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15th Annual Earth walk for peace and the PLanet E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 25 April 2015 06:11
 
 
 
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Join this year's
 
Earth Walk for Peace and the Planet

Saturday, April 25, 11:00 am
Gather at the Legislature Lawns
Victoria, Coast Salish territory

 
Join the parade led by Samba du Soleil to Centennial Square, for live music including Marimba Mufaro, speakers and festivities! Bring your banners, signs, flags and flowers. Drums, noisemakers, puppets and people younger and older are welcome and encouraged to participate!
 
Together, let's proclaim our commitment to a peaceful world that respects ecological systems and the communities they sustain!
 
All Welcome! 

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Last Updated on Saturday, 25 April 2015 13:19
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QUEBEC CITY RALLY TARGETS TAR SANDS E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 23 April 2015 10:32
 

 Canadians have a choice when it comes to fighting global warming, but true change can't be achieved by tar sands expansion

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https://nowtoronto.com/news/quebec-city-rally-targets-tar-sands/

 

 

APRIL 14, 2015

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Why is Harper Selling Canada's Fresh Water Supply to French Companies? E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 23 April 2015 09:38

by Maud Barlow, national Chair, Council of Canadians

 
Posted: Updated: 

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/maude-barlow/canada-eu-water-deal_b_4122048.html

Prime Minister Harper has just signed the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), and Canadians who care about our freshwater heritage should be deeply concerned for three reasons.

First, the massive increase in beef and pork exports that have been negotiated will put a terrible strain on our water supplies. Beef producers can now export close to 70,000 tonnes of beef to Europe and an undisclosed but higher amount of pork. Meat production is highly water intensive. It takes over 15 million litres of water to produce one tonne of beef, for example.

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Bt Brinjal Fails Two Years Running Risks Spreading Disease E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 20 April 2015 09:21

by Dr Mae-Wan Ho

Bt brinjal varieties planted all over the country die from disease prematurely or fail to fruit, and fail to protect against target pest; a moratorium must now be imposed as a matter of utmost urgency to prevent the spread of new disease to indigenous varieties


 

 

 

Bt brinjal force-commercialized in 2014 resulting in disastrous crop failures

Genetically modified (GM) Bt brinjal was introduced to Bangladesh and rapidly approved for commercial growing despite widespread protest. Brinjal (eggplant or aubergine) is one of Bangladesh’s most important crops both for home consumption and export, making the cultivation of Bt brinjal a huge environmental, health and economic risk. More seriously, the region is a centre of origin and genetic diversity for brinjal, and should be protected from genetic contamination according to the UN Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. India had imposed a moratorium on its cultivation after fierce opposition from civil society groups, top scientists, state governments, as well as citizens and environmental organizations. The cultivation in Bangladesh has drawn similar controversy, with 100 civil society organisations writing to the country’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in protest (see [1] Don’t Grow Bt BrinjalSiS 61). A pilot scheme for commercial cultivation was introduced in 2014, and brought disastrous results, with at least 9 out of 20 farmers reporting crop failures ([2] Bangladeshi Bt Brinjal Pilot Scheme FailedSiS 63).

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Earth Walk for Peace and the Planet E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 19 April 2015 19:10

Saturday, April 25, 11:00 am
Gather at the Legislature Lawns
Victoria, Coast Salish territory

 
Join the parade led by Samba du Soleil to Centennial Square, for live music including Marimba Mufaro, speakers and festivities! Bring your banners, signs, flags and flowers. Drums, noisemakers, puppets and people younger and older are welcome and encouraged to participate!
 
Together, let's proclaim our commitment to a peaceful world that respects ecological systems and the communities they sustain!
 
All Welcome! 

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Last Updated on Sunday, 19 April 2015 19:12
 
California drought spurs protest over 'unconscionable' bottled water business E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 19 April 2015 16:37
  • Report finds lax oversight, with some operations unlicensed for years
  • Petition against Nestlé bottling operations garners 150,000 signatures
  • By  in Los Angeles
  • http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/19/california-drought-protest-bottled-water
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 Bottled water is facing growing controversy amid California’s drought. Photograph: Alamy

 

Californians facing the prospect of endless drought, mandated cuts in water use and the browning of their summer lawns are mounting a revolt against the bottled water industry, following revelations that Nestlé and other big companies are taking advantage of poor government oversight to deplete mountain streams and watersheds at vast profit.

