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letter related to indigenous right being ignored in site C decision , by Canada PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 09 January 2019 09:56

HAUT-COMMISSARIAT AUX DROITS DE L’HOMME • OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS PALAIS DES NATIONS • 1211 GENEVA 10, SWITZERLAND www.ohchr.org • TEL: +41 22 917 9000 • FAX: +41 22 917 9008 •

E-MAIL: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it REFERENCE: CERD/EWUAP/Canada-Site C dam/2018/JP/ks 14 December 2018 Excellency,

I would like to inform you that in the course of its 97th Session, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination considered information received related to Site C dam and its impact on affected indigenous peoples in the Province of British Columbia, in Canada.

According to the information received, the provincial government of British Columbia announced, in December 2017, that construction of the Site C dam would continue.

In this regard, the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) has launched a civil suit against the construction of the dam and asked for an interim injunction, subsequently denied, to halt construction until the case is settled.

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.

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. The Committee would like to recall paragraph 20 of its 2017 concluding observations (CERD/C/CAN/CO/21-23), and requests the State party to provide information on the steps taken to suspend the Site C dam until free, prior and informed consent is obtained, following the full and adequate discharge of the duty to consult. Her Excellency Ms. Rosemary McCarney Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations Office Geneva Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it PAGE 2 In this regard, the Committee encourages the State party to consider engaging with the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) that is mandated by the Human Rights Council (resolution 33/25, paragraph 2), to provide States with technical advice on the rights of indigenous peoples and facilitate dialogue between States, indigenous peoples and/or the private sector. In accordance with article 9 (1) of the Convention and article 65 of its Rules of Procedure, the Committee requests the State party to submit its response before 8 April 2019. Allow me, Excellency, to reiterate the wish of the Committee to continue to engage in a constructive dialogue with the Government of Canada, with a view to ensuring the effective implementation of the Convention. Yours sincerely, Noureddine Amir Chair Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

 
2016 submission Canada Pension Plan (CPPIB); must have investment screens and must redefine what constitutes due diligence PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 29 November 2018 09:37

 

submission  Canada Pension Plan (CPPIB); must have investment screens and must redefine what constitutes due diligence

By Joan Russow 

Global Compliancw Research Project 

 in Victoria

A. Suggestion related to rephrasing the CPPIB Mission statement 

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

C. Redefinition of what constitutes due diligence

D. Conclusion

A

SUGGESTION RELATED TO REPHRASING THE CPPIB MISSION STATEMENT

ADDITIONS GREEN

 

 

Our investment strategy is designed to deliver a well-balanced and globally diversified portfolio that promotes ``common security`` with the following objectives

* To achieve a state of peace, and disarmament; through reallocation of military expenses and delegitimization of war

*To create a global structure that respects the rule of law and the international court of justice;

*To enable socially equitable and environmentally sound employment, and ensure the right to development and social justice

*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;

*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

 

To accomplish this the CPP will have to establish mandatory positive and negative screens and to redefine what constitutes due diligence forsustained long-term returns without incurring undue risk to common security  

 

B.

IMPORTANCE OF BOTH POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE SCREENS 

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the Dutch Court Decision: is a Precedent to be used in a case before the Supreme Court of Canada PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 08:24

in Npvember 2015  I wrote

At COP 21 in Paris. Ban Ki Moon urged the negotiators to negotiate  with a global vision not with national interests (COP 21, Press, Conference, 2015)

 

A global vision  would be to address article 2 and at a minimum to immediately close the tar sands to end all subsidies for fossil fuel, to calculate the carbon budget for Canada, to divest in fossil fuels and to reinvest in renewable energy, to conserve sinks - such as old growth forests and bogs (not  just as a means to offset emissions), to strengthen conservation of  biodiversity, to avoid all false solutions such as nuclear, geo-engineering and biofuels which would all violate principles within the UNFCCC, promote nature-based solutions along with solar energy, wind energy, wave and geothermal and to compensate for historical  emissions, and to institute a fair and just transition for workers affected negatively by the new vision and to reduce and reallocate the military budget and transfer the funds to address climate change

 

A real global vision, however, would be time lines and targets in line with existing and emerging science such as  20% below 1990 by 2018, 30% below 1990 levels by 2019, 40% below 1990 levels by 2020, 60 % below 1990 levels by 2025, 75% below 1990 below 1990 levels by 2035 and 100% below 1990 emissions by 2040, and  reaching Decarbonization with 100% socially equitable ecologically sound renewable energy,

 

Written in Paris when I attended COP21  2015 in November 

 

In July 2015 I wrote

AnAnalysis of the Dutch Court Decision: could this be a Precedent to be used in a case before the Supreme Court of Canada?

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Monday, 06 July 2015 14:06

Dutch case  should influence the commitments made by Canada to COP21 in Paris. Canada should commit to 25% below 1990 levels by 2020

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'Deeply concerning': Canada pension fund invests in US immigration detention firms PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 14 October 2018 17:40

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board has $5.9m of stock in firms profiting from Trump’s ‘zero-tolerance’ Mexico border policy

 

This story is co-published with the Documented news website and newsletter

Max Siegelbaum of Documented

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/12/canada-pension-fund-invests-in-us-immigration-detention-firms?CMP=share_btn_fb

 

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Immigrants detained at Adelanto Detention Facility in California, managed by the private GEO Group Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 November 2018 23:19

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EROSION OF THE PUBLIC TRUST THROUGH FUNDAMENTALISM, CORPORATISM, AND MILITARISM PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 08 October 2018 10:58
From thw archives 
 
EROSION OF THE PUBLIC TRUST THROUGH FUNDAMENTALISM, CORPORATISM, AND MILITARISM
 
By Joan Russow
August  2000
 
To the editor  of the Globe and Mail
 
 
Stockwell Day and the Canadian Alliance through their policies imbued with fundamentalism, corporatism and militarism will undermine the international public trust at a time when it is essential for Canada to play a leadership role in the international community.
 
