Media Mornings: Mon, Oct 1

On this edition of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5FM, we discuss housing affordability, victory for the Musqueam nation blockade, Omar Khadr’s return, and the Venezuela elections:

Cecilia Point (left) and Mary Point at the Musqueam blockade. Photo by David P. Ball
  • Hosted by Jane Bouey
  • Interview with Andy Longhurst (Urban geographer and host/producer of The City radio show & podcast) about the recommendations of the  Mayor’s “Housing Affordability Task Force.”
  • Interview with Cecilia Point (Musqueam nation blockade spokesperson) about the Province’s decision to not allow proposed condo development desecrating the sacred ancestral village and burial site of Cusnaum.
  • Audio clips from a Sept. 19 public forum on child-soldier turned Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr, who was returned to Canada over the weekend.
  • Interview with Camilo Cahis (Hands Off Venezuela Canada) about the Venezuela elections, interviewed by Media Mornings’ Latin America Report host Claudio Eckdahl.

Today’s News Headlines

  • BC LIQUOR PRIVATIZATION: The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union and the provincial government have reached a tentative labour deal that kills plans to privatize the Liquor Distribution Branch. (Victoria Times-Colonist)
  • TAINTED ALBERTA BEEF: More recalls of tainted beef from an Alberta meat packing plant may be on the way, as food-safety officials are trying to explain why it took so long to shut down the plant at the centre of Canada’s latest E. coli scare. (CP)
  • OMAR KHADR RETURNS: Omar Khadr is finally back home in Canada for the first time in over a decade. As a 15-year old child soldier, Khadr was involved in a deadly fire-fight with U.S. troops during the invasion of Afghanistan in July 2002. Taken to the U.S. enclave of Guantanamo Bay, he was shackled in stress positions, threatened with rape and deprived of sleep during some of his years in custody. (Globe&Mail, CP)
  • ITALY AUSTERITY PROTESTS: Two of Italy’s biggest unions marched through Rome on Friday to protest against Prime Minister Mario Monti’s continuing public spending cuts. (MorningStar)
  • EUROPE-WIDE ANTI-AUSTERITY: In recent weeks, virtually every major city across the continent has seen anti-austerity strikes and protests. Last week saw a general strike in Greece, massive rallies by the indignados in Spain, public transport strikes in Portugal and Spain, and protests and strikes by aluminium, steel and public-sector workers in Italy. Yesterday mass demonstrations were held in France, calling for a referendum over the EU Fiscal Compact, better known as the “permanent austerity” treaty. (RevoltingEurope)
  • AFGHANISTAN WAR DEATHS: U.S. military deaths in the Afghan war have officially reached 2,000. According to the UN, 13,431 civilians were killed in the Afghan conflict between 2007, when the UN began keeping statistics, and the end of August. Going back to the U.S.-led invasion in 2001, most estimates put the number of Afghan civilian deaths in the war at more than 20,000. (iCasualties)
  • UK WHITE SUPREMACIST PROTEST: British police dispersed a crowd of 1,000 and arrested 28 supporters of the far-right English Defense League who were protesting against “militant Islam” on Sunday. RT News reports that the demonstration turned violent when neo-fascists attacked the police. (RT)
  • US ELECTION FRAUD: Voting machines used by as many as a quarter of American voters heading to the polls in 2012 can be hacked with just $10.50 in parts and an 8th grade science education, according to computer science and security experts. The experts say the newly developed hack could change voting results while leaving absolutely no trace of the manipulation behind. (Salon)
  • CALIFORNIA STUDENT PROTESTS: California students who were pepper-sprayed by a campus cop last year will receive compensation. During a peaceful sit-in against tuition fee increases last November, protesters at the University of California, Davis, were attacked by an officer who discharged military-grade pepper-spray in their faces. (RT)
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