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It’s ‘Not Too Late’ for B.C. to Stop Site C ‘Disaster’ PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 09 March 2017 09:36
It’s ‘Not Too Late’ for B.C. to Stop Site C ‘Disaster’: Ex-Premier Harcourt
• March 7, 2017
• Authors: Carol Linnitt @carollinnitt

British Columbia’s Liberal government, under investigation for alleged pay-to-play influence peddling and facing a general election in early May, should drop plans for its contentious and unneeded Site C hydroelectric dam, a former premier says in a video interview.

British Columbia’s Liberal government, under investigation for allegations of pay-to-play influence peddling and facing a general election in early May, should drop plans for its contentious and unneeded Site C hydroelectric dam on the Peace River in the province’s northeast, a former premier says in a video interview.
B.C. Hydro, a crown corporation, has begun land-clearing for the project, on the Peace River in the province’s northeast. But “the cost of dams worldwide over the last 70 years has averaged 90% over [initial estimates],” former premier Mike Harcourt told DeSmog.ca in an interview. “So you can assume Site C is going to cost, probably, $15 to $17 billion. I think economically it’s just not going to cut it.”

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Harcourt points to the absence of any apparent demand in the province for the extra power the dam will produce. “Demand for electricity in B.C. has been flat over the last 11 years,” Harcourt said. “You don’t need it. Economically, you’re going to be bankrupting BC Hydro and seriously harming the credit of British Columbia.”

Altogether, the project “is going to be a disaster, economically, environmentally, culturally for First Nations,” the former premier charged.

Harcourt has also spoken out forcefully against Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, warning that the federal government faces “insurrection” if it forces the line—approved by the National Energy Board in a sharply-criticized decision—on residents of the B.C. Lower Mainland. (B.C. Premier Christy Clark also approved the line in January.)

As for Site C, the planned dam “is 18 months into construction on what is projected to be an eight-year timeline,” DeSmog reports. “So far, a worker’s camp has been built and a small section of river valley has been cleared. Ultimately, more than 100 kilometres of river valley, including valuable farmland, will be cleared to make way for the dam’s reservoir.”

“It’s not too late” for the province to give up on the flawed hydro project, Harcourt asserted. “It’s never beyond the point of no return.”
Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 12:10
 
Central Coast diesel spill response slow, ineffective, serious damage done: Heiltsuk PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 17 October 2016 19:05

Posted October 17, 2016 by Damien Gillis in Energy and Resources

The Nathan E. Stewart fuel barge and part-sunken tug the morning of the incident (Jordan Wilson/Pacific Wild)

The Nathan E. Stewart fuel barge and part-sunken tug the morning of the incident (Jordan Wilson/Pacific Wild)

Judging by official statements in the aftermath of the ongoing Central Coast diesel fuel spill the response to the disaster was relatively effective and damage minimized – a PR line largely soaked up by the mainstream media. To the people in whose territory the incident occurred, the Heiltsuk Nation, and local residents who will have to live with the consequences of the spill, nothing could be further from the truth.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 October 2016 21:57
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A Historic Day for Wild Salmon PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 19 August 2016 21:31

by  | Aug 19, 2016 | 

www.voyageforsalmon.com  

On August 18, 2016 the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuwx came together to perform ceremony on the Sir Edmund salmon farm at the entrance to Kingcome Inlet.
People came from Alert Bay, Gwayasdums (Gilford Village) to join the Dzawada’enuxw in the second boarding of a salmon farm in the past 72-hours.
 
On August 18, 2016 the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuwx came together to perform ceremony on the Sir Edmund salmon farm at the entrance to Kingcome Inlet.
People came from Alert Bay, Gwayasdums (Gilford Village) to join the Dzawada’enuxw in the second boarding of a salmon farm in the past 72-hours.
The governments of Canada and British Columbia have allowed the Norwegian/Japanese salmon farming industry to put millions of Atlantic salmon into Musgamagw Dzawada’enuwx territory even though this nation has said “no” for almost 30 years.
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The federal government of Canada has been issues transfer permits to the salmon farming industry that allows them to put fish carrying viruses associated with disease into all waters of BC, including Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw territory.  I took one of the companies, Marine Harvest, and the government of Canada to stop this and won, but there is no evidence that they are abiding by this ruling.
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“The people who are benefiting from these farms are benefiting over the suffering of our people” Dzawada’enuxw hereditary leader Farron Soukochoff .
“We have heard the words of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, that honouring the rights of First Nations are a “sacred obligation” to the Liberal Government of Canada,” said Hereditary leader and chief councilor Willie Moon, “our people have spoken we want salmon farms out of our territory.”
The rudeness with which the salmon farm employees were told to conduct themselves was in stark contrast to the integrity of the people performing ceremony with cedar bows. It was hard to witness.
If you want to help this brave effort to restore a large part of the BC coast so that it can once again produce wild salmon and herring, please go to their website www.cleansingourwaters.com 
Donate money for fuel for the boats, and travel, write to them to offer support, show solidarity in other parts of BC and the world and send pictures. Like the Facebook page musgamagw dzawadaenuxw cleansing our waters  Write to the editors of your newspapers, who are ignoring this movement and tell this is news.  Write to your MPs and MLAs.  This Nation is on the front lines for all of us and for future generations. The two Norwegian/Japanese companies, one of them owned by Mitsubishi, do not have to destroy these waters, sometime known as the Broughton, to become richer.  They do not have to do this.
It is time to stop destroying our planet.
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Vermont's new GMO law could spur change across U.S. GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS MUST BE CLEARLY LABELLED ON FOOD PACKAGES IN STATE STARTING JULY 1 PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 02 July 2016 06:26

Vermont's new GMO law could spur change across U.S.

