Pt 2: Journalism - Sir Harold Evans has been a journalist for more than 6 decades ... ever since he turned 16. And he hasn't been shy about using his trade to push for change.
Pt 3: Olympic Village Documentary - We continue our ongoing series Work In Progress with some sound of the Olympic Village going up in Vancouver. For more than 2 years the site really was - a work in progress.
It's Tuesday, December 8th.
The Climate Action Network awarded Canada the "Fossil of the Day" prize for its unwillingness to negotiate in Copenhagen.
Currently... Canada plans to turn the prize into oil.
This is The Current.
Murder in Mexico - Claudia Campero
Governor General Michaelle Jean will be in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas today. She is travelling with Jr. Foreign Minister Peter Kent and she'll be entering a state stewing in anti-Canadian sentiment.
On Thursday, about 250 demonstrators descended on the Canadian Embassy to protest Canadian mining activity and to mourn the murder of Mariano Abarca Roblero, an anti-mining activist shot-to-death outside his home in Chiapas almost two weeks ago. Mr. Roblero had been a vocal critic of a Canadian Calgary- based mining company called Blackfire. In the weeks leading up to his murder, he said that he had received death threats. We aired a translation of Mariano Abarca Roblero in an interview from September.
In news today a spokesperson for Blackfire has confirmed that Mexican police have arrested one Blackfire's employees along with a former employee and a one time company contracter in relation to that murder.
Claudia Campero was among those protesting at the Canadian Embassy. She's an environmental activist with the Coalition of Mexican Organizations for the Right to Water and an organizer with the Council of Canadian's Blue Planet Project. She was in Mexico City this morning.
We requested an interview with a representative of Blackfire Exploration Limited. No one was available this morning. But in a press release the company says it is pleased with the progress of the investigation into the murder.
Earlier, the the company said it opposes violence of any kind and that:
We share our condolences and express our solidarity towards all the families that have suffered by the effects of any criminal acts. Our Company trusts the authorities in charge of security and justice administration to resolve the regretful crimes.
The release goes on to say that Blackfire Exploration will continue to operate in the area, while always maintaining the utter most respect towards the environment and constantly contributing to Chicomuselo's and Chiapa's economic and productive development.
Murder in Mexico - Mining Watch Canada
As Mexican authorities investigate Mariano Abarca Roblero's murder, Jamie Kneen says the Canadian government should get involved too ... because of the allegations against Canadian mining companies.
Jamie Kneen is with Mining Watch Canada, a not-for-profit group that monitors the industry and seeks to change the behaviour of the companies in it. He was in Ottawa.
Murder in Mexico - Mining Industry
Blackfire isn't the only Canadian mining company facing criticism for its operations abroad. For an industry perspective, we were joined by Dennis Jones. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. He also chairs the association's Corporate Social Responsibility Committee and he was in Toronto.
The Current requested an interview with Peter Kent, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs for the Americas, who is traveling in Mexico today with Governor General Michaelle Jean. He could no accommodate our request.
Journalism - Sir Harold Evans
Sir Harold Evans has been a journalist for more than 6 decades ... ever since he turned 16. And he hasn't been shy about using his trade to push for change.
He risked contempt of court to champion the rights of Britain's Thalidomide children, at a time when no one was covering them. He took on the British establishment to tell the public what M-6 and the Defense Department and the Prime Minister's office didn't want the public to know - that they'd been had bya Soviet Spy who rose within their own intelligence ranks.
That was a story that pushed investigation journalism to new heights when he was Editor of The Sunday Times and the Times of London. Sir Harold Evans is also the former President of Random House publishing and he's married to Tina Brown -- another trailblazer of journalism. He has just published his autobiography. It's called My Paper Chase: True Stories of Vanished Times. Sir Harold was in our Toronto studio.
We continue our ongoing series Work In Progress with some sound of the Olympic Village going up in Vancouver. For more than 2 years the site really was - a work in progress.
A village of condos has risen along a stretch of the waterfront. It's been one of the highest profile construction projects in the country. And that means tight schedules, hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of workers ... almost all of them men.
In British Columbia, women make up a scant 3 per cent of the workers in construction trades. And it's like that across the country. Journalist Pamela Post was on the construction site in Vancouver and she joined Anna Maria to share her insight and discuss why the numbers are so low.
Pamela Post's documentary is called The Women who Built the Olympic Village.
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CD: Asia Lounge: Third Floor
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