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A CONTENT ANALYSIS OF THE DUTCH COURT DECISION: COULD THIS BE A PRECEDENT TO BE USED IN A CASE BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA? E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 06 July 2015 14:06

By Joan Russow PHD

Global Compliance Research Project

 

After doing a content analysis of the successful Dutch Court Case, brought by environmentalists against the the Dutch government, I could see that there were many precedents in the decision that could be used, by advocates, in Canada. In the content analysis, I have isolated sections; such as norms, targets, international principles, obligations,   pace of reduction, urgency, definitive science, per capita relevance etc. 

Last Updated on Monday, 06 July 2015 15:11
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Canada day 2015; the Harper government's dismantling of Canada - transgression after transgression E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 00:11

 

230 and mounting transgressions of Harper and the Harper government

The statue Ivstitia (Justice) guards the entrance of the Supreme Court of Canada as the Peace tower is seen in the background in Ottawa.

 

Compiled by Joan Russow, Global Compliance Research Project

For additional transgressions to add to the list please send information to   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

UPDATED;  April 11, and incorporated  with another list which was compiled by " Driving the Porcelain bus" and  perpared before tha last election.

 http://drivingtheporcelainbus.blogspot.ca/2010/01/harper-attack-on-canadian-democracy.html?

 

A. ESCALATING THE DEMOCRATIC DEFICIT

B. FOSTERING MILITARISM

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;

G. ENTRENCHING CORPORATISM

H. DEFYING iNTERNATIONAL LAW

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 08:21
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New York state officially bans fracking E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 29 June 2015 13:29
"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."
 
 
 
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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."

Today's finding statement has been in the works since December, when Martens said he would ban fracking because too little was known about the potential health impacts. Last month, the DEC released a 1,448-page report on fracking that began in 2009. Today's findings statement is based on that report.

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.

 
26 June 2015: The UN and the city of San Francisco celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 26 June 2015 08:07

 

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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.

http://www.un.org/un70/en/content/events/upcoming

Last Updated on Friday, 26 June 2015 08:54
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Netherlands ordered to slash greenhouse gases by Dutch court E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 25 June 2015 08:06

Ruling calls for 25% cut by 2020 from benchmark 1990 levels

By Mike Corder, The Associated Press Posted: Jun 24, 2015 8:43 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 24, 2015 8:43 PM ET

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/netherlands-ordered-to-slash-greenhouse-gases-by-dutch-court-1.3126814

 

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.

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.

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Fracking poses 'significant' risk to humans and should be temporarily banned across EU, says new report E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 22 June 2015 11:54

 

 
 
 

A major scientific study says the process uses toxic and carcinogenic chemicals and that

an EU-wide ban should be issued until safeguards are in place

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/fracking-poses-significant-risk-to-humans-and-should-be-temporarily-banned-across-eu-says-new-report-10334080.html

 
 
 
     
     
     
     
     
     
 
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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.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 June 2015 12:01
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Power from Site C dam ‘dramatically’ more costly than thought: expert E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 22 June 2015 10:32

NThe area of the Peace River where the proposed Site C hydroeletric dam would be built near Fort St. John, B.C. (Deborah Baic/The Globe and Mail)

bY JUSTINE HUNTER

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.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 June 2015 10:37
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Our Jihadis and Theirs The Real (Armed) Dangers of American Life E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 21 June 2015 14:14

By Tom Engelhardt

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176013/tomgram%3A_engelhardt%2C_armed_violence_in_the_homeland/#more

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. 

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 June 2015 15:13
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Professor ANDREW J. BACEVICH’S FOREIGN AFFAIRS’ ADVICE TO CANADA AND TO THE UNITED STATES AND ITS ALLIES E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 21 June 2015 09:58

By Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project

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.

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 June 2015 14:03
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Under Harper, the federal government poses the greatest threat to free expression in Canada E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 19 June 2015 15:47

 

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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.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 June 2015 12:01
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Militarism as a waste and misuse of resources and as a contribution to greenhouse gas emissions E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 19 June 2015 15:04

 

By Joan Russow PhD - Global Compliance Research Project

 

 

 

 

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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

 

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