Democracy North: Oct 21—Elizabeth May: Throne Speech—Kinder Morgan ceremony—Egale: Homophobia & Suicide—'Moral Economy'

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Democracy North (This Week on Media Mornings) is a weekly independent Canadian and global news hour, featuring the week's top grassroots headlines and commentators reported daily by our team of journalists.



  • — 03:15 — This week's top news headlines from local to global current affairs — radio news roundup you won't hear anywhere else.


  • — 15:15 — Elizabeth May (Green Party of Canada leader and MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands) on the Throne Speech, seeing Canadians as citizens, not consumers, and the Senate Scandal. Interviewed by David P. Ball (Oct. 16).



  • — 34:30 — Speech by Sundance Chief Rueben George (Tsleil-Waututh Nation) at last week's Thanksgiving Day paddle against the Kinder Morgan oil sands pipeline. Produced by Irwin Oostindie (Oct. 14).




  • — TOP STORY: NEW BRUNSWICK: FRACKING BLOCKADE POLICE VIOLENCE — Police cars were set ablaze near a reserve north of Moncton, N.B. as RCMP clashed with native protesters who are trying to prevent seismic testing at a proposed shale gas development near their community. Native leaders say the police arrived with guns drawn, with one shouting: “Crown land belongs to the government, not to fucking natives" (APTN).


  • — CANADA: THRONE SPEECH — Prime Minister Stephen Harper has promised to befriend consumers, enshrine balanced budgets in law, and seal a free trade deal with Europe quickly in his latest throne speech (POSTMEDIA).


  • — BURNABY: KINDER MORGAN PROTEST — Greenpeace members chained themselves to parts of a Kinder Morgan facility in Burnaby yesterday to oppose the expansion of oil pipelines in B.C. With two people at the front gate, more than a dozen Greenpeace activists made it inside the facility on Burrard Inlet. Mounties spoke to the protesters, who remained on the property and spray painted anti-pipeline slogans on oil tanks and unfurled banners (24H).


  • — INDIGENOUS: UN RAPPORTEUR WARNING — The UN special rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples called on the Harper government to reverse course on three major fronts in order to avoid a “rocky road” in its relationship with the country’s First Nation population. During an Ottawa press conference Tuesday marking the end of his nine-day tour through Canada, James Anaya said the country faces “a crisis when it comes to the situation of Indigenous peoples" (APTN).


  • — FEDERAL: PRISON WAGE PROTEST — A strike by federal prison inmates over a recent government pay cut to wages paid for institutional work has sparked a fundraising campaign (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS).


  • — USA: GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN ENDS — Republican leaders conceded defeat in their two-week battle to derail Barack Obama's healthcare reforms. House speaker John Boehner signalled he was ready to accept a Senate-drafted peace deal that contained almost no concessions to conservatives who had driven the country the brink of a new financial crisis (GUARDIAN).


  • — COLOMBIA: GOVERNOR PARAMILITARY CHARGES — A regional governor in Colombia has been arrested on charges of murder and conspiracy, prosecutors say. The governor of La Guajira province, Juan Francisco 'Kiko' Gomez, is accused of murdering political rivals. He is also accused of links to right-wing paramilitaries. Canada has a free trade deal with the country despite its human rights record (BBC).


  • — CHINA: FLOOD PROTESTS — The authorities in a city in eastern China are on high alert after angry residents clashed with police over the government's flood relief efforts. Armed police are out in force in Yuyao in Zhejiang province, after thousands of people protested in front of the government office there, throwing stones and overturning vehicles. Residents say little was done to help after Typhoon Fitow struck last week (BBC).


  • — IRAN: NUCLEAR TALKS — Negotiating teams from world powers and Iran arrived at the UN's European offices in Geneva for fresh talks on Tehran's controversial nuclear programme, the first such negotiations since the election of the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani (AL JAZEERA).


  • — RUSSIA: GREENPEACE DETAINED — Relatives of 28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists held in Russia on piracy charges after an oil rig demonstration last month. have called on Moscow to behave "in a sensible manner" and expedite their release. Security forces detained 28 of the group's activists and two freelance journalists aboard a Greenpeace ship on 19 September after a protest at an offshore oil platform owned by Russia's state-controlled energy firm Gazprom. The Arctic 30, as they have become known, have been charged with piracy and face up to 15 years in prison if convicted (GUARDIAN).


  • — GLOBAL: SLAVERY REPORT — Nearly 30 million people around the world are living as slaves, according to a new index ranking 162 countries. The Global Slavery Index 2013 says India has the highest number of people living in conditions of slavery at 14 million (BBC).

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