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Monsanto’s “Rain of Death” on Canada’s Forests PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 16 May 2019 13:42
 
By Joyce Nelson
 
 
egion: Canada
 
Theme: Biotechnology and GMO, Law and Justice
 
altFirst Nations in Ontario have run out of patience. For 43 years, the forest industry has been conducting aerial spraying of glyphosate herbicide on Indigenous lands – a “rain of death” used in forest management practice that has slowly been killing off a wide range of animals, plants, fish and insects. First Nations have tried to stop this practice since the 1990s through a variety of measures including meetings with logging companies and government officials, protests and reports, but all to no avail. The “rain of death” keeps coming.
 
 
Now, members of the Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) Elders of the North Shore of Lake Huron say they will be going to court to force the Canadian federal government to live up to Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850. That treaty guarantees First Nations in the area the right to hunt, fish, gather berries and use plant medicines in traditional territories. The TEK Elders say that by allowing the aerial spraying to continue, the Trudeau government is violating this treaty and the Constitution Act of 1982, which reaffirms those rights.
 
“We’re done waiting,” Raymond Owl, one of the founding members of TEK, told the press in April. [1] Formed in 2014, the TEK Elders group is comprised of Elders from 21 bands in the area.
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Glyphosate blocks trade between Italy and Canada PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 22 February 2019 10:08
 
 
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Canadian wheat exports to Italy are still low due to the use of glyphosate. Italy, the country that chose this ban on chemicals in the European Union, did not return to its position, Radio-Canada reported.

Italy, one of Canada's two biggest wheat buyers, stopped ordering in large quantities after learning that some local farmers used glyphosate to ripen grains, Radio-Canada said. The result: a 70% reduction in Canadian wheat imports for six months, from November 2017 to August 2018.

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The herbicide glyphosate persists in wild, edible plants: B.C. study PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 10:23
 
 
Randy Shore Updated: February 19, 2019 https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/the-herbicide-glyphosate-persists-in-wild-edible-plants-b-c-study
 
Lisa Wood, a forester and assistant professor at the University of Northern B.C., is the author of a study on the impact of aerial spraying of the herbicide glyphosate in the Canadian Journal of Forest Research.
 
 
Lisa Wood, a forester and assistant professor at the University of Northern B.C., is the author of a study on the impact of aerial spraying of the herbicide glyphosate in the Canadian Journal of Forest Research.
Lisa Wood, a forester and assistant professor at the University of Northern B.C., is the author of a study on the impact of aerial spraying of the herbicide glyphosate in the Canadian Journal of Forest Research. Handout
Edible and medicinal forest plants that survive aerial spraying of glyphosate can retain the herbicide and related residues for at least a year, a new study has found.
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Radioactive Waste:Unacceptable Burden on Future Generations PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 05 February 2019 13:19

 

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349 Non-Compliance with International Obligations and Commitments: The Precautionary Principle PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 31 January 2019 09:35

Petition 349 Non-Compliance with International Obligations and Commitments: The Precautionary Principle

Petition to the Canadian Environment Commissioner

Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project

1230 St Patrick Street

Victoria, BC V8S4Y4

1 (250)294-1339

March 25 2013

Note: Template with signature was faxed on March 20 original sent March 15, 2013

At the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development the precautionary principle was established as an international peremptory norm; and as a principle of International common law it has appeared in different versions;

Citizens have a legitimate expectation that Canada will live up to its international obligations and Commitments, and that scientists will be free to carry out and repot on research without being impeded.  This petition is submitted under the “outline how international environmental commitments are being met”.

 

 

 

A. Failure to implement Precaution principle in Convention on Biological Diversity and the Rio Declaration

B. Failure to implement the precautionary principle in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

C. Failure to abide by the precautionary principle in the Convention on the Law of the Seas and in the Agreement on the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks and anadromous Species 

 

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United Nations instructs Canada to suspend Site C dam construction over Indigenous rights violations PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 10 January 2019 13:56
United Nations instructs Canada to suspend Site C dam construction over Indigenous rights violations
The world's foremost racial discrimination committee says Canada must work with Indigenous communities to find an alternative to the $10.7 billion hydro project in B.C.
Sarah Cox Jan 9, 2019  
https://thenarwhal.ca/united-nations-instructs-canada-to-suspend-site-c-dam-construction-over-indigenous-rights-violations/In a rare rebuke, the United Nations has instructed Canada to suspend construction of the Site C dam on B.C.’s Peace River until the project obtains the “free, prior and informed consent” of Indigenous peoples.
 
 
Canada has until April 8 to report back to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination outlining steps it has taken to halt construction of the hydro project, which would flood 128 kilometres of the Peace River and its tributaries in the heart of Treaty 8 traditional territory.
 
The unusual request from one of the world’s top human rights bodies was made by committee chair Noureddine Amir in a December 14 letter to Canada’s UN Ambassador Rosemary McCarney.
 
It comes as Canada vies for a coveted seat on the UN Security Council and two Treaty 8 First Nations await a court date to determine if the Site C project unjustifiably infringes on their constitutionally protected treaty rights, as they claim in civil actions filed last January.
 
