Media Mornings: Tue, Nov 20

W2MEDIA.CA  |  On today’s broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm, with Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians on the NDP’s shifting position in support of free trade agreements. Plus reporter Krystle Alarcon on the Live-In Caregiver Program as “modern-day slavery.”

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Maude Barlow (Photo by David P. Ball)
  • Music: Dar Williams (“Empire”), Barenaked Ladies (“Sell Sell Sell”), The Narcicyst (“Hamdulilah Gaza Remix ft. Shadia Mansour”), Propagandhi (“Haillie Does Hebron”)

TODAY’S NEWS HEADLINES

  • TOP STORY:
    A senior Israeli official claims that government’s decision on whether to launch a ground invasion of Gaza has been put off by at least a day, after it decided yesterday to give the Egyptians more time to try to broker a cease-fire with Hamas (Ha’aretz). Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has said that The “farce” of Israeli aggression will end today (RT). Israeli raids on the Gaza Strip continued for their seventh day, despite calls for a truce, with medical sources citing the overall death toll at least 121 (Al Jazeera).
  • VANCOUVER: MISSING WOMEN LEGAL REPORT
    Less than two weeks before Wally Oppal is scheduled to deliver his final report on B.C.’s Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, three human rights groups are calling the process a “failure” (Georgia Straight).
  • VANCOUVER: NPA REPLACEMENT PARTY?
    There’s a move afoot to replace Vancouver’s oldest and most successful civic party, as current and former members mobilize to create a new political entity. The Non-Partisan Association board member Ken Charko Sunday said he has been approached by several people who are starting a new organization called Vancouver First (Vancouver Sun).
  • BC: MIGRANT WORKERS
    Temporary workers from Mexico who come to work in B.C.’s agriculture industry put their future employment at risk by raising concerns about living or working conditions, according to a Fraser Valley labour advocate (Vancouver Sun).
  • CANADA: TORY STRATEGY DOCUMENT
    A confidential Draft federal policy obtained by CBC News calls for closer economic ties ‘even where political interests or values may not align’. The government document warns the Harper government wants to focus Canada’s international efforts primarily on one goal: forging new trade deals and business opportunities in the rapidly expanding markets of Asia and South America (CBC).
  • CANADA: ROBOCALLS DOCUMENTS
    Online complaints posted during the last federal election campaign show that voters were getting incorrect poll-moving calls from the same numbers that sent Elections Canada workers scrambling in the final days before the 2011 election (Postmedia).
  • CANADA: BUDGET BILL
    Another budget bill showdown and marathon voting session is looming in Parliament, as the federal Liberals said Monday they have submitted more than 3,000 amendments to the government’s second omnibus budget implementation bill (Canada.com).
  • AFGHANISTAN: DETAINEE TALKS
    Afghanistan’s president has accused US forces of continuing to capture and detain Afghans in violation of an agreement signed earlier this year between the two countries. The US wants a deal to allow some troops to stay on after its withdrawal. The issue took on new meaning after Arny Staff Sergeant Robert Bales allegedly attacked Afghan civilians in two villages in southern Afghanistan. The US soldier faces 16 counts of premeditated murder and six counts of attempted murder (Al Jazeera).
  • BANGLADESH: SLUM FIRE DEATHS
    At least 11 people, all women and children, have died in Bangladesh as a fire swept through one of the biggest slums in the capital Dhaka (Al Jazeera).
  • CHINA/TIBET: IMMOLATION PROTESTS
    Two more Tibetans have died after reportedly setting themselves on fire in protest against Chinese rule, a rights group said, on the same day that the Communist Party unveiled its new generation of leaders (Al Jazeera).
  • IRELAND: ABORTION INQUIRY
    A London-based expert on obstetrics and gynaecology is to head the Irish health service inquiry into the death of a woman refused an abortion in a Galway hospital (Guardian).
  • CLIMATE: UN TALKS
    The International Energy Agency (IEA) warned this week that two-thirds of the world’s proven fossil fuel reserves cannot be used without risking dangerous climate change. Global temperatures have risen 0.8 degrees Celsius. In the US, this year will be the hottest on record, and an ongoing drought has cost the economy billions. Superstorm Sandy caused $50-70bn in damages. Worldwide, the cost of climate change is estimated at $1.2tn annually (Al Jazeera).
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