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e.411 - #TakeBackTPL: Defending Trans Rights at the Toronto Public Library

Season 4, Ep. 11

We’re diving into the Toronto Public Library’s, or TPL’s, decision to rent out space for an event featuring Meghan Murphy. Murphy is a Vancouver-based blogger known for her antagonism toward trans women and sex workers. Murphy campaigned unsuccessfully against Bill C-16, an act that makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender identity and expression. She has also been banned from Twitter due to hate speech. 


When members of the trans community asked the city’s top librarian, Vickery Bowles, to cancel the booking because of Murphy’s transphobic views, she refused. The response has been swift: thousands of Torontonians have signed a petition; prominent writers are pulling out of future TPL events; the library workers’ union has expressed its opposition; and even Mayor John Tory has spoken out against the library’s decision. 


Today, we’re pleased to have Daniel Sarah Karasik joining us by phone.

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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