Media Mornings: Fri, Sept 14

On this edition of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5FM:

Kinnie Starr in a Toronto recording studio preparing her upcoming album. Photo by David P. Ball
  • Interview with Kinnie Starr — award-winning musician, rapper and producer. A member of the Beat Nation Live collective, she’s been nominated for a prestigious Juno award, and won another Juno for one of the albums she has produced. This fall, Kinnie is releasing her new album and Media Mornings is playing an exclusive track off the record, “Home is Everywhere.”
  • Interview with Stella August, a member of the Power of Women group at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, about tomorrow’s annual Women’s Housing March (Saturday, Sept. 15 – 1:30 pm outside Downtown Eastside Women’s Center at Cordova and Columbia, just west of Main St.)
  • Latin America report with Claudio Ekdahl: Interview with Raul Burbano (Common Frontiers) on World Social Forum, free trade and collective acts of resistance.
  • Music: Beirut (“Vagabond”, from The Rip Tide), Eekwol & Mils, featuring Stic.Man of Dead Prez (“The Guantlet”, from The List), Kinnie Starr (“Home is Everywhere”, unreleased), John Legen & The Roots – (“Our Generation (Hope of the World)”)

Today’s News Headlines:

  • TOP STORY: US ANTI-ISLAM FILM: At least four are dead in Yemen after police opened fire on a crowd storming the US embassy there, amidst rising anger at a US anti-Islam film. Meanwhile, demonstrators torches embassies in Sudan. Canada has closed several of its embassies temporarily. (Al-Jazeera)
  • VANCOUVER: AFFORDABLE HOUSING: A Vancouver mental health expert says substandard living conditions in the Downtown Eastside are inevitable when people with severe mental health and substance abuse problems are housed in buildings run by non-profits without adequate funding to provide critical supports. (Vancouver Sun).
  • LOCAL: SHARK FIN BAN: City council will debate a motion during its first fall meeting next week that could see Vancouver coordinate with two other municipalities to develop a regional ban on the sale of shark-fin products. (Georgia Straight).
  • LOCAL: TRANSLINK FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION: Recent police interference with distribution of the Fire This Time activist newspaper at SkyTrain stations adds a new blot to TransLink’s spotty record with regard to charter rights. Activist Thomas Davies says he and two fellow members of Vancouver’s Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice were assaulted by police while distributing their free newspaper. (Georgia Straight).
  • BC: UBC LAW COURSE CONTROVERSY: A new course about public access to justice at the University of British Columbia’s law school is raising controversy, as poverty law advocates question why former BC Attorney General Geoff Plant is teaching the course. Under Plant, extensive cutbacks Legal Aid in the province dramatically decreased poor people’s access to the justice system. Poverty lawyers also question another instructor, Art Vertlieb, who served as Commission Counsel for the beleaguered Missing Women Commission of Inquiry. (The Tyee).
  • BC: NORTHERN GATEWAY PIPELINE: A sit-in protest planned for Oct. 22 against the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline and tankers on the coast is expected to be the largest act of peaceful civil disobedience on the issue to date in Canada. (Vancouver Observer).
  • BC: GREENHOUSE GASES: The Sierra Club says B.C. is vastly under reporting is greenhouse gas emissions by not counting pollution from forest and fossil fuel exports.
  • CANADA: CANADA’S WAR ON TERROR: A national security court case in Toronto this week is part of a long effort to determine whether Egyptian-born Canadian citizen Mohamed Mahjoub represents a threat to Canada, but the case has become about the government itself, and its rationale for issuing security certificates against alleged terrorists with secret evidence and the exclusive ability of cabinet ministers to detain suspects indefinitely and without trial (Record).
  • CANADA: ABORIGINAL FUNDING CUTS: Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister John Duncan responded in Edmonton Tuesday to criticism over cuts to Aboriginal organizations, since they were dealt a blow to their core funding (APTN).
  • CANADA: NEW OMNIBUS BUDGET BILL: The Conservative government is preparing to table what’s expected to be another controversial budget implementation bill. It’s the government’s second such bill and is expected to include many contentious changes, including possibly selling-off government assets, and changing the Species at Risk Act (Ottawa Citizen).
  • USA: OMAR KHADR RETURN DELAYED: Ottawa is defending itself against accusations that the government has deliberately delayed the transfer of Omar Khadr, a child soldier captured in the US’ War on Terror, to Canadian custody to serve the remainder of his sentence, as agreed by both governments (Toronto Star).
  • SOUTH AFRICA: MINE STRIKE: The leader of a major protest by South African platinum miners has called for a national strike in the sector, deepening an industrial crisis that has escalated over the past few months, and spurred violence that left 34 people killed by police (Al-Jazeera).
  • INDIA: ANTI-NUCLEAR PROTESTS
    India’s Supreme Court has rejected a petition by anti-nuclear protesters to stop fuel being loaded into a new nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu state, after undreds of activists and locals formed a human chain in the sea near the Kudankulam plant yesterday (BBC).
  • RUSSIA: ANTI-GAY LAW VICTORY: The Russian gay rights group LGBT Network celebrated a Supreme Court decision to not classify gay pride parades and other public declarations of sexual preference as gay propaganda. A law against the public promotion of homosexuality and pedophilia has resulting in the prosecution of two men in St. Petersburg for displaying a poster reading ‘Being gay is normal’ on a street near a kindergarten. (RT)
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