W2MEDIA.CA | Listen to today’s 7-8am broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm: Hosts Jane and Anushka talk Chavez, Working Less, IWD, criminalizing poverty, theatre and mental health with various guests.
- Interview with Hollis Linschoten of the Work Less Party who is running against Christy Clark in the upcoming Provincial Election.
- Interview with Joey Hartman (Vancouver and District Labour Council) about legacy of Hugo Chavez for working people, history of International Women’s Day and exciting events.
- Pivot Legal Society and the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) have recently obtained statistics which reveal that 95% of some bylaw tickets in Vancouver were handed out exclusively in the Downtown Eastside over the last four years. We’ll be talking with Pivot Legal’s Douglas King about the issue.
- Preview of Maladjusted : the mental health system, the people, the play. Talking with Theatre for Living (Headlines) Theatre’s Mallory Gallant
TODAY’S MEDIA MORNINGS HEADLINES
- TOP NEWS: VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT CHAVEZ DIES
After almost two years of battling cancer, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died yesterday afternoon. Vice-president Nicolas Maduro made the announcement on public television shortly after, speaking from the Military Hospital in Caracas, where Chavez was being treated (Al Jazeera).
- VICTORIA: MENTAL HEALTH CARE
More than 20,000 people have signed a petition started by a Vancouver Island family asking the government to provide better emergency mental health care to children and youth. The 11-year-old daughter of Kelly Bradley, who suffers from bipolar disorder, has been refused treatment at Victoria General Hospital (CBC).
- CANADA: MILITARY SPENDING INCREASES
Money spent by National Defence on outside consulting and services has increased dramatically, even as the Harper government claims this practice would be curbed. Spending on external contracting rose by $500 million between 2009 and 2011— and it may be climbing. A report tabled last week by the parliamentary budget officer suggests the amount could jump higher in the current budget year (CP).
- CANADA: PARK SERVICES CUT
Winter services at national parks are being cut, despite the mandate of Parks Canada to increase wilderness activities. But Environment Minister Peter Kent says the cuts make financial sense, since very few people use the outdoor spaces in the winter months (CP).
- NORTH KOREA: MILITARY ROW
North Korea has threatened to scrap the armistice which ended the Korean War if the South and US continue with an ongoing military drill (RT).
- AUSTRALIA: FIRES BLAMED ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Australia’s government has officially blamed climate change for the bushfires, heatwaves, and floods that ravaged the continent during the southern hemisphere’s summer (Grist).