News Unplugged – Friday, Nov. 20
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News Unplugged – Friday, Nov. 20

Man sues Toronto police for $5M wrongful arrest

Toronto police officers are facing a $5 Million dollar lawsuit from Santokh Bola – a 21 year old, intellectually challenged man from Woodbridge, Ontario. On November 1st, Bola was in the parking lot of his family’s store, when Toronto police wrongly arrested him for an attempted burglary in the area. Video footage of the incident shows several police officers with drawn guns violently beating Bola to the ground, despite his pleads of innocence. As a result, Bola has suffered physically and mentally in the aftermath of the attack, and his family hopes to find justice.


Paris attacks leader, Abdelhamid Abaaoud killed in raid

Last Wednesday, alleged ringleader of Paris attacks, Abaaoud was killed in a French police raid in Paris suburb, Saint Denis. Since the terrorist attacks last Friday that left 129 citizens dead, French President, Hollande has taken severe measures to combat Islamic State terrorists, and has extended France’s state of emergency for an additional three months from November 26th.


Islamophobia rampant in Toronto

Over the past week, there has been a spike in Islamophobic hate crimes committed in the GTA as a result of public outcry over the Paris attacks. In the most recent incident, two Muslim women were verbally assaulted on a TTC train at Shelbourne Station. Three individuals on board the train made Islamophobic slurs against the Muslim women, and allegedly, pushed one of them. Meanwhile, Islamophobic graffiti has been found on a GO train on the Lakeshore corridor in one of its bathrooms. In addition, last Monday a Muslim mother was beaten and robbed by two men after dropping off her children at Flemington Park, public school in North York. Spokespeople from both the TTC and GO Transit have made statements that the crimes do not reflect the beliefs of their organizations in any way.


Ex-Subway spokesman jailed for child pornography

Yesterday morning, former subway spokesman, Jared Fogle was sentenced to 15 years in prison for child pornography and sex charges. In testifying for the defense of Fogle at the hearing, psychiatrist, John Bradford claimed that Fogle’s “hypersexuality” was a direct result of rapid weight loss, as the spokesman is most well known for losing weight on a diet that included Subway sandwiches. Subway has since fired Fogle, and he has already begun to pay the $1.4 million in restitution to his 14 victims.


Palestinian attacks in Israel and West Bank kill five

On Thursday, two attacks in Israel and the West Bank have resulted in 5 deaths. In the first attack, two Israelis died in a stabbing by a Palestinian man outside of a synagogue in Tel Aviv. Later that day, an attacker opened fire from their car in a Jewish settlement, crashing into several civilians, and resulting in the deaths of another Israeli, as well as an 18 year old Jewish American tourist and a Palestinian. Terrorist organization, Hamas has taken to twitter to praise the attackers for their actions, fueling the hate-filled crime. Israeli prime minister, Netanyahu has vowed to punish the terrorists by stating “There is no immunity for terrorists: We will hold them to account, we will exact a price from their families, we will destroy their homes, and we will cancel their citizenship.”

Alt/Indie Wednesday’s – Halloween Edition

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Alt/Indie Wednesday’s – Halloween Edition

Good Morning Everyone,

This morning we counted down the top 5 male costumes of 2015 and the top 5 female costumes of 2015. First, we started off with the male costumes ranked from first to last;

  1. Cats
  2. Minion Dave
  3. Scooby Doo
  4. Maverick from Top Gun
  5. Ninja Turtle Onsies
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Next we counted down the top 5 female costumes of 2015, and coming in at number one was the minions. Here is the full list;

  1. Minions
  2. Cops
  3. Superhero
  4. Bunnies
  5. Cats

I hope everyone enjoyed the costume countdown and has a great halloween. If you have any creative halloween costume ideas for a student budget send your ideas into @RadioLaurier on twitter. Don’t forget to tune in every Wednesday and hear your favourite tunes.


Alt/Indie on Wednesday’s Morning Show

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Alt/Indie on Wednesday’s Morning Show

Good Evening everyone, to all those looking to start their days right tomorrow morning be sure to tune in to Radio Laurier at 9 am. It will be my second show of the year where I will be mixing it up with some great Alternative and Indie hits for the first hour of the show. Also, I will be discussing the Cold War Kids tour, as they just did an amazing show in Toronto at the Danforth Music Hall.

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During the second half of the show I will be taking requests via twitter, so be sure to send your tweets in with your favourite songs that you would like to hear to get you through the morning and that midterm grind, as we all know most of you Laurier students are in the heart of midterm season.


Red Hot Weather and A Tribe Called Red
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Red Hot Weather and A Tribe Called Red

As summer is wrapping up, today marks one of the last days for sweltering heat in the Waterloo and Guelph region since showers and cooler temperatures are moving in tomorrow. So make the best of summer while you still got it! Hopefully you’ve crossed some things off your “Summer 2015” bucket list. Perhaps you went to one of the many music festivals that happened this summer such as Boots & Hearts, Veld, OVO Fest, or even Osheaga?


