Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, David Rovics, Emery Hartley, Janine Bandcroft Sept. 24, 2014

Media-memory being short, the name Michael Brown Jr. may elicit no more from most than a blank look; but, last month reaction to his untimely death threatened to burn down the town of Ferguson, Missouri.

At least that’s the way the story was framed in the corporate media, (and repeated by state-sponsored correlative, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). Brown was of course the black teenager shot dead in a hail of bullets fired by a police officer for the “crime” of jay walking; sparking the famously for a time community protests.

David Rovics is an inveterate American activist-singer-songwriter in the tradition of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. David has played at demos too numerous to count for myriad issues both universal and circumstantial. From his start busking Boston’s subway to travelling across America and the broader world, he’s earned his sobriquet as “professional flat-picking rabble-rouser” honestly.

Rovics was in Ferguson last month, checking out the neighbourhood where Michael was killed and attending his funeral. He reported on the great societal divide his visit revealed in an essay titled, ‘Ferguson Reflections,’ published at his website, DavidRovics.com, (where you can also find his catalogue of more than 200 tunes available for download).

David Rovics in the first half.

And; seven weeks after the Mount Polley disaster and the BC government is no closer to finding out why the mine tailings dam burst. But one thing certain, according to the minister responsible, Mary Polack: It’s not the government’s fault. Despite the BC Liberals’ continuous cutting of public service personnel needed to make inspections and ensure corporate compliance, Polack says, quote; “To date there is no evidence that cutbacks have impacted on inspections and monitoring at Mount Polley.” “Having said that,” she continues, “it is one of the questions we want answered.”

It’s a question the residents of Clayoquot Sound would like answered too. Catface mountain looms high above the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve there, and that’s where Imperial Metals, the producer of the estimated 24 million cubic meters of poisoned mining detritus dumped into Quesnel Lake and the Cariboo’s ecosystem, want to open a gold and copper mine.

Emery Hartley is a natural-born and raised Vancouver Islander whose fascination and enthusiasm for nature led him to a University degree in Environmental Science and an ongoing activist career with the Friends of Clayoquot Sound. The Friends first formed in 1979 with a mandate to “protect and conserve the priceless ecosystems of the Sound and its surroundings.”

Emery Hartley and friends fighting for Clayoquot Sound in the second half.

And Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of what’s good to do in and around the city in the coming week. But first, David Rovics and reflections from Ferguson.

Tzeporah Berman at the Ape Goes to the October 22, 2012 Defend Our Coast Rally

Tzeporah Berman did a quick stand up interview with me while waiting to take to the main stage.

Ape Goes to Victoria’s UN International Day of Peace Sept 21, 2014

Went down to the Puppets for Peace March, held in conjunction with the annual UN nod to World peace. The event was held at Government House, home of the Queen’s representative, British Columbia Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon, and conspicuously attended by members of the Canadian Forces and local Police force higher ups, replete in military dress uniforms. The staged festivity was bag-piped in – all missing in this portion of the day was a 21 gun salute and Canadian Royal Air Force flyover. That part of the program isn’t represented here. – Ape

Ape Goes to the Pacific Peoples Partnership One Wave Festival Sept 20, 2014

Went down to the celebrations; sunshine and good vibes, music and sensible talking. – Ape

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Roger Annis, Janine Bandcroft Sept. 17, 2014

Media-memory being short, the name Michael Brown Jr. may elicit no more from most than a blank look; but, last month reaction to his untimely death threatened to burn the town of Ferguson, Missouri to the ground.

At least that’s the way the story was told by the corporate media, (and repeated by its state-sponsored Canadian correlative, the CBC). Brown was of course the black teenager shot dead in a hail of bullets fired by a policeman for the “crime” of jay walking, sparking angry community protests.

David Rovics is an inveterate American activist singer-songwriter in the tradition of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.

David has played at demos too numerous to count for myriad issues both universal and circumstantial.

From his start busking Boston’s subway to travelling across America and the broader world, he’s earned his sobriquet as “professional flat-picking rabble-rouser” honestly. Rovics was in Ferguson last month, checking out the neighbourhood where Michael was killed and attending his funeral.

