Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Garth Mullins, Mark Schuller, Janine Bandcroft Feb. 15th, 2018

The numbers are staggering: last year, more than 4,000 Canadians suffered premature and completely preventable deaths, and more are dying this year and will continue to do so largely because Canada’s political representatives lack the courage and vision to change a system that literally gives up for dead citizens it regards as lost causes.

Next week, February 20th, in Victoria and across the country, the National Day of Action on the Overdose Crisis will take to the streets yet again in efforts to bring the Justice system to its senses and reform finally the nation’s drugs policies.

Garth Mullins is a long-time Vancouver-based DTES activist, writer, broadcaster, musician, trade unionist, contributor to CBC Radio One’s Ideas program, and his weekly column past appeared at 24 Hours Vancouver. He’s also been at the fore, with the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, responding to that city’s ongoing overdose crisis.

Garth Mullins in the first half.

And; while Washington debates whether Donald Trump believes Haiti to be either “shithole” or “shithouse” uncontested is the under-reported fact, “peacekeepers” from the euphemistically known “United” Nations used at least one of Haiti’s rivers as an open sewer, initiating the cholera epidemic that august body is yet to take full responsibility for. Thus is the fate it seems for long-suffering Haiti, despoiled and denigrated by its powerful neighbours, and through their intervention “humanitarian” and otherwise kept the poorest of the Western Hemisphere’s countries.

Mark Schuller is Associate Professor of Anthropology and NGO Leadership and Development at Northern Illinois University and affiliate at the Faculté d’Ethnologie, l’Université d’État d’Haïti. He is the author or co-editor of six books, including the forthcoming ‘Humanitarian Aftershocks in Haiti’. Schuller is also co-director/co-producer of the documentary Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy (2009), and he’s active in several solidarity efforts. His recent CounterPunch article asks, ‘What Is a Shithole Country and Why is Trump So Obsessed with Haiti?

Mark Schuller and anatomy of a shithole in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events bulletin of good things you can get up to around here in the coming week. But first, Garth Mullins and wearing the red for the reform of Canada’s drugs policies.

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 February 15, 2018

Left Coast Events Bulletin with Janine Bandcroft February 15, 2018

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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 Two Spirits, One Heart, One Mind, One Nation:

FREE Conference for Indigenous LGBTQIA2+ Youth ages 14-24

Thursday-Friday, Feb. 15-16

Victoria Native Friendship Centre (231 Regina Ave) Attendees must register
Please register ASAP by contacting Kim Rumley at VNFC kim.r@vnfc.ca or Debbi Boylan at debbi.b@vnfc.ca
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JOIN US AND TAKE A STAND TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN
Thursday Feb. 15
On Feb.15th, 2018, Indigenous and non-Indigenous men and women will meet for the 7th consecutive year to stand together to end violence against women and children.  As part of this day of action, thousands of men from across the province will also take part in the One Day Fast.  The One Day Fast is for men to refrain from eating or drinking from sunrise to sunset.  This simple act of sacrifice is a way of showing empathy for women who endure violence in their lives and for fasters to demonstrate the strength of their commitment to end violence against Women and Children.
In addition to the event in Victoria, multiple regional events are taking place on February 15, 2018 as part of the Provincial Gathering and Day of Fasting.  Stay tuned for regional event details and schedules.
Everyone wishing to participate in the campaign on February 15 is asked to register.
Victoria – Central Event
In Victoria, the Provincial Gathering includes opening ceremony, keynote speakers and men’s and women’s healing circles. Join us for the march to the B.C. Legislature at lunchtime followed by a press conference and workshops in the afternoon. At sundown, a fast-breaking ceremony and community feast will take place. Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the day’s events, free of charge. Join us at Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas St., Victoria, BC.
REGISTER to attend the event using the links above.  Doors open at 8:30 am and the day’s events will run from 9 am to 5 pm. The Fast-breaking ceremony will take place from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
“We will continue to ask men to take positive and concrete steps forward in standing up and speaking out against violence towards women and children. By taking part in this one day fast you are showing your love and respect for the women in your life and supporting their right for peace and safety in their homes and communities.” Paul Lacerte, co-Founder –Moose Hide Campaign
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Stolen Sisters Memorial March Victoria 2018

february 17th
On Saturday February 17th, 2018 please join us to remember and honour Indigenous women, girls, and 2spirit people who have gone missing and been murdered.

Let us walk together as a community to say Indigenous women’s, 2spirits’, and girls’ lives are sacred. Let us remember our teachings and honour those who have been taken from us.

We would like to acknowledge that this march takes place on unceded and traditional territories of the Lekwungen communities, Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations.

Proceedings of the March:

Gathering: 11am in front of Our Place, 919 Pandora Ave
The March will begin at 12pm with a prayer, territory acknowledgements and information for marchers (safety, respectful conduct etc).
Lead by Indigenous women, youth and 2spirit drummers, we will proceed down Pandora Ave to Government Street and then on to the Legislature lawn where we will gather to hear speakers, songs and share food.

The March’s organizing collective would like to remind marchers that this is a memorial and asks that conduct be in accordance with this intent. We also ask that:
-Indigenous women, girls and 2spirit drummers’ and singers’ place leading the March be respected.
-That there be no signs carried unless they are memorializing the missing and murdered by their families. Also no pamphleteering of any kind please.
-That there be no photography during the March without explicit and PRIOR permission of those photographed.

