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Canada’s SNC-Lavalin Affair: The Site C Dam Project and Bulk Water Export E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 13 March 2019 12:51
 
By Joyce Nelson
https://www.globalresearch.ca/snc-lavalin-site-c-bulk-water-export/5671247Global Research, March 13, 2019
 
Region: Canada
Theme: History, Media Disinformation, Oil and Energy
 
 
 
 
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In all the press coverage of the “the SNC-Lavalin affair,” not enough attention has been paid to the company’s involvement in Site C – the contentious $11 billion dam being constructed in B.C.’s Peace River valley.
 
The Liberals say that any pressure they put on Jody Wilson-Raybould to rubber-stamp a “deferred prosecution agreement” for SNC-Lavalin was to protect jobs at the company. But the pressure may have been to protect something much bigger: the Liberals’ vision for Canada’s future. Site C epitomises that vision.
 
The “Many Lives” of Site C
 
Birthed in 1959 on the drawing boards of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and BC Electric (then owned by Montreal-based Power Corp), the Site C dam has been declared dead, then alive, then dead again several times over the next five decades until 2010, when BC Premier Gordon Campbell announced that Site C would proceed. [1]
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 March 2019 13:01
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House Dems reveal new info on a shady White House plan to sell nuclear tech to Saudi Arabia E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 07 March 2019 22:47

BY Michael Flynn, Trump’s disgraced former national security adviser, was behind it.

Alex WardFeb 19, 2019, https://www.vox.com/world/2019/2/19/18231812/saudi-arabia-nuclear-flynn-trump-democrats

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President Donald Trump meets Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the Oval Office at the White House on March 20, 2018, in Washington, DC. Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images

 

President Donald Trump meets Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the Oval Office at the White House on March 20, 2018, in Washington, DC.

Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images

A new report from House Democrats reveals disturbing new details about a secretive effort by top Trump administration officials to sell sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia — in defiance of at least some of the nation’s ethics statutes.

 

The House Oversight and Reform Committee on Tuesday released a report — accompanied by a tranche of internal White House emails — detailing a scheme spearheaded by now-disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to sell technology for roughly 40 nuclear power plants to Saudi Arabia.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 March 2019 19:17
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Liberal precedent for confounding dual role of Minister of Justice and Attorney General E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 07 March 2019 11:12

By Joan Russow

Global Compliance Research Project

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Image of the Honorable Irwin Cotler as Minister of Justice and Attorney General. in 2004, I wrote to him about my being discriminated on the grounds of Political opinion under the ICCPR, 

When I was national leader of the Green Party of Canada,I found out in 1998 that I was on a RCMP Threat assessment list. In 2002  I filed a case about being on a threat Assessment list and was in Court was against Paul Partridge  the Lawyer for the Attorney General office.. The lawyer from the then Attorney General Office was obviously acting in the political role of the Minister of Justice.  I was appealing in court for the attorney General to reveal the reason for my being on the RCMP list. The Judge said that I did not have enough information; I replied that he placed me in a conundrum because the government had refused to divulge the reason for my being placed on the list. The judge struck my claim but did not dismiss my case and advised me to go through access to information and Privacy to obtain documents which I did but the responses were all didacted for international reason of security.  In 2004,I wrote the enclosed letter to Irwin Cotler as Minister of justice and Attorney General and received no assistance from him. Irwin Cotler is purported as being concerned about discrimination on the grounds of political or other opinion in other countries yet not in Canada in 2004 when he was minister of Justice in his partisan role or as Attorney General, in his non partisan role.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 March 2019 09:11
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Cuba's Ambassador Responds to CBC News E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 03 March 2019 22:05

Cuba's Ambassador Responds to CBC News

Cuba's Ambassador responds to the CBC News tendentious and manipulative article, Canada at odds with Cuban 'ally' over Maduro's fate.

I reject categorically and in the strongest terms the tendentious and manipulative article "Canada at odds with Cuba 'ally' over Maduro's fate", written by journalist Evan Dyer and published today, Sunday, March 3, 2019, by CBC News.

Good journalism does not speculate, it informs objectively.

The assertion that thousands of Cubans would allegedly be inserted into the structures of the armed and security forces of Venezuela, holding the government of (legitimate) President Nicolás Maduro, is a scandalous slander. I demand that CBC News present a proof, which evidently it does not have, since it does not appear in the whole article.

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What Does It Take to Destroy a World Order? E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 28 February 2019 08:43

How Climate Change Could End Washington’s Global Dominion

By Alfred W. McCoy Tomdispatch

Once upon a time in America, we could all argue about whether or not U.S. global power was declining. Now, most observers have little doubt that the end is just a matter of timing and circumstance. Ten years ago, I predicted that, by 2025, it would be all over for American power, a then-controversial comment that’s commonplace today. Under President Donald Trump, the once “indispensable nation” that won World War II and built a new world order has become dispensable indeed.

 

The decline and fall of American global power is, of course, nothing special in the great sweep of history. After all, in the 4,000 years since humanity’s first empire formed in the Fertile Crescent, at least 200 empires have risen, collided with other imperial powers, and in time collapsed. In the past century alone, two dozen modern imperial states have fallen and the world has managed just fine in the wake of their demise.

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Michael Cohen’s parting shot: I fear what happens if Trump loses in 2020 E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 23:57

“This behavior denigrates the office of the president, and it’s simply un-American.”

By Dylan Scott@ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Feb 27, 2019, 5:35pm EST

Michael Cohen leaves after testifying before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on February 27, 2019. Andrew Caballero-Reynold/AFP/Getty Images

 

Michael Cohen leaves after testifying before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on February 27, 2019. Andrew Caballero-Reynold/AFP/Getty Images

 

Michael Cohen closed his remarkable testimony before Congress on Wednesday with an opaque but alarming warning about what could happen if President Donald Trump loses the 2020 election and some words addressed directly to his former boss.

