Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Sozan, Bonnie Glambeck, Janine Bandcroft Sept. 23, 2015

Images of a child, a war refugee washed up dead on a Turkish beach, elicited outrage and condemnation around the globe. Little Aylan Kurdi drown, along with his older brother and mother, when the precariously overloaded boat they bought passage to Greece on foundered and sank. It’s an increasingly common story, but the reaction to this particular case was extraordinary.

In Canada, the ill-fated Kurdi’s figured in on-going election coverage, with opposition parties using the tragedy to shame and embarrass the government of Canada’s immigration policy regarding the Syrian diaspora. But did the media miss the mark?

Canada’s immigration policy is indeed shameful, and worthy of condemnation, but how much has that to do with Syria, or the wars various parties in Parliament support?

Sozan is with No One Is Illegal, Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories the quote: “[G]rassroots anti-colonial migrant justice group… a movement for self-determination that challenges ideology of immigration controls…[and] combat[s] racial profiling, detention and deportation, the national security apparatus, law enforcement brutality, and exploitative working conditions of migrants.” She’s one of the volunteers working on NOII’s newly launched, Never Home: Legislating Discrimination in Canadian Immigration, project.

Sozan in the first segment.

And; Clayoquot Sound, site of the legendary War in the Woods of the early 1990’s is again up in figurative arms over an accelerated foreign invasion of fish farms. The Japanese trans-national, Mitsubishi is the latest to claim a spot within the iconic, United Nations declared Biosphere Reserve, to turn a buck running a penned-Atlantic salmon feedlot. If established, it would the 16th former Cermaq feedlot in the Sound run by the Japanese industrial giant, but members of the First Nations Ahousaht band say, “No more.”

Earlier this month, a so-called “table blockade” was set up to prevent operations, now there are indications Mitsubishi will rethink its plans.

“Bonny Glambeck is a peace activist and ecotourism operator who has worked for the protection of Clayoquot Sound since her first arrest in Sulphur Pass in 1988. She was one of the principal organizers of the Clayoquot Summer 1993 mass protests, and currently works for Clayoquot Action.”

Bonny Glambeck and drawing lines in the Sound in the second segment.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz of good goings on from our city’s streets and beyond for the coming week. But first, Sozan and Never Home finding a home in Canada.

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.

Gorilla Radio with Chalmers Johnson, Ingmar Lee, Janine Bandcroft Sept. 9, 2015

Fourteen years after the infamous date to be commemorated later this week, everything and little has changed. The toddlers of 2001 are now readying to begin college and university studies, never having known a World without a War on Terror.

And what has been accomplished, save the annihilation of several middle eastern countries, and the rendering of those country’s citizens by their millions into a desperate diaspora the likes of which has not been seen since the last century’s greatest war? Is the World a better place for any but the ethnic cleansers and war profiteers?

While watching the refugee crisis unfold in Europe, blowback, a term steeped in spook-speak comes to mind. Describing the unintended consequence of actions or policies, ‘Blowback’ is also the title of the late former CIA analyst, University of California, San Diego professor emeritus, and author Chalmers Johnson’s tour de force trilogy on American empire.

I spoke to Chalmers half-way back to the day “that changed everything” in 2001.

Chalmers Johnson in the first half.

And; betrayal, disloyalty, faithlessness, infidelity, duplicity, dirty tricks, deception, chicanery, backstabbing, double-dealing, and untrustworthiness; yes, it’s poll time again! As well as perfect descriptors of every election season, that string of invective is also Google’s partial list, (and who better would know?) of synonyms for treachery, and what could be more treacherous than falsely leading the people to believe the law is protecting the environment they live in from catastrophic harm? But that is just the case here in British Columbia, where successive governments have perpetuated the myth of an oil tanker moratorium in the Salish Sea.

Ingmar Lee is a long-time ecology defender whose latest campaign is to stop the “Treacherous Traffic of the 10,000 Ton Texas Tankers” currently endangering the entirety of BC’s coastal environment. Ingmar will be in Victoria speaking to the secretive oil trafficker’s activities and the dangers they pose. He’ll be at the Sitka Café, at 570 Yates St. tonight at 5pm.

Ingmar Lee, red-lighting the 10,000 Ton Texas Tanker 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 town, and beyond, in the coming week. But first, Chalmers Johnson and empire’s blowback.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ted Rall, Kevin Pina, Janine Bandcroft Sept. 2, 2015

Just what’s wrong with the police? In recent years, on both sides of the border, we’ve seen the “boys in blue” come to resemble more a menacing occupier than your grandfather’s friendly beat-walker. Maybe it’s television, or the age we live in, but there’s definitely been an attitudinal sea change.

