Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Janine Bandcroft, Christina Nikolic March 22, 2018

We have a special program for you today for a couple of reasons: I’m joined live and in-studio by a pair of my favourite fellow primates, Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft is here, as is local greentrepreneur and horticulturalist extraordinaire, Christina Nikolic.

If you listen regularly, you already know, Janine and Christina bring us the Left Coast Events Bulletin, your vital guide to some of the good things to get up to in and around Victoria week in and week out.

Today we three together form the Lean Green Gorilla Radio Funding Drive Money Raising Team – and we’ve got a beastly hunger for your figurative banana dreams!!!!

See below for more…but suffice to say, you can begin by dialing 250-721-8700 NOW…CFUV’s ANNUAL Funding Drive is here!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. FUNDING DRIVE is here from March 16th-23rd!

Every year CFUV programs our hearts out to raise money for our beloved little radio station.

For this period of annual fundraising you can be sure to hear captivating radio, live performances, and passionate volunteers over CFUV’s airwaves. During Funding Drive, donations are taken in person or over the phone so we can continue to do what we do best – making innovative radio for Victoria and beyond!
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Since 1984, CFUV has been a quintessential aspect to the Victoria community, providing alternative airwaves for everyone on Vancouver Island to connect with. Not only do we make unique radio, we teach people how to program, we advocate for marginalized/unrepresented voices, we provide accessible airwaves to those with disabilities, and we contribute to the Victoria community by sponsoring shows, hosting concerts, and supporting local. Whether it’s becoming a programmer for your own radio show, creating podcasts, or just wanting to discover great Canadian artists, CFUV aims to provide listeners and volunteers with a fresher and alternative form of radio broadcasting.
EB image number 2Donations received during Funding Drive go towards keeping what makes CFUV so great, and continues to provide a space for students and Victoria residents alike to come together and develop their creative talents. This year’s Funding Drive will run from March 16th to the 23rd, so get PUMPED!
You can donate NOW at supportcfuv.ca !

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, David Swanson, John Helmer, Janine Bandcroft March 15th, 2018

It’s not the Ides Iraqis are wary of in March, but the 20th day. That marks the date in 2003 their lives changed forever. It was of course when America and its allies, its “Coalition of the Willing”, launched the infamous, ‘Operation Iraqi Liberation’.

You may recall the shock and awe of watching a nation blown to pieces LIVE on CNN; not in living colour, but rather transmitted in the eerie iridescence of infrared night vision?

Despite serial declarations to the contrary, the “operation” in Iraq never really was accomplished and fifteen years later the country, with its cities in shambles, millions killed, maimed, or driven into exile is, like fellow invadee Afghanistan, still a chaos; is still at war.

David Swanson is a peace and political justice activist, journalist, radio host, and author whose book titles include: ‘War No More: The Case for Abolition,’ ‘When the World Outlawed War,’ ‘War Is a Lie,’ and ‘The Military Industrial Complex at 50’ among others. He’s director of WorldBeyondWar.org, blogs at Let’s Try Democracy (DavidSwanson.org) and WarIsACrime.org, and hosts the public affairs program, Talk Nation Radio.

David Swanson in the first half.

And; as though tensions between the World’s nuclear titans weren’t taut enough, a bizarre alleged poisoning in Britain has Western fingers pointing again at a Russian conspiracy. Former spy and exile, Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia were discovered collapsed on a Salisbury park bench a week past Sunday last.

Though the pair have not been seen or heard from outside of hospital since, authorities claim they were poisoned with Novichok, a nerve agent believed once to be part of the USSR’s chemical arsenal. Now, British prime minister, Theresa May says, “Putin did it!” But what she won’t, or perhaps can’t say is, why.

John Helmer is a Moscow-based journalist and author. His latest article, ‘Fourteen and a Half Certainties in the Case of Sergei Skripal‘ is up now at his website, Dances with Bears.

John Helmer and uncertain certainties 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. But first, David Swanson and the enduring legacy of war in Iraq and beyond.

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 March 15, 2018

This events bulletin is produced weekly for Gorilla Radio, airing Thursdays 11-noon and Saturdays 8-9 am from CFUV (http://cfuv.uvic.ca) and Mondays 9-10 am from CJSF (http://cjsf.ca). You can also listen to the podcasts at http://www.gorilla-radio.com.
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Interdisciplinary Lecture Series: Talk by Dr. Nicole Shukin
clock Thursday at 15:00–16:00
3 days from now · 4–10° Mostly Sunny

pin University of Victoria
3800 Finnerty Road, Victoria, British Columbia V8P 5C2

Join us on Thursday, March 15th from 3:00-4:00 for a talk by University of Victoria professor Dr. Nicole Shukin. The talk will take place in the Fraser Building, room #209. This event is free and open to everyone.

Looking at how life has “bounced back” (or not) after the 2011 TEPCO nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, this talk builds on critiques of the neoliberal virtue of resilience by examining the value placed on multispecies resilience after Fukushima.

Describing multispecies resilience as forgiving makes visible the affective as well as material economies within which other animals become instrumental to redeeming a future for catastrophic capitalism. Unexpectedly, however, some species – particularly unruly wild boars that have proliferated in the nuclear exclusion zone in Fukushima – bounce back with a vengeance, presenting an excessive and unforgiving fall-out that I propose is suggestive of how nonhumans can go “on strike” against the affective and material labour of reproducing the life-conditions of capital and of the human.

Nicole Shukin is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Victoria, Canada and member of the interdisciplinary graduate program in Cultural, Social, and Political Thought (CSPT). She is the author of Animal Capital: Rendering Life in Biopolitical Times (2009), and has written on a wide range of topics related to capitalist naturecultures, including the bio-politics of cinematic affect, multispecies perspectives on war and security, and rhetorics of resilience.

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National 60’s Scoop Survivor Solidarity Gathering Victoria 2018
Friday at 12:00–13:00
2 days from now · 4–11° Partly cloudy

pin Centennial Square
1 Centennial Square, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1P6
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To be held on the territory of the Lekwungen peoples of the Songhees and Esquimalt nations.

A Peaceful 60’s Scoop Survivors Solidarity Rally at Spirit?Centennial Sq in Victoria to coincide with Rallies in major cities across Canada🔥

Please be mindful, compassionate, and respectful while in attendance as some Survivors may be in an a more emotional state than others as they either may not yet be on or are in the early stages of their journey of healing from the pain of their past

Please Contact Bill Stewart at nsssday@gmail.com or message Sixties Scoop Survivor’s National Day of Recognition for more information

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National 60’s Scoop Survivor Solidarity Rally – Vancouver 2018

Friday at 11:45–14:45
2 days from now · 4–11° Partly cloudy

pin Victory Square, Vancouver
Hastings & Cambie, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1G8

This rally will take place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Indigenous territories of the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.

A peaceful 60’s Scoop Survivors solidarity rally across Canada in every major city🔥 Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto & Montreal

60s Scoop Survivors across Turtle Island are mobilizing, motivated, and ready to make some noise, raise awarenesss and build support.

Mark your calendars! More details to come as we plan our walk from Victory Square to Japanese Hall at 487 Alexander Street

This a family friendly, sober event open to allies, media, and general public.

****Please be mindful, compassionate, and respectful while in attendance as some survivors may find this event emotional****

**Volunteers and sponsorship are needed for the organisation of this important event. If you would like to offer support, volunteer, or provide a suggestion, please contact the Administrator, April Short or email vancouversixtiesscoop@outlook.com

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3rd Annual Cracks in the Concrete Conference

16 March – 18 March
16 March at 18:00 to 18 March at 16:00

pin Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG)
3800 Finnerty Road, SUB B120 & B122, Victoria, British Columbia

Theme: New Reflections, Ongoing Conversations.

Primarily organized by Uvic students, the VIPIRG conference focuses on centering student and community voices and perspectives to conversations about the environment, self care, non-profits, and oppression. Working from the assumption that these issues are real, we hope to facilitate conversations about how to thrive, survive, and create stronger communities.

It runs from March 16-18 2018, and takes place at the University of Victoria, the Parkside Hotel & Spa, and the Greater Victoria Public Library Central Branch.

Entry to conference panels is free.

Special events costs $10 for students, and $20 for non-students.

Ticket links:
Tribe Called Red: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/a-tribe-called-red-in-conversation-tickets-42548793587
Cocktail Party: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/a-classical-cocktail-party-tickets-42549077436

SCHEDULE:

March 16

6:00pm Opening Panel: Perspectives on Deaf Culture
Upper Lounge, UVic SUB

March 17
Greater Victoria Public Library (735 Broughton St)
12:45pm: Featured Panel
Reflections on Reconciliation, Restitution, and Resurgence

2:00pm: Redefining Non-Profits

3:30pm: Emerging movements in environmentalism

Workshops
2:00pm: Making a living as a creative

3:30pm: Self care or community care?

7pm: A Tribe Called Red: In Conversation

9:30pm: A Classical Cocktail Party

Fortune Gallery, 537 Fisgard St

March 18
Greater Victoria Public Library (735 Broughton St)

1:30pm – 4:30pm Conference debrief, guided meditation, and massage therapy.

This event takes place on unceded and unsurrendered Lekwungen and WSANEC territories.

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Protect the Environmental Development Permit Area (EDPA)
Although unsuccessful in the by election last September I have not stopped advocating for a clean environment, parks, farmland, watersheds, safe roads and affordable housing for all residents in Saanich. Municipal elections are coming up in October, however, that is a long time to wait to address the injustices that are occurring for people and the planet.

Which is the point of this letter.

I want to alert you to some very large changes that are potentially coming to Saanich’s environmental policies that will result in the weakening of environmental protection in environmentally sensitive areas. Should the Environmental Development Permit Area (EDPA) bylaw be rescinded, new developments will not require environmental permits, placing our world class endemic biodiversity at further risk. The Garry Oak ecosystem now covers less than 1% of its former area. These lands are vital; they provide habitat and biodiversity for many species, including specialist pollinators, support sustainable agriculture and contribute to climate change resiliency.

The EDPA bylaw is the product of exemplary work by Saanich residents and councils and is a co-creation and vision for a sustainable future. This spirit is at the heart and foundation of our municipality.

Please come out on Saturday March 17 and take a stand for Saanich with me to maintain our unique ecosystems. The public hearing on rescinding the EDPA bylaw will be held at Spectrum Community School gym, 957 Burnside Road West and starts at 10 am.

Unable to attend? Another method of support is writing a letter of opposition to Mayor and Council to help sway the current 5 who are in favour of rescinding the bylaw. Our elected officials can be reached at: Mayor@saanich.ca and Council@saanich.ca Please send me a copy, it helps to be able to tell the media how many letters have been sent.

I hope to see you at the public hearing.
In the Spirit of Saanich,

Nathalie Chambers
http://www.nathaliechambers.ca/

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A Tribe Called Red: In Conversation
march 17th
Saturday at 19:00–21:00
5 days from now · 5–11° Partly cloudy

pin The Parkside Hotel & Spa
810 Humboldt Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 5B1
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**This page is for event-related information: when and where it will be happening, how folks can get ahold of tickets, etc. Specific questions, and accessibility requests should be sent to info@vipirg.ca, 250-721-7285, or by sending us a message on Facebook!**

VIPIRG presents: A Conversation with A Tribe Called Red

The first part of the night features performances from local musicians.

