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All-Native Basketball champs cry foul over LNG sponsors E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 08 February 2016 18:53


Reigning champs fear they could be kicked out of tournament for public anti-LNG stance

By Betsy Trumpener, CBC News Posted: Feb 05, 2016 3:15 PM PT Last Updated: Feb 05, 2016 3:44 PM PT



champion Haida sports team is crying foul over liquefied natural gas (LNG) sponsorship of the All Native Basketball Tournament. And the Skidegate Saints fear they'll be turfed from play for pushing their anti-LNG message.

But it's a risk Saint's point guard Desi Collinson is willing to take.

"[LNG sponsorship] is tarnishing our sacred tournament," said Desi Collinson, a frequent tournament MVP and co-captain of the reigning four-time champion Saints. 

Collinson says his team considered pulling out of the tournament entirely. But the defending champions decided to compete after consulting Haida elders.

"We're gonna make it more than a basketball tournament and spread information and educate people," Collinson told CBC.

Off the court, the Saints plan to wear anti-LNG T-shirts and hand out anti-LNG pamphlets and buttons to the hundreds of indigenous players from coastal B.C. and Alaska and the thousands of fans in the stands.

But tournament organizers say they'll stop that full court press. 

"No one's going to be doing that kind of stuff here," countered Peter Haugen, board president for the All Native Basketball Tournament.  "Someone can do whatever they want outside the building but inside the gymnasium and the arena ... we've always stopped it. We're a basketball tournament, right? We're not a political venue." 

"So many teams and First Nations are against these [LNG] companies and tankers coming through our waters," says Collinson. "It takes certain people to stand up and say no,"

'LNG is going to take away from our culture'

This year, more than half the tournament's top sponsors are LNG companies, proposing major liquified natural gas projects while investing in gas fracking in northern B.C.

Some coastal First Nations are partners in LNG development or have signed benefit agreements. But B.C.'s LNG plans have also sparked opposition over concerns about upstream gas frackingand  the construction of LNG facilities in sensitive coastal habitats

Desi Collinson

Skidegate Saints point guard Desi Collinson [right] protesting against oil pipelines on the basketball court, with David Suzuki, at an earlier game. (Facebook)

"I'm concerned about how these mega -projects come in to our beautiful, pristine coast. It's gonna be a takeover. I 'm concerned about the coast, about my home," said Collinson. "LNG is gonna take away from our culture: how we eat, how we harvest on the ocean."

Alberta failing aboriginals in the oilsands area: unreleased report E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 07 February 2016 20:56
A dump truck works near the Syncrude oil sands extraction facility near the town of Fort McMurray, Alberta on Sunday June 1, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

A dump truck works near the Syncrude oil sands extraction facility near the town of Fort McMurray, Alberta on Sunday June 1, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

EDMONTON -- The Alberta government's attempt to balance competing interests in the oilsands region has failed to protect aboriginal rights, lands and health from industrial development, says an unreleased report.

Instead, the document concludes the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan, which came into force in 2012, has been used by both industry and government to erode traditional land use in favour of economic interests.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 February 2016 21:04
Ottawa to face court challenge over Saudi arms deal E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 06 February 2016 21:27



Opponents of Canada’s $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia are taking Ottawa to court in an attempt to block shipments of the combat vehicles, a move that could force the governing Liberals to explain how they justify the sale to a human-rights pariah under weapon-export restrictions.

Daniel Turp, a professor of international and constitutional law at the University of Montreal, is leading the effort, supported by students and a Montreal law firm with a record of class-action work and anti-tobacco litigation.

He will announce the legal challenge on Saturday and intends to file it with the Federal Court within three weeks.

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 February 2016 22:00
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 05 February 2016 13:42

By Joan Russow

Global Compliance Research Project





At cop21, The IAEA was continuing the promotion of Nuclear energy:


 Nuclear power can make a "significant contribution" to combatting climate change - "one of the most important environmental challenges facing the world today" - while providing energy for economic growth, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The IAEA yesterday announced the publication of its report entitled Climate Change and Nuclear Power 2015. The annual publication, it says, "provides a comprehensive review of the potential role of nuclear power in mitigating global climate change and its contribution to other economic, energy and environmental challengers." The report also looks at the economics of nuclear energy, safety, waste management and non-proliferation.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 February 2016 13:50
1997 Discrimination on Grounds of Political Opinion: Will C51 Be the Same? E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 04 February 2016 13:22

Excerpt from a submission to the 2005 Senate Committee on anti- terrorism

By Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project


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The intelligence community appears to be inept at assessing what constitutes real national and international threats to security. This ineptitude was confirmed recently at a colloquium, entitled the ‘Challenges of Security Intelligence Review Committee SIRC’. An official from SIRC acknowledged the following:


In assessing the distinction between those who have a disagreement with politics and those who are deemed to be terrorists...Police agencies are not good at making that distinction and err on the side of security "."Our Intelligence community came out of a cold war culture. We are in a very different world. There is a lot of catch up. We have to have the ability to identify clearly this distinction. If we don’t do this we are threatening the fabric of the civil liberties of Canadians.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2016 15:42
TPP: Lessons from New Zealand E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 07:13

By Jomo Kwame Sundaraml

Jomo Kwame Sundaram. Credit: FAO
Jomo Kwame Sundaram was an Assistant Secretary-General responsible for analysis of economic development in the United Nations system during 2005-2015, and received the 2007 Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought.


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb 2 2016 (IPS) - A new paper* on the implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement for New Zealand examines key economic issues likely to be impacted by this trade agreement. It is remarkable how little TPP brings to the table. NZ’s gross domestic product will grow by 47 per cent by 2030 without the TPP, or by 47.9 per cent with the TPP. Even that small benefit is an exaggeration, as the modelling makes dubious assumptions, and the real benefits will be even smaller. If the full costs are included, net economic benefits to the NZ economy are doubtful. The gains from tariff reductions are less than a quarter of the projected benefits according to official NZ government modelling. Although most of the projected benefits result from reducing non-tariff barriers (NTBs), the projections rely on inadequate and dubious information that does not even identify the NTBs that would be reduced by the TPP!

The European Parliament opposed the import of three genetically modified (GM) soybeans E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 07:06

Protesting against GM crops in Dublin (c) William Murphy

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 February 2016 07:12
Pandora's box: how GM mosquitos could have caused Brazil's microcephaly disaster E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 05:10

By Oliver Tickell

1st February 2016


Aedes Aegypti mosquito feeding on human blood. Photo: James Gathany via jentavery on Flickr (CC BY).

Aedes Aegypti mosquito feeding on human blood. This is the species that transmits Zika, and that was genetically engineered by Oxitec using the piggyBac transposon. Photo: James Gathany via jentavery on Flickr (CC BY).

These 'promiscuous' transposons have found special favour with genetic engineers, whose goal is to create 'universal' systems for transferring genes into any and every species on earth. Almost none of the geneticists has considered the hazards involved.In Brazil's microcephaly epidemic, one vital question remains unanswered: how did the Zika virus suddenly learn how to disrupt the development of human embryos? The answer may lie in a sequence of 'jumping DNA' used to engineer the virus's mosquito vector - and released into the wild four years ago in the precise area of Brazil where the microcephaly crisis is most acute.

Geothermal industry reaches out to out-of-work oil drillers E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 05:04

With demand for drilling rigs and oil sands workers on the decline, opportunity awaits in Canada’s nascent geothermal industry.

The job losses related to $55-a-barrel oil could be as high as 23,000 this year as Alberta’s oil patch adjusts to new market realities.

That was the recent warning from the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors, which predicted that the number of active drilling rigs in service will fall to an average of 203 a day in 2015 from 370 a day last year – a 41 per cent drop.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 February 2016 05:06
Opinion: Site C: Too risky to rely on one river system for B.C.’s hydro needs E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 04:54





Opinion: Site C: Too risky to rely on one river system for B.C.s hydro needs

Peace River just below the W.A.C. Bennett dam.

Photograph by: Derrick Penner , Vancouver SunIn the face of a prolonged drought, water levels at Lake Mead, the giant reservoir that straddles the Nevada and Arizona borders, are lower than at any point since the Hoover Dam was built in the 1930s.

For residents in California, Nevada, Arizona and northern Mexico, a crisis looms. What alternative drinking water sources are there for millions of people? How many farms may fail? What will replace the “reliable” hydroelectric power that the Hoover and other dams once produced?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 February 2016 04:59
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 30 January 2016 13:15

by Joan Russow, Global Compliance Research Project


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The Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon,urged the states to negotiate with a global vsion, not a with a specific national vision


  In the COP21 Preamble was the following:


“climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human society and the planet”

yet was there ‘a global vision and was the urgency addressed in COP 21


There were systemic constraints preventing the global urgency of climate change:

1. The two degree fallacy - "At 2 degrees the poor the disenfranchised and the vulnerable would not survive, at 1.5, they might" (COP15, IPCC PRESS CONFERENCE)

2.   Some states are more equal than others, and that the forests that are left are to offset our emissions

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 January 2016 15:02
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