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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Mike Weeks and Ian Pooler


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Two Canadians held on suspicion of endangering China’s security   Listenfacebook
The Canadian government says it has been in contact with Beijing over the arrest of businessman Michael Spavor. That's after China confirmed on Thursday that it had detained him and another Canadian on suspicion of endangering national security. Relations between the two countries have deteriorated since the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver at the start of this month. Details from Altis Wong:
Express rail border arrangement ruled constitutional   Listenfacebook
The High Court has rejected a series of legal challenges to the controversial joint border-clearance facilities at the West Kowloon express rail terminus. Mr Justice Anderson Chow ruled that applying mainland laws to part of the station is constitutionally valid, and doesn't breach One Country, Two Systems or Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy. He also says a declaration by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress that the arrangement is legally sound is just as good as a formal Basic Law interpretation. Damon Pang reports:
Express rail ruling ‘fails’ to address NPCSC powers over HK   Listenfacebook
Former lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung plans to appeal Thursday’s High Court ruling that the joint border operation with the mainland at the West Kowloon express rail station is constitutional. He and others had argued that the co-location arrangement, as approved by the National People's Congress Standing Committee, is not part of local laws. Civic Party lawmaker Tanya Chan is the convenor of the Co-location Concern Group. Ian Pooler asked her what she made of the High Court judgment:
Current laws on care homes not enough to stop abuse   Listenfacebook
The Ombudsman, Connie Lau, is calling for an urgent update of laws and regulations governing elderly care homes. The watchdog pointed out that serious forms of mistreatment, including abuse, incorrectly administering drugs and improperly using restraints are not covered by the existing ordinance. The Ombudsman is also taking the Social Welfare Department to task over its monitoring of care homes and enforcement of their licence requirements. Lau pointed out that no licences have been revoked over the past four years, and conviction rates are low. Ben Tse asked Labour Party lawmaker Fernando Cheung if he was surprised by the Ombudsman's report:
Lawmakers join forces to press for sex attack support centres   Listenfacebook
Lawmakers have backed the idea of round-the-clock crisis support centres in public hospitals for abused children and victims of sexual violence. As Joanne Wong reports, two of the councillors spoke of their own experiences of being abused as children during the debate:
Court hears final arguments of Occupy nine   Listenfacebook
The defence in the trial of nine key figures of the Occupy protests wrapped up their closing arguments on Thursday, stressing that the defendants did NOT intend to incite others to cause a public nuisance at the onset of the 2014 civil disobedience campaign. Candice Wong reports:
Democratic Party exodus expected to hit election prospects   Listenfacebook
The Democratic Party is in damage-control mode following the resignation of 59 of its members this week. The party's chairman, Wu Chi-wai, said the exodus and infighting will have a big impact on the party's performance in next year's district council polls and the 2020 Legislative Council elections. Those who quit the party said they did so because of the actions of lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting, who they accuse of being "arrogant" and lacking political morals. But the party's former chairwoman, Emily Lau, backed Lam, calling the allegations against him "character assassination". Janice Wong asked Lau if that meant she believed the 59 party members who left were making things up: