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No Consent, No Pipeline: Stop Kinder Morgan TMX Pipeline March and Rally E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 19 November 2016 12:59

MEDIA ADVISORYNovember 18, 2016

WHAT: March and Rally. #StopKM #NoTankers

WHY: The proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will seriously impact the Title and Rights of First Nations communities; will have a lasting and damaging impact on the environment and communities it passes through; will increase tanker traffic and the risk of a major environmental disaster to BC’s coasts; and will increase Canada’s contributions to climate change at a most critical time when any expansion of the tar sands is entirely unacceptable. Canada’s final decision on the KM TMX project is imminent.

On November 19th, thousands will gather at the Vancouver City Hall and at 12PM will march to Library Square to call upon Prime Minster Trudeau to reject the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 November 2016 16:37
Site C E-mail
Posted by Sue Hiscocks   
Friday, 18 November 2016 14:26

Two years ago, the government promised energy-intensive LNG projects electrical rates at $83.02 per megawatt hour.

Now Clark has offered LNG developers a stunning give-it-away rate of $53.60. That is $30 below the original quote and about half the expected $100-plus cost of a megawatt-hour from the $9-billion Site C dam. That dam will raise electricity prices so Clark can give away our tax money to tar sands LNG developers and US consumers.*

So aside from stealing native land, destroying native sacred burial sites, putting BC food and water security at risk and ignoring public wishes, Clark is going to steal BC taxpayer money and give it to Alberta tarsands companies, LNG companies and the US.  Why is she not in jail?


* the Tyee http://www.thetyee.ca/Opinion/2016/11/10/BC-LNG-Fraud/

Last Updated on Friday, 18 November 2016 14:35
Canadian banks are helping bankroll the Dakota Access Pipeline E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 31 October 2016 13:48


 | OCTOBER 31, 2016


Canadian banks are helping bankroll the Dakota Access Pipeline



If you ever doubt the power the Big Banks have over shaping climate change policy and practice, consider this: $3.75 billion of the $3.8 billion it will cost to build the Dakota Access pipeline is on credit.

According to a report from Food and Water Watch, an American consumer rights watchdog, at least three Canadian banks -- Scotiabank, TD and RBC -- are helping to bankroll the 1,800 km pipeline that travels directly through the traditional and treatied territories of the Standing Rock Sioux.

TD Securities is directly financing $365 million toward the construction of the DAPL and, additionally, the oil and gas infrastructure projects of one of the pipeline's joint owners, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners. RBC and Scotiabank are providing $341 million and $100 million respectively toward Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics, another joint owner of the DAPL.

Canadian pipeline company Enbridge -- behind the Northern Gateway and Line 9 reversal projects in Canada -- also paid $1.5 billion for a 27.6 per cent stake in the DAPL in August.

On Thursday, 141 unarmed, peaceful Standing Rock land defenders were arrested by armed police from at least seven states with militarized weapons and tactics. As many have pointed out, that same day the white insurrectionists behind the armed occupation at Malheur Wildlife preserve in Oregon were acquitted.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 October 2016 13:58
Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 30 October 2016 13:06

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/30/business/gmo-promise-falls-short.html?smid=re-share&_r=0OCT. 29, 2016

Arnaud Rousseau, a sixth-generation farmer in France, in a field of rapeseed. Twenty years ago, Europe largely rejected genetic modification at the same time the United States and Canada were embracing it. CreditEd Alcock for The New York TimesLONDON — The controversy over genetically modified crops has long focused on largely unsubstantiated fears that they are unsafe to eat.
But an extensive examination by The New York Times indicates that the debate has missed a more basic problem — genetic modification in the United States and Canada has not accelerated increases in crop yields or led to an overall reduction in the use of chemical pesticides.
The promise of genetic modification was twofold: By making crops immune to the effects of weedkillers and inherently resistant to many pests, they would grow so robustly that they would become indispensable to feeding the world’s growing population, while also requiring fewer applications of sprayed pesticides.
Twenty years ago, Europe largely rejected genetic modification at the same time the United States and Canada were embracing it. Comparing results on the two continents, using independent data as well as academic and industry research, shows how the technology has fallen short of the promise.

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 October 2016 21:37
27 October 2016: the day when the big reversal in history became possible E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 29 October 2016 15:02

ACDN = Action of Citizens for Nuclear Disarmament

Published 29 October 2016

What a fantastic day. It will count as a red letter day in contemporary history " indeed in world history.

