On this edition of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5FM, we discuss Sikh feminism, plus review three days of protests against pipelines and tankers across BC.
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- Interview with Kirpa Kaur, director of the Sikh Feminist Research Institute, and an Organizer of what’s being billed as the First West Coast Conference Exploring Gender through the Sikh lens: “Our Journeys 2012: Inspirations, Explorations, Voice and Practice“
- Speech by Melina Laboucan-Massimo (Greenpeace Canada climate and energy campaigner, and member of Lubicon Cree First Nation) about the personal impacts of the oil sands.
- Interview with Charlie Smith (editor, Georgia Straight) about policing controversies in the Downtown Eastside, and pipeline and tanker protests.
- Media Mornings Latin America Report, with Alfonso Osorio, plus correspondents around the world and across the country.
- Music by K-OS (“Rise Like the Sun”), Bjork (“Earth Intruders”), C.R Avery (“New Stanzas for Amazing Grace”)
Today’s News Headlines
- TOP STORY: DEFEND OUR COASTS: 200 protesters descended on Premier Christy Clark’s constituency office in Vancouver as part of a province-wide action against oil pipelines yesterday (Georgia Straight), with at least 65 communities in every region of the province holding demonstrations outside politicians’ offices (Ha-Shilth-Sa).
- BC: PIPELINE PROTESTS SLAMMED
Meanwhile, on the eve of a second day of protests against oil tankers and pipelines in British Columbia, Canada’s most outspoken proponent for developing Alberta oil sands — Ezra Levant — called into question the funding and “selective morality” of the protesters (Vancouver Observer).
- BC: OCEAN GEOENGINEERING
A large-scale, ocean-fertilization experiment that took place off the west coast of Haida Gwaii this summer raises long-term environmental and legal questions, says a top representative of a United Nations science agency (Globe and Mail).
- WINNIPEG: POLICE PRAYER COMMENTS
Winnipeg’s new police chief, Devon Clunis, stood by his comments on religion and prayer yesterday — for telling a Christian magazine that prayer could help reduce crime in the Manitoba capital (CP).
- CANADA: EZRA LEVANT HATE INVESTIGATION
The Roma Community Centre in Toronto wants police to investigate comments made by Ezra Levant in a recent broadcast on Sun News Network as a hate crime. In the broadcast, Levant accused the Roma of cheating the Canadian refugee system, and stereotyped them as criminals (Tyee).
- CANADA: FEDERAL ENVIRONMENT SLASHED
The word “environment” was suddenly deleted from a federal government website that described Conservative proposals to change the law protecting Canada’s navigable waterways (CP).
- USA: RUSSELL MEANS DEATH
Russell Means was remembered yesterday on his Oglala Lakota territory in a traditional honoring ceremony (Indian Country Today Media Network).
- USA: REPUBLICAN RAPE COMMENTS
An incendiary gaffe on abortion raised eyebrows after a recent debate between US Senate candidates in Indiana. Republican Congressman Richard Mourdock suggested that a woman being impregnated by rape is “something that God intended to happen” (RT).
- GULF OF MEXICO: OIL SPILL
The images from the summer of 2010 were undoubtedly gruesome: the carcass of a young sperm whale, decayed and partially eaten by sharks, sighted at sea south of the Deepwater Horizon oil well (Guardian).
- GUATEMALA: MINING OPPONENT SHOT
A Guatemalan activist who was nearly killed for her activism against a Canadian mining company in San José del Golfo, Guatemala, in June, spoke out publicly Monday morning for the first time since the attack (Dominion).
- SUDAN: ISRAEL BLAMED FOR BOMBING
Israel was behind the bombing of a military factory that killed two people, claims Sudanese Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman (RT).
- SOUTH AFRICA: MINERS FIRED
More than 12,000 striking workers are set to lose their jobs at a gold mine in South Africa, despite managers’ insistence they are still trying to bring an end to the impasse. The protests gained international prominence after the shooting dead of 34 striking miners at the Marikana gold mine on August 16 (Al Jazeera).
- ISRAEL/PALESTINE: APARTHEID POLL
In Israel, Arab members of the legislature, the Knesset, and organizations operating in Israel’s Arab community say they are not surprised by recent survey results showing that most Israeli Jews favor denying Palestinians the right to vote if Israel were to annex the West Bank, or by the backing for discrimination against Israel’s Arab citizens (Ha’aretz).
- UK/ECUADOR: ASSANGE HEALTH WORRIES
A senior Ecuadorian diplomat says the health of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is deteriorating (RT).