Afterwards, A Tribe Called Red will have a sit down conversation with Mohawk/Tuscarora poet and writer Janet Rogers. The band will be talking about their work, how it connects to social issues, and how they champion creative resistance.

Tickets
Student/Low Income: $15
General Admission: $20
Combo Ticket (A Tribe Called Red + Cocktail Party)

An informal Meet and Greet with the band will follow shortly after as well as a Cocktail Party at Fortune Gallery (537 Fisgard Street) from 9.30 to 11.30 PM.

This event is taking place on the territories of the Lekwungen speaking peoples and WSANEC, Songhees and Esquimalt nations

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We Animals: Fifteen Years of Photojournalism and Animal Advocacy
march 17th
clock Saturday at 14:00–17:00
3 days from now · 5–10° Partly cloudy

pin 800 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2C5, Canada

Join The Fur-Bearers and the BC SPCA (BCSPCA) for an afternoon with Jo-Anne McArthur of We Animals, as she explores fifteen years of photojournalism and advocacy in this terrific event!

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Vegan Drinks March Meetup
monday
clock 19 March at 18:00–20:30
Next Week · 3–11° Partly cloudy

pin The Black Lodge Broadway
317 East Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia V5T 1W5

Spring is in the air and drinks and vegan food will soon be in our bellies. 🌸

Join us at The Black Lodge for our monthly Vancouver Vegan Drinks meetup. We have an entire reserved section at this cool all-vegetarian bar. 🌲

As always, this is a casual event for new and returning people who are interested in drinks, food and getting to know one another. 😊

We can’t wait to see you there! 🍻

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Indigenous Speaker Series – Dr. Waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy
tuesday
20 March at 11:30–13:00
Next Week · 4–9° Mostly Cloudy

pin UVIC First People’s House
PO BOX 1700 STN CSC, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2Y2

Please join us on March 20 (11:30-1) in the UVic First Peoples House, Ceremonial Hall for a talk by Dr. Waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy titled: “From Territorial Acknowledgements to Here-ing: (Indigenous) Methodology for Being in Someone Else’s Home”. This event is free and open to the public! Light lunch will be provided!

Bio: Waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy is a new faculty lecturer in Gender Studies focusing on Indigeneity and decoloniality. Formerly a counsellor for Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth in conflict with Canadian law, she comes to the academy as a second career. Her PhD research in Indigenous Studies theorizes the historical and epistemological contours of Anishinaabe womyn’s economic governance of the sugar bush in the Great Lakes Region, in the production of maple sugar, through a queer, Indigenous materialist, feminist lens. This knowledge bundle supports the re-generation of Anishinaabe personhood, relationality, and nationhood in critically gendered ways which are grounded in Anishinaabe meanings and practices of sovereignty. Christine is dynamically active in Indigenous literary arts, is committed to the re-generation of Indigenous land-based sustenance relationships, and is mother to a teenage bear who plays volleyball and queer cat who fetches.​

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Tree Huggers Ball – Hosted by the UVic Ancient Forest Committee
wednesday
clock 21 March at 20:00–23:55
Next Week · 4–10° Mostly Sunny

pin Felicitas Campus Pub
3800 Finerty Rd, Victoria, British Columbia V8P 5C2

Hosted by UVic Ancient Forest Committee, a daughter club to the Ancient Forest Alliance Non-Profit Group! Come have a beer for our forests! Donations and proceeds will go towards Old Growth Protection on Vancouver Island!

Music From ~

Flawed Hearts and The Waiting Room

https://www.facebook.com/FlawedHeartsAndTheWaitingRoom/?ref=br_rs

“Flawed Hearts and the Waiting Room is an indie-pop/rock duo based out of Victoria, BC. The two-piece band consists of siblings Sam Britton, guitar and vocals, and Lindsay Britton, keyboard and vocals.”

DJ Taquito Jalapeno https://www.mixcloud.com/TaquitoJalapeno/taquito-jalapeno-song-surf-2018/

and

DJ Benny The Jett https://soundcloud.com/bennythejett

Come show your support for Old Growth Protection on Vancouver Island and British Columbia!
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Standing for Indigenous Rights and Agriculture in the Peace
wednesday
clock 21 March at 18:00–21:00
Next Week · 2–10° Partly cloudy

pin 246 Ingram St, Duncan, BC V9L 1P4, Canada

Site C: a legacy of bad decisions past & present.

The BC government’s decision to proceed with the dam will consign you, your children, and grandchildren to a massive unnecessary debt – one that British Columbians will have to pay over and over again.

Contrary to the BC government’s statements, the money they argue would be wasted if the project is shut down does not cost more than the projected $10.7 billion (and counting) it would take to complete it.

The dam will also flood valuable agricultural land, is in complete opposition to the NDP government’s stated commitment to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and commits BC to outdated and expensive energy generation when new ways of producing electricity are increasingly less costly and far better at creating permanent jobs.

Want to know more? Join Council of Canadians Cowichan chapter, Duncan United Church Social Justice Committee Islanders for the Peaceand Rolling Justice Bus at Duncan United Church on March 21 from 6-9pm (doors open at 6pm, presentations and discussion at 7pm).

Funds raised will go towards financial support for legal challenges by the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations, and the Peace Valley Landowners’ Association.

Speakers will include:

Ken and Arlene Boon of the Peace Valley Landowners’ Association (PVLA) who face the threat of expropriation of their farm.

Wendy Holm, agrologist with 35 years experience in food security, water security and the drastic effects that so called free trade agreements have on Canadian sovereignty. She has written many scholastic papers journals and research papers and is a renowned Canadian author and Public.Speaker. Her latest book Damming the Peace is a powerful resource for resistance to the travesty of Site C Dam. This book will be for sale at our event with proceeds going to the fundraiser.

Guy Dauncey, eco-futurists and author of ten books including the award-winning “The Climate Challenge 101 Solutions to Global Warming”. He is the founder of the BC Sustainable Energy Association and will provide information about alternative energy alternatives to Site C.

Musician Luke Wallace who spends his time using his music as a platform to amplify the voices of communities threatened by unjust resource extraction, and to contribute to the growing revolution spreading across the earth. Luke’s “folktivism” has taken him far and wide; from France for COP21, Costa Rica where he represented his coast at a climate change conference, to roaming through Canada’s west coast and interior.

We will also watch a segment January of world renowned energy economist Robert McCullough blow up David Eby’s infamous and epically flawed letter of excuses for continuing with Site C dam project.

More speakers TBA.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Natalie Boll, Roger Annis, Christina Nikolic March 8th, 2018

Charting the life path of Beau Dick, the great Kwakwaka’wakw artist, is no mean navigational feat. The master carver, best known internationally for his traditional and fantastical masks is the subject of the documentary, ‘Maker of Monsters: The Extraordinary Life of Beau Dick‘. The film reveals the artist as teacher, mentor, community leader, political activist, and above all spiritual warrior living within and between multitudinous worlds.

Natalie Boll is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has garnered accolades in this country and abroad. She and collaborator, LaTiesha Fazakas wrote, produced, directed, and are now distributing the film that most recently featured at both the Victoria International and Salt Spring Island Film Festivals.

Natalie Boll in the first half.

And; teevee news viewers can be forgiven their collective mal de mer; tossed as they are from issue to issue with hardly a contextual handrail to hold on to. It’s little wonder then retching seems the only sensible reaction. But is there more behind the sick-making spectacle? Could it all be designed to keep the head spinning, and belly threatening imminent eruption?

Consider Russia coverage: Badgered by a year of conspiracy theories about elections meddling and other unsubstantiated rumours, viewers may feel disoriented when Vladimir Putin’s declaration of a new atomic and next-gen tech. weaponry era, (and entirely unveiled promises to use those weapons should NATO continue its undeclared war against his country) rates a media yawn.

Roger Annis is a longtime socialist and trade union activist whose social justice and peace articles appear at his website, A Socialist in Canada. The site is a daily notifier on World News, and features both Canadian and Ecology news rolls.

Roger Annis and a barely noticed New Cold War escalation 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, Natalie Boll and the extraordinary life of Beau Dick, Maker of Monsters.

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, Shirley Douglas, Dave Barrett, Joan Russow, Steve Orcheton April 2000

The 911 for Health Care Tour took daughter of iconic Canadian politician, Tommy Douglas, credited as the founder of modern Canadian universal health care, across the country to rally the people against federal government cuts to transfer payments to the provinces who administer the program.

I went down to Victoria’s manifestation and spoke with Shirley, another icon of the political left, Dave Barrett, then-Green Party of Canada leader, Joan Russow, and NDP MLA Steve Orcheton.

Ape Goes to Ramzy Baroud’s ‘The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story’ March 1, 2018

Went down to see Ramzy Baroud speak on his new book, ‘The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story’. Here’s the blurb for the book…

Spanning decades and encompassing war, mass exodus, epic migrations and the search for individual and collective identity, The Last Earth tells the story of modern Palestine through the memories of those who have lived it.

Ordinary Palestinians have rarely narrated their own history. In this groundbreaking book, acclaimed author Ramzy Baroud draws on dozens of interviews to produce vivid, intimate and beautifully written accounts of Palestinian lives – in villages, refugee camps, prisons and cities, in the lands of their ancestors and in exile.

Baroud’s empathetic and lyrical approach reveals new human dimensions of the Palestinian saga, telling it as it has never before been told. Against dominant narratives, the last earth reclaims Palestine’s past – and present – for all its people.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Yves Engler, Jason Colby, Janine Bandcroft March 1st, 2018

It’s said, “March comes in like a lion”, but for the federal New Democrats it was the February convention where the membership was thrown to their leonine new leader, Jagmeet Singh. And they ate each other up.

If nothing else, the party’s choice matches strategy with their arch-rival Liberals; opting for a youthful, energetic, and above all photogenic front man. But what about NDP policy?

Following the stifling years of Tom Mulcair, is the membership ready to make a substantive progressive, as well as cosmetic change?

One area providing the opportunity to prove the party’s positional difference is Palestine: BDS, the US embassy move to Jerusalem, West Bank teenager, Ahed Tamimi’s arrest and continued detention, and recent IDF military actions in Gaza all provide ample grist for differentiation in the NDP’s foreign policy mill.

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.’ He recently wrote the 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.

Yves Engler in the first half.

And; as if to accentuate Alberta NDP leader, Rachel Notley’s contempt for the well-being of British Columbia’s share of the Pacific Ocean, the HMCS Calgary, one of Canadian Forces’ Orca-Class frigates, dumped a reported thirty thousand liters of fuel into the Strait of Georgia over the weekend.

The spill took hours to discover and longer to be reported to authorities; and, days after the fact recovery efforts have consisted of “searching for the spill”. Environment Canada was quick to allay fears of negative environmental effects, saying “evaporation” and “natural dispersal” should suffice to clean-up the Navy’s mess.

What’s worse than this lame official reaction though is the sad proof it presents of the immense procedural and attitudinal shift required if coastal ecology here is to be maintained in anything resembling its natural state: with or without the vast increase of shipping traffic expected if the Kinder Morgan pipeline should make it to Port of Vancouver “tidewater”.

Jason Colby is Associate Professor and Majors Adviser in the Department of History at UVic. His academic focus is Modern U.S. History, International Relations, Environmental and Business History, Pacific Northwest. His first book, ‘The Business of Empire: United Fruit, Race, and U.S. Expansion in Central America‘ was published by Cornell Press and follows those themes; his second and latest, ‘Orca: How We Came to Know and Love the Ocean’s Greatest Predator‘, due out later this year, takes another course.

