W2MEDIA.CA | Listen to today’s broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm:
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- Interview with Duane Nickull (BC Conservative candidate, Vancouver-Point Grey riding), on fiscal conservatism and social liberalism. Debts and deficits. Climate change action. Party discipline versus representing constituents. Being in a punk band. And more.
- Interview with Sam Sullivan (BC Liberal candidate, Vancouver-False Creek riding; former Mayor of Vancouver), on his tumultuous history with Premier Christy Clark, the BC Rail scandal, marijuana decriminalization, and more.
- Interview with Charlie Smith (editor, The Georgia Straight), on ex-MLA Kash Heed’s admission he will not be voting in this election, the impact of the BC Rail scandal on the Liberals and the falsified Adrian Dix memo on the NDP, whether negative advertising actually works, and more.
- Music: 22nd Century (“Heard it on the Radio”), Michael Franti (“Nobody Right, Nobody Wrong”), Tanya Tagaq feat. Buck 65 (“Gentle”), 22nd Century (“U Generation”)
TODAY’S TOP NEWS HEADLINES
- TOP STORY: BC ELECTION: NEW ATTACK ADS — The latest BC Liberal attack ad aimed at New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix says his creation of a fake document aimed at misleading a police investigation is wrong at any age. The ad focuses on a statement by Dix during last week’s leaders’ debate, when he said that he took responsibility for forging a 1998 document for his boss, then-premier Glen Clark, but that he was 35 years old at the time (CP). The B.C. Liberals are refusing to pull the online video that attacks New Democratic Party leader Adrian Dix. Within hours of the video being posted, a representative for the consortium that organized the television debate demanded it be pulled, saying the footage is copyrighted and all parties agreed would be off-limits for partisan use (VancouverSun). In response to the Liberal ad, the NDP launched its own ad, citing the past 12 years of B.C. Liberal government, saying the Liberals should take responsibility for misleading British Columbians about the HST, for the BC Rail scandal and for the ‘quick wins’ ethnic outreach scandal.
- VANCOUVER: CULTURAL SPACES — Amidst the displacement and eviction of a string of Vancouver’s arts and culture spaces, a report is set to go before city council next week recommends that the Waldorf Hotel be added to the Vancouver Heritage Register (GeorgiaStraight). Meanwhile, several non-profit organizations across Vancouver have received eviction notices this month. Evictions include COPE in Chinatown, VIVO Media Arts in Mount Pleasant, Spartacus Books in Strathcona and the Junction in Gastown (Mainlander).
- BC ELECTION: NATURAL GAS PLANS CRITICIZED — B.C.’s greenhouse gas emission targets will go up in smoke if the province gives the go-ahead to development of major liquefied natural gas plants on the north coast, critics charged yesterday. The NDP, Liberals and B.C. Conservatives have all come out in favour of northern B.C.’s potentially lucrative LNG industry. The Greens argue the province should be developing renewable energy, not rushing to export as much natural gas as possible — and that in order to take climate change seriously, urgency is required. (VancouverSun).
- BC ELECTION: COAL PROMOTION — In the lead-up to the provincial election, a special Globe and Mail feature extolling the virtues of B.C.’s coal industry has raised concerns about the increasingly blurred line between editorial and promotional content. On May 1, the paper’s B.C. section included a three-page section about the coal mining industry. Below each of the three articles, were ads from various mineral and energy companies, as well as for VoteMining.ca. But despite a formal election complaint filed by Kevin Washbrook of Voters Taking Action on Climate Change, the Chief Electoral finance officer told The Tyee that, after following up with the Globe, he was satisfied the supplement was not paid advertising because the articles were written on behalf of the Globe and Mail and were published without charge (Tyee).
- CANADA: OIL SANDS TRADE WAR — Canada’s Natural Resources Minister is raising the prospect of a trade fight with the European Union over its proposal to label oil-sands crude as dirty even as both sides try to seal a major deal to liberalize two-way two-way trade. Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver, in In Brussels yesterday, said Ottawa would consider launching a complaint with the World Trade Organization, the global referee for commercial disputes, if the EU proceeds with a fuel-quality directive that singles out crude from Canada’s oil sands as the most harmful to the planet’s climate (Globe&Mail).
- CANADA: CLIMATE SCIENTISTS WARNING — Meanwhile, the Canadian government’s promotion of the tar sands industry is setting the world on a course of catastrophic climate change, a group of climate scientists and economists have warned. The academics urged Canada’s natural resources minister, Joe Oliver, to consider the consequences of his support for expanding Alberta’s tar sands production (Guardian).
- ONTARIO: TEACHER FIRED OVER SAFE SEX POSTER — More than 100 parents, students, alumni and former teachers flocked to the library at the Delta Alternative School in Toronto last night to demand the reinstatement of a teacher who was sent out of the classroom for posting allegedly “inappropriate” posters. The posters — pinned to a bulletin board at the back of the classroom, showed tips on how gay and bisexual men can practise safe sex. The posters were created by AIDS Committee Toronto for an adult audience. However Mr. Mackey stressed that the posters — which have been in the classroom since October — contained useful tips on safe sexual practices for teenagers (NationalPost).
- QUEBEC: STUDENT PROTEST INQUIRY — The Quebec government has named a three-person panel to investigate events related to last year’s student crisis that made international news. Public Security Minister Stephane Bergeron told reporters yesterday the panel will study the actions of students and police during anti-tuition demonstrations that rocked the province. Many protesters accused the police of abuses including arbitrary mass roundups and fines, indiscriminate pepper-spraying, and restricting mobility rights. A number had been demanding a full public inquiry into police actions (CP).
- PALESTINE/ISRAEL: HAWKING CONFIRMS BOYCOTT — World-renowned physicist confirms he is boycotting next month’s Presidential Conference at urging of Palestinian activists and academics. Haaretz reports that Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has canceled his planned appearance at next month’s Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, apparently in response to the urging of Palestinian activists and academics. According to the statement published with Hawking’s approval by BRICUP, a group that works to promote an academic boycott of Israel, the cancelation was “his independent decision to respect the boycott, based upon his knowledge of Palestine, and on the unanimous advice of his own academic contacts there.” Conference chairman Israel Maimon told the Guardian that Hawking’s decision was “outrageous and wrong” (Ha’aretz).