Off the hour / Mar. 5, 5-6pm / Journalists in jail / Lucia Vega Jimenez / Bill 52 targets disability

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Featured on today’s program

  • On December 20th 2013, Lucia Vega Jimenez killed herself under the detention of the Canadian Border Services Agency in Vancouver BC. Her death, which was kept a secret for over a month, has sparked many questions and political action in the migrant justice community. No One Is Illegal Vancouver put together a petition with over 7,000 signatures demanding an independent civilian investigation in to Lucia’s death and the end of racist and anti-migrant policies from the Canadian Government. On Tuesday February 25th the BC Coroner Service called for an inquest in to Lucia Vega Jimenez’s death. Sula Greene spoke to Shireen Soofi from No One Is Illegal about what the inquest will look like in the coming year and whether significant change in the CBSA is on the horizon.

  • Quebec’s Bill 52 gives doctors in the province the right to lethally inject their patients when they are physically or psychologically suffering. The Bill targets people with disabilities, stating that a person must be in an advanced or irreversible decline in capability. The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition came out against Bill 52 in great outrage. For more information, you can visit Living with dignity and Toujours Vivant-Not Dead Yet.

  • CKUT brings you an update about the situation of Khurshid Begum Awan. Khurshid has now been in sanctuary for six months. The Awan Family support committe organizes monthly pickets in support of her and her family. The last one was on Thursday.

  • On December 29th, Egypt’s security forces arrested four Al Jazeera journalists in Cairo. Conditions for journalists in Egypt have become difficult since former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was removed in a coup on July 3rd, 2013. Al Jazeera consideres that these arrests and these accusations for links to the Muslim Brotehrhood, a so-called terrorist group, are a step too far in the repression of press freedom in Egypt. CKUT spoke to Al Jazeera producer Jet Belgraver, as well as to two activists and to Sherif Fahmy, the brother of one of the detained journalists.

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