Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Joel Gregory Hayes, Nathalie Chambers , Janine Bandcroft July 5th, 2018

Crisis and opportunity are, as the ancient Chinese philosophers knew, opposite sides of the same koan. It is, they say, the attitude governing our reaction to the matter at hand ultimately determining the path we choose and outcomes that follow.

By those calculations, right now we are at a very opportune moment in history; a moment that will determine not just what kind of future we’ll have, but if there is to be a future at all.

It seems our species’ irresistible cleverness has at last met the immovable environmental reality of existence within the finite context of living on a small orb in space, and how we deal with this imminent crisis/opportunity is the question of the age.

Joel Gregory Hayes is scientific technician and adventurer currently embarked on a journey to create and prove a new solar charged Electric Vehicle, or SEV. It is his and his partners’ plan to engineer and pilot their vehicle between the north tip and southern reaches of the Americas.

Joel Gregory Hayes in the first half.

And; as the small informs the large, so too the way we live our little lives can have great effects on the broader World. Here in our green and pleasant Victoria we are seeing a drastic diminishment of not only what little remains of the wild spaces once surrounding us, but the parks, urban forest, and rural spaces closer to home too; all sacrificed for industry, and a real estate business booming out of control.

Nowhere is the loss more evident than in Saanich, a jurisdiction blessed with all these attributes, and where the latest facing the developer’s axe is the as yet unrecognized, Kings Road Park.

Nathalie Chambers is an organic farmer, business owner, progressive community leader, fundraiser, project manager, public speaker on biodiversity and local food security, author of the book, ‘Saving Farmland: The Fight for Real Food,’ and past candidate for Saanich council.

Nathalie Chambers and the fight of our lives; saving Saanich, one green space at a time 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 around our town in the coming week. But first, Joel Gregory Hayes and SEV for the Americas.

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 June 28, 2018 Live Cover Show

This week a special show; that is to say, I’m on vacation. Yes, apes take vakays too. What follows are a few of the demonstrations and events I’ve attended in Victoria over the last month or so…

Music is: Radio Unfree Europe by Transglobal Underground from their album, ‘Impossible Broadcasting’ and

The Dinner is Ruined by Funk Asylum from the compilation disk, ‘GasCD’

 

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Nova Ami, Velcrow Ripper, Wendy Mendez, Janine Bandcroft June 21, 2018

With due respect to Mr. Dylan, sometimes you do need a weatherman to see which way the wind blows; or at least a climatologist to confirm, it ain’t you, babe, the climes they really are a-changin’. And if climate change is a train, it’s not coming slow or fast, but is already in the station!

Metamorphosis‘ is the newly released documentary film by collaborators Velcrow Ripper and Nova Ami. Innovative and artistic, beautiful and terrifying, the film navigates the current of climate change as it ebbs and flows, creating new realities across the planet.

Metamorphosis opens across Canada this month, and its Victoria debut is at UVic’s Cinecenta theatre this Sunday and Monday, June 24th and 25th.

Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper in the first half.

And; even as immigration policies create a political furore in the United States, nightly newscasts rarely explore the roots of the Central American refugee crisis. Whether in Honduras, El Salvador, or Guatemala, the situation is so dire people are willing to risk everything; their lives, and their children’s lives, to escape.

Wendy Mendez is a human rights activist, educator, petitioner in Guatemala’s Military Diary case, and co-founder of HIJOS Guatemala, Sons and Daughters of the Disappeared.

Wendy joins a special Cafe Simpatico evening next Wednesday, June 27th to screen filmmaker, Claudio Zulian’s documentary, ‘Sin Miedo‘.


Wendy Mendez and the persistent struggle for justice in Guatemala 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 get up to in and around our town in the coming week.

But first, Velcrow Ripper and Nova Ami confronting a global Metamorphosis.

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 BC Government Fish Farm Tenure Extension Announcement June 20, 2018

The BC provincial government announced today it would allow contentious fish farm tenures be renewed, subject to monthly review, through 2022. A determined group of salmon proponents gathered on the Legislature grounds to voice their rejection of the NDP position.