Jason Colby and loving our aquatic neighbours 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 to bring us up to speed with some of the good things to get up to in and around Victoria in the coming week. But first, Yves Engler and Burying Canada’s Anti-Palestinian Consensus with the NDP.

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 March 1, 2018

This events bulletin is produced weekly for Gorilla Radio, airing Thursdays 11-noon and Saturdays 8-9 am from CFUV (http://cfuv.uvic.ca) and Mondays 9-10 am from CJSF (http://cjsf.ca). You can also listen to the podcasts at http://www.gorilla-radio.com.
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Violence Against the Land is Violence Against Women: Climate Justice
clock Thursday at 13:00–14:30
2 days from now

pin Facebook Live @indigenousclimateaction

No Consent Trudeau – No Man Camps on Stolen Native Land

Climate change has caused us to take a look at ourselves and reevaluate our relationship with each other, our communities and the land. Indigenous communities continue to be at the forefront of not just experiencing climate change but at the heart of the fight against the causes of climate change.

Women are the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and Indigenous women are more likely to experience sexual and physical violence in their lifetime. This webinar explores how violence against the land through the extraction and exploitation of resources and fossil fuels perpetuates violence against women. Resources taken from our lands contaminates the environment and damages eco-systems all while increasing greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere which worsening climate change. However, these projects also come along with “Man Camps” (temporary labour force camps) that result in increased sex trafficking, drugs, crimes and ultimately violence against women.

In this webinar Kanahus Manuel, Melina Laboucan-Massimo, and Eriel Deranger will discuss how when we speak about climate justice, we must also address gender justice. We will not find solutions to climate change unless we can address the legacy of violence against Indigenous women and climate change together.

About Our Speakers

Melina Laboucan-Massimo:

Melina Laboucan-Massimo is a member of the Lubicon Cree in Alberta. She has worked on social, environmental and climate justice for the past 15 years. Melina has worked, studied and campaigned in Brazil, Australia, Mexico, Canada and across Europe focusing on resource extraction, climate change, media literacy and Indigenous rights & responsibilities. Currently, a Fellow at the David Suzuki Foundation, Melina’s focus is on Climate Change, Indigenous Knowledge and Renewable Energy. Facing the firsthand impacts of the Alberta tar sands in her home community, Melina has been a vocal advocate for Indigenous rights and environmental justice. For over a decade, Melina worked as a Climate and Energy Campaigner with Greenpeace Canada and the Indigenous Environmental Network internationally. She has written for a variety of publications and produced short documentaries on the tar sands, just transition, water issues and Indigenous cultural revitalization.

Melina also works on the issue of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women in Canada after the suspicious death of her sister Bella, whose case still remains unsolved. Melina holds a Masters degree in Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria with a focus on Renewable Energy in Indigenous communities. She recently helped to solarize the Tiny House Warriors and will continue to build more solar projects in Indigenous communities this coming year. Most recently, Melina is hosting a new TV series called Power to the People which documents renewable energy, food security and eco-housing in Indigenous communities across North America.

Kanahus Manuel:

Kanahus Manuel, Secwepemc and Ktunaxa, is member of the Secwepemc Women Warriors Society, a mother of 4 and a twin (her unceded Territory lies within so-called British Columbia, Canada), she was born into Indigenous Resistance and Land Defence, coming from a high-profile political family known for bringing their fight for their Traditional Territories and homelands into the spotlight from the local to the international level. Kanahus’ inheritance of the land struggle has led her to take a leadership role on many Indigenous grassroots frontlines.

She is well known for her activism and direct actions against Sun Peaks Ski Resort, Imperial Metals, the Mount Polley mine disaster and was arrested with the water protectors at Standing Rock. She is currently playing a leadership role in fighting the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion through more than 500 km of Secwepemc territory. In a creative form of pipeline resistance, Kanahus’ and her community spearheaded the Tiny House Warriors: Our Land is Home, building 10 tiny houses to place in the path of the Kinder Morgan pipeline. As a result of her activism, she has been named in several court injunctions and has been jailed by the Canadian state.

Kanahus along with the Secwepemc Women Warriors Society and Tiny House Warriors issued the Secwepemc Women’s Declaration Against the Kinder Morgan Man Camps, that calls for the halt of the construction of an industrial Kinder Morgan man camp threatening to bring 1000 pipeline construction workers, which are majority men into Blue River, BC, the heart of Secwepemc Territory. These man camps have a direct connection to the increase in the violence against women, including sexual assaults and rape.

Eriel Deranger:

Eriel is a founding member and the premiere Executive Director of Indigenous Climate Action (ICA). Deranger is a Denesuline woman and member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN), a nation located downstream from the Alberta Tar Sands, the largest industrial project on Earth. Deranger spent 6 years working for her Nation helping to developed strategic communications and campaigns to challenge the expansion of tar sands into their traditional territory. Eriel and the ACFN are internationally recognized for their influence on delaying multiple tar sands projects through countless interventions in the regulatory process, courts, shareholder actions and direct action.

Deranger has a far-reaching reputation for challenging fossil fuel development and championing the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and advocating for the indigenous rights.

Eriel has an extensive experience working within the Environmental Justice and Indigenous Rights field with organizations like the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), Rainforest Action Network (RAN), Sierra Club, and with her home Nation the ACFN. She is also a wife and mother of two.

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Policing Black Lives Book Launch
march 1st
clock Thursday at 18:00–21:00
3 days from now

pin SFU Harbour Center and Surrey Library

Launch of Robyn Maynard’s Policing Black Lives
on Unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, səl̓ilwətaɁɬ, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh territories

Featuring Robyn Maynard with Cecilia Point, Cicely Blain, Jillian Christmas, Khari Wendall McClelland, Lama Mugabo, Ruby Smith Diaz.

A CBC National Best-Seller

“This book should be read not only by those who have a specific interest in Canadian histories and social justice movements but by anyone interested in the abolitionist and revolutionary potential of the Black Lives Matters movement more broadly.”
– ANGELA DAVIS

“Part of what makes this book so unique is that Maynard compiles attention to children in the welfare system, gender, sexual violence and immigration as a form of state sanctioned violence in Canada.”
– review by AFROPUNK

* BOOK LAUNCH
with Robyn Maynard and guests
THURSDAY MARCH 1.
Doors at 5:45 pm. Event at 6 pm.
Room 1900, SFU Habour Center
515 West Hastings

Web link: http://www.sfu.ca/humanities-institute/public-events/public-events/2018/pbl.html

* ORGANIZING WORKSHOP
with Robyn Maynard
FRIDAY MARCH 2 @ 6 pm
Surrey Central Library
(10350 University Dr, next to Skytrain)

REGISTRATION LINK:
https://goo.gl/forms/Eh9kRvriQRNe8Ces2

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Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present is a comprehensive account of nearly four hundred years of state-sanctioned surveillance, criminalization and punishment of Black life in Canada. While highlighting the ubiquity of Black resistance, Policing Black Lives traces the still-living legacy of slavery across multiple institutions, shedding light on the social and historical forces behind Black poverty and unemployment, racial profiling, police violence, disproportionate incarceration, immigration detention and deportation, exploitative migrant labour practices, disproportionate child removal and the school-to-prison pipeline.

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ROBYN MAYNARD
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Robyn Maynard is a Black feminist author, grassroots community organizer and independent scholar based in Montréal. She has been a part of movements against racial profiling and police violence for over a decade and has an extensive background in community work doing harm-reduction outreach.

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On march 1 joined by:
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* TERRITORIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT by CECILIA POINT: Cecilia Point is a member of the Musqueam Nation and a land defender, sovereigntist and political activist who stood for 200 plus days protecting her nation’s ancestral burial site from development in 2012. She has taken part in countless political actions advocating for human rights, the environment and cultural preservation of her nation.

* CICELY BLAIN: Cicely Blain is writer, facilitator and activist originally from London, UK. They run a consulting agency, Cicely Blain Consulting, encouraging organizations to foster safer spaces and accessible environments. They are a founder of Black Lives Matter, Vancouver as well as a columnist for Daily Xtra and The Body is Not An Apology. They are also a sub-editor at Beyond the Binary, UK-based magazine for trans and non-binary people. Cicely is the 2017 winner of the CCPA Power of Youth Leadership Awards in Social Movement Building for their contributions to LGBTQ rights and the Black liberation movement.

* JILLIAN CHRISTMAS serves as Artistic Director of Versəs Festival of Words. Jillian is an enthusiastic organizer and activist in the Canadian arts community, her focus being to increase anti-oppression initiatives in spoken word.

* KHARI WENDELL MCCLELLAND is a diversely talented and ever-evolving artist, with reviewers lauding his performances as a clever mix of soul and gospel. Khari’s songwriting crosses genres and generations, joyfully invoking the spirit of his ancestors who straddled the US-Canadian border in efforts to escape slavery and discrimination.

* LAMA MUGABO is a Community Organizer at the Carnegie Community Action Project and member of Our Homes Cain’t Wait coalition, advocating for housing, social justice and poverty alleviation in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. He serves on the Hogan’s Alley Working Group, an initiative to promote the revitalization of Hogan’s Alley, the Black community destroyed by Vancouver’s urban renewal policy in 1972.

* RUBY SMITH DIAZ has found her passion working as a youth facilitator, personal trainer, video editor and multi-disciplinary artist. She uses art and popular education as tools for activism, empowerment, and community building.

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Accessibility:
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Free event.
Childcare on-site.
There will be ASL interpretation.
Venue is wheelchair accessible:
https://www.sfu.ca/content/dam/sfu/students/disabilityaccess/HCPhysicalAccessGuide2015.pdf
All genders washrooms on ground level.
Scent-reduced space: http://www.peggymunson.com/mcs/fragrancefree.html

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Hosted by:
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Hosted by Black Lives Matter, No One Is Illegal, Carnegie African Descent Group and Alliance Against Displacement.

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Thanks to the support of Amnesty International, Battered Women’s Support Services, BC Civil Liberties Association, Capilano Women and Gender Studies Department, Capilano English Department, Capilano Liberal Studies Program, Carceral Cultures, Council of Canadians, Gallery Gachet, Killjoy, Pivot Legal Society, SFU Institute for the Humanities, SFU Libraries, Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group, Streams of Justice, UBC Social Justice Center

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UBC SPHR Presents: Dr. Ramzy Baroud, A Palestinian Story
Thursday
clock 1 March at 16:00–18:00
Next Week · 0-6°Partly cloudy

pin Show mapUBC Liu Institute for Global Issues
6476 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2

Join UBC Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights and the Social Justice Centre in a discussion with Gaza-born Palestinian Dr. Ramzy Baroud as he discusses the Palestine Chronicle, his forthcoming book: The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story, and the urgent need to situate Palestinian refugees back at the centre of Palestinian discourse. He will also cover contemporary issues facing the Palestinian movement and the current conditions of Gaza.

About the Speaker:
Ramzy Baroud is a journalist, author and editor of Palestine Chronicle. His latest book is The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story (Pluto Press, London). Baroud has a Ph.D. in Palestine Studies from the University of Exeter and is a Non-Resident Scholar at Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, University of California Santa Barbara. His website is www.ramzybaroud.net.

