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- Host Jane Bouey (former COPE School Trustee) in discussion with Vancouver School Trustee Allan Wong about his decision to leave COPE and join Vision Vancouver.
- New regular contributor Gurpreet Singh talks about the meaning of Nelson Mandela for South Asians – in India, and around the world.
- News Headlines:
- In Vancouver politics, As reported at the top of the show.. the major news story this weekend comes from the School Board. Long-time Trustee Allan Wong has announced he has left COPE, the Coalition of Progressive Electors, and will now sit on the School Board as a member of Vision Vancouver. Wong was COPE’s sole current elected politician. Vision Vancouver has a majority on the School Board — now with six trustees. For more on this at the Straight
- BC government’s Education Minister, Peter Fassbender, had a less encouraging message on Friday, suggesting that some schools in the province may need to close as the government has no new money for education. “Now, am I advocating closing schools? No I am not. Am I advocating that boards may be have to make that decision? Absolutely.” – News1130
- CBC reports an atheist group is considering a human rights complaint after it says a billboard company refused to run its advertisements in Vancouver. The Centre for Inquiry Canada created a billboard design depicting a smiling woman alongside a few phrases written in a biblical style. “Jenn 13:1,” it reads. “Praying won’t help. Doing will.” Below the group’s name, the ad says: “Without God. We’re all good”.
- Canadian weapons sales to countries with repressive regimes or violent conflicts have surged in recent years, according to a new analysis from of government date done by the Canadian Press which found that sales of arms to Bahrain, Algeria and Iraq increased by 100% between 2011 and 2012. For more on this Press TV
- In Toronto, the potential candidacy of Olivia Chow for Mayor of Toronto received another boost over the weekend, as 2010 mayoral candidate George Smitherman announced he would back Chow if she decides to enter the race. Olivia Chow is a Toronto MP for the NDP, and the widow of former NDP leader Jack Layton. A number of polls indicate she could defeat the scandal-plagued Rob Ford if she decides to run in the election slated for October, 2014. – More on this in the Star
- World leaders are converging on South Africa this week to pay their last respect to Nelson Mandela, the former President and African National Congress leader who died on Friday at the age of 95. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will attend the public memorial, which will take place Tuesday in Johannesburg, South Africa. Harper will be joined by former Canadian Prime Ministers Kim Campbell, Brian Mulroney and Jean Chretien. Thomas Mulcair, the current leader of the Official Opposition NDP, will also attend Mandela’s funeral, as will Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations in Canada. – More on CBC.ca
- Sunday was a major test for Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution, with municipal elections held across that Latin American country. And the United Socialist Party (PSUV) of President Nicolas Maduro passed the test: with three quarters of ballots counted as of late last night, the PSUV had 49.2 per cent of the vote, compared to 42.7 per cent for the opposition’s coalition party. More on this on the Green Left Weekly
- Music today included: The Specials – Free Nelson Mandela – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgcTvoWjZJU and the music from the soundtrack from Amandla! – http://grooveshark.com/#!/playlist/Amandla/93254660