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e.314 - Toronto's Overdose Prevention Society Is Taking On Canada's Overdose Crisis & Saving Lives

Season 3, Ep. 14

On Tuesday, April 16th thousands of harm reduction advocates participated in We Still Grieve, a national day of action in response to Canada's overdose crisis. Harm reduction advocates gathered in 22 cities across Canada to demand that our federal government declare a state of emergency in response to an escalating drug crisis that has claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people in the last three years.


In Toronto, hundreds participated in the national day of action, featuring local artists and activists, and placing coffins in front of Queen's Park, where Ontario Premier Doug Ford recently decided to defund two local safe injection sites. We’re joined by organizers from the Toronto Harm Reduction Alliance (THRA on Facebook and Twitter) and the Toronto Overdose Prevention Society (TOPS on Twitter) to look at Toronto’s overdose crisis and why long-term support for safe injection sites is a matter of life and death.



  • Fiona White has been doing harm reduction work for three years. She works with the Toronto Harm Reduction Alliance, the Moss Park Overdose works with THRA the Moss Park OPS and currently works at Queen West as part of the We Grieve Thousands collective.


The Art of Resistance airs Tuesdays at 11am on CIUT89.5FM. Our show provides long-form coverage of social movements and political struggle in Toronto. (AOR on Twitter and Instagram.)



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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