 
In 1995, I wrote a book called the Charter of Obligations which compiled international obligations, commitments and expectations related to promoting the "Public Trust". This book was a content analysis of statements from the following documents: (i) international obligations incurred through the UN Charter, conventions, treaties and covenants; (ii) international commitments made through UN conference action plans, and (iii) expectations created through General Assembly resolutions. Out of this work, emerged the notion of the "Politics of Public Trust".
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2000 august Corporate Denations: Okanagan By-Election issues; Reform/Canadian Alliance and their Grassroots Corporate Donations PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 07 October 2018 08:22
 
From the Archives
2000  august  Corporate Denations: Okanagan By-Election issues; Reform/Canadian Alliance and their Grassroots Corporate Donations
 
To the editor of the Globe and Mail
 
In Merritt, B.C. during the All-Candidate debate for the by-election in Okanagan-Coquihalla, Stockwell Day was challenged about the Canadian Alliance $25,000 a table fund-raising dinner. With his poster-boy innocence he responded that he had no idea where the Canadian Alliance funding comes from. I assisted him by informing him about the categories of funders that had contributed to the Reform Party during the 1997 election.
 
After doing a content analysis of the 1997 donations declared by the Reform party {as of yet no change in the donation screen appears to be forthcoming from the Canadian Alliance} The Reform/Canadian Alliance (R/CA) claims that they are a grassroots party. I documented some of their reported "grassroots" sources of funding.
 
During the last Federal election, the Reform party received donations from the following institutions and corporations: banks and financial institutions, tobacco, coal, oil, gas, automobile, forest, chemical, mining, nuclear, arms producers, agribusiness, pharmaceutical, and of course the gun lobby. In parliament, the R/CA pointed out the correlation between donations to the Liberals and grants and contributions given to corporations through the Human Resources Department. The R/CA has, however, failed to acknowledge the correlation between funding of political parties and the formulating of the policy of political parties.
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Union calls for Canada to buy back Canadian Wheat Board from Saudis over spat PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 12:03

The union says Saudi Arabia's decision to stop buying Canadian wheat and barley shows it won't put the interests of grain farmers first

OTTAWA — A union representing transportation workers in Churchill, Man., is calling on Ottawa to buy back the Canadian Wheat Board from a Saudi consortium in light of the diplomatic spat between the two countries.

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Child poverty linked to discrimination and systemic inequality, study suggests PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 18 June 2018 16:23
 
 
By LAURIE MONSEBRAATENSocial Justice Reporter
 
https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/06/18/child-poverty-linked-to-discrimination-and-systemic-inequality-study-suggests.html
 
 
 
Mon., June 18, 2018
Federal ridings with the most child and family poverty in Canada are also home to the highest proportions of Indigenous, visible minority, immigrant and single-parent families, according to a new study.
 
These ridings are also more likely to have high unemployment, low rates of labour force participation, more renters and people paying more than 30 per cent of their income on housing, says the report released Monday by Campaign 2000, a national coalition of more than 120 organizations dedicated to ending child poverty.
 
 
Jane Syvret plays with two of her three children in a park near their Toronto home. Syvret, 27, who is of Indigenous and Black heritage, says her family is the face of the Campaign 2000 report.
Jane Syvret plays with two of her three children in a park near their Toronto home. Syvret, 27, who is of Indigenous and Black heritage, says her family is the face of the Campaign 2000 report.  (RICK MADONIK / TORONTO STAR)
Jane Syvret plays with two of her three children in a park near their Toronto home. Syvret, 27, who is of Indigenous and Black heritage, says her family is the face of the Campaign 2000 report.
Jane Syvret plays with two of her three children in a park near their Toronto home. Syvret, 27, who is of Indigenous and Black heritage, says her family is the face of the Campaign 2000 report.  (RICK MADONIK / TORONTO STAR)
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Former Bank of Canada Head: Pipeline Protesters May Be Killed. So Be It. PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 15 June 2018 16:57
 
"North American governments have shown the 'fortitude' necessary to kill indigenous people often enough that this is no idle threat," warns Bill McKibben.
 
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/06/15/former-bank-canada-head-pipeline-protesters-may-be-killed-so-be-it
 
 
byAndrea Germanos, staff writer Common Dreams
 
 
 
 
Protesters at a rally in Vancouver to show opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline on September 9th, 2017. (Photo: William Chen/flickr/cc)
 
 
 
Protesters at a rally in Vancouver to show opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline on September 9th, 2017. (Photo: William Chen/flickr/cc)
 
As Canada's controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project faces ongoing opposition, the former governor of the Bank of Canada said that protesters may die but that the government should push the project through anyway.
 
Speaking at an event Wednesday, David Dodge said, "We're going to have some very unpleasant circumstances," the Edmonton Journal reported. "There are some people that are going to die in protesting construction of this pipeline. We have to understand that."
 
"Nevertheless, we have to be willing to enforce the law once it's there," Dodge said. "It's going to take some fortitude to stand up."
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The Trudeau, Inc. take-over of the expansion of Kinder Morgan would impact on climate change, jeopardize future conservation projects in the Salish Sea and the rights of future generations and the rights of indigenous peoples PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 01 June 2018 13:27

By Joan Russow

Global Compliance Research Project

By Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project

 

  1. The Trudeau, Inc. 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.

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