Ape Goes to Mark Lakeman’s Victoria City Talk November 29th, 2018

Place-Making as Radical Urbanism – A City Talk with Mark Lakeman

by The City Talks

November 29th, 2018

UVic’s Distinguished Downtown Lecture Series

Mark Lakeman, Co-Founder and Creative Director of the City Repair Project in Portland, OR, joins us at The City Talks.

Legacy Art Gallery and Cafe (630 Yates), Victoria.

November 29, at 7:30pm.

This presentation will describe how placeless practices and landscapes that characterize modern urban planning are being actively and aggressively retrofitted through place-based citizen engagement.

Lakeman will discuss the transformation of Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square and the movement to transform public space all over North America and Europe.

Lakeman’s presentation will outline the practical means and technical support that is needed to transform our own urban spaces, here in Victoria.

Listen. Hear. Mark Lakeman speaks to Gorilla Radio.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, James Steidle, Rick Habgood, Terry Dance-Bennink, Janine Bandcroft November 29, 2018

Climate change is often blamed for the record fire seasons experienced in BC, and across western North America these last few years, but is there more than climate causing the increasing devastation?

Stop the Spray BC has been warning about the effects of intense herbicide spraying throughout the province, and says the practice is dangerously exacerbating an already dire situation.

James Steidle has worked in BC’s forest industry as a treeplanter, mill worker, and currently runs a woodworking company based in Prince George. Steidle and fellow forestry professional, Herb Martin started Stop the Spray BC to bring to an end wrong-headed government policies.

They ask, “As our planet continues to warm, biodiversity fades and forest fires grow worse, does it make sense to keep eliminating the trees with the highest biodiversity values, lowest probability of flammability, and best ability to sequester CO2 and reflect solar radiation from our forests?”

James Steidle in the first half.

And; over the last month, Elections BC has administered the latest referendum on determining the future voting system for provincial elections. Ballots were mailed out, and the deadline was originally slated for tomorrow, November 30th. But, and it is a very big but; due to Canada Post labour actions, Elections BC has extended by one week the deadline to get ballots on electoral reform in.

Terry Dance-Bennink is an Eco and democracy activist, Pro Rep champion, defender of indigenous rights, United Church member, and Vice President of VotePRBC; and Rick Habgood is a democracy activist and producer of the ShawTV program, ‘Voting for Change?’.

Rick Habgood and Terry Dance-Bennink on BC’s chance for electoral change in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things going on in and around our town in the coming week. But first, James Steidle and stopping the BC spray. 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon 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/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Richard Hardigan, Christopher Black, Janine Bandcroft November 22, 2018

Last week’s resignation of Israel’s defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman and withdrawal of his party’s support for the coalition government of prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu has not only sown political turmoil in the country, but also signals dangerous days ahead for Palestinians throughout the Occupied Territories.

The ultra-right wing Lieberman left the government in protest over Netanyahu’s Gaza cease fire agreement with Hamas, and already even more extreme members of the prime minister’s razor thin coalition majority are pushing for harsher measures against both the eight month-long Great March of Return in Gaza and Palestinian protesters generally.

Richard Hardigan is a journalist, university educator and activist who in 2014 traveled to the West Bank with the International Solidarity Movement to experience firsthand life on the other side of Israel’s infamous “security fence”. The result is his recently released book, ‘The Other Side of the Wall: An Eyewitness Account of the Occupation in Palestine‘.

Richard Hardigan in the first half.

And; four years on from the Western-backed coup and overthrow of the democratically elected government in Ukraine, the war against the eastern regions refusing to cede to the Poroshenko regime is stalemated. The determination of the separatist Donetsk and Lugansk Peoples Republics to forge their own way was reinforced at the November 11th elections that saw record turnouts and overwhelming support for the People’s Councils.

But, the vote was immediately dismissed by America and the European Union as a “sham election“, rigged by Russia and its proxies in eastern Ukraine.

Christopher Black is a Toronto-based criminal lawyer best known for his involvement in a number of high-profile, international war crimes cases. He’s also a poet, essayist, and novelist who’s latest book is, ‘Beneath the Clouds‘. Black’s articles on international law, politics and World events appear at New Eastern Outlook among other places, and his latest, ‘The Donbass Dilemma‘ examines the election and international reaction to it.


Christopher Black in the second half.

And Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Richard Hardigan and looking at the other side of Israel’s wall.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon 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/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Walt McGinnis, Pablo Ouziel, Janine Bandcroft November 15th, 2018

A new day’s dawning in the ongoing communications revolution that has, over the last four decades, already transformed our World.

5G, or fifth generation wireless technology will, promises Canada’s Communications Research Centre, “benefit Canadian telecommunications systems, technologies, and applications.” It is, they say, a “game changer” readying us for a near future where online devices vastly outnumber the humans using them, and will enable the coming age of “The Internet of Things”.

