Media Mornings: Thu, Nov 15

On this edition of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5fm, we’re joined by celebrated Vancouver indie band The Zolas, as well as filmmaker and radio host Imtiaz Popat.

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Vancouver band The Zolas.

  • Interview with Imtiaz Popat (host of Bulland Awaaz, Politics Respun and Mirch Masala shows on Vancouver Co-op Radio), about tonight’s screening of his documentary, “Hate Can Kill” as part of “CREATE! A response to Oak Shootings in Wisconsin” (at Rhizome)
  • Interview with Charlie Smith, editor of the Georgia Straight, on Omnibus Bill C-34′s impacts on waterways, as well as Canada’s failing grade at the UN Human Rights Council.
  • Music: The Zolas (“The Great Collapse”), The Zolas (“Cultured Man”), The Zolas (“Observatory”), M.I.A. (“Born Free”)

Today’s News Headlines

TOP STORY: GAZA ATTACKS: Five Palestinians were killed by Israeli air strikes on Thursday morning, as militants shot around 250 rockets into Israel, killing three Israelis. The latest violence raised the total number of Gazans killed by Israeli air strikes since Wednesday to 15. At least 120 other residents of the coastal enclave have been injured, according to medics (Al Jazeera).

VANCOUVER: DEVELOPMENT PROTEST
Representatives of neighbourhoods across Vancouver plan to show up at city hall tomorrow to protest significant rezonings in their communities (Georgia Straight).

VANCOUVER: TRANSLINK FARES RISING
TransLink riders in Metro Vancouver will soon see the price of a one-zone fare rise by 10 percent—from $2.50 to $2.75. TransLink is currently installing fare gates in SkyTrain stations, in preparation for the introduction of the Compass electronic fare card next year, and this fall launched stricter penalties and enforcement for fare evasion, which critics warned targets poorer transit users (Georgia Straight).

VANCOUVER: YMCA HOMOPHOBIA INCIDENT
After community criticism and media coverage, the YMCA of Greater Vancouver has issued an apology for how it handled a homophobic incident at the Robert Lee YMCA (Georgia Straight).

VANCOUVER: KINDER MORGAN PIPELINE
Local residents opposed to a proposed pipeline expansion say they plan to continue setting up “alternative information booths” at open houses hosted by Kinder Morgan in the region (Georgia Straight).

VANCOUVER: FISH FARMS
A delegation from the Dzawada’enuxw First Nation in B.C.’s Kingcome Inlet delivered an 11,000-signature petition to Premier Christy Clark’s constituency office yesterday (The Tyee).

BC/ALASKA: RIVER PROTECTION
In one final act as Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin fired off a letter to Gordon Campbell in 2009, calling for British Columbia to stop polluting the salmon-rich Taku River, which is shared by both the province and Alaska. BC Hydro plans to complete its Northwest Transmission Line (NTL) in 2014. The NTL promises to eventually make at least five big mines a reality, all situated in the watersheds of big salmon rivers like the Stikine and Taku that are shared by Alaskans, British Columbians, and some of the world’s healthiest remaining runs of salmon (The Tyee).

CANADA: JASON KENNEY PR EXPENSES
The Department of Citizenship and Immigration spent almost $750,000 monitoring ethnic media over the past three years, including assessments of election campaign events and “perceptions” of minister Jason Kenney (CP).

CANADA/EUROPE FREE TRADE
As free trade talks with the European Union reach the endgame, Ottawa is signalling it is prepared to give the Europeans at least part of what they asked for on drug patents — a move that could cost Canadians up to $900 million a year (CP).

EUROPE: AUSTERITY MASS PROTESTS
Massive anti-austerity strikes and protests swept across Europe as millions took to the streets to express their frustration over rising unemployment and dire economic prospects. Many of the million-strong rallies ended with violent clashes with police. Workers marched in 23 countries across Europe to mark the European Day of Action and Solidarity (RT).

IRAN: MEDICAL IMPACT OF SANCTIONS
A teenage Iranian boy suffering from haemophilia has died due to a shortage of medicine in the country. It is the first civilian death said to be directly linked to the impact that western economic sanctions are having on the Islamic republic (Guardian).

IRELAND: ABORTION DEATH
Ireland’s near-total ban on abortion has come under renewed scrutiny amid an outcry over the death of a woman who was denied a termination (Guardian).

SRI LANKA: CIVIL WAR CRIMES
A UN report on its failure to protect civilians in Sri Lanka’s civil war will have “profound implications” for the global body, UN chief Ban Ki-moon says. In particular it highlighted the organisation’s reluctance to publish casualty figures and its decision to withdraw staff from the war zone, as well as its failure to report evidence of widespread government shelling (BBC).

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