Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Whitney Webb, Patrick Henningsen, Daniel Kovalik, Christina Nikolic April 26th, 2017

Eleven days have passed, and memory of the horror bombing of the al-Fu’ah and Kafrayah refugees has largely disappeared here, subsumed and roiled beneath the ceaseless, churning news-cycle.

But then, the real story of the fate of those mainly women and children killed while waiting, Checkpoint Charlie-style, for exchange from one side of the Syrian battle front to the other was never fully told; at least not by the big Media guns on our side of that protracted war.

Whitney Webb is a South America-based journalist writing about environmental, political, and economic issues in English and Spanish.

Her articles have featured at ZeroHedge, the Anti-Media, 21st Century Wire, and True Activist among other places. Her recent work for MintPressNews.com includes the article, ‘Al Jazeera, CNN & BBC Cover Up Genocidal Crimes of US – Backed Syrian Rebels‘. It’s the story behind the recent murder of more than 125 al-Fu’ah and Kafrayah refugees.

Whitney Webb in the first segment.

And; Patrick Henningsen of 21st Century Wire is on the ground in Syria. He arrived with Vanessa Beeley just as the al-Fu’ah and Kafrayah refugees were being bombed. Their reports from the scene were subsequently broadcast around the World on 21Wire and the RT network.

Patrick Henningsen, dispatches from Syria’s fluid front in the second segment.

And; Syria is not the only place where faked, phonied, and otherwise distorted news is promulgated. Demonizing Russia is nothing new in the Western press, but since the implosion of America’s Democrats last November, the pitch of anti-Putin vitriol has exceeded shrill, becoming a dog-whistle for disappointed Clintonites and the neo-Liberal claque surrounding her doomed presidential ambition. But, is there more than politics behind the rhetoric?

Daniel Kovalik is a human rights lawyer, essayist, and author who’s book, ‘The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Putin’ is fresh off the Skyhorse Publishing press. Dan teaches international human rights law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and is Senior Associate General Counsel for the United Steel Workers union. He’s made numerous trips to Colombia, serving as a witness to last year’s peace plebiscite there. Dan’s a long-time peace and justice activist, focused especially on Colombia and Central America, where he too serves as an attorney for Colombian plaintiffs in cases alleging corporate human rights violations, and co-recipient of a Project Censored Award for chronicling the murder of trade unionists in Colombia.

Dan Kovalik and impaling Vlad in the final segment.

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, Whitney Webb and whitewashing war crimes in Syria.

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 Victoria March for Science April 22, 2017

I went down to the March for Science, held today in Victoria in solidarity with other Marches around the World. About 750 Victorians braved the unseasonably cool and rainy weather to show their support for science and the freedom of scientists to communicate their findings, regardless of those findings’ political inconvenience, and to work without fear of losing their jobs, or research grants by making public the conclusions of their studies.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, K.J. Howe, Patrick Henningsen, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, Christina Nikolic April 19, 2017

More than merely an avenue of escape, fiction serves best when elucidating the Truth of our times. And, what times they are! As war and rumours of it fill our screens and front pages it’s fitting perhaps the stories we’re drawn to reflect a chaotic planet, racked by violence and uncertainty.

K.J. Howe is an author and inveterate globe-trotter whose debut novel, ‘The Freedom Broker’ incorporates her exotic adventure-travels and the dark world of kidnap and ransom, where crime, terrorism, and politics blur the lines between ideology and international business.

K.J. Howe in the first segment.

And; Patrick Henningsen is the founding editor of the independent news website, 21st Century Wire. He appeared here last month detailing his plans to travel to Syria to investigate firsthand the situation there, and arrived on the heals of the massacre by Western allies of an estimated 126 refugees from al-Foua and Kfraya, villages outside Aleppo.

The dead and maimed, mostly women and children, were blown to pieces by a bomb disguised in a food truck, and driven up to buses waiting, as agreed in a truce, to ferry the villagers to safety.

Patrick Henningsen from Syria in the second segment.

And; Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a woman with a plan, a Bioplan. The world renowned author, medical biochemist, botanist, and “last child of ancient Ireland” possesses a unique combination of western scientific knowledge and the traditional concepts of the ancient world. Her plan: “encouraging ordinary people to develop a new relationship with nature, to join together to replant the global forest.”

