Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2008 05:23
Written by Diane Walsh
The Activist Eco Front on Canadaâ€™s West Coast: Could it be that Victoria Citizens are a Model to the World?
by Diane Walsh
demonstration event of October 25th 2008 in BCâ€™s Capital is something
of note. So significant itâ€™s worth the world seeing. The Victoria
Chapter of the Western Canada Wilderness Committee (WCWC) managed to
inspire more than 2,700 people to come out in support of Big Trees not
Big Stumps, a rally call with a powerful message: Cutting Old Growth
trees as an instituted logging practice is no longer tolerable. Wow.
Quite a doozy.
Read more: Victoria Citizens Model to the World?
In droves, ralliers flocked to the streets in
Victoria. In a courageous effort to underline the moral duty --
compel government to stop ravaging majestic beauties that are hundreds
of years old -- the people walked, the people spoke.
Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2008 05:10
Written by Mickey Z
Read more: Priorities in the Face of the Storm
by Mickey Z.
I was walking down the
street when I noticed a man sitting behind the wheel of a car, cursing
and angry. His face was a mask of rage. I stopped and contemplated the
source of his fury and assumed it was the election. Clearly, this man
was fed up with the two-party farce, the barring of non-corporate
candidates from public debates, the lies, the corruption, and the fact
that a vote for either McCain or Obama is a vote for the same
gluttonous, murderous culture.
Then I got a little closer and realized the man was upset because someone had beaten him to a parking spot.
Created on Monday, 27 October 2008 06:13
Written by Ingmar Lee
Island Enviro. Activist Lee to Tour Europe
by Ingmar Lee
i All; I
am headed back to Europe on November 12th for
my second tour, to speak about logging in British Columbia. In 2003, I
delivered 20 lectures at universities, schools and at a variety of
environmental organizations across Germany, Denmark and Sweden.
to the issue of the voracious industrial logging destruction of
Vancouver Island forests. In 2003 I focused primarily on efforts to
protect one of the final intact watersheds in the remotest corner of
the island at East Creek, at the foot of the north Brooks peninsula.
Since then the East Creek watershed, has been destroyed by logging.
12% of Vancouver Island is protected in parks, of which 6% is above the
tree line, -rock and ice. Virtually everything wild outside those
bounds has been exterminated; converted to a monotony of tree farms. In
contrast to the relative indifference that Canadians seem to have for
their forests, I've found that many Europeans, -Europe buys a lot of BC
forest products-, care deeply about what goes on in these woods. Now
I've been invited to return to Europe to give them an update.
Read more: Island Enviro. Activist Lee to Tour Europe
Created on Monday, 27 October 2008 05:56
Written by The Real News
Democracy and Militarism
Howard Zinn: The financial and war crisis have created an opportunity for real change Pt5/5
Read more: Finance and Militarism
In the final segment of our interview with Howard Zinn we explore the idea of the United States as a source of freedom and democracy in the world. Prof. Zinn outlines the long history in the US of linking military pursuits with the cause of freedom and democracy, a marriage which Prof. Zinn believes is still used due to inappropriate historical education.
Created on Monday, 27 October 2008 05:45
Written by Zoe Blunt
Forestlands or Subdivisions? Discussion and Tour
by Zoe Blunt
Read more: Forestlands or Subdivisions? Discussion and Tour
unday, Nov. 2, starting at 1 pm
Join the discussion at Shirley Community Hall West Coast Road at Sheringham Point Road, Shirley (21 km west of Sooke on Hwy 14, Vancouver Island). Take the tour of Sandcut Beach starting at 2 pm, 10 km west of Shirley. RSVP â€“ rides available!
The private subdivision plans for the forestlands near Jordan River are now public. Now is the time for everyone concerned to take a closer look at these threatened coastal forests and efforts to protect them.
Created on Monday, 27 October 2008 04:37
Watersheds Need Protection from Private Owners
Read more: Vancouver Island's Watersheds Need Protection from Private Owners
by Richard Boyce
a recent walk around Labour Day Lake, I was enchanted by the
mycrological world that erupts with the return of the rains. I spent
the entire day examining mushrooms with a wide range of colours: bright
yellow, orange, red, dull purple, green, white, and every variation of
brown. Some were so tiny they made the evergreen needles look big,
while others were the size of soccer balls. They grew on rotting logs,
amongst the evergreen needles, and high up on dying trees. Some looked
extremely delicate and others hard shelled.
I particularly enjoy
hiking at this time of year because of the profusion of life that comes
out of death. Decaying wood and the thick layers of humus that have
accumulated over the years, forming a rich forest floor, dotted with a
diversity of mushrooms. I have only seen such an abundance of mushrooms
in old growth forests where centuries of vegetable matter decaying into
soil provides a lush environment for fungi.
appear on a wide variety of surfaces in the forest are actually the
fruiting bodies of fungi, which for the most part are hidden below the
surface and can stretch out for great distances. They are an indication
of a healthy and vibrant forest ecosystem. Water is purified through
soil, which is stabilized by tree root systems, that live in a semiotic
relationship with fungi.
Created on Monday, 27 October 2008 04:12
Written by Chris Cook
This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
his week, journalist Conn Hallinan on the Colombian government's open season on union and indigenous activists; Canadian journalist and author Andrew Nikiforuk on Canada's environmental nightmare Tar Sands; Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed on all the goings-on in and around Victoria in the coming week.
Read more: Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Conn Hallinan, Andrew Nikiforuk, J9 Oct. 27, 2008
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com
Created on Monday, 27 October 2008 04:04
Written by Tom Engelhardt
The Trillion Dollar Tag Sale: How the Pentagon Could Help Bail Out America
by Nick Turse
Wars, bases, and money; the three are inextricably tied together.
the 1980s, for example, American support for jihadis like Osama bin
Laden waging war on (Soviet) infidels who invaded and constructed bases
in Afghanistan, a Muslim land, led to rage by many of the same jihadis
at the bases (U.S.) infidels built in the Muslim holy land of Saudi
Arabia in the 1990s. That, in turn, led to jihadis like bin Laden
declaring war on those infidels, which, after September 11, 2001, led
the Bush administration to launch, and then prosecute, a Global War on
Terror, often from newly built bases in Muslim lands.
Over the last
seven years, the results of that war have been particularly disastrous
for Iraqis and Afghans. Sizable numbers of Americans, however, are now
beginning to suffer as well. After all, their hard-earned taxpayer
dollars have been poured into wars without end, leaving the country
deeply in debt and in a state of economic turmoil.
Read more: How the Pentagon Could Help Bail Out America