Media Mornings: Thu, Jun 27—Andrea Reimer (City Clr)—Charlie Smith (Straight)

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Vancouver’s draft Grandview-Woodland Community Plan calls for a radical makeover of the area around the Broadway SkyTrain station, with several proposed towers, some possibly as high as 36 storeys. Photo by Charles Campbell (The Tyee)
 
  • 03:45 — Today’s top news headlines from local to global current affairs — radio news roundup you won’t hear anywhere else.
  • 21:00 — Interview with Andrea Reimer (City Councillor, Vision Vancouver) on Grandview-Woodlands tower development proposal, and municipal campaign finance reforms.
  • 35:00 — Interview with Charlie Smith (Editor, Georgia Straight), on controversies over development and zoning, plus could ex-Sierra Club head and newly elected MLA George Heyman be the next NDP leader?
  • 48:30 — Latin America Report with Alfonso Osorio, on growing protests in Brazil, plus discontent in Chile, and Ecuador’s involvement in supporting NSA surveillance leaker Edward Snowden.
  • Music — Mbogeni Ngema (“Lizobuya”), Dubgee (“Relevant Development”), Beaatz (“Broken Promises”), Hugh Masekela (“Bring back Nelson Mandela”).

TODAY’S TOP NEWS HEADLINES

  • SOUTH AFRICA: MANDELA HEALTH — Former South African President Nelson Mandela is still clinging to life, his eldest daughter Makaziwe said on Thursday, but she criticised foreign media “vultures” for violating his privacy as he lay critically ill in hospital (REUTERS).
  • VANCOUVER: FILIPINA TRAFFICKING CONVICTION — A B.C. Supreme Court jury found a Vancouver man guilty of human trafficking last night, reportedly a first in Canada. Franco Yiu Kwan Orr was also found guilty of employing a foreign national, specifically his Filipinio nanny Leticia Sarmiento, illegally. she said all that changed when she arrived in Canada, where she was forced to work 16-hour days, seven days a week and also clean the house (CP).
  • VANCOUVER: GEORGIA VIADUCT REMOVAL — VANCOUVER CITY COUNCIL has voted unanimously to proceed with a two-year, $2.4-million planning phase on the removal of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts (STRAIGHT).
  • VANCOUVER: POLICE SHOOTING INVESTIGATION — THE PROVINCIAL CRIMINAL Justice Branch announced today that it has named a special prosecutor in relation to the 2007 Vancouver police shooting death of Paul Boyd, Vancouver lawyer Mark Jetté (STRAIGHT).
  • BC: FRACKING WORRIES — Homeowners living just a mile away from shale gas or tight oil wells will likely have their drinking water contaminated by “stray gases.” That’s the conclusion of a new U.S. study that looked at 141 drinking water wells in shale gas development area in northeastern Pennsylvania. Shale gas drilling now provides about one half of U.S. natural gas production and the controversial industry is the subject of massive government subsidies in British Columbia (TYEE).
  • CANADA: SENATORS BLOCK UNION BILL — Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office has issued a stern warning to Conservative senators who helped gut a controversial bill that would force unions to publicly disclose details of their spending. On Wednesday, 16 Tory senators bucked the government’s wishes and joined their Liberal counterparts in approving a number of amendments to bill C-377 (POSTMEDIA).
  • CANADA: FOREIGN WORKER STATISTICS — It’s a surprising dilemma for a country that has 1.4 million jobless people out of a total eligible workforce of 18 million. The new figures were released yesterday by Statistics Canada as part of the latest release of data from the National Household Survey, formerly the long-form census. One solution has become common for many employers: Temporary foreign workers. Currently, more than 330,000 workers live and work in Canada as part of the federal temporary foreign worker program – a number that has nearly tripled over the last 10 years. The way the rules work, you’re supposed to only have temporary foreign workers if you cannot find Canadians to fill the position, but instead numbers have continued to rise. That suggests employers have become addicted to the program, said labour economist Erin Weir (CP).
  • CANADA: FEDERAL GEOENGINEERING — NEWLY DECLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS suggest Stephen Harper’s Conservative government is taking climate change more seriously than many critics have alleged. However, environmental advocates say its approach remains troubling. On June 5, 2012, then–Environment Canada deputy minister Paul Boothe convened a meeting to discuss geo-engineering (STRAIGHT).
  • HAMILTON: ENBRIDGE LINE 9 PROTESTS — In Hamilton, Ontario yesterday morning police entered a protest camp dubbed “Swamp Line 9″ and rapidly began making arrests. Protesters had occupied the site since Thursday, June 20, in order to block construction at an Enbridge Facility in Hamilton that will be crucial in a plan by the company to pump oil from Sarnia to Montreal (MEDIA CO-OP).
  • USA: VOTING RIGHTS ACT GUTTED — In a major blow for voting rights, the U.S. Supreme Court has invalidated an integral part of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act, the crowning achievement of the 1960s civil rights movement (DEMOCRACY NOW).
  • USA: EXECUTION — Only a day after Texas Democrat Wendy Davis’ 11-hour filibuster halted a Republican bill to close almost all the state’s abortion clinics — arguing that unborn fetuses are killed by the medical procedure — the most-prolific death penalty state in the US executed its 500th inmate on yesterday as protesters gathered outside the penitentiary walls to rally against a grim landmark in America’s capital punishment history. About 70 people waited outside the prison in central Huntsville, Texas, where Kimberly McCarthy was put to death by lethal injection. Critics of the death penalty have long argued that it disproportionately affects poor people and ethnic minorities (GUARDIAN).
  • USA: WHISTLEBLOWER SNOWDEN — A former US spy agency contractor facing charges of espionage remains in hiding at a Moscow airport for a fifth day, while US politicians issue strong warnings to cut ties if Ecuador takes him in (AL JAZEERA).
  • BRAZIL: PROTESTS CONTINUE— Brazilian protesters and police have clashed near a stadium hosting a Confederations Cup soccer match, with police using tear gas and rubber coated steel bullets to disperse thousands of demonstrators. It’s the latest protest to turn violent as Latin America’s biggest country has been experiencing nationwide protests since June 17. Elsewhere in Brazil the situation was mostly calm, in part because Brazil’s congress shelved legislation that would have limited the power of federal prosecutors to investigate crimes such as political corruption. It was a target of nationwide protests (AL JAZEERA).
  • SYRIA: CIVIL WAR TOLL — More than 100,000 people have been killed in Syria’s uprising, a monitoring group has said, as a proposed Geneva peace conference looked set to be delayed, dimming hopes for an end to the bloodshed (AL JAZEERA).
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