Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, David Lavallee, Cyrus Molavi, Christina Nikolic February 22nd, 2017

Where will it all end? When will we finally turn the corner on the Fossil Fuel Age, and begin the long work of repairing the damage we clever apes have wrought against the environment?

No time soon, if the extractive industries have their say; and they’re just about the only ones who have the ear of government at all levels in this country, and abroad. Seattle’s Sightline Institute reports plans to send more than a million barrels of oil per day through the Pacific Northwest region. Oil coming from shale fracking in North Dakota, and Alberta’s Tar Sands and destined for Asia’s Satanic Mills.

So, how far will Big Oil and Gas take the Fossil Fuel Age? To the very ends of the Earth.

David Lavallee is a Canadian filmmaker whose first documentary, ‘White Water, Black Gold’ garnered awards at numerous film festivals, and was broadcast around the World. He’s a Pull Focus Film School grad, and a product of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s Producer Emergence Program. David is now in the process of producing his next film, ‘To the Ends of the Earth,’ an investigation into the lengths the latter day oil barons will go to keep their energy domination going.

David Lavallee in the first segment.

And; you don’t need a street light to see Victoria is rapidly and, some would argue, radically changing. One community here is hoping it can prove a catalyst in changing the way Victorians navigate their way in, through, and around the city.

You’ve likely seen some of the effects of the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition‘s efforts to make our berg better for bikes already. From promoting bike lanes and “sharrows”, and the much touted “Biktoria” campaign, to lobbying for infrastructure projects like the Galloping Goose and Lochside Trails the GVCC “works with businesses and city stakeholders to create the conditions for safer, more inclusive cycling infrastructure across Greater Victoria.” Cyrus Molavi, a Director on the board of the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition joins us today.

Cyrus Molavi, pedaling for a more bike-friendly Victoria in the second half.

And; intrepid horticultural innovator and green business entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic will be here with Left Coast News and Events updates at the bottom of the hour.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Eoghan Moriarty, Terry Wolfwood, Christina Nikolic Feb. 15, 2017

It’s official: We are indeed living in those proverbially interesting times; but what no ancient Chinese curse could have prophesied is the sheer scope and magnitude of these days of ours.

That we face myriad peace, justice, and environmental issues locally, nationally, and globally none but the shortest of thick planks would deny, but how in the midst of this chaos of calamity does one know which of the Hydra’s many heads to strike for? Well, we are fortunate perhaps in British Columbia that within our realm there exists the lair of a beast-horror signally representative of the multitudinous ills so deleteriously effecting the whole of the Natural World.

It is the Hydro-headed Site C dam, the dark aspects of which can only be regarded as an evil pure, born of the deepest, reptilian corner of the human psyche. And, if you think that’s going too far, you don’t know the half of it.

Eoghan Moriarty is founder of the Vancouver-based Mindagape, a media and creative services company, and describes himself as a “digital storyteller” who became involved in documenting B.C. groups fighting against coal exports transiting through their communities. Between filming coal trains and researching the relationship between the Port Authority, Vancouver, and the coal industry, and recording community solidarity and resistance events, Eoghan co-founded RealPortHearings.org, a part of the RealHearings.org concept “creating platforms for organizations working on environment, climate, and other progressive campaigns.” Eoghan Moriarty is also vice-president of the Burns Bog Conservation Society.

Eoghan Moriarty in the first half.

And; Terry Wolfwood will present Palestine in My Heart at the upcoming CAFÉ SIMPATICO. Terry’s Director and co-founder of the Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation, and her articles on peace and social justice are featured in Briarpatch, Peace News, and Third World Resurgence among other places. The long-time Victoria-based activist/organizer, poet/essayist and World traveler for justice is also the local coordinator for Victoria’s Women in Black and she’ll be showcasing slides and telling stories of her recent trip to Palestine and Jordan where Terry says she, “met with teachers, students, farmers, activists, artists, writers and local officials to learn about their struggles for justice in their occupied country.”

It’s all at the next CAFÉ SIMPATICO, coming Friday, February 24th at 1923 Fernwood. There will also be music, and special Palestinian refreshments served and admission is free!

Terry Wolfwood in the heart of Palestine in the second half.

And; Christina Nikolic will be sitting in for Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the good goings on going on on the streets of our city and beyond planned for the upcoming week. But first, Eoghan Moriarty getting Real Hearings on Site C and more.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Joyce Nelson, Jamie Kastner, Janine Bandcroft Feb 8, 2017

Welcome to the Great Undoing, an experiment in media-induced social dissonance so fantastic for sanity’s sake it’s essential you date all notifiers to remind this is indeed 2017.

Yes, much more than an homage to the days of yore, America’s new model year president is a wholesale throwback to a time before your mother was born. Reference the archive under Cleaver, June; Smith, Kate; and Hudson, Rock… (somebody should probably tell the Chief about that last one…).

But, even more frightening than Mr. T’s medievalist social policy is the unmitigated unfettering of the monsters he and his fellow Frankenstein’s in Finance would loose on Wall Street and the World.

