Monsanto's GM alfalfa is poised to be released in Ontario. It will only be a matter of time before it is released across Canada. It must be stopped. The National Farmers Union-Ontario has called for consumers to support farmers in a Day of Action to Stop GM Alfalfa .This Day of Action will be across the country on April 9 Ontario farmers have organized protest
rallies in 12 communities, in Ontario including in Ottawa here a final rubber-stamp to release Roundup Ready alfalfa is expected any day. On There are also 11 rallies confirmed in support of Ontario farmers happening in towns in BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan (at the office of the Minister
of Agriculture), Quebec, and Nova Scotia.
This week: Years after George Orwell's book, 1984 introduced the term, the act of "sending something down the memory hole" is a widely familiar concept, most notably when applied to corporate and state news agencies who bury impolitic news items managing to slip through the censor's screens. Orwell's hero, Winston Smith toils daily in the Ministry of Truth, his job two-fold; writing new accounts of history, as he disposes of the old.
While Stephen Harper's New Government of Canada cannot be reasonably compared to Oceania, in one area at least there are similarities: Both Harper and Big Brother are devoted to controlling information. Whether it be access to cutting edge scientific knowledge vital to protecting the environment and public health, or the more mundane task of discovering how and where government monies are spent, in Canada information is power; and that power is guarded with an increasing zeal Orwell would instantly recognize.
Vincent Gogolek is the Executive Director of the B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association, or FIPA. He recently found himself in possession of leaked documents outlining the New Government's new plan to dig a memory hole in the middle of Canada's publicly available government web sites. Harper's Web Renewal Action! Plan, scheduled to be rolled out sometime in the near future, hopes to reduce the country's decades of research and records kept, if not to the size it can be drowned in a bathtub, then to a mere handful of websites offering only what Web Renewal Action! deems relevant. It's an audacious scheme, made outrageous in the wake of drastic reductions made at the ministry presumably tasked to accomplish it, the recently halved Libraries and Archives Canada.
Vincent Gogolek in the first half.
And; Last week, the office of the federal Information Commissioner responded to requests by Democracy Watch and UVic's Environmental Law Centre to launch investigations into the muzzling of Canada's scientist civil servants, saying; "A notice of our intention to investigate and a summary of complaint has been sent..." to seven ministries cited.
The Harper administration's "muzzling" of government scientists has made headlines both within the narrow confines of the research and development community, and more broadly in the mainstream press. While there are a number of high profile cases - Kristi Miller gagged on her findings of viruses accompanying imported salmon farm breed stock, and George DaPont of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency being stoppered mid-press conference by his political boss when reporting on a massive beef recall last year being just two instances - the chill sent through both public and private sector research may prove to be the greatest threat to Canada's future as a science innovator.
Calvin Sandborn, is legal director of the Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria, and he joins us on liberating Canadian science 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 up to speed with some of what's going on on our city's streets and beyond. But first, Vincent Gogolek and digging in to Web Renewal Action! Plan's Great Canadian Memory Hole Project.
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/
G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.
2103 Conversations with Activists Series: Documentary Film as a Tool of Social Justice, Community Education and Activism
with Mandy Leith speaking on Open cinema: Documentary as a Tool for Community Engagement
and kym hothead speaking on Taking the Fall and Rising: My life and work
Tuesday, Jan. 29th, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
SCI A104 (otherwise known as the Earth and Ocean Sciences Building or the Bob Wright Centre)
Mandy Leith is the founder & Program Director for OPEN CINEMA - now in its 10th successful season. A seasoned documentary filmmaker, she now works as a digital alchemist with her company Media Rising and sits on the National Board of Directors for the Documentary Organization of Canada.
For more info: www.opencinema.ca or www.MediaRising.tv
Kym Hothead identifies as a “Transgendered Anarcho Anti-Colonial Radical Feminist”. He is a local filmmaker, poet, writer and performer, among other activities. After spending years on the streets, Hothead now keeps a watchful eye out for those who live on the street or are street involved.
For more info: http://ctehv.wordpress.com/
This week: Worse though than those that would risk the living world out of ignorance, or for personal enrichment is a political process, our political process, displaying a single-minded determination to wreck the environment and all that dwell within it. Just such a case was revealed recently by naturalist, geographer, journalist, and author Briony Penn.
In an article appearing in Victoria's Focus Magazine, Penn exposes Department of Fisheries and Oceans, (those same that brought you Canada's East coast cod collapse not so many years ago) mismanagement of West coast herring quotas.
Briony Penn and putting a net around the Honourable James Ashfield, the minister supposedly responsible before it's too late in the first half.
And; Officially known as the 'Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness Action Plan' it's the final fruition of the long sought continentalist vision of "Fortress North America." It is what Canadian nationalists like David Orchard describe as the greatest existential threat Canada. It is an act of finishing through treachery what force of arms could not accomplish; conquest by deception.
Whither Canada under the 'Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness Action Plan' 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, the DFO caving to industry at the peril of our wild West coast ecosystem.
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
Charles Marohn is a Professional Engineer, Civil Engineer, Certified Planner, and holds a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the U. of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute. He is also the Executive Director of Strong Towns, a non-profit organization advocating for, quote: "changes in our pattern of development, and a complete understanding of the full costs of our methods of growth."
Charles Marohn and conserving the strength of America's towns in the first half.
And; it's been more than a year and half since the unprecedented 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti. Roger Annis is a coordinator with the Canada Haiti Action Network, and he's just returned from a fact finding delegation mission to Haiti.
Roger Annis and benighted Haiti's dark days continuing in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher, and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to brings us up to speed with current goings on going on on Victoria's streets, and news from beyond there. But first, Charles Marohn and finding strength in times of trouble for America's towns.
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
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