Voices featured:

Kwakwaka’wakw grandmother, TsastilqualusAmbers

Salmon protector, James Smith

Former fisher, Joan Lemmers

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, John Helmer, Kees van der Pijl, Janine Bandcroft June 14th, 2018

O! Canada, what have you done NOW? Apparently, the Make America Great Again crowd’s unhappy and up and declared war on the Great White North. Incredibly, the fully prostrate boot-licking of Canada’s immaculately coiffured Justin Trudeau hasn’t proven enough to spare us the wrath of the MAGA Khan!!!

The proverbial poo hit the Twitter fan Saturday as Donald Trump departed the Charlevoix, Quebec G7 fiasco, bound for greater glory in Singapore.

It was left for Trump economic acolytes Larry Kudlow and Peter Navarro to shovel the load the leader left in the bilateral trade commode upon his allies’ heads, and across America’s myriad Sunday political talk shows.

The strain of the effort apparently triggering a “very mild heart attack” in the former, and a brain fart from the latter that ripped across the mediasphere as a miasmic and unprecedented damnation to Hell’s foul and sulphured core for our Prime Minister.

John Helmer is a long-time, Moscow-based journalist, author, and essayist whose website, Dances with Bears is the only Russian-based news bureau “independent of single national or commercial ties.” He’s also a former political science professor who’s served as advisor to governments on three continents, and regularly lectures on Russian topics.

Helmer’s book titles include: ‘Uncovering Russia,’ ‘Urbanman: The Psychology of Urban Survival,’ ‘Bringing the War Home: The American Soldier in Vietnam and After,’ and ‘Drugs and Minority Oppression’, among others.

His latest article, ‘Defecation in Public – Was It Soft or Hard When White House Officials Did It On the Canadian Prime Minister? Is Chrystia Freeland Also Aiming at Justin Trudeau?‘ gets to the bottom of the sewering Canada/US relationship.

John Helmer in the first half.

And; last month, the Dutch Joint Investigation Team tasked to look into the MH17 disaster came down with an opinion of how the Malaysian airliner came to be shot down over Ukraine in 2014, and who it believes is responsible.

The JIT report unsurprisingly concludes Russia is the culprit, as it argued from the beginning, but is there another possibility? The impartiality of the panel in charge of the nearly four years-long probe has been questioned, with criticism coming mainly from Russia and the separatists of Eastern Ukraine who have fought a bitter war against the NATO-sponsored coup regime in Kyiv.

Kees van der Pijl is emeritus professor of international relations at the University of Sussex and Fellow of the Centre for Global Political Economy. The Dutch political scientist is known for his critical approach to global political economy as found in his trilogy ‘Modes of Foreign Relations and Political Economy’.

Kees’ other works include; ‘Global Rivalries from the Cold War to Iraq’, ‘Transnational Classes and International Relations’, and ‘The Making of an Atlantic Ruling Class’. Pijl’s also known as one of the World’s foremost authorities on the MH17 crash, and the fate of his book dealing with the crash, due out later this month, is now in question.

Kees van der Pijl and getting to the truth of MH17 in the second half.

And, Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to get up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, John Helmer and a really very sh*tty week for Justin Trudeau and Canada/US trade relations.

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 World Oceans Day in Victoria June 10, 2018

June 10th is World Oceans Day. I went down to the festivities at Victoria’s Fisherman’s Wharf to find out what that means for several people working to protect the seas.

Featured voices:

Gregg McElroy – Canadian Orca Rescue Society – www.orcarescue.com

Al “Nashuratwani” – Greater Victoria Harbour Authority

“Benoit” Sea Shepherd Conservation Society – SSCS.org

Octavio “Cruze” – Georgia Strait Alliance – georgiastrait.org

 

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Betty Krawczyk, Pablo Ouziel, Christina Nikolic June 7th, 2018

Prime Minister Trudeau has enjoined the Great Canadian Petroleum War. Announcing the purchase, and promise of completion, of the contentious Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Extension pipeline project, the federal government effectively sided-up with Alberta’s “blue-eyed sheiks” and their allies in the transnational oil trade against the province of British Columbia, Canada’s gateway to the Pacific, and the entirety of the World’s environmental community.

But, even before Justin “Crudeau” made his Faustian bargain, federal agencies were already deployed at the service of the now outgoing Texans, arresting scores of citizens standing in the way of its pipeline’s progress using “injunctions” granted by BC’s own judiciary.

Betty Krawczyk knows more than most about being arrested. The activist, essayist, Green and Work Less Party candidate, and author renowned in BC as the “Environmental Grandmother”, has proven sand in the machine of social injustice and ecological destruction for more than fifty years.

From the front lines of the anti-segregation movement in her native Louisiana and resisting America’s war against Vietnam, to the forests of Clayoquot Sound and highway expansion through Eagleridge Bluffs, Betty has stood defiant in the face of bad laws and the systems perpetuating them.

Her book titles include: ‘Clayoquot: The Sound of My Heart’, ‘Lock Me Up Or Let Me Go: The Protests, Arrest and Trial of an Environmental Activist’, ‘Open Living Confidential: From Inside the Joint.’, ‘This Dangerous Place: My Journey Between the Passions of the Living and the Dead’, and ‘Betty, Blue Belle and Bitch’, and she blogs from her site, Betty’s Early Edition.Blogspot.com

Betty Krawczyk in the first half.

And; last week Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s controversial, and confrontational, Prime Minister was unceremoniously drubbed from office in a vote of no confidence. The leader of the People’s Party had taken a hard line against separatists in Catalonia, but corruption, more than Rajoy’s ham-handed response to the Catalan constitutional crisis, is responsible for his sudden and dramatic fall from grace.

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.’

Pablo Ouziel and an upside down Spain in the second segment.

And; Victoria greentrepreneur and horticulturalist extraordinaire, Christina Nikolic will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to get up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Betty Krawczyk and girding our legal loins for B.C.’s Great Pipeline War.

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, Diana Johnstone Aug 2, 2004

Unlike most GR interviews, this discussion with Diana Johnstone was prerecorded, so there wasn’t a script. Here we talk about here article, Clinton, Kerry and Kosovo: The Lie of a “Good War”

by DIANA JOHNSTONE – CounterPunch.org

For U.S. politicians, if all wars are good, some are better than others. Democrats prefer Clinton wars and Republicans prefer Bush wars. But in the end, they almost unanimously come together to support all wars. The differences concern the choice of official rationale.

To suggest subtle criticism of the Republican war against Iraq, while making it clear that they are by no means opposed to war as such, the 2004 Democratic election campaigners can be expected to glorify the Kosovo war. The prominence of General Wesley Clark in the Democratic camp makes that quite clear.

John Kerry’s foreign policy adviser Will Marshall of the Progressive Policy Institute, author of “Democratic Realism: the Third Way”, points to the exemplary nature of the 1999 “U.S.-led intervention in Kosovo”. It was “a policy consciously based on a mix of moral values and security interests with the parallel goals of halting a humanitarian tragedy and ensuring NATO’s credibility as an effective force for regional stability”.

The “humanitarian” rationale sounds better than the “weapons of mass destruction” or the “links to Al Qaeda” which never existed. But then, the “genocide” from which the NATO war allegedly saved the Albanians of Kosovo never existed either.

But while the WMD deception has been exposed, the founding lie behind the Kosovo war is still widely believed. It effectively distracts from the very existence of what Marshall calls the “parallel goal” of strengthening NATO. Aside from the crippling material damage inflicted on the targeted country, the Kosovo lie has caused even more irreparable damage to relations between the Serb and Albanian inhabitants of Kosovo.

Diana Johnstone is the author of The Politics of Euromissiles: Europe’s Role in America’s World and FOOLS’ CRUSADE Yugoslavia, NATO, and Western Delusions. She can be reached at: DianaJohnstone@compuserve.com

Ape Goes to the Victoria ‘No Pipeline Bailout!’ Manifestation May 31, 2018

“No Pipeline Bailout!” is the rallying cry in British Columbia. On May 29th, Canada’s Finance Minister announced the federal government would buy out Kinder Morgan’s troubled Trans Mountain Pipeline. Land and sea defenders are mobilizing across B.C., and today, May 31st 2018, they’ve manifested here in the provincial capital, Victoria.

The event was put together by the Salish Sea Organizing Collective in conjunction with several social justice and environmental organizations.

Voices featured:

1.”Laloya”
2. Gregg McElroy
3. Ted Smith
4. Bobby Arbess (from the microphone)

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Alan MacLeod, Dan Kovalik, Janine Bandcroft May 31st, 2018

Venezuelans returned President Nicolás Maduro to power May 20th in an election that, according to international observors, went off without a hitch.