Ever since 6 August 1945, the first time an atom bomb was exploded "on a populous city" and by itself, in an instant, caused tens of thousands of deaths, humankind has been living haunted by a possible apocalypse, with the feeling that we might never end to this age of nuclear terror.

But this 27 October 2016 saw three events occur successively in Paris, Brussels and New York, all directed towards an exit from the nuclear age, with the last one opening a door to a change in era.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 October 2016 18:34
Canada says NO to historic UN Vote on Nuclear Disarmament E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 27 October 2016 15:27





By Peggy Mason, Former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament to the UN, now President of the Rideau Institute released the following statement after Canada’s UN vote today against Resolution L.41.


October 27, 2016.


“The First Committee on Disarmament and International Security of the UN General Assembly today passed an historic resolution, mandating the launch in 2017 of negotiations for a legally binding instrument prohibiting nuclear weapons.  Such a ban would reinforce customary international law against the threat or use of nuclear weapons and pave the way for further negotiations on their verifiable destruction and ultimate elimination.  


Tensions between Russia and the USA are dangerously high.  Massive nuclear weapons modernization programmes are underway.  The negotiation to be launched by this resolution is the best hope the international community has to move away from the nuclear brink.

'The radical inside the system': Tom Hayden, protester-turned-politician, dies at 76 E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 24 October 2016 19:42
The life of Tom Hayden

October 23, 2016, 

Tom Hayden, a 1960s radical who was in the vanguard of the movement to stop the Vietnam War and became one of the nation’s best-known champions of liberal causes, has died in Santa Monica after a lengthy illness. He was 76.

Hayden vaulted into national politics in 1962 as lead author of a student manifesto that became the ideological foundation for demonstrations against the war.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 October 2016 19:55
U.N. Urban Summit Gives Rise to a Mixture of Optimism and Criticism E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 08:16

By Emilio Godoy

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa (left) and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon during a meeting with journalists at the inauguration of the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), on Monday, Oct. 17 in Quito. Credit: Presidency of Ecuador

QUITO, Oct 18 2016 (IPS) - Experts and activists greeted with a mixture of hope and skepticism the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), which opened Monday Oct. 17 in the capital of Ecuador, and which seeks to produce a new urban agenda for cities and their inhabitants.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 October 2016 20:40
Private Interests Valued over Human Lives in Flint, Michigan E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 08:27

Private Interests Valued over Human Lives in Flint, Michigan

By Phoebe Braithwaite

Flint water tower. Credit: George Thomas / Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Flint water tower. Credit: George Thomas / Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

NEW YORK, Oct 16 2016 (IPS) - When the water in Flint Michigan was found to be corroding cars at a General Motors’ (GM) factory,

government officials agreed to change the factory’s water source, yet the same water source continued to poison the residents of Flint for another year.

From 17 to 20 October governments will meet in Quito, Ecuador, for HABITAT III, the UN’s most important conference about cities,

which only occurs once every 20 years. HABITAT III looks to inaugurate a new urban agenda and set down goals about how cities can and should be responsible for the wellbeing of their inhabitants.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 October 2016 21:00
Central Coast diesel spill response slow, ineffective, serious damage done: Heiltsuk E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 17 October 2016 19:05

Posted October 17, 2016 by Damien Gillis in Energy and Resources

The Nathan E. Stewart fuel barge and part-sunken tug the morning of the incident (Jordan Wilson/Pacific Wild)

The Nathan E. Stewart fuel barge and part-sunken tug the morning of the incident (Jordan Wilson/Pacific Wild)

Judging by official statements in the aftermath of the ongoing Central Coast diesel fuel spill the response to the disaster was relatively effective and damage minimized – a PR line largely soaked up by the mainstream media. To the people in whose territory the incident occurred, the Heiltsuk Nation, and local residents who will have to live with the consequences of the spill, nothing could be further from the truth.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 October 2016 21:57
Habitat III: time to implement habitat I E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 16 October 2016 19:44



Declaration of Principles


Vancouver Declaration on Human Settlements, 1976


HABITAT: United Nations Conference on Human Settlements,

            Aware that the Conference was convened following recommendation of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment and subsequent resolutions of the General Assembly, particularly resolution 3128 (XXVIII) by which the nations of the world expressed their concern over the extremely serious condition of human settlements, particularly that which prevails in developing countries,

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 16:21
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