W2MEDIA.CA | Listen to today’s 7-8am broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm. We speak with Five Alarm Funk’s Gabe Boothroyd. Plus Kat Norris of the Indigenous Action Movement. And Joey Hartman, president of the Vancouver District Labour Council.
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- Interview with Gabe Boothroyd of Five Alarm Funk, in the wake of the Vancouver band’s Juno award nomination this month. Plus we play tracks off their newest album, Rock the Sky.
- Interview with Kat Norris of the Indigenous Action Movement, on the weekend’s Indigenous Nationhood forum, police misconduct and the Human Rights Watch RCMP report, and more.
- Media Mornings weekly labour roundup with Joey Hartman, president of the Vancouver District Labour Council, chatting about calls for universal childcare, May’s BC election, and why the right to unionize in a workplace needs to be protected.
- Music: Five Alarm Funk (“Monolith”), Five Alarm Funk (“Iron Pegasus”), Drezus (“Red Winter”), Sweatshop Union (“Labour Pains”)
TODAY’S TOP NEWS HEADLINES:
- TOP STORY: PALESTINIANS PROTEST JAIL DEATH
In Palestine yesterday, thousands of residents attended the funeral of a man who died in Israeli custody after being detained for throwing a rock. Israel claims Arafat Jaradat died of a heart attack; Palestinians say he was tortured to death (Al Jazeera).
- VANCOUVER: COUNCIL APPROVES BEACH TOWERS
Vancouver city council has voted to approve a rezoning application for an infill development at the Beach Towers complex in the West End (Straight).
- VANCOUVER: CHINATOWN TOWER HEARING
Vancouver is set to consider a rezoning application for a 16-storey building in Chinatown tonight, at the second public hearing within two weeks for a tower in the neighbourhood. The public hearing on the redevelopment of 633 Main Street will take place at 6 p.m. tonight at City Hall (Straight).
- VICTORIA: HOMELESS DEATHS
A spike in the number of deaths among Victoria’s homeless population over a four-month period in 2012 prompted an advocacy group at the University of Victoria to call for a coroner’s inquest. The Poverty Law Club said 30 homeless people died in Victoria in the summer and fall of 2012. The causes of death were varied, but the group identified one common factor – poverty (Globe & Mail).
- QUEBEC: STUDENT PROTESTS
Ten people were arrested yesterday for allegedly assaulting police officers during a protest in Montreal against the Quebec government’s decision to increase tuition fees. The protest, organized by the militant student group ASSÉ, was deemed illegal shortly after 2 p.m. yesterday. The group is opposed to the Parti Québécois government’s decision to index tuition to the cost of living, which will increase fees by about three per cent, or $70 a year. ASSÉ said about 50,000 students from across the province opted to go on strike yesterday (CBC).
- CANADA: SENATOR BRAZEAU 911 CALL
A search warrant filed in court says an ongoing argument over aboriginal issues at the home of Senator Patrick Brazeau escalated into a physical and assault confrontation and back-to-back 911 calls to local police. Court documents say Brazeau, 38, has formally pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and sexual assault. Brazeau, a former national chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples — which represents off-reserve natives — has been an outspoken critic of some factions of the aboriginal movement, including the Idle No More movement. The search warrant says the complainant and Brazeau were having an ongoing disagreement over the native file that had begun the night before (CTV).
- CANADA: SENATORS INVESTIGATION
Also in news from Canada’s Senate, Members of the committee that polices Senate expenses have called in two senators for private interviews, raising to six the number of senators whose spending of public funds has come into question this year (Globe & Mail).
- USA: DRONE STRIKE DEATHS
A US senator has said that an estimated 4,700 people have been killed in America’s secretive drone war, the first time a government official has offered a total number of fatalities caused by nearly a decade of drone strikes, local media reported. Republican senator Lindsey Graham, a staunch supporter of the drone raids, revealed the figure last week (AlJazeera).
- MEXICO: DRUG WAR DEATHS
Dozens of people were abducted and killed by Mexican security forces over the past six years, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch. The findings said that the disappearances of 149 people, many of them civilians, followed a pattern in which security forces detained them without warrants at checkpoints, homes or workplaces, or in public. The group criticised former president Felipe Calderon for ignoring the problem, calling it “the most severe crisis of enforced disappearances in Latin America in decades.” The report was a grim reminder of the dark side of the war on drug cartels that killed an estimated 70,000 people during Calderon’s six-year presidency (AlJazeera).
- HAITI: UN BLAMED FOR CHOLERA EPIDEMIC
The UN has taken the rare step of invoking its legal immunity to rebuff claims for compensation from 5,000 victims of the Haiti cholera epidemic, the worst outbreak of the disease in modern times and widely believed to have been caused by UN peacekeepers importing the infection into the country (Guardian).
- MALI: ESCALATING FIGHTING
France’s defence minister has said that French troops are involved in “very violent fighting” in the mountains of northern Mali and that it is too early to talk about a quick pullout from the West African country, despite the growing cost of the intervention (AlJazeera).
- ITALY: ANTI-AUSTERITY ELECTIONS
Three years of German-led austerity and budget cuts aimed at saving the euro and retooling the European economy was left facing one of its biggest challenges as Italian voters’ rejection of spending cuts and tax rises opened up a stark new fissure in European politics on Monday (Guardian).
- INDIA: 100 MILLION ON STRIKE
A strike by millions of low-skilled workers in India has seen banks close and public transport disrupted, amid reports of two deaths in the north. An estimated 100 million Indians, angry about rising prices, low pay and poor working condition, walked off their jobs over the past week last week, with two-days of strike organised by eleven major trade unions. The strikers are demanding a legal minimum wage, fairer contracts and improved working conditions (AlJazeera).