Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Mordacai Ogada, Peter Ewart, Janine Bandcroft May 7, 2020

We are as yet still NOT broadcasting live from the CFUV studios in the basement of the Student Union Building at the University of Victoria, but are instead recording live-to-tape via Skype this day, April 16th, 2020.

The “Big Lie” concept is certainly not new, but in today’s “post truth” World, that once cynical tool of despots has become a condition of life, (like water for fish) so ubiquitous it is largely invisible for we immersed in it. Nowhere is reality less evident than in the field of nature conservancy, where the comfortable certitude of unassailable good will being met by equally good deeds in truth bears little scrutiny.

Dr. Mordecai Ogada is a scientist, educator, author, and Executive Director of the Nanyuki, Kenya-based, Conservation Solutions Afrika. His book, ‘The Big Conservation Lie’, co-authored with Kenyan journalist, John Mbaria, is an unblinkered examination of the conservation industry in Africa, and searing indictment against the detrimental effects its malpractice visits against the environment and Africans, both human and non-human.

Dr. Mordecai Ogada in the first half.

And; is it too soon to wonder, just what happens after the sirens stop ringing? As it stands now, the global economy has for millions stopped: no work, no money, and no idea when they can pick up their lives and begin again providing for themselves and their families. We’re more fortunate than most in this country, Canada, but even so, that’s cold comfort to those living on the margins of our not entirely inclusive society. So, what next?
Peter Ewart is a Prince George-based writer whose latest, ‘Foxes in the henhouse – Who decides where bailout money goes?’ informs, Canada like our southern neighbour will rely on the expertise of BlackRock, the trans-national asset management colossus, (intricately implicated in the financial meltdown of 2008) to determine the country’s financial path out of the current financial disaster. What could go righter than that?

Peter Ewart and the Trudeau government inviting the fox into the treasury in the second half.

And; long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, 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 in the coming week; but first, Mordecai Ogada and discerning the Big (conservation) Lie.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dave Lindorff, Ken Stone, Janine Bandcroft June 22, 2016

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook – Gorilla-Radio.com

June 22, 2016

Another mass shooting in the United States, and a lot more of the now too well practiced responses from government, media, interest groups, and the way-out-there factions that see conspiracy behind this event, (if it really even happened!) and most others.

Predictably, the sensible idea, again put forward, is to limit public access to military-grade weaponry.

But, what about police access to the same kinds of over-the-top armaments that has made your local constabulary come more to resemble an outpost of the 3rd Army? Isn’t it time to consider deescalating the other side of the civilian arms race?

Dave Lindorff is an award-winning print journalist, broadcaster, and founder of the web news site, This Can’t Be Happening.net, that has since 2004 filled some of the vast investigative journalism vacuum in American media. He’s also the author of: ‘This Can’t Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy,’ ‘Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For Profit Hospital Chains,’ and ‘Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal.’

Dave Lindorff in the first half.

And; word from Fallujah, Iraq is not good. Tens of thousands, some estimates say as many as 90,000 citizens of the most battle-blighted of all of that war-benighted country’s cities, are under the stars tonight, made homeless again by another Western interventionist-supported military assault; of course, meant to root out “the terrorists.” Nearly thirteen and a half years after America’s initial ‘Shock and Awe’ not only does the fighting and killing carry on in Iraq, but the war then begun there is now spread throughout the region. Nowhere perhaps is its contagion more virulently felt than in neighbouring Syria, now more than five years into its own nightmare of others’ making.

Ken Stone is an executive member of the Syria Solidarity Movement, (syriasolidaritymovement.org) serving treasurer of the Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War, and longtime antiwar activist. This past April, he was a member of the Second International Tour of Peace to Syria, from where he sent his ‘Dispatch from Syria’ column. Ken is also an occasional contributor to the web news site, GlobalResearch. and commentator on Press TV.

Ken Stone and reaching for peace in Syria 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 city in the coming week. But first, Dave Lindorff and, Why not a general ban on America’s assault weapons arsenal?

