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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Rod Marining, John Helmer, Janine Bandcroft Sept. 14, 2017
 
 

Last  month’s Solar Eclipse escape of Atlantic Salmon from concentrated fish  lots across the water from us in Washington State brought condemnation  and quick action from local authorities in the US. If only it were so  here in BC, where repeated escapes of the alien species have met with  little more than tut tuts from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans;  the organization tasked with protecting Canada’s maritime environment.

The Cooke Aquaculture net failure adds more ammunition to opponents in the ongoing fight against fish farms in our waters.

This Summer has seen two dock occupations by First Nations in two  separate jurisdictions, and the return of crusading biologist Alexandra  Morton and allies the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, with Operation  Virus Hunter II.

The season’s efforts culminated last week with the Rally to End Fish  Farms in the Broughton Archipelago manifesting at the heart of  Vancouver’s Canada Place, and pressing the new NDP government take  action to shut down the industry.

Rod Marining is  a long-time BC resident and Ocean defender. He’s a co-founder of  Greenpeace, current Director at the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society,  and Chair of the BC Environmental Network, among other things. He’s  spent the last few months on board with Sea Shepherd’s Operation Virus Hunter, the second of a two-Summer campaign, trying to get fish farms out of BC’s waters.

Rod Marining in the first half.

And; Canada’s Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland is much in the news  lately; generally seen in the context of renewed NAFTA negotiations  between tripartite partners, Canada, Mexico, and the United States.  Though doing trade and investment rule deals is a small part of Freeland’s portfolio,  it’s one she’s uniquely qualified for. The former business journalist  and author of the award-winning book, ‘Plutocrats: The Rise of the New  Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else’, is well-used to  rubbing elbows with some of the most powerful of the Western World’s  power elite. But could those ties, while providing welcome free access  for an ambitious journalist, later prove costly political encumbrances  to a cabinet minister?

John Helmer  is a long-time, Moscow-based journalist, author, and essayist whose  website, Dances with Bears is the only news bureau “independent of  single national or commercial ties.” He’s also a former political  science professor who has served as an advisor to governments on three  continents and regularly lectures on Russian topics. Helmer’s book  titles include: ‘Uncovering Russia,’ ‘Urbanman: The Psychology of Urban  Survival,’ ‘Bringing the War Home: The American Soldier in Vietnam and  After,’ and ‘Drugs and Minority Oppression’ among others.

John Helmer on the minister and the plutocrat in the second half.

And; activist and broadcaster at large, Janine Bandcroft  will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events  update. But first, Rod Marining and getting those fish out of water.

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

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