Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jack A. Stanford, Nelle Maxey, Edda West Sept. 16, 2015

Little more than a year after Mt. Polley, the greatest mine tailing disaster ever recorded, government enthusiasm for similar mining projects in British Columbia is undiminished. Despite Imperial Metals’ failure to ameliorate the environmental damage they’ve caused, and the unlikelihood that damage can or will ever be ameliorated, the government of BC is pushing our neighbours north to accept Memoranda of Understanding on proposals to develop mines within the Taku, Stikine and Unuk River watersheds.

It’s a process of intense interest to some of our neighbours south in Montana, who have watched the extractive industries run rough-shod over the province’s environmental stewardship, and are sounding warnings to their Alaskan compatriots to steer well clear of BC’s dangerous schemes.

Dr. Jack A. Stanford is a professor of ecology at the University of Montana and director of the Flathead Lake Biological Station. He recently wrote the open letter to Alaskans titled, ‘A Cautionary “Tail”‘ warning, quote.

“The proposed mines in the BC-Alaska transboundary region will pollute Alaskan waters. It is not a question of when, but rather by how much, and to what extent the billion-dollar per year Alaska salmon fishery in the Taku, Stikine and Unuk watersheds will be damaged, and the livelihoods and way of life of tens of thousands of people degraded.”

Jack Stanford in the first half.

And; since Pasteur’s isolation of the rabies virus dozens of human disease vectors have been isolated with antitoxins and vaccines developed to guard human health from diphtheria, tetanus, anthrax, cholera, plague, typhoid, and tuberculosis among others. But do vaccines, and vaccination, perform the miracles their proponents claim? Today, there are questions that need answers; answers beyond fear mongering and rhetoric.

Edda West is co-founder and President of Vaccine Choice Canada, a not-for-profit educational society advocating for voluntary and informed consent prior to any and all vaccinations in Canada. Her interest in vaccine safety began with her daughter’s severe reaction to the MMR vaccine. Her research was lent greater urgency with the passage of Ontario’s Immunization of School Pupils Act in 1982. And Nelle Maxey is a parent and grandparent who says she refused to vaccinate her children, and advised against the same with her grandchildren, due to the influence of her husband, a bio-geneticist who knew vaccination was unsafe. Nelle currently serves as Secretary Treasurer of Vaccine Choice Canada.

Edda West and Nelle Maxey taking a jab at vaccination orthodoxy in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft has been called away on a vital mission the precludes her usual calendar updates for the coming week. But first, Jack A. Stanford and stopping BC’s cross-border polluting industries.

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Chris Cook

Author: Chris Cook

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, on the internet at: cfuv.uvic.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.