W2MEDIA.CA | Listen to today’s broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm: Host Jane Bouey discusses Development and Affordability: What is going on in Vancouver with Andy Longhurst. Plus Stephen Von Sychowski on the Harper Conservatives attacks on labour, and an update on Venezuela.
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- Interview with Stephen Von Sychowski of the Vancouver and District Labour Council about Bill C-377 and the Harper Conservatives attacks on labour.
- Andy Longhurst of The City on Development and Affordability: What is Really Going On.
- Updates from Venezuela on the postponement of the Chavez swearing-in. Al Jazeera and Venezuelanalysis.com
- Today’s news headlines:
- The federal government has lost a round in its 13-year legal fight over responsibilities to Métis and non-status Indians.
The Federal Court ruled yesterday that 200,000 Métis and 400,000 non-status Indians in Canada are indeed “Indians” under the Constitution Act, and fall under federal jurisdiction. The CBC reports that the ruling will likely be appealed by the Harper government.
- All-ages non-alcohol events are a thing of the past at dozens of establishments across British Columbia. The Tyee’s Sarah Berman reports that a controversial new policy by the B.C. Liquor Control and Licensing Branch goes into effect on Jan. 15.
- Prime Minister Stephen Harper has ruled out sending Canadian troops to fight Islamist insurgents in Mali, rejecting a request by the African Union for NATO to join the battle in that country. Canadian Press
- New scientific research has provided conclusive proof that tar sands development in northern Alberta is polluting surrounding lakes.
According to a Canadian Press article by Bob Weber, the report’s authors say their findings end the debate over the oil industry’s contribution to toxins found in local watersheds.
- Jailed Iranian trade unionist Reza Shahabi was temporarily released on bail late on Monday night following more than three weeks on hunger strike.
The Tehran bus workers’ union treasurer was let out of prison for five days to address his health problems.He ended his 23-day hunger strike when he got home to his family an hour later. Morning Star
- Australian firefighters are battling hundreds of wildfires as authorities evacuate national parks, warning that hot, dry and windy conditions are combining to raise the threat to its highest alert level. Morning Star
- Germany and the Netherlands have now joined the U.S. in beginning to deploy troops and Patriot missiles along the Syrian-Turkish border.
RT News reports that despite claims they will protect against a Syrian threat, some fear Turkey is now the real “security risk”.
- Unemployment in the Eurozone has reached a record high, increasing to 11.8 per cent in November, the EU’s statistics office reports.
Some 2 million people throughout the Eurozone lost their jobs between November 2011 and November 2012. The total number of jobless workers has now hit 18.8 million. Spain and Greece have the highest unemployment rate, each at 26 percent. RT News
- APTN reports:
Treaty chiefs meeting in Ottawa with the Assembly of First Nations in preparation for Friday’s sit down with Prime Minister Stephen Harper aren’t happy with how the get together is shaping up.
According to chiefs inside the meeting, Harper is only scheduled to attend the opening and closing portions of the meeting.