On today's episode of the CJSR Edition, we showcase a panel discussion from the Kule Institute for Advanced Study's recent Around the World Conference. The conference was a digital meeting space for academics and intellectuals around the world, with the topic being "Privacy and Surveillance in the Digital Age". This panel took place and featured Faculty of Law Professor Steven Penney, Alberta's Information and Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton, Associate Professor in Media Studies Serra Tinic, Sociology Professor Kevin Haggerty, and was moderated by the Director of the Kule Institute, Geoffrey Rockwell.
On this episode, Grant MacEwan Communications Professor Roberta Laurie talks about her research around Ethical Oil, a phrase popularized by polarizing lobbyist Ezra Levant in his eponymous book published in 2010. Laurie researched how the Canadian media responded in specific ways to the Athabasca oilsands, and what this meant for discussions around development. We asked her: what are the implications of calling oil ethical?
Next, a conversation with Charlene Bearhead, National Coordinator of Project of Heart, and Raymond Yakeleya, filmmaker and residential school survivor, about the historical context of Canadian residential schools.
Today's episode features a personal interview with David Barsamian, the creator, producer and host of Alternative Radio. Barsamian is one of the America's most beloved journalists and we speak to him about the modern American media landscape, what inspired his initial foray into radioland, and the most difficult interview of his life.
Alternative Radio is an independent weekly audio series that airs on CJSR 88.5FM, Saturdays at 11AM. Find out more about Alternative Radio at alternativeradio.org.
Also in this episode, a short feature about a recent study that named Edmonton the worst place to be a woman in Canada. We talk to researcher Kate McInturff, the author of the study, to find out what makes us such an atrocious place for the fairer sex.
The Indian residential school was founded on the ill-conceived belief of the Canadian Federal Government that First Nations needed to become assimilated into European customs and Christianity. The government passed an amendment to the Indian Act in 1884 that made schooling compulsory for indigenous children under the age of 16. The horrific trauma and suffering experienced by students at these residential schools is only now coming to light through the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Established on June 1, 2008, the goals of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission include documenting and promoting the extent and impact of residential school experiences. Their final national event took place in Edmonton from March 27-30. This episode of the CJSR Edition contains excerpts from this event.
Please note: there is graphic, sensitive and disturbing content in this piece. If you or someone you know is experiencing distress, please call the Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419.
A few weeks ago, the production team here at CJSR FM 88.5 teamed up with more than 30 community radio stations from across the country to create 14 hours of spoken word programming aimed at amplifying the voices of Canadians of all stripes struggling with poverty and homelessness
Over the course of those 14 hours one thing became abundantly clear to me: homelessness is a complex, intertwined issue without an clear solution.
But with more than 30,000 people visiting homelessness shelters every day in this country, one thing is for certain: we have an obligation to at least try to find a solution to this national epidemic.
So, on this week’s episode of the CJSR Edition, three radio stories about people attempting to wrap their heads around the complex problem of homelessness and then doing their part, in both large and small ways, to help find a solution to Canada's homelessness problem.
At the beggining of the program, Edmonton-Strathcona's Member of Parliament Linda Duncan spoke about the challenges that many Canadians face when trying to find a stable housing. Here is the entire interview:
For 5 nights, March 9 - 13, 7 business students spent their nights outside, forgoing shelter, and omitting luxuries from their lives like cell phones, while still attending class, to raise awareness about youth homelessness and to raise money for YESS - Youth Empowerment and Support Services, a city organization that provides shelter for youth on the streets.
Their highly successful campaign raised over $55,000 for YESS, and got us thinking about what makes some fundraising campaigns successful, and why people are compelled to give. Join us as we delve into the science behind giving!
On March 27 - 30, the Truth and Reconciliation concludes its journey with its final national event here in Edmonton, held in the Shaw Conference Centre. However, the process of reconciling our history as Albertans is ongoing.
One example is the unveiling of a new mural at the Grandin LRT Station on March 21st as a response to the controversial one that has been in place since 1989. The new mural is a joint collaboration between First Nations Metis artist Aaron Paquette, and original mural artist, Sylvie Nadeau. They hope their collaboration serves as an inspiration for more openness, dialogue, and understanding regarding a dark chapter of our collective histories.
Have you ever stopped for a moment to have an honest conversation with a person experiencing homelessness? What would you talk about? What could you learn about the struggles that he faces living on the streets, trying to piece his life together?
A few weeks ago CJSR producer Karen Fraser spent a weekend in Edmonton's inner city, at the drop-in centres, and on the streets to experience what life is like living on the streets. This the audio diary of her experience.
Space has become part of our everyday conversation and the barriers to entry for studying and exploring space are quickly dissolving. In fact, a group of students at the University of Alberta - or AlbertaSat - are on a mission to design, manufacture and launch a small satellite made of items found off the shelves of your local hardware store. Visit albertasat.ca to find out more and get involved in the campaign!