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Kinder Morgan: Canada’s Interpretation of Free Prior Informed is out of Sync with the International Interpretation E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 28 September 2017 11:33

by Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Projecct

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE OF THE PRINCIPLE OF OBTAINING FREE PRIOR INFORMED CONSENT

 As affirmed in International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Canada has an affirmative obligation to “promote the realization of the right of self-determination, and … respect that right, in conformity with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations.” UN treaty bodies and other diverse entities require or support the standard of Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC). These include: UN General Assembly and specialized agencies, as well as regional human rights bodies.

In 2011, the International Finance Corporation announced: “For projects with potential significant adverse impacts on indigenous peoples, IFC has adopted the principle of ‘Free, Prior, and Informed Consent’ informed by the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”

Last Updated on Friday, 20 October 2017 11:31
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B.C. Hydro's Site C promises ring hollow E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 11:30

by Vaughn Palmer,   September 26, 2017

VICTORIA — B.C. Hydro was nine per cent over budget and already dipping into contingency funds from day one on the main construction contract at Site C, according to the uncensored version of a report to the B.C. Utilities Commission.

The troubles continue to the present day, with the $1.8 billion main civil works contract having run through three quarters of its contingency budget with only one quarter of the work being done.

Those and other disturbing details are contained in a report from Deloitte LLP, the consulting firm hired to scrutinize Hydro’s numbers as part of the cabinet-ordered review of the Site C dam project.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 20 October 2017 11:40
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Site C: Canada’s Interpretation of Free prior Informed Consent is out of Sync with the International Interpretation E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 09:31

by Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project

 

 

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE OF THE PRINCIPLE OF OBTAINING FREE PRIOR INFORMED CONSENT

 As affirmed in International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Canada has an affirmative obligation to “promote the realization of the right of self-determination, and … respect that right, in conformity with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations.” UN treaty bodies and other diverse entities require or support the standard of Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC). These include: UN General Assembly and specialized agencies, as well as regional human rights bodies.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 November 2017 18:58
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Assumed safety of pesticide use is false, says top government scientist E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 25 September 2017 22:29

Damian Carrington Environment editor Friday 22 September 2017 12.23 BST First published on Thursday 21 September 2017 19.00 BSTThe assumption by regulators around the world that it is safe to use pesticides at industrial scales across landscapes is false, according to a chief scientific adviser to the UK government.

Damning assessment by one of the UK’s chief scientific advisers says global regulations have ignored the impacts of ‘dosing whole landscapes’ and must change

Pesticides are applied to Florida sweetcorn.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 September 2017 22:41
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Ban ‘neonic’ pesticides. Our food supplies are at risk E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 18:40

By JEAN-MARC BONMATINCONTRIBUTED TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL - SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

Dr. Jean-Marc Bonmatin is vice-chair of the international Task Force on Systemic Pesticides as(TFSP) and a research scientist at the French National Centre for Scientific Research

The science of pesticide development and regulation is complex, so let's put things simply: Human beings rely on food to survive. Much of that food comes from insect-pollinated plants. Modern agriculture relies on pesticides to grow that food.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 September 2017 22:52
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Stanislav Petrov, 'The Man Who Saved The World,' Dies At 77 E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 08:37

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"There was no rule about how long we were allowed to think before we reported a strike," Petrov told the BBC. "But we knew that every second of procrastination took away valuable time, that the Soviet Union's military and political leadership needed to be informed without delay. All I had to do was to reach for the phone; to raise the direct line to our top commanders — but I couldn't move. I felt like I was sitting on a hot frying pan."

Petrov sensed something wasn't adding up.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 September 2017 23:07
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America bullying Sweden because Sweden signed the UN nuclear weapons ban treaty E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 15 September 2017 12:47

https://nuclear-news.net/2017/09/06/america-bullying-sweden-because-sweden-signed-the-un-nuclear-weapons-ban-treaty/

altMattis reportedly threatened Sweden with retaliation over signing a nuclear-weapons ban, Business Insider CHRISTOPHER WOODY, SEP 6, 2017 US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis reportedly warned Sweden of severe consequences if the country followed through on signing a UN treaty banning nuclear weapons.

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Fish Farm Fight - Update September 13 E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 14 September 2017 06:37


by Alex Morton

http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/

For included videos see http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/Update September 13, 2017

 

Two salmon farms in the Broughton Archipelago are now under occupation by First Nations.

Marine Harvest has paused restocking their Midsummer farm after a stand off between their packer and First Nations and now the occupiers are digging in. As the weather deteriorates they are making preparations as winter is coming. Communities are rallying around them. Other nations are noticing. Many are talking about individual “chiefs” who have sold out and given these companies access to BC waters for personal gain, with no consultation with the people.

Swanson Occupation - A Morton

 

The provincial government of BC can see this is getting serious, but they don’t have a plan. They are stuttering, unable to fully grasp the scope of what they are going to have to do. They are going to have to tell the Norwegians to move out of the territories of the nations want them out, or they are going to sit there and let this escalate. If so a lot of questions will erupt to the surface. The province is the landlord, they are renting First Nation territory to these Norwegian-run companies in violation of First Nation rights.  The NDP put these farms here in the first place.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 September 2017 06:47
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China’s ban on fossil fuel cars is futile; Instead we need to radically rethink our cities E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 06:47

https://www.techgadgetcentral.com/2017/09/11/chinas-ban-on-fossil-fuel-cars-is-futile-instead-we-need-to-radically-rethink-our-cities/

 

Yet another country announces their intention to end the sale of fossil fuel cars. First it was France, then the United Kingdom and now it is China. Bloomberg has reportedthat the Chinese authorities have been looking a timeline for phasing out the sale of fossil fuel vehicles according to the Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology, Xin Guobin. On paper this move should be significant. China is one of the World’s largest automobile markets with over 28 million vehicles sold last year.  China is in line with an industry that is rapidly improving electric cars and many will see the news as positive. The problem with China’s ban on fossil fuel cars is that it doesn’t do anything to solve the root cause of air pollution in its cities. It grabs headlines but instead China, England and France should be focusing on rethinking how we use our cities.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 September 2017 06:53
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Environmental lawyer James Thornton says China’s ‘ecological civilisation’ concept is the best response to the world’s environmental crisis E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 10 September 2017 19:51

Jane Gleeson-WhiteSunday 10 September 2017 02.14 BST

James Thornton’s specialty is suing governments and corporations on behalf of his only client – the Earth – and he’s very good at it. In his four decades of legal practice across three continents, he’s never lost a case.

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 September 2017 20:07
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One Wave Gathering: 10th Anniversary E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 09 September 2017 08:41

International Indigenous Arts and Culture Celebration September 16, 2017

Hosted on Lekwungen Territory with permission of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations

BC Legislature Lawn (501 Belleville St.)

Pacific Peoples’ Partnership presents the tenth anniversary of One Wave Gathering

This milestone features the unveiling of the Longhouse Project, an unprecedented public art installation on the BC Legislature lawn, a historic Lekwungen village site. Four temporary longhouse structures will be raised featuring youth designs in the styles of Coast Salish, Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth, and South Pacific peoples. This project was produced in partnership with MediaNet and Nuu-chah-nulth artist Hjalmer Wenstob. Learn more

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 September 2017 20:30
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