Joyce Nelson is an award-winning Canadian freelance writer, researcher, and author whose articles appear in the Watershed Sentinel and at CounterPunch.org. Her book titles include: ‘The Perfect Machine: TV in the Nuclear Age,’ ‘Sultans of Sleaze: Public Relations and the Media,’ ‘Sign Crimes/Road Kill: From Mediascape to Landscape,’ and, just in time the newly released, ‘Beyond Banksters: Resisting the New Feudalism.

Joyce Nelson in the first half.

And; this week Victoria hosts the 23rd Victoria Film Festival boasting a program of more than 120 theatrical features, shorts, documentaries, animated, Canadian, and international films. Just one of which is The Skyjacker’s Tale, Canadian director Jamie Kastner‘s documentary chronicle of murder and intrigue in the lower latitudes, and Ishmael Muslim Ali‘s desperate flight from the law. The genre-busting Kastner’s films, Secret Disco Revolution, Kike Like Me, Free Trade Is Killing My Mother, Djangomania!, Recessionize! For Fun and Profit! and The Skyjacker’s Tale have between them screened in London and Rotterdam, and Toronto’s prestigious TIFF among other places.

Jamie Kastner and The Skyjacker’s Tale in the second half.

And, Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of the good goings on planned for the streets of our town and beyond in the coming week. But first Joyce Nelson, Beyond Banksters.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Andy Worthington, Peter Lee, Christina Nikolic Feb. 1, 2017

Three presidents and fifteen years into the long war the George W. Bush promised, the prison at Guantánamo Bay symbolizes both America’s abrogation of international conventions on the treatment of prisoners, and the failure to end the global paranoia, arms races, and proxy turf battles of the Cold War era.

Any hope for the alluded “peace dividend” following the collapse of the Soviet Union is long forgotten. In fact, the world is poised again above the abyss as accusation and sabre-rattling replaces diplomatic discourse between remnant Russia and the financially fragile United States.

And, into this china shop blusters Donald Trump, who says he would like keep Guantánamo open, and “load it up with bad dudes” among other things.

Andy Worthington is freelance investigative journalist, activist, author, photographer, film-maker, and singer-songwriter who has made an annual pilgrimage to America from his native Britain to lobby for the infamous prison’s closure, and he was there again last month in the run up to the Trump inauguration. Andy’s book titles include: ‘Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison, ‘Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion’, and ‘The Battle of the Beanfield.’ He also co-directed (with Polly Nash) the documentary film, ‘Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo.’

Andy Worthington in the first half.

And; there’s no bigger china shop in the world than China, and bull moose Donald has done little to disguise the cross-hairs his administration has drawn on the global economic superpower’s business. For the last half of his tenure, Obama tried repeatedly to orchestrate his so-called “Asia pivot,” an effort to move America’s foreign policy focus back to the Pacific where it’s uncontested half-century of dominance has come under challenge. What will a Trump administration do to make America’s hegemony in Asia great again; and how will China receive its efforts?

Peter Lee is a freelance journalist writing on East and South Asian affairs as they intersect with US global policy. He’s the driving force behind the Asian affairs website China Matters, providing critical updates on China and Asia-Pacific, and his articles also appear at Asia Times, and at CounterPunch.org, among other internet news sites. News sites like Newsbud.com who just last month launched Peter’s weekly report, China Watch.

Peter Lee and a not so Happy Chinese New Year for America’s Year of the Bull in the second half.

And Christina Nikolic will be here at the bottom of the hour to, in association with Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus, Janine Bandcroft, bring us news of good things planned for the coming week in and around our town and beyond. But first, Andy Worthington, an Englishman in New America.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Tim Boultbee, Peter Verin Presente!, Christina Nikolic Jan. 25, 2017

Welcome to a new world disordered. For some the coming of Trump means the hope a systemically corrupt America can be restored to a state of grace and greatness. Others wonder where and when that alluded to state existed. Either way or both ways one thing is sure, changes are a-comin’.

In office only a day, Trump announced America’s withdrawal from the TransPacificPartnership, or TPP. Could the long implied abrogation of NAFTA, the trade and investment deal linking the U.S., Canada, and Mexico be far behind?

Tim Boultbee is a human rights activist whose interest in Mexico and Central America began during the dark decade of Ronald Reagan’s Dirty Wars down there.

Tim traveled to Nicaragua then to see firsthand the effects of the US-sponsored Contra terrorist campaign against the country’s mainly rural poor and, when the Zapatista’s rose up in Chiapas, (the day the NAFTA treaty was announced) he went down to serve as a human rights observor in 3 Zapatista communities.

Tim Boultbee will be presenting ‘Human Rights in Mexico: What’s next?’ with Claudia Barrueta Martinez as part of a CAFÉ SIMPATICO BENEFIT SUPPER this Friday January 27th at 1923 Fernwood Rd.

Tim Boultbee in the first half.

And; former CFUV broadcaster and environmental champion, Peter Verin died last week. The Reverend Al Tysick conducted a service Thursday near Peter’s centre of operations at the corner of Quadra and McKenzie, close to the recycling depot. I went down to hear the tributes to this most singular Victorian.

Peter Verin Presente! in the second half.

And; Christina Nikolic will be standing in for Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of the good things planned in, on, and around the streets of our city and beyond in the coming week. But first, Tim Boultbee and Human Rights in Mexico! What Next?

