Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Eric de Place, Andrea Morison, Janine Bandcroft Dec. 17, 2014

Date 2014-12-18

Perhaps its the same force of gravity powering the flow of bitumen from the height of the Rockies, across the hills and dales of British Columbia, crossing its streams, dissecting its wildlife corridors, and concentrating down to the harbours of the great Pacific coast that concentrates too in the lower mainland, and at the provincial Legislature in Victoria, the basest lyingest, most con-jobbering, shit-hoarding, crap-peddling, self-serving shysters? Maybe, after witnessing the likes of Gordon Campbell and his crew of privateers undermine the province for profit with the likes of Enron/Arthur Andersen progeny Accenture, we should not be surprised at the depths of depravity our so-called government is willing to sink in the service of corporate profit. Maybe. Last year, Kinder Morgan applied to build a new pipeline across the province to deliver Tar Sands bitumen to Vancouver, and the sons of Enron's former Liquid Pipelines got the "Good to go!" Last week, the Seattle-based nonprofit research and communications center think tank, the Sightline Institute released a report on their findings on the doings of Kinder Morgan, and it should be enough to give even the BC Liberals pause — but will it? Eric de Place is policy director, researcher, writer, speaker, and policy analyst for Sightline. He specialized in Sightline’s work on climate and energy policy, and is known as a leading expert on Northwest strategies to cut carbon pollution. He's also a contributor to the Sightline report, 'Energy Giant Kinder Morgan’s History of Pollution, Law-Breaking, Cover-ups.' Eric de Place in the first half. And; it's hung Damoclesian-like over the heads of the residents of the Peace River Valley for decades: Proposed many times, but always turned around, the Site C mega-dam took a big step towards placing its watery footprint over a great swathe of north-central BC yesterday. Defying First Nations, environmentalists, energy experts, and even the recommendations of the government's own Joint Review Panel, the Clark government gave the project a thumbs up, (and flipped a middle finger to the people of the Peace). Andrea Morison is spokesperson for the PVEA, Peace Valley Environmental Association. She holds a Masters of Natural Resource Management degree and has worked in that field in both Ontario and BC for more than 25 years; the last four years of which has been devoted to the PVEA's involvement with the environmental assessment process for Site C. Andrea Morison and the damning of the Peace River Valley 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 what's good to do in and around our fair city, and beyond there too, for the coming week. But first, Eric de Place and getting to know Kinder Morgan.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Loretta Napoleoni, Peter Liddell, Janine Bandcroft Dec 10, 2014

Date 2014-12-11

It may be easier, even strangely reassuring, to think of ISIS, aka ISIL, or "Islamic State" as it prefers to be called, as just another in the long string of terrorist entities to have popped up over the last twenty years or so; but that would be a serious "misunderestimation" of what is currently going on in the former Iraq, Syria, and the Levant. Or so economist, syndicated journalist, and best-selling author Loretta Napoleoni warns. Napoleoni knows her terror, having first written in her book, 'Terror Incorporated: Tracing the Dollars Behind the Terror Networks' about the financial infrastructure underpinning 20th Century social radical movements in Europe and the Middle East. Listen. Hear. She followed Terror Incorporated with: 'Insurgent Iraq: Al-Zarqawi and the New Generation,' 'ROGUE ECONOMICS Capitalism’s New Reality,' 'TERRORISM AND THE ECONOMY: How the War on Terror is Bankrupting the World,' '10 YEARS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD: A Timeline of Events from 2001, 'MAONOMICS: Why Chinese Communists Make Better Capitalists Than We Do,' and her latest, 'The Islamist Phoenix: Islamic State and the Redrawing of the Middle East.' Loretta Napoleoni in the first half. And; tucked away on the edges of Saanich, above the hum of the Pat Bay Highway, is Haliburton Farm. The nine and a half acre organic community farm, sitting in the middle of a regular suburban neighbourhood has attracted attention from urban farmers the world over. Peter Liddell is one of the community volunteers sitting on Haliburton's board of directors, and he took me for a turn around the farm last week. Peter Liddell and a unique farming model pioneered here in Saanich 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 what's good to do in and around our city in the coming week, and beyond there too. But first, Loretta Napoleoni and an Islamic Phoenix rising in the Middle East. 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. And now heard at Simon Fraser University's http://www.cjsf.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/ G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Roger Annis, Nina Jankovic, Jacinda Mack, Janine Bandcroft Dec 3, 2014

