Ape Goes to the Peoples Assembly Camp Oct. 22, 2011

The People’s Assembly is Victoria BC’s contribution to the now global people’s movements attempting to address the usurpation of the economy by the narrow segment of society often known as “the elite,” or as is put in the growing U.S. movement, the “1%.”

Following last weekend’s rally and march in solidarity, 48 tenters are now living within the city’s Centennial Square, in the shadow of City Hall.

I spoke to Mike, who happened to be at the Media tent when I arrived.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Linda Taffs, Katherine Hughes, Joshua Blakeney, Janine Bandcroft Oct. 17, 2011

This week: How can we describe to the ages the circumstance, wherein a good man, a humble man, a medical man, can be sent headlong into the maw of America's prison system, now internationally recognized for its systemic sadism, for the crime of aiding the sick, hungry, and dispossessed? But just so is the case of Dr. Rafil Dhafir, condemned to a life of purposefully inflicted pain and privation, with little hope of deliverance.

Katherine Hughes is an artist/potter who attended most every day of Rafil Dhafir's three and a half month trial, bearing witness to the abrogation of justice by lawyers, witnesses, and the judges of his case. She has, in the long interim since his 2003 kangaroo court trial worked diligently to educate the public about Dr. Dhafir's fate.

And; Linda Taffs is a Victoria-based peace and justice activist. She is a founding member of the Campaign to End the Sanctions Against the People of Iraq, and traveled to that country with the Canadian Peace Team in the lead up to what became 'Operation Iraqi Liberation.'

Katherine Hughes and Linda Taffs in the first half.

And; just how did we get here, and what underpins the continuance of what was originally sold to us as the Global War on Terror, or GWOT? Joshua Blakeney is a Calgary-based freelance journalist and activist. Blakeney's research became national news after being awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship to study the Origins of the Global War on Terror.

Joshua Blakeney in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the goings on going on on our city's streets over the past tumultuous week, and to brief us on the Vancouver observation of the weekend's continent-wide demonstrations for systemic change.

But first, Katherine Hughes and Linda Taffs on the cause and costs of defending humanity in modern day America.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, 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.com

Ape Goes to Victoria’s People’s Assembly Oct. 15, 2011

I went down to the demonstration of Victoria’s People’s Assembly, an expression of both solidarity with the ‘Occupation’ movements across the U.S. and throughout the Arab world, and a determined effort by Canadians in cities across the country to communicate their dissatisfaction with the direction the governments in this country are going regarding rights, justice, environmental protection, war, and a plethora of social issues left off the agenda.

About two thousand citizens of Victoria turned out for a truly inspirational event.

Ape Goes to Canada's Communities Are Not For Sale – CETA with Maude Barlow, Marianne Alto, Barry O'Neil Oct. 13, 2011

Went down to the University to catch Maude and the Council of Canadians' traveling campaign to stop the CETA trade deal. Here's their poster. ape

A cross-Canada CETA tour organized by the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Union of Public Employees

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow and CUPE president Paul Moist are speaking across the country highlighting the dangers of this proposed deal and to say that Canadian communities are not for sale.

Vancouver, British Columbia: Wednesday, October 12
7 p.m. Auditorium, Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street

Victoria, British Columbia: Thursday, October 13
7 p.m. David Lam Auditorium (MacLaurin Building), University of Victoria, A144 MacLaurin Building, Ring Rd

Ottawa, Ontario: Wednesday, October 19
7 p.m. Saint Paul University, Auditorium 203, Guigues Hall, 223 Main Street

See details and download posters and handbills at www.canadians.org/tradetour.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Amira Hass, Janine Bandcroft Oct. 10, 2011

This week: Israeli journalist extraordinaire, Amira Hass. Hass has reported for Ha’aretz for more than twenty years, specializing in the long-standing question of Palestinian and Israeli coexistence. She lived in Gaza for four years, the only Israeli journalist to have ever done so, and regularly raises the hackles of the powerful within her home country.