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
This event is being hosted on the unceded lands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and Səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations.

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Giving the Palestinian refugees a voice

Ramzy Baroud, author of My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story

presents his new book: The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story

Friday March 2, 2018 7:00pm
University of Victoria
David Strong Bldg. Rm C116

Sponsored by Social Justice Studies, UVic

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Peace Bond
march 2nd
clock Friday at 12:00–14:00
4 days from now · 1–5° Cloudy

pin David Eby
2909 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia V6K2G6

We are gathering on Fridays to remind BC’s Attorney General to honour Treaty 8, respect Indigenous law and to enforce the Crown’s duty to protect the Peace from settler colonial violence and treaty violations.

FightC is a non-partisan, non-violent grassroots community group committed to stopping the Site C dam in solidarity with the Treaty 8 First Nations. All who love and respect the Peace are welcome to join us.

We acknowledge that this free assembly takes place on the Unceded Territory of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish Nations.

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Tiny House Warrior Album Release at the Rickshaw
friday
clock 2 March at 19:30–1:00
2 March at 19:30 to 3 March at 1:00

pin Show mapRickshaw Theatre
254 E. Hastings, Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 1P1

TINY HOUSE WARRIORS ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT featuring…
David Morin • Snotty Nose Rez Kids • Buckman Coe
Caleb Hart & The Royal Youths • Tank Gyal
Kimmortal & Ostwelve • Jb the FirstLady
With Presentations by THW’s Kanahus Manuel and more.

Tickets $10 rickshawtheatre.com or at either Red Cat Records

The Tiny House Warriors are one of the forefront indigenous movements resisting the Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion. 30+ artists have come together for this album to support the building of 10 mobile tiny houses which will block pipeline construction on Secwepemc territory as well as provide spaces for indigenous entrepreneurs and elders.

SCREEN PRINTS & ART PRINTS OF THW ALBUM ART.
The resistance art of Jackie Fawn Illustrations will be for sale as well as some on-site screen printing. No CDs, just download codes of the album with RESISTANCE ARTWORK.

Artists on the Compilation Album that will be for sale:
Iskwé • Hāwane Rios • Rising Appalachia Music • The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer • adham shaikh & Kinnie Starr • Buckman Coe • Tubby Love• Shred Kelly • LYNX & the Servants of Song • Five Alarm Funk • The Boom Booms • Caleb Hart • Kinnie Starr • The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra • Snotty Nose Rez Kids • Mob Bounce • Claire Mortifee • Kimmortal • Sara Tone Music • Shauit • Star Captains • QVLN – Quetzal Guerrero & OVEOUS • Kristie McCracken • Jb the FirstLady • Small Town Artillery • Jack Garton and the Demon Squadron • The Melawmen Collective • Mngwa • Scott Cook • C.O.T.I. • Naomi Kavka • Compassion Gorilla • and more….

• UNCEDED COAST SALISH TERRITORY •

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FREE WORKSHOP: Composting Basics
Public · Hosted by Victoria Compost Education Centre
march 3
Saturday at 10:00–12:00
4 days from now · 2–6° Partly cloudy

pin Compost Education Centre
1216 N Park St, Victoria, British Columbia V8T 1C9

This is an informative session on what it takes to produce an amendment for your garden that is rich in beneficial microorganisms and nutrients! We’ll cover the 6 factors for composting success, how to choose the best composting system for your needs and how to increase the rodent resistance of your compost pile.

Free attendance to this workshop is generously subsidized by the CRD

The Compost Education Centre is located on unceded and occupied Indigenous territories, specifically the land of the Lekwungen speaking people—the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. These nations are two of many, made up of individuals who have lived within the porous boundaries of what is considered Coast Salish, Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Kwakwa’wakw Territory (Vancouver Island) since time immemorial. At the CEC we seek to respect, honour and continually grow our own understandings of Indigenous rights and history, and to fulfill our responsibilities as settlers, who live and work directly with the land and its complex, vital ecologies and our diverse, evolving communities.

Compost Education Centre memberships get you free workshops, discounts at garden centres around town and more great perks! Sign up or learn more on our website.
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***AT CAPACITY*** Let’s Celebrate Animal Rights in BC!
march 3rd

clock Saturday at 18:00–21:00
5 days from now · 0–5° Partly cloudy

pin Creekside Community Recreation Centre
1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 0B1

Liberation BC is back in action ~ not that we went anywhere ~ and we are going to be a bigger presence in the animal rights community going forward. We wanted to kick 2018 off with a party! A party to celebrate all the incredible local organizations, groups and humans that work so hard to achieve total animal liberation. We are inviting all those organizations so attend our party, but also send a representative specifically to do little mini presentations to the attendees explaining what they are all about and what is to come for 2018. We are so lucky to have PlantBase Food and Natural Products cater for us!

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Social Justice Law Conference 2018
march 3rd
clock Saturday at 8:30–16:30
4 days from now · 0–6° Scattered Clouds

pin Heritage Hall Vancouver BC
3102 Main Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V5T 3G7

2018 Social Justice Law Conference: The Role of the Legal Community in Supporting Social Movements

This year’s Social Justice Law Conference builds on the commitments made at previous conferences to develop and support access to justice in BC and to enhance the specialized skills that lawyers, legal advocates, and law students need for practicing in social justice fields of law. This day long conference provides an excellent opportunity for networking, professional development, and discussing current issues.

For more information, visit: https://socialjusticeconference.wordpress.com/
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/social-justice-law-conference-2018-tickets-42722980585

8:30 – 9:00: Registration and Coffee/Light Refreshments
9:00 – 4:30 Conference

Recorded Keynote Address by Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond: “Transforming Advocacy—how being an advocate in a complicated and often exclusionary system takes truth-telling and doubling-down on social justice”
• Due to unforeseen circumstances, the keynote address will be pre-recorded and shared via video

Lunch & refreshments provided

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Panel topics include:

• Just Housing: Strategizing for a human- and homes-first society
— DJ Larkin – Lawyer, Pivot Legal Society
— Andy Yan – Director, The City Program at Simon Fraser University
— Jean Swanson – Anti-poverty and Housing Activist

• Criminalization in the Crisis: Criminal justice responses to the fentanyl epidemic
— David Fai – Lawyer, David N. Fai Law Corporation
— Karen Mirsky – Lawyer, Begbie Court Law
— Garth Mullins – Writer, Broadcaster, Drug Decriminalization Activist
— Moderator: Margot Young – Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law

• Indigenous Children’s Rights and Care
— Dylan Cohen – Advocate, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition
— Katrina Harry – Lead Counsel, Parent’s’ Legal Centre (LSS)
— Laura Matthews – Lawyer and Mediator, Mathews Mediation
— Suzette Narbonne – Lawyer, Child and Youth Legal Centre
— Moderator: Tina Parbhakar – Lawyer, BC Ministry of Attorney General

• Movement Lawyering for Social Justice: Strategies, challenges, and possibilities
— Irina Ceric – Lawyer, Law Union of BC

• Operating in Darkness: BC’s Mental Health Act Detention System
— Laura Johnston – Lawyer, Community Legal Assistance Society

• Immigration & Refugee Rights
— Molly Joeck – Lawyer, Edelmann and Company Law Offices
— Saleem Spindari – Advocate, Manager of Refugee Settlement Support Projects at MOSAIC
— Amanda Aziz – Lawyer, Embarkation Law

This event will take place on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Heritage Hall is wheelchair-accessible, including a non-stairs entrance and an accessible gender-neutral bathroom. Sign language translation may be available upon request.

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Surrey: Sanctuary City, Not Detention City
sunday
4 March at 13:00–16:00
Next Week

pin Show mapCity Center Library
10350 University Drive, Surrey, British Columbia V3T 4B8

Panel:
Chelliah Premrajah
Harsha Walia
Mohammad Zaman

Moderator: Sejal Lal

The Government of Canada has signed a contract with an engineering company to build a New Immigration Detention Centre in Surrey at 13130-76 Avenue as a part of its infrastructure development plan. It is expected to be completed by November 2018 to replace the current holding center at the Vancouver airport and minimize the practice of placing immigrants/refugees in prisons. The detention of refugees with common criminals, for which Canada is conspicuous in the world, has been condemned by the UNHRC.

While the government promises profits to businesses, jobs to workers and taxes to the city, we need to understand the significance of detaining “immigrants, “the word used to cover refugees, who generate public sympathy, in the context of the larger world. The issue of the treatment of refugees by national governments has become extremely urgent in a world that currently has 22 million refugees according to the UN. This number can only grow as wars and climate change—and climate change induced wars—drive more and more people desperately to seek safety and livelihood far from their burnt, bombed, and abandoned homes. We are all aware of the droughts, wars and genocides that have driven millions to flee from Africa, Syria, Myanmar, and Afghanistan.

Governments across the world have responded to this by creating barriers and adopting coercive measures, often in response to anti-immigrant popular movements, as we see in the US, Europe, particularly Central and Eastern Europe, and India. However, against this right-wing populism there has been the resistance of people with generous hearts who have opened their homes and purses for the succor of fellow human beings and established cities of sanctuary. We have seen this Canada in response to the refugees from Syria.

We need to be a part of this ethical politics of hospitality and welcome rather than incarcerate refugees. We must resist the labelling of refugees as “immigrant” or “illegal immigrant” to rationalize repression and block the gates of compassion. Particularly in the city of Surrey which is proud of its diversity we should build a sanctuary city and not allow the construction of detention centers.

PRESENTERS:

Chelliah Premarajah is a member of SANSAD, and Amnesty International. He is also a retired health care worker and life-long activist in the labor movement, a life member and former president of Tamil Cultural Association of BC, currently the secretary of BC seniors Shanthi Nilayam, and a member of the Outreach & Social justice committee of Gilmore Park United Church, which co sponsored Guatamala, Afghan and currently Syrian refugees.

Harsha Walia is a cofounder of the migrant justice group No One Is Illegal, author of the award-winning book Undoing Border Imperialism, and Project Coordinator at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Center. For the past two decades she has been involved in immigrant and refugee rights including supporting migrant detainees, and campaigns against immigration detention, deaths in detention, children in detention, and arbitrary detention at the local and national level. She has co-authored multiple reports and articles on migrant and refugee issues in Canada, and presented to the United Nations on immigration detention in Canada.

Mohammad Zaman is an international development/resettlement specialist. He recently has written a number of articles on Rohingya refugees in papers in Bangladesh and Canada.

Sejal Lal is a musician and activist in human rights, South Asian youth issues, and indigenous support.

Organized by South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD), www.sansad.org

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Creating Safe and Compelling Environments: Is It Possible?
monday
clock 5 March at 12:00–13:00
Next Week · 2–6° Partly cloudy

pin City of Victoria – Local Government
1 Centennial Square, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1N8

Community safety and crime reduction continues to be a high priority in cities across North America and there has been a tendency to lean towards fortifying properties in many designs. Are these the kind of cities we want and are they compelling? As community stewards can we explore the possibility of creating stylish, exciting, safe, supportive and welcoming environments?

Over the past 25 years Steve Woolrich has established a reputation for excellence in policing, corrections and corporate security and is the principle of Rethink Urban Inc.