Walt McGinnis is a Victoria-based political activist, citizen journalist and co-host of Citizens Forum, a local political affairs program.

He’s also the past president of Stop Smart Meters.ca, a citizen’s coalition to reverse BC Hydro’s imposition of the so-called “Smart Meter” without due consultation, and at great cost to British Columbians.

McGinnis’ work with Stop Smart Meters was instrumental in bringing about the 2011 moratorium on Smart Meter installation at the Convention of the Union of B.C. Municipalities. Walt’s also an electrical contractor specializing in “making the built environment safe from the harmful effects of electromagnetic radiation.”

Walt McGinnis in the first half.

And; a lot has changed in the year since Spain’s central government brought out the Gardia to violently shut down pro-independence activists in restive Catalonia; and a lot hasn’t. As it stands, Spain is still whole, though the leadership on both sides of last year’s contretemps are out of power, but resentment is more than simmering in Barcelona, heart of the Catalan independence movement, where pitched battle was seen again in the streets between old foes last week.

Dr. Pablo Ouziel is a Post-Doctoral fellow at UVic whose project in progress is, ‘Towards Democratic Responses to the Crisis of Democracy in Spain: Forms of Participatory and Representative Civic Engagement.’ He’s freshly returned from a visit to his home city of Barcelona.

Pablo Ouziel and a darkened horizon persisting for both Spain’s and European democracy in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Walt McGinnis and a 5th Generation dawning.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon 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/

Ape Goes to the Mackenzie-Papineau Brigade Observance November 11, 2018

very Armistice Day, pacifists and anti-fascists meet at Victoria’s memorial for the MacKenzie-Papineau Brigade. The “Mac-Paps” are those Canadians who defied their government to travel to Spain and fight the fascists during that country’s Civil War.

Here’s what wikipedia says:

“The Mackenzie–Papineau Battalion or Mac-Paps were a battalion of Canadians who fought as part of the XV International Brigade on the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War. Except for France, no other country gave a greater proportion of its population as volunteers in Spain than Canada.[1] The first Canadians in the conflict were dispatched mainly with the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Battalion and later the North American George Washington Battalion, with about forty Canadians serving in each group. The XV International Brigade was involved in the Battle of Jarama in which nine Canadians are known to have been killed.”

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Daniel Kovalik, Ingmar Lee, Janine Bandcroft November 8th, 2018

Plowing a steady course between Washington State and Alaska, the 10,000 ton oil tankers barge through BC’s inside passage. It seems nothing can stop their relentless progress, neither First Nation objection, rumoured moratoriums, nor environmental imprecations.

Even when the predicted disasters come so close, like the sinking of the Nathan E. Stewart in 2016, and near grounding of the Jake Shearer off the Goose Islands in Hecate Strait last year, those tugs just keep chugging along, marking time towards the inevitable Exxon Valdez-sized catastrophe to come.

Ingmar Lee is a long-time, BC-based environment defender. From the Nanaimo watershed and first-growth valley bottoms of Vancouver Island, to Cathedral Grove and the threatened Sandhill Crane nesting grounds of British Columbia’s mid-coast, Ingmar has advocated for and stood between an increasingly fragile ecosystem and its government enabled big business despoilers.

He is also the creator of the 10,000 Ton Tanker Public Group that has, through sheer tenacity, towed a reluctant media and the ENGO community into its effort to have the dangerous tanker transits along this ecologically fragile, and navigationally treacherous coast stopped for good. Ingmar will be appearing at 7:30 tonight at the Roxy Theatre on Gabriola Island to talk about the tankers passing the island every two weeks.

Ingmar Lee in the first half.

And; vilify, sanction, invade and repeat; it’s the imperial routine that seems never to tire. Time and again we’ve seen Western governments focus on one country or another, label its leadership “evil doers”, the government illegitimate, and put all “options on the table” to achieve said “regime’s” necessary changing. All for the welfare of the people there, of course. It’s a game that’s been played for a long time, ‘The Great Game’ as the late British Empire knew it; but a century after the end of the Great War that ended Britannia’s global rule, has the Game of Empire finally run its course?

Daniel Kovalik is a labor and human rights lawyer, essayist, and author of the critically-acclaimed books, ‘The Plot to Scapegoat Russia’, and ‘The Plot to Attack Iran.’ The third in his “plot to” trilogy, ‘The Plot to Control the World: How the US Spent Billions to Change the Outcome of Elections Around the World‘ is fresh off the Skyhorse publishing presses and couldn’t be more timely.

