Off the hour / Apr. 29, 5-6pm / “La voix des migrants” / Mr Baird visits Egypt

Tune in to CKUT at 5pm for Off the Hour!

Featured on today’s program:

Recently, the foreign affairs minister John Baird visited Egypt, and before this visit, organizations such as the Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy, the National Council of Canadian Muslims, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, as well as Amnesty International expressed concerns in open statements and letters adressed to Mr Baird. Talks with the so-called Egyptian “Interim government” that resulted from last year’s military coup could be constructed as an endorsment of the human rights violations that have occured over the past few months in Egypt. We’ll speak with Samaa Elibyari, a member of the Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy and former host of CKUT’s Caravan.

CKUT’s Queen Arsem-O’Malley discusses the impact of and reactions to the impending closure of the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton, New Brunswick with clinic manager Simone Liebovitch, former clinic escort Carolyn Shapiro, and activist Kathleen Curtis. The clinic is due to close in July after a long battle for funding with the New Brunswick provincial government.

In local news, last week, the Immigrant Workers Centre launched their first newspaper, “La voix des migrants”. The news collective’s Jaime MacLean was at the launch in Cote-des-Neiges to bring us a report.

We’ll go to the Philippines for a report from a fact-finding mission about violence and intimidation against Filipino workers. As we approach International Worker’s Day on May 1, the CKUT Community News Collective brings you the first in a series of reports by David Koch from the International Fact-Finding Mission.

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