Wed, July 16: Media Mornings — Trade Unions in China — Joey Hartman (VDLC)

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

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Chinese Trade Unions Photo: www.acftu.org.cn
Chinese Trade Unions Photo: http://www.acftu.org.cn

 

  • Headlines today:
  • The Conservative government’s claims to be lowering cell phone prices is not the complete story, according to a Canadian Press report. Although overall average wireless costs have dropped, changes allowing mobile phone customers to cancel their contracts without penalty after two years have increased the prices of basic plans. – Canoe
  • A labour dispute that saw a cargo ship with 18 sailors stuck in Canada for two weeks without food and water has been partially resolved.The Seafarers International Union said yesterday that the Romanian sailors and their Russian captain in the Port of Oshawa, Ontario, have been given three mon wages that were owed them. – CTV
  • Climate change is responsible for more frequent and larger forest fires, such as the ones now plaguing the Northwest Territories, says an Edmonton professor in a CBC news report.
  • In other weather news, a red alert has been issued and over one million people have been affected by flooding as a result of rainstorms in central and southwestern China. Xinhua news agency reported yesterday that over 460 homes had been destroyed and 150,000 residents had been relocated in Hunan province. – RT
  • The leaders of the five BRICS countries have signed a deal to create a new $100 billion development bank and emergency reserve fund. The BRICS group is made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The BBC reports that bank will have a headquarters in Shanghai, and its first president will come from India.
  • Nine civilians were killed yesterday when a warplane bombed a block of flats in the rebel-held eastern Ukraine town of Snizhne. The Morning Star reports that the four-storey block was hit by several missiles, while a nearby house was also destroyed. Local residents who counted six large impact craters said the attack was carried out by the Ukrainian Air Force.

     

  • Musical artists today included Vancouver Folk Festival guests:  David Rovics and Brasstronaut
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