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Calling all dog lovers in Victoria!

february 17th
“YEAR OF THE DOG” WALK IN VICTORIA
On the Chinese calendar the YEAR OF THE DOG starts in February 2018. It’s a good time to celebrate companion canines and also to put a spotlight on the unfortunate dogs who are being experimented on in research labs around the world.

In Canada, as of 2016 there were 15,093 dogs in laboratories — at least, this is the number known to the Canadian Council on Animal Care, which oversees labs. This is an increase over the number in 2015. (A total of 4,308,921 animals were used in Canadian labs in 2016, of which the vast majority are fish, mice being next.)

Of these, 78,294 animals were listed as “Category E” subjects, meaning those “subjected to severe pain and extreme distress; highly-invasive new biomedical experiments; inflicted trauma or burns without anaesthetics; agonizing toxicity testing; and experimentally-induced infectious diseases that result in death.” It is not known how many dogs are Category E. Clearly no animal should be subjected to such cruelty.

Cruel tests endured by animals for the sake of cosmetics have been outlawed elsewhere in the world, and animal advocates are now mobilizing to ban animal testing for cosmetics in Canada. (www.animalcharter.ca)

Also of concern is that 8207 pet dogs were sent to laboratories across Canada in 2016 – though BC no longer compels the surrender of dogs in shelters to scientific institutions, there is the possibility that a dog rescued in BC may end up in a laboratory in Ontario or Quebec, or even here at home.

DOG LOVERS ARE PLANNING A WALK FOR LAB DOGS AS A WAY TO CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF THE DOG, AND ASK FOR REFORM OF CANADA’S LAWS GOVERNING USE OF DOGS IN COMMERCIAL AND MEDICAL LABS – WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN JOINING OTHER BUSINESSES, ACTIVISTS, DOG GUARDIANS AND RESCUE AGENCIES ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 17th
Please get back to orcamonth@gmail.com to let us know whether you can join us!
Barbara – 778 433 6722
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION FOR LAB DOGS, Noon, Feb. 17th, Oak Bay Municipal Hall lawn. Contact: orcamonth@gmail.com or 778 433 6722.

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Remembering Katy Madsen: A benefit for Sierra Club BC

february 17th
  • Saturday at 14:00–18:00
    4 days from now2-8°Rain Showers
  • 4239 Cedarglen Rd, Victoria, BC V8N 4N7, Canada
Founding member of Sierra Club BC Katy Madsen was a life-long artist of tremendous talent. Her iconic mid-century portraits and landscapes grace collections across the continent. Katy passed away in 2017 and her family has offered a selection of her paintings to be sold as a legacy of her support for Sierra Club BC.

We invite you to join us for an afternoon open house-style reception with wine and cheese. Paintings will be available on a first-come first-served basis, with a suggested minimum contribution to Sierra Club BC to carry forward Katy’s inspiring legacy of environmental protection. Donations in Katy’s memory are also welcome.

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AHAVI Celebrates 2018
february 17th
It’s here again*** AHAVI brings you our annual event AHAVI Celebrates 2018! Dinner, Dance and other entertainment for the entire family!!!

For tickets contact Horacio @ 778 – 350 – 5404

Where: CDI College 950 Kings Rd
When: February 17, 2018
Who: Adults, kids and Students

Be there!!!! 🎊

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Life Under Occupation

february 18th
After living for three months in Palestine while he served the United Church of Canada as an ecumenical accompanier, George Bartlett will tell stories of what he observed and learned. A retired lawyer George spent 3 months witnessing daily life, offering support and friendship to farmers, families and community leaders living under occupation.
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Cube of Truth: Victoria: February 18th

sunday
  • 18 February at 14:00–15:30
    Next Week
  • Irish Times Pub

    1200 Government Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1Y2
If you are interested in volunteering, join the following group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/644028365798366/

Direct action street outreach and demonstration. We bring the information to the people in an attempt to break down unawareness and show the cruelty inherent in meat, dairy and egg production. All footage used shows the standard practices for animal-based food production in Canada.

IMPORTANT: Please bring a laptop or tablet if you have one. If you do not, please come along anyway; masks and signs will be provided on the day. Please wear black clothing where possible, though a black jumper is essential if the weather permits (preferably hooded). Please fully charge your laptop/tablet for the day.

IMPORTANT: Download VLC Player to your laptop or tablet. http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

IMPORTANT: Download the following clips to your laptop or tablet from the link below as there will be no internet connection on site.
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1q8R8EmCKw5zKTr1gUm2e6JTGfP3yD9vE

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Black History and Heritage Day

february 18th
Presentation on local police and ethno-cultures by Michael Regis and classical piano playing by Dr. Carl Ivey. Drink tea by Maisha, and learn from displays, information and artifacts of historical societies about black history.
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February Volunteer day at Rabbitats + Potluck

february 18th
  • Sunday at 10:00–14:00
    5 days from now-4-4°Sunny
  • Rabbitats

    c/o 13340 Smallwood Place, #104, Richmond, British Columbia
We are heading over to Rabbitats
As Rabbitats has a move coming up and we want to help out!
This is a rabbit shelter and a vegan organization housing around 90 mostly adoptable ( and adorable ) abandoned rabbits and their offspring. ( They have another 125 ferals at an outdoor sanctuary in South Surrey )

Please let us know if you need a ride!

Let us know how many are joining you if there are any as we need to know nuimbers

Bring a vegan dish enough to share for lunch

Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) is a grassroots network of animal rights activists working to create a world where every animal is safe, happy and free. Through community building, open rescue, and disruptive protest, we are building a strong movement for animals.

