Media Mornings: Tue, Feb 5—Art Sterritt (Coastal First Nations)

W2MEDIA.CA  |  On today’s broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm, hosts Charlene Sayo and David Ball interview Art Sterritt, executive director of Coastal First Nations, about the group’s withdrawal from the Enbridge Northern Gateway review process. Plus we discuss civil rights campaigner Rosa Parks and feminist historian Gerda Lerner.


Art Sterritt
  • Co-hosted by David P. Ball & Charlene Sayo
  • Interview with Art Sterritt, executive director of Coastal First Nations, who yesterday withdrew from the Enbridge Northern Gateway review hearings.
  • Discussion with host Charlene Sayo about her newest Huffington Post article about feminist historian Gerda Lerner, plus the 100th anniversary of civil rights activist Rosa Parks‘ birthday, and Karen Cho’s film “Status Quo“, on feminism in Canada, which premiered in Toronto this week after winning the World Documentary Award at Whistler Film Festival.
  • Media Mornings Latin America Report with Alfonso Osorio delves deeper into news across our hemisphere, including Fidel Castro’s reappearance for parliamentary elections and the health of Hugo Chavez.
  • Music: The Arcade Fire (“Suburbs”), Gabrielle Papillon (“No Common Ground” and “Go Into the Night”), Kytami vs. Numbersix (“Super Moon”).


    An Idle No More organizer in southern Ontario has contacted police after receiving a package containing death threats. Lesley Belleau — who lives in Peterborough but organized Idle No More events in Sault Ste Marie — said she recieved a letter that included the words, ‘You are a dead piece of sh*t. A good Indian is a Dead Indian. Stay away from the SOO Lesley Belleau.’ Also in the envelope were newspaper clippings that reference Belleau’s involvement in Idle No More protests in the Sault area and a cut-out photo of Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo. She said it won’t stop her from speaking out. She said she is not dismissing this incident in light of the history in Canada of racially-motivated violence against aboriginal women. In particular, Belleau pointed to the Dec. 27 abduction and gang rape of a 36-year-old native woman in Thunder Bay, in which the attackers referenced the Indigenous rights movement (Sault Star).
    A coalition of B.C. advocacy groups is aiming to make social housing a provincial election issue. The Georgia Straight reports that, at a news conference yesterday, a group calling itself the Social Housing Coalition B.C. launched a call for 10,000 units of social housing a year to address what it says is a crisis in the province (Straight).
    With less than a month until the stay of eviction expires for W2 Community Media Arts, neither the city of Vancouver nor the remaining members of the W2 Community Media Arts Society are talking publicly about the future of Woodwards’ only community space (Megaphone).
    Lengthy proceedings and a lack of cash have forced Coastal First Nations to quit the federal review hearings on the Northern Gateway pipeline proposal. He says his group has run out of time and patience as the hearings drag on, and the $280,000 it was allotted for the proceedings is no match for the $250 million he says Enbridge is spending on its legal team (CBC).
    The British Columbia government plans to push ahead with legislation to allow for senate elections even though the country’s top court is about to consider whether such a change would be legal. For several years the B.C. government has been supportive of electing senators (Tyee).
    On Friday, the Federal Court of Canada released a decision granting US war resister Jules Tindungan a new hearing before the Immigration and Refugee Board. The Court found errors in the original IRB decision pertaining to issues which are at the heart of asylum claims by US soldiers in Canada. Mr. Tindungan is one of dozens of former US soldiers who have sought asylum in Canada because of their objection to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tindungan refused to return to combat for the United States military in 2008 after serving a 15 month combat tour and seeing first-hand the breaches of the Geneva Conventions committed by US forces (War Resisters Support Campaign).
    Oil, banking, and mining were the top three industry associations to meet with designated public office holders, holding a total of 543 meetings last year between officials and politicians. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers was the busiest lobby group in 2012, meeting 217 times with designated public office holders from ministers and politicians to bureaucratic officials, according to the monthly communications records of the lobbyist registry. The Canadian Bankers Association came in second for holding the most meetings with officials and politicians, at 169. The third highest number of meetings came between The Mining Association of Canada and the government (HillTimes).

    Environmentalists have warned that Arctic nations’ plans to start co-operating over oil spills are vague and fail to define companies’ liability for any accidents in an icy region opening up due to global warming (Guardian).
    Amazonian Indigenous leaders and Tar Sands Blockaders stormed a Houston, Texas conference lobby yesterday to confront the Ecuadorian government’s plans to auction off their native lands to oil companies. In other Keystone XL news, Early yesterday morning, a resident of Norman, Oklahoma, Elizabeth Leja, locked her neck to equipment used in constructing the Keystone XL pipeline. Citing concerns for Oklahoma’s waterways and their importance for the health of future generations, her actions have halted construction at the site on Highway 62, just North of the North Canadian River, for the day. The Gulf Coast Project is the Southern segment of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, a 7 billion dollar project by multinational TransCanada (Tar Sands Blockade).
    Scores of demonstrators in India have demanded that the government repeal a new sexual violence law the Cabinet hurriedly passed last week and replace it with a more comprehensive measure. Activists protesting near parliament yesterday said the law only followed some of the recommendations of a government panel set up after the fatal gang-rape of a woman in New Delhi two months ago (AlJazeera).
    A Pakistani schoolgirl, who was shot by the Taliban, remains defiant in arguing for girls’ education, saying she would keep up the same campaign that led to her attack. 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai said she is “getting better, day by day” after undergoing weeks of treatment at a British hospital (AlJazeera).
    Nepal’s Maoists have vowed to never to guerilla warfare and said they are willing to back an independent prime minister, after holding their party’s general convention. Party leaders said at the general convention in Hetauda on Saturday that they would step down from government to seek a popular mandate to lead a “socialist revolution”, six years after a decade-long armed rebellion which toppled the world’s last Hindu monarchy (AlJazeera).
    Leaders of the five-month-old government in Somalia have said that authorities will do more to protect victims of rape in the Horn of African nation. Sunday’s comments by the newly appointed prime minister and president, come after foreign donors and human rights groups criticised the arrests of a woman allegedly gang-raped by soldiers and the journalist who conducted an interview with her about the sexual abuse. The trial of an unidentified 27-year-old woman, her husband, and the freelance journalist on charges of insulting a government body, making false accusations, and seeking to profit from the allegations, has sparked international concerns over sexual violence and press freedom in the country. Human rights groups say the trial is politically motivated, designed to cover up rampant sexual abuse of women by Somali security forces. The journalist’s trial, which was to take place on Sunday, has been postponed to today (AlJazeera).
    Britain’s former director of public prosecutions, Lord Macdonald, has called for a public inquiry into undercover policing following the Guardian newspaper’s revelations about officers who stole dead children’s identities and formed sexual relationships with members of anti-capitalist and environmental protest groups for decades (Guardian).
    A former CIA station chief in Italy received a seven-year jail sentence on Friday for his role in the kidnapping of an Egyptian Muslim cleric in 2003. A Milan appeals court also handed down two six-year sentences to two American officials for the same crime, the first of the so-called “extraordinary renditions” organised by the United States. Last September Italy’s highest court upheld guilty verdicts on 22 CIA officers and one Air Force pilot for the kidnapping. In that case, all of the Americans were sentenced to seven years in jail, except former CIA Milan station chief Robert Seldon Lady, who was handed a nine-year sentence. The new ruling may boost attempts to shed light on the CIA tactics during George W. Bush’s presidency, and was welcomed by human rights group Amnesty International (AlJazeera).

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