Off the Hour / Jan. 17, 5-6pm / Harper in Israel, Condo Flipping in Montreal

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Featured on today’s program:

-An interview with Concordia University urban planning students who recently released a report on their research around condo conversion in Montreal. Their findings reveal a dramatic drop in rental units available for tenants in the city.

-An update on the 3 anarchists (including 2 Montrealers) who were arrested in Mexico city earlier this month.

-As Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper prepares to arrive in Israel on a diplomatic trip this Sunday, we look at the recent state of human rights violations in the country. We’ll hear an interview with Ali Abunimah, the founder of Electronic Intifada, reflecting on the recent death of former Israeli Prime Minister and war criminal Ariel Sharon. Then we’ll hear from independent journalist and filmmaker Lia Tarachansky, speaking about the recent wave of historic protests of African refugees in Israel.

-An interview with Sherif Fahmy, the brother of Mohammed Fahmy, an Egyptian-Canadian journalized with Al Jazeera who has been imprisoned in Egypt since December.

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