Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Molly Wickham, Steph Glanzmann, Janine Bandcroft April 11, 2019

Last month, the provincial NDP sent for second reading its bill that would provide subsidies of some six billion dollars for a proposed LNG mega-project in B.C.’s north.

The proffered subsidies are on top of provincial sales tax breaks and “preferred industrial electricity rates” already doled over.

Though BC Premier, John Horgan says the province can have this massive fossil fuel project and keep its climate target commitments too, the BC Greens disagree, saying the bill amounts to “subsidization of climate change.”

Likewise, First Nations along the proposed pipeline route for the “largest private sector investment in Canada’s history” say it would be disastrous for their communities, destroying any hopes of maintaining traditional livelihoods, and ruining the environment.

April 1st, UVic hosted ‘Voices from the Sacrifice Zone: Fracking in BC’s North‘. LNG means fracking, and the “ushering in [of] dramatic changes to the health of … lands, waters and peoples” that necessarily entails. Residents effected by the industry went on a province-wide tour, telling their experiences of fracking, and warning about the consequences to come should Mr. Horgan’s bill be passed.

Molly Wickham is spokesperson of Gidimt’en Clan of Wet’suwet’en Nation, and she talked about the massive and myriad negative effects of the fracking industry.

Molly Wickham in the first half.

And; from the #Enough gun control demonstrations and demands for an economic paradigm shift in the United States, to Greta Thunberg’s devastating J’accuse at last year’s COP24 UN Climate Conference, and school strikes for climate everywhere, it’s clear; global leadership is being challenged in ways unseen since the 1960’s. A new generational divide is becoming increasingly evident, as so-called Millennials, (and their children) sharpen the focus of the political debate from the uncertainty of our times to the future viability of human civilization and survival of the biosphere itself.

Stephanie Glanzmann is Campus Organizer for Future Majority, a newly formed “national nonpartisan non-profit” organization, grassroots mobilizing young Canadians ahead of the October federal elections here. Steph’s a UBC grad who’s been organizing around climate justice issues and fossil fuel divestment campaigning for the past 5 years on unceded Coast Salish territory.

Steph Glanzmann and entraining the next generation of social change leaders for their future majority in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Event Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, voice from the Sacrifice Zone, Molly Wickham and opposition to fracking and the proposed Coastal GasLink fracked gas pipeline. 

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, Michael C. Klein, Ben Parfitt, Janine Bandcroft October 25th, 2018

Canadians are fortunate to live in a country possessing not only a thoroughly modern health care system, utilizing the best of 21st century technology, but also with legislated universal access to it. But, there’s more to good medicine than universality, or the newest next thing, and as my first guest warns: when it comes to the ultimate primary care – how Canadians come into the World – the very progress we herald in Western medicine is making birth in this country less a natural process to be celebrated than “technological experience” to be endured.

Dr. Michael C. Klein‘s long, illustrious, and varied career in medicine both inside Canada and without includes serving as clinician, administrator, researcher, and educator.

The Professor Emeritus of family practice at the University of British Columbia has practiced too in the United States, and cut his teeth in maternal medicine in exotic locales under surprising circumstances. It would take a book to do the scope of his career justice; so it’s fortunate Michael Klein is also an author. His first book, ‘Dissident Doctor: Catching Babies and Challenging the Medical Status Quo‘ tells his story, and much more besides.

Dr. Michael C. Klein in the first half.

And; last year, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives‘ BC Office reported a subsidiary of Malaysian energy giant Petronas side-stepped the law, constructing at least 16 dams to support its fracking operations without approval of the province’s Environmental Assessment Office. Now, that report’s author has discovered, rather than suffering fine or censure for its breach of the law, Progress Energy asked for, and has had granted, retroactive exemptions from environmental review for two of the dams the EAO described as “illegal works”.

Ben Parfitt is a journalist, author, and CCPA researcher specializing in energy, water, forest resources, and climate change. His just out article, ‘Dangerous Precedent: Petronas subsidiary gets free pass after building unlicensed fracking dams‘ should, more than merely outrage, serve as clarion call to all who care about the future of the province.

Ben Parfitt and a free pass for Petronas frackers 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, dissident Dr. Michael C. Klein, catching babies and challenging the medical status quo.

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, Greg Palast, Amy Lubik, Christina Nikolic October 19th, 2017

“They saw it coming!” and yet the masters of Puerto Rico’s debt allowed the island’s infrastructure to deteriorate so far, Hurricane Maria merely provided the coup de grace. Now, a month after that devastating storm, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, “unincorporated territory of the United States,” shattered in every sense, is ripe for the vulture’s picking.

It’s ‘disaster capitalism’ in its purest form, leveraging catastrophe to privatize and monopolize essential services, while gorging on aid money provided ostensibly to ease the people’s suffering. And it’s those people, says my first guest, the ones who’s needs are most dire, who’ll pay dearest.

Investigator, journalist, author, and filmmaker, Greg Palast has reported from the jagged edge of the news on both sides of the Atlantic for the better part of two decades, breaking stories for BBC flagship news program, Newsnight and The Guardian newspaper in Britain, and filing stories with the Nation Magazine and Rolling Stone stateside.

His books, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, Armed Madhouse, and The Best Democracy Money Can Buy have all resided on the New York Times’ bestseller list, while Vultures’ Picnic was named Book of the Year by BBC Newsnight Review. His latest documentary film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits is newly recut, and can be got through his website, Gregpalast.com.

Greg Palast in the first half.

And; the election of a new government in British Columbia hasn’t eased fears of expanded Liquid Natural Gas, or LNG, mining in the province. LNG means “fracking”, or hydraulic fracturing, the environmentally detrimental method currently used to extract hydrocarbons locked in rock formations beneath the surface; and, the newly ensconced NDP government is curiously quiet about the future of this most fractious industry.

In the dying days of BC’s recent elections, a group of health professionals concerned an issue posing such deleterious environmental and human health effects was not getting the media coverage it deserved rallied supporters to make of it an election issue.

Amy Lubik holds a PhD in cancer research, and is a member for the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, the Public Health Association of BC and Bridge for Health Coop. Amy mobilized along with the BC chapter of CAPE, or the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment last April in an operation hoping to deliver a moratorium on Fracking in BC.

Following up with Dr. Amy Lubik and FRACTURED BC: Fracking, Site C, Health and Human Rights in the second half.

And; Victoria-based horticultural guru and green entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with this week’s installment of the Left Coast Events bulletin.

But first, Greg Palast and Puerto Rico’s vultures.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live Thursdays, 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and streaming at: cfuv.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/ and @Paciffreepress on Twitter.