The Daily GRRR! - October 14th, 2014

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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 Tuesday October 14th, 2014.

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

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

Today’s feature is an interview from our regional reporter Brayden McNeill, with Oscar Cole-Arnell, an anti-poverty activist and progressive candidate for the position of Regional Chair in the upcoming municipal elections.

Now we will start with today’s headlines:

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HEADLINES for October 14th, 2014
1. Neonicotinoid Ban Urged in By Ontario Environ Watchdog
2. The Shell Game is Over - Lego Dumps Shell Over Arctic Drilling
3. 1 Year Since Elsipogtog, Resistance Across Turtle Island
4. Suncor Has Been Pulling A “Big Tobacco”
5. Kinder Morgan HQ Has Pipelines Installed, In Front Entrance
6. New Zine on Blockading Worksites
7. #EndCaptivity! #EmptyTheTanks! Closing Day Demo at Marineland
8. Support the Montreal Migrant Justice Documentary Project.

1. Neonicotinoid Ban Urged in By Ontario Enviro Commish
When speaking on CBC’s the exchange on the topic of neonicotinoid pesticides, Ontario’s environmental commissioner, Gord Miller, left little to question: "The science is very clear. It is absolutely linked to the problems with bees, the death of bees, but also the sub-lethal effects on bees, such as disorientation, which leads to colony failure."

And while the ecological stakes are clear, Miller also notes that the next few years of soybean and corn seeds are already being coated with neonics, as the pesticide manufacturers have embedded the poison in the agricultural system.

Along with bees, bats, butterflies, and aquatic insects are at risk from the pesticides which have been banned in europe and proposals for restriction in the US are on the table.

While pesticides are regulated federally, Miller has urged the Ontario government to act now to avoid the worst catastrophes of a pollinatorless environment which would be devastating to ecosystems and economies.

2. The Shell Game is Over - Lego Dumps Shell Over Arctic Drilling
In a win in the propaganda war over the minds of our youngest generation, Danish toy maker LEGO will not renew its licence with Shell. Following a Greenpeace campaign targeting LEGO, including an amazing stop motion lego video with an arctic oil rig fouling a northern ecosystem and with the oil rupture’s slick consuming dozens of lego creatures.

With LEGO being built of ABS plastic, an oil product, some have called the company hypocritical for abandoning shell, but small victories can still be celebrated and a diverse set of employed tactics will win the larger generational struggle against the dirty resource industry. This small victory means the youngest in our society will not have Shell continually normalised in their life through their toys. #EverythingIsAwesome?

3. 1 Year Since Elsipogtog, Resistance Across Turtle Island
A year since the violent RCMP raids on the anti-fracking camp in Elsipogtog, Unceded Mi’kmaq Territories in eastern turtle island, and the struggle against dirty resource extractions continues across the land. And while fracking company SWN continues to be resisted in New Brunswick, a call to rally in solidarity with Elsipogtog on October 17th has gone out, including the calls to support the resistance of the Klabona Keepers at the Red Chris Mine Site, the Unist’ot’en Camp, and the mining resistance in Ahousaht territory.

The call for support and solidarity was posted to facebook with the title Wake Up! by those resisting the Petronas energy’s liquified natural gas export facility near Prince Rupert in BC, where pipelines would bring the gas for tanker export to Asia. The post notes that the provincial government continue to work towards a November 30th deadline for the project and adds "BC is no longer business as usual. There is heavy opposition. Our answer is still NO to more pipelines, NO to LNG export facilities, and NO to LNG tankers on our coast!”

While other actions are being posted to the facebook page, a call to rally at 4:30 in the afternoon the Petronas office located at Oceanic Plaza, Suite 1900 - 1066 West Hastings Street in Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories.

4.Suncor Has Been Pulling A “Big Tobacco”
A little publicised court ruling from the summer got a bit of a bump as Calgary based journalist, Gillian Steward, laid out how dirty energy giant Syncrude fought federal environmental legislation in court on constitutional grounds. The effort was a failure so we wont get into their argument, but the ruling Judge, Russel Zinn of the Federal Court wrote “

“The evil of global climate change and the apprehension of harm resulting from the enabling of climate change through the combustion of fossil fuels has been widely discussed and debated by leaders on the international stage. Contrary to Syncrude’s submission, this is a real, measured evil, and the harm has been well documented.”

While the regulation Syncrude was fighting was fairly minor, a requirement to blend biofuel into diesel, and they may have had a point in their arguments that transporting biodiesel to northern alberta to use in tar sands machinery, is carbon intensive in itself ,Nigel Bankes, chair of Natural Resources Law at the University of Calgary compares “Big Carbon” to “Big Tobacco” said “Syncrude’s denial of the danger of greenhouse gases is similar to the arguments used by tobacco companies when they were fighting anti-smoking laws and regulations.”

