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Media Mornings

Every weekend, we compile the top guests and headlines from our daily Media Mornings show, bringing you a grassroots view on the week’s top global and national affairs.

Producers: Derrick O’Keefe, Jane Bouey, David P. Ball, Jahanzeb Hussain and Irwin Oostindie.

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May 20—Jose Figueroa fights deportation—UFCW on temp foreign workers—Shining Soul hip hop—Can Labour Congress elections

Jose Figueroa (photo: Canadian Press)
  • 03:20  This week’s top grassroots Canadian & global news headlines.
  • 11:50 — Interview with Naveen Mehta (United Food and Commercial Workers, UFCW) on Canada’s temporary foreign worker program. Interviewed by Jane Bouey.
  • 24:20 — Interview with Jose Figueroa, an El Salvadoran facing an imminent deportation hearing on May 26 from Canada after living seven months in sanctuary in a Langley, B.C. church with his family. He has been ordered deported because he was openly affiliated to a group in his home country that became the government at the end of the civil war and is not even on Canada’s terrorism list. His defence campaign is We Are JoseInterviewed by David P. Ball.


  • 36:20 — Segment produced by Michal Rozworski on last week’s Canadian Labour Congress convention and the election of a new leader, Hassan Yussuff.
  • 56:10 — Interview with Shining Soul, Indigenous hip hop group from Arizona on their North American resistance tour, as well as the ‘allied industrial complex’ and decolonization. Interviewed by Irwin Oostindie.


Apr 19—Dogwood Initiative & Yinka Dene Alliance on Enbridge Northern Gateway—What does Quebec’s election mean? (Vol. 53)

Yinka Dene Alliance photo
  • 02:30  This week’s top grassroots Canadian & global news headlines.
  • 17:15 — Interview with Kai Nagata (Energy & Democracy Director, Dogwood Initiative) on Kitimat’s anti-Enbridge referendum vote and whether the pipeline will be built. Interviewed by David P. Ball and guest host david parsons on April 15.
  • 34:50 — Interview with Jasmine Thomas (Yinka Dene Alliance, Saik’uz First Nation) on what’s next for Northern Gateway pipeline, how Indigenous nations plan to hold the wall against Enbridge, and Indigenous law versus Canadian law. Interviewed by David P. Ball and guest host david parsons on April 15.
  • 43:40 — Interview with Marianne Breton Fontaine, Montreal student activist and regular Media Mornings contributor, discusses the implications of the Quebec election. Interviewed by Jane Bouey on April 14.
  • Music by Andrew Vincent (“Hounds of Love” by Kate Bush), Richard Laviolette & the Oil Spills (“Yes, I Mean All of It”), Mac DeMarco


Apr. 5: Interview with Arundhati Roy—Health accord rallies (Vol. 52)

Author Arundhati Roy interviewed in her Vancouver hotel by Media Mornings hosts Derrick O'Keefe and Jahanzeb Hussain (left). Photo by David P. Ball
Author Arundhati Roy interviewed in her Vancouver hotel by Media Mornings hosts Derrick O’Keefe and Jahanzeb Hussain (left). Photo by David P. Ball
  • 02:45 — This week’s top grassroots Canadian & global news headlines (see below).
  • 14:20 — Interview with acclaimed writer Arundhati Roy (Booker-winning novel ‘The God of Small Things’) on her new nonfiction book, ‘Capitalism: A Ghost Story.’ Interviewed by Derrick O’Keefe and Jahanzeb Hussain, broadcast on Apr. 3 & 4.


  • 37:30 — Interview with NDP Health Critic Libby Davies (MP, Vancouver-East) on the fight to protect Medicare and the expiry of the federal-provincial health accord. Interviewed by David Ball on Apr. 3.
  • 47:50 — Interview with Rachel Tutte (BC Health Coalition) on the health accord’s expiry and Medicare rallies held across the country for Medicare last week.  Interviewed by Jane Bouey on March 31.
  • Music: Owen Pallett (“The Riverbed”), Son Lux (“Weapons”), Tegan & Sara (“Closer”).


Mar 29—Special coverage of Portland Hotel Society audit scandal (Vol. 51)

  • 03:00 — This week’s top grassroots Canadian & global news headlines (see below).
  • 17:00 — Interview with Mark Townsend (co-founder & director, Portland Hotel Society) on the scathing government audit that forced his and the entire executive’s resignation, questions around fiscal mismanagement, and the importance of PHS programs like social enterprises, Insite safe injection site and more. Interviewed by David P. Ball on March 27.


  • 33:00 — Radio Roundtable on Portland Hotel Society audit: Blogger Melissa Fong and host Irwin Oostindie talk about the BC Housing and VCH takeover, how to shake the past, and how to protect services for DTES residents. Interviews with journalist Bob Mackin, former city planner Nathan Edelson, and DTES organizer Wendy Pederson.


  • Music: Be Good Tanyas (“Junkie Song”), Half Moon Run (“Give up”), Public Enemy (“Can’t hold us back”)

Mar 22—Special tribute to Ali Mustafa—Plus: Big labour & foreign worker rights—War resister on Iraq anniversary (Vol. 50)

Ali Mustafa was photographed in Cairo in November 2011. (Photo: Peter Hapak for TIME)

  • 03:30 — This week’s top Canadian and global grassroots news headlines.
  • 22:40 — Report on the Toronto vigil for Ali Mustafa, an activist and photojournalist killed by Syrian bombings while working in Syria earlier this month. Ali was a guest on Media Mornings on Jan. 24.
  • 24:00 — Interview with Talal Kanaan (Palestinian-Syrian engineer in Toronto) about the death of his friendship with Ali Mustafa. Interviewed by David P. Ball on March 13.
  • 38:00 — Interview with Derrick O’Keefe about the legacy of Ali Mustafa and his work. Interviewed by Irwin Oostindie on March 11. Includes a look-back broadcast of our Jan. 24 interview with Ali Mustafa live from Egypt. Interviewed by Derrick O’Keefe on Jan. 24.
  • 44:20 — Interview with Adriana Paz Ramirez and Chris Ramsaroop (Justicia 4 Migrant Workers) on why organized labour needs to choose international solidarity over protectionism when it comes to rhetoric around temporary foreign workers. David P. Ball on March 13.
  • 52:00 — Interview with war resister Rodney Watson, an Iraq veteran living in exile and sanctuary in a Downtown Eastside church, about the 11th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Interviewed by Derrick O’Keefe and broadcast on March 20.
  • Music by Propagandhi (“Note to Self”), Le Trio Joubran & Mahmoud Darwish (“Mural”), PJ Harvey (“All and Everyone”), Aidan Knight (“Dream Team”).