Date 2014-12-04

Later this week, efforts will be made to shore up the tentative "ceasefire" in Ukraine. Though officially nearly a couple of months old, the firing never ceased in eastern Ukraine, where the coup regime in Kiev, the one recognized and championed by Canada and its western allies, has continued its indiscriminate shelling of populated areas using weapons that include cluster munitions. Last week, the Harper regime in Ottawa pledged more than 20 million dollars worth of winter wear and other gear for Kiev - and even provided free delivery...free for the fascists that is. Roger Annis is a Vancouver-based peace and social justice activist and editor of the Canada Haiti Action Network website, CanadaHaitiAction.ca. His writings can also be found at Rabble.ca, and at his site, A Socialist in Canada. Roger was recently in Crimea, from where he filed reports on the deteriorating living conditions for the people beneath the bombs of the Kiev coup regime, and now serves as a contributing editor to the new web site newcoldwar.org. Roger Annis in the first segment. And; having presumably finished its mission, KinderMorgan has backed off Burnaby Mountain for the time being. But not before sparking a showdown that saw more than a hundred "caretakers" arrested for defying a court injunction. Nina Jankovic was one of those; arrested with the Klabona Keepers. She's published an account of the mistreatment, courtesy of the RCMP, she and her fellows' suffered at Vancouver Coop Media's website. Nina Jankovic taking pipeline resistance to the mountain in the second segment. And; in another BC first: the Mount Polley tailings spill is the worst of its kind ever. In the fading days of summer, the earthen dam holding back years of accumulated gold and copper mining waste failed, sending millions of litres of slag and other contaminated material into Quesnel Lake, while compromising the entire aquatic and shoreline ecosystem. So far, no one knows exactly how, or even if, a clean-up can restore the environment. First Nations activist Jacinda Mack is speaking tonight at 7pm in Camosun College's Young building. The Xat’sull First Nation's Natural Resource Manager and Mining Response Coordinator of the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council has come down to the capital to keep the spill on the government's agenda, and on the public radar. Jacinda Mack, describing the cause and consequences of the Mount Polley spill and its implications for the province of BC and native people along the Fraser River watershed in the third segment. And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here somewhere in the middle of all that to bring us up to speed with some of the good things going on around our town in the coming week, and beyond there too. But first, Roger Annis and Ottawa warming neo-nazis, while stoking the fires of a new cold war. 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. And now heard at Simon Fraser University's http://www.cjsf.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/

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Karen Spring, Alison Thompson, Janine Bandcroft Nov. 26, 2014

Date 2014-11-27

In the wee hours of June 28th, 2009, Honduran president Manuel "Mel" Zelaya woke to find his room filled with soldiers, and his presidency finished. Zelaya, a moderately populist leader with a year left on his mandate, would spend the next two years in exile, trying to get back to Honduras and return democracy to his country. But it was not to be. Thanks in part to the quick recognition of the military junta by Stephen Harper's government in Canada, (and bolstered by a hastily agreed Free Trade agreement) the coup garnered a financial footing, and measure of international legitimacy. In the mean times since, globally Honduras' murder rate is Numero Uno, and it's now also one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalists, union member, or labour organizer. On the bright side; it's a great place for Canadian mining interests to do business. Listen. Hear. Karen Spring is a Central America-based human rights activist, working with grassroots organizations on various issues, mostly in Honduras. She's the author of the blog, Aqui Abajo providing, "Opinions, Experiences and Perspectives from the grassroots in Central America." Spring's recent article, 'Aura Minerals Ready to Dig up the Dead in Honduras' reveals just how low Canada's miners are willing to go. Karen Spring in the first half. And; the BC Liberals plan to make a decision about the long-contested proposed Site C dam project on the Peace River before Christmas; right before it, if past behaviours are any predictor. The as-yet unscheduled in-Cabinet decision follows a Joint Review Panel process meant to explore all interests in, and effects of, the proposed project. Alison Thompson is Chair and Managing Director of the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association, or CanGEA. Thompson was in Victoria yesterday to give a press conference for a CanGEA report on a made-in BC alternative to placing a third dam on the river. It's a prospect for the Peace the Joint Review Panel itself admits has been woefully overlooked. Alison Thompson and a renewable, cost effective alternative to Site C in the second half. And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what's good to do in and around our city, and beyond there too, for the coming week. But first, Karen Spring and the dark, Canadian aura haunting the dead in Honduras. 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. And now heard at Simon Fraser University's http://www.cjsf.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/

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Zoe Blunt, Kathy Kelly, Janine Bandcroft Nov. 19, 2014

Date 2014-11-20

Last week, the stand-off between locally concerned Burnaby Mountain residents and allied environmentalists opposed to the proposed TransMountain project, and Kinder Morgan, the company hoping to "twin" its Tar Sands interests by doubling down on pipelines, took another turn. The BC government granted an injunction ordering those blockading surveyors, who hope to map a pipeline route through a conservation area on the mountain, to leave or face arrest. Some have left, some say they will leave, and others are not prepared to bow out; while still others are organizing to reinforce the blockade. Zoe Blunt is a Victoria-area based environmental activist, organizer, and facilitator with Wildcoast and the Victoria Forest Action Network. She's a citizen journalist whose work has been instrumental in the implementation of myriad campaigns locally, and throughout the province, to protect B.C.'s wild lands, ensuring habitat viabililty and cultural continuity for the people and animals in it. Wildcoast sees Burnaby Mountain as vital in its attempts to forestall plans to make Vancouver a major trans-shipment hub for Tar Sands bitumen. Zoe Blunt in the first half. And; Kathy Kelly is a long-time peace and social justice activist who has lived with and been a witness to the suffering and struggles of people brutalized by war and the business of greed from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Palestine, to Central America, Haiti and at home in the United States. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her peace service, including: Three nominations for the Nobel Peace prize; the Bradford-O'Neill Medallion for Social Justice; Oscar Romero Award; War Resisters League Peace Award; The Chomsky Award of the Justice Studies Association, and too many more to name. She's also been recognized by the US government, which has convicted and imprisoned her for steadfastly refusing to allow America's war-making go unchallenged. Kelly is also co-founder of Voice in the Wilderness and Voices for Creative Nonviolence, has written too many essays and articles to relate, is co-author of the book, 'Prisoners on Purpose: a Peacemakers Guide to Jails and Prison,' and authored the book, 'Other Lands Have Dreams: from Baghdad to Pekin Prison.' Kathy Kelly, returned from Afghanistan again in the second half. And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us some of the coming week's newz from our city's streets, and beyond there too. But first, Zoe Blunt and tellling it on the mountain. 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. And now heard at Simon Fraser University's http://www.cjsf.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/ G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

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