The Daily GRRR! - October 23, 2014

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Welcome, I am your host dan kellar and you are listening to The Daily GRRR! on 100.3fm, CKMS in Waterloo, Ontario. Soundfm.ca on the web, today is October23, 2014.

We are broadcasting from the centre of the Haldimand Tract, the occupied Grand River Territory of the Six Nations (Haudenosaunee).

The Daily GRRR! is a project of the Grand River Media Collective; and is supported by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and CKMS.

Today’s feature is an interview from regional reporter Brayden McNeill with local YWCA CEO, Elizabeth Clark, a candidate for regional council here in Waterloo. They speak to Elizabeth’s campaign priorities which revolve around affordable housing, transit and sustainability. The interview also goes into regional climate change initiatives, a municipal fracking ban, and the Out of the Cold program closures.

We start now with headlines:

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HEADLINES for October 23 , 2014
1. Canadian Soldiers Targeted At Home After Government Joins War Against ISIS
2. Massive Protests Rock Mexico Over Disappeared Teachers
3. Selenium Contamination Threatening Collapse of Elk Valley Watershed
4. KinderMorgan To Get a Fishy Intervention
5. Millions Spent by Fracking Industry to Fight Municipal #BanFracking Initiatives
6. Report Shows Targeting of Left Leaning Charities by Harper’s Auditors
7. Tips to Avoid Sexist Political Coverage

1. Canadian Soldiers Targeted At Home After Government Joins War Against ISIS
In two separate incidents over the past week, canadian forces members have been targeted and killed while in uniform in canada.

Early Wednesday morning, a gunman shot and killed a reservist who was standing guard at the national war memorial in Ottawa, and then apparently ran the 500m into the parliament buildings and entered into a gunfight where he was killed by security forces. Several others were injured but have been treated and released from hospital. The shooter, identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau from Quebec is being linked with Martin Rouleau-Couture, who ran over 2 soldiers in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu on Monday, killing 1.

Rouleau-Couture was killed by police after staggering out of his car after he crashed it during a high speed pursuit.

Both men had been on a CSIS watchlist and are being linked with the ISIS terror group by mainstream media and the government. ISIS had sent a warning to Canadians after the Harper government, with only symbolic debate in parliament, declared war against the group.

While some are using these attacks to call for further tightening of border controls, increasing state surveillance powers, or further empowering the police to act, others, such as journalist Glenn Greenwald simply point out with causation in mind, not justification:
“That’s the nature of war. A country doesn’t get to run around for years wallowing in war glory, invading, rendering and bombing others, without the risk of having violence brought back to it. Rather than being baffling or shocking, that reaction is completely natural and predictable. The only surprising thing about any of it is that it doesn’t happen more often.”

Social Justice activist @alexhundert was accosted online, with threats against his job, friends, and safety after he engaged in the #ottawaShooting debate on twitter.

Hundert posted: “Soldiers are legitimate targets. #somethingaboutroostingchickens” and after many angry messages, he followed up with: ”Visceral colonial reactions of a militarized patriotism. #priceless #somethingaboutroostingchickens “

While certainly, dying in a violent attack is not a good thing, many in canada have not succumed to the fear of terrorism, as Nora Loreto points out in her article in response to the attacks: “No, I'm deeply afraid of what today's attacks in Ottawa will mean for civil liberties, our freedoms guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and our ability to speak out and criticize the actions of our government.”

2. Massive Protests Rock Mexico Over Disappeared Teachers
As students in Mexico call for a 48 hour national strike to demand the return of 43 disappeared student teachers, and justice for the violence done to them, protests have spread across the country with police stations and government buildings attacked and burned.

The 43 student teachers were disappeared following demonstrations in Guerrero state which left 6 dead at the hands of the police. The students were handed over to local drug cartels by the police, and over 25 cops have been arrested with the Mayor of the town of Iguala fleeing amid corruption allegations.

Holding another vigil for the 43 and in solidarity with the national student strike for Ayotzinapa in montreal on Wednesday night, the ad hoc international solidarity committee said;
“The attack, the extra-judicial execution and forced disappearance of youth
from the Ayotzinapa rural school in Iguala, in Guerrero state in southern
Mexico, are not the result of an "absent state", any more than they are an
isolated incident.... State terrorism stems from policies of systematic violation of the human rights of all Mexicans and is incontrovertible proof of the
repressive strategies used against organized social movements in the
country.”

Despite tens of thousands of civilian deaths in mexico over the past decades of the “war on drugs”, and the ongoing discoveries of mass graves in Guerrero state, mexico remains on canada’s “safe country list”. And while the bodies of those in the mass graves have not been identified, canada regularly deports people back to mexico.

3. Selenium Contamination Threatening Collapse of Elk Valley Watershed
From state to corporate violence, a new report released by environment canada and the BC provincial government says the expanding coal mining operations in the Elk Valley has caused spiking selenium levels which has driving the watershed to a “tipping point”. The report warns of the “total population collapse of sensitive species such as westslope cutthroat trout.”

