Wednesday, May 05, 2021
Mexico, Glyphosate and Bayer-Monsanto
by Peter Ewart
In December of 2020, responding to farmers, Indigenous peoples, and others, the president of Mexico Andres Obrador issued a decree phasing out glyphosate by 2024. The decree states that “in recent years, different scientific investigations have warned that said chemical has harmful effects on health, both in humans and in some animal species, and has been identified as a probable carcinogen in humans by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.”
Death in Tiruvannamalai
by Nadhia Sutara - reprinted by permission of Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai, S. India'
The first thing I noticed when arriving in Tiruvannamalai [Tamil Nadu, S. India] in the early 80s was a startling difference in people’s attitude toward death. It was not something to be hidden away as though it didn’t exist – or as if we all wished it didn’t exist. It is as much a part of life as is birth, and I found Indians taking both parts in their stride in a much healthier way than ever I saw in the West.
Monday, May 03, 2021
This Week on GR
by C.L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com
Welcome back to Gorilla Radio’s Home Edition, recorded May 3rd, 2021.
On March 29th CLAS kicked off what will be a year-long celebration of 50 years of fighting for social justice. When the Community Legal Assistance Society began it was the first law office of its kind in B.C. All these years later, founding member, Mike Harcourt says of CLAS,
“Probably hundreds of thousands of low-income tenants, people facing burdensome debt, people living with mental illness and other disabilities, those living with addiction, and other individuals battling bureaucracies or facing discrimination have benefited from our unique service.”
Well the need is still there, and is now perhaps greater than ever.
Kevin Love is a lawyer in CLAS’ Community Law Program, working primarily in the areas of mental health, and workers’ rights. Kevin represents CLAS on a number of committees, including the Worksafe BC’s policy and practice consultative committee as well as serving as chair to the Workers’ Compensation Advocacy Group.
Kevin Love in the first half.
And; more reports about the Site C mega-dam project have come out since I last talked to today’s second guest. In fact, since I started talking to him more than six years ago, millions have been spent on reports and studies and surveys and province-wide dog and pony shows, and no matter what the results of any of these are the Great White Elephant thunders on. It seems not even bare-faced reality stands a chance of getting in the way of a monumentally bad idea, as long as the people behind it are determined to abide in dream land.
Ken Boon is a Peace Valley farmer and president of the Peace Valley Landowners Association. Ken and his family have laboured to make real the tommyrot at the heart of the Site C project from the very beginning, and now some of their worst fears are becoming apparent even to the dullest minds of a generation down at the Legislature. And yet, the project goes on.
Ken Boon and politician saying the damnedest things about the Site-C project to nowhere in the second half.
But first, Kevin Love and celebrating 50 years with CLAS.