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Forestry in Place: Exploring Indigenous Relations with Forestry
MON
512:00 – 13:00
26 people interestedGet TicketsInterested
TUES
612:00 – 13:00
4 people goingGet TicketsInterested
WED
712:00 – 13:00
7 people goingGet TicketsInterested
THURS
812:00 – 13:00
6 people goingGet TicketsInterested
FRI
912:00 – 13:00
5 people goingGet TicketsInterested

pin 2424 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada
Show map

ticket Tickets available
aboriginal.forestry.ubc.ca

Come join UBC’s Faculty of Forestry for a week long “Forestry in Place: Exploring Indigenous Relations with Forestry in BC” speaker series!

Everyday from March 5-9 at 12-1pm, we will host some amazing speakers on Indigenous perspectives on Forestry in BC.

For more information, see the event website (http://aboriginal.forestry.ubc.ca/events/) or contact Aboriginal Initiatives Coordinator Alison Krahn (alison.krahn@ubc.ca).

Refreshments will be provided.

Event Schedule:

·Monday, March 5 – 12pm-1pm – room FSC 2916 – Natalie Swift, Rami Rothkop & Marion Hink: “I’m putting you on a time out,” said the Tsilhqot’in to the Settler”

·Tuesday, March 6 – 12pm-1pm – room FSC 2964 – Garry Merkel: “Engaging With First Nations – How and Why”

·Wednesday, March 7 – 12pm-1pm – room FSC 2916 – Gaagwis Jason Alsop and Dr. Carlos Ormond: “Haida Gwaii Semesters: A Cross-Cultural, Community-based Initiative”

·Thursday, March 8 – 12pm-1pm – room FSC 2964 – Dr. Lisa Cook “Indigenous Settler Relations and colonial structures in land management practices”

·Friday, March 9th – 12pm-1pm – room FSC 2916 – Andrea Lyall “Aboriginal Peoples and Professional Forestry in BC”

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Let’s Talk About Improving Life for People with Disabilites
wednesday
7 March at 16:30–17:30
Next Week · 4–7° Cloudy

pin University of Victoria – Faculty of Human & Social Development
PO Box 1700 STN CSC, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2Y2

Researchers from the School of Public Health and Social Policy, with funding from the Victoria Foundation, set out to uncover how Victoria residents with different visible and invisible disabilities navigate everyday life, what di culties they encounter, and what supports are available to make their lives easier, better.

HSD will get the conversation started with findings from the first-ever Greater Victoria disability survey which addresses matters on equity, inclusion, and assistive technologies, employment, among others.

Host: Michael Hayes, Director, School of Public Health and Social Policy Panelists: Nigel Livingston, professor, School of Public Health and Social Policy | Veronica Carroll, Children’s Health Foundation
Sandra Richardson, Victoria Foundation | Michael Prince, School of Public Health and Social Policy

Left Coast Events Bulletin with Janine Bandcroft February 22nd, 2018

Left Coast Events Bulletin with Janine Bandcroft February 22nd, 2018

his events bulletin is produced weekly for Gorilla Radio, airing Thursdays 11-noon and Saturdays 8-9 am from CFUV (http://cfuv.uvic.ca) and Mondays 9-10 am from CJSF (http://cjsf.ca). You can also listen to the podcasts at http://www.gorilla-radio.com.
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No Consent? No Expansion! Stop KM Rally
feb 22nd

Thursday at 17:00–19:00

3 days from now · 0-5°Sunny

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Grouse Inn
1633 Capilano Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia V7P 3B3

Did you know Kinder Morgan are planning to expand their diesel facility in North Vancouver (Squamish territory)? Kinder Morgan do not have the consent of the Squamish band members to construct these two additional fuel storage tanks and related infrastructure!

Sut’lut Antone and Clarissa Antone invite you to a peaceful rally in front of The Grouse Inn (1633 Capilano Rd. and Marine Dr.) where KM will be holding their “info session.” Bring your good energy, banners, signs, and be ready to make some noise!

Contact: Clarissa Antone 604-779-4201

Apparently, KM only have to advise people living within 500 meters of the proposed expansion!

Here is an excerpt from the flyer that KM are delivering to homes in North Vancouver/Squamish reserve:
“KM Canada Marine Terminal Limited Partnership (the Applicant) is proposing to expand their diesel handling capabilities at 1995 W 1st St., North Vancouver by way of the Vancouver Wharves Diesel Handling Facility Expansion Project. As part of the Development Permit Application review process, the Applicant invites you to attend a Public Information Meeting to share information about this proposed Project.”

#StopKM #WaterIsLife

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The Reason We Fight: A panel on Indigenous Resilience to Kinder Morgan
feb 22nd

Thursday at 18:00–19:30

3 days from now · 0-5°Sunny

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SFU Harbour Centre Segal Conference Rooms 1410-1420
515 W Hastings, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K3

*Make sure you register for a free ticket on eventbrite to book your spot!*

As the national conversation about the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline gets more heated, let’s take a minute to step back and understand what this fight is really about.

Join us on February 22nd to hear from Coast Salish youth and spiritual leaders who were fighting this project long before most people had heard of it. The evening will feature powerful and grounding stories of Indigenous resistance to Big Oil and opportunities to learn about what’s next for the movement to #StopKM.

*WHERE*
Segal Conference Rooms 1410-1420 at SFU Harbour Centre

*WHEN*
Feb 22nd at 6:00 PM

*WHO*
The panelists include inspiring Coast Salish youth and spiritual leaders such as Will George, Ta’ah Amy George, Oceann Hyland and others

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Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered Screening and Panel
feb 22nd

clock

Thursday at 19:00–22:00

3 days from now · 1-4°Partly cloudy

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Cinecenta Films
Student Union Bldg, 3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria, British Columbia V

Join us on February 22nd for a screening of Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered at Cinecenta on the University of Victoria campus. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion, including the filmmaker Gary Charbonneau and Arden Beddoes, lawyer at Arvay Finlay LLP and counsel in two recent cases involving the Aquarium. Also speaking on the panel from the University of Victoria will be Rianna Burnham, doctoral fellow at the Whale Research Lab, and History professor Dr. Jason Colby, author of Orca: How We Came to Know and Love the Ocean’s Greatest Predator. The event is co-sponsored by Cinecenta and the Animals & Society Research Initiative at the University of Victoria.

Ticket prices range from $5.75 to $7.75, depending on senior/student or general public rates.

Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered has been described as Canada’s Blackfish, the 2013 documentary that revealed the darker side of cetacean capture and confinement at entertainment parks like SeaWorld. Vancouver Filmmaker Gary Charbonneau was compelled to make his film after Vancouver Park Board meetings raised concerns about the lack of research and conservation at the aquarium. Featuring interviews with Vancouver Aquarium staff, cetacean researchers and animal behaviourists, Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered asks whether it is ethical to capture and confine such intelligent marine mammals.

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You Can Plant A Tree, But You Can’t Plant A Forest
feb 22nd

Thursday at 19:00–21:00

3 days from now

Room 159, Fraser Building, University of Victoria

Join the Wilderness Committee, UVic Environmental Law Club, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Sierra Club BC, Ancient Forest Alliance and the Ecoforestry Insitute for a presentation and discussion with Herb Hammond, a forest ecologist and forester with 40 years’ experience in applying ecosystem and culturally-based forest use throughout BC, across Canada, and in other parts of the world.

February 22nd is the same night as the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) Annual General Meeting, also in Victoria.

While the ABCFP is talking status-quo logging and the continued liquidation of original rainforests on the BC coast, Herb will give a dynamic presentation on the simple fact that the big corporations still deny: you can plant a tree but you can’t plant a forest.

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BACKGROUND:

BC is a province built on forestry, and it’s critical that this industry be part of the economy moving forward.

But for too long, forests have been managed for corporate profits over Indigenous Rights and Title, healthy ecosystems, and thriving communities.

More and more people are calling for the protection of intact old-growth forests and a just transition to sustainable second-growth value-added forestry.

Unfortunately, the BC government is not yet taking this issue seriously, and logging corporations and many forest professionals are still claiming that the industry is doing the best it can for ecosystems and communities.

Some foresters are speaking up for truly respectful and sustainable forestry, including renowned eco-forester Herb Hammond.

After a presentation from Herb, there will be a brief response from Ben Parfitt, Resource Policy Analyst at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and then a Q+A with both Herb and Ben.

The sponsor organizations will have tables, staff and volunteers at the event, so come and connect with the movement fighting for the protection of old-growth rainforests and a just transition to sustainable second-growth forestry!

Please join us for this free public event!

*This event is being held on unceded Lekwungen and WSANEC territories.

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Cafe Simpatico
Friday February 23

The Persistent Struggle for Justice in Guatemala Today — A situational
analysis of the social and legal actions to bring down impunity.

Presentation by Wendy Mendez, human rights activist, petitioner in the
Military Diary case, co-founder of HIJOS Guatemala (sons and daughters of
the disappeared), and popular educator.

1923 Fernwood Road
Doors open at 7 pm/ music at 7:30 pm/ presentation at 8 pm.
Fair trade coffee for sale, refreshments, admission by donation

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Peace Bond
Feb 23rd

Friday at 12:00–14:00

4 days from now · 0-2°Snow

how map

George Heyman
642 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 1G1

We are gathering on Fridays to remind BC’s Minister of the Environment that he has a responsibility to honour Treaty 8, respect Indigenous law, and protect the life of the Peace River from being killed by the settler colonial violence also known as the Site C dam.

FightC is a non-partisan, non-violent grassroots community group committed to stopping the Site C dam in solidarity with the Treaty 8 First Nations. All who love and respect Peace are welcome to join us.

We acknowledge that this meeting takes place on the Unceded Territory of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish Nations.

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Beyond Tokenism – A KPIRG Black History Month Panel Discussion
Feb 23rd

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University
12666 72nd Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia V3W 2M8

KPIRG presents “Beyond Tokenism”, a Black History Month panel discussion in which invited guests, Charles Quist-Adade, Leland Harper, Cicely Nicholson and Mariam Barry delve into a meta conversation about the significance of Black History Month (BHM) itself. We will be looking into the purpose of BHM, whether or not the way in which the month is currently celebrated fulfills that purpose, as well as discuss the radical potential that BHM can hold. Join us and take part in a fruitful and important conversation!

The discussion will be taking place at the KPU Surrey Campus in Fir 128 @ 3:30 p.m – Friday, February 23rd!

This is a free event open to all students and community members.

KPIRG acknowledges that this event is taking place on the unceded territories of the Kwantlen, Katzie, and Semiahoo Nations.

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Parksville~National Cupcake Day for RASTA Sanctuary!
Feb 24th

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Cha Cha Java Inc.
198 Island Hwy E # 101, Parksville, British Columbia v9p 2g5

Do you like vegan cupcakes? Do you like to help animals?
Then come on down to Cha Cha Java on February 24, 2018 to support National Cupcake Day!! 🙂

We are looking for people to BRING cupcakes and to BUY cupcakes with all proceeds to support RASTA Sanctuary. http://rastarescue.org/

This is an animal friendly event, so please bring only vegan cupcakes ( no dairy, eggs, honey, gelatin, whey/cassein or other animal by-products ).

*Please bring cupcake donations no later than 11:45am to the inside of the Cha Cha Java. We will have tables set up for display and sale

*We will have paper bags to take home some goodies ( although it may be better for your purchased cupcakes if you bring some tupperware along ) and don’t forget $$ to fill up your containers and tummies 🙂

We are so grateful for all of your donations to help such a deserving cause.
Can’t wait!

