Policed, or police State? That was the day one first question in my grade 11 Law class so many years ago; and how the answer to it has changed in our Canada. Witness Toronto the Good, where a policy of "your papers please" has been in effect for a decade.
So egregiously has To.'s so-called "carding" policy been applied, essentially becoming a form of racial profiling, that the Afrikan-Canadian community and its allies have taken to the streets.
And, the mayor and council listened, promising a change to the system that allows police demand ID and answers to their questions from citizens doing nothing more than going about their business.
But has Mayor Tory truly addressed the issue?
Ajamu Nangwaya is an educator, community organizer and advocate. He writes regularly on the issues of the day pertinent to his Toronto community, his articles being featured at such diverse outlets as the Toronto Star, Rabble.ca, Black Agenda Report, the Pride newspaper, and Briarpatch Magazine. His online work appears at CounterPunch, Huffington Post, Dissident Voice, and the Toronto Media Co-op among others. Ajamu also works with the Organization of Afrikan Struggles and International Solidarity, the Campaign End the Occupation of Haiti, and the Network for the Elimination of Police Violence.
Ajamu Nangwaya in the first half.
And; from cops to robber barons. Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion plans are currently undergoing a review. Theoretically, the National Energy Board process is open to the public, but according to a group of law students, accessing evidence and opinions submitted to the NEB is difficult. So, with an eye to improved transparency, especially where possible environmental impacts of Kinder Morgan's application are concerned, Accesskmxinfo.com was born.
Adam Cembrowski one of the students with AccessKMXInfo.com The second-year law student at the U. of Alberta holds a Masters of Science from U. of T. in the field of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and is pursuing a law degree to serve his interest in "making sure the public has access to, and can understand, information and research that can impact their lives."
Adam Cembrowski and putting the "People" back in the People's business 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 coming week from the streets of our town, and beyond there too. But first, when does our freedom mean we are free to go?
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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How much do we citizens want to know? How much "truth" of the matter of just what underpins our comfortable lives can we "handle?" Jack Nicholson's infamous Colonel Nathan R. Jessep, in the film 'A Few Good Men,' lays out what has become in the real world a real doctrine for the Bill O'Reillys and his Scream TV adherents.
The colonel says, "You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall."
It's the classic iteration of the "rough," but not necessarily good men George Orwell invoked when he reportedly said, "We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." But what happens when those rough men get too rough? And what happens when the violence they visit is visited not upon those others, but upon us?
John Grant is a Vietnam War veteran who covers the war and peace beat for This Can't Be Happening.net, the five-time project Censored awarded web news site. His recent article, 'The Killer Elite, at Home and Abroad' is a necessary reflection on, and cautionary reminder of the fate of societies who lionize the rough men on the wall.
John Grant in the first half.
And; while we have our rough men, other nations have theirs; at least nationhood is what the Islamic State is aiming for - or as they would have it, The New Caliphate. Loretta Napoleoni is a best-selling author, columnist, and economist whose long-study of and expertise on terroirsm and its funding is sought by big media players like CNN, the BBC, and Sky News. Loretta's book titles include: 'Modern Jihad,' 'Terror Inc.,' 'Insurgent Iraq,' 'Terror Incorporated,' 'Rogue Economics,' 'Terror and the Economy,' 'Maonomics: Why Chinese Communists Are Better Capitalists Than We Are,' and her latest is the best selling 'Islamist Phoenix.'
Loretta Napoleoni and rising from the ashes of a shattered middle east 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 what's good to do, and otherwise, in and around our city's streets, (and beyond there too) in the coming week. But first, John Grant, tracking the Killer Elite.
More than a year after the violent ouster of Ukraine's president, Viktor Yanukovych the country is still riven by a war that has, according to a United Nations report, cost more than 6,000 lives, with thousands more wounded, and more than a million and a half Ukrainians made refugees.
And that was before the escalation of artillery attacks against the civilians of Donetsk last week.
Those attacks, and a general ramping up of Kyiv's aggression occurred during the latest meetings of the G7 countries in Germany, where Ukraine was promised to figure prominently on the agenda.
Canada's bellicose prime minister Harper used the G7 platform to again sabre-rattle against Russia in a manner disturbingly reminiscent of the darkest days of the Cold War.
