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Chemical weapons from secret Canadian-U.S. mustard gas program in Panama to be destroyed PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 11:35

by David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen<\p>

Scientists conducted race-based experiments on San Jose Island where they monitored how mustard gas affected the skin of blacks, Puerto Ricans, Japanese and Caucasians

The U.S. has agreed to destroy chemical bombs left over from a secret U.S.-Canadian test program that conducted mustard-gas experiments on various ethnic groups during the Second World War.

The eight bombs were discovered on San Jose Island, the site of an extensive wartime chemical weapons test program and, later, the location for several seasons of the Survivor reality TV series.

The weapons on the Panamanian island will be destroyed in September.

Canada’s Department of National Defence had warned years ago that Canadian-made mustard gas and other chemical weapons might still be found on the island, according to documents obtained by the Ottawa Citizen through the Access to Information law.

Photo: An unidentified Canadian soldier with burns caused by mustard gas gets treatment. Library and Archives Canada/CP]

The failure by the U.S. and Canadian governments to commit to cleaning up the contaminated island has angered Panamanian officials for years. The chemical bombs were discovered in 2002 but it has taken until now to get the U.S. to agree to dispose of the weapons.

More than 30,000 chemical bombs were detonated on the island during the U.S.-led program. One report indicated that there could be up to 3,000 bombs still intact and scattered in the jungles on San Jose.

Canadian DND scientists also noted in one report that in 1974 a worker at a construction site on the island suffered burns from a mysterious substance.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 July 2017 00:13
Earth News
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 17:42


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Hundreds of abandoned oil and gas wells in Alberta are leaking methane at rates high enough to pose local health and even explosion risks, Andrew Nikiforuk asserts in The Tyee, citing a previously unreleased study by the Alberta Energy Regulator.

“Based on the testing of just 338 wells,” Nikiforuk writes, “the study estimated that 17,000 out of 170,000 abandoned wells in rural Alberta are leaking methane, and that leaks at 3,400 wells could pose a risk to the public.” In addition to being toxic to people and flammable in sufficient concentration, methane is a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide on a short time horizon.

The Alberta regulator’s study closely examined 335 wells close to houses, airports, businesses, and other surface development. It “found that 36 were leaking methane,” Nikiforuk says. “Nine of those were leaking at a level that Alberta Health says poses a risk of neurological damage to nearby residents. Six wells that exceeded the emergency evacuation threshold of 10,000 ppm were outside buildings. Three other hazardous wells had ‘methane leakage inside buildings.’”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 July 2017 17:46
An 11 year old perspective on canadian politics PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 12 June 2017 16:07

By Sophia Crabb Russow


The cartoon states that Canada could give marijuana to ISIS to cause the entire militant

insurgence to collapse because of the effects marijuana has on human behavior.

The cartoonist is saying that most other countries are using violence and that is bad because

they are killing innocent people but there is a better solution. The plane is a Hercules, one

of the biggest cargo planes ever. The plane can hold up to 45,000 pounds. The cartoon

shows how much marijuana Canada would have to give ISIS to affect the militant group.

Canada is in the process of legalizing marijuana so they could make this happen!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 July 2017 22:49
Indigenous rights in Canada: Significant work still needed PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 11 June 2017 11:17

Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Jun. 07, 2017 2:34PM EDT
Last updated Wednesday, Jun. 07, 2017 8:14PM EDT

Bob Rae and Oliver MacLaren are partners at Olthuis Kleer Townshend law firm. Sarah Colgrove, Benjamin Brookwell, and Julie-Anne Pariseau are associates. The firm acts for Indigenous people across Canada

On June 1, Canada said farewell to four visiting United Nations delegates who spent ten days visiting communities across the country to learn how business impacts international human-rights standards here. Over the next year, they will write their report. Indigenous rights are sure to be front and centre.

Canada is ahead of many nations in recognizing Indigenous rights, but there remains significant work to be done. Canadian courts, governments, businesses, and civil society need to appreciate that truly free, prior, and informed consent is a critical requirement in upholding the rights of Indigenous people in international law.
Last Updated on Sunday, 11 June 2017 11:19
Defence Policy Review Unveiled on June 7: ``a waste and misuse of resources`` PDF Print E-mail
Peace News
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 04:06

Funds must not be for promulgating militarism but for Addressing Climate Change, for promoting `common security, for supporting the Convention on the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, and for reallocating, not increasing the military budget 


by Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project


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As The Doom’s Day clock  moves  to 2 ½ Minutes to Midnight  because of threats of climate change and nuclear arms, the discrepancy, in Canada, between funds proposed for militarism to satisfy NATO’s demands and those spent to address obligations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate  Change (UNFCCC) , widens. Rather than doubling the military budget to 2% of GDP, Canada should withdraw from NATO, a nuclear arms alliance that espouses nuclear policies that violate the Non-proliferation  Treaty (NPT), should  increase funds to address climate change and discharge obligations  under the UNFCCC, and should support, at the UN, a Treaty to Abolish Nuclear Arms.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 June 2017 10:08
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