Genetically engineered foods must be clearly labelled on food packages in state starting July 1

By Alison Northcott, CBC News Posted: Jul 01, 2016 11:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 02, 2016 6:46 AM ET

Erica Wiggins shops for groceries with her children in Georgia, Vt. A new GMO-labelling law goes into effect July 1 in the state.

Erica Wiggins shops for groceries with her children in Georgia, Vt. A new GMO-labelling law goes into effect July 1 in the state. (Jessica Rubinger/CBC)

A new GMO labelling law in Vermont is sending ripples through the North American food industry. Starting July 1, processed foods sold in the state that contain genetically engineered ingredients must say so on the label

Similar laws exist in countries across Europe, but for now, genetically modified organisms don't have to be labelled in the rest of the U.S., or in Canada.

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 July 2016 20:50
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Why makers of genetically engineered grass hope Oregonians have a short memory PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 22 January 2016 12:25
 
 
 By Nathan Donley Guest Columnist
http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/01/why_makers_of_genetically_engi.html
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This file photo shows the Monsanto logo at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill. (AP Photo)High on a wind-swept, mountain-ringed plateau in Central Oregon, an ocean of natural grasses, sagebrush and juniper sweeps across the Crooked River National Grassland for thousands of acres. In this pristine, high desert landscape roamed by antelope and mountain lions and patrolled by falcons, eagles and hawks, the last thing you'd want to see is an invasion of a highly intrusive, genetically engineered (GE) strain of creeping bentgrass designed specifically for golf courses.

 

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California First As Both Climate Victim and Responder, the National Style-Setter Leads the Way PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 16 August 2015 17:04

By William deBuys

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176036/tomgram%3A_william_debuys%2C_entering_the_mega-drought_era_in_america/#more<>Long ago, I lived in a cheap flat in San Francisco and worked as the lone straight man in a gay construction company. Strangely enough, the drought now strangling California brings back memories of those days. It was the 1970s. Our company specialized in restoring the Victorian “gingerbread” to the facades of the city’s townhouses, and I got pretty good at installing cornices, gable brackets, and window hoods, working high above the street.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 August 2015 14:40
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House passes anti-GMO labeling law PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 24 July 2015 17:27

By Reuters

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/07/23/house-passes-anti-gmo-labeling-law.htmlThursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 7:13 PM ET

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a hotly debated measure that blocks any mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops, including pre-empting a state law set to take effect next year in Vermont.

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New York state officially bans fracking PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 29 June 2015 13:29

"High-volume hydraulic fracturing poses significant adverse impacts to land, air, water, natural resources and potential significant public health impacts that cannot be adequately mitigated."

Elizabeth Henderson, an organic farmer in Newark, speaks out against fracking at a rally at today's New York State Fair. (Glenn Coin |  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

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on June 29, 2015 at 1:54 PM, updated June 29, 2015 at 2:15 PM

Albany, N.Y -- It's official: New York has banned fracking

After more than seven years of study, the state Department of Environmental Conservation today issued the final document needed to ban the controversial drilling practice, known formally as high-volume hydraulic fracturing

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 19:46
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Genetically modified mosquitoes (Oxitec) set off uproar in Florida keys PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 22:05
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Potential solution to outbreaks of dengue fever, other mosquito-borne diseases awaits FDA approval

Oxitec's dye-marked Oxi513A male mosquitoes ready for release in Brazil.

Oxitec’s dye-marked Oxi513A male mosquitoes ready for release in Brazil.Courtesy Oxitec Ltd.

KEY WEST, Fla. — In late October, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Department of Agriculture tested insecticidal aerial spraying techniques over a warfare range in Jacksonville, Fla. The purpose: to evaluate how to lower populations of the blood-feeding Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits dengue fever.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 22:13
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Genetically modified mosquitoes (Oxitec) set off uproar in Florida keys PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 22:05
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Potential solution to outbreaks of dengue fever, other mosquito-borne diseases awaits FDA approval

 

Oxitec's dye-marked Oxi513A male mosquitoes ready for release in Brazil.

 

Oxitec’s dye-marked Oxi513A male mosquitoes ready for release in Brazil.

 

Courtesy Oxitec Ltd.

KEY WEST, Fla. — In late October, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Department of Agriculture tested insecticidal aerial spraying techniques over a warfare range in Jacksonville, Fla. The purpose: to evaluate how to lower populations of the blood-feeding Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits dengue fever.

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