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Province ignores information about possible mercury dumping ground: Star Investigation PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 07:11

A retired labourer says that more than 40 years ago he was part of a

small crew that “haphazardly” dumped drums of mercury and salt

into a pit near Grassy Narrows First Nation where water and

fish have long been contaminated by the toxic metal.

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Mon., June 20, 2016

A government-funded report commissioned by Grassy Narrows and released just three weeks ago is cautioning that despite the passage of time mercury levels in sediments and fish downstream are still dangerously high (one meal of Walleye from a lake on the river system contains up to 150 times the safe dose of mercury recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).

 

 

The Ontario government has ignored startling information about a potentially dangerous mercury dumping site for seven months, a Star investigation has found.

Saying he was writing out of “guilt,” a retired labourer says that more than 40 years ago he was part of a small crew that “haphazardly” dumped drums of mercury and salt into a pit nearGrassy Narrows First Nation where water and fish have long been contaminated by the toxic metal. Residents have for years complained of serious illnesses consistent with mercury poisoning.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 07:19
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Some doctors refused to treat emission-area residents: report PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 17:13
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 17:16
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Canada Pension Plan (CPP); must have investment screens and must redefine what constitutes due diligence PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 18 June 2016 13:29

A.    Suggestion related to rephrasing the CPP Mission statement

B.     Importance of both positive and negative screens and peremptory norms

C.     redefinition of what constitutes due diligence

D.    Conclusion

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 July 2016 17:21
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Will Canada Recognise Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Developing Countries Too? PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 20 May 2016 19:11

By Aruna Duttol

Indigenous women and children in Guatemala are among those affected by Canadian mining companies. Credit: Danilo Valladares/IPS

Indigenous women and children in Guatemala are among those affected by Canadian mining companies. Credit: Danilo Valladares/IPS

UNITED NATIONS, May 19 2016 (IPS) - While Canada’s long-awaited support for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples brought hope and celebration last week, it’s not yet clear whether the rights of Indigenous people in developing countries harmed by Canadian mining companies will also be included.

 

The Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, told IPS that Canada’s support for the Declaration is a “breath of fresh air.”

For almost a decade, Ottawa had voted against the Declaration, a global set of collective human rights covering an array of indigenous issues. The Conservative government that was voted out last year claimed that the provision requiring government to consult indigenous groups before making any decision that might impact their way of life or their ability to exercise rights over traditional lands and territories would amount to a indigenous veto on major resource projects. Signing the Declaration would be ignoring the human rights of non-indigenous Canadians, it asserted.

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Response to Tax Dodging by Rich Will Show Trudeau's True Colours PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 14 May 2016 08:24


CRA ties to industry, special deals demand Liberal action.
By Murray Dobbin, Today, 
TheTyee.ca

 

http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2016/05/13/Rich-Tax-Dodging/
 
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Cartoon by Greg Perry.

Note to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:

We will not be distracted forever by your explanation of quantum computers and yoga poses. Or even by the admittedly impressive list of low-hanging fruit (most recently, the return of the long-form census) you have picked thanks to Stephen Harper.

It's a comforting distraction to think that we might actually have a government that isn't totally in the thrall of Bay Street billionaires and transnational corporations. But everything we know about your party suggests that nothing fundamental has changed. The litmus test will be how you deal with KPMG over an outrageous tax-avoidance scheme, and with the giant firm's apologists in the Canada Revenue Agency.

By now most people are familiar with the KPMG tax "sham"uncovered by CBC News. The scheme involved at least 26 wealthy clients (minimum contribution, $5 million) for whom KPMG set up shell companies in the Isle of Man, one of many tax havens for the rich and large corporations.

The Canada Revenue Agency initially said the scheme was "grossly negligent" and "intended to deceive."

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