Media Mornings: Wed, Dec 12

W2MEDIA.CA  |  Listen to today’s broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm: Host Jane Bouey and guests examine Indigenous Rights, Charity vs Solidarity, Migrant Worker rights, Bill C-377, and Housing in Venezuela

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Harper Government and Migrant Workers. photo Immigrant Women's Centre
Standing up for the rights of Migrant Workers. photo Immigrant Women’s Centre
  • Reports on Indigenous resistance. Audio from Indigenous Waves interview with Dr Pamela Palmater and Russell Diabo Plus Tsuu T’ina Nation’s Regena Crowchild speaking at the Idle No More Rally in Calgary.
  • Discussing charity vs solidarity with Vancouver and District Labour Council President Joey Hartman – plus Bill C-377
  • Yesterday the Federal Conservative Government eliminated the special parental benefits for seasonal migrant workers, the only benefits they had qualified for, even though these workers contribute to Canada’s Employment Insurance system. We discussed this issue with Naveen Mehta, General Counsel and Director, Human Rights, Equity & Diversity for the United Food and Commercial workers – UFCW Canada.
  • Breaking daily news headlines:
  • RT News reports: North Korea launched a long-range rocket Wednesday morning despite international opposition and growing tensions in the region. Pyongyang claimed the Unha-3 rocket successfully delivered a scientific satellite into orbit.
  • A new report suggests aboriginal Canadians frequently face racism and stereotyping when using health care services in urban centres. As reported in The Tyee, the document was released by the Health Council of Canada yesterday. The independent national agency is calling for “culturally competent” care and environments in which aboriginal patients can be treated with understanding and respect.
  • Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence took part in a ceremony Tuesday morning, on Victoria Island to mark the beginning of an indefinite hunger strike demanding justice and respect for her people and for all First Nations in Canada, reports Rabble.ca. Yesterday, at a press conference on Parliament Hill, Chief Spence told reporters: “I am willing to die for my people because the pain is too much and it’s time for the government to realize what it’s doing to us.”
  • A research analyst with a strong interest in transportation issues says that the City of Vancouver is wrong to advocate for an underground LRT line along West Broadway to the University of British Columbia. Vancouver Sun
  • .RT News reports: Voting on Egypt’s contentious referendum on a draft constitution started abroad on Wednesday. Egyptian state television also said the referendum will take place domestically on two separate dates, December 15 and 22.
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