Quebec student leaders speak in Victoria Thursday
The main public events take place:
Thursday, Oct. 4, 7:00pm University of Victoria.
Room A120, Social Sciences and Math Building.
Friday, Oct. 5, 7:00pm W2 Media Cafe,
111 W. Hastings, Vancouver.
The most high profile spokesperson to emerge from Quebec's student movement arrives in British Columbia today.
Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, the former spokesperson for the student union CLASSE will be a featured speaker at events in Victoria and Vancouver over the next two days.
"When people stand together for what they believe in, there is no limit to what they can accomplish," said Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.
"We hope that the historic victory of the Quebec student movement will inspire people across Canada to resist neo-liberal governments and fight for a society which puts people first."
The following speakers are available for interviews Thursday and Friday:
Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, former spokesperson for CLASSE
Cloé Zawadzki-Turcotte, a former member of CLASSE's executive and a key organizer behind the strike
Ethan Cox, Quebec-based journalist and a former student organizer
"The longest student strike in Canadian history ended with the resignation of two education ministers, the defeat of a sitting Premier and his government, and the repeal of both the tuition hikes and Law 12, which many have argued violated basic civil liberties," said Ethan Cox.
"This tour is about telling the story of what happened in Quebec this year, and inspiring people across the country to stand up to austerity."
BC is the final stop on a week of public forums known as the 'Maple Tour,' a reference to Quebec's 'Maple Spring' protest movement.
Alexandra Morton is a scientist studying, among other things, the effects of fish farms on the wild salmon of the Pacific Northeast. She has fought tirelessly to educate the government, aquaculture industry, and the public at large of the dangers these concentrated fish lots pose to migrating wild salmon and other species. So far, the governments of Canada and British Columbia have colluded with industry to obfuscate the facts and deceive the electorate - all for the benefit of trade and corporate interests. She spoke at the University of Victoria on April 21, 2012. - ape
"Deflated" was the word my companion used to describe this year's Earth Day March in Victoria, B.C., and I have to agree. Some small smattering of perhaps three hundred odd souls showed up, about a quarter the number that came out last week to the Stop the Enbridge Pipeline rally, walking over these same streets. But, you do what you can to fly the resistance flag, etc.
This week: Earlier this month, the University of British Columbia's Fisheries Centre, in concert with the Global Footprint Network released a new economic and environmental index. The Eco2 Index is designed to gauge the threat of climate change on ecological and economic security. Rated were the most and least healthy national economies based on this new model's values.
Rashid Sumaila is the director of the UBC Fisheries Centre and he joins us in the first half.
And; is a sustainable world possible under the capitalist economic system; and if not, how else can we organize our societies? For a growing number, cooperatives are the viable alternative.
Joan Russow is former leader of the Green Party of Canada. Since stepping down from the Greens, Joan has worked as a reporter and film maker, recording the climate change conferences in Copenhagen and Cancun, and more recently working on the film, 'Cooperatives: Counterpoint to Capitalism.'
She'll be traveling down to Venezuela later this month to chronicle the groundbreaking progress cooperatives have made there since the Bolivarian Revolution.
Joan Russow, looking south to the future in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us from the road somewhere in Manitoba at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz from our city's streets 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
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.
[Technical note: there's a bit of hum in the audio from the PA system...please be patient.. it stops. -ape]
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