W2MEDIA.CA | Today’s 7-8am Media Mornings independent Canadian news hour on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm:
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- Dr. Kent Mullinix, Director of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, discusses the threats to farmland in the lower mainland and why farming is so important for the future of humanity.
- Jim Iker, President of the BC Teachers Federation talks with host Jane Bouey about major education issues over the past year and what the future may hold.
- News Headlines:
- Fire burned through the night and into the morning following the derailment of a CN Rail train hauling crude oil and propane in northwestern New Brunswick.Plaster Rock Fire Chief Tim Corbin said this morning that responders are waiting for daylight to determine how to proceed. – CBC
- The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued a safety alert on the transport of crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken fields. Environment reporter Andrew Nikiforuk says the alert could affect Canada’s unconventional oil rush. – Tyee
- Ontario Conservative MP Peter Braid has broken with his party’s environmental views on climate change. During a panel discussion on the CBC News Network program Power and Politics, the MP from Kitchener-Waterloo made a direct link between climate change and extreme weather events. – CBC
- The only daily newspaper in Kamloops is shutting down after 80 years in print, putting 55 full-time and part-time workers out of a job. Kamloops Daily News publisher Tim Shoults says the paper will completely cease operations within 60 days. – CBC
- Peace talks appear to be faltering in South Sudan, according to a report on the Morning Star website.
- The first batch of Syrian chemical weapons has left the Syrian port of Latakia on a Danish ship, according to RT News.
- The Supreme Court in Chile has closed an investigation into the death of President Salvador Allende, who was deposed in a military coup in 1973. – BBC
- The City of Vancouver has scheduled two meetings about the Biltmore social housing project. The first meeting is set for Wednesday, January 8th (6 – 8pm) at 140 East 11th Avenue (St. Patrick’s Regional High School). The second meeting is set for Saturday, January 11th, 2014 (10 am – noon) at 285 East 5th Avenue (Native Education College). The public is encouraged to attend.
- A seminar on Mewa Singh will be held at Strawberry Hill Library, 7399 – 122nd Street, Surrey, BC between 2-5 pm on Saturday January 11, 2014. The event will be held under the aegis ofRadical Desi where prominent historians and writers, including Waryam Singh Sandhu, Dr. Raghbir Singh and Sohan Singh Pooni will throw light on the Ghadar movement and role of Mewa Singh, who was hanged on January 11, 1915 for assassinating the controversial Canadian Immigration Inspector William Hopkinson. You are all cordially invited to attend.