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- Focus on what the BC Supreme Court decision in favour of BC Teachers means for all of us. Discussion with Joey Hartman, President of the Vancouver and District Labour Council and former BCTF President David Chudnovsky. We look at the impact on students with special needs, and other students, and what the decision means in terms of democratic rights, right to collective bargaining, and government accountability. Discussion begins approximately 23 min mark.
- Also Jak King (Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods) on West End Community Plan, Grandview Woodlands Citizen Assembly, and what community engagement in planning could look like.
- News Headlines:
Journalist Laura Robinson is countersuing John Furlong, the CEO of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Bob Mackin at the Tyee news website reports that Robinson has filed a statement of claim seeking damages from Furlong and his marketing agency.
It’s not easy for temporary foreign workers to speak publicly about abuse and intimidation in their workplaces. But the United Steelworkers (USW) hopes to change that. The union has launched a website and toll-free phone number to encourage workers to confidentially reach out for help.
A major Canadian Muslim group is demanding an apology from Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his chief spokesperson Jason MacDonald. The National Council of Canadian Muslims says the two have linked their organization to the militant group Hamas. The CBC reports that the group has filed a notice of libel in the Ontario Superior Court, accusing MacDonald of acting maliciously when he made the comment.
In the last two decades, nearly 500 children have died either under the watch of the Saskatchewan provincial government or shortly after leaving provincial care. The majority of them are First Nation or Metis children, says the Aboriginal People’s Television Network.
The Nicaraguan National Assembly has approved changes to the constitution that would allow President Daniel Ortega to run for a third successive term in 2016. The BBC says the bill removes limits to the number of terms Nicaraguan presidents can serve.
Congressional lawmakers have quietly authorized sending small arms, an assorted variety of rockets, and financial backing to so-called “moderate” rebels fighting in Syria’s civil war, according to a new report. American and European security officials told Reuters that the US will provide anti-tank rockets, but nothing as deadly as shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles (known as MANPADs), which can be used to bring down military or civilian aircraft. – RT
- Foreign ministers and heads of state from 33 Latin American and Caribbean nations are meeting in Havana for a summit of Western hemisphere countries – minus the United States and Canada. The Morning Star news site reports that the agenda includes the cultivation of traditional crops, historical disputes such as Argentina’s claim to the British-controlled Falkland Islands and initiatives to promote literacy in the region.
- Music today included Diyet and Nive Nielsen who are in concert Thurs Jan 30th 7:30 pm at the Musqueam Cultural Centre 4000 Musqueam Ave. Admission by donation.
- Plus Billy Bragg on Pete Seeger – BBC