W2MEDIA.CA | On today’s broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm, Chris Hannah, from Canadian punk legends Propagandhi, interviewed by hosts David P. Ball & Anushka Nagji interview. Plus we chat with Georgia Straight editor Charlie Smith.
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- Interview with Chris Hannah, from Manitoba punk band Propagandhi, about their newest album, Failed States, the process of overcoming political complacency, and what it’s like to be voted the second Worse Canadian in History.
- Interview with Charlie Smith, editor the Georgia Straight, on an Amnesty International event exploring the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and Vancouver cultural policy.
- Media Morning’s Latin America Report host Alfonso Osorio on W2 Belongs to Me speaking out about their eviction from Woodwards at City Council yesterday.
- Music: Propagandhi—“Note to Self”, “Lotus Gait”, “Dear Coach’s Corner”, “Cut Into the Earth”
TODAY’S MEDIA MORNINGS HEADLINES
- TOP STORY: ISRAEL BOMBS SYRIA
The Syrian army has confirmed that Israeli jets crossed into Syria below the radar level yesterday and hit a military research centre in Jamraya, near Damascus, raising the spectre of foreign intervention in the country’s civil war, which began as Arab Spring style protests (Al Jazeera).
- VANCOUVER: FOOD POLICY
Vancouver has approved a municipal food strategy that includes over 70 actions focused on the city’s food system. City council voted unanimously yesterday to adopt the strategy after hearing from more than 15 speakers. City staff told council this week that the strategy includes a focus on the five priority areas of food production, increasing resident participation in community food programs, improving food access, addressing infrastructure gaps in local food processing and distribution, and expanding food waste diversion (Straight).
- BC: METIS COURT CASE
The President of the BC Metis Federation, Keith Henry says the 6,300-strong federation is tired of being “ignored” by the federal and provincial governments. The nonprofit society has repeatedly tried to gain recognition from both levels of government since its founding in 2011. However, cabinet ministers have responded by stating that the rival Métis Nation British Columbia represents all Métis people in the province. According to Henry, the MNBC—which dates back to 1996, has 7,500 members, and is affiliated with the Métis National Council—doesn’t represent most BCMF members and only speaks for a small portion of the more than 60,000 B.C. residents who identify as Métis (Straight).
- BC: SMART METERS
B.C. Hydro appears to be backing away from plans to force smart meters on unhappy customers, but it’s unclear if people can completely opt out of the program, as suggested recently by Liberal MLA Gordon Hogg. Both B.C. Hydro and Energy Minister Rich Coleman said Tuesday that the controversial devices will not be installed without a customer’s consent. Earlier, Hydro spokeswoman Cindy Verschoor said a new wave of meter installers would ignore signs from homeowners requesting the company not install smart meters, and would remove bars, boxes, locks or other barricades that prevented access. Critics of the $1-billion program say the wireless technology used by the smart meters is unhealthy, and thousands of people have blocked Hydro from replacing their old devices (Straight).
- FIRST NATIONS: ASSEMBLY FAULT LINES
Fault lines continue to appear in the Assembly of First Nations after Serpent River Chief Isadore Day wrote National Chief Shawn Atleo this week, warning him to stay away from the prime minister in a letter obtained by APTN National News (APTN).
- ONTARIO: NATIVE TORIES MOCK THERESA SPENCE AT FUNDRAISER
Meanwhile, two members of Stephen Harper’s Conservative caucus — an elected MP and a senator — publicly disparaged the Idle No More movement and Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence at a fundraising dinner for a provincial candidate on Tuesday. Sen. Patrick Brazeau referred to Spence’s “so-called hunger strike” in addressing about 80 people at a Legion hall in the Ottawa suburb of Orleans, and mocked her physical shape. “I was sick two weeks ago,” Brazeau said. “I had the flu and I lost five pounds. “I look at Miss Spence, when she started her hunger strike, and now?” Brazeau added as a voice in the hall called out, “She’s fatter,” which drew laughter from much of the audience. Brazeau said though Idle No More has put aboriginal issues in the news, he does not support their methods. “They don’t stand for anything,” he said. “I, as an Algonquin person, am living proof that no one will colonize me” (Toronto Star).
- SYRIA: MASSACRE DISCOVERY
The UN-Arab League envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, said The Syrian conflict has reached “unprecedented levels of horror”, in remarks that came just hours after dozens of people were found shot dead in Aleppo city in what is being called a “new massacre” (AlJazeera).
- ZIMBABWE: $200 BANK ACCOUNT
The balance in cash-strapped Zimbabwe’s government public account has fallen to just $217 after paying public workers’ salaries last week, the country’s finance minister has said. Al Jazeera reports that Zimbabwe’s economy plummeted at the turn of the millennium, after President Robert Mugabe began seizing white-owned farms (AlJazeera).
- AUSTRALIA: WIKILEAKS JULIAN ASSANGE TO AUSTRALIAN SENATE
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange plans to run for a seat in the Australian Senate in 2013, it has been confirmed on Wednesday. It is not yet clear how he will escape from London’s Ecuadorean embassy. A native of Australia’s Queensland state, Assange said in March last year that he wanted to “bring liberty back to the center of Australian politics.” His Senate candidacy will help him defend free speech and the “right of citizens… to live their lives free from state interference,” he explained. After taking political asylum in Ecuador’s embassy in London in June, Assange expressed interest in the senate seat in December, when he said that he would run as a candidate as part of a yet-to-be-formed WikiLeaks party (RT).
- GREECE: AUSTERITY STRIKES AND PROTESTS
Austerity enraged protesters broke into a government building and threatened the labor minister, Wednesday. Riot police then intervened with tear gas, batons and pepper spray, with one person taken to hospital. The protest, by a few hundred people, was organized by a Communist backed labor union, and took place in front of the Labor Ministry building. The protesters were voicing their anger by the severe austerity measures that have gripped Greece since the financial crisis took hold in the country in late 2009 (RT).