Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Eoghan Moriarty, Terry Wolfwood, Christina Nikolic Feb. 15, 2017

It’s official: We are indeed living in those proverbially interesting times; but what no ancient Chinese curse could have prophesied is the sheer scope and magnitude of these days of ours.

That we face myriad peace, justice, and environmental issues locally, nationally, and globally none but the shortest of thick planks would deny, but how in the midst of this chaos of calamity does one know which of the Hydra’s many heads to strike for? Well, we are fortunate perhaps in British Columbia that within our realm there exists the lair of a beast-horror signally representative of the multitudinous ills so deleteriously effecting the whole of the Natural World.

It is the Hydro-headed Site C dam, the dark aspects of which can only be regarded as an evil pure, born of the deepest, reptilian corner of the human psyche. And, if you think that’s going too far, you don’t know the half of it.

Eoghan Moriarty is founder of the Vancouver-based Mindagape, a media and creative services company, and describes himself as a “digital storyteller” who became involved in documenting B.C. groups fighting against coal exports transiting through their communities. Between filming coal trains and researching the relationship between the Port Authority, Vancouver, and the coal industry, and recording community solidarity and resistance events, Eoghan co-founded RealPortHearings.org, a part of the RealHearings.org concept “creating platforms for organizations working on environment, climate, and other progressive campaigns.” Eoghan Moriarty is also vice-president of the Burns Bog Conservation Society.

Eoghan Moriarty in the first half.

And; Terry Wolfwood will present Palestine in My Heart at the upcoming CAFÉ SIMPATICO. Terry’s Director and co-founder of the Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation, and her articles on peace and social justice are featured in Briarpatch, Peace News, and Third World Resurgence among other places. The long-time Victoria-based activist/organizer, poet/essayist and World traveler for justice is also the local coordinator for Victoria’s Women in Black and she’ll be showcasing slides and telling stories of her recent trip to Palestine and Jordan where Terry says she, “met with teachers, students, farmers, activists, artists, writers and local officials to learn about their struggles for justice in their occupied country.”

It’s all at the next CAFÉ SIMPATICO, coming Friday, February 24th at 1923 Fernwood. There will also be music, and special Palestinian refreshments served and admission is free!

Terry Wolfwood in the heart of Palestine in the second half.

And; Christina Nikolic will be sitting in for Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the good goings on going on on the streets of our city and beyond planned for the upcoming week. But first, Eoghan Moriarty getting Real Hearings on Site C and more.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Joyce Nelson, Jamie Kastner, Janine Bandcroft Feb 8, 2017

Welcome to the Great Undoing, an experiment in media-induced social dissonance so fantastic for sanity’s sake it’s essential you date all notifiers to remind this is indeed 2017.

Yes, much more than an homage to the days of yore, America’s new model year president is a wholesale throwback to a time before your mother was born. Reference the archive under Cleaver, June; Smith, Kate; and Hudson, Rock… (somebody should probably tell the Chief about that last one…).

But, even more frightening than Mr. T’s medievalist social policy is the unmitigated unfettering of the monsters he and his fellow Frankenstein’s in Finance would loose on Wall Street and the World.

Joyce Nelson is an award-winning Canadian freelance writer, researcher, and author whose articles appear in the Watershed Sentinel and at CounterPunch.org. Her book titles include: ‘The Perfect Machine: TV in the Nuclear Age,’ ‘Sultans of Sleaze: Public Relations and the Media,’ ‘Sign Crimes/Road Kill: From Mediascape to Landscape,’ and, just in time the newly released, ‘Beyond Banksters: Resisting the New Feudalism.

Joyce Nelson in the first half.

