C. ENTERING INTO SPURIOUS TRADE AGREEMENTS SUCH AS FIPPA WITH CHINA AND CETA WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION AND TPPS ETC. AND INTO EGREGIOUS BANKING SCHEMES
D. DESTROYING THE ENVIRONMENT
General, precautionary principle, mining, hazardous material, pipelines, spills, tarsands, marine creatures, fracking, omnibus bill 38
E. CONTRIBUTING TO UNDERMINING THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
F. VIOLATING HUMAN RIGHTS
including labour rights, women’s rights civil and political rights, indigenous rights, social and cultural rights – right to food, right to housing, right to safe drinking water and sewage, right to education and right to universally accessible not for profit health care system;
Albany, N.Y -- It's official: New York has banned fracking.
After more than seven years of study, the state Department of Environmental Conservation today issued the final document needed to ban the controversial drilling practice, known formally as high-volume hydraulic fracturi
"Prohibiting high-volume hydraulic fracturing is the only reasonable alternative," said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens in a prepared statement. "High-volume hydraulic fracturing poses significant adverse impacts to land, air, water, natural resources and potential significant public health impacts that cannot be adequately mitigated. This decision is consistent with DEC's mission to conserve, improve and protect our state's natural resources, and to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state."
The fracking ban is not permanent, and could be rescinded. Proponents and opponents of the ban both said they expect lawsuits to be filed.
Fracking has drawn more scrutiny than any other environmental issue in New York. The study released in May drew 260,000 public comments. More than 300 pages of the final study were devoted to responding to those comments.
To commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter in San Francisco on this day in 1945, the UN is marking the event in the city that has played a key role in the founding of the UN. There will be a public ceremony at City Hall with an audience of some 1,000 diplomats, students and community members. UN Officials will be joined at the event by the city's Mayor and other local and international dignitaries.
Urgenda Foundation director Marjan Minnesma hugs lawyer Roger Cox, left, after a Dutch court ordered the government to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 per cent by 2020. (Associated Press)
A Dutch court ordered the Netherlands Wednesday to slash greenhouse gas emissions to help fight global warming, a landmark ruling in a case brought by hundreds of concerned citizens that could pave the way for similar legal battles around the world.
A major new scientific study has concluded that the controversial gas extraction technique known as fracking poses a “significant” risk to human health and British wildlife, and that an EU-wide moratorium should be implemented until widespread regulatory reform is undertaken.
Just weeks before BC Hydro plans to begin construction of the $8.8-billion Site C project, a new report says the Crown corporation has dramatically understated the cost of producing power from the hydroelectric dam.
The Peace Valley Landowners Association (PVLA), which is opposed to the project because of the flooding from creating an 83-kilometre reservoir on the Peace River, commissioned a leading U.S. energy economist, Robert McCullough, to look at the business case for what will be the province’s most expensive public infrastructure project.
Consider this paragraph a holding action on the subject of getting blown away in America. While I write this dispatch, I’m waiting patiently for the next set of dispiriting killings in this country. And I have faith. Before I’m done, some angry -- or simply mentally disturbed -- and well-armed American “lone wolf” (or lone wolves) will gun down someone (or a number of people) somewhere and possibly himself (or themselves) as well. Count on that. It’ll be my last paragraph. Think of it as, in a grim way, something to look forward to as you read this piece on American armed mayhem.
On CBC Sunday morning, Andrew J. Bacevich Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History, made at least two key points: one was related to the role of a small state such as Canada. The other was, if the US wants to influence the Middle East, the US should have policies worth emulating.
To mark World Press Freedom Day, celebrated annually on May 3, CJFE President Arnold Amber examines the challenges posed to free expression here in Canada. This is an amended version of an article that will be published in CJFE's 2014-15 Review of Free Expression in Canada, on May 5, 2015.
By Arnold Amber
It was a wonderful start for a new federal government. The first piece of legislation Stephen Harper’s Conservatives placed before Parliament in 2006 was an omnibus bill that promised a new era of openness, transparency and accountability.
By Joan Russow PhD - Global Compliance Research Project
Throughout the years, through international agreements, member states of the United Nations have recognized that the military budget has been a waste and misuse of resources. Currently the Global Community is now spending 1.7 trillion per year on the military budget at a time when many basic needs and fundamental rights have not been met or fulfilled. Not only has militarism been a waste and misuse of resources, but also militarism is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions
ENCYCLICAL LETTER LAUDATO SI’
OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME
1. “LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”.