SAFER SPACE POLICY:
This Safer Space Policy exists to facilitate an immediate response to any oppressive actions by attendees of our official events. Oppressive actions include:

• Discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, species, size, class, ability, reproductive choice, sexuality, and gender identity.

• Promoting disrespect or violence towards nonhuman animals.

We strive to create a community that is safe and welcoming, and which prioritizes the needs of people who are typically marginalized by society. Please feel free to approach any organizer in confidence if someone at one of our events makes you feel unsafe. Whenever possible, we will confront people who violate the Safer Space Policy on your behalf. We prefer to resolve such issues through reconciliation, but as a last resort we reserve the right to ask attendees to leave our events.

Anyone who engages in the following behaviours WILL be told to leave our events:

• Physical, verbal, or mental abuse

• Sexual harassment, unwanted touching, or sexual aggression

• Intimidation or fear tactics

• Intentional violations of our Safer Space Policy

Anyone who engages in the following behaviours will LIKELY be warned and MAY be told to leave at the discretion of the members(s) present:

• Inappropriate comments and behaviours

• The use of violent or oppressive language, including slurs

• Blatantly disrespectful behaviour towards civilian (non-state representatives) organizers or individuals in attendance

• Causing a DxE member or event attendee discomfort or distress for any reason (including, but not limited to: violating our Safer Space Policy, violating their personal space, or ignoring an explicitly stated request for altered behaviour)

• Aggression/outbursts due to intoxication

If you have any questions or need clarification about our Safer Space Policy, please get in touch with us at vancouver@directactioneverywhere.com. This address may be accessed by all organizers. For confidential emails, please clearly indicate in the subject line which organizer(s) to whom you would prefer to address your concern; you may request organizers of a specific gender. If you need support in order to attend a DxE Vancouver event or have general safety concerns, send an e-mail to this address.

(NOTE: All DxE Vancouver events will be drug-and-alcohol-free due to safety concerns).

CONSENT FOR SOCIAL MEDIA:
DxE events are social media intensive. Photos and videos are regularly taken at actions, open meetings, and other activities. If you do not consent to appear in photos and videos, please let our media personnel know at the beginning of events. We will also remind attendants of this policy at each event.

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:
As settler animal rights/liberation activists uninvited to the traditional, ancestral, unceded and occupied territories of the Coast Salish First Nations and peoples, we acknowledge that we are unable to do animal advocacy work without using the resources from this land, and are often complicit in colonial systems that perpetuate violence against Indigenous Peoples. We must continue to learn and take responsibilities to help decolonize. On this day we target a colonial-capitalist corporation that exploits, dominates and oppresses nonhuman animals.

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Clandestinos – Cuban Film & Cultural Night!

february 18th
  • Sunday at 17:30
    5 days from now
  • Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood House (800 E. Broadway, Vancouver)
Live Music & the Beautiful Cuban Film
>> CLANDESTINOS <<

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 18
5:30PM
Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood House
800 E. Broadway
Vancouver, Canada
* Event by Donation! *

The evening will feature refreshments, live music, and screening of the beautiful Cuban film: “Clandestinos.”

Clandestinos is a Classic Cuban film about the romance between two young revolutionaries in the urban underground – fighting against the U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista.

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Court Support for Wild Salmon Warriors

monday
  • 19 February at 12:30–16:00
    Next Week
  • Spirit Square aka Centennial Square ~ 1 Centennial Square Victoria BC
Please join us in a good way for a big rally to be held in support of Tsastiqualus and Shawna, longtime Indigenous activists battling foreign fish pharms that have invaded Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw and ‘Namgis traditional waters.

The pair were arrested and charged after blockading the entry to the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans in a powerful statement to draw attention to the sudden collapse of wild salmon stocks as a result of the dangerous and negligent practices of Atlantic fish pharming. The decimation of wild salmon is yet one more example of the continuing attack on Indigenous food security and resilience and the overall orchestrated genocide against First Nations communities.

They are currently occupying space next to Premier Horgan’s office in Langford in an ongoing act of solidarity with frontline Indigenous wild salmon warriors.

We will gather in Spirit Square and then march to the atrium of the Public Library and rally there for awhile, and then march down to the courthouse in solidarity for the 2 pm hearing. We encourage you to link arms with these courageous women and support them as these come face to face with these colonial oppressors.

www.facebook.com/fishfarmsgetout/
www.facebook.com/GETTHEFISHFARMSOUT/
www.facebook.com/Matriarch-Camp-Food-and-Supplies-142454759833463/

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A Cinecenta double bill of award-winning documentaries about African women making change – The Thinking Garden and Alive and Kicking: Soccer Grannies.
Tuesday Feb 20 @ 7 pm, Cinecenta UVic
Synopses:
The Thinking Garden: In the dying days of apartheid, three generations of women in a village in South Africa came together to create a community garden. They called it ‘the thinking garden,’ a place where women gather to think about how to make change. Twenty-five years later the garden is still going strong, providing opportunities for local people while helping to meet the challenges of climate change, poverty, and HIV/AIDS. Director: Christine Welsh
“Speaks to the essence and significance of Food Sovereign communities.” Bellise Omondi, Food Sovereignty Campaign, South Africa
“Magnificent and inspirational.” Anthropologist Julie Cruikshank
Soccer Grannies: Filmed in the heart of Limpopo, South Africa, Alive and Kicking follows a group of South African grandmothers as they lace up their soccer boots and break all taboos. Facing personal challenges of abuse and poverty, these women come together to play some serious soccer – while waging a singular struggle for a decent life.
“So much joy and resilience and insistence on life.” Andrea Swift, New York Film Academy
Best Doc, Taos Shortz Film Festival; Best Short Film Seattle International FF; Spirited Storytelling Prize, DOC NYC
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Public Talk: Gender in the Round

wednesday
Public Talk

Gender in the Round: Trans and Non-binary Reflections on Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects.

