Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Richard Boyce, Michael Gould-Wartofsky, Janine Bandcroft May 13, 2015

Despite years of protest from broad segments of British Columbia’s population, the plan to run pipelines from Alberta’s infamous Tar Sands across the Rockies, and through the valleys and coastal mountains of BC, some of the most rugged terrain found anywhere, to Superports on the Pacific coast is moving forward.

But the coast is hardly the end of the treacherous journey for the condensate soaked bitumen torn from the northern boreal forests in massive strip mines. Once on the coast, tankers must then navigate through a network of islands and shoals, reefs and shifting sandbars before making its transpacific journey to Asia.

Vancouver Island environmental filmmaker, Richard Boyce kayaked along the proposed route these poison-laden leviathans would traverse and discovered the islands and other natural features the oil companies failed to chart in their PR campaigns.

Coastal Tarsands: Journey to the Deleted Islands is the result, and it will be airing in a special presentation this Thursday night right up here at the UVic’s Cinecenta theatre.

Richard Boyce in the first half.

And; if you thought Jean Chretien’s Sgt. Pepper attacks against APEC protesters in Vancouver in 1997, or the massively excessive police violence that came to be known as the ‘Battle of Seattle’ two years later was appalling back then, you truly hadn’t seen anything yet. In the interim years, police in the United States and Canada have come to resemble a military occupying force more than peace officers. And it’s not just the hardened attitudes and thuggish demeanor we’ve witnessed on television, and perhaps experienced at road stops, and check points differentiating today’s police from those halcyon days when pepper spray and German shepherds were likely the worst things you’d face at a demo gone wrong. Now, the cops are armed to the teeth with the latest military grade surplus weaponry, and more.

Michael Gould-Wartofsky is a writer and researcher, scholar, artist, educator, and author. His writing has been recognized with Harvard’s James Gordon Bennett Prize and the Times’ James B. Reston Award. His articles have appeared at the Washington Post, the Nation, Salon, and the Jacobin amongst others, and his first book, ‘The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement’ is described as essential reading for “everyone interested in understanding not just the Occupy movement but recent US history in general.”

Michael Gould-Wartofsky and the two sides of war and occupation 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 to do in and around our town, and beyond there too, for the coming week. But first, Richard Boyce and a journey through the deleted islands.

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Chris Cook

Author: Chris Cook

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday, 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, on the internet at: cfuv.ca, and archived at: www.gorilla-radio.com. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com, which you can now support at Petreon.com. Check out the GR blog at: 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. Some past guests include: M. Shahid Alam, Joel Bakan, Maude Barlow, Ramzy Baroud, David Barsamian, Eva Bartlett, William Blum, Luciana Bohne, Helen Caldicott, Noam Chomsky, Michel Chossudovsky, Paul Cienfuegos, Jon Elmer, Yves Engler, Laura Flanders, Eva Golinger, Amy Goodman, Glenn Greenwald, Denis Halliday, Chris Hedges, Patrick Henningsen, Julia Butterfly Hill, Robert Jensen, Dahr Jamail, Chalmers Johnson, Diana Johnstone, Malalai Joya, Kathy Kelly, Naomi Klein, Frances Moore Lappe, Ingmar Lee, Dave Lindorff, Andrew Gavin Marshall, Janos Maté, Jennifer Moore, Alexandra Morton, Sharmine Narwani, Andrew Nikiforuk, Ken O'Keefe, Greg Palast, Dawn Paley, Michael Parenti, Robert Parry, John Pilger, Kevin Pina, Ted Rall, Paul Craig Roberts, John Ross, David Rovics, Danny Schechter, David Schindler, Vandana Shiva, Tim Shorrock, Norman Solomon, David Swanson, Linn Washington, Jr., Andy Worthington, Mickey Z., Howard Zinn and many others.