Media Mornings: Thu, Mar 7 – Joyce Murray (Liberal Party Canada), Jorge Barrera (APTN), Charlie Smith (Straight)

W2MEDIA.CA  |  On today’s 7-8am broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm, we interview federal Liberal leadership candidate Joyce Murray; APTN’s Jorge Barrera on reporting in Venezuela under Chávez; and the Georgia Straight’s Charlie Smith.

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  • Interview with Joyce Murray (candidate for Liberal Party of Canada‘s leadership race), on her plan to cooperate with NDP and Greens to defeat Stephen Harper. Under the party’s new Supporter class, non-members can vote for party leader; the deadline to become a Supporter has passed, but members and Supporters must register to vote by March 14.
  • Interview with Charlie Smith (editor, The Georgia Straight), about the BC election, Christy Clark’s premiership, and new calls for her to resign in the wake of the “ethnicgate” scandal.
  • Media Mornings Latin America Report with Alfonso Osorio discusses whether the Bolivarian revolution can continue without Hugo Chavez.
  • Music: Trent Severn (“Bluenose on a Dime”), Desorden Público (“Tierra Tiembla”), Silvio Rodríguez (“Cita con ángeles”), Pacifika (“Chocolate”)

TODAY’S MEDIA MORNINGS HEADLINES

  • TOP NEWS: VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT CHAVEZ FUNERAL
    Venezuelans have begun seven days of national mourning with a massive funeral procession yesterday, after the announcement that their president, Hugo Chavez, died aged 58 after a long battle against cancer (Al Jazeera).
  • VANCOUVER: DTES BYLAW TICKETS
    Vancouver police are targeting the poor people of Downtown Eastside with an abundance of bylaw infractions from jaywalking to public urination according to newly released information. Some 95 per cent of some bylaw offences have been enforced exclusively in the troubled neighbourhood. Statistics show that 1448 tickets were given out in the Downtown Eastside under the Street and Traffic Bylaw over the last four years, with the next closest neighbourhood, the downtown core, receiving only 28 (APTN).
  • SURREY: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
    A LONG-TIME ADVOCATE is calling attention to violence against women in immigrant communities in the Lower Mainland, as International Women’s Day approaches tomorrow (Straight).
  • QUEBEC: STUDENT PROTESTS SWELL AGAIN
    Premier Pauline Marois has called for calm as another nighttime student protest march was held, this time in the provincial capital. The marches are a rekindling of a regular tactic during last year’s student unrest and are anchored on the same theme: anger over government increases in the cost of education (CP).
  • CANADA: ABORIGINAL PRISONERS
    The First Nations prison population in Canada has risen to 23 per cent, up from 14 per cent 10 years ago – and despite making up only 4 per cent of the general Canadian population – according to a special report on aboriginals in the Canadian correctional system that will be released Thursday (CTV).
  • CANADA: FOREIGN AFFAIRS MIINISTER CRITICIZED PALESTINIANS
    Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has told a powerful pro-Israel lobby in the US that Palestinians will feel “consequences” from Canada if they pursue the Israeli state at the International Criminal Court. Palestinian officials have said they would have no choice but to pursue Israel at the International Criminal Court to halt construction of new settlements in what it claims as its territory. Baird delivered his message to an approving audience Sunday in Washington at the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (CP).
  • SYRIA: UN PEACEKEEPERS DETAINED
    The UN says 20 of its peacekeepers have been detained by an armed group in the occupied Golan Heights on the border between Syria and Israel. A video from the hostage-takers said the convoy would not be released until Syrian government forces withdrew from the Syrian village of Jamla, located near the occupied Golan Heights (Al Jazeera).
  • IRAQ: US TORTURE DOCS
    The Pentagon sent a US veteran of the “dirty wars” in Central America to oversee sectarian police commando units in Iraq that set up secret detention and torture centres to get information from insurgency. These units conducted some of the worst acts of torture during the US occupation and accelerated the country’s descent into full-scale civil war. Colonel James Steele was a 58-year-old retired special forces veteran when he was nominated by Donald Rumsfeld to help organise the paramilitaries in an attempt to quell a Sunni insurgency (Guardian).
  • KENYA: ELECTION PROBLEMS
    A row has broken out in Kenya over whether spoiled ballots should be included in the presidential vote count following tightly contested polls. The coalition of candidate Uhuru Kenyatta accused the UK of playing a “shadowy” role by trying to deny him outright victory in Monday’s vote. The UK denied the allegation. There have been severe delays in counting as the electronic system has crashed. More than 1,000 people were killed in the violence which broke out in 2007-08 after Mr Odinga claimed he had been cheated of victory by supporters of President Mwai Kibaki, who is stepping down after two terms in office (BBC).
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