This Week on Media Mornings: Aug 24—Search for the Rob Ford tape—Salmon Confidential—Anti-homophobia Study

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This Week on Media Mornings is a weekly independent Canadian and global news hour, featuring the top headlines and interviews from the past week. We bring you news you won’t hear anywhere else — a grassroots view on the week’s top global and national affairs.


  • 03:30 — This week’s top news headlines from across Canada and around the world. Produced & hosted by David P. Ball.


  • 15:30 — 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.


  • 30:00 — 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.


  • 45:30 — 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.



  • TOP STORY: SYRIA GAS DEATHS — Hundreds of people are believed to have been killed in an apparent gas attack on rebel-held parts of eastern Damascus that is thought to be the most significant use of chemical weapons since thousands of Kurds were gassed by Saddam Hussein in Halabja 25 years ago (GUARDIANAL JAZEERA).


  • BC: MCDONALD’S COMPLAINT — A Richmond resident is demanding a McDonald’s restaurant apologize after a manager at the chain’s No. 3 Road franchise allegedly refused to serve her, then asked her to leave, because staff couldn’t understand her English (24H).


  • TORONTO: SAMMY YATIM KILLING CHARGES — Toronto Const. James Forcillo was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of 18-year old Sammy Yatim, and surrendered Tuesday morning. But in another unusual twist in the landmark case, he had a bail hearing scheduled by the afternoon, an unusual speed that has some lawyers asking questions about preferential treatment (TORONTO STAR).


  • QUEBEC: RELIGIOUS SYMBOL BAN — The suggestion that the Parti Québécois government wants to ban public sector workers from wearing religious symbols or dress has provoked a storm of reaction. The proposed Charter has prompted a backlash and protests calling it discriminatory and lawyers said it would certainly be immediately challenged in court on constitutional grounds (CBC).


  • CANADA: SENATE EXPENSES SCANDAL — A group of senators examining Sen. Pamela Wallin’s travel expenses completed its review on Wednesday, concluding that the Saskatchewan senator must reimburse an additional $17,621.98 in expenses, bringing her total to about $139,000 (POSTMEDIA).


  • CANADA: SPYING ON CITIZENS — Canada’s super secret electronic spy agency may have illegally targeted Canadians over the past year, a government watchdog has concluded. The findings were contained in a report tabled in Parliament Wednesday about the Communications Security Establishment of Canada, and are particularly explosive now given revelations prompted by whistleblower Edward Snowden about US government conducting widespread snooping on hundreds of millions of its citizens (POSTMEDIA).


  • CANADA: POLICE PUSH POT TICKETS — Canada’s top cops say handing out tickets for illegal possession of small amounts of marijuana could be more efficient than laying criminal charges (CP).


  • USA: MANNING APPEALS FOR PARDON — Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley will send a personal plea to Barack Obama next week for a presidential pardon after he was sentenced on Wednesday to 35 years in prison for passing hundreds of thousands of classified military documents to WikiLeaks (GUARDIAN).


  • USA: NSA SURVEILLANCE — As former CIA employee and whistleblower Edward Snowden remains under asylum in Russia, the New York Times has revealed that a US federal judge sharply rebuked the National Security Agency in 2011 for repeatedly misleading the court that oversees its surveillance on domestic soil, including a program that is collecting tens of thousands of domestic e-mails and other Internet communications of Americans each year (NY TIMES).


  • JAPAN: NUCLEAR RADIATION — Japan’s nuclear watchdog said a leak of highly radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant could be the beginning of a new disaster — a series of leaks of contaminated water from storage tanks (AP).


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