This week, American novelist Mike Palecek on his latest release, Iowa Terror, a walk with the Western Canada Wilderness Committee and a couple thousand friends in Victoria, and Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed on good goings-on in and around the lower island in the coming week.
Vancouver Island environmental activist Ingmar Lee, chairman of the newly formed, Bare Mountain Bonanza Mining concern conducts his first assaying survey of the contentious lands on and surrounding Spaet “Bear” Mountain. The lands are slated for hyper-development by the LGB9 corporation and its partners.
A walk through the Western Canada Wilderness Committee march and rally to protect B.C.’s forests and the lumber jobs depending on a healthy and sustainable forestry policy; something sadly lacking in ‘The Best Place on Earth’ today.
last month, to much fanfare, the Campbell government announced their 2008 budget. Remarkably, that budget contains North America’s first carbon tax. The tax has been well received in some environmental quarters, but is this carbon tax all it pretends to be? Roger Annis is a trade unionist and social activist and member of Vancouver’s Stopwar.ca coalition. He’s looked into the details behind the Liberal’s newly turned green leaf.
A alk round the Bear Mountain
This week; journalist and author, Monte Paulsen on Vancouver’s crisis before the Olympics; Jennifer Andison on the controversial Bear Mountain project and Langford City’s attempt to erase Canada’s freedom of speech protections; Dru Oja Jay and taking ‘The Dominion’ on the road; and Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed with good goings-on in and around Victoria in the coming week.
Today marks Gorilla Radio's tenth FunDrive. Every one of those ten years, the station met its fundraising goals thanks to you. This year we've set our sights high, but we've got a few more days to go…we'll leave the usual format, etc… Janine Bandcroft is with me in the studio, and Chris Genovali of the Raincoast Conservation Society will be here to discuss the B.C. Liberal's budget and its rich diggings for B.C.'s oil and gas industry, and trade unionist and social activist, Roger Annis on the upcoming Parliamentary vote on Canada's involvement in Afghanistan. And there'll be music and more for Gorilla Radio's 2008 FunDrive show today.
Elections and rumours of elections are happening everywhere: Tony Blair despatched to a virtual Suzerainty in the Middle East, to make room for his successor, the Claudius-like Gordon Brown, currently drooling over the tribes of Britain; John Howard, stalwart Washington emissary in the Pacific, gone to be replaced by Howard-Lite “liberal” Labour Party leader, Kevin Rudd in Australia; the sycophantic Conservative Party’s Stephen Harper, whose minority government tongue for now replaces “Liberal” party predecessor, Paul Martin’s on the emperor’s boot; and of course ‘Le Grand Spectacle’ U.S. presidential pageant, running already interminably over-long, and not due to conclude for another eight months time.
Add to these the marginal races of Russia, Africa, South America, Kosovo, et cetera, and it begins to seem we Earthlings are truly living in Democracy’s Golden Age. But, how true the glitter of this gilded cage?
Laura Flanders is a journalist and author whose book titles include: ‘Bush Women: Tales of a Cynical Species,’ ‘Real Majority, Media Minority: The Costs of Sidelining Women in Reporting’ and contributed an essay on Hillary Clinton included in ‘The Contenders;’ she also served as editor of the anthology, ‘The W. Effect: Bush’s War on Women,’ and her latest book is, ‘Blue Grit: Making Impossible, Improbable, and Inspirational Political Change in America.’
Laura Flanders is also the host of Air America Radio’s, Radio Nation, heard around America on the Air America network, and around the world over XM Satellite.
Laura Flanders and getting on your political grit for Mission Improbable in the first half.
And; though they seldom vote, ‘The Homeless’ are the fastest growing constituency in Canada. More than a quarter of a million Canadian citizens are estimated to now have no fixed address. Many thousands occupy shelters, sofas, cars, jails and out-buildings, while thousands more call the cold streets and alleys of the nation home.
It’s a crisis across the country, though besides occassional lip service, and half-assed ameliorative measures, all levels of government are so far failing to adequately come to grips with this crisis.
Jack Layton is a long-time political scholar and social activist, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, and author, whose titles include: ‘Speaking Out: Ideas That Work For Canadians,’ ‘Speaking Out Louder,’ and his latest, ‘Homelessness: The Making and Unmaking of a Crisis.’
Jack Layton and addressing Canada’s unaddressed in the second half.
And; Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with all that’s good to do in and around Victoria in the coming week. But first, Laura Flanders and blue grit for a rum, red America.
On this week’s show: Ingmar Lee and the first Battle of Bear Mountain; Kevin Pina and Haiti’s stolen democracy; and Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed with good goings-on in and around Victoria in the coming week.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca . He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com. You can check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com
With Kosovo again in the news, a look back to one of Gorilla Radio’s first programs. In May of 1999, while the bombs were still falling on Belgrade and other places constituting the Former Republic of Yugoslavia. I recorded this interview with professor Oliver Schmidke, then of the University of Victoria. The interview was meant to be intercut with a live discussion, the tape of which has gone missing. – lex
Word came early this morning: Royal Canadian Mounted Police tactical teams and support officers from the Westshore detachment, moved in on a half-dozen protesters occupying a tree-sit in a small forested area slated for destruction to make way for a highway overpass. Three arrests were made and there are, as yet unconfirmed, reports of injuries sustained by the arrestees. The tree-sit has been continuously occupied since April of last year in efforts to raise public awareness and bring pressure to bear against what the activists say is the needless destruction of an area of unique geological and environmental importance and cultural significance to First Nations.
This week: Justice activist, Katherine Hughes following the persecution of Dr. Rafil Dhafir, still imprisoned nearly five years after his bogus arrest; award-winning film maker and author, Stephen Marshall on the betrayal of the left and Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing; and Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed with all that’s good to do in and around Victoria in the coming week.
During last summer’s Republican National Convention in New York City, Canadian filmmaker, Stephen Marshall took his camera and crew to the streets to shoot scenes for his theatrical production, This Revolution. The crew soon found themselves arrested. Like the many hundreds arrested arbitrarily by heavy-handed law enforcers, the crew was later released and their film finished. This Revolution will air tonight here at 7pm in UVic’s David Strong Building. Stephen Marshall too will be here to take questions after the film. Marshall is co-founder of Guerrilla News Network, one of the best online sources for news and information, and he’s the creator of Channel Zero television. His last film, BattleGround: 21 Days on the Empire’s Edge won the Silver Hugo Award for best documentary at the 2004 Chicago International Film Fest. Stephen Marshall and This Revolution
Luciana Bohne is a professor, teaching women’s literature, cinema, and classical literature at Edinboro University, Pennsylvania. Following the 9/11 attacks, and witnessing the media reaction, she decided to become a “citizen journalist,” presenting analysis of world and national events, she says, “as a defence mechanism against paralysis, isolation, and fear.” Luciana Bohne in the first half.
[from GR 03-02 May 16, 2005]
This week; Jon Elmer on the dramatic escape from Gaza, and the subsequent re-imposition of the wall breached; Justin Podur on Canada’s theatrical border security; Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed with all that’s good to do in and around Victoria in the coming week.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca . He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com . And, you can check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com