Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Carol Linnitt, Richard Atwell, Janine Bandcroft May 19, 2014

Welcome to CFUV’s Victoria Day extravaganza, wherein we provide wall to wall coverage of most things Victoria.

Along with the age-old concept of consumer and other forms of economic boycotts, divestment is a new strategy being employed to change what is perceived to be the negative social and environmental activities of corporations, countries, and individuals.

The most famous of these is the BDS, or Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign being waged to contain some of Israel’s more excessive human rights abuses, but there is too a growing fossil fuel divestment movement.

Beginning with churches, and on campuses in the United States, fossil fuel divestment has made headlines in local papers recently.

Right here, on the campus of the University of Victoria, 160 faculty members went public last month with their demand that the University disinvest the monies of its considerable endowment fund from those businesses doing business to the detriment of the global environment.

Carol Linnitt is Managing Editor and Director of Research for DeSmog Canada, where she published the article, ‘160 Faculty Members Join Call for Fossil Fuel Divestment at B.C.’s University of Victoria.’

DeSmog is an organization dedicated to, quote: “clear[ing] the PR pollution that is preventing us from having sensible public conversations about critical issues around the environment, social justice and the economy.”

Carol is currently a doctoral candidate at UVic’s English and Cultural, Social and Political Thought programs, where she hopes to add a Ph.D to an already accomplished academic career that includes Master’s degrees in English Literature, (while studying political theory, natural resource conflicts and Aboriginal rights) and in Philosophy, the latter with a special focus on phenomenology and environmental ethics, at York.

Carol Linnitt in the first half.

And; Victoria is also known as the “Garden City,” but by this other name we do not always smell as sweet as we may like. The ongoing sewage treatment debate seems almost as old as the mountains surrounding us, but before rushing to judgement, my guest in the second half begs we delay a little while longer to look at what he, and his growing organization of supporters, see as the RITE plan for Victoria’s current and future sewage treatment needs.

Richard Atwell is the director of STAG, or the Sewage Treatment Action Group, a collection of citizens promoting the R-I-T-E solution for our daily pollution; one that is: Respectful of communities; uses Innovative technologies; is Taxpayer friendly; and, Environmentally sound.

Richard Atwell looking for the right solution in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster Janine Bandcroft has provided Gorilla Radio with the skinny on what’s good going on on Victoria’s streets and beyond for many years now. It’s ironic then that today, on the single day of the year bearing the honorific of the city’s name, she should be reporting from outside the city; but she will never-the-less be joining us at the bottom of the hour to bring us the newz.

But first, Carol Linnitt and Divestment: the movement seeking not to follow, but lead the money.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Rod Marining, Andrea Morison, Janine Bandcroft May 12, 2014

The great Canadian writer and environmentalist, Farley Mowat would have been 93 today. Sadly, Farley, author of more than thirty books, including such classics as ‘A Whale for the Killing,’ ‘Never Cry Wolf,’ and ‘Sea of Slaughter’ was a strident defender of the natural world, and fought to protect it to the last. He was also an inspiration to generations of Canadian environmentalists; those forming the backbone of a nascent movement out of Vancouver in the 1970’s not least among them.

Rod Marining is a long-time environment defender, a co-founder of Greenpeace International, and navigator on three campaign voyages of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society vessel, Farley Mowat. He is Chair of the BC Environmental Network, Listserve manager for the Landwatch Campaign, and Coordinator for PATH, or People’s Action for Threatened Habitats.

On land, Rod has accompanied the Caravan to Wet’suwet’en on its continuing journey from the lower mainland to British Columbia’s contested proposed interior route of tar sands pipelines aimed at the heart of B.C.’s mid-coast.

Rod Marining in the first half.

And; last week the Joint Review Panel for the proposed Site-C dam project released its findings and recommendations to the government on the scheme that would see thousands of hectares of prime BC farmland flooded, ostensibly to provide power for the people of the province. But the panel’s findings provide more questions than answers for the long contentious mega-project.

Andrea Morison is spokesperson for the PVEA, Peace Valley Environmental Association. Andrea holds a Masters of Natural Resource Management degree and has worked in the field in both Ontario and BC for more than 25 years, the last three years of which devoted to the PVEA’s involvement with the environmental assessment process for Site C. Her prior experience is in the forestry, and oil and gas sectors.

Andrea Morison and preserving the Peace in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news from our city’s streets and beyond too. But first, Rod Marining and remembering Canadian environmentalism.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

Ape Goes to Victoria Defend Our Climate Rally May 10, 14

Went down to the YYJ Defend Our Climate rally today

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Janos Mate, Eva Golinger, Janine Bandcroft Apr. 28, 2014

Over the weekend, Victoria commemorated the 44th Earth Day with a rally, march, and the Creatively United for the Planet festival. The hope is, we can bring the various quarters of our human society together to bring some semblance of sanity to the way we live upon this, our only viable address within the next few million light years,or so.

Going back more than half the distance to that first Earth Day, my first guest has devoted his creative energies to addressing some of the most urgent environmental issues we face.

In 1989, Janos Maté joined Greenpeace, and in 1992 took on its campaign to protect the ozone layer from the misuse of industrial chemicals – and though his work was recognized in 2010 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Montreal Protocol Award, he reminds; the campaign goes on.

In 1995, Maté was among the Greenpeace crew that sailed into the French exclusion zone at the Mururoa Atoll to stop nuclear tests. Closer to home, Maté is, with Whale Friends and No Whales in Captivity, pushing to see an end to the ‘incarceration for entertainment’ of whales and dolphins at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Janos Maté in the first half.

And; few human endeavors pose a greater risk to the natural environment than war. In these last decades, the relentless push of profit-driven conflict has wreaked havoc around the globe. From the occupations of Gaza, Afghanistan, and Iraq, to the more subtle subterfuges provoking violence and social breakdown in Syria, and Ukraine, it’s clear; a more nuanced understanding of the workings of the World is required to make some sense of War in the 21st Century.

Eva Golinger is an award-winning American journalist, author, and attorney living in Caracas, Venezuela for almost a decade. Golinger is winner of the International Award for Journalism in Mexico, and was named ‘La Novia de Venezuela’ by the late President, Hugo Chávez. Some of her English language book titles include: ‘Bush vs. Chávez: Washington’s War on Venezuela,’ ‘The Empire’s Web: Encyclopedia of Interventionism and Subversion,’ and ‘The Chávez Code: Cracking US Intervention in Venezuela,’ which is currently being made into a feature film. Golinger has, since 2003 been analyzing and investigating US interventions in Latin America and, as well as her many articles, has written two books in Spanish on the subject. Her documentary film, ‘One Day with President Evo Morales’ is a Russia Today “special project” that will air tonight and tomorrow on RT.

Eva Golinger and The Dirty Hand of the National Endownment for Democracy in Venezuela in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good going on on our city’s streets and beyond in the coming week. But first, Janos Maté and twenty-five years on the Green front line.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

Ape Goes to Victoria Earth Day 2014

Went down to the manifestation and march for Earth Day 2014. Fine weather greeted the 500-odd souls who, after some music, wended their way through Victoria to the St. Ann’s Academy grounds.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Theresa Wolfwood, Jon Elmer, Janine Bandcroft Apr. 21, 2014

Tucked into the Northwest corner of the African continent, a desperate struggle for national recognition continues, largely overlooked by the outside world.

The people of the Western Sahara, the Saharawi, have suffered annexation, colonization, and occupation at the hands of a variety of malefactors, and their decades-long privation continues today.

As with other oppressed populations, the Saharawi have the misfortune of living on lands coveted by both their neighbours and marauding trans-national corporations, whose insatiable desire for mineral wealth has condemned the people to multi-generational exile.

Theresa Wolfwood is Director and co-founder of the Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation, and is a writer, photographer, and long-time activist who has traveled from the highlands of Mexico to the gates of Gaza and beyond in pursuit of peace, social justice, and women’s rights. Wolfwood has written for Briarpatch, Peace News, and Third World Resurgence among others, and is local coordinator for Victoria’s Women in Black.

Terry is recently returned from a fact-finding trip to Western Sahara and will be presenting an illustrated talk relating her experiences at the Algerian refugee camps of the Saharawi.

‘Beyond the Veil of Sand: The Life of the Saharawi People in Exile and Under Occupation’ is this month’s feature at Cafe Simpatico, taking place this Friday, April 25th at 1923 Fernwood Road, in the heart of the Fernwood community.

Terry Wolfwood in the first half.

And; Passover in Palestine means even less passing over Israeli checkpoints. The added restriction of the holidays means most to Gaza’s captured population, dependent on the passage of goods and vital fuel supplies from Israel. With the hostile coup regime in Egypt tightening the Rafah crossing, and the tunnel economy in tatters, Gaza is more completely at the mercy of Israel than ever.

