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Syphon 5.0

To promote the launch of the new issue of Modern Fuel‘s SYPHON publication, on incarceration, CPR is re-broadcasting some of our recordings and interviews with some of the folks featured in this new issue. Featuring a talk with Amina Mohamed, interviews with the P4W Memorial Collective, and a field recording of the memorial the Hogan brothers launched at Catarqui Cemetery for PJD.  Listen here:

Issues of SYPHON are available at Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre.

Here’s an overview of the publication:

“Pushing back against popular narratives of Kingston’s incarceration histories espoused and circulated by the ‘dark tourism’ of Kingston Pen Tours, Issue 5.0: INCARCERATION aims to (re-)centre the resiliency and creativity of inmates in the face of violence, neglect, experimentation, and isolation, as well as the creative approaches of allies and artists who aim to cultivate awareness and solidarity in their pursuit of prisoner’s justice. While discussions of art’s role within carceral sites often default to problematic notions of art-making as a form of occupational therapy and “rehabilitation,” the artists, filmmakers, poets, and writers featured in this issue re-frame art-making as an act of resistance to and healing from systemic trauma, intergenerational trauma, colonial trauma, and/or the trauma of incarceration.

Contributors: Tings Chak, Molly Goddard/Bidabinokwe, Lisa Guenther, Ann Hansen, Donny Hogan, Jimmy Hogan, Sheena Hoszko, Amina Mohamed, Radiodress, Natasha Stirrett, Cameron Willis, Sara Wylie

Edited by Robin Alex McDonald.”



Prisoners Justice Day 2018 Archive

Aired August 10, 2018

Posted to the Internet Archive

This year marked the 44th annual Prisoners Justice Day and the 10th annual Prisoners Justice Day broadcast on CPR. Below is an overview of the 6 hour special broadcast. Thank you to everyone who made contributions to the show! Thank you as well to CJAI 92.9 Amherst Island Radio and CFRU 93.3-FM in Guelph for simultaneously broadcasting the show and spreading the message.

00:00:00  Introduction to Prisoners Justice Day

00:19:30   Dr. Bob Gaucher on the history of PJD

00:49:30  Prison for Women Memorial Collective

01:05:00   Donny and Jimmy Hogan on prison experimentation

01:14:50   Amina Mohamed on the film Emergent Visions: No Prisons!

01:39:30   Hugh from Ad Astra Comix on the forthcoming Peter Collins Anthology

02:00:00  PJD memorial at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Kingston

02:30:30  Prison for Women Memorial Collective Healing Circle

02:43:30  Memorial Segment (reading of names)

03:40:30  Listener messages and music requests

Critical Perspectives on the Prison Farms

Aired July 18, 2018
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Tonight we feature two critical perspectives on the recent government announcement to re-introduce the prison farms program at Kingston-area prisons. The first is with Calvin Neufeld of Evolve Our Prison Farms who has been campaigning for plant-based agriculture and an animal sanctuary in place of the prison farm program. The second interview is with a member of End the Prison Industrial Complex, a Kingston-based prison abolition collective.


June 20th Government Announcement on Prison Farms Program
Evolve Our Prison Farms
End the Prison Industrial Complex
Article: Reflecting On The Prison Farms “Victory”
Zine: Reap What You Sow


Calls From Home (April 2018)

Aired April 25, 2018
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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.

News: May Day in KingstonCertain Days Calendar 2019 Callout for Submissions – Lucasville hunger strike phone zapHamilton Anarchist Prison SupportRacism Against Black Canadians in Sentencing

Bad Company – Something About You
Blackbird Raum – Lucasville
The Specials – Ghost Town
Brian and Jenn Johnson – You’re Gonna Be Okay
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – KKKanada
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Peasantry or ‘Light! Inside of Light’

Lisa Guenther

Aired March 14, 2018
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CPR is excited to air an extended and informative interview with Lisa Guenther, the new Queen’s National Scholar in Political Philosophy and Critical Prison Studies at Queen’s University. We talked about the history of the prison, the philosophy and experience of solitary confinement, settler colonialism and incarceration, the Prison for Women, and much more. Check out her bio here:

Calls From Home (February 2018)

Aired February 28, 2018
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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.

