CKUT, McGill University’s campus radio station, held its sixth annual Homelessness Marathon outside the Native Friendship Centre of Montreal February 20 to dramatize the plight of people with nowhere to go in the cold.
Designed as a consciousness-raising event, the marathon began at sundown and ended at 7 am. It provided an opportunity for homeless people and their advocates to discuss homelessness issues and possible solutions. Over 40 campus and community radio stations across Canada broadcast the marathon, which was also broadcast online.
As the marathon was not intended as a means of fund-raising, solicitations were not taken over the air.