On this edition of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5fm, we catch up with two Vancouver activists in court here over Quebec solidarity protests in June, and hear from author Junot Diaz about the US election.
Listen to today’s show:
- Interview with Kieran, one of ten activists arrested in June at a series of solidarity protests in support of Quebec student demonstrations. He will be in court this Thursday to face charges of obstruction.
- Award-winning author Junot Diaz responds to Media Mornings’ questions about the US election during the Vancouver International Writers Festival. Diaz is a Dominican-American writer and creative writing professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, in 2008. He is a 2012 MacArthur Fellow.
Listen to Junot Diaz on Media Mornings:
- Media Mornings Latin America Report with Alfonso Osorio on Columbia’s peace negotiations with the FARC rebels, the mysterious apparent suicide of one of Obama’s secret service officers, and more.
- Music: Ani Difranco (“Hello Birmingham”), Buck 65 (“Blood of a Young Wolf”), Sarah Harmer (“First Lady”).
Today’s News Headlines
- USA: ELECTIONS
US citizens are at the polls today in one of the closest-fought elections ever – a race that has not only pit President Barack Obama neck-and-neck against Republican challenger Mitt Romney, but has seen unprecedented expenditures on third party advertisements filling the airwaves. But long voter line-ups and discarded advance ballots are among the growing allegations of voter suppression, particularly in tightly fought swing states such as Ohio (Democracy Now!).
- VANCOUVER: RENTER’S UNION
Two tenants from an East Vancouver apartment building are set to go before the Residential Tenancy Branch this week to dispute eviction notices (Georgia Straight).
- VANCOUVER: KINDER MORGAN PIPELINE HEARINGS
A controversial oil pipeline proposal is set to bring public consultations to the lower mainland this month. Kinder Morgan, which plans to double its existing TransMountain pipeline held an open house in North Vancouver on Saturday (MM).
- VANCOUVER: SHARK FIN BAN
A Richmond-based Chinese restaurateur has claimed that Vision Vancouver councillor Kerry Jang is “unfamiliar with Chinese culture” and “unable to understand the historical bond Chinese have had with shark fin” (Georgia Straight).
- BC: FOREIGN MINE WORKERS
Two labour unions are asking a federal court to overturn temporary work permits issued to Chinese workers at a coal mine in northern British Columbia, arguing that there are unemployed Canadians who could fill the jobs (CP).
- BC: MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION
Lawmakers south of the border in Washington, Oregon and Colorado are pushing forward with referendums to legalize marijuana today, the same day of this year’s presidential election. Vancouver Seed Bank storeowner Rebecca Ambrose said if American states start legalizing dope, it would encourage Canada to follow suit (Vancouver Observer).
- OREGON: PORTLAND AUSTERITY ARRESTS
Portland, Oregon police arrested and pepper-sprayed protesters who were marching against austerity measures on Saturday (RT).
- TORONTO: POLICE CORRUPTION
Five former Toronto drug-squad police officers convicted in June of attempting to obstruct justice and perjury all deserve penitentiary terms because their crimes “strike at the root of justice,” their sentencing hearing was told yesterday. After years of legal manoeuvring, they and a sixth former drug-squad member finally went to to trial in 2007 on a host of charges, including extortion, theft, assault causing bodily harm and conspiracy (Globe and Mail).
- QUEBEC: MONTREAL MAYOR RESIGNS
Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay has officially resigned amid corruption allegations (CBC).
- QUEBEC: STUDENT LEADER TRIAL
Prominent Quebec student strike spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois is in court today, appealing his conviction of contempt of court last Thursday (Media Co-op).
- CANADA: ROBOCALL CASE
Steven Shrybman, the lawyer arguing in a landmark robocall scandal voter suppression case, argues that that the Supreme Court of Canada legal reasoning used in sustaining the disputed election of one Conservative MP should lead the results in six other Tory-held ridings to be overturned (Postmedia).
- WINNIPEG: NATIVE WOMEN SUMMIT
Indigenous groups from across Canada descended on Winnipeg, late last week to discuss the systemic problem of hundreds of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in the country (Media Co-op).
- USA: TEXAS IMMIGRANT KILLINGS
A Texas police helicopter’s killing of two immigrants from Guatemala being smuggled across the border has outraged civil liberties groups, immigrant advocates and Guatemalan diplomats (New York Times).
- HAITI: HURRICANE IMPACTS
Storm Sandy killed more than 50 people in Haiti and left behind a cholera outbreak and food shortages. It has added to discontent over a government that critics say has failed to improve Haitian’s lives since last year’s earthquake (Al Jazeera).
- ISRAEL/IRAN: WAR PLANNING CONFLICT
Israeli and Iranian officials are taking part in a on nuclear proliferation meeting in Brussels this week (Guardian). Meanwhile, an Israeli investigative journalist claims to have evidence that Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the Israeli Defence Forces to prepare fully for a war with Iran in 2010 (RT).
- AFGHANISTAN: US MASSACRE TRIAL
A decorated US soldier will hear testimonies about his alleged role in slaying 16 Afghan villagers this week (RT).