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Heritage Trees for Bus Lanes: Victoria Council Deaf to Neighbourhood Concerns

Widening Douglas contrary to City goal to increase livability

by ViCAN

February 29, 2016

VICTORIAA resident of the Burnside-Gorge neighbourhood is calling on Victoria Council to review BC Transit’s plan to widen Dougals Street between Hillside and Tolmie to create an express bus lane.

Community activist Stuart Hertzog today sent the following letter expressing his concerns:

Dear Mayor and Council,

I am extremely concerned about BC Transit’s plan to remove 26 mature trees plus the green sidewalk setback along the Hillside-Tolmie section of Douglas Street.

This proposal, for which apparently you have given the go-ahead, will reduce walkability on this vital section of Douglas Street, as well as adversely impacting present and future Topaz-Tolmie business development.

It also flies in the face of the City’s planning goal of promoting walking and liveability by increasing the separation of pedestrians and traffic with green buffer zones, exactly that which Transit wants to remove.

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Keeping MH-17 Secrets: Kerry Refuses to Make Good with His Perp "Evidence"

Kerry Balks at Supplying MH-17 Data
by Robert Parry  - Consortium News

March 25, 2016

Secretary of State John Kerry has rebuffed a request from the father of the only American citizen killed aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 for Kerry to disclose the radar and other data that he cited in 2014 in claiming to know the precise location of the missile launch that allegedly downed the airliner over eastern Ukraine killing 298 people.
In a letter to Kerry dated Jan. 5, 2016, Thomas Schansman, the father of American-Dutch citizen Quinn Schansman, asked Kerry to turn over that data to aid the investigation seeking to identify who was responsible for shooting down the plane on July 17, 2014.
Quinn Schansman, a dual U.S.-Dutch
citizen killed aboard Malaysia Airlines
Flight 17 on July 17, 2014.
(Photo from Facebook)

In a letter dated March 7, 2016, but just delivered to Thomas Schansman on Thursday, Kerry expressed his condolences and repeated his claim to know where the missile launch originated, but did not provide new details.

Kerry wrote,

“The assessment I provided to the media three days following the shoot down remains unchanged, and is corroborated by the findings of the Dutch Safety Board [DSB]. Flight 17 was shot down by a BUK surface-to-air missile fired from separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine.”

But Kerry’s assertion is not entirely correct.

How US Rapproachment Threatens Cuba's Unique Agricultural Model

Cuba’s sustainable agriculture at risk in U.S. thaw
by Miguel Altieri - The Conversation

March 25, 2016

President Obama’s trip to Cuba this week accelerated the warming of U.S.-Cuban relations.
Many people in both countries believe that normalizing relations will spur investment that can help Cuba develop its economy and improve life for its citizens.

But in agriculture, U.S. investment could cause harm instead.
Organic farm, Alamar.
Melanie Lukesh Reed/Flickr,

For the past 35 years I have studied agroecology in most countries in Central and South America. Agroecology is an approach to farming that developed in the late 1970s in Latin America as a reaction against the top-down, technology-intensive and environmentally destructive strategy that characterizes modern industrial agriculture. It encourages local production by small-scale farmers, using sustainable strategies and combining Western knowledge with traditional expertise.

Driving a Savage Vision in a Terror-Ridden World

Zero-Sum: The Savage Vision Driving a Terror-Ridden World
by Chris Floyd - Empire Burlesque

March 22, 2016

The atrocities in Brussels -- and they are horrific, criminal atrocities -- are not occurring in a vacuum. They are not springing from some unfathomable abyss of motiveless malevolence. They are a response, in kind, to the atrocious violence being committed by Western powers on a regular basis in many countries around the world.
And just as there is no justification for the acts of carnage in Brussels (and Paris and Turkey and elsewhere), there is likewise no justification for the much larger and more murderous acts of carnage being carried out by the most powerful and prosperous nations on earth, day after day, year after year.
The Western powers know this.
For many years, their own intelligence agencies -- in study after study -- have confirmed that the leading cause of violent "radicalization" among a small number of Muslims is the violent Western intervention in Muslim lands.

