PEJ News - C. L. Cook - This week on GR: Chris Genovali of the Raincoast Conservation Society and taking the bears out of the Great Bear Rainforest.
Angelika Hanko and a European perspective on British Columbia wilderness heritage.
Janine Bandcroft bringing us up to speed with all that's good to do in and around Victoria this week.
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 at the progressive web news site: http://www.pej.org.
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Gorilla Radio for Monday, October 10th, 2005
Some of British Columbia’s highest profile Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations (ENGO’s) have spent thousands of hours in tripartite negotiations with the provincial government and major timber interests here in efforts to create protected zones within the Great Bear Rainforest. Last week, Premier Gordon Campbell refused to endorse the deal, effectively nullifying the initiative.
But, that may not be as bad a development for environmentalists as it at first appears.
Chris Genovali is Executive Director for the Raincoast Conservation Society, a long-time environmental campaigner, and founding member of both the Clayoquot Rainforest Coalition, and the Taiga Rescue Network. His past work with the Western Canada Wilderness Committee helped establish the Sooke Hills Wilderness Park and earned him Monday Magazine’s “Person who made a Difference Award” in 1998.
A recent study by Raincoast is highly critical of the unendorsed deal for its failure to adequately protect species’ habitat in the Great Bear. Chris Genovali and taking the bear out of the Great Bear Rainforest in the first half.
And; we who daily live amidst the awesome natural beauty of B.C. can be forgiven for sometimes taking that splendour for granted, but for millions around the world who have studied the vast and unique biological and cultural diversity encompassing our neighbourhood, British Columbia represents a rare opportunity to experience a natural world long extinct in their home countries.
Angelika Hanko is a German schoolteacher who’s connection to Canada’s west coast began with a visit to her school by Bella Coola Nuxalk Chief Qwatsinas. On that occasion, Angelika and her students were stunned to learn of First Nation’s struggles to stand up to Big Timber and their ally, the B.C. provincial government.
Angelika Hanko in the second half.
And, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with all that’s good to do in and around Victoria this week. But first, Chris Genovali and seeing a forest for the bears.
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