W2MEDIA.CA | Listen to today’s broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm: Host Jane Bouey discusses cultural spaces with City Councillor Andrea Reimer, re-visioning Inner City Schools with parent activist Gwen Giesbrecht, and Labour Councils with VDLC President Joey Hartman. Also Claudio Eckdahl with update from Guatemala.
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- Interview with COPE Education and Parent Activist – Gwen Giesbrecht about presentation to Vancouver School Board on re-visioning Inner City Schools.
- Interview with Joey Hartman – President of the Vancouver and District Labour Council about the history of and future of labour councils.
- Interview with Vision Vancouver City Councillor Andrea Reimer about Councillor Heather Deal’s cultural spaces motion.
- Media Mornings Latin America Report – Claudio Eckdahl reports on Guatemalan court
decision to charge former General and Head of State Efraín Ríos Montt with
genocide and crimes against humanity.
- Music today included Kalen Wi – Lil’wat Soul, Veda Hille – Lucklucky
TODAY’S MEDIA MORNINGS HEADLINES:
- TOP STORY: BC: CHINESE COAL WORKERS SENT HOME—According to the CBC, the company that brought miners from China to work on a B.C. coal project says it is sending some of the workers back home, and is not bringing any more to Canada due to court delays.
- BC: COMMUNITY LIVING STRIKE—Nearly 3,400 community living workers who support adults, children and infants with disabilities and their families are going on strike, starting Wednesday January 30. BCGEU
- CANADA: WEALTH INEQUALITY STATISTICS—It’s not a myth that the One Percent takes home a huge share of economic wealth, according to Statistics Canada. The Canadian Press reports on a StatsCan study which finds that says the top one per cent of the country’s 25.5 million tax filers accounted for 10.6 per cent of total income in 2010.
- USA: BP PLEADS GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER—The BP transnational energy giant has pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in the deaths of 11 workers during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico three years ago. Michael Kunzelman of the Associated Press reports that a U.S. judge agreed yesterday to let the London-based corporation pay a record $4 billion in penalties on the charges.
- BELGIUM: DEMONSTRATIONS AGAINST FACTORY CLOSURE—Water cannons were used yesterday against stone-throwing demonstrators in the Belgian city of Namur, as thousands rallied against the closure of a factory that will put an end to 1,300 jobs. RT News says that many protesters wore respirators to protect themselves against the police attack
- MALI: FRANCE/ITALY TAKE TIMBUKTU, REBELS TAKE CITY—Tuareg fighters claimed yesterday to have seized the strategic Malian city of Kidal and other northern towns as French and Malian troops took hold of Timbuktu from Islamist rebels. The Morning Star newspaper reports that the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (NMLA) appears to have taken advantage of the French-led campaign to dislodge Islamists from towns in northern Mali.