While New York City, and the rest of America’s eastern seaboard digs out from Hurricane Sandy, and electricity is returned to the “city that never sleeps,” little media coverage is being devoted to the primary victims of the “Super Storm” in Haiti.
Nearly three years past the massive earthquake that destroyed much of the capital, Haitians struggling to get back on their feet have had to cope with serial tropical storms and hurricanes, wide-spread governmental corruption and mismanagement, an imported cholera epidemic, drought, and now Sandy.
Early reports put Sandy’s death toll at 52 souls, but what is really worrying is the reemergence of cholera among the hundreds of thousands still living in crowded, poorly serviced, unsanitary, and exposed tent cities.
Roger Annis is a Vancouver-based trade unionist and social activist; a member of Vancouver’s Stopwar.ca coalition, Roger has also been involved with the Canada Haiti Action Network and runs the website, A Socialist in Canada.
Roger Annis in the first half.
And; long-serving Victoria MP, Denise Savioe stepped down in August, surrendering her seat for health reasons. Savioe held the seat through six years and three election campaigns, following her community service in Victoria as a city councillor. The Victoria seat had, until Denise’s first victory in 2006 had virtually belonged to Liberals through the aegis of former cabinet minister, David Anderson.
Now, by-elections have been called for three ridings, including Victoria for November 26th. Victoria’s Liberal hopeful is Dr. Paul Summerville, currently an adjunct professor here at UVic in the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business. Summerville worked previously for Deutsche Bank, Jardine Fleming, and Lehman Brothers. I spoke with Paul in March on energy policy in Canada.
Paul Summerville and our energy future in the second half.
And; Victoria Street News publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz from our city’s streets and beyond.
But first, Roger Annis and Haiti, island in the heart of the storm.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 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.ca/
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