Amira Hass appeared here at UVic on September 27th on the first stop of her trans-Canada lecture tour, ‘Israel: Fear of the Future.’ Her stop here was sponsored by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, and KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives.

Amira Hass in the first segment.

And; the Occupy movement is spreading across the United States, and now into Canada. It is an effort to address the economic inequity, and government corruption that has very nearly brought the world’s economic system down. At this moment, demonstrators in the renamed ‘Freedom Square’ in Washington, D.C. are defying the conditions of the limited permit they received over the weekend, saying their permit is the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which distinctly allows the right of the people to assemble and address peaceably their grievances to government.

Victoria Street Newz publisher, and CFUV broadcasterJanine Bandcroft has contacts in Freedom Square, and she’ll join us to update the situation there, and bring us her usual reports of the goings on going on in and around our city in the second segment.

But first; Amira Hass and Israel: Fear of the Future recorded here at UVic September 27th, 2011.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, 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.com

Gorilla Radio Kathleen Cooper, Saul Landau, Janine Bandcroft Oct. 3, 2011

This week: Kathleen Cooper is Senior Researcher with the Canadian Environmental Law Association, or CELA.

Cooper is the lead author of the report, ‘Early Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals/Pollution and Associations with Chronic Disease: A Scoping Review.’

Kathleen Cooper in the first half.

Saul Landau has produced more than 40 films in his career, most concerning human rights.

Landau will be in Victoria later this week, screening his latest film, ‘Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up,’ which, quote: “Chronicles half a century of hostile US-Cuba relations by telling the story of the Cuban Five, intelligence agents sent to penetrate Cuban exile terrorist groups in Miami and now serving long prison sentences.”

Saul Landau in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher 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 things going on within the city’s streets and beyond. But first, Kathleen Cooper and a scoping review of our collective exposure to hazardous chemicals and pollution, and their associations in chronic disease.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, 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.com

George Carlin They Dont Care

The late great George tells us, as ever, as it ever is and will be: “They don’t give a fuck about you!”

Ape Goes to Amira Hass

AMIRA HASS

Palestine / Israel: Fear of the Future
September 27, 2011 – October 11, 2011
Join us as Amira Hass, a journalist with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz since 1989, shares her views as a journalist on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and Palestinians’ experiences under Israeli occupation.

Sponsored nationally by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, and KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives.

Victoria, British Columbia – Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 07:30 PM. (Full Details)

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Michael Parenti, Jon Elmer, Janine Bandcroft Sept. 26, 2011

This week: Michael Parenti is an American educator, lecturer, social justice activist, and author of 23 books, including: 'The Assassination of Julius Caesar,' 'Superpatriotism,' The Culture Struggle,' 'Democracy for the Few,' ' God and His Demons,' and his latest, 'The Face of Imperialism.' Parenti is also recipient of awards from Project Censored, the Caucus for a New Political Science, the Social Science Research Council and many others organizations, including being awarded the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition. He now serves various advisory boards and sits as a judge for Project Censored.

Michael Parenti in the first half.

And; Jon Elmer is a Canadian journalist and photo-journalist who has lived in and reported from Occupied Palestine for the better part of the last decade.

His dispatches appear at Al Jazeera English, the Inter Press Service, and are featured at numerous other internet outlets. He is also the author of the website Jon Elmer.ca.

Jon Elmer in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft fresh back from her sojourn in the manicured wilds of Vancouver Island's retirement Mecca, Qualicum Beach, will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news from the city's streets and beyond.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, 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.com

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Brad Slade, Smart Meter Rally Sept. 19, 2011

This week: The tax the less-than-dearly-departed former premier Gordon Campbell sprung on the populace after his narrow Spring 2010 election victory is now history. Or is it? You may notice, nearly every time you open your wallet, 14% of your cash still flies off to who knows where, to pay for who knows what. So, did BC kill this thing, or what?

Brad Slade is a long-time labour activist and served as the Regional Organizer for the South Island and Gulf Islands with Fight The HST campaign. Brad Slade and putting the stake finally through the heart of the HST beast in the first half.

