This week: NAFTA, CAFTA, CETA, and now the TPP or Trans-Pacific Partnership are all predicated on taking the people out of the process, essentially turning over the keys to the kingdom to a nebulous gang of transnational corporate operators who waste no time in gutting civil and labour rights, democratic participation, and environmental protections in the name of maximizing profitability.
These actors have, over the course of a few short decades, managed to make the post-trade pact world and its preceding world order unrecognizable; it’s something current prime minister, Stephen Harper has long- promised to do for this country, Canada too.
And, Harper’s ‘New Government of Canada’ has been busy; already killing Canada’s Wheat Board, effectively putting independent producers at the mercy of the handful of corporate behemoths controlling the global grain trade, now he and his are after the Marketing Boards who have long- regulated egg and dairy production.
Wendy Holm is an award-winning agrologist, columnist, professional lecturer, and served as editor and contributing author to the book, ‘Water and Free Trade.’ She has received two Queen’s Medals for contribution to community, and is recipient of the Rosemary Davis Award for passion and commitment to farming. Wendy Holm has also been awarded six national journalism awards for her outspoken defense of Canadian farm policy.
Wendy Holm in the first half.
And; Zoe Blunt and volunteers are heading north in August with the Caravan to Wet’suwet’en to rendezvous with First Nations and other groups concerned about the proposed bulldozing through of the yet to be approved Northern Enbridge pipeline right-of-way. To raise funds for the Caravan, the Art Against Enbridge auction ~ and happening ~ will be held Friday, July 27 between 7-10pm at the Cenote Lounge at 768 Yates Street, right under Lyle’s Place.
Come meet the Caravan crew, sample a southwest menu and craft beers at this wild and weird art show and benefit.
Zoe Blunt and preparing the Caravan’s canvases 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 good things going on in and around the streetz of the city. But first, Wendy Holm and Canada’s Marketing Boards in the global trade crosshairs.
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