Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dave Lindorff, Ken Stone, Janine Bandcroft June 22, 2016

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook – Gorilla-Radio.com

June 22, 2016

Another mass shooting in the United States, and a lot more of the now too well practiced responses from government, media, interest groups, and the way-out-there factions that see conspiracy behind this event, (if it really even happened!) and most others.

Predictably, the sensible idea, again put forward, is to limit public access to military-grade weaponry.

But, what about police access to the same kinds of over-the-top armaments that has made your local constabulary come more to resemble an outpost of the 3rd Army? Isn’t it time to consider deescalating the other side of the civilian arms race?

Dave Lindorff is an award-winning print journalist, broadcaster, and founder of the web news site, This Can’t Be Happening.net, that has since 2004 filled some of the vast investigative journalism vacuum in American media. He’s also the author of: ‘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.’

Dave Lindorff in the first half.

And; word from Fallujah, Iraq is not good. Tens of thousands, some estimates say as many as 90,000 citizens of the most battle-blighted of all of that war-benighted country’s cities, are under the stars tonight, made homeless again by another Western interventionist-supported military assault; of course, meant to root out “the terrorists.” Nearly thirteen and a half years after America’s initial ‘Shock and Awe’ not only does the fighting and killing carry on in Iraq, but the war then begun there is now spread throughout the region. Nowhere perhaps is its contagion more virulently felt than in neighbouring Syria, now more than five years into its own nightmare of others’ making.

Ken Stone is an executive member of the Syria Solidarity Movement, (syriasolidaritymovement.org) serving treasurer of the Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War, and longtime antiwar activist. This past April, he was a member of the Second International Tour of Peace to Syria, from where he sent his ‘Dispatch from Syria’ column. Ken is also an occasional contributor to the web news site, GlobalResearch. and commentator on Press TV.

Ken Stone and reaching for peace in Syria 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 the good things going on in and around our city in the coming week. But first, Dave Lindorff and, Why not a general ban on America’s assault weapons arsenal?

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dave Diewert, Natalie Knight, Heather Fraser, Janine Bandcroft June 15, 2016

Welcome to British Columbia you foreign investor capitalists, California retirees, and the rest of the retinue of monied carpetbaggers driving the price of life through the Lotus Land roof. With tourist season upon the Garden City, homeless “campers” are being encouraged to get out of Victoria, while on the mainland, where NDP premier-in-waiting, John Horgan informs, “Vancouver’s housing prices have increased between 20-30% each year, and by more than 40% in the city’s suburbs just last year” it seems a crisis is brewing.

The young, says Horgan, and families rearing young, are taking the hint, and deserting the city; leaving the new land-millionaires to their own devices.

But, who will be metro’s baristas; and from whence will suburbia’s dogwalker supply be drawn?

Critical questions indeed, but gentrification and the pressures it places on working, and low-income households – and the unhoused – is hardly new. It is, according to my first guests, a question of displacement, and can be traced to the roots of Canadian capitalism, with its original displacement of First Peoples, that quote, “relied on the theft of Indigenous land and the extraction of natural resources since it began.”

Dave Diewert and Natalie Knight are members of the editorial collective for the Volcano newspaper. Diewert was too an editor with the Volcano’s progenitor street paper, The Downtown East, and is an organizer with the Alliance Against Displacement, a “pan-regional anti-displacement network of local communities, organizations, and activists fighting displacement on the ground.” Natalie Knight is Yurok from northern California living now in Coquitlam as a guest there on unceded Coast Salish territories.

Dave Diewert and Natalie Knight in the first half.

And; as more and more children become environmentally sensitive, those who question the role vaccination may play in the burgeoning allergy and autism rates are dismissed as conspiracy theorists, or worse. It’s a frustration Heather Fraser knows all too well; so when the author, speaker, artist and activist supporting vaccine choice and natural health was offered a chance to appear last month on a major radio network’s Toronto affiliate, in a province challenging parents’ vaccination choices, she jumped at the chance, hoping to provide some much needed balance to the debate. What she got however was a lot less than that.


