Wed, Mar 19 — Update from Venezuela – Ryan Mallett-Outtrim (Venezuelanalysis.com) — More on the DTES Local Area Plan – King-mong Chan (Carnegie Community Action Project) —Union myth busting – Joey Hartman (Vancouver and District Labour Council)

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Youth stand in front of their barrio and show love for Hugo Chavez. (Saber y Poder) Image: venezuelanalysis.com
Youth stand in front of their barrio and show love for Hugo Chavez. (Saber y Poder) Image: venezuelanalysis.com
  • Union myth busting with Joey Hartman (Vancouver and District Labour Council) Starts at 17:45 min mark
  • Air Canada has announced that it is suspending flights to Venezuela – What is going on? We will talk with Ryan Mallett-Outtrim an Australian journalist living in Merida, Venezuela. He is a staff writer for alternative news website Venezuelanalysis.com, and a regular contributor to Australia’s Green Left Weekly. Starts at 34 min mark. (warning bad phone line = poor audio. but still worth the listen)
  • The Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan has been adopted.  King-mong Chan (Carnegie Community Action Project) gives their preliminary analysis. Starts at 50 min mark

  • News Headlines: 
  • CBC is reporting that Protesters near the Tyendinaga Mohawk reserve in southern Ontario have blocked the Montreal-Toronto Via Rail line to draw attention to missing and murdered aboriginal women.

  • The BC Teachers’ Federation says bargaining has been put on hold until April 1 because the government is not prepared to counter the union’s salary proposals. – Tyee

  • Digital Journal – The United Church of Canada has recognized the need for its ministers to have their own organization of solidarity and representation.

  • The measles outbreak in the Fraser Valley appears to have spread into Burnaby, reports the CBC.

  • Just as the last Canadian soldiers deployed in Afghanistan returned home yesterday, news emerged that two more Afghan veterans have taken their own lives. – CBC

  • Yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty for the Crimean region to join Russia. He dismissed Western criticism as a case of double standards, saying that Crimea has always been an integral part of Russia. – Morning Star

  • The water filtering system at the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan has broken down again.  RT News reports that the frequently malfunctioning system has been taken offline, after engineers noted a higher-than-allowed content of radioactive strontium in its filtered water output.

  • A major British retailer has agreed to pay out a further $10 million in compensation to victims of last year’s Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh. More than 1,100 garment workers lost their lives in the April 2013 disaster. Guardian

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