And; this week Victoria hosts the 23rd Victoria Film Festival boasting a program of more than 120 theatrical features, shorts, documentaries, animated, Canadian, and international films. Just one of which is The Skyjacker’s Tale, Canadian director Jamie Kastner‘s documentary chronicle of murder and intrigue in the lower latitudes, and Ishmael Muslim Ali‘s desperate flight from the law. The genre-busting Kastner’s films, Secret Disco Revolution, Kike Like Me, Free Trade Is Killing My Mother, Djangomania!, Recessionize! For Fun and Profit! and The Skyjacker’s Tale have between them screened in London and Rotterdam, and Toronto’s prestigious TIFF among other places.

Jamie Kastner and The Skyjacker’s Tale in the second half.

And, Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of the good goings on planned for the streets of our town and beyond in the coming week. But first Joyce Nelson, Beyond Banksters.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Andy Worthington, Peter Lee, Christina Nikolic Feb. 1, 2017

Three presidents and fifteen years into the long war the George W. Bush promised, the prison at Guantánamo Bay symbolizes both America’s abrogation of international conventions on the treatment of prisoners, and the failure to end the global paranoia, arms races, and proxy turf battles of the Cold War era.

Any hope for the alluded “peace dividend” following the collapse of the Soviet Union is long forgotten. In fact, the world is poised again above the abyss as accusation and sabre-rattling replaces diplomatic discourse between remnant Russia and the financially fragile United States.

And, into this china shop blusters Donald Trump, who says he would like keep Guantánamo open, and “load it up with bad dudes” among other things.

Andy Worthington is freelance investigative journalist, activist, author, photographer, film-maker, and singer-songwriter who has made an annual pilgrimage to America from his native Britain to lobby for the infamous prison’s closure, and he was there again last month in the run up to the Trump inauguration. Andy’s book titles include: ‘Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison, ‘Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion’, and ‘The Battle of the Beanfield.’ He also co-directed (with Polly Nash) the documentary film, ‘Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo.’

Andy Worthington in the first half.

And; there’s no bigger china shop in the world than China, and bull moose Donald has done little to disguise the cross-hairs his administration has drawn on the global economic superpower’s business. For the last half of his tenure, Obama tried repeatedly to orchestrate his so-called “Asia pivot,” an effort to move America’s foreign policy focus back to the Pacific where it’s uncontested half-century of dominance has come under challenge. What will a Trump administration do to make America’s hegemony in Asia great again; and how will China receive its efforts?

Peter Lee is a freelance journalist writing on East and South Asian affairs as they intersect with US global policy. He’s the driving force behind the Asian affairs website China Matters, providing critical updates on China and Asia-Pacific, and his articles also appear at Asia Times, and at CounterPunch.org, among other internet news sites. News sites like Newsbud.com who just last month launched Peter’s weekly report, China Watch.

Peter Lee and a not so Happy Chinese New Year for America’s Year of the Bull in the second half.

And Christina Nikolic will be here at the bottom of the hour to, in association with Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus, Janine Bandcroft, bring us news of good things planned for the coming week in and around our town and beyond. But first, Andy Worthington, an Englishman in New America.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Tim Boultbee, Peter Verin Presente!, Christina Nikolic Jan. 25, 2017

Welcome to a new world disordered. For some the coming of Trump means the hope a systemically corrupt America can be restored to a state of grace and greatness. Others wonder where and when that alluded to state existed. Either way or both ways one thing is sure, changes are a-comin’.

In office only a day, Trump announced America’s withdrawal from the TransPacificPartnership, or TPP. Could the long implied abrogation of NAFTA, the trade and investment deal linking the U.S., Canada, and Mexico be far behind?

Tim Boultbee is a human rights activist whose interest in Mexico and Central America began during the dark decade of Ronald Reagan’s Dirty Wars down there.

Tim traveled to Nicaragua then to see firsthand the effects of the US-sponsored Contra terrorist campaign against the country’s mainly rural poor and, when the Zapatista’s rose up in Chiapas, (the day the NAFTA treaty was announced) he went down to serve as a human rights observor in 3 Zapatista communities.

Tim Boultbee will be presenting ‘Human Rights in Mexico: What’s next?’ with Claudia Barrueta Martinez as part of a CAFÉ SIMPATICO BENEFIT SUPPER this Friday January 27th at 1923 Fernwood Rd.