Jon Elmer is a Canadian freelance journalist and photojournalist specializing in the Middle East, and on Canadian foreign and military policy. Elmer has lived in and reported from Occupied Palestine for the better part of the last decade, while reporting too from more than a dozen countries from Nepal and Western Sahara, to the Basque country, and here in Canada. His articles and photographs are featured at the Journal of Palestine Studies, Le Monde diplomatique, The Progressive, and Al Jazeera English among others, and at his web site JonElmer.ca. Jon is also a contributor, with Anthony Fenton, to the book, ‘Empire’s Ally: Canada in Afghanistan.’

Jon Elmer and high holidays in the Holy Land in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good to do in and around Victoria in the coming week. But first, Terry Wolfwood behind Western Sahara’s Veil of Sand.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

Christina Goes to South Jubilee Neighbourhood Assoc. Meeting Apr. 14, 2014

A Garry Oak Meadow or the ‘dozers?

South Jubilee Neighbourhood’s small piece of original Garry Oak Meadow, on the north – east corner of Bank Street and Leighton Avenue is in danger. This lot, never developed, has 29 Garry Oaks of various ages around a rocky outcrop that shelters several native species – white fawn lilies, blue camas, shooting star and more. With less than five percent of this lovely, once – dominant ecosystem remaining in BC, it could be a great loss if the bulldozers move in.
For several years we have sent regular letters to the Kasapi
family, who own the property, and to the city of Victoria to express our interest in acquiring it for a park. Victoria has a Parks Acquisition Fund that could be used for this. Since 2005, when a University of Victoria assessment made us aware of the natural heritage value of the land, we have felt
we had a strong case. But now there are credible rumours that the owners are in conversation with the city about building on the lot. South Jubilee has yet to be consulted. Because of our Neighbourhood’s long-expressed interest, and because of the threat to this rare natural gem, we ought to be part of any discussion about development.
Therefore, we have sent letters to Mayor and Council and to the City Manager to ask for a discussion. As a result, on April 1st, South Jubilee Coordinator Ron George and Liz Hoar, will meet with Victoria’s City Manager, Mr. Jason Johnson, to talk about our concerns. We trust that we will have a fair hearing. We hope to work with the owners and the City of Victoria so that the Parks Acquisition Fund will be used to add the property to the City Parks system.
Once that happens, we can begin the restoration of the land to its natural state, so that the next seven generations of South Jubilee residents can rest in the shade of Garry Oaks and revel in a sea of blue camas on the corner of Bank and Leighton.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Camilo Cahis, Finian Cunningham, Janine Bandcroft April 14, 14

Welcome to Springtime in Victoria! All the signs of a new season are exploding all over the city, reminding us – after a mild, but seeming overlong winter – how lucky we are to live here in this beautiful and bountiful land.

Indeed, Canadians from all corners can, even as they shovel April’s Maritime snow from the drive, give thanks for their good fortune to abide in peace, carrying out their daily routines secure in the knowledge they will not trod on a landmine, or be indiscriminately targeted for a drone-death dealt from above.

It makes it all the more reprehensible then that those purported “leaders,” those who claim to be expressing the desires of the Canadian polity, “our” Parliamentarians, can fulminate for war, societal crackdowns, (and other euphemistically expressed oppressive policies) in foreign places enjoying neither the peace, nor prosperity we so casually receive as blessings due us.

Listen. Hear.

Last month, the People’s House, a place usually fraught with acrimony, quieted its bellicose disharmony to come together to condemn Venezuela’s response to violent demonstrations and attempts to overthrow the democratically elected government there. Yes, in a rare display of political unanimity, Canada’s parties are as one in their support of a nascent coup, and the demonstrably fascist forces behind it.

Camilo Cahis is National Spokesperson for the Canadian Hands Off Venezuela campaign, part of an international effort to inform the World community of the achievements of the Bolivarian revolution, that’s working to build solidarity with Venezuela’s working class, and its chronically impoverished. His recent article for Fightback – the Marxist Voice of Labour and Youth, ‘Canadian Parliament passes resolution against Bolivarian government; NDP must support the workers and poor of Venezuela’ is a damning indictment of this country’s dysfunctional democracy.

Camilo Cahis in the first half.

And; meanwhile, on the other side of the World, Canada’s duly elected representatives are vociferously supporting the overthrow of another democratically elected government, and are too supporting the demonstrably seditious – and fascist – perpetrators of the wanton murders of police and protesters alike.

