"The lack of proper enabling legislation is the single principal barrier to community media's social impact", as the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) highlighted in its 2007 'Community Radio Impact Evaluation'. The policy environment will be at the core of discussions when community radio activists and advocates will meet at the 10th AMARC congress on November 8th-12th in La Plata, Argentina.
M@M's Becky Lentz travels to both Berlin and Brazil this week, attending three separate conferences on the future of global self-governance, and its basis in the commons.
First up is the International Commons Conference. It bring s together "about 150 leading figures in commons-based studies and activism for a multidisciplinary, international conference. The general objective is to emerge at the end of the conference with a set of principles and long-term goals that can foster the planning and development of commons based organisations and policy as well as their networking capacity."
On FRIDAY, SEPT 17th, CKUT 90.3fm in Montreal and www.ckut.ca on the internet aired an emergency live broadcast to STOP Fox News North! featuring discussions with academics, watchdogs, and activists.
You can now download the audio online for re-broadcast.
Prof. Marc Raboy, Beaverbrook Chair in Ethics, Media and Communications (McGill University) author of Media Divides: Communication Rights and the Right to Communicate in Canada;
Prof. Leslie Shade (Concordia University) author of Media Reform in the United States and Canada: Activism and Advocacy for Media Policies in the Public Interest
In June, Canal Savoir TV will present three 60-minute episodes of presentations and excerpts from the Independent Newspaper international conference. The series of three episodes will be shown twice, on June 15, 18 and 22, with repeated broadcasts on June 16, 19 and 23.
For more information (in French), visit Canal Savoir TV's website.
UPDATE: A schedule of future rebroadcasts is now available in PDF form below.
M@M's Professor Jenny Burman and Professor Will Straw are both launching books at Else's in Montreal, on May 31st. Jenny Burman's new book is entitled Transnational Yearnings: Tourism, Migration and the Diasporic City. It is published by UBC Press. Will Straw has edited a collection of essays with Alexandra Boutros, entitled Circulation and the City: Essays on Urban Culture, published by McGill-Queen's University Press.