The incumbent political heir to the late Hugo Chávez won decisively, garnering more than two-thirds of the popular vote; his next closest rival, former Chavista Henri Falcón, managing just less than 2 million votes, or about 21 per cent.

Despite the landslide victory and endorsement of the internationals, the United States and European Union still find fault with the electoral system former American president, Jimmy Carter has called “the best in the world.”

The self-declared champions of global democracy called Maduro a “dictator” before the poll, vowing they would not recognize his legitimacy, and now that he’s won, say they will make good on promises made to ratchet up already-crippling economic sanctions; a collective punishment for the people’s temerity in returning a Bolivarian government.

Dr. Alan MacLeod is an educator, essayist, author, and proud member of Scotland’s Glasgow University Media Group. A sociologist by training, MacLeod’s research interests include media theory, propaganda, social media and South American politics. Alan’s book, ‘Bad News From Venezuela, 20 Years of Fake News and Misreporting‘ is freshly off the Routledge Press presses, and his articles appear at CounterPunch.org and FAIR.org, where I found his prescient piece, ‘Writing Off Democracy in Venezuela, US Press and Politicians Dream of a Coup‘.

Alan MacLeod in the first half.

And; it’s a tale Dickens would not have told better: Two countries who could not be geographically nearer, and yet whose leadership are philosophically light years apart. Colombia held presidential elections in May too, but unlike neighbour Venezuela, Colombia has been captured by a ruling oligarchy who ruthlessly serve the same transnational interests currently marauding the World.

Daniel Kovalik is a human rights lawyer, essayist, and author who’s book, ‘The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Putin’ could add a new chapter by the week, even a year after publication. Dan was one of the hundreds of international observors to the Venezuelan election, and one of the many fewer to carry on from Caracas to also witness Colombia’s vote last weekend.

Dan Kovalik and a tale of two democracies 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 get up to in and around our city in the coming week. But first, Alan MacLeod and first the verdict, then the vote: Writing Off Democracy in Venezuela.

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/

Left Coast Events Bulletin with Janine Bandcroft May 31, 2018

No Kinder Morgan Bailout! March from the Inner Harbour
thursday
  • 31 May at 17:3020:30
    Next Week9-15° Mostly Sunny
  • 812 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3, Canada
Come out and make some noise to say #NoKinderMorgan!

Kinder Morgan has given the governments of Canada a deadline of May 31st to ensure that the Trans Mountain pipeline can go forward. The federal and Alberta governments will put billions of tax-payer dollars on the line to prop-up this failing project.

In the evening of May 31st the people of Victoria, Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories, will gather at the Inner Harbour to say #NoKM and #NoPipelineBailout!

Please bring: your pots, pans, musical instruments and noise-makers of any kind; signs and symbols of resistance; your friends, neighbours, family, and children; your love of the coast and your willingness to defend it.

Our actions are meant to be a show of hope, anger, and solidarity with Indigenous leadership. We are working together with the Protect the Inlet coalition on the front lines on Burnaby Mountain. 

Victoria is making it clear: Kinder Morgan will not be built.

* We acknowledge with respect that this event is taking place on the territories of the Lkwungen speaking peoples of the Songhees and Esquimalt nations, and that many of our participants will be travelling from the territories of neighbouring nations, all of whose relations to each other and to these lands and waters long predate the City of Victoria, British Columbia, or Canada. *

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All Together Healthy

thursday
Please join me to help launch All Together Healthy, my new book on how to go about maximizing the health of the maximum number of people.
 

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PEDAL De-Colonization Community Workshop

may 31st
In this interactive, experiential workshop we will explore the history and impacts of colonization and settler colonialism within canada/Northern Turtle Island, not only with our minds but with our bodies and hearts. We will create space to aim to decolonize ourselves and practice taking personal responsibility, aiming to build allegiance with centuries of Indigenous resistance.

Facilitator
Anna Soole, is Métis – of the Cree, Ojibwe and Lakota First Nations, and French, Celtic, Gaelic, Welsh, and German heritage. She currently resides on the unceded and occupied traditional homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

As an agent for transformative justice and liberation, and senior trainer, speaker, and educator for nearly two decades, she has practiced as a Social Justice Facilitator, Assertiveness Coach, and Forum Theatre Practitioner at provincial, national, and international levels. She has worked with tens of thousands of children, youth, adults, teachers, social workers, and service providers along their personal educational, and professional journeys.

