This Week on Media Mornings is a weekly independent Canadian and global news hour, featuring the top interviews & headlines from the past week’s Media Mornings show, broadcast every weekday at 7 a.m. on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm.
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THIS WEEK’S TOP NEWS HEADLINES
TOP STORY: USA: PHONE, INTERNET SURVEILLANCE — The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US phone users under a top secret surveillance program by the National Security Agency, as well as secret access to emails and accounts of customers of major internet companies such as Google, Facebook and AOL. The revelation came after the Obama administration came under fire after the Associated Press news service learned that the government had seized phone records of more than 20 separate phone lines assigned to AP and its reporters (GUARDIAN).
- CANADA: CONSERVATIVE SCANDALS — Prime Minister Stephen Harper has suffered another blow as a Tory MP quit the Conservative caucus on Wednesday, decrying the Conservatives’ lack of progress on open government. Alberta MP Brent Rathgeber made public his decision on Twitter. Rathgeber’s departure from the Tory caucus marks yet more bad news for Harper as the prime minister struggles with a Senate spending scandal that has already forced two senators from the Conservative ranks. But Rathgeber’s decision could prove especially wounding for the Conservatives as he has been taking aim at the very principles the Tories rode to power on: transparency and accountability (TORONTO STAR).
BC: HUPACASATH CHALLENGES FIPA — At a rally outside a Vancouver courthouse Wednesday, leaders of the Vancouver Island Hupacasath band and 200 or so supporters gathered to vocalize their opposition to the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement or FIPPA, signed last year between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and then-president Hu Jintao of China (GLOBE & MAIL).
- TORONTO: G20 POLICE BRUTALITY CASE — Adam Nobody, a 30-year-old stage hand, testified at the trial of a Toronto police officer he alleges used excessive force in arresting him at Toronto;s 2010 G20 protest, which saw the largest mass arrests in Canadian history (CP).
- TORONTO: ROB FORD SCANDAL — A slim majority of Torontonians believe a video of Mayor Rob Ford allegedly smoking crack cocaine does exist, according to a recent poll. Ford has said he does not smoke crack cocaine and that there is no video. This week, the Toronto Star reported that men wielding a metal pipe assaulted residents of the house where it is alleged the video was filmed, only days after the claims surfaced (TORONTO STAR).
- BC: AFFORDABLE HOUSING MEETINGS — Over the past decade, the average price tag of new homes in Canada has almost doubled, and homeownership remains hindered by skyrocketing personal debt. And while the country’s municipal leaders head home from their annual conference, which ended June 3, boasting of a “united voice” to bring the federal government back to the table to discuss affordable housing, so far they’ve been unsuccessful in lobbying for a national housing strategy (TYEE).
- CANADA: TORY MP EXPENSE VIOLATIONS — This week, the chief electoral officer told the Speaker of the House of Commons that two Manitoba Conservative MPs should be suspended because of questioned election expenses. Elections Canada auditors found problems with returns from both MPs’ returns, says the Canadian Press, but both campaigns refused to make the changes. The two MPs, Shelly Glover and James Bezan, say they will go to court over what they call erroneous interpretations by Elections Canada (CP).
CANADA: RCMP LAWSUIT — The lawyer representing a former RCMP officer who claims she was sexually harassed on the job says a proposed class-action lawsuit could take years before it makes it to trial (CP).
TURKEY: POLICE REPRESSION, PROTEST DEMANDS — Turkish police have fired tear gas and water cannon at crowds who joined mass demonstrations in Ankara. The latest violence in days of angry protests erupted after thousands of union workers filled the central Kizilay square in the Turkish capital on Wednesday, urging Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to resign (AL JAZEERA).
JAPAN: FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR LEAK — Radioactive water is leaking from a storage tank at Japan’s Fukushima plant, its operator says. Nuclear plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said a worker discovered the leak (BBC).
UK: ANTI-COLONIAL REBELLION APOLOGY — The UK government is to apologise and pay compensation to those tortured during the Mau Mau anti colonial uprising in Kenya in the 1950s. The Kenya Human Rights Commission says 90,000 Kenyans were executed, tortured or maimed, and 160,000 people were detained in appalling conditions (BBC).
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