Mar 6—International Women’s Day special: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz—CBSA death—Christian Parenti on climate chaos (Vol. 49)

A vigil for Lucia Vega Jimenez, who died in CBSA custody on Dec. 28. Photo: David P. Ball

  • Interview with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Professor Emerita of Ethnic Studies at California State University, Hayward, author of Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie and Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War. Interviewed by Jane Bouey.
  • Interview with Kelly Sundberg, Associate Professor of Justice Studies, Mt. Royal University, Calgary and formerly 14-years an immigration officer, on the death of Lucia Vega Jimenez in Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) custody, calls for oversight, and why private guards should not be contracted to do CBSA’s policing work. Interviewed by David P. Ball.
  • Interview with Christian Parenti, an American investigative journalist and author. He is a Nation contributing editor, and his latest book is Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence. Interviewed by Derrick O’Keefe.
  • Music: Kate & Anna McGarrigle (“My Mother is the Ocean Sea”), Bruce Springsteen (“Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)”), Paul Kelly (“Emotional”), Propagandhi (“Note to Self”).

Feb 22: Future of Farming Special: Race & farm markets—Young Agrarians—Preserving farmland (Vol. 48)

  • 02:30 — This week’s top Canadian & global news headlines.
  • 20:45 — Interview with Alison Alkon, author of ‘Black, White, and Green: Farmers Markets, Race, and the Green Economy.’ Interviewed Jan 22 by Jane Bouey.
  • 33:00 — Interview with Sarah Dent (Young Agrarians), who discusses young farmers’ access to farmland . Interviewed Jan 13 by Jane Bouey. 
  • 47:00 — Interview with Dr. Kent Mullinix (Director of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security at Kwantlen Polytechnic University), on the threats to farmland in the lower mainland and why farming is so important for the future of humanity. Interviewed Jan 8 by Jane Bouey.
  • Music: Wailin’ Jennys (“Starlight”), Nive Nielsen (“Room”), Jenny Berkel (“Like a Rope”).

Feb 16: A Tribe Called Red—Canadian Doctors for Medicare on Budget—Resisting Afghanistan civilian deaths (Vol. 47)

Members of A Tribe Called Red on DJ Shub (Dan General)’s porch near Ottawa: from left, Ian Campeau, Bear Thomas, Dan General. Photo by David P. Ball
  • 03:00 — This week’s top Canadian & global news headlines.
  • 31:15 — Interview with Ian “DJ NDN” Campeau (member of A Tribe Called Red) on the electronic band’s new double-nomination for Juno Awards this month, their current cross-Canada tour, and more. Interviewed Feb. 6 by David P. Ball.


  • 46:30 — Interview with two Toronto activists on their creative campaign to use sports to resist civilian deaths under NATO occupation in Afghanistan—by spoofing the Toronto Maple Leafs’ website. Interviewed Feb. 7 by Jahanzeb Hussain.

Feb 10: LGBT Olympics boycott—CBSA custody death—Egypt uprising anniversary (Vol. 46)

Mexican refugee Karla Lottini and other advocates deliver a 7,500-signature petition to CBSA’s Vancouver offices Wednesday. Photo by David P. Ball
  • 03:00 — This week’s top Canadian & global news headlines.
  • 18:30 — Interview with Josh Paterson (executive director, BC Civil Liberties Association) and Karla Lottini (Mexican journalist, refugee, author of Talent of the Charlatans) on the death of Lucia Vega Jimenez in Canada Border Services Agency custody, a month before the media learned of the death. Interviewed Jan. 30 by David P. Ball.

  • 34:15 — Interview with Mark Smith in Toronto on the Olympics in Sochi and concerns over Russia`s sweeping anti-gay `propaganda`law and boycotts of Games sponsors Coke and McDonald`s. Interviewed Jan 28 by Irwin Oostindie.
  • 44:10 — Interview with Ehab Letoyef (Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy, activist and poet in Montreal) about the third anniversary of Egypt`s popular uprising. The struggle for democracy continues in spite of a military coup. Interviewed by Derrick O`Keefe.
  • Music: Shad Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins), Lal (“Belong”, album “Deportation”), Emel Mathlouthi (Kelmti Horra)

Jan 25: Independent Jewish Voices on Harper & Israel—Temporary Foreign Workers Program—People’s Social Forum (Vol. 45)

  • 02:45 — This week’s top Canadian & global news headlines.
  • 19:05 — Interview with Sid Shniad (national steering committee member of Independent Jewish Voices) on Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s trip to Israel and why his unconditional support for Benjamin Netanyahu doesn’t sit well with Independent Jewish Voices. Interviewed on Jan. 23 by David P. Ball.
  • 34:55 — Interview with Joey Hartman (president, Vancouver & District Labour Council) on Canada’s controversial Temporary Foreign Workers Program, Harper’s unexpected criticism of the exploitation of migrant labour. Interviewed on Jan. 22 by Jane Bouey.
  • 47:40 — Interview with organizer Roger Rashi on this year’s upcoming People’s Social Forum and building Left alliances. Interviewed Jan. 17 by Derrick O’Keefe.
  • Music by: Le Trio Joublan (“Mahmoud Darwish: Mural”), Rococode (“Weapon”), Rae Spoon (“Come on Forest Fire”)

Jan 18—CSIS watchdog’s Enbridge job—Battered women on trial—Canada Post cuts (Vol. 44)

Then-Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Chuck Strahl speaks to media in the Foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in 2010. Photo: Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS
  • 03:10  This week’s top Canadian & global news headlines.
  • 28:10  Interview with Matthew Millar (Vancouver Observer investigative reporter) on how Canada’s spy agency watchdog is also a paid lobbyist for Enbridge, whose opponents have been deemed “foreign-funded radicals” by the Conservative government. Interviewed Jan 10 by Derrick O’Keefe.
  • 37:00 — Interview with Elizabeth Sheehy (professor, University of Ottawa) on her new book, “Defending Battered Women on Trial” when they kill in self-defence. Interviewed on Jan 14 by Meghan Murphy (
  • 51:00 — Interview with Marion Pollack (former postal worker) on cuts to Canada Post. Interviewed on Jan 15 by Jane Bouey.
  • Music: Neil Young (“Pocahontas” live at Massey Hall), Arcade Fire (“You Already Know”), Danielle Duval (‘Control’)

Jan  9: Canada’s science ‘book burnings—Carleton University union rejected (Vol. 43)

  • 04:00 This week’s top Canadian & global news headlines.
  • 20:50 — Interview with Andrew Nikiforuk (environment reporter, The Tyee) about the federal government’s massive cull of fisheries science research libraries. Interviewed Jan 9 by David P. Ball
  • 35:55 — Interview with Marina Tronin (union organizer at Carleton University) on her graduate instructor’s rejection by CUPE in their attempts to organize, and the retaliation and consequences of that. Interviewed Jan 10 by Derrick O’Keefe.
  • Music by Owen Pallett (“Independence is no Solution”), XTC (“Books Are Burning”), Amelia Curran (“The Modern Man”).