The report was sent to Teck Coal Inc. who have been vying to expand their operations in the valley, traditional territory of the Ktunaxa (tun-ah-hah), and is one in a series of reports about the negative impacts of coal mining in the area.

The report’s lead researcher, Dr. Dennis Lemly, an associate professor at Wake Forest University in North Carolina is declining comment for the moment, but has previously said:
“It’s not a question of knowing better, it’s a question of not wanting to know. If policy makers would rather let egos, power and money stand in the way of protecting the environment, then they should be held responsible.”

4. Kinder Morgan To Get a Fishy Intervention
In response to pipeline company Kinder Morgan’s lawyer asking what proportion of Kwantlen () people’s diet comes from the river, last friday at the NEB hearings into the company’s proposed trans mountain project, Adam Olsen, the interim leader of BC’s green party asked other indigenous people to share their fish photos with him, asking on twitter for folks to “Show them what their diet is!”

In the first two days Olsen received over 750 photos with hundreds more continuing to arrive, Olsen told the Vancouver Observer that he will be using the photos in his presentation to the NEB when he intervenes in the hearings in November.

Kinder Morgan’s plan would see up to 400 super tankers a year receive tar sands crude after travelling on a pipeline that would cross 474 waterways.

5. Millions Spent by Fracking Industry to Fight Municipal #BanFracking Initiatives
As initiatives to #BanFracking will be voted on in November in several american states, companies which undertake hydraulic fracturing operations have pumped millions of dollars into pro-fracking propaganda campaigns.

While the #BanFracking campaigns have been largely resident funded grassroots initiatives, companies such as Chevron and ExxonMobile have funded astroturf campaigns to be able to spend at a 15-1 margin over those opposed to fracking.

Many state and federal politicians have come out against fracking bans and industry commentators have noted that lawsuits from fracking companies would follow any such bans. Breaches to international trade agreements such as NAFTA would also likely be argued.

Fracking has been shown to locally increase the number of earthquakes; contaminate aquifers; emit massive amounts of climate change driving gases; and toxify the air, and small resident groups are forcing municipalities to take action to protect the land, air, and watersheds they exist in.

Voters in Denton, Texas along with San Benito, Santa Barbara, and Mendocino in California will have the chance to #banFracking in November, while Santa Cruz County banned fracking in May.

6. Report Shows Targeting of Left Leaning Charities by Harper’s Auditors
A new report from the Broadbent Institute, has shown that while right wing charities are clearly undertaking political activity, only left wing charities are being audited under Harper’s special program. The Canadian revenue Agency denies any political interference in their auditing process, which has investigated over 50 charities in the past two years, many of whom have been critical of the Canadian government's policies and record on social and environmental issues.

While charities are allowed to spend up to 10% of their budgets on direct political activity, and as reported Monday’s show, the Harper government has been warning charities to undertake no political activity.

7. Tips to Avoid Sexist Political Coverage
A tip-sheet from the Vancouver chapter of Women, Action, and the Media, or WAM!, will help journalists covering local elections avoid being sexist in their coverage. The tip-sheet is the result of a two session workshop held by WAM! which “were attended by women from diverse backgrounds and professions, united in their concern over sexism in politics, and their interest in gender justice in the media.”

The press release from the group quotes the tip-sheet’s co-curator, Jarrah Hodge with “Journalists – and political reporters in particular – have an incredibly difficult job to do… But with any political coverage, there is always a risk of sexist reporting that can seriously limit a female candidate’s chances of being elected to public office.”’

A few fast facts from the tip-sheet on why this matters:
Women hold only 26% of City Council seats in Canada, and only 16% of Canadian Mayors are women, according to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
2010 research by Lake Research Partners for Name It. Change It. found that even “mild sexist language” in media has an impact on voters’ likelihood to vote for a female candidate, and on how favourably they feel toward a woman seeking office.
A companion survey found that when media coverage focuses on a woman's appearance – even when the descriptions are neutral or positive – a female candidate “pays a price in the horserace, her favourability, her likelihood to be seen as possessing positive traits, and how likely voters are to vote for her.”

Viist womenactionmedia.org or click the links on our webpage to access the tip-sheet.

Thats all for headlines, lets take a little break and go to a song, here is The Rebel Spell with I Heard You Singing off their new album “Last Run”

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You are listening to the The Daily GRRR! Today is October 23, 2014 and my name is Dan Kellar and we are now moving into the feature portion of our broadcast.

Feature: an interview from regional reporter Brayden McNeill with local YWCA CEO, Elizabeth Clark, a candidate for regional council here in Waterloo.

This was the The Daily GRRR! for October 23, 2014. We are on weekdays from 9-10am on 100.3fm CKMS in Waterloo region, and soundfm.ca on the web. Check out all our past shows and other Grand River Media Collective work on our webpage grandrivermc.ca

The Daily GRRR! is supported by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and CKMS.

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