Her practice is founded in experiential education and arts-based social and ecological justice with focus on gender, sexuality, gender based violence prevention and justice, fat politics, transformative communication, assertiveness, intersectional anti-oppression, and Indigenous feminism. Her work is firmly rooted in decolonization, agency, interdependency, and transformation. As the movement for liberation deepens and grows, she remains dedicated to community healing, compassion, courage, integrity love and dignity for all of life everywhere.

This workshop is made possible by the BC Multiculturalism Grant.

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Learn to Meditate

thursday
Our core practice is Meditation and Mindful Awareness. These are key tools in the development of conscious and compassionate ways of being present to the complex and stressful reality of our lives. Free. Drop-in when you can. No experience necessary. Every Second Thursday following Learn to Meditate, we have a free soup supper. Join us! And learn to navigate the complexities of our lives with meditation.
 

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Fundraising Dance with Kumbia!

friday
  • 1 June at 20:0023:00
    Next Week9-14° Rain Showers
  • 1923 Fernwood Rd, Victoria, BC V8T 2Y6, Canada

Admission: By donation. All donations are tax deductible and will go to Cuso International. 

Cash bar!

One of our band members – Álvaro, has accepted a one-year placement with Cuso International in Colombia! 

Álvaro will be working as an Organizational Development Advisor with 6 small fruit producer associations supported by Fruandes, a Colombian fair trade company producing organic, dehydrated fruit for export.

As part of his journey with Cuso International,Álvaro is fundraising $2,000 to help sustain their vital work and enable Cuso to mobilize volunteers in the Global South.

Right now, for every $1 you donate the Canadian Government will provide $9. That means a $25 contribution becomes $250 and a $100 gift becomes $1000!

 

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Wakanda Summer Gala

saturday
  • 2 June at 18:000:30
    2 June at 18:00 to 3 June at 0:30
  • White Eagle Polish Hall

    90 Dock Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 2A1
To wrap up the end of the annual AfriCa Fest & African Cultural Week, we’re bringing the kingdom of Wakanda to Victoria, BC. Celebrate the beauty of the African continent with great food, Fashion, music, and dance.
African born Designers from living on the Island and various parts of Canada are coming together to showcase their creations. 

Join us for this unforgettable night and enjoy one of the biggest African fashion show in Victoria! 

This event is for everybody regardless of ethnicity. If you love fashion, if you love culture, if you love to explore creative ideas, you are an epicurean, love dance and music, This night is for you. 
Doors open at 6 pm. Show starts at 6:30 June 2nd, 2018

Designers: 
https://www.facebook.com/africstyefashion/
https://www.facebook.com/safarikabumbedesigns/
https://www.facebook.com/pelumi.ogunbanwo – @tribe_asan

Attire
Dress to impress. Cultural attire welcome.

Food
Expect a delicious 3 course African meal.

Tickets:
Student (advance): $20
General Admission (advance): $25
Door: $35

After Party
Afrobeat, Afro House, Afro latin, 

Thanks for your support: 
– Island-Afro-Latin-Events
– OKO Dance Vancouver
– Afric Style Fashion
– Safari Kakumbe
– Vibe Tribe Fashion
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Diversity Film Festival

saturday
The City of Victoria Youth Council is redefining dialogue through the Diversity Film Festival. How can the art of storytelling change the way we relate to each other across difference? Find out as we roll out the red carpet for our festival guests and put on a show that can’t be missed! 

Admission is by donation at a sliding scale of $5-$20 (no one will be turned away). 

We invite young film makers across BC to submit their ~5 min short films to showcase their story of culture, ethnicity, and roots. Submissions can be emailed or shared to diversityfilmfestival@gmail.com by May 23th, 2018 at 11:59 pm. Your film may be chosen to screen at the 2019 Victoria Film Festival! 

This event is taking place on the unceded Coast Salish Territory of the Lekwungen, Esquaimalt, and W̱SÁNEĆ nations.
 
