The Art of Resistance


e. 416 - Chinese Canadians Facing Racism Following Coronavirus Outbreak ft. Justin Kong

Season 4, Ep. 16

As confirmed cases of coronavirus rise in China and around the world, Toronto has experienced a surge in anti-Chinese and anti-Asian racism. Many are pointing fingers at the Asian-Canadian community as the key carriers of the virus, a view that goes against both statements from public health officials and statistics on the outbreak.

Local Chinese businesses have reported a decline in customers since the virus touched down in Toronto; others have noted increased anti-Asian epithets and other forms of racism and violence in public. This is similar to the public response to the SARS outbreak in 2003, during which hundreds of Canadians were hospitalized and 44 died. So far, only three cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Canada; experts say the Canadian health care system is well-equipped to handle any future outbreaks of the virus - which is not easily transmitted - and that the risk of infection for most Canadians is very low.   

Today, we’re speaking with Justin Kong, executive director of the Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter, to hear more about the relationship between public health epidemics and anti-Chinese or anti-Asian racism. 

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e. 420 - People Before Profit: MISN Takes On Canadian Mining Giants

Season 4, Ep. 20
Mining Injustice Solidarity Network Website | Facebook | TwitterFrom March 1st to 4th, Toronto will play host to the annual conference of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada- PDAC is a group representing Canada’s mining exploration and extraction industry. The convention is the largest of its kind in the world, attracting thousands of investors and 26,000 attendees from over 130 countries. It is considered the “superbowl” event of extractive industries, featuring award ceremonies, workshops, and keynote addresses by prominent mining moguls and political figures, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Toronto is considered the hub of the global mining industry.Though it promotes itself as an ethical industry upholding high environmental standards and labour practices, the Canadian mining industry is actually notorious for its ecological and human rights abuses around the world. In 2016, a report from Osgoode Hall’s Justice and Corporate Accountability Project found that between 2000-2015, 709 cases of criminal activity and 44 targeted deaths were related to Canadian mining projects in Latin America. Mining companies and the Canadian government, including under Prime Minister Trudeau, have so far failed to make any meaningful change to the violence of the extractive industry, and few Canadians are aware of these abuses.Today, we speak to Kate Klein, an organizer with the group Mining Injustice and Solidarity Network to learn more about the upcoming conference and the imperial violence of the Canadian mining industry.The Art of Resistance airs Tuesdays on CIUT89.5FM.Facebook | Twitter | Instagram