Mt Polley Mine Disaster w/Jacinda Mack, Healthy Dietary Planning w/Sharon Palmer, a WITW update with Chris Cook

Jacinda Mack was the Natural Resources Manager for the Xat’sull peoples when the Mt. Polley tailings pond failed,  releasing 10 million cubic meters of water and 4.5 million cubic metres of toxic waste into Polley Lake and connecting waterways.  She’s now involved with the First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining Group.  Two years after Imperial Metals’ Dam broke, with a BC Provincial Government (that Imperial Metals financially supports) insisting that industrial development is the only feasible economic future, what legislative oversight (if any) have they put into place to prevent future disasters?  And, Sharon Palmer talks about her blog entry “Vegans at Risk for Nutritional Deficiency,” explaining why we need Omega 3 fatty acids, B12, calcium, vitamin d, iron, zinc, and iodine, and which are the best plant based sources to support a healthy plant based lifestyle.  Plus, Chris Cook with a “What in the World” update.

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David Rovics from the World Social Forum, Wendy Goldsmith and the Women’s Boat to Gaza, Chris Cook with a “What in the World” update

David Rovics has been writing and singing about the state of the world for over two decades.  From the World Social Forum in Montreal, David shares some insights into what’s going on there, and in the world he travels.

The Women’s Boat to Gaza (WBG) is a Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) initiative. By launching a women’s boat, women from all over the world aim to highlight the undeniable contributions and indomitable spirit of Palestinian women who have been central within the Palestinian struggle in Gaza, the West Bank, inside the Green Line and in the diaspora.  Wendy Goldsmith is media representative with the WGB.

And, Chris Cook with a “What in the World” update.

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Sierra Club’s Mark Worthing, Animal & Environment Alliance Advocate Jordan Reichert

Mark Worthing is a multidisciplinary activist, naturalist and journalist who has an affinity for the wilder landscapes of British Columbia.  Mark is often found exploring coastal estuaries and rainforests, researching northern resident orcas, occupying tar sands pipelines, or reading about biodiversity in the Flathead River Basin in the southern Rockies. He has written for the University of Victoria’s Martlet Independent student newspaper and as a freelance journalist while completing his undergraduate degree in Political Science & Environmental Studies.  Mark is a founding member of Tanker Free BC, and works as Sierra Club BC’s Flathead Outreach Coordinator.

Jordan Reichert was a federal candidate in Canada’s 2015 national election, aligned with the Animal Alliance Environment Voters (AAEV) Party of Canada which is dedicated to raising awareness and improving the status of non-human animals.  Jordan believes that the moral baseline of a society is measured by its treatment of those most vulnerable within it, and he’s concerned about non-human animals who are defined as property under the Canadian Criminal Code, and lack recognition as contributing members of society.

Also, a chat with representatives from independent media Rabble.ca.

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Nancy Watters and Sound Therapy, Barbara Hay and the Paddle for the Peace

Nancy Watters earned a BA in psychology, an MA in Counselling Psychology, she’s worked in schools and agencies for 25 years helping people overcome anxiety and depression, and the effects of various traumas and abuses.  Her passion, now, is sound therapy.  She tells us why.  Then, Barbara Hay is a retired nurse and active social justice proponent who recently returned from the annual Paddle for the Peace river valley where hundreds of people gathered.  They want to stop the Site C dam that will destroy another northern valley and displace many indigenous and settler folk.

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Leon Lee and “Human Harvest”, Lucie Cerny and RASTA (Rescue and Sanctuary for Threatened Animals)

Investigating forced organ harvesting from possibly tens of thousands of Chinese prisoners of conscience led former journalist Leon Lee to David Matas (a human rights lawyer) and David Kilgour (formerly a Canadian MP), also Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, and other researchers who have uncovered forced labour work camps in China.  These camps hold tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners who were rounded up by a government that is threatened by the peaceful meditative practice that focuses individuals towards truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.  Leon Lee talks about his award winning documentary, “Human Harvest.”  Also, Lucie Cerny who founded RASTA (Rescue and Sanctuary for Threatened Animals) in 2015 on Vancouver Island, moving many rescued animals from southern Alberta to their new home.  She tells us how the animals are faring, informs us about the “micro pig” lie, and invites us to get involved in rescuing from wherever we are. This show is a rebroadcast of interviews previously published at janinebandcroft.wordpress.com.  

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Jonathan Balcombe: What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of our Underwater Cousins

There are more than thirty thousand species of fish–more than all mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians combined. But for all their breathtaking diversity and beauty, we rarely consider how fish think, feel, and behave.

In What a Fish Knows, the ethologist Jonathan Balcombe takes us under the sea and to the other side of the aquarium glass to reveal what fishes can do, how they do it, and why. Introducing the latest revelations in animal behavior and biology, Balcombe upends our assumptions about fish, exposing them not as unfeeling, dead-eyed creatures but as sentient, aware, social–even Machiavellian. They conduct elaborate courtship rituals and develop lifelong bonds with shoal-mates. They also plan, hunt cooperatively, use tools, punish wrongdoers, curry favor, and deceive one another. Fish possess sophisticated senses that rival our own. The reef-dwelling damselfish identifies its brethren by face patterns visible only in ultraviolet light, and some species communicate among themselves in murky waters using electric signals. Highlighting these breakthrough discoveries and others from his own encounters with fish, Balcombe inspires a more enlightened appraisal of marine life.

An illuminating journey into the world of underwater science, What a Fish Knows will forever change your view of our aquatic cousins–your pet goldfish included.

Jonathan Balcombe is the director of animal sentience at the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy and the author of four books, including Second Nature and Pleasurable Kingdom.  He has appeared the Diane Rehm Show, the BBC, and the National Geographic channel, and in several documentaries  Jonathan is also a contributor of features and opinions to The New York TimesThe Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Nature, and other publications.  Today, Jonathan shares some insights from his newly released book, What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of our Underwater Cousins.

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lauren Ornelas, Food Empowerment Project

lauren Ornelas is F.E.P.’s founder and serves as the group’s executive director. She gave me permission to record the talk she’d prepared for the 2016 Animal Advocacy Camp in Vancouver BC.

lauren has been active in the animal rights movement for more than 20 years, and is also the former executive director of Viva!USA, a national nonprofit vegan advocacy organization. After spending four years as national campaign coordinator for In Defense of Animals, lauren was asked by Viva!UK to start and run Viva!USA in 1999. In cooperation with activists across the country, she worked and achieved corporate changes within Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, and Pier 1 Imports, among others. She served as campaign director with the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition for six years. Listen, and also please watch lauren’s TEDx talk, The Power of Our Food Choices.
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