Media Mornings: Tue, May 14 — BC Election Day Special: Bob Mackin (investigative journo), Andrew MacLeod (Tyee), Charlene Sayo

W2MEDIA.CA  |  Listen to today’s broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm:

Voting opens today across the province. Photograph by: Ward Perrin, PNG.

  • Interview with Andrew MacLeod (BC Legislative Bureau Chief, The Tyee) on the big issues, and the under-reported ones, of the campaign.

  • Interview with Alfonso Osorio (MM Latin America Report host) on the BC election.
  • Music: Cmdr. Chris Hadfield (David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”), Willie Nelson (“On the Road Again”), Lee Reed (“Ballot in the Box“), Sam Cooke (” Change is gonna come”).
  • Hosts: Irwin Oostindie & David P. Ball


  • BC ELECTION: VOTING TODAY — Voters in British Columbia go to the polls today in what was the provincial New Democrats’ election to lose. It was the Liberals’ to survive — early polls suggested the best they could hope for was to save their party and prevent a rout in a province known for not just voting governments out of power, but sending them into political purgatory (CP).
  • BC: QUEEN OF NORTH ACCIDENT — The jury in the Queen of the North trial has reached a guilty verdict in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. Former BC Ferries navigation officer Karl Lilgert has been convicted of two charges of criminal negligence causing death. The maximum penalty for criminal negligence causing death is life imprisonment (CBC).
  • QUEBEC: CORRUPTION INQUIRY — A witness who delivered bombshell testimony at Quebec’s corruption inquiry, detailing decades of political graft, has admitted to lying during part of his testimony. Gilles Cloutier returned to the inquiry yesterday with a message: that although he had testified about owning a summer cottage in Quebec’s Charlevoix region he was, in fact, just renting it. That admission about a seemingly minor detail was seized upon by lawyers during cross-examination — and they used it to pound away at Cloutier’s credibility. Cloutier had made waves at the inquiry with an insider’s account of how the construction industry used its political connections to manipulate the procurement process, and even rig municipal elections. He has implicated a sitting Quebec judge and a former Parti Quebecois stalwart during his testimony (CP).
  • LABRADOR: LIBS WIN BY-ELECTION —Yvonne Jones recaptured what has traditionally been safe Liberal ground, rolling up a big victory over Conservative Peter Penashue in Labrador’s federal byelection. With all 91 polls reporting, the Liberal candidate’s share of the vote was 48 per cent, compared with 33 per cent for the Conservative candidate and 19 per cent for the NDP’s Harry Borlase. Labrador has been a Liberal stronghold for decades. Penashue — a prominent Innu leader — wrested the riding away for the Conservatives in 2011, eking out a 79-vote win. He garnered less than 40 per cent of the ballots cast, and was helped by a stronger than expected NDP showing that siphoned off Liberal support. Up until that surprise victory two years ago, the region had only once gone Conservative blue since Newfoundland and Labrador joined Canada in 1949. Penashue quit as MP in March after repaying $30,000 in compensation for “ineligible contributions” he accepted during the 2011 election. He immediately announced he would run in the ensuing by-election (CBC).
  • MEXICO: MALCOLM X GRANDSON MURDERED — Police in Mexico have detained two men suspected of involvement in the murder of Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of US political activist Malcolm X. The suspects work at the bar where Mr Shabazz, 29, was beaten and have been charged with murder and robbery. 3 more suspects are being sought. Shabazz was found with fatal wounds in Plaza Garibaldi, a popular tourist area packed with bars and restaurants, and taken to a Mexico City hospital, where he died of his injuries a day later. Miguel Suarez, a union activist who was travelling with Malcolm Shabazz, said they had been in Mexico as part of their efforts to advocate more rights for Mexican construction workers in the United States (BBC).
  • CUBA: LGBT RIGHTS MARCHES — Hundreds of Cubans have staged a protest against homophobia and for gay rights, in the capital, Havana. The march was led along Havana’s central streets by Cuban gay rights campaigner Mariela Castro. Ms Castro is the head of Cuba’s National Sexual Education Centre – an organiser of the march – and daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro. Before Raul Castro came to power in 2008, no gay rights marches had been allowed in Cuba. Many were carrying rainbow banners and chanting “Homophobia, no! Socialism, yes!”. Ms Castro said she was optimistic that Cuba would eventually legalise gay marriage, but that the hardest part would be overcoming prejudice. In the 1960s and 70s, gay men and lesbians in Cuba were fired, imprisoned or sent to “re-education camps” (BBC).
  • BANGLADESH: FACTORY UNIONS ALLOWED — Thousands are gathering today for a funeral vigil at the wreckage of a garment factory where 1,127 died in Bangladesh. Meanwhile, several of the biggest Western retailers embraced a plan that would require them to pay for factory improvements in Bangladesh as the three-week search for victims of the worst garment-industry disaster in history ended yesterday. Bangladesh’s government also agreed to allow garment workers to form unions without permission from factory owners. That decision came a day after it announced a plan to raise the minimum wage in the industry. The collapse of the eight-story Rana Plaza factory building April 24 focused worldwide attention on hazardous conditions in Bangladesh’s garment industry, where workers sew low-cost clothing that ends up on store shelves around the globe, including the U.S. and Western Europe – and Canada, where grocery chain Loblaw clothing brand Joe Fresh has come under scrutiny for its sourcing (AP).
  • SOUTH AFRICA: MINERS STRIKE — Thousands of mine workers have downed tools at South Africa’s Lonmin mine after a union leader was shot dead in the restive platinum belt at the weekend, a company official said. The workers were singing and dancing on the streets, according to a witness. Last Saturday, four unidentified men killed a mining union leader Mawethu Steven, a member of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) which has recorded growing membership at the mine. The union leader was due to testify at a judicial inquiry into last year’s killings by police of 34 striking mineworkers (AlJazeera).

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