Tim Boultbee in the first half.

And; former CFUV broadcaster and environmental champion, Peter Verin died last week. The Reverend Al Tysick conducted a service Thursday near Peter’s centre of operations at the corner of Quadra and McKenzie, close to the recycling depot. I went down to hear the tributes to this most singular Victorian.

Peter Verin Presente! in the second half.

And; Christina Nikolic will be standing in for Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of the good things planned in, on, and around the streets of our city and beyond in the coming week. But first, Tim Boultbee and Human Rights in Mexico! What Next?

Ape Goes to Peter Verin Memorial Service January 19, 2017

I went down to Peter Verin’s memorial service today. Peter was an itinerant environmentalist. He lived on the streets, refusing to live in any way most of us would recognize as “normal.” There are a number of tributes published to him linked below, but suffice to say, he was well loved, despite, or more likely because of his curmudgeonly demeanor. There was somewhere between one and two hundred people present to hear reverend Al Tysick’s send off, with many voicing their relationship to Peter. Those are recorded here, (with varying technical alacrity).

I met Peter many years ago, when we were both broadcasters at the University of Victoria radio station, CFUV. Peter had an environmental show, and we often talked about politics. Indeed, Peter engaged generations of students in long, philosophical debates on all manner of topics. Like some latter-day Socrates, Peter’s uncompromising personality had a cost; he was eventually banned from the radio station, and later kicked off campus altogether.

Adios Peter, our philosopher prince.

https://www.google.ca/search?q=peter+verin+victoria&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&gws_rd=cr&ei=rTGBWODUGYrAjwO5pYagDA

 

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Douglas Gook, John Helmer, Janine Bandcroft January 18, 2017

Life has been anything but routine for the BC interior residents of Hazeltine Creek, Polley Lake, and Quesnel Lake. On August 4th, 2014 the Imperial Metals mine tailings dam burst, sending an estimated 25 million cubic metres of extractive process contaminated sludge and heavy metals-laden toxins into the local watershed.

In what was deemed at the time the biggest spill of its kind into the environment of all time, the chemical impacts of the Mt. Polley Mine spill disaster made Imperial Metals, according to the National Pollutant Release Inventory, “the largest emitter of copper, arsenic and manganese in Canadian waters in 2014.”

But, nearly two and half years after the fact, the governments charged with crafting and enforcing laws to protect the people and places of this Canada are yet to lay charges in enforcement of those laws regarding Imperial Metals.

It’s fallen instead to MiningWatch Canada, the “[P]an-Canadian initiative supported by environmental, social justice, Indigenous and labour organisations from across the country” to launch a private prosecution. This past week, the federal government tried to torpedo that launch before it left the dock, moving to stay the case and prevent MiningWatch entering evidence.

Douglas Gook is a Quesnel-based ecology activist who’s focused on Eco forestry alternatives in the woods there and beyond for more than forty years. He leads Forest Protection Allies, one of the many environmental organizations pressuring government to get effective cleanup processes going, and appropriate compensation for those effected by the Mt. Polley Mine disaster put in place. He attended the gallery in the MiningWatch case Friday, and was there when the federal government’s stunning motion to the court was read.

Douglas Gook in the first half.

And; with mere days left before the inauguration of Donald Trump as America’s 45th president, governments around the World are frantically arranging and rearranging ministries and departments in preparation of a new era in their US relations. Canada is no exception, but where most other countries are moving to align themselves more harmoniously with perceived Trump values, Ottawa appears to be taking the novel approach of charting a 180 degree course in the opposite direction. At least, this is how the elevation of the famously Russophobic Chrystia Freeland is being interpreted in some quarters.