My first guest can attest, and has attested in his LA Times political cartoon column, to the blue-to-black approach to “community” policing. It’s a strange coincidence perhaps, that a personal account he wrote of abuse at the hands of the LAPD nearly fifteen years ago has escalated into a career threatening smear campaign against the vociferous critic of the “zero-tolerance” age we live in.

Ted Rall is the Pulitzer Prize-finalist; a journalist who having done his job at the LA Times calling out hypocrisy on both sides of American politics so well, now finds himself kicked off that venerable broadsheet with few allies.

Rall is more though than just a cartoonist in the LA Times’ syndication stable, he’s also a political cartoonist at ANewDomain.net, editor-in-chief of SkewedNews.net, and a prolific graphic artist and author, whose books include: ‘After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You As Honored Guests: Unembedded in Afghanistan,’ ‘To Afghanistan and Back: A Graphic Travelogue,’ ‘The Book of Obama: From Hope and Change to the Age of Revolt,’ and many more. His latest, just released title, ‘Snowden,’ is an illustrated biography of America’s most wanted man, whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Ted Rall in the first half.

And; last month, Haiti made, according to the Organization of American States, a great “step forward” in holding long-delayed parliamentary elections. But was it the forward step the OAS would like the World to believe? Amid calls for investigations for massive vote suppression, ballot stealing and ballot-box stuffing, intimidation, violence and even murder it seems, if Haiti is moving it is in a direction leading down its well-worn path to despotism dressed as democracy in the service of trans-national capital as overseen by a ruthless local elite.

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 in and reported from Haiti, and was jailed by the infamous Baby Doc Duvalier for reporting on the abuses of that nefarious regime.

Kevin Pina and a faux democracy deja vu in Haiti 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 beyond there too. But first, Ted Rall and the life and death of an LA Times column.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ingmar Lee, Andrea Morison, Janine Bandcroft Aug. 12, 2015

The oil spill disaster, when it comes, can’t be ascribed to “the weather,” “bad luck,” or an “Act of God.” Its absolutely predictable arrival is due to the system of moving oil and oil derivative products in and through BC waters currently in place.

That precarious fact was illustrated again on August 5th when a barge loaded with 60,000 litres of diesel and gasoline hit the rocks in Surge Narrows, just off Campbell River. The Coast Guard was able in this instance to “race to the scene” to extricate the floundered barge before the surge tide came, and avert certain disaster.

Kudos to the Coast Guard this time; but, can they be expected to pull it off every time?

Ingmar Lee is a long-time environmental defender, whose efforts to save the forests and watershed ecosystems of Vancouver Island stretch back more than decade.

Ingmar was among the few who took to the trees in the iconic Cathedral Grove, remaining for two years while the law, loggers, and MacMillan Bloedel threatened them every way they could. The fact the Grove remains is due in great part to he and his “outlaw” cohorts. Between campaigns like Cathedral Grove, fighting the destruction of the suburban forest to make way for highways in Langford, scaling the BC Legislature flag pole to garner press in opposition to the Enbridge pipeline scheme, and dismantling seismic explosives in the heart of Sandhill Crane nesting grounds, Ingmar earned a degree in environmental science from the University of Victoria.

Today, he’s warning of the present and imminent dangers posed to coastal ecosystems by free-booting, regulation-evading oil transshipment companies, and the failure of government to perform its due diligence to protect the marine environment and the creatures dependent upon it.

Ingmar Lee in the first half.

And; last month, hundreds came out to the annual Paddle for the Peace demonstration of solidarity in opposition to the proposed Site-C Dam on the Peace River. Despite the widespread public opposition to the project in the Peace River Valley, logging crews got busy cutting down trees along the footprint of the proposed site. And, to add insult to injury, as CBC Radio reported Monday, local loggers were frozen out, forestry jobs instead being contracted to out-of-towners.

Meanwhile, the upcoming Union of BC Municipalities Convention will debate at least one resolution dealing with Site-C and the freezing out of the BC Utilities Commission on the controversial project.