“The Committee is concerned about the alleged lack of measures taken to ensure the right to consultation and free, prior and informed consent with regard to the Site C dam, considering its impact on indigenous peoples’ control and use of their lands and natural resources,” wrote Amir, an Algerian law professor and former diplomat.
 
“The Committee is further concerned that the realization of the Site C dam without free, prior and informed consent, would permanently affects the land rights of affected indigenous peoples in the Province of British Columbia. Accordingly, it would infringe indigenous peoples’ rights protected under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.”
 
Canada missed an August 2018 deadline to report back to the committee on the Site C project, which was approved by the federal government in 2014 and green-lighted by B.C.’s new NDP government in December 2017.
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Manitoba’s hydro mess points to Canada’s larger problem with megadams PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 02 December 2018 14:43
Manitoba’s hydro mess points to Canada’s larger problem with megadams
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As most of the Western world moves away from large-scale hydro projects, decommissioning dams across the planet, Canada is digging in with a trio of projects, the costs of which are spiralling out of control
Sarah Cox
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For eight years, Graham Lane headed a watchdog commission that raised red flag after red flag about the Keeyask dam hydro project on Manitoba’s Nelson River.
 
Politicians ignored the warnings and in 2012 Lane resigned as chair of Manitoba’s Public Utilities Board, concerned that Manitoba Hydro had strayed far from its main purpose — to provide low cost energy to Manitobans.
 
Now the retired chartered accountant is speaking out in the hopes of stemming the losses from the Keeyask dam project and a related transmission line, which he calls “an albatross around the necks of Manitobans.”
 
“In Manitoba basically everything has gone wrong,” Lane told The Narwhal. “It’s quite a disaster.”
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Foolish leaders and LNG PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 08 October 2018 18:12

I cannot help but reflect this morning on what foolish leaders we have at the head of Canada and BC. They are so happy and excited to announce a $40 billion LNG facility that will increase Greenhouse gases by 9 million megatonnes per year in BC per year and that includes the GHG from fracking.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 October 2018 19:25
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Protest accuses Trudeau of fiddling on pipeline while climate change Burn PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 23 August 2018 14:07

By Joan Bryden in News, Energy, Politics | August 23rd 2018

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2018/08/23/news/protest-accuses-trudeau-fiddling-pipeline-while-climate-change-burns-bc

 

 

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Tawahum Bige from the Lutsel k'e Dene and Plains Cree nation with protesters outside the Vancouver

Island Conference Centre during day two of the Liberal cabinet retreat in Nanaimo, B.C., on Aug. 22, 2018. Photo by The Canadian Press/Chad Hipolito

 

Several hundred pot-banging, whistle-blowing pipeline protesters gathered outside the Vancouver Island Conference Centre where Trudeau and his ministers were holed up for a cabinet retreat amid the acrid smell of smoke from the hundreds of wildfires burning across British Columbia.

They questioned how Trudeau can claim to be concerned about climate change when his government is paying $4.5 billion to Kinder Morgan to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline and ensure it's expanded to carry Alberta oil to B.C.'s coast.

Multiple protesters carried signs accusing the prime minister of fiddling "while B.C. burns."

Inside the conference centre, Trudeau and his ministers met with B.C.'s NDP premier, John Horgan, 

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 August 2018 14:21
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Protest accuses Trudeau of fiddling on pipeline while climate change burns B.C. PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 23 August 2018 13:52
Protest accuses Trudeau of fiddling on pipeline while climate change burns B.C.
By Joan Bryden in News, Energy, Politics | August 23rd 2018
 
Protest accuses Trudeau of fiddling on pipeline while climate change burns B.C.
By Joan Bryden in News, Energy, Politics | August 23rd 2018
https://www.nationalobserver.com/2018/08/23/news/protest-accuses-trudeau-fiddling-pipeline-while-climate-change-burns-bc
 
 
Tawahum Bige from the Lutsel k'e Dene and Plains Cree nation with protesters outside the Vancouver Island Conference Centre during day two of the Liberal cabinet retreat in Nanaimo, B.C., on Aug. 22, 2018. Photo by The Canadian Press/Chad Hipolito
Justin Trudeau's twin objectives to reduce Canada's carbon emissions and build a pipeline to carry oilsands bitumen to the coast collided Wednesday in a province ravaged by wildfires that the prime minister's own government attributes to climate change.
 
Several hundred pot-banging, whistle-blowing pipeline protesters gathered outside the Vancouver Island Conference Centre where Trudeau and his ministers were holed up for a cabinet retreat amid the acrid smell of smoke from the hundreds of wildfires burning across British Columbia.
 
They questioned how Trudeau can claim to be concerned about climate change when his government is paying $4.5 billion to Kinder Morgan to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline and ensure it's expanded to carry Alberta oil to B.C.'s coast.
 
"Climate Leaders Don't Buy Pipelines," proclaimed one banner brandished by protesters.
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