Feeling anxious? Don’t worry, you’re not paranoid; you just happen to be living in the most dynamic period in human history. All around you, and the rest of us, the world is spinning concentrically, it’s ever-tightening circles bringing our existential crucible to a roiling, boiling point of imminent portent. On the political front, restive people across the planet are rising, demanding a “humane” life; and in the natural world, environmental degradation is straining the web of life past breaking point. The question is now universal: “Just what’s to become of us?”
Amy Miller is a Montreal-based documentary filmmaker and activist whose film, ‘Myths for Profit: Canada’s Role in Industries of War and Peace’ has featured in festivals from Calgary to Australia. Amy is also a journalist, who has reported for Free Speech Radio News, The Dominion online newspaper, and the Independent Media Centre in Montreal. She was in Toronto reporting on the G20 when the Pigs turned on her, as they did many journalists, and took her into custody for the crime of revealing the myth of Canadian democracy. Miller has been busy since the 2010 G20 fiasco, working on two film projects: ‘Resistencia,’ Jesse Freeston’s documentary of the Honduran decent into fascism since the oligarch’s coup d’etat there in 2009; and, finishing her latest film, ‘The Carbon Rush,’ an examination of the always controversial carbon trading schemes of the Global North, and its effects on the people and economies of the south.
Amy Miller in the first half.
And; from our privileged vantage point here at the edge of the known world, the problems of that world can seem remote and baffling to Canadians; few of us realizing how intricately tied both our government, and corporations doing business under the auspice of the Maple Leaf are to global doings currently undoing the order of nations. For example: What has a failed prison project, and recent revelations of mysterious payments of millions of dollars to do with we in little old Canada?
Jon Elmer is a Canadian writer and photojournalist specializing in the Middle East and Canadian foreign and military policy. He’s reported from more than a dozen countries throughout the Arab world, and has lived in and reported from Bethlehem, Occupied Palestine for the better part of the last decade. His writing and photographs can be found at his site, JonElmer.ca.
Jon Elmer and the Arab Spring viewed from the frosty Great White North in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour, recently returned from her harrowing weeks away in the Land’s End hinterland, to bring us news from the city’s streets and beyond. But first, Amy Miller and the greatly unreported, Carbon Rush.