If you've been listening long, you know it's CFUV's Victoria Day special, an homage to the 'Garden City,' Victoria, namesake of Her Royal Highness Princess Victoria of Kent, Her Majesty the Queen of England, Imperial Majesty Queen-Empress of India, Defender of the Faith, Princess of Hanover and Duchess of Brunswick and Lunenburg, Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Duchess in Saxony etc., etc. et cetera.
Thankfully, we do this only once a year, on that day dedicated to celebrating the Queen's memory across the realm - save Quebec. For our part, here at CFUV, we spend the entire day looking at the past, present, and possible futures our fair burg has to offer.
Leading us first through that wild and winding history up to the present day, and looking forward too is award-winning journalist, editor, author, civic activist and co-founder of the watchdog website, JohnsonStreetBridge.org, Ross Crockford.
Ross was a long-time contributor to, and editor for, the city's iconic weekly, Monday Magazine. He currently freelances for Western Living, Adbusters, Explore, and the Globe and Mail among other publications. Crockford is too the recipient of a Western Magazine Award for business writing, the Jack Webster Award of Distinction for investigative reporting, and a National Magazine Award for sports writing. His book, Victoria: The Unknown City is an alt. guidebook for both the seemly and lesser so sides of town, covering the city's shining and seedy past and present.
Ross Crockford in the first half.
And; Victoria is changing fast, but nowhere are those changes more keenly felt than in the city's first residential neighbourhood, the sequestered corner of James Bay. There, densification, gentrification, and the exploding popularity of Victoria as a cruise ship destination conspire with a conspicuous lack of considered planning to create over-crowded, chaotic and dangerous conditions for residents and visitors alike. Marg Gardiner is president of the James Bay Neighbourhood Association. The JBNA is a non-profit society that has, since 1993, served as a conduit and link for residents to ensure quality of life and the preservation of neighbourhood values; values threatened today like never before.
Marg Gardiner and James Bay weathering a storm of popularity along Victoria's waterfront 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 the latest goings on going on on our city's streets, and beyond. But first, Ross Crockford and getting to know our largely unknown city, Victoria.
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/
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.
This song and laughter filled evening is set aside to honour these most amazing Women. For years the Victoria Raging Grannies have sung, ridiculed, marched, occupied and been arrested, all in the name of justice for the planet and the living creatures who reside upon it. Lets us gather, with local comedian and MC Wes Borg to pay tribute to the legacy of the Victoria Raging Grannies.
Entrance is by donation with all proceeds going to Our place societies Breakfast Program
And good news folks!!! the Grannies are recruiting! Come dressed in your most garish hat and Boa for the event, and show your radical stuff.
The capacity of the hall is only 100 so don't be late.
Tuesday April 2, 2013. Ottawa. Today, the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network released a new report documenting the means by which genetically modified (GM) alfalfa will contaminate non-GM alfalfa and hay crops , if GM alfalfa is released
“We can clearly see how farmers will pay the heavy costs of this inevitable contamination,” said Ontario organic sheep and vegetable farmer Ann Slater, member of the National Farmers Union, “The only way to stop contamination from GM alfalfa is to keep it off the market.”
Alfalfa is an important crop for dairy farming in Ontario as well as for livestock farmers and vegetable and field crop producers. Some Ontario farmers also save alfalfa seed.
The report details the role of seeds, pollen, and volunteer/feral plants in the predicted contamination of non-GM alfalfa from GM alfalfa. If released, GM alfalfa would be the first GM perennial crop introduced in Canada.
“While the conditions for contamination in Eastern Canada differ from those in Western Canada where alfalfa seed is produced, contamination in Ontario is assured, as are the economic costs to farmers,” said Lucy Sharratt of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network.
“Our report documents the many means by which farmers can expect to see contamination from GM alfalfa. Contamination is assured, the only question is how long it will take and which will be the first or primary means of gene escape,” said Taarini Chopra, also with the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network.
“This report puts an end to discussions about coexistence with GM alfalfa, its just not possible.” said Phillip Woodhouse, President of the Ontario Grey County NFU local 344 who also attended an October 2012 meeting of the Canadian Seed Trade Association where the industry attempted to construct a coexistence plan to pave the way for GM alfalfa. “Forage Genetics International appears willing to sacrifice the livelihoods of Ontario farmers to get their product on the market somewhere in Canada.”
“No farmer can shield themselves from this genetic pollution. Does anyone really believe that introducing GM alfalfa into Eastern Canada will protect Prairie farmers from this contamination?” added Woodhouse.
The National Farmers Union-Ontario has called for consumers to support farmers in a Day of Action to Stop GM Alfalfa on April 9. Ontario farmers have organized protest rallies in 12 communities, outside of constituency offices of federal Members of Parliament as well as outside the Variety Registration office of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in Ottawa where a final rubber-stamp to release Roundup Ready alfalfa is expected any day. 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.
For more information:Ann Slater, National Farmers Union, 519-349-2448; Lucy Sharratt, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network 613 241 2267 ext 25, Phillip Woodhouse, National Farmers Union, 519 599 5041.
Details on the April 9 Day of Action to Stop GM Alfalfa, including a list of actions, can be found at www.cban.ca/april9
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.
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