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COP23; to implement the Paris Agreement; the Systemic Constraints must be overcome E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 09 November 2017 03:38

Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project 

At COP 21, Ban Ki Moon, in Paris, urged states to negotiate with

a global vision not with national vested interests (a paraphrase of statement at 

Cop21 press conference)

A global vision  would be to address article 2 of the UNFCCC and at a

minimum the following: (i) to immediately end all subsidies for fossil fuel, 

(ii) to calculate the carbon budget for each state,(iii) to divest in fossil fuels

 and to reinvest and invest in renewable energy, (iv) to conserve sinks

-such as old growth forests and bogs, to strengthen conservation of  biodiversity,

 (v) to abandon false solutions such as nuclear, geo-engineering and biofuels

which would all violate principles within the UNFCCC

 (vi) to compensate for historical emissions, and (vi) to institute a fair and just

transition for workers affected negatively by the new vision. (vii) to promote nature

based solutions and socially equitable and environmentally sound energy such as solar,

wind, tidal, and geothermal, (viii) end the exemption for miitary contribution to

greenhouse gas emissions, and (ix) reallocate the military budget and transfer the funds to address climate change

Last Updated on Friday, 10 November 2017 18:26
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 14:46

Just the beginning': anti-pipeline protesters vow 'rise of resistance'

Activists opposed to Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion to run training sessions for protesters

CBC News Posted: Oct 30, 2017 2:28 PM PT Last Updated: Oct 30, 2017 2:29 PM PT

People who were arrested at a protest against energy giant Kinder Morgan are saying what happened this weekend is just the beginning of mass civil disobedience.

On Saturday, protesters gathered both on the water and on land near Kinder Morgan's Westbridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, B.C., to voice their opposition to the planned expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. 

  • 5 arrested for mischief following Kinder Morgan protest

More than 60 boats linked together in front of the tanker route that connects with the terminal. 

Police arrested five of the protesters. They have now been charged with criminal mischief. 

Anti-Kinder Morgan protesters hold news conference after arrests

Karen Mahon (centre-left) and Saeed Nagyb (centre-right) are two of five people arrested on Oct. 28, 2017 and charged with mischief for their roles in a protest against Kinder Morgan. Chief Bob Chamberlin with the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs (far left) is also opposed to the pipeline. (Christer Waara/CBC )

On Monday, four of the five held a news conference in Vancouver, vowing to ramp up their efforts. 

Protester Liam Fox says he believes it is his duty to stand in the way of the construction of the Kinder Morgan pipeline. 

"We don't really have any other option. This pipeline has to be stopped," Fox said.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 November 2017 19:55
Heiltsuk First Nation to sue Kirby Corporation over 2016 diesel spill E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 14:07

As reported in Coast Mountain News, this month marks the one-year anniversary of the October 13 oil spill in Bella Bella, British Columbia. With the community’s recovery efforts undermined by government and Kirby Corporation’s refusal to take responsibility for the spill and to cooperate in its aftermath, the nation says it has no option but to turn to the courts.

“The oil spill continues to be a catastrophic injury to our food sources, culture, and economy,” says Heiltsuk Tribal Council Chief Councillor, Marilyn Slett. “Thanks to Kirby Corporation and the governments of British Columbia and Canada, our community’s road to recovery keeps getting longer and longer.”


The Nathan E. Stewart articulated tug/barge was southbound from Alaska when it ran aground at Edge Reef near Athlone Island on Oct. 13, 2016. (Photo Credit: Western Canada Marine Response Corporation)

Kirby Corporation and government have kept information secret about what occurred on October 13, 2016 when the Nathan E. Stewart grounded, sank and spilled oil into Gale Pass. The Heiltsuk Tribal Council made numerous separate requests for information to the polluter (Kirby Corporation) and various government agencies, including Transport Canada, the Transportation Safety Board, and the Canadian Coast Guard. Those requests were largely denied or ignored.

The Nation claims this secrecy and lack of collaboration has continued throughout the post-spill recovery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 November 2017 20:06
understanding civil resistance and songs of resistance E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 12:33

Wednesday, Nov. 22 @ 7:30 pm

Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street

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You're invited to Songs of Resistance, a night of music and solidarity, featuring radical troubadour David Rovics with a special appearance by Swedish artist Elona Planman. 

Tickets available in advance for $15 at: songs of resistance David Rovics in concert tickets or $20 at the door. No one turned away.  Don't miss the discussion prior to the concert, starting at 6:30 pm, on the topic "Understanding Civil Resistance".

Please help spread the word & see you on November 22nd!!

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 November 2017 19:42
United Nations Day October 24; Time for Canada to sign and ratify the Treaty on the prohibition of Nuclear Weapons E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 24 October 2017 06:31

By Joan Russow

Global Compliance Research Project


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UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, ...