Andrea Morison is spokesperson for the PVEA, Peace Valley Environmental Association. She holds a Masters of Natural Resource Management degree and has worked in that field in both Ontario and BC for more than 25 years; the last four years of which has been devoted to the PVEA’s involvement with the environmental assessment process for Site-C

Andrea Morison testing the power of resistance to one mega-project too many on the Peace 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 news of the coming week on our city’s streets, and beyond there too. But first, Ingmar Lee and running to ground an oil industry increasingly running aground.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Matt Kasper, Hiroshima-Nagasaki Remembrance, Janine Bandcroft Aug. 26, 2015

Last week, Stephen Harper fired another salvo in his long-running war against Canadian scientific research; this time binning the library at Alberta’s Agriculture and Agri-Food Lethbridge Research Centre. This 16th governmental science library gutting under Harper follows a pattern set by US-based Think Tanks and industry associations. Those fellow-travellers have been busy down south attacking not only government science and scientists, primarily on climate heating, but more recently taking runs too at renewable energy policy.

According to the recently released report, ‘Attacks on Renewable Energy Policy in 2015’ by the Energy and Policy Institute, the largely fossil-fuel industry-funded attacks reflect a growing fear within the extractive sector about the booming renewable energy field’s threat to its future.

Matt Kasper is a fellow at the Energy and Policy Institute whose focus is on defending government policies that help develop clean energy alternatives to greenhouse gas emitting sources. He previously worked as Research Assistant with the Energy and Environment Policy Team at the Center for American Progress, served as a fellow for Organizing for America in Indiana, and spent time interning in the Connecticut state legislature. His research work has featured online at Climate Progress, Greentech Media, and the Huffington Post, among other places.

Matt Kasper in the first half.

And; went down to the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of history’s most heinous act(s). Here’s how the organizers explain the annual Lantern Lighting event: Hiroshima-Nagasaki memorial This year’s lantern ceremony marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Japan Thursday August 6th 7:30 pm Esquimalt Gorge Park 1070 Tillicum Road, south of Gorge Rd. Lantern making starts at 7:30 pm, with words and songs of peace at 8 pm, followed by floating the lanterns in the Gorge.

Remembering the bomb 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 beyond there too. But first, Matt Kasper and blunting the extractive industry’s desperate attacks on Renewable Energy Policy.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Brandon Martinez, John Newman, Janine Bandcroft Aug. 19, 2015 SCv

If you’re just back from the cottage, or travelling abroad, or just enjoying a summer’s break from the media news cycle grind, let me be the first to wish you a “Happy election year!” For the rest of you, it may seem the Summer poll has already lasted a year, or more; but before you tune us out…today’s show is meant as an anodyne to electioneering banalities and fear-mongering.

Be aware! Stephen Harper plans to scare you witless, because he knows it’s the only way you’ll vote for he and his agents of the Apocalypse; and the hairiest, scariest Bogie Man in Steve’s bag of tricks is ISIS.

Our idea today is to provide you with some karmic Kung Fu to fight campaign jingoism; a little mental Jiu Jitsu for self-defense, a heightened sense of security, and to ease your worried mind.

Listen. Hear.

Brandon Martinez is an independent journalist, broadcaster, and author of the books, ‘Hidden History’ and ‘Grand Deceptions.’ His articles on Canada’s foreign policy and international affairs have been featured online at PressTV, Global Research, What Really Happened, and Information Clearing House among others. He’s also, with Joshua Blakeney, co-founder of the news site, Non-Aligned Media.com, from where he files video reports on war, terrorism, government propaganda, and media deception. His recent report, ‘The Buried Canadian State Connection to ISIS’ retrieves from the memory hole a tale more troubling than Mr. Harper’s Mike Duffy imbroglio.

Brandon Martinez in the first half.

And; it was a bad weekend for Amazon.com founder, Jeff Bezos. The E-commerce billionaire’s way of doing business was featured by the New York Times’ Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld in a piece painting a grim portrait of life for Bezos’ white collar “Amazonians.” The paper says Amazon is engaged in, “[A] little-known experiment in how far it can push white-collar workers,” and claim the company is, in the process, “[R]edrawing the boundaries of what is acceptable.”

The “blistering account” was no surprise to my second guest, whose own research into Amazon’s HR practices affirms the Times’ worst revelations, and more.

John Newman is a legal scholar, lawyer, educator, and writer who cut his judicial teeth investigating corporate malfeasance at the US Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division in Washington. He’s currently a faculty member at the University of Memphis’ Humphreys School of Law. John’s articles on the law and economics of technology markets are featured by the Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Vanderbilt University of Law and Maryland Law Reviews, among others. His latest piece, ‘The Grim Externalities of Amazon.com’ appears at the web news site, CounterPunch.org.

