Media Mornings: Wed, July 3 — Joey Hartman (Bill 377), Andy Longhurst (Grandview-Woodland Community Plan), Bob Mackin (Olympic Legacies)

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  • Interview with Andy Longhurst – host of the City on CiTR, and master’s student in urban geography at SFU about the City of Vancouver’s Grandview-Woodland Community Plan that could radically transform the Commercial Drive area with buildings as high as 36 stories. (Link to Andy’s hour long show on this issue)
  • Feedback on the City’s draft plan can be submitted online. A new workshop to discuss the Broadway/Commercial sub-area and the proposed transit-oriented development has been organized for July 6th, which you must RSVP for as “space is extremely limited.” The Grandview-Woodland Area Council is hosting an open forum for residents to express their opinions about the draft plan on Monday, July 8th from 7-9pm at 1655 William Street.
  • One day after the 10th anniversary of winning the bid for the 2010 Winter Olympics, Journalist Bob Mackin, author of Red Mittens, Red Ink talks about a few of the legacies of the Vancouver Whistler Games.
  • Joey Hartman, President of the Vancouver and District Labour Council discusses the Senate’s amendments to Bill 377, the Summer Institute for Union Women, the Richmond Ikea Lockout and the Young Workers’ Event Friday July 5 at the Wise Hall to raise funds to send delegates to the World Festival of Youth and Students in Ecuador.
  • News Headlines:
  • President Morsi has rejected an ultimatum to “meet the demands of the people” or face military intervention. He says he is Egypt’s legitimate leader and will not be forced to resign.The army says it will issue a statement after the 16:30 (14:30 GMT) deadline expires, (7:30 am Pacific)  and now has control of the state TV building. Clashes broke out at rival protests across the country overnight, with at least 16 people who were demonstrating against Mohammed Morsi killed at Cairo University. – BBC

  • Quebec’s Alliance of construction worker unions has asked their 77,000 members to respect back-to-work legislation adopted at a special meeting in the National Assembly. It took 15 hours to get Bill 54 approved in the Quebec National Assembly, ending a two-week construction strike.The Montreal Gazette reported that most workers returned to their job sites yesterday, under threat of fines for both individual employees and their unions.

  • Improved  cycling infrastructure seems to be popular in the greater Vancouver region, reports Metro News. A poll released yesterday finds that seventy per cent of Metro Vancouver residents support a bike share system, such as Bixi.

  • Hundreds of activists, including Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein, are going into the heart of Canada’s tar sands this week – to pray for the ‘healing’ of land and the people. Native elders will lead people past lakes of tailings wastewater and massive infrastructure of the tar sands industry along the Athabasca River in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Organizers say the walk will focus on healing the land, air, water and all living things harmed by the expansion of the world’s largest industrial project.

  • Calgary officials say it will cost at least $256.5 million to repair damage from the flooding that devastated the city last month. – CBC

  • Whistleblower Edward Snowden is still seeking asylum. WikiLeaks says that Snowden has asked 21 different countries to allow him to enter. As of yesterday, 11 countries had said “no”, and six have replied that he would have to be on their soil for a request to be considered. – Morning Star

  • Portugal’s Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho says he will not step down, despite the loss of two key cabinet members, reports the BBC.


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