Ape Goes to Peter Verin Memorial Service January 19, 2017

I went down to Peter Verin’s memorial service today. Peter was an itinerant environmentalist. He lived on the streets, refusing to live in any way most of us would recognize as “normal.” There are a number of tributes published to him linked below, but suffice to say, he was well loved, despite, or more likely because of his curmudgeonly demeanor. There was somewhere between one and two hundred people present to hear reverend Al Tysick’s send off, with many voicing their relationship to Peter. Those are recorded here, (with varying technical alacrity).

I met Peter many years ago, when we were both broadcasters at the University of Victoria radio station, CFUV. Peter had an environmental show, and we often talked about politics. Indeed, Peter engaged generations of students in long, philosophical debates on all manner of topics. Like some latter-day Socrates, Peter’s uncompromising personality had a cost; he was eventually banned from the radio station, and later kicked off campus altogether.

Adios Peter, our philosopher prince.

https://www.google.ca/search?q=peter+verin+victoria&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&gws_rd=cr&ei=rTGBWODUGYrAjwO5pYagDA

 

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Douglas Gook, John Helmer, Janine Bandcroft January 18, 2017

Life has been anything but routine for the BC interior residents of Hazeltine Creek, Polley Lake, and Quesnel Lake. On August 4th, 2014 the Imperial Metals mine tailings dam burst, sending an estimated 25 million cubic metres of extractive process contaminated sludge and heavy metals-laden toxins into the local watershed.

In what was deemed at the time the biggest spill of its kind into the environment of all time, the chemical impacts of the Mt. Polley Mine spill disaster made Imperial Metals, according to the National Pollutant Release Inventory, “the largest emitter of copper, arsenic and manganese in Canadian waters in 2014.”

But, nearly two and half years after the fact, the governments charged with crafting and enforcing laws to protect the people and places of this Canada are yet to lay charges in enforcement of those laws regarding Imperial Metals.

It’s fallen instead to MiningWatch Canada, the “[P]an-Canadian initiative supported by environmental, social justice, Indigenous and labour organisations from across the country” to launch a private prosecution. This past week, the federal government tried to torpedo that launch before it left the dock, moving to stay the case and prevent MiningWatch entering evidence.

Douglas Gook is a Quesnel-based ecology activist who’s focused on Eco forestry alternatives in the woods there and beyond for more than forty years. He leads Forest Protection Allies, one of the many environmental organizations pressuring government to get effective cleanup processes going, and appropriate compensation for those effected by the Mt. Polley Mine disaster put in place. He attended the gallery in the MiningWatch case Friday, and was there when the federal government’s stunning motion to the court was read.

Douglas Gook in the first half.

And; with mere days left before the inauguration of Donald Trump as America’s 45th president, governments around the World are frantically arranging and rearranging ministries and departments in preparation of a new era in their US relations. Canada is no exception, but where most other countries are moving to align themselves more harmoniously with perceived Trump values, Ottawa appears to be taking the novel approach of charting a 180 degree course in the opposite direction. At least, this is how the elevation of the famously Russophobic Chrystia Freeland is being interpreted in some quarters.

John Helmer is a long-time, Moscow-based journalist, author, and essayist; the only one, his site, Dances with Bears informs “to direct his own bureau independent of single national or commercial ties.” He’s a former political science professor who’s served as an advisor to the governments of Greece, the U.S., and in Asia where he regularly lectures on Russian topics. His book titles include: ‘Uncovering Russia,’ ‘Urbanman: The Psychology of Urban Survival,’ ‘Bringing the War Home: The American Soldier in Vietnam and After,’ and ‘Drugs and Minority Oppression’ among others.

John’s latest article, ‘Chrystia Freeland is the Body Double – Canada Plays Hillary Clinton Card at Russia; Kremlin Suspects Putsch Against Justin Trudeau‘ examines the meteoric rise to power of Canada’s newest Minister of Foreign Affairs.

John Helmer and Anatomy of a Canadian Coup in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of the good things scheduled for the coming week on and beyond the streets of our city. But first, Douglas Gook and the federal government’s attempt to stay the toxic flow of information on the Mt. Polley mining spill disaster.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Anthony DiMaggio, David Fairey, Janine Bandcroft Jan. 11, 2017

It’s often said there are two sides to every story, but two sides doesn’t cover the many facets of the near six years-long war in Syria. Whether at the front lines or on the virtual battlefield everyone, from the Assad government and its Russian and Iranian allies, to America and its friends in the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the myriad extra-state actors arrayed on either side, has a point of interest to defend and an enemy’s position to attack.

One certain thing though is, the people of Syria have been terrorized by all sides and it’s their best interests being sacrificed every time a bomb is dropped, a sniper shoots, or a media propagandist pulls the camera trigger.

Anthony DiMaggio is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Lehigh University, holds a PhD in political communication, and is the author of the newly released, ‘Selling War, Selling Hope: Presidential Rhetoric, the News Media, and U.S. Foreign Policy After 9/11.’

His recent article, ‘The Pathologies of War: Dual Propaganda Campaigns in Reporting on Syria,’ appearing at the news website, CounterPunch.org, takes a hard look at the righteous claims on all sides of the Syria conflict.

Anthony DiMaggio in the first half.

And; are you suffering for your paycheque, or is someone you know being brutalized by workplace tyranny? The BC Employment Standard Coalition, a group “bring[ing] together organizations, advocates and workers to campaign for decent wages, working conditions, respect and dignity in the workplace” is in Victoria and they want to hear your story.

David Fairey is Co-Chair of the BC Employment Standards Coalition and Research Associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. He’s past Director of the Trade Union Research Bureau, and has worked over the course of a long career on “a wide variety of labour and employment law issues such as labour standards, labour relations, pay equity, construction safety, and migrant labour.” David and the BC Employment Standards folks are down at the Victoria Events Centre at 1415 Broad Street all day today and this evening lending an ear, and offering workers help with employer challenges.

David Fairey and slaying the workplace ogre in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the good things scheduled for the streets of our town and beyond in the coming week. But first, Anthony DiMaggio and the pathologies of the Syria war.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Satya Sagar, Richard Kastelein, Christina Nikolic Jan. 4, 2017

Happy New Year to all following the western, or Gregorian calendar. It’s important to remember, time is relative and calendars mutable; like other things we may regard as solid, (say economic systems) nothing is changeless, nor eternal.

Take India’s rupee; late last year, prime minister Narendra Modi launched, depending upon your point of view, an either visionary, or draconian demonetization program aimed, he says, at “black money, terrorism, and tax evasion.” His critics however wonder if there’s not more behind the unprecedented move to take both the 500 and 1,000 rupee notes, workhorses of the nation’s currency accounting for more than 85% of cash transactions, off the street and onto a controlled grid.

Satya Sagar is a journalist and public health worker whose clarion English language articles on demonetization, ‘Death by Demonetisation‘ and ‘Demonetisation: The Sultan of Sophistry‘  have appeared on this side of the World via the Kerala-based news website, CounterCurrents.org, among other places.

Satya Sagar in the first half.

And; it’s not only India witnessing an economic paradigm shift. Across the planet, Bitcoin and its many imitators, had been received as both a halyard of hope to rescue upward mobility for the embattled middle and working classes, and harbinger of an impending doom, promising chaos by delivering the economy into the hands of internet fraudsters and shadowy networks of web gangsters.

Though the early application of cryptocurrencies had problems, the implementation of a more sophisticated Blockchain 2.0 database insures a more secure regimen. But, there’s more to ushering in a new age of money than ones and zeroes, what’s needed too is a social and necessarily political framework, a context from which the new system can operate. That’s were the Blockchain Party comes in.

Richard Kastelein is a media and technology activist, educator, and entrepreneur. He’s the publisher and editor-in-chief of Blockchain News, a co-founder of Blockchain Partners, director of The Hackitarians Foundation, and now moves into the political sphere with BCP, the Blockchain Party.

Richard Kastelein and bringing new politics to the new money in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will not be joining us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of the good things the coming week promises on in and around the streets of our town, and beyond there too, Christina Nikolic will instead step into the breach. But first, Satya Sagar and putting an biometric thumb in the eye of India’s financial system.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook – 2016 Year End Show Dec. 28, 2016

Welcome to GR’s Year Ender/Holiday Special. Here’s a look behind the curtain of the award-winning Gorilla Radio program.

Happy New Year’s to one and all!

1:00:00    2:00    (Fire This Time – Grant Wakefield bg) Welcome to GR, etc. Yes it’s that time of year again, wherein we leave the well-worn Gorilla Radio format to celebrate guestless the ending of the long year past, and look forward with hope and trepidation to what the New Year promises. I’ll play music, perhaps read a story, and otherwise fart and tap dance for your amusement and educational edification.

But before getting to any of all that, it’s become a tradition here over the last decade or so to begin the show with our good friend Ini Kamoze, and though the day be passed, all his Christmas wishes. Take it away Ini!

1:02:00    4:00    Ini Kamozie – All I Want for Christmas – Putumayo’s Christmas Around the World

1:06:00    3:00    (Fire this time bg) 2016: A Year So Far

You may have already watched and or listened to year-end wrap up shows. What is immediately apparent, as we approach the New Year, is a sense of doom and foreboding. Though still in the adolescence of the 21st century, there’s a definite fin de siecle vibe going, a sense that we’re at the very ends of a rope with a long drop below us. It’s an epoch’s finish kind of feeling; democracy’s end brought finally in a coup de grace delivered by a reality television clown, replete with face paint. But, and it’s an amazingly large butt, it’s not just in the Trump Republic where the modern democratic experiment is expiring. Take a look across the waters at Britain’s surveillance society where every day approaches nearer England’s greatest dystopian, George Orwell’s vision of a future he illustrated as “a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.” Regard France, the land of liberte, egalite, fraternite, where today freedom of speech is curtailed, equality before the law for the country’s dusky skinned, and Arabic named is a sad joke, while fraternity among its, and all Europe’s enlightened citizenry, becomes a more remote possibility by the day.