An online petition urging an immediate end to Nestle’s water bottling operations in the state has gathered more than 150,000 signatures, in the wake of an investigation by the San Bernardino Desert Sun that showed the company is taking water from some of California’s driest areas on permits that expired as long as 27 years ago.

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A Foreclosure Conveyor Belt The Continuing Depopulation of Detroit E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 19 April 2015 16:30

By Laura Gottesdiener

 http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175983/tomgram%3A_laura_gottesdiener%2C_another_round_of_detroit_refugees/

Unlike so many industrial innovations, the revolving door was not developed in Detroit. It took its first spin in Philadelphia in 1888, the brainchild of Theophilus Van Kannel, the soon-to-be founder of the Van Kannel Revolving Door CompanyIts purpose was twofold: to better insulate buildings from the cold and to allow greater numbers of people easier entry at any given time.

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 April 2015 20:40
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B.C. farmland lost to tree planting for carbon credits is a frightening loss E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 19 April 2015 12:11

BY  MARK HUME

During a tour of the province, the MLA has been hearing about the practice from ranchers and farmers who are worried about the loss of food productivity and who say they are being outbid for good farmland by large, foreign corporations.

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Ottawa's 'Strong Proud Free' slogan can't be explained because it's a secret E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 18 April 2015 19:13

149-page proposal labelled 'advice to Cabinet,' won't be revealed for two decades

By Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press Posted: Apr 16, 2015 6:15 PM ET Last Updated: Apr 16, 2015 6:15 PM ET

The genesis of the Harper government's

The genesis of the Harper government's "Strong Proud Free" slogan that is currently bombarding Canadian television viewers is considered a cabinet confidence and will be sealed from public scrutiny for 20 years. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

 

Strong. Proud. Free. And a state secret.

 

The genesis of the Harper government's "Strong Proud Free" slogan that is currently bombarding Canadian television viewers is considered a cabinet confidence and will be sealed from public scrutiny for 20 years.

A request by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act seeking any background rationale for the tagline, which is being used to punctuate all the latest taxpayer-funded advertising, has come up empty

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 April 2015 20:50
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New UN report finds almost no industry profitable if environmental costs were included E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 18 April 2015 06:14

 

 by Michael Thomas April 9, 2015

If you haven’t been paying attention, I don’t blame you for at first not believing this. After all, companies go to great lengths to greenwash their image and present themselves as progressive and environmentally responsible, even while they turn you land to deserts and your oceans into dead zones. Unfortunately, as Mark Twain once famously said: “‘It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”
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The truth is that our current system allows pretty much every coroporation to externalize both environmental and social costs. In this article, we won’t even be touching on social costs. If you don’t know what cost externalization is, you can imagine it as making someone else pay part or all of your costs. For example, BP externalized the environmental costs of the Deepwater Horizon disaster by consuming all of the profits but making the government pay for anything beyond the most shoddy and superficial attempts at stopping the crisis.
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Ecojustice sues Ottawa over refusal to review crop pesticide E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 16 April 2015 12:35

Federal government violating own law on pesticides, lawsuit claims

BY Canadian Press Posted: Apr 16, 2015 10:19 AM ET Last Updated: Apr 16, 2015 1:59 PM ET

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/ecojustice-sues-ottawa-over-refusal-to-review-crop-pesticide-1.3035520?cmp=rss&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

A stag stands in a neck-high field of canola north of Cremona, Alta.  The fungicide difenoconazole is increasingly used on cereal, oilseed and vegetable crops in Canada.

A stag stands in a neck-high field of canola north of Cremona, Alta. The fungicide difenoconazole is increasingly used on cereal, oilseed and vegetable crops in Canada. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

Environmental groups have revived a lawsuit against the federal government because the Health Department changed its mind about reviewing a pesticide that is banned in Norway but is increasingly common in Canada.

The decision to stop the review of a fungicide used on cereal, oilseed and vegetable crops violates the government's own legislation, said Lara Tessoro, a lawyer for Ecojustice, the firm acting for several groups behind the lawsuit.

"The duty on the government is to assess all the products containing the ingredient."

The lawsuit is over difenoconazole, which is known to be toxic to fish and believed by some scientists to accumulate in increasing amounts in the food chain. The suit was originally filed in 2013 in an attempt to force the government to review 23 different pesticides.

The action was put on hold after Ottawa agreed to the reviews. But the Pest Management Regulatory Agency has now pulled back.

"The special review ... is no longer required," said a letter from the agency to Ecojustice.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 21:19
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