 

“My loyalty to Mr. Trump has cost me everything: my family’s happiness, friendships, my law license, my company, my livelihood, my honor, my reputation and, soon, my freedom. And I will not sit back, say nothing, and allow him to do the same to the country,” Cohen said at the hearing’s closing. “Indeed, given my experience working for Mr. Trump, I fear that if he loses the election in 2020 that there will never be a peaceful transition of power, and this is why I agreed to appear before you today.”

 

He then turned his remarks to Trump himself, running through a long list of actions he has found unacceptable — attacks on law enforcement and the media, family separations at the Mexican border, friendliness with hostile foreign leaders — that Cohen said motivated him to testify.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 March 2019 19:37
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Invoke the Precautionary Principle, no Highway through the Sooke Hills Wilderness E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 24 February 2019 10:05

 

by Joan Russow

Global Compliance Research Project

 

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In 1992, when there was a NDP Government, I received the following from Freedom of information;

In a document obtained through the Freedom of information Act there was evidence of the Provincial cabinet endorsement for the ratification of the Biodiversity and Climate Change Conventions:

..."The Province endorsed the ratification. We agreed with Canada to ratify it. There was provincial endorsement. The move to endorse the Conventions was made by John Cashore, the then B.C. Minister of Environment" Cashore then went to Cabinet, sought their support and endorsement of the ratification and then stated that the Cabinet had approved the Conventions to the CCME meeting

 

Through the endorsement, the BCT NDP government agreed to the precautionary principle as expressed in the UN Framework convention on Climate change and the convention on Biological Diversity. (obtained through freedom of information ,1992)

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Iran still holding up its end of nuclear deal, IAEA report shows by Francois Murphy E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 22 February 2019 15:05

 

 
 
VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has remained within the key limits on its nuclear activities imposed by its 2015 deal with major powers despite growing pressure from newly reimposed U.S. sanctions, a report by the U.N. nuclear watchdog showed on Friday.
 
The International Atomic Energy Agency is policing the deal, which lifted sanctions against Tehran in exchange for restrictions on Tehran’s atomic activities aimed at increasing the time Iran would need to make an atom bomb if it chose to.
 
Iran has stayed within caps on the level to which it can enrich uranium, as well as its stock of enriched uranium, the IAEA said in a confidential quarterly report sent to its member states and obtained by Reuters.
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Taking the Lead in Fight Against Climate Change E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 22 February 2019 12:03

Posts by A. D. McKenzie"

Monique Taffe, a 22-year-old London-based fashion designer, makes clothing from recycled textiles and objects. Credit: A.D. McKenzie/IPS

PARIS, Feb 22 2019 (IPS) - As the grandchild of Jamaican citizens who moved to Great Britain, Monique Taffe says she inherited a tradition of recycling and learned not to be part of the “throwaway culture”, as some environmentalists have labelled consumerist societies.

“I saw how my grandmother re-used things, and that was passed down to my mother who inspired me to do the same,” said Taffe, who wants to use waste materials and recycled fabrics in fashion design.

The 22-year-old London-based designer is a recent graduate of a British fashion school and she participated the 3rd Women4Climate conference that took place Feb. 21 in Paris. She joined other young women from around the world, including from several Latin American countries, who have launched sustainability projects and are being mentored by member cities of C40, a network of 94 “megacities” committed to addressing climate change – and which co-organised the conference titled “Take the Lead”.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 March 2019 19:53
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It's taboo to talk about Canada's real corporate scandal E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 22 February 2019 10:00

By Matthew Behrens Rabble

http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/02/its-taboo-talk-about-canadas-real-corporate-scandalFebruary 22, 2019

While the SNC-Lavalin scandal has torn another strip off the "sunny ways" prime minister, there's another

POLITICS IN CANADA

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits CFB Esquimalt. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO

While the SNC-Lavalin scandal has torn another strip off the "sunny ways" prime minister, there's another corporate scandal that makes the financial figures in that case -- mere hundreds of millions of dollars in fraud and bribes -- seem like pocket change. But no major political party will touch it, which speaks to the manner in which an all-party commitment to bedrock Canadian militarism squelches democratic discourse and strangles any opportunity for real economic justice.

The corporate scandal you won't hear about on the campaign trail is the largest procurement project in Canadian history, one that will result in forking over at least $105 billion in corporate welfare to war manufacturers for a completely unnecessary fleet of Canadian warships.

With every political campaign comes the costing question: how will modest investments in daycare, housing and pharmacare be paid for when Canada struggles with debt and deficits? But the question that will not be asked is whether voters want to mortgage their grandchildren's financial future for a project that will line the pockets of Irving Shipyards and the world's largest war profiteer, Lockheed Martin.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 March 2019 20:13
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Facts Don’t Interfere With Propaganda Blitz Against Venezuela’s Elected President E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 22 February 2019 01:08

Facts Don’t Interfere With Propaganda Blitz Against Venezuela’s Elected President

By: Joe Emersberger 

Published 19 February 2019

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio poses for a photo as he awaits the arrival of U.S. President Trump to speak about Venezuela at Florida International University in Miami. | Photo: Reuters

OPINION

 U.S. Senator Marco Rubio poses for a photo as he awaits the arrival of U.S. President Trump to speak about Venezuela at Florida International University in Miami.

 

Dismantling Propaganda Against Venezuela’s Elected Presid...

by Joe Emersberger

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 March 2019 20:30
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