And speaking of brotherly love, I read a Christmas-inspired article from America the other day. In Houston, the folks at Antimedia inform, the city police forced homeless people to throw not only food donated by Food not Bombs and other caring Houstonians into a dumpster provided especially by the city for the occasion, but also their blankets, tents, gifts and any other possessions capricious authorities demanded. They did this, those trusted to serve and protect the people and the peace, as the city later explained, because: “[F]eeding the homeless food that has not been cooked in a certified kitchen could spread illness.” Adding, “Feeding the homeless is only enabling homelessness.” Merry Christmas Houston, and Happy New Year to those jurisdictions sharing Houston’s tough love philosophy, and the men and women who enforce it – you know who you are.

1:09:00    5:49    Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra – End of Days – The Blanche Album

1:15:00    3:00    (Fire this time bg) – 2016 GR Recap – Global

No matter how fast a year can pass – as they seem ever more fleetingly to do – they will always contain 52 weeks. Generally speaking, Gorilla Radio airs fifty show a year, most consisting of two interview segments, plus features, (the “features” being a music break and more often than not Janine Bandcroft’s coming events). Looking back over some of the issues covered this year makes for a long list, so I’ll condense to quick: Internationally; the ongoing war in Syria has to be the biggest single issue covered, though the lesser reported and equally egregious destruction of Yemeni society by the “good guys” deserves mention. Those white hats blasting Yemen would be America, Israel, and the Gulf Cooperation Council, or GCC nations. Officially, the GCC consists of; Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman, but the influence these country’s exert is considerably broader than the minuscule area of the planet they occupy. It seems the outraged indignation expressed by the West and their allies over Syria is an inverse ratio to the deathly silence afforded the innocents indiscriminantly slaughtered in Yemen. On the contrary, the United States, Great Britain, and the entire retinue of nations who serve as a beacon of civilization for the World to emulate, are all busy selling the bombs, bullets, missiles and muskets to better facilitate the turkey shoot there.

Meanwhile, in Syria, and recently liberated Aleppo particularly, the true nature of the West’s involvement in fomenting the nearly six year long journey into chaos the people have experienced is becoming clearer. Just last week, news of the capture of a number of GCC military “advisors” within “East” Aleppo, along with at least one Israeli officer and an American offers a glimpse of what the real game being played there is, and who the players moving the pawns on the ground are. And, just in are disturbing new reports of mass graves being unearthed in the so-called “rebel” held enclave of Aleppo, the bodies unearthed bearing signs of torture and execution. Revealed too is a Western press that, either through incompetence or blatant mendacity has mischaracterized almost every aspect of the Syria disaster from the start. Just as they have lied about Afghanistan and Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Ukraine, they are lying now about Iran, Russia and China.

1:18:00    4:00    Trans-Global Underground –  – Community Music

1:22:00    3:00    (Fire this time bg) – 2016 GR Recap – Canada on the Global Stage

Canada is, as Ottawa often reminds, a global player. “Punching beyond our weight” is just one of the tired phrases trundled from an ever-narrowing commentariat stable when regarding the nation’s role in the broader World. But, what does that mean, exactly? For all our public investment in news and information, more than a billion dollars a year to the CBC’s English language service alone, you might expect Canadians to be well informed about both the workings of the government within the country, and its doings abroad. The sad fact though is, Canadians have little more than a self-satisfying illusion of themselves as a universally welcome and widely accepted benevolent actor, roaming the frontiers of interational diplomacy in Dudley Do-Right fashion, just trying to help. As simple-minded and astonishing that kind of delusion is when juxtaposed against the actions of the United States, somehow it seems less obvious when the culprits are Canadian business and government, engaging in the same mercenary practice, in pursuit of the same venal goals.

Canadians were gifted in November of 2015 with the end of Stephen Harper’s ten year Conservative party reign. The decisive ascension of the Liberals then had the air of a second coming, led as it was by Justin Trudeau, heir to the very epitome of liberalism in the person of his father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau. But after a year in parliament, Justin is looking like just another politician, and worse, just another conservative one. On both the national and international fronts, Trudeau has differed so slightly in substance from his hated predecessor, Canada’s centre-left can expect a populist upwelling similar to the Trump surprise down south come the next election go-round. Sensing that reversal, a hoard of political screw-balls and Trumpish wannabes have crowded the Conservative party’s nominating process, making of it a circus necessarily reminiscent of the Republican experience. Front and centre is Canada’s answer to Trump’s reality teevee persona, rightist blow hard, Kevin O’Leary who while denying the parallels to the “make America great again” campaigner in the States, insists Canada is “deeply broken” and vows to “to scrape all the stupid policies out of Ottawa.” With just more than three years before the next scheduled poll it may be premature to think about elections, but considering the endless-campaign model taken hold in America, O’Leary early move may be right on time.

