Ape Talks to Jack Etkin April 23, 2016

Earlier this month, Citizen’s Forum, a public access public affairs program, produced by volunteers at Victoria’s Shaw Cable affiliate, in accordance with CRTC mandate, was axed. Jack Etkin is the long-time, Victoria-based democracy and media activist host of, and producer behind the show, and a number of other media/democracy projects.

Jack Etkin on the demise of Citizen’s Forum, the corporate media, and Canadian democracy.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Luciana Bohne, VOWS, Janine Bandcroft Apr. 20, 2016

Last month, the International Tribunal for Yugoslavia came down with a verdict against Radovan Karadzic, the first president of the Serb Republic, and leader during the Bosnian War of the 1990’s.

Regardless of the merits of the ICTY’s case against Karadzic, the manner in which it was conducted, and the refusal of the Court to investigate properly, let alone prosecute NATO for the crimes it committed leading to and during the secession wars of Yugoslavia brings into question both the utility of the International Tribunal itself, and more broadly, the concept of international law entirely.

In fact, exemptions from international law that have allowed the litany of wars waged by the West since the dissolution of the Soviet Union can all be traced back to the Former Yugoslavia, where the United States made sure to exclude itself and its allies from the “supreme international crime” of aggression.

Luciana Bohne is a retired (and recovering) academic, and co-founder of Film Criticism, a journal of cinema studies at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. She describes herself as possessing “an internationalist outlook, having been born in Yugoslavia, raised in Italy, and matured intellectually in the US.” Luciana’s articles on politics and mainly Italian film history appear at CounterPunch.org, where her latest article, ‘The Cowards’ Wars’ was, she says, occasioned by the sentencing of Radovan Karadzic to forty years imprisonment by the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia.

Luciana Bohne in the first half.

And; I went down Monday to Victoria’s Canadian Forces recruiting centre to talk to some of the people observing the international Day of Action Against Military Spending. For Canada’s part, VOWS, or Voice of Women for Peace called on the Canadian Government to: “Substantially reduce military expenditures and re-allocate them to urgent social and environmental needs;” saying, “The federal government should invest in programs that will reduce poverty and help our country transition to a low-carbon, green economy and NOT on combat missions overseas and buying new warships and fighter jets.”

Giving voice for a world without militarism with VOWS in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of the good things coming to the streets of our city, and beyond there too, this week. But first, Luciana Bohne and the writing and unwriting of laws granting impunity ad infinitum, based on assumptions of the “altruistic morality of intervening to adjust the affairs of the world.”

Ape Goes to the Divest Victoria Climate Action Rally July 23, 2015

Went down to the Divest Victoria Action Rally at Victoria City Hall…Here's how they describe their mission: "In the hours before today’s momentous city council meeting, citizens of Victoria will be rallying at City Hall to pressure the Municipal Government to take city dollars out of fossil fuel investments.

Mayor and council will then be debating and voting on Victoria’s first ever motion concerning fossil fuel divestment.

Award winning Canadian artist, author and activist, Franke James, will display her artwork and give one of the speeches at the event, which starts at 6pm.

In the lead up to the July 23rd event, Victoria residents have been voicing their concerns about widespread droughts, rampant forest fires and climate change, as well as their support for taking municipal dollars out of fossil fuel companies."

Simon Fawkes and the Aerial Sea's Salish Sea Tour

I went down to Victoria's Inner Harbour to talk with Simon Fawkes, skipper of the Aerial Sea, a solar powered catamaran sailing vessel, as it winds up its Salish Sea Tour. Here's how they describe the tour: Salish Sea Tour hits Victoria as Nexen Spill Rocks Alberta
by Wilderness Committee

Communities visited during solar-powered tour echo call to stop Kinder Morgan

VICTORIA – An interactive tour connecting Salish Sea residents against the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline and tanker proposal arrives in Victoria tomorrow. The team of activists leading the 2015 Salish Sea Tour left Vancouver on July 4th on a solar-powered catamaran called Aerial Sea, and visited several communities along the Kinder Morgan tanker route.