Finian Cunningham is an East Africa-based freelance journalist and columnist for PressTV and the Strategic Culture Foundation. A former editor and writer for the Mirror, Irish Times, and Independent, his reporting on human rights violations is cited widely across the internet, and has earned him the enmity of despots like the government of Bahrain. Cunningham’s latest focus has been on the despots closer to home, NATO, and its self-appointed role as spearhead for neo-liberalism’s second-wave, trans-global colonial project.

Finian Cunningham, and riding the second wave of Washington’s new Surrealpolitik in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good – and otherwise – going on around our city and beyond. But first, Camilo Cahis and the Canadian Parliament’s anti-democratic consensus.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Shawnigan Toxic Dump Rally, Barb Biley Mar. 31, 2014

Before his 2006 ascent to power in Canada, the current prime minister reportedly told an audience at a right-wing think tank confab: “You won’t recognize Canada when I’m through with it.” Whether that is true or apocryphal, taking a quick, cross-country check up proves the point; from warfare to health care, environmental protection to ecological rejection, ‘Stephen Harper’s New Government of Canada,’ has certainly broken the national mold, and none in either the Canadian parliament, or the nation’s corporate dominated media seem inclined to pick up the shattered remnants of what once was this country.

But, eight years of unprecedented deregulation, and systematic undoing of national institutions later, Mr. Harper and his considerably more hoary “New Government’ cohorts are hardly finished their transformative mission.
Listen. Hear.

Before the last provincial election, everyone believed the toxic waste site planned and approved for the headwaters of Shawnigan Lake would be stopped. It wasn’t. From 2013, the Shawnigan community Toxic Dump Rally.
And; today marks National Day of Action for a New Health Accord, a cross-country effort, spearheaded by the Council of Canadians, in hopes to draw Canadian’s attention to the deleterious state of our nation’s health care system – another of the many social “entitlements” targeted for “reform” by the current government in Ottawa. Barb Biley is the Hospital Employees’ Union Regional Vice President for Vancouver Island North and she was on the front lines of Campbell River’s contribution to today’s actions.

Barb Biley and rallying for a New Health Accord in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good to do in and around our city in the coming week.

But first, Ingmar Lee and the Canadian government assault on Canada’s people and environment.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Mazin Qumsiyeh, Ingmar Lee, Janine Bandcroft Apr. 7, 2014

March 30th marks Land Day in Palestine, a commemoration of Israel’s 1976 determination to expropriate thousands of hectares of Palestinian territory. Six were killed by the IDF during demonstrations back then; tens of thousands more have died at the hands of Israel since.

2014 marks the United Nations’ International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, and though the UN is not a welcome voice within Israeli circles when speaking on the Palestinian issue, it is respected around a World already grown weary of the Jewish State’s serial criminality.

Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh is a Palestinian writer, activist, and scholar who holds a PhD. in biology and is board certified in medicinal genetics.

He also serves as chairman of the board of the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People and coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Beit Sahour. Mazin is recipient of: the 2011 Social Courage Award from the Peace and Justice Studies Association; the American Arab Anti-discrimination Committee’s Alex Odeh award; and has been recognized by the American Friends Service Committee Connecticut chapter. Professor Qumsiyeh left the United States and his teaching position at Yale University to return to Occupied Palestine’s Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities.

In addition to his many articles and papers, Mazin Qumsiyeh’s book titles include: ‘Sharing The Land Of Canaan: Human Rights and the Israeli-Palestinian Struggle,’ ‘The Bats of Egypt,’ ‘Mammals of the Holy Land,’ and his latest, ‘Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment.’ Professor Qumsiyeh was in Victoria last night, at Camosun College as part of his speaking tour: ‘Palestine Today and in the Future.’ He will be appearing tonight in Vancouver at SFU Downtown, Harbour Centre.

Mazin Qumsiyeh in the first half.

And; before his 2006 ascent to power in Canada, the current prime minister reportedly told an audience at a right wing think tank confab: “You won’t recognize Canada when I’m through with it.” Whether that is true or apocryphal, taking a quick, cross-country check up proves the point; from warfare to health care, environmental protection to ecological rejection, ‘Stephen Harper’s New Government of Canada,’ has certainly broken the national mold, and none in either the Canadian parliament, or the nation’s corporate dominated media seem inclined to pick up the shattered remnants of what once was this country. But, eight years of unprecedented deregulation, and systematic undoing of national institutions later, Mr. Harper and his considerably more hoary “New Government’ cohorts are hardly finished their transformative mission.