David reported on the great societal divide his visit revealed in an essay titled, ‘Ferguson Reflections,’ published at his website, DavidRovics.com, where you can also find his catalogue of more than 200 tunes available for download.

David Rovics in the first half.

And; the tenuous Ukraine ceasefire is holding. This week, the two sides continued negotiations for a longer-lasting peace accord, while civilians displaced by the fighting returned home to pick up the pieces and mourn the dead. Roger Annis is a Vancouver-based peace and social justice activist and editor of the Canada Haiti Action Network website, CanadaHaitiAction.ca. His writing can also be found at Rabble.ca, and at his site, A Socialist in Canada. Roger is recently returned from Crimea, from where he filed reports on deteriorating living conditions for the people beneath the bombs of the Kiev-based coup regime.

Roger Annis and ending the war against the civilians of Eastern Ukraine in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus 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 our city, and beyond there too.

But first, seeing ourselves reflected in Ferguson, Missouri.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Robyn Allan, Damien Gillis, Janine Bandcroft Sept. 10, 2014

Welcome back to a new year here at the University of Victoria; though many future UVic students will NOT be in class this week, post-secondary education will carry on in British Columbia. Also carrying on is Big Energy’s never-ending struggle to avoid environmental strictures designed to rein in the sector’s worst practices.

Case in point: the proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Pacific Pipeline project.

The Kinder Morgan Energy Partners Limited Partnership you’ll likely remember is that other controversial pipeline hoping to twin its current capacity to transfer Tar Sands bitumen across the rugged Rocky and Coastal Mountain ranges, delivering to Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet the stuff Alberta’s dreams are made of.

Getting approval for their scheme shouldn’t be too great a problem, at least where receiving the National Energy Board’s necessary imprimatur to forge on is concerned, as the federal regulator is already greasing the skids.

Robyn Allan is a researcher, author, and former corporate executive who has held many executive positions in the private and public sectors including President and CEO of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, Vice-President Finance for Parklane Ventures Ltd., and Senior Economist for B.C. Central Credit Union. She recently produced and released the report: ‘The National Energy Board Guaranteed Kinder Morgan a Fund to Push Pipeline Expansion Through Regulatory Review’ an examination of the National Energy Board of Canada’s relationship with Kinder Morgan and its decision to allow the company to pre-fund the “projected” future expansion of its Trans Mountain Pipeline ambitions.

Allan also served as the Economic and Financial Adviser to the Barrett Commission of Inquiry into the Quality of Condominium Construction in British Columbia and has taught Money and Banking, Public Finance and Micro and Macro Economics at the university level. She has too written numerous articles for newspapers and magazines including the Globe and Mail, Financial Post, Business in Vancouver and Enterprise Magazine. Robyn Allan is author of the book, ‘Quest for Prosperity: The Dance of Success’ and recently provided evidence on economic and insurance issues related to the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline Project currently before the National Energy Board.

Robyn Allan in the first half.

And; as toxic spills go, the Mount Polley tailings dam failure is unprecedented in Canadian history. In fact, it’s the single biggest environmental disaster of its kind anywhere. But according to British Columbia’s minister of mines, it’s all no different from damage caused by any one of the scores of landslides the province sees annually. Oh yeah, that and the more than 10 million cubic meters of toxic mining waste dumped into one of the B.C.’s most important environmental areas. But, in the days following disaster, Bill Bennett and the ruling BC Liberal party, the same that received huge campaign contributions from the operator of the mine responsible, Imperial Metals, deemed the water supplying residents of Quesnel Lake and environs safe to drink. Upon reflection, local health officials reinstated previously lifted drinking water ban, sending concerned residents mixed messages.

Damien Gillis is co-founder, with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, a web news site helping to fill the Canadian news media void. He’s also a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker focusing on environmental and social justice issues – especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada’s wild salmon – and working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. His film credits include: ‘Fractured Land’, ‘Oil in Eden: The Battle to Protect Canada’s Pacific Coast,’ and numerous shorts featuring British Columbia’s beauty and the imminent threats industry pose to its unique environment. Gillis is too a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.

