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FOCUS Media Arts / COVID-19 Coverage

Week of December 4th, 2020

In this episode of Radio Regent News and Views, journalist Ayesha Khan interviews Ayesha Amin, a community researcher with the SDP Employment and Economic Development Working Group, about the state of employment in Regent Park; we present a second excerpt from a recent online discussion featuring academic/writer/activists Naomi Klein, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Astra Taylor, regarding paths forward for America’s left in a post-Trump world; and journalist Minerva Nevasca asks the question “To Work or Not to Work; Youth Employment in a Pandemic.”

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Week of December 11th, 2020

-Journalist and Justice for Migrant Workers volunteer Fabio Heredia Casalins interviews food justice advocate Leslie Campbell about Foodshare, an organization dedicated to supporting populations facing food insecurity, including Canada’s migrant workers

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Week of October 16th, 2020

In this episode of Radio Regent News and Views, David Wall speaks to Joan, an activist and volunteer with Justice for Migrant workers about her important work delivering clothing and food to migrant workers in Leemington, Ontario; Ibby Albazz brings us a report about how environmentalism and activism around Climate Change have taken a bit of a back seat to Covid 19 concerns; Talha Hashmani and Masih K bring us part two of their report on the impact that Covid 19 has had on the world of human trafficking; and we hear a second excerpt from a recent conversation between author Johann Hari and writer/activist Naomi Klein about Donald Trump’s shock election politics.

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Week of October 9th, 2020

In this episode of Radio Regent News and Views, David Wall interviews academic and activist Salmaan Khan about the roots of racism in capitalist society and its connection to the legacy of migrant worker exploitation in Canada; Focus Media Arts Centre Video Journalist Dimitrije Martinovic visits an event at Moss Park in Toronto marking International Overdose Awareness Day; and we hear part of a recent online conversation between British author Johann Hari and writer/activist Naomi Klein about Donald Trump’s shock election politics.

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Week of October 2nd, 2020


David Wall interviews Meshell Theresa, a volunteer with Justice for Migrant Workers about the ongoing challenges faced by migrant workers in the country and how they relate to the overall failure of the country to uphold human rights.

Talha Hashmani and Masik K report on the impact that Covid 19 has had on the world of human trafficking.

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Week of September 25th, 2020

In this episode, journalist Ella Coccimiglio discusses the Regent Park Community Pods Initiative, a network of local safe-socializing hubs, with two participants; Nate Gurarie interviews Maya Bryon of The Neighborhood Information Post about the Toronto Rent Bank Program; and David Wall talks to Toronto Central School Board Trustee Chris Moise about a number of topics, including the reopening of schools across the city and his plans for redistributing resources in different communities in the name of equity. 

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Week of September 18th, 2020

David Wall speaks with Taneeta Doma and Sarah Khan, both law students at the University of Windsor as well as volunteers with Justice for Migrant Workers.

Journalist Ibby Albazz presents his editorial on how Covid 19 has affected the livelihoods of Canadian musicians.

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Week of September 4th, 2020

Talha Hashmani and Masih K discuss how frontline healthcare workers are facing down the Covid-19 pandemic across the GTA

David Wall interviews lawyer and activist Maleek Mohamed about a recent legal victory for migrant workers in Ontario

Journalist Ella Coccimiglio talks to Regent Park area business owner Chris Klugman about the reopening of Paintbox Bistro.

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Week of August 28th, 2020

1. David Wall interviews Justice for Migrant Workers activist David Fox about his experiences with migrant workers while volunteering in Asia and some of the commonalities he has found with similar workers in Canada.

2. Journalist Gaelle Kosi discusses the challenges of owning a business in Regent Park during the Covid-19 pandemic with a local hair salon owner

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Week of August 8th, 2020

1. Talha Hashmani and Masih K discuss Doug Ford’s recent announcement regarding the reopening of schools across Ontario

2. Sang-Hun Mun of Injured Workers Action for Justice discusses various organizations currently advocating for injured migrant workers in Canada, focussing on situations arising during Covid 19

3. As always, our headlines are compiled and read by Cassandra Earl.

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Week of July 31th, 2020

1.Talha Hashmani and Masih K report on the World Health Organization in relation to Covid-19.

2. Gaelle Kosi talks to Theresa Betou, co-owner of Dundas Beauty, a hair salon in the Regent Park area, about the effects Covid-19 has had on local businesses.

3. As always, our headlines are compiled and read by Cassandra Earl.

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Week of July 24th, 2020

News and Views journalist Minerva Navasca reports on the effects COVID19 is having on students in Ontario; and Talha Hasmani and Masih K discuss the ramifications of impending rule relaxations in Ontario around COVID19. As always, our headlines are compiled and read by Cassandra Earl.

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Week of July 10th, 2020

Featuring: COVID-19 updates.

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Week of July 3th, 2020

We present a second extended segment from a discussion between writer/academic/activists Lhana James, Naomi Klein and Rinaldo Walcott about big tech in the context of Covid-19.

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Week of June 26th, 2020

Big tech in the age of COVID-19.

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Week of May 29th, 2020

Featuring: COVID-19 update; talking about homeless during COVID-19.

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Week of May 22th, 2020

Featuring: COVID-19 update; and the differences between COVID-19 and the 2009 H1N1 Influenza "Swine flu" pandemic.

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Week of May 15th, 2020

Featuring: COVID-19 Update; Health disparity and tracking Race Based Data; COVID-19 Shock Doctrine - Using the crisis to prepare for the integration of Technology in every aspect of life; Dominica Situation.

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Week of May 1st, 2020

Featuring: COVID Update; exit strategies from societal restrictions.

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Week of April 24, 2020

Featuring: COVID-19 Update; Trump’s de-funding of the World Health Organization.

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