Media Mornings: Thu, Oct 11

On this edition of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5FM, we’re talking to authors Shauna Singh Baldwin and Leanne Simpson about their most recent books.

  • Interview with Shauna Singh Baldwin – whose books What the Body Remembers and The Tiger Claw won the Commonwealth Writers and Giller Prizes respectively – about her new novel, Selector of Souls.
  • Interview with the Georgia Straight reporter Yolande Cole, about current events in Vancouver and the province.
  • Music: MIA (“Bad Girls”), Kinnie Starr (“Go Go See It”), The Zolas (” No Talking”), PJ Harvey (“The Words That Maketh Murder”)
  • Media Mornings’ own Latin America Report with Alfonso Osorio, plus correspondents around the world and across the country.

Today’s News Headlines

  • TOP STORY: ALBERTA TAINTED BEEF: The union representing workers at XL Foods, at the centre of a massive recall over concerns of tainted beef products, says conditions inside the Brooks, Alta., meat-packing plant are still not safe (CTV).
  • LOCAL: RENT BANK: A program designed to help renters during temporary financial crises that threaten to put them out of their home was officially launched in Vancouver yesterday (Georgia Straight).
  • LOCAL: SEXUAL HARASSMENT: A legal battle between tenant Noemi MacGarvie and her former landlord John Friedmann is heading to BC’s supreme court, over allegations of sexual harassment and whether it constitutes sex discrimination (Georgia Straight).
  • LOCAL: OIL SPILL PROTEST: Opponents of two major oil-pipelines held a rally at a B.C. Chamber of Commerce event in Vancouver yesterday (Georgia Straight).
  • BC: ENBRIDGE PIPELINE HEARINGS: Also in oilsands pipeline news, lawyers for BC’s government are grilling Enbridge experts for the second day at environmental assessment hearings in Prince George (CP).
  • BC: CHINESE TEMPORARY COAL WORKERS: The first of a group of 200 temporary Chinese workers approved by the federal government will start arriving in B.C. in coming weeks to work in the burgeoning northeast coal industry (Vancouver Sun).
  • ALBERTA/SOUTH AFRICA: APARTHEID PSYCHAITRIST CHARGED: An Alberta psychiatrist accused of human rights abuses in apartheid South Africa for his electric shock so-called homosexuality “cures”, stood trial in Calgary yesterday for allegedly sexually abusing male patients (Guardian).
  • OTTAWA: PRISON BIRTH: A group that advocates on behalf of women in the justice system is shocked after a Cornwall, Ont., woman allegedly gave birth without a doctor present while in a segregation cell at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (CBC).
  • CANADA: UN SLAMS CRIME BILL: The federal government’s tough-on-crime agenda is “excessively punitive” for youth and is a step backwards for Canada’s child rights record, says a United Nations group (CP).
  • ECUADOR/USA: CHEVRON LOSES LEGAL APPEAL: Oil giant Chevron has lost a US Supreme Court bid to block an $18.2bn judgement against it in Ecuador in a case over pollution in the Amazon jungle (Al Jazeera).
  • PHILIPPINES: REBEL PEACE DEAL: The Philippine government and Muslim rebels have agreed to a preliminary peace deal for the country’s troubled south, President Benigno Aquino has announced, signalling an end to a 40-year conflict (Al Jazeera).
  • SYRIA/JORDAN: US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has confirmed that US troops have been dispatched to the Jordan-Syrian border to help bolster the former’s military capabilities in case violence escalates in the volatile region (RT).
  • TURKEY/SYRIA: CONFLICT GROWS: Turkey warned Syria that it could use greater military force if it continues to face bombardment (Euronews).
  • IRAN/USA/ISRAEL: STRIKE PLANNED: The United States and Israel are already involved in discussions over conducting a joint surgical strike on Iranian nuclear facilities, a source close to the talks told Foreign Policy magazine (RT).
  • PAKISTAN: TEENAGE ACTIVIST SHOOTING: Schools shut their doors in protest and Pakistanis across the country held vigils Wednesday to pray for a 14-year-old girl who was shot by a Taliban gunman after daring to advocate education for girls and criticize the militant group (Toronto Star).
  • MOROCCO: ABORTION SHIP BLOCKED: The Moroccan navy has blocked the port of Smir in which a controversial Dutch “abortion ship” was due to dock (Al Jazeera).
  • NIGERIA: CIVILIAN DEATHS: The Nigerian army has denied its soldiers killed 35 people in the northern city of Maiduguri on Monday (Al Jazeera).
  • NETHERLANDS/NIGERIA: SHELL CHARGED: Oil giant Shell is due to appear in court in the Netherlands to face charges of polluting Nigerian villages (BBC).
  • GREECE: ANTI-FASCISTS TORTURED: Fifteen anti-fascist protesters arrested in Athens, Greece during a clash with supporters of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn have said they were tortured by police and subjected to Abu Ghraib-style humiliation (Guardian).
  • RUSSIA: PUSSY RIOT APPEAL: A Moscow court overturned the original ruling and released one member of the Russian band Pussy Riot on probation (RT).

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