 In June 2017, I attended the UN negotiations on the Treaty. Canada was absent


The Canadian Government demonstrated dereliction of duty when the it  refused to sign the Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons that undertakes never under any circumstances to:


(a) Develop, test, produce, manufacture, otherwise acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices;

 (b) Transfer to any recipient whatsoever nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices or control over such weapons or explosive devices directly or indirectly;

 (c) Receive the transfer of or control over nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices directly or indirectly;

 (d) Use or threaten to use nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices;

 (e) Assist, encourage or induce, in any way, anyone to engage in any activity prohibited to a State Party under this Treaty;

(g) Allow any stationing, installation or deployment of any nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices in its territory or at any place under its jurisdiction or control.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 October 2017 07:05
Overcoming the Challenges: Securing the World’s Food, Energy and Water E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 16 October 2017 07:19


Credit: Bigstock

SURREY, United Kingdom, Oct 13 2017 (IPS)  - According to the United Nations estimates almost 800 million people suffer from chronic hunger (1 in every 9 persons on the planet) and a higher number (1 in 3) suffer from malnutrition. 1 in every 5 persons (1.4 billion people) have no access to electricity worldwide (living with energy poverty) whilst 1 in 10 people do not have access to clean water.  With climate change, this situation is worsening across many parts of the world.

Food, Energy and Water (FEW) are linked inextricably and are important requirements for  national security and economic development of nations.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 October 2017 11:01
Site C: Global Compliance Research Project Presentation to the BC Utilities Commission E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 12 October 2017 12:32

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Presentation to the BC Utilities Commission

By Dr Joan Russow,

Global Compliance Research Project



October 11, 2017


The Global Compliance Research Project monitors the compliance and

non-compliance, by member states at the United Nations, with international law.


 It’s 2017! It’s 41 years since Habitat I in Vancouver, where Canada agreed to the following recommendations:

reducing energy consumption …. becom(ing) aware of the need to cease environmentally degrading and wasteful use of energy resources….Identifying and developing new sources of energy…developing and implementing the utilization of solar and geothermal energy(Excerpts from articles from C4 energy, habitat I)

Last Updated on Friday, 20 October 2017 13:24
B.C. claims approval of Trans Mountain pipeline expansion 'lopsided' for Alberta E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 08 October 2017 11:24


>A lawyer representing British Columbia in its fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion says the federal cabinet's approval of the project is "lopsided" because it put Alberta's economic needs ahead of B.C.'s concerns about oil spills.

CP, THE CANADIAN PRESS - Published on: October 6, 2017 | Last Updated: October 6, 2017 5:58 AM MDT

A lawyer representing British Columbia in its fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion says the federal cabinet’s approval of the project is “lopsided” because it put Alberta’s economic needs ahead of B.C.’s concerns about oil spills.

Thomas Berger said outside the Federal Court of Appeal on Thursday that the $7.4-billion project would disproportionately impact the interests of B.C. residents in the event of a marine spill of diluted bitumen.

While Alberta would get the lion’s share of benefits through development of its oil resources and access to Pacific Rim markets, B.C. would bear the entire environmental risk, he told The Canadian Press in an interview.

In its approval of the project last November, the governor in council breached its statutory duty to provide reasons for deciding it was not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects, Berger said on behalf of the attorney general of B.C., which is an intervener in the case.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 October 2017 11:13
The Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 06 October 2017 07:33

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The Nobel Peace Prize for 2017

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The organization is receiving the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.

We live in a world where the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been for a long time. Some states are modernizing their nuclear arsenals, and there is a real danger that more countries will try to procure nuclear weapons, as exemplified by North Korea. Nuclear weapons pose a constant threat to humanity and all life on earth. Through binding international agreements, the international community has previously adopted prohibitions against land mines, cluster munitions and biological and chemical weapons. Nuclear weapons are even more destructive, but have not yet been made the object of a similar international legal prohibition.

Approving Kinder Morgan Expansion would impact on climate change and violate UNDRIP E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 05 October 2017 16:20


By Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project



Approving Kinder Morgan Expansion would impact on climate change and jeopardize the future conservation projects in the Salish Sea and the rights of future generations and the rights of indigenous peoples

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  1. Kinder Morgan expansion would contribute to the undermining of Canada’s commitment  to implement the SDGs and of its obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change


In SDG13 on climate change, addressing climate change is described as urgent; climate change could also preclude the fulfillment of most of the SDGs 


In 1988, at the Changing Atmosphere Conference in Toronto, the participants including representatives from government, academia, NGO and industry expressed their concern about Climate Change in the Conference statement:


“Humanity is conducting an unintended, uncontrolled, globally pervasive experiment whose ultimate consequence could be second only to a global nuclear war. the Earth’s atmosphere is being changed at an unprecedented rate by pollutants resulting from human activities, inefficient and wasteful fossil fuel use ... These changes represent a major threat to international security and are already having harmful consequences over many parts of the globe.... it is imperative to act now.


The Conference called for immediate action by governments,

to Reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 20% of 1988 levels by the year 2005 as an initial global goal. Clearly the industrialized nations have a responsibility to lead the way both through their national energy policies and their bilateral multilateral assistance arrangement.

At COP21, Canada`s “contribution” was to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.

Just under twenty years later, Ban Ki Moon, in Paris, urged states to negotiate with a global vision not with national vested interests (COP 21 press conference)

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 October 2017 16:36
The Car Free Day in Paris E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 01 October 2017 09:20




All the information to plan your stay in Paris during the Car Free Day which will be held on 1 October 2017


Journée sans voiture

The Car Free Day is a unique opportunity to discover or re-discover Paris! Take advantage of a whole new area in which to get around in peace and tranquillity throughout the day.

After the success of last year’s initiative, Paris City Hall is launching its third edition that seeks to be even more ambitious.

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