The Pilot: our fifth podcast

This was our first podcast recorded in studio with a full crew! It was recorded on December 10th: Human Rights Day.

The contributors were:

Anchors: Ariel Fournier (english) and Helene Robitaille Hidalgo (french)

That’s right, bilingual!  Did it work? Let us know in the comment section.

Universal Declaration of Human rights piece and food drive story: Mel Lefebvre

Mohamed Harkat news package, Algonquins story, events listings: Meagan Wohlberg

Barrick gold story and Chad McBride interview: Jean-Philippe Marquis

Liu Xiaobo debrief and Lybia story: Shannon Baker

Olivier Manteur interview and lineup editor: Helene Robitaille Hidalgo

Editorial: Alex Oster

Producer, assignment editor and music selection: Arndell Leblanc

Our fourth podcast

This week Adam Bemma contributes an interview with Johanna Fernandez about Mumia Abu Jamal’s case.

Ariel Fournier interviews Daniel Cere, a religious studies and public policy professor, on the recent polygamy case in British Columbia.  He spoke before parliament on his theory of marriage law should be formed during the legalization of same-sex marriage.  In this interview he discusses the legal implications of the polygamy case.

Joey and Ariel talk about the headlines. We’ll be doing one or two more podcast and then taking a brief holiday break. We’ll be back in January better than ever.

Also, remember coming up is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

*Note: in the podcast Ariel foolishly says that the Anas Bennis march had already passed when in fact is coming up on Saturday December 4th.

Support his family at the march or simply visit the website to learn more:

Our third podcast

This week: Jean Philippe Marquis talks about his upcoming film screening, Adam Bemma interviews Marjorie Villefranche of Maison d’Haiti, Meagan Wohlberg talks “Bad and the Rad” headlines and Hiba Zayadin talks to Paskitani students about the flood in Pakistan.

Our second podcast

It’s happening, people!  After our first pilot episode we’re looking to make this a weekly thing.  This week’s episode was pretty(very) informal, but this is getting to be an honest to gosh podcast. Two great contributions this week: an interview by Adam Bemma about the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and a documentary by Meagan Wohlberg on aid flotillas in Gaza.

If you have any suggestions or submissions for future episodes just e-mail:

Our first podcast

In our debut we feature analysis of a talk given by Israeli journalist Gideon Levy (by Meagan Wohlberg), another by sports writer Dave Zirin (by Joey Grihalva) and a package on the World Water Congress (by Kevin Gallagher) that took place in Montreal earlier this semester.

In the headlines we highlight work being done by journalists on Africa’s Children, Haitian earthquake survivors, a humanitarian flotilla to Palestine and a new report by Amnesty International on Iraq.

We dedicate this episode to Louis Carlos Santiago, one of the many slain journalists in Mexico who was killed as a result of drug cartel violence and whose death lead El Diario de Juarez to publish a front-page editorial asking the cartels to, “Explain to us what you want from us.”

Hosted by Ariel Fournier and Joey Grihalva.


The Guardian of London’s special series: “Africa’s Children”

Committee to Protect Journalists: “Silence or Death in Mexico’s Press”

NYTimes article on Haiti suggestion boxes
read the hand-written letters from Haitian survivors here

Amnesty Report: “Iraq: New Order, Same Abuses: Unlawful Detentions and Torture in Iraq”

UN Fact Finding Mission on Israeli


Dave Zirin

Gideon Levy

World Water Congress and Exhibition

Radio Package by Kevin Ghallagher:

This past summer the UN General Assembly passed a resolution making access to clean and safe drinking water a human right.

It passed unanimously receiving 122 supporting votes. Canada, blessed with vast fresh water supplies, abstained from the vote.

Melissa Lantsman, press secretary for the Foreign Affair Minister told the Montreal Gazette,  “We continue to assert that international human rights obligations in no way limit our sovereign right to manage our own resources.”

The UN predicts that nearly one billion people go without access to clean drinking water and more than double are without access to sanitary sources of water. As a result approximately 1.5 million children under the age of five die each year due to water and sanitation related diseases.

Political battles over natural resources are as old as civilization itself.  Water unlike oil, timber, gold or other scarce resources directly impacts on our survival. Water is not a resource we can substitute for something else.

Water scarcity currently affects one fifth of the worlds population. According the UN, much of this scarcity exists from lack of infrastructure to divert water from rivers and aquifers.

The 2010 World Water Congress took place in Montreal, QC this past September. The delegates discussed solutions for water management, sanitation, and environmental impact of industrial and agricultural practices on the world’s water supplies. Thousands of water professionals, government officials and members of non-governmental organizations participated in the congress.

Critics of the congress, like the Council of Canadians, objected to the presence of large multinational companies like Suez Environment and Veolia Water. They accused these companies of promoting the privatization water reserves like in Sitka, Alaska’s Blue Lake.

I attended the congress to find what was being done to combat our growing global water crisis.


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