This Week on Media Mornings: Michael Parenti, surveillance leaks, prostitution law challenge

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This Week on Media Mornings is a weekly independent Canadian and global news hour, featuring the top headlines and commentators 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.



  • 02:15 — This week’s top news headlines from across Canada and around the world (see below).



  • 30:00 — Interview with Patrick Coomey (fellow, American Civil Liberties Union ACLU National Security Project) & Micheal Vonn (Policy Director, BC Civil Liberties Association BCCLA) on the NSA surveillance program revealed in leaks this week, which monitors millions of phone and internet users. Interviewed June 13 by David P. Ball.



  • 55:45 — Interview Kerry Porth (Pivot Legal Society board; former executive director, PACE) on the Supreme Court case to change Canada’s prostitution laws. Interviewed June 13 by David P. Ball.


  • Music: Michael Franti & Spearhead (“Sound of Sunshine”), Buffy Sainte-Marie ("Little Wheel Spin and Spin"), Eekwol (“I Will Not Be Conquered”), Salt N Pepa (“None Of Your Business - Perfecto Radio Mix”).



  • TOP STORY: TURKEY REFERENDUM & PROTESTS — Turkey's prime minister defied a growing wave of international criticism, using riot police to clear Istanbul protesters after issuing a chilling warning. In other news from Turkey, two CBC journalists covering massive anti-government protests were detained by police in Istanbul for several hours yesterday before being released after Ottawa demanded they be freed (AL JAZEERACP).

  • CANADA: SEX WORK LAWSUIT — The Supreme Court of Canada begins hearings today on an issue as old as time: should brothels and other aspects of the sex trade be legalized? If the supreme court justices ultimately answer in the affirmative, it will mean dramatic changes to Canada’s prostitution laws including, possibly, the widespread emergence of licensed bawdy houses (TORONTO STAR).

  • VANCOUVER: AREA PLAN — Housing advocates have said that the city should require low-income "social impact assessments" of all new businesses and condominiums in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, similar to neighbourhood reviews when addictions recovery centres or shelters are proposed for wealthier neighbourhoods (TYEE).

  • CANADA: SURVEILLANCE WORRIES — In the wake of the US data mining government surveillance revelations this week, Canada’s major national Internet and phone providers claim that they will not, and do not, give up their users’ communications data to the government without a fight (FINANCIAL POST).

  • QUEBEC: SOCCER TURBAN BAN — The Quebec Soccer Federation has overturned its ban on turbans, patkas and keskis. The Canadian Soccer Association suspended the provincial body on Monday after it initially showed no sign of overturning its decision to prohibit Sikh religious headwear on the pitch (CP).

  • TORONTO: POLICE RAIDS & ROB FORD VIDEO — Toronto Police using surveillance techniques were aware of an alleged crack cocaine video linked to Mayor Rob Ford several weeks before the story first surfaced. In the wake of a massive multi-city police drugs and guns sweep on Thursday morning, the broadcaster CTV quoted a “highly placed source” as confirming that “persons of interest discussed that video in detail, and referred to the mayor's alleged presence in the video” (TORONTO STAR).

  • VANCOUVER: DTES AREA PLAN — In Vancouver, housing advocates have said that The city should require low-income "social impact assessments" of all new businesses and condominiums in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, similar to neighbourhood reviews when addictions recovery centres or shelters are proposed for wealthier neighbourhoods, suggests a housing advocate (TYEE).

  • ALBERTA: PIPELINE SPILL — Nearly a dozen days after the fact, Alberta's tardy energy regulator has reported that a ruptured pipeline owned by Apache has spilled nearly 60,000 barrels of contaminated water near Zama City, Alberta (TYEE).

  • CUBA: GUANTANAMO HUNGER STRIKE — A group of senior American doctors has called on military physicians at Guantánamo Bay to refuse to work in a mass force-feeding programme that is being used to keep hunger-striking detainees alive (GUARDIAN).

  • HONG KONG: NSA SURVEILLANCE LEAKER — Ex-CIA staffer whistleblower Edward Snowden has revealed fresh details of US surveillance to a Chinese newspaper. He has vowed to fight any extradition attempt from Hong Kong (RT).

  • RUSSIA: ANTI GAY LAW — This week, Russian MPs passed a law banning "homosexual propaganda" by 436 to 0, with just one abstention on the bill. The proposed offense will cover holding gay pride rallies and providing information on LGBT issues. Protesters outside parliament were heavily outnumbered by bigots and about 20 people were arrested in scuffles (MORNING STAR).

  • GREECE: JOURNALISTS STRIKE — Employees of Greece’s state TV and Radio Corporation - ERT - have seized the headquarters in Athens following government plans to suspend it under pressure from austerity cuts (RT).

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