Jan 2: New Year’s Special Part II — Charlie Angus on Senate Scandal—Carmen Aguirre on Chile’s Sept 11—Maude Barlow—Nelson Mandela’s legacy (Vol. 42)

Nelson Mandela at the South African Communist Party nation congress in 1995.
  •  02:45 — This week’s top Canadian & global news headlines.
  • 16:35 — Interview with Jack O’Dell, former chair Pacifica Radio, on his early calls for a boycott of apartheid South Africa’s white supremacist regime. Interviewed Dec. 6 by Derrick O’Keefe and Jahanzeb Hussain.
  • 25:30 — Interview with Charlie Angus (Ethics Critic for NDP, MP for Timmins) on the Senate scandal that exploded this year, sparked by investigations into three Senators’ improper housing expense claims and a $90,000 cheque from Harper’s chief of staff, now being investigated by the RCMP as fraud. Interviewed Oct. 24 by David P Ball.
  • 37:00 — Interview with Carmen Aguirre (Chilean-Canadian author, winner of the 2012 CBC Canada Reads prize) on the 40th anniversary of General Augusto Pinochet’s September 11, 1973 US-backed coup that ousted elected president Salvador Allende. Interviewed Sept. 11 by Derrick O’Keefe and Alfonso Osorio.
  • 51:00 — Interview with Maude Barlow (national chairperson, Council of Canadians) on her new book, ‘Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet.’ Interviewed Oct. 3 by David P Ball.
  • Music: Godspeed You! Black Emperor (“Mladic”), Rae Spoon (“I Will be a Wall”), Buffy St Marie (“Working for the Government”), Hugh Masakela (“Nelson Mandela”)

Dec 28: New Year’s Special Part I—Michael Parenti—Elsipogtog fracking standoff—Mohammad Mahjoub on secret trials (Vol. 41)

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  • 05:25 — This week’s top Canadian & global news headlines.
  • 45:35 — Interview with Amy Sock (anti-fracking blockade organizer & member of Elsipogtog First Nation) conducted shortly after her release from custody the day after the RCMP’s 200-officer raid on the blockade against Texas-based SWN Resources. Interviewed Dec. 6 by Derrick O’Keefe.
  • 56:00 — Interview with Mohammad Mahjoub (Canadian security certificate detainee) on how his right to be innocent until proven guilty, and how his secret trial has impacted his life and family since September 11, 2001, alongside several other Muslim men who have never seen the alleged evidence against them. Interviewed April 18 by David P. Ball.
  • Music: Arcade Fire (“Afterlife”), A Tribe Called Red (“The Road”), Sufjan Stevens (“Sister Winter”)

Dec 21—Sex work decision—Canada Post cuts—Shawn Atleo: Mandela memorial report-back & education act (Vol. 40)

Sex trade workers protest outside the Supreme Court of Canada last year. Photograph by: Chris Mikula , Ottawa Citizen
  • 02:25 — This week’s top Canadian & global news headlines.
  • 24:45 — Interview with Mike Palacek (Canadian Union of Postal Workers) on sweeping cuts proposed for Canada Post, including $1 postage stamps, mass layoffs, and the end of door-to-door delivery. Interviewed on Dec. 13 by Derrick O’Keefe.
  • 40:00 — Interview with Kathleen Kinch (lawyer for Pivot Legal Society) on the landmark Supreme Court of Canada ruling striking down most of Canada’s laws around prostitution. Interviewed on Dec. 20 by Derrick O’Keefe.
  • 49:00 — Interview with Shawn A-in-chut Atleo (national chief, Assembly of First Nation) on his return from Nelson Mandela’s memorial in South Africa, and the federal government’s controversial First Nations Education Act. Interviewed on Dec. 19 by David P. Ball.
  • MusicPostal Service (“This Place is a Prison”), Ani DiFranco (“Next Bold Move”), Ostwelve

Dec 14—Nelson Mandela Memorial Special: Jack O’Dell, Gurpreet Singh, Lawrence Boxall & Mandela’s speeches (Vol. 39)

Nelson Mandela at the South African Communist Party nation congress in 1995.
  • 03:15 — This week’s top Canadian & global news headlines.
  • 17:10 — Nelson Mandela Tribute, featuring Mandela’s key speeches and commentary on the side of South African resistance leader too often ignored in the media. Produced by Derrick O’Keefe and Jahanzeb Hussain on Dec. 6.
  • 27:55 — Interview with Lawrence Boxall, a South African anti-apartheid activist who moved to Vancouver in 1991. Produced by Derrick O’Keefe and Jahanzeb Hussain on Dec. 6.
  • 37:10 — Interview with Jack O’Dell, former chair of Pacifica Radio when it issued a historic call to US citizens to pressure the government to condemn South African apartheid and cut all ties. Produced by Derrick O’Keefe and Jahanzeb Hussain on Dec. 6.
  • 48:25 — Interview with Gurpreet Singh, host Radio India & Georgia Straight columnist, on the legacy of Mandela for social justice and antiracist activists everywhere. Produced by Jane Bouey on Dec. 9.
  • Music: Hugh Masakela (“Bring Home Nelson Mandela”), Mbogeni Ngema (“Lizobuya” from Amandla!), Special AKA (“Free Nelson Mandela”).

Dec 7—Violence Against Women Special: Rob Ford & gendered abuse—Indigenous women & law—Montreal Massacre & Labour (Vol. 38)

Hundreds of shoes lined the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery Friday to commemorate murdered women (December 6). Photo: Yolande Cole, Georgia Straight
  • 04:00 — This week’s top Canadian & global news headlines.
  • 49:30 — Interview with Hallie Bongar-White (Southwest Center For Law & Policy, Arizona) on Indigenous women & the law. Interviewed by Irwin Oostindie on Dec. 3.
  • Music: Evalyn Parry (“14, for December 6”). Propagandhi (“Refusing to be a Man”), Eekwol (“Too Sick”).

Nov 30: Star’s Kevin Donovan on Rob Ford docs—Ethan Cox on Senate & Montreal scandals—First Call BC child poverty report (Vol. 37)

Rob Ford and Sandro Lisi caught in police surveillance images.
  • This week’s top Canadian & global news headlines.
  •  Interview with Kevin Donovan (investigations editor & reporter, The Toronto Star) on a judge’s new order to release all documents from the police investigation into Rob Ford and his driver and alleged drug dealer Sandro Lisi.
  • Interview with Ethan Cox (Québec correspondent) on the Senate scandal, Québec corruption inquiry and municipal politics, and Rob Ford

Nov 23: Voters Taking Action on Climate Change—IKEA boycott—Métis leaders on Louis Riel legacy (Vol. 36)

Anti-coal protests punctuated the start of UN climate talks in Warsaw, Poland last week. Photograph: Radek Pietruszka/EPA
  • 03:10 — This week’s top Canadian & global news headlines.
  • 20:10 — Interview with Kevin Washbrook (Voters Taking Action on Climate Change) on last week’s climate negotiations and protests in Poland, and a controversial proposal to ramp up Canada’s coal exports through Port Metro Vancouver. Interviewed Nov. 21 by David P. Ball.
  • 29:40 — Interview with Anita Dawson (Teamsters Local 213) about the lockout of workers at Ikea Richmond and an international boycott of the retail giant. Interviewed Nov. 20 by Jane Bouey.
  • 44:00 — Interview with Lyle Campbell-Letendre (President, Kelly Lake Métis Settlement Society) and Keith Henry (President, BC Métis Federation) on the anniversary of Louis Riel’s execution by Canada and why some Métis communities are opposing the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. Interviewed Nov. 21 by David P. Ball.
  • Music: M.I.A. (“No it Ain’t Right), Wailin Jennys (“Apocalypse Lullaby”), Cheryl and Joel Mowchenko (“The Song of Louis Riel”).

