Calls From Home (March 2017)

Aired March 29, 2017
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Calls From Home is a monthly CFRC Prison Radio segment that connects friends and family with their loved ones behind Kingston’s prison walls through the power of community radio.

This month we were pleased to share a Call For Information as well as correspondence from Stony Mountain Institution in Winnipeg regarding the aftermath of the Saskatchewan Pen riot in December 2016.

News: Youth uprising in Quebec detention centreSCAR protest in ReginaPrison strike organizer Siddique Abdullah Hasan in infirmary after hunger strikeArrests at jail solidarity demo in PittsburghDocuments reveal Ontario gets kickbacks for jail phone calls


Test Their Logik – Kiss Me Through The Phone (Remix)
Nas feat Damien Marley – Tribal War
Bambu feat Killer Mike – Prey-er
In A Grave – Show Me The Body
Lee Reed – Bad Gas
Sang Mele – Le Bal Des Insurgee
Old Haunt – Lord, I

Request for Information: Simple Jail Remedies

CPR is currently working with a Holistic Health Counsellor to produce a radio show specifically geared towards educating prisoners about simple remedies for common health ailments. We are looking for feedback from folks inside to have a better understanding of what to cover in this show. We are collecting responses until the end of March, and we are hoping to air a radio show on this topic sometime in April. Please share this with anyone else inside you think might be interested.

1. What are the most common health issues of the prisoners you know? (ex: diabetes, chronic pain, digestive upset, high blood pressure, cancer, cold/flu, first aid, etc)

2. What remedies do you know of people using for health complaints in prison?

3. Is it possible to access any culinary herbs and spices for medicinal uses? Which ones? (ex: fennel, lemon, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, thyme, rosemary, etc).

4. What kinds of natural foods and teas can be purchased from the canteen? (ex: green tea, chamomile tea, black tea, honey, nuts, yoghurt, etc).

5. Do you have access to any garden space to grow medicinal plants such as culinary herbs and spices?

CFRC Funding Drive Episode

Aired March 8, 2017
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Hello listeners, CFRC is currently having its annual funding drive, which helps keep our beloved station – including this show – going! Please give generously here.

For this year’s funding drive episode, we played some classic segments from CPR over the years, including a message from the late Peter Collins about radio issues in prison, an interview with Sabine Heinlein from 2013 about her book Among Murderers: Life After Prison, and a segment about the experience of indigenous women in prison. We also had long-time CPR contributor Chester Abbotsbury call in live to chat about the importance of the show to him when he was in prison in Kingston and share a few laughs.


Youth Detention in Kingston and Beyond

Aired February 8, 2017
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Youth detention is an often-overlooked component of the Canadian prison-industrial complex. Unless you work in the system or personally know a young person who has become “in conflict with the law,” the public generally has no idea how the system works or what goes on inside these facilities. To find out more, we spoke with Diane Irwin, Executive Director of the St. Lawrence Youth Association. The SLYA operates two juvenile detention facilities in the Kingston area, as well as managing programs in the community. We reached out to our contacts to speak with someone who has been incarcerated in one of these facilities, but so far have been unsuccessful. If you know someone who would like to share their story with us, we encourage you to get in touch with us.

As we were researching this issue to prepare for our interview, we came across a class action lawsuit that has been launched against the Province of Ontario and all third-party operators of youth detention facilities, including the St. Lawrence Youth Association. The lawsuit alleges that holding youth in solitary confinement is negligent, and breaches the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I spoke with Scott Robinson, an Associate Lawyer with Koskie Minsky in Toronto, about the case.

For the second half of our show, we shared an old but relevant interview from Stark Raven Radio in Vancouver with Annabel Webb of Justice For Girls, an organization that advocates for teenage girls who live in poverty. Annabel, speaking in December 2007, speaks about being barred from a youth detention facility in Burnaby after raising allegations of sexual abuse by medical doctors at the facility, and her critical reflections on the youth detention system in Vancouver.

Music: Spend Some Time (Remix) by Immortal Technique – Daddy by Hail Seizures

Calls From Home (January 2017)

Aired January 25, 2017
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Calls From Home is a monthly CFRC Prison Radio segment that connects friends and family with their loved ones behind Kingston’s prison walls through the power of community radio.

This month we were pleased to share several stories, song dedications and an open letter to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.

