The Daily GRRR! - April 2nd, 2015

Revel Developments Rips Off Tenants - http://kwsolidarity.com/
Revel Devil - Pay Holli-Lynne - http://kwsolidarity.com/
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Welcome, I am your host dan kellar and you are listening to The Daily GRRR! on 100.3fm, CKMS in Waterloo, Ontario. Soundfm.ca on the web, today is Thursday April 2nd, 2015.

We are broadcasting from the centre of the Haldimand Tract, the occupied Grand River Territory of the Haudenosaunee.

The Daily GRRR! is a project of the Grand River Media Collective; and is supported by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and CKMS.

The intro music is from the start of The Rebel Spell's Tsilhqot'in War.

Today’s feature is an interview w/ Holli-Lynne of the KW Solidarity Network who is targeting Kitchener based housing rental and development company, Revel Developments after the company refused to pay agreed upon fees associated with the reno-viction from her apartment.

Before we get to that, let’s start with headlines:

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HEADLINES for April 2nd, 2015
1. Direct Action By Heiltsuk Force DFO to Re-Close Commercial Herring Fishery
2. The US EPA Confirms That Toxically Diluted Tarsands Sinks In Water
3. BC NDP MP Presents Anti-Pipeline Petition in Parliament
4. TransCanada Drops Plans For New TarSands Export Terminal In Quebec
5. Smashy Retaliation Against McGill For Spying on Students
6. KW Solidarity Network Pickets At Kitchener's Revel Developments

1. Direct Action By Heiltsuk Force DFO to Re-Close Commercial Herring Fishery

Social media delivered the news of the significant victory of the Heiltsuk (Hel-sic) nation in the battle to protect their territory from settler based commercial herring fishing operations that the federal department of fisheries and oceans was imposing against the wishes of the Heiltsuk people. The council for the nation confirmed on twitter at 13:40 PST on Wednesday
@HeiltsukCouncil: "Commercial GillNetters are being escorted out of Heiltsuk Territory! #Heiltsukherring!! Thank you to all who have made this possible!!!

The nation, whose territory is on the pacific coast in the north west of turtle island, had declared the herring stock still in recovery and earlier this week, and in accordance to their laws, told the Pattison commercial fishing fleet that they were not welcome in their territory. Last week, members of the Heiltsuk nation, confronted the fishing fleet who was being protected by RCMP boats, and on Sunday, a group led by youth confronted the DFO, and started an occupation of the local DFO office.

While commercial fisheries kill Herring fish to collect their precious roe, the Heiltsuk method of harvesting roe is through a targeted harvesting of deposited eggs from sea kelp. While the commercial method leads to the devastation of herring stock, along with impacts to other sea creatures, the Heiltsuk's method has proven sustainable for generations.

Protests throughout BC quickly sprang up in solidarity with the Heiltsuk, and the DFO confirmed that the fishery is again closed, and the celebrations are ongoing.

For pics and video of the action check the twitter account for Louisa Annette (@MissAnnette4) who first wrote of the victory today
"Fleet been escorted out of Heiltsuk territory No fishery in area 7!! #Heiltsukherring #standingstrong"

2. The US EPA Confirms That Toxically Diluted Tarsands Sinks In Water
At this year's National Academy of Sciences conference, there were dueling reports over the impacts of dilbit to water systems, and in particular the buoyancy of diluted tar sands in water.
As the deSmogBlog reports one paper, presented by Greg Powell of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, says that after 2 weeks, the tar sands that flows from a ruptured pipeline, or a derailed train tanker, into a water source will sink. The other report, funded by a fossil fuel industry think tank, says tar sands does not sink after the toxic diluent diffuses into the air. Of course that study, as well as a 2013 study funded by Enbridge ended the testing after 13 days.

Powell was involved in the clean-up efforts after the 2010 rupture of Enbridge's Line 6 pipeline in Marshall Michigan, which led to 60 miles of the Kalamazoo river being contaminated with tar sands, and neighbouring houses being doused in toxic airborne dilutants.

While Powell admitted that in the first 13 days tar sands seems to behave similar to light crude, that after 14 days, things changed, the crude started to sink and that: “We had to remove all of the vegetation along the stream bank because that oil would not come off,” continuing, “ Pressure wash rocks with it directly on the rocks and we couldn’t break that oil loose once it adhered to the rock.” At one point he stated, “it was like roofing tar.”

Similar in age and construction to the Line 6 pipeline in Michigan, the Line 9 pipeline travels through all of southern ontario, passing through waterloo region and across the Grand River near Cambridge. As enbridge continues to move forward in their plan to pump tar sands through Line 9, and with the limitations and deceitful spin that the fossil fuel industry puts on their so-called studies, we can not simply trust them to keep the safety of our watershed ahead of their profits.

3. BC NDP MP Presents Anti-Pipeline Petition in Parliament
A petition with 3000+signatures against the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline through Burnaby was presented in the canadian house of commons on March 25, calling on the federal government to oppose Kinder Morgan's tarsands pipeline expansion.