A part of that “encouragement” is the authoring of the books: “The Sweetness of a Simple Life”, “The Global Forest”, “Arboretum Borealis”, “Arboretum America”, and “A Garden for Life.”

Diana has also made a film, chronicling her vision. ‘Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees screens April 25th through 30th at UVic’s Cinecenta theatre.

Diana Beresford-Kroeger and seeing the forest through the trees in the final segment.

And; horticultural guru and green entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic will be here to bring us news of good things planned in and around our town in the coming week. But first, K.J. Howe and when freedom isn’t free.

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, Stephen Gowans, Susanne Lawson, Christina Nikolic April 12th, 2017

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook

The corporate and State news narrative on Donald Trump’s cruise missile salvo remains unchanged nearly a week after the fact.

This despite the logical inconsistency of an Assad government poison gas attack, ample reasons to doubt sources of the charge, and growing evidence from within intelligence ranks, and online news outlets questioning the facts as presented.

Regardless of what happened in Khan Shaykum on April 4th, it certainly isn’t clear enough now to serve as the casus belli for those wanting a broader American involvement in the six years Syrian conflict.

Stephen Gowans is an Ottawa-based writer, political analyst, and author whose book, ‘Washington’s Long War on Syria‘ provides the much needed context behind what we see presented on our nightly newscasts here.

His recent article, ‘Cruise Missile Attacks: A New Step in Washington’s Long Class War on Syria‘ appears at his website, What’s Left.

Stephen Gowans in the first half.

And; after a century and a half of intensive logging, and massive increase in the human population, very little remains of Vancouver Island’s primordial forests. While for years, First Nations and environmental groups have called for the end of both clearcut and old-growth logging, and many still do, now it’s municipalities and loggers are calling for an end to the practice where some First Nations and enviros are condoning it. Meanwhile, the last of the giant trees are daily being taken down and trucked out of Clayoquot Sound.

It harks back to a still raw rift in B.C.’s environmental movement, one my first guest characterizes succinctly, saying back then,

“Vancouver Island was the sacrifice zone, when the Great Bear Rainforest was established, a compromise made in the same way these groups (Friends of Clayoquot Sound, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, and others) sat down and gave away so much of Clayoquot.”

Susanne Lawson is a long-time resident of the island’s wild west coast. The Wickaninnish Island-based artist, environmental activist, and former co-chair of the Canadian Environmental Network has been at the heart of the battles to save Meares Island and Clayoquot Sound from clear-cut logging, fish farming, and a mining industry determined to level mountains if needs be to get at the gold they believe lies beneath the forests of the international recognized UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Susanne reminds, the ecological threat posed by continuing to cut down what remains of the old-growth rainforest is greater than ever, saying, “This logging and removal of the blue print of the forest that was inherited by all should be considered a crime against the planet and future generations.”

Susanne Lawson and threats old and new in and around Clayoquot in the second half.

And; passionate educator, horticultural innovator, and intrepid green business entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic will be here with the Left Coast News and Events update at the bottom of the hour. But first, Steve Gowans and looking down the long length of Washington’s war against Syria.

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, Dahr Jamail, Helen Caldicott, Janine Bandcroft April 5, 2017

Unprecedented seems too trite a term to describe Washington’s new normal. Last week, perched atop the steps of the Environmental Protection Agency, and flanked by a phalanx of coal workers, President Trump signed the death warrant of Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

In an apparent continuation of his unheard of grudge match with the former president, Trump claimed to be taking “historic steps” to “cancel job-killing regulations.” But, Trump’s executive order is actually more than petty spite, or even populist grandstanding, it’s actually just one part of a larger plan determined to annihilate all Obama administration efforts to curb carbon emissions.

Meanwhile, reports from media fringe outfits like the World Meteorlogical Organization announce, after consecutive years of highest-ever mean temperatures, and record low Arctic ice levels, Planet Earth has entered “truly uncharted territory.”

Dahr Jamail is a journalist and author whose books, ‘The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan and, ‘Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq,’ chronicle his intrepid dispatches from America’s war zones, where he spent more than a year in Iraq, as well as filing reports from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Turkey over a 10 year’s span. The Martha Gellhorn Investigative Journalism awardee currently serves as staff reporter at Truthout.org, where his monthly column Climate Disruption Dispatches accompanies his regular articles.

Dahr’s third book, ‘The Mass Destruction of Iraq: Why It Is Happening, and Who Is Responsible’ is co-authored with Truthout editor, William Rivers Pitt, and his latest is the soon to be released, ‘The End of Ice’.

Dahr Jamail in the first half.

And; while climate disruption, terrorism, war, and rumours of it compete for space in our nightmares, the preeminent global horror is being overlooked. ‘Sleepwalking to Armageddon‘ is pioneering antinuclear activist Helen Caldicott’s latest attempt to bring some semblance of sanity to the political stage. In the book, she assembles contributions from the world’s leading nuclear scientists and thought leaders to “assess the political and scientific dimensions of the threat of nuclear war today.”

Dr. Helen Caldicott is a physician, author, and lecturer who has for more than thirty years studied, written, and campaigned against the proliferation of nuclear weapons and their derivatives, delivering impassioned speeches and making imprecations to both the politicians and power-brokers overseeing the precarious atomic tinderbox.

Dr. Caldicott’s book titles include: ‘If You Love This Planet,’ ‘Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer,’The New Nuclear Danger,’ ‘Depleted Uranium: Metal of Dishonour,’ and ‘If You Love This Planet: A Plan to Heal the Earth.’

Dr. Helen Caldicott on rousing a somnambulant polity in the second half.

And; CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour, in a rare in-studio appearance to bring us up to speed with a Left Coast Events update of some of the good things planned in the coming week around here, and beyond too. But first, Dahr Jamail and the Trump denialists going into overdrive, as climate change accelerates 170 times faster than predicted.

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 End Grizzly Trophy Hunting Demo April 1, 2017

April Fool’s Day also marks the beginning of British Columbia’s trophy Grizzly Bear hunting season. Incredibly, despite more than 80% opposition, the provincial government, running next month for reelection, still approves this regressive industry.

Between 100-150 showed up on the lawns of the provincial seat of government, at the Legislature Building grounds in Victoria, to hear speechifying against the continued sanctioning of the trophy hunt. I went down to hear what there was to hear.

 

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Matt Eisenbrandt, John Helmer, Janine Bandcroft Mar. 29, 2017

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook

37 years have passed since the brutal assassination of Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar Romero, and while Romero’s murder is ancient history in the modern media context, it hasn’t been allowed to rest forgotten entirely. There are still those seeking justice for the Archbishop, and it’s that search chronicled in the newly released book, ‘Assassination of a Saint: The Plot to Murder Óscar Romero and the Quest to Bring His Killers to Justice‘.

Matt Eisenbrandt is a Victoria-based human-rights attorney and Legal Director of the Canadian Centre for International Justice.

In addition to the prosecution of war crimes, Matt also focuses on corporate accountability. He’s a member of the legal team involved in bringing lawsuits against Nevsun Resources and Tahoe Resources, cases involving the alleged use of slave labour in Eritrean mines, and human rights abuses in Guatemala, to Canadian courts.

Matt will be at Friday’s Cafe Simpatico to launch his book, ‘Assassination of a Saint’ in commemoration of the anniversary of Archbishop Romero’s death, and to discuss his human rights work with CCIJ.

Matt Eisenbrandt in the first half.

And; as the crimes and criminals of Latin America’s Dirty War are yet to be addressed and arrested, so too the embers of the Cold War have smoldered unchecked. Nearly thirty years past George H. W. Bush’s declaration of a “peace dividend” to follow the end of the Soviet empire, a new generation of political opportunist has rediscovered the “Red Menace” and is busy now fanning the flame of a new, and hotter Cold War.

John Helmer is a long-time, Moscow-based journalist, author, and essayist. The Australian says his website, Dances with Bears is the only news bureau “independent of single national or commercial ties.” He’s also a former political science professor who has served as an advisor to governments on three continents and regularly lectures on Russian topics. Helmer’s book titles include: ‘Uncovering Russia,’ ‘Urbanman: The Psychology of Urban Survival,’ ‘Bringing the War Home: The American Soldier in Vietnam and After,’ and ‘Drugs and Minority Oppression’ among others.

John’s recent article, ‘The US War Had Been Good for President Vladimir Putin, and the Russian Economy Looks Stable Through the Presidential Election. So If You Are a US Warfighter, What Is the Regime Change Opportunity Now?’ flies in the face of the latest Western press narrative.

John Helmer and depictions of an unpopular Putin perilously perched atop a precarious Kremlin in the second half.

And; CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events update of some of the good things going planned around here in the coming week. But first, Matt Eisenbrandt and requiem for an Assassinated Saint.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dave Thomas, Tim Shorrock, Christina Nikolic March 22, 2017

Almost as famous in Canada for the billions of government dollars cycled through its operations as it is for the seminal snow vehicle, the Ski-doo, Bombardier Inc. is currently earning international recognition too; though infamy might be the more accurate descriptor of reaction to the aerospace giant’s involvement in the A1 rail project promising to dissect centuries-old villages, disrupting the lives and destroying the livelihoods of people who will likely never be allowed to use the high-speed double-decker train carriages rocketing through their communities.

What’s worse though is, despite the A1’s probable illegality under international law, Bombardier’s participation in the project chugs along with the full support of the Canadian state.

Dave Thomas is an associate professor in the department of politics and international relations at Mount Allison University on Mi’kmaq territory, whose teaching and research interests focus on the role Canadian actors abroad play in international political economy, and the study of critical pedagogy.

His recent article in Briarpatch Magazine, ‘Bombardier and Israel: A corporation’s complicity in Palestinian dispossession‘ examines this country’s part in the contentious AI High-Speed rail project cutting through Palestine’s West Bank.

Dave Thomas in the first half.

And; in what may prove a preview of things to come on this side of the Pacific, last week South Korea’s president was removed from office in a political influence corruption scandal, the investigation of which this week reached into the boardrooms of some the country’s biggest companies.

Park Geun-hye, daughter of South Korea’s assassinated former military dictator, Park Chung-hee was impeached in December, but until last week enjoyed presidential immunity. The case has ignited a furore in the South, even as tensions escalate between North Korea and the Combined Forces Command, currently holding the biggest ever of its annual Foal Eagle “war games” exercises.

Tim Shorrock is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, musician, and author of the book, ‘Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing.’ His articles appear at his website, TimShorrock.com, and in the Washington Post. Tim grew up in Asia, and spent much of the 1980’s in Japan, reporting on the financial intrigues of the then-biggest of the Asian Tiger economies.

Tim Shorrock in the second half.

And; passionate educator, horticultural innovator, and intrepid green business entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic will be here with the Left Coast News and Events update at the bottom of the hour. But first, Dave Thomas and “a [Canadian] corporation’s complicity in Palestinian dispossession.”

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, Dave Lindorff, Patrick Henningsen, Janine Bandcroft, Christina Nikolic March 15, 2017

Welcome to the GR FunDriving Show! We’ll be leaving the usual format today to enjoin the ballyhoo, barking as on the midways of old, all to excite and delight your ears and mind. A census of our listener’s sensibilities, and ultimately a question we seek you to answer; to wit: Do we make you happy? If the answer is “Yes,” or better yet, “Hell, yeah!” then we’re providing today the opportunity for you to prove your love in the only way our focus group could figure…with MONEY! I’ll touch base with a couple old Gorilla pals to get their take on independent journalism and the state of it, play some show clips of the year past, and feature some favoured musical clips. I’ll be ably joined in this conspiracy of finance by CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft and local horticultural guru, Christina Nikolic. But first, here’s a musical act I’ve played quite a bit as of late…Canada’s own, Hawksley Workman.

1:02:00 5:00 Music Hawksley Workman – Old Cheetah – Teenage Cats

1:04:00 6:00 Blatherskite

Yes, it’s the 2017 CFUV FundingDrive. I’m joined in studio by Winds of Change host, Janine Bandcroft, and long-time CFUV and Gorilla Radio supporter, the chef in the kitchen that is the Organic Gardener’s Pantry, Christina Nikolic. Hey Janine we’ve been at this for a while now. You started contributing events listings to this show a way back in 2002; that’s more than 700 episodes or so ago. And, you began your own show around the same time… How many Wings of Change episodes have you produced since?

Christina Nikolic, I really appreciate your support over the last nine years. Especially as this is the super busy time of year for your business, the Gardener’s Pantry. What’s with the weather, and how can gardeners get ready, while we wait for Spring’s eventual sproing?

Two and half months into 2017 it sort of seems this year has dragged on forever, like a Canadian opera, or least favoured season that just wouldn’t die. I blame Donald Trump. The inevitable human response to the endless deluge of crapulence coming from the south via the media mainline there is to batten tightly the hatch and drown the television in the bathtub. The problem with that is, local actors, the Trumpish filth column so to speak, are on the move too. Here in British Columbia, the news-weary risk missing the dirty doings of our own Madame Clark, as her troupe of mini-Trumps hatch plots to enslave BC’s generations to come. With the election a mere 7 weeks away, a low voter turnout can only cement the province into a dystrumpian future of Mordor-like industrial devastation, where the orcs of profit-at-all-cost wreck havoc, impaling upon their tridents any impulse to human decency, while polluting our souls and despoiling every living creatures they encounter. Don’t get me wrong; I know they can’t help it. Like the scorpion said to the stung and dying toad, “It’s just in my nature.”

And, the federal political scene in this Canada is not a lot better. Those hoping Trudeau’s Frodoian triumph over the Gollum-like Stephen Harper would usher a new dawn in Middle Earth have now discovered, what’s precious to Justin is not a lot different from either the Harpy defeated, or the provincial Liberal namesakes. Namely, the Ring of Power.

The prime minister paid a visit to Victoria a couple weeks ago, and I went down to get a listen. Here’s an edited down version of The Return of the Man Who Would Be the Ring’s King.

1:10:00 4:44 Ape Goes to Peoples’ Impromptu Meeting for Justin Trudeau Visit (stick)
1:15:00 6:00 Discussion w/ Dave Lindorff

Welcome back to GR’s FunDriving extravaganza. Beyond being about raising money for CFUV, the theme of my show this year is how independent media producers manage to make and break stories against all odds. “Dave Lindorff is an old-school journalist who cut his teeth working the dailies Connecticut, Minneapolis and Los Angeles. Way back in 2004, Dave went digital in a big way, founding the news website, ThisCantBeHappening.net. As this site says, the site was begun “[As] a blog by Dave Lindorff in a quixotic one-man effort to afflict the powerful. As the site gained recognition and readers, Dave realized that it would take more than one journalist to cause any significant degree of affliction. He approached three long-time friends, political comrades and colleagues — John Grant, Linn Washington and Charles M. Young — and asked if they would be interested in joining him to found a news collective, thus multiplying the site’s afflictive power by 400%. All three, sharing Dave’s profound frustration with the shallowness and the fawning complicity of the establishment corporate media (and with the establishment not-for-profit media, too), signed on with alacrity and a shared desire to raise hell.” Since then, after the loss of Chuck to brain cancer, the collective has grown with the addition of Dave’s brother Gary as resident poet, and two new journalists, radical MD Jess Guh of Seattle, and long-time Latino activist and journalist Alfredo Lopez.”

Dave has shared his wisdom and insight on this show many times over these last crazy years. Welcome back to the show, Dave.

“Firstly Dave, what value an independent media?”

1:23:00 4:00 Music Neutral Milk Hotel – On Avery Island – Gardenhead Leave Me Alone
1:27:00 1:00 Cart(s)
1:28:00 8:00 Left Coast News and Events Update with Janine and Christina
1:36:00 4:00 Music TRex – Electric Warrior – Mambo Sun
1:40:00 6:00 Discussion w/ Patrick Henningsen

Welcome back to GR, etc. Patrick Henningsen is a freelance journalist, co-founder of the online news site, 21st Century wire and host of its consciousness-expanding radio program Sunday Wire. Patrick and crew have, since 2009 worked to produce independent news, with an emphasis on international coverage that acts as counterpoint to the positions staked out by the corporate and state presses of the formerly Free World. He’s reported from the middle east, and is even now trying to get back there, as the six-plus year old campaign to undo Syria and the greater region enters a new phase.

“Welcome back to the program, Patrick. Over the weekend, your Sunday Wire radio program hosted a special March Madness broadcast recognizing Fake News’ Final Four. “Fake News” may be on every corporate news reporters lips now, but you’ve been all over the fakers for a long time. What do you think the expropriation of the ‘Fake News’ sobriquet means?”

1:46:00 4:00 Music Transworld Underground – ? – ?
1:50:00 5:00 Peter Verin Send-off (stick)
1:55:00 2:00 Blatherskite
1:57:00 3:00 Music Hawksley Workman – Old Cheetah – We’re Not Beaten Yet
2:00:00 –:– -0-

Ape Goes to Victoria Peoples’ Impromptu Meeting for Justin Trudeau Visit

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid a quick visit to Victoria March 2nd, 2017, speaking with Mayor Lisa Helps and giving a press conference at the Esquimalt Naval base.

As Trudeau had passed on an invitation to a previous Town Hall in Victoria, the folk decided to hold an impromptu session on the steps of City Hall prior to the PM’s arrival.

Much has been made of Trudeau’s reversal on his pre and post-election promise that the 2015 federal election would be the “last election using the first past the post system.” There are also concerns about the federal government imprimatur on the contentious Kinder Morgan pipeline project, bringing diluted bitumen across the breadth of the province to Burnaby for trans-shipment to Asia, and the greenlighting of the Site C mega-dam project that will make a sacrifice zone of a portion of the Peace River country in the northeast of the province.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ken Boon, Annelise Sorg, Janine Bandcroft March 9, 2017

Two months from today, British Columbia’s registered voters will be given the opportunity to elect their next provincial political representatives.

One of the many environmental issues threatening an easy return to power for incumbent premier Christy Clark and her BCLiberals is the Site C mega dam on the Peace River.

The controversial project has many opponents and is currently the subject of numerous law suits. Clark and her government’s response to concerns about the dam so far is accelerated development she promises will take Site C “past the point of no return.”

Whether that point has been reached yet, after months of blasting, clear-cut logging in the Peace River’s riparian zones, and the eviction of farm families deemed in the way is still a matter of contention. At least according to former premier, Mike Harcourt who lent his voice last week to the growing chorus of objection to both the environmental and economic foundations of the dam.

Ken Boon is one of those opposing Site C. The president of the Peace Valley Landowners Association and Peace River Valley farmer saw portions of his family farm expropriated by BC Hydro, ostensibly to make way for a highway scheme connected to dam construction. Boon too was named last year in a lawsuit brought by Hydro against six protesters for “intentional interference with economic relations by unlawful means.”

Ken Boon in the first half.

And; last month, the Vancouver Parks Board announced it will continue its captive whale program, saying it plans to bring in as many as five more belugas. Aquarium CEO, John Nightingale told the press, whales the organization “owns” currently on loan to other aquariums could be returned by early 2019. Yesterday, the Parks Board held a “special” meeting regarding future plans of the Vancouver Aquarium and its continuing whale captivity and exhibition program.

Annelise Sorg is President and Co-founder of No Whales in Captivity, an organization that has since 1992 been dedicated to closing whale tanks. Annelise is Executive Director of the Secret Bay Project Society, a former Executive Director of the Canadian Marine Environment Protection Society, BC Environment Network, and Eden Conservation Trust, as well as a Director of the Vancouver Humane Society.

Annelise Sorg and fighting to phase out cetacean exhibits at the Vancouver Aquarium in the second half.

And; CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events update of some of the good things going planned around here in the coming week. But first, Ken Boon and the widening cracks in Christy Clark’s Site C dam dreams.

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 Victoria’s Peoples Impromptu Town Hall Reception for Justin Trudeau Mar. 2, 2017

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid a quick visit to Victoria and Esquimalt today, speaking with Mayor Lisa Helps and giving a press conference at the Naval base.

As Trudeau had passed on a previous Town Hall in Victoria, the folk decided to hold an impromptu session on the steps of City Hall prior to the PM’s arrival.

Much has been made of Trudeau’s reversal on his pre and post-election promise that the 2015 federal election would be the “last election using the first past the post system.” There are also concerns about the federal government imprimatur on the contentious Kinder Morgan pipeline project, bringing diluted bitumen across the breadth of the province to Burnaby for trans-shipment to Asia, and the greenlighting of the Site C mega-dam project that will make a sacrifice zone of a portion of the Peace River country in the northeast of the province.

I went down to get some opinions. Below is the press release sent out by ElectoralReform.ca.

No-Electoral-Reform Excuse Myth Busting

“Fear of both Proportional Representation, including the possible emergence of fringe or even Alt-Right parties, and a potentially divisive national referendum led Justin Trudeau’s government to abandon his promise of Electoral Reform” -CBC

To ensure Democracy and safeguard it against “the possible emergence of fringe or even alt-right parties”, the Allies imposed Proportional Representation on Germany and Japan after the WWII.

Our current first-past-the-post electoral system leads to U.S.-style two-party politics. It elected the Reform Party (the Canadian version of the Tea Party), Stephen Harper, and Donald Trump, and it could also easily elect Kellie Leitch. FPTP party system is more prone to be hijacked by “fringe or Alt-Right” groups than Proportional Representation is. PR safeguards against it.

To immunize the Canadian Democracy against “fringe or Alt-Right” groups, we need Electoral Reform and Proportional Representation; the very same form of Proportional Representation imposed by the Allies on Germany and Japan after the WWII.

There was no need for a “referendum.” How could you have a “referendum” on an electoral system not yet tried? Plus, we hire politicians to make decisions on our behalf. Harper had no problem ramming through Omnibus Bills, the “Unfair Elections Act,” and Prorogue the Parliament without the need for a pesky “referendum.”

There was no “consensus” when Justin Trudeau’s own father implemented the switch from Imperial to Metric. There was lots of opposition from the Conservatives, but he showed leadership and Canada is better for it. Ask any of those resisting the change: “How cold is it today?” and they will reply in Metric despite Mulroney Conservatives abolition of the Metric Commission 15 years later. Dinosaurs die hard. The very same Dinosaurs are resisting the Electoral Reform today. We need leadership; “no consensus” is an excuse.

And yes, lots of Greens and the NDPs, wanting to vote Harper out, and tired of their votes being wasted election after election, took this historic, once in a generation chance, to vote for Electoral Reform. Liberals pulled away NDP & Green votes to steal the election on a flagship promise of Electoral Reform they had no intention of keeping.

Today is a sad day for Canadian Democracy!

Of all the battles we have fought for Democracy in Canada, Electoral Reform is the most important, for if we lose this battle, we have lost the war on all fronts.

Electoral Reform is a Class War and the other side has more money, influence, connections, media…

To all the victims of deception, deceit, and dishonour, to those who feel betrayed and disenfranchised, the only sure way to get Electoral Reform & Proportional Representation is to force a NDP-Green Coalition prior to the next election.

– Tirdad Shirvani
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www.ElectoralReform.Ca
www.ReformeElectorale.Ca   (La Réforme Électorale)
www.ErRe.Ca   (Electoral Reform / La Réforme Électorale)

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Robert J. Sawyer, David Swanson, Janine Bandcroft March 1st, 2017

Just because you can’t believe something doesn’t make it fiction. You may wish Donald Trump was never elected, and be clinging to the desperate notion the last forty two days are just a prolonged bad dream; rub your eyes, pinch your arm, and give your head a shake now, because this in no nightmare, it is real life, and it’s just the beginning!

But how, you may ask, did this unforeseen, unforeseeable turn of events come to pass? How!?

Well, perhaps you weren’t paying attention. Perhaps you just failed to notice the inexorable, determined disintegration of Western civilization. Sliding a bit with every delusional press release; inching nearer the abyss one drone strike at a time.

If it makes you feel any better, not everyone was surprised.

Robert J. Sawyer makes a living inventing fantastic stories. The Canadian science fiction superstar is one of only eight writers to have bagged Sci-fi’s triple crown, winning each of the Hugo, Nebula, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Awards for best novel.

Described as the “Dean of Canadian science fiction,” Sawyer is also recipient of the first-ever Humanism in the Arts Award from Humanist Canada, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Governor General of Canada, the Hal Clement Award for Best Young Adult Novel of the Year, and a Lifetime Achievement Aurora Award from the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association.

Sawyer’s 23 novels have featured regularly at the top of Canadian best-sellers lists and he was named by publishing trade journal Quill & Quire, one of “the thirty most influential, innovative, and just plain powerful people in Canadian publishing.” Sawyer’s latest novel, ‘Quantum Night’ predicted the rise of a populist mad-man to America’s highest office; a feat in art nature determined to imitate.

Robert J. Sawyer in the first half.

And; my second guest asks, “Can Canada Get Out of the War Business?” Probably not as long as Canadians entertain the comfortable collective notion of themselves as meek and mild do-gooders on the global stage; the nation everyone wants most to both be like, and have as a best friend. The truth is a little darker than a northern winter, and it’s past time to spotlight the real role we play in the World.

David Swanson is a peace and political justice activist, journalist, radio host, and author whose book titles include: ‘War No More: The Case for Abolition,’ ‘When the World Outlawed War,’ ‘War Is a Lie,’ and ‘The Military Industrial Complex at 50’ among others. He’s a past Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, director of WorldBeyondWar.org, campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org, and blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. David also hosts Talk Nation Radio.

David Swanson and endin’ Canada’s wicked, warrin’ ways in the second half.

And; CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft, and/or horticulturalist extraordinaire, Christina Nikolic will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Newsletter, bringing us up to speed with some of what’s good going on in and around our town in the coming week. But first, stepping into a Trump twilight zone with Robert J. Sawyer and a Quantum Night.

Ape Goes to Wilderness Committee BC Legislature Petition Delivery

Feb 28, 2017

The Wilderness Committee presented a 40,000+ strong petition to NDP MLA George Heyman and sole Green Party of BC MLA, Andrew Weaver to bolster their respective attempts to have stand-alone Species at Risk legislation introduced. British Columbia is one of only two provinces in Canada without such legislation already in place.

I went down and talked to Wilderness Committee Vancouver Island Campaigner, Torrance Coste.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Elmarie Roberts February 23rd, 2017

Elmarie Roberts, Organic Gardener, Educator, Communitarian

by C. L. Cook – Gorilla Radio

 

February 2017

“Sharing something sustainable, something healthy, and something that makes us happy…”

 

Despite traveling half-way around the World to find it, Victoria was a homecoming of sorts for South Africa native, Elmarie Roberts. The educator and organic gardener arrived in Canada with her young family in 1994, settling first in Vancouver. It didn’t take long for the Roberts’ to look further west, and starting a new life on Vancouver Island.

Elmarie’s journey into organic farming was a roundabout one too. Before getting her hands back in the dirt, she taught ESL classes, ran her own sustainable retail business, and worked with the charitable, St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Her career however began to go in another direction when taking an Organic Farming as a Business course at Victoria’s Camosun College led to the Haliburton Community Organic Farm and the creation of her Sunbird Farm. It also led some years later to Gaia College, where she both earned Growing Food and Organic Master Gardener certificates, and employed her teaching instincts becoming an instructor for Gaia’s Growing Food in the City course.

“It’s a good thing,” she says, the teacherly tone of her lightly accented Afrikaans coming across over the telephone line.

 

“You can feel it in your bones, when one is out there working with your hands in the soil.”

And it’s a coming of full circle in a way, going back to her beginnings of growing up close to the land.

“My dad was in the parks department of the local municipality,” she tells me, her voice casting back over the years to her childhood in South Africa.

“I loved hanging out in the greenhouse with him, and discovering what was under the pots,” she says, reminiscing about,

“…those early, formative years, when you remember happy things, like the warmth and the smell of a greenhouse…and plants just growing beautifully everywhere.”

Elmarie has since passed her Sunbird Farm plot along to new farmers, and while she still keeps her fingers in the earth maintaining a demonstration plot growing herbs, flowers and seed, she’s concentrating primarily on passing along knowledge gleaned at Gaia College, and her eleven years running her hands through the soil at Haliburton to a new generation of organic farming students; imparting to them both the practical lessons of organic gardening learned, and more vitally the spiritual connection between farm and farmer.

Elmarie Roberts currently teaches Gaia College’s Food in the City course,  and instructs too at Haliburton Community Organic Farm’s newly initiated EcoFarm School. She reminds, farming is also about community and, “…sharing something sustainable, something healthy, and something that makes us happy.”

Postscript:

Fifteen years on, the Haliburton Community Organic Farm Society is thriving despite its uncertain beginnings, (thanks to an uprising of sorts by locals concerned about rampant housing development in Saanich) and continues to be “…a leading model of community-supported, small-scale sustainable organic agriculture carried out in harmony with local ecosystems.”

Gaia College continues in the tradition of its founder, Heide Hermary to cultivate community and be, “A global community of educators, professionals and students teaching, working and learning in the areas of holistic land management, health and environmentally sustainable technologies.”