Clowns to the Left, Jokers to the Right: Trump's Perfect Storm Troops Him to the Presidency

Trump is Positioned to Win the Presidency
by Ted Rall - CounterPunch

March 24, 2016
My secret is contrarianism. Since the conventional wise men of the corporate mainstream media are almost always wrong, you’ll almost always be right if you bet against them.
The MSM take on Donald Trump is a rare exception to the rule. They’re scared and so am I. They’re right to be frightened. He’s an unconscious fascist, less like Hitler the careful schemer, more like Adolf’s mentor Mussolini, who cobbled together a little bit from the socialist left and a lot from the nationalist right, winged it as he noted which lines got the most applause, and repeated those.
The trouble with Trump isn’t his policies. He hardly has any. Those he has are so vague as to be laughable (see: the Mexican-financed border wall, mass deportations, etc.)
His temperament is the threat. Hillary Clinton hasn’t met a war she didn’t like, but it’s easy to imagine Trump starting one — maybe a big one — accidentally. Trump has so much contempt for the system, the job he’s running for, and the American people, that he hasn’t bothered to study up on the issues. If he took real estate this seriously, he would have gone bankrupt even more often.

History Tells: Israel's Crimes Against Humanity Cannot Stay Buried

Decades on, Israel tries to bury its darkest times
by Jonathan Cook - The National

22 March 2016
Nakba refugeesOne might expect that only historians would care to revisit the 1948 war that created Israel. And yet the debate about what constitutes truth and myth from that period still provokes raw emotions.
Much rests on how those events are reconstructed, not least because the shock waves have yet to subside. Israelis fear, and Palestinians crave, a clearer picture of the past because it would powerfully illuminate the present. It might also influence the international community’s proposed solutions for the conflict.
That is why the unearthing of an Israeli soldier’s letter from 1948 detailing what was probably the war’s worst massacre – one long buried by Israel – is of more than historical significance.

Stealing Arizona: A Vote Suppression Pall Over the Democrat Polls

Stolen primary in Arizona? Questioning Hillary’s Tuesday Win in the Grand Canyon State Amid Widespread Evidence of Voter Suppression
by Dave Lindorff  - This Can't Be Happening

March 23, 2016

Hill and WIt sure looks like there was some voter fraud committed in the Democratic primary in Arizona on Tuesday.

The race ended up officially with Hillary Clinton getting 58% of the votes, a total of 235,667. Bernie Sanders got 40% and a total of 163,368. Half of that vote total came from the state’s overwhelmingly biggest city, Phoenix, pop. 1.5 million. In Maricopa County, which is where Phoenix is situated, the vote was Clinton 127,000, Sanders 87,000 -- exactly the same 58%/40% split as the statewide vote.

But Phoenix, a Democratic city in a Republican county, like most places, has a Democratic machine that is working in lock-step with the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

So it is disturbing to learn that numerous types of voter disenfranchisement occurred in the Arizona vote, across the state and especially in Phoenix.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Franz Gigl, Ingmar Lee, Janine Bandcroft Mar. 24th, 2016

This Week on GR
by C.L. Cook -

March 23, 2016 

The plans have been in place for a long time, but looking across any of southern Vancouver Island's straits now, it's clear to see the industrialization of the Salish Sea has arrived.

The sharp increase in tanker and freighter traffic though is not only effecting Victoria and Sidney, gateway to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the open Pacific beyond; up the island, between Gabriola Island and the Sunshine Coast, there's a scheme in play to make of the foreshore there an overflow parking lot of sorts to relieve Vancouver's lengthening line of backed-up freighters.

Franz Gigl is with Gabriolans Against Freighter Anchorage, or (GAFA), an Island-based group behind the AnchorRage campaign opposing Pacific Pilotage Authority plans to create five anchorages for coal and other commodities freighters off the picturesque Gulf Island.
Listen. Hear.

