Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Tom Secker, Garth Mullins, Janine Bandcroft July 19, 2017

Ubiquitous as camo at a BBQ, the militarization of popular culture is now so prevalent it’s near invisible. Nowhere has the war drum beat more incessantly, and arguably more effectively molded public opinion, as at the movies.

Take a look at the mayhem playing this week in your town and the marshal presence is obvious, but the influence of the Pentagon and its A-lister cohorts in the acronym-ed intelligence agencies is by degrees more subtle, going far beyond the war flicks, first-person shooter adaptations, and super hero franchisees.

Tom Secker is a UK-based private researcher, journalist, frequently featured commentator on security and intelligence issues, host of the popular podcast, ClandesTime, and principal behind spyculture.com, “the world’s premier online archive about government involvement in the entertainment industry.”

He’s also co-author, with Matthew Alford of the newly released book, ‘National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood‘.

Tom Secker in the first half.

And; in a tale Kafka would shrink from, the case of Canadian teenager, Omar Khadr resurfaced in the Canadian political and media consciousness recently. On it’s face, the renewed interest in the fate of the former Guantanamo Bay inmate surrounds the recent settlement of millions in damages due, to be paid by Canada for the abrogation of its responsibility to protect Khadr’s rights, and much worse, its collusion with the agents of his torture.

But the apoplexy expressed by, and grandstand political haymaking coming from, the conservative party and their fellow travellers in the press reveals a desperate attempt by the Tories to find purchase against a seemingly Teflon-coated, prime minister Justin Trudeau.

Garth Mullins is a long-time Vancouver-based DTES activist, writer, broadcaster, musician, and trade unionist whose weekly column appears at 24 Hours Vancouver, and a contributor to CBC Radio one’s program ‘Ideas’. He’s also been at the fore, working with VANDU, the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, in responding to the city’s overdose crisis.

Garth’s recent article in 24 Hours Vancouver takes apart the prominently placed Tory “outrage” against the government’s decision to settle rather than fight Khadr further, questioning the motives of both the party and the press.

Garth Mullins on Omar Khadr and Canada, the Torturer’s Apprentice in the second half.

And; CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here with a Left Coast Events update at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with what’s good going in and around here in the coming week.

But first, Tom Secker, raising a curtain on ‘National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood’.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm 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: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Manon Tremblay July 19, 2017

Today, living by design. What does a good life look like? For Master Gardener, landscape horticulturist, environmental educator, communitarian, and businesswoman, Manon Tremblay it’s a matter of balance.

And where she seeks that perfect equilibrium, whether in her landscape design business, as Plant Knowledge instructor for Gaia College, or in her busy life as a parent, partner, and neighbour is in that space where sustainability, simplicity, and aesthetics intersect. For Manon, supporting the ecology around us is more than an ethereal philosophy, it’s a practice, reinforced by her pragmatic mantra, “Design. Build. Maintain.”

Manon’s work is featured at her website, ManonTremblay.org, and you get more info. on Gaia College here.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, David Robb March 7th, 2005

War is hot in Hollywood these days; perhaps you can remember a time when it wasn’t? But, what’s behind the perennial success in American film of the War genre? David Robb is a three-time Pulitzer nominated investigative journalist whose distinguished career includes writing for The Hollywood Reporter and entertainment industry Bible, Daily Variety and filed stories with The New York Times, Washington Post and other mainstream publishing stalwarts in the U.S. on union, police, and journalistic corruption. He’s also the author of the book, recently made into a documentary film, ‘Operation Hollywood.’ It’s a look behind the Pentagon’s embedding of the movies.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, John Lefebvre, Bonny Glambeck, (Michelle Shephard), Janine Bandcroft July 12, 2017

Lawyer, busker, internet entrepreneur, felon, and philanthropist king; though the life story of my first guest presents biographers an embarrassment of anecdotal riches, ironically, their telling deepens rather than reveals the enigma of the subject. Better then the man tell his own tale.

In his time, John Lefebvre has been and done all those things and more, so when friends urged he record his extraordinary life story he began, but found he “quickly tired of writing sentences that started with “I” and ended with “me”.”

But still, there was a story to tell, and to that end comes Lefebvre’s debut book, ‘All’s Well. Where Thou Art Earth and Why‘, a biography of the human species through a lens that contends,

“We are the Universe’s vessels of consciousness, of astonishment and of love.”

John Lefebvre in the first half.

And; twenty years after Clayoquot Summer ’93, arguably the peak of environmental activism not only in the Sound, but on Vancouver Island, kayak guides and naturalists Dan Lewis and Bonny Glambeck shifted oars and founded Clayoquot Action, an organization dedicated to keeping “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.” While they’ve been educating and activating people living in and visiting to Clayoquot for a long time, this Summer they launched Clayoquot 2.0, an “all-new weekly, multi-media journey through the visually stunning landscape, wildlife and culture of Clayoquot Sound.”

Bonny Glambeck and Clayoquot 2.0 in the second half.

And; CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here with a Left Coast Events update at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with what’s good going in and around here in the coming week. But first, John Lefebvre and asking not for whom the Zen bell tolls.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm 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: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Andrea Morison, Ronald Deibert, Christina Nikolic July 5th, 2017

Welcome British Columbia to a brand new day. Since last we met, the province has a new, and reputedly very different kind of, government.

For those outside the province, legendary for extreme political divisiveness, an update: Almost two months following a hotly contested election with razor thin margins of difference between the two major parties, both of whom claimed victory we have seen: A minority agreement pact between the long-time opposition party and an upstart Green Party; the pomp and ceremony of a swearing in of the incumbent government; weeks of a frozen legislature; a failed confidence vote; final recognition by the Lieutenant-Governor of the tenability of the minority coalition; and, tada! we have an operational government at last.

Just in time for the summer break!

Meanwhile, there are big issues at stake that can’t wait for Fall. None bigger perhaps than the Site C mega-project on the Peace River. The former premier, Christy Clark famously tried to take that contentious behemoth “past the point of no return” before her electoral reversal. It was an effort costing tax-payers more than 2 billion bucks, according to the determined Clark. Now it’s up to John Horgan’s NDP to decide if they cut their predecessor’s losses, or dedicate 10 billion dollars more, burdening the generations to come. This week sees the 12th Annual Paddle for the Peace, where Site C and the new government is sure to be the talk of the event.

Andrea Morison is Executive Director for the PVEA, Peace Valley Environmental Association. She holds a Masters of Natural Resource Management degree and has worked in the field in both Ontario and BC for more than 25 years, the last of these being devoted to the PVEA’s involvement with the environmental assessment process for Site C. Andrea’s prior experience is in the forestry, and oil and gas sectors.

Andrea Morison in the first half.

And; what does a commercial software company in Israel have to do with social activists and journalists being targeted and murdered in Mexico? Everything, according to a recent report released by Citizen Lab, an organization, “sounding alarms about the abuse of commercial spyware [and producing] extensive evidence showing how surveillance technology, allegedly restricted to government agencies for criminal, terrorism, and national security investigations, ends up being deployed against civil society.”

Ron Deibert was a co-founder and principal investigator of the OpenNet Initiative, and Information Warfare Monitor projects, and the U. of T. professor of Political Science is now Director of the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs. He’s published extensively on technology, media, and world politics, and is a contributing author to the landmark, ‘Tracking Ghostnet and the Shadows in the Cloud’ reports identifying two separate global cyber-espionage networks, and the Great Cannon report, which outed a hitherto unknown “cyber weapon” within China’s so-called, “Great Firewall”. Deibert is also author of the books, ‘Parchment, Printing, and Hypermedia: Communications in World Order Transformation,’ and ‘Black Code: Inside the Battle for Cyberspace’.

Ron Deibert in the second half.

And; horticultural guru and intrepid green entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic will join us at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events update, bringing us up to speed with some of the good things planned in and around our town for the coming week. But first Andrea Morison and paddling to preserve the Peace.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm 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: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Robert Jensen, Nathalie Chambers, Janine Bandcroft June 28th, 2017

In the sweetest scene of the richest play the English stage offers on the theme of useless, destructive division amongst peoples, Juliet asks, ‘What’s in a name? A rose by any name would smell as sweet. So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d.’

And well that may be for Shakespeare’s lovers, but when it comes to the feud dividing the oppositional forces in the less than United States these days, politics on the “left” seems more, ‘a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, [and] signifying nothing’ where merely finding the right names for the warring rose factions is fraught with confused dissension.

Robert Jensen is an educator, essayist, activist, and self-described radical. Professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, and proud board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center.

Jensen is too a former journalist, still writing on such subjects as foreign policy, politics, economics, and ecology, and author whose book titles include: ‘Plain Radical: Living, Loving, and Learning to Leave the Planet Gracefully’, ‘Arguing for Our Lives: A User’s Guide to Constructive Dialogue’, ‘We Are All Apocalyptic Now: On the Responsibilities of Teaching, Preaching, Reporting, Writing, and Speaking Out’, ‘All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice’, ‘Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity’, ‘The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege’, ‘Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity’, ‘Writing Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the Margins to the Mainstream’, and his latest is the newly released, ‘The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men’.

Robert Jensen in the first half.

And; campaigns to fill the vacant seat of former Saanich councillor, Vic Derman are gaining steam, with a by-election rumoured to be called for sometime in the Fall. The popular, long-serving Derman died last St. Patrick’s Day, and among those that would succeed him is Blenkinsop Valley farmer, Nathalie Chambers. It was with Derman’s encouragement Chambers and husband, David resurrected the Chambers’ family farm, and with help from the community, and The Land Conservancy, ensured Madrona Farm would be a keystone property in maintaining an active agricultural presence within a rapidly diminishing Saanich farmscape.