Syncrude has already filed a notice of intent to appeal the decision.

5. Kinder Morgan HQ Has Pipelines Installed, In Front Entrance
Late last week, activists in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory, erected an oozing pvc pipeline and locked the front doors to Pipeline Company Kinder Morgan’s office in the city’s downtown. The action was accompanied with notices to “Get Off Burnaby Mountain” referring to the ongoing struggle in Burnaby against the company surveying in areas of ecological importance for a proposed pipeline which the city has said no to.

A release from those responsible for the action noted that the project was against Coast Salish Law, municipal by-laws, and was being pushed through despite widespread opposition from Indigenous nations. The release stated:
"The proposal aims to increase the number of barrels of Alberta bitumen delivered to Burnaby and the Salish Sea from 300,000 barrels a day to 890,000 a day. This would result in an astronomical and dangerous increase in tanker traffic through the Burrard Inlet. The expansion crosses the unceded territory of many Indigenous nations and is evidence of continued oppressive colonization and rampant capitalist greed. Resistance to this project is strong and unwavering!”

6. New Zine on Blockading Worksites
As the Ontario Environmental Commissioner, Gord Miller, notes the “historical failure” of the “truly shameful” situation in Aamjiwnaang, in Ontario’s “chemical valley” due to petrochemical industries, and the complete inability to curb urban sprawl, along with the ongoing battle against Line 9 and energy east in pipelines in ontario, among other threats to our ecological future, a new zine has been released giving a primer for blockading worksites.

The “How-to-Blockade in 10 Steps” gives a quick and easy run down of preparation steps ahead of taking blockade actions, and a bit of what to do once a site has been taken. This no-frills guide, with links to other guides to help a would-be blockader, is a decent starting point for any blockading adventures, and was seemingly inspired by the resistance to the line 9 tar sands pipeline.

7. #EndCaptivity! #EmptyTheTanks! Closing Day Demo at Marineland
Several hundred people swarmed the fence line at Marineland in Niagara Fall ontario, for the closing day demo at the captive animal “amusement” park. Again organised by Marineland Animal Defense, the demo highlighted the horrid conditions animals in Marineland are forced to endure, whether it be in urine soaked cages, impossibly small tanks, or being forced to perform on command.

As the park shuts down for the winter, and in an effort to see that it never opens again with captive animals, MAD encourages people to “Keep the pressure on the people and organizations who can make a difference. Let politicians like Gail Shea and Yasir Naqvi, as well as the Ontario SPCA, know that you want to see changes made to Marineland and the captive animal industry.”

They were even kind enough to provide a couple sample tweets one could share with responsible parties:
How many more animals have to die at Marineland before you will take action @OntarioSPCA? @Yasir_Naqvi? #endcaptivity #marineland
How many more animals have to die at Marineland before you will close the wild capture loophole @CPCGailShea? #endcaptivity #marineland

8. Support the Montreal Migrant Justice Documentary Project
A grassroots media collective in Montreal is seeking support for a new documentary project seeking to highlight the migrant experience in Canada, specifically stories which challenge the myth of “Canada as a welcoming multicultural country and to expose the exploitative, colonial and imperial foundations of Canada and its immigration system.”

Coming at a particularly troubling time for migrants in Canada as the Harper government continues their attacks on fair access, temporary workers, and citizenship, the documentary will also be “a platform for people struggling against the immigration system to tell their stories and to highlight the ongoing resistance by migrants and allies to undermine the racist colonial borders of the Canadian state.“

While much of the interviewing, based in collaboration with the migrant justice community in Montreal, has been completed, the team is seeking financial support for editing and post-production work. If you can help financially or know someone who may be interested, follow this link. There are some pretty sweet zines and artwork being offered in return for support on this project.

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You are listening to The Daily GRRR! Today is October 14th, 2014, my name is Dan Kellar and we are now moving into the feature portion of our broadcast.

Today’s feature is an interview from our regional reporter Brayden McNeill, with Oscar Cole-Arnell, an anti-poverty activist and progressive candidate for the position of Regional Chair in the upcoming municipal elections. Oz’s campaign has four main platform pieces; increasing the availability of affordable housing in the Region, making public transit more accessible and affordable for the neediest, promoting a living-wage in the Waterloo Region, and encouraging community democracy.

That was an interview from our regional reporter Brayden McNeill, with Oscar Cole-Arnell, an anti-poverty activist and progressive candidate for the position of Regional Chair in the upcoming municipal elections. For more on Oscar’s campaign check out http://www.allianceagainstpoverty.com/

This has been the The Daily GRRR! for October 14th, 2014. We are on weekdays from 9-10am on 100.3fm CKMS in Waterloo region, and http://soundfm.ca on the web. Check out all our past shows and other Grand River Media Collective work on our webpage http://grandrivermc.ca

The Daily GRRR! is supported by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and CKMS.

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