W2MEDIA.CA | Listen to today’s broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm, we talk about the ouster of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford with Angela Chaisson, a lawyer behind the case, and Toronto City Councilllor Adam Vaughan. Plus the NDP’s trade critic, MP Don Davies, on free trade. And Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief Toghestiy on cross-continental actions against the Pacific Trails Pipeline today.
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- Interview with MP Don Davies (NDP trade critic) on bilateral agreements with the EU and China, and a shift in the party’s rhetoric around free trade, including pushing for a new round of World Trade Organization talks.
- Interview with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief Toghestiy about their blockade against the Pacific Trails Pipeline and actions across Canada today.
- Interview with Toronto City Councillor Adam Vaughan and lawyer Angela Chaisson with Ruby Shiller Chan Hasan Barristers, the firm behind the case.
- Music: The Magnificent Sevens (“Today’s Empires Tomorrow’s Ashes”), Michael Franti (“Rock the Nation”), Monster Redlight (“Mother’s Blood”), Old Man Luedecke (“Woe Betide The Doer Of The Deed”)
TODAY’S NEWS HEADLINES
- TOP STORY:
Toronto’s civic government is teetering on the edge of the unknown as Mayor Rob Ford fights to overturn a ruling set to eject him from office after two stormy years (Toronto Star).
- VANCOUVER: TEEN SUICIDE
In the wake of a teen suicide pact that has been revealed between 30 youth in Vancouver’s Inner City, a downtown eastside organization, Aboriginal Life in Vancouver Enhancement, ALIVE, is holding a press conference this morning at 10:30am in Grandview Park to call for greater services and intervention.
- VANCOUVER: LIBERAL ENTERS LEADERSHIP RACE
The only western Canadian in the federal Liberal leadership race called Monday for an end to all oilsands pipeline projects to the British Columbia coast as part of a plan to move away from a “stone age” approach to energy development (Vancouver Sun).
- VANCOUVER: STANLEY CUP RIOTER TO FACE JAIL
A Stanley Cup rioter who pleaded guilty to stealing the light bar from the top of a police cruiser as a “souvenir” will likely be jailed for the crime (Province).
- VICTORIA: BYELECTION NDP WIN
The NDP claimed victory in Victoria while Conservatives managed a win in Calgary, as results from three federal byelections poured in last night (Vancouver Sun).
- BC: PIPELINE PROTESTS
Activists in Canada, the U.S. and even Trinidad and Tobago are staging protests today in support of a blockade against a natural gas pipeline in northern British Columbia (Indian Country Today Media Network).
- CANADA: GOVERNMENT PROMOTES MINING AS DEVELOPMENT
The federal government has announced that the University of B.C. and Simon Fraser University will operate a new institute aimed at furthering the Canadian mining industry’s role in the country’s overseas development strategy (Tyee).
- THAILAND: ANTI GOVERNMENT PROTESTS
Thai police fired tear gas and detained dozens of demonstrators as clashes erupted during the first major street protests against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s government (Al Jazeera).
- CHINA: MINE DEATHS
Chinese state media say 18 people have died in the country’s latest coal mine accident. The official Xinhua News Agency said five people remained trapped underground on Saturday after a coal and gas explosion in Xiangshui coal mine in southwestern China’s Guizhou province (Al Jazeera). Meanwhile, one of the companies behind a plan to bring Chinese workers to a coal mine in B.C. has shut down a separate project due to a legal challenge over foreign worker permits (CP).
- INDONESIA: STRIKES SPREAD
Tens of thousands of workers have gathered outside the presidential palace in Jakarta in Indonesia, demanding higher wages, better working conditions and that more economic growth trickle down to the working class (Al Jazeera).
- BANGLADESH: FACTORY DEATHS
Thousands of angry textile workers demonstrated in the outskirts of Dhaka on Monday after a fire swept through a garment workshop at the weekend, killing more than 100 people in Bangladesh’s worst-ever factory blaze (Reuters). The protests put a spotlight on the poor working conditions, lack of fire escapes, and garment owner negligence that has wracked the world’s second-largest garment-exporting country, where firms produce clothing for high-profile brands including Gap, H&M, and Wal-Mart (CS Monitor).
- PALESTINE/ISRAEL: UN STATEHOOD BID
Palestine Liberation organization sources have told Al Jazeera that, four days before the United Nations vote on the recognition of Palestine as a non-member state, representatives of seven more European countries have indicated they will vote in favor. But the PLO warned that voting against Vote against Palestine at UN will signal that only armed struggle works in the Palestinian’s quest for rights and recognition (Guardian).
- PALESTINE: ARAFAT EXHUMED
Remains of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat have been exhumed in Ramallah, in the West Bank, to help determine the cause of his death. Tawfiq Tirawi, head of the Palestinian commission investigating Arafat’s death, said: “If it is proved that Arafat was poisoned, we will go to the international court” (Al Jazeera).
- IRELAND: ANTI AUSTERITY PROTESTS
In Ireland, public opposition to the country’s austerity programme is growing – with 10,000 people marching in Dublin on Saturday to voice their opposition to another tough budget (Guardian).