Damien Gillis and clearing the turbidity of the Mount Polley Mine tailings spill in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us news from our city’s streets, and beyond there too. But first, Robyn Allan, the Trans Mountain Pipeline project, and National Energy Board promises made to Kinder Morgan.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm 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/

G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

Ape Goes to the End Gaza Blockade Demo August 30, 2014

Ape Goes to the End Gaza Blockade Demo August 30, 2014
Went down to the Victoria demo., the sixth in seven weeks, to give voice to the outrage felt against the bombing of Gaza’s imprisoned population. With an extended ceasefire declared, the issue of the cause of the troubles in Palestine are now refocused upon; this includes the privations the Israeli police, military, and settler population are visiting against those in the West Bank. I spoke first with Joan Russow, former leader of the Green Party of Canada, and picked up some audio from those taking the mic. – Ape

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Kevin Pina, Yves Engler, Janine Bandcroft Aug. 27, 2014

The political situation in Haiti is hotting up and could erupt at any moment. At the heart of the fire this time is President Martelly’s determination to again scapegoat Jean Bertrand Aristide, using charges of: “illicit drug trafficking, embezzlement of public funds, forfeiture and concussion, and money laundering.” to distract the public from his failures to address the many serious issues Haiti faces.

As it stands, an arrest warrant has been issued for Aristide’s failure to appear in court to answer charges on August 13th, and he is at home, surrounded by loyalists protecting the former president from the police.

Kevin Pina is an American filmmaker, journalist, educator, and broadcaster with Pacifica Radio’s public affairs program, Flashpoints.

Pina’s film credits include: ‘El Salvador: In the Name of Democracy,’ ‘Berkeley in the Sixties,’ ‘Amazonia: Voices from the Rainforest,’ ‘Haiti: Harvest of Hope,’ ‘Haiti: The UNtold Story,’ and ‘HAITI: We Must Kill the Bandits.’ Kevin has lived and reported from Haiti, and was arrested by the infamous Baby Doc Duvalier for reporting on the abuses of that regime.

Kevin Pina in the first half.

And; Israel’s bombardment of the captured population of the Gaza Strip continued this week with the Israel Defense Forces capping the seven weeks-long blitzkrieg by upping its game and targeting highrise apartment buildings. Predictably, the government of Canada remained mostly mute on the serial war crimes and crimes against humanity being conducted by its “good friend” Israel, throughout blaming Hamas, the governing body in Gaza, for Palestinians killed, maimed, and made homeless.

Late yesterday, (Aug. 26/’14) an “unlimited truce” was announced by Israel. Canada’s Foreign Affairs minister, John Baird welcomed the truce announcement, but cautioned; “Israel will be forced to continue defending itself as long as Hamas continues its rocket attacks against civilians, and Hamas will be solely to blame for any further loss of life.” Beyond raising questions about what sort of grip on reality minister Baird is capable of exerting, the Stephen Harper New Government’s behaviour begs investigation of the Canada/Israel relationship, and how that relationship abets the horrors repeatedly witnessed in Occupied Palestine.

Yves Engler is a Canadian activist, lecturer, journalist, and author. Some of Yves’ titles include; ‘The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy,’Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid,’ ‘Lester Pearson’s Peacekeeping The Truth May Hurt,’ and his latest, ‘The Ugly Canadian: Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy.’

Yves Engler and Canada’s tax-deductible aid to Israel’s genocide in Gaza in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus 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, and beyond there too. But first, Kevin Pina and the ritual pre-election smearing of Haiti’s former president, Jean Bertrand Aristide.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm 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/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, David Swanson, Andre Vltchek, Janine Bandcroft Aug. 20, 2014

The war drum tempo in Western capitals has quickened. For the citizens of Ukraine, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, and the other places where the Global War on Terra’s horrors are felt, hopes for a normal life are dimming by the day.

But even as Ferguson, Missouri roils in scenes all too familiar to those distant places mentioned, Americans, largely, are yet to recognize the systemic root to the widespread violence.

David Swanson is a community activist and internet organizer extraordinaire, lecturer, former journalist and communications director for Dennis Kucinich’s 2004 presidential campaign, and author.

