Left Coast Events Bulletin with Janine Bandcroft February 22nd, 2018

Left Coast Events Bulletin with Janine Bandcroft February 22nd, 2018

his 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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No Consent? No Expansion! Stop KM Rally
feb 22nd

Thursday at 17:00–19:00

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Grouse Inn
1633 Capilano Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia V7P 3B3

Did you know Kinder Morgan are planning to expand their diesel facility in North Vancouver (Squamish territory)? Kinder Morgan do not have the consent of the Squamish band members to construct these two additional fuel storage tanks and related infrastructure!

Sut’lut Antone and Clarissa Antone invite you to a peaceful rally in front of The Grouse Inn (1633 Capilano Rd. and Marine Dr.) where KM will be holding their “info session.” Bring your good energy, banners, signs, and be ready to make some noise!

Contact: Clarissa Antone 604-779-4201

Apparently, KM only have to advise people living within 500 meters of the proposed expansion!

Here is an excerpt from the flyer that KM are delivering to homes in North Vancouver/Squamish reserve:
“KM Canada Marine Terminal Limited Partnership (the Applicant) is proposing to expand their diesel handling capabilities at 1995 W 1st St., North Vancouver by way of the Vancouver Wharves Diesel Handling Facility Expansion Project. As part of the Development Permit Application review process, the Applicant invites you to attend a Public Information Meeting to share information about this proposed Project.”

#StopKM #WaterIsLife

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The Reason We Fight: A panel on Indigenous Resilience to Kinder Morgan
feb 22nd

Thursday at 18:00–19:30

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SFU Harbour Centre Segal Conference Rooms 1410-1420
515 W Hastings, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K3

*Make sure you register for a free ticket on eventbrite to book your spot!*

As the national conversation about the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline gets more heated, let’s take a minute to step back and understand what this fight is really about.

Join us on February 22nd to hear from Coast Salish youth and spiritual leaders who were fighting this project long before most people had heard of it. The evening will feature powerful and grounding stories of Indigenous resistance to Big Oil and opportunities to learn about what’s next for the movement to #StopKM.

*WHERE*
Segal Conference Rooms 1410-1420 at SFU Harbour Centre

*WHEN*
Feb 22nd at 6:00 PM

*WHO*
The panelists include inspiring Coast Salish youth and spiritual leaders such as Will George, Ta’ah Amy George, Oceann Hyland and others

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Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered Screening and Panel
feb 22nd

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Cinecenta Films
Student Union Bldg, 3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria, British Columbia V

Join us on February 22nd for a screening of Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered at Cinecenta on the University of Victoria campus. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion, including the filmmaker Gary Charbonneau and Arden Beddoes, lawyer at Arvay Finlay LLP and counsel in two recent cases involving the Aquarium. Also speaking on the panel from the University of Victoria will be Rianna Burnham, doctoral fellow at the Whale Research Lab, and History professor Dr. Jason Colby, author of Orca: How We Came to Know and Love the Ocean’s Greatest Predator. The event is co-sponsored by Cinecenta and the Animals & Society Research Initiative at the University of Victoria.

Ticket prices range from $5.75 to $7.75, depending on senior/student or general public rates.

Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered has been described as Canada’s Blackfish, the 2013 documentary that revealed the darker side of cetacean capture and confinement at entertainment parks like SeaWorld. Vancouver Filmmaker Gary Charbonneau was compelled to make his film after Vancouver Park Board meetings raised concerns about the lack of research and conservation at the aquarium. Featuring interviews with Vancouver Aquarium staff, cetacean researchers and animal behaviourists, Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered asks whether it is ethical to capture and confine such intelligent marine mammals.

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You Can Plant A Tree, But You Can’t Plant A Forest
feb 22nd

Thursday at 19:00–21:00

3 days from now

Room 159, Fraser Building, University of Victoria

Join the Wilderness Committee, UVic Environmental Law Club, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Sierra Club BC, Ancient Forest Alliance and the Ecoforestry Insitute for a presentation and discussion with Herb Hammond, a forest ecologist and forester with 40 years’ experience in applying ecosystem and culturally-based forest use throughout BC, across Canada, and in other parts of the world.

February 22nd is the same night as the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) Annual General Meeting, also in Victoria.

While the ABCFP is talking status-quo logging and the continued liquidation of original rainforests on the BC coast, Herb will give a dynamic presentation on the simple fact that the big corporations still deny: you can plant a tree but you can’t plant a forest.

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BACKGROUND:

BC is a province built on forestry, and it’s critical that this industry be part of the economy moving forward.

