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Time for a US Apology to El Salvador PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 21 June 2018 14:32
Time for a US Apology to El Salvador
Obamaexpressed regret for US support of Argentina’s “dirty war.” It’s time Washington did the same regarding our active backing of right-wing butchery in El Salvador.
 
By Raymond Bonner APRIL 15, 2016
https://www.thenation.com/article/time-for-a-us-apology-to-el-salvador/
 
El Mozote, El Salvador

Women look over the excavation site where the remains of their friends and relatives 

 
El Mozote, El Salvador
Women look over the excavation site where the remains of their friends and relatives are being exhumed by forensic anthropologists in El Mozote, El Salvador. (AP Photo / Luis Romero)
 
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Over the ages, the United States has routinely intervened in Latin America, overthrowing left-wing governments and propping up right-wing dictators. President Obama pressed a reset button of sorts last month when he traveled to Cuba and Argentina. Now it’s time for him to visit a Latin America country that is geographically smallest but where Washington’s footprint is large and the stain of intervention perhaps greatest—El Salvador.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 June 2018 15:11
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Looking to the Sky for Solutions to Mexico’s Water Scarcity PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 21 June 2018 08:40

By Emilio Godoy - Reprint

Photomontage by the organisation Isla Urbana, a pioneer in the promotion of rainwater harvesting as part of a new model in the management of water supply and consumption in Mexico, where the benefits of the system to get access to water are recreated in informal settlements in the west of the capital. Credit: Isla Urbana

Photomontage by the organisation Isla Urbana, a pioneer in the promotion of rainwater harvesting as part of a new model in the management of water supply and consumption in Mexico, where the benefits of the system to get access to water are recreated in informal settlements in the west of the capital. Credit: Isla Urbana

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 June 2018 23:40
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Group photo opposing Trumps policy of zero tolerance PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 21 June 2018 10:18

Photo taken on June 20 World Refugee Day  on the Steps of the BC Legislature

 

Tara Todesco's photo.

The United States is the only country that has not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child

 

Under the Convention on the Rights of the Child is the recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world:  (Convention On the Rights of the child)

 

In a debate,  a Trump supporter exclaimed that Trump would be a hero if he anounced that the children would no longer be separated from their parents, his opponent said that is like praising the arsonist who put out the fire [given it was Trump who initially gave the zero Tolerance edict]

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 June 2018 22:19
 
Oak Bay, B.C., moves ahead with experimental deer control program PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 24 February 2018 09:44

Vancouver Island community hopes to launch first deer birth control program in Canada

Emily Brass · CBC News - February 23, 2018

The Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society is overseeing the deer control project, which aims to capture 20 does before fawning season begins in late March. (CBC )

The community of Oak Bay, on southern Vancouver Island, is moving ahead with an experimental project to control urban deer using a contraceptive that has been used on the wild horse population in Alberta.

The district has partnered with the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society, which is overseeing the project. It aims to capture 20 does before fawning season begins in late March.

The group is now sedating and putting collars on the animals, equipped with tracking devices. The team is also taking blood, fecal and DNA samples.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 February 2018 10:19
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DEFENDING OUR OCEANS PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 05 April 2018 11:19

DEFENDING OUR OCEANS

 

By Murray Rankin, MP. Victoria

First published in Oak Bay News, April 4

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http://www.orcanetwork.org/nathist/salishorcas1.html

 

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Spanning three oceans, Canada’s coastline is the longest in the world. Sadly, our oceans are increasingly threatened by rising temperatures, acidification and pollution. The impacts on humans, wildlife and the environment could be disastrous. 

 

The University of Victoria’s  Ocean NetworksCanada monitorsthe country’s coaststo gather real-time data for scientific research.  This research helps communities, governments and industries make informed, evidence-based decisions to promotebetter ocean management, disaster mitigation and environmental protection.

 

While we know that human activity has already caused significant changes in our oceans, important questions remain unanswered. How will marine ecosystems respond to increasing ocean acidification? How does the depletion of oxygen in coastal waters affect ecosystem services? What are the long-term effects of marine plastic pollution? These are of the questions Canadians need to address. Thankfully, organizations like ONC are working to answer them.

 

One concern right here at home is plastic pollution. A recent report by UVic's Environmental Law Centre revealed that there are over 3,000 particles of plastics per cubic metre of seawater in the Strait of Georgia.  It’s estimated that 90 percent of seabirds have plastic in their stomachs. Research like this has a big impact. In 2015, one of my NDP colleagues, Brian Masse, introduced a motion to ban harmful plastic microbeads in consumer products. I'm pleased to say that after years of effort that ban will go into effect on July 1 this year.

 

Plastic microbeads are just one of many pollutants that find their way into our oceans, but they're a good example of how scientific research and evidence-based decision making can yield progress.

 

Unfortunately, a larger threat is looming. Despite the risks and against public opposition, thePrime Ministeris still championing theKinder MorganTrans Mountain oil  pipeline and tanker project as being in the “national interest.” I fail to see how it can be in the national interest to retain the Harper government's emissions targets, refuse to adequately consider the project's upstream and downstream impacts, and dismiss the environmental and economic disaster that our coast would suffer in the wake of a major spill from a bitumen tanker.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 April 2018 11:45
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