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He's a liar - Justin Trudeau / Politics Insights PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 26 February 2017 21:29

'He's a liar': Why the Left Coast may be writing off Justin TrudeauiPolitics Insights
British Columbians fell hard for ‘sunny ways’. Trudeau’s approach to development is changing their minds.
Michael Harris Michael HarrisThursday, February 23rd, 2017

The man sitting at the head of the table has a face that should be on money.

It is calm, etched with wrinkle lines of infinite patience, utterly immune to honeyed words. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip has heard more vows than the parsons in Reno’s drive-thru wedding chapels — most of them destined to be broken by the politicians who made them. Yet behind the softness, the weary eyes suggest something else. These are undefeated eyes.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 March 2017 14:16
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Canada’s $7 Billion Dam Tests the Limits of State Power PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 10 January 2017 14:54
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Opponents of the Peace River dam in British Columbia gathered near the project, known as Site C.
 
They criticized the dam as a huge boondoggle that would cost Canadian taxpayers for years to come. CreditAndrew Testa for The New York Times
 
 
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/10/world/canada/canadas-7-billion-dam-tests-the-limits-of-state-power.html?_r=1
 
BEAR FLAT, British Columbia — Rugged, remote and prized for its rare microclimate, the Peace River Valley in northeastern British Columbia is an agricultural oasis in northern Canada. Alfalfa, watermelon and barley fields sprawl across a landscape flecked by caribou tracks and seasonal trappers’ huts, which reflect the role indigenous peoples have played in this fertile land for more than 10,000 years.
 
 
 
But little of this abundance will be around much longer.

 

But little of this abundance will be around much longer.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 January 2017 15:06
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Common Security Act to replace C-51, which should be repealed PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 15:06

The statue Ivstitia (Justice) guards the entrance of the Supreme Court of Canada as the Peace tower is seen in the background in Ottawa.

 

Submission to the Government on   "Our Security, Our Rights: Canadian National Security Green Paper, 2016"

ByJoan Russow PhD

 

Co-ordinator Global Compliance Research Project 1994 – Present

Former leader of the Green Party of Canada (1997-2001)

 Need to redefine what constitutes true security what constitutes real threats to security, and what contributes to real terrorism 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 December 2016 22:35
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Common Security Act to replace C-51, which should be repealed PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 13:31

OLD DRAFT 

 

SEE FINAL SUBMISSION   TO GOVERNMENT

http://pejnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10644:common-security-act-to-replace-c-51-which-should-be-repealed&catid=75:cjustice-news&Itemid=218

 

Joan Russow PhD

Co-ordinator Global Compliance Research Project 1994 – Present

Former leader of the Green Party of Canada (1997-2001)

 Need to redefine what constitutes true security what constitutes real threats to security, and what contributes to real terrorism 

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    A.   BACKGROUND to RCMP THREAT ASSESSMENT LIST AND 2005 SUBMISSION TO THE SENATE ON THE REVIEW OF BILL 36 – THE ANTI TERRORISM ACT AND DRAFT OF A COMMON SECURITY INDEX.

B. NEED TO REDEFINE WHAT CONSTITUTES TRUE SECURITY: COMMON SECURITY

C. COMMENTS ON DEFINITION OF THREATS TO SECURITY IN C51

D. NEED TO REDEFINE WHAT CONSTITUTES REALTHREATS TO SECURITY: THREATS TO COMMON SECURITY;

  I FAILING TO ACHIEVE A STATE OF PEACE, AND DISARMAMENT; AND FAILING TO REALLOCATE MILITARY EXPENSES AND TO WORK FOR THE DELEGITIMIZATION OF WAR

 

 II FAILING TO ENSURE THE PRESERVATION AND PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT, THE RESPECT FOR THE INHERENT  WORTH OF NATURE BEYOND HUMAN PURPOSE, THE REDUCTION OF THE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT, THE ENSHRINING OF ECOLOGICAL RIGHTS, RIGHT TO A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT AND THE MOVING AWAY FROM THE CURRENT MODEL OF OVERCONSUMPTION

 

III –PROMOTING FREE TRADE RATHER THAN FAIR TRADE

 

IV –FAILING TO PROMOTE SOCIALLY EQUITABLE AND ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND ENTERPRISES AND RIGHT TO DEVELOPMENT

 

V –FAILING TO PROMOTE AND FULLY GUARANTEE RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS INCLUDING LABOUR RIGHTS, WOMEN’S RIGHTS CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS, INDIGENOUS RIGHTS, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS – RIGHT TO FOOD, RIGHT TO HOUSING, RIGHT TO SAFE DRINKING WATER AND SEWAGE TREATMENT, RIGHT TO EDUCATION AND RIGHT TO UNIVERSALLY ACCESSIBLE NOT FOR PROFIT HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

 

VI –FAILING TO SIGN AND RATIFY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS, COVENANTS AND TREATIES AND ENACT LEGISLATION TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE

 

E. NEED TO CONSIDER WHAT CONTRIBUTES TO REAL TERRORISM INCLUDING STATE TERRORISM

I.        INTERNATIONAL IMPASSE TO A COMPREHENSIVE INTERNATIONAL DEFINITION OF TERRORISM

II.       UNITED NATIONS PASSED A RESOLUTION ON TERRORISM THAT STRESSES THAT MEASURES AGAINST TERRORISM MUST COMPLY           WITH INTERNATIONAL LAW

