Journalism at CBC? Revenge Porn, Vancouver Housing Crisis, Brazil privatization, Mecca Normal

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Nick Fillmore is a Toronto freelance journalist who was Canadian Editor of The National in the 1980s.

TODAY’S SHOW Host: Irwin Oostindie @DutchPhoto

(advance podcast to 3:30 minute mark)

We kick off with your weekend weather forecast, then cover news from Coast Salish Territory, BC, Canada and internationally. Including:

  • 8:00 Britannia Secondary School is off the chopping block, but 10 other eastside schools are still on it.
  • 11:00 Site C – Peace Valley Landowners’ Association loses appeal to Supreme Court.
  • 14:00 Air Miles class action lawsuit alleges Air Miles introduced expiry policy and will result in people losing their air miles.
  • 16:00 Cindy Blackstock condemns the federal Liberals for dragging their feet on the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision on equal funding for Indigenous children.
  • 20:20 Tiziana Cantone a ‘revenge porn’ victim in Italy and her suicide following harassment by four men.
  • 23:30 Venezuela to chair the Non-Aligned Movement for the next 3 years


27:30 Nick Fillmore speaks with Irwin Oostindie on Peter Mansbridge‘s upcoming retirement and the prospects of the CBC rebuilding its flagship ‘The National.’ We also discuss journalism in Canada with the revolving door between Ottawa and the corporate sector. Plus, we talk about Stephen Harper, who has signed on with Dentons, the world’s largest elite law firm, to cash in on his Ottawa knowledge.

47:45 The Real News Network reports on Brazil’s firesale of public assets under its caretaker government. President Temer’s economic plan represents a deepening of neoliberal economic policies that Rousseff had already begun and will not improve the economic situation, says Professor Alfredo Saad-Filho.

51:00 Housing Affordability: We discuss what’s needed to fix the housing affordability crisis in Vancouver with two actions planned this weekend:  2pm Saturday rally at VAG from Housing Action for Local Tenants, and a Friday housing action at 4pm at Vancouver City Hall by the Coalition of Progressive Electors. We talk with Meena Wong, COPE’s previous Mayoralty candidate for City of Vancouver on the issues. “Make affordable housing a priority rally!” #Vancouver #bcpoli #vanpoli

**MUSIC on today’s show from Mecca Normal (and their Facebook page) and upcoming Oct 7 concert at the Rickshaw.


“Mecca Normal break rules like they never noticed them in the first place. The Vancouver-based duo of singer Jean Smith and guitarist David Lester are anarchist-feminist activists and constant experimentalists, implying a rhythm section with negative space alone. Always an intense presence onstage, they’ve become the most tenacious of D.I.Y. road warriors, touring and recording for 32 years now. In the early ’90s, they popped up on most of the biggest American indie-rock labels (Sub Pop, K, Matador); by their 25th anniversary, they were on the road with a performance-and-lecture project called “How Art & Music Can Change the World.”

Smith’s lyrics often foreground her political perspective; their anthem “Man Thinks ‘Woman,'” released in 1987, started out as a barbed dissection of gender normativity: “Man thinks ‘woman’ when he talks to me/Something not quite right.” The song kept expanding its radius from there, encompassing both bitter poetics and a disarmingly funny account of a drunken makeout gone weird. Kathleen Hanna has cited Smith as an early inspiration: “When I saw her,” she told The Fader, “I was just like, that’s it. I’m done. I’m sold.” – Douglas Wolk, August 8, 2016


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