This Week on Media Mornings: Jun 1—Judy Rebick on Morgentaler & reproductive rights, Senate expenses, School homophobia/transphobia

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This Week on Media Mornings is a weekly podcast of the best Canadian and international interviews & headlines from the past week’s Media Mornings show, an independent news hour broadcast every weekday at 7 a.m. on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm.

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  • 02:30 — This week's top news headlines from across Canada and around the world.



  • 29:30 — 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).


  • 44:00 — 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).



  • TOP STORY: MAYOR ROB FORD SCANDAL — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford told senior aides not to worry about a video appearing to show him smoking crack cocaine because he knew where it was, sources told the Star. Ford has called news of the video “false” and said: “I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine. As for a video, I cannot comment on a video that I have never seen or does not exist.” And this week, police arrested a second suspect in the shooting death of Anthony Smith , the man who appears in a photo with Mayor Rob Ford provided to the Star by the same people who have a video that appears to show the mayor smoking crack (TORONTO STAR).


    ALBERTA: OMAR KHADR PRISON TRANSFER — Former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr woke up in an Alberta prison yesterday after months stuck in isolation at a penitentiary in Ontario where an inmate had threatened his life, The Canadian Press has learned. Khadr was flown to the Edmonton Institution Tuesday, potentially ending a situation in which he had been deprived of prison programming that complicated efforts to seek parole, his lawyer Dennis Edney confirmed (NATIONAL POST).


  • CANADA: ABORTION DR. HENRY MORGENTALER DIES — Abortion crusader Henry Morgentaler died Wednesday at the age of 90. The Poland-born doctor was a central figure in the legal battle that led to the repeal of Canada’s abortion law in 1988 (GEORGIA STRAIGHT).


  • INDIGENOUS: GOVERNMENT SPYING — The federal Aboriginal Affairs department and Justice Canada gathered personal information about a First Nations children’s advocate who launched a human rights complaint against Ottawa, the privacy watchdog has found (APTN).


  • CANADA: PUBLIC EMPLOYEE REVIEWS — Treasury Board President Tony Clement says federal public employees must shape up — or get fired. Clement announced Tuesday the federal government is introducing sector-wide performance measures for 206,000 public employees. In a private speech to the Association of Professional Public Service Executives, Clement attacked what he called under-performers. His aim is to dismiss between 5 and 10 per cent of public sector workers (TORONTO STAR).


  • CANADA: SENATE SCANDAL — Senator Mike Duffy faces new accusations of ripping off Canadian taxpayers, and the RCMP is now investigating. Senate officials have found a pattern of Duffy claiming Ottawa living expenses while travelling elsewhere, including several days in 2011 when he was campaigning across the country for the Conservatives. A Senate committee meeting this week voted to send the matter of Duffy's expenses to the RCMP (CP).


  • CANADA: ROBOCALL FINES — The CRTC imposed fines on the federal Conservatives and NDP, the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, Alberta’s Wildrose, voter contact firm RackNine, Liberal MP Marc Garneau and Conservative MP Blake Richards on Wednesday for rule-breaking robocalls (NATIONAL POST).


  • USA: BOSTON BOMBING ASSOCIATE DEATH — An American advocacy group is demanding a civil rights investigation into the death of a Chechen immigrant who was shot to death by authorities in central Florida while being questioned about his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. A spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations said yesterday that his group is asking the U.S. Department of Justice’s civil rights division to open a probe into how 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev died last week. The Chechen man was fatally shot by an FBI agent during an interview about one of the Boston bombing suspects, but law enforcement officials have now admitted that he was unarmed, contrary to reports he had a knife (WASHINGTON POST).


  • EU: AUSTERITY RELAXED — The European Commission has said it will allow some EU member states to slow their pace of austerity cuts, amid concerns over growth. France, Spain, Poland, Portugal, the Netherlands and Slovenia are all being given more time to complete their austerity plans. Europe remains broadly in recession. There has been concern that the focus on fiscal consolidation in many EU states has worsened the economic situation, as well as dozens of massive labour strikes and rioting against cuts to social services, health and education imposed in exchange for fiscal bailouts in the past year (BBC).


  • FRANCE: GAY MARRIAGE — Two men have become the first gay couple to wed in France, just days after President Francois Hollande signed the same-sex marriage bill into law. On Sunday, at least 150,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Paris to denounce the same-sex marriage bill, which was signed into law on 18 May (BBC).

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