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.

February 21, 2018 | 7pm | *free

Join gender diversity facilitator Kingsley Strudwick for an evening of audience engaged conversation with 4 guest speakers.

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#MEADOW MARATHON competition throughout February

Nature Conservancy of Canada is running a Garry Oak Meadow Marathon during February at several sites in Greater Victoria and Duncan removing invasive plants and planting native species.
Participate in 3 events and your name will be entered to win PRIZES!!!
Please look at the website for where these events are and when:
Friends Of Uplands Park offers the No Ivy League events each Sunday from 1 to 3 pm.  Meet at the kiosks on Cattle Point near the ocean.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, John Helmer, Stephen Campanelli, Christina Nikolic February 8th, 2018

The downing of a Russian warplane over Syria is further proof, if any were still needed, that news of the end of the protracted war there is premature. It also underscores the changing nature of the conflict, and its turn in a dangerous new direction.

It’s been confirmed, Major Roman Filipov’s Su-25 fighter was brought down by a MANPAD, or portable anti-aircraft missile system, reportedly fired by members of Jabhat al-Nusra. It’s a sophisticated piece of equipment not easily gotten, so just where it came from, and how al-Nusra ended up with it are the burning questions of the moment.

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 an advisor to governments on three continents, and regularly lectures on Russian topics. Helmer’s book titles include: ‘Uncovering Russia,’ ‘Urbanman: The Psychology of Urban Survival,’ ‘Bringing the War Home: The American Soldier in Vietnam and After,’ and ‘Drugs and Minority Oppression’, among others.

John Helmer in the first half.

And; the Victoria Film Festival continues this week through Sunday, when it will feature Canadian director, Stephen Campanelli’s ‘Indian Horse’. The full-length feature recently took the Calgary Film Festival’s Audience Award for Narrative Feature, and was named the People’s Choice winner at last year’s Vancouver International Film Festival. It’s an adaptation of the Richard Wagamese’s widely acclaimed novel about Ojibway boy, Saul Indian Horse’s abduction into Canada’s residential school system.

Campanelli is a long-time Hollywood camera operator, working within legendary actor/director and producer, Clint Eastwood’s rarefied filmmaking circle. Among others, he’s collaborated with Eastwood on the films: ‘Million Dollar Baby’. ‘Gran Torino’, ‘Sully’, and their latest, and 21st collaboration, ’15:17 to Paris’. Indian Horse is his second film in the director’s chair, following 2015’s ‘Momentum’.

Stephen Campanelli and breaking the tormented silence of Canada’s residential school survivors.

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, John Helmer and the deadly consequences of America’s anti-Russia campaigns.

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/

Ape Goes to the Site C Summit Accountability and Action January 26, 2018 Panel #2

Went down to the plenary session on Day #1. There were two panels, separated by two audio files here. Appearing here is the raw audio. On this, the second plenary panel, beginning around the 19:00 minute mark, the panelists are: Andrew Nikiforuk, Judith Sayers, and Guy Dauncey.

Here’s the link to the official site with more details: https://sitecsummit.ca/

Ape Goes to the Site C Summit Accountability and Action January 26, 2018

Went down to the plenary session on Day #1. There were two panels, separated by two audio files here. Appearing here is the raw audio. On this, the first plenary panel begins around the 45:00 minute mark, and the panelists are: Robert McCullough, Harry Swain, and Seth Klein.

Here’s the link to the official site with more details: https://sitecsummit.ca/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dave Lindorff, Charles Officer, Christina Nikolic Feb. 1st, 2018

Americans can congratulate themselves, and the rest of the planet can celebrate, Donald Trump’s first year in the White House has finished without Global immolation. Even so, there’s no denying it’s been a bumpy ride.

From circumventing the traditional isolation of the Oval Office and upending political sacred cows, to undermining strategic alliances and trade relationships like NAFTA, Trump has reveled in his World stage role as Washington’s wild card.

But, the madness to his method carries real risks; none more immediately dire than the worst case scenarios attendant escalating provocations against nuclear-armed North Korea.

None know this better than those on the other side of the 38th parallel; but will America allow Koreans make their own deal?

Dave Lindorff is an award-winning journalist, author, broadcaster, and founder of the award-winning web news site, This Can’t Be Happening.net. His book titles include: ‘This Can’t Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy,’ ‘Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For Profit Hospital Chains,’ ‘Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal,’ And, you can also tune in Dave’s This Can’t Be Happening radio program Wednesdays at the Progressive Radio Network.

Dave Lindorff in the first half.

And; the Victoria Film Festival begins February 2nd, and a film sure to get noticed this year is British-Canadian, multi-award-winning director, Charles Officer’s ‘Unarmed Verses‘. Officer’s past credits include the documentaries: ‘Mighty Jerome’ and ‘The Skin We’re In’, and the ten-time Genie nominated feature film, ‘Nurse.Fighter.Boy’ among others.

Unarmed Verses chronicles the imposed relocation of residents of Villaways, a low-income Toronto neighbourhood, through the eyes of aspiring poet, Francine Valentine. It’s already received a string of awards, including: Best Canadian Feature Documentary at Hot Docs, The People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival, and the Vancouver International Film Festival’s choice as Best Canadian Documentary of 2017. Unarmed Verses screens on the first day of the festival, Friday night at 6:30pm at the Capitol 6, and in a matinee on the VFF’s final day, Sunday February 11th at the Vic Theatre.