Ingmar Lee is a long-time environmental defender, activist, writer, and woodsman. He currently lives with his family in the heart of the ‘Great Bear Rainforest,’ near Bella Bella, where the forests, wildlife, and marine environment are all threatened by various expansive human activities geared for short-term, and largely offshore profit.

Ingmar Lee in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us news from our city’s streets and beyond for the coming week. But first, professor Mazin Qumsiyeh and Palestine Today and in the Future.

Ape Goes to Mazin Qumsiyeh Camosun College Apr 6, 2014

Palestine Today and In the Future – A Talk by Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh of Bethlehem University

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Wendy Mendez, Calvin Cook, Janine Bandcroft Mar. 24, 2014

The horrors we daily see meted out by the World’s most powerful against the most vulnerable may be difficult to understand without the benefit of historical context.

The grim truth is: Today’s death squad mercenaries, and the junta regimes they both foment and support, are the fruit of dragon’s teeth sown long ago.

This was perhaps nowhere more evident than in Iraq, where the so-called “Salvador Option” was resurrected by its mastermind, John Negroponte. During America’s terror campaign in El Salvador in the 1970’s, gangs of specially-trained soldiers were sent into the countryside to capture, torture, and kill civilians.

The stated goal then was to deter communists taking hold of the tiny country and providing a beach-head for a Russian invasion of the U.S.

The secretive program was revealed to the American public following the slaying of Archbishop Oscar Romero in his church in 1980, and more graphically by the subsequent brutal rape and murder of three American nuns, and Jean Donovan, a lay missioner. Less known however was a similar terror campaign conducted throughout most of the 1980’s in El Salvador’s neighbour to the north, Guatemala.

Wendy Mendez is a Vancouver-based human rights defender and founder of H.I.J.O.S.Guatemala, or Sons and Daughters for Identity and Justice Against Forgetting and Silence. H.I.J.O.S. uses public education, political art and murals, and demonstration to both articulate and strengthen Guatemala’s justice movement. The organization is made of students, workers, professionals, and includes the children of Guatemala’s disappeared and murdered. Mendez is herself a survivor of the Guatemalan genocide, she and her family fleeing the country following the disappearing of her mother, Luz Haydee Mendez in 1984.

Wendy Mendez will be in Victoria this Friday, presenting at the Central America Support Committee’s monthly Cafe Sympatico at 1923 Fernwood Rd., in the heart of the Fernwood community.

Wendy Mendez in the first half.

And; last year, the Shawnigan Residents Association discovered plans by the local gravel quarry, South Island Aggregates to fill their sun-setted open pit mine with 5 million tonnes of “contaminated soil” on the slopes above Shawnigan Lake. They protested, beseeched, and appealed to every body involved in the process, but in the finish, the BC Ministry of the Environment approved the dump. A final appeal of the ministry’s permit was heard earlier this month, and the last ditch effort commences today, scheduled to conclude April 4th.

Calvin Cook has lived along the lake for nearly thirty years, and is Vice President of the Shawnigan Residents Association.

Calvin Cook and a dump too much in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good to do in and around the city, and beyond it too, in the coming week. But first, Wendy Mendez and Guatemala’s Sons and Daughters for Identity and Justice Against Forgetting and Silence.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

Gorilla Radio Fundrive 14 with Chris Cook, Christina Nikolic, Janine Bandcroft Mar. 17, 2014

Today is CFUV’s annual FunDrive show. Over the last thirty years, thousands of volunteers, and scores of suffering underpaid staff, have made the descent into the bowels of the Student Union Building here on the campus of the University of Victoria to provide a musical, political, and cultural alternative to the dreck you’re daily exposed to everywhere else.

Of course, we have no corporate sugar-daddy, and the government barely allows we exist, so providing for maintenance of the gear, and to keep the lights on, we venture forward into the community we both serve and belong to once a year seeking acknowledgement from you dear listener and expressions of your continued support; and, while we value expressions of moral support immensely, we’d feel like fools up here 24/7 and every day of the year if there was no-one out there, talk is still cheap, (unless you’re doing it on a fully-funtioning, 100% CRTC licensed radio station).

So, making said expressions for this one week of the year in the form of coin of the realm is the ticket we’re really eager to punch!