Heather Fraser and an axing of the vaccination counter-narrative 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 news of good things going on on the streets of our city, and beyond there too, in the coming week. But first, Dave Diewert and Natalie Knight, behind the Volcano and allied against displacement in Vancouver.

Ape Goes to Victoria Half-Staffing of Pride Flag June 13, 2016

In response to the targeted killings at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub late Saturday, June 11th, Victoria City held a solidarity gathering, featuring the half-staffing of the pride flag, recently raised to mark the city’s Pride Month commemorations.

I went down to join the roughly two hundred Victorians at the lunchtime gathering, and listened to Mayor Lisa Helps address the crowd.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Richard Sanders, Ugo Lapointe June 8, 2016

When asked, the vast majority of Canadians identify themselves as peace-loving citizens who would like to see justice and prosperity for all. It may come as a surprise to these gentle souls then when they discover they’re donating significant portions of their paycheques to the acquisition, mobilization, and utilization of some of the deadliest armaments ever devised.

What’s worse, the weapons systems, and soldiers using them, they bankroll are being deployed to be used against some of the poorest people in the world.

Richard Sanders is founder and coordinator of Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade and serves as editor to COAT’s publication, Press for Conversion. COAT has just released its latest rundown of just what your government of Canada nest egg is being used for.

Richard Sanders in the first half.

And; 2014’s Mount Polley mine tailings spill, the worst in history at the time, seems to have done little to change the way British Columbia deals with just who picks up the tab to clean up after the mining industry’s frequent and costly environmental messes.

Ugo Lapointe is the newly minted Canadian Program Coordinator for MiningWatch Canada, authors of a new report on BC’s relative failures to hold industry to account. Lapointe has broad experience in the mining sector, working from both within industry and outside it, for government agencies, non-governmental organizations, research groups, First Nation organizations, and ethical investment firms. He’s also co-founder of the Coalition Québec meilleure mine, a not-for-profit organization boasting 30 member organizations that work to, “promote better social, environmental, and economic mining practices in Quebec.”

Ugo Lapointe and tracking the costs of the extractive industry’s environmental fails in the second half.

But first, Richard Sanders and your pension serving the Lords of War.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ken Boon, Mark Taliano, Janine Bandcroft June 1, 2016

Hell and high water analogies aside, Site C proponent BC Hydro has taken a new tack in dealing with the ever-deafening chorus of objection to its ill-advised plans to dam again the Peace River.

Last week, reports emerged revealing Hydro has launched lawsuits aimed at its detractors; lawsuits it swears are not SLAPPs, the infamous Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation legislated against in many more enlightened jurisdictions across North America. It’s a statement of which last-century journalist, the legendary Claud Cockburn, may well have observed:

“Never believe anything until it has been officially denied.”

Ken Boon is a Peace Valley farmer standing to lose his livelihood should Site C be built. He’s also the president of the Peace Valley Landowners Association, and one of the six cited by the Crown corporation in its suit for, “intentional interference with economic relations by unlawful means.” What that interruptus means for Boon, and future protest in the province, is something the BC Civil Liberties Association says is of “grave concern” to it.

Ken Boon in the first half.

And; Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Ukraine too, the NATO crusade has lots to brag about, if smashing countries to remnant pieces is their measure for success. That these “victories” were all for the betterment of the people whose lives have been shattered doesn’t go without saying – we’re informed of the humaneness of NATO’s necessary slaughters with such regularity some are beginning to wonder if they don’t profess their goodliness too much.

Mark Taliano is a Canadian writer, researcher, and activist who, after a career instructing the youth of the nation, has turned his attention to educating the rest of us. His articles can be found at Global Research, American Herald Tribune, IntrepidReport, and at Pacific Free Press, among other places. His latest article, ‘US-NATO’s Fake “Humanitarian” “War on Terrorism”, Defiant Syria’ is further indictment of the West’s systemic warfare cloaked in the robes of peace.

Mark Taliano and fake humanitarians waging real wars in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us from the field at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of the good things going on in and around our city in the coming week. But first, Ken Boon and Hydro SLAPPs back at the Site C resistance.