But for too long, forests have been managed for corporate profits over Indigenous Rights and Title, healthy ecosystems, and thriving communities.

More and more people are calling for the protection of intact old-growth forests and a just transition to sustainable second-growth value-added forestry.

Unfortunately, the BC government is not yet taking this issue seriously, and logging corporations and many forest professionals are still claiming that the industry is doing the best it can for ecosystems and communities.

Some foresters are speaking up for truly respectful and sustainable forestry, including renowned eco-forester Herb Hammond.

After a presentation from Herb, there will be a brief response from Ben Parfitt, Resource Policy Analyst at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and then a Q+A with both Herb and Ben.

The sponsor organizations will have tables, staff and volunteers at the event, so come and connect with the movement fighting for the protection of old-growth rainforests and a just transition to sustainable second-growth forestry!

Please join us for this free public event!

*This event is being held on unceded Lekwungen and WSANEC territories.

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Cafe Simpatico
Friday February 23

The Persistent Struggle for Justice in Guatemala Today — A situational
analysis of the social and legal actions to bring down impunity.

Presentation by Wendy Mendez, human rights activist, petitioner in the
Military Diary case, co-founder of HIJOS Guatemala (sons and daughters of
the disappeared), and popular educator.

1923 Fernwood Road
Doors open at 7 pm/ music at 7:30 pm/ presentation at 8 pm.
Fair trade coffee for sale, refreshments, admission by donation

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Peace Bond
Feb 23rd

Friday at 12:00–14:00

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George Heyman
642 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 1G1

We are gathering on Fridays to remind BC’s Minister of the Environment that he has a responsibility to honour Treaty 8, respect Indigenous law, and protect the life of the Peace River from being killed by the settler colonial violence also known as the Site C dam.

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

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

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Beyond Tokenism – A KPIRG Black History Month Panel Discussion
Feb 23rd

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University
12666 72nd Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia V3W 2M8

KPIRG presents “Beyond Tokenism”, a Black History Month panel discussion in which invited guests, Charles Quist-Adade, Leland Harper, Cicely Nicholson and Mariam Barry delve into a meta conversation about the significance of Black History Month (BHM) itself. We will be looking into the purpose of BHM, whether or not the way in which the month is currently celebrated fulfills that purpose, as well as discuss the radical potential that BHM can hold. Join us and take part in a fruitful and important conversation!

The discussion will be taking place at the KPU Surrey Campus in Fir 128 @ 3:30 p.m – Friday, February 23rd!

This is a free event open to all students and community members.

KPIRG acknowledges that this event is taking place on the unceded territories of the Kwantlen, Katzie, and Semiahoo Nations.

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Parksville~National Cupcake Day for RASTA Sanctuary!
Feb 24th

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Saturday at 12:00–15:00

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Cha Cha Java Inc.
198 Island Hwy E # 101, Parksville, British Columbia v9p 2g5

Do you like vegan cupcakes? Do you like to help animals?
Then come on down to Cha Cha Java on February 24, 2018 to support National Cupcake Day!! 🙂

We are looking for people to BRING cupcakes and to BUY cupcakes with all proceeds to support RASTA Sanctuary. http://rastarescue.org/

This is an animal friendly event, so please bring only vegan cupcakes ( no dairy, eggs, honey, gelatin, whey/cassein or other animal by-products ).

*Please bring cupcake donations no later than 11:45am to the inside of the Cha Cha Java. We will have tables set up for display and sale

*We will have paper bags to take home some goodies ( although it may be better for your purchased cupcakes if you bring some tupperware along ) and don’t forget $$ to fill up your containers and tummies 🙂

We are so grateful for all of your donations to help such a deserving cause.
Can’t wait!

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NAtional Cupcake Day Fundraiser
Feb 24th

Saturday at 11:00–15:00

5 days from now · -1-4°Rain Showers

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Pomme Natural Market Nanaimo
6560 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T 2L9

Please come support RASTA (Rescue And Sanctuary for Threatened Animals). Delicious vegan cupcakes will be available and all proceeds will go to help our animal friends. See you there!
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Vancouver- National Cupcake Day Fundraiser for RASTA Sanctuary!
Feb 24th

Saturday at 14:00–16:00

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Grandview Park
1657 Charles Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 2T4

Do you like vegan cupcakes? Do you like to help animals?
Then come on out to Grandview Park on February 24th to celebrate National Cupcake Day!

We are looking for people to BRING cupcakes and BUY cupcakes with all proceeds going to RASTA Sanctuary. http://rastarescue.org/

This is an animal friendly event so please only bring vegan cupcakes (no dairy, eggs, honey, gelatin, whey/cassien, or other animal by-products).

*Please bring cupcake donations no later than 1:45 to Grandview Park, we’ll have a table and signs set up.

**We will have bags, but please bring your own Tupperware so we can have this be as close to a zero waste event as we can. And do remember to bring cash for all the cupcakes!!!

We are so grateful for all your donations going to this wonderful cause!
See you then!

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Victoria-National Cupcake Day for RASTA Sanctuary!
Feb 25th

Sunday at 12:00–15:00

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903 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8V 3M4, Canada

Do you like vegan cupcakes? Do you like to help animals?
Then come on down to the outside of Market on Yates on February 25, 2018 to support National Cupcake Day!! 🙂

We are looking for people to BRING cupcakes and to BUY cupcakes with all proceeds to support RASTA Sanctuary. http://rastarescue.org/

This is an animal friendly event, so please bring only vegan cupcakes ( no dairy, eggs, honey, gelatin, whey/cassein or other animal by-products ).

*Please bring cupcake donations no later than 11:45am to the front of the The Market on Yates. We will have tables set up for display and sale

*We will have paper bags to take home some goodies ( although it may be better for your purchased cupcakes if you bring some tupperware along ) and don’t forget $$ to fill up your containers and tummies 🙂

We are so grateful for all of your donations to help such a deserving cause.
Can’t wait!

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Left Film Night: Palestine Now
Feb 25th

Sunday at 19:00–21:00

6 days from now · -1-4°Snow Showers

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706 Clark Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3J1, Canada

Join the Communist Party of Canada – Van East club & The Young Communist League Vancouver in viewing “Palestine Now”
(2017, UK documentary, 49 minutes)

This 2017 documentary looks at the impact of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory, fifty years after the Mid-East war of 1967. Israel’s apartheid policies have brought enormous hardship to the occupied West Bank and Gaza strip, including the massive destruction of homes and olive groves, the killing and jailing of thousands of Palestinians (including hundreds of children), and much more. The charges against teenager Ahed Tamimi and her current trial have again drawn the attention of the world to the crimes committed by the Israeli state against Palestine. The screening will include discussion of the latest developments in this struggle, including updates on the Tamimi family’s situation. Free admission; a collection will be taken towards the cost of holding Left Film Nights, with half of the proceeds going to local organizers of solidarity campaigns for Ahed Tamimi.

This event takes place on the traditional, unceded, occupied territories of the səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. In acknowledging this, we must be in solidarity with the struggles of the peoples of the territory in which we occupy.

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No admission charge, but donations towards our costs are welcome. Coffee and refreshments available. Left Film Nights are presented by the Centre for Socialist Education, Young Communist League, and the Vancouver East Club of the Communist Party of Canada. Call 604-255-2041 or email <pvoice@telus.net> for further information.

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Book Launch & Panel: Why Don’t the Poor Rise Up?
Tuesday

27 February at 17:00–18:45

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Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K3

Location: room 320, Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings Street (enter via Seymour Street courtyard entrance). Both the building and room are wheelchair accessible.

WHY DON’T THE POOR RISE UP? ORGANIZING THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY RESISTANCE

Why don’t the poor rise up? Even mainstream media such as the New York Times and The Economist have recently posed this question, uneasily amazed that capitalism hasn’t met with greater resistance. In the context of unparalleled global wealth disparity, ecological catastrophe, and myriad forms of structural oppression, this vibrant collection offers a reassessment of contemporary obstacles to mass mobilization, as well as examples from around the world of poor people overcoming those obstacles in inspiring and instructive new ways. With contributions from Idle No More organizer Alex Wilson, noted Italian autonomist Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Cooperation Jackson organizer Kali Akuno, Cape Town-based anarchists Aragorn Eloff and Anna Selmeczi, and sixteen other scholars and activists from around the world, including a Foreword by Affiong Limene Affiong, Nigerian co-founder of Moyo wa Taifa, a Pan-Afrikan Women’s Solidarity Network, Why Don’t the Poor Rise Up? presents a truly global range of perspectives that explore the question of revolution, its objective and subjective prerequisites, and its increasing likelihood in our time.

PANELISTS

Michael Truscello, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in English and General Education at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His academic interests include anarchism, the politics and poetics of infrastructure, petroculture, media studies, and technology studies. In 2013, he co-edited a special issue of Anarchist Studies on “anarchism and technology” with Uri Gordon. In 2011, he produced the documentary film Capitalism Is The Crisis: Radical Politics in the Age of Austerity. He is the author of Infrastructural Brutalism (MIT Press, forthcoming).