1:25:00    4:00    Funk Asylum –  Dinner is Ruined – GasCD

1:29:00    1:00    Cart(s)

1:30:00    3:00    (Fire this time bg) – 2016 Recap – Canada @ Home

As disappointing as the prime minister’s foreign policy has been, his first year hasn’t been great at home either. In British Columbia, Mr. Trudeau’s pre-election performance had lefties and greenies swooning at the prospect of an eco-friendly administration, ready to address climate change and beat back the threat of the pipelines slithering through the mountain passes east, across rivers and dales to the port of Burnaby. But, no extractive industry dragon slayer is Justin. Instead, it’s coal in the Christmas stockings for Lotus Land; LNG over forests, and oil on the ground and in the Salish Sea. Yes, the Liberals tossed a gnawed bone in the form of Enbridge’s doomed Northern Gateway to assuage the hippies, (an already dead-letter issue, broadly thought to be little more than a stalking horse) the real prizes all got the “good to go.” Site C dam and LNG fracked mining expansion in the northeast, and the so-called “twinning” of Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain, taproot for Alberta’s planet-killing Tar Sands ambitions to supply Asia’s Satanic Mills.

Another depletion of the new PM’s political capital comes on the heels of his star turn in Paris at the COP climate conference. The Liberal turnaround on the country’s stated Greenhouse Gas emission goals has created a glut of the same kind of cynicism that sank Clinton, when the left out left-wing of the party went elsewhere on election day. For Trudeau, upon whose shoulders alone rides the Liberal party mantle, reversals on environment, foreign policy, democratic, (remember promises to end first past the post?) and marijuana law reforms has darkened his image, face-planting his popularity numbers. Good news for the wannabe northern populists of the Conservative party, and great too for a moribund New Democrat Party, who unlike the Tories, can’t fill a phone booth with leadership hopefuls. But, this is Canada afterall and we lumber on…

1:33:00    4:00    Hawksley Workman – We Ain’t Broken Yet – Old Cheetah

1:37:00    3:00    (Fire this time bg) – 2016 Recap – BC

2016 will long be remembered as infamous by environmentalists in B.C., and as bad and potentially catastrophic for the province’s environment the greenlighting of the corrupt and inept Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain pipeline is, the most dastardly betrayal of the public trust and future well-being of both the people and wilds of British Columbia is the forwarding of the Site C megadam project in the Peace River Valley. Over the last few years I’ve hosted several guests from the region, all of whom outline a corrupted process, at best paying lip-service to the stated principles of democracy and the constitutionally guaranteed meaningful inclusion of First Nations in decision-making on projects that effect their lands and treaty rights. Site C has been buffaloed through to the stage where premier Christy Clark says it is “beyond stopping,” but still the battle goes on. Even as BC Hydro clear-cuts riparian zones along the Peace, and boots farm families from their homes, court cases are lining up. Recently, New York Times reporter, Dan Levin took a trip north to see what it was about. His article, ‘Canada’s $7 Billion Dam Tests the Limits of State Power’ lays bare the inproprieties employed by both the provincial and federal governments to take this turkey to market, but the one thing he can’t answer, and in fact no-one who looks at Site C through anything other than a purely political lens can figure out is: “Why is this project happening?” Less than two weeks before Christmas, Peace River farmer and outspoken proponent for keeping the Peace River Valley above water, Ken Boon discovered BC Hydro had taken his home and business, the family farm, into its possession, and he and his family are now merely tenants with a few short months left to pack up and get on down the road. Though his land, the same farmed by his forebears, is not slated to be submerged by the dam, Hydro says it must be mowed down for a highway, planned to accomodate increased heavy truck traffic to the fracked gas fields, and along the suspected power grid meant to service the Tar Sands. That last is supposed to be a secret, like so much of planning for Site C not for the ears of the people who will ultimately be paying for this white elephant for generations to come.

1:41:00    7:28      Deep Dark Woods – The Sun Never Shines – Winter Hours

1:49:00    3:00    (Fire this time) – 2017 Precap

As the year disappears in the mirror, now a look at how the events and trends of 2016 will influence the next year coming. The reality of the Trump presidency will be for many the first shocker of 2017. AS welcome as a cartoon character tattoo after a bender, all the rubbing in the world isn’t gonna get rid of the Donald. He’ll be there every day, relentlessly pounding you senseless, his evil defying even banality.

In the wars and rumours of wars department, Trump will find himself in the early days of his presidency, if not before the inauguration, manoevred into a hard-line position on Syria, one demanding more US boots grounded in far-flung wars, compromising his star-crossed bromance with Vladimir Putin, that sadly to be sacrificed on the altar of realpolitik. It seems the powers behind the Pennsylvania Avenue throne are determined to ratchet up a new Cold War with Russia, (and maybe China too) while continuing the decades-old “long war” rampage in western Asia.

Trump will also have to deal with his recalcitrant Pacific allies in the Philippines and Japan, and throughout a World grown weary of following the diktats of an increasingly violent and erratic America. In light of the current global zeitgeist, the U.S. could not have chosen a new leader more poorly. Trump will quickly find diplomatic bluster and sabre-rattling ill-received, and ultimately ineffective. There will be domestic war too to be dealt with, as environmental, and social justice issues allowed to fester under Obama will come to full boil – so to speak. And, laws drafted to control the internet, through draconian criminalization, and other provisions will to soon be all the news.

All in all, a good year to be a social critic, if not necessarily a comic one.

