Before his 2006 ascent to power in Canada, the current prime minister reportedly told an audience at a right-wing think tank confab: “You won’t recognize Canada when I’m through with it.” Whether that is true or apocryphal, taking a quick, cross-country check up proves the point; from warfare to health care, environmental protection to ecological rejection, ‘Stephen Harper’s New Government of Canada,’ has certainly broken the national mold, and none in either the Canadian parliament, or the nation’s corporate dominated media seem inclined to pick up the shattered remnants of what once was this country.
But, eight years of unprecedented deregulation, and systematic undoing of national institutions later, Mr. Harper and his considerably more hoary “New Government’ cohorts are hardly finished their transformative mission.
Before the last provincial election, everyone believed the toxic waste site planned and approved for the headwaters of Shawnigan Lake would be stopped. It wasn’t. From 2013, the Shawnigan community Toxic Dump Rally.
And; today marks National Day of Action for a New Health Accord, a cross-country effort, spearheaded by the Council of Canadians, in hopes to draw Canadian’s attention to the deleterious state of our nation’s health care system – another of the many social “entitlements” targeted for “reform” by the current government in Ottawa. Barb Biley is the Hospital Employees’ Union Regional Vice President for Vancouver Island North and she was on the front lines of Campbell River’s contribution to today’s actions.
Barb Biley and rallying for a New Health Accord 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, Ingmar Lee and the Canadian government assault on Canada’s people and environment.
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/