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NAtional Cupcake Day Fundraiser
Feb 24th

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Pomme Natural Market Nanaimo
6560 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T 2L9

Please come support RASTA (Rescue And Sanctuary for Threatened Animals). Delicious vegan cupcakes will be available and all proceeds will go to help our animal friends. See you there!
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Vancouver- National Cupcake Day Fundraiser for RASTA Sanctuary!
Feb 24th

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Grandview Park
1657 Charles Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 2T4

Do you like vegan cupcakes? Do you like to help animals?
Then come on out to Grandview Park on February 24th to celebrate National Cupcake Day!

We are looking for people to BRING cupcakes and BUY cupcakes with all proceeds going to RASTA Sanctuary. http://rastarescue.org/

This is an animal friendly event so please only bring vegan cupcakes (no dairy, eggs, honey, gelatin, whey/cassien, or other animal by-products).

*Please bring cupcake donations no later than 1:45 to Grandview Park, we’ll have a table and signs set up.

**We will have bags, but please bring your own Tupperware so we can have this be as close to a zero waste event as we can. And do remember to bring cash for all the cupcakes!!!

We are so grateful for all your donations going to this wonderful cause!
See you then!

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Victoria-National Cupcake Day for RASTA Sanctuary!
Feb 25th

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903 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8V 3M4, Canada

Do you like vegan cupcakes? Do you like to help animals?
Then come on down to the outside of Market on Yates on February 25, 2018 to support National Cupcake Day!! 🙂

We are looking for people to BRING cupcakes and to BUY cupcakes with all proceeds to support RASTA Sanctuary. http://rastarescue.org/

This is an animal friendly event, so please bring only vegan cupcakes ( no dairy, eggs, honey, gelatin, whey/cassein or other animal by-products ).

*Please bring cupcake donations no later than 11:45am to the front of the The Market on Yates. We will have tables set up for display and sale

*We will have paper bags to take home some goodies ( although it may be better for your purchased cupcakes if you bring some tupperware along ) and don’t forget $$ to fill up your containers and tummies 🙂

We are so grateful for all of your donations to help such a deserving cause.
Can’t wait!

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Left Film Night: Palestine Now
Feb 25th

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706 Clark Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3J1, Canada

Join the Communist Party of Canada – Van East club & The Young Communist League Vancouver in viewing “Palestine Now”
(2017, UK documentary, 49 minutes)

This 2017 documentary looks at the impact of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory, fifty years after the Mid-East war of 1967. Israel’s apartheid policies have brought enormous hardship to the occupied West Bank and Gaza strip, including the massive destruction of homes and olive groves, the killing and jailing of thousands of Palestinians (including hundreds of children), and much more. The charges against teenager Ahed Tamimi and her current trial have again drawn the attention of the world to the crimes committed by the Israeli state against Palestine. The screening will include discussion of the latest developments in this struggle, including updates on the Tamimi family’s situation. Free admission; a collection will be taken towards the cost of holding Left Film Nights, with half of the proceeds going to local organizers of solidarity campaigns for Ahed Tamimi.

This event takes place on the traditional, unceded, occupied territories of the səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. In acknowledging this, we must be in solidarity with the struggles of the peoples of the territory in which we occupy.

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No admission charge, but donations towards our costs are welcome. Coffee and refreshments available. Left Film Nights are presented by the Centre for Socialist Education, Young Communist League, and the Vancouver East Club of the Communist Party of Canada. Call 604-255-2041 or email <pvoice@telus.net> for further information.

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Book Launch & Panel: Why Don’t the Poor Rise Up?
Tuesday

27 February at 17:00–18:45

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Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K3

Location: room 320, Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings Street (enter via Seymour Street courtyard entrance). Both the building and room are wheelchair accessible.

WHY DON’T THE POOR RISE UP? ORGANIZING THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY RESISTANCE

Why don’t the poor rise up? Even mainstream media such as the New York Times and The Economist have recently posed this question, uneasily amazed that capitalism hasn’t met with greater resistance. In the context of unparalleled global wealth disparity, ecological catastrophe, and myriad forms of structural oppression, this vibrant collection offers a reassessment of contemporary obstacles to mass mobilization, as well as examples from around the world of poor people overcoming those obstacles in inspiring and instructive new ways. With contributions from Idle No More organizer Alex Wilson, noted Italian autonomist Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Cooperation Jackson organizer Kali Akuno, Cape Town-based anarchists Aragorn Eloff and Anna Selmeczi, and sixteen other scholars and activists from around the world, including a Foreword by Affiong Limene Affiong, Nigerian co-founder of Moyo wa Taifa, a Pan-Afrikan Women’s Solidarity Network, Why Don’t the Poor Rise Up? presents a truly global range of perspectives that explore the question of revolution, its objective and subjective prerequisites, and its increasing likelihood in our time.

PANELISTS

Michael Truscello, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in English and General Education at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His academic interests include anarchism, the politics and poetics of infrastructure, petroculture, media studies, and technology studies. In 2013, he co-edited a special issue of Anarchist Studies on “anarchism and technology” with Uri Gordon. In 2011, he produced the documentary film Capitalism Is The Crisis: Radical Politics in the Age of Austerity. He is the author of Infrastructural Brutalism (MIT Press, forthcoming).

Ajamu Nangwaya, Ph.D., is an organizer, writer and educator. Ajamu is a lecturer in the Institute of Caribbean Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus and his areas of research interests are Rastafari ital livity and economic and social development, labour self-management and worker cooperatives, gender, development and social justice, music/the arts as a transformative force, and anarchism and participatory democracy. He is the co-editor with Dr. Michael Truscello of the recently published anthology Why Don’t The Poor Rise Up?: Organizing the Twenty-First Century Resistance. Ajamu is also the co-editor with Kali Akuno of the publication Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi. He worked for a number of years with the American South-based Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund as a cooperative educator and developer. He was a participant at the founding conference of the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives and was elected to its first board of directors.

John Clarke first became involved in anti-poverty struggles in 1983 when he helped form the Union of Unemployed Workers in London, Ontario. Since 1990, he has worked as an organizer with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP).

Sara Sagaii is an Iranian housing and anti-war activist and a graduate student in the SFU School of Communication. She has organized against demovictions and for tent cities. She was a coordinator on the Jean Swanson for City Hall 2017 by-election campaign and is currently on the steering committee of the Vancouver Tenants Union.

Samir Gandesha is an Associate Professor in the Department of the Humanities and the Director of the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University. He specializes in modern European thought and culture, with a particular emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. His recent books include Reification and Spectacle: On the Timeliness of Western Marxism (Amsterdam University Press) and Aesthetic Marx (Bloomsbury Press).

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Co-sponsored by SFU’s Institute for the Humanities and SFU Public Square, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, Labour Studies at SFU.

This event will take place on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

Event is FREE and open to the public. If you would like to donate to the Institute to help fund future events like this one, please visit http://www.sfu.ca/humanities-institute/donate.html.

ASL requests must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior the event to insthum@sfu.ca.

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Basic Income: Progressive Hopes and Neoliberal Realities
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27 February at 19:30–21:30

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Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K3

Location: room 320, Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings Street (enter via Seymour Street courtyard entrance). Both the building and room are wheelchair accessible.

BASIC INCOME: PROGRESSIVE HOPES AND NEOLIBERAL REALITIES

This lecture will examine the question of basic income (BI), focusing on two key issues. Firstly, I will argue that a neoliberal version of BI is being considered and even developed by a number of governments and institutions of global capitalism. This form of BI could enhance the supply of low wage precarious workers, by offering a public subsidy to employers, paid for by cuts to others areas of social provision. Secondly, I will explore and counter what I argue is a delusional notion on the political left that, regardless of neoliberal realities or the fundamental nature of the capitalist job market, it will somehow be possible to ensure that a universal, unconditional and adequate form of income support, a UBI, can be created. I will argue that this false hope for a social policy end run around neoliberal austerity is diversionary and dangerous and should be rejected.

SPEAKER

John Clarke first became involved in anti-poverty struggles in 1983 when he helped form the Union of Unemployed Workers in London, Ontario. Since 1990, he has worked as an organizer with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP).

RESPONDENTS

Jenna van Draanen, PhD, serves on the Board of Directors of the Basic Income Canada Network and is a member of the Executive Committee for the Basic Income Earth Network. She is a postdoctoral researcher based at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and is committed to working toward health equity and social justice. Her research looks at the role of poverty in mental health and substance use disorders.

Michal Rozworski is a union researcher and economist based in Vancouver, BC. His writing has appeared in Jacobin, Ricochet, the Toronto Star, Briarpatch Magazine and The Globe and Mail, among others. He produces the Political Eh-conomy blog and is currently working on a book, The People’s Republic of Walmart, with Leigh Phillips.

Trish Garner is the provincial organizer for the BCPRC. She is a tea swilling Brit with a passion for social justice. As the Community Organizer of the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, a broad-based network of over 400 organizations throughout BC, she focuses on communications, outreach and community engagement to raise awareness about the root causes of poverty and inequality, and how we can collectively tackle them. She has a PhD in gender, sexuality and women’s studies from SFU and continues to work on LGBTQ issues. Trish lives with her partner and their three young children in East Vancouver.

Duane Fontaine is a professional accountant and is currently a PhD student in SFU’s interdisciplinary SAR program. He is studying the nature of work in contemporary society and is contrasting it with an examination of alternative visions for the future of work. The widespread application of robotics, automation and artificial intelligence into the productive economy threatens the future of work. Duane is revisiting the utopian quest for an Aesthetic State and how its emancipatory potential, combined with such transitional solutions as Universal Basic Income, might present an opportunity to redefine the very nature and purpose of work in a way that enhances meaning and freedom.

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Co-sponsored by SFU’s Institute for the Humanities and SFU Public Square, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, and Labour Studies at SFU.

This event will take place on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

Event is FREE and open to the public. If you would like to donate to the Institute to help fund future events like this one, please visit http://www.sfu.ca/humanities-institute/donate.html.

ASL requests must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior the event to insthum@sfu.ca.

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Dr. Ramzy Baroud and the Palestinian Narrative
Wednesday

28 February at 18:30–21:00

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Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K3

Location: room 1700, SFU Harbour Centre. Both the building and room are wheelchair accessible.

Note: there will be a book signing at the end of the event.

DR. RAMZY BAROUD AND THE PALESTINIAN NARRATIVE

Gaza-born Palestinian author discusses the Palestine Chronicle, his forthcoming book: The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story, and the urgent need to situate Palestinian refugees back at the center of the Palestinian discourse. His talk will also cover contemporary issues facing the Palestinian liberation movement.

ABOUT THE BOOK

This is a history of modern Palestine like no other: built from the testimony of people who have lived through it. Ramzy Baroud here gathers accounts from countless Palestinians from all walks of life, and from throughout the decades, to tell the story of the nation and its struggle for independence and security. Challenging both academic and popular takes on Palestinian history, Baroud unearths here the deep commonalities within the story of Palestine, ones that draw the people together despite political divisions, geographical barriers and walls, factionalism, occupation, and exile. Through these firsthand reports—by turns inspiring and terrifying, triumphant and troubled—we see Palestine in all its complexity and contradictions, ever vibrant in the memories of the people who have fought, physically and otherwise, for its future. A remarkable book, The Last Earth will be essential to understanding the struggles in the contemporary Middle East.

