W2MEDIA.CA | Listen to today’s 7-8am broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm:
- Host: David P. Ball
- 7:14 — BC ELECTION — Interview with Suzanne Anton (BC Liberal candidate, Vancouver-Fraserview), about her transition from City Councillor, then Non Partisan Association Mayoral candidate, to provincial politics, and the latest surprising opinion poll numbers.
- 7:25 — BC ELECTION — Charlie Smith (editor, The Georgia Straight), on the latest opinion polls, a controversial BC Liberals’ front-page wrap advertisement on the 24 Hours newspaper yesterday, and more.
- 7:35 — Interview with Sean Holman (former publisher, Public Eye Online; Communication Studies at Mount Royal University in Calgary), about his new documentary Whipped: The Secret World of Party Discipline.
- 7:53 — Media Mornings Latin America Report with Alfonso Osorio delves deeper into news across our hemisphere, including May Day protests in Chile, and how financial interests shape the political system.
- Music: Alt-J (“Dissolve Me”), Metric (“Artificial Nocturne”), Brasstronaut (“Bounce”)
TODAY’S NEWS HEADLINES
- TOP STORY: MONTREAL MAY DAY ARRESTS — Police have arrested 447 people at a large May Day protest in Montreal, under draconian anti demonstration bylaws. Police said they would hand out numerous fines of $500, plus fees, for municipal bylaw violations while a small number might also face criminal charges (CTV).
- GLOBAL: MAY DAY RALLIES — May Day demonstrations took place yesterday on every continent as protesters gathered to mark the traditional date for demanding better workers’ rights. Protests first began in Asia, with tens of thousands of workers in Jakarta calling for improved conditions and mobilising against government plans to cut fuel subsidies. With 80 countries around the world marking May 1 as a public holiday, Istanbul’s Taksim Square was in lockdown on Wednesday, after the Turkish government banned May Day protests there. The square is the site of a 1977 May Day massacre in which dozens of people died under disputed circumstances. In Cambodia, In Phnom Pehn, the Cambodian capital, garment factory workers demanded higher wages and better working conditions (AlJazeera).
- VANCOUVER / BC ELECTION: EX-MAYOR MARIJUANA POLICY — Former Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan has called marijuana prohibition a “failed policy,” the BC Liberal candidate wrote in an opinion piece in the Georgia Straight this week. Sullivan, who served as a Non Partisan Association mayor from 2005 to 2008, described the drug ban as “unconscionable, unnacceptable and unreasonable” because it has caused organized crime to thrive in the province, he wrote, as well as skyrocketing government costs. Sullivan vowed to support a public debate on the legalization of pot if elected (Straight).
- BC ELECTION: POLLS CONFLICT — With less than two weeks until the British Columbia election, a new poll suggests the B.C. Liberals are closing in on the New Democratic Party. According to the poll, conducted by Forum Research following Monday night’s leadership debate, the NDP has a four-point lead over the Liberals, 39% to 35%. The Greens have the support of 12%, while the Conservatives are at 9%, according to Forum (NationalPost). Another recent poll from Abacus Data suggests only a 10-point lead for the New Democrats -– by far the closest result of any B.C. political poll taken since January. But the Tyee reports that the Abacus poll was released at around the same time as a Justason Market Intelligence poll that suggested the New Democrats in fact have a a 22-point lead over the Librerals. The online Abacus poll results for decided and leaning voters were: BC Liberals 33, NDP 43, BC Conservatives nine, Greens 12, others three. The Justason poll results were: Liberals 27, NDP 49, Conservatives 12, Greens 11, others one. A slightly earlier poll by Angus Reid, sampled from April 24-25, reported the NDP at 45 per cent versus the Liberals at 31 per cent (Tyee).
- BC: MINING CONFLICT — The Wet’suwe’ten First Nation has threatened to shut down the $455-million expansion of the Huckleberry Mines Ltd. copper/molybdenum operation, 123 kilometres southwest of Houston, in northern B.C. (VancouverSun).
- CANADA: CBC INDEPENDENCE — The federal government is taking a harder line on collective bargaining, giving itself sweeping new powers to steer independent Crown corporations on their negotiations with employees over wages and benefits. The Conservative government’s stand sets the stage for a looming confrontation with public-sector unions – at both Crown corporations and core departments – that could peak at the time of the next federal election in 2015. The union representing employees at the CBC warns the new powers are a “ridiculous” infringement on the independence of the CBC (Globe&Mail).
- CANADA: UN SECURITY COUNCIL — The foreign affairs minister says Canada won’t be mounting a new campaign for a spot on the United Nations security council. John Baird says Canada is focusing on other priorities. In 2010, Canada was trounced by Portugal in 2010 for the second of two temporary two-year, non-veto-wielding seats on the UN’s top body. It was the first time in the six-decade history of the UN that Canada failed to win a seat for which it made a bid. However, it’s not clear how Canada could have made a bid, since the spots opening up for 2014 are designated for countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America (Globe&Mail).
- BANGLADESH: FACTORY COLLAPSE — Canadian grocery chain Loblaws — whose Joe Fresh clothing was tied to the deadly building collapse in Bangladesh that has so far killed 400 and still has 150 missing — will take further actions to address the situation, executive chairman Galen Weston said. The Canadian chain promised it would move to beef up its audits of its factories in Bangladesh and add building construction reviews (Globe&Mail). Meanwhile, May Day rallies in Bangladesh have taken on an added significance as workers marched through the streets to demand improved safety standards after the deaths. Almost 150 people are still missing follow the collapse of the structure last week which housed clothing factories and other businesses. Some protesters on Wednesday called for the death penalty for the owner of the factory, who remains under arrest in the capital (AlJazeera).