized a peaceful rally and march to demand a new global order. During that march, minor property damage occurred and as we know the damage included a police car.

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The next day during more protests, the police went on a rampage arresting over 900 people, holding them in a detention centre specially built for the occasion and basically denying hundreds of people the right to just be in a public place. Many believe the property damage the day before was allowed to occur and used as a pretext to lay into legitimate protestors and anybody with the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. What has been fought for since is a public inquiry by the federal government which is yet to be called. With us on the phone is Windsorite Jae Muzzin who took part in the protests and ShakeUp co-host Ameen Hassan was also there last year. Local activist Dan Nardone also gave his thoughts. Media reports can be viewed HERE on efforts to hold people accountable for human rights violations by police, and HERE on how police infiltrated groups in the planning stages of peaceful protests.

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June 17: Cathleen Kneen of Food Secure Canada; Lynne Phillips co-founder of Windsor/Essex’s Food Advisory Working Group

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With Cathleen Kneen and Lynne Phillips we discussed food security and a recent report, “Resetting the Table: A People’s Food Policy for Canada” that investigates our whole way of thinking about all aspects of food – growing it, distribution, affordability, and so on. Perhaps the key idea in the report, among many, is for political and economic elites – and us – to stop thinking of food as a commodity and rather as a necessity of life. It may seem obvious that food is a necessity of life, but not to traders in the world’s commodity markets who seem to be partly  responsible for price spikes that put food out of reach for millions around the worlds as happened in 2008 and seems likely to recur.

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From Ottawa, Cathleen Kneen,Chair of Food Secure Canada joined us by telephone. And in the studio was Lynne Phillips who teaches in the Sociology and Anthropology department here at UWindsor.Lynne Phillips is also a founding member of the Food  Advisory Working Group (FAWG) here in Windsor/Essex.

(Click HERE for a Youtube video of the release of the “Resetting the Table” report)

We had a pretty wide-ranging discussion about this exciting idea of a people’s food policy – I’m big on names that start with “people’s” – and tied that in with what is happening in Windsor/Essex, a de-industrializing area where local food production is big news. Also, in Detroit, there are very large urban farms and local markets and they may be ahead of us in some way regarding accessible and affordable local food.

During the course of the interview, we mentioned the title of a previous report: “The Land of Milk and Money” and that report can be viewed HERE.

Also, Lynne Phillips spoke of the forum held in March 2011 by FAWG and you can read the results of that forum HERE.



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June 10: Richard Sanders and the Canadian arms bazaar; Lynda Monik and Windsor’s College Ave Community Centre

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We talked with Richard Sanders of the Ottawa based group, Coalition Against The Arms Trade (COAT) and listeners may remember we talked with Mr Sanders not long ago about his organization. We picked up with him again to learn more about Canada’s role in the arms trade business and the recent arms bazaar just concluded in Ottawa. In the second half hour we talked to Lynda Monik, CEO of the Windsor Essex Community Health Centre, and the possibility of the health centre moving into the College Avenue Community Centre building. At present, the College Ave centre is in danger of being closed as part of the city’s search for operating funds for a proposed aquatic facility just behind the Art Gallery of Windsor.

College Ave. Community Centre

We last talked to Mr Sanders on March 5th about his organization: Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade. Recently, he and a group of protestors let Canada’s military establishment know that their activities are being watched and attempted to make the dealers accountable for the sale of weapons around the world. Their actions took place at Landsdowne Park in Ottawa during CANSEC 2011, billed by the organization as “Canada’s Largest Defense and Security trade show According to the website of the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT), “CANSEC is organised by a government-funded lobby group called the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI).” This association now “boasts 860 Canadian member companies.” On the association’s website they boast that their members “… are essential contributors to Canada’s national defence and security and generate over 10 billion dollars to the Canadian economy every year.”

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May speaking at CANSEC 2011

COAT maintains that “[t]he deadly products made by CANSEC exhibitors include small arms, ammunition, battle vehicles, rockets, missiles, and high-tech electronic components that are exported to the US and then embedded in dozens of the world’s deadliest weapons.” Are Canadians really interested in war profiteering? Is there not another way to add $10 billion to our economy?

Something we should all be concerned about after the G20 police riot in Toronto is that “CANSEC exhibitors … also sell “crowd control” and surveillance technologies that are wielded by extremely violent, repressive “state security” agencies in various undemocratic regimes around the world.” I suggest that Canadians, already at risk of indiscriminate use of TASERs, and police violence, should loudly condemn these weapons bazaars and continue to urge all levels of government to ban them.

