Despite decades of abuse, and now the daily revelations of the criminal mismanagement of Flint, Michigan’s water supply, the Great Lakes and its tributaries are still viewed by industry, government, and sadly the citizenry at large, as a vast toilet, ready and able to handle all our societal effluence.
The latest to offer up its downstream product for the Lakes’ biosphere is Ontario Power Generation, who hope to make for eternal inclusion there a nuclear waste dump next to Lake Huron. And, bad news: in the waning days of the unlamented Stephen Harper regime past, the project was approved.
But that’s just the beginning of the story.
Joyce Nelson is an award-winning Canadian freelance writer/researcher whose articles appear in the Watershed Sentinel and at CounterPunch.org. Nelson is also an author, some of whose book titles include: ‘The Perfect Machine: TV in the Nuclear Age,’ ‘Sultans of Sleaze: Public Relations and the Media,’ ‘Sign Crimes/Road Kill: From Mediascape to Landscape,’ and the poetry chapbook, ‘Battlefronts.’ Her recent article at CounterPunch.org, ‘Great Lakes Nuclear Waste Dump: The Battle Continues’ examines the combatants in the far from done deal to dump nuclear waste within a stone’s skip of Lake Huron.
Joyce Nelson in the first half.
And; as Barak Obama winds down his second and last term the inmates at the prison he promised to close down on day one of his presidency languish at Guantánamo Bay yet. And, as he has since 2011, Andy Worthington again crossed the Atlantic this year to mark still another anniversary of America’s Gitmo gulag.
He was joined in New York by legendary musician and long-time justice advocate, Roger Waters in calling for the release of those remaining in the prison and to kick off the US leg of the Close Guantánamo Campaign. Worthington is also a journalist and author whose book titles include: ‘Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo,’ and ‘The Guantánamo Files: Stories of 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison.’ He is too co-director of the film, ‘Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo.’
Andy Worthington and an end in sight finally for Camp X-Ray’s remaining prisoners 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 good goings on for the coming week upon the streets of our town, and beyond there too. But first, enjoining Joyce Nelson and the Great Lakes nuclear battle at the Lake called Huron.