John Newman and the long littleness of life in Amazon’s workplace jungle 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 news of the coming week on our streets, and beyond there too. but first, Brandon Martinez and daylighting ‘The Buried Canadian State Connection to ISIS’ and the real nature of the relationship between Harper’s New Canadian Government and the Islamic State?

Ape Goes to Hiroshima Nagasaki 70th Remembrance

Went down to the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of history’s most heinous act(s). Here’s how the organizers explain the annual Lantern Lighting event: Hiroshima-Nagasaki memorial

This year’s lantern ceremony
marks the 70th anniversary of the
atomic bombing of Japan

August 6th

7:30 pm
Esquimalt Gorge Park

1070 Tillicum Road, south of Gorge Rd.

Lantern making starts at 7:30 pm, with words and songs of peace at 8 pm, followed by floating the lanterns in the Gorge.



Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Roger Annis, Divest Victoria Rally, Janine Bandcroft Aug. 5, 2015

Last week, a resolution was presented at the United Nations Security Council that would have a new tribunal created to investigate the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH-17 over Ukraine.

Coinciding nearly with the first anniversary of the tragedy, the resolution was vetoed by Russia for reasons not made clear in western media reports. Instead, the press used the rejection to insinuate Russian complicity in either the attack, or to protect the villain framed to take the fall for the killing of the almost three hundred passengers and crew aboard MH-17, resisters of the Kiev coup in eastern Ukraine. So, why did Russia stand against the proposal, knowing full-well it would be presented as having, at the very least, some nefarious secret to hide?

Roger Annis is a contributing editor at the website New Cold War, where he’s written extensively on Ukraine. His articles can also be found at his website, A Socialist in Canada, Rabble.ca, and Counterpunch.org. Roger visited Crimea last year, and his assignment to the Eastern Ukrainian city of Donestk earlier this year resulted in his lecture for Simon Fraser University’s Institute for the Humanities, ‘Eyewitness Report from the War Zone of Eastern Ukraine.’

Roger Annis in the first half.

And; famously successful in bringing an end to South Africa’s vile Apartheid regime, the sanction, boycott and divestment movement has grown to include personal and institutional financial dealings with fossil fuel companies. Last month, Victoria City Council was presented with a motion to divest its investments in industries recognized as contributing to climate change. As the motion was being readied for presentation to the Mayor and Council, scores of activists with Divest Victoria rallied outside City Hall to voice their support.

Sounds from the Divest Victoria Climate Action Rally 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 in the coming week. But first, Roger Annis and dissecting the UN Security Council’s resolve in getting to the bottom of the MH-17 mass murder.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Greg Palast, Terry Wolfwood, Janine Bandcroft July 29, 2015

If the laws governing macro-economics is all Greek to you, don’t be too hard on yourself; the Greeks too are having a hard time fathoming just what the hell happened to their economy. There are almost as many theories as there are pundits trying to explain the situation, but few on the major news networks dare dig behind the prevailing myth that frames the latest road-kill on the European Union’s highway to neo-liberal Nirvana as due to, as my first guest paraphrased it, “lazy, ouzo-swilling, olive pit-spitting Greeks.”

It’s a classic blame-the-victim narrative, revealing little of the actual story behind Greece’s financial tragedy.

Greg Palast is a journalist, television presenter, and reporting investigator whose reports are found stateside at The Nation Magazine, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Magazine, and online at Truthout.org and at GregPalast.com.

He’s also author of the New York Times’ Best Selling books, ‘Billionaires and Ballot Bandits,’ ‘Armed Madhouse,’ and ‘The Best Democracy Money Can Buy,’ among others, and he’s an economist, trained at the infamous Chicago School of Economics, incubator of the very theories ravaging Greece today.

Greg’s latest book, ‘Vultures’ Picnic’ was named “Book of the Year” by the BBC’s Newsnight Review, and his film exposés include: ‘Billionaires and Ballot Bandits – The Movie,’ ‘Vultures and Vote Rustlers,’ ‘Why We Occupy – Palast Live!,’ ‘Big Easy to Big Empty,’ ‘Bush Family Fortunes, ‘ ‘The Assassination of Hugo Chavez,’ ‘Palast Investigates,’ ‘The Election File,’ and with Jeremy Scahill ‘Big Noise: From Black Water to White Powder.’

Greg Palast in the first segment.

