Images of a child, a war refugee washed up dead on a Turkish beach, elicited outrage and condemnation around the globe. Little Aylan Kurdi drown, along with his older brother and mother, when the precariously overloaded boat they bought passage to Greece on foundered and sank. It’s an increasingly common story, but the reaction to this particular case was extraordinary.
In Canada, the ill-fated Kurdi’s figured in on-going election coverage, with opposition parties using the tragedy to shame and embarrass the government of Canada’s immigration policy regarding the Syrian diaspora. But did the media miss the mark?
Canada’s immigration policy is indeed shameful, and worthy of condemnation, but how much has that to do with Syria, or the wars various parties in Parliament support?
Sozan is with No One Is Illegal, Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories the quote: “[G]rassroots anti-colonial migrant justice group… a movement for self-determination that challenges ideology of immigration controls…[and] combat[s] racial profiling, detention and deportation, the national security apparatus, law enforcement brutality, and exploitative working conditions of migrants.” She’s one of the volunteers working on NOII’s newly launched, Never Home: Legislating Discrimination in Canadian Immigration, project.
Sozan in the first segment.
And; Clayoquot Sound, site of the legendary War in the Woods of the early 1990’s is again up in figurative arms over an accelerated foreign invasion of fish farms. The Japanese trans-national, Mitsubishi is the latest to claim a spot within the iconic, United Nations declared Biosphere Reserve, to turn a buck running a penned-Atlantic salmon feedlot. If established, it would the 16th former Cermaq feedlot in the Sound run by the Japanese industrial giant, but members of the First Nations Ahousaht band say, “No more.”
Earlier this month, a so-called “table blockade” was set up to prevent operations, now there are indications Mitsubishi will rethink its plans.
“Bonny Glambeck is a peace activist and ecotourism operator who has worked for the protection of Clayoquot Sound since her first arrest in Sulphur Pass in 1988. She was one of the principal organizers of the Clayoquot Summer 1993 mass protests, and currently works for Clayoquot Action.”
Bonny Glambeck and drawing lines in the Sound in the second segment.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz of good goings on from our city’s streets and beyond for the coming week. But first, Sozan and Never Home finding a home in Canada.