Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Sandra Finley, Derrick O'Keefe, Janine Bandcroft Mon. April 4, 2011

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This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week: Sandra Finley is a long-time activist, writer, and researcher. She is the former leader of the Green Party of Saskatchewan, who has now tossed her hat into the federal arena as the federal Green Party candidate for her Saskatoon-Humbolt riding.
 
Listen. Hear.

Sandra Finley in the first half.
 
Derrick O'Keefe is a Vancouver-based writer, teacher, and social activist. He is a co-chair of both the Vancouver chapter of the StopWar.ca coalition, and with the Canadian Peace Alliance. Derrick is also the co-author, with Malalai Joya, of the Afghani MP's political memoir, 'A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice.' He's currently accompanying Malalai Joya on the western swing of her American speaking tour.

Derrick O'Keefe and finding Canada's voice for peace in the second half.   

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us news from the city's streets and beyond. 
 
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, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com
 
As Canada flies headlong into the election campaign for the 41st House of Parliament already there are some worrying signs. As with the last election, Stephen Harper's Tories and their colleagues in the House have agreed to exclude Green Party leader, Elizabeth May from the biggest single televised debate. While Harper and the rest claim the decision to exclude the upstart Greens was made by the coalition of broadcasters covering the four party face-off, and so out of their hands, it does point up yet again Canada's growing democracy deficit.
 
You may recall the same scenario being reversed before the last election by a hue and and cry from the public, who, contrary to the prime minister, maintain still an enthusiasm for both the principle of democracy, and the electoral process necessary for its continuance. And it's not as though green issues are irrelevant, as ecological disaster ridden 2010 seems now poised to be eclipsed by our young new year.

Sandra Finley is a long-time activist, writer, and researcher. She is the former leader of the Green Party of Saskatchewan, who has now tossed her hat into the federal arena as the federal Green Party candidate for her Saskatoon-Humbolt riding.

Sandra Finley in the first half.

And; shortly before the 40th session of the House ended with a non-confidence ouster of the Harper minority for contempt of Parliament, all parties agreed to support military intervention in Libya. Canada has been mired in a broadly unpopular foreign military adventure in Afghanistan for more than a decade now, but neither the Afghani, and now Libyan "missions," nor the quickening militarization of the country have registered on the elections home front.
 
Over the course of Stephen Harper's five years in Ottawa, and the preceding five years under the Liberals, Canada has morphed into an avid warfighting nation, replete with burgeoning military budget, now exceeding 21 billion dollars annually, and yet there is next to no coverage, let along debate about this startling turnaround among those hoping to lead the nation.

Derrick O'Keefe is a Vancouver-based writer, teacher, and social activist. He is a co-chair of both the Vancouver chapter of the StopWar.ca coalition, and with the Canadian Peace Alliance. Derrick is also the co-author, with Malalai Joya, of the Afghani MP's political memoir, 'A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice.'
 
He's currently accompanying Malalai Joya on the western swing of her American speaking tour.

Derrick O'Keefe and finding Canada's voice for peace in the second half.   

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us news from the city's streets and beyond. But first, Sandra Finley and riding the Green wave from the wheat fields of Saskatchewan to Ottawa.
 
 
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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, Mark and Rhoda Berenson, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, William Blum, Luciana Bohne, William Bowles, Mordecai Briemberg, James J. Brittain, Vincent Bugliosi, Helen Caldicott, Noam Chomsky, Michel Chossudovsky, Diane Christian, Juan Cole, David Cromwell, Ezili Danto, Murray Dobbin, Jon Elmer, Yves Engler, 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, Malalai Joya, Kathy Kelly, Naomi Klein, Brewster Kneen, Betty Krawczyk, Anthony Lappe, Frances Moore Lappe, Jason Leopold, Jeff Leys, Dave Lindorff, Jim Lobe, Jennifer Loewenstein, Stephen Marshall, Linda McQuaig, George Monbiot, Loretta Napoleoni, John Nichols, Kurt Nimmo, Ken O'Keefe, David Orchard, Riki Ott, Greg Palast, Mike Palecek, Michael Parenti, Robert Parry, John Pilger, Kevin Pina, William Rivers Pitt, Justin Podur, Lila Rajiva, Jack Random, Sheldon Rampton, Paul Craig Roberts, David Robb, Paul de Rooij, John Ross, David Rovics, Danny Schechter, David Schindler, Vandana Shiva, Tim Shorrock, Norman Solomon, Jean Saint-Vil, Starhawk, Grant Wakefield, Harvey Wasserman, Paul Watson, Bernard Weiner, Andy Worthington, Mickey Z., Howard Zinn and many others.
  

 

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