Media Mornings: Wed, May 15 — Post-BC Election Special: Gurpreet Singh (Radio India), Stewart Phillip (UBCIC), Joey Hartman (VDLC)

W2MEDIA.CA  |  Listen to today’s broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm: Reflecting on the BC Liberal’s surprise victory – Host Jane Bouey talks with Gurpreet Singh (Radio India), Grand Chief Stewart Phillip (UBCIC), and Joey Hartman (VDLC).


Christy Clark. Photo by Carlos Tello / The Tyee

  • Gurpreet Singh (Radio India talk show host) discusses shortcomings of polling, weaknesses of NDP campaign, and results in Surrey.

  • Grand Chief Stewart Phillip (President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs) talks impact of BC Liberal victory on Indigenous people in BC. Will mean an “era of conflict and confrontation” “Indigenous peoples of the province will continue to protest pipelines & mines.. greater urgency to building alliances.”


  • BC ELECTION: LIBERAL WIN — In an election night stunner, the BC Liberals overcame a big NDP lead in the polls to win a fourth straight majority on May 14th. A vicious anti-NDP attack ad campaign and the enthusiastic support of the corporate media helped give Premier Christy Clark a caucus of 53 seats out of 85 in the provincial legislature. The Liberal share of the popular vote dropped slightly, from 45% in 2009 to 44% in this campaign, but the expected split in the right-wing vote did not materialize, since the BC Conservatives fell flat with just five percent. That reflected a calculated move by decisive sections of big capital to unite behind Clark, who was not their favoured choice to lead the Liberals. 

  • ALBERTA: WILDFIRE REPORT — Two years ago today, one-third of the northern Alberta town of Slave Lake was destroyed by a wildfire. A review released yesterday by the consulting firm KPMG made 19 recommendations to improve the province’s disaster response planning. The review was released during a disaster conference in Banff, where planning officials from North America discussed lessons learned from such disasters as the Slave Lake fires and Hurricane Katrina. – CP

  • CANADA: SENATOR BRAZEAU FIGHTS REPAYMENT — Senator Patrick Brazeau will fight an order to repay living and travel expenses associated with his home in Gatineau, Quebec, which a Senate committee determined he claimed inappropriately.Toronto Star reporter Joanna Smith says a statement from Brazeau’s office says he will explore all options to fight the Senate decision.

  • ARCTIC: INDIGENOUS PEOPLE DEMAND ENERGY BAN — A growing number of Arctic aboriginals have called for a moratorium on energy development in the North. Bob Weber of the Canadian Press reports that a joint statement was released Monday in Sweden, two days before leaders from the eight circumpolar nations meet and hand over chairmanship of the Arctic Council to Canada.

  • CANADA: NATURAL RESOURCES EXPENSES — Canadian Press reporter Bruce Cheadle says the federal Tories are ramping up ad spending by Natural Resources Canada to take their resource extraction agenda directly to the American market. Budgetary estimates show that $16.5 million has been set aside by the department for advertising this year to highlight what the Harper government calls responsible resource development.

  • USA: CALIFORNIA NUCLEAR CASE — US nuclear regulators have ruled that lengthy court proceedings are necessary before allowing California’s San Onofre power plant to restart. The San Diego plant was shut down in January 2012 after a radiation leak led to the discovery of damage to hundreds of tubes designed to carry radioactive water. – Morning Star

  • GREECE: SCHOOL STRIKE BAN — Greek public-sector workers walked off the job yesterday to protest against a government decision to ban a school strike. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has threatened teachers with arrest of 88,000 education workers if they go ahead with a planned walkout on Friday that would disrupt university entrance exams. Hundreds of people chanting “Hands off Democracy” marched peacefully to parliament in Athens as part of a solidarity action called by public-sector union federation ADEDY. – Morning Star

  • NIGERIA: GOV BOOSTS MILITARY AUTHORITY — President Goodluck Jonathan has given Nigeria’s military authority over the states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe following deadly attacks by Islamist militants. On Tuesday, 53 people were killed and 13 villages burnt in central Nigeria. – RT News

  • INDONESIA: 37 TRAPPED WORKERS RESCUED — Rescuers at a giant US-owned mine in eastern Indonesia have freed four out of 37 workers who were believed trapped underground Tuesday when a tunnel collapsed.Two bodies were reportedly found at the scene, according to RT News  


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