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, Natalie Drolet, Steve Lawson, Janine Bandcroft May 25, 2016

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook – Gorilla-Radio.com

May 24, 2016

 

Steve LawsonJust over a week ago, a delegation of temporary workers, accompanied by migrant worker leaders from across the country, paid a visit to Parliament Hill.

They went to Ottawa to make their concerns known to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.

Wilderness warrior, Steve Lawson

The Coalition for Migrant Worker Rights Canada helped coordinate the testimonies, and insists more needs be done to ensure migrant worker participation in the laws that affect their lives.

Natalie Drolet is Executive Director of the West Coast Domestic Workers’ Association, and has served as the WCDWA Staff Lawyer since 2014.

A native Ottawan, since moving to Vancouver Drolet has worked on access to justice for newcomers, founded a working group on labour trafficking, and has advocated for her clients before various administrative tribunals at all levels of court in BC.

Natalie Drolet in the first half.

And; there was sad news last week for BC’s environmental community. Long-time ecologist and Clayoquot Sound defender, Steve Lawson passed away on May 8th. Steve was, with partner Susanne Hare, well-known as a ‘War in the Woods’ warrior, opposing the logging of the old-growth forests and mining within B.C.’s oldest nature reserve, Strathcona Park. More recently, Steve was at the forefront of efforts to stop trophy hunting, putting an end to the bear parts market, and fighting to ensure the survival of wild salmon and marine life. I talked to Steve last July about the renewed fight to protect again the Walbran from logging.

Steve Lawson and a clear-cut call to arms in Clayoquot and the Walbran in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio braodcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of what’s good to do on, in, and around our town’s streets, and beyond there too, in the coming week. But first, Natalie Drolet and calling for real immigration reforms in Canada.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Glen MacPherson, Peter McCartney, Janine Bandcroft May 18, 2016

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook – Gorilla-Radio.com

 

May 18, 2016

Louivere+Vanessa broadcast audioSome can hear it, or say they can, while others can’t, and think those that say hear the ultra-low frequency hum are just “hearing things.” Which is to say, they are not hearing anything, but are in fact nuts!

For nearly a decade, across the country, and across continents, persistent reports of an insistent “hum” have spawned theories and speculations befitting programs like the ‘The X-Files’ and Jesse Ventura’s ‘Conspiracy Theory,’ who have actually done programs inspired by the mystery; but a serious and scientific study of the noisome phenomenon is underway, and it’s base is close to home.

Dr. Glen MacPherson is founder and lead investigator for the World Hum Map and Database Project. He’s a high school teacher on the Sunshine Coast of BC, and lectured at UBC for 16 years training mathematics teachers. And yes, he’s a hum “hearer” too.

Glen MacPherson in the first half.

And; yesterday, the Federal government appointed a panel to explore Kinder Morgan’s pipeline proposal in BC. They might have saved the money, if a real social license is what they’re after; as Wilderness Committee reports, “In January, representatives from over 50 communities and First Nations told the National Energy Board (NEB) about local risks from the pipeline.” Now, to illustrate the point, they’ve created an interactive map to relay testimony to that fact from communities and First Nations living along the route to the fed’s NEB panel.

Peter McCartney is the Climate Campaigner for the Wilderness Committee. He’s working on advocating for a safe and clean climate economy, while mobilizing and demonstrating opposition to the burgeoning fossil fuel export projects on our coast.

Peter McCartney and drawing pictures for Kinder Morgan in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the good things going on on our streets, and beyond there too, in the coming week. But first, hearing the hum with Glen MacPherson.

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/

G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Rick Sterling, Sandra Findley, Janine Bandcroft May 11, 2016

It’s one of the best regarded of all NGO’s, but reports emanating from Syria by the Non-Governmental Organization, MSF/Doctors Without Borders are raising concerns about that organization’s objectivity.

Doubts have been expressed about accounts of the April 27th bombing attack in eastern Aleppo that allegedly destroyed the Al Quds Hospital; doubts that bring into question what really happened at the “MSF-supported” Al Quds, and whether in fact what was destroyed, if it was destroyed, was a hospital at all.

