Media Mornings: Thu, Oct 18

On this edition of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5FM, we talk to two environmental veterans — David Suzuki and Rex Weyler — about whether our economy is compatible with environmental change.

David Suzuki speaks about economy and ecology at Occupy Vancouver one year ago. Photo by David P. Ball
  • Interview with David Suzuki, renowned Canadian scientist, author and award-winning broadcaster of CBC’s The Nature of Things. [Interview transcript published on rabble.ca].

Audio Clip: David Suzuki & Rex Weyler interview:

  • Interview with Charlie Smith, editor of the Georgia Straight newspaper, about current events in Vancouver and the province.
  • Media Mornings’ own Latin America Report with Alfonso Osorio, on events around the region.

Today’s News Headlines

  • LOCAL: CONDO CONTROVERSY
    A development proposal for a site in East Vancouver is drawing some community opposition as the project goes before a public hearing this week (Georgia Straight).
  • VICTORIA: DEFEND OUR COASTS
    Juno-winning Vancouver musician Dan Mangan has joined other artists and celebrities in endorsing a Defend Our Coast protest planned for Monday in Victoria.
  • BC: TEACHER CONTRACTS
    Premier Christy Clark has launched a review of how the province’s bargaining process with B.C. teachers works, saying she hopes the two parties will eventually sign a ten-year contract (Georgia Straight).
  • ALBERTA: SHELL OILSANDS
    Shell Canada has failed in an attempt to use the federal government’s new environmental assessment rules to try to bar Greenpeace from hearings on the company’s proposed Jackpine oilsands mine in northern Alberta (CP).
  • ALBERTA: BEEF RECALL WORKERS
    Workers at an Alberta plant at the centre of a massive beef recall and E. coli scare have been laid off again as food safety officials review whether the facility can reopen (CP).
  • CANADA: CHINA DEAL UNCONSTITUTIONAL
    With two weeks remaining before the controversial Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act (FIPPA) is ratified, international investment law and treaty expert Gus Van Harten says BC has the option of delaying the treaty’s ratification through the courts (Vancouver Observer).
  • CANADA: ENVIRONMENT ROUNDTABLE
    An environmental advisory group that was killed by the Harper government is issuing a final plea for a national price on carbon (Globe & Mail).
  • CANADA/USA: OMAR KHADR TERROR CASE
    A new American court ruling in favour of Osama bin Laden’s driver has cast a shadow on the validity of Omar Khadr’s war crimes convictions, legal experts said (CP).
  • JAPAN: US TROOP SEXUAL ASSAULTS
    Two US troops have been arrested over the alleged rape of a Japanese woman on the island of Okinawa (BBC).
  • SPAIN: STUDENT PROTESTS
    Thousands of students have taken to the streets of Madrid and other major Spanish cities, to voice their fury at proposed education spending cuts, which they claim leaves them with ‘no future’ (RT).
  • GREECE: GENERAL STRIKE
    Greece is braced for a general strike in protest against the next round of spending cuts, required in return for another bailout instalment (BBC).
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