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This First Nation Just Banned Industrial Logging and Mining from Vancouver Island Territory PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 28 January 2017 00:14

By Judith Lavoie - Friday, January 27, 2017 - 10:03 Desmog
Connection to the land and ocean has guided the Ahousaht people throughout their history and that bond is now at the root of a new sustainable economic development plan for the First Nation whose territory spans the heart of the

Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Under the first phase of the plan, announced Thursday, there will be no mining or industrial logging in Ahousaht traditional territory and about 80 per cent of almost 171,000 hectares will be set aside as cultural and natural areas "to conserve biological diversity, natural landscapes and wilderness and to provide to Ahousaht continued spiritual, cultural and sustenance use."

Last Updated on Monday, 30 January 2017 23:53
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Province of B.C. formally opposes Kinder Morgan expansion PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 09 January 2017 18:33

ROB SHAW, VANCOUVER SUN  

http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/province+formally+opposes+kinder+morgan+expansion/11642943/story.html?__lsa=58e2-07ac01.11.2016

 


Province of B.C. formally opposes Kinder Morgan expansion

Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby terminal, from which nearly a million barrels of day of oil would be loaded onto ships.

NICK PROCAYLO / PNG
 
VICTORIA — The B.C. government will formally oppose the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion in a written submission to the National Energy Board on Monday.
 
Environment Minister Mary Polak told The Vancouver Sun that the government believes that pipeline proponent Kinder Morgan has failed to provide the NEB with an adequate plan to prevent or respond to an oil spill.
 
“We are asking them not to recommend approval,” Polak said.
 
The B.C. government laid out in five conditions in 2012 that it said all oil pipeline projects would have to meet before they would be allowed in the province.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 January 2017 18:45
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No Consent, No Pipeline: Stop Kinder Morgan TMX Pipeline March and Rally PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 19 November 2016 12:59

MEDIA ADVISORYNovember 18, 2016

WHAT: March and Rally. #StopKM #NoTankers


WHY: The proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will seriously impact the Title and Rights of First Nations communities; will have a lasting and damaging impact on the environment and communities it passes through; will increase tanker traffic and the risk of a major environmental disaster to BC’s coasts; and will increase Canada’s contributions to climate change at a most critical time when any expansion of the tar sands is entirely unacceptable. Canada’s final decision on the KM TMX project is imminent.

On November 19th, thousands will gather at the Vancouver City Hall and at 12PM will march to Library Square to call upon Prime Minster Trudeau to reject the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 November 2016 16:37
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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 PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 30 September 2016 07:57

By Joan Russow

Global Compliance Research Project

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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.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 November 2016 10:35
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UNION OF BC MUNICIPALITIES OPPOSES OLD-GROWTH LOGGING ON VANCOUVER ISLAND PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 29 September 2016 06:28

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 

Mayors and councillors from across province to call on BC government to halt destruction of ancient forests

Torrance Coste  torrance@wildernesscommittee.org

Western Canada Wilderness Committee

altVICTORIA – Earlier today, mayors and councillors from across BC passed a motion to formally oppose old-growth logging on Vancouver Island.

 

The motion, championed by Metchosin Councillor Andy MacKinnon, was returned to the UBCM’s resolutions list after initially being removed. MacKinnon and other municipal leaders reversed the removal, and around 80 per cent of delegates from across the province voted in favour of the motion.

“This is an excellent first step, and I'm really pleased that municipal politicians across our province have chosen to support this resolution,” MacKinnon said. “Now it’s time for the provincial government to take action on this – our opportunities to protect the last tracts old-growth rainforest decrease by the day.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 September 2016 12:04
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BURNS BOG: CANADIAN AND B.C. GOVERNMENTS IGNORE OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY AND THE FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 01 July 2016 09:00

 

Burns Bog Katie Bianchin

 

Explore Burns Bog! Book a group tour , come to our next public tour or book a field trip and discover the Delta Nature Reserve- the public portion of Burns Bog!

fROM THE ARCHIVES

Green Party of Canada  background  circulated at Burns Bog press conference Thursday, February 3, 1999 reposted jULY 1 2016

 

by Joan Russow, 

 

BURNS BOG: CANADIAN AND B.C. GOVERNMENTS IGNORE OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY AND THE FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

 

 

 

            The proposed development of Burns Bog—a world class wetlands- is in violation of the Convention on Biological Diversity  and the Framework Convention on Climate Change which the Canadian governments at all levels have professed to endorse. The Convention on Biological Diversity  calls for the conservation of biodiversity regardless of distinctions between public/private lands or between federal/provincial jurisdiction.  The Framework Convention on Climate Change calls for the conservation of carbon sinks. The intention of the  these Conventions is  to conserve biodiversity  and carbon sinks in areas such as Burns Bog.

            Since 1992 the Federal and B.C. governments have been derelict in the exercise of their duty to seriously conserve biodiversity and carbon sinks in spite of the constant rhetoric espoused by these governments..

            On June 14, 1992, at the Rio Conference, the then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney surrounded by flowers and a sympathetic international media, in exalted terms, proclaimed to the international community Canada’s commitment to the Convention on Biological Diversity. I asked him if this meant that Canada was going to ban environmentally unsound practices that destroy biodiversity. He hesitated and said “I ‘don’t want to deal with any issues. at this time and you understand exactly what I mean”

            In September 21, 1992, the Canadian Council of Energy Ministers wrote to the Hon. Barbara McDougall and expressed their support for the ratification of the Framework Convention on Climate Change.

