Democracy North: Dogwood Initiative and Yinka Dene Alliance on Northern Gateway, Quebec election

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Democracy North is an independent Canadian and global news hour, featuring the week’s top grassroots news and interviews.

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.



• 02:30  This week’s top grassroots Canadian & global news headlines.


• 14:00 — 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.


• 26:50 — 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.




• TOP STORY: CANADA: TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKERS — Ottawa has now expanded its investigation into claims McDonald’s discriminated against Canadian employees in favour of temporary foreign workers who have less access to labour rights, equal pay or employment benefits -- on the same day two unions filed a court action challenging the program in another case (VAN SUN).

 BC: ENBRIDGE — It was a bad weekend for Enbridge, and so it was a good weekend for everyone who doesn’t want to see their controversial Northern Gateway pipeline ever get built. The Vancouver Observer reports on a plebiscite held Saturday in Kitimat, where the proposed pipeline would have its terminal. Kitimat residents rejected the Enbridge pipeline, with 58% voting “No.” (VO).

• CANADA: SAUDI ARMS DEAL — The Canadian government promoted it as the "largest advanced manufacturing export win" in the country's history. But critics contend the Saudi deal represents a dangerous escalation in Canada's willingness to supply military equipment to repressive regimes, and a lack of regard for what impact the equipment could have on the ground (AJE).

• USA: ANTISEMITIC ATTACK — The suspect in the deaths of three people at two Jewish centres in Kansas is to be charged with committing hate crimes, according to investigators (AJE).

 RUSSIA/UKRAINE: CONFLICT —  Pro-Russian separatists ignored an ultimatum to leave occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine and instead seized more buildings as Kiev failed to follow through on a threatened military crackdown (GLOBE&MAIL).

 LIBYA: MIGRANTS — Libya's coastguard has detained more than 400 immigrants, mostly from the Horn of Africa, in its waters. Warning shots were fired at several vessels. Many migrants from sub-Saharan Africa head to North Africa to escape from desperate conditions in their own countries, hoping to find work there or risk the perilous journey to Europe (AJE).

• CHINA: PROTEST COURT — A Beijing court has upheld a four-year prison term for a prominent Chinese legal activist for supporting anti-corruption protests, the defence lawyer said, drawing criticism and calls for his release from rights groups. Xu's criminal offence largely stemmed from several rallies he organised in front of the Education Ministry to demand equal education rights (AJE).

 JOURNALISM: EDWARD SNOWDEN — “Vindication” was the word on the winners’ lips yesterday as the news organizations at the forefront of the widening NSA scandal collected the most coveted prize in American journalism. But for whistleblower Edward Snowden, the armour of their Pulitzer for public service may not be enough to ease a lifetime on the run (TORSTAR).

 ENVIRONMENT: DEATHS — The killing of activists protecting land rights and the environment has surged over the past decade, with nearly three times as many deaths in 2012 than 10 years previously, a new report has found. Deadly Environment, an investigation by London-based Global Witness documents 147 recorded deaths in 2012, compared to 51 in 2002 (GUARDIAN).


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