Media Mornings: Tue, Oct 30

On this edition of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5FM, we’ll be hearing the newest information about Hurricane Sandy – including threats to America’s oldest nuclear power station, the rights of prisoners locked down on an island off of New York City, and links to climate change – and also speak with Indigenous governance professor Taiaiake Alfred about BC’s emerging alliance of environmental and First Nations groups against pipelines and tankers.

  • Hosted by David P. Ball & Anushka Nagji
  • Interview with Taiaiake Alfred, professor of indigenous governance at University of Victoria, about BC’s anti-pipeline and tanker movement.
  • A glimpse of what’s happening this week at Vancouver’s Heart of the City Festival
  • Breaking news headlines from local to global – radio news you won’t hear on other stations
  • Media Mornings Latin America Report with Alfonso Osorio on violence in post-coup Honduras, featuring reporting by The Real News Network.
  • Music: Emily Carr (“Last Year”), Eekwol (“Reluctant Warrior”), The Arcade Fire (“Sprawl 2”).

Today’s News Headlines

  • TOP STORY: USA: HURRICANE/STORM SANDY
    As America’s financial and political capitals braced for a storm of historic proportions, climate change has suddenly been pushed to the forefront of public attention by the massive power of nature (Postmedia, Democracy Now). Nuclear safety is under scrutiny in the storm (CP). And 12,000 prisoners are trapped in a jail on Rikers Island, forced to risk the waves (Mother Jones).
  • VANCOUVER: POLICE KILLING
    Vancouver Police killed a man last night near East Hastings and Skeena. The Independent Investigations Office is taking over the case. Police claim they responded to a disturbance and were confronted by a man with a knife, whom they then shot. He died in hospital last night.
  • VANCOUVER: MISSING WOMEN REMEMBERED
    Family members of missing and murdered women lauded the first of 62 bronze memorial plaques for their loved ones installed yesterday on Vancouver’s streets (Tyee).
  • BC: EARTHQUAKE FEARS
    A shallow earthquake with a 6.2 magnitude struck off British Columbia province on Canada’s west coast yesterday evening, the U.S. Geological Survey said, the second powerful earthquake in the region in two days (CP).
  • BC: MIGRANT WORKER HOTLINE
    The B.C. Agriculture Council is in the process of setting up a complaints hotline for seasonal agricultural workers who travel from countries like Mexico and Jamaica to work on farms in the province (Tyee).
  • BC: COHEN SALMON INQUIRY
    A report into the 2009 collapse of the Fraser River sockeye run will be made public tomorrow after a public inquiry took two years to study what happened (CP).
  • BC: IRON DUMP GEOENGINEERING
    At a UN maritime meeting in London, Canada told delegates yesterday that a controversial ocean fertilization experiment off the British Columbia coast highlights the urgent need for a worldwide regulatory regime to consider such experiments on a case-by-case basis (CP).
  • ONTARIO: FIRST NATION EVACUATED FROM FLOODS
    Helicopters evacuated most of the 700 residents of Michipicoten First Nation yesterday, following the nearby town of Wawa declaring a state of emergency after flooding destroyed roads and bridges to the reserve (Indian Country Today Media Network).
  • QUEBEC: CONSERVATIVE ELECTION SPENDING SCANDAL
    An Elections Canada probe into a $5,000 cash donation to a Conservative riding association in Montreal has been slowed by the death of a party fundraiser, according to the office of the NDP’s ethics critic (APTN).
  • CANADA: CHINA TRADE DEAL OPPOSED:
    Representatives of three Opposition parties are joining with activists from Leadnow and SumOfUs this morning in Ottawa to present 60,000 petitions against FIPPA on parliament hill, the controversial Canada-China trade deal they argue locks this country into selling oil, bitumen and other resources for decades, and allows corporations to sue for lost potential profits if legislation harms their bottom line (Vancouver Observer).
  • CANADA: POLICE SURVEILLANCE
    Police departments for Vancouver and the province have both declined to confirm whether they have the technology to identify people in a crowd based on the unique identifiers on their cellphones. Vancouver Police Department, the RCMP’s ‘E’ Division in Vancouver and the Ontario Provincial Police have all listed purchases from Dyplex Communications Ltd., the Canadian distributor of the equipment (Tyee).
  • CHINA: PETROCHEM PLANT PROTESTS
    Residents of an eastern Chinese city who have been protesting over a new chemical plant have reacted warily to news that the project would be halted, with some continuing to demonstrate (Al Jazeera).
  • ISRAEL/PALESTINE/EU: BOYCOTT OF SETTLEMENTS
    Nearly two dozen European nongovernmental organizations have signed a new report recommending that European governments should discourage businesses from purchasing goods manufactured in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and ban the import of such products. The call comes only five days after UN human rights investigator Richard Falk also urged a boycott of companies tied to Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian Territories, a suggestion the United States criticized as “irresponsible and unacceptable” (Ha’aretz).
  • MOROCCO: MIGRANT DEATHS
    Spain’s maritime rescue service has found 14 bodies in the sea and rescued 17 people after a boat carrying migrants from Morocco began to sink in the Mediterranean (Al Jazeera).
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