News: Death of Michael Coelho at Bath Institution“Escape” from Henry Trail

“One For The Books” – The Saskatchewan Pen Riot

Aired January 11, 2017
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This week we bring you an exclusive interview that tells the inside story of the riot on December 14, 2016 that “completely destroyed” the medium security unit at Saskatchewan Penitentiary and resulted in the stabbing death of Jason Leonard Bird and several other injuries from gunshots. We spoke with Sherri who runs Beyond Prison Walls Canada and a Facebook group for prison wives. She has been in touch with several prisoners and their families who were present for the massive riot, and shared with us what she’s been able to find out.

We spend the second half of the show sharing an interview conducted by CKUT’s Prison Radio Show with Stephane of Bar None in Winnipeg about their prison rideshare program.

News: CSC Commissioner Don Head speaks at anti-drone conference in EnglandJalil Muntaqim sent to the SHU for teaching Black HistoryKingston’s John A. MacDonald birthday celebrations cancelled – NYE noise demos across the world

Music: Wish I Had It by Kevin GatesBringer Of Greater Things by Propagandhi



Calls From Home (December 2016)

Aired December 28, 2016
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Calls From Home is a monthly CFRC Prison Radio segment that connects friends and family with their loved ones behind Kingston’s prison walls through the power of community radio.

This month we share some tips and play several holiday-themed requests.

News: Indigenous prisoners face systematic discriminationInvestigation into Soleiman Faqiri’s deathFalse positives from drug scanning toolsCall for donations for Walls to Bridges bursary fund

Vanessa Gray and Free Peltier NYC

Aired December 21, 2016
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This week we rebroadcasted two interviews from Montreal’s CKUT Prison Radio.

The first is an interview with Vanessa Gray, an Anishnaabe land defender and community scholar facing heavy charges related to a pipeline lock down that happened in 2015. For more information visit Line 9 Shutdown.

The second interview is with Maggie from NYC Free Peltier. Maggie spoke about Leonard Peltier’s case and his current push for clemency before Obama leaves office.

News: Segregation class action certified in OntarioRiot at Saskatchewan PenDeath in Central East Correctional CentreMinister of Community and Correctional Services of Ontario steps downLegal Aid Ontario cutsCSC ‘Gender Dysphoria’ policy under reviewObama clemencies

Guelph ABC and Philadelphia Prison Strike Interviews

Aired December 14, 2016
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This week we welcomed special guest M into the studio for a live on-air interview. We discuss the Guelph Anarchist Black Cross and its role in anarchist prison support, the emergence of the ‘noise demonstration’ tactic in Ontario, state repression and defensive infrastructure, and whether we can ever claim ‘victories’ in the struggle to destroy prison for anything short of, well, destroying prison.

Later in the show, we aired a short interview by a CPR contributor with anarchists in Philadelphia about the September 9th U.S. prison strike and the various ways people tried to support it in their local context.

News: Collins Bay Max Unit locked downBryen Madill died at Millhaven InstitutionRobert Brunet died at Joyceville InstitutionControversy over CORCAN “native crafts” workshop at WarkworthStrike organizer Kinetik Justice brutally attacked by guards and requesting support

Music: We Live by G.L.O.S.S.Last Legs by Leftover Crack

Call for information: We’d like to do a future show with M about Do-It-Yourself remedies for common ailments using items you can get at canteens and cafeterias inside. Send us your ideas and we’ll work on this for the new year!


Calls From Home (November 2016)

Aired November 30, 2016
Posted to the Internet Archive

Calls From Home is a monthly CFRC Prison Radio segment that connects
friends and family with their loved ones behind Kingston’s prison walls
through the power of community radio.

In the news, we discuss the latest reports from the Auditor General of Canada and the Office of the Correctional Investigator, responses from the Correctional Service of Canada, a new report from the West Coast Prison Justice Society and Prisoners Legal Services calling on the government to abolish segregation, an incident at Edmonton Institution where a guard is alleged to have shot a prisoner in the testicles with a rubber bullet in retribution for a lawsuit, the “Extremism Prevention Program” from the Toronto Police, and the Trudeau Government announcing pipeline approvals for the Line 3 Replacement and Kinder Morgan’s Transmountain Pipeline Expansion, as well as dismissing Enbridge’s Northern Gateway.

We do our monthly Political Prisoner Birthday segment, thanks to the Prison Books Collective.

We play the following tracks:

Bad Gas by Lee Reed
Excursions by Tribe Called Quest
Double Portion by Dorothea (listener-submitted – thank you!)
The Lifer by Christian Collins
Chuck Berry by The Groove Commute
Time Bomb by Chumbawumba