Media Mornings: Fri, Oct 5

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

  • Interview with Karl Nerenberg,‘s Parliament Hill correspondent, on the tainted beef recall scandal.
  • Music: Rae Spoon (“Crash Landing”), Mirah (“The World Is Falling”), Randy Bachman & D.O.A. (“Get Mad”)

Today’s News Headlines

  • VANCOUVER HOMELESSNESS SURVEY: Nearly one in four Metro Vancouver residents say they know someone who is currently homeless or has been within the last five years, according to an Angus Reid survey (Georgia Straight).
  • BC UNIVERSITIES STRIKE: Picket lines are coming to the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, says the union representing support workers on their campuses (Georgia Straight).
  • VICTORIA ECO-DEFENCE FUND: A Victoria environmental group is starting a fund to help activists facing potential legal costs from Oct. 22’s “Defend the Coast” civil disobedience actions (The Tyee).
  • BC ELECTION LAW CHALLENGE: B.C.’s so-called gag law on pre-election advertising is unconstitutional, the province’s top court said yesterday (Times-Colonist).
  • BC INFORMATION COMMISSIONER: The provincial government is mounting a constitutional challenge against the powers of the B.C. information commissioner (The Tyee).
  • BC FERRIES FEE INCREASES: April Fools Day 2013 will see another 4 percent increase in BC Ferry rates. Fares have gone up by 47 percent since 2003 on major routes, and by 80 percent on the minor and northern routes. Over the same period B.C.’s consumer price index went up by just 14 percent (The Tyee).
  • ALBERTA TAINTED BEEF SCANDAL: There was a delay in getting data on tainted beef from the Alberta slaughterhouse at the centre of the largest beef recall in Canadian history (Globe & Mail).
  • MARINE CENTRE CLOSURE: The decision by the federal government to close the marine communications and traffic-service centre that monitors vessel traffic in the Port of Vancouver will come at a heavy cost, warns the union representing the coast guard’s marine communications officers (Province).
  • CHICAGO TEACHER STRIKE: Chicago’s public school teachers overwhelmingly approved a contract agreement in a vote taken earlier this week (Toronto Star).
  • CLIMATE CHANGE COSTS: A new scientific report indicates that climate change is already inflicting serious damage on the global economy and taking human lives (Guardian).
  • KYRGYZSTAN CANADIAN MINING CLASHES: A Canadian mining company was at the centre of violent clashes yesterday in the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan (Huffington Post).
  • IRAN: LABOUR UNREST: Iranian workers have submitted a 10,000-name petition to the country’s labour minister, demanding higher wages (Globe & Mail).
  • INDONESIA: FACTORY WORKER STRIKE: Nearly 3 million Indonesian factory workers downed tools for a one-day strike yesterday to protest against low wages and outsourcing of jobs (MorningStar).
  • BOLIVIA: CANADIAN MINE NATIONALIZED: Bolivia ruled out paying compensation to South American Silver (SAS) on Wednesday, two months after its leftist government nationalized a mine operated by the Canadian firm (Globe & Mail).

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