Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dougie Strang, Yves Engler, Janine Bandcroft August 22nd, 2019

How does one determine when it’s time to quit? When do you know your relationship with a partner, relative, job, or even the way you engage with the World has led to a dead-end? And, what then is to be done?

Ten years ago, two English writers, each convinced ecological campaigning in hopes of changing the trajectory of our modern consumptionist society was both doomed to failure and ultimately delusional, united to create, ‘Uncivilization: The Dark Mountain Manifesto‘. It proved the beginning of a project that continues yet, questioning “the stories our societies like to tell about the world and our place within it…

Dougie Strang is a Scotland-based writer and performer who’s been involved with the Dark Mountain Project from near its inception.

He currently serves as chair of the Steering Group, and also writes for the project’s books and website, and helps organise DM events and collaborations with other organisations. Strang says his performance work, “explores human/animal interactions, and our relationship to ritual and ceremony.

Dougie Strang in the first half.

And; with a Fall election call expected any day, the time couldn’t be better for Canadians to examine anew the state of the country’s political system; paying especial attention to Ottawa’s players as at their quadrennial electoral games.

Yves Engler is a Montréal-based activist, essayist, and author whose numerous articles appear at his site, YvesEngler.com, Dissident Voice, The Palestine Chronicle, and Pacific Free Press among other places. His latest, ‘Unifor aligns with Liberal foreign policy instead of international solidarity‘ is as round an evisceration of both the largest private sector union in Canada and it’s bosom pals in the Liberal party you’re likely to find.

Some of Engler’s ten book titles include: ‘A Propaganda System-How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation’, ‘Canada in Africa – 300 Years of Aid and Exploitation’, ‘The Ugly Canadian – Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy’, and his latest, ‘Left, Right: Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada’.

Yves Engler and Our Canada, Ourselves in the second half.

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

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, “A Shopkeeper from Tamil Nadu”, John Helmer, Janine Bandcroft August 15, 2019

Last week the Indian government officially abrogated the agreement the founders of the modern state signed guaranteeing Kashmiris the right to form an independent nation. With the stroke of a pen, prime minister Narendra Modi repealed Article 370, a provision of the Indian constitution granting special autonomous status to what was the northern state of Jammu & Kashmir, including the Ladakh region.

370 was specifically created to entice the majority Muslim region into the India fold during the partition of 1947.

Worse though than Modi’s unilateral declaration, something provoking condemnation throughout the region and beyond, are measures employed by the Indian government; the locking down and cutting off of Kashmir from the rest of the World.


Modi’s draconian actions from the perspective of India’s Kashmiri diaspora in the first half.

And; Summer is for leisurely idylls; supposed to be spent languidly lolling among the shade trees considering the great eternal, while enjoying the corporeal fruits life has to offer. It is certainly not meant for that basest of all human pursuits, politics. But these are strange and unnatural days. As Helius arcs his golden chariot across the azure waters of the Greek islands, far below schemes are afoot, evil machinations whose bitter fulfillment may soon see Europe, from the Mediterranean cradle of its democratic tradition to the nethermost tips of its social liberal northern expanse, revisited by the refugee crisis, as per 2016.

John Helmer is a journalist, former academic, government policy advisor, author, broadcaster and principal behind the news website, Dances with Bears. Some of John’s book titles include: ‘The Deadly Simple Mechanics of Society’, ‘Drugs and Minority Oppression’, (with Claudia Wright) ‘The Jackal’s Wedding – American Power, Arab Revolt’, ‘Grand Strategy for Small Countries, Case Studies in Transforming Weakness into Power,’ and his latest is the political memoir, ‘The Man Who Knows Too Much About Russia’.

He’s also a former advisor to Greek prime minister, Andreas Papandreou and his recent article, ‘Turkey’s War in the West – Cyprus is Now Surrounded by Drill-Ships and Warships; Cannon Ready to Fire at Europe – 150,000 People per Month‘ spotlights Europe’s next crisis in the making.

John Helmer and Turkey’s all stick no carrot Mediterranean gambit in the second half.

