Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Meghan Bell, Yves Engler, Janine Bandcroft March 12th, 2020

Today, as Pestilence astride its white horse stalks the World ready to scythe humanity down to size, it seems fitting we ponder our society, ourselves, and our priorities to know best what and who to save before the end of all else. Serendipitously, my first guest undertook just such a sorting task, before the dread Covid-19 cocked its ugly head into our collective consciousness, questioning the legitimacy of privilege and daring suggest meritocracy has little to do with the ordering of our social hierarchy.

Meghan Bell writes fiction and poetry, and her critical essays on wealth, capitalism, and mental health appear online at The Walrus, The Tyee, among other places, and at Passage, the “Canadian publication of thoughtful political, economic, and cultural ideas” where I found her essay, ‘I Was Born Wealthy, And Know Rich People Don’t Work Harder Than You‘.

Bell is too the past publisher of Room Magazine, and co-founder of the Growing Room Literary and Arts Festival, (going on NOW through March 15th in Vancouver). Meghan is also a member of Resource Movement, a “community of young Canadians with wealth and/or class privilege working toward the redistribution of wealth, land, and power.”

Meghan Bell in the first half.

And; as tax time rolls around do you find yourself wondering just what kind of government you’re paying for? When it comes to foreign policy, the tribute our current Liberal government wrings from your pockets on pain of imprisonment is getting you nothing more than branch plant corporate imperialism; just as was the case with its Tory predecessors.

Yves Engler is a Montréal-based activist, essayist, and author whose articles appear at Dissident Voice, The Palestine Chronicle, Rabble.ca, and Pacific Free Press among other places. Yves is also a key organizer with Disruption Network Canada, which has mobilized activists to challenge politicians through peaceful, direct action.The latest of Engler’s eleven books, ‘HOU$E of MIRRORS: Justin Trudeau’s Foreign Policy‘ questions the Liberals’ progressive pretense, while challenging the persistent national delusion that Canadians are “a benevolent force in the world” despite ample evidence to the contrary.

Yves Engler and throwing stones in Canada’s house of mirrors in the second half.

And; long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with this week’s Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Meghan Bell assessing society and our endpoint values.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.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/

Left Coast Events Bulletin with Janine Bandcroft March 12th, 2020

Left Coast Events Bulletin for week of March 12-19th, 2020.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Mark Worthing, Sharon J. Riley, Janine Bandcroft March 5th, 2020

It’s been more than a year since the BC government granted a court injunction allowing Coastal GasLink continue its work, laying a pipeline from the province’s interior to a planned gas processing plant to be built in Kitimat, unmolested.

The January 2019 interim injunction was extended in June, and on New Year’s Eve day, Madam Justice Church ruled again, in Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd. v. Huson, for the company, denying Wet’suwet’en hereditary houses’ preeminence and empowering the RCMP to move in and arrest land defenders refusing to give way.

What happened next has played out on the lawn of the BC Legislature and across this country, Canada.

Mark Worthing is an activist, naturalist and journalist currently working with Sierra Club BC. He’s a founding member of Tanker Free BC, and has worked with a variety of environmental groups on various campaigns, and led Sierra Club’s Flathead River Basin biodiversity study.

Mark Worthing in the first half.

And; if the Coastal GasLink Pipeline v. Wet’suwet’en hereditary houses’ imbroglio instructs on the complexity of big energy projects in BC, Teck Resources’ abandonment of its massive Frontier mine in the Alberta Tar Sands amplifies the point, casting into doubt, (some contend) the viability of a Canadian oil industry.

Teck’s announced decision to pull up its Frontier stakes has been picked up since by each side of the climate debate to serve their respective interests, and used as a policy bludgeon by both federal and provincial political operators.

Sharon J. Riley is an Alberta-based investigative journalist for The Narwhal, whose essays, interviews and long-form nonfiction feature too at Harper’s, The Tyee, and Maisonneuve among others sites. Her recent Narwhal article, ‘11 things you need to know about the oilsands as Teck abandons plans for Frontier mine‘ is a guide and “explainer” for those still confused.

Sharon J. Riley and what the Teck manoeuvre says about and means for the beleaguered Canadian energy sector in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good going on in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Mark Worthing and Coastal GasLink, a project gone and going too far.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.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/

Left Coasts Events Bulletin with Janine Bandcroft March 5, 2020

Left Coast Events for week of March 5-12th, 2020.

Ape Goes to Indigenous Youth for Wet’suwet’en Victoria Legislature Rally Feb 29, 2020

Went down to the Legislature for the rally called in support of Youth for Wet’suwet’en following incident they describe as “white supremacist” harassment.

“White supremacist vigilante groups have put a call out for people to use violence against blockades throughout the country today. If there is an ongoing blockade or action in your area numbers are needed to keep people safe.”

 

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Nils Melzer, Steve Poikonen, Andre Vltchek, Janine Bandcroft February 27th, 2020

The extradition hearing for WikiLeaks publisher, Julian Assange began Monday in London. Assange was dragged, listeners may recall, from Ecuador’s embassy in that city last April 11th following a nearly seven years-long asylum there. He’s been held since in Britain’s Belmarsh Prison, or “Britmo” in conditions so appalling, UN Rapporteur for Torture, Nils Melzer demanded his immediate release.