To that end, I’ll be leaving the usual format today to bring you a bit of music, some of the past year’s highlights from the show, and will be gently encouraging you to encourage us, with cash money.

Helping me in this in studio is Christina Nikolic, and we’ll hear from GR regular, Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft. Janine can’t be with us in person today, but will be, in the fashion of the Queen’s Christmas address, sending along a pre-recorded message of support.

The phone lines are open, and ready to receive your bequests and requests at: 250-721-8700. Dial now, and dial often to donate. And, you can donate online at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Richard Atwell, Jen Moore, Janine Bandcroft Mar. 10, 2014

When it comes to public infrastructure initiatives, Victoria is fast earning a reputation for suffering from severe policy constipation. With 13 municipalities, the Capital Region District, and both provincial and federal government interests to be satisfied, it’s little wonder big-ticket projects have a hard time of either doing their business or getting off the throne.

Perhaps the most intransigent of these is the issue of what to do with our…issue. Every day, hundreds of thousands of litres of human waste, and the concomitant detritus of modern human habitation, flows into the sea around us. How that waste is treated, or not treated, is at the centre of a heated debate that has dragged on for decades, costing not only millions of dollars, but also stinking up the city’s reputation.

Richard Atwell is the director of STAG, or the Sewage Treatment Action Group, a collection of citizens promoting the R-I-T-E solution for our daily pollution; one that is: Respectful of communities; uses Innovative technologies; is Taxpayer friendly; and, Environmentally sound.

Richard Atwell looking for the right solution in the first half.

And; the international reputation of Canada-based extractive industries too stinks. In a necessarily environmentally disruptive business, companies flying our national flag seem to have made the worst of bad situations wherever they land. With charges of bribing local officials, ignoring what meagre local ecological protection statutes exist, and showing a pattern of disregard for worker safety and lethal disdain for human rights, the Maple Leaf means something very different for those viewing it from their embattled communities abroad. Worse though than all this is the Canadian government’s support of the industry through instruments like the recently announced Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development, or CIIEID.

Jennifer Moore is MiningWatch Canada’s Latin America Program Coordinator, focusing on the Guatemala/Goldcorp campaign, and on supporting communities, organizations, and networks struggling with mining issues throughout Latin America.

Jen is too a freelance print and broadcast journalist, with many years experience writing social justice journalism, much of that done while living and working in Ecuador. During an extended stay in South America, from 2006 to 2010, she researched and wrote popular and academic articles about the struggles of indigenous and non-indigenous communities affected by Canadian-financed mining companies.

Jen Moore and Canada’s extractive industries hitting the government hand-out mother lode in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz of what’s good and going on on our city’s streets and beyond. But first, Richard Atwell and Victoria’s failure to responsibly flush.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Peter Lee, Kevin Pina, Janine Bandcroft Mar 3, 2014

With the Olympics now over, it’s time for the Great Game to begin again…or continue still. A constant thread has run throughout the Carter-Reagan-Reagan-Bush-Clinton-Clinton-Bush-Bush-Obama-Obama presidencies; each has, in its turn, followed Zbigniew Brzezinski’s plan to isolate the Soviet Union, undermining its component parts and thus reducing the Great Bear to a size Grover Norquist might drown in his bathtub.

Last week, Brzezinski suggested Ukraine could be a kind of Finland, a former Soviet satellite allowed to drift into the orbit of the European Union without posing an existential threat to Mother Russia. So far, Putin and his friends in Crimea, and Ukraine, disagree.

The whole scenario has many fearing a return to the nuclear stand-off days between the superpowers, emblematic of the last half of the 20th Century.

Peter Lee is a freelance commentator whose columns appear at the Asia Times Online among other places. He’s also author of the news blog, China Matters, where he quote: “[W]rites on East and South Asian affairs and their intersection with US foreign policy.”

Peter Lee, China hand in the first half.

And; it’s been ten years since populist Haitian president, Jean-Bertrand Arisitide was hustled, in the wee hours of February 29th, out of the presidential palace in his pajamas. It was a disastrous day for Haiti’s poor, the vast majority, and ones who made Aristide the single-most popular political leader in the Western Hemisphere.

Kevin Pina is an American journalist, broadcaster, and filmmaker who has reported on the coming and goings of Haiti’s democrats and dictators for more than twenty years.

Kevin Pina and Haiti’s sad anniversary in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good to do in and around our city, and beyond it too, in the coming week. But first, Peter Lee and just who is f-ing whom in the Ukraine coup?

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