The two-week tour wraps up tomorrow in Victoria, where the Aerial Sea will be docked at Ship Point in the Inner Harbour from noon until 4 p.m. Meanwhile, one of the largest oil spills in Canada’s history has just taken place along a new Nexen pipeline in northern Alberta, close to Fort McMurray.

While the focus of the Salish Sea Tour has been on positive solutions to climate change around the region, organizers are also highlighting the fact that dangerous projects like Kinder Morgan’s have no place in a healthy future here.

“The Salish Sea is one of the best places to live in the world – it’s not a sacrifice zone for Big Oil,” said Torrance Coste, Vancouver Island Campaigner for the Wilderness Committee.

“In every corner of this region, we’ve heard from communities that Kinder Morgan has absolutely no place in our future.”

The Tour has made stops in Vancouver, Steveston, Salt Spring Island and Pender Island – all places directly threatened by the heightened oil spill risk and intensified climate change that Kinder Morgan’s proposed project would bring to the region.

“The Nexen spill is yet another reminder of the dangers of oil transport. We are doing this tour to highlight the fact that there are better alternatives that we should be embracing. We don’t need to take all the risk of new oil pipelines and increased tanker traffic. We could be on a path to reduced consumption today,” said Ben West, Executive Director of Tanker Free BC.

Saturday’s afternoon event on the Aerial Sea will be followed by an evening gathering (7-9 p.m.) at Solstice Café featuring film, speakers and musical acts including Luke Wallace, a Vancouver-based folk artist and co-organizer of the tour.

“As the Salish Sea Tour comes to a close, we have had a successful couple weeks visiting communities all along the Kinder Morgan tanker route. Our tour has been capped off dramatically with a massive spill in Alberta,” said Wallace.

“We are inviting everyone to come down and join us at the public dock and at our event in the evening, to celebrate what is possible as an alternative to more pipelines and tankers.”

As a spin-off event the following day, the Wilderness Committee is organizing a tour of the T’sou-ke Solar Community – an innovative First Nation’s solar project just outside Victoria – to show that solutions to dirty energy projects like the Kinder Morgan pipeline are here and thriving.

The Salish Sea Tour is organized by the Wilderness Committee, Tanker Free BC, Salish Sea Keepers and Luke Wallace. More details at www.Facebook.com/SalishSeaTour


For Immediate Release – July 17, 2015

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Roger Annis, Kevin Washbrook, Christina Nikolic Jun 10, 2015

More than a year after the violent ouster of Ukraine’s president, Viktor Yanukovych the country is still riven by a war that has, according to a United Nations report, cost more than 6,000 lives, with thousands more wounded, and more than a million and a half Ukrainians made refugees.

And that was before the escalation of artillery attacks against the civilians of Donetsk last week.

Those attacks, and a general ramping up of Kyiv’s aggression occurred during the latest meetings of the G7 countries in Germany, where Ukraine was promised to figure prominently on the agenda.

Canada’s bellicose prime minister Harper used the G7 platform to again sabre-rattle against Russia in a manner disturbingly reminiscent of the darkest days of the Cold War.

Sadly, the Canadian corporate media abandoned objective reportage on the US-fomented crisis from the outset, and State broadcaster, the CBC has echoed the “blame Putin” line coming from Ottawa and Washington.

Roger Annis is an editor at the website, New Cold War, where he’s written extensively on the conflict in Ukraine. He visited Crimea last year, and was in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Donestk earlier this year. Roger will be speaking this Friday, June 12th at a Simon Fraser University, Institute for the Humanities sponsored event titled, ‘Eyewitness Report from the War Zone of Eastern Ukraine.’

More of Roger’s work can also be found at his website, A Socialist in Canada and at Rabble.ca and Counterpunch.org.

Roger Annis in the first half.

And; citizens hoping to weigh in on the quietly announced National Energy Board approval of a Delta fracked gas export terminal have only until June 11th (tomorrow!) to have their concerns heard by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. The WesPac Midstream plan is merely another element in the big plans to make of the Delta Super Port a super supplier of fossil fuels of all sorts to Asia and the greater World.

Kevin Washbrook is a director with VTACC, Voters Taking Action on Climate Change. Their mission is to “provide opportunities for the public to express their concerns about climate policy — and fossil fuel exports — to government.”

Kevin Washbrook and coal and LNG on the Fraser in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of the good things going on in and around our town, and beyond there too, for in the coming week. But first, Roger Annis, eyewitness back from the war zone of Eastern Ukraine.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Andrea Morison, Ken Boon, David Barsamian May 6, 2015

Despite more than a generation of resistance to the proposed mega-dam in the heart of the Peace River Valley, and the dubious assessment by the government's own Review Panel of the project, BC premier Christy Clark recently announced her party's determination to go ahead with Site-C.

Work has begun, but that does not mean resistance has ended. Next week the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, together with the Wilderness Committee, Sierra Club of BC, Amnesty International, and the Peace Valley Environmental Association will present, at Vancouver's Creekside Community Rec. Centre, an info. and solidarity event designed to inspire pushback here in the south to a project promising severe disruption to the lives of people and wildlife in B.C.'s north.

Andrea Morison is spokesperson for the PVEA, Peace Valley Environmental Association. She holds a Masters of Natural Resource Management degree and has worked in that field in both Ontario and BC for more than 25 years; the last four years of which has been devoted to the PVEA's involvement with the environmental assessment process for Site-C. And Ken Boon is president of the Peace Valley Landowners Association, the group that's taken the BC government to the Supreme Court to stop the project.

Andrea Morison and ken Boon in the first half.

And; next week the University of Victoria's Student Union Building will play host to media pioneer, David Barsamian. For almost thirty years, Barsamian has done with his award-winning, groundbreaking radio program, Alternative Radio what very few have managed to do: make a living producing independent, unembedded, muckraking reportage that not only speaks truth to power, but slaps it upside the head. As his website, AlternativeRadio.org reminds, David is a recipient of: "…[T]he Media Education Award, the ACLU's Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation." He's also been named, by The Institute for Alternative Journalism, a Top Ten Media Hero, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center. In addition to his prolific radio production, David Barsamian has also produced a plethora of books based on his interviews with: Arundhati Roy, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Richard Wolff, Edward Said, and Noam Chomsky. His latest book is, 'Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire,' another collaboration with professor Chomsky.

David Barsamian and making media in a time of warfare in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus 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 town, and beyond there too, in the coming week. But first, Andrea Morison and Ken Boon on Site-C, a dam too damned far.

Gorilla Radio Flashbacks with Chris Cook, Paul Craig Roberts May 22, 2006

Last week, newly minted Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper pondered aloud his bewilderment at the behaviour of a certain world government saying, “It boggles the mind that any regime on the face of the earth would want to do anything that would remind people of Nazi Germany." But Mr. Harper was not referring to the United States, where daily the nation more resembles the hated fascists of the last century. In his eyes, America is an exemplar to be imitated by Canada, as witnessed in Afghanistan today. No, Mr. Harper’s statement, made without irony, was aimed at Iran, based on the entirely false information “reported” by the National Post. But, Stephen’s astonishment is boggling the minds of many in the U.S., and elsewhere, as the Bush regime continues a Reich-like march, assailing nations abroad with unprovoked wars, and rumours of war, and eviscerating the Constitution at home. Paul Craig Roberts is an economist, journalist, and co-author of the book, ‘The Tyranny of Good Intentions.’ Roberts describes himself still as a conservative Republican, though left behind by what the Bush administration and its policies are making of America.

Gorilla Radio Flashbacks with Chris Cook, Glenn Greenwald July 16, 2007

Recorded way before Snowden and the Intercept. We discussed his then-newly released book, 'A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency.'

Ape Goes to Victoria's 25th Annual Women's Memorial March

Annual Women’s Memorial March is held on Valentine’s Day each year to honour the memory of all women who have died due to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual violence. Now in its 25th year, the march brings courage and commitment to end the violence that vulnerable women