Nov 16: Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafonde—Davyn Calfchild’s Remembrance Day arrest—APTN founder—Terrorism list (Vol. 35)

Mary-Ellen Turpel-Lafond, the B.C. Representative for Children and Families. Photo: Darren Stone/Times-Colonist
  • 04:00 — This week’s top Canadian & global news headlines.
  • 17:15 — Interview with Davyn Calfchild, a Sisika Nation of the Blackfoot Confederacy war veteran arrested by Toronto Police for carrying his nation’s flags to the Remembrance Day ceremony. Interviewed Nov. 12 by Irwin Oostindie.
  • 28:00 — Interview with Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafonde (BC Representative for Children and Youth) on her scathing report on how the child welfare system is failing Aboriginal youth and families. Interviewed Nov. 7 by David P. Ball.
  • 40:45 — Interview with Aiyanas Ormond (organizer, Red Sparks Union), on scrapping the terrorist list and the criminalization of dissent from the War on Terror. Interviewed Nov. 14 by David P. Ball.
  • 47:45 — Interview with Jennifer David (co-founder, Aboriginal People’s Television Network) on Media Democracy Days and the importance of Indigenous-created media. Interviewed Nov. 8 by Jahanzeb Hussain and Derrick O’Keefe.
  • Music: Ostwelve (“Not Your Enemy” Bymski remix), Ras Haile X (“Power to the People”), Sisters of Mercy (“Temple of Love”).

Nov 9: People’s Social Forum—Fracking Christy Clark’s lawn—Gary Engler on ‘New Commune-ist Manifesto’ (Vol. 34)

Anti-fracking activists erected a fake rig outside B.C. Premier Christy Clark’s house Sunday. (Vancouver Media Co-op Photo)
  • 03:00 — This week’s top Canadian & global news headlines.
  • 18:15 — Interview with Roger Rashi (Alternatives) on preparations for next year’s People’s Social Forum. Interviewed by Derrick O’Keefe on Nov. 1.
  • 24:00 — Interview with Teresa Diewert (Rising Tide Vancouver Coast Salish Territories) on a fake fracking rig the group set up on BC Premier Christy Clark’s home lawn and controversy over taking protest to politicians’ homes. Interviewed by David P. Ball on Nov. 7.

Nov 2: Tory convention & Senate Scandal—Bernie Farber on Canada’s genocide—Colombian human rights (Vol. 33)

  • 02:15 — This week’s top Canadian & global news headlines.
  • 14:30 — Interview with Karl Nerenberg (Parliament Hill Correspondent, on the latest in the Senate scandal, as Conservative party members travel to Calgary for the Tory convention this weekend. Interviewed by David P. Ball on Oct 31.
  • 39:15 — Interview with Joey Hartman (president, Vancouver & District Labour Council) on Colombia peace dialogues in context. Interviewed by Jane Bouey on Oct 30.
  • 48:20 — Interview with Bernie Farber (former CEO, Canadian Jewish Congress) on an open letter he wrote with former Assembly of First Nations national chief Phil Fontaine calling for the UN to label Canada’s treatment of Indigenous Peoples “genocide.” Interviewed by David P. Ball on Oct 24.
  • Music: Metric (“Clone”), The Arcade Fire (“Reflektor”), Midnight Oil (“Beds are Burning”)

Oct 28: Charlie Angus on Senate Scandal—Elsipogtog fracking update—Rogue Dentists (Vol. 32)

  • 03:15 — This week’s top Canadian & global news headlines— a radio news roundup you won’t hear anywhere else.
  • 15:30 — Interview with Charlie Angus (ethics critic for the federal NDP) on yesterday’s explosive comments by Senators Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin, who implicated the Prime Minister and Conservatives directly in attempting to cover up the growing fraudulent expenses scandal. Interviewed by David P. Ball on Oct. 24.
  • 34:00 — Interview with Amy Sock (Elipogtog First Nation) on the aftermath of the RCMP raid on the anti-fracking blockade. Interviewed by Derrick O’Keefe on Oct. 25.
  • Music: Buffy Sainte Marie (“Working for the Government”), A Tribe Called Red (“Bread and Cheese”), Ostwelve (“B.Medicine/Baphela Bantu”)

Oct 21—Elizabeth May: Throne Speech—Kinder Morgan ceremony—Egale: Homophobia & Suicide—’Moral Economy’ (Vol. 31)


  • 03:15 — This week’s top news headlines from local to global current affairs — radio news roundup you won’t hear anywhere else.
  • 17:25 — Interview with Elizabeth May (Green Party of Canada leader and MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands) on the Throne Speech, seeing Canadians as citizens, not consumers, and the Senate Scandal. Interviewed by David P. Ball (Oct. 16).
  • 42:10 — Speech by Sundance Chief Rueben George (Tsleil-Waututh Nation) at last week’s Thanksgiving Day paddle against the Kinder Morgan oil sands pipeline. Produced by Irwin Oostindie (Oct. 14).
  • Music: Hannah Epperson (“Brother” prod Stint), Dead Prez (“Politrikkks”), Dar Williams (“After All”), Half Moon Run (“Fire Escape”).

Oct 12: Neo-Nazis attack anti-racist home—Miley, Sinead & pop culture ‘pornification’—Theatre for Living (Vol. 30)

“A New Look at Calgary’s Neo-Nazi Movement” photo by Brett Gundlock/VICE
  • 03:20 This week’s top news headlines from across Canada and around the world. Produced & hosted by David P. Ball.
  • 15:45 — Interview with Jason Devine (Anti-Racist Action Calgary) on the latest attack on his family home by neo-Nazis. Interviewed Oct. 10 by David P. Ball.
  • 31:45 — Interview with Meghan Murphy (founder/publisher, Feminist Current), on Miley Cyrus, Sinead O’Connor and the “pornification” of popular culture. Interviewed Oct. 8 by Irwin Oostindie.
  • 46:20 — Interview with David Diamond (artistic director, Theatre for Living), on how theatre can help people question the corporate messages we receive. Interviewed Oct. 9 by Jane Bouey.
  • Music: Billy the Kid (“Just Trying to Get By”), Zaki Ibrahim (“The Brave Ones”), Miley Cyrus vs Sinead O’Connor (“Nothing Compares To Wrecking Ball”, mashup by Robin Skouteris).

Oct 5: John Greyson & Tarek Loubani released—Maude Barlow on PowerShift & Blue Future—191 migrants on detention strike (Vol. 29)

John Greyson and Tarek Loubani, released this weekend from detention in Egypt.
  • 03:30  This week’s top news headlines from across Canada and around the world. Produced & hosted by David P. Ball.
  • 32:30 — Interview with Cecilia Greyson, just prior to the release from Egyptian detention of her brother Toronto film maker John Greyson and London Ontario emergency room physician Tarek Loubani. They were arrested on Aug. 16 and released this weekend following an international campaign and earlier hunger strike. Interviewed Sept. 24 by Irwin Oostindie.
  • 41:45 — Interview with Emelina Ramos (Fuerza/Puwersa, Guelph), Syed Hussan (No One Is Illegal Toronto), and Erik Kousi (inmate, Lindsay Corrections Centre). Interviewed Sept. 26 by David P. Ball.
  • Music: Ta’kaiya Blaney (“Shallow Waters”), Kinnie Starr (“Who Will Save Our Waters?”), Lal (“Belong”, album “Deportation”).

