Democracy Watch Episode March 29, 2018

MMIWG Support Centre, Geography Dept Dispute with Hillel House, TD Bank Direct Actions & Campus Demonstration Against Border Walls

5:02pm - 5:56pm

After headlines from Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, today's show features an interview with the Managing Director of Social Policy at the city's newly opened temporary support centre for families and survivors affected by the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG). Mary Clare Zak talks with reporter Aidan Tong about the Saa-ust Support Centre and its significance.

Next we turn to a story on a dispute involving the UBC Geography Student Association (GSA) and Hillel BC. Democracy Watch reporters Olamide Olaniyan and Aidan Tong talk to The Ubyssey's Lawrence Ge about his reporting on this incident and the challenge both he and Democracy Watch faced in trying to get the Geography department to comment on what went down.

After that we turn to an interview with Thomas Davies of Climate Convergence Vancouver. Reporter Areeka Riaz interviews Davies about a series of direct actions that took place at TD Banks across Burnaby last Saturday. These actions were meant to disrupt and shame TD, which is the world’s largest bank investor in the Transmountain pipeline expansion.

The show ends with a conversation on a small demonstration that was held in conjunction with UBC’s annual Storm the Wall event. Yesterday, Democracy Watch’s Areeka Riaz, in collaboration with members of Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights, the Talon and the Social Justice Centre set up a booth adjacent to UBC's Storm the Wall event in an effort to draw attention to colonial legacies on Indigenous lands including the building of border walls.

Track Listing:

If I Don't Get the Respect I Deserve, So Help Me God
Shitlord Fuckerman · Investigate Loud Earth