Ape Goes to Victoria Gaza Solidarity March and Rally – Day #100 January 14, 2024

Went down to the BC Legislature Buildings in Victoria to stand in solidarity with 500 and more Victorians expressing their collective outrage at the murderous bombing campaign Israel is conducting in Gaza, and the horrors its settler extremists are visiting upon Palestinians in the West Bank and the Canadian government’s complicity in what is by any metric a genocide.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dahr Jamail, Ingmar Lee, Janine Bandcroft August 30th, 2018

Today, Canada’s Federal Court of Appeals is to release its decision on a First Nations’ suit against the National Energy Board’s green-lighting of the pipeline formerly known as Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion.

They and their co-litigants argue, not only did the government of Canada fail to fulfill its mandated duty to provide ‘meaningful consultation’ before allowing a major project affecting First Nations lands and/or the Peoples’ ability to pursue their treaty guaranteed way of life, but the project too threatens Pacific Salmon and the endangered Southern Resident Orca.

It’s an “important decision” that will be “watched very closely” says Will George, of the (Slay-wah-tuth) Tsleil-Waututh First Nation; but the fact the federal government bought out Kinder Morgan, and the Prime Minister has promised the pipeline will be completed leaves little drama as to which way the Federal Court’s decision is likely to go; in case there ever was a doubt.

Dahr Jamail is a Truthout staff reporter and author of the books, ‘The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan’, ‘Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches From an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq’, and, with William Rivers Pitt, ‘The Mass Destruction of Iraq: Why It Is Happening, and Who Is Responsible’. Dahr’s latest article at Truthout is, ‘For Native Americans, History Continues to Repeat Itself‘.

Dahr Jamail in the first half.

And; it’s the Summer of Fire here in BC; just like last year, and the year before, and next year we can expect the same. Because of these fires, my second guest reminds, British Columbia has become a larger emitter of green house gases than our Mordor-like neighbour, Alberta. Think on that a moment.

Ingmar Lee is a long-time, BC-based environment defender. From the Nanaimo watershed and first-growth valley bottoms of Vancouver Island, to Cathedral Grove and the threatened Sandhill Crane nesting grounds of British Columbia’s mid-coast, Ingmar has advocated for and stood between an increasingly fragile ecosystem and big business and its government enablers.

He says, like in Alberta where “thou shalt not criticize, nor recognize the tar sands guest contribution to the global climate change emergency”, here in BC the mantra is, “thou shalt not criticize, nor recognize the significant and direct responsibility of voracious industrial logging to rampant, cataclysmic forest fires.”

Ingmar Lee and BC: Land of Smoke and Gases in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Dahr Jamail and past as present and prologue for First Nations across Turtle Island.

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, Gregg McElroy, Stephanie von Dehn, Janine Bandcroft Aug. 23, 2018

For weeks this summer, the whole World watched the heartbreaking daily drama of a mother Orca bearing her dead calf on her nose.

Few though realize that calf represents more than merely a mother’s profound grief for the life of a child lost, but also serves as bellwether for a population on the brink of collapse.

The Southern Resident Orca of the Salish Sea are in desperate straits. Squeezed between the pressures of multiple industry needs and the undersea cacophony of the increasingly hectic human presence on the surface, the whales are starving before our eyes. The Canadian Orca Rescue Society is determined to forestall that eventuality, but they can’t do it alone.

So, they’ve launched an Orca Food Drive to fund the Four Mile Creek Hatchery in Port Renfrew.

Since its inception, the hatchery has, with help from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, released more than 40 million Chinook Salmon, the Orca’s primary food, into the San Juan River; but the DFO has now cut them loose.

Gregg McElroy is with the Canadian Orca Rescue Society. The long-time environmental frontline activist says something must be done, and done now to save the Southern Resident Orca and their habitat.

Gregg McElroy in the first half.

And; summer forest fires may be usual here, but for those who’ve lived in British Columbia any length of time, these last few years are certainly not normal. Smoke, following the pipeline route from “Pacific tide-water” all the way back across the Rockies to Tar Sands HQ in Calgary is the hallmark of this year’s season, and may be the name of every one from now on. The more mystic of us may interpret the choking haze as an ominous sign; a warning we incessant burners of oil, gas, coal, and wood ignore to our peril.

Dr. Stephanie von Dehn is with the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. CAPE has been at the fore of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain debate, its members putting themselves on the line at the frontlines of blockades meant to stop the pipeline expansion.

Stephanie was herself arrested last May, the very day our federal government announced it would buy out Kinder Morgan and promised completion of the contentious project. Today, as the cities and towns across the western reaches of the continent lay under a smoky pall, the climate change connections have surely become too apparent to deny; or have they?

Dr. Stephanie von Dehn and dark days come to B.C. in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to get up to in and around our town for the coming week. But first, Gregg McElroy and whales for the feeding.

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/