Media Mornings: Mon Dec 16 — Trish Garner (BC Poverty Reduction Coalition), Gurpeet Singh (Radio India)

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Federal Minister of Industry James Moore, Member of Parliament for Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam. Photo:
Federal Minister of Industry James Moore who is also the Member of Parliament for Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam. Photo:
  • “Is it my job to feed my neighbour’s child? I don’t think so.” That from Federal Minister of Industry James Moore who is also the Member of Parliament for Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam. He says it’s the responsibility of the provinces to deal with child poverty, and Ottawa has no plans to step in. Listen to the raw audio here:
  • We discuss James Moore’s comments, and what can be done about Poverty in BC, with Trish Garner (BC Poverty Reduction Coalition). Check out their How to make your food bank drive better: Add upstream action! package.
  • We discuss the re-instatement of India’s Colonial era law 377, that criminalizes gay sex, with Radio India host Gurpreet Singh.  Gupreet points to increased acceptance of LGBTQ rights, within the South Asian community.
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  • It’s shaping up as a big week in pipeline news for British Columbia. Kinder Morgan will officially be put before the National Energy Board, while the NEB is reportedly set to announcing their ruling on the Enbridge Northern Gateway project.
  • THE 91-YEAR-OLD  Western Front building in Mount Pleasant is the subject of a rezoning application filed at Vancouver City Hall. But unlike other rezonings, this won’t involve significant changes to the building or to its uses. If council approves the application, it will ensure that the Class B heritage structure at 303 East 8th Avenue will continue operating as an artists-run visual- and performing-arts centre well into the future.
  • On Friday, members of the Tsilhqot’in Nation and their allies drummed and marched against the proposed New Prosperity Mines project near Williams Lake. The protest comes following environmental review processes and court ruling that have rejected the mine — none of which has slowed down the company, Taseko Mines, or the BC government, which has been actively campaigning for the approval on the mining project.
  • Finance Minister Jim Flaherty had some choice words for Conservative colleague Jason Kenney on the floor of the House of Commons. CBC news reported Friday that, after Kenney publicly stated that Rob Ford was disgraceful the office of mayor and should consider resigning from his position in Toronto, Flaherty screamed at Kenney to “Shut the F–K Up”. Witnesses to the exchange said that Flaherty and Kenney had to be separated. Neither Kenney nor Flaherty has denied that the incident took place.
  • On Sunday, a public memorial was held in Vancouver, with 200 people attended the event on Granville Island organized by the South African Cultural Association of B.C. (SACABC). Also on Sunday, thousands attended the final burial of Mandela in South Africa.

  • Michelle Bachelet will again serve as President of Chile — and this time she comes to power with a mandate to raise corporate taxes and to implement reforms to the education system which a mass student movement in Chile has pushed with years of street protests and school occupations.  Bachelet, the candidate of the Socialist Party backed by a centre-left coalition, won the second round of the presidential election on Sunday with over 60% of the vote, easily defeating her right-wing challenger, Evelyn Matthei. Bachelet was the President from 2006 to 2010; Chile’s constitution does not allow consecutive terms for presidents.

  • A lunar probe mission by China has been called a success, after the country landed its first moon rover and captured photos of the lunar surface on Sunday. China’s six-wheeled rover moved to a spot about 9 metres north of the landing vehicle on Sunday night China time and the pair took photos for about a minute, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.


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