Marc Montgomery, Lynn Desjardins, Levon Sevunts, Marie-Claude Simard

The LINK Online Apr 6-7-8, 2018

Your hosts, Lynn, Levon, Marie-Claude, and Marc (Video of show at bottom)


Former ISIS capital Raqqa in ruins

Most of Raqqa lies in ruins with most buildings nearly or partially destroyed while the entire infrastructure has become non-existent following the heavy fighting and aerial bombardment campaign to retake the de facto capital of the so-called Islamic State. (Marwa Awad/WFP)

The Daesh or ISIS Islamic militants had used Raqqa as their self-described capital for their plans to create a caliphate in Syria.

A United Nations team ventured into the city that was re-captured by Kurdish and U.S forces after a long drawn out battle to end four years of militant rule.

They found the city in ruins and without the most basic services. Levon  spoke with Marwa Awad, a Canadian, who works as the World Food Programme spokesperson in Syria.

Police in Hamilton, Ontario fatally shot Anthony Divers on Sept. 30, 2016 after getting calls that a woman had been assaulted. His was one of 460 cases studied by the public broadcaster, CBC. (Andrew Collins/CBC)

Study into fatal encounters with police in Canada.

In any given year in Canada, about 30 people will be killed by police. Although there are hundreds of police services and the national Royal Canadian Mounted Police, there is no central tracking of such incidents.

Canada’s national public broadcaster, CBC, recently began a thorough investigation using coroners reports, independent ivestigator reports, news stories, family interviews, and more, in order to compile a database.

The information covers the period 2000 to 2017 and some 460 deaths, the majority involving police shootings.

Lynn spoke with CBC data journalist Jacques Marcoux.

It’s a celebration of female sexuality.  It’s called Festivulve 2018, and is apparently a sort of world’s first of its kind.

The event coming up in June is designed to celebrate, educate, and demystify women’s bodies.

There will be dozens of speakers, workshops, entertainers, booths with sales items, prizes and much more.

Marc speaks to organiser, Mel Goyer who says she wants the event to be fun and be a counterpoint to the too often and too readily available pornographic idea of women’s bodies.

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