Listen. Hear.

David’s book titles include: ‘When the World Outlawed War,’ ‘Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union,’ ‘War is a Lie,’ ‘The Military Industrial Complex at 50,’ ‘Tube World,’ ‘Iraq War Among World’s Worst Events,’ and ‘War No More: The Case for Abolition.’ David Swanson’s latest effort is with World Beyond War.org, a campaign to abolish finally war.

David Swanson in the first half.

And; though we’re hearing little of last week’s Casus belli for a greater war in Ukraine – the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17 – the brutal shelling of the cities of Eastern Ukraine continues. More than 2,000 are believed killed so far, while hundreds of thousands have been displaced by the fighting. And there seems no end in sight.

Andre Vltchek is a globe-trotting, freelance investigative journalist and photographer who has covered conflict in dozens of the world’s war zones from Bosnia and Peru to Sri Lanka, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Timor Leste. Andre was filing reports from Ukraine last month, leaving the embattled country literally mere moments before the ill-fated MH 17 was brought down.

Andre Vltchek is also a filmmaker, poet, playwright, and author who’s bibliography includes the novels: ‘Nalezeny,’ and ‘Point of no Return,’ and the non-ficiton titles: ‘Western Terror: From Potosi to Baghdad,’ ‘Indonesia: Archipelago of Fear,’ ‘Oceania,’ (published by Expathos and a result of five years work in Micronesia, Polynesia, and Melanesia), and, with Rossie Indira, ‘Exile’ a book of conversations with foremost Southeast Asian writer, Pramoedya Ananta Toer. Andre’s dispatches from nearly every corner are featured online at CounterPunch, Z Magazine, the Asia Times, and Pacific Free Press among others.

Andre Vltchek and Ukraine behind the media hyperbole in the second half.

And, Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us a the bottom of the hour, bringing newz for the coming week in our city, and beyond there too.

But first, David Swanson and imagining a world without war.

Ape Goes to Gaza Solidarity Demo Victoria Aug 9,14 Christozionist and Israel Tourorists clip

Went down to the demonstration. These are two commenters; the first is an avowed Christian and enthusiastic zionist, the second an Israeli tourist, part of a group on an Alaska cruise stopover assailing the Gaza solidarity demo. Kooky.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jon Elmer, Mickey Z, Janine Bandcroft Aug. 13, 2014

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook – Gorilla-Radio.com
Welcome to the inaugural edition of the show in its new time slot. Alternative Radio fans, please be easy, David Barsamian’s excellent show will be featured in its new time…

Little is new, and everything has changed in Palestine. Though a creaking cease-fire is being observed, Israel’s latest crime against conscience is proving an atrocity too far, as a dumb-struck world witnesses the predictable humanitarian crisis unfolding in Gaza. As exiled Gazan journalist and author, Ramzy Baroud observes:

“Since Israel besieged Gaza with Egypt’s help and coordination, life for Gazans has become largely about mere survival. The strip has been turned into a massive ground for an Israeli experiment concerned with population control. Gazans were not allowed to venture out, fish, or farm, and those who got even close to some arbitrary “buffer zone,” determined by the Israeli army within Gaza’s own borders, were shot and often killed.”

And yet, there are still none in Canada’s House of Commons, the place where justice is debated and laws drawn up, willing to take a stand for pity’s sake and denounce and condemn unreservedly Israel’s actions. Nary a one.

Jon Elmer is a Canadian freelance photojournalist who has lived in and reported from Occupied Palestine on and off for more than a decade. Jon’s work has appeared at myriad sites on the internet, including; Inter Press News Service, Le Monde Diplomatique, The Progressive, and Al Jazeera English, and at his web site JonElmer.ca.

Jon Elmer in the first half.

And; It’s difficult not to agree, the violence happening “over there” is terrible. “But,” you may say, “those people have been fighting forever, and violence is normal for them.” You may be a peaceful soul, and believe your life has little or nothing to do with the horror and upheaval we see going on all around us. My second guest says, “Pacifist, don’t flatter yourself!”

