Christy Clark, the seatless premier, elevated by less than half of the less than half of British Columbia’s electorate casting votes in the recent election, announced her cabinet picks last week, and her party’s “mandate” to transform the province for generations to come. The eggs of our future economic prosperity and environmental well-being are all to be placed in the single LNG “clean energy” basket.
While LNG, or Liquified Natural Gas, is the stuff of which Clark’s pipeline dreams are made, British Columbians should know; it is neither clean energy, nor is it a wise economic bet. But, that hasn’t deterred a single smile or photo opportunity for the ever-optimistic premier. As with most things, the United States is ahead of Canada on the development of LNG, and they are first too to feel the extreme effects of an industry gone wild.
Walter M. Brasch is an award-winning newspaper reporter and editor, syndicated columnist, broadcaster, educator, activist, and prolific author whose book titles include: ‘Before the First Snow,’ ‘America’s Unpatriotic Acts,’ ‘Sex and the Single Beer Can,’ ‘Press and the State,’ ‘Social Foundations of Mass Media.’ His latest book, ‘Fracking Pennsylvania: Flirting with Disaster’ is a detailed investigation of the fracking industry, and what that activity means for the people and landscape on the burgeoning areas it takes place.
Walter M. Brasch in the first half.
And; the stubborn resistance of Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian Army, and its continued support from the people, has thrown the plan of Western hegemony in the Middle East off schedule. It’s a worrying sign for America and her allies, as the people of previously conquered Iraq and Libya are bejoining the great push back against their erstwhile saviours. More worrying still perhaps for club NATO is the mounting social unrest in member-state Turkey, whose leader Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan managed, seemingly without acknowledging the irony, to fan the flames of discontent at home while visiting Tunisia, birthplace of the Arab Spring. There ErdoÄŸan slapped the collective face of protesters occupying Istanbul’s Taksim Square, insisting development of a mosque and mall complex would go ahead in the city’s central park, and accusing those protesting of being no better than beer-swilling apostates.
Jon Elmer is a freelance Canadian journalist and photo-journalist who has worked in numerous countries covering war, occupation, and social conflict. He has, over the last decade and more spent extensive periods living in and reporting from Occupied Palestine. Jon’s articles and photographs are featured in the Journal of Palestine Studies, Le Monde diplomatique, The Progressive, and Al Jazeera English among others. He is also a contributor, with Anthony Fenton to the book, ‘Empire’s Ally: Canada in Afghanistan.’
Jon Elmer and the over-arching swing of public discontent along the Arc of Instability 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 what’s good to do in and around our city in the coming week. But first, Walter M. Brasch and fracking’s flirtation with disaster.
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/