Media Mornings: Wed, Dec 18 — Laura Track (West Coast LEAF) on Court Decision re: Mother-Baby program in prisons, Joey Hartman (VDLC) on cuts to Canada Post

W2MEDIA.CA  |  Today’s 7-8am Media Mornings independent Canadian news hour on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm:

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  •  The BC Supreme Court has just released its decision in Inglis v. Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General of BC.  It found that that the cancellation of the mother-baby program at the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women (ACCW) was unconstitutional and violated the rights of both mothers and their infants. We discuss the decision with Laura Track, Legal Director of West Coast LEAF (intervenors in the case).
  • Last week Canada Post made surprise announcements of cuts to service, lay-offs and massive price increases. We discuss that decision, its ramifications, and alternative solutions with Joey Hartman, President of the Vancouver and District Labour Council. posting on the issue.  Plus news of international solidarity actions in support of locked-out Richmond Ikea workers. Actions in 10 cities acrosss the globe.

  • Radio Labour report on International Migrants Day

  • News Headlines: 
  • The federal government is trying to win support for its controversial draft legislation on aboriginal education. The Tyee’s Olesia Plokhii reports that Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt has asked First Nations communities for feedback on the Harper government bill.

  • In labour news, the 300 locked-out workers at the IKEA store in Richmond have received a welcome Christmas gift from Sweden.The Swedish Transport Workers’ Union has announced it will donate $20,000 to the Teamster members at IKEA who have been on the picket lines for the past 7 months. – Swedish Transport Workers

  • Meanwhile, school board workers in two southwestern British Columbia districts have reached collective agreements with their employers after difficult negotiations. Members of CUPE Local 4165 in Southeast Kootenay and CUPE Local 748 in Kootenay Lake are voting on ratification of collective agreements early this week. – CUPE BC

  • In the U.S., Wal-Mart workers have won some recent victories over their employer. Last week, Wal-Mart warehouse workers in California announced a $4.7 million settlement over stolen wages. Now, the Salon website says that nine IIIinois workers fired from the retail giant’s top U.S. distribution center have won a Labor Board settlement.

  • The Mexican government has passed a law to begin privatisation of the country’s oil industry. The Morning Star reports that the legislation will open up Mexico’s nationalised oil monopoly PEMEX to foreign investment.

  • As the political crisis in Ukraine continues, Russia has agreed to sell its neighbour cheaper gas. After talks between Russian President Putin and Ukrainian President Yanukovych in the Kremlin, it was also announced Russia would buy $15 billion worth of Ukrainian government bonds. – BBC

  • In Afghanistan, there is still no agreement on withdrawing NATO occupation forces. Now, a top NATO general says that if Afghanistan fails to sign a new security pact, the US-led alliance will start planning a complete pullout by early next spring. According to RT News, US Air Force General Philip Breedlove says that planning for the last rotation of forces would need to happen in April.

  • New details of atrocities carried out by Islamist rebel fighters in the town of Adra, 20 kilometers north of Damascus, continue to pour in from survivors of the massacre there, in which reportedly at least 80 people lost their lives. – RT News Video 


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