Category: Montréal

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Radical Imagination and Direct Action with Pirate Radio

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 32°C] After reading Islands of Resistance: Pirate Radio in Canada, all I wanted to do was become a pirate. Not the kind that steals from the rich in a capitalist bent to become rich myself at the expense of others. I wanted to appropriate what is already mine: the public airways, and broadcast what corporate media despise most: defiant free-form radio that encourages audio creativity and promotes social justice. The 246-page anthology, edited by Andrea Langlois, Ron Sakolsky and Marian van der Zon, is a collection of 16 essays and a docudrama in seven acts that explain...

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Film Crews Abound Today in St-Henry Neighbourhood of Montréal

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 22°C] August 23, 2010 is a special day in St-Henry, a traditionally working class area of Montréal that is nestled southwest of downtown just north of the Lachine Canal. Parabola Films is documenting the neighbourhood’s cultural landscape in a single day with 12 crews roaming the streets and alleys. The project, St-Henry, the 26th of August, is directed by Shannon Walsh, a Montréal-based filmmaker whose feature documentary, H2Oil, traces the high human and environmental costs of the Alberta tar sands. It is co-written by her and Denis Valiquette who grew up in the neighbourhood, where he lived...

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Shubhranshu Choudhary comes to 2010 MediaRDV

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 23°C] Participants at the 2010 Citizen Media Rendez-Vous are lucky that Shubhranshu Choudhary is spending 3 months in San Francisco this summer because it allowed us to invite him to be a panelist. He is from the Indian region of Chhattisgarh where tribal languages flourish. Poverty is high despite the abundance of minerals in the region and so is illiteracy. Shubhranshu will come to Montréal to share his perspective based on his experience establishing a citizen journalism initiative that allows remote communities (7 million people) to use CGNet Swara, a cell phone platform inform each other in...

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Montréal Video Project Gets Results Keeping Kids in School

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 11°C] I can’t believe I’ve been offline for such a long time. Whatever, I’m back with a video reportage I edited and helped produce with a group of students from Louis-Joseph-Papineau High School in the St-Michel neighbourhood of Montréal. I was hired as a filmmaker/journalist to mentor this group of students make a documentary film / reportage. The subject they chose was themselves: Le Foyer 636, a special class of students that follow a particular curriculum to help them move forward with their learning and encourage them to stay in school and not drop out. They wanted...

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Sixth International Campaign Against Israeli Apartheid Begins

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 1°C] The little known international campaign to promote the cultural, academic and economic divestment in the state of Israel is set to begin around the world on March 1, 2010. The growing campaign is modelled after the success of the global efforts that successfully dismantles Apartheid in South Africa. In its sixth year, Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), has become an important rallying event against Palestinian oppression with events organized in more than 50 cities worldwide. The Montréal IAW activities were announced this morning in a press conference that included the publication of an open letter signed by...

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Humanitarian Relief and War Journalism is focus of ‘Ceasefire’, Premiered in Montréal

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 19°C] I just stepped out of historic Cinema Impérial for Montréal World Film Festval‘s world premiere screening of Lancelot von Naso’s first feature film, Waffenstillstand (Ceasefire). The setting for the 104-minute film is Iraq in 2004, months after George W. Bush declared from beneath the “Mission Accomplished” banner aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln that “Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.” We all know now, with continued fighting in Iraq more than five years later that the war was nowhere near completion. The film...

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Air Traffic Worldwide.

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 18°C] I case you were wondering how many flights take to the skies in any given 24 hours around the globe, below is a 71-second video from Swiss engineering school, ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte, that has also developed software to follow global air traffic LIVE. So now you can follow a particular flight and watch it on-screen as you hear it fly over your house! That’s a lot of CO2 emmissions! Notice the change is air traffic quantity as the daylight turns into night. Airtraffic Worldwide in 24 hours

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Sudanese-born Canadian May Fly Home on Friday (updated)

[Abyei Town, Abyei Transitional Area, Sudan 40°C] Abousfian Abdelrazik is a man from Montréal whose been living in ‘temporary safe haven’ in the Canadian Embassy in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, since late April 2008. He has been in Sudan since March 2003, when he went to visit his mother. According to a timeline of his case, Abdelrazik was arrested six months later and detained for ten months before being released. Documents obtained under the Privacy Act (.pdf 169Mb or ZIP 52Mb) and available from the website of the People’s Commission on Immigration Security Measures indicate that Mr. Abdelrazik, a Canadian...

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Travel Health: the first phase of vaccinations

Today, I had my first set of vaccinations. Initially, I planned on making an appointment with the McGill Centre for Tropical Diseases, but I could’nt wait the 3-4 weeks waiting time. I went to the Santé Voyage Clinic at Montréal’s Hôpital St-Luc, which has a walk-in travel health clinic. I waited about two hourse before seeing the nurse.