Charles Officer and poetry and motion with Unarmed Verses in the second segment.

And; Shawna Green is one of two women calling the sidewalk in front of premier John Horgan’s office home. She and Tsastilqualus Ambers are determined to have fish farms removed from their territory. Green addressed attendees at last week’s Site C Action & Accountability Summit in Victoria.

Shawna Green getting real with direct action in the final segment.

And; Victoria-based greentrepreneur and horticulturalist extraordinaire, Christina Nikolic will be here with the Left Coast Events Bulletin at the bottom of the hour. But first, Dave Lindorff and South Korea slipping empire’s leash.

Shawna Green of Fish Farms Out Now Gets Real with Site C Summit Jan. 26, 2018

I was down at the Site C Summit the other day, and was fortunate enough to catch Shawna Green get real with the crowd.

This brave and dedicated woman stopped them in their tracks with a cri de coeur, imploring we “incredible people” forget letters to MLA’s and good manners, and employ direct action to stop the fish farms, and other outrages imposed by the “gross society” we have saddled ourselves with – for now.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Gary R. Allan, Donovan Aikman, Christina Nikolic January 25th, 2018

We European-descended learn early of the danger lurking in the woods, just beyond the hamlet’s edge. Our childhood bedtimes and nursery rhymes are full of foreboding and warnings of big bad wolves that would eat us and grandmother too should we tarry on, or stray from civilization’s well-worn path.

The primary propaganda has proven so effective, the great predators haunting kinder’s dreams in the Old Country for so long have retreated now to the densest forests, and craggiest, most remote redoubts, barely surviving extinction. But here, on the island-continent the First Peoples call ‘Turtle’ it’s still possible to see the cougar, bear, moose, elk, caribou, eagle, hawk, falcon, and fox, and of course wolf.

In fact, there are so many of the latter on Vancouver Island, the government allows wolves be trapped and killed most days of the year. But apparently predating wolves eight months of the year is insufficient, for British Columbia’s Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development now propose extending the wolf-killing here to ten.

Gary R. Allan operates the SWELL Wolf Education Centre, and says it’s his hope people will, “see the wolf for what it is: one more magnificent species… deserving of our understanding and acceptance.”

Gary R. Allan in the first half.

And; the 2018 edition of the Victoria Film Festival rolls out next week. This year, the festival celebrates its 23rd annual showcasing of Canadian and international features, documentaries, shorts, animated films, and more. Donovan Aikman, long-time head programmer with the Victoria Film Festival, joins us today for a preview.

Donovan Aikman, Bringing Film to Life again in Victoria 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.

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/

Ape Goes to the Victoria Womens’ March Canada Jan. 20th, 2018

Last year, thousands gathered in Centennial Square and marched in support of women’s rights and equality.

On January 20th, 2018 the Victoria Women’s March returns with the theme “Look back, March forward” to celebrate the progress we have made and demand the changes that are still necessary to ensure equality, representation, health, safety and economic security for all women.

As of this writing, 1384 have RSVP’ed through Women’s March Canada Victoria March webpage.

Women’s March Victoria

January 20th, 2018

11AM – 1PM

12:00 PM (march begins)

Centennial Square, Victoria

This year’s march was organized entirely as a grassroots volunteer effort, by women of a variety of ages, backgrounds and abilities. Diversity, representation and inclusion are core elements of this year’s march.

“Even though Victoria was rated the Best City in Canada for women last year by CCPA, we have a long way to go in ensuring the health, safety, representation and economic stability for women of all ages. There is still widespread and systematic oppression particularly for First Nations women and women of colour, those with differing abilities, women with health concerns, people of the LGBTQ community, and women in the sex industry–and that needs to change.” says Cayla Naumann, who volunteered to coordinate the march this year.

The Victoria March is a sister march to the now 41 marches planned across Canada , as part of Women’s March Canada. Women’s March Canada focuses specifically on issues pertaining to Canadian women and minorities , issues of intersectional discriminations, as well as policies and laws that are still not inclusive or progressive enough.

This year’s global event is a followup to last year’s global march event on January 21st, 2017 that included people of all backgrounds — women and men and gender nonconforming people, young and old, of diverse faiths, differently abled, immigrants and indigenous — who came together, six million strong, on all seven continents of the world.

The march on January 20th, 2018 will begin at 11:00 am at Centennial Square. This year will highlight speakers and their organization’s goals and actionable items for the coming year that support regional women’s issues. At 12:00 PM the march will head down Government Street toward the Parliament building. The march will end at approximately 1:00 pm at the Parliament buildings.

We hope to see you at the march! To RSVP for the event and for more information go to:

http://www.womensmarchcanada.com/womens-march-canada-victoria-march-2018

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Press Release: For Immediate Release

To coordinate media interviews and for further information:

Cayla Naumann

victoria@womensmarchcanada.com

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Steve Gray, Peter Lee, Christina Nikolic January 18th, 2018

The Deluge, or Great Flood motif is common in cultures around the World. From ancient Mesopotamia to the Maya of Mesoamerica, history recounts again and again a remarkably similar tale of a local hero, warned by a heavenly interlocutor of an imminent, deity-created disaster and bidden to create a boat, raft, or ark to save the people.

