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- Today’s top news headlines (starts at 4:45 min mark – 13 min) :
- Federal scientists who monitor the Arctic ice are being blocked from reporting their research, according to yesterday’s Ottawa Citizen newspaper. The Canadian Human Rights Commission is calling for a public inquiry into the missing and murdered Indigenous women after the murder of a 15-year-old Aboriginal girl in Winnipeg. The commission says the murder of Tina Fontaine highlights the need to address the issue, according to the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.
Many factors contributed to the Lac-Megantic train derailment in 2013, including lax safety measures at the company that owned the runaway train. That’s the view of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada in a report yesterday. The agency targeted Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway and Transport Canada in its final report, says Canadian Press reporter Nelson Wyatt.
Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters descended on Pakistan’s parliament yesterday. Morning Star
BBC is reporting that At least 19 Palestinians have died since hostilities resumed on Tuesday, with both sides blaming each other for the collapse of the Cairo peace talks. The Israeli military said it had carried out 92 air strikes in response to 137 rockets fired at its territory. Israel reported no casualites. Hamas says the wife and child of its military commander, Mohammed Deif, have been killed in an Israeli air strike on the Gaza Strip.
Six weeks of fierce fighting have left at least 2,103 people dead.Pro-Palestinian protesters are campaigning to block Israeli commercial vessels from docking in Oakland, California. – Al Jazeera
- Having a union on your side makes your job and your workplace safer and fairer. You get paid better and are more likely to have benefits that help you balance work with life at home. Your health and ability to do your job become important, and your right to fair treatment gets enforced. The CLC has begun a campaign on the Union Advantage. Discussing this campaign and how it relates to all all of us – Joey Hartman – President of the Vancouver and District Labour Council. (App 19:30 – 31:30 min mark)
- Dalannah Gail Bowen tells us about the Nighthawk Arts Festival (Aug 28-Sept 1) and highlights Fri Aug 29th’s “Women in the Round” Concert – an evening with award-winning female indigenous women vocalists: Juno award-winning vocalist, actor, director and general powerhouse Renae Morriseau; musicologist, technique expert, teacher and vocalist Sandy Scofield; rising star with loads of talent Niska Napoleon; and Dalannah Gail Bowen who is a veteran of the Vancouver music scene recently winning the right to represent BC at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Doors open 7:30 Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens. (App 45:30-60 min mark)
- Real News Network’s interview with activist Kevin Alexander Gray on the need for radical structural change to address the demands of the Ferguson uprising and the killing of unarmed African Americans across the United States. (App 31:45 – 45 min mark)