            In November 1992, the BC government endorsed the Convention on Biological Diversity   at the cabinet level in the document,  “UNCED Follow-up Endorsement of International Conventions on Climate Change and Biological Diversity”. This document,  obtained through the Freedom of Information, states “the Convention on Biodiversity seeks to arrest the steadily increasing global extinction rates of animal and plant species and the destruction of their habitats”. The document even goes on to inflate Canada’s role at the United Nations Conference: “Canada took a high-profile leadership role on biodiversity, announcing its willingness to sign during the opening days of the summit. Many feel that this leadership was instrumental in saving the convention by convincing a number of undecided countries to sign despite US objections”

            On  November 25, 1992, at a meeting of provincial environment ministers (CCME) , in Aylmer Quebec the then B.C. Environment Minister, John Cashore moved and had passed a resolution supporting Canada’s ratification of both Conventions.

            On December 4, 1992, in B.C. close to Burns Bog,  in the Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney formally ratified the Convention on Biological Diversity  and the Framework Convention on Climate Change thus binding the Canadian government to discharge its obligations under the Convention.

            Subsequent governments have been derelict in their duty to conserve biodiversity, and continually sacrifice biodiversity for the sake of short term inappropriate development. 

            In addition, Canada and B.C.  made a commitment under the Caracas Declaration in March 1992 to move away from the “island mentality” — the preserving of a token area surrounded by inappropriate development.

            The preservation of Burns Bog would also assist the Canadian government in fulfilling its obligations under RAMSAR (Convention on Wetlands of International Importance). In 1995, the international community meeting on the RAMSAR, recognized Burns Bog as being of international importance.

National Leader of the Green Party of Canada Tel: 1 250 598-0071 FAX 1 250 598-0994

 

            BURNS BOG MUST BE PRESERVED AS AN INTACT ECOSYSTEM. CITIZENS MUST NO LONGER CONDONE THE DESTRUCTION OF THE RIGHTS OF PRESENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS TO PROTECTION OF THEIR ECOLOGICAL HERITAGE.

 

Joan Russow (PhD)

Last Updated on Friday, 01 July 2016 09:20
 
“Disturbing the Peace: The story of the Site C dam” PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 26 June 2016 09:13

 

Posted on June 20, 2016 1:36 pm

 by Laila Yuile

 

 in BC LiberalsBC NDPBC PoliticsFederal politicsLaila Yuile,LNG/frackingSite CThe Environment // 14 Comments

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Since covering the Site C stories in earnest, I’ve come to highly respect the work done by DeSmog and in particular of Sarah Cox and Emma Gilchrist, whose affinity for the issues and people they cover reminds me of my own.

Last week Sarah broke the compelling news that BC Hydro is forcing the departure of Ken and Arlene Boone from the land they own, by Christmas: http://www.desmog.ca/2016/06/15/bc-hydro-tells-farmers-fighting-site-c-dam-vacate-property-christmas

 

This is Arlene standing in their incredible oat crop of 2011.Yes, she’s standing up in this photo… this is how rich the land is here.

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And this is the view they see from their bedroom window every day when they wake up.

 

BC Hydro plans to build a new highway through the part of their property that isn’t going to be flooded and if they end up expropriated, you can bet Hydro will demolish all of it during this coming winter.

 

I have always written with purpose, with intent to reveal,change or right a wrong if I can. I’m not a reporter, I’m a writer first and foremost, a story-teller who documents and shares the stories you often won’t find on your own,or reported in the mainstream news.

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“Disturbing the Peace: The story of the Site C dam” PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 26 June 2016 09:10

 

Posted on June 20, 2016 1:36 pm by Laila Yuile

 in BC LiberalsBC NDPBC PoliticsFederal politicsLaila Yuile,LNG/frackingSite CThe Environment 

alt

Since covering the Site C stories in earnest, I’ve come to highly respect the work done by DeSmog and in particular of Sarah Cox and Emma Gilchrist, whose affinity for the issues and people they cover reminds me of my own.

Last week Sarah broke the compelling news that BC Hydro is forcing the departure of Ken and Arlene Boone from the land they own, by Christmas: http://www.desmog.ca/2016/06/15/bc-hydro-tells-farmers-fighting-site-c-dam-vacate-property-christmas

 

This is Arlene standing in their incredible oat crop of 2011.Yes, she’s standing up in this photo… this is how rich the land is here.

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Site C hunger striker Kristin Henry 12th day PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 24 March 2016 13:39
Hunger strikers call on Trudeau to stop Site C
The Vancouver Hunger Strikers. Photo from the 'Hunger Strike for the Peace River Valley - STOP SITE C.' Facebook page

POSTED BY: MONTANA CUMMING MARCH 23, 2016

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Protesters of Site C based in Vancouver have penned an open letter to the Prime Minister, calling on him to stop Site C construction.

The letter argues that, because Treaty 8 First Nations have not provided consent to construction of the Site C dam, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not upholding his promise build a “renewed nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples” by allowing it to continue.

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 March 2016 15:58
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CURRENT BC CLIMATE CHANGE PROPOSAL SHOWS LACK OF VISION, AND DISREGARD FOR PRESENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 15 February 2016 11:56
LINK TO BC PLAN and "engage"
 
 
 
Submission to BC government  climate PLAN

BY JOAN RUSSOW PHD

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forest fire in British Columbia

 

In the 2014 IPCC Report, the urgency of addressing climate change was reaffirmed;

 

The world is not ready for the impacts of climate change, including more extreme weather and the likelihood that populated parts of the planet could be rendered uninhabitable. The report argues that world leaders have only a few years left to reduce carbon emissions enough to avoid catastrophic warming, which would produce significant sea level rise and large-scale shifts in temperatures that would dramatically disrupt human life and natural ecosystems.

 

At COP21 Ban Ki-Moon urged States to negotiate with a global vision not from specific national interests”.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 February 2016 18:29
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