III.      CHANGES TO THE CRIMINAL CODE DEFINITION OF TERRORISM TO IMPLEMENT C-51

IV.     MISCONSTRUING ARTICLE 51- SELF DEFENCE OF THE CHARTER OF THE UNITED NATIONS AND PRETEXTS FOR WAR HAS        CONTRIBUTED TO STATE TERRORISM

V.            STATE CONTRIBUTION TO TERRORISM; AGGRESSION INTO ANOTHER STATE AS A CAUSE OF TERRORISM

NATO states have been complicit or responsible for using the following pretexts for aggressive intervention in other sovereign states “human security" (Iraq 1991), "Humanitarian intervention" (Kosovo, 1999), “self-defence” (Afghanistan 2001), "Pre-emptive/ preventive" attack (Iraq, 2003) "Responsibility to Protect (Haiti, 2004, Libya, 2011) or "will to intervene" (Mali, 2013). Each time the pretext was discredited, a new pretext arises: through NATO expansion, through being a nuclear weapons organization, through coercing other states to increase their military budget, and purchase weapons like F 35 and armed drones, through destabilizing other nations, through setting up military bases around the world, through war games and military exercises, through circulating nuclear powered and nuclear arms capable vessel. Etc.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 December 2016 20:41
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SUBMISSION TO THE SENATE COMMITTEE REVIEWING THE ANTI-TERRORISM ACT; common security index. PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 24 November 2016 08:54
SUBMISSION TO THE SENATE COMMITTEE REVIEWING 
THE ANTI-TERRORISM ACT.
October 17, 2005
Joan E. Russow (PhD)
 
When Bill C 36 – the Anti-terrorism Act – was proposed, I publicly criticized the act as being in violation of international human rights instruments including the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights. 
 
I have been concerned that the “war against terrorism” and the Anti-terrorism Act have perpetuated the disregard for the rule of international law and for the International Court of Justice. Serious consequences such as the redefinition of what constitutes self-defence; condoned pre-emptive aggression with prohibited weapon systems;  “renderings” and the violation of the Convention against Torture, and Geneva Conventions;  institutionalizing of racial profiling; indefensible "preventive arrests"; increased mistrust;; guilt by association; the imposition of a Culture of fear and suspicion; the creation of a palpable chill; increased mistrust: the fostering of unquestioning, embedded and compliant media. 
 
…. have all resulted from the War Against Terrorism or from the anti-terrorism Acts. 
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Habitat III: time to implement habitat I call to reallocate the military budget PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 17:58

waste and misuse od  resources

 
Private Interests Valued over Human Lives in Flint, Michigan PDF Print E-mail
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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
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Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Sued for Putting Wild Salmon at Risk Government failure to test farmed salmon for disease illegal, lawsuit alleges VANCOUVER - The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is breaking the law by not testing B.C. farmed salmon for PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 13 October 2016 08:10

By  ECOJuastice published in Common Dreams

 

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2016/10/12/minister-fisheries-and-oceans-sued-putting-wild-salmon-

Government failure to test farmed salmon for disease illegal, lawsuit alleges

VANCOUVER - The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is breaking the law by not testing B.C. farmed salmon for a virus that has spread like wildfire in Norway and Chile before allowing them to be transferred into ocean pens alongside wild fish.


“According to federal fisheries laws, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is required to ensure that farmed fish are not carrying any harmful diseases or disease agents before he can license their transfer into the ocean,” said Morgan Blakley, Ecojustice lawyer. “The Minister, however, refuses to test farmed salmon for Piscine reovirus. In my opinion, this course of action is illegal and could lead to irreparable damage to British Columbia’s wild salmon stocks.”

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Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold fired whistleblower. Then it spilled cyanide into five rivers PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 24 June 2016 15:44

 

 

Toronto-based mining giant, Barrick Gold, spilled cyanide solution into five Argentina rivers shortly after firing an engineer who raised serious safety concerns about the mining operation responsible for the contamination.

Court documents obtained by National Observer allege that Barrick, the largest gold producer in the world, abruptly dismissed senior engineer Raman Autar in 2014 to “escape publication” of critical health, safety and environmental violations he found at the Veladero mine, one of the world's largest gold mines.

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Tsleil-Waututh Launches a Second Legal Challenge of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline and Tanker Proposal PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 23 June 2016 11:01

The Recommendation for Approval by the National Energy Board Continues a Pattern of Unlawful Conduct

 

VANCOUVER, BC and MUSQUEAM, SQUAMISH and TSLEIL-WAUTUTH TERRITORY --(Marketwired - June 22, 2016) - The Tsleil-Waututh Nation, the "People of the Inlet," has launched a second legal challenge of the National Energy Board's (NEB) review of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker expansion proposal (KMEX). Tsleil-Waututh has applied to the Federal Court of Appeal seeking to set aside the NEB report recommending KMEX project approval, referring to the NEB recommendation as "unlawful, invalid, or unreasonable" in its court documents.

The first legal action taken in May 2014 and still before the Federal Court of Appeal challenged the NEB failure to consult Tsleil-Waututh during the scoping process for the environmental review. The second legal action filed includes, among other things, a charge that significant adverse environmental effects associated with project-related marine shipping activities were not considered by the NEB as required under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. It also includes a charge that the NEB failed to consider the landmark independent assessment of the KMEX project conducted by Tsleil-Waututh as a matter of its own law and jurisdiction.

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