Saying "The signatories note this export-only crude oil pipeline brings massive environmental and economic risk but no real benefits for local residents. This is without a doubt the No. 1 issue facing Burnaby, and my office has never received so many petitions before from constituents," Kennedy Stewart, the NDP MP for Burnaby-Douglas added in the house of commons "While I know the Conservatives and Liberals both support the new Kinder Morgan pipeline, I urge the government to take this call to oppose this pipeline very seriously."

The government has 45 days to respond to the petition and is awaiting the decision from the NEB on approving the proposed pipeline expansion. Even if the NEB takes the remarkable step in opposing the pipeline, their decision can be overridden by the government's cabinet, following changes to legislation introduced by Harper.

4. TransCanada Drops Plans For New TarSands Export Terminal In Quebec
Following months of speculation, on Wednesday transcanada pipelines confirmed today that they are scrapping plans to build a new terminal on the St Lawrence River to export diluted tarsands crude to overseas markets.

The plan was fiercely opposed by many in quebec including those concerned over the impact on Beluga whales due to the destruction of their habitat and the inevitability of spills. The export terminal would be an end point of the proposed energy east tarsands pipeline. The company now says they will use an existing export terminal in New Brunswick.

5. Smashy Retaliation Against McGill For Spying on Students
In a follow up to last week's headline and interview about the ongoing campaign of Demilitarize McGill to resist and expose the military industrial complex on campus, it has been revealed through access to information requests, that the university's admin has ordered security to spy on DeMil Mcgill activists.

In retaliation for these revelations, and in solidarity with those in Demilitarize McGill, the group known as the Anti-Imperialist Action "slashed the tires of a McGill security division SUV and attacked the James Admin. building with flying chunks of concrete, vanishing quickly thereafter into the darkness of night."

The AIA claimed responsibility for the actions 'in retaliation to the University’s profiling, surveillance and harassment of students and activists affiliated with the group Demilitarize McGill."

The communiqué added "In honor and recognition of the fact that we share a common struggle against the same system and the same authoritarian social institutions, we took action to make it clear to our enemies that Demilitarize McGill is PROTECTED."

6. KW Solidarity Network Pickets At Kitchener's Revel Developments
In an escalation to their campaign against rental and development agency Revel Developments, on Wednesday, the KW Solidarity Network picketed in front of the company's Kitchener offices.

Demanding that the company honour their agreement with a former tenant, the picketers informed rush hour traffic along Victoria Street of the unethical behaviour of the company, and engaged with people who are also tenants in the company's buildings who were dropping by to pay their rent. None of the other tenants had anything good to say about their experiences with Revel.

The KW solidarity network wants Revel to pay nearly 3000 dollars owed to a former tenant who agreed to move out during a phase of gentrifying reno-victions the company was undertaking after buying the building she was living in. During the winter time renovations, electricity, water, and heat were all continuously shut off. It has been nearly a year and Revel has thus-far refused to honour the agreement.

More than 30 people were present at today's picket.

For more on this situation stay tuned for today's feature, which is an interview with Holli-Lynne, a member of the KW Solidarity Network and the person who Revel Developments is trying to rip-off.

Thats all for headlines, lets take a little break and go to a song, here is a tune from Run The Jewels feat. Zack de la Rocha, this is Close Your Eyes (And Count To F**k).

And we are back, you just heard a tune from Run The Jewels feat. Zack de la Rocha, that was Close Your Eyes (And Count To F**k). Check out the amazing video accompanying this track posted up by massappeal on March 26th, 2015: http://theantimedia.org/run-the-jewels-close-your-eyes/

You are listening to the The Daily GRRR! Today is Thursday April 2nd, 2015 and my name is dan kellar and we are now moving into the feature portion of our broadcast.

Feature: an interview with Holli-Lynne of the KW Solidarity Network who is targeting Kitchener based housing rental and development company, Revel Developments after the company refused to pay agreed upon fees associated with the reno-viction from her apartment. Revel developments, formerly The Madison Group, tried to intimidate Holli-Lynne and other tenants in her building into moving out in a campaign that included turning the water, power, and heat off in the middle of last year's brutal winter. Check http://kwsolidarity.com/ for more on this case and other work of the KW Solidarity Network

That was an interview w/ Holli-Lynne of the KW Solidarity Network who is targeting Kitchener based housing rental and development company, Revel Developments after the company refused to pay agreed upon fees associated with the reno-viction from her apartment. Check http://kwsolidarity.com/ for more on this case and other work of the KW Solidarity Network.

This was the The Daily GRRR! for April 2nd, 2015. We are on weekdays from 9-10am on 100.3fm CKMS in Waterloo region, and soundfm.ca on the web. Check out all our past shows and other Grand River Media Collective work on our webpage grandrivermc.ca

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