On Saturday, August 21, 2010, and Sunday, August 22, 2010, Victoria and Mid Island Independent Community Television (ICTV) had its debut on Channel 11 in Victoria and Saltspring Island and on Channel 4 in Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville, and Port Alberni. ICTV’s first program was Shout Out for Global Justice, a documentary about a live event organized by the Council of Canadians in Massey Hall, Toronto, to put forward a People-First Vision to confront The Corporate Agenda. Featured speakers included Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians, Leo Gerard of the Steelworkers, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, and author Naomi Klein.
The Massey Hall event took place on the eve of huge demonstrations against the G20, which resulted in the largest mass arrest in Canadian history and an overwhelming display of state and police abuse of power. Shout Out for Global Justice explores the reasons why 25,000 people marched in the streets of Toronto on June 26, 2010. These protests by thousands of Canadian citizens and leading activists from around the world were documented by ICTV organizer Paul Manly as part of a project developed for Smart Change, a new networking and movement building organization.
ICTV is sending Shout Out for Global Justice to community organizations and activists across Canada to take to their local community access cable TV stations as part of a Cable Access Coalition project. The aim is to build a progressive movement for change from coast to coast to coast. Here in Nanaimo, Manly is working toward creating a community television society, recruiting volunteers and raising funds to provide regular programming on our local community access cable stations. ICTV programming will cover social justice and environmental issues in depth. To take part in this important initiative, call Paul Manly at 250-754-9254 or 250-729-1254.