Dan Kovalik and correcting the prevailing myths of Western innocence in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Ingmar Lee and shedding light on the shadowy tanker traffic plying BC’s coast. 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon 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/

Gorilla Radio Flashbacks with Chris Cook, Michael Parenti February 2, 2003

And; from GR’s wayback files, Michael Parenti from February 2003:

All that’s missing from media reports of the long-rumoured Battle of Civilizations, (coming to a TV screen near you) is Reason. Rarely mentioned, and presumably soon to be forgotten, is any information providing a context for the conflict in the middle east. Amid the rabid rhetoric emanating from the Bush administration and its media organs, you may be forgiven your struggle to make sense of it all. Michael Parenti is one of America’s most astute, and persistent critics of U.S. domestic and foreign policy. ‘Democracy for the Few’, ‘Against Empire’, and ‘History as Mystery’, are just a few of his many books.

Michael Parenti provides a bit of context for the coming storm and to discuss his newest book, ‘The Terrorism Trap: September 11 and Beyond’

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Yves Engler, Michael Parenti, Janine Bandcroft November 1st, 2018

Last week saw yet another far right government ascend the World stage. Whether neo, crypto, or proto fascist, Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro represents a further ebbing of Latin America’s so-called Pink Tide movement.

It’s a trend that’s seen political reversals already in Paraguay, Uruguay, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, and Honduras, and now threatens the Sandinista and Bolivarian revolutions of Nicaragua and Venezuela.

The bitter fruits of this social change can be seen on the faces of the thousands currently fleeing Central America, desperate to escape the counter-revolution regimes put in place, ironically enough, through the agency of El Norte countries like ours, Canada.

Yves Engler is a Montréal-based activist, essayist, and author. His articles appear at Dissident Voice, The Palestine Chronicle, Rabble.ca, and Pacific Free Press among other places. The latest of his ten books, ‘Left, Right: Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada‘ is freshly off the presses and questions, Why, despite all evidence to the contrary, Canadians still suffer under the delusion that they and their nation’s government are “a benevolent force in the world”?

Yves will be at UVic tonight at 7pm in the Hickman Building for a presentation on, and book launch of ‘Left, Right, Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada’.

Yves Engler in the first half.

And; from GR’s wayback files, Michael Parenti from February 2003:

All that’s missing from media reports of the long-rumoured Battle of Civilizations, (coming to a TV screen near you) is Reason. Rarely mentioned, and presumably soon to be forgotten, is any information providing a context for the conflict in the middle east. Amid the rabid rhetoric emanating from the Bush administration and its media organs, you may be forgiven your struggle to make sense of it all. Michael Parenti is one of America’s most astute, and persistent critics of U.S. domestic and foreign policy. ‘Democracy for the Few’, ‘Against Empire’, and ‘History as Mystery’, are just a few of his many books.

Michael Parenti provides a bit of context for the coming storm and to discuss his newest book, ‘The Terrorism Trap: September 11 and Beyond’ in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin with some of the good things to do in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Yves Engler and marching to the Imperial beat.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon 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/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Michael C. Klein, Ben Parfitt, Janine Bandcroft October 25th, 2018

Canadians are fortunate to live in a country possessing not only a thoroughly modern health care system, utilizing the best of 21st century technology, but also with legislated universal access to it. But, there’s more to good medicine than universality, or the newest next thing, and as my first guest warns: when it comes to the ultimate primary care – how Canadians come into the World – the very progress we herald in Western medicine is making birth in this country less a natural process to be celebrated than “technological experience” to be endured.

Dr. Michael C. Klein‘s long, illustrious, and varied career in medicine both inside Canada and without includes serving as clinician, administrator, researcher, and educator.

The Professor Emeritus of family practice at the University of British Columbia has practiced too in the United States, and cut his teeth in maternal medicine in exotic locales under surprising circumstances. It would take a book to do the scope of his career justice; so it’s fortunate Michael Klein is also an author. His first book, ‘Dissident Doctor: Catching Babies and Challenging the Medical Status Quo‘ tells his story, and much more besides.

Dr. Michael C. Klein in the first half.

And; last year, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives‘ BC Office reported a subsidiary of Malaysian energy giant Petronas side-stepped the law, constructing at least 16 dams to support its fracking operations without approval of the province’s Environmental Assessment Office. Now, that report’s author has discovered, rather than suffering fine or censure for its breach of the law, Progress Energy asked for, and has had granted, retroactive exemptions from environmental review for two of the dams the EAO described as “illegal works”.

Ben Parfitt is a journalist, author, and CCPA researcher specializing in energy, water, forest resources, and climate change. His just out article, ‘Dangerous Precedent: Petronas subsidiary gets free pass after building unlicensed fracking dams‘ should, more than merely outrage, serve as clarion call to all who care about the future of the province.

Ben Parfitt and a free pass for Petronas frackers in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, dissident Dr. Michael C. Klein, catching babies and challenging the medical status quo.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon 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/