Some music festivals this year had some controversies regarding shootings or banned attire. In fact, this year Montreal’s Osheaga Music and Arts Festival had a zero tolerance for the cultural appropriation of First Nations headdresses. On their website beneath the customary rules and regulations there is a complete list of items banned from the festival ideas, including laser pointers, fireworks, selfie sticks and this year traditional First Nations headdresses was finally added to the list. I had talked about this topic in the past, but this time I’m writing not about the cultural appropriation but rather focus on First Nations culture and how to enjoy and respect their culture under the right circumstances. Specifically, for this Wednesday I played the song ‘Electric Pow Wow Drum’ by A Tribe Called Red. This beat is hot much like today’s weather! A tribe Called Red is an electronic music group from Ottawa, Canada! They effortlessly blend traditional First Nations sounds of vocal chanting and drumming with other sounds like hip hop, reggae and dubstep. If you haven’t heard of them, I recommended adding them to your summer playlist this year!

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Today on ‘The Morning Show,’ DJ Deej went in with all WayHome Talks n Tunes. The music and arts festival is in its first year, and begins officially this Friday, July 24th. There are over 50 artists drafted to perform, hailing from all different genres. Neil Young is headlining on Friday, Kendrick Lamar on Saturday, and Sam Smith on Sunday. There will also be sets by Hozier, alt-J, Modest Mouse, July Talk, and Vance Joy, to name a few.  Aside from these artists, Deej discussed other attractions and information concerning the event that is descending on the small town of Oro-Medonte, Ontario, and played music from 18 of the artists on the roster. Whether you’re into art, music, or food, this festival provides something for everyone to enjoy. For  more information, or to secure a wristband, visit:

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DJ Deej’s festival 8tracks playlist:

Songs played this morning:

1) Breezeblocks – alt-J

2) Old Man – Neil Young

3) Lay Me Down (Remix) – Sam Smith ft. John Legend

4) From Afar – Vance Joy

5) Party Police – Alvvays

6) Make You Better – The Decemberists

7) Sleepyhead – Passion Pit

8) Guns and Ammunition – July Talk

9) Float On – Modest Mouse

10) Runners in the Night – The Rural Alberta Advantage

11) Take Me to Church – Hozier

12) Black to Gold – Dear Rouge

13) Continental Shelf – Viet Cong

14) I Don’t Know – The Sheepdogs

15) Different Colors – Walk The Moon

16) Double Pump – Girl Talk

17) White Lies – ODESZA ft. Jenni Potts (Filip Flip)

18) You & Me – Bassnectar ft. W. Darling

GET ON UP, and tune in next Monday the 27th at 10:00 a.m. for a follow-up on the festival, and updates on all of the festivals coming up on the August Long Weekend.


News Unplugged March 12 2015

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News Unplugged March 12 2015

Jurors get record to make ground breaking decision

The Canadian government is planning to give juries an increased role in deciding whether Parole will be available to convicted Murderers.

Currently, people convicted of First-degree murder can apply for parole after 22 years in jail, however the changes would mean “essentially that they will take their last breath behind bars” Justice Minister Peter MacKay said.

The Jury would have to decide whether a killing was designated as “brutal” although there is no definition or criteria for brutal, suggesting that it would be up to the Juries’ judgment.

Canadian Government calls for deportation of alleged Terrorist

The Canadian Government is attempting to deport a Pakistani National who is currently under arrest on suspicion of plotting terror attacks on the US consulate in Toronto.

Jahanzeb Malik, 33, is part of a strange legal case, where several allegations of planned Terrorist offences have been stated by the authorities; however no criminal charges have been filed.

The government has bid to deport the man to Pakistan, his original home, citing a security risk. This is not likely to be a quick or simple process however, as deportation cases can take months or years to process.

GO rail system to come to a halt in Niagara

The expansion of the GO rail system to the Niagara region is not a priority, according to a spokesman for Metrolinx, the company that runs the GO transit service.

The spokesman, Malon Edwards, stated “at this time” they did not have an immediate plan to expand the Niagara service.

He also mentioned that current funding was going towards improving services in core areas such as the GTA.

However, increased transportation funding for projects outside of the Toronto area could make such an expansion plan possible, as a 14 Billion dollar plan has been proposed by the Ontario Government over the next decade.

Ferguson Chief of Police to Step Down

The chief of Police, Thomas Jackson in Ferguson, Missouri has stepped down after a scathing review found that several officers in his force displayed racist tendencies through emails.

The move comes after months of calls for his resignation, not only from the public but from federal officials who were investigating the force.

He will officially leave his post on March 19th, to be replaced temporarily by Lieutenant Colonel Al Eichhoff, until the city council finds a replacement.

Thomas Jackson initially defended the officer who killed Michael Brown, although he was increasingly absent from public affairs once the public’s attention shifted to the Ferguson police force.

The release of the Justice Department’s report detailing the faults of the Department has caused several high-ranking local officials and authority figures to step down from their posts.