This Week on GR
June 4, 2020
Welcome to GR. We are as yet NOT
broadcasting live from the basement of the Student Union Building at the
University of Victoria, but instead recording live-to-Skype this day,
May 13th, 2020.
itting it’s been a late Spring here; Winter’s intransigence keeping
us indoors longer than we’d like, confined to leaving the greeting
rituals of the new season overlong under wraps. But nature won’t be
denied, and sure as God made green apples and bright flowers, our
deliverance from the power of the pestilence that’s held much of the
World at bay is waning. Or, so we’re told.
The green lamp is lit – sort
of – with Spain, one of the countries worse-effected by Covid,
announcing last month its “deconfinement plan
” roll out, beginning in
earnest Monday, May 11. It’s the first stage of a phased emergence from
the virus, and as elsewhere it’s a policy fraught with doubt and
is a Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Victoria’s
Political Science Department and Centre for Global Studies whose
Fellowship Project at UVic, ‘Democracy Here and Now: The Exemplary Case
of Spain’ was interrupted by the Covid-19 closure of the University. He
is currently in his native Barcelona.
Dr. Pablo Ouziel in the first half.
And; what can we take away from this weird moment when the World
stood uncertainly on its axis? Perhaps from our time in collective
isolation we can understand better what it means for others forcibly
removed by circumstance from their lives and an agency taken as granted,
until just taken?
Elisabeth Tova Bailey
is an intimate acquaintance of
solitude, having experienced years of patient recuperation from a
randomly encountered debilitating disease. The product of her long
estivation is the book, ‘The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating’. The
multi-award garnering chronicle of her bed-side companion and its
special history has now metamorphosed too as the short film of the same
Elisabeth Tova Bailey and life at a snail’s pace in the second half.
And; long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be
here at the bottom of the hour with this week’s Left Coast Events
Bulletin of some of the good things you can get up to in and around our
town – both real and virtual – in the coming week. But first, Pablo
Ouziel and Spain’s planned emergence from crisis.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between
11-Noon 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: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/