John Helmer is a long-time, Moscow-based journalist, author, and essayist; the only one, his site, Dances with Bears informs “to direct his own bureau independent of single national or commercial ties.” He’s a former political science professor who’s served as an advisor to the governments of Greece, the U.S., and in Asia where he regularly lectures on Russian topics. His book titles include: ‘Uncovering Russia,’ ‘Urbanman: The Psychology of Urban Survival,’ ‘Bringing the War Home: The American Soldier in Vietnam and After,’ and ‘Drugs and Minority Oppression’ among others.

John’s latest article, ‘Chrystia Freeland is the Body Double – Canada Plays Hillary Clinton Card at Russia; Kremlin Suspects Putsch Against Justin Trudeau‘ examines the meteoric rise to power of Canada’s newest Minister of Foreign Affairs.

John Helmer and Anatomy of a Canadian Coup in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of the good things scheduled for the coming week on and beyond the streets of our city. But first, Douglas Gook and the federal government’s attempt to stay the toxic flow of information on the Mt. Polley mining spill disaster.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Rick Sterling, Sandra Findley, Janine Bandcroft May 11, 2016

It’s one of the best regarded of all NGO’s, but reports emanating from Syria by the Non-Governmental Organization, MSF/Doctors Without Borders are raising concerns about that organization’s objectivity.

Doubts have been expressed about accounts of the April 27th bombing attack in eastern Aleppo that allegedly destroyed the Al Quds Hospital; doubts that bring into question what really happened at the “MSF-supported” Al Quds, and whether in fact what was destroyed, if it was destroyed, was a hospital at all.

Rick Sterling is an independent researcher, writer, and member of Syria Solidarity Movement whose articles can be found online at CounterPunch, ConsortiumNews, and Dissident Voice. He’s also an active member of the Task Force on the Americas at the Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center.

Sterling’s latest piece, ‘Syria: Challenging the MSF Narratives and Bias in Aleppo‘ is an open letter to MSF questioning both what it is, and is not reporting in Syria.

Rick Sterling in the first half

And; yesterday was “census day” in Canada. Tuesday marked the official beginning of the official part of the national head count; that is, when officials will start applying pressure on the citizenry to comply with the count, or else!

Sandra Finley is an activist, writer, and researcher and former leader of the Green Party of Saskatchewan. Finley and others challenged the participation of the international arms manufacturer, Lockheed-Martin in Canada’s 2011 census, and was charged for her very public refusal to be counted.

Sandra Finley, counting correctly our Canadian way of life through resistance and/or “minimal cooperation” in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of the good things to do in, on, and around our city’s streets, and beyond there too, in the coming week. But first, Rick Sterling and getting a second opinion on Doctors Without Borders in Syria.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Roger Annis, Anthony Fenton May 4, 2016

May is a time for commemorations that begins with: the May Day(s), the ancient pagan ritual for Spring, and marking of Labour solidarity in Europe and America; and of course, tomorrow’s Cinco de Mayo remembrance of one of Mexico’s successful revolutions. But for the residents of Odessa, Ukraine’s third city and most important seaport, May the 2nd is no celebration. It’s a date that will live forever in infamy.

Two years ago, during the Western-inspired Maidan uprising, scores of citizen resistors to the Kiev coup were killed, burned alive by the fascist mob as they took shelter in the House of Trade Unions building in Kulikovo Square. Hundreds more were injured.

Listen. Hear.

The regime is yet to bring the investigation into the atrocity forward; in fact, after two years, the only ones in prison for what happened on May second are survivors of the attacks.

That failure is emblematic of the hopelessly corrupt and unjust rule of Washington’s puppet, Petro Poroshenko; two years into Kiev’s war-torn rule of Ukraine the country teeters tenuously on the brink of total disaster.

Roger Annis is a longtime socialist, trade union activist, and prolific essayist in the cause of social justice and peace both in Canada and abroad. He’s a contributing editor at the website New Cold War, where he’s written extensively on Ukraine, and his articles can also be found at his website, A Socialist in Canada, and at Rabble.ca, and Counterpunch.org.

Roger Annis in the first segment.