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SNAG Principles:

“According to the Nuremberg Principals, which arose from the Nazi war crimes trials, it is illegal to be involved in the planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances. By facilitating the sale of weapons systems to belligerent nations that are well known to be engaged in such wars, CANSEC is aiding and abetting international crimes against peace, and crimes against humanity.”


In the Second Half Hour:

College Ave. Community Centre

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The city has embarked on a plan to build an aquatic centre on vacant land behind the Art Gallery of Windsor. The city and the province have pledged the money needed to build the facility, and to make a business case for the operating expenses city administrators have produced a report for council to consider at a special council meeting Monday, June 13th. In the report, there are recommendations that affect three key facilities in the city: the closure of the pool at Windsor Water World, the closure of the 60,000 sq. ft. main branch of the public library and moving it to a new 20,000 sq.ft. space in the new aquatic centre, and the closure of the College Ave. Community Centre. On Tuesday, June 7th the mayor announced that preliminary talks were underway with the Windsor Essex Community Health Centre to move into the College Ave. centre, seemingly in an effort to diffuse concern over the closure of the centre as recommended by city administrators.

In the middle are residents of the west end wondering what is going to happen to a centre that is a key feature of a part of Windsor that cannot afford to lose any more neighbourhood anchors.

Lynda Monik is the CEO of the Windsor Essex Community Health Centre, and has been a Registered Nurse with over 30 years of health care experience. The WECHC is south western Ontario’s largest Community Health Centre. She spoke of the very preliminary nature of complex talks regarding the possible move of her organization into the College Ave. Community Centre. It is not at all clear if the existing programs and city staff will remain. (See page 5 of the recommendation the link will take you to.):

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June 3: Abayomi Azikiwe in Detroit and the extension of the US Patriot Act; Detroit fightback campaign

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We were unable to connect with Richard Sanders of the Coalition Against the Arms Trade, and will have him on the program June 10 to catch up on the CANSEC  arms bazaar recently held in Ottawa.

In the first half hour we welcomed new OPIRG volunteer Victoria Townsend who will help produce the program, and went through local announcements:

Windsor Bicycling Committee

The Windsor Bicycling Committee is hosting a FREE BREAKFAST at City Hall, to kick off Bike To Work Week and promote cycling as a viable commuting option. The breakfast will be served from 6am – 10am by members of the committee and members of city council on June 6th, 2011, and the breakfast will take place at City Hall Square (University Ave. East, across from Charles Clark Square).

Bagels and cream cheese, coffee, juice and fresh fruit will be served to cyclists commuting to work or running errands by bike. Information about the various cycling clubs in Windsor, as well as info about Windsor’s current and future bike lanes and trails, will be available for those interested in learning more about cycling in Windsor. Free bike lights and bells will also be available for those looking to increase their safety while riding.

There will be a  Promotional Draw- one lucky winner will score a $300 gift certificate to a local bike shop! Tickets for the draw will be available at all of the Bike Month events happening in June… the more events you attend, the more chances you have at winning! The winner will be chosen on July 2nd, 2011, at the Downtown Windsor Farmers’ Market, at 10am.

 Bike to UWindsor, get breakfast!

June 7, 8 and 9th • 8:00am – 10:00am

Breakfast will be available for all campus participants from Tuesday to Thursday from 8:00 to 10:00am. There will be tables set up at the bike shelter directly in front of the main entrance to Essex Hall.

 OpenMedia.ca is preparing two major initiatives to help make the Internet in Canada open, accessible, and affordable.

July 11th – July 16th is the CRTC hearing on Internet metering. OpenMedia.ca will be appearing at the hearing to strongly oppose Big Telecom price gouging and will be encouraging all Internet loving Canadians to continue to sign the Stop The Meter petition.

In addition, in concert with the pro-Internet community we are preparing a major pan-Canadian campaign opposing a proposed “Lawful Access” crime bill. Internet Service Providers would be forced to create a blanket digital surveillance system, which law enforcement official would be able to access without a warrant. It would be akin to Ottawa setting up surveillance cameras in every home in the country that police would be able to turn on whenever they deem appropriate. It’s a serious affront to the open Internet.

To indicate how you would like to help stop Internet metering and warrantless digital surveillance visit:


In the second half hour we caught up with activist Abayomi Azikiwe in Detroit for his view on the extension of the US Patriot Act in the US. He also announced a fightback conference:

How the Banks Destroyed Detroit and How We Can Fight Back!

Saturday – June 11, 2011 – 9 AM to 3 PM

UAW Local 22 Hall 4300 Michigan Ave., Detroit (west of W. Grand Blvd.)

Lunch will be served – $5 donation; unemployed, students-$1; no one turned away

Sponsored by the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions, and Utility Shutoffs.

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