This Week on Media Mornings: Jul 13—Bob Rae—Oil train disaster—RCMP probe PMO—Dechinta Indigenous land school

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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.


  • 03:15 — This week’s top news headlines from across Canada and around the world (see below). Produced & hosted by David P. Ball.


  • 18:00 — Interview with Hon. Bob Rae (newly retired MP, former Ontario Premier, one-time Liberal Party of Canada leader) on his new life working for northern Ontario First Nations on the Ring of Fire mining dispute, as well as candid comments on his life in politics. Interviewed July 11 by David P. Ball.


  • 34:45 — Interview with Eugene Boulanger, Director of Strategic Planning for Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, a land-based Indigenous school in the Northwest Territories. Interviewed July 8 by Irwin Oostindie.


  • 44:00 — Interview with Keith Stewart (Climate and Energy campaigner with Greenpeace Canada, about the Lac-Mégantic, Quebec oil train disaster, and last weekend's Tar Sands Healing Walk. Interviewed July 8 by Irwin Oostindie.


  • 54:00 — Interview with Crawford Killian (The Tyee), on RCMP Cpl. Horton's criminal investigation into Senator Duffy, Nigel Wright and the Senate expenses scandal. Interviewed July 12 by David P. Ball.

  • Music: T.Nile (“Running”)Vancouver Peace Choir ("Rumble"), We Are the City ("Baptism"), T.Nile (“Burn It”).



  • TOP STORY: QUEBEC TRAIN EXPLOSION — In the aftermath of the oil disaster which levelled the heart of the small town and has so far claimed 33 lives, officials have revealed that the the rail company had convinced the federal government last year that it could safely operate trains with only one engineer on board. But despite the head of MMA apologizing to residents and claiming his company had a good safety record prior to the disaster, the railway operator in fact had an accident rate far higher than average in the United States (TORONTO STAR).


  • INDIGENOUS: AFN CHALLENGED ON TREATIES — A leader of a nascent First Nations alliance set to challenge the Assembly of First Nations’ authority has issued a sharp warning in advance of parallel meetings to be held by both groups next week (NATIONAL POST).


  • BC: CANADA DAY TERROR PLOT — The lawyer for one of two Surrey, B.C., residents accused of planning to bomb the province's legislature on Canada Day says the case has elements of entrapment (CP).


  • TORONTO: FLOODS — As Toronto began to mop up after the massive storm that deluged roads and halted the city’s transit system, Ford called for a “complete review” of how the city handles emergency situations. Toronto Environmental Alliance director Franz Hartmann pointed out the storm delivered just over two-thirds the amount of rainfall expected to be more typical by 2040 according to climate change models (INSIDE TORONTO).


  • TORONTO: SAFE INJECTION REQUEST — Toronto’s board of health voted 6-2 Wednesday to ask the provincial government to open a supervised injection facility for the city’s drug users — a landmark proposal promptly dismissed by the province (TORONTO STAR).


  • ALBERTA: OIL SANDS POLLUTION — In northern Alberta, a mysterious oily sheen on the Athabasca River appears to be spreading and has reached the shores of Fort Chipewyan. The apparent pollution comes only two weeks after an oil spill occurred at Canadian Natural Resources Limited's Primrose operations (HUFFPOST).


  • ALBERTA: SEXUAL ASSAULT POSTERS — A University of Alberta professor involved in developing successful anti-rape campaign has said that a parody campaign suggesting that most women lie about being raped is offensive and likely violate copyright rules (EDMONTON JOURNAL).


  • USA: TEXAS ABORTION BILL — The Texas House has approved new abortion limits in a second special session, less than two weeks after Senate Republicans failed to finish work on the bill amid a 13-hour filibuster and raucous protests (AP).


  • BRAZIL: NATIONWIDE STRIKES — Tens of thousands of workers across Brazil have walked off their jobs and taken to the streets in a peaceful nationwide strike demanding better working conditions and improved public services in Latin America's biggest nation (AL JAZEERA).


  • JAPAN: FUKUSHIMA RADIATION SPIKE —Japan may restart several reactors shut down by the Fukushima nuclear crisis in about a year. But at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant north of Tokyo, the site of the world's worst atomic disaster since Chernobyl in 1986, the situation took a turn for the worse as radiation levels in groundwater soared, suggesting highly toxic materials from the plant are now close to the Pacific Ocean (REUTERS).


  • UK: ENVIRONMENTALISTS SCALE BUILDING — A team of six environmental campaigners scaled the 310-metre glass tower above London Bridge to draw attention to Shell's oil and gas drilling plans in the Arctic (GUARDIAN).


  • UN: CHILD SPEAKS OUT ON EDUCATION — Malala Yousafzi, the Pakistani schoolgirl brought to England after being shot in the head by the Taliban, addressed the United Nations this week, marking her 16th birthday by delivering a speech at the UN headquarters in New York to call on governments to ensure free compulsory education for every child (GUARDIAN).


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