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Ramzy Baroud is a journalist, author and editor of Palestine Chronicle. His latest book is The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story (Pluto Press, London). Baroud has a Ph.D. in Palestine Studies from the University of Exeter and is a Non-Resident Scholar at Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, University of California Santa Barbara. His website is www.ramzybaroud.net.

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Co-sponsored by SFU’s Institute for the Humanities, Canada Palestine Association, Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies – SFU, SFU School for International Studies, and Independent Jewish Voices Canada.

This event will take place on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

Event is FREE and open to the public. If you would like to donate to the Institute to help fund future events like this one, please visit http://www.sfu.ca/humanities-institute/donate.html.

ASL requests must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior the event to insthum@sfu.ca.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jesse Freeston, Ramzy Baroud, Janine Bandcroft Feb. 22nd., 2018

Foreign meddling in electoral politics can legitimately be compared to an act of war. Just ask the voters of Honduras whose popular president was forced out of office at gunpoint by agents working for the interests of offshore corporations.

Since the replacement of Mel Zelaya in 2009 the coupsters, anointed by the good offices of El Norte, have run roughshod over the rights and dignity of the people, putting in place by hook, crook, bullets and batons an old-fashioned fascist regime; a banana republic the likes of which has not been seen since the last time Uncle Sam ran the show.

Jesse Freeston is a Canadian documentary filmmaker and video journalist. A seminal member of The Real News Network, he’s also produced documentaries for teleSUR, the world’s largest Spanish-language public broadcaster, and his latest film, Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley documents an agrarian take-over of palm oil plantations by share-cropping farmers. He’s currently working on his next independent film, Human Park.

Jesse is back in Honduras and a few weeks ago released the two-part report, ‘Honduras: The Never-Ending Coup‘ on TRNN.

Jesse Freeston in the first half.

And; media-shaded the last few years by neigbouring regional conflicts, and more recently by the Olympics and spotlight hogging Trump political circus, Gaza, and Palestine generally, has garnered scant coverage in North America’s press. That changed a little with Israel’s aerial and tank bombardment of the embattled enclave last week; but that the attention would hover a little longer there to reveal the desperate, ongoing plight of the World’s largest and longest refugee crisis.

Dr. Ramzy Baroud is an American-Arab journalist, media consultant, syndicated columnist, educator, founder and editor of the Palestine Chronicle, past editor of numerous online and print news organizations, and author. He’s currently embarking on a World-tour to promote his latest book, ‘The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story‘ to provide, he says, “a new take on the history of the Palestinian people, one in which the refugees are the core theme”.

That tour will bring Ramzy to our town next week, 7pm Friday March 2nd, right here at UVic’s David Strong building.

Ramzy Baroud and bringing the voice to Palestine’s refugees in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here with the Left Coast Events bulletin to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good going on in and around Victoria in the coming week.

But first, Jesse Freeston and the story of Honduras’ never-ending coup.

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, Garth Mullins, Mark Schuller, Janine Bandcroft Feb. 15th, 2018

The numbers are staggering: last year, more than 4,000 Canadians suffered premature and completely preventable deaths, and more are dying this year and will continue to do so largely because Canada’s political representatives lack the courage and vision to change a system that literally gives up for dead citizens it regards as lost causes.

Next week, February 20th, in Victoria and across the country, the National Day of Action on the Overdose Crisis will take to the streets yet again in efforts to bring the Justice system to its senses and reform finally the nation’s drugs policies.

Garth Mullins is a long-time Vancouver-based DTES activist, writer, broadcaster, musician, trade unionist, contributor to CBC Radio One’s Ideas program, and his weekly column past appeared at 24 Hours Vancouver. He’s also been at the fore, with the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, responding to that city’s ongoing overdose crisis.

Garth Mullins in the first half.

And; while Washington debates whether Donald Trump believes Haiti to be either “shithole” or “shithouse” uncontested is the under-reported fact, “peacekeepers” from the euphemistically known “United” Nations used at least one of Haiti’s rivers as an open sewer, initiating the cholera epidemic that august body is yet to take full responsibility for. Thus is the fate it seems for long-suffering Haiti, despoiled and denigrated by its powerful neighbours, and through their intervention “humanitarian” and otherwise kept the poorest of the Western Hemisphere’s countries.

Mark Schuller is Associate Professor of Anthropology and NGO Leadership and Development at Northern Illinois University and affiliate at the Faculté d’Ethnologie, l’Université d’État d’Haïti. He is the author or co-editor of six books, including the forthcoming ‘Humanitarian Aftershocks in Haiti’. Schuller is also co-director/co-producer of the documentary Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy (2009), and he’s active in several solidarity efforts. His recent CounterPunch article asks, ‘What Is a Shithole Country and Why is Trump So Obsessed with Haiti?

Mark Schuller and anatomy of a shithole in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events bulletin of good things you can get up to around here in the coming week. But first, Garth Mullins and wearing the red for the reform of Canada’s drugs policies.

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 February 15, 2018

Left Coast Events Bulletin with Janine Bandcroft February 15, 2018

This events bulletin is produced weekly for Gorilla Radio, airing Thursdays 11-noon and Saturdays 8-9 am from CFUV  (http://cfuv.uvic.ca) and Mondays 9-10 am from CJSF (http://cjsf.ca).  You can also listen to the podcasts at http://www.gorilla-radio.com.
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 Two Spirits, One Heart, One Mind, One Nation:

FREE Conference for Indigenous LGBTQIA2+ Youth ages 14-24

Thursday-Friday, Feb. 15-16

Victoria Native Friendship Centre (231 Regina Ave) Attendees must register
Please register ASAP by contacting Kim Rumley at VNFC kim.r@vnfc.ca or Debbi Boylan at debbi.b@vnfc.ca
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JOIN US AND TAKE A STAND TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN
Thursday Feb. 15
On Feb.15th, 2018, Indigenous and non-Indigenous men and women will meet for the 7th consecutive year to stand together to end violence against women and children.  As part of this day of action, thousands of men from across the province will also take part in the One Day Fast.  The One Day Fast is for men to refrain from eating or drinking from sunrise to sunset.  This simple act of sacrifice is a way of showing empathy for women who endure violence in their lives and for fasters to demonstrate the strength of their commitment to end violence against Women and Children.
In addition to the event in Victoria, multiple regional events are taking place on February 15, 2018 as part of the Provincial Gathering and Day of Fasting.  Stay tuned for regional event details and schedules.
Everyone wishing to participate in the campaign on February 15 is asked to register.
Victoria – Central Event
In Victoria, the Provincial Gathering includes opening ceremony, keynote speakers and men’s and women’s healing circles. Join us for the march to the B.C. Legislature at lunchtime followed by a press conference and workshops in the afternoon. At sundown, a fast-breaking ceremony and community feast will take place. Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the day’s events, free of charge. Join us at Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas St., Victoria, BC.
REGISTER to attend the event using the links above.  Doors open at 8:30 am and the day’s events will run from 9 am to 5 pm. The Fast-breaking ceremony will take place from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
“We will continue to ask men to take positive and concrete steps forward in standing up and speaking out against violence towards women and children. By taking part in this one day fast you are showing your love and respect for the women in your life and supporting their right for peace and safety in their homes and communities.” Paul Lacerte, co-Founder –Moose Hide Campaign
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Stolen Sisters Memorial March Victoria 2018

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On Saturday February 17th, 2018 please join us to remember and honour Indigenous women, girls, and 2spirit people who have gone missing and been murdered.

Let us walk together as a community to say Indigenous women’s, 2spirits’, and girls’ lives are sacred. Let us remember our teachings and honour those who have been taken from us.

We would like to acknowledge that this march takes place on unceded and traditional territories of the Lekwungen communities, Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations.

Proceedings of the March:

Gathering: 11am in front of Our Place, 919 Pandora Ave
The March will begin at 12pm with a prayer, territory acknowledgements and information for marchers (safety, respectful conduct etc).
Lead by Indigenous women, youth and 2spirit drummers, we will proceed down Pandora Ave to Government Street and then on to the Legislature lawn where we will gather to hear speakers, songs and share food.

The March’s organizing collective would like to remind marchers that this is a memorial and asks that conduct be in accordance with this intent. We also ask that:
-Indigenous women, girls and 2spirit drummers’ and singers’ place leading the March be respected.
-That there be no signs carried unless they are memorializing the missing and murdered by their families. Also no pamphleteering of any kind please.
-That there be no photography during the March without explicit and PRIOR permission of those photographed.

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Calling all dog lovers in Victoria!

february 17th
“YEAR OF THE DOG” WALK IN VICTORIA
On the Chinese calendar the YEAR OF THE DOG starts in February 2018. It’s a good time to celebrate companion canines and also to put a spotlight on the unfortunate dogs who are being experimented on in research labs around the world.

In Canada, as of 2016 there were 15,093 dogs in laboratories — at least, this is the number known to the Canadian Council on Animal Care, which oversees labs. This is an increase over the number in 2015. (A total of 4,308,921 animals were used in Canadian labs in 2016, of which the vast majority are fish, mice being next.)

Of these, 78,294 animals were listed as “Category E” subjects, meaning those “subjected to severe pain and extreme distress; highly-invasive new biomedical experiments; inflicted trauma or burns without anaesthetics; agonizing toxicity testing; and experimentally-induced infectious diseases that result in death.” It is not known how many dogs are Category E. Clearly no animal should be subjected to such cruelty.

Cruel tests endured by animals for the sake of cosmetics have been outlawed elsewhere in the world, and animal advocates are now mobilizing to ban animal testing for cosmetics in Canada. (www.animalcharter.ca)

Also of concern is that 8207 pet dogs were sent to laboratories across Canada in 2016 – though BC no longer compels the surrender of dogs in shelters to scientific institutions, there is the possibility that a dog rescued in BC may end up in a laboratory in Ontario or Quebec, or even here at home.

DOG LOVERS ARE PLANNING A WALK FOR LAB DOGS AS A WAY TO CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF THE DOG, AND ASK FOR REFORM OF CANADA’S LAWS GOVERNING USE OF DOGS IN COMMERCIAL AND MEDICAL LABS – WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN JOINING OTHER BUSINESSES, ACTIVISTS, DOG GUARDIANS AND RESCUE AGENCIES ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 17th
Please get back to orcamonth@gmail.com to let us know whether you can join us!
Barbara – 778 433 6722
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION FOR LAB DOGS, Noon, Feb. 17th, Oak Bay Municipal Hall lawn. Contact: orcamonth@gmail.com or 778 433 6722.

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Remembering Katy Madsen: A benefit for Sierra Club BC

february 17th
  • Saturday at 14:00–18:00
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  • 4239 Cedarglen Rd, Victoria, BC V8N 4N7, Canada
Founding member of Sierra Club BC Katy Madsen was a life-long artist of tremendous talent. Her iconic mid-century portraits and landscapes grace collections across the continent. Katy passed away in 2017 and her family has offered a selection of her paintings to be sold as a legacy of her support for Sierra Club BC.

We invite you to join us for an afternoon open house-style reception with wine and cheese. Paintings will be available on a first-come first-served basis, with a suggested minimum contribution to Sierra Club BC to carry forward Katy’s inspiring legacy of environmental protection. Donations in Katy’s memory are also welcome.

