Media Mornings: Wed, Jan 15 — Marion Pollack on Canada Post cuts — Stuart Trew on Canada-EU trade deal

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

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  •  We examine the cuts at Canada Post with Marion Pollack activist and retired postal worker. We’ll look at why they matter to all of us…in particular Impact on seniors and retirees. Info and petition campaign to stop cuts. Town Hall meetings to Discuss Canada Post’s plans to eliminate door-to-door delivery and increase postage rates. Tues, January 21 7 – 9pm Frank Hurt Secondary School 13940 77th Avenue SurreyThurs Jan 23 6 pm Unifor Hall 326-12th Street New WestminsterAt: app 32 min mark
  • Canada-EU trade deal (CETA) commits us to further privatize postal services. Stuart Trew of the Council of Canadians joins us to major concerns about CETA, the secrecy that surrounds the deal, and polling showing Canadians want public hearings before any deal is signed. App 50 min mark


  •  News Headlines: 
  • Canada Post has decided to halt its plans for a 5 dollar surcharge on packages delivered in the northern Alberta oil boom town of Fort McMurray. The Globe and Mail reports that after an on-line uproar, the special fee was dropped on Monday, the day it was scheduled to take effect.
  • The mother of a disabled child has collected more than 125,000 signatures on an online petition that urges Canada Post to reconsider its decision to phase out urban door-to-door deliveries. Susan Dixon, a Cambridge, Ont., resident and mother of two, started the petition on Dec. 15 because her younger son, Matthew, has cerebral palsy, and uses a walker and wheelchair to get around.
  • About 60 residential school survivors have been successful in their bid to have files from the Ontario Provincial Police released in order to support their claims for compensation for abuse. In a written decision released today, Ontario Superior Court Judge Paul Perell ruled the documents from a five-year investigation at St. Anne’s Indian Residential School in Fort Albany be turned over. The criminal investigation was conducted in the 1990s. – CBC
  • A Saskatchewan student was told not to wear a sweater in school that has the words “Got Land? Thank an Indian” on it, although officials have since relented. Tenelle Star, 13, is in Grade 8 and goes to school in Balcarres, about 90 kilometres northeast of Regina. She is a member of the nearby Star Blanket First Nation. – CBC
  • Almost 20 per cent of First Nations communities in Canada have to boil the water coming out of their taps, reports the Tyee correspondent Katie Hyslop. UBC engineering professor Madjid Mohseni says there is a lack of consultation with First Nations people over how to fix the problem. Mohseni and students from engineering and applied science faculties are working with First Nations in developing an Aboriginal Water Health Project.
  • The Canadian Library Association, a voice for the nation’s 3,000 public libraries, will soon voice its concerns about the dismantling of federal libraries, including world class facilities operated by theDepartment of Fishery and Oceans. – Tyee
  • Fish with deadly levels of radioactive cesium have been caught off the coast of Fukushima, as scientists continue to assess the damage caused to the marine food chain by the 2011 nuclear disaster. – RT
  • India has just marked three years since its last reported polio case. The country is on course to be formally declared free of the disease later this year. According to the Morning Star newspaper, India has made great strides in recent years through a rigorous vaccination campaign.
  • The US has condemned what it calls “offensive” comments by Israel’s defence minister about Secretary of State John Kerry’s Middle East peace proposals. – BBC

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