1:52:00    4:00    Neutral Milk Hotel – On Avery Island – Where You’ll Find Me

1:56:00    1:00    Thanks to J9, Christina, Blayne, and everyone and good night and good luck; upcoming.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Eric de Place, Ken Boon December 21, 2016

Late last month, the federal Liberals okayed the Kinder Morgan TransMountain Pipeline. The contentious project would see a new pipeline built from the Tar Sands of Alberta, across the Rockies and the breadth of B.C. to Burnaby. From there, diluted bitumen would be shipped to offshore refineries, primarily in Asia.

The TransMountain would be a tough sell anyplace, but in eco-conscious British Columbia, where pipelines promise high risk for little economic return, it’s especially fractious. Then there’s the matter of just who’s behind it. Despite a massive public relations campaign being waged to assuage environmental concerns, disastrous news headlines the Texas-based Kinder Morgan has generated do little to reassure nervous British Columbians.

Eric de Place is policy director with the Washington State-based Sightline Institute, an independent, nonprofit research and communications center. He spearheads Sightline’s work on energy policy, is a leading expert on coal and oil export plans in the Pacific Northwest, and is considered an authority on a range of issues connected to fossil fuel transport, including carbon emissions, local pollution, transportation system impacts, rail policy, and economics.

Eric de Place in the first half.

And; even as Mr. Trudeau’s government throws open British Columbia’s gates to the Tar Sands fossil fuel colossus it has gone one further, allowing the Site C mega dam proceed. Site C, listeners may recall, is the project that defies both rhyme and reason, dedicated as it is to creating power no one needs for prices no one will pay, while destroying some of the finest farm land in the province, thousands of acres of the Peace River Valley. Opposed by local First Nations, farmers, ranchers, and the environmental community, even the chair of the government’s own panel, set up to rubber stamp this multi-generational white elephant, says the deal stinks.

Ken Boon is president of the Peace Valley Landowners Association. He a Peace River Valley farmer, and his family farm was recently expropriated by the BC Hydro project for a connecting highway scheme.

Ken Boon and Site C, running a river to ruin in the Peace Valley in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus, Janine Bandcroft will not be joining us this week with her usual events line up due to lack of activity this holiday week to come. So, first up, Eric de Place and “Law-Breaking, Pollution, Cover-Ups,” taking a longer look at Mr. Trudeau’ favored pipeline company.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Robert Jensen, Robert Parry, Janine Bandcroft Dec. 14, 2016

In case you’re forgetting what to think America, there’s a new nanny in town with her sights firmly set on high falutin‘ higher edjumacators trying to worm their way between the tender ears of the nation’s youth. Professor Watchlist is a wannabe thought-police outfit determined to, “fight for free speech and the right for professors to say whatever they wish” provided they keep well away from that there “radical agenda.”

Sarcasm yes, but accurate. This newly formed Group-Think tank actually hopes by “watching” professors it can wrest control of America’s post-secondary curriculum away from its centuries-old, well-worn course of unbiased, sober, and scientific investigation of knowledge and the nature of the universe – or at least deflect it in the right direction.

Robert Jensen is an author, essayist, social commentator, activist, and professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. His articles are found across the internet, and at his website, RobertWJensen.org. His latest book is, ‘The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men,’ set for publication in the New Year.

Robert Jensen in the first half.

And; though the US election is all but over, the “fake news” scandal marking its last days lives on. You remember? Vladimir Putin ginned the system, while fifth newspaper columnists and “useful idiots” on the internet carried water for the Ruskies. At its outset, the allegations were ludicrous, so much so, few serious commenters paid much mind to it; but from tiny acorns mighty oaks grow, and this little media brush fire, assiduously fanned by America’s Number Two newspaper, the Washington Post, has the potential to create a firestorm the ends of which are terrible to consider.

Robert Parry is an author, journalist, and founding editor of the pioneering online news site, Consortium News, recently named by anonymous web troll outfit, PropOrNot as a Russia stooge. Parry is an old-school investigative reporter, who broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for the Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. His latest book is, ‘America’s Stolen Narrative,’ and is available either in print or as an e-book.

Robert Parry and the ‘Hypocrisy Behind the Russian-Election Frenzy’ in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of what’s good going on on our streets and beyond in the coming week. But first, Robert Jensen and professors watching the professor watchers.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Mel A. Goodman, Dave Lindorff, Janine Bandcroft Dec 7, 2016

If November was the “stepping off” point, then December is the “hurtling towards the hard landing” of January’s Trump presidency. Libertarians, and what remains of the Left who took cold comfort in the candidate’s expressed wish to draw in America’s military talons must today be nervously eyeing Mr. T.’s Manhattan aerie as one after another military man is added to his foreign policy cast of hawks; even as the bellicose Commander-in-Chief to be runs roughshod over diplomatic norms and protocol niceties.

Melvin A. Goodman is an essayist and author whose articles are featured online at such “usefully idiotic” sites as Consortium News, GlobalResearch, and CounterPunch.org, where he serves as in-house national security columnist. Mel is too a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy, and professor of government at Johns Hopkins University.

A former CIA analyst, Goodman’s book titles include: ‘Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA,’ ‘National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism,’ and his latest, ‘A Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider’s Account of the Politics of Intelligence‘. His recent article at CounterPunch, ‘Trump’s Campaign of Militarization‘ may prove a splash of cold water in the face of hopes for a Trump ebb in America’s militarist tide.

