Friday, October 31, 2008

Dissenting Voices shut down illegitimate AGM!

CKLN's dismissed board and mis-management were not successful in holding their corrupted AGM last night as a good sized crowd made up of locked out programmers, community supporters and other allies succeeded in disrupting and opening up what was intented to be an "exclusive" affair. Here's a report back from Andrew, a community ally who was present at this action:

"Yesterday several dozen disenfranchised community members and "fired" volunteers showed up for what was supposed to be a 7 pm meeting. Management panicked and changed the location of the meeting and then tried to exclude anyone they didn't want from attending. They were unsuccessful. They then ran away to have an "emergency" board meeting in which they decided to call the cops with the intent of having the police remove individuals who management didn't want there (ie. the majority of the attendees). The cops showed up but the manager of the student centre refused to allow CKLN management to use the cops to throw people off Ryerson Student Union property and so they cancelled the room booking. CKLN management then returned and adjourned the meeting claiming they were doing so for "safety" concerns (when in fact they were doing this because the Ryerson Students Union refused to let them use the cops to throw people out). They then said that they'd reschedule the meeting for a later date."

Keep your eyes on this blog for more updates on future actions and other strategies that will hopefully help us reclaim our community radio space. The struggle continues!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Protest the illegal AGM - Join the Picket this Wednesday @ 7 pm!

Join the "Take Back our Radio" Organizing Committee and its allies this Wednesday, October 29th at 7 pm!!

Come out and join us @ Oakham House, Room G, 55 Gould Street (next door to Ryerson's Student Community Centre, southwest corner of Gould and Church).



The crisis of governance at CKLN Campus/Community Radio continues to escalate. The illegal Board of Directors & management have called an AGM to take place this Wednesday, following its illegitimately held Staff Meeting of October 22 as well as the recent internal hiring of DJ Snapp as contract station manager. Exiting manager Mike Phillips has placed on the agenda:

1. a long overdue Financial Report (a year and a half in the making/breaking),
2. union negotiations (or more like violations given mis-management's and illegal board's firings of unionized staff Kristin Schwartz and Tien Providence),
3. and the election of Community Reps (to sub those appointed by mis-management and their allies).

Mike Phillips and his board croonies have no legal authority to call a CKLN Annual General Meeting, because he was democratically voted out of office by an overwhelming 90% majority in a non-confidence motion on February 23, 2008 at a Special General Meeting called by the membership in accordance with CKLN by-laws. Nevertheless Phillips and a right wing clique have occupied the radio station for the past months and are violating the politically progressive and inclusive mandate of the station through the systematic expulsion of over 35 volunteers, the firing of long-time dedicated staff, and the arbitrary interpretation of station guidelines/bylaws. As a result, programming has deteriorated, community funding has decreased and relationships with the Ryerson Student Union have been damaged.

At previous meetings Metro Police have been employed to bar the new board and its supporters from participating. We intend to challenge this exclusion on October 29th! COME OUT AND MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD!!!

For more info, contact Catherine Holliday 416 533 6630,

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Emergency Picket this Wednesday @ 7 p.m.

The "Take Back our Radio" Organizing Committee and its allies need your support.

Come out and join us this Wednesday, October 22 at 7 p.m. outside Oakham House to protest the sham staff elections which the current dismissed management hopes to conduct inside Room 'G' at 55 Gould St. (next door to Ryerson's Student Community Centre, southwest corner of Gould andChurch).

Dismissed Station Manager Mike Phillips has called this meeting to discuss "CKLN Station Manager Hiring" and carry out "Volunteer Rep Elections". As "locked out" volunteers and community supporters, we strongly object to this meeting for the following reasons:

1. As dismissed management Mike Phillips has no legal authority to call a CKLN staff meeting. Phillips was democratically voted out of office by an overwhelming 90% majority on a non-confidence motion on February 23rd, 2008; a decision he has continued to ignore.

2. A Staff Meeting has already been held for the year of 2008. Volunteer seats were also filled in a democratic and legitimate manner at said meeting on Tuesday, April 29th. Heather Douglas and Ron Nelson (Reggaemania) were elected as new volunteer representatives and former station manager Conrad Collaco was elected to the former core staff post. The current dismissed CKLN management, though present and participant at this meeting, has refused to acknowledge these elections and representatives.

We therefore ask all "locked out" CKLN volunteer programmers and hosts (35 so far) as well as concerned community supporters and Ryerson students to join our picket in opposition to this Staff Meeting tomorrow Wednesday at 7 p.m. and stand with us in solidarity with us in the struggle to reclaim our beloved community campus radio.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Locked out CKLN at Media Democracy Day!

Missing in the Media: Media Democracy Day hits Toronto on October 23! And we will be part of the discussions!!

CKLN locked-out programmers and other community radio allies will participate in a workshop addressing the "future of campus community radio in Canada". Join us for this FREE and informative session at 2:30 pm at U of T's International Student Centre (33 St. George Street) .

So what's missing in the media? Who is left out from mainstream news coverage in Canada today?

A large coalition of independent media organizations, advocacy groups and media activists will ask these questions and more at this year's Media Democracy Day on October 23rd through a series of thematic & skills-building panels and workshops on media democracy followed by a relaunch party with guest speakers Maude Barlow and Linda McQuaig, and musical guests LAL, KoboTown and Maryam Tollar.

When: Thursday, October 23, 2008, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (workshops and panels); and 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. ( relaunch party).

Where: Free workshops and panels at International Student Centre (33 St. George Street), University of Toronto; Pay-what-you-can relaunch party (suggested $10 to $25 donation to at the Steam Whistle Roundhouse (255 Bremner Blvd.)

For program details and a list of participating organizations please visit: