Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Gerard Di Trolio, Yves Engler, Christina Nikolic May 24th, 2018

May 31st marks the deadline set by Kinder Morgan for British Columbia to guarantee the Texas oil operator’s Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion. The project has been massively controversial in BC, but its political import has made less of an impression on the country east of the Rockies.

Maybe that explains why Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have waded into the debate, saying the federal government will underwrite the pipeline should Kinder Morgan follow through with its implicit threat to quit in the face of implacable opposition.

But, the Liberals aren’t the only ones supporting Kinder.

Gerard Di Trolio is a Toronto-based writer specializing in Canadian labour and political issues. He also serves as an editor to the labour website, RankandFile.ca. His recent article, ‘The NDP’s Oil Problem‘ appears online at JacobinMag.com and puts that party’s would-be environmental ducks in the middle of the tar pond pipeline muck.

Gerard Di Trolio in the first half.

And; Israel’s blatant disregard for Palestinian life, as witnessed over the course of the so far seven weeks-long Great March of Return demonstrations in Gaza, has drawn calls for an accounting finally of that country’s criminal actions. Reaction in Canada has been muted across party lines, much to the frustration of grass roots activists within the New Democratic Party who want to see their new leader take a stand on the Palestine issue.

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.’

Yves recently wrote an anticipatory article about the NDP convention, ‘Burying Canada’s Anti-Palestinian Consensus‘, and attended to see which way the new NDP’s winds would blow on Palestine. He’s now joined a growing clamour demanding the party’s withdrawal from the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group.

Yves Engler in the second half.

And; Victoria-based greentrepreneur and horticulturalist extraordinaire, Christina Nikolic will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin, bringing us up to speed with some of the good things going on in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Gerard Di Trolio and the NDP’s oil problem.

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.uvic.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/

Gorilla Radio Flashbacks with Chris Cook, James Petras April 4th, 2005

The Bush administration is busily preparing yet another front in its War on Terra. Far from the sands of the middle-east, the Bushistas have set into motion their plan of conquest in Latin America. It’s no secret, U.S. interests have long wanted to see an end to Cuba; an operable alternative example to the neo-liberal economic paradigm currently dominating the world is intolerable to the chosen few inhabiting the thin upper-strata of that system. And, their great fear of a Caribbean domino-effect, where poor and oppressed majorities throughout the hemisphere look to Castro and ask, “Why can’t we have dignity and health care? Why can’t we keep more of the fruits of our labour? Why can’t we be free of death squads and gangster terror?” seems to be unfolding.

The survival of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, despite every CIA regime-change trick in the book, and his subsequent alliance-agreements with Fidel Castro have left only one option left for the New Conquistadors: War. James Petras is a former Sociology professor who now advises the landless and jobless in Brazil and Argentina. He’s also a free-lance writer and editor, and co-authored the book, ‘Globalization Unmasked.’

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Peter Lee, Whitney Webb, Janine Bandcroft May 17, 2018

While prospects for a Middle East peace smoulder in the ruins of America’s foreign policy Donald Trump is yet hopeful he can match his predecessor, garnering his own Nobel Peace Prize.

Next month, the Trump show is on the road to Singapore and there, with Kim Jong Un as featured performer, the great ringmaster plans to undo the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea right before our eyes! Or something like that.

The skeptics though are out in force, none more prominently than those in the Pentagon who, according to my first guest, are doing what they can to make sure peace in the Pacific doesn’t break out anytime soon.

Peter Lee is a freelance journalist writing on East and South Asian affairs as they intersect US global policy. He blogs at the Asian affairs website China Matters, and his China Watch report features on Newsbud.com.


Peter Lee in the first half.

And; every time the prospect of an end to the seven years-long nightmare endured by the people of Syria rises the pernicious Bashar al-Assad launches a gas attack against his own citizens. Or so the Western press narrative of events unfolded in that benighted country would have us believe. Others believe these so-called gas attacks, inscrutably committed by Assad when they do his government the most damage, are actually false flag attacks staged to justify retaliation like Donald Trump’s recent rocket attacks, and designed to perpetuate the conflict there.

Whitney Webb is a South America-based journalist writing about environmental, political, and economic issues in English and Spanish. She’s a staff writer at MintPressNews.com, and her articles have featured at ZeroHedge, 21st Century Wire, and Pacific Free Press among other places. Her recent article for MintPress, ‘Prediction of New False-Flag Gas Attack in Syria Seems to Fit US Escalation Plans‘ warns of another such attempt.

Whitney Webb and a war not allowed to end in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things going on in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Peter Lee and Trump’s pivot to Asia.

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.uvic.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 May 17th, 2018

Social Justice Film Night Presents

May 17th, 2018

Poor people fight back! No to the drug war & war on the poor
may 17th
Thursday at 19:00–22:00
3 days from now · 13-19° Partly cloudy <
SFU Vancouver <https://www.facebook.com/SFUVancouver/>
SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K3
POOR PEOPLE FIGHT BACK! NO TO THE DRUG WAR & THE WAR ON THE POOR

An evening of discussion with poor people’s organizations resisting criminalization, containment and displacement. With presenters:

• Gloria ‘Ka Bea’ Arellano, KADAMAY – Federation of Mutual Aid for the Poor (Philippines)

• Hugh Lampkin, Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (Vancouver)

• Julian Ichim, Downtown Kitchener Social Justice Coalition (Kitchener, ON)

• Laura Shaver, BC Association of People on Methadone (BC)

& Ivan Drury, Alliance Against Displacement (BC)

Moderated by Aiyanas Ormond (ILPS) and Kevin Yake (VANDU)

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, KPU President’s Diversity and Equity Committee, SFU Centre for the Humanities and UBC Social Justice Centre.
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Community Dialogue – Kinder Morgan
may 17th
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Thursday at 19:00–20:30
3 days from now · 11-19° Sunny
Adam Olsen, MLA – Saanich North and the Islands <https://www.facebook.com/Olsen4MLA/>
215-2506 Beacon Ave., Sidney, British Columbia V8L 4T9
Doors open at 6:45pm and discussion begins promptly at 7:00pm.

Kinder Morgan and the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project has been a lightning rod for controversy. Whether you are in favour of the project or opposed to it I invite you to come and share your thoughts on how we can move forward as a province and as a country.

We have a discussion and poll on this topic that you can participate by logging into www.placespeak.com/adamolsen <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.placespeak.com%2Fadamolsen&h=ATOX7sDZlClLC_kq5b9nKbnlDSFqCLXKvodLVqybSY6m1-LJ-AU-SSvsFUYJtP3-ihw3vIKCxuGJRlGG1ksTE2Ez5bQ0Mp0n701sSzv2ggj4e91RbXb-dIM&s=1>.

You can also send me your thoughts on the project by emailing adam.olsen.mla@leg.bc.ca.
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From Fairways to Frogs: Restoring Wetlands in Former Golf Course
may 17th

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Thursday at 19:00–21:00
3 days from now · 11-17° Sunny
University of Victoria <https://www.facebook.com/universityofvictoria/>
3800 Finnerty Road, Victoria, British Columbia V8P 5C2
From Fairways to Frogs: Restoring Wetlands in a Former Golf Course
WHERE: UVic, MacLaurin Bldg, Rm D-288 (NEW ROOM) in D-Wing
Cost: Members: FREE (Membership $25/yr)
Non-Members: drop-in by donation
Students: FREE
Notes: $3.00 for parking at UVic

Carrina has been working to restore a former golf course on Salt Spring Island. She will explain the steps involved in a major wetland restoration project and show the transformation from abandoned fairways to habitat for rare frogs and bats.

Carrina Maslovat currently works as a botanist and ecologist in rare plant communities and spends much of her field time surveying for rare plants. She has written COSEWIC* status reports, best management practices and invasive species removal plans. Since 2014, she has been working to restore wetlands in degraded sites and re-establish native wetland plants. Between 1997 and 2003, she was co-owner of Woodland Native Plant Nursery where she grew a range of native species including several at-risk plants.

*COSEWIC, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada is an independent committee of wildlife experts and scientists whose “raison d’être is to identify species at risk” in Canada. It designates the conservation status of wild species.

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End the Drug War & the War on the Poor
may 18th
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Friday at 17:00–18:30
3 days from now · 13-19° Mostly Sunny
Corner of Main and Hastings <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Corner-of-Main-and-Hastings/154771594575133>
Vancouver, British Columbia
END THE DRUG WAR AND THE WAR ON THE POOR!

Join us for a march to against the exploitation, criminalization, containment and displacement of poor people around the globe. With representatives from Kadamay (urban poor organization in the Philippines), Anti-Colonialist Working Group (Kitchener) and local anti-poverty and anti-drug war organizers.

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Cube of Truth: Vancouver: May 19th
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Saturday at 15:00–18:30
5 days from now · 12-22° Partly cloudy
Crescent Beach Surrey, British Columbia <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Crescent-Beach-Surrey-British-Columbia/884709941704914>
Breecher Street, Surrey, British Columbia
Please meet at the life guard station.

If you are interested in volunteering, join the following group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/439515056426264 <https://www.facebook.com/groups/439515056426264/>

The Cube of Truth is a peaceful static demonstration akin to an art performance. This demonstration operates in a structured manner that triggers curiosity and interest from the public; we attempt to lead bystanders to a vegan conclusion through a combination of local standard-practice animal exploitation footage and conversations with a value-based sales approach.

Masks, signs, and outreach literature are provided. Black upper clothing appropriate for the weather is essential, and please bring a fully charged laptop or tablet if you have one. If you are bringing a laptop or a tablet, please download the following:

Media Player:
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.videolan.org%2Fvlc%2F&h=ATPvvvXYy7aqK7GLyE0slH58SN0fMAt4Ig6nzHHODP7PhDg2nAjvoyB88zJz_EINwBxlpuvcoSupD7uD2pmJrVaiOuvan-CJV7_Afz7qMvW0SNKBzyS24sM&s=1>

Footage:
https://goo.gl/3XM5gH <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fgoo.gl%2F3XM5gH&h=ATP1mEIrumwjkVcDe1a1caXIFzw0B4MQ6xMqThQ5AQq6L6uw44_-Bu3L4brKdSk2OCUSGo3-r1M9ZAaVs0uICn_7c1s2yCOx-HXMG58kiahoL3ZnievWUDY&s=1>

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Cube of Truth: Victoria: May 20th
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Sunday at 13:00–15:00
5 days from now · 12-19° Partly cloudy
The Bay Centre <https://www.facebook.com/thebaycentre/>
1150 Douglas Street, Victoria, British Columbia

If you are interested in volunteering, join the following group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/644028365798366/ <https://www.facebook.com/groups/644028365798366/>

The Cube of Truth is a peaceful static demonstration akin to an art performance. This demonstration operates in a structured manner that triggers curiosity and interest from the public; we attempt to lead bystanders to a vegan conclusion through a combination of local standard-practice animal exploitation footage and conversations with a value-based sales approach.

Masks, signs, and outreach literature are provided. Black upper clothing appropriate for the weather is essential, and please bring a fully charged laptop or tablet if you have one. If you are bringing a laptop or a tablet, please download the following:

Media Player:
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.videolan.org%2Fvlc%2F&h=ATOcmBm4WS0-4FGYyf4KV8o3cDeuX_0nHQ1F_xSc9KjKonCbMpBFAPnIobrxMLlic7ZImYJx6kCkD9kWXZXpTOE8tyIRed9zozE-DDbksQOolcU-3PKqlTQ&s=1>

Footage:
https://goo.gl/3XM5gH <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fgoo.gl%2F3XM5gH&h=ATOiv_ZUurqW263hOyS2Tp1B-UbNt_HWKzFWh5liTpDMsE6h6R0zmjTt3f4rkbnEqhALl4ZrOV6Vw6P1SuLAIRQzC76jQwSFY56_hMyBkYvcXxCIMZeRF8Q&s=1>

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Seattle vs Kinder Morgan: Mass Action by Land and Sea
may 20th
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Sunday at 10:00–14:00
6 days from now · 12-24° Partly cloudy <https://weather.com/redir?par=facebook_events&page=tenday&locale=en-gb&id=47.60,-122.33>
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Occidental Square <https://www.facebook.com/occidentalsquare/>
117 S Washington St, Seattle, Washington 98104

Seattle vs Kinder Morgan: The fight for an oil-free Salish Sea

“It’s time to warrior up, Washington! We made a promise to protect our future generations.”
–Cedar George Parker, Tsleil-Waututh Nation

Join us for a day of mass action by land and sea on May 20 to protect our waters, our communities, and our climate from Kinder Morgan. The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion threatens to increase the transport of toxic tar sands oil through Washington waters by 700%, while trampling indigenous rights and destabilizing our global climate.

RSVP for details:
https://actionnetwork.org/events/seattle-vs-kinder-morgan?source=fbevent <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Factionnetwork.org%2Fevents%2Fseattle-vs-kinder-morgan%3Fsource%3Dfbevent&h=ATM4pgPnGP58jsBP8VX3WwIKJAcBH-fObgp3bA1dIrsObaCqar9cDn4tSEfakFZsJlrTJegAFYNh3DSIzP8UWsbwkuuQN8bqbFD0KCN9KVX2RTLEv1nBOaM&s=1>

On land: 10am rally at Occidental Square, then march to the Seattle Waterfront.
On water: a flotilla of kayaks and canoes will launch from West Seattle and swarm Kinder Morgan’s terminal.

We need to act now! Kinder Morgan has until May 31 to decide the fate of this pipeline. First Nations-led resistance has already pushed them to the brink. Now is our chance to spread the resistance into Washington state.

Together, we will stop this pipeline as one Salish Sea, because solidarity knows no borders!

SHARE with your friends to keep the momentum going!

#StopKM #WarriorUpWA #OilFreeSalishSea

This action is organized by the Stop Kinder Morgan Action Council. Participating organizations include:

Mosquito Fleet
Protectors of the Salish Sea
350 Seattle
350 Tacoma
Students for the Salish Sea
Greenpeace USA
Sierra Club Washington Chapter
Stand.earth

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Wildwood Guided Tour with Dr. Nancy Turner
may 20th

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Sunday at 13:00–15:00
6 days from now · 11-23° Mostly Sunny
Wildwood Ecoforest <https://www.facebook.com/wildwoodecoforest/>
2929 Crane Road, Ladysmith, British Columbia V9G 1C8

Bring family and friends to this rare opportunity to explore springtime at Wildwood with Dr. Nancy Turner, renowned ethnobotanist. Come learn about sustainable forestry practices, plant identification, uses, and how our First Nations neighbours stewarded the forest. Suggested donation $10. Tour takes place rain or shine, so please dress accordingly. Please park near the front gate and meet by the Visitors Centre at 1 pm.

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Animal Liberation Conference 2018
23 May – 29 May
23 May at 9:00 to 29 May at 18:00
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Berkeley, CA
<https://www.facebook.com/#>
Take action. Learn from experts. Make connections. Save Lives.

The Animal Liberation Conference is the largest grassroots animal rights conference in North America. It is the best place to learn from experts in open rescue, bearing witness, disruption and community organizing, meet incredible activists from around the world, take part in high-impact actions and vigils, and empower yourself to be the best activist you can be. Previous attendees have called the conference the best week of their year!

All are welcome, including those new to activism and veganism. You must register to attend.

WHEN: May 23-29th, 2018

WHERE: Various locations around UC Berkeley campus in Berkeley, CA.

REGISTRATION: alconference.io/register <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Falconference.io%2Fregister&h=ATO24hnby2TTaJHL0kxHIKdlO5CXYjvMoQ2y8OmOT7CcJ243OAGso72rMS0LeSbG_aS3quy6FUHI6KaQq1KC6S5cmfro9AjzNFtDK7_iIy61KBQyl1KYhv0&s=1>

FAQ

Where do I get more information? Unfortunately, Facebook does not allow us to update this event page regularly, so please check out liberationconference.com <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fliberationconference.com%2F&h=ATOVYZuf53GLMfu42wdCLbbMtWvbxw3fV5sREOf4e5vdxZvb8UqW91bWvxZwiRsjOb6ZL4d2uQOJRstdEk3P7ad7bLZNAs07T1tlwRC9KRGoBWhszlNxbVE&s=1> or email info@liberationconference.com.

How much does it cost? Regular registration is now over. The fee for the full week is now $150. One and two day tickers are also available. Registration fees includes a week’s worth of events, tons of free meals, a shirt, and more! Waiving is available for low-income attendees and kids under 12 are free. We do not make money off the event. Your registration is non-refundable but it is transferable.

Are kids welcome? Yes! We ask that kids also fill out the registration form. There is no registration fee for kids 12 and under.

Do I need to book a hotel? You will need to find housing for yourself, whether that be in a hotel, Airbnb, or with a local activist. Our housing team can help you with finding a place to stay or can put you on the waitlist for staying with a local activist. You can email them at alc-housing@dxe.io. You can also join this Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/729434950579900/ <https://www.facebook.com/groups/729434950579900/>.

Is this the first time this conference has been held? No, this is the 5th year. The conference was previously called the DxE Forum and was rebranded due to the partnership with other groups.

When will I get more details about the event? Once you register, you will receive periodic emails with updates, so please check your email!

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This events bulletin is produced weekly for Gorilla Radio, airing Thursdays 11-noon and Saturdays 8-9 am from CFUV (http://cfuv.uvic.ca ) and Mondays 9-10 am from CJSF (http://cjsf.ca ). You can also listen to the podcasts at http://www.gorilla-radio.com .
** please forward to friends and allies **

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Poor people fight back! No to the drug war & war on the poor
may 17th
a.. Thursday at 19:00–22:00
3 days from now · 13-19° Partly cloudy

b.. pin SFU Vancouver
SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K3

POOR PEOPLE FIGHT BACK! NO TO THE DRUG WAR & THE WAR ON THE POOR

An evening of discussion with poor people’s organizations resisting criminalization, containment and displacement. With presenters:

• Gloria ‘Ka Bea’ Arellano, KADAMAY – Federation of Mutual Aid for the Poor (Philippines)

• Hugh Lampkin, Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (Vancouver)

• Julian Ichim, Downtown Kitchener Social Justice Coalition (Kitchener, ON)

• Laura Shaver, BC Association of People on Methadone (BC)

& Ivan Drury, Alliance Against Displacement (BC)

Moderated by Aiyanas Ormond (ILPS) and Kevin Yake (VANDU)

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, KPU President’s Diversity and Equity Committee, SFU Centre for the Humanities and UBC Social Justice Centre.
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Community Dialogue – Kinder Morgan
may 17th
a.. clock Thursday at 19:00–20:30
3 days from now · 11-19° Sunny

b.. pin Adam Olsen, MLA – Saanich North and the Islands
215-2506 Beacon Ave., Sidney, British Columbia V8L 4T9

Doors open at 6:45pm and discussion begins promptly at 7:00pm.

Kinder Morgan and the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project has been a lightning rod for controversy. Whether you are in favour of the project or opposed to it I invite you to come and share your thoughts on how we can move forward as a province and as a country.

We have a discussion and poll on this topic that you can participate by logging into www.placespeak.com/adamolsen.

You can also send me your thoughts on the project by emailing adam.olsen.mla@leg.bc.ca.
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From Fairways to Frogs: Restoring Wetlands in Former Golf Course
may 17th

a.. clock Thursday at 19:00–21:00
3 days from now · 11-17° Sunny

b.. pin University of Victoria
3800 Finnerty Road, Victoria, British Columbia V8P 5C2

From Fairways to Frogs: Restoring Wetlands in a Former Golf Course
WHERE: UVic, MacLaurin Bldg, Rm D-288 (NEW ROOM) in D-Wing
Cost: Members: FREE (Membership $25/yr)
Non-Members: drop-in by donation
Students: FREE
Notes: $3.00 for parking at UVic

Carrina has been working to restore a former golf course on Salt Spring Island. She will explain the steps involved in a major wetland restoration project and show the transformation from abandoned fairways to habitat for rare frogs and bats.

Carrina Maslovat currently works as a botanist and ecologist in rare plant communities and spends much of her field time surveying for rare plants. She has written COSEWIC* status reports, best management practices and invasive species removal plans. Since 2014, she has been working to restore wetlands in degraded sites and re-establish native wetland plants. Between 1997 and 2003, she was co-owner of Woodland Native Plant Nursery where she grew a range of native species including several at-risk plants.

*COSEWIC, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada is an independent committee of wildlife experts and scientists whose “raison d’être is to identify species at risk” in Canada. It designates the conservation status of wild species.

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End the Drug War & the War on the Poor
may 18th
a.. clock Friday at 17:00–18:30
3 days from now · 13-19° Mostly Sunny

b.. pin Corner of Main and Hastings
Vancouver, British Columbia

END THE DRUG WAR AND THE WAR ON THE POOR!

Join us for a march to against the exploitation, criminalization, containment and displacement of poor people around the globe. With representatives from Kadamay (urban poor organization in the Philippines), Anti-Colonialist Working Group (Kitchener) and local anti-poverty and anti-drug war organizers.

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Cube of Truth: Vancouver: May 19th
a.. clock Saturday at 15:00–18:30
5 days from now · 12-22° Partly cloudy

b.. pin Crescent Beach Surrey, British Columbia
Breecher Street, Surrey, British Columbia

Please meet at the life guard station.

If you are interested in volunteering, join the following group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/439515056426264

The Cube of Truth is a peaceful static demonstration akin to an art performance. This demonstration operates in a structured manner that triggers curiosity and interest from the public; we attempt to lead bystanders to a vegan conclusion through a combination of local standard-practice animal exploitation footage and conversations with a value-based sales approach.

Masks, signs, and outreach literature are provided. Black upper clothing appropriate for the weather is essential, and please bring a fully charged laptop or tablet if you have one. If you are bringing a laptop or a tablet, please download the following:

Media Player:
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Footage:
https://goo.gl/3XM5gH

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Cube of Truth: Victoria: May 20th
a.. clock Sunday at 13:00–15:00
5 days from now · 12-19° Partly cloudy

b.. pin The Bay Centre
1150 Douglas Street, Victoria, British Columbia

If you are interested in volunteering, join the following group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/644028365798366/

The Cube of Truth is a peaceful static demonstration akin to an art performance. This demonstration operates in a structured manner that triggers curiosity and interest from the public; we attempt to lead bystanders to a vegan conclusion through a combination of local standard-practice animal exploitation footage and conversations with a value-based sales approach.

Masks, signs, and outreach literature are provided. Black upper clothing appropriate for the weather is essential, and please bring a fully charged laptop or tablet if you have one. If you are bringing a laptop or a tablet, please download the following:

Media Player:
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Footage:
https://goo.gl/3XM5gH

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Seattle vs Kinder Morgan: Mass Action by Land and Sea
may 20th
a.. clock Sunday at 10:00–14:00
6 days from now · 12-24° Partly cloudy

b.. pin Occidental Square
117 S Washington St, Seattle, Washington 98104

Seattle vs Kinder Morgan: The fight for an oil-free Salish Sea

“It’s time to warrior up, Washington! We made a promise to protect our future generations.”
–Cedar George Parker, Tsleil-Waututh Nation

Join us for a day of mass action by land and sea on May 20 to protect our waters, our communities, and our climate from Kinder Morgan. The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion threatens to increase the transport of toxic tar sands oil through Washington waters by 700%, while trampling indigenous rights and destabilizing our global climate.

RSVP for details:
https://actionnetwork.org/events/seattle-vs-kinder-morgan?source=fbevent

On land: 10am rally at Occidental Square, then march to the Seattle Waterfront.
On water: a flotilla of kayaks and canoes will launch from West Seattle and swarm Kinder Morgan’s terminal.

We need to act now! Kinder Morgan has until May 31 to decide the fate of this pipeline. First Nations-led resistance has already pushed them to the brink. Now is our chance to spread the resistance into Washington state.

Together, we will stop this pipeline as one Salish Sea, because solidarity knows no borders!

SHARE with your friends to keep the momentum going!

#StopKM #WarriorUpWA #OilFreeSalishSea

This action is organized by the Stop Kinder Morgan Action Council. Participating organizations include:

Mosquito Fleet
Protectors of the Salish Sea
350 Seattle
350 Tacoma
Students for the Salish Sea
Greenpeace USA
Sierra Club Washington Chapter
Stand.earth

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Wildwood Guided Tour with Dr. Nancy Turner
may 20th

a.. clock Sunday at 13:00–15:00
6 days from now · 11-23° Mostly Sunny

b.. pin Wildwood Ecoforest
2929 Crane Road, Ladysmith, British Columbia V9G 1C8

Bring family and friends to this rare opportunity to explore springtime at Wildwood with Dr. Nancy Turner, renowned ethnobotanist. Come learn about sustainable forestry practices, plant identification, uses, and how our First Nations neighbours stewarded the forest. Suggested donation $10. Tour takes place rain or shine, so please dress accordingly. Please park near the front gate and meet by the Visitors Centre at 1 pm.

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Animal Liberation Conference 2018
a.. 23 May – 29 May
23 May at 9:00 to 29 May at 18:00

b.. pin Berkeley, CA

Take action. Learn from experts. Make connections. Save Lives.

The Animal Liberation Conference is the largest grassroots animal rights conference in North America. It is the best place to learn from experts in open rescue, bearing witness, disruption and community organizing, meet incredible activists from around the world, take part in high-impact actions and vigils, and empower yourself to be the best activist you can be. Previous attendees have called the conference the best week of their year!

All are welcome, including those new to activism and veganism. You must register to attend.

WHEN: May 23-29th, 2018

WHERE: Various locations around UC Berkeley campus in Berkeley, CA.

REGISTRATION: alconference.io/register

FAQ

Where do I get more information? Unfortunately, Facebook does not allow us to update this event page regularly, so please check out liberationconference.com or email info@liberationconference.com.

How much does it cost? Regular registration is now over. The fee for the full week is now $150. One and two day tickers are also available. Registration fees includes a week’s worth of events, tons of free meals, a shirt, and more! Waiving is available for low-income attendees and kids under 12 are free. We do not make money off the event. Your registration is non-refundable but it is transferable.

Are kids welcome? Yes! We ask that kids also fill out the registration form. There is no registration fee for kids 12 and under.

Do I need to book a hotel? You will need to find housing for yourself, whether that be in a hotel, Airbnb, or with a local activist. Our housing team can help you with finding a place to stay or can put you on the waitlist for staying with a local activist. You can email them at alc-housing@dxe.io. You can also join this Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/729434950579900/.

Is this the first time this conference has been held? No, this is the 5th year. The conference was previously called the DxE Forum and was rebranded due to the partnership with other groups.

When will I get more details about the event? Once you register, you will receive periodic emails with updates, so please check your email!

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This events bulletin is produced weekly for Gorilla Radio, airing Thursdays 11-noon and Saturdays 8-9 am from CFUV (http://cfuv.uvic.ca) and Mondays 9-10 am from CJSF (http://cjsf.ca). You can also listen to the podcasts at http://www.gorilla-radio.com.
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Gorilla Radio Site C Streeters with Chris Cook, Barbara Hay, “May” May 13, 2018

Today’s (May 14, 2018) ongoing citizen protest against the Site C dam project coincides with the announcement from the West Moberly First Nations of a decision rendered by the federal government regarding the injunction filed by the West Moberly and others to stop work on the contentious project. They argue Site C contravenes treaties they’ve signed with the government, and contend they were not properly consulted, and their objections and concerns not heeded properly.

There is some confusion on the tape during Barbara’s segment due to my misinterpretation of the government announcement. In short, the feds retreat is good news for those wishing to see the project stopped. Here’s a link to the release. (https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/2018/05/feds-throw-ball-back-to-province-takes.html).

 

 

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Roger Annis, Nozomi Hayase, Janine Bandcroft May 10th, 2018

Last week, the United States delivered more than 200 Javelin missiles to the coup regime in Ukraine. Following four years of rule from Kyiv, Petro Poroshenko’s government is plagued by corruption, and is still fighting separatists in the eastern region of the country where his illegal seizure of power was never accepted.

Though the Western press routinely dismisses Ukrainian resistance to Poroshenko as “pro-Russian”, portraying the military conflict in the country as Putin’s proxy war of annexation, less mentioned is the role the United States and its European allies played in both the overthrow of the democratically elected Yanukovych government or their continued support of ongoing hostilities.

Roger Annis is a longtime socialist and trade union activist. He’s a prolific essayist, whose website, A Socialist in Canada covers a broad swath of topics and issues from a social justice and peace perspective. He’s followed events in Ukraine since 2014, and visited Crimea to see firsthand what the coup has meant for the people there.

Roger Annis in the first half.

And; last weekend, another UN General Assembly declared World Press Freedom Day passed without a word being spoken in that august body in favour of the release of journalist/prisoner, Julian Assange. The co-founder and face of WikiLeaks has missed seven World Press Freedom Days confined on pain of arrest and imprisonment should he venture out the door of Ecuador’s London embassy; and though the UN says Britain’s promise of imprisonment against him is arbitrary and has no standing in international law, Julian languishes still. Notably absent too these last years is support from Assange’s fourth estate colleagues; perhaps because Julian Assange and WikiLeaks don’t fit neatly into traditional media’s mold.

Dr. Nozomi Hayase is a columnist, essayist, and author whose writing and activism she says is, “dedicated to liberation of all people”. Her articles on free speech, transparency, and the vital role of whistleblowers in global society appear at Counterpunch, CommonDreams, Dissident Voice, and Antiwar.com among other places. Nozomi’s new book, ‘WikiLeaks, the Global Fourth Estate: History Is Happening‘, a compendium of her many articles on the topic, is available now online at her website, nozomihayase.com.

Nozomi Hayase and dispelling the distortions of what WikiLeaks is and does in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things going on in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Roger Annis and the papering over of western complicity in Kyiv’s war against eastern Ukraine. 

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.uvic.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 May 10th, 2018

Kinder Morgan Pipeline? Don’t Bank On It! Rally + March
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Saturday at 13:00–16:00
5 days from now · 12-22° Sunny
TD Canada Trust <https://www.facebook.com/TDVancouverBC9400/>
700 W Georgia St, Vancouver, British Columbia V7Y 1A2
KINDER MORGAN PIPELINE? DON’T BANK ON IT!

Clearly the opposition to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project is doing something right. The project is way behind schedule, and the Texas oil giant announced last week they are halting all “non essential spending” while they reevaluate and make a new announcement after May 31. This makes the next six weeks of organizing extremely important.

Kinder Morgan is trying to pressure federal and provincial governments to intervene more forcefully to get the project built. On cue, Prime Minister Trudeau called an emergency cabinet meeting to reaffirm they will use all possible means to get the pipeline built, and Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley has made increasingly extreme threats against the people of British Columbia if the pipeline project does not go ahead.

Through it all, the indigenous-led resistance to the dirty Tar Sands project has remained strong, united and committed to taking action to stop the pipeline and defend our communities and planet.

Join us for a rally and march which begins at the pipeline’s biggest investor, TD Bank’s, BC headquarters, and then continues through Vancouver to the locations of several other large investors and big businesses trying to profit from this dangerous and unnecessary project.

They say, “This pipeline will be built.” We say, “Don’t bank on it!”

No Consent, No Pipeline!
People and Planet Before Pipelines and Profit!
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In Conversation: Bill McKibben, Melina Laboucan-Massimo + More
may 12th
Saturday at 19:00–21:00
5 days from now · 12-21° Sunny
Canadian Memorial United Church <https://www.facebook.com/canadianmemorialunitedchurch/>
1825 West 16 Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 2M3
Join a conversation with award winning author, climate justice activist and 350.org founder Bill McKibben; Indigenous rights activist and renewable energy scholar, Melina Laboucan-Massimo; and guests for a conversation about climate change, Indigenous rights, the Kinder Morgan pipeline and much more.

At a moment like this one, with Kinder Morgan so close to defeat, it’s conversations like this one that will help us imagine the pathway forward to a just, renewable energy future.

All ticket sales from this event will go to the Stop Kinder Morgan legal fund to support the 200 people facing criminal contempt charges for their bold actions at the gates of the Kinder Morgan terminal facility on Burnaby Mountain.

This will be one stop of many for Bill McKibben as he travels around the world to speak to community members leading the resistance to some of the largest fossil fuel projects around the world. And we are excited to announce that this event will be recorded for a new podcast coming in late 2018, hosted by Bill McKibben.

Thank you to the Canadian Memorial United Church for donating their space.

This event will take place on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
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Empty The Tanks Vancouver, 2018
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Saturday at 11:00–13:00
5 days from now · 12-22° Sunny
Vanaquafacts <https://www.facebook.com/vanaquafacts.org/>
Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 3E2
OUR FIGHT ISN’T OVER YET!
We should all celebrate the progress we’ve made in the last year. After 50 years of activist pressure, pending bylaws and federal bills, VanAqua finally said they would no longer keep whales and dolphins in Stanley Park….

BUT….

There’s a loophole, and John Nightingale has made it clear that they fully intend on taking full advantage of it.

They want to make ‘RESCUED’ cetaceans their star performers.

They’re even making room in the new tanks and displays they plan to build beginning this fall.

Think about it. What happens if one of our threatened Southern resident orcas is injured in a ship strike? Under the current rules, there is NOTHING stopping VanAqua from ushering in the return of orcas to Stanley Park.

Nothing, except US! Let’s make some noise to close the rescue loophole and encourage VanAqua to accept the invitations to work with one of the many new whale and dolphin sanctuary projects happening right now!

Join us on May 12, 2018 for the 6th annual Empty The Tanks demonstration, our biggest event of the year! You’ll be part of a world-wide protest, where thousands of people, at dozens of sites around the world speak out for an end to whale and dolphin captivity.

It’s fun, it’s family friendly and it’s for the whales and dolphins!

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Monthly Chicken Vigil
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Sunrise Poultry Processors Ltd <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sunrise-Poultry-Processors-Ltd/1998812387011624>
13542 73A Ave, Surrey, British Columbia V3W 1C9
Our group holds vigils the second Saturday of each month.
Everyone is welcome to join us in holding signs and handing out leaflets to a few pedestrians. Around the corner is Sunrise Poultry Processing Plant. The largest broiler chicken slaughterhouse in western Canada. Approximately 100,000 birds killed daily. Just 35 days old. We are a peaceful group who do not engage in any sort of verbal or physical confrontations. Bring your own sign if you’d like, but we have many that we can provide you with. If you need a ride from Vancouver, message us! We will be car pooling from Vancouver Chicken Saves morning vigil.

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How to Grow and Use Medicinal Plants, May 12
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5 days from now · 12-19° Sunny
Fernwood Community Centre <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fernwood-Community-Centre/157216625070179>
1240 Gladstone Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia V8T 1G6
Join us for an introduction to herbal medicine and ecological gardening as we explore a variety of easy to grow medicinal plants.

In this workshop you will learn:

The ecological function and growing preferences of medicinal plants
Folklore around specific plants
Practical medicinal uses

You will take home your own medicinal tincture too!

This workshop will be located at the Fernwood Community Centre and Spring Ridge Commons. Please dress for the weather—this course has an outdoor portion.

Community Supported Education:

In every workshop, 2 spaces are available for youth and members of our community who are not able to afford tuition, in an attempt to remove barriers and make this information available for all. If you are interested in making a donation to sponsor a space, please contact Jenna at 250-381-1552 x100 or info@fernwodnrg.ca. All donations go directly toward providing workshop spaces for those who cannot afford to access workshops.

Meet the instructors:

This workshop is co-hosted with Vanessa Prescott, an Island-based Clinical Herbal Therapist with an easy-going approach to Herbal Medicine. Her aim is to empower people to take their health into their own hands and to show people the effectiveness of plants as medicine, strengthening Herbal Medicine’s credibility.

Matt Gravel is a Victoria-based permaculturalist with a passion for sustainable and living systems. After 10 years of property maintenance and conventional landscaping, he became tired of the unsustainable and non-regenerative practices commonly used in urban environments and wanted to find a way to change these urban spaces.

He has been studying permaculture since 2012. He completed his Permaculture Design Certificate through Gaia Craft & Langara College in Vancouver, BC and his Advanced Permaculture Design Certification at the Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead on Orcas Island, WA. Currently, he is working towards a diploma in permaculture education through the Permaculture Institute.

Gravel operates a nursery, design, and education business—Plant Buoy: Life Preservation Plants. He is thrilled to be teaching people about low maintenance, easy to manage systems that grow nutrient dense food and medicine while regenerating urban landscapes.

This workshop series is brought to you by Fernwood NRG & Plant Buoy: Life Preservation Plants. We strive to increase healthy food access and develop food skills in our neighbourhood.

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T’Sou-ke Solar Community Tour
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Saturday at 11:30–16:30
5 days from now · 11-21° Sunny
Wilderness Committee <https://www.facebook.com/wildernesscommittee/>
National Office – 46 E. 6th Ave., Vancouver, British Columbia V5T 1J4

Join the Wilderness Committee – Victoria Office <https://www.facebook.com/groups/vi.wildernesscommittee/> for another tour of one of the world’s most innovative and important solar communities! Just down the road from Victoria, the T’Souke First Nation has launched it’s own solar revolution, and now draws much of its energy from entirely renewable sources.

This is climate leadership — the kind we so desperately need at the provincial and federal level.

The cost will be a sliding scale of $10-20 per person (please contact us if cost is a limitation). Please bring cash.

Transportation:
We will be carpooling to Sooke, so if you need a ride or have a vehicle and can drive others, please use this site: http://www.groupcarpool.com/t/k4s9wb <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.groupcarpool.com%2Ft%2Fk4s9wb&h=ATPwN_j_9KWGb4J6K3rJUyZy6DMGDNPI-Pwck8cweVaLkM_R8dRY3WMq5oOL1sfgDD7bDZ6TWNL1Ma3YbZs2xQ4P_I7RlGDOhrWwdCc76YmxCN_0J_WR8Fo&s=1> !
If you live in Sooke and want to meet us there, let us know!

We’ll be leaving downtown Victoria for Sooke at 11:30am, returning at 4:30pm. The tour starts at 1pm and ends around 3pm. Folks that are carpooling will meet at Discovery Coffee (Douglas & Discovery) at 11:15am.

Please bring your own snacks & water.

RSVP for the tour with Emily: emily@wildernesscommittee.org

Accessibility:
Please contact us with any questions about mobility restrictions.

We would like to acknowledge that this event will be taking place on the traditional unceded territory of the T’Sou-ke First Nation.

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Just Peace in Palestine-Israel
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4 days from now · 12-18° Sunny
Esquimalt United Church <https://www.facebook.com/Esquimalt-United-Church-569520936403539/>
500 Admirals Road, Victoria, British Columbia V9A 2N4
All are welcome to a community conversation about the on-going struggles in Palestine-Israel.
Directly impacting the lives of Palestinians for decades as well as the lives of Israeli Jews many of whom seem unable to let go of their fears, this conflict has impacted another important area of human concern: our ability to fully grapple with global issues such as climate change.
International law and global mechanisms to curb global warming need to be better supported; what better place to learn how to do that work, but through the pursuit of a true and just peace in Israel-Palestine! Curious about how this goes hand in hand? Attend this event to learn more…

Our two presenters:

ROBERT MASSOUD is Palestinian-Canadian. In 2004, he founded Zatoun, Fair Trade olive oil from Palestine to serve as a symbol of light, hope and peace in North America. The oil is available mostly through faith communities, the grassroots and fair trade network.
Robert is invited to speak to a wide range of audiences including faith groups, activist networks and student bodies with a unique message of creative participation and nonviolent resistance engaging North Americans to learn and be in solidarity with Palestinians and their struggle for a just peace for Israel-Palestine.
http://zatoun.com <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fzatoun.com%2F&h=ATOVPk9M-9T23nCNKmciTwdwQHk_UMuVlCVzLVWirQXxh9-P_ZJU14gls4PMtMezkCVi4PeaJnA6o1SZkPGyETCN466__pPWMrz0_PbuSsmk7UIoZCfGB2Q&s=1>

RABBI DAVID MIVASAIR served for sixteen years as the spiritual leader of two Vancouver synagogues and was the chaplain of the First United Church, a large homeless shelter in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. He is deeply aware of the underlying universality of religious teachings and practices and the applicability of traditional religious knowledge to contemporary social and personal issues. Currently, he is a member of Independent Jewish Voices Vancouver and is devoting himself to what he thinks needs doing in the world.

ADDED ATTRACTION: “The Promised Land Museum Travelling Exhibit” This exhibit is a simple way to bring awareness and understanding to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Visitors are directed to the deeper content contained in the museum’s online exhibits by using a special app on their smartphones.
http://promisedlandmuseum.org <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fpromisedlandmuseum.org%2F&h=ATPk1JAGG1HbPL6Gj8sIbxZBUItTJ_464Jj_rXO985Iox1_PuOASZnxZiF8w3Tc3u_nIiKfjuQpQtGfZ4r7ZWcyhoEUF1Y3XTyL2TDxMi_DDxdEKxag_6pU&s=1>

This event will be held on the traditional lands of the Lekwungen people whose hospitality is always much appreciated. All our relations!

Middle Eastern snacks will be provided and Zatoun products will be available for purchase.

Wheel-chair accessible. No charge, but donations to cover the costs would be appreciated.

For more information: graceful@shaw.ca

* information about the 2018 Freedom Flotilla to Gaza is available at https://jfp.freedomflotilla.org

March of Return Events:

Friday May 11th, 4 pm
Rally at View and Douglas Streets
Please spread the word, bring banners and any extra leaflets you may have.

Wednesday May 16th, 2:30 pm (the day after of celebration of Nakba Day)
Presentation from Robert Massoud, founder of Zatoun
Broadmead Mall Ten Thousand Villages

Zatoun is a project which brings fair trade olive oil to Canada from Palestine. Zatoun represents the human experience of Palestine and its people especially farmers who depend on their land and its fruits.

See more information at http://zatoun.com/about_us.htm <http://zatoun.com/about_us.htm>
Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit fair trade organization that markets handcrafted products made by disadvantaged artisans from more than 120 artisan groups in more than 35 countries.

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Mothers For Mother Earth Celebration
may 13th
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Sunday at 10:00–16:00
5 days from now · 12-22° Partly cloudy
Horticulture Centre of the Pacific <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Horticulture-Centre-of-the-Pacific/1587992691520086>
505 Quayle Rd, Victoria, British Columbia V9E 2J7
Celebrate the divine feminine and the special women in your life at this special event.

Featuring:
Live Music • Beautiful Gardens • Organic Beverages
Art • Fashion • Displays • Aromatherapy • Massage
Silent Auction • Goddess Photos • Costumes Encouraged

Take a unique “Goddess-like” photo with loved ones
Test drive a variety of electric vehicles and more!

Admission to this event is free with Horticultural Centre of the Pacific garden admission.

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Not Your Mom, Not Your Milk~Annual Mother’s Day Demo
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811 Bay St, Victoria, BC V8T 1R3, Canada
We acknowledge this event will be taking place on the traditional territory of the L’kwungen peoples, the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations

Join us for our 4th annual anti-dairy mother’s day demonstration outside Island Farms!

We will meet at 12:00pm at 7-Eleven right beside Island Farms on the corner of Blanshard and Bay, and then organize in front of Island Farms on the public sidewalk.

Please make your own signs for this peaceful, family friendly event.
We will also bring signs in case anyone forgets or doesn’t have time.

This is an important demonstration to draw attention to the mothers who are often forgotten on this day, and who suffer immensely in the name of profit. Dairy mothers have their babies taken away often immediately after birth and are left to bellow for their children who they will never get to know or love.

Let’s make this year’s demo the biggest one yet!

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Mother’s day event – Where is my mother?
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Sunday at 14:00–16:30
6 days from now · 11-27° Partly cloudy
Vancouver art gallery
Direct Action Everywhere – Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories , Liberation BC and TV Outreach for Animals are teaming up for this event!

Please join us to protest the cruel industries that separate mothers and babies of other species , on this day and on any other day of the year!
We hope you will join us to speak up for animals! They are not voiceless but their pain and suffering is over looked
Whether you are a human or another animal— the job of the mom is to raise babies who can protect and feed themselves and eventually leave the nest ,our fellow animals do not have any choice they are separated abused and slaughtered against their will at a very young age
Let’s call out for compassionate choices on Mother’s day!

WEAR: Whatever you want. Also note, we’re an above-ground organization so no covering of our faces during protests except for religious/cultural reasons.

We will provide the signs and leaflets for outreach.

ACCESSIBILITY: This event will include standing , leafleting and speak outs .
If you have questions or need support to attend this event, email Vancouver-community@directactioneverywhere.com

Even though we’re disrupting the status quo, DxE actions are non-violent in word, thought, and deed, with the purpose of calling others forth to their highest good.

This is a great chance to be a part of something super empowering and effective. ALL levels of experience or NO experience are WELCOMEd and encouraged.

WHO: Everyone welcome! If you’re nervous about protesting, you can come observe or hold a sign quietly. All forms of participation are appreciated!

Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) is a grassroots network of animal rights activists. Through open rescue, demonstration, and disruption, we are creating a world where every animal is safe, happy and free.

DxE cultivates a welcoming and supportive community. We ask that all those who attend our events (online and offline) respect our Code of Conduct which can be reviewed at http://dxecodeofconduct.wikispaces.com/Code+of+Conduct <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fdxecodeofconduct.wikispaces.com%2FCode%2Bof%2BConduct&h=ATMjQ8R0Oj92TrR1AiFmKnVqE9N6UIgq5D_i4FO-3wO7ju-P_kE92UDbis4Mqj6KSSCKG1WZngtpSPQxesSXIVhqLP83ZEm8Hwt1GzqWnKpcyILw1nuQ1BY&s=1>

Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) is a grassroots network of animal rights activists. Through open rescue, demonstration, and disruption, we are creating a world where every animal is safe, happy and free.

DxE cultivates a welcoming and supportive community. We ask that all those who attend our events (online and offline) respect our Code of Conduct which can be reviewed at http://dxecodeofconduct.wikispaces.com/Code+of+Conduct <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fdxecodeofconduct.wikispaces.com%2FCode%2Bof%2BConduct&h=ATMjQ8R0Oj92TrR1AiFmKnVqE9N6UIgq5D_i4FO-3wO7ju-P_kE92UDbis4Mqj6KSSCKG1WZngtpSPQxesSXIVhqLP83ZEm8Hwt1GzqWnKpcyILw1nuQ1BY&s=1>.

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Public Forum: U.S. Hands Off Syria!
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14 May at 19:00–22:00
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Britannia Community Centre (1661 Napier Street @ Commerical Drive)

MONDAY May 14
7pm
Britannia Community Centre
(1661 Napier St. at Commercial Dr.)
Vancouver, Canada

*Speakers*Multimedia*Discussion*

Mobilization Against War and Occupation (MAWO) invites you to join us for a public forum and discussion on Monday May 14 to discuss imperialist aggression against Syria, the new era of war and occupation and the necessity of building a strong and united antiwar movement!

For poster click: http://www.mawovancouver.org/materials/posters/180514-MAWO-Forum-Syria.pdf <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mawovancouver.org%2Fmaterials%2Fposters%2F180514-MAWO-Forum-Syria.pdf&h=ATOb1tHN-BEfQG20m2js1vDuH062gDYQBKYmhdCvNyKU78hBQCp3GhPhDPOq8vMD04ziq-OPbC0NLyxIxIT-ozzD4nepzTvvFGqDZsisukdBz-V_EtNvhIY&s=1>

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MAWO ~ Mobilization Against War & Occupation
http://WWW.MAWOVANCOUVER.ORG/ <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2FWWW.MAWOVANCOUVER.ORG%2F&h=ATMk7VhLNFJMtJCeWUoJ9aU36Ex0Ftz0JPkh6k3qcVi1V-xJ3Y1BP924jPb4cI8UFqrIMttXL1iXSpxruddtbg24LvU3ot05Vvk_p2rnQ9tfZAx8aVRoIgc&s=1>
info@mawovancouver.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/2325459635 <https://www.facebook.com/groups/2325459635/>
Twitter: @mawovan
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/mawovan <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fmawovan&h=ATO_IECHgf9JCODJ4MV4odBqvwl6S2jZ9vMwWQXHx4mzV13a3TryRy2Ao19ThCoMxdXKmMPMInL-8v8Zcu2toRlFjF-w7j0CcxcLWme3Cjs5j8RHQ8oovhE&s=1>

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Why We Cycle – Victoria Premiere
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14 May at 19:00–21:00
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Vic Theatre <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vic-Theatre/1674992065893954>
808 Douglas Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2B6
Modacity <https://www.facebook.com/modacitylife/> are proud to present the Victoria premiere of the Dutch documentary “Why We Cycle” (trailer: https://vimeo.com/246432864 <https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fvimeo.com%2F246432864&h=ATP7oAc7rKvi1tx-4gR6FzyH7anTyj1Hw-3R1qKlliM9UVBHdFytcaUvhUD2bzIzUclKx-VrE4CUq36KVNHWX3TqQzxCTTQ26R-lCqge6LW5evKXddwbP6I&s=1>):

To the Dutch, cycling is as normal as breathing. They don’t think about it, they just do it. Perhaps the fact that they don’t think about it is the key to the bicycle’s success there. But because they do not give cycling a second thought, they don’t really know what the deeper needs of cyclists are. “Why We Cycle” takes a ride with ordinary cyclists and specialists from a variety of disciplines. These conversations uncover some obvious, but even more hidden effects of cycling, on people, on societies, and on the organization of cities.

The 56-minute film will be followed by a half-hour panel discussion with local politicians, bike advocates, and business leaders, including Mayor Lisa Helps.

This event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors: BikeMaps.org <https://www.facebook.com/BikeMaps.org/>, Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects , MODUS – Planning, Design & Engagement , Reckless Bike Stores , Richards Buell Sutton , Urban Systems Ltd. , Capital Regional District , and IsleShare Cycle .

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This events bulletin is produced weekly for Gorilla Radio, airing Thursdays 11-noon and Saturdays 8-9 am from CFUV (http://cfuv.uvic.ca ) and Mondays 9-10 am from CJSF (http://cjsf.ca ). You can also listen to the podcasts at http://www.gorilla-radio.com .
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dan Kovalik, CAIA’s Great March Solidarity Protest, Janine Bandcroft, Christina Nikolic May 3rd, 2018

As Honduran refugees squeezed between street gangsters and the immovably corrupt government of President Juan Orlando Hernandez hang fire in Tijuana, protests by the little people in the capital reportedly “turned violent” Tuesday. That’s the neutral “turn of phrase” the professional western media uses when the monied interests, friends of the bankers and resource barons of El Norte, are challenged by those they rob daily.

The truth is plainer: Social order in Honduras has been brought to the breaking point by the thieves who stole the government, (with the blessing of Canada and the United States) and the failure of the capitalist system – at least as practiced by Hernandez and his cohorts.

And, the evidence of that failure is both bleeding in the streets of Tegucigalpa, and banging on America’s doors at Mexican crossings and elsewhere.

Contrast the reportage of the growing riots in Honduras, that followed years of peaceful pro-democracy demonstrations, with the recent eruption of “Arab Spring-like” manifestations in neighbouring Nicaragua. There, a leftist government long a thorn in the imperial paw touched off a tax revolt after announcing changes to the state pension plan – changes Sandinista President, Manuel Ortega was quick to reverse, but to listen to the BBC, CBC, and US corporate press, it sounds as though Satan himself has risen in Managua.

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 still fresh a year after publication. He teaches international human rights law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, is Senior Associate General Counsel for the United Steel Workers union, and is a long-time peace and justice activist, focused especially on Colombia and Central America, where he serves as an attorney for Colombian plaintiffs in cases alleging corporate human rights violations. Dan is too a co-recipient of a Project Censored Award for chronicling the murder of trade unionists in Colombia.

Dan Kovalik in the first half.

And; while Palestinians continue to press for their rights in the homeland they’ve watched being stolen for three generations and more, their ‘Great March of Return’ in it’s fifth week now, has highlighted the brutality of the Netanyahu regime. Every Friday hundreds of demonstrators have been injured, many shot in the legs by snipers with high velocity, live rounds. At least fifty are confirmed to have been shot dead. Tomorrow is another Friday, and the desperately determined people of Gaza will again go to the wall, emblem of their suffering, and challenge Israel’s conscience.

In cities around the World, others have demonstrated in solidarity for the Palestinian cause. I went down to where the Victoria chapter of CAIA, Canadians Against Israeli Apartheid hold their weekly vigil downtown after the second week of killings and talked to both CAIA and pro-Israel counter-demonstrators.

Gaza and the Great March seen from a great distance in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft, and greentrepreneur extraordinaire, Christina Nikolic will be here in studio at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin to bring us up to speed with some of the good things to get up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Dan Kovalik and troubling times bubbling over in Central America.

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.uvic.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/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Phil Little, Richard Sanders, Janine Bandcroft April 26th, 2018

Though seldom spoken now, those past a certain age will remember the Dirty Wars waged in South America in the last half of the last century. Perhaps the worst of it was when The Dirty Wars soiled Central America: El Salvador, Nicarauga, Guatemala, and of course Honduras from where Gringo mastermind, John Negroponte coordinated Central America’s share of the infamous Operation Condor.

The rise of leftist governments in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Sandinista reemergence in Nicaragua in the early years of this century was hopeful. Even in Guatemala truth and reconciliation commissions were established to acknowledge, if not punish, the genocidal horror visited upon the Mayan majority.

But that short-lived hope is ending. The fascists are risen again in Latin America, and Honduras is again in the middle of the nightmare.

Phil Little is a former Catholic missionary, retired teacher, and for the last five years has acted as “accompaniment” for social and human rights activists in Honduras at risk because, as he says, “the theory [is] that a person is less likely to be killed if accompanied by a foreigner, preferably a gringo.” That belief proved tragically over-optimistic in the case of murdered Honduran activist, Berta Cáceres in 2016. Phil will be at Cafe Simpatico tomorrow night, 1923 Fernwood Road, in the heart of Fernwood, with Kay Gimbel of CASC and MJAC, and micro-economist, Bill Feyrer presenting ‘Honduras Today’.

Phil Little in the first half.

And; as Stephen Harper’s Canada was first among nations to recognize and sign trade deals with the coup government of Honduras, so too has his successor been quick to adopt militarism, leaping in support of the recent bombing of Syria before it happened. But then, Justin Trudeau was only acting in accordance with the new understanding of Canadian values, as expressed by the Canadian Pension Plan. Your CPP long ago decided to adopt the ruthless morays of corporate war profiteers; and, you may be happy to know, the killing business has never been better.

Richard Sanders is founder and coordinator of Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade and serves as editor to COAT’s publication, Press for Conversion. COAT cleaves to the quaint old notion war should not be regarded as a profit-driver by government, or used as an investment vehicle for its citizen’s retirement fund.

Richard Sanders and how the CPP helped Canadians profit from the US/UK/France Air Strikes Against Syria, and will profit again the fires next time in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin and some of the good things to get up to around here for the coming week. But first, Phil Little and matters of life and death in Honduras, where corruption IS the operating system.

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.uvic.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 April 26th, 2018

Trans & Two Spirit Folk against TransMountain: Day of Action!

april 26th
Thursday at 5:45–17:45
3 days from now

pin Soccer 200 field, 8505 Forest Grove, Burnaby Mountain

ALL ARE WELCOME – please join the Rise and Resist crew as we stand up to Kinder Morgan in a Trans-led day of action on Thursday April 26th.

Meeting date/time: April 26, 5:45am.
Location: Meet in Fernwood Square.
Those joining from the mainland can join us at Burnaby 200 Soccer Field, 8505 Forest Grove Drive, time TBA.

Transport
The Community Action Bus will leave Fernwood Square at 5:45am on Thursday April 26th, heading for Kinder Morgan’s facilities on Burnaby Mountain. On Thursday night the bus will catch the 5:00 PM ferry and return to Fernwood square by 7:30pm Thursday night.

Cost
Seats on the Community Action Bus will cost $50, including ferry fees both ways. To confirm your seat please e-transfer $50 to riseandresistkm@gmail.com before April 23rd.

Some sponsorships will be available, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. If finances are an impediment and you would like to secure a seat on the bus, please contact us at riseandresistkm@gmail.com. If you are able to sponsor someone else, please make a donation by e-transfer, or contact us to arrange cash/cheque donations.

Training
We will be doing Nonviolent Direct Action training on April 22nd, Earth Day, at the Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St, Victoria, BC, unceded Lekwungen territory, from 1:00 pm-4:00pm. We encourage everybody participating in the action to come to the training.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1997526456943865/

Legal
While some Trans and allied Coast Protectors are prepared to risk arrest, space is being held for all different forms of peaceful, public protest. Non-arrestable roles are very welcome.
Typically, only those deliberately breaching the court order have been arrested and we consider the risk of unintended arrests to be low, although marginalized and racialized water protectors have sometimes been targeted.

What to bring
Please bring banners, chants, drums, songs, art, potluck food offerings, your own fluids and food, and layers of warm, dry clothes.

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Although our goal is to centre Trans and Two-Spirited voices in our movement, this day of action is open to all allies seeking to take part in peaceful front line action to resist Kinder Morgan at this critical time. With Trudeau, Notley, and Kinder Morgan uniting against, it is more important than ever for our movement to come together in all its diversity.

Coast Salish members with the Protect the Inlet Coalition have issued a call for action, we want to show that all British Columbians, Trans and allied, old and young, indigenous and settler, intend to stand shoulder to shoulder with them in this struggle.

We hope you’ll join us to defeat this environmentally ill-conceived, deeply colonial and socially unacceptable project, once and for all!

This event is being coordinated by a Victoria-based grassroots organizing group, Rise and Resist Kinder Morgan. We organize on unceded Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories and the action will be held on osəli wəta (Tsleil-Waututh), Swú7mesh (Squamish), and xməθk ə əm (Musqueam) territories, at the invitation of Coast Salish members.

Please contact Kym A. Hines with any questions at: riseandresistkm@gmail.com.

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Capitalism and the Expropriation of Nature
april 26th
clock Thursday at 19:00–21:00
3 days from now · 11–23° Mostly Sunny

pin 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1L6, Canada

This event will take place in Room 320 at the Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 W. Hastings St. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and no registration is required.

Capitalism and the Expropriation of Nature: The Strategic Discourse of Ecosocialism with John Bellamy Foster

Ecological resistance in the twenty-first century has more and more been informed by the development of Marxian ecology and ecosocialism more generally. However, as ecosocialist analysis has grown, various divergent branches of thought have emerged, often in conflict with each other. Based on the conviction that clarity about capitalism’s relation to the environment is indispensable for the strategic understanding of present-day struggles, this talk will present some of the new research within Marxian ecology, bringing together the core issues of the expropriation of nature and the metabolic rift, and seeking to unite the ecosocialist movements of our time.

Speaker: John Bellamy Foster

Editor of Monthly Review and professor of sociology at the University of Oregon. He has written widely on political economy and has established a reputation as a major environmental sociologist. He is the author of Marx’s Ecology: Materialism and Nature (2000), The Great Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences (with Fred Magdoff, 2009), The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth (with Brett Clark and Richard York, 2010), and The Theory of Monopoly Capitalism: An Elaboration of Marxian Political Economy (New Edition, 2014), among many others.

Co-sponsored by SFU’s Institute for the Humanities, Vancouver Ecosocialists, SFU Public Square, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement.

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National Day of Mourning: Remembering Lives Lost in Workplace Accidents
Location: Camosun College, Lansdowne Campus, SE of the Paul Building

Date & Time: April 27, 2018 from 10:30-11:30

198 workers died in British Columbia in 2017. Every day workers suffer from work-related injuries and diseases. This year the theme for the International Day of Mourning is ” Violence and Harassment: Not Part of Your Job”. Please join Victoria Labour Council for the International Day of Mourning to remember those who are gone and to fight for those still here.

Tomorrow, April 28th, marks another National Day of Mourning. The National Day of Mourning is held annually in Canada and many countries around the world, and is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives, been injured, or suffered illness on the job or due to a work-related tragedy.

Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC) statistics tell us that in 2014, 919 workplace deaths were recorded in Canada – more than 2.5 deaths every single day. Among the 919 dead were 14 young workers aged fifteen to nineteen years; and another 25 workers aged twenty to twenty-four years.
Add to these fatalities the 239,643 claims accepted for lost time due to a work-related injury or disease. Including 7,998 from young workers aged fifteen to nineteen, and the fact that these statistics only include what is reported and accepted by the compensation boards, and the situation is even direr.

What these numbers don’t show is just how many people are directly affected by these workplace tragedies. Each worker death impacts the loved ones, families, friends and coworkers they leave behind, changing all of their lives forever. My father, Thomas Borden Moorby Jr., was 28 years old when he was killed at work on August 6th, 1996. This day also happened to be my mothers and his brothers birthday. My father was killed at the hands of a negligent boss who decided to send his workers onto a rooftop without turning the electricity off. Apparently taking some time out of the day to have it shut down was not a priority. And because of that, my dad paid with his life. Leaving behind a wife and children… I was only 2. His mother, his father, his siblings, his friends… The number of people effected by the death of my father is countless. And even 20 years later new generations are being effected, as his grandchildren are born without him here.

The National Day of Mourning is not only a day to remember and honour those lives lost or injured due to a workplace tragedy, but also a day to renew the commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent further injuries, illnesses and deaths.

On April 28th the Canadian flag will fly at half-mast on Parliament Hill and on all federal government buildings. Employers and workers will observe Day of Mourning in a variety of ways. Some light candles, lay wreaths, wear commemorative pins, ribbons or black armbands, and pause for a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m.

Please, if you fly a flag, be sure to have it at half mast tomorrow. And encourage your employers or employees to take a moment of silence at 11 a.m. It’s the least we can do. Take a moment tomorrow to talk to your employer or employees about your/their rights and about safe work practices.

Tomorrow and every single day, WORK SAFE. Do NOT allow yourself to become a statistic!!! My fathers life was more than just a number. He is more than number __ out of 919. He was a father, a husband, a son, a brother, a friend, and he and all workers deserve better than he was given! Remember that you have RIGHTS as an employee. The most important right I hope that you know is the right to say NO when you feel that working conditions are unsafe. You have the right to say NO without fear of repercussions!

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Reconnect with Mother Nature – Forest Therapy Walks
saturday/sunday
clock 28 April – 29 April
28 April at 13:00 to 29 April at 16:00

pin Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary
1772 Millstream Rd, Victoria, British Columbia V9B 6E4

Join Haida Bolton, BC’s first certified Forest Therapy Guide
April 28 and 29th for Guided Forest Therapy Walks @ Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary

Each walk is 3 hours – includes wild plant tea ceremony

Surrounded by the sensual ambiance of the forest, we have the opportunity to sink into a deep calm space, that opens us to the physical, emotional and mental nurturing energy nature provides.

The results speak for themselves when you start experiencing better relationships with yourself, others and nature. I invite you to join us for a new and expanding way to enjoy the forest as a group.

It is slow…it is mindful…it is healing…and it can expand your heart, your creativity and your relationships. The world will be a better place when everyone is connected to nature!

The Association of Nature & Forest Therapy lists myriad benefits including reduced blood pressure, increased energy, and increased ability to focus.

PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE at link above

Talk: Forest Therapy – Nature as Healer
With Haida Bolton (Sunshine Coast)
When: April 28, 2018 10:30 – 11:30 am
Location: Nature House @ Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary,
1772 Millstream Rd
Cost: $15

Guided Forest Therapy Walk # 1: 3 hours – includes wild plant tea ceremony
When: April 28, 2018 1-4 pm
Location: Mary lake Nature Sanctuary, 1772 Millstream Rd
Cost: $50 {Minimum 6 participants; up to a maximum of 12}

Guided Forest Therapy Walk # 2: 3 hours -includes wild plant tea ceremony
When: April 29, 2018 1-4 pm
Location: Mary lake Nature Sanctuary, 1772 Millstream Rd
Cost: $50 {Minimum 6 participants; up to a maximum of 12}

For questions contact haida@naturewithhaida.ca or phone 604-989-3600

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Cube of Truth: Victoria: April 29th
Sunday at 15:00–17:00
6 days from now

pin The Bay Center Government Street Entrance

If you are interested in volunteering, join the following group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/644028365798366/

The Cube of Truth is a peaceful static demonstration akin to an art performance. This demonstration operates in a structured manner that triggers curiosity and interest from the public; we attempt to lead bystanders to a vegan conclusion through a combination of local standard-practice animal exploitation footage and conversations with a value-based sales approach.

Masks, signs, and outreach literature are provided. Black upper clothing appropriate for the weather is essential, and please bring a fully charged laptop or tablet if you have one. If you are bringing a laptop or a tablet, please download the following:

Media Player:
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Footage:
https://goo.gl/3XM5gH

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May Day – International Workers’ Day
tuesday
1 May at 16:00–19:00
Next Week · 8–15° Mostly Sunny

pin 1079 Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8W 2C5, Canada

The theme this year is “Stepping Back from the Brink”. The brink of environmental catastrophe. The working class has a direct interest in ensuring the survival of the species.

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May Day 2018: Stand Up, Fight Back!
Public · Hosted by Vancouver and District Labour Council
1 May at 14:00–16:00
Next Week · 9–16° Partly cloudy

pin Jack Poole Plaza
1085 Canada Place, Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 0C

Join the Vancouver and District Labour Council and affiliated unions in marking International Workers Day with a march and rally in Vancouver.

2:00PM – Gather at Canada Place
2:30PM – Labour songs performed by the Left Coast Labour Chorus
3:00PM – March to Bentall Centre
3:30PM – Rally

The VDLC acknowledges that this event is held on the unceded
traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and oter First Nations.

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Vancouver Mayday Social Justice Info Festival
Public · Hosted by Vancouver Mayday Social Justice Information Fair and Spartacs Books

Sunday at 14:00–16:00
6 days from now · 7–13° Rain Showers

pin Grandview Park
Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 2T4

All social justice/community organizations are invited to set up a table, distribute literature, and talk to the community on the Sunday afternoon prior to Mayday.

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Who’s fighting the bosses?
clock 1 May at 19:00–21:00
Next Week · 8–15° Partly cloudy

pin YWCA Hotel Vancouver – A Social Enterprise Hotel
733 Beatty Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2M4

Join us for a panel and facilitated discussion on what class struggle means for our movements today
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Callous Media Collective is reviving Mayworks as a festival of resistance in Vancouver

Each one of us has an intimate relationship with the current economic system–capitalism; a relationship which defines our lives, the lives of our families and our communities.

Most of us are working class–meaning we either have to work for a living or are unemployed and marginalized because we’re not working for a living.

Our movements take many shapes and directions as we resist and deconstruct intersecting oppressions. We are organizing and fighting back!

In our struggles, class is often a divisive or irrelevant topic. And our movements are often fragmented according to identities and issues. Can we learn from movements across the world that see class as a hub in the wheel of intersecting oppressions? What happens when we organize and fight the bosses?

As working people we have many strengths individually, collectively and strategically that places us in a particularly powerful position in society; a fact that the bosses work hard to suppress. Join us for an evening of discussion to explore how we can work together to reclaim class analysis and bring down the bosses.

Presenters who will initiate the discussion:

Alexandra Henao (from Columbia) – works advocating for migrant farm workers
Chauncey Carr – member of Callous Media Collective
Natalie Knight (Yurok and Navajo) – member of Alliance Against Displacement

*** Free event, child friendly. Venue and washrooms are wheelchair accessible. If you require ASL, other translation, child minding, or other support to attend the event please contact:

>> Who we are <<
Callous Media Collective is a diverse group of organizers that exists because marginalized communities are still on the front lines of class struggle. We organize from our base on unceded traditional territories of the Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), Stó:lō (Stolo), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) peoples.

>> What we’re thinking <<
With the election of Donald Trump democracy everywhere have been drifting to a dangerous Right populism. Lead by corporate fueled propaganda these right-populist leaders push to convince us that the problems humanity faces are not fueled by the insatiable appetite of capitalist greed but instead is the result of a small minority of individuals within the capitalist system. Individuals such as the Chinese whom we are told are pushing up real estate prices, or migrants and refugees who are “stealing jobs”. We are convinced by these demagogues that the poor are poor because of a personal lack within themselves. We are told that the poor are not smart enough or resilient enough and under the rules of corporate social darwinism they just don’t have what it takes to make it.

While poverty (and climate change which is either denied or ignored) becomes a major issue the Right has taken on a stance of blaming the victim while liberals have opened the gates to anyone who is willing to climb a stair case made of the poor and working class. Both approaches from the Right and from liberals have largely been devised to get votes, to hold power, and to distract from increasingly evident destruction caused by capitalism. In all of this commotion much of the Left, the traditional representatives or the working class, have retreated into a profusion of identity manifestations. Each identity building a community and a consciousness divorced from class and from each other, each community advocating for its own. This detachment from class has allowed the Right to fill the void with shallow truths and empty promises, while liberals open their arms to a Left more concerned with representation within a corrupt capitalist system then with the liberation of those exploited by that system.

Unless the Left returns to its roots of class consciousness and class struggle our civilization and our species will continue to be in great danger. It’s time for the Left to get back to class. While the individual manners in which the capitalist system and it’s adherents effect us as symbolic members of particular groups is important, and must not be overlooked, the only way for us to take on the coming tide of authoritarian capitalism is together. While we continue to build communities with those whom we closely relate we must also bring those communities together to fight for our collective liberation. Identity is about our individual communities, class is about all of us. Whether a Filipina working as a live in care worker, a disabled person unable to get a job in a building with no ramp, a queer youth finding the street safer then their own home class is the the center through which our identities intersect. This was well known by all groups at one time, from work class whites and blacks, to trans women, gay men and the disabled. Let it be known again.

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Rally for The City We Need
wednesday
clock 3 May at 12:00–14:00
Next Week · 8–16° Mostly Sunny

pin Vancouver City Hall
453 West 12th, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y1V4

“We will never get what we need unless we ask for it.” – Jean Swanson

What: Launch of a people’s platform: “The City We Need”
Where: Vancouver City Hall, 12th and Cambie, South entrance (front)
When: Thursday, May 3rd, 2018, 12 Noon

Last year, Jean Swanson’s campaign for Rent Freeze and Mansion Tax shaped the Vancouver by-election. This coming October, there is a general election, and Jean Swanson and her team are calling on residents and all candidates to support the City We Need platform.

After more than a dozen years of the developer-backed parties, NPA and Vision, running City Hall, Vancouver has never been more ready for sweeping political change. With your help, we can make it happen!

On Thursday May 3rd come to Vancouver City Hall at Noon to learn about this people’s platform, and to show your support for bringing a political revolution to City Hall.

There will be speeches, songs, spoken word, and other performances highlighting what the City We Need looks like. (Bring your Rent Freeze t-shirt if you have one, or come early to get one!)

What is The City We Need?

While some other parties and candidates have been focusing on backroom deals, Jean’s Team has been focusing on policies. The City We Need platform builds on Jean Swanson’s popular policies from last year, and extends them to other policy areas, including public transit, child care, environmental justice, democratic reform, local small business, and much more.

Many people in our city are struggling to pay for rent, tuition, transit, or day care. Wages and social assistance rates are far too low. Many are losing their homes or places of business to soaring rents and gentrification. When we all unite around a strong platform, pushing all levels of government to come through with what we need, only then can we start to win the City We Need.

This is a people’s platform – not a typical campaign document. We want your input on this platform, and Jean and others will be participating in meetings around the city, at community centres, co-op common rooms, and around kitchen tables to get your feedback and advice on how to fight for the City We Need.

Info: https://www.votejeanswanson.ca/rally_for_the_city_we_need

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The public space in front of City Hall where the rally will take place is wheelchair accessible.

Transit: #99 B-line to Broadway and Cambie, or #15 Bus to Cambie and 12th, Canada Line Skytrain to Broadway-City Hall.

This rally will be held on the unceded and occupied territory of the mi ce:p kʷətxʷiləm (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

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This events bulletin is produced weekly for Gorilla Radio, airing Thursdays 11-noon and Saturdays 8-9 am from CFUV (http://cfuv.uvic.ca) and Mondays 9-10 am from CJSF (http://cjsf.ca). You can also listen to the podcasts at http://www.gorilla-radio.com.
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, John Helmer, Christopher Black, Janine Bandcroft April 19th, 2018

It’s a great time to be in the war game! The Real News reports, “defense” company stocks at Northrup Grumman and Boeing have soared this year, while the latest launching of more than a hundred cruise missiles at Syria has proven a spectacular blast for Tomahawk maker, Raytheon.

But, as Wall Street celebrates the dazzling array of opportunities presented by America’s military-investor complex, the recent blitzkrieg over Syria may too have revealed dark clouds on the war-profiteering horizon.

Apparently, some of those missiles didn’t make their targets. In fact, if reports are to be believed, two thirds of the nearly two million bucks a pop Tomahawks were intercepted; brought down by Syrian air defenses.

What does this mean for the future of the Anglo-American Axis powers’ war against the Middle East; and more importantly, what does it mean for the continued effectiveness of America’s 21st century high-tech, high-explosive equivalent of ‘Gunboat Diplomacy’?

John Helmer is a long-time, Moscow-based journalist, author, and essayist whose website, Dances with Bears is the only Russian-based news bureau “independent of single national or commercial ties.” He’s also a former political science professor who’s served as 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 Helmer in the first half.

And; Victoria’s own Christopher Wylie might not have broken the internet, but he’s certainly rocked it. The storm created by whistleblowing revelations he’s made about his former bosses at Cambridge Analytica and their “misappropriation” of Facebook client data to use for nefarious political ends cast uber-geek billionaire Mark Zuckerberg in a congressional hotseat, cost Facebook stock billions, and put the issue of protecting the personal in a post-privacy world in the middle of the media spotlight. But, is that all there is to the story?

Christopher Black is a Toronto-based criminal lawyer best known for his involvement in a number of high-profile, international war crimes cases. He’s also a poet, essayist, novelist who’s new book, ‘Beneath the Clouds’ is just out. Black’s articles on international law, politics and World events appear at New Eastern Outlook among other places, and his latest, ‘The Chris Wylie Story: A NATO Psychological Operation?‘ shifts the focus of the scandal to Wylie’s unverified accusations implicating Russian interference with Brexit and allegations of Vladimir Putin’s influence in the election of Donald Trump.

Christopher Black and who exactly is Chris Wylie and what‘s his game? in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, 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 for the coming week. But first, John Helmer and is the empire shooting blanks?

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.uvic.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 April 19, 2018

Earth Day – Biodiversity Fair
april 19th
clock
Thursday at 9:30–14:30
3 days from now · 7–13° Partly cloudy
The Gardens at HCP <https://www.facebook.com/HCPGardens/>
505 Quayle Road, Victoria, British Columbia V9E 2J7

Earth Day is a time to get outdoors and see your community. Find out what amazing things are happening to inspire us to be good stewards of our planet!! The Gardens at HCP is hosting a day filled with demonstrations, activities and walks showcasing the importance of biodiversity to ensure natural sustainability for all life forms. We hope you can join us, be inspired and make a difference!! Admission by donation. This event is suitable for schools and the public.

e-mail youthprograms@hcp.ca for more information

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Rally for Removal
april 20th

clock
Friday at 7:30–9:00
3 days from now
pin
Intersection of Stebbings Road and Shawnigan Lake Road
Stand with community, make your voice heard, wave a sign, let government know that the dirty dirt has to go. Bring your Save Shawnigan Water signs or make a new one highlighting that the “dirty dirt has gotta go”. Join us at the Rally for Removal.

Friday, April 20, 2018 at 7:30 AM to 9 AM
Stebbings Road and Shawnigan Lake Road Intersection

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Tell David Eby: Protect the Peace Valley on Earth Day
april 20th
Friday at 12:00–14:00
4 days from now · 7–13° Rain Showers
David Eby <https://www.facebook.com/dave.eby/>
2909 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia V6K2G6
We gather on Earth Day to remind BC’s Attorney General to honour Treaty 8, respect Indigenous law and to enforce the Crown’s duty to protect the Peace River Valley from settler colonial violence and treaty violations. As the Blueberry River First Nation court case on cumulative impacts begins on April 23, and the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations legal battle to seek an injunction to stop the Site C dam happens in July, we are holding BC accountable to walk its talk of reconciliation.

FightC is a non-partisan, non-violent grassroots community group committed to stopping the Site C dam in solidarity with the Treaty 8 First Nations. All who love and respect the Peace are welcome to join us.

We acknowledge that this free assembly takes place on the Unceded Territory of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish Nations.

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2018 Earth Day Parade & Festival
april 21st
Saturday at 13:00–15:00
5 days from now · 4–12° Rain Showers
Grandview Park <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grandview-Park/1727386527554289>
Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 2T4
Join us in Y4CJN’s 8th annual Earth Day Parade & Celebration!

The parade will begin at Grandview Highway and Commercial Drive, and marches its way down to Grandview Park, where the festivities begin. This year, we have new features such as a Kids Zone, scavenger hunts, smoothie bike demonstrations and much more!

Let your creativity shine! We encourage you to be creative with your signs, banners, and costumes for the parade.

We welcome everyone! Bring your family, friends, co-workers, and animal friends to celebrate our wonderful planet together!

The parade will begin at 1:00 pm & celebration will begin at 1:30 pm.

For more information please visit our website at:
http://earthdayparade.ca/

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National Cannabis Conference 2018
clock
2 dates · 20 April – 21 April
APR 20 Fri
15:00

APR
21
Sat
9:00

Victoria Conference Centre <https://www.facebook.com/BusinessEventsVictoria/>
720 Douglas Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W3M7
The National Cannabis Conference is the venue for all Canadians to enjoy, learn, and experience the fast-paced, and ever-changing cannabis landscape.

Full legalization of recreational marijuana is a cultural shift for Canada and the opportunities to participate in this burgeoning industry are endless.

Don’t miss your chance to come check out growers – large and small, dispensaries, and artisans… just to name a few!

Head over to www.nationalcannabisconference.ca for more details!

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Picnics Not Pipelines
april 22nd
clock
Sunday at 11:00–17:00
6 days from now · 2–15° Mostly Sunny
2710 Mission Flats Rd, Kamloops, BC V2E, Canada
Come join us on Earth Day to hear engaging speakers and performers discuss and celebrate clean drinking water in the Fraser Basin!

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Earth Day Cleanup
april 22nd
clock
Sunday at 13:00–15:00
6 days from now · 6–12° Partly cloudy
Clover Pt, Victoria, BC V8S, Canada
Come celebrate Earth Day with us at Clover Point for a beach cleanup and social gathering from 1-3pm!

*ATTENTION KEENERS*! If you are keen to start earlier, we encourage folks to start with a small cleanup of your neighbourhood or local beach and then bring your debris to Clover Point! The group with the largest amount of debris will win some prizes! We will have sorting stations setup up and Atlas Junk Removal Victoria <https://www.facebook.com/AtlasJunkRemoval/> will help dispose of the debris responsible!

Surfrider will provide re-usable gloves and buckets. But if you have your own RE-USABLE supplies, please bring it with you! Also please bring your own mug, bowl and spoon!!!!

Event partners:
City of Victoria – Local Government <https://www.facebook.com/CityofVictoriaPage/>
The Zone at 91-3 <https://www.facebook.com/thezonefm/>
Surprises by Fjällräven Canada <https://www.facebook.com/FjallravenCanada/>
Snacks provided by Whole Foods Market <https://www.facebook.com/WholeFoods/>
Debris removal curtesy of Atlas Junk Removal, LLC <https://www.facebook.com/atlasjunk/>

We will meet in the grassy area in the middle of the parking circle.

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Nonviolent Direct Action Training Against Kinder Morgan
april 22nd
clock
Sunday at 13:00–17:00
6 days from now · 6–12° Partly cloudy
Victoria Event Centre <https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaEventCentre/>
1415 Broad Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2B2
Want to learn more about nonviolent moral action this spring to challenge indigenous racism, the dirty carbon economy and Trudeau’s deceptive climate narrative?

Thinking of participating in local civil disobedience actions being organized by Rise & Resist in Victoria or the international mass mobilization against the Kinder Morgan pipeline in Burnaby?

In the spirit and tradition of everyday people of conscience engaging in nonviolent direct action/risking arrest to expose and engage in moral witness against injustice, we will conduct a training at 1-5pm on April 22 in Victoria, B.C. followed by a potluck dinner, climate emergency speakers (6:30-9), and dancing and song until midnight.

Experienced trainers from the Rise & Resist collective and Greenpeace Victoria will facilitate the training.

It’s important that participants plan to attend the full training. Format will include small and large group discussion, role-plays and other interactive exercises. Please dress comfortably.

There is no fee to attend the training, but we will collect donations at the event to help cover costs.

Please contact 250.857.4078 or HBreen@shaw.ca if you have questions.

This event is hosted and co-sponsored by Rise & Resist, Social and Environmental Alliance, Greenpeace Victoria, Leap Victoria and the Victoria Event Centre.
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Defending Indigenous, Climate & Ocean Land Defenders
april 22nd
clock
Sunday at 18:30–1:00
22 April at 18:30 to 23 April at 1:00
pin
Victoria Event Centre <https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaEventCentre/>
1415 Broad Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2B2
A Celebration for the Indigenous, Climate & Ocean Defenders Protecting Our Planet & Communities on the Resistance Frontlines!

Distinguished Speakers:

6:30pm – Indigenous Acknowledgment

Sierra Robinson, Elizabeth Woodworth, Dr. Peter Carter, & Howard Breen

Sierra Robinson – A Youth Activist Perspective on Earth Day

Elizabeth will introduce her & Peter’s new book:
“Unprecedented Crime: Climate Science Denial and Game Changers for Survival.”

Peter, a climate expert will present his
“Science for the Defence of the Planet” *

Peter is offering his expert testimony for upcoming Indigenous, Climate, & Ocean Defender trials in making an evidence-based Necessity Defence.

Howard will give his firsthand account from years in direct action resistance and the current need for defence of the Salish Sea, as a long time marine campaigner for several BC ngos.

9pm – Open Mic for Resistance Speakers & Performers
(expect a few appropriate surprises!)

We will Sing and Dance for Mother Earth & her Defenders

VEC cash bar. There is no fee to attend, but we will collect donations at the event to help cover costs.

Please contact 250.857.4078 or HBreen@shaw.ca if you have questions.

This event is hosted and co-sponsored by:
Rise & Resist, Social and Environmental Alliance, Greenpeace Victoria, Leap Victoria and the Victoria Event Centre

Land & Ocean Defenders participating in the earlier daylong Nonviolent Direct Action Training @ the VEC are warmly welcomed to stay for the speakers & celebration.

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Directly Affected: Earth Day Screening w/Director Q&A at the Rio
april 22nd
Sunday at 16:15–18:00
6 days from now · 5–13° Partly cloudy
The Rio Theatre <https://www.facebook.com/TheRioTheatre/>
1660 East Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia V5N 1W1
On Sunday, April 22 – Earth Day – join us at the Rio Theatre for a screening of director Zack Embree’s compelling new documentary DIRECTLY AFFECTED, which takes an in-depth look at the issues surrounding the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Zack will be in attendance and will participate in a post-screening Q&A, as will some other special guests (more info coming soon). Minors welcome and permitted in the balcony.

5 years ago, Vancouver filmmaker Zack Embree set out on a mission: to understand the impacts of the Kinder Morgan pipeline on local communities and give a voice back to those who had been ignored by the National Energy Board process.

He interviewed residents affected by the 2007 inlet drive spill, and covered the protests on Burnaby Mountain – and journeyed to First Nations communities such as Fort Mackay, Alberta to witness the impacts of fossil fuel extraction, to New Brunswick where many of the energy workers are from, as well as to France for the Paris Climate talks.

What he found was a growing storm of opposition from all walks of life and confusion over Prime Minister Trudeau’s climate plan – how to achieve it while building a major oil pipeline?

Produced with the support of TELUS STORYHIVE, LUSH Cosmetics, Vancity Office of Community Engagement, INDIEGOGO crowd-funders.

Sunday, April 22
Doors 3:45 pm | Movie 4:15 pm

Advance tickets $10 | $12 at the door

*Minors welcome in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
*Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

“Beautifully shot, engaging, and effective…” (The Georgia Straight)

“…the heart of this film is a desire to give a voice to the little guy…” (The Vancouver Sun)

“It’s 75 minutes of bristling advocacy journalism, thoroughly researched and professionally presented…” (The National Observer)

DIRECTLY AFFECTED (Zack Embree, 2018 / 78 mins / PG) Houston-based Kinder Morgan is building an oil pipeline across British Columbia that will transport close to 1 million barrels a day of carbon intensive Alberta oil, threatening drinking water, endangered whales and our climate.

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This events bulletin is produced weekly for Gorilla Radio, airing Thursdays 11-noon and Saturdays 8-9 am from CFUV (http://cfuv.uvic.ca ) and Mondays 9-10 am from CJSF (http://cjsf.ca ). You can also listen to the podcasts at http://www.gorilla-radio.com .
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<P><HR></P>Earth Day – Biodiversity Fair
april 19th
a.. clock Thursday at 9:30–14:30
3 days from now · 7–13° Partly cloudy

b.. pin The Gardens at HCP
505 Quayle Road, Victoria, British Columbia V9E 2J7

Earth Day is a time to get outdoors and see your community. Find out what amazing things are happening to inspire us to be good stewards of our planet!! The Gardens at HCP is hosting a day filled with demonstrations, activities and walks showcasing the importance of biodiversity to ensure natural sustainability for all life forms. We hope you can join us, be inspired and make a difference!! Admission by donation. This event is suitable for schools and the public.

e-mail youthprograms@hcp.ca for more information

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Rally for Removal
april 20th

a.. clock Friday at 7:30–9:00
3 days from now

b.. pin Intersection of Stebbings Road and Shawnigan Lake Road

Stand with community, make your voice heard, wave a sign, let government know that the dirty dirt has to go. Bring your Save Shawnigan Water signs or make a new one highlighting that the “dirty dirt has gotta go”. Join us at the Rally for Removal.

Friday, April 20, 2018 at 7:30 AM to 9 AM
Stebbings Road and Shawnigan Lake Road Intersection

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Tell David Eby: Protect the Peace Valley on Earth Day
april 20th
a.. Friday at 12:00–14:00
4 days from now · 7–13° Rain Showers

b.. pin David Eby
2909 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia V6K2G6

We gather on Earth Day to remind BC’s Attorney General to honour Treaty 8, respect Indigenous law and to enforce the Crown’s duty to protect the Peace River Valley from settler colonial violence and treaty violations. As the Blueberry River First Nation court case on cumulative impacts begins on April 23, and the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations legal battle to seek an injunction to stop the Site C dam happens in July, we are holding BC accountable to walk its talk of reconciliation.

FightC is a non-partisan, non-violent grassroots community group committed to stopping the Site C dam in solidarity with the Treaty 8 First Nations. All who love and respect the Peace are welcome to join us.

We acknowledge that this free assembly takes place on the Unceded Territory of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish Nations.

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2018 Earth Day Parade & Festival
april 21st
a.. Saturday at 13:00–15:00
5 days from now · 4–12° Rain Showers

b.. pin Grandview Park
Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 2T4

Join us in Y4CJN’s 8th annual Earth Day Parade & Celebration!

The parade will begin at Grandview Highway and Commercial Drive, and marches its way down to Grandview Park, where the festivities begin. This year, we have new features such as a Kids Zone, scavenger hunts, smoothie bike demonstrations and much more!

Let your creativity shine! We encourage you to be creative with your signs, banners, and costumes for the parade.

We welcome everyone! Bring your family, friends, co-workers, and animal friends to celebrate our wonderful planet together!

The parade will begin at 1:00 pm & celebration will begin at 1:30 pm.

For more information please visit our website at:
http://earthdayparade.ca/

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National Cannabis Conference 2018
a.. clock 2 dates · 20 April – 21 April

b.. APR
20Fri15:00APR
21Sat9:00

c.. pin Victoria Conference Centre
720 Douglas Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W3M7

The National Cannabis Conference is the venue for all Canadians to enjoy, learn, and experience the fast-paced, and ever-changing cannabis landscape.

Full legalization of recreational marijuana is a cultural shift for Canada and the opportunities to participate in this burgeoning industry are endless.

Don’t miss your chance to come check out growers – large and small, dispensaries, and artisans… just to name a few!

Head over to www.nationalcannabisconference.ca for more details!

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Picnics Not Pipelines
april 22nd
a.. clock Sunday at 11:00–17:00
6 days from now · 2–15° Mostly Sunny

b.. pin 2710 Mission Flats Rd, Kamloops, BC V2E, Canada

Come join us on Earth Day to hear engaging speakers and performers discuss and celebrate clean drinking water in the Fraser Basin!

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Earth Day Cleanup
april 22nd
a.. clock Sunday at 13:00–15:00
6 days from now · 6–12° Partly cloudy

b.. pin Clover Pt, Victoria, BC V8S, Canada

Come celebrate Earth Day with us at Clover Point for a beach cleanup and social gathering from 1-3pm!

*ATTENTION KEENERS*! If you are keen to start earlier, we encourage folks to start with a small cleanup of your neighbourhood or local beach and then bring your debris to Clover Point! The group with the largest amount of debris will win some prizes! We will have sorting stations setup up and Atlas Junk Removal Victoria will help dispose of the debris responsible!

Surfrider will provide re-usable gloves and buckets. But if you have your own RE-USABLE supplies, please bring it with you! Also please bring your own mug, bowl and spoon!!!!

Event partners:
City of Victoria – Local Government
The Zone at 91-3
Surprises by Fjällräven Canada
Snacks provided by Whole Foods Market
Debris removal curtesy of Atlas Junk Removal, LLC

We will meet in the grassy area in the middle of the parking circle.

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Nonviolent Direct Action Training Against Kinder Morgan
april 22nd
a.. clock Sunday at 13:00–17:00
6 days from now · 6–12° Partly cloudy

b.. pin Victoria Event Centre
1415 Broad Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2B2

Want to learn more about nonviolent moral action this spring to challenge indigenous racism, the dirty carbon economy and Trudeau’s deceptive climate narrative?

Thinking of participating in local civil disobedience actions being organized by Rise & Resist in Victoria or the international mass mobilization against the Kinder Morgan pipeline in Burnaby?

In the spirit and tradition of everyday people of conscience engaging in nonviolent direct action/risking arrest to expose and engage in moral witness against injustice, we will conduct a training at 1-5pm on April 22 in Victoria, B.C. followed by a potluck dinner, climate emergency speakers (6:30-9), and dancing and song until midnight.

Experienced trainers from the Rise & Resist collective and Greenpeace Victoria will facilitate the training.

It’s important that participants plan to attend the full training. Format will include small and large group discussion, role-plays and other interactive exercises. Please dress comfortably.

There is no fee to attend the training, but we will collect donations at the event to help cover costs.

Please contact 250.857.4078 or HBreen@shaw.ca if you have questions.

This event is hosted and co-sponsored by Rise & Resist, Social and Environmental Alliance, Greenpeace Victoria, Leap Victoria and the Victoria Event Centre.
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Defending Indigenous, Climate & Ocean Land Defenders
april 22nd
a.. clock Sunday at 18:30–1:00
22 April at 18:30 to 23 April at 1:00

b.. pin Victoria Event Centre
1415 Broad Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2B2

A Celebration for the Indigenous, Climate & Ocean Defenders Protecting Our Planet & Communities on the Resistance Frontlines!

Distinguished Speakers:

6:30pm – Indigenous Acknowledgment

Sierra Robinson, Elizabeth Woodworth, Dr. Peter Carter, & Howard Breen

Sierra Robinson – A Youth Activist Perspective on Earth Day

Elizabeth will introduce her & Peter’s new book:
“Unprecedented Crime: Climate Science Denial and Game Changers for Survival.”

Peter, a climate expert will present his
“Science for the Defence of the Planet” *

Peter is offering his expert testimony for upcoming Indigenous, Climate, & Ocean Defender trials in making an evidence-based Necessity Defence.

Howard will give his firsthand account from years in direct action resistance and the current need for defence of the Salish Sea, as a long time marine campaigner for several BC ngos.

9pm – Open Mic for Resistance Speakers & Performers
(expect a few appropriate surprises!)

We will Sing and Dance for Mother Earth & her Defenders

VEC cash bar. There is no fee to attend, but we will collect donations at the event to help cover costs.

Please contact 250.857.4078 or HBreen@shaw.ca if you have questions.

This event is hosted and co-sponsored by:
Rise & Resist, Social and Environmental Alliance, Greenpeace Victoria, Leap Victoria and the Victoria Event Centre

Land & Ocean Defenders participating in the earlier daylong Nonviolent Direct Action Training @ the VEC are warmly welcomed to stay for the speakers & celebration.

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Directly Affected: Earth Day Screening w/Director Q&A at the Rio
april 22nd
a.. Sunday at 16:15–18:00
6 days from now · 5–13° Partly cloudy

b.. pin The Rio Theatre
1660 East Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia V5N 1W1

On Sunday, April 22 – Earth Day – join us at the Rio Theatre for a screening of director Zack Embree’s compelling new documentary DIRECTLY AFFECTED, which takes an in-depth look at the issues surrounding the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Zack will be in attendance and will participate in a post-screening Q&A, as will some other special guests (more info coming soon). Minors welcome and permitted in the balcony.

5 years ago, Vancouver filmmaker Zack Embree set out on a mission: to understand the impacts of the Kinder Morgan pipeline on local communities and give a voice back to those who had been ignored by the National Energy Board process.

He interviewed residents affected by the 2007 inlet drive spill, and covered the protests on Burnaby Mountain – and journeyed to First Nations communities such as Fort Mackay, Alberta to witness the impacts of fossil fuel extraction, to New Brunswick where many of the energy workers are from, as well as to France for the Paris Climate talks.

What he found was a growing storm of opposition from all walks of life and confusion over Prime Minister Trudeau’s climate plan – how to achieve it while building a major oil pipeline?

Produced with the support of TELUS STORYHIVE, LUSH Cosmetics, Vancity Office of Community Engagement, INDIEGOGO crowd-funders.

Sunday, April 22
Doors 3:45 pm | Movie 4:15 pm

Advance tickets $10 | $12 at the door

*Minors welcome in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
*Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

“Beautifully shot, engaging, and effective…” (The Georgia Straight)

“…the heart of this film is a desire to give a voice to the little guy…” (The Vancouver Sun)

“It’s 75 minutes of bristling advocacy journalism, thoroughly researched and professionally presented…” (The National Observer)

DIRECTLY AFFECTED (Zack Embree, 2018 / 78 mins / PG) Houston-based Kinder Morgan is building an oil pipeline across British Columbia that will transport close to 1 million barrels a day of carbon intensive Alberta oil, threatening drinking water, endangered whales and our climate.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This events bulletin is produced weekly for Gorilla Radio, airing Thursdays 11-noon and Saturdays 8-9 am from CFUV (http://cfuv.uvic.ca) and Mondays 9-10 am from CJSF (http://cjsf.ca). You can also listen to the podcasts at http://www.gorilla-radio.com.
** please forward to friends and allies **

Ape Goes to Victoria CAIA Demonstration (short) April 18, 2018

Went down to the demonstration. The audio features raw interviews with, in order of appearance:

Larry Hannant, “Sandra”, Randy Caravaggio, Terry Wolfwood, and Marvin Sharp.

This is all happening with the continued dissolution of the Middle East in the background. Syria was bombed again in the early morning hours of April 18th, this time by a coalition of the United States, Great Britain, and France. Israel has bombed targets within Syria for several years without censure, the most recent attack occurring just last week.

Ape Goes to the Victoria CAIA March of Return Demo April 18, 2018

Went down to the demonstration. The audio features raw interviews with, in order of appearance:

Larry Hannant, “Sandra”, Randy Caravaggio, Terry Wolfwood, Angry Zionist supporter, and Marvin Sharp.

This is all happening with the continued dissolution of the Middle East in the background. Syria was bombed again in the early morning hours of April 18th, this time by a coalition of the United States, Great Britain, and France. Israel has bombed targets within Syria for several years without censure, the most recent attack occurring just last week.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Tayler Zavitz, Eva Bartlett, Janine Bandcroft April 12th, 2018

Though almost everyone claims to love animals many of us still eat them, while most try not to think too much about the terrible treatment humans mete out to our fellow Earthlings. But beyond vegetarianism, veganism, and rescue pet adoption what’s a compassionate person to do?

Primates of the Animal Protection Party of Canada and their allies have brought this year’s Animal Advocacy Camp to Victoria to explore just that. The ACC takes place this April 14th at Camosun College’s Gibson Auditorium and features a number of keynote speakers covering a variety of topics. Tayler Zavitz is one of those and she’ll present, ‘Empathy as Terrorism? The Criminalization of Animal Activism in Canada’.

Tayler’s a PhD candidate at UVic’s Department of Sociology whose research focus is the repression of animal activism and the criminalization of dissent in Canada. She holds degrees in Political Science and Critical Sociology, (with a focus on Critical Animal Studies) and is a current student scholar with the brand new, Animals & Society Research Initiative at the University of Victoria. She’s also a reviewer for the Journal for Critical Animal Studies.

Tayler Zavitz in the first half.

And; Monday morning, missiles again flew into Syria, killing at least seven and wounding scores more. Though they didn’t admit responsibility, Israel is implicated. Merely the latest in a series of unanswered military assaults on its neighbour, this latest comes at a critical point in Syria’s long and bitter war.

Over the weekend, US president Donald Trump promised “action” in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack against civilians in Douma, the last stronghold of pro-jihadist groups in besieged Eastern Ghouta. And, while Trump and his allies in NATO condemn without benefit of investigation Bashar al-Assad’s government, Russia has issued its own Red Line, saying should any Russians in Syria come under fire Moscow will consider that an act of war.

Eva Bartlett is an independent Canadian journalist and activist who has lived in and reported from Gaza and Syria over the last decade. She has been one of the few Western witnesses of the destruction of war from where the missiles and bombs land, and one of even fewer to fix properly the responsibility on those firing and dropping them. Eva is currently preparing for another foray into Syria, even as Washington’s war drum beats louder.

Eva Bartlett and back to Syria in the second half.

And; Victoria activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good to do in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Tayler Zavitz and meeting up with animals’ best friends at Victoria’s Animal Advocacy Camp.

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.uvic.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/