Rick Sterling is an independent researcher, writer, and member of Syria Solidarity Movement whose articles can be found online at CounterPunch, ConsortiumNews, and Dissident Voice. He’s also an active member of the Task Force on the Americas at the Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center.

Sterling’s latest piece, ‘Syria: Challenging the MSF Narratives and Bias in Aleppo‘ is an open letter to MSF questioning both what it is, and is not reporting in Syria.

Rick Sterling in the first half

And; yesterday was “census day” in Canada. Tuesday marked the official beginning of the official part of the national head count; that is, when officials will start applying pressure on the citizenry to comply with the count, or else!

Sandra Finley is an activist, writer, and researcher and former leader of the Green Party of Saskatchewan. Finley and others challenged the participation of the international arms manufacturer, Lockheed-Martin in Canada’s 2011 census, and was charged for her very public refusal to be counted.

Sandra Finley, counting correctly our Canadian way of life through resistance and/or “minimal cooperation” 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 the good things to do in, on, and around our city’s streets, and beyond there too, in the coming week. But first, Rick Sterling and getting a second opinion on Doctors Without Borders in Syria.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Roger Annis, Anthony Fenton May 4, 2016

May is a time for commemorations that begins with: the May Day(s), the ancient pagan ritual for Spring, and marking of Labour solidarity in Europe and America; and of course, tomorrow’s Cinco de Mayo remembrance of one of Mexico’s successful revolutions. But for the residents of Odessa, Ukraine’s third city and most important seaport, May the 2nd is no celebration. It’s a date that will live forever in infamy.

Two years ago, during the Western-inspired Maidan uprising, scores of citizen resistors to the Kiev coup were killed, burned alive by the fascist mob as they took shelter in the House of Trade Unions building in Kulikovo Square. Hundreds more were injured.

Listen. Hear.

The regime is yet to bring the investigation into the atrocity forward; in fact, after two years, the only ones in prison for what happened on May second are survivors of the attacks.

That failure is emblematic of the hopelessly corrupt and unjust rule of Washington’s puppet, Petro Poroshenko; two years into Kiev’s war-torn rule of Ukraine the country teeters tenuously on the brink of total disaster.

Roger Annis is a longtime socialist, trade union activist, and prolific essayist in the cause of social justice and peace both in Canada and abroad. He’s a contributing editor at the website New Cold War, where he’s written extensively on Ukraine, and his articles can also be found at his website, A Socialist in Canada, and at Rabble.ca, and Counterpunch.org.

Roger Annis in the first segment.

And; not to be left behind, Canada too has been busy enabling corrupt and violent regimes murder and maim innocents. As the body count of the House of Saud’s relentless onslaught in neigbouring Yemen continues to increase, Ottawa is beavering away to sign as many “defense” contracts as it can muster; possibly before the dammed outrage in the region, and indeed the World, breaks, washing finally away the Saudi’s forever.

Anthony Fenton is an independent researcher, former journalist, author, and PhD candidate studying the political economy of Canada-Gulf Cooperation Council, or GCC relations. Anthony co-authored, with Yves Engler, ‘Canada in Haiti: Waging War on the Poor Majority,’ and his many articles have been featured by the Asia Times Online, The Dominion, Foreign Policy in Focus, Inter Press Service News, Mother Jones, and Upside Down World.

Anthony Fenton and Ottawa arming its friends in the Saudi war zone in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will NOT join us as is usual today; prior commitments demanding her more immediate attention. So, first up, Roger Annis and Kiev’s victory two years later.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Art Farquharson, Jack Etkin, Janine Bandcroft April 27, 2016

With the rolling back of labour rights, deterioration of working conditions, government maintenance of an artificially high unemployment rate, proliferation of guest worker programs, and prolonged wage stagnation we’ve witnessed over the last few decades, the workers around here, if not the World, have good reason to cry “May Day” But who would answer the call now? As with much of labour history, even that term has been appropriated, its original meaning and intent being all but erased from public consciousness.

