World Listening Day, July 18

Join CFRC on Friday, July 18, to celebrate World Listening Day! The purpose of World Listening Day is to celebrate the listening practices of the world and the ecology of its acoustic environments.  July 18 was chosen because it is the birthday of Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, founder of the World Soundscape Project and author of the seminal book, The Tuning of the World.  CFRC will participate by airing special content at 10am EST, featuring a collection of local and international recordings, and on The Anatomy Lesson at 11pm/23h00 EST.  You can participate, in part, by tuning in!  For more information about World Listening Day visit or the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology.

The Latest from Alternative Frequency & Join the News Collective!

On June 12, the day of the Ontario provincial election, Alternative Frequency featured a discussion of the politics, economic and environmental issues surrounding pipelines, particularly the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway project. The following Tuesday, June 17, the federal government approved the project, on the recommendation of the National Energy Board, with 209 conditions.

The episode was inspired by a talk given by Arno Kopecky at the Kingston public library. Kopecky is the author of The Oil Man and the Sea: Navigating the Northern Gateway, an account of his journal by sail through the would-be route of tankers carrying bitumen from just north of Edmonton, Alberta, to Kitimat on the north coast of British Columbia.

There is great controversy surrounding the bitumen the proposed pipeline would carry. Scientists on both sides of the Northern Gateway debate seem to be producing conclusive evidence that bitumen sinks in ocean water and that it does not; that it is more corrosive than conventional crude when transported in a pipeline, railway or other tanker, or not; and that Enbridge’s oil spill response plan meets or does not meet standards for bitumen spills, which are (arguably) more dangerous and difficult to clean than conventional crude. The episode also discusses the potentially disastrous ecological consequences of constructing a pipeline in the Great Bear Rainforest, as well as the economic implications of shipping Canadian bitumen to international destinations without the added value of refining the product on Canadian soil.

In advance of the June 17 announcement by the government, a group of 300 Canadian scientists published an open letter denouncing the National Energy Board’s Joint Review Panel (JRP) process and ruling. “By our analysis,” write the scientists, including Queen’s Professor Dr. John Smol, “the Canadian electorate received a ruling that is not balanced or defensible…” To read the letter click here. To listen to the episode in its entirety click here.

During the week of June 16, Alternative Frequency featured content from Kingston Pride celebrations, federal cuts to refugee healthcare, and the Research Assistant unionization campaign at Queen’s University. A portion of our conversation with Patty, who came out in Kingston close to thirty years ago and marched in one of the community’s first Pride Parades, was featured on GroundWire, a Canada-wide alternative news show.

During the week of June 23, Alternative Frequency covered Kingston’s National Aboriginal Day event and the City of Kingston’s Transportation Master plan. National Aboriginal Day featured music and dance from Cris Derksen and Sarain Carson Fox that focused on the lack of a federal inquiry into the hundreds of missing and murdered First Nations women in Canada. The transportation plan emphasizes increasing accessibility and availability of public and active transportation.

We also heard from Maggie McLaren, the Executive Director of Dawn House Women’s Shelter. She emphasizes that while Dawn House does not, in theory, object to the housing-first strategy; rather, the Shelter has concerns about the way the strategy is being implemented in Kingston. The City will withdraw funding to the Shelter in summer 2015 in favour of funding the creation of 68 housing units. Proponents of keeping the Shelter, including McLaren, are concerned for shelter-users with the loss of a women-and-children-only shelter, and point to potential problems that could arise by sending one or two support workers into the 68 units – effectively taking the service out of the workplace and into the residents’ homes.

During the week of July 1, Alternative Frequency featured organizers and vendors at the Memorial Centre Farmer’s Market and began coverage of sustainability in Kingston. The City aims to be “Canada’s Most Sustainable City.” We spoke to Aaron Ball, Sustainability Manager at Queen’s University; Daniel Shipp, Sustainable Initiatives Coordiantor with the City; and Katie Hall and Brooke Gilmour of Sustainable Kingston and Hearthmakers Energy Cooperative, respectively. The two organizations are currently collaborating to implement a program that would encourage and enable local businesses to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. They emphasized that many GHG reduction programs target residential areas, not the business community, which, says Gilmour, accounts for 51% of emissions in Kingston. Click here to learn about the City of Kingston’s newly released Climate Action Plan.

Join the News Collective!

If you’re frustrated with the media around you, join the Alternative Frequency News Collective to make your own! We provide in-depth coverage of local events, perspectives and stories largely uncovered by mainstream sources. There are a host of benefits to becoming involved in CFRC; you can broadcast live right here on 101.9fm, participate in field recordings and remote broadcasts, assist in CFRC’s marketing, advertising and outreach portfolios, and conduct interviews with community members, public figures and more.

This summer, CFRC will also replace its existing on-air console, which is analog, with a new, state of the art digital console. Become a volunteer to learn the most to date practices and skills in broadcasting! How and how often you contribute to Alternative Frequency is up to you. You don’t have to produce a whole episode to contribute in a meaningful way. Participating could include tipping us off to an issue or event, pitching an idea for a feature length story, conducting interviews and gathering audio footage at a community event, editing and mixing audio in the final stages of production.

Drop by CFRC in Lower Carruthers Hall on Queen’s campus, just south of the Queen’s campus bookstore. You can also call our office at 613 650-2121, or email CFRC’s News Coordinator, Brenna Owen, at

Listen to past episodes of Alternative Frequency here!

Interview with Jan Allen on Art Freak

Jan AllenAs director of the Agnes Etherington Arts Centre, Jan Allen’s job is to manage a large and significant art collection, located in the heart of Queen’s University campus. Built over the past half-century through purchase and donation, the ‘Agnes’ currently numbers some 15,000 objects, and is broadest and most diverse among Canadian university art galleries. Tune into Art Freak July 1st at 4pm to hear Kingston Arts Council’s Art Journalist Anita Jansman in conversation with Jan Allen.

Community Art series wrap up on Art Freak, interview featuring Kim Renders

Kim RendersTune in Tuesday at 4pm to hear the 7th and final episode in the summer Community Art series on CFRC. This interview will feature local theatre artist Kim Renders, speaking about her project with inmates from Joyceville penitentiary. The artist talks about her initial involvement with Community Art, the challenges of collaborative art work and the rewards of working with non-artists.

An archive of all 7 Community Art episodes can be accessed through the Cultural Animator website, which also contains information about resources and funding for Community Art projects.

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