April 11 2014: Dr Gordon Edwards on the age of nuclear waste & Jessica live in the studio

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Dr Gordon Edwards is President of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Gold Medal in Mathematics and Physics (1961), and obtained a PhD in Mathematics from Queen’s University in 1972. In 1975 he co-founded the CCNR and rose to prominence as one of Canada’s best known independent experts on nuclear technology, uranium, and weapons proliferation.

Edwards speaking at Swords into Plowshares Gallery and Peace Center in Detroit April 13 2014

Edwards speaking at Swords into Plowshares Gallery and Peace Center in Detroit April 13 2014

 

He has given many keynote addresses including at a 2007 International Conference on Nuclear Waste in Stockholm, at a 2008 International Conference on Uranium Mining in Salzburg, at the 2009 annual meeting of Physicians for Global Survival in Ottawa, and at the 2010 World Conference of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War in Basel, Switzerland.

The CCNR is a not-for-profit organization, dedicated to education and research on all issues related to nuclear energy, whether civilian or military — including non-nuclear alternatives — especially those pertaining to Canada:  I spoke with Dr Edwards just before he was to be in Detroit to speak on nuclear waste in the Lake Huron basin at Swords into Plowshares Gallery and Peace Center. His talk was sponsored by the Alliance to Halt Fermi 3, Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination and the Swords Into Plowshares Gallery and Peace Center

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I began our conversation by asking about the theme: How the Age of Nuclear Waste is Upon Us. NOTE: When I met with Dr Edwards at his talk in Detroit he corrected an error in his arithmetic in this audio segment. In the interview he said “that there were 128 steam generators from the Bruce station alone, each weighing 100 tonnes, and that part is absolutely correct.  But then I said that that gives a total of 128,000 tonnes whereas I should have said 12,800 tonnes…”: Email Dr Edwards at ccnr@web.net to get on his low volume email list

 

Jessica was in the studio again with three songs: Working Class Hero, The Drugs Don’t Work, and her original composition, No Mistakes:

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April 4 2014: Stacey Toews of Level Ground Trading

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Level Ground Trading

On Monday, March 31, 2014, Stacey Toews, Co-founder and Communications Catalyst for Level Ground Trading visited Ten Thousand Villages Windsor to connect with staff and volunteers and the share stories of many small-scale farmers benefiting from direct fair trade through Level Ground. Toews is a co-founder of Level Ground located in Victoria, British Columbia.

Paying well above Fair Trade mandated pricing; Level Ground will purchase the harvest of about 5,000 farming families in ten developing countries this year.

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Ten Thousand Villages creates opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trade relationships.
Since 1997, Ten Thousand Villages and Level Ground Trading have partnered to offer a Private Label Coffee Collection in Ten Thousand Villages stores.

As a board member of the Global Resource Centre which runs the TTV store in Windsor, I sat in on the discussion with Toews and Patricia Pearson, also of Level Ground. Following their talk I sat with Toews to talk further about his work and Level Ground:

Targeting the Poor

Commentary by Paul Chislett ( The views expressed are mine and not necessarily shared by OPIRG Windsor or CJAM):

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I Ka Barra (Your Work):

 

 

March 28 2014: Camilo Cahis on Venezuela

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I spoke with Camilo Cahis to get an understanding of what is happening on the streets of Venezuela. He is a national spokesperson for Hands Off Venezuela in Canada. Cahis started off with a description of his work and research and we moved through how Venezuela  has changed because of the Bolivarian revolution, the nature of the political opposition, neighbourhood (communal) councils, and finally the implications of the tepid NDP resolution voted on in Parliament:

 

Further Reading: Venezuela: A Call for Peace by: NICOLÁS MADURO