W2MEDIA.CA | On today’s broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm, we speak with Assembly of First Nations national chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo about Idle No More. Plus Carrie Saxifrage, editor of a new book on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. And Georgia Straight editor Charlie Smith.
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- Interview with Carrie Saxifrage, journalist and editor of Extract – The Pipeline Wars: Vol 1 Enbridge, a new book on the Northern Gateway pipeline proposal, published by the Vancouver Observer.
- Interview with Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, on the Idle No More movement and BC pipeline opposition.
- Interview with Charlie Smith, editor of the Georgia Straight newspaper, on current news, including natural gas fracking, earthquake risks in BC, and more.
- Media Mornings Latin America Report with Alfonso Osorio.
- Music: The Ponderosas (“I’m So Cold”), Agent Orange covers The Ventures (“Pipeline”), Wab Kinew (“Warrior Song”), Hannah Epperson (“Murder of Crows”).
TODAY’S NEWS HEADLINES
- TOP STORY: ATTAWAPISKAT CHIEF HUNGER STRIKE
Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence has entered the third day of her hunger strike in Ottawa. Spence said she is not afraid to die of starvation, in order to force a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper or the Queen to have them respect treaty rights (APTN).
- VANCOUVER: SEX WORKER RIGHTS
On Monday, families of women picked up from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside by convicted murderer Robert Pickton will learn the results of the inquiry conducted by former attorney general Wally Oppal into why police failed to stop the killings of their relatives. This coincides with the 10th commemoration of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers (Georgia Straight).
- VANCOUVER: TREATMENT CENTRE TO CLOSE
The Rainier Women’s Treatment Centre in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is being forced to close after Health Canada funding for the four-year pilot project ceased December 1 (Megaphone).
- BC: MISSING WOMEN
The parents of an aboriginal girl found murdered last week in Kamloops have joined the call for a national inquiry into murdered and missing First Nations women. Matilda Fowler and Glen Wilson, the mother and father of 16-year-old CJ Fowler, joined Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo and other aboriginal leaders in Vancouver yesterday to renew the demand for the government to look into such tragedies (Sun).
- BC: NORTHERN GATEWAY PIPELINE POLL
A new poll suggests that 60 per cent of British Columbians now oppose the proposed Northern Gateway bitumen pipeline (Tyee).
- CANADA: F-35 FIGHTER SCANDAL
Canada’s public works minister says the federal government has “hit the reset button” on its controversial efforts to replace Canada’s aging fighter-jet fleet. A KPMG report says the lifetime cost of owning the Lockheed Martin-built F-35s is estimated at $45.8 billion over 42 years (CP).
- CANADA: ROBOCALL CASE
The lawyer leading the robocalls election case acknowledged this week that he faces a challenge proving voters were disenfranchised without evidence that “there are ballots that aren’t in the ballot box.” But Shrybman said the evidence shows that people across the country were stopped from voting by misdirecting or harassing calls (Postmedia).
- CANADA: MICHIGAN ANTI-UNION LAW IN CANADA
The federal opposition parties are warning that so-called “right-to-work” legislation that has passed in Michigan could soon come to Canada (CP).
- PALESTINE/ISRAEL: OFFICES RAIDED
Israeli soldiers have raided the offices of three civil society organisations in the heart of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank (Al Jazeera).
- SYRIA: REBEL EXECUTIONS
NGOs are urging Syrian rebels to release a Ukrainian journalist, Anhar Kochneva, who is set to be executed today. Meanwhile, a series of explosions rocked the capital Damascus yesterday, amidst allegations that the government was using scud missiles against rebels in an uprising that began with Arab Spring style mass protests last year (RT).
- MYANMAR: MONK PROTESTS
Buddhist monks have held rallies across Burma to demand further apologies from the authorities over a crackdown last month against a copper mine protest (BBC News).