Off the hour / Mar. 7, 5-6pm / Women's day special

Tune in to CKUT from 5 to 6pm for a special show for tomorrow’s International women’s Day!

Featured on today’s program

We’ll be joined by Dolores Chew of the Women of Diverse Origins collective. The group is organizing a women’s day march tomorrow at 3:30pm at Cabot Square, and Dolores will tell us more.

Last week, the government of Quebec announced a new policy to which the homeless solidarity network in Quebec responded positively in most parts. CKUT brings to you an interview with Ann-Gaelle Whiteman from La rue des femmes that provides, accomodation, support and guidance to homeless women.

CKUT brings you an exclusive interview with Khurshid Begum Awan. Khurshid Begum Awan has now been in sanctuary for over six months. She chose to take sanctuary in a Montreal Church last August to avoid deportation back to Pakistan. Her husband was deported last year and now lives in hiding as the family has received threats. His life is constantly in danger and so would be Khurshid’s if she returns to Pakistan. Being in sanctuary is also stopping Khurshid from getting the medical care that she currently needs. This situation causes Khurshid, as well as her daughter Tahira and grandson Ali who live in Montreal a lot of daily stress.

On March 6th author, translator, publisher, and Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival founding director Linda Leith who spoke to a capacity audience at the Atwater Library on the life and work of Mavis Gallant. Undeniably the most fiercely independent of Canada’s pioneering women writers, Gallant’s iconic literary career spanned more than five decades. She passed away in February at age 91. Leith entitled her talk on Gallant The Writer as Rapscallion. Says Leith, «Mavis Gallant’s life was her own revolution.» CKUT brings to you an excerpt from Leith’s reflections on her friend Mavis Gallant, recorded yesterday by CKUT’s Susan Fitch.