W2MEDIA.CA | On today’s broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm, we interview renowned Canadian author Joy Kogawa about the 75th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre. We also discuss Vancouver’s laws on homelessness with the Pivot Legal Society.
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- Interview with Joy Kogawa (author of the award-winning novel Obasan and member of both the Order of Canada and the Order of BC) and Ann-Marie Metten (executive director of the Historic Joy Kogawa House) about a commemoration vigil planned for Sunday, December 9, marking the 75th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre in China by Japanese soldiers. Her most recent novel is The Rain Ascends, plus the children’s book Naomi’s Tree, and eight books of poetry.
- Interview with Scott Bernstein (Pivot Legal Society lawyer) about the legal challenge to Vancouver’s homelessness and structures bylaws.
- Interview with Charlie Smith (editor of the Georgia Straight), on natural gas fracking, the Nanjing massacre, risks of anti-depressants, and journalistic standards around reporting on suicide.
- Media Mornings Latin America Report with Alfonso Osorio
- Music: Overdub mashup [Dave Brubeck (“Take Five”) vs. Radiohead (“15 Step”)], Be Good Tanyas (“Junkie Song”), Machi (“1937”)
TODAY’S NEWS HEADLINES
- TOP STORY: CANADA: IMMIGRATION CRACKDOWN
The federal government is cracking down on five car-loads of refugee claimants that ran the border in Quebec this year, marking the first use of Immigration minister Jason Kenney’s new legislation. The government said that about 80 people will be treated as “irregular arrivals,” a new designation that makes it easier for the government to detain and prosecute human smugglers, and under new legislation those declared irregulars can be automatically imprisoned for an indefinite period of time without charge. Advocates fear Canada’s new legislation will lead to more detentions and further opportunities for private prison operators to cash in (Globe & Mail, Guardian).
- VANCOUVER: MONTREAL MASSACRE REMEMBERED
Today marks the 23rd anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, when 14 women engineers at Montrea’s Ecole Polytechnique were murdered by a feminist-hating man. Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter released a statement yesterday, saying BC is failing to address the causes of violence against women and what it called a “refusal to act” (Press Release).
- VANCOUVER: COAL PORT OPPOSED
Mayor Gregor Robertson has called for more consultation regarding coal transports through Metro Vancouver, citing the impact of coal on climate change and of coal dust on human health, agriculture and marine life (Vancouver Observer).
- VANCOUVER: FRANK PAUL MEMORIAL
Today also marks 14 years since the death of a homeless Migmaw man whose death after being detained by Vancouver police in 1998 sparked an inquiry in which the Criminal Justice Branch admitted that charges of manslaughter, criminal negligence causing death and failure to provide the necessities of life against the police officers had been considered, but in the end Crown prosecutors concluded there was not a substantial likelihood of conviction (CBC, Press Release).
- QUEBEC: STUDENT LEADER SENTENCED TO COMMUNITY SERVICE
One of the main leaders of the Quebec student movement was sentenced to community service after the court found him guilty of contempt over comments he made during a live interview with Radio-Canada (CBC).
- CANADA: PARLIAMENT FIGHTS OVER BUDGET BILL
A verbal dust-up in the House of Commons almost wound up in a bench-clearing brawl. Peter Van Loan, the government’s House leader, appeared to set off the incident when he stormed across the floor of the Commons to confront his NDP counterpart, Nathan Cullen. The budget ombnibus Bill C-45 is facing controversy over its bundling together of hundreds of unrelatedchanges to Canadian law without debate, including the gutting of the protections offered by the Navigable Waters Protection Act (Toronto Star).
- PHILIPPINES: STORM DEVASTATION
The death toll from a powerful storm battering the southern Philippines has risen to about 200, as rescue teams arrive in affected areas. At least 156 people are known to have died in Compostela Valley province alone when Typhoon Bopha struck eastern Mindanao (BBC).
- SYRIA: US WARSHIP DEPLOYED
The USS Eisenhower, an American aircraft carrier that holds eight fighter bomber squadrons and 8,000 men, arrived at the Syrian coast yesterday in the midst of a heavy storm, indicating US preparation for a potential ground intervention (RT).
- EGYPT: PRESIDENT AUTHORITIES DEFIED
At least five tanks deployed outside the Egyptian presidential palace in a street where supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi had been clashing into the early hours of the morning, witnesses said. A small group of opposition activists have been camped outside the palace since Tuesday night, when tens of thousands rallied against a controversial decree which gives Morsi near-absolute power (Al Jazeera).
- EUROPE: FINANCIAL COLLAPSE
Figures released by the European Union’s statistics office show that the recession in the eurozone has pushed unemployment up to a record 11.7 per cent. 18.7 million people were out of work across the eurozone in October, an increase of almost 175,000 over the previous month. Spain and Greece have the region’s highest unemployment rates – both over 25 per cent, with youth unemployment levels heading towards 60 per cent. Both have also introduced tough austerity measures, cutting spending and reducing wages and pensions (CBC).
- CLIMATE CHANGE: UNITED NATIONS SUMMIT CRITICISM
The head of the United Nations said yesterday that Rich countries are to blame for climate change and should take the lead in forging a global climate pact by 2015, as world leaders gather in Doha for international climate talks. Meanwhile, a premier US science agency reported yesterday that the Arctic lost more snow and sea ice between October 2011 and August 2012 than any year other on record (Guardian).