The Cheslatta T’En of the Cheslatta T’En Carrier Nation received no such visitation before their lands were subsumed in British Columbia in 1952. They were given ten days to pack up and leave their ten thousand year-old settlement near Kitimat to make way for Alcan’s Kenney Dam.

Cast to the winds, the disintegration of the Cheslatta T’En people, described in the documentary film, No Surrender, became an abject lesson in what mega-projects gone wrong look like.

Sixty-six years later, it seems that’s a lesson not learnt by BC’s lesser political god’s who again, with a wave of the hand and flourish of a pen, in the holy name of Mammon (ahem) economic development, will sweep away all that resides in the path of its ambitions along the Peace River.

Construction of the Site C dam was greenlighted for a second time in December by a second government. And, both John Horgan’s NDP and his coalition Green Party of Andrew Weaver partner would now have their supporters surrender objections to this project, give up on the First Nations, farmers, and wildlife of the Peace Valley, and accept this project – regarded across the spectrum as an ill-conceived economic millstone  – be hung about their necks and the necks of generations to come.

But, the fight isn’t over yet.

Dr. Steve Gray is Chair of the Peace Valley Solidarity Initiative. The retired, Victoria-based MD has been involved with Site C opposition for the last three years. Steve and the Solidarity Initiative will host an Accountability and Action Summit on Site C to defend the Peace in this weekend in Vancouver, and next week, January 25th and 26th here in Victoria at the First Metropolitan United Church. They say,

“We do not accept the justification offered by Premier Horgan to continue the Site C project and flood the Peace River valley.”

Dr. Steve Gray in the first half.

And; forget about Russia, it’s the People’s Republic of China posing the greatest threat to America and its partners in Western Civilization. That’s the narrative, bolstered not only by China’s newly bestowed epithet as an adversary of “rules based international order”, but by at-large billionaire, political crusader, and international intrigue gadfly, Guo Wengui; better known to readers of the paper of record in his sometime-adopted home base of New York City, as Miles Kwok. This past Sunday, The New York Times Magazine ran a lengthy and fascinating article on the man whose mission to “save China” by undermining its corrupt leadership class carries on from his Manhattan exile, one embarrassing leak at a time.

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


Peter Lee and keeping up with the Kwok’s and the China Witch Hunt 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, Steve Gray and demanding accountability and organizing action to reverse the Site C dam decision.

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, Pablo Ouziel, Whitney Webb, Christina Nikolic January 11th, 2018

For Mariano Rajoy the new year begins much as the old one ended. Spain’s prime minister, you may recall, played hardball with Catalonian separatists, nullifying the autonomous region’s government, while declaring Catalunya president, Carles Puigdemont and his key ministers criminals.

Rajoy set a new election date a few days before Christmas, and with the wicked in-exile Carles out of the equation everything would be bueno! Si?

Well, no. Popular support maintained the separatist coalition, leaving the Madrid Machiavelli in an even tighter corner than before his ill-advised and ham-handed campaign began.

Dr. Pablo Ouziel is a Post-Doctoral fellow at UVic whose project in progress is, ‘Towards Democratic Responses to the Crisis of Democracy in Spain: Forms of Participatory and Representative Civic Engagement.’ Pablo is from Spain’s Catalan region and has watched with the rest of the world in astonishment the unravelling of his native land these past months.

Pablo Ouziel in the first half.

And; Iran has been the focus of America’s Middle East policy since the overthrow of tyrant dictator, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. From Carter to Obama, through Reagan and the Bushes, whether the destruction of Beirut, “repatriation” of Kuwait’s oil fields, or toppling of Saddam Hussein undermining the Islamic Republic has always been at the heart of the matter. So far, no US president has dared a direct invasion of Iran, the cost of an outright war even for the globe’s military behemoth being unthinkable – but where an overt campaign cannot succeed, perhaps a covert one can.

And it is with that in mind, says my second guest, national security actors within the Trump and Netanyahu administrations are targeting Iran, “working in lockstep…to repeat what befell Syria over six years ago – the hijacking of minor protests and their transformation into the cover for a foreign-funded insurgency intent on toppling Iran’s elected government.”

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 work for MintPressNews includes the article, ‘Birth of an Insurgency: The US-Israeli “Secret Deal” To Manipulate Protests In Iran‘.

Whitney Webb and revolution of another colour, or another colour revolution for Iran? 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, Pablo Ouziel and a worm’s turning en España.

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, Virginia Tilley, Zarefah Baroud Jan. 4th, 2017

Welcome to the first GR of 2018. Or is it 1918? That was the year America was rocked by its first Red Scare. A century later, though media technologies are infinitely more sophisticated, the reptilian appeal to the basest elements of human nature remains as primitive as the limbic brain itself. The secret to the success of this kind of mass deception is provided by Nazi Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels who helpfully said,

“The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.”

That principle was eagerly adopted by the second wave of Red Scare McCarthyites after the Second World War, and may sound uncomfortably familiar today, as a third wave of Red Scarists crest.

Dr. Virginia Tilley is Professor of Political Science at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She’s also an essayist and author specializing in the comparative study of ethnic and racial conflict. Tilley’s book titles include, ‘Seeing Indians: A Study of Race, Nation and Power in El Salvador,’ ‘The One State Solution: A Breakthrough for Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Deadlock,’ and co-author and editor of ‘Beyond Occupation: Apartheid, Colonialism and International Law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories’.

Virginia’s articles appear at The Nation, Electronic Intifada, and CounterPunch.org among other places. Her latest piece, ‘The New Hysteria on Kremlin Trolls‘ takes aim at a Pravda-worthy Washington Post rant against internet news rival, CounterPunch.

