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US sugar barons 'block global war on obesity' PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 January 2004 01:16

Leading scientists accused the Bush administration last night of putting the interests of powerful American sugar barons ahead of the global fight against obesity. Professor Kaare Norum, leader of the World Health Organisation's fight to prevent millions developing diet-related diseases, has sparked an international war of words with a highly critical letter to US Health Secretary Tommy Thompson. In it he tells of his grave concern over American opposition to the WHO's blueprint to combat obesity. He accuses the US of making the health of millions of young Americans 'a hostage to fortune' because it has failed to take action over the fat epidemic as a result of its business interests, particularly the sugar lobby.

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New from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 18 January 2004 05:42

CCPA: This analysis of O­ntario's current fiscal situation together with forecasts for economic growth and expenditure growth over the next four years finds that the McGuinty Government cannot keep its signature campaign commitments for public services renewal without both increasing taxes and running deficits for at least part of its first term in office. In order to balance the budget in fiscal year 2004-5, even with full-year revenue from all of its promised tax cut roll-backs, the Government would have to cut at least $2 billion from program spending. Using current average projections for economic growth and allowing for the impact of inflation and population growth o­n spending, the government will be able to implement o­nly about 40% of the public services renewal spending promised in the campaign by 2006-7.

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Employer Unable to Bargain with Ferry Workers PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 18 January 2004 02:53

BC Ferry & Marine Workers' Union: Negotiators at Deas Pacific Marine (DPMI) have had their hands tied by their parent Company, BC Ferry Services Inc., according to Union President, Jackie Miller. "We have been advised by DPMI?s General Manager, Darrell Hanson, that BC Ferries has removed all of its vessels from the Richmond, BC facility and workers there have been left with little to do. As a result, the employer in this dispute (DPMI) is losing about $55,000.00 per day. Ultimately the loss is being subsidized by the taxpayers of British Columbia", she said. "We view this as a clear violation of the signed service agreement between BC Ferries and DPMI." Miller says DPMI has no assets or income independent of BC Ferries, and the real power at the table appears to be Ferries CEO, David Hahn.

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First Peoples - Last Wild Horses? PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 17 January 2004 14:31

Friends of the Nemaiah Valley is very pleased to announce that tickets are NOW o­n SALE for an exciting evening event featuring speakers: DR. DAVID SUZUKI, Chief ROGER WILLIAM of the Xeni Gwet'in First Nations, noted aboriginal rights lawyer JACK WOODWARD and renowned biologist WAYNE McCRORY. Wayne will also be doing a slide show of the wild horses of the Nemiah Valley. This is all happening o­n Saturday, February 21st at 7:30 at the Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora St. in Victoria.

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Stop Burns Bog Purchasers PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 17 January 2004 14:14
Burns Bog Conservation Society: For those of you who have not been following the Burns Bog saga, you should be aware that all four levels of government have made an offer to purchase Burns Bog for $78.7 million. This offer went to court last Monday, Jan. 12, 13 and 15th. We were expecting theJudge to rule o­n the 15th. Unfortunately, Delta Fraser Property Partnership brought in an investor at the 11th hour. The Judge reserved his decision until 9:00 a.m. January 22, 2004.
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