The Art of Resistance


e.312 - #DinnerWithAView: OCAP Toronto's Struggle Against Displacement and Homeless Deaths ft. Yogi Acharya

Season 3, Ep. 12

On March 13th City-hired crews descended on a homeless camp beneath Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway. Footage of tractors and heavy machinery clearing tents and personal belongings at Lake Shore Boulevard and Lower Simcoe shows clean-up crews and Toronto Police destroying these sites and removing the people who relied on the encampments for shelter.

Anti-poverty advocates in Toronto are pushing the city to call a state of emergency around issues of housing and homelessness, citing the City’s over-burdened and over-crowded shelter system, decade-long wait-lists for social housing and some of the highest figures of homelessness Toronto has seen in recent history.

Fred Victor, an agency offering shelter and transitional housing, says nearly 9,000 people sleep on the streets in Toronto. In 2018, 100 homeless people died on Toronto streets, particularly through extreme-weather warnings and deep freezes as city-run shelters and respite centres ran well over capacity.

Today we’re with Yogi Acharya of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty to discuss what the organization calls a state of emergency and how anti-poverty organizations are fighting back.

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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