Virginia Tilley in the first half.

And; 2017, or Year One as U.S. president, Donald Trump may prefer, was by turns a bizarre and watershed year for American politics; and because what happens in the United States doesn’t stay just there, reverberations of the Trump Doctrine’s inaugural year are still being felt around the World. Nowhere is this more true than in Occupied Palestine, where the announcement of plans to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and relocate the US Embassy there, has predictably enough spurred a backlash that now threatens a renewed Intifada.

It’s ironic, or perhaps karmanic, that the country most keenly affected by US domestic policy, Israel, itself exerts the greatest influence on American life. From the massive transfers of wealth in the form of “aid” and the hugely influential Israel Lobby in Washington, to militarized police training and the construction of president Trump’s ‘Great Wall’ immigration policies, Israel and America are fellow travellers engaged in a true, two-way partnership. It is however, according to my second guest, a toxic relationship bringing hardship and injustice, especially to those, “…already socio-economically disadvantaged and marginalized.”

Zarefah Baroud is a freelance social and political commentator whose writing addresses human rights and environmental issues. A Media and Communications student at the University of Washington, her articles can be found at CounterPunch, Scoop, and Foreign Policy Journal among others.

Zarefah Baroud and Reevaluating a Toxic Relationship in the second half. But first, Virginia Tilley and what’s old is new again with The New Hysteria on Kremlin Trolls.

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, Zarefah Baroud Jan 2, 2018

2017, or Year One as U.S. president, Donald Trump may prefer, was by turns a bizarre and watershed year for American politics; and because what happens in the United States doesn’t stay just there, reverberations of the Trump Doctrine’s inaugaral year are still being felt around the World. Nowhere is this more true than in Occupied Palestine, where the announcement of plans to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and relocate the US Embassy there, has predictably enough spurred a backlash that now threatens a renewed Intifada.

It’s ironic, or perhaps karmanic, that the country most keenly affected by US domestic policy, Israel, itself exerts the greatest influence on American life. From the massive transfers of wealth in the form of “aid” and the hugely influential Israel Lobby in Washington, to millitarized police training and the construction of president Trump’s ‘Great Wall’ immigration policies, Israel and America are fellow travellers engaged in a true, two-way partnership. It is however, according to my second guest, a toxic relationship bringing hardship and injustice, especially to those, “…already socio-economically disadvantaged and marginalized.”

Zarefah Baroud is a freelance social and political commentator whose writing addresses human rights and environmental issues. A Media and Communications student at the University of Washington, her articles can be found at CounterPunch, Scoop, and Foreign Policy Journal among others.

Gorilla Radio X-Mas/Year-Ender Show with Chris Cook, Ken Boon, Christina Nikolic December 28, 2017

Welcome to the Year-ender show, wherein you’ll enjoy seasonally-themed blatherskite, music, and more.

It’s been a pretty strange year past, punctuated with highs and lows that, like the weather, have peaked with extraordinary insistence. I think it’s a trend we’re going to have to learn to adapt to.

As if to echo, the political climate has too been erratic. In British Columbia, our Spring time election witnessed the bizarre, Mugabe-like siege of the Legislature by the Liberals, taking months as it turned out to prise Christy Clark’s death-rip from the reins of power before a Summer swearing in of a government of an entirely new stripe.

Or at least, that’s how it was advertised.

But as Autumn turned, so did hopes the NDP would prove itself an alternative to the crony capitalist, BCLiberals. Just two weeks ago, the new premier announced the government would continue the course set by Clark and carry the Site C dam project forward – a project with more strikes against it than an English coal mine.

I hosted quite a few shows about Site C over the last year, (and previous ones too) most frequently speaking with Peace Valley farmer and president of the Peace Valley Landowners Association, Ken Boon. I’ll talk to Ken again in the second half of the show to get his take on possible next steps in the continued resistance to this disastrous turn of events.

I’ll also talk to long-time Victoria-based green business savant and horticulturalist extraordinaire, Christina Nikolic at the bottom of the hour, taking the pulse of the city and environs with the Left Coast Events bulletin for the X-Mas/New Year’s week.

But before letting go the scruff of Christmas past; in a recent interview John Horgan, as if to underline for any still thinking the NDP would change the province’s political course announced,

“If we’re going to be a government that governs for all British Columbians, we have to set aside our activism and start being better administrators.”

Then he began packing a bag for his January trade mission to Asia; where he’ll undoubtedly get the opportunity to demonstrate that administrative malleability to Site C contract awardee, CCCI, aka the China Communications Construction Company Ltd.

In the same interview, Horgan also said it wasn’t Christmas for him until he’d heard the Pogues song, Fairytale of New York. It seems a fitting companion piece to the beginning of the end of another failed dream of change in BC. Happy Christmas Premier Horgan, this one is for you.

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/

The X-Mas/Year-Ender Programme

 

11:01:00 4:00 Ini Kimoze – All I Really Want for Christmas – Putumayo Presents World Christmas
11:05:00 3:00 Blatherskite Intro
11:08:00 4:00 The Pogues (with Kirsty McColl) – Fairytale of New York – If I Should Fall From Grace with God

11:12:00 2:00 Blatherskite (Looking back/forward)

Past as prologue played large in BC in another way in 2017. Late in 2016 long-time environmental defender Ingmar Lee’s fears came to fruition. Ingmar has been on this show many times over the years, blowing the clarion of wise ecological alternatives to the economically-driven choice of policies made by concurrent governments and corporations. Typically, these calls are a whistle in the winds of the mainstream media maelstrom, lost in the veritable monsoon of brain badgering bafflegab and bullshit.