Melzer also condemned the extradition case the United States has put forward, saying he very much doubted Assange would receive a fair trial should British courts hand him over to them.

Steve Poikonen is a columnist, broadcaster, organizer with Action4Assange, and co-host of the #FreeAssange Vigil. Steve also hosts the ‘Slow News Day’ podcast, available on Patreon.com.

Steve Poikonen in the first half.

And; never mind Venice; in a decision that will prove practically momentous, Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo floated the idea of relocating the country’s capital, Jakarta from Java to Borneo. It seems, not only is the current capital polluted, corrupt, and holding top spot on the Human Misery Index of World cities, but at a mere 9 meters above sea level, the president thought it high time to move.

But, will it be a case of jumping from the boiling pot into the burning fire? Climate changes and massive deforestation have brought dryer weather to Borneo, where mega-fires threatening air quality throughout the region have becoming an annual event.

Andre Vltchek is an itinerant journalist, filmmaker, philosopher, and playwright. He has covered wars and conflicts around the World, going to the places and talking to the people most directly effected by state violence. He’s been travelling to Borneo for the last few years, recording the destruction of the natural environment and civic life there. He says, the capital move to the island will, “…further erode the environment and rob millions of hectares from the island and its people.”

Vltchek is also a prolific author whose latest books include: ‘China Belt and Road Initiative: Connecting Countries, Saving Millions of Lives’. ‘Revolutionary Optimism, Western Nihilism’, ‘The Great October Socialist Revolution’, ‘Fighting Against Western Imperialism’, and, with Noam Chomsky, ‘On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare’. I spoke to Andre Sunday.

Andre Vltchek from Hong Kong in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things you can get up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Steve Poikonen and the prosecution of Julian Assange.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.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/

Left Coast Events Bulletin with Janine Bandcroft February 27th, 2020

Left Coast Events for week of February 27th-March 5, 2020.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Andre Vltchek raw Feb. 23, 2020

Nevermind Venice; in a decision that will prove practically momentous, Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo floated the idea of relocating the country’s capital, Jakarta from Java to Borneo. It seems, not only is the current capital polluted, corrupt, and holding top spot on the Human Misery Index of World cities, but at a mere 9 meters above sea level, the president thought it high time to move. But, will it be a case of jumping from the boiling pot into the burning fire? Climate changes and massive deforestation have brought dryer weather to Borneo, where mega-fires threatening air quality throughout the region have becoming an annual event.

Andre Vltchek is an itinerant journalist, filmmaker, philosopher, and playwright. He has covered wars and conflicts around the World, going to the places and talking to the people most directly effected by state violence. He’s been travelling to Borneo for the last few years, recording the destruction of the natural environment and civic life there. He says, the capital move to the island will, “…further erode the environment and rob millions of hectares from the island and its people.”

Vltchek is also a prolific author whose latest books include: ‘China Belt and Road Initiative: Connecting Countries, Saving Millions of Lives’. ‘Revolutionary Optimism, Western Nihilism’, ‘The Great October Socialist Revolution’, ‘Fighting Against Western Imperialism’, and, with Noam Chomsky, ‘On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare’. I spoke to Andre Sunday.

Andre Vltchek from Hong Kong in the first half.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Gregg McElroy, John Helmer, Janine Bandcroft February 20th, 2020

The undeterred vigilance of Wet’suwet’en land defenders, (and draconian federal government response to their steadfastness) has focused global attention in part on the long and ongoing environmental struggles in Canada and British Columbia.

While those struggles are myriad, encompassing every species within this region, the plight of Pacific Salmon is perhaps most emblematic of the systemic failure of colonial/settler economics in providing an ecologically sustainable social model.

The situation is dire now, with wild species population collapse already underway, and extinctions an increasingly probable eventuality.

Among the many creatures who won’t survive without salmon are the endangered southern resident Orca, and it was their survival that inspired the creation of the Canadian Orca Rescue Society.

Gregg McElroy is a long-time environmental frontline activist and co-founder of the Canadian Orca Rescue Society.

Gregg McElroy in the first half.

And; it’s been nearly two years since father and daughter Sergei and Yulia Skripal collapsed on a park bench in the middle of the picturesque town of Salisbury, in the heart of England. What followed was a tale of espionage, intrigue, and villainy; a story that seemed for a while even to threaten war.

John Helmer followed the Skripal saga more closely than almost anyone writing in the English-language press and says of the case, “The facts which you have seen, heard or read about the incident of March 4, 2018, have been falsified. Everything that has flowed from them is false too. Understanding this is a start to the other story, and so something solid to work from – not missed until now; more like seen but disbelieved.

Helmer’s a journalist, author, broadcaster, former political advisor to governments, and principal behind the news website, Dances with Bears. He’s also one of the most widely read Russian specialists in the business world for his news-breaking stories on Russian base and precious metals, diamonds, mining, shipping, insurance, food trade, and business policy.

