Media Mornings: Wed, May 22 — Joey Hartman (VDLC), Scott Bernstein (Pivot Legal), Emilie Smith (Guatamala solidarity)

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 Drug users and organizations that support people who are dependent on drugs gathered at Abbotsford City Hall  yesterday afternoon to announce the launch of a lawsuitand human rights complaint that will be filed against the City of Abbotsford. photo - pivot legal
Drug users and organizations that support people who are dependent on drugs gathered at Abbotsford City Hall yesterday afternoon to announce the launch of a lawsuit and human rights complaint that will be filed against the City of Abbotsford. photo – pivot legal
  • Discussion with Joey Hartman (Vancouver and District Labour Council) about Bangladesh factory collapse and  solidarity strategies for improving working conditions.
  • Imagine if your city government decided to take a public vote to determine whether you and your family members should have access to health care. Scott Bernstein (Pivot Legal) explains this is why three individual drug users and an organization representing drug users in British Columbia have filed two legal actions against the City of Abbotsford challenging its 2005 “anti-harm reduction” bylaw.  1) a lawsuit in BC Supreme Court 2) a claim at the BC Human Rights Tribunal.
  • We talk with Emilie Smith, an Anglican priest who has spent much of her life working with the Maya in Guatamala, about the annulment of the conviction of former President General Rios Montt for mass killings and genocide.
  • News headlines:
  • Teachers who wore campaign buttons to school five years ago and posted political messages on classroom doors were exercising their right to free expression in a way that did not detract from their students’ education, the B.C. Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday, .Janet Steffenhagen of the Vancouver Sun, reports.
  • CBC is reporting Surrey RCMP are investigating an alleged racist assault on an animal rights protester outside the Cloverdale Rodeo this weekend that was posted on YouTube.

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper flew out of Ottawa yesterday, leaving behind a political storm faced by his Conservative government. Harper is on a trip to South America to discuss membership in a trade alliance of four countries with right-wing governments. The alliance aims to eliminate economic borders between the countries, creating an integrated market.  The expenses scandal dominated Tuesday’s Senate session, the first since the audits on senators Mike Duffy, Mac Harb and Patrick Brazeau were released. – CBC

  • Steve Rennie of the Canadian Press reports that dozens of people appointed to patronage jobs are breaking federal rules by donating to the Conservative party. A Canadian Press investigation found as many as one of every five chairpersons on the Employment Insurance Boards of Referees gave money to political parties, riding associations and candidates while they served on the tribunal.

  • The federal court has dismissed a union challenge of temporary foreign worker permits that were granted to HD Mining, according to the Tyee’s Aurora Tejeida.

  • Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said yesterday that he had agreed with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang to settle a long-running border dispute. The UK Morning Star reports  that a meeting between the two leaders took place following a flare-up last month along their joint border.

  • The British House of Commons has voted to allow gay marriage in England and Wales,  by a vote of 366 in favour to 161 opposed.133 Conservative MPs voted  against their own government’s proposals, but most Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs voted in favour. The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill now goes before the House of Lords. – BBC

  • Bradley Manning will no longer be charged with violating the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in connection with the release of a cable known as Reykjavik-13, Major Ashden Fein has told the Associated Press.The cable, which was released to WikiLeaks in 2010, summarized US Embassy discussions with Icelandic officials about the country’s financial troubles. No reason was given for the prosecutors’ change of decision. Manning still faces a charge of aiding the enemy. A pretrial hearing, which began yesterday, concerns classified material that would be used as evidence during his trial starting June 3.

  • Representatives of both sides in Syria’s ongoing civil conflict are due to meet for negotiations in Geneva in June, international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi has stated. The talks will be mediated by the United Nations and the Arab League. It is not yet clear how high-ranking the representatives of either side will be. RT

  • A blast at an explosives plant in China has left 13 people dead and another 20 missing, officials said yesterday.An other 19 people were injured in the explosion at a three-story workshop owned by Poly Explosives, a state-owned company in the eastern province of Shandong, Xinhua news agency reported. – RT 

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