Melvin A. Goodman in the first half.

And; while “fake news” is in the news lately, you may have missed investigative reports on the Secretary of State’s office utilizing the hype over Putin’s alleged mass manipulation of the American electorate to hive off a $160 million amendment to the 2017 National Defense funding Act to “investigate foreign propaganda in US media.” It all adds to a chilling international atmosphere, reminding of those not so good old McCarthyite days.

Dave Lindorff is an award-winning journalist, author, broadcaster, and founder of the award-winning web news site, This Can’t Be Happening.net. His book titles include: ‘This Can’t Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy,’ ‘Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For Profit Hospital Chains,’ and ‘Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal.’ You can tune in Dave’s This Can’t Be Happening radio program Wednesdays at 5pm eastern time on PRN, the Progressive Radio Network.

Dave Lindorff and, “Is it just me, or is it getting a little Cold Warish in here?” in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz of some of the good things planned in the coming week for our town and beyond. But first, Mel Goodman and Trump’s Campaign of Militarization.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, James Carden, Joan Russow, Janine Bandcroft Nov. 30, 2016

Nearly two weeks ago, America’s House of Representatives passed H.R.5732, or the “Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2016″. Slipped through an almost empty House, using “special” rules that limited normal democratic checks and balances, H.R.5732 promises to be, if it gets past the Senate and is ratified by the next president of the United States, the opening of a gate to broaden the Syria conflagration in the Middle East and perhaps lead to wars beyond there too.

James Carden is a contributing writer at The Nation whose recent article there, ‘The Dangerous and Shortsighted Push to “Contain Iran“‘ outlines what could prove to be president Trump’s first foreign policy crisis. James also serves as editor of eastwestaccord.com, the website for The American Committee for East-West Accord.


James Carden in the first half.

And; you may recall Bill C-51? That was the odious effort of our previous and unlamentedly passed prime minister to create, in emulation of our neighbours south, a Made in Canada Patriot Act. During last year’s federal election, the NDP said C-51 should be scrapped, while the Liberals thought a bit of tinkering would do the trick. Right now, the Liberal’s Public Safety Review on Bill C-51 is ready to retire to the capital to present submissions, BUT you still have two more weeks to get your opinions registered.

Joan Russow is former leader of the Green Party of Canada who, since stepping down from the Greens, has spent her time keeping the United Nations’ feet to fire with the Global Compliance Research Project, worked as reporter and filmmaker recording climate change conferences in Copenhagen and Cancun, and producing the film, ‘Cooperatives: Counterpoint to Capitalism.’ She also serves as an editor and the driving force behind the Peace, Earth, and Justice news site, PEJNews.com.


Joan Russow and C-51 in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of the good goings on planned in the coming week for the streets of our town and further afield. But first, James Carden and the Caesar Syria Civil Protection Act 2016, “Dangerous and Shortsighted Push to ‘Contain Iran.’”

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ted Rall, Robert Hunziker, Janine Bandcroft Nov. 23, 2016

In Dostoevsky’s The Devils, his doomed characters, Kirillov and Shatov escape to America and are at first rejoicing in “the spiritualism, the lynch mobs, the guns, and the tramps” they find there. Soon however, they come to realize the inbred Russian morality inhibiting their ability to join fully the carnival of violence and depravity the New World offers and lament,

“[O]ne has to be born in America, or at least to live among them for many years, to reach their level.” 

That was in 1872, but could well have been written as Donald Trump seized the sceptre of American power two weeks ago; and, as University of Kansas Slavic studies scholar Ani Kokobobo says,

“I’ve come to realize that it’s never a good sign when real life resembles a Fyodor Dostoevsky novel.”

Ted Rall is a Pulitzer Prize-finalist, journalist, prolific graphic artist and author whose books include: ‘After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You As Honored Guests: Unembedded in Afghanistan,’ ‘To Afghanistan and Back: A Graphic Travelogue,’ ‘The Book of Obama: From Hope and Change to the Age of Revolt,’ ‘Snowden,’ and his latest is, ‘Trump: A Graphic Biography.’

Ted Rall in the first half.

And; in the aftermath of the Mr. T.’s astounding electoral victory a veritable “S” storm of recrimination and finger pointing has ensued. You may have experienced some of that, if having the temerity to voice the woeful moral short-comings of the democrat opposite as an enabling factor in bringing about his imminent, and unholy inauguration. You may even have said, “How much worse could he be?” Well for all her faults on the war and Wall Street, when it comes to global climate change, Trump seems determined to emphasis the “mental” in his environmental approach.

Robert Hunziker is an environmental journalist whose climate clarion calls appear in numerous journals and multiple languages around the World and across the internet. He’s also appeared in a variety of media to talk about global climate change, written extensively about the ongoing aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and his latest article, ‘The Arctic Warms Up For Trump‘ provides a chilling preview of the end of days to come.


Robert Hunziker and warming up to Trump in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz of some of the good goings on going in the coming week. But first, Ted Rall and Trump, fascism, and picking up where Obama leaves off.