And; not to be left behind, Canada too has been busy enabling corrupt and violent regimes murder and maim innocents. As the body count of the House of Saud’s relentless onslaught in neigbouring Yemen continues to increase, Ottawa is beavering away to sign as many “defense” contracts as it can muster; possibly before the dammed outrage in the region, and indeed the World, breaks, washing finally away the Saudi’s forever.

Anthony Fenton is an independent researcher, former journalist, author, and PhD candidate studying the political economy of Canada-Gulf Cooperation Council, or GCC relations. Anthony co-authored, with Yves Engler, ‘Canada in Haiti: Waging War on the Poor Majority,’ and his many articles have been featured by the Asia Times Online, The Dominion, Foreign Policy in Focus, Inter Press Service News, Mother Jones, and Upside Down World.

Anthony Fenton and Ottawa arming its friends in the Saudi war zone in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will NOT join us as is usual today; prior commitments demanding her more immediate attention. So, first up, Roger Annis and Kiev’s victory two years later.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Art Farquharson, Jack Etkin, Janine Bandcroft April 27, 2016

With the rolling back of labour rights, deterioration of working conditions, government maintenance of an artificially high unemployment rate, proliferation of guest worker programs, and prolonged wage stagnation we’ve witnessed over the last few decades, the workers around here, if not the World, have good reason to cry “May Day” But who would answer the call now? As with much of labour history, even that term has been appropriated, its original meaning and intent being all but erased from public consciousness.

Art Farquharson is a fully paid, life-long member of the Working Class. He’s laboured in the fields and factories of this nation, and on its highways and high seas too. A proud unionist, Art’s held CAW, Unifor, Machinists, Public Service Alliance, IATSE, and Ferry Workers Union union cards.

He’s also a card-carrying member of the Industrial Workers of the World, or Wobblies, who never misses a chance to sing, march, or provide guitar accompaniment for pickets, protests, demonstrations, or celebrations of the working people like the Corporate Golden Piggy Awards, and New Year’s Day Poor People’s Levee Tour. In short, Art says he “comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable,” adding, “There is no retirement from being a citizen, [and] can be no rest until all workers the world over have peace and justice.”

Art Farquharson in the first segment.

And; earlier this month, Citizen’s Forum, a public access public affairs program produced by volunteers at Victoria’s Shaw Cable affiliate, in accordance with the CRTC’s mandate to cable operators in return for the market monopolies they enjoy, was axed. Jack Etkin is the long-time, Victoria-based democracy and media activist who hosted and produced the show. He’s also behind a number of other media and democracy projects around here, and has been for more than a decade.

Jack Etkin on the demise of Citizen’s Forum, corporate media, and Canada’s frail democracy.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good going on on the streets of our city, and beyond there too, in the coming week. But first, Art Farquharson and bringing the meaning back to May Day.

Ape Talks to Jack Etkin April 23, 2016

Earlier this month, Citizen’s Forum, a public access public affairs program, produced by volunteers at Victoria’s Shaw Cable affiliate, in accordance with CRTC mandate, was axed. Jack Etkin is the long-time, Victoria-based democracy and media activist host of, and producer behind the show, and a number of other media/democracy projects.

Jack Etkin on the demise of Citizen’s Forum, the corporate media, and Canadian democracy.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Luciana Bohne, VOWS, Janine Bandcroft Apr. 20, 2016

Last month, the International Tribunal for Yugoslavia came down with a verdict against Radovan Karadzic, the first president of the Serb Republic, and leader during the Bosnian War of the 1990’s.

Regardless of the merits of the ICTY’s case against Karadzic, the manner in which it was conducted, and the refusal of the Court to investigate properly, let alone prosecute NATO for the crimes it committed leading to and during the secession wars of Yugoslavia brings into question both the utility of the International Tribunal itself, and more broadly, the concept of international law entirely.