Franz Gigl in the first half.

And; it's not only the straits of the southern end of the island experiencing the negative effects of industry's hyperactivity; just off Campbell River, in the Johnstone Strait, the Ocean Eagle, a barge-hauling tug ran aground last week. It seems so far, yet another fortunate near-miss for the northern reaches of the island, with the Ocean Eagle reportedly not spilling its load of fuel and/or "general cargo" into the environment. Last August a fuel barge was run aground in Surge Narrows, its 60,000 litre load of fuel narrowly avoiding being spilled into the straits.

Ingmar Lee created and maintains the Facebook site, 10,000 Ton Tanker, the only sustained media effort to bring attention to regular foreign oil tanker traffic within BC's supposed tanker moratorium area. A long-time BC-based environmental activist, Lee is campaigning to address the maritime risks going unaddressed along the province's Inside Passage.

Ingmar Lee and what the Ocean Eagle's hard landing at Chatham Point tells us about the way BC manages its waterways in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of the good things coming to the streets of our town, and beyond, in the coming week. But first, Franz Gigl and Gabriola's rage against the maritime machine.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at:  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, Check out the GR blog at:
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Sackville Street a Century On: Remembering Ireland's Easter Rebellion

A Terrible Beauty: Remembering Ireland’s Easter Rebellion
by Conn Hallinan - CounterPunch

March 22, 2016

Standing on the front steps of Dublin’s general post office a century ago, the poet Padraig Pearse announced the Poblacht na hEireann — the “Irish republic.” He was reading from a proclamation, the ink barely dry, of a provisional Irish government declaring its independence from British rule. It was just after noon on March 24, 1916, the opening scene in a drama that would mix tragedy and triumph, the twin heralds of Irish history.
It’s a hundred years since some 750 men and women threw up barricades and seized key locations in downtown Dublin. They would be joined by maybe 1,000 more.
Sackville Street (now O’Connell), Dublin
after the Rising
In six days it would be over, the post office in flames, the streets blackened by shell fire, and the rebellion’s leaders on their way to face firing squads against the walls of Kilmainham Jail. And yet the failure of the Easter Rebellion would eventually become one of the most important events in Irish history — a “failure” that would reverberate worldwide and be mirrored by colonial uprisings almost half a century later.

A Mammal Massacre in Clayoquot Sound

Marine mammal massacre in Clayoquot Sound
by Clayoquot Action
21 March 2016
clayoquot actionTofino - Norwegian-owned Cermaq Canada conducted a marine mammal massacre in Clayoquot Sound last December.
The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently released their Authorized Marine Mammal Control Activities data, showing that between October and December 2015, fifteen California Sea Lions were shot by Cermaq at their Binns Island salmon farm.
The wildlife was threatening farmed fish in Cermaq’s open-net pen facility.
Binns Island is located in Herbert Arm, close to the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations village of Ahousat, in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on the west coast of Vancouver Island BC. The salmon farm in Herbert Arm is on the migration route of wild salmon from the Moyeha River, which has been protected in BC’s oldest provincial park since 1910.

Doin' Evil: Google, Hillary, and State's Syria Regime Change Plot

Google this! Hillary Clinton and the Syrian regime-change conspiracy
by Neil Clark - RT

21 Mar, 2016

If you’d have said a year ago that the US State Department, Google, and Al Jazeera had been collaborating in pursuance of regime change in Syria, chances are you’d have been casually dismissed as a ‘crank’ and a ‘conspiracy theorist’.
Syria was a people’s uprising against a wicked genocidal Russian-backed dictator and the West had nothing to do with the bloodshed which engulfed the country. If you thought otherwise then you were considered an 'Assad apologist'.
However, thanks to Wikileaks, the Freedom of Information Act, and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of a private, non-secure email server, we can see what was really going on behind the curtain.

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