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On April 22, if there is no Global Vision & firm commitments, signing of the Paris Agreement will undermine the agreenent will lead nowhere E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 21 April 2016 10:51

 

 

 

ClimateChange

SDG Goal 13 Climate Change; urgent means urgent

 

At Cop 21, Ban ki-Moon urged states to negotiate with a "global vision"

not with national vested interests. (A paraphrase of his statement at a COP21press conference)

 

There is an unclear relationship between the UNFCCC and what came out of Paris. Unless the voluntary contributions become revised and firm commitments, made to address the global carbon budget and to keep well below 1.5 degrees, the Paris Agreement will undermine Article 2 of the UNFCCC, (stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.)

Last Updated on Friday, 22 April 2016 13:49
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PETITION TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED REDUCE MILITARY SPENDING AND RE-ALLOCATE FUNDS TO SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL PRIORITIES E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 08:55

PETITION

TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED

REDUCE MILITARY SPENDING AND RE-ALLOCATE FUNDS TO SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL PRIORITIES

RECALLING THAT CANADA MADE A COMMITMENT TO REALLOCATE RESOURCES AT PRESENT COMMITTED TO MILITARY PURPOSES. (ARTICLE 16E CHAPTER 33, AGENDA 21, UNCED,)

KNOWING  THAT LAST YEAR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SPENT $23 BILLION ON THE DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE BUT ONLY $1.5 BILLION ON ENVIRONMENT CANADA, THE LEAD AGENCY ON CLIMATE CHANGE, ACCORDING TO THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS OF CANADA; AND

ACKNOWLEDGING  THAT CLIMATE CHANGE AND POVERTY ARE OUR GREATEST SECURITY CHALLENGES;

WE URGE THE HOUSE OF COMMONS 

(i)     TO REDUCE MILITARY EXPENSES AND RE-ALLOCATE SPENDING TO POVERTY ELIMINATION PROGRAMS AND TO GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTION MEASURES                       

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 April 2016 21:59
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UN Chief Seeks Fast-Paced Ratifications for Climate Change Treaty E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 06:21

By Thalif Deen 

“Predictions are that the emission reduction pledges under the Agreement would lead to rise in temperatures beyond 3 degrees celsius, which would be catastrophic for the world,” Meena Raman told IPS. Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPS.

“Predictions are that the emission reduction pledges under the Agreement would lead to rise in temperatures beyond 3 degrees celsius, which would be catastrophic for the world,” Meena Raman told IPS. Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPS.

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 19 2016 (IPS) - Over 150 countries are expected to sign the Paris climate change agreement on April 22 but the historic treaty will not come into force until it has been ratified by 55 countries.

 

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has hailed the agreement as “a landmark of international cooperation on one of the world’s most complex issues”, is hoping for fast-paced ratifications – perhaps before the end of the year so that it will also be considered as one of his lasting political legacies before he steps down in December.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 April 2016 07:24
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BC Hydro Paying Millions to Independent Power Producers to Not Produce Power Due to Oversupply E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 16 April 2016 17:25

EXCLUSIVE:

Judith Lavoie • Desnog

http://www.desmog.ca/2016/04/05/b-c-hydro-paying-independent-power-producers-not-produce-power-due-oversupply

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 17:06

Transmission lines

 

A state-of-the-art gas thermal power plant in Campbell River sits idle 90 per cent of the time, but — under a contract that runs until April 2022 — BC Hydro is paying about $55-million a year to ensure emergency power is available if needed, DeSmog Canada has learned.
 
The Island Generation plant, with a 275-megawatt capability, meaning it is capable of powering about one-third of Vancouver Island homes, is owned by Capital Power Corp., and is fired up only for peak power demands or when there are problems with subsea cables from the mainland that usually power Vancouver Island.
 
The company only incurs minor expenses as there is a skeleton crew of about 14 people and few maintenance problems, meaning it is similar to being paid for parking a vehicle in a garage, said a former employee.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 April 2016 12:21
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18th! @DemilitarizeDay #welfarenotwarfare E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 14 April 2016 16:54

Monday April 18th from 12pm - 1pm
827 Fort Street, Victoria
Outside DND Recruitment Centre

Organized by the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace and theInternational Peace Bureau

The Canadian government spends over $23.6 billion on the Department of National Defence and $9.8 billion on Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness but only $1.5 billion on Environment Canada, of which only $172 million is planned to be spent on "Climate Change and Clean Air" for the 2015, 2016 & 2017 budget periods.  Canada is the 6th highest spender on the military among NATO countries and is the 16th highest worldwide. 

