W2MEDIA.CA | Listen to today’s 7-8am broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm:
- CUPE’s Bill Pegler gives update on stalled provincial negotiations with K-12 workers. Virtually all of the 57 locals are expected to have completed their strike votes by the end of this month. Click her for more info
- Independent Jewish Voices Canada campaign coordinator Tyler Levitan talks about the revelations that Canada’s Foreign Affairs Department have promoted the ‘monitoring’ of Independent Jewish Voices events that are critical of the Jewish National Fund.
- News Headlines:
A state of local emergency has been declared for the East Kootenay community of Wasa, where water levels will continue to rise for the next few days. An automatic sandbagger is on site and community assessments are being made, reports the CBC.
The ministry of education has put collective bargaining on hold, just five days before teachers’ contracts expire on June 30. – the Tyee’s Katie Hyslop
Civilian staff numbers at National Defence have grown by almost 30% over six years, despite federal budget cuts. The Canadian Press reports that the figures are in a spreadsheet report of the entire federal civil service, compiled by the Parliamentary Budget Office and posted last week.
President Barack Obama gave a major climate change speech yesterday, saying that U.S. approval of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline will depend on its net contribution to global warming. The Tyee’s Geoff Dembecki reports that it was an unexpected mention of the controversial project in a speech that focused primarily on promoting clean energy.
he diplomatic row between the US and the countries it blames for its failure to arrest whistleblower Edward Snowden keeps growing. US officials are pressuring Russia to hand over Snowden from inside Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, where he is apparently seeking to fly to asylum in Ecuador. But Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reacted angrily yesterday to US demands for Snowden’s extradition. – Morning Star
Thousands of Palestinians gave a hero’s welcome to singer Mohammed Assaf on his return yesterday to the Gaza Strip after winning the Arab Idol talent show. Huge crowds gathered on the route between the Rafah crossing with Egypt and Assaf’s home in the Khan Younis refugee camp. – BBC
Statistics Canada released the second batch of figures Wednesday from its voluntary National Household Survey, looking at labour, education, workplace, commuting, work language and mobility and migration. Some highlights – CP
- Rising flood waters force northern Saskatchewan evacuations – APTN Report
- Protests attempt to disrupt FIFA game in Brazil – Real News Report
- Music, arts and culture from independent, progressive artists.