Interviews articles

Djaber Kalibi
Photo : Pedro Ruiz - Le Devoir

Iranian human rights defender facing deportation

Iranian human rights defender facing deportation

By M. Cooke  At 77 years old, most people are concerned with spending time with their family and having enough money for their retirement.  In July, 2013, the Canadian government gave Djaber Kalibi and his family something worse.  Upon returning from a trip to France, the Canadian government confiscated his passport and gave him a

Death threats issued to Toronto priest for commemorating Hugo Chavez

by Steve da Silva One of Toronto’s inner suburbs has become a focal point in the ongoing struggle in Venezuela between the Bolivarian transition to socialism and the fascist resistance that has been developing over the last month. With its face to the bustling city moving past it on Dufferin, just a little south of

Untitled-1

Welcome to Canada: Growing up Latino in Toronto

This is an interview by Camila Uribe-Rosales of BASICS with Oscar and R (who prefers to remain anonymous), two Latin American youth who migrated to Canada from El Salvador and Mexico, and their experiences in the Canadian education system. EARLY YEARS O: I was born in El Salvador. My parents migrated here.  I didn’t speak

Untitled 3

Legal Ruling Will Allow Rain Forest Indigenous Peoples to Pursue Chevron in Canada

Ontario Court of Appeal says communities of Ecuador affected by Chevron can enforce Ecuadorian rulings in Canada by Santiago Escobar As the Unist’ot’en continue their protracted battle against Chevron and other companies in resistance to the Pacific Trails Pipeline in northern B.C. over unceded Wet’suwet’en territory, Indigenous peoples of the Amazon Rain Forest in Ecuador are

RB Button

Implications of the Supreme Court Ruling on Canada’s Prostitution Laws (RADIO BASICS INTERVIEWS)

On this edition of Radio Basics, we explore Canada’s Supreme Court ruling this December 2013 that struck down Canada’s laws around prostitution. We interview two long-time organizers around the issue, whose positions though not necessarily contradictory somewhat reflect the long-standing debate between those pushing for “decriminalization” and those advocating “abolition”.  We speak to Chanelle Gallant from Maggie’s-Toronto, a Toronto-based

Jim Pictou of the Mi'kmaq Warrior Society appearing in a recent interview with APTN.

Mi’kmaq Warrior Society’s Jim Pictou on Struggle for Mi’kmaq Nationhood and the Fight Against Fracking- Interview (mp3 / streaming)

Jim Pictou is a member of the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society, “the homeland security of the Mi’kmaq nation.”  Today, the Mi’kmaq, whose ancestral lands span much of the Atlantic region of Canada, are at the center of a developing resistance to hydraulic fracturing – or ‘fracking’ in New Brunswick, the process by which high-pressure water and

Rank and File Worker Challenges for Unifor Leadership: Meet the New Unions – Same as the Old Unions?

by Moshe ben Velvl and Megan Kinch Two of Canada’s biggest unions, the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and Canadian Energy and Paperworkers (CEP) have merged into a new mega-union, Unifor.  They have sketched out an ambitious vision that promises to revolutionize the way unions have traditionally organized and the way they have related to the

5953394016_346f28b3b5

Bob Kinnear: Transit workers offered to take a wage freeze if the TTC maintained services, but the City said no

by Noaman G. Ali “We said we would be willing—and this was just dialogue, wasn’t offers passed back and forth—that we’d take this,” Bob Kinnear makes a zero with his fingers, “provided that the Toronto Transit Commission maintains the level of service.” But according to Kinnear, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 (ATU

Top