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Indigenous Foods Gathering (Vancouver Island)

  • 1 June – 2 June
    1 June at 12:00 to 2 June at 20:00
  • Tsawout First Nation

    7728 Tetayut Rd., Saanichton V8M 2E4
ÁLI SDÁLṈEW̱ “ALL THE GOOD MEDICINE”
Indigenous Foods Gathering 
“Our Foods, Our Waters, Our Power”
June 1-2, 2018 hosted by SȾÁUTW

EVENT TIME & WORKSHOPS TBD

Please RSVP to receive updates leading up to the gathering
 
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Victoria National Animal Rights Day 2018

sunday
National Animal Rights Day (NARD) returns to Victoria for its 3rd year in 2018 joining 30 other cities around the world. 
This year the event will take place along Dallas Rd near Clover Point. 
We will be meeting outside Ogden Point Cafe at 11am to prepare and then will walk down to our stopping point near Clover Point.
 
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Protest #Israel70 Celebration at JNF Gala

sunday
  • 3 June at 17:0018:30
    Next Week
  • Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia St. at Howe, Vancouver
Join us to picket the Jewish National Fund Dinner which is celebrating the “70th anniversary of the state of Israel”. The racist and discriminatory policies of the JNF have been well documented and are of particular concern here in Canada due to the creation of “Canada Park” on the ruins of 3 Palestinian villages in the occupied West Bank.

As in previous years, the JNF is attempting to hide its policies and history behind a charitable project, this time to “Help Improve the Lives of Children with Disabilities”. The grotesque irony of this particular project at this time, as Israeli snipers maim and disable hundreds of Palestinians in Gaza, including children, doesn’t seem to bother the $300/ticket gala-goers. UNICEF stated on May 16, 2018, that “since 30 March 2018, over 1,000 children have been injured in violence in the Gaza Strip. Many of these injuries are severe and potentially life-altering, including some resulting in amputations.”

Call on the Canadian Government to revoke the tax deductible status for the JNF, and stop being complicit in these WAR CRIMES.
Stop maiming Palestinian children.
No to 70 years of celebrating Palestinian dispossession!
No to “greenwashing” ethnic cleansing.

Groups wishing to endorse the action, please email cpavancouver@gmail.com or message this page.
 
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Voices of Saanich Speaker Series 5/5

tuesday
Join us for the 5th Voices of Saanich event in a 5 part speaker series, on Tuesday June 5 for Indigenous Solutions to Environmental Violence, Grounded in Cultural Practice.
 

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Gerard Di Trolio, Yves Engler, Christina Nikolic May 24th, 2018

May 31st marks the deadline set by Kinder Morgan for British Columbia to guarantee the Texas oil operator’s Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion. The project has been massively controversial in BC, but its political import has made less of an impression on the country east of the Rockies.

Maybe that explains why Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have waded into the debate, saying the federal government will underwrite the pipeline should Kinder Morgan follow through with its implicit threat to quit in the face of implacable opposition.

But, the Liberals aren’t the only ones supporting Kinder.

Gerard Di Trolio is a Toronto-based writer specializing in Canadian labour and political issues. He also serves as an editor to the labour website, RankandFile.ca. His recent article, ‘The NDP’s Oil Problem‘ appears online at JacobinMag.com and puts that party’s would-be environmental ducks in the middle of the tar pond pipeline muck.

Gerard Di Trolio in the first half.

And; Israel’s blatant disregard for Palestinian life, as witnessed over the course of the so far seven weeks-long Great March of Return demonstrations in Gaza, has drawn calls for an accounting finally of that country’s criminal actions. Reaction in Canada has been muted across party lines, much to the frustration of grass roots activists within the New Democratic Party who want to see their new leader take a stand on the Palestine issue.

Yves Engler is a Montréal-based activist, lecturer, and author whose book titles include: ‘The Ugly Canadian — Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy,’ ‘Lester Pearson’s Peacekeeping — The Truth May Hurt,’ ‘The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy,’ ‘Canada in Africa — 300 Years of Aid and Exploitation,’ and his latest, ‘A Propaganda System: How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation.’

Yves recently wrote an anticipatory article about the NDP convention, ‘Burying Canada’s Anti-Palestinian Consensus‘, and attended to see which way the new NDP’s winds would blow on Palestine. He’s now joined a growing clamour demanding the party’s withdrawal from the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group.

Yves Engler in the second half.

And; Victoria-based greentrepreneur and horticulturalist extraordinaire, Christina Nikolic will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin, bringing us up to speed with some of the good things going on in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Gerard Di Trolio and the NDP’s oil problem.

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/