From Embers is a regular show about anarchist and anti-authoritarian politics in so-called Canada. We are part of the Channel Zero Anarchist Podcast Network.
info_outline Automation, Guaranteed Income and the Pandemic 05/28/2020
Automation, Guaranteed Income and the Pandemic A conversation with a member of the collective about their pre-pandemic text "Livewire: Against Automation, Against UBI, Against Capital." We revisit the text in the context of the pandemic, ever-increasing trends towards automation of various sectors in Canada and the USA, and the Canadian government's emergency relief benefit (CERB), which many have compared to universal basic income. Read the whole text as a zine here:
info_outline History of Epidemics in Canadian Prisons 05/20/2020
History of Epidemics in Canadian Prisons In the context of ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks in Canadian prisons and jails, I was curious about other times in history that prisoners have faced similar situations and especially times when prisoners have been released as a result. Today’s interview is with a local prison historian about epidemics and public health in Canadian prisons, mostly about the 19th and early 20th century. Also some stories about prisoners being released and what health care was like inside and outside of prison walls.
info_outline Gun Control 05/07/2020
Gun Control Following the mass shootings in Nova Scotia last week, the federal government rushed to impose an extensive and immediate ban of semi-automatic firearms. We reached out to Ron in Edmonton, author of the article “” on the counter-info website . We spoke about the shifting regulatory context in Canada, the problem of mass killers from an anti-fascist perspective, arming the vulnerable and the oppressed, and the possibilities associated with anarchist interventions into gun culture. Post-interview note from Ron: At 41:29 I say 'Arm trans women' which has become a slogan for leftist and LGBTQ2+ firearms rights advocates. I then list other identity groups that those concerned with changing gun culture should endeavour to arm. Among these was women. This was not to imply in the slightest that trans women are not women. Defend equality and keep TERFs out of our spaces. Article referenced in the discussion: “”
info_outline Criminalizing COVID-19 04/09/2020
Criminalizing COVID-19 We speak with and about criminalization in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2016, they published “.” We spoke about the Canadian healthcare system, the problem with government approaches to “Public Health,” Hep C & HIV criminalization and what it can tell us about what’s happening in the present crisis. Resources: “” by Alexander McClelland of charges and violations related to COVID-19
info_outline Grounding Ourselves Amid The Chaos 03/31/2020
Grounding Ourselves Amid The Chaos An interview with Montreal-based counselling therapist and somatic experiencing practitioner Parneet Chohan on the Covid-19 pandemic, anxiety, communication, reading the news, and caring for ourselves and each other through troubled times.
info_outline Reflections from Kanonhstaton 03/12/2020
Reflections from Kanonhstaton Talking with a non-native anarchist who spent time at in 2006, a led by members of blocking the development of a private subdivision on their territory. We discuss his experience at Six, dynamics on the ground before and after the police raid, and the possibilities and complexities of anarchist-indigenous solidarity with the current in mind. With music from and .
info_outline #ShutDownCanada: From Oka to Today 03/01/2020
#ShutDownCanada: From Oka to Today This week's episode features an interview with Gord Hill, a member of the Kwakwaka'wakw nation whose territory is located on northern Vancouver Island and adjacent mainland in the province of "British Columbia." He has been involved in Indigenous people's and anti-globalization movements since 1990 and is the author of The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book and The Antifa Comic Book.
info_outline Wet'suwet'en Land Defense and #ShutDownCanada 02/12/2020
Wet'suwet'en Land Defense and #ShutDownCanada An interview with Dtsa'hyl, a hereditary chief of the Wet'suwet'en Nation. The Wet'suwet'en people have defended their land against pipelines for more than a decade. After an RCMP raid on their territory on February 6th, a national movement was sparked to shut down Canada and protest against the infringement of Indigenous sovereignty.
info_outline Foire D'Hiver/Winter Fair 02/06/2020
Foire D'Hiver/Winter Fair Conversation with an organizer of this year's Winter Fair in Montreal. This year's event is focused on the many ways to mitigate the harms that often accompany conflict - both from the state and from within our interpersonal relationships. Check it out if you're in the area: Saturday February 8, 1611 avenue d'Orléans, 11h - 20h. Free dinner (6 pm) and childcare available.