Mickey Z. is a New York City born and bred activist, author, lecturer and martial artist who has the only-one-in-the-world distinction of having appeared in both a political anthology alongside Noam Chomsky, and featured in a Billy Banks karate film. Mickey Z.’s book titles include: ‘Darker Shade of Green,’ ‘Self-Defense for Radicals: A to Z Guide for Subversive Struggle,’ ‘CPR for Dummies,’ 50 American Revolutions You’re Not Supposed to Know: Reclaiming American Patriotism,’ ‘The Seven Deadly Spins: Exposing the Lies Behind War Propaganda,’ and his latest, ‘Occupy this Book: Mickey Z. on Activism.’

Mickey Z., occupied with activism in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus, and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz of the coming week from our city’s streets and beyond. But first, Jon Elmer and an acceptable genocide in Gaza.

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/

G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

Ape Goes to Gaza Solidarity Demo Victoria Aug 9,14

Gaza Solidarity Rally – Victoria August 9, 2014
Went down to the Gaza demo today, the fourth in as many weeks against the ongoing atrocity Israel is conducting against the captive population there. The numbers are still small, considering the size of the city and the scope of the war crimes being committed. Perhaps a hundred Palestine and human rights supporters showed up. The bizarre stuff happens when first, a small group of Christian Zionists arrive and insert themselves into the standing demo; next to be joined by a group of Israeli tourists, who provide a vivid example of the insipid and unquestioning support of the massive war crimes being visited upon Gaza, (and to a lesser extent the West Bank too) in their names. The gong show starts about half-way in. – Ape

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Andrew Gavin Marshall, Mazin Qumsiyeh, Janine Bandcroft July 29, 2014

This week; befitting finale, an examination of the fast coming end to the current world order.

Andrew Gavin Marshall is a Montreal-based researcher, writer, and co-editor of the book, ‘The Global Economic Crisis: The Great Depression of the XXI Century’ He is also project manager for The People’s Book Project, serves as chair of the Geopolitics division of The Hampton Institute, and is Research Director for Occupy.com’s Global Power Project and the World of Resistance Report.

WoR is a fascinating chronicle of the architecture underlying the system running the world, and the people pulling the levers of power. It is too a kind of prescience compass, marking the direction globalized civilization is headed. Marshall also hosts a weekly podcast show featured at renown whistleblower, Sibel Edmonds’ BoilingFrogsPost.com.
Andrew Gavin Marshall in the first half.

And;Mazin Qumsiyeh is a Palestinian biologist and human rights activist. He appeared here at UVic last year to provide some context for the Palestinian struggle for dignity and independence. Mazin Qumsiyeh in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus 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 going on on the streets of our city, and beyond there too, in the coming week.

But first, Andrew Gavin Marshall and a World of Resistance reporting.

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/

G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Al Engler, Dave Lindorff, Janine Bandcroft July 21, 2014

A world on fire: If it seems these last couple weeks have been more insane than usual, you’re not watching enough baseball.

From the bombing of the citizenry of captive Gaza, and media-made invisible bombing of the citizenry of the captive cities of Eastern Ukraine, to typhoons, firestorms, and the mysterious fate of jetliners, (the second disaster in a row for Malaysia Airlines) it’s all looking a little too apocalyptic for what’s supposed to be the idle, Dog Days of Summer. But then again, we’re headed into uncharted waters on a lot of fronts now, in the teenaged years of the 21st Century.

Before proceeding further into that most difficult fifteenth year however, a peek back at recent history to figure out how we got into this mess we call Western Civilization is probably well-advised.

Allan Engler is a Vancouver-based trade unionist, social and environmental activist, and essayist whose many articles appear online at Dissident Voice, What Really Happened, and Dystopia Earth, among other places.

Listen. Hear.

Al’s also the author of the books, ‘Apostles of Greed: Capitalism and the Myth of the Individual in the Market,’ and ‘Economic Democracy: The Working Class Alternative to Capitalism.’ His latest article examines the recently translated book, ‘Capital in the 21st Century,’ a new sensation by French economist, Thomas Pikitty.

Al Engler in the first half.