Art Farquharson is a fully paid, life-long member of the Working Class. He’s laboured in the fields and factories of this nation, and on its highways and high seas too. A proud unionist, Art’s held CAW, Unifor, Machinists, Public Service Alliance, IATSE, and Ferry Workers Union union cards.

He’s also a card-carrying member of the Industrial Workers of the World, or Wobblies, who never misses a chance to sing, march, or provide guitar accompaniment for pickets, protests, demonstrations, or celebrations of the working people like the Corporate Golden Piggy Awards, and New Year’s Day Poor People’s Levee Tour. In short, Art says he “comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable,” adding, “There is no retirement from being a citizen, [and] can be no rest until all workers the world over have peace and justice.”

Art Farquharson in the first segment.

And; earlier this month, Citizen’s Forum, a public access public affairs program produced by volunteers at Victoria’s Shaw Cable affiliate, in accordance with the CRTC’s mandate to cable operators in return for the market monopolies they enjoy, was axed. Jack Etkin is the long-time, Victoria-based democracy and media activist who hosted and produced the show. He’s also behind a number of other media and democracy projects around here, and has been for more than a decade.

Jack Etkin on the demise of Citizen’s Forum, corporate media, and Canada’s frail democracy.

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 going on on the streets of our city, and beyond there too, in the coming week. But first, Art Farquharson and bringing the meaning back to May Day.

Ape Talks to Jack Etkin April 23, 2016

Earlier this month, Citizen’s Forum, a public access public affairs program, produced by volunteers at Victoria’s Shaw Cable affiliate, in accordance with CRTC mandate, was axed. Jack Etkin is the long-time, Victoria-based democracy and media activist host of, and producer behind the show, and a number of other media/democracy projects.

Jack Etkin on the demise of Citizen’s Forum, the corporate media, and Canadian democracy.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Luciana Bohne, VOWS, Janine Bandcroft Apr. 20, 2016

Last month, the International Tribunal for Yugoslavia came down with a verdict against Radovan Karadzic, the first president of the Serb Republic, and leader during the Bosnian War of the 1990’s.

Regardless of the merits of the ICTY’s case against Karadzic, the manner in which it was conducted, and the refusal of the Court to investigate properly, let alone prosecute NATO for the crimes it committed leading to and during the secession wars of Yugoslavia brings into question both the utility of the International Tribunal itself, and more broadly, the concept of international law entirely.

In fact, exemptions from international law that have allowed the litany of wars waged by the West since the dissolution of the Soviet Union can all be traced back to the Former Yugoslavia, where the United States made sure to exclude itself and its allies from the “supreme international crime” of aggression.

Luciana Bohne is a retired (and recovering) academic, and co-founder of Film Criticism, a journal of cinema studies at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. She describes herself as possessing “an internationalist outlook, having been born in Yugoslavia, raised in Italy, and matured intellectually in the US.” Luciana’s articles on politics and mainly Italian film history appear at CounterPunch.org, where her latest article, ‘The Cowards’ Wars’ was, she says, occasioned by the sentencing of Radovan Karadzic to forty years imprisonment by the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia.

Luciana Bohne in the first half.

And; I went down Monday to Victoria’s Canadian Forces recruiting centre to talk to some of the people observing the international Day of Action Against Military Spending. For Canada’s part, VOWS, or Voice of Women for Peace called on the Canadian Government to: “Substantially reduce military expenditures and re-allocate them to urgent social and environmental needs;” saying, “The federal government should invest in programs that will reduce poverty and help our country transition to a low-carbon, green economy and NOT on combat missions overseas and buying new warships and fighter jets.”

Giving voice for a world without militarism with VOWS 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 the good things coming to the streets of our city, and beyond there too, this week. But first, Luciana Bohne and the writing and unwriting of laws granting impunity ad infinitum, based on assumptions of the “altruistic morality of intervening to adjust the affairs of the world.”

Ape Goes to the April 18th 2016 VOWS Annual Day of Action Against Military Spending

I went down to Victoria’s Canadian Forces recruiting centre to talk to some of the people observing VOWS’ annual day of demonstration.

