Media Mornings: Thu, May 23—Ellen Woodsworth (Women Transforming Cities), Tiffany Muller Myrdahl (SFU), Charlie Smith (Straight), Pkols (Mt Doug) Indigenous reclamation

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About 600 First Nations people and their supporters march to the top of Mount Douglas Wednesday evening for an emotional renaming ceremony. They want the Saanich mountain to once again be known by its original name, Pkols. Helping to carry a new sign for the summit is Maori Paul Tangira (black and white T-shirt), a Gordon Head resident. Photograph by: BRUCE STOTESBURY, Times Colonist
  • 03:00 — Today’s top news headlines (see below).
  • 24:30 — Audio clips from last night’s massive Pkols de-colonization march up Victoria, B.C.’s Mount Douglas, to reclaim its traditional name Pkols. Coast Salish people, accompanied by 600-700 supporters, proclaimed a return to the traditional name for a place, and took direct action to cement a sign on the summit and re-enact the signing of the Douglas Treaty.
  • 32:00 — Interview with Ellen Woodsworth (Women Transforming Cities) and Tiffany Muller Myrdahl (Junior Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair in Gender and Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University) on next week’s conference “Engaging Women, Transforming Cities: Designing an Ideal City for Women and Girls Inaugural National Conference” (May 30).
  • 49:00 — Interview with Charlie Smith and Alfonso Osorio about BC NDP leader Adrian Dix’s announcement  yesterday that he would stay on as party leader, despite taking responsibility for the party’s defeat in last week’s election.


  • TOP STORY: UK: SOLDIER KILLED IN ATTACK — In England, scores of supporters of the neo-fascist group English Defence League threw bottles at police, chanted anti-Muslim slogans, and attacked Mosques in Woolwich hours after the murder of one soldier and the shooting of his two suspected assailants yesterday (GUARDIAN).

  • VICTORIA: INDIGENOUS NAMING — A large sign with the word Pkols carved into it was firmly cemented into the ground Wednesday evening as First Nations people, accompanied by hundreds of supporters, proclaimed a return to the traditional name for a place that has been known as Mount Douglas.  To the beat of drums, as an eagle drifted overhead, the mixed aboriginal and non-aboriginal crowd cheered the name reclamation after carrying the sign to the summit of Pkols (TIMES COLONIST).

  • BC ELECTION: ADRIAN DIX LEADERSHIP — Describing the BC New Democrats’ sobering election defeat as “impossibly disappointing” and “searing,” Adrian Dix has vowed to remain leader of the party despite accepting “full responsibility” for the May 14 results which saw the NDP drop to 33 seats compared to the Liberals’ 50 (TYEE).
  • BC: SINKING BITUMEN STUDY — Some diluted bitumen products will sink in fresh and brackish marine waters in less than 26 hours following a tanker spill or accident at a marine terminal. That’s the conclusion of new report by Jeff Short, a highly respected U.S. environmental chemist who worked with for National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for decades, but it contradicts pipeline company claims (TYEE).
  • BC: SOLITARY CONFINEMENT LAWSUIT — BobbyLee Worm, a 26-year-old aboriginal woman who was held in solitary confinement for more than three years, spoke at a press conference today about the detrimental effects of this type of punishment in Canadian prisons. BCCLA’s litigation director Grace Pastine stated that solitary confinement is illegal, cruel, counterproductive and should have no place in Canadian prisons (TYEE).
  • CANADA: SENATE EXPENSES — The prime minister is in Latin America this week, leaving behind one of the worst political storms ever faced by his Conservative government, to contemplate a trade alliance membership in South America that many consider unnecessary. Harper’s trade tour south comes in the wake of the resignation of his chief of staff, Nigel Wright, who resigned Sunday as a result of his role in a ballooning controversy involving the disallowed expenses of Sen. Mike Duffy. Wright wrote Duffy a personal cheque for $90,000 to cover the senator’s improper housing claims, a quiet transaction critics say violates ethics rules prohibiting senators from accepting gifts (CP). A committee report on Senator Duffy’s residency expenses was heavily edited with references to the “unambiguous” and “very clear” Senate expense rules excised before it was released this month (OTTAWA CITIZEN).
  • CANADA: BLOOD DONATION HOMOPHOBIA — Canada is lifting a nearly 30-year-old ban on gay men giving blood, though for the time being only those who are abstinent will be allowed to donate. The Canadian AIDS Society, which has been working with Health Canada and the two blood agencies, welcomed the move as a first step. The federal New Democrats echoed that position, saying a five-year deferral still discriminates against gay men. The system would be safer if it focused on screening out high-risk donors, whatever their sexual orientation, they said (CP).
  • TORONTO: ROB FORD SCANDAL — Toronto’s Catholic school board has banned Mayor Rob Ford from coaching football at any Catholic school in the city, ending a decade-long affiliation with Don Bosco that has brought Ford personal joy along with political praise and criticism. The decision does not appear to be related to the crack cocaine scandal Ford is now facing — which centres on a video in which Ford appears to smoke crack cocaine and refer to Don Bosco players as “just f—ing minorities” (TORONTO STAR).
  • USA: KEYSTONE DEBATE — The American political brawl over TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline is shifting into overdrive as Republicans in the House of Representatives make yet another attempt to take the decision out of U.S. President Barack Obama’s hands (TYEE).
  • USA: DRONES KILL US CITIZENS — The United States has killed four of its own citizens in drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan, the Barack Obama administration has formally acknowledged (AL JAZEERA).
  • RUSSIA: PUSSY RIOT — An imprisoned member of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot has announced a hunger strike after being refused the right to attend her own parole hearing (BBC).
  • INTERNATIONAL: REFUGEE RIGHTS — Amnesty International has said in its annual report on global human rights that the rights of millions of refugees and migrants have been abused in the past year (AL JAZEERA).

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