And; next week commemorations marking the dates of two of humanity’s most heinous acts will be held again in Victoria, and around the World. On August 6th, the Victoria chapter of the Women in Black, an international collective dedicated to the promotion of peace and opposition to war and violence, will mark the 70th anniversary of the1945 destruction of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Obliterated by a new kind of weapon, the unprecedented attack set the stage for a nuclear arms race and stand-off the shadow of which still looms over the planet generations later.

Theresa Wolfwood is Director and co-founder of the Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation, and is a writer, photographer, and long-time activist who has traveled from the highlands of Mexico to the gates of Gaza and beyond in pursuit of peace, social justice, and women’s rights. Wolfwood has written for Briarpatch, Peace News, and Third World Resurgence among others, and is local coordinator for Victoria’s Women in Black. She and the Women in Black will hold an educational picket August 6th at the Inner Harbour.

Terry Wolfwood and the Women in Black standing vigil for Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and a World weary of warfare 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 here too, for the coming week.

But first; Greg Palast and Eurozone Economics 101: Getting Greece’d.

Arial Sea Trimaran Chris goes for a Summer sail.

Arial Sea Trimaran boating – total sustainable eco-multihull – Chris goes for a sail.

Ape Goes to the Divest Victoria Climate Action Rally July 23, 2015

Went down to the Divest Victoria Action Rally at Victoria City Hall…Here's how they describe their mission: "In the hours before today’s momentous city council meeting, citizens of Victoria will be rallying at City Hall to pressure the Municipal Government to take city dollars out of fossil fuel investments.

Mayor and council will then be debating and voting on Victoria’s first ever motion concerning fossil fuel divestment.

Award winning Canadian artist, author and activist, Franke James, will display her artwork and give one of the speeches at the event, which starts at 6pm.

In the lead up to the July 23rd event, Victoria residents have been voicing their concerns about widespread droughts, rampant forest fires and climate change, as well as their support for taking municipal dollars out of fossil fuel companies."

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Zoe Blunt, Simon Fawkes, Janine Bandcroft July 22, 2015

Tensions are rising at the Unis’tot’en Camp, centre of a determined six year “soft” blockade of the nexus point of Big Energy’s big plans to traverse British Columbia with a new network of oil and gas pipelines.

Last month, British Columbia’s Oil and Gas Commission gave Chevron the green light to begin clearing a path for its Pacific Trails fracked gas pipeline. That means fellers and road crews getting on the land to prepare the way through First Nations communities and territories, regardless of opposition.

Members of the Wet’suwet’en people who have steadfastly maintained the blockade site in northern BC say they’re worried by repeated helicopter overflights and the increasingly menacing behaviour of the RCMP.

Zoe Blunt is a long-time south Vancouver Island-based environment defender and organizer. She, WildCoast.ca and the Forest Action Network have worked to get people from down here up there to the Unis’tot’en Camp with their now annual Summer Caravan to Unis’tot’en Camp.

Zoe Blunt in the first half.

And; over the weekend, the solar powered Aerial Sea catamaran was in Victoria, the final stop of its Salish Sea Tour. The tour was an effort to educate, demonstrate, and popularize the notion of viable alternatives to oil and gas boating on the Salish Sea and elsewhere. It was also an effort, led by Aerial Sea’s skipper Simon Fawkes, and his allies at the Wilderness Committee, Tanker Free BC, Salish Sea Keepers and musician/activist Luke Wallace to shine a light on Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline and tanker proposal that would see a ten-fold increase in tanker traffic through the Salish Sea.

Getting aboard the Aerial Sea with skipper, Simon Fawkes in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us, freshly returned from Vancouver’s massive Folk Fest, at the bottom of the hour to tell us how much fun she had, and perhaps bring us up to speed with some of the good goings on to be had around here in the coming week.

But first, Zoe Blunt and standing ground with the Wet’suwet’en at the Unis’tot’en Camp.

Simon Fawkes and the Aerial Sea's Salish Sea Tour

I went down to Victoria's Inner Harbour to talk with Simon Fawkes, skipper of the Aerial Sea, a solar powered catamaran sailing vessel, as it winds up its Salish Sea Tour. Here's how they describe the tour: Salish Sea Tour hits Victoria as Nexen Spill Rocks Alberta
by Wilderness Committee

Communities visited during solar-powered tour echo call to stop Kinder Morgan

VICTORIA – An interactive tour connecting Salish Sea residents against the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline and tanker proposal arrives in Victoria tomorrow. The team of activists leading the 2015 Salish Sea Tour left Vancouver on July 4th on a solar-powered catamaran called Aerial Sea, and visited several communities along the Kinder Morgan tanker route.