Sadly, the Canadian corporate media abandoned objective reportage on the US-fomented crisis from the outset, and State broadcaster, the CBC has echoed the "blame Putin" line coming from Ottawa and Washington.
Roger Annis is an editor at the website, New Cold War, where he's written extensively on the conflict in Ukraine. He visited Crimea last year, and was in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Donestk earlier this year. Roger will be speaking this Friday, June 12th at a Simon Fraser University, Institute for the Humanities sponsored event titled, 'Eyewitness Report from the War Zone of Eastern Ukraine.'
More of Roger's work can also be found at his website, A Socialist in Canada and at Rabble.ca and Counterpunch.org.
Roger Annis in the first half.
And; citizens hoping to weigh in on the quietly announced National Energy Board approval of a Delta fracked gas export terminal have only until June 11th (tomorrow!) to have their concerns heard by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. The WesPac Midstream plan is merely another element in the big plans to make of the Delta Super Port a super supplier of fossil fuels of all sorts to Asia and the greater World.
Kevin Washbrook is a director with VTACC, Voters Taking Action on Climate Change. Their mission is to "provide opportunities for the public to express their concerns about climate policy -- and fossil fuel exports -- to government."
Kevin Washbrook and coal and LNG on the Fraser 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 town, and beyond there too, for in the coming week. But first, Roger Annis, eyewitness back from the war zone of Eastern Ukraine.
Went down to take part in a Panel at the MDD. Here's how they describe it: Critical Voices – What’s Missing?
Where are the stories? When and how do we take action? What are we waiting for?
Featuring: Chris Cook (Gorilla Media). Jack Etkin (Citizen’s Forum), and Bruce Saunders (Movie Monday).
Last week, tens of thousands of Paraguayans were out in the streets of the capital, culminating a ten consecutive day protest against the government's Public-Private Partnerships, or APP legislation.
This followed a general strike in March demanding higher wages, better labour protections, a stronger social welfare system, and an end to privatizations schemes like the APP. But Paraguay is just one Latin American country trending back towards oligarchic corporatocracy. It wasn't meant to be that way, Paraguay has a progressive, former priest as leader, but in 2012 his hopes, and those of the poor majority in the country were dashed by a coup - a coup Canada supported.
As in Haiti, and Honduras, and Egypt, and Afghanistan, and the former Ukraine, Stephen Harper likes corpo-fascists, and doesn't mind at all the coups that bring them to power.
What Harper and his minders in Washington don't like however is democracy; especially a democracy with an eye to serving any other than the interests of that tiny sliver of the people constituting the crème de la crème of the elite; as in Venezuela. Venezuela is squarely in the gunboat sights of Mr. Obama, and his useful quislings in Ottawa, just as it was for the Pope of Hope's predecessor, George W. Bush.
Asad Ismi is an award-winning journalist and radio documentary producer focused on Yankee imperialism in the Global South and the resistance there to it. The international affairs correspondent for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' news magazine Monitor, Asad recently published, 'Canada and the US Go Digging for Regime Change in Venezuela.'
Asad Ismi in the first half.
And; the prospect of the USAPatriot Act's demise in the United States over the weekend had some hoping for real change in the surveillance state created since the 9/11 attacks. That optimism is dimming now with the quick passage of the Freedom Act, a faux effort at reforming the egregious original. In Canada things are even worse, with Bill C-51 poised to sail through the rump senate on its way to easy ratification. C-51 is what the Patriot Act would have liked to become, if only American law would allow it. What that means for Canadians is a future lived in the Panopticon, where every move you make is monitored, every call you place recorded, every notion you utter scrutinized for thought crimes. But, there is push back on C-51, and its authors.
David Christopher is Communications Manager with OpenMedia.ca, the nation-wide community organization that is trying to "safeguard the possibilities of the open Internet." OpenMedia, in concert with a number of concerned Canadian organizations, has enjoined the fight against the Harperites with 'Canada's Privacy Plan: A Crowdsourced Agenda for Tackling Canada's Privacy Deficit'
David Christopher in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will not be with us today, as business calls her away. So first up, Asad Ismi and Canada and the US digging away at Venezuela's democracy.
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