He’s been warning of the oil spill disaster where Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter, 10,000 ton oil tankers barge up and down the harrowing BC coast, pushed by ships designed for the rivers and inland seas of the southern United States. He and his growing number of allies track these potential latter day Exxon Valdez’s, one of which, the Nathan E. Stewart he had written extensively about.

Sure enough, the Nathan E. Stewart grounded and sank, fortunately not bringing its thankfully empty tanker down with it, but still fouling the seas and coastline not twenty miles from Ingmar’s home near Bella Bella. This past November 30th, while the province slept, the Nathan E. Stewart’s replacement, the Jack Shearer, while crossing Hecate Strait in moderately heavy seas, separated from its fully laden oil tanker.

For hours, the crew of the ill-prepared tug frantically, and heroically, saved the barge from running aground and certainly being ripped to shreds on Gosling Rocks. Another narrow escape, but not near enough calamity to alter the course of the trade allowed to continue plying up and down the coast while offering Canada and Canadians nothing but the risk of certain environmental disaster to come. Sadly, the country’s federal government too “set aside activism” on becoming government, and dare not offer resistance to so obvious and grievous a menace.

11:14:00 3:00 Moody Blues – Story in Your Eyes – Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
11:17:00 2:00 Blatherskite Broadly

Naturally, the odious Mr. Trump, (or is that the “Naturally Odious Mr. Trump?”) was my newsmaker, if not person, of the year past. Not only did he feature on the wrong side of every issue of major import, but the media-hogging omnicon president has in his first year set a new highbar for all the low-lifes to follow him into public office everywhere. With his unrepentant mendacity, and unprecedented alacrity at using his trusted position for personal enrichment, Trump has set back the very idea of public service centuries.

Regardless of how much criticism he receives, and you can’t help but admire the breadth of enmity he attracts or the diversity of his detractors, it seems the end of Season One of the Donald Show is just the beginning of a sequel defying tranformational period for the United Empire of America Inc.

“Must watch” hardly does the spectacle justice, and sadly, “watching” is about all the Democrats seem able to do; mired as they are in scandals of their own, infighting, and outright collusion with the administration’s destructive foreign policies.

What this all means for the Season Two debut has me shaking in my slippers, and reaching for the popcorn.

11:19:00 5:00 Gil Scott-Heron – Working for Peace – GasCD (fade to b s-m)
11:24:00 4:00 Buffy Sainte-Marie – The War Racket – Medicine Songs
11:28:00 1:00 Cart(s)
11:29:00 7:00 Christina Nikolic Left Coast Events bulletin
11:36:00 3:00 Poalo Nutini – Cherry Blossom – Caustic Love
11:39:00 19:00 Discussion w/ Ken Boon
Welcome back to GR, etc. This is our Year-ender show. One of the year’s most frequently appearing guests joins us now. Ken Boon is a Peace Valley farmer and president of the Peace Valley Landowners Association. Ken and his family have lived at the heart of the resistance to the Site C dam project from the beginning. It’s a fight that’s cost him personally, but not nearly so much as it will cost all British Columbians should this ill-conceived third major dam on the Peace River be allowed to continue to completion.

“Welcome back to the program, Ken. I had BC Green Party candidate, Douglas Gook on the show last week. he says he’s not through fighting the NDP decision to go ahead on Site C; is there a way to turn this around yet?”

11:58:00 1:00 Thanks to Ken Boon, Christina Nikolic; upcoming.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ray Grigg, Douglas Gook, Janine Bandcroft December 21st, 2017

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Jolly Kwanzaa and a very Cosmic Solstice as we enjoy today the great turning of the Sun too! It’s normal at this late date to cast an eye back across the year’s happenings and accomplishments, and it’s been an eventful year here in BC, with a new government brought in – and brought in in such a novel way.

Many on the greener side of the political spectrum hoped the change would bring with it a new way of looking at the way things are done in this province, and my first guest may well be one of those.

Ray Grigg is the author of seven books on Taoism and Zen, and the columnist behind the long-running environmental column, Shades of Green.

He recently released The EcoTrilogy, a compendium of sixteen years worth of his weekly column, comprising the books, Ecologos, Ecopathy, and Ecocide.

Ray Grigg in the first half.

And; where British Columbia’s ecological record during the sixteen-plus years reign of the BCLiberal party was never great, the last years, culminating as they did with the Mount Polley mine tailings disaster, proved particularly destructive. So, hope for change was especially buoyant when the electorate discharged the Liberals in favour of a coalition government featuring, for the first time in the nation’s history, a Green Party component. But those hopes were dealt a cruel blow last week, when John Horgan’s New Democratic Party refused to stop the contentious, and ecologically deleterious, Site C dam project.

Douglas Gook is a Quesnel-based ecology activist and farmer who’s focused on Eco forestry alternatives in the woods there and beyond for more than forty years. The Nechako Lakes Green Party of BC candidate is a director of the BC Environmental Network and Spirit Dance Cooperative Community, and leads Forest Protection Allies, one of the many environmental organizations pressuring government to get effective cleanup processes going, and appropriate compensation for those effected three years after the infamous Mt. Polley spill. He’s also one of a growing chorus who do not accept the Site C decision as final.

Douglas Gook maintaining the fight against Site C in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events bulletin of good things you can get up to around here in the coming week. But first, Ray Grigg and The EcoTrilogy.

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/