This Week on Media Mornings: Jul 27—Dave Zirin on Trayvon—Cindy Blackstock on Child Welfare—Dirty Wars—Lac Mégantic & Deregulation

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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.


  • 03:00 — This week’s top news headlines from across Canada and around the world. Produced & hosted by David P. Ball.



  • 25:15 — Dave Zirin (sports editor, The Nation), on U.S.-wide protests against George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the Trayvon Martin killing, and how athletes are taking up the cause. Interviewed by Derrick O’Keefe.


  • 37:00 — Joey Hartman (president, Vancouver & District Labour Council) on how a history of cost-cutting and deregulation may have played a role in the Lac Mégantic, Québec oil train disaster. Interviewed by Jane Bouey.


  • 46:00 — Anthony Arnove (producer, Dirty Wars), on the release of Big Noise Films new documentary, Dirty Wars, about extrajudicial killings and the War on Terror, produced with investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill. Interviewed by Derrick O’Keefe.


  • Music: A Tribe Called Red (“Tanto’s Revenge”), Hell n Back (“All Nationz”), Bruce Springsteen (“American Skin”), The Boom Booms (“Delivered”)



  • TOP STORY: ALBERTA: OIL SANDS LEAKING — Oil spills at a major oil sands operation in Alberta have been ongoing for at least six weeks and have cast doubts on the safety of underground extraction. Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. has been unable to stop an underground oil blowout that has killed numerous animals and contaminated a lake, forest, and muskeg at its operations in Cold Lake, Alberta methods (TORONTO STAR).


  • BC: FURLONG ABUSE LAWSUIT — Two former students of a Burns Lake Catholic elementary school have filed notices of civil claim in B.C. Supreme Court, alleging they were physically and sexually abused by former Vancouver Olympics CEO John Furlong when he taught at the school in 1969-70. Furlong has insisted in the past that he never abused students, and the allegations have not been proven in court (VANCOUVER SUN).


  • QUEBEC: POLICE BEAT INDIGENOUS MAN — This week saw protests across Canada, including anti police brutality demonstrations in Quebec and BC, after an Innu man in northern Quebec was brutally assaulted by two police officers (GLOBAL).


  • BC: TRUDEAU BACKS POT LEGALIZATION — Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau told a crowd in Kelowna this week he would like to see marijuana legalized altogether, going further than his previous call for the decriminalization of the drug (PROVINCE).


  • CANADA: MISSING WOMEN INQUIRY — Provincial and territorial leaders threw their support Wednesday behind a national public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls, ratcheting up the pressure on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to follow suit (GLOBE&MAIL).


  • INDIGENOUS: MEDICAL EXPERIMENTS — Explosive revelations this week of nutritional experiments conducted in First Nation communities and in Indian residential schools -- in which thousands of Aboriginal children were deliberately denied food and malnourished -- are not the only example where Canada’s Indigenous population faced treatment as “guinea pigs,” academic research has shown (APTN).


  • USA: NSA SURVEILLANCE — A deeply divided House defeated legislation yesterday that would have blocked the National Security Agency from collecting vast amounts of phone records, handing the Obama administration a hard-fought victory in the first Congressional showdown over the N.S.A.’s surveillance activities since Edward J. Snowden’s security leaks last month (NY TIMES).


  • BOLIVIA: APOLOGIES OVER NSA WHISTLEBLOWER — Bolivian President Evo Morales says he accepts the apologies from European countries which barred his jet from flying into their airspace last month. The Bolivians accused France, Spain, Portugal and Italy of acting on an alleged US tip-off that the fugitive intelligence analyst Edward Snowden was onboard a plane flying from Moscow (BBC).


  • SPAIN: TRAIN DERAILS — At least 77 people died in Wednesday's train crash in the northern Spanish region of Galicia. A further 131 people were reported injured in the accident, the worst in Spain for 40 years (GUARDIAN).


  • INDONESIA: MIGRANT BOAT SINKS — Three people have died and another 157 suspected asylum seekers were rescued after their boat sank off the southern coast of Indonesia, officials said. The latest case of a boat sinking while attempting the perilous journey came five days after Australia slammed the door on would-be refugees with a deal to send all boat arrivals to Papua New Guinea for assessment and eventual settlement. The plans have been condemned by human rights groups, with Amnesty International accusing Australia of shirking its moral obligations to help the world's most vulnerable people (GUARDIAN).


  • SYRIA: REFUGEE CRISIS — The UN's refugee chief has warned that Western countries including the US and Britain may be asked to accept tens of thousands of Syrian refugees because the exodus from the civil war is overwhelming countries in the region. The Guardian reports that, With no end to the war in sight, the flight of nearly 2 million people from Syria over the past two years is showing every sign of becoming a permanent population shift (GUARDIAN).

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