Off the Hour / Sept. 30 5 -6 pm / 9th annual memorial march

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We bring you the latest edition of Groundwire, community radio news from coast to coast to coast. Today’s edition was produced at CILU radio on Fort Williams First Nation territory in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Following that, we explore the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women, as the 9th annual Sisters in Spirit memorial march. Prime Minister Stephen Harper dismissed renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women, saying the recent murder of Tina Fontaine was a crime, not a sociological phenomenon. We’ll hear a conversation with Rashmee Singh, a professor of sociology and legal studies at the University of Waterloo, produced by Redeye Radio at CFRO in Vancouver.

Then to this report - After Lucia Vega Jimenez died while under Canadian Border Service Agency’s custody in December 2013, a petition with over 8,688 signatures called for a civilian inquiry. However,  a coalition of eight immigrant, refugee and Latin American community groups have now been denied participant status by the BC Coroners Service at the inquest into the Lucia’s tragic death. CKUT’s Sula Greene spoke with Karla Lottini from No One Is Illegal-Vancouver to find out more.

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