Media Mornings: Wed, Sept 19

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

Oil sands project in Alberta (Garth Lenz).
  • Interview with Eriel Deranger (Athabasca Chipweyan First Nation) & Crystal Lameman (Beaver Lake First Nation), speakers from Friday’s upcoming event She Speaks: Indigenous Women Speak Out Against Tar Sands (Friday 6pm, Aboriginal Friendship Center – 1607 East Hastings St, corner Commercial)
  • Latin America report with Claudio Ekdahl – interview with Raul Burbano (Common Frontiers) on Cuban solidarity, jailed Cuban 5
  • Music by Dan Mangan (“Post-War Blues”), Metric (“Dreams So Real”), Marvin Gaye (“Mercy, mercy me”)

Today’s News Headlines

  • TOP STORY: US: ROMNEY PALESTINIAN COMMENTS At a $50,000-a-plate dinner with wealthy donors where Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said 47% of Americans think of themselves as government-dependent victims and said Palestinians “have no interest in peace” (National Post).
  • POLICE BRUTALITY ALLEGED: A Langley woman is suing Vancouver police, claiming officers in two unmarked police vehicles wrongfully boxed in her Cadillac Escalade, damaged it and attacked her. (The Province).
  • SHARK FIN BAN: Vancouver Counc. Kerry Jang introduced a motion at Vancouver city council to develop a regional shark-fin ban with its neighbours (Georgia Straight).
  • COAST GUARD CLOSURE: The closure of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station will create a “significant gap” for the safety of Vancouver residents and visitors, according to a report presented to city council yesterday (Georgia Straight).
  • GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST: Ten First Nations from British Columbia’s coast have formed a coalition and banned trophy bear hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest, though the province does not seem inclined to enforce it (Indian Country Today Media Network).
  • OIL SANDS PIPELINES: In a poll released today by Living Oceans Society, BC residents living along the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline route ranked pipeline and tanker issues virtually neck-and-neck with the economy as the most important issue facing the Province today and more important than health care (
  • INDIGENOUS SITE VANDALIZED: A rock drill, acid and a power washer were used by cultural vandals to destroy aboriginal pictograms and petroglyphs on a boulder in Alberta (Indian Country Today Media Network).
  • SEXUAL ASSAULTS: The Toronto police Sex Crimes Unit is investigating a number of sexual assaults that occurred yesterday (Toronto Star).
  • ELECTION FRAUD: Canada’s federal election watchdog is examining whether regulations are needed to control the use — and abuse — of the massive voter identification data banks assembled by political parties (Canadian Press).
  • ANTI-MASKED PROTEST BILL: A bill that would make it illegal to wear a mask during a demonstration deemed “violent” is nearing its final hurdle in the House of Commons (CBC News).
  • CLIMATE CHANGE: One of the world’s leading ice experts has predicted the final collapse of Arctic sea ice in summer months within four years (Guardian).
  • CHINA/JAPAN: TENSIONS MOUNT: Anti-Japan protests reignited across China on Tuesday, the sensitive anniversary marking Tokyo’s occupation of its giant neighbour, escalating a maritime dispute which has forced major Japanese firms to suspend business there (Vancouver Sun).
  • AFGHANISTAN: US AIRBASE ATTACKED: Taliban gunmen’s destruction of eight Harrier jets at a US base in Afghanistan on Friday, turns out to have been the US military’s worst air loss in one day since the Vietnam War (RT).
  • SOUTH AFRICA: MINERS STRIKE: Striking platinum miners in South Africa have accepted an agreement with Lonmin and plan to return to work on Thursday, all but ending five weeks of acrimony, bloodshed and tragedy (Guardian).
  • BASEBALL HOMOPHOBIA: Toronto Blue Jays infielder Yunel Escobar has been suspended for three games after an image was published online showing him with a homophobic slur written on his eye black (CTV).

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