Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Marion Selfridge, Peter Lee, Don Goodeve, Janine Bandcroft Sept. 28th, 2017

Overdose deaths in British Columbia are a public health emergency  according to provincial health officer, Dr. Perry Kendall. Since  Kendall’s declaration to that effect in 2016, the number of lives lost has nearly doubled to more than 1400 expected to perish here by year’s end.

And for every one of those departed there are friends, family, front-line social workers, and others affected by that loss.

Marion Selfridge is a PhD student in UVic’s Social Dimensions of Health program. She’s also coordinating the heART space project with  an advisory council of street-involved youth. Her dissertation focuses  on those youths’ use of social media to deal with grief and loss amid  this epidemic.

Marion Selfridge in the first segment.

And; before the desperate PR operation to inveigle the American  public into believing Russia’s Evil Emperor, Vladimir Putin was her  ultimate presidential campaign opponent, Hillary Clinton and her  “crooked” Clinton Foundation was already working furiously to undermine  that other Red Menace, China. And, according to my second guest, the  fact she failed to gain the White House has not slowed the effort.

Peter Lee  is a freelance journalist writing on East and South Asian affairs as  they intersect with US global policy. He blogs at the Asian affairs  website China Matters, and his China Watch report features at Newsbud.com.

Peter Lee and Chuck Hagel’s Demise…and James Fanell’s Rise…and Australia! in the second segment.

And; full disclosure; as a motorcyclist I feel personally involved  when I see another rider injured or killed in a road incident caused by  heedless drivers. And, I’m not alone. When fellow rider, Don Goodeve read of Rodger Hargreaves’ death  earlier this month he asked, “What do we need to do to actually change  the culture of road users so that traffic accidents like this do not  occur?” He decided to organize, putting out the word for riders to  gather and demonstrate solidarity by making several passes en masse of  the place where Hargreaves died.

Don Goodeve and riding to remind in the final segment.

And; Victoria-based activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at-large Janine Bandcroft will be here with the Left Coast Events bulletin at the bottomish of the hour. But first, Marion Selfridge and finding heART space.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm 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/