Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Brian Thiesen, Dawn Paley, Janine Bandcroft April 9th, 2012

This week: Around the country, across the continent, and throughout the once-called 'Free World' the Smart Meter and its variants is appearing, bulldozing its way onto the walls and into wireboxes the world over, whether welcomed or not. But, what are these devices; and why are people worried?

Brian Thiesen is Chairman of the Kamloops chapter of Interior Smart Meter Awareness, an affiliate of No BC Smart Meters, and he joins us in the first half.

Listen. Hear.

And; Last month, Bernardo Vásquez Sánchez, a Zapotec community activist in San José Progreso, Oaxaca, Mexico was gunned down with his cousin, Rosalinda Dionicio Sánchez, and brother Andres Vásquez Sánchez as they drove home. Bernardo knew his life was in danger; others opposing foreign mining companies in his ancestral territories have died violently. Bernardo recently told a Canadian journalist what he thought the crux of the growing tensions between Canadian listed, Fortuna Silver and locals was.

Dawn Paley is a Vancouver-based journalist who has written for a multitude of newspapers and magazines in Canada. She has worked in radio and television too, her reports featuring on Democracy Now!, Free Speech Radio News, and CBC Radio. Dawn is also a contributing editor with The Dominion – Canada's grassroots newsmagazine, and is a co-founder of the Vancouver Media Co-op. She is also a media educator, teaching community journalism workshops and online journalism, most recently with the Alliance for Global Justice.

Dawn Paley from south of south of the border 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 the streetz of the city 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

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Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, on the internet at: cfuv.uvic.ca, and archived at: www.gorilla-radio.com. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com, which you can now support at Petreon.com. Check out the GR blog at: 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. Some past guests include: M. Shahid Alam, Joel Bakan, Maude Barlow, Ramzy Baroud, David Barsamian, Eva Bartlett, William Blum, Luciana Bohne, Helen Caldicott, Noam Chomsky, Michel Chossudovsky, Paul Cienfuegos, Jon Elmer, Yves Engler, Laura Flanders, Eva Golinger, Amy Goodman, Glenn Greenwald, Denis Halliday, Chris Hedges, Patrick Henningsen, Julia Butterfly Hill, Robert Jensen, Dahr Jamail, Chalmers Johnson, Diana Johnstone, Malalai Joya, Kathy Kelly, Naomi Klein, Frances Moore Lappe, Ingmar Lee, Dave Lindorff, Andrew Gavin Marshall, Janos Maté, Jennifer Moore, Alexandra Morton, Sharmine Narwani, Andrew Nikiforuk, Ken O'Keefe, Greg Palast, Dawn Paley, Michael Parenti, Robert Parry, John Pilger, Kevin Pina, Ted Rall, Paul Craig Roberts, John Ross, David Rovics, Danny Schechter, David Schindler, Vandana Shiva, Tim Shorrock, Norman Solomon, David Swanson, Linn Washington, Jr., Andy Worthington, Mickey Z., Howard Zinn and many others.