Media Mornings: Wed, May 14 — Naveen Mehta (UFCW) – Temporary Foreign Worker Program — Updates on Indigenous National Day of Resistance- Ukraine – Supreme Court Decision on Security Certificates

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

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Photo: M-L Daily
Photo: M-L Daily

 

  • Discussion with Naveen Mehta UFCW‘s General Counsel and Director of Human Rights, Equity & Diversity about rights of migrant workers, future of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program and need for robust immigration. (Starts at 17:30 min mark)

 

  • Top Headlines: 
  • Breaking: The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the national security certificate against terror suspect Mohamed Harkat, rejecting his constitutional challenge. The top court decision released Wednesday says the legal process used to detain the Ottawa resident for years was fair and reasonable. The decision means the government can move to deport Harkat, who has argued he faces torture or even death if he returns to Algeria. The matter of his deportation will be handled by immigration and public security officials.  CBC
  • An Indigenous National Day of Resistance is taking place today in Ottawa and across the country. Various forms of protest are being held against what is termed Stephen Harper’s termination agenda toward FIrst Nations. This includes First Nations Education Act, Bill C-33, Bill C-10, and the government’s refusal to launch an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.

    The action in Vancouver begins at the Sinclair Centre downtown at 10 am. That’s the 700 block of West Hastings.  – Idle No More

  • Homeless people in Abbotsford have had a tough year, reports the Tyee website. It began last summer, when the city received international attention after city workers dumped chicken manure at a homeless camp. The City later apologized for the incident. Then, earlier this year, Abbotsford council quashed a supportive housing project that could have put a roof over the heads of 20 men, most of whom live on the streets. Yesterday, figures released by the Fraser Valley Homeless Count show the number of homeless people in the city has increased by 29 percent. Tyee
  • The Conservatives have used their majority in the House of Commons to pass a controversial bill that makes sweeping changes to election laws. Bill C-23, the so-called Fair Elections Act, passed yesterday by a vote of 146 to 123. – Huffington Post Canada
  • A mine explosion in western Turkey has killed 151, and the toll could rise with many more still trapped. RT News
  • THE World Wildlife Fund (WWF) warned yesterday that it had received “death threats” against staff fighting oil exploration in a Democratic Republic of Congo nature park. – Morning Star
  • Fast food workers around the world face the same issues of precarious work, low wages, and fierce opposition to union organization. –
  • Analysis:  Evidence for Russian Involvement in East Ukraine Based on Shoddy Journalism – A Real News report.  Robert Parry: The Obama administration and Kiev government claimed that Russian soldiers were present at the building occupations, yet it turns out that this assertion was based on photos the U.S. government provided to NYTimes and that the newspaper since has had to retract

 

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