The two-week tour wraps up tomorrow in Victoria, where the Aerial Sea will be docked at Ship Point in the Inner Harbour from noon until 4 p.m. Meanwhile, one of the largest oil spills in Canada’s history has just taken place along a new Nexen pipeline in northern Alberta, close to Fort McMurray.

While the focus of the Salish Sea Tour has been on positive solutions to climate change around the region, organizers are also highlighting the fact that dangerous projects like Kinder Morgan’s have no place in a healthy future here.

“The Salish Sea is one of the best places to live in the world – it’s not a sacrifice zone for Big Oil,” said Torrance Coste, Vancouver Island Campaigner for the Wilderness Committee.

“In every corner of this region, we’ve heard from communities that Kinder Morgan has absolutely no place in our future.”

The Tour has made stops in Vancouver, Steveston, Salt Spring Island and Pender Island – all places directly threatened by the heightened oil spill risk and intensified climate change that Kinder Morgan’s proposed project would bring to the region.

“The Nexen spill is yet another reminder of the dangers of oil transport. We are doing this tour to highlight the fact that there are better alternatives that we should be embracing. We don’t need to take all the risk of new oil pipelines and increased tanker traffic. We could be on a path to reduced consumption today,” said Ben West, Executive Director of Tanker Free BC.

Saturday’s afternoon event on the Aerial Sea will be followed by an evening gathering (7-9 p.m.) at Solstice Café featuring film, speakers and musical acts including Luke Wallace, a Vancouver-based folk artist and co-organizer of the tour.

“As the Salish Sea Tour comes to a close, we have had a successful couple weeks visiting communities all along the Kinder Morgan tanker route. Our tour has been capped off dramatically with a massive spill in Alberta,” said Wallace.

“We are inviting everyone to come down and join us at the public dock and at our event in the evening, to celebrate what is possible as an alternative to more pipelines and tankers.”

As a spin-off event the following day, the Wilderness Committee is organizing a tour of the T’sou-ke Solar Community – an innovative First Nation’s solar project just outside Victoria – to show that solutions to dirty energy projects like the Kinder Morgan pipeline are here and thriving.

The Salish Sea Tour is organized by the Wilderness Committee, Tanker Free BC, Salish Sea Keepers and Luke Wallace. More details at www.Facebook.com/SalishSeaTour


For Immediate Release – July 17, 2015

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, David Lavallee, Steve Lawson, Janine Bandcroft Jul 8, 2015

Where will it all end? When will we finally turn the corner on the Fossil Fuel Age, and begin the long work of repairing the damage we clever apes have wrought against the environment?

No time soon, if the extractive industries have their say; and they’re just about the only ones who have the ear of government at all levels in this country, and abroad. Just this week, Seattle’s Sightline Institute reports on plans to send more than a million barrels of oil per day through the Pacific Northwest region. Oil coming from shale fracking in North Dakota, and Alberta’s Tar Sands and destined for Asia’s Satanic Mills.

So, how far will Big Oil and Gas take the Fossil Fuel Age? To the very ends of the Earth.

David Lavallee is a Canadian filmmaker whose first documentary, ‘White Water, Black Gold’ garnered awards at numerous film festivals, and was broadcast around the World. He’s a Pull Focus Film School grad, and a product of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s Producer Emergence Program. David is now in the process of producing his next film, ‘To the Ends of the Earth,’ an investigation into the lengths the latter day oil barons will go to keep their energy domination going.

David Lavallee in the first segment.

And, Big Oil is not the only industrial fossil menacing the planet. Big Timber is another reptilian-brained, bottom line obsessed operator determined to profit and all and any costs; as long as those costs are borne by someone else. In this case, those someones are the people, wild things, and environment of Vancouver Island’s west coast. Incredibly, more than twenty-five years after the legendary War in the Woods, an environmental stand-off resulting in almost a thousand arrests, the ancient forests of both Clayoquot Sound and the Walbran Valley are abuzz again with the terminal whine of chainsaws.

Steve Lawson is a veteran of the environmental battles to save the old growth forests on the then-named Meares Island, and in Clayoquot Sound. He’s a past board member of both the Canadian Environmental and First Nations Environmental Networks, and has participated with many other environmental organization in Canada and internationally. Steve’s a boat designer and builder who calls Wickaninnish Island, off Tofino, home.

Steve Lawson and a clear-cut call to arms in Clayoquot and the Walbran 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 to do in and around our town’s streets, and beyond there too, in the coming week. But first, David Lavallee and looking at to the ends of the earth.