In fact, exemptions from international law that have allowed the litany of wars waged by the West since the dissolution of the Soviet Union can all be traced back to the Former Yugoslavia, where the United States made sure to exclude itself and its allies from the “supreme international crime” of aggression.

Luciana Bohne is a retired (and recovering) academic, and co-founder of Film Criticism, a journal of cinema studies at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. She describes herself as possessing “an internationalist outlook, having been born in Yugoslavia, raised in Italy, and matured intellectually in the US.” Luciana’s articles on politics and mainly Italian film history appear at CounterPunch.org, where her latest article, ‘The Cowards’ Wars’ was, she says, occasioned by the sentencing of Radovan Karadzic to forty years imprisonment by the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia.

Luciana Bohne in the first half.

And; I went down Monday to Victoria’s Canadian Forces recruiting centre to talk to some of the people observing the international Day of Action Against Military Spending. For Canada’s part, VOWS, or Voice of Women for Peace called on the Canadian Government to: “Substantially reduce military expenditures and re-allocate them to urgent social and environmental needs;” saying, “The federal government should invest in programs that will reduce poverty and help our country transition to a low-carbon, green economy and NOT on combat missions overseas and buying new warships and fighter jets.”

Giving voice for a world without militarism with VOWS in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of the good things coming to the streets of our city, and beyond there too, this week. But first, Luciana Bohne and the writing and unwriting of laws granting impunity ad infinitum, based on assumptions of the “altruistic morality of intervening to adjust the affairs of the world.”

Ape Goes to the April 18th 2016 VOWS Annual Day of Action Against Military Spending

I went down to Victoria’s Canadian Forces recruiting centre to talk to some of the people observing VOWS’ annual day of demonstration.

VOWS is calling on the Canadian Government too: “Substantially reduce military expenditures and re-allocate them to urgent social and environmental needs.”

They say:

“The federal government should invest in programs that will reduce poverty and help our country transition to a low-carbon, green economy and NOT on combat missions overseas and buying new warships and fighter jets.”

National and international events are organized on this day by the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace and the International Peace Bureau.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Mark Taliano, Eric de Place, Janine Bandcroft April 13, 2016

Welcome to Canada 2016: Less a nation “strong and free” than a transnational oligarchy.

Though the infamous ‘Panama Papers’ are yet to wash up on Canadian shores, the message they bear is as apt in the True North as in any Banana Republic: Money trumps democracy, and notions of freedom and justice are illusions in the face of a Realpolitik predicated by what my first guest terms, a “full spectrum apparatus of domination and control.”

Mark Taliano is an Ontario-based writer, researcher, and activist who, in his retirement from instructing the youth of the nation, has turned his attention to the rest of us.

Mark’s essays appear at the American Herald Tribune, Global Research, and the Common Sense Canadian, among other places.

Mark Taliano in the first half.

And; time is running short for the public to weigh in on a xylene processing plant planned for the shores of the Salish Sea. April 15th is the deadline for those wanting to make their feelings on the Texas-based Tesoro Corporation’s scheme to site the massive petrochemical facility on Anacortes Island known.

Eric de Place is policy director, researcher, writer, and policy analyst for Sightline Institute, a Washington State-based independent, nonprofit think tank. Eric leads Sightline’s energy policy work, and is a leading expert on regional coal and oil export schemes.

Eric de Place and the Tesoro Corporation’s proposed horror next door in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of good things coming this week to our city’s streets, and beyond there too. But first, Mark Taliano and Canadian politicians: Controlled by the transnational oligarchy.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Stuart Herzog, Ken Boon, Patrick Henningsen, Janine Bandcroft April 6, 2016

Looking around the City of Victoria, it doesn’t take a lot of insight to conclude: This place is humming! Old houses in the suburbs, and once venerable buildings in the city proper, are turning into holes in the ground; nesting pots for steel and glass condos sprouting uptown and down.

The increasing human population, both resident and transient, requires more room too; room to move into and room to get around.