Reconciliation Radio Special—Part 2 (Sept. 28, Vol. 28)

An estimated 70,000 took part in a Reconciliation Walk in Vancouver Sept. 22. Photo by Zack Embree/Vancouver Observer
  • 02:15 — This week’s top news headlines from across Canada and around the world. Produced & hosted by David P. Ball.
  • 14:00 — Interview with Karen Joseph (Executive Director of Reconciliation Canada), about her organization’s week of events surrounding Vancouver hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Interviewed on ACCESS TV by Sid Chow Tan.
  • 29:30 — Interview with Glen Coulthard (Yelloknives Dene; professor of First Nations Studies and Political Science at the University of British Columbia) on the politics of resentment versus Canada’s vision for “reconciliation” between Canadians and Indigenous Peoples. Interviewed Sept. 19 by David P. Ball.
  • Music: Eekwol (“Apprentro”), Hell n Back (“All Nationz”), Propagandhi (“Bringer of Greater Things” live).

Reconciliation Radio Special—Part 1 (Sept. 20, Vol. 27)

Photo by David P. Ball / 24 Hours
  • 03:30 — This week’s top news headlines from across Canada and around the world. Produced & hosted by David P. Ball.
  • 16:45 — Interview with Chief Robert Joseph, founder of Reconciliation Canada, organizers of a week of events surrounding the TRC hearings. Interviewed Sept. 12 by David P. Ball.
  • 28:20 — Interview with Khelsilem Rivers, a Squamish & Kwakwaka’wakw community organizer and language preservation activist. Interviewed on Sept 17 by Irwin Oostindie.
  • 45:00 — Interview with Dian Million (Athabascan), an Indigenous feminist scholar, and associate professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, and author of Therapeutic Nations: Healing in an Age of Indigenous Human Rights. Interviewed Sept 16 by Irwin Oostindie.
  • MusicKeith Secola (“Say Your Name”), Buffy Ste Marie (“Cho Cho Fire”), Tru Rez Cru (“Endless Tearz”).

Sept 13: Chile Coup Anniversary Special—CBC Canada Reads winner Carmen Aguirre—Québec Values Charter (Vol. 26)

Protests mark the anniversary of the US-backed coup overthrowing elected President Salvador Allende on September 11, 1973
  • This week’s top news headlines from across Canada and around the world. Produced & hosted by Derrick O’Keefe, with Molly Caron.
  • Interview with Carmen Aguirre, author of the CBC Canada Reads prize-winning memoir about Chilean resistance, “Something Fierce.” Interviewed by Derrick O’Keefe on Sept 11.
  • Interview with Alfonso Osorio, Media Mornings Latin America Report host, on being an independent radio producer in Chile after Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s coup. Interviewed by Derrick O’Keefe on Sept 11.
  • Interview with Cara Zwibel (Director, Fundamental Freedoms Program, Canadian Civil Liberties Association) on concerns over the Québec Values Charter to restrict religious attire. Interviewed by David P. Ball on Sept 12.

Aug 24: Search for the Rob Ford tape—Salmon Confidential—Anti-homophobia Study (Vol. 25)

Mayor Rob Ford faced down Hulk Hogan at the Canadian Fan Expo Friday in an arm-wrestling competition (Photo: Toronto Star)
  • 03:30 — This week’s top news headlines from across Canada and around the world. Produced & hosted by David P. Ball.
  • 17:10 — Kevin Donovan (head investigative reporter, The Toronto Star) on events since he viewed the alleged video of Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack, including this week’s revelations that police are investigating attempts by Ford associates to acquire the video — shortly before a couple living at the bungalow where it was filmed being severely beaten with a retractible baton. Interviewed August 22 by David P. Ball.
  • 31:40 — Twyla Roscovitch (filmmaker, Salmon Confidential) about her new documentary on the work of famed salmon researcher Alexandra Morton, who asserts the Federal Government is covering up what is killing BC’s wild salmon. Interviewed August 14 by Jane Bouey.
  • 47:40 — Elizabeth Saewyc (UBC nursing professor; McCreary Centre Society), author of study published in the Journal of Preventive Medicine, reveals that students at British Columbian high-schools are less likely to abuse alcohol if they are in schools that have had either anti-homophobia policies or Gay Straight Alliances for three or more years. Interviewed August 14 by Jane Bouey.
  • Music: Good for Grapes (“Era’s End”), Rae Spoon (“Hide the Children”).

Aug 18: Russia’s anti-gay law & Sochi Olympics—Clayton Ruby on anti-Harper lawsuit—’Asian Girlz’ & #NotYourFetish campaign (Vol. 23)

Rights groups say Russia is in the midst of a period of repression, particularly since the reelection of President Vladimir Putin last year. (Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press)
  • 03:00 — This week’s top news headlines from across Canada and around the world. Produced & hosted by David P. Ball.
  • 19:30 — Clayton Ruby (Chair, ForestEthics Advocacy) on a new lawsuit against the Harper government over its restrictions on who can speak at National Energy Board hearings. Interviewed Aug 15 by David P. Ball.
  • 35:30 — Michael Stewart (blogger, on controversy over Russia hosting the Sochi Olympics after passing a law banning “gay propaganda.” Interviewed Aug 9 by Derrick O’Keefe.
  • Music: PJ Harvey (“Words that Maketh Murder”), Wyrd Sisters (“Farewell to Clayoquot Sound”), Pussy Riot (“Like a Red Prison”)

Aug 10 (Vol. 22):

Protesters opposing TransCanada’s projects carry a mock pipeline at a US protest (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
  •  03:00 — This week’s top news headlines from across Canada and around the world. Produced & hosted by David P. Ball and Derrick O’Keefe.
  • 35:45 — Ajamu Nangwaya (organizer, Network for Pan-Afrikan Solidarity) on mobilizing against the police killing of 18-year old Sammy Yatim, and a history of racialized police violence and settler colonialism in Canada over decades. Interviewed by Derrick O’Keefe.
  • 48:00 — Celyn Dufay (campaign organizer, Rideau Institute)on the global movement to ban nuclear weapons, and’s Louder than the Bomb campaign, on the 68th anniversary of the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima. Interviewed by Derrick O’Keefe.
  • Music: Ben Caplan (“Down to the River”), A Tribe Called Red (“Woodcarver”), Emilia Curran (“The Modern Man”).

