Maggie Hughes has died after a long struggle with multiple sclerosis. Maggie was an independent journalist and a tireless advocate for social justice, citizen activism and environmental sustainability. For 12 years she produced a weekly radio program on CFMU 93.3 FM called The Other Side that reported and examined news and events from a grassroots rather than an institutional perspective.
Her topics of interest
included the Alberta Oilsands, global warming, pollution, corporate
globalization, justice for First Nations communities, sustainability,
civil rights, the concentration of wealth, environmental destruction,
and government accountability. She published interviews with
scientists, activists and advocates to present more detailed
information and background that could not be found in the sound-bite
Just before her death, Maggie focused on the Enbridge
plan to run diluted bitumen through a 37 year old pipeline that passes
through Hamilton on its way east. On October 30, she published audio
recordings of the citizen delegations to the City's General Issues
Committee on the plan.
Maggie suffered from multiple sclerosis,
a degenerative inflammatory disease that attacks the nervous system and
leads to progressive physical and cognitive disability.
her disease and its unpredictable but increasingly debilitating
symptoms, Maggie continued single-handedly to publish detailed reports
on important issues, producing thousands of hours of audio and video
recordings from public meetings, protests, lectures and other events.
Tennant, program director at CFMU, writes about her dedication. "We
remember a woman who needed a motorized chair, yet hitched a ride on
the back of a motorcycle to gather news from Caledonia in 2006."
In her last email to me, Maggie expressed her deep frustration dealing with MS:
can tell you it is like living in a circus of constant change. Very
difficult. ... Be nice if I made some people understand that MS isn't
just about going lame, or having speech struggles. It is far more."
relentless dedication to social justice in Hamilton has long been a
major inspiration for me, not only through her willingness to get
involved but also as an example of what a difference one person can
make with determination and skill.
She will be deeply missed.
Published November 09, 2012 on RaiseTheHammer.org