 

We cannot tackle the climate crisis and end poverty in our country, if we continue to waste our precious tax dollars on war and weapons. Let’s move the money from militarism to sustainability!

Read the VOWPeace.org Article...
Government of Canada Must Reduce Military Spending

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 April 2016 16:59
 
Ending Poverty, Hunger Possible With Just a Fraction of Global Military Spending E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 11 April 2016 19:48

World's military spending was $1.7 trillion in 2015, marking a 1 percent increase from 2014.

by

Andrea Germanos, staff

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ter Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/04/06/ending-poverty-hunger-possible-just-fraction-global-military-spending?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork

Campaigners outside of the UN building in New York on the eve of the Sustainable Development Goals Summit in 2015. (Photo:Marisol Grandon/Department for International Development via flickr/cc)

Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger—two of the the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed by the United Nations in 2015—may seem far out of reach. But, according to a new study, it could done with about ten percent of the world's military spending.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 April 2016 16:05
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Bernie Heads to the Vatican E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 09 April 2016 16:32

By 

> The senator from Vermont will speak about creating a “moral economy.”

Brian Frank / Reuters

 

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Updated April 8, 4:30 p.m. EST

A socialist, Jewish, “not particularly religious” senator from Vermont will soon make his debut at the Vatican. On Friday, Bernie Sanders announced that in a week or so, he will be speaking at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, a scholarly body that’s part of Catholic Church in Rome.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 April 2016 16:31
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Federal direction to Canada’s spy agency on anti terror bill C 51 largely secret E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 09 April 2016 06:46

By Jim Bronskill

http://ipolitics.ca/2016/03/27/federal-direction-to-canadas-spy-agency-on-anti-terror-bill-c-51-largely-secret/

OTTAWA – The federal government has issued guidance to Canada’s spy agency on using contentious new anti-terrorism laws – but most of the instructions won’t be made public.

Many passages of the ministerial direction to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, issued last July, were withheld from release due to provisions of the Access to Information Act concerning security, internal deliberations and cabinet confidences

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 April 2016 16:56
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TPP at UVIC E-mail
Posted by dragonslayer   
Thursday, 07 April 2016 20:43

Public Notice:

Dr Shiv Chopra will be talking about how the TPP will adversily affect Canada at the University of Victoria on Apr 10 at 7pmin the David Turpin Bldg (rm A104) - admission free.

Petition: www. foodsovereignitycanada.com

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 April 2016 20:54
 
Site C hunger striker Kristin Henry 12th day E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 24 March 2016 13:39
Hunger strikers call on Trudeau to stop Site C
The Vancouver Hunger Strikers. Photo from the 'Hunger Strike for the Peace River Valley - STOP SITE C.' Facebook page

POSTED BY: MONTANA CUMMING MARCH 23, 2016

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Protesters of Site C based in Vancouver have penned an open letter to the Prime Minister, calling on him to stop Site C construction.

The letter argues that, because Treaty 8 First Nations have not provided consent to construction of the Site C dam, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not upholding his promise build a “renewed nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples” by allowing it to continue.

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 March 2016 15:58
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Three International Days in a Week, But Is Anybody Listening? E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 06:57

By Monique Barbut

Monique Barbut

Monique Barbut

 

BONN, Germany, Mar 22 2016 (IPS) - For three consecutive days this week, we gave thought to our future. On International Forests Day, Monday, 21 March, we were reminded that forests are vital for our future water needs. On Tuesday, 22 March, World Water Day, we learned that half the world’s workers are involved in the water sector and some 2 billion people, especially women and girls, still need access to improved sanitation. World Meteorological Day, on Wednesday, 23 March, concluded with the warning of a hotter, drier and wetter future. A reality that is already evident and frightening, as productive land turns to sand or dust.

 

 

Is anybody listening?

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