Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Here from the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) are two more events coming up shortly down Toronto way.

Two Important Upcoming Events‏:
!!** please forward widely **!!
1. TOMORROW- Picket at CKLN -- Illegal AGM: Demand Re-Instatement of Dismissed Programmers
2. NEXT WEDNESDAY- Algonquins of Barriere Lake: Toronto Public Event
Freedom of the media violated at CKLN! No to Right Wing Censorship! - Take Back Our Radio Association
Wednesday, October 29th7 pm
Oakham House, Room G
Gould and Church Streets, Ryerson Campus
The crisis of governance at CKLN Campus/Community Radio continues to escalate. The illegal of Board of Directors has called an Annual General meeting:
Financial Report
Union negotiations
Election of Community Reps to the Board of Directors
Wednesday, October 29th
7 pm
Oakham House, Room G
Gould and Church Streets, Ryerson Campus
Station Manager Mike Phillips has called this meeting. As “dismissed”volunteers and community supporters, we strongly object to this Meeting for these reasons:
*Mike Phillips, Interim Station Manager, has no legal authority to call a CKLN Annual General Meeting, because he was democratically voted out of office by an overwhelming 90% majority in a non-confidence motion on January 23, 2008 at a Special General Meeting called by the membership in accordance with CKLN by-laws.
Nevertheless Phillips and a right wing clique have occupied the radio station from January until now and are violating the mandate of the station to be an inclusive and progressive station and a voice for marginalized communities in Toronto.
*Programming has deteriorated as indicated by the failure of this illegal board to raise adequate money at the recent Fund fest and the withholding of the student levy to the station by Ryerson Students Union.
*At previous meetings Metro Police have been employed to bar the new board and its supporters from participating. We intend to challenge this exclusion on October 29th.
*We therefore ask all “dismissed” CKLN volunteer programmers, hosts and staff (35 so far) and concerned community supporters of CKLN and Ryerson students to attend the Annual General Meeting Wednesday October 29th at 7pm. Our purpose is to publicize and protest against this meeting as illegitimate and biased, a mockery of the democratic process, a complete sham! Signed
Catherine Holliday 416 533 6630 catherine.holliday@utoronto.ca
Owen Leach
(Dismissed volunteers and community supporters)
OPIRG – Toronto presents...
*Blockade: Algonquins Defend the Forest, 1989-2008*:
*Panel discussion and film screening*
WEDNESDAY, November 5, 7:00pm, 2008
OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education), Room # 2-211
University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street W (@ St. George Subway Station)
Donations encouraged
Hear from Barriere Lake Algonquin community representatives, following an intense summer of marches on Ottawa, sustained calls for public support,protests in front of Premier Charest's office, an occupation of local MP Lawrence Cannon's office, and culminating in a one-day blockade of Highway 117 that resulted in 9 arrests and the deployment of riot police and tear gas. A short film of the recent blockades will be screened.
Since the Department of Indian Affairs ousted their Customary Chief and Council in March 2008 and used the Surete du Quebec to forcibly impose the authority of a minority community faction, the Algonquins have been organizing to roll-back the quiet coup d'etat. They are campaigning to make the government honour a number of agreements, including the Trilateral, a internationally praised land co-management and resource-revenue sharing deal the Algonquins signed with Canada and Quebec in 1991. It remains unimplemented.
Community spokespeople from Barriere Lake: Norman Matchewan and Marylynn Poucachiche are teachers in Barriere Lake's Algonquin elementary school and Barriere Lake's youth spokespeople.
***Donations of money are encouraged to support the community's campaign –they need money for gas to travel. Click here for a full list of community needs and to make an online donation:
For more information Contact :
Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG)
Research – Education – Action on Social and Environmental Issues
Dear Friends and Allies,
On November 5th, OPIRG and the Barriere Lake Solidarity will be hosting an event Norman Matchewan and Marylynn Poucachiche who are community members and elementary school teachers from the Algonquin Barriere Lake community. Norman and Marylynn will be here to show video footage of past and recent actions by the community in defense of the land, and to discuss with people in Toronto the ongoing struggles in Barriere Lake.
We are asking all organizations, friends and allies to please:
- Endorse and Support this event on November 5th
- Help publicize this Event by sending this announcement over your lists,and distributing posters or leaflets at any upcoming events
- Support the List of Demands from the community: http://barrierelakesolidarity.blogspot.com/2008/03/mission.html
-DONATE: the community of Barriere Lake is in great need of financial support: RAISE FUNDS within your organization and bring donations to the November 5th event, or make donations On-line:
Thank you for your support, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. Sincerely,
Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) - Toronto
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
10 Britain St.
Toronto, ON M5A 1R6