Here and Now: The YGK Community News Podcast maps out events and updates from communities in and beyond Kingston, Ontario while maintaining a focus on inclusivity and diversity. The programme features interviews with community activists and organizers from Kingston in addition to local and international news coverage.
Community News for the Week of November 26th
In this episode, the news that are covered are:
1. Patrick Deane’s first breakfast with community.2. Kingston Transit’s support for Salvation Army, ‘Stuff The Bus’.3. Third Annual Climate Change Symposium4. Featuring a Blog Article by Allison Robertson on Microplastics5. Drinking Water Educational Campaign by Cataraqui Conservation6. Cathy Crowe’s book “A Knapsack full of dreams”7. Public feedback on density by design report.8. CFRC Fundraising and SCI.9. Open door Air Conditioning By-law by Kingston City.10. Job action by education unions on Nov 26th11. Global Climate Strike on Nov 29th12. St. Vincent Paul Society of Kingston’s purchase of new venue.
Community News for the Week of November 19th
In this episode, the news that are covered are1. The tentative agreement between childcare workers under CUPE Local 3625 and Something Special Children’s Centre after a two week long lock-out2. Laying off of 40 workers from Weston Food in Kingston3. Cuts to education by Doug Ford, the strike votes across the education sector unions and an interview with Andrea Loken, the Chair of the Bargaining Union in OSSTF 67.4. “Density by Design” planning document by the City of Kingston5. A development project by Jay Patry Enterprises on the site of the former Davis Tannery6. Town Hall on housing by MPP Ian Arthur and Katarokwi Union of Tenants’ reflection on that7. Issue of homelessness in Kingston, a brief summary of the report by the City of Kingston published last year8. An interview with Bev Woodcock, the director of Special Meals, a hot meal program run by St. Andrew’s Church.9. Queen’s University’s proposed residence build on Albert street and concerns10. 2 new electric buses purchased by the City of Kingston and their contribution to reduction of greenhouse gases11. Advice to keep pets warm in winter by Shevaun Hoyle, the inspector for Kingston Humane Society
Community News for the Week of October 29th
* Privatization of LCBO and the protests against the proposed plan led by OPSEU 497.* The recent tension between the province and the educators in terms of class size.
* Major takeaways from the newly elected Liberal MPP Mark Gerretsen’s speech on the night of the election and his promise to work with the City’s Task Force to solve housing crisis
Housing Crisis in Kingston
* An interview with Doug Yearwood, a member of Katarokwi Union of Tenants on the housing crisis and what Task Force can do
Climate Crisis and the City of Kingston
* Dianne Saxe’s presentation in the City Council and her major emphases, the pressure on the City to budget its carbon emissions
The theft from Martha’s Table and the immense solidarity to support their charity
* The charity concert by Kingston Community Concerts and Kingston Community House* The fundraiser bowl sale in Martha’s Table
The statement written by the Islamic Society of Kingston to condemn the Synagogue shooting in Halle, Germany
* 39 People found dead in a truck in Essex, London: refugees and borders* Updates on Chilean Uprising* Updates on Lebanese Uprising: an interview with Ole Hreiche, a Lebanese MA student in Global DEVS at Queen’s.
Ep. 1: Here and Now Launch
Local news, local conversations.
* The community response to the racist and homophobic attack in Chown Hall of Residence
* Strike by the Commissionaires at Canadian Forces Base, their demands and employer’s response* Strike by the cleaning workers in Petawawa CFB* Education workers’ strike narrowly avoided
* Extinction Rebellion (XR), local extension of a global network* The report produced by the Climate Working Group in City Council
* The Katarokwi Union of Tenants, their objectives and campaign
* An interview with Ayca Tomac, a member of the working group, Reproductive Justice and Healthcare under OPIRG
* Turkish State’s assault on Northern Syria* Lebanese Protests* Chilean Protests: an interview with Nathalia Santos, a Puerto Rican PhD Student in Geography on Chile