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

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, Vanessa Beeley August 8th 2019

The undaunted certitude with which the “international community” seizes the moral high ground before rendering to ruin nations around the world is perceived with weary dismissal in those places unencumbered by western media. “How on Earth,” the people over there ask, “can they still believe the lies?” And well we might ask too.

Vanessa Beeley is an independent journalist who has covered the Western wars against Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen for the better part of the last decade. The Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism finalist is a recipient of the Serena Shim Award for Uncompromising Integrity in Journalism, and her articles appear at many of the most trusted internet news sites; including Mint Press News, where her recent piece, ‘Faux Humanitarian: Irwin Cotler, the White Helmets, and the Whitewashing of an Appalling Agenda‘ serves as excoriation of both the crimes and towering hypocrisy of our times. (And, there’s a Canadian connection!)

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Mark Benson, Vanessa Beeley, Janine Bandcroft August 8th, 2019

More than a remote “somewhere, sometime” occurrence, climate change is happening now and it’s happening here. While the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports the global mean temperature for June, and likely July too, as the hottest ever recorded, here in BC we’re experiencing a drying trend that threatens to wither the rainforest.

Our various levels of government are aware of these trends and have made declarations of concern about a “global climate crisis”, but they seem lacking where the proclamation rubber meets the policy road.

Mark Benson holds a masters degree in bio-industry from Tokyo University of Agriculture, and owns and operates an ecological construction company on Pender Island.

Mark’s also a Pender resident whose dismay at the CRD’s decision to drain Gardom Pond spurred him to organize the ‘Save Razor Point’s Water‘ action group.

Mark Benson in the first half.

And; the undaunted certitude with which the “international community” seizes the moral high ground before rendering to ruin nations around the world is perceived with weary dismissal in those places unencumbered by western media. “How on Earth,” the people over there ask, “can they still believe the lies?” And well we might ask too.

Vanessa Beeley is an independent journalist who has covered the Western wars against Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen for the better part of the last decade. The Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism finalist is a recipient of the Serena Shim Award for Uncompromising Integrity in Journalism, and her articles appear at many of the most trusted internet news sites; including Mint Press News, where her recent piece, ‘Faux Humanitarian: Irwin Cotler, the White Helmets, and the Whitewashing of an Appalling Agenda‘ serves as excoriation of both the crimes and towering hypocrisy of our times. (And, there’s a Canadian connection!)

Vanessa Beeley and the fault in our humanitarian stars in the second half.

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

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, Mark Benson August 8, 2019

More than a remote “somewhere” “sometime” occurrence, climate change is happening now, and it’s happening here. While the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports, the global mean temperature for June is the hottest recorded in almost a century and a half, and July is likely to follow the hotting trend, here in southern BC we’re experiencing a drying trend that threatens to wither our “rainforests”. Water, as Coleridge observed, may be all around us, but we must be wary of every drop left to drink. Our governments are aware of these trends, and have made declarations of concern about the “global climate crisis”, but they seem lacking where the proclamation rubber meets the policy road.

Mark Benson holds a masters degree in bio-industry from the Tokyo University of Agriculture, and owns and operates an ecological construction company on Pender Island. He’s also a Pender resident whose dismay at the CRD’s decision to drain Gardom Pond, the fourth largest fresh water lake on the island, spurred him to organize the ‘Save Razor Point’s Water Action Group‘.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Joe Foy, Dahr Jamail, Janine Bandcroft August 1st, 2019

Following a century and a half of forestry here, British Columbia’s industrial-sized logging operators are struggling to find the trees needed to maintain the profits they’ve become accustomed to. The result is Big Timber leaning ever more heavily on provincial decision-makers to get access to areas of the public forests once thought off-limits. For the Spotted Owl, just one of a host of species endangered by habitat loss, the provincial government’s reluctance to take a stand may make the difference between its survival or extirpation.

Joe Foy is Co-Executive Director of the Wilderness Committee, an organization dedicated to, “preserving wildlife, defending parks, safeguarding public resources and fighting for a healthy climate.” Joe leads the campaign team, and helps put together, coordinate and carry out strategies for its nature-protection campaigns.


