This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com
May 24, 2016
Just over a week ago, a delegation of temporary workers, accompanied by migrant worker leaders from across the country, paid a visit to Parliament Hill. They went to Ottawa to make their concerns known to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.
The Coalition for Migrant Worker Rights Canada helped coordinate the testimonies, and insists more needs be done to ensure migrant worker participation in the laws that affect their lives.
Natalie Drolet is Executive Director of the West Coast Domestic Workers' Association, and has served as the WCDWA Staff Lawyer since 2014.
A native Ottawan, since moving to Vancouver Drolet has worked on access to justice for newcomers, founded a working group on labour trafficking, and has advocated for her clients before various administrative tribunals at all levels of court in BC.
Natalie Drolet in the first half.
And; there was sad news last week for BC's environmental community. Long-time ecologist and Clayoquot Sound defender, Steve Lawson passed away on May 8th. Steve was, with partner Susanne Hare, well-known as a 'War in the Woods' warrior, opposing the logging of the old-growth forests and mining within B.C.'s oldest nature reserve, Strathcona Park. More recently, Steve was at the forefront of efforts to stop trophy hunting, putting an end to the bear parts market, and fighting to ensure the survival of wild salmon and marine life. I talked to Steve last July about the renewed fight to protect again the Walbran from logging.
Steve Lawson and a clear-cut call to arms in Clayoquot and the Walbran in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio braodcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of what's good to do on, in, and around our town's streets, and beyond there too, in the coming week. But first, Natalie Drolet and calling for real immigration reforms in Canada.
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.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.ca/
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