info_outline 30 Years of OCAP 01/30/2020
30 Years of OCAP An interview with , a founder and long-time organizer with the in Toronto. OCAP has played a key role in the anti-poverty movement in Ontario over the past three decades, deploying a creative variety of militant and confrontational tactics in the interests of meeting the immediate needs of poor and working class people. Last year John as a paid organizer of OCAP, although he remains an active member. We spoke about the history and philosophy of the organization and what he believes is in store in the future for social movements in Ontario. We referenced the book . Music by with words from Shawn Brant and Sue Collis.
info_outline Conspiracy and Anti-Repression Organizing 01/24/2020
Conspiracy and Anti-Repression Organizing Conversation with an anarchist and anti-repression organizer about how conspiracy charges have been used against anarchists in Canada and the United States, some challenges and lessons learned from supporting J20 defendants and others, the Tilted Scales Collective's upcoming book project, Representing Radicals: A Guide for Lawyers, and more.
info_outline "Thinking Outside the Boss" with Matt Hern 01/16/2020
"Thinking Outside the Boss" with Matt Hern Matt Hern is a long-time writer and community organizer in Vancouver. We discuss the projects and ideas he’s engaged with over the past several decades, including his upbringing and politicization, having kids and establishing alternative schools, a critical perspective on , community organizing and gentrification, and shifting focus to Surrey where he works with racialized youth to establish workers co-operatives. Links: / Music by
info_outline Nothing's Ever Perfect/How We Live Together 01/09/2020
Nothing's Ever Perfect/How We Live Together A conversation with Stu, a founding member of Dragonfly Farm. Dragonfly is a rural communal land project near Bancroft, Ontario that was founded in 1978. We talk about how he and his friends got the land, how they've endured and navigated conflict over the years, and advice he has for folks wanting to live rurally and/or communally today.
info_outline Climate Mobilizations in Vancouver 11/15/2019
Climate Mobilizations in Vancouver An interview with two anarchists from Vancouver about their efforts to intervene in the climate strike and extinction rebellion actions in that city. We talk about the context in Vancouver, their critique of Extinction Rebellion, black blocs, critical solidarity, and moving beyond hope and hopelessness. For the privacy of our guests, this interview was re-voiced by volunteers. Links: (Kitchener, Ontario) (Montreal) (It's Going Down) -with music from the and
info_outline Gay 4 A World Without Police 10/25/2019
Gay 4 A World Without Police A conversation with Jonathan Vallely and Eric Levitt of Gay 4 Pay Press, a zine disto largely focused on radical politics and gay/queer men based out of Toronto and Ottawa. We talk about cruising, a world without police, community conversations around consent and accountability, crystal meth, and, of course, zines.
info_outline Playful Rebellion: When and how is humour a useful tactic? 10/18/2019
Playful Rebellion: When and how is humour a useful tactic? This week's episode features an interview with Kate Klein of the We talk a bit about the group's work opposing the mining industry and supporting mining-affected communities outside of Canada in their struggles against Canadian mining corporations. Mostly, we discuss the group's use of drama and comedy in their campaigns, and discuss a recent workshop that Kate and another member gave on "humour as an activist tactic."
info_outline Mauna Kea and the Hawaiian Movement 09/26/2019
Mauna Kea and the Hawaiian Movement Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world measured from its oceanic base and one of the most sacred sites for spiritual Hawaiians. A consortium of government and university scientists from Canada, the United States, Japan, China and India have been trying to build the on its summit for nearly a decade, coming up against from native Hawaiians every step of the way. Things heated up again this summer as TMT planned to start construction for the second time. In response, land protectors established a on the mountain. After two and a half months and dozens of arrests, the camp is still standing and a mass movement has emerged to defend the mountain. We caught up with , who is part of the and currently active to protect Mauna Kea. With music from and In Canada, the National Research Council and the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA) are important partners in the TMT Corporation. Some prominent Canadian astronomers have already against the project. Add to ! of TMT (Canada) Donald Brooks – Professor, University of British Columbia Greg Fahlman – General Manager, NRC Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Kim Venn – Professor, University of Victoria Institutional Members and Representatives Athabasca University – Martin Connors Bishops University, Sherbrooke - Lorne Nelson Brandon University - Tyler Foster McGill University, Montreal - Nick Cowan McMaster University, Hamilton - Christine Wilson Queen’s University, Kingston - Stephane Courteau Saint Mary’s University, Halifax - Robert Thacker Trent University, Peterborough - David Patton University of Alberta, Edmonton - Gregory R. Sivakoff University of British Columbia, Vancouver - Aaron Boley University of Calgary - Robert Thompson Laval University - Gilles Joncas University of Lethbridge - Erasmus Okine University of Manitoba, Winnipeg - Stefi Baum University of Montreal - René Doyon University of Toronto - Vivek Goel University of Victoria – Kim Venn University of Waterloo - Charmaine Dean University of Western Ontario, London - Stanimir Metchev York University, Toronto - Patrick Hall And finally, don't forget to check out the this weekend!
