W2MEDIA.CA | Listen to today’s broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm. We speak with Idle No More participant Krazie Nish on tomorrow’s global day of action. And No One Is Illegal organizer Harsha Walia on the year ahead.
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- Interview with Krazie Nish, a Gitxsan/Mohawk activist with the Turtle Island Movement, on Idle No More events planned for Vancouver and beyond.
- Interview with Charlie Smith, editor of the Georgia Straight, on the sale of the Waldorf Hotel and uncertain future of it as an arts space, plus the city’s new $10,000 fine for infractions like homelessness or vending.
- Interview with Harsha Walia, organizer with No One Is Illegal-Vancouver Coast Salish territories, on Immigrations in Support of Idle No More, campaigns against Immigration minister Jason Kenney, “Minister of Censorship and Deportation,” and the year ahead.
- Music: The Mountain Goats (“Diaz Brothers”), Eekwol & Mils (“The Tree”), Emm Gryner (“Get Brave”), Pacifika (“Doce Meses”)
TODAY’S MEDIA MORNINGS HEADLINES
- TOP STORY: IDLE NO MORE
Direct talks between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and first nations leaders are reportedly near collapse before they have even begun. Prime Minister Harper signalled that he would attend only part of the Friday meeting, and some chiefs said they would walk out if that is the case (Globe).
- If Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets a delegation of First Nations chiefs in Ottawa Friday, he could face demands to scrap the Indian Act and to repeal his government’s omnibus budget bills, which have already passed into law. Meanwhile, Idle No More organizers plan a “global day of action” to coincide with the meeting (APTN).
- A rail blockade that started almost two weeks ago in the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation territory of the eastern region of Quebec steadfast in their belief to hold the blockade despite pressure to bring it down (APTN).
- The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, on Tuesday urged the Canadian Government to establish a meaningful dialogue with the country’s aboriginal leaders in light of recent protests, expressing concern over the health condition of Chief Spence (UN).
- Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence has signed off on her will and is prepared for death (APTN).
- VANCOUVER: HOMELESSNESS FINES JUMP
VIOLATING CITY OF Vancouver bylaws by sleeping on the streets or doing illegal vending may become a lot more costly. Staff are recommending a 400-percent increase in maximum fines, from the current amount of $2,000 to a stiff $10,000. The proposed hike covers 42 bylaws. It is subject to a public hearing on Tuesday, January 15 (Straight).
- VANCOUVER: ENBRIDGE HEARINGS
According to a spokesperson for the National Energy Board, ABOUT 330 SPEAKERS have signed up for hearings in Vancouver on the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. They’ll each have 10 minutes to address the panel reviewing the $6-billion Enbridge project. opponents are increasingly aware that it may get built after all. That’s because critics say Bill C-38, the first of two omnibus budget bills passed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government last year, gave cabinet the final say on pipeline projects (Straight).
- ALBERTA: ABORIGINAL RESOURCE CONSULTATION
The Alberta government has backtracked on proposals to change the way industry consults with aboriginals on development projects after significant opposition from First Nations. Supreme Court judgments that found governments are constitutionally obliged to consult with aboriginals every time development occurs on their lands (CP).
- ONTARIO: TEACHERS PROTEST
Ontario high school teachers announced late yesterday they, too, will walk off the job for a day Jan. 16, five days after the elementary teachers plan to hold a Friday walkout that Queen’s Park has called illegal (Star).
- PALESTINE/EGYPT: HAMAS-FATAH PEACE TALKS
The leaders of Fatah and Hamas are meeting in Cairo with the Egyptian president in the latest round of reconciliation talks between their long-divided factions (Al Jazeera).
- HONG KONG: LEADER IMPEACHMENT PROTESTS
Hong Kong politicians have made an unprecedented attempt to impeach the leader of the semi-autonomous Chinese city. Yesterday’s bid to impeach Leung Chun-ying, the China-backed chief executive of Hong Kong, comes less than two weeks after thousands took to the streets on January 1 calling for Leung to quit and demanding greater democracy (Al Jazeera).
- CHINA: JOURNALISTS CENSORSHIP STRIKE
In China, The Communist Party leader of Guangdong province has stepped in to help mediate a row over censorship at a Chinese newspaper, a source said, in a potentially encouraging sign for press freedoms in China. The Guangdong Communist Party Committee reportedly said on Tuesday that Hu Chunhua, a rising political figure who took office last month, had offered a solution to the dispute that led to some staff at the Southern Weekly paper going on strike. The dispute began late last week when reporters at the liberal newspaper accused censors of replacing a New Year letter to readers that called for a constitutional government with another piece praising the party’s achievements (Al Jazeera).
- SOUTH AFRICA: FARM WORKER STRIKE
Striking farm workers in South Africa’s Western Cape province have clashed with police after blocking roads in several areas as part of a protest for higher wages (Al Jazeera).
- SPORTS: MAPLE LEAFS MANAGER & LGBT RIGHTS
Brian Burke was fired by the Maple Leafs and replaced with new GM Dave Nonis yesterday.
But as the Toronto Star reports, Many shocked fans welcomed the news, while others took a moment to acknowledge his work with the LGBT community in Toronto. Acknowledging that the NHL was “still very much a macho workplace,” in the last few years Burke made numerous high-profile appearances on behalf of gay rights (Star).