Media Mornings: Tue, Oct 16

On this edition of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5FM, we explore bullying, violence and misogyny in the school system and society, plus continued discussion of freedom of expression and police accountability.

Battered Women’s Support Services youth facilitators Nat Shivji, Tijash Ramirez & Rona Amiri
  • Co-hosts: David P. Ball and Angela Marie MacDougall
  • Interview with Cameron Ward (A. Cameron Ward & Company Barristers and Solicitors), representing 25 families at the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry and a veteran police accountability advocate.
  • Interview with Tijash Ramirez & Rona Amiri (youth facilitators, Battered Women’s Support Services) about bullying, violence and misogyny in the wake of Amanda Todd’s suicide.
  • Media Mornings’ Latin America Report with Alfonso Osorio.
  • Music: Brasstronaut (“Bounce”), The Mountain Goats (“Amy aka Spent Gladiator”), Ani Difranco (“Amendment”)

Today’s News Headlines

  • TOP STORY: ONTARIO PREMIER RESIGNS: Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has resigned after nine years in office, telling an emergency caucus meeting at Queen’s Park on Monday evening that it is time for a new Liberal leader (National Post).
  • LOCAL: TASER DEATH ANNIVERSARY: Vancouver marked the 5th anniversary of the RCMPs’ killing of Robert Dziekanski yesterday, with activists dropping a banner beside the Vancouver Police Department on Main Street at Hastings (Vancouver Media Co-op).
  • LOCAL: SUZANNE ANTON PROVINCIAL RUN: Suzanne Anton wants to be the next MLA for Vancouver-Quilchena. The former Non-Partisan Association mayoral candidate announced yesterday that she will run for the B.C. Liberal nomination (Georgia Straight).
  • BC: IRON DUMPING VIOLATION: A controversial American businessman dumped around 100 tonnes of iron sulphate into the Pacific Ocean off BC as part of a geoengineering scheme (Guardian).
  • TORONTO: ASHLEY SMITH CUSTODY DEATH: Federal correctional authorities are trying to stop public disclosure of videos and documents during a fight over the scope of an Ontario inquest into the prison death of a deeply troubled teen five years ago (CP).
  • CANADA/CHINA TRADE DEAL OPPOSED: A Canada-China investment treaty, the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA), could hamstring BC from negotiating a greater share of profits and creating regulations related to the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline for the next 15 years once it comes into effect at the end of this month (Vancouver Observer).
  • CANADA: AMANDA TODD ANONYMOUS: The story of 15-year old suicide victim Amanda Todd took another twist yesterday as the internet hacking and activist group Anonymous named a man the group says was the girl’s primary tormentor (CBC).
  • CANADA: BULLYING LEGISLATION: Meanwhile, in Ottawa, MPs kicked off debate yesterday morning on a proposed national anti-bullying strategy (CBC).
  • CANADA: ANTI-TERRORISM LAW RENEWAL: Parliament began debate yesterday on two anti-terrorism provisions that expired five years ago (CBC).
  • CANADA: SUPER-UNION APPROVED: In a historic move, Canada’s newest and largest private sector union would go beyond organizing workplaces and begin recruiting students, seniors, the unemployed and anyone who shares its social and economic goals (Toronto Star).
  • USA: SEPTEMBER 11 TRIALS UNDER FIRE: As legal proceedings move forward for five Guantanamo Bay prisoners charged with roles in the September 11 terrorist attacks, the US government wants the court to censor their testimonies in a move civil liberties lawyers condemn as “chilling” (RT).
  • PHILIPPINES: REBEL-GOVERNMENT TRUCE: The leader of the Philippines’ main opposition fighters has arrived in the, capital Manila, to sign a peace accord with the government (Al Jazeera).
  • SOUTH AFRICA: MINE PROTEST ARRESTS: South African police have arrested 90 people. The miners were from the Gold Fields KDC Kloof mine (Al Jazeera).
  • NIGERIA: SHELL CHARGED: Shell broke the law by not repairing leaks that destroyed the lands of Niger Delta farmers, a Dutch court heard in a case that could set a precedent for global environmental responsibility (Al Jazeera).
  • PALESTINE/ISRAEL: OLIVE TREES UPROOTED: Hundreds of olive trees have been uprooted, burned or cut down by extremist settlers since the annual harvest got under way in the West Bank this month, prompting calls for the Israeli authorities to protect Palestinian farmers and their property (Guardian).
  • ECONOMY: GLOBAL ANTI-AUSTERITY PROTESTS: Rallies were held in dozens of cities on Saturday under the banner of “Global Noise,” a worldwide day of protest against austerity and inequality (Democracy Now).
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