July 27 (Vol. 21):

Protests against the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin. (Photo: KEVIN HAGEN FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
  • 03:15 — This week’s top news headlines from across Canada and around the world. Produced & hosted by David P. Ball.
  • 29:00 — Dave Zirin (sports editor, The Nation), on U.S.-wide protests against George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the Trayvon Martin killing, and how athletes are taking up the cause. Interviewed by Derrick O’Keefe.
  • 42:20 — Joey Hartman (president, Vancouver & District Labour Council) on how a history of cost-cutting and deregulation may have played a role in the Lac Mégantic, Québec oil train disaster. Interviewed by Jane Bouey.
  • 52:15 — Anthony Arnove (producer, Dirty Wars), on the release of Big Noise Films new documentary, Dirty Wars, about extrajudicial killings and the War on Terror, produced with investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill. Interviewed by Derrick O’Keefe.
  • Music: A Tribe Called Red (“Tanto’s Revenge”), Hell n Back (“All Nationz”), Bruce Springsteen (“American Skin”), The Boom Booms (“Delivered”)

July 13 (Vol. 20):

  • 03:15 — This week’s top news headlines from across Canada and around the world (see below). Produced & hosted by David P. Ball.
  • 18:45 — Interview with Hon. Bob Rae (newly retired MP, former Ontario Premier, one-time Liberal Party of Canada leader) on his new life working for northern Ontario First Nations on the Ring of Fire mining dispute, as well as candid comments on his life in politics. Interviewed July 11 by David P. Ball.
  • 36:00 — Interview with Eugene Boulanger, Director of Strategic Planning for Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, a land-based Indigenous school in the Northwest Territories. Interviewed July 8 by Irwin Oostindie.
  • 46:30 — Interview with Keith Stewart (Climate and Energy campaigner with Greenpeace Canada, about the Lac-Mégantic, Quebec oil train disaster, and last weekend’s Tar Sands Healing Walk. Interviewed July 8 by Irwin Oostindie.
  • Music: T.Nile (“Running”)Vancouver Peace Choir (“Rumble”), We Are the City (“Baptism”), T.Nile (“Burn It”).

July 6 (Vol. 19):

Tar Sands Healing Walk
  • 02:45 — This week’s top news headlines from across Canada and around the world. Produced & hosted by David P. Ball.

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  • 19:00 — Interview with Sarah Eltantawi (Professor of comparative religion & Islamic studies; and a Fellow in Arab Studies at University of California, Berkeley), on the protests and removal of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi this week, and why some feel Western media are getting their ‘military coup’ story wrong. Interviewed July 5 by David P. Ball.

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  • 35:00 — Interview with Melina Laboucan-Massimo (Lubicon Cree First Nation; Climate and Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace Canada), on this weekend’s Tar Sands Healing Walk in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Interviewed July 4 by David P. Ball.

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  • 59:30 — Interview with Joey Hartman (President, Vancouver and District Labour Council) on the Conservatives’ controversial union transparency bill, which was struck down by the Senate over concerns last week. Interviewed July 3 by Jane Bouey.

  • Music: Arabian Knights (“Rebel”), Buffy Sainte Marie (“No No Keshegesh”), Kinnie Starr (“Who Will Save Our Waters”), Ndidi O (“Move Together”), Emilie Mover (“Fishes”).

June 29 (Vol. 18):

Aboriginal child poverty in Canada exhibit by Photosensitive. Photo by Dick Loek.

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  • 02:45 — This week’s top news headlines from across Canada and around the world (see below). Produced & hosted by David P. Ball.
  • 20:45 — Interview with Naveen Mehta (Director of Human Rights for United Food and Commercial Workers, UFCW Canada) about the case of José Sicajau Xoc, and the fight for justice for Temporary Foreign Workers. Interviewed June 24 by Jane Bouey. 

  • 30:15 — Interview with Kate Milberry (Toronto-based expert on cyber surveillance), about National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden’s whereabouts and the U.S. espionage charges against him. Interviewed June 25 by Irwin Oostindie.
  • 39:30 — Interview with Daniel Wilson (former Canadian diplomat & ex-Assembly of First Nations policy & planning director), about his new report for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Save the Children Canada, Poverty or Prosperity Indigenous children in Canada. This study finds that Indigenous children in Canada are over two and a half times more likely to live in poverty than non-Indigenous children. Interviewed June 21, National Aboriginal Day, by Derrick O’Keefe. 
  • 53:15 — Interview with Tyler Levitan (Independent Jewish Voices Canada campaign coordinator) talks about the revelations that Canada’s Foreign Affairs Department have promoted the ‘monitoring’ of Independent Jewish Voices events that are critical of the Jewish National Fund. Interviewed June 26 by Jane Bouey.
  • Music: Mbogeni Ngema (“Lizobuya”), Céu (“Streets Bloom”), Beaatz (“Broken Promises”), E.A.S.Y. Youth feat: Adrian Starblanket (“Life Ain’t Easy”).

June 22 (Vol. 17):

Demonstrations have resumed in Turkey despite a police crackdown this week
  • 02:00 — This week’s top news headlines from across Canada and around the world (see below).
  • 21:00 — Interview with Onur Bakiner (Assistant Professor, SFU International Studies) on protests in Turkey’s Taksim Square and across the country, this week’s police crackdown, and what the uprising is about. Interviewed June 18 by Irwin Oostindie.
  • 37:30 — Interview with Namatzadeh (Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights, CODIR), on the recent Iranian presidential elections which elected moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani to office. Interviewed June 19 by Jane Bouey.

  • 51:00 — Interview with Karl Nerenberg ( Parliament Hill Correspondent) on the end of the latest parliamentary session in the midst of growing Senate scandals. Interviewed June 14 by Derrick O’Keefe.
  • Music: Duman (“Eyvallah”), A Tribe Called Red (“Different Heroes”)

June 15 (Vol. 16):

Eric Snowden, former NSA contractor who leaked revelations of a massive surveillance program
  • 02:15 — This week’s top news headlines from across Canada and around the world.
  • 33:45 — Interview with Patrick Coomey (fellow, American Civil Liberties Union ACLU National Security Project) & Micheal Vonn (Policy Director, BC Civil Liberties Association BCCLA) on the NSA surveillance program revealed in leaks this week, which monitors millions of phone and internet users. Interviewed June 13 by David P. Ball.
  • 59:49 — Interview Kerry Porth (Pivot Legal Society board; former executive director, PACE) on the Supreme Court case to change Canada’s prostitution laws. Interviewed June 13 by David P. Ball.
  • Music: Michael Franti & Spearhead (“Sound of Sunshine”), Buffy Sainte-Marie (“Little Wheel Spin and Spin”), Eekwol (“I Will Not Be Conquered”), Salt N Pepa (“None Of Your Business – Perfecto Radio Mix”).

