I went down to the demonstration...There, between 1-3 thousand people of all stripes showed up to demonstrate their opposition to the proposed Enbridge pipeline that would carry poison bitumen from the Tar Sands environmental disaster in Canada's north (primarily Alberta) across the width of British Columbia, transiting hundreds of streams and rivers, to be deposited at Kitimat, B.C., there to be shipped through the treacherous waterways of inland fjords, and out the jagged coastal Salish Sea for ports in Asia and the US. One spill threatens the entirety of life within this unique environment.
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This week: The public and professional input period, or evidentiary hearings of the Cohen Commission ends today. The Commission had already wound down, when evidence of a deadly virus present here in the Pacific Northeast was made too public to ignore. It all paints another picture of corporate-government cooperation to obfuscate truth at the expense of the environment and public safety.
Ingmar Lee is a long-time environment defender at the front lines of staying the destructive hand of industry and enlightening the ignorant to the great dangers facing his cherished Pacific Northwest ecosystem.
Ingmar Lee in the first half.
And; I cheered, "Hooray" last week when I heard of the death of Christopher Hitchens, exactly as I cheer the departure of all who support the endless wars waged against the, mainly, women and children of the world. Hitchens, for all his accomplished writing, brilliance as public orator, and punishing effectiveness as a pugilistic debater was in the end, if not just, then merely another war monger. A few thoughts on the legacy of Hitch 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 news from the city's streets and beyond.
But first, Ingmar Lee and B.C.'s War of the Waters.
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
This week: Drew Mildon on the devastated site of the infamous Canadian Tar Sands projects. There, what were waste ponds have grown to lakes, soon to become inland seas of toxic destruction; and, rapacious greed and horrific environmental practices combine with apocalyptic effectiveness to destroy landscapes and the living things within them south of 60 too. For the last few years, Canadian freelance journalist Jennifer Moore has watched the mining industry chew up South America. She's in Honduras now, watching the generals; Victoria Street Newz publisher, and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft, currently riding through America, not always easily, at the bottom of the hour for the view from there.
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, www.pacificfreepress.com.
Check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com
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