Helmer’s book titles include: ‘The Deadly Simple Mechanics of Society’, ‘The Jackal’s Wedding – American Power, Arab Revolt’, (co-authored with Claudia Wright) the political memoir, ‘The Man Who Knows Too Much About Russia’, and his latest, ‘Skripal in Prison‘.

John Helmer and ‘SKRIPAL IN PRISON’ – THE FIRST BOOK TO REPORT THE TRUTH in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week.

But first, Gregg McElroy, Orca Rescue, and the mission to bring salmon back to every river and creek in BC.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.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/

Left Coast Events Bulletin with Janine Bandcroft February 20, 2020

Left Coast Events Bulletin for week of Feb. 20-27th, 2020.

Left Coast Events Bulletin with Janine Bandcroft February 13, 2020

Left Coast Events for week of February 13-20th, 2020.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Molly Wickham, Kolin Sutherland-Wilson, Bonny Glambeck, Janine Bandcroft Feb. 13, 2020

The determination of the Wet’suwet’en to maintain their territorial and cultural sovereignty has stood in the face of the latest ambitions of the Canadian government and the petroleum interests it serves.

Using bribes, threats, the courts, and last week a paramilitary incursion against Unist’ot’en land defenders by the RCMP, the federal and provincial governments are revealed to be both willing to trample under foot treaties and declarations of support for indigenous rights and self-determination, and trash cornerstone constitutional precepts like freedom of the press.

Reaction to the government’s heavy-handed tactics has been swift and determined from coast to coast to coast, and abroad too.

Here in Victoria, members of Indigenous Youth for Wet’suwet’en and their allies encamped on the front stairs of the BC Legislature, blockading Tuesday’s legislative session opening Speech from the Throne to make their objections to the continuation of colonial violence unavoidable.

Kolin Sutherland-Wilson, is with Indigenous Youth for Wet’suwet’en, and spent the last week in solidarity on the stairs of the Legislature.

Kolin Sutherland-Wilson in the first half.

And; Clayoquot Action has released a devastating report regarding the status of the Norwegian infectious disease piscine orthoreovirus, or PRV found in salmon field-tested at open-net fish farms in the Sound. One of the companies operating there showed infection rates of 90%; while the second revealed 100% contagion.

Bonny Glambeck is director of ClayoquotAction.org, an organization dedicated to: “Keep Clayoquot Sound clean and green for future generations, to preserve the diversity and integrity of the ecosystems, and to maintain and develop community and cultural richness.”

Bonny Glambeck and a virus in the Sound in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Kolin Sutherland-Wilson and taking the Wet’suwet’en message straight to the ear of power.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.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/

Ape Goes to the Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders Solidarity BC Legislature Lockdown February 9, 2020

Spoke today with BC Green Party interim leader, Adam Olsen at the BC Legislature, currently “peacefully locked down at the front steps”. The camp set up at the Legislature in solidarity with those facing the paramilitary incursion of the RCMP and multiple arrests already demand,
“…the government respectfully engage in talks with the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs – and they will not leave until nation-to-nation talks take place.”

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, David Curtis, Joe Emersberger Janine Bandcroft Feb. 6, 2020

It’s easy to forget, living here as we do in Canada’s “Majority Culture”, embraced by comfort and taking as granted ready access to amenities both necessary and frivolous, that there are other ways of being, ways that beyond the train-schedule regularity making up most of our day to days constitute an entirely different kind of existence. And though seeking a “path less taken” is not unique to any one time or place, there is something quintessentially Canadian in my first guest’s story of people finding that other way here – or very near here.

David Curtis lives in the North. He’s a man of many colours, counting as his professions commercial salmon fisher, carpenter, and artist. He recently added too independent filmmaker to his list of vocations, proving it with his directorial debut, ‘Sovereign Soil‘.

It’s a film he describes as “a big exploration, with friends and neighbours, of what is at the core of people’s spiritual and philosophical connection to the land…”

Sovereign Soil will have it’s Victoria premier next week as the Victoria Film Festival draws the curtain up on its 26th year.

David Curtis in the first half.

And; Donald Trump treated the nation to his third State of the Union speech Tuesday evening. Among the participants of his one-ring pantomime was Juan Guaido, whose specialty act is impersonating the president of Venezuela. To be honest, it’s the only act Juan has, and he found a receptive audience in the US Congress, receiving a standing ovation from both sides of that body’s undivided foreign policy establishment.

Last Saturday I recorded an extended interview with Joe Emersberger. Joe is a Canada-based writer whose work appears at FAIR.org, VenezuelAnalysis, The Canary and is primarily focused on media lies, distortion, and confabulation.

Joe Emersberger and Canada’s welcoming of the Venezuelan pretender, Juan Guaido, the Bolivian coup, and the scheduled May 3rd election, and more in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, David Curtis and finding a little Sovereign Soil.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.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/

Left Coast Events Bulletin with Janine Bandcroft February 6, 2020

Left Coast Events for week of February 6-13th, 2020