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'Yes, I Lied': Vindicating Villagers, Star Chevron Witness Busted for Perjury PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 27 October 2015 19:44
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http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/10/27/yes-i-lied-vindicating-villagers-star-chevron-witness-busted-perjury

'Chevron has taken the people of Ecuador and the U.S. court system on a ride, full of lies, deliberate delay, and obstruction of justice,' says Amazon Watch

 

"This is vindication for the Ecuadorians...and we now hope Chevron will finally do the right thing and clean up their toxic mess." (Photo: Amazon Watch/Facebook)

In what is being called "a dramatic turn" in a protracted legal battle, documents publicized Monday reveal that the star witness in a case pitting rainforest villagers against a multinational oil giant has admitted to lying under oath in an effort to help Chevron avoid paying a $9.5 billion judgment for deliberate pollution of the Ecuadorian Amazon. 

"Yes sir, I lied there...I wasn't being truthful," ex-judge Alberto Guerra reportedly told an international arbitration tribunal earlier this year when asked about his claim that the plaintiffs' legal team offered him a $300,000 bribe to ghostwrite the ruling in their favor.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 October 2015 19:56
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The Dry Weather That’s Hitting The Tar Sands Industry Is ‘A Preview Of The Future,’ Scientist Says PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 23 August 2015 04:59

 AUG 21, 2015 1:57PM

CREDIT: AP PHOTO/EAMON MAC MAHON

This June 25, 2008 photo shows an aerial view of Alberta's Athabasca river running through the oil sands developments in Canada.

Dozens of tar sands developers in Alberta’s tar sands have been suspended from taking water — needed for their operations — out of local rivers, after a low flow advisory was issued.

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) suspended 73 licenses to temporarily divert water (TDLs) from the Athabasca, Peace, and Wabasca rivers on July 24, after unusually dry weather caused water to fall to at or below healthy maintenance levels. Now, scientists are saying this could become a regular issue for Alberta’s tar sands industry.

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The Harper Government was negligent in withdrawing from the International Convention on Combating Desertification and Drought PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 09 June 2015 17:00

By Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project

Photo of 2012 drought in Alberta

 

Digby McLaren, Past President of the Royal Society of Canada,  once stated that "inaction is negligence``. (Global Change Conference, 1991)

 

This dictum could be aptly applied to the Harper Government. Their inaction on drought has been negligent

 

On March 13, 2013, the Harper government withdrew from the International Convention to Combat Desertification and Drought

The withdrawal from the Convention would have been after there had been a serious drought in Alberta

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2015 10:28
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Ontario first in North America to curb bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 09 June 2015 14:36

By CARLOS OSORIO / TORONTO STAR 

Neonicotinoid pesticides are blamed for hindering the ability of bees and other pollinator species, including birds and butterflies, to navigate, feed, or reproduce. The chemical is also blamed for making pollinators more susceptible to illness.CARLOS OSORIO / TORONTO STAR Order this photo

Neonicotinoid pesticides are blamed for hindering the ability of bees and other pollinator species, including birds and butterflies, to navigate, feed, or reproduce. The chemical is also blamed for making pollinators more susceptible to illness.

 
Farmers and the province have agreed to rules for reduction that begins July 1, while the manufacturer maintains the controversial insecticide is safe.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 June 2015 22:44
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Our Body of Scientific Evidence Against Trans Mountain PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 05 June 2015 08:45

 

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This article is co-authored by Raincoast Conservation Foundation biologist Misty MacDuffee.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/chris-genovali/our-body-of-scientific-ev_b_7508236.html
 
On May 27th, Raincoast Conservation Foundation filed four submissions to Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) regarding the impacts that Kinder Morgan's proposed Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline and oil tanker expansion will have on wildlife. Our evidence encompasses four major areas: a Population Viability Analysis of Southern Resident Killer Whales; acoustic disturbance from vessel traffic on Southern Resident Killer Whales; the risk from oil spills to Wild Salmon of the Fraser River and Salish Sea; and the risk from oil spills to Pacific herring and other forage fish of the Salish Sea. Ecojustice is providing Raincoast's legal representation at the NEB review of Trans Mountain, and will be presenting our aforementioned evidence, which consists of some 500 pages. In stark contrast, according to the NEB's most recent update, the Province of British Columbia has submitted no written evidence.
 
Last Updated on Friday, 05 June 2015 09:01
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