Created on Sunday, 16 March 2008 16:09
Written by Chris Cook
This Week on Gorilla Radio
by C. L. Cook
his week; journalist and author, Monte Paulsen on Vancouver's crisis before the Olympics; Jennifer Andison on the controversial Bear Mountain project and Langford City's attempt to erase Canada's freedom of speech protections; Dru Oja Jay and taking 'The Dominion' on the road; and Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed with good goings-on in and around Victoria in the coming week.
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
As the big day draws near, the day Vancouver will kick off the
2010 winter Olympiad, working citizens there are getting a bitter
foretaste of what Vancouver will soon become. Already one of Canada's
least affordable addresses, dwindling rental units and intense real
estate speculation in preparation for the games, is chewing up the last
remaining low-income accommodations in the city, leaving growing numbers
no place to go.
Monte Paulsen is an award winning journalist and
author, now serving as Investigative Editor to the online news site,
The Tyee.ca, who contributed to the book, 'The Buying of the President
2000,' and co-authored 'Beyond the Deep: The Deadly Descent into the
World's Most Dangerous Cave.'
Paulsen is an Alaska native, now living
in Vancouver, who has followed the effects the impending five ring
circus there is already creating for that city's residents.
Paulsen and the poor weathering the developing Olympic storm in the
And; across the straits, Victoria too is
suffering some of the same deleterious social displacement caused by
the building boom. In the city it means low-rent buildings falling
altogether, or being gentrified; in the areas around the city, it means
the destruction of wild lands and the displacement of creatures already
Nowhere is this more contentious than in Langford, haven of
unbridled development, and cozy home to conflicted politicians who
comfortably vote on projects that enrich they and their closest
Jennifer Andison is a Langford resident standing in opposition
to the mayor and council and the unfettered building boom they
represent. She has walked the protest picket, attended council
meetings, and created a website to record and publicize the
questionable actions of Langford mayor Stewart Young and his council.
She recently fell afoul of the city's bylaw enforcement officer, who
charged posters affixed to trees in her yard, and in her home's living
room windows must come down upon threat of prosecution.
Andison and the Langford gag reflex in the second segment.
a free and true press is vital to the health of the body politic, but
in Canada the corporate press has concentrated and solidified, clogging
the arteries functioning to inform and empower the citizenry. Where
once flowed that necessary information today remains a mere trickle.
The Dominion is one of the few media tributaries still bringing divergent
views to the Canadian public information stream; not satisfied to
merely report to the nation, the editors of The Dominion are currently
on the road, bringing their message to towns and cities across the
Dru Oja Jay is a contributing editor with the paper. He's
currently on the road, somewhere between the east and west coasts.
Oja Jay in the third segment.
And; Janine Bandcroft will be here
at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the good
goings-on in and around the lower island in the coming week.
Monte Paulsen and Vancouver's games without frontiers.
G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment,
community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in
the corporate media.
Some past guests include: M. Junaid Alam, M. Shahid Alam, Joel Bakan,
Maude Barlow, David Barsamian, Rhoda Berenson, William Blum, Luciana
Bohne, William Bowles, Vincent Bugliosi, Helen Caldicott, Noam Chomsky,
Michel Chossudovsky, Diane Christian, Juan Cole, David Cromwell, Murray
Dobbin, Jon Elmer, Reese Erlich, Anthony Fenton, Jim Fetzer, Laura
Flanders, Chris Floyd, Connie Fogal, Glen Ford, Susan George, Stan
Goff, Amy Goodman, Robert Greenwald, Denis Halliday, Chris Hedges,
Sander Hicks, Julia Butterfly Hill, Scott Horton, Robert Jensen, Dahr
Jamail, Chalmers Johnson, Diana Johnstone, Kathy Kelly, Naomi Klein,
Anthony Lappe, Frances Moore Lappe, Jason Leopold, Jeff Leys, Dave
Lindorff, Jim Lobe, Jennifer Loewenstein, Wayne Madsen, Stephen
Marshall, Linda McQuaig, George Monbiot, Loretta Napoleoni, John
Nichols, Kurt Nimmo, David Orchard, Greg Palast, Mike Palecek, Michael
Parenti, Robert Parry, John Pilger, Kevin Pina, William Rivers Pitt,
Justin Podur, Jack Random, Sheldon Rampton, Paul Craig Roberts, David
Robb, Paul de Rooij, John Ross, Danny Schechter, Vandana Shiva, Norman
Solomon, Starhawk, Grant Wakefield, Paul Watson, Bernard Weiner, Mickey
Z., and many others.