Hear students discuss under-reported news on CJTR's Human Rights Radio

On July 5, 2013, a train carrying highly volatile oil exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic, causing the deaths of 47 people. Since the explosion in 2013, only dry goods trains have passed through Lac-Mégantic – but in 2016 dangerous-goods trains will once again roll through the town.

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An accredited Canadian parliamentary news site, Blacklock’s Reporter, was banned from being accessed by public employees from August 22, 2014 until Sept. 9, 2014. Blacklock’s Reporter obtained documents under the Access to Information Act confirming a government-wide blackout was enforced by Shared Services Canada, the department in charge of government IT services.

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 On Jan. 22, 2015, a 4.4 magnitude earthquake occurred near Fox Creek, Alta., after a swarm of tremors already caused concerns about the hydraulic fracturing of the province’s Duvernay shale. On Jan. 29, Andrew Nikiforuk, award-winning journalist for the independent online magazine The Tyee, wrote an in-depth analysis on the Fox Creek tremor.

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In June 2014, Sobeys purchased 213 Safeway Canada stores, and shortly after announced plans to close approximately 50 of them. This has been covered thoroughly by the media. What has not been covered is the impact of the merger on union membership.

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In Jamaica, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender citizens – as well as people perceived to be LGBT – are taunted, fired from employment, thrown out of homes, stoned, beaten, raped and accused of breaking, “buggery laws,” according to a Human Rights Watch report, Jamaica: Unchecked Homophobic Violence, released in October 2014.

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In October 2014, the City of Fort Lauderdale passed an ordinance restricting people from giving free food to the homeless. Fort Lauderdale is just one of the many cities that have been implementing anti-homeless laws. In a survey of 180 U.S. cities, a third barred public “camping.”

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Stephen Harper and his Conservative government are quietly dismantling Canada’s public health care, according articles appearing in independent news sources such as Briarpatch, rabble.ca and iPolitics.

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On Oct. 31, 2014, at least 221 women and girls were raped in Tabit, Darfur, while the men of the village were driven to the outskirts of town, beaten and tied up by members of the Sudanese Army, according to a Human Rights Watch report.

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The federal government announced a tax break to the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry on Feb. 19 to push the development of export terminals in B.C. As Brent Patterson reported for rabble.ca, Canada ranks third in the world for most subsidies to the gas industry, just behind the United States and Luxembourg.

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper is attempting to use his clout as Prime Minister to have controversial Bill C-51 passed into law as soon as possible. Bill C-51’s broad and general language means just about anything the government takes an issue with, such as First Nations people protesting pipelines, could be considered a “threat to Canada.”

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It is significantly easier to become certified to work in a preschool or daycare setting than it is to be a school teacher in Saskatchewan. The minimum level of education required to work in a daycare setting requires an Early Childhood Education Level 1 certification.

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The National Energy Board (NEB) of Canada – a safety board tasked with deciding which pipelines will and will not be built – is refusing to consider several potentially damaging environmental impacts in its reviews, despite their stated goal to make “energy infrastructure the very safest it can be.”

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In 2006, Eric McDavid was sentenced to 20 years in prison for conspiring to bomb and burn several sites around California. Nine years later, on Jan. 10, 2015, he was released after it was revealed key evidence to support his claim of entrapment was withheld from his trial.

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To most Canadians, the history of African-Americans in Canada is that of the Underground Railroad or The Book of Negros, but that is not the whole history. Canadians had African-American slaves just like the U.S., and African-Americans face racism in Canada just as much as other groups.

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We often hear about the high price of food in the north, but we seldom hear about the income and employment gap that ensures Indigenous people suffer the most. A vast difference of income between Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents makes it more difficult for Indigenous people to cope with the high prices.

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Drug addiction in Portugal has decreased by 50 per cent 15 years after the country decriminalized the use of substances. To fight the drug problem, the country regularized the possession and consumption of substances like heroin, cocaine and marijuana.

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Over the past 15 years, Canadian mining companies have sometimes been accused of a litany of crimes, ranging from corruption charges to gruesome rapes and murders.

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When Canadians think of Canadian beer, a few names come to mind: Molson, Labatt, Kokanee, Alexander Keith's. However, over the past few years, Canada’s beer producers have increasingly been bought up by foreign business interests. Today, each of those mentioned is owned by non-Canadian companies.

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Unlike medical doctors, veterinarians are free to sell over-the-counter antibiotics to farmers, leaving no paper trail. This situation is contributing to antibiotic resistant bacteria that mutate each time an antibiotic is used. Animals consume 90 per cent of antimicrobials sold in Canada.

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Bangladesh’s government has introduced a new law titled “The Foreign Donations (Voluntary Activities) Regulation Act 2014” (FDRA). The new Act is likely to tighten the restriction on NGOs severely, affecting freedom of association and expression of NGOs operating in Bangladesh, sources say.

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A new policy for broadcast media in Bangladesh is raising questions about controls on free expression. The new policy prohibits broadcast outlets from disseminating any news, photos, or videos that could tarnish the image of law enforcement agencies and armed forces.

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Twenty-five years ago the Canadian House of Commons prioritized the plan to eradicate child poverty by the year 2000. 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the decision and the nation is no way near closer.

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In July 2014, the Canadian government passed Bill C- 27 (formerly C-575), the First Nations Financial Transparency Act (FNFTA). It require that 582 First Nations, defined as an Indian band, under the Indian Act make their audited financial statements and information about salaries and expenses of chiefs and councils available to members, as well publish it on a website and government website.

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On February 12, 2015, Alternet’s Kali Holloway published an article on the recent deaths of transgender women of colour, and the mainstream media’s silence on the issue. Despite activists protesting this issue, violence against transgender women of colour is often widely underreported.

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On December 12 and 13, 2014, a video surfaced of a UN soldier firing a handgun towards protestors in Haiti. Exactly a month later, Kathie Klarreich of 100Reporters published an article detailing the violence and exploitation of United Nations forces against Haitian citizens.

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Recently Canadian provincial governments have begun allowing lower-paid Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to replace Registered Nurses (RNs) in hospitals. RNs argue that LPNs have less training, and fear this may represent lowered healthcare standards.

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About this project

“Project Censored is one of the organizations that we should listen to, to be assured that our newspapers and our broadcasting outlets are practicing thorough and ethical journalism.”
—Walter Cronkite

The School of Journalism's Top 25 Under-Reported Stories was developed in partnership with Project Censored. Project Censored was founded in 1976 as part of a media literacy course in Sonoma, California. Today it is operated by the Media Freedom Foundation. Hundreds of students across the U.S. and around the world contribute information about under-reported stories. Every year, the Media Freedom Foundation picks 25 to publish in their annual book. Project Censored on the Web.