This things always have a quality of half-truth and even bullshit. I wrote this one yesterday for the NCRA. It's the best I can do this week.
Jim Terral is a retired, community-college English teacher. He came to Canada in 1968 as a deserter from the US Army's Vietnam aggression. During that period, he was a writer and audio producer in the Intermedia artists collective (Vancouver), taught poetry during the first years of Capilano College's creative writing program, and sat on the editorial board of the early Capilano Review. He was also active in the seminal food co-op movement (North Vancouver, East Vancouver and West Kootenays) and in several extended cooperative housing experiments.
He left Capilano College to join a land co-operative in the Kootenays. During that period he divided his time between Vancouver, where he worked as a book binder for Intermedia Press, and his home in the Kootenays.
In 1979, he served as a funded intervenor at the Royal Commission on Uranium Mining (Bates Inquiry) representing the Kootenay Nuclear Study Group and the BC chapter of the Canadian Public Health Association. His booklet, "The Hazards of Uranium Exploration" found its way into the debates of legislatures in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Florida.
Terral survived the digital revolution as Chair of Selkirk College's Advisory Committee on Computer Resources, a group that, during the 90s, made recommendations on priorities for expenditures of a quarter- to half-a-million dollars annually. When he left, an all-male committee had been transformed into a group half of whose members were women; one of the women was eventually to take over computer services for the Selkirk College system.
He was also active as a writer-producer for the Association of Theatre Professionals in Higher Education's online theatre project, ATHEMOO; as a collaborator with ATHEMOO Wizard Juli Burke at the University of Hawaii, as a liason producer with Monika Wunderer (Vienna and New York), who coordinated the "oudeis project" (Vienna, Rio de Janiero, Honolulu, and Linz), and as the instructor-director of "Iphigenia at ATHEMOO." (Castlegar)
After joining Kootenay Co-operative Radio, he co-hosted a show on water in 8 instalments with hydrogeologist Ron Butler ("Water, Water Everywhere"). In 2002, he hosted a series of interviews with Middle East nonviolence activists called "Peace Watch-Middle East."
For the last 5 years, he has written and produced "World Report" as a regular 10-12 minute contribution to CJLY's award-winning a.m. show, "Nelson Before Nine."
Last year, World Report won the NCRA Award for Best Newscast 2007. Just this month, World Report migrated to a free-standing 30-minute format.