These services were voted in by students, for students, and for the most part are run by students. In threatening the stability of these services, the Ford government is ignoring the democratic means through which these services came to be.

The event, which took place on Feb. 13, featured a number of distinguished speakers from the world of radio and podcasting—Nora Young from CBC’s Spark, Katie Jensen from CANADALAND and Weird Canada, Kevin Perkins from Farm Radio International, and Piya Chattopadhyay from CBC Radio, who hosted the panel discussion.

World Radio Day, which takes place on Feb. 13 and began in 2012, was created by UNESCO to celebrate radio and its important place in our society. The Canadian Commission for UNESCO is teaming up with FRI to host BOOM BOX, a live webcast taking place on World Radio Day and broadcasting out of the McMillan Agency’s studio in Ottawa’s ByWard Market.