Joe Foy in the first half.

And; while the numbers for July are not yet official, bets are that month’s global mean temperature will too join June in breaking the mark as the hottest on record. According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, “global land and ocean surface temperature departure from average for June 2019 was the highest for the month of June in the 140-year NOAA global temperature dataset record.”

In fact, nine of the ten hottest June’s have occurred since 2010. Perhaps even more troubling though is the dearth of Antarctica’s “ice extent”, the smallest ever measured.

Dahr Jamail is a journalist and author who has, as staff writer at Truthout, been writing about climate change for the past decade or more. Dahr toured the island in early June with his book, ‘The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption

Dahr Jamail and finding a way of life in a time of climate disruption in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist, and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Joe Foy and allowing the Spotted Owl’s habitat be logged away.

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, Max van der Werff July 25th, 2019

On July 17th, 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed, shot from the sky over Ukraine. All 298 people aboard perished. Those on flight MH17 came mainly from four countries, and in the aftermath of the disaster, the Joint Investigation Team, an international body comprising representatives of those nations was formed to investigate; but, politics has hampered the search for truth from the beginning.

Max van der Werff is an independent Dutch investigator and filmmaker who along with journalist and director, Yana Yerlashova formed Bonanza Media, to produce the documentary film, ‘MH17- Call for Justice‘, released last week.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Heather McSwan/Barbarah Nicoll, Max van der Werff, Janine Bandcroft July 25th, 2019

When residents of the rural Kootenays community of Glade discovered surveying tape above the creek providing their water they got worried. Worried because they knew the tape belonged to Kalesnikoff Lumber Co, a local outfit planning to start logging in the watershed.

That was four years ago, and what followed for the small community is a legal struggle that has run all the way to British Columbia’s Supreme Court.

Heather McSwan and Barbarah Nicoll are active members representing the Glade Watershed Protection Society.

Heather McSwan and Barbarah Nicoll in the first half.

And; on July 17th, 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed, shot from the sky over Ukraine. All 298 people aboard perished. Those on flight MH17 came mainly from four countries, and in the aftermath of the disaster, the Joint Investigation Team, an international body comprising representatives of those nations was formed to investigate; but, politics has hampered the search for truth from the beginning.

Max van der Werff is an independent Dutch investigator and filmmaker who along with journalist and director, Yana Yerlashova formed Bonanza Media, to produce the documentary film, ‘MH17- Call for Justice‘, released last week.

Max van der Werff and demanding justice for the victims of MH17 five years after the fact in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Heather McSwan and Barbarah Nicoll, fighting for Glade’s, and all of our, right to clean water.

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 Event: Janine Goes to Tosha Lobsinger’s at Victoria’s Vegfest 2019

From Vegtoria: Tosha Lobsinger, founder of the Peace People Project.  For the earth, for health, for the planet, to alleviate world hunger.

Speaking at the 3rd annual Vegtoria held July 20th 2019 in Victoria BC, on the unceded traditional lands of the Coast Salish Peoples, Tosha Lobsinger shared shocking new information about the impacts of plastic and fabrics on the world’s oceans, and inspired her audience with simple ways to move towards a zero waste vegan lifestyle.

Left Coast Events: Janine Goes to Amy Soranno at Victoria’s Vegtoria July 20, 2019

From the mainstage at the 3rd annual Vegtoria held July 20th 2019 in Victoria BC, on the unceded traditional lands of the Coast Salish Peoples, Amy Soranno spoke about her personal journey with chronic illness and her fight for animal liberation since becoming vegan in 2014.  Amy works with Okanagan Animal Save organizing and facilitating slaughterhouse vigils, she participates in underground investigations and rescues, and she does street outreach with Anonymous for the Voiceless.  Most recently, Amy was arrested during a “Meat the Victims” action which exposed inhumane conditions inside the Excelsior Hog Farm in Abbotsford BC.  This action was documented, including video taken inside the hog farm, at The Intercept