Nathalie Chambers and hoeing the rows in rural Saanich in the second half.

And; CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here with a Left Coast Events to bring us up to speed with what’s good going in and around here update at the bottom of the hour. But first, Robert Jensen and How Radicals Are Offering Realistic Solutions to Our Spiraling Political Problems.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Yves Engler, Mazin Qumsiyeh, Christina Nikolic June 21st, 2017

Welcome to the first day of Summer here in the green and pleasant climes of the western reaches of the country for now called Canada; where the people go about their business, never fearing the sudden eruption of distantly-fired Tomahawk missiles, helicopter-delivered barrel-bombs, gas rocket attacks, or rat-a-tat-tat of automatic gunfire.

Despite the placid demeanor of the place and people within though, it is not a perfect peace.

Two weeks ago, Canadians were reminded of the true peril that lay just beneath the deceptively calm surface of our civic existence with the release of 2017’s Defence Policy Review, a document my first guest describes as including:

“a significant increase in lethal fighter jets and secretive special forces, as well as enhancing offensive cyber-attack capabilities and purchasing armed drones.”

Not to mention a massive minimum expenditure increase of more than $62 billion over the next twenty years.

Yves Engler is a Montréal-based activist, lecturer, and author whose book titles include: ‘The Ugly Canadian — Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy,’ ‘Lester Pearson’s Peacekeeping — The Truth May Hurt,’ ‘The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy,’ ‘Canada in Africa — 300 Years of Aid and Exploitation,’ and his latest, ‘A Propaganda System: How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation.’ In a recent Rabble.ca article, Engler called for opposition to both the spirit and specifics of the so-called “Trudeau Doctrine” but is there anyone left around here to do so?

Yves Engler in the first half.

And; as the World, thanks to the muscular military mentality so elegantly elucidated by our princely PM’s Foreign Affairs ministry, hurtles towards an Armageddon-like conflagration in the Middle East, there are still people imploring we clever hominids take heed the better angels of our nature and move the species clear, away from abyss’ rim.

Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh is founder of the Palestine Museum of Natural History, Director of the Center for Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University, past chairman of the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People, and a tireless social justice campaigner whose main civic interests lie in media activism and public education. To that end, he has given hundreds of talks around the world, and is even now in the middle of a tour of the United States encompassing Colorado, New Mexico, Louisiana, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., and Texas, from where we’ll reach him today. Mazin’s e-book on human rights activism, ‘Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human Rights and the Israeli-Palestinian Struggle,’ is available from his website, Qumsiyeh.org.

Mazin Qumsiyeh talking to Americans in the second half.

And; horticultural guru and intrepid green entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic will join us at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events update, bringing us up to speed with some of the good things planned in and around our town for the coming week. But first, Yves Engler and who’s left to complain about Canadian militarism?

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm 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: https://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.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Tyler Shipley, Peggy Mason, Christina Nikolic June 14th, 2017

Nearly eight years have passed since the sweltering summer’s night commandos of the Honduran armed forces bent on treason stormed the presidential residence in Tegucigalpa, seizing a pajama-clad President, before whisking him to a waiting plane.

It was, according to conspirator, Colonel Bayardo,

“A fast operation…over in minutes.” And one, he reassures, with “no injuries, no deaths.”

That may have been true for the operation to abduct Manuel “Mel” Zelaya, but injuries perpetrated and deaths suffered at the hands of the coupsters since have proven grievous and numerous.

Tyler Shipley is Professor of Culture, Society and Commerce at Humber College’s Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, and Associate Fellow at the Centre for Research on Latin American and the Caribbean, or CERLAC. His first book, ‘Ottawa and Empire: Canada and the Military Coup in Honduras‘ is fresh off the Between the Lines presses.

Tyler Shipley in the first half.

And; last week, in conjunction with the government’s release of the Defence Policy Review, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland addressed both the House of Parliament, and Canadian households on CBC’s flagship news program, The National, explaining the planned direction of the country’s foreign policy in the foreseeable future. Neither performance was well received by Ceasefire.ca.

The Ottawa-based public policy research and advocacy offshoot of the Rideau Institute blasted the government’s announcement of significant increases in military spending, saying their budget lacks credibility and is not affordable. They also accuse, the move to dramatically increase military spending succumbs to recent statements by, and pressure tactics of, US President, Donald Trump.

Peggy Mason is President of the Rideau Institute, an independent think tank that focuses on bringing a progressive voice to Canada’s foreign and defence policies. Issues of interest for the Institute range from nuclear disarmament to the centrality of UN conflict resolution.

Peggy Mason and a more muscular understanding of Canada’s place in the World in the second half.

And; horticultural guru and intrepid green entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic will join us at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events update, bringing us up to speed with some of the good things planned in and around our town for the coming week. But first, Tyler Shipley and the Ottawa and Empire: Canada and the Military Coup in Honduras.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm 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: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dave Lindorff, Patrick Henningsen, Christina Nikolic June 8th, 2017

While tomorrow’s date may not live infamous, remembered forever as the beginning of the end of Donald J. Trump, it could well prove the calendrical moment marking the end of the beginning of his short-lived political career.

Tomorrow, June 8th, 2017, James Comey, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, fired amidst that organization’s most singular investigation ever, one threatening the legitimacy of the administration itself, will testify before a special Senate Intelligence Committee. Certainly, what the committee asks, and how Comey answers will determine the news cycle for weeks and months to come, but tomorrow’s performance may too determine the ultimate fate of the fledgling Trump presidency.

Dave Lindorff is an award-winning journalist, author, broadcaster, and founder of the award-winning web news site, This Can’t Be Happening.net. His book titles include: ‘This Can’t Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy,’ ‘Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For Profit Hospital Chains,’ ‘Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal,’ and, with Barbara Olshansky, ‘The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office.’ You can tune in Dave’s This Can’t Be Happening radio program Wednesdays at 5pm eastern time on PRN, the Progressive Radio Network.

Dave Lindorff in the first segment.

And; Thursday also marks the day Britons go to the polls. Sitting prime minister, Theresa May promised to hold her predecessor, David Cameron’s course, shepherding the UK out of the European Union, while assuring voters she would wait until after the so-called Brexit was initiated before calling an election to test her inherited mandate. Sensing an advantage perhaps, May changed her mind, calling a snap election. She has since watched her party’s seemingly insurmountable poll advantage dissipate in the weeks preceding the vote. Then there was Manchester; and now, the London Bridge terror attacks.

Patrick Henningsen is co-founder and executive editor of the online news site, 21st Century Wire, and host of its radio program, Sunday Wire. Focusing on geopolitical analysis, they provide an essential counter-narrative to a skewed media monolith. Patrick frequently features too as a commentator on RT.

Patrick Henningsen and the nerve-wracking countdown to elections in Britain in the second half.

And; horticultural guru and intrepid green entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic will join us at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events update, bringing us up to speed with some of the good things planned in and around our town for the coming week. But first, Dave Lindorff and Donald Trump’s first congressional test.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm 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: https://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.

Ape Goes to the Walk 4 the Salish Sea! Kick-Off in Victoria

May 25 @ 8:00 amMay 28 @ 6:00 pm

Event Navigation

[Music by Luke Wallace – ‘The Non-Violent Anti-Petroleum Blues’ and ‘I Will Hold On, I Am Not Lost’]

“This is a global movement and not just a fight against another dirty pipeline… This is not simply an indigenous issue; climate change and the catastrophic impacts that we have witnessed to date and the potential impacts that will manifest in the future, are a matter of grave concern of all people around the world.”

-Stewart Phillip, Grand Chief of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs

We are all Coast Protectors and the Salish Sea and all the waters flowing down through the Fraser river basin and surrounding communities are at risk from the Kinder Morgan pipeline/tanker expansion. Now is the time to walk the talk on climate justice/clean energy, indigenous rights, marine protection and local democracy.

That’s why we’re calling on defenders of this coast, its ecosystems, people, communities and economies to join us on the Walk for the Salish Sea: a four day march against Tar Sands, Kinder Morgan and all fossil fuel expansion in the absence of indigenous consent, sound science and ecological balance.

From May 25th-28th, we will march from Songhees territory in Victoria to the Kinder Morgan terminal on Tsleil-Waututh territory in Burnaby to show our support for and solidarity with the 22 municipalities, 59 First Nations and hundreds of thousands of British Columbians who oppose the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion.

Our walk will bear witness to the demise of our planet from on-going capitalist- industrial expansion for corporate profit with its disproportionate impacts on the lives, lands and cultures of indigenous peoples who are on the frontlines of this struggle to curb tar sands expansion from Alberta’s downstream Cree and Chipwyan communities to this coast. We join hearts and hands between First Nations, settlers and peoples world-wide struggling for environmental justice and a safe, sustainable future.

The mobilization will include honouring of traditoinal welcoming protocols, large marine wildlife puppets, roaming bank actions, evening programs, infoworkshops, communal camping and dinners, ceremony, a rally aboard BC Ferries and nightly entertainment.

Route details and maps will be posted shortly. Allies are encouraged to make the entire journey or to join for any portion of the walk they can. Participants are welcome to walk, run, bike, roller-blade, skateboard, paddle or use wheelchairs – any human-powered, ecologically sound mode of transportation is welcome.

Through-walkers, going overnight for any portion fo the trip are welcome to have their belongings carried on our support vehicle and will not have to worry about carrying gear.

Partner organizations and community groups not along our route are also encouraged to mobilize independently from any point of origin, to join in the Walk and/or meet us at ground zero – the Kinder Morgan Terminal – on May 28th, for the mass convergence.

This event is organized by 100% volunteer-activist labour as part of the Walk 4 the Salish Sea! endorsed by the following organizations including: Social Environmental Alliance ( SEA) Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC)- Coast Protectors, Pull Together ( Raven Trust, Sierra Club BC, Force of Nature Alliance) Burnaby Residents Opposed to Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE) Greenpeace (Victoria volunteer group), Leap-Victoria, Victoria Council of Canadians, Turning the Tide, KAIROS, BC/Yukon chapter, KAIROS Metro Vancouver chapter, Wilderness Committee, Greenpeace Canada, North Shore No Pipeline Expansion (NSNOPE), Non-violence International Canada, Climate Convergence Vancouver, Georgia Strait Alliance, Quaker Indigenous Rights Committee of the Canadian Friends Service Committee (QIRC-CFSC), Mining Justice Committee, Community Action Bus.

FUNDRAISING

A major objective of the walk is to generate public awareness and direct financial support for Indigenous-led initiates to stop construction of the Kinder Morgan TMX. Proceeds from fundraising will go to UBCIC Coast Protectors and Frontline Indigenous Resistance Initiatives to resist the Kinder Morgan Expansion.

WALK DONATIONS:

Donations to help cover Walk expensies for food, lodging, support vehicles, first aid, gifts/honorariums, art supplies, port-a-potties, sound equipment, insurance etc. can be made directly by interac etrsansfer to walk4salishsea@gmail.com. With thanks!

REGISTRATION

Registration for those who who need overnight lodging or billeting or would like to partake in communal dinners, can now sign up for the Walk on our website at walk4salish sea.ca

PULLING TOGETHER for Indigenous Rights!

Participants are also encouraged to contribute to the Pull Together campaign to support the Coldwater and Tsleil-waututh legal challenges to the Kinder Morgan pipeline/tanker expansion, and to seek online sponsorship for your walk (run, ride etc.) from friends, colleagues, comrades, and family. All you need to do is get on the Pull Together site:

https://fundraise.raventrust.com/campaign/pull-together-against-kinder-morgan/c111605

1. Click Become a Fundraiser
2. Click AS an individual
3. Build your individual profile
4. Click Join a Team
5. Join the Walk 4 the Salish Sea Team
6. Make your donation and recruit family and friends to make donations in support of your efforts.

Donations are tax-deductible, 100% secure and will be matched dollar-for dollar by an anonymous donor.

Together, employing every tool at our disposal, we can defeat this pipeline, protect the Salish Sea, turn the tide on fossil fuels and support a big victory for indigenous rights and climate justice!

ROUTE and PROGRAM INFORMATION ( in progress)

People of all ages and abilities, are welcomed to join The Walk 4 the Salish Sea! for whatever duration and distance best matches your fitness level and plans for the weekend of Thursday May 25-28th.

This mass mobilization against tar sands and Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion for decarbonzation and decolonization and an urgently needed transition from dangerous fossil fuel dependency begins at Mile “0” at the beginning of the Trans Canada Highway in Victoria to the Kinder Morgan terminal in Burnaby.

Route itinerary and program ( further details tba)

NOTE: All times approximate. Walk may travel swifter or slower due to numbers, traffic and weather.

Day 1 Thursday May 25th
Mile “0” (Lekwungen territory) to Island View Beach, up the Lochside trail ( access Ardesier St, off Douglas).
Walking distance: 23 km, ~6 hours.
7:45 am – Registered participants check-in, load support vehicle
8 am – Circle and Traditional welcome and blessing from beloved Lekwungen Elder Joan Morris
9 am – Drummers escort Walkers and Orcas Sounding through downtwon, up Government St, to Douglas, to Ardesier to the Galloping Goose, heading northbound.
12:40 pm – Walk arrives at Lochside Park for lunch
3:30 pm – Walk arrives at Island View Beach ( W̱SÁNEĆ territory)
7 pm – Tsawout First Nations Gathering Strength gymnasium, 7728 Tetayut Rd, Saanichton, Standing with First Nations Against Kinder Morgan: Dinner and fundraiser for Coast Protectors and Pull Together campaign for Coldwater and Tslei-waututh First Nations fighting Kinder Morgan in court. Speakers include: Tsawout Elders Belinda Claxton and Mavis Underwood, Elizabeth May, Tsartlip Chief Don Tom, Adam Olsen, Caitlyn Vernon, former Douglas Treaty co-ordinator Eric Pelkey Tsartlip carver Charles Elliot, Alicia Cormier. Performances by: Phil Vernon, Bill Henderson, Luke Wallace. and Willy Thomas Pow Wow Singers. See the facebook event page here.

Day 2 Friday May 26th
Island View Beach to Ladner United Church (Tsawassen First Nations Territory).
Walking Distance: 30 km, ~7.5 hours.
7 am – Morning circle and breakfast
8 am – Noon, Walk to Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal
1 pm – Ferry departs for Tswawassen
1:30 am – Oil-Free Salish Sea rally aboard BC Ferries including Sisters of Mercy Choir, Raging Grannies, Luke Wallace and speakers
2:45- 5:45 pm – Walk to Ladner, staying at Ladner United Church
-Dinner, talking circle and sleep

Day 3 Saturday May 27th
Ladner- East Van (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm /Musqeaum and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) First Nations Territory).
Walking Distance: 18km, ~5 .5 hours.
7 am – Morning Circle and Breakfast.
8 am – Walk to Ladner Exchange- take bus through Massey Tunnel.
Cross Knight St. Bridge, up Victoria.
12:20-1:20 – Lunch at John Hendry Park in East Van.
3 pm -Arrive at Grandview Cavalry Baptist Church.

Day 4 Sunday May 28th:
RSVP & share on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1842294959356318/
REMEMBER TO PACK A LUNCH & WATER!
Grandview Park to Kinder Morgan Westridge Terminal, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqeaum First Nations territory.
Walking Distance: 10 km, ~4 hours.
9 am – Meet Grandview Park (1657 Charles St, @ Commercial, Vancouver) Ceremony, drumming, short speeches, welcoming of Walkers. Music by Solidarity Notes Choir & others. Large performance art piece by the 100-200 member group: Orca Soundings, highlighting the endangered southern resident orcas.
9:30 am – Walk leaves along E. Hastings to Kinder Morgan Westridge Terminal -səlil̓wətaʔɬ /Tsleil-Waututh and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm /Musqeaum First Nations territory.
Join spots:
11:30am – East Hastings St. @ Ingleton Ave. (3802 Hastings St, Burnaby)
12:45pm – East Hastings St. @ Holdom Ave, Burnaby (Capitol Hill Elementary School, 5697-5801 Hastings St, Burnaby)
1:30pm: Westridge Park (320 Cliff Ave, Burnaby)
1:30 – 2:30 pm – The Walk will proceed to the gates of the Kinder Morgan Westridge Marine Terminal for drumming, decoration of the gates and symbolic blockade
2:30 – 5 pm – FOSSIL FUEL FREEDOM FEST: Celebrate Resistance!! Westridge Park (320 Cliff Ave, Burnaby)
Includes infotables, music/dancing, kid’s activities, Indigenous rights, climate justice, Kinder Morgan pipeline and mass non-violent direct action teach-in. Volunteers needed! Please email: walk4ssvolunteer@gmail.com
Speakers / Music to include:
– co-MC’s: Audrey Siegl & Stephen Collis
– Coast Salish welcome – Cedar George-Parker, Tsleil-Waututh FN
– Grand Chief Stewart & Joan Phillip, UBCIC
– Slam Poets
– Brandon Gabriel & Kachina Bige, Kwantlan First Nation
– Music by Luke Wallace, Emily Kelsall, Buckman Coe, The Racket & other awesome people!
– Kanahus Manuel, Secwepemc First Nation
– Chief Lee Spahan, Coldwater FN
– Elizabeth May MP Saanich-Gulf Islands
– Briony Penn (Orca Soundings)
– Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan
– Kennedy Stewart MP-Burnaby South

CORE MESSAGES

1) Respect for Indigenous laws and rights:
Without free, prior, and informed consent, government approval for pipeline/tanker expansion is a violation of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, section 35 of the Canadian constitution on Aboriginal Rights and Title, Douglas Treaty rights and principles of Indigenous laws that require indigenous leaders to be ecological stewards of their lands. Consent means the ability to say “no”. We stand against any development which does not have the consent of the sovereign indigenous nations on whose territory it occurs.

2) Climate leaders don’t expand fossil fuel infrastructure:
It makes no sense to fight climate change while increasing infrastructure for some of the planet’s dirtiest oil! We call on the federal and provincial governments to abandon fossil fuel expansion and immediately invest in clean energy infrastructure and job creation that curbs greenhouse gas emissions, not increases them.

3) Water is life:
The risks to rivers, salmon habitat, drinking watersheds, the coast, surrounding communities and local economies from inevitable spills are not acceptable A massive bitumen spill in the Salish sea or anywhere en route, traversing thousands of salmon and orca supporting habitats from Alberta to the coast of BC, cannot be cleaned up, ever!

4) Leave it in the Ground

Indigenous communities downstream from Alberta’s tar sands have been suffering from the impacts of contaminated water, loss of traditional livelihood, hunting and fishing territory and higher than average cancer rates and lower life expectancy, than elsewhere in Canada. The movement for climate justice and opposition to pipelines must include the call to stop all new tar sands and fossil fuel infrastructure at the source.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

This event will be taking place on the territories of the Lekwungen (Songhees and Xwsepsum/Esquimalt), W̱SÁNEĆ, səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Coast and Straits Salish Nations.

We respectfully recognize that Indigenous resistance to the Kinder Morgan pipeline/tanker expansion is one manifestation of Indigenous resistance to colonization that has been happening since first contact and continues today.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Alan Burger, Ken Boon, Janine Bandcroft May 24th, 2017

In the waning days of its provincial mandate, outgoing Energy Minister, Bill Bennett announced a BCLiberals plan to create, if re-elected, an “independent wildlife agency” that could make politically unpalatable decisions regarding wildlife “management.” And though couched in the language of conservation, in essence what that “management” means is continued recreational hunts of Grizzly Bear, and expanded culls against the top predator populations of Cougar and Wolves.

In a March 22nd press conference, now-retired East-Kootenay MLA, Bill Bennett proposed a $5 million start-up budget for the “expert and stakeholders” operated agency that would be funded using the near 10 million dollars in hunting licenses and fees collected annually.

Bennett said, the idea is to “get politics out of the way,” but some of the “stakeholders” not invited to participate promise, politics will happen!

Dr. Alan Burger is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Victoria. He’s also professional wildlife consultant, based in the interior town of Merritt, B.C.

Alan Burger in the first half.

And; in the run-up to the provincial poll, BC Hydro Chair, Brad Bennett, grandson to the Grandaddy of dam builders, W.A.C. Bennett warned the electorate to beware of “fake news” when it comes to Site C saying,

“I take issue with the fake news crowd, talking about Site C and whether it’s needed or not. The fact is it’s needed. We know it’s needed. Our forecasting shows that very, very clearly.” 

With all due respect to the Chair, there are many, many for whom that need is not very, very clear.

Ken Boon is a Peace River Valley farmer whose multi-generation family farm is in the way of Site C. He’s long argued Site C is not only not needed, but is too a massive mistake that will prove a white elephant for the province for generations to come. Boon is president of the Peace Valley Landowners Association and a past target of BC Hydro legal actions.

Ken Boon and Site C fakery in the second half.

And; CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us virtually at the bottom of hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good going and planned for the coming week around here. But first, Alan Burger and minding the proposed minders in BC’s wilds.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm 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: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

Ape Goes to Social Environmental Alliance (SEA) WHICH DIRECTION FOR THE BC GREEN PARTY?

May 21, 2017

The 2017 BC election results are still up in the air. As citizens await the final vote count, a desperate round of negotiations go on. As BC Green leader Andrew Weaver says, other parties are “crawling over themselves” to offer deals to Greens. The Liberal Party is especially intent on keeping power and has a lot of cards to play.
Today the Green Party has a unique opportunity to advance the popular demand for change that was clearly expressed in the election. Yet it faces considerable danger in the rough-and-tumble political game the Liberals play with such calculation.

At this critical moment, the Social Environmental Alliance welcomes Oak Bay-Gordon Head residents, and others from throughout the Lower Island, to join a public discussion about the way forward for the Green Party.

TUESDAY MAY 23 @ 7:00 PM

CAMOSUN COLLEGE, YOUNG BUILDING, ROOM 215

3100 FOUL BAY ROAD,

OAK BAY-GORDON HEAD

Featuring:

  • Joan Russow, former leader of the Green Party of Canada and Oak Bay resident

  • Sonia Theroux, Director of Mobilizing, Green Party of Canada

  • Andrew MacLeod, Legislative Bureau Chief, TheTyee.ca

Bring your ideas and join the discussion about how the Green Party can preserve its principles in a volatile time and help advance the popular demand for environmental justice and social and economic equality.

Sponsored by the Social Environmental Alliance – SEA

Social Environmental Alliance – SEA:
Community Organization Mobilizing support for ecological and
democratic socialist principles in the governance of our communities
through public education, grassroots coalitions and cultural work.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Mark Lakeman, Amy Lubik, Janine Bandcroft May 17th, 2017

The old saw says, “when every problem looks like a nail, all answers look like hammers.” But when the problem is how people can live in rapidly and radically changing environments, it takes more than a hammer to build solutions. What it takes is insight and thinking outside the familiar, four-walls and a chimney pot picture of what makes our homes and communities work.

Mark Lakeman is a Portland, Oregon-based community activist, architect, and lead hand at Communitecture, an architectural firm with a difference.

Communitecture says, “We design beautiful and sustainable places that bring people together in community…[w]ith an approach that explores new creative territories…”

Mark brought that creativity to Portland City Council in 2001 when dreaming up a design for the city’s now World famous “place-based community,” Dignity Village. Sixteen years on, it’s a model whose relevance and guiding principles has proven resilient and adaptable to a broader population of home seekers.