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AHAVI Celebrates 2018
february 17th
It’s here again*** AHAVI brings you our annual event AHAVI Celebrates 2018! Dinner, Dance and other entertainment for the entire family!!!

For tickets contact Horacio @ 778 – 350 – 5404

Where: CDI College 950 Kings Rd
When: February 17, 2018
Who: Adults, kids and Students

Be there!!!! 🎊

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Life Under Occupation

february 18th
After living for three months in Palestine while he served the United Church of Canada as an ecumenical accompanier, George Bartlett will tell stories of what he observed and learned. A retired lawyer George spent 3 months witnessing daily life, offering support and friendship to farmers, families and community leaders living under occupation.
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Cube of Truth: Victoria: February 18th

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  • Irish Times Pub

    1200 Government Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1Y2
If you are interested in volunteering, join the following group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/644028365798366/

Direct action street outreach and demonstration. We bring the information to the people in an attempt to break down unawareness and show the cruelty inherent in meat, dairy and egg production. All footage used shows the standard practices for animal-based food production in Canada.

IMPORTANT: Please bring a laptop or tablet if you have one. If you do not, please come along anyway; masks and signs will be provided on the day. Please wear black clothing where possible, though a black jumper is essential if the weather permits (preferably hooded). Please fully charge your laptop/tablet for the day.

IMPORTANT: Download VLC Player to your laptop or tablet. http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

IMPORTANT: Download the following clips to your laptop or tablet from the link below as there will be no internet connection on site.
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1q8R8EmCKw5zKTr1gUm2e6JTGfP3yD9vE

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Black History and Heritage Day

february 18th
Presentation on local police and ethno-cultures by Michael Regis and classical piano playing by Dr. Carl Ivey. Drink tea by Maisha, and learn from displays, information and artifacts of historical societies about black history.
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February Volunteer day at Rabbitats + Potluck

february 18th
  • Sunday at 10:00–14:00
    5 days from now-4-4°Sunny
  • Rabbitats

    c/o 13340 Smallwood Place, #104, Richmond, British Columbia
We are heading over to Rabbitats
As Rabbitats has a move coming up and we want to help out!
This is a rabbit shelter and a vegan organization housing around 90 mostly adoptable ( and adorable ) abandoned rabbits and their offspring. ( They have another 125 ferals at an outdoor sanctuary in South Surrey )

Please let us know if you need a ride!

Let us know how many are joining you if there are any as we need to know nuimbers

Bring a vegan dish enough to share for lunch

Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) is a grassroots network of animal rights activists working to create a world where every animal is safe, happy and free. Through community building, open rescue, and disruptive protest, we are building a strong movement for animals.

SAFER SPACE POLICY:
This Safer Space Policy exists to facilitate an immediate response to any oppressive actions by attendees of our official events. Oppressive actions include:

• Discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, species, size, class, ability, reproductive choice, sexuality, and gender identity.

• Promoting disrespect or violence towards nonhuman animals.

We strive to create a community that is safe and welcoming, and which prioritizes the needs of people who are typically marginalized by society. Please feel free to approach any organizer in confidence if someone at one of our events makes you feel unsafe. Whenever possible, we will confront people who violate the Safer Space Policy on your behalf. We prefer to resolve such issues through reconciliation, but as a last resort we reserve the right to ask attendees to leave our events.

Anyone who engages in the following behaviours WILL be told to leave our events:

• Physical, verbal, or mental abuse

• Sexual harassment, unwanted touching, or sexual aggression

• Intimidation or fear tactics

• Intentional violations of our Safer Space Policy

Anyone who engages in the following behaviours will LIKELY be warned and MAY be told to leave at the discretion of the members(s) present:

• Inappropriate comments and behaviours

• The use of violent or oppressive language, including slurs

• Blatantly disrespectful behaviour towards civilian (non-state representatives) organizers or individuals in attendance

• Causing a DxE member or event attendee discomfort or distress for any reason (including, but not limited to: violating our Safer Space Policy, violating their personal space, or ignoring an explicitly stated request for altered behaviour)

• Aggression/outbursts due to intoxication

If you have any questions or need clarification about our Safer Space Policy, please get in touch with us at vancouver@directactioneverywhere.com. This address may be accessed by all organizers. For confidential emails, please clearly indicate in the subject line which organizer(s) to whom you would prefer to address your concern; you may request organizers of a specific gender. If you need support in order to attend a DxE Vancouver event or have general safety concerns, send an e-mail to this address.

(NOTE: All DxE Vancouver events will be drug-and-alcohol-free due to safety concerns).

CONSENT FOR SOCIAL MEDIA:
DxE events are social media intensive. Photos and videos are regularly taken at actions, open meetings, and other activities. If you do not consent to appear in photos and videos, please let our media personnel know at the beginning of events. We will also remind attendants of this policy at each event.

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:
As settler animal rights/liberation activists uninvited to the traditional, ancestral, unceded and occupied territories of the Coast Salish First Nations and peoples, we acknowledge that we are unable to do animal advocacy work without using the resources from this land, and are often complicit in colonial systems that perpetuate violence against Indigenous Peoples. We must continue to learn and take responsibilities to help decolonize. On this day we target a colonial-capitalist corporation that exploits, dominates and oppresses nonhuman animals.

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Clandestinos – Cuban Film & Cultural Night!

february 18th
  • Sunday at 17:30
    5 days from now
  • Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood House (800 E. Broadway, Vancouver)
Live Music & the Beautiful Cuban Film
>> CLANDESTINOS <<

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 18
5:30PM
Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood House
800 E. Broadway
Vancouver, Canada
* Event by Donation! *

The evening will feature refreshments, live music, and screening of the beautiful Cuban film: “Clandestinos.”

Clandestinos is a Classic Cuban film about the romance between two young revolutionaries in the urban underground – fighting against the U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista.

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Court Support for Wild Salmon Warriors

monday
  • 19 February at 12:30–16:00
    Next Week
  • Spirit Square aka Centennial Square ~ 1 Centennial Square Victoria BC
Please join us in a good way for a big rally to be held in support of Tsastiqualus and Shawna, longtime Indigenous activists battling foreign fish pharms that have invaded Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw and ‘Namgis traditional waters.

The pair were arrested and charged after blockading the entry to the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans in a powerful statement to draw attention to the sudden collapse of wild salmon stocks as a result of the dangerous and negligent practices of Atlantic fish pharming. The decimation of wild salmon is yet one more example of the continuing attack on Indigenous food security and resilience and the overall orchestrated genocide against First Nations communities.

They are currently occupying space next to Premier Horgan’s office in Langford in an ongoing act of solidarity with frontline Indigenous wild salmon warriors.

We will gather in Spirit Square and then march to the atrium of the Public Library and rally there for awhile, and then march down to the courthouse in solidarity for the 2 pm hearing. We encourage you to link arms with these courageous women and support them as these come face to face with these colonial oppressors.

www.facebook.com/fishfarmsgetout/
www.facebook.com/GETTHEFISHFARMSOUT/
www.facebook.com/Matriarch-Camp-Food-and-Supplies-142454759833463/

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A Cinecenta double bill of award-winning documentaries about African women making change – The Thinking Garden and Alive and Kicking: Soccer Grannies.
Tuesday Feb 20 @ 7 pm, Cinecenta UVic
Synopses:
The Thinking Garden: In the dying days of apartheid, three generations of women in a village in South Africa came together to create a community garden. They called it ‘the thinking garden,’ a place where women gather to think about how to make change. Twenty-five years later the garden is still going strong, providing opportunities for local people while helping to meet the challenges of climate change, poverty, and HIV/AIDS. Director: Christine Welsh
“Speaks to the essence and significance of Food Sovereign communities.” Bellise Omondi, Food Sovereignty Campaign, South Africa
“Magnificent and inspirational.” Anthropologist Julie Cruikshank
Soccer Grannies: Filmed in the heart of Limpopo, South Africa, Alive and Kicking follows a group of South African grandmothers as they lace up their soccer boots and break all taboos. Facing personal challenges of abuse and poverty, these women come together to play some serious soccer – while waging a singular struggle for a decent life.
“So much joy and resilience and insistence on life.” Andrea Swift, New York Film Academy
Best Doc, Taos Shortz Film Festival; Best Short Film Seattle International FF; Spirited Storytelling Prize, DOC NYC
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Public Talk: Gender in the Round

wednesday
Public Talk

Gender in the Round: Trans and Non-binary Reflections on Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects.

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.

February 21, 2018 | 7pm | *free

Join gender diversity facilitator Kingsley Strudwick for an evening of audience engaged conversation with 4 guest speakers.

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#MEADOW MARATHON competition throughout February

Nature Conservancy of Canada is running a Garry Oak Meadow Marathon during February at several sites in Greater Victoria and Duncan removing invasive plants and planting native species.
Participate in 3 events and your name will be entered to win PRIZES!!!
Please look at the website for where these events are and when:
Friends Of Uplands Park offers the No Ivy League events each Sunday from 1 to 3 pm.  Meet at the kiosks on Cattle Point near the ocean.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, John Helmer, Stephen Campanelli, Christina Nikolic February 8th, 2018

The downing of a Russian warplane over Syria is further proof, if any were still needed, that news of the end of the protracted war there is premature. It also underscores the changing nature of the conflict, and its turn in a dangerous new direction.

It’s been confirmed, Major Roman Filipov’s Su-25 fighter was brought down by a MANPAD, or portable anti-aircraft missile system, reportedly fired by members of Jabhat al-Nusra. It’s a sophisticated piece of equipment not easily gotten, so just where it came from, and how al-Nusra ended up with it are the burning questions of the moment.

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 an 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.

John Helmer in the first half.

And; the Victoria Film Festival continues this week through Sunday, when it will feature Canadian director, Stephen Campanelli’s ‘Indian Horse’. The full-length feature recently took the Calgary Film Festival’s Audience Award for Narrative Feature, and was named the People’s Choice winner at last year’s Vancouver International Film Festival. It’s an adaptation of the Richard Wagamese’s widely acclaimed novel about Ojibway boy, Saul Indian Horse’s abduction into Canada’s residential school system.

Campanelli is a long-time Hollywood camera operator, working within legendary actor/director and producer, Clint Eastwood’s rarefied filmmaking circle. Among others, he’s collaborated with Eastwood on the films: ‘Million Dollar Baby’. ‘Gran Torino’, ‘Sully’, and their latest, and 21st collaboration, ’15:17 to Paris’. Indian Horse is his second film in the director’s chair, following 2015’s ‘Momentum’.

Stephen Campanelli and breaking the tormented silence of Canada’s residential school survivors.

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, John Helmer and the deadly consequences of America’s anti-Russia campaigns.

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 Site C Summit Accountability and Action January 26, 2018 Panel #2

Went down to the plenary session on Day #1. There were two panels, separated by two audio files here. Appearing here is the raw audio. On this, the second plenary panel, beginning around the 19:00 minute mark, the panelists are: Andrew Nikiforuk, Judith Sayers, and Guy Dauncey.

Here’s the link to the official site with more details: https://sitecsummit.ca/

Ape Goes to the Site C Summit Accountability and Action January 26, 2018

Went down to the plenary session on Day #1. There were two panels, separated by two audio files here. Appearing here is the raw audio. On this, the first plenary panel begins around the 45:00 minute mark, and the panelists are: Robert McCullough, Harry Swain, and Seth Klein.

Here’s the link to the official site with more details: https://sitecsummit.ca/