In Windsor/Detroit we are surrounded by the Great Lakes ecosystem. It’s easy to forget that the Detroit River flows along a route that originates at Lake Superior and makes its way to the Atlantic Ocean. It’s also easy to take all that water for granted even as we know full well of the stress put on the local eco-system by everything from recreational use to the threat of pollution by chemicals and nuclear power plants.
The complex dynamics of the Great Lakes system is managed and watched over by various government agencies in Canada and the United States as well as by independent coalitions. Listeners have no doubt heard of a new threat posed by an invasive species: the Asian carp, specifically the silver carp.
We talked to Jennifer Nalbone (6:50 mark) of Great Lakes United about the threat posed by Asian carp in the Great Lakes. In the interview Fisheries and Oceans Canada was mentioned and information is here. Nalbone stressed the point that Canadians need to take the issue of Asian carp more seriously than we are now. You’ll notice that Fisheries and Oceans Canada have the carp near the bottom of a long list of invasive species already in our waters. However, we simply cannot let a rapacious species like this to get into the Great Lakes system.
The argument for hydrologic separation is made in this report.
In the first half hour we talked to Sue Breeze who was a participant in the Canadian Boat to Gaza effort when it was forced back to port on July 4th as it took part in the International Freedom Flotilla II; an attempt to break the blockade of Gaza by the Israeli government. As listeners will remember, we have talked to David Heap and Sandra Ruch, both organizers for the Canadian effort. The flotilla set out from the port of Aghios Nikolaos on the island of Crete, only to be stopped, boarded and forced back to port by the Greek coastguard. This was apparently done at the request of the Israeli government. Activists said that in effect, the blockade and siege of Gaza now extends to Greece. The whole point of this endeavour and the one last year that cost the lives of nine Turkish activists, is to draw attention to Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza.
As we talk to Sue Breeze, we’ll get an eyewitness account of the action that day,what it was like in Crete waiting to get underway and on the vessel, the Tahrir, and a sense of why the activists were moved to take part in this flotilla.
In the second half hour listen to Abayomi Azikiwe describe Saturday’s historical review of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion and how people can learn from that fight for justice against continuing racism, poverty, and police brutality.
CJAM takes rare rock in a headlock while upping the jazz-funk factor by 700 percent
Putting Detroit DJ Willy Wilson and Windsor’s Wardell Huot in marquee Friday and Saturday night slots, CJAM 99.1 FM is overhauling the weekend to bolster its rare rock commitment while at the same time emerging as a jazz-funk force of seven.
On Canada Day and people celebrate at parades, backyard BBQs, fireworks and so on. Do we really take stock, though, of what is done in our names? Domestically, labour law is being rewritten with back to work legislation for CUPW workers at Canada Post. First Nations communities are left in dire conditions without safe water, and APTN has reported extensively on missing native women, and fires and floods which have decimated FN towns in Manitoba and in Slave Lake Alberta. These stories are buried in the mainstream media. Internationally, Canada promotes the sale of asbestos, and has been in Afghanistan against the will of a majority of Canadians, and it has been easy to prompt peoples’ emotions with a Tim Horton’s fuelled display of nationalistic pride at our presence there. Also, any day, an international flotilla will sail to Gaza in order to again show the world the gross human rights violations taking place there at the hands of the Israeli government and military. A Canadian boat, The Tahrir, includes Sue Breeze of Windsor and David Heap of London On. Two flotilla boats have been subjected to sabotage and a media disinformation campaign seeks to portray the flotilla as provocative and full of extremists. The hundreds of members in the flotilla, including author Alice Walker, are peace and justice activists who are trying to rally the world to stand up and say enough to Israel and call on that country to lift the siege and blockade of Gaza.
I bet though, if people on Canada Day were asked about the flotilla many wouldn’t know about it or that if they did would say it shouldn’t sail as our own government has said – and shamefully, including the NDP. The question on Canada Day is do we conform to injustice or do we want to be true citizens of the world standing up to injustice?
In the second half hour we spoke to Wendy Goldsmith, a London On based activist with People for Peace, a social worker and mother of three children. As well she was on the organizing team for the Canada Boat to Gaza and worked closely with David Heap who is now with the flotilla. During the day Twitter reports indicated Greek authorities were preventing the US boat to Gaza from leaving port and the Canadian boat was also prevented from getting under way.
Contact the Greek Embassy to demand they allow the flotilla to Gaza to sail.