Making room for those people’s in-migration is, naturally, just what made this place desirable in the first place; the remnant “natural elements” within the city – that would be developer-speak for trees.

According to a Habitat Acquisition Trust report of 2013, Victoria lost the equivalent of 12 Beacon Hill Parks between 2005 and 2011; and that was before things got seriously crazy around here.

Now, another stand of trees is slated for the axe to accommodate the ever more, more, more of a Garden City in full boom…

Stuart Herzog is the long-time, Victoria-based environmental and social justice advocate currently coordinating the Victoria Citizens Action Network, a coalition of groups and individuals coming together to work on issues effecting our city and region. Right now they’re focused on BC Transit’s proposal to clearcut the west side of Douglas Street between Hillside and Tolmie.

Stuart Herzog in the first segment.

And; Ken Boon is a farmer in the Peace Valley, and President of the Peace Valley Landowner Association. He’s in court today in Vancouver, trying to get in the path of Christy Clark’s Site-C dam.

Ken Boon taking Site-C to court in the second segment.

And; host to untold hundreds of thousands of refugees from Middle East wars waged by the West, tiny Lebanon is straining at the brink of national viability; and yet somehow it’s managing to cope. But, that may not last, as it increasingly appears Lebanon will be next on the ISIS hit-list.

Patrick Henningsen is a freelance journalist and co-founder of the online news site, 21st Century wire, launched during the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Summit. Patrick’s geopolitical analyses and commentaries are featured online at RT and Al Jazeera, and of course at 21Wire. I spoke to Patrick last in the wake of the Paris attacks; he’s in Beirut now, and we’ll try reach him to get a sense of life today in what was once called “The Paris of the Middle East.”

Patrick Henningsen in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of what’s good to do in and around our town in the coming week, and beyond. But first, Stuart Herzog and a bus lane too far for one Victoria neighbourhood.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Heider Abu Ghosh, Michael Parenti March 30, 2016

Welcome to the Gentle Season. Spring has indeed sprung here in our green and pleasant land, and what marks change so profoundly as this season of rebirth and growth? It’s no surprise that political movements of liberation invariably make a symbol of this season.

Conversely, what could rival the cruel despair of changelessness; the bone-chilling, soul killing absence of Hope that withers the human soul, rendering life itself into frozen meaninglessness? Even so, in Palestine, where an Arab Spring never blossomed, and the people are caught in the relentless, merciless, implacable onslaught of Israeli atrocity; atrocities visited daily, year in and year out; atrocities sanctioned overtly, or through the omission of censure, by close and powerful allies like America, and to a lesser degree Canada, even so, Hope lives on.

Listen. Hear.

Heidar Abu Ghosh hails from the now disappeared village of Imwas, Palestine and has for more than a quarter century represented his people, those dispossessed by Israel following its victory in the 1967 Six-Day War in every non-violent venue available, including serving a five-year term as President of the Imwas People’s Committee. Mr. Abu Ghosh is currently touring Canada to educate us about ‘Canada Park’, the Canadian-sponsored project that effectively buried his home village; and, he’s scheduled to speak here at the University of Victoria Thursday, April 7 in the David Turpin Building.

Heidar Abu Ghosh in the first half.

And; Michael Parenti is an American educator, lecturer, social justice activist, and author of 23 books, including: ‘The Assassination of Julius Caesar,’ ‘Superpatriotism,’ The Culture Struggle,’ ‘Democracy for the Few,’ ‘ God and His Demons,’ and his latest, ‘The Face of Imperialism.’ Parenti is also recipient of awards from Project Censored, the Caucus for a New Political Science, the Social Science Research Council and many others organizations, including being awarded the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition. He now serves various advisory boards and sits as a judge for Project Censored.

Michael Parenti in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus, Janine Bandcroft won’t join us today, but will return with news of local goings on locally and beyond another time. So first up, Heidar Abu Ghosh and ‘Uncovering Canada Park: A Dispossessed Palestinian Speaks Out.’