Went down to the 32nd annual Earth Walk in Victoria today (April 20). I buttonholed a few local notables along the way. It was different from all the other walks, in that local organizers had abandoned the concept. Last year, corporate involvement soured the usual suspect toilers who'd put the show together with shoe-strings; this year they didn't show up. It was left for the sophomore Creatively United for the Planet, a trades fair and paid showcase for green-minded companies, artisans, and musicians to pick up the slack. Rather than culminate at the BC Legislature buildings for political posturing and speechifying, the marchers were ushered into the grounds of St. Ann's Academy, where vendors and paid stage shows awaited.
These past dozen years in North America has witnessed a full-speed regression through the historic development of Western civilization, such as it is.
Beginning with the Bush claque's pre-emptive assault on the very foundations of secular democracy through the undoing of the Great Charter, Magna Carta, cornerstone of the English Common Law, the dismantling of an economic system that allowed a "Middle Class" of citizens be created to better distribute the wealth of society, to the coup de grace - erasure of the concept of the separation of Church and State. We stand today, in 2013, perched atop a precipice, looking down into the abyss; peering into the face of a new Dark Age.
In Canada, the famously devout christian prime minister, Stephen Harper has missed no opportunity to pour scorn upon our quaint notions of representative democracy, denigrating the power of the People's House as ably as any medieval theocrat at every opportunity.
While the recent stifling of the scribes, toiling soon one imagines in candlelit hovels, at Library and Archives Canada is outrageous it is merely another in a growing retinue of outrages committed by this government against our history, culture, and institutional underpinnings; all pointing to an antipathy to and intentional subversion of the nation.
But, Mr. Harper's 'New Government' regime has greater ambitions than the mere disintegration of Canada; he and they would too annihilate Science itself.
Katie Gibbs holds a Doctorate in Biology from the U. of Ottawa, and last summer led the 'Death of Evidence' rally, a mock funeral and mass held in our nation's capital to protest government cuts to research funding, the muzzling of public sector scientists, and the introduction of the profoundly anti-evidentiary, Bill C-38. Gibbs is now Executive Director of Evidence for Democracy, an organization advocating for the use of evidence in government decision-making on public policy, whose latest campaign Science Uncensored is taking action against policies barring public access to publicly-funded scientists and their findings.
Katie Gibbs in the first half.
And; one of the very first things the BC Liberals accomplished on coming to power in 2001 was an expansion of Grizzly Bear hunting for, mostly foreign, adventurers eager to prove their primitive mettle a sacred ritual of being hand-held and led to unsuspecting wildlife to enable their killing, from great distances, with high-powered rifles. The magnetic allure of the ancient art has so entranced successive BC Liberal leaders, both testicled and otherwise, that April Fools 2013 marks the continuity of this testosterone fed festival of death, officially known as the opening of the bear season.
Kiff Archer and Jason Moody live within the Great Bear Rainforest on the mid-coast of British Columbia, and are both with the newly formed, Central Coast Grizzly Patrol. They were here at the start of last Fall's hunting season to talk about the beginning of the Coastal First Nations Coalition and its unilateral declaration of a ban on trophy hunting in the territories. The province of BC does not however recognize the authority of the First Nations, nor does it honour their demands for a ban on the hunt.
Kiff Archer and Jason Moody still standing tall in defense of the bears and other "trophy" targets of the Great Bear Rainforest in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz from our city's streets and beyond. But first, Katie Gibbs and removing the Harper muzzle on Canada's public science and policy informants.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm 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/
Last week, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board held its biennial Public Meeting, manifesting in Victoria via teleconference; its chairperson of the board of directors, Robert Astley, and president and CEO, David Denison were discussing the board's annual report, and how well it is carrying out its mandate.
They also took questions from their bosses; the current and past working stiffs of Canada.
The Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation was there, and addressed to the board for its consideration a change of direction, one both honouring international treaties signed by Canada, and taking seriously the board's stated concern for an ethical approach to our collective investment portfolio that includes respect for the environment, social justice, and governance factors.
Terry Wolfwood is Director of the BBCF and is here in the first half.
And; Mexico's 'Drug War,' raging since 2008, is less a war against narco-gangs, as presented, but more properly a perpetual war against the people; and, it is a war Canada is intimately complicit in. Canadian freelance journalist, Dawn Paley has been filing stories from south of south of the border on the abuses of Canadian-flagged mining corporations, and now she breaks the story of the Canadian dimension to Mexico's so-called Drug War.
Dawn Paley and "Ottawa's role in the permanent war against the people of Mexico" in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the goings on going on on the streetz of the city and beyond.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, 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.com
The New Democratic Official Opposition is hosting regional budget hearings across the country from May 22nd - May 25th. We want to hear your thoughts on the recent Omnibus Budget Bill and share with you information about the many non-budget measures hidden in the massive 425-page bill.
Wednesday May 23rd
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
First Metropolitan United Church Fellowship Hall,
932 Balmoral Rd., Victoria
Vancouver Island MPs Denise Savoie (Victoria), Randall Garrison (Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca) and Jean Crowder (Nanaimo-Cowichan) invite you to a discussion on the Budget's impact on you and on Vancouver Island's communities.
One third of Bill C-38, the federal budget bill, has repercussions for the environment. Gutting the environmental assessment regime for the proposed Enbridge pipeline and all future large energy projects has a direct impact on First Nations and their territories, and on future generations of all Canadians, as do changes to eligibility for Old Age Security and employment insurance, food inspections, health-care and services for a new generation of veterans.
Fisheries habitat protection, supports for youth, archival programs that preserve Canada's historical records and bo
G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in corporate and state media. Gorilla Radio airs live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 102FM, 104.3 cable, and on t