June 8 (Vol. 15):

  • 02:30 — This week’s top news headlines from across Canada and around the world.
  • 46:45 — Interview with Kinnie Starr (Juno-winning musician, producer, and Huffington Post blogger) on her upcoming album KissIther work on a National Film Board documentary on how porn culture has crept into music videos, and interviewing Jann Arden, Tegan & Sara, Buffy Ste-Marie and other top female Canadian artists. (Interviewed on June 6 by David P. Ball).
  • 51:30 — Interview with Stuart Trew (trade campaigner, Council of Canadians), on how federal funding for a Newfoundland and Labrador hydro project was tied to removing minimum fisheries processing rules, as well as which other provinces are being bullied into accepting unfavourable conditions in the Canada-European Union trade deal. (Interviewed on June 3 by Jane Bouey).
  • Music: Stars (“Take me to the Riot”), Neko Case (“Favourite”), Kinnie Starr (“Home is Everywhere”),  Kytami (“Two Lions”)

June 1 (Vol. 14):

  • 02:30 — This week’s top news headlines from across Canada and around the world.
  • 36:30 — Interview with Karl Nerenberg (Parliament Hill Correspondent,, on the deepening Senate expense scandal wracking the federal Conservatives this week over Senator Mike Duffy’s false expense claims, a $90,000 bail-out by Prime Minister Harper’s now-resigned chief of staff, and more. Interview by Derrick O’Keefe (May 24).
  • 54:00 — Interview with Dr Catherine Taylor (professor, University of Winnipeg), on why schools need policies that specifically address harassment based on real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. She is author of the Egale report, “Every Class in Every School: Final Report on the First National Climate Survey on Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia in Canadian Schools.” Interview by Jane Bouey (May 29).
  • Music: Melissa Auf der Maur (“Isis Speaks”), Ani Difranco (“Hello Birmingham”), Bear Mountain (“Two Step”).

May 25 (Vol 13):

  • 02:30 — This week’s top news headlines from across Canada and around the world.
  • 16:00 — Interview with Jahanzeb Hussain (Media Mornings correspondent in Karachi, Pakistan) on recent elections, popular outrage over US unmanned drone killings, and more. Interviewed by Derrick O’Keefe.
  • 28:00 — Interview with Meghan Rhoad (Women’s rights researcher, Human Rights Watch, New York City) and Bridget Tolley (Co-founder, Families of Sisters in Spirit, Ottawa) on the RCMP’s announcement of an investigation into shocking abuse allegations by Native women in BC, including torture and gang rape. Interviewed by Anushka Nagji David P. Ball.
  • 41:00 — Interview with Wet’suwet’en nation land defenders Toghestiy (Hereditary Chief, Laktamashew clan, Wet’suwet’en nation) & Freda Huson (spokesperson, Unist’ot’en clan) on the ongoing Unist’ot’en Camp blockade against a natural gas pipeline and fracking in B.C. Interviewed by Anushka Nagji David P. Ball.
  • 51:00 — Interview with the Rev. Emilie Smith (Anglican priest) who has spent much of her life working with the Maya in Guatamala, about the annulment of the conviction of former President General Rios Montt for mass killings and genocide against Indigenous people. Interviewed by Jane Bouey.
  • Music: We Are The City (“Baptism”), Michael Franti & Spearhead (“Bomb The World”), A Tribe Called Red (“Electric Intertribal”)

May 18 (Vol 12):

Christy Clark (Photo: Carlos Tello, Tyee)
  • 02:50 — This week’s top Canadian and international news headlines.
  • 17:00 — Interview with Éric Grenier ( on how pollsters got the BC election predictions so wrong.
  • 30:40 — Interview with Gurpreet Singh (Radio India talk show host) discusses shortcomings of polling, weaknesses of NDP campaign, and results in Surrey.
  • 40:00 — Interview with Grand Chief Stewart Phillip (President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs) talks impact of BC Liberal victory on Indigenous people in BC. Will mean an “era of conflict and confrontation” “Indigenous peoples of the province will continue to protest pipelines & mines.. greater urgency to building alliances.”
  • 50:00 — Interview with Jen Moore (Mining Watch Canada), informs us of revelations (obtained through Access to Information Act) that the Federal Conservative government has used public resources to support a Canadian mining company in Mexico that is accused of connections to the murder of a mining activist and political corruption.
  • Music: Chris Hadfield (perf. David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” on the International Space Station), Nirvana (“Opinion”), Bruce Cockburn (“Call It Democracy” live), A Tribe Called Red (“NDN Stakes” from new album Nation II Nation).

May 11 (Vol 11): BC Election Special

Canadian Press photo
  • 03:00 — This week’s top news headlines from B.C. to cross-Canada to global current events.
  • 18:00 — Interview with Charlie Smith (editor, The Georgia Straight), on Vancouver’s alternative newspaper’s election slate choices, ex-MLA Kash Heed’s admission he will not be voting in this election, the impact of the BC Rail scandal on the Liberals and the falsified Adrian Dix memo on the NDP, whether negative advertising actually works, and more. Interviewed by David P. Ball.
  • 30:00 — Interview with Jane Sterk (Leader, Green Party of BC; Victoria-Beacon Hill riding), on whether the Greens will elect their first provincial politician in Canada, as well as LNG/Natural gas’ impact on climate change, vote splitting, and a ban on fracking, and whether the NDP are telling the truth about opposing pipelines and tankers. Interviewed by David P. Ball.
  • 40:00 — Interview with Shane Simpson (MLA, BC NDP Caucus Chair; Vancouver-Hastings riding) on international labour solidarity, the latest narrowing polls, and criticism of the NDP’s affordable housing plan. Interviewed by Irwin Oostindie. 
  • 55:00 — Interview with Sam Sullivan (BC Liberal candidate, Vancouver-False Creek riding; former Mayor of Vancouver), on his tumultuous history with Premier Christy Clark, the BC Rail scandal, marijuana decriminalization, and more. Interviewed by David P. Ball.
  • 1:05:00 — Interview with Allison Griner (reporter with The Tyee) and Indigenous artist Chris Bose (member of the N’laka’pamux Nation), about the Ajax Mine in Kamloops as a BC election issue.
  • Music: Class Action Ska (“Rise Up”), Michael Franti (“Nobody Right, Nobody Wrong”), M.I.A. (“The World”), Lee Harvey Osmond (“Cuckoo’s Nest”).

May 7 (Vol 10):

Protestors shout slogans calling for better working conditions for garment workers during a May Day rally on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • This week’s top news headlines round-up from across Canada and globally.
  • Interview with Craig Benjamin, Amnesty International Canada’s Indigenous Rights campaigner, on the importance of human rights mechanisms for aboriginal peoples. Interviewed by Irwin Oostindie.
  • Interview with Joey Hartman, President of the Vancouver & District Labour Council (VDLC), on the history of May Day as an international worker’s holiday. Interviewed by Anushka Nagji & Chauncey.
  • Interview with Sean Holman, investigative reporter & editor of Public Eye Online, on his new documentary Whipped: The Secret World of Party Discipline. Interviewed by David P. Ball.
  • Interview with Isabel Jordan, with Queers Against Israeli Apartheid-Vancouver on settler colonialism and links between Palestinian and Indigenous rights.
  • Music: Alt-J (“Dissolve Me”), Sweatshop Union (“Oh My”), Serena Ryder (“Stompa”).

