The ongoing power struggle at CKLN has gone from bad to worse. Last time we reported problems at the Ryerson-based community radio station, the board had unilaterally dismissed many long-time volunteers and taken the extraordinary measure of hiring security to keep them out.
That's nothing compared to the current situation. Since the end of February, tapes of old shows have been playing and locks have been changed to keep pretty much everyone out. Police have been called in and charges laid (and then dropped, in some cases). Seems like no one knows who's in charge any more.
There are now rumours that Ryerson's Student Union may pull the plug on the troubled station.
"It saddens me to think we're on the brink of losing it all," says DJ David James (not to be confused with Daibhid James, one of those arrested). "The people at the forefront of the conflict need to think about the bigger picture and what could be lost.
"At this point, everyone fighting has forgotten about the [community radio] movement and what CKLN is all about. For CKLN to survive, people need to give up their grievances in order to support a cause greater than themselves."