And; listening in on Victoria’s Smart Meter rally.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will not be appearing on the show tonight, as she makes the arduous journey home from the hinterland of Vancouver Island’s retirement Mecca, Qualicum Beach. So, first up, Brad Slade and whither the future of the HST, and what for we who pay it still?

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, 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.com

Ape Goes to the September 18, 2011 Smart Meter Rally

Between 100-150 Victorians came out Sunday to voice their opposition to the unilateraly imposed installation of so-called ‘Smart Meters’ by the publicly owned power utility, BC Hydro. The meters are a hot-button issue with health, privacy, and government accountability activists, and the evidence backing the objections of these disparate groups grows stronger by the day. That may be the reason Hydro is moving at break-neck speeds to have the, estimated, $750 million project. Irksome too, this program was slid in by the governing BC Liberal party with minimal public consultation, and excluded oversight by the BC Utilities Commission, whose function is to hold the Crown corporation to account.

With municipal elections looming, and a provincial poll predicated by law before next summer, this could be a paradigm-shifting issue for British Columbia.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ranyn Seibold, George Monbiot Nov. 20, 06 Mar. 24, 03

This is a show I rescued from obscurity. Recorded originally on analog cassette, the tape had been trodden upon. At great pains, I rewound the tape into a new cassette and transferred to this format. the audio quality suffers somewhat, but the material in both Ranyn Seibold’s segment on the power industry in British Columbia, and George Monbiot’s discussion of war, empire, and energy are still highly relevant.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Henryk Frystacki, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, Janine Bandcroft Sept. 12, 2011

This week: In the years since Einstein, scientists have wrestled with this problem, spawning theories of energy sucking Black Holes, String Theory, and most intriguingly, Dark Matter, and Dark Energy.

Now, physicist, Henryk Frystacki has, through the combination of quantum mechanical, geometric and trigonometric computations, discovered what he says are new insights into understanding the cosmology of the Universe; an understanding not possible for Albert Einstein or his contemporaries. Dr. Frystacki's new book, 'Einstein's Ignorance of Dark Energy' details his "breakthrough theory," one he believes may unlock the secrets of the Universe.

Henryk Frystacki and the Dark side of physical reality in the first half.

Michael Parenti is an American educator, lecturer, social justice activist, and author of 23 books, including: 'The Assassination of Julius Caesar,' 'Superpatriotism,' The Culture Struggle,' 'Democracy for the Few,' ' God and His Demons,' and his latest, 'The Face of Imperialism.'

The Face of Imperialism notes the homecoming of the "litany of injustices visited upon victims of U.S. imperialism: expropriation of their communal wealth and natural resources, complete privatization and deregulation of their economies, loss of local markets, deterioration of their living standards, a growing debt burden, and the bloodstained suppression of their democratic movements."

Michael Parenti in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us horror stories from the retirement haven of Qualicum Beach and beyond. But first, Henryk Frystacki and unlocking the secrets of the Universe's "hidden" energies.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, 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.com

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jen Moore, Susan Lambert, Janine Bandcroft Sept. 5, 2011

Jen Moore is past freelance journalist and researcher who lived in and reported from Ecuador for years. She was a member of a coalition of nine civil society organizations in Latin America that first brought the Canadian mining company, Blackfire Explorations into the limelight for alleged corrupt practices at the ‘Payback’ mine in Chiapas.

Moore is now the Latin America Program Coordinator for Mining Watch Canada. Jen Moore and Canada’s business practices coming home in the first half.

Listen. Hear.

And; with school set to resume in British Columbia tomorrow, there is what promises to be a battle Royale brewing between the provincial Liberals and the BC Teachers Federation.

There are already rumours of a September work stoppage, and already veiled threats of back to work legislation being quickly implemented by the provincial government should teachers walk out. The teachers say they are determined to make a difference for kids with this round of bargaining.

Susan Lambert is president of the BCTF and she’ll be here in the second half to instruct and illustrate the issues at hand in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news from the city’s streets and beyond. But first, Jen Moore on Blackfire, Mariano Abarca, and Blackfire Exploration’s operations in Mexico and beyond.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, 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.com