News: Action Alert from Solidarity KingstonPrison Farms to Re-OpenEdmonton Prison Staff Fired for Intimidation, Criminal ActivityHunger Strike at Edmonton Remand Centre2 Guards Charged in Death of Matthew Hines

James Taylor – You’ve Got a Friend
Tracy Chapman – The Promise
Alan Jackson – The One You’re Waitin’ On
Kodak Black – Tunnel Vision
Keith Urban – Cop Car
Chumbawumba – Bella Ciao

Resisting Prison Pay Cuts: An Update With Jarrod Shook

Aired February 14, 2018
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Tonight we bring you an interview with Jarrod Shook about the latest Federal Court ruling on prison wages.

In 2013, the Conservative Government introduced a 30% pay cut to wages for work done by prisoners and called it a “food and accommodation tax” as well as eliminating incentive pay work done at CORCAN facilities, a government agency that contracts out prison labour to both the public and private sector. Prisoners are forced to purchase items such as stamps and personal hygiene products through government designated suppliers, and wages had already decreased sevenfold in actual purchasing power, as they hadn’t been increased since being established in the 1980s.

After exhausting internal grievance procedures, prisoners at Collins Bay Institution launched a work strike, which spread to federal prisons across Canada. Since 2014, several prisoners were fighting a lawsuit against the Government of Canada challenging the constitutionality of the pay cuts. At the end of January, a Federal Court in Ottawa threw out the case, ruling that prison labour falls under ‘programming’ and that prisoners are not in an employer-employee relationship with the Correctional Service of Canada.

I spoke with Jarrod Shook, an ex-prisoner who was a regular contributor to CPR while incarcerated at Collins Bay. He was a spokesperson for the strike in 2013, an applicant on the lawsuit, and he is now studying criminology at the University of Ottawa where he continues to be involved in prison-related activism. We discussed the history of the Inmate Pay System, resistance to prison pay cuts inside, the four-year lawsuit, and next steps in the struggle for better wages and dignity for prisoner workers.


Incentive to Scrutinize: Inmate Statement on Federal Prison Strike by Jarrod Shook (Fall 2013)
Resistance To Prison Pay Cuts by Jarrod Shook
(Spring 2014)
Federal Court Decision (PDF)
National Post Article on CORCAN
Journal of Prisoners on Prisons


Johnny Cash – Man In Black


Photo Credit: Chris Roussakis

Calls From Home (January 2018)

Aired January 31, 2018
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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.

News: Shipping Containers as Correctional FacilitiesFederal Court rejects prison pay cuts lawsuitColten Bushie jury selection controversy

Popcaan – Addicted
Tim Odell – Grow Old With Me
Tracy Chapman – The Promise
Dr. Hook – Cover of the Rolling Stone
Alkaline – After All
Enigma – Return to Innocence
The Isley Brothers – Ohio

NYE Noise Demos and NYC Community Bail Fund

Aired January 10, 2018
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This week we featured two segments. The first was a phone interview with Bryan in Hamilton about the noise demonstrations that happened there on New Year’s Eve. We also shared the reportback from the NYE noise demo in Montreal. The second was an excerpt of an interview conducted by The Final Straw Radio with the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement NYC about their Community Bail Fund project.


Seven Years Against Prison – Zine with history and analysis of noise demos in southern Ontario
The Tower: Hamilton’s Anarchist Social Space
2018 Hamilton Anarchist Bookfair

P.O.S. – Get Down

CPR’s 2017 Retrospective

Aired December 27, 2017
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This week we shared a couple last-minute shout-outs, and looked back at some of the topics covered in 2017 including:

The Saskatchewan Penitentiary Riot
J20: Inauguration Protests and Repression
Class Action Against Elgin-Middlesex
Migrant Detention
Annual Report of the Correctional Investigator
Simple Jail Remedies for Common Health Ailments

Creed – Arms Wide Open
Seasick Steve and the Levil Devils – Xmas Prison Blues
Kerkhophony – Supermax Mario Paint
Otis Redding – Respect
Weaves – Scream