THIS WEEK ON MEDIA MORNINGS: Aug 3—Sammy Yatim police killing—’Queer Across Canada’ musician Kate Reid—Refugee Housing Struggles

This Week on Media Mornings is a weekly independent Canadian and global news hour, featuring the top headlines and commentators from the past week. We bring you news you won’t hear anywhere else — a grassroots view on the week’s top global and national affairs.

Thousands have attended protests against police brutality in the wake of the killing of 18-year old Sammy Yatim on an empty streetcar
  • 02:45 — This week’s top news headlines from across Canada and around the world. Produced & hosted by David P. Ball.

  • 26:00 — Toronto-based writer, researcher & activist Kevin Edmonds, on the growing outcry and protests over Toronto police shooting dead 18-year old Sammy Yatim on an empty streetcar last week. Interviewed by Derrick O’Keefe on July 31.
  • Music: Kate Reed (“Queer Across Canada”), Jasper Sloan Yip (“Show Your Teeth”), Dead Ghosts (“Roky Said”).

THIS WEEK’S TOP NEWS HEADLINES

  • TORONTO: POLICE TEENAGER SHOOTING — Witnesses keep coming forward with videos and evidence about the police killing last Saturday morning of 18 year-old Sammy Yatim in Toronto. According to Vice, the teenager was shot nine times by police and then tasered on an empty streetcar (VICE).
  • CANADA: POVERTY & HEALTH REPORT — Poverty results in shorter lives, according to a new report by the Canadian Medical Association. A series of cross-Canada “town halls” found that poverty is the most important issue affecting health, from early childhood to death (TYEE).
  • ALBERTA: OIL SANDS SPILL — Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. said Wednesday a mechanical failure led to one of the worst oil releases in the country’s history, which is still ongoing. More than 6,000 barrels of oil has seeped out of the ground from four sites at the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range in Alberta province since May (UPI).
  • USA: NSA SURVEILLANCE LEAKS — New revelations about National Security Agency surveillance systems show that employees simply had to fill in a short ‘justification’ form to gain access to billions of emails, online chats, or site visit histories through a vast program called XKeyscore (RT).

  • RUSSIA: WHISTLEBLOWER SNOWDEN ASYLUM — Meanwhile, The NSA whistleblower behind these and other widespread and sweeping surveillance revelations, Edward Snowden, was granted a year’s temporary asylum in Russia on Thursday, and left the Moscow airport where he had stayed for over a month (GUARDIAN).

  • CLIMATE: RISING SEA LEVELS TO FLOOD CITIES — A rise in sea levels has already sealed the fate of at least 316 American cities. But if global warming keeps up its current rate, the number of towns and cities doomed by water could easily go up to 1,400 by the end of the century. The report does not include data about Canadian cities, but presumably many would suffer a similar fate in this country (TORONTO STAR).

  • EGYPT: CAIRO SIT-INS, CRACKDOWN CONTINUE — Thousands of supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and are continuing their sit-ins in the capital, Cairo. The country’s interim leaders have ordered police to end ongoing protests at two sites in the city. Hundreds have been killed by authorities since the ouster of Morsi on July 3, following an estimated 33 million people protesting for his ouster and a 20-million signature petition for the same (BBC).
  • ZIMBABWE: ELECTION IRREGULARITIES — Millions of Zimbabweans went to the polls on Wednesday in an election that opponents of Africa’s oldest leader, Robert Mugabe, condemned as “illegal, illegitimate, unfree and unfair”. Turnout high across the country but the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), attempting to end Mugabe’s 33-year-rule, claimed to have uncovered evidence of massive fraud and rigging (GUARDIAN).
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