Turn up your volume ’cause this audio’s O-L-D! In this clip two women, part of an all-dyke Montreal skating crew, talk about what it means to be a female skater. What do you do when you love the hardcore scene and skateboarding, but are totally sick of standing on the sidelines and watching the boys skate? What do you do when a man walks by you skateboarding and tells you a real woman should be wearing red lipstick and standing by her boyfriend’s side? Start a skateboarding crew of your own! As a result of Skater Dykes, these skateboarding ladies feel empowered even when faced with discrimination from passersby and male skaters. WARNING: featuring some delicious sonic gems from X-Ray Spex + spreading love for thrash, punk & hardcore.
Former sex worker, Valerie Scott, discusses the obsession the public has with sex while still being reluctant to speak about the need to educate on safe sex practices. She rebukes the stigma that prostitutes spread STD’s. Scott explains why apprehending all sex-workers or making prostitution legal while requiring weekly health checks would not stop the spread of STD’s.
Montreal bicycle riders talk not only about their bike experiences but why they decide to ride especially in events such as critical masses. But what is a critical mass? The host of the special goes into full detail on its creation and the political message behind its invention. Each rider featured in the special shares their own unique take on what biking represents to them and their environment. Our host also explores the ways our societies have become adapted to promote automobiles over any other type of transportation. Find out about car-bicycle relationships in other places like Vietnam and Bogotá too!
In this radio special, our CKUT host goes out to the streets to have real homeless folk tell their stories. Squatters explain how they manage to get inside of buildings and some of the problems that lead them to leave certain places. They also discuss an incident involving the former mayor of Montreal, Pierre Bourque, in 2001. The important question of squatter’s rights is also brought to the table. What do those rights (if any) look like in Quebec?
(07:46) Anarchism and Social Movement – 7 Year Squat
Produced by: CKUT
As part of CKUT’s special on the 5th Annual Anarchist Book Fair, many topics related to the anarchist movement were reported on. In this clip, we hear an interview of two individuals that were arrested and taken to trial for participating in the 7 Year Squat in 2002 in Ottawa. They explain the trial process and how they were managing defending themselves in court as a collective of 8 people. One of the squatters also recounts the remarkable cooperation and teamwork that came into play during the 7 Year Squat.
Clair Culhane explains a few reforms to the Canadian prison system. She goes over the bill that allows the media to attend hearings of inmates. For those inmates looking for early releases based on their good behavior while in prison, Culhane points out that media would cause unnecessary commotion against such prisoners and their families. She also informs on judges’ right to decide when inmates would be eligible for parole based on impressions from their trials.