Ajamu Nangwaya, Ph.D., is an organizer, writer and educator. Ajamu is a lecturer in the Institute of Caribbean Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus and his areas of research interests are Rastafari ital livity and economic and social development, labour self-management and worker cooperatives, gender, development and social justice, music/the arts as a transformative force, and anarchism and participatory democracy. He is the co-editor with Dr. Michael Truscello of the recently published anthology Why Don’t The Poor Rise Up?: Organizing the Twenty-First Century Resistance. Ajamu is also the co-editor with Kali Akuno of the publication Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi. He worked for a number of years with the American South-based Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund as a cooperative educator and developer. He was a participant at the founding conference of the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives and was elected to its first board of directors.

John Clarke first became involved in anti-poverty struggles in 1983 when he helped form the Union of Unemployed Workers in London, Ontario. Since 1990, he has worked as an organizer with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP).

Sara Sagaii is an Iranian housing and anti-war activist and a graduate student in the SFU School of Communication. She has organized against demovictions and for tent cities. She was a coordinator on the Jean Swanson for City Hall 2017 by-election campaign and is currently on the steering committee of the Vancouver Tenants Union.

Samir Gandesha is an Associate Professor in the Department of the Humanities and the Director of the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University. He specializes in modern European thought and culture, with a particular emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. His recent books include Reification and Spectacle: On the Timeliness of Western Marxism (Amsterdam University Press) and Aesthetic Marx (Bloomsbury Press).

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Co-sponsored by SFU’s Institute for the Humanities and SFU Public Square, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, Labour Studies at SFU.

This event will take place on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

Event is FREE and open to the public. If you would like to donate to the Institute to help fund future events like this one, please visit http://www.sfu.ca/humanities-institute/donate.html.

ASL requests must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior the event to insthum@sfu.ca.

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Basic Income: Progressive Hopes and Neoliberal Realities
Tuesday

27 February at 19:30–21:30

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Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K3

Location: room 320, Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings Street (enter via Seymour Street courtyard entrance). Both the building and room are wheelchair accessible.

BASIC INCOME: PROGRESSIVE HOPES AND NEOLIBERAL REALITIES

This lecture will examine the question of basic income (BI), focusing on two key issues. Firstly, I will argue that a neoliberal version of BI is being considered and even developed by a number of governments and institutions of global capitalism. This form of BI could enhance the supply of low wage precarious workers, by offering a public subsidy to employers, paid for by cuts to others areas of social provision. Secondly, I will explore and counter what I argue is a delusional notion on the political left that, regardless of neoliberal realities or the fundamental nature of the capitalist job market, it will somehow be possible to ensure that a universal, unconditional and adequate form of income support, a UBI, can be created. I will argue that this false hope for a social policy end run around neoliberal austerity is diversionary and dangerous and should be rejected.

SPEAKER

John Clarke first became involved in anti-poverty struggles in 1983 when he helped form the Union of Unemployed Workers in London, Ontario. Since 1990, he has worked as an organizer with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP).

RESPONDENTS

Jenna van Draanen, PhD, serves on the Board of Directors of the Basic Income Canada Network and is a member of the Executive Committee for the Basic Income Earth Network. She is a postdoctoral researcher based at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and is committed to working toward health equity and social justice. Her research looks at the role of poverty in mental health and substance use disorders.

Michal Rozworski is a union researcher and economist based in Vancouver, BC. His writing has appeared in Jacobin, Ricochet, the Toronto Star, Briarpatch Magazine and The Globe and Mail, among others. He produces the Political Eh-conomy blog and is currently working on a book, The People’s Republic of Walmart, with Leigh Phillips.

Trish Garner is the provincial organizer for the BCPRC. She is a tea swilling Brit with a passion for social justice. As the Community Organizer of the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, a broad-based network of over 400 organizations throughout BC, she focuses on communications, outreach and community engagement to raise awareness about the root causes of poverty and inequality, and how we can collectively tackle them. She has a PhD in gender, sexuality and women’s studies from SFU and continues to work on LGBTQ issues. Trish lives with her partner and their three young children in East Vancouver.

Duane Fontaine is a professional accountant and is currently a PhD student in SFU’s interdisciplinary SAR program. He is studying the nature of work in contemporary society and is contrasting it with an examination of alternative visions for the future of work. The widespread application of robotics, automation and artificial intelligence into the productive economy threatens the future of work. Duane is revisiting the utopian quest for an Aesthetic State and how its emancipatory potential, combined with such transitional solutions as Universal Basic Income, might present an opportunity to redefine the very nature and purpose of work in a way that enhances meaning and freedom.

