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An 11 year old perspective on canadian politics E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 12 June 2017 16:07

By Sophia Crabb Russow

 

Disabling ISIS With Marijuana

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The cartoon states that Canada could give marijuana to ISIS to cause the entire militant

insurgence to collapse because of the effects marijuana has on human behavior.

The cartoonist is saying that most other countries are using violence and that is bad because

they are killing innocent people but there is a better solution. The plane is a Hercules, one

of the biggest cargo planes ever. The plane can hold up to 45,000 pounds. The cartoon

shows how much marijuana Canada would have to give ISIS to affect the militant group.

Canada is in the process of legalizing marijuana so they could make this happen!

Last Updated on Monday, 12 June 2017 16:46
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Coalition urges banks to deny financing for Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 12 June 2017 11:17

 

Indigenous and environmental groups urge governments to divest from banks that ignore opposition to pipeline

The Canadian Press Posted: Jun 12, 2017 7:59 AM MT Last Updated: Jun 12, 2017 7:59 AM MT

Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project is the target of a coalition of interest groups is calling on Canada's six biggest banks and others to back away from funding it.

Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project is the target of a coalition of interest groups is calling on Canada's 

 

A coalition of interest groups is calling on Canada's six biggest banks and others to back away from providing funding for Kinder Morgan Canada's controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

The coalition of 20 Indigenous and environmental groups says in an open letter that it will use its influence to urge local and foreign governments to divest from banks that ignore its opposition to the pipeline.

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Indigenous rights in Canada: Significant work still needed E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 11 June 2017 11:17

BOB RAE, OLIVER MACLAREN, SARAH COLGROVE, BENJAMIN BROOKWELL AND JULIE-ANNE PARISEAU
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Jun. 07, 2017 2:34PM EDT
Last updated Wednesday, Jun. 07, 2017 8:14PM EDT
 

Bob Rae and Oliver MacLaren are partners at Olthuis Kleer Townshend law firm. Sarah Colgrove, Benjamin Brookwell, and Julie-Anne Pariseau are associates. The firm acts for Indigenous people across Canada

On June 1, Canada said farewell to four visiting United Nations delegates who spent ten days visiting communities across the country to learn how business impacts international human-rights standards here. Over the next year, they will write their report. Indigenous rights are sure to be front and centre.

Canada is ahead of many nations in recognizing Indigenous rights, but there remains significant work to be done. Canadian courts, governments, businesses, and civil society need to appreciate that truly free, prior, and informed consent is a critical requirement in upholding the rights of Indigenous people in international law.
Last Updated on Sunday, 11 June 2017 11:19
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Open Letter: UBCIC calls for the immediate cessation of the expropriation of lands for the doomed Site C Dam E-mail
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Friday, 09 June 2017 22:59

Protesters defyied an eviction notice from BC Hydro as the Crown utility pressed ahead with land clearing around the Site C hydroelectric project along the Peace River in northeastern British Columbia. Photo by HO Verena Hoffmann/The Canadian Press.

Dear Ms. McDonald:
The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) calls for an immediate halt to the forced evictions of the Boon and Meek/Jardine families on Treaty 8 territory and to suspend any new contracts, and cease the construction of the Site C Dam project threatening the Treaty 8 First Nations, the families, and the communities of the Peace Valley.
Confronted with an allied BC Green Party and BC New Democratic Party, Premier Clark’s Liberal government faces an evermore uncertain future. An NDP government supported by the Greens represents an end to the era of unfettered development and destruction throughout First Nations lands and territories.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 09 June 2017 23:11
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Sanders: Corbyn Surge in UK Shows World Rising Up Against Austerity, Inequality E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 09 June 2017 11:58

 

"People in the U.K., the U.S. and elsewhere want governments that represent all the people, not just the 1%," Sanders said

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Sanders said he has been "impressed" by Corbyn's "willingness to talk about class issues." (Photo: Getty)

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/09/sanders-corbyn-surge-uk-shows-world-rising-against-austerity-inequality

Responding to the results of the U.K. election, which commentators have already deemed a "political upset" for the ages and a stunning backfire for Prime Minister Theresa May, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday congratulated Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the British people for "rising up against austerity and massive levels of income and wealth inequality."

"Globalization has left far too many people behind." —Sen. Bernie SandersPeople "all over the world" are fighting the same battle, Sanders added, concluding:

People in the U.K., the U.S. and elsewhere want governments that represent all the people, not just the 1%. I congratulate Jeremy Corbyn for running a very positive and effective campaign.

Corbyn's strong run—which culminated in an additional 31 seats for Labour and a hung parliament—was, in many ways, reminiscent of the Sanders "revolution" in the United States, which posed a stark challenge to "the billionaire class" and a political establishment flush with corporate money. Sanders himself drew the comparison between his campaign and Corbyn's recently on a three-day U.K. speaking tour, during which he praised the Labour leader's "willingness to talk about class issues."

"These problems are not unique to the U.S.," Sanders noted. "Globalization has left far too many people behind. Workers all over the world are seeing a decline in their standard of living. Unfettered free trade has allowed multinational corporations to enjoy huge profits and make the very rich even richer while workers are sucked into a race for the bottom."

Corbyn utilized similar messaging. Under his leadership, the Labour Party this year published one of the most left-wing manifestos in its history, adopting a slogan Sanders backers surely recognized: "For the many, not the few."

It is unsurprising, then, that British voters were seen donning Sanders apparel as they cast their ballots for Labour.

