On this edition of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5FM, we talk with hip-hop artist Ostwelve about rap, politics, and Heart of the City fest.
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- As part of the Heart of the City Festival this week, social media partners AHA Media filmed yesterday’s Media Mornings show broadcast live in studio. Watch the show >
- Interview with hip-hop artist Ronnie Dean Harris, aka Ostwelve, about the Luck-Lucky Indigenous Cabaret (Heart of the City Festival): Friday, November 2, 7:30pm, at W2 Media Cafe (111 West Hastings Street), featuring Kinnie Starr, Zaccheus Jackson, Dustin Hollings, and DJ Annashay.
- Interview with Charlie Smith, editor of the Georgia Straight, on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) for residential schools; BC’s math education crisis; and Canadians’ impact on the US election.
- Media Mornings Latin America Report, with Alfonso Osorio, on Chile, Ecuador and more.
- Music: Kinnie Starr (“Go Go See It”), Ostwelve (“From the Darkness”), Ostwelve (“The Exorcist”), Stylist remix of Kinnie Starr (“Lookout“)
Today’s News Headlines
- TOP STORY: QUEBEC: ASHLIE SMITH INQUIRY
Canada’s prison system is facing scrutiny this week, after shocking video evidence depicting the last few months of 19-year old Ashlie Smith’s life in the Canadian prison system – before her suicide in 2007, while seven guards watched, ordered to not intervene – aired publicly for the first time yesterday, revealing shocking abuse, including threats to duct tape her face, forcing her to sit in her own feces for hours in shackles, 23-hour isolation in windowless cells, and staff in gas masks drugging her without her consent (Toronto Star).
- VANCOUVER: POLICE SHOOTING DEATH
More information has been revealed about a man shot dead by Vancouver police Monday night. A witness described him as dressed in black and behaving erratically outside an apartment building on Skeena Street at East Hastings. The initial release from the Vancouver Police Department said an officer was confronted by a man with a knife. The independent office made no mention of a knife in two media releases. The resident said she did not see the man carrying a knife (Vancouver Courier).
- VANCOUVER: 955 HASTINGS APPROVED
A 353-unit development on East Hastings Street has been given the green light, as the majority of Vancouver city council voted to approve a rezoning for the site, 955 East Hastings (Georgia Straight).
- BC: COHEN SALMON INQUIRY
B.C. Supreme Court Justice Bruce Cohen is calling for a freeze on salmon farm development in a key area on the West Coast, and is highly critical of the federal government, in his long-awaited report on the disappearance of sockeye salmon on the Fraser River (Globe and Mail).
- OTTAWA: POWER SHIFT CONFERENCE
On Monday, over 800 environmental activists from across Canada took part in what they called a Toxic Trick or Treat (Dominion).
- ONTARIO: HYDRO WORKER KILLED
A veteran hydro worker in Sarnia, Ont., has been electrocuted while repairing damage caused by super storm Sandy, as Canadians clean up from the weakening post-tropical storm that continues to swing east, bringing with it heavy rainfall and strong winds (CBC).
- CANADA: CHINA TRADE DEAL
The head of a prominent provincial aboriginal organization says that Canada could face a legal challenge from First Nations over its looming investment agreement with China (APTN). Meanwhile, opposition critics change that the investment treaty with China is about to be ratified despite almost no parliamentary debate (CP).
- CANADA: MISSING WOMEN PETITION
One month before B.C. missing women inquiry head Wally Oppal releases his report, the Native Women’s Association of Canada has launched a petition demanding a full national inquiry into the disappearances of at least 582 Indigenous women across the country (NWAC).
- CANADA: SURVEILLANCE BILL
The Conservative government’s widely criticized online surveillance legislation may be on the back burner, but another bill that would expand police access to Internet users’ data is about to resurface (CP).
- CANADA: IMMIGRATION FREEZE
The federal government has frozen immigration levels for the seventh straight year, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced Wednesday. Critics of another Kenney law say his attempt to stop “illegitimate” marriages could force immigrant women to stay in abusive relationships (CP).
- USA/CARIBBEAN: HURRICANE SANDY
At least 133 people were killed in Hurricane Sandy. As the media spotlight focuses on US damage from Hurricane Sandy – estimated at $60 billion and 62 Americans dead – the storm’s toll in the Caribbean amounts to at least another 69 killed, thousands homeless and few funds available to rebuild (RT).
- MEXICO: ANTI-MINING PROTESTS
The campaign group Council of Canadians has expressed its support for hundreds of protestors outside Canadian embassy in Mexico City yesterday, who were expressing outrage at the growing death toll of community activists opposing Canadian mining company operations in Mexico (rabble.ca).
- SOUTH AFRICA: MINER PROTESTS
Two protesting miners have been shot dead during clashes at a pit in South Africa, the latest in a series of deadly incidents (Al Jazeera).