Mark Lakeman in the first half.

And; in the dying days of BC’s recent election campaign, a group of professionals concerned an issue posing enormous deleterious environmental and human health effects was not getting the media coverage it deserved rallied supporters to make of it an election issue.

Hydraulic fracturing, or Fracking, is a process so detrimental it’s been banned in a growing number of jurisdictions. But here in BC, under the innocuous rubric, “LNG” this clearly present and persistent threat carries on. In fact, expanding the Fracked Gas industry is the cornerstone of the government’s economic plan for the province.

Dr. Amy Lubik mobilized along with the BC chapter of CAPE, or the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, in the operation hoping to deliver a moratorium on Fracking in BC.

Amy Lubik in the second half.

And, CFUV Radio broadcaster and activist, Janine Bandcroft will be at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the good things planned for the coming week around here, and further afield too. But first, Mark Lakeman and making big community with tiny houses.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Andre Vltchek, Christina Nikolic May 10, 2017

When thinking of war, pictures of soldiers marching, bombs falling, and missiles launching may spring to mind. Less frequently imagined are the destinations of those departed soldiers, dropped bombs, and sent missiles and what they do upon arrival over there.

More rarely contemplated still, by those who do consider the ramifications of the whens and wheres of wars happened and happening, is the long aftermath suffered.

Whose mental picture includes the endless agonies of wounds that cannot be healed; who conjures in the mind’s eye a portrait of the lives and lands irrevocably torn asunder?

Andre Vltchek is an itinerant philosopher, novelist, filmmaker, investigative journalist, poet, playwright, and photographer He is a revolutionary internationalist globetrotter, who fights perpetually the Western Imperialist ethos, and the corrupt regimes it imposes around World.

There are very few war and conflict zones Andre has not covered, or dark corners where economic violence and gross injustice occur he has not dared venture into. Vltchek’s numerous book titles include: ‘Western Terror: From Potosi to Baghdad’, ‘Indonesia: Archipelago of Fear’, ‘Exile’ (with Pramoedya Ananta Toer, and Rossie Indira), ‘Oceania – Neocolonialism, Nukes & Bones’, ‘The World Order and Revolution! – Essays from the Resistance’ (co-written with Christopher Black and Peter Koenig), ‘Liberation Lit’ (edited with Tony Christini), and his latest, ‘Exposing Lies of the Empire’, ‘Fighting Against Western Imperialism’, and ‘On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare’ (written with Noam Chomsky).

Andre recently conducted a lengthy interview with trauma surgeon, Dr. Ghassan “Gus” Abu Sitta in Beirut about frontline medicine and his upcoming presentation to the 48th Middle East Medical Assembly, ‘Conflict Medicine and the Ecology of War’.

Andre Vltchek in both segments today.

And; horticultural guru and intrepid green entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic will join us at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events update, bringing us up to speed with some of the good things planned in and around our town for the coming week. But first, Andre Vltchek and the Ecology of War.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm 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: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Andre Vltchek May 10, 2017 (raw)

When thinking of war, pictures of soldiers marching, bombs falling, and missiles launching may spring to mind. Less frequently imagined are the destinations of those departed soldiers, dropped bombs, and sent missiles and what they do upon arrival over there.

More rarely contemplated still, by those who do consider the ramifications of the whens and wheres of wars happened and happening, is the long aftermath suffered.

Whose mental picture includes the endless agonies of wounds that cannot be healed; who conjures in the mind’s eye a portrait of the lives and lands irrevocably torn asunder?

Andre Vltchek is an itinerant philosopher, novelist, filmmaker, investigative journalist, poet, playwright, and photographer He is a revolutionary internationalist globetrotter, who fights perpetually the Western Imperialist ethos, and the corrupt regimes it imposes around World.

There are very few war and conflict zones Andre has not covered, or dark corners where economic violence and gross injustice occur he has not dared venture into. Vltchek’s numerous book titles include: ‘Western Terror: From Potosi to Baghdad’, ‘Indonesia: Archipelago of Fear’, ‘Exile’ (with Pramoedya Ananta Toer, and Rossie Indira), ‘Oceania – Neocolonialism, Nukes & Bones’, ‘The World Order and Revolution! – Essays from the Resistance’ (co-written with Christopher Black and Peter Koenig), ‘Liberation Lit’ (edited with Tony Christini), and his latest, ‘Exposing Lies of the Empire’, ‘Fighting Against Western Imperialism’, and ‘On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare’ (written with Noam Chomsky).

Andre recently conducted a lengthy interview with trauma surgeon, Dr. Ghassan “Gus” Abu Sitta in Beirut about frontline medicine and his upcoming presentation to the 48th Middle East Medical Assembly, ‘Conflict Medicine and the Ecology of War‘.