Peter Bloom, writing for Common Dreamsargued the campaigns of Sanders and Corbyn both successfully harnessed similar forces, and thus "exposed the beginnings of a potentially new political mainstream."

Bloom concluded:

Corbyn's strong campaign is no small political achievement. Historically, he has altered the public discussion on major issues of the economy and foreign policy. He has also shown that a full throttled progressive agenda is not only not suicidal but potentially downright popular.

For many, Corbyn's remarkable surge in recent weeks and his performance in an election that was prematurely viewed as a landslide opportunity for the Conservatives is a strong indicator of the electoral viability of left populism and of the strong desire for systemic change.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 June 2017 14:21
 
B.C. FIRST NATIONS HAVE CLEANER, CHEAPER SUBSTITUTE FOR SITE C HYDRO E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 08 June 2017 08:55

 

British Columbia’s First Nations have a plan ready to make up the 1,100 megawatts of generating capacity that may be withdrawn from the province’s forecast supply if the Green and New Democratic Parties succeed in taking office and, as promised, refer the contentious Site C hydro project for review by the BC Utilities Commission, leading to its cancellation.

 

The plan, drafted with First Nations input by Clean Energy BC back in 2014, may need a bit of updating to reflect the plummeting cost of renewable generation. But even back then, said Executive Director Paul Kariya, “we told the B.C. government we think we can do it cheaper.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 June 2017 09:00
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Defence Policy Review Unveiled on June 7: ``a waste and misuse of resources`` E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 04:06

Funds must not be for promulgating militarism but for Addressing Climate Change, for promoting `common security, for supporting the Convention on the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, and for reallocating, not increasing the military budget 

 

by Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project

 

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As The Doom’s Day clock  moves  to 2 ½ Minutes to Midnight  because of threats of climate change and nuclear arms, the discrepancy, in Canada, between funds proposed for militarism to satisfy NATO’s demands and those spent to address obligations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate  Change (UNFCCC) , widens. Rather than doubling the military budget to 2% of GDP, Canada should withdraw from NATO, a nuclear arms alliance that espouses nuclear policies that violate the Non-proliferation  Treaty (NPT), should  increase funds to address climate change and discharge obligations  under the UNFCCC, and should support, at the UN, a Treaty to Abolish Nuclear Arms.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 June 2017 10:08
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Saving the Oceans, Saving the Future: Officials Tackle Marine Pollution E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 06 June 2017 06:13

 

Opening Ceremony of UN Ocean Conference. Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten

 

Opening Ceremony of UN Ocean Conference. Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten

 

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 6 2017 (IPS) - The oceans’ health is only getting worse and the cycle of decline must be reversed, said representatives at the opening of a high-level UN conference.

Approximately 5,000 representatives from governments, civil society, and the private sector from around the world have gathered at the UN for its first ever Ocean Conference, a high-level meeting which aims to address and mobilize action to improve the state of oceans.

“The health of our oceans and seas are inextricably linked with the health of our planet and all life on earth,” Secretary General Antonio Guterres told the full General Assembly hall.

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Re-Connect with Nature Now… Before It Is Too Late! E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 05 June 2017 10:49

Re-Connect with Nature Now… Before It Is Too Late!

ROME, Jun 5 2017 (IPS) - Now that president Donald Trump has announced the withdrawal of the world’s largest polluter in history—the United States, from the Paris Accord, perhaps one of the most specific warnings is what a United Nations independent expert on rights and the environment has just said: “We should be fully aware that we cannot enjoy our basic human rights without a healthy environment.”

Speaking in Geneva ahead of the World Environment Day on Monday 5 June, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, John H. Knox, said “We should all be alarmed at the accelerating loss of biodiversity on which healthy ecosystems depend.”

We depend on healthy natural ecosystems for so much – nutrition, shelter, clothing, the very water we drink and the air we breathe, Knox reminded. “And yet, natural forest area continues to decline, marine ecosystems are increasingly under siege, and estimated populations of vertebrate animals have declined by more than half since 1970.”

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UN experts urge Canada to take tougher line on business-related rights abuses E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 05 June 2017 07:31

 

OTTAWA / GENEVA (1 June 2017) – The United Nations Working Group on business and human rights has urged the Canadian authorities and business sector to step up their efforts to prevent and address adverse human rights impacts of business activities, both at home and abroad. 

A delegation of the expert panel also called for meaningful consultation and engagement with indigenous peoples, at the end of its first official visit to Canada
  
“As Canada seeks to advance the monumental task of reconciliation with indigenous communities, and create a new nation-to-nation relationship based on equal respect and dignity, the Government and businesses must integrate indigenous peoples’ rights into their policies and practices governing the exploitation of natural resources,” said human rights expert Surya Deva, vice-chairperson of the Working Group. 

Last Updated on Monday, 05 June 2017 07:45
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Site C Must Be Canceled And A Fair And Just Transition Instituted For Those Jobs Affected By The Cancellation E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 03 June 2017 20:57

BY Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project

SITE C

 

 

 

The evidence based UBC Report said:

 

We came to the conclusion, looking over 10 different scenarios, that it makes the most economic sense to suspend or cancel Site C while the project is referred to the BC Utilities Commission.”

 “Our analysis indicates that cancelling the Site C project as   of June 30, 2017, would save between $500-million and $1.65-billion, depending on future conditions"

Last Updated on Friday, 09 June 2017 09:15
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