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Co-sponsored by SFU’s Institute for the Humanities and SFU Public Square, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, and Labour Studies at SFU.

This event will take place on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

Event is FREE and open to the public. If you would like to donate to the Institute to help fund future events like this one, please visit http://www.sfu.ca/humanities-institute/donate.html.

ASL requests must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior the event to insthum@sfu.ca.

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Dr. Ramzy Baroud and the Palestinian Narrative
Wednesday

28 February at 18:30–21:00

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Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K3

Location: room 1700, SFU Harbour Centre. Both the building and room are wheelchair accessible.

Note: there will be a book signing at the end of the event.

DR. RAMZY BAROUD AND THE PALESTINIAN NARRATIVE

Gaza-born Palestinian author discusses the Palestine Chronicle, his forthcoming book: The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story, and the urgent need to situate Palestinian refugees back at the center of the Palestinian discourse. His talk will also cover contemporary issues facing the Palestinian liberation movement.

ABOUT THE BOOK

This is a history of modern Palestine like no other: built from the testimony of people who have lived through it. Ramzy Baroud here gathers accounts from countless Palestinians from all walks of life, and from throughout the decades, to tell the story of the nation and its struggle for independence and security. Challenging both academic and popular takes on Palestinian history, Baroud unearths here the deep commonalities within the story of Palestine, ones that draw the people together despite political divisions, geographical barriers and walls, factionalism, occupation, and exile. Through these firsthand reports—by turns inspiring and terrifying, triumphant and troubled—we see Palestine in all its complexity and contradictions, ever vibrant in the memories of the people who have fought, physically and otherwise, for its future. A remarkable book, The Last Earth will be essential to understanding the struggles in the contemporary Middle East.

SPEAKER

Ramzy Baroud is a journalist, author and editor of Palestine Chronicle. His latest book is The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story (Pluto Press, London). Baroud has a Ph.D. in Palestine Studies from the University of Exeter and is a Non-Resident Scholar at Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, University of California Santa Barbara. His website is www.ramzybaroud.net.

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Co-sponsored by SFU’s Institute for the Humanities, Canada Palestine Association, Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies – SFU, SFU School for International Studies, and Independent Jewish Voices Canada.

This event will take place on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

Event is FREE and open to the public. If you would like to donate to the Institute to help fund future events like this one, please visit http://www.sfu.ca/humanities-institute/donate.html.

ASL requests must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior the event to insthum@sfu.ca.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jesse Freeston, Ramzy Baroud, Janine Bandcroft Feb. 22nd., 2018

Foreign meddling in electoral politics can legitimately be compared to an act of war. Just ask the voters of Honduras whose popular president was forced out of office at gunpoint by agents working for the interests of offshore corporations.

Since the replacement of Mel Zelaya in 2009 the coupsters, anointed by the good offices of El Norte, have run roughshod over the rights and dignity of the people, putting in place by hook, crook, bullets and batons an old-fashioned fascist regime; a banana republic the likes of which has not been seen since the last time Uncle Sam ran the show.

Jesse Freeston is a Canadian documentary filmmaker and video journalist. A seminal member of The Real News Network, he’s also produced documentaries for teleSUR, the world’s largest Spanish-language public broadcaster, and his latest film, Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley documents an agrarian take-over of palm oil plantations by share-cropping farmers. He’s currently working on his next independent film, Human Park.

Jesse is back in Honduras and a few weeks ago released the two-part report, ‘Honduras: The Never-Ending Coup‘ on TRNN.

Jesse Freeston in the first half.

And; media-shaded the last few years by neigbouring regional conflicts, and more recently by the Olympics and spotlight hogging Trump political circus, Gaza, and Palestine generally, has garnered scant coverage in North America’s press. That changed a little with Israel’s aerial and tank bombardment of the embattled enclave last week; but that the attention would hover a little longer there to reveal the desperate, ongoing plight of the World’s largest and longest refugee crisis.

Dr. Ramzy Baroud is an American-Arab journalist, media consultant, syndicated columnist, educator, founder and editor of the Palestine Chronicle, past editor of numerous online and print news organizations, and author. He’s currently embarking on a World-tour to promote his latest book, ‘The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story‘ to provide, he says, “a new take on the history of the Palestinian people, one in which the refugees are the core theme”.

That tour will bring Ramzy to our town next week, 7pm Friday March 2nd, right here at UVic’s David Strong building.

Ramzy Baroud and bringing the voice to Palestine’s refugees in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here with the Left Coast Events bulletin to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good going on in and around Victoria in the coming week.

But first, Jesse Freeston and the story of Honduras’ never-ending coup.

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, 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.