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Burns Bog Conservation Society Petitions Federal Government PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 14:53

PETITION TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED

 

We, the undersigned citizens of Canada, draw the attention of the House to the following:

 

Whereas, there are species at risk on the lands owned by MK Delta Lands Group (7007 Highway 91, 7969 Highway 91 Connector, 7949 104 Street, 10770 72nd Avenue, et al, Delta, British Columbia) and Pineland Peat (5224-88 Street, Delta, British Columbia).

 

Whereas, these species at risk include: the Red-listed Dim Skipper Butterfly, the Red-listed Pacific Water Shrew, Red-listed Trowbridge’s Shrew, the Red-listed Sandhill crane and Red-listed Southern Red-backed vole. Red-listed Black-Crowned Night Heron, the Red-listed Olympic shrew, the Blue-listed Autumn Meadowhawk, the Blue-listed Northern Red-legged frog, Blue-listed Barn Owl, Blue-listed Western Screech Owl, Blue-listed Green Heron and the Blue-listed Black Swift are either resident or migrate to these areas annually.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 November 2017 14:58
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The heat is on over Site C, says Horgan, as consultations begin PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 12 November 2017 12:18

 

The fate of the Site C hydroelectric dam will be the focus of intense scrutiny this week as cabinet ministers travel north for consultations.

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 November 2017 12:25
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Urgent! Request from Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 12 November 2017 10:49

 

Forwarded at the request of the Gathering Our Voices Society / Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw Warriors
 
It's Time! Please invite your kayaking friends.
 
The brave Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw Cleansing Our Waters warriors occupying Marine Harvest's Midsummer Island farm have requested that all willing and able kayakers make their way with boats to Alert Bay as swiftly as possible to standby and assist in the prevention of the restocking of the farm with young Atlantic Salmon. Marine Harvest will attempt to begin restocking as early as Monday. The first main action is most likely to take place Tuesday morning.
Last Updated on Sunday, 12 November 2017 10:53
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ACTIVISTS OPPOSED TO KINDER MORGAN'S PIPELINE EXPANSION TO RUN TRAINING SESSIONS FOR PROTESTERS PDF Print E-mail
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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
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Heiltsuk First Nation to sue Kirby Corporation over 2016 diesel spill PDF Print E-mail
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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.”

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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
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Site C: Global Compliance Research Project Presentation to the BC Utilities Commission PDF Print E-mail
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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

Victoria

 

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
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B.C. claims approval of Trans Mountain pipeline expansion 'lopsided' for Alberta PDF Print E-mail
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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
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Approving Kinder Morgan Expansion would impact on climate change and violate UNDRIP PDF Print E-mail
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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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http://www.orcanetwork.org/nathist/salishorcas1.html

 

  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
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Kinder Morgan: Canada’s Interpretation of Free Prior Informed is out of Sync with the International Interpretation PDF Print E-mail
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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 PDF Print E-mail
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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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