info_outline Is FM Radio Still Relevant? Radio, Community Spaces and Knowing The Land 09/11/2019
Is FM Radio Still Relevant? Radio, Community Spaces and Knowing The Land An interview with Byron, host of To Know The Land, a radio show on Guelph's CFRU 93.3. We talk about why radio is cool, and I pick Byron's brain about place, space and knowing the land we stand on. Links: Music by Ana Roxanne, Hotel Neon and Taylor Deupree The album Byron mentions at the end isn't out yet but you can hear some previews here:
info_outline The Future of Policing in Canada 09/05/2019
The Future of Policing in Canada An interview with , a freelance journalist based in Montreal. Nathan has written looking at the "Hub Model" of community policing, which has been quietly rolling out across the country, and especially in Saskatchewan and Ontario, over the past 5 years. The article by Kristian Williams referenced in the introduction is .
info_outline Art and Anarchy - A Conversation with Lee Reed 08/22/2019
Art and Anarchy - A Conversation with Lee Reed Talking to Lee Reed, anarchist organizer and MC from Hamilton, ON and self-described mouthy jerk. We talk about how his political music and focus have changed over time, artists and anarchists finding themselves in conflict over gentrification and figuring out what to do about it, Locke St repression and supporting Pride defenders, his recent Polaris nomination for the Steal City EP, and more. Plus I crammed this episode full of great tracks, old and new. Enjoy!
info_outline Prisoners Justice Day 08/10/2019
Prisoners Justice Day Every year on August 10th, both inside and outside of jails and prisons across Canada, prisoners and their supporters mark Prisoners Justice Day. We spoke with Veronica, an anarchist in Montreal who is part of organizing the annual in Laval. We discuss the of Prisoners Justice Day, what has changed since the 70s, how PJD will marked and articulated this year, recuperation by Liberal governments, anarchist approaches to prisoner solidarity, and how to get started. Some PJD Events Across Canada: - Kingston (, ) - Hamilton (, ) - - - - - - Prisoners mentioned include , , , and . Texts discussed include , , , and the . We also referenced the podcast "" Other topics raised include , , and the .
info_outline Building Anti-Police Power in Surrey 07/25/2019
Building Anti-Police Power in Surrey Conversation with two organizers from Anti-Police Power Surrey (APPS), a grassroots organization committed to building collective resistance to police and the systems of power and domination they uphold: capitalism, colonialism, and white supremacy. They are active on the unceded, stolen territories of the Kwantlen, Musqueam, Katzie, Semiahmoo, Tsawwassen, Qayqayt, and Kwikwetlem nations, occupied by Surrey, British Columbia.
info_outline Reflections on Anti-Olympics Resistance in Vancouver 07/18/2019
Reflections on Anti-Olympics Resistance in Vancouver A conversation with an anarchist who was around during the height of the 2010 anti-Olympics resistance in Vancouver. We talk about the impact the Olympics has had on the social climate, the surveillance experienced by anarchists and other organizers, and the infamous Heart Attack demo that tore up the city's downtown core.
info_outline Full Spectrum Resistance 06/26/2019
Full Spectrum Resistance An interview with author, farmer and organizer about his new book . We talk about building effective movements, his from Deep Green Resistance, dynamics between radicals and liberals, what is a victory, movement case studies, and the importance of moving from abstract ideas to tangible struggle. Music by and (with words from back when he was organizing with the ).
info_outline Queers Fight Back 06/22/2019
Queers Fight Back An interview with a Kingston organizer of an anti-police and anti-military protest contingent in Kingston Pride Parade, and an interview with two folks from Hamilton about people at Hamilton Pride defending themselves homophobic street preachers and violent far-right white supremacists without relying on the police. Note that we re-recorded this second interview to protect their anonymity.
info_outline Are Anarchist Podcasts Good For Anarchist Struggle? 06/07/2019
Are Anarchist Podcasts Good For Anarchist Struggle? Audio from a panel at the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair.