Media Mornings: Tue, Dec 4

W2MEDIA.CA  |  Listen to today’s broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm, we discuss the longest blockade protest in Canada’s history — the struggle against logging in Grassy Narrows First Nation.

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Grassy Narrows blockade. Photo by David P. Ball
  • Interviews with Grassy Narrows First Nation blockade participants Crissy Swain, Shoon Keewatin & Don Billard
  • Media Mornings Latin America Report, with Alfonso Osorio

TODAY’S NEWS HEADLINES

  • TOP STORY: RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL COVER-UP?
    A lawyer for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, or TRC, has accused the commission created to delve into the dark chapter of residential schools of taking its battle for “control over history” with Ottawa to the courts (APTN). 
  • VANCOUVER: PERIMETER ROAD OPENS DESPITE OPPOSITION
    Opponents of highway expansion have little to cheer about as vehicles are about to start using a new stretch of a major road project that runs along the Fraser River’s south side. Activist Eric Doherty also criticized the provincial government for funding projects like the South Fraser Perimeter Road while not providing enough support for public transit (Georgia Straight).
  • BC: SAWMILL FIRE CHARGES
    Having completed investigation reports into sawmill fires earlier this year in Prince George and Burns Lake, WorkSafe BC has referred both matters to Crown counsel for further consideration and potential charges (Tyee).
  • BC: BC RAIL SCANDAL
    B.C.’s auditor general still doesn’t have enough information to complete his audit of a controversial $6 million legal payout for two former ministerial aides and he wants the court to force lawyers to open those files (CP).
  • SASKATCHEWAN: REFUGEE DENIED CANCER CARE
    In another of many examples of asylum seekers whose essential medical coverage has been axed by the federal government, the Saskatoon refugee claimant whose cancer drug claims were rejected has only one request: To  allow his wife and sons to come to Canada (Postmedia).
  • ONTARIO: GRASSY NARROWS BLOCKADE
    In remote northwest Ontario, a crackling bonfire and story-telling quietly marked the ten year anniversary of the longest protest blockade in Canada’s history, and one that has become an iconic Native land defence battle (ICTMN).
  • CANADA: ISRAEL NUCLEAR VOTE
    Canada was one of only six nations in the UN General Assembly to vote against a resolution yesterday that called on Israel to quickly open its nuclear program for inspection and that backed a recently cancelled conference to ban nuclear weapons from the Middle East (CBC).
  • ISRAEL/PALESTINE: SETTLEMENTS GROW
    Israel is continuing to take apparent retaliatory measures in wake of the United Nations decision last week to accept Palestine as a non-member observer state (Ha’aretz).
  • IRAN: US SPY DRONE CAPTURED
    Tehran has claimed it captured a US spy drone in the Persian Gulf after the unmanned aircraft entered Iranian airspace (RT).
  • GHANA: SOLAR FACTORY
    Ghana is set to become the largest solar power producer in Africa, once its Nzema project is complete this year. It will be able to provide electricity to more than 100,000 homes. he 155 megawatt plant will increase Ghana’s generating capacity by 6%. The key element in helping the project go ahead, says the UK firm building the plant, has been Ghana’s renewable energy law under which the plant has been awarded a feed-in tariff for 20 years (BBC).
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