W2MEDIA.CA | Listen to today’s 7-8am broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm:
- 01:45 — Today’s top news headlines from local to global current affairs — radio news roundup you won’t hear anywhere else.
- 16:20 — Interview with Myriam Steinberg, director of In The House Festival (happening June 7-9 in Vancouver), about what is so special about live music in people’s homes and backyards.
- 26:00 — Interview with Kinnie Starr, Juno-winning musician and producer and HuffPost blogger, about her move back to B.C., women’s body image, and her upcoming National Film Board documentary featuring interviews with some of Canada’s female musical luminaries, including Jann Arden, Tegan and Sara, and Buffy Sainte Marie. Kinnie, Kytami and Kieran Strange are playing a show on June 8 in Vancouver.
- 38:00 — Interview with Kytami, aka Kyla LeBlanc, acclaimed “violinextremist” based in Victoria, B.C., who is playing in Vancouver on June 8 with Kinnie Starr.
- 45:00 — Interview with Charlie Smith, editor of the Georgia Straight, on tomorrow’s provincial cabinet appointments, and this week’s arrest of COPE executive member and Pidgin picket anti-gentrification activist Kim Hearty.
- Music: The Stars (“Take me to the Riot”), Devendra Banhart (“Heard Somebody Say”), Kytami (“Two Lions”), Kinnie Starr (“Home is Everywhere”)
TODAY’S NEWS HEADLINES
- BC: HUPACASATH CHALLENGES CHINA TRADE DEAL — At a rally outside the courthouse yesterday, leaders of the Vancouver Island Hupacasath band and 200 or so supporters gathered to vocalize their opposition to the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement or FIPPA, signed last year between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and then-president Hu Jintao of China (GLOBE & MAIL).
- VANCOUVER: PIDGIN CHARGES FILED — PROTESTS OUTSIDE PIDGIN restaurant will have to do without a familiar face for now. Following her arrest by Vancouver police on June 3, anti-gentrification activist and Coalition of Progressive Electors corresponding secretary Kim Hearty said that an order prohibits her from coming within a six-block radius of the Downtown Eastside establishment (GEORGIA STRAIGHT).
VANCOUVER: MUNICIPALITIES ‘UNITED’ ON HOUSING — Over the past decade, the average price tag of new homes in Canada has almost doubled, and homeownership remains hindered by skyrocketing personal debt. And while the country’s municipal leaders head home from their annual conference, which ended June 3, boasting of a “united voice” to bring the federal government back to the table to discuss affordable housing, so far they’ve been unsuccessful in lobbying for a national housing strategy (TYEE).
ABBOTSFORD: CITY ADMITS DUMPING CHICKEN MANURE ON HOMELESS CAMP — The City of Abbotsford has apologized for dumping chicken manure on an unofficial campground for people experiencing homelessness (TYEE).
OTTAWA – POLICE SHOOT 20-YEAR OLD ON ORLEANS STREET — A relative who shares an Orleans home with the young man shot by police Tuesday night said the police shouldn’t have fired on him, he was just a boy.
CANADA: CONSERVATIVE MP RESIGNS — Prime Minister Stephen Harper has suffered another blow as a Tory MP quit the Conservative caucus last night, decrying the Conservatives’ lack of progress on open government. Rathgeber’s departure from the Tory caucus marks yet more bad news for Harper as the prime minister struggles with a Senate spending scandal that has already forced two senators from the Conservative ranks. But Rathgeber’s decision could prove especially wounding for the Conservatives as he has been taking aim at the very principles the Tories rode to power on: transparency and accountability (TORONTO STAR).
CANADA: FEDERAL SAFE INJECTION RULES — The Harper government will introduce legislation Thursday to clarify the rules for supervised-injection sites.
USA: PHONE SPYING — The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April. The Obama administration is under fire after the Associated Press news service learned that the government had seized phone records of more than 20 separate phone lines assigned to AP and its reporters, affecting more than 100 journalists (GUARDIAN).
TURKEY: POLICE REPRESSION, PROTEST DEMANDS — Turkish police have fired tear gas and water cannon at crowds who joined mass demonstrations in Ankara, as the government hit out at US expressions of concern over its handling of demonstrations. The latest violence in days of angry protests erupted after thousands of union workers filled the central Kizilay square in the Turkish capital. Two people have been killed in the six days of unrest nationwide, doctors and officials said, while hundreds have been injured in protests police have sought to quell with tear gas, pepper spray and water cannons (AL JAZEERA).
JAPAN: FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR LEAK — Radioactive water is leaking from a storage tank at Japan’s Fukushima plant, its operator says. Nuclear plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said a worker discovered the leak yesterday (BBC).
- UK: ANTI-COLONIAL REBELLION APOLOGY — The UK government is to apologise and pay compensation to those tortured during the Mau Mau anti colonial uprising in Kenya in the 1950s. The Kenya Human Rights Commission says 90,000 Kenyans were executed, tortured or maimed, and 160,000 people were detained in appalling conditions (BBC).