April 27 (Vol 9):

  • 02:30 — This week’s top news headlines.
  • 19:11 — Interview with Sukanya Pillay (Director of National Security, Canadian Civil Liberties Association, CCLA), about this week’s passing of controversial anti-terrorism legislation, which grant Canadian security officials “exceptional” powers to probe potential terrorist acts — powers that critics say trample on civil liberties. Interviewed by Anushka Nagji & David P. Ball.
  • 27:50 — Interview with Jenny Kwan, (NDP MLA, Vancouver-Mount Pleasant; Critic for Jobs, Economic Development and Trade) about the party’s newly announced opposition to the Kinder Morgan oil sands pipeline. Interviewed by Irwin Oostindie & Alfonso Osorio.
  • 39:00 — Interview with Rueben George (Sundance Chief; Tsleil Waututh First Nation) on the movement to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Interviewed by Irwin Oostindie & Alfonso Osorio.
  • Music: Passion Pit (“Take a Walk”), K-OS (“Electric Heat”), Metric (“Combat Baby”).

April 22 (Vol 8):

David Suzuki (photo: David P. Ball)
  • Interview with Carleen Thomas, sacred trust project manager for Tsleil Waututh First Nation, who hosted a conference this week in Vancouver bringing together Indigenous and municipal leaders and activists to oppose oil sands pipelines cross British Columbia. Interviewed by Derrick O’Keefe.
  • Interview with David Suzuki, a renowned Canadian scientist, author and award-winning broadcaster of CBC’s The Nature of Things, and founder of the environmental advocacy group the David Suzuki Foundation. Interviewed by Anushka Nagji & David P. Ball.

  • Interview with Charlie Smith, editor of the Georgia Straight, on the importance of shows like Media Mornings and why he supports Vancouver Co-op Radio. Interviewed by David P. Ball.
  • Interview with Mohammad Mahjoub, a Canadian Muslim man who was detained in 2001 in Canada, and held for 13 years without charges, trial or evidence under a security certificate, a legal loophole Canada created to imprison Muslim men in Canada suspected of terrorist links. He was just released from detention and sat down with Media Mornings in Vancouver. Interviewed by David P. Ball.

  • Music: Takaiya Blainey (“Shallow Waters”), Dan Mangan (“Starts With Them, Ends With Us”), Lee Reed (“Ballot in the Box”), Metric (“Help, I’m Alive”).

April 16 (Vol 7):

Inuit elder Jim Learning was arrested during a Muskrat Falls protest on the Trans-Labrador Highway, and has since been on hunger strike in jail (Photo by Derek Montague/The Labradorian)
  • Interview with Todd Russell, president of the NunatuKavut Community Council (and former Liberal MP), who was arrested by RCMP with seven councillors and elders on April 5, in protest against a hydroelectric dam on their traditional territories. Elder Jim Learning, 74, remains in prison on hunger strike after refusing to sign his undertaking papers, saying they undermine his aboriginal rights.
  • Interview with Karl Nerenberg, Parliament Hill Correspondent for, on the federal NDP convention and the decision to remove many references to socialism from the party’s constitution.

April 6 (Vol 6):


Anarchopanda, a symbol of Québec’s student protests, was arrested this week in Montréal. Photo: Le Devoir
  • Interview with Québec activist Marianne Breton Fontaine on recent mass arrests in student tuition protests and the crackdown on dissent. Interview by Jane Bouey & Maayan Kreitzman
  • Interview with Lacy Morin-Desjarlais, Saulteaux/Métis student in child and youth care at BC’s Douglas College, on the disproportionate numbers of Aboriginal children in state custody. Interviewed by Irwin Oostindie.
  • Interview with Andreas Krebs, publisher of the new Canadian political satire website, Riotwire
    Interviewed by Derrick O’Keefe.
  • Music: The Arcade Fire (“Suburban War”), Cris Derksen (“Ghost Town of Glass Condos”), Billy Bragg (“There’s Power in the Union”)

March 30 (Vol 5):

The 8-year old daughter of a man deported from Vancouver to Honduras joins a protest against Canada Border Services Agency and the reality show which filmed the raid. Photo: Vancouver Sun
The 8-year old daughter of a man deported from Vancouver to Honduras joins a protest against Canada Border Services Agency and the reality show which filmed the raid. Photo: Vancouver Sun
  • Youth for Lakes Journey – a 2,000 km Indigenous youth trek from Winnipeg to Ottawa – walkers Melinda Thomas, Victor Thomas and Ben Raven. Interviews by Derrick O’Keefe.
  • Diana Thompson, whose husband Tulio Renan Aviles Hernandez was deported to Honduras this week; and Alejandra López Bravo, a community organizer with immigrant and refugee communities. Six men were detained by Canada Border Service Agency at a Vancouver construction sites, the entire incident filmed by a reality television show that Public Safety Minister Vic Toews personally signed off on as the show’s de facto producer. Interview by Anushka Nagji and David P. Ball.
  • Art Sterritt, director of Coastal First Nations, on Paul Simon’s donation of his song ‘The Sound of Silence’ to support the fight against pipelines and tankers on B.C.’s coast. Interview by Irwin Oostindie.
  • Music: Manu Chao (“Clandestino” – recorded live at a immigration detention camp in Arizona), Lal (“Belong”, album “Deportation”), Ostwelve feat. Kinnie Starr (“Where I Belong”), Peace (“Your Hand in Mine“)

March 26 (Vol 4)

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The Journey of the Nishiyuu has swelled to 200 walkers as it enters Algonquin territory. Photo: Ottawa Citizen
  • Mary Muter, an environmental lawyer with the Sierra Club of Canada, marking World Water Day. Interviewed by Derrick O’Keefe.
  • Wade Roland, author of Saving the CBCHe has worked in senior management at both CBC and CTV and believes that the CBC is confronting a new crisis that could signal the end of public broadcasting as we know it in Canada. Interviewed by Jane Bouey.

  • Music: Russell Wallace (“The Place We Put Our Shoes Back”), CerAmony (“Looks Like Change”), Stompin’ Tom Connors (“The Bridge Came Tumblin Down”)

March 16 (Vol 3):

Michele Audette (Photo by David P. Ball)
  • Michele Audette, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, on the over-representation of Indigenous women in Canadian prisons and in the survival sex trade. Interviewed by Irwin Oostindie.
  • Music: Po’ Girl (“To the Angry Evangelist”), Janet Panic (“Sweet Music”), Kim Possible (“Stars Above”)

March 10 (Vol 2):

    • Joyce Murray (candidate for Liberal Party of Canada‘s leadership race), on her plan to cooperate with NDP and Greens to defeat Stephen Harper.
    • Alfonso Osorio, Media Mornings Latin America Report host, about the legacy of late Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, and Canadian media bias.
    • Marianne Breton Fontaine, student activist in Québec, on the return of student protest under the new PQ premiere Pauline Marois.
    • Music by Silvio Rodríguez (“Cita con ángeles”), Desorden Público (“Tierra Tiembla”), Will Eede (“Mapuche”)

March 1 (Vol 1):

    • Kevin Neish (Mavi Marmara raid veteran) live from the Gaza Strip on prisoner death protests. 
    • Karl Nerenberg ( Parliament Hill correspondent) on the downfall of former Harper advisor Tom Flanagan.
    • Susan Rose (Egale Canada) on efforts to end homophobia. Interview about Sun News Network (“Fox North”)’s attempt to gain mandatory cable coverage.
    • Music by Mirah, Five Alarm Funk, Invincible & more!

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