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dave Diewert, Natalie Knight, Heather Fraser, Janine Bandcroft June 15, 2016

Welcome to British Columbia you foreign investor capitalists, California retirees, and the rest of the retinue of monied carpetbaggers driving the price of life through the Lotus Land roof. With tourist season upon the Garden City, homeless “campers” are being encouraged to get out of Victoria, while on the mainland, where NDP premier-in-waiting, John Horgan informs, “Vancouver’s housing prices have increased between 20-30% each year, and by more than 40% in the city’s suburbs just last year” it seems a crisis is brewing.

The young, says Horgan, and families rearing young, are taking the hint, and deserting the city; leaving the new land-millionaires to their own devices.

But, who will be metro’s baristas; and from whence will suburbia’s dogwalker supply be drawn?

Critical questions indeed, but gentrification and the pressures it places on working, and low-income households – and the unhoused – is hardly new. It is, according to my first guests, a question of displacement, and can be traced to the roots of Canadian capitalism, with its original displacement of First Peoples, that quote, “relied on the theft of Indigenous land and the extraction of natural resources since it began.”

Dave Diewert and Natalie Knight are members of the editorial collective for the Volcano newspaper. Diewert was too an editor with the Volcano’s progenitor street paper, The Downtown East, and is an organizer with the Alliance Against Displacement, a “pan-regional anti-displacement network of local communities, organizations, and activists fighting displacement on the ground.” Natalie Knight is Yurok from northern California living now in Coquitlam as a guest there on unceded Coast Salish territories.

Dave Diewert and Natalie Knight in the first half.

And; as more and more children become environmentally sensitive, those who question the role vaccination may play in the burgeoning allergy and autism rates are dismissed as conspiracy theorists, or worse. It’s a frustration Heather Fraser knows all too well; so when the author, speaker, artist and activist supporting vaccine choice and natural health was offered a chance to appear last month on a major radio network’s Toronto affiliate, in a province challenging parents’ vaccination choices, she jumped at the chance, hoping to provide some much needed balance to the debate. What she got however was a lot less than that.

Heather Fraser and an axing of the vaccination counter-narrative 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 news of good things going on on the streets of our city, and beyond there too, in the coming week. But first, Dave Diewert and Natalie Knight, behind the Volcano and allied against displacement in Vancouver.

Ape Goes to Victoria Half-Staffing of Pride Flag June 13, 2016

In response to the targeted killings at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub late Saturday, June 11th, Victoria City held a solidarity gathering, featuring the half-staffing of the pride flag, recently raised to mark the city’s Pride Month commemorations.

I went down to join the roughly two hundred Victorians at the lunchtime gathering, and listened to Mayor Lisa Helps address the crowd.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Richard Sanders, Ugo Lapointe June 8, 2016

When asked, the vast majority of Canadians identify themselves as peace-loving citizens who would like to see justice and prosperity for all. It may come as a surprise to these gentle souls then when they discover they’re donating significant portions of their paycheques to the acquisition, mobilization, and utilization of some of the deadliest armaments ever devised.

What’s worse, the weapons systems, and soldiers using them, they bankroll are being deployed to be used against some of the poorest people in the world.

Richard Sanders is founder and coordinator of Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade and serves as editor to COAT’s publication, Press for Conversion. COAT has just released its latest rundown of just what your government of Canada nest egg is being used for.

Richard Sanders in the first half.

And; 2014’s Mount Polley mine tailings spill, the worst in history at the time, seems to have done little to change the way British Columbia deals with just who picks up the tab to clean up after the mining industry’s frequent and costly environmental messes.

Ugo Lapointe is the newly minted Canadian Program Coordinator for MiningWatch Canada, authors of a new report on BC’s relative failures to hold industry to account. Lapointe has broad experience in the mining sector, working from both within industry and outside it, for government agencies, non-governmental organizations, research groups, First Nation organizations, and ethical investment firms. He’s also co-founder of the Coalition Québec meilleure mine, a not-for-profit organization boasting 30 member organizations that work to, “promote better social, environmental, and economic mining practices in Quebec.”

Ugo Lapointe and tracking the costs of the extractive industry’s environmental fails in the second half.

But first, Richard Sanders and your pension serving the Lords of War.