And; it’s not only in the Middle East where Canadian media fails us, but there are no more egregious examples of their incompetence, incapacity, and stubborn refusal to provide insightful coverage than in both Eastern Ukraine and Gaza right now. This glaringly obvious abrogation of responsibility to their craft, let alone the ethical failure that surrender to real politik represents, has rendered the CBC and their task masters in Stephen Harper’s Ottawa complicit in the crimes Israel, and the fascist coup regime of Kiev, they support through misreporting and factual omission.

Dave Lindorff is an award-winning investigative reporter, long-time muckraker, and founder of the online news site, ThisCan’tBeHappening.net. Dave’s writing regularly appears online at Counterpunch.org and is featured too in some mainstream interests. Lindorff is author of the books, ‘This Can’t Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy,’ ‘Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For Profit Hospital Chains,’ ‘Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal,’ and co-authored with Barbara Olshansky ‘The Case for Impeachment: Legal Arguments for Removing President George W. Bush’. Dave too recently collaborated with one of America’s preeminent online investigative journalism sites, WhoWhatWhy, on a three-part series on Climate Change.
Dave Lindorff in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus 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 going on on our streets – and otherwise, (and beyond there too) – in the coming week; but first, Al Engler and getting to know Capitalism: A System of Patrimonial Wealth.

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/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Robert Wintner, Scott Harris, Janine Bandcroft July 14, 2014

The creatures of our oceans are under attack like never before by the rapaciousness and stupidity of the planet’s largest predator, We humans.

And, it’s not just the large fish floating on the brink of extinction. While it’s true, the Blue Fin Tuna, Sharks, Sword and Sailfishes, and all of the Whale and Porpoise species, waver on the edge of viable survival, the small reef inhabitants of the worlds seas, fish you may find familiar sights at your doctor’s or dentist’s office, too face an uncertain future.

The negative effects driving the extinctions are many, but central to them all is the human penchant to love the wild things of this earth to death.

I wrote that introduction four years ago, and the situation in the World’s oceans, and especially on its diminishing reefs, is worse now than then.

Robert Wintner is an environmental defender, author, and the wildly successful entrepreneur behind Hawaii’s Snorkel Bob’s reef outfitter company. He is also the engine behind the Snorkel Bob foundation, whose myriad charitable projects help to bring the appreciation of the oceans and all its inhabitants to humans who would otherwise remain ignorant of the workings of the Planet’s single-most essential biosphere.

Some of Robert Wintner’s book titles include: ‘In a Sweet Magnolia Time’, ‘Toucan Whisper, Toucan Sing’, ‘The Modern Outlaws’, and his latest, ‘Dark Hobby: Some Fishes I Have Known.’ Snorkel Bob is also the author of the popular ‘Snorkel Bob’s Underwater and Get Down Guide to Oahu’, and it’s companion ‘Get Down Guide to Maui’, and he’s compiled several books of short stories. He is also vice-president of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and skipper for its recently launched ‘Operation Reef Defense.’

Robert Wintner in the first half.

And; nothing accommodates the despoliation of the land, air, and waters of our fragile blue home in space more than the ascendancy of corporate power. In every sphere of our lives we are connected in a web of interests we know little about, the strands of that web all inexorably connected to one corporation, or more probably a matrix of interlocked trans-national corporations. Nowhere is the power of this system more evident than in the so-called alphabet soup of “free trade” agreements.

Most Canadians remember well the “national debate” over the FTA that culminated in the election of Brian Mulroney, but knowing the profound effect that agreement and subsequent agreements has had on the nature and character of our nation is a more nebulous proposition. Those citizens entirely in the dark about these dealings can be forgiven somewhat given the super secrecy with which meetings between the corporadoes and “our” representatives are conducted.

Scott Harris is Trade Campaigner with the Council of Canadians, the organization formed specifically to battle that original Free Trade Agreement, and kept busy on myriad campaigns to preserve Canadian democracy from the encroachment of corporate power ever since.

Scott Harris and facing the next of the corporate Hydra’s heads, the Trans Pacific Partnership in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with what’s good going on, and otherwise, on Victoria’s streets and beyond in the coming week. But first, Robert Wintner and the dark business behind the “dark hobby” of live fish collecting.

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/