As sentient beings, our lives are lived as though crossing a high wire; our progress over the abyss dependent on a long pole, where the knowledge of imminent and inescapable mortality is balanced by the hopes we hold for the future, and a clinging on to faith that there is some meaning behind the whole exercise. Thus we inch our way along life’s wire, wobbling between the poles of existence as have the thousands of generations before us.
Unlike those uncountable unknowns preceding us however, we possess today a knowledge of the fragility of the World upon which our wires are strung, and the effect our lives play in bringing perhaps about Its imminent and possibly inescapable mortality.
From all quarters the World’s other inhabitants are sending distress signals; warnings we clever apes seem generally unable, or unwilling to heed. But some of us are listening, and heeding the call too.
Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a scientist, author, lecturer, and defender of the wilds that remain. She is a botanist; medical and agricultural researcher; and self-defined “renegade scientist” in the fields of classical botany, medical biochemistry, organic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Her book titles include, ‘The Global Forest,’ ‘A Garden for Life: The Natural Approach to Designing, Planting, and Maintaining a North Temperate Garden,’ ‘Arboretum America: A Philosophy Of The Forest,’ ‘Arboretum Borealis: A Lifeline of the Planet,’ and her latest, ‘The Sweetness of a Simple Life: Tips for Healthier, Happier and Kinder Living Gleaned from the Wisdom and Science of Nature.’
Diana Beresford-Kroeger in the first half.
And; before the Edward Snowden leaks, few Canadians had likely ever heard of CSEC, Canada’s blandly titled Communications Security Establishment Canada, or had the slightest idea of just what CSEC was up to. Thanks to the Snowden revelations, more Canadians are now aware of the country’s uber spy outfit, but how many know who and what those spooks are spying upon?
It’s a question the BC Civil Liberties Association wants answered, and to that end they filed a lawsuit against CSEC, saying the outfit is engaged in illegal, warrantless spying on Canadian computers and phones that is worse than what their American counterparts, the NSA are carrying out down south.
Caily DiPuma is the staff lawyer assigned to BC Civil Liberties Association’s case against CSEC. Before joining the BCCLA she worked in private practice covering the areas of employment and human rights law with an emphasis on appeal work; including criminal appeals. DiPuma has also published articles on end of life decision-making, and civil procedure in B.C.’s courts.
Caily DiPuma and watching the watchers in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here 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, Diana Beresford-Kroeger and savouring The Sweetness of a Simple Life.
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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