VOWS is calling on the Canadian Government too: “Substantially reduce military expenditures and re-allocate them to urgent social and environmental needs.”

They say:

“The federal government should invest in programs that will reduce poverty and help our country transition to a low-carbon, green economy and NOT on combat missions overseas and buying new warships and fighter jets.”

National and international events are organized on this day by the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace and the International Peace Bureau.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Mark Taliano, Eric de Place, Janine Bandcroft April 13, 2016

Welcome to Canada 2016: Less a nation “strong and free” than a transnational oligarchy.

Though the infamous ‘Panama Papers’ are yet to wash up on Canadian shores, the message they bear is as apt in the True North as in any Banana Republic: Money trumps democracy, and notions of freedom and justice are illusions in the face of a Realpolitik predicated by what my first guest terms, a “full spectrum apparatus of domination and control.”

Mark Taliano is an Ontario-based writer, researcher, and activist who, in his retirement from instructing the youth of the nation, has turned his attention to the rest of us.

Mark’s essays appear at the American Herald Tribune, Global Research, and the Common Sense Canadian, among other places.

Mark Taliano in the first half.

And; time is running short for the public to weigh in on a xylene processing plant planned for the shores of the Salish Sea. April 15th is the deadline for those wanting to make their feelings on the Texas-based Tesoro Corporation’s scheme to site the massive petrochemical facility on Anacortes Island known.

Eric de Place is policy director, researcher, writer, and policy analyst for Sightline Institute, a Washington State-based independent, nonprofit think tank. Eric leads Sightline’s energy policy work, and is a leading expert on regional coal and oil export schemes.

Eric de Place and the Tesoro Corporation’s proposed horror next door 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 good things coming this week to our city’s streets, and beyond there too. But first, Mark Taliano and Canadian politicians: Controlled by the transnational oligarchy.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Stuart Herzog, Ken Boon, Patrick Henningsen, Janine Bandcroft April 6, 2016

Looking around the City of Victoria, it doesn’t take a lot of insight to conclude: This place is humming! Old houses in the suburbs, and once venerable buildings in the city proper, are turning into holes in the ground; nesting pots for steel and glass condos sprouting uptown and down.

The increasing human population, both resident and transient, requires more room too; room to move into and room to get around.

Making room for those people’s in-migration is, naturally, just what made this place desirable in the first place; the remnant “natural elements” within the city – that would be developer-speak for trees.

According to a Habitat Acquisition Trust report of 2013, Victoria lost the equivalent of 12 Beacon Hill Parks between 2005 and 2011; and that was before things got seriously crazy around here.

Now, another stand of trees is slated for the axe to accommodate the ever more, more, more of a Garden City in full boom…

Stuart Herzog is the long-time, Victoria-based environmental and social justice advocate currently coordinating the Victoria Citizens Action Network, a coalition of groups and individuals coming together to work on issues effecting our city and region. Right now they’re focused on BC Transit’s proposal to clearcut the west side of Douglas Street between Hillside and Tolmie.

Stuart Herzog in the first segment.

And; Ken Boon is a farmer in the Peace Valley, and President of the Peace Valley Landowner Association. He’s in court today in Vancouver, trying to get in the path of Christy Clark’s Site-C dam.

Ken Boon taking Site-C to court in the second segment.

And; host to untold hundreds of thousands of refugees from Middle East wars waged by the West, tiny Lebanon is straining at the brink of national viability; and yet somehow it’s managing to cope. But, that may not last, as it increasingly appears Lebanon will be next on the ISIS hit-list.

Patrick Henningsen is a freelance journalist and co-founder of the online news site, 21st Century wire, launched during the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Summit. Patrick’s geopolitical analyses and commentaries are featured online at RT and Al Jazeera, and of course at 21Wire. I spoke to Patrick last in the wake of the Paris attacks; he’s in Beirut now, and we’ll try reach him to get a sense of life today in what was once called “The Paris of the Middle East.”

Patrick Henningsen 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 news of some of what’s good to do in and around our town in the coming week, and beyond. But first, Stuart Herzog and a bus lane too far for one Victoria neighbourhood.