Media Mornings: Thu, Jan 17—Arthur Manuel | Kim Heartty | Charlie Smith

W2MEDIA.CA  |  On today’s broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm, we chat with Enbridge hearing arrestee Kim Heartty, and Arthur Manuel of the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade on attempts to limit the scope of Idle No More.

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Five protesters were arrested after “blowing the whistle” on Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline hearings. Photo: Murray Bush/VMC
  • Hosted by Anushka Nagji and David P. Ball
  • Interview with Arthur Manuel, chair of the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade and former chief of Neskonlith First Nation, on what he sees as Aboriginal leadership’s attempt to limit the scope and tone down the Idle No More movement
  • Interview with Kim Heartty, one of five arrested on Tuesday for breaking into the closed “public” hearing room for Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline, after more than 1,000 demonstrated against the project in Vancouver.
  • Interview with Charlie Smith, editor of the Georgia Straight, on Lower Mainland port expansion, and the court ruling striking down parts of Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s controversial human smuggling law.
  • Media Mornings Latin America Report with Alfonso Osorio, on Mapuche Indigenous resistance in Chile and the Idle No More movement.
  • Music: Sweatshop Union (“Oh my”), Buffy Ste Marie (“No No Keshekesh”), Mos Def (“Mathematics”)

TODAY’S MEDIA MORNINGS HEADLINES:

  • TOP STORY: INDIGENOUS DAY OF ACTION & BLOCKADES
    Three rail blockades launched in British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario ended by late evening yesterday on a day that saw rallies sweep across the country along with altercations between motorists and protesters (APTN).
  • The cross-country blockades to disrupt Canada’s economy and infrastructure are revealing tensions within both the Idle No More movement and aboriginal leadership in the country, sparking debate over what tactics are appropriate in the quest for Native self-determination and who gets to police that line (ICTMN).
  • The commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police has taken to YouTube to defend his department’s handling of the Idle No More movement in light of criticism thrown at it by the courts and media. Ontario’s top cop said it’s important to understand the overall strategy and that First Nations hold a lot of the power. “First Nations have the ability to paralyze this country by shutting down travel and trade routes,” said Chris Lewis in the video posted Tuesday morning (APTN).
  • The man filling in for the Assembly of First Nations’ National Chief has promised to mount a defence against any future plan to oust Shawn Atleo, as new evidence emerges that chiefs critical of his cooperative approach are working behind the scenes to potentially edge him out. Deep divisions between Mr. Atleo’s allies and hardliners who see him as pandering to the Harper government (POSTMEDIA).
  • VANCOUVER: HOMELESSNESS FINES KEPT
    THE CITY OF Vancouver will not proceed with higher maximum fines for infractions under three bylaws as it awaits the outcome of a court challenge launched by a former homeless man (GEORGIA STRAIGHT).
  • VANCOUVER: FURLONG LAWSUIT
    The chief executive of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics has been accused in B.C. Supreme Court documents of hitting children on the backs of their heads with a hockey stick and locking children out of an elementary school in the middle of winter while he taught in Burns Lake, B.C., more than 40 years ago. Furlong has denied the allegations and says his reputation has been severely damaged; none have been proven in court (TYEE).
  • CANADA: MALI INVASION SUPPORT
    Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is leaving the door open to further contributions in support of the French-led mission in Mali, following a meeting with the ambassadors of France, Mali and the Ivory Coast (CBC). France now has 1,400 troops on the ground in Mali, more than half the total of 2,500 it plans to deploy in its former colony, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has said. The soldiers have been sent to the West African state as part of an operation against al-Qaeda linked groups who are in control of the north (AL JAZEERA).
  • AFGHANISTAN/USA: MARINE DEMOTED
    A US marine who pleaded guilty to urinating on the corpse of a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan is likely be demoted one rank under a plea agreement. Staff Sergeant Edward W Deptola admitted to multiple charges at a court-martial on Wednesday, including that of violating orders by desecrating remains and posing for photographs with the corpses (AL JAZEERA).
  • ERITREA: CANADIAN MINE FORCED LABOUR
    A highly critical human rights report scheduled for release Tuesday is expected to shed new light on the darker implications of the Conservative government’s ambitions for Canadian mining companies in Africa. The report by Human Rights Watch says Vancouver-based Nevsun Resources failed to ensure that forced labour was not used in the construction of its mine in Eritrea, the hermit-like pariah state on the Horn of Africa (CP).
  • ALGERIA: OIL HOSTAGE DEATHS
    Thirty-four hostages and 15 of their al Qaida-linked kidnappers were killed today in an air strike by the Algerian armed forces, according to various media reports. The siege by an al-Qaida linked group began on Wednesday, with the kidnappers demanding an end to France’s intervention in neighboring Mali. The terrorist group said it also wanted ti punish Algeria for allowing French warplanes to overfly the country (HA’ARETZ).
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