Media Mornings: Wed, Mar 27 — Joey Hartman (VDLC), Cecilia Point (Musqueam), Phyllis Bennis (Institute for Policy Studies)

W2MEDIA.CA  |  Listen to today’s 7-8am broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm: Host Jane Bouey.explores issues of colonialism and Harper Government’s attacks on workers through interviews.

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Cecilia Point (left) and Mary Point at the Musqueam blockade. Photo by David P. Ball
Cecilia Point (left) and Mary Point at the Musqueam vigil. Photo by David P. Ball
  • Update from Cecilia Point on the Musqueam struggle to defend their ancestral village and sacred burial site c̓əsnaʔəm. Plus discussion of upsurge of grassroots activism – Idle No More and the Nishiyuu Walkers.
  • Phyllis Bennis (Institute for Policy Studies) talking with Paul Jay of the Real News Network on Obama’s recent visit to the Middle East.

TODAY’S NEWS HEADLINES

  • BC: CHILDREN IN CARE — In a report released yesterday, B.C. Representative for Children and Youth Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond revealed that only five per cent of children in long-term government care have Comprehensive Plans of Care that are updated regularly. – The Tyee’s Katie Hyslop
  • ALBERTA: OIL SANDS TOXIC SPILL — Waste water that spilled at an oilsands plant in northern Alberta has been released into a nearby river, according to a Canadian Press story by Chris Purdy. The leak was discovered Monday at a Suncor base plant north of Fort McMurray.
  • CANADA: TORY MPS REBEL — Conservative MPs criticised their own government yesterday in a rare show of rebellion against the party discipline imposed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Two backbench MPs complained of being muzzled in the House of Commons, says Joan Bryden, of the Canadian Press.

  • CYPRUS: BAILOUT BANKING CRISIS — Students protested at the presidential palace in Cyprus yesterday, chanting slogans and waving banners, following the announcement that banks will not reopen until Thursday. The eurozone bailout has heightened frustration at the government, reports RT News.

  • TUNISIA: WORLD SOCIAL FORUM — Thousands of people marked the opening of the World Social Forum in Tunis yesterday, marching through the streets and chanting pro-democracy and women’s rights slogans. The Forum is an alternative to the elite annual event held in Davos, Switzerland. – Al Jazeera reports

  • PERU: ENVIRONMENTAL STATE OF EMERGENCY — Peru’s government declared an environmental state of emergency on Monday in a remote Amazon region affected by years of contamination at oilfields operated by Argentina-based Pluspetrol. Indigenous groups in the Pastaza River basin near the Ecuador border have complained for years about the failure of successive governments to stop pollution. – Morning Star

  • NEPAL: LGBT RIGHTS EVENT — LGBT rights activists from across Asia gathered in Kathmandu, Nepal last week for a UN seminar to discuss strategies in the region. – Gay Star News

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