THIS WEEK ON MEDIA MORNINGS: Vol 4 (March 26)

Unveiling our March 26 edition (Vol. 4) of This Week on Media Mornings! The best interviews, headlines & music from the past week’s shows. Listen online now, or download the podcast:

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The Journey of the Nishiyuu has swelled to 200 walkers as it enters Algonquin territory. Photo: Ottawa Citizen

On Volume 4:

  • Interview with Gordon Matthews (Cree Nation of Wemindji) and Nathalie Mathias (Algonquin, Anishinabe First Nation of Lac Simon), both of whom joined the Journey of the Nishiyuu, a two month-long, 1,500 km journey on foot from the roadless far north of Quebec all the way to Ottawa in support of Idle No More. Now reaching almost 200 walkers, the group will be arriving in Ottawa on March 25. Media Mornings caught up with several walkers on the road. Interviewed by David P. Ball.
  • Interview with Mary Muter, an environmental lawyer with the Sierra Club of Canada, marking World Water Day. Interviewed by Derrick O’Keefe.
  • Interview with Wade Roland, author Saving the CBC, as well as more than a dozen nonfiction books including Galileo’s Mistake and Ocham’s Razor. He has worked in senior management at both CBC and CTV and believes that the CBC is confronting a new crisis that could signal the end of public broadcasting as we know it in Canada. Interviewed by Jane Bouey.

  • Music: Russell Wallace (“The Place We Put Our Shoes Back”), CerAmony (“Looks Like Change”), Stompin’ Tom Connors (“The Bridge Came Tumblin Down”)

THIS WEEK ON MEDIA MORNINGS TOP NEWS HEADLINES

  • TOP STORY: JOURNEY OF NISHIYUU — A January walk that began in Quebec’s northernmost Cree community with a snow machine breaking trail ended 1,600 kilometres later with a crowd of thousands forming a path on Parliament Hill yesterday to make way for a group of Cree youth who had captured the attention of a nation (APTN).
  • BC: ENBRIDGE NORTHERN GATEWAY — Lawyers for the provincial government have wrapped up cross-examination of company experts at the Northern Gateway review hearings (Globe & Mail).
  • QUEBEC: CORRUPTION INQUIRY — For months, the former Montreal mayor’s onetime underlings have portrayed Bernard Trépanier as the mastermind who skimmed millions of dollars in public funds for political activities while they innocently went about their civic duties. The Charbonneau commission has heard about a vast conspiracy to funnel millions from construction contracts into the coffers of political parties and the pockets of crooked bureaucrats and party officials (Globe & Mail).
  • NEW BRUNSWICK: TORY’S SEXIST COMMENTS — Comments made by Conservative Cabinet Minister Keith Ashfield in New Brunswick have been widely decried as sexist, but yesterday the federal fisheries minister refused to apologize in the House of Commons yesterday for telling a high school student leader she’ll “make a wonderful wife” someday, though he later clarified that the statement was taken “out of context” (Postmedia).
  • CANADA: TRANSGENDER RIGHTS BILL PASSES — LEGISLATION AIMED AT protecting transgender people from discrimination is on its way to the Canadian Senate after passing the House of Commons last Wednesday (Georgia Straight).
  • CANADA: DEVELOPMENT AGENCY SHUTTERED — For 45 years, the Canadian International Development Agency has been synonymous with Canada’s efforts to alleviate poverty and respond to disasters abroad. That brand – as Canada and the world know it, at least – is no longer (Globe & Mail). But as rabble.ca’s Nydia Daupin writes, development aid has never been apolitical, and CIDA’s demise for some activists is seen as a long-sought admission that government aid has never been about charity, but “serves first and foremost the aim of bolstering the interests of the donor country” (rabble.ca).
  • IRAQ: WAR ANNIVERSARY — Car bombs and suicide attacks shattered Iraq’s capital this week, marking the tenth anniversary on Thursday of the U.S. invasion that removed Saddam Hussein and plunged the country into chaos that has killed at least 100,000 civilians. The United Nations says almost seven million Iraqis, almost a quarter of the population, are now living in poverty (Al Jazeera).
  • TURKEY/ISRAEL: GAZA FLOTILLA COMPENSATION — Israel and Turkey began talks this week about compensation Israel will pay the families of victims of the 2010 flotilla raid which killed nine activists on the ship the Mavi Marmara carrying medicines and construction materials to Gaza, which is under Israeli blockade. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the Turkish leader to apologize for the botched raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla in 2010 that killed eight Turks and one Turkish-American (Ha’aretz).
  • BURMA/MYANMAR: ANTI-MUSLIM VIOLENCE — Mosques and houses have been ransacked in central Burma, the latest in a series of incidents since sectarian violence broke out in the country. About 300 people attacked a mosque and destroyed Muslim-owned shops and houses about 50 km from the capital Rangoon, reports say. This comes after more troops arrived in Meiktila, where at least 30 people have reportedly died since last Wednesday (BBC).
  • CYPRUS: BAILOUT CONTROVERSY — Cyprus has clinched a deal with international lenders for a $13 billion bailout that will shut down its second largest bank and inflict heavy losses on uninsured depositors, including wealthy Russian and British citizens. A first attempt at a deal last week collapsed when the Cypriot parliament rejected a proposed levy on all deposits (Al Jazeera).
  • UN: ARMS SALES VOTE — A majority of UN member states have issued a statement saying that the latest draft of an international treaty to end unregulated arms sales is a “step backwards” from earlier language. The statement, which is currently circulating at the negotiations in New York and has been signed by 103 countries, called for ammunition to be brought more fully into the treaty and for it to include gifts, loans and leases, as well as monetary transfers, of weapons between countries. States have also called for the treaty to prevent weapon transfers where there is a “substantial risk” – rather than an “overriding risk”, as the draft currently states – of violations of human rights law. The US, Russia, China and Japan are among those that have not signed (Guardian).
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