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Why the time has come for a Green New Deal PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 16 January 2019 02:23
Why the time has come for a Green New Deal
Supporters of Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's proposed Select Committee on a Green New Deal in the Longworth House Office Building on Dec. 10. (Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
By Katrina vanden Heuvel
December 18, 2018
Almost 20 years ago, writer Mark Hertsgaard suggested a bold idea to upend the climate debate. Arguing that ambitious climate action was politically impossible without simultaneously meeting people’s economic needs, he proposed a massive public works program to “retrofit everything from our farms to our factories” that would be “a huge source of jobs, profits, and general economic well-being.” He called it the Global Green Deal.
Now, as climate scientists warn ever more urgently that humanity must immediately transform and decarbonize our economies to avoid an unlivable future, this idea’s political moment has finally arrived. A new generation of progressive activists and lawmakers has forced debate over a Green New Deal into the national conversation. Likely 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker are just two of the scores of elected officials who have endorsed a Green New Deal. Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is organizing House Democrats to draft and pass corresponding legislation.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 January 2019 09:43
Invoke the Precautionary Principle, no Highway through the Sooke Hills Wilderness PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 24 February 2019 10:05


by Joan Russow

Global Compliance Research Project



from Sooke Mirror


In 1992, when there was a NDP Government, I received the following from Freedom of information;

In a document obtained through the Freedom of information Act there was evidence of the Provincial cabinet endorsement for the ratification of the Biodiversity and Climate Change Conventions:

..."The Province endorsed the ratification. We agreed with Canada to ratify it. There was provincial endorsement. The move to endorse the Conventions was made by John Cashore, the then B.C. Minister of Environment" Cashore then went to Cabinet, sought their support and endorsement of the ratification and then stated that the Cabinet had approved the Conventions to the CCME meeting


Through the endorsement, the BCT NDP government agreed to the precautionary principle as expressed in the UN Framework convention on Climate change and the convention on Biological Diversity. (obtained through freedom of information ,1992)

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 February 2019 10:30
It's taboo to talk about Canada's real corporate scandal PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 22 February 2019 10:00

By Matthew Behrens Rabble

http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/02/its-taboo-talk-about-canadas-real-corporate-scandalFebruary 22, 2019

While the SNC-Lavalin scandal has torn another strip off the "sunny ways" prime minister, there's another


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits CFB Esquimalt. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO

While the SNC-Lavalin scandal has torn another strip off the "sunny ways" prime minister, there's another corporate scandal that makes the financial figures in that case -- mere hundreds of millions of dollars in fraud and bribes -- seem like pocket change. But no major political party will touch it, which speaks to the manner in which an all-party commitment to bedrock Canadian militarism squelches democratic discourse and strangles any opportunity for real economic justice.

The corporate scandal you won't hear about on the campaign trail is the largest procurement project in Canadian history, one that will result in forking over at least $105 billion in corporate welfare to war manufacturers for a completely unnecessary fleet of Canadian warships.

With every political campaign comes the costing question: how will modest investments in daycare, housing and pharmacare be paid for when Canada struggles with debt and deficits? But the question that will not be asked is whether voters want to mortgage their grandchildren's financial future for a project that will line the pockets of Irving Shipyards and the world's largest war profiteer, Lockheed Martin.

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Taking the Lead in Fight Against Climate Change PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 February 2019 12:03

Posts by A. D. McKenzie"

Monique Taffe, a 22-year-old London-based fashion designer, makes clothing from recycled textiles and objects. Credit: A.D. McKenzie/IPS

PARIS, Feb 22 2019 (IPS) - As the grandchild of Jamaican citizens who moved to Great Britain, Monique Taffe says she inherited a tradition of recycling and learned not to be part of the “throwaway culture”, as some environmentalists have labelled consumerist societies.

“I saw how my grandmother re-used things, and that was passed down to my mother who inspired me to do the same,” said Taffe, who wants to use waste materials and recycled fabrics in fashion design.

The 22-year-old London-based designer is a recent graduate of a British fashion school and she participated the 3rd Women4Climate conference that took place Feb. 21 in Paris. She joined other young women from around the world, including from several Latin American countries, who have launched sustainability projects and are being mentored by member cities of C40, a network of 94 “megacities” committed to addressing climate change – and which co-organised the conference titled “Take the Lead”.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 March 2019 19:53
Iran still holding up its end of nuclear deal, IAEA report shows by Francois Murphy PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 February 2019 15:05


VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has remained within the key limits on its nuclear activities imposed by its 2015 deal with major powers despite growing pressure from newly reimposed U.S. sanctions, a report by the U.N. nuclear watchdog showed on Friday.
The International Atomic Energy Agency is policing the deal, which lifted sanctions against Tehran in exchange for restrictions on Tehran’s atomic activities aimed at increasing the time Iran would need to make an atom bomb if it chose to.
Iran has stayed within caps on the level to which it can enrich uranium, as well as its stock of enriched uranium, the IAEA said in a confidential quarterly report sent to its member states and obtained by Reuters.
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